Nature, gifts, and parties

Monday, Dec 4

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 3: SpO2 low 84 9 events <88% with overall avg., 92.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 54.5, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 3 min.

I’m going to start this week with a sunset from last night and a number of views that people in Ellensburg shared on a local Facebook site: Community Connect, Kittitas County.By Mikka Jameson, Carrie Hall, & Keri Armstrong, Ellensburg, WABy Padi Pierce, Carrie Patrick McKamey, Alisa Lundy Peterson

Called Marci at Culligan in Spokane to replace our filters under the sink. Set for this Friday, call coming Thursday for a window of time. It happened.

This morning, I spent time reviewing my comments and research on my latest medical finding and need for an endocrinologist to consider my case of an atrial fib medication that has been fine for 7 years keeping me from any fibrillations but has been making my thyroid dysfunctional. I called the head of Medical Records in Cle Elum and asked him if he could search the records by test and not by just the date of a blood draw. He said he could and he would print copies to leave for me at the check-in desk when we go to see our new doctor tomorrow morning.

Afternoon, I went to town for SAIL exercise class and to run some errands. I got some on sale items at Safeway, when I went in to spend lots of money on a prescription for my Brittany. I’m not sure she even needs it, and I halved her dosage six months ago. At least I’m getting it for ½ price there through GoodRX.

During the afternoon, I worked on checking out things I wanted to talk to my doctor about and heated up the back guest bathroom in the house (the coldest part of our house), to take my shower because we have to leave about 9:00 a.m.

Also, I washed a big load of dishes.
John spent the day on another project to build a covered entrance for the 3 outside feral cats to come over the front fence, near where the old cable table was moved from, to get over the fence to get to their heated water, dry food, and the front door to eat their vittles of canned food each morning and night.

Tuesday, Dec 5

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 4: SpO2 low 85, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 93.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.8%. Pulse avg. 57.4, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 15 min.

We got up, fed the animals, and got ready to leave. It was great we had good weather, cold, but no freezing fog, as had been forecast.

Great visit with our new doctor. He started with reviewing the printed copies of previous tests waiting for me there before my appointment. I had talked with the head of Medical Records at Cle Elum (Ed), and asked him Monday afternoon about checking my records. He found I had four previous labs tests during the last 8 years, before my recent ones in 2017. He printed them and left copies for me to pick up when I arrived for our joint follow-up appointment.

I explained to Dr. Wood what I had done, and he was anxious to see them. He reviewed them with us, and pointed out the meaning of the values (which I had already seen, and suspected). The 2009 was fine. The atrial fib medication was started in 2010 and the 2010 test showed a change, with the change continuing for the next 4 years, in 2012 and 2014. No one ever told us about the potential conflict. Now we know from our recent research, that this can show up as soon as 3 weeks after going on the drug. Other than the hair loss, I have had no other indications of a problem. My energy level has not been affected. [John says: Hair loss could be from some other issue.]

I’m being referred to another doctor (endocrinologist) to assess my information regarding the conflict of the atrial fibrillation med with my thyroid. I’m quite excited I will be seeing Dr. Lisa Stone, in Wenatchee, for her evaluation. She comes with excellent recommendations and reports from a number of people I know. My blood tests and my loss of hair on the top of my head alerted my new PCP to research further, and he found the potential conflict.

We didn’t get home from Cle Elum until noon and had not eaten, so John cooked up a nice brunch, and I left for town for my vigorous exercise class. Only two of us were there today, and we had a good workout, with 25 minutes of vigorous exercise (according to my FitBit wrist monitor).

I brought home a plate of various Christmas cookies in a gift-wrapped bag, with a hand painted card by the kids. I’ll show you the card, and inside were printed Merry Christmas greetings. I also got a plate for my 92 yr old friend, Gloria, who has been a member of our exercise class since 2010 at the center. She is not coming anymore because the assisted living place she moved to has two SAIL classes she can attend.

The gifts were assembled by the Bits and Buckles, kids group, of cowboys and cowgirls, and they made the cookies, candy, and packages, to deliver to the senior center. What a nice gesture.
Bobbi Broderius, their leader will send me a description tomorrow and a picture of the back of her car with all the plates for delivery. She’s the mom of one of our new AmeriCorps staff helping with exercises and events at the senior center (AAC). Her name is Jessi. I have known Bobbi through CWU for many years in our scholarship luncheon group.

Here are the photos she sent of the back of the car and also some of the kids. More were involved, as you will see in the story below the pix.
Bits and Buckles Club with a nice Community Christmas offering.

Here’s the story (at my request) from the leader:

Bits & Buckles is a 4-H club that has boys and girls ages 8-18. Up until this year we only had horse 4-H members in our club. This year we added rabbit 4-H so that is a new adventure for us. Most of the kids in the club have at least one horse.

The members have to give a demonstration in each of the projects they are involved in, attend horse judging contests (where they judge the horses), keep a record book, complete a showmanship class, and participate in club meetings. They also show their horse in different events throughout the year. There are pre-shows for both rabbit and horse and then horse has their big fair in August (2 weeks before Labor Day Fair) and the rabbit kids will show their rabbits at Fair. The horse program only takes a few horses back to Labor Day Fair as there is just not room for us.

We have a club business meeting once a month and offer club rides at Bloom pavilion to help the kids with their horses. We host a couple of horse shows a year and do various community service activities.

Jessi started when she was 9 and I just stayed after she aged out. I have been involved for 15 years. I have a bunch of great kids! I love working with the kids and horses. I could talk about horses forever!

Wednesday, Dec 6

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 5: SpO2 low 85, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 92.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.9%. Pulse avg. 55.4, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 45 min.

Today’s wonderful wake up picture was from my friend since 1974, when he hired John and me to teach at the Univ. of Idaho. He lives in two places now and was traveling when he saw this view and returned to photograph it.By Sam Scripter: “Willamette Falls, @ Oregon City, with Mt. Hood gracing the horizon,” 12-5-17. [Copy and paste Willamette Falls into Google Earth to see the location.]

I worked again on email address changes, and left earlier than usual for music at the food bank. I was able to help set up chairs, music stands, and visit with people. I also delivered a bunch of containers to the kitchen for their use (plastic containers such as sour cream & cottage cheese come in). They use them and appreciate receiving them. Two grocery bags of them were donated by two of my neighbors and left on our gate post at the road. A week ago, the same neighbor brought two much larger bags of egg cartons, and those I took to the food distribution center. John and I are still amazed they can reuse those cartons. We toss any that look messy.

I attended SAIL exercise class, and we had another vigorous workout, led by Jessi Broderius.

From there I went by the pharmacy to pay for and pick up two medications.

I came home and heard about John’s chore filled day and saw his newly created bird feeder. Its got thin plywood on the top and bottom and a 2″x 4″ wire enclosure. The little birds come and go as though it isn’t here. A few Quail go through, but the Collared Doves are too large. As ordered. The fence cross-over for the cats is covered and has a platform. The fence now has a 2 x 4 rail across the top that may keep the deer from coming over. We’ll see. Cats have a ladder like approach to the platform just above the higher fence.
Our local skunks are the striped type (Mephitis mephitis) and not good climbers. They are able to squeeze through an opening near ground level and they are good at digging. There is also a spotted skunk, sometimes called a ‘polecat’, not seen around here but a better climber. Just some of the issues when living in a rural setting.

Thursday, Dec 7

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 6: SpO2 low 84, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 93.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 91.5%. Pulse avg. 54.4, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 9 min.

Today our Fiddlers and Friends group is not playing. The nursing home is “locked down” because of a flu-like viral gastroenteritis (in England called the winter vomiting bug) with over ½ the residents ill. One would think they would give the residents a flu vaccine (I don’t know, just a comment – but apparently nothing yet works well). Residents are confined to their rooms and served their meals there. This being one of the “51 specific evidence-based recommendations” to lessen the impact.

It gives me time to stay home and work on my changes of email addresses required by the end of the month.

I didn’t get as much done as I needed, but made more progress. Still have many hours to go on this project.

Friday, Dec 8

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 7: SpO2 low 85, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 91.4%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.4%. Pulse avg. 55.6, low 48. Slept 5 hrs 16 min. & got more off the oximeter.

This morning we await the Culligan man to visit to check our Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter System, make tests, and replace the 4 filters. We pay something every month to cover the cost near the end of the year. This works very well. The water could not be any better or safer – we think.
When we go to the Yakima Costco we see area folks buying bottled water by the cart load. We have no idea what that costs per year. You pay either way, but under the sink filters seems simpler.

Today for lunch, I am going to the senior center for the annual Christmas party, and wearing my old (now too large) “ugly” Christmas sweater to be in the contest, with a gift for the winner. Mine is probably not ugly enough to win, but it will be fun to wear it. I got lots of compliments as I was going around taking pictures of the crowd. John wore it last Sunday to the Grange Christmas dinner. We didn’t take any pictures there. Some of you have seen it in past Decembers in the blog, normally on him.

I carried John’s Nikon, but the memory filled up partway through the event. Here are a few photos I took early on, or had help from someone with my camera. I had taken another camera with me, and switched to it later.

The AAC activities started with the sweater contest. Left is the contest at the start of the party. The two winners are 2nd and 3rd from the left. Right is my friend Mildred with me.

After the contest, they served us lunch. Here’s a food collage:Sides of apples, eggnog bread, banana/choc chip, pumpkin bread, and a plate: ham, green beans, & potatoes w/ gravy. I had water, and most all had cranberry punch (I cannot w/meds).

Santa joined the crowd while we were eating.
LINK: Santa

A gift exchange (a fun game in itself) for those that wanted to play, came after we finished eating. Last year’s gift I had to throw away after it blew up in my microwave cooking eggs and made a terrible mess.

Here I am with part of my gift that came in a big sack with some smaller items. This is supposedly a fantastic game for up to 8 people, called Mexican Trains Dominoes:Nancy with the heavy metal box with game parts. I’ll have to take it to Hearthstone or Briarwood to set up to play with some of the residents (next year in my spare time; what’s that?)
Nancy on Santa’s knee, Mrs. Claus, Connie, & just the 3 of us.

I took a lot of photos of the day, which I will share with the staff so they can post what they want on the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center’s Facebook page, to go along with all the photos they took. I try to take photos while they are busy fixing our lunch, or serving, when they cannot take pix.

We were done by 1:10 p.m. and I went by the hospital in my outfit to wish Merry Christmas to 3 people on the hospital staff.

I did not stay around town for a 3:00 party at the Food Bank for all volunteers & family, because I had things to do at home, and I was already full of food and carrying home gifts.

I did go by my pharmacy to pick up two prescriptions, and completed another chore of putting in my pills to a week long’s supply of morning and night pills.

We stayed up late working on computer chores.

Saturday, Dec 9

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 8: SpO2 low 84, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 92.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.9%. Pulse avg. 56.3, low 51. Slept 8 hrs 16 min.

I screwed up on picking up my Coumadin from Super 1 pharmacy. I should have been alerted when I heard the price that I owed (with Insurance paying part). It was more than double what I get it for at Safeway, through GoodRX for cash, not using insurance), at the price for 90 tablets (2.5mg) of $15.58. I won’t make that mistake again. By federal regulations, it cannot be returned to the pharmacy after it is dispensed.

All day I’m home to take care of things. Progress is going slowly. We have been shooing off the collared doves from the feeders, so the smaller birds can have their share. They do not mind sharing with the quail, but the doves are not liked by anyone, apparently including the hawk in a tree near the road. John chased them up that way but the hawk didn’t move.

I have had bunches of emails I needed to respond to. Much time has been spent since last night, moving and sorting pictures from the event at the senior center yesterday that I captured on two different cameras. John’s takes the nicer photos, but when his memory filled up part way through, I switched to the other older camera. I tried deleting a few that I knew were deletable, but after filling it again, I waited for John to review them when I got home. There were photos back to 2010 on the SD card. John has started deleting old photos. He often takes 5 or 6 of the “shot” and so will be clearing about half or more of the space. It has taken him 7 years to fill up the memory card.

I’ll end the week with a picture joke – someone should have seen this not so merry sight coming.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Music, birds, and stuff

Left over from last week:
Pictures of our musical group entertaining the day before Thanksgiving… taken of our Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends group by Chuck. He’s the husband of our guest for the day from Bend, OR, playing the accordion, Katie Eberhart.Here we all were at the end, only holding our instruments, not playing. Left to right, foreground is Gloria, my 92 yr old friend, who just moved into Hearthstone. She’d come down to listen and sing along. We had a nice audience behind the cameraman. Players from the left: Laura, Maury, Manord, Evie, Charlie, Dean, Nancy, visitor Katie, Anne. Some of our regulars were out of town on Thanksgiving trips.

Here’s some collages of close-ups during the performance.Laura, Manord, Dean, and NancyNancy and Katie happy to see Evie arriving. Right photo Evie is in the middle with Manord and Charlie.

Sunday, Nov 26

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 25: SpO2 low 86, XX events <88% with overall avg., 89.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.4%. Pulse avg. 56.8, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 9 min.

I spent time on the blog, and John entertained himself with a cable-table move. I captured some of the moving of the heavy utility wire spool to a position where we can see and enjoy the birds coming in for black-oil sunflower seeds.
When compared to striped sunflower seeds, black oil seeds are meatier and have a higher oil content, giving birds more nutrition and calories in every bite. Black oil seeds also have thinner shells, making them easier for small birds to crack.Most seed eating birds are attracted to black oil sunflower seeds. The black in the name describes the all black hull. The oil in the name refers to the higher oil content per gram in this smaller sunflower seed. Cardinals, chickadees, finches, sparrows, nuthatches, and other small birds prefer black oil sunflower over any other seed because of its high fat content and thinner shell.
Striped sunflower is larger and has a tougher shell. Jays, titmice, cardinals, grosbeaks and woodpeckers love striped sunflower and can handle the tougher, larger shells.
We also have California quail and collared doves, a native of subtropical Asia. We wanted to have the feeding take place closer to the windows so we can watch the interactions – and occasionally chase the doves away. They are the largest of the many birds feeding, there are a lot, and they get pushy.
Back to the action.The “before” location was on pieces of wood over gravel. The “after” location would be up in the air, using concrete blocks for support.Here is the ramp and lever process photo, with the video below.

John Moving the Cable Table

Final resting place for cable table:Final resting place for cable table, with John and companion critters (Brittany & cat) following him up the driveway to feed the horses. Note the bird on the top of the table and on the veranda.
Currently, our little birds are mostly Finches and Juncos.

Little Birds

Monday, Nov 27

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 26: SpO2 low 82, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 90.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 86.4%. Pulse avg. 57.5, low 49. Slept 5 hrs 35 min.

