Tar and Abby

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Seattle has a very bad day!

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

No more homework :-)

This school (Orchard School in Vermont) banned homework. Instead the kids were asked to
play and read a book or be read to. And it worked! Kids did great.
Does not surprise me one bit.
WA Post article here

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hug your local firemen and policemen

Our neighbor, the fireman, is somewhere in that picture. Icy roads, and driveways, caused this family car to slide off the driveway and down the hill. It took a little boy with it. He was under the car and stuck. It took almost an hour to get him out because the car still wanted to keep sliding over the edge. The boy is okay with leg injuries and exposure injury.

Monday, February 20, 2017

From Boat Races to Kennewick Man to Ancient One comes home

Every end of July we host hydroplane races on the Columbia River. A big deal, lots of noise, lots of beer sold. In 1996 two young men were wading in the river and found a skull. Thus began the long journey of Kennewick Man (named after the town that hosts the races). Twenty years of studying, wrangling and trying to determine what to do with him. No more -

"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
Full story of Kennewick Man here

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sasquatch :-)

"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

Resist Picture Test - can you see it now?

This picture was posted on Facebook by MoveOn.org and shared by a friend who asked if I could spot my brother and SIL. I was able to send it to brother via email to ask him where he was (the T).
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

Ed Sec'y - Angry Face

"A U.S. Department of Education website, empowering families of students with disabilities, has disappeared -- and already embattled Trump education chief Betsy DeVos may be to blame.
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

big kitty

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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

Dogs love snow days!

Seattle and the west coast are having a very rare snowday! Granddoggy Kai thinks it is the best thing ever!

Thursday, February 2, 2017


This has been the longest and most disrupting winter we've ever had. Usually we get a
week of snow and that's it. More snow expected tomorrow.
(Abby says 'let me at him!!')

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

All the doors downstairs are

frozen shut.
Thank goodness I was able to open the deck door
and get the doggies outside to do their duties.
7 degrees out.
(Gnomes are inside for the duration.)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

More. Snow.

Note The Squirrel to the right.
We have had so many delays and canceled school that all the districts are trying to decide what to do with graduation dates and summer release dates. 2 hour delay today.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

March for Science

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: 



Dinner and a show

Hundreds of elk feed at Oak Creek Wildlife Area in Central WA.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Girls marched in Seattle

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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

Freezing Fog

Two days in a row. Sure makes the trees look pretty.