So Darn Lucky

Luck is sometimes a matter of perspective. There are always things one could consider to be pure luck. Like where you were born, and to whom. Loving parents and fortunate location can make the difference in the quality of your life. What you do after that is up to you of course. I have been very lucky lately. The garden makes me feel lucky every time I step outside, or even just gaze out the window, like this view out the back door of the main house of the wall and slope. Hard work and no small expense has created this lucky spot. The luck lies in the soil and climate, even with the drought, things just want to grow here. They don’t need a lot of coaxing.Having your name drawn for a prize is pure luck. My name was drawn by fellow blogger and friend Veg Plotting in the UK to receive a sign donated by her cohort Threadspider. You may have noticed the link at the top of my sidebar to visit VP’s open garden and support a worthy cause in Water Aid. Participating and making a small donation put my name in a hat to win one of many donated prizes and it was a lucky day for me when her hand came upon my name.One of the best surprises in the mailbox is when we get a package. Most of the time it is something we have purchased online, like seeds. Plants don’t travel via mail so they are never waiting for us in the black metal box at the street. Let’s make that to read *Plants don’t usually fit inside the black metal mailbox”. (Thanks for the correction Mr. Subjunctive!) The surprise is even better when it has been sent through the Royal Mail. It makes us feel like the Queen herself played a part in the shipping.  The label with the cute dog and sheep is a bonus.Here is the prize, a lovely little sign that can be hung on the door to let people know that we won’t be answering the knock knock because we are toiling away in the garden. That is a perfect sign for me, because as much time as possible is spent in the garden. Thank you VP for making the extra effort and expense to send the sign over the ocean. And thank you too for working hard to raise money and awareness for the need for clean water in less fortunate places on this earth we all share. We applaud you with a standing ovation.Our luck began earlier this year when once again a hand pulled our name out of a hat to win a prize. This time it was a book written by fellow blogger and friend Jodi of Bloomingwriter. Please forgive the lateness of this acknowledgement, Jodi. I did take photos of the arrival of your package, also via royal mail. I just cannot locate them. This contest was for participants of a wonderful get to know each other idea called The Garden Bloggers Geography Project. The assignment was to write about where you live and garden. Our post can be seen here. This wonderful book, The Atlantic Gardener’s Greenbook,  is full of information and lovely photos about gardening on Canada’s east coast. There are plenty of useful planting tips and ideas for gardeners in all locales however. We especially want to send Jodi our best thoughts and wishes as she deals with an unlucky health issue. Get well soon, my friend. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone reading this post. Blogging has enriched my life in so many ways, but mostly it has been getting to know you all that makes me feel the luckiest of all. Thank you.

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26 Responses to So Darn Lucky

  1. Frances, although this post isn’t focused on a view from your window (the little sign is lovely!) I’m bowled over by the top picture. Would you mind if I were to print out a small copy and put it up on my wall? Lucy

    Hi Lucy, of course you may. I am sorry the photo doesn’t do justice to the real view from my lazyboy in the living room but the lightness outside and the darkness in the small mudroom where that door leads out was too much for my camera to deal with. Maybe a better shot will be taken another time, sounds like a good idea for a post! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Waitwaitwait: “Plants don’t travel by mail?”

    Maybe yours don’t, but that’s how several of mine reached me.

    And also how a few of them left me, actually, far as that goes.

    Hi Mr. Sub, you are so right. I have mailed plants myself and received them from others. The commercial plant sellers seem to use fedex or UPS rather than the USPS though. That sentence did bother me, but I left it in using artistic license as the excuse. I will fix that right now. Thanks. ;->

  3. Gail says:

    Frances, What delightful surprises to arrive in the mail! Usually it’s pesky catalogs, political mailings and bills! The sign is sweet and the book looks like a good read. You are a lucky gardenblogger! Frances, those of us who know you, count ourselves the lucky ones, my friend!


