frozen lake

The Last of the Snow…

by grace on March 10, 2021

Hmm, hopefully that’s not wishful thinking. We’ve had a few unseasonably warm days lately, but it’s only March, after all. But even if we get more snow that’s OK because buds are starting to poke up out of the ground and spring is just right around the corner.

So even if these aren’t the last of the snow pictures, at least this is all for February.

On the 22nd, even though much of the snow was melted, the lake was still frozen solid.

Maybe you can see how thick the ice was underneath the water.

That evening the other side of the lake was lit up by the setting sun.

The next day more ice had melted but the underlayment of ice was still thick.

As I walked back up the hill these two deer were watching me.

They’re getting maybe too tame…

On Feb 27the even though the snow was pretty much gone, the ice persisted.

These little ducks were marching around in their cute duck-like way.

Just left of center, right under the smokestack that’s third from the right, there’s some kind of vessel! It looked so tiny that I thought it might be a kayak, but it was so far away that it could have been some crazy boater, out there at the edge of the ice.

So even if we still have snow, at least the lake won’t freeze over again. Right now it’s in the 60s but we’re supposed to have 30-50 MPH winds today. I’m going to go for a run later, theoretically, and hopefully I won’t be blown over.

Ok then, I hope your Wednesday is a good one,



the last of January, from here in February

by grace on February 11, 2021

The bitter cold has settled in, with temperatures maybe climbing into the teens, and it’s just going to get worse this weekend. It’s 16 right now but feels like 2 degrees, and over the weekend the high temperature will be 8 and three on saturday and sunday.

What do I do? Stay inside a whole lot.

Meanwhile, here are my final photos of January. On January 29 there were many geese out on the frozen lake and a couple of squirrels at the bird feeder.

The cardinal is eyeing the squirrel, I’m sure wishing that he knew how to take him out.

And then there were three squirrels, trying to completely take over the feeder and the seeds close by.

I love this squirrel’s curly tail, as the geese are so plentiful out on the ice that they look out of focus.

Finally the squirrels cleared out the birds took over again.

Right at this moment the yard is filled with geese, who I’ve been watching a lot lately. I’ll have to post a video of them as they sat in the yard while some of them swam in the water around the bubbler down at the dock.

The other evening I watched them as they left the yard in small groups, soaring away and then circling back to land in the little pool of water around the dock. When it got dark I couldn’t make them out but was pretty sure that the water was completely filled with geese, and when I finally went to bed I walked out on the back deck off the bedroom and could hear them down there, squawking at each other. Maybe they stay warm like that?

Maybe the moon will be out one night and I’ll be able to see them.

As life continues to filled with not much else going on.

But one huge thing is that last night I successful signed Mom up for her two vaccines, one on Monday and the next in a month. Yesterday her friend Wanda told Mom that her hairdresser told her that new appointments became available at midnight at Hy-Vee if you went on right then. I spent some time yesterday trying to get Mom to figure out how to do that, since I wasn’t going to be up at midnight.

But I stayed up too late again and suddenly realized it was midnight and I quickly clicked on the Hy-Vee website and sure enough, there were appointments every fifteen minutes all day on Monday. I frantically called Mom, who couldn’t make it happen but then I realized I could do it for her. When I clicked on the appointments I was then supposed to upload her insurance card, so I told Mom she could take a picture with her phone and send it to me, and she finally did. Yay! When I completed the final step it said the appointment time was no longer available, but I was able to get her in at a little later in the afternoon.

The thing is, I hope getting a vaccine gets easier. The only reason we knew about going online at midnight is because of Wanda’s hairdresser, and how many people who are eligible right now stay up til midnight, and how many of them know how to upload their insurance card?

But Mom has a date, a very good thing.

ok then,

mrs. february hughes.


Pass-A-Grille Beach!

by grace on March 12, 2020

I wanted to see the sun set over an actual beach so we chose the Pass-A-Grille Beach as our final destination on Tues. Feb. 18th. I’d read that it was uncrowded, very important to me, and i also found a site which listed good parking places; my goal was 8th Avenue, the only cross streets that has free parking for two hours, and after 6 p.m. it’s not enforced anymore. We found a place at about 5:30 and headed a block to the beach.

We passed a restaurant called “grace” but somehow not only did we not go inside, we didn’t even take a picture. Oh well.

the beach wasn’t crowded at all and we spread out our big beach towels and i immediately took a walk. this is my favorite bird photo. So far, anyway.

I started picking up shells as I went but i had nothing at all to put them in, so i carefully piled them up in one hand. I was surprised at what a giant stack i managed to balance. in the bathroom i carefully wrapped them with lots of toilet paper so at least they’d be contained.

the sun was going to set at 6:23. Approximately. and of course i took a million photos because that’s what i do.

there was a nice little outdoor eating place and plenty of chairs and benches nearby and we managed to snag one end of a bench.

everybody was doing the same thing as me. because that’s what you do.

i like this picture because of the bird flying by…

…and this one because of the boat.

after the sun set the sky was glorious.

meanwhile, at home the lake was still frozen.

after the sun set plenty of people cleared out and mom and i scored a couple of adirondack chairs with cup holders and enjoyed some cold wine. a perfect ending to the beach day, but of course i’d have been happy to have spent hours there.

back at home les and sweetie were doing a little bit of swatting at each other. it never gets super-aggressive but i wish they’d be friends already. but they’re on cat-time. maybe it’ll happen someday.

we decided to stop for dinner on our way home a at a seafood restant called Leverock’s Great Seafood, near St. Pete Beach. It’s been around since 1948 and the original owner has a colorful past, if you’re interested in reading about it on the link.

i almost wasn’t going to post this photo because it was after i’d devoured quite a bit of my seafood platter but i like looking at it now because it reminds me of how delicious it all was. i even got garlic mashed potatoes which i never get and they were great.

it was a very big meal, and like i said, delicious. a very down-home place, like if Red Lobster wasn’t a huge chain and had better fish.

A good time was had by all.

and at home, Kevin had a rare moment of Sweetie lying on his lap.

yay, we made it to the beach!

ok then,



i don’t know how i remembered this morning that i’d forgotten to post these photos. maybe it’s because my brain appears to be sharp and good, i’m sure because the sun is shining and it’s supposed to be in the 50s today.

sunshine, good.

this is the first picture i took of the birds at the feeder and on the lake, and i like it because there’s such a huge amounts of birds.

after i took so many pictures last sunday i was in such a good mood about being out in the sunshine that i go for a short run down the road. as i turned around to go home this little deer was standing there looking at me.

one final imageof last sunday, i liked this one because the beach house in included.

and now i roar into action and do many outside activities…

ok then,

mrs. the start of february hughes.


all geese all the time

January 31, 2020

On Sunday Jan. 26th the sun appeared! this was fantastic; i’m not sure how long it had been cloudy but i know that we haven’t seen it again since sunday. so i went a little bit bonkers taking geese photos on the lake that day. i mean, pretty crazy. i think i took over 100 […]

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more geese…

January 29, 2020

On January 22nd it was still gray but not nearly as cold so i took some more photos of the geese. You can see that they weren’t too bothered by me since this whole group was sleeping. i love it when they’re asleep with one leg tucked up. i like this one because there’s so […]

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