Tar and Abby

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Resolution...

Some background - while attempting to make The Engineer's birthday cake - I started looking for a 1/4 cup measure. The above is all the 1/3 measure cups I found in the basket where measuring cups live. At the very bottom was one 1/4 cup measure. Just one. So I think I need to resolve to rummage thru all the kitchen supplies.
Happy New Year!! xoxoxoxo

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Doggy Fun....

Some background.
We fenced off the area below the birdfeeders which are on the deck.
During Thanksgiving Eldest and DIL's two doggies kept jumping in
and getting stuck.
The Engineer put a fence top on it. We are doggy sitting the two granddoggies
while Eldest and DIL are in Alaska.
Tonight when the freezing rain started falling I called and called and Jango
did not come in. His coat is thin and I was worried about him. The Engineer
went to look and sure enough he somehow got thru the fencing roof and was
stuck in the freezing rain.
The Engineer and Youngest Son and all three of the other dogs went out to
rescue him. All made it back inside and no-one fell on the ice.
My least favorite version of winter.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Ferry! Evacuated!

A ferry at Colman Dock in Seattle was evacuated today.
All incoming ferries were directed away from the dock.
The bomb squad was summoned and brought on board.

It was an abandoned fruitcake...

Glad to have a story with a happy, and funny, ending.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas time Earthquake

I'm sensing a theme in December...
Eldest and DIL are in Alaska, along the chain of land and islands that run out to where you can see Russia from your house. And where they had a 4.8 earthquake soon after they got there. So the first text we got from the kids was 'don't worry it didn't shake the house'.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The I-5 'detour'

This is the detour they suggest for going down I-5 to get past the train derailment. When you live around water...
Stories today about how travelers on I-5 stopped and helped the victims. As always - look for the good people in a tragedy - they are always there.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Smoke, fire, trains and automobiles

On the West Side of WA along the main freeway, I-5, that travels from Canada to Mexico.
Have traveled that area a lot as a kid, both on trains and cars.
And last night - 2am to 3.30am we had a fire one house down from us. Lots of smoke, flashing lights.
And this day is just beginning.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kids drawing on walls

Newly discovered drawing suspected to be done by Isaac Newton as a child. They think he was intrigued the building of a nearby mill and the motion of the wind.
After we removed a large wool quilt hanging on one of our walls we discovered all sorts of etchings behind it...
article here

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

GnomeLand Christmas

Guess what is on their wish list? :-)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy dog :-)

Much like reflexology and the human feet, there is a complete map of the canine body on their ears. Apparently it's not at all uncommon for a dog to slip happily into a state of bliss when his ears are being rubbed. A rubbing, stroking motion stimulates the pituitary and hypothalamus glands which releases endorphins.

Monday, November 20, 2017


Many of my friends have grand-doggies or grand-cats. :-)
These two belong to Eldest and DIL.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gnomes thankful for beer...

7 people coming and we'll have 5 dogs total... :-)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Even Abby is willing to make an exception

This fellow has a relationship with a squirrel that brings him comfort and support.
His condo board is all upset over it story here
Even Abby sees benefit in this but is still not about to extend it to our squirrels...

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fall is over....

Snow has fallen all over WA state. Including here in SE WA.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Smoke in San Fran

Brother, SIL and nephews live in SF. This picture was from this morning's commute.
We have had a bad fire season. Still have two burning. But CA - this is really rough
right now.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Mad Scientists win a Nobel Prize

The award went to three physicists, Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne, key to the development of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory at Hanford (here in SE WA)  and its twin in Louisiana, after the LIGO observatories detected signals about one-thousandth the size of a proton.
The signals were made by gravitational waves that were created in the last fifth of a second as two black holes spiraling together collided. The gravitational waves had traveled for 1.3 billion years to reach the Earth in September 2015.
The LIGO facility here out by The Engineer's nuclear plant.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article176796836.html#storylink=cp

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article176796836.html#storylink=cpy

Full story here

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Squirrels - they is plotting

Abby saw this picture on the internets.
She is very concerned.
The squirrels in our neighborhood have been very busy. More so than usual.
Are we going to have another bad winter?
Can we please, Mother Nature, have Fall first...
Today we will be 84. Tomorrow we drop into the 60s.
Hope you are having nice days where you are!

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?

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.