From the Passenger Seat

In all of my adult years, every trip I have made through Washington State on I-90 has either been after dark, or when I am driving — or both.  However, when Amoeba and I traveled to Spokane last week, he drove and I got to sight see, and I saw some sights I had never seen before.

Wild Horses Monument

This is the Wild Horses Monument. It overlooks the Columbia River near Vantage, WA. I saw it for the first time on this trip. Amoeba was driving up the grade after we’d crossed the bridge and I saw two people standing on the side of the barren hill and staring up. I thought, “What on earth …” and followed their line of vision.

When I saw the monument I got all excited and pointed it out to Amoeba — who knew it was there and couldn’t believe that I didn’t. Of course he stopped so I could photograph it. The monument is a 200-foot line of life-sized charging horses titled, Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies. It was created 1989 by David Govedare of Chewelah, Washington for Washington State’s Centennial Celebration. The 1 inch thick steel ponies symbolically depict the Great Spirit releasing a herd of wild horses on a ridge above the Columbia River’s Wanapum Lake.

Weekend Reflections

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The mighty Columbia River is spanned by a mighty bridge. I took this photo from the Wild Horses Monument overlook just West of Vantage, Washington. I also captured pics of wild flowers and the monument itself. I will share them at a future date.

I ♥ My Gas Fireplace!

Coastal Driftwood Logs

I ♥ My Gas Fireplace!  It has R.H. Peterson gas logs.  They look more realistic than may other gas log fireplaces I have seen. The Vented Gas Logs in our fireplace look a lot like burning driftwood.  I enjoy sitting and watching the flames leap among them. I especially enjoy that I don’t have to clean up any soot and ashes — and my house doesn’t smell like woodsmoke!  One more exciting little tid-bit, you can buy Hansen Wholesale Gas Logs for about the same amount of money as you’d pay (locally) for a couple of cords of firewood, but these will never burn up!

Our Outdoor Gas Logs cost a little bit more, but our backyard firepit is wholly safe and we don’t have to worry about our fire spreading beyond the ring and getting out of control.  Further more, both the firepit and the fireplace light with a simple match.  No stacks of paper or noxious chemicals are required and there’s no sawdust, bark, and other wood debris to clean up.

Now, in case you are wondering why I am talking about gas stoves and log fireplaces in July, it is because it was so cold here yesterday our block party was canceled.  Nobody wanted to go outside!  We had great weather for the parade but while the One More Time band was playing at the Pig War Picnic, the sun left, the wind came up and our little island got pretty darn cold!  When we were home sitting on the couch I told Amoeba I was darn tempted to light the fireplace!

Summer Stock Sunday 2010.06.06

It’s back!  Robin from Around the Island says it is time once again for Summer Stock Sunday.  She wants to know — in pictures — what it is that Summer means to us.

Right now what Summer is meaning to me is
my container garden, flowers and Hummingbirds!

container garden

Container Garden on Back Deck

container garden

Container Garden

herbs & bleeding heart

Herbs & Bleeding Heart

bleeding hearts

Bleeding Hearts


Chives & Surfid Fly


Male Rufous Hummingbird


Female Rufous Hummingbird

Garden Pests

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In Hawaii — land of the year-round sunshine — my garden was a total bust because I couldn’t keep the snails and myna birds from eating everything before it was even ripe, and I wouldn’t kill them. Here we have other creatures to contend with. Some bother the garden. Some bother the garbage. Some just “bother”.

I was really excited about starting a garden until Amoeba reminded me that the deer short-cut through our yard on a regular basis. They’d probably really like it if I planted a snack or two for them. Me, not so much. So I’ve been looking up humane ways that I could have a garden and not have the garden pests.

Controlling the rabbits without killing them wouldn’t be a problem. An Havahart Easy Set Small Animal Trap or two would collect them quite nicely.  And an Havahart Easy Set Large Animal Trap would get rid of the Raccoon stalking the neighborhood garbage cans.  The traps are made of sturdy wire mesh and designed so that once the animal walks in to get the bait, it can’t get back out again until the cage is opened. Havahart even provides Animal Trapping Tips so that the animals can be humanely captured and then released into the wild with complete safety to both the animal and the human releasing it.

Since putting up an electrified fence isn’t an option, I have been looking at the Havahart deer repellents. My sister introduced me to a really cool one — an automated sprinkler that detects motion and shoots a hard spray of water at the invader.  Havahart calls their version “Spray Away” and it is said to work on deer, dogs, raccoons, groundhogs, opossum, skunks, cats, rabbits, squirrels, and geese. My sister has her’s out by her coy pond, and it also keeps the Heron away.

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