Monday, August 15
For Aug 14 CPAP. Reported figures. Time on 6 hrs 49 min with AHI=0.29. Events: 0 CSR, 2 H, 17 RERA. No mask leaks (max= 15 L/min). Oximetry: none for the night.
Nothing on tap in town – just catch up at home on numerous tasks. They expanded. I finished the Carly going-away party photography and videography to send to the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center folks and shipped it off by email.
Fed the cats.
Then I decided to set up the music I need this week for taking to town to run off Xerox copies rather than trying to do it all on my printer with very little flat hard space in our home for collating and organization and, in addition, I would have to punch all with 3-holes. John took the other 3 tires off the Travel Trailer and put them in the truck for the trip to town, letting me off to make my copies.
I have been sorting since arriving home at almost 5:00 p.m. Oh, we delivered some plums, peaches, and flowers to our older neighbors, and we ate a very late supper. So did the cats because the bees/wasps keep going after their food. We have to wait to feed until almost dark, and sometimes then it’s still a problem. We are spraying as well.
I almost have the music finished sorting and filling in from my printer two pages I forgot to Xerox today. I needed them for 10 copies. Dang. So much for planning.
Problem with the index finger on my left hand. Broken blood vessel? Arthritis? Severe pain late tonight, cannot bend it (it’s acting like a trigger finger). Iced it all night. I have no clue what caused it. I noticed it first at night while going to bed and lifting a light comforter with my left hand.
Tuesday, Aug 16
For Aug 15 CPAP. Reported figures. Time on 5 hrs 59 min with AHI=0.00. Events: 1 CSR, 0 H, 13 RERA. No mask leaks (max= 15 L/min). Oximetry: Okay.
My index finger is still hurting. I am unhappy, as it is my violin fingering hand. Right now, it hurts to type on the computer.
I was supposed to take $2 to AAC jazzercise, but forgot to take in the cash. I did manage going through an active session of routines.
I went to my 3:15 appt with Shawn at PT. Came home and was wiped out the rest of the evening.
Wednesday, Aug 17
For Aug 16 CPAP. Reported figures. Time on 5 hrs 8 min with AHI=0.19. Events: 1 CSR, 1 H, 5 RERA. No mask leaks (max= 10 L/min). Oximetry: Okay all night.
John picked me some cherry tomatoes to take with my tuna fish/egg salad today to lunch at the Food Bank to supplement the stuff I cannot eat.
I left to pick up Gloria to take to the Food Bank for music and eating. My index finger was hurting me to play the violin, so I sang more than I played, and avoided using that finger. Any song that has a note A on the G string, E on the D string, B on the A string, or F on the E string, uses the index finger in first position. It was a challenge to play. I came home and put ice on it again. I hope I can make it through tomorrow’s hour at Dry Creek/Brookdale. Then I have one more day to heal before our Saturday gig.
For food from the buffet line, I took the shrimp, peppers and cooked onions from the pasta served to mix with my tuna/egg salad, and added the tomatoes to my light green lettuce and radishes, leaving behind the spinach.
We went on to SAIL exercise, and had a nice 45 minutes, but left for another appointment. The temperature was 93, and so I left Gloria in the car, motor running with the a/c, while I went into Safeway to return the too highly salted groceries I bought yesterday on sale. John is careful to stay away from highly salted items such as Rice-A-Roni, spaghetti sauce, in his cooking for me to hold down the salt. On home with a treat for John – an apple fritter.
Thursday, August 18
For Aug 17 CPAP. Reported figures. Time on 4 hrs 12 min with AHI=0.71. Events: 2 CSR, 6 H, 6 RERA. No mask leaks (max= 17 L/min). Oximetry: Strange SpO2 activity for an hour just before 2:00 a.m.
John leaves early for getting his 2009 Subaru serviced, and will go by Costco for gas and groceries. The car needed an alignment. Too much driving on Cascade Mountain roads?
Finished and checked the music.
We played at Dry Creek Brookdale. It was a very hot day, 91 outside, and we had 11 players. I made it through pretty well, but still with pain. I drove by Dave and Janet’s house on the way home to deliver the music in order by the way we will play it on Saturday. They’re arriving Friday, so I just put behind their screen door because I was not planning to go to town tomorrow.
This evening we left at 5:00 p.m. to drive across the valley to the home of the Lindstroms for the annual summer gathering of the Kittitas Audubon Society. KAS provided the grilled beef burgers or veggie burgers and fixings, including grilled onions. Members brought appetizers, salads, sides, and desserts. We carried a Costco Peach pie that was large & awesome. The setting in their yard was lovely with shade provided by a large variety of plants they acquired over the last 40 years, fruit trees, and more. We met folks we know, some new, and others known of but never met. We sat at a table with long time Valley hay growers (Marilyn and Gerry Sorensen); now leasing their land to younger workers. I talked “hay” with them, and plan to send a paper I co-wrote on the export hay industry with pictures from our valley of the whole process. John went and talked with the hosts. We had a delightful dinner and got home just before dark.
Friday, August 19
For Aug 18 CPAP. Reported figures. Time on 5 hrs 51 min with AHI=0.00. Events: 1 CSR, 0 H, 12 RERA. No mask leaks (max= 16 L/min). Oximetry: A few dips of SpO2 below 88, but rest OK.
I had cancelled my appointment was cancelled today in PT because of conflicts with preparations for oral surgery in a week.
John left at 6:00 and I slept in. Needed it a lot.
I finally wrote Dr. Schmitt about shoulder problem request, and called to have him see the email (it’s through the patient portal, NextMD). Turns out he doesn’t work on Fridays, so I imagine he won’t see it until Monday, when they will give him a message to check that he will likely do anyway. He is good about communication.
Prepared for tomorrow: printing out copies of the music list to hand off tomorrow for a last minute check; worked on all the lead-ins so we can start in unison, in the right tempo; considered what I would wear to dress western; contacted two players with directions of where to park and how to get to the location, with the closed streets.
John made it home all right and had to shut off the irrigation water to our neighbor on the south, once he got back from a day working on the trail, and he also had to stand a fence panel up and tie it in place. The plastic baling twine he often used gets abraded when the wind blows, and we’ve had lots this summer. He is mostly using wire now unless a fix is meant to be temporary.
Saturday, August 20
For Aug 19 CPAP. Reported figures. Time on 6 hrs 8 min with AHI=0.49. Events: 0 CSR, 3 H, 2 PP, 5 RERA. No mask leaks (max= 11 L/min). Oximetry: Good all night, one blip below 88% in SpO2 around midnight, but high between 2:00-3:00, and fine all night.
At 6:00 a.m., John took off for Icicle Creek canyon and Jack Creek. This will be the 8th day for John and Alan, the WTA lead crew chief. They will finish Sunday.
I left about 7:30 a.m. to go the kick-off breakfast for the Rodeo/Fair. I intended to park in my bank’s parking lot, but had told others in our group to park there and walk down the alley. So, seeing it was filling up, I went back east and parked on 5th Street.
We were late starting and had challenges with the stage setup and timing of events, but we made it through and received accolades from everyone. Check below on Sunday’s entry for more information.
I made it home quite tired at midday and immediately put an ice compress on my left index finger with heated compresses on my neck and shoulders. Finally, at 5:00 I lay down for a 20-minute power nap, and slept for 1.5 hrs until John arrived.
Sunday, August 21
For Aug 20 CPAP. Reported figures. Time on 5 hrs 10 min with AHI=1.35. Events: 1 CSR, 7 H, 9 RERA. No mask leaks (max= 22 L/min). Strange inexplicable night. CPAP off for 10 minutes at 2:07 a.m. no recollection of waking and turning off. ? no clue. Oximetry: not bad on SpO2, 3 times below 88% on CPAP, and 1 time while off CPAP. Fine the rest of the night.
I awoke and put John’s colas in the freezer at 5:30, went back to bed, then up to say goodbye and feed Woody, and back to bed with heat on my shoulders, neck, and ice on my left index finger. I put my oximeter on right hand for longer, and then I guess I was totally exhausted because I slept until almost 10:00 a.m.
Here is an update on yesterday’s festivities at the Kick-off Breakfast for the Rodeo/Fair coming September 1. This photo is our Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends group, and our fiddler, Evie Scheutz’s friend, Gene, took the video below. Thanks Gene for letting us know how we sounded out front, despite the noise from the crowd, while enjoying their pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee. Below the photo identification is a link to some of our performance yesterday.
This I captured from the lead in to the video, which Evie took from her camera and posted on You Tube, and then tagged me on the post, so that all my Facebook friends would receive it. All in the group were grateful for her efforts.
Identifying the players in the photos above: Left to right top row, Tim Henebry (mandolin), Roberta Clark (guitar), Dave Perkins (bass fiddle), Janet Perkins (fiddle), Nancy Hultquist (fiddle; red and white hat), Laina Brown (fiddle), Evie Scheutz (fiddle), Amy Davison (flute). Bottom front, Gerald Gordon (guitar), Minerva Caples (guitar), Sharon Jenson (bass guitar), and Anne Engels (tambourine). Our other mandolin player, Joanie Taylor was there, but realized she couldn’t make it up on the last minute stage (a flatbed trailer with hay bale step access). I needed help as well, and others decided because of the space problem and climb, to sit down front. We would have had room for Joanie there, but she’d already left. We were quite late starting after our originally planned 8:30 a.m. start.
We had many accolades from the audience and we were extremely happy not to also have to cope with the famous Ellensburg wind, which thankfully waited until today to howl. Today, we started with winds in the 20 mph range, 30s, with gusts to 40 mph (at the airport), which is only 2 miles north of where we were playing yesterday. Late afternoon today there were 48 mph gusts.
August 20, 2016 Kittitas Valley Fiddlers and Friends Performance
This links to the video to hear some of the 11 songs we played, in two one-half hour segments of the program, including:
A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet
I’m an Old Cowhand
Sweet Betsy from Pike
The Cowboy’s Dream
Waltz Across Texas
Whoopee Ti Yi Yo
Git Along Little Dogies
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Gotta Travel On – Done Laid Around
John got home a little after 6:00 p.m. and has been outside the entire time. The irrigation water from the creek has gone to a trickle and the channel is muddy. He is cleaning and filling a 70- gallon tank with well water.
Today was the last day for him being in the Wenatchee River Valley – one of WA’s tree fruit areas. He brought home Peaches, Nectarines, Gala apples, and Pluots (Plum X Apricot), red Raspberry color inside. The apples are gorgeous and just 89 ¢ per pound. He only got a few pounds, ’cause we will soon go pick in our friend’s orchard. The handful of Pluots were free, but we have our own yellow plums, so he wasn’t looking for these. They got put in the apple box after the seller weighed it (and the apples were lightly weighed) – late Sunday and maybe he was ready to empty the bin. Peaches and Nectarines were 75 ¢ / lb.
And the boxes were rated at 20 pounds, or 10. We haven’t weighed them, but did eat one of the Peaches. Anyway, we have ~20 pounds peaches (minus 1) and 10 pounds of Nectarines.
John has been stopping at this fruit stand for many years and has learned the weights are always heavy and something is always free.
Here was today’s weather alert:
With the strong wind, bees (?) are less bothersome and the cats can eat in peace. All cats got fed supper, and two of them had two servings. Now it’s our turn to eat. We started with sharing a large peach and a plum-cot. John bought chunk of ham while at Costco, and will be adding an egg. It will be almost 9:00 p.m. by the time we eat. I cut up one of our Early Girl tomatoes to have with it. It was very tasty. Next time, I will have the whole tomato. We have been eating our little cherry tomatoes too.
Guess I’ll end this week with a nice sunset clearly showing the work of the wind over the valley (just this evening).
Hope your week was fine.
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan