Sweetie

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.

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Last of December

by grace on January 4, 2021

I have a bunch of different photos here and then I’ll be moving on to the new year!

Way back on December 5th I was going for a run next to the field and came across these deer. I stopped to take some photos and they stopped to see what I was doing there.

In the middle of December Kevin was down in his man cave with Lester and Lovey. Lovey was rubbing against his leg and he was bending down to pet her, and she was relentless so he picked her up and put her on his lap. Never before had that happened! I don’t think it’s happened since, either, but hopefully sometime in this new year…

December 23rd, Mom and I walked in the park and came across this tree which some eager beaver was just about destroying.

A bunch of ducks were lying sleeping all along the shore, and you can see a tree that a beaver has felled over there on the right. hungry beavers.

Approaching dusk that day I saw remnants of the setting sun through the trees.

The water line is so low now, and I feel that the rocks are sinking in because the ground is hollow underneath. the big hole that has been there for a few years now opened up again even though Kevin poured all kinds of dirt and other things down into it. I fear that because it’s such a huge empty area that the ground is going to collapse in sometime and I don’t know what we could do to prevent that. It’s always something.

On December 27th I walked down to the water because the clouds were interesting and there were man geese out on the water but my presence made them take off.

I did manage to get a video of them flying away, and decided that maybe it wasn’t my fault, maybe they were headed out to find a better sleeping spot for the night.

Here are some of them circling so high in the sky.

Every year I dig up the gerbera daisies and they look terrible all winter long but then come back to life when I re-plant them in the spring. But for some reason this one is doing quite well and even bloomed.

Final December photos – even Sweetie jumped up to watch the giant birds.

And Lester tried to grab them…

…but since he had no luck, he sat there posing for me in his Lester-like way.

And that’s it for December! Yaaaaay end of 2020, I fervently hope that 2021 will be better. I guess I’m cautiously optimistic.

ok then,

mrs. Monday morning Hughes.

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Final posting of Christmas Stuff

by grace on January 3, 2021

The ground is covered in snow on this Sunday morning. The sun keeps peeking out, making everything gleam frostily.

I’m happy to stay inside. Even though I do not like cold, I do not like winter, I can appreciate the snow once in a while as long as I don’t have to go out in it and especially don’t have to drive on it and know that it’s not going to linger.

and here’s my last Christmas posting, all about the kitties…here’s a short video of Lester exuberantly tearing up the wrapping paper.

Darling Sweetie who thoroughly enjoyed her new little pink sock.

Such a happy kitty!

Lovey relished her first-ever little pink sock while Sweetie looked on dubiously.

Here’s a very short video of Lovey in action.

Christmas evening, I picked up Sweetie from the bedroom and carried her all the way into the living room and settled onto the couch with her happily snuggling and purring on my lap. All other times I’ve picked her up she turns into a snapping writhing very angry spitfire, but because she was so warm and sleepy she didn’t mind being picked up and even let Amy take this nice photo.

And that was our Christmas miracle…

ok then,

mrs. Hughes 2021.

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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,

gh.

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Wrapping up July, mostly with kitties…

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 […]

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still july…

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 […]

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ok, back to july…

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 […]

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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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