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 liked.

the next morning there a bunch of fogg had rolled over the lake, and i got these pictures of  birds skimming over the surface.



later in the afternoon lester hid in the vinca vines.  shhhh, you can’t see him…

that evening a heron perched on a buoy.  last night we had a neighborhood bonfire, and one of the neighbors told me that when they moved here 20 years ago it was pretty rare to see a heron.  that’s funny; since my grandmother lived here, i’ve been coming out here most of my life, and it felt like the herons had always been around.  but i guess not.

amy, jim, mom, randy and i went to a W.I.L.D. fundraiser which my friend Jill hosted, and amy and jim brought two of their darling doggies.  it was an incredibly hot day.

september 25th, taking the boat out of the water for the winter.  i kind of feel this is the latest we’ve taken it out, but then again i didn’t remember that the herons haven’t always been around in great abundance, so you never know.  the water was ridiculously low and the grass was brown.  since then it’s rained so much that new grass is growing, i have lilies coming up, it looks kind of spring-like.

this is our property, although you can’t see the houses.  our dock is over there on the left.

i think his is the first time it occurred to me to sit in the back of the boat.  all the many other times i always sat in the captain’s seat, as though somehow i needed to steer.  it takes me a very long time to think differently.

and there it is, the end of september.  i’m pretty sure there weren’t as many photo ops in october so there’s a chance i’ll be done with them before the end of the month.

but on the other hand i haven’t been able to give massages for the past two weeks and yet i haven’t managed to find very much free time.

right now there’s a threat of snow in the forecast for saturday.  good god.  it’s still about 70 today, but the temperature is supposed to start dropping.  i have to somehow dig up all my gerber daisies in the front and put them in pots for over-wintering, as well as getting plants from the deck into pots, but i don’t know how that’s gonna work with only having the use of one hand.  hmm, somehow i’ll have to get kevin to help me.

it’s always something.

ok then,

mrs. i hope there really isn’t any snow coming soon hughes.




Turkey Run State Park

by grace on October 17, 2017

Turkey Run State Park in Indiana is fantastic.  We went there when i was a kid and did a little hiking, and maybe we stayed at the lodge.  I know we went back there about 15 or so years ago, stayed at the lodge, did a little hiking but it had rained a lot and the paths were too slippery to get around much.

but Kevin had never been there, so i suggested we stop on our way home from our anniversary festivies at the Indiana Grand Casino.

and we’re so glad we did.  first, we had lunch at the lodge.  it’s nice; not quite as rustic as the lodge at starved rock, but still nice.  It was built in 1919, but i bet they didn’t have the money to keep up with period renovations – the ceiling in the dining room and other areas was made of those 70s kind of white tiles that made the place look, well, a little like the 70s.  but still nice.

it was a fairly warm and humid day and we decided we’d hike for maybe an hour. there were some walkways, but there were also many spots that were just dirt.

lots of spectacular ravines with sandstone gorges, but at the end of this walkway it was muddy, and we didn’t have our hiking boots or sticks, so we decided not to venture into the mud.

out destination was this covered bridge.

pretty cool.  but don’t think about running over the bridge!

here’s a bridge for traffic just to the east of covered bridge.  we saw quite a few kayakers and canoes as we hiked, and agreed that would be a lot of fun.

it seems you’d be ok running across the bridge, actually.

the funny thing is how precipitous the trail was.  even though there were no huge climbs, sometimes the steps were uneven, and sometimes there were no steps, and i can’t imagine hiking it when it was wet.  and here’s an eroded place right there on the trail; when we hiked in wales on the pembrokeshire coast path, there were so many signs of a fellow plunging off the cliff with dire warnings, but the trails there had been so well maintained that it would be very difficult to fall.  but here at turkey run, not so much.

this incredibly tall sycamore had a huge growth on it, something we’d never seen before.  i asked jim, knower of all things tree-related, and he said he didn’t know what it was; he said it “looks like an old wound that never quite healed.”  so i looked it up online and that’s basically what it is, i think – i believe it’s called a Burl, which comes from environmental injury.  this injury causes hyper-stimulated cambial growth; and here’s a bit of the vast amount of information i found out about trees:

Very little of a tree’s volume is actually “living” tissue. Just 1% of a tree is actually alive and composed of living cells. The major living portion of a growing tree is a thin film of cells just under the bark (called the cambium) and can be only one to several cells thick. Other living cells are in root tips, the apical meristem, leaves and buds. The overwhelming portion of all trees is made up of non-living tissue created by a cambial hardening into non-living wood cells on the inner cambial layer. 

