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The Star Patient
May 24th, 2017 by suzy in Dogs,Schatzi 2 Comments

The patient in happier times (last week, in the garden) I was just settling down to watch some playoff hockey* and eat dinner when the phone rang. It was Megan, telling me that Star had had a seizure and she wanted me to meet her at the vet’s office. I changed out of my PJs […]

August 11th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Schatzi,Work 1 Comment

Are there time-released bad omens? If so, I think that Steller’s Jay was one… It’s been another crazy week, and it’s far from over. It seems that no matter how hard I work, it’s not enough. I am fighting serious headwinds of feeling both overwhelmed and inadequate, which is a spectacularly unenjoyable combo platter, especially […]

Birthday Boy
June 9th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Schatzi 4 Comments

My Baby Boy I am pleased to say that Clyde’s birthday yesterday was also (mostly) uneventful. The same day my little guy turned 6 years old, I came home to find a mostly intact but decidedly ex baby bird on the carpet. As I disposed sobbily of the sad little unfledged body (to be fair, […]

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 […]

In Vein
April 6th, 2015 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Jessica,Schatzi,Work 1 Comment

Poor Change! No-one loves you, including Me. Especially when it includes working eight five days a week. It’s been fifteen years or so since I did that, meaning that I was younger and, as Jessica put it when she herself was much younger, “fresher*”. I also did not have to drive more than an hour […]

Here & There
September 22nd, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,House,Schatzi 3 Comments

We ended up getting 3/4 inch of rain! My lazy side (is there any other?) was happy not to have to water the garden, though the rain did seem to revitalize the mosquitoes. Every silver lining has its cloud? Wednesday required a follow up visit to the car spa in Santa Rosa. Apparently whatever they […]

Birthday Garden As you can see, my birthday dawned bright and beautiful. All the doors are open, and scent from the honeysuckle bush is wafting in. There seem to be more flowers than ever this year, and the hummingbirds are buzzing around it all day. Yellow Dog came by, still looking for Schatzi after nearly […]

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 […]

January 19th, 2014 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Schatzi 2 Comments

Who, Me? The other day, I was driving home from the jobette, thinking great thoughts, as I tend to do in the shower and in the car. Or what passes for great thoughts when you only have two brain cells, both underachievers, and the inside of your mind looks like Miss Havisham’s attic. Or this […]

I’m ending the year the same way I started it – in my beloved San Francisco. This was a banner year for trips to the City: 9, an all-time high since moving to Hooterville four years ago. There was a lot more travel this year, some less fun (Atlanta) than others (LA). This was a […]

One of Those Days
November 27th, 2013 by suzy in Bullshit,Car,Country Life,Schatzi 3 Comments

Oh, it’s been quite the morning so far. The little heater I use in my uninsulated and otherwise unheated bathroom crapped out on me before my shower – hello, 50 degrees! – which was not quite warm enough despite only using hot water. On emerging from the warmish shower, I reached, glassesless, for the pink […]

October 14th, 2013 by suzy in Country Life,Schatzi 2 Comments

Sunset over the Pacific You may not have visited our little corner of the world, but you’ve probably seen it. The Village was the setting for the long-running series “Murder She Wrote” (fun fact: Jessica Fletcher’s house in the TV show is now a B&B), even though it was supposedly set in Maine, on the […]

The Impatient Patient
October 11th, 2013 by suzy in Cats,Schatzi 4 Comments

The (Im)Patient Little Miss Audrey was at it again… Not closing herself in the dresser drawer all night, or madly clawing at the door to go out, or refusing to come in at night, or terrifying the neighborhood dogs*, though she does all that. After all, she is Audrey. She was allergic to fleas again, […]

Last Things
September 15th, 2013 by suzy in Dogs,Family,Schatzi 1 Comment

Megan decided that the time had come to give away Schatzi’s remaining meds. They were very expensive, and some of them were liquid and wouldn’t keep. Dr. Karen gives these donated meds to clients who can’t afford them. We did the same thing when our mother died. At least something good can come out of […]

August 24th, 2013 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Dogs,Family,Friends,Schatzi 1 Comment

Here’s a quick recap of what happened around here lately besides the Great Schatzi Search. I have to admit that I still drive our part of the Ridge really slowly, scanning the roadside, even though I know perfectly well that Schatzi is gone. My heart is even more underachieving than my head (and that’s saying […]

August 15th, 2013 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Schatzi 1 Comment

On Saturday, I took Star to the beach. Megan felt that her remaining dog was being neglected during the Great Schatzi Search and was overdue for some fun. Star hopped happily into Miss Scarlett – I remain convinced that she remembers this is the car that rescued her – and sat beside me in the […]

Gone Girl
August 11th, 2013 by suzy in Dogs,Family,Schatzi 6 Comments

Megan and Schatzi at Little River Inn, December 2012 Schatzi disappeared two days before the eighth anniversary of our mother’s death. Is there significance to her leaving on the 8th day of the 8th month near the 8th anniversary of Mom’s death? Or that the 8th plus the 10th equals the 18th, when we lost […]

The Envelope, Please
July 23rd, 2013 by suzy in Dogs,Schatzi 6 Comments

Schatzi in a field of clover, Spring 2010 Gordie: All right, all right, Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog. What’s Goofy? Teddy: Goofy’s a dog. He’s definitely a dog. Chris: He can’t be a dog. He drives a car and wears a hat. Vern: Oh, God. That’s weird. What the hell is […]

When I got home, it was clear the kitties missed me. Clyde came running up to me meowing, and climbed up my (always) left arm to bury his little head against my neck, purring*. Roscoe slunk into the house and let me pet him before stalking off, and Audrey sat on my lap and went […]