Winter arrives, but not quite

As we work on this tonight reports from around the country are claiming snow, and some serious winter weather. Locally, the snow is 50 miles northwest and 2,000 feet higher. There is none in our week-out forecast. The rest of you, take care.

Monday, Nov 5

I reported into the AAC that I could not make it to my SAIL exercise class today. Meanwhile, this morning, the director called me to update me on all the plans for this Friday’s Veterans’ Day celebration (early) when our Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends is playing patriotic music as part of the program.

We needed to be down in imaging at the Yakima Heart Center for me to have an Echocardiogram administered by Angie. My appointment was 11:00 a.m. I had to have an IV administered with DEFINITY®. “It is an injectable cardiovascular ultrasound contrast agent comprised of lipid-coated echogenic microbubbles filled with octafluoropropane gas that enhances clinicians’ view of the left ventricle of the heart during an echocardiogram to aid with diagnosis.” I had it last time as well, with no side effects, but to be safe, John drove us home. We stopped at Jack in the Box, just two blocks from the Center, for a small lunch, on our way home. Shared a burger with other stuff on it, fries, and a drink.

Needed to get home to for my haircut appointment. John went to Costco while I was having the Echocardiogram performed. He also filled my car with gasoline, inexpensive (relative to Ellensburg prices), at $3.19/gallon.

Once home, I drove a mile to my neighbor’s house on Thomas, who has cut my hair since I arrived in Ellensburg in 1988. Then she was working at the Band Box Salon across the street from Lind Hall where my office was located initially. When we bought our house we bought close to hers in 1989.

Late afternoon (3:20) I finished assembling all my meds for the week. You guessed it, I had to order two more I was running out of. I only have one week of another (now ordered and received).

Finally, after supper, we published the blog for last week, almost 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov 6

Spoke with Vanessa at Respiratory Services about my pulmonary function test (PFT), before the end of the year. She will check the system for my last visit and get back to me, at home.

Pulmonary Function Test details. Jim found on the machine that I had one in Dec 2016, and then on 4-14-17. (I think that’s strange, but I am okay to be done the end of this year).

I put a call in for a referral from Dr. Wood to get one before the end of this year. A triage nurse will get back to me today about that. Once the referral makes it into the system Vanessa will contact me about time and date. This is to check my lungs to be sure they are not being scarred by the Amiodarone medication (taken successfully for atrial fibrillation, since 2010).

We went in today, and accomplished many things, including dropping off WSJ papers to a person who works near the airport. By the courthouse to drop off our Election ballets in the deposit box, on to Safeway to load up on savings: Country style sausage rolls, John’s colas (regular & zero), Nancy’s PowerAde Zero – with a coupon at a reduced price already 69₵ each that brought it down to 49₵ each. I should have calculated that savings in the store and I’d have bought some more. Heck of a savings! However, checking the receipt, I see they missed giving me $1.00 off for the second five. Also, we bought several sausage rolls, and were charged the incorrect price. I have a copy of J4U digital coupon and the receipt, so I will have to make another trip in to get my refund. They will give it to me, but sadly, that will take more of my time and gasoline. I’ll just have to keep it until my next need to go to Safeway. It is not our preferred grocery shopping destination. The pricing, discounts, coupons, and digital stuff is a pain. From there we dropped by the Senior Center and dropped off my Apple Corer/Slicer for them to use on the apples for this Friday’s lunch and program. While there I picked up the proposed program itinerary, and am adjusting our group to that.

We dropped off at Super 1, where John went for Iceberg lettuce for me, and to look for smoked turkey, and I picked up 3 of my meds. Another problem ensued when I got home and unpacked the meds to find they had not quartered my Amiodarone tablets. One more trip back in tomorrow. Phew.

From there to Bi-Mart to check our numbers (nothing won), and return for replacement my wrist Omron blood pressure measurer that quit working. Amazing their return policy. While there, John bought some tulips, 3 (18 pack) cases of cheap beer at half price, and I found 75% off on packages of 74 small wrapped candies (from Halloween). We paid $2.50/bag for a bag originally sold for $9.99. We left to come home by Grocery Outlet on our last stop because of buying Ice Cream. I also bought some syrup for pancakes. I went for the cheapest in town of Golden Griddle syrup, only to find the same thing from Best Western for $1 cheaper.

Wednesday, Nov 7

I fixed my lunch salad (with John’s help cubing smoked turkey breast and cubing an apple), and took care of some other telephoning regarding a referral for a PFT, and some needed quartering of the pills I picked up yesterday that weren’t done.

I went to the Food Bank for music, then for my blood draw, and on to SAIL exercise. Afterwards, I went by Bi-Mart to pick up the instructions for my BP monitor, which were in the box they put my broken one in to send back. It has the place to put the serial # and register it on line. Now I need to do that.
I came home to transfer the videos John took Sunday, over to our external hard drive so I can send to YouTube from there and not use space on my C drive. I need to do similarly with the stuff on my Nikon, from Saturday night. It all takes time.

While that goes up, I need to work on the intros for the 13 songs we will do Friday at the Veterans’ Day luncheon and celebration.

The next videos all go back to Sunday, Nov 4, 2018

Mattawa Ash Fall Tuff Field Trip Videos with Nick Zentner

Stop 1 Selah Creek Rest Area
Stop 2 Hwy #24 near Cold Creek
Stop 3.a Mattawa Pumicite Quarry
Stop 3.b – only 1 min; worth it Cougar Mtn Basalt
Stop 3.c In wind and dust

Thursday, Nov 8

John left after 7:30 a.m., for bottling Roussanne at White Heron, taking along some roasted and candied cashews and almonds (from Mixed Nuts at Costco), and a bag of Cheddar cheese & Caramel Popcorn.

I left a message with Roberta at Meadows Place for 12 chairs today. One player stands, so we have a Baker’s Dozen.

The temps got very cold here last night, and Czar was in early for some attention and food. I slept in and then did a few chores. He was still around when I removed the hard pellets from the front porch because of the Magpies screaming and streaming in. I was able to take him some canned food and he cleaned the plate. I wish we had a heated place for him to sleep.

John got caught a traffic accident and made him an hour late arriving home, after dark. He has written about it in his column Not So Nasty News (below). Please check that.

I have been working tonight on music for tomorrow at the AAC.
I only have 36 audience copies left to distribute. We started a couple years ago with 50.

Anne wrote tonight she will be there tomorrow. Just got back at 3:30 p.m. today from a long car trip back East to New York.

Friday, Nov 9

Early celebration of Veterans’ Day at the Senior Center, which is officially named, Ellensburg Adult Activity Center, and that is the name of their Facebook page, if you are inclined to visit.

Off at 10:30 for AAC. It all went fine with several surprises, but nothing bad, and we had probably the best (early) Veterans’ Day celebration there ever. My estimate is over 60. We have many photos. John took pictures, I took a few, and a new friend (from Persia) came and videotaped much of the AAC program. I think among the 3 of us we will have many nice ones, and the videos Allie_Adi took that I have received are awesome. I have only seen the first 6, and I’m sharing five below. As she sends me more links, I will post them in order, as taken. We thank her from the bottom of our hearts for helping document the event.This is our new friend, from Persia, Allie-Adi, who shared the day with us and her talents of videotaping from her Smartphone. We have 5 to share now, with more to come in the future, when she has time. She is a Freshman at CWU in the Department of Construction Management. I met her at the FISH Food Bank where I will see her every Wednesday.

A few photos from Friday are up there already, but mine have not yet been sent in. I’m still working on them Sunday night. They may get posted Monday when the staff returns, and after I get them the link.

The 1st: Early arrivals, and John

The 2nd: Presentation of Colors and Pledge Allegiance

The 3rd: Karen Eslinger leads “God Bless America”

This next one is just the beginning of the Navy walking forward to Anchors Aweigh by Karen Eslinger.

The 4th: Navy vets

I know she took videos of much more of the program through singing the National Anthem acapella at the end. So more to come.

These are the only videos I took on Friday: (beneath the photo taken by the AAC)Dean Allen (our harmonica player; flag behind head) & other Navy, Nov 9, 2018.
David, on the very left is the master of ceremonies, and an army guy. On the very right in the audience above in the picture is the “apple family” — our friend Dee with family. He about got his feet frozen in France during WWII.

The next video (taken by Nancy) has more of the interviewing of the Navy veterans.

Navy veterans

Below is the Army contingent, with Dee Eberhart, the orchardist, mentioned above in the Navy vets’ picture (in the audience far right) bottom. Below he is second from the left in the Army veterans, and MC David is on the right.This video is ONLY of David Douglas. The interview with the others may be on our friend’s tape I don’t yet have.

David Douglas (Army), Nov 9, 2018 at AAC Veterans’ Day Early
Army vets

We also watched this song/video, but here is a web link:
John Conlee – They Also Serve

Then we had the Retiring of the Flags, and I was asked to play taps (with a battery operated very loud trumpet) I had to hold toward the ceiling so as not to blast into anyone’s ear drums. After that we ate, and then we eventually played music for a singalong. Here we are.

This was our first singalong song:

America by Fiddlers and Friends

Nine of our group, Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & FriendsI’ll share a Google Photo link with all the photos on it, in next week’s blog.

I went by the Kittitas Neighborhood Pantry on the way home to show my patriotic outfit to the ladies there. Ida, said that her two sons served our country in the war. She gave me a hug and thanked me for being part of the early celebration today and for coming by to share my flag vest and red/white/blue pants.

Saturday, Nov 10

We stayed busy with John outside and me inside. He dug a hole for a gate post. I’ve worked on the photos and links you have encountered, so far.

Sunday, Nov 11 Happy Armistice Day!

I grew up calling it that, and here is a wonderful quote from Kurt Vonnegut about that name change.

Sent to me by my former student, Casey Stedman, now a Training Officer with the Association of Spaceflight Professionals. He sent this quote today via Facebook.

“I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.”

Kurt Vonnegut (PFC, US Army)

John started his day by setting up our flag at the end of the drive. No wind to blow it today, however. Sun was well up, so he was a little late. He took it down just at sunset.

I started my day by calling Gloria to wish her a Happy Birthday on her 93rd year of existence. She’s amazing. Still walking around on her own, and not taking any prescription drugs (only an aspirin/day). She always complains that she can never receive mailed birthday cards (not because it is Sunday this year), but because in other years USPS claims a holiday. This year there will be no mail on Monday. Twice bad.

I called Dee Eberhart tonight to catch up on Friday and thanking them for coming, and also to coordinate with him about his schedule, letting him know we would be meeting at Hearthstone with the retired geography group and who were coming.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Moments in our lives

Nancy’s title was: “Never a dull moment in our lives”, but that doesn’t fit on the WordPress title line – so I shortened it.

Monday, Oct 29

I am not sure why people don’t follow my mom’s suggestion of never calling someone before 9:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. We were rudely called at 7:28 a.m. It always scares me receiving a call so early from someone I know well, but upsets me, especially when it is not necessary at all and later this evening would have been okay. On that upset note, I’m up for the day.

We need to sort apples to take to town today for the upcoming Veterans’ Day celebration at the Senior Center (AAC). While sorting, we boxed two small boxes of apples for another friend in town, and John packed a small box of English walnuts for another friend, which we delivered along with some other items for her daughter and friends with young children. When John and I delivered the apples to the AAC, we stayed for my SAIL exercise class.

I called for either of the triage nurses, Cody or Lacey, at my PCP’s office, about having my chest x-rays from Feb 2018 available for review regarding a Pneumonia diagnosis, but a PA’s noting I had a hiatal hernia (HH). He pegged the Pneumonia, but I’m concerned about the HH seen (that I couldn’t see), and happy I’m not having any symptoms; yet, I am requesting a re-evaluation of the X-rays by my regular physician at our upcoming annual physical wellness tests (Nov 20 & 27). Lacey returned my call and assured me she would approach it with my MD and get back to me with the verdict. She did a couple days later. It will be possible. I’m grateful for her help outside of her normal calls to me to report my INR results, from monthly blood draws checking my Coumadin dosage.
I have my lab records in order to request a follow-up on my Thyroid annual blood test as requested by Dr. Lisa Stone, the Endocrinologist in Wenatchee whom I saw originally the end of 2017. In April this year, I had a follow-up set of blood tests, which she reviewed, and suggested having another done the end of this year. I also have to set up my annual PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) to check my lungs to be sure they are not being scarred by the Amiodarone medication (taken successfully, for atrial fibrillation, since 2010.).

Finished assembling all my meds for the week.

Tuesday, Oct 30

Staying home today to tend to details for this week, the past, future.
It is cool, with sunshine and a slight wind that calmed down as the day proceeded.
I did take some photos of the fall colors of our Mountain Ash tree out front, with many of the yellow leaves having been blown away.Top photos were taken today, Oct 30, but the bottom photo was on 10-24-18 without blue skies.
→ [John says: If I cut the berry bunches off and throw them over the fence, the deer will eat them. At this time of year birds ignore them. They know (How?) the pretty fruit is sour (has an acid, Sorbic, I think). The fruit will hang on the tree during the winter and becomes more to their liking. I am trying to find out what happens. During spring, birds will find the fruit and over about 4 days, it will all be eaten.]

Nancy, again: Wonderful brunch John made with an omelet creation loaded with protein and veggies. Here is a shot of the pan minus today’s portions. With my smaller piece, I had toast with Apricot jam.Day-before-Halloween omelet: chocked full with cubed smoked turkey, colorful peppers, tomatoes, purple onion, cheese, 6 eggs.

John and Annie left for yard and barn and fence work, and I stayed behind to sort the plates, cups, and other things left over from Friday’s luncheon, and to wash another load of dishes. I’m working on various other chores. I need to combine some photos to send to Audubon folks, and create a Google Photos link to send, from last meeting Oct 18, with the video you have already seen in blog, with another short clip of the speaker’s humor.

Here are the “set-up” photos of the Kittitas Audubon talk of Ken Bevis, Oct 18, which was in last week’s blog (see there for the video of his presentation); meanwhile, check the link below.

Photos during setup, talk by Ken Bevis, Kittitas Audubon

I needed to cut John’s hair, eat dinner, and finish the link sending to the Ice Age Floods (IAF) group. John came in at dark and took a nap. We ate a late dinner, and put off his haircut until later. We had chicken, cauliflower, seasoned fries, and shared a baked Honeycrisp apple.
Used some of our new honey from Kauai, HI that was brought back by a friend.

Wednesday, Oct 31

Halloween Card from the Naneum Fan (non-animated)
(See link below to the Jacquie Lawson real thing (with animation) I sent to a few people and then captured the one I sent to John, but I wanted to share the link to a neat card and story from Jacquie Lawson, to our blog readers who might not have been on the original list delivered Oct 30th.
The link is below, please follow: but, PLEASE BE SURE to IDENTIFY yourself on the reply, because it will only come as if from us to us at our joint account, where we are notified a person saw it and replied. Thanks! It is culturally and artistically very interesting. Yes, I realize this is now LATE in coming.
Spooky Halloween Card – 2018

I fixed my lunch salad and sent off the note of planning for tomorrow’s retirement/rehab music.
The Food Bank was special today on Halloween when many dressed up in “costumes”. We had pumpkins (me, sorta), a witch, a cute little hat (Evelyn) the banjo player, and other things on different people serving the Senior Nutrition program folks.
The tables and centerpieces were decorated, and one can be seen below in the second set of photos.Here I am in my Pumpkins in Love sweatshirt. Note my hat (actually John’s rain hat I gave him), and Evelyn’s cute little hat atop her head. My necklace has a few lights that turn on. I removed the blinking option (gotten on the first 2 switch clicks).
We had a special request from the Senior Nutrition Lunch table for I’ll Fly Away, and then at the end for Amazing Grace. In between we did all sorts of different songs in our normal weekly folder.
I took my salad and added to it a cup of fruit cocktail mixed with yogurt, given to the Sr. Nutrition table. I also brought home a big pumpkin cookie to share with John for our dessert tonight. They had tables all decorated and we had great fun with the folks there.

Afterwards, I went to the Activity Center (Senior Center) for our SAIL exercise class. These were on my camera, the others above were taken on a “client’s” Smartphone and emailed to me. Left is at Food Bank, taken with a flash (behind the table centerpiece), and right is at the AAC (Sr. Center) after my SAIL exercise class. The pumpkin weighed 127#. Members could guess the weight to win it.

I came home to cut John’s hair. It didn’t take me as long this time because we didn’t wait as long between haircuts; I think I did it in 24 minutes, and without leaving cowlicks.

