On the road with fire

Week 1 September 2018

Monday, Sept 3

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

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

Tuesday, Sept 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Sept 5

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

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

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

Thursday, Sept 6

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Sept 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tonight we had a late supper.

Saturday, Sept 8

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

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

KAS Annual Picnic, 8-16-18

Sunday, Sept 9

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

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

Brush fire off I-90 near Kittitas burned 100 acres

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

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

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

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

All sorts of celebrations

Monday, Aug 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Aug 28

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Aug 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAIL Final Class with Jessi Broderius – August 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Aug 31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Sept 1 MY BIRTHDAY !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good Morning America Story about Boomer the Miracle Dog

Sunday, Sept 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I watched a video on the basics of playing Pétanque.

EPA Pétanque Training

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

Pétanque England (PE)!

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

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

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

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

Nohomi & Carl Playing Pétanque, September 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motorhome Crash

John says “People drive way too fast.”

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Earth, Sky, People, & Animals

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

AAC_Aloha Party for Jessi Broderius, August 17, 2018

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

Kick-off Breakfast, 8-18-18

Monday, Aug 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Aug 21

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Aug 22

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

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

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

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

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

Thurs, Aug 23

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

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

Nate Schmidt – Crew Leader
PCT – Stevens Pass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Aug 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tribute Memorial to Bill Bolman

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

Saturday, Aug 25

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Aug 26

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

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

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

with video (below)

SMOKE Days of August

I do not yet have the Google Photos from the Aloha going away party for Jessi from the AAC (our senior center). I also have a few videos to share, but I’m not yet through processing them. They will have to be in next week’s blog, except for one that I’m the lead in our doing as what I will remember about Jessi forever.

Monday, Aug 13

Nothing got written down today until a day late. Hmmm, how’s my memory?

I spent a bunch of time finalizing music plans for two days this week. John watered plants and fed the horses. He’s doing a rescheduled WTA Tuesday, so had to get lunch and drinks ready. Squash need lots of water these hot sunny days. Plums are getting ripe.

I left for town for SAIL exercise class and to return the package of wrongly bought items from Amazon, at the USPS.

When I arrived home, John had done 4 more peaches, but we had a bunch on the bottom layer of the box, to complete. Didn’t finish those until late.

Tuesday, Aug 14

I started by getting up too early 5:00 a.m., feeding the cats hard food, and watching John get ready to leave before 6:00 a.m. for Surprise Lake, north off Hwy 2.
His one photo of the day is here:Blueberries and John’s Orange Hard Hat
Last Friday a “group” cancelled after the crew cached tools over a mile up the trail. A late scheduling garnered a half-dozen folks to work Tuesday and then bring the tools out. A Thursday trip is at a different place.

He will be calling me from Leavenworth on his trip home, probably about 4:30 p.m. Then he is a little over an hour away from home there.

I intended to go back to sleep, after John left, after I fed the cats their canned food, but it did not work that way. I got on the computer and took care of some planned correspondence with others about several venues, and I didn’t stop.

Finally, I got too hungry to rest, so I made some brunch. Then worked on dishes, and more computer correspondence. Now at 2:13, I’m going to take a nap. Temp on front porch is 82.5°, 86° at airport at 1:53 with 2.5 mi visibility. Smoke.

I lay down at 2:22; John called at 3:57. I slept most of that time.

It’s hot here. Was 88 where he was just turning onto Hwy 97, north of here.

John gave a rough approximation for the work crew’s far-point today on the trail as 2.6 miles. It is another 2 miles to the first alpine lake – he won’t ever see it. Day trips max-out at about 2 miles. WTA has other (overnight) trips to go deeper into the wilderness.

Wednesday, Aug 15

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

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

Right before my leaving, we contacted by phone, Consolidated Communication to report our problems with losing our DSL (sometimes three times a day). The tech support (in Tennessee) listened and decided to call for a technician to come to our house. We gave him the phone number, and expected the tech to call before showing up. He did not call, but John was here, and the technician supposedly fixed it. I came home while he was still here, but leaving. John told him if he had come tomorrow, neither one of us would have been here. Our land line was clearly on the work order and we were told he would call first. It’s nice to have it back working again, and I hope it continues. (It did not, so I guess something else is wrong.)
I worked on several projects before leaving at 10:55.

One thing I did this morning was to change from wearing my FitBit to a watch to wear in the shower, because the FitBit is only supposed to be splashed, not to experience running water. I was rushing to leave, and neglected to change back to my FitBit, so the specifics of my exercising today, steps, aerobic time, were not recorded.

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

Thursday, Aug 16

John left at 5:40 a.m. to stop off in Ellensburg for gasoline on his way to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at Stevens Pass. Starting elevation is 4,085 feet.

I slept in, needing the rest very much.

I think I’m packed to take utensils, plates, napkins, & cups to the Audubon picnic. We’re carrying 3 bottles of White Heron wine.

Today is my day to play music at Pacifica Senior Living.

John will be home at 4:15 p.m.; he called from Leavenworth.

Call from Deschelle at Yakima Heart Center about setting up an appointment with my cardiologist for a 6-month checkup. No blood draws are requested, but they haven’t received my INR / Potassium draws since April. So, I have to arrange for that to be sent down.

Here is a neat video of our musical string band group playing a gospel song, before our regular Aug/Sept program of 22 songs:

“Just A Little Talk with Jesus”, KV F&F, 8-16-18

I came home from playing music at Pacifica, and John called from the Lauderdale junction. Big surprise because I thought he would be very late and we would be late arriving at the Audubon summer picnic, but in fact, we got there ahead of many people.
I had packed our utensils, places, cups, napkins and forks to take along with our 3 bottles of White Heron wine as our “food offering. They always have too much food. John picked them out last night and they were refrigerated then: Roussanne, Malbec, and Rose’ of Syrah. We brought home a smidgeon of the Roussanne, a little of the Rose’, and more of the Malbec. A lot of folks drank beer.

We filled our tummies with grilled hamburgers and all the fixings, several salads, and great desserts.Karen Johnson with her meal, and my favorite, the dessert tableJohn filling a plate and the wine.Gia, Gary, and his mom, Helen Cummisk, my AAC friend Our hostess, Gloria and others
We enjoyed our evening having good conversations with many people.

Friday, Aug 17

John left early for his WTA work trip on trail at the PCT near Stevens Pass. He did not want to do 2 days in a row but he is trying to get a few extra in this month.

Contacted AAA for my annual payment that bounced. It was likely on the scammed card, VISA (Costco) in my name.

Today I was really swamped. Gone today at Senior Center volunteering time as photographer for going away party for AmeriCorps gal (local with horses); home to more demands on my time getting organized for us to go play music at the Kick-off Rodeo Breakfast (Pearl St. across from the Rotary Pavilion we’re on the stage at 8:00 a.m.).

After the end of passing around the mic to people to share their memories, I took the mic and described my memories of a song (“I Feel Good”) she used to show us her technique of Good Punches to the music. We decided that a number of people from our SAIL class were there and we would demo to the group. Here are the results. I handed my camera to Katrina to take a video.

Aug 17, 2018 AAC at Jessi Broderius’ Aloha Going Away Party

My SAIL class “punch exercise” demo to song, “I Feel Good”

Saturday, Aug 18

I was awake first and flipped the alarm off set for 6:00 a.m. I got stuff ready to leave for town to play music at the kickoff Rodeo breakfast. John went with me to help carry things and also took his camera..

We had the stage crowded with all who would fit (we were likely over fire code for exiting). We did not have room for all our group. Thirteen included today were (left to right, Manord, Marilyn, Maury, Kevin, Gerald, Dean, Evie, Charlie, Nancy, Joanie, Rita, Sharon, Amy) in the photo below.Only photo John took where all baker’s dozen of us are showing.

Evie (the standing violinist in the middle) brought her friend Gene who sat out in the street, at a table (very noisy, with Evie’s camera on a tripod, and took video of our playing). She then edited out all the interruptions and created 38 minutes of our songs.

Here is that creation, which has a lot of competition for our sound to the audience eating pancakes and sausage and visiting. The cooks used small chocolate chips instead of blueberries on the pancakes. The cost was $5 for $1.25 meal. It was a fundraiser, but we skipped it and went home. Musicians could eat free.
Note, you’ll have to pull the viewer back to the start to view from the beginning. The video comes up at 24 minutes into the music.

Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, Kick-off Rodeo Breakfast, 8-18-18, at 8:00 a.m.

I will create a link to all the photos John took.
(it will have to wait till next week’s blog) — LINK to John’s photos at 2018 Kick-off Rodeo Breakfast

In the afternoon, we went to Briarwood. We had the most players we have ever had today – 13 of us, plus Haley, who dances and yodels with us.

