Les Paul

charming chattering chester

by grace on January 10, 2018

some more photos of chester from November 2011…he and les were such good friends.

this is about a week after we got him, and already they were snuggled together on the bed.

the middle of november, out in the back yard with les.

in December 2011, lester giving chester a bath…

…and eventually they tussled, which they did quite a bit, mostly in fun.


unlike the other two kitties, chester rarely slept on my lap, so this was an historic moment.

on of my favorite photos of him, looking so regal with his big white paws.

christmas day, 2011, he looked pretty little and thin then.

i have no recollection of letting all the cats eat up on the counter; i guess that must have gone on until mollie died until 2013?

for some reason les still eats up there, although there’s no need for that anymore since it’s just him and winnie.  maybe it’s time to put that practice to and end and have a (relatively) sanitary counter for once.

whew.  right after chester died i started going through every single photo i could find of him, but i’ll try to be a little selective about posting them.  he had a happy life.

ok then,

mrs. wednesday hughes.




chester’s first month here at his new home

by grace on January 8, 2018

i took this picture on sept. 28th, 2011.  we kept chester in the hot tub room for a while, separated from everybody else, because we hadn’t taken him in to be neutered yet.  when we first got les and he was also not fixed, we let him roam freely in the basement and he did so much marking that kevin wanted to get rid of him.  luckily that all worked out!  so chester got to spend some quiet time, inside where it was warm and dry and he had plenty of food.

a much cushier life already, after living out in the wild.


and on october 1st, i was already dressing him up. good grief.  we were still having huge halloween parties back then, and i wanted a picture to put on the invitations.  he doesn’t look so thrilled about the getup.


this is october 17th, 2011 – clearly, Les Paul and Chester were already bonding over their food.  i don’t remember letting all the cats eat on the counter…

a rare photo of all three kittie on october 29th, 2011.  i’m pretty sure that’s not a happy look on Winnie’s face –  he and chester never did hit it off.

ok then.  it’s monday morning, time to face the day…



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…

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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wrapping up the month of october

November 20, 2017

this is from october 15th, capturing that magic moment when the sun lights up the other shore. hmm, that was taken at 6:12 p.m.  last night i was sitting here looking out at the lake and was pretty dark over there, at 5:02 p.m.  but before you know it the days will start getting longer!  […]

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countdown to turkey day…

November 19, 2017

…i mean, i suppose it’s a countdown.  it’s also a countdown to christmas, really, but the other day mom said I’VE SEEN PEOPLE WITH THEIR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OUT ALREADY, and i pointed out that xmas isn’t so far off. meanwhile, i’m just trying to remember the photos i took in october.  in the middle of […]

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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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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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