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wrapping up November…

by grace on December 9, 2018

oh boy.  head about to explode, late on a sunday night.  first – new wordpress update and i can’t really figure it out.  i know that when i did the update there was some kind of choice about doing it the old way, instead, but now of course i can’t find that.  it’s suddenly so complicated, and i just want to post a few photos and go to bed…

also, something happened to my internet.  where did it go?  i don’t know.  i just don’t know.  the internet is missing, does anybody see it anywhere?

did i have edge?  did i have explorer?  neither works anymore, so i got mad and decided to go back to firefox, and somehow managed to get that up and running.  yaaay the internet is back…

too many computer-related things right now.

so many birds at the feeder!

ok maybe i can figure this out, but i really really wish i wasn’t starting at 9:30 on sunday night.  it’s all about “blocks” now and maybe it will make things easy once i’ve wrapped my head around it but right now i don’t want to do this.  so why am i?  because i’m crazy.

anyway, that photo up there, i wasn’t there, i love it, kevin took a photo of crazy lester who looked like he was clinging onto the crossbeam of the boat lift.  kevin said no, he was just sauntering across it like he does.

and then he quickly walked right onto the dock…

and here les was sitting for a portrait, the cutest kitty anywhere…

a couple of days later kevin was demonstrating how les was walking across the boatlift.  DON’T DO THAT i said, but he didn’t listen.

he had to pretend like he was teetering but of course he wasn’t…


a couple of days later, so many penguins out on the water.  they were so close but of course they smoothly glide away when i walk down to the water.  i think they’re all gone for now, finally. 


november 22nd, a rare photo of riley near winnie.  as you can see winnie doesn’t like it one bit, and he only stays there for the briefest of moments before getting up and indignantly walking away.  poor fella, he’s not in such a good mood these days.

and one final photo – kevin will be sitting somewhere and les jumps up on his lap and then nuzzles him and then starts to work his paw around kevin’s back and suddenly les is in the back and kevin is forced to sit way up, and then admits defeat and gives up the chair to lester.  because every chair is lester’s!

speaking of, les is lying on back of the couch behind me, patiently waiting for me to go to bed so he can sleep on top of me.  whew i’m tired – kevin and i took an hour-long walk today and maybe that’s why i’m so weary.

no, i’m sure it’s all the computer stuff. 

maybe this new version of wordpress won’t be bad, but surely there’s a way to insert a bunch of photos at once?  stop thinking now, please, mrs. hughes.

ok then,

good night,

me.


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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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way back at the beginning of october…

by grace on November 4, 2018

kevin saw these two cute wooly worms.  a mother and a baby?!  I’ve never seen that before.

these were taken the day after our exciting Friday morning of towing our neighbor’s boat out of the water.  we got to starved rock too late on Friday for hiking, but we set out at the crack of 10 in the morning on Saturday October 6th.  i’m pretty sure we went to Hennepin Canyon.

I took this when kevin had just taken a bi bit of a fig bar, and I said CHEW FASTER!  it was a little bit drizzly that morning.

we were at a canyon far from the lodge but there were quite a few people despite the farness plus the rain.

at this point I was only a little soggy.  i’d stuck an umbrella into my backpack, but then I instantly forgot it was there.

a couple approached from the other side with their two cute little dogs.  I think they’d brought some kind of folding chairs and just sat there enjoying the view.

after we passed quite a few people who were wearing plenty of rain gear I finally remembered my umbrella.  it was ridiculous that I didn’t even have a baseball cap, because I almost always have one in the car.  but it was a nice hike anyway.

we drove to rock falls and as we went the temperature started dropping.  I guess we hadn’t brought jackets because of all the boat shenanigans on Friday?  I usually overpack, and i’m never lacking layers.  but we stopped at the wal mart across from our hotel and all I had was my long sweater.  quite the fashion statement.

I bought a sweatshirt and kevin got a flannel shirt and we were all set for a nice weekend with kevin’s siblings.  a good time was had by all!

meanwhile, bev sent me this darling photo of riley.

he’d never curled up in this little carrier before, and hasn’t since.

on our way back to springfield, we stopped at not the best rest area in the world.  I had to take a photo of this sign duct-taped to the inside ofd the stall door, because I’ve never come across one with such a very thorough list of things NOT TO FLUSH.  plus, naturally, somebody had picked off many of the letters.  because that’s what one does at a rest area.

whew, so much more to post!  I had hoped for a lot more sitting-down time today, but maybe tomorrow?  or Tuesday?

I hope your Monday is a good one,

mrs. November with a slight chance of snow on Thursday hughes.

 

 

 

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“just sit right down and you’ll hear a tale…

October 10, 2018

a tale of a fateful trip…” *Gilligan’s island opening* I haven’t finished with my photos of September, but here’s the story of the boat shenanigans from last Friday, October 5th. kevin and I were going up to Starved Rock on Friday; we’d planned to leave between 10:30 and 11:00 so we’d have time to do […]

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happy anniversary…

September 17, 2018

to us!  yesterday was kevin and my 12th anniversary.  it’s astounding to realize that twelve years have flown by. kevin bought me these gorgeous roses… …and we took a nice boat ride early in the day, before it got too hot.  lots of gulls followed us. I jumped in the lake way over on the […]

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i itch, therefore i am.

September 7, 2018

first, a couple of darling kitty photos. this was sunday, august 26th.  les had to rest his weary head on top of a sock, on top of a cushion, on top of a rug…and yet his usual favored sleeping position is resting against some cold piece of metal.  Winnie is pretty calm these days, and […]

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the end of the tree…

September 4, 2018

here are two more videos of Mund Enterprises taking down our trees, plus some photos. Something I didn’t get on tape was when a giant branch smacked into the bucket where the guy was – a part of the bucket fell off, but not an important one.  luckily it didn’t cause the guy to fall […]

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more stuff from august

August 29, 2018

first, there was kevin’s birthday.  I attempted to make a healthier version of a black forest cake and it ended up taking a very very long time and there was lots of oozing of cherries and it was sort of a big mess…but he seemed to like it. kevin took this lovely photo one morning, […]

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are you kidding me, august already??!!

August 5, 2018

the summer roars by, nothing to stop it…we had a lovely reprieve from the hot heat, but it’s back to feeling like august again, but at least it’s happening now in the correct month, not like the sweltering time we had in june… so many boats continue to be out on the water, even though […]

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