by grace on June 8, 2018

although it’s early june, it feels like august.  91 degrees right now, feels like 96.  might as well be time for the fair.

meanwhile, the end of may….this tiny fawn was curled up outside amy’s porch.  since then we’ve spotted it and its mom quite a few times – the tiny thing is smaller than the smallest of amy’s dogs.  we’ve seen then trotting through the yard, I saw them crossing the road the other evening, and when I was taking a short cut to walk to mom’s house, there was the baby sleeping under the camper.

and speaking of cute…riley is the most outside cat we’ve had.  he adores the back yard and we’re fortunate that he has no interest in trying to escape.  he does spend a lot of time peering out the fence at all the activity out there, but he’s very content.  he especially loves this hollow log.

the last successful boat ride on memorial day night, when most of the other boats had left.

amy brought her tiniest dog, Laz, on the boat, and he was a little bit scared at first, but then had a grand time.

kevin chillaxin’ in the fenced yard with riley.  that long stick next to riley is his special stick; whenever he come inside, if he can get my attention he hurries out to the back so we can play chase the stick.

les has a hard life.

I don’t have any photos of Winnie, but he continues to do all right, hanging in there, mostly hanging out on the hot front porch, or the even hotter driveway.  he only hates me twice a day, when I have to give him his anti-seizure medicine, but aside from that he seems content.

ok, this was our last successful boat ride, on may 30th.  there seem to be more ducklings around than ever before.

riley, stretched out happily with his very long legs.

herons don’t usually stand on the dock like this.

and that’s it for may.  whew. and it’s only the beginning of june!

although feels like august.

ok then,




a three hour tour (a three hour tour)

by grace on June 3, 2018

I don’t know why our boat ride Saturday morning reminds me of Gilligan’s island – we didn’t intend to go out for a three-hour tour, and we weren’t shipwrecked on a desert island…but still, it was tumultuous event.

I had high hopes for the boat this summer.  our new used motor was finally working right, we’ve been out a few times already…but the last couple of times it’d do a surging thing when I accelerated and then it’d slow down, and something was amiss. oh boy.  but then I noticed that gas was squirting out of the line when I pumped the ball thing that you have to pump to make the gas go into the tank.  kevin replaced that, and we thought, great, that was the problem.

yesterday morning, though, kevin and I took the boat out and it was doing it again.  but then we switched from the main tank to the spare tank and it was running great so kevin figured there must be something wrong with the main tank.

he went to the store to buy a new tank and mom and I set out in the boat.  for some reason I decided to heat us up a couple of frozen turkey sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches.

we went out at about 11:30.  it was a little bit cool and was supposed to start raining at 1:00, so I figured we could be out for maybe an hour.  we tootled along by the shore, weren’t in a hurry and got over near the motor boat club.  suddenly, there was a piercing, high-pitched screech from the motor.  oh boy.  mom and I looked at each other, and she asked if that was coming from my phone.  nope.  I shut off the motor and called kevin, who said the it must have overheated.

trouble.  he said to let it cool off for a while, so mom and I spent some minutes drifting away from the motor boat club, as the wind and waves started to pick up.  I tried the motor, and the noise was still there.  I impatiently waited another eight minutes and tried it, and the motor started again.  we got a little distance and then the noise came back.  I called kevin yet again and he said that since the wind was picking up so much I should just drive it home like that.

we crashed through some giant waves, got a little closer to home…and then the motor died and there was a bad smell.  oh boy.

kevin said the motor block might have cracked, and basically, we were screwed.  we were close to the shore and the boat got blown near somebody’s dock and we sort of banged and scraped along til we arrived at their dock.  I grabbed at a bar with my extended oar and yelled at mom to put a rope over it, and she did…but then it slid off and the waves carried us down along the shoreline.

we made a horrible scraping as we encountered somebody’s…some kind of hanging-over-the-water bar thing, and then we arrived at the next dock.  more horrible scraping, and I finally was able to tie a line to their dock.  the wind continued to bang us around and I had mom get another line from the front of the boat as I hung onto the dock, and she stood out there bobbing up and down and I yelled SIT DOWN!  SIT DOWN!  because I was pretty sure she was going to fall overboard.  she did finally sit, and she got the rope, and we were tied up.

we tried flagging down the very few boats that were out on the water but nobody came to our rescue.

whew.  I called kevin again and told him where we were, and meanwhile I had mom go knock on their door.  she looked nice, because she always looks nice, and I looked like a hooligan because I only look nice when absolutely necessary.

I asked kevin to look up the lake police number, and he sent that to me.  I called a neighbor with a boat but they didn’t answer, and then another neighbor, but her husband was out of town and he was the only one who knew how to drive the boat.  she gave me another neighbor’s number – I could see his kids in the water down the way, so if figured he might be home.  nope, no answer.  I called the lake police, who told me that because we were secured to a dock and the water was so rough, they wouldn’t be coming out to get us, and it wouldn’t be a good idea for anybody to get us.

oh boy.

I called kevin for the millionth time and told him the address where we were and said BRING PAPER AND A PEN AND SOME TAPE to put a note on the people’s door.

as we waited for him to show up the wind started to die down, and pretty soon the waves weren’t really bad at all.  an old pontoon boat that looked a lot like ours drove by and I honked and we waved and yelled, and they finally came on over.  by this time kevin showed up with two big containers of rope, and they hooked us up and away mom and I went, bobbing behind the nice people.

so nice of them!

kevin drove home and was waiting patiently as we got to shore.

it was more harrowing in retrospect.  we could have hurt ourselves, could easily have fallen overboard, could have smashed our heads…kevin thinks it’s time to get a new boat.  the whole thing is a bummer, because new boats are not cheap, but used motors are not reliable.  a new motor would be disproportionally expensive.


meanwhile, it’s a beautiful day today, and we’re supposed to have a couple more days break from the august-type heat we had in may.


ok then,

mrs. sunday evening hughes.



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good news for winnie!

by grace on May 18, 2018

this morning we took him to the vet and he rode on my lap – he was much less stressed there rather than in a crate.  I told kevin to be extra sure that we didn’t have an accident since Winnie wasn’t buckled in.

they had to take blood from his jugular vein which seems would be pretty awful, but the great news is that his blood sugar level is great after not having any insulin since yesterday morning.  everybody is pretty confident this is why he had the seizures.


kevin told me that last night he woke up because Winnie was restless, but the kitty was just cleaning himself, but kevin stayed up for quite a while, just watching him.

tonight everybody should sleep better.

meanwhile…the first Saturday of may I finished mulching in front of the house. ta da!











I bought this thermometer because it was shiny and pretty; it doesn’t have an accurate reading when the sun is on it, but I don’t care.











later that day we took our first boat ride.  it was mom, amy, jim and me…kevin was out of town.  the only thing better than a boat ride is when somebody else is driving.  amy was doing the steering here and I was so happy.











on the other side of the lake on one of the islands we saw some white pelicans, and I think they’re nesting.  since then I’ve been back a couple of times and they’re still all there.  we’ll have to keep checking, and maybe we’d get so see baby pelicans, which would certainly be the cutest thing ever.











we were trying to slowly cruise past so as not to bother them but some of them took off.











a nearby heron was nonplussed.











it was kind of warm that late afternoon and we saw a few herons standing around like this – maybe it helped them cool off? none of us had ever seen them do that.











and that’s all for now, still so much to do outside…

ok then,

mrs. h.



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…

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 […]

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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 […]

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just another post about lester…

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 […]

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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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