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Archive for January, 2011

   Jan 31


Incredibly, A is still in intensive care, as we approach Week Four. The tracheotomy went well (aren’t operations always a success?), and the ventilator is currently doing less than half of A’s breathing for her. But she remains in her Michael Jackson killing propophol twilight, in which she has been arching her back, grimacing, and […]

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   Jan 28

A Bunch of (Hot) Air

It’s no secret that I’m not handy. I can hardly wrap a Christmas present, let alone put up a shelf or do anything with the car other than put gas in it while simultaneously wincing at the price ($3.69 a gallon in San Francisco! It’s a mere $3.23 out here in the boonies). And even […]

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   Jan 27

Back Home

Clyde takes a sunny bath in the garden I was on the Golden Gate Bridge by 3:30 yesterday afternoon, leaving the city behind in a blaze of sunshine. The Bay looked like a postcard, with Alcatraz presiding grimly over blue water dotted with white sailboats. Traffic was fine, except for a minor slowdown near Santa […]

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   Jan 26

The Awful Truth

Apparently the tracheotomy is because one’s esophagus gets (understandably) irritated by prolonged contact with the ventilator. I still don’t understand why A isn’t breathing on her own after three weeks in Intensive Care, but I’ll call C when I get home and ask. Sometimes the thousands of miles and difference in time seem so huge. […]

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   Jan 25


First, the medical updates: A has been moved back to the original hospital, since she no longer needs the special equipment at the second hospital. They are considering giving her a tracheotomy so they can remove the ventilator. C says this is a good sign, but it doesn’t sound like it to me. As soon […]

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   Jan 24


It’s good that this year’s resolutions did not include any Calamity Suzy items, because the month isn’t over yet and I’ve already slightly damaged Self. In doing so, I proved, if there was any doubt to begin with, that the old adage is true. It really is easy to fall off a log! Now you […]

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   Jan 23

Happy Day

Big River Beach The beautiful weather has made walking the dogs even more of a pleasure. So far I’ve done pretty well at my “walk the dogs more often” resolution (though not as well at the “worry less about the cats” part. You can’t have everything). A couple of days ago, we met up with […]

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   Jan 22

Village Stroll

The latest news on A is that she is improving slowly. “Improving” in this case means “still breathing on a ventilator, 102 degree fever, and still sedated”, but at least she is off dialysis. C says she still doesn’t recognize him through all the drugs, but is hopeful that she will be able to breathe […]

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   Jan 20

Bag It

Yes, I’m five. During our errand running extravaganza last week, we stopped in at the Cute Store. The Cute Store is a valuable source of stocking stuffers during the holiday season, and the rest of the year, you can get all kinds of cute things to gladden a girl’s heart. Such as a purple Hello […]

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   Jan 18

Déjà Vu

Home away from home Somehow, I managed to go to the vet’s office two days in a row. Yesterday, I went with Megan to consult with an orthopedic surgeon about Schatzi, and this morning, I took Clyde and Roscoe in for their final kitten shots. Does this mean they’re all grown up? Dr. Carl, the […]

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   Jan 17

Perfect Day

Reflections First, an update on A… Last week, she was transferred to a different hospital. This was touch and go and the doctors, according to her husband, were “preparing him for the worst.” She has improved since arriving at Hospital B, and is off dialysis. However, she is still unconscious and on a ventilator, so […]

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   Jan 15

Happy Friday

Flowering tree in the village Yesterday was one of those magical days we sometimes get in the winter. The frogs were chirping away like crazy and the robins were taking merry little baths in the puddles on the driveway. It was sunny and so warm that when Megan and I walked the dogs at Big […]

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   Jan 13

Audrey Calling

Audrey takes a nap I really liked the typewriter theme, but the text didn’t wrap properly around the pictures, and it drove me crazy. So I went back to this old theme while I look for something new and fabulous. It’s always so hard to find form and function in one place, isn’t it? It […]

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   Jan 12

A is for Anxious

A during her modeling years My friend A is a remarkable, accomplished woman. I’ve been lucky enough to know her since we were seventeen. She was born in China, and her family fled to Canada to escape the Cultural Revolution (her uncle, if I remember correctly, was Deng Xiao Ping). In Canada, she learned to […]

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   Jan 11


A moss river Even though winter temperatures in Hooterville can (and do) flirt with the freezing mark, sometimes slumming it in the south of 32 neighborhood, there’s usually something in bloom. My neighbors down the Ridge have camellias in full bloom, much as I did in Oakland this time of year. Here, the manzanitas are […]

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   Jan 10

Weekend Walks

Today’s sunrise I woke up this morning to the comforting sound of the propane heater downstairs. I set it for 52 degrees before I went to bed, so I knew it would be a chilly morning. But for the moment, I luxuriated in the warmth of my bed and the fact that the kittens were […]

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   Jan 09


I can’t believe that I haven’t told you yet about the Conspiracy Christmas Present I gave Megan. In October, we were walking the dogs at Big River when Megan said she wished she could afford a professional photo of Schatzi before she gets old and infirm – the Schatz is 11 years old now, and […]

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   Jan 08

On the Mend

I spent most of the day in bed yesterday, bemoaning the fact that my relationship with the cats isn’t a little more reciprocal. Instead of bringing me ginger ale and chicken soup in bed, they played outside in the sunshine all day, only coming in for meals and the occasional nap. Despite my nausea, they […]

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   Jan 07


I was woken up in the early morning darkness by a headache instead of by Audrey. I took a couple of ibuprophen, made some coffee, and let Audrey out. I drank the coffee while reading my emails and waiting for the pills to work. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed by a stomach ache, which got increasingly […]

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   Jan 06

(Extra) Ordinary

Reflections Yesterday was Twelfth Night, so it was time to take down all the holiday decorations and face the fact that the days of presents and candy are, sadly, over for another year. When I put the stockings, wreath, wrapping paper, trees (both metal and gel) away in the storage loft over the bathroom, I […]

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