I’ll end the day with my friend’s Halloween costumes, which truly supersede mine. First, the 5-yr olds, Ladybug Haley with her butterfly friend, Carly, and then a night costume for downtown, Ghost Haley. Their kindergarten allowed no masks, (hence the left photo costumes).

Following are two other friends – Sonja Willitts (known since 1977 in Idaho) now in S. Lake Tahoe, CA and the Ghoulish hand art on Amy Davison’s face (the mom of our friendly ghost, Haley). Amy is our band’s flute player, fiddler, penny whistle, and miniature washboard contributor. Quite the talented gal and also an artist, & baker, who does weddings, parties, and other special events.Sonja Willitts and Amy Davison in Halloween dress.

Thursday, Nov 1

John was up early in the rain to feed the animals, open the gate, and drive to White Heron for bottling (Red Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot). He carried along some Jarlsberg cheese to share with at the tasting after the bottling crew finished their work for the morning. Others brought apple-chunk infused sausage for the grill, salad, soft cheese, and crackers. They drink a bit of the wine they worked with, and John brought 3 bottles home. He and I got home about the same time ~ 4:00 p.m.

I worked on cleaning dishes we keep dirtying, and shooing away the Collared Doves and Magpies. Once in the kitchen I slammed the window (I often do) to scare them, and ended up starting John’s “sleeping” computer. On my way to the front door to slam it to get rid of them, I “slept” his computer again.

I’m getting ready to leave in an hour to go in to the Rehab to play music with 9 others. Ended up being only 8, because one had a migraine and didn’t make it. My early morning call-in for the chair count was met with a strange response. I finally called again after leaving a message on voicemail for the Activity Director, to ask for the Assistant Activity Director I have known since I was a patient there. She told me the Activity Director was not there today; why the original operator put me through to voice mail is unknown. Carol took care of setting us up and having the dining tables removed and enough chairs available. I arrived early to help.

I rushed home to turn around and go back to town with John for a 6:00 p.m. meeting at the Kittitas County Historical Museum, and a presentation from our neighbor, Allen Aronica, about his Native American family background in our valley. Here is the flyer for tonight.I videotaped his presentation. I videoed it but my first battery ran out of power at the end of a little over an hour. I replaced it and lost a couple minutes of interesting follow-up on one of the family cemetery stories.

Allen Aronica, November 1, 2018 The Kittitas People (main talk)

Allen Aronica, when battery was dying, just 2 mins

Allen Aronica, Comments and Questions after his Presentation

Here is a link to the Schedule and home page of the Kittitas County Historical Museum, so you can check for next year’s 10 planned lectures.

Kittitas County Historical Museum Description

I am currently working on an email list to send to Kittitas County Historical Museum folks that I know were there that night, or might be interested in seeing Allen’s presentation. I have not yet sent anything.

After his talk, we picked up two crispy chicken sandwiches at Burger King, not getting home to eat until after 8:00. Actually, I didn’t look at the time.
John went to bed at 10:35 and I’m not far behind.

Friday, Nov 2

We plan to sort apples in the morning to take to the Kittitas Neighborhood Pantry at by 1:00 p.m. We did and went. We did not weigh them in, but we figured it was > 50 pounds.
They had us go through for a few things – some mushrooms, a yellow pepper, a couple of pears, two desserts (brownies frosted with cream cheese frosting & 4 eclairs), two little packages of cat treats, and two cans of peaches. From there we went around to the clothing bank to deliver some Honeycrisp apples to the volunteer workers. While there, I picked out a pair of white corduroy slacks for me I’m wearing tomorrow night with my black WTA emblem shirt, and a pair of brown corduroy slacks size 8 for my banjo playing friend (see her photo above on Wednesday).

Saturday, Nov 3

We need to make an early trip to town to Super 1 for a special sale {8 am to 8 pm} of baking items. Because of limits, we’ll take two carts. We made quite a haul. Four dozen eggs at 88₵/carton; 4 cake mixes and 4 Fudge brownie mixes at 68₵ each, 4 brown sugar (light & dark) packages at 88₵ each, 3 White Bleached Floor at $2.38 each, 4 Butter package @ $2.48 each, and 3 Boneless Bottom Round Roasts for $2.98/lb.

Early afternoon we will take off for the annual WA Trails Assoc. (WTA) Volunteer appreciation event & awards for various trail maintenance workers. It is being held in a different location, north of the city, at the Mountaineers Program Center. We still had to deal with Seattle traffic, a bit more than most Saturday afternoons because of a university football game.

We had an unpleasant rainy trip over the pass (better than snow, however, which would have kept us home). We left just before 3:00 p.m. and arrived about 5:30 p.m. John drove my Subaru to North Bend, WA, where we paused and changed drivers. I drove the rest of the way with John as my navigator co-pilot. We make a good driving team, from 53 years together, beginning with driving my ’35 Ford that I drove to Cincinnati, OH, where we met in graduate school.

On the trip home, I drove the entire way, in about 2 hours, 10 minutes. It was tough driving and wore my arms out holding the steering wheel tightly because of standing water on I-90. I was very tired and sore before getting home, but we made it safely about 10:30 p.m. We were able to enjoy some butter pecan ice cream on a cream cheese frosted brownie. We did not stay for a piece of cake at the WTA dinner.

I spent a lot of time backing up on an external disk drive all the movies I have taken over the last year on my little Exilim camera, and charged both batteries, so John can put it on his belt to hike on the field trip tomorrow.

At the WTA party, I had my Nikon camera along and videotaped many of the award presentations and a few other tidbits. The disadvantage to using it, is the bandwidth increases dramatically to upload the video to YouTube. So, 4 minutes of movie costs 2.5 hours of upload time. Such is life.

Even though I was very tired, I still stayed up until after 1:00 a.m. (non-daylight saving time).

Sunday, I will work on uploading the videos, but will cover some of them here, because they occurred tonight. I still haven’t downloaded all I took from my camera because I need to free up some space on my computer. It’s reaching its capacity.

WTA Preliminary Statistics for 2018 Trail Volunteer work, presented by Jen Gradisher.

Title slide (only estimates through October, more figures arriving) showed ~150,000 volunteer hours of work on 254 trails, by ~4,500 Volunteers.Trail Programs Director, Jen Gradisher

WTA Trail Volunteer Statistics

I’m using John as my model for when all of the ACLs were asked to stand. We were on the front row, so John is turning to face his many “Orange Hat” colleagues.

Hats off to ACLs 2018
presented by Zach McBride, Puget Sound Field Manager

Crosscut Saw Award, presented by Tim Van Beek, Volunteer Vacation manager (‘week longs’) to the only one present tonight, Jim Langdon. This is WTA’s best award [a 2″ slab of Ponderosa Pine with an engraved segment of a crosscut saw], for reaching >500 days working with WTA trail crews. John will likely never reach that, but he did make it to >300 this year and will get a label to put on his orange hard hat. He has completed all the previous milestones receiving nice award gifts, in addition to making good friends along the way.

Top WTA Volunteer Award – Crosscut Saw Award

Sunday, Nov 4

John left for Nick Zentner’s Field Trip to the Mattawa Ash Fall Tuff, to be there soon after 10:00 a.m. to get a seat in the lead CWU Van with Nick and Karl. He succeeded. The trip visited 3 sites where volcanic ash fell about 11.8 Million years ago. The source was southwestern now-Idaho, where the Yellowstone hot spot was then located.Left was taken on the field trip; John in brown jacket walking up the one mile trek with others; Right was taken on Nick’s spring reconnaissance trip, better than with the blowing dust of Sunday.

I stayed home because of the 30-minute plus uphill hike I am not able to do. We both realize that. I cleaned off my camera memory for John to make videos of Nick’s talks, and he took his own camera for still photos along the trip.

It’s getting dark at 4:33 p.m. John had called from Mattawa, at 4:14 that they’re on their way home. I imagine it will be very dark before he arrives. He was standing in an orchard waiting for the leaders to return to the van. He got home about 5:30 p.m.

I don’t have enough space left on my C drive to transcribe the videos I took last night, let alone what John took today, so all those will have to wait.

We first have to leave in the morning for me to get an Echocardiogram. And, John will go to Costco, fill my car with gasoline, and buy a few groceries and anything else that looks interesting.

This won’t be published until late on Monday. I’ll save Monday to start week 2 with for November.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Orange and other colors

Monday, Oct 22

We had a lot on our plate today. We’d finished the blog last night at 11:00 p.m., but then added a link after it had been published.

This morning we had to get ready to leave for the day, but first, John had to meet our farrier in the driveway to hold our horse, Myst, for her feet trimming. They were done in time for us to take off for town after 11:00 a.m. to pick up a friend (Kristin Ashley) in Ellensburg, and drive to Cle Elum. The haze was really bad because of a high pressure system hanging over our region until Tuesday, and no winds predicted to carry it away.
Kristin works at the nearby Wild Horse Wind energy site, and gives tours. She says when there is no wind, people ask more questions.
The drive to Cle Elum on I-90 usually is picturesque, featuring Mt. Stuart (as I have shown previously in this blog), but today, it was totally grayed out in the haze.

We got to town, picked up Kristin, and our first stop was at the KVH Clinic for John’s and my Pneumonia (PPV-23) vaccines. There was a slight delay in signing in and getting a nurse to provide the shots, but it allowed us a little time to visit before leaving Kristin in the waiting room. We were happy to be met by Triage nurse, Lacey, who often calls me with my blood test reports every month. I had never met her in person. We left and drove to the other end of the small town to go to the Cottage Café. We had $20 off our meals there from our Anniv. in July and my birthday in Sept. We had already used John’s January coupon. Nice thing about that restaurant is you can use your birthday or anniv gift anytime during the year, not just in the month your birthday or anniv falls, as is the case with The Palace in Ellensburg.

Our trip home we took by way of Lambert Rd, the Teanaway River, Taylor Bridge Rd, Hwy 10, with views of the Yakima River and geological features.

My Photos Link to our Fall Colors Trip

Tuesday, Oct 23

I decided to get up early and begin planning for this week and the next two, that I have put off. I also decided against going to town today. I hope I don’t win a big (or little) prize at Bi-Mart. You have to be present to win on Tuesdays.

I have accomplished several things for Friday’s luncheon, but still have a bunch to do (wash and dry apples to take for eating and for giveaway). John took me out to sort what I wanted. He and Annie are back out tending to other things in the yard and barn, while there is still daylight.

We had a good brunch to tide us over. I managed to order some meds for John, make some phone calls, and do a bunch of organizing emails, charge my FitBit, count out some of the utensils and plates needed for Friday’s luncheon. I got some more stuff from the car to add to the mix (cups and decorated plates), but still have to make Crystal Light Lemonade to serve as the beverage. John fixed the labels on the 2-liter cola bottles to indicate the contents.

I’m now taking a break to write the AAC people in charge about the upcoming Nov 9 Veterans’ Day celebration planning.

Continued working the rest of the afternoon and evening in the house, and John outside on numerous projects. One thing he did was cart old dried cottonwood cut to fireplace size to the road with a big FREE sign. Someone stopped and took some, so he replenished the stack a couple days later. We have plenty of Ponderosa pine, if we need to fuel our wood stove.

Wednesday, Oct 24

Today was a normal Wednesday: get my salad ready for taking to the Food Bank, where I play music with others, and stay after for the meal. While there I greet the Senior Nutrition table (mostly filled with people I know by name at the Senior Center). They love our music and always sing along (from the opposite end of the building). A couple of them also follow from there to participate at the AAC in the SAIL exercise class. Several of the musicians also have joined the Senior Nutrition program and we have to sign in with our electronic card for ID. The gov’t provides this service, helping cover some of the costs of nutritious food, and oddly enough, age or income is not a factor. Ironically, the original pot of money funding this was provided by the Tobacco companies. I also carried in several pair of slacks to give to Evelyn to try on, from the smallest ones given to me (down to size 8).
From there on to SAIL exercise class and then home to tackle things needed completed for Thursday and Friday. I did run by a couple of places with deliveries and to pick up my medications.

Thursday, Oct 25

Slept in until 8:00 a.m. Awoke to a message my dessert baker is ill and cannot make dessert for tomorrow’s luncheon. I called and talked to my friend Pennie at the Super 1 Bakery, and she has set aside in their cooler, a cheesecake sliced into 16 pieces with toppings of plain, caramel, chocolate, strawberry, and orange. I’ll stop by to retrieve today after I finish our music at Hearthstone, and while there, I’ll pick up two medications for John. Then John and I will turn around and go back to town for an Ice Age Floods chapter lecture about the Manastash Anticline (rock layers bend up). This one is in Juniata County, Pennsylvania; Route 322.I will videotape it. My camera is all charged up and ready to roll.

First, my report of our music at Hearthstone. We were short a couple who were sick, but had a good bunch there and did a fine job.
Dean Allen (our harmonica player & singer) brought his little brown jug and told the story behind it, right before we sang the song, “Little Brown Jug.” It’s a quite old bottle (maybe to the 1850s), originally with “stomach bitters” in it. The old label is still almost intact. Dean has written up his story on how he acquired it, but I will save that for next week, and just add a teaser of photo of parts, now.Top of label is on left and middle of label is on right.Raised letters on the glass bottle and a handwritten note about Dean Allen’s first haircut, 75 yrs ago, taped to the bottom of the bottle. More of his story to be continued …

We went by Burger King for a special offer on two Crispy chicken sandwiches, and I got nervous waiting forever for them to deep fry the chicken. I returned to the car and told John I wondered if they had to go out back and butcher the chicken before fixing. I had waited ~ 15 minutes! Hence, we were late getting to our normal front row seats, but kindly the people there ahead of us all shifted over to allow us to be on the end in front of the screen to which the speaker planned to point. The 6 folks only had to move one seat to their left.

The speaker was Harvey Kelsey, Research Associate in Geology at Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. His topic was the Manastash Anticline (which forms the south side of our Kittitas Valley).

The full title of his talk is: The story of a Yakima fold — the Manastash anticline — and how it informs backarc deformation in the Cascadia subduction zone over the past 15 million years

His abstract goes into more detail, and more detail in the video:

The Yakima folds of central Washington are prominent anticlines that are the primary tectonic features of the backarc of the northern Cascadia subduction zone. What accounts for their topographic expression and how much strain do they accommodate and over what time period? We investigate Manastash anticline, a north-vergent fault propagation fold typical of structures in the fold province. From analysis of cross sections, the crust has horizontally shortened by 11% (0.8-0.9 km). The fold, and by inference all other folds in the fold province, formed no earlier than 15.6 million years ago as they developed on a landscape that was reset to negligible relief following voluminous outpouring of Grande Ronde Basalt. Deformation is accommodated on two fault sets including west-northwest-striking frontal thrust faults and shorter north- to northeast-striking faults. The frontal thrust fault system is active with late Quaternary scarps at the base of the range front. The fault-cored Manastash anticline terminates to the east at the Naneum anticline and fault; activity on the north-trending Naneum structures predates emplacement of the Grande Ronde Basalt. The west-trending Yakima folds and west-striking thrust faults, the shorter north to northeast striking faults, and the Naneum fault together define the deformational framework in the backarc of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

My video follows – please, realize it is “unlisted” and not publicly shared on YouTube. You must have the link to reach it.

IAF Ellensburg Chapter-Harvey Kelsey, Manastash Anticline

The Apple Corer-Slicer arrived in our mailbox and John brought it to the house. Our mail mostly comes between 3 and 5 PM – this was near the end of that. Talk about cutting it short. We cleaned it and took it along to the luncheon on Friday.

Friday, Oct 26

I worked on packing the stuff I need to take tomorrow to the luncheon. John fixed the apples to carry along. He’ll help me in with all my stuff: two boxes of apples, brown lunch bags to take away 3+ apples each (Honeycrisp & Gala), a box with cheesecake, two 2-liter bottles of Crystal Light, plates, utensils, apple corer/slicer, plastic ware, container of Cheez-its, serving things, and more. I carried a bag full of the lighter of stuff. Luckily, we did it in one trip with my trusty old pull luggage carrier to stack upon, and having the parking lot just behind Bouillon. The elevator dumped us out just one door away from where we were headed.

Here are pictures, including of a gift we received from Bobbi Broderius’ family. They used one of our timeshares to exchange from our PNW ownership to one in Kauai, HI. Bobbi, Nancy, Amy – Table setup for Scholarship Luncheon “from both sides now!”

Hand-carved wooden turtle from Kauai, served as guard for Ruth Harrington’s scholarship fund and is seen above at far end of our table.

Amy McCoy’s daughter, Madelyn made us her special corn muffins to complete our dinner. She is a senior in high school. Mom Amy added honey butter, and made the crockpot of chili with all the sides. Thanks to Monica Bruya for bringing the veggies (carrots, celery, orange pepper) – not pictured below, to add to our festive table.Madelyn’s corn muffins, Amy’s chili, onions, sour cream, cheese, missing veggies, Cheez-its®; my corn muffin with honey butter. Desserts/sides: Hot Apple Cider & festive straws (Amy), cored & sliced apples by John, Caramel apple dip (Amy), varied Cheesecake (Nancy & Super 1), Halloween candy corn & decorations (Amy). We found the apple slicer worked best on the smaller apples. With the big ones, seeds and endocarp (?) have to be cut away.

Do you know the history of candy corn?

Candy corn – stacked thusly, it does look like an ear of corn!

Photos from Luncheon Today

John and I had picked the apples from the Eberhart’s Orchard, on 4th Parallel Rd, after the commercial pickers left. We doled out 3+ apples to those there in the little brown paper bags, and we sent the remaining sliced apples with Ruth to her 1:00 p.m. group today. John returned in time for a bowl of the wonderful chili and corn muffin, and then helped me clean up and carry home our stuff. Thanks to Amy for all she did for the day.

Before coming home, we also made an unusual stop (for us) at Fred Meyer to check out their good price (88₵) for a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi if you bought at least 4 or more. We bought 6 of each (Pepsi & Pepsi Zero). While there we bought 8 PowerAdeZero for me at the best price currently in town, 69₵/32 oz. John had seen an ad in the paper for Fred Meyer having Red Baron pizza for $1.99 limit 5. That’s a great price, but it required a digital coupon. Not having a smartphone, we could use (John’s was home), and we were traveling in my car with my cell (not smart), so I asked if we could work out the price somehow. They figured it out and we went away saving $10 on 5 pizzas.

Saturday, Oct 27

I was very tired from this week’s activities. John got up before I did, but I slept in late to recoup.

We had an incredible brunch put on by Chef John. We shared a totally blue-throughout pancake filled with blueberries. It was topped with peaches, and served with two sausage patties; no room on the plate for eggs. This should get us through the day.

I’ve been busy washing dishes, many left over from yesterday’s luncheon fixing and serving.
John and Annie come and go – doing things. The weather is threatening to rain as it gets darker. Soon the cats will be arriving for their evening vittles.

I have spent much time on the computer as well. I have finalized the send of the Earth Science Weekly to 100 people of what Mark Francek (Geographer extraordinaire) sends every week. This week’s version came at 5:04 a.m. this morning. I was asleep.

Much of my time today was spent finalizing two recently taken videos to distribute to those interested.

I just looked out and saw two cats, so I added some hard food to their bowls. When I went out, I heard John mowing at the end of the driveway. Now as I was adjusting the drying of the dishes, I heard him coming down the drive on the riding lawnmower. He says he ran out earlier and had walked back for gasoline, but while here, he raked walnut tree leaves. He’s tired of that. Some years the wind blows them away, but once wet, they make a ground cover that doesn’t move much. They will end up in the garden as fresh organic matter.

I’m now finalizing another video to send out for review. Just got it sent.

Soon, we have to feed the cats their canned food. John is still out tying up loose ends, as the cold and dark season approaches. Sue (yellow cat) just came in the rain, and had some hard food and a few bites of pâté (paste ?) and bits.

I did take some photos today of the wooden turtle from Kauai, HI. We still have yet to find out the type of wood – probably is Monkey Pod wood or maybe Koa. Actually to my eyes, it looks like Myrtle wood, but I don’t know of that being grown in Hawaii. However, there are over 800 varieties of trees grown in Hawaii! Turtle’s underside – flash vs. no flash – to better see, Kauai 2018

Note: if any of our friends wish to utilize one of our RCI timeshares, we space-bank them ahead for 2 years (and they have to be used or are lost). We cannot travel together any more, and stay away for a week. But, we are happy to share a week anywhere in the world for the cost of the exchange fees. Right now that is $400/week for anywhere in the world that one is available and the sooner the better you make the reservation, the better your chances. Please contact us well in advance for exotic places. If you pick a place with a few hours’ drive, I can save you the guest certificate fee by driving along with you and checking in, spend a night, or two, and return home. Please do not hesitate to ask. I used to use them to go to Geography conferences and would stay the week in neat places, sharing with friends. Once we had 6 people in a unit in South Lake Tahoe. Other places I went included St. Augustine, FL, Honolulu, HI, San Francisco, CA, and Whistler BC, Canada.

Sunday, Oct 28

I was still tired from the past couple of week’s activities, so after going to bed late and listening to the rain all night, I slept in. Started working on the blog and photos to get ready.

John went out for morning chores before it started raining, and returned to fix an incredible mix of things for our noon brunch. I’m calling this the Naneum Fan Special, and I had to take a photo of my plate to share:Naneum Fan Special by John: Two eggs over easy topped with white cheddar, hash browns, sausage patty, our own strawberries are hiding half a pancake, stuffed with chopped pecans.

Before the rain today, John got rid of the rain from yesterday and last night, by starting the siphoning of water from barrels on our front porch. House is not designed well. There is a roof-valley that dumps right at the front door. There are no rain gutters, and if there were, they would likely ice over in winter. Heating tape up there and in gutters might work. Might?

Sun came out and John thought he could go out for activities, but at 2:00 it is raining again, but the sun is still shining, so somewhere in the valley there is a rainbow. We can’t see much from the house.

Minus a rainbow, I will tell you a nice saving a reptile story from my friend, Elise, in New Jersey. She’s always sending me wonderful close-up photos of wildlife, flowers, insects, and landscapes from her trips to a nearby park. This just came through ½ hour ago.

I saved a copperhead today!  He was on the side of the road, leaving the park, but this road is narrow, so when 2 cars pass, you have to move all the way over, which would have killed him.
He was big, about 2.5 feet +/-.  Someone pulled over, got out (I guess to see if I needed help) and told me, “Ya know that’s a copperhead right?  He’s a big one”.  I said yeah, I know, but he still does not deserve to die; I am just trying to get him off the road…with a really long stick!  He was so sluggish because it was 49 degrees.  He tried to strike but in more of a leave me alone kind of thing. 
So I found a really long, like 6-7′ stick and left some branches on it to block him.  I got him on the stick and in the brush (it was about a foot embankment for him so he probably would not have made it).  I do hope he gets to a warm place.  It’s not that I like venomous snakes, but still…I do like reptiles, though.

For supper: Onions from the garden as beer-battered rings, baked chicken, and Butternut squash.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

19.45% of 2018 – left

The year is near being used up — get busy.

Monday, Oct 15

To cheer up this post, I will start with two lovely photos from my longtime friend, Nancy J (Maude Buszek, photographer) with two photos she drove from Michigan 3 hours southwest of her home to take photos at an historical farm in Shipshewana, IN.

This is from Amish country, the 3rd largest concentration in the USA. Two of Maude’s farm views – Buttermilk clouds and a disk harrow.
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Our day in WA started very early by publishing the previous week’s blog at 12:12 a.m. We both slept in later than usual.

The morning was filled with normal chores and new ones. One thing I had to do was load my medicines for the week, when I realized I was running low on one. I had already planned to go pick up two I ordered last week. I was surprised to have the new request waiting for me when I went in after calling the same day.

Today, apple sorting is first on the agenda, when it warms up a little. John drove his car up to our front gate, so I had access to the landline as I was expecting a call that actually never came through. While we were sorting into boxes to give to the Senior Center (AAC), our neighbor Louaine, Roberta B, and Amy, we got a phone call from Mary Ann M. thanking us for the apples we took her on Saturday, saying she had shared them and everyone was thrilled. We had offered to bring her more, especially because her granddaughter likes to make applesauce and dehydrate them. She was letting us know she would love to have some more for another friend. So, we added two more boxes for her.

We left for town, dropping off a box with our neighbor, and then on to the AAC to give them a large box with 3 different kinds, mostly Honeycrisp, which we had not taken previously. We retrieved all 3 empty boxes today. I stayed for SAIL exercise and John read news using the WiFi. Meanwhile, they repacked the apples in small brown bags – one of our ill-thought purchases at Costco. On the way out in the parking lot, we gave a box to Roberta. This coming Saturday, John will be going to her backyard to retrieve English walnuts she has collected. He will take our own containers so we don’t have to return hers.

We had to go by the pharmacy to get two of my prescriptions, and while there, John picked up a few other groceries we needed. We drove on to Mary Ann’s house, dropped off apples, and on to fill his gas tank. Luckily, we found the least expensive in town at Circle K for $3.36; the 7-11s were both up to $3.50 & 3.54! John talked to the man filling their pumps, asking where the gasoline originated. He said it was sent by pipeline from Billings, MT to Moses Lake (50 miles east), where he had picked it up.

Add the ending stop by Amy’s to deliver apples and go north of town to drop off WSJs to a gal that works at airport storage and is a business student who appreciates receiving them.

Lindsey Babcock of the Bureau of Land Management called at 1:17, 10/15/18 while we were gone, left a number to return her call, in Spokane, but it was after her work hours when we returned, as they close at 4:00 p.m. She wanted to interview John about a trail maintenance WTA trip he was on recently at Fish Trap Lake (9/29). I spent a bunch of time searching for a connection by email and finally found one. She is the District Manager at the Spokane Office of BLM. I managed to get a message forwarded to her to call us in the morning after 8:30 a.m. I ended up finding a web link still published on the web which produced a 404 error, so I reported it to the BLM contact who forwarded my email to Lindsey. It was a win-win situation. She was actually in Portland at the main office. I had found the original news release of when Lindsey was hired in WA in 2015.

Two weeks ago in the blog I posted a link to the Yakima Herald article about one of John’s trips to maintain trails. I also shared it on my Facebook page, and it was commented on by several students, from our past, but the most interesting was from a young woman who knew both John and me as her teachers. She now lives in Leavenworth. I might have mentioned this previously, and that she wrote back her interest in hiking. So, next year, John will coordinate to stop and take her along – if the timing works. Meanwhile, another friend who works for WTA as a crew leader, also lives in Leavenworth, so we have introduced them.

Tuesday, Oct 16

I’m not going to town today, but will stay home to get well.

This morning started off with a 7:52 a.m. telemarketer call from Jacksonville, FL (EST – we are 3 hours earlier in PST). It just rang once and hung up.

Last month, our music group was forced to sit in a weird arrangement and we had issues with hearing and timing. Terri (the activities director at Pacifica Senior Living) where we play this week, presented the dilemma about our music group’s positioning to the Executive Director about the need to move the two heavy tables we are not allowed to touch. She asked for my emails to be forwarded to her (I offered that option to Terri on Sunday). They promised to fix this. Their staff will be moving two heavy granite-topped tables so we can set up in front of the piano.

I ordered the Chevy (1980) truck’s license sticker, but it had expired so I had to pay for it and speed up the delivery by picking it up at the courthouse. I’m not quite sure why that is required.

Wednesday, Oct 17

John left at 5:45 a.m. for Soaring Eagle, a King County Park, 17 miles east of Seattle. He took Gala apples (some washed for the crew) and a separate box for LeeAnne, the crew leader. She got a Butternut squash too, ’cause she cooks.

I put out dry food for the outside cats. When John went out with Annie (in the dark) to open the gate and start his car, he passed Czar, eating near the front door; the companion cat he is, he walked all the way up the long driveway with them in the dark for John to open the gate and he came back with them to the front door. That activity always amuses us.
I took another dose of Tussin Dm because of congestion, and went back to bed until 8:30.

I had previously decided I would skip SAIL exercise today, but this morning, I decided I would not go to the FISH Food Bank for noon music either. John left me some egg omelet and sausage that he took from the freezer. If I had gone to play, I eat there.

I called the doctor’s office in Cle Elum to confirm plans for when we could go in for our Pneumonia shots (PPV-23) when nurses were available (best times are before 11:30 or after 1:30), so we have to figure our timing around that for combining with the need to go with our friend to the Cottage Café on Monday.
I didn’t call until 3:30, and reached her.
Worked on dishes, emails, and charging batteries and phone, and John called to say when he was leaving and would be home.

He was within 3 minutes of the time expected (5:00). Except for the 2 ends, the trip is all on I-90. Unless there is an accident, the timing is easy to calculate.
His trip to the trail work was good, but a bit chilly at the start. No hills. The park (Soaring Eagle) is on a large pile of glacial material left 13,000 years ago when the ice melted.

Thursday, Oct 18

Slept in until almost 9:00 a.m.
I set up the email list for contact with the Scholarship luncheon (new group this year), for putting out an announcement Monday for our Friday hosting event (Amy McCoy & me). I completed that chore, so Monday’s job is ½ done. Now to write the memo to go to the group members. Oh! I have to select apples and make 2 jugs of drink, plus pick up a dessert my friend Amy is making for me to take.

We played at Pacifica today. I requested of Terri, 11 chairs. It went well with the new set up. The staff had moved the tables and cleared a lot of room for us. It’s probably the best it has ever been, except we miss the old Classic Coca-Cola chairs they disposed of when they did away with their old soda fountain memorabilia room. I’m sure that is the worst remodeling decision by the new management they could ever make.

As soon as I could get away, I drove to the AAC with a hand full of brown paper lunch bag size bags, for them to use for putting in produce people donate and bring in to give to the members. That’s how our donated apples we picked across the valley, and before that our plums, and other produce were distributed. Pre-bagging makes things simpler for the staff.

On the way back I went by the Courthouse for the truck license tab with my receipt from paying on line yesterday. It was an easy transfer without a very long wait. I found 27₵ in the parking lot when I got out of my car. One of the pennies was bright and new looking, so there was a little girl coming to get in the car next to me, and I handed it to her, with good wishes. It is a thing I learned long ago as a kid—that if you found a penny it was good luck, and if you gave it away, it took luck with it to the recipient as well. It does make people smile, and that’s good.

From there I drove to Briarwood to take 8 large apples to Lee Kiesel – ½ were Jonagolds and ½ were Honeycrisp. She is going to use them to fix something special for serving Saturday at the meal they fix for us following our playing music. Only five of us can be there to play (small number). She plans to make cabbage & Tortellini soup (see the write-up on Saturday for the rest of the story), and there will be other food. They put on quite a spread every month on the 3rd Saturday.

I delivered the plums (dried) and packaged that I bought at Costco for my friend Gloria. She and her sister met me downstairs at Hearthstone with money and I gave them change and the goods.

We went back to town for the Kittitas Audubon general meeting to a very nice presentation: Ken Bevis: Forest Wildlife, Stewardship – Plus a Few Songs.

It was a fabulous performance tonight.  I videotaped it and will share (after I get permission), with a few friends and also with people from Kittitas Audubon (KAS) I have emails for (and here eventually as well).
Okay, got it: so here is the link . . . {If it does not start at the beginning, pull the slider back so it does. }

The fellow is a kick: a musician, a scientist, and bird lover.  I bought a CD from him of songs he has written and recorded.  It is worth the $. He was singing alone tonight, and none of those songs are on the CD. It has much more involved songs, and with other instruments, and singers, although he is still the lead guitarist and singer. He sang songs tonight with his talk about Bears, Bull Trout, Hummingbirds, and other critters.  Ken is an entertainer, talented, and presented a good talk about forest health, wildlife, and trees.  His style is unique and enjoyable; you’ll see in the video what I mean. He definitely keeps one’s attention.

John and I didn’t get home until 9:00 p.m. and we hadn’t had supper or fed the cats.  I managed to feed two cats but the other two must have filled up on dry food and left for their favorite sleeping place (wherever that might be).  Actually another showed up to eat the rest of the food left on the one plate. I fixed myself a nice salad, and John had a baked potato, leftover chicken (an already baked thigh), and some of my Cheez-its I use as croutons.

Friday, Oct 19

We both slept in this morning, but I stayed lying down longer than John. Early, I did take care of feeding hard pellets to the outside cats.

I got dressed to go to Kittitas. I went by way of Thomas Rd to Fairview, and there was a loose black cow on the side of the road. I always call 911 to report such a sighting, and they are grateful, sending out some deputies to find and notify the owner. I know the owner on the south side, but not on the north. Our horses have been out on the road once, were reported, and I have spoken with deputies about ours previously. It’s a nice gesture for law enforcement to be so supportive of the open range area.

My trip was to take two boxes of apples John packed into the back of my car, to the Kittitas Neighborhood Pantry. There I got carrying help from a client. They weighed in at 61# total (a box of Galas @ 39# (actually a smaller apple) and a smaller box of larger Honeycrisp apples at 22#. They were very much appreciated and we were asked to bring more back next week. So we will.

I’m also going to take some already washed to give at least two to all dozen people at Ruth Harrington’s Scholarship luncheon which I’m co-hosting on Friday.

While there, I went around the back to the clothing bank and found two pair of slacks in my new size. One is a purplish red cotton, and the other is a light tan pair of light corduroy; both are rather neat. While there, I donated some time helping sort the jeans and slacks into the proper size stacks. They become mixed up and disheveled incredibly fast. I moved one size 22 from the 16s, and an 8 from the 22s. The 14s had several different sizes mixed in as well. I never tackled any other stacks, because I had to get home. Two ladies volunteering were happy for the help and they could use more.

On my way home I went from Fairview to Rader, to the corner where the large Lavender farm is. She has requested on the Buy Nothing East Ellensburg site before that she needs packing materials so I always share ours from Amazon. This was a large load of air-filled bags that was big enough for a white garbage bag. I had removed them from the large box I used a week ago to take the CPAP machine and all my supplies to loan to Suzy West.

Tomorrow I’m taking some slacks to Briarwood to share in their laundry room giveaway shelves (after I offer the people there for our music to check and take out any to try on). If some go unclaimed, I’ll pick them up and carry them to Kittitas.
Currently, they have more than will fit on their shelves in Kittitas.

Saturday, Oct 20

John plans to go to town this morning with plastic bottles and glass to recycle and tubs and buckets to hold walnuts. They are in the lady’s containers now, but John doesn’t want to have to go back again. He also bought some gasoline without ethanol and additives to use in our yard/garden equipment. I forgot to say one of his chores the day before was mowing the grass on either side of our fence along the county road. That helps to reduce fuel for fire started by passing vehicles, and it makes the approach to our place look better.

The purloined walnuts have messy black husks from a bad case of Walnut Husk Fly. { LINK; with photos – Yuk! }
We have managed to keep ours somewhat under control by cleaning them up quickly – even taking walnuts off the trees before they would naturally fall. The link suggest how to do more, so next year that will happen. The husks are get messy and black but that doesn’t damage the nut. John has about half of them cleaned (about ½ bushel) and doused the remainder with bleach infused water.

I drove to town to play music, visit, and partake of the Briarwood buffet.
It was an interesting afternoon. We only had 5 players there (Maury & Marilyn, Gerald, Me, & Dean), but a full house of wonderful singers to be our chorus. We even sang Happy Birthday to Katie and Betty there, for Amy’s yesterday, and Lee pointed out that we didn’t remember to sing for me last month, so I was also included. Afterwards, they served us a delicious feast. None of us will need to eat any supper tonight. The main course was very hot soup made by Lee Kiesel (in photo with me below). Ingredients included Italian sausage, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, with Tortellini. We had rolls with butter on the side to have with the soup. Everyone there agreed it was Lee’s best soup ever, and she said it is even her favorite. She was sorry that Roberta Clark wasn’t able to be there, because she had apparently told her she wanted to taste her version of that soup. I don’t know those details, but I will give Roberta the message.

They had their normal large dessert table in the place where they usually have salads, except you’ll see the Honeycrisp apples with the special dip were placed on that table.  In addition, at the end, we were served a hot crockpot Cherry Crisp topped with a lot of vanilla ice cream, and with our meal a cup of hot apple cider also in a crockpot. You can see why I called it a food fest!
They always decorate with a seasonal theme (on the wall, the plates, napkins, and tables). It’s a class act, and we certainly appreciate their efforts.

Dean brought his little brown jug and told the story behind it – a very, very old bottle, originally with Stomach Bitters in it.  The old label is still almost intact. I missed getting a photo of it and will have to remember next Thursday to take my camera and add it to next week’s blog, along with the entire story about where and how he acquired it. I’m sure he will continue bringing it through November, while we are still including the song, Little Brown Jug.

Here are a few captures of the day:Maury, my plate, Marilyn, & Gerald, other residents waiting to eat.
Desserts with Honeycrisp apples and Jo Ellen serving Cherry Crisp with ice cream.End of crockpot cherry crisp, served with ice cream and hot cider with our whole meal

At the end, a resident, Aaron took our photo:A little out of focus, but it is touchy to go only ½ down to focus on my camera and then follow through. I often mess it up myself. This shows me with Lee Kiesel, who was the one who made the wonderful soup and cut up the Honeycrisp apples I took her, made a fabulous dip (cream cheese, with puffed marshmallow crème, & pineapple juice). She and I enjoyed eating more apples and dip than anyone there. Beforehand, we were talking about my pants matching her shirt, and now that I see this photo, I realize she is a little shorter than I, and the pants were too short on me, so I have put them in a bag to take her. She wears the same size. I have another pair of slacks that match the green, but I think her pants match the pink in the shirt better. How funny. I do have a pair of “pink” pants, so I will not have to take hers.

Sunday, Oct 21

We are having sunny fall days. John has been outside removing a few rocks and old firewood of Cottonwood and Poplar. He made a “free” sign and piled some of the wood near the road. His sign is on an old plastic sled and he used funny spelling and spacing. The sign is odd and so is he.

I have been inside all day working on various projects, including this blog, listening to my new CD from Thursday night, processing the video, photos from recent takes, washing dishes, cutting produce to freeze, and other non-exciting things.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Picking and Grinning

John wrote a two-part follow-up to the Liberty Lake Bridge Project from the last couple of weeks. It’s a nice pictorial educational discussion.

The specific entry links are below for the future, or just scroll down from this week’s blog post:

(1) Cedar Grove — Part One

(2) PART TWO: CGB Project
Yep, John wasn’t consistent in naming the parts, a few days apart.

Monday, Oct 8

We started by visiting the foot doctor for both our toe nail clips we get periodically, funded by Medicare. Next one is in January, so that will cost us because of the roll-over of deductibles that restart the beginning of the year. Today was covered.
From there, we went to the senior center to use their Wi-Fi to download some updates to John’s “Smart” phone, which requires a Wi-Fi access. John’s phone was initially set-up there so as we walked in, it immediately connected. Our home Wi-Fi is not connected to the outside world.

While we waited for Katrina to get done with a meeting, I asked John to take my picture in another “new” outfit. Here I am:What’s behind my head; my new plum pants; the Swan gourd.

It took 10 minutes but we got it done, and something else was updated as well. We each had a computer in the AAC’s computer room, while we waited. John was able to check on the progress of the hurricane over western Cuba, headed to the panhandle of Florida. I was able to manage some emails on several accounts. We left for lunch and returned for me to attend my SAIL exercise class. John had taken along my birthday present book on WA Geology, so he had a good read while I had a good session. We stopped by Super 1 on the way home. It was raining nicely for the rest of the afternoon.

Continued all night and filled our barrel out front, under the roof’s valley.
The next morning, I took a photo of the clever barrel setup John engineered from free barrels given to us on the Buy Nothing Facebook site. First picture is John’s start of the water flowing for the demo, which had operated through the night from roof runoff.The video that follows demonstrates the cleverness at work of “engineer” John, reforming these plastic barrels given to us in damaged condition. The short white one had to be cut off to be useful. The taller one is bottom up, with the bottom cut out.

Barrels Capturing Roof Runoff at our Front Door

Connection from our past with a student from the 1990s at CWU.

In last week’s blog, I shared two newspaper stories about the day John went to the woods to assist with WTA trail building near Roslyn, only 35 miles from our home. I shared on Facebook the first story from the Yakima Herald, and got a couple of comments. The most interesting was from a student from the 1990s at CWU, who knew both John and me. We knew her by one name and she now goes by a different first name and her last name is her married name. She is interested in hiking and will be interested in working with John in future projects when he goes through Leavenworth (where she lives) on his way to WTA projects past Stevens Pass. He can pick her up on his way through and take her to the work site. She wants to give back to help with the trails she so much enjoys using.

Tuesday, Oct 9

John left at 11:30 to pick apples and I left at 11:45 for Costco, but came back by way of Ellensburg. John picked a bunch of Jonagolds and Galas. At the Eberhart Orchard he found lots of apples and a nice view of the Kittitas Valley. Our place is way across, about 12 miles, at the center line of the car.I filled my car with gasoline at only 3.19/gal (in Ellensburg it’s up to 3.35/gal). John has to fill up tomorrow or Tuesday. Oops, just checked the Costco price. It’s up to 3.25/gal. We are usually 10₵ higher up here.

I picked up both our meds, had a sandwich for lunch and brought ½ home to John (Baked Turkey & Provolone). The Wests introduced us to that the last time we were there for lunch with them. Also got some Sunset Plums/Prunes for my friend Gloria.

I took pictures too. The drink is not Coke, rather it’s PowerAdeZero. I took in my insulated bottle holder.My half sandwich, with my bottle of PowerAdeZero – The pointy hill is now called Pushtay. It was changed from a name some thought was derogatory, and the State accepted a change proposed from the Yakama Nation, the Wanapum Indians and U.S. Army. If you want to know more about this one and many more, there’s a book with the subtitle of How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame, by Mark Monmonier (a geographer). LINK

Wednesday, Oct 10

I was up at 6:30 and stayed up because of being worried about so many things I have left to do before Friday. I didn’t get to the main one, but made a dent in all the rest.

I went to FISH Food Bank for noon music and then to SAIL and by Amy’s to drop off some garden/orchard stuff.
John’s going to unload apples and work with his walnut harvest (Carpathians, not black), and not pick apples until tomorrow.

I wore another pair of pants of the new bunch, a navy blue pair by some company with only 3 initials (EHL). [John says: This is one of those companies that bought another via a huge debt, and then filed for bankruptcy a year later {1995}. EHL = Eddie Haggar Ltd.]
With them I added a nice smaller fancy dressy sweatshirt in light blue. I took my camera along to the AAC for SAIL and asked one of our new AmeriCorps folks, Roxanne Laush, to take my picture in the same place I took hers yesterday. Optical illusion. I’m really not smaller than Roxanne, but I wanted more of my outfit in the photo so that’s what I got. This is another new outfit with smaller clothes size, both gifted.

Thursday, Oct 11

Called Roberta’s cell phone requesting 12 chairs for KV F&F playing at Meadows Place. A baker’s dozen actually came to play: Amy, Charlie, Dean, Evie (stands), Gerald, Kevin, Laura, Manord, Marilyn, Maury, Minerva, Nancy, & Sharon.

John and I planned our schedules so he would meet me at the Senior Center after my music. He delivered 2 boxes of apples for the staff to wash and dry. They have clay (white Kaolin) sprayed on for insect control, and where sun is intense, for lessening of sunburn. [Web photo]

I wrapped up my case with the violin to keep it warm. We went in John’s blue car to focus on picking Honeycrisp apples. Some are very large, and some have issues. We got about 15 odd boxes – some wine boxes, but others too.

I came home and spent a lot of time cleaning off the table that housed the CPAP machine so I could get to the parts and the power cord to clean up. Need to sort and pack the other supplies and put all in a box to transfer to Suzy when she comes from west of Yakima, to visit her mom. Mom is now in an assisted living facility in EBRG.

Friday, Oct 12

I talked with Cody at our Cle Elum doctor’s office. She checked on medication conflicts with Robitussin Dm cough syrup, none, so then I called around to find the best price. John is going to town to deliver some apples to a couple people and to go by Bi-Mart for getting the liquid to treat my cough that has gotten worse, plus with added congestion. Bi-Mart was the only place that had the 8-ounce one I wanted, (others only had 4 oz), and theirs was $10.99. If I doubled the 4-ounce price from Rite-Aid, it would have been $14.29; Super 1 would have been $13.96. Bi-Mart wins, and I will get the larger bottle. John got there and realized they had the GoodSense generic version of the same exact cough syrup bottle for 3 bucks, $8 less !! – it’s named Tussin Dm. That is really quite incredible, but it’s doing the job well and I’m grateful to John for looking.

While at Bi-Mart he also bought a bunch of 40-lb. bags of Black Oil Sunflower seeds, at $17.99 each. This is way down from the ones he bought a week or so ago, in the mid-$20s range, at a feed store. Also, Bi-Mart’s normal price on them is $24.00.

While in town, John is dropping off some apples to our friend, Mary Ann Macinko, and we will take more by next week for others of her friends and relatives. He also took a big box by to our new neighbors, who recently moved to Ellensburg. We met the mom and her 3 daughters, but have yet to meet the dad, who was at work.

I stayed home today to get well and go through paperwork. I made a few phone calls, worked on the computer, the dishes, and forgot to make a couple of phone calls I needed to, even after remembering to make several. Guess I needed to make a to-do list to follow today, to keep me on track.

Saturday, Oct 13 . . . . My parents anniv., 1937

I slept in after getting up the first time and putting food out for the cats at 6:30. Once up, I check our joint email and found a note from our friend, Suzy West, that she would be coming up to visit her mom in Hearthstone today, so we await a call this afternoon to go in and meet her after she makes a trip to the parents home (now with one of the kids there) to pick up some stuff.

I’ve been finishing packing up my CPAP machine and all the supplies for her to have to try out and use. I no longer need to use it, because my heart is providing sufficient SpO2 to my blood during sleeping time (the only reason I was put on it).

While working on the “stuff”, I got a call from a gal in my exercise class, and I just put her on speaker phone and kept talking. My cold symptoms are much better after using the cough syrup John got for me yesterday, and I’m still taking it when needed (only once today).

John is busy building a structure in our little once-red barn. It is a raised platform, about 6 feet off the dirt floor. The bags of bird food will go there and not have mice get into them. Is hope a plan? Anyway, it is starting to get near freezing in early morning if the sky is clear. Apples are there now, but will have to be moved into the house or garage soon.

I have fixed my brunch (eggs, sausage, tomato, toast), and John has returned to eat his lunch (re-heated pizza). We await a call from Suzy, that came at 3:30 and I managed to locate John to drive to town. We returned a couple hours later. 

First stop, Super 1 parking lot to turn over the box of CPAP stuff. We gave her about 15 pounds of apples, with 3 different kinds. 
The back of our car when we left for town, had things for several people. Pictured are the apples and the CPAP box full.One apple box went to Wests, other to Mary Ann Macinko, and the right box was the CPAP machine and parts, plus supplies.

After the delivery in the parking lot, we went to Bi-Mart for three more bags of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds and some of my Fisherman Friends cough drops (original strength, menthol).  
Then on to Briarwood to deliver some clothing to a lady and her husband. I have known her brother through music since the 1990s). And, one more stop at the Pacifica Senior Living Apartments on Mountain View, to drop off apples with Mary Ann.  She has many friends and relatives in EBRG, so may take more to her is she unloads these.

Sunday, Oct 14

Day began with emergency events for neighbors and for one of our outside cats, Czar. John took care of opening the gate and feeding the horses, and now is driving our neighbor to KVH to pick up his brother’s van, after the brother drove himself in with a heart attack last night. Brother was carried to Yakima, and is now doing well – we guess – after procedures in the Cardiac catheterization unit. However, yesterday, the well brother’s truck blew its radiator when about 50 miles from here. Problems galore for this family.

On John’s way out, he spoke to one of our outside cats, Woody, and yelled at me to come feed her. When Czar heard his voice, he meowed from behind the door of our shed, where he spent the night (John was in and out of it working yesterday afternoon). I should have realized that, when I didn’t see him this morning. He is always by the front door waiting for his dry food, as early as 6:30. The only one to appear was Sue, and I had fed her as well as the inside/outside cat.

Then we got some brunch and John put the boxes in his car, and we went over to the orchard to pick apples. We started with Honeycrisp, but they were not in the best of condition. Some are quite large – softball size +. We filled half the boxes, and moved uphill to the Galas. We had a great fall day. Now we’re back home and offering some to another neighbor farther up the road. Tomorrow, we will take some to the senior center and to a person who I know from there and from Nick Zentner’s field trips and lectures. She’s the one who will be giving us some English walnuts this coming week.

All cats ate something tonight.

John baked an apple/blueberry pie that now should be cool enough to eat. It’s time.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Woods and Gardens

We will start this week, with a photo depicting the end of a week of work by WTA folks. This was a “build a bridge” project. The “Day 6 Crew” on the new, but not completed bridge.
John has agreed to flesh out the project and post on this coming Wednesday. John was there on 4 of the 6 days.

Monday, Oct 1

Crazy day today for 3 hours when we both when to town for supplies (and to put gasoline in his car). We made two stops before he let me off for my exercise class, where I managed to find the gal with the birthday, last Friday, and gave her the belated card and gift.

After class we went to a few other places, first a carport to look at a box of slacks (size 14) that a woman had offered me. I was reticent taking more than two pair to try on, because I don’t even remember being in a size 14. Once I got home and tried a pair on, I was elated. They fit! Both were still brand-new with price tags attached. One is “plum” color and made by Alfred Dunner and the other is a light green, called Sage Heather, by Donnkenny. Tomorrow I shall return and get more of what I left behind today. For the next stop, we had a tough time finding the bus barn at the high school, but finally found it and left an insulated bag to gift to a woman who drives school bus there. She received it later, and wrote me a thank you note that it would work just fine.

On from there to the vet to pick up Annie’s meds left the last trip there a month ago, (they are no longer needed) and to drive from there on the Reecer Creek connection several miles to get a couple of long-sleeved gifted T-shirts from a former Free Box site member who gave me in June 2017 a bunch of weight-loss materials and cook books. I was able to thank her again and tell her I had passed them along to a friend on loan, and I was down 31# since she gave them to me. I was expecting only two shirts, and she gave John 4 (her father had died and no one in their house could wear them).

Came home to a bunch of other demands on my time that I still have not fulfilled.

Tuesday, Oct 2

Made the mistake of getting up with John at 6:30 and not going back to bed. He was off to near Roslyn, WA (30 miles) in the Teanaway Forest, riding with Bill Weir, for a WTA event.
One of WTA’s main supporters is Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), headquartered in Seattle. ( REI on Wikipedia )
The company’s annual leadership meeting was in Suncadia, a nearby resort and housing development. About 50 WTA crew leaders directed the work of nearly 300 VIPs of REI. This was the largest group of “volunteers” ever for WTA (with help from others, though).[Oops! WTA crews are not supposed to do full over-the-head swings of tools such as this one, a Pulaski. However, with knees bent he is not likely to destroy his shin, just the tool. ]

Below are links to newspaper articles in the Yakima Herald and Ellensburg’s Daily Record. The neat thing about this is the mention (and pictured in the Record) of Darcy Batura, who was my student, back in the day, at CWU, in the Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Graduate Program. It was a Masters of Science degree program with professors teaching the classes and monitoring thesis research from several departments on campus, including Anthropology, Geography, Biology, Political Science, and Economics.

Yakima Herald: New Trail System Underway with Massive Volunteer Effort

Daily Record: Volunteers come together to build first trail in Towns to Teanaway project

Wednesday, Oct 3

John set his alarm for 5:30. WTA was starting work at a park SE of Seattle, on land once having underground coal mining. They worked on a trail that went by an air-vent shaft.Photo from the web.

I went to the Soup Kitchen, SAIL, home to print for the guys and me for our music books for Oct/Nov and our practice session tonight at Evie’s in Kittitas, WA (10 miles from my house). We worked on the new music intros, tempo, checks for chords, and other glitches.
I ate some bran flakes with my banana to tide me over until I can get home from the session after dark, for dinner fixed by John.

John harvested all the butternut squash, while I went to play.

Earlier in the day, I was in new clothes that are smaller than any I have been wearing. The two photos below are of me in size 14 slacks and size M blouse. These (and more) were given to me by a woman on one of the three free Facebook sites in our town. The giver was given two boxes of clothes from the estate of a woman who probably could best be described as a “clotheshorse.”

Almost all of the slacks still had the original price tag attached. Or, I guess one could say she was a kleptomaniac. I don’t think that was the case, because she had notes attached with a hat pin and straight pins, with notes such as “needs shortened.” The blouses were clean but did not have attached price tags. Nothing looks worn. Material ranges from rayon to polyester and other stretchy materials. I haven’t even tried all the 14s on yet. I think I have 4-5 more (different colors) to try on. In the box were a number of size 12s and a couple of size 10, and one size 8. I have thus far given the 8 and 10s away, but have to work on giving the 12s. Prices on the slacks run as high as $40.00.

Here are two photos of me in the first two outfits I wore this week. One today and another Friday, both at the Senior Center (AAC). The one on the right I’m not wearing my usual smile, as John was taking the picture with my old camera that he doesn’t like to use. I didn’t know he was taking the picture yet, and the good one was out of battery.Nancy at the AAC 10/3 and 10/5

Thursday, Oct 4

I spent the early morning worrying with last minute copying of music, still need to finish Laura’s, and marked the Intros in the books I control (for me and for Charlie & Gerald). I fixed my breakfast and took my huge dose of Amoxicillin an hour before my teeth cleaning. It is covered by my dental insurance, every 4 months, so that is nice. I got a fairly good report but need to concentrate more on my back upper teeth.

I called in 11 chairs for KV F&F today this week, for these folks who came to play: Laura, Minerva, Sharon, Nancy, Dean, Charlie, Gerald, Evie, Marilyn, Maury, and Manord. We had a good audience turnout with better than usual audience participation.

John drove me back to town to let me off to play music. Jessica’s tire pressure light was on, so he stopped at Les Schwab for free air. He got gasoline, bought 40 lbs. of sunflower seeds, and check out the beef sale at Super 1.

I need to take meds, fluoride my teeth and get to bed.

Friday, Oct 5

John and I took care of morning chores but I forgot one of mine that affected my ability to film and document the event at the AAC (our senior center). I left the charged battery at home.
They made bread sticks and had a special package of chips, called Nut-Thins, made with almonds & rice, mixed with cheddar cheese. These came with a mixed salad based on iceberg lettuce, which I can eat. Hot “homemade” vegetable soup was served last and was appreciated by all. Here is the package described above that everyone was given. The lunch and talk is free with a yearly membership.I took two cameras, to capture the crowd and to videotape the speaker, Brett Bleggi, on Winterizing your Gardens, but I failed in my intentions because I left my battery charging and it was not replaced in one camera, and I did not recharge my other camera enough to take a long video, so we had to just listen and enjoy the program without recording it, completely. I probably have 15 minutes of the presentation captured on video. I took some stills of the audience. I will send a report to members who have shared their email with me. The handouts discussed were from the Kittitas County Extension Office housed on 7th Ave in the old Armory building. Anyone can go by there and pick up helpful gardening literature. The ones he brought to our event included “8 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter” and “20 Things to Include in your Vegetable Garden Journal.”

Our new AmeriCorps staff at AAC for the next 10½ months:
Deborah (Deb) Boudreau
Roxanne Laush
were busy serving us.

John loaded several Butternut squash (~30 lbs.) to take to the Kittitas Food Pantry. We also donated bags of dry beans. And we visited the clothing bank to thank Davelynne for the jeans again (with John present in his WTA logo shirt, for the donation to trail workers who show up with short pants and are not allowed to work in pool-side gear).

From there, we stopped by our neighbors’ house, south of us about 6 miles on Naneum Rd, to drop off a large pot of Hen & Chicks.

I then went to Maury’s house (28 miles) where a bunch had a music Jam for a couple of hours. Maury plays a dobro in our group. Got home after dark. A long day for me.

Saturday, Oct 6

Chores for John were outside with yard projects such as moving squash from cart to covered pickup, gathering Carpathian walnuts (Black ones are mostly hanging in the trees), and other mundane tasks.

I mostly dealt with computer things and house cleaning and organization. Too much time spent fighting with the videos taken at the senior center getting them to You Tube. Also threw in follow-ups on music needs of the group who were at Maury’s Friday night.

Sunday, Oct 7

I checked my car for previously printed Practice copies for Sharon and Kevin. Just one copy of Chinese Breakdown and Dill Pickle Rag, and 2 of the first one with the piano.
I just spent 20 mins. entering all my meds for the week, (except for starting on Wednesday), after picking up the Allopurinal at Costco, this coming Tuesday. Also have to pick up John’s Tamsulosin. He’s on a lot fewer and (by far) less expensive meds. He only takes 4. I quit counting mine.

John is out for chores at 47°F, and at 11:00 a.m. it is up to 50°. Allen is scheduled to come for his Butternut squash when it “warms up”. He usually comes in an open 4-wheeler, and showed up before Noon. He took a big one for the fun of it, and some smaller ones to use for the two of them. John explained how he cuts, fixes, and freezes for later use. Only a turkey roaster would be large enough to cook a half of one of the 17 pound ones.The above photo was from yesterday when John was wiping off, drying and storing the squash in the covered pickup bed.Allen lives a mile north and closer to the hills.

John and Allen were talking about all the cougar activity up north of his place, where they feasted on a herd of 300 deer a few years ago. The one that has been there this year seems to have moved SE and the folks down there were/are not thrilled. Allen saw a 3 or 4 pt. buck on his way down to our place this morning. His cousin Nick (a just south of us neighbor) has seen about 50 turkeys at one time.

John continued working outside until dark. He moved some tree-poles from down past the pasture and found the remains of one of the Merriam Turkeys which a coyote might have killed and taken away. Hope it wasn’t a cougar.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

September, where did you go?

Monday, Sept 24

We did get the blog finished today at 12:40 p.m. and published it, before leaving for the day in Yakima. I drove both ways, returning late (after 5:00 p.m.) to bring John home, change hats – and went down the road again.

A review of my Yakima Heart Center visit: It started at 1:45 with a device check on my ICD, and the good news, everything was fine from 6 months ago, and the nicest news was that I have a battery life left of 12 years. My ICD has not had to use much power to adjust my pulse because it has been working fine on its own. My first one only lasted 5 years, but it was replaced with one of a higher technology.

Then we changed to the waiting room for the cardiologists, instead of imaging, and didn’t wait too much longer until we were called in. I weighed in at the lowest weight I have had there in quite awhile. I was 30 pounds down from my May visit of 2017 (and this was with my clothes on); I did remove my shoes. I was checked in by a technician, and we had to wait about 20 minutes for the doctor to appear. I did not have a preliminary ECG (which my former cardiologist always had done every visit). But he retired, and I guess that is not a priority of his replacement.

I didn’t have more than 20 minutes with my cardiologist.  He was pleased at my condition, and only ordered an echocardiogram (in the next few weeks) to see if my heart has improved (the ejection fraction).  He assumes by the sound of what he can hear that it has, but he also knows all the stuff I’ve been doing, and he acknowledged John’s comments that he sees no symptoms of my having any troubles.

He asked for a follow-up appointment in four months. I guess I would like to have it before the end of the year because my deductible has already been met. We’ll see if my request is approved. First things first. Get my echocardiogram.

I brought John home because he had many things to do, to set up for multiple trips this week (and he was gone Sunday). He is to go T/W/T and Saturday. He will leave at 4 AM, be just inside Idaho at 7 for gas, and to the trailhead by 7:25. Saturday will be closer and of a shorter duration.

So, I turned around and went back to town to dinner alone with two other couples, another fellow I know who is a musician (piano & keyboard), and a fellow who just lost his wife. I knew her better than I knew him, but he was the Director, Financial Services at CWU for many years. Cancer took her away, but they had a nice last 6 months traveling all over the world to places she wanted to visit.  They had even previously spent time in Antarctica and South Africa.  He was also a farmer in the valley in the 70s before going to work at CWU. Neat guy. He was at dinner because of being friends with our friends originally, I think, through Search and Rescue. 

I carried my violin and a bottle of wine. Three people had been playing (Piano, flute, violin) before I got there; I played two songs, and took my violin back to the car and picked up a bag of goodies for Haley and Amy. We had a sort of homemade Shepherd’s Pie (with pastry instead of mashed potatoes on top) for dinner, rhubarb cherry cake heated, ice cream, and wine (I took a bottle of Malbec, and that’s all I drank of the 3 different ones there (all reds).  I left about 7:30 and it’s now 8:25 and I’m going to bed soon.  I am tired.

Tuesday, Sept 25

Up early with John at 3:30 a.m., went back to bed after he left at 4:00 a.m. for another day at Liberty Lake. I slept in until 9:50, realizing I truly needed the rest, and after a few organizational chores, I finally got my first coffee at 10:50.

Jeez, 12:45 p.m. medical update for Tues, 9/25/18 this week. Regarding our history of shots for Prevnar 13 (PPSV-13) and Pneumovax 23 (PPV-23) from the day before, my PCP’s nurse checked and found I had the PPV-23 in 2010 and then in 2015, I had the PCV-13. John had the 23 in 2009 and the 13 in 2015. Current recommendations from my Primary Care Physician (PCP)’s research is for this year 2018, get the PPSV-23 again, but not follow up a year later with the 13 (Reason: we have both had both shots, but the original 23 was not given a year later). Today, I called, talked to our Pharmacist Leslie, who said last week she would order PPSV-13 for both of us, when she gave us our flu shots. I wanted to tell her my doctor’s decision, and request she order instead the PPSV-23 for both of us. She searched her cooler, not finding any, she tried to order the PPSV-23 for us. The system would not allow it. So, she is going to look into it further, and then I will report back to my PCP’s triage nurse, Lacey. As of the end of the week, she had not gotten back to me. She said she was really busy. But, I would like to get the protection ASAP, so I will call the pharmacy again Monday.

Another medical issue for me (right eye laser surgery for future):
This is information provided by my friend (a PA) who just had her surgery yesterday while I was going to my medical appointments. Her name is Roberta Buum, and she is my friend from the SAIL exercise class, the IAF Geology lectures & Field trips, plus a member of the Kittitas Audubon chapter. Here is her information for my future needs, when my right eye starts showing the symptoms of needing lasered to remove the film over my retina that appears after my having intraocular eye replacement surgery in 1997. My left eye was done last year, and the right one will need to be done when the symptoms appear. My last visit this year still did not show it in the Optimap yet, as being within my vision field. Roberta’s surgery was done at Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute in Yakima. I asked her for their complete information, because I wish to continue with my second eye at a different facility. My original surgery was done in 1997 in Yakima, but that doctor has retired. This group comes highly recommended by others. Here are her provided details. Their address is: 3900 Kern Road. It is right off 40th, just past North Star. Ph: 509-966-1356 or 800-888-9902. They basically repeated the exam done by Valley Vision a week before the surgery so you could probably bypass Valley Vision altogether. A Dr. Gibb did the pre-op exam and Dr. Ford did the procedure. (Her report to me this morning, made me request the details, because she had reported in the following statement (we had been discussing this surgery recently in our exercise class). She said, The surgery was a success! The world is a much brighter, clearer place this morning!

I added 5 people to the jobs list. That requires logging off all my Gmail accounts and initializing with the one used to manage my database on Google Groups: . Normally, our joint account has precedence for administrative duties.

Wednesday, Sept 26

I awakened at 3:20, to John’s alarm. I stayed up until he left at 4:00 a.m. and went back to bed, but could not sleep, so I got up for 1 hr+, took 2 Tylenol, and went back to bed until 9:10 !

Fixed my salad for today’s lunch at the Food Bank, and packed a birthday present (green water bottle) for Carolyn but she did not show up for SAIL exercise. So, I’ll take it next Monday.

Here is a blast from the past for a WTA trip to Talapus Lake John made. These are the finished photos (from crew leader, LeeAnne). John will describe them.These were taken on a wet day when I was not there. Note the umbrella over the backpack – upper left, right photo. The 2 pictures are from the same spot but in opposite directions. This is a new section of trail I and others carved out of the forest in a wet section. I helped clean out plants and rocks, leaving a sunken path. Others “rocked in” the sides and filled it. The top is gravel, brought up 1.8 miles in 50 pound sacks by pack animals.
Thursday, Sept 27

I called into Hearthstone for 9 chairs for our music group.
We had a good turnout, players and audience: Tim, Roberta, Amy, Sandy, Nancy, Dean, Gerald, Kevin, Sharon, but we had trouble with our hearing each other and our timing was messed up in a couple of cases. Most of the audience I’m sure didn’t realize it.

We stayed for cake for a celebration of life and had a fire drill rudely interrupt us, so I carried my cake home and shared with John. It was a strange day all around.

In order to cheer myself, I will share some great bird photos from my friend from 6th grade, Nancy Johnson (now Maude Buszek, in Michigan), where all these photos were taken.Great Egrets and adult Sandhill Crane with juvenile meets Egret

Wonderful reflections to soothe the soul:Roseate Spoonbill with Sandhill Crane poses In the middle photo, the bird dropped a leaf and scared himself; right image: preening.

Friday, Sept 28

I went to scholarship luncheon at 204 Bouillon with my $60 Ruth Harrington donation check to the CWU Foundation. We were served Lasagna Crockpot casserole, salad, and apple crisp w/ ice cream. Did not make it out of there in time to go by AAC for tail end of Friday activity event pictures, because a few of us had an interesting discussion in progress.

Went on to Kittitas to deliver clothes and yellow summer squash to the Neighborhood Food Pantry and Clothing bank. On back by an intersection about 3 miles from my home, to leave a box with packing plastics in it for a woman to use for shipping.

I came home to tackle more projects. John was home today and caught up on both in and out chores.

Saturday, Sept 29

John left about 5:15 a.m. for Fish Trap Lake Trail, 30 miles SW of Spokane. It was on a BLM site, for National Public Lands Day (NPLD). This WTA work day had an early start at 8:00 a.m. (usually 8:30), and they ended early because of celebrations with NPLD T-shirts from 2017 and 2018 given out, along with sandwiches, chips, various other snacks, and drinks. John said the new trail construction through the shrub-steppe was relatively easy, but the wind was whipping up the exposed ground, and the working conditions were very dusty. We think they were digging down into the deposits of volcanic ash from Mt. St. Helens’ 1980 eruption. This area received more of the stuff than we did in Troy, ID. They worked through a wooded section and John used a saw (18″ pruning) to clear downed limbs and small trees. He de-limbed a larger tree but left it for a BLM worker with a chainsaw.I took the left-side photo by propping the two shirts on the back of my recliner, not the best picture, but you get the idea. They are nice T-shirts. Right side is from the web.

I slept in after feeding the outside cats. Now busy with chores, and the first is related to gifts from people current & past. I put a request in for John for a long-sleeved T-shirt to wear under a short-sleeved 2018 WTA Logo shirt this coming Tuesday at a special work party event with WTA and REI staffs at Suncadia. An offer came from a woman who in 2017 donated a bunch of Low Calorie Recipe books and weight-loss materials to me when I was trying to lose the weight for my heart’s health. It was nice to touch bases again so I could thank her for her donation, and explain that I had lost the weight needed and passed along (loaned) the books to a friend in need.

John picked ~1.5# blackberries yesterday, and today I will rinse, drain, and pack into a bag for the freezer. Need to do the same with tomatoes and peaches, but clean and cut them first. I also washed dishes, worked on the blog, put off updates on music plans for next week’s KV F&F group, and accomplished a few more things, during cleanup in our den & kitchen.

John stopped at Ritzville for gas and called after getting back on I-90. The call was at 3:22. He may be home by 5:30, but will call again. John did not call when I anticipated, so I called him. He was driving by Kittitas High School, about 10 miles south. He got home at 5:07. He holds his speed to below 75. About 85% of the traffic is going 80 mph.

I managed to put in all my meds for the week, and need to arrange to get some Allopurinal (which is from Costco), so that means a trip down toward the end of the 2nd week. But the price is right, no coupon needed and it costs $16 vs. $24 in Ellensburg for 180 tablets (I take twice daily). We always seem to need a few things from the store, and their gas is the least expensive. We take the car with the greatest need for fuel.

We had a salad for supper. John went to bed early, and I stayed up too late.

Sunday, Sept 30

John will be home today for a change, and he slept in. I couldn’t, after first time up early, and not being able to return to sleep, I just got up and washed a load of dishes, and started on things needing tackled and hopefully finished today. I figured I could take a nap later on.

It’s cold outside (in the 50s) and he came in complaining that winter has arrived. He checked the garden and the Butternut squash, hoping that they will ripen before the frost gets them. We need them to be able to store for future use.. . . . . . . . . . . . .{Shown smaller than actual size.}
The hat is 12 inches, stem to stern. They need to be tan/brown, and they are not. Some smaller ones are tan. There are several this big or larger, and they should have stopped growing sooner. Something to investigate.

I canceled the Emeriti meeting set for Oct 10 because too many of the regulars had conflicts. We’ll try for Nov.

Our new Medicare cards came in yesterday’s mail, and John is making scans of them with our Kaiser Permanente cards, and our WA State driver’s license. The Medicare cards have a new non-SS number. You likely got a new one, or will soon.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

On the road with fire

Week 1 September 2018

Monday, Sept 3

We rested a little, but basically worked on many different projects.
Some of this day was already written up in our previous blog.

John picked squash and tomatoes for me to share on Tuesday, when I leave for town for errands.

Tuesday, Sept 4

John left at 6:00 for the Dingford Creek Trail,
returning tonight after 5:00 p.m.
Only a couple of photos to show from near Pumpkin Seed Falls in the Cascades, east of N. Bend, WA.Top left: Sadie lunching at work site, where teams of 4 over three days raised the stream crossing about five feet and capped it with flat-topped rocks. Top right: Pumpkin Seed Falls (rock) a bit short of water.
Bottom left: 2 of the crew doing a last inspection. Bottom right: 10 feet of trail build up and tread repair – ’cause we were there.

I slept in a little longer but was up by 8:00 a.m. Washed a load of dishes. Then worked on finishing the blog photos. I spent time on the phone with Consumer Cellular checking to see if they had access to tracking the package I sent on Friday. I did not have a tracking number to follow. I have to wait until later in the week to see if it made it there.

I also received a call from Sears that our washer is in, but John cannot pick up until later this week.

I called in the non-delivery of the WSJ, from Saturday, but nothing was published on Labor Day. Now later I realized we did not get a paper delivered today, so I’ll wait to see if we get one tomorrow. Also, requested the missing paper copies be sent [from Chicopee, MA]. Supposed to come in 3-5 business days, but nothing has come yet, and we are out into 2 weeks missed deliveries. It is a normally a 6-day/wk (except holidays) delivery.

I took yellow summer squash and tomatoes to our neighbors to share with their extended family and a caregiver. While there I picked up some Bartlett pears. On to town where I dropped off some more squash. Those folks were not home, but I will see them tomorrow at lunch. From there I went on to Rehab, with a package to leave for Gerald Gordon, in his wife’s room. She was sleeping so I did not interrupt her. I went on back down the west wing to visit Burnie Orcutt, and to tell her our music group would be there this Thursday at 2:00-3:00 in the dining hall. She was happy to see me and we visited. She already heard from her daughter Suzy that we’d shared a steak dinner last Saturday for my birthday. We had a nice visit. From there, I was off to check my number at Bi-Mart. Didn’t win anything. On by the hospital to pick up another care and service report form. By to check the price on gasoline, and to the bank to cash a check (refund from overcharge at the foot doctor’s office, for John’s last visit). I wondered why we were being charged for a Medicare visit so late in the year, and I wasn’t, because our deductible should have long been paid up. From there to Safeway to replace a spoiled piece of white corn-on-the-cob. No questions asked. Then off to get gasoline… at $3.14/gal best price in town—at 7/11. From there, to Jerrol’s to spend a $10 off coupon during my birthday month. I looked around ½ the store and could not find anything I wanted. I was standing looking perplexed and a nice young gal, Beth, asked if she could help me find something. I told her my wishes and she suggested ordering a book of my choice. I had told her I looked at that section and others, but couldn’t find anything I wanted. The closest thing I found to something of interest was the Geology of Grant County. That county is east of us, and I wanted one on the Roadside Geology of Washington (state). I told her that I wanted the latest edition, which they did not have the last time I checked (last fall). She checked her computer and found they had the 2nd edition that I wanted. She told me to wait, and she went searching. She came back with a copy. I guess when I asked for it previously that must have triggered them to get it in the store. But, I had not specifically ordered it at the time. Now I’m the proud owner of a new copy of the book highly recommended by Nick Zentner. Price there was $26.00, so my $10 off coupon got used on something of interest to both of us.

Allen Aronica showed up looking for a cage to fit an Emu. It was being “herded” to a neighbor’s place but it had a different idea. They caught it but we could not help.
While he was here, I gave him a gift (the painting) I picked up free in Kittitas, WA on Friday. Allen is a Native American (our neighbor since 1989 a mile north on Naneum), and a member of the Kittitas Band of the Yakama tribe.Nancy presents painting (1979 by Norma Burnam). Background are Carpathian walnut trees, and our 11 yr. old Brittany, Cedaridge Vintage Roussanne.

Finally published last week’s blog tonight at 11:38 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept 5

John was up early to get ready for the Culligan man to come evaluate our system.
I stayed around until almost 11:00, and left for the Food Bank to play music. I left after 1:00 and came home to help John get ready to go pick up the washer. The Culligan man had only been gone 15 minutes when I got home about 1:30. We still have not heard back from salesman & water tester, Jose’, about our needed purchase, but there’s really no rush. We have a month of cleanup in the garage to make room for a new unit to manage removing the iron and iron-bacteria in our water.

Nice visit over lunch with Karen Johnson and her friend Nancy Edwards (I have pix of both and first met Nancy and boyfriend Craig and the ending BBQ for the Kittitas Audubon Society. Need to get those out to them and the KAS folks. I have to do it before the Sept 20 meeting. See below on Saturday for link to all.
We had a fair number there today for music with 3 singers and 4 instrumentalists. I sat with 4 other musicians and we had lunch, after we had played for ½ hour. John fixed me a hamburger, with cooked onions and a larger one of our tomatoes sliced. I had lost much of my lunch salad when the top opened on my container and filled my carrying bag with Bleu Cheese dressing.

Tonight for supper, we had a nice pizza, with our stuff on it (Ailsa Craig onions, & tomatoes), and from the store, Pepperoni based pizza with mushrooms. Added a bit of sauce, extra cheddar cheese, then topped with Parmesan.

Thursday, Sept 6

We received delivery of our first WSJ in two weeks. Maybe they finally got it straightened out. Funny thing, we also missed receiving the last 3 editions of our local newspaper, the Daily Record, and received all three last night with a letter of apology from the Daily Record Circulation Manager that the carrier had dumped all the copies rather than delivered them.

We heard from Allen Aronica that they caught the Emu and got him home to his new place up the road from us and over Naneum Creek north of Charlton Rd. Allen’s neighbor tries to “rescue” animals but she hasn’t the resources to do so. Years ago, John helped get a donkey to her, using our horse trailer.

I ran off a new song for us to practice at the Rehab today, called “Meeting in the Air.” This is our first Thursday of the month when we go to the place where I was “incarcerated” for 7 weeks in 2010 out of the ICU, needing to regain the use of all my muscles that atrophied after no activity from November 28 through my valve replacement the end of December 2009.

A resident there now is a wonderful lady Burniece Orcutt. For a number of years we would go to her home for part of Christmas Day. She is now in rehab for physical therapy to regain balance. Daughter Suzy West will be joining her today to come to our performance. I went by on Tuesday to visit with Burnie, and to remind her we would be there, and not to schedule a PT appointment during the 2 – 3:00 p.m. hour. She and her husband used to dance (with our group playing) at the Friday afternoon ballroom dances at the senior center in the early 1990s. Sad thing – our accordion player for many years is now there as a resident with Dementia, and unable to do most things. She still sits in her wheelchair with the group, smiling occasionally, and keeps time to the music with her hands.

John went to Sears in the truck to have them load our washer. Ellensburg Sears is very small and locally owned, but handles sales of appliances and garden/lawn equipment. Sears, as a major company, is headed down the toilet bowl of history. The local store will have new arrangements if it wishes to stay in business.

Friday, Sept 7

John left at 6:00 a.m. and I slept in past 6:30. I found the tracking number for my package I sent to return my smart phone, after I learned today by email it had been received in Portland, by Consumer Cellular and they have credited my account for $135.

I talked to a fellow I know at the Daily Record (DR), who told me the rest of the story about non-delivery of our local newspaper over a 3-day period. He said they went to the delivery person’s home and she had some papers bundled in the back of her car. Then someone checked at Super 1 grocery dumpsters and found the rest. Wow. I thanked him for our delivery, told him of my problems with WSJ delivery and that I didn’t even realize I wasn’t getting the DR. I asked him how they figured it out, and he said their phone was ringing off the hook, so they began the search.

I wrote White Heron’s Cameron & Phyllis we would be coming Sunday at 1:30 and we were being joined by friends from Cle Elum.

I had brunch at noonish. Large tomato, 2 eggs over easy with cheese, cut ham, and toast with apricot jam. Ready to take meds and get busy.
I loaded more into the dishwasher. Fed Party Mix to Rascal.
No other cats in sight at the time.

I did remember to thank the 3 folks who mailed me birthday cards via USPS—Peggy, Pat, and Ethel.

I spent from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. sorting stacks of mail receipts, music, and other things we print off in 2 years, and recycled almost a box of paper. Have not yet filed them by month. Still working on things found to correct, update emails, and addresses. When we never stay home, things accumulate.

John called at 4:00 from N. Bend**. Expected home at 5:30; he arrived a few minutes after without calling. He is finding the new phone as confusing as quantum physics.
**Edgewick exit, actually, a truck stop, motel, & restaurant. Between 1912 & 1919 there was a small community with a post office. Then came the Boxley Burst {link}.

Annie spent a lot of time in the backyard on the concrete in the sun and in the shade.

Tonight we had a late supper.

Saturday, Sept 8

I emptied the dishwasher and worked on stacks in the den. We had brunch and John picked produce: blackberries and tomatoes.
I wrote to the Emeriti Geographers, postponing our meeting for a month or two.

This is the link to photos from the Kittitas Audubon’s Summer Picnic

KAS Annual Picnic, 8-16-18

Sunday, Sept 9

Going to White Heron: I got some plates, napkins, clear plastic cups, and stainless steel flatware ready to take for the 4 of us, and put my camera in.
We were preparing for the Chef’s Extravaganza, in conjunction each year with Quincy Farmer Consumer Awareness Day. We attend this event at White Heron Cellars (& Mariposa Vineyard) every year to celebrate my birthday (a week late).

On our trip over via I-90, we drove by at the very beginning of a fire in the median.Our first photo at Renslow Trestle [old RR, abandoned], later fire shown in median and across westbound lanes, closer, and no WSP or firetrucks had yet arrived. We slowed slightly but went on before traffic began to back-up.

Brush fire off I-90 near Kittitas burned 100 acres

We made it by and got over to White Heron about 12:45.
Visited with the owners and some of the pruners, and with the cooks. I spent about 20 minutes with my cell phone and John’s new ‘smart’ phone, talking to Portland to the provider to download the newest version of the operating system. It finally got done before our friends arrived. John was inside tasting with others.

I ran around with my camera documenting the day. Those photos have not been completely processed, just enough to end this blog and I’ll give you a link to follow, next week, to all I took. Pre-partying in the winery. Nancy & John & current selections.My staked out table with view, and later in use with food.Our table’s food, smoked pork ribs, w/ blueberry-peach garnish Our friends: Jack & Sharon ^^^^^^^^^ Nancy, Altesse, Sharon
Columbia River and basalt cliffs in the background. Closest behind Sharon and Jack is the Mariposa Vineyard, wherefrom all the grapes come in the White Heron wines (as on the table). With our dinner we had a bottle of Trinidad Red.Cameron Fries, Nancy, Sharon^^^^^^John, Phyllis Fries, Nancy
And yes, Cameron really is quite large – used to be 6′ 7″

We’ll end there (even on this Tuesday, September 11, 2018) and begin next week with Monday of this week, when we hope to publish, again.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

All sorts of celebrations

Monday, Aug 27

. . . … would have been my mother’s birthday …

Started early by driving Annie to the vet; arrival, 7:30 a.m.

Back home and John fixed breakfast of sausage, eggs, toast, orange slices.

Now he’s getting Myst ready for trimming at 10:00 a.m.

We will go to town at 1:00 to get me to the AAC for exercise class, taking yellow summer squash for giveaway, and John took a book to read so we could go together afterwards for stuff on sale at Safeway. We cannot pick Annie up until after 4:00. We have several other stops in town.

The vet will call our home with a report on how the anesthesia and tests went—around 11-noon. They called but said they were delayed by other surgeries, so they wouldn’t get to her until later afternoon. They finished about 2:15 and called my cell phone. We were driving from one stop after the exercise class, when the phone call came. The technician said she was still groggy and it would likely be until 4:00 before we could pick her up. So we went on to Safeway and to two other stops before driving out to the west side of town to the vet, getting there about 3:45. We took care of paperwork and bill paying, and soon she appeared. Wow! I wish I had a before and after picture. She was a hairy mess when we left her, and now she looks like a puppy. They literally shaved her body. She will be a lot happier and us too.

They completed several lab tests, and we have to wait for a couple to be returned after analysis at another lab. They did a pre-op lab to be sure she could withstand the anesthesia. Sent off the labs for testing her Thyroid, and her need for taking Phenobarbital. Those last two were over $120. Wow! I was overcharged for the pre-op but I recalled what it said on the approval form I signed and they returned $10 cash. Glad I looked closely at the itemization (and remembered correctly), as I did not have a copy. John heard it across the room as well, said to me and to another person with her dog.

Annie is 11 years old (born in 5-9-2007)—our only Brittany left with us. Her AKC registered name is Cedaridge Vintage Rousanne (SR43508804 09-10).

We were gone from 1:00 to 5:00. While in town, we stopped by Bi-Mart and the hospital to drop off the Care & Service report, and two other places.

Tuesday, Aug 28

I stayed home to tackle many tasks today and not all are listed here.

• Called Critter Care with comments and questions. Annie weighed 61# and has gained 8# since last there 2 years ago. We have put her on a low-fat pellet food to mix with what she has left, and then will totally switch to that.
• Called Gloria about going with me tomorrow to SAIL
• Had a call just before noon from the vet regarding Annie’s lab tests. She was below the normal range [15-40] with a 6 and we will take her off all Phenobarbital for a month, and reevaluate. Her Thyroid test was normal at 1.6 within the range, 1.0 – 4.0. So that’s good. I requested that as an additional test because her mom was on Levothyroxine for the last few years of her life. We had not seen any symptoms, so it was just precautionary.

• John picked Starking plums getting 10# from one tree and only a handful of Bubblegum plums. I compared them tonight and like the Bubblegum a lot. Hopefully, we will get more next year.
• Called Consolidated Communications Customer Service to report a problem with a $92 charge Aug 1. Turns out it was related to their own problem of saying that my Discover Card on file had expired. It had not, and then they changed it, and I paid for 2 months missed. They had charged me a service charge of $6 for the bad card which was not expired, and their fault. I have been credited for the charge at my request.
• I then asked to be transferred to Technical Support, and reached Stewart in SC where I reported our continued loss of DSL and router problems. He saw all of the previous problems documented and requested immediate attention by a repairman today, or tomorrow morning.

• Request Complete Blood profile with next INR for the Sodium component in my blood. Sept 12 in preparation for my Sept 24 appt. with Dr. Kim. Put call in today to Cle Elum KVH clinic, but because it was not urgent, I was not called. Got the response I wanted the next day, so it should be set to go.
• WSJ problems again. Thought we had it corrected after losing copies in July. Next is my email about the first telephone call, and the subsequent addendum. 8-28-18, reported to Jess in the Philippines (1-800-JOURNAL–(1-800-568-7625)) that we had no delivery Aug 23, 24, 25, but had a paper delivered Aug 27 with no back papers, explanation, or apologies. We also did NOT have a delivery this morning Aug 28, and I will try reporting to and request information from the regional carrier (out of Seattle, WA), where your delivery office is.  Our previous carrier I knew but have not contacted her. Perhaps it has changed to a different delivery person. PLEASE HELP.  We want to receive both the printed copy and the digital version, but not only the digital.  The name is Nancy B. Hultquist, delivery address has not changed in many years, is 11041 Naneum Road, Ellensburg, WA – with phone number: (509)-925-3304 unchanged since 1989.
• Contacted (via email) Culligan on Fruitdale Rd in Yakima that we wanted someone to call us tomorrow morning before 10:00 a.m. to talk about adding an iron removal system and perhaps adding additional filtering. This is meant for before 10:00 a.m. on Aug. 29. We will be here during the day on Thursday, Aug 30, but no time on Friday, Aug 31. Please use the only phone line (landline) we have for reception at our house. Thank you!

Wednesday, Aug 29

John went to the dentist for teeth cleaning and took along $ to get my Prevident fluoride toothpaste.

I left earlier for the food bank music because our normal member who sets up the music stands and the chairs and then goes to pick up the pasta for lunch was not there today, but on the west side visiting his children and grandchildren for the weekend. I needed to help with our setup and also to show a video of a tribute to friends of the fellow who died. She and the others do not have a computer to view and were interested. I just showed it on my camera.

We had a good number there today for music with 3 singers and 4 instrumentalists. We also sang Happy Birthday midway through (to me). Lori flashed the lights and then called my name and I led off the song in the key of G. Everyone in the room sang. It was cool. Three people asked afterwards how old I was, and I said, ¾ century, 75 years.

I sat with 4 other musicians and we had lunch, after we had played for ½ hour. I always take my salad, but as a member of the Senior Nutrition group, I now register with my membership card there, and I can participate in the healthy food. Today’s was cottage cheese with pineapple or white grapes. I chose white grapes to go with my salad I made and brought. Also I got a piece of homemade brownie to bring home.

I left as soon as I could to go pick up my friend, Gloria Swanson, at Hearthstone, to take along to SAIL class. She was in the class starting in 2010 and that’s where I met her. She is now 92 and still going strong. They have their own SAIL class at Hearthstone, so she does not have to come along to the AAC. She always went with me to the Food Bank lunch on Wednesday. It is not as easy for me to pick her up to take her there because before, her house was right on the way. Now it is on the south side of town, so I have suggested she ride the Hopesource bus, to the Food Bank, and then join the others that come from there to the AAC for SAIL, and then be picked up to be taken back to Hearthstone. We’ll see if we can make that work after the Fair & Rodeo are over.

I carried a box of onions for Joanie (she’s a fiddler with our group) & Ken that they picked up from my car at the end. I had run lyrics sheets for La Marseilles in French & English for SAIL class to have to follow 3 of us sing it in French. See below.

After eating, I left early to pick up Gloria at 1:05 to get us both to the AAC for Jessi’s last day, taking along my camera. Below is one link to all photos taken.

SAIL Final Class with Jessi Broderius – August 29, 2018

Thanks to AAC Director Katrina for taking these photos and video on my camera.
La Marseillaise – Anne, Nancy, Sandy, in Final SAIL w/ Jessi

A video of our song, the French National Anthem, in French, is below. We always had questions at the end of every class, and this was our answer to the question, “As a younger person, what song did you learn to sing in a foreign language?” This was my response, which I learned and memorized in the 7th grade in Georgia. Two of our class members agreed to join me today, and I provided copies to all there of the lyrics in French and English.

La Marseillaise – Anne, Nancy, Sandy, in Final SAIL w/ Jessi

On my way home, I delivered a box of onions, a few plums, and other stuff to the Davisons.

We have a new router, Comtrend8D9F and my computer works, but John’s second right hand monitor quit working. He just figured it out after the guy was gone – the tech apparently turned off the monitor switch while replacing the router (right next to it). It’s back on, and he fixed the correct information in our Epson printer so we can print again.

I tried to wash clothes, and the Kenmore washer broke. We cannot get one today, but one is being ordered and John had to drive in to pay in advance ($751) for picking it up from the store on Wednesday afternoon to bring home to install. He’ll have to remove the truck canopy before then.

I spent all day working on computer things, because I did not have to go play music today at an assisted living home as it is the 5th Thursday of the month and a BYE day for us. We get 3 / year.

Friday, Aug 31

John left very early for Dingford Trail work, west near North Bend, with LeeAnn as the crew leader. After last week, he had made a nice sectional description of the trail to take along and show to the crew at the trail head and safety talk that precedes every WTA work party. He did take a photo at the talk with it in the back of the truck, but I added the photos below it instead because they better fit the day. On the long trek driving into the trail head, they found a tree had fallen across the road, blocking their access. As a trained WTA crew, they stopped, cut, and removed it.The tree rested on both sides of the road, so the middle part bowed down. This is called “top bind”, and as the cut is made the wood will pinch the saw blade. At the moment this starts, the cutting stops and a wedge (yellow plastic) is inserted into the cut (kref). This holds the cut open and allows sawing to continue.
Left photo, sawyer Emily has Krishna sawing while she sets the wedge. Right photo, with wood under the saw, Emily completes the cut. The saw will drop onto the piece of wood and not be damaged by the rocks of the road.

If you want to see more pictures from this day, and 3 more from Sunday’s outing to the same trail, please follow this link: photos are from John’s new phone, except for the top photo.

WTA, Dingford Creek Trail, 8-31-18 & 9-2-18

The first 3 photos are actually from Sunday’s trip, Sept 2, but the rest of the trip Aug 31, makes up the rest of the day, only taken on John’s phone and other trail pictures for the whole weekend’s work will arrive this week.

From there I dressed and left for Kittitas, WA to go to the USPS office there, knowing it would be fast and no long line waiting as in Ellensburg. They open at 1:30 from lunch, and I had two other things to do in town.
First was across the street from the Elementary school where I went for 22 years to W.O.T.F.A. Summer workshops for a week. I was picking up (freely given) a set of cup and bowl of Thomas the Train for my little conductor 6 yr. old friend in Roslyn. He’s the one I mentioned previously about writing a song saga about steam locomotive.Thomas the Train – Gift for young train lover & musician, Miles.

I picked up and then went on down to the Pantry (free for clothes it is open Fridays from 1-4, and also Wed 1-3). I managed to get some jeans for a disabled couple who cannot drive and who need unusual sizes. It was a helpful stop. In addition, I got some more jeans for the WTA crew, to have for people who arrive in shorts, and I picked up a pair of nice brown jeans in my size. I’m wearing them to an event this coming Sunday.

I also received an oil painting of a Native American on a horse (painted in 1979) that I’m going to give to my neighbor, Allen Aronica, of the Kittitas band of the Yakama Nation. I still need to contact him, but he is occupied with the Fair and his Native American involvement.

Then on down to mail a package at the Kittitas, P.O., with no one in line, and nothing required but to hand over the package. Upon reflection, I realize I should have asked for a receipt. Oh, well, I hope it arrives, as it is will be a $135 refund to me for the Smart Phone I returned, because of no reception as expected at home. I still get reception at the far end of my house on my flip phone.

From there, back to Ellensburg, to Bi-Mart, but sadly, the Moisture Drops for my eyes has not yet been delivered from the warehouse. Next stop, Super 1, for two heavy boxes of Classic Cokes for $3.99 each. Off to Safeway, for a bunch of items, all on Just 4 U sale prices: colas, sausage, cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, and corn-on-the-cob.

John called from on the road at Snoqualmie Pass. They were an hour late returning from the trail, and he is in a slow traffic jam on I-90, stop & go at 5mph. No idea when he will get home (it was 7:00 p.m.).

I walked up the drive with Czar (cat) and Annie and because she was going nuts without him here. She wanted in the ditch and I can get the mail and paper while there.

It seems the delivery person (Jennifer) for the Wall Street Journal has flown the coup. Erratic delivery started a couple of months ago, and now there are none. The WSJ folks haven’t been much help in solving this, but they do offer to extend the subscription. For that to work, they have to solve their delivery issue.

John called from Sanders / Hannah road at 6:43, only 10 minutes away. I’ll let Annie out. Now they’re going for another walk to feed the horses.

Nice supper with a late dessert (Marionberry pie). Lots of stuff going on today and tomorrow, Sunday, and maybe I can rest on Labor Day.
First another story of something that happened in our valley that’s rather unbelievable – we have an exotic bird in our midst. An Emu pictured in our Kittitas Valley on Lower Green Canyon Road. He is an escaped rescue bird, but now has showed up in our neighborhood several miles to the east. Story to be continued. He/she has been tracked to a nearby place, but there remains the issue of capture and removal.

Saturday, Sept 1 MY BIRTHDAY !

Scary – Google search from Midnight started wishing me Happy Birthday all day!

Thanks for my birthday telephone call from Bruce & Michelle Seivertson in California and for one from sister Peggy that came the day after while I was still partying over at White Heron.
Michelle and Bruce are going to Chico for a 75th birthday party for people in his high school graduating class. From there they will ride the train to Anaheim for a trip to Disneyland.

I’m looking at all the greetings coming through on Facebook, and it will take longer than I have today. I have had videos sent, paintings, and tons of messages. I’ll snip a few of them to share, and do a combined thank you tomorrow or late tonight for all in one thank you send to my timeline friends.

We plan to celebrate my special day, ¾ of a century, at Yakima Steak Company with friends, Suzy & Bob West, from west of Yakima. The restaurant we had gone to in the past with them, The Black Angus, has now closed.
Parts of our dinner and us:We had two loaves of warmed bread, appetizers 6 prawns to go with the stuffed mushrooms, classic salad wedge part sliced, the 12-oz NY steak with mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and sautéed green beans (for each couple), and I did not get a photo of my special birthday dessert: a heated very large chocolate/chocolate chip cookie heated in a round crock-type dish, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce atop.

Birthday presents in addition to dinner. I have a new (used) set I picked out of brown jeans. You’ll see them in photos tomorrow at my continuing birthday celebration at White Heron Cellars, west of Quincy, WA, which doesn’t start until 4:00 p.m. I’m driving myself over because John will be back at a WTA work party in the Cascades east of North Bend, WA.

Here are other gifts (mostly cards) except the Irish T-Shirt.
Top left is from my friend JW Harrington, a photo of a painting he painted. Top right was a cute musical video with animals playing instruments. Lower left is from the family of a sweet student from CWU who we have kept up with, and the bottom right is a liver & white spaniel card with a note and an Irish T-shirt to wear in our March 2019 performances when we dress in the green. The card is signed by Joanie, Ken, and Rosie is their dog. Joanie is my twin fiddling partner 2-3 days/week when they are in Ellensburg, but are leaving soon for 6 months in Quartzite, AZ.

This next collage has a gift on top from my neighbor Ken of his homemade Apricot Jam, and below is my only request, for a new sink stopper, and John got me 3. This and a gray and white one.This baby blue is my favorite and almost matches the new (used from Goodwill) spatula/scraper I bought when our old one broke!

John figured out how to use the printer’s key-pad to insert the password so the printer would recognize the in-house Wi-Fi of the new router. It is less than intuitive. Gives you a keypad and says enter password, but no way to know how to get to numbers vs. capital letters vs. lower case ones. Doing this once every 3 to 5 years is not enough to remember the procedure.
Now we both can print from our computers again. Thanks for another nice birthday present from John.

For those of you with Facebook, you can view this for the explanation of what is in John’s weekly column, “Not So Nasty News” about the rescue of a 55 lb. injured Springer Spaniel with a 6-mile hike down on the back of a woman hiker (Tia) who is very small herself. Check this out: (this is a Facebook link, so you have to have a Facebook account to view it).

Good Morning America Story about Boomer the Miracle Dog

Sunday, Sept 2

John left at 6:00 a.m. for WTA again at Dingford Creek. I got up and fed 4 cats all of whom were hungry.

I went back to sleep until 9:15. I think I really needed it.

Checked weather: Last night, it went to 44° and expected high today here is 79°. It was in the lower 80s at White Heron.

I visited the Facebook page to make colorful thank you note for all the wishes for my ¾ century goal, to save time of liking or replying.

This is the thanks I posted on Facebook for all the many hits yesterday, 9/1
I added a comment beneath it, saying:

Thank you all for sending special wishes by phone, by email animated card greetings, by messages, by timeline hits, and by going to my birthday dinner in Yakima (just 4 of us) – that included friends who were allowed as “family” visitors during my long stay in the ICU at Yakima Regional with my heart issues in 2009. I’m happy because of all the many supporters out there in my life-time friendships.

For my brunch, I fixed 2 eggs over easy, cut up a large tomato, a couple of plums, had a small slice of ham, and ½ English muffin with Ken’s apricot preserves (his birthday gift to me).

I watched a video on the basics of playing Pétanque.

EPA Pétanque Training

Following up on the meaning of EPA, I found this:

Pétanque England (PE)!

Pétanque, also known as boules is a sport that is enjoyed by all. We have members of all ages and we cater for everybody from those who enjoy the game socially to those that want to compete internationally at elite level.
Formerly known as the English Pétanque Association [EPA], we are the National Governing Body for the sport in England and are officially recognised by Sport England.

I had to get things ready to take to White Heron. Packed sausage with 25 washed Starking plums, decided on my garb for playing a French game (from Provence) and ended up with a brown French beret, to go with my brown birthday jeans, and a long-sleeved white/brown shirt.
I left about 2:56 for my trip to the Pétanque party at 4:00 p.m. at White Heron. John won’t be home until late (as Friday night) and by the time he got there it would be dark. So, he took care of nightly chores, and fielded the phone call from our sister Peggy wishing me a Happy Birthday.

Here are some photos from that evening and afternoon: visiting, followed by Pétanque, some individually, and then two teams competed – 3 people/team. I was on the winning team, so that was another gift!! It was my first time to play and I actually made some points for our team. This was our setting: overlooking the Mariposa Vineyard toward the Columbia River and West Bar at the bend where it flows south. Top line: First couple to arrive Jenny & Bill, right are the owners Cameron & Phyllis Fries, and some appetizers: Dates with Brie Cheese, Hummus dip with tahini (ground sesame seeds), and Baba Ganoush dip (eggplant with tahini); then our offering of plums and a roll of Italian Dry Salami.

The first Pétanque game was individually played by Carl and Nohomi on the small court beside the Mariposa vineyard and the White Heron Cellars winery. I took a video of them:

Nohomi & Carl Playing Pétanque, September 2, 2018

Then we visited and ate more before we had dinner. We visited with the chef and his family who will be here cooking next week for Farmer’s Awareness Day at 2:00 on Sunday, September 9th.

I handed my camera to Audrey, and requested her taking some photos of me playing.Nancy’s form – setup swing & follow throughs-Left, my very first throw. Middle, a later game’s follow through. Right, my last game’s follow through.Nancy setting up trying for the winning point – Winning team !!
Phil, Nancy, and Nozomi. Other team was Cameron, Bill, & Carl.

Then, we ate dinner, and I left for my drive home in the dark arriving home after 9:30 p.m. I had a great time.

I spent most of Labor Day working on finishing the blog and putting out Google photos from earlier things last week. John has to leave Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m. and so he went to bed before I finished this blog enough to have him proof it, edit it, and put into WordPress for publication. It’s my fault for the lateness. I was too busy celebrating the past several days on the long weekend.

Then tonight, we spent time following the sad story of a serious Motorhome wreck just past the first eastern Ellensburg exit (Canyon Rd), when the motorhome left the road, with two fatalities and 7 others (2 adults and 5 children) some air-lifted to Harborview in Seattle in serious condition and others taken to two local hospitals. A tire blowout caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. His wife and 6 yr. old granddaughter died, one 8-yr old survived with no injuries (amazingly). Only two people were wearing seatbelts. The family members are from Snohomish, 20 miles north of Seattle. The motorhome was 40’ and pulling a closed trailer about 15 feet long.
Because of where the vehicle left the road it went through 2 guardrails and hit a rock embankment of a ditch. A few miles later it would have gone into a dry swale and not doing a serious crash.

Possibly this link will be updated – the most informative of several:

Motorhome Crash

John says “People drive way too fast.”

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Earth, Sky, People, & Animals

The link below goes to Google Photos from the Aloha going-away party for Jessi Broderius from the AAC (our senior center).

AAC_Aloha Party for Jessi Broderius, August 17, 2018

Below is the link to all the photos John took at the Rotary Cowboys’ Kick-off (Fair & Rodeo) Breakfast and Farmers Market last week starting a little before 7:00 a.m. A few added from Amy taken of our mascot, Haley, who won the Cutest Cowgirl award for the 2nd year in a row.

Kick-off Breakfast, 8-18-18

Monday, Aug 20

I published the blog very early today, after losing all sorts of time with computer and DSL issues. This morning my Word quit working. At 10:00 a.m. my whole computer froze, so I restarted. This technology is driving me insane.

I think this morning, I will add photos from my neighbor, Ron Swedberg, of a Great Horned owl, his brother Ken saw in the window of their old barn. By the time Ron got there the owl had flown into a pear tree, but he saw him and captured these photos. So, Ron, Ken, me, you. The Owl and a few others like her hoot most every evening from nearby trees.Photo by Ron Swedberg

I left for town to deliver plums to Briarwood and to the AAC, where I will attend SAIL exercise class.

This next link will start your week off on a happy note, especially welcomed. It’s from our long-time friend (since 1974), Robert Oppie (Bob) who sent this note with it:

I have long been intrigued by words and the power they possess. My rendering of the below.  A one-minute clip filmed in Glasgow Scotland. Not a joke, not religious, not political; full of wisdom and special.  Bob

The Power of Words
{John says: If true, great. Filming had to be from a reenactment so the cynical person would wonder about the coin tossers – few before, many after.}

Tuesday, Aug 21

I called Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) Medical Records about having my records for lab draws there from April to present sent to Dr. Antony Kim at the Yakima Heart Center. The department I need is Health Information Management, before 4:30 p.m. Here’s my story and situation behind my request:

My appointment is scheduled for Sept 24 and they will need the records received in advance. My request involved the need to get all lab records sent to two doctors, because my PCP (Norman Wood) Cle Elum KVH supervises the cardiologist’s requested heart medications and required monthly blood draws, but both doctors need the records without my intervention. I used to be able to request records to be sent to both at the time of service, but now it is not allowed. If they have gone to electronic storage of medical information – – Why can’t each place get to my records and view them?
(I know the answer – it’s because each medical facility is associated with a different hospital – and it is the reason I wear a MEDIC ALERT bracelet.)

I reached Cindy (in that office) this morning, explained my needs, and she will set it up and with the lab to add Dr. Kim’s name to all work to be sent on my lab results. In addition, she will send all my labs that have been done since April to the Yakima Heart Center. I thanked her, but then decided I would do more.

I called and requested of Jill, at the front desk, to mail me a care evaluation form so I could put in a good word for Cindy with the administration. The form arrived 8-24-18, and is a Care & Service Report that provides for feedback on our service-exceptional care you received from our staff-or to file a grievance. I will fill it out and take back to the front desk for processing. I’m happy I knew previously of this form.

Wednesday, Aug 22

Called in John’s Levothyroxine refill request and I picked it up while in town today.

I printed copies of It is No Secret to sing as a tribute to Bill Bolman who was a volunteer at the food bank, and also a fan club member of our music group, at the food bank and at Briarwood, where he resided. This week is our visit there (3rd week of the month), and we will sing and play and eat. That actually turned into a much more of a tribute memorial, which you will experience if you look at this Saturday’s post.

Right before leaving, we contacted by phone, Consolidated Communication to report our problems with losing our DSL (sometimes three times a day). The tech support (in Tennessee) listened and decided to call for a technician to come to our house. We gave him the phone number, and expected the tech to call before showing up. He did not call, but John was here, and the technician supposedly fixed it. I came home while he was still here, but leaving. John told him if he had come tomorrow, neither one of us would have been here. Our land line was clearly on the work order and we were told he would call first. It’s nice to have it back working again, and I hope it continues. (It did not. Same old drops and re-connects several times a day.)

I worked on several projects before leaving at 10:55.
One thing I did this morning was to change from wearing my FitBit to a regular watch to wear in the shower, because the FitBit is only supposed to be splashed, not to experience running water. I was rushing to leave, and neglected to change back to my FitBit, so the benefit of my exercising today, steps, aerobic time, etc. was not recorded.

After music at the food bank, I went by the hospital for my monthly required INR & potassium blood draw. I called ahead to the AAC to let them know I was coming but would be late, and why. Turns out I wasn’t that late arriving.
When I was called late afternoon at home, with my test results (INR 2.1 and K 4.5), I asked about when John’s test was scheduled in Sept after 2 months of increasing the dosage to 88mcg. Cody looked it up for me and I put it on the planning calendar in the kitchen. Nice communication with the Coumadin team at KVH Cle Elum. I suppose I should issue a Care & Service Report on them!

Thurs, Aug 23

John left at 5:55 a.m. for the Stevens Pass WTA work crew, but sadly received an email canceling it at 5:45 after his computer was turned off and he was outside packing things into his car, feeding the horses, and opening the gate.

Cancellation: Air quality remains in the unhealthy category at the pass today in addition to the red flag warning blowing gusty, dry winds into that area. Due to these conditions I feel that it is best to cancel the work party today.

Nate Schmidt – Crew Leader
PCT – Stevens Pass

I received a phone call at 7:20 a.m. from the Blue Hat (Crew Leader above) that the WTA trip was cancelled, but there was nothing I could do. By the time I got the phone call and message, John was past Leavenworth, into the Tumwater Canyon.This is not a place for cell phone reception.

If I had known previously (from the email), I could have called him while he was on Hwy 97 or in Leavenworth, where some stretches have reception. So, he didn’t know until he got to Stevens Pass (about 2 hrs), and found no one at the trailhead at one of the ski area’s parking lots. He called me. Sadly, I told him what I knew. Cells work at Stevens Pass, and sometimes at White Pass (road to Mt. Rainier), but not this past summer. No explanation for that. Do they only turn that on during ski season?

The only redeeming thing was, 12 miles east of the Pass, a cougar stepped out of the brush from the downhill side of the road, bounded across at a safe distance in front of the car, and went up the bank on the north side. (See his note in this week’s Not So Nasty News). He’s never seen one in the wild. He stopped at the Forest Service Regional District office to report his sighting. The wildlife biologist wasn’t in, but the person thanked him and told him she would report to the staff, who would be grateful for his information. There is a Christian camp ½ mile away, in the direction the cougar came from!
From there he stopped by
Smithson Ranch fruit stand and purchased 3 ears of corn and a bag of Starkrimson® pears.

The peaches he bought last week were Starfire, but today only a few were left, and these were too ripe (left over from the shipment he bought from last Thursday).

He got home in time to fix us a brunch of eggs, sausage, toast, with sliced fresh peach and our sliced fresh plums.

Today is my day to play music at Hearthstone. I have to leave early to take a photograph at the senior center. I made my stop and took my photograph of the backdrop that Jessi made with pictures with ~40 people & her at her party last Friday.

Here I am today, in my Ellensburg Rodeo baseball cap I actually won there at the AAC in a raffle a couple years ago. The western shirt was given to me by my friend Joanie, and then she served as my seamstress to tailor (using darts) to allow me to wear it after I lost my weight. I think it was originally a 2X. The silver Ellensburg Rodeo button I’m wearing is from 2008. I’m standing in front of the back drop containing a number of photos of Jessi with admirers at her party, an Aloha going away for sending her off to her new job in a Senior Center in Coeur d’Alene, ID. My photo with Jessi, is at the lower right side (bottom row). This below was taken at the same time on my camera and shows more of my “dress” there that day. Nancy with Jessi, last week (Aug 17) at her Aloha party.

Seeing this photo again, made me remember the Amber Necklace I had on above the white one. The white one was make from seashells for the Hawaiian themed party, but the Amber one is my favorite and picked up on the gold and amber colored flowers on my blouse. I have had that for 25 years, given to me by a former student at the Univ. of Idaho, after she left and was teaching in Montana. She met me in San Francisco, and shared my timeshare there. As a thanks, for our week’s stay there for an Association of American Geographers’ meeting, she gave me the necklace she’d bought in Lithuania. The Balkan Sea region is well known as a repository for Amber.Map centered on Baltic Sea. Amber is sold in Latvia and Lithuania, but mine came from Lithuania.

I’m still working on finishing the photos taken on two cameras (the AAC’s Nikon and my own). I only took 18 on mine, but took 6 videos as well. The rest were taken using the AAC’s camera.

Today’s mail brought the paperwork for my next appointment at the Yakima Heart Center, September 24, 2018. It is with two different persons: (1) a device check technician to evaluate my ICD, followed by a 6-month appointment with my cardiologist, Dr. Antony Kim. It is nice they accommodated my request to combine them to save us a 99-mile round trip for one of the appointments. The device check usually takes less than 15 minutes, and they take me directly from there over to the cardiology side of the same building.

Evie and I were the only ones able to make the Grand Re-Opening Event at Pacifica, and both of us stayed much longer than either one of us had planned. I have one picture from there (at the very end) in my outfit I planned to wear at the Saturday Breakfast event. At the time I couldn’t find my Ellensburg Rodeo hat, which I since found, and put on to wear yesterday. I thought the western shirt I had on yesterday was still a little too big (Joanie had darted it but she decided a couple days ago that it would work well if I wore it a little differently with a shirt underneath, as yesterday).Nancy after the reception (near their Fireside Room)

Evie and I were amazed at the food offered – and there was a walking accordion player for part of the time. Food consisted of BBQ pork {best part, with Cole slaw [From Dutch koolsla, from kool (“cabbage”) + sla (“salad”], potato salad, a corn dish, some carrots & celery, with a full stash of dessert items, from Cream Puffs to little bites of cheese cake and chocolate hors d’oeuvres. It was served on plastic embossed plates with Pacifica Senior Living logo/address, with pressed wood utensils, and drinks served in a giveaway red glass pint jar with a handle, a straw within the screw top, and Pacifica printed on it as well. Beverage choices included spiked lemonade (Triple Sec & Jack Daniels), plain lemonade, or water.

Friday, Aug 24

We slept in this morning and we stayed home all day.

John spent time investigating things on the internet and did not do much outside. I checked my RCI records to make people we’re sharing our timeshare with in Kauai Island, Hawaii, aware of the current winds with respect to the hurricane and resort location. Good news is it will be over before they go September 8. It has calmed down already from this morning’s search.

“Garden Isle”, Kauaʻi . . . . swirling winds . . . . . Lawai Beach ResortPictures and info about the resort are HERE .

I have spent more time on processing the photos from yesterday and from last Friday’s going away Aloha party. I also need to send all the Rotary Cowboy’s Breakfast photos to Google Photos. (That was finished later tonight), but I still need to get in all the people I want to include in the notification to email it.

We had our brunch, and John has done the beginning chores in the pasture and yard.

Here’s a photo of the Milky Way at Cannon Beach OR, at Haystack Rock. Photo by Anthony Krueger of PNW Photography

Local geologist (ex CWU) Jack Powell identified the rock as Columbia Basalt. Friend & neighbor, Allen Aronica alerted me to this – On Facebook by a photographer, Anthony Krueger, professional photographer. He calls his business, PNW Photography (also the Facebook page name). His description of this photo follows: Got up at 3am to take this shot of the Milky Way at Cannon Beach overlooking Haystack Rock. One shot using a Canon 6D and Rokinon 14mm f2.8 for a 30 second exposure at ISO 5000.

John continued sorting onions he’d grown and we contacted neighbor Allen, a mile north, to see if he wanted some to share with the family who will be coming for the Rodeo and Fair. He was delighted and came down to pick them up and visit. The official dates are Aug 30 to Sept 3rd. As the “kick-off” started last Saturday morning, there are activities going on all week.

In this afternoon’s delivered mail, I received a lovely thank you note for the tribute we arranged for a Briarwood resident who passed over the rainbow bridge recently, and whom many of us knew at the Food Bank and at Briarwood.

You saw that 10-minute video in last Saturday’s blog entry. This thank you note came from the Briarwood couple who were featured singing (Terry) and voicing memories of a co-worker volunteer and friend of Bill Bolman, by Marilyn (Terry’s wife). Our music group backed the singer and the audience sang along on the chorus before and after each verse Terry sang… of the song, It is No Secret (what God can do) .
If you missed the link last week, here it is again:

Tribute Memorial to Bill Bolman

We continued working through the evening, each on projects we needed to complete. We both lost track of time, and didn’t get to bed until after midnight.

Saturday, Aug 25

This morning it is chilly and welcomed, but the haze has returned, winds have died, and the visibility is only 4 miles. However, the winds returned just before 10:00 a.m. and we had 28 mph gusts that are moving some of the smoke from the valley. So now at 11:53, the winds are sustained at 21 mph and the visibility has increased to 5 miles. It will get better throughout the day.

John has gone to open the gate, take care of outside chores, inside chores for me, and we are about ready to have our late brunch.

Early morning John put in the Crockpot for all day, a nice beef roast with onions and canned tomatoes. Tonight he fried more onions, some yellow summer squash, I cut two of his nice homegrown tomatoes, and two of our plums (purple each one from a different tree). One was cling free and the other was supposed to be, but didn’t get that message.
I made good progress today on photographs and videos I had taken last week. Should be able to finish them and put them on Google Photos to distribute by tomorrow, and then update the beginning of this blog.

Following a suggestion from a new WTA volunteer, John made a nice sectional description of the trail for the Dingford Trail work next Friday. He will take it along and show it to the crew at the trail head and safety talk that precedes every WTA work party.

Sunday, Aug 26

Mom is one of the 3-yr old twins, Bambi gets along with Buck
A few days later the local bucks have shed their velvet.

Cat & Mouse (left).
Here is my video:
Czar playing with mouse & Sue enters later

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

with video (below)