are you kidding me, august already??!!

by grace on 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 it seems it’d be awfully hot out there, especially because so few of them have any kind of canopy to block the sun.  sun-worshippers, I guess.

meanwhile…the other day I saw riley kneading and pulling on this pillow, the exact same thing that chester used to do.  how very funny.  riley is a unique and funny little cat anyway.  he just came over and meowed at me, maybe because he knew I was writing about him.  he doesn’t usually say much.

kevin, mom and I were out on the lake on july 18th, and I wanted to go past the marina an up towards chatham.  but after we passed the marina we encountered this group of people on paddleboards.  we were surprised to see so many of them, and we settled back in a cove to watch.

they paddled past us and then they all stopped and started doing yoga moves!  mysterious.  we figured it must be some kind of organization or class or something?  I thought it looked awesome and we saw them getting out of the water when we headed back past the marina.  kevin suggested that I ask them what it was about, but I didn’t.

but when get got home we looked it up online, and it’s a class by Aaaah yoga.  you learn to paddle board for a bit, and then you do yoga!  how awesome is that?  there’s a class starting in a week or so, and i’d better remember to sign up if i’m really going to do it.  it’s only four weeks, and looks like something so different and fun.

the front garden looks colorful in part because of these bright flowers that migrated over from amy’s house.  the purple ones in the rear – I can’t remember planting them, but I probably did?

I went for a run on july 21st and for some reason decided to stop to take pictures of all the deer I saw that day.  I almost always see at least one.

this tiny guy was hiding in the soybeans.

I think there were even more deer here than these four.

as I headed towards home I spotted this antlered deer, a much more rare sighting.

kevin bought two more giant chickens!  well, one more giant one and a cute smaller one, now they’re a family.  I love the chickens.

plus, the fair starts Thursday, more fun and excitement ahead…

ok then,

I do hope it cools down a little soon hughes.




more of july…

by grace on July 26, 2018

glenn helped kevin launch his sailboat at the beginning of the month.  kevin lowered the boat into the water, and glenn motored back to shore…except the motor died, a constant theme in the hughes household up til recently.  luckily we have the new pontoon boat that always runs, so kevin was able to go retrieve him.

les and riley, continuing to be darling…

july 13th, kevin’s first sailboat voyage of the year, yay for that since he hadn’t been out in the sailboat in two years, I believe.

…and it was all smooth sailing…

this is one of les’s favorite spots, I think because the closet door is almost always firmly shut so he can’t get in.  since this closet is actually steps up to the attic, wouldn’t he be please if he could open the door and explore what’s up there?  which is nothing, as far as I know…maybe sometime we should open the door and find out.

meanwhile, Winnie continues to hang in there.  he’s holding his own, but also slipping.  we do what we can for him, and he mostly seems pretty all right.

ok then,

mrs. it’s getting dark earlier and earlier but i’m not gonna let that bother me hughes.




as july continues…

by grace on July 22, 2018

the weather is still incredible…today it was only in the 70s again.

here’s one of our rainy days, which I love to look at and am so happy not to be riding my bike or hiking in.

lately I’ve been inspired to attempt to clean up some of the massive clutter that has invaded almost every aspect of my life.  I went through the piles of jewelry lying all over the top of my dresser – I cleaned up the massive dust balls, I matched earrings, I got rid of stuff that I haven’t worn in forever, and I spent so much time trying to de-tangle necklaces.  I finally did it, but then I was in a hurry one morning to get a necklace from too many hanging on one hook, and this was the result.

de-tangling is something bev loves to do, but she wasn’t around, so I obsessively did it myself.

now many necklaces are in little bowls by themselves, until I get more things to hang them on.  it feels good to at least have one little part of my life kind of in order.

this is on my way out the door to see the opening night of “mamma mia,” which was fantastic.  i’m taking kevin to see the last performance this sunday.

sometimes les and riley sleep together, but mostly everybody likes their own space.

meanwhile, Winnie continues to hang in there.  he hates the medicine I have to squirt in his mouth, but he’s better about it in the morning.  sometimes he doesn’t seem so good, but sometimes he seems to be just fine.

and speaking of darling…amy took this picture of a few of her darling dogs.

and that’s it for this beautiful sunday evening as the days start to get shorter.

ok then

mrs. hughes.




by grace on July 21, 2018

right now the weather is extraordinarily fantastic, so yay for that!  79 degrees right now, we might as well be in wales.

even though we’re staying home this summer, things are mighty fine.  just ask les and riley…

here’s the first tiny start of a watermelon in kevin’s garden.  i’m just waiting for the tomatoes to ripen.

this is one of my most favorite photos of kevin ever.  he’s so happy and cool out there on the new boat!

speaking of happy and cool…riley has now lost two collars, and today I was petting him out on the back deck and looked down between the slats, and lo and behold, there was his first collar.  i’ll put it on him and see how long it takes him to break free of it.

on his supervised walk, les got the chance to chill on the boat.

glenn and Julie sent us these festive flowers after their initial boat ride.  I can’t believe how long these flowers lasted.

riley again, on top of his new roof.  when kevin sent me this photo I thought this was the finished product, but it’s covered with shingles now, very professional.  because we had a log on top of the old roof, the roof corroded.  i’m sure this one will last a good long time.

and that’s all for right now, gotta get back outside…

ok then,



a new lift at the end of june

July 11, 2018

this was the morning of june 28th, when the awesome jeff smith from his company JLS Marine boated over and installed our new boat lift.  it was quite an exciting morning, and remarkable at how quickly he and his worker, Fred, were able to secure the lift. fred is the one in the yellow shirt […]

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more june

July 6, 2018

it’s been a windy summer so far.  hot, humid, windy.  this poor smoke tree cracked in the wind. and this tree out in the circle also came down.  windy. our friends glenn & Julie bought me this captain’s hat, and I like that it has bows on top.  I can’t actually wear it on the […]

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june june and more june…

July 3, 2018

i’m having a free moment right now.  it’s perfectly quiet here in the house, lester is sleeping on the back of the couch nearby, everybody is asleep. I’ve been photoshopping my june photos, realizing I was very busy taking lots and lots of them… here’s our neighbor frank using our new boat to tow the […]

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the rest of june…

July 1, 2018

roared past, and I can’t believe it’s july.  the weather has made it seem like it’s august, however. meanwhile, a few june photos that weren’t boat-related. les finally sat on the floor to ceiling kitty tower we put up, but since then we’ve taken it away because nobody was really interested. riley at the fence […]

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boat part 2

June 17, 2018

on Wednesday, morning, june 13th, we unveiled the boat and got ready to launch her.  a very exciting morning! yes, we’re very proud of the boat. there are four levels of emissions, and we’re second from the top, at ultra-low.  I think the top one is ultra super stupendously low or something like tha. here’s […]

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boat!!! part 1

June 14, 2018

part one, of many parts ongoing for a long time to come… after mom and my perilous failed boat ride involving crashing and scraping along the shoreline, we bought a new boat. nobody in springfield had a boat we wanted, so kevin found one at the marvelously-named Ted’s Boatarama in Rock Island.  it’s a 2018  20-foot […]

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