Les Paul

happy kitties

by grace on January 10, 2021

I don’t know about you, but I could use some nice kitty pictures about now.

So here they are.

First – Kevin bought a cat grass kit, complete with darling little black and white kitty cup to plant the grass. They sprouted fairly quickly and all the cats enjoy chewing on them. Here’s Lovey, her black and white-ness going well with the mug.

I think she’s the cat who likes it the most, although sometimes Lester will vigorously yank the grass out from the roots.

In addition to the cat grass, as I’ve posted before, all the cats love watching cat TV. I managed to capture this little video of Riley going to town.

And one more photo of Riley – but the story is about the bag. Behind our couch in the living room is a small shelf, a barrister bookcase, and on top of it are a bunch of lovely little pieces of china that I bought in England, plus a few things that Dad had. Behind them I’d propped up this burlap bag from a shop called MacGregor’s of Killin. I’d bought the bag when we were on our bike trip in Scotland and I vaguely recall that I might have bought things at the store to put in the bag?

But anyway, I guess I could actually use the bag sometime, but it’s been sitting there behind the English stuff on that bookshelf ever since I got it, in 2009.

At Christmas, as I’ve also written about, I take down all the stuff including the bag in order to put some decorations on it. But this year when I went to put everything back, I could not find that bag. I knew I’d moved it to either the music room or the bedroom, and I kept looking and looking and realizing, as I do every day, that I need to get rid of so much stuff in both of these rooms. But where was the bag?

And then it occurred to me that I hadn’t bothered to look under some of Kevin’s stuff lying on the floor in the bedroom. And there, under a backpack of his, was the bag! It felt good to find something.

Here are a few photos of that 2009 trip to Scotland, on the way to the tiny town of Killin and in the town itself. First, Kevin on the bike path on the way to town, a converted rail track.

When we left the paved path it was a very very long descent into the town, and this is the view. It was so beautiful, and luckily right then it wasn’t raining. It was July in Scotland, but they had more rain that year than normal and it rained on us at least some part of every single day were were biking.

When we reached Killin, we’d read that they had “falls” but they weren’t the big waterfalls we’d expected but they were lovely nonetheless.

Here’s the main street, the next morning as we got ready to head out. It started raining shortly after we left. I bet MacGregor’s of Killin is one of those buildings.

I just looked it up online and that’s it on the right, the big white building with green awnings. I’m happy to see that it’s still in business, because the town was so tiny and we saw a lot of “for sale” signs down the street.

It’s so weird, too, that that was twelve years ago. Gone in a flash. Will we get back across the ocean again? I sure hope so.

ok then,

mrs. gloomy grey January Sunday Hughes.


Last of December

by grace on January 4, 2021

I have a bunch of different photos here and then I’ll be moving on to the new year!

Way back on December 5th I was going for a run next to the field and came across these deer. I stopped to take some photos and they stopped to see what I was doing there.

In the middle of December Kevin was down in his man cave with Lester and Lovey. Lovey was rubbing against his leg and he was bending down to pet her, and she was relentless so he picked her up and put her on his lap. Never before had that happened! I don’t think it’s happened since, either, but hopefully sometime in this new year…

December 23rd, Mom and I walked in the park and came across this tree which some eager beaver was just about destroying.

A bunch of ducks were lying sleeping all along the shore, and you can see a tree that a beaver has felled over there on the right. hungry beavers.

Approaching dusk that day I saw remnants of the setting sun through the trees.

The water line is so low now, and I feel that the rocks are sinking in because the ground is hollow underneath. the big hole that has been there for a few years now opened up again even though Kevin poured all kinds of dirt and other things down into it. I fear that because it’s such a huge empty area that the ground is going to collapse in sometime and I don’t know what we could do to prevent that. It’s always something.

On December 27th I walked down to the water because the clouds were interesting and there were man geese out on the water but my presence made them take off.

I did manage to get a video of them flying away, and decided that maybe it wasn’t my fault, maybe they were headed out to find a better sleeping spot for the night.

Here are some of them circling so high in the sky.

Every year I dig up the gerbera daisies and they look terrible all winter long but then come back to life when I re-plant them in the spring. But for some reason this one is doing quite well and even bloomed.

Final December photos – even Sweetie jumped up to watch the giant birds.

And Lester tried to grab them…

…but since he had no luck, he sat there posing for me in his Lester-like way.

And that’s it for December! Yaaaaay end of 2020, I fervently hope that 2021 will be better. I guess I’m cautiously optimistic.

ok then,

mrs. Monday morning Hughes.


