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October 6th, 2018 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Cats,Country Life 1 Comment

Other than the Case of the Missing Landlord* and the plumbing mutiny, here’s what’s been happening in and around Stately Suzy Manor. The Epic Dental Safari: I went to see my dentist after the hell of the root canal. It was supposed to be for a minor surface filling and to get the night guard**, […]

Progress
September 10th, 2018 by suzy in Cats 1 Comment

There were some breakthroughs in Kitty World this weekend. First of all, they were all on the bed at the same time on Sunday morning: On the weekends, I like to take my laptop back to bed with my coffee, and the cats decided to join me. Of course, they only do this kind of […]

Updates
September 6th, 2018 by suzy in Cats,Family,Friends,Memories 1 Comment

I took a couple of days off around the Labor Day weekend, and I am pleased to announce that nothing horrible happened for a change. Faithful readers may remember that when I took time off last Labor Day, it was about 5,000 degrees every day, and when I went to Eureka over the Christmas holidays […]

Dodge
August 29th, 2018 by suzy in Cats 1 Comment

I am pleased to announce there is a new member of the family. Meet Dodge! A stray cat followed my coworker Susan* home from the Dodge dealership. He was so friendly that he chased after her like a dog, and she eventually picked up and carried him for a couple of blocks to her house. […]

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 […]

Sprung
April 3rd, 2018 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Cats,Garden 1 Comment

Spring has definitely sprung. The overachiever is flaunting what is probably its final flower of the season: as the outdoor garden tries to catch up. I noticed that the jasmine is budding, if not blooming just yet, and that the peony bush is making an appearance. I should probably get out there and do some […]

More Cats & Dogs
January 16th, 2018 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Dogs 1 Comment

I think I can safely say that I survived The Plague. I was laughing at myself when I was running around cleaning my bathroom before getting ready for work on Friday. I figured I must be feeling better if I actually cared what the house looked like. When I was sick, I could not care […]

Surveying the hellscape of 2017, I can’t say I’m sorry to see it end. Including a nightmarish government, a seemingly endless plague of disasters, natural and otherwise, and the deaths of those too young to die, it was just one bad thing after another. The word “apocalypse” crossed my mind more than once. In the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The One and Only Today marks the 10th anniversary of Audrey’s less than benevolent reign over my household. An entire decade of being bossed around by a fuzzy, seven pound Force of Nature! Despite her diminutive size, Audrey has an outsized personality of extreme bossiness, and what she says goes. Her hobbies include terrorizing the […]

Birthday Week
June 2nd, 2017 by suzy in Car,Cats,Country Life,Friends 1 Comment

Good mail day So far, I’m favorably impressed with the lead up to my birthday this year. I’ve enough bad birthdays lately ($400 vet bill; 12 hour work day followed by fire-induced traffic stoppage on the way home from said 12 hour work day; power outage) to really appreciate a good one. Or even 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, […]

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 […]

Night and Day
January 4th, 2017 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Cats,Work 3 Comments

Nothing like a bad night’s sleep to set you up for a weird day at work, I always say. Clyde the cat decided the middle of the night was an excellent time to leap on my unsuspecting form. Like most males, of the feline persuasion or otherwise, he is decidedly pro-boobs*, persistently making them both […]

New Year’s Day
January 1st, 2017 by suzy in Cats,Country Life 3 Comments

New Year’s Day arrived with a bang at Suzy Manor – literally. Clyde was exploring the impressive collection of Christmas cards on the shelves by the tree, and in his excitement, he managed to knock off and smash the beautiful little ornament which was one of the gifts I saved to open on Christmas evening: […]

The sadness of losing my much-loved Roscoe at the end of the old year carried into the new year. A year later, I still can’t believe that his remarkable presence has been extinguished and that I will never have the joy of sharing my life with him again. I have yet to wash or dispose […]

On Saturday, Megan and I went to pick up Jessica at the Navarro General Store for our long-awaited trip to the Festival of Lights. We got there first, giving us time to admire Santa in his huge (moving!) snow globe: I enjoyed watching Santa in the seasonably cold weather, though Jessica commented that “It’s not […]

‘Tis the Season
October 17th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 1 Comment

My old friend the moon was blasting this morning, looking suitably Halloween-y and illuminating the road and the ocean the whole way to work in the early morning darkness. It was a welcome change from the conditions I faced last week. The first storm of the season made an early and dramatic appearance, rocking and […]

First things first: it’s Rob’s birthday! As soon as it’s a reasonable hour by Rob standards, I will wish him happy birthday and remind him of how happy I am he was born. His Rob-ness never ceases to delight me, from his view that the dump is a two way street to his wry sense […]