i think it got up to 92 yesterday, or something completely bonkers like that. it’s already mighty warm today. go figure.

also, suddenly we have lots and lots of buffalo gnats. on wednesday kevin and i were outside and all of sudden a bunch of tiny things were zipping all over the place, landing on my head, and it took me a while to remember that this is buffalo gnat season. last summer one of them stung me on my eyelid and i had to go to prompt care.

on wednesday i ended getting a few ithcy spots on my head, and they got swollen, and then that evening i was very briefly standing in the back yard and another one landed on my chest. SO ITCHY, still.

it’ll probably be an amazingly buggy summer due to all the rain. i must be covered in repellant every time i venture out.

meanwhile…two tuesday ago, April 30th…we brought the sweet kitty that had been at mom’s since the end of December over to our house. we think she might not be so skittish here, and she’s been living in our upstairs guest bedroom since we brought her home. i built her this tower so she could watch the world.

she immediately warmed up to kevin; here he is lying on the guest bed as the kitty is on the lookout for possible intruders. because she’s so sweet we’ve decided to call her Sweetie, the same name as one of Aunt Sandy’s cats.

i was very intent on getting the vet to give us a prescription for an anti-anxiety drug for her, and in order to do that they have to do a blood test. it turns out she has some kidney crystals that could turn into kidney stones if left unchecked. so far we’ve tried two different prescription foods, but she flatly rejected them both. so we’re not sure what the next step will be.

she is so much happier now that we haven’t given her the anti-anxiety drug yet. she purrs a lot, and a couple of days ago i gave her some fresh catnip from the big plant out back and she adored it. she also gobbles up the wet cat food; maybe this will be good enough, because i read that one thing cats with crystals need is lots of water, and the cat food is wet plus we add water to it.

i don’t even think riley knows we have another kitty.

sweetie initially slept in the chair in the guest room, but i haven’t seen her on it anymore.

baby geese! we saw lots of geese families out on the lake.

sweetie prefers to sleep in this cage – one night last week kevin was sick, so i slept in the guestroom, but sweetie slept in her cage instead of on the bed.

kevin bought a special gizmo that easily fits onto the door and keeps it open about an inch so that sweetie can see out and our kitties can observe her. but that hasn’t really happened yet – les does come upstairs and he did poke a paw in the first time we put it up, but now he’s content to lie in the bathroom door across the hall and just watch.

it would be great if sweetie felt comfortable enough to be downstair and just hang out, but i imagine that will take a while.

now i’m going to cover myself with bath& body vanilla spray, which does a great job of repelling insects, and do some raking. go me!

ok then,

mrs. spring hughes.


post-memorial day activity

by grace on May 29, 2018

it’s a very busy day for me here on the day after memorial.  I have a bit of free time in between working, though.

the not great news is that Winnie had another seizure after I posted that post on the 18th.  he had one that night, and the next night, too.  but then we got him an anti-seizure drug and he’s been ok so far.

it’s a liquid that we could theoretically mix in with his food.

but only in theory.

we mixed it in and he refused to eat it.  he hate it.  a lot.

so I’ve been squirting it in his mouth instead, which he also really, really hates, but at least he doesn’t drool it all out, like he did with the other medicine we gave him; I can’t even remember what exactly that one was for.

twice a day he hates me, but aside from that he’s eating a lot and seems relatively content.  we’ll see.

meanwhile…this is earlier in the month after I finished mulching the side of the fenced yard.  the hostas are at least twice as big by now, plus I’ve transplanted a few more in there.












les and riley, so stinkin’ cute most of the time…























we’ve had quite a few gosling sightings and here are just a few of the cute little things.











the peony by the water looked spectacular, and amy pointed out that dad as well as his dogs shortie and gizmo are buried there.  dad would have been pleased.  he wouldn’t have been so happy with the sickly rose bushes, but I don’t have the talent for roses.











me in my fine Australian hat.  there must be a name for it?  it is perfect for keeping all flying things away, plus it’s quite a fashion statement.  even though I have to work today, it’s good to take a break from working in the yard.  yesterday I was going to do nothing at all but then decided that I really needed to trim the wildly overgrown rose of Sharon in the front yard.  I wish I had a before picture, because maybe it was 15 feet high?  I had to get a ladder to trim the top and then I had to basically shove the ladder into the banches and I clung to them as I wiggled my way up to cut the very highest branches.  after a while I felt a little sick, and it was probably heat exhaustion or whatever.  it took an hour, and by the end I was overly hot and itchy and annoyed by the whole thing.  but at least it’s done now…














that’s all I have time for now, I hope your holiday was festive, or calm and peaceful…and cool…

ok then,

mrs. h.




wrapping up november…

by grace on 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 out.

i think this is my favorite photo of 2017.  it was a warm and sunny day, and les batted at leaves as the geese swam by.


randy’s cat pee wee, always stressed out…

My friend Toun at Bunn Gourmet.  i know i took pictures of it when i first went there, but every time it’s willy wonka-ness makes me smile.

toun was impressed too.

ok then!  that’s it for november.  there’s little chance of me posting the many many photos from december before the year is over, but that’s my goal anyway.

this morning kevin lugged the christmas tubs up from the basement, and i have a lot of work ahead of me today.  but it’s fun work and i think i’ll listen to the vince guaraldi charlie brown christmas album while decorating.

ok then,

mrs. time is running out for christmas prep hughes.



after having one excitingly treacherous ice storm already this winter, we’re all preparing for another one.  it might start early this evening, maybe later tonight, maybe tomorrow, or sunday…or maybe i’ll all just pass us by and dump the freezing rain on some other unfortunate spot.

meanwhile…a few random photos from the first week of this new and shiny year.

i love it when the lowering sun lights up the other side of the lake.  lester never cares about that, but was thrilled to munch on some tall grasses.

amy has been very industrious, fashioning new dog coats for her puppies.  they’re all accented with different, fun patterns.  here’s izzy, who was very patient about the many, many fittings she had to put up with.

amy has taken some breaks to take mom to the fit club, because she’s trying to get her to move more.

i’m pretty sure this is laz and sadie in their new coats, but on the other hand, the dog on the right is more likely…zurie?  and on second thought, the dog on the left looks more like mincy.  it’s hard to tell them apart sometimes, especially when they’re sporting their new outfits.  since this photo was taken, amy has also started making them pajamas, super cute and color-coordinated.  i’ll have to post some photos of them soon.  it told her she needs to start making them and charging big bucks, but she said that she’d only make about a penny an hour because of the amount of time she spends on creating each one.

the birds…this morning i went out and filled the bird feeder, and it’s mighty brisk out thee when you’re just wearing your jammies.  the other day, this woodpecker was enjoying himself thoroughly.


we get a lot of birds and i feel guilty if i look out and see that the feeder’s empty.  kevin  usually does a smashing job of keeping it well-stocked.  we’re getting a little low on bird food now, so maybe he’ll re-supply our supply before the ice hits.

i like the variety of birds here – the one at the feeder, the heron swooping in the background, and the geese in the yard.  those geese are very persistent; they keep knocking over the bird bath filled with food in the yard.

this bird looks like it’s looking right at me.

and now i wish i’d taken some photos of the sparkly ice storm we had earlier, because when the sun hits the ice it’s quite pretty.  maybe this time.

maybe it’ll pass us by.

ok then,

mrs. almost the middle of january 2017 are you KIDDING me hughes.

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