Seattle Doctor Pike Place

Sunday, March 10

Left, below, is March 10, with cold fog in the Valley. We left for Seattle in the middle of the night and the temperature down there was about 2°F.
We were in the sunshine much of the day, and the Kittitas Valley lower elevations were covered in fog, and all the trees we saw the next morning on our way to Seattle, were covered in frozen fog and iced all over. Even the cattails in the side ditches were sparkling. Now a week later on St. Patrick’s Day we are in bright sunshine with beautiful blue skies, and outside our temperature is ~ 40°. At the airport 5 miles south, it is 37°. By 3:00 p.m. today, at the airport it reached 50°. Spring has arrived with a foot of snow still on our place.

Monday, March 11

For today, we are at the long-awaited trip to Seattle to consult with the shoulder surgeon, Dr. Rick Matsen III, about the potential of solving my severely arthritic shoulder with a complete shoulder replacement. Recall that I fell a few weeks ago, and could barely function. We are approaching this with a lot of concern about the ramifications on me with all my related heart issues that might throw a monkey wrench into the process.

Years ago, my original cardiologist – Dr. Kim, warned that it was a life threatening operation, that I should not consider, because of the general anesthesia required. We were hopeful that medical technology had moved ahead and perhaps it would now be possible, under the guiding medical eyes of the best surgeon team, with MDs, cardiologists, and anesthesiologists from the best hospital in the west (UW). I was referred there by my now-retired Primary Care Physician, who had Dr. Matsen replace his shoulder 2 years ago, successfully.

The two doctors consulting with us allowed me to videotape all the information and comparison of my shoulder x-rays from 2016 to the present in January after the fall, and the 3 x-rays taken Monday morning at UW. (They are advanced in their radiology capture!). John and I got to see views of my shoulder, on an x-ray taken with me lying down, viewed from under the ball and socket to see an unusual (but telling and educational) view of the actual proximity and relationship of the ball in socket.Left normal view of my left shoulder, showing bone-on-bone with ball in socket, bone spurs, and bone cysts, & my ICD that looks like a mean man starring out from inside my body. The image on the right was taken from underneath the shoulder, providing a totally different perspective to view the misalignment.

The surgeon, Dr. Rick, was incredibly concerned and honest, telling us about his personal life. He said he was 75, the same age as I, and has been married for 52 years (we have been married for 50 years, this year). His wife has an unusable right (dominant hand) shoulder problem she will live the rest of her life with, but without a complete shoulder replacement. His recommendation for me was with my heart issues, the same life-threatening issues still exist for me as I had been warned about in 2016 by another surgeon from Yakima. He was pleased how much I had stretched and exercised to recover almost the range of motion I was experiencing prior to the Jan 24 fall, and asked if I was coping well? Was there great pain? (No.) Could I live with it? Of course, my response was a definite yes.

Since 2016, I have learned to make adjustments and I am able to participate in fiddling, sometimes 3-4 times weekly, in assisted living homes, FISH food bank lunch, and retirement homes, providing music; I also participate in exercise classes at the Senior Center (SAIL, Silver Sneakers, Jazzercise, and Dancing there), just by altering certain of the over-the-shoulder moves. Our music group (Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends) also visits the Senior Center for special days, with patriotic music (July 4 celebration and Veteran’s Day).

Our consultation meeting lasted from 7:00 a.m. until after 10:00 and involved two medical doctors and a technician (including the radiology technician at the start of my day). They are thorough and it was a great experience. Young Dr. Matt did initial things, much like physical therapy, noting what I could do, or not do. Elder Dr. Rick continued with questions, explanations, and advice. They agreed the shoulder was in bad shape. That they could replace it. And, that they advised against doing so.

After obtaining a CD with the x-ray imagery taken today of my left shoulder, and watching the fish swim in the waiting room aquarium, we proceeded to the kiosk to pay our $12.00 parking fee for the underground parking on Roosevelt Way, and continued our day by heading toward Seattle’s waterfront.

The office had several tanks of fish. Several were of a half-round type. See this one. Back in the early 1980s, John suggested to the owners of the mall in Moscow, Idaho that they get something such as these. They are a great attraction. These at the medical facility get cleaned every week. Very nice. We wonder now whether or not other buildings at UW have similar things?

Video: The Aquarium in the Radiology Waiting Room

From the parking garage, we drove south on old streets of Seattle, through Capitol Hill (disputed source of name thereof), en-route to Pike Place Market.

First, a few photos of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle.Street scene Capitol Hill Seattle – Boxwood sculptured
We stopped because it was a beautiful structure and the Seattle Tower can be seen from the back parking lot of the church. We didn’t know until later that Cameron’s mom’s ashes are enterred in this church. She was a minister.

We had a fun trip down the hilly streets to the piers and market. We saw familiar places as REI Co-Op where we have shopped.

Trip down Stewart to the bay, hilly terrain and fun views First views of the Pike Place Market:

We took a right here and were lucky to find a free parking space.
Passed other lots where the cost was $5.00 for a half hour!

We walked in by a bunch of vendors and I snapped photos.Woodworker’s crafts appealed to me.
Lots of fancy flowers. Who buys them? Why?
Maybe helps to cover the smell of the fresh seafood?

Lots of fish selling going on.. have to put in two:


I’d rather go gather my own Morels. No price listed, and no one to ask. The dates looked good, but expensive as everything else.

We spent a couple of hours in and out of the 5th floor Northwest Tastings shop, overlooking Elliot Bay, with a view of cruise ships, ferries, tugboats, the snow-capped Olympics, and even the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Did not see a big ocean-going container ship.

We were there with the owner, Cameron Fries (Vigneron & Vintner) of White Heron Cellars & Mariposa Vineyard (west of Quincy, WA), where John volunteers wine grapevine pruning and occasional bottling. We enjoy their winery events throughout the year as well.Made it to:
Northwest Tastings in Pike Place Market

A 2 minute video. Watch for the huge timber behind Cam’s head.

After we had an interesting (not the best in my book) Pike Place BBQ lunch, Cameron gave us a tour of the market, which we had already seen some of the crafts and farm tables going through to get to his shop. We learned the history of the market (started in 1907) utilizing very large timbers to build the structure. Big trees were plentiful and cheap, back then.

We met other vendors he has gotten to know there, and got an excellent behind the scenes view. We walked all over, and my Fitbit recorded almost 2 miles for the day. A young lady in need of mental help came by. We even saw the original Starbuck’s on the street in front of the market. We left and drove home, not arriving until about 3:00 p.m.

Ending this day with a prize winning photo from our friend, EvieMae Schuetz, winner of the Old Farmer’s Almanac Weekly Cover Competition for her sunset tonight, of the Stuarts.Sunset in the Kittitas Valley over the Stuarts, by Evie Schuetz.

Tuesday, March 12

I dropped my effort – it got increasingly complicated – about helping with getting Meals on Wheels for taking food to a person who had back surgery and cannot drive for 6 weeks. I arranged for volunteers to pick up the meals and deliver them to his rural house, and also had people willing to travel to another facility to pick up frozen dinners for the weekend and other meals through the day, other than the hot meals made at the FISH food bank for Senior Nutrition, Mondays – Thursdays. In order to set it up, the person in need had to be interviewed in his home and examined at his house to determine his eligibility, making the request himself. Originally, it was meant as a good wish and nice gesture by his friends to help out, but we knew he would not want to participate in the qualification process, because he felt he had enough food on hand and did not want to bother anyone.

We also stopped by my Pharmacy with a prescription for my Amoxicillin, to pick it up later in the day, so I would have it for my Wednesday dental visit for teeth cleaning and full mouth x-rays
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I had to go to the hospital lab today to have a recheck on my INR and potassium midday. That was accomplished.

John and I stopped by the Bi-Mart store to check our numbers for prizes, and look for the place to pick up WA license tabs for our plates, on the south side of town (rather than the courthouse). By going there for pickup, the $5.00 fee goes to our county funds, whereas, if we go to the courthouse, the $5.00 goes to pay for Ferry Funding on the west side. We’d rather the money stay in our Kittitas County.

Before we left town, we went to Fred Meyer and took advantage of their special sale for Gatorade G Zero (means zero calories) and if buying 10, we get the price of 77₵/32 oz. bottle.
While there we ran into several people we knew, so it was a useful stop to catch up on news.

Wednesday, March 13

I started at dentist at 11:00 for my teeth cleaning and full mouth x-rays. Here is the evidence I succeeded in making the appointment: The one on the lower left shows the socket for the recently extracted tooth (#30) in potential of infecting my bloodstream with bacteria to eat on my Mitral valve (porcine) replacement.

Then after scheduling 3 dental appointments for the future, I drove to the FISH food bank and participated (late) in singing with the group—Irish songs and others.

Stayed and had lunch with the bunch until 1:30. I probably didn’t get home until a little after 2:00, and did some computer work, and then was sitting in my recliner going to sleep, so I turned off my computer and lay down. I got a phone call at 3:30 talked for a few minutes and went back to sleep until 6:25! Guess I needed it.

Thursday, Mar 14

John left at 11:30 to drive to White Heron to prune wine grapevines from 1:00 – 4:00.

Today, I went to help with music at Meadows Place. We had a great turnout and a good audience, with lots of thank yous and compliments at the end.

Friday, Mar 15

John left at 11:30 to drive to White Heron to prune wine grapevines from 1:00 – 4:00.

I left earlier today to get gasoline before going to the AAC for St. Paddy’s Day party.

Then I was off for the Senior Center, and a great day of entertainment and reconnecting with friends, as I have been away from there for a long time with all my recent health issues.
I have missed exercise, Silver Sneakers, and dancing classes in my time away, and have not been to any weekly events since the end of January. For lunch they served corn beef, cabbage, and carrots, and a banana pudding for dessert.

What great news on the Ides of March!

Buttons Cle Elum Elk-New Home at Woodland Park Zoo

Needed to figure how to print (after numbered) the last 7 songs for March/April audience music copies. I need to print a few copies back to back to add to old copies from 2016 & 2017. John helped me finish this project.

I took a bunch of pictures of the folks there, and have some photos of myself as well. Maybe I’ll just include it here and send you the link to the others next week.

Nancy in her wearing of the green.

My musician friends, Barb Riley, Roberta Clark, and Tim Henebry (with Celtic music group, Prairie Spring), played music for us for an hour.

Barb (Violin), Roberta (on Bodhrán and also Autoharp), and Tim (on Guitar & Cittern). Cittern is the instrument in the photo standing at the end.

Saturday, Mar 16

I went to Briarwood for our 3rd Saturday fun of the month.

We retrieved my old mandolin case from the back room covered with > 15 years of dust, and I’m slowing vacuuming it to take to a player to see if he wants to buy it for his friend. Mine is a Fender. I cannot play it, except for picking individual notes (it’s strings are tuned the same as a violin), but my left hand cannot get the range of motion to do chords on it, and I took a week long course at the WA Old Time Fiddlers Summer Workshop years ago, only to realize I was unable to play it. It’s a nice mandolin. Because paper-proof of our Car Insurance was ended today, March 16th, I spent time putting all the updated paperwork in envelopes. Now we need to get those to the glove compartments of all our vehicles. It felt good to have that behind me. I took my own with me today to drive to town, and John put his in his Crosstrek, but the pickup trucks will have to wait until later. We have those near the door, ready to go out.

I also had a canvas shopping bag with a 4” seam missing, so I asked Rita (our singer), if she would be able to sew it up on her machine. She told me to bring it today, and she would be happy to. Not only did she take it and sew up the hole, she brought me another lovely handmade (by Rita) shopping bag that is lined. It’s lovely and would have been just the ticket for carrying my medical paperwork over to Seattle, this past Monday.

John’s onion starts arrived today in the mail, from south Texas near the Mexico border, Carrizo Springs, TX, a little ahead of time to plant, but that’s the breaks. Happened last year as well.

Thanks to the ladies at Briarwood, headed by Lee, Jo Ellen, with helpers Connie, Kathy, and Deirdre for putting on a fine dinner after music. No picture here of Lee’s homemade Chicken Soup with Wild Rice and Veggies (carrots, celery, mushrooms), and large chunks of white meat of chicken. It was scrumptiously good, as was everything. Betty’s great corn flake cookies and Lee’s Shamrock sugar cookies added a special touch, but the birthday cake not shown cut in these pictures was a highlight. Chocolate cake two-layered, with the yummiest cream-cheese frosting you have ever had. Everyone enjoyed it.
Dessert table on left, and sandwich and salads on right.

Sun, March 17 Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I slept in until 8:30 a.m. and John has now been out to feed the horses, and I have been working on the blog. He’s headed out to move snow, to make a place to plant the onions starts. We have had a foot or so of snow on the ground. All of February and to Wednesday of this week, none of it went away. Over the last 3 days the snow has gotten softer and sagged some. Still there. Still freezing at night. With snow off the onion beds, and the brown surface, maybe he can plant by next weekend.
I’m continuing with my chores. Off to the kitchen to load a couple of sinks full of soaking dishes, into the washer. Now enjoying a cup of coffee after taking some more morning pills and my BP.
More things happened all afternoon, but I quit taking notes.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news March 15th

Item #1: Images

Item #2: St. Catty’s Day

You may not need this prayer:

St. Gertrude of Nivelles, ask you I pray
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a last thing I beseech from thee,
Protect my sofa from claws and my carpets from pee.

From: Prayer to patron saint of cats

My favorite cartoon – Breaking Cat News – introduced this previously unknown (to me) saint. Intro and first of several. Follow the week’s entries by clicking on the forward button ( > )under the right side of the panels. Friday’s panel is cute.

I wasn’t going to use this, but Monday, while waiting in the doctor’s office in Seattle, I noticed much cat hair on both Nancy’s and my lower legs. I had on my cleanest dirty pair of dark blue jeans.** What we need, instead of a prayer, is a hand-held mini-vacuum.
[** Hear Kris Kristofferson perform “Sunday Morning Coming Down” lines at 22 to 32 seconds. Video link

Item #3: Regarding Pepperoni

The major controversy in the Nation seems to be whether or not the pepperoni on a cooked pizza should remain flat or curl or cup-up when cooked. In the image at the top, the choice is to have it look like little cups. Most big chains opt for flat.
Marco’s, America’s eighth-largest pizza chain, has offered both lay-flat and cupping pepperoni, which it calls “Old World Pepperoni,” for about seven years. “We see people requesting the Old World more and more,” said Steve Seyferth, the company’s chief marketing officer. The cupping style was featured in the company’s latest TV commercial.

Y’all can discuss at your next pizza meal.
The image of the store here is the Marco’s in Parma Heights OH, closest to sister Peggy. So, Peggy – take your friends to Marco’s. Order pepperoni of both flat and cupped styles. Let me know what the elder Parmesans think of this?

Item #4: Carly

From the Clydesdales’ barn

Budweiser Clydesdale Puppy Love Super Bowl 2014 Commercial [ Link ]

Item #5: Approaching blossom time


This site may be of interest.
Washington D. C. cherry blossoms

One of our grape vine pruners says to skip the mall and go to the Botanical Gardens

More to see; fewer people

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

On to the First Full Week of March

We realize we are still behind, but this will at least bring us up to the current time frame, and I shall slowly update the previous weeks you have missed in our life.

I’m actually going to start this week with a photographic tour by EvieMae Scheutz (an integral part of our Fiddle Club weekly in Ellensburg). As well as being an accomplished musician on many instruments, she is a photographer extraordinaire. You have seen her work published previously in our blog, with permission, as with this link. These are her own entries into the game (that last from 4 days to 3 weeks), including participants photographing our beautiful world. The voting is done by the competing photographers. (On each photo, the left number is the number of votes; the right one is the number of views.) I find this really interesting.

Evie (Queen Bear) Photography

Before I decided to put this link to all Evie’s competition photos, I was going to put in these, so will go ahead and add here.Evie’s Icicle Drop, left; Macro from the web of Ant pushing drop

Comparison of Evie’s Icicle Art with our backyard ones showing snow roof roll beyond.Evie’s beauty beside our beast. Our longest is just left of center red line.

Monday, March 4

Pretty danged cold this morning. Airport said it was zero. We were 6.2° on front porch sensor which is a little warmer because of the adjacency of our house.

John took off by way of Ellensburg to buy some black oil sunflower seeds for the birds, and onto White Heron to prune from 1:00 to 4:00. After it warms, they will be doing 9-12, as in prior years.

I did some paperwork through the bank to pick up tomorrow and take to the courthouse to arrange for payment automatic withdrawal from our bank account for our property taxes every ½ year. It used to be done for us through escrow from our mortgage payments, and then we happily transferred the chore for paying taxes and insurance to our own checking account auto pay withdrawal. Apparently, it was too late last year to have time to make it work. This paperwork had to be in by March 15, but now we are set for the future.

Got a message from SunRidge Oral Dentistry that they sent the paperwork to Hospice Friends for the Ensure. That will save me $35. We have been members and contributors for many years since I came out of my 2009 experience and donated my large 4-wheel walker to the organization, along with a gate belt, and some other stuff.

Last week, John bought gasoline in Quincy for $2.49/gal. Not bad. But, today they raised it while he was pruning. Guess the whole region is up 5-6 cents/gal. He got home about 5:20, and went to feed horses. We talked twice on the phone while he was coming home.
His Motorola Phone works nicely from the Crosstrek.

I fed sunflower seeds to the front and back birds and they were happy. All the little birds and the quail are depending on us during this cold snow-covered winter. Michelle Kristine’s Sunset Teanaway Forest, March 4, 2019
{30 miles northwest of us}

Tuesday, March 5

I took my shower in the morning, while John was still in the house.

I needed to arrive for my blood draw before 12:15 p.m..

The redraw today was because of the elevated reading of the Potassium test last Friday, way above my normal. It came in at 5.6. I knew right away that was way high because monthly I have that blood test with my normal INR readings. I knew it usually is 4.2 or 4.5 max.

On Friday afternoon, my PCP Chelsea explained the elevated item measured could have occurred by the method used for the blood draw. It was done in Cle Elum. Normally, the one we usually do monthly is by a standing order, for Potassium and for the INR, and I do that at the local hospital.
Chelsea scheduled me for a retake today and to talk with my favorite phlebotomist at the hospital lab in Ellensburg, to be aware of this and to be careful of the drawing procedure.

I know exactly what was used at Cle Elum to draw my blood, and it was totally different from anything ever done in Ellensburg. Instead of a small butterfly needle with a syringe, she used a large one with a container, then left it in the vein, and pushed the two vials in separately to fill. She finally took the needle out, and put the gauze on my arm. I held onto it. I told her I needed Coban and she obliged and then ‘taped’ it.

Chelsea said: the method of handling blood can damage red blood cells and then they leak, and therefore the values for blood chemistry (such as Potassium) are wrong. The terminology is called hemolyzed. Much is written on the web about the phenomena and many phlebotomists and nurses are aware of the potential problem occurring. Obviously, my PCP was on top of it. I ended up being educated in the process, and I now have decided against having blood drawn in Cle Elum again. They do not have the facilities to do the analysis on the sample and have to use a courier to pick it up (handle it and not disturb or shake it too much), and deliver to the lab in Ellensburg. The prime time to centrifuge the sample after the draw is 1 hr, 50 min. or less. Otherwise, that too can affect the results. From now on, I will drive by the hospital lab on my way home to have the blood drawn, and give Cle Elum a call to check in an hour for the results on the computer. I can check the portal myself too from home .

Included Friday morning were two chest x-rays. We stayed around Friday for Chelsea to view them and compare to the ones done on me in Nov, 2018 at my annual physical. There was no change.

Also needed to meet Jeannie in Vanessa’s office to sign and pick up my CD order for the two chest x-rays from Imaging at the hospital. I need it to take to the consultation next Monday with the shoulder surgeon in Seattle.

Went by Bi-Mart to check numbers (no wins) and buy some Friskies Cat Gravy food, Tussin CM (for my congestion), Fisherman Friend’s for cough, and 2 bags of songbird seed (I paid for and they no longer had any outside in their container).

Went by Midstate Coop for 2 more bags of buggy Black Oil Sunflower Seeds for $9.99 each.

Went by Umpqua Bank and got 4 copies of our joint checking account checks (free). I voided one and attached to the form to go to the Courthouse (County Treasurer’s office to turn it in for setting up automatic withdrawal from our bank checking account to pay our property taxes each ½ year).

Wednesday, March 6

Today is National Stay Home with you Dog and Drink Wine Day!!!
I should have had John do that to celebrate and stop his cough, which is driving me insane. He says it is more of a tickle at the top back – a web image points to “oropharynx’, middle throat behind mouth. Whatever. It goes away in 3 days.

Called people who haven’t responded about not going tomorrow to Rehab (canceled because of flu outbreak). Everyone emailed or called to confirm their knowledge.

Sorry, you’ll need a Facebook account to view the following video.

I long to be able to do this, again:

Silver Sneakers: 5 Exercises for Healthy Shoulders

Meanwhile, I want my shoulder to improve so I can rejoin my Silver Sneakers class and SAIL exercise class at the AAC (Senior Center).

Snowing hard started 12:30 p.m. and is still going on. John just went out to feed (and shovel more), and said whoever prayed for snow got their wish, and he wished they hadn’t. In five hours we received 5” of the fluff. I don’t know how much total we have had by 5:30 p.m.

Peggy from Parma called and we talked 40 minutes while soup simmered. Nice conversation. Now we can eat. Late for her in the Eastern Time Zone, and she is way south of us, too.
In the West, Mount Shasta is near her Latitude.

Thursday, Mar 7

John stayed home today from pruning at White Heron because of the lousy weather forecast. He was able to drive me around town, for which I was most appreciative. If/when my shoulder is repaired, he will be doing even more such things and full time for awhile.

Today our Kittitas Fiddlers & Friends music at Rehab was canceled because of a flu outbreak in house. I will use the time to go back for a recheck on my INR. The high value [5.9] Tuesday is over the top.

Results: the INR reduced to [4.3] which is still too high. So, my Coumadin dosage was decreased for the next 4 nights to
no tablet, no tablet, ½ tablet, and ½ tablet. I’m scheduled to go back next Tuesday for another retake.

We went by Bi-Mart: for cough drops for John. There are 3 or 4 “brands”, several package counts, half-dozen flavors, and at least 2 Menthol dosages. The store brand “GoodSense Honey Lemon” was the best deal, better than the on sale famous Swiss Ricola. The Audubon songbird seed is not yet in.

Went this afternoon to Celia’s for a haircut (much needed). John need a haircut but claims he can wait until my shoulder is fixed and well.

Friday, Mar 8

I stayed home working on a number of projects, starting in the morning with a talk that went unfinished last night with the medical professionals in Cle Elum, who needed to report and evaluate my blood test results mid-day.

I wanted to get to my medical records for Monday’s trip to Seattle, but never made it to them.

John went to prune from 1 to 4 at White Heron, and had beautiful sunny & warm weather. A few places had 8″ of snow, so they will miss some of the ground hugging suckers. The fastest pruner, Tom, will go visit young granddaughters for two weeks near the end of this month, and the work will get further behind. It has been way to cold for 6 weeks to get work done outside. Massive acres of fruit trees in the region remain untrimmed.

Terri Towner sent me scans of all the material she got when she was over for her consultation with Dr. Matsen. It’s very useful while I’m filling in my paperwork, and considering my questions for the surgery team. I understand from Terri they will have a lot of questions

Saturday, Mar 9

Spent time working on various computer and medical records (getting ready for the trip to Seattle Monday a.m.). I still have a ton of things to do today, on the actual 11 page questionnaire.
I will fill in my one copy for John to proof and if it is okay, then I’ll copy that for my files.

Only just today we got an automated call saying my appointment was 7:00 a.m. not 7:15 a.m., as we originally thought.

We went by the Methodist Church Community Clothing bank just before 11:00 a.m., and found it closed, in honor of a woman who died and had been involved in this community service for years. Her celebration of life was held at the church at 11:00 a.m. We were going in to look for winter skull caps and scarves for us and hopefully find some Irish colors/emblem (in shirts or jackets) for celebrating our Irish music this month at the assisted living homes. I received quite a bit of neat stuff at Christmas, so I’m hopeful there will be some Irish paraphernalia there.

We went around the corner and up main for gasoline for my rig. The place was full, with one pump broken, so we drove on up past the other 7/11 in town. The price there was $2.649/gal, so we went on over to the bread room, supposedly open between 10:00 and 1:00 today, and it was locked shut. No clue what happened there.

We left there and went back by the most eastern gasoline station, where earlier, we had seen the price posted as $2.619/gal. Thankfully, it had not change in the time it took us to move around town.

Over in Seattle, if all goes well, we plan to visit Cameron at Pike Place Market [ Wikipedia Link ], where he has a sales room, called Northwest Tasting, with his wine and some other local central WA products such as Smoked meat from Cle Elum.
About all that one sees nationally of this is young men throwing 20 pound Salmon from the viewing front to the wrapping tables behind. However, it is a large area with several levels and many vendors. The link above has a long-long explanation and many photos. Be sure to look at them, if this is a new thing to you. You need to be an avid historian to read the text.

Saturday, Mar 9

Wintertime Teanaway River by Scott Seymour, March 9, 2019
This photo was taken right near our friends, Sharon & Jack’s home in Cle Elum, WA. Currently, they are in Seattle.

Sun, March 10

Great way to end this week with a video (made almost exactly a year ago) about the kind of stuff I loved teaching in Geography, through GIS and other classes, presented here by a good friend Joseph Kerski, who says: “A good map helps you to ask a better question.”

It’s worth 10 minutes of your time watching at full screen view:

Whys of Where | Joseph Kerski |TEDxVail

John used the old 4WD Chev PU and moved 7 bales of hay to 2 places under cover near where he feeds the horses. He also used the rig to drive a couple of figure eights around the pasture, to give him and Annie some paths to follow on their morning and afternoon walks. The snow is still cold and fluffy, but the ground is hard. That will start to change mid-week, as spring arrives.

I stayed inside working on a few house projects, but mostly dividing time between the blog creation, and on my paperwork collection for the consultation tomorrow morning.

We plan to go to bed by 9:00 p.m. tonight to be ready to leave early morning. John has already planned all the routes and made a Google Earth map street view for us to use to find the places we need to go. Cameron made sure he had an alternative route planned, just in case I-5 got shut.

I’m hesitant to take a nap, because once I hit the hay I want to sleep until I wake up ready to dress and leave. I have been setting out my planned wardrobe. Along with maps, John is putting his “travel” box in order, with drinks and food.

Now mostly all that is left is a night shower and finishing up all the paperwork required, and being sure I have packed all my medical insurance cards, my photo ID, my credit card, my filled in questionnaire, and my CDs of prior x-rays (Chest and Shoulder).

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news March 8

Item #1: Images

Item #2: Yes, there is a free meal
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is that part of North Carolina that hangs out into the Atlantic Ocean, a much visited narrow strip of sand. A famous place there is Kitty Hawk. West of Kitty Hawk is Albemarie Sound, extending inland toward Interstate 95, 115 miles west. A lot of folks use that too, but they don’t see very much.
The Highway is built on fill, and there is a 5 foot drop on either side, overgrown with trees. You see trees.
The water of Albemarie Sound ends at some point, meeting the eastward flowing Roanoke River, filled in by sediment, and interlaced with streams, swamps, ponds, and wildlife. Here is Bertie County.

Bertie County Sheriff’s Office was called to check out the interaction between a bear and other of the County’s business.
Bear finds breakfast on a garbage truck

The picture at the link has the bear under a net in such a way it is hard to tell whether it is a bear or a pig. That’s why I used a baby bear on a tree.

Item #3: Sounds above, bays below
This is a story about Theo, a black and white cat. But first:
I saw this story and looked at a map. That caused me to look up the difference between a ‘bay’ and a ‘sound’. In Item #2, Albermarie Sound is fronted by barrier islands that lie between the Atlantic Ocean and the water of the Sound. Such strings of islands make passage by large ships impossible, so towns along sounds are frequently small, and very locally oriented.
Bays have free flowing water out to the ocean, letting ships enter and leave. Often several towns will develop on a bay. They can have industry and port facilities. They become a transshipment point (entrepôt) between a hinterland and the world.
So we have Ipswich, perhaps England’s oldest town. Orwell Estuary is a bay, as is its connecting southern part – Holbrook Bay. The Ipswich dock has operated since the 7th century and the water flows into the North Sea after joining with the River Stour at Shotley. Also there is Harwich harbour at Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port.
{ It is a good day when I learn something – instead of moving snow around.}
Now knowing of Ipswich, there is the story of – –

The Ipswich cat burglar Theo

. . . who steals the milkman’s money.

Now, answer this: Do you now, or have you ever had milk delivered to your house? As a kid, we did, and the mail was delivered to the front porch.

Item #4: On the Road
Today was a decent day for vine pruning, with sunshine. We worked in about 8″ of snow, but I have great boots for that. I wore them here for a couple of hours over 2 days, so all was good.

On the way home, I entered the Kittitas Valley and to the northwest about 40 miles from home there was a massive cloud. This was about 5:15 pm and a temperature of 20°F. I wonder what the temp was at the top of that cloud, with the wind shearing the top like an anvil?
Our place is just to the right of center, near the first set of hills. It is just a guess, but the cloud is in the direction of 9,400 ft. Mt. Stuart. [Taken with a phone, so not the best of photos.]

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

Catching up with the last week of February

I realize I am still behind, but this will at least jump over some of the past things, bring me up to the current time, and I can add previous information – as I get to it.

Sunday, February 24 Here’s a nice start that was photographed today, in our front yard, to begin an otherwise bad report day. Last Thursday night at the Audubon meeting we just heard about this bird, a Varied Thrush. We have had a couple hanging around our feeders ever since. I thought when I first saw one last week that it was a Rufous-sided Towhee, but apparently that name has changed, and it is a different bird: (this below from Audubon)

The study of birds, like any science, remains a work in progress. New findings about birds’ DNA or other attributes bring changes in classification of species, which often result in new names. Take the Rufous-sided Towhee, found across North America. Differences between its western and eastern forms – plumage, songs, genetics – brought an official split into two distinct species: the Spotted Towhee in the West, the Eastern Towhee in the East.

So for years we’d “been seeing” a Roufous-sided Towhee that wasn’t a Towhee at all, or if we did, it should have been called a Spotted Towhee. Our bad!

Temperature on our front porch at 8:00 a.m. is 28.8°, at the airport (Bower’s Field) 5 miles south the reading is 36° (wrong). And it gets worse during the afternoon.
The airport weather station was off all week with sensor problems reading the temperatures much higher than they should be. John wrote a notification to the Pendleton NOAA site, and it only finally got fixed at the end of the week.

At 5:45 a.m., I awoke in the wrong position with a painful neck. Turned off alarm to go off at 6:00 a.m. to remind me to take my Amoxicillin; went to the back guest bathroom, where I found a brown blood spot on my shirt from my mouth overnight. I assumed it came from the socket, but I checked in the mirror and had no blood in my mouth.

Czar-cat was visiting for attention, and I left the guest bathroom with him, and came back down hall as Rascal came into hallway (hissing, at Czar). I put Czar out the front & Sue was at the door. John began taking care of cats in and out, while I heated my flax seed bag to put on my sore neck. I took my 6:00 a.m. med. John went outside to shovel a path to a small hay shed and for the cats. He determined we had 3-4” overnight, and it is still snowing this morning. John continued to take dry food out for Sue, Woody, and Czar, and I figured out how to set up a pillow next to my neck, to protect it directly from the hot flax bag. I then needed John’s assistance to place the bag behind the thin pillow. That done, I rested on heat. Also was thinking about what might have happened and what I should do. I decided about 6:35 a.m. to have John get me a tea bag from the kitchen cabinet, and a bag of gauze from the green carry bag given for post-op procedures after the extraction. I took out 2 pieces of the unfolded gauze. I had John wet the tea bag with cold water, and bring it to me. My idea was to stop any bleeding that might occur.
I left that on for 45 minutes, and noted the pressure was hurting the socket. So I got John to fix me an Instant Ice Pack (came with the post–op materials, for swelling, but it also helps with pain for me. That helped a little. I decided after 45 minutes, it was probably under control.

BP 135/73 pulse 80 at 8:37 a.m. on new monitor; FitBit p 65. The new monitor is consistently higher on the pulse than is my FitBit.

Monday, February 25

About 6:00 p.m., I experienced a little pain from the socket. Took 2 Acetaminophen at 7:00 and it seems to be improving. No front tooth pain after early morning.

Lacey at KVH FM-CE requested the standing order for my potassium and INR to be in Chelsea’s name (my new PCP). Dr. Norm Wood officially moved from the area and/or retired 2/21. Too far from family and friends – apparently.

I went to town to the hospital lab for another INR check, and it came back as 2.1. I’m now finished taking the antibiotic (which raises it), and resumed my dosage of Coumadin to the normal one full pill once a day in the evening (2.5 mg).

Tuesday, Feb 26

Took 2 Acetaminophen at 5:00 a.m. now needed every 6 hours.
Did the first load of dishes. Took me 1 hour and I kept running out of energy and having to stand still and breathe deeply. I still have shallow breathing plaguing me. Whether a function of medications or illness, I’ve not a clue.
Pet and fed Sue, put Czar out to rub faces. They like each other.
I’m drinking strawberry PowerAde Zero and resting.

Left home at 1:45 p.m.
Went by Bi-Mart to check number.
By KVCH to request at front desk the medical records from Jan 24, for the lab only. I forgot to ask for an ROI form for future use to leave at Cle Elum Family Medicine.

Wednesday, Feb 27

Emergency need for me to go to food bank soup kitchen with music because of Evelyn’s broken down car from Thursday, last week, still not fixed yesterday, and won’t be by this morning either. I took the KV F&F music for Jan/Feb (our last time to play it is tomorrow at Hearthstone). We had a good turn-out of players at the FISH Food Bank lunch: Rob & Kevin on guitar, Richard on drum (a plastic bucket) using regular drumsticks, Dean (Harmonica), guest Amy on Flute and Violin to give us the first starting note, I was singing, leading the choice of songs after checking with those there to be sure we only did songs they knew, and announcing to the group out in the large room. Another Richard sat to my right, singing, next were Reta, and Bob, both singers. We did a good job and provided music for over a half hour to an appreciative audience. Then we sat and visited over lunch. I had taken one of my liquid nutritious drinks. Met a few people there I had not seen in weeks.

From there, I came right home. I was still very weak, and still experiencing shallow breathing, tiredness, unable to carry much weight (music bags), and generally not feeling well.

Later in the day, Evie Schuetz’s daughter Franka took this photo of the sunset tonight on their way home from Franka’s cello lesson. She took it out the window of their car on her mom’s cell phone. A wonderful sunset landscape over a snowed-on hay field in our Kittitas Valley. Artistic touch and beautiful composition in Franka’s photo.

We cannot get such nice beautiful views of sunsets from our house because of the trees. But, often if I’m out driving home, I’ll view them. Sadly, I never knew about this one, having come home at 1:30 p.m. and lying down to recuperate. I guess I’m still recovering from my surgery. But this awesome view today surely helped at the end of the day, when I saw it posted by Evie on Facebook.

Thursday, Feb 28

Today was Kittitas Fiddlers & Friends music at Hearthstone, with many of our normal followers and a good crowd of new folks in the audience. We used all the audience copies, with several sharing, so was a large crowd. Players included Anne, Marilyn, Manord, Amy, Dean, I was there to call music and hold both Charlies’ and my amplifiers for the microphones attached to our heads. I’m still unable to play my violin. Charlie and I sang the lyrics to lead the audience. I announced the song title and number in their books. Evie was standing behind us, playing her fiddle, for the first half hour, until she had to leave for a doctor’s appointment. Also there were Maury, Kevin, and Charlotte.

I was still walking slowly, and concerned with side effects from something, combo of meds, surgery, or who knows what.

In the afternoon, after talking to the oral surgeon’s assistant and hearing their recommendation, Dr. Tew was not concerned about my high blood pressure but thought I should visit my PCP and have my heart and lungs checked out. So I called for an appointment and got one tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, Mar 1 Willow tree draped in frozen fog, photo by Allen Aronica, 3/1/19 He’s our neighbor a mile north on Naneum Road.

We had to be at my new “doctor”, Chelsea
Newman’s office today at 9:00 a.m. in Cle Elum.
She is a Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C), from the State of Oregon, and Pacific University, Hillsboro.

Frozen fog was wicked in our valley, and I-90 was dangerously icy – with cars off the road [some upside down]. We made it safely (and slowly), and I had a fine (long) visit (with John present), w/Chelsea. For this change, we had 4 folks to choose from. A few years ago when our doctor was out of town, he suggested John see her. We really liked her then (it was when he had his hernia issue). She did not do much then, but seemed competent and nice.

So, I explained my problems with recovering from the tooth extraction surgery 2/18, and how I had no energy, slow walking, inability to carry weight any distance, shallow breathing, and overall weakness from normal activities. She examined (listened to) my heart, my lungs, could not hear the lower left lobe, so she requested two chest x-rays, and heard my complaints of congestion and concern of a possible return of Pneumonia, as I had in February last year.

She reviewed my whole medical history (which is not documented in their medical records, because the provider quit (in March or so last year – here and at the KVH hospital, of which the Cle Elum clinic is part). A switch to another medical records provider’s database, has seriously affected historical records. The new one would not move the records forward because of worry they were endangering their own medical records to a hacking, or something. All data have to be reentered by the individual doctor’s office for each patient! They don’t have the “manpower” to rebuild it (even though they still have access to the old records). It’s a tedious process, but will try to enter old stuff as needed.

So, she listened to mine and John’s memories of what I had been through since 2009. She was very attentive and concerned, and spent an amazing amount of time with us. She ordered the two chest x-rays for me to have there. I was having them done after 11:00 a.m. She returned to the lab to review them, when I returned to the examination room. She had also requested two blood draws, which were done before the X-rays were taken, with the results being analyzed and reported to me by late Friday afternoon. The X-rays will be reviewed by a contract specialist in Yakima, but that will make a difference only if he notes something Chelsea didn’t. [He saw what she said, so that’s good.] She had mine from November, 2018, at the annual physical there, and it had not changed from then.

Normally, I receive such lab test reports from the Triage Nurse there, after she’s read it on their computer report. Instead, at 5:00 p.m., I had a phone call from Chelsea. I have never had that happen in my past. She went through all the values, we discussed them, and she requested my going Tuesday morning for a re-draw to check out the high value on my Potassium – it was 5.6, and when she said that, I knew that was very high. I have that drawn every month along with my INR (for blood thinner [Coumadin dosage planning]), so I know I’m always in the low 4.0 range, not higher than 4.2. I asked what could cause such and she gave me some answers I expected, but also one that I had never ever heard before. She told me to tell my fav phlebotomist at KVH lab to be aware of the high value and be careful with the draw because of something about the way the procedure used to draw it can affect how the red blood cells are handled and will (or can) cause a higher reading {Things that make you go – Hmm?}

I do know what the person in Cle Elum used, and it was not a syringe as I’m normally used to having, from which they reload the blood sample into different vials. She also used a different needle (larger than a butterfly one, usually used on me). With the one she used, the vials are pressed into the container while it is still in the vein, to fill. I know that is unusual for me. John says he has had that done, but can’t say where.

It will be interesting to see if there is a noticeable difference in that blood draw from a different lab, and from someone whom has never drawn my blood before (even there in Cle Elum). With all the INRs I have received in the past several weeks, it didn’t seem necessary to draw the standing order potassium along with, so we weren’t. Now I’m sorry we made that decision. My potassium value has been consistent for a long time.

Saturday, Mar 2

My day had an earlier interesting start by seeing a video with a short narration from a former student and friend since we first arrived in Idaho in 1974.
Chas Scripter at his house on Lake Coeur d’Alene

Otherwise, this was one very screwed up day on the Naneum Fan.
I slept in until 8:00 a.m. after being up for an hour between 4:00 and 5:00. Then I was busy responding to an email from Evie about a new song she wanted to add to our practice folder: It’s Hard to be Humble (by Mac Davis). I asked her about another one that I want to add to our repertoire, called Lovesick Blues, then found the sheet music on line from 1922, and started checking other things about that song. At some point I switched to work on the blog and start on dishes, because most everything in our house was dirty and piled on every flat space in the kitchen. I didn’t succeed in completing that dishwasher load until 6:30 p.m., tonight.

I really zoned out completely around 1:00 and still don’t know what happened. I finally moved enough dirty dishes so I could fix my eggs and toast for brunch. I didn’t eat until ~12:30 and I had Annie sitting in front of me wanting my leftovers, but there was a lot of the crust left from my toast on my plate. I guess I was tired, and never got up from my recliner to throw away the excess bread, so I could give her the rest of my leftovers. Apparently, John was working on his computer, turned it off deciding to go outside and work some, but saw me sitting there sleeping, with the plate on my knees. He took it from me and left me there. He went outside for over an hour, came back in and found me still in a very bad position for my neck, and still asleep.
He was moving around opening the back door, feeding the birds, and I awoke not knowing where I was, or with any memory of what had happened. He said what he knew, and commented he bet my neck was sore from the position I had been in for the last couple hours. It certainly was, plus I was disoriented, not knowing what happened. So, I started again, and it was ~3:00. I took my blood pressure right after I awoke, and it was low (for a change).

I decided to fix an Ensure/Yogurt drink to get back on line, and returned to constructing the blog (only for this week, Feb 24-Mar 2). I also continued to load stuff in the dishwasher all afternoon.

Finally, after he’d fed the outside animals, gotten the mail, and paper, I added more things to my to-do list, based on what arrived in the mail (such as the yearly property taxes).

I made my normal evening call to Gerald, and we ate our baked chicken thighs and butternut squash dinner John had prepared.

John went to bed just after 9:15 p.m. I stayed up and now need to take my meds and hit the hay too. It’s 11:15 (yikes)! I didn’t get into bed until midnight, and then I awoke at 1:30 a.m. and stayed up awhile, because I felt I needed to eat something.

Sun, March 3

I managed to sleep until 5:00 a.m., got up and took 2 Acetaminophen, walked to the back bathroom with companion cat Czar, and back to the front door to find Sue outside wanting food. So, I handed her some, and went back to bed.

John has now fed the outside animals and we are near to having a brunch. We did have a part of an omelet, hash browns, sliced pears, and I had a piece of toast with Kenny’s apricot preserves.

John’s been out moving snow, starting and running the blue Crosstrek car old truck, that aren’t used much right now, and doing other things.

I’m going to try to end this, and get it to John for editing. Then I will take my afternoon nap.
Oops, no, first, I must complete the PDFs for players to have to get their music in order for the March / April music for the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, starting at the Rehab this coming Thursday, March 7th.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news March 1

Item #1: Images

Item #2: News you can use

I don’t know how you can use this. Maybe a game of trivia.
a bunch of little hills

The page has related stories, below and to the right. One was about 500 million year old tunnels left by worms in the Burgess Shale – a place 350 miles northeast of us. I have a book someplace.

Another with video

Item #3: On the road
The road is called the Eyre Highway (National Highways 1 & A1) and goes across a part of Australia, west to east. It crosses the Nullarbor Plain, an almost treeless {no + arbor} part of southern Australia. Frequently The Nullarbor is expanded in tourist literature and web-based material to refer to all the land between Adelaide and Perth, but it is only about half of that distance. East and west of the Nullarbor, there are other biogeographic regions.
From looking up stuff for our “geography of wine” class, we learned that grapes are harvested in Western Australia and carried in refrigerated trucks across most of OZ – to make sparkling wine near Melbourne, by a French company.
So, now a man and wife, with a truck, and a drone have produced a photographic introduction to this remote highway.

Unique views of the Nullarbor

Item #4: A Learn-from Event

Wind hits tree / tree hits house
This photo is from Meadowbrook Blvd., in Cleveland Heights, OH – about 14 miles from where sister Peggy lives.
The small orange arrow (center, left) points toward 2 utility lines. The dark area outlined in orange shows decay thoughout much of the tree. Some of it seems hollowed out.
Unlike Angels, trees don’t live eternally. Trees grow old and get ailments, as this photo shows. Big trees are expensive to remove, especially near structures and power lines. It is still cheaper to have them taken down by a licensed service than it is to have one come down across your BMW or new kitchen, while you are in it.
See: How much does it cost?

This link starts with a scary scene:
Painesville

Item #5: Tired of this
The month of February has been cold in Washington State. March is starting the same way. Last night and into this morning there has been a fog and the temperature is about 17°F. There is a white icy crust on everything. It is very pretty.
We are ready for it to be gone.

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

She’s working on it


At the bottom of this page, it says this entry is posted as Humor.
She has promised “later” tonight, or in the morning.
Some of her writings were before the computer “blinked” and so it is indeed like finding the way out of a maze.
The need is to get last week’s stuff in order, and to get the new week’s stuff (and images) composed.
Yesterday, the wrist-band blood pressure device quit. She needs one to know how much of one medicine to take.
BiMart has a great return policy, but the place is 20 minutes away. And dealing with the return makes the in-store time double, compared to just walking in and buying a new one.
They had a winter boot clearance sale. That improved the experience for me.

The weather folks had been predicting a series of snowfalls. We did get 3″ today and may get some more, but serious snow and wind seem to be coming in south of us and wrapping to the northeast. Suits us.
Our local weather station at the airport is still reading 15 to 20 degrees high. See my previous ‘Not So Nasty News’ post. At the bottom, click on previous.
Neighbor Allen went by with his tractor, on the way to clear snow from a space for a cattleman friend, and on the way back cleaned our drive. If it snows again tonight we won’t have so much to drive over tomorrow. Nancy needs to get to the Lab at the hospital for a drawing of blood; an INR check.
It is now 7:55 — so I’ll guess not much else happens tonight.

Near Cleveland, where Peggy lives, they are expecting 60 mph winds during the night. Highest so far is 53.

Okay. Stay warm and dry.

John

Not so nasty news February 22

Item #1: ImagesIt is a stretch to relate the above images to the phrase “penny dreadfuls” {cheap popular serial literature produced during the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom}, but I can imagine a dreadful story about either image. However, Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal used the term to describe the silly, petty, far-fetched, and often nasty claims that dominate the current sounds coming from the ‘swamp’ known as Washington D. C.
I did not know of penny dreadfuls, but found them here: [LINK] .

Item #2: Don’t trust Phil

It has been chilly here, 13°F Friday morning.
Expecting slow warming, meaning still cold, until March 4th or 5th. We will have snow on the ground for quite awhile.

Item #3: ‘Missing Pilot’ flyover

Each weekend, the Wall Street Journal’s James R. Hagerty writes obituaries for a few prominent individuals. This past weekend he wrote of a Navy aviator, Captain Rosemary Mariner. So I searched for a photo of her.

Here she is in front of a A-7 Corsair II, a carrier-capable jet.We need a word change here, but the US has a ritual called the “missing man formation” – in this case a missing pilot – (sometimes termed flyby or flypast). This is an aerial salute performed as part of a funeral or memorial event. Here is a YouTube video of the flyby over her burial, near Norris, TN. This included 4 planes and 8 female naval aviators.
You might need a tissue.

Item #4: What to call a Crinkly Leaf Cabbage.

Wallaby food!

Rosemary, from Jackeys Marsh, a remote hamlet in Tasmania, grew a cabbage large enough for her to hide behind. She helps with running the Forest Walks Lodge. Search on the web if you would like to go and stay there. Search Google Earth with that name and discover why it is claimed to be in “Meander Valley.” The term ‘meandering river’ gets the name from the Büyük Menderes River of southwestern Turkey.
This is an historically ancient region, with it being mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, written about 2,700 years before my birth certificate.

Since the early Greek period (the Late Bronze Age collapse, in the early 12th century BC), about the lower 25 miles of this valley has been filled in with sediments, now covered with fields and irrigation canals. Food!
Dozens of photos here, including travertine pools.

Oh, being a bit of a geographer, I digressed there. The subject is cabbage of the crinkly type.
Actually, these things have the name “Savoy”, for the region where it is believed to have originated – straddles the Alpine regions of Italy and France.
If you wish to know more: Harvest to Table

Item #5: Ice is in the news

When Nancy began at CWU she taught a class wherein students would write short papers and give a slide-show regarding an aspect of economic geography. One such story was of a Washington company that took barges to Alaska with various things in them. Not wanting to return empty, the company sought out something to bring back. Glacial ice was available – floating in the bay.
At that time the Japanese economy was doing great and the business folks there had lots of cash. They were willing to spend some on booze, with hard, clear, clean, and old glacial ice. So barges came back from Alaska to Puget Sound, ice was cleaned and packed into place-of-origin plastic bags and shipped to Japan.
Now comes this story from the other side of North America. Ice bergs are fetched from the cold water off the coast of Newfoundland, and brought to Port Union.

There, the Canadian Iceberg Vodka Corporation Link creates several styles of vodka.
The water from the melted-bergs is stored until needed. The current action is that of a thief. Someone stole enough of this fine old water to make 150,000 bottles of vodka.
Holy hooch!
Article here: brazen water heist

Ice story downunder

Also in the news is the story of a very large slab of ice about to break off (calving) from the Brunt Ice Shelf; location is the red dot on the right side of the map:The red dot is larger than the chunk about to detach, but it is claimed to be twice the size of New York City. I’ve no idea how large that is. However, someone thinks it would be great if NYC could break away and float into the Atlantic Ocean.
At this LINK there is information and a dual-photo set with a slider. There is a large white dot in the center and a vertical line. Use your pointer — on the dot — to slide the line left and right, from 1986 to 2019, and notice the crack in the ice. It has been lengthening for many years.
Awhile ago, a British research station was moved off this chunk to a safer location. Google Earth will bring up a map of Halley Research Station, Antarctica.

Item #6: Odd

Thursday afternoon
Our local (airport) weather station just reported the temperature as – well look at the Image. At home, just 5 miles from the airport our reading is 35°F. Their forecast high for today was 33°.
I need to shovel some snow. It is not melting.

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

Tuesday Night Update, the 19th

Tooth extraction Monday.

We walked in the door at about 7:05.
I went back after the procedure so the assistant, Lacey, could have two heads to explain follow-on care.
[At one point Lacey left the room and I weighed myself on their high quality scale. Winter has been good. I’ll have to stop eating.]

We came back through EBRG to buy yogurt and pick up a case of Ensure Nutrition Drink. I also had a Key Lime pie thawing.
Still, Monday was not a lot of fun for Nancy.
With doctors and nurses advising, Nancy’s blood thinner was tweaked so bleeding would be slowed. Lots of gauze and a few other tricks helped. Pain and related feelings eased some by late Monday.

Tuesday has been much better. She feels well and got some things done.
At home the sun came out and the temp popped to 40°F.
Small birds by the dozen came to the feeder and entertained her. It is now past 9 PM and the temp is down below freezing, on its way to 20. Our weather will remain cold to cool with some snow into March.
The mountains to our west will get a bunch more snow.

We had been scheduled to go to Seattle on Wednesday. Thank the Lord and Pass the Ammunition, that was rescheduled until March 11th.
Wednesday, the I-90 corridor into Seattle, and the city, are going to be a total mess with snow and cold rain. We are happy to miss that.

One manner or another, we will update again on Friday – my Not so nasty news, and then on Sunday.

Stay warm and dry.
John

Sunday Night Update, the 17th

We are still not getting Nancy’s reports written. She is concentrating on Monday AM, when we have to be in the dentist’s office at 7:15, and it is an hour’s drive. Roads and weather seem okay.
She is still coordinating with the music group and they played Saturday afternoon. Then the host facility provided food.
We postponed going to Seattle to the shoulder replacement meeting. That’s good because Wed.’s weather looks like cold and snow. The cold weather forecast ends on the 26th. Our newly scheduled trip is to be Monday, March 11, early morning.
There is lots of time, so expect her to elaborate.

The ice photo is from our back door. Icicles form when the weather is near freezing. If it is too cold the snow doesn’t melt. If it is too warm, the melted snow just drips off. The icicles grow longer with each hour we are in the Goldilocks zone. Running to days now.

Our family is from the area in western Pennsylvania made famous by the Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.
Cousins live closest to the site, so this second picture is for them:

And that, for today, is the latest from the Naneum Fan.
John