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Heater
September 14th, 2019 by suzy in Country Life,House No Comments

One of the things I have been getting used to in the new house is that it has a hot water heater instead of a flash heater, which the old house had. With a flash heater, you get on demand hot water and, as the name suggests, pretty much right away. With the water tank, […]

House
July 26th, 2019 by suzy in Country Life,House,Moving No Comments

I am pleased to announce that The Mess has been vanquished and The Unpacking is (mostly) complete! Here’s the living room: I do have distant plans for this room. I would like to get a bigger area rug. Also my good friend Alice thinks I should get a pink velvet sofa and chair, since cats […]

Wild
July 3rd, 2019 by suzy in Country Life,House No Comments

I finally felt an earthquake! I was watching Bohemian Rhapsody at the time, and despite the music, I heard the quake before I felt it, as I usually do. It was on the sharp side, but much quicker than they would have you believe on movies and TV. I didn’t notice any immediate damage, but […]

Windows
June 29th, 2019 by suzy in Cats,House No Comments

Well, that didn’t take long! I heard a thump one morning while I was applying my faux adult armor and looked in the bedroom, where the sound seemed to originate. I saw the window screen was torn. Looking out the window, I also saw Dodge standing on the driveway. I closed the window and tried […]

Cats
June 24th, 2019 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,House,Moving No Comments

A Rare Show of Togetherness The cats seem as happy in their new home as the Staff is. They staked out their territory early. Audrey is Queen of the Couch, rarely, if ever, venturing upstairs, which is Boys Town. While she lounges on the couch, the boys lounge (and generally cuddle) on the bed. Much […]

Appliances
June 18th, 2019 by suzy in House,Moving No Comments

My new appliances and I are getting to know each other. My lifelong record of having no dishwasher other than myself remains unblemished, but the new house has nice, deep double sinks and even one of those sprayers which are so great. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to turn the […]

Clock
June 13th, 2019 by suzy in House,Moving,Sports,Weather No Comments

I was really glad to see the fog this morning after four days of above 90 temperatures. Granted, the new house is much cooler than the old one, which had no insulation and a peaked ceiling which trapped the heat, but after baking in high temperatures day after day and not really cooling off at […]

Unpacking
June 10th, 2019 by suzy in Cats,House,Moving No Comments

The day after I moved, there was The Mess to contend with. I kept fretting over where on earth I would put everything, even though I had given and thrown away tons of things and stuff. The cats woke me up at 2:30 am one Sunday night, or early one Monday morning, depending on how […]

Water
May 16th, 2019 by suzy in House,Moving,Weather No Comments

When I first started the lengthy and horrifying moving process, I thought, “At least it won’t be raining”, but apparently I was wrong about that, as I am about so many things. It has been pouring since yesterday and rain is supposed to continue on and off until WEDNESDAY. I can’t remember when we have […]

Change
May 3rd, 2019 by suzy in Country Life,House,Moving No Comments

It’s not exactly official! I’m moving! I have been looking for a new place since last August. There’s not a lot of houses for rent around here, and my specifications (not in town, no visible neighbors, preferably Hooterville, not in the fog) winnowed the short supply down even further. I found the new house on […]

Surprise
April 17th, 2019 by suzy in Country Life,House No Comments

My absentee landlord appeared as suddenly as he left, and with the same amount of notice. One day he appeared at the “front” door, which is actually at the side of the house. I couldn’t open it, though. That was one of the things I had emailed him about a few months ago, along with […]

Better
February 28th, 2019 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,House 1 Comment

The doc really did fix me up as promised. The Cough has gone on to find someone else to torture and I am no longer exhausted. It took longer than I expected to regain my normal voice, and I sounded like Peppermint Patty for a while. Laughter led to coughing during those Peppermint Patty days, […]

Updates
November 15th, 2018 by suzy in Bullshit,Cats,House,Weather 1 Comment

Fires: The Camp fire, located 200 miles away, is only 35% contained. The Woolsey fire is doing a little better at around 45%. It still amazes me that we are having such huge fires so late in the season. Maybe we will start having fires year round instead of a fire season. How scary is […]

Ghosted
October 2nd, 2018 by suzy in House 2 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always broken up with (or been broken up with) in person. Maybe it’s old school, but there’s never been a Post-It or ghosting involved. Until now. One day, I discovered that my landlord Mark and his wife Citlali had suddenly decamped to Southern California somewhere. They took everything […]

Finally
April 13th, 2018 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,House 1 Comment

I am pleased to report that the mattress nightmare is finally over! Like particularly capricious dates, they kept standing me up at the last minute. This happened twice. The day and time was set, and then the night before, I’d get a call saying something had come up and they couldn’t make it after all. […]

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 […]

Decision-making is not my forte. I tend to wait until a course of action becomes inevitable and then just go along with it, like the artist Edgar Degas, who believed we were all just “corks* in a stream” and that life was just a random series of events. If I do make a decision, it […]

Let the Holidays Begin!
November 30th, 2017 by suzy in House,Special Occasions 1 Comment

Christmas came early to stately Suzy Manor this year. The mental malaise I have been battling lately made me long for lights and sparkliness. Of course Dr. Suzy’s prescription for almost anything is glitter. But it’s not just Me, you know. Apparently Science agrees with Dr. Suzy for once, saying that putting up your ornaments […]

Drip Drip Drip
August 15th, 2017 by suzy in House 1 Comment

Meanwhile, back at stately Suzy Manor, our heroine was being annoyed by a persistently dripping tap in the kitchen. It’s hard to ignore the repetitive and irritating sound when your house is basically one room and where you live is really, really quiet. I resorted to leaving the sponge in the sink to catch the […]

Welcome Home
August 3rd, 2017 by suzy in House 1 Comment

I may have spoken too soon about finding no unexpected appliances or bird intruders in my house. I came home from work one day this week to find a very dead Steller’s Jay lying on the floor and a huge box nearby. The events did not seem to be related. I also don’t suspect the […]