Tar and Abby

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Padma and Gail

definitely brought their A game to their dinner party dresses. David, were you watching?
Fun challenges. Did find it a bit incredulous, they just happened to drive down a dirt road
on the way to Dallas. And oh! look! people in the field! (yup and the crew and their equipment trucks and a few trailers). Why didn't that Housewife of Dallas get a close up of her books? (No sponsorship, no showee.)
I think we can be thankful they can't cook the sponsor's cars. Project Runway and Work of Art have had to create using them but I think Top Chef has taken the car sponsorship as far as they can...

Abby sez I can shoot gun?

Dear Mr. Hunter, do not ever, ever, ever lay a loaded gun down
and expect a dog NOT to step on it.
It is a law of nature.
And results in 27 pellets being removed from the hunter's tukus.

story here

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A squirrel runs up your leg...

Oregon fellow was alarmed to find a squirrel running up his leg. (Story does not say if the squirrel was inside, or outside, of his pants.) So of course he grabbed his gun and shot at it. And not a hand gun but a rifle. He missed. Now to be completely guffaw worthy and guaranteed to make all men cringe reflexively the man should have shot himself in his most favorite of parts. Alas, for our story and for him, he did not. He shot his foot.
The squirrel survived and the foot was treated and released.
The investigating officer is still laughing.

Monday, November 28, 2011

What is this?

We have a large scientific research company in our town. Mad Scientists abound.
This is a microscope that observes things at the level of the atom. kewl :-)
(Back to School night in a science classroom can be very intimidating...)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The big game

Cross state rivalry. Our nephew coaches for the college that 90% of the family went to. The twins went to the other school. Oh, the shame! But their college won this year's game. Eventually we'll forgive them ;-)

Tar is holiday-ed out

He's got the napping part down pat.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mystery Pie

Crack Pie

By way of The Karmic Kitchen

Was very tasty and one to put in the win column and not the loss column (where Parsnip Pie resides).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Labrador Thanksgiving Wishes

Turkey, turkey, turkey!!!
This is an illustration I did for my grand nieces and nephews in a book about the puppies.
Bookemon.com (I have way too much fun with this site...)
Tune in tomorrow for the results of this year's Mystery Pie. No Black Friday for me and Daughter as the latest grand-niece made a Thanksgiving week entry and we are just us for Thanksgiving. We are very thankful for her mother (niece#3) and having baby born finally (she
was due first week of November!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Book Lust - kind of...

You can order these for your Kindle ebookreader.
Sob! Not for Nooks - of which I have.
They are made in England and I figure they don't have B&N in England.
I am ordering one for Daughter, who has a Kindle, so I can look it over, pry its secrets and attempt to make one for mine own. I have made hardbound books before with pages and pictures and words even. How hard can this be??
These can be found at Uncommongoods.com

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tar, you are not paying attention!

There are cats and squirrels out there and they must be tracked at all times!

Faux Germany/Austria

Little touristy village in North Central WA today. Very pretty when they put up the lights and full of cheap touristy trinkets and Christmas stuff.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Snakes on a plate!

Of course Top Chef had to take on rattlesnakes. They are in Texas! They could have been here. We have lots of rattlesnakes and a huge Hispanic population and quinceanaras abound. (btw - wasn't the young lady of the hour beyond adorable?).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

snow on the labrador

It. Is. Snowing.
A. Lot.
It dares to snow on Abby.
good grief.

and the snowy season begins

View from Mt. Rainier parking lot.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

the clowns - they are taking over!

Being as The Engineer is involved in power generation (with glow in the dark hamsters) we find these transmission towers a hoot.
Via Laughing Squid

Monday, November 14, 2011

Harry Potter 8 Review of sorts

We watched it Sunday night.
What a poor ending to the series. Characters we have known and loved for years were given tiny, bitty scenes, if at all. The scenery was so dark we had to guess what was happening some of the time. Endless scenes of students running hither and yon, then disappearing all together.
They did a good job of explaining the complicated bit about the wands for those who haven't read the books (or at least I think they did). The story of Snape was pretty good, could have been better. No movie can seldom match a book but others in the series came closer than this last movie.

Tar is a bird dog. kind of.

I had one of those craft store ravens in a planter looking all Halloween-y.
Wind knocked it out and Tar's bird-doggy genes kicked in.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Before the game...

Why night games in E.WA? In November. This is the college team my NIL helps coach (defense). It starts in about half an hour and this is what the field looks like. Note the tiny group of students in the stands. They are playing against an Arizona team. We're going to watch on TV and hope nobody gets frostbite.
UPDATE: We won!!!
Exciting game. Team really showing promise. Good news for Full Employment Plan for NIL.

