Les Paul

Final Day in Florida – March 2, 2019

by grace on April 15, 2019

We took our final walk on the beach over to Seaside.

Here’s us, looking almost the same as we did the first day. except for our nice new A30 baseball caps.

it’s funny that there was no name on this banner. or maybe the restaurant is called the shrimp basket?

This was the day before the race they were having that started just outside Seaside, and i’d read that there was going to be some kind of expo on saturday. why did i want to see the expo? i don’t know; maybe because there might have been something interesting there.

there wasn’t. we walked through the town which was much more crowded than we’d ever seen it, but it took a while to find the expo. it was just a bunch of junk, plus loud and crowded. we just walked through and out the other side, and back down the road to our condo. i think this was the warmest day.

the only thing we bought in Seaside was some alcohol – i can’t believe they had wine called Grace, so i had to buy a can even thought it cost seven bucks.

I sat on the beach on last time…

and then, because it was so warm out and because i knew this was my last chance, i went swimming in the ocean. well, not so much swimming, more like standing around and then paddling a little bit. i felt very brave.

one last night, and then we got up early on sunday to get out of town before the runners finished the race and there might be a traffic jam. we left by 8:45, definitely a record.

It was a long first day, and this was the day a big tornado wiped out a little town in Alabama. We didn’t know anything about the tornado til we got to the motel that night, but we were only about 40 miles from it, in Montgomery. It was pouring so hard that Kevin had to stop at a rest area for a while. it’s a good thing iw asn’t driving at the time because i’d have been quietly freaking out.

We made it all the way to Clarksville, so it was a pretty quick drive the next day and we were home around one i think.

the kitties were happy to see us. i emptied out my backpack and les climbed right in.

a while later kevin took this picture of lester.

later in the afternoon both kitties were lying on their tower, and all was peaceful.

the end.

ok then,

mrs. h, mid-april, as maybe spring slowly starts to arrive here…

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florida!

by grace on March 11, 2019

it was just so warm and sunny there and i wasn’t thrilled about driving back to the cold and snow.

but i’m getting ahead of myself…before florida, there was the beginning of february, with sweet riley hanging outside as much as possible.

and then, bev and i took a short and fun trip up to chicago to see the Blue Man Group. i’d been dying to see them in their original habitat, the venue where it all began.

here we are before the show started.

it was a pretty good show…but the problem is that i’d built it up in my own mind so much that i was disappointed. when kevin and i saw it a few years ago here at sangamon auditorium, i felt it was the funniest, most wonderful performance i’d ever seen.

yeah, expectations too high.

this time it just wasn’t as funny. could it be because i’d seen it, i knew what to expect? but i feel that they did funnier things back then.

my biggest complaint with the chicago iteration is that it was deafeningly loud. when we first got to our seats, bev noticed that the kid next to her had a pair of earplugs in his lap. he told her they were free, and they were giving them out. he graciously scrabbled past the tightly-packed row of seats to get us some pairs, and he certainly saved my hearing quite a bit that night.

i know it wasn’t that loud when we saw the show here – maybe when they take the show on the road they think the small-town older crowd won’t appreciate the ear-shattering noise? or maybe sangamon auditorium is so big that they couldn’t crank it up full volume.

kevin suggested that maybe their sound people have been doing the show so long that they’re going deaf and so the show keeps increasing in volume over the years.

whatever the reason, it was annoyingly loud to me even with earplugs. at the end of the show i took them out and was amazed at how much louder it was.

we enjoyed ourselves despite this, and stayed at a lovely downtown chicago hotel. bev, because she’s a saint, drove us into the city, braving the crazy traffic, and then she decided she’d drive all the way home. nice.

so i guess this post isn’t really about florida yet…except here’s poor lester, who knew we were going to be gone and was desperate to go with us.

i love how riley looks like he’s praying here…please don’t leave us!

ok, soon, many photos and videos of florida.

g.

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more winnie…

by grace on January 30, 2019

i feel like i haven’t written anything about him for so long even though it’s only been a few days i guess. i just found a few photos from 2006, when we still lived in westchester.

here’s Winnie eyeing a squirrel way up high.

August 15, 2006

That comfy chair…

Aug. 28, 2006

so many animals spent so many happy times in those two white chairs. one of the chairs is in the bedroom right now, and riley is trying to take all the stuffing out of the other one out on the screened porch.

shortly thereafter

This seems to be the only photo of Winnie that i can find from 2008; i know that’s the year we moved here. I’m fairly confident he’s lying in Mollie’s bed here at this house? pretty sure.

October 23, 2008

so many cats have enjoyed the kitty round a round, but since winnie and honey’s front claws were removed they never actually scratched on it. but they did love to chase the ball around. Winnie did it a couple times in the last few months; i’d hear a sound next to the couch and there he was, happily playing.

April 2009

i’ve been feeling a little panicky tonight because i couldn’t find so many photos of him, but i guess i really do have quite a few. i don’t remember where in the yard he was in this picture, but he’s having a very nice time.

July 9, 2009

it’s funny, winnie didn’t lie in this pose so much when he got older; it’s something les does all the time.

August 21st, 2009

Down at the dock again. not only are we super lucky to live here, but all the animals who’ve lived here are lucky, too. I never had to worry about Winnie going too far.

August 31st, 2009

As opposed to wild lester, who found a way over the fence again a few days ago, and our neighbor three doors down called to say that les had made his way through their kitty door, and when the guy opened the back door, les struggled to squeeze back out the kitty door.

I’m also realizing that winnie was our most lap-friendly kitty. he was happy to lie on somebody much of the time, and now, Riley and Les mostly like to do their own thing . Les snuggles next to me when i’m sleeping, but he spends large amounts of his day snoozing on our bed.

occasionally Lester will hang out in the living room with us, sprawled on the rug, but sometimes he enjoys the comfort of sleeping on top of kevin’s laptop.

just one more photo tonight,Winnie stretched out in front of the kitchen cabinet. such a good kitty.

Feburary 27th, 2010

whew. it has been record-setting cold today, with a high of only -4 or something and a low of minus something very low, and i’d planned to spend my day sitting here writing and stuff, but somehow that didn’t happen.

oh well,

g.

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more photos from that big snow…

by grace on January 27, 2019

whew. these were all taken right after it snowed, the week before winnie died.

Saturday morning, Jan. 12th, Riley was determined to play in the snow even though it was piled mighty high.

intrepid riley

Shortly thereafter i shoveled the back deck off the bedroom and a path to the kitty house. les immediately had to march right into the house.

i tried to get a video of him as he leapt through the big snow, but he was too fast for me.

i woke up on sunday morning to more snow. i looked out the front window and there was a deer.

kevin had been gone since friday night and was supposed to come back saturday, but because the roads were horrible he stayed away another night. jim had done lots of plowing and snow-blowing on saturday but he hadn’t been able to get to mom’s driveway – the tractor had started leaking something and he was worried it’d completely break down, and then the snow blower started smoking.

so on sunday morning he shoveled this channel in mom’s drive.

Mom hadn’t been able to get out for a whole day and of course was anxious to leave the prison of her house. Jim thought we should shovel a wide trench so that when kevin came home he’d be able to easily plow the rest of the driveway.

before i started i took this last picture.

we worked for maybe an hour, and jim pointed out that it was peaceful in the snow. when i walked back home i was dismayed to see the state of kevin’s shelter.

woops

he normally parks his truck under the shelter, and i remember going out to check on it saturday night…but i know i didn’t look thoroughly enough, because if i had, i’d have poked at all the snow on the roof with a broom. damn.

when kevin got home he managed to shovel enough snow off the roof to get the tractor out, added some kind of fluid or other, and made quick work of mom’s driveway.

monday morning, the 14th, riley was happy to go out into the snowy yard.

it was cloudy that morning with the sun just peeking through.

les and riley on monday night.

Tuesday night, the 15th, les was on top of the fridge. i don’t think he’s been lying there like that before.

Izzy looking so cute, snuggled up against the cold.

i took this photo of a deer in amy’s yard, right before i went to mom’s house on friday the 18th. because they have bird feeders in the front the deer are always gathered for a snack.

after that i went to mom’s to watch a movie, and later kevin and i got home, and then all the bad stuff happened with winnie. *sigh*

he was a very, very good kitty.

ok then,

mrs. late sunday afternoon hughes.

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before the storm…

January 18, 2019

the first part of january was snow-free, kind of warm-ish. i took this picture because it struck me as funny, this planter inside another planter, covered in water. and then it froze, and i bet it’s thoroughly covered in snow right now. a couple of days later i had lunch with my friend julie at […]

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christmas…

January 15, 2019

i don’t have lots of photos from the holiday and i’m so over it now anyway, but i think this photo is very funny because why is kevin’s arm bent like that? he looks just about as uncomfortable as a person could be! funny. Mom, of course, always enjoys herself…and the dogs just want people […]

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kitties in december

January 13, 2019

riley is finding it more and more difficult to just relax. many times the two kitties sleep side-my-side on top of their condo. i’m pretty sure there aren’t many other kitties who are this photogenic, always looking like they’re posing for a magazine. …and of course, les always has to climb up into the box […]

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wrapping up November…

December 9, 2018

oh boy.  head about to explode, late on a sunday night.  first – new wordpress update and i can’t really figure it out.  i know that when i did the update there was some kind of choice about doing it the old way, instead, but now of course i can’t find that.  it’s suddenly so […]

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all kinds of stuff in november

December 6, 2018

first, happy belated birthday, bev!  here she is with a group of friends vigorously celebrating her special day.  one of her friends bought bev the Barbie seen there in front of the pig, and they carried the Barbie around with them all day, photographing it in all kinds of settings. rilcy always loves a new […]

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all kitties all the time…

November 30, 2018

…well, riley and les paul, anyway…Winnie isn’t in the mood so much these days to get his picture taken.  he’s still purring and eating and everything at least. riley and les being loving before the fighting starts.  that thing on the right is a rolly ball filled with catnip, perfect for cats, right?  especially riley, […]

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