Riley

wrapping up November…

by grace on December 9, 2018

oh boy.  head about to explode, late on a sunday night.  first – new wordpress update and i can’t really figure it out.  i know that when i did the update there was some kind of choice about doing it the old way, instead, but now of course i can’t find that.  it’s suddenly so complicated, and i just want to post a few photos and go to bed…

also, something happened to my internet.  where did it go?  i don’t know.  i just don’t know.  the internet is missing, does anybody see it anywhere?

did i have edge?  did i have explorer?  neither works anymore, so i got mad and decided to go back to firefox, and somehow managed to get that up and running.  yaaay the internet is back…

too many computer-related things right now.

so many birds at the feeder!

ok maybe i can figure this out, but i really really wish i wasn’t starting at 9:30 on sunday night.  it’s all about “blocks” now and maybe it will make things easy once i’ve wrapped my head around it but right now i don’t want to do this.  so why am i?  because i’m crazy.

anyway, that photo up there, i wasn’t there, i love it, kevin took a photo of crazy lester who looked like he was clinging onto the crossbeam of the boat lift.  kevin said no, he was just sauntering across it like he does.

and then he quickly walked right onto the dock…

and here les was sitting for a portrait, the cutest kitty anywhere…

a couple of days later kevin was demonstrating how les was walking across the boatlift.  DON’T DO THAT i said, but he didn’t listen.

he had to pretend like he was teetering but of course he wasn’t…


a couple of days later, so many penguins out on the water.  they were so close but of course they smoothly glide away when i walk down to the water.  i think they’re all gone for now, finally. 


november 22nd, a rare photo of riley near winnie.  as you can see winnie doesn’t like it one bit, and he only stays there for the briefest of moments before getting up and indignantly walking away.  poor fella, he’s not in such a good mood these days.

and one final photo – kevin will be sitting somewhere and les jumps up on his lap and then nuzzles him and then starts to work his paw around kevin’s back and suddenly les is in the back and kevin is forced to sit way up, and then admits defeat and gives up the chair to lester.  because every chair is lester’s!

speaking of, les is lying on back of the couch behind me, patiently waiting for me to go to bed so he can sleep on top of me.  whew i’m tired – kevin and i took an hour-long walk today and maybe that’s why i’m so weary.

no, i’m sure it’s all the computer stuff. 

maybe this new version of wordpress won’t be bad, but surely there’s a way to insert a bunch of photos at once?  stop thinking now, please, mrs. hughes.

ok then,

good night,

me.


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all kinds of stuff in november

by grace on December 6, 2018

first, happy belated birthday, bev!  here she is with a group of friends vigorously celebrating her special day.  one of her friends bought bev the Barbie seen there in front of the pig, and they carried the Barbie around with them all day, photographing it in all kinds of settings.

rilcy always loves a new box.  that box is still sitting in the exact spot, but now it has the added benefit of a big wad of brown paper, which riley sometimes like to jump in, sometimes likes to hid in, and Winnie even occasionally ventures in for plenty of kitty fun.

speaking of Winnie – here he is on the new foam steps we bought him so he can climb up on the couch.  I put them down and he immediately climbed right up.  he continues to be OK, but it seems like he’s slowing down more and more every day.  at least he spent some quality time lying on my lap purring this morning.

riley and les playing in the wad of brown paper, before it ends up in the box.   I plan to start getting out xmas décor today so I feel maybe the box will have to go, at least for the rest of December.  this’ll be Riley’s first xmas, I wonder what he’ll think of the tree?  he’ll probably love it, because he loves most things.

i’m pretty sure kevin took this lovely shot of contemplative les lakeside at the beginning of November.

the boys love their twin towers.

I took  a picture of this gigantic vehicle driving down east lake drive – I’ve never seen something with triangle-shaped tires before.  but I feel that they’re not technically tires, because the treads go around on the base of whatever it is.  maybe they are tires, I don’t know.

yeah, I guess I should limit taking pictures while driving.  but i’m confident I was at a light?  beautiful sunset as I drove into chatham.


finally, amy’s well-dressed puppies as they’re about to embark on another exciting adventure.

whew, there sure were a lot of pictures in November, and this is only halfway through the month.

ok then,

mrs. g. hughes.

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all kitties all the time…

by grace on November 30, 2018

…well, riley and les paul, anyway…Winnie isn’t in the mood so much these days to get his picture taken.  he’s still purring and eating and everything at least.

riley and les being loving before the fighting starts.  that thing on the right is a rolly ball filled with catnip, perfect for cats, right?  especially riley, who has all of his claws and uses the couch as a scratching post.  but of course not, they won’t have anything to do with it.  because they’re cats.


riley on his back in imitation of lester.


he likes to take advantage of the double-wide top level of the kitty condo, stretching all the way across.


can you see les?  he’s peeking out from the middle level of the condo as riley peers down at him.  they do lie around on every section except that middle green pillow, for some reason they don’t care for that.

now that it’s the last day of November, we’re going to have a huge break from winter tomorrow, as the temp is supposed to climb to 62 at least.  there’s going to be lots of rain, but I have high hopes for getting a run in between the showers.

ok then, FRIDAY!

mrs. g. hughes

 

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one last boat out of the water in october…

by grace on November 16, 2018

after glenn helped us get out sailboat out of the water, we helped him get his out.

this was Tuesday, October 30th – we all drove over to the yacht club in kevin’s big truck and attached glenn’s trailer.  glenn climbed aboard, and I was excited to get to go out one last time for the year.  it was a beautiful morning.

the little sailboat motor started up and glenn and I set off, as kevin drove to the sailboat launch over on our side of the lake.  we’d have to motor under the Linsday bridge, and glenn had never taken his sailboat under the bridge since he can’t sail under it, so it would be a first.

or maybe not.  I happily enjoyed sitting there taking pictures of the beautiful, crisp fall day. i’m pretty sure we only had about three fall days, mostly going right from summer heat to snow.

but then…the motor died.  uh oh.  glenn is generally cool as a cucumber, but I think he started to panic, maybe, as he frantically kept pulling on the motor rope.  it started up a couple of times but then died.

I finally called kevin, who suggested we call our boat guy, josh.  I did, and glenn described to him the motor trouble and josh said it must be the carburetor, which meant it wasn’t going to work.  hmm.  glenn called the yacht club and I thought that maybe they’d have somebody there who could help us?  it seems they should, since the membership is so expensive.  but no, the yacht club just called CWLP for us, which I could have done myself.

meanwhile, kevin texted me, writing “why doesn’t he unfurl the jib a little?”  the jib is the smaller mast in the front.  it was a windy day, and the wind was already nudging us in the direction of the dock where we needed to be, so this made sense to me.

but glenn is a very, very focused individual and I think he was only concentrating on MAKE THE MOTOR START, so he just kept pulling on the cord.

eventually he somehow managed to start it and we puttered over to the dock, but we met kevin at the dock on the other side of the lake so we wouldn’t have to try to navigate under the bridge.

land ho!  kevin was all set to get the boat up on the trailer.

this is a funny photo because I think glenn looks smug, but I know that’s not his emotion – I think it was mostly just relief.

I had to stop taking pictures for a bit because all hands were needed – glenn held onto the boat in the back and I had to pull, while kevin tried to guide it in.

that went ok, and then kevin magically balanced on top of the trailer not getting his feet wet as he winched the boat up.

this is my favorite photo of kevin even though I didin’t zoom in enough – he’s braced against the bar as he finishes hooking the boat up.  very agile, my kevin.


glenn watched to make sure the boat wasn’t scraping the ramp as kevin pulled it out of the water.

I stood around in the parking lot for a good long time as kevin and glenn prepped the boat for hauling.

so hard at work!  I was perfectly content to continue standing around.

as they worked, a truck pulling a boat pulled up and I saw a little dog in the front seat.  it joyfully bounded all over the place as its owner got ready to take his fishing boat out.

I guess I had to help a little, because the next thing I knew, the boat with the dog standing proud at the bow was whizzing by.

a little more this and that, and the boat was ready to go back to our house.  they needed to take the motor off the boat before they took it to storage, but the motor was locked to the boat.  glenn had a little baggie of keys, but none of them fit, so they had to stop at home in order to cut off the lock.  and to drop me off.  the final boat adventure of the year.

when we got back I took les for a walk, but after he sat on the rocks for alittle while he started meowing up at me, so it was a short walk.

riley, doing a yoga pose.

and boom, end of October posted, and it’s not even the end of November yet!

in addition to the first snow, we then had about four inches of snow the night before last.  ridiculous.

ok then,

mrs. deep in the hear of winter before thanksgiving hughes.

 

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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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more from october

November 10, 2018

and the thing is it seems like deep winter all of a sudden.  fall passed in the blink of an eye – it got deeply cold yesterday and snowed. ugh.  to early.  let’s go back to mid-October when we had that little flash of autumn. Winnie enjoyed lying in a new box.  he’s hanging in […]

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way back at the beginning of october…

November 4, 2018

kevin saw these two cute wooly worms.  a mother and a baby?!  I’ve never seen that before. these were taken the day after our exciting Friday morning of towing our neighbor’s boat out of the water.  we got to starved rock too late on Friday for hiking, but we set out at the crack of […]

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happy anniversary…

September 17, 2018

to us!  yesterday was kevin and my 12th anniversary.  it’s astounding to realize that twelve years have flown by. kevin bought me these gorgeous roses… …and we took a nice boat ride early in the day, before it got too hot.  lots of gulls followed us. I jumped in the lake way over on the […]

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i itch, therefore i am.

September 7, 2018

first, a couple of darling kitty photos. this was sunday, august 26th.  les had to rest his weary head on top of a sock, on top of a cushion, on top of a rug…and yet his usual favored sleeping position is resting against some cold piece of metal.  Winnie is pretty calm these days, and […]

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taking down the trees

August 30, 2018

I took many photos and a completely berserk amount of video of the huge team of guys felling our trees. i’m still pretty sad about the whole thing even thought it was all my idea. I am grateful that the giant tree won’t smash through the bedroom roof and kill us as we sleep, but… […]

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