Sandwiched between the outer cambial layer and the bark is an ongoing process of creating sieve tubes which transport food from leaves to roots.So, all wood is formed by the inner cambium and all food-conveying cells are formed by the outer cambium.

so, the tree formed the big thing to protect itself.

we walked for about three hours, and it was enjoyable to get out there again.  it was also nice because turkey run wasn’t so crowded with people, like it had been at starved rock.  hopefully we’ll go back soon…my knees are a bit wonky after my fall, but i’m hoping that will go away soon because it’s making me slightly stir crazy.

and that’s it for this lovely tuesday in october…

ok then,

mrs. h.


our 11th anniversary, to be exact!  September 16th, which fell on a saturday this year.  so hard to believe that it’s been 11 years…

after  i’d seen herman’s hermits at the IL state fair in august, kevin revealed that he was a huge fan!  so i’m still learning new things about him…

i looked up all the places where the group was going to be playing, and the closest spot was somewhere outside of Indianapolis, a place called the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.  it was yet another free concert, but hmm, a casino?  what would that be like?

kevin was all for it, so i booked a hotel – it was neat that the show what the night of our anniversary.

but a casino, hmm?

it was an enormous place and we weren’t knocked over by cigarette smoke when we arrived in the late afternoon to check it out.  and there was the band, rehearsing!   well, everybody but Peter Noone, anyway.  i wish i’d taken a couple more photos; i thought it was funny that they all looked so cool, every one of them all in black.  i guess that’s what they wear when they’re just hanging out?

but here’s the bad thing about this location – this giant column filled with TV screens!  are you kidding me?  there were some tables on either side of the stage, but if Peter Noone was standing center stage, he’d be looking at all the TVs.  we toyed with the idea of staying there til the show started, but it wasn’t even five o’clock and the show wasn’t til nine.

we checked into our hotel down the road and when we got back to the casino a little after 7:00 it was more crowded with many gamblers, many of whom were smoking.  as we got to the stage area we realized that one entire side of the seating was blocked off for “VIPs.”  oh brother.  i talked to a guy who told me that if i came back at 8:00, we might be able to get one of these tables.

I kept buzzing back and forth, and meanwhile i stopped at the sandwich place there in the casino to get us some dinner.  i ordered, and when i walked down to the end of the counter to wait for the food, i looked back…and there was Peter Noone!  ordering food, along with one of the band members; i figure this guy must be in charge.

it was cool to see him but also kind of disheartening; shouldn’t peter be in some special room somewhere having a nice meal and a glass of wine?  or his beverage of choice?  as i waited, they eventually made their way over to where i was standing but peter didn’t make eye contact and sort of ambled far enough away so that i wouldn’t accost him.  i did tell the other guy that i was looking forward to the concert, and said i’d just seen them at the IL state fair.  he smiled and then looked a little startled, saying, “oh, you mean just recently?”  i said yes.

and that’s my very exciting Peter Noone encounter.

I hurried back to a table we’d picked out – all the good tables near the stage were gone, and we were sitting on a lower level, but we could still see OK.  but i went to the VIP section and stood around and a guy was going to let me sit down but it was right in the very front.  hmm, would kevin want to be right in front?  i rushed back to him, and no, he didn’t, so we stayed where we were.

it was a good show, but just too bad that the venue wasn’t better.

i did, however, get  some good video of the song “leaning on the lamp post.”  it’d videotaped this at the previous show but the glare on the album cover was too great.

that’s an old album of his; at the fair, somebody handed it up to him, but at the casino he leaned down and picked it up saying “somebody must have left this here.”  always prepared.

in this song he walked all around and people loved that.

that’s the guy who was helping Peter order a sandwich, the keyboard guy.  peter got more into his groove as the night wore on, despite the bank of televisions…

…but i felt compelled to videotape this tv as this song was playing.

the crowd really went crazy during the finale, “I’m Henry the eighth, I am.”  but for much of the evening the biggest thing i could see was this guy’s shiny balding head.

i won’t include that song here again, especially because i have only recently gotten it out of my brain and hope that it stays away, at least for a while.

it was definitely a memorable anniversary evening, one that we won’t forget.  but actually, we really had fun the next day, sunday, when we stopped at Turkey Run State Park on our way home.

more later…

ok then,

mrs. recuperating more slowly than i’d like hughes.




by grace on October 13, 2017

on monday afternoon, after I ‘d posted the stuff about falling in the road on saturday, the urgent care place called me to say that my nose was, indeed, fractured.  this is the first time i’ve ever broken anything.  i’m not scheduled to see an ear nose and throat person til next friday, so clearly it’s not something dire.  it’s still kind of swollen, but doesn’t really hurt.

but after they said it was broken i decided to call my doctor and they got me right in to see a nurse practitioner.  she did a blood test and x-rayed my wrist and did an EKG and said i had “post-consussive trauma,” i think.  she said i certainly had a concussion since i fell so hard that i broke my nose.  she consulted with my doctor, and then told me that i also need an echo cardiogram and a CT scan.

they were worried because i just fell, didn’t trip over anything, just went down, boom.

when i called mom that night, monday, and told her about my nose being broken and all the tests i needed, she said, “but grace, you’ve always fallen down!”

and of course she’s right.  ever since i was little, i’m very prone to tripping myself up.  that’s why i’m grace!

my wrist wasn’t broken, just badly sprained and today i finally bought a brace for it.  i wish i’d gotten it sooner, but at least i have it now.  i had the CT scan and it was quick, and they called today to say that i just have soft tissue swelling in my head because of the fall, so i’m OK.  and i’m sure the ech cardiogram will be fine, and my scrapes are healing nicely.

i’ve been so tired all week, and today kevin went to the grocery store with me to lift stuff into the cart.  i’m feeling a little more energetic which is great because i’m tired of just sitting around all the time.

and finally, more photos of september – i went over to water my neighbor’s flowers and started deer who were resting in the wooded area between houses.  first there were two deer…

…and then i realized there were three of them…

…and all of a sudden an entire herd came racing out of the underbrush!  i think there were at least seven.

bev came over for a boat ride and for some reason she brought her purse down to the boat. i pointed out that there wouldn’t be any shopping opportunities out on the lake, and i was sure that it’d be safe up at the house, so kevin took it.  it looks like a man purse here!

amy and jim’s darling italian greyhound Izzy.  kevin and i got to babysit all five dogs for a little bit yesterday, which was fun.

i haven’t taken les outside for a walk all week because i haven’t been felt like walking around, and i couldn’t pick up a cat.  but luckily kevin has taken him sometimes.

one morning les and i were sitting in the fenced yard and suddenly les decided he was terribly lonely so he carried this big sock around!

we went to the Farm in early september and there with this unusual plant.

this is what it’s called, but since i didn’t write it down and i’m not writing it down right now, i guess i’ll never remember it.  oh well, the deer probably like to eat them, anyway.

i love the chickens at the farm.

our 11th anniversary on september 16th!  i continue to be amazed at how quickly time has been rushing forward.  kevin ordered this beautiful multicolored bouquet for me, sweet man.

for our anniversary we decided to go to a small town outside of indianapolis, because herman’s hermits was playing there.

more to follow.

ok then,

mrs. i haven’t hurt myself any more this week hughes.



October 9, 2017

that was the sound of my forehead hitting the asphalt on the road on saturday morning. not the best way to start the weekend.  we’d been planning to visit kevin’s siblings in northern IL but kevin wasn’t feeling well, so when i set out for my run i started to formulate plans.  it was a […]

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getting the boat out of the water for the year…

September 25, 2017

we did this just a few hours ago, and i want to post this to show the dramatic difference in the water level between when we took the boat out for repair on august 18th, and today. there goes kevin again, after untying all the ropes so i could set sail. many of the huge […]

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wrapping up august, as fall is upon us…

September 25, 2017

i took this on august 15th, when we were taking the boat out of the water yet again for repairs.  there’s kevin, walking up to the house to get in the van and drive over the bridge to pull the boat out.  it’s funny, because today we took the boat out for the season. also […]

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September 23, 2017

trying to remember my excuse for being so lax in posting much in august, i looked at photos.  i was pretty busy doing stuff outside. i power-washed the little dock, and wow, what a difference. lester approved. while i did that, kevin installed a portable toilet on the boat.  he also bought a privacy curtain! […]

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and finally…Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits at the fair!

September 21, 2017

whew, i can’t say what happened to september, but i finally have a few photos and clips of the great and free show at the grandstand at the IL state fair. Bev wanted to see herman’s hermits and i figured, why not.  we didn’t have a plan, really, and were hot and tired by the […]

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bev and i go to the illinois state fair

September 2, 2017

i don’t think i’ve been to the fair for a few years.  i didn’t go last year, and we were on vacation the year before that, so that means it’s been at least since 2014. i love the fair, even though usually when i get there i immediately think “what the hell am i doing […]

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