Abby version of smiling. kind of.

She is telling me Ken is on his roof! Ken is our fireman neighbor. A greater neighbor you could never find. And he is very active - working on cars, washing cars, leaf blowing, mowing, general handyman stuff with two active little boys in tow. This makes Abby very happy. Lots to observe, supervise and criticize.
I assure her that if anyone is safe on a roof around here it is a fireman.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Project Accessory - I'm soooo bored

Big, clunky necklaces, big clunky cuffs, big clunky belts. Decent handbags.
Make over a catsuit with accessories so it can be everyday wear. REALLY?!
Boring. Same stuff, over and over and over. Boring.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Abby is wound rather tightly

She spends her days officially trotting from one end of the house to the other, out the slider, down the deck stairs, patrols the yard and then starts all over again. Tar wants to know, 'are we really in danger?' Tar spends his day on the bed, asap, which is why it doesn't get made. Uh-huh, really!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

mom! landscapers are cheating!!

All Dog Alert! Dogs wanted me to see the landscaper guy blow all the leaves off the client's lawn and set up neatly, in a straight line on the neighbor's lawn. He thinks no-one will notice?

Monday, November 7, 2011


Local train derailment.
"Forty-six cars broke loose at the yard and rolled into 31 cars and two engines at the port. Officials say they are mostly concerned about the leaking tanker that is carrying about 30,000 gallons of denatured alcohol. No one was injured."

It's harvest time in wine country

We are surrounded by grape orchards here in SE WA. And wineries. There are two down the road from us. One of my PTA moms went back to school to become a wine-ologist (Viticulture/Enology) and is in charge of the wine section of the grocery store. My niece is leasing their land to the wineries. She took a class, in Spanish, to learn about the industry. The class is offered in Spanish because of all the migrant workers who came north , stayed and helped build the industry. Picking wine at Thanksgiving is always an exercise that The Engineer takes very seriously.
(Oven is clean! Took three hours at nuclear temperatures.)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

the carnage, the aftermath, a self cleaning oven

We've never had one before. So we're a little leery of turning it on.
What could go wrong?
Stay tuned.
Luckily we have a real, live fireman living across the street...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Revenge of the Turkey

28 years I have been cooking turkeys.
Then The Engineer took over with a deep fat fryer.

Being a woman with a reputation to keep
I started making a pre-turkey so I would have drippings and broth.

This year I got a bit....lax.
I bought a casserole instead of a roasting
pan. Big mistake. Also didn't buy the turkey enough
ahead to thaw properly so the thing went in partially
frozen. Put in lots of liquid to make sure I have enough drippings.
You guessed it. Another mistake.
Tried to pull it out when it was done and the foil collapsed.
Broth spilling like a waterfall into the bottom of the oven.
Smoke roiling out of the oven. Smoke alarm shrieking. Open
all the windows. The Engineer brought a fan up from the garage. We
opened the front door (BIG mistake). Got the DAMN turkey
out and attempted to take its damn temperature. Battery
out on the food thermometer. Juices run out when we move
it to a platter - pink. Shoved the turkey back in the oven.
We're going to burn that sucker. Now.... WHERE ARE THE
Out the front door of course.
MASS PANIC. Grab leashes, cookies, dog whistle, chains,
run out in socks and found them cavorting around some
poor man and his dog (who was on a leash and behaving
himself). Thank Gawd, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I am never making another pre-turkey again.The Engineer
can deep fry them and I'm using canned broth and olive
oil and butter and I bet nobody can tell the difference in the stuffing
and the gravy. It is like all the turkeys I've cooked over the
prior years are getting revenge upon me.

Occasionally Tar remembers

that there is new flooring and he gets stuck for a time, here and there,
around the house wondering how to navigate it.

Friday, November 4, 2011


The Great Plumbing Flood of April 18, 2011.
Work is completed. Will take me a lot longer to get things back to where they belong with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up. Also with spouse being slowly roasted by the entity known as the EN-RR-CEE until May (re-certification for the glow in the dark hamsters).

NOW we are dealing with money and insurance. This took FOREVER before. Restoration and insurance issuing estimate after estimate. They said they were happy, work commenced and now they are $11k apart. And we are in the middle.

Called and called insurance and surprise!!! They found mistakes on their end! Now we are $3+k apart. And we are still in the middle.

We had additional work done for $2660. (Note to self DIY from now on.) Really, really don't want to come up with additional $3k. Spouse is stressed beyond all imagining and I'm handling all domestic disasters myself (recent car bill for $1600). Deeeep breathing.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Real California dolphins surf!

Brother took this picture while beach walking. Brother and family live in San Francisco.
Isn't that just so cool?! Clicken to embiggen.