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May 8th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 3 Comments

If you think May is too late in the year for power outages, I agree with you. But we would both be wrong. Derby Day dawned bright and sunny, but it also dawned crazy windy. It should have dawned on me that the power might go out, but it didn’t. Imagine my surprise when I […]

Tire-d
April 13th, 2017 by suzy in Car,Weather 3 Comments

Dear Winter, How can I miss you when you won’t go away? Love, Suzy It seems that I was overly optimistic about the arrival of spring and the departure of winter. Lilacs notwithstanding, the weather has been doing a pretty good imitation of winter. It was 38F outside and 46F inside this past weekend, and […]

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 […]

Stormy Monday
February 23rd, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 3 Comments

Monday was a holiday, and while it was nice to have a long weekend, it was (of course) a stormy one. The wind howled around the house, and watching the trees toss their heads, I told myself to accept the fact that the power was going to go out. As usual, I ignored my well-meant […]

Flooded
February 15th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Friends,Weather 1 Comment

Guess what? It’s raining! Y’all can stop your rain dances or waltzes or twerking, we’re good for now, especially in Oroville, wherever that is. I was touched at the international concern for my safety following the news of the Oroville Dam overflow. I still don’t know where it is, but I do know that the […]

Stormy
February 11th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Weather,Work 1 Comment

Stormy Seas On Fridays, it makes me happy to know that my siblings are happily asleep as I jolt workwards down the muddy driveway in the early morning darkness. The driveway is puddlier than ever thanks to the stormy visitors we have had lately. I am beginning to think that whoever did those rain dances […]

Rained In
January 26th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,House,Weather 1 Comment

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 […]

Tempestuous
January 10th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Weather,Work 2 Comments

It was sleep in your sweater night at stately Suzy Manor last night! I accessorized my sleep sweater with the latest in sleep hats. It is so wrong to see your own breath in your own house. The power obdurately continues to be out. We are solidly in Day Three now. Not only that, but […]

Put a Bird on It
January 7th, 2017 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 2 Comments

Stormy Saturday to you! The wind is howling, the glass wind chimes are tinkling frantically, the frogs are peeping with joy at the pouring rain, and I’m waiting for the power to go out. It has already blinked off and on again twice, so I’m writing on borrowed time. [Update: Power went out at 6 […]

The sadness of losing my much-loved Roscoe at the end of the old year carried into the new year. A year later, I still can’t believe that his remarkable presence has been extinguished and that I will never have the joy of sharing my life with him again. I have yet to wash or dispose […]

‘Tis the Season
October 17th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 1 Comment

My old friend the moon was blasting this morning, looking suitably Halloween-y and illuminating the road and the ocean the whole way to work in the early morning darkness. It was a welcome change from the conditions I faced last week. The first storm of the season made an early and dramatic appearance, rocking and […]

Uneventful Birthday
June 6th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Weather 1 Comment

I am pleased to announce that my birthday this year was uneventful. Maybe it’s getting older, or maybe it’s because my birthdays have been on the disastrous side over the last few years (a roadside fire; a power outage; losing the Beautiful June Bug). No news is definitely good news. I was gifted with the […]

Weather or Not
May 21st, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 3 Comments

Beautiful Anderson Valley The weather has been a combo platter this week. We came off a string of grey, cloudy days, bemoaned by most but secretly enjoyed by me, to a couple of hot days by coastal standards, and delightful rain showers this morning. It’s amazing how quickly I get sick of the heat. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Friends
February 19th, 2016 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Friends,Weather 5 Comments

The kitties and I were yanked out of our (in my case) much-needed beauty sleep last night by a wild and crazy storm. At times like this, I wish my house was not quite so well equipped with acres of glass and skylights, since I felt like I was right in the middle of the […]

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 […]

I met Megan and Rob after work one evening. They were accompanied by the ever-adorable Star and Stella. In fact, Stella was walking Megan as I came out of the door. Stella was quite interested in going in and seeing what my workplace was all about, but we eventually persuaded her that nothing fun ever […]

Powerless
January 3rd, 2016 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 3 Comments

Look Out! I woke up this morning to the wind chimes singing a warning, that cheery harbinger of uncheery power outages to come. I put on the heat while I could and went back to bed, watching the wind toss the trees and rain around through the skylight and waiting for the inevitable. Although the […]

2015
December 31st, 2015 by suzy in Country Life,Family,Friends,House,Jessica,Weather 2 Comments

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 […]