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March 20th, 2017 by suzy in Family,Memories,Special Occasions 2 Comments

Dad’s birthday dawned sunny and beautiful, but it was a sad one for me this year. Some years I am filled with how lucky I was to have such a wonderful father and friend, and other years it just makes me so sad he is gone. This was one of those years. To make things […]

Random Notes
March 16th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

I avoid the news now like the plague it is, but I keep abreast of important matters on the local message boards. We have had an avian theme lately: Predators have reduced our small flock to one lonely hen. Anyone in a similar situation? You take my 2 year old hen into your flock, or […]

Whether
March 11th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Garden,Weather 3 Comments

“I’m the Whether Man, not the Weather Man, for after all it’s more important to know whether there will be weather than what the weather will be.” — The Whether Man, “The Phantom Tollbooth” Well, our whether has varied widely over the past week. Last weekend, it hailed up a storm – about half a […]

More Cats & Dogs
March 8th, 2017 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Cats 1 Comment

One of the side effects of the mystery ailment is a certain grumpiness and intolerance for nonsense, especially kitty-based nonsense. Unfortunately for me, Clyde’s interest in naughtiness remains unabated, and he has also decided that now is the perfect time for him to up his meowing game. I disagree with him strongly on this point, […]

Marooned
March 5th, 2017 by suzy in Calamity Suzy 2 Comments

I am coming to you from the couch, where I am ensconced with several feather pillows (did I ever mention my pillow addiction? I think the usual number residing on my bed is around eight. It’s less than half that on the couch, though they are beaded and/or velvet to make up for it), and […]

Chilly
March 3rd, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends 2 Comments

I missed the Polar Plunge last year since I was in Monterey, being dazzled by the amazing Aquarium and delighting in the sandy beaches and farmstands. So I made sure to be there this year. It was a cold and windy day as Megan and I pulled up behind the ambulance. Our good friend Lu […]

Ceremonial
February 27th, 2017 by suzy in Special Occasions 1 Comment

I’m not known for my church-going. Having atheist parents will do that to you (and make you wish you had something to rebel against). I can’t remember the last time I was in a church, but it was likely a great cathedral in England with my father. For an atheist, he loved to visit cathedrals […]

Stormy Monday
February 23rd, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 3 Comments

Monday was a holiday, and while it was nice to have a long weekend, it was (of course) a stormy one. The wind howled around the house, and watching the trees toss their heads, I told myself to accept the fact that the power was going to go out. As usual, I ignored my well-meant […]

Cats and Dogs
February 19th, 2017 by suzy in Cats,Dogs 3 Comments

It’s still raining them. And the forecast is discouraging: I thought that Clyde’s increase in naughtiness was a fairly recent thing, but my blog archives tell me that it has been nearly three years since he started his early morning wake up campaign. This is why it’s so useful to keep a journal. You can […]

Flooded
February 15th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Friends,Weather 1 Comment

Guess what? It’s raining! Y’all can stop your rain dances or waltzes or twerking, we’re good for now, especially in Oroville, wherever that is. I was touched at the international concern for my safety following the news of the Oroville Dam overflow. I still don’t know where it is, but I do know that the […]

Stormy
February 11th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Weather,Work 1 Comment

Stormy Seas On Fridays, it makes me happy to know that my siblings are happily asleep as I jolt workwards down the muddy driveway in the early morning darkness. The driveway is puddlier than ever thanks to the stormy visitors we have had lately. I am beginning to think that whoever did those rain dances […]

Saturday
February 7th, 2017 by suzy in Cooking,Country Life,Friends 1 Comment

For some reason, I decided that this weekend was the perfect time to attempt this unnecessarily elaborate dish for Sunday dinner*. Despite my lack of religious upbringing**, and the fact that I try to dedicate as much of Sunday as I can to my personal favorite sin of sloth, I usually make something nicer than […]

Surprise
February 3rd, 2017 by suzy in House 3 Comments

I came home one day to find that I had a new refrigerator. The appliance fairy had apparently come by while I was at work, leaving a gift that kept on giving. The new refrigerator is bigger and blockier than the old one. It is unfortunately too tall to fit under the (admittedly makeshift) shelf […]

The Main Event
January 31st, 2017 by suzy in Work 1 Comment

Well, I survived the annual scourge of the work fundraiser. Barely. It was as Sisyphean as I remembered. No matter how many hours I worked, I never got the things done I planned/needed to, making me feel both incompetent and stupider than usual, feelings I do not enjoy. And being loaded down with event-related duties […]

Rained In
January 26th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,House,Weather 1 Comment

Megan and I had grand plans to see the Bolshoi Ballet performing “Sleeping Beauty”, but Mother Nature had other plans. The appointed day dawned dark and dreary, and as the day went on, it got rainier and rainier. We already knew that the Road to Civilization was flooded and closed: and that it was very […]

Muddy
January 22nd, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Garden 2 Comments

I finally got around to clearing up the worst of the storm damage around my house. Several good-sized limbs had been removed from trees, and a couple of smallish trees were uprooted. I dragged the corpses out of the way and into the remaining woods. I didn’t rake up all the smaller fallen pieces, though, […]

Fine
January 19th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life 2 Comments

On a sunny Saturday morning, Megan and I headed to the Big Town to see the fine woodworking show. Rob, who is a pretty fine woodworker himself, was unable to accompany us due to other pressing wood-related matters, like gathering more firewood before it started to pour again. I missed his insight and perspective – […]

Sun & Moon
January 16th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life 3 Comments

Cheers! Megan wakes up after her long night shifts on Thursday afternoons, and I get home from my day shift just a little later than that, so we decided to head out to the Ledford House to enjoy the sunset together, even though it was a school night for me and Megan had just finished […]

Old & New
January 13th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends 1 Comment

Twelfth Night fell on a Friday. I left work early that day to go to Angelika’s little salon in the big woods. Among my Christmas gifts this year was a gift certificate to get my hair highlighted, so off I went to get both my hair and my spirit refreshed. Not only does Angelika do […]

Tempestuous
January 10th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Weather,Work 2 Comments

It was sleep in your sweater night at stately Suzy Manor last night! I accessorized my sleep sweater with the latest in sleep hats. It is so wrong to see your own breath in your own house. The power obdurately continues to be out. We are solidly in Day Three now. Not only that, but […]