Italian Greyhound Extravaganza!

by grace on September 17, 2016

on wednesday, mom and i joined amy and jim on an overnight to Purina Farms, close to six flags in St. Louis.  it was the 2016 Italian Greyhound show, and when amy told me that their four IGs were going to be in a rescue parade, i said I MUST GO TOO!

here’s a video from the show – the first part is a couple of clips of IGs doing the agility course.  i wish i’d shot more video, but i assumed there would be lots more opportunities, but then there weren’t.  but you’ll get the idea of how it went…then i recorded as much as i could of the next crazy day, with the Rescue Parade and plenty of doggie madness.

when we first arrived at Purina Farms on Wednesday afternoon we saw this cage full of IGs.


and the van they were attached to was also packed to the gills with IGs.  this must have been a breeder.  i wonder if they sold any?  it was a very warm and humid day, but i guess the dogs were OK with being outside.  How loud must it be when they’re driving?  i know that amy and jim’s dogs have a lot to say when in the car, and i can’t imagine how a person could stand that many barking/howling dogs.


Purina Farms is a lovely piece of property in the rolling foothills of the ozarks.  mom and i took my van because amy and jim’s van was filled with dogs and dog beds and blankets and mostly everything in the world. plus ours was a much more quiet trip than theirs.  mom and i didn’t bark at all.


here’s one of the cute topiaries at the entrance to the event center.


we thought it was exclusively an IG show, but there were other dogs competing  as well.  there were a lot of these cute little dogs. i think it’s a brindled american shepherd?  i must have heard somebody say that.


i’m not sure what this darling little dog is, except super cute.


amy and jim got to the center about an hour after we did, and by that time not much was going on anymore, so we headed to the holiday inn.  it was literally right across the street from six flags, which i thought was cool.


mom and i walked over to the giant six flags parking lot, and it was weird because it’s closed during the week now.  so deserted.  i really wanted to jump the fence and walk around, but of course then i’d have been arrested, so i decided not to.  plus mom didn’t want to walk all the way to the gate anyway.


i just read a couple reviews about the hotel on trip advisor and somebody complained that it wasn’t within walking distance of the park.  hmm, since my 80 year-old mom was able to do it, just how unable to walk was that person? it was literally right across the street.


we went back to Purina Farms to see Sarah, the sweet woman who had fostered amy and jim’s dogs laz and sadie.  we met deb, the head of all the missouri/kansas rescue, and then we piled back into amy’s car and headed back to the hotel.  mom and amy got us some carryout chinese food, while i luxuriated in my room, channel-surfing.  we don’t have cable anymore at our house, and as i flipped through the channels i realized that i don’t miss it at all.

we then had a lovely feast in amy and jim’s room which adjoined ours.

the holiday inn has a “fundome,” which is like the “holidome” that the old holiday inn east here in springfield used to have.  it was kinda cool.  do you see the “exercise room” there in the upper right?  it’s a platform with a few machines on it.  there’s a little bar there in the background. on wednesday night there was one lone person sitting at the bar, and one woman in the pool and a couple kids in the kiddie pool.  the place definitely had a “shining” vibe, except not scary, just deserted.


they’d had a fire in the kitchen recently so the restaurant was closed, so no free hot breakfast.  instead, this little continental fare was spread out on a table poolside.  not bad, except they had no tea at all.


amy had decided she’d dress the dogs as “sharks & jets” from west side story, and wrote a bio about them including why she dressed them like that.   the girls sadie and izzy were the sharks, with little fluffy skirts like the puerto rican sharks in the play.  izzy is like a shark because she has hair loss and feels like a shark.  i guess sadie is always sharking around looking for food.  and the boys laz and mincy were the jets, because they fly around all over the place like airplanes.  they looked adorable.  amy had intended to fashion fins to put on the girls’  backs, but that didn’t happen which is probably just as well because they probably would have fallen off.


here they are on thursday morning, excited to be headed back to the dogapalooza.


