Weekend Update: April Showers

Hummingbird in nest in Southern California. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

A Week Of Ups & Downs…

We’ve had an unusually wet April so far in Southern California. It’s kept us indoors a bit more, and has postponed my project to clean up our backyard and utilize some outdoor living space. But I can’t complain, as the rain is making a dent in our drought. And making the plants quite happy.

Undeterred by the weather, someone else has already made some living space in our yard. That little hummingbird has been hovering around and chirping whenever I’ve been out in the backyard. I suspected she was protecting a nest somewhere, and finally spotted it early in the week…right outside our kitchen window! So we have a front-row seat for Real Hummingbirds of West L.A. No chicks yet, but I’ll share as soon as I see them.

But we’ve had sad news this week too. One of le Monsieur’s oldest and best friends passed away. It wasn’t virus-related; he’d had a degenerative disease that resulted in a substantial weakening of his heart. He went peacefully, in his sleep, at home. Because of the current situation, any memorial service will have to be postponed until it’s safe to gather in person again.

And though she’d bounced back from a lot over the last few months, our little Coco experienced a dramatic decline over the last few days. She stopped eating and had trouble standing up, let alone walking. The vet said her bloodwork was “not good,” (kidney failure and other issues). She just wanted to sleep all the time. She seemed to be telling us it was time, and we made the decision to help her cross the rainbow bridge. She was the sweetest girl and we’ll miss her very much. 🐾

Recommended Viewing…

We just started watching The Good Fight on CBS All Access and are really enjoying it. It’s a spinoff from The Good Wife, and IMO, even better. Christine Baranski returns as Diane Lockhart, now facing a “reversal of fortune,” thanks to a Bernie-Madoff-esque financial Ponzi scheme. Lots of new characters, but some favorites from The Good Wife return as well. (And it would be worth watching for Diane’s wardrobe alone…😍)

“Unorthodox” on Netflix is a mini-series based on a memoir of the same name by Deborah Feldman. It offers view inside an insular Orthodox Jewish community, and a story of a young woman leaving and finding her way outside of it. The show’s creators took great pains to portray the Satmar community accurately, both visually and with regard to the customs and Yiddish dialect. The acting is superb and the storytelling engaging.

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Talbot’s – Spring Sale, up to 50% off.

Stay in touch.

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  1. April 11, 2020 / 4:00 am

    I’m so sad and sorry to hear about your loss of Coco. During these times when we’re staying at home, pets are our constant companions and such a comfort. My heart goes out to you.

    • Lisa
      April 11, 2020 / 7:11 am

      I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and your beautiful Coco. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your husband.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      April 11, 2020 / 3:49 pm

      Susan, my eyes are filled with the tears of your lovely canine friend, Coco. Often I feel closer to our little furry friends than many other humans. I couldn’t stop crying when my Renzo died, except when I had to pull myself together to write or translate something He was 20 1/2, a very ripe age for a tuxie tomcat who had been a stray. I still miss him, though I have Livia, a black pussycat half his size.

      Of course your husband’s longterm (human) friend was at least as great a loss, but I never viewed photos of him or stories of his antics.

  2. April 11, 2020 / 4:14 am

    I echo Cate . The death of a pet is a death in the family and always hard to take . And yes in these times our 2 cats connect us to the outside world we can’t always get to .

  3. Dominique
    April 11, 2020 / 4:23 am

    So very sorry for the loss of your beloved Coco.

  4. Lianne MacGregor
    April 11, 2020 / 4:28 am

    So sorry for the losses of this past week.

  5. Jannie
    April 11, 2020 / 4:36 am

    May God bless you and your husband on the loss of your friend and beloved Coco.
    Anne with an E on Netflix is based on Anne of Green Gables…well done series. Will check Unorthodox.

  6. Karen
    April 11, 2020 / 4:40 am

    So very sorry for the loss of your beloved Coco and your husband’s dear friend. Lean on each other.

  7. Linda
    April 11, 2020 / 4:42 am

    So sorry to hear about your friend and little Coco. I can only hope for all of us that better times are coming soon.
    Stay safe!

  8. Janet R
    April 11, 2020 / 4:42 am

    What a sad, tough week for you and your husband. So sorry for you both.

  9. Carol W Wayne
    April 11, 2020 / 4:49 am

    I am so sorry for both of your losses…such a difficult time to lose a friend. May the memory of both your friend and of sweet Coco be a blessing to you both as you go forward.

  10. Irene
    April 11, 2020 / 4:50 am

    So sorry for your losses take care stay safe and well

  11. Bonnie
    April 11, 2020 / 5:12 am

    It’s doubly hard to lose loved ones in this time of confinement. We have too much time to think. You and
    Le Monsieur have my condolences. I second the praise for the mini series – Unorthodox. Very intriguing and well done. When it ended The Car Guy and me moaned ‘Noooo”
    Happy you are getting rain. We were in the Pebble Beach area last fall and it was tinder dry. Being from the Midwest we don’t (luckily) have dry times of such magnitude

  12. April 11, 2020 / 5:14 am

    so so sorry to hear about your Coco. It is always so heart wrenching to lose a pet, and I have lost quite a few in my life. If you have Netflix, watch the 3 seasons of Ozark. it is amazing!

