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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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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.

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march, briefly

by grace on April 26, 2019

nothing much to report about march, except we had a late birthday celebration for mom. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, MOM!

but first…we got home on March 4th. here’s kevin, plowing mom’s driveway on March 7th. I never want to come home to snow.

the next day we had a celebration with both pie plus some kind of delicious chocolate thing that bev made. but i wonder where the pie came from? the store.

Mom had a wonderful time…

…and she’s doing great at 83!

we’d had this feral cat lurking around the front yard. it”s fluffy, and a tuxedo cat like chester, only smaller. kevin had been putting food out, and we’d see her eating.

but here, les spotted her and was very intent.

unfortunately, a few weeks ago kevin was walking with les paul around the front yard and suddenly les spotted the cat and zoomed after her. luckily les came back prettty quickly, but we haven’t seen the little cat since.

meanwhile, riley is getting more and more tame – he even sat on kevin’s lap for a while the other day, quite historic.

and with lester it’s always more of the same, constant cuteness.

and that’s it for march; we didn’t even have any daffodils blooming in march but now things are finally getting more and more green. spring is good.

ok then,

mrs. h.

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Friday, March 1st in Florida

by grace on April 11, 2019

Friday started out really rainy, and i watched little birds eating popcorn on our balcony.

But the skies cleared and it was yet another beautiful day. We drove west a bit, past Seaside to the town of Santa Rosa Beach. Santa Rosa was the most like Seagrove Beach, and we found a bunch of artist shops in back of a strip mall.

A man and wife were selling tie-dye stuff but i didn’t found anything that to buy, which is good because i don’t need any more stuff. The man did his tye-dye and was also a minister, and lived in Panama City, which was past Panama City Beach, the touristy area where we’d been on thursday. I think they were from Minnesota or some other even colder than Illinois place.

A sweet kitty was rolling around on the deck and i had to stop and play with her.

we walked to the beach (no barricades here for beach-walking) and it was pretty much like our beach, except we decided ours is better. A lifeguard station was set up because i guess there are more people around although it doesn’t really look like that, does it?

I’d found an Irish pub before we’d headed out that morning, and we stopped there for a lovely lunch. It’s called Johnny McTighe’s Irish pub, and it was divey and cool and I had a shot of Jagermeister. whoo hoo, living it up in Florida! The super-friendly waitress took our picture.

When we got back to Seagrove Beach i went for a great run and it started to rain on me a little, which was perfectly fine.

As I ran i noticed some girls on the beach who were pointing toward the east behind me. i turned around and saw a rainbow!

Nice. I got back and sat on the beach again. I could spend an entire winter there in florida doing that. I’m just saying.

ok then,

mrs. almost through with the florida photos grace.

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Thurs. Feb. 28th in Florida

April 7, 2019

We drove way east on Thursday, all the way to Panama City Beach. We drove past many ugly high-rise hotels and arrived at Pier Park, this great big tacky shopping area. we went into a couple of stores, but there wasn’t so much we were interested in. we did find some cute lake-related thing in […]

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Wednesday in Seagrove Beach

April 6, 2019

Wednesday, February 27th started out with pouring rain. it was a mellow day, including yet another trip to the grocery store where we danced in the aisle. the rain let up and kevin historically got his toes wet! after that he made dinner, also kind of historical. i recorded some of his efforts. While the […]

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getting back to florida…

March 21, 2019

I’ve decided to end the argument with myself about posting the vertical videos of florida that i took. here’s the first one, shot shortly after the one i did in the center of the town of Seaside. and here’s another one, just trying to keep going with the postings since it’s already approaching the end […]

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sand castle in florida

March 13, 2019

here are a couple more photos of the elaborate castle complex that somebody had created down on the beach in front of our condo. can you see the feather at the very top of the tower? i tried not to go completely crazy taking photos of birds, but i do like this one. here we […]

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february…

February 3, 2019

at least we’re having a little break from the bitterly cold weather; last week was record-breaking cold temperatures and even though it’s 58 degrees right now, the lake is still mostly frozen. but hey, it’s february, it’s possible to squint into the distance and see spring. i sat out on the swing this afternoon and […]

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christmas…

January 15, 2019

i don’t have lots of photos from the holiday and i’m so over it now anyway, but i think this photo is very funny because why is kevin’s arm bent like that? he looks just about as uncomfortable as a person could be! funny. Mom, of course, always enjoys herself…and the dogs just want people […]

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