it was a loud and energetic scene, to put it mildly.  that’s deb there in the green shirt.  and jim wore green and grey, to match the dogs’ t-shirts.


sweet old dog.


dogs in prison!


amy was going to get really dressed up for the parade, but decided to wear a couple of boas, but then she took them off for the parade because they were very hot.  all the dogs were attached to her at this point, and during the morning they were also attached to me for a while, and it was quite an effort to keep them from getting hopelessly tangled.  i walked them around a lot so they wouldn’t get bored and start barking.


so cute!


it was challenging to try to get a still photo of all of them.


we thought the Rescue Parade was going to start at 9:00, so we made a huge effort to get there before then.  but they had to judge all these pedigreed IGs first, and as you can see, there were lots of them.


cleaning up the inevitable accident.


the Rescue Parade was then going to start at 10:45, but that didn’t happen either.  it was interesting to be around all these serious dog show people, because they really did seem like the characters in “best in show.”  i observed some high-strung antics from some of the owners.

finally the parade started at about 11:30!  here’s sarah with a couple of dogs she’s fostering now.


i tried to take pictures with my phone with one hand while holding the video camera in the other, but that didn’t work out.  Deb read amy’s bio as they paraded around, but it was hard to hear. my favorite part of the whole event is how amy was prancing around the ring.  so funny!

whew.  we finally left the show after the parade and headed back home.  mom and i took the scenic route for part of the way, and stopped in the little town of Hamel at this cute little bar called Weezy’s for lunch.


i love this picture!


amy took this of the dogs on the way home in their crash-proof dog cage.  i think they were pretty quiet because they were completely exhausted from their first-ever hotel and dog show experience.


we were all pretty tired.

but a good time was had by all!

ok then,

mrs. past the ides of september hughes.’



happy anniversary!!!

by grace on September 16, 2016

my kevin!  it’s so hard to believe we’ve been married 10 years!  the time has flown by…



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by grace on September 9, 2016

my phone being fine after having an overnight at the bottom of the lake was only a temporary thing, which is really ok since i was able to back it up to my computer and all my very very important notes that i’d stored are now safely on amy’s old phone for now.  plus my video of sweet mollie.

things are very quiet and peaceful this morning, a refreshing change from the past couple weeks.  we are still having the garage sale all weekend, but besides having to get up too early, it’ll all be good. the forecast is for perfect weather, as opposed to yesterday and today, which is nothing but rain.

meanwhile…how is it september already?

here’s a smattering of photos from the remainder of july.

chester, looking beautiful and regal as usual.



deer snacking in the circle.  are there as many more deer as there seem to be this year?


another lovely sailboat ride.  i hope we get to do that again soon.


we have a few of these hollyhock, but this is the only one that bloomed this year.  i don’t know what’s up with that.


me, doing the very difficult job of steering.

mom enjoyed herself thoroughly on this sailboat ride.


and lester enjoyed lying in the dirt, next to his ersatz jungle gym.  finishing les’s outdoor jungle gym has been something i wanted to do all summer, but maybe i’ll have time and energy now that it’s not going to be blistering hot anymore.  theoretically.  maybe kevin will help me, because i still don’t have any definite plan about the project.  if we build it in the fall, he’ll enjoy it all winter long i know.


it’s been an eventful summer for amy and jim, dog-wise.  on july 17th, mom and amy and i road-tripped to lawrence kansas, to pick up a rescue italian greyhound.  it was a bittersweet event, because darling and sweet Numie had just passed away.

here’s mom and amy in the nice hotel we stayed at in lawrence, the Eldridge Hotel, a hotel built in the 20’s and beautifully restored.


we first stopped to have a visit with the dog amy would be getting, and the lovely people who were the foster parents had a total of seven italian greyhounds.  that’s a whole lotta tiny crazy energetic dogs in one place.  it was a crazy fun thing to see them – five of them are their own dogs!  still a lotta dogs.

