wrapping up may, finally

by grace on July 1, 2020

a bunch of random images at the end of may…first, Riley and Les Paul trying to relax on the screened porch on May 24th.

May 25th, Memorial Day, Kevin relaxed down at the water for a brief time after doing some herculean effort, i’m sure.

There was quite a parade of goslings and geese that day.

a short video of them.

hmm, not sure where mom and i were walkingh on this day. it looks like there’s a crowd of cars back there, so maybe it wasn’t over at the university. plus since we had masks on it must have been a place where there were other people.

beautiful peonies from the yard…i don’t like to cut them because they don’t last long but on the other hand when they’re out in the yard they’re not getting seen as much.

power-washing the deck on may 28th. it seemed extra dirty this year for some reason.

An Historic occation on Friday May 29th – amy and jim canoeing! I had to run down to the dock to capture it.

They’re quite excellent at the canoeing!

I jogged down the road on saturday the 30th and then cut through the field by the university. this is supposed to be a path across a pond but it was kind of treacherous for me. luckily i did not fall. I’ve been back there since then and it’s still not fixed. I hope they get on that soon.

A great photo to end up the month – mom, kevin and i had a bonfire down at the water. mom ate dinner and kevin smoked a cigar and a good time was had by all.

so then…plenty of stuff happened in june and i’m going to get all caught up, i just know it. it’s supposed to be really hot in the next few days so maybe i’ll spend time sitting around working on that.

ok then,

mrs. july first hughes.


mostly Riley, way back in may…

by grace on June 27, 2020

here’s a short video of a couple of the cute baby groundhogs next door.

I took some photos of them but they were too hard to see.

meanwhile…this is the biggest gaggle of goslings I saw in may. they’re much bigger now.

The moon looking pretty spectacular on may 8th.

on may 10th, a beautiful big rainbow…

Riley posing kind of like Lester does.

He’s a kitty who loves to drape himself over things.

ok then,

mrs. nearly the end of june hughes.


Deer in May

by grace on May 26, 2020

Kevin took Riley for a walk on Sat. May 2nd. I’m not sure if Riley has ever been out in the yard; he has always been content to stay inside the fence. But I think he thoroughly enjoyed strolling around in the wild for a bit.

And actually, yesterday Sweetie rushed for the front door when i came inside yesterday. She’s not getting out! It’s hard to say what she might do out there, but since she hates to be picked up it might be challenging to corral her. She does love being in the fenced yard, spending hours out there, sometimes hiding under a giant hosta.

On Sunday May 3rd I was working out in my bedroom and was surprised to see a bunch of deer congregating right outside my window. I kept stopping my exercises to take photos and videos. At first I counted four.

Here’s a second video, as I spied six deer in total and tried to figure out how far they were from me.

Riley, just chillin’ on the bed while i scurried around, exercising and taking photos and videos.

I walked into the sunroom off the bedroom to get this shot. One deer in the foreground and at least two or three behind him or her.

Luckily the deer were oblivious to me as one of them decided to lie down and rest.

Here’s another video as a second deer decides to take a load off.

A third one follows suit…

of course i also had to video them.

The fourth deer that I could see joined the others.

and one more quick video…

I went back into the sunroom to get photos/video of the other two deer who were lying down but then one saw me and stood up so they all walked away.

It was an entertaining distraction as i did lots of situps and squats and lunges and lifted weights to strengthen many muscles in my arms & shoulders.

The deer show hasn’t returned, but instead there are now six baby groundhogs who are living under my neighbor’s porch. Whenever I’m in there i can always spot at least one of them, and they’re so cute! but impossible to photograph which does make for a more consistent workout.

Meanwhile…where has May gone? it feels like July, with high temps and humidity.

Because we’re all sheltering together, the five of us in the family were able to celebrate my birthday on sunday at amy’s house. she went to way too much trouble preparing a huge Indian meal, plus an incredible surprise of car bomb cupcakes! i’d seen them online a long time ago and made them for Kevin’s birthday back then and have made them a few times since, but they require many steps and fancy delicious buttercream frosting plus chocolate ganache inside.

plus the name of the recipe was changed to irish whiskey & beer cupcakes because, you know, car bomb cupcakes is definitely not politically correct.