I have decided to put this video in about the way we started our time at Briarwood.

Tribute Memorial to Bill Bolman

Good thing I stayed up tonight. At 32 minutes to go, the DSL shut down. I restarted the router, and it picked back up when the DSL returned. Phew. Now with 28 minutes left, I can click done and go to bed and not worry that I lost several hours of upload.

I needed to work some more on the blog anyhow. I made through until after midnight, so I did not have to let my laptop run on its own. Once I restarted the router, thank goodness it returned to sending to YouTube and I didn’t lose the 2.5-hour upload. (It was on my higher resolution camera (Nikon), and only was for 10.26 minutes of video, because I do not have the ability to have the software to change the upload time to be more efficient.) The time is significantly lower on my very old Exilim camera to transfer files. The “Just a Little Talk with Jesus” on Thursday, was on that old camera. I need to send that to people who were there at Pacifica.

Sunday, Aug 12

We have peaches to finish; we never did.

Plums to pick and distribute. John picked a bunch probably close to 25 pounds this afternoon. I contacted two neighbors and packed up some for each, and one carried the share to the other, to save me the trip. Tomorrow, I’m taking a bunch to Briarwood, and to the Senior Center.

The haze returned yesterday afternoon and remains this morning. Last night at 6:00 p.m. it was down to 1.75 mi visibility at the airport, and yesterday’s high was 90°. Today at 7:00 a.m., the visibility is 3 miles and the temp is 55°.

John plans to move hay from the pole barn to the horse trailer down in the middle of the pasture. Yesterday he moved a few bales to the roofed place next to the corral nearer the house. Temp on front porch at 11:00 is 72. Airport is 70, visibility 3 miles, and no wind.

John came in and fixed a nice brunch. I continued working on projects that were created by my activities the end of this week.

For some unknown reason, my computer stopped with a black screen, and it was still plugged in, so I know not the reason. I turned it back on, and it came up without anything saved. I wish I knew what caused that.

Also this afternoon our DSL has been off and on several times, but it was on when this stoppage occurred. I have no clue. I do know I must finish this blog and process other data waiting for my attention, before tomorrow morning.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Animals and activity here and away

First, we’ll catch up with information that didn’t get posted last week..
Back from Friday, Aug. 3, here are two links to the camera work I did that day.

Link to many photos, AAC_8-3-18, A Fair to Remember

Link to 3 short videos, AAC_8-3-18, A Fair to Remember
Below left: one of 3 spotted fawns we have regularly around our house this year. This is just over the fence in our front yard of the house.Bambi, then with Czar on crossover and Woody too. The cats pay attention to the deer, but don’t get involved.

Monday, Aug 6

I’m still working on photos from Aug 3 AAC event. Above you have access to the results of all photography in two links, but here is my favorite video, which occurred outside the building at a petting “zoo,” at the event, A Fair to Remember. Emily with Peep (2 yr. Leghorn) & the back of her shirt

Emily introduces Peep during the Buckles & Belts 4H showing outside the AAC

John went with me to town for my 1:30 – 2:30 SAIL class, with the prime reason to use the senior center’s Wi-Fi access to activate our new cell phone. Plus, we have access to the staff there who own and understand Smart Phones. We cannot do it from home because of only a local in-house Wi-Fi, and no cell reception. A huge disappointment of the new phones, because the company “suggested” we might.

We took our voting ballots to drop by the courthouse, and John picked and carried in some yellow squash for the EBRG seniors. Someone else brought in zucchini so many folks took both. Once class was done, the director Katrina helped us initiate our “Smart” phone. We went through the startup settings and then called our service provider to activate, but we only activated one phone (John’s). Apparently, on the way into registering it, we ended up putting all our Gmail account contacts (e-mail) and not the ability to enter contacts with their telephone numbers.

I called Consumer Cellular on our landline this evening for help, but it was slow coming. The representative did not know how, and was going to check to find out how to delete my contacts list from John’s phone (our joint Gmail account), and then get phone numbers. She never returned the call, and they closed before we had an answer, so I will call tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, Aug 7

I started by contacting Consumer Cellular to see if someone would help us reset (delete e-mail contacts). We managed to find someone who knew the answer, which we did not have last night. Today, we had to make a trip to a Target store in Yakima to get help from a fellow in Electronics there who will eventually be able to transfer all the contact phone numbers from my Flip phone to the Smart Phone, when I decide to activate it (after I learn how to use John’s for things I need). We bought the same exact type of phone, but mine is gold and his is black.
His soft cover is red and mine is gray. Both of us received our tempered glass cover to protect from scratching and breaking. The first ones we ordered were delivered but did not fit our phones. We can return those, sadly for a cost of $6.00 shipping. We package them up and send by way of the USPS. We also bought the wrong cover for my phone, so we can return it at the same time. John has already re-ordered the correct parts, and they were delivered later this week.
By the end of the week, we have succeeded in learning the things he mostly wants to know for immediate use, namely call from the car and take photos. Also, important and not something a lot of folks do (apparently), is he wants to download photos to his computer. He often enhances photos via color manipulation, change size and resolution, add text, lines, arrows, and overlays.
We needed to know how to add contacts, and he only really cares about having a few people on for his needs. Most important was to have our home phone (landline) for Nancy; second was Nancy’s cell phone #, and third was his (our) sister Peggy. There are to be a few more, including several of WTA contacts.

Our main reason for going to Target today, was to buy a micro SD (Secure Digital) card for storage of photos, and to have it installed in the SIM card slot. I took my laptop computer and the transfer cable along to test putting photos on the new storage card, and then transferring them from the phone to my laptop. Once we got home, we tried the technique on his computer, but we had forgotten the steps. (I watched the “agent” do it, but we did not write down the actual steps, and it is not well explained (or to find) on the web.
I remembered, however, what we wanted to do, and a day later, John found the “button” to change the smart phone from charging the battery, that is the default when plugged into the computer. Once charging is stopped the computer’s File Explorer will recognize the SD storage and find the photo files for retrieval. Now we are 2 or 3 or 4 steps up the learning curve.

I’m keeping my flip phone for now until we figure out the things needed. John has learned enough for all he needs to use it for. He now has the 3 numbers mentioned above, plus on Saturday, we added his 100-yr old cousin, Ethel, but we did not manage to connect with her while in town, because we called during her nap time.

We didn’t arrive home until 4:30 p.m. and I needed to go to Evie’s house in Kittitas, WA and be there by 6:30 p.m. with folding chair, music for me and 2 other players, violin, stand, & pencil.

We had a productive practice session, learning and agreeing on intro lead-ins to establish the correct beat of the song, so we can get the proper “count in” for the song and all start at the right note. I did not get home until 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug 8

We took off at 8:25 a.m. for the sometimes monthly meeting of the Emeritus Geography group (retired geographers). We warmed and carried along the food treat, which was a raw apple cake (glazed) that my neighbor made for us from his mom’s special recipe. John cut it into small brownie size pieces, and I packed plastic forks, napkins, plates, to set up once there. The Activities Director at Hearthstone (where we meet) set up coffee, tea, and ice water for us. One of our members (Lillian) lives there and brought her Irish Cream creamer to add to the coffee. We had 9 people show up. We started at 9:00 and a few of us stayed until almost 11:00.

I also took my camera to record information for reporting to those not there. I have only one conversation to share that occurred by Dee Eberhart talking about a T. E. Lawrence book, of which he has finished reading all 700 pages. His presentation was well worth hearing and I’m happy I had my camera there.
Dee Eberhart on T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926)

Then we had some reports on good things and sad things. The saddest was the loss of a colleague’s son, to a cancerous brain tumor, at only 55. One of our own told us the story at the meeting. Then I gave a report from our current chair who planned to come to our meeting, but had another called at the last minute by the Dean’s office. I also gave a report from another member about her planned trip to Tuscany, Italy. We will meet again in a month.

John and I drove separately because he left for home, and I stayed in town to go to two other events – music at the Food Bank lunch and SAIL exercise class in the afternoon.
I went from that meeting to the Food Bank Lunch and played music for the audience for a half hour. Then we get to eat. Everyone enjoys our presence, and they do a good job singing along and provide applause to keep us happy.
From there I went to the senior center for my SAIL exercise class.
Once home, there are chores.

Thurs, Aug 9

John left a little after 6:00 a.m. for a WTA work party at Surprise Lake south off Hwy 2. I stayed up, even though I was operating on only 4-5 hrs. sleep.

