Tar and Abby

Thursday, May 30, 2013

another plant nursery pet

My favorite nursery for pond stuff.
They don't have nesting ducks but they do have concrete alligators.
Also old dogs who let you pet them. That's customer service.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

gnomes are busy planting

So the gnomes are planting their garden and this plant has shown up under two of the trees.
It is rather alarming looking...
Took some research but this is liverwort.
Apt name that.
It is going to sprout some Dr. Suess looking appendages.
And then I may have to hide the dogs...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I-5 bridge update - now we know...

the goose whisperer

The babies are growing up and turning grey. They came running (waddling) to Daughter during our park walk yesterday.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Nursery Duck

Nursery duck's eggs have hatched and Mom and the ducklings have left the nursery and toddled off to the river.

Friday, May 24, 2013

We broke I-5

 Traffic on this bridge is estimated 71,000 vehicles a day,

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/05/23/2406557/i-5-bridge-collapses-in-nw-wash.html#storylink=cpy

Currently the thinking is an oversized load impacted on the spire of the bridge bringing a section down. Two cars and three people went into the river, all are well but banged up.

I've been over this bridge a lot - driving from Canada to see my grandparents in the states. The traffic on I-5 is huge. They have a detour set up that goes over a local bridge. Hopefully it holds up, the delays are going to be epic.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Abby wants to rent a chicken -

You can rent a chicken.
You get the coop, a couple of chickens and feed from May to November. The laying season. Then you return them for the winter.

Abby thinks May thru November would be time enough to train the chickens to march in formation and conduct squirrel patrols.

article here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

this cracks me up...

"Washington is now one of a handful of states allowing 18- to 20-year-olds to taste wine while they are enrolled in a community- or technical-college program teaching viticulture or culinary arts.
The catch: Students are allowed to taste, but not consume, alcohol. Or, as it’s known in the industry, to sip and spit."

(time out for commercial - this post brought to you by family winery back in the Old Country - Germany)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

doesn't everyone spray paint their rocks?

Over ten thousand years ago a huge flood swept thru our area and with it came rocks. When the waters settled many rocks were covered in white clay. We have a bunch of these in the rock border along the roses by the fence.

It has bugged me for years. My eye is always drawn to the bright white rocks.

With The Engineer gone today I decided to spray paint them.
Rock color.
I used a whole can on all of them.

The only question is will they survive The Engineer's edging the border.
He does not use a conventional weed whacker.
He uses a flame thrower. A propane weed burner.
He has set the fence on fire. He has set the wood pile on fire.
Will hitting the spray painted rocks cause some kind of conflagration?

I didn't think of this until I was done.
This may have been one of my dumber ideas...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

the other prisoners are going to laugh at you

This is a large powerful river we live on and drowns people every year.
The last sentence in this cracked me up -

"Authorities chased a stolen car Wednesday that went through two fences and a gate.
It scraped up a steel pole that caused sparks and two brush fires.
After the car got stuck, the driver fled on foot and went into the river.
The man briefly tried to cross the river and then said he was tired and asked officers not to leave. They waded into chest-deep water to arrest him."

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/05/16/2397505/fleeing-ore-man-pleads-to-be-pulled.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tar latest water solution

This dog manages to splatter water an alarming distance. Our latest indoor water experiment.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Woman vs Dirt

The Engineer brought home dirt as requested. Due to pesky issues I have to be careful about moving heavy stuff. What is a gardener to do when tomatoes calleth to be planted? This works. The Engineer is in the middle of the bi-yearly plant shutdown so we try and keep the piddley stuff off his plate.

Monday, May 13, 2013

When praying mantis attack

Laying on the gnomes' table are two praying mantis egg cases. They are going to the rose shrubs.

When the children were little we decided to send an egg case up to school for science class. I put it in a little habitat with a slotted top. Off we went with our usual bunch of neighborhood tribe members and Daughter holding the habitat.

Half way to school the egg case hatched. In the car. And the baby mantis, we learned to our dismay, are so small they started crawling out of  the slots...

Mass panic ensued. Mom stops the car, children erupt out of the doors, screams are heard. We were a bit late that day. Going to the office to submit excuses for the children resulted in hysterical laughter from staff. But was not unexpected - this is the same staff that survived the mass frog escape (yes, I was involved in that too...)

Newly hatched mantis will cannibalize each other when the food sources are limited so it was just a matter of time before they cleared each other out and the winner escaped the car into the wilds of the garden. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

gnomes' pond and final (!) fridge update

This is frog-bit - a little lily pad wanna-be which is perfect for the gnomes' pond. Rumor has it that there is a tadpole in there....

Fridge. Is. Working.
The part that disappeared in transit was re-ordered.
Got here 12 hours before the repairman arrived.
Total days without a fridge = 21
Bags of ice purchased = 33
Times I came close to just buying a new fridge = 3.

Friday, May 10, 2013

fridge update and my coping mechanism

Yesterday Sri Lanka called.
The fan motor they ordered had been
turned around mid-transit and shipped
back to where it came from.
No fan motor for you!
Now they are shipping another fan motor.
Bags of ice = 30 now.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

would you like a mint on your pillow Madame?

Part of the work at the nursery is making sure Mama Duck gets drinks of water while nesting.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I'm ready for my close-up now -

GB picture of Canada Goose gosling.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

gb is home and...fridge update

GB is home for the week between school and his summer internship.
Another fridge visit, another part ordered, another call to say the part is not arriving, another appointment scheduled. I think we are up to 28 bags of ice now.

Monday, May 6, 2013

it's hot out there for a black labrador

I spends my day with my bottom on the air conditioning vent and my nose out the slider watching the neighborhood. This is me smiling at GB.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

the frogs demanded their own space

Actually I saw the little pond at one of my favorite garden centers and brought it home. I'm hoping the gnomes and the frogs get along.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

fridge saga - part 3.5

So we bought a fridge thermometer to see if the fridge was working after its two therapy sessions.
Sigh.... 50 degrees this morning.
I tried scheduling online.
No tedious call menu.
Filled in all the boxes.
Came to the last page.
We would like your phone number.....
Put in phone number
and the phone rings.
Like one of those horror movies...
Yes, it is Sri Lanka calling and back to the tedious call menu.
Monday morning - next repair man visit.
This is it for the fridge - it is either risen from the dead or it laid to rest.
And we are buying more ice today.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

feral farm geese are kind of scary...

The duck pond has several breeds of ducks, lots of Canadian geese and a bunch of escapee farm geese who are all batsh*t crazy!