numie and mincy and sadie

good monday morning to you…

by grace on April 25, 2016

it’s that time of year again – it’s a little warmer than usual, we had six big scoops of mulch delivered to our driveway, there’s so much to do outside…that’s how i spent most of my weekend, starting on friday morning.  i’m a little sore this morning and when i woke up i thought, “i WILL NOT do anything outside today.”  but it’s another sunny, lovely day, and i’ll have a few free hours this afternoon, and i’m already planning my outside activities.  i’ve spread so much mulch, but i feel there’s only a small dent in the pile.  yesterday was all about pulling weeds, digging up more roses of sharon bushes, planting stuff…because i’m starting so early this year, maybe things will calm down earlier in the summer.

but that’s probably not realistic.

will i ever finish my postings of our lovely wales trip?  someday.

meanwhile…sometimes the other side of the lake glows as the sun gets lower in the sky.  it’s not possible for me to capture how beautiful it is.




randy and i went to the opening of the Staley Museum in Decatur, which my friend Julie is in charge of.  it’s a lovely place, and a fun time.  randy sat at the big desk that looked very presidential.


randy’s cute little kitty, pee wee.




i actually went to hear a lecture, this one was at the library, about a guy’s very very long bike ride on the santa fe trail.  whew, it sounded kind of hot, and a little dangerous, riding sometimes on highways with trucks roaring past.  the guy never wears a helmet!  he stopped at the philmont scout ranch, and that rang a bell somewhere deep in my mind, so i took a picture of the slide to show kevin.  yes, kevin used to go there as a boy scout!  he would have enjoyed the talk immensely.


a perfect kitty resting spot.




one of the rare times that chester lies on anybody’s lap – he was so funny, all sprawled out like this.  he stayed that way for about 20 minutes, a record for him.


numie, sadie, mincy, all so tired.  amy and jim were thinking about getting two more dogs, but i think they’ve decided against that idea for now.  i think this is wise – these three are so cute when they’re sleeping, but when they’re awake they need constant attention.  maybe they could get a couple more dogs if they also got a full-time live-in dog nanny.


the other morning i walked down to the water, looked over at the old dock and saw some kind of animal stretched out.  it rolled around, having a nice time basking in the sun.  what was this thing?  he didn’t see me at all.


i crept closer and managed to get this photo before he dove under the dock.  it’s a mink!  doesn’t he have a cute face?  there was a mink right at our feet a couple summers ago when kevin, jim and i were standing down at the dock.  that time, he’d looked up at us in surprise and then scurried off.  i’m lucky that i was able to get this photo, and i’m pretty sure he must live under the dock.  our new pet.


last summer our tall grasses got totally out of control, and my friend beth wanted to get some of them.  she came over to dig them up, and brought me these beautiful flowers.


amy tok some of the dried grasses and made this nice arrangement.  digging up the grasses was insanely difficult; it had rained quite a bit, but those roots were so dense and thick that beth had to dig, and i dug, and then finally kevin dug, and it was a huge, huge effort.  i’d like to dig out a little more of them because they get so huge – it’s supposed to rain a lot in the upcoming week, so maybe i can try that again.


there’s always something to do around here.

but now i have to shower and look presentable for a while, before getting grubby and covered in mulch.

ok then,

mrs. monday morning hughes.


so many photos, so little time…i realize you might be craving a les paul fix, and i of course have many, many adorable photos of him lying around here on my computer…things have been busy around here, and this morning i’m taking a road trip with my friend jill; she’s picking me up in an hour and a half, so of course i thought I MUST POST SOMETHING, when instead i should be finishing up my packing and doing all kind of last-minute things around here.  we’ll be gone til wednesday, but luckily kevin will be here to take excellent care of our poor starving little kitties.

i’m taking my computer with me, because of my grand plans to do some posting and edit the next wales video…but will i even open it up at all?  hmm, i guess there’s a slight possibility of that actually happening.

we’re driving to cleveland where it’s supposed to get up to 42 degrees today and THIRTY TWO tomorrow.  hmm.  i have packed coat, mittens, hat, scarf, boots.  prepared, but not too happy about the chilly conditions.

