Tar and Abby

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

the gnomes get their priorities straight

for New Year's Eve!!
Happy New Year everyone!

it is official


It's official: Seattle now has more proposed pot shops than Starbucks locations.

Monday, December 30, 2013

This is how it should be

Made me smile this morning:

Local story: A Muslim exchange student lives with a Mormon family and attends a small private Catholic high school.

We hosted an exchange student when my brother was a senior in high school and I was at college. Jurgen, a relaxed  German charmer, who, along with my brother, ended up in a cast from skiiing and they both went to prom with leg casts on and juanty canes. And top hats and ungodly colored tuxes but such was male fashion in the 70s.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/12/29/2751561/pakistani-exchange-student-lives.html#storylink=cpy

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas carnage

Happy doggies. The got The Squirrel.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

the gnomes wish you a Joyful Christmas!

and Winter Solstice and Merry Festivus and Happy Holidays.
Really anything that involves toasting with various adult beverages.
(which looks like Norbert has already invested much time)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Birdy Update

After resting and recovering in the warm inside Birdy spotted Tar putting his very
large snozzle on the table to investigate

the birdy and went, "WHAT THE HELL?!?!?!"
Birdy was then ready to go outside and join the others at the bird feeder.

Birdy Recovery Ward

Birdy hit the window and didn't recover. So we brought it in, added water and seed and are
hoping he perks up. This is our state bird, a gold finch, so probably some law involved...

Happy Abby

Youngest Son back (without the beard) and Abby is back to being a lap dog. Kind of.
Eldest Son back on Saturday and her (and Tar's) pack will be complete.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Rant Alert

My debit card was stolen earlier this fall.
Someone tried to buy make-up in South Dakota.
Got it replaced.
Then one of our grocery stores had data and cards
stolen. My friend had to cancel and replace her card.
Then Target got 40 million stolen.
I have a receipt from the day before the theft happened.
I am getting tired of going thru receipts, checking
statements every day.
I'm thinking about going all cash for local purchases.
And not ordering over the internet for a while,

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I'm officially declaring a Pinterest Fail

Note the not falling snow.
Trees end up as brown wire
 Plastic jars, for kid safety, end up way too heavy

I tried everything. Tried waterproofing the trees. They lost their color and muddied the water. Gave up. Took the trees out. Tried real commercial snow. All floated to the top. Took snow out. Left no air. Tried different concentrations of glycerin and distilled water.  Tried all sorts of glitter. Glitter mixtures. Tried different jars. Leaked. Tried 'dry' globes. All the glitter went static and stuck to the sides. I perused the entire Pinterest collection of diy snow globes. Followed a lot of pins to their sites for hints. I have an entire shelf full of plastic and glass jars. A box full of glitter, snow, trees, snowmen and glues. It mocks me...

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Tar Problem

or things to make you laugh at 5am in the morning. Tar, in pursuit of a stray kibble, ends up stuck underneath the kitchen table and can't figure out how to get out.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

water for the birds and The Squirrel

With the pond I've always had a source of open water for the birds and The Squirrel. A bubbler and/or small floating heater will always keep a part of the pond ice free.

Then Tar broke the pond.

I ordered a bird bath heater.
I will take it out of Tar's allowance.
22 degrees currently.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Every thing I need to know I learned on Mythbusters

I'm going to be making some snow globes. Here are six tests using different glitters and ratios of glycerine and distilled water.
UPDATE: Mythbusters needs to bust Pinterest....

Three women scientists, three new schools

Marie Curie
Rosalind Franklin
Barbara McClintock

We have three communities that are set on the river together. I have worked in all three school districts. I'm particularly pleased with this one this morning.

"Pacso's three new schools, designated to be focused on science and technology, will be named after female scientists.
The Pasco School Board selected the names -- Rosalind Franklin, Barbara McClintock and Marie Curie -- during a Tuesday meeting.
The names of the recommended female scientists have strong ties to science, though two of them have been largely forgotten by history. Rosalind Franklin was a British biophysicist whose work contributed to the study of DNA. Barbara McClintock was an American scientist who worked in genetics. Chemist and physicist Marie Curie is well known for her work in radioactivity."

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/12/10/2724839/scientists-inspire-pasco-school.html#storylink=cp" 
(lifted from our paper)

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/12/10/2724839/scientists-inspire-pasco-school.html#storylink=cpy

Monday, December 9, 2013

In my Twitter feed this morning

A picture from Mars. Still stuns me that this is an 'everyday' event.
Picture from NASA via Curiosity the roaming robot.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

It is time to get festive

Is 23 degrees out with a wind chill of Much Colder. But some-bunny got out some Christmas decorations.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The gnomes have fans!

A local garden center put this aside for the gnomes... The sign says 'Fairy Club   Gnomes not allowed!'
Note the fairy has lost its head....  I wonder if the gnomes are slated for coal in their stockings this year?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Abby is ready -

Eventually it will land in someone's backyard.
Abby will be ready to pounce.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Since they failed to purloin the turkey

the gnomes took over the left over pumpkin pie...

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Who won The Apple Cup?

Twins went to UW and Youngest Son is at WSU. Most of the rest of the family are all WSU-ers.
That's okay there is always next year!!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

When I grow up...

Can I have a beard too??
Youngest son with youngest nephew.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The craziness of Thanksgiving....

Today we woke up to Tar and Abby committing grand theft.
 They found $120 in Daughter's purse and shredded/ate it.
(That brings their lifetime total to $310...)
We cleaned up and sat down with coffee to recover and
Tar saunters into the living room with a bra in his mouth.
Totally cracked us up.
Bless his larcenous heart.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Hey Lady, we'll have some of that there turkey bird

Thirteen this year, including year old twins (been there, done that :-) 
Hope all your turkeys are tasty!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Abby is a happy labrador

When youngest son is home she gets to be a lap dog.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Predicted to be a hard winter so I hung a basket in the pine tree where The Squirrel lives and occasionally put some nuts in there. Walnuts, almonds, pecans in their shells.

Abby is horrified.
A well fed squirrel is hard to catch.
Not that she has ever caught one but a doggy can hope.

Monday, November 18, 2013

turkey fortress

Smart bird. The gnomes will probably have to look forward to leftovers from our table.

Friday, November 15, 2013

For big dogs

Always trying to find toys that don't end up under the sofa. Brought these home this morning. Not sure where they are right now....

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

maybe the gnomes won't have to go on the hunt

Today three geese looked like they were prepared to jump into the van with us.
(only the feral farm geese follow us around like this - the ducks and Canada Geese are more dignified
about the whole affair)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Pond vs Labrador

Pond lost.
Survived three kids, the neighborhood tribe, three other dogs, numerous frogs and turtles - but Tar managed to degrade the sides and started falling in. This time the liner was damaged. Remodeling will happen.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Top Chef.... sigh

We love Top Chef. We put up with the lovingly edited shots of whatever car they are pushing and the sponsored quick fire challenges - a show's got make money.

But last night, for the elimination challenge, for a table full of executive chefs, the contestants had to use cream cheese (sponsored by The Company Who Shall Not Be Named). Is it any wonder that the three chefs who ended up on the chopping block all were the ones who had to do entrees?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Latest Challenge

In the years since the twins were born I've earned money by writing magazine articles, teaching adults and kids, before and after school care for the neighborhood tribe and selling items at craft shows/stores. The hardest to do was the craft stuff.
In the beginning I hung baskets from the ceiling to store it away from little people. I moved to the windowless furnace room in this house. When the kids were older I had a corner of the family room. That corner often got taken over by the creative problem solving teams we hosted and coached. Then the punk rock band drums were set up in the corner. After the band went to college GB set up his Computer Central Command Station here. You can still see some of it to the right.
I almost had it back to mine, all mine!
Then we made the mistake of trying to move the world's oldest and heaviest hide-a-bed out to whomever wants it - Goodwill, CraigsList, Dump. It got stuck. One male and three females and we could not move it out.
So it sits. Waiting for GB and Eldest to be home for Thanksgiving. Maybe some of their friends also home. And my brother-in-law.
Maybe a chain saw.
(Goes without saying that is Abby on Squirrel Alert.)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

off to the chicken races!

Cracked me up.
I've fallen to Pinterest. It is a nice way to see gardens when your own is being dormant.
Apparently this is a thing to keep chickens safe from predators or off the kids' play equipment.

Monday, November 4, 2013

a new project

To keep me sane in the holiday season. I've finished another book for my ten nieces and nephews at the fabulous Bookemon
Now I'm going to teach myself paper engineering with The Pocket Paper Engineer. Basically pop-upsHere.
There are three books in the series. Out of college I spent a lot of years with an exacto knife in my hands (magazines and newspapers) so this feels like old times. I took two co-workers to the ER with self induced exacto injuries so hoping that I can still avoid skewering myself.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween aftermath...

gnomes and beer - is anyone surprised?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

the gnomes get their Halloween treat!

beer in a cauldron - their Halloween version of their favorite beverage :-)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall at college

GB sent this picture today.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tar falls into the pond. Again

 Note Abby trying to help.
The pond is so stuffed with plants that he could not get to the shallow end. When we moved them out
of the way he was too freaked out.
Since The Engineer is out of town I instructed Daughter to run across the street and ask Firefighter Neighbor to help. We may have had the whole department here!
Then Tar finally made a heroic effort and he got out.
And smells of wet dog
wet skunk - as water activates the residual skunk he got a couple months ago.
I'm draining the pond right now and called someone who can do some major remodeling of it.
Ever since the resident labor grew up, went away to college and to work it is time to lighten
the work load around here.

Autumn fog

Living on three rivers our area gets a lot of fog during fall and winter. This is a walkway to one
of the islands.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Edgar, Allan and Poe

They are crows and not ravens but the names are too good to pass up.
Edgar, Allan and Poe follow us to snag peanuts we throw to the squirrels.
We noted this week that the squirrels are now burying the peanuts.
State weather agency says we are in for a harsh winter and I think the squirrels

Sunday, October 20, 2013

uh-oh! we're sorry!

We saw this little fellow on the river walk we take. He was in the middle of the path and sure to get
stepped on, run over or snuffed up by a dog.
We rescued him and it took some effort as we had to have light hands so as not to squish him.

We found out he is part of an infestation of Army Worms as informed in today's paper.

"Army worms are back this fall, slithering into homes, damaging lawns and eating hay crops."


Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/10/19/2633371/army-worms-are-back-in-the-mid.html#storylink=cpy

time to rake leaves

The elm tree went 'ker-flump' and all the leaves are on the ground.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

now what? the gnomes are to blame

I'm sure of it. The only question is - where is the rest of the beastie?
(all dogs are accounted for)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

they've been at it again

Discovered the gnomes latest victim. They swear they are just adding Halloween flavor to their gardens.