Tar and Abby

Monday, July 28, 2014

Our annual hydro-boat races and don't do this and DUCT TAPE!

This boat did not fare well. The driver, thankfully, was fine.

 The boat that won was in an earlier bump with another boat and was damaged.
And it won. At speeds of 150 mph-ish.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

you want to what?!?!?!?!

Youngest had an appointment for an after care checkup (sinus surgery) at 7.40am this morning in Seattle.
- first text - forgot his insurance card
- second text - contrary to what we were told they would NOT see him.
- third text - going to have to drive to Portland and back on Thursday to see original doctor.
- fourth text - left all his paperwork at this morning's visit. Can I send original dr. number?
- fifth text - he wants to get dr's permission to go sky diving on the 31st.

Do you think there is enough chocolate in the world?

Monday, July 21, 2014

fire makes the news

On MSNBC this morning. The fireline is 100 miles long.
It is in a part of WA that transitions from dry grasses and sage brush to evergreens.
We used to live north of here and that area is being used to evac the towns in the
way. So far the smoke is going north and east - no fun for those folks in the way - but
not down here. It is usual in the summer to have weeks of smoky weather.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Back and more wildfire fun (not really) and good results

I-90 is the way to get across WA and very beautiful once you get in the mountains. Because of a wildfire that is attempting to eat a couple towns (they have evaced) the smoke was pretty thick
and the wind was not helping. A pileup happened and closed I-90. Almost unthinkable due to traffic on this route.
We do not go this way. We drop down into Yakima instead. And that was really smoky too but also at 10pm so the traffic wasn't too thick.

Youngest had sinus surgery in Portland and we drove him back to Seattle where he is interning for the summer. We managed to have some nice meals out and got a lot of reading done during the nine hours we were in the waiting room. 

Here is Youngest and Daughter when we had breakfast on the river walk in Portland. Youngest doing well and gets a three day weekend to recover.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

on the road

will try and keep up with everyone but things are hit and miss with computering.
Stay cool everyone. Apparently it was 108 back home today. ak!

The last line. I loves this reporter.

"A man who lived at the home told fire officials he was trying to kill a spider in his laundry room using a can of spray paint and a lighter when the wall caught fire, according to Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department. The man wasn't able to put the fire out himself, and he left the home when it began to spread.

The building, which is a rental home, will cost roughly $40,000 to repair, Moore said. It will cost another $20,000 to repair or replace the contents of the home.

It's unclear if the spider survived."

Original story here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday's fire

When I was in 8th grade our town was involved in a really, really bad fire - so much so that my dad was considering evacuating the whole town onto a freighter that was, thankfully, in town that night.

So any time I see clouds like this I tend to go into overdrive.
I hate fire season.
Turns out that they suspect a ten year old boy of starting this play structure on fire
but are still investigating.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

sunflower concern

This sunflower seems to be going for a record. 
We are keeping a sharp eye on Abby...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cousin Kirby on patrol

My SIL's more dog safe pond. A great place for a dog on a hot day.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

lined up outside the first pot store

The first store around here is about 40 minutes from our combined cities of 100K. This tiny town gets a store. The city councils still have not figured out how to make everyone happy here. I guess initiative gave little guidance.

Anyway I don't recognize anyone....

The gnomes want to know what is pot, if it not a vessel to pour beer into?

Monday, July 7, 2014

gnomes and the best thing ever!

DIL-2B's cousin owns a taphouse here in town.
And sells this beer.
And it is refillable.
The gnomes are beside themselves.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Nature is so captivating

Youngest in the middle at a lake in Idaho with a bunch of computer geeks.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

the farm on the 4th

Waaay up in the rolling Palouse hills of eastern WA (actually about a quarter mile into Idaho) is the famly farm. Wheat and lentils. The fields are now tilled by BIL's brothers and cousins. BIL grandfather immigrated from Russia and started the, now third and fourth generation, family farm.
Have always felt blessed to for my kids to have this wonderful experience. Eldest worked harvest. (Youngest too allergic for harvest.) Nothing like tending a combine at midnight or five in the morning. 
We took Eldest and DIL(to be) up yesterday. Daughter and her bff came with us and Youngest met us for the day (his gang had come over from Seattle). 
A good time was had by all.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

So how was your day at work, honey?

Local story :-)

West Richland — A West Richland woman and a Richland man were arrested Tuesday after having a screaming fight while floating on a raft on the Yakima River in various states of undress.
The fight was reported at about 5:10 p.m., and Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies chased the duo on foot for about an hour and a half before arresting them near the Van Giesen bridge..

Made my morning! 

*amendment - apparently the lady rafter ended up without any clothes at all... 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sasquatch in the news

Back in the day I had to peruse maps and then reproduce them in a small form for a magazine I worked for. This was before computer help. 
On one map of Washington I found a tiny marking that read 'here be Sasquatch'. I laughed and saluted
my fellow cartographer.

The news today - 
"The shy and secretive creature known as Bigfoot has eluded us once more. DNA tests of 30 hair samples attributed to Bigfoot, yetis and other storied beings showed the hair actually came from bears, horses, even a porcupine – but not from any ape-like animals new to science."

Well, you never know!

Happy Canada Day!

Been there.
Done that.
Did NOT open the door.
Dog wouldn't even bark.