Tar and Abby

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Storm solution - Heat solution

All morning long we had storm after storm move thru - all promising penny sized hail.
Moved the plants under the eves.
They will stay there until after the Great West Heat Wave.
For shade.
Promises of temps from 106 to 112.
Tar discovered he does not like green tomatoes.
I wish he would stop testing his conclusions.

the storm before the HEAT/EXPLOSIONS

Temps expected to soar to 106 to 112 depending on who you read.
And they are selling fireworks starting today.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

no zombie gnomes allowed!

and no guns for the gnomes. Especially with the amount of beer they drink.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Did we get transported to Seattle?

Huge downpour this morning.
With the fourth coming up we could use more.
This front is actually from Hawaii. They call it the
Pineapple Express.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

stage one of the Great Pond Clean-out

We set up a 100 gallon stock tank under the deck so we can take our time catching the fish.
Using a minnow trap. Those are water hyacinths that Tar is attempting to steal. They will
help filter the water. We'll have a air pump running also.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

this is a pond. this is a pond on crack

This is embarrassing as heck.
Never, ever, ever put something pretty you find along the river in your pond.
I've written pond articles for four different magazines. I KNEW BETTER but thought I
could control it.
HA!
This is a 3,000 gallon pond (there is more pond behind the island) and it is stuffed with
this aquatic weed.
It is going to be drained.
And dried out.
All plants will be examined (this stuff can propagate from a sprog). This all came from
three sprogs I picked up along the river. Fish will live in the 300 gallon filter tub (only little
fish in this pond, no big koi).
I'm afraid of what I will find in there....
The Engineer will be thrilled.

This is a daschund. Really

When I was growing up we were owned, hectored and supervised by a daschund named Cindy. If you've ever read E.B. White's writings about his daschund, Fred, then you know the breed.

Cindy used to grab the mail when it was pushed through our door slot by the mailman. Many bills were paid and mailed back with decorative teethmarks and holes in them. One day we had freezing rain. My brother and I (teenagers at the time) rang the doorbell. Cindy came charging. We opened the door and Cindy went sliding. Down the two stairs, down the entry sidewalk, made a right hand turn and continued down the sidewalk down the hill. About then, between laughing and gasping for breath, we were directed to go rescue the dog by our mother.

Eventually Cindy went to the great backyard in the sky. I don't know who did it first - but every time we saw a scruffy seagull we recognize it as Cindy re-incarnated.

Here is a Cindy I saw last week. Thirty years after her passing Cindy is still around to keep an eye on us. She also appears in Southern Oregon and San Francisco. 


Friday, June 21, 2013

pesky stump, spouse being resistant to removing it....?


Turn it into a gnome house!
We don't have any stumps...
I wonder if the neighbors would notice if I turned
their stumps into gnome housing?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

the gnomes new purchase



Apparently my no garden flamingos policy does not apply to their gardens.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

another day, another two fires


Our desert has less than half its annual rainfall and now we've got lightning moving in.
Both these fires downriver from us.
The windmills belong to the Engineer's power company.
And we've got the fourth of July coming up.....

Monday, June 17, 2013

The gnomes have entered a contest

They sent in this picture to a local nursery where the staff is going to vote on a winner and award a gift certificate. I have not told the gnomes that the nursery does not sell beer...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

what makes you think we want to go to your snooty flower show

News flash from the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, London: The haughty “old school” members of the Royal Horticultural Society have lost their minds, by allowing something into their hallowed show which for a century has been held at an arm’s length: Garden gnomes. - See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/photos/decorating-photos/gnomes-descend-on-chelsea?soc=traffic_20130524_8255304#sthash.bTMA1Jvh.dpuf
News flash from the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, London: The haughty “old school” members of the Royal Horticultural Society have lost their minds, by allowing something into their hallowed show which for a century has been held at an arm’s length: Garden gnomes. - See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/photos/decorating-photos/gnomes-descend-on-chelsea?soc=traffic_20130524_8255304#sthash.bTMA1Jvh.dpuf

The very haughty old school committee of the hallowed Chelsea Flower Show in London is allowing, gasp! garden gnomes into their garden exhibits - for the very first time.

I asked my gnomes if they wanted to go. They asked if there would be free beer. I said I didn't think so - they decided 'hell no!' we're not going if there is no beer!
News flash from the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, London: The haughty “old school” members of the Royal Horticultural Society have lost their minds, by allowing something into their hallowed show which for a century has been held at an arm’s length: Garden gnomes. - See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/photos/decorating-photos/gnomes-descend-on-chelsea?soc=traffic_20130524_8255304#sthash.bTMA1Jvh.dpuf
News flash from the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, London: The haughty “old school” members of the Royal Horticultural Society have lost their minds, by allowing something into their hallowed show which for a century has been held at an arm’s length: Garden gnomes. - See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/photos/decorating-photos/gnomes-descend-on-chelsea?soc=traffic_20130524_8255304#sthash.bTMA1Jvh.dpuf

pelicans at the duck pond

They spend the summer here and today they were slurping up the fish in the duck pond.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fire season starts

Just a couple miles up the road from us. We watched the smoke all afternoon. They also had a fire by a fertilizer plant...! We've had half the normal rain this spring. A windy day and things can get out of hand. The first fire blew past 52 houses. Firemen protected them all.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The gnomes have moved in

They ordered a bridge in the tadpole nursery. I hear they are looking for fishing poles. I've got to stop them from accessing my computer and credit cards.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

we haz shade!

When we remodeled the deck there was a plan for shade.
But alas during the project Heidi the labrador escaped and got hit by SUV.
$6k later she was good as new but the budget for the deck shade was gone.
We decided to go with shadelet with a sail shade cloth. The Engineer put it together
so I could lower it like a flag on a flag pole when it gets too windy. The pole has
a heavy granite base. The plants still get sun but we also have protection from
the sun. That's Tar there inspecting it all.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

danger, danger! bird poop

This week we had a big brush fire caused by nesting ravens in the power lines.
Then they had to shut down part of the Cold War cleanup effort because of toxic
bird poop from nesting birds in the plant.
Pictured is a helicopter which searches out radioactive animal poop in the Area (what we call the large space which was part of the Cold War nuclear program).
Every once in a while a radioactive fly will makes its way to town. At least the fly isn't 50 feet long and have a taste for humans...... YET.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

new project for the gnomes?

We found the pansies with a hole burrowed into the middle of them...
We suspect the gnomes digging for buried treasure.
We are also wondering what else is living on the deck.

Monday, June 3, 2013

tadpole nursery

This year I had no frogs come back so I'm adopting some tadpoles from a sister ponder.
(I gave her a batch of eggs about a decade ago so really they are just coming home.)

I am trying to talk the gnomes out of putting a boat on the pond and going fishing.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Abby Garden Test 2.0

This year Abby did not try and replant the test petunias I put down on the deck.
Yesterday I filled and planted a trough planter with short sunflowers and a flowering vine.
Will Abby allow them to sprout and grow or will she attempt to thin them out?
Time will tell.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

gnomes are going rouge

Not sure where they caught this poor fellow
or who he used to be...
but he's sleeping with the tadpoles now.