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September 30th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 3 Comments

For those of you who have been waiting to see James’ tile work in Megan and Rob’s bathroom, here you go! I think it’s really pretty. And like I said, if there’s anything suggestive there, it’s pretty subliminal. It looks like a flower to me. You will all be happy to hear that Rob and […]

September 29th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Family 3 Comments

Living on the edge You may have noticed that I rarely complain about work, when I can and do complain about almost everything else. If there were an Olympic complaining event, I’d be clanking with gold medals, a living legend. Though I’d probably still complain about the Olympics and how they’re constantly on TV*. Part […]

House Tour
September 28th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,House 8 Comments

People have been asking to see the inside of my odd little house. Here goes: Come on up the front stairs. Which are at the side of the house. The window is where my desk is (you’ll see it later). The staircase to the sleeping loft is right in front of you when you walk […]

Cats and Dogs
September 27th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Dogs 4 Comments

Star (left) and Schatzi take a break at Big River Yesterday, Roscoe decided it would be fun to kill a bird and play with its mangled corpse all over the house, tossing it gleefully into the air, catching it again, and running around with it in his mouth. He was utterly unconcerned by my screams […]

September 26th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 4 Comments

A post-adventure nap What’s worse than letting Audrey out at 4:30 in the morning? Bringing her in at 4:30 in the morning. Last night, our Princess came by at about 7:30 for the second sitting of dinner. She dislikes eating as unfashionably early as those ill-mannered kittens, and tends to nibble part of her dinner […]

September 25th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Dogs 2 Comments

So Audrey woke me up around 4:30 this morning. As I let her out onto the balcony, I noticed that it was flooded with moonlight. I put on all the outdoor lights as usual, my talisman against predators, and went back to bed. The kittens took this opportunity to start climbing all over me like […]

September 24th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 5 Comments

Morning light on my staircase You know how they say mothers forget the pain of labor, and that allows them to have more children? I think the same rule applies to kittens. I find myself saying (or thinking) “I don’t remember June and Audrey doing that” multiple times during the day. It probably took me […]

Growing Up
September 23rd, 2010 by suzy in Cats 1 Comment

Hanging out As usual, the kittens woke me up earlier than I would have really enjoyed this morning. They leaped joyfully on me, kneading, purring, and occasionally biting. It reminded me of being woken up by Olivier and Thierry those long-ago summer mornings in Nice. It’s weird to think that those little kids are fully […]

Early rain, early morning Wow. Has it really been almost a week? What have I been up to, you ask? Well, there was unseasonable rain the night of Rob’s birthday and into the next day. I attempted to capture the rain drops on the trees (see above) with the new camera, which I am learning […]

Technical Difficulties
September 17th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 3 Comments

Since you asked, yes. I’m still trying to figure out my “simple” new camera. I may need to borrow a teenager. So no visual aids today. You should all be glad that I also don’t have access to Smell-O-Vision. On the way to the vet, the boys expressed their dismay in their traditional manner. The […]

September 15th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 8 Comments

Today I got an email from Amazon, saying they couldn’t deliver the package that was delivered yesterday. Maybe I can ask them for a refund. Today I also received my new, undesirably-colored camera. So far, I have figured out how to put in the batteries and the memory card, and set the date and time. […]

Food Fight
September 14th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Henry 2 Comments

As I write, Roscoe is perched on my shoulder, purring and chewing on my diamond earring. The kittens have very exclusive taste in chew toys, preferring diamond earrings and the edge of my iMac to more mundane toys. I’ve been letting them out at will during the day, though I keep them in after dinner. […]

Covet: September Vogue
September 13th, 2010 by suzy in Covet: A Series 5 Comments

Of course, the September Issue is the most-anticipated of the year – and the heaviest. This year’s tome couldn’t fit into my size zero mailbox, a phenomenon unfortunately familiar to most women, “Vogue” readers or not. I loved a lot of this year’s clothes. Jessica, Erica and I oohed and aahed over them on Saturday. […]

The Nanny Diaries
September 12th, 2010 by suzy in Dogs,Family,Jessica 4 Comments

Despite having no maternal instincts whatsover, I seem to have been baby-sitting a lot lately. On Friday, I looked after Star for about half the day, giving me time to get work out of the way before settling in to watch “Love Story”. Star and I agreed on how romantic the snow looked, not to […]

Before & After
September 11th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 4 Comments

Before After They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Maybe the crazy gene has finally caught up with me, since I kept trying to make my old camera work, and voilà! I was actually surprised by how much better the house looks – […]

All In a Day’s Work
September 9th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Family 3 Comments

We’re not kidding Well, Megan completed her first full week back at work on this cold, sunny morning. While she was off, everyone she worked with called to check in on her, including the janitors. Working the night shift brings you close to your colleagues. They know all about each other’s families, ups and downs, […]

Cleaning Up
September 8th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life 4 Comments

There’s gotta be more trouble I can get into! Yesterday, I heard someone outside and went to investigate. It turned out to be Mark, who was here to operate on the new-ish window. He applied flashing to weatherproof it, and topped it off with some weathered boards using a magic compressor nail gun, and it […]

Growing Up
September 7th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 3 Comments

Rooftop Roscoe The boys don’t turn three months old until tomorrow, but they’re celebrating a little early. I came downstairs this morning to find that they had overturned an entire glass of water onto my terminally ill camera, performing a liquid coup de grace. Later in the morning, after I let the cats out, I […]

Bad Birthdays
September 6th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Family 5 Comments

Well, we’re 0 for 3 in the birthday department. Megan’s birthday barbecue got rained out for the first time in living memory, and was almost immediately followed by a serious knee injury and simultaneous root canal. My birthday continued the rained out barbecue theme, and was capped off by the tragic disappearance of the Beautiful […]

First Foray
September 5th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 2 Comments

The Queen surveys her domain Audrey may not particularly enjoy her new roommates’ company – the growling and cuffing whenever they cross her path seems to suggest that she does not – but they gave her a boost in dragging me out of bed this morning. Audrey was, as usual, asking to be let out […]