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Getting Warmer
March 16th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Henry 5 Comments

I got up at 7 this morning after dreaming I had an apartment right next door to San Quentin. It was 40 degrees this morning, so all around, it was an improvement. Henry Etta, however, did not seem to find it all that warm. She was nestled so far back in her cozy bed that […]

Shopping
March 13th, 2010 by suzy in Cooking,Country Life,Memories,Schatzi 4 Comments

Audrey inspects the bee boots I got up at 5:30 this morning. For no particular reason. I can’t even blame the cats, even juvenile delinquent Audrey. As I write, they’re both still outside in the 34 degree pre-dawn chill. Just think: tomorrow it will be this cold and dark at 7 am instead of 6! […]

Lookin’ out my front door Rain pounding on the curved roof/wall woke me up at 6:00 this morning. Since we haven’t yet been subjected to the absurdity of daylight savings time, it’s light-ish out. Light enough for me to turn off the mountain lion deterring outside lights, anyway. Returning to bed, Audrey was curled up […]

Comeback
March 10th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 8 Comments

As I hauled on my winter coat and scarf yesterday afternoon, I thought “I might as well be living back East.” Actually, I would have been doing better if I had been living back East. I was talking to my colleague in New York and he told me that it was about 60 degrees there, […]

Laundry
March 5th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Memories 2 Comments

Yesterday, I took advantage of a raylet of sunshine, setting up the clothes drying frame outside. I went back inside for the wet clothes, put them in the basket they had recently vacated in their prewashed state, and took them outside. There was a single pine needle in the bottom of the washing machine. One […]

Dream
March 3rd, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Family,Henry,Weather 2 Comments

I woke up with a headache this morning. I’m not sure if it was the nearly sleepless night or the endless allergies or an unlovely combo platter of the two, but when I wake up with a headache, it’s usually my close companion for the rest of the day. Thoughts of Advil danced in my […]

Misbeehaving
March 1st, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Family 3 Comments

Magnolias at the library, Saturday afternoon Hey! I successfully lit the oven tonight without exploding it, or Self, or even burning off eyebrows or other valued body parts. This always gives me a feeling of accomplishment, especially since it’s a new month and so far I’ve gotten through a whole day without even a minor […]

Short
February 27th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 2 Comments

Yesterday, I woke up to a dark, stormy day. As I watched the trees toss their heads through the skylight in my bedroom, I thought, “It’s just a matter of time until the power goes out.” I heard trees falling and things being blown over as I worked, but the power stayed on. I also […]

Mysteries
February 25th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life 3 Comments

My sister’s car was parked in my driveway this morning, and I’m sure it wasn’t there last night. She was so stressed and sleep-deprived yesterday that Rob took her to work last night and Jonathan picked her up this morning, bright and early at 6 am, once again making him the best brother ever. So […]

Signs of Spring
February 23rd, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 2 Comments

You know, when we left Cloverdale after the Citrus Fair, I noticed clouds of clover in the fields. Who knew? In addition to daffodils by the side of the road. In my garden, they grow right by phallic cactus and art: I wonder if Rose planted them. Right outside the glass doors in the living […]

Out
February 21st, 2010 by suzy in Cooking,Country Life,Henry 2 Comments

We had a power outage yesterday evening. Megan was at my house, and we were making dinner from the Book of Dad*. I went to grudgingly throw my green bin contents into the woods (I still think it’s gross and will attract an undesirable animal element, but apparently it makes me a better person and […]

Fair
February 15th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Jessica,Special Occasions 4 Comments

Orange trees at the fair. Note the blue sky! Yesterday was a girls’ day out. At the 118th annual Citrus Fair! Megan and I went to meet Lu in beautiful downtown Hooterville. While waiting for Lu, someone called out from her car, “Hey, Megan! I was never so glad to see you in my life […]

Shower
February 13th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 3 Comments

For some reason, there are always pine needles in the shower. I have no idea how they get there. The floor of the shower is painted, so it’s a little slippery. I’m pretty sure that the resolution ending Calamity Suzy episode of all time is going to happen in there, sooner or later. To try […]

Local
February 10th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life 1 Comment

My former neighbor I recently learned that Gene Clark of the Byrds used to live right here in Hooterville. Not only right here, but about two miles from where I live. I have to admit to a certain amount of posthumous stalking, driving down his road to look for his house, immortalized on a record […]

Changes
February 9th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Henry 1 Comment

Every morning, I make coffee and then clean up the cat barf. It’s quite the glamorous life. Maybe part of the reason Henry Etta is so tiny is that she pukes so much. Is bulimia popular among neurotic cats of a certain age? Feeding the cats has changed quite a bit since we moved. June […]

Sunday
February 8th, 2010 by suzy in Cats,Cooking,Country Life,Family 4 Comments

Yesterday, Megan met up with Lu in Mendocino. I was planning to make dinner* at Meg’s house that evening, and she called me from town to see if there were any last-minute ingredients I needed. She called me from Lu’s phone, though, because her own had decided to jump suicidally into a public toilet. Lu, […]

Phony
February 7th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 5 Comments

High surf, Mendocino I heard a strange sound. At first, I thought it was one of the kitties scrabbling around in the pots and pans, but it wasn’t. I went over to investigate, and discovered that my roof/ceiling (it’s hard to tell when your walls curve up to a central beam and it’s kind of […]

Last night, I was sure that my dreams of the city would be washed away in the rain that pounded away at my roof as I prepared for a possible power outage and anxiously scanned the National Weather Service advisories. When I went to bed, the power was still on, and the rain had stopped. […]

Breakfast
January 25th, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Movies,Weather 3 Comments

Yesterday, Megan, Rob and I braved the wind and rain to attend the Fourth Sunday Breakfast at the Caspar Community Center. We met up with Lu, still limping from her recent ankle injury at work (she’s an EMT), and her boyfriend Rick. Despite the pain, Lu couldn’t resist the book sale across the hall from […]

Break
January 23rd, 2010 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Schatzi,Weather 5 Comments

Yesterday, we had a break from the week of storms. I almost didn’t recognize my old friend the sun when she peeped shyly from the spectacular clouds. I went over to Megan’s and said, “Quick! Before it rains again!” We bundled Miss Schatzi into the car and took off for Mendocino. Needless to say, the […]