Happy Saturday morning!

by grace on February 6, 2021

The sun is shining, always a nice thing, but the temperature is going to start plunging tonight and it’ll be super duper cold for at least the week.

Last night Kevin turned on the faucets in the bathrooms and opened the doors underneath so the pipes wouldn’t freeze.

After he went to bed I thought that maybe I should turn on the kitchen sink faucet, but maybe not? Then I told Bev about it and suggested that maybe she, too, needed to let her faucets drip. I went into the bedroom, where Kevin had been asleep for about an hour and gently said, “Honey? Honey?”

He opened his eyes with a panicked look on his face but when I asked if I needed to turn on the kitchen sink faucet I could see his brain roaring into gear. He assured me that I didn’t need to because the sink’s pipes were not against an outside wall. I then asked if Bev needed to turn on her bathroom sink faucets and he said, nope.

I let him go back to sleep, which he did before even setting his head back down on the pillow and Bev and I continued to discuss the freezing pipes issue.

“What about my washing machine?” she asked. “It’s against the outside wall in the basement.”

Hmm, I didn’t know about that and I finally said, “I’ll wake him up again and ask!” I set the phone down and could faintly hear her protest that I didn’t need to wake up the poor guy again, but I did it anyway. He said that because her washer is in the basement there was no need.

Whew. I then regaled Bev with the story of how, one morning many years ago, Kevin turned on the kitchen lights and water poured out of the canister lights in the ceiling. I couldn’t recall any details about the story except that it was quite dramatic.

This morning I asked Kevin if he remembered me asking him questions last night and for a minute he didn’t recall, but then said he did have a vague memory of me asking him. He said that the pipes in the kitchen did freeze long ago because the house builder had put in loose, crappy insulation between the attached garage and the house and the insulation had blown away from the wall.

That morning when the water was pouring down he ran to the crawl space in the basement and shut off the water in the house, and later he climbed up in the crawl space above the garage and added a wall and some good insulation. He’s quite a handyman.

Today I’m going to have him show me where this water shut-off valve is, because what if it happens again and he’s not home?

That’s my goal for the day.

Meanwhile…here’s a photo of a lone heron standing in the shallow water, taken from mom’s back deck on January 15th.

Riley, oblivious to the three deer in back of him. I like it that two out of three deer are looking in.

On this January day there were many geese in the circle as I pulled into the driveway.

Lovey frequently lies on this top step. She’s there now, as a matter of fact.

And there’s recent huge progress with Lovey. Last night before bed I bent down to her level as she slept in her bed on the bedroom floor. I reached out and petted her three times and she didn’t flinch or run away! That was awesome. This morning I petted her again as she was lying on the step above and again she didn’t run away. She definitely didn’t look thrilled about it, but progress is surely being made. Soon she’ll be letting me pet her all the time! Maybe.

Here’s a pretty good view of the moon rising on January 28th. If I hadn’t been so lazy that night I could have tried to get a shot outside in front of the trees, but realistically it probably wouldn’t have turned out any better.

ok then, I hope you’re doing well on this brisk February morning.

mrs. h.


mostly kitties in January

by grace on February 3, 2021

Early in the month as I packed up decorations, Les found this outdoor mat to be the most comfy place to lie down on. A couple of times Riley jumped up and sat on him and then they got into a little tussle, but mostly Lester just enjoyed the scratchy mat.

Another lovely evening down at the water. I haven’t been down to the dock at all yet in February, but then again, it’s only the 3rd. It’s actually expected to get up to 40 today so maybe i’ll stroll down there later. I might go running, too, but we’ll see. The temperature is going to plummet into the below zeros this weekend so I’d better get outside while it’s bearable.

Mutts had these cute stocking caps for sale before Christmas; they came in blue and grey and I wanted a blue one, and was going to order one for Kevin, but they were out of blue so I ordered him a gray one instead. On Christmas we found out that we’d both ordered them for each other, and because the blue ones were back in stock he then ordered me one of those. We were going to send my gray one back but we didn’t so now I have two. Both super cute. You can’t have too many Mutts creations is what I say.

Riley, a very stretchy kitty always struggling to relax.

Hmm, was he sleeping like this, with his head hanging out over the kitty condo? Maybe not.

So, I have this pile of stuff sitting in the room off the living room that we call the music room because we have a piano in there. I walk through many times a day and always wish I’d start going through it.

Monday, I did. I was going to spend a half hour but ended up working for an hour, also putting lots of stuff from the drawers of a cabinet into the recycle and the trash. I got out two cardboard boxes, one for things that could be taken to the Goodwill or sold somehow, and I guess the other one is for stuff to be thrown away but right now it’s still empty and I can’t quite remember what it’s for.

So now there’s a smaller pile on the floor, consisting of some things that I really, really don’t know what to do with, and the two boxes.

I guess progress was made, but also there are now more things on the floor.

But I’m hoping this cleaning rampage will inspire me to keep going with getting actual stuff done. I continue to be overwhelmed because there are so many things all over the house that need to be sorted and dealt with, but at least I started.

I also have a bunch of really old financial stuff that needs to be gone through, and I spent over an hour yesterday going through very very old documents so that’s a pretty big deal.

I’m a little bit fired up about making headway on that this morning, so maybe it’ll happen but I’m not making any promises to myself.

And that’s it for this gray Wednesday morning.

ok then,

Mrs. maybe about to get really inspired to get shit done or maybe not Hughes.


Icy Sunshine

by grace on January 11, 2021

Here’s the front walk on Saturday January 3rd at 11 o’clock at night. Snow had been threatened in the forecast and it finally started coming down.

On Sunday we woke up to dazzling sunny skies. Everything was covered in snow and on top of that was a layer of ice which created a magnificent effect.

In the afternoon I had to go out and see it up close even though it was mighty cold. Here’s the view from my living room window.

There wasn’t a lot of snow and I love it that Kevin has put this old Halloween scarecrow decoration down on the garden fence gate.

A flock of geese was sleeping on the water.

I walked out on the dock and I’m sure these are deer prints, so the deer were so brave to walk all the way out to the edge. I didn’t think they ever did that.

The giant sycamore was the most dazzling thing of all. I kept stepping farther back towards the end of the dock to try to get it all in.

The trees all down the lane were incredible.

This is my favorite photo, as the drops of water dripped from the tree into the lake.

I had to take a video and in it you can see the water falling.

The next morning the sun had gone and the fog rolled in. We noticed that the snow had filled in the spaces in the fence, which we’d never seen before. It looked like white blankets draped over the top.

The snow is almost complete gone now which I’m happy about, but the skies have mostly been dismally gray since then. The sun will come out…sometime?

ok then,

mrs. monday is it really already after one in the afternoon? grace.


good grief.

by grace on December 13, 2020

It’s the beginning of the middle of December, really? Already?

At least i’ve updated my banner.

Here’s the loveliest picture I feel i’ve taken in a long while. December 2nd, when the clouds were glorious.

and here’s a great, up close and personal picture that Kevin took at the beginning of December.

Ok then,



on the first day of may, wrapping up march…

May 1, 2020

Yeah, pretty lame that i’m just doing this now. same excuse as before; it’s now 11:30 on this sunny friday morning and at least i’m out of my jammies, but only just. lots of time spent reading reading reading about the coronavirus; the latest news is that it could be here for 18 months to […]

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all the rest of november

December 16, 2019

whew. Xmas is now ridiculously close and i still have a whole bunch of stuff to do. I think i’m still a little tired from all the traveling. I just transferred my 2.3 millions photos from phone to computer and i can’t think about them right now, even though i should because there are at […]

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December 8, 2019

I feel i’ve been woefully lacking in my posting of les paul photos, so here are some from the beginning of November. we were having a lovely walk…and then Les decided to climb right up the oak tree that’s leaning way over in the lake. he didn’t stay up there long, though, turning around when […]

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December 2, 2019

gee, i can’t believe it’s already the last month of the year…my goal is to get everything from this year posted in this year. not a huge goal, so hopefully it’s attainable. first – when i jog on the lake road i pass a house that has a secret opening in the bushes across the […]

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here at home!!!

November 26, 2019

whew, plenty has been going on around here since we got back to spfld at the end of September…like, for example, it’s almost thanksgiving! two more days. must get on it. but backtracking, highlights of this fall: on Monday Sept. 20th we drove up to Sterling because kevin’s sister retired and had a party. we […]

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night on the water

August 31, 2019

i haven’t been on the water enough this year, but i feel that i feel that way every year. but it’s not too late… driving home from the fair on Wed. Aug. 14th, i said to mom, “let’s go for a boat ride tonight.” she called her friend sharon, who lives on the opposite end […]

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