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, nancyJohnHultquist@gmail.com 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

a memorable week

Back to Friday, 10-27-17 AAC Knighthood Medieval Party
(Apologies for the unfocused left of my camera – no clue why. Maybe I need a new one.)
Dancers, Women Joined by Men

King Curtis & Queen Marilyn Enter

Early Jousting

Final Jousting with Winner

Pictures on Facebook site of Ellensburg Adult Activity Center are the best, so I made a collage from a few of them.The medieval cast, dancers, and one of two tables for lunch.

Back to yesterday, Sunday, October 29

This next link goes way back to Oct 13, when John went to work on a trail at Candy Point trail, near Grand Coulee Dam, WA. The local newspaper sent a fellow, and he interviewed Alan of WTA.
News of Candy Point Trail

Monday, October 30

We published last week’s blog at 9:30 a.m. Whoopee!
We left at 10:15 for Valley Vision. Ran into all sorts of morning issues with road construction, bridge out on Bar 14, slow moving tractor with a front end loader carrying a dead cow, beauty of living in a rural area. On through bicyclists, a runner on a too narrow street, and more traffic, on our way to the eye doctor. Nancy drove in, and John drove home.

My appt was for 10:45 a.m. I got checked in and right away was back for 15 minutes of eye testing, pressure readings 17 & 18, and prep for the surgery. My eyes were dilated, with drops, and I waited 15 minutes for Dr. Li and his assistant to enter the room. He explained the procedure, and had me sign a Medicare form, and date that the eye surgery was happening on my left eye. His assistant explained the eye drops I will be using 4 times a day for 4 days. Prednisolene Acetate, which we picked up at Super 1 pharmacy. John went in for it, as well as getting me some English muffin toasting bread and some hamburger to cook for our lunch (with Swiss cheese).

Tuesday, October 31 HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Started early with loading the dishwasher and running it. I doctored my left eye, and sent last Friday’s videos to the AAC. Now to finish the photos – took me a couple hours, but I sent off 30 to AAC. They’re not up to my usual quality. Maybe a few will be of interest to someone.
My temperature at 9:00 a.m. on 10-31-17 is 96.5° F.

Went at 12:30 p.m. to my rural mile-away neighbor, Celia, for a haircut. She has cut my hair since I arrived in town, in 1988! Now she continues out of her house. I took her a bunch of jelly and salsa jars all wrapped up in paper, for the trip. Someone gave them to me long ago and I just uncovered them in the shed where I park the Forester.

John’s driving me in the truck to drop me off at AAC while he picks up a large barrel composter, bricks, and concrete, and he also brought home bags of leaves. Those from a neighbor 3 doors east of where he picked up the other stuff.

I consulted with Katrina and Tina about the plans for Friday’s Veterans’ Celebration. Then the 3 of us did 22 minutes of vigorous exercise.

On to get gasoline for $2.82/gallon and we put a lot in the Ford 350, and also into two containers for lawn mower, chain saw, and emergency refill of any of the autos getting home on fumes.

I found out my “floater” is normal with the laser surgery procedure used to break up the film on my lens. It will go away in a couple weeks. Let’s hope. John has had Weiss Ring Floaters since December of 2009, so he is not impressed.

Supper was salad with iceberg lettuce, Bleu cheese dressing, cut up Gala apple, cut up smoked chicken breast, and I had Cheezits for croutons. John fixed a casserole he had some of, but I waited for a later night. It had chicken, celery, soup, green beans, and walnuts. And a tiny amount of Lentils – end of bag.

Need to take my meds and get some sleep. Might be difficult with 47 mph gusts banging things around outside and sending noises into the house.

Wednesday, November 1

Winds last night were awful — keeping me awake most of the night, less so for John.
My temperature at 8:38 a.m. 11-1 was 96.7° F.

I had a good breakfast with John before I left for town: Sausage, 2 eggs over easy, and a piece of toast. Late morning I headed for the Food Bank. I got a parking space right by the door, carted my stuff in, checked in, and went back to the bread room, then talked to the new Volunteer coordinator (named Elise). After music and lunch, I was back in the car.

I went on to SAIL class at the activity center. There was a meeting this afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00, which I came back to attend, after filling my car with gasoline, and going by Bi-Mart for supplies. I stayed almost the entire time at the meeting, visiting with all sorts of people I knew and did not know.

Supper: A good salad, apples, lettuce, smoked turkey, pistachios, hard-boiled egg, Bleu cheese dressing and Cheezits. John had some of his casserole, but I didn’t have any tonight.

Thursday, Nov 2

Breakfast: sausage, 2 eggs over easy, toast, and fresh pears.

John had a bunch of outside chores, mainly to repair a fence and get water to the horses, as the irrigation ditch is drying up as water in the creek drops below the outtake. I primarily worked on music to take some today to give to a couple people needing it for tomorrow’s shindig at the AAC for Veterans’ Day celebration (early).

We left for Rehab music at 1:10 p.m. John helped me carry stuff in, and sat in the TV/visiting room to catch up on his WSJ reading. He then came down for the ending and carried my stuff back out to the car.

We left there for the AAC to deliver music for the audience tomorrow, so they have it. While there, I received news of the change in plans for the content order of the program for tomorrow. Our music has been moved to the end, and then we will eat after that.

I worked on music tonight for tomorrow. Changed the key for singing the National Anthem, because I need to start (with the help of our accordion player), the first 3 notes of the song so that everyone is in the same key.

We have to get to bed earlier tonight, to get our rest for the long day tomorrow.
Casserole for dinner. Very good.

Friday, Nov 3

I had forgotten to take off my Oximetry, so did it at 12:32 am. Saturday, before settling in for the night.

Today, John and I left home at 10:30 a.m. with the music and stands I needed for the crew. We had 14 musicians there, and we were last on the program. Our group is the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends. I played the fiddle with 2 others, one was on a viola, an accordion, guitars, bass mandolin, bass guitar, 12- and 6-string guitars, banjo, and (flute, penny whistle, mini washboard), and harmonica).

Then, the different branches of the military were asked to stand and be recognized. While they were standing, Karen Eslinger (accordion) played each branch’s theme song, and the audience sang along and clapped in time to the music.

Then the staff began serving lunch: meatloaf, baked potato, mixed green salad, apple slices, and a nice celebration piece of cake at the end.

After about ½ the people had been served, and talking dwindled, we started playing our 13 songs (patriotic and USA songs), with the audience having copies of the lyrics to sing along if they wished. Many did. And we received many compliments afterwards. We do this every year at the Senior Center.

Here are some pictures John took and I’ve made into collages.

Apples, plates, and cake for lunch.

Honors for veterans and double MCs leading the ceremony.

Dean was in the Navy. * * * * * Charlie was in the Air Force.

Nancy introducing the musicians & the music, and the band.

They served the musicians our meals at the end of our music.

We left as soon as we could to get home, change clothes, get our boxes of apples ready to take to the WTA office crew, get the directions for getting there loaded, and packed for our trip over. I drove over with John giving me pacenotes along I-90, and leading me through the maze of streets in Seattle. The whole trip was a little over 2 hours. We had 30° temperatures on the pass, with just a bit of snow showers. There was light rain at lower elevations. At the Pass it is 3,000 feet.

We got there in time to visit with a bunch of people we know, and some we did not know quite as well. We ate a nice catered dinner, and began the Volunteer Recognition program. John was recognized for his Work Bench award received after 250 work days on the trails. He started with WTA about 2003 on a week-long trip and now has 265. Full Bench(250) Crosscut Saw (500 days on trail), Greg Friend

Here are two videos I took during the ceremony.

White Hat presented at WTA Volunteer Recognition 11/3/17 Tim Van Beek & Andrea Imler present thanks to Greg Paull
White Hat WTA award

Reya Fore speaks of her involvement in trail work & hiking
Youth Ambassador

Our trip back was fine, and John drove. We got almost to the Pass, and saw a miles long parking lot on the other side of the valley (the westbound lanes of I-90 from about MP 50). Stoppages occurred at Easton and just west of the pass, because of “spin outs” on ice or slush. People go too fast and follow too closely, so when one loses traction there usually are several cars involved.

Saturday, Nov 4

While looking for information on the I-90 closure at the pass after we passed through last night heading west, and then seeing the long stoppage of traffic, after 8:00 p.m. on our way home (we were Eastbound, and saw it on the westbound), looking like a linear parking lot.

I found this from Oct 19 on the Tumwater Canyon (Leavenworth), fall colors, in a “Hyperlapse” video of fall colors. Warning is from Trooper Brian Moore (who is the WA State Patrol District 6 Information Officer for Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, and Okanogan Counties). Several weeks ago, we posted his photos of the turnover of a semi trailer rig on Hwy 97, Blewett/Swauk Pass, north of us, on the way to Wenatchee and Leavenworth. His comment with this video – Use pullouts for photos. Do not park on narrow shoulders. (Nancy’s comments from reading the comments following the story): The following video is 31 seconds long, taken from a stationary camera in a patrol car, at 9:03 am., 19 Oct 2017; safety turned on and off parked off the side of the road, and edited afterwards.

John made a barricade by the old red barn from old 2 x 4s we got from our friend Evie’s dismantling of a deck/porch. It was to keep the horses out of where they shouldn’t be, but allow them to get to their horse trough (heated) of water for the winter. John took part of a fence down for our recent hay delivery but did not get it pulled back into place. Today, he moved two 12-foot panels to prevent Breeze from pushing under a temporary rope fence. He’s good at escaping, and stepping through places you would not expect. If none of the other 3 follow him he will soon go back.

Lunch: egg/Swiss cheese omelet (1/4 piece), bacon, fried baked potato, with the last of the Alisha Craig white sweet onions. They are not keepers so over the past 3 weeks or so we’ve been using them. The sales info says they keep just a month. True for some, but these were harvested about 11 weeks ago.

I worked on email chores, photography stuff, medical records (Oximetry), and notes to people about various things. Sent birthday cards (I am very behind), sent out the Earth Science Weekly list, sent to me by a fellow geographer in Michigan I have known many years, put away cleaned dishes, and all the normal chores around the house we’d ignored the end of this week. I need to spend a bunch of time on the photographs John took yesterday at the Veteran’s Celebration, and I took last night at the WTA Volunteer Recognition Event at REI.

Finally finished the letter to Alan Carter Mortimer at WTA. Alan had been north of Seattle during the day, and got snowed on. He thought maybe we would not try to come. John knew the storm was going to arrive later at the Pass, and we zipped up and down into Puget Sound without incident.

Worked on music tidying up for next July 4, using the stuff from yesterday’s Veterans’ day, so I’m set to go then. We use the same music. I need to change the stuff I’m carrying back to the Oct-Nov music through the end of this month. Then we change to December and Christmas music, with a couple lead-ins of Thanksgiving songs.

Supper: shared two chicken TV dinners, both chicken different types.

John beat me to bed, but now I’m collapsing there. Supposed to snow tomorrow, and the field trip he was planning to go on was cancelled. Glad we made it over to Seattle and back last night. The Seattle weather forecasts are good for 2 or 3 days out. Systems develop on the Ocean and how they come into the Puget Lowland is well understood.

Sunday, Nov 5

John started by broom pushing snow, feeding the birds, and two outside cats. He also ordered more ink cartridges for our printer and a new heated water bowl for the outside feral cats that now arrive morning and night and throughout the day at our front porch.

I’ve worked a lot on email changes from the old account, and on emails about last week’s activities. I need to get to work on the blog and all the Veterans and WTA photos.

We are about ready to have breakfast: omelet, bacon, toast and a few fried potatoes – mostly left from yesterday.
Supper was a nice salad, and then baked chicken, a half of a baked potato, with baked apples on the side.

Great news from Jeri Conklin, right before I ate:
Daisy had a nice weekend of runs as well with a 4th place win out of 18 dogs in the Open Gun Dog yesterday. Today, she had another nice run with great bird work and didn’t place, but I’m so proud of her. She handles so nicely for me. Thank you Nelson Kennels, Scott and Deanna Beals-Azevedo and Linda Azevedo. Nancy B. Hultquist – I couldn’t have asked for more from her. 7 birds on Saturday, 3 birds today. No pictures as it was so late yesterday. Thank you judges Greg Knight and Warren Eizman for yesterday’s recognition. Judge Jeff Rhine, it was a pleasure to present her to you today.

Hope Your Week Was Fine
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan


The mountains of Washington got snow Saturday and Sunday. Most of the State got some except for the very south and southeast. The highest totals are about 2 feet, but only Pikas live there.
Pikas do not hibernate, so they must spend the short alpine summers gathering food for the winter ahead. This frenzied activity consists of gathering large quantities of plants in their mouths and scurrying back to designated storage areas called “haystacks” to let the plants dry.
Link to NPS site

This morning we woke to about 2 to 3 inches. I cleaned some spaces off and placed Sunflower seeds for the birds. The Collared Doves came right away. Then came California Quail. Smaller birds include Finches and Dark-eyed Juncos. Around here the latter are called Oregon Juncos.
Junco with photo

We have just had brunch, I’m watching birds, and Nancy is working on her weekly report. We think it will get done today.

Cheers to all,

On The Go Again, Continued

… so see previous post

Back to yesterday, Sunday, October 22

Report from Jeri Conklin about our dog, Daisy’s running in the Southern San Joaquin Brittany Trial, in CA. Here’s a collage of the day.Daisy on one of her best runs this year; Scott handling her away from the covey of quail find (she had two), at the end with Jeri Conklin. Sadly, with the good run, and 2 covey finds handled well, she was not included in the placements.

Monday, October 23

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 22: SpO2 low 84, 15 events <88% with overall avg., 92.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.2%. Pulse avg. 55.1, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 1 min. At 9:39 a.m. BP 127/69 pulse 63

Found out Gloria is moving to Hearthstone, to a 2-bedroom apartment upstairs.

Things we delivered yesterday included a 5-gallon bucket of Black walnuts still in their husks and a box of Carpathian walnuts out of their husks, we left on their front porch.

A collage of Amy’s Haley photos, she posted on Facebook. Haley, excited find; cracked with cool nutcracker; picked half.

The next collage is of the preschool science activities Amy set up for this week, with the walnuts:Black walnuts in husks, tree leaf comparison, the husked black walnuts from our yard. The Carpathians (English) we gave them that John already husked, many of them fall to the ground with the husk open already, unlike the Black Walnuts.Only the title page with 4 pages of a cool “primer” book Amy Davison made for teaching about nuts in their Preschoolers’ class. They also examined the different nuts and tasted them.

At 10:05pm BP 113/63 pulse 64

Late afternoon, we went to the Eberhart orchard and picked mostly HoneyCrisp apples, with a few Galas, and a very few Romes.Probably Galas on tree; boxed after picked, HoneyCrisp, perhaps.

Tuesday, October 24

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 23: SpO2 low 84, 11 events <88% with overall avg., 92.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.3%. Pulse avg. 55.6, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 15 min

John left at 5:55 a.m. for Grand Ridge, in Issaquah Hts., WTA trail work, supposedly in good weather today. Low at airport overnight was 32° when John was leaving this morning (airport is 5 miles south of us).

My temperature at 10:44 a.m. on 10-24-17 is 96.8°F.
I slept in late! Frost on the ground still from last night.
Wrote Katrina about the Nov 3 plans, copied Karen E.
Unloaded dishwasher; started soaking & loading again, all day, working on it. Finally, I started it late.

By Bi-Mart for checking numbers (didn’t win), checked but they are out of anymore Fisherman’s Friends. I have lived on them the past 5 weeks and am continuing this week.

I fed the outside cats, and let Annie out to meet John. He called from just down the road. Except for the Appreciation Event on Friday, Nov. 3, this is his last WTA trip for 2017.

John got home at 5:25 p.m., before dark! He took Annie for her evening run and to check on and feed the horses.

My temperature at 10:12 p.m. on 10-24-17 is 97.2° F.

Wednesday, October 25

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 24: SpO2 low 85, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 91.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.2%. Pulse avg. 57.1, low 50. Slept 9 hrs 15 min. Long haul; guess I needed it. My temperature at 9:52 a.m. today was 97.7° F.

I had a good breakfast with John before I left: omelet with onions & mushrooms, piece of farm bread toast. I arrived late, had help carting my violin and music into the FISH Food Bank, went on in to visit with people, and played music from noon to 12:30. I didn’t stay for lunch because of my big breakfast.

I ran some errands around town, talked to Gloria, and found her at the Millstone Loop house, dropped off some rolls and the prunes and she’ll pay me the $9 later (for the prunes from Costco). We visited and I left. She will come down to the Garden Room tomorrow for music at Hearthstone, from her new apt.

I went on to SAIL class at the activity center (seniors). Got home after SAIL was over, about 3:00 p.m. and started on things around here.

John showed me the flue cap for our wood stove. It was so cold last December and January we burned wood for about 7 weeks straight. Not good. Not advised. The burning ember screen at the top had completely closed up with “First Degree Creosote Buildup” – look it up. That caused the stove to quit. With howling wind and minus temperature, he did not clean it then. Today was the day to have a look. He climbed up and took the cap off and brought it down to clean. He has taken photos to send to the Fosseems place in Yakima, where we bought it. They might be interested, or not.

Here is a photo:Lower right, for scale, are 3 Black Walnuts in their husks.

One on-line site claims these things should be removed and cleaned every two weeks. The smallish screen size is the standard to prevent embers from escaping. As the wood stove is meant for emergencies, maybe we will stick to that plan.

Supper: John fixed a nice bowl of Chili and beans, onions, for our dinner. It was scrumptious, and also he cut up a Rome apple for me to eat with it. I love Romes as eating apples. I don’t think we picked very many.

Thursday, October 26

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 25: SpO2 low 85, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 91.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 56.1, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 20 min.

Breakfast: sausage, piece of omelet with mushrooms & onions, white toast w/ strawberry jam, fruit cocktail.

My temperature was 97.1° F at 10:35 a.m.

David arrived at 10:45 to trim Myst. I carried him the check and John got Myst. Annie got to visit with Dave and be petted.

We’re leaving (1:10 P.M.) for Hearthstone music at 2 P.M. and John will help me carry stuff in, and also will sit in the activities room and catch up on his reading of the WSJ.

We visited with a few folks before leaving, and Amy took a photo of me with Haley in our Halloween outfits. I’ll merge it with one of Haley in the Japanese Gardens at CWU. The fall of the year is a beautiful time to visit there. The resulting collage is below:Haley w/ Spider Web, Nancy w/ Pumpkins in Love, John in back, portrait of Haley in CWU’s Japanese Gardens, by mom, Amy.

Afterwards, we will run by 3 places before coming home. We went first to Super 1 for their sales, and never made it to the CWU surplus sale before 4:00 closing, but went by 110 10th, in the alley behind, to check on a composter’s size a woman is giving away. We could not find it. I found it later in the week.

Late lunch about 5:25 bowl of chili, beans, onions, tomatoes, John made yesterday.

Supper at 8:00 p.m., was salad with iceberg lettuce, bleu cheese dressing, pistachios, cut up Gala apple, cut up smoked turkey breast from Super 1 we got today, we each had a large AA hard-boiled egg, and I had Cheezits for croutons.

A mouse has been coming in at night, behind my recliner and bothering me. John set a trap. Just before 10:00 p.m. the mouse went to meet her/his maker. Three days later the reset trap with peanut butter and a Cheezit was untouched. No more mice in the den, so it is reset in the garage, where no cats can enter.

My temperature at 10:16 p.m. on 10-26-17 is 97.5° F.

We are enjoying a dessert of chocolate cake with roasted walnuts on top of chocolate frosting and a bit of ice cream.

Friday, October 27

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 26: SpO2 low 85, 16 events <88% with overall avg., 91.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.4%. Pulse avg. 59.1, low 55. Slept 4 hrs 59 min. (on Oximeter), & went another 4 hrs. off; battery died. My temperature at 10:06 a.m. on 10-27-17 is 97.4° F.

I went for my INR and BMP today. Got there about 1:00 p.m.; received my results at home at 4:00 p.m. INR=3.0 (better); BMP had the Sodium up to 134 (yea); Potassium was a little high at 5.0, creatinine was elevated at 1.5, but at the moment I do not have my personal reference. Being high means I’m dehydrated, or something, so to be watched. Not sure how with all I have been drinking, and the PowerAdeZero. Today was a diuretic (Lasix) day, but I didn’t take it until after I was home from the blood draw. ??? My PCP will be asked Monday, if I should have it checked Nov. 10 with the others.

I went to the AAC, with two cameras, John’s and mine, but only used mine. I should have used John’s for the portraits, because mine wasn’t focusing well on the left side of the lens. I did get some good videos, however, that I couldn’t have gotten with John’s camera. Oh well, live and learn.

I haven’t processed those photos yet, so they will have to wait for a small collage and at least 2 videos.

Went by Suzanne Blakeney’s and found the composter she is willing to give us, but John needs to unload the truck and go back next week for it. I have known her many years at CWU, where she was a student, and took at least one of my classes.

Upon arriving home, found a message that took me back to EBRG. Potatoes had arrived from Moses Lake and the folks did not want to chance a freezing temperature. I had 3 boxes of 50# of clean baking Russet potatoes. Help was there to load as I can’t lift 50 pounds. Dropped one box off at Celia’s (my neighbor a mile away). I’ll take the other in on Tuesday or Wednesday to my friend from S. Cle Elum, who I’ll see at an exercise class and the Food Bank.

My temperature at 10:51 p.m. on 10-27-17 is 97.2° F.

Saturday, October 28

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 27: SpO2 low 83, 17 events <88% with overall avg., 91.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.3%. Pulse avg. 58.7, low 52. Slept 8 hrs 4 min.

Called in our Rx – John’s Lisinopril 30 and my Amiordarone 200 (cut into ¼ parts). They will have them ready today !

My temperature at 9:30 a.m. on 10-28-17 is 97.4° F.

I spent over an hour cleaning and loading the dishwasher and tossing food cans and tops. Phew. Wore me out. John’s been doing outside chores.

We went to pick apples this afternoon at Eberhart’s. We picked for a couple hours, mostly Galas, we think. Came away with about 10 boxes, and we both picked the entire time. The main purpose is to take boxes on Monday (after my eye surgery) to the AAC (Senior Center) for them to wash and use at two events this week, if they wish. Wednesday, Nov 1 is a special event there to have Aging and Long Term Care, Pacifica Senior Living, Hospice Friends, RSVP, and KVH Advanced Care Planning to have an open house to provide information to the community from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 about issues important to seniors. There will be raffle door prizes, refreshments, live music, and information provided.

Next is a Veterans Day event planned for Nov 3, Friday, at the AAC. [ Photo from last year ]Nov 3 this Friday’s lunch (and people have to sign up by Wednesday, 11/1), (knowing the names of the veterans to be there is important for planning the program honoring of each branch of the military, after the lunch. A count is needed for the people there to eat lunch, as well as the veterans who will be in attendance. This is an annual event in honor of Veterans in our community. Be there by 11:30 and seated for lunch (and for our playing, Fiddlers & Friends). A color guard starts the ceremony. Vets are encouraged to wear their uniforms or insignia of their military service branch. A meal will be served of Meatloaf, Baked Potato, and sides, with beverages, cold and hot. Our music group, Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends will play 13 songs about America and the U.S A., starting after everyone is served. The audience will have the lyrics to the songs, to sing along. After the 13 songs, everyone will stand, face the flag, salute, and sing the National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner (acapella) – no instruments, although I will start the song (in the key of F – so the notes are not too high to sing).

We had to go to town first to drop off 2 flat tires from John’s Gorilla Cart, to have repaired. They told us they would have them ready in the afternoon, and gave us a number to call to check before we drove the 20 minutes back to town.

We also had to stop at Super 1 for a prescription for John and one for me, and while I was getting them, he went and bought some produce for us. We had beautiful sunny weather and lovely autumn leaves to view on our trips around the county.

We probably picked 10 boxes of apples, (mostly donated wine boxes, from Grocery Outlet). We gave one box to the people at Les Schwab. The only cost we incurred was for one tube. They were thrilled with the apples and while we were there, several were eaten – unwashed – oh well. On our way home, we dropped a box off with Carole Pritchett. We stopped and shared a box of apples with the Farrars, checked with Charlie but someone already gave them some, called another family, but they were out of town, until Sunday, so we decided not to risk freezing temps. We carried a box to our neighbor a mile up Naneum from us, Allen Aronica. We still have apples we picked last week at the same place. I had my camera with me today, but didn’t take it with me to the trees. Could have had some lovely pictures of red apples surrounded by yellow leaves, with rays of sunshine. Instead, it will just have to be in our memories. We truly enjoyed the red colors around very vivid this year. Red maples and shorter thorny shrubs in peoples’ yards gave us nice colors.

Sunday, October 29

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 28: SpO2 low 85, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.1%. Pulse avg. 55.9, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 31min.

I gave John a long awaited haircut, and then he fixed us a late brunch.

We had smoked turkey on a large egg with Parmesan cheese, and a piece of toast. The turkey was the last of a pre-packaged thinly sliced bag – not really tasty. The store was out of their own smoked pieces that are great, so this was the substitute. Now gone.

I just went out and admired John’s cleaning up of the garage. He’s frustrated with all the stuff that needs thrown away or moved from there. He had me look at 2 boxes that had not been opened since I shipped them from my mother’s house in Atlanta many years ago. One box I recognized. One I don’t remember having seen it. We park expensive autos outside and store junk in the garage. I’m helping by staying inside and working on chores in the house, on the computer, and need to work on the blog.

My temperature at 3:15 p.m. on 10-29 was 96.7° F.

Dinner was a part of a baked potato with roast beef over the top, with onions, tomatoes, gravy, mushrooms, celery, and cauliflower raw on the side with Bleu Cheese dressing.

Nice dessert – small piece of Pecan Pie with a little ice cream. I deserve it after weighing without clothes, and my weight is down. I need to go in for my weigh in, and measurements I have missed for over a month. At least I won’t have to take a shower in the cold morning, in the far reaches of our house.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

On the go again …

Likely we’ll do the weekly news Monday night.
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We’ve had a busy week.
Both the weather and Nancy were in good form.
Monday: We did a multi-purpose trip to EBRG, came home, and went across the valley to pick apples. Pictures at 11.
Nancy played and sang with the music group on Thursday.
And, she spent time getting things set for next week when the Senior Center hosts a Veterans Day event on Friday – yes, early, but the 1st Friday of a month is the day for special events.

Saturday we went again for apples and delivered 4 boxes to friends as we came home.
Much of this coming week looks good, weather wise. Then a change is due, and more winter-like will replace fall. We are supposed to go to Seattle Friday afternoon and return between 8 – 10 P.M. Snow is expected on the Pass on Saturday. Weather forecasts beyond 3 days are not too reliable, so we will be reading about the weather all week.

And speaking of reading:
The local paper began printing a new cartoon in spring. It is called “Breaking Cat News.” It is one of the better current comics.
For about a week the story line has been about Halloween and the cats have seen strange beings coming and knocking on the door demanding things. This week the cats are dressed up in costumes and they are not happy. Have a look.

Breaking Cat News

I spent 15 minutes this week on the web site learning about the artist/creator, about the cats, and the neighbors.
You can go back a week or so and then follow along.


Life Goes On, Activities Resumed

Tuesday, October 17

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 16: SpO2 low 86, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 93.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 91.3%. Pulse avg. 56.5, low 50. Slept 6 hrs 42 min.

Awoke to high BP and sunny cold weather. John is performing the final editing on last week’s blog, and I’m working on music for our group, to send PDFs today to emails and schedule Thursday’s and Saturday’s play dates, at Pacifica and Briarwood. I’m behind as usual.

My temperature at 10:48 a.m. on 10-17-17 is 97.2°F.
I checked the price of gasoline vs. Love’s lowest in Ellensburg and Union Gap at Costco, on gasbuddy.com). Holy Mackerel! Costco’s price is $2.69/gallon; that’s 16 cents less /gallon than Ellensburg!
We’ll go to Costco tomorrow, while I’m not able to do my normal Wednesday activities.

Morning, I finished the PDFs for music and numbered them for the audience and players, playlist and songs 1-23. Some toward the end (19-22) were 2 pages so those had to be fixed as a “centerfold”, with p.1 on the left and p2 on the right. Copying back to back requires some concentration in setting up correctly.

I made it in and with my ream of paper, cash for copies, and master for audience copies and same for 7 players copies (those who cannot print their own because of no computer/printer set up). I ran into problems on 6 of the 7 copies, when the machine skipped a page toward the end of the #19, and screwed up the last 4 pages. I did not realize it until I got home. I had to recreate them on my printer, so they would be readable for the players, 2 pages at a time. That took me 2 hrs. to straighten out. I was not happy. I had also forgotten to have the 3 holes punched in the players’ copies (I don’t put them in the audience copies, and run those with 2 staples along the side of the binder). That error explained why I didn’t use the whole ream of paper, as expected.

I picked up Music bag from Amy (after calling to have her set it out on the porch), and came on home. I needed to sort the music into the proper stacks to carry in.

John doesn’t want me to add this to my blog, but I want to, because I have been in this area, and was happy he went to work on the Candy Point trail there, near Grand Coulee Dam, on a WTA project, Friday, Oct 13, 2017, on what would have been my parents 80th anniversary.Alan & John dig root ball, John & Mike rock barring, and the rocky trail.USGS topo Location, Dam; John preparing to leave on Friday; right side – Sunday’s rattlesnake.

Wednesday, October 18

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 17: SpO2 low 86, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 93.6.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 92.0%. Pulse avg. 56.1, low 50. Slept 9 hrs 5 min.

I had canceled out of Food Bank music and SAIL exercise today.

I spent my morning (after sleeping in), on finishing most of the PDF making (of 24 sheets of paper). Each took 3 minutes of scanning to get what I could send to those who would print their own music. I have only sent one person the stuff because she was in Seattle and with her printer there, and wouldn’t have one when she got to Cle Elum. I sent to her, but waited to send to the others until I got home and had run the copies of the music, so I could tell them what was going to happen with it, tomorrow, when I went by to deliver the bag to the front desk at Pacifica.
She found I had missed sending one of the PDF files, got back to me, and I sent it later in the day, and added to what I was going to send to the others the next day.

John worked outside and then came in and fixed a nice brunch for us to eat before leaving for town. He fixed 2 eggs over easy, bacon, and a piece of toast.

We left finally at 1:17, stopping first by Airport Rd, to drop off our WSJ’s to a gal (Jana) who is a business student and enjoys reading them. We went to school and I took about 25 minutes running music for audience and for players for Oct–Nov starting tomorrow at Pacifica. John sat in the lobby waiting for me, and reading today’s Wall St. Journal.

From there, we went over to the bread room for supplies. I got a lemon pudding cake to have with our strawberries and a loaf of multi-grain bread for Amy. Picked up music bag from Amy’s and gave her the bread.

We had another, last stop, to make before heading to Yakima. We went by Barney Erickson’s in southeast EBRG with $19.50 cash for russet potato orders (3 boxes). He was mowing his lawn and so we found him outside. Unfortunately, I assumed he was to get the money but I was wrong. He had taken his money to the Richmond’s on Gail Road, near where we had just been when delivering the Wall St. Journals. Darn, we had to go back to the northwest to drop it off because this was the deadline. That really threw us behind on time, and we decided not to go to Costco until tomorrow.

We came home and got everything out of the car by 3:50 p.m.
I realized after getting a Patient Experience Survey about my visit to KV Hospital, to give my review of my Oct 4 visit to the ER. It came to our old account so I managed to call Connie at the front desk and she changed the records to list only the new gmail address. Each day, something happens that I hadn’t thought of and another address change gets made. I’m running out of time.

Thursday, October 19

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 18: SpO2 low 85, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 92.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.1.%. Pulse avg. 57.2, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 15 min with 3 hrs. 53 min. off Oximeter. No clue why, except for the potty stop of 16 min.

Just after 11:00 a.m., we took the black music bag by Pacifica, on our way out of town to go to Costco, stopping by Super 1 for my prescription payment, and buy a dozen eggs each for $.68/dozen. The sale price was for a “Fall Stock Up” promotion. They had a limit of 1 dozen. Donuts we also on the flyer and a couple of other things usually preferred fresh. The sale made no sense, but we left with a dozen eggs each. John bought a lotto ticket just to show his lack of acumen of probability.

I drove us to Costco for lunch, and supplies for the house, and gasoline for my car. Nothing new or exciting found. It was a nice haul of regular things to go on the shelf. We bought all sorts of things: Canola oil. We were totally out. We have some older boxed cake mixes and frosting. It is time to use them, and baked late in the evening this provides warmth to the house. John intends to start with a chocolate, with roasted walnuts (our Carpathians) in a chocolate frosting. Also needed toilet paper, dog and cat food, dry and canned Pate’ [some sort of minced animal stuff] for the cats. Also got me some of my almond beverage for my morning coffee, Costco beer (from California, and a non-cola liquid for John), some paper towels, and some size C batteries to put in the outside motion lights he bought the last time we were there. We always buy mushrooms there.

I traded in my Costco rewards for purchases there over the past year (2%), and got $79.37 cash returned.

For lunch, I had a bowl of chili, a small piece of John’s Polish sausage, and we shared a coke.

Supper: salad, lettuce, cooked salmon into small pieces, plums, tomatoes, pistachios, Cheez-Its®.

Friday, October 20

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 19: SpO2 low 85, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 92.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.8%. Pulse avg. 55.7, low 50 Check. Slept 7 hrs 51 min.

My temperature at 11:22 a.m. on 10-20-17 is 97.6°F.
John fixed us a brunch, and then I left for errands about town.

I went by Safeway to return my Musinex I bought wrongly, not the DM I needed), and knew I could get from Super 1, as before. I was late returning this, but got my cash back.
I went to Super 1 and got 8 quarts of orange PowerAdeZero and picked up my container of halved Entresto pills.
I carried Christmas cards by for Stephanie Bair. I took the base clef music by the Landons, to leave for Beck & Trip.
I went by Pacifica today to pick up my music bag from yesterday, to have tomorrow to take with me to Briarwood.

This was a beautiful sunny day in the county, and our friend Dave Covert went for a hike up the canyon, 2.5 miles from our house. He sent some gorgeous fall photos, which I wish to share with you. We have seen these sights in our past from horseback. He’s quite the photographer. We have known him for well over 20 years, starting at the university in Lind Hall.The beautiful Naneum Canyon, just north of our home.

Saturday, October 21

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 20: SpO2 low 85, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 92.0%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.8%. Pulse avg. 55.2, low 50. Slept 9 hrs 50 min.

Breakfast: 3 eggs over medium, bacon, small garlic bread toast, pear pieces, ½ banana.

I took a photo of our smaller than 9.5″ black plastic spatulas, so I can show my friend what we are searching for, and will also put a request on the Free Givers FB site to see if anyone has any to share. I checked at the $ Tree, but they were all way too big.

It’s still raining outside, and rained all night until 5:05 a.m. this morning.

I dressed in my Pumpkins-in-Love Halloween sweatshirt. Everyone liked it. I should have had my picture taken with Haley. The residents do a nice job of hosting us and feeding us after we play music, and sing with them, for an hour. They had pumpkin napkins, Halloween plates, and fall fixings.

I didn’t get home until after 4:00, because I stayed and visited and ate a ton of good food, so I needed no supper here. Hot apple cider, bowl of hot vegetable soup (onions, tomato, carrots, celery), small chicken salad sandwich, some chips, some caramel crisps, a choc chip cookie Betty made – brought some to John, who frosted them with the chocolate frosting he put on his cake.

We ended up with a ton more people than expected: Maury, Gerald, Kevin, Dean, Me, Amy, Haley, Rita, and Laura. Everyone stayed to eat, and we had a huge audience. It rained on people arriving, departing, and while we played. Maury brought his old duplicates of music, and I gave them to Pennie Hammer to take what she wanted and to share the rest with her friends. She has given us much music to add to our repertoire over the years. She appreciates us as much as we appreciate her and her artistic work.

Took pills, a.m., and I took my BP this morning twice.
I left at 1:00 p.m., and pulled in just before 1:30, in the rain. Gerald and Maury beat me there.

John stayed home emptying 5-gallon buckets and a 30-gal garbage can at the end of the V valley of our roof by the front door. He and Annie went up the drive to open the front gate for me. We also get 2 newspapers on Saturday morning, so he made it a multi-purpose hike.

John went for the mail after I got home after 4:00 p.m. and found a nice get well card from the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, I had just been with. They were so happy to have me returning, and I was even happier.

Here is the lovely card below:The card was so well chosen, because music is the biggest healer!I had missed 4 play dates with the group; a month. Sharon put it together and had it signed. Thanks, all!
My temperature at 11:30pm on 10-21 was 97.2°F.

Sunday, October 22

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 21: SpO2 low 86, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 93.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.4%. Pulse avg. 56.0, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 3 min.

My temperature at 8:37 a.m. on 10-22 was 97.2°F.

For morning river basin education, check this out for a colorful expose’ of all the U.S. river basins.Colorful Map U.S. River Basins

Video of the Mississippi River Drainage Basins from around the U.S. to the Gulf Coast. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, or goes very very slowly, too bad. We can’t figure out what happens when it does that.
Try this link

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Saturday evening

Just a short note.
Nancy felt well enough to go play music and consume warm soup at a retirement community center. From 2 to 4, today.

Rain began here on the Naneum Fan in the middle of the night but neither of us know the time. A 30 gallon garbage can under the ‘V’ or valley at the front of the house was filled when we first looked. It has been drained, along with numerous 5 gallon buckets under the drip line.
Rain is supposed to continue, tapering off by 10 AM Sunday.

When I went to the road/mailbox about 4:30 I could see Naneum Ridge, to our north. Back a few miles it goes to 6,000 feet; closer more like 4,000.
There was snow at about 3,000 feet, just 650 feet higher than our house. Traffic cameras and the camera at the Mt. Rainier Visitor Center show snow both south and north of us in the Cascades (to our west).

Local weather lure is that snow will be on us 2 weeks after first appearing on Naneum Ridge. Monday and all of next week are likely to be warmer and dryer. Each day, the forecast will look another day ahead.

We are scheduled to go to Seattle on November 3rd to a WTA event.
Snow is supposed to arrive on November 4th.
The anticipation builds. Stay tuned.


Oh! Nancy is now working on her weekly update. No news, there.