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April Excitement

by grace on April 29, 2021

Ok, “excitement” might be stretching it a bit. Or maybe a lot. But I happened to see a great italian greyhound door mat on facebook and had to buy it for Amy and Jim. Maybe it’s a regular greyhound but I didn’t care because it’s so cute.

They draped the mat over this sofa piece against their front door and Izzy posed in front of it.

These tulips have been blooming for at least a couple of weeks in the fenced yard. They’re so pretty. I have a vague memory of transplanting so many of them from the front yard, where they were eaten by the deer, but for some reason only the red ones survived. I took this photo on April 15th and by now the hostas have grown to about a million times the size they are here. Approximately.

My beautiful bleeding heart gets bigger every year.

The smaller bleeding heart is doing well, too, along a single red tulip.

Friday april 16, another weenie roast.

Here are a couple of green strawberries emerging from the two plants that Kevin planted.

Jim spotted this morel mushroom in mom’s yard! we didn’t pick and eat it though.

Unfortunately, the many lettuces and tomatoes that Kevin planted in the garden were munched up. He thought it was rabbits getting in under the fence so he thoroughly fortified it but the next day the top of the fence was bent over and there were deer tracks amongst the skimpy remains of lettuce leaves and chewed-on tomatoes.

Since then he’s fortified it even more, and hopefully he’ll prevail because it would sure be nice to have lots of fresh tomatoes this summer.

We ate the one strawberry that had ripened and it made me remember how delicious a homegrown strawberry is.

I’ve been taking some photos with my iphone and will post those shortly. theoretically.

ok then,

mrs. almost the end of april hughes.

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more photos from that big snow…

by grace on January 27, 2019

whew. these were all taken right after it snowed, the week before winnie died.

Saturday morning, Jan. 12th, Riley was determined to play in the snow even though it was piled mighty high.

intrepid riley

Shortly thereafter i shoveled the back deck off the bedroom and a path to the kitty house. les immediately had to march right into the house.

i tried to get a video of him as he leapt through the big snow, but he was too fast for me.

i woke up on sunday morning to more snow. i looked out the front window and there was a deer.

kevin had been gone since friday night and was supposed to come back saturday, but because the roads were horrible he stayed away another night. jim had done lots of plowing and snow-blowing on saturday but he hadn’t been able to get to mom’s driveway – the tractor had started leaking something and he was worried it’d completely break down, and then the snow blower started smoking.

so on sunday morning he shoveled this channel in mom’s drive.

Mom hadn’t been able to get out for a whole day and of course was anxious to leave the prison of her house. Jim thought we should shovel a wide trench so that when kevin came home he’d be able to easily plow the rest of the driveway.

before i started i took this last picture.

we worked for maybe an hour, and jim pointed out that it was peaceful in the snow. when i walked back home i was dismayed to see the state of kevin’s shelter.

woops

he normally parks his truck under the shelter, and i remember going out to check on it saturday night…but i know i didn’t look thoroughly enough, because if i had, i’d have poked at all the snow on the roof with a broom. damn.

when kevin got home he managed to shovel enough snow off the roof to get the tractor out, added some kind of fluid or other, and made quick work of mom’s driveway.

monday morning, the 14th, riley was happy to go out into the snowy yard.

it was cloudy that morning with the sun just peeking through.

les and riley on monday night.

Tuesday night, the 15th, les was on top of the fridge. i don’t think he’s been lying there like that before.

Izzy looking so cute, snuggled up against the cold.

i took this photo of a deer in amy’s yard, right before i went to mom’s house on friday the 18th. because they have bird feeders in the front the deer are always gathered for a snack.

after that i went to mom’s to watch a movie, and later kevin and i got home, and then all the bad stuff happened with winnie. *sigh*

he was a very, very good kitty.

ok then,

mrs. late sunday afternoon hughes.

