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Season Openers
October 30th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Special Occasions 1 Comment

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 wood for Megan and Rob for Christmas, and it had been delivered just a couple of days earlier. It wouldn’t fit in their stockings, and […]

Gardens
October 26th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Garden 1 Comment

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 to Hooterville to escape the World and the Man, and are displeased when either or both trespass in their place of refuge. This reluctance to […]

Playing in the Dirt
October 22nd, 2017 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

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 new developments, but alas, the trenches remain as trenchy as ever. On the bright side, the giant machinery has been located, making parking easier, but […]

Celebrations
October 18th, 2017 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Special Occasions 1 Comment

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 be removed by CalFire. Rain is expected later this week and the fires may be out by Friday. I used to love the smell of […]

Aftermath
October 14th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

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 first time in 11 months. Interestingly, my displaced friend Alison was the best source of local fire news with her Facebook posts. I watched in […]

Ablaze
October 10th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life 2 Comments

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 too warm for Megan or Mark to be having a fire in their houses, but I remembered how warm they both like their houses and […]

More from the Message Boards
October 6th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

Here’s the latest from the ever-eccentric local message boards: Are you, or someone you know, comfortable around parrots with an attitude? We are looking for someone to care for Lucy, our Blue Front Amazon, while we travel. We’ll be gone weeks at a time, too long for her to be confined to her cage. Her […]

Entrenched
October 2nd, 2017 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

‘Memba Mark’s winter trenching project? It has reared its ugly head again. It was a sunny Sunday, and I was watching hummingbirds buzzing around the garden and two yellow butterflies chasing each other while I drank coffee out of my delightful kitty mug: when the peace of the morning was shattered by Audrey bringing a […]