    Hi Gail, thanks so much, how sweet you are! I love checking the mail everyday, even more so if I can catch my mailman Claude and have a quick chat. He takes good care of my packages too. More good luck. ;->

  4. tina says:

    I feel the same way with blogging! Those are lucky and nice gifts you received and perfect for you!

    Hi Tina, who knew that blogging would add so much to our lives! The gifts are wonderful and are right up my alley. ;->

  5. nancybond says:

    Congratulations, Frances! It’s always so nice to receive anything by mail. 🙂

    Hi Nancy, thanks, I agree completely. I hope the mail will still be delivered in my lifetime, there may come a day when it all is online or packages from large services, no daily mail in a box, that would be sad.

  6. Linda says:

    Hi Frances :o)! Yes I do sell Dragons. The girl you saw on my blogg are already taken but I can do a new one almost like her.. but not accactly.
    Give me a email for more info.

    Hi Linda, great. You will be hearing from me.

  7. Marnie says:

    I absolutely love the window photo!

    Really cute gift, what gardener wouln’t love it;)

    Hi Marnie, thanks. The colors did not come out as brilliant as they are in real life, but it really is a lovely view. The sign and book are both great.

  8. Frances, you’re a gem yourself — you realize the little things in life that count. You obviously cherish people, critters and gardens. In other words, good things *should* happen to good folks like you. Congratulations on your luck! :-)Smiles, Cameron

    Hi Cameron, what a nice thing to say, thanks so much! I am detail oriented, LOL.

  9. Dave says:

    Neat stuff Frances! I bet that book from Jodi was very interesting.

    Hi Dave, aren’t those great prizes? Jodi’s book was full of good info and fabulous photos of her own garden and others. I poured over every word.

  10. Linda says:

    Hi Again… I do have to comment on the post to…. The photo of the window are fantastic!
    And the tags you wan! Just Lovely.
    Have a wonderfull day.

    Hi Linda, thanks. The view out of that window is visible from my lazyboy in the living room. I am quite the daydreamer gazing out at the garden. The sign is cute too. And you enjoy your day!

  11. joey says:

    A day for sharing, I guess. Congratulations, dear Frances … and we are indeed lucky to know you. Your stunning photos, wisdom and humor are gifts for us. Thank you!

    Hi Joey, thanks so much, you are a gift to us also with those wonderful culinary delights!

  12. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You are a lucky lady. You deserve all your luck with how hard you work Frances. Bravo.

    Oh thank you Lisa, I do appreciate you so much. ;->

  13. Randy says:

    What a better place the world would be if we all took the time to acknowledge our blessings. Too many times the negative things that happen get waaaay too much of our attention. We must all learn to live our lives with an attitude of gratitude.

    Hi Randy, I so agree. There is always some bit of beauty in the world to marvel at, why not do that instead of finding fault, that is way too easy to do and helps no one, least of all yourself. That is a good motto: Have an attitude of gratitude! Thanks for that. ;->

  14. skeeter says:

    Lucky you, an early Christmas! Good things come to those most deserving ya know. 🙂

    Hi Skeeter, thanks for those kind words. It was like Christmas, only better because it was so unexpected. You are too sweet.

  15. mothernaturesgarden says:

    As always, Frances,
    Well said.

    Hi Donna, thanks so much, I do appreciate you.

  16. vegplotting says:

    I’m so glad the sign’s reached you Frances – I was a bit worried after having to fill out that customs declaration.

    And thank you for acknowledging my gift so graciously and eloquently. It shows my hand pulled the right name out of the hat 🙂

    My thanks to you VP for going to all the trouble to send it so far. It would have been much easier to just pull another name out of the hat. I appreciate it so very much.

  17. linda says:

    such a heartfelt post Frances, and lovely gifts. Congratulations on your good luck! I love the photo of the view out your back door.

    Hi Linda, what a nice thing to say, thanks. That view is what I see as I sit in the lazy boy in the living room watching tv, or the occasional blogging LOL. I also have another room with a garden view and a lazy boy that gets stared at for way too long when I should be working. ;->

  18. Victoria says:

    When I read this post, I felt almost as if I was getting the parcel too! I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog, Frances, and in the meantime thanks for all the lovely comments you’ve left over at mine

    Hi Victoria, thanks and welcome. I am pleased to hear that your interest is piqued, a high compliment. I enjoy your blog very much.

