way back in august…

by grace on September 25, 2020

i thought i’d just slap a couple photos from august up here and get right on to september but then i thought, why not post as many as you want?

I love this photo from the beginning of the month, with my wonderful giant rooster and the hydrangea that were so lovely and of course les paul, so photogenic.

I planted the forget-me-knots that my late friend christine’s sister gave out at christine’s funeral last year. they’ve been doing great, and i wonder if they’ll come back next summer?

The only thing i’ve posted for kevin’s birthday was back back on his actual day, when the night before i was talking on the phone about wanting to give kevin a homemade card but then realized he was standing in the hall hearing every word. so instead i hung some decorations around for a festive surprise when he woke up on his special day.

and here’s the actual celebration as kevin enjoys an incredibly delicious car bomb cupcake that amy made. she actually baked a huge amount of them for my birthday and i’d frozen a lot of them and there were still moist and scrumptious for kevin’s birthday.

he’s wearing a sporty and practical head covering that amy and jim bought for him, made of some kind of anti-sweat and lightweight material. Very thoughtful of them especially for his continuing roof work.

I’d bought some porterhouse steaks for the meal and we had that along with some french bread i’d made with some fancy cheeses. man that steak was delicious plus the weather was perfect for a lovely dinner lakeside.

I also like the fact that the deck looked so good. we haven’t sat out on the deck for many meals this summer and dad would have been pleased to see that i’ve been keeping it clean and full of flowers.

instead of presenting kevin with a homemade card on the morning of his day, i created a little card book later in the afternoon while he was out doing something and i had time to make one. it was called “kevin’s busy summer” and illustrated with pretty awful photos of all the handyman stuff he accomplished. this is the final page, to give you an idea of the artwork quality.

we also inspected the fine job he did on re-doing the smaller dock.

here’s riley who is alway in a state of agitation about getting out for a supervised walk. obviously he’s deep in thought here as he enjoys his freedom.

August 8th, Kevin was almost done with the front part of the roof.

and here he is after he finished the next day.

Looking at the picture makes me think yet again that i want to paint the door frame and the little point above it and the door. maybe next week, when the temps will be in the 60s.

here are the two cute t-shirts that amy and jim gave kevin; he has bought me so many mutts t-shirts that i could wear nothing but them all the time, and i don’t know why it never occurred to buy any for him.

We bought him an apple watch which at first he didn’t seem too keen on, but he’s definitely starting to realize that it’s a great thing to have.

darling lester and riley. i always have to make a fort of the two extra bed pillows so i can dangle a light chain with a wooden ball on the end in front of it and lester shoots through the chute to grab and play with it. he continuously wants to do this, but on this afternoon after he’d gone through the chute, riley followed him! this was a first.

Les was delighted to play with a couple of pairs of socks while Riley sprawled inside the tunnel. such busy kitties.

Riley, so regal, on the backyard swing.

and there you have it, a good part of august documented.

soon i go back to cleaning the screened porch, just part of my exciting and productive late september fun.

ok then,

mrs. h.


Wrapping up July, mostly with kitties…

by grace on September 11, 2020

We went out on the boat yet again on July 16th and went farther into the infamous “hot ditch” next to the power plant than i’d ever been. usually there are plenty of fishing boats because the water is so warm there but since it was a week day, nobody else was around.

a short video of the power plant, and i love this still of mom!

here’s our lone crocosmia, the flower i’ve written about before. we saw many of them in ireland and wales and i bought many, many seeds and a few came up but this is the only one that has bloomed more than once. it’s surrounded by lilacs which i think protect it from the winter wind and cold.

We were back out on the boat again on July 19th and what a beautiful evening…

and again on July 20th! i forgot that we’ve been out on the boat so much this year.

Lovey! she’s getting slightly less freaked out by me as the days progress. in a few years maybe she’ll let me pet her. we’ll see.

Riley, darling in the heated cat house that Kevin put in the living room.

Goldfinch on top of the hummingbird feeder. i think there were actually two of them out that day.

