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Clyde in a box! Shipping not included. You’d think this seemingly endless parade of cold, rainy days would inspire me to clean up the house, but you’d be wrong. I’m much more inspired to clean on sunny days, when I can have the doors open to dry things off and cheer me up. Whereas gloomy […]

Etc.
October 28th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Weather 2 Comments

What else is there to do on a rainy day? Not much has been happening here in Hooterville, other than the seemingly endless rain. I have the heater set at 64, and it keeps coming on and burning luxurious propane alarmingly often, since the temperature refuses to get out of the 40s outside. It’s dark […]

Even Better
October 26th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Family 2 Comments

My grumpy Sunday (and my house) improved dramatically after Rob’s arrival. With Megan at work and the rain pouring down outside, it was a good day to work inside. Rob installed the propane heater in the studio, which involved more than I expected. Lots of pipes and doodads, turning the gas off, and other things […]

Better
October 25th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 3 Comments

Sun after rain Well, we got five inches of rain in 24 hours, according to a neighbor’s rain gauge. So it wasn’t just my whiny Self – there was a lot of rain. We’re supposed to get more on Thursday, but I’m going to pull a Scarlett O’Hara here and think about it tomorrow. Today […]

Ugh
October 24th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 3 Comments

The uninspiring view from my porch It’s not even 9:00, and I’ve already had a lousy day. Audrey woke me up around 5:30, growling at the kittens and bashing at the balcony door. I reached for my glasses on the bedside table, but couldn’t feel them anywhere. I turned on the light and “looked” as […]

The Miracle
October 23rd, 2010 by suzy in Cats 9 Comments

You have to see it to believe it! Audrey was sleeping on one side of the bed, and Clyde was on the other. I was putting laundry away when I saw Audrey get up and walk over to Clyde. Instead of the hissing and cuffing I expected, she sat down right next to him: And […]

A year ago today, I moved to Hooterville. Last year, it was warm and sunny. This year, it’s cold and rainy*. Last year, I had my beautiful June Bug and my sweet little Henry Etta. Now they are gone, and I have the two rambunctious kittens to make me laugh, drive me crazy, and ease […]

Oops
October 20th, 2010 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Cats 2 Comments

A Roscoe original. Price upon request. Sometimes, it’s great that my house has so many doors. Other times, not so much… Yesterday, Rob came by to put the first coat of paint on the foyer floor. He carefully blocked the painting area from curious cats with a big piece of plywood, and put a big […]

Neighborly
October 19th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 4 Comments

It was a chilly 44 outside and 54 inside when I got up this morning. I sneezed myself awake. I’d rate that as slightly better than being woken up by the alarm clock. Or a cat claw on my lip. Guy might have something about cats and their healing powers, because they all slept with […]

Achoo!
October 18th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life 7 Comments

Study in curves Well, I have a cold and a half. It’s hard to diagnose accurately, since I now have year-round allergies. It’s all this Nature, I’m telling you. I never had allergies when surrounded by nice, healthy concrete and skyscrapers. But yesterday, I realized that the headache, body ache and sore throat, along with […]

Progress
October 17th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 2 Comments

Now a warning?! I noticed this on the side of the house yesterday. I had never noticed it before, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there. I’m incredibly unobservant. If I were a witness to a crime, they’d never catch the guy (or girl). Not that I’d notice. Rob was over working on the floor, […]

Audrey: A Pictorial
October 16th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 4 Comments

Audrey actually being in the house, in the daytime, and hanging out, no less, was cause for me to grab the camera. I let her out each morning sometime after 5:00 am, hoping that anyone who would consider her a nice, light snack has packed it in for the night. She slinks home sometime after […]

To Bee, Or Not To Bee
October 15th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Family 5 Comments

Inside the hive Megan and I checked on the hive yesterday with our brother. There isn’t as much honey as we hoped, and Jonathan thinks that maybe the Queen isn’t very productive. It’s hard to know, since these bees just volunteered, taking over the hive after the Italian Blondes died out last winter. This year, […]

Leftovers
October 14th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking 1 Comment

I picked these apples myself! It was one of those days that turned into an inadvertent cooking frenzy(ette). I started the family Thursday dinner this morning (Megan kindly dropped off the missing ingredients of baby spinach and fresh ginger on her way home from work this morning), and in the course of looking for things […]

Home Improvement: Hooterville
October 13th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 5 Comments

The beginning of the end The hideous lime green floor’s days are numbered. That’s the kind of doom I can get behind. Rob came by today and started prepping the floor. I have to admit that if I did the painting, I would just slap on the new paint and hope for the best, thus […]

Trucks Are Fun*
October 12th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 6 Comments

Everyone knows it. Even four month old kittens. Audrey led the way, making the truck look cool by just being there. That’s what It Girls do. Then the boys got interested. That’s Roscoe in front. I’m finally getting better at telling them apart. A historic moment: all three cats in the same place at the […]

Greening
October 11th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Henry 4 Comments

I’ve been thinking about getting a vine-y plant to twine charmingly around the new-ish rustic window. Of course, I never have any idea what to get, and my plant dreams are about as realistic as my day dreams. I wanted to grow a Kaffir lime tree and a Meyer lemon (after all, the mean old […]

New & Improved
October 10th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 4 Comments

Putting in the carpet took longer than we expected. You know how it is. Mark’s visiting nephew came over and helped us put all the furniture back before it got dark. The whole house has that new car(pet) smell! Here’s a close-up of the carpet: It’s called “Granite”, and I’m so lucky that Monica gave […]

Busy Day
October 9th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Jessica 1 Comment

Study in pink* Thursday was an exciting day. Mark came by in the morning and said he was ready to put the new carpet in the sleeping loft. I ran upstairs and started hauling everything I could onto the balcony. It’s a good thing that the balcony is so big and so close. I’m pretty […]

Adventurous
October 7th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 3 Comments

Sunset through the trees I’m definitely getting better at using the new camera! Yesterday, I stopped by Megan’s house before she went to work. I had barely reached her front porch when we heard a strange sound. We looked around, but didn’t see anything. I followed the sound back down Megan’s driveway, and there was […]