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final images of july…

by grace on August 12, 2019

On Saturday, July 27th, we went over to the Yacht Club for a fundraiser. It was a beautiful night and awesome to sit out and watch the boats going by on the lake. i know i’m lucky enough to sit outside and watch boats go by all the time, but this was great because i didn’t have to prepare anything or cook anything or anything, except have fun. and drink cocktails.

Me, Toun, mom, Amy V, Amy, Julie

Meanwhile, back here at home…the raccoons continue to be very determined and focused.

This was July 29th, as the raccoon tried her best to get at the food. kevin had just modified the pole in hopes that she wouldn’t be able to reach it.

Here she is the next day…

Even though she didn’t get it that day, she was able to later make it up the pole.

the final day of July i was finally tackling the weeds at the shore line. i looked up and realized a mink was walking towards me! it was just as surprised as i was. this isn’t a great picture, but it was a miracle that i was able to capture it at all because once it realized that i was a HORRIBLE INTRUDER, it took off.

i shot a video, and you can really see it better there as it boinks across the grass.

and later that day…jeez, no wonder i haven’t had much time to sit around typing; on july 31st i spent the morning weeding, and the afternoon helping glenn launch his sailboat.

ok, really, i didn’t do much of anything. mostly i just enjoyed hanging out a the Lindsay Boat Launch in the shade while Glenn and Kevin toiled away.

my job, as “winch wench,” which kevin loves to say, was to pull on a rope wrapped around the winch as they pulled up the big mast. then they had to do more stuff while i loitered again..

ok, the only thing is, i’ve been kevin’s winch wench on several occasions; all i had to do was pull on the rope and crank the crank and the mast went right up. i didn’t wrap the rope all around the winch.

but for some reason, that day, i forgot. yeah, i forget lots of things with more and more regularity, but you’d think i’d have remembered how to do this one job.

but no, instead i wrapped the rope around and around the winch, which made the whole thing way more difficult. i thought it was harder to turn the crank because the mast on glenn’s boat is so big, but no, it was because i was doing it wrong.

but at least we got it done. and i’ll never forget how to do that again.

theoretically.

Glenn and i were on board the boat as kevin prepared to set the boat free…

I started to take a video…

When the filming stopped, we were suddenly going around in circles because somehow a rope had gotten tangled up in the motor.

But he finally got it untangled, and off we went!

And that’s it for July…i don’t usually have a video, and i can’t remember the last time i had three, but there you go…

ok then,

mrs. august, really, are you kidding me? hughes.

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Hosta Stick Garden

by grace on July 20, 2019

Last Saturday morning, the 14th, i finished transplanting every single last hosta from all over the yard into the fenced yard. Whew.

As i wrote previously, i first dug them up, piled them in the wagon and pulled the wagon into the bedroom front door and out the back into the fenced yard. because, of course, there’s no way to actually open the back gate because then Lester would immediately find out a new way to escape.

this was a lot of work because the wagon full of hosta sticks was quite heavy.

the next time i tried it, i instead hurled the hostas over the fence. i had been meaning to ask kevin to lower them in a buck over the fence to me, but i decided this other way wasn’t bad. the hostas survived my hurtling, and it way better than the wagon.

but then i decided that the perfect solution was to pile some into a bucket and carry it back to the yard. the ones i’d flung over the fence had left piles of dirt in the yard, which annoyed me.

so last saturday morning i dug up the remaining hostas down at the bottom of the deck and then dug up a giant hosta right in front of the porch; last year the deer hadn’t touched it, but this year, anything goes.

i finally dug up the few remaining hosta sticks in the circle out front – this was the last part of the giant hosta circle that dad had been proud of. i’d transplanted some of the hostas from there to other places before, and there were only six or seven little hosta sticks left. it’s a little sad that the hosta circle is gone, but at least many of those hostas are going to live a happy life in the fenced yard.

kevin had tossed seven bags of mulch over the fence for me, and he’d also helped dig a few holes, and i got it all done and was exhausted but happy.

my Hosta Stick Garden

I took these pictures on saturday after i finished, and they’re already looking better.

this one even bloomed! i’m pretty sure this is one i’d transplanted a few days earlier.

