may, mostly les paul…

by grace on June 29, 2020

we took a chilly boat ride on May 22nd and amy kept warm while driving.

On may 23rd lester had a nice walk down to the water, where he spent a lot of time in this old plastic tub.


I love this picture with les way in the background, his chin comfortably resting on the lip of the tub.

hmm, i can’t recall if kevin had completed the rip-rapping on this part of the shore.

Les is always such a contented boy.

zinging through may, as july is quickly encroaching. will i get everything posted from may before june is over? doubtful.

meanwhile…i continue to spend too much time reading the bad news. it’s hard to believe that the world has been upended since march, and also hard to grasp just how bad it is here in our country and i don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.

so i spend as much time as possible outside, which is always calming. except now the humidity and temperature has climbed a lot, so maybe i’ll sit quietly on the couch and post some more stuff.

ok then,

mrs. h.


all the rest of november

by grace on December 16, 2019

whew. Xmas is now ridiculously close and i still have a whole bunch of stuff to do. I think i’m still a little tired from all the traveling. I just transferred my 2.3 millions photos from phone to computer and i can’t think about them right now, even though i should because there are at least a few christmasy photos of NYC that really need to be up here before the date. it’s possible, i know it is…

It snowed a lot yesterday, maybe four inches? Amy, mom and i were out in the midst of the snowstorm and luckily amy was driving because i’d have been a big mess.

meanwhile…back in November it was still green outside and we had a lovely time hanging out in glenn and julie’s magical back yard. that’s their darling devilish kitty Ravena on Glenn’s lap.

When i went running to the Vachel Lindsay bridge I saw a huge flock of white pelicans.

Sweetie has been downstairs with us sometimes, but today i decided that les is jealous when we give her attention. Today i was up in the bedroom where Sweetie spends most of her time, and les followed me up and lurked around. and sometimes when sweetie ventures down to the living room, les chases her. it’s always something with kitties.

before we left for NYC, amy and i took mom walking as much as we could so she’d be used to walking when we went on our trip. This is her after their first excursion on Nov. 22nd. She might be slightly exaggerating her fatigue level here, and when we got to NY she totally rocked, walking as much as 19,000 steps in a day! Mom, just like the Energizer Bunny.

On this day in late november i ran farther along the bridge and got a closer shot of the pelicans. hmm, i don’t know when i’ll be running again.

The tuesday before Thanksgiving, Nov 26, i was up til midnight. but hmm, what was i doing? cleaning? arranging the antique dishes on the table, clearly.

I’m sure i’ve written about this antique dish set before, but here is a place setting all stacked up. Dad gave me this service a very long time ago; i know i had it when i moved to LA, because i remember using it there in my dinky apartment. I carried those dishes around a lot.

I think that’s five different sized plates, plus a saucer for a coffee cup. or a demitasse cup, and i do have a lot of those, too. i don’t know if we’ll ever use the cups. you can see in the picture above that dad also gave me a bunch of serving dishes and a sugar/creamer set, etc.

I went to bed that night not finding these turkey salt and pepper shakers that dad had given me. I texted amy to see if she had them, but she didn’t, and i decided i wasn’t going to go crazy looking for them.

but the next morning i did exactly that and found them by 8:39 a.m., according to the time stamp on the photo. but now i can’t for the life of me remember where, exactly, they were. probably in my scarily stuffed pantry.

I put some of the plates on top of other and generally tidied things up on wednesday.

We had some friends over for the meal and it was a joyful occasion, but a lot of work. we went to the Festival of Trees for a bit the Saturday after, and i loved this VW bug. Kevin used to have one.

On this same day mom and i walked in Washington Park and i don’t think i’ve seen the water flowing to the little stream this much before.

mom spotted this tree stump, and i realized…it was taken down by a beaver! so they’re not just here at the lake, but all over the place.

And that’s it for november…

ok then,



moving right along through june…

by grace on July 9, 2018

moving right along through june…yet another darling les photo.

it’s always impossible to take just one…

a couple of weekend ago, amy, mom and I got invited by our friend missy to a fundraiser.  it was for an organization called Gen H Kids, and its mission is

To create a generation of healthy kids through education, empowerment, improved nourishment and increased physical activity.”

an awesome thing to do, don’t you think? a good time was had by all.

I took a million pictures on the evening of june 26th, when the sky was beautiful.  I’ve tried to whittle them down to just a few here.

for some reason I had more luck than usual with creating panoramas.

it’s always mesmerizing the way the sky quickly changes color as the sun sets.  it’ll be nice to get some photos of that from the middle of the lake.

this is one of my favorites because the smoke is all blowing in a line like that.

amy took this picture of one of the few lilies still outside the fence.  the deer didn’t touch them this year…yet.  maybe they’ll be scared off by fierce little riley.

things are already ripening in kevin and amy’s vegetable garden.  kevin took this photo of either a zucchini or a cucumber.  we have a garden cucumber in the fridge right now, so maybe that’s what this is.

and that’s all for now,




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.




Italian Greyhound Extravaganza!

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 […]

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wrapping up december, making way for this shiny new year…

January 2, 2016

the sun is shining this morning, although it’s cold…it’s nice when we have the blue skies, because of the many gray days we’ve already had. just a few more december photos, and then on to 2016!  which will be filled with…about 365 days.  except now only 364, so let’s try to make the most of […]

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