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Archive for December, 2011

   Dec 31

2011: The Year in Review

This year was about change: getting the jobette; swimming lessons; having to make peace with driving a lot more. Change is good, right? One deleterious effect of working more is reading less. I read 118 books in 2011, vs. 140 in 2010. The favorites of the year were Sue Grafton’s “V Is for Vengeance” and […]

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   Dec 29

Jessica Says

Of course, what you really want to hear about is Jessica. As soon as she got out of the car, she ran to me and I picked her up and whirled her around, to both of our delights. As I mentioned earlier, she is so much taller now – about chin height, instead of heart […]

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   Dec 28


The day after Christmas, I was surprised to be the first one up. I had expected the eight year old to be hopping and popping in the way that eight year olds do. Sometimes I think we’re born with all the energy we’re going to have and just use it up as we go along, […]

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   Dec 27

Christmas Wrap Up

Aftermath Maybe I always say this, but it was the best Christmas ever! I spent the morning making cheese biscuits: And salad dressing, in the majolica jug to the right of Grammie’s silver: Later, the cheese biscuits were in the Wedgwood biscuit barrel and the salad in the Wedgwood bowl with matching serving tongs. It […]

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   Dec 25

Christmas Cheer

Merry Christmas, everyone! It’s the first cloudy day in a month, or longer. All the better to have Christmas lights on, my pretty. Once I finish caffeinating, I’ll tidy up the house and start on the final dinner prep. Jonathan is dealing with the ham; Megan’s making the cherry pie, so all I have to […]

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   Dec 24


Guarding the tree You are all familiar with the limitations of my kitchenette. So you probably won’t be surprised that last night I went to bed thinking, “OK. If I start the pie crust while the parsnips are roasting, then I can prep the pears and…” You probably won’t be surprised that I woke up […]

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   Dec 21


Clyde in a tree At first, the kitties ignored the tree. Seriously. They came in from their outdoor play, sniffed at it, and repaired to their usual evening spots: the couch by the heater (Clyde); the bed in front of the heater (Roscoe); nested into the pillows on the bed (Audrey). But as time went […]

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   Dec 20

Adventurous Evening

The dynamic duo Once again it’s 44/6 degrees in my little tar-paper shack. The boys and I are huddling by the heater while Audrey prances around outside in her fur coat and my thimble of coffee gets cold almost as soon as I pour it. The coffee maker is in the bathroom this morning. Why, […]

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   Dec 18

Nearly Ready

The belated tree So I finally decided to put up the vintage 1950s Christmas tree. I was helped in this decision by Rob coming up with a stand for the tree. I should have taken a picture of it for you before I installed the tree and covered the stand up with a towel, but […]

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   Dec 16


Rob’s truck was still waiting by the side of the road yesterday. I couldn’t help thinking that if this had happened in Oakhampton, there’d be nothing left but a graffitied, possibly burning hulk after 24 hours. Megan told me that while she was waiting for Rob to rescue her on Wednesday, about a dozen people […]

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   Dec 14

The Snag

The house was a chilly 44 degrees this morning (that’s about 6 measly degrees for the non-Fahenheit among us, if my math is right. And that’s a big if) and barely 32/0 degrees outside. I put on the heater before I even fed the cats or put on the coffee. I was just sipping my […]

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   Dec 12

Shooting Star

Some people believe that things like eclipses are omens. Maybe they are. When I was being awed by the lunar eclipse and the shooting star on Saturday, my friend and former father-in-law, Ed, died suddenly. He was walking with his beloved wife to the car to do some shopping, laughing and talking, when he suddenly […]

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   Dec 11

Girls’ Night In – Festive Edition

Our friend Lichen doesn’t do Christmas. This is hardly surprising considering that he was brought up on a Mormon commune by parents who tried to “beat the gay out of him.” Also not surprisingly, they didn’t succeed. But what is surprising is that Lichen had never seen “Sex & the City”, and Megan and I […]

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   Dec 10


This morning, Audrey woke me up about ten minutes before six. I went downstairs to let her out, put on the outside lights, and ventured out into the chilly, pre-dawn darkness. One of the few good things about my old nemesis is that it makes it possible to see about 1000 times more stars than […]

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   Dec 09

Christmas Musings

Where did the week go? Suddenly, it’s Friday, with nothing blogged. All work and no play makes Suzy a non-blogger. I haven’t even started my Christmas cards yet, probably because I lost my address book back in June and am still in denial, meaning that I have addresses on Post-Its and in my email, but […]

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   Dec 03

Garden Updates

Yesterday when I was hauling the hose around, it occurred to me that it might be fun to compare how the garden is doing now that summer is over and things should be going to sleep for the winter. I wish I could put these pictures side by side. The comparisons really surprised me. Come […]

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   Dec 02

Clear Skies

Just another postcard day This is how the Village looked yesterday. It still looks like this today. In fact, it’s looked like this for so long that I actually had to water the garden today, and I even left the sliding glass doors open most of the day. A peek at the weather reveals no […]

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