  19. layanee says:

    It is a great community of gardeners and your post says it well.

    Hi Layanee, thank you so much. I agree completely about the greatness of this community. We are all lucky to be a part of it.

  20. Racquel says:

    What wonderful gifts from wonderful blogging buddies. You are quite blessed as are we to know you.

    Hi Racquel, yes the gifts are so nice and I love them and the people who sent them. I don’t know why or how I got to be so lucky, but am supremely thankful for everything in my life.

  21. brokenbeat says:

    mom, i have to admit that almost every time i read the comments that are left for your posts and your responses make me tear up. i’m not sure what else to say other than it makes me a-thousand-fold happier to know that this has become your hobby (i hope it’s okay to call it that even though it’s more like an occupation).
    much earnest love,
    your son.

    My dear Brokenbeat, the same thing happens to me too. I am surprised and delighted at what blogging has done for me and never could have predicted this outcome. The garden bloggers are the most wonderful group and I love being a part of this community. I love being your mom too, you are a light in my life.
    Love, Frances

  22. Titania says:

    Hi Frances, You are such a lucky girl to win all these prizes. I am so very happy for you.
    You must have been born under a lucky star; if I were you I would try the next big lottery! But then I guess you have everything that makes life happy, a loving family, a great garden and being healthy are the best ever lucky stars. The viewy from this window is enchanting. Always my best wishes go with you.T.

    Hi Titania, thanks so much. I have not played the lottery since I started blogging, too busy at the computer! Maybe I should buy a ticket, but I already have everything one could wish for. It would be fun to give the winnings to others though, like in the movies. I appreciate your kind words and friendship.

  23. Steve says:

    I only post here because I get to type in pink, you realize, Frances! I adore that window picture so much, but, then, you’ve heard me gush already over your Muhly Grasses, so I will keep it down. It will look bad.

    The causes you obviously hold so dear are very worthy and inspiring ones, Frances. We who are so fortunate as to be gifted with all our faculties (temporarily, unfortunately) are the lights for those who are not. A simple debt is owed everyone who suffers in this world and you pay it with heart and no remorse. I can see they are in your heart and I applaud your obvious love for the world around you. Thanks! You’re a star.

    Hi Steve, I’m so glad you like the pink. It is easy to read against the dark background, the main goal with it, but I am kind of a pink frou frou type anyway so it is appropriate. The muhly is fading fast, but it sure had a good show this year, thanks for noticing it. Those kind thoughts make me very happy, I really do so little when so much needs doing.

  24. threadspider says:

    I’m so pleased my little donation has found such a gracious home. And I too count by blessings every day

    Hi Threadspider, thanks and welcome, so nice to see you. I love the little sign, thank you for donating it. And many congrats to VP for hitting the one thousand pound mark for funds raised for water aid, well done!

  25. Rose says:

    Frances, the first photo is a work of art! What a beautiful view. Congratulations on your prizes–I’m sure VP, Threadspider, and Jodi are happy someone so appreciative received them.

    And (I’m catching up) kudos to you for participating in the Race for the Cure!

    Hi Rose, thanks so much. I was so pleased to be so lucky to win such fine prizes. The race is a tradition for us now, we feel good about being a part of that worthy cause.

  26. Siria says:

    Hi Frances! Have been away from the computer for a few days and oh…I have missed so much! You might find yourself lucky, but that luck coming back at you is all due in great part to the hard work, devotion and commitment to all these things you love. And I must say I find myself very lucky to have found your blog and gotten to know you in the process. I enjoy your delightful stories and have they are always filled with a wealth of information. Thanks to you!

    Hi Siria, welcome back, we missed your happy voice! You always say such cheering and sweet things, you make me glad when I see you have left a comment.

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