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Fairy Godmother
August 9th, 2015 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Friends 1 Comment

I came home from a long day at work (is there any other kind?) to find that the Bowflex fairy had stopped by my house: The BF had thoughtfully adorned the machine with a sparkly purple bow, so you know who it was: Erica, who knows my love of all things sparkly. I was delighted […]

Kalli’s birthday camping party has become an annual tradition, and a delightful one, too. Kalli, Jarrett, and an entourage of their many friends convened at the family property on a recent Saturday. Megan and I were a little concerned about the head count of 30 or more, but we needn’t have worried. They arrived with […]

On Saturday, I made a special appearance at the jobette. It was Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial opening of the summer tourist season, and I decided to go in and help out, partly because I’m still on probation at the new job, so I didn’t get paid for Memorial Day, and partly to help out […]

It’s Official
May 10th, 2015 by suzy in Dogs,Family,Schatzi 2 Comments

Star & Stella Megan pointed out a shocking oversight in my blog: I never told you that she and Rob officially adopted Stella! You may remember that Stella came into our lives at the puppy tail end of 2013, when Monica heroically agreed to find homes for two year old Stella and her 11 (yes, […]

While I was getting ready for work one morning this week, I was abruptly jolted from my makeup routine by the distinctive sound of a cat fight in progress. I knew the boys were inside (they like to eat some breakfast and then go back to bed lately), so I figured it was Audrey defending […]

April 29th, 2015 by suzy in Dogs,Family,Friends 2 Comments

Marco Megan woke up after her fourth long night shift last week to find a series of texts from our dear friend Lu. Lu had taken her huge, sweet Rottweiler Marco to see Dr. Karen and discovered that he had the same cancer that claimed Lichen’s Rottweiler Padawan at this time of year a few […]

Road Trip!
January 31st, 2015 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family,Travel 3 Comments

Megan and I went on a little adventure to the south coast on Sunday. We could not have had a nicer day for it. The sky was a clear, cloudless blue, and it must have been at least 70 degrees. No jacket required. It was an all girl road trip, with Star and Stella in […]

Between Storms
December 6th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family,Weather 2 Comments

Of the many delights of finally getting some real rain (not having to water the garden; not feeling guilty about either watering or not watering the garden; frogs singing; making a dent in the drought), driving and walking dogs are not among them. As you all know, I’m not one of Nature’s drivers, even in […]

Elk Cove Sunset Just because you’ve lost one job doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep doing the one you still have (at least for now). So Megan and I headed down to the beautiful south coast to distribute jobette related materials. It was a beautiful day, hot by our standards, with not a cloud or a […]

Nearly Done
September 26th, 2014 by suzy in Dogs,House,Weather 1 Comment

We were gifted with another inch and a half of rain! It’s very early in the season, and it’s making me hopeful for a rainy winter. During the rainfall, I realized that I did not have any sauce for the pasta I was planning to make for dinner. So I pulled on my little flowered […]

New Kid in Town
September 1st, 2014 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Country Life,Dogs 2 Comments

Happy Labor Day, y’all! I am celebrating by doing as little as possible, whereas for my hard-working sibs, it’s business as usual. There are no holidays for emergency services*. I did get back to work at the jobette on Saturday, though. I was careful of my back, and let my co-workers know that hauling around […]

Hello, I love you – won’t you tell me your name? I left Wednesday at the jobette on Saturday, after notifying our alley neighbor that I was doing so and asking him to keep an eye on her. I figured it made more sense to just leave the car there, rather than get a jump […]

Field Trip
May 9th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family,Garden 3 Comments

No sooner had last week’s heat wave finally abated than Megan and I chased it to Wilits, where the heat usually lives. Megan was questing for pepper plants and other things not readily available on the generally cool and breezy Coast. It’s a beautiful drive on highway 20: This is looking west toward the coast […]

On the Beach
April 12th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family 2 Comments

Navarro Beach When work permits, I’ve been going for walks with Megan and Stella on Thursday afternoons. When Megan wakes up after the last of her long night shifts, she gets caffeinated and calls me when she’s ready to deal with the Stellanator. Stella is a lot of dog, and not just because she weighs […]

The Gift
March 17th, 2014 by suzy in Dogs,Family,Memories 2 Comments

Visiting the prisoner When Dad returned to his native England – about a dozen miles from where he grew up – he brought his muttley dog Jesse with him. He knew that Jesse was facing six months of jail, aka quarantine (which I think has now been abolished), but there was no way he was […]

It’s raining petals We got about six inches of rain since I last checked in with you. It was wonderful to hear the rain pattering against the roof/walls in my little house. You could practically hear the garden saying “Aaahhh….”, even though it still looks pretty terrible*. The power even stayed on! The kitties were […]

Miss Adventure
February 7th, 2014 by suzy in Bullshit,Dogs,Family 4 Comments

The former hostage, relaxing at home Being a dog parent, on the other hand… Megan and Rob took Star with them to the city. She does get a bit bored on the drive home – don’t forget, it’s about four hours each way – and expresses this by yawning loudly and shifting around in the […]

Shopping with Stella
February 4th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family 1 Comment

Daffodils in the Village Being a dog aunt is pretty good. Much like being a human aunt, it’s all of the fun but none of the responsibility. Well, hardly any. Today, for example, I picked up Stella and her many accessories (cozy bed; chew toys; kong stuffed with peanut butter and goodies; etc.) and took […]

January 28th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family 1 Comment

Stella enjoys the view My valiant sister picked up an unwelcome hitchhiker on her last night shift in the ER: the Bug From Hell. The same one that rendered me snotty and sweaty and generally miserable for nearly two weeks. Being considerably smarter than her aged sibling, however, she got a prescription for Tamiflu called […]

January 22nd, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs 4 Comments

Care to join us? While people back East are getting covered in snow and dreading the return of the Polar Vortex’s evil twin (and if I wish I’d never heard of it, I can just imagine how they feel), we are having clear, starry nights flooded with moonshine, the temperature about one or two Celsius […]