by grace on January 15, 2019

i don’t have lots of photos from the holiday and i’m so over it now anyway, but i think this photo is very funny because why is kevin’s arm bent like that? he looks just about as uncomfortable as a person could be! funny.

Mom, of course, always enjoys herself…and the dogs just want people to pet them.

randy stopped by on christmas night dressed in this festive ensemble. lester was impressed.

randy gave kevin this star wars stocking hat. it has yoda ears, which i don’t think you can see so well here.

and here’s the final photo of 2018 – jim, winning in disc golf! what did he win? a hole in one, i’m surmising…

yaaaay jim!

and BOOM, we’re moving on to the new year…

ok then,

mrs. getting stuff done as we start 2019 hughes.


ted’s boatarama!

by grace on December 26, 2018

on the first week of december kevin told me he’d had a call from the guy at ted’s boatarama where we bought our new pontoon boat during the summer. he said the guy invited us to a holiday dinner, and i said, well, that’s in the quad cities and he said, well, we could spend the night. i asked him many questions – was it just for people who had bought boats there this year, was it a fancy dinner, etc, but he didn’t have any answers for me. cause he’s a guy. and guys rarely ask questions. he did say it was an open bar, which would be nice for me but since he can’t drink it didn’t matter to him.

now, kevin rarely suggests that we go somewhere. he’s been on more trips with his friends than with me this year, but that’s partly because we don’t don’t to leave winnie for too long, even with our expert catsitter bev.

so since kevin suggested it i said ok let’s go! quad cities here we come!

we drove up to davenport on wednesday december 12th and arrived at the fantastic downtown Davenport hotel i’d found on tripadvisor. it’s called The Current Iowa –; it was built in 1910 by Daniel Burnham, the man who designed chicago’s waterfront, as well as the Flatiron Building in NYC.

The hotel was both historic and super modern with lots of artwork all over the place.

i loved the cool lights by the side of the bed.

This funny dog wonder woman statue was set in a little alcove in the wall of our room.

Plus there was always hot cocoa with so many toppings in the lobby. i’ve never seen that before.

we got to the hotel in time to check in and look around a bit, then it was off to ted’s. it’s less than 10 minutes from the hotel, and when we got there the parking lot was packed. the event had started at 4:30 and we arrive at about five.

We stepped inside and there was a line from the buffet snaking all the way back to the door, with at least 50 or so people waiting patiently in line. long table were set up in the huge showroom and the place was bustling. most people in line carried beverages and i found coolers with beer and beer-a-rita kinds of drinks, but then realized they had a full bar set up at the service counter. you could get any possible drink you could think of, and i chose wine.

in line in back of us was a nice old couple named bob and dee. he was a cheerful wisecracking kind of guy, and told us that ted’s boatarama has been throwing this shindig for years and years. somebody told me they’d been doing it for at least 20 years, and it’s for anybody who has ever done business with the company. that’s a lot of people, and it seemed that most of them were in attendance. i guessed that 99.9 percent of the crowd were fishermen. they just looked like fishermen, most in ballcaps.

the buffet was fantastic, clearly all homemade, with so many choices including jambalaya that i enjoyed so much that i made it for christmas.

holiday fun with bob & dee!

this shows only about half the space. a nice dog who i remembered from when we bought our boat was wandering from table to table, and somebody had attached a little sign to its color reading “please don’t feed me.” the dog was clearly hoping he’d find somebody who couldn’t or didn’t choose to read the sign.

in addition to all the food and alcohol, they had at least three big tables loaded down with more homemade desserts than i’d seen in one place in a very long time. yes, i went a little crazy over them.

I love their old sign.

you can get an idea of how big the place is. by the time we left at about 6:00, there weren’t quite as many cars, but the place was still jumping. there had been a line out to the door the whole time, but it was slightly shorter by the time we left.

here’s a panorama of our room.

our bathroom mirror had a built-in tv. i’ve never seen thbis before and thought it kind of funny that you could watch tv while getting ready. truly we are spinning out of control with our watching dependancy.

i loved this photo of a wet eagle, although it’s hard to see in this picture because of the reflection from the mirror.

yet another first for me – this is the remote for the bidet!

kevin in the cool lobby the next morning.

one more photo of the hotel – i love an old-timey sign.

and that’s it for this morning – i hope your xmas was shiny and bright! i’m a little relieved that it’s all over and have a bit of desire to pack up all the decorations right this very minute, but i feel unmotivated to do much of anything today…

ok then,

mrs. holiday hughes.


