Launching Kevin’s sailboat!

by grace on September 27, 2020

We didn’t put it in the water til Friday August 14th, but it’s awesome that he got it shipshape and in the water this year. for some reason it didn’t happen last year. We realized that Kevin has had the boat for ten years now, hard to believe. In prior years our friend Glenn has helped with launch; Kevin drove the truck and Glenn motored the boat back to our dock, usually with mom and me aboard. Glenn is insanely busy right now so i convinced Kevin that if he backed the boat into the water that I’d certainly be able to drive the truck home without doing any harm.

Kevin had to think about this for a while but then agreed that it was unlikely that i’d back the truck into the lake or anything.

Mom was there to help, ie looking up stuff on her phone.

And the launch was a success!

Here’s an incredibly short video.

After I got home i rushed down to the dock to help with securing the boat to the shore, but Kevin of course did the hard part including climbing the tree like a monkey (or like Lester, who has managed to climb this tree) and wrapping the lines.

The boat has been in the water ever since and Kevin and I have gone on some nice sails since then, and hopefully there will be time to continue before the water drops too far and the weather gets too cold. there’s now a 100% chance of rain tonight which might help the ever-dropping water levels.

It’s going to be much cooler starting tomorrow which means that today i want to do just about everything. must get to it…

ok then,

mrs. onset of fall hughes.


way back in august…

by grace on September 25, 2020

i thought i’d just slap a couple photos from august up here and get right on to september but then i thought, why not post as many as you want?

I love this photo from the beginning of the month, with my wonderful giant rooster and the hydrangea that were so lovely and of course les paul, so photogenic.

I planted the forget-me-knots that my late friend christine’s sister gave out at christine’s funeral last year. they’ve been doing great, and i wonder if they’ll come back next summer?

The only thing i’ve posted for kevin’s birthday was back back on his actual day, when the night before i was talking on the phone about wanting to give kevin a homemade card but then realized he was standing in the hall hearing every word. so instead i hung some decorations around for a festive surprise when he woke up on his special day.

and here’s the actual celebration as kevin enjoys an incredibly delicious car bomb cupcake that amy made. she actually baked a huge amount of them for my birthday and i’d frozen a lot of them and there were still moist and scrumptious for kevin’s birthday.

he’s wearing a sporty and practical head covering that amy and jim bought for him, made of some kind of anti-sweat and lightweight material. Very thoughtful of them especially for his continuing roof work.

I’d bought some porterhouse steaks for the meal and we had that along with some french bread i’d made with some fancy cheeses. man that steak was delicious plus the weather was perfect for a lovely dinner lakeside.

I also like the fact that the deck looked so good. we haven’t sat out on the deck for many meals this summer and dad would have been pleased to see that i’ve been keeping it clean and full of flowers.

instead of presenting kevin with a homemade card on the morning of his day, i created a little card book later in the afternoon while he was out doing something and i had time to make one. it was called “kevin’s busy summer” and illustrated with pretty awful photos of all the handyman stuff he accomplished. this is the final page, to give you an idea of the artwork quality.

we also inspected the fine job he did on re-doing the smaller dock.

here’s riley who is alway in a state of agitation about getting out for a supervised walk. obviously he’s deep in thought here as he enjoys his freedom.

August 8th, Kevin was almost done with the front part of the roof.

and here he is after he finished the next day.

Looking at the picture makes me think yet again that i want to paint the door frame and the little point above it and the door. maybe next week, when the temps will be in the 60s.

here are the two cute t-shirts that amy and jim gave kevin; he has bought me so many mutts t-shirts that i could wear nothing but them all the time, and i don’t know why it never occurred to buy any for him.

We bought him an apple watch which at first he didn’t seem too keen on, but he’s definitely starting to realize that it’s a great thing to have.

darling lester and riley. i always have to make a fort of the two extra bed pillows so i can dangle a light chain with a wooden ball on the end in front of it and lester shoots through the chute to grab and play with it. he continuously wants to do this, but on this afternoon after he’d gone through the chute, riley followed him! this was a first.

Les was delighted to play with a couple of pairs of socks while Riley sprawled inside the tunnel. such busy kitties.

Riley, so regal, on the backyard swing.

and there you have it, a good part of august documented.

soon i go back to cleaning the screened porch, just part of my exciting and productive late september fun.

ok then,

mrs. h.


happy anniversary to us!

by grace on September 16, 2020

Today is our wedding anniversary. kevin and i went on a bike ride a couple of days ago and we agreed that it would be awesome to go for a bike ride today to celebrate. “we can go 16 miles to commemorate 16 years,” he said.

“That’s a great idea, but we’ve been married 14 years,” I replied. Haha! he can’t be expected to remember how long it’s been. I’d actually forgotten all about our anniversary until a few days ago.

September 16th, 2006 was a beautiful sunny day.

this is one of my favorite photos, with our sweet Mollie who had fun at the event and was only a little nervous by all the people and excitement. I bet i posted this same photo last year.

this is the picture that sums me up, i think. the morning after, eating leftover cake out of the box. there was quite a bit of leftover cake and i know we eventually ate every last bit. i made that giant cake myself which was a ridiculous amount of work.

my, i was very blonde back then.

On sunday the 17th, amy had family and a couple friends over for a lavish and lovely brunch, and then kevin and i headed down to st. louis to get on a plane to hawaii.

hmm, when will we ever get on a plane again? might not happen.

i’m very happy we’ll be taking a bike ride today and confident that we’ll go more than 14 or even 16 miles. i can’t say why we haven’t ridden our bikes together all summer; i know i didn’t get on mine at all last year. Luckily I still remember how.

We’ll come home and have steaks on the grill, a rare and delicious treat.

ok then,

mrs. hard to believe it’s already the middle of september and we’ve been married 14 years hughes. things are so good, besides the worldwide pandemic.


Swan Float excitement

by grace on September 10, 2020

As I mentioned here just yesterday, Kevin bought me a fabulous giant swan float to tow behind the boat. It wasn’t a birthday present, just an awesome gift from a terrific guy.

Even though we’ve had this boat for two years now we hadn’t tried towing anything behind it – the motor on our old pontoon boat wasn’t enough to pull anybody.

So this swan float was the perfect thing, and our friend Glenn joined us. He took the first turn, and even though he’s 6′ 5″ he fit nicely into the swan. except for his very long legs sticking out the front.

Here’s a tiny video which I love because all you can see are his big feet flopping in front of him.

Then it was my turn and i didn’t have to worry about my legs sticking out.

Glenn took this longer video of me and i think it’s funny that in the photo below, mom is looking down at her phone. Her job was to be the lookout because you always need a lookout in case the person you’re towing falls out or is in trouble in any way. mom was being just a big derelict in her duties but luckily Kevin kept a sharp eye out, because he’s Kevin and always doing so.

After Glenn had his turn, he then rotated in the float so he could face backwards and he encouraged me to try it, too. Here’s me after managing to squirm into position.

But the minute the boat starting moving the swan filled up with water! so that was a failure. But that’s OK, it was totally fun facing fowards. Glenn, though, always wants to see how many different things he can try. Mom didn’t go for a spin but claimed that she’d try it next time. Kevin couldn’t try because his insulin pump would get wet.

We haven’t been out again but hopefully will make time to do it before the weather turns cold.

ok then,

mrs. september hughes.


still july…

September 9, 2020

still kitties…here’s sweetie, the happiest kitty ever who gets to spend quality time in the fenced yard. Riley loves it too, but he doesn’t have the exuberance of sweetie, who was finding that cement block to be the most comfortable spot to curl up on. can you see the heron way down there on the […]

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ok, back to july…

September 8, 2020

my plan today (and i had a plan today, yay for me!) was to go through my july and august photos and choose a very small selection to post here. which of course i didn’t manage to do. instead, here’s just a part of the photos from july that i want to share now, on […]

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more of the beginning of july

August 20, 2020

my plan was to hurry up and slap just a few photos of July up here, and so far i’m only up to July 3rd. On the 4th we roared over in the boat to the other side of the lake to watch the fireworks at the marina. They were less than spectacular. But there […]

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As the summer slips by…

August 16, 2020

So, July…well, here’s a few photos from the beginning of the month. First, Riley. in June I posted a photo of Riley in my re-purposed my clothes basket , which was so long ago…Riley still enjoys climbing inside sometimes. Sweetie just likes to stretch on it and scratch it furiously. Lovey…wow, she was actually lying […]

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final photos from june…

July 22, 2020

June 19th, and this happened…Amy was rollerblading at Southwind Park and she purposefully swerved into the grass so she wouldn’t encounter a person coming towards her. But it wasn’t grass, as much as bumpy hard ground and rocks and so she fell. She had to go to the ER, and her elbow was dislocated. She […]

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(mostly) outside in june

July 22, 2020

Les and Riley, always happy to hang out in the fenced yard. Lilies! All transplanted last year from different place in the yard. Now i kind of wish i’d planted them someplace where we could see them more often, but I think this is where they’ll stay. Can you see Sweetie there on the swing […]

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