Suzy Says
Radio Nowhere

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 […]

Hail to Thee
March 30th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Henry,Weather 5 Comments

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 […]

Cat Chat
March 29th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Henry,Weather 4 Comments

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 […]

Tea
March 28th, 2010 by suzy in Jessica,Special Occasions 3 Comments

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, […]

Dew Drop Inn
March 27th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Family 4 Comments

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 […]

Megan
March 26th, 2010 by suzy in Family 3 Comments

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 […]

Henry Etta Update
March 25th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Henry 4 Comments

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 […]

I Got the Power
March 24th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 3 Comments

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 […]

Phoning It In
March 23rd, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 2 Comments

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 […]

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 […]

Running Out of Gas
March 21st, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 3 Comments

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 […]

Birthday
March 17th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Memories,Weather 5 Comments

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 […]

Getting Warmer
March 16th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Henry 5 Comments

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 […]

Outside
March 15th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Henry,Weather 3 Comments

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 […]

Rob
March 14th, 2010 by suzy in Family 3 Comments

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 […]

Shopping
March 13th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking,Country Life,Memories,Schatzi 4 Comments

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! […]

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 […]

Comeback
March 10th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 8 Comments

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, […]

Magic
March 8th, 2010 by suzy in Special Occasions 2 Comments

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 […]

Noir
March 6th, 2010 by suzy in Movies 5 Comments

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 […]