Wonders of Nature & Remodeling

Monday, May 18 day in 1980 of Mount St. Helens Eruption

Tonight, I watched the programs mentioned yesterday in last week’s blog, so will not repeat them here. If you are interested, scroll down to May 17, below for the links. They are in replay mode now, but well worth watching if you missed seeing them.

Early morning visit from our remodeling contractor, Walter, about our flood plain development permit we received last night at 9:50 from the county. He will take care of the necessary footwork with officials. We do have the signed paperwork to proceed.

My next try is to enter a song sung by Patrick (age 6) that his mom was taught in elementary school. She was only 5 when it erupted, but remembers singing it every May during elementary school. She taught it to him, and he sang it for us, with the sign off, I love you! in the same tone as Professor Nick signs off all his geology livestreams. This song is appropriate for the 40th anniversary of Mount St. Helens eruption today. All the listeners to Nick Zentner’s Livestreams have gotten use to appreciating and looking forward to Patrick’s excellent questions about the topic of the lecture.

You will have to click on the link below, and it will likely download to your computer an mp4 file, which you may have to “Open File”.

Patrick’s Mount St. Helens song

Need to send a message to the Zentnerds with the Slow Earthquake suggested readings & videos for tomorrow night.
John visited Washington Tractor today to deliver paperwork to Matt, the technician, and stopped by Safeway for our lunch today and for the freezer. He bought two bags of Monday specially priced fried chicken (thighs and legs).

Here are some photos of the new tile flooring (still boxed up) for the new room.You can see this if you go into the EBRG Umpqua Bank and look at their floor tiles.

Let’s take you along on our trip around the property to enjoy flowers, wild and planted.

First set:
Cold-desert Phlox, Pink Phlox (best guess), or similar;
Phacelia;
Lupine, white;
Bitterbrush (yellow blossoms) (often called Antelope bitterbrush)Arrowleaf Balsamroot and insect on flower on our way to the old red barn.

Top: a photo of a Siberian Pea Shrub, of which we have several adjacent to our old barn. Getting close-ups of the Orange-belted bumblebees [Bombus ternarius] was an impossible task with them flitting around a lot and the wind blowing. The noise was amazing, but I could not capture it on my camera (in the video below). Still I encourage you to turn up the sound and see if you can hear them.

Bees Humming in Siberian Pea Shrub
John has watched them with no wind and claims they are fun to see. They get loaded with pollen and nectar and will tumble over backward, right themselves, and head to another blossom. They don’t seem to mind being watched. The plants, however, have tiny thorns and do mind if you reach in. Not recommended.

Ended with a walk to John’s tulip garden (inside a chain-link fence to protect from resident deer). Those on the left (cream and pink) are the last to bloom, about a week after the purple ones – the penultimate bloomers.This bridge goes across an irrigation ditch (gravity flow) that allows us to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. Pasture too, if John gets energetic, from the ditch.

The Livestreaming lectures this week by Nick Zentner, came off successfully as planned:

Tuesday, May 19

Up early for Walter arriving with drywall filling the back of his truck. He got it in just before rain.

I was up early to take my special weekly pill on an empty stomach, and then eat a meal 30 minutes after swallowing. John helped me fix my breakfast — scrambled eggs with cheese, also peeled me an orange, and cut two small slices of the round loaf of sourdough break I could toast. I also fixed my coffee, which I normally have first thing when I awake. But, taking the pill on an empty stomach, doesn’t allow any coffee, tea, or milk, but requires 6-8oz clear water. I had all that with Apricot preserves on my toast, for my breakfast. Didn’t need much at all for lunch. I’m used to having only a brunch.

John Ebenal sent this on Facebook taken of a well-camouflaged butterfly in the Reecer Creek hills a few miles west of us. Desert Marble butterfly blends in well, photo by John Ebenal

There is much on Caitlin LaBar’s site about these: Desert Marbles! – 2016 and the wildflowers that were blooming.

I’ve spent time editing a session from Sunday a.m. to send to the group watching the Nick from Home lecture tonight. It’s comments I collect from the pre-show live chat, an hour before the actual lecture starts, because those comments never are seen until he starts his camera about 12 minutes before the start. I like to let him know what was said prior because often people log on and address something to him, which he won’t otherwise see.

Alternately, I’ve unloaded the dishwasher, planned to soak and reload it, take photos of the construction in progress. Now the rain stopped, and the sun is shining. John’s outside again working on various yard projects. I’m multitasking and staying home.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #46 – 5-19-20 Slow Earthquakes starts 11 minutes in

We had a late supper after the show – mostly leftovers. Fried chicken, watermelon salad, orange slices, Rose of Syrah wine, and a fudge hot chocolate sundae with sauce over strawberries onto Neapolitan ice cream.

Wednesday, May 20

Sent the PDF for suggested readings to Zentnerds.
Wind gusting to 55 mph
‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #47 – 5-20-20 Lahars in Washington starts 6:30 minutes in

Thursday, May 21

Didn’t get the suggested readings out until 10:30 a.m. for tonight.
I had a nutrition drink to tide me over.
I videotaped John and 2 workers (Willie & Tristan) loading the refrigerator on the back of the old Chev ’80 pickup, to carry around back to the patio, until it can be loaded into the newly remodeled room.From front yard porch to backyard patio

The videos of the loading procedure out front and the unloading out back are below.

1-From front porch to ’80 Chev truck

2-Moving fridge to back patio

3-Unloading fridge to back patio

Tonight’s livestreaming lecture by Nick:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #48 – 5-21-20 – Tieton Andesite starts 0:00 for the second time; 1st one bombed & he restarted

Friday, May 22

I sent out Hot Spot Volcanism suggested background material to prepare for tomorrow morning’s Nick from Home lecture.
I need to finish editing the comments from the Slow Earthquake lecture to get to Nick and others, because for some unknown reason, the live chat comments were not available on replay. They were there during the presentation.

I try to capture the pre-show comments and the first part of the after it starts ones, but unfortunately that day, I did not get them all. They come in fast and furiously. On a replay, one can pause to read, so not being there caused problems for Nick to review afterwards.

Brunch: John had leftover Lasagna (it was too spicy for me last night), and I had a grilled cheese and ham sandwich.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday). So in the time slot at 6:00 p.m. PST, we’re going to enjoy music virtually, with our study group member, Kathy from Australia.

Kathy Williams-DeVries from Brisbane, Australia, introduces us to her Recorders & music

Supper was chicken patties, shrimp, fried onion rings, and ice cream.

Saturday, May 23

On for capturing comments and conversation around the world at 8:00 a.m.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #49 – 5-23-20 Hot Spot Volcanism starts 4:20 minutes in

Supper: Spaghetti, corn on the cob, & ice cream

Sunday, May 17

Started late on pre-show viewing comments

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #50 – 5-24-20 Bing Crosby Geology starts 3:00 minutes in

Bing was from Spokane and crossed the State on his way to Hollywood (1925) and fame. Al Rinker (piano) was his companion. Washington did not have good cross-State roads because of the State’s complex geology, rivers, and mountains.

Brunch: Bratwurst and scrambled eggs mixed with cheese, with two pieces of English Muffin toasting bread covered with Apricot preserves, small bowl of peaches, with beverage, orange juice mixed with orange PowerAde.

The contractor and his wife showed up mid-afternoon. He wants to apply textured paint on the ceiling. It is old sheet rock and he thinks it needs a primer. They did the 500+ square feet in about 2 hours.

Supper: Banana and grilled cheese & ham sandwich. John added an ear of corn and salted roasted almonds.
Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News May 22nd

Item #1: Did you know?

Not every quote you read on the internet attributed to me is true.” Confucius

Did you know not to place a lot of faith in the tallies of cases and deaths reported during Panic2020?
In Washington State “health officials have identified 3,000 deaths dating back to Jan. 1 that involved symptoms like pneumonia or acute respiratory syndrome, which are commonly associated with COVID-19, said Katie Hutchinson, health statistics manager.”
Katie H. added “They’ve also identified about 100 deaths that are not linked to a positive case, but “we can’t rule them in or out,” Hutchinson said. About five cases involved COVID-positive people whose deaths involved gunshot wounds**, she said.”

[**my bold]

It’s going to be extremely hard to figure out if any of these [3,000] were COVID-related …” Hutchinson said.

No kidding.

Item #2: Rhinaria*

(*naked and often moist skin on the nose-tip of mammals such as deer, horses, and dogs) Two links about this issue:
More technically difficult
Easier for average brains = me
Put your hand on a dog’s belly and it will feel warm. Touch the nose and it will feel cool and moist. [Asleep, the dogs nose will warm, then cool again after it has been awake about 10-15 minutes.]
A dog can sense a warm object from 5 feet away. Say you have a 4 inch object (mouse ?) with body temperature and an exact replica at room temperature. The dog can tell there is a warm object nearby. You, Good Golly Miss Molly*, will have to touch them to tell the difference.
Ain’t that neat?

*Richard Wayne Penniman, known as Little Richard died – May 9, 2020.

Item #3: Holy Hail!
On Thursday there was a 45 minute hail fall in Belfair, WA. Right, I’d no idea where Belfair is either, but it is just 115 miles west of us.The hail was pea size, and if the photo is a good indication there was not much damage. It has been reported that the young folks thought it was neat, and tried to sled. A report on how that worked would be interesting. I’ll guess not too well.

Item #4: Graphs redux

Back on May 8th I posted an item about “peak graphs.”

This week, out of Nancy’s Great Peach State, there is this news item about a now missing graph:
Upon first glance, the bars, which were color-coded to represent each county, show a steady downward slope. But local GPB News radio reporter Stephen Fowler pointed out a “couple big things wrong/not readable” on the graph, including that the dates on the X-axis were not listed in chronological order and the counties weren’t displayed in the same position each day.”
Surprise! They took the graph down.
The image of the peach is from the site of a writer from Savannah. Kenda Williams
The site appears to have started in 2009 and the peach one is from July 2011 – – near the last of her posts. A local EBRG restaurant uses the old fruit crates as decoration. You and see all sorts using an ‘images’ search and a string of words, such as “vintage fruit boxes peaches apples”. Added because we need a few bright spots in our cool and windy week.

Item #5: Mysteries

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

A busy & exciting week

Monday, May 11

John weeded the last-blooming tulips, watered plum trees, mowed rapidly growing grass, and took down a bit of fence.

I soaked and cleaned a bunch of dishes and silverware for the dishwasher and ran it. Now will let it sit to warm the water in the hot water tank, and then will wash some dark clothes. We are not yet ready to run any white stuff through.

Currently, working on the blog that wasn’t published Sunday night.
Pat Jenkins is helping with various excavation projects, but this one was fascinating to me. Movie of the removal of a Tamarack stump.

Tamarack Stump Removal (2 minutes)

Walter & Lynn arrived with tile flooring all the way from Italy. His truck sagged from the weight. He handed boxes (26 pounds, 6 tiles) to John who handed to Lynn inside the house.

John and I took a walk to look at flowers and a few other things. I need the exercise.

The Livestreaming lectures this week by Nick Zentner, came off successfully as planned: Tuesday, May 12

Our lilacs are just starting to blossom, but these are farther down valley from us. We are about 1,000 feet higher. Lilacs photographed by Lise McGowan

I plan to change the way I’ve been adding Nick’s livestreaming into the blog – Instead, I’ll send all my suggested readings only to the Zentnerd’s study group. I’ll continue to post his livestream, and occasionally will add some interesting content photos of his lecture. If anyone is watching the geology livestreaming and wants the suggested background materials, write me a note and I’ll share with you.

However, I want to add a link to highlights created by Kathy Williams-DeVries, in Brisbane, Australia. This link is to Episodes 31-40, showing the gifts being sent to Nick. He has been reticent but very appreciative. Some folks are locked in more so than others and so the geology and stories provide new and unique viewing.

Nick from Home Highlights Episodes 31-40

I consumed my morning Alendronate, and 30 minutes later, I enjoyed eating my breakfast: Fried eggs, sausage links, and English Muffin toasting bread with Apricot preserves, made by my neighbor Ken.

I realized I was out of pills for this morning and for the rest of the week, so starting loading the containers. Found I was within a week of running out of Amiodarone (for Atrial Fibrillation). I called in the refill request, and Doug said they could have it this morning, because they were not very busy. John had already left for town, so I called him and asked him to detour to the pharmacy. He was going to Super 1 anyway.

John left for town a little after 9:00 a.m. and did many errands. He checked our numbers at Bi-Mart, and our last digit won us a nice Lindt Dark Chocolate candy bar. While there, he also picked up two Faucet Areators and TP. While in town, he bought 3 types of sliced meat (salami, peppered beef, ham) to take with Aged smoked cheese to add to the lunch after bottling at White Heron on Thursday this week.

I received my Yellow Church Café $25 gift card, and now they have ceased playing the COVID BINGO. Not as many people were participating as expected. They’re changing to a ZOOM meeting with your favorite pet. I won’t get involved with that.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #41 – 5-12-20 Minerals starts 7:43 minutes in

Wednesday, May 13

Starting this day off with a scary shot, taken by my neighbor ½ mile down Naneum from us. Cougar (Mt. Lion) photo taken by Joanie Lee

We know we have them in the riparian land along our property, and our neighbor has seen them in our lower pasture. We have noticed a decrease in coyotes, probably because of the cougars. Thankfully, all our cats showed up for breakfast today. I had been worried about Sue because we’d not seen her in 2 days; unusual, but not unprecedented. But, she has been back around now.

I slept in this morning after another late night.

Sent off the suggested readings to the study group for tonight’s lecture on Igneous Rocks.

We started receiving 2 issues of Discover Magazine and it took me several phone calls to finally get it reported and corrected.

John’s been working where the concrete and humped soil was removed. He is moving rocks, soil, and gravel. This last was taken off the driveway (where there was a hump), and piled separately.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #42 – 5-13-20 Igneous Rocks starts 4:50 minutes in

Thursday, May 14

John tried to leave too early for White Heron. His mind apparently was on his working for WTA and needing to be up at Snoqualmie Pass by 8:00 a.m.

