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Smoky
November 9th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 1 Comment

It’s not looking good. And this November! A long string of sunny days came to a crashing halt yesterday with a sudden and terrifying pall of smoke from the fire in the Sierra foothills, 200 miles away. The sky darkened and looked bruised, the sun a frightening, livid orange: We are so used to clean […]

Pressing
November 6th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends 2 Comments

Cider pressing day dawned fair for a change. For the first year, it was rainy; last year, it was cold enough to move all operations other than the actual pressing inside Rio’s house. When I pulled up at Rio’s estate, the boys were hard at work setting up the new (to us) press. Instead of […]

Dinner
November 1st, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Family 1 Comment

We were long overdue for a family dinner. The last one may have been for Dad’s birthday, way back in March. I was too sick to attend Megan’s birthday BBQ, and the tragedy of losing Erica’s mother so suddenly and horribly removed any festive feelings for the rest of the summer, preempting Junapalooza and any […]

Enchanting
October 28th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

Megan and I were not in a hurry to get home that sunny Saturday afternoon. We had often driven past The Madrones, but never stopped in. We decided this was the day. The Madrones, named for the tree, includes lodging, a spa, a charming shop or two, and a delightful restaurant, all located around a […]

Lunch
October 23rd, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends,Jessica 1 Comment

Beautiful Downtown Boonville When I woke up the next day, it gladdened my Grinchy heart to peek over the driftwood railings at Jessica, sleeping peacefully on the couch in her fuzzy skeleton PJs. I sneakily fed the cats and made coffee, following my usual weekend routine of drinking coffee in bed with the cats while […]

Sleepover
October 16th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

The first thing when planning a successful sleepover is to get the right assortment of snacks: Salt and vinegar chips, Pringles, Starburst, Almond Roca thins (did you know those existed? If not, go and get some. You can thank me later) and Jessica’s favorite Whoppers pretty much covered all the bases as far as I […]

Pearls
October 10th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Friends 1 Comment

One day as I stepped out of the shower*, my pearls slipped from around my neck to the bathroom floor. After nearly 30 years of dedicated service, the string of pearls John gave me for my 30th birthday** had broken. It was time to get them restrung, but it’s times like this when you realize […]

Updates
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**, […]

Fair
September 26th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

But it hasn’t been all dental nightmares. At least, not entirely. Megan and I intended to meet Erica and Jessica at the Fair that Friday, but fate and dental issues had other plans. That was the day I went to the walk in clinic, and by the time I was seen and picked up my […]

Moving Along
August 13th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

As everyone who has ever moved knows, part of the whole lengthy and unpleasant process is going through all your stuff, discarding some and packing others. Megan and Rob are in the throes of this right now. One of the things they no longer have space for is this charming tilt top table: A friend […]

Moving On
August 8th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Memories 1 Comment

Every morning now I check the progress of the wildfires on the Cal Fire website. Overall, containment is up, but it seems that the Ranch part of the Mendocino Complex fire keeps losing containment. It’s down to 20% today. Overall, containment is at 46%. Full containment was originally projected for mid August but has been […]

Changes
August 4th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Family 1 Comment

Megan is moving! And she’s moving soon. Our good friends and my siblings’ land partners, Dave and Jennifer, found a fabulous mobile home for sale down in the Bay Area, where Dave works during the week. They went to check it out with Megan and Rob one weekend and everyone liked what they saw. Dave, […]

Burning
July 29th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

It’s not looking good It was a tough week. With prep for the annual staff day, the day itself, and the aftermath, I logged too many hours of overtime this week, all of it while still in the throes of my my aching back. I was very glad when Friday evening finally arrived. Just as […]

Aerial
July 23rd, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Special Occasions 1 Comment

Step right up! I was glad to see the red and white striped tent appear in the Village, since it could only mean one thing: Flynn Creek Circus was back in town! Megan and I had bought tickets well in advance, and when the day arrived, we were both in somewhat bad moods after a […]

The Play’s the Thing
July 17th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

A postcard day It was a postcard day as Megan and I headed to Point Arena and points beyond. I’m always happy to be chauffeured by my little sister, especially since it gives me time to admire the passing scenery, which was definitely scenic. It was a beautiful day, like a postcard, the sea deep […]

Quilted
July 11th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

It was time for the annual quilt show, something I look forward to each year. The exhibit is held in the elementary school in the Big Town. Even though school is out, and my school days are long behind me, there’s something about being in a school building that just takes you right back to […]

Unknown
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 […]