April, Mostly Cats

I know I spend too much time feeling bad for Pumpkin who lives all alone upstairs. I have been bringing him down for short periods of time, when everybody else is in the back of the house, and I do go up there three times a day and spend time with him. Kevin joins me...

Boat Launch!

We launched my boat on April 9th which seemed very early, but Mom looked it up in her journal and says that last year we put it in on April 10th. We didn’t go on the boat much last year, though, and things are going to be different this year. I tried looking up...

Happy Spring!

Even though it’s suddenly chilly out there that’s OK because things are green and soon it’ll be warm. The other day when it was a little warmer but not too warm I did yoga out in the fenced yard which was very enjoyable. The ground is amazingly...

March…

…and we’re already into April. How do I never have time to just sit at my laptop, typing in stuff? I must make more time for this. I don’t know how. Eventually, maybe, I’ll figure it out. Meanwhile…way back at the beginning of March we...

More in February as March wraps up…

How how how did it get to be the last week of March? It’s because no matter what, time keeps marching on. Here’s Les on Feb. 16th as a deer approaches the feeder. The next day the deer was right up at the feeder as Les looked on. On Feb 21st the snow was...

February Mostly Cats

First of all, let me just say that right at this moment, 3:00 on a sunny and very windy March afternoon…it’s 72 degrees outside! So this’ll be quick because I need to go right out and enjoy the beautiful day. Anyway, many kitty photos in February,...

January Cats

January – well, it’s over. We had some bitterly bitter cold and I ended up in the ER for a record-breaking third time. It was because of the high heart rate with Afib again, but then I got to see a new Electrophysiologist last week, is a heart doctor who...

Bitter cold plus other stuff

First of all – the Sunday before Xmas Mom came down with a “cold.” She came to our house the Thurs. evening before Xmas and coughed a whole lot. On the 23rd, Kevin was suddenly sick with her “cold.” I did my best to keep my distance, and...

Wrapping up 2023

Here’s a lamp I bought at the Union Square Christmas market. The seller claimed it’s made in Indonesia, and hopefully that’s true and it wasn’t made by Chines slave laborer children. Kevin took this beautiful sunrise picture while I was gone....

More of November

Whew. Got back from NYC last evening and I’ve been dead-tired every since. But this is way back on November 19th, when we enjoyed the nice weather. This is about my favorite photo ever, featuring Kevin and Spot. We had a mellow, low-key Thanksgiving, including...

Third and Final Hike in Starved Rock

The thing I didn’t mention in my previous post is that while we were hiking I suddenly realized I’d lost my hat. Kevin bought the hats before we went hiking in Wales and they have flaps and are very nice and I was very sad that I’d somehow lost it....

A Mini Break

In November Kevin and I drove up to Starved Rock again – we went in 2021 and haven’t been anywhere together since then. How can this be rectified? Must find a cat-sitter willing to care for our herd of cats. They’re very nice cats, BTW, in case you...

Whew.

That about sums things up. No time, no free time to sit quietly and write here. Well, you could make time, Mrs. Hughes. Anyway, here’s darling little Sweetie back in September. Kevin made a little rock pathway from the yard to the driveway and Spot immediately...

An updated site!

The wonderful Gary update my site so that things work properly. Now if I was just working properly…I started feeling sick Sunday night and today the cough has started. I’m hoping it won’t continue and get out of control. This is the first time...

October!

And whoosh go the days…here are a few photos from way back in August. This is the night of Aug. 30th, when we had a special blue super moon. We went out on the boat to see it, and Kevin and I don’t take a nighttime boat time, well, ever. It was magical. Of...

Final State Fair photos

We went back to the fair on August 18th, and once again I spent a little time watching the horses. After that we got to see the high divers and it was nice to see them late in the day because I’d only ever viewed them when the sun was blazing down. They actually...

State Fair Part Two

Mom, Amy, Randy and I went to the IL state fair on Tues. August 15th. Our first stop was the Hobbies, Arts & Crafts building which I always thought was my favorite til this year when I realized I love the horses the most. Here’s some very cute award-winning...

P.S. other things

First, will there be a “state fair part two” or will I get sidetracked and suddenly it’s Christmas? Also, my website is in the midst of being redesigned and I’m quite excited about that and I hope you’ll like it. g.

Happy Anniversary to us!

Yesterday we celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary by taking a delightful 23-mile bike ride along the Sangamon Valley Trail. We haven’t been on this trail on the far west side of town for three years and it seemed like there was lots more shade this time, but...

The State Fair, Part One

I went a few times this year, and its amazing that the fair weather, which can be so awfully hot and sticky, was pretty much great. First, I went the first Sunday, August 13th. They’ve been working on this new Route 66 area of the fairgrounds and it was kind of...

Goodbye, Sweet Little Marley

Sweet and very tiny little Marley left us yesterday morning at 5:25. She’d been losing weight for a couple of weeks; she was only four pounds to begin with, and she got so thin that I could feel the bones in her face when petting her. We got her on December...

Different August Things

For one thing, I was looking at my site and it suddenly dawned on me that the banner currently reads “Spring 2023.” Oh boy. Slightly falling behind in literally all things… So I fixed that. Yay, fixing one tiny thing today. The other thing is, well,...

Paddle Boarding Fun

Our friend Amy has a very cool paddle board, and we store it under our deck for her. Isn’t it cool? I’ve seen some paddle boards around the lake but they’re usually just boring and one single color. No cool swirly things like this one. On Thursday...

Boating Adventures

One of my most favorite things is to go out on my pontoon boat. I haven’t been out this summer as much as I’d have liked…it was too hot, it was raining, I was too busy pulling weeds and taking care of many cats… We went out for a boat ride in...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEVIN!

Well, happy belated birthday – it was Aug. 4th and we did quite a bit of celebrating. We went to dinner at the Yacht Club and Kevin enjoyed a delicious piece of carrot cake for dessert. It was a lovely night. Before we went to dinner we gave him two new pairs of...

Hot Heat

That’s how hot it is now. Hot hot heat. Yesterday the heat index said it felt like 122. I mean, c’mon. I kept going outside and my glasses kept fogging up. Good grief. When I got home from the grocery store yesterday, there was an ambulance and a fire...

July,

as the summer marches on…first, July 1st when the power was out, Pumpkin was thoroughly enjoying the cat grass that Kevin planted. Such a happy boy! Later that day a family of raccoons showed up. There were four little ones but a couple of them scampered off. It...

Kitties and smoke in June

Here’s Lester, always so happy to pose for a photo. Lovey and Riley. Poor Lovey has been pulling out her hair because she’s allergic to something. I can’t comfort her because she continues to be deathly afraid of me. Smoke from the Canadian wildfires...

Electrified

The funny thing is, it was challenging to write that last post while we had no power because I had to do it on my ipad. I finally finished it at about 7:50 in the evening and proceeded to water the flowers on the back deck. Amy called me as I watered but I...

One more Very Important thing

This is what I forgot to post- through all of this, feeling crazy and stumbling around in the dark and everything, Kevin has been a rockstar. Calm and cool and keeping the generator running and just being, well, Kevin. He spent the last five days nonstop chain-sawing...