I washed dishes. He tried the camera phone.Left is a dead tree outlined by a white sky (thin clouds and smoke). The crew did lots of brushing and drainage cleaning.
Middle and right photos shows a log (flattened top) bridge crossing. This is a natural fallen tree with a big root clump on the near end. Enough roots have been cut and a ramp of rocks built.
On the east side of Surprise Creek, Dan cuts back the brush – including blueberries, but mostly other things.

I am working on videos from the Aug 3 party at the AAC, and now I have to add one from the Aug 8 morning meeting.

I put my pills in the distribution box for a week, ordered Metoprolol and Entresto, and halved the remaining Entresto pills.

I called in a count of 9 (for armless chairs) to Roberta (the Activities Director for Meadows Place), where we play music today. We actually had 11 there (but two stand).

The weather is scheduled to be very hot. Five miles from us, the airport reported 107°F. However, there is evidence that when it hits about 95° it loses contact with reality. A concerned person (not us) has asked the National Weather Service to investigate. At home we got to about 97°.

I talked with Reece at Critter Care. The first available appt. is Monday, Aug 27, and we will take Annie in early – to be back for our farrier David to do Myst’s foot trim at 10:00 a.m. We’ll then get Annie in the afternoon when she comes out of the effects of anesthesia. They will evaluate her need for Phenobarbital, anesthetize, do blood work, trim nails, shave, and call when she is ready to be picked up. I will have to leave both phone numbers to be sure I’m not already on the road to SAIL exercise class.

Talked to John Bowen. The Hultquist Award is distributed at the start of every quarter, Fall/Win/Spr, at $333. For 2018 awards, they will be distributed for both students, Caleb Valko and Mallory Tripplet through all 3 quarters.

This morning on Facebook, my friend, Joanie Taylor forwarded me a video, which included a geographically incredible journey along the U.S./Mexico border, viewing the potential “Wall” being proposed for building along the border. This report shows the topography confronting the goal.

Knowing many of our readers do not have Facebook accessibility, I searched, found, and created this link:

2,000-mile Border Journey

For brunch: sausage, 2 eggs, 1-½ piece toast with jam.

I finally got out with all my load of weight for the Meadows Place, and put off my musical stuff at the door, found a parking space, and went inside to help set up the chairs.

We had a good turnout, but problems with hearing each other for the intros especially after our bass guitar player’s sound died. It was a disaster for trying to hear the lead in, which went so well Tuesday night in the practice session, so we could and all start on the same beat and keep it throughout the song. The audience didn’t care that we were practicing and restarting when things went awry. They appreciate us when we are there, regardless of the sound. They also love watching Haley bounce around the room, dance to Irish Washerwoman, and yodel with us.

I came on home and John called about 4:30 p.m. from Leavenworth, but he still planned to stop at a fruit stand, and then would be out of range for his phone. I was exhausted from short sleep, so I lay down and went to sleep. I was still sleeping when he came in the front door. I guess I needed it.

He brought 16 beautiful peaches (he’d bought 10# for $12.) He also bought some excellent corn-on-the-cob. Not from up there, though. It is from over east, near Quincy where White Heron Winery is. I think I already mentioned that, somewhere in the blog, maybe later.

Friday, Aug 10

From the Yakima Herald report: This photo is along Rim Rock Lake on White Pass, showing smoke from the Miriam Fire.

The Cougar Creek Fire near Chelan and the Gilbert-Crescent Mountain Fire near Winthrop are producing smoke in the region.
There are other fires in the region, but none near us – at the moment. John has read that 84% of wildfires are related to humans. Not arson, but humans and human actions.

An air quality alert has been extended until 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. “A windy and cooler weekend is likely in Eastern Washington, reducing smoke accumulation in most areas but also worsening fire spread,” the interagency Washington Smoke Information blog said.

I watched an awesome video of Jennifer Lipton’s son, Miles (only about 6 yrs old, singing and strumming his dad’s ukulele to his original song, “Steam Train Through the Woodland Forest” – It is an epic saga of a steam train. November 2017. I’m sorry, I cannot give you the Facebook link, because unless you are her FB friend, you won’t have permission to view it.

Saturday, Aug 11

John went to open the gate, with Anne along. Some things needed water out that way, especially the “new” rose bushes.
He also brought around the Chevy “farm” truck to drive about 7.7 mi. round-trip to pick up five plastic 55-gallon containers, a couple with 10″ of dirt, and weeds. What? Cannot imagine how that got in them through the two little holes in the top. I drove behind John to be sure he didn’t break down and have no way home. The truck is 38 years old.
At home we switched to a car for a trip to town.
We went in John’s car, first to Safeway for colas, but the price was up on 2-liter bottles to 99₵ each. They have been 10 cents (and even 20) lower. We went on to Super 1 Pharmacy for my two prescriptions, and checked the cola prices there, and found they were $1.28. Then back north to the Farmers’ Market for peaches from Royal City and for corn from Wapato (south of Yakima). We got 24# of peaches for $35 and 6 ears of corn for $3.00.

Sunday, Aug 12

John started earlier than I, but he then went out and got a hose fixed to fill buckets and barrels, and to water veggies. Now we are ready to process peaches, and get around to brunch. We have processed and frozen one layer of the large box we bought, and eaten brunch (eggs, sausage, a peach, and I had toast with apricot preserves).

I have called and notified Dee Eberhart about follow-ons to the Emeriti meeting.
We still have peaches to finish.Here is my photo coming home late up Naneum of the red sun sunset because of the haze from smoke in our valley.

Our ending was just filmed tonight before dark. It’s a video of 3 yr old twins with new Bambi, sharing Mt. Ash branches.

3 yr old twins with new Bambi, still spotted, sharing Mt. Ash branches, 8-12-18

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

This Week’s No so Nasty News

Item #0: the Weather
Our high temperature on Thursday was 100°F. Tomorrow, Saturday, the high is expected to be 76°F. That’s good news.

Item #1: New phones
My new phone has now replaced the old one.
It works in the car and takes pictures.
Being of Android/Google linage, it prods me to do things to enhance their bottom line. It also has a mess of an introduction every time it is turned on. I’m at the beginning of the learning curve.
However, our provider is Consumer Cellular and they buy tower space from ATT. We do not have a connection in the house and barely outside. Booster kits are available, but cost more than the phone.

Item #2: Good things to eat
My chance of getting to Australia is slim to none. However, you might.
If you do, look for the confections of a company called Darrel Lea. At one time the company sold only out of its own 60 stores. That business plan started to fail and now they are in 3,000 outlets. Ice cream will be available, such as Rocklea Road, peppermint nougat and peanut brittle. So, a nice story from OZ.
Darrel Lea

Item #3: Man rescued
A man in Germany called police. Why?
You have seen this story – right?
Saved from a tiny squirrel

The link has photos of the actually chaser, but not the chasee. I could not find a nicely presented story. The one linked to is okay, but could be better. I wanted to see a picture of the chase.

Item #4: Stargazers – heads up
There is to be a multitude of meteors this weekend.
One story is here: Kat Kelly says

Really, that’s her name. Here is a video: H.R. Macmillan Space Centre Astronomer Kat Kelly

Kat K. urges folks to go to a dark place, take a blanket, and your favorite beverage, and several people to talk to. There are lots of breaks in the action.
{Actually, she did not quite say that, but close.}

If you are not going to watch, there are nice photos here, with some tips on how to take such photos.
Tips from NASA

Item #5: Be more active

Just about everyone needs to turn the TV off, turn you cell phone off, and close the refrigerator door.
If you want to get some exercise, folks in Western Canada can introduce you to Axe throwing.

Ales Soloducha

You can travel to “Lumberjax Axe Throwing” in downtown Regina and Winnipeg. Or you can find a place closer to your home.
Try Philadelphia, PA.

From the City of Brotherly Love

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

Galore and more

We recently got the “report” from a WTA trip of 7/19 to Mica Peak. {There was fire on the return, so late.}
John went over past Spokane for a WTA work party, driving his Ford truck and carrying his commercial Stihl brusher with a metal blade. He left that over there for crews to use during subsequent workdays.

John was not in any of the photos of the crew because he with two others were downhill about 3-4 miles working on brushing the road. Others were working on a new trail, toward the summit. This one photo grabbed my attention. It is a Trapdoor spider on a person’s glove.

I have never known of them, but here is an interesting video describing their behavior.

