more of the denver dogs

by grace on January 12, 2018

i love this picture of christine’s dog Kita, with the soft glow of the lights on the tree.

i took Douja for a run with me to the nearby park in christine’s neighborhood and we both had a great time.  i haven’t gone running with a dog in quite a while – not since Mollie? – and Douja was thrilled, especially when i let her stop to see the squirrels up  in the trees.

when we got back to christine’s i spent a lot of time trying to get a picture of douja in front of the wreaths on the door.  it was challenging and i kept worrying that christine would realize that we were out there, but finally managed to get one decent shot.


an interruption from our trip – amy and jim went to captiva island and were gone around the same time as i was.  i kept insisting that they had to go to The Bubble Room, a fabulous captiva restaurant where kevin and i had been.  they went and got their picture taken in the same place we did.  nice.

back to denver – a friend of christine’s created this photo and used christine for the model.  and that’s all the details i remember, except that she got if framed and it was sitting in her home office wrapped in plastic, so we opened it and hung it up.

on our second day of running douja was mildly interested in this huge flock of geese, but i decided we wouldn’t run through them and make them fly away.

the funny thing about running with her is that she was just loping along, not running at all, and i tried to go really fast in order to get her to run but i couldn’t keep that up for more than a couple of minutes.

another pose that took a while to capture, but she’s an A+ modeling dog.

…and also very happy.

we didn’t spend a lot of time in the mountains, but we did take a drive on my last afternoon. we passed some quaint little villages and i hope to stop at some of them when i go back…and i hope we get there sooner rather than later.

we were with christine’s sister beth, who needed to stop at a wal-mart.  so we stopped at the wal-mart that was something like 7,500 feet up.  i’ve never been at a wal-mart at such a high elevation.  very noteworthy.

also of course very odd, because going in i’d think i was at my own wal-mart, except mine is nicer.  at this point we were so high up that i suddenly felt exhausted and incredibly thirsty.

next time, no wal-marts (unless i’m out of something critical) and definitely stopping at picturesque mountain towns!

ok then,

mrs. bitterly cold and snow friday hughes.


a quick visit to denver…

by grace on January 11, 2018

this has been an odd day.  it started out warm, got up to about 64 I think, and i was able to go running in a long-sleeved t-shirt.  but the temperature is dramatically dropping and we might have freezing rain and it’s going to get down to 18 tonight! and then more bitter cold, but at least we had a nice little break.

and i’m taking a break today from posting photos of our charming chester.

at the beginning of december i took a short trip to denver to visit my friend christine.  because we’re both phone-averse, and terrible about keeping in touch, long stretches of time will go by without us communicating.  but i finally made it out to visit her in her lovely new house with her sweet and darling doggies.

when i was there i took lots of photos because i was secretly going to make her a custom calendar.  she knew that i was taking some of the photos, but i was able to sneak around and take some when she was otherwise occupied.

here are Douja and Kita, before we decorated the tree.  Kita, on the right, was her first dog and she had cancer, i can’t tell you what kind it was exactly, but i know she had something removed from around her nose.  she was in very bad shape and christine had to take her to a medical school that was maybe an hour or more away for chemotherapy treatments.  this went on for a very long time, but so far kita is doing very well. yay! a happy story about a pet!

douja had that name when christine got her, and later she was aghast to discover that douja means pot.  she decided to keep the name because she felt that that’s what douja knew, but when she’s at the dog park and calls them, i think she just says, “here, girls!”  this amuses me.

i packed extremely light for me, mostly just black leggings.  they were completely covered in dog hair fairly quickly.  such sweeties.

christine has a friend with two dogs, and they came over one night for a sleepover.  i decided to try to get a picture of them all in front of the tree, and of course that was never going to be a perfectly posed shot, but i love this one because nobody is paying any attention to me whatsoever except Douja, who looks like she’s grinning at me. haha! she says.  i’m the good dog!

i also love his photo because the husky named…monty, i think…seems to be thinking “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?”

christine had many cute decorations, and she’s painted her fireplace silver which is totally cool.

while i was gone kevin took this picture of chester, always hoping that somebody would feed him.  he was still feeling fine as far as we knew, on december 9th.

some of christine’s art – when we lived in LA, she went to rome for a while to study art, and she still paints.  very impressive, this artistic side of her, because in her day job she does stuff that i can’t even exactly describe.  she builds websites or something like that for huge, huge global companies.  i mean, she writes computer code and mysterious things like that. and she taught herself!   she’s incredibly brilliant with that side of her brain, the part that on me is just barely functioning, but she’s so well-rounded because of all the artistic stuff, too.

this is a very old tiny apron that belonged to her grandmother, i believe.  he middle name was La Verne, as is christine’s mom and christine’s.

another fabulous painting.  that’s the other good dog who was at the house for a play date.

that’s all the christine and dogs photos for now, more to follow.

ok then,




charming chattering chester

by grace on January 10, 2018

some more photos of chester from November 2011…he and les were such good friends.

this is about a week after we got him, and already they were snuggled together on the bed.

the middle of november, out in the back yard with les.

in December 2011, lester giving chester a bath…

…and eventually they tussled, which they did quite a bit, mostly in fun.


unlike the other two kitties, chester rarely slept on my lap, so this was an historic moment.

on of my favorite photos of him, looking so regal with his big white paws.

christmas day, 2011, he looked pretty little and thin then.

i have no recollection of letting all the cats eat up on the counter; i guess that must have gone on until mollie died until 2013?

for some reason les still eats up there, although there’s no need for that anymore since it’s just him and winnie.  maybe it’s time to put that practice to and end and have a (relatively) sanitary counter for once.

whew.  right after chester died i started going through every single photo i could find of him, but i’ll try to be a little selective about posting them.  he had a happy life.

ok then,

mrs. wednesday hughes.




chester’s first month here at his new home

by grace on January 8, 2018

i took this picture on sept. 28th, 2011.  we kept chester in the hot tub room for a while, separated from everybody else, because we hadn’t taken him in to be neutered yet.  when we first got les and he was also not fixed, we let him roam freely in the basement and he did so much marking that kevin wanted to get rid of him.  luckily that all worked out!  so chester got to spend some quiet time, inside where it was warm and dry and he had plenty of food.

a much cushier life already, after living out in the wild.


and on october 1st, i was already dressing him up. good grief.  we were still having huge halloween parties back then, and i wanted a picture to put on the invitations.  he doesn’t look so thrilled about the getup.


this is october 17th, 2011 – clearly, Les Paul and Chester were already bonding over their food.  i don’t remember letting all the cats eat on the counter…

a rare photo of all three kittie on october 29th, 2011.  i’m pretty sure that’s not a happy look on Winnie’s face –  he and chester never did hit it off.

ok then.  it’s monday morning, time to face the day…



the day that Chester first showed up…

January 6, 2018

this is a post from Tuesday Sept. 27th, 2011.  we had found Les Paul in June, and on Saturday Sept. 24th i was getting ready for a wedding celebration for our friends Janice and Garrick. at the end of the post i said that chester had killed a mouse but didn’t eat it, surmising that […]

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we are fortunate…

January 5, 2018

that we got to enjoy the company of our charming chester for six years. yesterday, our vet, dr. kris myers, found that his kidneys were grossly enlarged, meaning lymphoma. such an incredibly caring person, dr. myers carried chester into the exam room on a big soft bed.  chester was clearly ready to go – he […]

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p.s. that new photo on the banner

January 3, 2018

in the photo on the left, chester is patiently waiting for les to quit eating so he can hop up and polish off les’s food.  he’s always ravenous, and the vet did say he still has a big appetite, a good sign.

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chester update

January 3, 2018

well…as of right now, 9:50 on wednesday morning, we have some hope. early yesterday morning kevin picked up chester from the emergency vet and took him to our vet, dr. kris meyers.  during the day they just weren’t able to get his blood sugar to go down enough, and last night Kris talked to kevin […]

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ending the year on an anxious note…

January 1, 2018

yesterday morning, the last day of the year, i woke up to see chester lying on the bathroom rug in front of the shower.  chester never, ever does this, and i knew that something was wrong.  he was acting lethargic, and i worried that his blood level had dropped because we started giving him one […]

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ok, it’s really, really time to stop

December 21, 2017

decorating.  i must stop.  now.  we are all decorated up around here; it was an exhausting weekend, and i still have a few more things i’d like to put up but it’s not necessary. i even put up a bunch of outside lights and decor on saturday because it was a beautiful, fairly warm and […]

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