What I’m trying to figure out is where did 2004 go? I hope everyone had a good season last year and is hopefully looking forward to the 2005 season. I always look forward to the nights I can sit in my chair and look over seed catalogs and plan. That usually is in January on those cold nights. What new thing are you going to try this year?
    
The National Conference was wonderful as usual and it was great to visit with fellow growers and friends. A very special “thank you” to Jon Landwer for all his work dealing with the hurricane problems. How did you manage to remain so calm with all you had to deal with, Jon? And thanks for allowing us to visit your farm even though you hadn’t planned on that.  
    
I also want to thank all the trade show vendors and ASCFG members for their generous donations for the research auction. And to everyone who helped with the auction – we couldn’t do it without you.  Thank you all.
    
From visiting with other members in this region, I think everyone has been experiencing what I have since the conference – rain, rain and more rain. We quickly went from behind in total rainfall for the year to ahead. I spent most of the fall and early winter trying to finish greenhouses and get heat to them and it was just too wet to do anything. There is always lots of field work to do but there standing water in the field makes it impossible.  
    
During our Regional Meeting at the conference, everyone expressed an interest in having the South & Central 2005 meeting in early summer. We are looking at the end of May and probably in Texas. Although it will be a very busy time for most, we will give it a try and see how it goes. I’ll start getting a schedule put together very soon.
    
During this off time, I stop and think about all of the many things I am grateful for. I ran across a quote I thought I’d share.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward, 1921-1994, Pastor, Teacher, Author and Editor

So, what were you grateful for in 2004 and what will you be grateful for this year?