Sunday, June 18, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
LIGO -located here in SE WA, on Twitter this morning.
-We are thrilled to announce the observation of
-LIGO has detected a third pair of merging black holes, 3 BILLION light years away, sending ripples across spacetime!
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
This little plant saved the planet once and may again.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
Are you ready for an eruption?"
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
Friday, April 21, 2017
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
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
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
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
Saturday, March 25, 2017
"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."
Friday, March 24, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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
Monday, March 13, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
"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
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Yesterday all hell broke loose in Seattle.
There is one spot where you leave I-5 in the middle of Seattle
to get on to I-90 which is the most traveled pass in the state of
A tanker truck full of propane fell over in just the right spot and flooded
I-5 southbound and northbound and the entrance of
I-90 eastbound and westbound was shut down too (with another truck falling over).
Shut them all down. For about 8 hours.
They had to evac the homeless who live under the freeways
and make sure all their fires were extinguished.
Raining, snowing and then lightning hit the Space Needle.
I emailed the Seattle kids and hoped they were all well.
Eldest Son mailed back: "It's the End Times!"
One event made me smile. A taco truck stuck in all this
mess opened up for business and served all their fellow
Space Needle story
Traffic Disaster story here
Monday, February 27, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
"The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground.
Early on Saturday, more than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes and bands gathered at an undisclosed location to lay the remains of the man they call the Ancient One to rest, according to an announcement Sunday by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation."
Link to local story here.
Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article133780309.html#storylink=cpy
Sunday, February 19, 2017
"Senator Ann Rivers, in an effort to recognize “that Sasquatch has made immeasurable contributions to Washington state’s cultural heritage and ecosystem,” filed a bill to designate the monster “as the official cryptid of the state of Washington.”
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
But try posting it the blog - it showed up for me but not for you. I printed this off and scanned it and saved it to my computer. Can you see it now?
Sunday, February 12, 2017
U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell (WA state) want to know what happened to the vanished website, and have asked Education Secretary DeVos to put it back up.
The website was set up under President George W. Bush so educators, advocates and parents could get a "one-stop" explanation on the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), as well as know their rights under the disability law."
Full story here
During confirmation hearings she didn't even know what it was!
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
We live around the base of a small mountain. Much hiking goes on there. The other day a woman and her dog spotted a cougar. The word is animals are getting stressed with our very long winter and continuing snow. We will not tell Abby.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
We have a lot of scientists around here.
So there is talk about a March for Science since AlternativePresident (phrase lifted from Bob)
has shown alarming tenancies towards science and science communication.
There is a Facebook page. And they are on Twitter
Date is not set but will be soon.
Tonight this tweet showed up and it cracked me up:
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Weather was great, crowds were 100,000 over what they expected.
They drove down from Bellingham with friends and had a great time.
Daughter even knitted the required hats :-) And they had one male
friend with them. Bless his heart.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
We are getting all sorts of Weather Alerts - snow (is very, very heavy right now), sleet, freezing rain, drifts, closed roads and back to more snow, all on top of the six inches we got last week.
This alert, however, cracked me up -
"Hydrological Outlook is a disaster which is violent, sharp and harmful amendment either in quality of earth's water or in distribution or movement of water ashore below the surface or in atmosphere. A flood is associate overflow of associate expanse of water that submerges land."
Really, do you have to go to school to write that badly?
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
We, Abby and Tar, full siblings, are now 6 and 1/2 years old.
We have just recently started howling at the answering machine.
I blame 2016 and the election.
I can usually catch the phone and stop the message. But... when the
nuclear plant calls for test drills - it calls four times in a row. I can not
hang up on those calls so during those times we get a lot of howling.