at the start of april…

by grace on May 4, 2020

these two ducks were enjoying the bird seed scattered on the ground in back of the house.

Riley had no interest in them at all.

Kevin bought this remote for the upstairs TV. we probably won’t lose it. it’s funny, we’ve only ever had one TV, but he hooked up a small monitor that works as a TV.

Sometimes Kevin will watch something on it when hanging out with Lovey, but mostly it’s tuned to the bird show, which she loves to watch.

Here’s me, about to bravely venture into the grocery store at the beginning of April. I sure haven’t been out of the house much.

Lovey was watching from her window.

Kevin and I have been kayaking a few times already, and on this morning we paddled into Long Bay. This turtle was sunning itself on a rock.

A very very short video of the turtle.

Moon over the water.

the next morning, Wednesday April 8th, we made our first attempt at taking Lovey to the vet to be tested and given shots. We had to drop her off and wait in the car, and they said it’d take about a half hour.

But after only about 10 minutes a vet tech came outside shaking her head. Uh oh. It didn’t go well. Lovely bit the tech through her lead-lined gloves, and they couldn’t get her to cooperate in any way.

They gave us some gabapentin which would hopefully calm her enough for our next try and we made an appointment for the following week.

in the meantime, we had to take Riley in for his annual checkup and shots, and the vet had no problems with him. but when she called to report on Riley she asked “is he a grumpy cat?” I told her that Riley is the most gentle and mellow of cats, but clearly being at the vet without his humans was distressing to the poor fella.

Right now Riley is lying on his kitty tower in front of the window giving himself a bath. all the vet-trauma left his brain a long time ago.

the next week Kevin tried sprinkling a bit of the gabapentin onto Lovey’s food to see if she’d eat it. He was successful, so on Thursday April 16th he managed to get the contents of one and a half pills into her food and she ate it and then he didn’t have a problem getting her into her cage.

we were still apprehensive about her being compliant at the vet, but she did a great job. She doesn’t have any illnesses, she’s about two years old and weighs 9 pounds. We were so relieved at all this news!

She still lives in the upstairs guest bedroom but yesterday morning kevin closed off the other parts of the house where other kitties were and Lovey bravely walked downstairs. she didn’t stay down here for more than a few minutes, but she’s getting more brave. I’m still not her favorite person which means i need to spend more time upstairs with her.

She’s so cute…

Ok then,

Mrs. monday morning, oh no, it’s actually already afternoon, hughes.


last week in july!

by grace on July 27, 2015

and it’s going to be a crazy-busy one.  again.  i’m enjoying a few minutes of sitting down right now, but soon i will be a little too busy fora monday.

meanwhile…here’s the rest of june, which was also kinda crazy.

amy and jim adopted a darling, sweet italian greyhound – my friend jill told them about this little fellow who had been dropped off at the animal shelter.  he had strangely crooked teeth, and a pendulous thing dangling from his throat.  poor little guy.

amy and i picked him up, and he was so anzious, sitting on my lap, trying to get out and jump down, so amy got a big warm blanket from the back and covered my legs so they wouldn’t get shredded.  it was an incredibly hot day, so a blanket with a squirmy dog on top was just the thing.  their other dogs were in the back seat, because we immediately took them all for a walk as way of introduction.  it went well, except amy kept wanting to run, and i’d already been running a lot that day, plus did i mention it was very very hot?  but noodle, who basically can’t stand other dogs, was a very very good boy.

here is their new puppy, pre-surgery, in the big crate with numie. he’s not actually a puppy; they think he might be eight years old, but he’s very tiny – a miniature numie.

they bonded quickly, which was wonderful.  numie always wanted to play, but noodle wasn’t so interested.  now numie has somebody who is all about the playing!

here’s Sweet Pea (isn’t that a great name?), before he had all but two of his rotten teeth pulled.  no wonder he was digging around on his mouth when we picked him up from the shelter!

numie and sweet pea, trying to relax on the couch.

the surgery went well, and the dangling thing wasn’t cancerous, whew…but then the big incision in his neck started to swell, and they had many issues with that.  at one point, on a sunday, they had to drive him to the U of I in Champaign, where we’d taken mollie so many times, because the incision kept leaking.  they did all kinds of tests and it was a very long day, but they determined that his blood wasn’t clotting; it’s something that was bred into greyhounds so that everything would be fast fast fast for the racing…but his blood clotted, but was immediately broken down.

they gave him drugs, and said it was critical that he not move around much.

this is almost impossible with an italian greyhound.  amy and jim gave him sedatives, but he was still totally full of energy, so it was like a doggie hospital over there – they had to try to keep everybody calm so that Sweet Pea wouldn’t get excited and run around like crazy.  Plus, Noodle had some kind of oozy thing going on on his belly, and they had to wrap him in bandages, and then numie was picking all the fur off the end of this tail, and they found out this was because he was stressed.

doggie hospital.


meanwhile…i power-washed the back deck off the bedroom because it was hazardous, covered with all kinds of whatever slime grows on wood if you don’t clean it.  kevin stained it, and it looks great (why have i no photos???), and then i decided i needed to transplant a giant hosta and fill in this place that had been a mass of noxious weeds which i’d always try to pull and would promptly grow back.

it looks good back there now, except, of course, i have to keep pulling the weeds, but at least they’ not so prevalent.  for now, anyway.

