kevin working and working…

by grace on July 3, 2020

almost a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how kevin and i (mostly kevin) threw our second barge-full of riprap up on the shore. kevin just gave me photos from the first barge, the Flinstones-sized rocks. Here, the barge is on the right side of the dock.

Glenn came over to help him and they set this…rudder? paddle? i don’t know what it is…on top of the biggest boulder to give perspective. i’m not sure that happened.

this is after they’d thrown a lot of the rocks.

and kevin saw a snake down amongst them! very interesting, although many people would be freaking out about a snake.

Kevin was very happy when he’d finished the load…

…and decided he needed to pose again! silly fellow.

the sledgehammer handles and hammers that he broke while breaking up the rocks. three of them? four? i can’t recall, but he went through quite a few of them.

here’s one portion of the shore all done.

since then i’ve trimmed up the bushes up there that aren’t doing so well this summer and i’ve pulled lots of weeds. and now the whole shore is set, at least for the next 80 years.

kevin is already hard at work at his next project, replacing the roof on the old side of the house.

very busy around here, on this holiday weekend.

ok then,

mrs. h.


wrapping up may, finally

by grace on July 1, 2020

a bunch of random images at the end of may…first, Riley and Les Paul trying to relax on the screened porch on May 24th.

May 25th, Memorial Day, Kevin relaxed down at the water for a brief time after doing some herculean effort, i’m sure.

There was quite a parade of goslings and geese that day.

a short video of them.

hmm, not sure where mom and i were walkingh on this day. it looks like there’s a crowd of cars back there, so maybe it wasn’t over at the university. plus since we had masks on it must have been a place where there were other people.

beautiful peonies from the yard…i don’t like to cut them because they don’t last long but on the other hand when they’re out in the yard they’re not getting seen as much.

power-washing the deck on may 28th. it seemed extra dirty this year for some reason.

An Historic occation on Friday May 29th – amy and jim canoeing! I had to run down to the dock to capture it.

They’re quite excellent at the canoeing!

I jogged down the road on saturday the 30th and then cut through the field by the university. this is supposed to be a path across a pond but it was kind of treacherous for me. luckily i did not fall. I’ve been back there since then and it’s still not fixed. I hope they get on that soon.

A great photo to end up the month – mom, kevin and i had a bonfire down at the water. mom ate dinner and kevin smoked a cigar and a good time was had by all.

so then…plenty of stuff happened in june and i’m going to get all caught up, i just know it. it’s supposed to be really hot in the next few days so maybe i’ll spend time sitting around working on that.

ok then,

mrs. july first hughes.


may, mostly les paul…

by grace on June 29, 2020

we took a chilly boat ride on May 22nd and amy kept warm while driving.

On may 23rd lester had a nice walk down to the water, where he spent a lot of time in this old plastic tub.


I love this picture with les way in the background, his chin comfortably resting on the lip of the tub.

hmm, i can’t recall if kevin had completed the rip-rapping on this part of the shore.

Les is always such a contented boy.

zinging through may, as july is quickly encroaching. will i get everything posted from may before june is over? doubtful.

meanwhile…i continue to spend too much time reading the bad news. it’s hard to believe that the world has been upended since march, and also hard to grasp just how bad it is here in our country and i don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.

so i spend as much time as possible outside, which is always calming. except now the humidity and temperature has climbed a lot, so maybe i’ll sit quietly on the couch and post some more stuff.

ok then,

mrs. h.


kevin continues to work like a maniac!

by grace on June 22, 2020

after we threw rocks onto the shore and dragged away branches on saturday the 13th, i was spent but kevin kept on keeping on.

he moved the barge and cut more giant branches off the oak tree which is leaning precariously into the lake. since it hasn’t fallen in yet, maybe it won’t before we’ve left this place. here he is, chain-sawing even though the barge seemed to be rocking quite a bit because there were so many boats on the water.

here he’s brandishing…well, i’m not sure what he has there. a branch in one hand, maybe some smaller saw in the the other?

hurling a branch.

part of this enormous branch fell into the water, so he dragged it out…

…and picked it up to carry onto the shore. it makes me tired just looking at this.

when he finally finished there was lots of debris all over the barge so he completely cleaned it up…”like a boy scout,” he said. i’m sure kevin was a top-notch boy scout.

before this project, he’d already re-sealed the driveway. and this last weekend he climbed a ladder and power-washed the side of the house on the second story that i’d noticed had mold growing on it. that was saturday – on sunday he spent a lot of time power-washing the latest sailboat in our driveway. it’s glenn’s first sailboat which had been stored (horribly neglected) in somebody’s lot for many years and glenn finally got it back so of course it’s in our driveway along with kevin’s sailboat. because you can never have too many sailboats!

ok then,

grace at almost the end of june.


fresh air!

June 21, 2020

whew, i was starting to worry that maybe i wouldn’t write on here anymore. i have so many hopes of getting things done every day and then somehow the days continue to slip away… i really wanted to start a journal at the start of the coronavirus but i haven’t even managed to do that. […]

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boat launch!

May 11, 2020

here’s one final thing to share, our boat launch on April 24th. first, here’s the fancy new cover that kevin installed. Because the top pole of the roof snapped in two when we pulled the boat under our big pine tree out front, we had to get a whole new roof. The replacement piece, plus […]

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fun & excitement in the times of Coronavirus

May 5, 2020

well…today i kept reading so much bad news that i became overwhelmed. this happens too often. i think we all have to try to find a little relief from it all, if we’re lucky enough to be safe and healthy. in april i decided to finally tackle the disorganized mess that is my pantry. here’s […]

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at the start of april…

May 4, 2020

these two ducks were enjoying the bird seed scattered on the ground in back of the house. Riley had no interest in them at all. Kevin bought this remote for the upstairs TV. we probably won’t lose it. it’s funny, we’ve only ever had one TV, but he hooked up a small monitor that works […]

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on the first day of may, wrapping up march…

May 1, 2020

Yeah, pretty lame that i’m just doing this now. same excuse as before; it’s now 11:30 on this sunny friday morning and at least i’m out of my jammies, but only just. lots of time spent reading reading reading about the coronavirus; the latest news is that it could be here for 18 months to […]

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good monday morning…

April 20, 2020

and i know that “good” is pushing it a bit. but it’s good because it’s a dazzlingly sunny day and the weather is warming up and we’re all healthy and safe. every day i try to accomplish something. some days i don’t get anything at all done. I’ve been exercising a lot, but that’s partly […]

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