Countdown to Christmas…

by grace on December 1, 2021

…Really??? How did that happen? Now it’s the first of December, and I’ve been MIA on here for much too long. I haven’t been lolling around eating bon bons, much as I’d have liked to, but instead I feel like I’ve been doing so many things, either boat or cat-related.

Also outdoor stuff – here’s a picture of the troll at Lincoln Memorial Gardens, which Mom and I first spotted on a hike on Oct 16th. Pretty cool.

I’ve also spent much time down at water with Spot and kept taking pictures. Here’s Oct. 17 at 6:10 p.m., back when it was still light at that hour.

By 6:18 the sky was more rosy as a pelican swam by.

On Oct. 18th Mom and I were out on the lake in search of pelicans and here was a huge gaggle of them.

This is a short video of more of them that we saw right across the lake from us.

As I was putting the cover over the boat after our ride, Spot jumped up to help. Because the boat was enclosed he was ecstatic, sure that this was a nice sheltered spot where we could live. I put a towel down on the captain’s chair so he didn’t puncture it with his claws as he happily purred and rolled around.

The next day, October 19th, we were out again, this time with Toun and Elaine.

A grand time was had by all.

I captured the moon rise after we made it back home for grilled hotdogs on the deck.

Kevin, hard at work on the patio on October 20th. Hmm, I wonder if I have a photo of the completed project? It now looks fantastic.

Later that day, another weenie roast, when it must have still been warm and lovely.

On October 21st I walked over to Mom’s house and naturally Spot accompanied me and he suddenly ran right up the tree. Even though we’ve gone back over there quite a few times since then he hasn’t repeated this funny act.

That evening, Kevin and I had our first date night since the pandemic began. Whew, that’s a mighty long time. We started at the delicious La Piazza restaurant downtown, which was fairly empty and it felt weird to be there. Afterwards we went to hear some blues at the Lincoln Presidential Museum but for some reason I’d thought it was bluegrass not blues that was on offer. The blues were OK, but I got a little big edgy sitting there in the theater with quite a few people, some of whom took off their masks.

Also, it was quite warm sitting there in masks and I feel for the many people who go to work with them on.

On October 22nd Spot happily joined us for the last weenie roast of October.

I believe that was actually the last weenie roast of the year, unless we decide to have a final one this week because it’s going to be warm today and warmer still for the next couple days. That’d be fun although very dark. But nice to have a fire when it’s a little chilly but not unbearably so.

November involved lots of putting away of boats, pictures of which will be posted here shortly.

Or at least before the year ends…

ok then,

Mrs. Getting Gobs of Stuff Done Hughes. Well, at least some stuff.

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