Tar and Abby

Thursday, September 29, 2016

You want to know about Sasquatch? Ask the gnomes.

We often have an International Bigfoot Conference in town.
I was talking to the gnomes about it and they said, of course we
have our very own Sasquatch - he is shy but I got a picture of
him today.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Crack up of the day and... just a little worry

Growing up my family did a lot of hiking. My mom and I brought back rocks for our collection which usually sat in the kitchen windowsill. Once in a while we would joke that the mountain gods would exact revenge upon us. The rock collecting gene passed on to Daughter, she and my mom mailed rocks back and forth to each other.
So today this shows up on the internets. I had to laugh and then I had to look over my shoulder....

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Donald gets a ticket

In the state of Washington around the high population areas they have the HOV lanes
(high-occupancy vehicle) to encourage car pooling. All attempts to avoid obeying the law are posted by the state patrol - especially if they are funny...

Friday, September 16, 2016

For Bob....

From a discussion Bob and I had about book covers a looooong time ago.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Protection denied for American pika

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Isn't he adorable?
Read that the pika was denied protection.
I know why.... they don't need it.
They are accomplished thieves.
Did a lot of hiking up mountains as kid thru 20s. 
These fellows were diving into our backpacks all the time.
When we did a day hike up the Tetons one of them dragged
our day pack off to his den.
Really, all felonies aside, I hope they do get protection.

Breakfast in Japan

Daughter and two friends are in Japan for two weeks. This is breakfast. Looks tasty!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Basket of food studies

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We find out in the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.
full story here
In the 90s when they gave out the new food pyramid they told us (parent educators at community colleges) that the grain industry had lobbied to get the more proliferate spot at the bottom of the chart. When it was RELEASED they knew it had been fiddled with.
Coffee is good, coffee is bad and on and on - I've decided it is good.

Anyone want a cookie? 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fire Update

Clean up, monitoring at sunrise.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

today's fire on the edge of town

Not anywhere near us, thankfully. A little south and east.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Update on Tar and the Noise

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Tar is back at the vet.
He was so excited he pooped in the van.
He has pulled out all the staples like he pulled out all the stitches.
We spent $75 at PetCo last night on another new cone, a bitter bandage and bitter spray. 
Will ask the vet about their use when we pick him up again. 
So far this adventure, of getting bit at the dog park, is up to $800.

The noise. Today the concrete truck arrived at the neighbors at 6.15am. I thought
it was a tornado but curtains weren't blowing. Then it started beeping as the tornado
backed up. Okay, a concrete truck at 6.15am. Looks like the driveway will be done
today. We can but hope there are no more home improvement projects next door.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

So I discovered why normal people go nutz.

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A tractor started tearing up the neighbor's driveway at 6.30am. I am NOT going to complain as the neighborhood put up with hot and cold running teenagers and a punk rock band in our basement.
But I was curious.
And I think I found out why normally nice people turn into Trump supporters ---
This is just a small bit I found, on our city website about noise ordinances --

(2) "dBA" means the sound pressure level in decibels measured using the "A" weighting network on a sound level meter. The sound pressure level, in decibels, of a sound is 20 times the logarithm to the base 10 of the ratio of the pressure of the sound to a reference pressure of 20 micropascals.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Tar "Adventures"

So - after he pulled out the stitches, despite two different cones of shame.... back to the vet. Staples this time. How long did they last? About 15 hours before he pulled four out. Since we could not find them we have to monitor his poops and search them for the staples. The Engineer saw him pull out another staple and spit it out so we are hopeful that this is what happened with the others. We have tried wrapping the area. Twice. One he took off in his trip down the hall. The other lasted an hour. We switch the cones of shame to confuse him. He is now sedated for sleeping which seems to keep the staples in. Other than that he is his usual happy, goofy self. The Engineer has about $400 of his work bonus left so..
(Abby spends a lot time trying not to get clocked by the cones of shame. I've seen her roll her eyes a couple of times.)