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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 […]

Jack
August 11th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Schatzi,Work 1 Comment

Are there time-released bad omens? If so, I think that Steller’s Jay was one… It’s been another crazy week, and it’s far from over. It seems that no matter how hard I work, it’s not enough. I am fighting serious headwinds of feeling both overwhelmed and inadequate, which is a spectacularly unenjoyable combo platter, especially […]

Birthday Girl It’s the ninth anniversary of Audrey arriving on the planet and showing it who’s boss this Saturday. She shows no signs of slowing down or becoming less obnoxious with age. She still terrorizes Mark’s dogs and bosses Clyde and me around. Clyde and I are equal recipients of Audrey’s patented stink eye and […]

Birthday Boy
June 9th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Schatzi 4 Comments

My Baby Boy I am pleased to say that Clyde’s birthday yesterday was also (mostly) uneventful. The same day my little guy turned 6 years old, I came home to find a mostly intact but decidedly ex baby bird on the carpet. As I disposed sobbily of the sad little unfledged body (to be fair, […]

Uneventful Birthday
June 6th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Weather 1 Comment

I am pleased to announce that my birthday this year was uneventful. Maybe it’s getting older, or maybe it’s because my birthdays have been on the disastrous side over the last few years (a roadside fire; a power outage; losing the Beautiful June Bug). No news is definitely good news. I was gifted with the […]

It’s 9:00 am and I have already done two loads of laundry and put them away; made pizza dough; washed a load of dishes; swept the stairs and floor; and finally filed paperwork on my desk and put the files in Rob’s amazing cabinet. I also unpacked a box of books, including classics like The […]

Weather or Not
May 21st, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 3 Comments

Beautiful Anderson Valley The weather has been a combo platter this week. We came off a string of grey, cloudy days, bemoaned by most but secretly enjoyed by me, to a couple of hot days by coastal standards, and delightful rain showers this morning. It’s amazing how quickly I get sick of the heat. I […]

Mystery Cat
May 12th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life 2 Comments

Speaking of cats… Remember the white cat who made an uninvited appearance early one morning, simultaneously driving Audrey insane and cutting short my much-needed beauty sleep? I have finally solved the Mystery of the Cat in the Night*. One night, Mark called me to ask if I had a white cat, because there was a […]

Up & At ‘Em
April 17th, 2016 by suzy in Cats 2 Comments

Thanks, Evil Genius! You can get a LOT done by 8:00 am if your cat wakes you up at 4:30 on a Sunday morning. Not that I am recommending this particular method of efficiency. Still, I have already: cooked for the week; done the cooking-induced dishes; done the laundry and put it away; taken out […]

It was a dark and stormy morning. I started it off on the wrong foot by putting my bare one into an alarmingly big (and remarkably cold) puddle by the table in the kitchen. That’s what I get for running around barefoot. My late, lamented stepmother found this habit deplorable. To her, only poor people […]

Hi! It’s 4:30 am! Want to take one guess why I’m up at this ridiculous hour? You’re right. Of course it’s Audrey. I tried to ignore her relentless pounding at the balcony door and the scritch of her claws against the glass of the sliding doors downstairs, but eventually, as she knew I would, I […]

Home Again
February 28th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Family,Travel 1 Comment

My culinary errands were not 100% successful. I found myself unable to face the line at Swan’s. Even at 10:30 am, the line was a block long and my patience wasn’t. I also struck out at Bob’s Doughnuts, where they were sold out of old fashioneds, so I settled for two cinnamon cake doughnuts. Of […]

Road Trip
February 24th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Family,House,Travel 2 Comments

You guys! I actually left the County after a year and a half. Alert the media! I’m coming to you from Monterey, where it’s warm enough to have the door of my motel room open at 7:30 pm as I await the delivery of Chinese food. While I love food delivery as much as – […]

And in the “some things never change” department… I spent most of Saturday in a concerted effort to get rid of a secret flea invasion which has made Audrey scabalicious once again. Clyde and I are bite-less, but the delicious Audrey is apparently the French Laundry for fleas, being a destination location for discerning siphonaptera. […]

Friends
February 19th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Friends,Weather 5 Comments

The kitties and I were yanked out of our (in my case) much-needed beauty sleep last night by a wild and crazy storm. At times like this, I wish my house was not quite so well equipped with acres of glass and skylights, since I felt like I was right in the middle of the […]

Good morning! It’s a rainy one, and I’m trying to ignore the wind chimes. Yellow Dog just walked by, on his endless quest for his old friend and playmate, Schatzi. I know how he feels. Part of me is still convinced I might, just might, find my Roscoe waiting for me when I get home […]

Shiny New Year
January 1st, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life 2 Comments

Goodbye, 2015 The last day of the old year and the first day of the new one both dawned bright and beautiful. I ended the year on an industrious note. First I applied expensive toxins to my remaining cats, earning the patented Glare of Death from Audrey and making Clyde cringe under the stairs, which […]

Merry Christmas, everyone! The amaryllis greeted the day with brand-new holiday blooms. Here in Hooterville, it dawned bright and sunny, and you know what that means: it’s cold! Clyde and I are sitting by the heater and watching the Queen’s Speech together. I always find it inspiring, but this year I was particularly touched by […]

Getting Ready
December 22nd, 2015 by suzy in Cats,Special Occasions 3 Comments

The day after I got home from my mini break, I put the stockings together (at least, the ones I’m responsible for) with the soundtrack from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to inspire me. Everyone gets a quarter and a clementine in the toe of their stocking and a candy cane* at the top, because that’s […]

I took a break from my Roscoe-less house and spent a night in the Big Town. First, I left work early (!) and went to meet Angelika at a lovely, hidden away salon (hidden away in the Big Town rather than the Big Woods). She works there one day a week now, so it will […]