About 9:30, Pat’s son brought him so he could drive his backhoe/loader home. John wanted just a bit more of a trench, and that only took a few minutes.

I made contact with Washington Tractor Service for John, and got Jeff, the service manager’s cell phone to call him when John gets home, so he can talk with the technician, Matt. There are issues with fixing the hydraulic lines and he needs the manual which is over at the White Heron Cellars. John was there today, but did not realize in time he should have brought it back with him. Too bad they did not return our call last week, so he’d have known. However, it had a nice ending. We decided to drive over for it on Saturday, and were invited by Phyllis and Cameron to have lunch with them on Saturday. We had a wonderful 3 hr. visit, starting at noon. Story below.

I emailed the Grand Coulee Cartoon Maps from Carl to the study group (for the years 1937 & 1940).
Soaked some dishes, and finally, got them washed. I had a nutrition drink and a bowl of soup? Put up my popcorn for use later tonight.

I hand wrote a letter to FISH to take tomorrow to Kittitas that they will use to acquire future funding. They asked all volunteers at the food bank to tell about what the experience meant to them. Currently, we cannot do it, with the COVID-19 shutdown, but as you probably have heard, I with about 8 others play and sing music every Wednesday during Noon lunches. I play my fiddle and sing. We are missing that interaction with the clients.

Here’s our last livestreaming geology lecture until the weekend.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #43 – 5-14-20 – Sedimentary & Metamorphic Rocks starts 3:40 minutes in

Notice at 6:40, the wine used in Kathy Williams-DeVries gift of two wine glasses with engraved, “Nick from Home”, sent by Kathy from a place in the U.S., but she is from Brisbane, Australia. So as to see the engraving better, Nick put in some of our donated wine from White Heron Cellars. What a double treat!

Friday, May 15

I sent out Milanovitch cycles (info about the cause of Ice Ages) suggested background reading today for tomorrow morning’s lecture.

We fixed a brunch of pancake with fresh strawberries and maple syrup, bacon, and fresh orange slices the color of pink grapefruit!

Called Pat Jenkins about bill for his to-date landscaping and excavation service. We put the check in the mail Saturday morning. I got on line to my bank, and transferred funds to the account for which I have checks.

Below is a very picturesque view of the rural ditches I see so often driving back and forth to town. Wild Teasel in Kittitas Valley by Amanda Ross

She took this looking SW at the corner of Bowers Rd and Bowers business loop on the NW side of Ellensburg. Another name for the plant is Fuller’s teasel (Dipsacus Strivus). The spiny dry fruiting heads have been used since Roman times to raise the nap of woolen fabric in a process known as fulling.

While speaking of wool sweaters, let me thank Lynne Snyder for knitting and repairing holes in a wool sweater John wears at Christmas. We have had it a long time, and it had problems. Last time we visited at the Raclette for the pruners at White Heron’s Mariposa vineyard, I gave it to her, and requested her expert repair work. Luckily, they were mostly in the black part of the sweater. She returned it via her hubby Tom, when he came to help with the bottling. John brought it home to me to put in our Christmas sweater drawer. I used to wear this, but the 2X size swallows me now, so that’s why John wears it.
No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday).

Saturday, May 16

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #44 – 5-16-20 Milankovitch Cycles starts 4:20 minutes in

Go to White Heron for noon lunch visit and pick up the instruction reference manual for the backhoe.

Prior to lunch I took photos of a few of the plants. Some of the cacti were blooming. Our lunch with Phyllis & Cameron Fries in their Mariposa Vineyard at White Heron Cellars includes a great overlooking of the Columbia River. Woody Guthrie wrote a song (1941), “Roll on, Columbia, Roll on.”

We carried along some meat to add to the watermelon, pine nuts, and Feta cheese salad Phyllis made, and they had four different chocolate candies for dessert. We enjoyed eating and visiting with them and their wine: Roussanne & Amigne, both white Swiss grapes. John’s last Not So Nasty News shows the Amigne with messed up labels.

Sunday, May 17

This morning started early with my monitoring Nick’s waiting crowd (which built to 1,060 people over the hour). It might have been more. It’s tough to watch all the information and concentrate on what Nick’s saying, while also trying to read the live comments. At the end of the lecture, is a walking field trip to see layers of volcanic ash within the hillside of loess in Ellensburg, on Craig’s Hill.

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #45 – 5-17-20 Mt St Helens 40th Anniversary starts 6:10 minutes in

Here is important information to follow listening to the Nick lecture above. You’ll be prepared to watch an excellent virtual event on the real 40th anniversary date, tomorrow. Details follow.

Seismologists are Hosting a Virtual Event-40th Anniv Mt St Helens Eruption, May 18, 1980, this Monday at 6:30-8:00 p.m. You may wish to be involved on Nick’s day off, and you will have his excellent and unique background information from his Nick from Home talk this morning. If you did not listen above, go back and watch it now, before Monday evening. It will give you an amazing historical lead-in I guarantee you will not receive from anyone on the panel of experts.

I received a tip from a friend that a special program was being aired about the explosion of our nearby volcano just 40 years ago.

Mount St. Helens 40th The Virtual Event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 18, on the PNSN’s YouTube channel — exactly 40 years after the blast. The group will stream prerecorded talks from four speakers and then host live questions on the PNSN network’s Facebook Page. The Moderator and Director of the PNSN, Harold Tobin, a Univ. of Wash. professor of Earth and space sciences, will select audience questions.
Virtual Event
Facebook Page (for Q&A)
If you are interested, subscribe, and set the reminder on the link for Monday night’s presentation:

Mine looks like this.When I grabbed this above, there were already 5 waiting.

Finally, the last:
Harold Tobin (Moderator) and Director of PNSN

Brunch: Pecan pancake with fresh strawberries and Maple Syrup, scrambled eggs mixed with cheese, and a piece of ham.

Supper: Meatloaf & rice, with meat sauce, watermelon salad (w/ pine nuts & Feta cheese)-leftover soup bowl of salad sent home with us by Phyllis when we left yesterday. We had their Rose’ of Syrah to accompany our meal.

We had a small amount of rain over night, and a few sprinkles during the day that interrupted John’s outside jobs. We heard some thunder but not close. The rest of the week looks to repeat this cool and moist weather.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A Rainbow Week

Monday, May 4

Beginning this week with a unique rainbow photographed by Evie Schuetz in our agricultural Kittitas Valley:Wheel line creating a rainbow by EvieMae Schuetz

I’ve got a to-do this morning with a bank transfer for our house remodeling project. At 8:55 a.m., I sent Brandy at our bank, an email requesting a “Certified Check” (virtual) be issued and to arrange for transferring funds from our account to our contractor’s account at the same bank. The stone-tile floor in our new room is patterned after that in the bank.

I plan to start my new medication tomorrow morning, it’s being recommended by my PCP because of the results of the bone density scan I had last week the same day as my mammogram imagery. The mammogram results were fine; no cancer. The bone density has me one-point score away from Osteoporosis, with Osteopenia. I need to begin the medication to prevent bone fracture which can occur with osteoporosis only by walking (a weight bearing situation). The medication is Alendronate. I only take it once a week on an empty stomach, so first thing before having any liquid at all. I must stand to take it and I cannot lie down afterwards, but I must eat something 30 minutes after taking the tablet.

I called Gerald and found out some good news. They are allowing family of the Rehab (nursing home) residents to enter the building to visit. They only allow 2 folks in at a time. Temperature is taken, masks required (and given if they don’t have one), and one person only is allowed in the room. Gerald went this morning with Gene (their son) to see his wife, Jeanne. What a fantastic decision for the families. Poor Gerald has been going bonkers, although they were allowing him to call in and talk to Jeanne over the phone. She always recognized his voice and the caregiver would tell him she was smiling. One day, she even said a few words.

This week’s COVID Bingo card had a special request in the Free Space in the middle: to make up your own random Act (of kindness) & Share it with us. Mine was allowed, so I could X it in, and submit my entry as a .jpg. I completed my Bingo across horizontally through the “Free choice space” for emailing before 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

I need to walk up the driveway for exercise when Lynn and Walter leave. They have been putting in the floor insulation and he also helped again with the water softener and filters.

I have talked with Culligan folks about changing to the VISA card. Done at 2:55 p.m. and will be deducted tomorrow.

I created a beginning Word Document to collect information for Nick’s groupies (study group) about buying tee shirts to bounce off Kathy—the designer and group member from Brisbane, Australia. I included images of the T-shirts she sent me. This effort lasted over a couple of days and she put all the visuals of the shirts, the sizing chart instructions, and the monetary Australian dollars to USD in the last 3 pages of a 4-pg PDF that I created to mail to the group. The first page was my introduction to Kathy and the shirts and the process for ordering from Kathy.

The Livestreaming lectures this week by Nick Zentner, came off successfully as planned:

Tuesday, May 5

My next rainbow picture is from a friend in Cle Elum who lives on Lookout Mountain overlooking the Teanaway Valley. This is a beautiful double rainbow, which presents some knowledge about optics of which I was totally unaware.Double rainbow by Katie Kallio

She explains: In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colors reversed, with red on the inner side of the arc. This is caused by the light being reflected twice on the inside of the droplet before leaving it.

Nick was brought a fancy cake, and a young admirer Patrick could not come to EBRG for a bite. Nick and I made a plan. Checked with the Post Office about details. I went by Kittitas, WA Post Office with a piece of Carrot Cake that had been frozen in a plastic container. Patrick received it Thursday and sent a thank you note with pictures of the reception at the mailbox and his eating cake later in the house. I was most impressed by this 6-year old classmate’s description of the geological meaning of the use of the carrot cake by Nick as a prop to explain part of his lecture.
Patrick’s words were: The white frosting layers are layers of ash and the brown stuff are slackwater sediment layers in Ice Age Lake deposits. Nick’s photo of Touchet Beds, with cake, & layers of Carrot Cake

The cake weighed 15 pounds and was brought from the Tri-Cities by the owners (Joanna & Neal) of two restaurants there in Kennewick, WA and Richland, WA, named Foodies Brick & Mortar. Joanna and Neal have been viewers of the Livestreaming YouTube Geology videos with Nick from Home since Mar. 17, this year.

While in town, I got John’s colas for the month at Fred Meyer with 10% off Senior Discount, and bought a bunch of special sale priced of our favorites, Reece’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups at 67₵ each.
Took a $400 check by Umpqua Bank’s night deposit in the parking lot, to save driving through the backed-up drive through window.
I went for my INR blood draw and was out in 12 minutes (much better than last month).
Went by Safeway for my refund from John’s shopping trip for 79₵ drinks they charged him 99₵ for. The 80₵ return had 2 old quarters in it.

Drove by Nick’s home with Greg’s honey jar gift, and Nick came out to his mudroom, where I was going to put it, and we had a nice conversation. It was a gift from a member of the audience, Greg from Ten Mile, TN. He and his dad raise bees. Gift for Nick and one for me. Nick tasted the honey on his finger for his toast at the end of his lecture and thanked Greg for the gift.

I submitted my BINGO COVID 3 solution via email to Jodi, the City Recreation & Parks person.

Took my medications list by Super 1 Pharmacy for the Pharmacist Leslie to check for contraindications with my meds of the new pill my doctor ordered for Osteoporosis.

Came home and toured the developing remodeled room. The floor is all in, one door, and another on the way. I have been photographing the process inside and outside as best I can. I’ll occasionally share a few things of interest.

Nick’s evening lecture:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #36 – 5-5-20 Glacial Lake Missoula starts 4:40 minutes in

Wednesday, May 6

Here’s some reading relating to our last lecture I just found this morning,

Nat’l Park Service: Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail Long-range Interpretive Plan (June 2016)

Dating of late Pleistocene megafloods (multiple floods from drainage of glacial Lake Missoula)

Here’s background viewing for tonight’s lecture Ice Age Erratics.
NOTE: almost at the end of the lecture about 9 minutes, an ad interrupts the flow. Stick with it until you can Skip Ad, and you’ll see the rest.

Vantage Erratics – Roadside Geology, Feb 8, 2012 (10 minutes)

Definitely, check this out from 20 minutes into the visuals:

Wenatchee Ice Age Floods Oct 2, 2013

Also, check out this website of appropriate information:

Glacial erratic boulders of the Puget Sound region

I made this wind report from information on the NOAA Pendleton site and sent to Nick, wind for planning the location of his lecture tonight. I thought it would be too windy for his backyard and perhaps his porch inside the house would be better.Next are some things developing around the outside of our house during the remodeling project mostly affecting the front of our house where the attached 2-car garage is being re-purposed as a livable room (including a utility room for the water treatment instruments, a refrigerator freezer, and a chest freezer.

Just beyond our front door is a Mountain Ash tree. They have clusters of white blossoms and the fruit is bright orange. That hangs on the tree during winter, and after freeze and thaw in spring, birds will eat them. The deer love them. We have others nearby and this one is in the way.

Below is a video of John cutting down the tree. The stump will be pulled later by backhoe guy Pat Jenkins.

John Sawing Down Mt Ash Tree Front Yard
{On John’s computer the focus is fuzzy until 25 seconds. – on Nancy’s it’s perfect throughout}

Nick’s lecture tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #37 – 5-6-20 Ice Age Erratics start 4:30 minutes in

Thursday, May 7

Created the Tee Shirt Order form, okayed with Kathy Down Under, and sent to Kathy! Now once approved, I’ll put it all into a PDF to send to the study group for ordering from Kathy in Brisbane, Australia.

I sent the background materials for Columbia River Gorge lecture to all members of the study group.

Received the good news that I won another gift card from playing COVID Bingo 3, this week. I chose to receive the $25 to use at the Yellow Church Café. Last time we ate there was with our Australian friends, visiting us after spending time with their family and grandchildren.

More suggested readings for different lectures this week.

Erratic Boulders – Rafted in Icebergs by the Ice Age Floods 2-min Geology, Jun 4, 2013

and, check out the erratics atop Steamboat rock in the Grand Coulee:

Steamboat in the Desert | Nick on the Rocks • Feb 25, 2019

One more left over from our Missoula Floods lecture:
Giant Ripples in the Scablands | Nick on the Rocks • Feb 25, 2019

Suggestion background for Columbia River Gorge lecture tonight:
Columbia River Gorge Apr 5, 2015

Next is in the Columbia River Gorge, and was a downtown lecture John and I attended; I videotaped Nick from the front row and put in our weekly blog. By looking at the end of the green boards lecture, you’ll see some awesome visuals of the Bonneville Landslide into the Columbia River (including actual footage 100 years ago of building the Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia River) – watching the visuals below is a must do!!

Bridge of the Gods Landslide Apr 4, 2018 (start at 30 mins)

Nick from his porch because of the painters covering his lecturing black board space with ladders, while painting his house until the last minute before livestreaming time beginning at 12 minutes to 6:00. Please start below at 6:33 mins to be able to enjoy the thank you thanks for gifts that arrived in the mail today.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #38 – 5-7-20 Columbia River Gorge starts 6:33 minutes in

We finally received our replacement VISA card today canceled 4-25-20. It was sent regular mail on 4-30-20.

Friday, May 8

Called Cle Elum clinic about Alendronate and aspirin & too much Calcium, and also about my INR from Tuesday (Lacey). Check the portal KVH found INR=2.4. After 1:30 p.m. I talked to Lacey about both items and I need to mark my calendar 4 weeks out for June 2. Also she was going to consult with my PCP (Chelsea) to tell her my concerns about aspirin and calcium supplements along with the Alendronate (because of my pharmacist’s findings on possible contraindications with the tablets).

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday).

Here is the background reading for tomorrow’s lecture on Mima Mounds.

This morning I checked the pronunciation of Mima (but it was for names and not specifically for the Mima Mounds). Mima was heard as “ME”ma. I sent the link to Nick and then a couple hours later, I read the Wikipedia article on Mima Mounds, which I shall start with below, and the pronunciation is different with the phonetic given as “MY”ma. The phonetics suggest Mima, with the lowercase letter, I, being pronounced as is in tide. I think I’ll go with that as the better choice, and believe me I have heard it both ways over the years.
As Nick has said, there are many theories but no one really knows the real story of the origin. However, many to choose from below.

Wikipedia: Mima Mounds

My second choice is the Washington Trails Association Hiking site, because WTA is near and dear to our family. John volunteers as an Assistant Crew Leader, working on maintenance of WA trails. Right now they are closed off many of the lands, but I just noted that Seattle Parks have opened their lands, and also this Mima Mound Preserve in WA was also opened May 5 to public use (with social distancing).

Mima Mounds, Hike Info (south of Olympia)

Atlas Obscura – Mima Mounds

This is nice article appearing in the Seattle Times on the MMs:

Mima Mounds: Mystery hides in vast prairie

Great Pyramids of the Gophers: Mima Mound Mystery Solved (2013)

Another “Science” Dec 2013 about computer modeling claim that gophers are the solution

Finally, the following January 2020 article summarizes all the research on the origins as being unexplained by science:

The Mima Mounds in Washington Are a Phenomenon Unexplained by Science

Supper: Meatloaf, pears, French fries, and more.

Hoping to go to bed earlier than usual to be up to watch the early morning geology lecture on Mima Mounds.

Saturday, May 9

This morning from Nick’s backyard: START 5-9-20 at 10:40 to catch a story before the lecture starts officially.

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #39 – 5-9-20 Mima Mounds starts 10:40 minutes in

I got on again early for the “waiting group” to catch the conversation, because I do not believe that part makes it to the Live Chat that starts the show when Nick arrives.
I checked and nothing appears until Nick checks in.

After our morning Livestreaming Geology with Nick was successfully done, John drove to town to get grain for our 4 horses, and he is stopping by the Bi-Mart store to check for filters for our faucets. With all the remodeling we’ve disturbed our water tank storing well water, which is full of oxidation from the well, and all the water in the house is coming out orange/red. We have cleaned filters and John changed more this morning, to get the water clearer before we wash dishes or certainly white clothes. We are running out of both. He also bought 5 yellow straight neck squash plants and 5 different tomato plants.

I plan to send out a few thoughts on suggestions for background reading for tomorrow’s lecture on West Coast Tsunami possibilities. Here they are with help from a couple members of Zentnerd study group email bunch.

Seattle Tsunami background viewing:

There is a lot of viewing time with these, but if you spend your time on the first 4 you’ll be well set for Nick’s lecture.

Personally, I think everyone should watch this video, now to precede the following ones:

Pacific Northwest Earthquakes—3 Types • Jul 19, 2015 (8 mins)

Note the next one below is the New Yorker article which drew a lot of attention to this Tsunami issue:

The New Yorker article: The Really Big One – An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when – by Kathryn Schulz-July 13, 2015

Best of the bunch is by our leader, Nick Zentner! responding to The New Yorker article: (however, it’s hard to see the small screen in some shots, so combining closed captioning might help and turn up the volume because the CC doesn’t translate all his words correctly, but you can hear what he’s saying.

Nick Zentner- Earthquakes: Will Everything West of I-5 Really Be Toast? • Dec 7, 2015 (48 mins)

Followed by another LethaLeeFox pointed me to (and the above was found by Kathy Williams-DeVries. Thanks for the help today.

Tsunami in our future (May 1, 2013) go to 43:28 min in because the green board part of the lecture is not visually well seen

DON’T MISS this Playlist of animations (as we saw a couple of in the cozy fort during Nick’s lecture this morning) – which was created by Theresa Swan, from Mt. Vernon, WA, mother of Patrick, age 6, one of our favorite classmates. Patrick asks the best questions of the whole bunch of us during the Q&A at the end of each lecture:

Tsunami Simulations created by the WA Geological Survey (no sound on most)

The rest I found:

Another very important one narrated by Professor Nick:

The Cascadia Subduction Zone—What can the landscape tell us? • Jan 25, 2020 (2:40 minutes)

and, our friend, Goldfinger (great video):

Toast, tsunamis and the really big one | Chris Goldfinger | TEDxMtHood • Jul 5, 2016 (14 mins)

TV KGW News talking on What you need to know about the Cascadia Subduction Zone | Earthquake Ready or Not • Oct 10, 2019 (1:45 minutes)

Simulations show tsunami threat in Washington State • 8-16-19 (2 minutes)

Tsunami wave simulation for Bellingham, WA • 8-26-19 (2 minutes, no sound)

What can GPS tell us about future earthquakes in Cascadia? (UNAVCO collaboration) • May 8, 2013 (4 mins)

Finally, an interesting presentation of Earthquakes in PNW:

Earthquakes of Cascadia: 1979 – 2019 • Sep 3, 2019 (3 mins)

The last one is just being added now after the lecture. It’s a downloadable PDF brochure from the WA Geological Survey, with good descriptive information on the definition, causes, and responses and precautions needing to be taken, such as evacuation planning:

Tsunami Hazards in Washington State

Finally finished doing the first load of dishes. Very time-consuming project to get all the buildup of oxidation from the red water off to put in the dishwasher, and the filter will likely need to be changed again soon. The water is still red. Even coming from the hot water tank. I still have a kitchen of dirty dishes to do another load when this is through. It takes 58 minutes to go through its wash cycle and we do not put it through the dry, but turn over the cups and let it air dry. At least two more loads to process from over a week ago.

Now Rascal cat is in my lap, so I will set up birthday’s for tomorrow, and I’ll send a Mother’s day card to a few moms I know.

Supper: Meat loaf, pear slices, French fries, cheddar cheese on Broccoli & Cauliflower (sadly because of the Coumadin I’m taking, I cannot have my favorite broccoli). All with a nice Rose’ of Syrah.

Sunday, May 10 Happy Mother’s Day

The photo of us below appeared on a Happy Mother’s Day wish from Sara Brazeau Lorig, to me, on Facebook – with the message: It wouldn’t be a proper Mother’s Day without a shout out to my two phenomenal “Adopted Moms.” I am so fortunate to have had these brilliant and strong teachers in my life just when I needed them most. Their support and advice has played a pivotal role in who I am today. I am so fortunate to have met them and am in grateful awe of the effortless love that they share with me, all of their lucky students, their families, and their many friends. I love you, Nancy B. Hultquist and Betsi Kurzawski! This was one photo she posted and I’m putting it here, because John was also her teacher for Physical Geography at CWU. I don’t remember the year taken, but it was taken at White Heron Cellars winery west of Quincy. This Thursday, John is taking a break in the morning from assisting contractors here and will go over there to help 5 others on bottling wine – a white Swiss grape named Amigne.

Our morning lecture began an hour earlier than the actual startup time, with a bunch of us visiting on line from all over the world in the waiting mode to have Nick arrive and start. It was an exciting topic on problem tsunamis hitting our west coast and affecting people in coastal areas. Viewers from Japan, Alaska where Tsunamis have occurred in our lifetime were watching this morning.

During the morning “waiting session” I began having serious problems with my mouse for navigating the screen on my computer. I also had an enlarged full screen image, which did not allow me to read the Live Chat comments by viewers (to the right of the lecture). Finally, I figured out that problem into the program, but my mouse continued messing up throughout the evening trying to create the final draft of this blog. Finally, John put out the delayed notice, and it won’t be published until Monday night (because from early all day to 5:00, John has to work with two different contractors on our home remodeling project). John is my manager for editing my comments and entering them into the WordPress jargon to create this.

Okay, back to the lecture this morning.
A neighbor of Nick’s rode by on her bike, and she researches this topic of past tsunami deposits of sand in tidal flats. She is a professor of Geology at CWU as well, and has past, present, and future students she is advising on their research for graduate theses. Nick invited her to share her knowledge with us during the livestreaming lecture. She fielded questions from the audience and taught us a lot. We all are grateful for her time spent with us. Her name is Bre MacInnes. You can find her information on line by searching on CWU Geology Faculty.

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #40 – 5-10-20 Seattle Tsunami ? starts 2:30 minutes in

Here is one of the ones Nick showed this morning in the Cozy Fort.

I wasn’t thinking and should have put that in the suggested reading. I need to ask Nick if there isn’t an outtake somewhere of some of the crew pulling him out of sinking in the mud. I don’t think I dreamed seeing that in my past.
Ghost Forests | Nick on the Rocks • Feb 25, 2019 (5 min)

We called our cousin Ethel (102 yrs young) in PA to wish her a happy Mother’s Day and had a nice long conversation. Found out her father was born 2 years before mine in May of 1895! My dad was born August 3, 1897, and died when I was 14. My mom was born August 27, 1914, and died in 1981 when I was 38.

Supper: Our asparagus from the garden, cauliflower, fish, chicken, fries, and wine.

This weekly blog is not going to be published tonight as usual because John must go to bed. He will be on & off busy helping with the remodeling project. One is working on the inside of the house and the other is working with a construction & roadbuilding backhoe/front-end loader, moving dirt and rocks (we’re on an alluvial fan) / digging holes for posts / pulling out tree stumps / breaking up concrete and hauling off, to create drainage downslope away from the house roof. The house was built in 1981 by a shoddy contractor. We have been correcting things since moving in, in 1989.

Coming out Monday night at 11:15 p.m.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

All, or mostly, about Nick

Monday, Apr 27

My part in the house remodeling project is to handle paying the contractor. Found out how to do that electronically. We are converting our attached 2-car garage into another room of our home. First, it must be repaired and brought up to code. It’s ceiling is falling, having been nailed with small nails meant to hold cedar shakes down, not meant to hold heavy dry-wall up. Screws are the appropriate fastener. The walls, attic, and floor need to be insulated. Electrical outlets, lighting, and ceiling fan will be added. One window needs removed as it only views an adjacent shed put in 8 years after the house was built, by another owner (not us). We moved in, in 1989. I am in charge of moving things we no longer need out of our home, and into the free giver community in our region (various free sites on Facebook) to be redistributed to folks in need. I like to do this when possible.

So, with respect to $, I called Brandy at our bank and arranged to transfer funds to the contractor. His bank account is there as well, so she could arrange a transfer directly to his business account from our checking account.

I also found the owner of the home with the unique tree (a willow) pictured in our previous blog last week (go look if you missed it, and tell me what animal figures you see in the branches). DO THAT BEFORE you read the description below the photo. I got his name from our contractor (who’s his neighbor). I found their phone number and requested an email address to send the family the photo. We had a nice conversation about the tree. It has been in a “dead” condition for a couple of years, but is still standing for people to admire and photograph.

Meals today: Lunch: Roast beef, beans, carrots.
Supper: Meatloaf and scalloped potatoes.

The Livestreaming lectures this week by Nick Zentner, came off successfully as planned:Let me use this location to print corrections from links related to Nick Zentner’s information that wouldn’t work last week. First, are links related to Lydia Staisch on the Ringold Formation research with Zircons.
The two of our weekly blogs over 2 yrs (2018 & 2019) to connections to Lydia Staisch & Nick Zentner:

See both people below in these weeks on the dates suggested.

Look for Nick & Lydia in several places Wednesday, April 24

Look for Lydia Staisch on Thursday, May 31 & Fri. June 1

Tuesday, Apr 28

I saved myself a trip to town today by calling a friend, Connie, and she checked my numbers at Bi-Mart. We won nothing.

I was scheduled to participate in a 10:30 Zoom presentation with members of the AAC (our local Senior Center), which is closed. I participated. It was a meet your friends for a coffee break.

Palouse Falls

I sent my background viewing suggestions to the group for tonight’s lecture on the Palouse Hills.

