Tar and Abby

Thursday, April 24, 2014

How to turn a blue state red

Like many states our blue votes are clustered in populated areas. Here in the more rural areas we run about 30% blue. 
Red, on this map, means high danger of avalanche. Grey means no data. I have two kids going over to Seattle this week. We won't even talk about volcano zones.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tragedy at the Duck Pond

We've had a cold and rainy spring. Took a short break in the rain to go feed the ducks and geese. While we were there I was trying to get some plastic bags out of the water. (WHY do people have the urge to feed the fowl and then toss the bread wrappers in their water???)
But that wasn't the saddest thing we saw. There was a body of a fuzzy yellow duckling floating next to a purple plastic Easter egg. It is way to early for ducklings around here. Combined with the egg I can only surmise that someone went to one of the farmer's supply houses and bought an Easter duckling. Then they came to park to set it free. Most likely it died of the cold that very night.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Questions and statements, complaints and observations

Why do so many people need catheters that it became cost effective
to advertise on television ALL the time?
Why do medical commercials lay out all the horrific side effects of
medication (ALL the time) when my doctor and pharmacist rarely,
ever do?
Flight 370 was abducted by aliens.
President Obama is coming to visit Oso, WA today. Where my grandparents
had a cabin for years when I was growing up. We are still trying to figure out
if it is still there.
There is a worldwide lime shortage. Criminals and drug cartels have started looting the groves and hijacking delivery trucks. Limes.
It's Math Awareness Month - a month full of magic and mystery. Absolutely favorite lesson plan I ever wrote was for card magic tricks and solving them with math. Kind of a vertical algebra. The standards to which I wrote the math lesson are already about two generations out of date...
If the First Lady wants to come to your graduation say thank you and welcome.
I do not want to hear ANYTHING more about 2016 elections.
I will tolerate limited reporting on 2014 as our congressman is retiring. But note the word LIMITED.

Friday, April 18, 2014

What heck are you doing with my eggs!

The gnomes are helping the Easter Bunny get ready for hopping.

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...)