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Road Trip
May 15th, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Garden 1 Comment

Megan mentioned on a Friday evening that she was planning to go to the thriving metropolis of Willits on Saturday to get pepper plants and tomato plants for the greenhouse the boys just built: Willits is 30 miles inland from the Big Town (though it takes a good hour to drive those 30 miles*), making […]

Sprung
April 3rd, 2018 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Cats,Garden 1 Comment

Spring has definitely sprung. The overachiever is flaunting what is probably its final flower of the season: as the outdoor garden tries to catch up. I noticed that the jasmine is budding, if not blooming just yet, and that the peony bush is making an appearance. I should probably get out there and do some […]

Ins & Outs
March 31st, 2018 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Friends,Garden,House 1 Comment

The outdoor flowers may be underperforming, but the indoor amaryllis has been picking up its slack. The overachiever amaryllis has a third bloom on it, whereas the underachiever managed one blossom and was long ago put away to rest and recuperate and hopefully bloom next year. In its defense, though, it did jump off the […]

Flowering
March 27th, 2018 by suzy in Garden 1 Comment

As March draws to a close, it continues its wintry ways, with late-season rain – though probably not enough for a Miracle March this year – and chilly temperatures. It’s been frosty, even at the coast, and the last storm we got was the stormiest of the season. Maybe it’s a last hurrah and I […]

A Look Around
January 24th, 2018 by suzy in Garden 1 Comment

Sunday morning dawned quite beautiful, as you see above. I took advantage of the rare situation of being home in daylight to take a look around the garden. I planted the tulips in a more timely manner, I think around Thanksgiving. They are sprouting up, but my plan to have flowers in February seems to […]

Gardens
October 26th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Garden 1 Comment

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 to Hooterville to escape the World and the Man, and are displeased when either or both trespass in their place of refuge. This reluctance to […]

If it’s Memorial Day weekend (and it is), I must be back at the jobette and it must be Megan’s birthday. I started working Saturdays again yesterday. The many people who have worked there since I (more or less) left have changed things around a lot, so it looks very different while still being familiar. […]

Whether
March 11th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Garden,Weather 3 Comments

“I’m the Whether Man, not the Weather Man, for after all it’s more important to know whether there will be weather than what the weather will be.” — The Whether Man, “The Phantom Tollbooth” Well, our whether has varied widely over the past week. Last weekend, it hailed up a storm – about half a […]

Muddy
January 22nd, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Garden 2 Comments

I finally got around to clearing up the worst of the storm damage around my house. Several good-sized limbs had been removed from trees, and a couple of smallish trees were uprooted. I dragged the corpses out of the way and into the remaining woods. I didn’t rake up all the smaller fallen pieces, though, […]

I saw a dream come true. Years ago, my siblings scratched and clawed an epic 80 foot by 80 garden out of the pygmy and the scrub. The next year, they added an orchard, bringing the whole thing up to a palatial 13,000 square feet. The orchard includes peaches, which is how you make the […]

The Inconstant Gardener
October 3rd, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Garden 7 Comments

The Garden Says HelloWith the luxury of an extra (unpaid) day off, I decided to do a couple of things in the neglected garden. Fortunately, it’s done pretty well without much attention other than watering, and probably not enough of that. The rust garden, for example, looks just fine: I snipped a couple of dead […]

Enjoying the View Saturday was a postcard day, one to gladden the hearts of tourists from anywhere – and they are from anywhere and everywhere. On my way to work that day, I saw plates from Alaska, Utah, Texas, Maine and Wisconsin, as well as the usual Oregon, Washington, and Nevada. There was even a […]

This morning, as I emerged from the dark woods on the Ridge for my first view of the Pacific, there was a lone fishing boat with all its lights on, alone on the wide ocean in the early morning greyness, looking like a fallen star. There can be unexpected beauty in the world. I planted […]

Hi! It’s 4:30 am! Want to take one guess why I’m up at this ridiculous hour? You’re right. Of course it’s Audrey. I tried to ignore her relentless pounding at the balcony door and the scritch of her claws against the glass of the sliding doors downstairs, but eventually, as she knew I would, I […]

Spring Preview
February 7th, 2016 by suzy in Garden,Weather 1 Comment

You guys! It was 70 degrees in Hooterville today! It was warm enough to have the doors open(!), and the cats went out to play. In keeping with Clyde’s New Deal, he didn’t venture that far from the house, preferring to bask in the sun on the balcony or just outside the kitchen door, which […]

Silly Rabbit
July 31st, 2015 by suzy in Garden,House,Work 2 Comments

Megan stopped by my house, saying, “Rob sent you a bunny,” which is not something you hear every day. I came downstairs to find a wonderful ceramic rabbit made in 1955 (the date is etched on the base): He got it for $2 at a thrift store, knowing that it would both delight me and […]

Miscellaneous
May 25th, 2015 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Garden 2 Comments

More sweepings from the corners of my life… On my way to the “gym*” today, I was startled to see Audrey sitting with Mark’s cat Coco on the driveway. They were about six inches apart, both sitting like companionable loaves of bread with all four paws tucked under. As soon as Audrey saw me, she […]

Random Updates
September 13th, 2014 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Car,Cats,Garden 4 Comments

You will be glad to hear that my back is back to its old and now much more appreciated self. I am still trying to remember to be nice to it to keep it in a good mood. A grumpy back is actually more fearsome than a grumpy Suzy. Imagine! In addition to the temporary […]

Treed
August 25th, 2014 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Garden 2 Comments

I am marooned on my couch, hanging out with the lower back pain that showed up like an uninvited guest around dinner time yesterday and has refused to leave ever since. I have texted my boss at the jobette to let her know that I am not coming to work, and Megan to let her […]

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 […]