Category Archives: Pain and Misery

Just one last pat on the head.

She’s been gone almost two weeks, but still, I inexplicably expect her to amble down the hall and thrust that magnificent golden head and mane in my face, looking to comfort me and oh, maybe get a nice little scratch … Continue reading

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Thomas Fire: the Aftermath.

Why is it that on the shortest days of the year I have the longest lists? Dawn arrives in the thinnest, milky colors these December days and then, it seems, dark falls again before I can get anything done. I … Continue reading

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Praying for Santa Barbara.

Things have changed so quickly that since starting this post a few minutes ago I have managed to rather severely bury the lede. Bloggers are not reporters, as it turns out. Most of you reading are not in an emergency … Continue reading

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Up in flames.

I thought the worst thing that was going to happen this week was my root canal. Wow, was I wrong. SoCal is on fire this week and not in any of the ways one might hope. At the moment, six … Continue reading

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The Sky Really is Falling: Summer

As my witty sister-in-law, Gail, quipped, we had a holiday of “drama and trauma”. I deeply regret following up the post about Birdie’s passing ¬†with more tribulation, but that’s just how it has been going. As the Oracle said in … Continue reading

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Sight for Sore Eye.

Two words that should never go together: cornea and ulcer. Throw in another word: infection, and you’ve got the ingredients for a wild ride. Every January, when the pittosporum blooms, my allergies start to rage. My eyes get red and … Continue reading

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Life is Most Definitely NOT a Cabaret.

Today is the day we were supposed to celebrate Soho’s birthday party. Every other year all her nearest and dearest friends arrive laden with pizzle sticks and chew toys. We enjoy an incredible luncheon (thank you, Tammy Kronen Catering!) and … Continue reading

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