a giant new window.

by grace on July 25, 2017

instead of taking a long trip this year, we installed new windows in the living room.

this is what the big window used to look like…there’s a beautiful view of the lake, except for the big panel in the middle where there was a mirror.  plus the seal on the far left window was broken a few years ago, and every once in a while i’d say, “hey, can we replace the window?”

this is the side window overlooking the hosta garden.  when kevin finally said YES! let’s get a new window, he thought it’d be nice to have a bay window here.

fred squires came to the house in may to give us a price quote, which was a little bit eye-popping.  but he said we could replace the windows facing the lake with one huge window.  great!

it took a while for them to finally put in the windows because the big window was so very very big.  but finally, here they are hard at work on july 5th.

i had to go to work in the morning and it was funny to come home and see a big hole in the back of the house.  it was a very hot day, and kevin had a fan pointed towards the guys.

this is what it looked like from the deck…

they brought the huge window into the living room.  i didn’t get to see that, but kevin says they managed to put it on wheels.

they removed the vertical boards which had supported the bit of wall in the middle, and the house didn’t collapse, a very good thing!

even though i had to leave the house most of the day, kevin stuck around to be of assistance when needed.  yeah, that’s a big mess.

it was a big mess everywhere, especially on the deck.  see that big black spot under the window on the right?  that’s where there was an electrical fire many years ago, and kevin says that”s what eventually caused the window’s seal to break.  luckily the house didn’t burn down way back then.

they finally hoisted up the window  – there was a giant suction cup on the outside to help with the hoisting.

ta da! the window was in place by four in the afternoon.  they did an amazingly fast and good job.

the living room was in quite a bit of disarray that night, but les paul managed to fall asleep on kevin’s leg.

the next day they installed the bay window.

they didn’t get everything finished on the second day, and we had an interesting seating arrangement that night.

the next morning les stretched out on a board they’d set up out back.

when fred first came to the house to give us a bid i explained to him how i’d planted the hostas, then had to dig them  up because we had sewer pipes replace, then had to plant them again, and this spring i transplanted several of them, and i hoped that his workers wouldn’t trample them all.

he totally understood my concern, and they crushed nary a hosta.  unfortunately that pile of siding is covering some bleeding hearts, but they hadn’t bloomed much and were dried by then, and i’ll have to transplant them next year.

les thought all the activity was quite nice.

here’s the new little roof they put over the bay window.

and by afternoon on the 7th, they were done.  giant window!  it’s beautiful and opens up the room so much.  money well spent.

i was sure that at least one of the cats would want to sit in the bay window, but maybe they will eventually.

i’m pretty sure i’ve managed to clean most of the drywall dust from the floor, and we’ve taken out some furniture and re-arranged things nicely.

plus i’m sure  i’m going to have some free time  really soon to just sit and gaze out the window.

ok then,

mrs. no time for that right at the moment hughes.


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guest blog!

by grace on July 25, 2017

I woke up this morning to see that the lovely Tanja, from the site The Red Phone Box Travels, had posted my guest blog on her site!   Here it is.   Tanja is from Croatia, and writes about the wonderful places she’s visited; she is especially enamored of London, and has all kinds of interesting things to say about that city, plus more.  in her “about” section of her blog, she says she loves chocolate, cakes and biscuits, so besides travel, we also have that in common.  and she has a ginger cat!  maybe i’ll finally mange to write an “about” section for my blog since this is my…13th year of writing on it?  procrastination is something i continue to excel at.

in my guest blog post i re-visited the first day of our walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in Wales; reading what i’d written about it and looking at the pictures of all that beauty made me wish that we could get back there soon.  maybe next year?  the problem clearly is that we live all the way across the ocean.

ok then,

g. hughes



by grace on July 24, 2017

here are three photos from the very beginning of july, such a very long time ago, it feels like.

les, always stalking something down by the water.

this is a beautiful new tiny tree i bought on impulse.  it’s called a Duranta, and i just read on wikipedia that although it is cultivated in some places and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, it’s classified as an environmental weed in australia, south africa and china.  it’s considered invasive in hawaii, fiji and french polynesia.

the flowers are so lovely!  it’s hard to imagine it being an environmental weed.

that is all for now.

ok then,

mrs. seeing the end of july not so far in the distance hughes.



the really real last photos of june…

by grace on July 22, 2017

whoops, i forgot about these photos.  here’s a snapchat photo, which i took the morning of the 20th anniversary of harry potter.  how is it that 20 years have passed since the first novel was written?

i had to take this photo of the fridge because it’s probably the cleanest and emptiest it’ll be…it was leaking like crazy so we had to take everything out for the guy to fix it.

the next day les climbed up to the top, where the view was grand.

chester preferred to sit in one of the crisper drawers.

and finally, june 30th, randy’s birthday!  here he is with lori ann and vicki, enjoying some cool drinks at “win lose or draught,” randy’s bar.

we went to dinner to randy’s favorite place, bella milano, and he struck a post outside as huge storm clouds started to roll in.

we got inside the restaurant just in time – the wind started blowing like crazy, the rain was coming down sideways, and we enjoyed a nice meal looking out at the chaos.

ok then,

mrs. really really truly the last photos of june because that was the very last day of june hughes.




final photos of june

July 22, 2017

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July 21, 2017

yesterday, thursday morning,kevin drove the van over to the boat dock as i slowly left the shore on the boat.  i noticed that kevin had installed a nifty new black lamp post at the end of the dock! cool. the water was still, no other boats around, and the breeze felt good.  i arrived at […]

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jinxed it…

July 19, 2017

a week ago i wrote that the pontoon boat was running great this summer, which is probably the first summer it’s done that since we’ve had it.  and i said “i don’t want to jinx it.” which of course i did. kevin and i took a lovely boat ride on sunday morning – amy had […]

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deer in june

July 17, 2017

a fawn appeared at the side of the fenced yard one day. can you see it, there in the middle? it saw me, and hid down in the weeds. it hung out at our house for a while, but amy and jim also saw it next door.  here it is, nestled outside their fence as […]

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more of june…

July 12, 2017

boat ride!  so far the pontoon boat has been running great; i think this is the first year since we’ve had it that it has managed to keep running this long into the summer.  hmm, better not jinx it.  the water was really high in june, and the yuccas were in bloom. these flower shoots […]

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june! as the summer whooshes by…

July 10, 2017

soon it will be time for the Il state fair!  it’s remarkable how quickly the summer is going by.  funny that in april it did nothing but rain rain rain, and now things are dry and i spent a great deal of time watering my flowers. here’s a panorama of my fenced yard; all the […]

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