Suzy Says
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Megan and I headed for the beautiful south coast in her little red car on a rainy Sunday morning. The ocean was showing off, as it does when stormy weather is afoot, and a few valiant Naked Ladies flaunted their spiky pink blossoms by the roadside. Orange nasturtiums climbed ruined wooden fences, and bright California […]

I saw a dream come true. Years ago, my siblings scratched and clawed an epic 80 foot by 80 garden out of the pygmy and the scrub. The next year, they added an orchard, bringing the whole thing up to a palatial 13,000 square feet. The orchard includes peaches, which is how you make the […]

Roadside America
October 22nd, 2016 by suzy in Travel 3 Comments

Waking up when it’s light outside with cats sleeping peacefully on the bed and not (I’m looking at you, Queen Audrey) demanding to be let out: priceless. It’s good to be home after my mini road trip north, and it’s a delightful coincidence that I am home on the anniversary of the day I moved […]

October 20th, 2016 by suzy in Travel 2 Comments

Hello from the redwoods! You’re right, there are redwoods in Hooterville, too. But it’s just one of those California things that you can drive for hours and still be in your own county (or just over the county line) and still be in the same area code. As usual, my travel plans did not exactly […]

October 19th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

It’s 9:00 am. Do you know where your Suzy is? She is lounging in bed with coffee, cats, and the sun streaming through the skylight. You may be wondering how this is possible in the middle of the week. My boss gave me the rest of the week off, and after working a 14 hour […]

‘Tis the Season
October 17th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 1 Comment

My old friend the moon was blasting this morning, looking suitably Halloween-y and illuminating the road and the ocean the whole way to work in the early morning darkness. It was a welcome change from the conditions I faced last week. The first storm of the season made an early and dramatic appearance, rocking and […]

Ghost Stories
October 11th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

You all know how I love a good cemetery walk, whether it’s in Sleepy Hollow, the final resting place of Brom Bones and Katrina Van Tassel, or the small, but scenic local one with the secret path to the ocean. So it’s not surprising that I found myself with Megan in the old cemetery which […]

For Real (Estate)
October 7th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Friends 2 Comments

It’s been a banner year for real estate among my circle of friends. My friend Richard and his wife bought the house they rented for several years. The owner passed away and his or her heirs did not want the house, so they sold it to the existing tenants, making everyone happy. Jonathan’s girlfriend Rio, […]

The Inconstant Gardener
October 3rd, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Garden 7 Comments

The Garden Says HelloWith the luxury of an extra (unpaid) day off, I decided to do a couple of things in the neglected garden. Fortunately, it’s done pretty well without much attention other than watering, and probably not enough of that. The rust garden, for example, looks just fine: I snipped a couple of dead […]