Palouse Falls and Dry Falls, 6-12-13 

Goldilocks Miracle of the Palouse|Nick on the Rocks, 2-25-19

Palouse Falls & the Palouse River Canyon, 2-min Geology, 6-4-13

Before starting tonight, let me switch you back to Nick’s #23 on April 16, where you need to add this to your background viewing for the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestream on the Yakima River Canyon. This is a 2-Minute Geology video with Nick singing, strumming, and educating viewers about geology.

Entrenched Meanders, Yakima River (near Ellensburg, WA)

And, Nick’s evening lecture:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #31 – 4-28-20 Palouse Hills starts 13 minutes in

Wednesday, Apr 29

Sent to the study group for Nick from Home lecture, this for background viewing tonight on Ice Age Lakes.

First—just this morning I found a new video for me and I imagine for most of you, but you may want to put this on your bucket list, after you have followed the ones below on Ice Age Lakes. I have not viewed this video past the first 19 minutes, but I’m hooked. (NOTE: I viewed some of the public comments below it, and was thrilled to see several names of people I have met on the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestreaming). I knew he had a following and now I’m convinced after attending all the Nick from Home presentations since 3/17/20 how worldwide it is.

Nick Zentner in 2015: Speaking to an audience of Pacific Northwest agriculturalists in the 3 Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA attending the PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Conference.

Ice Age Geology: A Common Thread for Pacific Northwest Agriculture – Jun 12, 2015 (57 minutes)

Ice Age Floods, Lake Missoula, Bonneville Flood and the Columbia River Basalts – Dec 8, 2014 (16 minutes)

Glacial Lake Missoula-Jun 14, 2015 (19 minutes)

Ice Age Mystery of Lake Lewis | Nick on the Rocks – Feb 25, 2019 (4 minutes)

Lake Chelan — Battle of the Ice Sheets | Nick on the Rocks – Dec 28, 2017 (4 minutes)

Lake Chelan Geology – Feb 19, 2017 (67 minutes)

Ice Age Lakes between Seattle and the Cascade Range May 11, 2015 (18 minutes)

Checked into this Zoom class, but did not stay very long because of too much noise (air compressor and nail gun) from the garage and many other things on my agenda.

Topic: Get Moving Exercise Class
Time: Apr 29, 2020 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Worked on sending past stuff to the new Zentnerds in the group.

Last week I listed two of the videos a watcher from Brisbane, Australia has created of Highlights of Nick Zentners’ livestreams in 10 episode segments. This week she made her third, and developed a playlist to which you can subscribe.
Here’s the link to the playlist:

Kathy Williams-DeVries, Nick Zentner’s Episode Highlights Playlist

Nick’s lecture tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #32 – 4-29-20 Ice Age Lakes starts 12:50 minutes in

Thursday, Apr 30

I participated this morning in a Zoom presentation from the Ellensburg Senior Center. We visited 3 neighborhood libraries. Katrina Douglas lead the tour (during cold winds) on her bike.

Topic: Virtual Walk: Little Free Libraries – Part 1
Time: Apr 30, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

I managed to add the newbies to the list from yesterday, so my address list was ready to use. Finally, after several interruptions this morning. I sent out the background viewing suggestions for tonight’s geology lecture on Ice Age Waterfalls. I was rather pleased with what I found and provided, especially when Nick ended up showing 3 of them in the cozy fort.

Background viewing suggestions for tonight’s lecture: Ice Age Waterfalls:

Dry Falls – Roadside Geology August 29, 2012 (14 minutes)

Palouse Falls and Dry Falls June 12, 2013 (44 minutes)

Palouse Falls & the Palouse River Canyon – Ice Age Floods Features-2 min Geology Jun 4, 2013 (5 minutes)

Making our Dry Falls animation Dec 31, 2019 (4 minutes)

Ending with this after numerous mentions of his books:
Link to Central Rocks for Bruce Bjornstad interview on Nick’s site
and go to Central Rocks link below and play Bruce Bjornstad’s
interview (28 minutes).
Once you follow this link, you’ll need to go to Bruce Bjornstad

Nick from his porch because of our strong winds again today:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #33 – 4-30-20 Ice Age Waterfalls starts 12 minutes in

Supper: succotash, baked potato, baked chicken

Friday, May 1

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday).

Here is the background reading for tomorrows lecture on Ice Age Climate.
Attempting to find this information on Ice Age Climate (Nick’s topic this morning) started Thursday night and continued into Friday, but was a very difficult chore. Here are my results:

For Saturday background on Nick’s Ice Age Climate:
Kathy Williams-DeVries, a friend in Australia reminded me of one of Nick’s Podcasts of the topic that I completely missed,

#8 Ice Age Climate!!

For the counterview to global warming & climate change, check out wattsupwiththat dot com, and note the following link where Nick has been featured there:

Nick Zentner recognized on a major climate discussion site

Climate Change-Past and Future –The Ice Ages

Evidence of Global Warming & The End of the Last Ice Age

2-13-20, There Is No Impending ‘Mini Ice Age’ by NASA Global Climate Change

Global Cooling: Are You Ready for the Real Climate Change?

Pleistocene History of Earth’s Climate

Paleoclimatology: the Oxygen Balance

Supper: Baked ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, cubed cooked apples in cinnamon/brown sugar.

Going to bed to be up early to watch the early morning geology lecture on Ice Age Climate.

Saturday, May 2

Ready for Nick’s livestreaming by 8:00 a.m. People get earlier each week, and we have our own conversation before most of the people check in.

Nick’s morning presentation:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #34 – 5-2-20 Ice Age Climate starts early with Nick’s thankyous at 3 minutes in

We were thanked first and then others. You may wish to start watching at 3:00 minutes in.
First is ours: 3 bottles of White Heron Wine-White, Red, & Rose’.Nick holding the wine and talking about us & him. Better to view in the video (above).

2nd gift, a beautiful water color painting from Jonathan in Portland, of Nick’s opening scene at Dry Falls for all his PBS shows, Nick on the Rocks.Other gifts not pictured, so best to watch the couple minutes at the beginning of the video.

But here is a description of one gift, all the way from Germany.
It came in the mail with rock samples from Germany (Bavaria) near Austria, from Thomas a geology teacher there in high school and the university. Now Nick is going to share specimens from here with Thomas.

After our morning Livestreaming Geology with Nick was successfully done, John and I spent an interesting day with the contractor, moving our water treatment stuff out of the way for the raised floor in our new room. We were without running water from after lunch until 5:30 and dealing with rain and moving a Refrigerator freezer to the front porch, John building a ramp for us to exit the porch, and I was trying to work inside with a ton of noise.

Supper: Biscuits with ham gravy and mashed potatoes

Sunday, May 3

I called my first geography professor in Atlanta, GA, to wish him a Happy Birthday, for yesterday. His name is Sandy Bederman, and had a nice visit with him and his wife, Jolayne. They were instrumental in my life starting in 1962, and influencing my choice to continue in graduate school.

Nick’s morning lecture is #35 – Volcanoes & Climate.

Here was the background information for this morning’s lecture I sent out yesterday afternoon.
I don’t really have much in the way of background material to suggest, so will pick a couple ones I found today, more related to past lectures (for the volcano part) where Plate Tectonics play a big part.

Introduction to Plate Tectonics

And this morning from Nick’s backyard:

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #35 – 5-3-20 Volcanoes & Climate starts 13:08 minutes in

Very interesting presentation.

Supper: Fried chicken, fish, and cheesy cauliflower, and a small piece of corn on its cob.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Almost over April

Monday, Apr 20

Beginning with a sunset from April 18, 2020, I missed seeing until today:Across the Tacoma Narrows from his home on Tacoma’s “West Slope” area by JW Harrington.
JW is a geographer we’ve known for a long time, and he is a painter as well. All his friends are expecting a rendition of this in a future painting (he’s an artist too).

We left before noon today to drive to town to pick up lunch at Burger King, find a shade tree, and eat. That was not a good idea. We got there in plenty of time but everyone is having to go through the take out window, and we were 9th in line. We had called in by phone to have them throw the Crispy Chicken in the fryer. It was to be ready at 12:20. That time came around and we still had two cars in front of us. We waiting much longer to be served. Once done, we ate. I was driving, so I only ate ½ my crispy chicken sandwich, and a few fries, and John finished his Whopper as I drove to McCullough Rd to our contractor’s new house.

John took some photos of the rock siding we will be getting on our house, and he also checked out the HardiePlank fiber-cement siding, which had been written as metal on the bid, but we want the composite for better fire resistance. I videotaped our long conversation about details on the 4 pages of the contract. That took well over an hour.

John and I saw this tree on a neighbor’s property from our contractor’s home on McCullough Road. It is quite aways off and his image (a bit blurred) was only a token. It was useful in calling Evie’s attention to it, as capturing a neat photograph.Creatively artistic tree (taken in the rain) by Evie Schuetz.

She published it Tuesday on Facebook and tagged me, but I didn’t see it until late. I showed to John, whose first comment was he was so happy she found it and took a nice photo before it started to fall. When we first saw it, John saw dinosaurs, and I saw giraffes and then I saw the dinosaur. Interesting how people interpret images differently. Neither of us can see a crab in there that some others see (including Evie), but now that she explained it to me, I realize John and I never watched SpongeBob SquarePants to learn of The Krusty Krab and the Krabby Patty. I need to drive by the home on McCullough Rd, figure out who owns the house and the tree, to get their email to show them the picture. It is a unique photograph. Nature is artistic. Evie took this on 4/22/20.

Finally, we left and drove back across town to get to a road off the Old Thorp Highway. I needed to pick up a freely given pair of Sketchers shoes (found via The Free Box site). I was on there recently to list something I was giving away, and saw the announcement.

Called Gerald on our way to Thorp. It was just 3:04 when I called. He was outside, on his lawnmower and visiting in the shade of his garage with his kids. We joined the party. Our original intent was to pick up a bread making machine he no longer wanted and was giving us. We need to go buy some new yeast and dry milk, and when we get it working, we’ll provide some bread for Gerald. Yeast has followed toilet paper into the netherworld (guess everyone is making bread during this Panic 2020)—see John’s story below in his Friday column, “Not So Nasty News.”

On my way home, John filled my tank at the Thorp Shree’s Station, for $1.39/gallon. Ours cost $1.49/gal because we prefer to buy gasoline with our VISA CITI bank card from Costco, from which we get 4% back. The “discount” actually is summed and returned to us as a check redeemable at the store, as cash. So until we can get there and claim our cash, COSTCO gets the interest earned. The Panic 2020 isn’t helping. We’ve had such a check for a month.

Tuesday, Apr 21

Good Background viewing for tonight’s lecture on Plates Colliding:

Nick narrates animation (on IRIS), Cascadia Subduction Zone—What can the landscape tell us? Jan 25, 2020

Supercontinents and the Pacific Northwest, Apr 11, 2019

John and I were there ten years ago, for this lecture:

Slow Earthquakes at Downtown at Raw Space, 10-27-2010

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~ from his porch because of high winds all day. The high gust was 46 mph.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #26 – 4-21-20 Plates Colliding starts 13:43 minutes in

Wednesday, Apr 22

This was our day of rain.

Katrina did two livestreaming SAIL exercise classes from her home this morning at 9:00 a.m., and Friday Noon. The pink dress was Wednesday and the others were Friday. Bottom she is having a live chat with all the people who are participating. Both were fun days. We had a pretty good turnout both days.

I worked on submitting my COVID Bingo-1 card to submit tonight by 7:00 p.m. to Parks & Recreation. I had to finish before then because I would be watching Nick’s Livestreaming. I’ll show the card tomorrow and tell you the story that went with it.

Morning receipt from Kathy Williams-Devries in Brisbane, Australia, of a new Video she made of Nick Zentner’s first 10 livestreams. These are hilarious. She has followed with a second version of the next 10 that I will list below:

‘Nick from Home’ Highlights episodes 1-10 by Kathy Williams-Devries

‘Nick from Home’ Highlights episodes 11-20 by Kathy Williams-Devries

Below is an image introducing the topic for tonight, The Straight Creek Fault (named Fraser Fault in Canada).View the geologic fault right down the middle of the image.

Background on tonight’s lecture: Straight Creek Fault

I could not locate any viewable lectures and just glanced at a couple of reports by the DNR and USGS, and some stuff on the Fraser Fault (the fault continues into Canada) and the Kula & Farallon plates.

Tonight’s lecture from inside his house, the porch (’cause of rain):

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #27 – 4-22-20 Straight Creek Fault starts 13:05 minutes in

Thursday, Apr 23

Is it really Bingo if no one can hear you yell BINGO!This is the current panic 2020 solution to people who cannot go to work or to community activities. I mentioned it yesterday. I joined the Bingo Party over the week and managed to get a bingo on the V vertical line on the card. I submitted my proof to the Ellensburg City Parks & Recreation office and I received a phone call that I was one of the winners (luck of the draw).

I had the choice of 3 restaurants in town for a $25 gift card. We chose The Red Pickle. It will be mailed to us, and we’ll go by for a take out.

I called my bank about transferring money between accounts online, and figured out the best way to get a certified check sent to our contractor without going into the bank. Good thing they know us both and we have accounts at the same bank. Made it a lot easier and saved money and a trip to town.

A tree fell over the power lines on Thomas Road, near our neighbor’s driveway. The crew for the Utility had to come cut the power off to deal with it. We were not affected until the main line was shut off, but those closer were without power for about 4 hours. Our power went out at 11:20 and came back at 11:52. I left soon to go to Imaging at the hospital for a 12:45 check in for Bone Density and Mammogram tests. I didn’t get back home until 3:00 p.m.

We had phone calls, e-mailing, printing, signing, and scanning associated with cashing out two small insurance policies for John with Northwestern Mutual Life. One was started in 1966 while he was at the University of Cincinnati. His original intent was to take his parents off the hook if he went to his great reward while a poor student. His parents are long gone to their great reward, and I don’t need the cash either, so it is on the way to our bank account, except for some to the IRS.

