Today there is a festive feeling in the air. People are gathering with families and friends, preparing feasts, indulging. Most businesses and many shops are closed, there are a couple of extra football games on TV, and there are even parades with huge cartoon balloons! I know it's an important day, but I never dreamed that the 1000th post of my blog would ever cause such excitement!

Yes, it's true. According to Blogger, this is post number 1000. Oh, and it's also Thanksgiving Day here in the US.


As far as US holidays go, Thanksgiving is top of the list in my mind. It's the most reliable holiday, as it's always on Thursday and therefore guarantees a four-day weekend for most people. President Lincoln set aside the last Thursday of November as a national holiday in 1839, but it was switched to the fourth Thursday of the month in 1941 and signed into law by FDR, making the Thanksgiving holiday a federal law.

As a day for reflection on what I'm thankful for in my life, I have to thank the readers of my blog. Whether you've been reading from the start or have just recently found me, I appreciate your readership and comments. Thank you!

Since this is post 1000 about my garden, why not go back to the start and see how my garden developed over the years? I did a series of posts about it two winters ago.

Before it was a garden: 1990 - 2000
Becoming a garden: 2002
The garden fills in a little: 2003
A little bit more: 2004-2005
Clearing the slate: 2006 part 1
The patio takes shape: 2006
Finishing up 2006
A year of not building anything: 2007
Let's add some bamboo: 2008
A storm and more bamboo: 2008 part 2
A pretty calm year: 2009

My first blog post, 2010. In case you're interested.

Seeing the transformation from yard into garden is a great way to spend some time today, especially if you're not into football or parades.  (At least it is for me -- hopefully it's interesting to others too!)

Now I'm going to turn on the TV and see what the "It's not work, it's gardening!" float looks like.

I hope the giant ballon of my head doesn't break free and cause too much havoc...

Happy Thanksgiving*!

*or "1K posts day" if you're not giving thanks


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outlawgardener  – (November 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM)  

Happy 1k posts day/Thanksgiving! The evolution of your outdoor space is inspirational. Work fascinates me; I can watch it for hours. Thanks for keeping us entertained!

scottweberpdx  – (November 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM)  

Big Congrats, Alan!!! I'll admit, every year at this time I start to look back at pictures from throughout the year...great fun :-) Can't wait to see what you have in store for your next 1,000 posts ;-)

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (November 22, 2012 at 2:55 PM)  

1000 posts is a huge accomplishment. A big congrats and also a big thank you! I love reading your blog every day of the year.

And finally Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

danger garden  – (November 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM)  

Happy 1,000! You don't look a day over...ah well, never mind. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (November 23, 2012 at 5:47 AM)  

Hope you had the happiest Thanksgiving!
Thank you for a great blog

Lisa  – (November 23, 2012 at 7:32 AM)  

1000 posts is definitely worth celebrating!

Lisa  – (November 23, 2012 at 7:50 AM)  

Oh and the retrospective is great by the way! What fun to see everything take shape!

Alan  – (November 23, 2012 at 8:43 AM)  

Thanks everybody for the kind comments! Glad you enjoy what I'm doing, and hope you had a good 1K post day too! ;-)

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (November 25, 2012 at 4:22 AM)  

Congratulations on reaching 1000 posts and Thank You for the daily inspiration!! LOVE the first photo, LOVE your blog and look I look forward to the next 1000.

PS: Happy Thankgiving :)

Modern Mia  – (November 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM)  

Congrats! What a great milestone! Love reading your blog. can't wait to read the next 1000.

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