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July 4th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Weather 1 Comment

I am happy to report that I am sitting in bed with both cats at the luxurious hour of 8:00 am. There is no Evil Death Star blasting through the skylight and blinding me. Also I am actually wearing my bathrobe (the old red fleece one from the Gap that I have had since I […]

Hot Times
June 30th, 2018 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 1 Comment

If it’s Saturday, it must be scorching… The last two Saturdays in a row have been hot’n’heinous, reaching 90 in my bijou residence. And that’s downstairs, where the propane heater gives a readout of the room temperature. It was still 86 downstairs when I went to bed upstairs in the sleeping loft, cursing James’ genius […]

Minor Mysteries
June 24th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

Early one morning, on my way to work, I turned onto the Ridge from the dusty, potholed driveway* and was astonished to see a highway patrol car stopped just a few feet away. I could see a guy beyond the car. I stopped to ask the officer what the problem was, and he claimed there […]

Grateful
June 19th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Work 1 Comment

Despite the recent minor health and car problems, I have been trying to focus on the many things I have to be grateful for. My sister coming to my rescue with cold remedies; my brothers coming to my rescue with car remedies; a few minutes to cuddle with Clyde before the alarm goes off; an […]

Ailments
June 15th, 2018 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Car 2 Comments

I’m sorry to say that after more than a week, The Crud still has me in its unpleasant grip. Repeated daily applications of Sudafed and Afrin seem to do little in the way of loosening its claws, and if I buy shares in Kleenex now, that would be perilously close to insider trading. Maybe I […]

Hidden Treasures
June 11th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

I’m finally beginning to feel human again, though the Time Off Malaise made me miss a delightful BBQ with our friend Lu and the last ballet of the season. Of course I am well enough to go to work. But I’m also well enough to finally get around to recording more of our recent-ish adventures. […]

Math
June 7th, 2018 by suzy in Bullshit,Calamity Suzy 1 Comment

Despite spending much of my working life in finance, math and I are not close friends. And you will not be surprised to hear that logic and I are but distant acquaintances. However, no matter how slow on the uptake I may be and the fact that I still don’t know all my times tables […]

Un-Birthday
June 4th, 2018 by suzy in Special Occasions 2 Comments

With all the tragedies lately, I am not feeling it for my birthday this year. Yesterday was the memorial service for Erica’s mother, which she handled with grace and fabulous make-up. Arriving home from the service, I discovered I had lost my diamond bracelet, which I really liked. I must have fastened the clasp incorrectly. […]

Delightful
May 31st, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends 1 Comment

I continued my course of therapeutic frivolity by leaving work early the Friday before the long Memorial Day weekend and heading to Angelika’s little salon in the big woods: To be fair, I had planned the haircut long before the tragedies hit, but the timing could not have been better. I was surprised to see […]

Lovely
May 26th, 2018 by suzy in Special Occasions 1 Comment

I decided to try some of my own frivolous medicine to help me deal with the recent losses in my life. If it worked for Erica and John, maybe it would work for me, too. I started by indulging in the Royal Wedding, which I had recorded on BBC America so I could merrily fast […]

Gone
May 22nd, 2018 by suzy in Friends 2 Comments

Pete Well, guys, I got hit by a one-two punch of tragedy, and I’m still reeling from it. I was driving home after a 12 hour day at work when I heard my sparkly pink phone blowing up. The long drive home gave plenty of time for plenty of texts, and as I walked in […]

Road Trip
May 15th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Garden 1 Comment

Megan mentioned on a Friday evening that she was planning to go to the thriving metropolis of Willits on Saturday to get pepper plants and tomato plants for the greenhouse the boys just built: Willits is 30 miles inland from the Big Town (though it takes a good hour to drive those 30 miles*), making […]

It had been far too long since we had eaten at Luna Trattoria, and far too long since we had seen a play in the Village. We set out to remedy both of those omissions on the same night. Our multi-tasking was made easier by the fact that Luna had moved to the Village from […]

Bookish
May 6th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

Our county is big – the size of two small states, blended up and garnished with hippies, intellectuals, rednecks, and artists with a bottle of wine and a joint on the side – but the population is small. Its nearly 4,000 square miles is home to a mere 86,000 people, or about 23 people per […]

Trafficking
May 1st, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Sports 1 Comment

Public Service Announcement Tourist season is upon us. The dreaded out of state plates are popping up all over, and their driving 15-20 miles an hour below the speed limit gives us plenty of time to read them (and weep). They are accompanied by their equally despised brethren, the lumbering RV, all of them merrily […]

Birthday Girl It was a postcard day as Megan and I headed to the beautiful Valley to pick up the equally beautiful Jessica for her birthday dinner. It had been a long time since we had driven in that part of the county, so we took our time admiring the springtime scenery. The rolling hills […]

Cheers
April 23rd, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

Replete with local history, we headed to the bookstore, where rumor had it that there had been an expansion. The building looked the same from the outside, but on the inside, we discovered some new rooms: It was nice to have a little more room to move around, though it’s also nice to have the […]

Happy Birthday
April 20th, 2018 by suzy in Special Occasions 3 Comments

Happy birthday to my blog! It turns 17 today. Kind of hard to believe I’ve been writing it that long. Things have certainly changed since I first started. Back then, I lived in beautiful San Francisco, I was married, I owned a lovely apartment in the best neighborhood in town, and both of my parents […]

What’s Cookin’?
April 17th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

I was in dire need of an attitude adjustment. And some sister time. Fortunately for me, the sun was shining after some late season rain, and Megan was available for an adventure. The ocean was sparkly and beautiful, accessorized with frilly white waves, and everything was swept clean by the recent storms. Rhododendrons were flaunting […]

Finally
April 13th, 2018 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,House 1 Comment

I am pleased to report that the mattress nightmare is finally over! Like particularly capricious dates, they kept standing me up at the last minute. This happened twice. The day and time was set, and then the night before, I’d get a call saying something had come up and they couldn’t make it after all. […]