as i was furiously digging, i ran into some bricks – clearly, dad put these in, for a walkway…but i’m not exactly sure why.  they ended at the edge of the house; maybe it was a way to get over to the faucet without having to tromp through the weeds and mud.  i planned to power wash the bricks, but it rained so much that they got all clean without my help.

lester, who loves to lie out on his own private patio.  i’m sure he thoroughly appreciates how clean it is.

one of the many storms we’ve had this summer.  we’ll remember it as the summer with all that rain.

this was a fine day for Les; a giant catfish floated down by the dock, and lester was fascinated.

one of our rare boat rides, we saw this group of duck decoys in front of some actual ducks.

and then it hailed! even though the weatherman is always threatening hail, it rarely, rarely happens.  this was pretty big hail, and when we stood in the hot tub room the noise was so deafening that we couldn’t even hear each other talking.

my friend erica has now moved to tennessee, but before she left she took this great selfie with he sweet cat heidi.  i love this picture.

we celebrated randy’s birthday at the end of may, but before the celebration i wanted to get a photo with randy in the b’day hat.  i was looking pretty awful, had been working in the yard, and wanted to document that, but amy insisted that i look good – she combed my hair and made me put a decent shirt over the ratty one i was wearing!  so it doesn’t even matter that i have no “after”photo, when i got dressed up to go out.

and there it is, JUNE!  and there’s still an entire week left of july!  well, five more days, anyway.

ok then,

mrs. busy for now hughes.


lester paul!

by grace on August 20, 2011

do your remember that brave little willow tree that jim planted, that a very hungry beaver chewed right down?  then it came back and dragged off the huge top of the tree.  well, now it’s sprouting new branches like crazy.

i saw it when i was taking les for a walk.  yep, the kitty has a harness and a leash now, and he doesn’t hate it…we don’t actually walk very much.  he lies down for quite a bit of time and then he springs at something.  here, he’s very interested in attacking things underneath all the leaves.

kevin took this early one morning when he took les for a walk, sans leash.

lester loves to go duck-hunting.

this is one of his favorite spots, nestled down in the back of the couch so he can reach out and swipe at people or dogs as they walk by.

because he’s a cat, he has to sleep a lot, of course.  he’s just SO CUTE.  right now he’s sleeping on that very same chair right in front of me.  SOOOO CUTE…

soon i have photos of the fair, hopefully before the fair is actually over.  we went, but not enough.  i do love the fair, even though sometimes i think, ho hum, same old fair…but there’s just something so…fair-like about it.  i’d love to travel around the country and visit all the state fairs.  i’m not sure i could convince kevin to go with me, though.  he has no fair-mania like i do.

ok then,

mrs. g. hughes.

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sailing part two, plus more

by grace on June 14, 2011

last thursday we went back out to watch more of the sailing regatta.  first, though, we sailed around a little.

this house is on our side of the lake, and it’s one of my favorites – i love the yard filled with hostas.  the interior designer jim wilson owns it.  i guess it’s not so easy to see the fabulous hostas; next time i’ll have to get closer.

such funny little goslings, flapping their wings and waddling up the hill.

there are so many herons on the lake, and they always look so cool and elegant.  their SQUAWK is another thing entirely.

both kevin and mollie posed nicely.

this is a great big house on the other side of the lake, with a wonderful weeping willow.

here are some race officials, with those big orange race things in their boat.

yet another heron.

mary and jim patton live across the lake from us, and we saw them also watching the race.  their lovely new pontoon goes really fast.

when we got back home, winnie came trotting down to greet us.

since the boat was docked and the motor off, winnie decided to climb aboard for a few brief minutes.  he likes the idea of the boat, but not when the motor is running.

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IT’S GETTING WORSE…plus, happy belated birthday, mom!

February 27, 2011

mom’s birthday was yesterday, and i didn’t wish her happy birthday here, but i know she was much too busy receiving birthday calls to even think about looking at her computer, much less checking out this site. i don’t know whose hand this is, keeping noodle from leaping over and taking a big bite out […]

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yesterday, which was sunday february 13th…

February 14, 2011

i just can’t stop taking pictures. yesterday was so awesome because the snow was melting like crazy. this goose looked like it was posing, or about to break into an interpretive dance. the lake looked so cool, with the ice melting like crazy. kevin shoveled some of the huge quantities of snow off the deck.  […]

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the last day of 2010 was a good one…

January 1, 2011

i wanted to sit around outside all day. by morning, all the lousy snow had melted. i sat down at the dock and enjoyed the weather. mollie was right there with me. i wish you could have been there too, to feel how great it felt to be outside.  i tried to capture it for […]

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sunday morning chillaxing…

September 26, 2010

mollie is sleeping really loudly over on the other side of the couch.  winnie is curled up next to me – he’d rather be in my lap, but the computer is here, so he’s content to sleep alongside. yesterday was a little bit too busy and i have many things to do today, but i’ve […]

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sunday morning geese

June 22, 2010

sunday morning, lots and lots of geese and goslings in the yard. i went out at about 7:30.   here are lots of photos, and then, later, i’ll post the video i took. noodle and numie, trapped inside the fence, not able to chase the geese.  see numie in the hot tub room – he […]

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faux winter

May 16, 2010

ok, it’s not EXACTLY like winter…it’s 63 degrees, kinda windy, dark, raining. it feels like winter in here.  chilly.  kevin started the fireplace to take the chill off. he went cowboy shooting this morning, and i sat on the couch doing computer things till he returned. he got home early because it was finally rained […]

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