So much has happened in just a week…

by grace on April 3, 2022

…and the most important thing is that there was a Harley sighting!!!

Last Sunday I spent a great deal of time creating an eye-catching lost cat flyer and changing it around a lot making many copies. Doing this made me feel that at least I was doing something about poor lost Harley.

Monday wasn’t such a good day. Rainy and dreary, plus I worked myself up about Pumpkin’s eye and texted a lot of people and talked on the phone, then finally called the vet and they said we could bring him in that day.

We took him and they wanted to keep him there for a few hours, so in the meantime we drove to Edinburg to put up flyers and when we got there it felt like it was a completely fruitless endeavor. I put one up in the sad little post office and another up at the gas station but the entire downtown area was boarded up and it looked like every house surely held a meth lab.

I stapled flyers to several utility poles and felt discouraged and hopeless.

We picked up Harley and the vet said he had a corneal ulcer. He needs a drop in his eye three times a day followed by ointment, with a 10-minute gap in between. They put a plastic cone over his head and he seemed OK with it, although very dejected.

We got him home and took off the cone so he could reach his food bowl, and then Kevin went downstairs and I finally put the cone back on Pumpkin whereby he totally freaked out. He crashed into everything, desperately trying to flee the cone. Smash smash, smashing into a shelf next to the couch and into a table and smash smash smash. It was horrible and we were both traumatized. Finally I got it off him and it was all battered. I called Sunny, our friend the cat-whisperer and said he’d be ok without wearing the cone.

Whew. Not a great day, all in all.

But then, Tuesday night, Nancy called to say that her husband Butch had spotted Harley down at their burn pile. Unbelievable! I didn’t know exactly where this burn pile was, but it was fantastic to know that Harley hadn’t run away and hadn’t been eaten by a coyote. Or maybe he did run away but then he came back. Doesn’t matter, it’s just good to know that he’s somewhere near Nancy, because she feeds everybody who comes near the house.

We still have two cameras set up on her property in hopes of catching sight of Harley just so we know he’s sticking around, but so far it has just been photos of cats, deer, possum, raccoons, leaves, more cats…but no Harley. But at least we are hopeful that he’ll want to stick around because of the plethora of food. When I dropped by later in the week to swap out SD cards in the cameras so I could bring them home and look through them on the computer, I realized that the burn pile is kind of down the road from their house, so it’s not as close as I’d hoped. But still…hopeful, that’s my mood right at the moment. Harley lives!

As for Pumpkin, I was worried because he kept his eye shut and I didn’t know if I was even getting any of the drop into his eye because when I pulled his lower lid down all I could see was the inner lid. On Friday I called the vet with many questions and we got to take him back on Saturday morning. When the vet checked out his eye she said he was improving, but it would be a good idea to put in a drop and then wait thirty minutes before putting in the first ointment, so the drop would definitely get totally absorbed. So now it’s a good hour that I spend with him three times a day, which is fine because he’s completely sweet and loving.

So things are pretty good right now, I think.

Meanwhile…I realize there are plenty of photos from January and February that haven’t made it here, but since many have to do with lots of snow, I’m over that. So here are just a few from March, which, dang, it’s already April.

A big platoon of white pelicans mid-March; maybe they’re migrating back home? Not sure about that.

Kevin took Les Paul down to the water and Spot joined them.

I love this picture. Just relaxin’.

Marley spend most of her time upstairs in the guest bedroom but she comes down quite a bit to eat from everybody’s food bowls. This is the first time we saw her on the couch.

Sometimes she lies in Kevin’s lap, which is awesome. Or on his legs…

And here’s a canna lily that bloomed for quite a while inside. Maybe it’ll warm up enough to put plants outside again.

Kevin took me to see a wonderful production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Sangamon Auditorium.

It was a fantastic production, so well-done, and also so sad and overwhelming because in the end all the people in the town are forced out by the Russians…it’s incomprehensible that the Russians continue to commit atrocities right now.

Whew. On that happy note, I hope you’re enjoying yourself…

Ok then,



Stuff way back in January…

by grace on March 5, 2022

…Plus, There have been 1,276 of my cheesecake video on YouTube already. Crazy!

Meanwhile, I can’t believe it’s March, and there were so many inside things I’d planned on accomplishing during the winter. Oh well. Here’s lots of birds out on the frozen lake on January 11th.

Lester, being so darling as usual on January 14th.

Riley, also darling, thinking about swatting down Dobby up on the kitty tower.

Mom and I went for a walk at Lincoln Memorial Gardens on Jan. 18th and it was kind of late in the day.

It was great for a sunset photo.


And finally, Spot decided to jump up on top of the kitty house outside. Oh boy. We’ve since started squirting a squirt gun in his general direction when he climbs over the fence which has sort of deterred him. It’s always something.

Meanwhile, right at this moment in time, 10:38 on Saturday, March 5th, I have no business sitting around writing. We’re having people over tonight for a belated birthday dinner for Toun and I have quite a few things to do. I’m also going to go running soon because it’s going to get up to 71 today, whoo hoo for that!

Of course, there’s a chance of snow later in the week but it is March, after all.

ok then,

Mrs. Gotta Get Up Right Now Hughes.


One last thing from November…

by grace on February 5, 2022

Kevin took this video on November 19th…quite a surprise to see who was hanging out with whom!

Les Paul loves everybody, and they love him right back.

Ok then,

Mrs. Finally Finishing up November Hughes.


November, before we were blanketed in snow

by grace on February 4, 2022

They say we got about a foot of snow starting Tuesday night and ending yesterday afternoon. Not just a lot of snow, but blowing and drifting and I really just don’t care for snow.

Yeah yeah yeah it’s lovely to look at but I’d be happy to see a photo of it instead..

Meanwhile, I’m focusing on November when it was still lovely. I guess it was kind of chilly back on November 1th because I sat on the front porch in my flannel jammies with Spot in my lap.

November 17th, a good group of white pelicans down at the water.

Lovey perched on top of the plastic tube thing in the fenced yard. It had been buried, but Kevin dug it up to make the patio. He has buried it since then and Lovey has been bitterly unhappy about not getting to get outside. The outside is her bathroom, so there are issues about this which affect all of us.

November 20th, I cleaned my boat and we started putting up the NAVIGLOO boat cover. Up here on the boat was a terrific vantage point, and here’s a boat’s-eye perspective of the many tarp-covered things which are parked. From left to right, the pop-up camper, Glenn’s big sailboat, and Kevin’s sailboat.

Up on the boat was also a good place to spot a deer.

Oh my, Spot was so enamored with being up in the boat with me. To him I’m sure it was like being in a home. I quickly covered the seats with towels so his sharp talons wouldn’t pierce the plastic.

I should get some kind of prize for most crazy hair, as we finished up the boat cover the next day. We’d started the project in the afternoon of the 20th and of course it took much longer than we thought it would, but it did come together better than it had last year. Kevin has figured out ingenious tricks to make the whole thing work better. Last year was the first year we had it, and it was very frustrating, but we love the protection it gives from the elements. Next year should be even easier.

Meanwhile, Spot hunkered down on top of the pop-up camper.

And finally, darling Lester, posing gracefully on top of the DVD player.

We’re going to venture out in a little while to take some food over to the outside kitty at Wanda’s. Much more later on that poor kitty Harley,. I hope the streets aren’t too treacherous. We’ll take the truck, which is covered in a foot of snow right now and Kevin is getting a new motor for it on Monday, so hopefully it’ll survive this trip.

ok then,

Mrs. H.


Hillbilly Hideout

February 2, 2022

Hmm, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this kitty enclosure before…this is how it started out on November 14th. Kevin put clear plastic around the legs of an outdoor table and boards on top of it, plus cushions inside. That, together with the old red leather chair with peeling leather over there on the left, […]

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Way back in November..

January 30, 2022

Spot and I spent many evenings enjoying the lake from the dock. Here we are on November 4th. The trees on November 8th as I went for a run. Two days later they were so vibrant. And they looked even more so by the 11th! At 4:30 that afternoon, Spot and I watched a storm […]

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Countdown to Christmas…

December 1, 2021

…Really??? How did that happen? Now it’s the first of December, and I’ve been MIA on here for much too long. I haven’t been lolling around eating bon bons, much as I’d have liked to, but instead I feel like I’ve been doing so many things, either boat or cat-related. Also outdoor stuff – here’s […]

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White Pelican Duet

October 25, 2021

When Spot and I sit down at the dock I end up taking so many pictures, and on this day, Oct. 14th, quite a few pelicans were paddling around. These two caught my eye. My favorite photo, a two-headed pelican. …and then they swam apart… … Spot and I were at the dock briefly this […]

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So much rain this Sunday

October 24, 2021

When I got up this morning there was already over three inches of rain in the rain gauge and I’m just realizing that I should go down to the dock and make sure that the boat is lifted far enough out of the water so it doesn’t float away. Hmm, not looking forward to that […]

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Getting Stuff Done on Sunday Morning

October 17, 2021

Well, getting stuff done on the computer, anyway. I want to do some weeding out front because there’s a crazy amount of pretty big things growing, plus it’s cool and the ground is soft. I’m also going to attempt to run a little bit. Yesterday Mom and I tried to take a walk down the […]

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