Friday night at the fair

by grace on August 13, 2018

a while back, randy and I got tix to see boy George & the culture club at the fair.  I remember when we went to the empty fairgrounds to buy them, thinking that the concert was such a long way away…but then it snuck up on me, suddenly it was august the 10th, how did that happen?

it was a bit hot Friday evening but cooled as the sun went down.  I enjoyed a delicious wine slushy from the IL wine place; they seem to move it around a lot, but I finally asked at the info booth, and the woman directed me to the exposition building.  it looked like there were way less wineries there than ever before, but luckily the people selling wine slushies were still doing business.

after some freshly-fried Culler’s fries, we headed into the concert.  the opening act was the Thompson twins, but there’s only one twin now.  i’m not sure if he’s billed as “the Thompson twin,” and also don’t know where his twin got to.  three young women backed him up, a drummer, guitar and keyboard.  but at one point the guitar and keyboard women were trying to get people to clap along, and they were clapping their hands over their heads…but the keyboard kept going on its own.  hmm.

I honestly didn’t remember much about the Thompson twins, and the songs all sort of sounded alike.  I told kevin about that, and he said that he used to really like the Thompson twins, but not so much a boy George fan.  but i haven’t been able to lure him to the fair with me in quite a few years, so we won’t worry about our opposing views of groups….


but then i decided to just relax.  i bought a mango-rita, something I’ve never tried before, and it was also refreshing.

and when Boy George took the stage, he and the band were awesome.

I can’t remember what they started with, but I think it was a david bowie cover.  a little later they did “everything I own,” originally written and performed by David Gates & Bread.  this is funny, because just a couple of days before bev had been telling me about listening to some Bread albums, and how much she loved their music.  I just read that david gates wrote this song about his dad, who died when david was young.

boy George first recorded his version of the song in march 1987, after being arrested for heroin.  it was #1 on the UK singles chart for two weeks, and it helped boost his career after the drug bust. wow, reading a little about his life on Wikipedia – the guy has been through quite a bit.

they waited til the encore to play the iconic “karma chameleon.”

i’d go see the band again, that’s for sure.  a good time was had by all.

ok then,

mrs. Monday afternoon hughes.




summertime, summertime…

by grace on August 6, 2018

when we were out on the boat on july 23rd, we saw this tree that had crashed onto this boathouse.  ouch.  at least it didn’t crash through and destroy the fancy boat moored there.

amy and jim’s dogs love to sunbathe.  I believe they’re on a pad and then a fluffy comforter on top of it, to protect their delicate delicateness.  I love it that Zuri is lying his head on Sadie.  although it could be mincy…

here’s all five of them.  amy said that usually Izzy, the blind one, wanders around in the yard when the others are laying out because she makes them nervous.  but there’s izzy in front, and the others mostly seems relaxed.

mom and I took a great boat ride on july 27th; the weather was so cool that we put on our jackets, and the moon was glorious.  of course I tried to capture its beauty by taking a million photos, and a couple look OK.

I like this one because it’s the moon, the beach house, a boat, the bridge, and mom, all at once.

mom did an excellent job of steering us home.

ok then,

mrs. summer still whooshing by and the fair is about to start hughes.





are you kidding me, august already??!!

by grace on August 5, 2018

the summer roars by, nothing to stop it…we had a lovely reprieve from the hot heat, but it’s back to feeling like august again, but at least it’s happening now in the correct month, not like the sweltering time we had in june…

so many boats continue to be out on the water, even though it seems it’d be awfully hot out there, especially because so few of them have any kind of canopy to block the sun.  sun-worshippers, I guess.

meanwhile…the other day I saw riley kneading and pulling on this pillow, the exact same thing that chester used to do.  how very funny.  riley is a unique and funny little cat anyway.  he just came over and meowed at me, maybe because he knew I was writing about him.  he doesn’t usually say much.

kevin, mom and I were out on the lake on july 18th, and I wanted to go past the marina an up towards chatham.  but after we passed the marina we encountered this group of people on paddleboards.  we were surprised to see so many of them, and we settled back in a cove to watch.

