Sweetie

the beginning of May

by grace on May 20, 2021

May 2nd, the first family of geese! I think there were about 10 babies.

Kevin and I took a wonderful kayak ride that morning.

I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures during our trip; we paddled all the way to the end of Long Bay, one of my favorite spots on the lake. We can’t take the pontoon boat all the way to the end so it feels enchanting to me.

We have a big rooster placement problem here. Kevin pounded a piece of rebar into the ground last year to place the giant rooster and so he put it back in the same place this year because when he pulled it out last year, one of the piece of rebar stayed in the ground because it was pounded right into a big root. So now it’s not going anywhere, but it totally blocks the beautiful irises that Dad planted down there.

As the ground keeps sinking down there, stuff isn’t looking good, which is why it’s even more important to at least have the irises. Kevin has talked about laying some railroad ties down along the edge, so hopefully he’ll do that this summer. The only problem with that is that there are approximately a zillion other things that need to be done.

Sweetie had never laid in this window sill before; she loves to mix it up in terms of sleeping spots all over the house.

I wasn’t able to successfully-enough capture the far shore which was lit up in the evening.

And here’s Spot, our outdoor kitty. He hangs out on the front porch quite a bit and also sometimes on the back deck and he has gotten in the fenced yard on more than one occasion. We need to make him part of the family! One problem with this is that he might terrorize everybody else. He’s definitely an Alpha male.

Darling little Lovey who might be related to Spot. She clearly doesn’t care for him but she continues to be quite in love with Kevin, even jumping up into his lap sometimes.

And that’s about it for here in May.

ok then,

g.

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A whole new month…

by grace on April 4, 2021

It was so chilly on Thursday, with temps in the 40s and strong winds blowing. It’s continues to warm up and today it’s going to be in the 70s. The daffodils are blooming, as well as the hyacinth. Lots of positive changes here for April.

Meanwhile, way back in February, Sweetie was so very content, as well as beautiful, posing like a model…

Back on the first day of March Lovey bravely nestled into the repurposed laundry basket hideaway.

A few days later she jumped right up onto Kevin’s lap! She’s getting more and more tame but continues to be resistant to warming up to me.

On March March 11th the first crocuses bloomed. I love spring!

Lovey continuing to be bold and sit on Kevin’s lap. I think she’s only done this down in his workroom in the basement because that’s where she feels more protected.

On March 18th the winds were so strong that they blew mom’s old canoe down onto the rocks along the shore. You can just see Kevin dragging a kayak after retrieving the canoe, securing all the watercraft.

The lake level had dropped so far down, but by March 20th it was way up, yay for that.

The groundhog who live in our neighbor’s yard enjoyed the bird seed along with the two geese who have taken up residence here. The geese weren’t very excited to share, but the groundhog managed to get some food.

Unfortunately, the goose laid one egg and the next day it was gone. It then laid a second one and Kevin found fresh broken shells in the yard. I guess that’s why they said “silly as a goose,” because no matter how often Kevin told them to look for a safer spot to nest, they didn’t listen. Also, “bird brained” seems appropriate. There are always such huge families of geese in the spring that obviously some of them have figured out how to safely hatch a family. Maybe these are younger geese who haven’t learned, or maybe they’re developmentally disabled geese.

Last night a friend told me about her Easter plans, involving quiche and mimosas, and she asked about ours. I told her that we haven’t thought about it. Our plan for today is to launch the boat, a magnificent way to spend the day IMO.

I hope you’re doing well. Even though cases continue to surge again nationwide, at least it’s spring.

ok then,

Grace.

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Way back in November 2020

by grace on January 14, 2021

i didn’t manage to post many photos in November, so here a few of them now.

I got this picture while standing on a ladder outside a bedroom window. Kevin had been taking Riley for a walk, but then Riley likes to try to run amok, in a fairly gentle and sedate manner.

I’d been scraping the window, and here they are as i started painting. I wasn’t going to do any taping but quickly realized that would make a lot more sense, plus it wasn’t a horrible job like when I taped the many small panes of glass in the front door.

The thing about doing this project is that it’s a place that nobody is ever going to see. It’s on the side of house surrounded by a little bit of woods and really, the only people who would notice the windows are the groundhogs living in our neighbor’s back yard. And Kevin says he thinks they’ve gone across the road for the winter anyway. Maybe in the spring they’ll be back to admire my handiwork.

