(mostly) outside in june

by grace on 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 behind the hydrangea? It’s funny, the bright white flowers have already changed into a deep pink.

My other hydrangea bush at the side of the house continues to get chomped by deer so i’m going to transplant that into the fenced yard next spring. wow, such far-away plans!

On this boating day i jumped into the lake. because it has been so hot here the lake is now at about bathwater temperature. you can see here the fabulous new boat top that kevin bought for me, which took such a long time to install. here it is tilted back to shield us from the sun.

The handles on my wicker clothes basket so kevin turned it into yet another kitty house. Riley loves it and Les tried to squeeze himself inside but we didn’t think he’d make it, but he somehow managed it. I wish i’d gotten a photo of when he was halfway in.

Because he doesn’t have enough boats, Kevin has been hard at work helping Glenn clean up and repair this sailboat of Glenn’s. This is Glenn’s smaller sailboat that was stored for many years at a guy’s repair lot. the guy was going to repair the boat but never did it. Then the guy died, and it seemed like it might be tricky to get the boat back, but about a month ago the new owner of the lot tracked Glenn down and called him, saying he wanted the boat off the lot, so that guy delivered it to our driveway. Kevin and Glenn have enjoyed working on it, and you can see Kevin’s sailboat in back of him, and maybe somebody will actually get a sailboat out on the water this summer?

And because Kevin did so much work on Glenn’s boat, he bought us dinner at the Yacht Club! Carryout, that is. Kevin, Mom and I enjoyed it on our deck.

baby deer! there’s always some kind of wildlife in the yard between our house and mom’s.

And here’s a baby groundhog in that yard. This one’s in the back.

Here’s a short video of some of the babies.

and now i am getting so close to wrapping up photos from june…

ok then,

mrs. july hughes.


…and it was a very full day, indeed. i’ve broken it up into two parts so you won’t be burdened with trying to read/watch all of it at once.

the day started out with a pretty good run.

because i’d gotten to sleep pretty late the night before i didn’t start my jog until about 10:00, so it was pretty warm. i wasn’t sure where to go, so i ran on the sidewalk along a pretty big street. not much shade. but still, it was great to run outside in shorts.

kevin sent me this picture that morning.

mom and i finally made it out the door and the five-minute drive to gulfport beach. there was plenty of parking on the street running along the beach.

Here’s the video of the beach.

Some seniors were doing karaoke at a beach shelter. A woman was singing a Pasty Cline song and she was fantastic, but i didn’t start recording in time. here she is singing another song.

A guy started singing a really sad song, and i managed to capture a bit of it.

we strolled up the main street, Beach Blvd, where there were many shops and restaurants. We had a fantastic lunch outside on the patio at a cute coffee place called GulfPerk coffee bar. I had a fancy avocado toast and i think mom had chicken salad.

i don’t usually take a picture of a bathroom wall but just look at these fun old photos. i guess this was wallpaper? so cool, all the vintage florida scenes.

here’s anothe angle – you can see the women skiiers holding up “Cypress Gardens” banners. we saw that show when i was maybe eight or ten years old.

we walked out onto the pier and it was odd to see these two boats which had partially capsized.

i also shot a little video of them.

such a lovely first afternoon.

as we strolled back along the beach we decided to stop in for a couple of happy hour margaritas.

and that’s it for the first part of our day.

on this trip, as always, i gave myself a stern lecture about not taking so many photos. and as always i failed miserably. but i’m going to do my best to winnow them down this time. so we’ll see how that goes.

ok then,

mrs. h.