Tar and Abby

Saturday, September 23, 2017


I am the mother of a former high school football player.
I am an Aunt-in-Law of a college football coach.
I have issues with the fellow who now sits in the Oval Office.

First, I am all for making the game safer and taking better
care of the athlete's injuries.
In any sport.
I also know how good coaches can nurture and turn around
a player's life.

I remember my son coming out of his bedroom and asking
his Dad if it was normal to see double after football practice.
Off to the doctor!
He suffered two concussions. The rule, at our high school, was
three and you are out.

Thankfully the computer geek in him saw the opportunity to
be hired by that same school district to a Geek on Call for all
teachers. He jumped at the chance and that was the end of
football. (His parents were relieved.)

So. occupant of the Oval Office, please shut up.
About the safety of the players and about the coaches who are
concerned about them.
And while we're at it, their political opinions too.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

More good people

Mexico City.

Best wishes for a more people found, more people healed and an end to their earthquakes.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sit, Tar, sit!

Okay, I'm sitting. Now what?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Look for the Good People

Unfortunately we had a school shooting near Spokane.
This fellow stepped up and stopped it.

In the wake of a shooting at Freeman High School, Wednesday morning that left one person dead and three others injured, we are learning about heroism in the midst of the horrible violence.
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office told us about a man who stopped the shooting spree - Freeman High School custodian Joe Bowen.
The Sheriff's Office says Bowen confronted the gunman and ordered him to stop firing and surrender his weapon. The gunman did pause long enough for a school resource officer to take him into custody."

Full story here

Friday, September 8, 2017

Not to be left out of the fires

We had our own.
Last night at 1am.
They got it out by this morning and no houses were lost.
We have these little mountains behind our towns. This one
NW of where we are.
Hope we don't have to participate in any more of the fire season.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Never let a fire get in the way of your golf game

I've seen three different versions of this picture so it looks like it is real.
I've never seen the appeal of golf but my FIL was a great player and enjoyed it.
He might have been out there with them!

Update -
Story behind the picture  HERE

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fire jumps river

The Columbia River is a BIG river.
The fire jumped the river and is now burning in WA.
Roads on both sides are closed. I think we now have 5 passes or river roads
closed now across Oregon and WA.
There is ash falling in Seattle.
Smoke here at its worst. No recess for the kids. No sports practices.
Hope all of you in Florida and the East Coast stay safe from Irma.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Smoke, smoke and more smoke in the PNW

We drove all over Oregon. LOTS of smoke. Three new fires started during our trip. 
This one is along the Columbia Gorge on a hiking trail - started by a kid with a fire cracker.
A whole bunch of hikers had to be evac-ed and people from homes. So far no injuries. We drove
by today - a place I had spent a lot of time as a kid.
We are back, doggies happy, smoke here too.
Hope you all had a good weekend. :-)
Picture below from a news source.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Trees are good for you :-)

Even for Charlie Brown.

"As if you really needed another reason to hug a tree: Scientists writing in the journal Ecological Modeling say trees in big cities deliver more than $500 million in environmental benefits every year.
A tree is a marvel of biology. Unfussed by the pull of gravity, it sucks water upward; unembarrassed by its resourcefulness, it makes food out of the waste gases we leave behind. And that’s just what it does for itself; for us, it does even more, cleaning our air, beautifying our neighborhoods, improving our health and well-being, reducing our energy use, and helping us beat the heat."

Having grown up on the west side of the PNW - always surrounded by trees - you can bet we planted a lot of trees on our property.

Full article here

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Eclipse traffic

This picture was taken yesterday, the 18th. Traffic in eastern Oregon.
I have a friend who will be in Bend, Oregon, 99%, they have an elderly relative and being safe is their main concern.
My brother is headed to the Camp Sherman area, S and E of Mt. Jefferson. Being a photographer he should get some good pictures.
They are warning us here, in SE WA, to fill up with gas as they worry all the travelers will suck it all up.
We will have a 96% eclipse here.
I saw a full one in 1979. A dark, gray rainy day turned dark and then went back to dark gray and rainy. :-) We were in Pullman, home of WSU, at the time.
Good luck to all, be safe and have clear skies.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Seattle. Looks the same over here. Can't see past our subdivision. Even trees on our block are blurred.
Most of the smoke is from my home province - British Columbia. And it is all over Washington. Most likely until Saturday. Are we having fun yet?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Speaking of New Zealand

Brother, SIL and eldest nephew in Wellington, New Zealand. Nephew studied there last semester.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tall Ships

Going under a railroad bridge at the southern end of our area. If you look closely you can see windmills on the hill behind them.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Well, you don't see that everyday...

