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Vet Visit
August 31st, 2010 by suzy in Cats 3 Comments

Back view of the vet office On our way to the vet’s office, I observed to Megan that it seemed early for the Naked Ladies by the side of the road to be in bloom. “They don’t usually bloom until fall,” I said. “Uh, Suz…it’s September in two days.” Oh. I was a little concerned […]

Personal Ads
August 30th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 7 Comments

Name: Clyde Nickname: The Cuddlebug Likes: Food; fighting with my brother; cuddling with the girl; taking it one day at a time. Dislikes: Being picked up just when things get interesting; having to stay inside. Personal Ambition: To be friends with the big cat. And world peace, of course. Quote: “Least I ain’t a liar.” […]

Feeding Time at the Zoo
August 29th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 3 Comments

Sharing It’s 8:30 am, and I’m ready for a nap. Audrey started demanding to go out at about 4:30. Despite the earplugs, it was almost impossible to ignore her clawing at the door, especially since it was accompanied by howling. Now with extra noise! There was no way I was letting her out in the […]

The Great Escape
August 28th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Jessica 5 Comments

Bookends The boys managed to escape when I let Audrey in for the night. You try and find two black cats in the darkness. And country darkness at that. That’s the darkest kind, you know. It’s the French Roast of night. I went and got one of the emergency lights I keep on hand for […]

Growing Pains
August 27th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 3 Comments

Playing in the ficus tree is always held in high regard As I write, one of the kittens is curled up on my left shoulder. They may be the cuddliest kittens ever. They are always climbing up on me and purring. They are also equipped with deluxe power purr. They are growing up fast. Or […]

A Simple Plan
August 26th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family 4 Comments

Yesterday, Megan came up with a bright idea. She had a physio appointment in town, so she suggested that I accompany her to our friend Lu’s house and work there. Lu’s house has the advantage of being significantly cooler, since it’s closer to the ocean, and also boasts high speed internet (sigh*) which (gasp) actually […]

August 25th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Dogs 1 Comment

Yesterday was a really frustrating day. I had a ton of work to do – which is supposed to be finished by the end of today – but I was frustrated at every turn by the perfect storm of my internet service provider’s failure to do same, and the “upgrade” of our on-line database, which […]

Rude Awakening
August 24th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 2 Comments

A simple solution Yikes. Audrey woke me up around 6:00 this morning, making a really scary howling noise (not to be mistaken for her “get lost, boys” growl, which I am hearing right now as I type this). I came downstairs and found her in front of the sliding glass doors in the living room, […]

Let’s Hear It for the Boys
August 23rd, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Henry 7 Comments

Meet the boys! Well, the Evil Eighteenth was harder for me this year than it has been in a while. Grief is a strange thing. It can be nine years since you lost someone, and you can feel just as terrible as when you first got the news. It’s probably because I lost both Henry […]

Random Notes
August 13th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Family,Henry 4 Comments

People complain these days, and maybe rightly, about the downside of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but there are good things about it, too. Just this morning, I learned the following on Facebook: A friend and his girlfriend became first-time parents; A friend’s beloved only brother returned safely home from serving in Afghanistan; […]

August 12th, 2010 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Cats,Family 3 Comments

Spot the Audrey! Here you see Audrey perched on the bureau in the sleeping loft. She has the opposite of acrophobia. She has love of heights. Only an empty box makes her happier than being as high up as possible. She must enjoy looking down on me. I heard her racketing around downstairs this morning […]

August 11th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family 2 Comments

I was walking by my front door this morning when I glanced outside and noticed Schatzi. I went outside, and before I could even pet her, she was joined by the always bouncy Star. I don’t think anyone has ever been as happy to see me as that dog is, even though I don’t live […]

Lost & Found
August 10th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 5 Comments

Notice anything different? While I was marooned on the couch with my backache this weekend, Mark and a friend of his put a window in my house! It sheds some much-needed light on the studio and the many things which still need to be organized and put away in there. One good thing about being […]

Bringin’ Calamity Back
August 9th, 2010 by suzy in Calamity Suzy 4 Comments

Note to Self: housework is very bad for you, and should be avoided at all costs. A cleaning lady is a perfectly legitimate healthcare expense in your case. On Saturday, I waxed the floor in a bout of temporary insanity. I knew that it would still look semi-bad, since it desperately needs refinishing, and, like […]

August 7th, 2010 by suzy in Bullshit,Country Life,Dogs 1 Comment

Yesterday, the shower only turned icy cold twice. And I wasn’t shaving my armpits or trying to rinse off conditioner (a near-impossible feat in cold water), so, you know, score! As I stood away from the frigid trickle, choosing the cold air over the cold water, I tried not to think about all the water […]

August 4th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking 3 Comments

I seem to have been assigning myself a lot of dessert homework lately, for some reason. It might be the advent of the Official Month of Death, since its arrival often seems to send me into a cooking frenzy. I got some rhubarb and strawberries at the farmers’ market, so naturally it was time to […]

Hooterville Safari
August 3rd, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Dogs 3 Comments

The mostly dead wisteria vine And today, on Wild Kingdom… When I took the coffeepot out to fill it with water, a little moth fluttered in. I had to persuade it to leave. If it had stayed, it probably could have flown to the moon unaided, since the coffee I made was totally atomic. I […]

The Finish Line
August 2nd, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 2 Comments

Remember the great driveway project? Looks like it’s finally complete. Today, a giant blue truck came rumbling down the dusty driveway, merrily snapping the power line and depositing gravel as it went. Mark temporarily fixed the electrical line, which was draped precariously from my house into the trees, as a tractor came by to smooth […]

August 1st, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 5 Comments

While reading in bed this morning (the spooky and engrossing The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters), it occurred to me that I have quite nice views from the comfort of my bed. Let’s see if you agree: The skylight at the foot of my bed. Ironically, the sunlight pouring through it makes the room look […]