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Seasonally Affected
October 30th, 2013 by suzy in Cats,Country Life 2 Comments

The handsome and agile Roscoe One of the many great things about being in LA was the ability to sleep in until the sun was up – and it was always sunny. Back here in Hooterville (and probably in LA), it is the unlovely time of the year where 6 am looks just about the […]

Virtual Walk
October 27th, 2013 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family,Work 1 Comment

On Saturday, I made a special appearance at the jobette. The guy who has taken over Saturdays from me was at a jobette-related event in the City. I made good use of my time by selling a piece of art for $150*. I seem to be good at selling expensive artwork on Saturdays (this summer, […]

Home Again
October 24th, 2013 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Travel 2 Comments

I gave myself about the same amount of time to drive to LAX, return the rental car, take the shuttle to the airport and go through the dehumanizing process that is required of those who have the temerity to fly as I did to drive all the way to Santa Rosa from Hooterville. I also […]

Magical History Tour
October 22nd, 2013 by suzy in Travel 2 Comments

It seems only appropriate that I am back home in Hooterville on the fourth anniversary of my move here. Although I enjoyed the trip to LA, it made me appreciate my quiet country home more than ever. I think it’s safe to say that the bumpkinization process is complete. On my last day in LA, […]

Hooray for Hollywood
October 20th, 2013 by suzy in Travel 3 Comments

I took a break from the stress of driving and took the Metro to the heart of Hollywood. I was lucky that the place I’m staying and the place I was going were both on the Metro line. Here’s the clean, lovely station at Hollywood and Highland: After the hell of driving the past couple […]

Santa Monica
October 19th, 2013 by suzy in Travel 1 Comment

And a better one it was. It was also a beautiful one: I love palm trees. They always make me happy. I headed to Santa Monica, via the quite alarming freeway. You know it’s a bad sign when there are traffic lights on the on ramps. Once on the freeway, you are either a four […]

At Last
October 18th, 2013 by suzy in Bullshit,Travel 2 Comments

Welcome to Los Angeles Well, that was not fun. I blithely assumed that it would be fast and easy to fly to LA from Santa Rosa. Only a two hour drive to the airport instead of a four hour one! A terminal the size of my house with parking that’s a mere $9 a day […]

On the Road Again
October 16th, 2013 by suzy in Travel,Work 3 Comments

Travel has certainly ramped up during the last quarter of the year (can you tell I’m swamped with quarter-end tasks?). First there was the sudden, yet long (the driving part) trip to Reno, then a flying visit to San Francisco. Tomorrow I head to Los Angeles for a few days, and about a week after […]

October 14th, 2013 by suzy in Country Life,Schatzi 2 Comments

Sunset over the Pacific You may not have visited our little corner of the world, but you’ve probably seen it. The Village was the setting for the long-running series “Murder She Wrote” (fun fact: Jessica Fletcher’s house in the TV show is now a B&B), even though it was supposedly set in Maine, on the […]

The Impatient Patient
October 11th, 2013 by suzy in Cats,Schatzi 4 Comments

The (Im)Patient Little Miss Audrey was at it again… Not closing herself in the dresser drawer all night, or madly clawing at the door to go out, or refusing to come in at night, or terrifying the neighborhood dogs*, though she does all that. After all, she is Audrey. She was allergic to fleas again, […]

Wine Whine
October 7th, 2013 by suzy in Country Life,Special Occasions 1 Comment

Postcard Day Megan and I were invited to a wine tasting at a friend’s house in the Village on Saturday night. We thought it would be fun to stay overnight in the Village instead of trekking back home in the dark after the party, so we decided to stay at a hotel. There was a […]

Halloween San Francisco Style I’m back home with the kitties and it’s a beautiful day. It’s warm enough to have the fans on – summer’s last hurrah. I can tell the cats missed me. They came in on their own yesterday evening and took turns sitting on my lap. As I write, they are all […]

October 3rd, 2013 by suzy in San Francisco,Work 1 Comment

Just Being I woke up to a beautiful morning in San Francisco. Not a cloud or wisp of fog in the clear blue sky, and the wild parrots wished me good morning in their inimitable, raucous voices as they soared into the sunlight. A taxi ride took me through my old neighborhood, where I noted […]

October 2nd, 2013 by suzy in San Francisco 4 Comments

Traffic on the Bridge Happy divorce day to me! My long-awaited divorce becomes final today, after a decade of being separated and dealing with paperwork. I am celebrating with a brief visit to San Francisco. It’s purely coincidental that I’m here on D(ivorce) Day; I had a day of meetings planned on Thursday and hopefully […]

Manic Monday
October 1st, 2013 by suzy in Bullshit,Country Life 2 Comments

My week got off to a great start with my car not starting in the Safeway parking lot on a rainy Monday morning. I stopped off to pick up a few things on my way to the jobette, got in the car, turned the key, and heard a very discouraging noise. Figuring that it was […]