Trapdoor Spiders Are Masters Of Surprise

Sunday, July 29 (addition)

Another late entry. John went to the South Puyallup River Trail at Mt. Rainier. This is a short trail that connects the old Westside Road (now no vehicles except NPS) that connects with the Wonderland Trail. After the drive over, National Park trucks and drivers carried the crew to the trail over the otherwise closed road.Top: John gives the morning tool safety talk and demo. Workers sitting on an interestingly crafted bicycle stand for bikers to leave their bikes to hike to a view. Bottom: the crew at lunch.
The South Puyallup River has been carving up the trail, so WTA is currently doing some re-routing to higher elevations. New trail begins with streamers tied to trees through the forest. Below.
Note red letters: A = small tree; B = old log; C = another small tree; and higher is D = larger tree.
Only a half dozen folks have walked along this route.
On the right side “After” photo, note trees A & C have been cut; Log “B” has been slid downhill; small brush along the corridor has been removed; and tree “D” is more visible.
It is a start.On a nearby hillside the work is a bit further along. Below.
The “Before” image is actually near the end of 2 days of cutting new trail. It is rough, narrow, and has a steep shoulder on the uphill side. That steep shoulder is ‘leaned back’ in the “After” photo, the trail is smoother, and wider. This is very passable and safe, but not finished. Some roots and larger trees have to go or they will soon fall and rip up the trail. A Park saw crew can now go in and cut larger things with a chain saw. More work will follow.

Monday, July 30

Morning of another hot day when temperatures are supposed to climb to 103°.

John left to take his car, Jessica, Crosstrek 2016, to the dealer for a pre-paid regular oil change / lube / and check over. (They ended up finding his car was out of alignment because he had hit a deep pothole pretty hard on the Rainier trip. It took them longer to get that done than the scheduled items, and he was charged (not included in the prepaid service).

He went to Costco while there, and is taking an evaluation of a Smart Phone (Motorola Moto G4 Plus to ask Mat if my 2014 Forester will support it with its Bluetooth). They claim it will.

It’s expected to be a very hot day.

Ordered John’s Hydrochlorothaizide and Lisinopril. Whoopie, the cost (insurance co-pay) for 90 will only be ~$7.54 for each and there’s no need to have it rewritten for more tablets. Last was only for 30, I prefer getting 90 at a time. It is supposed to be in our records at the doctor’s office, but somehow, last time, 30 slipped through.

I canceled going to SAIL today, because of the high temperatures.

Tried on my clown suit from Marcia Hedrick, and it will work for Friday’s, A Fair to Remember.

Okay, I called Mat Bland & Subaru to get a message to John that he left his phone at home, and I wanted him to get Friskies cat food at Costco today.

Check the A/C and measure the glasses for ordering my new grey clip-ons. They should be shipped Monday and to me within the week.

Wrote note to KV F&F for this week and sent Julie’s pictures.
A/C just turned on to 76° in the house
at 12:59, out front the temperature is 97.7°; airport it is 98°.
1:59, 97.6° here; at the airport it is 101°
2:59, 97.5° at the airport it is 102°
3:59, 96.6° at the airport it is 102°
4:59, 95.4° at the airport it is 102°
9:00, 80.0° on our front porch still

At 2:00 p.m., I ordered two Smart Phones (G4) from Consumer Cellular and talked Stephanie down $10.00 on my purchase, because I have complained for 3 yrs about no reception on my cell phones at home (flip phones, G3 technology), but supposedly the new phones have a higher technology but work off the same towers, and we will have reception (we’ll see). I got $5.00 credit on my current July invoice for service, lowering it to $33.92. When next month’s statement comes, I am to call Consumer Cellular and request my $5 credit adjustment for August.

For Internet access on the Smart Phones, we will need 1 Gb $10/mo or 3 Gb for $20/mo; Normal $20 for unlimited minutes and $10 for John’s + $10 for 1Gb data; $40 billed monthly, plus taxes, after our Smart phones are activated.
I changed the password on my Computer Cellular account when I ordered two new Smart Phones. Question now is, when the Smart Phones are activated, will our charges increase for usage of phone, accessing the web, or texting. I found out the answer. Because we already have an unlimited minutes account for $20/mo., it continues, and John’s on it also continues on his phone for $10/mo. The only extra is for data and I chose 1 Gb for $10/mo. Both our Smart Phones will use off the same account. So, our price after taxes are added is $39.80, and that will go up by $10 probably with another 8.0% added.

I checked briefly on Facebook and found this link, which was sent to me by a few local friends:

Video of the day… I-90 Cle Elum River Fire

For those without Facebook: check this video taken from a car headed east on I-90, that started when a pickup truck caught fire, and instead of leaving the truck on the roadway, the driver pulled over to the dry grass and the fire rapidly moved south into the trees. The pickup was destroyed.

Original Video of the closure of I-90 at MP 81 for the Cle Elum River Fire

Jump ahead to Saturday, Aug 4, when another car fire stayed in the right lane, on the pavement, and closed westbound lanes of I-90 at MP 67, near Easton, but the driver did not pull off onto the grass along the side of the road. The WSP and Fire Crew responded and handled the issue.

Tuesday, July 31

I realized the link for the Nick Zentner video from last week I sent was replaced by another, so I re-sent the corrected version.

Calling for 103° temps again today; got to 104° at the airport. It was very hot when I was in town today.

I went for my haircut, and took a pair of jeans to Celia for her to use on making carrying bags, which she sells. She made one for me with extra-long straps to have to carry my audience music to play on Thursdays. Also, I took her a 20# box of 5 different onions John has grown. She and Bobby eat a lot of onions, and she always appreciates them.

I went to Bi*Mart (for Friskies) but skipped going to the senior center for Jazzercise at 2:00. Last week was too much. I guess I pushed myself too hard, trying to keep up with the leader. Next week the time switches to 11:00 a.m. for the month of August and I don’t think that is going to work for me.

Wednesday, Aug 1

Food bank soup kitchen music, with SAIL exercise afterwards.
Picked up John’s prescriptions.

Thurs, Aug 2

I started a little earlier for town today, because I had to deliver a 5-gallon bucket of Dahlias to the AAC for tomorrow’s event. I left it for them and went back afterwards to retrieve the bucket. They had made a nice arrangement, which I’ll take a photo of tomorrow when I’m in for the event.

I dropped by Bi-Mart on my way from AAC to Rehab and got 2 more cans of Friskies Pate to enter my receipt for prizes. Done!

I played music today at the Rehab, and the winds were blowing for my whole trip in and back home. I was blown around walking from my car at several stops. On the way home, winds were rocking my car as I drove north. No wonder – winds gusted to 47 mph during that hour.

Our phones and protectors arrived today. We found out Sunday the tempered glass protectors do not fit our phones, so we have to return them ($6.00 postage) and will be returned $14.51 on an E card (whatever that is). Their advertising was not clear on the original purchase. We realized we also bought the wrong case for my phone, so John added the case to the return request. Then he purchased the correct stuff.

Friday, Aug 3

Today, my father would have been 120.
John is going to the West Fork of the Foss River, northwest from here for a WTA work party, leaving about 6:30. Four people on the crew canceled at the last minute last night. He says a couple of others not on the list showed.

Here is a view from that trail with two photos received from Nate (the crew leader). More pix are expected from others on the trip.Left: The outlet from Heart Lake on the West Foss River Trail; part of the trail on 8/5, with the crew from WTA Fireside members – more than small $$ donations. John and another are not yet to the bridge. An assistant crew leader always walks ‘sweep’ or ‘drag’.

Before I left home, I received a call from my optometrist, saying my glasses lenses arrived and I need to come by to have them put into my frames today. I said, oh my, I know on Friday you close at 1:00 and I am going to still be at the Senior Center. But, depending on how long it takes, and if you don’t mind my coming in a clown costume, I’ll come by on my way there. They didn’t mind and he said it would only take 5 minutes. It worked!

I was on my way to an event – A Fair to Remember at the AAC, as a requested volunteer photographer. We have lunch before and fun before, during, and afterward. I dressed in a clown costume loaned to me by a fellow member there. We did have cooler weather than earlier in the week, but my carrot top wig was made from rug wool and was extremely hot, even inside in the a/c, but I survived.

Lunch included: corn dogs, kettle corn, veggies with dip, and cotton candy. I took my own salad (with apple, cherry tomatoes, smoked turkey, and iceberg lettuce, just in case I couldn’t eat the veggies or salad. I ended up bringing home 2 corn dogs, and 2 bags of Kettle popcorn. I did not eat a corn dog there or have any popcorn. The balloon sculpture maker in Ellensburg (Hugh Wilder) made a bag of “things” and donated them to our AAC for today’s event. I brought a flower home to John to thank him for the large vase of Dahlias he grew, cut, and gave me to take in yesterday for the staff (our neighbor, Gabriella Bacon, a volunteer at the AAC arranged them). She did a beautiful job. Photos included below.

All other AAC events are canceled all day for this big one. We will have games to play and tickets to enter. Outside, 4H kids and parents are bringing farm animals for us to enjoy. We got to visit with a miniature horse named Bravo, a goat, a sheep, a white leghorn 2-year old chicken named Peep, two different rabbits (one pretty white one with red eyes), and a little doggie.

Photos are below, and I will add the links to Google Photos/Videos in next week’s blog.There I am in the clown suit holding the vase of Dahlias. Ellensburg 2018 Rodeo Queen, Erin, Rodeo Clown, Nancy, & Rodeo Princess, Mikaila, with us all holding balloon sculptures made and donated by Hugh Wilder, from Ellensburg.

One of the games on the arcade was balloon dart throwing. I enjoyed it the most, watching others, and participating. Here I am below, and next blog, you’ll have a chance to see several others, including happy 4H kids. Other games were spinning a wheel, ring toss, lawn darts, dropping pennies into jars in a tank, and awards for canning or growing fresh vegetables. The tour of the animals was a delightful part of the day. Clown Nancy, Ready, Aim, Fire! I hit one out of 3.

Saturday, Aug 4

This morning I have been working on the plans for our music group to have a practice session.

After breakfast, John went out to water veggies and trees.

We are meeting folks at 1:30 p.m. for lunch at The Palace.

John had a BBQ something or other slices of beef with a ton of French fries and I had a Hawaiian burger, with a half a plate of salad.

We had a nice visit with a couple seriously considering a move from Tonasket, several hours north – to Ellensburg. We visited about a number of topics. John and I left to fill my gasoline tank, to go to the grocery, and then by Bi-Mart to get a new watchband for him. It broke yesterday while he was sawing limbs overhanging the trail.

John stopped for peaches on his way home. He bought them south of Leavenworth, near the intersection where Blewett Pass road takes off. He also got 6 ears of corn (3/$1.00), and we had one last night that was the best we’ve had this year.

Sunday, Aug 5

We cleaned, cut, and froze peaches this morning.

I called in our RSVP to the local Audubon picnic for Aug 16.

Did so many things today, I don’t remember them all, but we stayed busy the entire day, and are continuing tonight.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

2 for the price of 1

I’m starting with things left out of last week’s blog: our trip to Moses Lake (Wed), John’s trip home with the wildfire blocking west and eastbound I-90 from Vantage to Kittitas (Thurs).

We went over Wednesday, July 18 to Moses Lake to visit with my violin teacher, Roberta (Bobbie) Pearce, from Nampa, ID, who taught the class I was in, in Kittitas, for 22 years, and then I took another year at the WOTFA Summer Workshop, when it was moved to Moses Lake. I only did it that one year, because the weather all week was way too hot for me. Her daughter, Katrina, came too, as she is teaching the Hot Shots class (Advanced young fiddlers), at the workshop. We also had a gift (along with dinner), that I got from an Ellensburg resident, and gave to Bobbie for her collection of porcelain dolls. This one was newer, from the 1990s, but she is a pretty little thing. She sat on the side of our table and watched us eat. We also got to enjoy the sunset over the lake.Top- John, Katrina, Bobbie, Nancy; Below- Doll & Lake Sunset

On John’s way east early in the morning following our dinner at Michael’s on the Lake, he drove again by the town on his way past Spokane to Mika Peak for a Work Party, carrying his new Stihl brusher in the back of his canopied truck. His trip home was another delay of over an hour, by the closure of I-90 in both directions because of a grass/brush fire started near the highway.

I mentioned that in last week’s blog, but didn’t included any of the pictures I had found or that John took on the last long leg of his trip.
First, a map of the 3 fires in our area, influencing John’s trip home. Boylston was the one I saw the smoke plumes from, on my way home about 3:30 p.m. from Ellensburg.Left from I-90 Ryegrass Rest stop; Rt., Boylston fire from Yakima.

I’ve combined 4 of the images John got on his camera from the east side of the Vantage Bridge on I-90. Top row: Plane heading back for a refill of retardant at an airport in Moses Lake, from rest area looking toward Vantage and smoke from the fires on Yakima Training Center lands.
Bottom row: Line of traffic westbound waiting for 50 cars coming in from the old Vantage Hwy bypass I-90 to get onto the entrance going east. Then 50 cars were let through the west exit of the bridge at Vantage onto the old Vantage highway.

Monday, July 23

Morning of another hot day when temperatures are supposed to climb to 96°. They got to 98° between 3 & 4:00 p.m.

I sent this to all the AAC folks: Links to both photos & Videos:

Link to 70 Photos, 7/13/18 AAC, Nicole Jones Going Away Party

Link to 5 Videos, 7/13/18 AAC for Nicole Jones Going Away Party
Click on each video to start and view; they will repeat so click on it to stop it and go to the next video (to the right is a forward arrow) to click on.

I worked on various projects this morning, and I made it to my SAIL class by 1:20 p.m. I carried in a vase of Yellow Star and Tahitian Sunrise dahlias that John raised and picked. Everyone loved them. You saw them still growing in photos in last week’s blog.

Afterwards, I made it for my INR blood draw check, and got the results when home, of 2.7 (good) so don’t have to check again until a month. Potassium was 4.5, also fine.

John did a lot of watering today, and also came in to fix a casserole for supper. He had cooked rice in the outside garage in a steamer earlier in the day, and cut up ham, onions, mushrooms, and put in the rice and mushroom soup. Picked some of our yellow summer squash, and fried it for supper. Then he fixed a piece of his lemon/blueberry cake with strawberries and ice cream for dessert.

Tuesday, July 17

We are setting up a regular service of inspections, oil change & lube for Monday a.m. next week, for John’s Crosstrek.

Today, I went first to town to drop off at Airport Storage a bunch of Wall St. Journals and magazines for a business student. Then by the Food Bank bread room for bread for a seeing-impaired gal and her child who need bread and she cannot drive. Also got a roasted garlic bread loaf for a neighbor. From there to the Family Eye Clinic to discuss my non-darkening progressive darkening glasses. Today, about 1:05, I reached the optometrist for checking eyeglasses for sunshine. It turns out they lighten up when one is inside the car driving.

Yet, I found this on line: As light conditions change, the lenses adjust quickly to provide the appropriate level of tint. They block 100% of UVA and UVB rays, providing convenient protection from UV radiation. However, Transitions® XTRActive® lenses react to visible light so they do moderately darken behind the windshield.

Made it to Bi-Mart and missed the winning number by 213; closest I have been in a long while. I got my number when I moved to town in 1988. I got back to the Senior Center by 1:30 in time for Jazzercise by 2:00.

Came home after, and washed dishes plus did a lot of emailing for various projects.

Wednesday, July 25

Food bank soup kitchen music, but did not go to SAIL today, because of going by the optometrist about my new glasses… and the need to come back to town tonight early for Nick Zentner’s geology presentation at the Library.
John fixed some of his Ailsa Craig onions (named after an island in the Firth of Clyde west of Scotland), for dinner and hushpuppies tonight. They are a mild onion, big & white.

I showed one photo of our garden’s Ailsa Craig last blog, but here are some close-ups from the web. One very large one – we have never had one larger than a softball, but we have had a 2 pound onion.The top right is our onion patch, in our old garden, and the other 3 are from the web.

I helped John load empty wine boxes into his car to take over tomorrow for the bottling. Cameron was in need of boxes to store his wine. These are mostly white boxes, John emptied from our White Heron ones or we got from Grocery Outlet. Last week, I went in once and brought home three.

We went tonight to Nick Zentner’s talk at Hal Holmes (the auditorium adjacent to the Ellensburg Library. Below is my video, with the link to it, but it was not completed until Thursday midday.

Nick Zentner, 7-25-18, Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Over 50 species are found petrified at the site, including sweetgum, redwood, Douglas fir, walnut, spruce, elm, maple, horse chestnut, cottonwood, magnolia, madrone, sassafras, yew, witch hazel, – – and ginkgo.
Nick reports that, despite the name, most of trees are not Ginkgos, no one is sure where they came from, or how they got there. There seems to be a large mysterious lake involved. It will be a neat story if it ever gets figured out.

Thurs, July 26

John left at 7:40 a.m. to be at White Heron by 9:00 a.m. this morning for bottling Late Harvest Roussanne. He brought home 3 bottles (in tall skinny bottles), which hold ½ of a regular bottle of wine. Regular bottles of wine are 750 milliliters.
[A fifth of booze, or wine, was equal to one-fifth of a gallon. Even though people colloquially refer to liquor bottles as “fifths,” since 1980, they have actually been 750 milliliters or 25.36 ounces, which is slightly less than exactly one-fifth of a gallon.]
John brought home 3 of those also, 1 white and 2 reds.

