Tar and Abby

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend adventure

The Engineer was up camping and conducting a training course in Central Washington.
Late in the night they heard a roar and a crash. Turns out some teenagers decided to race
up the road and it didn't end well. One car left the road and hit a tree 11 feet off the ground.
Luckily for the three boys in the car the class members included an EMT, a doctor and a deputy sheriff.  The boys were brought down to camp, checked over and the police and an ambulance called.
Possible concussion and a lot of bumps and bruises. 
The car was two days old.... As The Engineer says 'testosterone, gasoline and youth don't always mix well'.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Logging without roads

How do you get logs to a sawmill and papermill without roads? No roads in our little town so the logs came in by ship. Very dramatic. The ship would flood one side and the whole thing would tip and dump the logs.
I'm putting together a book about our three years there for the family. bookemon.com
(Keeps me out of all sorts of trouble.)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

insects, arachnids, bugs, beetles OH MY!

First it was a zillion aphids.
Deployed an army of ladybugs and praying mantis.

Then it was the annual ant invasion in the house. The Engineer got rid of one of their nests. They moved to the deck. Carrying their eggs!

Then it was the wasps. Got rid of one nest. Discovered they are setting up housekeeping in another place.

AND TODAY - a black widow spider discovered by the downstairs slider INSIDE the house. Normally I catch and release spiders but this one will have to wait for The Engineer to get home. It is very aggressive.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bacon flavored seaweed!!!

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon?
The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they recently patented.

Full story here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

We owe Tar an apology -

For weeks he has refused to come up the deck stairs. We figured it was because the sandpaper stuff had worn off. We urged him to be brave. We brought him in and out thru the bottom floor. We are looking into a rough surface paint. We are considering selling the house... We rolled our eyes at a 130 lb. baby of a Labrador.

Today I think I found out the reason. When the dogs were noodling around the deck all of a sudden a swarm of wasps came out of a hole in the railing at the top of the stairs. I'm betting he got stung once and that is why he is afraid to come up the stairs.

First we had our annual ant invasion and now wasps. I am tired of all insects.
Heading out to buy wasp spray.

Monday, July 13, 2015


Our neighborhood has been run and ruled by cats. We all know our place.
First it was Hobo who liked to sleep on Hobo Rock in our front planter and be fed and cared for
by two neighbors who weren't allergic to cats.
Then it was Speedbump (named by two teenage boys) who split his time in various frontyards and always expected, and was given, pats and tribute.
Now it is CAT!CAT!CAT! (so named by Abby and Tar) who likes to visit homes with dogs and tease them by lolling about within view of their windows.
Cx3 also likes our maple tree which is a much less noisy perch.

Friday, July 10, 2015

water hyacinth blooming

In my tub pond on the deck. The plants will rapidly multiply until they fill the container and then it is time to bloom! They will not survive our winters and can be expensive at the garden center but you only have to buy one!

Monday, July 6, 2015

I loves this guy - Man saves bear from drowning

and the man who used his front-end loader to cart the bear away.
Bear had been hit by tranq dart and then jumped in the water.
Full story here

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Governor sez the gnomes can't have fireworks

because our whole state is in a drought.
Beer will have to suffice for the 4th of July celebrations.