they paddled past us and then they all stopped and started doing yoga moves!  mysterious.  we figured it must be some kind of organization or class or something?  I thought it looked awesome and we saw them getting out of the water when we headed back past the marina.  kevin suggested that I ask them what it was about, but I didn’t.

but when get got home we looked it up online, and it’s a class by Aaaah yoga.  you learn to paddle board for a bit, and then you do yoga!  how awesome is that?  there’s a class starting in a week or so, and i’d better remember to sign up if i’m really going to do it.  it’s only four weeks, and looks like something so different and fun.

the front garden looks colorful in part because of these bright flowers that migrated over from amy’s house.  the purple ones in the rear – I can’t remember planting them, but I probably did?

I went for a run on july 21st and for some reason decided to stop to take pictures of all the deer I saw that day.  I almost always see at least one.

this tiny guy was hiding in the soybeans.

I think there were even more deer here than these four.

as I headed towards home I spotted this antlered deer, a much more rare sighting.

kevin bought two more giant chickens!  well, one more giant one and a cute smaller one, now they’re a family.  I love the chickens.

plus, the fair starts Thursday, more fun and excitement ahead…

ok then,

I do hope it cools down a little soon hughes.




more of july…

by grace on July 26, 2018

glenn helped kevin launch his sailboat at the beginning of the month.  kevin lowered the boat into the water, and glenn motored back to shore…except the motor died, a constant theme in the hughes household up til recently.  luckily we have the new pontoon boat that always runs, so kevin was able to go retrieve him.

les and riley, continuing to be darling…

july 13th, kevin’s first sailboat voyage of the year, yay for that since he hadn’t been out in the sailboat in two years, I believe.

…and it was all smooth sailing…

this is one of les’s favorite spots, I think because the closet door is almost always firmly shut so he can’t get in.  since this closet is actually steps up to the attic, wouldn’t he be please if he could open the door and explore what’s up there?  which is nothing, as far as I know…maybe sometime we should open the door and find out.

meanwhile, Winnie continues to hang in there.  he’s holding his own, but also slipping.  we do what we can for him, and he mostly seems pretty all right.

ok then,

mrs. it’s getting dark earlier and earlier but i’m not gonna let that bother me hughes.




as july continues…

July 22, 2018

the weather is still incredible…today it was only in the 70s again. here’s one of our rainy days, which I love to look at and am so happy not to be riding my bike or hiking in. lately I’ve been inspired to attempt to clean up some of the massive clutter that has invaded almost […]

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July 21, 2018

right now the weather is extraordinarily fantastic, so yay for that!  79 degrees right now, we might as well be in wales. even though we’re staying home this summer, things are mighty fine.  just ask les and riley… here’s the first tiny start of a watermelon in kevin’s garden.  i’m just waiting for the tomatoes […]

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a new lift at the end of june

July 11, 2018

this was the morning of june 28th, when the awesome jeff smith from his company JLS Marine boated over and installed our new boat lift.  it was quite an exciting morning, and remarkable at how quickly he and his worker, Fred, were able to secure the lift. fred is the one in the yellow shirt […]

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moving right along through june…

July 9, 2018

moving right along through june…yet another darling les photo. it’s always impossible to take just one… a couple of weekend ago, amy, mom and I got invited by our friend missy to a fundraiser.  it was for an organization called Gen H Kids, and its mission is “To create a generation of healthy kids through […]

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more june

July 6, 2018

it’s been a windy summer so far.  hot, humid, windy.  this poor smoke tree cracked in the wind. and this tree out in the circle also came down.  windy. our friends glenn & Julie bought me this captain’s hat, and I like that it has bows on top.  I can’t actually wear it on the […]

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june june and more june…

July 3, 2018

i’m having a free moment right now.  it’s perfectly quiet here in the house, lester is sleeping on the back of the couch nearby, everybody is asleep. I’ve been photoshopping my june photos, realizing I was very busy taking lots and lots of them… here’s our neighbor frank using our new boat to tow the […]

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