by grace on 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 to pet them.

randy stopped by on christmas night dressed in this festive ensemble. lester was impressed.

randy gave kevin this star wars stocking hat. it has yoda ears, which i don’t think you can see so well here.

and here’s the final photo of 2018 – jim, winning in disc golf! what did he win? a hole in one, i’m surmising…

yaaaay jim!

and BOOM, we’re moving on to the new year…

ok then,

mrs. getting stuff done as we start 2019 hughes.


wrapping up the month of october

by grace on November 20, 2017

this is from october 15th, capturing that magic moment when the sun lights up the other shore. hmm, that was taken at 6:12 p.m.  last night i was sitting here looking out at the lake and was pretty dark over there, at 5:02 p.m.  but before you know it the days will start getting longer!  trying to remain calm and optimistic in the face of encroaching winter…

the next day les was out and about…

…as winnie followed us while les batted at leaves in the water.

ok, so this is a big difference between kevin and me.  he’d finished ripping out the hot tub and was assuring me how strong the beams were that he’d put in – and then he started jumping on them, and pretended to fall!  i can’t even believe this picture, looking at it again.  because we all know that if it’d been me clowning around like that, other body parts would certainly have broken.

and the next day les was at it again.  lately he’s all about going down to the rocks.


the problem with that is he never, ever listens when i try to get him to come back up.  winnie always comes when i call, at least.

on this day kevin came out and whistled and les trotted right up to him.

i’m in love with this new sweater that zuri has, with the big fluffy pom pom.

and hey, halloween, the end of october!  randy coerced me into helping do concessions at a halloween fundraiser at muni.  it was an outdoor event and even though we were in the concession stand it was still mighty cold.  but i love this picture so much – that’s the beautiful and glamorous julie ratz, who i didn’t even recognize when she came in.  how funny is that?

i don’t remember who this guy is, except that he was dressed as some evil clown from some scary tv show that i’d never, ever think about watching.

and with that, VOILA, the end of october!  how quickly the year has disappeared…

ok then,

mrs. not gonna let the winter win hughes.



HAPPY (day after) EASTER!

by grace on March 28, 2016

near the end of what had been a very un-eastery easter sunday, we got an unexpected surprise…

a visit from the EASTER BUNNY!

of course he passed out easter treats…


…and was happy to pose with the surprised gathering.



he even posed with darling numie…


…and mincy…


…and sadie!


posing with the dogs reminded me of unwilling kids sitting on santa’s lap.

but the doggies still had a really good time, as did we all, thanks to THE EASTER BUNNY!

ok then,

mrs. about to be late for work hughes.




early thursday morning…

by grace on October 8, 2015

and i woke up very early for me.  sometime around 6:00, winnie started meowing at kevin, crawling around on him, lying on top of his head.  how can kevin sleep through all that?  winnie would stop and purr for a bit, then commence with the meowing and tromping all around.

finally, kevin woke up close to 7:00, and i got up, too, because i’m trying to perfect my shot-giving skills.  Winston was diagnosed with diabetes on tuesday – when we go back from Wales, i knew he was much thinher than when we left.  bev and amy tried to convince me that it was just him getting older, but i knew hat that much weight loss so fast couldn’t be good.  so the vet came and tested his blood, which was 460 – very very high; it should be about 120.

kevin said that winnie probably got it from him.

so now he gets two shots a day, tiny little amounts of insulin, and he’s on a high-protein diet and he’s still always SO VERY HUNGRY.  he’s pretty good about getting a shot, but i just need to practice more to become totally proficient at it.

it’s a good thing it didn’t happen to chester, because i don’t know how the vet could have drawn any blood on him, much less giving him a shot every day.  everybody is now on this high protein diet, which is better for cats, and hopefully chester will lose a little weight so he doesn’t get diabetes, too.

whew.  it’s always something.

i’ve been sitting here on the couch looking at photos from our trip, and they’re so beautiful.  i keep hearing that it’s better to have memories than photos, but if i didn’t have the photos, i couldn’t possibly remember all that beauty, so i’m glad we stopped about every five minutes to take another pictures.

i’m not going to post any more photos til i get my new video editing software, so i can include videos.  it should arrive any day now.  i’m excited about that.

meanwhile…randy got two new darling kitties, and here they are.  the first one is about a year old, kind of skittish.  the other one is only about 6 weeks old, tiny and crazy and cute.  randy isn’t sure about their names yet.

Al.  Probably.

Al. Probably.

The older cat above was named alice, which he wasn’t crazy about, so he might call her Al, but so far he’s just referred to her as “the older cat.”

And he calls the tiny ball of energy “the tiny cat,” although he’s pretty sure he’s going to go with Bustapher, buster for short.  i visited them on sunday, the day after he got them, and buster was tearing and skittering all over the place and climbing up randy’s pant leg.  nothing is as energetic as a tiny kitten.

Bustapher?  Buster.  Maybe.

Bustapher? Buster. Maybe.

my aunt sandy came to visit last weekend and we went to The Farm.  it was a beautiful day, nice for walking arund in the garden, which always looks great no matter what time of year.

The Farm!

The Farm!


i love the bright purple berries on these plants; they don’t even look real, they’re so vibrant.  i’d like to get some.  i took a picture of their name, in case i actually manage to look for them.


berry beauty, a very appropriate name.


for once, i didn’t buy one thing there at the farm – i do love their stuff, and i like to support them, but i just wasn’t in a buying mood, probably because of my feeling that i don’t need one single more thing to add to our already very crowded home.

it’s another beautiful day today, and i’m going to bike to yoga soon.

i hope your thursday is a good one,

mrs. october already hughes.


last week in july!

July 27, 2015

and it’s going to be a crazy-busy one.  again.  i’m enjoying a few minutes of sitting down right now, but soon i will be a little too busy fora monday. meanwhile…here’s the rest of june, which was also kinda crazy. amy and jim adopted a darling, sweet italian greyhound – my friend jill told them […]

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monday morning, but i woke up and thought it was

April 13, 2015

THE WEEKEND!  i don’t know why, especially since all weekend long i mostly did just a huge, huge amount of absolutely nothing. when i woke up i’d been having a very long dream; we were going on a big trip and dad was there, and we were packing and packing. yesterday morning i didn’t feel […]

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wednesday, still gloomy outside…

October 15, 2014

it’s only fall, but the sky looks like winter, bleak and gray and where is the sun?  it will surely return again someday. meanwhile…soon i have to go to randy’s house to check on sweet little rupee, but first, i have a big melange of all the photos from the rest of september. first, the […]

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thursday morning

May 22, 2014

last night i overdid it a little with the yard work, and we went to be before 10!  this morning i got up a little after six, so clearly i’m turning into an old lady who gets up at the crack of dawn. well, i’m not entirely sure what time the sun rises, so i […]

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more april, as may is over half over, including the sail and gavin degraw…

May 17, 2014

yesterday i went to the grocery store with randy and a bottle of wine leapt out of our cart and dramatically CRASHED to the floor, shattering all over the place, and it was red wine, so a huge red pool oozed all over the place. but it was in no way my fault! so, accident-free […]

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randy’s birthday dinner!

July 10, 2013

ok,, posting these photos…only 9 days late! first, our darling mollie, who just wanted all of our food for a change.  we had delicious grilled by kevin steaks, and mollie got plenty. kevin and me, trying to not let all the candles blow out before they got to randy. amy baked the deliciously decadent carrot […]

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