Category Archives: Annoyances of Life

A Disturbance in the Flock.

What I’m thinking today is that chickens are a lot like humans. Yes, I know they are actually the last extant remnant of the dinosaur, but mine are acting a lot more like humans. Fickle, moody, argumentative, rapacious. It was … Continue reading

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And for you, a lump of coal.

Oh, I’ve got a list. And I’m checking it twice. But you may wish you weren’t on it. I promise to get merry somewhere along the line. And I’m even hoping for calm and bright. But right now, that whole “most … Continue reading

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Take nothing for granted.

I’m going to make a confession and I hope you won’t think less of me. Occasionally – not all the time – but sometimes, when I’m in NYC, I let the water run while I brush my teeth. I watch … Continue reading

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May Gray; Feeling those Jacaranda Blues.

Every year I come up with a new scheme to decamp from Southern California during the season we affectionately call June Gloom. The bowl of the sky turns over and spills over us with layers and layers of pearlish, milky … Continue reading

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Bought an Apple, Got a Lemon. Going Nuts.

  Not my most auspicious visit to NYC. I guess I should have known things were a little off when I got chased by a squirrel. I was strolling through Madison Square Park on a perfect summer afternoon when the … Continue reading

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Life’s a Wheeze: Cody and Asthma

Last post was all about Soho’s birthday but she’s not the only one of our critters born in April. Cody, aka Shoo Bear, was born in April, 2002, back when I was on a tear of collecting Himalayan cats like other … Continue reading

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Chickens to the Left of Me, Bobcat on the Right…

…And we’re stuck in the middle again. I love my semi-rural neighborhood. It’s mid-March, and the wisteria and nasturtiums are beginning to show off. The mockingbirds are back in business, singing from pre-dawn until well after twilight, when they finally … Continue reading

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