2012 in Review

Farewell, 2012 It’s really fun going back and seeing what happened during the year, even if it wasn’t that great a year, like this one. Pay cuts and grand jury […]


For a small coastal community, there are a lot of fun things to do around here. Sometimes it’s hard to choose which one to attend, like when I went to […]

Christmas Memories

Well, the weather did come in, with days of storms, battering us with thunder, lightning, pouring rain, and hail. But I woke to a sunny day on Christmas Eve, the […]

Getting Ready

Weather’s comin’ It was a winter wonderland this morning, Northern California style: hard frost on the grass by the road; the Ridge glittering with frost and puddles frozen. The ocean […]

With a Song in My Heart

Decisions, decisions! Last Friday, there was the tree lighting ceremony in the Big Town, to be followed by the Lighted Truck Parade. It was also First Friday, the day that […]

After the Storm

Before After Well, the storm kicked our collective butts for about 10 days, dumping 8 inches (20+ centimeters) of rain, taking the power out twice in Hooterville (and keeping it […]

Stormin' Up a Storm

The power came back on before I got home on Wednesday night. Apparently the valiant PG&E crews repairing the downed power lines also came across some faulty equipment, which they […]

Happiness Is a Warm Puppy

Jarrett and Archimedes The day after Thanksgiving, Jarrett met his new puppy, Archimedes*. Monica met us in the Village, with the puppy, his crate, blankets, a leash, and a package […]

Right before I left for the jobette this morning, the power went off and on a couple of times, and then off. I called PG&E on my cell phone, and […]

Thanksgiving Memories

The day after Thanksgiving, inside… …and outside! So much has happened since I last wrote that I hardly know where to start. It was a really wonderful Thanksgiving. My little […]

Ready, Set...

The secret to surviving Thanksgiving – as with most things – is to plan ahead and prepare as much as possible. The jobette very sweetly gave me yesterday off, so […]

New Beginnings

It’s a blustery day here in Hooterville – the kind where the wind chimes sing merrily of power outages, and you wake up to find that your purple honeysuckle has […]

Garden Notes

Stevie, my former neighbor, has moved to Hawaii, where she is hopefully being welcomed by the goddess Pele. According to Stevie, if Pele doesn’t like you, you’re out. Kind of […]

Just two short days after the election, I set off in the deep rural darkness to see a political thriller. You’d think I would have had enough political thrills and […]

Beginnings and Endings

I guess I – and you – should just get used to the time lag between things happening and my reporting on them, if you haven’t already. I am now […]


Our Beautiful First Family First things first yet again– it’s been a momentous week or so. Despite the predictions of a friend who called the President’s re-election almost perfectly at […]

A Happy Halloween

Halloween dawned appropriately gloomy and sinister looking. By late morning, it was, as my late, great stepmother used to say in her rich, plummy voice, “simply tipping it down.” The […]

Wonderful Weekend

First things first: the Giants swept the Tigers to win the World Series on Sunday night! Coit Tower was orange in honor of the momentous occasion: For those of you […]

Busy Day(s)

Waiting for the light to change I arrived at the clinic at 4:40 yesterday afternoon, but I didn’t see the doctor until after 6:00. Fortunately, I had the latest Ruth […]

Well, today is going to be a lovely day. I woke up to find that the kitties had been romping in the garbage and recycling under the kitchen sink during […]