white pelicans

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 two years. oh boy. my biggest concern is that i get the sense that many americans think it’s almost over or some such nonsense. i’m so sad for the many people who will die because states are leaping ahead like crazy.

but maybe people will have sense to stay at home, no matter what their governor or other elected official might say.

everything seems fraught with an underlying sense of anxiety, at least that’s how i feel. plus what about all those poor people working in meatpacking plants, who are going to be forced to go back to work or lost their unemployment? and they keep saying that they’re going to have to euthanize the animals; i understand that it’s devastating to the farmers, but i feel bad for the animals because they end up dead either way.

but don’t we all?

yes. and on that happy note, here are my final photos of march.

march 19th, so many deer out in the circle.

darling lester, always a cheerful and calming influence.

Sweetie is getting more well-adjusted and happy by the minute. she regularly lies down on my lap or kevin’s and happily purrs while we pet her. she does have interactions with les paul and riley but it’s never more than a little batting, never hissing.

March 28th, so many white pelicans out on the water! i think they’re gone now.

Pelican in the background, daffodils blooming in the front.

Lovey, officially an inside cat! Kevin brought her into the screened porch on March 29th. things went ok for a while but because it’s a sliding door it was too easy for her to slip out when he opened it.

I can’t remember all the shenanigans that ensued, but i know that they included a stare-down with lester in the front hall. Lovey ended up in the upstairs guest room and she’s still happily living up there.

She almost immediately went through a personality change – instead of being constantly on alert, looking around for possible threats, she was so happy to stretch out on the floor and take a nap.

Kevin petter her as she purred and finally went to sleep…here’s a very short video of how lovely Lovey is.

It didn’t take long for somebody to be curious about what was going on in there. Surprisingly, it wasn’t lester, but instead Sweeie.

Since then, we’ve put a little block in the door so it remains open about an inch. Anybody can come up and they can sniff each other, but i that’s only happened once to my knowledge. On that first day Lovey let me pet her, too, but since then she’s become more aloof towards me. But that’s ok, we have nothing but time.

Last night when i visited her after kevin had gone to bed, she did lick some squeezy treat off my finger, so that was good.

Kevin hooked up a small TV up there and she gets to watch lots of bird videos, which she’s usually pretty interested in. It’s just so awesome that she loves and trusts Kevin so much. someday she’ll be integrated into the family, but like i said, it’ll be a while.

meanwhile, last photo of march – as I left mom’s house these two deer wanted to know why i was interrupting their cocktail hour.

And now it’s after noon and i have to get up and go for a run. a slow jog. if i manage to move every day it help stave off the crazy. a little bit, anyway.

i hope you’re staying sane and safe in these unnerving times.

ok then,



A stormy April evening

by grace on April 13, 2020

Last Wednesday, April 8th, there were thunderstorm warnings and big hail coming down not too far north of town. So of course I ran down to the water to take a look. This is the sky a little before 5:00 p.m.

That’s kevin over there on the left, talking to his friend Glenn about the big whitecaps on the lake.

This is 5:30, about a half-hour later. I think those are white pelicans out there on the water and I think that’s rain coming down by the power plant.

Here’s a short video of the weather excitement.

It had been a lovely warm day and all the other boats had left the lake but then i saw this pontoon boat zooming along.

Well, we ended up with no hail here, some wind and rain but not that much. an hour later a double rainbow appeared.

When i was taking picture of the rainbow a huge flock of white pelicans started flying towards me…

…and then they were right overhead!

And then blue skies started to peek out from behind the clouds.

The white pelicans, the rainbow, and the lack of hail made me feel overjoyed. When anything that’s the least bit good happens nowadays it feels like it’s even better, in the midst of the flood of bad news around the world. It’s nice to have glimmers of happiness.

On a coronavirus-related note – there was a story with photos about a nurse going to work in a high-risk hospital and how first her family cheered and clapped for her as she left, and then the neighbors joined in, and pretty soon it was the whole block. i wanted to share this with people but felt like i couldn’t even start the story without choking up. So there it is.


g. on a monday morning in april.


the beginning of February…

by grace on February 10, 2020

here’s a photo that jim sent me when he took that splendid video of the sunrise over the lake back on sunday september 2nd.

I captured a few imaged from the video, as well. You can see the white pelicans better here.

On that same sunday i tried to capture the fantastic sight in the sky but this is the best i could come up with. on that saturday i’d looked up and saw big gaggles of geese flying through the sky, going from east to west as far as i could see. but on saturday it was cloudy plus i saw them while driving so it wasn’t so easy to get a photo.

but sunday morning it was the same thing only this time i was in a parking lot and the sky was a glorious blue.

later i went running and saw another deer posing for a photo.

after that, kevin, the kitties and i spent some time in the sunshine. photos of that to come soon.

but gee, february seems to be whooshing by already which is good because that means spring isn’t so far off. kevin is all better and amy is mostly better except for a residual cough which seems to be chronic in all us smith women.

ok then,

mrs. monday morning hughes.


a beautiful sunrise…

by grace on February 2, 2020

you know i rarely get a sunrise but jim sent me this beautiful video he captured. i can’t recall ever seeing the lake looking purple like this. plus i watched it first thing when i woke up this morning and only now do i see that there are a bunch of white pelicans swimming around.

i also took a bunch of photos of the kitties out in the yard today; it reached 60 degrees so everything seems pretty rosy to me right now, except for the fact that kevin and amy continue to be sick.

ok then,

mrs. h.


that’s it for January!

February 1, 2020

yay, we made it through january! Lester and Riley are chill. they stopped what they were doing for a moment so i could get a picture… …and then it was back to cleaning. i don’t think we’ve had two kitties who loved each other so much. Winnie and Honey were pretty happy together until Honey […]

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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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December 2, 2019

gee, i can’t believe it’s already the last month of the year…my goal is to get everything from this year posted in this year. not a huge goal, so hopefully it’s attainable. first – when i jog on the lake road i pass a house that has a secret opening in the bushes across the […]

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wrapping up November…

December 9, 2018

oh boy.  head about to explode, late on a sunday night.  first – new wordpress update and i can’t really figure it out.  i know that when i did the update there was some kind of choice about doing it the old way, instead, but now of course i can’t find that.  it’s suddenly so […]

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october boat rides

November 13, 2018

this is one of my favorite pelican photos (and I took approximately one million of them during the summer/fall).  we went out on the boat on October 20th, and I went out again on the 22nd.  kevin didn’t want to go with me, so I went by myself and had a surprisingly good time.  I […]

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more from october

November 10, 2018

and the thing is it seems like deep winter all of a sudden.  fall passed in the blink of an eye – it got deeply cold yesterday and snowed. ugh.  to early.  let’s go back to mid-October when we had that little flash of autumn. Winnie enjoyed lying in a new box.  he’s hanging in […]

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