how is that possible, anyway?  why does time speed by so much more quickly as i get older?  how is it that the fair is starting on thursday?

it’s a strange day today; it’s usually hot and humid at the start of august but instead it’s cloudy and cool and i should be out running right now.

maybe later?


our cats beg for food, which is very very bad.  human food will make them have health problems, i’ve read that a lot.

and then this is what happens – chester so desperate for a bite of turkey.  so bad, but SO CUTE.

and the thing is, i buy ridiculously expensive treats for the diabetic cats that are 100% freeze-dried chicken, so why is actual turkey any worse?

this is another photo from that night with the amazing clouds.

and this is the full photo of the banner.

one morning this bug was hanging out in the yard.  i’ve never seen a bug like this and thought it pretty cool.

so did lester.

but he wasn’t that interested, and preferred lying in the grass.

winnie was happy for a comfy place to relax, if only for a while.

later that day i picked up a chair that had been turned upside-down by the wind and this tiny white caterpillar was sitting on the arm.  i thought it was dead but when i touched it, it moved.

les, inside the garden fence checking out the crop progress.

some cool japanese eggplant.

les loves to hang out on his tower overlooking our new giant window.  sometimes he’s facing the lake, but mostly he’s just sleeping.

we haven’t had  a lot of travel or excitement this summer, but it has been mostly peaceful and nice.

ok then,

mrs. maybe i won’t run today after all hughes.


august already…

by grace on August 6, 2017

i can’t believe it’s August 8th, as the summer sprints along.

here are a few outside photos from july.

oh, that moon.

can you spot the heron in there on the right?

another evening of beautiful clouds.

we had a big storm, and just as i was opening the screen door, this big branch fell in front of me.  i guess it wouldn’t have done too much damage, but i’m still glad it didn’t fall on me.

as i was running through a field at UIS, i saw these new things.  i wonder what they could be?

this new pole seemed to go with them.  are they some kind of solar things?  that doesn’t quite make sense to me.

ok then,

mrs. quiet sunday afternoon hughes.




by grace on July 21, 2017

yesterday, thursday morning,kevin drove the van over to the boat dock as i slowly left the shore on the boat.  i noticed that kevin had installed a nifty new black lamp post at the end of the dock! cool.

the water was still, no other boats around, and the breeze felt good.  i arrived at the launch with no problems, and decided that i need to start taking the boat out more by myself during the day when i have some free time and i’m the only one who wants to go.  the minute i go out on the water, i feel more calm and peaceful.

kevin lowered the trailer into the water and then even further down into the water.  this is the point where i’d have sunk the van right down, which is why kevin does the driving even though his left eye has gone bad and his vision isn’t the greatest right now.  but half-blind kevin is a much better navigator than me with two perfectly good eyes.

it took me several tries to finally successfully steer the boat onto the trailer, involving backing up, going forward, swearing a lot, killing the motor, and repeat.  but finally i managed it, kevin hooked up the boat to the trailer, and away we went!

see, a perfect day.

it was fun to be way up high for a few brief minutes…

and the amazing thing is that our boat guy, josh, fixed the boat yesterday and by the time i got home later in the day after going hither and yon, kevin had picked up the boat and it was parked in the driveway.  awesome.

maybe tomorrow i’ll power-wash the very slimy pontoons before we put it back in the water.  it’s going to be incredibly hot and humid for the next few days so we’re not in a huge hurry to get it back in.  josh said that he’d been out skiing the night before and the water temperature was 87.  this is very warm water, in case you didn’t know.  like very warm bath water.

and right this very minute it’s 97 degrees out there but feels like 113, and it’s going to be like that all weekend.  i’m going to the muni to see “white christmas” tonight, so we’ll see how that goes.

“hot christmas,” i think they should re-name it.

ok then,

mrs. july hughes.





jinxed it…

by grace on July 19, 2017

a week ago i wrote that the pontoon boat was running great this summer, which is probably the first summer it’s done that since we’ve had it.  and i said “i don’t want to jinx it.”

which of course i did.

kevin and i took a lovely boat ride on sunday morning – amy had taken the boat out a week before and said that some kind of alarm was going off, but she turned off the motor and back on again and it was fine.

we thought that maybe she’d been roaring around the lake too fast, because she’s made for speed.

we got all the way over to to the other side of the lake, i sped up, and after less than five minutes the loud alarm started.  i switched off the motor, started it up, and it was fine.

we putted around a while, but then increased speed, alarm went off – but this time it started to shrilly shriek at us after i tried to start it.

this went on for a while, so we decided to just float around for a bit.  kevin says it’s the impeller that’s not working right – i believe he said it’s the thing that keeps the motor from overheating.  he told me at least three to four times what it was, but it’s very hard for any kind of technical-type info to sink into my brain.

we slowly putted the long distance home and i kept pelting questions at kevin about what could be wrong with the boat, how much would it cost to fix, could we still use it if we went slowly, on and on as i do.  he finally said, “grace, i don’t know.”

that’s him being irritated with me, calling me grace.

he finally said “we just need to buy a new boat.”

a new boat would cost a whole lot of money, and we just had a major expense of replacing some windows in the house, so it seemed that plunking down a bunch of cash for a new boat would be a tad bit fiscally irresponsible.

but kevin called up our boat mechanic, josh, who said that he could repair it fairly quickly, and kevin remembered that he had been meaning to take the boat in for a tune-up before we launched it this summer, and was going to have impeller replaced.

so that’s more good news, the boat breaking wasn’t my fault nor amy’s, and it’ll hopefully be fixed soon, and won’t cost an arm and a leg.

maybe just one appendage.

here’s mom, doing the driving pre-boat-failing.  the only thing i like more than going out on the boat is getting somebody else to do the steering.

right now i’m about to putt putt the boat across to the boat launch, and then we’ll hitch it up to the trailer and take it in.

right now.

wish me luck…

ok then,

mrs. excessive-heat warning- for- the- next- four- days hughes.


deer in june

July 17, 2017

a fawn appeared at the side of the fenced yard one day. can you see it, there in the middle? it saw me, and hid down in the weeds. it hung out at our house for a while, but amy and jim also saw it next door.  here it is, nestled outside their fence as […]

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more of june…

July 12, 2017

boat ride!  so far the pontoon boat has been running great; i think this is the first year since we’ve had it that it has managed to keep running this long into the summer.  hmm, better not jinx it.  the water was really high in june, and the yuccas were in bloom. these flower shoots […]

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one door on thursday, plus an incredibly random set of May pictures.

June 23, 2017

i haven’t even started trying to find any truly spectacular doors here in springfield, IL, because i fear that there aren’t many.  we certainly don’t have the beautiful old doors posted from around the world on norm’s thursday doors. but i did think this door inside a thai restaurant it pretty cool. and now, for […]

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June 20, 2017

as the first day of summer approaches, i try to find time to sit down and write.  here’s all i have for the month of may after our trip to las vegas. a spectacular display of irises in bloom.  i want that many irises.  maybe next year – deer don’t eat them, so i want […]

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boat launch! plus more from april…

May 17, 2017

we launched the pontoon boat on april 15th, which might be the earliest we’ve ever done that, although i can’t possibly remember yesterday much less last year.  even if we might have launched it earlier one year, it always broke down. kevin did all the hooking up and then unhooking and i was in charge […]

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and for a change…more of photogenic lester

February 22, 2017

but first – the beautiful roses that my sweet husband gt for me!  A+ to you, honey! so anyway, it’s still wednesday, 9:03 p.m., i’m pretty exhausted by my day.  i think i have most of the stuff done, except i need to water a few more plants.  maybe i’ll wait til the morning, because […]

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