by Charlene Burgi
Thanksgiving is already upon us – a time when I use this blog to reflect on things for which I am grateful.
Sometimes finding things to give thanks for comes packaged in bizarre wrappings. Who would have thought I would find one of these blessings as I drove to Marin from Lassen this past Saturday afternoon? The two pups were piled in the car with me. Half way down the mountain, I remembered one of the leashes had broken earlier that week from the lunge of one exuberant and happy puppy. Stopping at a store to purchase a new leash became my priority to ensure their safety while staying in Marin. I pulled into the parking lot of the first big box store I came to and noticed a large swath of water coursing across the street and traveling as far as the eye could see. I noted the water was relatively deep as the car made its way across the stream. You could see the water had been flowing for a considerable time based on the depth and distance it traveled. What amazed me is nobody seemed to take notice. The blessing in this experience came the following day.
The next morning, I was pleasantly surprised when Jack and I went out for breakfast in Marin. The waitress asked if we wanted water with our meal! Years ago, Keith Bancroft, a water conservation supervisor at the district, calculated how much water was used to serve an eight-ounce glass of water that was rarely consumed. The calculations included the amount of water thrown away plus the amount of water needed to wash the unused glasses. The potential water savings could be substantial by merely asking what that waitress asked of us that morning. It was evident that the education the district provided was accepted by businesses utilizing these conservation methods. The water awareness in Marin was startling compared with the lack of awareness I witnessed the day before along the I-5 corridor. The experience made me very thankful for the job being done by those working in the water conservation department and you, the consumer.
I am also very thankful for those of you reading the blog. Your interest in water conservation can be witnessed by the number of “hits” this blog receives every week. Those hits indicate that you are tuned into the weekly watering schedule and are interested in whatever tidbits are written that may keep your garden healthy. I am also grateful for the number of questions or comments that you take the time to share. Those of you who write, touch me deeply.
I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge how thankful I am for the people behind the blog. Ann, Elisa and Libby in MMWD’s Public Information Department are amazing. Ann patiently puts up with and edits my dangling participles, misspellings and hard-to-understand terminology. Elisa is always there to relieve Ann to keep this writer looking good! And Libby quietly oversees the whole operation, provides direction when needed and never fails to promote the blog, always offering praise and encouragement. They are a blessing to work with.
While you are busy preparing turkeys, pies and side dishes this week, take time to reflect on all the blessings bestowed on you. As I said, sometimes those blessings come wrapped in strange packages; some years they might be more difficult to unearth, but the exercise is always richly rewarding.
Have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.