happy valentine’s day!

by grace on February 14, 2018

i hope it is a good one for you.  here, it’s a warm day at least, although there’s no sign of the sun thus far.

winnie is much happier now that chester is gone.  he hangs around near us most of the time, and he’s more calm.  so even though we’re sad, at least winnie is pleased…he’s about 16 years old now, and he likes to sleep more than ever.  but he also follows me when i take les for a walk.

the lake is so low that lester sat out on our neighbor’s floating dock, not floating right now.  the lake is so low that kevin say yesterday he was able to walk under our dock.  i need to go down to the water to see that.

most photogenic kitty ever, rolling around in the dirt.

because i got up so early yesterday morning i was able to take a picture of the sunrise.  it was so beautiful, with all the blooming flowers in the not-hot-tub room.  we could call it the nursery i guess, or maybe just the room next to the bedroom.

because i have to work tonight, we’re going out for a valentine’s day lunch at a new restaurant, and then we’re going to take a walk because it’s going to be much warmer today.  yay, walking!

ok then,

mrs. february 14th hughes.



wrapping up november…

by grace on December 15, 2017

Mom got an iphone!  a big one, and she’s very please with it, and is doing a great job of figuring out how to make it work.

lester scaling a stump on a november walk.

another beautiful lake view.

a bunny lives in the diminishing log pile, and les is always determined to chase him out.

i think this is my favorite photo of 2017.  it was a warm and sunny day, and les batted at leaves as the geese swam by.


randy’s cat pee wee, always stressed out…

My friend Toun at Bunn Gourmet.  i know i took pictures of it when i first went there, but every time it’s willy wonka-ness makes me smile.

toun was impressed too.

ok then!  that’s it for november.  there’s little chance of me posting the many many photos from december before the year is over, but that’s my goal anyway.

this morning kevin lugged the christmas tubs up from the basement, and i have a lot of work ahead of me today.  but it’s fun work and i think i’ll listen to the vince guaraldi charlie brown christmas album while decorating.

ok then,

mrs. time is running out for christmas prep hughes.




by grace on December 14, 2017

christmas.  coming right up.  here’s what i’ve done thus far, christmas-decorating-wise:  i’ve gotten the new artificial tree out of the basement.  yay, me.

oh boy.

it’s not that i don’t want to decorate, it’s just that i’ve been frantically creating calendars, and this year it has taken me much longer than usual because i want them to be really good and i have so many thousands of photos to select and photoshop and blah blah blah.

thank goodness that’s done now and i’m about to gear into full christmas mode.  tree to put up, lights, ornament, and so very many decorations everywhere.  plus cookies!  must start baking cookies!  not so many this year, and most of them will be the healthy kind. *sigh*

also, there’s the issue that there hasn’t been a place to store all the christmas boxes plus furniture that needs to be moved out of the living room for the tree – i wrote in november about the people putting in the new tile for our former hot tub room that is supposed to be a greenhouse.  they came and did it, very quickly, but they did a poor job and the tile lines didn’t match up and if i knew how to put in tile, i could have at least matched up the lines.  so we still have flowers filling every empty space in our entire downstairs, and the guy is coming either today or tomorrow to finally do it right.  then we can move the flowers into the room and the empty boxes into the screened porch.  after the boxes are carried upstairs and stuff is put around.

on tuesday my friend Toun said, “isn’t it too late to put up decorations?”  and i said NO WAY.

anyway…taking Les for a walk on nov. 21st, i spotted this brave little flower.

it’s nice that not only have we had no snow, but because we had a bunch of rain earlier and it hasn’t been so cold, the grass isn’t completely brown yet.

cutest kitty ever.

beautiful clouds later in the day.

the next day les took a different route down on the rocks, and marched right over to the bay in which the water is receding at a rapid pace.  the ground was pretty muddy and i took this picture right before i had to run through the mud to retrieve him, because he thought it’d be a good idea to walk to the other side of the bay and up into the yard way over there.  all i could grab onto was his tail, as he started to scurry up the rocks on the other side.  whew.

darling winnie, sleeping so cute – yesterday i realized that during the day he only nestles up next to or on kevin, because kevin spends more time sitting down than i do.  winnie is 16 years old already, time goes by so very very quickly.

did i mention that les is the funniest kitty ever?  this box of cat treats arrived and he was all over it.

as i was running in the field on the day after thanksgiving i was surprised to see amy, jim, and their merry pack of dogs.  it was a warm and beautiful day.

no more spectacular red leaves on the trees.  that’s the problem with fall; it’s so very quick.

the field, no more corn for the deer.

ok, one hundred million things to do now…



just another post about lester…

by grace on November 29, 2017

on november 13th as les and i were walking i spotted this white pelican.  there are lots of them this year.

he appeared to be swimming over to join this gaggle of pelicans farther away.

you can just barely see him, as he managed to get closer.

meanwhile, les was scurrying down the rocks towards the neighbor’s house.  can you see him?  he right in the middle of the frame.

after i scooped him up once he’d reached the little bit of beach and carried him into the yard i let him down and he proceeded to climb the neighbor’s ladder in their shed.  he had a great time, as he always does.  and eventually he did come back down.

two days later he wanted to check out the big black tubes in the other neighbor’s yard.

the next day, back to the first neighbor’s shed but luckily this time he didn’t climb the ladder.

when we returned home from that walk he needed food RIGHT NOW and because i was doing something else, he felt the need to climb to the top of the fridge and wait there for food to show up.  i lik it that his paws is covering up mooch from my favorite cartoon “mutts.”

it’s all about my lester!

ok then,

mrs. h.


here on thursday,

November 16, 2017

things are good.  i know it’s thursday cause kevin just told me it is – somehow it feels like friday, i don’t know why. kevin worked hard at removing our very old and broken hot tub.  not only doesn’t it work, but the company is out of business so we couldn’t get parts if we […]

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the beginning of october

November 15, 2017

was filled with running and kitties, mostly.  here’s the corn row, which is now down. les, always enjoying the day. amy sent me this – i thought that she’d somehow managed to get zuri  to pose like this, but nope, the doggie did it on her own.  (is it zuri?  i’m not 100% sure). and […]

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November 5, 2017

on the first day of october we took our first and only kayak trip of the year. maybe i’m wrong – maybe we went out in the spring?  i don’t think so. it was a lovely morning and erica bought herself a new kayak so we went with her.  here’s me in the kayak, up […]

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Three more photos of september, and that’s it.

November 1, 2017

winnie, always darling. lester popping up from the vincas! this continues to be my favorite boat on the lake, and i’m confident that at some point they’ll stop by and take us for a ride. ok then, mrs. h.

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wrapping up september, as the end of october is in sight…

October 22, 2017

On sept. 18th kevin and i headed over to the fairgrounds to see this convoy of military vehicles.  they were trekking all the way to california on route 66, and i’m hoping kevin will remember some of the details and tell you about it.  here’s a pretty cool motorcycle with a sidecar that kevin really […]

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wrapping up august, as fall is upon us…

September 25, 2017

i took this on august 15th, when we were taking the boat out of the water yet again for repairs.  there’s kevin, walking up to the house to get in the van and drive over the bridge to pull the boat out.  it’s funny, because today we took the boat out for the season. also […]

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