Tar and Abby

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Coveted Apple *Cup* goes to....

The twins' university in the state rivalry. 
There is always next year!
From L to R
Daughter-in-law.2.b, Eldest Son, Daughter (they are the twins) and Youngest.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tar and Abby think they are going to have squirrel for Thanksgiving...

If they can just coax him out of the tree....

We will have 15, including adorable 2 year old twins!
Everyone have a warm and cozy and safe travels. xoxoxo

Monday, November 24, 2014

Abby warned you....

Squirrel cuts off power to part of Silicon Valley

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Coach Nephew-in-law's team

won a big game today, an in-state rivalry and a good season overall. Nobody deserves it more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Adventures in Thanksgiving - getting started already

This would be me - but I don't drink. I'd like to drink...

Anyway we have had our fair share of adventures - niece throwing up over the side of the bunk bed on top of her sister. Dogs drinking up all the fryer oil and doing the same in concert. The carrots that refused to cook. The parsnip pie.

So far, this year - Tar has eaten one of the candles that I have set aside to decorate the table. I caught him before he swallowed the metal bit.

I pre-made a turkey that came with just breasts only - poor thing bounced around life without wings and legs....

 I made broth out of that turkey, simmered all day. Put it out on the 25 degree deck for 'free' cooling off. Forgot to bring it in. We had freezing rain all night. Pot stuck to the table....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

So.... does your cat love you?

One of the books I've written for my 10 nieces and nephews is this one -
The other day I read it to the little girl I tutor. She liked it. :-)
She has a couple dogs and a cat. So I thought, in our final five minutes of each session, we could start taking notes about how her cat loves her and turn it into a book.
Now, being allergic to cats I don't know very much about them.
For fun I entered in 'how your cat loves you' into Amazon.
And the first book up was this ----


Okay, you cat people out there, I need input!

So where is the turkey hiding this year?

In his usual planter. It helps that the gnomes have moved inside since it is COLD here.
The gnomes are currently living on my kitchen windowsill. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

oh, bother and CELEBRATION!

' new 14-module smart home kit makes your dumb coffee pot brilliant:

I have a paper calendar. I have dumb cell phone. I don't even use a coffee maker (french press).
I have a love/hate relationship with my burner-less stove. Someday I'm going to be trapped in my house as I won't be able to talk the front door into letting me out...

THAT SAID - celebration is due!!! Eldest is now employed by a Seattle start-up.
For people with smart phones....

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Abby is displeased

A house in our subdivision has put up Christmas decorations.
All the stores have put up Christmas decorations.
Abby is worried they have forgotten Thanksgiving and the dogs'
tasty treat of turkey.
(Abby does not know about the tradition of knocking over the
cooling deep fryer of turkey goodness, lapping it all up and
barfing (three dogs' worth) at 2am....... but one of the cousin dogs
was in on the crime and he might tell them......)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Enjoying fall

One of our maples.
We are lucky to have large parks all along our rivers. The school I tutor at is in the next town which allows me to drive along the park and river and enjoy all the trees, water, squirrels and the kamikaze geese standing in the middle of the road.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A veterans' day story

Grandpa Willis Thirtyacre (last name was translated from the German Dreissigacker when the family immigrated) was a driver for a Colonel Weyrich during WW1. Like many immigrant families the children grew up with a combination of the language of the old country, in their case for both men German and English. Their language tended to get mixed up in times of stress.

One day Willis was driving the Colonel when they came under fire from German shells.
The Colonel, in his panic, lasped into German and yelled, "Gott in Himmel, Dreissigacker!! Schnell!!Schnell!!'
And they schnelled out of that area in a hurry.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Winter - it cometh

Got the bird water plugged in. Bird feeders full. Squirrel is tucked away in his big pine tree. Doggies are snug on *our* bed. Have lots of wood. Only time we lost power was when it was 19 below this
will be balmy so to speak. Stay warm and cozy the rest of you!

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/weather/?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The mind. It boggles.

From our paper this morning --

"S Elementary School in R was among 54 elementary schools across Washington to be named a “School of Distinction” by the Center for Educational Excellence last month — a distinction that recognizes schools ranked in the top 5 percent for student performance improvements."


"S Elementary was among the area's schools this summer to send letters to parents stating the schools were failing after the state lost its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The law requires consistent academic improvement until every student meets educational standards. The inability of any one group of students to meet those benchmarks labels a school, or even a district, as failing."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Abby is concerned about the new war on -

New senator promises to make them squeal...

She says it is only a matter of time. If you don't stand for pigs will you stand for dogs?

Abby is glad the midterms are over and promises to bite anyone who brings up 2016
at Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

voter's brochure in WA state -- LOL!

Wade Heninger

Education: No information submitted
Occupation: No information submitted

Water.  It's important.

(This fellow is running, unopposed, to retain his seat for King Country (Seattle) Water District # 123
Commissioner Position # 3. This is what he submitted to the voter's guide.)

Monday, November 3, 2014