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A Country Year
December 31st, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 3 Comments

Festive shelf in my living room. Megan gave me the lit-up wax bird, and Monica gave me the snowflake ornament. My first complete calendar year in the country. It was a year characterized by loss and sadness, not just for me, but for nearly everyone I know and love. Here’s hoping the new year is […]

The stockings were hung – well, piled – by the “tree”. I bought it from an artist in Mexico many years ago. Christmas crackers on my maternal grandmother’s platter. They didn’t pop very well, but they had good prizes (a tiny metal yoyo, a keychain with a faux diamond) and shiny metal crowns to wear […]

Updates
December 24th, 2010 by suzy in Bullshit,Special Occasions,Weather 2 Comments

Ready! You will (not) be amazed to learn that the phone phixers phailed to call me, or show up. At about 6:30, I called their repair number to ask for an update, and was on hold through the entire length of “Sick, Sad World” (also known as the news). After about 45 minutes, I hung […]

Kitten proof Christmas tree! Yesterday morning, I heard the pantry door close and went to investigate. It was around 8:00 in the morning, so I figured it was Rob. But it was Megan, bearing bags of Christmas groceries. We divided up the list on Monday, and on Tuesday I braved the crowds to get my […]

Phony
December 22nd, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

The other thing that happened on Weird Sunday was that the phone line expired. Or quit. Or went on strike. Anyway, the phone didn’t work. When Megan called me, it just rang and rang, so she came over to investigate and found me in the previously mentioned dizzy state. The power was already out, so […]

Dizzy Broad
December 21st, 2010 by suzy in Weather 2 Comments

For once, the lack of posting lately wasn’t because of SuzySlothâ„¢, but because I was truly powerless to write (or at least post). On Sunday, the power was out nearly all day. It was also out yesterday, and when it came back on, I hurried to get the laundry and dishes done and take a […]

Gifted
December 18th, 2010 by suzy in Special Occasions 2 Comments

Yesterday’s crop of mail was quite outstanding. A “New Yorker” (the subscription was the gift of a friend) and a batch of Christmas cards, including one from some friends who have known us since we were kids, one from a fan of my blog (love that!), and one from my dear friend Patrisha. Patrisha always […]

A winter scene: fallen leaves, sprouting mushrooms beside my house Mushrooms are as much a sign of winter around here as the advent of robins. Most of them are not as scenic as this one, which is rumored to be poisonous or possibly merely hallucinogenic. I left it alone after I took its picture. We’re […]

Finally
December 16th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking,Country Life 3 Comments

Before After It took me over a year, but I finally have country-appropriate footwear. At least for winter. In the second image, you can see my hard-won sneakers which cost as much as my beautiful Manolo Blahniks (in the first image) did in a consignment shop about 10 years ago. I just bought some pull-on […]

Un-Christmas Presents
December 13th, 2010 by suzy in Family 5 Comments

If, as Lewis Carroll says, there are 364 days a year to receive un-birthday presents, the same goes for un-Christmas presents. And they may be even more delightful. Rob has been taking a ceramics course a couple of nights a week, a birthday present from our thoughtful Erica. So my unbirthday presents arose from a […]

Sunlight & Shadow
December 12th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 6 Comments

Lately, I’ve been trying to capture the look of sunlight and shadow at different times of day. Maybe it’s human nature, or maybe it’s Suzy nature, but having a better camera has made me want a much better camera. Getting closer to catching a moment makes me really want to be able to get it. […]

Thursday Dinner: Curried Lentils
December 10th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking 1 Comment

We’re up to 20.5 inches of rain for the season. See above! After last week’s meatapalooza, I went vegetarian – and possibly even vegan – this week, with: Curried Lentils 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin […]

Foiled Again
December 9th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 7 Comments

I’m not the problem It seems to have actually gotten darker out since I got up this morning. This is getting up, Part III. Part I was letting Audrey out at 5 am (more or less), to do whatever it is she absolutely, totally, must do at that dark hour. Part II was letting the […]

Now We Are Six (Months)
December 8th, 2010 by suzy in Cats 6 Comments

It’s getting a little crowded. Clyde is on the top. Roscoe and Clyde are six months old today! As you can see in the picture above, they are bigger than ever. I wonder how much longer they will both fit in Henry Etta’s old bed. The other day, I caught all three of them sleeping […]

Water World
December 7th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 2 Comments

You know your life is thrilling when you’re excited about getting a new garden hose. And a rain gauge. The old hose was suffering from leakage, including the rotted out area where it connected to the faucet. Using the hose was much like revisiting the garden sprinkler of my youth, but it was much less […]

Merry and Bright(er)
December 5th, 2010 by suzy in Special Occasions 5 Comments

It was bright and sunny when I woke up this morning, filling my pretty little head with thoughts of taking the dogs to the beach, especially after noting that it was already 50 degrees. But after a couple of cups of coffee and a peek at PostSecret, the clouds seem to be taking over. Good […]

Loafing
December 3rd, 2010 by suzy in Cooking,Family 2 Comments

Well, the meatloaf was a big hit. “Three thumbs up” from my sister. I’m definitely adding it to my repertoire. Last night’s dinner featured a guest star, our brother. He usually has fire meetings on Thursdays, but decided to duck out on this one to have dinner with us and bring us up to date […]

Sneaky
December 2nd, 2010 by suzy in Cooking,Family 2 Comments

Mushrooms and art in my garden Mushrooms are as much a sign of winter around here as the appearance of robins. The poor saps come here for the winter, if you can believe it. The wiser whales, however, have already begun their majestic migration to Mexico. Guess which species has the bigger brain? Today I […]

A Start
December 1st, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Special Occasions 2 Comments

“You know, deck them halls and all that stuff.” — Lucy Van Pelt Today the traditional three hour tour took four. And I still didn’t get everything done. At the feed store, my order of kitten food and cat food were tantalizingly on the truck, which had not yet been unloaded. They weren’t sure when […]