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Archive for March, 2010

   Mar 31

Starring San Francisco

Spot the kitty! It’s almost noon, and my battered thermometer claims it’s barely 40 degrees outside. Some of the hailfall is still clinging to icy existence beside the house, and the house is filled with that eerie white snow light. Megan stopped by yesterday on her way to work and brought my orchid inside so […]

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   Mar 30

Hail to Thee

Hail in the garden, 7 am It was wild and stormy last night. It rained so hard that it woke me up a few times. I lay there listening to the storm rage, wondering why James never cut down the trees which are just a few feet from the house. If one of them gets […]

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   Mar 29

Cat Chat

View from the porch today The forecast this week is for cold and rain, and I have learned the chilly way that temperatures in Hooterville are approximately ten degrees lower than they are in the balmy Bay Area. Henry Etta and I have stayed close to the heater today, she retreating to the depths of […]

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   Mar 28


Jessica takes afternoon tea On Friday night, I put Megan’s laundry in the dryer and folded the clothes when they were ready, putting the basket in my living room. I figured it was the least I could do for my busy sister. She reclaimed her laundry early in the morning while I was still sleeping, […]

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   Mar 27

Dew Drop Inn

New cat door! Rob turned up while I was still sipping my coffee and regaining consciousness. If you ever visit, just walk right in. Don’t bother to knock. The door doesn’t have a lock, anyway, so come on in. Everyone else does. Of course, if I’ve gone to town (aka the Three Hour Tour), it […]

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   Mar 26


Megan and her ambulance My sister Megan is nine years and nine days younger than I am. We always joke that makes us some kind of twins. Nine years can be a big age difference, especially when one of you is, say, sixteen and the other is seven. Once I was getting ready for a […]

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   Mar 25

Henry Etta Update

Like girl, like cat: Henry Etta also fell off the sleeping loft, and also landed on her side. I was surprised that she didn’t shatter into a million pieces, since she’s practically made of glass, but she was unharmed and unperturbed. Unlike Self, the reason for her unorthodox descent from the penthouse was not lack […]

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   Mar 24

I Got the Power

Drinking coffee from my tiny demitasse cup and saucer makes me feel so elegant. Even when I’m wearing one of my oddly assorted morning ensembles*, like flowered pajamas, polka dotted socks, and two unmatching sweaters. You’d never think I had a subscription to “Vogue”. The other morning, I put a thimble of coffee in the […]

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   Mar 23

Phoning It In

I got a new cell phone a few days ago. Before the gadget-minded among you get all excited, I hasten to add that it’s supposed to get better reception here in Hooterville, and that’s the only reason for getting it. Cell phones being the complicated and annoying things they are, the new one has to […]

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   Mar 22

Suzy Peakall’s Day Off

My “office” on Friday It was 80 degrees and sunny on Friday. How could I be expected to deal with work on a day like that? Actually, I did, in the form of taking cell phone calls by the beach with a friendly Rottweiler winding his leash around my wrist as I tried to act […]

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   Mar 21

Running Out of Gas

Parking lot at the local store I try to avoid buying gas at the local store, since it’s considerably more expensive than the gas in town (especially if you buy it at the Speedex, near the Feed & Pet, instead of at, say, the Chevron in the middle of town) and I am now the […]

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   Mar 17


Somehow the heat got turned off last night, and it was 46 fun-filled degrees in the house when I got up at a semi-respectable 7:30 this morning. I varied my usual routine (turn off outside lights, turn on computer, turn up heat, start coffee) by turning on the heat first. Then I looked out the […]

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   Mar 16

Getting Warmer

I got up at 7 this morning after dreaming I had an apartment right next door to San Quentin. It was 40 degrees this morning, so all around, it was an improvement. Henry Etta, however, did not seem to find it all that warm. She was nestled so far back in her cozy bed that […]

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   Mar 15


Blurry picture of Henry taken through the sliding glass doors this afternoon Day Four of getting up at 6 (or earlier). I think this officially qualifies as a bad habit now. And speaking of bad: the bad habit of Daylight Savings Time means it’s dark and even more depressing at that benighted hour. As I […]

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   Mar 14


Well, I still got up at 6 this morning (now the new 7). This is turning into a bad habit. I went to bed around midnight and woke up at 5 with my heart pounding after a nightmare. I dreamed that I heard a big truck coming down the narrow, rutted dirt driveway. I looked […]

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   Mar 13


Audrey inspects the bee boots I got up at 5:30 this morning. For no particular reason. I can’t even blame the cats, even juvenile delinquent Audrey. As I write, they’re both still outside in the 34 degree pre-dawn chill. Just think: tomorrow it will be this cold and dark at 7 am instead of 6! […]

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   Mar 12

This Is Your Wake-Up Call

Lookin’ out my front door Rain pounding on the curved roof/wall woke me up at 6:00 this morning. Since we haven’t yet been subjected to the absurdity of daylight savings time, it’s light-ish out. Light enough for me to turn off the mountain lion deterring outside lights, anyway. Returning to bed, Audrey was curled up […]

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   Mar 10


As I hauled on my winter coat and scarf yesterday afternoon, I thought “I might as well be living back East.” Actually, I would have been doing better if I had been living back East. I was talking to my colleague in New York and he told me that it was about 60 degrees there, […]

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   Mar 08


It’s Magic I actually went out on Saturday night! Can you believe it? It may well be the first time I have ventured out past sundown since I moved to Hooterville. Alert the media! I am the anti-vampire. Guess I won’t be starring in any super-popular teen movies any time soon. How very disappointing. The […]

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   Mar 06


It was a dark and dreary day yesterday, the perfect weather for a film noir, especially one from my favorite decade, the 1940s. I love the luscious lines of cars back then, the elegant clothes and hairstyles, the ability to wear furs and diamonds with impunity – pretty much everything except, you know, that tiresome […]

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