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   Apr 13

Finally

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. […]

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   Mar 31

Ins & Outs

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 […]

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   Mar 16

Once (or Twice) Upon a Mattress

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 […]

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   Nov 30

Let the Holidays Begin!

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 […]

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   Aug 15

Drip Drip Drip

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 […]

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   Aug 03

Welcome Home

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 […]

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   Jun 25

On the Shelf

‘Memba how the big, blocky refrigerator appeared in my kitchen one day, causing dismay and disarray? Well, Rob scavenged around in his magical Rob way, and found things and stuff he could make into other things and stuff to put up a new and improved shelf with its very own light. Here he is in […]

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   May 04

A Sense of Place

Margaret: It makes one feel so unstable, impermanent, with all the houses being torn down on all sides. Including, in the foreseeable future, ours. Ruth: Are you having to leave Wickham Place? Margaret: Yes. In 18 months when the lease expires. Ruth: Have you been there long? Margaret: All our lives. We were born there. […]

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   Feb 03

Surprise

I came home one day to find that I had a new refrigerator. The appliance fairy had apparently come by while I was at work, leaving a gift that kept on giving. The new refrigerator is bigger and blockier than the old one. It is unfortunately too tall to fit under the (admittedly makeshift) shelf […]

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   Jan 26

Rained In

Megan and I had grand plans to see the Bolshoi Ballet performing “Sleeping Beauty”, but Mother Nature had other plans. The appointed day dawned dark and dreary, and as the day went on, it got rainier and rainier. We already knew that the Road to Civilization was flooded and closed: and that it was very […]

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   Dec 19

Festive

Going to the craft fair to admire Lichen’s beautiful work had a sort of reverse domino effect, with me doing things earlier in the week that I would normally have done on that Saturday. On Thursday, I came home, started chicken broth bubbling on the stove, ready for Friday’s after work cooking fiesta, and then […]

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   Aug 07

Bad Omen

There hasn’t been much time for anything but work this week. I have been leaving the house at 6:00 am in a mostly vain attempt to get everything done in time, blasting down the Ridge with Weezer to wake me up. I was amused to pull up to the clinic one day as they were […]

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   May 30

Spring Staycation

It’s 9:00 am and I have already done two loads of laundry and put them away; made pizza dough; washed a load of dishes; swept the stairs and floor; and finally filed paperwork on my desk and put the files in Rob’s amazing cabinet. I also unpacked a box of books, including classics like The […]

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   May 06

The Artist

Not content to create the beautiful shelving unit/cabinet (shouldn’t there be a better word for this?): as well as the original shelving unit (aka the project that started it all): Rob also felt that the masterpiece needed lighting, so I could see what was on the shelves and in the cabinet. He found an old […]

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   Apr 14

Unexpected Beauty

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 […]

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   Mar 18

Unhappy Feet

It was a dark and stormy morning. I started it off on the wrong foot by putting my bare one into an alarmingly big (and remarkably cold) puddle by the table in the kitchen. That’s what I get for running around barefoot. My late, lamented stepmother found this habit deplorable. To her, only poor people […]

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   Feb 24

Road Trip

You guys! I actually left the County after a year and a half. Alert the media! I’m coming to you from Monterey, where it’s warm enough to have the door of my motel room open at 7:30 pm as I await the delivery of Chinese food. While I love food delivery as much as – […]

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   Dec 31

2015

It was a year of change for me. Maybe too much in too short a time. I lost my job at the end of 2014 and jumped into the hell job in February, jumping ship for a less hellish job in March, and interviewing for a job I was lucky not to get in late […]

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   Dec 17

Let There Be Lights

You’d think being heartbroken over losing Roscoe would mean no Christmas decorations, but you’d be wrong. Part of my survival strategy is squeezing every little bit of joy out of every little thing, whether it’s Fred the hummingbird hovering like a jewel outside my office window or cuddling with Clyde before the alarm goes off […]

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   Jul 31

Silly Rabbit

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 […]

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