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broke!

by grace on October 13, 2017

on monday afternoon, after I ‘d posted the stuff about falling in the road on saturday, the urgent care place called me to say that my nose was, indeed, fractured.  this is the first time i’ve ever broken anything.  i’m not scheduled to see an ear nose and throat person til next friday, so clearly it’s not something dire.  it’s still kind of swollen, but doesn’t really hurt.

but after they said it was broken i decided to call my doctor and they got me right in to see a nurse practitioner.  she did a blood test and x-rayed my wrist and did an EKG and said i had “post-consussive trauma,” i think.  she said i certainly had a concussion since i fell so hard that i broke my nose.  she consulted with my doctor, and then told me that i also need an echo cardiogram and a CT scan.

they were worried because i just fell, didn’t trip over anything, just went down, boom.

when i called mom that night, monday, and told her about my nose being broken and all the tests i needed, she said, “but grace, you’ve always fallen down!”

and of course she’s right.  ever since i was little, i’m very prone to tripping myself up.  that’s why i’m grace!

my wrist wasn’t broken, just badly sprained and today i finally bought a brace for it.  i wish i’d gotten it sooner, but at least i have it now.  i had the CT scan and it was quick, and they called today to say that i just have soft tissue swelling in my head because of the fall, so i’m OK.  and i’m sure the ech cardiogram will be fine, and my scrapes are healing nicely.

i’ve been so tired all week, and today kevin went to the grocery store with me to lift stuff into the cart.  i’m feeling a little more energetic which is great because i’m tired of just sitting around all the time.

and finally, more photos of september – i went over to water my neighbor’s flowers and started deer who were resting in the wooded area between houses.  first there were two deer…

…and then i realized there were three of them…

…and all of a sudden an entire herd came racing out of the underbrush!  i think there were at least seven.

bev came over for a boat ride and for some reason she brought her purse down to the boat. i pointed out that there wouldn’t be any shopping opportunities out on the lake, and i was sure that it’d be safe up at the house, so kevin took it.  it looks like a man purse here!

amy and jim’s darling italian greyhound Izzy.  kevin and i got to babysit all five dogs for a little bit yesterday, which was fun.

i haven’t taken les outside for a walk all week because i haven’t been felt like walking around, and i couldn’t pick up a cat.  but luckily kevin has taken him sometimes.

one morning les and i were sitting in the fenced yard and suddenly les decided he was terribly lonely so he carried this big sock around!

we went to the Farm in early september and there with this unusual plant.

this is what it’s called, but since i didn’t write it down and i’m not writing it down right now, i guess i’ll never remember it.  oh well, the deer probably like to eat them, anyway.

i love the chickens at the farm.

our 11th anniversary on september 16th!  i continue to be amazed at how quickly time has been rushing forward.  kevin ordered this beautiful multicolored bouquet for me, sweet man.

for our anniversary we decided to go to a small town outside of indianapolis, because herman’s hermits was playing there.

more to follow.

ok then,

mrs. i haven’t hurt myself any more this week hughes.

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weekend in new york

by grace on March 4, 2017

after walking all over the place on friday, saturday wasn’t so busy.  we went to brunch, and then it rained, so we stayed inside.  that was nice and relaxing.

on sunday, erin had to go into the city so we rode the subway with her, then went to times square to check out half-price tickets.  on the way we stopped for some glamour shots in front of Ripley’s believe it or not.

the tickets didn’t work out, but luckily we found the magnolia cafe again, home of scrumptious cupcakes.  mmm, chocolate cupcake.

we walked up 5th avenue and i had to take a picture of this outfit, because i kept thinking about how horrible i’d look in it, plus the fact that there would be no way to actually keep it attached to your body.  tape?

in another swanky window was this beautiful collection of emerald and diamond jewelry.  hmm, i’ve never had any emerald jewelry, and it IS my birthstone…and i’m sure this is very reasonably priced.

this picture is for kevin; we went to this astro diner every morning when we were in NYC after our first trip to Europe, in 2007.  we’d been on a bike trip along the danube, and we stayed at a hotel nearby, and i can’t believe i can actually remember this.

oh, and sunday was MOM’S HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and here she is at amy and jim’s, with sweet izzy.

meanwhile, back in NYC, we stopped at the burger joint in the Le Parker Meridian hotel on 57th street, and then went all the way down to the east village for some stand-up comedy.  the first comic was hysterically funny, i thought, and i didn’t understand why he went first, because the rest of them were rather anti-climactic.

but it was another fun and busy night, and lots and lots of walking.

ok then,

mrs. h.

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Italian Greyhound Extravaganza!

September 17, 2016

on wednesday, mom and i joined amy and jim on an overnight to Purina Farms, close to six flags in St. Louis.  it was the 2016 Italian Greyhound show, and when amy told me that their four IGs were going to be in a rescue parade, i said I MUST GO TOO! here’s a video from […]

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