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

animals at home and away

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

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

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

Here are photos:Photos by Blue hat, Lisa Black

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

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

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

Monday, May 7

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 8

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

Called and ordered my Entresto.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gangnam Style
Original 2012 video Gangnam Style with Psy

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Video

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

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

Wednesday, May 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 12

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

Here’s her website: North Umpqua Brittanys

Sunday, May 13

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

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

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Rocking and rolling with the flow

. . . … Pretty Flowers on the Naneum Fan …

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

Monday, Apr 30

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

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

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

Our farrier came to trim Myst this morning.

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

I stayed home today from SAIL to work on music.

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

Tuesday, May 1

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Apr 25

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

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

Thurs, May 3

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 4

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

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

Flower Making (Beginning)

Demo with Explanation of Crepe Paper Flower Making by Jessi

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

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

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

First Attempt by Victoria LINK

Joe Gets First Piñata Down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billy McLaughlin’s Unique Guitar Recovery from Dystonia

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

Saturday, May 5 HAPPY CINCO de MAYO !

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 6

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

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

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

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

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

News from the Naneum Fan

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

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

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

Monday, Apr 23

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

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

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

Tuesday, Apr 24

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

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

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

Wednesday, Apr 25

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Apr 26

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

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

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

Friday, Apr 27

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

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

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

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

I captured two videos during the actual program.

Katrina with her Jazzercise Talent

Judith & Peter Singing & Dancing

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

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

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

Saturday, Apr 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Apr 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Boy’s Toys, or . . .

Garden Gadgets,
Or Nancy’s title . . .
It’s expensive to maintain rural property

Sunday, Apr 8

We published last week’s blog tonight at 11:30 p.m.

Monday, Apr 9

John left for pruning at the Mariposa Vineyard at 7:45 a.m. With average traffic conditions this gives him a 5 minute cushion. Last year because of a highway repair-related detour he need an extra 5 to 10 minutes.

I’m taking care of things about the tiller with Janie and about the Swing Dancing tomorrow at the AAC.

I filled in the IRS 2017 Extension #4868 form today. Now I need to get the stuff that goes with it, a return postcard, a payment check, and take it to the USPS for the certified mailing w/tracking number.

Fixed myself a brunch of bran cereals, banana, and peaches, and I went to SAIL exercise at the AAC.

We think we got the tiller fixed. Recall it would run for about a minute and shut off. Supposedly the oil was low, so it seems obvious that someone screwed up on the setup. Local? We don’t know, but we know it didn’t come from GA with a full tank of gasoline. John had looked at that, but the ‘dip-stick’ is white plastic and the oil, being new, was hard to see. It had oil, but must be quite sensitive to the proper amount in a small engine. Maybe add some blue food color to the oil!

Then there is the mystery of the bolts. One fell out. One did not have a nut. These had very ‘fine’ threads and the dealer, with thousands of bolts and nuts, did not have a matching nut. John’s guess is this was a Honda assembly plant problem – not local. These two bolts are what holds the front wheel mounting-arm to the machine (used in pushing the unit to the garden site).The mounting-arm (appx.=blue in diagram) fits back into a housing under the motor. The wheel is folded up during tilling, and down – as shown – for travel.

Local assembly was required only for the handles, not that wheel. That’s not a good sign, but folks here now know to check.

John showed the sales rep her original notes on the quoted price.  She did not quibble, and gave us $150 refund.
Also, they didn’t charge for anything done today, except for our gasoline costs getting there, and tomorrow he has to go pick up the riding mower they are restoring, unless it is raining. 

Tuesday, Apr 10

After feeding the cats, John left for pruning at the Mariposa Vineyard. I slept in, and had 3 different telemarketer phone calls before 9:00 a.m. I wish I knew how to block them.

Our “new” landline and Internet DSL provider is Consolidated Communication; acquired Fairpoint in July 2017. I submitted a question to come back to our joint email about if one could block incoming certain telephone numbers. They have never answered.

I called the Costco Pharmacy in Union Gap/Yakima to be sure we were set for picking up John’s refill of Tamsulosin and mine of Atorvastatin (both 90 tablets, 3 months worth). We agreed to do it this Friday afternoon. (There is a 10-day shelf limit from when it is filled.)

I stayed home today, working on projects needing attention that have been ignored while I was sick and not feeling up to doing anything but getting well. I made much progress working on things today. Unfortunately, I sadly have much more left to do. I need to take more days off like this.I showed John my problem with the fluoride treatment I have to do on my teeth, last thing before going to bed. It was prescribed by my dentist, requires a prescription, and they sell it there at a lower price ($15) than at any pharmacy. It’s Prevident 5000 toothpaste gel in a 3.4 ounce container.
I have been having difficulty getting the small amount of gel out of the container (which is hard plastic and needs to be pushed on the sides). My hands were not up to the job. John looked at it, and suggested storing it on my bathroom counter, upside down, so all the gel would move “down” to the lid dispenser. That procedure worked fast (so this evening I barely had to squeeze it to get the small amount required on the brush head). Then I must brush for 2 minutes, spitting out during the process (no swallowing allowed). Now I just leave it sitting on its head, rather than the base. Nowhere in the instructions is this suggested, and the dental assistant was also not aware of it. John’s mom, Peg (Marguerite), claimed she raised smart kids. Not exactly how she expressed it, but more politely.

Wednesday, Apr 11

John left for pruning – last row of vines is in sight. He will come home, get the truck, and pick up the riding lawnmower this afternoon.

I was going to call Colgate, to ask about getting a different container of paste, but I called Cheryl, the receptionist, instead and told her John’s finding, so I will just continue buying it from them at the lower price.

I received a call from Mary at Confluence Health (for Dr. Lisa Stone, the endocrinologist who examined my medical issues and suspected thyroid issues last fall) about my recent Thyroid lab tests (just last week). All are fine, and I will follow up in November with my PCP but if I ever want to see her again, I am just to call and request a visit. That beats all the rigmarole of getting a referral through my PCP. She is mailing me my lab results because I was unable to request them to go to my PCP (at the same hospital through which he is registered and uses). I now will have to have them sent to him and to my cardiologist from medical records (at the local hospital where the lab draw was made). This is a glitch in their new computer scheduling system. No longer can they be given to another doctor. That’s not right. We get smarter professionals and dumber systems.

I went to the Food Bank Soup Kitchen for playing music, and took my own crafted salad for lunch. Afterwards, I went on to afternoon SAIL exercise at the AAC with Evelyn leading.

I sent this and a bunch of links to many of our Native American acquaintances and friends. It was in our local newspaper.

Links I sent about Russell Jim are below:

An excellent coverage is in the Yakima Herald at the funeral.  Be sure to watch the ending video, with Dana Miller (my former student) leading off.

Yakama Elder service

The obituary
Russell Jim – Obituary

One more article with a meaningful description.
Russell Jim – Burial Description

Thursday, Apr 12

It rained all night and now is blowing hard.

John left for pruning. Janie, Washington Tractor, is in today and tomorrow expecting John. With the riding mower fixed, we are getting a 15 gallon pull-behind sprayer. This has a 5 foot wide spraying boom and a hose for spot spraying. Weeds are a serious issue on the Naneum Fan.

Called in the count to Meadows Place; we’ll be using almost all of their chairs, but will not need to use the piano bench.

I completed work on Form 4868 Income Tax Extension and sent the check with the form from the USPS certified, after playing music and visiting the AAC to turn in a survey about the use there.

I finished several more chores before leaving after 1:00 for music. Passed John on Naneum Rd on his way home!

John brought 2 bottles of Trinidad Red wine home, which we have to try with dinner this weekend. The “red” in the name is for two reasons. Obviously it is a red wine. Also, while most of the vineyard is yellowish sand (left in the backwater of a gigantic Ice Age flood), this section is the lowest. It is rocky and has a fine red silt among the basalt rocks. Most of this area has no posts or trellis, so plants grow like a small bush. Most pruning is done while kneeling.

The wine is a multi-blend of grapes, and the year he made this was 2014. Cameron only made a small amount, perhaps one barrel with the first year of production, then 5 barrels last year. The vines are young, but this coming year’s harvest will be much larger. Regardless, it is very special. I looked at the back of the bottle to find out the numerous varietals represented in the blend. I was so intrigued by the information on the label, that we shall reproduce it here. We hope it is readable on your screen. Perhaps we won’t have a taste this weekend. We’ll have to wait for the right ambiance and meal ingredients.

John went to pick up the riding lawnmower and the pull-behind sprayer. He’d showed me the sprayer yesterday. They are still in the back of the truck in our hay shed, awaiting John’s planting of the strawberries. Pruning finished at 5 minutes to Noon today. This completed the work, so he will be home a lot more during the day. It’s been a long time pruning, with starting in February this year.

Friday, Apr 13

We were on the way to Yakima, leaving after 12:30 p.m., and dropped a printed copy of the WTA information for trail worker volunteers and upcoming events to Janie at WA Tractor.

We went first by Big Five on Nob Hill with my shoes and receipt from last September. Problem was that my right ankle bone was being severely irritated by the height of the heel piece on my shoestring tied shoes. I checked out models other than Dr. Scholl’s and came away with two new pairs I got today. I turned in a brand new pair of Dr. Scholl’s (black), identical to the old pair from Sept, 2017 for a refund of my purchase price applied to the two new pairs. I got a new pair of walking shoes black with laces, men’s 7.5, brand is Rugged Exposure, and a pair of lighter running shoes black, with good support; brand, Asics Jolt. They gave me the last sale price charged and deducted the refund, leaving me owing $12.96 for the exchange. I feel very satisfied.
John has been buying boots at Big Five for trail work. Along with shovels, picks, Pulaskis, and other tools, boots are one of the most important, as they get used tool-like, and show it.

I also wore my tan walking shoes with 2 Velcro connectors each, and asked about the unraveling that was occurring on the Velcro fasteners, and other seams on the leather shoes. They no longer carry them, and had them only in black. I like having the lighter color, so I kept them. And, they fit me well. Interestingly, they are also the Rugged Exposure brand.

From there we went to Costco. First, stop was for gasoline ($2.899/gal, 10¢ cheaper than EBRG). Once inside the warehouse, I detoured and went to the pharmacy to pick up and pay for John’s prescription and also one for me. I was expecting a reduction in total price from other pharmacies, but his was even better, lower by $6.53 (on the GoodRX price). John proceeded around the store to get stuff we needed and I met up with him later at the meat department. We decided to get a special deli meatloaf dinner with gold Yukon potatoes, to have for supper when we finally got home. John had bought some fresh mushrooms while there, and enhanced our dinner with them, fried.

We arrived for our appointment at Subaru Service for fixing my Bluetooth to allow me to call again on my cell phone (hands free). Until recently, it has worked fine for the entire time I have had the car, and with this particular phone (flip Doro) for almost 2 years. First, when we checked in at 3:30, they had a ton of people needing serviced, but I had carried along my computer, so I went to the waiting room and worked on a few emails. John went to visit with our car guy, Mat in the Hat.

The service happenings become a very involved story, which I’ll try to simplify for this posting. The first thing to determine was if the service was covered on my extended warranty. Yes, it would be, and with no deductible. That was a good sign.
The rest of the visit is not as great. Supposedly, 2014 Foresters only support two phone types over Bluetooth, and these are: LG, Nexus 5X (H790) and Huawei, Nexus 6P (H1511). These are both Smart Phones.

NO ONE at the dealership knows why I have successfully used it previously. The only alternative the service department had was, “You’ll have to change cell phone provider or buy a new “approved” phone through them.” Neither solution is satisfactory to me.

I complained to our sales rep, “Mat in the Hat,” who has sold us 4 vehicles there, 3 Subaru cars over the years and our Ford truck. He decided to get in my car and try his hand at it. He figured out a work-around, by using the voice recognition feature, which I detest, but I can do. The real drawback is I will have to reset the settings every time I turn off the engine. However, for road travel, it is better than nothing at all. I either need a new car – John’s is 2 years newer and works – or a new phone. That’s John, the sales rep, and the service person speaking. I’m perfectly happy with my car, and just spent a ton of money on its 30,000 mile service. Plus, it is paid for!

Saturday, Apr 15

I called Ruth Harrington, about plans for getting the pecan pie to her by April 29th for the ice cream/pie social appreciation to all members of Scholarship luncheon groups, past and present. I have been a member of the 4th Friday group since 1988. I found out she wants me just to bring the pie early (1:45) to Lombard Hall, and in a pan I can leave. I also told her John would not be coming (because he anticipates being on a WTA trip that day). She was disappointed because he has been a supporter since the first. When he was still in Idaho, and I was in Ellensburg, teaching my first year before he moved over with the rest of the family, he made his mom’s pecan pies to share at scholarship luncheons, when I was the hostess, or at the Christmas potluck. She knows all about his volunteer work for WTA on trail maintenance and understands his commitment.

John took me on a tour of his newly created strawberry beds in the newer garden you saw being tilled last week. He finished leveling and supporting them today, and tomorrow, assuming no or light rain, he will have a chance to plant.Part of the fence has been taken down and internal partitions, stakes and so on have been cleaned out. Then this little area was tilled. Photos above and below (left) show the part that will need a fence, several of the beds, filled with the newly tilled material – silt, sand, leaves, horse apples, pine needles, and more. The wood for construction came from a friend (the 2 x 4s); they were her porch – the crosspieces are slats from pallets. Our house and shed are in the background. John is leveling the boxes, and filling with soil and more sand. Tomatoes and squash will also be in this garden that gets full sun, but it is still too cold for those. After I took these photos, he sprayed the weeds there.

I came inside to work on dishes and clothes washing, and John came in before noon to fix brunch. I also continued working on the blog and on music duties for the upcoming May & June play list for our weekly dates.

Meanwhile I was sending off the collared doves and red-winged blackbirds who steal food from the quail, but mostly from the finches, juncos, and other smaller birds.

John came in to tell me the skunk was back, and he had to repair more of the front fence to keep him out. He folds chicken wire on the ground outside the fence about 2’ and secures it up outside the 4” woven wire fence. Now he has returned to the strawberry beds construction.

Sunday, Apr 8

I was awakened too early, before light, with batteries warning beeping in another room on an inside outside digital temperature gauge. Finally, figured out and took it outside, where it still was bothering me. While up, I looked out the kitchen window and saw the horses in part of the yard where we did not want them overnight. John went and moved them back into the pasture, and secured the gate. I tried going back to sleep, but it didn’t work. I will have to have an afternoon nap for sure.

Now John has just returned and will be fixing brunch, before returning to plant strawberries.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

March ends with fire and wind

We had wind. China’s space station provided the fire. (OK, it was April)

Sunday, Mar 25

We published the blog tonight at 10:00 p.m.
After that, I finished the letter for a scholarship reference and submitted it on the web to Indigenous Education, Inc. in New Mexico.

I wrote a note to my co-hostess about co-hosting the scholarship luncheon this Friday.

Monday, Mar 26

John left a little early for pruning, because of road construction near Quincy requiring him to go around an extra loop.

I called Stewart Subaru Service and scheduled John’s 2016 Crosstrek in for its 30,000 service visit; it will be Thurs. at 2:30 p.m. We will drive separate cars so we can use the 2+ hours they require to work on the car to do our shopping at Walmart and Costco, so we can get back in time for an early evening lecture.

Yesterday, I wrote a note to my co-hostess about co-hosting the scholarship luncheon this Friday. Today, I emailed all the possible attendants to see if they are planning to be there for Friday’s luncheon. We need the count for fixing our food fare and for the number of place settings.

John made more good progress outside on things needing done in the yard. I made progress by staying home to take care of several of the many things I have ignored for a couple months. I still have more tasks awaiting attention. It all takes time.

Tuesday, Mar 20

John left for pruning at the Mariposa Vineyard, after 7:35, and had to stop at George (I-90 Exit) for gasoline because he didn’t think he had enough. A cheaper place in Quincy is out of his way. Prices in Ellensburg went higher today.

We now have 14 people planning to be at the Friday Scholarship luncheon (one of the largest attendances I remember). I’ve been a member of this group for 30 years!

I filled my container of meds for the week and loaded dishes; still more to go. Ate a small salad and got to town about 1:00 p.m. The wind has been blowing ferociously all day, making being outside a challenge (even driving a car). I stopped at Dollar Tree, for something for the centerpiece of the table and the place settings. I found some Easter bunny napkins, plastic colored eggs, and little decorated malt chocolate eggs to put in each plastic one for people to take home or eat there. On from there to Bi-Mart to check my number, but I did not win anything. For the last digit of our membership #, they were giving away a nice pot of flowers. Then on to the AAC for Jazzercise, with only three participants. Others must have been out working in their gardens.

I carried in my Nikon camera to get help from Nicole Jones (the AmeriCorps staff member), who was so helpful last week with teaching me how to get my photographs properly onto Google Photos. Today’s quest was to reset my camera’s storing date on pictures taken. I had the instructions from the user manual which I was unable to follow to reset the date on my camera, from storing as Jan 1, 2013. She is so sharp, she took the camera and had the settings changed within seconds. Now it is good as new. I’m very appreciative and any time I thank her, she always says, “My pleasure – it’s my job.”
Jazzercise was a little tough today. I couldn’t keep up on everything with the class, but I kept moving and made it for 45 minutes. I’m still regaining stamina from my lost time with Pneumonia for 3.5 weeks.

I drove by Amy Davison’s house to pick up salad servers and wooden bowl to borrow for Friday’s luncheon.

Of all things, I had another long nap late afternoon. A 20-minute power nap went to 1.5 hrs. Guess I needed it. John says I start naps too late in the afternoon. I actually seldom take naps, so he is only talking the last two weeks.

Wednesday, Mar 21

John left for pruning later than usual.

I have to get all the music for soup kitchen time delivered to the Food Bank, because our leader is out of town, and she left them with me last week. I finished my salad to take for my lunch and set up my red bag for SAIL exercise that follows at the AAC.

We had a good turnout for music with lots of singing and applause at the soup kitchen for FISH, and on my way to SAIL I stopped by Safeway to get the lettuce I need to clean and crisp up for Friday. While there I checked on medication for our Brittany Annie (a controlled substance to prevent seizures – Phenobarbital). Lowest price is through GoodRx, but while the drug is cheaper through Costco Pharmacy, the local vet will not send a refill to a non-local pharmacy. The pharmacist at Costco said that is not a state law.

We had a good class and Jessi (our teacher) gave us all a cute Easter present. We had a large class of 15 today.

Thursday, Mar 29

John came past an accident on the way to the vineyard. People were out of the cars, talking on phones, but the police had not yet shown up. John followed a pickup down a gentle grade to a service road and proceeded. Lots of stuff on the road and air bags had inflated. It was all cleaned up by Noon when he came back through. No news about it have we found.

I have much stuff to accomplish toward the luncheon tomorrow, started by making a list of things to fix and to pack to carry in.

Call from Sonja my long time friend now in S. Lake Tahoe, with an invite May 4 night for a Saturday family gathering at Diamond Lake (NE WA). Once a couple years ago, I visited them there for a family reunion. I guess I’m considered family after all these years. We met through Brittanys in 1977 in Idaho, by selling her a Brittany puppy. She’s had several out of our lines since, and still has a pup (whose sister I co-own in CA), so I will get to see hers again. He’s a beautiful and sweet liver & white Brittany.

Off with John to Yakima, in separate cars. His Crosstrek was due for its 30,000 mi. service. We left it and got in my car and went first to Walmart for different types of bran cereals and some other stuff. Then off to Costco. We got our call there on my cell, and went back to pick up the little blue car John calls “Jessica” – when he thinks to do so. She is a very complicated thing, but fit as a fiddle.

We both drove to Ellensburg. He went to Super 1 for smoked turkey and I picked up fast-food chicken sandwiches. We met at the Kittitas County Historical Museum for a lecture by Nick Zentner. The audience was larger than the number of chairs in the small room. It was an extraordinary lecture, as usual.

Nick Zentner: Kittitas County Historical Museum, Is Mt. Stuart from Mexico?

Friday, Mar 30

First here is a photo introduction to The Musical Mountaineers, Anastasia Allison (darker hair) & Rose Freeman (lighter hair):The young ladies travel to well known places, mostly hiking in the mountains, carrying in their instruments in backpacks, set up, and play. Sometimes they start their hike in the dark. Below is a video of early morning music from Manastash Ridge – above the Kittitas Valley, in Ellensburg, WA – opposite side of the Valley from our Naneum Fan location.

Facebook link for a better image of all three songs:

Facebook link to The Musical Mountaineers on Manastash Ridge
This video was shared to me on my Facebook timeline, and from there I shared it. The original share to me happened early on the same day it occurred (today), and as of Sunday night, there have been ~ 20,000 views!!

The second below is my attempt at capturing their Facebook link, which cannot be reached by many reading our blog (without Facebook accounts). This is my capture from videotaping my laptop screen. Apologies for the image focus, but the sound is there for all three songs and I’m zoomed in a little more on The Mountaineer Musicians, Anastasia Allison (violin) and Rose Freeman (76-key keyboard). They backpack their instruments into a number of mountainous terrains in our state.

Manastash Ridge Concert – Anastasia Allison & Rose Freeman, Violin-Piano, 3-30-18. The three songs they played were (1) Hallelujah (2) Simple Gifts and (3) “Circle of Life” from the Lion King.

Manastash Ridge Concert

The next video is the best quality, from Anastasia Allison (the violinist): taken the same day (3rd song played in their concert)

“Circle of Life”
That one is from the Lion King.

More about the Simple Gifts song and a link to it with lyrics:

Simple Gifts – Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss
Some research onto their sites brought forth many more videos of their superb musical (& hiking) talents.

This one is a must visit:

The Musical Mountaineers
That is from “Evening Story” on Seattle’s King 5 (NBC affiliate TV).

A link that reaches a number of their videos is below:
Performances in Nature

Our morning started by getting ready to prepare the rest of the food and all the stuff to take to CWU for the scholarship luncheon. I am so grateful for John’s help with this. Originally, I thought he would be gone, but Cameron had a wine seminar to attend, and they decided against pruning today. John was willing to help make ready and to drive to school with me, help me carry in two large boxes of materials, for the setup. He then drove my car for two other stops in town, and returned to pick me and the leftovers up. Did I say how grateful I was? While I cleaned and packed, he ate salad and cake.

There was a lot of work by both of us this morning on the scholarship luncheon food. John cut up 98% of it (smoked turkey into cubes) & Honeycrisp apple cubes, I boiled eggs and cut them, putting into two packages so I could assemble there into two bowls, and waited until the last minute before serving to add the Bleu Cheese dressing. I also packaged salted pistachio kernels to put in the mix (then left them in my fridge), and torn up Iceberg lettuce to bite size pieces. I was also in charge of the beverages (used only lemonade, Crystal Light), in two 2-liter bottles, but only one bottle was drunk. In afterthought I should have provided some two different flavors of Powerade Zero – I have orange and strawberry on hand. I also took the cake, a special Tres Leches, from Costco. I borrowed an Easter tablecloth, added the center piece, and at everyone’s setting, we put a plastic egg filled with a malted milk decorated egg (edible), along with a cute Easter bunny napkin. I had assembled those this morning too.

John sliced the Zucchini/pecan/pineapple bread loaf and the Como Italian bread to go with the soup, and repackaged them.

We were expecting 14 but one got sick at the last minute, another did not show, and one that came did not eat anything. We only had 11 eating. I didn’t have the soup and the other one not eating did have soup, but not salad. John and I ended up getting 4 salad meals out of the leftovers. Actually 5, counting what John ate at CWU.

My co-hostess, Mary Aho (also retired) provided a special Italian soup served at the Olive Garden restaurant: Zuppa Toscana Soup. It was full of things I cannot have – Kale, Basil, and Italian sausage (I could have had that). It also has potatoes, onion, and other ingredients. She also had quite a bit of leftover soup.

John helped me carry all the utensils (except soup & soup bowls) to the 2nd floor (good there is an elevator). And he loaded two large boxes on an old luggage crate I have had for years.

After we ate lunch, Ruth Harrington announced her good news, about the fund she originally established at CWU. Ruth Announced the Total Reached $1 million in the Scholarship Fund and there’s a Celebration, April 29, 2018, for past and present members. She then passed around a book to sign up for making a pie for the first Pie Sharing Party, which will be then. She wants John to make Pecan – he has done so for several Christmas-time and other dates.

I grabbed my camera and asked her to start over again so I could record her.

Ruth Harrington
I need to get this on our desktop size calendar that hangs on our kitchen wall: Invitation to the 4-29-18 Celebration at the Sue Lombard Hall – Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Here is an article in the Yakima Herald about Ruth’s involvement (since 1973).

Yakima Herald Interview with Ruth, 12-22-17

Here is a collage of pictures from today’s luncheon:Top: Amy, Mary, Monica, Kristina, Christine, Peggy, Tina
Bottom: Mary, Vicki, Nancy, Bobbi, Ruth, Courtney, KristinaFood served today at the Scholarship Luncheon: Salad (Lettuce, Smoked Turkey, Honeycrisp Apples, Hard-boiled eggs, Spicy Baguette Croutons, with Bleu Cheese dressing; Zucchini bread w/pineapple & pecans, Como Italian bread, Zuppa Toscana Soup, and Tres Leches cake.

Yesterday, late afternoon, I had a call from the financial accountant at the CWU Foundation about our own scholarship. John and I contribute money for two, a graduate student in Cultural & Environmental Resource Management and an undergraduate student in Geography. The title of the scholarship is the Hultquist Distinguished Service award. Right now the cwu.edu web page for Geography is down, so I won’t put a link to it. I was following up on an incorrect statement of what I thought our balance was in the account. They are going to look into it further on Monday and clarify details. I was sure I had more than $100 in the account, considering I contribute something each month directly from my checking account.

In the evening we had a nice long conversation with our sister, Peggy, hearing about her trip back last weekend to PA (from OH) to the 100th birthday party we mentioned in last week’s blog for their cousin Ethel. She asked if I had not gotten the pictures she sent. I missed them at the time, because John had opened them and didn’t tell me, and once they are opened in email, the bolded subject line turns to unbolded and is easily lost. She wondered why I had not acknowledged the pictures. I only mentioned the one in last week’s blog that her daughter Pat sent us. So, I will put a few below. Thanks !! Peggy for sending them.

For her 99th the family had asked what she thought her 100th should include. Peggy gave me the run-down on the story. Ethel’s answer was the Chippendale Dancers, fireworks, and Vince Gill to sing. We’d seen all the dancers on one of her cakes and one in a cardboard statue, which people posed with.

The little kids there had a marching band with trombone and bongo drums. They marched in playing Happy Birthday and other kids had little “poppers” that make firecracker noise, but someone had one loud one that shot confetti all over. Someone else gave her a Vince Gill tee shirt.

Previously unseen photo review, Ethel’s 100th birthday party: Chippendale appearance, Peggy with cardboard, Ethel, Pat (daughter), and her hubby Ken. Ethel with another cake, with confetti, and with Vince GillRod, Peggy, Ethel, Barb – our Hultquist family blog readers.
Rod and Barb are John’s brother Ken’s kids; Peggy is his sister.

Saturday, Mar 31

Happy Joyous Easter (Garden) from Jacquie Lawson animated cards from the UK (on this eve of Easter): If you didn’t get this sent directly to you, then please go look now; just follow the link.

Floral Awakening

This next one I especially made for a few youngsters in my current life (we don’t have any grandchildren):

A Splash of Spring

John has been out working in both gardens and other places on our property, getting garden plots ready for tilling and planting onions today too in our original garden. Yes, he has two garden spaces. A break includes a snack and drink, and taking Annie for a short prowl. She finds garden time boring.

I have been doing kitchen clean-up to make the dishwasher ready to accept our electro-static furnace filters which have to be washed, and John will come in about 4:00 p.m. to load them. It’s ready for his arrival. I have been working on many parts of the blog, uploading videos from last week, photos, and numerous other computer things.

He got the filters cleaned and installed. It’s running a lot quieter than it has been. We’ll have to clean and replace all filters (metal and paper) sooner. It was 39 days run time, and the timer is set for 45 – a bit of a test, as we have had it set for 30 days.

Before retiring, I sent a few people a Happy Easter card that I really liked (described above). One was more fun for little kids in families (didn’t send many of those) – with an Easter basket, decorated eggs after the colorful chicks hatched to create flowers, and bunny in the scene appearing. Pretty clever and with an ending animated puzzle. You have both links above.

Sunday, Apr 1 HAPPY EASTER

Beautiful Easter cake designed by my friend, Amy Davison.

Also, Happy April Fool’s day! This was the day 4/1/2010, I officially retired from CWU. No fooling. How time flies! My last actual day would have been as Thanksgiving vacation started, 2009.

We have a chilly but sunny and windy day here today, probably will blow off a few Easter bonnets. Two local (apparently resident) Canada geese flew over this morning, noisily honking. Explanations on the web leave a lot to be desired. We wonder why they do that. John sees them flyover (low) every day and if I am home, I hear them. A large flock went north on Sunday – quite high. The ridge to our north is over 6,000 feet.
Our resident deer were in for their morning visit out front, and earlier out the back door near the creek, we saw a bunch of deer with one having apparently lighter colored hair (or maybe a thin spot) on her sides we haven’t seen before.

He’s fed the horses, taken Annie for a morning walk, brought back one cat (Woody) for me to feed, and now is back in the 28 mph gusts in sunshine, planting onions in our garden.
We got 5 bunches, about 75 baby plants each, of Ailsa Craig (very large & mild), Copra, Ringmaster, and Sterling – all white. The 5th one is a red called Redwing. Redwing is more pungent than the others and keeps longer than the others, except Copra, that may last 8-10 months. You can learn more than you need to know about onions, here: Texas source

John will be back in later for brunch of ham and eggs. I’m continuing working on the blog, and responding to Easter greetings from around the world. Oh, John’s been following the location of the satellite space station that will likely crash to Earth this afternoon between 43° N and 43° S Latitude – hopefully in the ocean: Update: Reentry time was 5:16 p.m. our time zone. It fell in the Pacific Ocean east of America Samoa.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Activity Central

Sunday, Mar 11

We published the blog today at 4 minutes to 2:00 p.m.
Finishing the first load of dishes, with at least one more full load to do, and still have to do a load of clothes, but might not have enough hot water until tomorrow for either.

I’m starting this week, with a follow-up photo from last week’s blog. The boxes we delivered to a “carrier” last Wednesday you heard about made it to Idaho and this is the resulting thank you picture of the twins with their twin Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Made my day! Monday, Mar 12

John went to White Heron to prune. I fed the cats, and put in my meds for the week.

While in town, I picked up my Coumadin at Safeway and corrected their discounted price to the correct GoodRx price, $15.85, not their calculation of $19.75. I found only 3 navel oranges at Super 1, because the picking was not good.

I went to SAIL exercise and tried to take it easy, on being back after a layoff of several weeks. I still got very tired.

Tuesday, Mar 13

We experienced a beautiful sunrise this morning. John called my attention to it, but I did not get my camera in time to capture it; however, two of my acquaintances who have shared photos with me previously, did, and gave me permission to reprint here. The top photo by Cindi Crawford Ackerman is the closest to the view and colors we saw from our house (through the trees). The bottom one by Mikka Jameson is interestingly awesome.

I went by bank with our signed check, the returned escrow from our paid off house mortgage in February. I deposited it, but could not set up online, to have the taxes paid automatically to the County Treasurer’s office April 30 and Oct 31, because my cell phone doesn’t text to get the required security code to do through their computer system at the bank. The phone number stored for calling the code is our home phone number and no one was home. So tomorrow, I’ll call in from home for instructions while logged into my online banking account on my computer (task accomplished now!).

I climbed two hard flights of stairs to the Gym, to get my Klaire Probiotic I take one of each night. That was all the exercise I needed today.

I went to Bi-Mart to check numbers, but didn’t win anything. I went for some more navel oranges at Super 1 at the good price, on the ending day of the week’s sale. They had taken my complaint yesterday and filled with a few better choices. Also I got some Iceberg lettuce for our salads at a reduced price. Nice, because that’s the only lettuce my need for low Vitamin K content greens allows.

I canceled going to Jazzercise earlier in the day, because my stamina has not yet recovered to that level.

Stoneridge Resort in Blanchard, ID has our maintenance (for timeshares) on auto pay, but we are billed anyway and it doesn’t say on the billing that they will take care of it and mail me the receipt. I called and talked with Karen Conley, and she assured me she would be doing it.

I put into our truck’s backseat the package for Barbara & Paul to take next Monday when we visit the Yakima Heart Center, and go on to deliver metal roofing to them, in Zillah, at Paradisos del Sol winery, vineyards, and farm. John will load the panels in the truck this Sunday. It will be about an hour’s worth of his time. Add some time to that to charge the truck’s battery.

Wednesday, Mar 14

John took off for pruning. I made my salad to take to food bank for music first, followed by lunch. From there I went to the senior center for my SAIL exercise class.

I conferred with Brandy at our bank, and we succeeded in going through setting up the auto-pay payment for our property taxes on the Naneum, this year, and subsequently every 6 months, on April 30 and Oct 31. I may have to adjust the amount every year. As mentioned earlier, it was necessary for us to take over the payments because our mortgage is now paid off on our property, and we have to start paying our own property taxes rather than our mortgager paying them for us from the escrow part of our monthly payment.

Tonight, we went to the Bridge of the Gods lecture, the last one in this series of new lectures by Nick Zentner, on Washington’s Geology.
Talking at the triple chalk boards

Last 15 min of visuals – my camera malfunctioned & lost 1st part
Camera ate the rest

That first 15 minutes of the visuals was excellent, probably the best of the evening, so I await the edited YouTube version that will be coming through in a month. The first one in the series, arrived this Friday, and I will add it at the very end of Friday’s doings. It is titled, “Exotic Terranes of the PNW.”

Thursday, Mar 15

John went pruning. I slept in. Called in chairs needed for our group today, continued drinking water, and will eat, in prep for going by the lab at the hospital for my standing order blood draw and also will take the orders for the labs for Monday’s appointment with the new Dr. A. Kim, cardiologist.

I did make it to Pacifica, dressed in green, with a green hat, a yellow/green bead bracelet, and shamrock and green necklaces.

We had a great performance and an appreciative audience.

Friday, Mar 16

Today, John took off again for pruning. I went with my found Nikon camera, to the AAC for an event starting at 11:30 a.m.

The event is named, “End of the Rainbow.” I dressed in green again, and wore the yellow-green bracelet little miss Haley made for me last year.

I called and found out the contents of today’s lunch, and it was all ingredients I can eat, so I did not have to take a salad for lunch. We also played two games. It was a fun party, and I did my best to document it with photographs. I will make a collage below, but most of the rest I took will be found on the Facebook site for the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center. I send them to the AmeriCorps gals and they put them out there. Irish Beef Stew, Soda Bread, Lime Jell-O; Nancy with End of the Rainbow & Pot of Gold, wall decoration for pictures.

Leprechaun game: I was looking at the eyes (for a wink) from the designated leprechaun (while all of our eyes were closed), and when we opened them, we had to make eye contact with all participants who had not yet frozen when they received a wink. Behind me are two participants in a frozen condition. I’m making eye contact with the lady in front of me, but not receiving a wink, so I turned to check out another person. The right photo is a gold coin toss game, Betty is on the left of Frank who is tossing a coin toward the bowls around the paper leprechaun.

The most exciting news of the day was notice of the publishing of the video of Nick Zentner’s first 2018 downtown geology lecture, which occurred February 21, when I was sick with pneumonia, diagnosed the day before, and I was unable to attend. John went.

Here is the link from Nick that arrived this afternoon while I was away from my computer. At all 4 presentations, 3 students from Wildcat Filming (at the university) have operated a different camera and then someone has edited the footage into this final to put on YouTube. This one is 1 hour, 9 minutes. Nick always starts with a chalk board introduction, followed by excellent visuals with a fast-moving discussion. Every minute spent with him is an enjoyable education, in person, or on You Tube. I know you have heard us sing praises of Nick for years, so you should already have your hand ready to click for the video’s start!

Exotic Terranes of the Pacific Northwest

Saturday, Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day

Thanks to John for fixing an early morning breakfast (sausage, eggs, toast, & orange slices) to prepare me until our 3:00 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day meal at Briarwood after playing Celtic music.

Also this morning, I tried to renew my educational Wall Street Journal subscription on the day it ran out. I was supposed to go to this link: subscribe.wsj.com/professor , on March 17, 2018 for my $49.00 price – as Giselle of customer service told me earlier in the week. The effort failed, so I called Customer Service. I was happy to complete this call this morning because the person renewed me then, directly. I expect to get our delivery Monday morning. I need to call back next year on St. Patrick’s day to renew again for a year at the same price (this includes both the digital and print version of the Wall St. Journal at a tremendous savings over the regular price.

Greeted this morning with photos of the Chicago River dyed green for the day.From 11:00 to 1:00 at the Hal Holmes Center (Ellensburg, WA) during their annual St. Patrick’s Day presentation, our little Haley was asked to dance by Barb Riley, with her students (Fiddlers of the Wind), playing the Irish Washerwoman. So cool. She has been practicing for this with our group for some time, and was able to lead the kids. This is awesome. I have recorded it and put on YouTube to share with those of you not on Facebook.

You need to watch the Facebook link below mine, if at all possible, and then if not, view the copy I made from my laptop, where the visuals and sound are not as good. Here is the non-Facebook link on YouTube:

Fiddlers on the Wind ~ St. Patrick’s Day 2018 ~ Hal Holmes Center
If you have Facebook, check this version for the original captured by Amy Davison, Haley’s mom. This took place at Hal Holmes Center downtown for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration 3/17/18 from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Then they came over to Briarwood for another performance with our group from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Facebook members ONLY for St. Pat’s Day Irish Washerwoman
I wrote this note on Facebook about Amy’s video. Full names are included here for those who were being tagged on my send to Facebook (who were there). I’m so happy you posted these, Amy Hall Davison. Haley was a great little leader, and thanks to Barb Riley for bringing and leading her students (Fiddlers on the Wind) to play Irish Washerwoman, and for inviting Haley to dance. She did excellently leading the kiddos, and I think had a little advanced practice from dancing with our group since she was 3 yrs old. Thank goodness for her audience presence. Along with the group playing drum and guitar are Tim Henebry and Roberta Clark, also members of the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, who came over to Briarwood Commons afterwards and entertained with Celtic music again, with a huge crowd of residents participating in a lot of songs with Leta Poppino Kiesel there singing Celtic music we played. Lee prepared with the help of other residents there, a wonderful food fest in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Kudos to Barb Riley for being there at Hal Holmes to conduct her group, left-handed, because of her recent right- shoulder surgery.

Here is our story from Briarwood. They feed us afterwards, always a special treat, but particularly on holidays! First we played music for an hour.

Laura Landon was there with her two sons (Trip plays violin with us), and she recorded our songs on my video camera. I will select a few and post here, starting with our version of Irish Washerwoman with Haley dancing, and mom Amy, playing it on a Penny Whistle, on a much smaller dance floor than above.

Irish Washerwoman (with Haley dancing)

Danny Boy

Cockles and Mussels (Haley singing)

Whistling Gypsy Rover (Nancy & Amy start with whistling)

We performed 20 more songs, but I only picked these above to share. If you want more, write me an email.

Finally, here are a few photos taken before and after the meal.Haley being silly after sharing a gold coin with Bill, a resident. On the right after eating, are my friends Jackie Herum, Sharon Rosell, and Haley. Jackie and Sharon attended the Hal Holmes event too. This week Jackie sent me (& John) my first ever received St. Patrick’s Day card.

Here are the treats the Briarwood bunch provided us. Thanks! Dessert table and large buffet table at Briarwood, 3-17-18.

Sunday, Mar 18

John spent a lot of time outside working on yard and garden, and loading the metal roofing into the truck to take with us to Zillah tomorrow.

The folks in Texas that provide onion sets shipped a week early because they were expecting rain this coming week and would have had wet fields. Turns out that storm system is landing farther east, clipping eastern Mississippi, and developing in Alabama and Georgia. Montgomery AL up to Nashville TN are expecting serious weather. Nevertheless, we got 350+ baby onions waiting for John to get the onion-area shaped up.

Monday about lunch time I get a device check (implanted defibrillator) followed by a first visit with my new cardiologist.
Then we have to visit Costco, and then on to Paradisos del Sol Winery, video LINK to trade our old roofing for Paul & Barb’s new wine. Both are seen in the short You Tube video.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Spring things

Meteorologists, the weather folks, work under the assumption that spring begins March 1st. Mother Nature doesn’t always get the memo.

. . . …Snow in Tahoe … S. Lake Tahoe, Sonja Willitts’ place, 3/3/18, 3 feet in 3 days.

This Sunday morning {11 March}, on the Naneum Fan, the blue sky, morning sun, and little birds at the Sunflower seeds are companions as I work to get Nancy’s prose into WordPress.

Sunday, Mar 4

Late yesterday afternoon, we published the blog about 4:40 p.m. I was so tired, I lay me down for a 20-minute power nap, with an alarm set for 45 min, but I slept through it and John’s trip to feed the horses. I think I slept for over an hour. Guess I really needed the rest.

I have been working on finishing the music sheets (PDFs) to send to the group but am only part way through now, and found a missing one I have to contact my cohort with the software for Finale SongWriter 2012 music on her computer to get her to send me her copy tomorrow morning, I hope, of the .mus file created. We normally share those so we can share and she can edit the music score. [update: She had one of the two I requested, but only the PDF document for the other (Whistling Gypsy Rover) so I’ll just go with the PDF from last year and worry later about finding the SongWriter version apparently in my old system (for 2010) on the old Toshiba laptop. I thought I moved over all the old ones to the new Dell computer.] We have to print from the SongWriter or create a PDF from there to share with the group so they can print on their own computer all the songs for the next month (or two).

I sent all the PDFs to the group, the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, and most of them can print the additions, to add to last year’s play list for March & April.

Even with my nap yesterday late afternoon, I slept in this morning. John has been out to take care of the animals and I have fed two of the outside cats.

I continue working on Elaine Harvey’s Ph.D. letter of recommendation to UI, but I’m still a long way to go before I can submit it. [update, 3/10, finished the last draft and sent electronically to be there Monday a.m. for the Admissions Office to add to her file].

Monday, Mar 5

I worked on getting the master setup to print back to back six songs for 3 add-on pages to audience copies. Need to make a new cover for the audience copies and then find them and get John’s help taking out two staples from each copy. I will then have to remove the ending pages that are being replaced, and the cover, which also needs replaced.

We left for town at 12:30 to get our toenails trimmed at 1:15 p.m. It’s normally covered by Medicare every 3 months, but we will likely have to pay for this first one, because we haven’t reached our deductible yet this year.

We went by Super 1 for Pate’ cat canned food. It was an awesome price at 44¢/can. Normally 47¢ at Costco, but only with 4 flavor choices in a box of 32. This sale included ‘bits’ as well, but the only place in town selling them the cheapest is at Pet$ense for 49¢. Our 4 cats go through a can per day. They have hard kibbles 24/7 in a feeding house.

We went by Safeway for stuff – getting Powerade Zero at a great price 79¢/32 oz when buying 5. Why they do stuff like this is beyond comprehension. Along that line of thought: I collected my refund for a pricing mistake last week. A sale (~1/3 off) of Pillsbury brownie mix did not make it into their register. The receipt never shows the cost, but rather someplace on the tape there will be an amount subtracted. I’m usually home for an hour before I figure out what they have done. Crazy! So, I got my refunds, and I received an extra $1 for my time & trouble.

Tuesday, Mar 6

John stayed home from wine grape vine pruning to hold Myst for David to trim her feet at 10:00 a.m.

I left for a haircut around our rural block to Celia’s at 12:00. I was very ready for the cut.

Then back to get John and drive to Yakima for my 2014 Subaru maintenance and 30,000-mile work over appointment at 2:15. We got there in good time and checked in. I had taken my laptop because we were expecting a long wait. They did not disappoint us… taking 2 hrs, 20 min. 30,000 is one of Subaru’s mileage points (also 60K & 90K) where they do numerous things not part of the standard oil/lube package. Our dealer’s charge seems to be less than many other large city areas, from what John has seen on the web. Anyway, this is a good income stream for the dealer, and it seems to keep our cars running as they should.

Modern cars are complicated machines with many moving parts.
See this article for an example: Lineartronic Continuously Variable TransmissionThis is a “steel” belt that moves, and acts like the “chain” on a bicycle. It needs to work perfectly. If it fails, it is like sudden cardiac death for your car. Okay, the belt can be replaced and the damage repaired more easily than your heart.

Back to my communication issues at the Subaru service window: I started with giving them my cell phone, and asking them to notify Greg, the service manager to check out my Bluetooth set up because it has been experiencing alternately unintelligible messages to others when I call from my car, using the Bluetooth connections. I have started parking and turning off the car and dialing on my cell phone without going through the Bluetooth. That makes it a pain for not being able to call hands free from the car when I’m on my way home, and only have to push HOME on the screen. Because the problem is intermittent, I don’t think they were able to do anything about it, but I have tested it once on my way home and it worked all right. I will continue the testing next week, when my trips to town resume.

While there, we went to Costco, and filled my tank, only needing 5.5 gals, but the price is right at $2.69/gal. and the lowest in Ellensburg is $2.87/gal. Then inside for a few stops.

We got our cash refund, from using our Visa card on the premium membership, where we get 2% rewards for all purchases from Costco, 4% on gasoline there, and 1% on all other purchases anywhere. We receive a nice total with every February statement. This year’s (for last) was $286.35. Costco is a membership place, so this isn’t quite the good deal that it seems, with the membership rate being over $100. Their pharmacy prices in some cases are significantly less (more than ½ the price of any pharmacy in Ellensburg).

Checked on my Good RX coupons (for what they have in my file) for prescriptions. They only had Atorvastatin, and I forgot to ask if they had my refill instructions in on anything else. I’ll have to call on that.

I went by the optical dept. to have an adjustment of my sunglasses. Seemed crooked, and they also fixed a place of the metal frame exposed that would cut my finger when removing my glasses. All fixed now.

We detoured through EBRG on the way home, for the principal reason of going by 14th St. & Water to pick up two boxes of baby clothes and toys, which are going later this week to Idaho with a friend of a friend to receive in Moscow, ID. Because we had to pass by Super 1 Grocery, we stopped in to see and buy some of the sale priced cat food.

Wow – I got my add-ons for the audience copies (three back to back pages to add to the end and one list at the beginning, and now need to get John’s assistance un-stapling, so he can re-staple the rearranged 24 copies.
Saves me a trip and money to Xerox. Costs us our time and some paper & ink. John had to replace my Magenta this morning.

I put Jennifer Webber’s phone in my cell phone. She lives on Fox Rd, across the county road from friends, the Orcutts. It’s 11.1 miles from us via Rader, Fairview, Brick Mill, Venture, Lyons, to Fox Rd. She is donating a Raggedy Ann and a Raggedy Andy doll for the packages going to Moscow, Idaho. Destination: Laura (Applegate) and Robert Heinse for their newborn twins! Here are the recipients: Laura Applegate Heinse with Reija and Otto, born 2-15-18.

Laura was a CWU student, lived, and worked in EBRG. We’ve kept in touch since she moved to Idaho, and got a job in the Palouse Conservation District office.

Wednesday, Mar 7

I did not have to call Jennifer to pick up the rag dolls. She will put them out at her gate by the road and I will pick up there this morning. I set up the meeting with Stephen (friend of Laura, whose wife is about to have their first baby) tonight to pass over the boxes and the dolls. I glanced at the stuff (clothes & toys) – the mothers will have to sort it all out.

Wash dishes. I started running the add-ons for the audience copies and ran out of black ink. I will wait for John to get home to change and not risk screwing up the only replacement cartridge we have left. Note: time to order inks.These two dolls were given to me north of Kittitas, WA to send to the twins. An interesting side note. These dolls are washable in a (preferred front loading) washing machine!

Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair and has a triangle nose. Johnny Gruelle received US Patent D47789 for his Raggedy Ann doll on September 7, 1915. The character was created in 1915 as a doll and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book, Raggedy Ann Stories.

Washed dishes, and put Stephen’s phone into mine. Now I need to charge my phone and get a snack.

John replaced my black ink cartridge in the printer and I finished assembling all the audience copies. So, he was ready a little after 4:00 to staple them all together; two staples in the upper left corner. Now I’m set to go.

Thankfully, I was well enough to attend Nick’s geology talk tonight. We arrived before the doors were to open at 6:30, and got a front row seat, just 2 away from the center of the room.Burlingame Canyon – 40 Floods; right pic by Bruce Bjornstad

Tonight’s presentation was titled: “Dating the Ice Age Floods”

(1) Nick’s Introduction via Chalk Boards of the topic for the evening
Introduction via Chalk Boards

(2) Nick Zentner 3-7-18 VISUALS, “Dating the Ice Age Floods”
Introduction via Visuals

Recall, the video version will be replaced by a later triumvirate videoing team capture and editing into a professional recording of the evening, which will be uploaded to YouTube, for all 4 nights of this year’s Hal Holmes Downtown Lecture series. When they are completed, I’ll include the links in this blog.

Once done, I turned on my phone and caught the message from Stephen that he made it town and was several blocks and around the corner from where I was. So, we went and met him parked in front of the Courthouse, and transferred the baby goods and toys to his car.

We got home late, but John had already fed the animals and we had eaten chicken sandwiches while waiting for Nick to begin.

Thursday, Mar 8

John took off for his pruning activities this morning. It is snowing and changed to rain for my day out. They had okay pruning weather over at the big bend of the Columbia River.

I fixed breakfast and fed the cats. I still was working on finishing the music copies to put in my own book and one to give to two of the players. It got done in time and I loaded everything in the car to take off early for my blood draw before going to the Meadows Place.

We had a good turn-out at the Meadows of players and audience. This was our first time for some of this music, and for some of the players, a very first time for all of it.

Haley was there in her Leprechaun outfit and danced hard to Irish Washerwoman, delighting all the residents. Friday, Mar 9

Wind blowing severely started in the early morning, reaching 38 mph gusts. Sun is shining and John has fed and left for White Heron. I’m staying put today, missing my SAIL exercise class. One more rest day, and I’ll resume those activities Monday.

I have my agenda cut out. I must finish the letter of recommendation for my former student to enter a Ph.D. program. I have other projects that must be completed that have been ignored while I was sick.

I received the results of my lab draw yesterday (INR=1.8) and have to increase my dosage of Coumadin tonight to raise the low reading. I also will have wine with dinner to raise it. It will be checked again next Thursday by blood draw.

Through the kitchen window John saw the Merriam turkeys in the front yard. I grabbed my camera and went for pictures (first at the window). They kept coming. It was amazing. I think we ended up with 17 or 18. And a couple of videos, you see below this collage of images.

Merriam Turkeys Coming – Mar 9, 2018

Merriam Turkeys Going – Mar 9, 2018

Saturday, Mar 10

We both slept in until about 7:30.

Early this morning my friend Maude Buszek (‘Nancy J’, friend since the 6th grade) sent via Facebook this picture of an albino doe she took this morning on a walk in Michigan. An albino doe, photographed by my long-time friend, Maude Buszek, Michigan. About an hour north of Detroit.

Sadly, I’m missing the wedding in Vancouver, WA of Rebekah LaBar and Vincent Lo. I’ll have to be there in spirit. Check down in this blog later today to 1:00 p.m.

Only people with Facebook can follow this video of Pan Handler Rag practice for March 17th in Nampa, ID with Bobbie Pearce (piano), her daughter Katrina Nicolayeff (left-handed fiddler) and others.

Facebook Entry ONLY

But check this link BELOW out: (if you don’t have Facebook access)

Panhandle Rag by Bobbie Pearce (piano), daughter Katrina Nicolayeff (left-handed fiddler), and others, in practice for Mar 17th Junior Jammers’ performance.

Panhandle Rag by my former teacher & daughter

The link they posted on Facebook (FB) is not reachable by many of our friends (including John) without a FB account, so I played it in my lap and videoed from my computer laptop. It is not as good on sound, but you get the idea. I gave you the Facebook link in case you want to experience it on FB, and there you can set the sound to be on when it starts. You’ll see on my capture, I have a few seconds without, until I could reach for the mouse and turn the sound on. I don’t know why it reset to mute, after I viewed it once.

I found this other version or Panhandler Rag by fiddler Dave Reiner and Andy Reiner backing him on an Octave Mandolin. I have never known of an octave mandolin. This was filmed at Mark O’Connor Camp.

Pan Handler Rag by the Reiners – Mark O’Connor’s Camp
Before I leave this subject, check out this link, for the history of Mark O’Connor’s Fiddling Camp:

Story of the Formation of Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp

I sent off my draft LOR to Elaine Harvey, and she has okayed it, so I will now find the link and upload the document digitally to the Admissions Office at the University of Idaho.

John fixed us brunch today, and is out working again while the sun shines. We had (baked) eggs with ham, mushrooms, and cheese, half each of a navel orange, and a piece of toasted Hazelnut with sesame seeds bread.

1:00 p.m., now the bewitching hour has arrived, and I’m sad to be missing an international wedding I planned to attend today in Vancouver, WA to participate in the ceremony to join Rebekah LaBar and Vincent Lo, in from Sydney, Australia for the week. My pneumonia got in the way and I had to cancel my trip. I have been enjoying a wonderful photographic lead in to the day all week. It continued this morning and I await the wedding photos.

Here are a couple of engagement pictures in Vancouver, WA at Orchards Community Park, taken by Clarissa Noel, Photographer, earlier in the week.I’m going to take a break and submit on line digitally, my Letter of Recommendation so that is off of my list of to-dos. I’m tired of the stress. I’m the only one who can do this.
~~ IT IS DONE ~~ acknowledgment copied and sent to Elaine.

Now – for last minute photos of the wedding. Thanks to Caitlin for publishing these tonight after the festivities. We will see the professional ones later on, on the photographer’s website.During the wedding, Robin, John, Caitlin, Rebekah, Vincent; right, after, coming in to the reception (Vincent, Rebekah, with Mom, Robin)

Sunday, Mar 11

Publishing this midday, after enjoying the rest of yesterday’s omelet with trimmings.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Getting better slowly

Nancy’s introduction to this week’s blog (written Mar 3, a.m.). I’m sorry, but while I have good information included herein about recovering from my bout with pneumonia, I do not have the energy to make this report more than a skeleton. You’ll have to enjoy John’s column creation this week, please. I will fill in a few spots through the week, to get this draft to him for publishing, with apologies I do not feel up to tackling the report. Actually, while putting it together, I found an addition to end with, while he was out feeding, watering the horses, and picking up branches blown down in our recent high winds.

Sunday, Feb 25

For the rattling, chattering, wheezing noises to cease when I breathed, I needed help. No one knew anything I could easily do. This morning, I developed a new treatment that seems to help me release mucus from my nose and from lower down. Here’s my description.

Make a cup of hot liquid pretty hot. Hold my nose over the steaming cup and breathe through my nose (mouth closed) and inhale and blow out into the cup, to release the heat. Keep doing that until it cools, taking a drink when it is no longer too hot to imbibe. Cough and blow nose. Mucus will be released into a piece of toilet paper (or Kleenex), but I have only been using TP, folded over. Continue until heat is gone and reheat well, after adding more water. Cough more as possible. Do the breathing over the hot liquid to moisten the nostrils. Blow nose. Cough, when possible; continue trying. Something will come out. I did this for probably 20 minutes. I continued and have gotten a lot expelled.
After more minutes, I coughed again and was able to get more up; repeated blowing nose.

I continued through the week, doing it, especially when congested.
(I should have done this at 2:40 a.m. this morning, when I awoke all congested, but I just went with coughing then and released enough to be able to get back to sleep.

We awoke to no snow, but flakes were beginning to fall. Within an hour the quantity changed and we likely have over an inch. We have nothing like will plague the eastern U. S. the rest of this week. John checked road cameras, and there is not currently snow east of us, where he is driving today to go to a lecture at 2:00 p.m. on “Digging Deeper: Ancient Peoples of the Columbia Basin”, by local historian, Mick Qualls, presented at the Quincy Valley Historical Museum in Quincy, WA.
See the photos and info here: Historical Info
John met Tom and Lynne Snyder there, and sat with them in a pew of a Pioneer church, moved to beside the Historical Society’s 1904 Reiman-Simmons House. Both buildings have been restored at considerable expense. Tom is one of the pruners John volunteers with regularly at White Heron Cellars and vineyard. Lynne comes to the Raclette and has done several favors (knitting/repairs) and actually knitted some gaiters for me to wear at the Raclette.

Last evening we published the blog about 6:30 p.m.

I need to make progress on several things today.
Work toward writing a letter of recommendation for a former graduate student (Resource Management program) from the early 2000s. She has decided to go on for her Ph.D. in Natural Resources. I served on her thesis committee and had her in three classes.
Yesterday, I receive all her current and past information. I still have to hear from the school and find out exactly what they want me to cover, but meanwhile, she has sent me all my requests for information about her, that being what classes she took which years, a copy of her transcript, Master’s thesis, letter of intent for program application, and her resume.

I need to contact the music group about their upcoming playing Thursday at the Rehab, in my absence. I have to call in the count for chairs.

Monday, Feb 26

We awoke to 29°F, a bit warmer than yesterday morning, John did morning feedings and left at the normal time.
I have been working on the new playlist compilation to share with the group. They will need to pull 19 songs from last year’s packet and change 5 entries for this year. I will make PDFs to mail of the new additions, some of them brand new to the group.

Tuesday, Feb 27

John, off for pruning.
Snowing this morning.

I am very happy our trip to the doctor in Cle Elum was last week.

Early morning I-90 (5:20 a.m.), near Cle Elum, this happened, and blocked the westbound lanes for much of the day:Glad no one was killed or injured.

I drove in for my blood draw update on the dosage of Coumadin, because of the effect the antibiotic has on it.

Wednesday, Feb 28

John left at 7:40 for WHC after doing the morning feeding.

I stayed home again, and spent the morning on and off the phone, computer, and on Collared Dove control. I’m continuing to fight the phlegm by expelling it.

Bill Howard sent a picture for us and a word doc for me (Earth Science sites). Last week’s send from Michigan came in an unreadable format and I chose not to send it to my list of almost 80 people who appreciate receiving it. I sent a copy to only a couple of regular readers on my list. Bill likes it so much, that he [well versed regarding computers] spent the time to reformat the information, so I could distribute, and I had already notified the team producing it, that the format was incorrect. (Formatting was corrected this week on the new send for 3 March, arriving 3/2.)

I got an email from a gal I recently met at the senior center about her and her husband. They’ve only been here for 3 years, moving from New Richmond, Ohio, not that far from Cincinnati, where John and I met in 1965. I met her through the Line Dancing class, and when I took videos 2 weeks ago of the class, I had collected emails for those there that day.

I worked more on researching information for the letter of recommendation, by going through the information I had for my involvement, starting in 2004.

Got nearly dark at 2:00 and now has started snow flurries.

John left for Nick Zentner’s lecture tonight, “Ghost Volcanoes of the Cascades.” For these few near the N-S center of our State, many are in the mid-20 Million year time frame. Goat Rocks Volcano is gone. Mt. Rainier is still hot and only 500,000 years old.
Goat Rocks is the source area (vents) of the Andesite flow making the columns in the picture below.
Unfortunately, when the flow was named this was not known, and so they named it after a different vent, namely one called the Tieton (pronounced, Thai-a-ton), closer to the river of that name.This photo, near Oak Creek canyon, is part of the evidence of the ghost volcano. They are a specific type of rock, Andesite, that has been traced back to the Goat Rocks. The yellow flowers are Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), something we have here on the Naneum Fan. Our rocks are Basalt from flows DNI [Nick’s phrase is Damn Near Idaho].

While John was gone, I constructed a note of consultation with the nurse of my cardiologist who retired. I have an appointment coming up with the new cardiologist on March 19th.

John got home at 8:42 p.m., not soon enough for Annie. She started whining at 8:00.

I’m going to fix a salad so I can take my antibiotic with food.

Thursday, Mar 1

John left for the Mariposa Vineyard, normal time, after feeding the animals.

I stayed up and finished printing and sorting music by name and copies to take with the 2 books, and audience copies.

I took my next to the last antibiotic tablet, after eating a bowl of bran to be my food required with it. It started raining so I dressed with a rain hat. Got all my stuff to the car in the rain, and it started raining on me harder on the way in to deliver the bag of music to the Rehab, where the group is playing today.

After mission accomplished, I went to Super 1 for the sale on canned Friskies cat food, at a much-lower price of 44¢/can. I bought a lot. It was still raining when I got in there, but stopped for my return, and the sun came out. Crazy weather.

From there to Safeway, for lettuce. Safeway has very “busy” ads, convoluted pricing gimmicks, crowded aisles, and undecipherable register receipts. Still, once in awhile they have a great price on something. And usually on the 2-liter colas they sell using the name Refresh.

My last antibiotic pill is tonight.

Now, I need to finish the PDF docs on the March music to send to the players.

Friday, Mar 2 The recent east coast storm, now heading across the Atlantic Ocean.

We awoke to snow (accumulation about an inch) and John stayed home from pruning. The WA-DOT cameras showed a nasty looking scene where I-90 goes over Ryegrass Summit at 2,550 feet elevation. Much fog, also. A stay-off the roads day. There were accidents on I-82, south of EBRG, but not at Ryegrass.
Our snow pales by comparison with New Jersey’s at Elise’s house.Her car had ~15” and her mailbox w/ garbage can for scale above

John went with me for my errands: to pick up my music bag at the Rehab, for my follow-up blood draw, which took a long time because of a lot of sick people needing phlebotomist help in ER. We left for shopping at Super 1 and Safeway and on home.

Once home, I began working on the playlist to get finalized for next week. It’s a slow, tedious process.

John made an Angel Hair pasta soup, with smoked Chicken/Turkey and vegetables. He cheated by starting with a package mix from Farmhouse Foods, a brand sold at our local BiMart, and on-sale the day the doctor said “Eat soup.” Picture here. Last week he started with their White Cheddar and Shells mix. They are good starters, but need additions to make a meal.

Saturday, Mar 3

Had a good night’s sleep, awaking to a sunny day.
This morning in the valley (just 5 miles south of us), they are experiencing freezing fog, mist, and low visibility (1.25 miles), at the airport. Weird. 29° there and 34° here at 8:30 a.m.
I need to feed the cats. Did, and found a headless mouse had been deposited for us at the front door.
John just finished the morning feeding and got rid of the mouse. Now he’s off to feed the horses. I hoped to have this draft ready for him, when he returned, but found this entry instead on Facebook, so I thought I would end with a positive note about Brittanys.The smart dog with the glasses is owned and trained by Kris and Anthony Thompson, of Seattle. Ranger is now a Versatile Dog (AKC award) with this certificate from the American Brittany Club. CH Timberline’s Lone Ranger NA (Novice Agility). The certificate has me listed as one of the breeders. I was involved only because I co-owned a parent of his (with Teddi Montes Botham) and had to sign the litter papers. I actually met Kris and her husband, Anthony, in Ellensburg a year or so ago, when Karen Douglas Barrows introduced us at a Hunt Test held about 7 miles from our home. I met them and their dogs and joined their Facebook site (where this just appeared).
Hope your week was fine.
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Pneumonia and other interesting things

Sunday, Feb 18

Reflections to last week, late in coming. Both refer to last week’s blog activities, which was already published. First, is from Thursday night; second is from yesterday (Saturday).

(1) This movie below is rather long and not of the best quality videography, but if you are interested in birds and Celtic locations, you will enjoy this. I went with John to the local chapter of our Audubon group for a photo presentation. Last time you heard about their travels it was to the Cornwall coast for a bird-watching hike several years ago. They do a couple weeks at a time.

Jan Demorest & Steve Young ~~ Wales Bird Walk

Jump to Saturday for:

(2) This below was taken by Gene, a friend of Evie, the violinist sitting behind me, as we played Roll on Columbia, Roll on. It was written in 1941 by Woody Guthrie. In the video below, the second song is The Frozen Logger, by James Stevens, 1951. It is a funny song. I have on the red blouse you saw explained in last week’s blog, and my Ellensburg Rodeo hat, because it was the weekend of the Spirit of the West. Go back and check that out last week. Meanwhile, here is the link to the video of the two songs.
2 songs by KFF&F

You can find Woody singing Roll On Columbia here, with lyrics printed below it.

You can find Johnny Cash singing The Frozen Logger, here:

Normally, I’m singing but much less so today, because I knew it would make me start coughing, which I did not wish to do. I started my coughing journey Wednesday night that week.

Monday, Feb 19 Presidents’ Day

Memories of the rollover of the logging truck, several years ago, at the spot where our driveway enters the county road.

We awoke to a cold morning, 24°.

John stayed home today, because grapevine pruning was cancelled with Cameron in Seattle at Pike’s Place Market. Tomorrow they decided not to resume because of the cold weather. Wednesday is a pruning day. On Thursday John cannot go because of a dental appointment.

Last night we published the blog (without the videos we received later this week). I had to upload mine of Thursday overnight for several hours, while I slept, and it took awhile to remember.

Foot doctor and our SAIL exercise class were both canceled today because of the holiday. I needed the time to try to recover and hoped to reach my doctor for some help, but did not succeed. I have felt bad all day, and realize I need to get to bed earlier than last night, and hope I don’t have the same occurrence as the middle of this morning (4:00 a.m.), with my inability to breathe.

Tuesday, Feb 20

This was to be our third class of Line Dancing today, Feb 20.
I don’t feel up to attending.
Instead, John drove me to Cle Elum to get a doctor’s opinion. Diagnosis: Pneumonia

Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium tablets 500mg/125mg prescribed every 12 hrs for 10 days.
This is a combination penicillin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu).

He had me breathe in and out of my mouth and listened. He also had me say 99 every time he moved the stethoscope, and then say the letter E (drawn out). Here’s what I found on line about that interesting technique. “E” to “A” changes in the lungs (egophony). Your doctor may have you say (drawn out) the letter “E” while he listens to your chest.  Pneumonia may cause the “E” to sound like the letter “A” when heard through a stethoscope. He did that examination before I had the X-rays, then said, “You’ve got pneumonia.” To see exactly where and how serious, I then went for x-rays.The pictures showed, on my left side, a flattening of the upper diaphragm. Hope you can see the thin orange line over on the right side of this drawing. Instead of being a nice upward curve, the “goup” was below the lung and that curve was replaced by a flat surface. Thus, we need to kill the itsy bitsy bacteria and get that stuff out of there.

Normal recovery time from pneumonia is one to three weeks, although I should begin to feel better after several days of antibiotics. (I did after 4 days.) He wants me to report back if I’m having any symptoms, and scheduled another X-Ray for a month away.

This is Pneumococcal pneumonia (bacterial, spread easily by coughing). So, I’m contagious and wearing a mask when I go to the doctor or to the hospital for a blood draw. Further, the medication plays with the blood thinner, so that needs checked every few days and the “rat poison” adjusted accordingly.

Wednesday, Feb 21

John left at 7:40 for WHC after doing the morning feeding of the livestock.

I cannot go out with my contagious condition, so I will stay home today and rest, missing music at the food bank and exercise at the senior center.

I had a relatively good night’s sleep, by sitting with my head up in my recliner. I cannot lie down horizontally and still breathe.

Been canceling things this morning, very sad, most especially attending a wedding with the bride being my former student and coming in from Sydney, Australia for their wedding in Vancouver, WA and on from there to Taiwan to celebrate with the groom’s family. John and I were fortunate to have met him 2 years ago at Christmas here in Ellensburg, at her parent’s house.

I had my breakfast and took my 3rd antibiotic pill. I do not feel any better yet on congestion and related symptoms.

John went to a geology lecture on Exotic Terranes by Nick Zentner. It is being videotaped by a team of 3 and they’ll edit it for YouTube. I’m sorry to have missed my favorite teacher at CWU. John said it was well done (as usual).
John says: Open this LINK . . . and note the green along the WA / Idaho border. That is the only original part of North America within Washington State. The image should slowly add parts, then pause with names on the right. Then it should start over. Nick’s presentation only covered a few parts of this complex story.

John came home in time to fix our dinner and I was able to take my antibiotic with something in my stomach about 10:00 p.m. Maybe I won’t have a stomach ache tonight, as last. I’m about ready to call it a night. I need some sleep.

Thursday, Feb 22

I had a bad night.  I was awake for over 2 hrs trying to get to sleep because of the noises (rattling in my throat/wheezing in my breathing). I have had to sleep sitting up, and not lying down, but that wasn’t working last night either.  I slept 2 hours, woke to potty, and then went back and got almost 3 hrs more sleep. Good thing I finally made it to sleep, because I was ready to go to the hospital and ask to be put on a respirator.

John left for town for a dental cleaning and exam at 9:30. Luckily, this visit is covered by our insurance, 100%. He’s going to do some errands for me going by the pharmacy for meds, by the senior center for me, and by Hearthstone to deliver the music for the group and audience.

One of John’s stops was by the senior center to pick up my camera that disappeared 6 months ago. It was my Nikon CoolPix 40mm zoom. A nice man brought it to the AAC because he (or someone ?) noticed photos of events there included ones taken at the senior center. I haven’t found out the details yet on who returned it, or where it was found, except it was in the location of the Mercer Creek Church. Last picture taken on it was 7-15-2017 last year !! Battery was still full. Recently, the closest I have been to that church is behind it, while playing music at the food bank. I have NEVER taken that camera in there, so I don’t have a clue.

This afternoon, I called my doctor and asked about the noises I was hearing when breathing this afternoon and about the problem last night. He had a few suggestions: hot liquids, soup, and saltwater bath for my nose (but it was actually below my throat). And also, he reminded me I wouldn’t likely feel better until 4 days (maybe) into the antibiotic. We’ll see. He’d told me hot steamy showers are good, but I’m in no mood for that.

Last night I was surprised and saddened to see that Bill Waltner died. He was the hospitalist when I was so sick in 2009 and went to the ER here in town.  He was so wonderful to me, ran the right tests, talked to a specialist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, and found out 4 days later I had bacteria in my blood (from a culture he had analyzed).  He gave me his cell phone number and told me to call him anytime. Then he followed me through that year, and the next, and was so happy to see me survive my surgery.  He always spoke to me when he saw me, anywhere in town.  I’m glad I got to thank him before he died.  It didn’t say so in the obituary, but he died of a brain tumor.  John learned that from a woman at the dental office when he was in this morning.  Bill was only 66, the same age I was when he diagnosed what I had.

Friday, Feb 23

For the first night in awhile, I had a fairly decent night’s sleep without a lot of breathing problems, with noise. I must be on the upgrade!

I did decide to take my overnight Oximetry, and the results are:
Oximetry for Feb 22: SpO2 lowest 84, with overall avg., 91.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.6%. Pulse avg. 55.8, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 10 min. The O2 isn’t great but it’s not that bad either, considering. In the doctor’s office Tuesday it was 94%.

John left @ 7:40 for pruning at White Heron.
Cold (13°) before the sun hit near the outside thermometer.
The slope where the vines face south, and the Columbia River. With a sunny sky it warms quickly, and did.
With cereal in my tummy, I took my antibiotic at 9:46 a.m. and will get ready to go for a blood draw and to pick up the music bag. It took longer than I had planned. I had a phone call from Kit Hultquist (John’s brother’s wife in CA) at 10:30, and left right after visiting with her. She sounded as if she was coping well with all their kids and grandkids nearby to keep her busy. I had called on the weekend and left a message that we hoped she was doing all right.

Saturday, Feb 24

Had a good night’s sleep. Snowed last night about 2 ½.”

Up to 40° with sunshine, after morning light snow, no new accumulation.

John’s taken care of the animals, and also fixed us a nice brunch. I helped with cooking the sausage links while he was taking care of things outside.

Now the wind is blowing hard and the sun is bright. We’ll publish this soon. John will be amazed I have no photos I took to include.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan