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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 […]

With a Bang
December 14th, 2015 by suzy in Weather,Work 1 Comment

I was at work making copies when there was a huge bang and the building shook. Before my two brain cells had processed the Big Bang, the power went out and we were cast into darkness. Emerging shocked from the copy room, I heard the generator kick on and saw the pale emergency lights activated. […]

Showered
July 14th, 2015 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 3 Comments

I was both surprised and delighted by the gentle rain that started falling in the early afternoon on Thursday. It was still raining when I drove home, and I made a point of driving more slowly than usual, remembering that the first rain after a long drought makes the roads extra slippery. And they are […]

Get Back
June 10th, 2015 by suzy in Calamity Suzy,Cats,Weather,Work 2 Comments

Flowers Outside My Office Door It’s been so long since it rained that when the pattering on the roof woke me up last night, I was unable to identify the sound at first. Eventually, my sleep-fogged mind realized it was a light shower. By the time the alarm went off, the showers had departed, leaving […]

What’s for Lunch?
April 25th, 2015 by suzy in Cooking,Weather 2 Comments

Sleepy Clyde On Friday night, I was enjoying a cocktail or three (sometimes my moderation tends to be on the immoderate side) while reading in bed with all three cats when I heard an unfamiliar sound. It was the pitter patter of little raindrops! This morning, I was delighted to find half an inch of […]

Wild Weather
February 10th, 2015 by suzy in Country Life,Weather,Work 1 Comment

Stormageddon III blew into town on Sunday night, taking the power with it. In keeping with the truism that sequels get progressively worse, III was much worse than II. The wind was a fearsome gale, shaking the sliding glass doors and howling around my hippie hovel, sounding much like I imagine a hurricane. I tried […]

Stormy Weather
February 8th, 2015 by suzy in Weather,Work 1 Comment

As sequels usually are, Stormageddon II was much worse than Stormageddon I, which did not live up to the hype. II didn’t get the hype, but it packed the punch. The power went out at my house at 9:30 am on Friday morning. I made sure all the kitties were in, equipped with food and […]