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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.

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boat launch!

by grace on 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 an absurd amount of shipping costs, would have cost almost as much as the fancy new cover.

it took kevin about a week to install the new one because there was all kinds of wiring and many issues with doing it. but it’s totally cool, automatically lifting and lowering with a switch that kevin mounted on the console, plus there’s an additional little remote to raise and lower it.

here’s the video of how it works.

Shortly after that we drove the boat over to the boat launch.

kevin started backing into the water and i shot this video, but notice the object right in the middle of the water.

Uh oh! Luckily i saw this giant rock in the water…

Kevin pulled the truck forward and then managed to back up again really close to the dock and avoiding the giant rock. He thinks somebody must have put the giant rock in the water but how would they have lifted it? was somebody attempting sabotage? hopefully not, and hopefully it is gone now.

Mom and i were happy to be out on the lake.

Yay!

When we got back to the dock, Kevin joined us for a nice ride on the lake. a good time was had by all!

ok then,

g.h.

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A stormy April evening

by grace on April 13, 2020

Last Wednesday, April 8th, there were thunderstorm warnings and big hail coming down not too far north of town. So of course I ran down to the water to take a look. This is the sky a little before 5:00 p.m.

That’s kevin over there on the left, talking to his friend Glenn about the big whitecaps on the lake.

This is 5:30, about a half-hour later. I think those are white pelicans out there on the water and I think that’s rain coming down by the power plant.

Here’s a short video of the weather excitement.

It had been a lovely warm day and all the other boats had left the lake but then i saw this pontoon boat zooming along.

Well, we ended up with no hail here, some wind and rain but not that much. an hour later a double rainbow appeared.

When i was taking picture of the rainbow a huge flock of white pelicans started flying towards me…

…and then they were right overhead!

And then blue skies started to peek out from behind the clouds.

The white pelicans, the rainbow, and the lack of hail made me feel overjoyed. When anything that’s the least bit good happens nowadays it feels like it’s even better, in the midst of the flood of bad news around the world. It’s nice to have glimmers of happiness.

On a coronavirus-related note – there was a story with photos about a nurse going to work in a high-risk hospital and how first her family cheered and clapped for her as she left, and then the neighbors joined in, and pretty soon it was the whole block. i wanted to share this with people but felt like i couldn’t even start the story without choking up. So there it is.

whew,

g. on a monday morning in april.

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a beautiful sunrise…

by grace on February 2, 2020

you know i rarely get a sunrise but jim sent me this beautiful video he captured. i can’t recall ever seeing the lake looking purple like this. plus i watched it first thing when i woke up this morning and only now do i see that there are a bunch of white pelicans swimming around.

i also took a bunch of photos of the kitties out in the yard today; it reached 60 degrees so everything seems pretty rosy to me right now, except for the fact that kevin and amy continue to be sick.

ok then,

mrs. h.

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Geese on the Frozen Lake

January 24, 2020

On Tuesday January 21st there were lots of geese in the yard and down on the recently-frozen lake so I decided to walk down and take some photos. And of course because i was creeping down to the water they got nervous and flew out of the yard and onto the lake. i love a […]

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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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