Tar and Abby

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Space Needle fireworks

A rather alarming job. Getting fireworks ready to shoot off the Space Needle in Seattle.  Scary but the view is spectacular. :-)
Happy New Year to you and yours. Stay safe, stay warm and cozy.
(Abby sez happy new year to the cats even.)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Chew-Proof Toys. Yup.

Took ten hours of on and off play, including a trip to the dog park, for Tar and Kai (granddoggy) to take apart this toy.

doggies had a good Christmas

and are all worn out. This is granddoggy, Kai, with Abby in the background.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

more traveling adventures

Due to heavy snow fall and high avalanche danger, the pass will remain closed until daylight hours from North Bend to Ellensburg.
(Now pass is closed in the daylight hours.)

So... Eldest, DIL and Youngest and doggy got caught in this. They got turned around went back west and decided to get something to eat. They were thinking about going south and come up the Columbia River road in Oregon. We said, oh, why not go home and get some rest (this was about 10pm). Got up this morning and there was their car in front of the house.... not sure when they got in but hope they sleep in a long time.
(update - 3.30am this morning was the time of their arrival) 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

And I love tow truck drivers too!!

So the girls got over the pass thanks to the wonderful truck driver who helped them put on their chains. Then a light came on in the car. Pull over to the rest stop. Get out the owner's manual. Bad light to be on. Then the car would only run in reverse. Okay, really bad. Called AAA. 1-3 hours, understandable as 3/4 of the state was in a state of weather crisis.

Tow truck driver arrived. Got the car loaded up. Then a lady, in distress, came along and asked if he could help get their car back on the road at the rest stop's entrance back onto the highway. Tow truck driver said okay. And he tried, bless his heart. Turns out they were in a ditch. And..... tow truck eventually ended up in the ditch too with Daughter's car on the back.

Tow truck driver had to call a tow truck.

(The Engineer picked up the girls where they left the car to be fixed (2 hours from here) and they all got home at 11pm. A five hour trip turned into 15 hour trip. Eldest, DIL and Youngest will try the trip on Wednesday!)

Monday, December 21, 2015

I love truck drivers!!!

The girls (daughter and emergency back up daughter #2) decided to drive over the pass today.
(worry, worry, worry). They will not let you drive over unless you have chains on. So they
bought chains and a very nice, very wonderful truck driver helped them put them on. They
are over the pass. Still have a smaller pass to get over. Only about 50-ish or so miles that
do not have snow at this point on our side. Boys and DIL are planning to drive on Wednesday.
Crossing all fingers and toes.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

eldest on a trike at 30...

 Eldest on a trike at work (he's in the middle)... Now for a word for his sponsor. I rarely post anything identifying-ly personal on my pages. But this is the company Eldest works for  - a startup that is doing really well. 
Go to OfferUp - a way to sell and buy items via your phone.

Monday, December 14, 2015

hey bucky!

friend in Colorado called from her deck to this fellow today.

Friday, December 11, 2015

high speed chase with cows

Montana wanted their wayward criminal back so local deputies went off to arrest him.
Resulted in a high speed chase thru several cow pastures and two counties.
Eventually he was caught and all cows returned to their pastures.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mathmatical Wrapping

How To Wrap A Present With Mathematical Precision

 (and Waste Less Paper)

If you live with The Engineer you already know this....

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

they tossed a coin

We had a school board race so close they were mandated by law to recount it.
And they did.
The race was tied!
At 6,178 votes each!
So they tossed a coin. One candidate was sworn in. They are both worthy and
expect the opponent will stay involved in school issues.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

wildlife wednesday

The Engineer's plant is out on the very large former weapons reservation. While patrolling the area security comes across all sorts of animals. Here is a badger going about his business.

Friday, November 27, 2015

who won the Apple Cup?

university vs state

The boys at the state rivalry game. They each went to one of the schools. We'll say go team!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

happy turkey day

An elk out where The Engineer works.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

abby and tar enjoy the quiet

and the promise of cookies - if they consent to get their picture taken.
winds from this storm are over.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

wind, wind and more wind

The third and fourth semi-trucks to tip over. so far.
77 mph right next door. 113 mph on top of one of our hills.
there is a school where the kids are stuck. too dangerous for buses to come get them.
wind still blowing.

so we NEED rain

wish we could get it without 60 mph winds.... here on the east side we have tons of blowing
dust which shuts down roads - those that don't have semi-trucks blocking them from blowing over.
this is Lake Washington.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

one embarrassed dog

In WA state - firefighters having to rescue a cat AND a dog from a tree.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

fall in gnome land

we are enjoying the leaves (and mugs of beer...)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

really? what happened to gray?

I expect the use of the word 'anthracite' from a fashion designer or interior designer or decorator.
But from a football team?
Our colors have always been crimson and gray. This could be considered 'dark gray'. But anthracite - I had to look it up.
Regardless - hope they win! :-)

One hour from kickoff! We will be in the Crimson helmets with anthracite jerseys and pants!

Thursday, November 5, 2015


you can see the foot that had the surgery in the back. she is glad to be home. we bought the most comfy cone of shame they had.... but still does not look fun. what next?

question for dog owners - re abby

One of abby's nails came completely up from the quick and then fell off. never have seen this before. she is at the vet, will be sedated and the quick trimmed all the way back. then the plan is for the quick and the nail to grow back together.
she wasn't anywhere new - just patrolling her backyard. so now we are going to have two recovering from surgery around here. luckily the engineer was able to come home and has the next three days off to deal with us...
anyone seen this before?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

best halloween costume

got such a laugh out of this picture.
President declared it best costume. :-)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Abby asked me to post this tweet

"The ancient Egyptians venerated cats as gods, which is probably why their civilization collapsed. "

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Abby approves of Zombie Squirrel!

The girls sent us a Zombie Squirrel!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

gnomes halloween

due to the chief decorator having limited use of her right arm - halloween will be subdued this
year. but never fear the gnomes will be having trick or beer to enjoy.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

zombie missing!

 (another sign of October and Halloween)
"A member of the walking dead has vanished from a local yard.
The zombie skeleton that welcomes visitors to the L. home went missing this week. But family members don’t believe he walked away on his own.
The zombie has sentimental value. The family worked for hours on the skeleton, melting plastic sheets on it to make it different shades of brown, L. said."

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article41150664.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, October 23, 2015

for those of us missing Swatch

Tim Gunn posted this picture on Whosay a while ago. Is a crew member petting and giving tribute
to Swatch, the Mood doggy. Maybe Tim knew that the current season wasn't going to feature him much or maybe Swatch was not available for camera shots. Anyway here is Swatch - for me he is one of the best things of Project Runway along with Tim.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

makes you feel old :-)

The new prime minister of Canada is Justin Trudeau.
He was born about the time his Dad, Pierre Trudeau, visited our tiny
village in British Columbia. We were out of town visiting our stateside grandparents at the time but they used our company car to drive him around the very limited roads we had. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

morning glory

now that summer is over the morning glory are blooming.
we need to fill the bird feeder today.
making very small steps towards healing. thanks for all your good wishes :-)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

grandoggy comes for a visit

tar and kai by the gardening table. all doggies having a good time.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

local cat in new book

this kitty used to work as a crossing guard at one of our elementary schools.
his story is now in a new book -
along with 49 other wonderful kitties.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

how to enjoy pumpkin beer

I once mailed pumpkin beer to Eldest Son.
He called me and informed me it was illegal to mail alcohol in WA state...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

granddoggy meets pig

at the dog park. in seattle, who'da thought?

Thursday, September 24, 2015


surgery tomorrow. i promise i will have dramatic tales to tell... ;-)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

I miss Swatch!

According to Blogging Project Runway's  interview with Joseph they only went to Mood once!

"The only time we went to Mood and were able to select our own fabric was in episode 4, the"Mary Kay" challenge."  Since we know they drag many of the aufed contestants along with 
them to keep people from knowing who is aufed - this is probably the case. I also heard that the
new studio where they film is a ways from Mood.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Go team!

I am blessed with four great Nephew-in-Laws :-)
This one's team is playing Eldest Son's alma mater tomorrow. A team he rabidly supports.
So. Of course I bought him, DIL and Youngest tshirts from NIL's team. They will be the only green and yellow shirted folks in the season ticket holder's section of purple and gold.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Band geeks are the best!

So we are in week 2 of the teacher's strike.
The band kids are not allowed on school property, they can not get the schools instruments, they can not have their teacher with them.

So ---- they called the city, got permission to use a city field, they borrowed instruments for those who did not have some at home, they called around and used social media and they scheduled a practice all on their own. Go Band!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I loves these boys!

Two Russian kindergartners dug their way out of their classroom, escaped and set off for a car dealership to buy a Jaguar sports car.

Full story here

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Getting started early

One of the grand-nephews helping out at football practice.
Team Day for kids.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This really is the limit!!

dear gawd, give me strength!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thunder and lightning here in SE WA

Last night a lightning storm moved thru here and started a bunch of little fires. Luckily it was accompanied by some rain and no wind. All fires were put out by local firemen who had stationed trucks all over the two counties. It was a long night.

This picture is of Lake Chelan where The Engineer's grandparents used to live. He spent many a summer day there. Picture is of the town and the fire is across the lake.

Monday, August 24, 2015

We made history - unfortunately

Fire Round-up as of 9:30am:
Okanogan Complex 227,206 acres surpassing the Carlton Complex fire of last year, this is now the largest fire in our State's history. Lightning caused 10% contained 5,140 homes threatened, 18 destroyed. Burning in trees and short grass

This picture is just amazing and it happens dozens of times a day.

(My parent's hometown from '78 to '81.)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Great Blue Heron

This fellow hangs around the fish canal that loops around and empties into the big river.
I've always look for him when I go thru the park.

Fire update: we are now a federal disaster area. All the towns in the area where my parents used to live are in various states of evacuation and the wind is gusting up to 56 mph. We've got the military helping and they have called for volunteers who have had some kind of training.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Smoke, smoke and more smoke

Good parlor game. Watch the news people try and get the names correct of all the towns and places we have fires (24).
We will take smoke over a fire. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The gnomes spread their influence

to houseplants!
(Gnome added for scale)
The jumble on the left is a lounge seat and a chair.
These are going to Daughter and Emergency Back-up Daughter who moved to the coast
for pursuit of more college degrees.
Does beer come in tiny little bottles or cans?

Friday, August 14, 2015

I have a grand-dog!

So the dogs' mother is also now a dog's grandmother :-)
Name is Kai, 8 months old.