Not so nasty news MAY 17

Item #1: ImagesTop photo: Flames spread across grasslands beneath a nesting Oriental white stork
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Item #2: What happened to Motel 6?

Founded in 1962, the original cost was $6 per night.
Expedia charged a man almost $6,200 for a 1-night stay at a Holiday Inn.
This took too long to fix!

Item #3: Female Heavies

Toss the caber

If you have a daughter and she is looking for a sport to become involved with, this is something to consider. The clothing makes a fashion statement. What’s not to like?
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Item #4: What are friends for?
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I had decided not to use this image from San Francisco, and then a news story from Portland appeared.

The yellow toolbox
A man admitted he packed dog poop and a vehicle airbag in the toolbox in order to get revenge on a former friend.
For the record, this fellow sounds like are real scumbag.

Item #5: 87 photos

We have shown a few of our flowers. Over on the west side is a place called the Skagit Valley
{ “SKA-jit” (short “A”) } where they specialize in tulips and other such things.
People like to go and take photos.
Here is a link to more than you will want to see: Link

At the top right, there is a “thumbnails” button. Click there for a speedy look.

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

Wedding in the Canyon

Tulips, between strawberries, onions, and asparagus. You’ve previously seen the purples that bloomed ahead of the shorter ones. Happy they hadn’t been windblown away.

Sunday, May 5

We published the blog at 9:02 p.m. and went to bed at 10:30! You’ve already heard about that day, in our last week’s post, but this one has some photos from John’s WTA trail work here in the valley, shown on Tuesday, when the final report arrived, including photos for the whole past weekend, with additions from workers.

Monday, May 6

I sent out the KV F&F note about scheduling for this week, and tried requesting feedback for the whole month again. Got a few more added.

John worked outside a lot today. Sprayed weeds and watered strawberries, onion, flowers, and trees.

I went to town for a Silver Sneakers exercise class and was extra cautious about taking it easy, after how hurtful I was last week. I opened up the “hatch” back of my car for a gal to leave a bunch of feed bags. She’s done that before, when she is in town and I’m at the AAC. Easy transfer that saves me a long drive to Badger Pocket in the SE part of our valley. They filled the back of my car. We use them for various trash bags to take to the transfer station and once John used to bag noxious weeks to remove from a local trail.

From there I drove to the new location of the FISH Food Bank lunches, now being held at the Liberty Theater in the back room, accessible from Pine St. We were vacated from the back of the Mercer Creek Church facility on 14th and B streets, for our lunches, but the food distribution for community members remains there, until new facilities are built with a kitchen and room for serving. We are not privy to future plans.

The Food Bank Senior Nutrition lunch menu was especially good today. Dan was the cook and it was in the new location I needed to check out for going on Wednesday to volunteer playing music and setup a place to keep our own music stands. Today’s meal was Pulled Pork (nice & tender), served on rice, with Cole slaw, and a bowl of peaches and pears. I didn’t take a dessert. Once home, I finished the Chocolate Chip cookies John brought home from the trail work yesterday.

On the way home, I went by our bank, and deposited 2 checks: another returned one of $127 from a procedure I was charged for after my deductible had been met. I realized that at the time, but didn’t have any choice except to pay it. Luckily, the Yakima Memorial Hospital’s account department is honest and refunded the money. The second check was from the local Co-Op and is part of a reported PATR for income taxes, so I had to deposit the $5.12 for the record to put in my tax file. Then I stopped at Safeway for their Monday Fried Chicken special. In the checkout line I was visiting with a gentleman in front of me in, and when I looked at his face, I realized I recognized him, and asked his name, because I couldn’t remember from where. He told me, and I returned mine, and said I think I know you from the university. He said he is a retired geologist. Of course, I said, well I am a retired geographer, and we shared the same building.
We enjoyed visiting further after realizing our past connection.

John just returned from putting the license tab on my Forester. He realized the paper showed the car still had a lien on it from the original purchase. (It has long since been paid off). I called Chase Bank and found out I had to go by in person, with my registration and social security number to request the lien transfer, and then I will have to go to the Department of Vehicle licensing to have it re-titled. I asked if there was a charge and he didn’t think so. If there is, I will request Chase Bank pay for it. It should not be on my tab, in my opinion.

We are having fried chicken for dinner, with butternut squash casserole by John, and I will finish the rest of the salad I carried along today and didn’t need to eat at the food bank.

Well, I suppose I should tell another bank story; this one is my current bank. February in 2017 we paid off our 30-year mortgage loan on our house. That meant we had to start arranging for our property taxes and insurance. I went to my Umpqua bank and set up a recurring payment for every 6 months for the value of taxes owed. This year, the Kittitas Treasurer’s Office notified me that I could have my taxes automatically paid through my bank at their office. I didn’t realize that the taxes had changed (gone up), nor did I realize the recurring payment did not apply.

After I had deposited my checks and got home, John said, did you have them tell you the balance in the account. I had not requested it, so I got on line and looked at the past month’s figures. There were two withdrawals marked to the Kittitas County Treasurer’s office for similar amounts in the same month. The one for $892.65 had been 4/16/19, but there was another deduction of $913.99 drawn on 4/30/19. A call to the KC Treasurer’s office alerted me to what had happened – the bank was acting as though they still had to pay but took the money from the checking account rather than an escrow account that had vanished. I called my bank, and asked how to alter it. Brandy helped me through the cancellation process, and now all is well. Come October, when the $913.99 is due, I will only pay the difference, $21.34. That was simpler than being refunded the $$ by the county. I have cancelled the reoccurring one for last year’s taxes, and all should be well. I’m glad I reviewed the activity and found the problem.

Started the washer with clothes and my red bag with blue cheese dressing spilled inside it. That was from a leaky container of salad I carried for lunch. It all made it through just fine.

Tuesday, May 7

Had my morning shower, drank a protein drink, so that I had something in my stomach, took my Amoxicillin at 10:00 a.m., and left ~ 10:15 for a stop at the Dry Cleaner. I arrived around a couple of blocks to the dentist before 11:00 and was invited back to start the process. Meant to go by the bank, but forgot, and will save for tomorrow.

My dentist visit went the entire time. I am happy with the results, but have to hope the temporary stays in until I return May 28 for the crown. The crown will be gold, rather than porcelain, because gold is sturdier, and the impression for the new crown it is rather thin from being taken on the old tooth that had worn down significantly. I do not know how long that one has been in my mouth.

I finished too late at the dentist to eat at the Senior Nutrition program, where they were having Chicken with gravy today.

Therefore, I went directly by the Chase bank office in Fred Meyer with my Forester Registration to speak with banker, John. He was off at lunch and when he returned, had 2 people waiting, so the manager listened to my story when I said I wouldn’t wait until 2:15 and he gave me a 1-800 number to call to process the information I needed to remove the lien on my Subaru Forester, that was never returned to us after the loan was paid off 2 years ago (in May). Now the paperwork is in the mail, and when it arrives, I will need to take it and my registration by to the correct office.

While at Fred Meyer’s building, I was next door to Goodwill, where on Tuesdays Seniors get 10% off purchases. I went to the head guy, Jay, and told him the reason I was in search for music stands. An employee standing with him heard our conversation, and she said she would go check in the back. He walked with me to the place any would be on the sales floor. Sure enough, there was a sturdy fold-up metal one, for $4.99, & with my senior discount, it was $4.49. After figuring out how it worked, I bought it, and he pulled out his little notepad and took my name and phone number, saying he would call me when one came in. Nice service. Now I’m busy printing my name to attach to the stand and to the case of another smaller one I have. I’m taking the two of them in a wheeled carrier to collect others from people in the group, so that we can leave them in a backroom standing collected in a corner, and not have to cart them maybe a block from a parking space downtown.

These Nick-Links arrived today from Nick Zentner, the last one of this season is here for the first time; I will put all in here for anyone who might have missed it. The first three have been out for a while.

Nick thanked us all for attending and reminded us the “downtown” series will continue next April at Morgan Performing Arts Center, our new location. Below are the locations and each is followed by a brief description of content.

1-Supercontinents and the Pacific Northwest

Montana’s Belt Series featured.  Tales of supercontinents Rodinia and Columbia.  Glacier National Park.

2-Plant Fossils in the Pacific Northwest

Palm Fossils at Blewett Pass and Petrified Tree Trunks at Vantage featured.  Includes excitement of finding George Beck’s original journals from the 1930s.

3-Supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest

Water moved ashfall into a 30 foot deposit (now lifted and exposed) near Mattawa; southeast of us. This is now known to have come from a significant explosion of a volcanic hot-spot. This ash is tied to Bruneau-Jarbidge Caldera in Idaho.  The video includes a visit to Nebraska (ash went that far), and central Oregon.  

This is the latest you have not yet been told about from me (the professional copy) – you have already received my personal front-row videos of Nick in a previous blog.

4-Hells Canyon and the Ringold Formation

Connection between Ringold sediments and Hells Canyon development.  Includes fish fossil work by Jerry Smith. Also, new zircon work by Lydia Staisch.

Change of subject: to WTA trail work in our Kittitas Valley.

Here’s a great report from Beth Macinko on the WTA work on the Manastash Trail that happened this past weekend.

Thank you everyone for coming out to work on Manastash Ridge on Sunday. You built 400 ft of new tread and did the finish work on 200+ more feet for the Westberg Trail reroute – this reroute will avoid the steep grade sections on the original trail that are causing erosion and vegetation loss. Thanks for working hard to move all that dirt from the steeper side slope to make a nice level tread. Your work will make the trail more sustainable to support generations of hikers and the health of the ecosystem. 

Congrats to Jennifer for earning her hard hat today with five work days! Many thanks to Elizabeth for 100 days of trail work with WTA, thanks for bringing your enthusiasm to work parties all over the state! Special thanks to Leighton, Henry, and David for making this your first WTA work party. Thanks to Craig, John S. and Mark for gaining more experience with new tread construction. And thank you to George, Jennifer, Elizabeth, John H., Tim, Jill, and Alan for coming out both days, 1100 feet of trail was built over the weekend, over half of this reroute section.

As Alan mentioned, this work party earned you 8 hours towards a Discover Pass. Volunteering on state lands for 24 hours (3 WTA work parties) earns you a free Discover Pass. Once you have completed 24 hours, you can email volunteer@wta.org, and let them know which work parties you’ve been on. Attached is a link to a shared album with photos from both Saturday and Sunday this week, you can see the trail progress and feel free to add your own photos. Happy trails, Beth

Link to the photos from the weekend:
WTA work May 4 & 5, Manastash Trail, 2019

From that are some favorites, with 3 flower ones below on Saturday’s post.

Here are a few of interest to me from Beth Macinko on May 5th, Sunday.These and one below shows the fantabulous Kittitas Valley from the new trail on Manastash Ridge. Right side, orange hat is Jill – a CWU grad that had friend Ken Hammond as an adviser in 1986, before I arrived. John has orange hat and orange shirt.The photo on the right, taken on the hike IN, carrying all the work tools – by Elizabeth DeVos. Note, John’s orange hat is hooked to his backpack. Two tools are the maximum for carrying and gloves are a must. When actually working, a hard hat is also required, as are boots and long pants. New volunteers get a new green hat on their 5th day; with name or nickname.

I came home to a bunch of deadlines, after running around town doing errands. Went by the dry cleaners, and have my fingers crossed the shirts will be okay for pick-up on Thursday, after I play music at the Meadows Place.

I had to sort out medical bills not covered by Medicare because the deductible (for John) had not been met. I have been in to see doctors enough already this year, that mine is paid up. Also needed a snack after missing lunch. I had not made it out of the dental office in time to go by the Food Bank for a planned meal.

Printed name tags for music stands and for the container to store them at the new location. Thanks to John for his help in adhering them in the right places.

Wednesday, May 8

Got the attendance finalized for KV F&F tomorrow at Meadows. We ended up with 11, with 3 folks making it up from the Yakima Canyon Bluegrass jam.

On my way to the Food Bank (Liberty Theater), I stopped at Umpqua Bank for 3 colorful Frisbees so we could go some not-too-hot day to one of the Disc Golf city parks in town, with another family. It’s supposed to be a lot of fun, but I need to read up on the rules (on line, with demonstration videos). They were given to me by Brandy. John and I both were Frisbee throwers from the beginning of meeting each other, and we also taught our first Brittany, Wisty, to jump up and catch them. She was good at it. We got her in Iowa in 1971. I wish we had had a video camera then to have captured the actions, but all we have now are neat memories.

Food bank music for the first time at the new venue, at the back of the Liberty Theater, in the room managed by the Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Stephen. Monday, I got a tour from a church member, Steve, when I went in to see the set-up and asked about a secure place for us to store music stands so we didn’t have to haul them in every time we play. Many of our members are just singers and didn’t have their own music stand, so several of us (Evelyn, Joanie, and I) combined our extra pair to come up with 6. Our harmonica player brought his own stand, as did our guitarist. It worked just fine. We had 9 players. Everyone there in the audience thought the music sounded better than in the old place. It’s probably because the floors are a nice heavy tile and not carpeted to absorb the sound.

I took my camera today to get a photo of me taken by Joanie in the new dining area (with a full kitchen and industrial dishwasher), wearing a shirt she gave me last week. I received many compliments on it, especially the embroidery on the neckline. The collar on my right is not set right, but you can see the new venue, and in the back of the photo, the kitchen and serving line.Fellow in red hat is Bob, one of our singers; and me, after music.

Today’s menu was macaroni and cheese with chicken that all I talked with said was very good. I had my own salad, so I did not get a plate, but I did take a bowl of fruit (peaches, pears, apricot, pineapple, and a maraschino cherry). Dessert I also took, but brought home to share with John. We haven’t tasted it yet, but it is a yellow lemon looking cake, with white frosting topped with almond slivers. All who had it at my table loved it. It was made by a volunteer who always is there on Wednesdays and makes desserts to share. I took a Ziploc bag to bring home whatever was there today for dessert. After we played, put up all the equipment into the “back” room, there wasn’t much time to eat and still make it to my exercise class on time. It doesn’t help that the AAC clocks are set 5-6 minutes ahead of the actual time.

I went to SAIL. The new daily schedule program was finally available, delivered just today during our class. I brought one home, went through it, and hung it on our fridge. It covers activities, events, and trips for three months offered by the AAC.

On my way home I stopped at Bi-Mart for some Progresso soup on sale, our favorite: Chicken with rice (and a whiff of wild rice), and veggies. It was priced nicely at 3 cans for $5.

Thursday, May 9

Today’s music was at Meadows Place. We had a dozen players present and a large involved audience.

I went by the dry cleaners to pick up my silk shirt and John’s WTA orange shirt. His is a cotton shirt with an iron-on patch from a WTA promotion of 2 years ago. We did not want to put this in our washing machine. He has orange polyester shirts to work in and washing is okay for those.

Also went to Super 1 for some smoked turkey (planning ahead for my salads); then to Joanie’s to return a carry bag and offer some clothes to her in exchange for what she gave me earlier in the week. She invited me to stay for dinner, but I had two other stops before coming home, so I declined.

My first stop was going back to the cleaners to ask about a button missing on the bottom of the silk shirt. They do have a catch thing that will retrieve buttons that come loose during the dry cleaning operation. However, the fellow behind the counter didn’t have access to the drawer and wouldn’t until tomorrow morning. So I left my shirt and said I hoped they could locate the matching white pearl button, but if not, then a white one that would fit the buttonhole would be fine.

Friday, May 10

Awoke to an early morning call from the Dry Cleaner’s. They found a button that would work and have sewed it on my yellow silk shirt. Will pick up Monday.

Hot weather is not far off, so it is time for an inspection and tune-up of our heat pump. Darren, from Brad & Burke, will come on Friday the 17th, at 8:30 a.m. John wants to remember to spray the outside unit for wasps, and make it safe for Darren, who has a reaction, if stung.

John went to meet Ric Gearhart on Clerf Rd to pick up 20 wood pallets. The old Chevy truck doesn’t have a canopy, so he took it. I went along to take some photos and meet the fellow who gave us the pallets and thank him. These were under hay, outside. Now he has a shed.
Ric outside with some; more are in the shed in front of the truck. They are in good shape, and a few have clean fresh wood that can be used for a neat project.
The internet has lots of ideas, like a box.

Once home, I took a photo of the load. They did a nice job of putting them into the pickup bed. I counted roughly ~ 23.Different sizes and shapes makes counting not straightforward.

I’m switching back to a message I received this morning on Facebook, which I accidentally saw. I do not have time to see all things that come across my timeline in one day.

Jennifer Lipton, whom I taught with in Geography at CWU, sent it about an award ceremony for the College of the Sciences. Here’s her comment (about two students I know); others were included I do not know.

Awesome evening at the College of the Sciences award ceremony, with my amazing graduate student in our Cultural and Environmental Resource Management graduate program Beth Macinko and fellow co-Director Pat McCutcheon. Geography student Caleb Valko has decided to go to grad school at UNT for his Masters after I connected him to my fantastic UT Austin Geography friend, Dr. Matt Fry!  Pat, Beth, Jen, Dean Tim Englund ^.^.^. ^.^. ^ Caleb with Jen.

I spent a lot of time this afternoon, going back to my old Toshiba computer I hadn’t used in a while. I needed to find backups of a previous year’s tax data to use with the TurboTax program. My Dell had an incomplete background folder that needed to be on here (the Dell) to give the history needed to move forward to the software. That meant I had to find my external CD/DVD drive I had bought to use with the Dell (because they do not have CD options on new laptops). Then I had to install the software to run the drive on the Dell.

The process took a lot longer than expected, using a lot of C drive space. I’ll have to back up and delete some of the unneeded things. I don’t like the time to take to do this. Thankfully, once installed, it returned some space on the disk.

Got that done. Now am installing Turbo Tax. I finished and got started but have gone as far as I could without looking up some receipts to put new numbers into the template.

Saturday, May 11

A wedding of musical friendsHumor at beginning – collaring and the rings shared during vows
Today I planned to drive into the Yakima Canyon to the 1:00 wedding friends, Maury & Marilyn. I made it there in time to get a seat but stood through the ceremony, videotaping it.

Wedding Ceremony–Marilyn & Maury, Big Pines, 5-11-19

After ceremony, Marilyn’s daughter Tammy sings Love Songs

Maury’s grandson Liam sings, ‘Old Man Look at My Life’

If you’d like to hear the songwriter, Neil Young, sing his song, and tell his story of the origins, check out this link. The entire lyrics are posted with the video. Liam might appreciate this. (I don’t have his email to share, if someone in the family can, please.)

Neil Young – Old Man

After the wedding, I drove to Costco (21 miles, r.t.) for filling my car with gasoline (@3.249/gal). Circle K in EBRG is the lowest at 3.399. So, the price went down in EBRG from yesterday, and I only saved 15₵/gal instead of the expected 20₵. Still worth the trip, as I needed Acetaminophen. And the drive was beautiful today, down and back. I traveled back to the Big Pines Campground and visited with the family & friends. I took my fiddle, but they were on a rest break, in the shade, and had already served their wedding cake. I got there in time to get a piece with frosting, and brought some of the second layer of 3 small pieces back to John without frosting, which had been left on the tray. He likes chocolate cake and I think got some of the raspberry layer on the top. Visited for about an hour and had another photo made on my camera, by Tamara, with the newly married couple and me beside the tree which provided the nice shade which kept us cool for the service. The temperature was 89 in the canyon, but thankfully with a light breeze. Marilyn, Maury (changed from his bib overalls), & Nancy without her John Deere wide-brimmed straw hat for the sun we escaped by this wonderful shade tree. Maury & Marilyn met in the canyon here a year ago at this Bluegrass Jam event and chose this as the site of their wedding. Several years ago, John and I met Maury for the first time here as well, inviting him to join our Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends music group. The rest is history.

On my way to and from Costco, via SR 821, Yakima Canyon Road,I passed and missed some great photoshoots on the river, of boats and fishermen (& fisherwomen), but I did take some photos on my return trip from Costco: From my Economic Geography teaching days, I love hops fields and the stories accompanying growing, harvesting, and transporting them to users, in different forms. These vines are new in the Pomona area on State Hwy 821. Right photo is farther upstream on the Yakima River with a boater. Many fishing. It is a catch and release stream through the Canyon.

The green hills were lovely, but most of the Arrowleaf Balsamroot golden flowers were past their prime. They were perfect our last trip down. Here are flowers reserved from earlier this week.Manastash Ridge Trail flowers by Vikram Bisht (member of the WTA work crew); Maryhill vicinity south of Goldendale: Phlox and Arrowleaf Balsamroot near the Columbia River, by Jack Powell.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot Plant Description

Sunday, May 12 Mother’s Day

John’s out working before the temperature rises too high. Mostly, he was watering plants in the garden, primarily strawberries.

He came in for brunch, and we have finished a nice Mother’s Day meal of eggs, summer sausage (fried slices), peaches, orange slices, and English Muffin bread toasted with apricot preserves.

Temps have risen in the house to 74, front porch 79 in shade, 76 at the airport 5 miles south, with 27mph gusts to cool things some. All our windows are closed, with no a/c turned on.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news May 10

Item #1: ImagesWe have a few sweet cherry trees and one tart variety. Supposedly the trees produce better when there is a “pollinator” of a different sort. This one starts blooming as the others finish. That would seem to be a flaw in the plan. Still the one small tree gets hundreds of cherries – that mostly go to waste. Birds won’t eat them but eventually wasps damage the soft ones.
It is pretty both when flowering and when sporting bright red fruit.

Item #2: Woodford Treehuggers

45 miles north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is the site of the Woodford Folk Festival. The Festival outgrew a previous site and moved to a larger space that had been severely damaged/degraded.
A group formed to reclaim the site. More than 110,000 trees and 600 species have been planted on the festival site since it was purchased in 1994. This is an article about this volunteer effort, with nice photos.

Revegetation of Woodfordia

At the festival they do have fun. Fire Event photo

Item #3: Finished?

The Acquavella case:
In 1977, under the threat of drought, Washington’s Department of Ecology filed a petition for an adjudication to determine the legality of all claims for use of surface water in the Yakima River Basin.

Water

James Acquavella was the first person listed in Ecology’s petition for adjudication. James sought assurances he would have water to irrigate five acres.
We arrived on the Naneum Fan in 1989 and became involved. Neighbors and us had our lands considered about 12 years ago. Still, every month we have gotten an information form (about 3 8×11 pages), along with about 26,000 other stakeholders.
This 42-year-long battle over Yakima water rights concludes this month.

Item #4: Problem solved

I use Windows 10 and the Edge browser. This week the opening screen has been of a glacier.
Glaciers being ice and mostly white allowed me to see dirty spots on my monitor. I tried to ignore these, but today I got a soft cloth and proceeded to clean the screen. When I was done, the spots were still there. Hmm?
So glacial ice can have a lot of dirt and rock. Okay, got it.

Item #5: Snow in May

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I guess it is too soon to plant tomatoes.
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And that, for this week,
is the not so nasty news.
John

Garden, Flowers, Trails, Birds

Sunday, April 28

We published the blog at 10:43 p.m. and we spent another ½ hour making correctional updates.

Monday, April 29

This morning I sent out the KV F&F note about scheduling for this week, and requested feedback for the whole month. Three people replied.

John worked outside today. Multiple projects going on. Nothing notable or special.

I left in time for my blood draw prior to Silver Sneakers.
It went well and I got to the AAC before they started the class. Got my equipment and went through the exercises. I tried to take it easy with my left arm, but I was still aching when done. When I attend next Monday, I’m going to be extra cautious about taking it easy. My muscles are just not yet ready to have a hard workout. Two months away takes its toll.

From there I drove to the Food Bank Senior Nutrition lunch for a very nice free lunch. It was beef & mushrooms in gravy over rice, veggies side, a roll, skipped the dark mixed greens salad, and had a piece of red velvet cake with white icing, for dessert.

On the way home, I stopped at Safeway for their Monday Fried Chicken special of 4 thighs/4 legs ($4.99) normally $3 higher, and picked up small mini marshmallows for topping butternut squash casseroles.

Once home, I moved the music for May/June into my music book and also into the one I carry for two guitar players in the group: Gerald and Charlie. I have yet to put the audience copies into my carrier and replace the ones from March/April. That got done Thursday morning, just in time.

One thing John did after I got home was harvest our asparagus. I made a package for our neighbor, Ken, which he just picked up on his way down to feed his father supper.

John harvested an ice cream bucket full, and here’s a collage of it. This is the first harvest. He will harvest more on Friday this week, and hope for the winds to die down so he can spray the ground to get rid of the weeds and grass.This is a combo of two shots of the same container of asparagus.

We had Fried Chicken for dinner, with French fries, and tomatoes.

I spent a bunch of time unplanned working on changes in Google Groups relating to the NW Geography Jobs list I co-manage with Caitlin LaBar (who got involved when I was in the ICU in 2009). She managed the list until I was able to return to run it. I shall be ever grateful to her. Tonight I sent her the alert and we decided all probably will be fine taking their deferred settings. We are the only two owners of the group, and no one else has privileges to post or otherwise be involved in the process.

Tuesday, April 30

We have an appointment in Yakima this afternoon for a special test to measure our circulation to our feet. More below.
While there, we will go to Costco for a few things.

We ate a brunch before leaving and took off about 11:20 a.m. First stop, WinCo, for our All Bran Buds. Then across the street for gasoline at Costco, at 20₵/gal. cheaper than in Ellensburg! On inside for things we and a neighbor needed. From there, we drove to our foot doctor’s office for the special vascular test.

I tried finding a good explanation on the web and failed, so I will go with my own experienced testing.

Our appointment was for 2:30 p.m. We were not brought in until closer to 3:30 because they were training a new person to administer the test, and she was the one who gave me my test, after John’s. I watched the test being given to John (by the teacher) so I had a good idea of the procedure. They use two measuring devices (a blood pressure cuff to fit the part of the body measured) and an oximeter to measure one’s pulse and SpO2. The parts recorded / examined, included a large cuff around the thigh above the knee, another of the calf below the knee, then the ankle, and then the ankle BP with the SpO2 on the Big Toe, and finally a small BP cuff on the Big Toe along with the SpO2. The order is top down, first the right and then the left for the thigh measurement. Then below the knee (right & left), and on down the same way to the calf, then ankle, and then big toe.

It was accomplished on an uncomfortable examination table. Normally, the test is completed in 15 minutes. With the training happening, and retesting necessary, John’s went ~ 40 minutes and mine was ~ 30 minutes. We did not walk out of the building until 4:30, so going straight home was not going to work.

We were scheduled at the Iron Horse Brewery at 6:00 p.m., so we went to Burger King getting a Whopper for John and a Crispy chicken for me. The mix & match is still on for $3.00/sandwich. We carried our own bottle of Coca Cola. Then we drove to the Ales and Trails meeting, an outreach for WTA (Washington Trails Association). We parked in our bank’s lot next door.Top left, John (orange WTA shirt) talking with our friend and local wind farm guide, Kristin Ashley. I’m to the left in front of them, out of view. She and John went to get glasses of beer, met and talked to one of the firm, and he gave them their beer. Neat.

Daily Record Link:
Story of WTA Trails & Ales

It was a nice presentation and I saw folks from my past there, and also met some new ones. Everyone received a free raffle ticket, and the prizes were nice. I wanted the pair of socks called Darn Tough with a Lifetime Guarantee. They are expensive. We did not win any prize with our tickets.

Read through the article above to Beth Macinko’s message at the end. That will prepare you for this coming weekend’s WTA trail work party even John is serving on as an Assistant Crew Leader (an orange hat), with Beth as the blue hat, crew leader.

Tuesday is also the day to check Bi-Mart numbers, so we stopped there on the trip home. I was tired of standing and walking, so John did the honors of going inside to check. We missed one gift by “300”, and did not win anything for the last digit either. We didn’t make it home until after 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1

Dave Hazlett, farrier, is coming at 10:00 to trim Myst.
I have to leave ~ 10:50 for the Food Bank to setup music stands and chairs. I’ll make my salad with John’s help cubing cheese, apples, and smoked turkey, to take along for lunch. I will not go to SAIL today, because of special programs at the AAC which cancelled out this Wednesday and Friday’s exercise classes at 1:30 p.m.

Washed dishes, never got to clothes.

After running into Gloria, Jeb, Gia, and Gary at Costco yesterday, I remembered I had never completed sending the videos and report of the KAS 30th birthday party.

I’m now updating the Kittitas Audubon Society’s meeting for the 30th birthday coverage the first week of May and sending to the members for whom I have emails.  I found these after I published the blog on April 18, while cleaning up my camera for Nick Zentner’s talk.  Here they are to finish the evening’s presentations I captured on a different camera.

Gloria Baldi on looking for Sandhill Cranes

Jan Demorest Introduces the Silent Auction

The next one is Lesley McGalliard presenting a delightful step into the past 30 years of our Kittitas Audubon Society’s local chapter beginnings. Check out the comments of when a speaker couldn’t come at the last minute, and CWU offered an 8-track movie of the Life Cycles of Egrets. The content was different from the expected title and provided an interesting evening.

Lesley McGailliard reads Steve Hall’s letter

Gloria Baldi Introduces Speaker, Wendy Shaw

I then changed cameras and you have already seen the videos captured of Wendy’s presentation.

I visited our neighbor Louaine Magnuson this afternoon. I told her about this photo, and will have to follow it with a photo when it flowers. It is a Hall’s Hardy Almond tree. She gave us a dozen seeds but they did not get planted when they should have. Still, we managed to get two trees that are now several years old. This is the largest and looks the best. We will take another photo to put beside it, when it flowers. I hope that happens before Sunday night, at publishing time. Not quite, but half is flowering.
Louaine’s Hall’s Hardy flowering almond-start almond blossoms

Thursday, May 2

John left a little before 8:00 a.m. for the dentist for an 8:30 a.m. appointment.

I finalized the count for chairs today at Rehab and reported them: ten needed. I put the audience copies in their bag and charged the battery in my mic. We may not need it today in the smaller room except for Charlie’s singing to be heard over the players.

John made it home but couldn’t call me on his cell phone, either dialing or through the Bluetooth. He later figured out (but doesn’t know how) his phone got set on Airplane Mode, and would not do anything.

Now I need to eat brunch, get dressed, and go to town to play music.

Before I left and before he ate, the cement on his temporary tooth cap came unglued and the cap fell out. He had to go back to town to have it re-cemented. Sad – it took him 40 minutes to drive in and return, but only 10 minutes to fix. Good thing his appointment was early this morning, because they are not open tomorrow for business. I managed to schedule his trip back in, and then I left for town.

We had 10 players and a large responsive audience. It went well. After playing, I left for Joanie & Ken’s house to offer some tops, but she didn’t want them. So, she offered me some tops and pants that she couldn’t use. I brought home a bag of new clothes and still haven’t had time to try them on yet.

John took a photo of some “yellow” goldfinches on our back feeder. The males are brighter now than when we first started seeing them this spring. See below for that description. Feeder on the patio behind our house on the Naneum Fan. The one red one is a house finch, not a red finch; other are goldfinches. Top right is a pair – male and female (both top pix are from the web). On our feeder, you can see the brightest yellow ones (males) and the duller are females. Interestingly, they are monogamous, having one brood annually.

More colorations with males:Breeding male . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . non-breeding male

Here are some of the female with her coloration through year:Winter coat – others to the right for other parts of the year.

Description of the goldfinches’ color scheme: (worth following)

David Sibley about Goldfinch Colorations

Be sure to follow the above link and watch the slide show. It is very well done and illustrative, especially for children.

More information from David Sibley:

Molt is the process of feather replacement. All birds do it; they have to grow new feathers once or twice a year to stay warm, dry, and airborne, and in many cases they grow differently colored feathers at different seasons to match their surroundings or to impress others of their species.

Among the small songbirds, virtually all species have a complete molt (replacing all of their feathers) in late summer, and in addition many species have a partial molt (replacing some of the body feathers but not the wing or tail feathers) in the spring.

American Goldfinch follows this pattern. Beginning in September, and continuing for six to eight weeks, they molt all of their feathers, ending up with a completely new and pristine set of feathers (and drab colors) as they head into the winter. In the spring, as they grow new body feathers the males especially transform into bright yellow breeding plumage, but the wing and tail feathers remain from the previous fall. As these wing feathers get older the pale buff edges fade to white and disintegrate, so that by the end of the summer the wings look essentially all black. And in September another complete molt begins.

Watch the slideshow, or click on the main image to advance, and see what other patterns you can notice.

Friday, May 3

The rest of our day was busy with outside chores for John and inside ones for me. First he picked asparagus and I gave some to three neighbors. It was not as much as was picked the first day that you’ve seen above. He picked everything today, so he could spray the ground for weeds and grass.

The purple tulips are in Garden #1, red are across the driveway.

Saturday, May 4

At 3:00 a.m. our friend Evie Schuetz was driving over by the Columbia River near Vantage, WA and capturing star gazing photographs that will blow your mind. She posted two. I recognized the location of one (explained below), and she shared some more information.Skies above the Columbia River at Vantage, WA, 3:00 a.m. Sunday, over the Wild Horse Monument (aka Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies),
{ Unfinished, described here }
. . . a neat sculpture high on a hill above basalt, upriver from Wanapum Dam and Sentinel Gap. Once years ago, John and I and several others from the Kittitas Valley Trail Riders club, rode our horses in from the north to the top of the hill right next to the sculpture. It’s really quite amazing close-up as it is from far away. The 15 horses are made from iron sheets and are about the size of our riding horses.

The last one she sent me after I made some comments and asked some questions. On that one, she said: Nancy, here’s a composite photo of the images I used for this shot, only difference is I used a different stack option, so you could see all the meteors. I (Evie) didn’t post this one because it’s so noisy, but I thought you might be interested in seeing it. I (Nancy) was and I share here as the bottom photo above (look for the streaks) – because of the predicted meteor showers starting this morning.

I sent this link below to Evie when she shared this photo. I received it yesterday from space.com about the predicted meteor showers over the next couple of days (nights). The photo below came from that link.Taken by Astrophotographer Mike Taylor, of an Eta Aquarid meteor streaking through the sky on May 6, 2014 in Maine.

ETA Aquarid Meteor Shower for 2019

John left for Manastash Ridge WTA work party at 7:25 a.m. Not as far to travel as usual. This will be excellent for the next 4 trips serving as an Assistant Crew Leader (Orange Hat), and even nicer being an assistant to the Crew Leader (Blue Hat), Beth Macinko.

John’s day on the trail – Beth put out a nice report this evening with photos. Here are a few I chose with John involved. I was hoping for one of John and Beth together in the same photo.Top left, John explains his saw during the safety use of tools talk, and then is pictured using a McLeod tool (rake) on new trail build.

Jacquie Lawson issues with card dispersal
I’m having problems with no sends and multiple sends on my Jacquie Lawson greeting cards. I need to finish reporting today’s activity to the people in the United Kingdom. It finally was done mid-afternoon. I had about 5 problems to report. No response yet. Might have to wait until Monday.

I continued dish and clothes washing. The relatively new clothes washer is a funky slow thing. Progress!

Sunday, May 5

John left for Manastash Ridge WTA trail work about 7:20 a.m.

He made it home and said the creation of new trail was through more difficult terrain today, but they added 400’ to yesterday’s 700’. Everyone was pleased at the accomplishments.

We’ll end our week with our neighbor’s solar panel installation:April 22 – April 24 – April 28 – 30 solar panels on an old, unused, cattle barn. House is 200 feet past and to the right of the solar array. John took the photos from near the end of our driveway, with a 200 mm lens.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news May 3rd

Item #1: ImagesThis is an interstate crossover for hikers, dog walkers, parents pushing strollers, and folks riding bikes. Approaches are curved, narrow, go up a grade, and not part of the road system.

Item #2: Got hiking boots?

While working on hiking trails, when people approach, the crew picks up the tools and backs off, allowing the hikers to pass by. We often see folks ill prepared for what they are doing (hiking) and where they are (not in their own backyard).
We see people in bare feet, minimalist footwear (photo nearby), shower sandals, and hiking boots we would dearly love to have. We see lots of potential problems, but this an anecdote regarding footwear..

From the Coconino National Forest in Arizona:
Link: stylish, delicate, ankle-wrap sandals

A group of eight people ventured five miles down the Fossil Creek Trail. About 200 people have to be “rescued” (helped) from this area each year. I wonder if this rescue counts as ‘1’, or ‘8’.
There are signs. One is shown in the story.

Item #3: Got Garbage?

Our county sends garbage to the next county east for burial. Material that can be recycled is sent over to Spokane to a region-wide facility for sorting. Works like this for many small places in eastern Washington. Others haven’t figured out what to do with their waste.

In 2013 and 2014, a Canadian company shipped about 103 containers wrongly labeled as plastics for recycling to a port near the capital of the Philippines, Manila. So Canada had garbage.
Then Manila had garbage. [The number of containers of plastic versus garbage seems to be in flux.]
If I were Canada, I would say “Please bury the garbage and we will pay the going rate, plus 25% for the trouble. But, I am not in charge. Six years later this issue has not been settled.
Canada says “. . . we’ve certainly been working hard on this for a long time . . .
Not hard enough!
From Manila, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to “declare war” on Canada if it didn’t take back its trash.
Foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin is going after the Filipino importers who brought the trash into the country but dismissed suggestions they should be sent to Canada with the garbage.
But the garbage is headed north, so says the President: “I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to … your garbage is coming home.
Coming home

For those of a certain age
This song was on the radio when I was six.

Item #4: Trail work
I’ve been doing trail work with WTA for 17 years. For the first time, several regular ‘day trips’ will be close to home – 12 miles across the valley, 16 road miles and about 20 minutes drive time.
The Google Earth view, below, shows the north-facing Manastash Ridge. The star on the lower left is the starting point. The star at the top is where several trails end up. We’ll be somewhere on that hillside. There is history here: Rocks & books
I carried a couple of rocks (from Idaho) up to the top.

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

Parties, cold, wind

Sunday, April 21

Still Happy Easter and we have not yet published the blog. John’s been doing many different outside chores and is out again.

We just now published the blog at 9:31 p.m. and are both tired and ready to go to bed. I found some changes needed in my YouTubes from Thursday night, so I will make those corrections and then hit the hay. First, I had to recharge my FitBit, because it was dead, so I stayed up longer than I wished.

Later this week, after our blog was published with the photo of some decorated Easter eggs, we were sent a photo of some fancy decorated eggs from a long-time blog reader Nancy Bridges, in Sandia Park, NM (north central part).These are amazing. They came from her neighbor. I asked for a higher resolution images of the egg photos sent, for an explanation, and learned that Donna and her young daughter Addie live across the street from them and are like family. Nancy says she gave them a web site that tells how to make them using silk fabric from and old tie. Nancy’s husband, Denney had a tie with birddogs on it that he gave them to use. (Side note: the Bridges had Brittanys from our lines. Denney is a pilot, and flew into the Ellensburg airport from Montana, bringing officials of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to a meeting. On their flight back, he carried back a puppy to deliver to folks in MT to a town near the Canadian border, far away from a commercial airport. John thinks it was Wolf Point, MT, but I do not recall. I should have asked Denney, but they will see this and maybe remember the details better to tell us.

Monday, April 22

John leaves for White Heron for pruning, and I’m get work done that needs to be sent soon – or done yesterday.

Guess I was tired. I awoke to say goodbye to John and earlier to put out the cat, cat food, and greet Sue’s morning arrival with a pet. Then I laid back down and slept until 9:30 when a blocked call came in. I’m so happy our new Panasonic land line system allows blocking calls. I have managed to block two which have been harassing us for months. (Now later in the week I’m up to six being blocked). It still rings in – but only once, and immediately hangs up. I wonder what happens on the calling end, and if they can tell it is blocked or if it just indicates the call was answered and hung up. We are still getting calls (up to four/day from some places, namely the Fire Charity Fund). That is a definite scammer call with only 4% of the funds collected going to fire victims.

While editing a resume for a friend in New Jersey, I recalled a long-ago memory of my Business School education, between college attendance in fall, 1961 (starting with a $500 scholarship at Emory University) and then during the summer of 1962. I’m happy for the memories, but quite grateful I re-entered college at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA (Brookhaven), for summer classes and caught up on all my freshman English and Mathematics courses. In fall quarter 1962, I began classes at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta, from which I was graduated on time, allowing me to catch up with John at the Univ. of Cincinnati for our graduate work in 1965. We both were 1961 high school graduates.

This postcard depicts the Marsh Business College, formerly located at the northeast corner of Peachtree and Harris Streets in the heart of the Atlanta downtown business district. The corner is now part of the Regency Hyatt property.

I was off working on my jobs list, forwarding an opportunity for graduate school in CA, and while using the Pacific Coast email for transfer of a job, this came up… an interesting history of APCG of which I am a member (through AAG, the main Association of American Geographers, of which I’m a lifetime member, my reward after 50 years of paid membership.
History of the APCG:

Founded in 1935 by a gathering of geographers including graduate students and faculty from universities, normal schools, and junior colleges, the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers has a long and rich history promoting geographical education, research, and knowledge. Members gather at its annual meetings for social and intellectual interaction. They receive the annual Yearbook, first printed in 1935, that includes abstracts of papers from the meetings and a number of full-length peer-reviewed articles. The Yearbook is now part of Project MUSE, a widely used academic database that provides full-text coverage for over 400 journals. We thank the Yearbook’s publisher, the University of Hawai’i Press, for helping make this possible. Members also receive the bi-annual newsletter Pacifica. Since 1952 the APCG has also been the Pacific Coast Regional Division of the Association of American Geographers, serving AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, BC, and YT.

John arrived home from pruning and we ate separate lunches. He went outside to shovel manure into the pickup, and I returned to filing receipts and paperwork for the current and past year. John came back in to invite me to tour the yard to see flowers, trees, and garden things he’s growing. So I took a break and went on a tour with him, our companion cat, Czar (Mackerel Tabby), and Annie, our companion dog (Brittany).

These daffodils and tulips are in 3 locations in our “front” yard.

Upper left is long-haired mackerel tabby, Woody; rest are of Czar, short-haired mackerel tabby. Czar is the most recent one in the family of four “feral” cats. We wonder about Czar’s origin. He must have been dropped off in the neighborhood, because he is < 3 yrs. That was determined when he was neutered. He befriended us and we did not have to use a trap to capture him, as we did the other three several years ago.

Neighbors in our 1st garden; hens & chicks beside asparagus.

Today has been a crazy day. John just left to pick up tabs for our 2003 Ford Truck which expired 3/12/2019. He has to get there before they close at 6:00. He needs to drive the truck to White Heron tomorrow with a load of manure. This will be their last day of pruning.

Fortunately, he noticed the expired tab and came in the house to look for where I might have put the registration. We could not find it. I started going through the stack of paid and unpaid bills on the table beside my recliner. I didn’t find it, and decided to check my computer for receipts for vehicles. Not there. He couldn’t find anything but 2018 and 2017 in the truck’s glove compartment. So as a last minute hope, I checked the DOL site where one renews tabs. Sure enough, they needed renewed and had not been done. I rushed through to request it, and got almost to the end and realized it was 5:20 p.m. and they closed at 6:00 p.m. I gave John the phone number and he called to ask if he could come get them tonight. Yes, and I printed a receipt for him that it was paid, even though the cashier said she could check on line. I was still processing it when he called her. He took my Forester papers too, because I had just renewed them a couple days ago and not picked up yet. He got there in time to receive both. So it was a good deal all around.

He left there and went to Bi-Mart, where he bought some spray (like Round-up but cheaper), 3 tomato plants, some seed packets, and came on home. He was tired from his long day of pruning, loading manure, feeding livestock, and so he sat down for a nap. I went and took my shower, so I could do it while he was in the house. Once out, we fixed our supper. He had cut an apple and some smoked turkey into cubes for me, so I fixed a salad with Iceberg lettuce, turkey, apples, pistachios, tomatoes, and bleu cheese dressing, using Cheez-its® as croutons. He had tomatoes & broccoli with dressing and a bowl of chili with the few pieces of smoked turkey I didn’t need in my salad.

I have been processing the photos I took on our tour of the yard this afternoon, which you have seen above.

Tuesday, April 23
John left for White Heron and the last day of pruning. The back of the truck under the canopy was filled with dry horse manure. Eventually it will get put on the purest sandy parts of the vineyard. After the morning pruning, Cameron and John unloaded the manure. Sadly, while John had his camera along, he did not take a photo of the load. Instead, I’ll show you what he brought home after a stop in Kittitas for a load of Poplar chips given to us.

The picture below shows the pile of chips and it’s alongside of a photo of the load when John arrived home this afternoon. He backed the truck to the pile, and shoveled/raked into truck bed. He will use it to cover paths in his gardens and up through the sagebrush & steppe vegetation on our property closest to the road.

Chip pile in yard and truck bed what got brought home (about 6x8x2 = 96 cu. ft.). The load of manure filled the entire space, except a small amount at the back. [about 8x6x4 = 192 cu. ft.]

I had other tasks I was working on this morning before I left for my haircut. The biggest was trying to sort out the return trip for the chips, as John did not have the telephone contact to call the fellow in Kittitas with the expected time of arrival.

There were other things I spent time doing – getting ready to leave and trying on some clothes to see which would work for an upcoming event, and checking the size of another few. Also had to finish emptying the dishwasher and reload and soak more dirty dishes. I still am not through with that.

John fixed us a pizza tonight. I’m continuing work on filing and mixing in cleaning up the cameras for tomorrow’s last Nick Zentner presentation for April. I need to charge camera batteries.

I’ve been working on several different projects, and now we are ready to have dessert and crash for the night.

Wednesday, April 24

We called our farrier and scheduled Myst for a trim, May 1.

I have to get ready for leaving at 10:50 for the Food Bank, to setup music stands and chairs. I’ve made my salad with John’s help cubing cheese, apples, and smoked turkey, to take along for lunch. Need to fill my car with expensive gasoline, go by the pharmacy, and grab some razors for John. I may not have time to go to SAIL today. I need to get home and be sure my cameras are ready to film tonight.

I succeeded in downloading a camera manual for my Nikon S9500 a couple days ago. I have been searching the manual for the way to get rid of the sound of the shutter when taking a still photo. I just finally found it and made the correction. A search on sound settings revealed the directions. I turned off both sounds for shutter and button sounds.

From the front row of Morgan Performing Arts Center in Ellensburg, WA:

Nick Zentner’s fourth (and last this year) “downtown” lecture April 24, 2019 is titled: Hells Canyon and the Ringold Formation.Nick begins his lectures with chalk boards and moves to visuals.

Here are the links:
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Hells Canyon & the Ringold Formation (Part 1: Boards)

Check the visuals near the end for the story of Lydia Staisch’s (** SEE BELOW **) research on our area and the USGS changes she is providing with her research. She was on campus last year and introduced many to her procedures of studying the zircons in sandstones from sites of the past.

Hells Canyon & the Ringold Formation (Part 2: Visuals)

. . . and a special entry:

West VA story from Nick’s past, Whitewater Rafting New River

The one above was filmed on my Nikon camera – the story about Nick as a recent grad trying to predict the age of the river canyon of the “oldest” river in North America. It’s hilarious and worth viewing the separate clip. Because I was operating one camera with my left hand for the Part 1 (Boards) of the entire lecture, and this with my right hand, following Nick around the stage. Trying to keep his head in view was difficult, but you can follow. This story goes back to 1990. He arrived at CWU in 1992.

** Lydia Staisch was with us last year, the end of May:
Lydia Staisch-Research Geologist–Ringold Formation White Bluffs

FOOTNOTE: regarding Lydia Staisch’s May 31, 2018 presentation at CWU to the IAF chapter meeting (abstract):

Lydia Staisch, USGS Research Geologist, will present her team’s research on the “Sedimentology and U-Pb detrital zircon provenance of the Ringold Formation: implications for the ancestral Columbia and Snake River drainage” at 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 31, in Central Washington University’s Science II Building, room 103.

The research team of Lydia Staisch, James O’Connor, Christopher Holm-Denoma, and Jeremy Alexander have been using detrital zircon provenance and age dating of volcanic tephra to potentially rewrite geological understanding of the ancient river courses of the ancestral Snake River.

The Miocene–Pliocene Ringold Formation has been an important marker for understanding where and when the ancestral Columbia, Snake, and Salmon/Clearwater Rivers flowed. Over the past century, many researchers have provided important insight into the river history, and most studies have focused on fish fossils and river cobbles as evidence. However, the details and mechanisms for river reorganization are still debated. To add to the story, we provide a new data set of detrital zircons, which provide a unique fingerprint to identify source terrane.

We analyzed fluvial sandstone samples from the Ringold Formation on the north side of the Saddle Mountains for detrital U-Pb zircon provenance. Above and below the sampled sandstone, we dated interbedded tephra layers that bracket the time of sandstone deposition between 7.0 and 3.4 Ma. Importantly, these new ages show that the Taunton fish fossils are older than previously interpreted. For comparative analysis, we dated detrital zircons from modern Columbia, Okanogan, Spokane, Methow, Yakima, and Salmon River sands, and supplemented this with existing detrital zircon ages from the Snake River Plain.
Our new evidence, along with extensive paleontological data from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, entirely change the story of drainage reorganization. We show that the Snake River was in Pasco Basin and depositing sandstones before 3 Ma, which is when most other researchers suggest it flowed elsewhere. Whether this means that Hells Canyon was carved before 3 Ma is still up to debate, but we have several weeks of fieldwork immediately before this talk that is specifically aimed to answer that question.

My videos while she was here from Thursday night: May 31, 2018
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Lydia Staisch Ringgold Formation Sedimentology & Provenance

Lydia’s Q & A

Nick Zentner’s invite to tomorrow’s noon lecture by Lydia
2+ minutes

I also followed her to a noon lecture on the Yakima Folds the next day, which if anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll pass along my video of her talk and one of the Q & A.

John and I also went on Nick’s Field Trip June 10th, and filmed as much as possible. If you are interested, let me know. It will be a hassle to share but I’m willing. I have ~ 10 videos at the 4 stops on the field trip. It was a great exposure followup to Lydia’s lecture.

Current 2019 Information on Nick’s “downtown” talks at the new venue – Morgan Middle School.

Follow-up Professional Filming by Julian & Sierra:

Meanwhile, below are 3 of the ones on the CWU YouTube Channel.  You can search on that and subscribe, and you’ll be able to reach much of Nick’s stuff, and next week you’ll have access to the professional version of the April 24th lecture.

However, check his own collection at his own website for all of his story.

Nick Zentner’s Personal Web Site

The professional versions of the first 3 lectures at Morgan are now posted on the CWU YouTube Channel:  with one more to come, next week.
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1-Professional version of Nick Zentner’s 4-3-19 lecture:

Supercontinents and the PNW

2-Professional version of Nick Zentner’s 4-10-19 lecture:

Plant Fossils in the PNW

3-Professional version of Nick Zentner’s 4-17-19 lecture:

Supervolcanoes in the PNW

Thursday, April 25

I charged the battery in my mic, good thing, because I had to loan it to Charlie as his was dead. He leads the singing and he needs the mic so the players can hear his interpretation of the music. Also, I called Gloria and Clare to remind them we would be there today at Hearthstone to play the last of the March/April music.

When I got there I was excited to be presented with a gift from Sharon Jenson (our bass guitar player), who knows my desire to dress in clothes for the music we are playing. I had worn a green shirt and green pants for the Irish music we were playing still from March. I put on the gift vest and wore it today. I did not get my photo taken while there (should have), but came home and took this to show her and thank her for the gift to add to my box of clothes for special music occasions. I have a whole wardrobe for Christmas as well. And, patriotic stuff for July.

Irish vest (Thanks very much, Sharon!)

John and I went to the CWU Foundation Scholarship Donor and Recipient Reception, at the Lombard Room starting at 6:00 p.m. It finished earlier than planned and we got out before 8:00 and were home before dark. Cats were happy to see us returning.

We were seated at ~16 tables, and once there, we were unable to mingle with other tables. The desire was to have the donors meet their recipients and to share their progress since the award.

We succeeded with one of our recipients this year, Mallory Triplett, a graduate student in the Cultural & Environmental Resource Management [CERM] program. Our conversation was enlightening; we learned about her current assistantship research and about her planned thesis research to be completed this coming year. She will be studying a stone used by the Native Americans for implements (arrowheads, spears, projectiles, etc.). It is Tachylyte, a glassy volcanic rock found in thin dikes or sills of basalt near where the basalt has come in contact with water, and was cooled rapidly. Her topic is fascinating, and I will be following her progress. She has a geology minor and also majored (with husband Josh) in Anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology at the University of Idaho, where John and I were before arriving in WA. Josh is also in the CERM program at CWU.

Here’s our photo last year at the time of the award presentation, to 2 recipients of the Hultquist Distinguished Service Award: Caleb Valko (undergrad Geography) and Mallory Triplett (graduate Cultural & Environmental Resource Management). Caleb, Nancy, & Mallory

Nancy & Mallory *********** Josh, Daphne (~5 mos.), Mallory

Dale Comstock was at our table (he is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics) as the donor of scholarship awarded to a young man who is an Abstract Mathematician, well above John’s and my head (knowledge) of mathematics.

Also at our table was Tim Englund (originally a mathematics faculty member), but now he serves as the Dean of the College of the Sciences. He and John worked on a trail maintenance trip through Washington Trails Association (WTA), where they volunteered together in 2006 and carpooled to the work site. It is an amazingly small world. They will be joining the trail work again on the first weekend in May and June, working on our local Kittitas valley’s Manastash Trail, with ironically, the crew leader being Beth Macinko, who is also a student in the CWU Cultural & Environmental Resource Management program. Beth is the granddaughter of George & Mary Ann Macinko. Mary Ann was there tonight, at a table across the room from us, visiting with her scholarship recipient.

Shortly after we were seated, we were encouraged to go for food. It included such things as meatballs, skewers with onions, peppers, mushrooms, pastries with various contents, shrimp on lettuce leaves, several cheeses (Brie, Cheddar, Gouda) and crackers. Desserts: mini pies (pecan, cream & fruit), brownies. Beverages offered were coffee, flavored water, and canned drinks. The meal was served buffet style. After eating and visiting, there was a program with a few speakers; two were scholarship recipients, one remotely by video from Japan, and the other, a Hispanic student, first in her family to attend college, only possible through scholarships, and a part-time job.

I did not see Caleb (he was likely at a table elsewhere with another donor, or he might not have been there because the other donor was unable to come because of being in the hospital for 3 weeks in Seattle). Caleb received more than one of the scholarships presented by Geography.

The principal reason for the meeting tonight was to introduce donors to their recipients. While I do still know some of the students, other donors do not. We enjoyed many stories among the 3 of us, Mallory Triplett (CERM grad), John, and me. John was also talking WTA/trails with Tim.

Mallory explained the assistantship she is working on and I asked about her thesis topic. I have described a little about that above. I learned that her minor was Geology, she is from Sandpoint, ID, and had a horse while still there. I found out she’d be interested in many of the lists I moderate/maintain to share videos taken at CWU on Geology or Ice Age Floods research. As well, I provide a service weekly to send Earth Science Web Sites to over 100 people, and those are passed along from a geographer friend in central Michigan, Mark Francek. He sends his out weekly, except during major school breaks (as December and Spring), and he does not publish them in the summer months. One year he went with a few students across the country on bicycles studying U.S. geography. I succeeded today in adding Mallory to all the lists.

Friday, April 26

I am going to a Scholarship Luncheon today, in Barge (oldest building on campus), Room 115. We had a nice lunch of Tortellini soup, BLT pasta salad, and cookies (which I forgot to take). It was held in the office of the CWU Foundation, the folks who put on the Donor/Recipient Scholarship Appreciation program last night.

At 10:40 a.m., I sent out this week’s links for Wednesday night’s Geology lecture.

The rest of our day was busy with outside chores for John and inside ones for me.

Saturday, April 27

Below the Wind Gusts map are the temperature and winds recorded at our airport this afternoon. We never made it to 52 mph, thankfully, as forecast as a possibility by the Pendleton National Weather Service.

We did experience high winds today. At 9:53 a.m. the airport weather station, 5 miles south of us, reported 43 mph gusts. Down the road a couple miles from us, we shall put in an appearance today at the Bar 14 Ranch for a party. The party will have a Taco Bar, grilled thin marinated steak (Carne asada), salads, desserts, and more. There is live music, and they are planning to hang a Piñata. We got there just in time to see the kids trying to knock it open for the Mexican candy inside.

Composite photo description: Piñata (day before), Birthday boy, Jude eating cake outside at the party, live music behind Uma (purple hat), mom Raychel (light blue jacket) holding Jude. Taco Bar behind photographer.Piñata, Jude 1st BD “spring” party, Uma, Raychel, Jude-Live music

John needed to go to town for some colas and for some Black Oil Sunflower seeds on sale at Ace Hardware, so we hit the party on the way home, hoping we wouldn’t get blown away.

Once there, we visited with Dave & Linda Lundy (Grandparents of Uma & Jude), and the rest of the family. We decided to give the Lundys the wine to share, one a Red Blend of 2/3 Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon (1/3), and another, Rose’ of Syrah, one of my favorites. In addition, we gave them 3 large lemons from our stash sent from the Resslers in Cathedral City, CA, which Linda is going to use to make her favorite dessert (from the UK), called Lemon Posset. I wish we could taste her creation, but I asked her to send me a photo of them when she makes it. Luckily, she can freeze them after they are made, because the lemons need to be juiced soon. Lemon juice & zest, cream, and sugar are the main ingredients. Can be served with fresh fruit, if desired.

Visited with a couple of my former students and their children, ate from the great taco bar, had dessert (awesome cake made by Linda covered with strawberries), and we left because we were getting cold in the wind. The temperature was below 50, the wind was constant and creating a cold wind chill.

Once home we continued house projects. I followed up on searching for the map above of wind gusts, and learned of this NWS forecasting maps current for the week. I went back & forth with a meteorologist at Pendleton about this. Open the link and click on None Selected. I selected Day 1 and for the forecast, I selected Wind, and I clicked GO. It gave me similar information and I found out the software used to make them is Python; also learned that the National Weather Service still relies on much weather related software written in Fortran (which was the programming language I learned in the sixties and taught during my graduate assistantship at the University of Cincinnati Computer Center, where I was stationed.

Access to Nat’l Weather Service Forecast Maps

Sunday, April 28

John has been outside late morning, doing yard chores. He just returned for our brunch. I have been working on computer issues, mostly finalizing my blog draft for him to review. Also, tried to straighten out problems with a Jacquie Lawson card sent to our friends the Wests, in Yakima, to a valid email address. For some reason it is not being delivered. I just sent another entry they can add to their address book to allow the delivery. We will have to try that by sending another card, to test the theory. My fall back is I sent a copy to myself, so I can always forward that from my account (which won’t be blocked).

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news April 26

Item #1: ImagesPink and white Phlox with a few yellow flowers for contrast.

Who knew the use of this thing on the trunk?
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One of the new tulips for this year.

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Item #2: Time and Tide

From the southeast of Great Britain, southeast across the Bristol Channel from Cardiff, Wales – – comes this interesting story. The Channel is open to the North Atlantic Ocean and, therefore, tides.
Bristol Channel has a tide of 43 feet (13 m), second only to the Bay of Fundy.
We have not seen either of the above, but we have watched the “Bore Tide” south of Anchorage, on the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet.
You can have a look: Bore Tide There is a video there.
So, folks go to Brean Cove (see image #4, above) and drive a van onto the sand. The green line shows the width of the hard sand in the image, a parked vehicle, and a fence (F). So far so good.
The story says a man parked and walked away. Next the tide – the 2nd highest in the world – rushes up the channel as the sun sets.
#1 makes a good photo. #2 shows the incoming saltwater about half way up the van. #3 shows only the antenna above water.
‘Time and tide wait for no man’

The time and tide phrase is ancient; pre-dates modern English. The earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225:
“And te tide and te time þat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet.”
A version in modern English – “the tide abides for, tarrieth for no man, stays no man, tide nor time tarrieth no man” evolved into the present day version.

Item #3: Got cards?

A Washington State senator, Maureen Walsh, made a statement last week that has garnered a passel of playing card decks. Our politicos were debating legislation that would “mandate uninterrupted lunch breaks and rest periods for hospital nurses.”
Hard working Maureen said “I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks…they probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.
Ouch!
Nurses and friends of nurses did not think this was nice.
She was invited to a hospital for a day, and will go to a hospital and shadow a 12 hour shift. Likely, she has never worked a 12 shift, so they had best have a doctor shadow her for when she collapses.
But wait; there’s more.
Someone posted an image and address and suggested she be sent cards. The USPS has kept a tally. 667 packs of cards have been delivered, as of Tuesday the 23rd. She has been getting about 300 packs per day. No word on how she will use them.
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She did have an important point to make but no one can remember what it was.

Washington’s governor is running for president to save the world from CO2, Democrats want to get rid of the current POTUS in any way possible, sports has Tiger to write about, English (like a cat sitting at an open door) can’t decide whether to stay or leave the EU, and the rest of the world is in turmoil. None of this registers in the Great State of Washington.
Here the big unresolved question is: Do nurses need a break during a 12 hour shift?

Item #4: Got water?
People in the USA are dealing with floods. That’s unfortunate, but it happens so often (build in a flood plain, expect a flood) lots of folks no longer pay attention. Note the WA State story above.

Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia (a sunburnt country) is having a rare rainy period.
Look on a satellite image of Australia for Lake Eyre. No lake. You will see a large inland area of light browns and white. It is the lowest natural point in OZ. Wikipedia has an entry: Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, with maps and photos. The section on ‘birds’ is informative.

The current story: “Lake Eyre could get to its fullest since 1974” is here: Link.

Another – older – story, with better photos, Here.

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

Spring is back

Sunday, April 14

You’ve already heard in last week’s blog what we did today.
Most of our evening was spent working on the blog, or doing email correspondence. John read some more in his book, loaned by a friend, Tim, titled “Longitude.” He already knew most of the story, but enjoyed reading the details.

We published the blog at 11:55 p.m.

Monday, April 15

We left for town at 9:15 and didn’t get home until afternoon. Our original trip was to have our toenails trimmed by a foot doctor (Medicare covers the cost, after deductible paid). We were an hour late being seen, because of a busy morning and only one doctor being there. We also learning of a vascular test we should have once a year to check on the circulation in our legs to our feet. The test takes about 15 minutes, and a blood pressure cuff is wrapped around your thigh, and on down your leg to your ankle. We decided to go to the Yakima office for our tests because the only day they do it in Ellensburg is on Thursday (afternoons), and I cannot get out of music at assisted living homes until too late. So, we will combine our trip with going to Costco, which we need to do anyway. We are scheduled for 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, April 30th.

Once in we had a nice visit and found out he and his family were going to France in May & June. Once home, John turned on his computer while eating brunch, and saw the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris being destroyed by fire. So sad, but I have the memories of being inside there in 1965 on a Geography Field Trip to 17 European countries, which ended in Paris after 9 weeks.

The rest of our morning trip was to two grocery stores. We loaded up on drinks, chips, ground beef, bananas, and on BBQ sauce of which we now have a lot, on sale for $1. John splurged and bought a container of Maple Syrup, which was still expensive, but marked down $16.00. I told John that for me, I’m fine with the sugared water in regular Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup or something cheaper. I think I paid 99₵ last time I got a bottle. Then, off for Fred Meyer’s special on PowerAdeZero for me at 59₵ each, and some Colas for John, 77₵ – and two boxes with 24 Pepsi cans, each – $6/box. I dislike shopping there, but certainly don’t mind taking advantage of their tremendous mark-downs. I guess they are “loss leader” specials to get you in the store. I have always been intrigued by that concept pricing strategy.

I came home to some magnificent news. I had a phone call from Colleen Meyer at the Yakima Heart Center. She had delivered my report and request to Dr. Dave Krueger, and he has agreed to take me as his patient. What a huge relief! He is in charge now of all the cardiologists and was not taking any new patients. I wanted someone who was there at the time I had my open heart surgery and during the time building up to it in the fall of 2009. I’ll be scheduled to see him in 2 months and get another device check while there. The appointment has been made for June 24th.

Below is what he writes in his biography on their providers’ site, and I LIKE this, particularly his comment, “On Patients”:  

On Patients:  I strive for full patient involvement in their own care and their medical decisions. I love prevention and a healthy lifestyle is the best medicine.
On Cardiology:  What an exciting time to help cardiovascular patients- new medicines and tools keep improving patient care.
On Yakima Heart Center: I am proud to be on Team YHC, where every individual is dedicated to “patients come first”.

You can see the whole statement and his photo at the link below, but you have to click on the bottom of his picture (Dave Krueger):

Dave Krueger, MD (my new cardiologist)

Returned to some more email requirements. Have to set up the attendance for two music events this week; one at Pacifica and one at Briarwood. I just finished that. It was more involved than usual.

I still have not figured out what it is that is on our kitchen calendar in John’s handwriting, that says we are out for dinner at 5:00 this coming Tuesday (23rd). We’re hoping it was accidentally put on the wrong day (maybe in the wrong month).

John went out to work on the logs and house-number sign at the end of the driveway, which got knocked off their “podium” a couple months ago. Note the yellow marker added to the photo indicating our structure. Approaching our driveway from the north there is ½ mile of straight road, then a turn. In the photo, a driver has to make a sweeping left turn, and come toward the camera. Once every 3 years or so the vehicle (sometimes pulling a trailer) follows a more straight path and either comes out the neighbor’s drive, or makes contact with the fence support. Less frequently the vehicle turns onto its side.

John made a fabulous meatloaf tonight, cooked a little bowl of carrots, and cut us some Jarlsberg cheese slices.

I worked on the jobs list.

Tuesday, April 16

John left for White Heron and pruning today.

I have to go drop off size 18 pants and 2 blue medicine bottles to Karen at Briarwood; and look later for any 2X blouses. I’m sure I have some stashed around the house in stacks or containers. We need to have a serious purging of our house contents.

I first stopped by the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center with some things to donate and check out what’s there. Wow – a treasure trove! Stuff for John and for me and for others, if they don’t fit me. One thing is a leather coat for me with embroidery on the sleeves and back (but not the front). Very nice; made by Roper. I found a similar one on EBay that claims the original cost was $250.

Another item (for John) was a brand new Helly Hansen manufactured jacket with a logo of UniSea Renton, WA (Seafood company in Alaska), on the front left side, instead of their normal HH logo. We assume it was paid for by the company for their employees at their Renton, WA facility (cold storage, in the global market). Their company is involved in harvesting wild, seafood products in a sustainable manner, including: Alaskan Pollock, Alaskan King Crab, Snow Crab, Bairdi/Tanner Crab and Golden King Crab, Pacific Cod, Halibut and Sablefish. They are proud to describe these are sustainably harvested from the deep, pristine waters of the Bering Sea, according to Federal law and State of Alaska law. A visit to their web site (particularly to the Galleries tab for some videos), is worth your time.

UniSea, Inc.-Pride of Alaska

The economic geographer in me and my past teaching made me provide the information above.

Another geography connection:

This appeared on Facebook today from Cameron Fries at White Heron Cellars with a glimpse at part of the Mariposa Vineyard, where John has been pruning wine grapevines since February. Cameron’s comment is below the photo.We lived in the wine making region of St. Saphorin in Switzerland for a while. The vineyards there are very steep and terraced with rock walls. Those walls have thousands of the same flowers that you can see flowering in this photo. When we had to terrace the hillside next to the winery we deliberately recreated a small part of that landscape, including training the vines into the traditional ‘Gobelet’ style. And thus we welcome spring to the Ancient Lakes Viticultural Area.

On my timeline on Facebook, I shared this comment:

We hold a special place in our hearts for our friends, Phyllis & Cameron Fries, owners of the White Heron Cellars winery and Mariposa Vineyard. Starting in 1998, Cameron started coming to our class at CWU in summers to discuss the cultivation and history of wine grapes, and to provide a tasting of wines in the classroom. Our jointly taught class was held every summer through 2008, and hasn’t been taught since. It was called, Wine: A Geographical Appreciation.

We had field trips, and when Cameron & Phyllis moved to their current location, west of Quincy, WA, we continued his participation at the vineyard and winery. There, they arranged for a 6-course dinner with different wines for all the students at an incredibly reasonable price.
John and I drove CWU vans of students each year there for our first field trip of the year. With the view over the Columbia River, it provided a beautiful setting for learning and enjoyment. Below are some of our photographic memories of their vineyard, winery, and one view from their house on the hill above.Mariposa vineyard – Summer, Fall, Winter by Nancy & John – Columbia River

If you want to see why the vineyard is named as it is, it is not because it’s Spanish for butterfly. In fact, it’s because of the Mariposa Lily found throughout the vineyard in grassy areas.

Check out their own web page and look at the first photo you see:

White Heron Cellars & Mariposa Vineyard

More memories at White Heron Cellars winery events:Sept 2018 John, Phyllis (Altesse dog), Nancy, Cameron (tall guy) & Nancy

Memories inside the winery:Cameron, Pétanque balls, Nancy, John, more White Heron wines for tasting

I have great memories of an event I attended alone for playing Pétanque, while John was volunteering as an Assistant Crew Leader for WTA (Washington Trails Association). My involvement on the winning team of 3 members brought back memories of my earlier life bowling skills. The Moscow, ID bowling lanes closed after I left the state and my high series record was never topped. It was a 679 series accomplished in sanctioned league bowling.

Wednesday, April 17

Finally got in touch with College Subscription Services to renew my Smithsonian and Discover magazines. I reached my old friend Shaku Ext 212 again, back after being gone from May to November last year, traveling around the world. I thought she had gotten another job. It’s nice to have a continuing contact at such places we do business.

Sent my chair count for KV F&F music for tomorrow at Pacifica.

Nick Zentner’s third “downtown” lecture is tonight. We got there just after 6:00 p.m. to get our seat up front for me to film. My videos are below. Following later will be a professional edited version on YouTube that will be distributed by Nick Zentner to the email addresses he has in his system. I have also subscribed to the CWU YouTube Channel so I’m aware when they are published.Cougar Point Mattawa, WA Tuff from Idaho Supervolcano, Jarbidge-Bruneau (these photos from the Nick Zentner lead, IAF Field Trip November, 2018 (John was present on the trip).Nick Zentner’s 4-17-19 lecture on Supervolcanoes in the PNW

Be sure to always check the beginning of the video to be at zero minutes… and move it back (as on the Visuals).

Audience for Nick at Morgan Performing Arts Center

Supervolcanos in the PNW (Part 1: Boards)

Supervolcanos in the PNW (Part 2: Visuals)

While we are on Geology, check this out. Joseph Kerski, my geographer friend in Colorado, sent this to me. You saw his photo in last week’s blog. I used to cover this technology in classes for years. I wish this local coverage existed at the time.

Geologists in Washington State use different bare-earth LiDAR products to map geology, landslides, and faults, to study volcanoes, glaciers and rivers, and to model tsunami inundation.

Give it plenty of time to load – much information is included. Yakima River in the canyon south of us in Ellensburg, WA is featured nicely, early in the presentation.

LiDAR exposes Geology and Natural Hazards in WA

Thursday, April 18

It was raining this morning, but turned into a nice day by the time we left for town at 12:50 p.m.

I used the time to finish loading and start the dishwasher so we had something to eat on and with.

John fixed us a nice breakfast: home fries, cut banana, fried bacon, and I fixed two eggs over easy for myself.
John had things to do outside after the rain stopped.

I charged the battery in my mic for music and called in the count of 11 to Pacifica Senior Living, where we played today. We had a large audience turnout and they were appreciative, with a couple of comments about how they wished we would come more often than once a month. We get that comment often, and have no control over it, with all the places we already are locked into from years past.

Tonight, I went back to town with John to attend this gala.

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ 30th Anniversary of the Kittitas Audubon Society ^ ^ ^ ^ ^The meeting tonight was planned to be a silent auction of donated art work, books, statues & figurines, bird houses & feeders, and other paraphernalia associated with birders. It was a fundraiser for the scholarship fund to provide to college students to help with their research, given annually by the Kittitas Audubon Society (KAS).

I arrived early and took a tour of the tables set up with art and books. Each one below is a small amount of viewing time. The two videos of the speaker on snakes, Wendy Shaw, are longer (with 8 and 9-minute viewing times).

First, are the tables of materials:

(1) 1 Prints Priced $1 – $5

(2) Prints by Donation

(3) Silent Auction Bids (Jewelry priced)

(4) An auction item, Figurines priced, rest free things

(5) Many books, Matted Prints, & 2 birding vests

(6) High-priced books and framed prints

This was before the speaker program began:

Wendy Shaw Gopher Snake & Haley

In the above video, at 19 seconds in, Haley says, “I’m used to touching snakes at the STREAM events.” In case you’re wondering – What are these? They are educational meetings with youngsters.

STREAM educational events for kids – build on STEM events, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—into STEAM by adding the Arts, and now the accepted acronym is STREAM, by adding Reading (which includes writing). 

I asked Amy (Haley’s mom) to describe the local program for me so I could educate myself and put in this blog for our readers. Here’s her helpful description:

Yes, there is a group called the Early Learning Coalition of Kittitas County that offers a free event for birth to 5 (kindergarten) to get parents and kids “playing with purpose” and talking to kids about the STREAM areas of education before they start school. The kids get lots of hand on activities and then get a bag with an age specific “learning tool” aka toy – things such as magnifying glasses, counting blocks, scissors, rulers, and a free book each event. I think there are like 16 events, 8 in Ellensburg – 8 in Kittitas. Each month is themed and so both towns get the same theme each month. This month was Farmers Market. There is also Science of the Night, Frozen, Helping Hands (police, firefighters, construction).  I love these events.

The next two are of the program speaker (total time 17 mins):

KAS with Wendy Shaw, Rattlesnake Conservationist

KAS Discussion – Q&A with Wendy Shaw

We bid our adieus and drove home, only to view a beautiful almost full moon (not yet pink).

Our Moon View 4-18-19 Coming Home

Friday, April 19

We worked around the house, inside and outside. I mostly worked on the blog.

I finished the descriptions on Nick Zentner’s videos from Wednesday night, and now need to get them sent off to the folks for whom I have emails. DONE !!!

I have spent much time uploading videos to You Tube, from Wed & Thursday, and keeping the two inside-outside male cats who dislike each other, from tussling.

Saturday, April 20

John worked on loading a pickup with dried horse manure (destination, Mariposa Vineyard), and on cutting our backyard lawn. The soil of the vineyard is short of organic material, being mostly sand deposited in a temporary lake at the time of the Ice Age floods.

I left for Briarwood music at 12:50 p.m. to get there in time to carry all my stuff in, and also help set up. We had a good turnout considering so many people had conflicts with Easter being tomorrow and having family away or coming into Ellensburg. We ended up with a good bunch of players: Marilyn, Maury, Kevin, Gerald, me, Dean, and Amy. Also had our usual happily singing along audience.

We started a little early and finished an hour later, ready for the pretty tables of Easter-themed cookies and iced water (or coffee).Colorful cookies shaped as bunnies, eggs, chicks, crosses, and others.

My morning was spent working on the blog. Afternoon was spent working on emails, after returning home from Briarwood’s music.
I still have a ton of emails to finish, but the first thing is to finish this blog draft, proofing, and additions.

After Briarwood, I took Amy by Jerrol’s to spend my $10 coupon and she got some pompoms (pea-sized) and a can of Masters Brush Cleaner for her paint brushes. She will use them to help teach her Gallery One art class with young children.

I picked up 4 pies at Grocery Outlet and a fistful of broccoli for John. The pies were Marie Callender’s Cookie Dough Cream pie with chocolate bits atop; already at a discount. One cost $4.99 and the other was free BOGO (buy one get one). So I bought two and got two free. $2.50 for a pie is not a bad deal! We didn’t have freezer space for any more. Amy found some Oreo cookie candy on sale that Haley likes.

I went from there to Mt. View Park to let her off at her car with all her stuff, and then she could go meet her family at the birthday party in the park pavilion. From there, I went to Super 1 to pick up my 3-month supply of Lasix. Now I’m all set to put my meds in for the whole week.

We enjoyed Lasagna for dinner tonight with Key Lime pie for dessert.

Sunday, April 21 ^.^.^.^ HAPPY EASTER !

Evelyn gave us and others fancy decorated eggs. We put mine in a salad. No photo. Some of her family came and they made more today. We did receive her photo that we now pass on as a Happy Easter good wishes.
For a look at some fancy eggs do a search on the web with the phrase ‘decorated Easter eggs’ – use the Images tab. Wow!

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news April 19

Item #1: ImagesI took the top 2 photos today. The bottom 3 are from the web.
People have too much time to squander.
A friend was visiting Banyan Bay in Belize and sent a photo of a “weather station” similar to the middle one, with the Coconut. I found this one where the Coconut is much more visible. Regarding the one proclaiming to be mine, I’ve no idea where it is from.
The can of Dehydrated Water is an old novelty item by a real company of Evanston, ILL.
If you want to waste more time you can read about the
Dihydrogen Monoxide parody.

Item #2: Got eggs?

The “in thing” appears to be adult Easter Egg Hunts. The picture here shows some of the 4,000 plastic things being stuffed with a small prize or a gift ticket. This hunt has 300-plus tickets at $25 per entrant. No children.
Some of the “eggs” have cash ($20) in them, others have raffle tickets, and the top prize is a 50-inch smart television set.
The evening event includes a visit by the Easter Bunny and a lineup of games and challenges such as sack and spoon races.
Can you believe sometimes the attendees elbow and knock each other out of the way?
I’m shocked; shocked – I tell you.
Casablanca gambling?

Item #3: Take me to Portland
This is a bit odd. Not a good photo because it is from a WA DOT traffic camera.
With only the driver there, a man stepped into a bus and told the driver he had a gun and he wanted to go to Portland, OR (from Vancouver, WA), about 9 miles. The report does not say how authorities learned of this (on bus microphone and camera ?), but they did.
A few hundred yards before crossing the Columbia River, police laid a spike strip, took the man off, and that’s the end.
Because the destination is only 9 miles away, the person could have walked, and saved himself and others all the hassle.
And the final point is, why does anyone want to go to Portland?

Item #4: “Run Freddy Run.”

A brief escape of a Bison from a Winnipeg interpretive centre pointed me to the Freddy story. This is a bison that makes a habit of escaping its pen on a farm off Highway 405 between Lorette and Ile des Chênes, Manitoba. Also near Winnipeg. This is a year old story.

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The community’s custom apparel company has made a dark blue shirt.
Of course, locals are also making sure everyone knows not to approach Freddy for a “selfie.”

Freddy is not a pet

Item #5: You might like
. . . . . . the dumb crooks site.

Here’s a story with a Washington State connection.
There aren’t many Honda Accords with Washington State plates reported stolen in Hillsborough County, Florida. Nevertheless, a Tampa man, already on probation for auto theft, reported to his probation officer driving the Honda. The ignition column had been punched out and a screwdriver was needed to start the car.

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

Spring is over

Sunday, April 7

Big surprise we published the blog at 10:53 a.m., this morning. I needed to get it out to send to the speaker from Thursday night, and I also need to send some of the links to my email list for the Ice Age Floods-Nick Zentner group, because another Nick Zentner lecture will occur in 3 days.

We had a nice brunch, and I need to now finish the information to send to the CWU-Old folks (CWURA) about our volunteering in the community.

John’s now out planting flowers and arranging the bed to remove some of the tree limbs to provide more sunlight. He’s planting Hollyhocks, Day Lilies, and Phlox.

I’m still working on the CWURA stuff and throwing in some cleaning dishes to the mix. Finally got the CWURA information sent off.

Also responded to the speaker from Thursday night.

Now it’s time to think about going to bed. We had our dessert, cheesecake with peaches.

Monday, April 8

Morning pruning was canceled because of the rain, but postponed to afternoon. John left about 11:40 to be there, and got home after 5:00 p.m.
I tried Silver Sneakers today and it was way too much for my left arm; even my right arm hurt.  I told Roxanne I was not ready yet.  So sad.  I took along $10 for Anne Engels to cover her purchase for me at Costco of Litehouse Blue Cheese Dressing.

I did go afterwards to the Food Bank and they had an interesting lunch.  Turkey chunks in gravy served over steamed rice with microscopic pieces of carrots and corn.  Side of oranges cut very strangely making them totally difficult to eat.  And, a nice roll with cold butter.  Oh well, it was a free meal – not bad for the most part.

Then off for a blood draw at the hospital and it went fine.
Went by Safeway for some fried chicken (their Monday special), which we will have tonight and bought John some colas and for me some PowerAdeZero at a good price. Then by to pick up my seamed up (hole) in my pants from Rita at Briarwood.  By the gas station to fill up my empty tank.  When I drove by 7-11 this morning, on my way in, I saw the price was $3.08; I should have stopped but thought I was lacking time.  I also drove by the City Hall to pick up a coupon for John to use to go to the transfer station and dump a full pickup truck load of household waste and by a friend’s house to drop off a donation for the Kittitas Audubon local chapter 30th birthday party with a silent auction for bird art. Later in the day when I went back on my way home, the gasoline price at 7/11 had increased to $3.14 ~ not nice, so I turned around and went back downtown to Circle K and got it for $3.11.

Started raining again tonight. Wonder if the pruning will be delayed again tomorrow morning. Sue (cat) arrived at the front door for a late dinner and pet. She’s usually there very early morning, afternoon, and late evening.

Tuesday, April 9

John’s leaving for White Heron pruning at 7:40 a.m. Just home for me today.
I sent to Mark Francek at Central Michigan University, a recommendation of Mike Poland’s presentation to the IAF group last Thursday night for adding to his weekly Earth Science Web Sites send.

I sent out the three videos I took of Mike Poland’s presentation to the Ice Age Floods group of email addresses I have collected.

Continuing to update Thursday KV F&F attendance at Meadows.
Finished and send note to Roxanne and Katrina about upcoming events at the AAC.
Called Midstate Coop and paid our bill. Debbie scanned my payment receipt and emailed it to me.
Working on dishes and just filled in and printed the 4868 extension form to mail with check to the IRS before April 15th.Volunteer Recognition Dinner – table centerpiece
Note the baseball theme. Peanuts, Cracker Jack®, and the glass jar is setting on a green outfield with only part of the infield showing (lower left). John has a Philadelphia Phillies jacket (a yard sale find) and forgot to wear it. {Actually, I forgot there was any sort of a theme at all.}
We went and had a good time. Didn’t win any door prizes but did have a lot of food and handouts including: Roasted peanuts, Cracker Jack®, red licorice, coupon for free Dairy Queen soft serve ice cream cone.

We sat across from Haley, Amy, and Dustin Davison, and at the end, Haley with her dad, went to retrieve our box of Girl Scout Cookies from their trunk. That’s a follow-up story. Haley sold more cookies than anyone ever expected – 453! At $5/box, that’s over 2 grand! Now, our question is, how much of that money gets back to the Girl Scout troops. Haley has both front teeth upper left with the Girl Scout pledge; tonight she had one less but showed us the other was loose and about to leave. At the sales booth at Super 1, she was minus two front teeth, but she sold the remainder of her boxes of cookies.

I once was a girl scout in Troop 327 in Atlanta, GA. I made it to Curved Bar.
Cookies cost a tenth then of what they do now. Here is the Girl Scout pledge that I remember till this day: On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country – To help people at all times – And to live by the Girl Scout Law. (whatever that is) –  I now know because I found it on the web:  the Scout Law includes 12 challenges to be:  Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, clean, and Reverent.  So there.  Now just live up to the Scout Law.  

Wednesday, April 10

John left for pruning.

I started by going to the Emeriti meeting at Hearthstone. I packed the cake and cookies, the colorful plates, the plastic utensils, serving plates, and paper towels for the place mats. I took a box of large lemons sent from Cathedral City, CA by John Ressler to share with the retired geographers and their wives.
{Previous post has a photo of one Lemon.}Not everyone had arrived yet, but here is Ken Hammond, Dee Eberhart, Barb Eberhart, Jo Hammond, Jim Huckabay, Carla Kaatz who had to leave early to instruct a class of Tai Ji Quan. Not bad for a gal who just turned 90.This we shared with those there. The Big Bertie in the middle weighed 1 lb 3 oz.Others there, Mary Ann Macinko, Jim, and Diane Huckabay

After our fun meeting, I cleaned up the room at Hearthstone, drove to the FISH Food Bank for lunch music, ate with several people after we played and sang music for 40 minutes. I also had made my own salad to take along for lunch (because I can only have iceberg lettuce, not the dark green lettuce and spinach they put in the mixed greens salad (because of being on the blood thinner Coumadin). I carried my Blue Cheese dressing along separately so I could mix it once there. John cut me some smoked turkey and apple cubes to add. I forgot to put in the pistachios. I packed croutons (Cheez-its) that work fine.

John planned to be home by 1:30, but there was an overturned semi blocking Eastbound lanes on the Vantage Bridge. It took him at least an extra ½ hour. DOT blocked off one of the west bound lanes for emergency and police vehicles.
The two lanes headed west had to merge to one. Earlier, all lanes were closed because fuel spilled and a fire had to be put out.The image above shows a truck (near orange dot) making the turn onto the bridge approach after coming down a 1.5 mile hill.
The truck in the photos was (a) going to fast, (b) hit by a gust of wind coming across the river, or (c) had an inattentive driver. Maybe all three? The entire truck went over the center-line concrete barriers. Note orange bar. Luck was with the driver. The truck did not make it over the railing and into the river, and he had only minor injuries. You can see the truck is headed the wrong way in the eastbound lanes. No other person or vehicle was involved. The bridge was closed from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for cleanup. John got through toward the bridge in the one lane of westbound traffic.

As soon as he helped me in with all my stuff, he left for the transfer station to get rid of a load of household garbage, using a coupon for spring cleanup, and was the offer of the City of Ellensburg. That should save us ~$18. I think he said he had 550#.

Nick Zentner’s second “downtown” lecture is tonight. We got there just after 6:00 p.m. to get our seat up front.
My videos are below. Following later is a professional edited version on YouTube that will be distributed by Nick Zentner to the email addresses he has in his system.Nick Zentner with board intro & title slide of the excellent visuals

Remember, please, that I upload these as “unlisted” on YouTube and not as “public,” so share sparingly.

Plant Fossils of the PNW (Part 1: Boards)

Plant Fossils of the PNW (Part 2: Visuals)

From Nick’s lecture last week, you will find below the professional YouTube recently posted. You can get access to all his “downtown” professionally created videos through the CWU YouTube site. Just click on subscribe. I have not previously been on there. The other thing to check out with Nick is his website, nickzentner.com which has all his stuff, back through the years, including his 2-minute geology series that sometimes exceeds that time. It’s definitely worth a visit.

Nick Zentner: April 3, 2019 Supercontinents and the PNW

This was videotaped and edited by a young man, Julian Smart. He has done a fantastic job.

Thursday, April 11

John left late for White Heron, but should make it fine.

I started my first Fossils lecture send at 8:06 a.m. and it is going up much faster than last week, thank goodness. I don’t know what the problem was last week. It should be up by 9:30 a.m.

Sent second Fossils send (Visuals) at 9:40 a.m. that should be done by 11:25, and amazingly, it was! It was recorded 10 minutes longer than the first.

I charged the battery in my mic for music and called in the count of 12 to Meadows Place Senior Living, where we played today. Charlie (12 string guitar) is coughing and cannot be there today, so I called and changed the count to 11 arm-less chairs.

Now I have to pack up stuff to take with me. Stuff for Amy & Haley, my own things. I was loaded down, so I drove to the front door and unloaded my stuff under the roof (it was starting to rain), and parked my car. A friend met me there with a denim white jacket and red blouse that no longer fit her. They fit me.

We had a good turnout of audience and happy people. They always like our being there to entertain, and visit with them afterwards. We did something different today. We went around the semi-circle and each person introduced themselves and the instrument they play. We have some interesting and different types in our group. I only have two photos from today, but will describe the others. Marilyn was first with her new instrument which is stringed as a mandolin (same as a violin), but put on a twangy banjo base; Maury introduced his dobro; Charlotte her guitar; Gerald, his guitar and how he learned to play it in his lap (like a dobro), when 12 years old, from a local “colored lady” who lived near the Dudley Bridge over the Yakima River in Thorp; Tim presented his Cittern, used in Europe in the 16th & 17th century; Dean showed his harmonica and mentioned how he didn’t have to tune his instrument; I was next with my violin, and then Joanie with hers; Amy introduced all the instruments she plays as a one woman band: Flute, penny whistle, violin, and mini washboard; Sharon on Bass Guitar, Minerva on guitar, and Anne with her tambourine.

Here are my only two photos (Left was at Meadows)4/11 Nancy with Hopf 1889 violin; Tim & Cittern (taken 3/15/19)

I went by Safeway for John’s prescription and by Super 1 for mine. After leaving music, I had to fight heavy rainfall. It has started again tonight here at home. Moscow, ID and Pullman, WA have had flooding with more rainfall happening still. I cannot reach the video because it is on Twitter, and my account was disabled for some unknown reason.

Friday, April 12

John left for White Heron for pruning, taking a few lemons to share with Cameron and the pruners.

I plan to go to the Post Office in Kittitas to send our 4868 extension request to San Francisco with a payment for the 2018 taxes. I have to find my external CD drive to load the Turbo Tax software needed to complete our tax form.

After a reminder call from an office in Yakima, I called Cameron and the pruning crew with the message John has appointment at the Foot Doctor at 9:45 a.m. this Monday, so he cannot prune. Luckily, they send a team on Mondays to Ellensburg, and that saves us a trip to Yakima.

I was on the phone with Lacey, the Triage nurse at my PCP’s office in Cle Elum about having to make an appointment with Chelsea to discuss my use of needing Hydrocodone 10 with 325 Acetaminophen. I only occasionally use a pill. It’s just for times when I will be playing violin music for over an hour and my shoulder is hurting, or when I am in a jazzercise or dancing class. I never intentionally do any over the head/above shoulder motions (because I do not have the range of motion to allow it in the left shoulder). I seldom use the “opiate” drug, so I’m not likely to become addicted. However, rules have tightened up about prescribing such drugs. I will make the appointment before my next request for a refill.

I completed a washer load of clothes; much more needs done.

This afternoon I received a call from nurse Chris, from Yakima Heart Center, because they just had received a report of ventricular tachycardia (fast heartbeat, potentially dangerous) from Feb 15 & 16, sent from my implanted cardioverter defibrillator, that I had recorded a heart rate of 176 about noon and 175 around 4:00 p.m. The device continuously monitors my heartbeat and will deliver electrical pulses to restore a normal heart rhythm, when necessary. These two occurrences did not “set off the device” to adjust the situation, and the activity wasn’t seen for 2 months because they download information only every 2 months. I have had no “shocking” activity since 2010, and do not desire to experience that again.

In trying to explain this current occurrence, I have been thinking tonight about what might have happened. It was the end of the week of the problems with my #30 tooth, infected with bacteria in the roots waiting to be extracted (happened on Feb 18th).

We are temporarily without an assigned cardiologist at the Heart Center. So, today, Dave Krueger, MD, FACC, reviewed my device records and recommended increasing my Metoprolol dosage by 25mg to 100 mg daily, and coming in for a device check in 8 weeks, and also for a meeting with a cardiologist. John and I both talked to Chris, asking questions and making comments. John and I are convinced it was a combination of things. A lot was happening and threatening my heart. We knew it was dangerous because of the likelihood of getting a re-occurrence of endocarditis with the bacteria moving through my bloodstream and into and out of my heart.
I was rather stressed at the time too, thinking the surgery should have been approved and done sooner than 10 days after the finding. The pain started excessively Feb 8, but I wasn’t seen until Feb 11th afternoon at 2:00 p.m. There the X-ray showed the infection and the dead tooth; one could also see the bacteria were eating the roots of the tooth – better than eating my replaced Porcine Mitral valve, which is the main concern of endocarditis.

Fast forward to the end of the oral surgery, Feb 18th. I was given the pieces of the tooth, crown (halved with a “saw”) to pull out each root separately, with the infected tissue attached. I do have a photograph that John took of the parts, which we have included below.

I’ll start with the X-ray from Feb 11 done in my regular dentist’s office. This never made it into our weekly blog, because I was so busy trying to get all my medical records updated from 2016, the last time I was in the dental surgeon’s office for implants. Three years after required a lot of updating to my medical records. I couldn’t get an appointment for a consultation with the team and the surgeon, until the afternoon of 2/14.

X-ray taken, 2/11 – in mouth, 2/14 – Extracted parts, 2/18/19

The left image shows a dead tooth (#30), with a stainless steel crown (we later found out is subject to “leaking,” and I should never have had it put in my mouth). Continuing with the image, note the infection pockets of tissue (dark) around the base of the roots. The ONLY solution was to extract the tooth, yet I was put on the antibiotic, Amoxicillin 500mg twice/day to tide me over until I could get in with an oral surgeon in Yakima (especially, with my related heart issues, and being subject to endocarditis which can be fatal). So there was stress in my life this week prior to the extraction surgery on 2/18/19.

The first high heart rate lasted for 13 seconds on 2/15 and I did not have any noticeable effect or knowledge. The next afternoon, 2/16 (Saturday), I don’t remember how long Chris said that lasted (we both think we heard it was 11 sec), but again neither episode was enough to trigger the device (thankfully in retrospect). Someone might have postponed the surgery, which now has been successfully completed, and I’m back to feeling all right, and having plenty of energy to do all the activities I do.

My surgery was not until 7:30 a.m., two days later in Yakima. I was given a local anesthesia for the work. It went smoothly, and we were on the way home early morning. I had to change gauze pads and keep pressure on the socket to stop the bleeding until it clotted, so that I didn’t get a dry socket.

Since we left the oral surgeon’s office, I was treating the socket every 20 minutes (in the car on the hour’s trip home), to stop the bleeding, using folded gauze pads and pressure. Once home, I was in telephone contact with the SunRidge Oral Surgeon’s Assistant, Lacey. After updating my gauze procedure since leaving there this morning, she told me to suspend the pressured treatment of gauze to the socket. It is beginning to clot, and the gauze will actually remove the clot over the sutures in the socket and keep it from healing. That was stopped at 2:00 p.m., February 18th.

The rest of that week I suffered from various side effects (never determined the cause of things I had happening). I decided I was okay by Thursday, to go play my violin at Pacifica Senior Living, while still experiencing some of the not-so-nice effects: shallow breathing (almost shortness of breath), fatigue, need to stop every 20 feet to catch my breath, unable to carry much weight, and the worst, incontinence. I first blamed it on a reaction to Percocet (of which I only took two Monday, 4 hours apart). I have never taken two Percocet pills in the same day, and I never have had any reactions to that drug previously. I did not take a 3rd pill that day of the surgery, even though it was prescribed for pain as needed every 4 hours.

Since 2009, I have preferred it to Vicodin, for pain. I remember being in the ICU and having a severe pain. The nurse said they would give me something for pain. I suggested it was not a Vicodin pain but a Percocet pain. Finally, it was determined to be caused by a blood clot in my spleen. One of my doctors (an infectious disease specialist, assured me not to worry, because the blood clot would dissolve on its own). I never asked for an explanation of that occurrence, but it did dissolve. Before she diagnosed it, a number of the medical staff were perplexed.

It took my system a while to get over the oral surgery. Those episodes shown by the device (ICD) were prior to the surgery. I doubt we will ever know the reason. I hope increasing the dosage doesn’t cause another outcome of slowing my heart rate too much. It’s normally in the 60s and will go to the fifties while sleeping. (I had an oximeter I wore during my sleep for a couple years, and I graphed the results every night). It no longer works.

Saturday, April 13

One of the things I did this morning was to pass along the latest from Mark Francek in Michigan, his weekly list of Earth Science Web Sites.

When that appeared in this week’s 12 April send to the group, my geographer friend, Joseph Kerski, sent me a video he took last November, during Geography Awareness Week, when he visited Mt. Pleasant, MI, the Geography Dept. at Central Michigan University, and Mark Francek, Professor of Geography. The video was a walk around the Geography Department’s facilities and displays.

I snipped a photo of them from his video to share here because so many of the people who read our weekly blog also receive Mark’s weekly report, and would appreciate seeing their faces. Joseph is a GIS professional, a geographer who works for ESRI, and we have known each other for years. He also had written me earlier about missing seeing me at the AAG meetings this year in Washington, DC, which attracted 8,500 members!

Joseph Kerski & Mark Francek

I have been recommending Joseph’s work for years, used his teaching notes and lab creations in one of my lower division GIS classes (GIS Concepts), which I always taught at nights so that CWU staff members could enroll. In recent years, Joseph has become a leader in Story Maps creation using ArcGIS, and I have sent his work to prior students I keep in touch with.

Check out this: (I hope you can get to the first; I’m subscribed.)

Our Earth by Joseph Kerski

also go here for:

Web and Story Maps by Joseph Kerski

It rained most of the morning but has now cleared in the afternoon and the sun is out. John did his normal outside chores, but both of us have been inside most of the day. I managed to wash another load of dishes. We had brunch and an afternoon snack.

Going to the Grange tonight for a roasted pig dinner, for the Scholarship fundraiser for the Grange for high school students from the agricultural families who have shown animals and been in 4H, but will soon be on their way to college. Also helping tonight were 3 of the recipients from last year. In addition, 4 helpers were there who are this year’s applicants for a scholarship.

My first video was preparation of the meat for our dinner. James setting up the pork for this evening’s meal

Smokey Joe’s Owner Begins the Carving

Second was opening and pulling the cooked pork out. James was giving handout tastes to people watching him carve. I missed a taste then because I was filming. Gertrude the pig was roasted for 14 hours and cared for those many hours by the family – James, wife Kimberly, daughters, Elizabeth & Kenya Jones. Cooking a whole pig is not a task for amateurs. Many first timers only get the outside few inches cooked, or serve 6 hours after the intended start time. We have never tried. We have been to a few of the amateur attempts, and learned of the issues.

Smokey Joe’s restaurant is located in S. Cle Elum at the Old Milwaukee Railroad Train Depot Station, where they serve lunch & dinner, Thursday – Sunday. They close Monday-Wednesday to cater events (in the winter). Check out their website and visit all around it. It is here: www.smokeysbarbque.com Note the spelling carefully or otherwise you will end up in Illinois at a Smokeys Barbeque equipment-selling place.

Carving and Pulling Continues

Grange President Donna Carollo’s Introduction

3 raffled pies before – 6 ready to go – homemade dinner dessert

The pies raffled off were homemade thusly: Apple Pie by Violet Burke, Strawberry-Rhubarb by Barb Hamel, New York Cheesecake by Carel Edgerly, Coffee Toffee Bourbon Pecan Pie by Liz Doyle, Mixed Berry Pie by Terry Coyne, and Cherry Pie by Claire Lucke.

Claire took a photo of the folks, including John and me, that were asked to stand and give the number of years we were educators.

Our meal consisted of the pulled pork, macaroni & cheese, collard greens and ham hocks, Coleslaw, baked beans, sandwich buns if wanted, many different BBQ sauces for the meat. Dessert was a Lemon Tart with blueberry compote (see photo above with pies).

Sunday, April 14

Sister Peggy writes from Parma, OH today that “the storm has passed. Some wind gusts but mostly lots of rain. Little town of Shelby, OH west of us had a lot of damage with trees down. Possible tornado but will know more as crews get out. Now they watch for flooding.  I am fine. Sent Pat a note to tell her. Storm is now on OH-PA line.
John found the National Weather Service warning map.
Clarion is where John’s family lived. Pat, Ken, and Ethel are 16 miles east. Red on map is the strongest part of the storm. It has now (10 PM here) moved east of the PA center one, and stretches from Maryland to New York State. Multiple hazard warnings are in effect clear over to the NYC area. That’s a lot of folks.

It is cold here, windy, and overcast. John worked outside for a couple hours, but is back in resting now, while I finish my draft of the blog.
The Cascade Passes had snow last night. Ski folks are happy even if drivers have to put up with a mess. At home, we are looking for 31°F by morning.
Spring came and went – we are back to winter.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan