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Archive for April, 2010

   Apr 29

Chilly Blossoms

Which is more wrong: being up at 5:30, or it being 34 degrees outside? Toss up, I’d say. I forgot to put the heat on last night, so it was 46 in the house when I got up. For me, it’s a two sweater morning, whereas for June and Audrey, it’s just another mouse-hunting day. […]

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   Apr 28

Author, Author!

Honestly, for a writer, you’d think I’d write more. I seem to be reverting to my old habit of posting a couple of times a week. Maybe I’m running out of things to say after nine years of slingin’ nonsense. Maybe my capricious muselette is taking the vacation I can’t afford. Maybe I’m using all […]

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   Apr 27

Early Morning Update

It’s 4:30 in the morning. Do you know where your Suzy is? Sitting by the heater with the radio on, blogging and wondering if the rain is ever going to stop. Not when, if. I passed when sometime in March. It’s not supposed to be raining this time of year, and we’ve had nearly 50 […]

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   Apr 24

The Great Dog Rescue Adventure

The Star of the show It was a beautiful, sunny day as Megan and I set off on our long journey. First we drove to town, and then took Highway 20 for what seemed like the rest of our lives. For those of you who have never had the pleasure, it’s a road as curvacious […]

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   Apr 22

Blown Away

The wind was howling yesterday as I drove into town for some errands. I felt as if it were trying to blow me off the road, and I wasn’t surprised to hear on the radio that there was a wind advisory in effect. With a haul of library books, groceries, and a tank full of […]

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   Apr 21

The Accidental Activist

Today’s daisies Somehow I seem to have drifted into a certain level of activism. These things can be catching. Monica, Megan’s partner in pit bulls, contacted me about a sensationalized story in the Ukiah Daily Journal with the headline “Pit Bulls Attack Officers, One Shot”. I posted my thoughts in the comments section, a panoply […]

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   Apr 20

Number Nine

For some people, it’s children that make them realize the inexorable passage of time. Just yesterday, little Timmy was a teeny baby, and now he’s a sullen teenager working at the 7-11 and refusing to go to college. My, how time flies, honey! For me, it’s my blog. Today marks the 9th year I have […]

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   Apr 18


You know, cleaning is bad enough. But cleaning for three hours only to have your hippie hovel still look like crap explains why I don’t clean more often. Dreams of cleaning ladies danced in my head as I abandoned the whole thing to do laundry in my clothes-eating washer*. I was reminded of the anecdote […]

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   Apr 17

Point Taken

Nature always wins in the end Yesterday, Megan and I took Schatzi for a stroll on the headlands at Navarro Point. As soon as we turned left onto Highway One, she perked up. Left is lacking in the boredom potential of right, which can mean getting stuck in the Safeway parking lot or going to […]

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   Apr 16


The scene of the crime When it’s cold here, it’s usually clear, and as you can see in the picture above, that was the case yesterday (can you spot the Schatz?). I surprised Schatzi in her sunny patch, where she was catching some rays and some z’s (girls are all about the multi-tasking, you see). […]

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   Apr 15

Lucky Number Seven

I woke up around 5:00 this morning. I tried to get back to sleep, but going back to sleep is not one of my fortes, so I decided to embrace the inevitable and just get up. June and I came downstairs together, me in two sweaters and June in her always elegant (and not politically […]

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   Apr 14


I woke up yesterday morning to a bluish sky through the skylight. Encouraged, I got out of bed to start the day. By the time I made coffee and was settled on the couch reading my fan mail, the sky had clouded over and gloom reigned once more. At this rate, I’m going to become […]

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   Apr 13

The Story of Henry

The first picture I ever took of Henry, May 9, 2008 You might have noticed that there’s a new category. Much as I did when I heard the news of Rita Belle’s death, I decided to pay tribute to my beloved Henry Etta James with her own category. You can follow all our adventures there. […]

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   Apr 12


Cozy Audrey It rained all day yesterday. In San Francisco, the Giants game had to be postponed for four hours, something which is practically unheard of there. Here the power flickered but stayed on, and the needle on the thermometer hovered dispiritedly at 40 before giving up completely and creeping down into the 30s again […]

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   Apr 11


It’s a good thing we enjoyed Friday so much. It’s been pouring ever since. Yesterday the weather was so depressing that I bagged on going to town with my sister and ate Pop Tarts and watched “Gilmore Girls” instead, occasionally interrupted by Mark chain sawing falling or fallen trees. You’d think it was February around […]

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   Apr 10

Of Dogs and Daisies

Big River, Friday afternoon I jumped right back into country life. Allergies back in full force, sleeping with a sweater on, cold mornings. Amazingly, I actually unpacked on Thursday afternoon. I think my crabbiness gave me extra energy, since my usual method is to leave the suitcase open in the living room, taking things out […]

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   Apr 08


Well, I’m back in Hooterville. I couldn’t afford to stay in the city today, or even pick up a pizza on my way to the Golden Gate Bridge, which made me a crabby little crabcake, I can tell you. Especially after discovering that gas is $3.17 there instead of the $3.03 it is up here. […]

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   Apr 07

Grown-Ups on Parade

Market Street, San Francisco Yesterday I had a few errands to take care of in town before setting off for San Francisco to attend an annual conference. Since I was already in town, I took Highway 20 instead of 128. I’m not sure if I’ve ever driven it before, but it’s as least as curvaceous […]

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   Apr 06

Final Farewell

The memorial tree On Friday morning, I turned off the outside lights and stopped to pet Henry on my way to the kitchen. She was lying on her side, paws relaxed, and fast asleep. The room temperature on the heater read 60, which pleased me, thinking that Henry Etta had been warm all night. Lately […]

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   Apr 02


I found Henry Etta dead in her little bed by the heater this morning. She looked so peaceful. It’s amazing what a huge hole a four and a half pound cat can leave in your house, your life, and your heart. I can’t write any more now. Thanks to all of you who followed her […]

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