Depending on the time of year, we have a resident covey hanging around near a convenient protective cover of thick and thorny blackberry bushes. They unfortunately don't last long since they're at the bottom of the food chain and every predator, winged or otherwise is after their tasty morsels. On a recent morning, I spooked up a very large bobcat, near where the quail covey rose, obviously looking for a nice breakfast treat. As bobcats go, he's very large, taller even than the two bird dogs at 70 lbs each. During hurricane Irma, we watched amazed as a 500# black bear strolled nonchalantly across our lawn, his fur flying in the 90 MPH+ wind and lovin life!
We have so much to be thankful for, this year in particular. I never thought I'd be 60 but it is the new 40 you know. I guess we never think we're old a whatever milestone age we attain but years ago, it was REALLY old. We're all thankful for our families, our freedom and those who protect that freedom at a very high price. Becky and I are thankful for our two smart, hardworking teenagers. After her first quarter as a freshman in high school, our daughter has straight A's. Marcus still has a 4.3 GPA as a senior in the IB program and is closing in on the final requirements to attain his Eagle Scout rank. Our older daughter and her husband just purchased their first home in Georgia and we can't wait to dote on 3 year old grandson Calvin during the holidays. We're grateful for a thriving stock market and a fundamentally sound economy. I'm also thankful for those vain things like my Georgia Bulldogs 10-1 record and soon to possibly, hopefully be - SEC champs! Doubt they'll beat Bama but one can only hope.
Through the good times and tough times, we're really blessed as a nation, despite being painfully polarized politically more than ever. May we beseech the Giver of all things to restore our land, heal our nation and turn to Him. We trust that you all will have a blessed holiday season!