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Happiness Is a Warm Puppy
November 29th, 2012 by suzy in Cats,Dogs,Family 5 Comments

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 of information. Everyone who adopts a dog from Daisy Davis Pit Bull Rescue gets a package of information about the breed – misconceptions, history, facts […]

And We’re Out
November 28th, 2012 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

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 was unfortunately the first person to report the outage on this dark and stormy day. The Ridge’s ditches were full of water and the road […]

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 house was overflowing with friends, family, and food. Good thing we had the outdoor seating area as well as the indoors. The turkey cooked a […]

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 I started off by roasting chestnuts (for stuffing) and pears (for the salad). While they were roasting, I dug up potatoes from the buckets of […]

New Beginnings
November 20th, 2012 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Dogs,Family 2 Comments

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 been swept off its feet. I will need to borrow a cup of Rob, like I did a few days ago when the sliding glass […]

Garden Notes
November 16th, 2012 by suzy in Garden 3 Comments

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 a cosmic club bouncer. Before Stevie moved to Club Pele, she gave me some lovely parting gifts, such as this stunning 12 year old Japanese […]

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 chills that week, but you’d be wrong. My brilliant co-worker at the jobette – the same one who predicted the election results and the Giants’ […]

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 writing about a long, long time ago, about last Friday. In fact, it was last Friday. One of the many things I love about our […]

November 7th, 2012 by suzy in Special Occasions 6 Comments

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 304 electoral college votes versus the actual 303 (he also accurately predicted the Giants’ world-series winning sweep of Detroit last month), I was pretty nervous […]

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 rain gauge later informed me that we got more than an inch of rain that day. Erica tried to bribe Jessica into staying home that […]