wrapping up the month of october

by grace on November 20, 2017

this is from october 15th, capturing that magic moment when the sun lights up the other shore. hmm, that was taken at 6:12 p.m.  last night i was sitting here looking out at the lake and was pretty dark over there, at 5:02 p.m.  but before you know it the days will start getting longer!  trying to remain calm and optimistic in the face of encroaching winter…

the next day les was out and about…

…as winnie followed us while les batted at leaves in the water.

ok, so this is a big difference between kevin and me.  he’d finished ripping out the hot tub and was assuring me how strong the beams were that he’d put in – and then he started jumping on them, and pretended to fall!  i can’t even believe this picture, looking at it again.  because we all know that if it’d been me clowning around like that, other body parts would certainly have broken.

and the next day les was at it again.  lately he’s all about going down to the rocks.


the problem with that is he never, ever listens when i try to get him to come back up.  winnie always comes when i call, at least.

on this day kevin came out and whistled and les trotted right up to him.

i’m in love with this new sweater that zuri has, with the big fluffy pom pom.

and hey, halloween, the end of october!  randy coerced me into helping do concessions at a halloween fundraiser at muni.  it was an outdoor event and even though we were in the concession stand it was still mighty cold.  but i love this picture so much – that’s the beautiful and glamorous julie ratz, who i didn’t even recognize when she came in.  how funny is that?

i don’t remember who this guy is, except that he was dressed as some evil clown from some scary tv show that i’d never, ever think about watching.

and with that, VOILA, the end of october!  how quickly the year has disappeared…

ok then,

mrs. not gonna let the winter win hughes.



countdown to turkey day…

by grace on November 19, 2017

…i mean, i suppose it’s a countdown.  it’s also a countdown to christmas, really, but the other day mom said I’VE SEEN PEOPLE WITH THEIR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OUT ALREADY, and i pointed out that xmas isn’t so far off.

meanwhile, i’m just trying to remember the photos i took in october.  in the middle of the month i got to babysit amy and jim’s dogs for a while, always a delight.



later that afternoon i was down at the dock, heard a noise – and there was the mink!  i don’t know how i managed to get a photo of him because he’s very quick and doesn’t like to have his picture taken.

poor sad lester!  he came out into the yard when i was sitting there and was particularly lonely and sad, with his giant sock.

his was also taken mid-october, when the corn was ready to come down.  this was a week after i’d fallen, so i was walking, not running.  i started pulling down the corn cobs, shucking them, and throwing them on the ground for the deer.  when i did this on this day, it was challenging because my right hand was still weak and in pain.  it got easier every time i did it, though.

and now it’s november, and like i said, things are approaching, as they do…

ok then,



here on thursday,

by grace on November 16, 2017

things are good.  i know it’s thursday cause kevin just told me it is – somehow it feels like friday, i don’t know why.

kevin worked hard at removing our very old and broken hot tub.  not only doesn’t it work, but the company is out of business so we couldn’t get parts if we wanted to.  instead, we’re turning the room into a big greenhouse.  last winter i crowded lots of plants in there, including many of them on top of the hot tub cover, and i’m hopeful it’ll be much easier and roomier this year.

les paul, of course, was fascinated by the goings-on.

he was really excited when kevin took the whole thing out and les could go down in the hole, which led right out to the fenced yard.  good kitty times.

here he is again keeping watch over me cause this was the night after i fell.

on monday october 9th, i spotted a person swimming in the lake.  it was cold and it was gray and crazy to be swimming in the lake.  they were accompanied by a kayaker.  somebody in the lane said it’s somebody training for a triathlon.  not my idea of fun.  i guess it’s not so easy to spot the person in the water; they’re to the right of the kayak.

big hole in the floor!

the guys are coming on monday to put in new tile, and many plants will have to be moved out before then, and then many, many plants will go in.  good times.

ok then,

mrs. h.


the beginning of october

by grace on November 15, 2017

was filled with running and kitties, mostly.  here’s the corn row, which is now down.

les, always enjoying the day.

amy sent me this – i thought that she’d somehow managed to get zuri  to pose like this, but nope, the doggie did it on her own.  (is it zuri?  i’m not 100% sure).

and now, for at least the time being, i’m a redhead.  not sure how long it’ll last.

i took this on october 5th, which seems very very early for a full-on xmas display.

after my fall on oct. 7th i napped, and les was right there with me, keeping me company.

i felt like this that evening.  i’m still amazed that i didn’t have a much bigger bump on my forehead cause that’s what i remember loudly cracking on the asphalt. my nose was definitely bigger than normal.

randy sent me this photo of darling pee wee.

it’s a dreary, grey morning here in the middle of november.  and thanksgiving is right around the corner, fyi…

ok then,




November 5, 2017

on the first day of october we took our first and only kayak trip of the year. maybe i’m wrong – maybe we went out in the spring?  i don’t think so. it was a lovely morning and erica bought herself a new kayak so we went with her.  here’s me in the kayak, up […]

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Three more photos of september, and that’s it.

November 1, 2017

winnie, always darling. lester popping up from the vincas! this continues to be my favorite boat on the lake, and i’m confident that at some point they’ll stop by and take us for a ride. ok then, mrs. h.

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one more thing in september, which was so long ago already…

November 1, 2017

whew, how is it that we’re so close to the end of the year?  how did that happen?  meanwhile, i realized i hadn’t posted all of my photos from september and was not going to do so, but mom and i went to a girl scout fundraiser which was cool so i had to show […]

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a chipmunk caper

October 25, 2017

on sunday kevin and i were sitting on the couch and he heard a ruckus, thinking it must be chester picking on winnie.  but that wasn’t it; winnie was with us.  he thought it could be lester and chester fighting, but no – it was les paul, scurrying away with a chipmunk in his mouth.  […]

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here in springfield,

October 24, 2017

it feels like the end of october.  brrrr, it’s cold and grey and rainy.  yuck.  we’re about to go see the new “blade runner,” to forget all about this weather. les paul refuses to give up this dangerous behavior.  those cushions for the end of the dock are sagging so much, it seems that eventually […]

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wrapping up september, as the end of october is in sight…

October 22, 2017

On sept. 18th kevin and i headed over to the fairgrounds to see this convoy of military vehicles.  they were trekking all the way to california on route 66, and i’m hoping kevin will remember some of the details and tell you about it.  here’s a pretty cool motorcycle with a sidecar that kevin really […]

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