They do look nice with a fresh coat of paint and it will help the frames to keep from crumbling.

An even better angle showing how hidden this side of the house is.

I made a short video, also.

Meanwhile…Lovey spends quite a bit of time every day in the living room with us. She still won’t let me get near her, but at least she’s clearly comfortable being close by.

This was an historic moment as Lovey decided to die down in the bottom level of the kitty condo.

Sweetie, with her little pink sock from last year.

And Riley, occasionally happy to lie in the new kitty home, the re-purposed laundry basket.

Meanwhile, back here in 2021…it’s another gray day but it was reasonably warm for the last couple of days and I even went running, which was great. Snow is threatening in the next couple days so we’ll see about that.

ok then,

Mrs. H.

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Last of December

by grace on January 4, 2021

I have a bunch of different photos here and then I’ll be moving on to the new year!

Way back on December 5th I was going for a run next to the field and came across these deer. I stopped to take some photos and they stopped to see what I was doing there.

In the middle of December Kevin was down in his man cave with Lester and Lovey. Lovey was rubbing against his leg and he was bending down to pet her, and she was relentless so he picked her up and put her on his lap. Never before had that happened! I don’t think it’s happened since, either, but hopefully sometime in this new year…

December 23rd, Mom and I walked in the park and came across this tree which some eager beaver was just about destroying.

A bunch of ducks were lying sleeping all along the shore, and you can see a tree that a beaver has felled over there on the right. hungry beavers.

Approaching dusk that day I saw remnants of the setting sun through the trees.

The water line is so low now, and I feel that the rocks are sinking in because the ground is hollow underneath. the big hole that has been there for a few years now opened up again even though Kevin poured all kinds of dirt and other things down into it. I fear that because it’s such a huge empty area that the ground is going to collapse in sometime and I don’t know what we could do to prevent that. It’s always something.

On December 27th I walked down to the water because the clouds were interesting and there were man geese out on the water but my presence made them take off.

I did manage to get a video of them flying away, and decided that maybe it wasn’t my fault, maybe they were headed out to find a better sleeping spot for the night.

Here are some of them circling so high in the sky.

Every year I dig up the gerbera daisies and they look terrible all winter long but then come back to life when I re-plant them in the spring. But for some reason this one is doing quite well and even bloomed.

Final December photos – even Sweetie jumped up to watch the giant birds.

And Lester tried to grab them…

…but since he had no luck, he sat there posing for me in his Lester-like way.

And that’s it for December! Yaaaaay end of 2020, I fervently hope that 2021 will be better. I guess I’m cautiously optimistic.

ok then,

mrs. Monday morning Hughes.

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Final posting of Christmas Stuff

January 3, 2021

The ground is covered in snow on this Sunday morning. The sun keeps peeking out, making everything gleam frostily. I’m happy to stay inside. Even though I do not like cold, I do not like winter, I can appreciate the snow once in a while as long as I don’t have to go out in […]

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wrapping up september…

October 18, 2020

Mom, Kevin and I had a lovely weenie roast on Friday Sept. 25th. We’ve been having them every friday night since then, and it’s a fine tradition. Kevin goes down to the dock about an hour early and starts a fabulous fire – fires are one of kevin’s many talents. each week we don’t deviate […]

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Wrapping up July, mostly with kitties…

September 11, 2020

We went out on the boat yet again on July 16th and went farther into the infamous “hot ditch” next to the power plant than i’d ever been. usually there are plenty of fishing boats because the water is so warm there but since it was a week day, nobody else was around. a short […]

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still july…

September 9, 2020

still kitties…here’s sweetie, the happiest kitty ever who gets to spend quality time in the fenced yard. Riley loves it too, but he doesn’t have the exuberance of sweetie, who was finding that cement block to be the most comfortable spot to curl up on. can you see the heron way down there on the […]

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ok, back to july…

September 8, 2020

my plan today (and i had a plan today, yay for me!) was to go through my july and august photos and choose a very small selection to post here. which of course i didn’t manage to do. instead, here’s just a part of the photos from july that i want to share now, on […]

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more of the beginning of july

August 20, 2020

my plan was to hurry up and slap just a few photos of July up here, and so far i’m only up to July 3rd. On the 4th we roared over in the boat to the other side of the lake to watch the fireworks at the marina. They were less than spectacular. But there […]

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