Tar and Abby

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Now this is a MOOSE!

Always, always defer to the moose.

When I was kid I ran into one. Luckily I knew to run in the opposite direction yelling, "It's a moose, a moose! An M-O-U-S-E!!"  I wanted to warn my parents and instead I ended up as an entry in family legend.

When The Engineer worked in the woods for a summer they had a moose take apart an entire

This picture was taken in Denali National Park so he's safe.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tar went to the Doggy Wash

Tar got into something and boy did he smell. We decided to try a do-it-yourself doggy wash and my was it wonderful. A walk in, elevated tub with a thick mat, a place to attach them so they don't escape, lots of doggy wash products, hair removal brushes, toe nail clippers and then he got blow dried. He is going to take a looooong nap right now.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

RIP USS Cincinnati

There isn't much cargo that goes past us on the Columbia River. Most barges take a right hand turn and head to Idaho to load up with wheat. Anything that comes by us is radioactive. This is the reactor core of the USS Cincinnati coming for storage with all the cold war stuff.
This is the USS Cincinnati in her heyday. She was a Los Angeles class submarine.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

All of a sudden it is Fall in Gnomeville

I think a rake is on their shopping list, along with more beer. Always more beer.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Praying Mantis all grown up

Apparently you can tell male from female by turning them over and counting their abdomen rings - like that's going to happen....

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The difference between dogs' mother and The Engineer in one HGTV segment

I had to burst out laughing this morning watching HGTV.
The Property Brothers host was talking kitchen cabinets with the couple upon whom they were working their magic. (Hey, they're Canadian and twins - two of my favorite things.)

The host was talking frosted glass or clear glass fronted cupboards. The wife said, 'well that will reduce the storage I have.' The husband looked perplexed and said, 'It is the exact same space.'
I swear he's an engineer.

To wit -

After 29 years of children and assorted tribe members I don't even own matching dishes anymore.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Now I know what they've been up to!

They've been rummaging around the house looking for treasures.
I caught them burying it in one of the gnome gardens.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The gnomes have been busy!

Three more mystery plants, that I did not plant, in the gnomes gardens. The bottom one is like a small violet, light purple in color.

Alert! Alert! - a hidden bit of bragging. One of my NILs is a college football coach. His last two jobs he signed up to be an assistant coach and then, out of the blue, the head coach scappered. NIL was thrust into the head coach job. The first college, WS,  made all sorts of promises and then fired him anyway. So off he went to SS, moving family and household and dog, and the head coach did the same run for the hills maneuver. Once again NIL was head coach with no time to adjust. THIS WEEKEND SS played WS and BEAT THEM!!! NIL was gentlemanly and gracious and refused to talk trash about his old team but we, his relatives, were high five-ing, dancing around and yahoo-ing all over the place.  :-)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Yard Sale

Emergency Back-up Daughter during our two day (tomorrow too) Yard Sale. Regular Daughter had to work. Lots of fun people stopped by. We got a visit from the Ring Lady. She asked for jewelry, rings specifically and then asked if we had rings in the house. This is her modus operandi - after she left three of the other shopping ladies came up to us and said 'that was Ring Lady!' - apparently she is a fixture at sales in our area.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Moose

We've had a moose hanging around the rail yards this week. A potentially dangerous situation. So far everyone has been safe.

*The Room*

"Hanford workers are preparing to enter and clean out the McCluskey Room at the Plutonium Finishing Plant, the site of one of Hanford's worst radiological accidents.
It still contains the glove box where a 1976 chemical explosion shattered the thick glass windows of the box. Radioactive concentrated nitric acid and shards of glass and metal sprayed into the neck and face of worker Harold McCluskey.
He received 500 times the amount of radiation doctors considered safe in a lifetime and his body set off Geiger counters 50 feet away, according to Department of Energy and Herald accounts of the accident.
But McCluskey, who came to be called the Atomic Man, survived and lived another 11 years and died of a previously diagnosed heart condition."
 They have developed new protective gear and suits for this operation.

(The Engineer and I were sophomores in college about 100 miles away and didn't move to the area until six years later.)

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/07/02/3047436/hanford-room-where-atomic-man.html#storylink=cpy

Sunday, September 7, 2014

let loose the ladybugs of voracious appetite

This has been a buggy year. This is my second application of ladybugs to these plants specifically
for a new hatching. I always buy lady bugs and preying mantis egg cases at the beginning of summer but never had to buy two more bags of lady bugs.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

moving - Eldest and DIL-2-b

Eldest and DIL-2-b are moving to Mukilteo, WA. North of Seattle. Will make wedding planning easier, being in the same state. And there is a big laser company there. Who knew?

I used to spend a lot of time there as a kid when visiting my grandparents. Nice beaches to walk their dog on. And a ferry terminal. And the Cascades. Across the water you can also see the Olympics.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This has got to be a record...

First week of school and our district lost two elementary school kids.

One little boy lined up after breakfast and marched off to the wrong
classroom. Nobody noticed. The police were brought in, construction
workers halted work nearby and everyone searched for a couple hours
until he was found in another classroom. oops.

A six year old girl was excused from school, ignored her mother waiting
in the parking zone and marched off the property in the complete wrong
direction. Got about half a mile from the school when a nice lady spotted
her and walked her back to the school campus.

Daughter and I are both working in neighboring districts this year. You
can bet we'll keep eagle eyes on our charges.

Monday, September 1, 2014

yard sales and memories

 We are having a yard sale this month to help out a friend in need. These two books gave me pause and I had to write Youngest to get permission. He does not need them, he has already accepted a job to start after graduation. I'd say he has this computering stuff down.

They say on Hoarders that one of the problems folks have is to cherish the memories associated with stuff they no longer need. 

When Youngest, very dyslexic, learned to independently read at age 13, he went and bought himself some books. These were the first books that he purchased with his own money and that he actually wanted to read.