Tar and Abby

Thursday, February 27, 2014

spotted locally

gnomes at our garden center.... they are taking over I tell you!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

mystery vine

Whilst looking in the backyard for possible gnome habitats I came across this vine.
We have a shed that is half covered with ivy and then this showed up having grown all
thru the ivy.
I've looked up elder berry, I know virginia creeper. It has this tri-pointed leaf. The small leaves start out slender and then they grow points. You can see it starting on the upper left leaf. The leaves are individual and not in whorls or clusters. The berries don't seem to be eaten. They are purple and are turning brown. I have not seen any bird or squirrel activity in the area.
I sent the picture to a friend who is a Master Gardener and hoping she can send it up the line to the WSU extension office.
ps - I taped down the big leaf so we could all get a good look at it.
UPDATE: blooming english ivy - who knew....?

Monday, February 24, 2014

the gnomes are putting together an army

What for I don't know.
But here is their version of a tank and driver.

 (Photo: Hendy Mp/Solent News)

The brown truck arrives, more gnomes appear...

University of Washington and Washington State University gnomes. A traditional rivalry every November for the Apple Cup in football. Bet they spend all their time trying to convince the original gnome boys to root for the Huskies or the Cougs.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Olympic thoughts

I love the winter Olympics. I spent a good portion of my years on the ski slope. Starting at age 2. My Dad would take us up to various mountains both Saturday and Sunday. We went to Whistler, Grouse Mountain, Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood, Mt Bachelor and Sun Valley a lot.

So what did I like about 2014 Olympics:
- the graphics were so pretty and colorful
- the lack of a scary mascot, never saw it if they had one.
- the hard work everyone put in to keep snow on the slopes
and tracks.
- Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski  - not a big fan of figure
skating but they were a treat to watch and listen to.
- Norwegian cross country skiers and Dutch skaters.
- the fact that my mother country won in hockey. Oh, Canada!
- all the ski boarding events - my dad, at age 60-ish actually
bought one and rode it until his doctor had a fit.
- all the smiling faces and good sportsmanship of the athletes.
- curling and the Norwegian men's pants.
- curling because, despite growing up in Canada I still don't
get it, but I loves it.
- the fans and family and supportive spectators.

What did I not like:
- please no more industrial age when depicting the history of
your country. Nobody does it well. Stick to your myths, fairy tales, music and dance.
- the whole Ukraine heartache and their poor athletes.
- Procter and Gamble and their 'thanks Mom' campaign. There is a Dad behind every athlete and if
he wasn't able to drive you to practice he was earning the money to afford the practice. And there were grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and good friends along the way.
- Subway, Coke and McDonald's - thank you very much for supporting our Olympic teams but no, you are not healthy food for the most part, especially you Coke.
- Tear jerking, heart rending stories about the athletes. It just makes me feel awful if they don't win. Make that an optional choice on your website.
- Terrorists - please let them stay quiet for the remainder of this event and the para-Olympics.
- the anti-gay run up to the games.
- the reporter who badgered the skier into tears about his deceased brother.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Furd the fox

The gnomes have adopted a fox. They saw the pictures sent by a good friend of mine who moved to the foothills around Denver. I've posted her fox visitor previously. I've lived in some pretty wild areas but have never seen a fox. Now we have one to live in the gnome gardens. I am going to attempt to draw the line at skunks.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

back away from the keyboard

Get off my desk. Leave my computer alone. Do NOT go to Amazon!
The gnomes almost got this ordered until I tackled them.
Price: $61.53 + $22.40 shipping 

going around the interwebz - cracked me up

pushing spring

The gnomes are starting to garden inside. There is a mini-pine tree seed on the left,
three broccoli sprout seeds under glass and something green we decided to grow in
a snow globe kit we bought.

Monday, February 17, 2014

gnome risk assessment

Make your own HERE

moving day

Inside that is a big plutonium reactor. It was left over from the Cold War and buried. It has been dug up and will be reburied in a safer area and in a safer manner.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The gnomes heard the Olympics are on

They've set themselves up with a comfy chair, a tv and their favorite beverage.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

snowglobe 5.0

My best results yet.
Snowman on the bottom.
A multi-crystal glitter mix.
Commercial food bottle.
More info HERE

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Winter has come to gnomeville

And more coming tomorrow and then freezing rain. We need the moisture so we won't complain. The gnomes, however, are looking for permanent digs in the house.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

10 degrees - time to move inside

for the duration of winter. Stupid groundhog says 6 more weeks!

Monday, February 3, 2014

I swear that's one of our old sofas...

UW students setting bonfires with old sofas to celebrate the Super Bowl win.

The twins went to UW. Eldest lived in an old house close to campus and carted over all sorts of old furniture to help give it that lived in look (helped along with the air freshner ew du beer). 

When the kids graduated and moved out they just dragged the furniture to the front lawns and
eventually someone carted it off.

The odds that some of that furniture was burned last night are pretty high....

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The 12th Gnome

The gnomes are ready for the Super Bowl. The Engineer promises not to drink their beer. Didn't have the heart to tell them that Rainier is not considered the king of beers.