not only a cute photo of lester, but a reminder to myself that the screened porch needs some SERIOUS WORK before it’ll be liveable again.  yesterday was warm and lovely and i coulda sat out there if i’d had any free time, but now it’s going to be not so nice for a while, so i still have time to try to figure out what to do with all that stuff.







amy and jim’s puppies always enjoy their fireplace, no matter how warm it is.


i took this picture when i went running on march 14th; i’d been back from florida since the 9th, and hadn’t seen one bit of blue sky til then.










these lake photos will be part of my huge, lester-focused retrospective that i do someday.

i hope your monday is good, or at least tolerable.

ok then,

mrs. hughes who must get up off the couch right this very second.

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HAPPY (day after) EASTER!

by grace on March 28, 2016

near the end of what had been a very un-eastery easter sunday, we got an unexpected surprise…

a visit from the EASTER BUNNY!

of course he passed out easter treats…


…and was happy to pose with the surprised gathering.



he even posed with darling numie…


…and mincy…


…and sadie!


posing with the dogs reminded me of unwilling kids sitting on santa’s lap.

but the doggies still had a really good time, as did we all, thanks to THE EASTER BUNNY!

ok then,

mrs. about to be late for work hughes.




happy valentine’s day!

by grace on February 14, 2016

i hope your day was filled with chocolate and love.

not necessarily in that order…

mmm, chocolate.

here are a few photos from the first part of february.

february first, when there was no snow on the ground at all, a lovely day.  today is a different story – it snowed today, about 3 1/2 inches, just enough to be annoying.  i took this picture of all the birds flying overhead, but i’m afraid maybe you can’t see them.  they were cool.


amy and jim’s dogs, as she walked them and they were always in a tangle.  but so cute!


on the 2nd it was warm again, but then in the afternoon the fog rolled in.  it was quite a sight…or really lack thereof.






chester was happy to walk down by the water with us, and he even let kevin pet him.












as we stood there, a huge flock of geese flew overhead, and the setting sun light them up from below.  it was spectacular.  i need a really good zoom.




after all of that, a couple of days later i headed out for NYC, with a brief stop in chicago.

more later.

mmmm, chocolate.



happy day before valentine’s day!

February 13, 2016

and WHEW, the month roars by as usual, and spring is right around the corner! except right now it’s only 18 outside.  luckily i don’t have to step one foot outside the door today. so…NYC, a great time, we did so much, saw a couple of shows, had some delicious food, walked a whole lot…and […]

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here we are in february!

February 4, 2016

so, spring is right around the corner…my personal goal is to try t get all my photos and videos of our trip LAST AUGUST up before it has been a year.  possible?  maybe.  i’m doing my best, but life seems to be getting in the way quite a bit, not so much time to sit […]

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wrapping up december, making way for this shiny new year…

January 2, 2016

the sun is shining this morning, although it’s cold…it’s nice when we have the blue skies, because of the many gray days we’ve already had. just a few more december photos, and then on to 2016!  which will be filled with…about 365 days.  except now only 364, so let’s try to make the most of […]

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more lester photos from december…

January 1, 2016

i’ll get caught up before the end of the year! hopefully.  only a couple more days…   ok, i wrote the above a few days ago, and now it’s a whole nother year… i have high hopes for this year!  i’ve been thinking about resolutions, and hopefully i’ll solidify them before the end of 2016. […]

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christmas is FAST APPROACHING!

December 20, 2015

in case you weren’t aware of its imminentness. good grief.  somehow, somehow, things have gotten away from me this year.  i’ve spent a good part of the afternoon baking cookies, a good thing, because i wanted to bake 8-9 kinds and after today i have four kinds done.  and like i said, time is running […]

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things here at home…

December 15, 2015

i’ve been struggling to add posts about our trip, much too busy these days working and stuff, but here are some photos of our kitties who are feeling very neglected at not being represented here. les, enjoying the dock.   sometimes kevin chases him around the house, and then les ends up jumping on the […]

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