Tar and Abby

Monday, December 31, 2012

Abby says you are a member of my pack

and honorary minion. I loves you. Eldest girlfriend C arrived yesterday safe and sound.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Abby has her very own

dress-up Squirrel! Today Abby picked Cowboy Squirrel. Cue music from Clint Eastwood movie of your choice.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tar on walkies

with The Engineer who doesn't realize that a Squirrel has been spotted!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Squirrel laughed at Abby

Time to take a nap and figure out a way to get rid of this stupid red bow.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Abby got snowed on...

and it is still coming down. Abby is on the right hand side beside (out of frame) the big pine tree where The Squirrel lives. She does not let the fact that she is wearing a red bow stop her from making her Squirrel Patrol.

Abby gives Tar the gift of...

a visit from the bad guy. The various stuffed animals came from their stockings. Tar is attempting to corral them all while Abby is out supervising The Engineer in the kitchen.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

!!! Abby likes this cat !!!

This kitty has taken it on himself to help the crossing guards at one of our local middle schools. Twice a day he heads out to keep an eye on the kids and the crossing guards. He also dispenses affection and accepts pats. Apparently he has gone viral. Abby approves of this kitty whose name is Sable.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Doggies are so excited!

All pack members are home and all axillary pack members are stopping by! Every once in a while they burn off extra energy by wrastling on the bed (why does mom even try to make it) and then race into the living room and give more wags and slurps. That's Abby on the left and Tar on the right.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sit, Tar

Many times when you tell Tar to sit he will walk over to the sofa and sit on the sofa. Never fails to crack me up.

I loves you

GB is home and lets Abby be a lap dog. Nothing more comforting than the unconditional love of a dog (or a cat) when times are unsettled. There was a gun incident in GB's school when he was a senior. Unfortunately it is not as uncommon as it was when the Ponder children first started school. Stay safe everyone.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Going around Facebook

For those of us who work with kids with challenges....

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Abby doesn't let a little fog

keep her from hunting The Squirrel. We could hardly see across the street yesterday.

Our version of winter

Gray skies and fog from the three rivers. This area used to be a gathering place for Native American tribes. One of the towns retains its original name which means 'heavenly winter'. Most of our winter is mild and dry, keeping in with our total moisture of 7 inches a year.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Abby has plans

for our Christmas card. She thinks the one above is a good model. Whatever goes out, it will be late. With crazy schedules this year I think I may have all the kids here by the 17th so I'll do a New Year's type card. Abby will just have to wait to be one of five.

very, very angry birds

Going around the interwebz. From artist Don Johnson.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

tweet of the day

Overlooked point. RT : The fiscal cliff doesn't even matter if the world ends on December 21.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

good news

Our nephew-in-law has been signed for a three year contract as head coach for the team he took over for when the new coach up and left them. To our minds a smart move by the college :-) as he is a great guy. Go team!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Another Cat Update

I posted on "The List of The Craig" (so written so I don't attract anymore evil doers). This was suggested by Animal Control. So far I've gotten two letters back attempting to scam us out of $$ even after I answered back that the cat had passed on. Both letters use the same words and punctuation. A little research and yup, they are scammers. I expect a third response asking for bank routing information for the payments they promise us. Something I never asked for. We weren't even charged by the vet for the kitty's care. We plan to donate to local cat rescue folks that we know in Orange Kitty's name.
Took down the ad on The List still have a newspaper ad, am registered with Animal Control and the local agency in case an owner turns up.
Hoping a thousand fleas invest sensitive areas of these lost pet scammers.

Fighting in the womb

Scientists were conducting a study of twins in the womb.
They observed that the twins seemed to be fighting!
Well of course they do.
I used to balance a plate on my stomach before our twins
were born and the two of them could knock the plate off
with their in the womb wrastling matches.
And the fact that Eldest came out with a black eye that
Daughter probably gave him was also no surprise.
The article makes an observation that this may explain
sibling rivalry to which I say 'bunk'. The twins always got
along great and still do to this day. And I would add that
I think boy/girl twins are an easy combination to raise - which
is just what my niece gave birth to recently (mom, dad and
babies all doing great!).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cat Update

The ER vet opened up at 5.30pm tonight so I called to check on kitty. Unfortunately the Animal Control officer and the Vet decided kitty had too many health issues and they put him down. We are glad he was warm, petted and held his last hours.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Abby thought her wish had come true...

