by grace on November 19, 2016

created a new banner.  finally. ta da!

yesterday baked kevin some low-sugar oatmeal cookies.  haven’t done it in one million years.

brought in a couple of flowers from outside yesterday, now i wish i’d brought in more because it’s mighty cold and windy today, suddenly.

one day at a time, slowly getting some stuff done.

ok then,

mrs. saturday morning is thanksgiving really this thursday? hughes.

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by grace on November 11, 2016

i guess at this point this is the best descriptor of my week.

kevin’s dad’s visitation/catholic funeral mass/etc.


i guess these are the two major things. fraught with crazy.

and then, today, hearing about leonard cohen dying.  why didn’t i ever go see him in concert?

i must start paying much more attention to everything, or at least to the things that i care about.

because i never know when they’ll be gone.

last night i poured myself a glass of red wine and took it into mom’s new living room…and sitting there was another glass of wine i’d already poured.

tonight, i poured myself a glass of red wine, and…ditto.

two nights in a row. c’mon, grace.

i told kevin that he has a huge responsibility, being in charge of all my memories as my short-term memory slips to less than 5 minutes.

one (very) bright spot is that we got to spend time with kevin’s lovely sister christia, who kevin hadn’t spent any significant amount of time with for, oh, 20 or more years, and i’d only seen fleetingly at kevin’s brother’s wedding several years ago.  christia even came down to springfield and spent the night with us, and even though it was very rushed, it was wonderful, wonderful to spend some time with her.

hopefully i’ll remember that i did. or kevin will remind me.

ok then,

me, mrs. friday night fraught hughes.


go back again and stay for a month.  I realize this probably won’t happen, but you never know…

meanwhile, i’m happy to have spent a few lovely days there.

here’s the view from our porch at the windermere hotel on our final morning, friday, sept. 24th.


we didn’t have any kind of schedule, except that once we got off the island, we’d have a few hours drive to the hotel we’d stay in halfway home.  so we decided to take a “short walk.”

we headed around the west road, coming again to the plaque in the stone where a scene in “somewhere in time” was filmed, and kevin posed against the tree, like christopher reeve was standing.  hmm, we need to get that movie and see how accurate he was.

once again, there were almost no other people around this morning.


how lucky were we with the weather?


we kept walking and walking down the road, and got kind of a long way around, and then tried to find a path going into the middle of the island, but we didn’t have our map, and there were no clear paths, except a couple that were off limits to tourists.  we finally scrambled up a steep and rocky place that was probably a path and got to a nice little shaded path, and eventually up to the road in the interior of the island.

we found our way to a place called hubbard’s annex – i wrote about it briefly the other day – it was filled with so many charming cottages!








these must be some kind of garden stakes – i wonder if you could ever buy something like that.  so cool.


a house with a very nice view of the water.


we ended up again on the trail along the west bluffs, and this time i took a picture of the card showing what it looked like n the 1910’s.


i thought it funny that it said “no horses,” because the path was really narrow for people, much less horses.




we walked by the west bluff houses again, and sat for a few minutes in a little garden at the back of the Grand Hotel that we hadn’t noticed before.


back at the hotel, about two hours had passed.  it was a pretty long hike, especially since we had no water or map or snacks or anything.  we saw two greyhounds walking right by.


here’s kevin, before we set out for our 30 second walk to the ferry.


when we got in line, the greyhouns were right in front of us!  they were very good dogs, both rescues, and i was happy to pet them a lot.


this sweetheart sprawled out right after i petted him, comfortable enough to doze on the dock.  regular greyhounds are somewhat more calm than the italian variety.  plus they’re so huge!


the view as we sped away from the island.


we’d spotted a big boy restaurant on our way, only about an hour from St. Ignace, and decided we’d stop there.  kevin had never experienced a Big Boy, and i was excited about going.  we had one called Tops Big Boy here in springfield when i was growing up, and we used to go there a lot.

mmm, they have such delicious burgers.  i felt like being healthy and had mine with a side of broccoli, which was quite tasty.


i bet this Big Boy has a better view than any others, with the lake shimmering outside the window.


we need a Big Boy back in Springfield.  they seem to be mostly in michigan and indiana, i think.


driving, driving, driving…


we spent the night in OshKosh, WI, at a hotel i found on trip advisor.  people had commented that it wasn’t so great on the outside but nice inside.  the “not so great” didn’t do it justice – it was butted up to the highway, and the parking lot just looked scary.  but the inside was, indeed, quite nice, and it was an uneventful night and another drive the next day.

lester was very happy to see us when we got home!


and now we’re about to leave again this morning, this time to go to Sterling for Kevin’s dad’s visitation and funeral…

ok then,

mrs. tuesday hughes.


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kevin’s dad

by grace on November 6, 2016

passed away on thursday night.  kevin wrote a moving little piece about it here.

sad times.

sad times in the middle of frantic and crazy times – mom has been in the process of moving, from a house about 10 minutes away, to one that’s just two doors down, here in our quiet little lane.  we are so happy that she’s now in walking distance, and amazed that she got the majority of her furniture moved on friday, and now quite a few rooms looked lovely and finished and so nice and it’s really good.

a turbulent time for all.

ok then,

mrs. sunday evening hughes, the first night when it gets dark at 5:00 and we don’t like it one bit.


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my thursday door!

November 3, 2016

i’m a little bit horrified that it suddenly dawned on me that it’s now november, and i’m still struggling to finish my postings of mackinac island, where we went in september.  things are chaotic around here, though, and i’m lucky to be sitting here for a little minute before hurrying out the door yet again. […]

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the rest of our thursday on mackinac

October 27, 2016

after the delicious lunch buffet at the grand hotel, we spent some time walking all around the place.  they charge $10 a person just to enter the lobby, but it was well worth it.  we walked up to the top of the hotel to the cupola bar, which has splendid views. i love the pool […]

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more fun on mackinac island

October 26, 2016

here’s part of our second and last full day on mackinac, thursday, sept. 22nd.  the morning started out wet and chilly, and it was fun to sit on the big front porch and look out. we’d planned to go to the Grand Hotel for the lunch buffet, so we eventually ambled down the road in […]

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the end of our first full and busy day on mackinac island

October 19, 2016

hiking, biking, and then… more hiking around.  after the long walk and shorter bike ride, we sat in the park at the other end of main street from our hotel and watched the horses and bikes and people.  it was nice to just sit there, but for some reason, and i can’t remember why, we […]

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more mackinac!

October 16, 2016

here’s a quick posting of the bike riding we did during in the afternoon of wednesday, september 21st, after spending the morning doing quite a bit of walking. you can rent bikes by the hour, and we started out at around 2:30.  it was fun to be on a bike on such a flat road on […]

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hiking, biking, walk walk walking on Mackinac…

October 15, 2016

what a day it was!  this was wednesday, sept. 21st, our first full day on mackinac, and it was definitely, definitely supposed to rain. since i’d left my new raincoat in the car, i wasn’t too pleased with the prospect of rain. but it’s just like here in springfield when it says that there’s a […]

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