Tar and Abby

Thursday, August 28, 2014

shhhh, don't tell Tar

There is a pumpkin hiding in the leaves, already about 10 times bigger than the single one he allowed
us to harvest last year.
Maybe the gnomes are hiding in there....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

the gnomes are missing

They are either off on a secret mission or lost in the herbage of the hobbit garden.

Monday, August 25, 2014

He's baaaaack!

18 years ago some kids were wading around in the river while watching our annual boat races.
They found a skull. Dude!! Police were called. One of our church members was called (anthropologist) to ID that this skull was really, really old. His daughter, one of the Sunday school tribe and artist, drew the first representation of the skull. Report and original drawing here.

Kennewick Man went on to all sorts of adventures. His whole skeleton was dug up. Lots of people put in claims for kinship. My personal favorite was the Druids.

He has been studied ever since.
Now he has a new book coming out which I have already pre-ordered.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This is the culprit

This is a picture of the owl who flew into an apartment, opened a bird cage and ate one of the canaries inside.

Picture by Don Sausser. Story here.

My mom used to show rehabbed owls at a wildlife park and was not surprised that the owl did this.
We might have to keep a closer eye on Abby, the world's smallest Labrador....

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Don't worry about that Big BOOM

So we get a warning on twitter, facebook and all the media.
Don't worry about sirens, BOOMS, and dust clouds Saturday morning.
We're just blowing up a reactor....

Paper sez - "Dust rises Saturday from the unseen doughnut-shaped hole of what remains underground of the Plutonium Recycle Test Reactor just north of Richland. Contractors detonated explosives to destroy what was left of the reactor building instead of removing it piece by piece. Hanford officials said demolishing the structure saved time and money."

Where did the dust go?
Hopefully all the bad dust was already removed.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/08/16/3109505/plutonium-recycle-test-reactor.html?sp=/99/900/1643/#storylink=cpy

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Your Tar and Abby for the day

The Engineer holding cookies while I was taking their picture. They are making a card for the neighbor lawn mowing kid who is in the hospital (recovering nicely) who they love to bark at as he makes his rounds.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aunty Em! We had a twister!!

Near the nuclear reservation. Luckily it did not suck up any radioactive waste - would have been kind of like our version of Sharknado...

It lasted just a few minutes and was all of 0 on the Fujita scale.
Second tornado for me in all of my years in the PNW.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Before it gets to the store....

Always felt blessed to have a family farm for the kids to get to know. This is my BIL and one of the grandsons. Is harvest time.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

alpha dog and alpha dad

 Note who Alpha dog feels needs to hold her leash. 
This is a hill at the back of our town which is full of hikers all weekend long. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

observations of the day

As a fan of all things West Wing this picture of reporters getting a photo-op thru a window cracked me up. (Photo by )

And - do you think the Twitter guys would have named Twitter that cute name if they knew things like this would happen. Heard on the news this morning - The Pentagon posted on Twitter that the United States bombed the rebels in Northern Iraq this morning.
story here

In addition to our science and engineering community we are a huge producer of wine grapes
and wineries.  Now is your chance to crowd source a bunch of wine.
"If you've ever dreamed of making award-winning wine, but didn't have the grapes, equipment or space, here's your chance." directions here

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/08/07/3097158/ste-michelle-wine-estates-tries.html?sp=/99/177/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

A new fire a day

North of us. Cle Elum area

South of us. On the gorge by The Dalles.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

bird brains at the park

This fellow, great blue heron, spent his time squawking at us today while we fed the ducks and geese.
 This fellow showed up today. Seems to think he is a goose.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

great blue heron

Watching over us at the duck pond.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Why threesomes don't work and Emergency Chocolate

We are trying to coordinate after surgery medical care for Youngest between Portland (where surgery happened), Seattle (where he is working as an intern) and SE WA where we, the insurance holders, live.
You can't believe how complicated it is. They, the doctor's office, the insurance people and the pharmacy, all blame each other. And NINE days later we still don't have the medication. We would pay cash for it, just to get it ($295) but it has to have some kind of official holy water sprinkled on it.

I could go on and on and on but I think I'll just have some chocolate.


Friday, August 1, 2014

bumble bee bumbling along

The Engineer estimates this to be about 8 feet tall.