Daughter is cat sitting. Tonight a strange, injured and crying cat was on the owner's doorstep. She wrapped it in a towel and brought it home. I called my cat owning friend and she brought over a cat carrier. We called The Engineer home from his meeting. He called a friend who does cat rescue. Both friends agreed the cat's behavior was not normal. We are so lucky to have an ER vet in the town next door. The Engineer and Daughter are off with the kitty now. Kitty will get the treatment she/he needs and we'll canvas neighborhood where the couple lives where Daughter found it and see if we can find the owner. Will update you all.
Abby and Tar were sent outside and then to bed. Abby may never forgive us...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Labrador Dog Disposal

November 25, 2012

Dear City of R,

We read your flyers about storm drains, snow removal and turkey fryer oil disposal.

You left out one method of turkey fryer oil disposal...
   You need:
   One vat of used and cooling oil stored, safely, in the garage.
   A door which was not latched securely leading into the garage.
   Three Labrador Retrievers who push open the garage door,  knock over the oil and helpfully lap it up. All of it.
    The same three Labrador Retrievers conveniently throw up all the oil in the middle of the night.
    A carpet cleaner.


(PS - Dear Readers - this was a crime of the late Heidi and Rosie and their cousin Kirby.)

Friday, November 23, 2012

We won! We won! We won!

Somewhere in that crowd is GB. He got up at 6am to get back to school in time to be there at an amazing game. The team had a really, really rough year and some of it is personal to this extended family. So glad for the players and students. Really exciting win in overtime.
Eldest and Daughter are grads of the opposing school in this state rivalry along with a few other errant relatives but the majority of us are the state school side of the equation.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Abby now has photographic proof!!

The Squirrel is eating our pumpkins!!!
Interestingly Abby laid on her side of the slider, laying in wait, ready to pounce, once the glass magically disappeared. Which it didn't. Tar barked his head off a couple of times and then got
bored and took a nap.

PS - Will be out of touch, for a while, starting on Monday. Everyone have a happy Turkey Day and  watch out for squirrels!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Do they taste good? Where are they? Can we have one as a chew toy?

A family member sent this garden kit yesterday. It contains potting soil and little chairs, bird feeders, arbor and other fun stuff. I told the dogs they would have to wait until spring and promise not to kidnap any inhabitants.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Abby is on the case!

The Squirrel has been nibbling on the pumpkins! We have a bunch of little pumpkins on the deck and the Squirrel has decided to nosh on them. Drove Abby nuts all day yesterday.
I tried to explain to Abby the squirrels don't get kibbles, doggy cookies, cozy dog beds, access to Mom and Dad's bed, tasty chew bones and have to be outside all the time. Doesn't make a dent in her vendetta. Pumpkin nibbling is a crime!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Abby's latest criminal behavior

Abby likes to find small, portable pieces of paper and run off with them. Usually an index card Daughter leaves on the coffee table. The other day Emergency Back-Up Daughter #2 noticed Abby escaping out the slider with something in her mouth....

We should have followed.
Abby actually had a $100 bill that she had swiped off the guest room bedside table.
And, apparently, ate.
All poops were examined. All corners of the yard examined. No $$.
So we replaced the $, like we replaced people's shoes. But the rule is, replace once and then learn to close doors and put up shoes, etc.
Abby now has a record - shoes, sunflower blooms, index card, money, dryer sheets.
She is on probation.

Behind the scenes - Top Chef

Not really about Seattle but have to promote our biggest city :-)
All Top Chef has a link to an article written this July by a person who worked on the Miami and Chicago seasons. I loves behind the scenes stuff. Wonder about all that food that is not used??
Full article here.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Abby says this is getting totally out of hand!

 Abby thinks this young lady needs help...
"Mary Krupa is a student at Penn State University also known as The Squirrel Whisperer. Mary has  designed a series of tiny squirrel hats for her friends to wear. The squirrels gladly oblige Mary, but only if she’s got food."
Full article here.
Facebook page of squirrel modeling hats here.

Abby's next nightmare

"Five red squirrels have been airlifted to Tresco in the Scilly Isles to establish the holiday island’s first colony.
Prince Charles, whose Duchy of Cornwall includes Tresco, is supporting the plan to give the endangered animals a safe haven.
The scheme was suggested by former BBC presenter Robin Page, who said the small island – just two miles long by a mile wide – was an ideal location for a new population of reds."

