Tar and Abby

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

We're back. We're fine...

This area of our locale is not. 5,000 acre fire, destroyed five homes. All folks okay and safe.

Even though our trip was for a Memorial Service it was wonderful to see so many relatives and my adorable nephews (21 and 19). A whole bunch of wonderful people.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Such is life in the West

Local smoke. There are two bridges in this photo.
Leaving to go to a smokier place.
Be back next week-ish depending travel conditions.
Stay safe everybody :-)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Whale update and precious art work

""Gus Modeste is an artist and carver from Chemainus and the Salish Nation Penelakut who has done his own powerful interpretation of J35 and her offspring.
It's called Mother's Love." First Nations artwork sold here


Update on the orca pod:
"An emergency health assessment and feeding operation are in the works Monday for a starving 4-year-old southern resident killer whale who may also have an infection.
The Lummi Nation is ready to supply fresh chinook salmon, served bright, alive and swimming, said Chairman Jay Julius. King County has provided the SoundGuardian, a new research boat with crew to help, according to Executive Dow Constantine. Biologists and veterinarians are standing by to do a health assessment, including taking samples of the whale’s breath, and collecting her scat from the water. Side-by-side drone photographs of the whale taken over the last week compared with photos last year show a severe loss of condition due to starvation."
Full Seattle Times story here

I grew up with orcas in the ocean inlet where we lived. My brother and his friend ended up in the middle of a pod in their small boat. The whales surfaced and blew water out their blow holes - or as two 12-yr-old boys would put it 'whale snot'.  

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Man vs bison

You've probably all seen this guy try and charge a bison in Yellowstone Park?

The fellow lives down the road in Oregon. He was arrested. Wild animals are just that - WILD.

Maybe Hagrid  could handle him with compassion and respect but this fellow didn't and hopefully will get the book thrown at him when he appears in court.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Boise, Idaho invaded by goats!!

I have two nieces and two nephew-in-laws with four kids between them in Boise, Idaho.

"Dozens of goats briefly took over a neighborhood in Boise, Idaho.
The goats turned up early Friday in a residential neighborhood on the city’s western side There were dozens of them — “at least 100,”  Their provenance was initially unknown, though some sported ear tags that suggested they might be livestock on the lam.
Photos from the scene indicated they were doing as goats do: busily stripping rose bushes, nibbling ivy off trees and mowing lawns. “They were eating, and they were eating fast,”  The animals moved from yard to yard like they had an itinerary.”
story

Friday, July 20, 2018

Updates, odds and sods

Was surprised that we have already surpassed last summer's amount of land being burned up. Much of the West is in the same boat. We've had many little fires around here - mostly cigarettes tossed out windows - quick to burn and 'easy' to put out. Unless you are a fireman in our hot days. xoxoxo to all firemen, firewomen and their families.
The twins turned 33 today. ak!
Youngest got home from Berlin, enjoyed hanging out with all the soccer fans and drinking German beer.