Our town is clustered around the mouth of the Yakima River where it empties into the Columbia. It is full of nature. This eagle built its nest right along the drive that most of us take into town. Saw it yesterday. :-)
I may be a bit math-lexic.
I was also moved between countries a couple of times and missed out on big chunks of math education.
To our topic at hand - dead parrots.
Yesterday, in the Parade magazine that comes with a lot of Sunday papers 'Ask Marilyn' had a question about negative numbers. Why does -2 x -2 = 4 when 2 x 2 = 4. She tried to explain it.
It still didn't make sense. I read this before bed so my brain decided to take on the problem.
This ended up in a Monty Python dream about dead parrots. Four dead parrots.
Daughter says go back to memorizing the rule 'negative x negative = positive'. Why? It just does... source
We built this pond when Youngest learned to swim. Youngest is now 24.
It took us a long time to build and we had a big hole in the ground for a long time. Turned out to be the best playground ever. Lots of adventures happened in that hole.
The pond survived numerous dogs but not Tar and The Bullfrog. So much time was spent trying to catch the bullfrog that he degraded the sides and started falling in. The pond also filled up with plants, very healthy, but if Abby ever fell in she would not be able to get out.
So with Youngest home this week we've started the remodel.
The plan is to put together a pondless water feature with a short stream to give access to water to squirrels, birds and labradors.
I have alternate homes going in stock tanks for fish and frogs and all the aquatic insects (bar mosquitoes).
I expect it will take as long as it took to build the thing in the first place.
all started as I was taking a basket of laundry downstairs. I glanced
at the bottom of the stairs and there was a snake slithering by on
its way to the family room. A. SNAKE! The snake had a spade shaped head
and that isn't a good thing in snake-ville. It had all the markings of a
rattlesnake. And it was a SNAKE! I screamed and threw the basket of
laundry at it and ran back upstairs.
grabbed my three young children and hustled them down to a neighbor's.
I borrowed the neighbor's husband, we armed him with a golf club, and
sent him forth. He investigated the family room. No snake.
sent neighbor's husband home and called the police. They declined to
come and rescue me. Snakes coming into yards is common around here, you
can handle it Plucky Little Woman. NO! No, I can't! Okay, then call
this snake fancier's club (there are such things?) and see what they
called. They tried to tell me the snake probably wasn't a rattlesnake,
it was probably (PROBABLY?!) a harmless bullsnake. I answered, "It.
Is. A. SNAKE! I don't care what kind of snake it is. I want it OUT of
my family room!"
"Okay, okay, calm down. Put out a piece of wet burlap on the floor overnight and the snake will crawl under it".
Crawl. Under. It.
I gave up the role of Plucky Wife and called my husband at work. "COME. HOME. NOW! SNAKE IN THE HOUSE!"
He came home. He's good like that.
he re-searched the family room. He upturned sofas and chairs, pulled
bookshelves out from the walls, emptied and searched all the toy
containers, picked up and searched the laundry I threw down the stairs.
gathered the children from my neighbor, loaded them up and off we went
to the fabric store. Asked for and bought real burlap, soaked it in
water and left it out all night on the floor of the family room. Early
the next morning, earlier than he ever wanted to be up, husband checked
under the burlap. No snake.
husband thought that was the end of The Snake Incident. HA! We took
the kids to the pet store. I bought a Sacrificial Gerbil. I put the
poor gerbil into a glass fish tank. With a lid. Set the fish tank on
the family room floor and trained the video camera on, pressed record
and left it running all night.
Next morning the gerbil was still there. I watched 12 hours of video tape, fast forwarded. No snake slithering around trying to get the gerbil. No snake at all. Just one very bored gerbil.
bought the gerbil $50 worth of gerbil toys and gerbil treats and a
gerbil habitat and gave him to one of the kids who lived down the
We never did find the snake. I know he's down there someplace. He's about 20 feet long right now...
"This image released Monday by Harvard-led researchers shows the
gravitational waves in the Cosmic Microwave Background in the
microsecond after the Big Bang." Source
"For the first time, scientists have found direct evidence of the
expansion of the universe, a previously theoretical event that took
place a fraction of a second after the Big Bang explosion nearly 14
billion years ago.
We all know that the universe is big. Really big. But just how large is it?
The clue is encoded in the primordial cosmic microwave background radiation that continues to spread through space to this day." Source
"A large domestic guard dog that took a month-long romp on the wild
side in Pend Oreille (pronounced, locally, as Pond dah Ray) County forced Washington Fish and Wildlife
officials to capture and spay an endangered pregnant female gray wolf
"The unusual action came after biologists learned that an Akbosh sheep
dog climbed a 7-foot-tall fence from its yard near Ione and disappeared
with the two female wolves for more than a month during February when
wolves go into heat."
One of the dams, above us on the Columbia River, has developed a 65 foot crack. They've had to fiddle with the flow on some other dams to relieve the pressure and attempt to fix it. A whole bunch of area, that used to be underwater, is now shoreline. Those are freshwater mussels littering the area.
They also found.... a pile of human bones. At first inspection they seem to be very, very old. A friend for Kennewick Man perhaps? UPDATE: second set of bones found, seem to be as old as the first.
This winter Abby decided to nosh on fallen birdseed, seed shells and delicious birdy poop from underneath the feeders. Then she would come in the house and BLEAH all over the floor... this could not continue.
The green edged trampoline below the big feeder is one of our attempts to stop that. So far reaction is mixed. The big red-winged blackbirds, who show up this time of year, really got it swinging. We have also fenced off a huge expanse of lawn that the birdies litter. The big basin at the side is our new bird water and bath. Can be heated in the winter.
From our paper - link included below
March 6, 2014 - Rodeo clown JJ Harrison rides his "horse" named
Lightning on Wednesday during an anti-bullying program he and bull rider
Derek Kolbaba, far right, 17, presented to students at Maya Angelou
Elementary School in Pasco. Second-grader, wears
Kolbaba’s protective bull riding equipment before participating at the
mock rodeo event. The program is sponsored by the Benton Franklin Fair
& Rodeo. Harrison and Kolbaba are from Walla Walla source
Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/03/06/2857075/week-in-photos-march-2-8-2014.html#storylink=cpy