Excitement in November…

by grace on January 16, 2021

…relatively speaking, of course. On November 17th I saw more than one boat out on the water and then I realized a lot of noise was coming from across the lake. I got out the binoculars and could sort of make out the activity on East Lake Drive.

Mom came over and took a turn with the binoculars.

We decided they must have been dumping rip rap over at the fishing area, so the next afternoon we drove over to investigate.

I pulled into the parking area and we watched as they scooped up the rock.

Over and over, with the scooping and the dumping…

We’d planned on taking a walk at Center Park so we headed there. When we walked over to Vachel Lindsay Bridge the wind almost blew us over.

Here’s the guy trying to steer his barge in and rock being dumped onto it.

It seemed that they moved so quickly, with at least three but maybe even four barges.

The next guy lined up his barge while the other one was being loaded up.

Another video where you can see the guys chatting. The guy in the cabin is lucky to be sheltered from the wind.

Mom counted five scoops that they dumped into the barge, and you can see as it motors away that the rock isn’t even visible because the barge must be so deep.

I think maybe it took them a few days to complete the job. It’s just funny that they waited til it was so cold to get it done.

And finally, one darling kitty picture, Riley so cozy back in November.

And that’s it for this cold and gray January morning.

ok then,

mrs. 2021 Hughes.


Way back in November 2020

by grace on January 14, 2021

i didn’t manage to post many photos in November, so here a few of them now.

I got this picture while standing on a ladder outside a bedroom window. Kevin had been taking Riley for a walk, but then Riley likes to try to run amok, in a fairly gentle and sedate manner.

I’d been scraping the window, and here they are as i started painting. I wasn’t going to do any taping but quickly realized that would make a lot more sense, plus it wasn’t a horrible job like when I taped the many small panes of glass in the front door.

The thing about doing this project is that it’s a place that nobody is ever going to see. It’s on the side of house surrounded by a little bit of woods and really, the only people who would notice the windows are the groundhogs living in our neighbor’s back yard. And Kevin says he thinks they’ve gone across the road for the winter anyway. Maybe in the spring they’ll be back to admire my handiwork.

They do look nice with a fresh coat of paint and it will help the frames to keep from crumbling.

An even better angle showing how hidden this side of the house is.

I made a short video, also.

Meanwhile…Lovey spends quite a bit of time every day in the living room with us. She still won’t let me get near her, but at least she’s clearly comfortable being close by.

This was an historic moment as Lovey decided to die down in the bottom level of the kitty condo.

Sweetie, with her little pink sock from last year.

And Riley, occasionally happy to lie in the new kitty home, the re-purposed laundry basket.

Meanwhile, back here in 2021…it’s another gray day but it was reasonably warm for the last couple of days and I even went running, which was great. Snow is threatening in the next couple days so we’ll see about that.

ok then,

Mrs. H.


happy kitties

by grace on January 10, 2021

I don’t know about you, but I could use some nice kitty pictures about now.

So here they are.

First – Kevin bought a cat grass kit, complete with darling little black and white kitty cup to plant the grass. They sprouted fairly quickly and all the cats enjoy chewing on them. Here’s Lovey, her black and white-ness going well with the mug.

I think she’s the cat who likes it the most, although sometimes Lester will vigorously yank the grass out from the roots.

In addition to the cat grass, as I’ve posted before, all the cats love watching cat TV. I managed to capture this little video of Riley going to town.

And one more photo of Riley – but the story is about the bag. Behind our couch in the living room is a small shelf, a barrister bookcase, and on top of it are a bunch of lovely little pieces of china that I bought in England, plus a few things that Dad had. Behind them I’d propped up this burlap bag from a shop called MacGregor’s of Killin. I’d bought the bag when we were on our bike trip in Scotland and I vaguely recall that I might have bought things at the store to put in the bag?

But anyway, I guess I could actually use the bag sometime, but it’s been sitting there behind the English stuff on that bookshelf ever since I got it, in 2009.

At Christmas, as I’ve also written about, I take down all the stuff including the bag in order to put some decorations on it. But this year when I went to put everything back, I could not find that bag. I knew I’d moved it to either the music room or the bedroom, and I kept looking and looking and realizing, as I do every day, that I need to get rid of so much stuff in both of these rooms. But where was the bag?

And then it occurred to me that I hadn’t bothered to look under some of Kevin’s stuff lying on the floor in the bedroom. And there, under a backpack of his, was the bag! It felt good to find something.

Here are a few photos of that 2009 trip to Scotland, on the way to the tiny town of Killin and in the town itself. First, Kevin on the bike path on the way to town, a converted rail track.

When we left the paved path it was a very very long descent into the town, and this is the view. It was so beautiful, and luckily right then it wasn’t raining. It was July in Scotland, but they had more rain that year than normal and it rained on us at least some part of every single day were were biking.

When we reached Killin, we’d read that they had “falls” but they weren’t the big waterfalls we’d expected but they were lovely nonetheless.

Here’s the main street, the next morning as we got ready to head out. It started raining shortly after we left. I bet MacGregor’s of Killin is one of those buildings.

I just looked it up online and that’s it on the right, the big white building with green awnings. I’m happy to see that it’s still in business, because the town was so tiny and we saw a lot of “for sale” signs down the street.

It’s so weird, too, that that was twelve years ago. Gone in a flash. Will we get back across the ocean again? I sure hope so.

ok then,

mrs. gloomy grey January Sunday Hughes.


happy…two days after Christmas…

by grace on December 27, 2020

yeah, it was a blur. too much waiting til the last minute, too much “this won’t take long” and so Christmas eve day and Christmas were nonstop cleaning/cooking/wrapping/other crazy xmas stuff.

Yesterday I barely, just barely even got off the couch at all.

I just looked through my photos and have some from november that i’d like to share with you, but right now here are a few rather recent ones.

Ok, it’s all photos of the cats. mostly cats watching TV.

First, Lovey and Les Paul intently watched the bird show. It’s one of the youtube videos featuring hours of wildlife entertainment for cats. And they’re mightily entertained.

A couple of days later in December, Lovey gazed at the first Christmas tree she’d ever seen. She didn’t have any interest in climbing the tree, thank goodness. This might have been the only time she was interested, actually. This is opposed to Lester, who keeps sneaking to the back of the tree and gnaws on the fake needles.

Riley is the kitty who is most interested in the bird show, and I love it that the squirrel here is so enormous. plus christmassy.

And a giant bird! Although interested, Riley had to lie down on the TV stand.

And finally it was too exhausting and Riley had to take a nap on the comfy stand.

It’s not really warm today but warmer than it has been and is going to be. There’s all kinds of snow predicted for later in the week plus tomorrow it’s going to be much colder so I’m about to finally peel myself off the couch and go for a jog, at the crack of 11:40 in the morning.

ok then,

nearing the end of 2020 grace.


running and painting near the end of October

November 4, 2020

first of all, Kevin replaced the second bearing on his truck yesterday. the first replacement took a day and a half and the second only four hours. soon he’ll be replacing the mysterious bearings all over the place. On my October 25th jog I decided to run out on the road and then cut back […]

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Mostly Riley in October

October 31, 2020

First, to clarify – my last post had a photo of Kevin on the sailboat wearing a lovely lavender t-shirt from bev and wrote that she got it for bowling. yesterday she informed me that she’d bought a bunch of them for a line-dancing performance she did last September, and had given Kevin and me […]

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Kangaroo Kitty

October 20, 2020

I have plenty of photos for October but right now i just have time to show you this incredibly funny photo of Riley. Kevin took him for a walk in the back yard on Sat. October 10th and Riley bounced in such a comical way… it’s now the crack of 11:23 in the morning and […]

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wrapping up september…

October 18, 2020

Mom, Kevin and I had a lovely weenie roast on Friday Sept. 25th. We’ve been having them every friday night since then, and it’s a fine tradition. Kevin goes down to the dock about an hour early and starts a fabulous fire – fires are one of kevin’s many talents. each week we don’t deviate […]

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More from september,

October 17, 2020

now that it’s the ides of october… i finished painting the front porch and i realize i didn’t take a photo. i’ll have to do that sometime. in september i also decided to tackle cleaning the walls of the screened porch. they walls are siding, and i don’t know if they’ve ever been cleaned but […]

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a rainy saturday…

October 3, 2020

it’s chilly and rainy today so i’m taking a break from painting the old entrance to the house. i started the project yesterday and spent two hours taping all the glass that needed to be taped and then another couple hours applying primer but i got so tired and it got so late that i […]

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