Riley

Final Day in Florida – March 2, 2019

by grace on April 15, 2019

We took our final walk on the beach over to Seaside.

Here’s us, looking almost the same as we did the first day. except for our nice new A30 baseball caps.

it’s funny that there was no name on this banner. or maybe the restaurant is called the shrimp basket?

This was the day before the race they were having that started just outside Seaside, and i’d read that there was going to be some kind of expo on saturday. why did i want to see the expo? i don’t know; maybe because there might have been something interesting there.

there wasn’t. we walked through the town which was much more crowded than we’d ever seen it, but it took a while to find the expo. it was just a bunch of junk, plus loud and crowded. we just walked through and out the other side, and back down the road to our condo. i think this was the warmest day.

the only thing we bought in Seaside was some alcohol – i can’t believe they had wine called Grace, so i had to buy a can even thought it cost seven bucks.

I sat on the beach on last time…

and then, because it was so warm out and because i knew this was my last chance, i went swimming in the ocean. well, not so much swimming, more like standing around and then paddling a little bit. i felt very brave.

one last night, and then we got up early on sunday to get out of town before the runners finished the race and there might be a traffic jam. we left by 8:45, definitely a record.

It was a long first day, and this was the day a big tornado wiped out a little town in Alabama. We didn’t know anything about the tornado til we got to the motel that night, but we were only about 40 miles from it, in Montgomery. It was pouring so hard that Kevin had to stop at a rest area for a while. it’s a good thing iw asn’t driving at the time because i’d have been quietly freaking out.

We made it all the way to Clarksville, so it was a pretty quick drive the next day and we were home around one i think.

the kitties were happy to see us. i emptied out my backpack and les climbed right in.

a while later kevin took this picture of lester.

later in the afternoon both kitties were lying on their tower, and all was peaceful.

the end.

ok then,

mrs. h, mid-april, as maybe spring slowly starts to arrive here…

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florida!

by grace on March 11, 2019

it was just so warm and sunny there and i wasn’t thrilled about driving back to the cold and snow.

but i’m getting ahead of myself…before florida, there was the beginning of february, with sweet riley hanging outside as much as possible.

and then, bev and i took a short and fun trip up to chicago to see the Blue Man Group. i’d been dying to see them in their original habitat, the venue where it all began.

here we are before the show started.

it was a pretty good show…but the problem is that i’d built it up in my own mind so much that i was disappointed. when kevin and i saw it a few years ago here at sangamon auditorium, i felt it was the funniest, most wonderful performance i’d ever seen.

yeah, expectations too high.

this time it just wasn’t as funny. could it be because i’d seen it, i knew what to expect? but i feel that they did funnier things back then.

my biggest complaint with the chicago iteration is that it was deafeningly loud. when we first got to our seats, bev noticed that the kid next to her had a pair of earplugs in his lap. he told her they were free, and they were giving them out. he graciously scrabbled past the tightly-packed row of seats to get us some pairs, and he certainly saved my hearing quite a bit that night.

i know it wasn’t that loud when we saw the show here – maybe when they take the show on the road they think the small-town older crowd won’t appreciate the ear-shattering noise? or maybe sangamon auditorium is so big that they couldn’t crank it up full volume.

kevin suggested that maybe their sound people have been doing the show so long that they’re going deaf and so the show keeps increasing in volume over the years.

whatever the reason, it was annoyingly loud to me even with earplugs. at the end of the show i took them out and was amazed at how much louder it was.

we enjoyed ourselves despite this, and stayed at a lovely downtown chicago hotel. bev, because she’s a saint, drove us into the city, braving the crazy traffic, and then she decided she’d drive all the way home. nice.

so i guess this post isn’t really about florida yet…except here’s poor lester, who knew we were going to be gone and was desperate to go with us.

i love how riley looks like he’s praying here…please don’t leave us!

ok, soon, many photos and videos of florida.

g.

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more photos from that big snow…

by grace on January 27, 2019

whew. these were all taken right after it snowed, the week before winnie died.

Saturday morning, Jan. 12th, Riley was determined to play in the snow even though it was piled mighty high.

intrepid riley

Shortly thereafter i shoveled the back deck off the bedroom and a path to the kitty house. les immediately had to march right into the house.

i tried to get a video of him as he leapt through the big snow, but he was too fast for me.

i woke up on sunday morning to more snow. i looked out the front window and there was a deer.

kevin had been gone since friday night and was supposed to come back saturday, but because the roads were horrible he stayed away another night. jim had done lots of plowing and snow-blowing on saturday but he hadn’t been able to get to mom’s driveway – the tractor had started leaking something and he was worried it’d completely break down, and then the snow blower started smoking.

so on sunday morning he shoveled this channel in mom’s drive.

