Winnie, hanging in there…

by grace on March 21, 2018

we took him to the vet this morning; we found that having him sit on my lap on the the ride to the doc is much better than him being in his cage.

the vet visit, not so fun for him.  the good news, hopefully, is that he has pancreatitis, something that’s not going to kill him.  we have to give him pills for his nausea for the next four days, so that’s something to look forward to.

so we’ll just see.

meanwhile…I NEED SPRING.  it’s 44 degrees right now and not going to get much warmer.  I remember posting lovely photos of daffodils that bloomed by early march in years past, but no blooms yet.

on one hand, GIVE ME SPRING, but on the other hand…there will be a whole mess of work to do when it finally arrives.  I’m chomping at the bit to order our many huge scoops of mulch…but then I have to rake and blah blah blah and put it all down.

right now I’m fighting off yet another cold, so the prospect of all that is a bit daunting, but I’m sure i’ll be better quickly.

as will Winnie.

ok then,

mrs. positive thoughts hughes.




by grace on March 20, 2018

Oh boy. On Friday he threw up, so we took him to the vet because of his diabetes, no food in his system after getting insulin.

He was OK all weekend, until today; he ate breakfast, but he has not eaten anything else today, until Kevin gave him some canned chicken. He ate a little bit of it, but then threw it all up.

Oh boy. The vet checked his blood on friday and told us yesterday that his liver values are abnormally high. He is lying here on the couch with me purring, but there has to be something terribly wrong.

I hope he has an OK night.

It’s always something, isn’t it?





day two in seagrove beach, FL

by grace on March 20, 2018

I don’t think I mentioned the name of the town where we stayed – I was initially looking at a state park called grayton beach, and I was only looking at that park because my friend nan was going to camp there one night, and she’d heard it was nice.  but gee, that’s not much to go on, is it?  but people have told me how nice some of those panhandle towns are, so I figured grayton beach was a good starting point.

also, somebody had told me about Seaside, Fl, where they filmed “the Truman show.” Seaside, an idyllic little place, right next to grayton beach.  seagrove beach is about a mile and a half from seaside, and that’s how I found it.

on our first day we walked on the beach to seaside.  it’s a unique place; it’s only been around for about 30 years, a planned community and they must have lots of zoning restrictions.  all the houses are similar but not identical.  the town has grown up a lot since “the Truman show” was filmed there.  the trees are a lot taller, anyway.

not a lot of people around that morning as we walked around town.

we walked out to a point on western lake, which is at the north end of seaside.



we stopped at a little café on the way back to our condo, and spent a little time looking out at the waves.

and then it was back to the beach…

and I recorded the sunset, because, you know, that’s what I like to do.




an awesome first day in florida…

ok then,






maybe the computer is working now…

by grace on March 18, 2018

wayne found some viruses on this computer.  ugh, I don’t even like typing on it, because I feel they’re going to come back.

a bunch of blah blah technical stuff was done, thank god for wayne, but…my screen just went black a little bit ago.  so now I’m trying to imagine that it was just getting that out of its system.

self-delusion, thy name is grace.

anyhow, pictures from our trip down south…

after a long, very long, two day drive down to the florida panhandle, we were ecstatic to finally arrive at our destination, a condo called the palms of seagrove.  on the beach.  paradise.

we arrived at around three in the afternoon and were overjoyed to find that the place was just as nice as it looked in the online pictures, maybe even more so.  we didn’t go through VRBO or Air bnb or anything like that, I just somehow found this property while obsessively looking at the all the properties on those websites plus more.  we got it through a realty company, and so I was a little worried that the place would be a dump, because who knows what a place really looks like, you can put up a photo from any time at all…

ecstatic.  I’d like to go back down there right now, as a matter of fact.  I’ve had it with weather that’s not lovely and spring-like.

here we are on our balcony.  the weather was perfect the entire time we were there; it was unseasonably warm for the panhandle, yay!

this is looking in at the living room/kitchen from the balcony.  if we’d had more people with us, there’d have been plenty of room.  but it was nice that it was just us two.

and of course I immediately spread stuff all over the kitchen counter.  ironically, the place is a little outdated, and the kitchen cabinets are identical to ours.  need to get our replaced…someday…

after lugging waaaay to much stuff up the three flights of stairs (ours was on the top floor), we got down to the beach in time for sunset.  there weren’t many people around.

there’s our building – our condo was the farthest on the right.  hmm, I see there’s a light on in the unit next door – we never heard any of our neighbors.


I should paint myself one of these; I finally saw it over the stove later that night.

the place had a lovely big bedroom but it was in the front and we wanted to hear the crashing waves while we slept, so we pulled out the sleeper sofa.

at about one in the morning I just couldn’t take it anymore – it was your typical wretched sleeper sofa, sagging way down in the middle, terrible…I staggered up to the bedroom, thinking that kevin sleeps so soundly that he’d stay on the sofa.  but soon he joined me, and we didn’t try sleeping in the living room any more.

but it was awesome to get up in the morning and go right out on the balcony…maybe we can go back and stay a little longer next time.  it would be nice if we could find a condo that allowed cats, but on the other hand, would we really want to take our cats on that very long drive?  it would be too stressful for everybody I think.

and that’s it for our first day on the beach.

ok then,


p.s. there’s definitely something wrong with this computer; it stopped working a few times while trying to furiously get this typed.  ugh.  technology.










Sunday shenanigans

March 18, 2018

Computer shenanigans, that is. This morning I went to a fabulous yoga class, and  I also went running. But besides that, I have been staring at my computer. The screen on my computer kept going blank for quite a while, and I finally told our friend Wayne about it. Wayne doesn’t even live here, but […]

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livin’ the life of…

March 16, 2018

riley. the cat, that is. we have a new cat!  his name is Riley. we didn’t expect to get another cat, after chester’s demise in january. but sometimes things just happen… he’s seven months old, we think, and he’s soft and sweet…we got him on monday afternoon, and right now, friday night, we haven’t had […]

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something accomplished this morning!

March 11, 2018

after writing stuff on this site since may of 2004, almost FOURTEEN YEARS, i’ve finally come up with an “about me!”  yaaaay for me!   so try to take a moment to read it, but only if you feel like it. i’m feeling excited about things today, because i gave another “gracetalk” last wednesday, and then […]

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March 1, 2018

how did that happen? first, valentine’s day – we had a lovely lunch at a new place called Finley’s tap room, but kevin wasn’t feeling so good – as we ate, i could see him getting sicker.  oh boy. thursday morning he went to the doctor and the good news was that he didn’t have […]

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happy valentine’s day!

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 […]

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other things at the end of 2017…

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 […]

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