Tar and Abby

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Now I know what they've been up to!


They've been rummaging around the house looking for treasures.
I caught them burying it in one of the gnome gardens.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The gnomes have been busy!



Three more mystery plants, that I did not plant, in the gnomes gardens. The bottom one is like a small violet, light purple in color.

Alert! Alert! - a hidden bit of bragging. One of my NILs is a college football coach. His last two jobs he signed up to be an assistant coach and then, out of the blue, the head coach scappered. NIL was thrust into the head coach job. The first college, WS,  made all sorts of promises and then fired him anyway. So off he went to SS, moving family and household and dog, and the head coach did the same run for the hills maneuver. Once again NIL was head coach with no time to adjust. THIS WEEKEND SS played WS and BEAT THEM!!! NIL was gentlemanly and gracious and refused to talk trash about his old team but we, his relatives, were high five-ing, dancing around and yahoo-ing all over the place.  :-)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Yard Sale

Emergency Back-up Daughter during our two day (tomorrow too) Yard Sale. Regular Daughter had to work. Lots of fun people stopped by. We got a visit from the Ring Lady. She asked for jewelry, rings specifically and then asked if we had rings in the house. This is her modus operandi - after she left three of the other shopping ladies came up to us and said 'that was Ring Lady!' - apparently she is a fixture at sales in our area.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Moose

We've had a moose hanging around the rail yards this week. A potentially dangerous situation. So far everyone has been safe.


*The Room*

"Hanford workers are preparing to enter and clean out the McCluskey Room at the Plutonium Finishing Plant, the site of one of Hanford's worst radiological accidents.
It still contains the glove box where a 1976 chemical explosion shattered the thick glass windows of the box. Radioactive concentrated nitric acid and shards of glass and metal sprayed into the neck and face of worker Harold McCluskey.
He received 500 times the amount of radiation doctors considered safe in a lifetime and his body set off Geiger counters 50 feet away, according to Department of Energy and Herald accounts of the accident.
But McCluskey, who came to be called the Atomic Man, survived and lived another 11 years and died of a previously diagnosed heart condition."
 They have developed new protective gear and suits for this operation.

(The Engineer and I were sophomores in college about 100 miles away and didn't move to the area until six years later.)

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/07/02/3047436/hanford-room-where-atomic-man.html#storylink=cpy

Sunday, September 7, 2014

let loose the ladybugs of voracious appetite

This has been a buggy year. This is my second application of ladybugs to these plants specifically
for a new hatching. I always buy lady bugs and preying mantis egg cases at the beginning of summer but never had to buy two more bags of lady bugs.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

moving - Eldest and DIL-2-b

Eldest and DIL-2-b are moving to Mukilteo, WA. North of Seattle. Will make wedding planning easier, being in the same state. And there is a big laser company there. Who knew?

I used to spend a lot of time there as a kid when visiting my grandparents. Nice beaches to walk their dog on. And a ferry terminal. And the Cascades. Across the water you can also see the Olympics.