Thanksgiving is this week. I hope you don't get so involved in Christmas that you forget this great holiday. Thanksgiving is an American holiday that is based on the Pilgrims who settled in North America and chose to give thanks for their survival and their harvest. Historians indicate the Pilgrims invited the Native Americans to their feast, just as you might invite your neighbor and friends to Thanksgiving dinner.
I certainly have much to be thankful for and I try to thank God for his bounty, care and love every day. I hope you can do that as well. It's not that I have "everything," but I have what I need.
This past week has presented me with a new challenge. I was bitten by a brown recluse spider, and have been dealing with the affects. I found out all the things that victims of a brown recluse face. These bites can be fatal and at the least very scary. I didn't know how severe bites must be treated. If the bite gets really bad, you must enter a pressure chamber like divers who suffer from the bends. And, furthermore, you stand to lose some flesh and skin, which has to be replaced in skin grafts. The bite is on my right leg, near the back of my knee.
So far, I have avoided the worse, but it's not over and I still have to go to Joplin for a while to have the bite monitored. I've got my fingers crossed that no future damage occurs.
I'm not sure where or when I got the bite. I noticed it shortly after I returned from a trip, so I don't know if I got it on the trip or at home. The first doctor I saw said I should get the house sprayed for brown recluse spiders in case I got bit at home. So, we call the exterminator and got an appointment in two days. Hopefully that will kill any brown recluses that may be here, as well as any other spiders and bugs.
On to more pleasant things. The hatchery cookbook was supposed to be ready on Friday. Since this is written before that, I'm not sure we have copies yet, but I am assured they will be in the hatchery bookstore tomorrow, so come have a look. We will have a book signing on Friday, Nov. 30, with Jeff Jones, who did the front covering. He will sign copies in the visitor center at the hatchery. If you get a copy before that, you may bring it in and he will sign it, or you can purchase one in the bookstore and then have him sign. I think he will be there about two hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember that in spite of everything, we can find something to be thankful for. In most cases, we can find many things to be thankful for. Let's be thankful and hopeful that peace and joy and good health will come to people everywhere.
Page 2 of 2 - Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.