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The sadness of losing my much-loved Roscoe at the end of the old year carried into the new year. A year later, I still can’t believe that his remarkable presence has been extinguished and that I will never have the joy of sharing my life with him again. I have yet to wash or dispose […]

Happy Hannukah
December 28th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Special Occasions 1 Comment

Well, Christmas may be over, but Hannukah is just beginning. A co-worker invited me and some of the other people we work with to her home on what is Boxing Day or St. Stephen’s Day in other parts of the world. Here there are no boxes or wrens (or, thankfully, the beating of female servants […]

The stockings were a great success this year. Megan and I may have set the standard too high for next year. But I’ll think about that later. Maybe a year from now? Jonathan got a little extra this year. I couldn’t resist this set of planetary glasses for the guy with the NASA worthy telescope, […]

Christmas Jessica Merry Christmas, y’all! Hope you are having a wonderful, festive day! We had a wonderful, festive evening yesterday, though a much smaller gathering than at Thanksgiving. My brother’s girlfriend Rio was in Portland with her brand-new grandson; Clayton had to stay in the city to finish up a painting job; and Lichen scorned […]

Christmas Eve Day
December 24th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Friends 1 Comment

Merry Christmas to us! And Merry Christmas Eve to everyone else! I am pleased to say that yesterday’s pouring rain is just so yesterday. Today dawned bright and clear, so we will be able to use the outdoor living room during, and more importantly, after the party, when Megan and I like to sit by […]

Christmas Eve Eve
December 23rd, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Family 3 Comments

It’s 6:00 am. Do you know where your Suzy is? She is sitting in bed with the cats in attendance, a cup of black coffee already drained to its silty lees sitting on the bedside table. The Christmas lights are on and the heater is doing its Sisyphean task in what Wilco calls the bible […]

On Saturday, Megan and I went to pick up Jessica at the Navarro General Store for our long-awaited trip to the Festival of Lights. We got there first, giving us time to admire Santa in his huge (moving!) snow globe: I enjoyed watching Santa in the seasonably cold weather, though Jessica commented that “It’s not […]

December 19th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,House,Special Occasions 3 Comments

Going to the craft fair to admire Lichen’s beautiful work had a sort of reverse domino effect, with me doing things earlier in the week that I would normally have done on that Saturday. On Thursday, I came home, started chicken broth bubbling on the stove, ready for Friday’s after work cooking fiesta, and then […]

On the Town
December 16th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Special Occasions 1 Comment

Our plans to go to the Festival of Lights with Erica and Jessica went awry. It was pouring all day, so we postponed the sparkle to a less rainy day. A rain check! Later in the afternoon, the rain let up and Megan persuaded me to go with her to the Village for the Candlelight […]

…To the Redwoods
December 13th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs 1 Comment

The Ancient Trees Instead of taking the left turn off the bridge which connects Highways 1 and 128, we went right, toward Anderson Valley, where the vines were sleeping their winter sleep and the surrounding hills were just beginning to turn green from their summer gold: Our first stop was our beloved Libby’s, to pick […]

From the Beach…
December 10th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Friends 5 Comments

It was a beautiful day in Elk Here it is this weekend, and I still haven’t written about last weekend! In my defense, though, I had to stage the giant office Christmas End of Year Celebration and clean it up, along with myriad other meetings and drama. The week ended with a birthday party for […]

Random Notes
December 7th, 2016 by suzy in Country Life No Comments

Random snacks which magically appeared on my desk this week: Tamales (chicken with green (tomatillo) sauce (labeled “Palo Verde”); a little bag of cinnamon graham crackers in the shape of the characters from “Frozen” (do I really want to bite off Elsa’s head?) and some very out of season raspberries and blueberries. In the misandry […]

As is our post Thanksgiving tradition, Megan and I met Kalli and Jarrett at the annual craft fair in the Village. The Village was packed, with sillier-than-usual visitors meandering all over the roads without looking for cars or even other pedestrians, and there was a theme of poorly trained kids and dogs with their utterly […]