More in the water in October…

by grace on November 28, 2022

We took my boat out of the water on October 29th and there were many white pelicans lined up on the seawall at the beach house.

Ha ha, taking my boat out has never before seemed like such a breeze. Motoring over, simple. Steering it up to the trailer, no problem. Because of the craziness of motoring Kevin’s sailboat with the falling-off motor and swerving all around and panicking, all the pontoon boat stuff was pretty effortless.

Of course Kevin is the one who had to back up the truck and do the hard stuff, but at least it wasn’t like the sailboat escapade. I felt a little sad getting the boat out, as I do every year, especially because it seems like it was way too hot or there was something going on with me, so we didn’t go out as much. But it was OK, and there’s always next year, plus it feels good that the boats are safely on shore for winter.

Here are the pelicans when I was out at the dock in the early evening on Halloween

The fallen oak tree is losing its leaves and we probably won’t hardly see it in the spring.

A lone white pelican!

And that wraps up October, as December looms. I’ve taken advantage of the nice weather and got all my outdoor Xmas decorations up so I feel good about that anyway.

Ok then,

Mrs. H.


More from October

by grace on November 8, 2022

Marley continues to flourish even though she’s quarantined to her bedroom because of the wild cat Pumpkin. Well, he’s not so wild now, as a matter of fact, right now as I type he’s stretched out on the chair opposite me, sleeping peacefully as Sweetie is nestled on top of the kitty tower. Things are calm around here quite a bit of the time, and it’s usually only when we’re trying to watch TV at night that everybody gets a little riled up.

Speaking of Pumpkin…he hasn’t done this again, but I thought it very very funny that he was lying on these two chairs but hanging off in the middle. He doesn’t look very comfortable.

Ok, this proves that I don’t just sit around playing a game on my ipad all the livelong day. I painted this panel and another one to put on our giant cat house on the porch, which I’ve painted to look like Dr. Who’s spaceship, called the Tardis.

It took some time to do the painting. Kevin found the correct font for the letters online but I couldn’t find any stencils that looked right so I bought some blank stencils at Wal-art, but then quickly realized that it’d be impossible to actually cut them out because my knife was too dull. So instead I printed out the letters and used them to trace them onto the boards and then painted them in. I was pleased with the results, and then Kevin found a couple of other critical pieces for the tardis on Etsy, including a light for the top and the round sticker which is affixed to the side. It reads “St. John Ambulance.” I created the other notice on the left side of the box by copying all the words and printing it out then laminating it.

This is that Dr. Who’s spacecraft looks like in real life.

And here it is on our front porch.

So far nobody has come over who knows what it is. We have a miniature tardis replica nightlight plugged into an outlet in the kitchen and whenever anybody comes over I have to pull out the light and show it to them. Of course people are polite and act like they think it’s neat but also of course they don’t know what it is. Someday, somebody will arrive who gets it. Meanwhile, the outdoor cats are happy to have someplace warm but I’m afraid they also don’t care if it’s painted or not.

Here’s the moon over the water in October.

When I went over to Mom’s, these two deer looked like they wanted to come right inside.

We had a very small gathering for our Oct. 15th weenie roast. I think the weather must have been just about perfect for the occasion.

And here’s Lester and Pumpkin, lazing in a sunbeam.

ok then,

Mrs. H.



by grace on November 5, 2022

I just might not get back to photos from summer as fall continues to roar ahead as it does. It actually felt like summer yesterday, reaching the 70s in the afternoon. I spent as much time as possible outside, including going for a jog wearing shorts and a t shirt and then washing and waxing my car. I used this terrific and easy to use car polish that we bought at the car show that we attended in September. The directions said you could use it to both wash and wax the car not even using water but Kevin thought it’d be better for me to give it a quick wash first. The polish was, indeed, great, and the car is very shiny now.

As I was washing it I realized that it wasn’t even that dirty, mostly because I don’t go many places. I hope that we get to take a trip again…

Here’s a few photos from Sept. 30th, when Lester joined Kevin down on his sailboat.

Here’s a short video of Les’s adventure.

Of course he had to jump down into the cabin!

Early in the morning of October 8th Kevin took these beautiful sunrise photos.

This one is so cool, with the reflection of the moon in the water.

And this was also very cool; early on Halloween evening, a fog rolled in. Very Halloweeny!

Today it has been chilly and so windy, a good day to stay inside.

Ok then,

Mrs. very soon it’ll be Thanksgiving already Hughes.


Happy Birthday, Bev!

by grace on November 5, 2022

I’m hoping Bev has a lovely birthday today…


An exciting sailboat adventure

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Last year we didn’t get Kevin’s sailboat out of the water til after November 1st and were shocked to find that the boat docks had been taken out of the water and set up on the boat ramps, so we couldn’t take his boat out at the sailboat launch, which has a really good and […]

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June, continued…

October 13, 2022

So, June, so long ago…my sister Amy and our friend Amy joined me for a boat ride on June 11th, five days after my hospital release. My sister Amy hasn’t been on a boat ride with me since, which shows you just how momentous this occasion was. She massively relieved that my hospital visit wasn’t […]

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Mick’s Honor Flight!

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I wanted to go with Mom to see her friend Mick come home from his Lincoln Honor Flight on June 14th but he wasn’t going to get back to Springfield til pretty late at night so I decided not to go. I’ve known Mick ever since I can rememeber – he and his family and […]

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Ok, so June…

September 28, 2022

Yes, September is almost gone, and here are a few photos from waaaay back in June. June 1st, I wanted a photo of this crazy tall yucca plant…it’s almost as tall as Kevin! None at the shore have ever gotten that high. Spot was happy to be in the picture. The funny thing is that […]

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Well, still May…

September 20, 2022

Why? How? I was looking at my May photos and I have a group that I processes on Photoshop but I can’t find them anywhere so I guess I didn’t manage to post them here yet. Whew. I’m happy to have time to sit down right now on this very very muggy and hot late […]

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one more day in Chicago

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The day after seeing “Moulin Rouge,” Mom and I were supposed to take the train home at 12:30 the next day, Thursday, May 12th. I actually saw this little sign the day before, and thought it was cool because it depicted how Chicago used to look in 1779. Hard to imagine. I decided to go […]

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