Nature, gifts, and parties

Monday, Dec 4

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 3: SpO2 low 84 9 events <88% with overall avg., 92.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 54.5, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 3 min.

I’m going to start this week with a sunset from last night and a number of views that people in Ellensburg shared on a local Facebook site: Community Connect, Kittitas County.By Mikka Jameson, Carrie Hall, & Keri Armstrong, Ellensburg, WABy Padi Pierce, Carrie Patrick McKamey, Alisa Lundy Peterson

Called Marci at Culligan in Spokane to replace our filters under the sink. Set for this Friday, call coming Thursday for a window of time. It happened.

This morning, I spent time reviewing my comments and research on my latest medical finding and need for an endocrinologist to consider my case of an atrial fib medication that has been fine for 7 years keeping me from any fibrillations but has been making my thyroid dysfunctional. I called the head of Medical Records in Cle Elum and asked him if he could search the records by test and not by just the date of a blood draw. He said he could and he would print copies to leave for me at the check-in desk when we go to see our new doctor tomorrow morning.

Afternoon, I went to town for SAIL exercise class and to run some errands. I got some on sale items at Safeway, when I went in to spend lots of money on a prescription for my Brittany. I’m not sure she even needs it, and I halved her dosage six months ago. At least I’m getting it for ½ price there through GoodRX.

During the afternoon, I worked on checking out things I wanted to talk to my doctor about and heated up the back guest bathroom in the house (the coldest part of our house), to take my shower because we have to leave about 9:00 a.m.

Also, I washed a big load of dishes.
John spent the day on another project to build a covered entrance for the 3 outside feral cats to come over the front fence, near where the old cable table was moved from, to get over the fence to get to their heated water, dry food, and the front door to eat their vittles of canned food each morning and night.

Tuesday, Dec 5

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 4: SpO2 low 85, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 93.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.8%. Pulse avg. 57.4, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 15 min.

We got up, fed the animals, and got ready to leave. It was great we had good weather, cold, but no freezing fog, as had been forecast.

Great visit with our new doctor. He started with reviewing the printed copies of previous tests waiting for me there before my appointment. I had talked with the head of Medical Records at Cle Elum (Ed), and asked him Monday afternoon about checking my records. He found I had four previous labs tests during the last 8 years, before my recent ones in 2017. He printed them and left copies for me to pick up when I arrived for our joint follow-up appointment.

I explained to Dr. Wood what I had done, and he was anxious to see them. He reviewed them with us, and pointed out the meaning of the values (which I had already seen, and suspected). The 2009 was fine. The atrial fib medication was started in 2010 and the 2010 test showed a change, with the change continuing for the next 4 years, in 2012 and 2014. No one ever told us about the potential conflict. Now we know from our recent research, that this can show up as soon as 3 weeks after going on the drug. Other than the hair loss, I have had no other indications of a problem. My energy level has not been affected. [John says: Hair loss could be from some other issue.]

I’m being referred to another doctor (endocrinologist) to assess my information regarding the conflict of the atrial fibrillation med with my thyroid. I’m quite excited I will be seeing Dr. Lisa Stone, in Wenatchee, for her evaluation. She comes with excellent recommendations and reports from a number of people I know. My blood tests and my loss of hair on the top of my head alerted my new PCP to research further, and he found the potential conflict.

We didn’t get home from Cle Elum until noon and had not eaten, so John cooked up a nice brunch, and I left for town for my vigorous exercise class. Only two of us were there today, and we had a good workout, with 25 minutes of vigorous exercise (according to my FitBit wrist monitor).

I brought home a plate of various Christmas cookies in a gift-wrapped bag, with a hand painted card by the kids. I’ll show you the card, and inside were printed Merry Christmas greetings. I also got a plate for my 92 yr old friend, Gloria, who has been a member of our exercise class since 2010 at the center. She is not coming anymore because the assisted living place she moved to has two SAIL classes she can attend.

The gifts were assembled by the Bits and Buckles, kids group, of cowboys and cowgirls, and they made the cookies, candy, and packages, to deliver to the senior center. What a nice gesture.
Bobbi Broderius, their leader will send me a description tomorrow and a picture of the back of her car with all the plates for delivery. She’s the mom of one of our new AmeriCorps staff helping with exercises and events at the senior center (AAC). Her name is Jessi. I have known Bobbi through CWU for many years in our scholarship luncheon group.

Here are the photos she sent of the back of the car and also some of the kids. More were involved, as you will see in the story below the pix.
Bits and Buckles Club with a nice Community Christmas offering.

Here’s the story (at my request) from the leader:

Bits & Buckles is a 4-H club that has boys and girls ages 8-18. Up until this year we only had horse 4-H members in our club. This year we added rabbit 4-H so that is a new adventure for us. Most of the kids in the club have at least one horse.

The members have to give a demonstration in each of the projects they are involved in, attend horse judging contests (where they judge the horses), keep a record book, complete a showmanship class, and participate in club meetings. They also show their horse in different events throughout the year. There are pre-shows for both rabbit and horse and then horse has their big fair in August (2 weeks before Labor Day Fair) and the rabbit kids will show their rabbits at Fair. The horse program only takes a few horses back to Labor Day Fair as there is just not room for us.

We have a club business meeting once a month and offer club rides at Bloom pavilion to help the kids with their horses. We host a couple of horse shows a year and do various community service activities.

Jessi started when she was 9 and I just stayed after she aged out. I have been involved for 15 years. I have a bunch of great kids! I love working with the kids and horses. I could talk about horses forever!

Wednesday, Dec 6

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 5: SpO2 low 85, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 92.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.9%. Pulse avg. 55.4, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 45 min.

Today’s wonderful wake up picture was from my friend since 1974, when he hired John and me to teach at the Univ. of Idaho. He lives in two places now and was traveling when he saw this view and returned to photograph it.By Sam Scripter: “Willamette Falls, @ Oregon City, with Mt. Hood gracing the horizon,” 12-5-17. [Copy and paste Willamette Falls into Google Earth to see the location.]

I worked again on email address changes, and left earlier than usual for music at the food bank. I was able to help set up chairs, music stands, and visit with people. I also delivered a bunch of containers to the kitchen for their use (plastic containers such as sour cream & cottage cheese come in). They use them and appreciate receiving them. Two grocery bags of them were donated by two of my neighbors and left on our gate post at the road. A week ago, the same neighbor brought two much larger bags of egg cartons, and those I took to the food distribution center. John and I are still amazed they can reuse those cartons. We toss any that look messy.

I attended SAIL exercise class, and we had another vigorous workout, led by Jessi Broderius.

From there I went by the pharmacy to pay for and pick up two medications.

I came home and heard about John’s chore filled day and saw his newly created bird feeder. Its got thin plywood on the top and bottom and a 2″x 4″ wire enclosure. The little birds come and go as though it isn’t here. A few Quail go through, but the Collared Doves are too large. As ordered. The fence cross-over for the cats is covered and has a platform. The fence now has a 2 x 4 rail across the top that may keep the deer from coming over. We’ll see. Cats have a ladder like approach to the platform just above the higher fence.
Our local skunks are the striped type (Mephitis mephitis) and not good climbers. They are able to squeeze through an opening near ground level and they are good at digging. There is also a spotted skunk, sometimes called a ‘polecat’, not seen around here but a better climber. Just some of the issues when living in a rural setting.

Thursday, Dec 7

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 6: SpO2 low 84, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 93.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 91.5%. Pulse avg. 54.4, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 9 min.

Today our Fiddlers and Friends group is not playing. The nursing home is “locked down” because of a flu-like viral gastroenteritis (in England called the winter vomiting bug) with over ½ the residents ill. One would think they would give the residents a flu vaccine (I don’t know, just a comment – but apparently nothing yet works well). Residents are confined to their rooms and served their meals there. This being one of the “51 specific evidence-based recommendations” to lessen the impact.

It gives me time to stay home and work on my changes of email addresses required by the end of the month.

I didn’t get as much done as I needed, but made more progress. Still have many hours to go on this project.

Friday, Dec 8

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 7: SpO2 low 85, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 91.4%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.4%. Pulse avg. 55.6, low 48. Slept 5 hrs 16 min. & got more off the oximeter.

This morning we await the Culligan man to visit to check our Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter System, make tests, and replace the 4 filters. We pay something every month to cover the cost near the end of the year. This works very well. The water could not be any better or safer – we think.
When we go to the Yakima Costco we see area folks buying bottled water by the cart load. We have no idea what that costs per year. You pay either way, but under the sink filters seems simpler.

Today for lunch, I am going to the senior center for the annual Christmas party, and wearing my old (now too large) “ugly” Christmas sweater to be in the contest, with a gift for the winner. Mine is probably not ugly enough to win, but it will be fun to wear it. I got lots of compliments as I was going around taking pictures of the crowd. John wore it last Sunday to the Grange Christmas dinner. We didn’t take any pictures there. Some of you have seen it in past Decembers in the blog, normally on him.

I carried John’s Nikon, but the memory filled up partway through the event. Here are a few photos I took early on, or had help from someone with my camera. I had taken another camera with me, and switched to it later.

The AAC activities started with the sweater contest. Left is the contest at the start of the party. The two winners are 2nd and 3rd from the left. Right is my friend Mildred with me.

After the contest, they served us lunch. Here’s a food collage:Sides of apples, eggnog bread, banana/choc chip, pumpkin bread, and a plate: ham, green beans, & potatoes w/ gravy. I had water, and most all had cranberry punch (I cannot w/meds).

Santa joined the crowd while we were eating.
LINK: Santa

A gift exchange (a fun game in itself) for those that wanted to play, came after we finished eating. Last year’s gift I had to throw away after it blew up in my microwave cooking eggs and made a terrible mess.

Here I am with part of my gift that came in a big sack with some smaller items. This is supposedly a fantastic game for up to 8 people, called Mexican Trains Dominoes:Nancy with the heavy metal box with game parts. I’ll have to take it to Hearthstone or Briarwood to set up to play with some of the residents (next year in my spare time; what’s that?)
Nancy on Santa’s knee, Mrs. Claus, Connie, & just the 3 of us.

I took a lot of photos of the day, which I will share with the staff so they can post what they want on the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center’s Facebook page, to go along with all the photos they took. I try to take photos while they are busy fixing our lunch, or serving, when they cannot take pix.

We were done by 1:10 p.m. and I went by the hospital in my outfit to wish Merry Christmas to 3 people on the hospital staff.

I did not stay around town for a 3:00 party at the Food Bank for all volunteers & family, because I had things to do at home, and I was already full of food and carrying home gifts.

I did go by my pharmacy to pick up two prescriptions, and completed another chore of putting in my pills to a week long’s supply of morning and night pills.

We stayed up late working on computer chores.

Saturday, Dec 9

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 8: SpO2 low 84, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 92.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.9%. Pulse avg. 56.3, low 51. Slept 8 hrs 16 min.

I screwed up on picking up my Coumadin from Super 1 pharmacy. I should have been alerted when I heard the price that I owed (with Insurance paying part). It was more than double what I get it for at Safeway, through GoodRX for cash, not using insurance), at the price for 90 tablets (2.5mg) of $15.58. I won’t make that mistake again. By federal regulations, it cannot be returned to the pharmacy after it is dispensed.

All day I’m home to take care of things. Progress is going slowly. We have been shooing off the collared doves from the feeders, so the smaller birds can have their share. They do not mind sharing with the quail, but the doves are not liked by anyone, apparently including the hawk in a tree near the road. John chased them up that way but the hawk didn’t move.

I have had bunches of emails I needed to respond to. Much time has been spent since last night, moving and sorting pictures from the event at the senior center yesterday that I captured on two different cameras. John’s takes the nicer photos, but when his memory filled up part way through, I switched to the other older camera. I tried deleting a few that I knew were deletable, but after filling it again, I waited for John to review them when I got home. There were photos back to 2010 on the SD card. John has started deleting old photos. He often takes 5 or 6 of the “shot” and so will be clearing about half or more of the space. It has taken him 7 years to fill up the memory card.

I’ll end the week with a picture joke – someone should have seen this not so merry sight coming.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

This Week’s Not So Nasty News {TW’NSNN}

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

Item #1: A Drunk at a Cash’s Liquor store

Many years ago, nephew Rod was stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola near the western end of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Thus, this location caught my attention.
The town of Fort Walton Beach is along that stretch and is home to 3 Cash Moore Liquor Stores. Another resident of the Emerald Coast is the Virginia Opossum. Opossums are skilled climbers.
Awesome the Possum got into the rafters of a Cash Liquor store and came down onto a shelf holding bottles of bourbon. Oops!
With a broken bottle on the floor and a thirsty Possum, and nothing better to do – Awesome got snockered. In the morning the police were called to take the tipsy marsupial into custody. She was taken to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, sobered up, and released.

Item #2: Detroit’s Silverdome

This is funny, except to the on-site folks that expected something different. A second day of explosions finally got the Pontiac Silverdome to collapse. Embarrassing, might be the word.

Item #3: The Sense of Smell

Hultquists and Brittanys go back a few years. In about 1959, give or take a year, John’s oldest brother Ken bought a liver&white Britt. Shortly after that, John saw his first “point.” The bird was an American Woodcock (some call it a Timberdoodle). These have a long bill, and are related to the Common Snipe. The eggs are buff-colored and mottled with brown. Very pretty.
But I digress.
Elephants and Silkmoths can detect certain things miles away but neither are useful when it comes time to putting the nose to use for the benefit of humans that are smell challenged.Our doggy friends have an ability to discriminate among smells. At Auburn University there is a Canine Performance Sciences center. (Yes, that’s the place with a football team.)
See: Dogs & Explosives
An Auburn trained dog has followed the path of an individual across the campus a day after the person passed, after thousands of people had crisscrossed the area.
The ability of dogs to discriminate among smells and be trained to alert handlers to some situations (drugs, explosives, people — alive or dead) makes them the go-to-choice when a nose is needed.
Why then does the USA mostly rely on imported dogs for these activities? There are several reasons – and we and our many friends in the Brittany world understand.
Read about this National Security issue here:
America needs more bomb-sniffing dogs

Item #4: Alcohol And Throwing Axes

I have several axes. We used to go to garage/farm sales. Such is the source of my small collection. The shape of the handles and the head vary. The photo below shows double bit axes. Some of these have one bit sharpened and honed as a felling edge and the other was ground to be slightly more blunt for use on knots and other difficult grain. Often called “cruiser” axes, the single tool serves multiple purposes. When designed for throwing, the two edges are similarly shaped, as these appear to be, and the handles will be straight. A reporter named David Hookstead writes – – –
I’m actually kind of an expert on this issue because I know a lot about weapons and I know a lot about beer. Generally speaking, combining the two isn’t exactly a genius idea.

He explains the activity at Axes and Ales

More than you want to know about axes

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Music, birds, and stuff

Left over from last week:
Pictures of our musical group entertaining the day before Thanksgiving… taken of our Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends group by Chuck. He’s the husband of our guest for the day from Bend, OR, playing the accordion, Katie Eberhart.Here we all were at the end, only holding our instruments, not playing. Left to right, foreground is Gloria, my 92 yr old friend, who just moved into Hearthstone. She’d come down to listen and sing along. We had a nice audience behind the cameraman. Players from the left: Laura, Maury, Manord, Evie, Charlie, Dean, Nancy, visitor Katie, Anne. Some of our regulars were out of town on Thanksgiving trips.

Here’s some collages of close-ups during the performance.Laura, Manord, Dean, and NancyNancy and Katie happy to see Evie arriving. Right photo Evie is in the middle with Manord and Charlie.

Sunday, Nov 26

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 25: SpO2 low 86, XX events <88% with overall avg., 89.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.4%. Pulse avg. 56.8, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 9 min.

I spent time on the blog, and John entertained himself with a cable-table move. I captured some of the moving of the heavy utility wire spool to a position where we can see and enjoy the birds coming in for black-oil sunflower seeds.
When compared to striped sunflower seeds, black oil seeds are meatier and have a higher oil content, giving birds more nutrition and calories in every bite. Black oil seeds also have thinner shells, making them easier for small birds to crack.Most seed eating birds are attracted to black oil sunflower seeds. The black in the name describes the all black hull. The oil in the name refers to the higher oil content per gram in this smaller sunflower seed. Cardinals, chickadees, finches, sparrows, nuthatches, and other small birds prefer black oil sunflower over any other seed because of its high fat content and thinner shell.
Striped sunflower is larger and has a tougher shell. Jays, titmice, cardinals, grosbeaks and woodpeckers love striped sunflower and can handle the tougher, larger shells.
We also have California quail and collared doves, a native of subtropical Asia. We wanted to have the feeding take place closer to the windows so we can watch the interactions – and occasionally chase the doves away. They are the largest of the many birds feeding, there are a lot, and they get pushy.
Back to the action.The “before” location was on pieces of wood over gravel. The “after” location would be up in the air, using concrete blocks for support.Here is the ramp and lever process photo, with the video below.

John Moving the Cable Table

Final resting place for cable table:Final resting place for cable table, with John and companion critters (Brittany & cat) following him up the driveway to feed the horses. Note the bird on the top of the table and on the veranda.
Currently, our little birds are mostly Finches and Juncos.

Little Birds

Monday, Nov 27

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 26: SpO2 low 82, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 90.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 86.4%. Pulse avg. 57.5, low 49. Slept 5 hrs 35 min.

I got a call from my PCP’s nurse Diane that our new PCP, Dr. Wood wanted to see me today to discuss my Thyroid blood draw results last Tuesday. It was a long trip up and back to a 1:45 appt, that took <15 mins. We suppose that is required for government regulations. We found out that one of my medications for atrial fib is conflicting with my thyroid (making it dysfunctional), so I am being referred to an endocrinologist for a thorough examination and determination of how to counteract it. These were the results of my Thyroid tests a few days apart:Comments: I really don’t know enough to talk about the values above. I only know that my doctor requested the T3 be done after the FT4 results were in, with the elevated TSH test. I do not know the meaning of T3 uptake and total, or the significance of the values. We return for a visit this coming Tuesday morning, and I will learn more before then, and more still then.

The concern is that one of my heart medications (Amiodarone) is conflicting and making my Thyroid “dysfunctional.” I have successfully been on the medication for 7 years with no occurrence of any atrial fibrillation. I do not wish to go back to the prior feeling. Then, I could see my chest moving and feel the palpitations. My hopes are there is some counterbalance medication I can begin slowly with supervision by my PCP to make this work. I am not aware of any effects this condition is making on my life style or energy level.

I thought I fixed the online banking with Umpqua, but the end of the week, an announcement for my statement being ready came to the old account I supposedly changed from. Maybe (I hope) it was already in the system and will be changed next month, when I no longer have the email account working.
The Balinese are going on with life normally, apparently with no concern for the volcano. If I were nearby, I would be concerned.
Bali Mt. Agung “Erupting”

On the way home from the doctor’s office in Cle Elum, I saw some pretty clouds over the ridge behind our house and asked John to stop for me to photograph them for the preschool studies on clouds. My friend from New Jersey has been sharing some neat photos of clouds from back east.

Here was my contribution this afternoon.Looking across Naneum Fan to the ridge (tops ~5,500 feet) where the Wilson Creek and Naneum Creek drainages combine and flow into our valley. West is to the left, toward the higher Cascades.
Here is my (short) video of clouds over Wilson Naneum Drainages, 11-27-17.

Tuesday, Nov 28

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 27: SpO2 low 86, XX events <88% with overall avg., 90.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 86.3%. Pulse avg. 56.2, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 4 min.

Let’s start with a sunrise we missed, but a friend saw and photographed 10 minutes south of us: Photos by Myrna Antonich from her backyard (that pole is her clothes line – the old conventional kind many of us grew up with).

I called Cle Elum to Susan in referrals and give her Gary Treece MD’s contact information: NOVA Health, phone: 509-573-3530. It is located at 6101 Summitview Ave., Ste. 200, Yakima, WA 98908. He is an endocrinologist in Yakima recommended by my cardiologist, Anatole Kim, MD. [He is about 71, and tried to retire. Then was convinced to return. This info puts a damper on the referral – may look elsewhere.]

I called Shaku Amin at College Subscription Service and found out our Discover and Smithsonian are not yet expired. We keep getting requests to renew. I have put her direct line into my notes on magazines in that folder. I also have her email in our new joint account. We also have gotten 4 or 5 solicitations from Forbes Magazine with a gift of Wall-Street Bull/Bear cuff links following our payment. The last time John wore cuff links was likely our wedding in 1969. Someone needs to get out of NYC more often.

I left home to get to the KVH hospital to check in for my mammography appointment at 1:00 p.m. The mammography “machine” is brand new in our hospital, and scans in 3D, not 2D, which allows for better interpretations. While there, I requested copies of my recent thyroid tests that were drawn and submitted to Quest Diagnostics in Seattle. I need to scan these and send to my (now retired) cardiologist’s nurse, for her to share with him, if she sees him this week, as planned. In the process of finding out things about my referral to an endocrinologist, I learned that my cardiologist since 2009 retired Oct 31, 2017 from the Yakima Heart Center. He found the “new health care” environment unattractive. We had discussed this notion with him over the past 2 or 3 years. I am hugely disappointed but not surprised.

I went to my normal stops on Tuesday, and ended up at the AAC for exercise. That jazzy funercise is going to change for a month to dancing with a weekly change in the type of dance (line, swing, ballroom, ?) My friend of many years from the horseback riding club (KV Trailriders), Pat Thomas, was there for her first time, and we were the only two who showed up. Pat also lives on Naneum Rd (our road, 4 miles south). We visited and walked while our leader had to attend to AAC business, but then Nicole (AmeriCorps staff person), joined us and lead us through SAIL exercises for our arms and legs. I was hurting from my mammography, particularly my left shoulder, but the new mammography was an interesting experience to have and watch the machine and see the results on a screen. The main problem was my range of motion to get the edge of the plate under my arm pit and leaning forward. The release was instant and not as painful as in the past. My left side is also a challenge for the technician, because of my implanted (metal) defibrillator getting in the way.

More time spent on changing emails.

Wednesday, November 29

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 28: SpO2 low 87, xx events <88% with overall avg., 91.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.1%. Pulse avg. 56.2, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 25 min.

Today, I worked on various things in the morning. I sorted apples to get a box to give away, then worked on music, but primarily email changes.

I left for the Food Bank, early, and dropped off Wall St. Journals, and then got stuff done setting up at the Food Bank for music, giving containers to the cook, who gave me some return lunch to give to my neighbor. We played Christmas music and the whole audience enjoyed it and sang along, then we ate, visited, and I left to take some Christmas cards to a young woman who asked for them (I picked them up at the Senior Center on the free take table.) Then delivered some music and the box of apples to a family who helped with the veterans’ celebration.

On to SAIL class. We had a good workout today with 24 min of vigorous exercise. I left there for a Hospice Friends stop, and then two other stops, before home.

I also put in a call to my PCP about a prescription that never got sent to my pharmacy. It fell through the cracks somehow, but I believe it will be resolved now.

We both worked some today (John on outside: fence, feeding, and other odd chores), and me on the email address saga and other records I’m taking care of changing.

Thursday, Nov 30 Happy Thanksgiving!

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 29: SpO2 low 87, XX events <88% with overall avg., 91.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.2%. Pulse avg. 54.6, low 49. Slept 7 hrs 11 min.

Long ago Jeff Watson was my student at CWU in GIS classes. He is still in WA doing GIS work for the Muckleshoot Tribe.

This is his awesome post via Facebook, which I seldom visit. This is worth the trip.

Jeff Watson’s 3D pro (ArcGIS) compilation: Need to view in Facebook …his facebook account is Jeffrey A. Watson.
Historic River changes in western WA

Here are his comments:

The Tribe’s Planning Commission expressed interest in gaining a sense of historical flows of the White and Green Rivers so I put this animation together at work to demonstrate where they used to be connected. In 1906 a flood on the White river deposited so much debris along the rise of the southwest side of the Muckleshoot prairie that the river was diverted completely into the Stuck River which became the Duwamish which, in turn empties into Commencement Bay. A long history of flooding in the area drove residents to fortify the natural dam, and the rivers have been disconnected ever since. Needless to say downtown Auburn would be a very different place right now. As the video indicates I geo-referenced the image of a 1906 map into the GIS then digitized the path of the river into a vector polygon data set. The fly-over effect is achieved with not a lot of work via the ArcGIS Pro 3D software. It actually came out pretty cool.

Here’s a previous one he did:

Commentary: May as well toss this one out there too. I made this a while back to highlight the Reservation and some key Tribal features along the Auburn-Enumclaw Highway (SR 164). It starts at the bottom of the hill in Auburn; heads up past the Casino, then southwest through the Reservation. Just south of the Amphitheater we hang a u-turn and wind up through the White River Gorge back to Auburn. Then up to Emerald Downs race track (an MIT holding); then back along Auburn way to the Casino…

Another look at the Res

We went to an Ice Age Floods Geology lecture tonight at CWU.

Introduction to the evening by Nick Zentner, and to the speaker by Karl Lillquist. LINK
Talk by Canadian on water-caused landscape features in front and underneath glaciers

Speaker’s responses to questions

Friday, Dec 1

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 30: SpO2 low 86, XX events <88% with overall avg., 91.3%, Avg. low SpO2, 88.6%. Pulse avg. 59.4, low 54. Slept 7 hrs 52 min.

I started the video uploads to You Tube from last night’s talk.

Today is the day of the Weekly Web Sites send from my geographer friend in Michigan.