I’ve been watering them and have high hopes.

and then, i have about eight or 10 daylilies that need to be transplanted, plus some big hydrangea, all at the side of the house. every bud has been eaten off the lilies plus the deer are eating the stems, and they’re making their way through the hydrangea.

right now there’s no place to put all these flowers until kevin does more tilling in the fenced yard. so that’ll wait a while. which is fine by me.

plus i want to plant some roses of sharon in most of the empty places where the hostas had been, but that can also wait.

last friday night, amy, mom and i took a lovely boat ride.

the motor was making such a spectacular wake, but there was no way to get a good photo – maybe somebody with a better camera could get one that’s not so blurry.

and one final funny thing – i wasn’t home last saturday afternoon, and kevin decided to take les for a walk. lester walked under the deck and sat there, waiting for unsuspecting birds to appear. soon kevin realized that les was not going coming out; he wouldn’t even look at kevin who was trying to get him to emerge.

kevin texted me, telling me of his quandary and i suggested shaking a treat container at him.

he tried, and later told me that les did finally turn to look at the sound, then he poked his head out a litttle, and then one paw, and finally came out enough for kevin to pick him up. funny kitty!

ok then,

mrs. july hughes.

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may is almost over!

by grace on May 29, 2019

hard to believe. it rains and rains and rains some more, all the time…

meanwhile…on friday, may 17th, i went to bloomington with glenn and julie to see the musician paul thorn. her sister’s husband had heard about him, and julie and her sister’s saw him perform in ohio. her sister is a huge fan now.

when we got out of our car in front of the theater, way before concert time because we were going to go eat first, i looked across the street and saw some guys moseying out the side door. i’d only seen part of a youtube clip of the band that afternoon, but i was pretty sure that the guy in the red t-shirt was mr. thorn. i encouraged julie to let me take her picture with him, and we hustled across the street and he was very gracious and laid-back. fun way to start our night!

the restaurant, located on the same block as the theater was nice, organic, all that kinda stuff. i had incredibly delicious salmon, and i had to take a picture of this giant rooster, because he looks a lot like the roosters in our yard.

well, they were in our yard last year – we still have to shore up the shoreline before i want to put anything out. i don’t want them to get sucked into the water!

back at home, kevin was relaxing with sweetie. gee, that was not even two weeks ago, and she’s progressed to spending most of her time downstairs in the living room with us.

i had a delicious and very pretty chocolate tart for dessert. it came with “strawberry milk,” and i wasn’t sure if i was supposed to pour it over the top, or what. it reminded me of strawberry quik, we used to have that when we were kids. this stuff wasn’t bright pink enough to be quik, though, and quik probably isn’t the most healthy, organic, all-natural thing around.

glenn and julie both got these fancy lemon things – maybe some kind of cake with a big blob of custard on top. plus artistic sprinklings of things…the yellow things are gooseberries! i had a salad with gooseberries in it, but they bore scant resemblance to the gooseberries we ate off our gooseberry bushes when i was little. those had been almost translucent, and when they ripened they were squishy and purple. maybe gooseberries have evolved?

back at home again…kevin bought a ton of rocks to pour in the giant hole along the shore. he’s going to buy more of it, and then we’re going to get a barge-full of big rock to pile against the shoreline.

there was limited seating at the theater and i was concerned that we’d be standing for a very long time, but by some miracle there were three great seats left when we got there. we were up in the balcony; the theater looks like a converted old movie theater.

i walked down to the main floor to get this picture. great band.

and finally…we took a boat ride and there was a momma swan and two darling little babies! the father swan was chasing off a fishing boat, and as we approached it made a beeline for us. i decided we’d better back out quickly.

on our next boat ride the swans were still there, but this time there was only one baby. hopefully it makes it!

and that’s all for this lovely wednesday morning..

ok then,

mrs. hughes.

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i think it got up to 92 yesterday, or something completely bonkers like that. it’s already mighty warm today. go figure.

also, suddenly we have lots and lots of buffalo gnats. on wednesday kevin and i were outside and all of sudden a bunch of tiny things were zipping all over the place, landing on my head, and it took me a while to remember that this is buffalo gnat season. last summer one of them stung me on my eyelid and i had to go to prompt care.

on wednesday i ended getting a few ithcy spots on my head, and they got swollen, and then that evening i was very briefly standing in the back yard and another one landed on my chest. SO ITCHY, still.

it’ll probably be an amazingly buggy summer due to all the rain. i must be covered in repellant every time i venture out.

meanwhile…two tuesday ago, April 30th…we brought the sweet kitty that had been at mom’s since the end of December over to our house. we think she might not be so skittish here, and she’s been living in our upstairs guest bedroom since we brought her home. i built her this tower so she could watch the world.

she immediately warmed up to kevin; here he is lying on the guest bed as the kitty is on the lookout for possible intruders. because she’s so sweet we’ve decided to call her Sweetie, the same name as one of Aunt Sandy’s cats.

i was very intent on getting the vet to give us a prescription for an anti-anxiety drug for her, and in order to do that they have to do a blood test. it turns out she has some kidney crystals that could turn into kidney stones if left unchecked. so far we’ve tried two different prescription foods, but she flatly rejected them both. so we’re not sure what the next step will be.

she is so much happier now that we haven’t given her the anti-anxiety drug yet. she purrs a lot, and a couple of days ago i gave her some fresh catnip from the big plant out back and she adored it. she also gobbles up the wet cat food; maybe this will be good enough, because i read that one thing cats with crystals need is lots of water, and the cat food is wet plus we add water to it.

i don’t even think riley knows we have another kitty.

sweetie initially slept in the chair in the guest room, but i haven’t seen her on it anymore.

baby geese! we saw lots of geese families out on the lake.

sweetie prefers to sleep in this cage – one night last week kevin was sick, so i slept in the guestroom, but sweetie slept in her cage instead of on the bed.

kevin bought a special gizmo that easily fits onto the door and keeps it open about an inch so that sweetie can see out and our kitties can observe her. but that hasn’t really happened yet – les does come upstairs and he did poke a paw in the first time we put it up, but now he’s content to lie in the bathroom door across the hall and just watch.

it would be great if sweetie felt comfortable enough to be downstair and just hang out, but i imagine that will take a while.

now i’m going to cover myself with bath& body vanilla spray, which does a great job of repelling insects, and do some raking. go me!

ok then,

mrs. spring hughes.

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march, briefly

April 26, 2019

nothing much to report about march, except we had a late birthday celebration for mom. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, MOM! but first…we got home on March 4th. here’s kevin, plowing mom’s driveway on March 7th. I never want to come home to snow. the next day we had a celebration with both pie plus some kind […]

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Friday, March 1st in Florida

April 11, 2019

Friday started out really rainy, and i watched little birds eating popcorn on our balcony. But the skies cleared and it was yet another beautiful day. We drove west a bit, past Seaside to the town of Santa Rosa Beach. Santa Rosa was the most like Seagrove Beach, and we found a bunch of artist […]

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Thurs. Feb. 28th in Florida

April 7, 2019

We drove way east on Thursday, all the way to Panama City Beach. We drove past many ugly high-rise hotels and arrived at Pier Park, this great big tacky shopping area. we went into a couple of stores, but there wasn’t so much we were interested in. we did find some cute lake-related thing in […]

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Wednesday in Seagrove Beach

April 6, 2019

Wednesday, February 27th started out with pouring rain. it was a mellow day, including yet another trip to the grocery store where we danced in the aisle. the rain let up and kevin historically got his toes wet! after that he made dinner, also kind of historical. i recorded some of his efforts. While the […]

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getting back to florida…

March 21, 2019

I’ve decided to end the argument with myself about posting the vertical videos of florida that i took. here’s the first one, shot shortly after the one i did in the center of the town of Seaside. and here’s another one, just trying to keep going with the postings since it’s already approaching the end […]

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sand castle in florida

March 13, 2019

here are a couple more photos of the elaborate castle complex that somebody had created down on the beach in front of our condo. can you see the feather at the very top of the tower? i tried not to go completely crazy taking photos of birds, but i do like this one. here we […]

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