Laz, the cute little guy who we were rescuing, is in the front.  i love their dog in the back there, with his cute tall pointy ears.


soulful eyes!j29

the other rescue dog there was blind.  we’d never encountered a blind dog before, and Izzy was such a good and energetic dog.  i don’t know what i’d been expecting, a dog with a cane and a seeing-eye dog of her own?  the owners said that Izzy was the most energetic dog of the bunch.

i think this is Izzy here with amy, but not 100% sure because she looked just like another dog they had.  amy decided on the spot that she wanted to get Izzy, too, and she called jim a lot and they discussed it, but they finally concluded that getting two dogs was too much right now.

here’s Laz, with their oldest dog, who is on the left and named Mollie.


amy taking laz for his first walk during a break on our ride back home.


amy took her three dogs for their first walk as a family. sadie, mincy, and laz.


tiny winnie, cuddling with a catnip stocking.


after we got back we had a belated birthday celebration for randy, and he liked the german chocolate cake i baked for him.


ok then, that summarized july, and soon i’ll wrap up august and there we’ll be!

ok ok ok,

mrs. garage sale will soon be over hughes.


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the miracle of LIFEPROOF

by grace on September 6, 2016

i want to call LIFEPROOF, the maker of my incredible waterproof phone case and offer to be their spokesperson!  this morning my phone worked, but it didn’t want to acknowledge any of my power cords.  but then, they all worked.

also, the little number didn’t appear to show how many messages i had received, but then i turned the phone off and on and voila, it’s working great.

i mean, how is this possible?  the phone was in the murky bottom of lake springfield for 15 hours!

a very nice thing to happen, after a week filled with different kinds of drama and histrionics and general craziness, more than usual.

i feel fairly confident that i’ll manage to sleep all night tonight, for a change.  or at least most of the night, beside the cat-shuffling i’ll inevitably have to do at some point.

we’re having a garage sale on saturday.  but i think i’m kind of calm about that finally, even though we now have almost no time left to prepare.

so everything is kind of good right now.

ok then,

mrs. very sleepy hughes.




the awesomeness of SUSART!!

September 5, 2016

the guys pulled up in their cars less than an hour after kevin called!  one of the very nice guys said that he’d been out in his boat at the lake club last night, and would have been happy to come if we’d called then. next time…but hopefully there won’t be a next time.  but […]

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sunken iphone update…

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after tossing and turning for most of the early morning, with many bad dreams, the only one of which i can recall is that mom and i were sitting in the boat down at the dock, except it wasn’t the boat, it was my old grey minivan, and we were starting to sink and our […]

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September 5, 2016

that is the sound of my phone, hitting the water. and there it went, gently bobbing out of sight, down into the murky depths of lake springfield. oh boy. it’s been an iffy, not so great, a little bit terrible, nerve-wracking kind of week, for a whole bunch of reasons. last night i’d planned to […]

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as the summer whooshes by…

August 19, 2016

i can’t believe we’re already on the backside of august.  whooosh… even though i spent the first part of july lying around because of bronchitis, i did manage to mosey down to the water, where les continued to enjoy the sailboat. this is on july 5th, the day after we did nothing to celebrate the 4th […]

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the chipmunk incident

August 4, 2016

first, and most importantly… HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEVIN!!! it’s going to be an exciting and fun-filled day!  actually, it’s already been fun-filled for him, because early this morning he went down to the dock with lester and watched the fish jumping in the water. so…now that i’ve finally finished posting all those photos from our trip […]

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final post from trip to Wales – Friday, Sept. 4th & Sat. Sept. 5th – NYC, the train, and HOME!

July 31, 2016

the nice thing about disembarking from the Queen Mary is that it’s fast and efficient.  we walked to our assigned place for disembarking…it was the Winter Garden again.  Our scheduled departure was 9:50, but when we got that at 9:30, they started herding us out!  we stood in a huge customs line once we were in […]

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