Suzy Says
Radio Nowhere
December 31st, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends 3 Comments

The darkness that shadowed the end of 2013 carried into 2014, with losses all around me, including the shocking murder of a beloved Sheriff’s Deputy, which horrified the entire county; the sudden loss of my friend Joel; and the loss of my job. Trips to San Francisco: A mere three, versus last year’s nine times. […]

December 29th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Special Occasions 1 Comment

Bright and beautiful Jarrett’s birthday is located a couple of weeks before Christmas, inevitably leading to the dreaded combo gift suffered by so many December babies. Not everyone is clever enough to have their birthday and Christmas evenly spaced six months apart, like I did. But his desk looked like this when he arrived at […]

Audrey was not my favorite cat the morning after Christmas, when she mercilessly woke me up at 5:45 am by pounding on the sliding glass doors. They don’t fit very well, so they create quite a racket when played by Audrey, especially with the added bonus of screeching claws on glass. You’d think I’d be […]

It’s a wild and stormy Christmas Eve. Reports are that the power is out at home, and a call to my friends at the PG&E Outage Line gave me the sad information that it may be “extended” due to many outages. So far this seems to be worse than the storm that wasn’t, though it’s […]

At Home
December 21st, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Friends,Jessica 2 Comments

It turns out that Lichen’s new house not only looks like a wine cask, it is – or at least it was – a wine cask. A plaque on the wall says “Storage tank no. 82, capacity 26,424”: As you would expect, it is a deep wine color on the inside. The former cask now […]

Q and A
December 18th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Work 3 Comments

So yesterday was Interview Day. The cats woke me up earlier than I would have liked, especially since I needed all the beauty sleep I could get, but I somehow still ended up rushing to get out the door on time. It was gloomy but not (yet) raining, and I was amazed by how deep […]

December 13th, 2014 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 2 Comments

Looks like we have weathered the storm! Power stayed on at my house – undoubtedly because Mark lent me his generator before taking his family to Mexico for a month – no trees crushed anything or anyone and nothing leaked. Apparently the rest of the country is mocking us for freaking out about the storm, […]

December 10th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Special Occasions,Weather 2 Comments

Gloomy morning to you! It’s the calm before the storm. The weather seers are calling for the worst storm in a decade, with high winds and torrential amounts of rain (6 to 8 inches in a 24 hour period). It even has its own hashtag on Facebook. The National Weather Service is predicting that the […]

Between Storms
December 6th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family,Weather 2 Comments

Of the many delights of finally getting some real rain (not having to water the garden; not feeling guilty about either watering or not watering the garden; frogs singing; making a dent in the drought), driving and walking dogs are not among them. As you all know, I’m not one of Nature’s drivers, even in […]

I Totally Paused
December 2nd, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Work 2 Comments

Weather’s coming On my way to the jobette yesterday morning, I passed Michael on the Ridge. Michael is the older gentleman who used to live on the same property as Lichen until the place was sold and everyone was kicked out summarily. Michael is a Hooterville institution, riding his bike or hitch-hiking everywhere, and was […]