All is Well
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Life Lived Outside
The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
November 25, 2020
The Thankful Gardener  |   Weekly Special  |   New Arrivals
All is Well
by Joey Bokor

There is an old Berenstain Bears book called Inside Outside Upside Down. If I recall, it's a book to teach prepositions or grammar of some sort. Every time I think of this year, that title comes to mind. It really has been inside, outside and upside-down.

One of the most frustrating things to me is that traditions and habits have been steam-rolled. Just kicked to the curb while the car is going sixty miles per hour, making tomorrow's holiday a bit of a challenge. But it is a worthwhile challenge, I think, to look out from our swirling-twirling lives and see the things that we can be thankful for.

This year has treated all of us differently. Some have lost family, and some have struggled with illness. Some have lost jobs and many of us struggle with work/school/life balance, since many of those things are happening at home. No matter what your year has been like, there is still room for gratitude. It isn't always easy. When things aren't good, it can color the way we view everything around us. But this week, remember to be thankful. Here are a few of the things I'm thinking of:

For the sun that rises in the morning.
For the people we have around us.
For food on our tables (and toilet paper in our closets)
For the people who get up each day, put on scrubs and treat the sick.
For those working tirelessly to deliver products and food to our homes, while we manage to eke out new rhythms.
For the neighbor who brings over a meal.
For the technology that allows us to connect, even when we aren't together.
For the hope that one day in the not too distant future, hugs and handshakes won't feel forbidden.

This week as we prepared for the holiday, we started playing Christmas music and songs I had forgotten about since last year leapt back to the forefront of my mind. One among them is a long-time favorite, an old Michael W. Smith classic, All is Well. Years ago, before his voice changed, my little brother sang it at church. So, besides just the music and words, it brings back childhood memories. To me it is a great reminder of the hope of the holiday season. So let's remember, every day, and especially this week, to be thankful. This too shall pass and once the dust settles, even if everything is a little inside-outside-upside-down, we will be able to say All is Well.
Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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The Holiday Wall
'Tis the Season to be Merry and Bright. Come check out all of the beautiful Christmas plants and take a family photo out in the open air in front of the Holiday Wall.

The Thankful Gardener

What makes you thankful in the garden? There really are so many things. We work in the garden, we tend the soil, pull the weeds, water the plants, but really, there is an awful lot that happens in the garden that is beyond our control. Below is our list of things we are thankful for as gardeners.

The Sun - Without the sun, things just wouldn't grow. The sun rises and sets predictably each day, bringing bright light to our plants and allowing veggies and flowers to flourish. By summer, we may be tired of its heat, but without it a garden just wouldn't be possible.

The Rain - As with the sun, without rain plants would struggle. We try our best to water our plants, but without help from the rain, it would be overwhelming. Plus there is something in the rain that just seems to make plants grow.

Great Harvests - Add sweat, sun and rain together, you end up with wonderful harvests from fruit trees as well as veggie and herb gardens. This week we harvested more mustards, kale and a few tomatoes. It really is a miracle that with a little sun and rain, small plants grow into large plants and produce something that we can eat, full of great nutrients and vitamins. Definitely something to be thankful for.

Bugs - Okay, sometimes bugs are a pain, but we wouldn't have food without bees, and what would the world be without beautiful butterflies fluttering around our gardens.

Relaxation - You can garden to put food on the table and you can garden to create a beautiful landscape, but most of us probably garden because we love doing something. Getting our hands dirty and making something beautiful out of a patch of dirt and weeds. This time in the dirt is great for unwinding from the stress of everyday life and for refreshing the soul. So whatever your purpose in gardening, there is so much to be thankful for.

New Arrivals
Holiday Airplants

Cute Holiday Decorations
Winter Rose Poinsetta

Ruffly Red Color
6" Pot - $10.99

Escential Nemesia

Beautiful Cool-Season Color
6" Pot - $6.99

Dwell at Kerby's - The Houseplant Shop

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Seffner, FL 33584
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