I worked on Nick’s new upload, to redo completely what I tried to upload last night (and through the night), which failed. I did not complete sending it to YouTube until 11:50 a.m., and I had to leave soon after that for afternoon music. It was a crazy day.

After playing at Hearthstone (where we had a fun and interesting time), I went by my optometrist to ask a question. It was a successful visit. He is going to send a request in to change my glasses (no additional cost), and trying for a darker color.

We got the new music into packets and stapled.

Friday, July 27

I talked to Jim (optometrist) this morning, after visiting with him yesterday afternoon. I asked him if he could raise the gradient region so I don’t have to tilt my neck so much to get the effect. This was already in his thoughts, and the order goes out this morning to produce new glasses with the new Amber color. I tried hard to use the first attempt with my music, but could not get happy with them.. I’m sure this adjustment will help me.

Saturday, July 28

John harvested Ailsa Craig and Redwing onions. The Redwings are smaller and more pungent, but have the storage potential of 8 to 10 months. A few are shown to the upper left of the Craigs, that may only last a month or two in storage.
There are 3 more types to harvest: Copra (white-long keepers), Ringmaster (sweet, mild, 4 months), and Sterling** (mildly pungent, 6 months).
**For Sterling they use a cute kid in the picture.Now we are getting ready to dress and leave for a 70th birthday party, near the Teanaway River 20 miles west of us. Sharon (her birthday bash) plays the bass guitar with our group. She and husband, Jack have a place suitable for horses on this side of the Cascades, but usually reside on the wet side – going back and forth at least once a week. We planned to eat at 4:30, with our group playing at 5:30, but it didn’t happen that way. We played first at five and went for an hour, not eating until the end.

John drove separately because he has to leave the house tomorrow morning at 4:30 a.m., for Mt. Rainier WTA work time and needs to get ready to go. He left the party before we played and went to EBRG for gasoline.

I had my camera along, but didn’t give it to anyone in the audience. Tonight, I received 5 photos of our group, Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, from the wife of a member of our group, Julie Gibb. Hubby Kevin is our banjo player, in the photo below, sitting behind me in a blue shirt. I have on a straw hat. The birthday girl is Sharon Jenson, to my left in the white blouse, playing a bass guitar. The photos of other musical groups below were taken by our flute, fiddler, washboard, penny whistle player, along with her daughter Haley, who is our mascot and yodeled the last song with us.Top: Sharon’s solo with flute, Sharon with another group
Bottom: Hubby Jack presents Sharon a BD cake to make one wish with Barb looking on, and Haley stands at the Teanaway River which flows by their property. Haley (5 yrs old) enjoyed swimming there and finding caddisflies. She loves insects.

Sunday, July 29

John left very early (4:20 a.m.) for the South Puyallup River Trail on the southwest side of Mt. Rainier. Several years ago a major rainfall trashed a section of this short trail. WTA volunteers will spend (Fri, Sat & Sun) until October doing a reroute of the damaged sections. They worked in shade at 4,000 feet, so the hot weather was not a big issue. He got back at 7 PM.

Today is Arlane Nesmith’s birthday, and I just called her, sang Happy Birthday, and wished her well.
Worked on the blog and a bunch of chores all day.

Now 98.6° on front porch at 2:30 p.m.
It was “down” to 95.5° at 4:13 p.m
Almost 6:00 p.m. down to 91.1°.
High at the airport in Ellensburg today was 101.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Travels Away from the Naneum Fan

Friday, July 13 Ira Spring

We only received these photos this week, and you have heard in last week’s blog that John was working there while I was here. So, Saturday is missing because you already have heard about that, when the blog was published last Saturday.

Ira Spring was a photographer and Harvey Manning a writer. Together they published hiking guides. The sign on the bridge says “The Spring Family Trail Fund.” He died the year I did my first work with WTA – 2003.The crew at Ira Spring Memorial Trail

Sunday, July 15

Started awful at 3:00 a.m. with both of us awakened by a cat fight outside the bedroom window. John was scheduled to get up in an hour to leave by 4:30 and was so wide awake he stayed up. I was going to go back to bed, and thought he should too, but he said he wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep. We both stayed up. It took him longer than expected to load the cherries he was taking along today (picked, cleaned, and dried yesterday), but also he packed boxes of cans of cherries to send home (needing cleaned before eating), with crew and staff members. In a cooler, he had in a large container of cooled cherries (all Rainier) to share at lunch & snack times with the WTA crew working at Mt. Rainier on the Wonderland trail today.

About 3:30 a.m. he asked if I could fix my small handheld camera for him to take for pictures. Unfortunately, I needed a bunch of time to clean off space and charge the battery. I have two batteries, so I could plug one in to recharge completely (and it did before he left), and use the one in it to free up the storage. He probably will only take 4 photos, but the process needed to be done and ended up allowing me to find some missing email addresses I had stored in the case, many moons ago. Mt. Rainier, Wonderland Trail, a slice of an old Douglas Fir that began growing in 1293; so says the center tag. Other tags, towards the outer rings point to rings added during historical events.John carrying a split Cedar rail for project stairs. Work crew poses.

Of all things, two of the cats came to the front door for vittles. It was nice and cool, so they were happy to be served. We continued working and John took off at 4:28 a.m., just as the other cat arrived to be fed. I stayed up working on the computer until 5:30 a.m. and then tried to go back to sleep. I don’t think I succeed until after 6:00 a.m. but I did then sleep until almost 9:00 a.m. I was expecting my neighbor to come to pick enough pie cherries for one pie, between 9:00 & 10:00. He called at 9:25 to say I did not need to come out to help. The tree was in the shade. That was actually a relief, because I wasn’t yet in the best of shape.

Cherry picking was done at 9:48 and I saw him driving away. He called after leaving to say they are red but really not ripe yet, so he will return when they are riper. He saw the little “bambi” and she is still very spotted, but mom was not in sight (probably in the bushes watching her little one). See below, I got some photos tonight of the little fawn, with her mom. I really don’t know “her” gender.

Now 11:20 and I have finally started feeling better after being sickly at 9:20. I just enjoyed a large bowl of All Bran covered with peaches. The temperature on our front porch is up to 90° but tomorrow is going to be over 100°. Maybe today. Right now at the airport @ 11:53, it’s 89°, with no wind to cool things.

We managed to cool down the house last night with all the windows open, and just now it was still 71° in the interior hallway where our thermostat is. I have the a/c set to turn on at 76°, so I will listen and see how late that is.

I do need to make time to finish loading dirty dishes and do that run. I may take a nap this afternoon after I finish processing the pictures for 7/13 and 2 more videos. Also need to send out the first call for players (count for up to 12 chairs) from Pacifica Senior Living, where we will be this Thursday.

At 1:50 p.m., it 92.5° front porch, 76° in hallway, and a/c came on at 2:55. I’m grateful for that. I am not a hot weather person.

I finished working on the videos from Friday the 13th at the Senior Center for the going away party for Nicole. They were taken on my Nikon which is not how I normally take videos because it is too high resolution, but John had my Exilim camera with him at the Ira Spring trail work. See tomorrow for the Google link.

I went out and took some pictures of the little fawn with spots and mom, when John got home at 7:15 p.m. and said they were in the orchard. The ditch is just 30 feet away but drinking out of a bucket is, apparently, a better deal. Interesting interactions displayed here.

I thought I heard a mouse so John set two mouse traps and he caught one at 10:25 p.m. I heard it snap down. A quick end to that story. No more have appeared. He set more than one trap.

Monday, July 16

Morning of a day when temperatures are supposed to climb to 101°. John has picked cherries, raspberries, fed, watered, and otherwise worked outside. Now he is back again in the shade of a tree (still hot) picking cherries off branches with our neighbor, Ken Swedberg. Ken got some sweet cherries last week (taking branches away in his truck to pick at home, and today is back for pie cherries. John’s picking Rainiers and gave away some branches with Rainiers for Ken to take home. It was too hot to continue in the orchard (even in the shade). Here’s a photo story of the start of their cherry picking, when I went out to greet.Family Swedberg’s Barn, Ken coming to pick Pie Cherries from branches John cut from the tree. This is one of the trees planted by the first folks to build a house on our property. The house was built in 1981; trees planted then or a year or so later.Picking station in shade on Gorilla cart, John’s picking box (with Rainiers in front). He’s trimming branches for Ken; caterpillar found on branch.

Here’s the beginning video of the process:

John’s Setup for Ken’s Picking Pie Cherries, 7-16-18

It was too hot for me, so I returned to the house.

I’ve been spending the morning finalizing 70 photos from last Friday’s AAC event, “Go for the Gold,” honoring Nicole Jones, one of our AmeriCorps staff members for the last 10½ months. I’m now uploading to Google Photos, and still have more videos to do. I ended with a total of 5 videos on a separate link. This one Google Photo link takes you to all videos and allows you to view them by clicking on the image.

Taken during the going-away party for Nicole Jones.
Click on each to start and view; they will repeat so click on it to stop it and go to the next video (to the right is a forward arrow) to click on.


More stuff from the Nicole Jones day.


John came in and fixed our brunch while I got ready to go. I made it to my SAIL class by 1:20 p.m.
I came on home afterwards. When I left the temperature was 97°, but north a couple miles it was 100° yet went down on my way (uphill) home. When I parked my car my car at home (we are at 2240’), it was reading 93°. Elevation in Ellensburg at the south end of campus, on University Way is 1500’.

We had a salad for dinner, and John fried us some yellow summer squash. I fed the cats. We’ll have strawberries, and John’s lemon/blueberry cake tonight, and hit the hay (at least for me), earlier than last night.

Tuesday, July 17
Staying home today to finish projects needing attention and to be cool on the second hottest day of the year.

Early morning, I walked out to take a photo of the Dahlia bed in the sun. It was a bit windy, and difficult to take still photos, but here you go.John got new Dahlia bulbs this year. I don’t know their names. We don’t think they are as big or pretty as in previous years.

It’s 83.5°on the front porch and 10:00 a.m. and John is still outside doing chores. He just put the canopy back on his truck. That’s a tough job, but needs it on to carry over his Brusher over to the WTA trip this week on Thursday, to Mica Peak.

I made some long distance phone calls on the landline, because my cell phone has no reception in the house. Michael’s on the Lake reservation for the Sunroom (inside) for four at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7/18.

I washed John’s WTA clothes for Thursday. Now he will be all spiffy to get all dirty again.

Wednesday, July 18

Food bank soup kitchen music, and SAIL today.
I contacted the Wall Street Journal about our missing papers over the past 2 weeks. It was fixed in two days.

Thurs, July 19

John left at 4:38 a.m. for Mika Peak east of Spokane in his Ford Truck with canopy with his new Stihl brusher for a WTA work party. Gas powered equipment isn’t happy in a closed car.

I slept in.
Early morning, I was on and off the phone with the pharmacy and our PCP provider’s office about a fouled up prescription for John and for me. I believe it is fixed now, or will be for me to pick up the meds today while in town for music at Pacifica.

I worked on music for Aug & Sept for our group which will be needed soon, (some today). I packed up my music and went to play at Pacifica Senior Living. We had a nice turnout of people and audience and all had a good time.

I had some errands in town before leaving and was a little late getting home, but on my way, I saw two plumes of smoke east of town. I kept driving to higher points to see where it was, called a few people in the Badger Pocket area to see if they knew, but couldn’t reach anyone.

Got home and found that I-90 was closed both directions between MP 136 (Vantage) – MP 115 (Kittitas)

I followed the fire reports all afternoon after first seeing the plumes of smoke at 3:30 from town. This is a nice view of a helicopter in western Washington … scooping 300 gallons (we think that is a bucket full) from the river to put on a brush fire.

Note from Caitlin LaBar this morning:

This was going on right behind my apartment complex an hour ago, they were dipping out of the Coweeman River to dump on the nearby brush fire about a mile south of me. Haven’t heard the helicopters in a while so am assuming they got it under control. It was amazing to watch up close. (not my video, I only got one fuzzy picture)

from southwest WA Helicopter filling bucket for brush fire

I did have a small bowl of popcorn when I got home that I brought from Pacifica.

I also had a phone call just after 5:00 from our doctor’s office about John’s thyroid medication. They are going to raise the dosage to 88 mcg from 50, and recheck in 2 months. I had gone by for my own med today and hoped for his, but it was not in yet, so I got 3 pills from the pharmacy to tide him over. Now they cannot take them back, but the Dr.’s office has sent down the refill prescription orders for the new dosage, and it will be there tomorrow for us.

Also tomorrow we must go get our new eyeglasses. I called this morning, asking what happened. They had told us they would have them in about 10 days, and would call us. That was July 3rd and now it is the 19th. Their phone message only said, “We received your phone message and your glasses are here. If you have any questions, please call before 5:00. Jeez. So in the morning I will have to call to see what the Friday hours are.
John called at 5:35 from Ritzville, and planned to stop for a hamburger on his way home, and I figure it will take him 2 hours to get here, if he eats on the road, which I expect he will.

Had a call from our neighbor Ken at 6:47 that he was on his way down with 2 pieces of cherry pie for us, made from the pie cherries he picked 2 days ago. We had told him thanks but not to make a whole pie for us, that two pieces would be sufficient. They are huge pieces and probably almost a half a pie!

John called from the overlook opposite Vantage at 7:00 and now at 7:30 called from trying to get on the bridge to come home. There are 40-50 cars in front of him going about 2 mph., and he thinks he sees traffic coming from the west headed east down the hill. Nothing has yet made it to the DOT alert updates, since they closed both lanes between Kittitas (Exit 115) and Vantage (Exit 136). He was going to try to take a photo. He said planes are skimming water from the Columbia River.

He did stop in Ritzville for a Carl’s Jr, special meal. I had eaten the rest of my salad from last night. Had the rest at noon before leaving for music.

Annie went out to wait for John in the front yard over an hour ago, and just came to the front door and asked in. So, he must have been delayed by the traffic around the 2-lane old Vantage Hwy, with all eastbound and westbound traffic routed to there. It will be a long trip home.
He didn’t make it until 8:45 p.m.

Friday, July 20

Crazy morning. After sleeping in until 8:00 a.m., we were busy with things and then had to be at the optometrist’s office before 1:00 closing. We made it and experienced a lot of traffic on the way in, because they were re-routing the traffic eastbound off at Ellensburg rather than Kittitas to come down University Way and directly on to the Old Vantage Hwy to bypass the fire which closed both lanes of traffic until 7:00 a.m. when westbound was opened, but they kept the eastbound closed. The only way around was one old state route.

From there we went to Super 1 for John’s prescription, and I spent the rest of the day trying to get used to my new glasses. Considering the extremely high price, I’m not sure I like them. I don’t believe the sunglass change is dark enough for me, so I may well wear my old ones (just for far vision) for driving in the sun. The close-up is change for the bifocals without a line and it is not in the correct range for my head position. I’ll have to learn to adjust. If I rapidly turn my head to the right, I seem to get a weird parallax reaction. I might have to watch carefully when I go across uneven ground or down stairs. I realize there is some adjustment always necessary.

I tried keeping them on to take chicken breast off the bones tonight, and it wasn’t working well at all, with the positioning of my head for clarity of close-up vision. I took a break and went over with my glasses on to see what writing on my laptop computer in my lap in my chair, but it was not clear. So I took them off to finish the remainder of my salad making and will not use with my computer. I hope I can read my music tomorrow, but if not, I’ll just take them off. (I could read it better without the glasses.) I haven’t had glasses on at all for anything but driving. We know full well, we will use these as long as we can and next time go back to Costco for our glasses. This was a huge mistake, and it was all my fault for wanting to use our insurance, and Kaiser Permanente doesn’t honor Costco as a recommended provider. It will be worth it to us financially, to go there without an insurance rebate ($150 / pair of glasses every 2 years), because the cost for John’s will be $613 LESS. That’s insane. Mine I cannot compare because I didn’t have a comparable set of glasses to what I got at Costco.

We took a garden walk tonight, and I took some photos. The original reason was walking to the old red barn to view the beds the twin deer have burrowed out beside a stack of wood against the side of the barn. From there back to check out the tomatoes, in our newer garden, where the deer are entering to eat the green plants of the new raised strawberry beds John built this year. We look at the squash as well, and realized the butternut will never make it. We have had a few summer squash, but we have been neglecting them, and some are too old. We haven’t tried to give them away as we did a few years ago. From there we went for an onion, in the original garden. Czar followed us on all our travels, so he is in a couple of my photos. Yellow summer squash (new), but Butternut will not make hard fruit for winter keeping. Too cool. The onions arrived from Texas early – they expected heavy rain, so dug and shipped them before John could plant them. They have done well, though, and we harvested one for supper (Onion Rings) and then we had the rest for lunch Sunday in an omelet.Czar in strawberry raised bed just planted this year, and (right) an older strawberry patch. The fence is not high enough to keep deer out of the newer berry garden. He set up a simple scarecrow Saturday afternoon, and there was no additional damage. John went out Sunday evening to put a wire covering over them (half-tunnel), so they are not totally destroyed.