TWO days til xmas…

by grace on December 23, 2018

…I’m just saying. not a huge amount of time for getting ready.

not huge.

some might say, not much time at all.

i’m not one of those people.

I guess i don’t have that much to do, not very many people to buy gifts for, i guess i’m done with that. i felt like i did an ok job of baking cookies but then amy told me about a family friend who always makes many cookies, and this time she made 17 kinds.

uh huh.

so, december…a little busy. here’s mom and me visiting with the lincolns as we strolled around a saturday holiday walk. that was early in december and it was crazy warm and lovely that day.

it was so so warm that i put up the outside lights very early. here’s what they looked like before the sun set…

…and here they are after it went down.

so, every year i get more and more and more xmas catalogs. last year they piled up about a foot high and i didn’t manged to leaf through a single one, and finally chucked the whole lot into the recycle at around march or april.

for some reason i made good progress on the catalogs this years, and one catalog in particular delighted me. it’s called, and so many of the things were tea towels or whatever printed with really funny sayings. there are plenty of things with sayings, but i laughed out loud at many of them.

here are just a couple.


many more things in december but i have to get off the couch right this very minute cause there are still quite a few things to do.

ok then,

mrs. really going to spend some time posting in the next couple of days hughes. but only in theory.


other things at the end of 2017…

by grace on January 25, 2018

well, here’s the great photo of lester and chester, as chester patiently waits for les to finish his meal so he can swoop in and devour the remains.  poor little kitty.

winnie, sleeping on a “mutts” pillow.

here’s mom’s living room facing the lake, with the darling little Hobbs kitty.

here’s a panorama of the entire room.  it’s a lovely place.

i’m not sure why i took a picture of this ornament, but it’s one of my favorites. i got it at Macy’s in NYC when kevin and i went there on our first thanksgiving.  i’ve tried to find more of them, but so far no luck.  it’s not like i need more ornaments anyway, but it’s just so goofy and cheerful.

ta da!  i guess i haven’t taken any pictures of the newly-converted hot tub room?  it’s now chock-full of flowers, many of which are blooming.


kevin bought a truck!  the funny thing is, just today as i was coming home, a guy passed me coming in the other direction, and he waved and i thought, “hmm, i wonder who that cute guy in that truck is?”  and then realized it was kevin!  i’d never encountered him on the road in his new truck before.

of course the dining table was covered with many xmas things, but les found a tiny spot to squeeze onto.

and he continues to love perching on top of the fridge.  last night when he was up there i tried to coerce him down, but he only meowed at me and walked to the very back of the fridge.  ok then!

i like this picture, but i could have sharpened it up a bit more – his paw is resting on last year’s calendar, including a photo of les and chester from last december.

whew.  today i realized that i’m not really all well from being sick and many other people have also been sick and i keep hearing stories about how very long it takes to recover.  it annoys me greatly; it’s a warm and sunny day, great for running, but i just sit here in the couch, no energy at all.

but at least i’m fortunate to be able to just sit around til getting better.

ok then,

mrs. january will soon be over hughes.



wrapping up november…

December 15, 2017

Mom got an iphone!  a big one, and she’s very please with it, and is doing a great job of figuring out how to make it work. lester scaling a stump on a november walk. another beautiful lake view. a bunny lives in the diminishing log pile, and les is always determined to chase him […]

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happy new year’s eve day!

December 31, 2016

things have changed dramatically around here. the puppy had been here a week, and the cats were traumatized and i knew that coco would continue to be puppy-like for two years.  les spent much of his time hiding in the bedroom. and one night i sat in there with him, feeling depressed and pretty sure […]

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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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happy…three days after xmas…

December 28, 2015

yeah, i’m not even quite sure how that happened.  whoosh, and it’s over.  the day after christmas i got up and thought that i really wanted to take down all the decorations, but since i’d put the very final ones up on xmas morning, i decided i should hold off a little. i went a […]

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happy christmas eve morning!

December 24, 2015

i hope you’re happy and not having any holiday depression, i hope you’re not already drunk before 8 a.m.! but if you are, i hope i makes you feel better. here at the hughes house…things are quiet, except, of course, for a little chester-winnie hostility.  right at this nanosecond, though, they’re peaceful. every year i […]

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January 21, 2015

and things are good.  here are the final, final photos from 2014.  let’s be done with it already! just a few xmas photos – i’ve noticed that many, many people still have their xmas decorations up still.  get over it, people! here’s a happy xmas story…ever since november, when they started having lightning deals on […]

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