Tar and Abby

Friday, December 30, 2016


Time to post --

“Twas the night before Black Friday, when all the through the abode
The labs were stirring, even the one from a different zip code
The vomit was projected by the back door with unrestrained care
In the hopes that someone would arrive soon to help their despair
The adults and children were all startled out of their beds
As visions of WTF danced in their heads
And as we released the dogs to finish their puke attack,
We soon discovered they had more to do than just yak
When out on the lawn the labs began to seek sweet relief,
Everyone watched with curiosity that soon turned to disbelief
Like a flash it came out of their rears
A black toxic sludge that had them in tears.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a luster to these horrible objects below,
When what to our wondering eyes did appear,
A trail of oil from the turkey fryer used downstairs by the family’s engineer
We now knew why the labs were to the door so lively and quick,
They had in a moment been led astray by the temptations of a turkey oil slick
This Thanksgiving was one for the ages,
Now it was time to find the carpet cleaner in the yellow pages.”
– Matt Shifley

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Twas the night before Christmas...

''Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. It was delicious.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Abby is not pleased with me but I set up a feeding station for the squirrels - with almonds included.
We are into freezing temperatures and the squirrels don't get bowls full of kibbles. We've had
up to four squirrels at a time.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Tar. Again. On a day The Engineer had to leave for a meeting. He tossed some skunk stuff we have on him. I lighted a scented candle, put some spice scented water on to boil. Sprayed the house with Free-Breeze and am waiting to 9am when the dog wash opens. Luckily Daughter is home to help.
Rest of the kids here on Friday. Just what we need running up to the holidays.
UPDATE: It took three women to get Tar's carcass into the tube. We washed him with Dawn, baking soda and more skunk stuff. The house... smells pretty good.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Another reason people have gone gonzo

Reading an article in the Seattle Times about halting construction of
backyard cottages and mother-in-law suites. At the end of the article
is this paragraph from the gov't:

“The record demonstrates that the challenged DNS (determination of non-significance) was not based on information sufficient to evaluate the proposal’s impacts,”


Monday, December 12, 2016


Schools closed. Snow blowers blowing. Doggies a snooze until the squirrel makes his way to the deck to nosh on birdseed (and some almonds someone left him...)

Friday, December 9, 2016

Ice Skating rink closed due to threat of ice....

The West Coast gets lots of rain in the lower elevations but not much snow. And we like to laugh at them about it. (Currently 3 inches here.) This is from Portland, Oregon area.

"The city of Hillsboro's outdoor ice skating rink has been closed due to ice.
No, really.
Citing the imminent winter storm expected to hit the Portland area on Thursday, city officials tweeted Thursday morning that Winter Village, the Portland area's only outdoor ice skating rink, would be shutting down for the day."

In Canada I used to skate on a lake! Heavens!

Neighbor's teenage boys having a wonderful time running the snow blower all over the place. We loves them :-)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


First I have to admit - I catch spiders in the house and release them outside.
Yesterday we may have paid for that....

In the morning the temperature started dropping in the house. It got
down to 63 by the time the repairman arrived. With a new low expected
(20) we worried.

Turns out a spider had crawled into our heat pump and been electrocuted
which messed everything all up.

All fixed. Except for the spider...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Barfing Dogs Won!!

Nephew-in-law, a talented writer and author, sent in our Thanksgiving barfing dogs story to the Seattle Times. Links and such here
Beyond getting published - the poem WON!
We have a new Lab puppy visiting this weekend. We will sit him down and read him the tale.

(Confessions Of A Dumb, White Guy: Tales About Life, Love And The Risks Of Wearing White Thong Underwear - here)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A dinner and a show

The Engineer went to a retirement dinner for another engineer. They were in a restaurant sitting along a bank of windows.
As they ate a shoplifter ran out of a store, paused to yank away a woman's purse and take off. The shoplifter did not notice the rather large and fit male companion of the woman. The other fellow took off after the shoplifter and tackled him right outside the restaurant. Two of the engineers are ex-military (and one of them was the retiree) so they went out to help the fellow and they held down the shoplifter for him. Then 7 police cars showed up (they had been called by the store and were expecting to have to search a large retail area). One of the policemen joked that the retirement dinner had turned into a dinner and a show. :-)