weenie roast

April Excitement

by grace on April 29, 2021

Ok, “excitement” might be stretching it a bit. Or maybe a lot. But I happened to see a great italian greyhound door mat on facebook and had to buy it for Amy and Jim. Maybe it’s a regular greyhound but I didn’t care because it’s so cute.

They draped the mat over this sofa piece against their front door and Izzy posed in front of it.

These tulips have been blooming for at least a couple of weeks in the fenced yard. They’re so pretty. I have a vague memory of transplanting so many of them from the front yard, where they were eaten by the deer, but for some reason only the red ones survived. I took this photo on April 15th and by now the hostas have grown to about a million times the size they are here. Approximately.

My beautiful bleeding heart gets bigger every year.

The smaller bleeding heart is doing well, too, along a single red tulip.

Friday april 16, another weenie roast.

Here are a couple of green strawberries emerging from the two plants that Kevin planted.

Jim spotted this morel mushroom in mom’s yard! we didn’t pick and eat it though.

Unfortunately, the many lettuces and tomatoes that Kevin planted in the garden were munched up. He thought it was rabbits getting in under the fence so he thoroughly fortified it but the next day the top of the fence was bent over and there were deer tracks amongst the skimpy remains of lettuce leaves and chewed-on tomatoes.

Since then he’s fortified it even more, and hopefully he’ll prevail because it would sure be nice to have lots of fresh tomatoes this summer.

We ate the one strawberry that had ripened and it made me remember how delicious a homegrown strawberry is.

I’ve been taking some photos with my iphone and will post those shortly. theoretically.

ok then,

mrs. almost the end of april hughes.

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The day after Easter I drove past this grand house in Laketown. It’s always fully decked out for any and every holiday, but I thought this Easter decor was above and beyond, maybe because not so many people decorate do much for this holiday.

The daffodils were beautiful this year as usual, except a part of them over there on the leftdidn’t bloom at all. Maybe because they’re under a tree? But it’s not a very robust tree, hard to say. It’s always something. Yesterday I did find a nice little clump of daffodils mixed in with the bushes at the top of the driveway.

An April 6th Mom and I took our second bot ride of the year and as we slowly glided down a nearby cove we spotted a swan. As we headed back out of the cove the swan started following us.

This happened to us last year but then the swan was much more aggressive. I wasn’t worries about this one, but I did document it in case it suddenly went crazy and tried to attack.

I sure with I had a before picture of this spot. It’d been piled with a huge messy clump of old boards and Kevin, Mom and I cleaned it all up. I guess we need to plant some grass there soon.

Friday April 9th we had our first Friday night weenie roast. Kevin started the fire, using some of the wood we’d collected a couple of days before.

Since he’s a fire expert we soon had a nice blaze going.

I thought about taking another picture as the night wore on but it was just so relaxing to sit there and start at the flames. Hopefully we’ll have another one this Friday although it’s going to be more chilly, but of course the fire would keep us warm. I mentioned to Bev about the Friday night weenie roast and she said she’d “come to one this summer,” which surprised me a little because I figured she didn’t want to venture out for who knows how long. I’ll have to keep reminding her, and hopefully she’ll join us soon.

Ok then,

Grace

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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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