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Item #1: Got your flag?

We bought a new flag at Costco and I need to get it up on Monday. Our old one is short a few stars.
Had it been up today, likely it would now be in Idaho. Wind gusted to 46 mph between 4 and 5 PM. At 10 PM it has dropped to 44 mph. Sustained wind is only 28 mph.
Getting it up is a project for Sunday.

Item #2: She can’t wait to eat pizza.

Amber Kornak met one of her favorite critters. It fractured her skull and caused severe wounds to her head, neck and back.
The good news is, it did not kill her.

from Montana – a bear story

Item #3: A beer story
While moving dirt on a trail this morning (Fri., 25th) I hit something that went “clink”. Buried in the brush and under several inches of dirt was a full bottle of Bud-Lite. Vintage 2008. The consensus of the crew was that this was not a cultural artifact worth calling authorities about. Nor did anyone want to sample it. The term “trash” seemed appropriate.

Item #4: Just a pretty pictureHawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to cause trouble, but the good news it has not (yet) blown the island apart.
I found this pretty image while searching for news.
An old photo (9 years ago) of a Kilauea eruption.

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


So much happening in our lives – – –
. . . but, that is a good thing! (Morris Uebelacker)

At 6:00 a.m. this morning, John went close to Bumping Lake to work as an Ass’t Crew Leader (ACL), with Lisa Black. He called me from Gleed, WA (west of Yakima), at 4:17 p.m., made good time, and was home by 5:00 p.m. I had worked all day on several projects.

Tomorrow morning, we need to go pick up Czar, the male outside cat, who made it back from his travels this afternoon just before 6:00 p.m.

We finished the blog tonight at 8:55 p.m., so I have to send a few emails, and get to bed earlier for a good night’s sleep.

Monday, May 14

I called Mike this morning at Habitat for Humanity. He had found a special mailbox for my neighbor. All I know is it is huge, square, made of heavy-duty steel, and will make it through the snowplow and the postman who wrenched her current small mailbox door off its hinges. She’s going to get this one put on a stout pole couched in concrete.

We picked up Czar about 9:30. He’s happy to be home.

I sent this note to the Valley Community Cats Facebook page:Meet Czar – our 4th feral to send through the system for spay/neuter. He showed up in the winter, and I notified Nancy at VCC that we’d be needing to borrow a trap. We first thought he was female and started calling him Sally. He would run in the other direction for the first couple months. He would come in and eat but not stay around if we tried to talk to him through the window. Eventually we realized he was a male, so changed his name to Salazar. Now he is simply, Czar. He tamed himself, coming in mornings and evenings for food, and sleeping around the premises. He loves being petted and is a companion cat with the others following John around doing chores. He rolls in the gravel drive, meowing loudly, to be petted. He allows us to pick him up and carry him 50’. He now has taken to spending days on the veranda of the cable table in our front yard, where we also feed the birds above and the quail come in the fence and eat off the ground. The cats (surprisingly) are ignoring the birds. He follows the shade around, and is there to say goodbye when we leave and hello when we return, or come to the ledge by the front door of our house, when he is hungry. We were able to pick him up and place him in a crate loaned to us by VCC. Nancy and Noella accepted him for their recent trip to Lynnwood, with a bunch of other cats in their car. They had him for a few days before their trip, last Sunday, and for overnight until we picked him up in the morning. We and he so much appreciated the care. Now you see his clipped left ear and he got all his shots and a dose of tapeworm medicine. We now have protected the unspayed females in the neighborhood. Please everyone, consider doing likewise. Nancy will come trap cats for you if you cannot. They are providing a wonderful service which we all need to support. Thanks again.

Here are some more photos of his antics:

Czar in shade on veranda of cable table (Sunflower seeds behind); in the sun wanting attention; sprawled on the concrete, yawning.

I went to SAIL (exercise at AAC) at 1:30.

Tuesday, May 15

Busy day, started with our cleaning out my Forester’s back and putting in the exercise thing, a Gazelle, for its trip to The Habitat Store.
Donation of Gazelle (I bought at a yard sale decades ago for $5) – They sell new for > $120.

We originally tried to give it away to a woman via the Free Givers of Kittitas County Facebook site, but she never managed to arrange to pick it up. This donation to Habitat for Humanity was a nice thanks for their finding a special rural mailbox in their incoming pickups for my neighbor. Both of us are pleased, and John is happy to get rid of one more thing out of the shed where he wants to park his car, named Jessica (after the song).

I picked up my meds at Super 1, rest of the Entresto, and a bunch of Metoprolol (considering I have to take 3/day that’s a lot for 3 months, and happily one of the cheapest heart meds I’m on, for $15. The Entresto is the most expensive at $40/month; thank goodness my Kaiser Permanente insurance covers it. I would have to pay cash $463/month at the Costco Pharmacy using GoodRX pricing (their price is better than any other GoodRx store in Ellensburg).

We did 3 dances to start with today, getting the lessons at the beginning, and then dancing for the rest of the hour, with time at the end for review and our choice. We did the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance, and a line dance, Popcorn. Then others for review and by request, including the Macarena.

After the original videoing (see a few below), I danced along with the others. I pushed my pulse up pretty high a couple of times, and my Fit Bit recorded totals of

May 15 2018 11:41 p.m. pulse 68
5,020 steps
2.12 miles
1,781 calories burned
1 stairs
26 min. aerobic exercises
68/250 exercise man

(1) Hokey Pokey 5-15-18 AAC Lesson
Hokey Pokey

(2) Chicken Dance 5-15-18 AAC Lesson
Chicken Dance

(3) Popcorn Dance 5-15-18 AAC Lesson
Popcorn Dance

(4) Popcorn Line Dance with Music
Popcorn Line Dance w/ Achy Breaky Heart

Nicole sent the dances for next week:
– The Bunny Hop line dance
– Mambo No 5 line dance
– Down South Shuffle

I did get a tour of the Habitat for Humanity store, when I donated my old Gazelle, and then climbed two steep flights of stairs to the Maximum Gym to buy my Klaire Probiotic for 2 months. Then off to Bi-Mart to check numbers, and on to the AAC for Just Dance class. Afterwards, on the way home, I stopped off two places at yard sales and then on home to bring in all my acquisitions for the day. A good purchase was 5 pairs of blue jeans for John, some almost new, but the best was a giraffe costume I got for our little mascot for our music group, to give her as a Pre-School graduation gift. Here is the cute photo that resulted on Saturday, after I took it to our music date Saturday afternoon. Wednesday, May 16

Last night I got my salad setup to take to the noon lunch for after our music, but need to add bleu cheese dressing to the lettuce this morning, and add other ingredients, except croutons I’ll take along separately and add once I’m ready to eat.

SAIL will be taught by Evelyn (who is our banjo player at the Food Bank lunch music).

I played music and ate at the Food Bank today, and went on to SAIL exercise, by way of Hospice Friends to pick up some application materials for my friend who had a stroke.

We were invited for a spaghetti dinner to celebrate a birthday at our neighbors.

I’ve been away from home a lot this week and keep falling farther behind in keeping in contact with folks on email, including getting job announcements out on the Google Group jobs list, with almost 800 members now.

Thurs, May 17

I called in our chair count (all dozen) to Pacifica for this afternoon’s music.  

On my way to play music, I stopped by the lab at the hospital for my standing order monthly blood draw. I was happy to get there before my fav phlebotomist left for lunch, and I still had time to stop two other places before music time arrived.

I came home late and missed the phone call with my results but they came through the next morning, and all are fine: INR: 2.2, Potassium: 4.7, with my next month’s date being rechecked is 14 June.

We went to hear Brandon Rossi’s presentation, “Get Ready for Ravens” at the Kittitas Audubon local chapter monthly meeting. There I met up with several friends and met a new one, Arlene, a friend of Joanie who has a common friend, and has her new email address. She’s going to send it to me through my friend, Joanie. I’m happy I went; it was quite interesting, and we have some mutual friends at the US military’s Yakima Training Center, where Rossi works in the Environmental section.

Brandon Rossi – Common Raven Ecology

Common Raven Ecology

Brandon Rossi – Questions & Answers on Raven presentation

Questions & Answers on Raven presentation

Last video finishing up the Q & A for Rossi’s talk

ending Q&A & Comments after Battery died

We brought home a brownie each for dessert and were late getting home at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, May 18 Mt. St Helen’s 38 years later !

Starting off with an awesome memory of the Mt. St Helen’s Eruption, with photos that were kept quiet for 34 years. Here is a link to tell you the story:

Photographic Memories of the Mt. St Helen’s Eruption

Be patient with it, and read throughout. You will not be able to reach one of the videos, but you will see 19 pictures if you stay and go with the flow (no pun intended).

Busy day for me. I got ready to rush in for the first part of Ruth Harrington’s Scholarship lunch (the last one this year), held on the 3rd Friday instead of our normal 4th Friday’s meeting because of the conflict with Memorial Day Weekend. I picked up a piece of butternut squash/onion pastry, 3 pieces of fresh fruit, some salad & colorful cherry tomatoes, to put with my additional stuff I always put in salads. I was due at the Senior Center (AAC) for The Senior Prom for 2018, put on by the CWU Recreation students, starting with a luncheon (Chicken Fettucine with salad and apple pie), followed by dancing and photography, and awards.

They were still serving lunch by the time I got there after Noon, so I got a serving of Fettuccini with a good amount of chicken breast meat, not many noodles, and no broccoli. Elaine (the cook) fixed me up special. I added my salad to my plate and enjoyed being there. My plate with salad I brought; students left, AAC members right and end; then right, showing my bellbottoms, on outfit Katrina (AAC Director) asked me to wear to the Senior Prom, and she took the photograph. She likes that “suit.”

Another collage having fun with Marilyn Monroe & Elvis Presley:Lady in white, Corrine, student helper with Ernestine (I know from other places in town, who had her Prom Night 2018 Prop facing the wrong direction and was saying whoops! Middle photo: Carol in her Elvis T-shirt kisses him; Nancy w/Anne in her Chocolate Kisses T-shirt from the Hershey, PA tour, which is no longer as neat as when John and I took it a 1/3 century ago, and got to walk across metal stairs and walkways right over the vats of chocolate and to be down and see up close the kisses dropping and coming off the conveyor belt.

Here are a couple videos for your enjoyment. Don’t miss the dancing wheelchair gal (her name is Carolyn) and she is in my exercise class at the AAC (Senior Center), but it’s open to non-seniors needing the exercise.

(1) First dance – “YMCA” at the Senior Prom celebration

First dance – “YMCA” at the Senior Prom

(2) “I Did It My Way” Dance 5-18-18 SR Prom AAC

“I Did It My Way” Dance

The King and Queen (by audience vote) are in this video. She’s in a long blue dress (Judith) and her husband (Peter) is dancing with her. I have gotten to know them through dancing classes and they danced their way into our hearts with a very old fashioned dance at the AAC Talent Show a month ago. I videotaped their talent there (she sang as they danced), and she videoed (and sang) with my talent (playing the violin and leading the audience singing “You Are my Sunshine” and “Jambalaya.”)
King Peter & Queen Judith; Joanne; Connie; Joe with Poker Chip award.

Saturday, May 19

John left for WTA’s Crew Leader College at 5:30 a.m. to meet friend, Bill Weir to drive over for this day’s events.

John fed the first batch of cat food, I went back to bed, and slept in.

When I was up, and through the morning, I fed the rest of them again, and set up the attendance for today’s music at Briarwood.

I have been working on transferring videos I took to the web of the activities at the end of this week.

Now time for a late brunch before going to Briarwood where they feed us afterwards.

I showed up for music at Briarwood, and we had 7 people there to play music. One was a family, the mom is our violinist, husband played the guitar, and baby Neil slept on the floor in his carrier until almost the end of our music. Then we were fed an excellent BBQ meat, with salads, and desserts. I was quite filled up, but the ladies provided two plates of dessert to bring home for John.

Sunday, May 20

At 6:00 a.m., John takes off for N. Bend, for the second day of Crew Leader College. There were lots of folks {100 +} involved in a dozen or more learning activities – some very hands-on.
John participated in (a) a short session about Cultural Artifacts led by a King County geo-archaeologist and a Univ. of WA Burke Museum person with about 50 specimens from that collection; (b) practicing with gasoline powered tools [weed and brush cutter, drill, toter**]; and (c) an emergency response session with several parts, including radio communications. The work at Mt. Rainier last summer yielded about a half dozen “incidents” that made it onto the WTA-2017 Summary of Incidents Chart.
{ ** Go back to the previous part of the blog published Friday to see picture of toter. }

After John left, I was up for a tiny while, and went back to bed. I was able to finish dishes that had piled up over a couple days, and go retrieve my camera from my car to transfer the pix from it to my computer.

John called at 4:00 but immediately his battery died before I could find out where he was. He was just onto I-90 east of North Bend, with “Jessica” pointed to home. I assumed he’d be home in 1.5 hours and he was. [Odd thing about this is that the first rule of Emergency Response is to check batteries before heading up the trail!]
Annie was thrilled, because they immediately went for a 20-minute walk.

I’d fed and visited with the cats all day and worked on chores (mostly the blog and things needed for it).

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan


I got skewered last week for posting about animals that will not be named this week.
Instead of spending hours searching for good news, I will just suggest you go to the link below and follow the 3 cats-comic, as they report the news:
Breaking cat news

Click the little circles below the panels to move forward or back.

I’m leaving at 5:30 AM to a Washington Trails learning event called Crew Leader College. My classes are
Sat. Cultural Artifacts (morning), and Power Tools (afternoon);
Sun. Emergency Response
One of the power tools – we call it a ‘toter’

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

animals at home and away

Sunday, John returned to trail work on the Lost River Trail. The crew was Lisa, Rebecca, and John. We introduced Rebecca in the blog for Saturday, May 5th.

Interestingly, they learned Lisa once worked in a bookstore with a hubby named John. Both bookstores, in Idaho, sold the “country living” manuals written by Rebecca’s mom, Carla.

John and Rebecca teamed up on removing big rocks from, and forming a new tread, on the trail.

Here are photos:Photos by Blue hat, Lisa Black

Left photo shows how the trail looked on Sunday Morning. A small rock and a large hidden one are at ‘B’, behind the person’s legs. Rock ‘A’ has two parts. In right photo they become ‘C’ & ‘B’.
In the right picture, Rebecca has uncovered ‘new A’ – a 90% buried rock where we want the trail to go. Blue dots under and to the right show about where this rock rested. Having been there for a thousand years – it was evicted.
A new trail magically appeared – with a little help from Grub Hoe Rebecca, and Shovel John.Compare with left side photo, above.

One of the rocks had a space under it, home to a cute 6 inch long Salamander; Sally. When John moved that rock, Sally Salamander took refuge under Lisa’s boot. We had to find it a new home, and took it off the trail a dozen feet. Still, it wasn’t very happy with us.
We did not get a photo of the salamander, so found something similar on the web.

Raccoon returned tonight, after Czar came for an evening snack. I was sitting at John’s computer reviewing the blog for final submission, heard some noise, of Czar leaving abruptly, and looked right into the eyes of the raccoon coming up the ladder by the window. John went out, shooed him off, and cleaned up the spilled food. Never a dull moment in the rural area with wildlife.

Monday, May 7

We published the blog for last week at 12:05 a.m.

We took the Ford truck to pick up 5 pallets from a gal in Ellensburg, and if there are any flowers left after the storm, we’ll carry her a bouquet (there were, and she was happy). We got there at 1:00 p.m., loaded up, and continued to SAIL exercise, where John sat and read the Wall St. Journals that have accumulated. I drove my car so we could travel (leaving the truck w/ pallets there to pick up on the way home) so we were able to go to Costco, Big Five, and Bi-Mart. I returned shoes to Big Five which were not to my liking, but I was wearing the other pair I like and bought the same day. Costco we got some gasoline for my car and a few things we needed at Costco, but the best part of the trip was meeting our friends, Suzy & Bob West there, and we had a nice visit over cold mocha for Bob, piece of pizza for John, (Nancy took two bites), and John and I shared a Very Berry Sundae (made with Frozen Yogurt). We were very late returning home.

Write a note for Meadows today to get a count for those coming Thursday, knowing we will have a conflict with several of our players who are down in the Yakima River canyon this week at a bluegrass jam session at Big Pines campground. They are likely having a chilly and windy time this week.

On a day without photos, I am going to add some from my longtime friend since 6th grade, Maude Buzcek, whom I grew up with as Nancy J. It’s hard for me to revert, but she is such a wonderful photographer, I will publish her real name so you can someday recognize it hanging on a wall in a public building.

The first photos this week are from her trip to Florida, where she resided for many years. Now she lives in Michigan. Last week you saw and adult Tri-color heron in a drainage ditch. Below are three more of the species.My favorite above is a newborn. Then are 3 babies with mom. A Tri-heron taking off. Photos by Maude Buzcek, included with permission. Please do not share or copy any part or the whole.

Tuesday, May 8

8:00 a.m. I called RCI to confirm a possible Hawaii vacation that “hit” for a resort on Kauai for a friend. Indeed, it had come through, but the dates could not be used by the family. While on, I explained that to the agent, and she said, “Well, there is an availability the week before,” so I put a hold on that, until I could reach the family. They got back to me in time to cinch the week in September. So I’m happy we don’t lose the banked time share, and they are happy they get to use it for 4 people in their family. That makes me very happy too. They are paying all the costs that I have to establish on our end to release the use to them through a Guest Certificate. If any of our friends are planning a trip anywhere in the world, give us as much notice as possible (a year is nice for finding exactly what you want), but our trading power goes out for 2 years from March 2018.

Called and ordered my Entresto.

A few places in WA are having water issues. EBRG too, but less so. There was lots of water over the road and people’s driveways on my trip in today. We are okay. Unusual to see water on the road on Thomas, Alford, Sanders, and at Mercer Creek over B Street, I heard Dollarway had some, and then saw more on University Way and Brooklane Drive on my way home. This is not unusual with snowmelt and especially in the hills (to 5,000 feet) north of our valley, rain on snow events. In years past it has been high enough that I have old photos of John standing on University Way at Chestnut St. with water almost to the top of his high irrigation boots.
Some of the small streams through EBRG have been channeled and even run in tunnels under entire blocks. What could go wrong?

These are a few from today: Mercer Cr. is the culprit here, B St is north of 15th, and the right photo is taken north of Mercer Creek Church.

I was at Nancy Hoffman’s house over the noon hour (her lunch hour) to pick up a crate and paperwork for Czar. I went by Bi-Mart and picked up 4 of the Friskies Party Mix that our cats like so much for treats and by Super One for a couple items.

A little before 2:00 p.m., I went to the Senior Center for our “Just Dance” class led by Nicole, our AmeriCorps staff member.

While there, I took a few videos including Zombie Dance with Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the Korean Dance (Gangnam Style by Psy), and a review of last’s weeks class on the Cupid Shuffle. Only 6 people were present, with an audience of 2, and 5 people participating in the dances I videoed, with Nicole too, as our instructor.

VIDEOS at JUST DANCE – see below mine, for an explanation from the web, mostly on Korean Gangnam Style. I got involved last night reading about Michael Jackson and Thriller and his death in the summer of 2009, and realized why I was not really familiar with it. That summer was the start of my downfall with 9 weeks of IVs daily to get rid of the bacteria in my blood that invaded my heart and ate on my heart valves, causing a major change in my life at the end of 2009.

First, here are the videos I captured in class Tuesday, May 8 with Nicole leading our learning the dance steps.

(1) Lesson Zombie Dance, Nicole AAC, May 8, 2018 in Just Dance Lesson Zombie Dance

(2) Lesson Zombie/Thriller (Starting 2.5 mins)
Lesson Zombie/Thriller (start 2.5 min)

(3) Group with Zombie/Thriller
Group Zombie/Thriller

(4) Korean Dance (Gangnam Style by Psy)
Korean Dance (Gangnam Style by Psy)

(5) Cupid Shuffle – Review Nicole AAC, May 8, 2018 in Just Dance
Review Last Week’s Cupid Shuffle

For more background to Korean Pop Culture and Dance, here are some links for those interested to check out. The introduction to the first dance is long, but interesting and probably worth your time, especially for those of us in the class.

Background: Korean Gangnam Style by Psy
Has the actual pronunciation at the beginning of the video. (sounds like condom, almost )
Gangnam Style on Good Morning America, ABC News 09-12-2012 Korean Dance, Good Morning America, ABC News

This one is totally hilarious: GANGNAM STYLE on Australia’s Got Talent (watch the large lady judge change her demeanor through the video).
Korean Dance, Australia’s Got Talent

On an academic note, you will enjoy this one (at least I did).
2013 Harvard University Korean History Professor & Psy
It’s a very long video, over an hour. Please start watching at 20 minutes to hear Psy’s story. His talk is completely without a script and full of surprises. The funniest is about 10 minutes into his talk about his 2nd day in the U.S., in Boston, not speaking English, but needing help from a pharmacist for his diarrhea.
Harvard Univ. Historical Culture with Psy’s Story Korean Dance Style

Story–article in the Harvard Gazette about his visit:
Harvard Gazette about his visit

And the list goes on, amazingly… in Paris May 11, 2012 near the Eiffel Tower with a large crowd
Korean Dance 2012 Crowd @ Eiffel Tower, Paris

A very interesting interview with Psy by a BBC News reporter (How does an artist follow a world-wide mega-hit? The Korean singer Psy produced and starred in the video Gangnam Style in 2012 and it has now been viewed 2.47 billion times. The BBC’s Steve Evans went to meet him.)
BBC News Interview with Psy

If you want, here is the original Nicole sent me of the Korean video seen around the world and the one on Michael Jackson and Thriller:

Gangnam Style
Original 2012 video Gangnam Style with Psy

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Video

Here are Nicole’s comments about Michael Jackson’s: Thriller was the second one that we spent most of our time on. Thriller is the name of the song by Michael Jackson. The zombie part was because in his video and such there are zombies. It is the iconic part of thriller as during the dance we are the zombies that do the dance with him.

Viewing all these will take up much time, but you may learn a lot you previously did not know. I surely learned a lot about the Korean Dance style. I’ll let someone else follow the Michael Jackson Thriller / Zombie connection.

Wednesday, May 9

Last night I got my salad ready to take to the noon lunch for after our music, but need to add Bleu cheese dressing to the lettuce this morning, and add other ingredients, except croutons I’ll take along separately and add once I’m ready to eat.

SAIL was taught by Evelyn (who is our banjo player at the Food Bank lunch music). Jessi, our AmeriCorps teacher was in a two day workshop for the senior center.

More bird photos from my friend from her trip to Florida. We’ll start with white Egrets:Two of Great White Egret preening; a Snowy Egret; a Cattle Egret carrying a twig for nesting material; young Egrets Sky Gazing. All photos by Maude Buzcek, with permission.

Some babies for follow-up: Baby Egrets and the two right photos are of Wood Storks

Thurs, May 10Kittitas Valley Storm, night before last, Mikka Jameson photo (permission to use). Photographer says, “This was taken from the Currier Creek Development off Old Hwy 10 west of Ellensburg, WA.”

Yesterday evening I started to cut John’s hair because he was looking too much like Einstein. It was LONG overdue. He needed gasoline for his trip tomorrow, so he drove me in, where we parked in the shade, and he carried all my stuff into Meadows where we were playing music. He helped move tables and set up chairs, and went into the side room where he read more in his book on the discovery of the ‘Elements’ of the periodic table and about the odd characters associated with the stories of their research. He greeted and talked to various people he knew (mainly Katie Eberhart, our visiting accordionist from Bend, OR), and also helped with the chair and table reset process.

Then we both left for other chores. The cost of gasoline has risen again. He’d warned me of that, because of the Venezuelan and Mid East turmoil’s political problems raising the price of a barrel of oil.
We just have to pay the price because we need the gas to fuel our activities – he travels 2 days / weekend to the mountains on WTA trail maintenance trips. But, he enjoys the work. I have to run to town on many trips over a week, sometimes all 5 days, and an occasional Saturday.

We didn’t get home until late, and Woody was here. Our feral tom cat Czar didn’t show until 5:10, so we fed him dry and canned food while I stood near him. John brought the crate up to the porch and I opened the door. John took some boxes to the shed and returned when I told him he was done eating. Czar lay down and rolled over on the concrete driveway wanting to be petted. John petted him and then scooped him up and brought him over, putting him in backwards into the crate.

I went on back in to get the paperwork and write a check for the fees while John went back to do one more thing in the garden. We were able to leave right after 5:30. I drove and we called through our Bluetooth to tell them we were on our way. It’s only about 8.5 miles away. We visited and left for home. He is there to wait for a Sunday morning 5:00 a.m. leave to Lynnwood, WA to a Spay-neuter Clinic with 19 other cats going along with Nancy Hoffman and Noella Wyatt for “fixing” and treatments – through their efforts with Kittitas Valley Community Cats, for which they are the leaders. It’s an incredible community service project they manage.

We’ll pick him up early Monday to bring him home – all neutered, clipped ear, and a rabies & FVRCD shost. (There are 5 viral diseases that cats are commonly vaccinated for: herpes (rhinotracheitis) – the ‘R’ in FVRCP; calici – the ‘C’ in FVRCP; panleukopenia (“feline distemper”) – the ‘P’ in FVRCP. I assume the FV at the front is for Feline Vaccine. He’ll also have a tapeworm treatment all at a much reduced price, boarding (no charge) before trip, and the transportation (no charge) over to Lynnwood, WA, but I donated extra for all the help they provided for us.

John had put a casserole in the oven when we originally got home after 4:00 p.m. with chicken breast chunks, asparagus, mushrooms, onions, chicken noodle soup, small pasta shells, topped with grated mozzarella cheese and rolled Cheez-It® crackers.

More animal photos from Maude … how about some red birds ? Roseate Spoonbill landing, two flybys, and one with babies in nest near Rockledge, FL. Photos by Maude Buzcek.

Friday, May 11

John off to WTA at 6:00 a.m. I have had a crazy couple of days and done nothing on weekly chores that need done. I stayed home to recover from lack of sleep, and work on projects needing attention.

Called Mike at Habitat for Humanity, left a message, and he returned my call later. They do have a Wilson, more recent tennis racket for $5 and another for $4. They do not get wooden ones (as mine are) any more. I wonder if those can still be restrung. Need to contact Holly Beard in Kittitas to offer my 60 yr. old tennis rackets. And tell her about the buys at Habitat. She asked for several for her family on the Buy Nothing site, but has not had any offers. I have not yet offered until I check mine out. I know I’m not going to be playing any more tennis in my lifetime.

Today is a Mother’s Day tea, at AAC, but I am not going in, regardless of being the volunteer photographer for events.

I was available with gasoline prices for John to call me from I-90, Exit 34; truck stop and restaurant place just east of North Bend. The price had gone up in Cle Elum, so he came on the extra 30 miles to have that much more gasoline for his weekend trip. He stopped at a place called JRs which was selling considerably less than anyone else in town, at $3.12/gal. He only needed 5 gallons. Today their price went up to $3.20, and they are likely the lowest in town.

His Forest Service Rd trip into and out of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie today was on a new 11 mile road. 15 years ago the trip was over a sorry excuse for a road. Some of the workers shared horror stories of past problems with the road causing $500 repair to one guy’s car.

I changed my password today, finally. Every 6 months it’s required and is a pain to do.

Ate a good lunch – sausage patty, many orange slices, two eggs over easy, and Rosemary olive toast with apricot jam made by my neighbor.

Back to washing dishes, taking meds. Worked a little on the jobslist and had some email waiting.

While waiting for my Earth Science Weekly to arrive from Michigan, and our geographer friend, Mark Francek, I checked email one more time before stepping away from my computer for another chore in the kitchen, and this week’s send had arrived. I opened only one of the offerings and enjoyed it so much, I thought I would share below for your enjoyment too.Polarized Light Microscopy Reveals Hidden Beauty

Call from John at 3:45 – 1-1/2 hours away. John made it home at 5:35 p.m. and it is starting to sprinkle a little with big dark clouds looming.

I’ll end Friday with some alligator photos from Maude Buzcek:Reptilian Tussle _^^^^^_ ^^^^^_ Big Boy (standing is knee high on a person)_^^^^_ Gator in late afternoon, Viera Wetlands. Photos by Maude Buzcek.

Saturday, May 12

Here’s a true heart-warming story from Karen Douglas Barrows, Brittany breeder and friend in Glide, OR via Facebook. Starting with her picture:North Umpqua’s Born To Tri MH (call name, Trina) Photo by Karen Barrows.
Trina was born May 24, 2012. She was one of nine in the litter. Trina was born with a full cleft palate (soft and hard palate). Pups with CP are unable to suck. For the first three days of her life I fed her with an eye dropper. She was losing weight and was down to 4 oz. On the third she went to the vet. He gave us a ferret nipple and told me to take her home and feed her; I am sure he didn’t think she was going to make it. I feed her every 2 hours around the clock and by the third day she learned to swallow as I squeezed the bottle. Team work … I would warm her milk and put her in my shirt when I had to go out somewhere; she had to go everywhere with me. She started gaining weight and was eagerly eating. She spent her time with her mama and littermates. Never a peep out of her — no crying, very content. At 2 weeks she was able to consume enough milk to last for 4 hours at a time. The main concern for a pup with a cleft palate is aspiration pneumonia; well, at a week and a half she aspirated in the middle of the night and refused to eat. So early Saturday morning we headed for the vet. She was put on amoxicillin, responded very well, and started eating again. When she was three weeks old she started eating puppy kibble and was weaned off her milk. She was a nice fat little pup. At 6 weeks she went to OHSU to be evaluated to see if she would be able to have surgery. They said definitely they could fix her mouth. She was whisked away and we were bombarded with things they wanted us to do: one being a feeding tube. They said she needed it to get ready for surgery. As we weren’t sure what was happening, we agreed … even though she was healthy happy and eating well. We took her home and that was the scariest night for us. She developed much mucus and was having trouble breathing. I held her all night making sure she could breath. With the feeding tube in place she could no longer eat kibble as there wasn’t enough room in her throat to swallow the kibble. So we were back on milk. She had to wear doll clothes to keep the tube covered so her littermates didn’t pull it out. Had to change the dressing twice a day. It was a nightmare. She wasn’t doing well with the tube at all. On the 4th of July the stitches came out and her tube came out. (Which ended up being a blessing). On July 5th went to my vet. Said he could put another back in. But after discussing it, we couldn’t come up with any advantages to putting it back in. So we left it out put her back on kibble and she was healthy and happy. When she was 4 months we took her to Medford and she had surgery and they closed her CP. After a few weeks she had 2 places reopen and they had to do another surgery. Which in the end was another blessing. The vet barely split the incision the entire length and brought it back together making a much stronger incision. If you look now at the roof of her mouth, you would never know she had a CP. The time leading up to her surgery she had sticks, grass, rocks, you name it — in her cleft palate. My husband was really worried about her nasal passages and if she would be able to scent birds. The vet said there shouldn’t be a problem. She had to wear a muzzle for 2 months so she wouldn’t chew on bones or hard objects. I had 2 families waiting for her to see if surgery was successful, but when the time came, I could not let her go . So she stayed with us. I told her that she couldn’t be a show champion so she had to prove herself in the field. 
She has kept up her end of the deal . Karen

Here’s her website: North Umpqua Brittanys

Sunday, May 13

At 6:00 a.m., John takes off for Goat Creek, off Hwy 410, almost to Bumping Lake for a WTA trail work party (the last for now, with Lisa Black). She emailed him about bringing his 24” crosscut saw. There is one small log and they would like to not have to carry a longer saw a mile up a steep grade.

John called from outside Yakima at Gleed, at 4:17.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Rat Talestw’nsnn

Many years ago I was a participant in a writers group. I did not write the great American novel, but we had a lot of nice people and some did get material published.
In one sense, we all did. One of the group knew a publisher and that got us the task of writing tales involving rats. I did not have a good story to tell, so I converted a standard chicken casserole dish to a rat casserole recipe. Yum!

Item #1: Will, Ahu, Wai – dogs all

The three dogs listed helped rid South Georgia Island of rats.
Two of these can be seen in this LINK.

More story and photos here:
I’ve had to refresh that one to get the photos.

Here is a photo of one of the birds in the story:

South Georgia pipit

I recall reading about this project about 4 or 5 years ago.
Nothing since, until this week.

Item #2: They work for peanuts

A Belgian nonprofit has found African giant pouched rats are much better at detecting old buried landmines than people or dogs.

Big rats

Item #3: Just a photo
Place: Hawaii.
I hope you do not have relatives or friends living in the area where magma is flowing. These housing sites should never have been allowed where they are, and it is going to cost a lot of tax dollars before the residents are resettled. Nevertheless, I thought the photo with the gate was priceless!

Item #4: A captioned photo
The Russians have been in the news quite a bit. If you are aware of them being blamed for many things – and now you are – you will get a chuckle:
And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Rocking and rolling with the flow

. . . … Pretty Flowers on the Naneum Fan …

Here are some photos from this past weekend on John’s WTA trip to Boulder Cave and Edgar Rocks.John & Will at Boulder Cave Trail, whole crew at Edgar Rocks, and large rock tipped out of the trail. About 10% was sticking up in the center of the trail, like a little pyramid. Green Hats have it balanced on end, ready to help it off the trail.

Monday, Apr 30

John has been planting bulbs of various types of flowers. Dahlias have yet to appear, and gladioli bulbs are still hiding in the garage. Here are some pictures I took this week.At end of our driveway, the mixed view from Naneum Rd.; orange/yellow tulip; and yellow/orange daffodil.

Closer to the house are other flowers, some tulips, but mostly daffodils, and several flowers not yet in bloom.Unique setting for these daffodils; the ones in the background are seen in the right photo. Main daffodils near house: yellow, white, and white with orange center.

We published the blog for last week at 12:55 a.m., making the deadline before sunrise.

Our farrier came to trim Myst this morning.

I scheduled our annual eye appointments on the same day for June 5, Tuesday morning. This is at a clinic on the west end of EBRG.

I stayed home today from SAIL to work on music.

Our cherry trees are blooming. If not much rain, wind, or freezes – we’ll get cherries this year. The Shiro (yellow, round) plum is blooming with others showing signs.

Tuesday, May 1

I will not go to the 2:00 p.m. “Just dance” class today; too much left to do on music prep.

John has captured a couple of yellow jackets on the inside window where the cat and dog have their door to the outside. Parts are a little warped there and a space allows the insects to get in. Another thing needing to be done. Ate brunch, and

John went to help move a couple of trees that fell at our neighbor’s. He got his chainsaw gear together, but he didn’t have to use that because the water is going beneath the trees. We are in the midst of spring melt and there is too much water. The irrigator (with cattle there) needs to minimize the flow from the diversion on Naneum Creek.

John continued with inside and outside tasks, and I worked mostly on music for 3 players and 19 audience copies. I have to replace 5 new songs at the end of the packet and replace the cover. John was a huge help removing staples tonight, and re-stapling after I made the changes.

Wednesday, Apr 25

Busy day mid-week: I got my salad ready to take to the noon lunch at the Food Bank where we play music. On my way to SAIL, I took Roberta Clark’s music book she left behind at Briarwood, and put it on her front porch.

From SAIL, I picked up my prescription from Super 1. Then on my way home, I picked up two glasses and a glass butter dish (freely given), as well as a double camping chair with a place for drinks on a tray between. We can use it for the upcoming potluck Geography end-of-year awards dinner on the lawn at CWU.We received 2 of the wide mouth matching clear tall glasses and the butter dish; right, the double camping chair. On my way there, I also stopped by another house to pick up some empty plastic flower pots, mostly small.

Thurs, May 3

John left for bottling Amigne at White Heron. He brought home two bottles of that and two of Malbec (the previously bottled variety). Amigne is a very rare grape, most is in the Valais region of Switzerland, and a little is at White Heron.

I’m going to Rehab for music and afterwards by the Food Bank with egg cartons they need for a shipment of a pallet of boxes of flats of eggs (now in their walk-in cooler). Dozen-size egg cartons are preferred, but 18-ones taken as well.

John bought some tomato plants at Bi-Mart today and some yellow crookneck squash.

We had a raccoon figure the way across the structure to get over the fence and come to our front door. It was set up for the 3 outside cats. We’ve had dry food for them under the overhang of the porch. The spot is accessible by a sloping pallet with a ledge. We thought they had been going through a lot recently. So, we will not leave out food after dark. John heard a noise out front, looked out the window tonight, and saw the raccoon. [We’ve seen her/him/it just twice. About 15 years ago we saw a couple of them here, but none until today].

Earlier I had looked out the front door window and thought I saw a strange cat earlier, but it was dark in the yard and I couldn’t really tell. I don’t think it was the raccoon, but I suppose it could have been. We have now brought all the hard food inside. The cats are usually only there during the day, so we will only put it out then, but also pick it up before we leave the house late, not to return until after dark.
On a related note, Sue (orange) has brought dead mice to the front door on a couple of mornings. Perhaps she thinks we are trading with her because we pick them up and carry them away.

Friday, May 4

John stayed home to do yard and garden chores. I went to AAC for the Cinco de Mayo celebration. I was the volunteer designated photographer so I arrived early for a good seat and set out my stuff I had brought along for my lunch (a great chef salad).

At the party, before and after lunch were two opportunities to participate in crepe paper flower making or tossing a ball into cups.Two groups of Crepe Paper Flower Makers before and after lunch.

Flower Making (Beginning)

Demo with Explanation of Crepe Paper Flower Making by Jessi

Jacquie tosses ball one direction and Shirley tosses in the other, with Nicole supervising.

Lunch was an Enchilada casserole with Jell-O on the side. Many activities inside. Outside was a Piñata experience conducted by Nicole with 2 piñatas she hand-crafted STURDILY.

A number of people went out to the parking lot for the “breaking” of the two Piñatas. They were tough enough to give everyone who wanted a chance to make a mighty swing.

First Attempt by Victoria LINK

Joe Gets First Piñata Down

Then Ed passes out the candy from the first, and others keep trying for the second reward.Shirley grabs a few pieces from Ed, and Curtis tries his hand at knocking open the 2nd Piñata.My setup, first hit, and follow through. Very short video below. I handed my camera set already on video to David Douglas and he recorded the first few seconds of mine.

Nancy’s First Try (13 secs) – Penultimate Event!

In between that event and returning for SAIL exercise class, I drove to Kathryn Carlson’s to pick up egg cartons and shopping plastic bags for her donation to the FISH Food Bank.

At the end of SAIL exercise class I asked Jessi to take this photo of me in my shirt from the material my student, Clement Otu-Tei bought for me from his home country, Ghana, Africa and gave to me. He used to call me “mom” so I thought this was appropriate to send as a thank you. My friend Ellen Fischer sewed it into a shirt for me. It is a heavy smooth cotton material.I made a stopover at a large yard sale on Mt. View Rd, where I found an incredible deal on jeans for John. They are brand new still in the package—priced at $59.50, but I paid $2.00 each for two pairs. The find of the century! Back by way of BiMart for Party Mix for all the cats, but I had to get a rain check as they were out. The price was right, but the date of their next shipment is unknown. The sale goes through 5/13, but I’m covered.

Came home after SAIL by way of 3rd avenue and saw another Garage sale sign with directions to Grasslands, an east side subdivision of EBRG. Donations to go to people going to Brazil to build a community center. I got a few free things there, and paid $3.00 for several others. Most of it I’m giving away. One free thing is a clock with a marble base for John, but we will have to hunt for a short 1.5 v battery. We have only longer ones.

We left a little later than we wished for the concert, but it was late starting. Folks started in formed lines, but soon there was just a milling about and the lines dissolved. We visited with friends we knew and with those we didn’t. The room was not full, so getting in early made little difference.

It was an interesting presentation.You can read his story on his website, LINK
He can only use two fingers on his left hand, and the little finger and ring finger curve downward.

Billy McLaughlin’s Unique Guitar Recovery from Dystonia

It was dark when we came back from the music building, and the cats were waiting to be fed again (Woody & Czar). They all ate before we left, but we left out hard food for them. The raccoon returned after we were home, but John chased it off, and it never got to the food.

Saturday, May 5 HAPPY CINCO de MAYO !

John left this morning just before 6:30 a.m. for Naches area, Lost River Trail & Edgar Rocks.

A volunteer, Rebecca Emery, made the startling connection that John had hired her when she was 16 – back in Moscow, Idaho – to work in the bookstore he managed. John knew her mother, Carla, once well known for the Encyclopedia of Country Living. There is an entry for ‘ Carla Emery ‘ on Wikipedia, and the books are still sold.
So, about 33 years later, Rebecca and John got to work (on trail) together for two days.

Today, I worked on a number of projects with deadlines and finished only a few.

We received 4 six-inch white plastic irrigation pipes about 30’ long (quite old, but okay) from our neighbor.

Sunday, May 6

John left just before 6:30 a.m. for the Lost River Trail. He went early to get a head start because Lisa (crew leader) and Rebecca (the only others for the day) hike much faster than he does. It worked well – he got to the tools, got them out of their hiding place, and did about 10 minutes of work before the others arrived.

I arranged to get Czar through the KCFOA (Kittitas County Friends of Animals) to be neutered in Lynnwood. I’m picking up the “crate” and the paperwork from Nancy Hoffman at Tuesday noon. She lives on Strange Rd. We are to take him to the shop behind their house (her husband’s, Paul) accessible from the Vantage Hwy. on Thursday evening. They will keep him until Monday at 5:00 a.m. when they leave for the west side, with several cats to be neutered or spayed.

It started raining this afternoon. Shortly after John started his drive home, rain began on Hwy 410. At Yakima the traffic increased. Things got more sane when he got off I-82, south of EBRG.

The Lost River Trail is noted for ticks. They seem to drop out of the sky. Ones on John’s bright orange shirt were easily spotted and knocked off. I checked when he got home, and found another in his hair.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan


I had a problem with Word Press tonight. So, copy and paste as necessary.

Item #1: A Dolphin with no name

Check. Mate!

Item #2: A bicycle with a name

Most people have never seen a bicycle called a “Penny Farthing” and fewer still have ridden one. The farthing was a British coin, one quarter of a penny. “Farthing” comes from an Old English word for a fourth part. This machine had a big wheel that one peddled directly, and a smaller one following behind. When a bike with a roller-chain mounted on 2 different sized sprockets was invented, the Penny Farthing became nearly extinct.

This story explains that this strange bike is still with us, and apparently fun to ride.
Along the Murray River – Australia

Item #3: Nest boxes south of the Murray

This story is about habitat loss in a part of the Murray River drainage.
About 100 miles north of Melbourne, Victoria, two rivers meet near Shepparton. The Broken River Flows from the east, into the Goulburn, and together the water flows north to the Murray River. This was a mining area when folks cared more for gold than they did for animals and trees.

Right side: Brush tailed phascogale

Because of the loss of big old trees – think food, shelter, and nesting sites – animals have been in need of a friend.
Cue Janice Mentiplay-Smith and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

Copy and paste the following into your address box

Toward the end of the text is this:
A young girl in grade five making a nest box was saying, ‘I don’t think that I can do this because I’ve never used a drill before.’

When WTA crews do trail work, we often encounter people, some not so young, that have never used tools. We do on occasion use an old style brace & bit, or, when not in Wilderness, a gasoline powered drill. We have demonstrations and safety rules, but we do try to get anyone that has no experience to give things a try.
So cheers! – – to the young power-drill queen.

Item #4: An animal familiar

But they get one thing wrong.

The outside cats will follow me when I go to feed the horses, go up the driveway for the mail, and do other chores. Woody, so named because she is well camouflaged, seems to care most about where I am. Sometimes I don’t realize she is with me until she moves, or I make a point of looking for her. We often joke that she is my familiar.

In this story from Canada, a Ruffed Grouse seems to have become a “familiar” to a fellow from Red Rock, Ontario – a small place just north of Lake Superior.

Copy and paste the following into your address box

The article claims “the males thump on their chests with their wings …
Geeze! That would knock all the feathers off. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, HERE, provides an explanation and a video.
Scroll down to: OTHER SOUNDS

Item #5: An incomplete story

A Navy chopper crew rescued a pilot from a snow field after the plane crashed in the Olympic Mountains:

Officials reported that a search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island hoisted the pilot of a Cessna 172 N from the side of Klahhane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains. This ridge runs east/west and faces north toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A death was not reported, so I’m going with a good rescue.
I can’t find any more information. After the initial report, there is a blank where news ought to be. Go figure.

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

News from the Naneum Fan

Sunday, Apr 22 Earthquake ! on Earth Day morning near us

John found out from people on the field trip that we had a small earthquake (M 2.7) at 5:00 a.m. north of us in the Naneum (actually in the Wilson Creek drainage). He looked up the details Monday and found he had been within 0.2 mi of the epicenter years ago while exploring the region. The closest I have been is on horseback at Walter Flat, ~5 mi E. in the Naneum drainage.

John was gone all day on the field trip, mentioned in last week’s blog, but here is a photo taken by Nick Zentner on the trip, with John present. Most photos he’s not in because he was taking his own of the landscape. The other 3 pictures are diagrams from the trip that were presented in their field notes, and were stops on the trip.In the field (5 stops), Lookout Mt landslide, Yakima River Hwy 10 near EBRG, and current Rattlesnake Ridge, Union Gap.

Monday, Apr 23

I scheduled our annual physicals on the same day (in Cle Elum) for Nov 20.

John took the old ’80 Chevy truck to town today to pick up the new tires (filled with foam) for his garden cart. Maybe this will end our repeating need to repair flats.

I made my own trip to town for stops, to take the plastic-foam packing peanuts by to the Bee Lady, to the pharmacy for two prescriptions (amused at the low cost of one – 45 pills for 82¢) and at other stops, on my way to and from SAIL exercise class.

Tuesday, Apr 24

Morning chores and ate with John before taking off around our long rural block for my haircut at 12:30 with Celia. I did not go to the 2:00 p.m. swing dancing class today.
We both completed many chores (John in the yard; me in the house and on the computer).

Since today (until Saturday) I was unable to access a Google Group (Northwest Geography Jobs) I have co-managed (since 2010). It’s not letting me access the command link, “manage” underneath MY GROUPS. I have tried restarting, logging out of all Gmail accounts, but I cannot get the normal way in by going through Therefore I could do nothing with my membership database: add, delete, check to see who’s on the list, or change delivery options. I use this group daily, so this failure was a real problem. I tried GMAIL HELP Forms on line to no avail.

I received a cute photo of our dog in CA with Jeri Conklin:
Daisy an alien flower

Wednesday, Apr 25

John packed asparagus for me to take by two older friends who share their cooking creations with us. We don’t have enough asparagus to share with others, because we have been eating a good serving every evening with our meal and it is usually available for 1 pound of picking every other day. John saw some commercially cut and sold in the Naches area. These usually have a lot of stem that is not edible. He only picks the nice young tender heads. That is the only produce from garden right now.

I got my salad ready to take to the noon lunch at the Food Bank where we play music for ½ hour. I prefer my healthy salad over the pasta.

On my way to SAIL, I stopped off at our insurance office to drop of the paperwork for our payment of our property’s house and buildings insurance, which we now have to cover because the escrow is no longer making the payments from our checking account after we paid off the 30-yr loan in February.

After exercising, I came home to get out the “final” call for count for chairs for tomorrow’s music and sent PDFs of information some can print, and print for those who cannot.

I had a bunch of stuff to attend to with music and with Emeriti meeting plans, chores, emails, and the problems with my jobs list access on Google Groups. That was not resolved until Saturday, 4/28 !!

Thursday, Apr 26

I sent the count to Hearthstone via email for a dozen chairs and printed some songs to take for those without computer printers.

Worked much of the night on the challenging song, Leaving on a Jet Plane. It was not written correctly in the book I had the score from (from the 60s). I had to compare it to my own memory and to different people singing it on YouTube, and get some help from Evie on transcribing the ending which was not in the book.

To cheer myself up, and to get your attention, I grabbed the following pictures off Facebook sent by my friend since the 6th grade in Atlanta, GA. She is a photographer, now living in Michigan. I have posted her photographs in previous blogs over the years, with her permission. Her name is Maude Buszek, but I grew up knowing her as Nancy Johnson, and I was Nancy Brannen, so our nicknames for others were Nancy J and Nancy B. We visited places around town singing duets and playing guitars. Her dad worked for the Southern Bell telephone company, where we were regular entertainers at their luncheons, meetings, or conferences.Viera Wetlands, FL on her trip there this week —- an alligator, taken from 10’ away with her handheld camera.
She took other wetland wildlife too, as viewed in the collage below:Tricolor Heron, in ditch drain; Black Bellied Whistling Duck making a precarious landing; Great Egret & Glossy Ibis flyby; Cattle Egret getting twig for nest.

Friday, Apr 27

I go today to a scholarship luncheon at CWU on the 3rd floor boardroom of the SURC (Student Union Recreation Center). I took my container for a sandwich makings, and also took along Mary’s soup ladle to return to her, from last month’s scholarship luncheon. I had to park 3 long blocks away because all the parking spaces in the CWU lots were taken with a large convocation of music students from all over the state there and also for a rally for first amendment rights. Outside and inside, people were assembling everywhere. “the right to peaceably assemble” – seems fitting.

I carried in some daffodils and tulips for the table. I stayed only until shortly after Noon, said hi to the hostesses and two early arrivals, and took my sandwich insides (described below) on to the Senior Center (AAC) for the Talent Show. I had my fiddle, music to hand out, lunch, and my home purified drinking water.

I was unable to use my CWU parking sticker as well. They sell parking for $5/day and spaces were all taken in three large parking lots. I got there with a few daffodils and a tulip, left my violin wrapped up in the car, and took in my empty carrier for food. I put together sandwich makings (piece of turkey, salami, ham, tomato slice, and cherry tomato, Swiss cheese, and potato chips, no bread, and took with me. I drove on down to the Senior Center and was about 15 minutes late arriving. I was the last person on the program at 1:00 p.m. I took some pictures, and was able to view the ending talent acts.Shari is behind Jessi and shows the woven sashes by Shari, who demonstrated her talent. I knew Shari at CWU when we both were teaching and served on a university-wide committee together about Service Learning Activities for students. She was an Art Education professor and I was in Geography Dept. & the Resource Management program. I later met her dad at a local assisted living home, there with his cat, when our Fiddlers & Friends group went to play songs. He has since passed on. It was later that I met her when she joined our SAIL exercise class at the AAC.I led the audience (& gave them lyrics) singing Jambalaya, and You are My Sunshine. About 36 people participated.

After it was over, I stayed to eat my lunch (described above), which I had brought from CWU and then I stayed for our SAIL exercise class. We didn’t have a lot of people there today, but we had fun. At the end I took a video of 2 people of a trio doing an exercise to Y.M.C.A. music, for their talent which they executed before I arrived. The two I took were Connie and Nicole, and the 3rd (Jessi) left for a late lunch after leading our SAIL class. From there I went to Briarwood to deliver the rest of the daffodils and tulips. They are in the office for people to enjoy, and two friends there (Lee and Betty) each will take a few for their apartments.

I captured two videos during the actual program.

Katrina with her Jazzercise Talent

Judith & Peter Singing & Dancing

After SAIL class I videoed another – Redo by two of the Trio’s Talent
Connie & Nicole Exercise Routine to Y.M.C.A. music after Talent Show, this one without Jessi

I came home and am resting. I’m tired. Probably need to have a snack of mixed nuts, after I get out of these clothes and then I need to remove the photos & videos from my camera.

I removed them, but didn’t process them all yet.

Saturday, Apr 28

John, for a WTA trip, left at 6:35 for Boulder Cave with Lisa Black as the Blue Hat (Crew Leader) and John the orange hat (Assistant Crew Leader). They each had their own teams who worked apart on the projects, finishing at 3:30. John made it home just before 5:00. Boulder cave is noted for its interesting geology, and wintering population of Pacific western big-eared bats. Once there were more and they stayed through the year. They do not tolerate human activity, so the trail is closed during the winter. It is a very popular place for day use picnics, playing in the Naches River, and the short and easy hikes.

Our postal mail was not delivered until 4:33 p.m. I had been expecting him (after Noon) to drive down the driveway with a package too big for our large post box. He was supposed to honk his horn, but didn’t, and luckily, I put Annie in the front yard, figuring she would announce his coming, and that she did.

We each worked on different projects tonight and now I know last night we did as well. This morning, I read John’s column this week, which he wrote last night: (be sure to read it)
This week’s not so nasty news April 27th . . . LINK
It has so many interesting animal stories, I decided to go back and add the wildlife photographs (taken by my friend) to the blog entry on Thursday.

I received a nice 10-minute phone call from John on his way home. He should be here just before 5:00. The mailman has not yet come down the drive with a package (large ‘whole house’ water filters). If he took it back to town, I’m reporting him. Annie and I were here waiting all day for him. He’s safe, it was delivered late.

John got the ingredients together for his mom’s pecan pie I have to deliver tomorrow to the special recognition for Ruth Harrington’s scholarship fund. I have been a lunch-time member of the 4th Friday group for 30 years. I helped him assemble some parts of the pecan pie, and it is cooked and ready to go to the Pie Social tomorrow.

Now John went for some shut eye, as he leaves in the morning by 7:10 a.m. for Edger Rocks Trail work.The area is 25 miles west of EBRG, but 37 miles from Yakima; the dog-leg route John has to travel.

Sunday, Apr 29

The rest of the WTA crew had been directed to Boulder Cave, but the work there was completed on Saturday. John went directly to Edger Rocks trailhead (leaving later) and still had a few minutes before the others arrived at 9 AM. The day was used for trail maintenance, that is grub hoe and shovel work. Not much to see. Next weekend, the crew will go higher. The physical aspects are more interesting and the views better.

I’m home to get ready to leave for the celebration of Ruth Harrington’s pie social commemorating a Million Dollars raised since 1973. The social was for all past participants of the breakfast, lunch, and dinner groups. That was written up in a previous blog. She also requested pies from folks there (including one from John, a pecan pie from his mom’s recipe). I will carry it in before the 2:00 starting time, so it can be cut into “small” pieces. Those that come can have a variety of “small” tastes, from the many pies. Our first Pecan pie contribution was in 1988, when I joined one of her groups my first year here. So, I have been an active member for 30 years! John was still in Troy, Idaho, so it was a long distance delivery via my weekend trip.

I’m including a few comments on the day, with a few pictures. I’m going to send ones I took to the Alumni Office and the Foundation, so they can use them to round out their own photographer’s shots. I talked with two photographers, and one said she was having trouble taking pictures in the darkened room. I had no problem with my camera (and did not have to use a flash).

Here are some of me, pies, and Ruth.They gave everyone a name tag and a nice CWU neck lanyard strap. I tried to wear CWU colors. The pie (bottom right) is ours. I got these photos before people starting coming in that Ruth had to greet. There were 17 tables of 8 each, and some folks sitting on the side. Must have been 150+ pies brought in for the celebration.

I left early so will have to find out what all happened.
There were still people waiting in line for pie and many pies still in the back ready to be brought out. After the eating was completed there was going to be a pie auction with money proceeds to benefit the Scholarship fund.
Here are 3 photos with some of the contributions. There were many more. I saw many people there I have known through the years at CWU. It was a lot of fun. So many pies and many I never have tasted. I made home about 3:30.

John called again from near Yakima to tell me he was an hour away. He arrived home just after 5:00 p.m. Annie was certainly ready for him. I finished loading the dishes, and started them, so now I’m back working on finishing up the blog draft to give him to review and edit, so we can get it published before Monday’s sunrise.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

This week’s not so nasty news April 27th

Item #1: A horse named Alfred
My father was named Alfred, was called Al, and used A. F. in his signature.
Many years ago, after mom died, father Alfred escaped Pennsylvania to a nondescript place SW of West Palm Beach. Official name was Greenacres. This isn’t far from Lake Okeechobee and the towns of Pahokee (considered Mel Tillis’ hometown – we drove there for a look at the Lake) and Clewiston. No one cared about Clewiston until the pony got loose.

A local police officer, named Buffie McLeod, {Buffie? } and partner Jennifer Diaz got the call. A tiny horse was on the run. All of maybe 3 feet tall, the brown miniature pony, its hairy mane flopping around, was spotted running on historic highway #27.

Run Alfred, run!

More about Alfred

Item #2: A beaver named Justin
In this case the missing was a beaver named Justin, a beloved taxidermied one. I would call it “stuffed” but am told that word is for pork chops and Chicken Cordon Bleu {and how did that get started?}.
So Justin Beaver went missing, and now is back.
All’s well

This reminds me of a story about a train derailment
See: Off again, on again …

Item #3: A devil named Tasmanian
I know you have been as worried as I have been about the Tasmanian Devil, the carnivorous marsupial of the land down under.
Here using a cute photo, but they are noted for their ferocity when feeding. One doesn’t want to get between one and its next meal.

The Wikipedia entry explains: devil facial tumour disease (DFTD)

So along comes a study that says somewhat like Mark Twain, “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
Healthy Tasmanian devils found

Interestingly, the photo of the region in this link was supplied by the Toledo Zoo, but whether Spain or Ohio is not mentioned. Geographers want to know.

Item #4: Truckers unite!
I’m going to call this a good outcome. In the long run, the man involved needs help. Hope he gets it.
However, from the photo, there seems to be space between the trailers. So, I guess, there is not enough information.
There are photos, but I haven’t included one.
semis help prevent suicide

Item #5: Odd twist to a bacon eating contest
They know him as Zack.
Zack rode into town, ate bacon faster than the locals, and left.

This reminds me of a western (novel & ) movie with Alan Ladd playing Shane.
Shane, the film

Organizers of the Air Capitol Bacon & Beer Festival put out a call in the hopes of identifying this bacon champion of the midwest.
So far, Zack, remains the mysterious stranger. Like Shane.
Legend in his own time

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

sound of music

Sunday, Apr 15

We published last week’s blog at 12:25 p.m. I spent hours on inside house chores and John on outside chores, normal feeding ones, but mostly his were in the garden. He got his strawberries planted in their new raised beds with a mixture of soil, sand, silt, and sun-bleached horse processed dead grass.

Monday, Apr 16

John doesn’t have to leave for pruning; it’s done for this year. Some bottling efforts are yet to come (and sooner than expected, this Wednesday, then Thursday, next week).

I went to my SAIL exercise class and by several other stops for errands.

I dropped off a bag of clothes by Joanie’s and picked up another. I’m quite grateful to her for her super seamstress talents, as she is taking up my larger clothes to make them fit me now (at least the ones that can easily be darted or seamed).

Over the weekend, I found the original box that housed my wrist blood pressure cuff that has been defective for several months, but I couldn’t return until I found the box with the purchase details and paperwork. I took it to Bi-Mart today, and they replaced it. It is now reset to the current time, has its new batteries, and is working well. I like their replacement policy. It is as good as Costco’s and local.

I checked my tracking number for IRS, and it was delivered to Fresno, CA early a.m. 4-15-18; continued working on chores needing completed, especially music and sorting receipts.

Tuesday, Apr 17

Called Stephanie in Medical records but found she was the incorrect hospital contact to send them to my PCP Norman Wood and to my Cardiologist, Antony Kim, at the Yakima Heart Center. Instead, they need to be requested through Health Record Management (Kimberly was my kind helper) to be Faxed down there. I got on the computer and found the phone number and the Fax # there, but she wanted the phone to check with them, because Fax numbers can be different within the same “complex,” and she also helped me realize that my “missing” paperwork could be accessed by the staff getting on their computer system from Cle Elum because they are in the KVH network.

My Thyroid lab results from Dr. Lisa Stone (Wenatchee) arrived with a welcomed note:
“OK, recheck annually.”

I started my events day at 2:00 p.m. in the swing dancing class, mostly as an observer. I had a short dance with Carol Cummings, but I spent the rest of the class filming the participants.

Here are 2 choices of the total of 11 movies I took to share with the entire class as a refresher for steps, basically lessons, and also to display the couples’ form while dancing. Thus far, all the participants have appreciated my effort and sharing.

(5) Swing Dancing 4-17-18 (1-1/2 minutes) with Music

(11) Swing Dancing 4-17-18 (1-1/4 min)

From there I drove to the Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream and Pie Social at the Armory (Fairgrounds). This was the original invitation:I arrived an hour after it started because of the conflict of time with the Swing Dancing at the senior center, where I needed to be with several others who were in the dancing class.

A few photos of people there late in the day: Greeters Roberta & my friends Linda; Rita, Evelyn; Connie; me; One table of pie, various cookie types, and for two different ice creams, toppings (chocolate mints, Oreos, strawberries, sliced almonds, and chocolate & caramel sauces.

Door prizes were raffled off, and I won the paper flowers at my table. One of the “hosts” came over and demoed (at my request) how they were made. Her name is Lise McGowan; I have known her for several years.Lise explaining (in video) the construction of the paper flower centerpieces from coffee filters.

Lise McGowan about Large Paper Flowers

I left and drove the northern route home, going by the CWU campus.

Here are some still shots to introduce the videos below:Left from Google Earth is the complex for the old chimpanzee building that is being demolished for new student housing. The chimps were moved from there in 2013, after being on campus since 1980. The right is a shot of the eastern end of the roof of the building where people entered the building for Chimposiums to view and share the teaching and living facilities. The chimps communicated by sign language. The program was the Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute. It still exists, using the Chimpanzee facility in Cle Elum with 7 chimps living there.
The last two housed here in at CWU were transferred to a nice facility in Quebec Canada.

My trip home offered these somewhat sad sights: (if you only watch one, then watch #2)

(1) Demolition Chimp Facility CWU – 55 seconds

(2) Demolition Chimp Facility CWU – 45 seconds

However, if you check out the following newspaper article, you will see a benefit to chimpanzees coming from this demolition, who now reside at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum. 

Demolished CWU building to help chimps in Pacific Northwest

Once home, I spent a little over an hour sending out 11 notes to the jobs list I monitor/moderate (on Google Groups: NW Geography Jobs). Hopefully, someone will be happy and perhaps find a job they’re looking for.

Wednesday, Apr 18

John left early for bottling Malbec at White Heron. I slept in, after being totally spent from yesterday’s demands and lack of sleep from the early a.m. telemarketer call (6:55 a.m. is too early!!!). The bottlers finished early and shared lunch. He didn’t get home until an hour later than usual, but I was long gone.

I made a little progress (not enough) on things before leaving. I had a late call yesterday afternoon about my doctor’s office having no record of a blood draw I had had on March 15. I gathered information that I knew at the time, and found the actual medical records paperwork I had picked up Monday from the hospital and called to report my findings. They are in the network and I have no clue why they couldn’t access the data. I also had notes on my calendar from a call from the office with my results, so I know they were originally informed and called me the day after. I know they have changed to a new computer system, but the accompanying glitches might be endangering the health of patients if this happens often.

I went to the Food Bank Soup Kitchen for playing music, with my salad for lunch afterwards. We are invited to have lunch there, but I don’t want the pasta main dishes served on Wednesdays, and their mixed green salads are always too filled with dark green lettuce or spinach leaves I cannot have on my low Vitamin K food intake requirements for being on a blood thinner.

Afterwards, I went on to afternoon SAIL exercise class and on home to wash dishes and to get out the “final” call for count for chairs for tomorrow’s music.

Thursday, Apr 19

I called in the count to Pacifica; we’ll probably be using almost all of their arm-less chairs.

After dropping off some Honeycrisp apples by friends (brought for them by John over in Quincy on his trip home yesterday), I went by the Hospital for a standing order for my monthly blood draw. The results came in fine on Friday. I’m good for another month.

I was on my way to Pacifica for music and we had a fairly good turnout presenting to an appreciative audience. We were thrilled to have our harmonica player back from his close brush with death just last week! He was having pain, so took himself to the ER, and they sent him on to Yakima (in an ambulance). There he became the surprised owner of 3 stents. He’s a new person, and was happy to be back with the report that no damage occurred to his heart.

Friday, Apr 20

We didn’t have any early morning commitments or too early telemarketer calls, so we could sleep in until 8:00 a.m.

I stayed home today to take care of many unfinished tasks. John did the normal morning chores and also unloaded the riding mower so that he can mow the backyard’s high grass. I stayed in making phone calls to several different places and working on computer chores.

John came in and fixed a brunch and now about 1:30, the UPS truck just pulled in to deliver 3 climbing rose bushes – all the way from Denver. He mentions this in the not so nasty post that precedes this one. Yesterday, he dug the holes for them so they can be planted very soon after their arrival. We now have a large bag full of packing peanuts to give away. (I actually found a recipient by offering them on The Free Box site, totally surprising John). They will be used by a beekeeper and shared with other such folks in our valley, to put into watering buckets for the bees to light on to drink water. I’m dropping them off Monday near the hospital, where the owner works.

I did all the background work on our scholarship award we fund each year for two students in the graduate Cultural & Environmental Resource Management program, and in the undergraduate Geography program. I also talked with a member of the CWU Foundation about my account and when in the fall they would transfer the $ out of my account, so I had to be sure the balance was sufficient. I have until mid-September. The award certificates will be given at the end-of-year party for the CWU Geography Department. It’s a cookout / potluck on the lawn east of Dean Hall (where Geography and Anthropology are housed), May 22 at 4:30.

I also managed to talk to my PCP’s office in Cle Elum, and get information on my lab work completed yesterday, learned about another bit of information regarding my standing order at the local hospital lab, and managed to get a message sent to my PCP to write a new prescription for a controlled substance that has to be sent hard copy through the USPS to be filled. It’s for 10mg + 325mg Acetaminophen, for when I’m going to be dancing for an hour or fiddling for over an hour to protect me from pain in my left shoulder. That actually won’t happen until Monday, when my PCP returns to the office.

I ignored two telemarketers today. Thank goodness for caller ID. It’s worth the price, but I still wish I could block calls.

I watched John mowing the backyard and videotaped two swipes for your enjoyment:
John 1st swipe mowing – 4-20-18

John 2nd swipe mowing – 4-20-18

He didn’t do much because the mower ran out of gasoline. He should have taken the trip to town for the mower as an opportunity to get the gas. The unit takes gasoline without ethanol, of which we have none. Tomorrow he will take a 5-gallon container in to the Coop. He dumped the remainder of what we had into the old pickup.

Saturday, Apr 21

John did a bunch of things on the home front, fixed a brunch, and set up his truck to go to town for the special non-ethanol gasoline for the lawnmower engine. It was pretty expensive at $4.00/gal.

I took care of last minute music preparations, and took off for town. We were scheduled to be at Briarwood Retirement Commons today, where they feed us. Today was special because they fixed up a special cake for Haley who will be having her 5th birthday on the 26th of April. Everyone there loves her because she’s been coming and dancing, drawing pictures, singing, and visiting residents since she was 3 yrs. old. Today she danced to Irish Washerwoman, sang Cockles and Mussels, and drew pictures for people, plus showed them her dinosaur statues. Haley looking at the stickers on her birthday card, while Connie lights the candle; she grabs a big breath and blows out the candle; then smiles for me with her card & dinosaurs looking on.

As usual, they fed us well. We were given a wonderful homemade bean soup, lemonade, several, salads, and a great choice of desserts.

Sunday, Apr 22 HAPPY EARTH DAY 2018 !

Link to field trip notes and this one today is the first on the current list – Yakima Landslides – April 2018, John is going on.

This link is from Nick Zentner’s new domain, with all the field trips of the Ellensburg Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute.

Field Trips of the Local IAF Chapter

We were here in 1998 and knew of this landslide in the Yakima Canyon south of Ellensburg, WA.Landslide over Hwy 821, with the Yakima River on the left. Bottom right shows rocks from another, and in the distance there is a third. Train tracks on the west side of the river were also impacted. Not shown.

I succeeded in a few chores, and the foremost one was finishing this week’s blog draft, which is not quite there yet but I have a little bit of time left before John will have time to edit and put into WordPress.

I did accomplish several other things today in his absence. Washed a load of dishes. Did the paperwork to renew my license tabs for my Forester. I worked on my lab reports for blood draws and various associated items, requested some information from a number of different people about things I needed to know, or they did, and updated videos I took last week for the Swing Dancing class. I need to get those in the mail (email) to the participants.

I fixed my brunch, based on the sausage John cooked very early to make a sandwich to take along with his lunch. With mine, I had two eggs over easy, toast of rosemary/olive bread, and orange slices (and found he had left a bag of the rest of the orange he meant to take along with him in his lunch).

At 4:30, John called from south of Yakima at the Wapato irrigation diversion. They are there to look across the Yakima River at the Rattlesnake Ridge slide. Videos from the air give a better idea of what is going on than the photos from today. Here is a link to a short one taken in mid-January:
Earth’s cracking. We’re doomed.
One of the comments asks “What’s in the rail cars?” – and the answer is concrete. The hope is that they can protect the river with enough mass to stop falling rocks or a full slide. Seen in video at 2:04.

The field-trippers have been spending about ½-hour at every stop, so he may not be home until 6:30. He’ll call from Ellensburg. I guess he got a ride in the van, so that is good. He just called a couple minutes after 6 and was in the car in the parking lot heading home. We talked until he got turned on Look road, and then I let Annie out front to wait for him. She’s been expecting him for a couple hours.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan