Happy Birthday Mom!

by grace on February 26, 2021

I bet it’s the warmest February 26th we’ve had in a long time. A great day for Mom’s Covid birthday! We will celebrate with a family dinner tonight, but before that there will hopefully be much birthday merriment. No involving going into any places, of course.

Here’s one of my favorite travel photos of Mom when she went on a long European tour with a friend. She was along the Necker in Heidelberg. I’ll have to ask her how much she remembers about this. It looks like a lovely place.

A glamour shot on the beach in Nice.

And here she is in Linz, I believe, and on the slide it says she’s with somebody named Johann Emmerstorfer. I bet she remembers who he was…

It’s fun and tinged with a little melancholy to think of travel right now.

Last February mom and I watched the sunset on this fantastic little beach called Pass-A-Grille in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, right before everything fell apart.

Even though we won’t be basking in the warm setting sun this evening, we’re still all together and healthy, which is something to be very thankful for.

ok then,

g.

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Geese on the frozen lake plus deer in the snow

by grace on February 21, 2021

Here’s a short video from February 8th, geese out on the lake.

Yet another snowfall on Feb. 15th.

I looked out the front bedroom window and there was a deer eating bird food.

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It looked like it was trying to catch snowflakes.

Then she looked at me, but wasn’t worried enough to run away.

Les was also watching her.

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Now it’s Sunday, February 21, and the bitter cold has hopefully left for the year, and the vast amount of snow will hopefully melt soon. I know that Spring must be right around the corner.

ok then,

grace

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Valentines in Times of Covid

by grace on February 17, 2021

Bev sent me this cute photo on Valentine’s Day – she’d been going through a box she’d taken home from work when she retired five years ago, and came across this card I’d given her. Funny, I have no memory of the card.

Because the Coronavirus has really brought out the hermit in me I didn’t sent any Christmas cards and haven’t been in touch with many people. But on Valentine’s Day I was inspired to make a whole bunch of heart-shaped sugar cookies and on Valentine’s eve I was lying in bed and suddenly thought of a design I wanted to try.

I’d made about five dozen rich butter sugar cookies on the 13th and that night I got out my cake-decorating stuff. I use plastic piping bags and was horrified to see that there were only two left. It was a box of 100 bags and I bet I’ve had the box for at least 15 years. But now what?! I had a yellowed piece of paper from the cake-decorating class I’d taken…close to 30 years ago, I think? That cake-decorating class was one of the most useful classes I’ve ever taken. On the paper was a frosting recipe and a list of equipment necessary for decorating, and I remembered that I used to make piping bags out of waxed paper and scotch tape.

I decided to use parchment paper because it’s sturdier, but the tape wouldn’t stick to it, so instead I made five bags out of waxed paper. I thought that by doing all this stuff the day before I’d cut down on the time it would take to decorate. Even though it’s been a while since I’ve decorated a cake I knew that decorating always took quite a while.

At about 10:30 in the morning on Valentine’s Day I started the piping creations. I figured it might take an hour and a half, but I spent over an hour making the frosting, dividing it into bowls and tinting it. Then I started to fill the bags…and one of the waxed paper bags split open. Uh oh. I filled another bag and the same thing happened.

So, either waxed paper isn’t as sturdy as it was when I used to make the piping bags 30 years ago, or maybe they ripped because i was using generic waxed paper? I’d made up my mind that I wouldn’t buy plastic bags again because they’re not environmentally-friendly. But when the waxed paper started tearing I realized I’m going to have to buy some more plastic bags.

But what to do in the meantime? Most of the colors I’d mixed were different versions of pink and red, so I decided i could use my two plastic bags, one for green and one for everything else.

I started making roses, which have to be individually created on a short metal spike with a flat circle on top of it. I had a lot of little squares of waxed paper that I’d cut out who knows how long ago, which I placed on top of the spike to made a rose. I laid the finished roses on plates so they’d harden enough so I could place them on the cookies.

In the process I got mountains of powdered sugar all over the place, but I was pleased with how it went.

It ended up taking about four hours. Here are the cookies with pink flowers. I also made some with a darker pink frosting and pale pink roses, and I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of them. They weren’t quite as lovely as these. I think I must have made about 150 roses or so? No wonder it took so long! But I enjoyed the process.

After I finished, Mom and I got in the car and made cookie deliveries all over town. It was only to five people but they all lived far apart. I actually saw and said hi to a couple of the people who I gave them to, and it was good to see them after so much time.

When we got off on the exit off I-55 ,I noticed that Motorheads restaurant has a fancy new sign. I know we’ll get back there someday…

And that’s my exciting Covid Valentine’s tale.

ok then,

Mrs. H.

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Valentine’s Eve Merriment

by grace on February 16, 2021

On Saturday February 13th Kevin had turned on the bathroom faucets so they’d drip through the night and our old pipes wouldn’t freeze.

Les Paul jumped up on the sink and took great delight in playing in the water.

It’s been really really cold and now there’s about six or eight inches of snow on the ground.

that’s all for now, because my computer is suddenly shutting down with no warning. I’ve taken it in to be checked out and the people said it could be because I had it on my lap and it heated up. I now have a fancy new padded stand that rests on my lap, but it still shuts down after only maybe five minutes.

It’s always something.

ok then,

mrs. February Hughes.

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the last of January, from here in February

February 11, 2021

The bitter cold has settled in, with temperatures maybe climbing into the teens, and it’s just going to get worse this weekend. It’s 16 right now but feels like 2 degrees, and over the weekend the high temperature will be 8 and three on saturday and sunday. What do I do? Stay inside a whole […]

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Happy Saturday morning!

February 6, 2021

The sun is shining, always a nice thing, but the temperature is going to start plunging tonight and it’ll be super duper cold for at least the week. Last night Kevin turned on the faucets in the bathrooms and opened the doors underneath so the pipes wouldn’t freeze. After he went to bed I thought […]

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mostly kitties in January

February 3, 2021

Early in the month as I packed up decorations, Les found this outdoor mat to be the most comfy place to lie down on. A couple of times Riley jumped up and sat on him and then they got into a little tussle, but mostly Lester just enjoyed the scratchy mat. Another lovely evening down […]

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Excitement in November…

January 16, 2021

…relatively speaking, of course. On November 17th I saw more than one boat out on the water and then I realized a lot of noise was coming from across the lake. I got out the binoculars and could sort of make out the activity on East Lake Drive. Mom came over and took a turn […]

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Way back in November 2020

January 14, 2021

i didn’t manage to post many photos in November, so here a few of them now. I got this picture while standing on a ladder outside a bedroom window. Kevin had been taking Riley for a walk, but then Riley likes to try to run amok, in a fairly gentle and sedate manner. I’d been […]

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Icy Sunshine

January 11, 2021

Here’s the front walk on Saturday January 3rd at 11 o’clock at night. Snow had been threatened in the forecast and it finally started coming down. On Sunday we woke up to dazzling sunny skies. Everything was covered in snow and on top of that was a layer of ice which created a magnificent effect. […]

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