more of sunday feb. 2nd

by grace on February 14, 2020

it was so warm and kevin was feeling ok so he asked me to join him down at the dock. i thought we should include lester because he’s always dying to get out.

this worked ok for a few minutes but les just wanted to get down and wander around, so it wasn’t the relaxing sitting at the dock that we’d envisioned.

instead, we went back up and sat in the fenced yard with the kitties.

riley was mellow as always but poor sweetie was very distressed by this big cat up on the roof with her.

after hissing at him for a bit she hopped down and dashed off.

riley was, of course, nonplussed.

ten minutes later, sweetie couldn’t help herself, she had to hurry back up the ramp, at which point riley decided he’d had enough of this little kitty.

sweetie, king of the hill!

but of course she didn’t stay up there long, and here’s the true king of all her surveys. note riley nestled down amongst the ferns up against the fence.

kitties never like to linger, which is why that we can hang out with them in the fenced yard.

sweetie is so photogenic when she stops long enough to get her picture taken!

riley’s preferred spot is hiding a bit.

les, action kitty, nibbled on the dried catnip plant. it grew and spread a lot last summer but they didn’t seem to care about it so much

darling girl.

and that’s it for the cute kitty photos for this morning.

ok then,

mrs. it’s only 4 degrees but at least it’s sunny on this valentine’s morning hughes.


here in january

by grace on January 22, 2020

Brrrr…well, it’s not so bad today as yesterday.

But still. January. not my favorite month.

Lester doesn’t mind.

I think i took this when walking from mom’s house to mine. so many deer relaxing.

this is one of the lights in front and i was fascinated by the light it cast when walking by it at night.

les is very proud of kevin’s hard work in cleaning up his main work area of the basement.

Sweetie continues to get more comfortable; just the other day she was eating and Riley was lying there and their tails touched. very historic.

In hopes of being more like Les Paul, Sweetie has jumped up on the counter a couple of times. it’s funny because then she doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do up there. Or maybe she’s hoping for a treat.

Riley, always mellow.

ok then,

g. hughes


the rest of 2019, kitties of course

by grace on January 20, 2020

Sweetie got real brave in December and sat up on the kitty house. sometimes she’s brave, sometimes she spends her time up in the upstairs bedroom. when i got up this morning she was right here but then she decided she needed to be back upstairs.

kevin bought all the kitties two different catnip socks each. they were all thrilled! he also got one for mom’s cat Hobbs which was really nice of him. she, too, was happy to get a christmas present for once.

Sweetie was very excited and played with her sock a lot. of course i don’t know where any of them are by now.

new year’s eve excitement as riley jumped into a sack while sweetie devoured some food. yep, we went crazy around here for new year’s eve…

Actually, Kevin suggested that we watch “when harry met sally” on new year’s eve. it wouldn’t have been my choice, but then we watched it and it was so fantastic, as always. a nice evening, in spite of me being sick.

ok then,

mrs. finally it’s 2020 hughes.



by grace on December 18, 2019

Les and Riley can’t help being so adorable all the time…here they are on the first day of december.

christmas swan!!!

mom and i went to hobby lobby at the beginning of the month and were were about to check out but i hurried back in to pick up some candles. I glanced up and saw three beautiful white swans on the tip tip top of a shelf and i thought I MUST HAVE THEM.

i hurried over and got a worker to get a ladder to get one off the tall tall shelf…and it was styrofoam. hmm. ok, styrofoam, didn’t matter, it was still beautiful. and then i looked at the price.

it was half off…for forty bucks. good grief. for styrofoam? no way, i wasn’t going to pay that. no sir.

i got home and described the swans to kevin and decided that i could make my own styrofoam swan. i started looking online and you can buy styrofoam forms for all kinds of animals – horses, bunnies, cats, deer…you name it. but no swans. hmm, maybe i couldn’t make one after all.

so surely, surely somebody must be selling one online cheaper than $40?

my search resulted in a similar swan, except the beak was glittery and it had some brushed gold on the tips of the feathers and quite frankly i didn’t like it nearly as much as the one from hobby lobby. and it was from Harrod’s. And the price was about $175 pounds. around $230.

