by grace on 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 tried to imagine what kind of planting i’d like to do for spring, but i couldn’t manage it. i’d like to have some big swaths of beautiful flowers, but i’ll have to again consult my “deer resistant perennials” printout. i planted so very many Crocosmia flowers because i’d seen them in Wales and Ireland, but only a couple of them even came up, and they didn’t last. it’s just too cold here.

but surely i’ll figure out something else.

we picked up Winnie’s ashes from the emergency vet yesterday which of course was a sad thing. we stopped by after taking a short walk in washington park, where we saw many very happy dogs.

A few more photos of winnie, these from 2010.

March 23, 2010

in this picture he reminds me of the cheshire cat.

shortly therafter that day
Ausust 9th, 2010

Kevin, Mollie and Winnie enjoyed some time on our old pontoon boat. this is a pretty terrible picture i took, though – was there a nuclear bomb exploding in the background, or what? maybe i had a not-so-great camera phone back then.

September 7th, 2010

i love this one. for some reason the time stamp on this photo is 6:03 a.m., but i can’t imagine that’s right. what would i have been doing up at 6:03 a.m.?

September 25, 2010

sweet kitty, taking a drink from the lake.

Sept. 25th, 2010
October 25, 2010

winnie looks supremely content here with kevin, who looks a little bit shaggy.

December 17th, 2010

at the beginning of the weekend i said i was going to spend my time standing down at the dock watching the ice melt off the lake, but it doesn’t seem to have started yet.

maybe i’ll go down there now and check it out.

ok then,

mrs. late sunday afternoon hughes.



by grace on 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 to pet them.

randy stopped by on christmas night dressed in this festive ensemble. lester was impressed.

randy gave kevin this star wars stocking hat. it has yoda ears, which i don’t think you can see so well here.

and here’s the final photo of 2018 – jim, winning in disc golf! what did he win? a hole in one, i’m surmising…

yaaaay jim!

and BOOM, we’re moving on to the new year…

ok then,

mrs. getting stuff done as we start 2019 hughes.


More fun in Davenport

by grace on December 30, 2018

After breakfast at the lovely Current Iowa hotel, we walked down the block to a shop called Chocolate Manor. we’ve been in the Quad Cities a few times and i’ve always looked up things to do and Chocolate Manor always beckoned me, but there was never time to check it out, or it was closed.

i was very happy for the chance to finally stop in.

we got a small selection of chocolates and savored each one when we got back home. they were scrumptious. kevin had a nice chat with the owner, a woman who had grown up in sterling so they talked about various sterling-related things. kevin was very sociable on this trip. good for kevin!

we went back to the hotel and wanted to check out the rooftop bar. a helpful woman at the desk took us up to the roof, where there was a lovely inside bar and also a big outdoor patio, which would be great in the summer.

even though the weather was brisk it was a good view.

we stopped by the Vander Veer Botanical Park, another place i’d wanted to visit previously. in the winter there’s no reason to linger outside but we went into the greenhouse and admired the plants.

this was an interesting plant, something we’d never seen.

there was a small Koi pond and i thought this turtle was lying there in a very funny way.

the second turtle coming up for air.

now that’s a giant elephant plant. amy grows at least one of these, but i don’t think hers is quite as gigantic.

there weren’t a huge amount of plants in the place, but it was fun to be in such a warm and humid environment. makes me think about sure was nice to escape there last winter.

and that’s it for our exciting mini-vacation in the quad cities. now that the year is almost over i must do what i can to hurry up and post the rest of the photos of this year.

but i sure would like to take all the decorations down today. enough is enough!

ok then,

mrs. sunday morning hughes.


ted’s boatarama!

by grace on December 26, 2018

on the first week of december kevin told me he’d had a call from the guy at ted’s boatarama where we bought our new pontoon boat during the summer. he said the guy invited us to a holiday dinner, and i said, well, that’s in the quad cities and he said, well, we could spend the night. i asked him many questions – was it just for people who had bought boats there this year, was it a fancy dinner, etc, but he didn’t have any answers for me. cause he’s a guy. and guys rarely ask questions. he did say it was an open bar, which would be nice for me but since he can’t drink it didn’t matter to him.

now, kevin rarely suggests that we go somewhere. he’s been on more trips with his friends than with me this year, but that’s partly because we don’t don’t to leave winnie for too long, even with our expert catsitter bev.

so since kevin suggested it i said ok let’s go! quad cities here we come!

we drove up to davenport on wednesday december 12th and arrived at the fantastic downtown Davenport hotel i’d found on tripadvisor. it’s called The Current Iowa –; it was built in 1910 by Daniel Burnham, the man who designed chicago’s waterfront, as well as the Flatiron Building in NYC.

The hotel was both historic and super modern with lots of artwork all over the place.

i loved the cool lights by the side of the bed.

This funny dog wonder woman statue was set in a little alcove in the wall of our room.

Plus there was always hot cocoa with so many toppings in the lobby. i’ve never seen that before.

we got to the hotel in time to check in and look around a bit, then it was off to ted’s. it’s less than 10 minutes from the hotel, and when we got there the parking lot was packed. the event had started at 4:30 and we arrive at about five.

We stepped inside and there was a line from the buffet snaking all the way back to the door, with at least 50 or so people waiting patiently in line. long table were set up in the huge showroom and the place was bustling. most people in line carried beverages and i found coolers with beer and beer-a-rita kinds of drinks, but then realized they had a full bar set up at the service counter. you could get any possible drink you could think of, and i chose wine.

in line in back of us was a nice old couple named bob and dee. he was a cheerful wisecracking kind of guy, and told us that ted’s boatarama has been throwing this shindig for years and years. somebody told me they’d been doing it for at least 20 years, and it’s for anybody who has ever done business with the company. that’s a lot of people, and it seemed that most of them were in attendance. i guessed that 99.9 percent of the crowd were fishermen. they just looked like fishermen, most in ballcaps.

the buffet was fantastic, clearly all homemade, with so many choices including jambalaya that i enjoyed so much that i made it for christmas.

holiday fun with bob & dee!

this shows only about half the space. a nice dog who i remembered from when we bought our boat was wandering from table to table, and somebody had attached a little sign to its color reading “please don’t feed me.” the dog was clearly hoping he’d find somebody who couldn’t or didn’t choose to read the sign.

in addition to all the food and alcohol, they had at least three big tables loaded down with more homemade desserts than i’d seen in one place in a very long time. yes, i went a little crazy over them.

I love their old sign.

you can get an idea of how big the place is. by the time we left at about 6:00, there weren’t quite as many cars, but the place was still jumping. there had been a line out to the door the whole time, but it was slightly shorter by the time we left.

here’s a panorama of our room.

our bathroom mirror had a built-in tv. i’ve never seen thbis before and thought it kind of funny that you could watch tv while getting ready. truly we are spinning out of control with our watching dependancy.

i loved this photo of a wet eagle, although it’s hard to see in this picture because of the reflection from the mirror.

yet another first for me – this is the remote for the bidet!

kevin in the cool lobby the next morning.

one more photo of the hotel – i love an old-timey sign.

and that’s it for this morning – i hope your xmas was shiny and bright! i’m a little relieved that it’s all over and have a bit of desire to pack up all the decorations right this very minute, but i feel unmotivated to do much of anything today…

ok then,

mrs. holiday hughes.


wrapping up November…

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 […]

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one last boat out of the water in october…

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 […]

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october boat rides

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 […]

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way back at the beginning of october…

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 […]

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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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