Tar and Abby

Thursday, May 31, 2012

He's still out there...

Checked on him this morning and at least he's moved to a different shrub after pooping all over this one. His parents visited about 6.30am. I hear another one calling in the backyard. Poor parents must be busy.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

4.45am and helicopter parents

The magpies managed to get their baby stuck in the shrub by our window.  OMG, talk about helicopter parents. Nobody can get near our house --- they have been mugging the squirrels, terrorizing the cats and swooping at the paperboy. At 4.45am.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

doggy updates and a chicken drama

Abby is still very excited to find the stinky kitty if she can. She only smells when you try and pet her. We're trying to keep her quotient of loves high and suffer the smell.

Tar is at about 90% Dufus. The anti-inflammatory is doing its job. Worrying that we don't know what caused his distress. But, for now, we are glad to have our boy back.

Doggy pictured above is brother's family dog, M. They were all out for a late night beach bonfire with friends. My brother noticed a stray dog coming at them and it launched itself at M and attacked her. My brother launched himself at the dog and got bit in the process. He was able to get the dog off of M and hold the offending dog until the park police got there. They took M off to the er vet and she is bruised but no skin broken. They had to wait while someone's pet chicken got stitches. Way to keep your priorities straight :-) Chicken and M resting comfortably today.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tar's turn....

No, he didn't get skunked but when I let him out this morning he started yelping, crying, whining, shaking and would not touch his food.
OFF TO THE VET! (They recently opened a second location - I think we financed it.)
They poked and prodded him and could not find anything specific. Could be a cracked nail from Dog Next Door Encounters (they scratch the fence at each other). Could be his congenital boo-boo on his knee. Could be emotional fallout from Abby getting skunked. He's on drugs. Abby, btw, is tip-top and still stinky so gets another bath today.
I think there is a skunk under the shed - digging marks, dog attention there recently and the skunking happened there. The Engineer thinks not. So..... I expect if there is a skunk it will take another late night skunking to convince him.
Stay tuned.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Abby met the black & white *kitty*

Why do these things always happen late at night?

Thank goodness it was a drive by and not full in the eyes. Love that our store stays open 24 hours for emergency supplies. Thank you for the deskunking advice on the google - hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and strong soap. Thankfully The Engineer did not have to wrastle 115 pound Tar to be bathed and only 65 pound Abby.

Please, don't let The Engineer get ahold of this

Weed Killing Lasers.
(Could there be any other illustration for this?)
The Engineer already has a propane weed killer (The Flame Thrower) and occasionally sets fire to the fence. But not Abby. Yet.
Article here about weed killing lasers.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Top Chef Masters, 7-25, competitors

In Las Vegas :-) Contestants -

- Chris Cosentino – Chef/ Partner Incanto Restaurant, San Francisco; Competing for Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research
- Clark Frasier – Owner of Arrows; Competing for Outright Lewiston/Auburn
- Mark Gaier - Owner of Arrows; Competing for Equality Maine Foundation
- Lorena Garcia - Owner of Lorena Garcia Cocina Restaurant; Competing for Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc
- Debbie Gold – Executive Chef of Kansas City’s The American Restaurant; Competing for Children’s TLC
- Kerry Heffernan – NYC Chef; Competing for City Harvest
- Thierry Rautureau – Chef/owner: Rover’s and Luc; Competing for Food Lifeline
- Missy Robbins – Executive Chef: A Voce Madison & A Voce Columbus; Competing for Grow to Learn NYC
- Art Smith - Executive Chef and co-owner: LYFE Kitchen and Southern Art Restaurants; Competing for Common Threads
- Sue Torres - Chef/Owner: SueƱos; Competing for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Takashi Yagihashi – Owner: Takashi Restaurant and Slurping Turtle; Competing for the American Red Cross, benefitting the Japanese Tsunami Disaster Relief
- Patricia Yeo – Om Restaurant & Lounge/ Moksa Pan Asian Izakaya; Competing for Heifer Project International

Monday, May 21, 2012

a book could save your life

I don't know if you heard about the boy trapped at the top of a 270 foot waterfall here in Washington State. Rescuers worked, at great personal risk, to save him. It took many tries and a long time. They finally got him out and spent the night on the side of the river with a big fire to keep them company.
There is a video of the rescue here. It is breathtaking when you see the boy, huddled on the right, and the falls right next to him. The picture does not show the tremendous force of the water right next to them. The full story here

Where does reading come in?
"In the water, Hickman said he just focused on keeping his feet pointed downstream, like a character in a book from the popular "Pendragon" series he once read.
That advice may have helped save his life.
The current pushed him toward a narrow rock shelf just above Wallace Falls (270 feet) northeast of Seattle, and he was able to scramble out to wait for rescuers."

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/05/21/1947936/video-shows-waterfall-rescue-of.html#storylink=cpy

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Our eclipse (and update)

sigh.... cloudy...
 UPDATE: my brother took this in San Francisco.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Abby and the one that got away

Abby is taking umbrage over the lily that bloomed beyond her reach.