Final posting of Christmas Stuff

by grace on January 3, 2021

The ground is covered in snow on this Sunday morning. The sun keeps peeking out, making everything gleam frostily.

I’m happy to stay inside. Even though I do not like cold, I do not like winter, I can appreciate the snow once in a while as long as I don’t have to go out in it and especially don’t have to drive on it and know that it’s not going to linger.

and here’s my last Christmas posting, all about the kitties…here’s a short video of Lester exuberantly tearing up the wrapping paper.

Darling Sweetie who thoroughly enjoyed her new little pink sock.

Such a happy kitty!

Lovey relished her first-ever little pink sock while Sweetie looked on dubiously.

Here’s a very short video of Lovey in action.

Christmas evening, I picked up Sweetie from the bedroom and carried her all the way into the living room and settled onto the couch with her happily snuggling and purring on my lap. All other times I’ve picked her up she turns into a snapping writhing very angry spitfire, but because she was so warm and sleepy she didn’t mind being picked up and even let Amy take this nice photo.

And that was our Christmas miracle…

ok then,

mrs. Hughes 2021.


Christmassy Stuff

by grace on December 30, 2020

I feel like i’m done with Christmas now, tired of all the stuff that I put up everywhere. When Amy and Jim came over for Christmas dinner they seemed stupefied by the amount of stuff I had out, but I felt it wasn’t really over the top, and not more than other people have? I sent a video of all the decor to Bev, who said that I just had more lights inside than many people.

But to me the lights are the best part, little bits of color to offset the grey skies and biting temperatures.

On the barrister bookcase behind the couch is this display of some very old decorations that were grandmother’s combines with some new things. This is where Lester nightly climbs around on, when it’s usually covered with delicate pieces of china I bought in London, teacups and little boxes and things. He’s never broken anything, but just wants to get our attention so we’ll feed him. He only climbed amongst the Christmas stuff once this year, and I guess we didn’t hear him doing it, although we did hear him playing with something on the floor. The next morning I picked up a tiny, ancient Santa Claus made of felt and pipe cleaners. It sits on top of a very old sleigh, and somehow Les must have knocked it off. But no damage done…

We had some giant christmas bulb lights that I usually draped along the front, but when Kevin got them down from the garage rafters a few of them shattered. He said that before, they’d bounce, so they must have worn out. I threw them out, and he bought some cool blue lights that shimmered like they were falling blue rain, I think.

Here’s a very short video so you can see them in action.

I baked sugar cookies but didn’t get around to decorating them til late in the afternoon on the 24th and I didn’t have a lot of time but spent more time than i’d alloted myself because I always get caught up in the decorating.

I have just a couple more christmas posts, and then on to 2021!

Today is an incredibly dark day; it was raining when I got up and that turned to snow but now it’s just dark and grey and I’m not going anywhere.

ok then,



happy…two days after Christmas…

December 27, 2020

yeah, it was a blur. too much waiting til the last minute, too much “this won’t take long” and so Christmas eve day and Christmas were nonstop cleaning/cooking/wrapping/other crazy xmas stuff. Yesterday I barely, just barely even got off the couch at all. I just looked through my photos and have some from november that […]

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wrapping up October

November 17, 2020

Friday October 30th, mom and i walked at Lincoln Memorial Gardens and it was mighty chilly and windy, but the trees were beautiful. We’d put on our masks whenever people passed by but they were actually good for protection from the wind. Sat. Oct. 30th, I took Les Paul down to the water for a […]

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running and painting near the end of October

November 4, 2020

first of all, Kevin replaced the second bearing on his truck yesterday. the first replacement took a day and a half and the second only four hours. soon he’ll be replacing the mysterious bearings all over the place. On my October 25th jog I decided to run out on the road and then cut back […]

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wrapping up september…

October 18, 2020

Mom, Kevin and I had a lovely weenie roast on Friday Sept. 25th. We’ve been having them every friday night since then, and it’s a fine tradition. Kevin goes down to the dock about an hour early and starts a fabulous fire – fires are one of kevin’s many talents. each week we don’t deviate […]

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More from september,

October 17, 2020

now that it’s the ides of october… i finished painting the front porch and i realize i didn’t take a photo. i’ll have to do that sometime. in september i also decided to tackle cleaning the walls of the screened porch. they walls are siding, and i don’t know if they’ve ever been cleaned but […]

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here in october…

October 6, 2020

…are a few photos from september. I love this picture so much, Lovey sitting in front of my pelican/goose collection. Shortly after that she sprawled out on the floor so relaxed, at least for a moment. And then totally content! it didn’t last long, but she frequently spends at least a little time in the […]

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