lake at night

So much rain this Sunday

by grace on October 24, 2021

When I got up this morning there was already over three inches of rain in the rain gauge and I’m just realizing that I should go down to the dock and make sure that the boat is lifted far enough out of the water so it doesn’t float away. Hmm, not looking forward to that walk so much, although it looks like it’s not raining at this minute plus it’s supposed to be warmer today than anytime in the future.

I went out on the boat three times at the beginning of the week and I’m thinking that we need to take it out of the water soon. Maybe one or two more boat rides, though they’d be kind of chilly? I guess we forgot to add a little fire pit to the boat to keep warm.

Meanwhile…Les Paul and Sweetie enjoying a sunny early October day.

Spot was content to sit with Kevin as I took off on a boat ride.

October 9th, Mom was decked out in some of her Halloween finery as we took a lovely dinner cruise.

Glenn, Julie and Toun joined us and Kevin always loves to put a peace sign over his head, so Toun gamely did it too. Glenn was too dignified.

Later, everybody chilled out to watch the beautiful night sky.

I didn’t go out on the boat enough this summer. It seems it was either too hot or I was too busy pulling weeds or getting knee surgery. Next summer, I promise I’ll be out there more.

And that’s my goal…

Ok then,

Mrs. Really Nearing the End of October Hughes.


Just one picture

by grace on July 19, 2021

I realize that this photo is up above in the banner, but really, it’s one of my favorites. One of the first nighttime photos with my new phone. I might even print it out and frame it.

Many things have been going on around here, mostly cat-related. More on that later.

ok then,

Mrs. July Hughes.



by grace on August 11, 2019


of course we celebrated, but i didn’t wish him a happy birthday here.

It feels like this summer has gone by quicker than i ever remember. but then again, my memory is pretty poor at the best of times, so maybe last year also flew by.

Hopefully the ridiculously hot heat has already happened in july, and maybe August will be pleasant.

We finally found the restaurant Motorheads:

It’s been open for 14 months, the waitress told us, and it’s pretty close to us, but we’d dragged our feet in getting there.

we’re glad we found it – the food is good, there’s some decent outdoor seating, and the huge amount of stuff in the place is a wonder to behold. there are all kinds of cars and car parts and car-related stuff, plus so many old Springfield things.

out back was this awesome sign, a restaurant i remember fondly from so many years ago.

Next door they have a “museum,” filled with even more stuff, and there was a big hand-drawn poster from 1970. i don’t know why i didn’t take a shot of the whole thing, but here’s the part about the lake.

hmm, i see that it says that we have the “nation’s most up-to-date water purification plant.” i wonder if this could be true – just yesterday i was watering the flowers on the dock and had to use a bucket because my watering can had broken. when i pulled the bucket up from the water i could see that the water was a very icky yellow-brown color. yuck.

Inside Motorheads was a menu from Top’s Big Boy, which i have good memories of. There’s also the big Tops sign on the wall, and the Big Boy himself.

we’ve been to the place about six times now in about three weeks, and would have gone again Friday night but the place was too packed.

Meanwhile, back in kitty land…Les and Riley have taken to sleeping on targets. because they’re so comfy.

Sweetie doesn’t spend much time with us in the living room, but i’m sure that’ll change when the weather gets colder and she gets more used to us. right now she spends at least 85% of her time out in the fenced yard, and also a lot of time sleeping on the screened porch. she still hisses and swipes at Riley sometimes, but the other day all three were happily asleep on the porch. soon they’ll be the best of friends.

i went to see “hairspray” at the Legacy Theatre for a second time because it was so fantastic, and on the way home we were stopped by a train. it was hands-down the most interesting train stop i’ve ever seen; here’s one of the giant propellers for a windmill. that’s all that was on the train, just one giant propeller after another.

Here’s a little video of the sight.

On July 25th we took a nighttime boat ride, one of my favorite things.

finally, further proof that Riley continues to find it hard to mellow out.

whew, that’s all for now.

mrs. early to mid august hughes.