House & Garden

You're All Set

You’re All Set

By Susan | January 7, 2020

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge,
giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel,
and as being heirs together of the grace of life;
that your prayers be not hindered.

    — 1 Peter 3:7

 

One night, there was a big party at our house. We were the hors d’oeuvres stop for our neighborhood’s annual progressive dinner.…

The North One Fortieth

The North One-Fortieth

By Susan | January 6, 2020

A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

— Ecclesiastes 3:2

 

I live in a farm state. ‘Course, you’d never know it. I don’t know a tractor from a combine. I’m what they called “Agriculturally Impaired.”

 

The Great-Looking Green Bean

The Great-Looking Green Bean

By Susan | January 6, 2020

Is there iniquity in my tongue?
Cannot my taste discern perverse things?

— Job 6:30

 

In the late afternoon of a very busy day, I realized that it was the birthday of a dear friend and neighbor. I quickly made her a big bouquet of my grandmother’s heirloom blue iris and pink peonies. Ah!

The Boiling Point

The Boiling Point

By Susan | January 6, 2020

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry;
for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

                                                            — Ecclesiastes 7:9

 

We were a growing family with three daughters. We needed more space. So we had just bought a bigger house. It was a beautiful, big, wide, ranch-style home. We got a good deal on it,

Batman Pink

Batman Pink

By Susan | January 6, 2020

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them.

— Genesis 1:27

 

I’m happiest when I’m down on my sweaty hands and knees, with a dirt moustache . . . gardening.

 

There’s no other place where the mysteries of life unfold right before your eyes.