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Archive for October, 2009

   Oct 30

Trip to Town

Downtown Yesterday, I ventured to the big town (aka Fort Bragg, not to be confused with the military installation of the same name on the opposite coast). Fort Bragg is where they keep the non-scenic things which must not be permitted to mar the quaintness of Mendocino, but which are necessities of life, such as […]

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   Oct 29

Exciting News of the Day

Feeding time at the zoo The kitty detente continues. Honestly, a week ago, I would never have thought this was possible. Exciting news of the day, part one: Rob is getting a continuous glucometer! This should prevent the scary ups and downs as experienced on Moving Day and keep his sugars on a more or […]

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   Oct 28

Good & Bad Day

Early morning in my garden Today was one of those frustrating days. The internet was crawling at a pace which would have made a snail laugh as it zipped by (and still is, even as I write), and it was impossible for me to access my work database and get anything done, even though I […]

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   Oct 27


It’s one of life’s enduring mysteries: why do cats always do something cute when the house is a mess? Forgive the untidiness, and note that Henry and June are both on the bed at the same time. Amazing for cats who have only been roommates for a few days, especially considering that June has been […]

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   Oct 26


Housemaid’s knee is receding, but still making its presence known. It has been joined by an unpleasant tingling sensation in my right leg, running pretty much the length of it. I have not yet regained my usual graceful gait, but I promise to be thankful for being able to actually walk once I can. For […]

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   Oct 25

Thanks, But No Thanks

Not only am I a semi-invalid with housemaid’s knee* (or housework’s revenge), I’m semi-invalid as a person, too. I didn’t get that job. They called me early on Friday morning, when my sibs and brother-in-law had gone to return the truck. it took a convoy again because my heroic brother was going to work, so […]

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   Oct 23

The Adventure

The road home Operation Escape Oakland hit a few snags, as many elaborate maneuvers are wont to do. Rob is an insulin-dependent diabetic, and had some issues with his sugar count early on Wednesday morning. We applied soda and waited for him to feel better. At times like this, it’s great to have your EMS […]

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   Oct 22

Hi, Honey!

My brother the truck driver I’m home! Details to follow. Let’s just say it was an adventure. Everyone’s OK, and we’re settling in. Thanks for all the love and support!

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   Oct 21

Convoy, Convoy

Well, this will be my last post from Oakhampton. I’m ending as I began, camping in my house with weirded out cats. Though now there are three instead of two. Henry is in the pantry, a marked improvement over being stuck in the cat carrier all day (the landlords insisted that I remove the screening, […]

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   Oct 21

Henry Update

Are we there yet? Yesterday, I trapped Henry on the screened-in porch by the simple expedient of removing the concrete block propping the screen door open. I closed it carefully and locked it. I poured some litter into the top of a banker’s box and placed it as far away from his food and bed […]

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   Oct 19


In case you have to move sometime in the future – and I dearly hope you don’t, since I love you dearly – here’s how to do it the nouveau pauvre way. Craigslist is key. Since you all know that much of my life is brought to me courtesy of Craigslist, you won’t be surprised […]

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   Oct 19

Full Circle

It’s simply tipping it down outside, as my late, great stepmother used to say, in her rich, plummy voice. It’s giving me flashbacks of the Highway to Hell last week. Just looking at the car is making me nervous. The girls are trapped in the house, and Henry is the King of the Porch again. […]

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   Oct 18

Are You Passionate?

Megan (center) at the protest today. My sister is. Her week started with the usual twelve-hour night shifts from Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, she took her husband to Ukiah for a medical appointment, a four hour trip. On Friday, they went to Willits (home of Seabiscuit!), another long drive, to see the neurosurgeon and […]

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   Oct 17

Cats, Books & Boxes

Henry was nowhere to be seen when I went out to feed him this morning. I called him and called him, but he didn’t appear. I could have alerted the TV networks, but decided to go and pack some more and then look for him again. While I packed, I worried about not being able […]

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   Oct 16

News for Papers

If you look carefully through the plum tree, you can see the remains of Oxycotin Girl’s former abode. The destruction started a few days ago, when I thought they were merely replacing the roof. But after peeling off the roof, they started to tear down the supports, and are now slowly tearing down the walls. […]

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   Oct 15


My dear friend the Lipstick Gardener sent me a gift certificate to a day spa. It was an un-birthday present, which we all know is the best kind. I saved it for a couple of months, savoring the pleasure of knowing I could use it any time I wanted. I perused the web site, deciding […]

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   Oct 14

The Gift

My timing really is excellent – I was driving through the worst October storm in nearly 50 years. Oakland got four inches of rain yesterday, or 20% of what we usually get in an entire year. Yikes. I’m not going near the car today. I imagine it’s sighing with relief at being safe and sound […]

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   Oct 13

Wind & Whether

Stormy weather Wow! That was intense! I must have aged ten years on the drive home today. Jessica will be even less complimentary the next time she compares the original to my decade-old driver’s license picture. I was the most worried about Highway 128, whose curves make Marilyn look like Audrey Hepburn. It turns out […]

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   Oct 12

The Talisman

My father traveled a lot for work*. When we were kids, we used to compete to see who could spot Dad first when we picked him up at the airport**. I can still see him, in his characteristic navy blue raincoat, his eyes lighting up when he saw us. My sister is considerably younger than […]

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   Oct 10


Being the Halloween Fairy takes practice. Also blah. So I have a job interview on Monday. It’s the first one I’ve had in nearly twenty years*. I suppose I should be glad that I haven’t had more interviewing experience, but on the other hand, I haven’t had more interviewing experience. The interview is also 180 […]

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