Thursday night expect Nick Z from home porch probably because of weather.
Background viewing for tonight’s lecture on Hells Canyon:

Hells Canyon and the Ringold Formation- April 24, 2019

Nick from his backyard:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #28 – 4-23-20 Hells Canyon starts 11:53 minutes in

Link problems below; John can’t get these next 2, I can. Bummer.
We are searching for reasons why.

The two of our weekly blogs over 2 yrs (2018 & 2019) to connections to Lydia Staisch & Nick Zentner:
See both people below in these weeks on the dates suggested.

Look for Nick & Lydia in several places Wednesday, April 24

Look for Lydia Staisch on Thursday, May 31 & Fri. June 1

Friday, Apr 24

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday).

Busy all day on projects.
Supper: Leftover cooked canned pork, tomatoes and more made into sauce on spaghetti noodles, with canned pears.

Going to bed to be up early to watch the early morning geology lecture on Geologic time (originally thought it was on Relative Age Dating).

Saturday, Apr 25

Ready for Nick’s livestreaming by 8:15 a.m.

Here is some background you can get to on the web,
For Nick’s Podcast #1 Geologic Time

#1 Geologic Time

For Nick’s Podcast #2 Relative Age Dating

#2 Relative Age Dating

Next is the livestream, ‘Nick from home’:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #29 – 4-25-20 Geologic Time starts 13:40 minutes in

These images will partially cover the weekend geology lectures:

John went off to town for shopping at 3 stores. A bad thing happened at the first one. He lost his Costco VISA credit card. No clue what happened to it. Paid for stuff, left the store, went to another, and didn’t have it to pay there, so he used another card, and went back to the first store hoping it had been turned in. No such luck. So, he called me and for over a half hour I called and finally got it canceled. They supposedly will have a replacement card delivered before we will be going to Costco.
Brunch: we had blueberry/pecan pancake, bacon, and orange slices.

To cheer you up today, check out this creative dressing and photography by my friend Evie Schuetz (also a violinist in our music group), she created with her ingenuity and photography of our downtown-homed Ellensburg Bull (you’ve heard about before in our blog). This brings it up-to-date.Ellensburg, WA Bull ready with coronavirus protection and hoarding his TP, photographed by Evie Schuetz.

I continued working on all my projects, and John continued on his out in the yard. He alternates among several activities so he doesn’t overdue one set of muscles and later get cramps.
He continued disassembling the rest of the rotted out wooden patio put in front of our house when built in 1981. He mutters a lot about the dumb things the builders did.

Here’s a short clip of near the end of the process today:

John disassembling a very old wooden deck

Sunday, Apr 26

Nick’s morning lecture is on Absolute Age Dating.

There is a follow-up Podcast for today. I recommend going there and to the two preceding it (for Saturday morning’s broadcast, if you missed listening yesterday to the podcasts).
Here is the third Zentner Podcast for background to today’s lecture (by the same name):

#3 Absolute Age Dating

And this morning from Nick’s backyard:

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #30 – 4-26-20 Absolute Age Dating

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A mixed week, and finally spring

Monday, Apr 13

Beginning with a beautiful photo of Mt. Stuart, from Easter Sunday afternoon on the road to the Party Barn in Thorp, WA.

Evie Schuetz’s Photo from Thorp, WA of Mt. Stuart, which was transported here from Mexico on moving tectonic plates. (no joke). Don’t believe me – check out the link below. Baja to BC.

In answer to my question, Evie said: It was shot with my telephoto lens at 448mm. I tried using 600mm first, but then all you could see was mountain and no foreground. I liked it with the cows best. I took the photo at 2:49pm yesterday (on our way back from Cle Elum).
I agree. The composure is enhanced by the cows in the valley foreground.

The origin of Mt. Stuart in Mexico is explained here by my friend, Nick Zentner. Check this story Baja to BC:

Mt. Stuart – From Mexico? | Nick on the Rocks_1-19-17 (5 min)

More recently, this year, Nick from Home’ Livestream #10 Baja BC Exotic Terranes-3-29-20 (>1 hr)

Monday we met with an electrician and our contractor at our place. Electrical work will fit in after new walls and window, and ceiling are fixed. He had good ideas to improve the room.

Today, I put a check in the mail to The Swauk-Teanaway Grange for scholarship donation, and suggest others do the same; the Grange is another “business” suffering from loss of income by this coronavirus stay-home order. [John calls it Panic 2020.] One of their incomes from rentals (mostly for spring & summer weddings) will not be available. The normal awards ceremony and dinner had to be canceled this year. So, donations received at the dinner will not happen this year, to fund the scholarships as usual.

Tuesday, Apr 14

We went by the Landons to pick up the wine rack for Cameron and baking potatoes. Have a 2:00 appointment at Umpqua bank with a notary. Picked up feed for horses, and Annie’s meds at Fred Meyer pharmacy. John went in to check Bi-Mart numbers, and we called Peggy and talked all the way home, even including a drive-by McCullough Road to see the siding (with stone facing) on the house belonging to our contractor.
When our Great Leader Jay says it is okay to work, a crew will remodel and convert our attached 2-car garage to livable space. Outside, the front “L” will get blue metal siding (3 ½ feet top) and stone on the bottom. We’ll have blue, rather than gray, but the image (right) – from the web – is the concept. [There is no time yet decided on ending the lock-down.]

I just found this and figured I’d include it for all those following Nick’s lectures, during which he mentions former or current faculty members in Central Washington University’s Geological Sciences department. Many of these names will be familiar.

CWU Geology Through the Years presented May 20, 2016 by Nick Zentner

Background on tonight’s lecture, Seattle’s Geology:

Geology of Seattle and the Puget Sound Mar 2, 2015, part of I-90 Rocks Videos with Tom Foster

Seattle Fault | Nick on the Rocks Dec 28, 2017

Ice Age Lakes between Seattle and the Cascade Range (with nice subtitles), May 11, 2015, part of I-90 Rocks Videos with Tom Foster

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #21 – 4-14-20 Seattle Geology starts 11:00 minutes in

Nice sunset with Mt. Rainier photo by Kim Sowers Goudge

Wednesday, Apr 15

John met for an hour with 2 fellows from Washington Tractor to take our Tractor with front end loader, to town for getting operable again and adding a roll bar so we can loan it to our friend Cameron Fries. The vineyard is on sand but parts quite steep. The Naneum Alluvial Fan is basalt cobbles in place for millions of years. The small tractor, bought with good intentions a few years ago just won’t handle the compacted material of the fan.The motor started but had a few issues – malfunctioning joy-stick to move the front loader, and a couple of hose leaks. We have been told this tractor is “like a John Deere” so maybe they can make it work and add a roll bar.

Haircut with Celia today at 1:00 p.m. and also took historic car articles from the WSJ to husband Bobby. I drove into a storm: but we were fortunate it rained hard while we were in her home cutting my hair. By the time I left it stopped. No storm at home, just a mile away.Storm a coming. Photo by Amanda Ross, permission granted. Note bird hunting, right side.

John was home with the old pickup truck when he saw the cloud and decided to come into the house and get the truck back under cover. As mentioned above, that wasn’t needed.

Background on tonight’s lecture:

Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Range, May 26, 2015 in I-90 Rocks videos with Tom Foster

Roadside Geology Thorp Moraine Feb 22, 2013

Tonight’s lecture from his backyard ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #22 – 4-15-20 Snoqualmie Pass starts 13:30 minutes in

Ending tonight with a great article in the Seattle Times that came out today about Nick Zentner’s Livestreaming. Check here:

CWU professor teaches a global audience during pandemic

Thursday, Apr 16

Late to bed last night, slept in this morning, till 8:00 a.m.
Just the usual at home stuff today. John fixed popcorn for my video watching.

Thursday night Nick Z from home. Background viewing for tonight’s lecture (chronologically):

Roadside Geology – Yakima River Canyon-Feb 22, 2013

Yakima River Canyon Geology, 9-30-13-Nick’s Downtown Lecture
Nick Zentner- Geology of the Yakima River Canyon-Jul 6, 2016 at Biological Sciences Seminar COTS, CWU

Yakima River Canyon | Nick on the Rocks-Jan 19, 2017

Nick from his backyard ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #23 – 4-16-20 Yakima River Canyon Geology starts 13:15 minutes in

Friday, Apr 17

We sent the county our request for a flood plain development (sic) permit. They are not open so we had to mail it.
The “sic” means we are not in a floodplain, even though the FEMA map shows we are. The county can’t overrule. If there is a loan involved, then flood insurance is (thousands) required.

Getting the packet together took much longer than ever expected, and then John had to travel to the post office in Ellensburg to send it, combining with two grocery store stops.
His Not So Nasty News on Friday has the trip to the Post Office story – find the picture of the 20¢ George Washington stamp.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday).

Contractor Walter called to come go over the bid with us. Wife Lynn came along and we visited.

Late supper: Salad for me, spaghetti sandwich for John with wine, White Heron’s Trinidad Red. It is a blend from the lowest vines where the soil, when wet, is a red (auburn) color.

Going to bed to be up early to watch the early morning geology lecture on Columnar Basalts in Central WA.

Saturday, Apr 18

Starting today with a visit to the past and current spring.Lf-Fireplace cover Santa by John w/Grid Method Art; Rt-Variegated tulips

We have had Daffodils, mostly yellow, but the tulips have been in a pause mode for weeks. This week the earliest variety put on a spring show. Others still have no blooms.

Back in the blog for April 2 I featured a Tiger head painted by a young woman from Kittitas, WA, Franka, using the method. Follow the link on that date above to see the tiger, after you scroll down the page to the date.

This morning at 9:00 a.m. is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on Columnar Basalt. I get on line just after 8:00 a.m. to visit with some of my fellow students from around the world.

Background viewing for this morning’s lecture.
Starting with my favorite:

Geology Video Blooper – Columnar Basalt-Nov 5, 2014

Flood Basalts of the Pacific Northwest_1-25-2017—move to the visuals at 52:45 to view Elephant Mountain flow at 54:54 of the columnar basalts

Columns of Basalt Lava | Nick on the Rocks_12-28-2017

Below is Nick’s livestreaming of Saturday’s morning lecture:

I was on the page early and reminded our group today via live chat that the Ultra-Light Pilot is Tom Taggert (not Tom Foster), a question asked last week. Tom Foster was a photographer and the author of the web site hugefloods.com. Sadly, Tom recently died (3-4-20) at a young age (60); see this report, from the IAFI (Ice Age Floods Institute):

RIP Tom Foster, Remarkable-IAF-Chronicler

Then this morning’s lecture is here, and we really got into it going until 10:30 a.m.!! Longest ever. All the students around the world stayed with him the whole time, and I think even surprised Nick.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #24 – 4-18-20 Columnar Basalt starts 14 minutes in

John fixed us a breakfast of Blueberry/pecan pancake, with maple syrup, bacon, & navel orange slices.

He’s gone back outside to move dirt and rocks, among other things. He just moved the old Chevy pickup truck into the front yard and is using a crowbar to rip slats of wood from the deck (already rotting) put there about 40 years ago. It’s been a problem for years, but soon will be history. Ignore the pallet on the right.

I’m tackling in house chores, responding to emails, and working on my part of the blog. Must get off here soon and file more receipts that keep piling up. While adding other chores that can run on their own (clothes washer, dishwasher).

Sunday, Apr 19

Nick’s morning lecture is on Plate Tectonics.
This one was difficult to find previous lectures on by Nick. He’s spoken about some of the issues previously, but many of those will be more appropriate for this coming Tuesday’s lectures on Mountains (with the lecture titled, Plates Colliding).
I cannot find any background info for this morning’s presentation except two audio podcasts by Nick (which are amazingly well done without visuals). I have chosen #13 & #14.

I’ll start with a world map of the plate boundaries.Washington State is impacted by the North American Plate running over the small Juan de Fuca Plate which is subducting below – center, near the top.

Here is the first audio Podcast:

#13 Plate Tectonics

and the second:

#14 Plate Boundaries

And this morning from Nick’s backyard ~

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #20 – 4-19-20 Plate Tectonics starts 13:00 minutes in

The next video is a real surprise, found from arriving early to our chat session for this morning’s lecture by Nick on Plate Tectonics from one of the regular “student” viewers, Kathy Williams-Devries from Brisbane in the Australian State of Queensland.

Washington Geology Rocks

Brunch we both participated in making: eggs, bacon, toast, & orange slices.

This afternoon I worked on a bunch of in-house chores, but one of them was writing up an interesting story for our agricultural valley that began yesterday when a person from Kittitas, WA found a piece of something that she didn’t know what was. She photographed it and put the question on Facebook. I know her, so I followed the question with a comment. And, I sent an email with her picture to a friend. His answer came back this morning. I had not told him what I told the group were my thoughts. So I’ll start with that. I said maybe it might be related to an old piece of agricultural equipment. If it was used with an old loose hay stacker, the Bull family has a nice one down off the Kittitas Hwy, just on the right before Bull Rd. You could stop there, show it to them, and ask. I took a photo recently and they allowed me to drive into their pasture to get a closer view (my photo is below).
Interestingly, the email answer from my friend, Kenneth Hammond, suggested: It looks to me like the protective tip and end of one tine for a ‘buckrake’ that was attached to a frame used to pick up loose hay. There were many side by side tines, each about 30 to 36 inches long. I believe the first ones were pulled by horses but the ones I saw (some 80 years ago) were on the front of a tractor. The driver slid it under and picked up hay ‘shocks’ and, once loaded, went to the hay stack or barn to place the hay on ‘slings’ that were lifted up with a horse powered cable and trolley setup. My first paid job at $.50 for a 10-hour day was to drive a horse pulling up hay into a barn. I was 9 years old, stayed at that job for 12 days and was paid with 6 silver dollars.
I mentioned that information from Ken to the gal and put my own photo of explanation below. Two other comments after me I didn’t see till this afternoon were from Paul Boguslawski (It is a point off an old hay sweep stacker. I’ve seen many of them – before baling hay was the norm) and Lonny White, (It used to be about 8 ft long had about 10 of them connected to a metal frame. Was used to stack loose hay in a barn).
So, I attached my photo, zoomed in on possible tips, included her pix bottom right and suggested she had found a broken tip from one of the tines.When discussing this with John this morning, he found an interesting link on the history:

Historical Implement Loose Hay Stacker Horses Only Tractors Used Later

This suggests the implement used to pick up the hay from the field – hay sweep or buck rake – had such things. Perhaps “stackers” had similar iron points. Maybe I can check with the Bull family again. Maybe they have a “hay sweep” too.

Supper tonight: Salad for me; John’s having chili.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Moons & Happy Easter!

Monday, Apr 6

I called the dentist office (they are not operating except for emergencies) and requested 2019 Out of pocket costs be sent via email to me. John has been out for morning livestock feeding chores and work on the fence & road near the garden. For a late breakfast we had a fat pancake, thawed peaches to top it, and we had some maple syrup too; sausage links on the side.

I found the magazine agent for Natural History and my confirmation of our paid subscription they are not acknowledging. It was a royal PITA and I never got through to a person. Kept being offering a Medic Alert bracelet and other special deals. I hung up 3 times and gave up. Will have to figure it out if we do not receive a magazine after the current send would have expired, April 2020. I have a new number to call from the last issue just delivered: 1-800-234-5252 (it’s in Harlan, IA). Ph 1:06 -1:19. Changed our email address from “nancyh at Ellensburg dot com” to our correct joint one. That one they had hasn’t worked at all since 2017. Also she checked, and our account is paid through April of 2021. So I guess I’m happy to have stayed waiting on line for 10 minutes before getting to an agent. I hate these follow-ups. We probably will not renew next year as the content of their magazine has deteriorated.

John came back in and is resting through all this conversation above. Now it is quiet finally, and maybe he can truly rest.
I reached the Valley Vision folks who are closed for business, but staff members are taking days answering phones. I left a message for Christy who will be in Thursday. She can mail me what I need – the out of pocket costs not covered by insurance, for our eyes, for the tax year 2019.

Walked up the drive to take some photos and to see John’s current project with rocks and all four horses came over for a pet. It was cool. My camera was not focusing well (or so I thought), and I only took a couple photos, but enjoyed my trip out very much. I want to have John show me another time how Jazz will bow. That I’ll get on video to show you all.John with Jazz, with Breeze watching me. Right: John and Myst’s backends. Jazz & Cheyenne leading away, Breeze far right.

Supper was spaghetti and pecan pie for dessert.

Tuesday, Apr 7

Full moon & message photo by Lise McGowan

We were up early today. Go first to Super 1 before 9:00 for senior shopping. John did the shopping, and I sat outside on a bench. They have taken away all the chairs near the front of the store, and closed the deli dining room.

Then I went to have my blood draw, but John stayed in the car. They are sending all the hospital lab folks to the place I was going, so I had to wait through 3 others. From there to Bi-Mart to have John check numbers, and he only bought 2 things. On to pick up a package from a gal visually impaired who cannot drive, to deliver to a mutual friend. From there we called our sister Peggy and had a nice long catch-up phone call all the way home and into the parking spot.
Today’s morning blood draw was analyzed and reported by phone. Both potassium (K=5) and INR (2.9) –are good results, and I don’t have to return for a month.

Still working on getting rid of a 32 year old Time Share. Called Pend Oreille Shores today, processed paperwork request with John’s help, and emailed today at 1:45 p.m.

John fixed us a pancake with blueberries and pecans and cooked bacon from a package he bought this morning.

Coming from the agricultural valley where we are situated are two nice photos today from Evie Schuetz:Today’s pix by Evie Schuetz: Top, Setting Full Moon & Mt. Rainier behind Sioux Grain Bins; Bottom: Field Gated Pipe Irrigation. Parallel to the pipe is an old (1950s era?) concrete lined ditch.
Then along came plastic. There is a site with lots of old photos of the lining process – but we had to click on each photo to see them.
Link: Last century irrigation canals

REPEATING this again, in case you missed it in past weeks:
In order to receive the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestreaming Geology lectures, follow this link:
Way to Receive Livestreaming Geology Lectures from Nick Zentner
You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.
You’ll have access to previous lectures and to the live one when it is scheduled (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays).

Background on tonight’s lecture:

Lake Chelan — Battle of the Ice Sheets | Nick on the Rocks, Dec 28, 2017

Ice Age Lakes between Seattle and the Cascade Range (with nice subtitles), May 11, 2015

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #16 – Lake Chelan starts 12:44 minutes in

Tonight’s supper was a hamburger, curly fries, and pears. Pecan pie for dessert.

Wednesday, Apr 8

A trio of full moon shots by Evie Schuetz; the-moon moves fast. The one on the top is likely the most detailed of all she has taken.

I started this morning early with a hacked Facebook account. What a PITA! It’s now cleared up after over an hour of trying –thanks to a FB friend (from Australia) who reported it early, because of her time zone, and it’s now fixed.

Got a phone call from Pend Oreille Shores that our paperwork for transferring the deed is underway and we’ll be receiving the paperwork this week to be notarized and returned. We now have to make an appointment to get in our Umpqua Bank, but not a problem. At least they are open for appointments. It would be cumbersome to do a notarization through a drive-thru window. If that is legal – don’t know.

Made an appointment for Tuesday, 4/14/20 at Umpqua for notary usage at 2:00. They’re doing by appointment only and only two customers are allowed inside the lobby. Doing it on the hour, from 9:00 to 4:00 (close at 5:00). We received the first appointment that had been scheduled for that day.

John came in for pizza (from the freezer and I’m going to make hot chicken soup). Now without the wind blowing, for a change, John’s heading out to spray Glyphosate on weeds.

I’m back to do a few emails, and then I’ll be off working on filing tax receipts that haven’t been touched for a couple of days. Oh, I also have to put some checks in the mail for things that cannot be paid by credit card.

Background on tonight’s geology lecture by Nick Zentner:
This one is pretty incredible, even though in draft, preparing for the real thing on stage, 53 minutes long:

Nick Zentner, 11-13-19. “Draft” – Who was J Harlen Bretz?

In the future (this fall 2020), we will have the real full downtown lecture he was practicing for last year. It was canceled this April 2020 because of the coronavirus.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #17 – J Harlen Bretz starts 12:54 minutes in

Two more “pink” moon photos by friends:Top: In Cle Elum by Sharon Jenson. Bottom from the EBRG Water tower on Craig’s Hill by the combined effort of Johnny Larson (dad) while son Trip provides his high shoulders to get the elevation. Thanks for your efforts.

Thursday, Apr 9

John was up earlier than I and has fed the horses.
I finally got up and cleaned the kitchen.

Meeting with neighbor and “builder” Walter Davenport this morning at 10:00 here. Recent neighbor, actually. Lynn wanted a single story house so they are now as far south of town as they once were as our around-the-corner neighbors.
Had to restart my Chrome and all the things I open in a morning. That takes a while.

First thing I saw was a wonderful full moon shot by my friend Evie Schuetz. This is so impressive. Check it out, and also see her delightful comment below about her trip to view it:An orange moon for the “pink” full moon 4/8/20 in Kittitas Valley by Evie Schuetz. Her explanation follows:

I got a phone call from my cousin last night. He told me the moon looked even better than it had the night before, and that I needed to check it out with my camera. So even though I was ‘in for the night’, dressed in my enormous gray Comfy, I grabbed my gear and went looking for the moon. If you’ve seen The Comfy on Shark Tank or in your local Fred Meyer, you know how ridiculous I felt. No time to change, though–with celestial bodies, time is of the essence. I kept walking and walking, praying my neighbors weren’t watching the world from their porches like the husband and I had been all evening.
As I reached the edge of town, I started to wonder if my sweet little cousin, Danny, had been clowning me. There was no moon in sight. I have faith in him, though, so I continued out into the blackness of the countryside.
After I had reminded myself for the third time that fear of the dark is irrational and statistically my odds of being hit by a brodozer were much higher, I saw it. The barbed wired prison fence in my cover photo had been blocking the most gorgeous orange moon I may have ever seen. I’m so glad I left the cave for this one! Thanks, Dan.

We ate our brunch and John went back out to separate rocks & dirt in the garden. He’s going later to town with our old farm truck to fill it with gasoline. He ended up going to Thorp and to it for $1.49/gal. The lowest price (non-cash) is $2.17 in EBRG. It’s crazy.

I just got off the phone with my pharmacy ordering Annie (our Brittany) her canine Ibuprofen for pain. We’ll pick up her refill next Tuesday when we are in town. Interestingly, I asked the pharmacist if the same comment applied to dogs that taking Ibuprofen would enhance the coronavirus if exposed. She said that whole theory has since been debunked. It was wrong for people. Also, there have been no indications that animals can spread it or contract it from humans. Yet, apparently a Tiger in the Bronx zoo got it from his keeper.

Sent to my Facebook Friends:
4/9/20 Interesting information about fake news that taking Ibuprofen will enhance the severity of coronavirus if you are infected. NOT true! That news has been debunked (according to my pharmacist). I was asking before buying a canine version (Truprofen) for our Brittany.

Photo from the web is of a liver/white Brittany pup being hugged.
Amazing the responses I’m receiving from my above post on FB.

Another interesting finding from the pharmacy is they are sending prescriptions to your home, no charge for shipping, via 2-day delivery via FedEx. One pays for the medication over the phone by credit card.

Background viewing for tonight’s geology lecture:

Intro to Coulees in Nick’s 2-Minute Geology series (subtitles)

Dry Falls | Nick on the Rocks 5-26-17

Helicopter Flight: Nick Over the Rocks, Part 3, 9-25-19 w/Nick & Pilot, Maria Langer views around of Moses Coulee

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #18 – Grand Coulee starts 13:24 minutes in

Friday, Apr 10

John and I both were up earlier than usual for me, and later for John. I stayed in working on cleaning up a dirty kitchen. Mid-afternoon, the washer is taking care of things. John went out to feed the horses, and stayed out working on a sequence project – dig here, move part to there, another part elsewhere, preparing for a load of driveway gravel.

We put in a call to the County’s Water Resource Office to answer her questions about our plans for fixing water-splash damage and converting the attached 2-car garage to livable house space. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has produced a ridiculous map of floodplains in the State. Among other problems the “map” shows much of our house and building in the “100 year floodplain.” The “map” is generated without regard to elevations and water volume, but one cannot disregard the map without a consultation and paying a $500 indulgence. Still, it has been about 7 million years since the house location has had water running across it. [John’s estimate.]

We went to town to get groceries and returned to have lunch. Local telephone towers are south of us, so we get great connections once we’ve traveled about 4 miles. Talked to friends in Eureka, CA on the way home.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday). I’m looking at some things on the web to prepare for Nick’s 9:00 am. Saturday presentation.

Supper: John fixed chicken breast stir fry and peaches. I took some of the stir fry to neighbor Kenny.

Saturday, Apr 11

This morning at 9:00 a.m. is a video lecture from Nick Zentner via Facebook site ‘Learning Geology’. The topic is titled Washington is Disneyland for Geologists. This is a worldwide site I have been subscribed to since hearing about it from Nick. New time to keep people from around the world from having to arise in the middle of their night to watch, and earlier than last week, hoping the streaming load is better and people are sleeping in late.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #19 –via Facebook Learning Geology site, 4-11-20 WA Disneyland for Geologists starts 7:37 minutes in

No good background for this morning’s lecture, yet; it will come this fall, we hope, with a downtown lecture that will be recorded.

Sunday, Apr 12 Happy Easter

Nick Zentner’s morning lecture on Easter Sunday had a visiting bunny rabbit that delivered a plastic egg with a piece of chocolate candy.

Background to this morning’s lecture:

I suggest you go to the visuals, at 29:04 to see the beginning of the visuals at 29:40, a good follow-up of today’s blackboard delivery in Nick from Home #20 (below)

Supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest -4-17-2019

Almost one year later, is this morning’s livestream, 4-12-20:

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #20 – Supervolcanoes starts 13:24 minutes in

Needed to put in all my meds for today and the rest of the week, because I did not do it last night when I should have.

Easter sunset over the Stuarts by Mandy Weed, with permission

Supper tonight: chili & cornbread;


sharing some with Kenny S.
whose brother Ron sent this cute image:
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Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Nature provides interesting things

Monday, Mar 30 Above taken by Lise McGowan about 8:00 a.m. published with the following message: This morning looking out over our valley reminds me “as we weather this storm there’s a rainbow no matter how faint!” We will get through this!! Praying for our community and our country!!!

John left for White Heron before 8:00 a.m., and I went back to sleep to be awakened 20 minutes later by the noise of HAIL hitting the metal roof outside, our morning hail storm on the Naneum Fan. I called John and surprised him with my news.
I intended to go to the bathroom and go back to sleep, but instead I grabbed my camera and took a bunch of pictures of the hail piled up, followed by a quieter change to snow, and then to rain. Now it has stopped and we have blue skies, but it’s windy.

He intended to call me when he reached the winery. It’s now about time. He called and made it there at 8:57 a.m. with sunshine, so will be pruning today. They had a nice day without wind. We had a lot of wind all day, but the sun finally came out. Below are my complete hail pictures from the Naneum Fan.Top: Backyard hailstones (not snow); center: front yard; bottom hail falling out front and as seen from inside bedroom window.

Now we have another shot of the rainbow (to join that viewed above from our valley), but this from the other side of the ridge, same day, which Cameron Fries took from his Mariposa Vineyard, west of Quincy, WA, looking to what they call the Colockum Ridge.Photo on this day from Mariposa Vineyard, White Heron Cellars (Winery) toward Colockum Ridge by Cameron Fries, Vigneron.

This is the location where John has been traveling to prune wine grapevines with five guys on the pruning crew.

I had intended to sleep in after being up late last night completing the blog. Now I’m up and might consider an afternoon power nap. I took a small one late afternoon, and was awakened by a friend without a computer wondering if his bank (U.S. Bank) ATM machine was open. I don’t use them or have the same bank, but I got online and found out his bank is not open except for the drive-thru window and it operates from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our bank is open on the inside as well, but limiting customers to 3 at a time. It is open 9 to 5:00. So, we are in better shape for going in tomorrow for our need for a Notary to notarize our signatures on two Deed forms. That will happen whenever we get there. They have 5 notaries, so it’s not a problem with always having someone able to help us (and freely).

I believe I will pause now at 10:20 a.m. and work an hour off my computer filing a previous year’s tax receipts. That got messed up with a 21-minute call to Kaiser Permanente to obtain receipts for medications sent by them in the past. I started finding receipts and realized I did not have the year’s total from the KP Mail order pharmacy as I do from our other pharmacies used. Reminds me I need to request from a couple more. I will be in Safeway tomorrow to pick up a medication, and will ask then for last year’s. I have to sign a form with my information and also for John’s to get the print out for 2019.

Continuing with the filing later, I realized I also need to call my dentist for our out of pocket costs (not covered by insurance) spent there last year. I wish this was an automatic process initialized on their end, but instead, I have to remember to request it every year.

Now I have to contact Costco Pharmacy for 2019. I did, and they are sending by email and also by USPS mail as is KP. (for me, with John’s yet to come).

We were busy today; Nancy in the house and John in the yard after returning from White Heron. He planted onion starts (not as many as yesterday). Yesterday’s totaled 90!

REPEATING this again, in case you missed it the past 2 weeks:
In order to receive the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestreaming Geology lectures, follow this link:

Way to Receive Livestreaming Geology Lectures from Nick Zentner

You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.
You’ll have access to previous lectures and to the live one when it is scheduled (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays).

Now to let Czar in, and file again, after finishing my drink. Will have beef stew for lunch when John’s home.

Tuesday, Mar 31

Called the Pilot Station to hear $2.10. John can get it for $1.99 in Quincy. He plans to on his way back from pruning, and will meet me in Ellensburg.

Called Karen Conley at Stoneridge and ask her about credit card payment on our larger fee for transferring deeds, payable to Stoneridge Resort– it says money order, credit card information or cashier’s check. I prefer the Credit Card, because we will get a 1% rewards cash return on our VISA card at CITI Bank. I will send a check for $30.00 to the Bonner County Recorder with my notarized deeds and information on credit card (I hope) to the resort. They are now closed down as a non-essential business. That’s not good news. We have some space-banked units we are going to lose if not used before May 31, 2020. Hard to use when the Governor has closed down our businesses, now until May 4th. Better than plans by the Prime Minister in Australia, who says the AU lock-down may last for 6 months! And a friend there, who works in the airline industry has been laid off.

John called as he was leaving the vineyard a little after noon, and I left about 12:15 to drive to my first place in town to pick up a package of 3 clay pots. I didn’t realize the size was for seed starters only 3″ high, so I really don’t need them, but I have a friend who will be able to put them to use with her young daughter for planting spices.

I called John as I was leaving there, but he was driving through basalt cliffs on the hill from the Columbia River up to Ryegrass Summit and he had a broken-up connection. So I called him back a few minutes later from the Safeway parking lot.

He was making good time and would likely be at the bank by 1:30. Unfortunately, I had scheduled a meeting for 1:30 across the street from the bank, when I thought he wouldn’t be there until closer to 2:00 p.m.

So I had gone to the Pharmacy at Safeway needing to pick up my prescription and I also needed to fill in request forms for the pharmacist on duty, for information on both our expenditures in 2019 for medical prescriptions totaled for the year to have for itemizing deductions for our tax form.

The person I was meeting across the street from the bank is Audra. From her I purchase my probiotic, which she sells from her business, The Maximus Gym. That is a business not considered essential and had to close. So she was coming in to get the capsules from her upstairs business.

I went back across the street (about being blown away) ~1:40 and met John at Umpqua Bank for notarization of deeds. We went inside and were the only customers in the bank. They took care of us, and now we have our notarized papers to put in the mail, but the place they are going to is now closed down. So who knows when it will be taken care of. Oh, well there was a 30-day limit on returning the papers, and we’ll make that deadline, whether they are there or not.

John left the bank and went to Bi-Mart to check our numbers and was able to buy me 3 packages of Fisherman’s Friends.

I left and went for two other planned stops: Fred Meyer for my PoweradeZero on sale for 59 cents each, if purchased in multiples of 8. I also stopped by a friend’s house to leave an empty egg carton and to pick up an empty chicken feed bag she was giving me. She was there in her yard with her 3 dogs and chickens, all working in the wind. Her business is another one considered non-essential that the governor has closed. Downtown, she owns and manages all sorts of party rentals and supplies:

Central Party & Costume

We hadn’t visited in a long while, so we enjoyed our meeting.

I finally got home and was hungry. John carried in all the groceries I had bought and then left to go plant more onion starts, because starting tomorrow, the pruning crew is going to try working from 9:00 a.m. to noon, break for lunch, and continue for another 3 hours. That will save on gasoline costs for the 4 pruners, and speed up the pruning completion. They started today, but John couldn’t participate until tomorrow because of our appointment at the bank.

Here’s the background for tonight’s livestream from Nick’s side yard. It’s a little tougher because he has not given a downtown lecture I can find on The Olympic Peninsula. However, he has done a 25-minute Podcast which is radio style, no video images.

If you want to hear his conversation, try going here.
Keep this because you’ll need it again for tomorrow’s lecture.

The Nick Zentner Geology Podcast

You need to look down the list for this:Click on “Play Now” and you will start the podcast audio about 5 seconds in. It goes for 25 minutes.

For one more background reference, you can go to something I put in our weekly blog back on Nov 29, 2018. I’ve retrieved it for use here. This was a lecture by Bob Carson from Whitman College, on Exploring the Olympic Peninsula, which was given in our local chapter of the Ice Age Floods (IAF) Institute meeting. I’m the only one videotaping those. If you are not already on my distribution list for those and want to be, please send me an email request to our joint account, NancyJohnHultquist@gmail.com from where I distribute the IAF lectures and field trip videos. I hope we will be able to resume those in the future when panic has faded.

Nick Zentner introduces the IAF Speaker, Bob Carson

Bob Carson: Half a Century of Exploring the Olympic Peninsula

Bob Carson Fields Questions

Nick Zentner’s talk tonight.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #11 – The Olympic Peninsula starts 11 minutes in

Chicken, cooked cauliflower & cheese, wine, and strawberry lemonade, with fruitcake and Neapolitan ice cream for dessert.

John went to bed at 10:15 but I stayed up another hour to take care of a few conversations with people I had ignored while getting ready for and watching the livestreaming Geology lecture. I also needed to update this blog about the details of that presentation. I was too busy to work on tax filing paperwork today, after spending a couple hours on it yesterday. Maybe I’ll make more time for it tomorrow.

Wednesday, Apr 1

Another image by Lise McGowan, this of her favorite barn
With her description being appropriate to our troubled times: “One of my favorite barns in Kittitas County that reminds us to pray “God Bless America” especially during these trying times our country’s experiencing! Please stay home and stay safe!!

I started this morning quite early at 4:00 a.m. with cat’s needs, and while up, I took my first 2 Acetaminophen of the day and went back to bed. Up again at 6:00 with morning animal needs, and back to bed. John arose at 6:30 to start his long day. He has to feed the horses and get ready to leave at 7:40 for the Mariposa Vineyard.

Called Kaiser Permanente (medical insurance provider) and lost a bunch more time requesting tax information. Today, I will be receiving an encrypted email from them with our medications history 2019 and need to access individually probably. I have registered an account for John.

I slept in until 9:15 a.m. and then started with dishes—emptying rest of clean ones, and starting to sort the dirty ones to soak. Took my pills, and left to finish my refilled coffee cup.

Rascal cat just arrived at 10:50 a.m. from the back guest bedroom’s Jade Plant Box Bed where he has been napping since early morning. He’s now in my lap with my laptop; he’s done that since he was little. The other one was out for a while and is back on his blanket in the den sleeping. Rascal ate and went out the back door at 11:05. The weather outside is cloudy. Temperature on front porch is 44.2° and at the airport 5 miles down valley, it’s 44°. Usually the difference is more pronounced as cold air drainage.

Just returned from the kitchen, having loaded the dishwasher, but not yet started it yet at 12:13, expecting a call from John about when to expect him home late afternoon. I need to think about getting myself something for brunch too. My computer has been beeping at me, the entire time I was in the kitchen, so am back to see what news has come in.
Sun has arrived and the temperatures here and at the airport are up to 47°. My mail has delivered the encrypted information awaited and I have all my data ready to log on and retrieve it, from Kaiser Permanente. This HIPAA stuff is a pain when trying to get your own medical records.

1:00 p.m. – just started graupeling (soft hail or snow pellets) here on the Naneum Fan. Wow. Wonder what’s happening over at the vineyard.

I’m having an appetizer for lunch, of my protein drink. Considering having a Top Ramen Chicken soup follow-up to warm up. With the graupel still falling, our temperature decreased on the front porch to 45.1°. Airport decreased in the last hour from 47° to 41°! Interesting way to great April, after March went out as a lion. It’s almost an hour since it started, and is still falling.
This is not an April Fool’s Joke.

Here is proof bounced up on the rug in front of our front porch and front door.This is my coolest photo of today’s graupel. It was bouncing up 6 inches, to the porch, and onto a gray rug lying in front of our front door. The dog and cats come in there regularly so it is full of animal hair dander, mostly dog (white) from Annie the Brittany. This is a combo with the larger view and a subset from the upper left corner (farthest from where it bounced in).

John just called at 1:10, the end of their lunch and they are ready to resume pruning for 3 hours. They can see the cloud sitting over the ridge in our direction! So now they know our graupel is still falling.

Our graupel fell until 2:15 p.m. and the temperature dropped to 37.2°. Temperature at 3:25 p.m. is back in the 40s on our front porch, and I just finished my late lunch of Chicken Soup. At the airport reported at 1:53 it claimed a previous temperature was 49°, but a few minutes later, reported 41° at 2:04; finally, the 2:53 reported 41°, and at 3:53, it was up to 43°. John got home about 5:15 p.m. After lunch, the pruning crew were in sunshine. Started pruning in very cold temperatures over there this morning.

So, I shall continue with stuff here, and when John arrives home about 5:30 p.m., I will already be set up and waiting to catch the beginning of Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~ 5:48 p.m. Hope the weather in Ellensburg allows him to be outside in his yard tonight. (It did, and the sun even came out near the end of his lecture.)

You can also get to Nick’s Podcast (audio only) lecture on the Cascade Volcanoes (see above). Here’s a former lecture 3 years ago on Ancient Cascade Volcanoes by Nick on the KCTS9 channel “Nick on the Rocks.” it’s only 5 minutes long.

Ancient Cascades Volcanoes-12-28-17

Tonight is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on the topic, The Cascades Volcanoes.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #12 – Cascade Volcanoes, starts 10 minutes in

Thursday, Apr 2

John left at 7:40 a.m. for a full day of pruning wine grapevines in the Mariposa Vineyard at White Heron. They have switched yesterday to pruning from 9:00 to noon, breaking for an hour’s lunch with wine, and resuming until 4:00 p.m. They can finish today – maybe. That puts him home about 5:20, just in time for me to be starting setup to watch Nick Zentner’s Livestreaming YouTube presentation.

Just started snowing here at 11:15 a.m. (not heavily) and did not last long. I thought it was clouding over. The sun had been brightly shining in the window at 7:10 this morning. Oh, update, the sun has been shining now since noon and the sky is blue.

Next arrival from Evie of daughter Franka’s colored pencil artwork (pictured side by side with original):And, here is Franka’s description of the grid method art process she used, with the times taken to create her drawing.
“She said it took thirty minutes to create the grid. Five hours to complete the drawing. The size of the grid was 3 blocks by 4 blocks. Each block is 3 inches by 3 inches. So 12 x 9 is the size of the finished piece. She didn’t take any photos of the process. She did it during the night when the rest of the family were all asleep. And on the right above is the reference photo she used.”

I looked up Grid Method Art, and found a good description: The grid method involves drawing a grid over your reference photo, and then drawing a grid of equal ratio on your work surface (paper, canvas, wood panel). Then you draw the image on your canvas, focusing on one square at a time, until the entire image has been transferred.
But here is a nice explanation you may enjoy following:

The Grid Method (in Art is Fun)

Good timing on John’s call after they had lunch, 1:07 p.m. I was in the kitchen fixing my soup. They have decided to go long today and hopefully finish the pruning so they do not have to go tomorrow. John called and was home by 4:10 with 3 cases of wine: Red, White, and Rose’. Being done is a good thing, as it will lower our gasoline costs. One pruner drives in from Soap Lake, one from Moses Lake, and one from Quincy. John’s about 60 miles away, or 1 hr, 20 minutes.

Here’s the crew on the last day:Erik Nelsen, Tom Snyder, John Hultquist, Mark Amara

Here’s the photographer, Vigneron, and Vintner, Cameron Fries’ comment on the above placed on his Facebook site (White Heron Cellars): “Last day of pruning with my intrepid crew. Notice the social distancing enforcer. We don’t mess around out here – you invade somebody’s space it’ll be the last thing you do. Each row is 2 meters apart. On a more serious note, we’re done pruning and ready for spring, always a great feeling. Cheers!

Now switching to Nick Zentner’s Livestreaming Geology lectures, with tonight’s on Ghost Volcanoes (his coined term for volcanoes no longer “live” but which have left behind remnants of their past eruptive nature).

Background to this lecture below: Then check Nick’s past lecture, two years ago, at the Hal Holmes Center in Ellensburg, WA.

Ghost Volcanoes in the Cascades 2-28-2018

Nick tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #13 – Ghost Volcanoes starts @ 10 mins in

Friday, Apr 4

I was very tired and slept in, after being up with the cats and dog at 5:00 a.m. John was up early and fed the horses.

I worked on filing tax receipts most of the day.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (with Monday).

Saturday, Apr 4

This morning at 10:00 a.m. is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on the topic, Great Earthquakes. New time to keep people from around the world from having to arise in the middle of their night to watch.

Here’s the background for this morning’s lecture:

Great Earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest, Feb 10, 2016

4-4-20 ‘Nick from Home’: #14 – Great Earthquakes, starts 14 minutes in

John’s been alternating between garden leveling and fencing, and taking stuff from the house to the hay shed. Also, horses, wild birds, and cats need fed, and Annie now wants John to be with her or she won’t go far nor get much exercise. Showing her age.

I have been washing dishes, and filing tax receipts, plus contacting people on line. This morning John located a huge book (Coffee table one, ~4#). I apparently brought it back from a conference after 2000. That’s the date of publication. It’s on the Klamath Basin Balancing Water: Restoring the Klamath Basin Hardcover – April 2000 by authors: Tupper Ansel Blake, Madeleine Graham Blake, and William Kittredge. I just had a message from a former Geology major master’s student from our time in Idaho, on whose thesis I served as a committee member, that she had continued her research, after leaving Idaho, in the Klamath Basin. I was getting information from her to share with Nick Zentner, as this is the location in Oregon, in which Crater Lake exists. It covers the region all the way to the California border. We will give the book to Nick, as she doesn’t need it, and mailing it across the country is pricey.

Before I could go to bed, I had to put in all my medications for the week, to take my night pills and capsules.

Sunday, Apr 5

I was up at 5:00 with the cats and dog, took my 2 morning pills, and went back to bed.

This link: landslide will take you to the Wikipedia page regarding the topic of Nick’s presentation today. If one searches for Bridge of the Gods, the main site is about a steel truss cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon.


This morning at 10:00 a.m. is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on the topic, Bridge of the Gods. By starting at the new time, Nick hopes to help keep people from around the world from having to arise in the middle of their night to watch. I think it helped because today, we had 600 people watching, but we also had some technical difficulties (maybe with WiFi), which left many of the people buffering around the world and not hearing or seeing the lecture. Once Nick realized what was happening, he moved inside his house and went for another 34 minutes. So, the replays are two below.

Here’s my suggested BACKGROUND for this morning’s lecture:

Bridge of the Gods Landslide – Mar 14, 2018

Dec 28, 2017 Bridge of the Gods Landslide | Nick on the Rocks
And, here’s this morning’s lecture (in two parts):

4-5-20 ‘Nick from Home’: #15-A – Bridge of the Gods, starts 11 minutes in

4-5-20 ‘Nick from Home’: #15-B – Bridge of the Gods, starts right away

I am going to end this week with a Geology Rock Hammer Blooper by none other than Nick Zentner on Columnar Basalt.

Geology Rock Hammer Blooper

Supper tonight is spaghetti, with White Heron’s Arvine (white) wine. Thanks, John.

We are expecting a cool and dry week. Other places are having nasty weather.

Hope your week was fine.
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A week at home

Monday, March 23

Starting this week with a photo by Evie Schuetz of her daughter, Franka, who turns 14 this coming Wednesday, 2/25. Franka was featured with a neat cartoon in last week’s blog with an owl hoarding toilet paper.Franka on a rock along the John Wayne Trail, in a dress made by her mom, Evie, who photographed her.

John left this morning for wine grapevine pruning at White Heron’s Mariposa Vineyard. I slept in, after being up to the wee hours of this morning.

I put away things from the dryer, and added more from yesterday, plus started a new load of clothes. Also started soaking dishes to put in the dishwasher. Washed & dried another load of clothes today.

John called at 12:25. leaving vineyard, heading to Pilot Station for gas and will call from there. I had a nutrition drink to tide me over, but will have chicken soup with added breast meat when he gets home to have his leftover meatloaf.

I am working on an Affidavit for Immigration Status for a friend. Never have I done one of these before. (It got completed and submitted.)

Tuesday, Mar 24

Call Bi-Mart and see if they are open today. They are open!! So John can drive by. Finished immigration status affidavit for Allie –signed, created PDF and sent to her.

Spent a ton of time with RCI today and learned lots. Also used one of our space-banked units in Hawaii for Dawn Dukelow (former student) who is going to Hawaii for her honeymoon, after they are married September 12, 2020 in Tacoma, WA..

Check to see if the Gothard Sisters are still out there. YES!
They are still there if you missed it from the previous blog.

The Gothard Sisters: Free Concert Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

And, here is Nick Zentner’s lecture tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #6 – Flood Basalts

Wednesday, Mar 25

John drove to White Heron, and found snow at Renslow Bridge and at Ryegrass Hill, and on all the hills to the north. It is now snowing here. He called me on his way down the hill to the turnoff to the vineyard, and I had just waked up because of badly interrupted sleep last night.

A phone call came in from Lewis Armstrong at 8:56 a.m. here, and I was in the kitchen fixing my first cup of coffee. We talked for a while and then I tried to access my computer to look for something he sent me (a PowerPoint) about his daughter. I found I have no connection to the outside world. It’s like the Internet is totally down and unavailable. I went to the back of my house and called Cameron Fries at White Heron with the pruners where John is, but only got his voice mail. So, I left a message to call me back on my landline and what was happening here with no Internet connection on either mine or John’s computer.
I rebooted my modem but that did not help. I tested my WiFi with sending a print out to the printer and that worked.

Called consolidated communications about a bill that increased to $89.74 from last month, $90.74 Turns out our Internet price and also our landline charge both have gone up, so our entire bill since Feb went up ~$5.

Called Gloria and checked in on how she is. Be sure she knows we are not coming probably for two months. She and Shirli her younger sister were both there.

Guess I will work off line and file receipts today. I may be able to call about some more billing questions. Top photo by Maryann Donohoe Hawks, looking west from Vantage highway; lower photos our front and backyards

Snowing again, hard, at 1:00 p.m. here on the Naneum Fan. Now graupeling here (as soft hail).

Next story is about my past (in the last century).Lewis Armstrong is a friend now retired living in Fayetteville, GA. We have been in touch and he’d like me to share his Amazon books with my friends. Here’s his bio. He’s the author of these books. He and I were together in the class (top photo), along with Miriam Hill, at the University of Texas for an NSF-funded geography computer seminar in ’98. I’m 2nd back on left. Bottom left pix is at my request for his tie (of the San Andreas Fault)—especially relevant now with Nick Zentner’s livestreaming Geology lectures; along with Lewis’ books on Amazon.
Lewis retired from the Army in ’93 and then retired as a university librarian in ’03. He participates in storytelling, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He builds PowerPoints for patriotic programs such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans Day.

Nick Zentner’s talk tonight.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #7 – Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Thursday, Mar 26

Late to bed last night, up to see John off to the Mariposa vineyard for pruning, and back to bed to sleep in late to make it through my day. Yesterday was a packed day with a lot of frustrations and realization of how much we depend on communication via the Internet. Still have not heard what took ours away for several hours. I finally heard (not the cause), but all of Consolidated Communication Internet users throughout the whole state, were without Internet access for 3 hours.

Wrote Cheryl Bach we got some empty feed bags from her trailer & thanks. Now they are destined for a 2nd life holding garbage. Called about toenails to find our appointment has been cancelled, so we’ll soak our own feet and do our own.

Called Consolidated Communications and found out about the raise in cost for phone and for Internet started in February. Also, to get a higher upload speed, (we are at 1 and 4 on download), it would be a one-time fee of $100 (almost) to go to 4 ? upload and 50 download. I will not do that.

In order to receive the Livestreaming Geology lectures, follow this link:
Way to Receive Livestreaming Geology Lectures from Nick Zentner You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.
You’ll have access to previous lectures and to the live one when it is scheduled (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays. These continue indefinitely, and are programmed with topics through April 5.

Tonight’s Nick’s Lecture:

3-26-20 Nick Zentner: #8 Liberty Gold, Starts 16 minutes in

Our guest was Gold Miner, Rob Repin. You can follow his own YouTubes, if you google his name.

Friday, Mar 27

Today’s accomplishments: Soaked and loaded dirty dishes. Worked on tax filing previous year.

John called on his way home 12:11 p.m., via the post office in Kittitas (closed for lunch 1-1:30 going to EBRG –Ph on frig 962-4360. He has to have the counter assistant weigh the envelope and tell him the postage to put on. He has stamps with him. This manila envelope has the 7-page document to the county contesting their $500 fee for “development on a floodplain.” Their FEMA supplied floodplain map is bogus and repairing an existing house is not “development.” Enclosing a small alcove/porch and replacing cheap garage doors with a regular stick-built wall, all on the existing foundation, hardly amounts to development. Still this is a government bureaucracy.

In fact it is a “closed” bureaucracy because of the current panic involving a virus. Thus, via the post office and $1.20 postage, the envelope will, we hope, make the 3-block trip to the County Building.

From there he’s going to two grocery stores for getting my PoweradeZero at a good price. Safeway special by 4 for 49₵ each, and Fred Meyer for multiples of 8 get for 59₵ each. One store we frequent has them priced at 1.18 each! Hopefully, they will allow him the 6.99 price on chicken on Just for U. I added the 8 piece to my just 4 u list, so if he gets the right thing, it will swipe correctly. Worked. And he had chicken for lunch and we shared a big crusty breast for supper.

Received by mail today our paperwork to get rid of the Stoneridge RCI Timeshares. This involves paying expenses for 2 years to have them take the “weeks” back. For us, this is considered “real property” in another state (Idaho) and complicates the estate. They provided standard paper work, so at least we did not need a lawyer just to deed the units back to the condominium association. The cost seems high but individuals have almost no hope in self-selling.

We have 30 days to submit these with checks payable to two different units, Stoneridge and the Office holding deeds. We need to take it to our bank for notarizing this week one afternoon, after pruning. I’ll make an appointment.

NO Nick Zentner Livestreaming tonight, not until Saturday (Topics for this weekend are shown below: Saturday, Mar 28

John did all his morning chores with feeding, and then went out to level the garden, where he has removed the fence, and the wooden planter boxes he built several years ago for various crops (strawberries, onions, etc.). He was getting it ready for tilling, and hoping the tiller would start. It started, so I took his picture.This garden spot is in a low spot. Over the years, John has been filling it with horse manure, sand, dirt, wood ships, and other organic material. Our most serious garden problem is deer. A fence needs to be reinstalled – to about 7 feet high and one they can’t crawl under. The horse panels are not high enough, so a top has to be put on.

Been working on various projects, and am finally at 3:30 getting ready to switch to filing tax receipts. I have to be ready at 5:15 to take my acetaminophen and also get ready for Nick’s livestreaming tonight of the lecture on Supercontinents.

Did my meds for the next week and ordered Coumadin 5 mg from Safeway, which they slice in half for me. Charles is doing it today; it will be $11.xx same as last time, and will be ready for pickup 3-31 Tues when I’m coming to town. Also called Kaiser Permanente Mail Order Pharmacy, and ordered 3 months of Spironolactone (cost only $10 for 90 days). It will come in the USPS mail to my mailbox.

We watched the hour long lecture on Supercontinents last year in a downtown lecture. That series has been canceled this year (whole month of April) because of COVID-19.

Here’s the HISTORY for tonight’s livestream from Nick’s side yard.

Good idea to look online (Google this): “Christopher Scotese (changing continents)” for some of the videos put out there by Christopher regarding the changing “supercontinents” of the past.
Then check Nick’s past lecture, just last year.

Supercontinents and the Pacific Northwest, 4-11-2019

The following was tonight’s lecture:

3-28-20 Nick from Home: #9 – Supercontinents, starts 10 mins in

We went to bed a little earlier tonight.

Sunday, Mar 29

We planned to cut John’s hair this morning while it is still cold outside, and I’m all prepared to do it. The time in between cuts was too long and the clippers heat up, so we stop, and John reads while they cool. Two weeks (?) next time!

John’s gone out and fed the horses, and the cats inside and outside are all fed.

Will finish blog text, after talking with sister Peggy in OH. John drove my car around the rural block to be sure it is still running after not being away from the house for over a week. That trip was to the dentist.

John’s haircut (finally) he was really looking like Einstein or Bernie Sanders. Nope, I did not take a before and after picture. Good thing I do cut his, because the barbers and hair salon businesses are all closed.

Times of the haircutting this morning: 9:33 – 9:52 wait for clippers to cool and Nancy to rest; 10:03 finished 10:33–all nicely trimmed. We’re going to do this again, 2 weeks out on Easter Sunday to see if it doesn’t go faster without all the matted hair in the back of his head. I just looked at the back of his hair above his neck and think it is a little fuller than needed, but considering the utensils are all put away and the chair is back in its place, I’ll wait 2 weeks for another haircut that won’t take an hour. Normally, I can do it in less than half that time. Two weeks might decrease the cutting time more!

John planted onion starts in the in-progress newly fenced garden.

Here’s the HISTORY for tonight’s Nick Zentner’s presentation:

Exotic Terranes of the Pacific Northwest-Feb 21, 2018

And, here’s tonight’s lecture.

3-29-20 Nick from Home #10 – Baja BC Exotic Terranes, starts 12 mins in

I’m planning to send an email to a bunch of friends about using a timeshare from our space-banked bunch before May 31, 2020 start date. If you can book one for that time, we will help you and we won’t lose all the $ we have invested in it over the past two years to keep it available. It does not have a high trading power (only 15) which will work for many in the conterminous U.S., but not for Hawaii. You maybe don’t want to try a foreign country, but a week’s worth any place in the world will cost you $400 for the week away, regardless of the size of the unit (studio to 2-bedroom, with capacity 6)
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If you do not get an email from me and you are interested, please notify me by phone with your email address and phone number. Thanks.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan