happy valentine’s day!

by grace on February 14, 2018

i hope it is a good one for you.  here, it’s a warm day at least, although there’s no sign of the sun thus far.

winnie is much happier now that chester is gone.  he hangs around near us most of the time, and he’s more calm.  so even though we’re sad, at least winnie is pleased…he’s about 16 years old now, and he likes to sleep more than ever.  but he also follows me when i take les for a walk.

the lake is so low that lester sat out on our neighbor’s floating dock, not floating right now.  the lake is so low that kevin say yesterday he was able to walk under our dock.  i need to go down to the water to see that.

most photogenic kitty ever, rolling around in the dirt.

because i got up so early yesterday morning i was able to take a picture of the sunrise.  it was so beautiful, with all the blooming flowers in the not-hot-tub room.  we could call it the nursery i guess, or maybe just the room next to the bedroom.

because i have to work tonight, we’re going out for a valentine’s day lunch at a new restaurant, and then we’re going to take a walk because it’s going to be much warmer today.  yay, walking!

ok then,

mrs. february 14th hughes.



other things at the end of 2017…

by grace on January 25, 2018

well, here’s the great photo of lester and chester, as chester patiently waits for les to finish his meal so he can swoop in and devour the remains.  poor little kitty.

winnie, sleeping on a “mutts” pillow.

here’s mom’s living room facing the lake, with the darling little Hobbs kitty.

here’s a panorama of the entire room.  it’s a lovely place.

i’m not sure why i took a picture of this ornament, but it’s one of my favorites. i got it at Macy’s in NYC when kevin and i went there on our first thanksgiving.  i’ve tried to find more of them, but so far no luck.  it’s not like i need more ornaments anyway, but it’s just so goofy and cheerful.

ta da!  i guess i haven’t taken any pictures of the newly-converted hot tub room?  it’s now chock-full of flowers, many of which are blooming.


kevin bought a truck!  the funny thing is, just today as i was coming home, a guy passed me coming in the other direction, and he waved and i thought, “hmm, i wonder who that cute guy in that truck is?”  and then realized it was kevin!  i’d never encountered him on the road in his new truck before.

of course the dining table was covered with many xmas things, but les found a tiny spot to squeeze onto.

and he continues to love perching on top of the fridge.  last night when he was up there i tried to coerce him down, but he only meowed at me and walked to the very back of the fridge.  ok then!

i like this picture, but i could have sharpened it up a bit more – his paw is resting on last year’s calendar, including a photo of les and chester from last december.

whew.  today i realized that i’m not really all well from being sick and many other people have also been sick and i keep hearing stories about how very long it takes to recover.  it annoys me greatly; it’s a warm and sunny day, great for running, but i just sit here in the couch, no energy at all.

but at least i’m fortunate to be able to just sit around til getting better.

ok then,

mrs. january will soon be over hughes.




by grace on January 24, 2018

sometimes i’d called Chester “chestertarian,” making up a little song, rhyming it with librarian, unitarian, vegetarian, egalitarian, rotarian…

here he is in august 2012.

i love this picture of the three of them, something that could be an album cover.

chester enjoying some non-alcoholic coors…

sept. 2012 – chester and mollie.

chester always loved to go for a walk when i’d take les out on his leash.

chester never needed to a leash (he certainly wouldn’t have tolerated one); even though he was our wildest cat he never strayed far from home.

and a few more photos from 2012 – this is december.

for a while he loved to pull on this fluffy bed, pulling and kneading it over and over.


and he loved to lie in the sink, as well as drink from it.

good kitty.

ok then,

mrs. january hughes.



cheerful chester…

by grace on January 21, 2018

i haven’t felt like posting, or doing anything at all for about a week now.  i’m recovering from the flu, which is hitting everybody hard this year, it seems.  i got sick last saturday then kevin got sick then he got better then i thought i was better, but i finally broke down and went to the doctor on friday and got drugs but they didn’t make me immediately better, but hopefully very, very soon.  kevin suddenly got sick yet again today, so the whole thing is just ridiculous.

meanwhile…i’ve been looking through photos of chester again, and he was so very very cute…

stretching soooo long, in  jan. 2012.

lester and chester really loved each other. February 2012.

chester also loved to drink water out of the sink.  it’s funny, i’d forgotten he did that…


haha, he loved boxes, and when he was little he’d stuff himself right inside them.  march 2012.






this was april 2012, but it could have been any time because he continue to drape himself over the counter all of his short life.

chester and sweet mollie…

they had a good time.

it’s weird because we have a photo of out kitty Honey in the bathroom and i look at it and think about how young she was when she died – but she was eight, and chester was only about six or so.  whew.

on a happy note, it was up to 58 today and i sat down at the dock for a little bit and watched the geese.  and then a boat roared by, even though there’s still some ice on the lake. i didn’t let lester come out for a walk because the ice is crazy-thin and he didn’t need to go walking out there putting his life at risk.

ok then,

mrs. sunday evening hughes.






more of the denver dogs

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? […]

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a quick visit to denver…

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 […]

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charming chattering chester

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, […]

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chester’s first month here at his new home

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 […]

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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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