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"The Luck of the Draw - A Garden Club Surprise!" By Lila Johnson

I have been writing about Garden Club raffle winners since September 2020.  Sharing the good fortune of others has been fun. Today, I became one of those lucky winners which gives me a whole new point of view. That mythical Fedora came through for me; it actually coughed up my name!
Lila Johnson said it was worth putting on makeup for this great basket! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair, January 27, 2021.

I have been writing about Garden Club raffle winners since September 2020.  Sharing the good fortune of others has been fun. Today, I became one of those lucky winners which gives me a whole new point of view. That mythical Fedora came through for me; it actually coughed up my name!

I got that phone call from our 1st VP Kathy Thomas. After exchanging pleasantries, she proclaimed, “You’re the winner of our January raffle.”

With astonished glee, I think I responded, “But I never win anything!”

Kathy, the deliverer of both good news and the basket, agreed to drop off my prize that very afternoon. 

First, the basket is wonderful, and full of delightful gifts “For Cold Winter Days.”  MCGC members Kathe Jo Kern (KJ to us) and Judy Morrier combined their talents and generosity to fill a basket! I took possession of the basket on my front porch and made two trips to carry it into our family room.

I carefully searched to discover each little treasure and boy, did I score big!  KJ, a gifted quilter and seamstress quilted two mug mats (coasters) and hand embroidered two winter-themed kitchen towels. There are two snowflake mugs large enough for any hot chocolate lover, along with marshmallows and four tins of assorted-flavored cocoas. There’s a cozy sofa throw, two books, a puzzle, and a Starbucks gift card. We are a garden club, so of course, there is a plant involved!  I am now the proud owner of a variegated Bear's Breeches plant! And it blooms in the summer—a gift that keeps on giving.

There you have it; the details, but it’s impact on me I’d like to share. A surprise is always nice, but during this pandemic when like so many of you, I am staying close to home and have not spent time with anyone but my husband in almost a year, it was overwhelmingly heartwarming.

Knowing that Garden Club would want a photo, I discarded my sloppy “not-going-anywhere” sweats for some jeans, a nice shirt and even a scarf. I put on make-up, something I have not done in a while. Who wears lipstick beneath a mask!?  KJ remarked she was pleased I’d remembered how to apply makeup! Photos taken, I washed the mugs, talked with my husband about where we would situate our new plant and admired how tiny KJ’s embroidery stitches are on the towels.

That evening as I snuggled under the warm throw, sipping a mug of Caramel hot cocoa, and looking at my new winter garden book, I thought “life is good.” Today there is a spring in my step, well as much “spring” as arthritis allows

I would like to publicly say “Thank you,” KJ and Judy. I appreciate your effort, thoughtfulness, and generosity. Both indicated just how much fun they had brainstorming via phone and emails in this age of Covid. Their basket was planned out, perfect for winter and for me, a fellow Garden Club member.

I also wish to commend our wonderful “Ladies of the Earth” officers and chairs who have worked so hard since March 2020 to keep our Club’s embrace around all our members. We receive monthly newsletters, Pandemic Pastimes and since December, we have learned from guest speakers while staying in touch with Zoom meetings. Yes, we miss our face-to-face meetings, but we are hanging in there and I can just imagine the celebration we will have when this pandemic is over.  Even the begonias will PARTY! 

Mill Creek Garden Club: what a caring, sharing group of women. I have always found gardeners to be well-grounded, fun, and caring people. I always sing the praises of Mill Creek Garden Club, not because it’s my job, but I genuinely believe we are a great group and that’s true even in a pandemic.

It was worth putting on makeup for this great basket! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

Perfect for a winter day or evening and my garden benefits too! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

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