I got a call from my PCP’s nurse Diane that our new PCP, Dr. Wood wanted to see me today to discuss my Thyroid blood draw results last Tuesday. It was a long trip up and back to a 1:45 appt, that took <15 mins. We suppose that is required for government regulations. We found out that one of my medications for atrial fib is conflicting with my thyroid (making it dysfunctional), so I am being referred to an endocrinologist for a thorough examination and determination of how to counteract it. These were the results of my Thyroid tests a few days apart:Comments: I really don’t know enough to talk about the values above. I only know that my doctor requested the T3 be done after the FT4 results were in, with the elevated TSH test. I do not know the meaning of T3 uptake and total, or the significance of the values. We return for a visit this coming Tuesday morning, and I will learn more before then, and more still then.

The concern is that one of my heart medications (Amiodarone) is conflicting and making my Thyroid “dysfunctional.” I have successfully been on the medication for 7 years with no occurrence of any atrial fibrillation. I do not wish to go back to the prior feeling. Then, I could see my chest moving and feel the palpitations. My hopes are there is some counterbalance medication I can begin slowly with supervision by my PCP to make this work. I am not aware of any effects this condition is making on my life style or energy level.

I thought I fixed the online banking with Umpqua, but the end of the week, an announcement for my statement being ready came to the old account I supposedly changed from. Maybe (I hope) it was already in the system and will be changed next month, when I no longer have the email account working.
The Balinese are going on with life normally, apparently with no concern for the volcano. If I were nearby, I would be concerned.
Bali Mt. Agung “Erupting”

On the way home from the doctor’s office in Cle Elum, I saw some pretty clouds over the ridge behind our house and asked John to stop for me to photograph them for the preschool studies on clouds. My friend from New Jersey has been sharing some neat photos of clouds from back east.

Here was my contribution this afternoon.Looking across Naneum Fan to the ridge (tops ~5,500 feet) where the Wilson Creek and Naneum Creek drainages combine and flow into our valley. West is to the left, toward the higher Cascades.
Here is my (short) video of clouds over Wilson Naneum Drainages, 11-27-17.

Tuesday, Nov 28

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 27: SpO2 low 86, XX events <88% with overall avg., 90.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 86.3%. Pulse avg. 56.2, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 4 min.

Let’s start with a sunrise we missed, but a friend saw and photographed 10 minutes south of us: Photos by Myrna Antonich from her backyard (that pole is her clothes line – the old conventional kind many of us grew up with).

I called Cle Elum to Susan in referrals and give her Gary Treece MD’s contact information: NOVA Health, phone: 509-573-3530. It is located at 6101 Summitview Ave., Ste. 200, Yakima, WA 98908. He is an endocrinologist in Yakima recommended by my cardiologist, Anatole Kim, MD. [He is about 71, and tried to retire. Then was convinced to return. This info puts a damper on the referral – may look elsewhere.]

I called Shaku Amin at College Subscription Service and found out our Discover and Smithsonian are not yet expired. We keep getting requests to renew. I have put her direct line into my notes on magazines in that folder. I also have her email in our new joint account. We also have gotten 4 or 5 solicitations from Forbes Magazine with a gift of Wall-Street Bull/Bear cuff links following our payment. The last time John wore cuff links was likely our wedding in 1969. Someone needs to get out of NYC more often.

I left home to get to the KVH hospital to check in for my mammography appointment at 1:00 p.m. The mammography “machine” is brand new in our hospital, and scans in 3D, not 2D, which allows for better interpretations. While there, I requested copies of my recent thyroid tests that were drawn and submitted to Quest Diagnostics in Seattle. I need to scan these and send to my (now retired) cardiologist’s nurse, for her to share with him, if she sees him this week, as planned. In the process of finding out things about my referral to an endocrinologist, I learned that my cardiologist since 2009 retired Oct 31, 2017 from the Yakima Heart Center. He found the “new health care” environment unattractive. We had discussed this notion with him over the past 2 or 3 years. I am hugely disappointed but not surprised.

I went to my normal stops on Tuesday, and ended up at the AAC for exercise. That jazzy funercise is going to change for a month to dancing with a weekly change in the type of dance (line, swing, ballroom, ?) My friend of many years from the horseback riding club (KV Trailriders), Pat Thomas, was there for her first time, and we were the only two who showed up. Pat also lives on Naneum Rd (our road, 4 miles south). We visited and walked while our leader had to attend to AAC business, but then Nicole (AmeriCorps staff person), joined us and lead us through SAIL exercises for our arms and legs. I was hurting from my mammography, particularly my left shoulder, but the new mammography was an interesting experience to have and watch the machine and see the results on a screen. The main problem was my range of motion to get the edge of the plate under my arm pit and leaning forward. The release was instant and not as painful as in the past. My left side is also a challenge for the technician, because of my implanted (metal) defibrillator getting in the way.

More time spent on changing emails.

Wednesday, November 29

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 28: SpO2 low 87, xx events <88% with overall avg., 91.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.1%. Pulse avg. 56.2, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 25 min.

Today, I worked on various things in the morning. I sorted apples to get a box to give away, then worked on music, but primarily email changes.

I left for the Food Bank, early, and dropped off Wall St. Journals, and then got stuff done setting up at the Food Bank for music, giving containers to the cook, who gave me some return lunch to give to my neighbor. We played Christmas music and the whole audience enjoyed it and sang along, then we ate, visited, and I left to take some Christmas cards to a young woman who asked for them (I picked them up at the Senior Center on the free take table.) Then delivered some music and the box of apples to a family who helped with the veterans’ celebration.

On to SAIL class. We had a good workout today with 24 min of vigorous exercise. I left there for a Hospice Friends stop, and then two other stops, before home.

I also put in a call to my PCP about a prescription that never got sent to my pharmacy. It fell through the cracks somehow, but I believe it will be resolved now.

We both worked some today (John on outside: fence, feeding, and other odd chores), and me on the email address saga and other records I’m taking care of changing.

Thursday, Nov 30 Happy Thanksgiving!

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 29: SpO2 low 87, XX events <88% with overall avg., 91.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.2%. Pulse avg. 54.6, low 49. Slept 7 hrs 11 min.

Long ago Jeff Watson was my student at CWU in GIS classes. He is still in WA doing GIS work for the Muckleshoot Tribe.

This is his awesome post via Facebook, which I seldom visit. This is worth the trip.

Jeff Watson’s 3D pro (ArcGIS) compilation: Need to view in Facebook …his facebook account is Jeffrey A. Watson.
Historic River changes in western WA

Here are his comments:

The Tribe’s Planning Commission expressed interest in gaining a sense of historical flows of the White and Green Rivers so I put this animation together at work to demonstrate where they used to be connected. In 1906 a flood on the White river deposited so much debris along the rise of the southwest side of the Muckleshoot prairie that the river was diverted completely into the Stuck River which became the Duwamish which, in turn empties into Commencement Bay. A long history of flooding in the area drove residents to fortify the natural dam, and the rivers have been disconnected ever since. Needless to say downtown Auburn would be a very different place right now. As the video indicates I geo-referenced the image of a 1906 map into the GIS then digitized the path of the river into a vector polygon data set. The fly-over effect is achieved with not a lot of work via the ArcGIS Pro 3D software. It actually came out pretty cool.

Here’s a previous one he did:

Commentary: May as well toss this one out there too. I made this a while back to highlight the Reservation and some key Tribal features along the Auburn-Enumclaw Highway (SR 164). It starts at the bottom of the hill in Auburn; heads up past the Casino, then southwest through the Reservation. Just south of the Amphitheater we hang a u-turn and wind up through the White River Gorge back to Auburn. Then up to Emerald Downs race track (an MIT holding); then back along Auburn way to the Casino…

Another look at the Res

We went to an Ice Age Floods Geology lecture tonight at CWU.

Introduction to the evening by Nick Zentner, and to the speaker by Karl Lillquist. LINK
Talk by Canadian on water-caused landscape features in front and underneath glaciers

Speaker’s responses to questions

Friday, Dec 1

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 30: SpO2 low 86, XX events <88% with overall avg., 91.3%, Avg. low SpO2, 88.6%. Pulse avg. 59.4, low 54. Slept 7 hrs 52 min.

I started the video uploads to You Tube from last night’s talk.

Today is the day of the Weekly Web Sites send from my geographer friend in Michigan.

My favorite today is “These Beautiful, Swirling Images Are Maps of Washington’s Geology.” Follow this link for some excellent LiDAR imagery “pictures.”
This listing of Web Sites comes from a set of “Earth Science Sites of the Week,” which I receive from Mark Francek, and send off to 74 people on my distribution list who enjoyed sharing the information.

I’m still writing to Colleen Meyer about my labs and thoughts on Dr. Treece and the referral. Did not share the Thyroid test numbers yet, or the connection to the thyroid by taking Amiodarone, but I scanned the test results and will attach to the email and hope she will be able to show them and share with my cardiologist now retired. I asked if I could get a last appt, but she said no, yet she would ask him any question I wanted to ask him.

Arranged for the bread rolls for dinner, Sunday, at the Grange.
Washed a load of dishes. Worried with a number of email things.

Never got time to work on the blog until late this evening after supper, and I still am multi-tasking.
John has been shelling a pound or so of walnuts for the past several nights.

Saturday, Dec 2

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 1: SpO2 low 83, 12 events <88% with overall avg., 90.8%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.7%. Pulse avg. 59.6, low 53. Slept 6 hrs 30 min.

I did get some good news from Jeri Conklin in CA that our Daisy (and her mother Ginny) both had good field hunting test runs and got another “leg” on their Senior Hunter (SH) test. Tomorrow, Daisy is going for two more legs (hopefully), and when she gets them, she will have the title SH added to the end of her name, after JH (Jr. Hunter).
Good news – pictures came through tonight…Jeri Conklin with Ginny (left) & Linda Azevedo with Daisy (right). They were braced together (luck of the draw), (Ginny is Daisy’s mom), and they both had excellent bird work and retrieves to hand. Ginny is a little “overweight” from her recent spaying surgery. Here we have Daisy held by Jeri Conklin, with Linda Azevedo (her handler in the Senior Hunt test) and Kurt Conklin behind. This all happened today, December 2, 2017. The Hunt Test was held southeast (Claymine Road) of California City, just north of Edwards Air Force Base.

I spent much time this morning thawing and separating 144 rolls and repackaging for us to take to the Community Christmas Dinner at the Grange, tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

It snowed lightly, and is supposed to snow through 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. However, considering we are almost an hour from the Grange, and it is closer to the Cascades, we may have to deal with snow on our way there and back. (We did not; it was sunny and beautiful on the way up).

We had a late lunch, so imagine our supper will be as well. It was and was very good, thanks to John’s efforts.

He is now cracking and picking walnut parts from the Carpathians. We have had them (roasted) on our desserts the past few days.

I spent more time on changing emails, after evaluating my thyroid issues, trying to make sense of medical reports on line. I’m not sure I’m able to comprehend all I need to, in order to discuss it with any doctor. John read some of the stuff, and is less worried than I am.

Sunday, Dec 4

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 3: SpO2 low 84, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 92.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 57.4, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 32 min.

We did morning chores and got ready to leave, leaving about 11:44 a.m. We made good time, and got there for a parking spot right by the door. We took our rolls in and found us a place to sit. Visited some with several people, offered my help in the kitchen, but there were plenty of people already helping, and I was not needed.

We dressed in our Christmas sweaters, sweatshirt, and hats. No pictures were taken this year.

I did take videos of the musicians who sang Christmas songs to us for a half hour. They did a lovely job. I doubt I have time to include them all here, but here is one (their last).

Mountain Voices Christmas Choir – Jingle Bells (Sorta)

The meal was huge. I will not need any supper. I had lots of turkey, yams, a little mashed potatoes, a small amount of sausage dressing, gravy over all, some green beans, cherry Jello-O salad, a deviled egg, and dessert (pecan pie and a small bit of cherry covered cheesecake).

Came home to many emails and feeding chores. John shelled some more walnuts.

Heard from Jeri Conklin, that Daisy successfully got her 3rd leg of Master Hunter test this morning. She’ll have to wait until next year (February) to get her 4th and title.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy & John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Stuff gets in the way

Some stuff gets in the way of other stuff, so some stuff is ignored, some is started but not finished, and wonder of wonders, occasionally one of the stuffs gets done.

Monday, Nov 20

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 19: SpO2 low 82, 10 events <88% with overall avg., 90.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 86.7%. Pulse avg. 54.0, low 50. Slept 6 hrs 40 min.

Changed email addresses several places. Kaiser Permanente was the toughest. Also tried to get through to MedicAlert, but failed. Got to Pend Oreille Shores.

I’m spending incredible hours and not seeing much get accomplished as quickly as needed.

Tuesday, Nov 21

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 21: SpO2 low 82, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.3%. Pulse avg. 55.4, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 27 min.

We left for Cle Elum at 9:40 a.m. We took some White Heron wine along with us for our friends there. We decided to take the freeway up and Hwy 10 back. Our trip both ways was fine, with rain and intermittent fog (mostly on the tops of hills, not in our driving path). We arrived on time, but were not admitted until 11:00. We handed over our stool samples. We had our vitals taken by the nurse, and she handed us a copy of our labs. We compared notes and formed questions for our doctor, who soon arrived.

We revisited and heard about our lab findings. Considering we were born during the 2nd World War, overall, everything is fine, and we are healthy. John was put on a thyroid pill, Levothyroxine, because the tests indicated a slight thyroid hormone deficiency (age related?). For a similar issue, I’m being rechecked because the standard test is for FT4 and the Doc is curious about FT3. These are hormones and one gets converted, or not, into the other in the body. So, more blood drawn from Nancy and in two weeks we’ll go back. John’s prescription was sent to the pharmacy in EBRG. Mine did not make it. I’ll call first thing Monday morning and try to figure what’s up.

Our med-tech phlebotomist there in Cle Elum is a friend of many years (we took her a bottle of Syrah Rosé; learned she really likes Malbec; so in 2 weeks we’ll carry one of those).

Wednesday, November 22

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 20: SpO2 low 82, 11 events <88% with overall avg., 91.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.7%. Pulse avg. 56.7, low 51. Slept 8 hrs 4 min. (done)

Called nurse Diane about the prescription for me from Dr. Wood for Hydrocodone (aka Vicodin). That’s his suggested substitute for Oxycodone. I’ve still got some, but almost never use, Oxycodone but WA State is pushing hard to restrict it, and the clinics are where the State enforcement starts. Shoulder pain is a pain that requires it when playing fiddle for over an hour or for extreme exertion during exercising such as Jazzercise.

