You Know Life Is Good When….


……there is a kitten in your watering can.

I appropriated an old-fashioned metal laundry tub from the washhouse and turned it into a planter for a big mix of seeds–cherry tomatoes, snapdragons, zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, bachelor’s buttons, teddy bear sunflowers, and more. I shoveled dirt from the garden and carried it to the tub outside the cellar porch for an hour!!! Backbreaking, this damn gardening thing, LOL. But so lovely……especially with cats for company!! The smaller pots are herbs and some flowers.

And look at my three kids!! Working in the garden with cousin Georgia, earning their supper this summer!!

:bananadance:TWO winners, selected by random comment number drawing for their pick, autographed, from my contemporary backlist: Marty and Estella. Click the Contact button in the menu above to send me your choice and your address!


  1. catslady says:

    Congrats ladies! Oh they are sooo cute:yes:

  2. Tori Lennox says:

    Congrats, Mary and Estella!!! :bananadance:

    Love the pictures, Suzanne!!!

  3. Marty says:

    Oh! Yay! Have you tried planting kittens? :thumbsup:

  4. Caro says:

    I love the picture with the pots and the cats. Very much “the cat who walked by himself” attitude.

  5. ruby55 says:

    I was wondering if the kids were going to get into the act. Do they enjoy it? Maybe it’s still new and different. Let’s hope they keep it up.

    The cats, or are the kittens that large already, sure seem to be right there with you.:wave:

  6. Jennifer Y. says:

    Congrats, Mary and Estella!!!

  7. mary beth says:

    I remember helping my parents and grandparents garden every summer. It was hot but so rewarding to go out and grab tomatoes, peppers and onions for hot sauce or a watermelon for dessert or greenbeans for supper. YUM!
    Great photos

  8. Carol says:

    Congrats Mary and Estella!

  9. Jill says:

    Your garden puts my five foot by five garden to shame, lol.

  10. Lynn Daniels says:

    Sheesh, Suzanne, you’re making me feel like such a slug! I really do need to get out and pretty up my new yard. Maybe I’ll wait until next week — when the kids are out of school. That way I’ll have some forced labor. :rotfl:

  11. Estella Kissell says:

    Thanks a lot for the book, Suzanne.

  12. Becki says:

    Good idea with that washtub! We bought an old house, and unfortunately have had to spend $$$$$ deleading the outside. Had the yard shaved, put in tons of dirt (4 inches to the top). After 10 years, we did the yearly lead test of the soil, and can’t use it for human consummabes.

    As for the washtub, have the cats found a use for it? Mine would!!! (lol)

  13. Lis says:

    Aw, the cats are so adorable!
    The picture of your kids planting reminds me of when my dad had a big garden out back. Took days to plant :shocked: