Wednesday, August 29, 2012


- BL and RG are leaving town.  They better have good replacements."  -  Chico the Nervous.
"Fear not Cheekers.  FOTA from RenoRabbits will handle the evenings and your friend D will be here bright and early with breakfasts.  You all will lounge inside until we get back Saturday."  -  RG the Organized.

Off to see the Wenatchee clan - nice drive and weather.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


"I like the rustic look and I DON'T want it painted."  -  The Princess the Firm.

Turns out there's 240 of these little posts.  104 done so far.  What a job.  BL does the front and the sides - I do the back and the hidden places from a ladder.  Nice team work.  (Racer, Benji, Goldie, and The Princess have enjoyed watching - and sleeping.)

Monday, August 27, 2012


"There is some bunny logic involved here, but it plumb eludes me - like the jitterbug." -  RG the Mystified.
We are painting outside - a HUGE job.  Starting with the top rail and the deck posts - there are about 200 of them!  Try to do some every day.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


... and now I am soooo exhausted.  The lucky Garlic Braid winner is - Ta Da -
Benji the Happy.
We put all the names on little slips in a big coffee cup for BL to draw three.  She could not get ahold of them down in there so we put them in a cereal bowl and that worked fine.  Then I held the three and she picked one.  All very scientific!

Can send an address to pgypsy at or we can send to the Heartland Rescue PO Box.

Thanks everybody for playing along.

Friday, August 24, 2012


"Folly, Schmolly.  I'm sailing off to see Speedy and have an adventure.  We are going to pillage and plunder.  I just need some breeze and the tide to rise." - Salty Racer.  "I'm back here digging to China Racer, but no water yet."  -  Benji the Helpful. 

"Some pretty crocosmia to remind me to do the BIG Garlic Braid drawing - winner announced Sunday evening.  9 entrants!  Wow.  No hard feelings now - this is all totally on the up and up."  -  RG the Nervous.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


What do you see up there?"  -  Chico and Zoey.  "It's Racer.  That rascal is up to something."  -  Winnie the Spy.
Oh Oh!
Cabbage White (female) - the last of the five kinds of butterflies I found in the yard this summer.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


... I am STILL not ready for Prime Time - especially if you keep nipping away at it."  -  Goldie the Forlorn Shorn.
Pretty sunflowers - volunteers from birds hauling seed from the feeder!

Two more days yet to enter the braided garlic contest!
(If you missed it, see the Tuesday Post.)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"I ATE THE ...

Nasturtium flower!"  -  Benji the Happy.
Remember these?

Well now they are these.

10 - 15 garlic bulbs in a braid.  We've got one to give away.  Let us know if you want in the drawing for this weekend.  We ship anywhere!
("PS - I ate the cobbler AND the pie!"  -  RG the stuffed.)

Monday, August 20, 2012


Who ate the pie?

"Not I" - said the little agouti bunny.
(Peaches came all at once - and pretty mushy.  So a frenzy of peach stuff.  Some chopped up in the freezer too.  More fruit in that cobbler than it looks.  Might tasty.)

Sunday, August 19, 2012


... and little bitty babies!  Please welcome - Kitty Boy!
"Oh, Puleezzze."  -  KB the napping
(Somebody asked ...)

Friday, August 17, 2012

"I CUD HAZ ...

... cool?  Pleez?"  -  Chico the Hot.
The heat got the peaches ripe.  They are Frost peaches and usually kind of mushy.  The good peaches don't grow here.

What the heck - make a cobbler!

This weekend - back to normal temps.  Yay!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


... I think I can make it!"  -  Benji the Cool.

Yellow Swallowtail

80 degrees F. plus here Thursday and Friday.  No air conditioning.  We'll be spending time here when the sun moves around the side of the house.  Send some breeze.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


... would have been more like it!" 
The Princess, Miffed.

