are you kidding me, august already??!!

the summer roars by, nothing to stop it…we had a lovely reprieve from the hot heat, but it’s back to feeling like august again, but at least it’s happening now in the correct month, not like the sweltering time we had in june… so many boats continue...

more of july…

glenn helped kevin launch his sailboat at the beginning of the month.  kevin lowered the boat into the water, and glenn motored back to shore…except the motor died, a constant theme in the hughes household up til recently.  luckily we have the new pontoon boat...

as july continues…

the weather is still incredible…today it was only in the 70s again. here’s one of our rainy days, which I love to look at and am so happy not to be riding my bike or hiking in. lately I’ve been inspired to attempt to clean up some of the massive...

july!

right now the weather is extraordinarily fantastic, so yay for that!  79 degrees right now, we might as well be in wales. even though we’re staying home this summer, things are mighty fine.  just ask les and riley… here’s the first tiny start of a...

a new lift at the end of june

this was the morning of june 28th, when the awesome jeff smith from his company JLS Marine boated over and installed our new boat lift.  it was quite an exciting morning, and remarkable at how quickly he and his worker, Fred, were able to secure the lift. fred is the...

moving right along through june…

moving right along through june…yet another darling les photo. it’s always impossible to take just one… a couple of weekend ago, amy, mom and I got invited by our friend missy to a fundraiser.  it was for an organization called Gen H Kids, and its...

more june

it’s been a windy summer so far.  hot, humid, windy.  this poor smoke tree cracked in the wind. and this tree out in the circle also came down.  windy. our friends glenn & Julie bought me this captain’s hat, and I like that it has bows on top.  I...

june june and more june…

i’m having a free moment right now.  it’s perfectly quiet here in the house, lester is sleeping on the back of the couch nearby, everybody is asleep. I’ve been photoshopping my june photos, realizing I was very busy taking lots and lots of...

diminishing brain function, each and every day!

I felt so good and virtuous, finally posting some photos a couple of hours ago after not doing so for much too long…but just now I got a text from my sweet aunt sandy, who kindly informed me that i’d posted photos of riley but wrote that he was chester....

the rest of june…

roared past, and I can’t believe it’s july.  the weather has made it seem like it’s august, however. meanwhile, a few june photos that weren’t boat-related. les finally sat on the floor to ceiling kitty tower we put up, but since then...

boat part 2

on Wednesday, morning, june 13th, we unveiled the boat and got ready to launch her.  a very exciting morning! yes, we’re very proud of the boat. there are four levels of emissions, and we’re second from the top, at ultra-low.  I think the top one is ultra...

boat!!! part 1

part one, of many parts ongoing for a long time to come… after mom and my perilous failed boat ride involving crashing and scraping along the shoreline, we bought a new boat. nobody in springfield had a boat we wanted, so kevin found one at the...

friday

although it’s early june, it feels like august.  91 degrees right now, feels like 96.  might as well be time for the fair. meanwhile, the end of may….this tiny fawn was curled up outside amy’s porch.  since then we’ve spotted it and its mom...

a three hour tour (a three hour tour)

I don’t know why our boat ride Saturday morning reminds me of Gilligan’s island – we didn’t intend to go out for a three-hour tour, and we weren’t shipwrecked on a desert island…but still, it was tumultuous event. I had high hopes...

wednesday

it’s like I jinxed things by writing that Winnie was OK as of yesterday – last night I stayed up much too late for no good reason at all, and this morning I was awakened by a sound that I couldn’t quite make out, but I suddenly knew that Winnie was...

post-memorial day activity

it’s a very busy day for me here on the day after memorial.  I have a bit of free time in between working, though. the not great news is that Winnie had another seizure after I posted that post on the 18th.  he had one that night, and the next night, too.  but...

post-birthday cake

I had some of this for breakfast.  not the whole thing, mind you; much was eaten last night, and not entirely by me.                                     mmmm, chocolate cake with...

good news for winnie!

this morning we took him to the vet and he rode on my lap – he was much less stressed there rather than in a crate.  I told kevin to be extra sure that we didn’t have an accident since Winnie wasn’t buckled in. they had to take blood from his jugular...

Winnie, plus happier times…

Winnie isn’t doing well.  he had a seizure the night before last just after we’d gone to bed.  it was horrible, as he writhed and convulsed, for what seemed like forever.  I called the emergency vet but we decided we didn’t want to take him there; if...

may, in the middle of summer…

I kept saying that it’d probably go from really cold around here to incredibly hot.  and unfortunately I was right.  right now as I sit here in the air conditioning, it’s 90 degrees outside.  c’mon. so far may has mostly been a continuing flurry of...

the night sky

the other night, lighting lit up the sky.  it kept going and going, and I went out and started taking pictures, not confident that any would even show up.  I started taking bursts of photos, up to 40 in a burst, and I probably took about 200 of them. here are my 10...

is he the real live Rocket Raccoon??

early in the evening, when it was still light out, this raccoon appeared on the deck.  look at his smile!  if you inspect it closely you’ll see the bird seeds stuck to the end of his nose (I didn’t even see it, but Bev pointed it out to me).  it looks like...

april…cats, mostly.

yeah, a mighty chilly april.  I’ve either been busy working or sitting around waiting for spring to actually arrive. riley is doing his best to adjust to life-at-breakneck-speed that we have around here.  I love how his paw is dangling down like that; he...

finally spring, maybe? hopefully? hopefully.

yes.  spring.  it seemed that we’ve had now had a ritual of snow every sunday.  snow on easter, snow the sunday after that, and the sunday we just had…well, no snow really til Monday, and then it was a very brief blizzardy thing early Monday morning.  but...

leaving the beach…

I hated leaving Seagrove Beach.  but it was a great bit of time, and hopefully we’ll either go there or maybe somewhere nearby next year.  we had to vacate the premises at 10 on Friday morning, Feb. 24th, and we had time for one more walk on the beach. as we...

last day at Seagrove Beach

next time i’d like to go for a week.  I wish we could find a condo on the beach that allowed cats so we could stay for a month, but on the other hand, would we really want to traumatize our kitties with such a very long car ride?  kevin and I were aggravated...

biking in florida

  we took our bikes with us on the trip and it was great to have them.  on our second full day there, we biked down the nice bike/walking path alongside county hwy. 30A.  30A is a big deal down there in florida, at least to the people who live/visit there.  we...

good news, mostly…

gee, lots has happened since last Friday…my cold reached an apex on Saturday, but now it’s mostly gone.  kevin took Winnie to the vet for an ultrasound yesterday, and he has something suspicious going on in his spleen.  we await results from a biopsy.  the...

Riley

Kevin  took this darling picture of Riley, lying next to my Mooch pillow from Mutts cartoon.   He seems very comfortable with stealing Lester’s  perch.