Lester in his basket! i can’t remember how this basket ended up in the living room but it’s one of les’s favorite places now. he’s in it as I type this, as a matter of fact, nodding off because he has such a very busy life/

This doesn’t happen too often. Sweetie generally regards the other cats as her enemies although sometimes i think she likes for them to chase her. but sometimes she’ll start batting at them in an aggressive manner, so it’s nice that she was sharing her spot on the shelf with Riley.

and here she is emerging from the upside down clothes basket special tower we have in the living room.

and now i’m realizing tht our living room is pretty much a kitty haven, with the upside down clothes basket tower and the other basket and the heated kitty house and the steps up to the kitty condo. we’ve talked about constructing some kind of kitty highway around the top of the walls, which would be even more fun.

and that’s it for July. my plan, which will probably change, is to post just a few photos so i can get caught up…

and so it goes.

ok then,

mrs. 9/11 day hughes.


still july…

by grace on September 9, 2020

still kitties…here’s sweetie, the happiest kitty ever who gets to spend quality time in the fenced yard.

Riley loves it too, but he doesn’t have the exuberance of sweetie, who was finding that cement block to be the most comfortable spot to curl up on.

can you see the heron way down there on the dock at the left?

Now that Riley gets to go on supervised walks in the big open yard he can be quite insane about getting out there. If i’m sitting out on the deck he’ll meow pitifully and scrap his paws on the door, begging incessantly to be free.

And as you can see, there’s so much cool stuff for him to explore.

Ok, Ive seen this funny little vehicle buzzing around the lake for years now, but this is the best photo i’ve managed to capture. this was still july, but a couple of days ago it was right in front of me and it looked so very tiny to be out on the road. I just spent three minutes doing a google news search of it, but i came up with nothing. i think it must belong to lincoln land or UIS.

and…ta da! Kevin bought me this giant swan float to pull in back of the boat. what an awesome gift!

We’ve only been out on it once this year but it was really fun. photos plus video to follow soon…

ok then,

mrs. september hughes.


ok, back to july…

by grace on September 8, 2020

my plan today (and i had a plan today, yay for me!) was to go through my july and august photos and choose a very small selection to post here.

which of course i didn’t manage to do.

instead, here’s just a part of the photos from july that i want to share now, on this rainy (yay, finally rain after a very dry spell!) tuesday afternoon in september.

They’re mostly cat photos because, well, you know…

Riley looks so content, like he’s lying on a soft bed instead of his favorite hollow log.

Sweetie, also quite content.

Riley posing again, still the same late afternoon, sometime after five…

infinite riley cuteness.

I wish i had a bunch of these beautiful japanese lilies. it is possible, grace, you just have to start a list of stuff to get for next spring. obviously you can see from the giant hostas in the background i’m also going to have to do a whole lot of transplanting then.

lester also enjoys the hollow log.

I know i’ve posted many photos of kevin hard at work on projects this summer, but i don’t want you to get the idea that i’ve been loafing around. this was a very huge pile of shingles that he’d thrown off the roof, and mom and i picked them up and put them in huge garbage bags.

mom and i had already picked up many, many shingles that were at the side of the house and we’d lugged them onto my trusty little wagon and carried them to the back of the garage. it was hard work, and very hot weather for it. the pile of shingles in back wasn’t as big and i brought my fan over to make a breeze.

kevin had the ingenious idea of putting this board against the steps so i hauled the bag onto the board and slid it down the board to the wagon at the end.

when it was all over, lester was very curious about the whole operation, of course.

here are the bags waiting to be thrown over the fence. by kevin, of course, not me.

Les Paul finally settled down, feeling this was the most perfect spot to rest. I love it that he’s always posing for a photo, looking at me so sweetly.

I feel a big sense of accomplishment getting this posted today. every day seems like a challenge to do something, anything…the only thing i’ve been doing consistently is exercising. you’d think i’d have lost lots of weight because of that, but of course i’m always eating too much, pandemic or not.

ok then,

mrs. many more photos to come shortly hughes.


more of the beginning of july

August 20, 2020

my plan was to hurry up and slap just a few photos of July up here, and so far i’m only up to July 3rd. On the 4th we roared over in the boat to the other side of the lake to watch the fireworks at the marina. They were less than spectacular. But there […]

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As the summer slips by…

August 16, 2020

So, July…well, here’s a few photos from the beginning of the month. First, Riley. in June I posted a photo of Riley in my re-purposed my clothes basket , which was so long ago…Riley still enjoys climbing inside sometimes. Sweetie just likes to stretch on it and scratch it furiously. Lovey…wow, she was actually lying […]

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(mostly) outside in june

July 22, 2020

Les and Riley, always happy to hang out in the fenced yard. Lilies! All transplanted last year from different place in the yard. Now i kind of wish i’d planted them someplace where we could see them more often, but I think this is where they’ll stay. Can you see Sweetie there on the swing […]

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wrapping up may, finally

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 […]

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mostly Riley, way back in may…

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 […]

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Deer in May

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 […]

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