White Pelican Duet

by grace on October 25, 2021

When Spot and I sit down at the dock I end up taking so many pictures, and on this day, Oct. 14th, quite a few pelicans were paddling around.

These two caught my eye.

My favorite photo, a two-headed pelican.

…and then they swam apart…

Spot and I were at the dock briefly this afternoon; I was enjoying his warmth cause he was sprawled down my lap, he was loving the attention. I did see a little over a half-dozen pelicans, and maybe we’ll go out in the boat and see if the big flock is still down the way.

It’s finally feeling like fall.

ok then,



So much rain this Sunday

by grace on October 24, 2021

When I got up this morning there was already over three inches of rain in the rain gauge and I’m just realizing that I should go down to the dock and make sure that the boat is lifted far enough out of the water so it doesn’t float away. Hmm, not looking forward to that walk so much, although it looks like it’s not raining at this minute plus it’s supposed to be warmer today than anytime in the future.

I went out on the boat three times at the beginning of the week and I’m thinking that we need to take it out of the water soon. Maybe one or two more boat rides, though they’d be kind of chilly? I guess we forgot to add a little fire pit to the boat to keep warm.

Meanwhile…Les Paul and Sweetie enjoying a sunny early October day.

Spot was content to sit with Kevin as I took off on a boat ride.

October 9th, Mom was decked out in some of her Halloween finery as we took a lovely dinner cruise.

Glenn, Julie and Toun joined us and Kevin always loves to put a peace sign over his head, so Toun gamely did it too. Glenn was too dignified.

Later, everybody chilled out to watch the beautiful night sky.

I didn’t go out on the boat enough this summer. It seems it was either too hot or I was too busy pulling weeds or getting knee surgery. Next summer, I promise I’ll be out there more.

And that’s my goal…

Ok then,

Mrs. Really Nearing the End of October Hughes.


Getting Stuff Done on Sunday Morning

by grace on October 17, 2021

Well, getting stuff done on the computer, anyway. I want to do some weeding out front because there’s a crazy amount of pretty big things growing, plus it’s cool and the ground is soft. I’m also going to attempt to run a little bit.

Yesterday Mom and I tried to take a walk down the road to get across to the field but Spot kept trotting along after us. I kept turning around and yelling “get back! Go home!” but he wouldn’t listen to reason, so we finally gave up and walked around the lane instead.

He followed us there of course but then a neighbor drove up and parked, and at first Spot was leery of the car but then he came over and laid down at my feet.

This morning my strategy is that I’m going bring food and treats out for him before attempting to run.

Anyway, final photos of September, finally…

Can you see the bird flying just above the water, to the right of center?

June 30th, when Spot enjoyed sprawling across both our laps.

This is my favorite photo of him. Giant kitty!

And a good kitty, except when he’s not. This morning I put on a winter coat to sit on the porch floor with him and he was perfectly content until he decided to lunge at my sleeve and grab and bite. I yelled “bad kitty!” a few times, but I don’t think he cared.

I mean, he looked a little chagrined but I’m sure he’ll do it again. Maybe it’s because he continues to be vexed that we won’t let him inside? Or maybe he’s just crazy.

Just like the rest of us.

Ok then,

Mrs. Back Half of October Hughes.


Moon Rising in September

by grace on October 14, 2021

Whew. It was rainy and relatively mild this morning so I spent a half hour digging up more little chameleon plants that have sprouted up because we’ve been having lots of rain. It was nice to not have to worry about the sun or mosquitoes.

I took a half-hour lunch break and went back out and suddenly there were a million billion mosquitoes chomping on my exposed arms and shins. I kept going because there weren’t that many weeds and I wanted to complete the task. I should have taken 10 minutes to go inside and cover myself with bug spray, but instead I kept going.

I did get it done, yay for me. Well, I got this batch of them dug up, I know the soil is infiltrated with millions of little rhizomes waiting to grow and shoot up.

Meanwhile…here’s another night in September sitting down on the dock with Spot, Sept. 27th. At first there was just this tiny glow above the tree line and I thought, “what’s that???” But I quickly realized that duhe, it’s the moon. Obviously the moon comes up in different places but I didn’t expect it to come up right here. Also, we were out later than usual – this was at about 11:00 at night.

I thought it was quite beautiful, and of course Spot was in heaven, hoping that we’d just live here on the dock.

I had hoped this was all the photos from September but there are just a very few more, as October marches right along…

ok then,

Mrs. Sitting Around for a Minute Hughes.


Mostly Spot, way back in September…

October 10, 2021

Kevin took this photo of Spot in our attached garage. When I first glanced at the picture, I thought, “where on earth is that messy place?” And was chagrined to realize that it’s our garage. Soooo much stuff…but maybe a lot of it is just empty boxes? Let’s go with that. Spot was delighted to […]

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A September Rice Krispie Treats Debacle

October 6, 2021

Not to brag or anything, but I’m a pretty good cook. I’ve made incredibly complicated dishes including Indian dinners that I literally spent days preparing. Indian food has many spices and many steps and I wish I had some right now, now that I think of it. Mmm, garlic naan… I’ve also made many elaborate […]

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September 22, 2021

Kevin informed me that it’s going to officially be fall at 2:20 this afternoon, in just over two hours from now, so this new fall website banner is ahead of schedule, something I do manage to achieve once every lifetime or so. Meanwhile, back on September 2nd I took a boat ride by myself and […]

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Yeah, so

September 16, 2021

happy anniversary to us. We were married 15 years ago today and at this exact time on that day it was official and we were probably making toasts or something at the Motor Boat Club. I got sad looking at some of our wedding photos because so many people are dead, or we’re no longer […]

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The Dreaded Chameleon Plant

September 9, 2021

I’m always writing here about Kevin’s many projects, but don’t get the idea that I’m just lazing around. This plant below has been my obsession when I identified it with my friend Wanda’s help on August 17th. Maybe you know about this already, but she said that if you have the google app on your […]

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More August Fun

September 7, 2021

On Aug. 16th Kevin removed the very old deck off the bedroom and is in the process of replacing it with concrete tiles. Riley has been excited about it ever since. He finds it a fascinating place to sniff and creep around in. Kevin unearthed this giant slab, part of the old patio off the […]

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