2017

The Party

I survived the office holiday party! It was a marathon, though, with days of planning and decorating and blasting down the Ridge in the early morning darkness. This may well […]

Candlelight

Another annual tradition this time of year is the Candlelight Shopping Night in the Village: It looks so magical! As we headed down the Ridge, we noticed Rob at the […]

Miscellaneous

Wondering what’s been happening in SuzyWorld™? Well, lots of nothing mostly. The car thing is dragging on into its millionth year. There has been a certain amount of progress, however. […]

Sparkling

Megan and I enjoyed our annual tradition of the Festival of Lights at the Botanical Gardens. As usual, the parking gods smiled on Megan, and we got a parking space […]

Let the Holidays Begin!

Christmas came early to stately Suzy Manor this year. The mental malaise I have been battling lately made me long for lights and sparkliness. Of course Dr. Suzy’s prescription for […]

Encore

As you know, I hate dealing with the post Thanksgiving turkey carcass. It’s unwieldy, icky, and makes it impossible for me to escape the unpleasant fact that I ate a […]

Thanksgiving

It was a quieter than usual Thanksgiving at stately Suzy Manor. I had the house ready well before noon: and the outdoor livingroom was ready as well: Rob brought some […]

Getting Ready

Well, today was Thanksgiving Eve for us. Despite an unwise consumption of adult beverages the night before, while listening to music and watching “The Partridge Family” in honor of my […]

Unlike most people this time of year, I am more preoccupied with things automotive than things culinary. Outsourcing most of the T Day operations helps in this regard, a secret […]

Well, it’s been a less than stellar week in SuzyLand. An unlovely combination of work bullshit and car problems have combined forces to make my outlook bleaker than ever. I […]

I seem to be reluctant to accept the inevitable advent of the winter/rainy season, even though it is spectacularly muddy at my house*, the Ridge is adorned with giant puddles […]

Unimproved

It’s hard not to retain a certain amount of interest in the past, though sometimes it’s better not to look back, since you might not like what you see. A […]

Sunday dawned clear and cold. A glance at the propane heater in the living room told me that it was 46 degrees inside the house, and the thermometer outside was […]

Boo!

Jessica has not yet aged out of trick or treating with her auntourage. I have to say I am surprised that we have not yet become embarrassing, I would have […]

Season Openers

On Sunday morning, I went over to Megan’s house. I was pleased to see a big pile of wood in the driveway: Jonathan and I had ordered a cord of […]

Gardens

Sometimes I wonder how many people actually live in Hooterville. The official population is 168, due to the lack of enthusiasm for responding to the last census. Many people move […]

Playing in the Dirt

There has not been as much progress on the trenching project as I personally would enjoy. Every day when I get home from work, I hope that there will be […]

Celebrations

People are beginning to return to their homes if they still have them, and the long cleaning process is starting. Much of what remains is toxic and will have to […]

It’s been hard to think of anything but the fires. I listened to the radio at work for updates all week, and actually started reading the news again for the […]

When I stumbled out of bed in the early morning darkness, I could smell wood smoke through the screen door on the balcony. I thought it was too early and […]