The winning flower arrangements at the November 11, 2021, meeting of the Chunnenuggee Garden Club were, left to right, Joyce Perrin, first place; Sadie Pugh, second place; and Sharon Capps, third place. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

The winning flower arrangements at the November 11, 2021, meeting of the Chunnenuggee Garden Club were, left to right, Joyce Perrin, first place; Sadie Pugh, second place; and Sharon Capps, third place. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

Thanksgiving was the theme of the meeting of the Chunnenuggee Garden Club on November 11, 2021. Roll call by Beth High was answered with members sharing blessings they were thankful for. Sadie Pugh read an article from "Neighbors" magazine by Sean Dietrich.

This columnist shared simple blessings of life in the south that he is thankful for. His realistic, sentimental list gives "goosebumps."

Garden club programs feature gardens, birds, bees, etc., and prayers that begin the meeting are those of "thanksgiving" for God's creation. With this in mind, the program chairman for November was Faye Gaston, with the theme of "Thanksgiving."

Being grateful for safety in her car, she read ten poems she had written about various rides on country roads through the years with her two sisters, daughter Jennifer, son Jackie, and friend Dina Mason Moore.

These rides made her thankful for God's creation on the sides of the roads in Bullock County. This includes seeing scarecrows, ducks on ponds, women fishing, hawks, dogwood trees, goldenrods, daisies, roses, honeysuckle, Queen Anne's Lace, quail, turkeys, fox, mongrel dogs, deer, bobcat, and hydrangea.

One poem featured a ride to a friend's home in Fitzpatrick and taking photos of wildflowers.

Another poem was about the birds, turtles, fish, and flowers seen on family fishing trips at the pond of Pete and Bernice Trussell. A sensational ride with her son as he hunted road kills for a college biology class made this a once-in-a-lifetime experience when the perfume of abundant wisteria enveloped the car for a long distance.

Her frequent rides to Montgomery on Highway One-Ten over decades make this her favorite road. She describes what she has seen in Spring: wisteria, azaleas, egrets, cotton fields, horses, swamp water, moss on trees, barns, and fence posts.

One poem concludes, "My rides on country roads become a celebration of slices of precious life and art in creation."

Two poems are about nature in her back yard as she described work caused by pecan trees but with the blessing of pecans and watching a pair of devoted robins. She shared her thanks for the activities of the garden club through the years with photos.

Several tables displayed framed 8X10 photos of members dressed in Halloween costumes, a Thanksgiving lunch with the senior citizens at the Nutrition Center, winners of the monthly flower arrangement competitions, hosting a District VII meeting, maintenance at the historical entrance to the first Public Garden in America on the Peachburg Road, and decorating the Christmas tree at the Nutrition Center.

Day trips included attending the annual state Christmas tree lighting in Montgomery, riding a trolley in Montgomery, and visiting rose gardens in Ramer, Alabama. Club members were thankful that its display in the window of the Union Springs Pharmacy won Honorable Mention in the Veterans Day competition sponsored by the Tourism Council.

The exhibit featured photos of veterans of Bullock County, a way to thank them for their service.

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