Country Life

Getting Ready

Well, today was Thanksgiving Eve for us. Despite an unwise consumption of adult beverages the night before, while listening to music and watching “The Partridge Family” in honor of my […]

I seem to be reluctant to accept the inevitable advent of the winter/rainy season, even though it is spectacularly muddy at my house*, the Ridge is adorned with giant puddles […]

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 […]

Boo!

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 […]

Season Openers

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 […]

Gardens

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 […]

Playing in the Dirt

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 […]

Celebrations

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

More from the Message Boards

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, […]

Entrenched

‘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 […]

Touring

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 […]

Evening

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 […]

Near and Far

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. […]

Grilled

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 […]

Delicious

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sunset Slipper

A week of fog lifted, and Megan and I decided it was a good time to go to the Ledford House again. Although it is conveniently located right across the […]