Tar and Abby

Monday, March 23, 2015

Abby... has been a baaaad dog. Again

Yes she has checked another animal off her list.
To add to the mouse, the magpie and the woodpecker Abby has added a squirrel!!
We had a really strong windstorm today and the squirrel's nest blew out of the tree
and Abby was there. I retrieved half a baby squirrel from her.

Abby is very sorry. Abby is kindof sorry. Abby is very proud of herself.

Abby sez 'see! proof!'

Drones are nothing but elaborate dog entertainment devices. She is so going to chew up the first one that lands in her backyard.

(This picture accompanied a story about Oregon state dollars going into Eastern Oregon to set up drone building and testing facilities.)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Drought update

Years ago this subdivision voted down getting hooked up to irrigation water.
This year irrigation water is going to be scarce-ish for residential use. Agriculture
comes first. So all cities are saying you can not hook up to city water if your
irrigation water runs dry.

The cities say they 'lack the capacity to provide water to irrigate lawns on top of providing drinking water and water for firefighting.'

I have been in two big fires in my life. We have a big brushy area that bisects our small subdivision with a creek. I've wondered for 25 years if this will be the year it burns out. Thankfully our neighbor is a fireman. 

As bad as we have it - poor California.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/#storylink=cpy'

Friday, March 20, 2015

ak! Oregon is invading us!!

"New Oregon Governor Kate Brown is in Pendleton this morning to tour the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site. The Governor will be launching a drone from the airport soon."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another sign of spring - Sandhill Cranes

They stop in Eastern Washington about an hour north of us on their way to Alaska for the summer.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Today it was me backing up at the train crossing

to make sure the mini van in front of me knew it could get out of the way of the train and lowering clanging bars.

They say that we have about 2,500 train/vehicle collisions a year.

This one was almost the train's fault.

The van in front of me had passed over the line where you are supposed to stop when the bars come down. It was moving onto the first set of tracks - and then, out of nowhere there was a train right at the boundary of the track and the road, a horn blaring, the bars lowering and the lights clanging.

The van got backed up before getting clocked by the bars.

The train, it turns out, was not going too fast as it stopped in front of us, people got out
and went about some kind of trainy business. But still it could have seriously damaged the

I suppose they thought since they were only three cars and were stopping and starting they didn't
need to warn anyone until they scared two drivers (me and the other one) half to death. This is a busy
street with three crossings and six tracks on it.

I may have to find another way to get to school...

Moral of this story is - those collisions aren't always the driver's fault.
Be careful and don't count on the warnings, that may come too late, to save you.

Saturday, March 14, 2015