My favorite today is “These Beautiful, Swirling Images Are Maps of Washington’s Geology.” Follow this link for some excellent LiDAR imagery “pictures.”
This listing of Web Sites comes from a set of “Earth Science Sites of the Week,” which I receive from Mark Francek, and send off to 74 people on my distribution list who enjoyed sharing the information.

I’m still writing to Colleen Meyer about my labs and thoughts on Dr. Treece and the referral. Did not share the Thyroid test numbers yet, or the connection to the thyroid by taking Amiodarone, but I scanned the test results and will attach to the email and hope she will be able to show them and share with my cardiologist now retired. I asked if I could get a last appt, but she said no, yet she would ask him any question I wanted to ask him.

Arranged for the bread rolls for dinner, Sunday, at the Grange.
Washed a load of dishes. Worried with a number of email things.

Never got time to work on the blog until late this evening after supper, and I still am multi-tasking.
John has been shelling a pound or so of walnuts for the past several nights.

Saturday, Dec 2

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 1: SpO2 low 83, 12 events <88% with overall avg., 90.8%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.7%. Pulse avg. 59.6, low 53. Slept 6 hrs 30 min.

I did get some good news from Jeri Conklin in CA that our Daisy (and her mother Ginny) both had good field hunting test runs and got another “leg” on their Senior Hunter (SH) test. Tomorrow, Daisy is going for two more legs (hopefully), and when she gets them, she will have the title SH added to the end of her name, after JH (Jr. Hunter).
Good news – pictures came through tonight…Jeri Conklin with Ginny (left) & Linda Azevedo with Daisy (right). They were braced together (luck of the draw), (Ginny is Daisy’s mom), and they both had excellent bird work and retrieves to hand. Ginny is a little “overweight” from her recent spaying surgery. Here we have Daisy held by Jeri Conklin, with Linda Azevedo (her handler in the Senior Hunt test) and Kurt Conklin behind. This all happened today, December 2, 2017. The Hunt Test was held southeast (Claymine Road) of California City, just north of Edwards Air Force Base.

I spent much time this morning thawing and separating 144 rolls and repackaging for us to take to the Community Christmas Dinner at the Grange, tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

It snowed lightly, and is supposed to snow through 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. However, considering we are almost an hour from the Grange, and it is closer to the Cascades, we may have to deal with snow on our way there and back. (We did not; it was sunny and beautiful on the way up).

We had a late lunch, so imagine our supper will be as well. It was and was very good, thanks to John’s efforts.

He is now cracking and picking walnut parts from the Carpathians. We have had them (roasted) on our desserts the past few days.

I spent more time on changing emails, after evaluating my thyroid issues, trying to make sense of medical reports on line. I’m not sure I’m able to comprehend all I need to, in order to discuss it with any doctor. John read some of the stuff, and is less worried than I am.

Sunday, Dec 4

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 3: SpO2 low 84, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 92.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 57.4, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 32 min.

We did morning chores and got ready to leave, leaving about 11:44 a.m. We made good time, and got there for a parking spot right by the door. We took our rolls in and found us a place to sit. Visited some with several people, offered my help in the kitchen, but there were plenty of people already helping, and I was not needed.

We dressed in our Christmas sweaters, sweatshirt, and hats. No pictures were taken this year.

I did take videos of the musicians who sang Christmas songs to us for a half hour. They did a lovely job. I doubt I have time to include them all here, but here is one (their last).

Mountain Voices Christmas Choir – Jingle Bells (Sorta)

The meal was huge. I will not need any supper. I had lots of turkey, yams, a little mashed potatoes, a small amount of sausage dressing, gravy over all, some green beans, cherry Jello-O salad, a deviled egg, and dessert (pecan pie and a small bit of cherry covered cheesecake).

Came home to many emails and feeding chores. John shelled some more walnuts.

Heard from Jeri Conklin, that Daisy successfully got her 3rd leg of Master Hunter test this morning. She’ll have to wait until next year (February) to get her 4th and title.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy & John
Still on the Naneum Fan

{TW’NSNN} This Week’s Not So Nasty News

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

2nd OF THESE, on first weekend DECEMBER

Item 1: Mountain High
When we moved to our current location (1989) there were times when we could see the top of Mt. Rainier. Those times were when the sky was clear and trees had no leaves. About like this:The trees have grown and we now have to go up the road to see The Mountain. People in the Puget Sound Region get to see The Mountain frequently. Thanksgiving week, 2017, produced a lot of views and a lot of photographs. Here’s one: Within the photo is the credit line:
. . . . . . . Light of the Moon photography by Chuck Hilliard

There are more here Thanksgiving via Mt. Rainier

Item 2: He got away
We met in Cincinnati and spent 2 years visiting places in the southwestern part of Ohio. When Bellefontaine made the news on Monday, I had to check it out.
There was a breakin and the suspect was caught on a security camera as he fled. The description was of a male, brown and white, 4 legs, and 10 points. Sounds like a Odocoileus virginianus, a Whitetail.
Short video

Item 3: Eight weeks and counting
At Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, about 250 miles north of London, 8 week old Charlie Douthwaite suffered from being born with only half of a heart.
This week Charlie go a new heart, and is doing great so far.

Item 4: Who will stop the rain
My birthday is January 4. Ten years ago on this important date, the Sydney Morning Herald reported:
It may be time to stop describing south-eastern Australia as gripped by drought and instead accept the extreme dry as permanent, . . .

Today, in OZ, the news is:
Victoria weather: Flood warnings remain in place in state’s north-east as rainfall eases. Link

This reminds me of these lines:

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.

Dorothea Mackellar

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Stuff gets in the way

Some stuff gets in the way of other stuff, so some stuff is ignored, some is started but not finished, and wonder of wonders, occasionally one of the stuffs gets done.

Monday, Nov 20

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 19: SpO2 low 82, 10 events <88% with overall avg., 90.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 86.7%. Pulse avg. 54.0, low 50. Slept 6 hrs 40 min.

Changed email addresses several places. Kaiser Permanente was the toughest. Also tried to get through to MedicAlert, but failed. Got to Pend Oreille Shores.

I’m spending incredible hours and not seeing much get accomplished as quickly as needed.

Tuesday, Nov 21

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 21: SpO2 low 82, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.3%. Pulse avg. 55.4, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 27 min.

We left for Cle Elum at 9:40 a.m. We took some White Heron wine along with us for our friends there. We decided to take the freeway up and Hwy 10 back. Our trip both ways was fine, with rain and intermittent fog (mostly on the tops of hills, not in our driving path). We arrived on time, but were not admitted until 11:00. We handed over our stool samples. We had our vitals taken by the nurse, and she handed us a copy of our labs. We compared notes and formed questions for our doctor, who soon arrived.

We revisited and heard about our lab findings. Considering we were born during the 2nd World War, overall, everything is fine, and we are healthy. John was put on a thyroid pill, Levothyroxine, because the tests indicated a slight thyroid hormone deficiency (age related?). For a similar issue, I’m being rechecked because the standard test is for FT4 and the Doc is curious about FT3. These are hormones and one gets converted, or not, into the other in the body. So, more blood drawn from Nancy and in two weeks we’ll go back. John’s prescription was sent to the pharmacy in EBRG. Mine did not make it. I’ll call first thing Monday morning and try to figure what’s up.

Our med-tech phlebotomist there in Cle Elum is a friend of many years (we took her a bottle of Syrah Rosé; learned she really likes Malbec; so in 2 weeks we’ll carry one of those).

Wednesday, November 22

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 20: SpO2 low 82, 11 events <88% with overall avg., 91.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.7%. Pulse avg. 56.7, low 51. Slept 8 hrs 4 min. (done)

Called nurse Diane about the prescription for me from Dr. Wood for Hydrocodone (aka Vicodin). That’s his suggested substitute for Oxycodone. I’ve still got some, but almost never use, Oxycodone but WA State is pushing hard to restrict it, and the clinics are where the State enforcement starts. Shoulder pain is a pain that requires it when playing fiddle for over an hour or for extreme exertion during exercising such as Jazzercise.

I was going to ask about my Thyroid prescription, but nurse Diane never returned the call. So, I will try again Monday, early. Never good to be needing medical attention on weekends or before or during a holiday.

We played music (last time for Oct/Nov), at Hearthstone today (a day early, because of Thanksgiving. Thanks to Charlie, Laura, Manord, Maury, Dean, Anne, Evie, and our guest Katie from Bend, OR for entertaining the residents, and guests. Thanks to Katie’s hubby, Chuck for coming along to sing, and her mom Barb, who enjoyed and sang the music too.

After the music, Gloria and I went to Community Thanksgiving Dinner. We had a nice time, greeting folks and eating. The plate was full of food: tender sliced turkey meat (dark and white), mashed potatoes, dressing, corn & green beans, grandma roll, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, & lemonade (or hot drink).

I came home and have been working some on dishes, but mostly on changing email addresses. This is turning into a monumental task.

Thursday, Nov 23 Happy Thanksgiving!

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 22: SpO2 low 80, 17 events <88% with overall avg., 91.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.5%. Pulse avg. 55.0, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 47 min.

John now has a runny nose and is sneezing, so we are happy we don’t have any Thanksgiving commitments. We can’t think of an obvious source, perhaps an unfriendly spirit. We are spending time in the house because it’s still raining. A slight opening in the weather allowed John to go feed this morning and now we can just stay put. We’ve only fed one of the outside cats, Salazar, who must sleep nearby in our car shed. He’s ready early and back during the day to be a companion cat with John on his chores around the property. Czar’s the first in for dinner too. Woody sleeps farther away in a hay shed. Her momma, Sue, goes back across Naneum Road – to someplace on Swedberg’s old dairy buildings, where she originated.

We have to be careful not to expose me to germs, although I probably have built up immunity with my recent infection, or not. Because of the music and Senior Center activities, I’m around more folks than John. Maybe I brought germs home to him.

I’m multi-tasking. I spent a lot of time last night working on the changes in email, and unleashed a ton more changes required I need to tackle today and this weekend. I had primarily been concentrating on email address notification, but I realized there is a ton of information in the ‘messages-received’ from places all over, contacting us about something. So, I have to follow through changing those too, because the sender is identified in the message but not entered into our address book.
I am trying to switch tasks every so often, because that way, everything gets a little attention. Yet still today I haven’t made it back to email changes yet.

We just finished a non-conventional Thanksgiving brunch, with John’s special efforts. We had home fries with his onions, 2 eggs over easy, bacon, and a piece of English Muffin toast with Marionberry jam for me and a wheat English Muffin for him. It was all quite good. We’ve been adding smoked turkey to salads, so not having lots of left-overs from a big roast is not an issue.

Now back to putting the music for Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! into my SongWriter 2012 software. I need to share it with a piano player (19 yrs old) for a special performance Dec 15 at our senior center. He played fiddle with our group for the Veterans Day music this year, and his brother played Home on the Range on his viola (my switched over ¾ size violin from 4th grade days). I plan to add it to the end of our December music, but may decide not to. And might carry it through to the Jan-February music, if I decide against putting it with the December stuff (cause I don’t have time to make copies for the audiences). They may know the song so I don’t have to worry. It was written in 1945, and many singers have sung it through the years.

To any Facebook friends, check this video, from Bobbie (Roberta) Pearce, my violin teacher from Nampa, ID. Bobbie came up to WA for 22 years – the WOTFA summer workshops.


She is playing the piano, her daughter Katrina Nicolayeff is a left-handed violinist (a National Grand Champion) is on the microphone and the others are the Junior Jammers, presenting a hoedown performance. Katrina is their teacher/conductor. We think the mother of Libby Rogers (next to Katrina) took the video.

Wow, it’s 2:35 p.m. and the sun just arrived, after the wind, and this morning with rain, fog, and low visibility. Weird weather. Maybe John will get to do some outside chores! It gets dark about 4:30. Sunset is at 4:18 this weekend – on the Naneum Fan.

Tonight we had a nice supper of mushrooms, onions, and open-faced cheeseburger with a Rome apple cut up, and for dessert, John baked a chocolate cake, I frosted with cream cheese frosting, and he covered with his own Carpathian walnuts. The boxed cake and the tub of frosting are well past their best-by dates. That’s why we are making cakes and trying to watch our calories at the same time.

I have been capturing information from credit card statement messages on the old account and had to look for usernames and passwords that I seldom use. I had to get into these to change the preferred email for receiving announcements about monthly statements that come. Switching laptop computers mid-year is also causing access problems. John’s view is “losing this old e-mail account is a curse.” I totally agree.

I made more good progress today on some music needed for Dec 15, Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Cannot believe that song was written so long ago, but it is younger than I am.

Friday, Nov 24

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 23: SpO2 low 83, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 91.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.3%. Pulse avg. 57.8, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 18 min.

We went to WalMart and found the All Bran in three types we wanted to try and got 2 boxes of the Original. Prices there are the best around, including on line. Costco doesn’t carry original All Bran, nor do any of the groceries in EBRG. Two places carry the buds.

Our trip to Costco was primarily for my glasses and to pick up a few things for our neighbor. Missing was unsalted roasted cashews we faithfully have gotten for her (and us) for years. They no longer carry them, so I have to find a local source, or check at WalMart the next time we are in Yakima.

Saturday, Nov 25

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 24: SpO2 low 80, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 90.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.8%. Pulse avg. 55.7, low 49. Slept 5 hrs 31 min - 2.5 hrs more off Oximeter.

John put out the placeholder this morning about 9:30 a.m. Don’t miss it. Fun stories. Click the bold letters in the block below:


And, I will add another special effects video, from my friend Keith Kleinfelder of his daughter – only for those who have Facebook access. This is no doubt worth getting on Facebook!
His explanation: “This is our daughter (Kiana) on her first “burn.” They’re called fire poi. They are porous ceramic cubes on chains with a strap to hold on to, dipped in Lantern fuel. These were special-ordered from New Zealand by her brother.
It’s more than just a food of Hawaii and Samoa; this definition is from the web: A small ball made of leaves and fibres, attached to a string; also, a traditional dance performed by Maori women involving the rhythmic swinging of such a ball. [from 19th c.] ( ) Kiana’s Poi Debut – 11-24-17
Poise with Pois

In the morning, we both worked on kitchen chores. John repackaged 5 lbs. of link sausage he bought yesterday, into bags of 4 for the freezer. He got 14 packages, and kept one for lunch. So they are about 25¢ per link.

I spent time on and off all morning loading the dishwasher. Now, I have the chore of putting 5 dozen eggs into individual cartons from the big bunch we got at Costco. My neighbor Ken brought me a ton of them, because I only had one left, from giving mine to the Food Bank for distribution. They give ½ dozen at a time to their clients, and now the egg production has cut back.

We had a great late brunch, two sausage links each, two eggs over easy, a piece of English Muffin toast with Marionberry jam, and a large fresh pear cut into many slices. It was all quite good.

John worked before the rains came on outside chores in the front yard. It started raining about 4:00 and continues.

Now it is Sunday morning and the first outside cat has been fed.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy & John
Still on the Naneum Fan


This Week’s Not So Nasty News

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

I enjoy science sayings, puns, and jokes, periodically. Looking for something funny this week, I found this photo that made the cut:

In India, a train went 160 km – in the wrong direction.

Near Cheyenne, Wyoming, big-rig trucks were tipped over by high winds.

In Green Bay, the Packers failed to score in a game that lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes. Fans in the Bavarian Bierhaus got free beer for the entire time.

The big issue in the U. S. seems to be whether press secretary Sarah Sanders baked a chocolate pecan pie, or not. I don’t know, but do make one from a recipe hand written by my mother, that looks just like Sarah’s photo. Usually, I eat the chocolate before it gets to the pie.

And this video of Popocatépetl says something about something – just not sure what.

Link, if needed

And, finally, for this week, and my favorite, there is the story from Prince Rupert, B. C., of Hammy the buck, after Rudolf, likely the most famous deer in the world.

Story of Hammy

Morning here on the Naneum Fan is not so nice. A cold mist limits visibility to about 100 yards. One of the outside cats has eaten. Birds are about – looking of Sunflower seeds. I need to put on warm gear and feed them and the horses. After that we’ll have a sausage link and an egg.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

A typical week

Monday, Nov 13

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 12: SpO2 low 82, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 91.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.9%. Pulse avg. 59.8, low 52. Slept 5 hrs 33 min.

Early morning, I turned on the electric heater to warm up the back bathroom for my shower. That is the cold end of the house, during the winter months. We are going to the foot doctor. Trimming is paid for by Medicare every 3 months, but there needs to be a shorter time interval, and there ought to be a better way. This is the (real) doctor that I went to about nail-fungus. He is an interesting person with a big family and ancestors from northern Italy. We ask questions and he talks while he clips. Initially, he asked questions and I talked.

Mornings on our front pad bring various birds, including quail by the score. This picture is only a few of them, about a fifth ? of the bunch John saw before I got my camera out. I forget how many he said he counted. It was more than a covey. They fly in, walk in through the fence, for sunflower seeds he puts several places, including on the concrete.The spool was once used for puppies. There is a small solar light on top and a couple of bowls for seed – under partial cover.

We went by Audra’s for Klaire probiotic and got the good news I have lost 12 inches more and 10 lbs., since last in Sept 9th. My clothes are definitely fitting better. My % body fat is much lower.
(John says: “This time I think the loss was because she was sick.)

While there we also discussed John’s health and she made some suggestions and gave him some things to try. He is considering going to the gym during the winter to keep in shape, while not doing trail maintenance work. He still is keeping busy around here with projects until the snow falls and stays.

Tuesday, Nov 14

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 13: SpO2 low 82, 14 events (most 87) <88% with overall avg., 90.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.0%. Pulse avg. 58.0, low 51. Slept 8 hrs 27 min.

Early morning, we took chocolate chip cookies and raspberry coffee cake to Hearthstone for the Emeritus Geographers’ meeting, with a good crowd of folks: Lillian Brooks, Dee Eberhart & son Urban, Jim and Diane Huckabay, with her intern, Thomas Hull, a masters student in History, working on genealogical research, John and me, and I invited my friend, Gloria Swanson, who just moved into Hearthstone, and is into genealogical research as a DAR member. Oddly, enough, she had met Thomas in Yakima at a meeting. We had a very intriguing roundtable talk about our varied pasts and current geographical topics of interest and some intersecting historical connections and memories all around the U. S. and world.
Then at the end, we brought it back to our region with Urban Eberhart’s report on the Yakima Basin Project of getting water back into several streams that had gone dry over the years of shoveling all the irrigation water into agricultural pursuits. Now locals, state, and federal folks are involved in planning for working toward the whole Columbia Basin. He told us a fascinating story about moving fish from dams to the stream for their journey.

In this case the journey is downstream, out of the reservoir. The project is now being built. It involves a helix tube with water going down.
Here is a photo of a plant that makes a helix tube. A coiled spring is another example. For the fish, openings in the reservoir will be at many levels, so as the water goes up or down, fish can find an entrance. Initial experiments had the fish “flung” against the tube wall, so they tinkered with the shape and amount of flow until the fish happily made the passage.
The fish go down backwards – head into the flow. That seemed odd, but don’t airplanes face that way at takeoff?
If this helical systems works well it will solve one-half of the fish migration issue. Going upstream is the next challenge. [Maybe we’ll get a tour soon.]

John and I came home for him to change his clothes, and then we went up for the first part of our annual medical meeting. The 2nd visit is next week. No one understands this except an unknown bureaucrat in the Government. We thought the first was just with the nurse, and she took our vitals, checked our records, and gave us a mental acuity (we guess) test. We were handed a circle and asked to put the numbers of the face of a clock on it. Then we had to draw in the time 11:10. She gave us each 3 words to remember that she would ask later in our visit. We were not allowed to write them down. Doing that in the same room, was probably not the wisest. Whoever goes second needs not to listen to the first person’s words. John remembered one of my words, and forgot one of his.
We were to get a Flu shot, and we had a long visit with our new doctor, Dr. Norman Wood, before the nurse returned with the immunization. We always go to each other’s physician’s appointments (such as my cardiologist), and he did not mind at all. The nurse told us there are other couples who do likewise.

We are exceptionally happy with him. Our doctor since 1988 retired this year, and we remained there (in Cle Elum), 45 minutes from our home. We know all the staff there, so it didn’t make sense to change locations.

During our visit we found out a bunch of personal information about him and he learned a lot about our medical history. Both of us are happy he has experienced some of the same health issues as we each have.

We got there at 1:30 and were taken into the examination room at 2:00. We were there for well over an hour. We had to come home, feed animals, and get back to Dean Hall, to the Museum of Culture & Environment for a talk by our Geography colleague (Megan Walsh), with a Geological Sciences faculty member (Susan Kaspari).

I told Megan about our timing on the afternoon appointment, but that we would do our best to make it. We got there in time! I had my old camera and I videotaped the evening, including the questions afterward. I was sitting a bit on an angle, but most is legible and their voices can be heard. Also, I was doing it by hand holding and not with a tripod, so excuse the jiggles. I have permission to share this link:

Fire & Ice: Susan Kaspari & Megan Walsh, CWU, 11-14-17
History from ice and mud

This following information is what I put with the YouTube description. CWU professors Susan Kaspari (Geological Sciences) and Megan Walsh (Geography) helped us envision the future of climate change in the Pacific Northwest by looking into the past. Susan’s research examines the impact of black carbon (commonly referred to as soot; think big wildfires) on the melting rates of glaciers and seasonal snowpack.

Megan’s research explores how ancient charcoal deposits can help us understand past fire activity. Secondarily, the pollen in the sediment can help recreate what plants were there over time. Taken together, the work can help us understand the complicated relationship between humans, fire, ice/snow, and climate change. WA’s mountains and the entire area to the north of us was covered by ice just 13,500 years ago.

Wednesday, November 15

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 14: SpO2 low 81, 12 events <88% with overall avg., 90.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.4%. Pulse avg. 55.3, low 49. Slept 7 hrs 42 min.

I went to FISH Food Bank with eggs & tuna salad for myself, so I don’t have to eat pasta and green mixed salad with things in it I cannot have (because of Vitamin K content). I did have some baked apples (from there) to go along with it, and orange juice.
First, we played ½ hour of music, and then visited with our fan club members over lunch. Several sing along with us from their table. We provide the lyrics for them.

This afternoon I worked on several projects on the computer, while John is finalizing outside activities.Amy Davison sent this of our Carpathian walnuts candied and roasted, and sent the recipe. She said her house smelled amazing. Daughter Haley shelled them.

Thursday, Nov 16

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 15: SpO2 low 84, 10 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.2%. Pulse avg. 56.4, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 52 min.

I called Terri (the Activities Director) at Pacifica. We will need all the chairs for a big crowd of players today.

I had signed up for the Nov 16 Knudson’s Lumber Ladies Night Out, 6:00 – 7:30 – I’m taking some stuffed toys to donate to the Community Christmas Basket.
I didn’t realize I was double booking, because we are going to the local Audubon Chapter that night, in town from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. I took John to the center early, which is part of the Ellensburg Library, and there are many magazines people (we have too) put in the entrance way to share. He knew he would have a load of reading material. I dropped him off and got back to the parking lot before 6:00. There was a long line stretched from the front door, around the parking lot, and back toward the back of the store, where I had parked. It was chilly, but I had on a winter coat. I got to the door and one of my friends saw me and came back to visit. It was an interesting chance meeting. I saw only 3 others inside that I knew. It was a zoo. Many people signed up on Facebook, and 174 registered through that, but many others just showed up from the community. Anything one can put in a 5-gallon bucket (they loan) is 20% off. And, if you want something from the lumber yard, you have the personnel write what you will get later, and they charge you for it at 20% off. I went with a request for 3” nails (galvanized and zinc-coated for John’s outside projects), and I brought it home in a nice Knudson’s pink shopping bag, which was given to the first 100 customers. I took this before I left so I would know what he wanted. These are 4” and he wanted 3”.

I received a $5 coupon to use as Knudson’s Kash in December, so we can go back for anything else he might need. No men were allowed to this event. I visited several vendors and picked up some free samples from them (a lip balm and ice scraper). People who signed in on Facebook were given a gift, which was a bag of nice chocolates. John shared those when I got home. I left as soon as I could and barely got back to the Audubon chapter meeting before it started.

I took my camera to the Kittitas Audubon monthly meeting and videotaped part of the excellent presentation:

African Wildlife Safari-A Look at Kenya & Rwanda, by Doug Kuene
Photos from East Africa

Apologies for the left side of the lens being blurred. No clue why. I have cleaned off the lens. I only got 28 minutes of the talk, missing the mountain gorillas. (My battery ran out of electrons and I didn’t have another to substitute).

Friday, Nov 17

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 16: SpO2 low 79, 10 events <88% with overall avg., 90.0%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.0%. Pulse avg. 54.0, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 52 min.

We got up and to town for a fasting blood draw, requested by our new doctor. We made it there and back by 9:20.

Then I left for lunch at CWU, Geography, for our scholarship luncheon meeting, dropped off a check for my CWURA (retirement association) membership, ate a Chicken Caesar salad and a fun dessert, visited, and then drove down to meet John at Super 1, where he left his car and I drove mine to Costco (‘cause it needed gasoline). We got a good price there ($2.629/gal).

My main reason for going today was to get my prescription filled on my glasses for correction to my left eye (from the laser surgery, which did not return to better, as predicted). I will only have to use them for urban driving or for night driving because it also corrects for astigmatism. My right eye will only be improved slightly because it is still in good shape, but the left eye’s nearsightedness will be corrected to 4 times better. I chose the first frame I picked up, and probably looked at 5 or 6. It will take them about a week to make them. For $30 off, one can buy a second set; I decided to use the same type of frame and get a pair of sunglasses. That’s the only cost I will have because insurance covers the first pair. I haven’t needed any glasses in 20 years (because of my intraocular lens replacements in 1997).

Saturday, Nov 18

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 17: SpO2 low 83, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.9%. Pulse avg. 54.1, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 3 min.

Called Morris Uebelacker (he was hired at CWU as a geographer the same year I was hired, 1988). We had a great phone visit with the 3 of us, about his summer and fall (mostly river travels), and told him about the field trip tomorrow. It is in his part of the region and CWU colleagues will be there. I’m staying home because of a hiking component I’m not up to.

The rest of the afternoon was spent with music at Briarwood, and a nice meal the ladies (and one gentleman) prepare for us to share with the residents after we play. Today’s menu was multiple (calico) bean and ground beef soup, rolls, cracker/chips, and a dessert table with apple/pecan bread with caramel/coconut frosting, corn flakes cookies, chocolate chip w/ nuts cookies, and some containers of Jello (I think; I didn’t take any). We had a good turn-out of players and of audience. We always have fun there. I came home with a gift of a loaf of the apple/nut bread that Bill always makes for me (and I took him a birthday present, plus we sang happy birthday to him), and I brought home a little bag from Betty of her Corn Flakes cookies. She talked to me Wednesday at the food bank when we were there for playing music, and I told her I’d see her today. So she was ready. Usually, I take home leftovers of her cookies (not many), so she wanted to be sure I had some, in case. John took them with him on his field trip Sunday.

Started working on music once home, and it continued most of the day.

Sunday, Nov 19

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 18: SpO2 low 82, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.8%. Pulse avg. 55.7 low 50. Slept 8 hrs 28 min.

After getting ice off the car, John left for CWU.
I spent the morning doing music and several sinks of dishes. I washed a full dishwasher load that finished about the time he arrived home.
Changed my password on my CWU account. I need to ask how to access email there through MyCWU.

The field trip was to visit places scoured by the late Ice Age floods – 20,000 to 14,000 years ago. The final stop was at a place where lava erupted in a fiery curtain about 15 Million years ago. First picture is from Iceland, that shows what such a thing looks like.Next is a view of Rock Creek Valley where the lava of the Rosa flood-basalt came through the surface. The violent eruption throws hot material into piles where, somewhat air cooled, it compacts, cools, and leaves mounds and ridges. Below, on the right shows the interior of a spatter-ridge. (John took these photos on Sunday, Nov. 19th.)Some believe the eruption was along the bottom of the valley (black spots are cows). The scene is from the ridge where the right side photo is from.) The landscape has undergone a lot of action over 15 M. years, so it is hard to know.

John got home about 6 PM, in the dark. He fed the horses, and we fed cats, and ourselves. A couple of hours later, it began to snow and then changed to rain.
John got buckets under the drip line. So, the timing was good. It is really coming down! The buckets are half full.

Have a nice Thanksgiving week.
Hope your past week was fine.

Nancy & John
Still on the Naneum Fan

What happened on

November 19?

We were busy this week and Saturday was a music day for Nancy.
Sunday John will be on a field trip into the wilds of Eastern Washington. The trip leader, Nick Z., calls the area the Ritzville Outback.
Nancy and John have visited this area from the Idaho side and would have named it after Tekoa (Tee-co), a tiny place just inside WA when starting in Idaho. John isn’t expected home until about 6:30 P.M., so Nancy’s weekly blog may get posted late Sunday, or not.
There’s always something going on.

When not employed within a regular time frame things such as weekends and holidays are thought of as “what are we doing” and not as vacations. Nancy plans on going to a community dinner on Wednesday for a full blown turkey extravaganza. John usually doesn’t go, but rain is scheduled for the Naneum Fan – so maybe he will. Nah!

A week later we are supposed to go to a Christmas dinner up at the Grange. What shall we take? Thus, we have been thinking of food the last few days. I (John) starting looking at things on the web, and also I need something to fill in for Nancy’s late weekly report.
I found …

Thanksgiving is coming and most folks will have turkey, ham, or beef roasts. Prior to this date in 1966 all this meat was problematic in Catholic households. The left-over turkey had to be held until Saturday, unless you wanted to go to h… .
Then in 1966, U. S. Roman Catholic bishops said otherwise and we could rejoice and feast on something other than canned salmon and sardines on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Remember the crunchy bones in the canned salmon? Yum.
Thinking of the above, I looked up the history of the “no meat Fridays” and found a site from National Public Radio with an interesting article.

The title is: Lust, Lies And Empire:
The Fishy Tale Behind Eating Fish On Friday

Fish tale

You need not have been raised in a Catholic household to appreciate this.


Wet Gray Dreary – WGD

Sunday, Nov 5

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 4: SpO2 low 82, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 90.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.1%. Pulse avg. 54.3, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 21 min.

John started by moving snow, feeding the birds, and two outside cats. He also ordered more ink cartridges for our printer and a heated water bowl for the outside feral cats that now arrive morning, night, and throughout the day at our front porch, wanting canned food to supplement their hard pellets.
Busy all day with outside and inside chores for us.
Published the blog quite late .. just before midnight.

Monday, Nov 6

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 5: SpO2 low 82, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 90.8%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.2%. Pulse avg. 54.9, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 10 min.

This morning, I worked on the photos John took at the AAC on Friday’s Veterans’ Celebration, to send to the AAC.

Late afternoon, our heated water bowl for the outside feral cats arrived along with more printer ink cartridges. They came quickly from a place just 100 miles west. We just ordered them through Amazon and ETA was Tuesday. Frequently stuff comes from near Reno, NV so perhaps this is an expanding distribution center.

I need to work on photos I took in Seattle at the WTA Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. I only did a couple for last week’s blog. Still need to do that, and it is now the end of the week.

Tuesday, Nov 7

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 6: SpO2 low 84, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 92.7.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.7 %. Pulse avg. 53.8, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 5 min.

I managed to get to people about Emeriti Geographers’ Meeting next Tuesday morning, to KV F&F about this week, and last week’s pix, to visit with the Interim Dir. of F.I.S.H. food bank for donation to Thanksgiving clients there and to the community thanksgiving dinner.

John found things to do while I went to exercise, Bi-Mart, and two other stops. He brought to the front a non-used old heavy dog house from its lonely existence at the edge of the back fence. It rode on our wheel barrow replacement – a Gorilla Cart.
Where we acquired this “dog” house is a mystery. Picture below. It is double walled and insulated – without a front door. Now it is close to our home’s front door near an electrical outlet, on 12″ decorative concrete blocks.
The food and water will be high and dry and the cats will be happy – we think. South of the house, the old set-up was a pain for John and them, and slowly they all decided to stay out front.

Thus far, we have not seen any get into the house. One cat watched the whole procedure, so we know he knows it’s there, and he had been drinking from the water pan when it was on the nearby porch. They will find it quickly, I’m sure. This will beat balancing on the heated horse trough in the corral that they sometimes did in the winter.
Later: They all found it and are using it.This is the old dog house John converted to the outside cat house to house the heated water bowl and hard food for the feral cats.
Buckets are under the drip line; water is used on trees and flowers, or just dumped on the grass. Otherwise, in very cold weather there would be a mound of ice built on the concrete.

Our place is designed so you get dripped on going out, as in the right photo below. Garages should be set-up as in the left photo. But note the “valley” over the door exit – when it rains hard water will pour into that area and even the gutters can’t handle it. Dormers can help but add complexity and cost to the roof and house.

Wednesday, November 8

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 7: SpO2 low 80, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 90.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.9%. Pulse avg. 56.7, low 48. Slept 7 hrs 50 min.

Going to FISH Food Bank with a salad for myself, so I don’t have to eat pasta and green mixed salad with things in it I cannot have (because of Vitamin D content).

Met with Peggy Morasche, the new Interim Executive Director, and found out she is 3 years younger than I am, and grew up in the same general (Atlanta) neighborhood as I did. Small world. I gave her a check to pay for turkeys for the Food Bank’s clients and another for a few turkeys at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. I always go and John doesn’t. This year I’m taking my friend, Gloria, as we will be playing at Hearthstone, right before the event starts. It is the day before Thanksgiving this year, free, and a fun event. These places and events get much donated but need to buy some things, such as the turkeys. More people are coming, so this year we decided to help out. Seems like it is catalog season too, cheese, candy, meats, and we’ve thrown those all away.

So, I was at the Food Bank to play music. We had a big crowd. Most people I have ever seen in there – 80! Must be the cold weather bringing them in.
On to SAIL class and then to Valley Vision for my check up on the laser surgery.

I saw Dr. Davis (my normal eye doctor), not the surgeon, and assumed my eye surgery (laser) to take away the film on the lens had failed and would have to be redone. He checked and nothing is there, no film, but I also do not have the better vision in the left eye they said I would have. That’s sad. But, he gave me a prescription for glasses for times when it is dark to correct my night vision and get rid of the astigmatism. I have an old pair I still use at night when driving, and I use in big cities when I need to see small street signs; they were what I used to drive to Seattle last Friday. He says the new ones will be 4 times better for my left eye and one time better for my right. My left eye used to be my dominant eye. So much so, that I started early in life shooting my shotgun left-handed, because I could sight better. John is right handed and left-eyed (right eye works but his brain doesn’t use it – fusion horror). With a shotgun he points and shoots instinctively. That was the way our old Choc did with depth perception and only one eye, after losing sight in the other. He could still mark birds and retrieve them by instinct.
I will take my prescription to Costco and just ask for the nearsighted correction, as I don’t need bifocals. I have good close-up vision.

Thursday, Nov 9

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 8: SpO2 low 84, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 90.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.1%. Pulse avg. 53.9, low 49. Slept 7 hrs 4 min.

Started dishes and didn’t finish until just before supper tonight.
Called in 10 chair count to Meadows. We actually had 10 players with chairs, and another 2 standing or using their personal seat.

We both left for Meadows music at 1:10 p.m., with me driving.

Late going to bed; almost midnight.

Friday, Nov 10

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 9: SpO2 low 85, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 91.4%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.2%. Pulse avg. 54.4, low 50. Slept 5 hrs 43 min.

Early morning, I had called Tony Brooks at 925-1414 at our local newspaper. I needed to change our email on the electronic edition to our new joint gmail, with password and get rid of the old one.

I went to Food Bank, to see the twins (cooks) we have known since being members of the Kittitas Valley Trail Riders starting in the 1990s. Carolyn & Marilyn cooked breasts of chicken (the chicken tenderloin) for the meat. I took my own salad, lettuce, apples, pistachios, & Cheezits along and cut up and added the two chicken loins to it. They had apple crisp for dessert, but I passed. I sat with a friend from Briarwood and wished him a happy birthday (today). I’m only a couple months older.

From there I went to Amy & Haley’s to deliver some items, and then on to my favorite phlebotomist at the local hospital, arranging to arrive after she’d returned from lunch. She starts work at 6:00 a.m. I got to her about 1:20 and she took me right in, drew my blood, and sent me on my way.

I came home and called to see if they’d received my blood draw results yet. They checked and only one (INR) had come in. It was good at 2.6, but I have to be rechecked in 3 weeks. My BMP was not there, so I called the hospital lab and asked if it was sent to both doctors. The gal Faxed it up to Cle Elum, and I called to tell Cody (nurse) to expect it. She checked and it had come through just then. My readings were: 132 Sodium, up almost to the lower range of that, from 122 on Oct 4 in ER, and then 126, a couple days later. I’m scheduled for another with the next time I’m in, 12/1. The other things on the BMP test are potassium (4.3), and Creatinine (1.3). So, I’m perking along.

I signed up for the Nov 16 Knudson’s Lumber Ladies Night Out 6:00 – 7:30 – I’m taking some stuffed toys to donate to the community Christmas Basket. I didn’t realize I was double booking, because we are going to the local Audubon Chapter that night, in town from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. I will go ahead, and then John will drive himself in to meet me there; I will leave the store early to make it to the meeting.

Saturday, Nov 11 Veterans Day

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 10: SpO2 low 84, 2 events <88% with overall avg., 92.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.4%. Pulse avg. 54.3, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 55 min.

We celebrated our Veterans Day twice, about a week apart. Here was the start, last week. Then a celebration yesterday when I went by Hearthstone to visit Gloria Swanson (my 92 year old friend today), and we heard about a veterans’ remembrance downstairs in the Garden Walk (right below her apt.). So we attended, visited with several, had popcorn, and apple cider.

Here’s the rest of the story from Nov. 3 Veterans Celebration: both articles written by Mike Johnston and printed in the local newspaper, the Daily Record, on Nov 11, 2017.
(1) This is one about Dee Eberhart:
Local WWII vet memories may go digital

(2) This one is the one with Dr. Meyer’s dad mentioned and Hal Mason’s dad:
Remembrances of War: Efforts ongoing to capture history

Centerpiece and Barb, Dee, and Katie Eberhart (their orchard’s apples we picked were served at the celebration luncheon, 11-3-17).Veterans Celebration Nov 3, ’17 at AAC (Senior Center) – our neighbor and friend since 1989, Allen Aronica, in red vest.Color guard * Nancy introduces music, 2017 * Nancy in 2013

This morning we got a notification from Kathleen Martin Dieguez that her family (hubby + 3 kids) and her brother’s girls (Becky & Liz) would be visiting Ellensburg today and wanted to meet and say hello. She gave me her phone number and we started making plans. Becky is already in town, a student at CWU, and a member of the CWU Equestrian team with her horse, “Snickers.”
We managed to make it happen, and it was a fun few hours.
We did not have our camera but Kathy gave her phone to one of the owners and he took our photo.

We started at Super 1 with part of the group, and four of the youngest went on two scavenger hunts around the store, with their smart phones to record a picture of the items. It was a clever game Kathy honchoed. Most of us had soft drinks or coffee. Three of us didn’t have anything to drink, and we saved eating any food to go to a special place in town, Boss Brazilian BBQ. When Becky was done at Orrion Farms, she came on down and met us at Super 1. We visited a bit, in the room with tables, chairs, and fireplace, but the fireplace was broken. Sadly, because it adds a nice ambiance to the setting.

The Boss Brazilian BBQ is owned and run by a family. Here’s a peek at the kind of food served. We ate at two picnic tables pulled together for our 9 people. All the meat is skewered and grilled, with a choice of chicken, Picanha (beef), top sirloin, (both beef cuts are from the top, the rump), and lamb. We ordered some of all. A few meals we had were round dinner plates, not the oval shown above. There was plenty of food on a round plate. Meat, with black beans, rice, salad, cassava, and a piece of bread. The place also serves sandwiches on Hoagies, but no one had one. I know everyone enjoyed themselves.

We have known this family since Nancy started at CWU in 1988, and the folks today are related to the first couple I met (as students) when I began my stay here in Ellensburg, Allison & Paul Martin. Paul’s sister Kathy was there with her hubby and three of their children and two of Alli & Paul’s 3 daughters were there. Kathy thinks we first met when she was 13. We had horses and she wanted to ride, and did get to on several occasions; at least once at a field trial when she stayed overnight with us.We had a blast for the afternoon, and got home before it was completely dark, so John could feed the horses. Kathy got John to smile!

Sunday, Nov 12

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 11: SpO2 low 85, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 92.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.6%. Pulse avg. 56.2, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 24 min.

John and Annie went outside – no rain. I worked on dishes and computer email notifications, and other messages that needed written. I got very behind from yesterday’s afternoon and evening activities. We had a long phone conversation with a long time Brittany friend in Oregon. Her hubby had a heart transplant in the same year I had my heart operation. They live in even a worse location than we do for medical attention. He’s having complications so we talked medicine, dogs, and much more.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John,
Still on the Naneum Fan

Veterans Day

John’s filler for this week:

I have a light blue hat, some call it a bucket-hat, others think of it as a fisherman – or a fisherwoman’s hat, such as this:Mine is blue and has an artificial Poppy added to its décor. This is called a Remembrance Poppy. LINK
Local Veterans groups set up in the foyer of our usual grocery store and seek donations and have several items to give away. I usually give $5 and, once the poppy is on the hat, doubles its value. I sometimes have to get a new one, but 2016’s was in excellent shape, so for 2017 I gave another $5. They told me I just saved them 6¢. I like the style of the USA poppies better than the ones the Brits use.
The one on the right is shown in this link:

Why do people wear poppies?

Ours have a tag that labels them “Buddy Poppy” and the phrase
“Wear it proudly.”
That link has the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, a Canadian doctor. Story here.
Both of these links have the poem, but to save you the trouble (still read about Dr. McCrae, and the BBC article):

* * * * * In Flanders Fields * * * * *
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
       That mark our place; and in the sky
       The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.
        We are the dead, short days ago
      We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
       Loved and were loved, and now we lie
             In Flanders fields.
    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
       The torch; be yours to hold it high.
       If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
             In Flanders fields.

Now I will fix breakfast and pester Nancy to get her writing done.

John – on a wet and gray Naneum Fan