red maples

at the start of november…

by grace on November 26, 2018

it was relatively warm, the grass was green, the red maples were dazzling…

I took this for bev because she loves squirrels.    this one was  clearly posing for me.

wow, the field was so green.  I went running yesterday, the first time in two months cause i’d had something funny going on with my leg, and it was chilly and the grass definitely doesn’t look like that anymore.


amy took this photo of jim and dogs during one of their long walks, but it looks like a professional photo!

they’re so cute and colorful this time of year.  yesterday when I came back from running, they had just finished their walk and each one had at least three coats on, so they all looked like fat little sausages.

this morning I woke up to yet another snowfall.  yesterday I put up outside xmas lights and décor and today i’m sure glad I did that.  I hope that I won’t have to go out today, but i’m sure i’ll have to venture out once.  but later in the day, so I get a chance to brace myself for it.  it wasn’t that much snow but it’s cold and windy today, and will be even more so tomorrow.  winter, *sigh*

ok then,

mrs. end of November hughes.



happy…day after thanksgiving…

by grace on November 24, 2017

right, right, it’s black friday. didn’t make it out to the stores early this morning, because that’s not something i’m into.

here’s my personal revelation i had last night…to me, and i know this is probably sacrilege to many, i think thanksgiving is a stupid holiday.

even if you have a family you like and enjoy spending time with (and it’s probably just me, but i think that’s a kind of rare thing)…thanksgiving is really just about food. eating way too much food. preparing the food, worrying if there’s going to be enough food, cleaning, prepping, lots and lots of eating…it just seems dumb to me that it’s a holiday celebrating food. plus it seems to make most people i know very stressed out.

i guess i’m just cynical, or maybe i know more stressed-out people than average. all i know is, next year we’re eating out.

on a happier note…here are some photos of the spectacular red maples along the road by the university. the color is so vibrant that i’m amazed every time i see these trees, and i stopped running long enough to take a bunch of photos.

this is the real color; it’s so vibrant that it almost doesn’t look real! (kind of the red color that my hair is at the moment.)


i took the photos way back on november 5th and i bet the leaves have all fallen by now. it’s a sunny warm day, and i might yet get off the couch and go find out.

i used to have a stack of miscellaneous papers sitting on top of the bread box, but then i cleaned them all away, but then of course they found their way back. but les or chester constantly feels obliged to paw them all off onto the counter. sometimes one of them will chew on one of the papers. i finally cleaned it again the other day, so hopefully it’ll be clean, for a few days anyway.

i have enough trouble trying to keep the counter clean and maybe the cats just want me to know that it doesn’t really matter. or maybe they’re saying CLEAN UP ALREADY.

hard to say with cats.

ok then,

mrs. day after thanksgiving hughes.