As the summer slips by…

by grace on August 16, 2020

So, July…well, here’s a few photos from the beginning of the month.

First, Riley. in June I posted a photo of Riley in my re-purposed my clothes basket , which was so long ago…Riley still enjoys climbing inside sometimes. Sweetie just likes to stretch on it and scratch it furiously.

Lovey…wow, she was actually lying in the living room! She hasn’t done that really at all when i’m at home, and i’m at home a lot. she’s starting to warm up to me and maybe when the weather gets cold she’ll be more interested, as opposed to completely terrified of me.

Same day, July 2nd, a lovely boat ride.

A day later, Lovey and Les Paul chilling in the front hall. She’s not really afraid of the other cats, just me. Yesterday morning i went up to the front bedroom and Lester was lying on one kitty tower in front of a window and Lovey was lying in the other one. Just hanging out. Of course, because i showed up to close the windows, Lovey anxiously jumped off her tower and scuttled under the bed to safety.

Here’s the heated cat house that kevin bought for Lovey last winter. She appreciated it greatly during the cold weather and Kevin first brought it onto the screened porch when she moved inside but then he moved it next to the couch, because the room wasn’t quite full enough of places for the kitties to relax.

Of course Riley wanted to settle down inside. I think he’ll probably like it even more in the winter when maybe kevin will turn the heat on in there.

And speaking of heat…here’s Kevin, so hard at work on the back half of the old part of the house. This is July 3rd, and man was it hot while he worked, peeling off the old shingles.

I was surprised to see this picture because i don’t remember this mink darting across the boards leading to the dock. crazy that i got a good shot, and crazy that i don’t remember it.

and that’s how things are now, crazy all around. It’s weird to think that it’s been over five months since everything collapsed, and I mostly just stay home. On thursday, Amy, Mom and I went to TJ Maxx and it was really weird to be in a store that wasn’t a grocery store, which is the only place i’ve been except Lowe’s. It was very well-organized and well managed at TJ Maxx, with a person outside the store stand giving out masks and hand sanitizer, if you needed it. And somebody right when you went in with a clean cart that they then cleaned for you again.

Exciting times.

It’s just weird that everything is weird now. Watching something on TV, and people are crowded together at restaurants or whatever and we say, “don’t do that anymore.

Anyway, my hope is to start posting on here before another few months slip by and there’s snow on the ground.

ok then, ok,

grace h.


final images of july…

by grace on August 12, 2019

On Saturday, July 27th, we went over to the Yacht Club for a fundraiser. It was a beautiful night and awesome to sit out and watch the boats going by on the lake. i know i’m lucky enough to sit outside and watch boats go by all the time, but this was great because i didn’t have to prepare anything or cook anything or anything, except have fun. and drink cocktails.

Me, Toun, mom, Amy V, Amy, Julie

Meanwhile, back here at home…the raccoons continue to be very determined and focused.

This was July 29th, as the raccoon tried her best to get at the food. kevin had just modified the pole in hopes that she wouldn’t be able to reach it.

Here she is the next day…

Even though she didn’t get it that day, she was able to later make it up the pole.

the final day of July i was finally tackling the weeds at the shore line. i looked up and realized a mink was walking towards me! it was just as surprised as i was. this isn’t a great picture, but it was a miracle that i was able to capture it at all because once it realized that i was a HORRIBLE INTRUDER, it took off.

i shot a video, and you can really see it better there as it boinks across the grass.

and later that day…jeez, no wonder i haven’t had much time to sit around typing; on july 31st i spent the morning weeding, and the afternoon helping glenn launch his sailboat.

ok, really, i didn’t do much of anything. mostly i just enjoyed hanging out a the Lindsay Boat Launch in the shade while Glenn and Kevin toiled away.

my job, as “winch wench,” which kevin loves to say, was to pull on a rope wrapped around the winch as they pulled up the big mast. then they had to do more stuff while i loitered again..

ok, the only thing is, i’ve been kevin’s winch wench on several occasions; all i had to do was pull on the rope and crank the crank and the mast went right up. i didn’t wrap the rope all around the winch.

but for some reason, that day, i forgot. yeah, i forget lots of things with more and more regularity, but you’d think i’d have remembered how to do this one job.

but no, instead i wrapped the rope around and around the winch, which made the whole thing way more difficult. i thought it was harder to turn the crank because the mast on glenn’s boat is so big, but no, it was because i was doing it wrong.

but at least we got it done. and i’ll never forget how to do that again.


Glenn and i were on board the boat as kevin prepared to set the boat free…

I started to take a video…

When the filming stopped, we were suddenly going around in circles because somehow a rope had gotten tangled up in the motor.

But he finally got it untangled, and off we went!

And that’s it for July…i don’t usually have a video, and i can’t remember the last time i had three, but there you go…

ok then,

mrs. august, really, are you kidding me? hughes.


countdown to turkey day…

by grace on November 19, 2017

…i mean, i suppose it’s a countdown.  it’s also a countdown to christmas, really, but the other day mom said I’VE SEEN PEOPLE WITH THEIR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OUT ALREADY, and i pointed out that xmas isn’t so far off.

meanwhile, i’m just trying to remember the photos i took in october.  in the middle of the month i got to babysit amy and jim’s dogs for a while, always a delight.



later that afternoon i was down at the dock, heard a noise – and there was the mink!  i don’t know how i managed to get a photo of him because he’s very quick and doesn’t like to have his picture taken.

poor sad lester!  he came out into the yard when i was sitting there and was particularly lonely and sad, with his giant sock.

his was also taken mid-october, when the corn was ready to come down.  this was a week after i’d fallen, so i was walking, not running.  i started pulling down the corn cobs, shucking them, and throwing them on the ground for the deer.  when i did this on this day, it was challenging because my right hand was still weak and in pain.  it got easier every time i did it, though.

and now it’s november, and like i said, things are approaching, as they do…

ok then,



new year’s eve day

by grace on January 10, 2017

why can’t i remember new year’s eve day?  because i can hardly remember anything these days, that’s why.

but i know it was warm-ish, because i have the pictures to prove it, taking lester for a walk down by the water.

here he is, trying another death-defying maneuver, since there was no cracking ice to walk on.  his tummy doesn’t really stick down that far; he was just crouching to slither under the rope.  that piece of foam stuff isn’t the most secure thing to walk on, although it is sturdier than very thin ice.

then he had to check out the hole.

nope, nothing exciting there, time to move on.

he found another hole, crawled down into it, and i think this is the one the mink lives in. i just read about mink, and they don’t hibernate, but in the winter they might stay down in their holes for a couple of days.  i was hoping that les wouldn’t encounter our mink.

les popped back up shortly thereafter.  whew,  mink-free.



of course he had to climb around on the rocks jutting out into the water.  i think this is pretty new behavior; he’s becoming more of a risk-taker, climbing as far out on the water as he can.  hmm, maybe he’ll be willing to take a sailboat ride next summer?

and at least it was water that he was up to, not ice.  this gives you a good idea of how far out les walked on the very very thin ice a few days before this – he got all the way out to that floating dock. crazy kat.

good grief.  it’s too cold for the kitties to be out at all now, and they are definitely stir crazy, as am i.

ok then,

mrs. 2017 hughes.

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