Street barrier video

by grace on February 26, 2017


OK, I managed to upload this very short video of the street barrier in New York near the 9/11 site going up!



good morning from brooklyn

by grace on February 26, 2017

We  went down to the financial district in Manhattan on Friday and got to see the two 9/11 Memorial pools. The whole place is just beautiful and moving.

People stuck some roses  into some of the names. Red white and blue roses. This is the point when I started to cry a little bit.

i was very glad we got to  go there.

Here are some of the buildings – they’ve done such an  impressive job of rebuilding.

They have these big barriers in the street  blocking off traffic, but a police car came by and the barriers loweredfor it. It was cool to see.

I did a little video of the barriers lowering, but the technology of trying to do it on my iPhone is a little overwhelming right now for me. I’ll have to do that when I get back to my familiar laptop.

Here’s a mural  on the side of the firehouse there as well as photos of firefighters who lost their lives.

That is all for now.

ok then,

mrs. h.

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and for a change…more of photogenic lester

by grace on February 22, 2017

but first – the beautiful roses that my sweet husband gt for me!  A+ to you, honey!

so anyway, it’s still wednesday, 9:03 p.m., i’m pretty exhausted by my day.  i think i have most of the stuff done, except i need to water a few more plants.  maybe i’ll wait til the morning, because i don’t have the energy to drag the big watering cans around right now.  plus maybe in the morning there will be less chance of flooding any plants?  we’ll see.

meanwhile, oh, that lester…we walked down to the dock on saturday (yet another fabulously warm february day), and he was very, very interested in whatever was going on in the water.

he kept going around and peering waaay down…

a leaf or something skittered along the dock and les scurried after it, but luckily didn’t actually jump in.  but he sure wanted to.

such a funny and curious cat.

this is my favorite picture.

and then, of course, he had to walk across his lester highway over to the other dock.  that is a very, very precarious piece of foam stuff he’s walking on.  he didn’t care.

when he arrived at the other dock he stopped for yet another photo op.  he’s so cute that i miss him already, even tough i’m not leaving for about 12 hours.  TWELVE HOURS, i need to go to bed soon.

this is actually a couple hours later on saturday; of course i forgot that lucky les got two walks that day.  i had no time to walk with the poor little guy at all today, but kevin did send me a pictre that he took of les on the dock, so at least he got outside for a while.

and then kevin came down and joined us!  it’d be nice, if we could just sit around and admire the view and do some deep breathing, but les never sits still enough for any of that to happen.

here he is yesterday.  it had rained, so it was slightly more tricky for him to scramble down at the edge of the rocks.  he had to contemplate this jump for a while before finally executing it.

and then he kept blinking up at me so cute, i can barely stand it!

he finally did it and safely ambled along to the little bit of beach at our neighbor’s house, where i scooped him up and took him inside.


i know there are things i’m forgetting about going tomorrow, and hopefully i won’t wake up a lot thinking about stuff.  bev says she never sleeps the night before a flight, but i hope that won’t happen to me.

and YAY i do have a little vacation!

ok then,

mrs. rambling hughes.


wednesday morning!

by grace on February 22, 2017

and my time is very limited today – i’m leaving for NYC tomorrow morning!  i’m going to brooklyn with bev, to help her daughter erin move from one third floor walk-up to another, so i’ll for sure get lots and lots of exercise.  we’ll hopefully have time to do a couple of fun things besides all the moving.  i’m helping bev because she’s so nice and never asks for any help, and also because she’s always staying at our house taking fabulous care of our kitties while we’re gone.

so it’s the least i can do.

meanwhile…i woke up early this morning, thinking about the many things i have to accomplish today, in between working.

i’m going to try to post most of my final february photos today, but i think it’d take two entries because there are so many of them.  maybe it won’t happen, but you never know what the day might bring.

moonlight on the lake – hmm, i realize i should try the HDR setting on my new phone, and i think i’ll get better quality.

kevin was sick, keeping himself occupied with his ipad, and les was watching over him.  good kitty!


february 13th, one of the many lovely february days we’ve been having.  les has gone on many, many walks this month.

i saw this adorable stuffed heart at the store and fell in love with it.  i was going to get one for randy, because it was just so cute, and i thought about getting one for kevin but then i told myself WE HAVE ENOUGH STUFF LYING AROUND HERE without some giant stuffed heart.

but when i got to the store, i couldn’t help myself, and it’s sitting in the chair across from me, very cheery.  i might keep it there all year.

kevin bought me too many lovely tings for valentine’s day.  the day before i told him “i don’t really need any roses,” because in the past he’s rushed out and gotten some on the actual day and i didn’t want him to bother.

and then, the next day, this box arrived in the mail – he’d already ordered some very fancy roses, individually wrapped…and i can’t believe i didn’t take a picture!  at least here’s chester, enjoying the perfect fit.

i’ll have to take a picture of the roses, because they’re still looking good, almost a week later.  fancy.

here’s last friday, les posing on a rock.  he could totally be in ads for…well, i’m not sure for what.

jim had texed me a photo just like this when he went running, and when i ran through the woods on saturday i saw the same tree.  kevin says it looks like beaver marks.  crazy beavers.

ok, now i must rush around quite a bit although i sure would just like to sit here for a while longer.

mrs. Very Busy This Morning hughes.



early thursday morning

February 16, 2017

this morning, when i could have slept in, i woke up at 6:25.  much, much too early, but theoretically i could accomplish many things this morning.  probably won’t happen, but there’s always that slim possibility.  it’s more likely that i’ll sit around for a good long time, trying to wake up. here’s the red cactus […]

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ok, p.s.

February 15, 2017

last week, or maybe the week before, i uploaded my feature film “hope’s happy birthday” onto youtube.  at first i had it unlisted, because i didn’t want any random person seeing it, but i told kevin about it and he linked it on his own blog.  so i decided to publish it publicly, and here’s […]

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wednesday again

February 15, 2017

haha, i started writing this post LAST wednesday, and now, poof, another week has flown by.  i must be more aware, or all the weeks will be used up before i know it… here’s darling lester, enjoying our new TV stand cabinet.    so this means it’s been assembled for more than a week, and […]

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February 8, 2017

final random photos from january… chester, who should clearly be a planter mixed nuts spokescat. a hawk landed on the fence outside the window.  the other birds freaked out, but no one was injured. four of amy’s five darling IGs – they, too, should be spokesmodels, here looking so cute with their custom-made jackets.   […]

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les’s continuing water excitement and adventures

February 3, 2017

we’d been down at the water and had a nice stroll, but then les wanted to keep going. he headed over to the neighbor’s dock.  on the left there is the floating dock, the same one that les had walked out to over the very thin ice. at this point i was gently trying to […]

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a happy rescue!

February 2, 2017

i forgot to write about kevin’s wonderful act the other day – he went running in the soccer field, and when he ran near the soccer nets he saw two people standing next to one.  it looked like a dog was caught up in the net. kevin ran over, and it wasn’t a dog but […]

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