My Thoughts

A friend of mine has her mom in town for a visit this weekend and asked what they could do.
The Garden Spot: Bellingham’s Holiday Headquarters – duh! If you need some help getting in the spirit of the holidays may I suggest a trip to The Garden Spot (just behind Trader Joe’s). This magical place at the corner of Alabama and King is fragrant, festive and very sparkly this time of year.
At the wreath bar, you’ll find fresh evergreens by the pound, wire wreath frames to make your own or select one of their custom wreaths. And don’t miss the new paperwhite station (bring a container to make the easiest and most impressive DIY gift). The hardest part will be deciding what you can’t live without: Adorable gnomes in every shape and size? Giant amaryllis? Fresh cedar swags? Handcrafted ornaments? Garden art? Foot wide jingle bells? At The Garden Spot, their crew makes the holidays easy and FUN. And of course they’ll have trees (everything from 12ft nobles to 3ft table tops) with proceeds going to help the local Boys and Girls Club.
Remember they have “make and take” classes all season – so call or go online and reserve a spot today. A magical Christmas starts at The Garden Spot!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves - that quintessentially American of holidays, Thanksgiving – with all its trimmings - is next week. On the heels of Veteran’s Day, it had me feeling very introspective. Maybe this year we need to be more than just thankful and mindful – maybe we need to be the change we want to see? And then I came across this quote from John Burroughs, “The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.” I guess the modern vernacular would be, “Just do it!” Through a quick Google search I learned Mr. Burroughs was an accomplished American essayist and naturalist and, might I add, a pretty profound and astute thinker.

“A somebody was a nobody who wanted to and did it.”

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame someone else.”

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of a simple life.”

I’m thankful to be able to learn from such sage souls who remind us of the richness of a simple life. No electronic distractions – just nature and the universe at its elemental core. And I challenge you to find a more gorgeous corner of the planet from which to be awed than right here in Whatcom County.


JAN 5 & 19 | FEB 2 & 16 | MARCH 9 & 23 | APRIL 6 & 20 |
MAY 11 & 25 | JUNE 8 & 22 | JULY 13 &27 | AUGUST 10 & 24 |
SEPT 7 & 21 | OCT 5 & 19 | NOV 2 & 16 | DEC 7 & 21

Tami Johnson