  13. Ellen
    April 11, 2020 / 5:15 am

    Condolences on your losses. May their memories be a blessing. What a tough week. I hope watching the new life unfold outside your kitchen window provides some consolation. On the subject of The Good Fight, I think it’s terrific! You can get a 30-day free subscription to CBS All Access to watch it! We just watched the first season of World on Fire on PBS and enjoyed it. We are thinking of getting a 30-day trial to EPIX to watch Belgravia, the new Julian Fellowes series.

    • Susan
      April 11, 2020 / 5:38 am

      I am so sorry about your precious little Coco – pets are very much part of the family. Really enjoyed Unorthodox and do like The Good Fight, but the obsession with Trump became tedious after a while. Ozark is a good series to binge, season 3 being the best.

    • Susan
      April 11, 2020 / 5:44 am

      I accidently posted a new post as a reply to you. However, I am watching Belgravia at the moment (having read the book), but have been somewhat disappointed, the actress pkaying Lady Maria is miscast (IMHO) Waiting for season 2 of World on Fire.

  14. Jean
    April 11, 2020 / 5:21 am

    I am sorry to hear about your losses. My condolences are with you both. May their memory of your husband’s friend and sweet Coco live on in your hearts.

  15. Joann Czarny
    April 11, 2020 / 5:23 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Coco and your husband’s dear friend. Stay strong and know there are brighter days ahead.

  16. April 11, 2020 / 5:26 am

    So sorry about your husband’s friend, and of course, Coco. Sounds like a very hard week, especially during these times which are hard enough.

  17. Kay Fuqua
    April 11, 2020 / 5:28 am

    So sorry for your losses. Please know I care.

    • Becky
      April 11, 2020 / 8:22 pm

      Thinking of you and sending sympathies for your losses.
      May all your good memories give you some peace.

  18. Diane B
    April 11, 2020 / 5:33 am

    My heart goes out to you and your husband. It is so very hard in a normal world, but in isolation there is no outlet for your grief with others. Stay well, and yes, do update us on the nest situation for some uplifting news.

  19. trish
    April 11, 2020 / 5:59 am

    I’m so sorry to hear Coco passed. My condolences. Those furry little children bring such joy and their absence can bring such sorrow. My you find peace in knowing that she’s no longer in pain.

  20. Elizabeth
    April 11, 2020 / 6:04 am

    Deepest sympathy for the losses you’ve endured this week. These are difficult enough times without the added sadness. Sending love and support.

  21. RoseAG
    April 11, 2020 / 6:10 am

    I’m sorry, it’s hard to have Spring peeking out all over and to have lost two important beings in your lives.

  22. Susan
    April 11, 2020 / 6:12 am

    Oh, how sad to lose Coco and your husband’s dear friend, especially in the midst of this situation. Maybe they are together in the great beyond keeping each other company while they keep an eye on you two. May you find peace in the wonderful memories.

  23. Adele
    April 11, 2020 / 6:16 am

    Condolences on your losses. I hope that the love and support from family and friends — even though it has to be virtual for now — will be a source of comfort and sustenance for you and le Monsieur.

  24. Mary Clifford
    April 11, 2020 / 6:18 am

    Oh Susan,
    I am so sorry to hear of Msr.’s loss of a friend and of your sweet Coco. I have known the heartbreak of both losses in the past year and so my heart breaks now for you and I pray comfort over you and your family.
    Thank you for the beautiful pic of your little friend in her nest. How beautiful the promise of new life is! May blessings and joy soon come to you and your house!

  25. Teresa
    April 11, 2020 / 6:21 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your Coco. Loosing 2 beloved pets in such a short time must be so difficult. Also so sad to for the loss of your husband’s friend. My thoughts are with you.

  26. Laurie
    April 11, 2020 / 6:48 am

    Thoughts and prayers for you and monsieur. Two very difficult losses in the midst of the pandemic. I hope you find comfort in great memories and the promise of a sunnier tomorrow. Blessings to all during this holy week!

  27. Sally
    April 11, 2020 / 6:58 am

    Susan I’m so very sorry for your loss—both you husbands dear friend and your sweet dog. Much love to you and your family

  28. Lee
    April 11, 2020 / 7:17 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Coco.

  29. Elizabeth
    April 11, 2020 / 7:25 am

    I am so sorry about sweet Coco and about your husband’s friend.

  30. Carolyn
    April 11, 2020 / 7:28 am

    Sweet Coco. My sympathy on losing your precious little Coco and your husband’s friend.

