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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.


Geese on the Frozen Lake

by grace on 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 picture of birds in flight.

luckily they didn’t fly away but were landing on the water right in front of me.

even though i was being slow and quiet they all turned their backs on me and began slowly walking away.

it didn’t take long for them to calm down, though, and pretty soon they started marching along towards our neighbor’s open water.

i took a video of their march, hoping to capture the fist one bobbing down into the water.

but of course they were slow and i stopped shooting. when they finally started to swim i got this picture…

…and here’s a very short video of them very happy to be in the water.

it was so freezing out that day and the thought of plunging into the lake seemed horrible to me. but i’m sure the geese were content.

it was so cold that when i took off my gloves to press the button on my phone my fingers were so freezing.

it’s not quite as bad today. but still january.

ok then, happy friday,

mrs. h.


boat part 2

by grace on 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 kevin, about to do everything to get the boat into the water.

I took a video, since there was nothing else for me to do while the boat was backing into the water.


and I soon set sail, whoo hoo!

it was an amazingly easy and quiet ride, and kevin was waiting at the dock to help me tie it up.  the water is so high!

we then called mom and took our first ride.  kevin drove for a bit and mom said “I won’t drive the boat for a while…

…and it took her about five minutes to decide she wanted to drive after all.

a good time was had by all.

we’ve been out on the boat every day, sometimes twice a day.  Friday night we took our first ride with a few guests, and were out til well after dark.  yesterday mom and I went for an hour-long ride in the morning before it got blistering hot, and we haven’t been out yet today.  is the whole summer going to be ridiculousy hot?  maybe so.

but it’s also going to rain quite a bit I think, which means the water level will remain high, which means we can keep the boat in for a good long time.  hopefully it’ll still be out on the water when it’s so chilly we have to wear jackets and hats; that’d be a novelty.

ok then,

mrs. really lazy on a sunday is it afternoon already? hughes