Full story here.  Abby is scanning the skies.

Friday, November 9, 2012

If you encounter an alien

Funny article here about the BBC and health and safety regulations in case of contact with Space Aliens....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

SparkTruck Educational Truth

Yes!! I loves this article from wired.com

"When Eugene Korsunskiy and seven of his fellow students from Stanford University’s design school set out to tour the nation in a brightly painted truck  full of laser cutters and rapid prototyping machines, they thought they were bringing a chance to play with high-tech maker tools to school kids who hadn’t had one yet.
And they were: SparkTruck, the educational make-mobile, made 73 stops this summer, treating 2,679 elementary and middle school students to hands-on workshops covering the basics of electrical engineering and digital fabrication, and giving a chance to make cool stuff in the process, like small robotic creatures and laser-cut rubber stamps.
But as the summer progressed, the SparkTruck team learned an unlikely lesson. The most rewarding part of the trip wasn’t introducing the kids to new technologies. Instead it was something far more basic: watching them struggle with design problems."

Full article here.

Dear Googles/Internetz/to.whom.it.may.concern...

I'm going to go all Grammar Police on you. Why, oh why, can't you read a possessive noun? (First thing I'm going to ask GB when he gets home for Thanksgiving...)

Why do I often show up as:  dogs&#39:mother ?

Monday, November 5, 2012

omg! Dixville Notch is a tie!

*The first presidential election results are in - and it's a tie.
President Barack Obama and  his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, each received five votes in Dixville Notch,  New Hampshire.
The people in the town in the state's northeast corner has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1968 - but today's tie was the first in its history.*


It has been a looooong election process. I've had to answer phone calls waiting for some stuff to be scheduled. omg! One starts with a dog barking. Even Abby thinks that's nuts.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This is taking Halloween realism too far!!

Out this morning putting up spiderwebs and found this black widow spider attempting to move into my display. !!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

All you East Coast people:

How are you doing?! Only 7pm Pacific Time and, omg!, what a storm! I am thinking of you all and
hoping you are doing well.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

oh no, Peach!

Really wanted to see more of her. And it sounds like there is going to be a 'fine china' moment listening to the preview.

first snow -


Monday, October 22, 2012

oh, for gawd's sake, Project Runway!

All this over the top uber macho-uber agressiveness... we are talking making pretty dresses for pretty models...get a grip.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

already got 3 big pumpkins

The biggest pumpkin farm in the state is just around the hill from us. We've got three big ones on the front porch and many small, adorable ones on the back porch. :-)

Sunday, October 14, 2012


We spent the morning watching the space jump from about 24 miles above the Earth. The old record was set in 1960 by Joesph Kittinger and was also at the helm to be the voice on the ground guiding Felix Baumgartner thru his record setting jump. Amazing. Abby was waiting for him to land in the backyard.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween SPIDERS!!

If you go up to the Space Needle viewing platform you will look down and see GIANT SPIDERS!!!
LOL - go here for the story.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Another day, two more fires

Yesterday was the first day we got an all clear for air quality. That lasted a couple hours and then this fire and another one across the river. The smell of smoke was back at midnight and is still here. No rain, not even for Seattle!, in the forecast.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Space Needle make-over

The Space Needle turns 50 years old this year. I was at the 1962 World's Fair when it debuted. I was just a wee child at the time... There is a contest to vote for what to paint the top to celebrate. I voted for this one. These are the rest HERE (I like the umbrella too :-)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

black for babies

Lots of things change from design to manufacturing but this is quite a change for Christopher's design. Blogging Project Runway has both outfits and links to purchase them here.

Friday, September 28, 2012

carry on

despite the never ending smoke. This is the Yakima River which empties into the Columbia just down the hill from our house.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

another day, another fire

The campfire smell is now normal around here. This fire is down on the Columbia Gorge across from Hood River. The terrain goes straight up so is hard to get a handle on.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guess who has onion breath and a warning!

In their effort to thwart my gardening someone uprooted an entire onion. Then someone ate half that onion. Now someone (Tar) has onion breath. To the googles! Yes, onions are bad for dogs. Really, really bad. If in distress (despite looking guilty, guilty, guilty) take to the vet. Good news is that the damage is reversible and we're really taking long term onion eating causing anemia. So Tar is on the watch list. Right now he is racing around the backyard chasing Abby.