Saturday, June 9, 2012

Our Green Eyed Monster

We just got back from the vet.  We are concerned that someone has sprayed Hylander with something caustic.  He was in our yard for about an hour yesterday afternoon and when William came home from school and let Hy in, he immediately noticed that Hy's right eye was swollen shut.  We just got his left eye healed a few weeks ago.  We immediately took him to the vet's office and started treatment.

The veternarians put a green dye into Hy's eyes to see if he has ulcers on the eye. They both are green from the strip but as you can see in his right eye, there is a large area that is bright green (in addition to the inner eyelid being swollen and red) which indicates trauma to the eyeball and erosion of the protective layer.  We are treating his eye like a normal ulceration, but are very dismayed with the thought someone would spray anything at a dog locked in his own yard, let alone something caustic. When we went to clean off his head and shoulders with plain water, his coat lathered up.  Whatever is on him smells like it has an ammonia component to it and feels like a soap.  It isn't coming off easily.  At least the swelling in his eye has reduced and his face isn't red on the right side.  The doctor put numbing drops in his eyes because they are both sensitive during the recovery.

Bill is spitting mad and I am now considering installing an external camera to cover our front yard.  I don't understand people who can harm innocent pets.  Our little guy has enough natural challenges with his eyes, he certainly didn't need someone to intentionally inflict pain and injury to them.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

You Like This!

2012 Prom!  Kyra and Will looked great for Prom.  They were really great posing for the parents.    Will's Jeep slogan pretty much sums up this photo!

Thursday, December 22, 2011


I have been a horibble blogger!  It has been over half a year since my last blog.  Thank goodness that the New Year is around the corner and I can make blogging a resolution to keep.

We have had a good year. Work has been good and very busy.  I started a management training program last year and ended it in September.  I also was asked to participate in an 18 month executive training program and started the week after finishing up radiation treatments in March.  I am glad to have completed the management program, so that I can concentrate on the executive program. I'm halfway through and learning a bunch!  I feel like I have settled into my position at Tongue Point and look forward to work every single day.

Bill has been very busy this year with both his limited editions and   He is constantly adding informaiton about American made products to his site and producing information and video about products.  He is tireless and wears me out with his enthusiasm and energy!

William is a junior this year.  He started the year off with a bang by spending two weeks during spring break in Southern Ireland with some golf teammates and his golf coach (this was when he was a sophomore).  Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Starting his junior year, some decisions had to be made regarding his schedule.  Will is taking English and Seamanship courses at the community college and getting dual credit.  He is really enjoying the seamanship classes and being on the boat.  He should be able to continue this trend through his senior year.  Because of scheduling conflicts, Will is not in the high school orchestra. He is continuing with his violin by participating in the Columbia River Symphony.  We had an enjoyable evening at a recent performance with a great variety of music selections.

Will negotiated to obtain his Jeep Cherokee Sport and he and his dad have spent time getting a lift kit and drive shaft installed.  It is the ultimate guy vehicle for a teenager boy in the Pacific Northwest.  Bill should have a video of the lift and shaft installation on site within the week.  We are anxiously awaiting it's launch.  Watch for it!

Will has grown so much in the last year.  He is 6' 1" now and loves to put his chin on the top of my head.  We are very proud of him and his accomplishments.

We hope that everyone has a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Monday, May 23, 2011


This weekend Astoria celebrated it's 200 year birthday.  The tall ships were fun to watch and the canons boomed throughout the weekend.

  Tall Ship Hawaiian Cheiftain

Tall Ship Lady Washington

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I've Seen Better Days . . .

We have kept this grill going over the last few years by replacing the elements, but I think it has seen it's last season . . .

It still works but we are afraid to move it, in case it falls apart from the rust at the bottom.  No matter how well we protect it or treat it, the incessant rain of the Pacific Northwest has taken its toll over time.  It is a bummer because those racks are now perfectly seasoned!