Les Paul

yes.  spring.  it seemed that we’ve had now had a ritual of snow every sunday.  snow on easter, snow the sunday after that, and the sunday we just had…well, no snow really til Monday, and then it was a very brief blizzardy thing early Monday morning.  but it’s been chilly and blustery and i’m itching to get in the boat in the water and to order six giant scoops of mulch and start in on the outdoor projects…

meanwhile, riley continues to adjust just fine around here. here he is on april 1st, easter morning, happily snoozing on the middle floor of the kitty condo.

of course, a kitty never likes to linger too long, so eventually he made his way over to the adjacent shorter tower, and les jumped up to his place atop the tower.  riley really does enjoy being up top, though, and sometimes I put him on a lower shelf in order for les to claim his throne.


of course les didn’t want to be up there all day, and eventually I watched as he burrowed behind the pillow on the chair to snuggle down there, mostly hidden from view.

we had talked about having grilled salmon for dinner, and the sudden snowstorm didn’t deter kevin from venturing out to grill up some mighty fine fish.


of course he gave little pieces to our entirely unspoiled kitties.  we all enjoyed our meal.

meanwhile…lucky bev was on the east coast, enjoying the warmth and sunshine of a beach in north Carolina.  lucky, lucky bev.

I can’t recall the daffodils taking this long to bloom; this is Tuesday, april 3rd and the ones in the back were barely blooming.

but I guess that’s a good thing since it was well below freezing just the past two nights.

in between the bouts of snow and cold we did have a couple of warm days, and it hit 81 at one point. just to give us a taste of summer…

spring, eventually.

ok then,

mrs. Thursday morning hughes.



i’m convinced now that we’re going from winter to summer, no spring at all.  my poor daffodils have been trying valiantly to bloom but it’s a good thing they haven’t because the snow is going to start again any minute now.  ridiculous.

I just hurt my leg somehow, skidding on the floor.  how?  why?

the news about Winnie isn’t good.  he has mast cells in his spleen, and if they were somewhere else they might not be bad, but his spleen didn’t look good to begin with.  so, spleen cancer.  no good options – we won’t put him through chemo and the other option is to remove his spleen, which we certainly won’t do either.

right now, anyway, he’s still eating and sleeping and seems happy, mostly.  we have pain meds we can give him; we’ve done it a few times, when he start attacking the other cats, a sign that he’s feeling bad.  at least it’s a liquid that we can squirt into his mouth with a syringe; he doesn’t like it but it’s not like trying to give him pills.

whew, it’s always something.


lester enjoys his walks.  here he is under the neighbor’s car.

and up on the sailboat…

and under a neighbor’s canoe…

…and in their shed.

we haven’t taken many walks lately cause of the cold weather.

and riley continues to be very cute.  more photos soon.

ok then,

mrs. are you kidding me it’s about to snow on april 8th hughes.



leaving the beach…

by grace on April 6, 2018

I hated leaving Seagrove Beach.  but it was a great bit of time, and hopefully we’ll either go there or maybe somewhere nearby next year.  we had to vacate the premises at 10 on Friday morning, Feb. 24th, and we had time for one more walk on the beach.

as we headed back I noticed this guy setting up a lot of stuff for his family.  it took a while, but he achieved a pretty substantial spot.  I hope they spent the day there.

we thought we had plenty of time to get everything into the van, but there was lots and lots of stuff.  the cleaning people all showed up at the door and we hurried to stuff the remaining things into the van, and off we went.

the drive down had seemed way too long, but as we left Florida we started listening to an audio book that i’d checked out of the library.  it was a P.G. Wodehouse story; I have read his books for years and years – he’s a clever and funny author, and the guy reading it did a great job.  it made the time pass so quickly.

our destination for the night was just south of Nashville and about an hour before we arrived we hit some heavy rain and I was driving and it wasn’t fun.  but we made it safe and sound, and I wanted to find some good food that was within walking distance of our hotel.  I don’t trust the reviews on yelp so much, but there was a sushi place only 3/10 of a mile, and we headed out.  for some reason the directions on my phone weren’t good and we ended up at a retirement home, and the phone announced that we’d reached our destination.  we walked through the parking lot in back of a strip mall and found the place, called Zushimaki.

it was an unprepossessing hole in the wall, but I had the best sushi i’d ever had.  mmm, i’d drive back there today, but it would take a while.  I might have had better sushi when I lived in LA but that was such a long time ago that I can’t remember.  I got crab Rangoon to start out with, plus sake.  delicious.

the rest of the drive home was uneventful, and on our return les had found a mouse.  bev, who was cat-sitting for us, had taken pictures of les lying in front of the fridge and then the garbage can in the kitchen, but the mouse had moved on at this point.

les didn’t find him that night.  the next day I heard a noise and realized it was coming from the pantry.  I started moving some of the huge amount of stuff stored there, and after i’d cleared away a good deal of things on the floor and took out a small George foreman grill (why is it in there??? when is the last time we used it??? I must clean out that dang pantry!!!), les suddenly lunged in and pulled out a mouse.

whew.  luckily kevin was home and managed to successfully wrest it from lester’s grip and carry it outside to safety.

a good time was had by all.

it’s a chilly Friday april morning today, with more snow expected on sunday.  will spring never come?  hard to say at this point.

ok then,




Winnie hasn’t eaten anything since yesterday morning, so that has put us on edge. Kevin just talkedto the vet, who says it’s probably  because of the pancreatitis, so they are giving us more drugs for him.

So hopefully things are not as dire as they have seemed all morning.

Also, always having a plan of trying to defeat a cold by sheer strength of my will is an utter failure as usual.  Instead of being better today, I am feeling worse.

It is supposed to rain all weekend, but at least we’re not going to have the snow that they’re going to get just north of us, plus we don’t live in the Northeast for their  constant horrible storms. Right now I see a boat out on the lake, and that guy must be very chilly.

My computer is definitely bad, and I have received the windows 10 disk in the mail, and will have that installed. So that will be super fun I’m sure, learning to use windows 10 which nobody ever has anything good to say about.

On a happy note – Riley and Lester continue to have a great time together. And there goes yet another boat!

Ok then,




livin’ the life of…

March 16, 2018

riley. the cat, that is. we have a new cat!  his name is Riley. we didn’t expect to get another cat, after chester’s demise in january. but sometimes things just happen… he’s seven months old, we think, and he’s soft and sweet…we got him on monday afternoon, and right now, friday night, we haven’t had […]

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happy valentine’s day!

February 14, 2018

i hope it is a good one for you.  here, it’s a warm day at least, although there’s no sign of the sun thus far. winnie is much happier now that chester is gone.  he hangs around near us most of the time, and he’s more calm.  so even though we’re sad, at least winnie […]

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other things at the end of 2017…

January 25, 2018

well, here’s the great photo of lester and chester, as chester patiently waits for les to finish his meal so he can swoop in and devour the remains.  poor little kitty. winnie, sleeping on a “mutts” pillow. here’s mom’s living room facing the lake, with the darling little Hobbs kitty. here’s a panorama of the […]

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January 24, 2018

sometimes i’d called Chester “chestertarian,” making up a little song, rhyming it with librarian, unitarian, vegetarian, egalitarian, rotarian… here he is in august 2012. i love this picture of the three of them, something that could be an album cover. chester enjoying some non-alcoholic coors… sept. 2012 – chester and mollie. chester always loved to […]

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cheerful chester…

January 21, 2018

i haven’t felt like posting, or doing anything at all for about a week now.  i’m recovering from the flu, which is hitting everybody hard this year, it seems.  i got sick last saturday then kevin got sick then he got better then i thought i was better, but i finally broke down and went […]

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charming chattering chester

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, […]

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