I was going to ask about my Thyroid prescription, but nurse Diane never returned the call. So, I will try again Monday, early. Never good to be needing medical attention on weekends or before or during a holiday.

We played music (last time for Oct/Nov), at Hearthstone today (a day early, because of Thanksgiving. Thanks to Charlie, Laura, Manord, Maury, Dean, Anne, Evie, and our guest Katie from Bend, OR for entertaining the residents, and guests. Thanks to Katie’s hubby, Chuck for coming along to sing, and her mom Barb, who enjoyed and sang the music too.

After the music, Gloria and I went to Community Thanksgiving Dinner. We had a nice time, greeting folks and eating. The plate was full of food: tender sliced turkey meat (dark and white), mashed potatoes, dressing, corn & green beans, grandma roll, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, & lemonade (or hot drink).

I came home and have been working some on dishes, but mostly on changing email addresses. This is turning into a monumental task.

Thursday, Nov 23 Happy Thanksgiving!

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 22: SpO2 low 80, 17 events <88% with overall avg., 91.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.5%. Pulse avg. 55.0, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 47 min.

John now has a runny nose and is sneezing, so we are happy we don’t have any Thanksgiving commitments. We can’t think of an obvious source, perhaps an unfriendly spirit. We are spending time in the house because it’s still raining. A slight opening in the weather allowed John to go feed this morning and now we can just stay put. We’ve only fed one of the outside cats, Salazar, who must sleep nearby in our car shed. He’s ready early and back during the day to be a companion cat with John on his chores around the property. Czar’s the first in for dinner too. Woody sleeps farther away in a hay shed. Her momma, Sue, goes back across Naneum Road – to someplace on Swedberg’s old dairy buildings, where she originated.

We have to be careful not to expose me to germs, although I probably have built up immunity with my recent infection, or not. Because of the music and Senior Center activities, I’m around more folks than John. Maybe I brought germs home to him.

I’m multi-tasking. I spent a lot of time last night working on the changes in email, and unleashed a ton more changes required I need to tackle today and this weekend. I had primarily been concentrating on email address notification, but I realized there is a ton of information in the ‘messages-received’ from places all over, contacting us about something. So, I have to follow through changing those too, because the sender is identified in the message but not entered into our address book.
I am trying to switch tasks every so often, because that way, everything gets a little attention. Yet still today I haven’t made it back to email changes yet.

We just finished a non-conventional Thanksgiving brunch, with John’s special efforts. We had home fries with his onions, 2 eggs over easy, bacon, and a piece of English Muffin toast with Marionberry jam for me and a wheat English Muffin for him. It was all quite good. We’ve been adding smoked turkey to salads, so not having lots of left-overs from a big roast is not an issue.

Now back to putting the music for Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! into my SongWriter 2012 software. I need to share it with a piano player (19 yrs old) for a special performance Dec 15 at our senior center. He played fiddle with our group for the Veterans Day music this year, and his brother played Home on the Range on his viola (my switched over ¾ size violin from 4th grade days). I plan to add it to the end of our December music, but may decide not to. And might carry it through to the Jan-February music, if I decide against putting it with the December stuff (cause I don’t have time to make copies for the audiences). They may know the song so I don’t have to worry. It was written in 1945, and many singers have sung it through the years.

To any Facebook friends, check this video, from Bobbie (Roberta) Pearce, my violin teacher from Nampa, ID. Bobbie came up to WA for 22 years – the WOTFA summer workshops.


She is playing the piano, her daughter Katrina Nicolayeff is a left-handed violinist (a National Grand Champion) is on the microphone and the others are the Junior Jammers, presenting a hoedown performance. Katrina is their teacher/conductor. We think the mother of Libby Rogers (next to Katrina) took the video.

Wow, it’s 2:35 p.m. and the sun just arrived, after the wind, and this morning with rain, fog, and low visibility. Weird weather. Maybe John will get to do some outside chores! It gets dark about 4:30. Sunset is at 4:18 this weekend – on the Naneum Fan.

Tonight we had a nice supper of mushrooms, onions, and open-faced cheeseburger with a Rome apple cut up, and for dessert, John baked a chocolate cake, I frosted with cream cheese frosting, and he covered with his own Carpathian walnuts. The boxed cake and the tub of frosting are well past their best-by dates. That’s why we are making cakes and trying to watch our calories at the same time.

I have been capturing information from credit card statement messages on the old account and had to look for usernames and passwords that I seldom use. I had to get into these to change the preferred email for receiving announcements about monthly statements that come. Switching laptop computers mid-year is also causing access problems. John’s view is “losing this old e-mail account is a curse.” I totally agree.

I made more good progress today on some music needed for Dec 15, Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Cannot believe that song was written so long ago, but it is younger than I am.

Friday, Nov 24

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 23: SpO2 low 83, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 91.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.3%. Pulse avg. 57.8, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 18 min.

We went to WalMart and found the All Bran in three types we wanted to try and got 2 boxes of the Original. Prices there are the best around, including on line. Costco doesn’t carry original All Bran, nor do any of the groceries in EBRG. Two places carry the buds.

Our trip to Costco was primarily for my glasses and to pick up a few things for our neighbor. Missing was unsalted roasted cashews we faithfully have gotten for her (and us) for years. They no longer carry them, so I have to find a local source, or check at WalMart the next time we are in Yakima.

Saturday, Nov 25

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 24: SpO2 low 80, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 90.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.8%. Pulse avg. 55.7, low 49. Slept 5 hrs 31 min - 2.5 hrs more off Oximeter.

John put out the placeholder this morning about 9:30 a.m. Don’t miss it. Fun stories. Click the bold letters in the block below:


And, I will add another special effects video, from my friend Keith Kleinfelder of his daughter – only for those who have Facebook access. This is no doubt worth getting on Facebook!
His explanation: “This is our daughter (Kiana) on her first “burn.” They’re called fire poi. They are porous ceramic cubes on chains with a strap to hold on to, dipped in Lantern fuel. These were special-ordered from New Zealand by her brother.
It’s more than just a food of Hawaii and Samoa; this definition is from the web: A small ball made of leaves and fibres, attached to a string; also, a traditional dance performed by Maori women involving the rhythmic swinging of such a ball. [from 19th c.] ( ) Kiana’s Poi Debut – 11-24-17
Poise with Pois

In the morning, we both worked on kitchen chores. John repackaged 5 lbs. of link sausage he bought yesterday, into bags of 4 for the freezer. He got 14 packages, and kept one for lunch. So they are about 25¢ per link.

I spent time on and off all morning loading the dishwasher. Now, I have the chore of putting 5 dozen eggs into individual cartons from the big bunch we got at Costco. My neighbor Ken brought me a ton of them, because I only had one left, from giving mine to the Food Bank for distribution. They give ½ dozen at a time to their clients, and now the egg production has cut back.

We had a great late brunch, two sausage links each, two eggs over easy, a piece of English Muffin toast with Marionberry jam, and a large fresh pear cut into many slices. It was all quite good.

John worked before the rains came on outside chores in the front yard. It started raining about 4:00 and continues.

Now it is Sunday morning and the first outside cat has been fed.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy & John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A typical week

Monday, Nov 13

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 12: SpO2 low 82, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 91.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.9%. Pulse avg. 59.8, low 52. Slept 5 hrs 33 min.

Early morning, I turned on the electric heater to warm up the back bathroom for my shower. That is the cold end of the house, during the winter months. We are going to the foot doctor. Trimming is paid for by Medicare every 3 months, but there needs to be a shorter time interval, and there ought to be a better way. This is the (real) doctor that I went to about nail-fungus. He is an interesting person with a big family and ancestors from northern Italy. We ask questions and he talks while he clips. Initially, he asked questions and I talked.

Mornings on our front pad bring various birds, including quail by the score. This picture is only a few of them, about a fifth ? of the bunch John saw before I got my camera out. I forget how many he said he counted. It was more than a covey. They fly in, walk in through the fence, for sunflower seeds he puts several places, including on the concrete.The spool was once used for puppies. There is a small solar light on top and a couple of bowls for seed – under partial cover.

We went by Audra’s for Klaire probiotic and got the good news I have lost 12 inches more and 10 lbs., since last in Sept 9th. My clothes are definitely fitting better. My % body fat is much lower.
(John says: “This time I think the loss was because she was sick.)

While there we also discussed John’s health and she made some suggestions and gave him some things to try. He is considering going to the gym during the winter to keep in shape, while not doing trail maintenance work. He still is keeping busy around here with projects until the snow falls and stays.

Tuesday, Nov 14

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 13: SpO2 low 82, 14 events (most 87) <88% with overall avg., 90.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.0%. Pulse avg. 58.0, low 51. Slept 8 hrs 27 min.

Early morning, we took chocolate chip cookies and raspberry coffee cake to Hearthstone for the Emeritus Geographers’ meeting, with a good crowd of folks: Lillian Brooks, Dee Eberhart & son Urban, Jim and Diane Huckabay, with her intern, Thomas Hull, a masters student in History, working on genealogical research, John and me, and I invited my friend, Gloria Swanson, who just moved into Hearthstone, and is into genealogical research as a DAR member. Oddly, enough, she had met Thomas in Yakima at a meeting. We had a very intriguing roundtable talk about our varied pasts and current geographical topics of interest and some intersecting historical connections and memories all around the U. S. and world.
Then at the end, we brought it back to our region with Urban Eberhart’s report on the Yakima Basin Project of getting water back into several streams that had gone dry over the years of shoveling all the irrigation water into agricultural pursuits. Now locals, state, and federal folks are involved in planning for working toward the whole Columbia Basin. He told us a fascinating story about moving fish from dams to the stream for their journey.

In this case the journey is downstream, out of the reservoir. The project is now being built. It involves a helix tube with water going down.
Here is a photo of a plant that makes a helix tube. A coiled spring is another example. For the fish, openings in the reservoir will be at many levels, so as the water goes up or down, fish can find an entrance. Initial experiments had the fish “flung” against the tube wall, so they tinkered with the shape and amount of flow until the fish happily made the passage.
The fish go down backwards – head into the flow. That seemed odd, but don’t airplanes face that way at takeoff?
If this helical systems works well it will solve one-half of the fish migration issue. Going upstream is the next challenge. [Maybe we’ll get a tour soon.]

John and I came home for him to change his clothes, and then we went up for the first part of our annual medical meeting. The 2nd visit is next week. No one understands this except an unknown bureaucrat in the Government. We thought the first was just with the nurse, and she took our vitals, checked our records, and gave us a mental acuity (we guess) test. We were handed a circle and asked to put the numbers of the face of a clock on it. Then we had to draw in the time 11:10. She gave us each 3 words to remember that she would ask later in our visit. We were not allowed to write them down. Doing that in the same room, was probably not the wisest. Whoever goes second needs not to listen to the first person’s words. John remembered one of my words, and forgot one of his.
We were to get a Flu shot, and we had a long visit with our new doctor, Dr. Norman Wood, before the nurse returned with the immunization. We always go to each other’s physician’s appointments (such as my cardiologist), and he did not mind at all. The nurse told us there are other couples who do likewise.

We are exceptionally happy with him. Our doctor since 1988 retired this year, and we remained there (in Cle Elum), 45 minutes from our home. We know all the staff there, so it didn’t make sense to change locations.

During our visit we found out a bunch of personal information about him and he learned a lot about our medical history. Both of us are happy he has experienced some of the same health issues as we each have.

We got there at 1:30 and were taken into the examination room at 2:00. We were there for well over an hour. We had to come home, feed animals, and get back to Dean Hall, to the Museum of Culture & Environment for a talk by our Geography colleague (Megan Walsh), with a Geological Sciences faculty member (Susan Kaspari).

I told Megan about our timing on the afternoon appointment, but that we would do our best to make it. We got there in time! I had my old camera and I videotaped the evening, including the questions afterward. I was sitting a bit on an angle, but most is legible and their voices can be heard. Also, I was doing it by hand holding and not with a tripod, so excuse the jiggles. I have permission to share this link:

Fire & Ice: Susan Kaspari & Megan Walsh, CWU, 11-14-17
History from ice and mud

This following information is what I put with the YouTube description. CWU professors Susan Kaspari (Geological Sciences) and Megan Walsh (Geography) helped us envision the future of climate change in the Pacific Northwest by looking into the past. Susan’s research examines the impact of black carbon (commonly referred to as soot; think big wildfires) on the melting rates of glaciers and seasonal snowpack.

Megan’s research explores how ancient charcoal deposits can help us understand past fire activity. Secondarily, the pollen in the sediment can help recreate what plants were there over time. Taken together, the work can help us understand the complicated relationship between humans, fire, ice/snow, and climate change. WA’s mountains and the entire area to the north of us was covered by ice just 13,500 years ago.

Wednesday, November 15

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 14: SpO2 low 81, 12 events <88% with overall avg., 90.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.4%. Pulse avg. 55.3, low 49. Slept 7 hrs 42 min.

I went to FISH Food Bank with eggs & tuna salad for myself, so I don’t have to eat pasta and green mixed salad with things in it I cannot have (because of Vitamin K content). I did have some baked apples (from there) to go along with it, and orange juice.
First, we played ½ hour of music, and then visited with our fan club members over lunch. Several sing along with us from their table. We provide the lyrics for them.

This afternoon I worked on several projects on the computer, while John is finalizing outside activities.Amy Davison sent this of our Carpathian walnuts candied and roasted, and sent the recipe. She said her house smelled amazing. Daughter Haley shelled them.

Thursday, Nov 16

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 15: SpO2 low 84, 10 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.2%. Pulse avg. 56.4, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 52 min.

I called Terri (the Activities Director) at Pacifica. We will need all the chairs for a big crowd of players today.

I had signed up for the Nov 16 Knudson’s Lumber Ladies Night Out, 6:00 – 7:30 – I’m taking some stuffed toys to donate to the Community Christmas Basket.
I didn’t realize I was double booking, because we are going to the local Audubon Chapter that night, in town from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. I took John to the center early, which is part of the Ellensburg Library, and there are many magazines people (we have too) put in the entrance way to share. He knew he would have a load of reading material. I dropped him off and got back to the parking lot before 6:00. There was a long line stretched from the front door, around the parking lot, and back toward the back of the store, where I had parked. It was chilly, but I had on a winter coat. I got to the door and one of my friends saw me and came back to visit. It was an interesting chance meeting. I saw only 3 others inside that I knew. It was a zoo. Many people signed up on Facebook, and 174 registered through that, but many others just showed up from the community. Anything one can put in a 5-gallon bucket (they loan) is 20% off. And, if you want something from the lumber yard, you have the personnel write what you will get later, and they charge you for it at 20% off. I went with a request for 3” nails (galvanized and zinc-coated for John’s outside projects), and I brought it home in a nice Knudson’s pink shopping bag, which was given to the first 100 customers. I took this before I left so I would know what he wanted. These are 4” and he wanted 3”.

I received a $5 coupon to use as Knudson’s Kash in December, so we can go back for anything else he might need. No men were allowed to this event. I visited several vendors and picked up some free samples from them (a lip balm and ice scraper). People who signed in on Facebook were given a gift, which was a bag of nice chocolates. John shared those when I got home. I left as soon as I could and barely got back to the Audubon chapter meeting before it started.

I took my camera to the Kittitas Audubon monthly meeting and videotaped part of the excellent presentation:

African Wildlife Safari-A Look at Kenya & Rwanda, by Doug Kuene
Photos from East Africa

Apologies for the left side of the lens being blurred. No clue why. I have cleaned off the lens. I only got 28 minutes of the talk, missing the mountain gorillas. (My battery ran out of electrons and I didn’t have another to substitute).

Friday, Nov 17

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 16: SpO2 low 79, 10 events <88% with overall avg., 90.0%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.0%. Pulse avg. 54.0, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 52 min.

We got up and to town for a fasting blood draw, requested by our new doctor. We made it there and back by 9:20.

Then I left for lunch at CWU, Geography, for our scholarship luncheon meeting, dropped off a check for my CWURA (retirement association) membership, ate a Chicken Caesar salad and a fun dessert, visited, and then drove down to meet John at Super 1, where he left his car and I drove mine to Costco (‘cause it needed gasoline). We got a good price there ($2.629/gal).

My main reason for going today was to get my prescription filled on my glasses for correction to my left eye (from the laser surgery, which did not return to better, as predicted). I will only have to use them for urban driving or for night driving because it also corrects for astigmatism. My right eye will only be improved slightly because it is still in good shape, but the left eye’s nearsightedness will be corrected to 4 times better. I chose the first frame I picked up, and probably looked at 5 or 6. It will take them about a week to make them. For $30 off, one can buy a second set; I decided to use the same type of frame and get a pair of sunglasses. That’s the only cost I will have because insurance covers the first pair. I haven’t needed any glasses in 20 years (because of my intraocular lens replacements in 1997).

Saturday, Nov 18

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 17: SpO2 low 83, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.9%. Pulse avg. 54.1, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 3 min.

Called Morris Uebelacker (he was hired at CWU as a geographer the same year I was hired, 1988). We had a great phone visit with the 3 of us, about his summer and fall (mostly river travels), and told him about the field trip tomorrow. It is in his part of the region and CWU colleagues will be there. I’m staying home because of a hiking component I’m not up to.

The rest of the afternoon was spent with music at Briarwood, and a nice meal the ladies (and one gentleman) prepare for us to share with the residents after we play. Today’s menu was multiple (calico) bean and ground beef soup, rolls, cracker/chips, and a dessert table with apple/pecan bread with caramel/coconut frosting, corn flakes cookies, chocolate chip w/ nuts cookies, and some containers of Jello (I think; I didn’t take any). We had a good turn-out of players and of audience. We always have fun there. I came home with a gift of a loaf of the apple/nut bread that Bill always makes for me (and I took him a birthday present, plus we sang happy birthday to him), and I brought home a little bag from Betty of her Corn Flakes cookies. She talked to me Wednesday at the food bank when we were there for playing music, and I told her I’d see her today. So she was ready. Usually, I take home leftovers of her cookies (not many), so she wanted to be sure I had some, in case. John took them with him on his field trip Sunday.

Started working on music once home, and it continued most of the day.

Sunday, Nov 19

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 18: SpO2 low 82, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.8%. Pulse avg. 55.7 low 50. Slept 8 hrs 28 min.

After getting ice off the car, John left for CWU.
I spent the morning doing music and several sinks of dishes. I washed a full dishwasher load that finished about the time he arrived home.
Changed my password on my CWU account. I need to ask how to access email there through MyCWU.

The field trip was to visit places scoured by the late Ice Age floods – 20,000 to 14,000 years ago. The final stop was at a place where lava erupted in a fiery curtain about 15 Million years ago. First picture is from Iceland, that shows what such a thing looks like.Next is a view of Rock Creek Valley where the lava of the Rosa flood-basalt came through the surface. The violent eruption throws hot material into piles where, somewhat air cooled, it compacts, cools, and leaves mounds and ridges. Below, on the right shows the interior of a spatter-ridge. (John took these photos on Sunday, Nov. 19th.)Some believe the eruption was along the bottom of the valley (black spots are cows). The scene is from the ridge where the right side photo is from.) The landscape has undergone a lot of action over 15 M. years, so it is hard to know.

John got home about 6 PM, in the dark. He fed the horses, and we fed cats, and ourselves. A couple of hours later, it began to snow and then changed to rain.
John got buckets under the drip line. So, the timing was good. It is really coming down! The buckets are half full.

Have a nice Thanksgiving week.
Hope your past week was fine.

Nancy & John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Wet Gray Dreary – WGD

Sunday, Nov 5

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 4: SpO2 low 82, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 90.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.1%. Pulse avg. 54.3, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 21 min.

John started by moving snow, feeding the birds, and two outside cats. He also ordered more ink cartridges for our printer and a heated water bowl for the outside feral cats that now arrive morning, night, and throughout the day at our front porch, wanting canned food to supplement their hard pellets.
Busy all day with outside and inside chores for us.
Published the blog quite late .. just before midnight.

Monday, Nov 6

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 5: SpO2 low 82, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 90.8%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.2%. Pulse avg. 54.9, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 10 min.

This morning, I worked on the photos John took at the AAC on Friday’s Veterans’ Celebration, to send to the AAC.

Late afternoon, our heated water bowl for the outside feral cats arrived along with more printer ink cartridges. They came quickly from a place just 100 miles west. We just ordered them through Amazon and ETA was Tuesday. Frequently stuff comes from near Reno, NV so perhaps this is an expanding distribution center.

I need to work on photos I took in Seattle at the WTA Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. I only did a couple for last week’s blog. Still need to do that, and it is now the end of the week.

Tuesday, Nov 7

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 6: SpO2 low 84, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 92.7.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.7 %. Pulse avg. 53.8, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 5 min.

I managed to get to people about Emeriti Geographers’ Meeting next Tuesday morning, to KV F&F about this week, and last week’s pix, to visit with the Interim Dir. of F.I.S.H. food bank for donation to Thanksgiving clients there and to the community thanksgiving dinner.

John found things to do while I went to exercise, Bi-Mart, and two other stops. He brought to the front a non-used old heavy dog house from its lonely existence at the edge of the back fence. It rode on our wheel barrow replacement – a Gorilla Cart.
Where we acquired this “dog” house is a mystery. Picture below. It is double walled and insulated – without a front door. Now it is close to our home’s front door near an electrical outlet, on 12″ decorative concrete blocks.
The food and water will be high and dry and the cats will be happy – we think. South of the house, the old set-up was a pain for John and them, and slowly they all decided to stay out front.

Thus far, we have not seen any get into the house. One cat watched the whole procedure, so we know he knows it’s there, and he had been drinking from the water pan when it was on the nearby porch. They will find it quickly, I’m sure. This will beat balancing on the heated horse trough in the corral that they sometimes did in the winter.
Later: They all found it and are using it.This is the old dog house John converted to the outside cat house to house the heated water bowl and hard food for the feral cats.
Buckets are under the drip line; water is used on trees and flowers, or just dumped on the grass. Otherwise, in very cold weather there would be a mound of ice built on the concrete.

Our place is designed so you get dripped on going out, as in the right photo below. Garages should be set-up as in the left photo. But note the “valley” over the door exit – when it rains hard water will pour into that area and even the gutters can’t handle it. Dormers can help but add complexity and cost to the roof and house.

Wednesday, November 8

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 7: SpO2 low 80, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 90.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.9%. Pulse avg. 56.7, low 48. Slept 7 hrs 50 min.

Going to FISH Food Bank with a salad for myself, so I don’t have to eat pasta and green mixed salad with things in it I cannot have (because of Vitamin D content).

Met with Peggy Morasche, the new Interim Executive Director, and found out she is 3 years younger than I am, and grew up in the same general (Atlanta) neighborhood as I did. Small world. I gave her a check to pay for turkeys for the Food Bank’s clients and another for a few turkeys at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. I always go and John doesn’t. This year I’m taking my friend, Gloria, as we will be playing at Hearthstone, right before the event starts. It is the day before Thanksgiving this year, free, and a fun event. These places and events get much donated but need to buy some things, such as the turkeys. More people are coming, so this year we decided to help out. Seems like it is catalog season too, cheese, candy, meats, and we’ve thrown those all away.

So, I was at the Food Bank to play music. We had a big crowd. Most people I have ever seen in there – 80! Must be the cold weather bringing them in.
On to SAIL class and then to Valley Vision for my check up on the laser surgery.

I saw Dr. Davis (my normal eye doctor), not the surgeon, and assumed my eye surgery (laser) to take away the film on the lens had failed and would have to be redone. He checked and nothing is there, no film, but I also do not have the better vision in the left eye they said I would have. That’s sad. But, he gave me a prescription for glasses for times when it is dark to correct my night vision and get rid of the astigmatism. I have an old pair I still use at night when driving, and I use in big cities when I need to see small street signs; they were what I used to drive to Seattle last Friday. He says the new ones will be 4 times better for my left eye and one time better for my right. My left eye used to be my dominant eye. So much so, that I started early in life shooting my shotgun left-handed, because I could sight better. John is right handed and left-eyed (right eye works but his brain doesn’t use it – fusion horror). With a shotgun he points and shoots instinctively. That was the way our old Choc did with depth perception and only one eye, after losing sight in the other. He could still mark birds and retrieve them by instinct.
I will take my prescription to Costco and just ask for the nearsighted correction, as I don’t need bifocals. I have good close-up vision.

Thursday, Nov 9

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 8: SpO2 low 84, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 90.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.1%. Pulse avg. 53.9, low 49. Slept 7 hrs 4 min.

Started dishes and didn’t finish until just before supper tonight.
Called in 10 chair count to Meadows. We actually had 10 players with chairs, and another 2 standing or using their personal seat.

We both left for Meadows music at 1:10 p.m., with me driving.

Late going to bed; almost midnight.

Friday, Nov 10

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 9: SpO2 low 85, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 91.4%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.2%. Pulse avg. 54.4, low 50. Slept 5 hrs 43 min.

Early morning, I had called Tony Brooks at 925-1414 at our local newspaper. I needed to change our email on the electronic edition to our new joint gmail, with password and get rid of the old one.

I went to Food Bank, to see the twins (cooks) we have known since being members of the Kittitas Valley Trail Riders starting in the 1990s. Carolyn & Marilyn cooked breasts of chicken (the chicken tenderloin) for the meat. I took my own salad, lettuce, apples, pistachios, & Cheezits along and cut up and added the two chicken loins to it. They had apple crisp for dessert, but I passed. I sat with a friend from Briarwood and wished him a happy birthday (today). I’m only a couple months older.

From there I went to Amy & Haley’s to deliver some items, and then on to my favorite phlebotomist at the local hospital, arranging to arrive after she’d returned from lunch. She starts work at 6:00 a.m. I got to her about 1:20 and she took me right in, drew my blood, and sent me on my way.

I came home and called to see if they’d received my blood draw results yet. They checked and only one (INR) had come in. It was good at 2.6, but I have to be rechecked in 3 weeks. My BMP was not there, so I called the hospital lab and asked if it was sent to both doctors. The gal Faxed it up to Cle Elum, and I called to tell Cody (nurse) to expect it. She checked and it had come through just then. My readings were: 132 Sodium, up almost to the lower range of that, from 122 on Oct 4 in ER, and then 126, a couple days later. I’m scheduled for another with the next time I’m in, 12/1. The other things on the BMP test are potassium (4.3), and Creatinine (1.3). So, I’m perking along.

I signed up for the Nov 16 Knudson’s Lumber Ladies Night Out 6:00 – 7:30 – I’m taking some stuffed toys to donate to the community Christmas Basket. I didn’t realize I was double booking, because we are going to the local Audubon Chapter that night, in town from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. I will go ahead, and then John will drive himself in to meet me there; I will leave the store early to make it to the meeting.

Saturday, Nov 11 Veterans Day

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 10: SpO2 low 84, 2 events <88% with overall avg., 92.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.4%. Pulse avg. 54.3, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 55 min.

We celebrated our Veterans Day twice, about a week apart. Here was the start, last week. Then a celebration yesterday when I went by Hearthstone to visit Gloria Swanson (my 92 year old friend today), and we heard about a veterans’ remembrance downstairs in the Garden Walk (right below her apt.). So we attended, visited with several, had popcorn, and apple cider.

Here’s the rest of the story from Nov. 3 Veterans Celebration: both articles written by Mike Johnston and printed in the local newspaper, the Daily Record, on Nov 11, 2017.
(1) This is one about Dee Eberhart:
Local WWII vet memories may go digital

(2) This one is the one with Dr. Meyer’s dad mentioned and Hal Mason’s dad:
Remembrances of War: Efforts ongoing to capture history

Centerpiece and Barb, Dee, and Katie Eberhart (their orchard’s apples we picked were served at the celebration luncheon, 11-3-17).Veterans Celebration Nov 3, ’17 at AAC (Senior Center) – our neighbor and friend since 1989, Allen Aronica, in red vest.Color guard * Nancy introduces music, 2017 * Nancy in 2013

This morning we got a notification from Kathleen Martin Dieguez that her family (hubby + 3 kids) and her brother’s girls (Becky & Liz) would be visiting Ellensburg today and wanted to meet and say hello. She gave me her phone number and we started making plans. Becky is already in town, a student at CWU, and a member of the CWU Equestrian team with her horse, “Snickers.”
We managed to make it happen, and it was a fun few hours.
We did not have our camera but Kathy gave her phone to one of the owners and he took our photo.

We started at Super 1 with part of the group, and four of the youngest went on two scavenger hunts around the store, with their smart phones to record a picture of the items. It was a clever game Kathy honchoed. Most of us had soft drinks or coffee. Three of us didn’t have anything to drink, and we saved eating any food to go to a special place in town, Boss Brazilian BBQ. When Becky was done at Orrion Farms, she came on down and met us at Super 1. We visited a bit, in the room with tables, chairs, and fireplace, but the fireplace was broken. Sadly, because it adds a nice ambiance to the setting.

The Boss Brazilian BBQ is owned and run by a family. Here’s a peek at the kind of food served. We ate at two picnic tables pulled together for our 9 people. All the meat is skewered and grilled, with a choice of chicken, Picanha (beef), top sirloin, (both beef cuts are from the top, the rump), and lamb. We ordered some of all. A few meals we had were round dinner plates, not the oval shown above. There was plenty of food on a round plate. Meat, with black beans, rice, salad, cassava, and a piece of bread. The place also serves sandwiches on Hoagies, but no one had one. I know everyone enjoyed themselves.

We have known this family since Nancy started at CWU in 1988, and the folks today are related to the first couple I met (as students) when I began my stay here in Ellensburg, Allison & Paul Martin. Paul’s sister Kathy was there with her hubby and three of their children and two of Alli & Paul’s 3 daughters were there. Kathy thinks we first met when she was 13. We had horses and she wanted to ride, and did get to on several occasions; at least once at a field trial when she stayed overnight with us.We had a blast for the afternoon, and got home before it was completely dark, so John could feed the horses. Kathy got John to smile!

Sunday, Nov 12

No CPAP – Oximetry for Nov 11: SpO2 low 85, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 92.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.6%. Pulse avg. 56.2, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 24 min.

John and Annie went outside – no rain. I worked on dishes and computer email notifications, and other messages that needed written. I got very behind from yesterday’s afternoon and evening activities. We had a long phone conversation with a long time Brittany friend in Oregon. Her hubby had a heart transplant in the same year I had my heart operation. They live in even a worse location than we do for medical attention. He’s having complications so we talked medicine, dogs, and much more.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John,
Still on the Naneum Fan

a memorable week

Back to Friday, 10-27-17 AAC Knighthood Medieval Party
(Apologies for the unfocused left of my camera – no clue why. Maybe I need a new one.)
Dancers, Women Joined by Men

King Curtis & Queen Marilyn Enter

Early Jousting

Final Jousting with Winner

Pictures on Facebook site of Ellensburg Adult Activity Center are the best, so I made a collage from a few of them.The medieval cast, dancers, and one of two tables for lunch.

Back to yesterday, Sunday, October 29

This next link goes way back to Oct 13, when John went to work on a trail at Candy Point trail, near Grand Coulee Dam, WA. The local newspaper sent a fellow, and he interviewed Alan of WTA.
News of Candy Point Trail

Monday, October 30

We published last week’s blog at 9:30 a.m. Whoopee!
We left at 10:15 for Valley Vision. Ran into all sorts of morning issues with road construction, bridge out on Bar 14, slow moving tractor with a front end loader carrying a dead cow, beauty of living in a rural area. On through bicyclists, a runner on a too narrow street, and more traffic, on our way to the eye doctor. Nancy drove in, and John drove home.

My appt was for 10:45 a.m. I got checked in and right away was back for 15 minutes of eye testing, pressure readings 17 & 18, and prep for the surgery. My eyes were dilated, with drops, and I waited 15 minutes for Dr. Li and his assistant to enter the room. He explained the procedure, and had me sign a Medicare form, and date that the eye surgery was happening on my left eye. His assistant explained the eye drops I will be using 4 times a day for 4 days. Prednisolene Acetate, which we picked up at Super 1 pharmacy. John went in for it, as well as getting me some English muffin toasting bread and some hamburger to cook for our lunch (with Swiss cheese).

Tuesday, October 31 HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Started early with loading the dishwasher and running it. I doctored my left eye, and sent last Friday’s videos to the AAC. Now to finish the photos – took me a couple hours, but I sent off 30 to AAC. They’re not up to my usual quality. Maybe a few will be of interest to someone.
My temperature at 9:00 a.m. on 10-31-17 is 96.5° F.

Went at 12:30 p.m. to my rural mile-away neighbor, Celia, for a haircut. She has cut my hair since I arrived in town, in 1988! Now she continues out of her house. I took her a bunch of jelly and salsa jars all wrapped up in paper, for the trip. Someone gave them to me long ago and I just uncovered them in the shed where I park the Forester.

John’s driving me in the truck to drop me off at AAC while he picks up a large barrel composter, bricks, and concrete, and he also brought home bags of leaves. Those from a neighbor 3 doors east of where he picked up the other stuff.

I consulted with Katrina and Tina about the plans for Friday’s Veterans’ Celebration. Then the 3 of us did 22 minutes of vigorous exercise.

On to get gasoline for $2.82/gallon and we put a lot in the Ford 350, and also into two containers for lawn mower, chain saw, and emergency refill of any of the autos getting home on fumes.

I found out my “floater” is normal with the laser surgery procedure used to break up the film on my lens. It will go away in a couple weeks. Let’s hope. John has had Weiss Ring Floaters since December of 2009, so he is not impressed.

Supper was salad with iceberg lettuce, Bleu cheese dressing, cut up Gala apple, cut up smoked chicken breast, and I had Cheezits for croutons. John fixed a casserole he had some of, but I waited for a later night. It had chicken, celery, soup, green beans, and walnuts. And a tiny amount of Lentils – end of bag.

Need to take my meds and get some sleep. Might be difficult with 47 mph gusts banging things around outside and sending noises into the house.

Wednesday, November 1

Winds last night were awful — keeping me awake most of the night, less so for John.
My temperature at 8:38 a.m. 11-1 was 96.7° F.

I had a good breakfast with John before I left for town: Sausage, 2 eggs over easy, and a piece of toast. Late morning I headed for the Food Bank. I got a parking space right by the door, carted my stuff in, checked in, and went back to the bread room, then talked to the new Volunteer coordinator (named Elise). After music and lunch, I was back in the car.

I went on to SAIL class at the activity center. There was a meeting this afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00, which I came back to attend, after filling my car with gasoline, and going by Bi-Mart for supplies. I stayed almost the entire time at the meeting, visiting with all sorts of people I knew and did not know.

Supper: A good salad, apples, lettuce, smoked turkey, pistachios, hard-boiled egg, Bleu cheese dressing and Cheezits. John had some of his casserole, but I didn’t have any tonight.

Thursday, Nov 2

Breakfast: sausage, 2 eggs over easy, toast, and fresh pears.

John had a bunch of outside chores, mainly to repair a fence and get water to the horses, as the irrigation ditch is drying up as water in the creek drops below the outtake. I primarily worked on music to take some today to give to a couple people needing it for tomorrow’s shindig at the AAC for Veterans’ Day celebration (early).

We left for Rehab music at 1:10 p.m. John helped me carry stuff in, and sat in the TV/visiting room to catch up on his WSJ reading. He then came down for the ending and carried my stuff back out to the car.

We left there for the AAC to deliver music for the audience tomorrow, so they have it. While there, I received news of the change in plans for the content order of the program for tomorrow. Our music has been moved to the end, and then we will eat after that.

I worked on music tonight for tomorrow. Changed the key for singing the National Anthem, because I need to start (with the help of our accordion player), the first 3 notes of the song so that everyone is in the same key.

We have to get to bed earlier tonight, to get our rest for the long day tomorrow.
Casserole for dinner. Very good.

Friday, Nov 3

I had forgotten to take off my Oximetry, so did it at 12:32 am. Saturday, before settling in for the night.

Today, John and I left home at 10:30 a.m. with the music and stands I needed for the crew. We had 14 musicians there, and we were last on the program. Our group is the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends. I played the fiddle with 2 others, one was on a viola, an accordion, guitars, bass mandolin, bass guitar, 12- and 6-string guitars, banjo, and (flute, penny whistle, mini washboard), and harmonica).

Then, the different branches of the military were asked to stand and be recognized. While they were standing, Karen Eslinger (accordion) played each branch’s theme song, and the audience sang along and clapped in time to the music.

Then the staff began serving lunch: meatloaf, baked potato, mixed green salad, apple slices, and a nice celebration piece of cake at the end.

After about ½ the people had been served, and talking dwindled, we started playing our 13 songs (patriotic and USA songs), with the audience having copies of the lyrics to sing along if they wished. Many did. And we received many compliments afterwards. We do this every year at the Senior Center.

Here are some pictures John took and I’ve made into collages.

Apples, plates, and cake for lunch.

Honors for veterans and double MCs leading the ceremony.

Dean was in the Navy. * * * * * Charlie was in the Air Force.

Nancy introducing the musicians & the music, and the band.

They served the musicians our meals at the end of our music.

We left as soon as we could to get home, change clothes, get our boxes of apples ready to take to the WTA office crew, get the directions for getting there loaded, and packed for our trip over. I drove over with John giving me pacenotes along I-90, and leading me through the maze of streets in Seattle. The whole trip was a little over 2 hours. We had 30° temperatures on the pass, with just a bit of snow showers. There was light rain at lower elevations. At the Pass it is 3,000 feet.

We got there in time to visit with a bunch of people we know, and some we did not know quite as well. We ate a nice catered dinner, and began the Volunteer Recognition program. John was recognized for his Work Bench award received after 250 work days on the trails. He started with WTA about 2003 on a week-long trip and now has 265. Full Bench(250) Crosscut Saw (500 days on trail), Greg Friend

Here are two videos I took during the ceremony.

White Hat presented at WTA Volunteer Recognition 11/3/17 Tim Van Beek & Andrea Imler present thanks to Greg Paull
White Hat WTA award

Reya Fore speaks of her involvement in trail work & hiking
Youth Ambassador

Our trip back was fine, and John drove. We got almost to the Pass, and saw a miles long parking lot on the other side of the valley (the westbound lanes of I-90 from about MP 50). Stoppages occurred at Easton and just west of the pass, because of “spin outs” on ice or slush. People go too fast and follow too closely, so when one loses traction there usually are several cars involved.

Saturday, Nov 4

While looking for information on the I-90 closure at the pass after we passed through last night heading west, and then seeing the long stoppage of traffic, after 8:00 p.m. on our way home (we were Eastbound, and saw it on the westbound), looking like a linear parking lot.

I found this from Oct 19 on the Tumwater Canyon (Leavenworth), fall colors, in a “Hyperlapse” video of fall colors. Warning is from Trooper Brian Moore (who is the WA State Patrol District 6 Information Officer for Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, and Okanogan Counties). Several weeks ago, we posted his photos of the turnover of a semi trailer rig on Hwy 97, Blewett/Swauk Pass, north of us, on the way to Wenatchee and Leavenworth. His comment with this video – Use pullouts for photos. Do not park on narrow shoulders. (Nancy’s comments from reading the comments following the story): The following video is 31 seconds long, taken from a stationary camera in a patrol car, at 9:03 am., 19 Oct 2017; safety turned on and off parked off the side of the road, and edited afterwards.

John made a barricade by the old red barn from old 2 x 4s we got from our friend Evie’s dismantling of a deck/porch. It was to keep the horses out of where they shouldn’t be, but allow them to get to their horse trough (heated) of water for the winter. John took part of a fence down for our recent hay delivery but did not get it pulled back into place. Today, he moved two 12-foot panels to prevent Breeze from pushing under a temporary rope fence. He’s good at escaping, and stepping through places you would not expect. If none of the other 3 follow him he will soon go back.

Lunch: egg/Swiss cheese omelet (1/4 piece), bacon, fried baked potato, with the last of the Alisha Craig white sweet onions. They are not keepers so over the past 3 weeks or so we’ve been using them. The sales info says they keep just a month. True for some, but these were harvested about 11 weeks ago.

I worked on email chores, photography stuff, medical records (Oximetry), and notes to people about various things. Sent birthday cards (I am very behind), sent out the Earth Science Weekly list, sent to me by a fellow geographer in Michigan I have known many years, put away cleaned dishes, and all the normal chores around the house we’d ignored the end of this week. I need to spend a bunch of time on the photographs John took yesterday at the Veteran’s Celebration, and I took last night at the WTA Volunteer Recognition Event at REI.

Finally finished the letter to Alan Carter Mortimer at WTA. Alan had been north of Seattle during the day, and got snowed on. He thought maybe we would not try to come. John knew the storm was going to arrive later at the Pass, and we zipped up and down into Puget Sound without incident.

Worked on music tidying up for next July 4, using the stuff from yesterday’s Veterans’ day, so I’m set to go then. We use the same music. I need to change the stuff I’m carrying back to the Oct-Nov music through the end of this month. Then we change to December and Christmas music, with a couple lead-ins of Thanksgiving songs.

Supper: shared two chicken TV dinners, both chicken different types.

John beat me to bed, but now I’m collapsing there. Supposed to snow tomorrow, and the field trip he was planning to go on was cancelled. Glad we made it over to Seattle and back last night. The Seattle weather forecasts are good for 2 or 3 days out. Systems develop on the Ocean and how they come into the Puget Lowland is well understood.

Sunday, Nov 5

John started by broom pushing snow, feeding the birds, and two outside cats. He also ordered more ink cartridges for our printer and a new heated water bowl for the outside feral cats that now arrive morning and night and throughout the day at our front porch.

I’ve worked a lot on email changes from the old account, and on emails about last week’s activities. I need to get to work on the blog and all the Veterans and WTA photos.

We are about ready to have breakfast: omelet, bacon, toast and a few fried potatoes – mostly left from yesterday.
Supper was a nice salad, and then baked chicken, a half of a baked potato, with baked apples on the side.

Great news from Jeri Conklin, right before I ate:
Daisy had a nice weekend of runs as well with a 4th place win out of 18 dogs in the Open Gun Dog yesterday. Today, she had another nice run with great bird work and didn’t place, but I’m so proud of her. She handles so nicely for me. Thank you Nelson Kennels, Scott and Deanna Beals-Azevedo and Linda Azevedo. Nancy B. Hultquist – I couldn’t have asked for more from her. 7 birds on Saturday, 3 birds today. No pictures as it was so late yesterday. Thank you judges Greg Knight and Warren Eizman for yesterday’s recognition. Judge Jeff Rhine, it was a pleasure to present her to you today.

Hope Your Week Was Fine
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

On The Go Again, Continued

… so see previous post

Back to yesterday, Sunday, October 22

Report from Jeri Conklin about our dog, Daisy’s running in the Southern San Joaquin Brittany Trial, in CA. Here’s a collage of the day.Daisy on one of her best runs this year; Scott handling her away from the covey of quail find (she had two), at the end with Jeri Conklin. Sadly, with the good run, and 2 covey finds handled well, she was not included in the placements.

Monday, October 23

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 22: SpO2 low 84, 15 events <88% with overall avg., 92.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.2%. Pulse avg. 55.1, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 1 min. At 9:39 a.m. BP 127/69 pulse 63

Found out Gloria is moving to Hearthstone, to a 2-bedroom apartment upstairs.

Things we delivered yesterday included a 5-gallon bucket of Black walnuts still in their husks and a box of Carpathian walnuts out of their husks, we left on their front porch.

A collage of Amy’s Haley photos, she posted on Facebook. Haley, excited find; cracked with cool nutcracker; picked half.

The next collage is of the preschool science activities Amy set up for this week, with the walnuts:Black walnuts in husks, tree leaf comparison, the husked black walnuts from our yard. The Carpathians (English) we gave them that John already husked, many of them fall to the ground with the husk open already, unlike the Black Walnuts.Only the title page with 4 pages of a cool “primer” book Amy Davison made for teaching about nuts in their Preschoolers’ class. They also examined the different nuts and tasted them.

At 10:05pm BP 113/63 pulse 64

Late afternoon, we went to the Eberhart orchard and picked mostly HoneyCrisp apples, with a few Galas, and a very few Romes.Probably Galas on tree; boxed after picked, HoneyCrisp, perhaps.

Tuesday, October 24

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 23: SpO2 low 84, 11 events <88% with overall avg., 92.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.3%. Pulse avg. 55.6, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 15 min

John left at 5:55 a.m. for Grand Ridge, in Issaquah Hts., WTA trail work, supposedly in good weather today. Low at airport overnight was 32° when John was leaving this morning (airport is 5 miles south of us).

My temperature at 10:44 a.m. on 10-24-17 is 96.8°F.
I slept in late! Frost on the ground still from last night.
Wrote Katrina about the Nov 3 plans, copied Karen E.
Unloaded dishwasher; started soaking & loading again, all day, working on it. Finally, I started it late.

By Bi-Mart for checking numbers (didn’t win), checked but they are out of anymore Fisherman’s Friends. I have lived on them the past 5 weeks and am continuing this week.

I fed the outside cats, and let Annie out to meet John. He called from just down the road. Except for the Appreciation Event on Friday, Nov. 3, this is his last WTA trip for 2017.

John got home at 5:25 p.m., before dark! He took Annie for her evening run and to check on and feed the horses.

My temperature at 10:12 p.m. on 10-24-17 is 97.2° F.

Wednesday, October 25

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 24: SpO2 low 85, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 91.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.2%. Pulse avg. 57.1, low 50. Slept 9 hrs 15 min. Long haul; guess I needed it. My temperature at 9:52 a.m. today was 97.7° F.

I had a good breakfast with John before I left: omelet with onions & mushrooms, piece of farm bread toast. I arrived late, had help carting my violin and music into the FISH Food Bank, went on in to visit with people, and played music from noon to 12:30. I didn’t stay for lunch because of my big breakfast.

I ran some errands around town, talked to Gloria, and found her at the Millstone Loop house, dropped off some rolls and the prunes and she’ll pay me the $9 later (for the prunes from Costco). We visited and I left. She will come down to the Garden Room tomorrow for music at Hearthstone, from her new apt.

I went on to SAIL class at the activity center (seniors). Got home after SAIL was over, about 3:00 p.m. and started on things around here.

John showed me the flue cap for our wood stove. It was so cold last December and January we burned wood for about 7 weeks straight. Not good. Not advised. The burning ember screen at the top had completely closed up with “First Degree Creosote Buildup” – look it up. That caused the stove to quit. With howling wind and minus temperature, he did not clean it then. Today was the day to have a look. He climbed up and took the cap off and brought it down to clean. He has taken photos to send to the Fosseems place in Yakima, where we bought it. They might be interested, or not.

Here is a photo:Lower right, for scale, are 3 Black Walnuts in their husks.

One on-line site claims these things should be removed and cleaned every two weeks. The smallish screen size is the standard to prevent embers from escaping. As the wood stove is meant for emergencies, maybe we will stick to that plan.

Supper: John fixed a nice bowl of Chili and beans, onions, for our dinner. It was scrumptious, and also he cut up a Rome apple for me to eat with it. I love Romes as eating apples. I don’t think we picked very many.

Thursday, October 26

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 25: SpO2 low 85, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 91.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 56.1, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 20 min.

Breakfast: sausage, piece of omelet with mushrooms & onions, white toast w/ strawberry jam, fruit cocktail.

My temperature was 97.1° F at 10:35 a.m.

David arrived at 10:45 to trim Myst. I carried him the check and John got Myst. Annie got to visit with Dave and be petted.

We’re leaving (1:10 P.M.) for Hearthstone music at 2 P.M. and John will help me carry stuff in, and also will sit in the activities room and catch up on his reading of the WSJ.

We visited with a few folks before leaving, and Amy took a photo of me with Haley in our Halloween outfits. I’ll merge it with one of Haley in the Japanese Gardens at CWU. The fall of the year is a beautiful time to visit there. The resulting collage is below:Haley w/ Spider Web, Nancy w/ Pumpkins in Love, John in back, portrait of Haley in CWU’s Japanese Gardens, by mom, Amy.

Afterwards, we will run by 3 places before coming home. We went first to Super 1 for their sales, and never made it to the CWU surplus sale before 4:00 closing, but went by 110 10th, in the alley behind, to check on a composter’s size a woman is giving away. We could not find it. I found it later in the week.

Late lunch about 5:25 bowl of chili, beans, onions, tomatoes, John made yesterday.

Supper at 8:00 p.m., was salad with iceberg lettuce, bleu cheese dressing, pistachios, cut up Gala apple, cut up smoked turkey breast from Super 1 we got today, we each had a large AA hard-boiled egg, and I had Cheezits for croutons.

A mouse has been coming in at night, behind my recliner and bothering me. John set a trap. Just before 10:00 p.m. the mouse went to meet her/his maker. Three days later the reset trap with peanut butter and a Cheezit was untouched. No more mice in the den, so it is reset in the garage, where no cats can enter.

My temperature at 10:16 p.m. on 10-26-17 is 97.5° F.

We are enjoying a dessert of chocolate cake with roasted walnuts on top of chocolate frosting and a bit of ice cream.

Friday, October 27

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 26: SpO2 low 85, 16 events <88% with overall avg., 91.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.4%. Pulse avg. 59.1, low 55. Slept 4 hrs 59 min. (on Oximeter), & went another 4 hrs. off; battery died. My temperature at 10:06 a.m. on 10-27-17 is 97.4° F.

I went for my INR and BMP today. Got there about 1:00 p.m.; received my results at home at 4:00 p.m. INR=3.0 (better); BMP had the Sodium up to 134 (yea); Potassium was a little high at 5.0, creatinine was elevated at 1.5, but at the moment I do not have my personal reference. Being high means I’m dehydrated, or something, so to be watched. Not sure how with all I have been drinking, and the PowerAdeZero. Today was a diuretic (Lasix) day, but I didn’t take it until after I was home from the blood draw. ??? My PCP will be asked Monday, if I should have it checked Nov. 10 with the others.

I went to the AAC, with two cameras, John’s and mine, but only used mine. I should have used John’s for the portraits, because mine wasn’t focusing well on the left side of the lens. I did get some good videos, however, that I couldn’t have gotten with John’s camera. Oh well, live and learn.

I haven’t processed those photos yet, so they will have to wait for a small collage and at least 2 videos.

Went by Suzanne Blakeney’s and found the composter she is willing to give us, but John needs to unload the truck and go back next week for it. I have known her many years at CWU, where she was a student, and took at least one of my classes.

Upon arriving home, found a message that took me back to EBRG. Potatoes had arrived from Moses Lake and the folks did not want to chance a freezing temperature. I had 3 boxes of 50# of clean baking Russet potatoes. Help was there to load as I can’t lift 50 pounds. Dropped one box off at Celia’s (my neighbor a mile away). I’ll take the other in on Tuesday or Wednesday to my friend from S. Cle Elum, who I’ll see at an exercise class and the Food Bank.

My temperature at 10:51 p.m. on 10-27-17 is 97.2° F.

Saturday, October 28

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 27: SpO2 low 83, 17 events <88% with overall avg., 91.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.3%. Pulse avg. 58.7, low 52. Slept 8 hrs 4 min.

Called in our Rx – John’s Lisinopril 30 and my Amiordarone 200 (cut into ¼ parts). They will have them ready today !

My temperature at 9:30 a.m. on 10-28-17 is 97.4° F.

I spent over an hour cleaning and loading the dishwasher and tossing food cans and tops. Phew. Wore me out. John’s been doing outside chores.

We went to pick apples this afternoon at Eberhart’s. We picked for a couple hours, mostly Galas, we think. Came away with about 10 boxes, and we both picked the entire time. The main purpose is to take boxes on Monday (after my eye surgery) to the AAC (Senior Center) for them to wash and use at two events this week, if they wish. Wednesday, Nov 1 is a special event there to have Aging and Long Term Care, Pacifica Senior Living, Hospice Friends, RSVP, and KVH Advanced Care Planning to have an open house to provide information to the community from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 about issues important to seniors. There will be raffle door prizes, refreshments, live music, and information provided.

Next is a Veterans Day event planned for Nov 3, Friday, at the AAC. [ Photo from last year ]Nov 3 this Friday’s lunch (and people have to sign up by Wednesday, 11/1), (knowing the names of the veterans to be there is important for planning the program honoring of each branch of the military, after the lunch. A count is needed for the people there to eat lunch, as well as the veterans who will be in attendance. This is an annual event in honor of Veterans in our community. Be there by 11:30 and seated for lunch (and for our playing, Fiddlers & Friends). A color guard starts the ceremony. Vets are encouraged to wear their uniforms or insignia of their military service branch. A meal will be served of Meatloaf, Baked Potato, and sides, with beverages, cold and hot. Our music group, Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends will play 13 songs about America and the U.S A., starting after everyone is served. The audience will have the lyrics to the songs, to sing along. After the 13 songs, everyone will stand, face the flag, salute, and sing the National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner (acapella) – no instruments, although I will start the song (in the key of F – so the notes are not too high to sing).

We had to go to town first to drop off 2 flat tires from John’s Gorilla Cart, to have repaired. They told us they would have them ready in the afternoon, and gave us a number to call to check before we drove the 20 minutes back to town.

We also had to stop at Super 1 for a prescription for John and one for me, and while I was getting them, he went and bought some produce for us. We had beautiful sunny weather and lovely autumn leaves to view on our trips around the county.

We probably picked 10 boxes of apples, (mostly donated wine boxes, from Grocery Outlet). We gave one box to the people at Les Schwab. The only cost we incurred was for one tube. They were thrilled with the apples and while we were there, several were eaten – unwashed – oh well. On our way home, we dropped a box off with Carole Pritchett. We stopped and shared a box of apples with the Farrars, checked with Charlie but someone already gave them some, called another family, but they were out of town, until Sunday, so we decided not to risk freezing temps. We carried a box to our neighbor a mile up Naneum from us, Allen Aronica. We still have apples we picked last week at the same place. I had my camera with me today, but didn’t take it with me to the trees. Could have had some lovely pictures of red apples surrounded by yellow leaves, with rays of sunshine. Instead, it will just have to be in our memories. We truly enjoyed the red colors around very vivid this year. Red maples and shorter thorny shrubs in peoples’ yards gave us nice colors.

Sunday, October 29

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 28: SpO2 low 85, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.1%. Pulse avg. 55.9, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 31min.

I gave John a long awaited haircut, and then he fixed us a late brunch.

We had smoked turkey on a large egg with Parmesan cheese, and a piece of toast. The turkey was the last of a pre-packaged thinly sliced bag – not really tasty. The store was out of their own smoked pieces that are great, so this was the substitute. Now gone.

I just went out and admired John’s cleaning up of the garage. He’s frustrated with all the stuff that needs thrown away or moved from there. He had me look at 2 boxes that had not been opened since I shipped them from my mother’s house in Atlanta many years ago. One box I recognized. One I don’t remember having seen it. We park expensive autos outside and store junk in the garage. I’m helping by staying inside and working on chores in the house, on the computer, and need to work on the blog.

My temperature at 3:15 p.m. on 10-29 was 96.7° F.

Dinner was a part of a baked potato with roast beef over the top, with onions, tomatoes, gravy, mushrooms, celery, and cauliflower raw on the side with Bleu Cheese dressing.

Nice dessert – small piece of Pecan Pie with a little ice cream. I deserve it after weighing without clothes, and my weight is down. I need to go in for my weigh in, and measurements I have missed for over a month. At least I won’t have to take a shower in the cold morning, in the far reaches of our house.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Life Goes On, Activities Resumed

Tuesday, October 17

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 16: SpO2 low 86, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 93.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 91.3%. Pulse avg. 56.5, low 50. Slept 6 hrs 42 min.

Awoke to high BP and sunny cold weather. John is performing the final editing on last week’s blog, and I’m working on music for our group, to send PDFs today to emails and schedule Thursday’s and Saturday’s play dates, at Pacifica and Briarwood. I’m behind as usual.

My temperature at 10:48 a.m. on 10-17-17 is 97.2°F.
I checked the price of gasoline vs. Love’s lowest in Ellensburg and Union Gap at Costco, on Holy Mackerel! Costco’s price is $2.69/gallon; that’s 16 cents less /gallon than Ellensburg!
We’ll go to Costco tomorrow, while I’m not able to do my normal Wednesday activities.

Morning, I finished the PDFs for music and numbered them for the audience and players, playlist and songs 1-23. Some toward the end (19-22) were 2 pages so those had to be fixed as a “centerfold”, with p.1 on the left and p2 on the right. Copying back to back requires some concentration in setting up correctly.

I made it in and with my ream of paper, cash for copies, and master for audience copies and same for 7 players copies (those who cannot print their own because of no computer/printer set up). I ran into problems on 6 of the 7 copies, when the machine skipped a page toward the end of the #19, and screwed up the last 4 pages. I did not realize it until I got home. I had to recreate them on my printer, so they would be readable for the players, 2 pages at a time. That took me 2 hrs. to straighten out. I was not happy. I had also forgotten to have the 3 holes punched in the players’ copies (I don’t put them in the audience copies, and run those with 2 staples along the side of the binder). That error explained why I didn’t use the whole ream of paper, as expected.

I picked up Music bag from Amy (after calling to have her set it out on the porch), and came on home. I needed to sort the music into the proper stacks to carry in.

John doesn’t want me to add this to my blog, but I want to, because I have been in this area, and was happy he went to work on the Candy Point trail there, near Grand Coulee Dam, on a WTA project, Friday, Oct 13, 2017, on what would have been my parents 80th anniversary.Alan & John dig root ball, John & Mike rock barring, and the rocky trail.USGS topo Location, Dam; John preparing to leave on Friday; right side – Sunday’s rattlesnake.

Wednesday, October 18

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 17: SpO2 low 86, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 93.6.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 92.0%. Pulse avg. 56.1, low 50. Slept 9 hrs 5 min.

I had canceled out of Food Bank music and SAIL exercise today.

I spent my morning (after sleeping in), on finishing most of the PDF making (of 24 sheets of paper). Each took 3 minutes of scanning to get what I could send to those who would print their own music. I have only sent one person the stuff because she was in Seattle and with her printer there, and wouldn’t have one when she got to Cle Elum. I sent to her, but waited to send to the others until I got home and had run the copies of the music, so I could tell them what was going to happen with it, tomorrow, when I went by to deliver the bag to the front desk at Pacifica.
She found I had missed sending one of the PDF files, got back to me, and I sent it later in the day, and added to what I was going to send to the others the next day.

John worked outside and then came in and fixed a nice brunch for us to eat before leaving for town. He fixed 2 eggs over easy, bacon, and a piece of toast.

We left finally at 1:17, stopping first by Airport Rd, to drop off our WSJ’s to a gal (Jana) who is a business student and enjoys reading them. We went to school and I took about 25 minutes running music for audience and for players for Oct–Nov starting tomorrow at Pacifica. John sat in the lobby waiting for me, and reading today’s Wall St. Journal.

From there, we went over to the bread room for supplies. I got a lemon pudding cake to have with our strawberries and a loaf of multi-grain bread for Amy. Picked up music bag from Amy’s and gave her the bread.

We had another, last stop, to make before heading to Yakima. We went by Barney Erickson’s in southeast EBRG with $19.50 cash for russet potato orders (3 boxes). He was mowing his lawn and so we found him outside. Unfortunately, I assumed he was to get the money but I was wrong. He had taken his money to the Richmond’s on Gail Road, near where we had just been when delivering the Wall St. Journals. Darn, we had to go back to the northwest to drop it off because this was the deadline. That really threw us behind on time, and we decided not to go to Costco until tomorrow.

We came home and got everything out of the car by 3:50 p.m.
I realized after getting a Patient Experience Survey about my visit to KV Hospital, to give my review of my Oct 4 visit to the ER. It came to our old account so I managed to call Connie at the front desk and she changed the records to list only the new gmail address. Each day, something happens that I hadn’t thought of and another address change gets made. I’m running out of time.

Thursday, October 19

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 18: SpO2 low 85, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 92.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.1.%. Pulse avg. 57.2, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 15 min with 3 hrs. 53 min. off Oximeter. No clue why, except for the potty stop of 16 min.

Just after 11:00 a.m., we took the black music bag by Pacifica, on our way out of town to go to Costco, stopping by Super 1 for my prescription payment, and buy a dozen eggs each for $.68/dozen. The sale price was for a “Fall Stock Up” promotion. They had a limit of 1 dozen. Donuts we also on the flyer and a couple of other things usually preferred fresh. The sale made no sense, but we left with a dozen eggs each. John bought a lotto ticket just to show his lack of acumen of probability.

I drove us to Costco for lunch, and supplies for the house, and gasoline for my car. Nothing new or exciting found. It was a nice haul of regular things to go on the shelf. We bought all sorts of things: Canola oil. We were totally out. We have some older boxed cake mixes and frosting. It is time to use them, and baked late in the evening this provides warmth to the house. John intends to start with a chocolate, with roasted walnuts (our Carpathians) in a chocolate frosting. Also needed toilet paper, dog and cat food, dry and canned Pate’ [some sort of minced animal stuff] for the cats. Also got me some of my almond beverage for my morning coffee, Costco beer (from California, and a non-cola liquid for John), some paper towels, and some size C batteries to put in the outside motion lights he bought the last time we were there. We always buy mushrooms there.

I traded in my Costco rewards for purchases there over the past year (2%), and got $79.37 cash returned.

For lunch, I had a bowl of chili, a small piece of John’s Polish sausage, and we shared a coke.

Supper: salad, lettuce, cooked salmon into small pieces, plums, tomatoes, pistachios, Cheez-Its®.

Friday, October 20

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 19: SpO2 low 85, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 92.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.8%. Pulse avg. 55.7, low 50 Check. Slept 7 hrs 51 min.

My temperature at 11:22 a.m. on 10-20-17 is 97.6°F.
John fixed us a brunch, and then I left for errands about town.

I went by Safeway to return my Musinex I bought wrongly, not the DM I needed), and knew I could get from Super 1, as before. I was late returning this, but got my cash back.
I went to Super 1 and got 8 quarts of orange PowerAdeZero and picked up my container of halved Entresto pills.
I carried Christmas cards by for Stephanie Bair. I took the base clef music by the Landons, to leave for Beck & Trip.
I went by Pacifica today to pick up my music bag from yesterday, to have tomorrow to take with me to Briarwood.

This was a beautiful sunny day in the county, and our friend Dave Covert went for a hike up the canyon, 2.5 miles from our house. He sent some gorgeous fall photos, which I wish to share with you. We have seen these sights in our past from horseback. He’s quite the photographer. We have known him for well over 20 years, starting at the university in Lind Hall.The beautiful Naneum Canyon, just north of our home.

Saturday, October 21

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 20: SpO2 low 85, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 92.0%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.8%. Pulse avg. 55.2, low 50. Slept 9 hrs 50 min.

Breakfast: 3 eggs over medium, bacon, small garlic bread toast, pear pieces, ½ banana.

I took a photo of our smaller than 9.5″ black plastic spatulas, so I can show my friend what we are searching for, and will also put a request on the Free Givers FB site to see if anyone has any to share. I checked at the $ Tree, but they were all way too big.

It’s still raining outside, and rained all night until 5:05 a.m. this morning.

I dressed in my Pumpkins-in-Love Halloween sweatshirt. Everyone liked it. I should have had my picture taken with Haley. The residents do a nice job of hosting us and feeding us after we play music, and sing with them, for an hour. They had pumpkin napkins, Halloween plates, and fall fixings.

I didn’t get home until after 4:00, because I stayed and visited and ate a ton of good food, so I needed no supper here. Hot apple cider, bowl of hot vegetable soup (onions, tomato, carrots, celery), small chicken salad sandwich, some chips, some caramel crisps, a choc chip cookie Betty made – brought some to John, who frosted them with the chocolate frosting he put on his cake.

We ended up with a ton more people than expected: Maury, Gerald, Kevin, Dean, Me, Amy, Haley, Rita, and Laura. Everyone stayed to eat, and we had a huge audience. It rained on people arriving, departing, and while we played. Maury brought his old duplicates of music, and I gave them to Pennie Hammer to take what she wanted and to share the rest with her friends. She has given us much music to add to our repertoire over the years. She appreciates us as much as we appreciate her and her artistic work.

Took pills, a.m., and I took my BP this morning twice.
I left at 1:00 p.m., and pulled in just before 1:30, in the rain. Gerald and Maury beat me there.

John stayed home emptying 5-gallon buckets and a 30-gal garbage can at the end of the V valley of our roof by the front door. He and Annie went up the drive to open the front gate for me. We also get 2 newspapers on Saturday morning, so he made it a multi-purpose hike.

John went for the mail after I got home after 4:00 p.m. and found a nice get well card from the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, I had just been with. They were so happy to have me returning, and I was even happier.

Here is the lovely card below:The card was so well chosen, because music is the biggest healer!I had missed 4 play dates with the group; a month. Sharon put it together and had it signed. Thanks, all!
My temperature at 11:30pm on 10-21 was 97.2°F.

Sunday, October 22

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 21: SpO2 low 86, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 93.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.4%. Pulse avg. 56.0, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 3 min.

My temperature at 8:37 a.m. on 10-22 was 97.2°F.

For morning river basin education, check this out for a colorful expose’ of all the U.S. river basins.Colorful Map U.S. River Basins

Video of the Mississippi River Drainage Basins from around the U.S. to the Gulf Coast. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, or goes very very slowly, too bad. We can’t figure out what happens when it does that.
Try this link

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Saturday evening

Just a short note.
Nancy felt well enough to go play music and consume warm soup at a retirement community center. From 2 to 4, today.

Rain began here on the Naneum Fan in the middle of the night but neither of us know the time. A 30 gallon garbage can under the ‘V’ or valley at the front of the house was filled when we first looked. It has been drained, along with numerous 5 gallon buckets under the drip line.
Rain is supposed to continue, tapering off by 10 AM Sunday.

When I went to the road/mailbox about 4:30 I could see Naneum Ridge, to our north. Back a few miles it goes to 6,000 feet; closer more like 4,000.
There was snow at about 3,000 feet, just 650 feet higher than our house. Traffic cameras and the camera at the Mt. Rainier Visitor Center show snow both south and north of us in the Cascades (to our west).

Local weather lure is that snow will be on us 2 weeks after first appearing on Naneum Ridge. Monday and all of next week are likely to be warmer and dryer. Each day, the forecast will look another day ahead.

We are scheduled to go to Seattle on November 3rd to a WTA event.
Snow is supposed to arrive on November 4th.
The anticipation builds. Stay tuned.


Oh! Nancy is now working on her weekly update. No news, there.

Consuming My Time

Monday, October 9

Oximetry for Oct 8, unavailable, because I lost access to the SpO2 Review software that only was stored on the Toshiba laptop.

I cannot see this info until I receive the new Laptop Charger, power supply (scheduled for delivery late tomorrow afternoon, at almost dark) and hopefully I can access the computer’s hard drive by charging the battery.
Today is a holiday, so the USPS is closed. It is now (sadly) in the Ellensburg office, which is not open today, having come all the way from CA.

My first call was to nurse Cody in Cle Elum for the lab report on a BMP—which showed that the potassium calculated last Friday in the Ellensburg hospital lab was 4.5 and the Sodium was up to 126 mEq/L on its way to the low end of the range—133). The range is usually given as 133 – 146.

My first excitement this morning was from morning calls about my CITI Bank Costco card.
The first call I had was an 8:58 a.m. re: CITI BANK fraudulent activity expected on my card. This is not unusual because we had recently had a similar call from American Express for activities that were charged from two different cities in WA on the same day. This call today, however, was not from the credit card security team, but from an Out Of Area number in the 607 area code. I let the automatic answering voice mail machine record the message. It was obviously a scammer, giving me a 1-800 number to call to report my card details to justify fixing the fraud alert. I knew this was not the procedure security used, so I did not call. Instead, I got the number off the back of my VISA card, in question, and called that number for Customer Service, to report the fraudulent activity possibility.

It was immediately answered by the Fraud personnel at VISA, who already had my information (as I suspected), and told me the origin of the 3 suspected charges. The most recent was from Sugarland, TX for my Laptop Charger purchase. I verified that was correctly done and should be paid. The previous two were for $5.00 and $49.95 from a computer service (remotely sent to VISA), which I never heard of or had requested. I told them to cancel those two and not pay them. They did, and then said they would have to issue me a completely new number on a new card, and they would inactivate the existing one. It was only in my name (not John’s card, which has a different number). They were Fed-Ex’ing me a new card overnight, I would get the next day. That happened. I do not know the cost, but the delivery was Overnight, from O’Fallon, MO, for a tiny credit card in a big cardboard envelope. I’m happy they got it to me so rapidly and took care of the fraudulent charges.

When I was in town for my blood draw, last Thursday, and went by Amy’s to retrieve my music bag from her porch and the 5-gallon bucket, I mentioned in the blog last week I would include a photo of the gifts she left in the bottom of the bucket. Just this week, I made a scan of the card parts and then I took a photo of the almost empty box of fruit she left with the Get Well Card. I reported on this last week in the blog and promised to put a picture in this week. Above the top is the envelope’s front calligraphy and back hand-drawn dahlia (by Amy); the bottom is the get well card designed and painted on by Haley (her 4 yr old daughter) with text by Amy. The fruit box pix was too out of focus and you already know what Italian plums and Red Bartlett pears look like.

BP @ 9:10 a.m. was 138/76 pulse 68
BP @ 10:08 a.m. was 133/71 pulse 66 (1-½ Entresto)
BP @ 3:47 p.m. was 113/68 pulse 74 lowered by ”
BP @ 8:27 p.m. was 128/71 pulse 72
BP @ 9:51 p.m. was 118/71 pulse 84
BP @ 11:31 p.m. was 110/55 pulse 67 (1-½ Entresto)

My temperature was 98.7°F at 10:16 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10

Oximetry for Oct 9, still unavailable.

My temperature at 12:57 was 99.0°F (up from the past two days).

Sent a note to Emeriti Geographers about our email change and about the meeting I never scheduled for this morning. I’m sending at 1:05 p.m.

Very late tonight, I sent an email message to KV F&F about the need for this Thursday’s count and about music to bring in place of the new music, I have not yet completed that for Oct/Nov. I’m so far behind on everything needing done, with still feeling poorly, and canceling activities in town, this week.

Last week, when John returned from his work trip, Oct 6, 2017 to Talapus Lake, we never posted any photos from then, because we did not have them yet. Here are three with John in two from that day’s work.John, Rick & green hats, pushing large rock. On the right, the crew is spread along the trail, building and fixing tread.

BP 122/70 pulse 84 8:55 a.m.
BP 123/71 pulse 73 10:00 a.m.
BP 125/71 pulse 89 1:37 p.m. (1-½ Entresto)
BP 118/65 pulse 76 5:51 p.m. lowered by ”
BP 115/64 pulse 71 10:42 p.m. (1-½ Entresto)

Wednesday, October 10

Oximetry for Oct 9, still unavailable.

The laptop charger was not in the mailbox by 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. last night when John checked for the mail. It arrived late last night (according to tracking system) to our mailbox at 8:49 p.m., last night. It was too late for my ability to try installing the new Laptop Charger to make my Toshiba work.

John went for the overnight mail and the newspapers this morning, and found the package with the laptop charger. That did not solve my access problem as you will see below. First, I need to tell you of my attempt to talk to the postmistress in charge about how the very late delivery affected my health needs.

Problem with late delivery of an important package. I called the local post office for the 3rd time today, where I had left my land line number for a call back from the Postmistress. First, she was out to lunch and I left a message with Sean for her to call my land line, because my cell phone doesn’t always get reception here. Then I called again, and got another clerk, Patti, who told me April was with another customer, so she took all my info again I had given to Sean (#, address, and need to speak with April). I finally called again at 4:07 p.m. and April answered the phone. I told her I had left two messages for her to call me earlier, and she asked my name (again). I told her and my number and that she should have received two requests from me to call. She must have looked then, and said, “Oh you are the next on the stack I was ready to call.” Yeah, like I believe that?

She launched into a defensive answer about why it was late, and how she was at the PO yesterday from early until 10:00 last night, dealing with all the problems that occurred yesterday, and how she finally got to take her lunch break today.

She wanted me to know the reason it was so late (with no apology), that was because of our carrier not showing for work, all carriers were off on their routes, and they were only able to send a substitute out after they returned to the PO. I already learned that from the initial clerk I spoke with.

