Not so Nasty News July 3rd

. . . already the 4th for many in the USA.

Item #1: Back when My parents would take us to Warren, PA for 4th of July activities.
Warren was a larger town than where we lived and there were many relatives and friends there.
We arrived in time for the parade. That was followed by bands performing at a high school field (I think). What we did in the interlude I don’t remember. I’ve a very selective memory about those years, and in general. Always the case.
But, as darkness came Warren produced a loud, colorful, and visual display of fireworks. I think, after the fireworks, we likely stayed with my Dad’s brother – Uncle John – before going home in the morning.

When Nancy and I moved to Iowa, we soon bought a fiberglass canoe and when university classes ended in the spring we started a circuit through the USA. The canoe went along.
In Pennsylvania we stayed with my parents and had Dad drop us off in Cook Forest State Park. We were on the Clarion River above where the reservoir backed-up to. Neither of us had been in a canoe much, and this one was a bit tippy. A few days later we went to a small pond of a friend to practice. Next we visited my brother’s family near a larger lake (about 70 acres) at Chapman Dam. I think one or more of us got wet there. Nephews, I think. Then from PA to Georgia.
The Chattahoochee River flows along the north and west edges (then) of Atlanta. We took the canoe there. All I remember is passing near
the air base at Marietta and having a very large plane pass low over us. We also went near Savannah and carried the canoe from Uncle Henry’s backyard to the Ogeechee River.
On the 4th of July we went to Stone Mountain, and had the canoe on the lake; thus explaining the photo above. We expected spectacular fireworks that evening. And there were. It didn’t last long.
A thunder and lightning storm passed over the area. A bolt or bolts ignited all or most of the fireworks on top of the mountain. In about 5 minutes the show was over, the storm also went on, and tranquility came to the park. Show over, folks. Go Home.
Later in the summer we ended our canoeing on Tanaya Lake in Yosemite National Park. That is a bit over 8,000 feet and while Oxygen is a bit scarce there, the wind isn’t. After a bit of exploring [looking at the scene(s)] and wanting to return to the launch area,
we couldn’t. We circumnavigated the lake where the wind was minimal.
Years later, when in Idaho, we sold the blue canoe to students and they carried it back to the upper mid-West.

Item #2: 13 become 1

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

Mother’s Day Delay

We expect Nancy’s words of wisdom will get edited and posted sometime Monday evening — Pacific Time.
Workers will be arriving early here on the Fan, and I have to have the gate open at 7 A.M.
Sweet dreams.

Too many things to do – –

Nancy has been extra busy this weekend. Today was a delayed raclette [cheese, potatoes, …, and wine] at the fire pit above the vineyard where I, John, would be starting pruning this coming week. Because I am still cleaning out the garage in preparation of the remodeling, I will be staying home.
I likely won’t get Nancy’s ramblings posted until Monday evening.
Best to all.

Not so Nasty News SEPT 20th

Item #1: In the back yard

LinkI guess they did not ask, but you are not supposed to bury your friends in your back yard.

Item #2: birds fly This past week we have seen hundreds of birds sitting on the utility wires along Naneum Road; not flying. Off by himself was a banded Kingfisher.
Anyway, I found some information on the synchronized flights that are beginning to be understood. Modern technology has been helpful.

Murmurations – example

Beginning to figure it out

Item #3: Dog’s noses – thick woods We have always liked a good dog story. K-9 unit is about a year old. The lost kid, just 3.

Deputy Bloodhound

Item #4: Crash time Despite popular ideas, Seattle and the Puget Sound region does not receive lots of rain in a short period of time. When it does happen, drivers make a mess of the situation.

Rain, highways, cars, crash

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

Snow Lake Trail – One

Trailhead step replacement
First photo below:
No one seems to know when, but wood and rock steps were constructed to connect the parking area to an existing trail.
Farther down the valley the trail had been destroyed by snow/rock falls.
The wood used for the original steps was sourced on-site (nearby), and was not particularly large or robust. This was sort of a fix it with what you got thing.
These steps may have been here for 50 years. Each year thousands of people use this trail, and as the population of the region grows, so does the foot traffic. (John doesn’t think it is a good trail for little kids and dogs. He is vastly outnumbered in this regard.)Someone estimated there are 500 feet of these old steps and gravel platforms.
The next image is a blow-up of the lower left corner of the first step.The wood pieces overlap and are held together with large nails (spikes). The oval shows an end that is nearly gone, with the nail in its original position. The two red stars indicate other nails in the structure. There are hundreds of nails.
Inside the wood pieces, the volume is filled with rock chunks, and then finished with smaller pieces – gravel. That is, tons of stone.

