but it hasn’t been a bad winter, not really.


a couple weekends ago, when all the news and weather people were going completely out of their minds with frenzy and total panic about the upcoming ice storm…it didn’t happen.

there was a bit of ice, but nothing much to speak about.  the hubbub did, however, cause many people to just stay home.

well, i’ll have you know, i left the house!  a few times that weekend, actually, one of them being saturday night, when i called mom and told her i was picking her up in five minutes to go meet randy at a little divey bar to hear mary jo and her band.

mary jo is an amazing, amazing singer, and i wish she was playing in big clubs in big places, instead of a dive bar here in springfield.  her songs have been on the blues charts, she’s crazy popular over in europe…but the blues isn’t so big here, at least not here in springfield.

so we were lucky to get to sit up front and hear her.  plus we got a photo, but it doesn’t do her sexy dress any justice.

a good time was had by all. and hey, here she is:  Mary Jo!

that same weekend i also saw “a chorus line” at the hoogland, and it was pretty good, and i was very very happy to be a spectator and not a participant.  it’s hard to picture that i was in it about 31 years ago, especially due to the fact that i’ve never been much of a dancer, and it’s pretty much all dancing.

the other thing i did that weekend was see “singin’ in the rain” at the theater, which was a treat.  i’ve been melancholy about carrie fisher and debbie reynold’s deaths, but it was cheering to see that wonderful movie up there on the great big screen, because i’ve only ever seen it on TV.

and there’s always excitement here at home, of course..the other night kevin coaxed me into getting up off the couch to see the giant raccoons scavenging for bird seed.  these guys are very hefty, probably weighing about twice as much as our kitties.

every once in a while one of them would look up at us, but then they’d go back to munching.  they didn’t care.

lester was fascinated with them for a while, and i was quite happy that all the cats were inside.

and speaking of inside…the weather hasn’t been so bad, but it’s been getting colder and right now there are 20-mph winds whipping around out there on the lake, and unfortunately i have to go out to work in about…oh dear, in about five minutes.

ok then,

mrs. middle of the week hughes.