Christmas in April

by Lorin Michel Saturday, April 23, 2011 11:33 PM

It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting here on the love seat of our matching couch set. The TV is on, have no idea what’s playing. I have a glass of wine on the table, my dog lying in heap on the floor next to me and my husband asleep across from me.

I’m watching the faces he makes as he tries to wake up even though he’s really not ready, his face screwing slightly to the left as he lifts his head, then drops it again to his chest.

I’m listening to the sound of Maguire’s breathing, a sigh with a gurgle. In the background, the cooling unit for the wine cellar is humming softly. Outside, the breeze is gentle, tickling the wind chimes. I hear a car door slam across the street, the beep of a car alarm sets. Brianna must be home.

I pick up the remote control and start surfing, finding nearly nothing on. There’s a Sex and the City repeat, the last half hour of Die Hard; CSI Miami, The Ten Commandments. Nothing on HBO or Showtime, not until tomorrow. I go back to Sex and the City. I always loved that show; I miss it. There are so many good shows that have come and gone over the years that I miss: The West Wing, The X-Files, Once and Again, Sex and the City. At least Sex and the City is still in syndication.

On this night, I’m celebrating Saturday. The quiet of it, the ease of it. Saturday’s are for celebrating in general but Saturday nights are special. They creep in slowly, hover at first and then descend to wrap you up in the possibility of total and complete disengagement from work, from the world. Everything shifts into neutral, everything stops. It’s a once a week break from the reality of work and it’s nice. Peaceful.

Tomorrow is Easter. We won’t celebrate it as such, but we will celebrate the perfectness of the day. The sun will rise as the birds chirp, cars will drive by, the paper will arrive, we’ll make breakfast. Life will be good – it is good – and fun.

Bored with Sex and the City, I switch to Die Hard. It’s one of my favorite Christmas movies. Even in April, it’s festive.

Happy trails. And happy Easter.

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Whiling away a Saturday afternoon on a porch

by Lorin Michel Saturday, April 9, 2011 10:56 PM

Our friends Diane and Gene have welcomed a new addition to their family, an American Staffordshire Terrier named Tommy. I met him today, a puppy of the softest white and bluest gray, with a thumb print on the top of his head, one ear flopping forward, the other back and eyes the color of gray storm clouds. He’s a couple of months old and a gentle soul. He and his older brother Henry were quite the pair, eating cookies and apples, Tommy chewing on the tree leaves nearest the porch floor.

We sat there on the porch, lounging, hot tea turning almost immediately cool in the chilly afternoon air. A slight wind blew across the back yard, rippling the water in the pool, making the wind chimes sing softly. There were six of us, including Diane and Gene’s friend Troy from Marin County, just in town briefly from a place called Solstice Grove (I think), and Roy and Bobbi. Kevin was working, a web emergency. He was missed.

Saturday afternoons are made for porches, good friends and dogs.

At the risk of offending cat lovers, of which I’m one, I must say that puppies and dogs have a special place in our lives. They have a wondrous smell, puppies being all new fur and innocence. And dogs are just slightly more mature versions, even with their dustier fragrance.

I remember Maguire when he was a pup, all spring-loaded energy that could drop to a dead sleep in a split second. His teeth were little needles, his breath always smelled a bit like puppy food and grass and a cool breeze. He loved to hug, burying his head under my chin when I held him, back when I could pick him up. He still buries his head under my chin, though now it’s when I get down on the floor to hug him. The top of his head smells like my perfume most days. It smells good on him.

Judging from today, Tommy will be wearing Diane’s perfume, too. It will suit him well.

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Things I'm celebrating today

by Lorin Michel Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:12 PM

The warm sun inside the cool air. The clouds dotting the blue sky. The weather report that says rain is coming, which means the prospect of a wet weekend.

A conversation with one friend and the reconnection with another.

A lovely glass or two of 2007 Niner Wine Estates Cabernet Franc, one of the best wines we’ve had in a while. Smoky, heavy, with a wet earth and roasted pepper nose and a taste that’s smooth and silky.

The comforting, thick smell of my dog’s fur. His dreaming, dancing feet on the hard wood floors.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” on USA and a young Harrison Ford.

A hot shower.

The touch of my husband’s hand as he gently moves me aside, reaching for his toothbrush.

The night and my big, California King bed with clean sheets and a fluffy comforter.

Living it out loud.  

What are you celebrating?

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