Life around the state office is hectic year-round, but especially in December as we prepare for the upcoming core course. One hundred fifteen people are registered for the Arboretum site and another 50 or so for the online class PLUS 30-some credit students. (I'll see you all in April when I come up for air!)
Another year has sped by and we are looking into 2011 with positive anticipation. Bridget is helping people get their hours in, Dave is collecting county reports for the annual report, and I have been rebuilding the online class site in Moodle - and attending meetings about new projects, finances, collaborations. I wish we had a boring day once in a while, but I guess this is the nature of the job. Never a dull moment!
Amidst all the hectic times, it's important to stop and be thankful for the people in your life. I am thankful for my wonderful husband, Karl, (pictured here with our dog Nikki and me). He is my biggest fan and totally flexes with my constantly moving schedule. I am thankful for Dave and Bridget - I don't know what I would do without them. I am thankful for the county coordinators and volunteer leaders around Minnesota who help keep volunteers in their communities informed, supported and working as a team. I am thankful for all the people here at the U who support our program from our deans to our department head to our communications and IT people.
Last but not least, I am thankful for all of you and all that you do to help bring horticulture to people in your communities. My best wishes to you for a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for sharing your time and talents and for volunteering as a Master Gardener the past year.
Here's to a great 2011 together!