Tar and Abby

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Winter lessons - for gnome gardens

Two holes where I had to remove trees that died over the winter. The little green 'bush' and grass has been replaced. Most important lesson - is gnome gardens need water over the winter. Where the roof dripped into the gardens all survived. Where things were protected being under the roof line they did not. More lessons on the gnomes own blog here - http://thegnomegardens.blogspot.com/
Otoh I have lots of excuses to go visit all the nurseries in our three towns that cluster around the rivers here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dress code proposed for parents -

This cracked me up --

"Broward County School Board member brought up the idea during a meeting after noticing parents dropping their kids off at the High School while wearing saggy pants that exposes their underwear and curlers in their hair.
“We have dads showing up in sagging pants, It’s hard for me to tell a child not to show up for school with hair curlers, pajamas or short shorts if they see parents wearing them. Parents need to lead by example.”

I used to drive the whole block to elementary school, a mile away. I had to drive high schoolers for zero hour (7am) as there was no bus that early. I know I did not wear pjs... but I was also not groomed to the max or even the minimum.

Original story here

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gnomes are ready for invaders!!

I've ordered this from http://www.whimsicalfairygarden.com/index.html
The shop is outside Atlanta and called Sleepy Hollow. Wonderful fairyhouses and bird houses created by a former Disney artist.

The gnomes are worried.
I've already turfed them out of one of their habitats.
Could hobbits, dwarfs and wizards be next?
(Don't tell them I've already got a dragon...)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Facebook your way to *better* service?

A restaurant in NYC checks out the folks who make reservations via the interwebz. Most of my stuff is under the dogs' mother and only Facebook has my real name - which I use to keep track of the kids.
The gnomes use it to send pictures to their favorite garden nursery but that would just garner me good beer.
story here

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Peter Rabbit vs real rabbits

This is something I've thought about for years.
Ever since I started buying childrens books before we got married.
Do anthropomorphized animals in children's books confuse kids about
real animals? Would my child walk up to a bear in the woods and expect
to have tea with it? (You can find all sorts of things to worry about when
you are a parent....)
And here is Scientific American with an article on it. Turns out there was
something to my thoughts.

"The researchers say for children to appreciate animals as organisms with their own life histories and behaviors, the creatures should be presented in a biologically realistic manner. We don’t want to deny Peter Rabbit his tea. But maybe kids should also hear how a rabbit’s long ears probably help them detect predators. It’s a true story."

Otoh. I grew up to respect bears. Our children now know the difference between Peter Rabbit and real rabbits. But I do wonder about the books I buy all the grand nieces and nephews (I *am* the Book Aunt.) The books I write and illustrate for them. Just a bit. Maybe a disclaimer... and Abby thinks a squirrel as the protagonist in a book is just plain silly.

Full article here

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Gorilla Suit for Sale

The girls are having their first garage sale this weekend. We donated much stuff to the cause to be split amongst them.
Youngest donated his gorilla suit.
The sign says:
Gorilla Suit

Size - 5'11" college freshman

Guaranteed to attract attention at football games.

Has no discernible effect on win/loss record.

Can be transferred to the University of Washington if you really have to go there.

Price _______

(two heads, two feet, one hand)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

solar power fountain

Since the pond is being filled in I've been putting up alternate water sources around the yard
for critters (including The Squirrel - don't tell Abby). This is a solar powered one that is working
on a high overcast day. In regular sun it sends up a pretty spray.

Put it next to two containers of creeping jenny. The rocks are my attempt to keep The Engineer
from frying them with his flame thrower weeding method. Will have to add some around the
water tub.