Les Paul

the time between the trips…

by grace on March 26, 2017

here are a few photos i took in between going to NYC and then to the south.

first, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, MOM!  she celebrated her birthday while i was gone, and then we had another birthday dinner for her on the saturday in between trips.  amy had made her a couple of lemon desserts – some kind of pie and lemon brownies.  but i’d assumed these were for her first celebration, so the day after i got back from new york i baked her a lemon cheesecake.

so she wasn’t lacking for birthday desserts.

kevin and i bought her a notebook for her birthday but she hasn’t really used it yet but hopefully today i’ll help her get it up and running and she can have lots of computer-type fun.

saturday i spent some time making stuff for her birthday dinner, and i started packing again.  i was tired on sunday, and luckily amy wanted me to babysit her puppies for a while, so that was a peaceful respite.

laz attentively stood guard, protecting us from any potential marauders.

sadie isn’t about to bite my face, as it may appear…she was also keeping guard.  such a fierce little dog!

but then she almost immediately relaxed.

and then everybody fell asleep.  whew.  four of the five dogs were lying on me, but one was buried under a blanket.  a good time was had by all.

later in the day les and i had to take a walk in the yard and he started furiously batting at a leaf in the choppy water.  i wish i’d taken a video because he was very intent on it and got very wet.  he didn’t care.

a daffodil!

here’s the front of the house that sunday, march 5th…

(this is one of the two weeping pussy willow trees we bought last year)

…and here’s how it has progressed as of yesterday. so bloomingly cheerfuly now.

plus, this big bradford pear is in bloom, and i feel like it’s pretty early this year.  yesterday i was thinking that i need to hurry up and order a bunch of mulch, but it’s only march.  there’s time.

and now, i’m somewhat dismayed to realize i took about a million photos of our travels south, so i must get to work picking out just a few of them.  always a big challenge for me.

i hope your weekend is going swimmingly.

ok then,

mrs. sunday morning hughes, really about to go running this morning, as opposed to yesterday when i never did make it out the door after all.




monday, february 27th in NYC

by grace on March 5, 2017

we started our day by going to two of erin’s classes at the eqinox gym.  it was very, very challenging.  after that bev and i strolled over to central park and sat around watching the people.  not as many people this time of year, but still, a good crowd.

…back at home, lester was busy watching the water.

i don’t know why i didn’t take a video of this great scene.  this scottie dog and old man were walking by this fellow playing some sort of homemade-looking japanese insrument.  the scottie stopped to listen, and after a while the old guy tried to get him to keep walking, but the scottie would have none of it.  he just wanted to stay there forever and listen.

the woman sitting next to us, a new yorker, said the japanese man was in the park every day, and her own dog also loved to listen.

when we got down the to bottom of the park there was this art instillation on 57th street.  i read the info plaque about it – some artist created these pieces out of concrete that were reproductions of the furniture in some mansion somewhere nearby; it was a juxtaposition of the classes, the concrete and the fancy-ness.

when we walked by this place a couple of days later, a homeless man was lounging right where i’d been.  as much as a person can lounge on concrete.

we met erin, her fiancee justin, and her roomate joe at the empire state building.  joe works at the LinkedIn office there, and he was going to give us a VIP tour.

wow, i just read all of this online about the empire state building – all i knew for sure was that it was where buddy the elf’s dad worked in the holiday classic “elf.”

The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.

the linkendin offices are on three or four floors of the building, and we had to sign some agreement before going in saying that we wouldn’t steal their ideas or anything like that.  but luckily there are already plenty of photos online of the place, so they probably won’t be knocking on my door to arrest me for posting these.

here’s a vending machine for employees, full of stuff like earbuds and keyboards.

one of the many, many lounges and places to hang out.  this has a gas fireplace.

plenty of stellar views.  here’s a bar across the way, which joe said is a very cool place.

we came to this little room filled with old-fashioned wall phones.  joe punched something into his phone, and a phone started ringing.  i hadn’t been paying attention to what he’d been telling us, but i instinctively started picking up phone, trying to find the one that was ringing.  when i did, a part of the wall opened, to reveal a speakeasy inside!



last night when we were describing the place, amy asked, “is it all a bunch of 20-somethings?”  yes, i do think so.

i never watched “twin peaks,” but this is supposed to be an homage to a red room in that show.

this hallway was totally cool and blue.  it felt like we were in a “star trek” episode or something.

you can create art here on this wall full of toggle switches.  i mean, there was also foosball and pool and so much crazy stuff there.

the statue of liberty is directly in the center.

i made joe sit down at his desk and pretend to work.  a nice woman who was still there working offered us cupcakes and king cake from a mardi gras party they had earlier in the day.  of course i ate a chocolate cupcake!  the top was a little bit crusty from sitting around all day, but it was cream-filled and quite delicious.

soon i’ll post photos of the view from the top – i took a ridiculous amount of pictures, and managed to pare it down a little.

ok then,

mrs. very busy on sunday morning hughes.



and for a change…more of photogenic lester

by grace on February 22, 2017

but first – the beautiful roses that my sweet husband gt for me!  A+ to you, honey!

so anyway, it’s still wednesday, 9:03 p.m., i’m pretty exhausted by my day.  i think i have most of the stuff done, except i need to water a few more plants.  maybe i’ll wait til the morning, because i don’t have the energy to drag the big watering cans around right now.  plus maybe in the morning there will be less chance of flooding any plants?  we’ll see.

meanwhile, oh, that lester…we walked down to the dock on saturday (yet another fabulously warm february day), and he was very, very interested in whatever was going on in the water.

he kept going around and peering waaay down…

a leaf or something skittered along the dock and les scurried after it, but luckily didn’t actually jump in.  but he sure wanted to.

such a funny and curious cat.

this is my favorite picture.

and then, of course, he had to walk across his lester highway over to the other dock.  that is a very, very precarious piece of foam stuff he’s walking on.  he didn’t care.

when he arrived at the other dock he stopped for yet another photo op.  he’s so cute that i miss him already, even tough i’m not leaving for about 12 hours.  TWELVE HOURS, i need to go to bed soon.

this is actually a couple hours later on saturday; of course i forgot that lucky les got two walks that day.  i had no time to walk with the poor little guy at all today, but kevin did send me a pictre that he took of les on the dock, so at least he got outside for a while.

and then kevin came down and joined us!  it’d be nice, if we could just sit around and admire the view and do some deep breathing, but les never sits still enough for any of that to happen.

here he is yesterday.  it had rained, so it was slightly more tricky for him to scramble down at the edge of the rocks.  he had to contemplate this jump for a while before finally executing it.

and then he kept blinking up at me so cute, i can barely stand it!

he finally did it and safely ambled along to the little bit of beach at our neighbor’s house, where i scooped him up and took him inside.


i know there are things i’m forgetting about going tomorrow, and hopefully i won’t wake up a lot thinking about stuff.  bev says she never sleeps the night before a flight, but i hope that won’t happen to me.

and YAY i do have a little vacation!

ok then,

mrs. rambling hughes.


wednesday morning!

by grace on February 22, 2017

and my time is very limited today – i’m leaving for NYC tomorrow morning!  i’m going to brooklyn with bev, to help her daughter erin move from one third floor walk-up to another, so i’ll for sure get lots and lots of exercise.  we’ll hopefully have time to do a couple of fun things besides all the moving.  i’m helping bev because she’s so nice and never asks for any help, and also because she’s always staying at our house taking fabulous care of our kitties while we’re gone.

so it’s the least i can do.

meanwhile…i woke up early this morning, thinking about the many things i have to accomplish today, in between working.

i’m going to try to post most of my final february photos today, but i think it’d take two entries because there are so many of them.  maybe it won’t happen, but you never know what the day might bring.

moonlight on the lake – hmm, i realize i should try the HDR setting on my new phone, and i think i’ll get better quality.

kevin was sick, keeping himself occupied with his ipad, and les was watching over him.  good kitty!


february 13th, one of the many lovely february days we’ve been having.  les has gone on many, many walks this month.

i saw this adorable stuffed heart at the store and fell in love with it.  i was going to get one for randy, because it was just so cute, and i thought about getting one for kevin but then i told myself WE HAVE ENOUGH STUFF LYING AROUND HERE without some giant stuffed heart.

but when i got to the store, i couldn’t help myself, and it’s sitting in the chair across from me, very cheery.  i might keep it there all year.

kevin bought me too many lovely tings for valentine’s day.  the day before i told him “i don’t really need any roses,” because in the past he’s rushed out and gotten some on the actual day and i didn’t want him to bother.

and then, the next day, this box arrived in the mail – he’d already ordered some very fancy roses, individually wrapped…and i can’t believe i didn’t take a picture!  at least here’s chester, enjoying the perfect fit.

i’ll have to take a picture of the roses, because they’re still looking good, almost a week later.  fancy.

here’s last friday, les posing on a rock.  he could totally be in ads for…well, i’m not sure for what.

jim had texed me a photo just like this when he went running, and when i ran through the woods on saturday i saw the same tree.  kevin says it looks like beaver marks.  crazy beavers.

ok, now i must rush around quite a bit although i sure would just like to sit here for a while longer.

mrs. Very Busy This Morning hughes.



early thursday morning

February 16, 2017

this morning, when i could have slept in, i woke up at 6:25.  much, much too early, but theoretically i could accomplish many things this morning.  probably won’t happen, but there’s always that slim possibility.  it’s more likely that i’ll sit around for a good long time, trying to wake up. here’s the red cactus […]

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wednesday again

February 15, 2017

haha, i started writing this post LAST wednesday, and now, poof, another week has flown by.  i must be more aware, or all the weeks will be used up before i know it… here’s darling lester, enjoying our new TV stand cabinet.    so this means it’s been assembled for more than a week, and […]

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les’s continuing water excitement and adventures

February 3, 2017

we’d been down at the water and had a nice stroll, but then les wanted to keep going. he headed over to the neighbor’s dock.  on the left there is the floating dock, the same one that les had walked out to over the very thin ice. at this point i was gently trying to […]

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February 2, 2017

i have thought about myself in all kinds of ways, but i’ve always considered myself to be, at least, healthy. but i’m in the middle of a cold, after having bronchitis a month ago, and now i’m thinking if this is just how it’s going to be, getting sick more and more often.  discouraging. the […]

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deep in the heart of winter

January 25, 2017

but it hasn’t been a bad winter, not really. yet. a couple weekends ago, when all the news and weather people were going completely out of their minds with frenzy and total panic about the upcoming ice storm…it didn’t happen. there was a bit of ice, but nothing much to speak about.  the hubbub did, […]

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ice! will it? won’t it? we’ll just have to see

January 13, 2017

after having one excitingly treacherous ice storm already this winter, we’re all preparing for another one.  it might start early this evening, maybe later tonight, maybe tomorrow, or sunday…or maybe i’ll all just pass us by and dump the freezing rain on some other unfortunate spot. meanwhile…a few random photos from the first week of […]

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