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Pressing Issues
November 7th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life 2 Comments

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 just at the freezing point of 32. I fed the cats, turned on the heater, and took my coffee back to bed, where the cats […]

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 thought that once the double digits raised their ugly head that our auntourage days would be numbered in single digits, but as always, Jessica surprised […]

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 […]

Touring
September 28th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Friends 1 Comment

I put on my tour guide hat the next day and took our visitors to the Village. The entire village is on the National Register of Historic Places, and appears like a dream, its white Victorian houses and distinctive church steeple spilling over the rocky headland which juts into the ocean like something out of […]

Evening
September 24th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends 1 Comment

We left the Fair as the sun began to set, casting a rosy golden glow over the Valley: I love the look of the rolling golden hills, dotted with the deep pools of shade from gnarled live oaks, and the vines, still heavy with grapes at this time of year: Soon the vine leaves will […]

Fun Fair
September 20th, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends,Jessica,Special Occasions 1 Comment

I left work early on Friday. I went home, got changed, and hopped into Megan’s little red car to go to the County Fair. This year’s Fair had a special guest star: Ben, whose visit last year was one of its greatest joys. And this time, he had brought his girlfriend Erica along. They had […]

The Wayward Ways of Cats
September 16th, 2017 by suzy in Cats 1 Comment

Stately Suzy Manor I really don’t know why we call ourselves cats’ owners. Clearly, it’s the other way around. At least at Stately Suzy Manor, Audrey is Lady Violet and I am the humble Anna. Or possibly Daisy. Recently, I have been making the laughable attempt to change which door Audrey uses to enter and […]

Near and Far
September 12th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Friends 1 Comment

I met up with my former boss and a mutual friend at the bar of a historic oceanfront inn for a drink and to catch up on their traveling adventures. They had been as far away as New Zealand and Portugal, so it was nice to travel vicariously. No baggage fees or cramped seats for […]

My (now older) brother’s birthday fell during the Worst Long Weekend Ever. His birthday, near or on Labor Day, (allegedly) ends the summer, and my sister’s, on or near Memorial Day, starts it, their birthdays bracketing the tourist season. It was still about a zillion degrees as I headed to the family estate, driving really […]

Worst Long Weekend Ever
September 4th, 2017 by suzy in Bullshit,Weather 1 Comment

Welcome to hell! You’ll hate it here! I was rewarded for having the temerity to take two days off after working six days a week all summer by a heat tsunami. Nothing as benign as a heat wave – this is a heat tsunami, crushing everything in its path, including me. I actually left the […]

Delicious
September 1st, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends 1 Comment

I worked my last Saturday last week. It was nice to share the magic of this place with the visitors and make a little extra money, but I am glad to only have to drive to the Big Town for five days a week instead of 6. I celebrated by heading over to Rio’s place […]

Melting
August 28th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Weather 1 Comment

Come back, Fogust! Both of my brain cells may have melted yesterday. I didn’t dare to consult the thermometer outside, but it was still 86 in my house when I went to bed last night. My house is so unreasonable. Rob came by to correctly position my Junapalooza swamp cooler gift and attempt to explain […]

I’m sorry to report that high beams* season is already upon us, as the encroaching darkness starts its long slide into winter, when I will be driving in darkness both ways, instead of just one. Months without driving in darkness (two?) are as short as a Canadian summer and just as welcome. In addition to […]