How do you spend your rainy days at home? Working? Meet Pippa the Papillon, my administrative assistant. Do you have a furry helper at your house? Send a pic! Priceless. I wish she’d make coffee! Days like these, I bring my laptop out of the office and enjoy the fire and the heat. The far northern coast of California is where it rains like the tropics, but it’s a whole lot colder. The weather is why the giant redwoods thrive.