Saturday Feb. 22nd in Florida

by grace on March 24, 2020

Statue update: it’s gray and rainy today. a little sunshine would go a long way around here. I continue to cough. Status quo.

Meanwhile…Saturday mornin, Feb 22nd, Kevin sent me this photo of a boat on the lake.

The reason we’d chosen to go to Tampa is because mom’s cousin Barb lives in nearby Lakeland. Mom went to visit Barb a few years ago. I tried to encourage Mom to go back for another visit but she hadn’t managed it. Barb is in her early 90s and i decided that it’d be a good idea to visit her. Our original plan was to go to St. Pete/Tampa and then stay with Barb for our last night.

Unfortunately Barb fell and broke her back before we made the trip. Breaking your back has to be terrible. So we weren’t able to stay with her, but then Mom and Barb talked and we arranged to meet her and her lovely caregiver, Brenda, at an Applebee’s in Lakeland, an hour away, for lunch on Saturday.

We drove on I-4 which was way too trafficky and many cars flew by us. I was happy to get to Applebees.

We had a nice lunch (remember when we restaurants were open and we could go out to eat?), and I thought Barb was in remarkable shape. She was using a walker and had to go slow but her mobility was fantastic. She’d fallen in November while visiting her children in California and as i recall i don’t think she went to the doctor right away.

She and had fractured a lower vertabrae and didn’t have a brace or anything .

Her caregiver Brenda, was very sweet and interesting. Barb had had lots more help but now i think brenda was only assisting her for a few hours a day, maybe four days a week.

We all went back to Barb’s and had a piece of this delicious cake which they’d gotten for Mom’s birthday, which was on the 26th.

After cake, Brenda had to leave, and the three of us then drove to visit Barb’s sister Charlotte in a nursing home about an hour away.

Charlotte was so happy to see us; Barb hadn’t been able to visit since she’d been injured in November. We stayed for a few hours and i was so glad that Barb and Charlotte got to visit.

I worry about poor Charlotte now. The nursing home didn’t seem like the greatest, and what’s she doing now? Not getting any visitors, I imagine.

We went back to Barb’s and I played her piano a little. I should do more of that.

Here’s Barb’s beautiful lanai. It was so inviting.

We finally left before dark after taking this selfie.

I didn’t want to get back on I-4 so instead we took a back road. It was interesting to drive through the countryside but unfortunately it got dark pretty quickly so we didn’t get to see much of it.

We got back to the house and had more Trader Joe’s food plus generous pieces of that delicious cake, which Barb had insisted we take with us.

Back at home…Riley was in a sack. Because that’s what he does.

Ok then,

grace on a gray rainy march afternoon.



by grace on February 23, 2020

So…it’s Sunday morning here in sunny Florida and mom and I are going to be headed to the beach in a while. But here are some pictures of the darling kitties who I miss quite a bit!

of course I really miss Kevin, but at least we get to talk on the phone every day! Plus I’m constantly sending him plenty of pictures

les Paul and Riley, darling ever on February 9.

Lovey, our outside kitty who was peeking in at Kevin on February 13. When I get home, we are going to take her to the vet and get her checked out and then she will become an inside kitty! Hopefully that will go well. So far, she loves Kevin but is not so fond of me. But I’m sure I can get her to come around my side.

Birds plus a deer down to heal. Looking at this picture, it is hard to imagine how cold it still is back in Springfield.

Lovey is inside her heated kitty house. Kevin had leaned that window over it so that the snow would not fall on her, and I don’t know if you can see the plexiglass he has put in front of the house. It was really cold at night and I think she kept warm.

Here she is eating on February 16.

And that’s it it for my kitties right now! we will come home late on Tuesday night. In the meantime, plenty of sun and fun!

ok then,

mrs. h on holiday.


more of sunday feb. 2nd

by grace on February 14, 2020

it was so warm and kevin was feeling ok so he asked me to join him down at the dock. i thought we should include lester because he’s always dying to get out.

this worked ok for a few minutes but les just wanted to get down and wander around, so it wasn’t the relaxing sitting at the dock that we’d envisioned.

instead, we went back up and sat in the fenced yard with the kitties.

riley was mellow as always but poor sweetie was very distressed by this big cat up on the roof with her.

after hissing at him for a bit she hopped down and dashed off.

riley was, of course, nonplussed.

ten minutes later, sweetie couldn’t help herself, she had to hurry back up the ramp, at which point riley decided he’d had enough of this little kitty.

sweetie, king of the hill!

but of course she didn’t stay up there long, and here’s the true king of all her surveys. note riley nestled down amongst the ferns up against the fence.

kitties never like to linger, which is why that we can hang out with them in the fenced yard.

sweetie is so photogenic when she stops long enough to get her picture taken!

riley’s preferred spot is hiding a bit.

les, action kitty, nibbled on the dried catnip plant. it grew and spread a lot last summer but they didn’t seem to care about it so much

darling girl.

and that’s it for the cute kitty photos for this morning.

ok then,

mrs. it’s only 4 degrees but at least it’s sunny on this valentine’s morning hughes.


that’s it for January!

by grace on February 1, 2020

yay, we made it through january! Lester and Riley are chill.

they stopped what they were doing for a moment so i could get a picture…

…and then it was back to cleaning. i don’t think we’ve had two kitties who loved each other so much. Winnie and Honey were pretty happy together until Honey sometimes got a little too rambunctious for Winnie.

so darling.

lots of white pelicans out on the water, but they weren’t quite close enough for me to get a good shot.

bird in flight! they were very busy.

the bird on the far left looks like its head is in a hole in the bird feeder but there’s no hole there. optical illusion.

february has started out gray, for a change. that’s six days in a row now with no blue in the sky at all.

but it’s supposed to be unseasonably warm tomorrow, that’ll be nice.

and before we know it, it’ll be spring.

in the meantime…amy has the flu, kevin has yet another cold, and i’m determined not to catch it this time. hmm, can you will a cold to stay away?


ok then,

mrs. first day of february hughes.


here in january

January 22, 2020

Brrrr…well, it’s not so bad today as yesterday. But still. January. not my favorite month. Lester doesn’t mind. I think i took this when walking from mom’s house to mine. so many deer relaxing. this is one of the lights in front and i was fascinated by the light it cast when walking by it […]

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the rest of 2019, kitties of course

January 20, 2020

Sweetie got real brave in December and sat up on the kitty house. sometimes she’s brave, sometimes she spends her time up in the upstairs bedroom. when i got up this morning she was right here but then she decided she needed to be back upstairs. kevin bought all the kitties two different catnip socks […]

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December 18, 2019

Les and Riley can’t help being so adorable all the time…here they are on the first day of december. christmas swan!!! mom and i went to hobby lobby at the beginning of the month and were were about to check out but i hurried back in to pick up some candles. I glanced up and […]

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early november

December 15, 2019

so…i just got back from NYC. Mom and i left on monday and got back yesterday afternoon. Right before i left i spent a lot of time uploading photos, creating drafts to post while we were gone. it didn’t happen. plus i took approximately 3.2 million photos even though i told myself not to take […]

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December 2, 2019

gee, i can’t believe it’s already the last month of the year…my goal is to get everything from this year posted in this year. not a huge goal, so hopefully it’s attainable. first – when i jog on the lake road i pass a house that has a secret opening in the bushes across the […]

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September 18, 2019

On august 20th I went to lunch with randy…I think this was my first lunch there, I have been there probably five times at least. We went late enough so that the place was almost empty, which I always love. We walked around in the museum next-door, and I had added more stuff, plus some […]

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