Riley

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

by grace on 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 in the closet leading to the attic. king of the world!

ok, i have just a couple xmas photos and then MOVING ON ALREADY to 2019!

ok then,

me


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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

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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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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