Abby thinks Mom is nuts

This deck was originally going to have some shade. Didn't happen. So how to provide shade to grow moss in the gnome planter - improvise. Abby thinks it looks tasty.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Abby attempts water gardening

Abby has spotted the first water lily bud coming up. She is trying her darnest to get it. Tar is right behind her... want to bet Abby somehow ended up in the pond? You'd be right!
 UPDATE: This was going to be a water lily bloom. Most of it was consumed by Abby. Charges will be forthcoming at her eventual trial.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

bees who pollinate alfalfa and the strange truck

This road runs right by my great uncle's farm and a lot of alfalfa. The study was instigated when a planned widening of the road sparked a concern it might impact the flight of the bees from field to field.
When I was little I would go out with my great uncle and collect eggs from underneath outraged chickens.
full article here

Monday, May 14, 2012

Any guesses as to what the heck this is?

This picture taken in SE WA. Answer in a future post...

One of Abby's boyz is home

Maybe only for three weeks but we'll take it! (Internship starting in June) Thank gawd for daylight basements. We are also getting Eldest's bed/with large frame with handy drawers while Eldest and girlfriend move to Oregon for C's master's program. The Engineer says there is always the hallway.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Abby inspects new gnome houses

So I could not resist. Bought four of these gnome houses. Someday I'm going to have a whole village - going into gnome real estate. Abby can catch me some gnomes to populate the houses. She KNOWS they live in the roses and honeysuckle along the fence.

Moss Milkshake - bought this to make birthday presents for my girlfriends (we do everyone in June). It contains --- moss 81%. And powdered buttermilk 14%. And 5% water retention gel powder. I have a feeling most of what I paid for is the cute container. After the birthday presents I am going to put the rest on the 'lawn' of gnomeville. All you do is dump the stuff in some water and keep the planting moist. I can do that...

Friday, May 11, 2012

freeze warning

Brought most of the deck pots in. It will be 85 later next week. sheesh!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Around the World in 80 Plates

So the Magical Elves have magic-ed up an international and twisty Top Chef. Tonight was the premiere.
What we like -
- the international theme. First up London - one of my favorite places
- the delving into pub food
- lots of footage of London as the chefs went careening into three different pubs
- the diners, local people, picked the winning team
- hosts Curtis Stone and Cat Cora - thought they did a good job
What we did not like -
- not enough detail on the food, saw a beautiful collection of sprouts - no idea where they went.
- having the chefs consume way too much alcohol in their first quickfire/race to win an ingredient - not cool
- there is a car associated with the show... gee, can't remember which one - bwa-ha-ha!
- biggest complaint - having one team vote someone off their island. bad move, bad vibes, bad choice elves.

this makes me happy

"A poem about his battle with dyslexia led a Klein ISD third grader to win a national poetry contest.
“Dyslexia is like a blueprint that I have to finish. It’s like a disease that never goes away. When I miss a word it feels like a tower that I have to destroy. Reading out loud is hard. It’s like being stuck in traffic on a huge highway with angry old men honking at me. When I draw, I forget about towers and honking horns. I am in my own world of Paper Craft People and me,” wrote nine-year-old Peyton Bolden."

We've so been there, done that, around here. And, like many dyslexics, Peyton has some profound gifts.

Full story here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dear Mr. Sendak

“Dear Mr. Sendak,How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive, my sister and I would like to spend the summer there.”

halp! I be stuck here, mr. farmer-man

Local farmer rescued baby fox who crawled into an irrigation cut-off pipe.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

How did Abby miss this conference?

Sasquatch Conference, here, this weekend. Abby could have told them Sasquatch lives in our pine tree with SasSquirrel.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Abby wants to know - what is the function of a duck?

Spotted these two at a local nursery yesterday.
I've participated in several pond forums over the years.
Best post ever was a question about keeping a duck in your pond...

QUESTION: We have a man-made pond and wondered
  if it is possible to buy baby duck to put at the pond?

 ANSWER: Wooah Tina... Don't rush into this duck thing. I have a Peking, its a
  beautiful white innocent thing that poops in
  unbelievable quantities. Never mind about a bio-filter, you are going
  to need a sewerage system suitable for a small town to deal with what
  this duck is going to do to your pond.

QUESTION: would they stay or would they leave?

ANSWER: No need to fret on this account - ducks never take the hint. Chuck `em
  it in the air and it'll come right back. Sure it will occasionally
  wander out onto the highway, but motorists would rather run off the
  road and kill all their passengers than hit a duck that's sitting looking
  right at them. Look closely at the general design of your average duck,
  notice that the cranium is small. It is my belief that if you could take all the duck
  brains in the world and combine them in a sort of super organic
  computer you would basically have a machine with a loose bowel and a
  vocabulary limited to: "quack". A duck is a natural born lobotomy.---

QUESTION: Would we need to put a fence around it?

ANSWER: Sure, fence your duck, but it won't do you any good. You will still
  hear screeching tires on the road and the neighbors will still phone you
  up to say your duck is harassing their cat again. --

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Abby wants to negotiate

the amount of space Tar takes up on the bed (all of it).