To replace these requires removing all the wood, getting the nails out, removing all the rock and gravel, and digging trenches for new wood.
The photo shows larger wood with half-lap construction. The log is cut to length and the half-cut at the end was done with a folding saw; brand Silky Katanaboy. For this project the cut is farther from the end, to match the size of the piece it will be fit to. A hammer and chisel are used to remove the unwanted part.
When a box is in place, it has to be filled with rock and then topped with gravel, or other appropriate tread material. The US Forest Service is providing the wood, rock, and gravel – to the trailhead.
As the steps are built all of the trips get longer. Rock and gravel are toted in 5 gallon buckets, about half full, weighing about 40 pounds each.
The crew completes 3 or 4 steps each day, depending on the length and thus volume of the platform created. The longer the platform, the greater the digging and removing of the old, and the more carrying of things up the hill.

Not so nasty news MAY 17

Item #1: ImagesTop photo: Flames spread across grasslands beneath a nesting Oriental white stork

Item #2: What happened to Motel 6?

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

Item #3: Female Heavies

Toss the caber

If you have a daughter and she is looking for a sport to become involved with, this is something to consider. The clothing makes a fashion statement. What’s not to like?

Item #4: What are friends for?

I had decided not to use this image from San Francisco, and then a news story from Portland appeared.

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

Item #5: 87 photos

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

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

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

Sunday Night Update, the 17th

We are still not getting Nancy’s reports written. She is concentrating on Monday AM, when we have to be in the dentist’s office at 7:15, and it is an hour’s drive. Roads and weather seem okay.
She is still coordinating with the music group and they played Saturday afternoon. Then the host facility provided food.
We postponed going to Seattle to the shoulder replacement meeting. That’s good because Wed.’s weather looks like cold and snow. The cold weather forecast ends on the 26th. Our newly scheduled trip is to be Monday, March 11, early morning.
There is lots of time, so expect her to elaborate.

The ice photo is from our back door. Icicles form when the weather is near freezing. If it is too cold the snow doesn’t melt. If it is too warm, the melted snow just drips off. The icicles grow longer with each hour we are in the Goldilocks zone. Running to days now.

Our family is from the area in western Pennsylvania made famous by the Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.
Cousins live closest to the site, so this second picture is for them:

And that, for today, is the latest from the Naneum Fan.

Not so nasty news Dec 7th

Item #1: A penny’s worth of fries

Six at a time

So he thinks a serving of fries is just 6. There’s a solution for that.
There is one sort of hidden in this batch. Note the penny for scale.
Works for me.

Item #2: Color of the year
Parrot barf or Living Coral – – You decide.
Code# 16-1546

Search using ‘Living Coral’ and you can find many hits on the Pantone Color Institute’s Color Of The Year For 2019.

Many years ago a building visible from the downhill run into Lewiston, Idaho was given a new coat of paint. No one was quite sure what name the color had, but most agreed it wasn’t pretty. A fellow we knew that wrote for the paper decided the color was that of Parrot barf. He proceeded to make an issue of it in an opinion column.
At that time we did not know anyone that had a parrot and we had not seen one’s barf. I recall the building’s color was a bit more orange or orange/brown. Nevertheless, this new color called “Living Coral” brought about an old memory.

You will see a lot of “Living Coral” things in 2019, and you will be urged to buy them. Be prepared.

Item #3: See the coyote
Note the lack of vegetation. The uneven white stripes across the structure are erosion control mats – straw in rolls of
biodegradable jute netting. They will become part of the landscape in a year or so.

Coyote in a 9 second video:
Your gas tax money at work

More on the crossing;

From 6 weeks ago
Here is an artistic image of what this crossing will look like after 20+ years, when the trees have grown.

Central Washington researchers and students were involved with this project. Some of those students were in Nancy’s classes in the last few quarters she taught. I’ve seen the construction progress because I have to go that way for many of the Washington Trails trips.

Item #4: The Oak Ridge Boys
Traveling with suits

These 4 are no longer boys but we have liked their songs, as did the recently deceased President Bush.
They were in Spokane when the funeral was held. They went to Texas to sing “Amazing Grace” .

Item #5: Be careful what you pray for

Snoqualmie Pass ski resort held a “Pray for Snow” party amid grim snowpack forecast

That can’t mean good news: I’m off to buy a new shovel.

