Peekers and Seekers

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

looking in gift horse's mouth

I bake breads, cookies, rolls often.  My husband and I can only eat part of it, so I occasionally offer a loaf of warm bread or pan or rolls to neighbors.  When their gardens are producing, they usually respond with a few tomatoes or cucumbers.  But, one person offered me a can of green beans, assuring me I would love them.  She does.
Well, this is where the gift horse gallops in:  they were absolutely awful!  I opened and drained them, added them to my chicken-potato-cream soup casserole.  The beans were not only flavorless, but they had been canned with stems, bits and large, hard weeds (think little branches here)...oh, awful!  So my husband and I tried to pick out anything green and salvage the rest of the tasty dish.  Photos show our progress.
I'm still grateful for food gifts, but will be discerning in the future.

"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share...I Tim. 6:18"

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

He married his sweetheart

While reading a critique of McCullough's biography of Harry Truman, I read:
“Listen, son, I married my sweetheart,” Truman said, “She doesn’t run around on me, and I don’t run around on her. I want that understood."
That sounds exactly like something my own husband would quickly say!
I can only hope all who read this blog can say the same!

I'd like to read the book, but have you seen any of McCullough's tomes?  Would have to give up a portion of life to get through it.

Thankful today for: married almost 50 years to my sweetheart, experiencing the first EARTHQUAKE during my life with surprise and NO injuries.  One never knows what the day holds when one tumbles out of bed in the morning.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
   his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
  "The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
    "therefore I will hope in him."

   Lamentations 3:22-24

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Peak season

There's an abundance of local produce at the markets right will continue for another 3 months...then the citrus and items from other states will be ready.  Food is wunderful!  It often makes me consider Adam and his produce.

Gen. 2:7...God formed man...I've heard that line, "from dust to dust...", well, not that He couldn't, but it seems to me God made Adam from CLAY, not DUST.  I can't imagine forming anything out of dust.  Dust is elusive, not malleable.  But clay, now there is a creative medium.  One could make wonderful forms, if one were creative...and that One, Creator-God,er is.

Gen. 2:8  says God had already planted and established a lovely garden.  What better place to make the home for the first man?  As it turned out, he had food, occupation, nature to observe and great scenery.

When I try to imagine the scene, I haven't settled what age I think Adam was when created, or what he looked like.  Red hair or brown?  Bronze skin or pale?  And what was his age?  Could he have been a teen walking beside his Father learning his trade?
did Adam have to dig?  did he have to invent the shovel, plow or hoe?
Where did he get the first seeds?  Think of the size and quality of his produce.  The leeks, the cucumbers, the did the curse of the ground effect his garden?  were there cut worms in the potatoes?  was he and his wife vegetarians?
I'm glad the first farmer began the long tradition of producing produce, grains, seeds...all the items we love to eat.  Mostly, I'm thankful to God for creating the garden and the worker in the very beginning.