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November 30th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Special Occasions 2 Comments

Late afternoon shadows on my house Those of you who were perturbed by my Grinchy attitude toward Thanksgiving this year (and there were more of you than I would have thought) will be glad to see that I have already started my holiday decorations, at least around here. I also started the Christmas card process […]

The Usual
November 29th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Schatzi 5 Comments

It’s a sunny morning, and you know what that means. It’s still barely 32F/0C outside. I’m drinking hot, black coffee from my tiny, as yet unbroken cup. The kittens are sharpening their claws on the records (a few days ago, I discovered the damage they had done to the Martin Denny section and walked away, […]

Better Late Than Never
November 28th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking,Family 2 Comments

Friday sunrise Those of you who were perturbed to hear about our non-Thanksgiving will be happy to hear that we had dinner with a friend on Friday night. No turkeys were harmed in the production of this dinner. Our friend/nephew Jarrett lives about a four hour drive from Hooterville. We have known him since he […]

The soup turned out okay, not great. I added bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. In retrospect, I should have chopped up the bamboo shoots for easier eating, and added snow peas for some green. Glass noodles would have been a good addition, too. If I make it again, I’ll mince up the garlic and ginger, […]

November 25th, 2010 by suzy in Family,Weather 4 Comments

Through the woods, if not over the river How’s this for going rogue? We are skipping Thanksgiving! Yes, on the busiest travel day of the year, when others were braving the fearsome pat-downs and the arrivals of in-laws, I just worked, walked on the haul road (above), and tried to stay warm on the coldest […]

Chilly Scenes of Winter
November 24th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Henry,Schatzi,Weather 3 Comments

Saturday morning hail Ah, twenty-nine degrees. Bilingually unpleasant, both in Fahrenheit and Celsius. It happens to be the F version here in Hooterville this morning. We knew there was a freeze warning through tomorrow, so I brought in the orchid, fuchsia, geraniums, and marigolds, which were still valiantly blooming. I also left the heater on […]

November 22nd, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Movies 2 Comments

I know, I know – you’ve already read in “People” and the “National Enquirer” that I was at the the new “Harry Potter” movie on Friday, along with much of the country’s population. Granted, it is a little unusual for this country mouse to go out twice in one week – and in two different […]

Goodbye and Hello
November 20th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Family,San Francisco 9 Comments

Welcome Home! Note: Looks like the Doc fixed the comments. So comment away! Don’t be shy! My last morning in San Francisco was nothing but a foodapalooza. I started out with breakfast at Polker’s, where I had eggs scrambled with fresh herbs, zucchini, and tomatoes, and enjoyed the parade of passers-by. I walked back to […]

Past Imperfect
November 18th, 2010 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,San Francisco No Comments

Yes, these sneakers cost the same as my used Manolos [Note: For some reason, I know not why, the comments have turned themselves off. The Doc is on it. In the meantime, email me at You’ll be glad you did.] Guess what I did yesterday? I bought a pair of sneakers! That’s the sum […]

November 17th, 2010 by suzy in Jessica,San Francisco Comments Off on Lovely

Well, I committed a serious Tourist Error yesterday. Even worse than calling the city “Frisco” or “San Fran”, but not quite as bad as asking who the heck the Giants* are. I forgot to bring my camera with me when I met up with Erica and Jessica last night. Needless to say, they looked lovely, […]

November 16th, 2010 by suzy in Jessica,San Francisco 4 Comments

A beautiful day in the neighborhood When I finished my last meeting of the day, I found myself at Fisherman’s Wharf. I decided to walk back to the hotel via Aquatic Park. I love that place. I used to go there often when I lived here, especially if I was worried or troubled. I’d sit […]

City Girl
November 15th, 2010 by suzy in San Francisco 4 Comments

It’s been a productive day so far On this bright, sunny morning, I packed up the car and headed toward San Francisco. One good thing about travelling by car instead of the parade of humiliations and inconveniences – all of which you pay for – that is now known as air travel is that you […]

The Kindness of Strangers
November 14th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs 3 Comments

It was a beautiful day to take the dogs to Big River. It was also one of those days you get in Northern California where it’s in the thirties when you wake up and you’re wearing sweaters with the heater on in the morning, and by noon it’s in the sixties or even seventies, and […]

Thursday Dinner Casserole
November 12th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking 2 Comments

Dinner’s ready! As promised, I made something new for Thursday night dinner. Finally! As usual, it was more delicious than it looks in the photo. I would not add “food stylist” to the skimpy credentials on my resume. As it is, the things I can do are odd and mostly not all that useful. My […]

November 11th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 3 Comments

It turns out that I was over my quota, and that’s why the pictures wouldn’t load. So I did overdo it with the new camera. Fortunately, my fabulous friend (and hostess with the mostes’) Candi* doubled my capacity and fixed the problem. Let’s see how long it takes me to use it up! The cats […]

November 10th, 2010 by suzy in Bullshit 3 Comments

Well, WordPress no longer allows me to upload photos. I must have overdone it with my new camera. It’s frustrating, though, because I have lots of cool things to show you and no way to do it. Just telling without showing…not so fun. If you’re a WordPress genius or a computer genius, let me know!

On Sunday, Megan and I got our chores out of the way in the morning, and then she came over to my house for a fun, girlie afternoon. First, we put a load of her laundry in, and made ribollita soup for that night’s dinner. As usual, we had the ingredients between us, and as […]

Wintery Walk
November 8th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family 3 Comments

Friends Friday was cloudy and threatening to rain, but Megan and I took the dogs with us to run some errands in the village. Afterwards, we took them for a walk on the headlands. That’s the thing about being a dog: you never know whether you’ll get stuck in the Safeway parking lot or get […]

Sun Power
November 7th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family,Henry 3 Comments

The other day, I dropped by my brother’s place to inspect the solar array. That’s what they call it when solar panels are mounted. Who knew? Of course, since it was my brother and his trusty assistant Rob, the panels were mounted with found and bartered materials. A neighbor lent them the welder they needed […]

November 5th, 2010 by suzy in Special Occasions 2 Comments

And now back to our regularly scheduled program. Hope you didn’t mind the brief detours into the sporty and political. As I mentioned in the Halloween post, the Town Hall had a beautiful exhibit of Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) altars. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this ritual, it […]