In addition to the fabulous cupcakes, my friend Julie dropped off a dozen assorted huge and fancy cupcakes in my mailbox, and then randy dropped off an entire double chocolate chocolate cake.

so yeah, i’m set for chocolatey goodness for quite a while plus julie’s cupcakes give a nice assortment for those in the family who aren’t chocolate-addicted. I guess dad and I were the only ones with a serious chocolate obsession. his birthday was on May 3rd, the day I was taking all the photos of the deer above.

whew, it’s been too long since i’ve posted here. it’s weird how the days seem to go so quickly but then lots of times i can’t remember what i’ve done all day. i try not to start reading the bad news early in the day because it sucks me into the black hole and sometimes i’m there for an hour or two, not very healthy.

things are starting to open up all over the place, but not here in our family compound. jim continues to work from home, and neither amy nor i plan on working anytime soon.

strange days, indeed.

ok then,

grace, with plenty of time to write here every day if only i’d do it. plus time to write a book/keep a journal/play the piano/get rid of piles of stuff all over/clean/pulls weeds.

i’m just saying.


Happy Mother’s Day!

by grace on May 10, 2020

That’s addressed to you, mom…but suddenly it’s already late afternoon on mother’s day and another day has gone by whoosh….

we bought a 25-lb bag of powdered skimmed milk a few weeks ago. i found it on some site that sells bulk stuff but there were some issues with the shipping because suddenly the site got overwhelmed with orders but a nice woman from the site actually called me on the phone to resolve the issues.

and here it is. i bought the ziploc bags and kevin measured the whole giant bag into these little baggies.

I know many people don’t like powdered milk but i think it’s a treat. it always makes me think of camping.

i’ve been doing a little yard work; on this day in april i was transplanting the final lilies into the fenced yard and after i dug up some of them i hurled the shovel over the fence. it landed like this and Riley found it to be quite interesting.

A relatively new bleeding heart – the biggest one i had got peed on by the cats so much that it died, but i have at least a couple of good–sized ones now. i love bleeding hearts.

These bluebells roamed over to the front of the house…

…from this other part of the front of the house. i don’t remember there being so many of them there before. We should try to think of doing something more with this piece of yard.

all the april rain toppled this lovely cherry tree over to the side in front. it’s sad because it’s one of the trees dad planted. it hadn’t been doing well for a few years and it was leaning precariously but still had quite a few blooms. but then, down.

I transplanted some tulips from the front of the house to the back but only two of them bloomed. i think i planted this one last year, but none of the others next to it bloomed. but this one just kept blooming and blooming, i think it stuck around for a whole month.

ha, all those hostas in back of it are about five times as big now. i’m hoping all the hostas in back will grow and cover up the weeds and grass which needs to be pulled around them.

here’s an historic photo; three cats all together. sweetie is way back there on the chair on the left. she’s getting more and more friendly; when i sat down on the couch to write this she jumped up and wanted to lie on my lap! a nice surprise, although she didn’t linger.

the other day Lester was scrabbling around on the chair and managed to get back behind the cushion and the cover. we could do with some new chairs.

Lovey! doing better and better all the time, even though she loves kevin and sometimes barely tolerates me. Kevin said that he and Les were upstairs with Lovey and that went pretty well. Les has ventured up there a few times and there has been no hissing at all. very promising.

I wish i’d been quick enough to capture this on video; one night sweetie was chasing her tail, around and around, there on the chair. darling!

after i went running one afternoon at the end of april these two geese were hanging out in front of the house, drinking from the puddles.

and this morning i looked out an upstairs window and a goose was standing up on the peak of the three-car garage. very funny.

and that wraps things up for april…

ok then,



at the start of april…

May 4, 2020

these two ducks were enjoying the bird seed scattered on the ground in back of the house. Riley had no interest in them at all. Kevin bought this remote for the upstairs TV. we probably won’t lose it. it’s funny, we’ve only ever had one TV, but he hooked up a small monitor that works […]

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Sunday Kitty Fun

April 6, 2020

I have things to post from march, but right now i’m posting this because it’s so funny and cute. first – Lovey the outside cat is transitioning to inside, and kevin was upstairs where she’s quarantined for now. I was going to join them, but sweet Sweetie was lying in the massage room so i […]

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Saturday Feb. 22nd in Florida

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. […]

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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! […]

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more of sunday feb. 2nd

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 […]

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that’s it for January!

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 […]

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