Hot air balloon landed in the exit/bridge area along the freeway. Nobody was hurt.
We have a new distracted driving law starting on the 23rd. This would probably fall under the provisions.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Smokey night

This island is down the hill from where we live. Not sure how it started but we watched the smoke. Blew over a friend's house and they had ash falling and smoke. Still smoldering this morning. Island will be closed for the rest of the summer. Hope they find a reason. Betting campfire.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Look for the good people

Beach goers formed a human chain to rescue a family swept away by a rip tide.
Story here.
I've always loved, and believed in, Mr. Roger's story about his mother counseling him
when something bad happened. 'Look for the good people.'
They are everywhere and they were on this beach.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Smart Orcas

Killer Whales, or Orcas, are perfecting the art of stealing fish from fishing boats.
When we lived in coastal British Columbia I remember the Orcas coming along side our boat, 42 feet long, and hanging out. I never remember being alarmed but my Dad might have been :-)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fire season is here

Computer is back in time to post the first fire out on the nuclear reservation. It is up in the NW corner so away from most installations. Has closed roads and part of the Columbia River so planes can go in and scoop up water. 97 today and tomorrow the fireworks start...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Taking my computer in for a check-up

and/or buying a new one. So if you don't hear from me - that's where it (I) will be.
The Engineer finally has days off, from now until the after the 4th. Doggies will
be getting lots of dog park trips. Be back soon-ish.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

104 and then storm of the decade (we hope)

We got up to 104 and then a thunderstorm rolled in and sat on us. Hit three houses in our section of town. Filled up streets and underpasses with water. Knocked down trees and branches. Flooded businesses. Two seemed to hit really close to us. One sent Abby looking for The Engineer. Storms all the way from NE Oregon, up thru WA and into Northern Idaho. 30 to 50 mph winds. Other places got 70 mph. 
Are we having fun yet? :-)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Abby is Concerned...

This morning, while enjoying her after breakfast nap, Abby (and I) heard something scrambling back and forth across the roof, OR, inside the attic space.... back and forth it went. Then finally stopped.
A squirrel?? We reported it to The Engineer when he got up. We told Tar but he yawned.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A sunny day in Seattle!

Youngest Son took this picture. His work site sits on this north side of Lake Union. A sunny day - cause for celebration!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Black Holes!

LIGO -located here in SE WA, on Twitter this morning.

-We are thrilled to announce the observation of , a signal generated by the merger of two !

-LIGO has detected a third pair of merging black holes, 3 BILLION light years away, sending ripples across spacetime! 

-The two merging which generated had masses of about 30 and 20 times the mass of the sun.

-This means that these were generated as multi-cellular life was developing here on Earth!

Local newspaper article here 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Abby sunning on the deck

Nothing like a warm puppy.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Saving the planet on my deck

A single azolla plant is smaller than your little fingernail. When I bought this cattail plant it had one azolla plant on it. It has filled the entire barrel pond.
This little plant saved the planet once and may again.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happy doggies :-)

Abby, left, and Tar, right, and one of their many buddies at our temporary dog park while the big one gets expanded and the turf recovers.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Well, this is embarrassing -

Cow stuck in an irrigation canal. Local police helped her out.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Gnomes' Labradors

have noticed a squirrel swinging in the tree. This will require much watching...

Friday, May 5, 2017

We had Weather

But only one fire. Picture was sent in to one of the tv stations. Doggies did okay. A bit worried so stayed close. Lots of heavy rain. Have yet to check on the gnomes...

Monday, May 1, 2017

May is... Volcano Month!

On Twitter this morning:
"May is in State.
 Are you ready for an eruption?"

Not really....

Pictured Mt. St. Helens, which last had a major eruption in 1980,
and Mt. Rainier.
Also 'active' Mt. Adam's (closer to us) and Mt. Baker, up by the girls
in NW WA.

