Les Paul

how is that possible, anyway?  why does time speed by so much more quickly as i get older?  how is it that the fair is starting on thursday?

it’s a strange day today; it’s usually hot and humid at the start of august but instead it’s cloudy and cool and i should be out running right now.

maybe later?


our cats beg for food, which is very very bad.  human food will make them have health problems, i’ve read that a lot.

and then this is what happens – chester so desperate for a bite of turkey.  so bad, but SO CUTE.

and the thing is, i buy ridiculously expensive treats for the diabetic cats that are 100% freeze-dried chicken, so why is actual turkey any worse?

this is another photo from that night with the amazing clouds.

and this is the full photo of the banner.

one morning this bug was hanging out in the yard.  i’ve never seen a bug like this and thought it pretty cool.

so did lester.

but he wasn’t that interested, and preferred lying in the grass.

winnie was happy for a comfy place to relax, if only for a while.

later that day i picked up a chair that had been turned upside-down by the wind and this tiny white caterpillar was sitting on the arm.  i thought it was dead but when i touched it, it moved.

les, inside the garden fence checking out the crop progress.

some cool japanese eggplant.

les loves to hang out on his tower overlooking our new giant window.  sometimes he’s facing the lake, but mostly he’s just sleeping.

we haven’t had  a lot of travel or excitement this summer, but it has been mostly peaceful and nice.

ok then,

mrs. maybe i won’t run today after all hughes.


a giant new window.

by grace on July 25, 2017

instead of taking a long trip this year, we installed new windows in the living room.

this is what the big window used to look like…there’s a beautiful view of the lake, except for the big panel in the middle where there was a mirror.  plus the seal on the far left window was broken a few years ago, and every once in a while i’d say, “hey, can we replace the window?”

this is the side window overlooking the hosta garden.  when kevin finally said YES! let’s get a new window, he thought it’d be nice to have a bay window here.

fred squires came to the house in may to give us a price quote, which was a little bit eye-popping.  but he said we could replace the windows facing the lake with one huge window.  great!

it took a while for them to finally put in the windows because the big window was so very very big.  but finally, here they are hard at work on july 5th.

i had to go to work in the morning and it was funny to come home and see a big hole in the back of the house.  it was a very hot day, and kevin had a fan pointed towards the guys.

this is what it looked like from the deck…

they brought the huge window into the living room.  i didn’t get to see that, but kevin says they managed to put it on wheels.

they removed the vertical boards which had supported the bit of wall in the middle, and the house didn’t collapse, a very good thing!

even though i had to leave the house most of the day, kevin stuck around to be of assistance when needed.  yeah, that’s a big mess.

it was a big mess everywhere, especially on the deck.  see that big black spot under the window on the right?  that’s where there was an electrical fire many years ago, and kevin says that”s what eventually caused the window’s seal to break.  luckily the house didn’t burn down way back then.

they finally hoisted up the window  – there was a giant suction cup on the outside to help with the hoisting.

ta da! the window was in place by four in the afternoon.  they did an amazingly fast and good job.

the living room was in quite a bit of disarray that night, but les paul managed to fall asleep on kevin’s leg.

the next day they installed the bay window.

they didn’t get everything finished on the second day, and we had an interesting seating arrangement that night.

the next morning les stretched out on a board they’d set up out back.

when fred first came to the house to give us a bid i explained to him how i’d planted the hostas, then had to dig them  up because we had sewer pipes replace, then had to plant them again, and this spring i transplanted several of them, and i hoped that his workers wouldn’t trample them all.

he totally understood my concern, and they crushed nary a hosta.  unfortunately that pile of siding is covering some bleeding hearts, but they hadn’t bloomed much and were dried by then, and i’ll have to transplant them next year.

les thought all the activity was quite nice.

here’s the new little roof they put over the bay window.

and by afternoon on the 7th, they were done.  giant window!  it’s beautiful and opens up the room so much.  money well spent.

i was sure that at least one of the cats would want to sit in the bay window, but maybe they will eventually.

i’m pretty sure i’ve managed to clean most of the drywall dust from the floor, and we’ve taken out some furniture and re-arranged things nicely.

plus i’m sure  i’m going to have some free time  really soon to just sit and gaze out the window.

ok then,

mrs. no time for that right at the moment hughes.




by grace on July 24, 2017

here are three photos from the very beginning of july, such a very long time ago, it feels like.

les, always stalking something down by the water.

this is a beautiful new tiny tree i bought on impulse.  it’s called a Duranta, and i just read on wikipedia that although it is cultivated in some places and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, it’s classified as an environmental weed in australia, south africa and china.  it’s considered invasive in hawaii, fiji and french polynesia.

the flowers are so lovely!  it’s hard to imagine it being an environmental weed.

that is all for now.

ok then,

mrs. seeing the end of july not so far in the distance hughes.



the really real last photos of june…

by grace on July 22, 2017

whoops, i forgot about these photos.  here’s a snapchat photo, which i took the morning of the 20th anniversary of harry potter.  how is it that 20 years have passed since the first novel was written?

i had to take this photo of the fridge because it’s probably the cleanest and emptiest it’ll be…it was leaking like crazy so we had to take everything out for the guy to fix it.

the next day les climbed up to the top, where the view was grand.

chester preferred to sit in one of the crisper drawers.

and finally, june 30th, randy’s birthday!  here he is with lori ann and vicki, enjoying some cool drinks at “win lose or draught,” randy’s bar.

we went to dinner to randy’s favorite place, bella milano, and he struck a post outside as huge storm clouds started to roll in.

we got inside the restaurant just in time – the wind started blowing like crazy, the rain was coming down sideways, and we enjoyed a nice meal looking out at the chaos.

ok then,

mrs. really really truly the last photos of june because that was the very last day of june hughes.




final photos of june

July 22, 2017

so, ta da, the final photos of june as july zooms right along. here’s bev, giddy with excitement when she spent the night a few weeks ago – she had a procedure done at the hospital and they told her she shouldn’t be alone for 24 hours in case anything happened. all that happened is […]

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deer in june

July 17, 2017

a fawn appeared at the side of the fenced yard one day. can you see it, there in the middle? it saw me, and hid down in the weeds. it hung out at our house for a while, but amy and jim also saw it next door.  here it is, nestled outside their fence as […]

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june! as the summer whooshes by…

July 10, 2017

soon it will be time for the Il state fair!  it’s remarkable how quickly the summer is going by.  funny that in april it did nothing but rain rain rain, and now things are dry and i spent a great deal of time watering my flowers. here’s a panorama of my fenced yard; all the […]

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one door on thursday, plus an incredibly random set of May pictures.

June 23, 2017

i haven’t even started trying to find any truly spectacular doors here in springfield, IL, because i fear that there aren’t many.  we certainly don’t have the beautiful old doors posted from around the world on norm’s thursday doors. but i did think this door inside a thai restaurant it pretty cool. and now, for […]

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June 20, 2017

as the first day of summer approaches, i try to find time to sit down and write.  here’s all i have for the month of may after our trip to las vegas. a spectacular display of irises in bloom.  i want that many irises.  maybe next year – deer don’t eat them, so i want […]

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boat launch! plus more from april…

May 17, 2017

we launched the pontoon boat on april 15th, which might be the earliest we’ve ever done that, although i can’t possibly remember yesterday much less last year.  even if we might have launched it earlier one year, it always broke down. kevin did all the hooking up and then unhooking and i was in charge […]

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