Full & Windy

Another full week with windy days

Synopsis, Sunday, June 10, Geology Zentner Field Trip
Rocks and sage in Central Washington, and more . . . Stop 1 Saddle Mtns. North Steep Slope (Left) – Sentinel Gap (Right) where the Columbia River flows

(Click on links below each video’s title)

Video: Stop 1 Nick Zentner’s Ringold Formation Field Trip
Nick says

At #2, Smyrna Bench – Then at #3, hillside walk & invasive pea*

*Swainsonpea peaweed, Sphaerophysa salsula ; introduced here, apparently, from Australia

Video: Stop 2 Smyrna Bench, North-facing slope Saddle Mountain
Nick continues

Video: Stop 2, Seeing fossils from Dave Green’s collection
Fossil introduction at second stop

Video: David Green again at Stop 2
Fossils from long ago when this was like an African plain

Video: Stop 3 Lower Crab Creek Rd, at Scallop, Saddle Mountain
Nick again Bend Columbia R. Bluffs – Columns Ringold Formation Landslide Deposits

Video: Stop 4 White Bluffs Overlook
Nick at the last stop

I have a few others from my other camera to add when I get them processed, Angela Bennett took it down the hill when the battery went out on my one I had been using. For now, I’m stopping with the two on fossils, back at Stop 2. There is more fossil discussion to come later at Stop 4 with David Green, when I process those other videos.

And, as well, a good selection of stills from 3 cameras has to be organized by stop and uploaded. My computer crash has seriously altered the time for completing projects.

Monday, Jun 11

Sent music plans for count and attendance of KV F&F to two events this week. It’s going to be a wild week with summer traveling entering the picture.

I went in for my SAIL exercise class and worked the rest of the day on organization of my “new” computer.

Tuesday, Jun 12

I had my haircut at Celia’s around the long rural block at 12:30 p.m., but dance class was canceled with our teacher on a field trip class to Yellowstone National Park.

John went to town for his own blood draw, to check numbers at Bi-Mart, to Super 1, and to get gasoline in his truck for the weekend WTA trip. Unfortunately, the next day JR’s lowered their price to $3.25/gal. I filled mine up at the lower price.

I worked on transcribing videos and with reorganization on my Dell laptop. I spent a bunch of time tonight making space on this C drive and getting it ready to deliver Friday at 11:00 to Craig via Monica, so he can reinstate some software on my laptop, using my CWU affiliation. Originally, we were set up for tomorrow, but too much is happening on both our calendars.

Wednesday, Jun 13

Emerita meeting at Hearthstone, 9:00 to 10:30. We had a nice meeting with a good turnout, catching up on many stories of interest to everyone. Dee Eberhart (age 94 ?) was delivered by son Urban and picked up by daughter Cory. Both added to our discussions.

John and I drove separate cars. I had to leave for the Food Bank with music from Thursday’s group, because our regular leader was not available. First, however, from there I went by the hospital for a blood draw, for my INR. Then I went to SAIL exercise class, and on home.

Thurs, Jun 14 . . . . . Happy Flag Day !

John left for White Heron to bottle Roussanne, and carried along some of his candied Carpathian walnuts for the visiting afterwards. There is usually a bottle with crinkled label or otherwise something to be tasted.

I downloaded Adobe Acrobat reader software. My next major software replacement lost is the music preparation one I need for our use in providing music around Ellensburg. That is now been started, but it’s yet to be installed. I must have it ready before the month of July, when all our playlist offerings change.

Called in for music at Meadows: 11 people, with 9 chairs needed.

Last night I sent another request to Dell and Deepa in India about eliminating the charge. I had not heard back from the request 6 days ago. She responded today that they are processing my refund. Phew, what a nice relief. $129 loss would have been hard to take for nothing fixed. As it was, I only lost the 2 hours of frustration watching her try to fix the administrative rights on my account. I was no longer able to install and uninstall software, so the machine to be “fixed” had to totally be reset to what it was when new (including backup of all files).

Friday, Jun 15

John left at 5:30 a.m. for the WTA work party, Dorothy Lake (Stevens Pass road).
These images from the WTA trip arrived on Sunday, with John in them, and I’ll let him explain what we are seeing. When built, log steps have a topping (tread) of sandy material mounded so water runs off. A decade later that topping is gone and rocks poke through, and the boxes fill with water when it rains. The drains along the edge begin to fill and sometimes a culvert underneath clogs. These photos show before, during, and after maintenance.

Above right, John and Cornelia take a quick break to smile for the camera.

Above right, shows a cleaned out drain, mostly the work of the Green Hat named Drew, seen in the left photo. There were two other groups of 3 or 4 folks doing other things, but we are not showing those.

I dropped off the laptop with passwords to Craig, via Geography and Monica at 10:35 a.m., and Craig came over to meet me while I was still there. We exchanged comments about what he needed that I had written down and packed with the computer. I also packed my external drive in case he needed it for any reason and my power cord. It had a full battery and it usually lasts for 5-6 hours.

I went to the Adult Activity Center (AAC) for a Fathers’ Day Celebration lunch with antique cars & trucks from the 30s for viewing before and afterwards in the parking lot.

I filmed this after lunch.
Video: A trip around the 1934 REO Victoria Royale 1934. Read the description on the description of the video, which is co-owned by sisters, Victoria Perkis & Sharon Frazzini (wife of John D. Frazzini, who died in 2000). They were well known by members off the Ellensburg community, because of their business, Frazzini’s Pizza across the street from my initial office in Lind Hall on CWU campus.

Your grandfather’s cars- this one of a kind!

If you look at the link above, you will see my sweet memories this showing evoked of my dad’s ’35 Ford I grew up with and drove from 1959 until the 1970s.

Here’s that part of the description:
This was particularly nostalgic to me and in honor of Father’s Day because my father had a ’34 Chevrolet he restored for my grandmother, and he raised me driving a ’35 Ford, showing me all the mechanics of it, teaching me how to drive it, and I was only 14 when he died. It was fixed up for me by my father’s friend, and I drove it from when I was 16 (1959) till the 1970s when we drove it to Idaho. In 1966, John and I drove it from Cincinnati to Toronto, Canada to a Geography conference, and stayed with old friends of my parents. In 1969, we drove it on our honeymoon to Stone Mountain, GA, and we drove it to Iowa. My dad had replaced the original engine with a Mercury, it had a greyhound bus horn, a white-sided continental tire on the tear-dropped rear, with the trunk behind the backseat, which pulled forward. Its battery was under the driver’s side door, and he added turning lights and seat belts so we could drive legally.
I was an only child and we used to travel to south GA to the beach with my mom and to visit my grandmother and relatives in Savannah, GA and the old home place, Guyton, GA. My old car had over 400,000 miles on it. It had mechanical brakes that worked (Dad replaced them with Bender brakes). However, it was a challenge in the Pennsylvania hills, especially the “Emlenton Grade” (16 miles west of Clarion), when I drove it with John to meet his family. It had a heater my dad added and a stick shift on the floor. Sweet memories.

Here’s another short Video of the most unusual car, 1934 REO Victoria Royale with an Interview by Patti, Grandmother of Jessi Broderius (AmeriCorps staff AAC), talking with one of one of the car owners, Victoria Perkis.

Jessi’s grandmother asks about REO Victoria Royale, only 2 made in 1934

Here is a link to all 69 still photos I made at the AAC_Father’s Day Car Show (and lunch) today inside and outside at the senior center in Ellensburg, WA.

Photos of the AAC Father’s Day Car Show with Friday Event

After picking up my computer laptop from school, it is working well again, so that I can use the software to create my part of the blog. The newest version 2016 gave me a steep learning curve from the old 2007 version I previously had for several years.

From there I went back home through Kittitas to visit the Kittitas Neighborhood Pantry to see if they had any jeans I could get (free clothing for the community & food bank) for taking to the work crew tomorrow that John is joining as Assistant Crew Leader. Last week someone showed up in shorts, which is not allowed for safety reasons. He would have been sent home, if there was none available extra in someone’s rig. After explaining the need and use, I received 6 pairs of different sizes for John to take to the crew leader LeeAnne. We learned the next day, that she had to loan out two pair because two people from the group showed up in shorts.

Saturday, Jun 16

John left in our Ford truck at 6:15 for Dingford Creek WTA work party up a poor 8-mile gravel and channeled road to the trail site. He will carpool a couple of people in his high clearance 4WD vehicle. We were scheduled to only have 3 instruments and a voice at Briarwood music today, but my late night plea brought in 4 more to join us. I’m so grateful. We had a great audience and good time. Eight folks played – Gerald, Charlie, Nancy, Dean, Rita, Tim, Roberta, and Evie.

They fed us a nice meal after we played music. We had homemade Swiss meatballs and little link sausages in a BBQ sauce. 3 or 4 different salads, and several desserts, plus orange juice.

I met a fellow there who brought me some Jeans which I tried on, and took 3 pairs, two pants and the other a denim Bermuda shorts item. They belonged to his wife who has heart problems worse than mine – I was supposed to meet her in town at the AAC yesterday, but she was too tired to come.

Sunday, Jun 17

We slept in and then John spent a bunch of time cutting a large Cottonwood tree that fell across our neighbor’s electric fence and allowed cattle to roam. He cut many pieces such that they can be moved out of the way, and the fence put back. The last cut was through the 40 inch trunk about 15 feet from the roots that has tipped out of the ground.

After some downtime, he took a flat tire off the Crosstrek and put on the temporary spare. The flat does have a piece of something metal through the tread, but all the tires (original equipment 35,000 miles ago) are likely to get replaced with something better.

I continued working on processing pictures and videos from the past week.

The June solstice of 2018 will happen on Thursday, June 21, at 3:06:38 a.m. on the Naneum Fan, or 6:07 a.m. ET. In a few weeks our daylight hours will begin to noticeably shorten and the onions, waiting for this trigger, will “bulb.”

In the USA – time to celebrate summer

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News


Item #1: Another dog story

See the Yorkshire terrier?

When all alone in a very large field of corn, a little girl and a little dog are hard to see. Night, when no one is nearby is not a time to bark.
Reminds me of this: from. . .

“The Adventure of Silver Blaze”, Sherlock Holmes

Gregory (Scotland Yard detective):
Is there any other point to which you
would wish to draw my attention

Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”

Item #2: Another curious incident

I went 15 crow-flies miles to the west of the Cascade Crest today.
With a dozen other folks, I helped move dirt and rocks around and cut some brush. The trail was much in need of repair.
There was the curious incident of no rain.
Well, it did rain some around the region, and on the drive home I passed under a storm. Big tall – impressive – clouds!

Item #3: Another animals that climb story

Several months ago there was the story of an Opossum that climbed to the roof of Cash Moore’s liquor store in Florida.
Now there is another story of an animal that climbs.
Just some photos, because I thought the building was built with ramps (or something). But not! It just had a rough exterior.Item #4: Good news Coffee drinkers

The Great State of California, land of fruits and nuts, makes companies put warning labels on just about everything. I bought a folding saw – with the label on it. Also, a pair of hiking boots. I guess the idea is if I got very hungery I might eat these things. And there is a chemical therein that should not be eaten.
Meanwhile, the good regulators seem to be conflicted about Coffee.
One of the chemicals is acrylamide, which is found in many things and, as a byproduct of coffee roasting and brewing, is present in every cup.
The most common use of coffee is to consume it – unlike boots and saws.
You can find the story here: coffee doesn’t present a significant cancer risk
Does anyone care what CA health officials do or say?

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

Lovely images to calm the stormy week

While I was home frustratingly dealing with a dying computer, of unbeknownst reasons, John drove, twice, the 3 hours to Longmire (at Mt. Rainier) for a WTA work party. His activities were much more interesting than mine were this week. I missed a couple of regular activities because of long stints on the phone and trips to Yakima. Photos by the WTA crew were posted and I’ve had John explain some of what was done. He went Friday and Sunday. My tribulations are below. John stepped in and explained this Mt. Rainier part.

June 1 & 3, 2018 on the Wonderland Trail along Paradise River
The WT is 93 miles long and encircles the Mountain. I’ve worked on short sections at various places over several years. This trip is very near the main SW entrance and gets a lot of traffic.Locations: left: Mt. Rainier from the footbridge across the Nisqually River.
Right: Carter Falls on Paradise River from the Wonderland TrailAcross the Nisqually River for the hike in to the work site. Note the crew is not carrying tools. They were cached after Friday’s work, then brought out after Sunday’s trip.
Conveniently, a large Yellow Cedar tree (great resistance to rot) had blown down with its top at the trail’s edge. With a bit of work, it gave needed material to the repair.Splitting Cedar rails for “Check Steps” for placement across the trail. Orange hat in the right photo is Aaron, of the National Park trail crew. Green hat is a WTA volunteer. Left photo – driving steel wedges into the end of the log. In the right photo both are using cant hooks (aka Peavey) (link) to get leverage to break the tree trunk apart.
The biggest single project for the weekend was to repair a seriously eroded 30 ft. section near a large tree.Left photo is an early photo with a test-placement of a step. See photo below for that with John (orange shirt) and a volunteer. Terry looks on. Over many years, the tree roots became uncovered and boots and water cut deep into the soil on the left side. On the right, the finished set of steps (7 total) are placed and filled with small rocks (first) and soil.A project requires planning and coordination. That’s the Blue Hat’s responsibility. In the photo below, our Blue Hat (Hannah) works with Terry (note straight rake handle and level) to determine the placement of the 2nd check-step.
Behind Hannah, a piece is being peeled and shaped to fit the space. Up the trail a reddish-brown mound of dirt is visible. A pit-digger and 4 bucket carriers provide the material from 50 feet off the trail. Another dozen folks are working farther up the trail, unseen. The Blue Hat carries a bag of snack-size candies (think little Snickers Bars) and goes to each group, giving candy, and advice.

The two photos below show a spot at the down-trail end of the “steps” project. As the steps project began to take shape, John jumped into the muddy project.There is a wet area where water seeps up into the trail from the surrounding forest. Years ago a drain was dug across the trail and a slanting log laid across – seen in the foreground, partly covered with muck. That filled in with forest litter, wet soil, and small stones.
The right photo shows Alan, Eric, and John building a stable step across the drain from the log. Unlike the good fortune of have a good tree to get steps from, this area is short of rocks. Bummer. We managed – somewhat like working a very difficult jigsaw puzzle.

Alan is the chief WTA trail guy and mostly operates as a “Blue Hat”, but on this day was operating with Eric and John as a team of equals – sort of.

Monday, June 4 Computer fixin’ day

Okay, back to Nancy’s problems:
Whole day dedicated to Nancy’s laptop Dell.

I drove to Yakima to follow-up on my phone call yesterday with Jared at Office Depot, where he has a 1 Terabyte external disk drive to sell me and also is willing to see if he can find the problem that 3 others have not been able to fix. He was unable to fix it although I think he made more progress than anyone to date, including the tech support at Dell Computers who connected to it and I watched her efforts, but they failed, and the conclusion was I would have to have them RESET my laptop to what it was when I bought it. That means I lose all my software, and have to back up all files on the old one which will be wiped clear with the “reset” after backing up.

We left my laptop at Office Depot and I will pick it up tomorrow afternoon.
After that we filled my car with gasoline at Costco for a decent price, only 6 ₵/gal cheaper than in Ellensburg, but hey, that’s 60₵.

Before leaving Yakima, we decided to check out WinCo Foods, a new grocery store adjacent to Costco in Union Gap. We only saw a few items that were obviously a better deal than what we could get in Ellensburg on sale at Super 1, or at Grocery Outlet. One was an excellent price on All Bran Buds and an okay price on Raisin Bran. While there we picked up something else, but only had $20 worth. We went through the checkout counter, and I saw the credit card machine, but the cashier said they wouldn’t take it, only cash or debit cards. What a surprise! We did have the money, but had we bought $200 of stuff, we would not have had cash. We don’t own a debit card. We believe they need to post a sign at the entrance warning people of the payment required. I also prefer to use my VISA credit card from Costco because we get 1% back in cash rewards for purchases made on it, anywhere, 2% on purchases in Costco, and 4% on gasoline purchased anywhere.
While WinCo has lots of stuff, we are not likely to go there often. Too many intervening opportunities, and the lack of credit card usage.

Tuesday, June 5

Started with our annual trip to the eye doctor. Nancy at 10:00 and John at 10:15, although John ended up finishing first with our beloved Dr. Davis at Valley Vision. We both had good sessions and each one of us got a newly changed refraction test, for new glasses. We can have them covered in part by our insurance. Story why comes later in the week. We thought we were not yet eligible because we are only eligible every 24 months, for $150 toward the costs. Check Friday for the rest of the story.
While WinCo has lots of stuff, we are not likely to go there often. Too many intervening opportunities, and lack of credit cards.

I had to make another trip to Yakima, this time by myself, to pick up my computer and check out my ability to use the computer with the new external disk. I knew I had to be there before my tech support person left for the day (at 4:00 p.m.). Everything took longer than planned on the backup installation, and I barely made it there in time to get it before 4:00. It completed just minutes before my drive down (took an hour).

Wednesday, Jun 6

I fixed my salad to take today, with John’s help of cubing smoked turkey and cutting little pieces of Honeycrisp apple. I added the iceberg lettuce and Blue Cheese dressing, and packed Cheez-its for croutons, plus took a stainless steel fork so I didn’t have to eat with a flimsy plastic one.

Food Bank as usual for music but I carried along all the music for today, because our normal leader was unable to be there. I went ahead of time because also another member who sets up chairs and music stands also was not going to be there. Afterwards I was off for SAIL exercise class.

After that class, I went by to care for the cat and clean up. They are due home mid-day tomorrow.

Once home, I continued on projects relating to my computer.
Expecting a call about 5:30 from the tech at Costco Concierge, whose help I will no longer need. Need to contact Dell for hopefully a refund. The call arrived just after I got home at 3:30, as they are on CST and I was supposed to be called at 5:30 in my time zone!

Thurs, Jun 7

Rehab for music. We had 11 people there and a good time.

I’ve been working on file structure for the computer problems.
Thursday afternoon call from Deepa in India. I asked her to please submit a request for a refund for failing to fix my problem. I no longer need her to reset the system. I don’t know when I will hear back.

Friday, Jun 8

John left about 6:40 a.m. for the WTA work party at Denny Creek. See Item #3 in his “Not so nasty news” – previous blog post.

I’m staying home to give attention to a number of things.

I contacted Craig at school and we have arranged for me to drop off my computer laptop for him to add some software, now that my old one got wiped clean. I also tried reaching the publisher of the Music writing software to no avail. I will search for my serial number on the music and try a telephone call on Monday. I copied it before leaving the computer to be backed up and reset.

I called my secondary insurance, Kaiser Permanente, to see if we both have eyeglasses available. Valley Vision apparently called and were told we both were eligible for our $150 toward a new pair. I didn’t think we’d gone 2 years since using the discount.

I now know why. We are NOT COVERED FOR OUT OF NETWORK PEBB service (and thus, Costco is not an optical approved provider and therefore not included). A person seeking the reimbursement must use an approved provider or a Kaiser Facility (closest one of those is Seattle): only ones in Ellensburg are Valley Vision and Dr. Sarah Storrs’ place: Family Eye Clinic, 707 N. Pearl Suite B, and we are both eligible. She would then be reimbursed by insurance for the $150. I figure her prices are most likely better than Valley Vision’s, and I would like to support her business, because I know her socially from other connections.

I did a load of John’s clothes today and my socks and underwear. I did a load of dishes. I have not hear back about the Dell Computer charge. I worked on computer re-organization.
John called on his way home, and I gave him the place to buy gasoline for his car, which we are taking on a field trip this Sunday.
It started raining tonight. Not good for the farmers with hay down, and there is a lot down and much baled, and still in the field.

Saturday, Jun 9

John fixed us brunch and then went out in cooler weather (hoping that continues through our field trip tomorrow) and returned with a flower bouquet he brought me (made from the last of the Iris):This now graces our kitchen window over the sink.

Now I’m removing a lot of stuff from my Nikon camera to use on the field trip tomorrow. I also need to clean up my movie camera so that I can capture the lectures at the 4 stops on our trip.

A notification came across my screen advertising a free wooden table for giveaway, about 9 mi (~ 15 minutes from us). We decided to drive in and get it, even though we don’t have room for it. It seems to have potential.

Here are some cropped pix of the announcement: It shows some wear, came without chairs, but did come with an insertable piece. John wants to know why those are called a “leaf.”

Once home, while moving files on my computer, I saw a notification go across the screen that my friend in CA had tagged me on a Facebook send – it was of a nest of ugly baby birds. She said the mom had a red-head, but the nest was in the crook of a tree, scented by her Brittany (she found him standing on his hind legs). I don’t know many red-headed (solely) birds except a red-headed woodpecker, but I would imagine they would prefer nesting in the hole of a tree. What do you think? I thought of a red finch and John thought of a redpoll. Baby birds of some species

Sunday, Jun 10

John and I are going to participate in Nick Zentner’s field trip on the Ringold Formation, an interesting geologic layer about 50 miles to our southeast, and near the Hanford Atomic Energy site. It starts in Ellensburg at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. We’ll go in John’s car, following the caravan. We first expected hot weather, but a reprieve may be in store. Surely hope so. Even a little drizzle after 11:00 a.m. could be possible. Suits me. I’m not a hot weather person.
Images below are part of the field trip guide. Report next week.
Above map, by Manastash Mapping, of Ringold Formation field trip 6-10-18. Handouts made possible by Ellensburg Chapter members of the Ice Age Floods Institute. This is from the color handouts of the field trip notes, which are on line (see link below). The Hanford site is across the Columbia River (west). We learned on the field trip, this is created by Google Maps (not Google Earth), and requesting 3D. We have not tried that yet. Has a lot of promise, as can be seen in the handout below. Take a peek at it. You’ll need it to help interpret the videos taken at each stop which will be reviewed in next week’s blog.

The title by Nick Zentner: Ringold Formation – June 2018

Ringold Formation Field Trip – June 10, 2018

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A hodgepodge

This week’s not so nasty news.

Item #1: Plastics

The Graduate, a 1967 movie, stared a 30 year old Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin, just graduating — aged 21 – from college. A character named Mr. Maguire whispered career advice to young Ben, and made famous a one word quote, namely “Plastics.”

watch 1 minute clip

Many took that advice and plastics proliferated.Mountains of plastic waste have recently become a resource. There is opportunity, think $$$ (okay, $), in converting mixed plastics into diesel, gasoline and industrial chemicals. Heating plastic in a no-air reactor can yield 16 million gallons of useful products from 100,000 tons of waste available cheaply or at no cost.

What’s not to like?

Item #2: Looks like plastic

Not nasty – – just odd.

Black Kookaburra, link

Locally, we see a Belted Kingfisher. He/she sits on wires over an irrigation canal about 4 miles south of our house. Pictures and information here Cornell Lab. Cute birds.

A related bird is known in Australia, commonly called a Laughing Koolaburra. Nice photo here: Photo, of the normal multi-colored bird. Larger than those found in Kittitas County.

A related, quite rare bird, is all black. Well, it is rare in Western Australia. Thus, this story: Link

So, what I found most interesting is that searching for Black Kookaburra yields as many hits for the black licorice as for birds. A candy of other colors may have the shape of traditional licorice candy but extract of the root therein, is rarer than the black bird with the Kookaburra name.
I find no special relationship between Licorice and Australia, or the rare black bird.
This reminds me of the non-existance between Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe area and the Pepperidge Farm ‘white chocolate macadamia’ cookie named Tahoe®.

Item #3: Looked like rainI went to the wet (west) side of the Cascade Crest today to work on the Denny Creek Trail. The trail is a favorite of folks with young children because, when the water is not real high, wet rocks make for a big playground. The photo of summertime is at the “slide” several hundred yards up-trail from where we worked.
An air mass was moving off the Pacific Ocean toward Washington. If the weather folks had the timing wrong we all would have gotten exceedingly muddy.
The system arrived after our work, and the drive home was lightly sprinkled. Now, 6 hours later, there is light rain across the region. Not a lot, and it will pass in another couple of hours. We’ll fall asleep with sounds of drops falling from the roof.
What’s not to like?

Item #4: Breaking Cat News
My favorite cartoon made me smile today:

Clinging to the force field

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

Problematic week,

but with good things too

Monday, May 28 Happy Memorial Day !

I finished the blog last night, because I had link problems after John had hit the hay. He’s the WordPress person in this family. Finally, I got them all fixed and published.

We were up early for John to take the new Flag to the road.

I’ve been working hard trying to complete the videos and a few photos to send to the Geography Department and to the winners of the scholarship awards. Need to finish and go take a photo of the flag flying with the sun behind me.

We learned our co-owned Brittany in California garnered 3 awards for 2017 Dog of the Year awards in the CA Brittany Club. Photo shows her 3 trophies (cheeseboards) and each came with 2 wine glasses with an etched Brittany head.

Jeri is going to send us the Gun Dog of the Year trophy and keep the wine glasses. We have too many wine glasses (by the carton) from our tastings in our summer class for 12 years: Wine: A Geographical Appreciation. We set up 3 glasses for each person during the final tasting, and we purchased all the wines for the event (usually 12 or 13).

Here are the placements

Field Dog – Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ SH – o Jeri K Conklin & Nancy Hultquist.

She (Daisy) & her Mom (Ginny) won 2017 awards:

Gun Dog – Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ SH (Daisy) – o Jeri K Conklin & Nancy Hultquist

This next is Daisy’s mom:
Amateur Handled Field Dog – FC KWK Windswept Guinevere of Camelot SH – o Jeri K Conklin

Senior Hunter – Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ SH – o Jeri K Conklin & Nancy B HultquistWe both went out to see the flag blow in 44 mph gusts. It’s still fluttering. The flag kit came with 3 small screws to attach the pole receptacle to a wall. It needed a much more substantial method. Two by sixes and large lax screws, plus braces, are in place – for now.

Adjusting the Flag Position 5-27-18 (getting ready yesterday for today)
Yesterday’s Flag Adjustment

High Winds on the Naneum Fan

Czar Went to the End of the Driveway with us to see the Flag
Czar is a Companion Cat

Then Czar Rolled in the Gravel
Czar’s Favorite Pastime

Our irrigation ditch is without water & John removed the dam.
Waterless Irrigation Ditch

Dinner was baked chicken, with succotash, and sourdough toast with butter and Parmesan cheese. It was very good.

Tuesday, May 29

This was totally a recuperating day for me. The winds blew hard all day, so John was unable to get any work done in the yard. A piece of tree trunk (dead) came down, and if anything had been under it when it fell, it would have gotten crushed. It is against and over part of our fence. Out of the way, so it can wait to get cleaned up – on a day with no wind.

Here’s what we did today. We went to town to pick up a Stihl brusher for work at our house fire-wising and work on trails (probably in the future in the Spokane area with a WTA crew John knows).
Washington Tractor’s sales rep (Janie) with John. The handle bar attachment is in travel mode, lowered and swiveled down. Note the size of the unit by comparing to the back of the pickup bed. His next chore will be to create a way to carry it on the luggage rack on top of his Crosstrek for the trip to Spokane or elsewhere.
It arrived with a string-trimmer head. We also bought a tri-blade head, shown at right.Once home, here is the end of the unit and the right shows John attaching the handle to a carrying harness.

Next we have a video once home of the demo of using it for weeds.
Goodby weeds!

Wednesday, May 30

Food Bank as usual for music and I carried along my salad for lunch. Afterwards I was off for SAIL exercise class.

I think, once home, I continued on projects relating to my computer.

Thurs, May 31

We have water in the irrigation ditch today. Seems the rocks and logs have found a new home.

This is a BYE day for our KV Fiddlers & Friends music (5th Thursday) – well deserved., so, John and I went to Costco for things for us and others.

We had a great evening at the Ice Age Floods (IAF) local chapter meeting at a presentation on local geology by an excellent speaker, Lydia Staisch from the USGS in Menlo Park, CA.As a guest lecturer for the local chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, we enjoyed Lydia Staisch’s presentation on the Ringold Formation, Sedimentology & Provenance: Implications for the ancestral Columbia & Snake Rivers.
Lydia Staisch, Ringold Formation
Lydia’s Questions & Answers
Nick’s Invitation to the audience for Lydia’s Noon Talk Tomorrow
Invite by Nick Zentner

Friday, Jun 1

John left about 4:40 a.m. for the WTA work party at Mt. Rainier. Likely earlier by ½ hour, but he wasn’t sure. By arriving early he gets to visit with the assistant crew leaders, and leaders for WTA (2 this time), and a National Park trails crew member. Introductions of everyone, and safety talks start at 8:30.

My laptop computer and I left for CWU to meet the systems analyst for help uninstalling the rest of Sophos, which is an antivirus software they wanted to sell me, and they managed to alter my system so I could not complete the uninstall, even though I had administrative capabilities.

This was the beginning of my end-of-week problems that actually began last week when I tried unsuccessfully to uninstall Sophos, the “free” antivirus software. It’s ended costing me dearly. Now I need to add administrative management to get into the user group to get rid of it. Thus far, I have not succeeded. The end of my meeting was to leave without the need being fulfilled of gaining administrative access to my Windows 10 Home addition. I somehow have lost that ability. I will be seeking options tonight. Subsequently, no one has been able to make the change. I will have to resort to a complete reset of my total computer (more to follow here).

From that meeting, I went to the Geology lecture Science II, Rm 206, at Noon, where I took a video of Lydia from an awkward angle in a small room.

Noon Talk on the “Yakima Folds” (these are E-W ridges folded in the area south of Ellensburg):

From Gravity Anomalies to Graded Streams, crustal structure and Quaternary acceleration of deformation rates in central Washington Presented by Lydia Staisch.

Yakima Folds Presentation

Lydia’s Q & A on the Yakima Folds talk

Ending Questions & Answers

I went to SAIL exercise at the senior center. Katrina instructed the class in her usual wonderful manner. She makes exercising fun. Afterwards, I went by a friend’s to check on her cat. She and her son went on a trip (plane) back to the East coast for ~ 10 days. I found a problem with the automatic waterer and made a temporary fix.

I spent more time researching my computer problem and trying to find a solution.

Saturday, Jun 2

I spent a lot of time on phone trying to fix my computer problems. I was on the phone with tech support through Costco where I purchased my computer, fall of 2016.

I went to town with John to get gasoline for his trip tomorrow, by Super 1 for groceries, and by Anne’s to check out the cat situation with the waterer malfunction. Cleaned up the wet papers from the day before, and decided to replace with a conventional bowl of water.

John moved water hoses, filled barrels, watered trees, some flowers, and picked strawberries for me to fix. Then we had them on Key Lime Pie for dessert. Just a few have ripened. Late next week there should be lots of ripe ones.

Updated my meds and called in the one I’m running out of. Monthly ones are a pain. I wish I could get for longer. I need 90 pills for the month. NEED TO CONTACT the Pharmaceutical Company for Entresto about the “break” on co-pay for insurance. Might have just been limited to one year without renewal possibility. I was getting it for $10/month. Now is $40. Buying it through GoodRx – without insurance – is not an option, because we are talking $469 (from the cheapest place, Costco).

The late afternoon and evening I spent on the phone with support in the U. S., and finally with a tech support person in India working for Dell. With just that one person, I spent 2 hrs and a fee (because my year’s warranty was over), but the fee was only going to apply if they could fix it. They could not without resetting the computer to what it was when I bought it. I could not do that before backing up the entire computer’s files and folders.

I decided I needed a new external drive disk to use to back up everything, because of lack of enough space on my current one.
John provided an initial search for one and found one I wanted at Office Depot. Later, I looked to follow through on purchase. I had questions and got into a Chat with an Office Depot staff member at some place away from here, and learned information I needed to make a phone call to the store on Sunday.

Sunday, Jun 3

John left at 5:00 a.m. for Mt. Rainier. (Longmire, via Steven’s Creek Canyon)

I moved the water hoses (am doing every 2.5 – 3 hrs.); one near pine trees and Forsythia bushes, and another on the Carpathian Walnuts.

Outside temperatures decreased over a strong start mid-morning. Now it’s windy and cloudy also. There was some very light rain on the western slopes of the Cascades, but not here.

I worried with computer issues much of the morning, and finally called the Office Depot in Yakima to see if I could come there for buying an external disk drive.
It took me two phone calls, but I finally located the technical support person, Jared, who heard my story, and made an agreement to help me tomorrow at the Yakima store at 10:00 a.m. As he doesn’t have the 2Tb Seagate I wanted, I will buy a Western Digital 1Tb drive from him for a very low price, use my American Express card that gives me another 5% discount, plus he will look at my computer, teach me how to set it up to backup all files and folders on the system. I will not have to pay him to reset my computer, and he knows how. My main concern is the software loaded there. I’m sure that will be gone with the reset, but it will restore my Windows 10 Home to allow me to have administrative privileges.

I am sure I will have problems with some of my added on software, mainly SongWriter 2012. I captured their contact for a future need. They will have to give me permission to reload on the same computer after the fix, and then I have to find where the disk got put. I may be without the use of the software for awhile.

I finally ate a late lunch at almost 2:00 p.m.

The weather is very strange today. It was 50° when John left this morning, by 1:00 p.m. heated up to 81° (at the airport). It was hot when I went to move hoses, but I didn’t look at the temperature till 3:00 here, and it was 70°. The winds started after 2:00 p.m. and have gusted to 46 mph (again, at the airport 5 miles south of us).

I’m waiting patiently to hear from John. He had problems reaching me on Friday coming home from Mt. Rainier, and now at 5:46 p.m., he’s still not been heard from, so I should be getting a call soon that he made it to Yakima. He called a few minutes later. He was coming through the Selah Gap. Now scheduled home in a few minutes, and Annie’s already outside waiting for him in the front yard. She’s been going out with me every few hours to move hoses, but she will be thrilled to see him and get to go for a real walk.

She will likely tell him she’s been ignored all day. He made it just now at 6:30 and I heard her yip in excitement. I noticed he got out of the car and then put on a heavy shirt and knitted cap. I checked the front porch temp and found it at 66° – it’s probably a bit cooler out in the yard and the wind, which is still blowing hard.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A few odd items

This week’s not so nasty news.

Item #1: A non-tragic ending?

A man, in Warren Ohio, placed a loaded revolver in the broiler section of the oven to keep it safe.

My sister thought this was funny, the man lives, and so it is not so nasty news.
My questions, on the other hand, are:
Why loaded? Why a broiler? Why did he think that was a safe place? Could he not think of a place more stupid than this?
At least he failed to win a Darwin Award.

Item #2: The first

We picked a few ounces of garden strawberries today, Friday, June 1st. Now we are going to put them on a Key Lime pie.
The pie is purchased frozen and is now thawing. We should have lots of berries in 10 days.

Item #3: We are not big soup eaters
There is a web site with many images of restaurant signs, such as this one. Such sites make you click to see each sign, and each page has multiple ads, some animated and messy.
I looked at a bunch, and thought this “soup” one was cute, but not enough to make me enter the place and buy lunch – whiskey or otherwise.

Item #4: Time

I spent today on the Wonderland Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park.
This was WTA’s first day of the season, so I went, and will go back Sunday. The location is different this year and about 45 minutes farther for me. Thus, I’ll switch to closer places.
Several of the folks, especially on Sunday, came multiple times last year so this will be sort of a reunion.
The hopeful phrase “Until we meet again” comes to mind.
In this case, the phrase will be “See you on the trails.”

Item #5: A sea tale

An Orca was freed from fishing gear on Thursday by marine mammal rescue. Onlookers claim the whale took off and starting breaching and doing tail slaps.
Perhaps a bit of a salute to his rescuers?

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

End of School Year

Celebrated Even When Retired

. . . … Other events in our lives …

I’ll start with some follow-up comments for the weekend that started this week. You’ll remember hearing that John went to WTA’s Crew Leader College in North Bend, Sat & Sun. He has described the activities, in last week’s blog, but here are the photos to add to an understanding, and explanation of his new purchase this week (yet to be delivered), but ordered this Thursday, in Ellensburg.Toter (background) with Beth in blue jacket and hat. Brusher in foreground. What we’ve ordered. Middle photo: Blue hat here is Holly demoing drill. Colleagues stand at right angle to worker and help keep a vertical hole. Right: Full view of Stihl FS 240 brusher.Closer view of Toter at work, carrying 3 large posts.
Right side: Beth and John, WTA buddies taken at the Geography Awards Event Tuesday this week. Beth is the granddaughter of one of the donors (Mary Ann) of a scholarship award (Macinko Award in honor of her husband, George) given to a prospective life-long geographer.
I have visited Beth on email, but this was our first meeting in person. She worked with John on a WTA trip a few years ago. Last year she signed on as a Crew Leader. She does 4 and 7 day back-country trips, some very strenuous hiking required, so he hasn’t (and won’t) see her on her outings. He’s wearing his casual blue “bucket” hat and his WTA emblem on an orange shirt and, as an Assistant Crew leader, his WTA hard hat is orange. [Needs to shed a few pounds, doesn’t he?] After CLC he was presented with a new orange hat, so no longer has a faded one from long ago, and it has a nice tightener on the inside straps that his old one lacked.

Monday, May 21

We finished the blog tonight – very late, and I awoke this morning early, with only 6 hrs (if that) of sleep. The 3 outside cats came this morning, so I fed them, and also our inside/outside one wanted fed. I was awake and needed to send pictures to the folks at the AAC for the Friday event, so I put those into a Google Photo shared link and sent. If you are interested in seeing the photos, they are available here: (If you access it and click on a photo, then look above and click on “info” to see what I know about the photograph.)

AAC_Senior Prom Night_May 18, 2018

I was relieved from Jury Duty in July for health reasons.

Sent a check to Scotch Hill Cemetery – John’s relatives are guests there.

I tried catching up on my missed sleep, but didn’t get enough to feel up to going to town for only one stop; I canceled going to SAIL (exercise at AAC) at 1:30.

John made us a great brunch – omelet, sausage, fried potatoes, toast, and orange slices.

Here’s another interesting video on the Kilauea Volcano today, May 21, 2018. You may have to wait awhile until it loads, but eventually start it over again to get the complete running view. They are keeping folks away because of the deadly sulfuric gasses being emitted. We have a VCR with footage of a friends hike to the edge of the volcano rim taken probably 15 or more years ago. It’s rather impressive. On an interesting note, after I retired in 2010, the university removed the VCR units and capabilities from the classroom media presenter devices. That would have seriously affected my use of short clips to enhance my lectures I used in all my classes. They closed the Library’s media center for checking out reel movies and VCR tapes, and did away with them. I am not aware of any mechanical way to transfer information from a VHS tape to a digital copy. I just looked it up and found there is! One can buy a VHS to DVD Video Capture Device unit on Amazon for $35. I don’t have the incentive or need and especially not the time to do that conversion. Apparently, all the camcorder tapes I have of fiddling classes at the WOTFA summer workshops could also be transferred. I’ll have to leave my treasure trove to someone else. Meanwhile, here is the footage I wanted to share of the current eruption of Kilauea:

Fly Over 5-21-18 Kilauea Volcano Summit

Tuesday, May 22

Crazy morning. I awoke sick after a decent night’s sleep. John was due in town about 8:30, but when he went to open the gate, he noticed our irrigation water was down, and it had been slowing down over the past few days. A landowner downstream from us stopped to talk and said the diversion ditch providing our water has filled with rocks again. He will try to address the problem in the next 2 weeks. Last year they had to go through the Fish & Wildlife folks for a permit to clean out the rocks. John finally got back, loaded his car and went an hour late to town.

While there he filled his car with gasoline, went to his appointment, and then made two other stops. I canceled my 2:00 dancing class plans hoping to get to feeling better. We must leave our house in time to be at the Univ. by 4:30 p.m. for the end-of-year party with scholarship awards, in the grass east of the Dean Hall building (shady). We are taking a Crushed Pineapple-filled Lemon Cake, lawn chairs, drinks, and my camera for videotaping the award ceremony.
We are back in the house from setting up & cleaning the lawn chairs to take to the event tonight. I charged my camera battery. I did my part of fixing our lunch salad, after John cut the smoked turkey and apples. I’m feeling better than earlier, but I’m happy I stayed home from the AAC Just Dance class today.

I tried unsuccessfully to uninstall Sophos, a free anti-virus program, but now have to add administrative management to get into the user group to get rid of it. Thus far, I have not succeeded. The idea is that Windows Defender will take over as the anti-virus protector, once I rid my system of the Sophos invader, which I have to take credit for installing. I talked to Craig Scrivner (our computer guru in Geology/Geography, our Systems Administrator) at the party, and was told how I was supposed to do that, but didn’t have my computer along, so when I got home and tried, it did not work. I will have to take my laptop in to campus next week to get him to help me, or reach him in person by phone. I need to go by the Geography Dept anyhow so should be able to combine trips.

We left at 4:00 for Campus. We took lawn chairs and the cake, with a little flag John put on a skewer to identify it. The department also had a two-layer partitioned 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 white cake which most people had, and so we brought about half of our cake back home.Image on the flag of our Pineapple-Lemon Cake

While we’re talking lemons, here is a collage of our favorite 5 yr. old, whose preschool class raised and released butterflies. All you lepidopterists out there will appreciate this.They all hatched for the 3 preschoolers. A windy day and they didn’t want to leave, but liked the lemon sugars, and the rose.

Back to Geography: I took my Nikon camera and videoed all the individual awards for those there and those unable to be there. Ours is below. I’m sending all the rest to the donors, the students awarded scholarships, and to the Geography faculty members. I sent the presentation video of the GIS certificates to Bob Hickey, to send to all those recipients.

Many people joined the party, from babies, to young students, to faculty & staff members from several departments, to older retired members of the department. Mallory & Josh with Baby Daphne <> John, Mary Anne, Lillian, and <> Elaine with part of the crowd behind.

Hultquist Distinguished Service Scholarship Award

Mallory Triplett- Graduate student, Nancy, Caleb Valko, undergraduate

Hultquist Distinguished Service Award – Caleb Valko
Video:Hultquist Award – Caleb Valko

Hultquist Distinguished Service Award – Mallory Triplett
Video:Hultquist Award – Mallory Triplett

May 22, 2018 Awards – Geography Department and Cultural &
Environmental Resource Management (CERM) graduate program

Brooks/Shaw: Caleb Valko

Joseph P. & Gillian A. Stoltman Scholarship:
Isaac Anzlovar and Jamie Liljegren

Macinko: Isaac Anzlovar

Martin Kaatz: Andrew McDonald

Hultquist Distinguished Service Award:
Caleb Valko and Mallory Triplett

Wednesday, May 23

John left before 8:00 a.m. for White Heron Bottling of Rose. He carried along a large chunk of Jarlsberg Cheese for the tasting and sharing afterwards. He brought home 3 bottles of Rose’.

These flowering shrubbery photos go back over 10 days, but they never got put into our blog, and they are worth seeing in full bloom. Purple Lilac foreground, background Crabapple. Right image – Flowering Crabapple, has very small fruit, not a mess. Oregon Grape (yellow, foreground) with Lilac blooming and Carpathian Walnut in progress of leafing. Right: Mountain Ash near our front door

I’m taking care of paying bills, talking to the dentist’s office about my appointment tomorrow for a cleaning, and continuing to send videos from last night’s award ceremony up to You Tube. I must finish fixing my salad to take along and pack my carrier.

I’m going to the Food Bank for music and on from there to SAIL. I was rather sore today playing the fiddle and doing exercise, even with taking it easy both places.

Thurs, May 24

My morning was filled with printing and sorting new music for this afternoon to take to a dozen people, for our practice preview session before the regular program. We have 25 songs in this set. I provide lyrics packets and many in the audience will sing.

John and I made separate trips to town because we couldn’t figure how to combine without keeping him away from home for 5 hours.
He’s doing watering chores (onions this morning), using well water. Garden and flowers are doable. Larger fruit trees may suffer if ditch water isn’t back on in another week.

I drove myself to town because John had to drive the truck to pick up his Honda mower from WA Tractor and pieces of free wood at Wood Products Northwest. Below is an old image. Today they had a pickup load laying there.I went to play music and then went to the dentist, for a 4:00 p.m. appointment for my teeth cleaning.

On one of the free Facebook sites, I spoke for a porcelain doll to give to my friend in Nampa, ID who taught us violin classes for 22 years in Kittitas at the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Summer Workshop (for a week). She has a doll collection and will be in Moses Lake this summer (I went to the workshop there once a couple years ago, but it was too hot for me existing there and being out in the heat on the way in and out, even staying in the a/c comfort of her RV on my friend’s farm. John and I plan to meet Roberta and her daughter for dinner this year, and I can deliver the doll then. It was a gift from a gal on the Facebook site, The Free Box. I asked her to consider me for it yesterday morning, and she delivered it to me at Hearthstone at the beginning of our music. She’s a pretty doll, but not antique. She’s only a few years old. Bobbie Pearce replied to my email, and would love to add her to her collection. While most are antique, she has several newer ones. Top of Porcelain Doll – Bottom – Full Standing View

I made contact via private messaging on Facebook, and now I await her returned response to my email about timing. I included the picture above. Once she knows the schedule, we can figure the time we’ll come pick them up. She and her daughter Katrina (a left-handed grand champion fiddler) will go with us to dinner in Moses Lake.

I started researching Historic Hay Stackers when I saw the following picture taken 20 years ago by Fred Newschwander. It is on Thomas Rd., only 1/2 mile from our house, but longer by road. Fred was our veterinarian shortly after we arrived in town. We knew him also through our membership in the Kittitas Valley Trail Riders club. John was the Club’s Monthly Newsletter Editor (we), for a number of years, printed on our computer and mailed to the membership. Finally, they got a web version going and we later quite riding and going to the meetings.

Fred’s history in the valley is updated here recently at a CWU presentation in May.

Ellensburg Veterinarian Honored at CWU Banquet Left photo by Fred Newschwander ~ 20 years ago. This is what it looked like when we arrived in 1989. Now the wood is more weathered; the right photo was taken 5-27-18 by Nancy Hultquist. The location is south of Thomas Road west of Naneum Road, on the left, before the first curve.

Here is the best video description I can find from the National Park Service in Montana.

Horse-drawn Loose Haying at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Montana (National Historic Site)
Check the video below.

Horse-drawn Loose Haying at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Montana

This equipment uses the Beaverslide Hay Stacker, named from its location in the Big Hole Valley in Beaverhead County, Montana. The lift is done with a series of cables and pulleys, which are powered by horses moving away from the raked load, hoisting it up the slide.Beaverslide Full of Hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beaverslide Stacker Empty

Friday, May 25

John left about 6:40 a.m. for the WTA work party at Gold Creek/
Gold Pond just this side of Snoqualmie Pass. The pond is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible place with an asphalt trail and many interpretative signs. Most of the work was cleaning debris from between bridge decking, brushing, and the repair of one bridge approach. It involved cutting brush and moving rocks and dirt. John was on that project. See the prior blog, Item #3, for a bit more – John’s find!
Once over a decade ago, we walked around the pond with our best man and his wife (who died after 12 years of fighting cancer).

Did I mention I fell while dressing in the small bathroom, when my sock slipped on the bath mat on the linoleum floor, throwing me backwards onto the floor bruising and straining some parts of my body. Reflecting on yesterday, I was telling a person in our music group that I had taken a Percocet (serious pain pill I cannot get any longer), but it helped.  It didn’t really help me through the rest of the afternoon, however.  I had a dentist appointment for teeth cleaning at 4:00 (why I had to break at 3:05 to take my antibiotic during our music that went late past 3:00).  Lying in the dental chair with my sore back (where I hit the wall), and my butt where I hit the floor, and my arms (got a pillow for the right one) and blanket for the left one, was hurtful more than the tartar scraping. I hit the right arm (my bowing arm and the good one) on the counter and toilet on the way down, and on the left one (my arthritic shoulder), I hit the floor on my thumb, which hurt Wed and Thurs holding the violin to play notes.  I guess the right arm was hurting from bowing, because when I drove from Hearthstone to the dentist and then on home, it was actually hurting too much to hold the steering wheel. I’m better today, but certainly looking forward to a 3-day rest period.

Traffic alerts on I-90 started early today at 2:46 p.m. for eastbound from milepost 33 to milepost 106, with heavy traffic volumes, so travelers are experiencing 30 to 45 minutes of added travel time between North Bend and Ellensburg. John hasn’t called yet, but I imagine his trip will be affected. Guess I have time to unload the dishwasher and load the soaked sink full. He left his cell phone in his truck from yesterday’s trip, so he couldn’t call me. I was expecting him at 5:30 and he was right on, even with the slowed traffic. At least it kept moving. Annie was happy to see him.

I worked more on the photo and video projects to share with others from Tuesday, and for use in this week’s blog.

Last night John went to bed ahead of me, because of his needed early arising. I was ready to hit the hay and had an itch on my back. When I reached around I came in contact with a live critter. A young tick had adhered its head into my skin. It was out of my sight, so I just pulled at the thing, got its head and some of my skin, and then had it between my fingers, so I quickly got to the closest toilet and flushed it away. Then I pulled up my night shirt and looked in the mirror. Yep, a blood spot. Then I continued feeling and checking. I don’t know where it came from. I have not been outside walking in the woods, and have no clue how it got to where it was – one of life’s mysteries. Maybe it came in on Annie or John.

Saturday, May 26

Morning started early at 5:00 a.m. when John was getting ready to leave for Dorothy Lake WTA trip (Stevens Pass area). After feeding two outside cats, I went back to bed at 5:35 when John drove away.

Slept in and then started trying to do things on the computer, but now the time has slipped away, except I found a home on Facebook for getting rid of two pairs of jeans we cannot use. I need to finish the photos from the Geography awards party and ship off the videos. I need to work starting the dishwasher, fix brunch, and continue with the blog completion. John got his TW’sNSNN column out last night. My aches are still there, so I am using the long weekend to recuperate, so that I can start anew next Tuesday, having missed a week of exercise at the center because of holiday travels and closures. Our teacher was leaving early Friday for her trip for the weekend, and there was no one certified to teach the class. I once taught it while our then only teacher went to S. America and then to Canada, on another trip, and I would step in and lead the class. I had to stop because only people can teach it who have taken the all-day certification course, and had regular renewals. I didn’t mind helping when needed, but I did not want to be scheduled regularly. The reason it’s required is that their liability insurance would not be valid if I (uncertified) were teaching. Then I would be responsible for all the medical bills if someone fell while taking the class, and got hurt. No thanks.

Our winds continue. High 30s and lo 40s for the past 24+ hrs. Highest today was 47 mph.

I just had a great brunch, making it with leftovers from yesterday. A good serving of John’s enhanced Chicken Fettuccine from Costco, to which he adds veggies (green beans, Lima beans, carrots, celery, and corn), normally mushrooms but not this one, ½ of a tomato, leftover slightly less than a half of a Honeycrisp apple not finished in John’s lunch on the trail yesterday, finishing with cookies from Briarwood. That should give me sustenance to complete the rest of the afternoon. I did replace the outside cat’s water (full of seeds and windblown things), and the dog/cat water inside the house.

Responded to some overdue emails, now to load dishwasher and take pills. Done, and in 54 minutes from 2:03, I will have a dishwasher load of clean dishes.

Now back to the blog and photos from the Tuesday Awards dinner. Temperature is still low and nice today, but the wind is still howling. Up to 47 mph gusts last hour, 46 mph the hour before, and 45 mph the hour before that. It’s been over 40 for most of the day.

John called from Leavenworth at 5:38, and is about 70 minutes away, but then hit 5 red lights and kept talking through his Bluetooth. He said the place is full of tourists.

I found, removed, and flushed down the toilet an engorged tick on Annie’s head. We’ll have to conduct a major search when John gets home. Also, recently when our outside cat went to be neutered, they found an engorged tick on the back of his neck. I suppose of the 4 cats we own, we should check the ones (3) who will let us touch them. Our long-haired Woody still won’t after 6 years. I have just recently begun to be able to pet the orange one, Sue, mamma of Woody. Even if I found one, I doubt she would allow me to grab it and pull it off.

John made it home a little after 6:45 p.m. and now is out in the 47 mph wind with Annie.
John’s WTA trip’s photos arrived Sunday morning from the crew leader, with a nice report thanking all the workers, for their completion of specific tasks.

These collages tell quite a story that is too much to put into words for this blog. John explained each photo in detail to me this morning after they arrived from Nate Schmidt at 8:30 a.m. I hope John can summarize the story in a couple of sentences.
John is pictured with other workers in a WTA trail report by a hiker (Ed Moore) who came through the work site. That photo is below. Note the piece of old tree on the left side.{Photo by Ed Moore, hiker.}
and the link to the Dorothy Trail report is HERE

Below are two collages of the work accomplished to clean up the mess of a large tree that feel across the trail and wreaked havoc with the uphill steps and turnpike. On the left, John (orange) is up-slope talking with hiker Ed Moore. Niki, lower right, is near another log piece. In front of her is a shovel. The old tree broke above the shovel handle and landed in the trail between Niki and John. The right photo shows damage to the steps; also shown in the first photo near John’s feet.

Below, these 2 photos show the reconstruction near the end of the work day. With about an hour left, rocks and dirt that had been collected are being passed to Carol and Jim who are packing the turnpike. Out of sight, more material is being dug or collected.
The log in front of Carol is held in place (rocks were added later) by stakes, split from a slab of old Yellow Cedar (remnant of previous work years ago). John, very right, has moved to cleaning out a drainage at the upper end of the site. Sunday, May 27

Woke to geese making passes over the house while honking. Multiple times. They must have been playing a game. By the time we were up and about, they were gone. Lots of quail calling around too, but they are not loud nor intrusive.

This afternoon John is getting the new flag flying for Memorial Day. The flag came with a pole and holder meant to be held with 4 small screws. HAHA! Our winds would rip that down in an instant. That set-up would only be good indoors, perhaps a class room, gymnasium, or a great big family room. Our winds dropped below 20 mph, so John put the flag up for an hour while we ate supper. It is now in the house. Next week’s blog will have a photo. Anticipation builds.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Memorial Daytw’nsnn

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.