wrapping up september…

by grace on 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 much from our menu. it’s mostly just hot dogs and chips, and maybe some carrots that get ignored. But the best part of a weenie roast, IMHO, are the s’mores.

The above photo was taken a little before seven and it was still pretty light out. it gets dark so much earlier now.

poking the fire is a key part of kevin’s success. the light was starting to fade a bit after seven.

the boat, the moon, kevin…and the light pole. see that light pole there on the left? it’s a very nice solar light except the base is fairly lightweight.

that is to say, it used to be lightweight. just a week ago Kevin and i went on a lovely sailboat ride with a picnic on the boat. this is historic because we’ve never had a picnic on the boat plus kevin made the picnic!

it was quite festive although it got a little hot out there and then the wind died down so we finally motored back to the shore. usually the sailing part of the ride is pretty low key unless the wind suddenly picks up, but then the docking can be a little tricky because i have to jump off the boat and secure it so we don’t smash into the rocks.

on this afternoon for some stupid reason i grabbed at the light post even though i know it’s very lightweight and doesn’t hold any weight. i thought i’d lightly grab it and then get a firm grip on the dock, but the grabbing wasn’t light at all but more of a big jerk and i pulled it down and it toppled over on me, hitting me in the face. i fell down on the deck of the boat and kevin hurried to the front so we wouldn’t hit the rocks, picking up the light and tossing it onto the deck so he could get past me.

but the light slowly rolled over to the side of the deck and plopped down into the water. i got up, kind of shaken, and said i’d jump in and get it. kevin said no, don’t do that. my lip felt swollen and painful, but i hurried to help him secure the boat.

after we’d gotten it safely moored, kevin got out the big pole with a hook on it out of the boat and fished around in the water, finally pulling up the light. yay, kevin!

my lip wasn’t so bad, just a little swollen and bruised, and kevin ordered a new, much stronger base for the light and has secured it to the light with a very sturdy wooden pole. He has attached it to the dock and next time i won’t be destroying anything!

well, never say never. there’s always something waiting around to be destroyed when it comes to me.

this is kind of historic, riley and sweetie lying together on the kitty tower. sweetie as a rule doesn’t tolerate any other cats up there with her and does all kinds of hissing and batting at whosoever attempts to join her, but they’re being calm here for a moment, anyway.

since that photo was taken kevin ordered another section of kitty tower and now it’s three across instead of two with many many nooks for cat naps, plus it extends out so actually five cats could lie up there, if we had five cats. i don’t think i’ve seen two of them sitting up there together since he did it, but i’m sure it’ll happen.

Riley, enjoying time on the dock at the end of september.

and my final, favorite photo of the month, contemplative Riley enjoying his day out.

and that’s it for september! Yesterday it was nice out but incredibly windy with gusts up to 50 mph i believe. this morning it’s sunny and in the 50s but the temperature is going to drop so i think i’ll go for a run soon.

i hope you’re keeping safe and not going too bonkers in these ever-trying times,

Ok then,



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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(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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Happy Mother’s Day!

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 […]

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on the first day of may, wrapping up march…

May 1, 2020

Yeah, pretty lame that i’m just doing this now. same excuse as before; it’s now 11:30 on this sunny friday morning and at least i’m out of my jammies, but only just. lots of time spent reading reading reading about the coronavirus; the latest news is that it could be here for 18 months to […]

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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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Pass-A-Grille Beach!

March 12, 2020

I wanted to see the sun set over an actual beach so we chose the Pass-A-Grille Beach as our final destination on Tues. Feb. 18th. I’d read that it was uncrowded, very important to me, and i also found a site which listed good parking places; my goal was 8th Avenue, the only cross streets […]

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