We live in the upper left, right between Mt. Vernon and Anacortes.  We usually have a good sea breeze from the west to keep us cool.  The Cascade Mountains are very high (10,000 feet) and go north and south about 50 - 60 miles inland from us.  You can see Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt Adams, Mt. Baker, and Glacier Peak.  Cle Elum, where the big fire is, is east of the mountains - right about where the Y in Yakima River is.  It is usually very warm over there in the summer.  Irrigation water from the Columbia River makes for outstanding crops of fruits and wheat.  Sometimes, like now, the air pressures are such that the prevailing winds come from the east, instead of the west.  Then, as the air falls down over the west side of the Cascades, toward us, it warms a lot and we get cooked.  80's here for 3 days - maybe close to 100 down in Portland where they are much farther from the sea.
("There will be a test in three days time." -  RG the Perfesser.)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"MEN! SIGH! ....

... Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em." - Zoey the Experienced. 
"For once I'm not the brunt of the despair."  -  RG the Listener.

Monday, August 13, 2012


... Nah.  The food is too good here."  -  Racer the Wise!

Red crocosmia and daises along the garage.  (PS - these daises (Shastas) don't smell good at all.)

Sunday, August 12, 2012


.... Me either."  -  The Princess

Satyr Comma (?)

Friday, August 10, 2012


"Yuppers!  ME!"  -  Zoey the Beyond Beautiful!
"Of Course! 
(Gladiolus are blooming - love 'em!)  Also enjoyed the variety of comments and give and take the past few days.  Sticks and stones may ... oh, you know!  Have a good weekend.  It's going to be a pretty one here."  -  RG the Wordy.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


... and RG and his big fat scissors can just leave me alone."  -  The Princess.
"Just a little plucking here and there?  Huh?"  -  RG the Clueless

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


"I am so embarrassed, I could just spit.  How could he do this to me?"  -  Goldie the shamed
"I guess it isn't too good, is it."  -  RG the Scissor Challenged.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


"Maybe my fans are all up there."  -  Winston the Still Perplexed

Monday, August 6, 2012


"What the hey!  Did I miss an earthquake or something?"  -  Winston the Perplexed.

Lorquin's Admiral?

Sunday, August 5, 2012


... for us.  lo 80's Saturday and Sunday.  Better Monday.
Yes, he is plugged in, but he is turned off - cool on floor.

"I just took off my sweater for the day!"  - Clever Benji.

Friday, August 3, 2012


... it's Karen!  (Chico's toesys, BL's pie, and RG's cobbler) ... good work everyone else though!"  Racer - the Cutest!"
"Funny story .. we were checking out of Costco the other day.  (Costco is a discount warehouse store if you don't have one.  Another of those odd Seattle-area get-rich inventions!)  Nicely dressed older gent in front of us with a cartful of stuff including a nice big bottle of Jack Daniels!  (Washington just passed a law to allow private stores, instead of state stores, to sell liquor.)  All of a sudden he started putting his stuff from the conveyor belt back in his cart but the clerk stopped him and they conversed and pointed and waved their arms and I heard the clerk say "Nathan can just go grab that for you" so checkout proceeded.  Right now Nathan comes back with a 42" flat-screen TV in the box over his shoulder and adds it to the checkout and that was that!  Maybe he was headed to an Olympic watch-and-drink party and it was BYO ....!
Remember when you got YOUR first TV?  Hoo boy .... 

Finally some pretty, short, full, long-lasting daises for your weekend enjoyment.  We are going to get hot for a couple days." 
RG the Reporter ....

Thursday, August 2, 2012


One.)  Whose feet.  Chico or Zoey?

Two.)  Dueling chefs at our place in blueberry season.  Who made the pie and who made the cobbler?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


"Excuse me?  I am no such thing.  I am Agouti.  Painted lady - hmpffff. Thump.  You take ME for a hussy?"  -  Princess the Sweet

"Me either!  I'm a Red Admiral.  It's my cousin you are looking for."
"We have few butterfly types in Western Washington and I do not know them well either.  Am I right on this one?"  -  RG the Scientist