Mom hadn’t been able to get out for a whole day and of course was anxious to leave the prison of her house. Jim thought we should shovel a wide trench so that when kevin came home he’d be able to easily plow the rest of the driveway.

before i started i took this last picture.

we worked for maybe an hour, and jim pointed out that it was peaceful in the snow. when i walked back home i was dismayed to see the state of kevin’s shelter.

woops

he normally parks his truck under the shelter, and i remember going out to check on it saturday night…but i know i didn’t look thoroughly enough, because if i had, i’d have poked at all the snow on the roof with a broom. damn.

when kevin got home he managed to shovel enough snow off the roof to get the tractor out, added some kind of fluid or other, and made quick work of mom’s driveway.

monday morning, the 14th, riley was happy to go out into the snowy yard.

it was cloudy that morning with the sun just peeking through.

les and riley on monday night.

Tuesday night, the 15th, les was on top of the fridge. i don’t think he’s been lying there like that before.

Izzy looking so cute, snuggled up against the cold.

i took this photo of a deer in amy’s yard, right before i went to mom’s house on friday the 18th. because they have bird feeders in the front the deer are always gathered for a snack.

after that i went to mom’s to watch a movie, and later kevin and i got home, and then all the bad stuff happened with winnie. *sigh*

he was a very, very good kitty.

ok then,

mrs. late sunday afternoon hughes.

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before the storm…

by grace on January 18, 2019

the first part of january was snow-free, kind of warm-ish. i took this picture because it struck me as funny, this planter inside another planter, covered in water. and then it froze, and i bet it’s thoroughly covered in snow right now.

kind of like a planter in aspic…

a couple of days later i had lunch with my friend julie at the yacht club, and i could see white pelicans on the island! not a lot of them, but it was nice to see that there’s still here.

on sunday the 6th we took a nice walk at Lincoln Memorial Gardens. we were pretty bundled up, but met people walking who weren’t wearing hats or anything. i like to be warm enough when outside.

here’s mom’s new cat! she used to be called Chance, i think, but mom is going to call her Kitty. easy to remember. isn’t she darling? such big eyes! she’s been living in mom’s spare bedroom for a couple of weeks now i believe, but we’ve finally found a gate tall enough to put in the doorway to keep her separated from mom’s other cat, Hobbs.

Hobbs is maybe 10 years old, and has a serious weight problem. so we didn’t think she’d be able to get over the fence and into the bedroom. here’s the fence:

the tall white fence is something that’s been sitting around in our back yard ever since we moved here; mom and dad left it when they vacated the premises. there was another fence in front of the white one, but somehow hobbs managed to get over it. a friend speculated that maybe she climbed it? it’s a mystery, but now that we havethis other fence to support it she hasn’t been able to find her way in.

when hobbs did get into the room she was just after Kitty’s food even though they both have the same stuff. because they’re cats.

mom said that when hobbs got in, and it happend three times, i think, there was a horrible yowling coming from both cats. the last time it happened she came into the bedroom and kitty was on top of the bed and hobbs underneath it. so maybe kitty is a little bit fearless? but she did have a cut on her nose.

i’m hoping that they’ll eventually warm up to each other, that’d be so nice for both of them . Kitty had been living in a house where the owners had gotten a dog, and the kitty had been in terror for two years, even though the dog didn’t try to chase her or anything.

maybe it’ll work out. i’m hopeful. this morning when i was at mom’s, Kitty scurried down the hall to mom’s bedroom and then back again to her sanctuary. she bravely did that a few times, getting more confident.

on the 10th, les and riley tried to relax.

happy boys!

last friday, the 11th, kevin was out of town and mom and i got chinese food and took it next door to amy and jim’s. i was highly amused by my fortune.

hmm…don’t think so.

the snow started at about seven that night, and didn’t seem so bad…

but it never seems bad at the start, does it?

kevin took a trip with his friend glenn, and glenn left his car in our driveway. this is what it looked like by 10 that night…

still not bad…

and this is the next morning. about seven or so inches of snow.

kind of buried…

and this is sunday morning after a couple more inches fell. jim spent hours saturday morning using the snow plow and the snow blower, and did a great job of clearing our driveway and his own. but hmm, the car was pretty snowed in by this point.

i have more photos of our snowy weekend but won’t get to them before the snow starts to fall again tonight.

i’m completely sick of winter now. today i was thinking about the nice time we had in florida last year, that lovely condo on the beach…

ok then,

mrs. at least it stays light longer in the evening although i haven’t seen the sun for days Hughes.


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kitties in december

January 13, 2019

riley is finding it more and more difficult to just relax. many times the two kitties sleep side-my-side on top of their condo. i’m pretty sure there aren’t many other kitties who are this photogenic, always looking like they’re posing for a magazine. …and of course, les always has to climb up into the box […]

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wrapping up November…

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 […]

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all kinds of stuff in november

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 […]

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all kitties all the time…

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, […]

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one last boat out of the water in october…

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 […]

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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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