We were in Southern Idaho when Mt. St. Helens went up. I have a funny
letter from a 7-yr-old niece at the time. She described her day and proceeded
to write, in all caps - THEN THE ASH FELL!!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Science March in Seattle

Girls at Science March in Seattle. 40s and rainy but that doesn't stop Science! :-)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tar is on drugs....

Lots of drugs and more to come.
Many overbred large dogs have congenital defects in their joints. Tar's is in his left hind hock from puppyhood. We never saw his father, except in a picture, with nothing to gauge his size. Anyway Tar is way above breed standard and now we've got another set of more extensive xrays on Monday and, possibly, surgery in his near future.
A) not happy with breeders B) will adopt a mixed breed next time C) the tax on one of Tar's meds is $18 a bottle. The state does not tax humans on their meds or food. They do for animals. D) Abby is being nice to her brother :-) E) He is more loopy than usual.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Moving weekend in Seattle

We had about ten cars and twenty people to move three people to Eldest and DIL's new house. Loooong day. I spent most of it doggy sitting my grand-doggy and DIL's 7 year old nephew who spent a lot of time in an old, rotten shed on their new property searching for 'treasure'. I took away a Swiss Army knife he found. He kept saying 'this will be useful but my Dad will probably call it junk.'
Daughter and Youngest Son came to help. Was a good time and two great dinners out. One right on the Sound. Rain the first day but sun for moving day. Yeah!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gnomes venture outside!

A new gnome house!
The stuff on the right hand side are hull less sunflower seeds I put there for the squirrels (DON'T tell Abby!!!) It is at the side of the deck next to a big snowball bush so easy for the squirrels to get to and Abby can't see up on the table it sits on. So she can be right outside the door and the squirrels can be chowing down, out of sight, supervised by the gnomes whilst they drink their beer. If Tar comes over then all bets are off and much barking goes on.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bertha Arrives!

 This has been a long time Seattle project. Replace the freeway that runs over the top of the nice shoreline tourist destination along the waterfront of Seattle. We had to park under the freeway and
walk to the crossing. Noisy and a bit scary. Map above shows the shoreline district and the planned destination of Bertha the tunnel boring machine.

This picture was taken today. Bertha is just on the other side. They've had a tv camera
on it and it is noisy, men yelling and then a gush of water came out the bottom. Then dust everywhere. They had to move news folks back and start spraying all the dust with water.
 And Bertha arrived!!!
Now to build a road thru it. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Feeeeed me, Seymore

Koi in an indoor pond at my favorite garden store.
Put a quarter in a gumball machine and it will dispense koi kibble for
you to feed the fish. Looks like they get fed a lot. :-)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

When in doubt blame Sasquatch...

"MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a Sasquatch in her rearview mirror.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the 50-year-old Tensed woman was driving south when she struck a deer near Potlatch.
The woman told Benewah County Sheriff’s officials that she saw a Sasquatch chasing a deer on the side of the road while driving. She says she checked one of her mirrors to get a second look at the beast and when she looked up, the deer ran in front of her.
Sheriff’s officials marked the incident as a vehicle versus deer collision but did not report any evidence of Bigfoot."
article link

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mt. Doom

Nephew is in New Zealand, going to school and exploring.
He climbed Mt. Doom. (Mt. Ngauruhoe)
Now he just has to bring me home a hobbit. :-)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Doggy IQ test

The girls, back on spring break, decided to give the dogs an IQ test.
Yes, Tar and IQ.
Amazingly, astonishingly, surprisingly Tar scored higher than Abby!!
Going to the test site it says there is a lot of discussion and opinions
about the whole thing. So we reserve judgement.

Doggy IQ test here

Friday, March 17, 2017

More birds

Another sign of spring. Sandhill Cranes stopping by on their way north. One of the towns holds a festival inviting all birders to come in and study the birds.

Monday, March 13, 2017

For the birds!

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We have a bunch of big parks that run along our big river.
Good area for bird watchers.
Here is a local eagle. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

More adventures on I-5

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"Officials plan to close part of Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord early Thursday for removal of what appeared to be a buried land mine.
Officials with JBLM said in a news release said that railroad workers unearthed the old unexploded munition while working on tracks along the interstate Wednesday.
The JBLM Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit determined the munition to be real, and that it should be removed for detonation."

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/latest-news/article137359153.html#storylink=cpy