  31. Dianne
    April 11, 2020 / 7:36 am

    I’m so sorry for your two losses. I think it’s harder with these uncertainties. I lost my husband 6 months ago and my sweet dog only two weeks ago. They are our special family…such a void when they leave us …love and prayers for you

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      April 11, 2020 / 3:39 pm

      To you too Dianne. That is very hard.

  32. Holly
    April 11, 2020 / 7:37 am

    I’m so very sorry about the loss of your dear friend and beloved Coco. It’s never easy but these times likely make it that much more painful.

  33. Marysue
    April 11, 2020 / 7:39 am

    So very sorry to read of these heartbreaking losses. It is never a good time, but in this time grief has an additional challenge, I hope the little hummingbird and nest offers a bit of peace. Sincere condolences.

  34. Nancy
    April 11, 2020 / 7:42 am

    So very sorry for the passing of your husbands friend and your precious Coco.

  35. Cherrie
    April 11, 2020 / 7:47 am

    When God shuts a door…….He opens a window……..I’m so sorry to hear about your dear little Coco……I’ve always considered it a rare gift when a bird chooses a nesting site where I can watch the beginning of life…..you’ve been blessed!

  36. Linda D.
    April 11, 2020 / 7:51 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Coco’s passing. Losing a four legged family member is always difficult, but it would be particularly hard if I lost ours during this virus challenge. My heart bleeds for you guys – a hard decision, but I’m sure Coco knows how much she was loved. <3

  37. April 11, 2020 / 7:54 am

    Sorry to hear about Coco and your husband’s friend.

    We just finished S3 of Schitt’s Creek. When my husband isn’t home (he’s an ER doc), I’ve been rewatching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – initially as a tribute to co-composer and music director Adam Schlesinger, who died last week from COVID-19. But then because it’s so brilliantly written and gives me both laughs and something to think about (especially after having watched all of it last year – seeing signs of what is to come in S1 is very interesting).

  38. Sue Jubinville
    April 11, 2020 / 8:08 am

    Very sorry for the loss of your husband’s friend and your precious Coco. You have my deepest condolences.

  39. Shari
    April 11, 2020 / 8:29 am

    Soo sad you! My pets have held a special place in my heart! They give so much and expect so little….
    There’s a wonderful little child’s book called “Dog Heaven” that I always recommend after losing a pet! It’s precious and echoes how you’re feeling I think!
    My sympathies!

  40. Monica
    April 11, 2020 / 8:41 am

    So sad to hear of the passing of your precious Coco. Very hard for you both. Also the death of le Monsieur’s friend. Very difficult events when confined to the house.

  41. Linda
    April 11, 2020 / 8:47 am

    So sorry to hear of sweet little Coco’s passing, during these challenging times we live in we turn to our pets to give us comfort. I know she’ll be greatly missed but thankfully she did not have to suffer. My sincere sympathy goes out to both of you.

  42. Nancy
    April 11, 2020 / 8:47 am

    I am sorry for your recent losses. May your memories keep them with you always.
    May you and yours be healthy and virus free.

  43. Lee Rosenthall
    April 11, 2020 / 8:48 am

    Oh, Susan, my sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband’s dear friend and your precious, Coco. I imagine them together, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, enjoying each other’s company and sending down their love to you both. xoxo

  44. Jan Whichard
    April 11, 2020 / 8:57 am

    Dear Susan. Please accept my heartfelt condolences about your wonderful pup. I had to help my darling Remington cross that bridge. It has been 3 years and he remains with me every day. His collar and leash are still on the doorknob! He was a friend to all so I imagine he and Coco are on a walk enjoying all the spring smells.

    My heart to yours,


  45. Denise Hare
    April 11, 2020 / 9:00 am

    So very sorry to hear about le monsieur ‘s friend & the loss of Coco xx

  46. Mary Ann
    April 11, 2020 / 9:09 am

    Words cannot express my sadness over the loss of your beautiful Coco. I remember that you had to put down her beloved brother the same time that we lost our Rosie Girl. The pain of losing these wonderful pets stays with us for a long time. Do try to enjoy that mama hummer and her babies! You are so lucky to be able to view that show right out your kitchen window. I loved the great picture of the mama in her nest.

  47. MJ
    April 11, 2020 / 9:17 am

    I’m so sorry for your losses. It’s especially hard in a time like this to cope with deaths of loved ones.

  48. Sue
    April 11, 2020 / 9:28 am

    Susan — The outpouring of sympathy and heartfelt support you’ve gotten today is a tribute to the good you do just by sharing your thoughts and suggestions every day. I suspect all of us feel a little better about life whenever we open an email from you — that’s quite an accomplishment. Thank you for your generosity of spirit.

  49. Judy
    April 11, 2020 / 9:28 am

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your friend and of your beloved little Coco.

  50. Mo
    April 11, 2020 / 9:36 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of your family’s losses. Wishing you , your husband and son, good health in these trying times.

    We are also enjoying Unorthodox. As well, just discovered-I know-late to the game, “Somebody Feed Phil”. It is on Netflix and will absolutely whisk you away from where we all are at , in this stressful time.

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