She further explained, the reason my tracking said it was out for delivery, is they scan every package in the facility going out the “morning” of the delivery. (It wasn’t scanned in until 12:06 p.m. Wednesday, so it would never have been there for our regular carrier to bring to us by his normal late delivery). She claimed they had a very large number of packages to scan yesterday morning after a holiday. Well, I cannot believe all carriers waited until that late to leave for all their deliveries, when some people in town get their mail in early afternoon, and we have in the distant past also gotten our mail delivered earlier in the afternoon (by a different carrier we’d had for years).

Okay … so now I know the reason it really did not leave for delivery to us at 12:06 p.m. and supposedly why it appeared to be delivered so late. My tracking said it was put in the mailbox at 8:49 p.m., Tuesday night.

There is a fallacy in the system, I’d say, if there is not a substitute carrier available in the morning when all the other carriers sort their mail and leave. (Just my honest opinion, while still upset). Her reasoning still does not explain the late time of the scanned out for delivery statement and if it was for our normal carrier’s route, why it was scanned so late, and it took them all the actual delivery time to get the substitute on the route.

Our carrier’s route is only one road, about 9 miles long (Naneum Road), proceeding north and then south. He has no E-W side roads to deliver mail. Even adding his to another carrier’s normal route wouldn’t delay it that long. End of rant.

We still need to leave and it’s 3:52 p.m., with the temperature down to 49°F on our front porch. I had planned to stay home the rest of the day, except for the need to deliver my big black music bag to the flute player’s porch, with the old August/September music books and audience copies, to be distributed tomorrow at the play location. John is going and will carry the bag to the porch, then go to Super 1 for bananas. I called from my cell, once delivered.

BP 139/73 pulse 76 @ 8:14 a.m.
BP 148/76 pulse 73 @ 9:44 a.m. (1-½ Entresto)
BP 118/64 pulse 68 @ 10:42 a.m. lowered by ”
BP 128/69 pulse 79 @ 2:41 p.m.
BP 126/64 pulse 75 @ 3:50 p.m.
BP 115/59 pulse 76 @ 3:56 p.m.
BP 94/47 pulse 71 @ 9:42 p.m.
BP 116/61 pulse 68 @ 11:37 p.m. (1-½ Entresto)

Temperature @ 10:30 a.m. Wed = 97.7°F (down from Tues).
Temperature @ 9:50 p.m. Wed = 98.2°F up a little not > avg.

Very late to bed tonight working on the Toshiba (now accessible) to obtain the information about the SpO2 Review software I needed to download from the site Sam Scripter sent me. The issue was time-consuming at best, but welcomed, and I thank Sam for his assistance in making my Toshiba’s new power supply work to see what was on the old computer’s hard drive. He also told me how to remove the battery and bypass it, to open the Toshiba. We decided it was not the power supply charger that had quit, but that the battery had died. It was only 2 years old, and cost over $100, but without using it, I can still transfer the information on there to my Dell. The power charger has never been replaced, so I am happy keeping it to transfer all my files, folders, and the software I can retrieve, and save the cost of a new battery. The SpO2 Review I most needed was not available in an .exe file on the Toshiba. So, that’s why we had to work around that.

Thursday, October 12

No CPAP – Calculated from Dell, after transferring the same SpO2 Review software version from the Toshiba. It had to be SpO2 Review, ver.1-2 rel. Now, it’s up on my Dell, but it reports the minimum values as <90%, so I have to translate the parameters to events below 88% SpO2, to be consistent with my past reports (since 2014) to my cardiologist and sleep doctor. Oximetry for Oct 11: SpO2 low 84, 17 events <88% with overall avg., 94.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 86.5%. Pulse avg. 59.9, low 53. Slept 5 hrs. 18 min.

10:05, I called Roberta Vorhees with a count today at Meadows of a max of 8 armless chairs for players coming.

I left at 12:35, going for to the Lab at the hospital for blood draws, INR and BMP. After the blood draw, I went back to the front desk for my medical records to date.

On my way from KVCH, I went to Bi-Mart for both kinds of Fisherman’s Friend cough drops. I came home to work on a ton of projects.

BP @ 8:14 a.m. was 139/73 pulse 76
BP @ 9:44 a.m. was 148/76 pulse 73 (1-½ Entresto)
BP @ 10:42 a.m. was 118/64 pulse 68 lowered by ”
BP @ 2:41 p.m. was 128/69 pulse 64
BP @ 3:50 p.m. was 126/64 pulse 75
BP @ 3:56 p.m. was 115/59 pulse 76
BP @ 9:42 p.m. was 94/47 pulse 71
BP @ 11:37 p.m. was 116/61 pulse 68 (took 1-½ Entresto)

Friday, October 13

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 12: SpO2 low 84, 17 events <88% with overall avg., 94.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.0.x%. Pulse avg. 58.5, low 52. Slept 5 hrs 8 min.

John left at 5:40 for Candy Point Trail near Grand Coulee dam.
The start of the trail (T.H.; lower left) is in the parking lot of City Hall and just 2/3 mile from the Grand Coulee Dam. The blue dots and whitish line indicate an old wooden water line, once used to supply irrigation. The red dots show the approximate location of the trail as it goes uphill, along, and crossing the small stream. Then it goes uphill steeply with sharp turns to the top of Cherry Point. Trail corridor includes Poison Ivy and (on Sunday), a Rattlesnake.

John was only there on Friday, but it was a F/S/Sun affair. He took firewood for the overnight campers.
Me? I’m either staying home or finishing music Thursday and Friday.

I got up long enough to help feed the outside cats, say bye-bye to John, and go back to bed. I was up until almost 2:00 a.m. and very much needed my sleep. I guess I got it, sleeping in until 10:38 a.m.

I must now get on the music prep I have been too sick to do for weeks, and need to set up PDFs, and then create a master to copy. I am sure that won’t happen until next week.

We are receiving some bad scenes from web news of the fires in California. We do pay attention because family and friends live in the region, but south of the Bay.

Been working on music but need to eat a late lunch. I just haven’t felt up to it yet and wasn’t hungry after sleeping so late and having a banana with my coffee. At 2:30, I had (leftover) Omelet, sausage, fruit cocktail & banana.

John called at 3:43 while passing through Electric City (3 miles south of the Dam). Steamboat Rock was in view when we finished talking; about to lose reception. He will call from George, WA with a new ETA. He may not be home until 7:00 or 7:15 p.m. I looked at the outside temperature and it was 48.9°F.

On the front porch, Sue and Salazar were waiting beside an empty bowl (for dry cat food). I filled it, and then they were still demanding food so I fixed a bowl they could share of canned food. I also saw “our” 3 deer at the front gate and fence, so I fed them a package of stale Party Mix little bread pieces (meant for dipping in olive oil). The young ones are now 17 months old. They were finishing that and 2 others arrived (a doe with this year’s fawn, small).

About 4:30 p.m., Cody, nurse at Cle Elum called. I learned that my INR= 3.1 (which is better than the INR calculated 10/4/17, and while okay on its own, it’s probably influenced by the Amoxicillin). Tonight is my last pill of that. So, she wants me to have a redraw in 2 weeks and 1 day, because Fridays are better for me than Thursdays. The two things of importance to me on the BMP came back fine as well. Sodium = 128 mEq/L (up from the previous, 122, 126, so that’s good and I’m on my way to the low end of the normal range, 133 mEq/L. We will redo the BMP next time, with the INR.

I finally finished the dishes loading just as John called on his last leg at No. 81 road, about 6 miles away from home, so I was able to put Annie out to wait for him.
He arrived home at 6:00 p.m., found there was no mail yet delivered for the day. He let Annie out to inspect her domain while he fed the horses. We have both Black and Carpathian Walnuts dropping, so he picked up the day’s offerings before coming inside.

I’m back to working on music now, getting rested before my part in making our supper dinner salad.

Time has passed, we ate, and I downloaded the SpO2 Review data from last night (Oct 12) – took longer than normal because I had to download twice, but still got it in 6 minutes, so I can go to bed and record tonight’s over last night’s.

BP @ 9:06 a.m. was 127/70 pulse 71
BP @ 10:37 a.m. was 122/69 pulse 72
BP @ 10:44 a.m. was 132/74 pulse 80
BP @ 2:58 p.m. was 125/70 pulse 80 (took 1-½ Entresto)
BP @ 10:29 p.m. was 110/60 pulse 72 lowered by ”
BP @ 10:37 p.m. was 122/69 pulse 72 (took 1-½ Entresto)

Saturday, October 14

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 13: SpO2 low 79, 12 events <88% with overall avg., 93.8%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.7%. Pulse avg. 58.5, low 53. Slept 7 hrs 35 min.

We were intrigued by the overnight’s cold temperatures (25°F) that was causing our Black Walnut tree to be “raining” many leaves to the ground, at a rapid rate. At John’s suggestion, I took my old digital camera with video capabilities, outside in the cold, and left it videoing for 12 minutes. I put the camera atop a box on the cable table and that’s the reason the fence is at the bottom of the image view. The falling rate had decreased since our initial viewing, but you can see all the leaves on the ground in the yard and driveway.
For the view of the most falling, move ahead to 8-½ minutes into the video, and view only the next 3 minutes.
View at this link:

Black Walnut tree leaves fall

We took care of other morning chores (email, etc.) and finally ate brunch at 11:30 a.m.
John didn’t leave for the mail (from last night) and papers, until 1:00 p.m. today.
He is back from getting the mail and last night’s paper, (meaning both were again delivered late)! And this morning’s papers normally here in the morning (WSJ & local weekend one) are not yet here. Jennifer, our paper carrier, must be having issues of some sort.

My temperature was 97.5°F at 9:45 a.m.
Amoxicillin, no longer taking, finished my 10 days, yesterday.
Will take pills the rest of the day, with PowerAdeZERO, while still trying to increase my sodium % in blood for next week’s BMP Friday (also with INR to check if it lowered more).
Worked on dishes, and music for Oct & Nov.

Welcomed John home at 6:00 p.m.

BP @ 9:50 a.m. was 129/72 pulse 70 (took 1-½ Entresto)
BP @ 1:07 p.m. was 102/59 pulse 67 lowered by ”
BP @ 11:46 p.m. was 100/59 pulse 62 (took 1-½ Entresto)

Sunday, October 15

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 14: SpO2 low 85, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 93.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 92.4%. Pulse avg. 58.2, low 52. Slept 8 hrs 30 min.

John went to the road, and found the Saturday paper had been delivered after 6:00 p.m. last night, as it was in the paper box this morning. It was supposed to come yesterday morning. We had NO mail delivery at all on Saturday. At least we usually get some mail we don’t want.

John took off for town to do a few things, driving his old truck to stop by Safeway and Grocery Outlet for some needed things, and to load 30 gallons or so in his truck for winter activities around the property (carrying bales of hay, etc.). He intends to buy gate panels (10 ft. and 4 ft.) for a 14 ft. span across the driveway. These will replace a make-shift pole and rope barrier.

He just called to say he didn’t have his Costco Visa card in his wallet. He used another card, but it was the only card that saves him 4% on all gasoline prices. He will go by Grocery Outlet and Safeway, but the Coop is closed, so he went to Arnold’s Ranch & Home for a gate, and ended up buying two to go across the end of our driveway (entrance), because they had wire mesh on the bottom, and are better suited up by the road. The entrance to the pasture, 300 feet from the road, needs to be strong but not fancy.The place came with aluminum slat gates. They do not stand up to either horses nor wind. Why they are still made is a mystery.
I’m continuing to alternate working on the blog, on dishes (unloading clean and loading soaked dirty ones from & to the dishwasher), and interspersing music prep.

John returned and found the missing Visa card in a shirt pocket with several WTA business cards of the same size. So that’s good. I will not have to order a replacement.

I fixed food for one cat, but he followed John and Annie to the pasture. The three of them went to feed the horses.

I took my temperature at 4:50 p.m. and it is 97.7°F.

John is fixing supper and will put out a place holder afterwards. We won’t publish it until tomorrow.

My BP @ 9:13 a.m. was 117/70 pulse 61
My BP @ 11:26 a.m. was 136/83 pulse 69
My BP @ 11:34 a.m. was 132/73 pulse 68
My BP @ 12:23 p.m. was 127/68 pulse 71 (1-½ Entresto)
My BP @ 4:46 p.m. was 119/67 pulse 72 lowered by ”
My BP @ 9:08 p.m. was 108/57 pulse 65
My BP @ 11:25 p.m. was 112/64 pulse 61 (1-½ Entresto)

October 16, 2017 Monday

No CPAP – Oximetry for Oct 15: SpO2 low 85, 5 events < 88%, <88% with overall avg., 94.4%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.7%. Pulse avg. 57.7, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 17 min.

John—out currently in the flower plot, planting Tulips (orange) & double Daffodils (red on yellow). The 25°F morning put an end to our flowers. He has removed the Dahlia tubers and Gladioli bulbs, which, here, will not winter in the soil. They are now in the house, to be coddled in something so they don’t dry out as last year’s, sadly, did. They were just in a box in the garage.

BP @ 9:07 a.m. was 132/71 pulse 65
BP @ 10:10 a.m. was 128/45 pulse 67 (1-½ Entresto)
BP @ 3:43 p.m. was 106/58 pulse 62 lowered by ”
BP @ 10:23 p.m. was 121/69 pulse 62
BP @ 11:29 p.m. was 117/62 pulse 64 (1-½ Entresto)

Today was a fairly good outside work day for him.
Not so good on Blewett Pass, Hwy 97, north of us, on the way to Highway #2, that John sometimes uses to travel to WTA trips.

Today on Blewett Pass a Semi Rig with trailer overturned and dumped 56,000 pounds of apples on the roadside and in the ditch. The rig and trailer have now been up-righted w/ WSDOT, alternating traffic around. They expected delays as crews worked to clean up apples. They won’t leave them there for more people to cause accidents by gleaning from the side of the road spill. Deer and Elk might decide to visit, also.Photos from Trooper Brian Moore, WA State Patrol, at MP 170, about noon. This spot is 22 miles north of us.

I have worked on getting this blog completed for John’s review and edits for several days, including today, still. He’s on his way to bed, but I’m on the last proof of the text and photos, will put it on a flash drive with the photos to enter, and leave it for him to find, when he awakes in the morning. He can then start on the edits, while is it still cold outside. The morning temperature is expected to be no higher than 35°F, with possible rain, clouds, and high afternoon winds. I have canceled going to my exercise class.

At 2:30: For 2 hours, wind gusts above 54 miles per hour have been recorded. Under the walnut trees, the ground is covered with yellowish nuts, and the leaves are on their way to the Columbia River, and then the Pacific Ocean. That’s a long trip, so some of them might not make it that far. Still, there are a few leaves and nuts hanging in the trees. Amazing.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan