night on the water

by grace on August 31, 2019

i haven’t been on the water enough this year, but i feel that i feel that way every year. but it’s not too late…

driving home from the fair on Wed. Aug. 14th, i said to mom, “let’s go for a boat ride tonight.” she called her friend sharon, who lives on the opposite end of town but is always in the mood for a boat ride, and we all went out.

mom decided to take a selfie with sharon, and they had a good time doing that.

after that they were like teenagers, both of them looking at their phones instead of enjoying the beautiful night on the lake, which i thought was really funny.

such a lovely night…

ok then,

mrs. please don’t be all wistful about the lake because it’s not going anywhere and there’s plenty of time to be out on it yet this year hughes.


final images of july…

by grace on August 12, 2019

On Saturday, July 27th, we went over to the Yacht Club for a fundraiser. It was a beautiful night and awesome to sit out and watch the boats going by on the lake. i know i’m lucky enough to sit outside and watch boats go by all the time, but this was great because i didn’t have to prepare anything or cook anything or anything, except have fun. and drink cocktails.

Me, Toun, mom, Amy V, Amy, Julie

Meanwhile, back here at home…the raccoons continue to be very determined and focused.

This was July 29th, as the raccoon tried her best to get at the food. kevin had just modified the pole in hopes that she wouldn’t be able to reach it.

Here she is the next day…

Even though she didn’t get it that day, she was able to later make it up the pole.

the final day of July i was finally tackling the weeds at the shore line. i looked up and realized a mink was walking towards me! it was just as surprised as i was. this isn’t a great picture, but it was a miracle that i was able to capture it at all because once it realized that i was a HORRIBLE INTRUDER, it took off.

i shot a video, and you can really see it better there as it boinks across the grass.

and later that day…jeez, no wonder i haven’t had much time to sit around typing; on july 31st i spent the morning weeding, and the afternoon helping glenn launch his sailboat.

ok, really, i didn’t do much of anything. mostly i just enjoyed hanging out a the Lindsay Boat Launch in the shade while Glenn and Kevin toiled away.

my job, as “winch wench,” which kevin loves to say, was to pull on a rope wrapped around the winch as they pulled up the big mast. then they had to do more stuff while i loitered again..

ok, the only thing is, i’ve been kevin’s winch wench on several occasions; all i had to do was pull on the rope and crank the crank and the mast went right up. i didn’t wrap the rope all around the winch.

but for some reason, that day, i forgot. yeah, i forget lots of things with more and more regularity, but you’d think i’d have remembered how to do this one job.

but no, instead i wrapped the rope around and around the winch, which made the whole thing way more difficult. i thought it was harder to turn the crank because the mast on glenn’s boat is so big, but no, it was because i was doing it wrong.

but at least we got it done. and i’ll never forget how to do that again.


Glenn and i were on board the boat as kevin prepared to set the boat free…

I started to take a video…

When the filming stopped, we were suddenly going around in circles because somehow a rope had gotten tangled up in the motor.

But he finally got it untangled, and off we went!

And that’s it for July…i don’t usually have a video, and i can’t remember the last time i had three, but there you go…

ok then,

mrs. august, really, are you kidding me? hughes.


maybe the hottest day for a while?

by grace on July 21, 2019

enough with the ridiculously high heat indexes already. i spent a lovely, air-conditioned afternoon seeing the phenomenal show”hairspray” at the Legacy Theatre. I love the show, and the production was truly outstanding.

meanwhile…life continues to be packed with excitement around here. just the other day i was trying to instruct mom on how to take a selfie; she’d been to a cardinals baseball game where they were giving away straw hats and i wanted to see what they looked like.

here’s the demo i took for her, trying to explain as i took this shot.

i thought my instructions had been specific but she quickly sent me this.

true, it was a fine photo of the hat but she took it front of the mirror. once again i explained about the little arrows on the camera in the lower edge of the screen, and soon she sent back this.

yay for mom, figuring out the selfie! and what a cool hat, right? plus much more sun protection than a baseball cap. it was still sweltering there at the ball park, but at least she looked good.

and that’s it for this sultry sunday evening.

ok then,

mrs. almost the end of the july hughes.


march, briefly

by grace on April 26, 2019

nothing much to report about march, except we had a late birthday celebration for mom. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, MOM!

but first…we got home on March 4th. here’s kevin, plowing mom’s driveway on March 7th. I never want to come home to snow.

the next day we had a celebration with both pie plus some kind of delicious chocolate thing that bev made. but i wonder where the pie came from? the store.

Mom had a wonderful time…

…and she’s doing great at 83!

we’d had this feral cat lurking around the front yard. it”s fluffy, and a tuxedo cat like chester, only smaller. kevin had been putting food out, and we’d see her eating.

but here, les spotted her and was very intent.

unfortunately, a few weeks ago kevin was walking with les paul around the front yard and suddenly les spotted the cat and zoomed after her. luckily les came back prettty quickly, but we haven’t seen the little cat since.

meanwhile, riley is getting more and more tame – he even sat on kevin’s lap for a while the other day, quite historic.

and with lester it’s always more of the same, constant cuteness.

and that’s it for march; we didn’t even have any daffodils blooming in march but now things are finally getting more and more green. spring is good.

ok then,

mrs. h.



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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october boat rides

November 13, 2018

this is one of my favorite pelican photos (and I took approximately one million of them during the summer/fall).  we went out on the boat on October 20th, and I went out again on the 22nd.  kevin didn’t want to go with me, so I went by myself and had a surprisingly good time.  I […]

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summertime, summertime…

August 6, 2018

when we were out on the boat on july 23rd, we saw this tree that had crashed onto this boathouse.  ouch.  at least it didn’t crash through and destroy the fancy boat moored there. amy and jim’s dogs love to sunbathe.  I believe they’re on a pad and then a fluffy comforter on top of […]

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moving right along through june…

July 9, 2018

moving right along through june…yet another darling les photo. it’s always impossible to take just one… a couple of weekend ago, amy, mom and I got invited by our friend missy to a fundraiser.  it was for an organization called Gen H Kids, and its mission is “To create a generation of healthy kids through […]

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boat part 2

June 17, 2018

on Wednesday, morning, june 13th, we unveiled the boat and got ready to launch her.  a very exciting morning! yes, we’re very proud of the boat. there are four levels of emissions, and we’re second from the top, at ultra-low.  I think the top one is ultra super stupendously low or something like tha. here’s […]

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June 8, 2018

although it’s early june, it feels like august.  91 degrees right now, feels like 96.  might as well be time for the fair. meanwhile, the end of may….this tiny fawn was curled up outside amy’s porch.  since then we’ve spotted it and its mom quite a few times – the tiny thing is smaller than […]

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