mostly Riley, way back in may…

by grace on June 27, 2020

here’s a short video of a couple of the cute baby groundhogs next door.

I took some photos of them but they were too hard to see.

meanwhile…this is the biggest gaggle of goslings I saw in may. they’re much bigger now.

The moon looking pretty spectacular on may 8th.

on may 10th, a beautiful big rainbow…

Riley posing kind of like Lester does.

He’s a kitty who loves to drape himself over things.

ok then,

mrs. nearly the end of june hughes.


A stormy April evening

by grace on April 13, 2020

Last Wednesday, April 8th, there were thunderstorm warnings and big hail coming down not too far north of town. So of course I ran down to the water to take a look. This is the sky a little before 5:00 p.m.

That’s kevin over there on the left, talking to his friend Glenn about the big whitecaps on the lake.

This is 5:30, about a half-hour later. I think those are white pelicans out there on the water and I think that’s rain coming down by the power plant.

Here’s a short video of the weather excitement.

It had been a lovely warm day and all the other boats had left the lake but then i saw this pontoon boat zooming along.

Well, we ended up with no hail here, some wind and rain but not that much. an hour later a double rainbow appeared.

When i was taking picture of the rainbow a huge flock of white pelicans started flying towards me…

…and then they were right overhead!

And then blue skies started to peek out from behind the clouds.

The white pelicans, the rainbow, and the lack of hail made me feel overjoyed. When anything that’s the least bit good happens nowadays it feels like it’s even better, in the midst of the flood of bad news around the world. It’s nice to have glimmers of happiness.

On a coronavirus-related note – there was a story with photos about a nurse going to work in a high-risk hospital and how first her family cheered and clapped for her as she left, and then the neighbors joined in, and pretty soon it was the whole block. i wanted to share this with people but felt like i couldn’t even start the story without choking up. So there it is.


g. on a monday morning in april.


a dark and stormy night

by grace on July 25, 2019

last wednesday, the 17th, the sky got dark and i ran down to the dock to take pictures.

actually, first i ran to the dock to look up at the sky, hoping for rain. because it had been so hot i was desperate for rain so i wouldn’t have to water. but when i got down to the dock the clouds were so grand that i had to run back up to get my phone.

finally, it started, and it was quite a bit of rain and i was so happy…and then there was a little bit of a rainbow again.

the shore on the other side was lit up in that spectacular way.

when the clouds look like this i want to learn to paint big oil paintings of them. when’s that going to happen, grace?

ok then,

mrs. winding down the month of july grace.


Friday, March 1st in Florida

by grace on April 11, 2019

Friday started out really rainy, and i watched little birds eating popcorn on our balcony.

But the skies cleared and it was yet another beautiful day. We drove west a bit, past Seaside to the town of Santa Rosa Beach. Santa Rosa was the most like Seagrove Beach, and we found a bunch of artist shops in back of a strip mall.

A man and wife were selling tie-dye stuff but i didn’t found anything that to buy, which is good because i don’t need any more stuff. The man did his tye-dye and was also a minister, and lived in Panama City, which was past Panama City Beach, the touristy area where we’d been on thursday. I think they were from Minnesota or some other even colder than Illinois place.

A sweet kitty was rolling around on the deck and i had to stop and play with her.

we walked to the beach (no barricades here for beach-walking) and it was pretty much like our beach, except we decided ours is better. A lifeguard station was set up because i guess there are more people around although it doesn’t really look like that, does it?

I’d found an Irish pub before we’d headed out that morning, and we stopped there for a lovely lunch. It’s called Johnny McTighe’s Irish pub, and it was divey and cool and I had a shot of Jagermeister. whoo hoo, living it up in Florida! The super-friendly waitress took our picture.

When we got back to Seagrove Beach i went for a great run and it started to rain on me a little, which was perfectly fine.

As I ran i noticed some girls on the beach who were pointing toward the east behind me. i turned around and saw a rainbow!

Nice. I got back and sat on the beach again. I could spend an entire winter there in florida doing that. I’m just saying.

ok then,

mrs. almost through with the florida photos grace.


november rainbow

December 5, 2018

down at the dock on sunday, November 4th – I was looking at the pelicans, and suddenly  there was a rainbow. the sun lit up a spot across the lake. I turned around to see the sun setting.  don’t see a sunset very often from the house. the pelicans were so very close to the […]

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