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final images of july…

by grace on August 12, 2019

On Saturday, July 27th, we went over to the Yacht Club for a fundraiser. It was a beautiful night and awesome to sit out and watch the boats going by on the lake. i know i’m lucky enough to sit outside and watch boats go by all the time, but this was great because i didn’t have to prepare anything or cook anything or anything, except have fun. and drink cocktails.

Me, Toun, mom, Amy V, Amy, Julie

Meanwhile, back here at home…the raccoons continue to be very determined and focused.

This was July 29th, as the raccoon tried her best to get at the food. kevin had just modified the pole in hopes that she wouldn’t be able to reach it.

Here she is the next day…

Even though she didn’t get it that day, she was able to later make it up the pole.

the final day of July i was finally tackling the weeds at the shore line. i looked up and realized a mink was walking towards me! it was just as surprised as i was. this isn’t a great picture, but it was a miracle that i was able to capture it at all because once it realized that i was a HORRIBLE INTRUDER, it took off.

i shot a video, and you can really see it better there as it boinks across the grass.

and later that day…jeez, no wonder i haven’t had much time to sit around typing; on july 31st i spent the morning weeding, and the afternoon helping glenn launch his sailboat.

ok, really, i didn’t do much of anything. mostly i just enjoyed hanging out a the Lindsay Boat Launch in the shade while Glenn and Kevin toiled away.

my job, as “winch wench,” which kevin loves to say, was to pull on a rope wrapped around the winch as they pulled up the big mast. then they had to do more stuff while i loitered again..

ok, the only thing is, i’ve been kevin’s winch wench on several occasions; all i had to do was pull on the rope and crank the crank and the mast went right up. i didn’t wrap the rope all around the winch.

but for some reason, that day, i forgot. yeah, i forget lots of things with more and more regularity, but you’d think i’d have remembered how to do this one job.

but no, instead i wrapped the rope around and around the winch, which made the whole thing way more difficult. i thought it was harder to turn the crank because the mast on glenn’s boat is so big, but no, it was because i was doing it wrong.

but at least we got it done. and i’ll never forget how to do that again.

theoretically.

Glenn and i were on board the boat as kevin prepared to set the boat free…

I started to take a video…

When the filming stopped, we were suddenly going around in circles because somehow a rope had gotten tangled up in the motor.

But he finally got it untangled, and off we went!

And that’s it for July…i don’t usually have a video, and i can’t remember the last time i had three, but there you go…

ok then,

mrs. august, really, are you kidding me? hughes.

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may is almost over!

by grace on May 29, 2019

hard to believe. it rains and rains and rains some more, all the time…

meanwhile…on friday, may 17th, i went to bloomington with glenn and julie to see the musician paul thorn. her sister’s husband had heard about him, and julie and her sister’s saw him perform in ohio. her sister is a huge fan now.

when we got out of our car in front of the theater, way before concert time because we were going to go eat first, i looked across the street and saw some guys moseying out the side door. i’d only seen part of a youtube clip of the band that afternoon, but i was pretty sure that the guy in the red t-shirt was mr. thorn. i encouraged julie to let me take her picture with him, and we hustled across the street and he was very gracious and laid-back. fun way to start our night!

the restaurant, located on the same block as the theater was nice, organic, all that kinda stuff. i had incredibly delicious salmon, and i had to take a picture of this giant rooster, because he looks a lot like the roosters in our yard.

well, they were in our yard last year – we still have to shore up the shoreline before i want to put anything out. i don’t want them to get sucked into the water!

back at home, kevin was relaxing with sweetie. gee, that was not even two weeks ago, and she’s progressed to spending most of her time downstairs in the living room with us.

i had a delicious and very pretty chocolate tart for dessert. it came with “strawberry milk,” and i wasn’t sure if i was supposed to pour it over the top, or what. it reminded me of strawberry quik, we used to have that when we were kids. this stuff wasn’t bright pink enough to be quik, though, and quik probably isn’t the most healthy, organic, all-natural thing around.

glenn and julie both got these fancy lemon things – maybe some kind of cake with a big blob of custard on top. plus artistic sprinklings of things…the yellow things are gooseberries! i had a salad with gooseberries in it, but they bore scant resemblance to the gooseberries we ate off our gooseberry bushes when i was little. those had been almost translucent, and when they ripened they were squishy and purple. maybe gooseberries have evolved?

back at home again…kevin bought a ton of rocks to pour in the giant hole along the shore. he’s going to buy more of it, and then we’re going to get a barge-full of big rock to pile against the shoreline.

there was limited seating at the theater and i was concerned that we’d be standing for a very long time, but by some miracle there were three great seats left when we got there. we were up in the balcony; the theater looks like a converted old movie theater.

i walked down to the main floor to get this picture. great band.

and finally…we took a boat ride and there was a momma swan and two darling little babies! the father swan was chasing off a fishing boat, and as we approached it made a beeline for us. i decided we’d better back out quickly.

on our next boat ride the swans were still there, but this time there was only one baby. hopefully it makes it!

and that’s all for this lovely wednesday morning..

ok then,

mrs. hughes.

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one last boat out of the water in october…

by grace on November 16, 2018

after glenn helped us get out sailboat out of the water, we helped him get his out.

this was Tuesday, October 30th – we all drove over to the yacht club in kevin’s big truck and attached glenn’s trailer.  glenn climbed aboard, and I was excited to get to go out one last time for the year.  it was a beautiful morning.

the little sailboat motor started up and glenn and I set off, as kevin drove to the sailboat launch over on our side of the lake.  we’d have to motor under the Linsday bridge, and glenn had never taken his sailboat under the bridge since he can’t sail under it, so it would be a first.

or maybe not.  I happily enjoyed sitting there taking pictures of the beautiful, crisp fall day. i’m pretty sure we only had about three fall days, mostly going right from summer heat to snow.

but then…the motor died.  uh oh.  glenn is generally cool as a cucumber, but I think he started to panic, maybe, as he frantically kept pulling on the motor rope.  it started up a couple of times but then died.

I finally called kevin, who suggested we call our boat guy, josh.  I did, and glenn described to him the motor trouble and josh said it must be the carburetor, which meant it wasn’t going to work.  hmm.  glenn called the yacht club and I thought that maybe they’d have somebody there who could help us?  it seems they should, since the membership is so expensive.  but no, the yacht club just called CWLP for us, which I could have done myself.

meanwhile, kevin texted me, writing “why doesn’t he unfurl the jib a little?”  the jib is the smaller mast in the front.  it was a windy day, and the wind was already nudging us in the direction of the dock where we needed to be, so this made sense to me.

but glenn is a very, very focused individual and I think he was only concentrating on MAKE THE MOTOR START, so he just kept pulling on the cord.

eventually he somehow managed to start it and we puttered over to the dock, but we met kevin at the dock on the other side of the lake so we wouldn’t have to try to navigate under the bridge.

land ho!  kevin was all set to get the boat up on the trailer.

this is a funny photo because I think glenn looks smug, but I know that’s not his emotion – I think it was mostly just relief.

I had to stop taking pictures for a bit because all hands were needed – glenn held onto the boat in the back and I had to pull, while kevin tried to guide it in.

that went ok, and then kevin magically balanced on top of the trailer not getting his feet wet as he winched the boat up.

this is my favorite photo of kevin even though I didin’t zoom in enough – he’s braced against the bar as he finishes hooking the boat up.  very agile, my kevin.


glenn watched to make sure the boat wasn’t scraping the ramp as kevin pulled it out of the water.

I stood around in the parking lot for a good long time as kevin and glenn prepped the boat for hauling.

so hard at work!  I was perfectly content to continue standing around.

as they worked, a truck pulling a boat pulled up and I saw a little dog in the front seat.  it joyfully bounded all over the place as its owner got ready to take his fishing boat out.

I guess I had to help a little, because the next thing I knew, the boat with the dog standing proud at the bow was whizzing by.

a little more this and that, and the boat was ready to go back to our house.  they needed to take the motor off the boat before they took it to storage, but the motor was locked to the boat.  glenn had a little baggie of keys, but none of them fit, so they had to stop at home in order to cut off the lock.  and to drop me off.  the final boat adventure of the year.

when we got back I took les for a walk, but after he sat on the rocks for alittle while he started meowing up at me, so it was a short walk.

riley, doing a yoga pose.

and boom, end of October posted, and it’s not even the end of November yet!

in addition to the first snow, we then had about four inches of snow the night before last.  ridiculous.

ok then,

mrs. deep in the hear of winter before thanksgiving hughes.

 

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october boat rides

by grace on November 13, 2018

this is one of my favorite pelican photos (and I took approximately one million of them during the summer/fall).  we went out on the boat on October 20th, and I went out again on the 22nd.  kevin didn’t want to go with me, so I went by myself and had a surprisingly good time.  I realized that when I go boating alone I can go wherever I want.

I first zipped over to the pelican point and was sad that they weren’t there.  I decided to head under the Lindsay bridge to see if I could find any, but when I cruised by todd green’s house, right across the water from us, I realized they were there!  it was cool to get this photo of flying pelicans as well as ones on the grass.

 

on pelican point, the pelicans mostly hung out on the rocks, with a few in the grass.  since they weren’t there that day, I could see the extent of the pelican poop.  but in the photo above, because todd doesn’t have riprap, but instead a sea wall, the pelicans all congregated on his expensive, lush grass.

such a beautiful day!  it’s a little hard to get my head around the fact that today it’s only 25 degrees, feels like 15, with a layer of snow on the ground.  what happened to fall?

this is one of the islands on the other side of the bridge, near the yacht club.  tons of birds were nesting in the trees.

I only came in finally because I had to work.

a few days later, October 25th, we took the boats out of the water.  here’s the view of our dock as I drove the pontoon boat away.

this was the easiest boat out of the water we’ve ever had – I think because I had practiced docking the boat on our new boat lift, I felt more confident about guiding it onto the trailer.  good times!  the whole process was speedy, thanks mostly due to kevin’s expertise.

we got home and I spent an hour cleaning the boat, while kevin started to get the sailboat ready to come out.  his friend glenn came over at about 2 in the afternoon to help remove the sail.

glenn then motored mom and I over to the boat launch; I’ve never used the motor on the sailboat, but maybe next year i’ll be able to do it.  it didn’t look very tricky, anyway.

it took a couple of tries to get the boat onto the trailer, but no big deal, really (especially for me because all I really did was take pictures).

kevin secured the  boat on the trailer and the job was done!

this is one of my favorite photos of mom because her hair went completely crazy in the wind.

more boat adventures soon, but here’s les and riley, enjoying the middle level of their kitty condo.

ok then, stay warm,

mrs. Tuesday bitterly cold November hughes.

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