Moon Rising in September

by grace on October 14, 2021

Whew. It was rainy and relatively mild this morning so I spent a half hour digging up more little chameleon plants that have sprouted up because we’ve been having lots of rain. It was nice to not have to worry about the sun or mosquitoes.

I took a half-hour lunch break and went back out and suddenly there were a million billion mosquitoes chomping on my exposed arms and shins. I kept going because there weren’t that many weeds and I wanted to complete the task. I should have taken 10 minutes to go inside and cover myself with bug spray, but instead I kept going.

I did get it done, yay for me. Well, I got this batch of them dug up, I know the soil is infiltrated with millions of little rhizomes waiting to grow and shoot up.

Meanwhile…here’s another night in September sitting down on the dock with Spot, Sept. 27th. At first there was just this tiny glow above the tree line and I thought, “what’s that???” But I quickly realized that duhe, it’s the moon. Obviously the moon comes up in different places but I didn’t expect it to come up right here. Also, we were out later than usual – this was at about 11:00 at night.

I thought it was quite beautiful, and of course Spot was in heaven, hoping that we’d just live here on the dock.

I had hoped this was all the photos from September but there are just a very few more, as October marches right along…

ok then,

Mrs. Sitting Around for a Minute Hughes.


Mostly Spot, way back in September…

by grace on October 10, 2021

Kevin took this photo of Spot in our attached garage. When I first glanced at the picture, I thought, “where on earth is that messy place?” And was chagrined to realize that it’s our garage. Soooo much stuff…but maybe a lot of it is just empty boxes? Let’s go with that. Spot was delighted to sprawl in the garage, feeling like it’s one step closer to being an inside kitty.

Here he is on Sept. 20th as we enjoyed time on the dock.

It was cloudy and lovely the next night.

And this is historic, on the 24th he crawled onto my lap for the very first time. It was quite a bit cooler then, and it’s funny that I was wearing my flannel jammies because right now it’s still in the 80s and we have the air conditioning going.

Later that same day, he tried to get comfortable.

The day after that, the 25th, Kevin went out on his sailboat and I love this picture because to me it looks like he’s saying “land ho!”

Lemondrop has taken to lying on the front porch with Spot, which is nice. I feel that if we ever bring Spot inside someday, we’d have to bring in Lemondrop as well, because otherwise she’d be lonely and sad.

ok then,

Mrs. October Hughes.



by grace on September 22, 2021

Kevin informed me that it’s going to officially be fall at 2:20 this afternoon, in just over two hours from now, so this new fall website banner is ahead of schedule, something I do manage to achieve once every lifetime or so.

Meanwhile, back on September 2nd I took a boat ride by myself and had a delightful time.

Mom took this awesome photo of these two fawn right in front of her window.

I thought the clouds were particularly interesting on this day.

In my past post I mentioned this terrific book that Jim gave me, all about Lake Springfield, called “Lake Springfield in Illinois.” The caption on this photo talked about the opening of the zoo and the fact that Marlin Perkins from “wild Kingdom” was there, but didn’t identify any of the others. The guy to his right is Jim’s dad! His dad, Lawrence, was one of the founders of the zoo and Jim hadn’t known he was included in the book, but told me that he got in the paper quite a few times over the years. He said that Marlin Perkins was his dad’s friend. Pretty cool.

Spot helped Kevin with gardening. He’s always eager to follow us around wherever we go outside.

Riley and Lester always enjoy hanging out on whatever new thing might be lying around.

The gulls usually don’t pose quite this nicely when we’re cruising by.

For the past few nights I’ve been taking Spot down to the dock to sit on the swing and enjoy the night sky. This was from the 19th, the first night.

Ir’s funny that it’s the first day of fall because it’s a lovely cool day and I’ve been back at the digging up the evil rhizomes. I feel like I’m close to the end but then of course there are millions more of them under the soil when I start jabbing at the ground with my garden fork. It rained two and a half inches two night ago so the ground is no longer super hard but now instead it’s quite clumpy and muddy and wet. Oh, the fun I’m having.

Ok then,

Mrs. Hughes in the fall.


Yeah, so

by grace on September 16, 2021

happy anniversary to us. We were married 15 years ago today and at this exact time on that day it was official and we were probably making toasts or something at the Motor Boat Club.

I got sad looking at some of our wedding photos because so many people are dead, or we’re no longer in touch. Some of them I’m in touch with but just barely. Maybe I’ll get out of this no-talking-to-most-people-but-Bev rut. Maybe.

But here we were on that day, looking very happy. Because we were.

Yeah, so, I just want to contrast that photo of us here in what is now our backyard with the selfie I took this afternoon in selfsame yard.

Yeah, so…oh my. This is the 16th day I’ve been battling the dreaded chameleon weed, wearing Kevin’s Australian hat which on the inside says it’s a “Swaggies hat with fly control”. I wear it so mosquitoes and gnats don’t bite, but that big red thing high up on my cheek is where a mosquito took a big chomp.

The corks are on strings which bounce all around and are supposed to deter the bugs. I’ve worn this hat a lot and some of the corks have fallen off and right after this I’m going to see if I can buy a new one on Amazon.

But then there’s…whew. The other red splotch on my face is just that, it’s sun damage but actually it might have been there 15 years ago but carefully concealed. Not quite as glamorous as my wedding day there in the yard.

But oh, the fun I’ve been having. This is how many rhizomes were under a stone in the yard. This is actually just one layer; they go down pretty far.

This is about the entire section I finished in one day, and this was the second time I dug up the ground, because the first time I was using that garden claw instead of this very helpful rake.

I finished this strip in back of the fence today. We had paving bricks and three mums which I had to cover with netting so the deer wouldn’t eat them. I’d already dug up part of this bit, but yesterday and today I tried to get lots more of the rhizomes. The thing is that if you keep digging around you just keep finding them. At some point I had to stop digging because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life doing it.

Today I also had the brilliant idea that we’re going to forget about putting the bricks back. That’s what I did with other parts along the outer edge of the fence – I put down landscaping cloth and put the bricks and some mulch over them. I know this won’t prevent the weeds from coming back but at least it’d slow them down.

But we decided it would be OK to leave out the bricks and just plant grass along the fence, the way Dad left it. And when the evil chameleon plants poke their heads out, probably in the next few days, I’m just going to chop them off at the base, no more digging.

Well, no more digging after I’m done digging. After I finished this section this morning I went back into the fenced yard to work on a section I’d already worked on a week or so ago and found gobs and gobs and gobs more. Many were nestled down into the roots of this beautiful vine that Amy gave me a few years ago.

I finally had to stop for the day because I was getting a little delirious plus it’s our anniversary and we should be celebrating. Celebrating!

While I was doing all the digging Kevin was hard at work on our new patio.

And Riley was just trying to relax.

I’m not pulling weeds constantly, though. On Saturday I sat down at the dock and read this awesome book that Jim and Amy bought for me. Spot was at my side because he just wants to be with us all the time.

Yes, reading a picture book about Lake Springfield while sitting on the shore looking at the lake. Doesn’t get much better than that.

ok then,

Mrs. it’s going to be fall in a few days Hughes.


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