I quickly realized the Hobby Lobby swans were a steal. I looked them up online but online hobby lobby was all out, so i sweated it out til the next morning and i rushed back to the store when it opened and bought all three. One for me, amy, and mom.

i added embellishments to mine – a few ornaments, a few flowers, a festive green poinsettia cap.

i love my swan. i just looked up the one from Harrod’s so i could show you what it looked like but it’s now nowhere to be found. No fabulous white swan photos on Pinterest either, plus they no longer exist on the hobby lobby website .

valuable lesson learned – when you see a magical swan you must buy it. I’m sure my white swan will be worth gobs of money, a styrofoam collector’s item, but i’ll never part with it. When xmas is over i’ll take off the xmas embellishments and display it all year round.

here’s sweetie, happy to sit in the living room with us for a little bit.

we’d almost decided to get rid of this cat bed so of course riley decided it was the perfect spot.

and of course les is always happy to sit in or on top of a box.

here he’s saying , “ssshhhh, kevin, you talk on and on way too much.” which is funny, because kevin is a very quiet fellow.

even better than a cat bed, of course, is a big wad of shipping paper.

saturday the 7th, before mom and i left for NYC, i was looking for some xmas thing or other and i kept getting stuff out and putting it on the dining room table. this is what it looked like. nightmare. piles and piles of stuff.

i stayed up late trying to put things around but i just couldn’t finish before we left.

i was ravenous, so randy and i had dinner at steak-n-shake. I went crazy and had a nutella shake, a kid-sized one. it was pretty good but didn’t really taste like nutella.

sweetie was calmly sitting on kevin’s lap when i got home. she’s been a little more skittish lately but hopefully she”l continue to get happier about living here with us.

when i got back from new york i was determined that the first thing i’d do is clear the dining room table of extra decorations. i did put up a few of them but unfortunately there are some really great ornaments that don’t have a home. i know it’s too late to build an addition to the house to put them up somewhere and i keep thinking i should put them all away for the year. so today is really, really the day when i figure out where to put things and move on from the whole decoration thing.

many things to do. luckily none of them involve going outside because it’s dang cold out there. and oh yeah, i do have that 6.5 million gob of new york to sort through and post…it’ll happen.

ok then,

mrs. in the christmas mood hughes.


all the rest of november

December 16, 2019

whew. Xmas is now ridiculously close and i still have a whole bunch of stuff to do. I think i’m still a little tired from all the traveling. I just transferred my 2.3 millions photos from phone to computer and i can’t think about them right now, even though i should because there are at […]

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June 24, 2019

This was June 6th, Sweetie’s first adventure in the fenced yard! i think her only experience outside had been so go out on her previous owner’s deck. she never got to run around in a yard. she loves the yard sooo much. here’s Riley, still not sure what to make of this foreign kitty who […]

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may is almost over!

May 29, 2019

hard to believe. it rains and rains and rains some more, all the time… meanwhile…on friday, may 17th, i went to bloomington with glenn and julie to see the musician paul thorn. her sister’s husband had heard about him, and julie and her sister’s saw him perform in ohio. her sister is a huge fan […]

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sweetie’s first taste of fresh catnip

May 20, 2019

last tuesday, the 14th, i picked a bunch of catnip and brought some of it upstairs to Sweetie. And boy, she loved it. I tried to get a photo but she was a constant blur. meanwhile…one day i was sitting on the couch and there were two woodpeckers at the feeders! i managed to get […]

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friday! and suddenly it feels like august…

May 17, 2019

i think it got up to 92 yesterday, or something completely bonkers like that. it’s already mighty warm today. go figure. also, suddenly we have lots and lots of buffalo gnats. on wednesday kevin and i were outside and all of sudden a bunch of tiny things were zipping all over the place, landing on […]

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