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

Not so nasty news October 5th

Item #1: Full length run to the end zone

Coupeville is a small community, on an island in Puget Sound. In a straight line it is 40 miles north of Seattle, and 130 miles from us on the Naneum Fan. Of course we could not get there in a straight line. MapQuest suggest a ferry ride to shorten the distance to 157 miles and 3 ½ hours. Round trip fare for 2 and a car is $18.30. Alternatively, we could drive an extra 75 miles and go over Washington’s famous Deception Pass Bridge.
Link: two, two-lane bridges

But never mind all that, we’re not going.
The action in Coupeville is over for the year. The football game was between the local “Wolves” and the “Knights” of Kings High School from down near Seattle (actually, Shoreline). Despite the spectacular run of the Wolves’ Sean Toomey-Stout, shown in the link below, the Knights won 20 to 14.

Link to deer/football story
In case you missed it, it wasn’t Sean that made the full length of the field, and then some.

Item #2:Does your Lady have an M?

In summer of 1974 we moved to Idaho and soon learned of “The White Pine Drive”; now called the White Pine Scenic Loop. There is a slightly more northern section called White Pine Scenic Byway.
As the winter’s snow melted in spring of 1975 off we went.
We were headed to see a 600 year old White Pine [ It died in 1998 ]. See the last photo on that page.

Snow was still on the ground, but stumps of long dead trees were about and the sunlight warmed those and they and the ground nearby were snow free. Covering some of these were thousands of Ladybird Beetles. There are many such photos on the web.
So, this headline caught my attention:
Harlequin ladybirds swarm into homes after hot summer.
This story is from England and about the Asian type of beetle. I then learned that the first established population in the USA was observed in the wild near New Orleans, Louisiana, in about 1988. So not the ones we found in 1975.
The natives we observed are called Hippodamia convergens and Convergent Lady Beetles in local talk. See: Lady Beetle
Compare the drawing on the page to the one at the beginning of this section. The common native Lady Beetle does not have an ‘M’.
It is a good day when I learn something new!

Item #3: Pretty, noisy, & they kill snakes

We need to go aways for this story.
Uluru , a large red sandstone formation (also called Ayers Rock), is sacred to the aboriginal people of central Australia. Saying one came from Uluru sounds odd today. However, many years ago there was unstructured and unmonitored tourism, including motels. This was having detrimental effects on the environment. Non-native activities and folks were moved to a new place, Yulara, about 9 miles to the northwest.Regardless, Uluru is part of this story and it is almost 300 miles from the watering hole of Warburton.
Questions to ask: Where was the man before he was in Uluru?
Where did his passengers come from?
How did he travel (many years ago) across a desert with a pair of Pea Fowl in this vehicle? Not my idea of a good time.
Story here: Peacocks in AU desert

Item #4: end of garden

Local gardens experienced a frost this week that finished the season. We had Butternut squash that had a bit of cold 2 weeks ago but more than half of the leaves were still intact. Tuesday evening/Wed-morning the garden likely got down to 27°F. Our outside temperature reading is from under the front overhang. There it went to 30°F.
I was gone both Tues. & Wed. and only got to the garden late afternoon on Wednesday. Only a couple of the squash showed damage. I brought them all up to the house in a cart. The two largest weighed 17 pounds. Many were in the 5-8 pound range. Nancy’s report from last week had a photo.
My guesstimate is a total of about 200 pounds. We carried 5 (about 30 pounds) to the Kittitas Pantry and they urged us to take some things. Most we refused, but a few things we had not seen before went into a box. Macadamia nut-infused water, called “milkadamia” [say what?] was new, and then we saw (not new) a nice section of a multi-layered chocolate cake. They gave us that too. We had to wait our turn with the regular clients, so I helped carry boxes and bags to a few cars, and open the door for others. All in all, a very interesting experience. Recommended.
Back to the Butternuts – we still need to give away a hundred or so pounds. I baked a 5 pounder tonight – now need to bag and freeze what we did not eat.
I hope we don’t overdose on squash.

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

Fall Equinox, came, so

. . . we are now headed for Winter!

Monday, Sept 17

We published the blog from last week, Sunday night at 10:49.

I sent a note about practice session to KV F&F and attached the songs for Oct/Nov 2018, the same as we used for 2017. No changes. Asked players to please look for theirs from last year. Added 2018 to the playlist title with all the songs. We have since cancelled the practice session until more players return to the fold. They are strung all over the western USA! We need them with us for decisions about starts and tempos.

We are taking off for town for my exercise class, and blood draw for John at the hospital, and another couple of stops. We made it home after getting groceries and just in time to receive a call from the triage nurse in Cle Elum with Dr. Wood’s comments about John’s Thyroid test results. The TSH & T4 were fine, and he is to stay on the 88mcg dosage. I requested a 90-tablet refill, and I will pick it up Wednesday or Thursday, when he will run out of pills. While I had them on the phone I requested Amoxicillin for my dental work coming up next week, but Dr. Wood has to approve it. I can get more going through him than through the Dentist, thus saving money. I’ll know before going in Oct 4 for my teeth cleaning. (I have already received it.)

Tuesday, Sept 18

I drove from home a mile to get my haircut at 12:30 and take jeans and jars to Celia. At the last minute, I couldn’t find the jeans so will do that later.

My Forester’s battery died today, on my 4th stop. Could have been worse. I had several places to go and things to do. After my haircut, I returned home to pick up WSJ papers to deliver to a gal near the EBRG airport. Took off for town to check my Bi-Mart number. I actually won the last digit, but so much stuff was happening in between time of seeing that until checking out, that I forgot to get my gift. Next stop, Super 1 pharmacy, to pick up my meds, and I went to the outside window, but 2 cars were in front of me, so I turned the motor off. When the second one was almost finished I turned the key, but it did nothing.
I tried taking it out of park and it would not budge. Turning the key did not start the motor or even making a clicking noise. I got out and walked to the window and told Jennifer what was happening. She gave me my meds and looked up the phone number for Seth Motors. I tried again, and on the second try it clicked a few times, but then did nothing. I called Seth’s and told Chad my problem. He agreed it was probably that the battery had died. I had not yet looked under the hood, but figured I had replaced the battery, and we always use Les Schwab for our tire and battery needs. Chad gave me the phone number for Les Schwab and told me to call him back if I needed help. Meanwhile, two people stopped and offered to help. A gal who works at the hospital, Rachael D., heard me talking and asked if she could give me a jump start. She had the cables and the knowledge of how to jump start. She did the setup, started her engine, and then I tried mine, and it worked. Below is a simple diagram, but here is a cool link: Jumping with wikiHowI thanked her, asked her name, gave her a hug, and headed for the battery place a half-block away. Turned too soon, into the drive way of the local Chevy dealer. Oh well, all the new cars were pretty, but not my type.
So back to the street, 2 left turns, to Les Schwab. I finally found the battery man, and he checked it twice and found it dead. So, we replaced it. I only paid for a 5-year replacement because I intend to trade my car in before that many years have passed. [ I’d like a 2019/20 model, which is totally improved, with many changes, but I want to wait until all the glitches have been discovered on the newer features. ]
That took a longer while than I wished, but it’s done. It actually was a good day to happen because nothing else was scheduled with a time appointment I had to meet, as would be the case any other day of the week.

Wednesday, Sept 19

Leave back door up on the Subaru for feed bag delivery from Krystal and leave a pot of hen and chicks.
I got the phone number for Ruth & Michael Hamilton. I called at 9:00 a.m. and she and Michael are coming to FISH at noon.

I met the folks at the food bank, gave them the insulated lunch carrier, and visited a little. The fellow who it was for, for his lunch box, plays the harmonica, and he will join us next week for our music. He, his wife, and his sister all came and joined the Senior Nutrition program while they were there.

I went to SAIL exercise class at the AAC and came out to find my rear gate still open on my car, and no feed bags inside. She was later coming than I expected, but Katrina took them and put them in a back room, so I will go by and collect them tomorrow.

Thursday, Sept 20

I called in 10 chairs for KV F&F today this week at Pacifica Senior Living Ellensburg (Pacifica). We had a seating problem today, being strung out in a long line, where we could not hear each other. It was disastrous. We have to be in a horseshoe shape, or it does not work. They have moved us from our old placement because with new renovations they have added very heavy granite-topped tables. These cannot be moved. Some change is going to have to be made for us to continue playing there. I’ll have to investigate alternatives.

I went by AAC for my feed bags after music and took a picture of the pots of hen & chicks left at the AAC. Several are up for grabs, but 5 have to be left for Katrina to plant around the building’s gardens.

I took my Entresto to the Super 1 Pharmacy for halving and picked up the paperwork for Flu Shots to fill out in advance for John and me to go by for our shots. We were given a Senior Flu Shot, a higher-strength flu vaccine, made for people age 65 or older, to help provide better protection. We are eligible for an updated Pneumonia protection that takes two shots a year apart: recommendation is that seniors get both the Prevnar 13 and the Pneumovax 23 vaccines. As their names imply, Prevnar 13 protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria, and the Pneumovax 23 protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria. The Prevnar 13 has been ordered for both of us by our pharmacist. With my history, I wonder if I shouldn’t have taken the Pneumovax 23 as my first shot, and followed next year with the Prevnar 13. (Now Monday a.m. and I have talked to the triage nurse who has my records; a decision is being made.) Both of us have had both shots in previous years, so the decision is which to repeat for this year.

We went from there to The Palace (long time downtown eatery) for my birthday dinner, which has to be collected during the month of September. I took a container for my leftover Cobb Salad (I always get). John received the free dinner (Country Fried Steak, with brown gravy, baked potato, with a large helping of cooked carrots). We had a decadent dessert for our appetizer! This was a great part of our meal, and only about half the cost of normal appetizers.

We left to be at Hal Holmes for the Kittitas Audubon Society meeting, got there early, and visited with a couple of others that arrived a few minutes later. The doors weren’t opened until just before the start at 7:00 p.m.

After the preliminary stuff (a dead Great Horned Owl was viewed – it will go to a museum collection on the Wet Side), we had a nice presentation by two people I know from CWU: Holly Pinkart (Biologist) & Bob Hickey (Geologist/Geographer).
Bob in blue – left; Holly in pink – right.
Speakers at table with Audubon members, Gloria & Jeb Baldi

Part One – Chasing Darwin: 10 Days in the Galapagos with a Biologist and a GeologistGalapagos giant tortoise and Vermillion flycatcher
Photo from Geeky Girl Engineer [John just found this site – will investigate later]

Part Two – 8 minutes by Holly Pinkart and Bob Hickey

Part Three – 9 minutes of questions/answers by both

Friday, Sept 21

I went (back)to The Palace for a special birthday party for a gal in a wheelchair in my SAIL exercise class.

I drove to Kittitas to a fence across from elementary school on 6th off Pierce and picked up a bag of goodies for Haley and Amy, freely given from the Buy Nothing Facebook site. On to the neighborhood pantry to donate clothes, but they were closed, so I went to ask for the key to unlock the gate, and the people were not there today. They are not associated with the food side, but a woman inside told me she would take the clothes and turn them in. I mentioned I needed to write a note on the pants to say they were not the size they are marked and she said she would take care of telling the women. She apologized for my driving all the way out there for nothing. I told her it was fine, as I had one other stop and still another to go to Gibson Produce for some fresh tomatoes, corn, and maybe something else. She said, why don’t you come through our food pantry here and take some food. I thanked her and told her I did not qualify. She said, oh no, everyone qualifies, and income has nothing to do with it. We just need your name, the number in your family, and your ID. She said I was welcome to register, and to get some tomatoes and anything else we needed that they had. I went to my car to retrieve DL# and filled out the papers. Then I signed in with the number of people in our house and our ages. John claims he is 37 and holding. I’m happy to say my age, because I still act his.

They ushered me to a backroom with a box already loaded with a few canned goods, and other non-perishable things. I was asked to take out what we would not use. So, I did. Then they offered a bunch of produce. I took the only two tomatoes that were there, a red one and a goldish one, and they put them in a plastic bag in the box. Bad idea, because the next thing put on top was a small bag of apples that smashed the red tomato. The gold one survived, and I may be able to salvage some of the red one that split into two halves. They also gave me a Jicama (with a sweet older Hispanic lady telling me about it and how to eat it). I have never had one before. They threw in a couple of potatoes.

Then they opened a freezer and offered frozen veggies. I got a bag of green beans, and then a woman asked if I would like some frozen fish. She gave me two pieces – it is salmon, quite small. I was offered melons, so I got a Cantaloupe, but not any of the watermelon, or various squash. They did not have any corn-on-the-cob. They also offered me a half dozen eggs, which I took.
They offered some other refrigerated things that I didn’t take, such as yogurt. We can donate some of the things we grow back to the food pantry. Our weather looks good for the next week or so – so we are still expecting to harvest some large Butternut Squash. Photos next week.

If I return with the box, I’m allowed to take a few things from the other shelves (including rice, grains, cereal, bread, and desserts). Today they gave me the large box and I will take it back the next time I go. They are only open on Fridays, and they do not limit the number of times a person comes for their family. I will not go every week unless I have produce to share. I know the FISH food bank in Ellensburg limits their clients to twice a month, but also requires a low family income. The noon meals served M-W-Fs that we play music for on Wednesdays, will feed anyone. One of the things on that side of the room includes desserts. Today, I was asked to take two desserts. I took a small brownie covered with a chocolate chip looking cookie with M&Ms inserted. It was enough for 2 people, but I was told to pick two, so I picked up two packages and thanked them. They also had large double layer cakes. I put the two squares in my box, and one server brought me two more to carry away, so I thanked her, brought them home and froze them. Seems there is not a lack of food in the USA, although access to it may be limited by geography and transportation.

They keep track of their food gifts by weight. I know my box was huge and heavy to start with, and weighed more with food than I wanted to pick up, but they offered to take it to my car, and I ended up with 31 pounds!!

I went on to Gibson’s produce for tomatoes and corn-on-the-cob.
The tomatoes were from Yakima and relatively expensive so I walked around to see what they had at the fruit stand. On the back side was a special bunch of slightly bruised or damaged fruit, in some small way. It was $2.99 for as much as you could stuff into a bag. I filled my bag with a red pepper, several large red Beefsteak tomatoes, 3 large Roma ones, and 4 peaches. I got 6 ears of Yakima yellow corn @ 3/$1.00. The corn was as nice as we have seen.

Saturday, Sept 22

Sunday is a bridge construction work day in eastern WA. John is going to take the Ford truck tomorrow to cart the power brusher home from the Spokane area WTA crew.  It is a very bad idea to carry gasoline & gas powered tools in a regular (closed) vehicle. He came in late for lunch but had moved the old washer (going to the transfer station) out of the back of the truck, to allow the canopy to be moved back on. A friend lives at Newman Lake, 15 miles north of Liberty Lake. Bob has handled to care and feeding of the Stihl brusher over the summer when not being used by the local WTA crew. The bridge project, over 6 days, will see 2 very large trees cut, peeled, and placed on supports. This will replace an older structure that is about ready to fall into the creek. I (John) can ride with Bill Weir one of the days, he will work 4 of the 6 dates. Otherwise, John is planning on just Sun/Tues/Thurs.

We got 3 pounds of blackberries off the bushes today – second time, with more coming. The next batch of berries will be smaller than those already picked.
Our Fall colors above and below.
I rinsed and drained them, and he packaged into two separate bags to freeze. A Carpathian walnut ready to drop. John’s been collecting them.

I washed dishes. We had dinner. Chili, tomatoes, pear, corn-on-the-cob, and skipped dessert.

He went to bed early because of getting up at 3:30 a.m.

Sunday, Sept 23

John was off at 4:00 a.m. Prior to meeting the other WTA volunteers, he wants to cross into Idaho, an extra 5 miles and get gas at 30¢ less per gallon. He expects to need about 17 gallons and then the tank will be full for the return. He was the 3rd of 20 to show at the trailhead – so had lots of time to visit.
I slept in. Morning bran with half a fresh peach & half a banana.

Sunny, windy, & cool today.

I spent a long time working on emails and now off to do the rest of the chores for today. It’s all taking longer than planned. Had a call from Sonja M, neighbor way down the road. I need to send her pictures of the hen & Chicks “bloom” (the dying mother hen).

Taking time out to go open the gate so a woman can drive in to pick up 2 pots of Jade plant starts. It was good exercise for me, and allowed Annie to get in a small run. It was very cold out, and I about froze in the wind without a wool hat, walking up the drive and later visiting with her. She came for the Jade plant starts, but only took two of them and 3 of the other, Hen and Chicks. The right photo shows the two pots she took, and the half pot above, a much larger 12” pot, she also took. She will return my pots after planting. She also wanted to take time to visit with our horses.Jade plants and Hen and Chicks.

John called about 5 to say he was buying a meal at Carl’s Jr’s at Ritzville – 2 ½ hours away. He was a few minutes off, but there was still a bit of light sky when he went to feed the horses. He had set up an arrangement for me to feed if he couldn’t get back in time, and I was ready, but he said on the phone, not to because he would return in time.

It’s now Monday, and we are going to eat and drive to the Yakima Heart Center for a device check for me and a discussion with my cardiologist. Home, and I turn around and head back to town for a dinner party John cannot attend because of chores here and needing to get in bed early to leave in the morning again at 4:00 a.m. for Liberty Lake. Now publishing on the way out the door.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan