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Fun Fair
September 20th, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends,Jessica,Special Occasions 1 Comment

I left work early on Friday. I went home, got changed, and hopped into Megan’s little red car to go to the County Fair. This year’s Fair had a special guest star: Ben, whose visit last year was one of its greatest joys. And this time, he had brought his girlfriend Erica along. They had […]

Near and Far
September 12th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Friends 1 Comment

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. They had been as far away as New Zealand and Portugal, so it was nice to travel vicariously. No baggage fees or cramped seats for […]

Delicious
September 1st, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends 1 Comment

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 to only have to drive to the Big Town for five days a week instead of 6. I celebrated by heading over to Rio’s place […]

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 ways, instead of just one. Months without driving in darkness (two?) are as short as a Canadian summer and just as welcome. In addition to […]

Teen Time
August 7th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends 1 Comment

Our long-time friend Carrie came up to visit from Oakhampton, with her 15 year old daughter Miranda and Miranda’s posse of besties. I was pleased to learn that Carrie asked the kids where they wanted to go within driving distance, and they chose Hooterville. They were rewarded with the kind of freedom we experienced as […]

Summer Saturday
July 26th, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends,Work 1 Comment

Megan drove me to work on Saturday. As you know, I love being chauffeured or chauffeused, and it was nice to relax in Megan’s little red car while she steered us toward the Big Town in the summer traffic. As we drove, she told me that one of her coworkers was stuck in a long […]

A Bowl of Cherries
July 10th, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends 1 Comment

I stopped by the family property on my way home from work on Saturday. I found Jonathan working on a ham radio project and Megan chatting with an old friend of ours who had recently moved back to Hooterville after a stint in Willits, home of heat and Seabiscuit. It was nice to catch up […]

Sleepover
July 6th, 2017 by suzy in Friends,Jessica 1 Comment

It was time at last for the (too) long deferred sleepover with Jessica! In keeping with my usual principle of scruffy entertaining (it turns out I was ahead of my time on this one), preparations for our gala soirée consisted of buying fizzy, watermelon and raspberry flavored water and various munchies. I did sweep the […]

The One and Only Today marks the 10th anniversary of Audrey’s less than benevolent reign over my household. An entire decade of being bossed around by a fuzzy, seven pound Force of Nature! Despite her diminutive size, Audrey has an outsized personality of extreme bossiness, and what she says goes. Her hobbies include terrorizing the […]

Junapalooza arrived on the heels of a week-long heat wave. I was glad that the temperature for our outdoor celebration was relatively humane, though I also wore my County Fair straw hat and hid under the canopy. It was too hot to make future food on Friday, so I made my contribution to Junapalooza on […]

Get Together
June 21st, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends,Work 1 Comment

On my way home from work on Saturday, I stopped at the Gro for cracksicles. They are delicious pomegranate and cherry popsicles, made of fruit and juice with chunks of fruit in them, and around here, the only place to get them is the Gro. At the Gro, I discovered that they were out of […]

Birthday Week
June 2nd, 2017 by suzy in Car,Cats,Country Life,Friends 1 Comment

Good mail day So far, I’m favorably impressed with the lead up to my birthday this year. I’ve enough bad birthdays lately ($400 vet bill; 12 hour work day followed by fire-induced traffic stoppage on the way home from said 12 hour work day; power outage) to really appreciate a good one. Or even a […]

I was chauffeured to the latest Predicta Party in the latest style. Erica and Jessica picked me up in their brand-new Hagmobile. It was quite wonderful to relax in style in the new car smelling interior. Erica and Jessica later noted that I seemed to be enjoying myself, and also that being chauffeured (or chauffeused) […]

Farewell
May 1st, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends 4 Comments

Blake It’s been a difficult couple of weeks. I don’t usually write here about dark things, since this place is my refuge and I can banish the unpleasantness of the outside world from here, but as you know, from time to time, these things have to be faced. Fortunately, I have my brother and sister […]

Freedom Friday
April 28th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Friends 2 Comments

A beautiful day on the coast One good thing about my current inability to sleep is that it gave me an extra long Freedom Friday last week. I had time to cook, do laundry, vacuum, wash the sheets and hang them out in the sunshine. Sheets that have been washed in Caldrea’s neroli and sea […]

Birthday Girl In keeping with our Endless Winter theme* (always winter and never Christmas!), Jessica’s 14th birthday dawned chilly. A committee of my siblings decided that it was too cold to celebrate at the family estate, instead relocating the festivities to stately Suzy Manor. I was less than delighted by the implementation of Plan B, […]

Family Dinner
April 9th, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends 2 Comments

This month marked what is probably the last inside family dinner for a few months. We had it at Rio’s compound, and the weather was nice enough for us to sit on the front deck in the sunshine with a keg of the cider we made last fall, laughing and talking. Appropriately enough, we were […]

The ballet season has ended, but the play season is just beginning. The stage is set Megan, our good friend Lu and I went to see a play at the local theater in the village on Saturday night. It was called “Morning’s at Seven”, and even knowing that the title comes from Robert Browning’s “Pippa […]

Serendipity
March 24th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Friends,Jessica 1 Comment

All in all, it was a pretty good day. ‘Memba the giant bottle of cheap red wine that appeared at Thanksgiving? I used some of it to make black bean soup, but that barely put a dent in the ocean of inferior oenological product. I decided to leave it at the Gro, where I imagine […]

Chilly
March 3rd, 2017 by suzy in Family,Friends 2 Comments

I missed the Polar Plunge last year since I was in Monterey, being dazzled by the amazing Aquarium and delighting in the sandy beaches and farmstands. So I made sure to be there this year. It was a cold and windy day as Megan and I pulled up behind the ambulance. Our good friend Lu […]