Saturday, July 21

Morning stuff. I worked on music for our group for Aug/Sept. John fixed a breakfast for us.

I had to sort through a bunch of Rainier and Bing cherries to make some good ones to take to Briarwood today for the buffet table after we play. John helped by lying them out to dry after I washed them, and then I packed them to carry.

We don’t have a lot of players able to come today, but we have a great group of singers there who always carry the load. Then they feed us a feast. Those were my initial thoughts and expectations as I left today, but the reality was that we had a good group of players, audience, and a wonderful time. Two people came that I did not expect. I just remembered one thing I forgot to do today – ask if anyone had a birthday in July. We usually sing happy birthday once for the whole month. Next month I’ll have to ask for two months, July & August.

We probably played for 20 minutes prior to starting at 2:00 with the “booklet” of 23 songs. Using it as a jam session and playing songs in the practice section of our book or just following along with songs Charlie comes up with. He’s a walking, playing, singing music encyclopedia with his 12-string guitar.

John stayed home to do yard chores that have been waiting for attention. Some recent ones I know of include, mowing and bagging as much cheat grass as possible in the backyard. And, watering onions and other things around such as fruit trees (pear, plum, cherry); bushes such as blackberries and raspberries; larger trees – pine, spruce, Carpathian walnuts; flowers – tulips, gladioli, dahlias, roses, sunflowers, and all things in the garden need water. We don’t have a lot of garden stuff that will produce well, I’m afraid. Strawberries are done. We have gotten some yellow summer squash, but the butternut will not likely make it this year. Last night we had a low of 41. Cabbage might grow.

On my way home, I stopped by the place on the Kittitas Hwy, west of Ferguson Rd, to take a photo of a piece of Petrified Wood, I had seen the week before, when I went to a garage sale there. It was in the rock garden of a home where the parents had passed and the kids were clearing out the house and out buildings to sell the farm. I pulled into the shade (crabapple tree), beside the rock garden and asked if I could park there. When I got out, I checked out the rock garden and noticed the beautiful piece of petrified wood. I ask one of the family about it, and she said, it is a long story. I asked her to share, because I love the history of our area. Turns out this chunk was obtained by her grandfather during the construction of I-82. I had heard about such finds, and jokingly from Jack Powell how people would “stupidly roll the rocks into the back of a pickup”, collapsing the suspension (did it flatten all the tires)?
Somehow, the grandfather got it over to the farm. (That part of the story was not passed down). I said, “Well I hope you have a way of keeping it before you sell the place.” So, she continued with her story. Her brother-in-law has a backhoe and her sister lives near Dusty’s, and they are moving it to her place. The interesting thing is today, when I stopped, I especially stopped because I saw a woman walking at the front and so I turned in, introduced myself, and asked if I might take a photograph, as I had heard the story recently at the garage sale. Turns out this person (Ann) was the sister who will be the new home for the “rock.” I was talking originally to Kathy. I do not know their last name. I did buy John an old Stanley measuring tape at the sale.

Here is the piece of petrified wood:This is the view from the south, and this from the east.

Sunday, July 22

After working for several hours outside this morning, John came in and constructed the nicest lunch we have had in a long time. I guess you’d call it a quiche, without the crust. Does that make it an omelet? It had 8 eggs, ham, cheese, asparagus (ours), mushrooms, onions (ours), and red peppers. Served with red potato homemade hash browns.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Annette, Linda, Nancy, Beth, Nicole

Friday, Saturday, July 6-7 Annette Lake

John went to two WTA work parties over the weekend, both at Annette Lake with crew leader LeeAnne, but we didn’t have pictures until later in the week, so here are a few.

First was a project John headed: Ardeth preps trail, removing roots. Side-log, peeled and placed, and partly done with adding rock base, then covered with soil. Done.

Another two projects John was involved with are below. The second one in the 4th photo, he was only advising on about a drainage question.The first 3 photos are of the same project with leader, Darrel;
Rocks are brought and placed, then the tread is placed.
4th is a different project by Clare.

Sunday, July 8

Blog out at 9:44 p.m. PST – you already heard about the rest of the day in last week’s blog.

Monday, July 9

We got to Dr. Cardon’s office at 11:07 a.m. for toenail clipping and were seen at 11:15, both of us out of there (surprisingly) by 11:37, even with visiting about WTA trail backcountry week longs. I also talked with him about my index toe on my right foot. It is in the early stages of becoming a trigger toe, so he described the surgery and suggested it needed to be done sooner than later because it would only get worse and harder to manage. It will be covered by insurance and can be done here in his one visit / week to Ellensburg in the office, and I will be able to walk on it right after, just be careful. He explained what is done in the operation and it is done with a local. I will wait until fall for that, and our next visit is in October (3 months away), so he can evaluate it then and we can schedule the surgery.

We went to Safeway for a few things including the special Monday fried chicken and some other coupon savings on drinks for John and me, PowerAdeZero.

I went to SAIL at 1:30 p.m. and took along the Rubbermaid container to return to Roberta. She gave me a pan of oatmeal rolls in it.

Tuesday, July 10

We went by and picked up bag of clothes from Joanie’s front porch on our way in Ellensburg to stop for my regular blood draw at the hospital before driving to Costco, primarily for two purchases at over half price of the drugs less than in Ellensburg pharmacies. That pricing part is very strange to me, and we pay cash without having to use our insurance. Also, we receive a 2% cash rebate once a year from our membership at Costco for any purchases in the store (including pharmacy and eyeglasses).
We ate our lunch there too and filled John’s car with gasoline (at $3.19/gal, lower than EBRG’s.

Between noon & 1:30 I was to call Dee Eberhart to wish him a happy 94th birthday! We needed a quieter place in the store, so found it near the pharmacy after turning in a prescription I had requested be sent down by our doctor’s office in Cle Elum this morning for John. We had no refills, and didn’t realize it until the last minute. Normally they require 3 days to process a refill, but I called the triage nurse and she ran it through because we were on our way to Costco today.

On the way home, we stopped across the street at the WinCo store, and picked up four boxes of 100% All Bran Buds for only $3.68/box. The price in town here at Safeway is $5.49, and all stores do not carry the “buds”, but only the other squiggly cereal pieces. John likes the buds because they can be used as a snack as well. I moistened mine with Almond “milk” beverage, a non-dairy product for my coffee. I also use Raisin bran flakes with my cereal, and we have with peaches or bananas (if any in the house), and I even had strawberries, recently. Getting all the fiber is good for our digestive systems.

Wednesday, July 11

Food bank soup kitchen music, and skipping SAIL to get ready to go back to town to a 6:00 p.m. dinner date with Linda and Bill Weir at The Palace. It’s a local long-time restaurant that offers a free dinner (Chicken Fettuccine or a Chicken Fried Angus Steak choice), on one’s birthday or one for a couple on their anniversary. We get that price during the month it falls, so we were a day early for our anniversary celebration. John always has the steak (normally $15.76), and I have my favorite, Cobb Salad made only with Iceberg lettuce at my request, which is described on their menu as: The king of salads. crisp greens topped with bacon, turkey, blue cheese crumbles, avocado slices, egg, and tomato. It is definitely the best Cobb salad I have ever had.
Here are some photos of our celebration dinner tonight:Bill & Linda with John & Nancy at our table (with John’s eyes closed); right is just us with his eyes open.

The left picture above shows the raised booth we were in, and the window in the middle behind, shows an opening to another room for dining. The significance of that is that at the table next to John sat a mutual friend, who is a crew leader with WTA, and also a granddaughter of friends in town that go back to the year I moved to Ellensburg. She is Beth Macinko, and her grandparents are Mary Ann and George Macinko. I lived in the Macinko’s house the first year I was here alone before John moved over to Ellensburg from our home in Troy, ID. They were gone on sabbatical and needed a house sitter and someone to take care of their cat. I had the use of their house for the whole year. George has since died, but his wife Mary Ann is still in Ellensburg, and we had just talked to her that afternoon, asking a question about the owner of the land east of their house that has about 20 horses grazing on it. We were trying to figure out the owner, and she told us.

Our conversations could be heard through that open window, and late in our dinner, we were discussing some brusher work John is planning to do in the Spokane area with his new brusher. Beth heard the “brusher” discussion, and came around to say hello. She had been at WTA Crew Leader collage recently where they were instructed in its use. Our meals: Nancy’s Cobb salad; John’s Chicken-fried Steak.

We had taken a box of cherries to the Weirs, but they walked to the restaurant from their home, so we delivered the box of cherries back to the house and left it on the stairs.

Thurs, July 12 ° ° ° ° Happy 49th Anniversary to us

John started his day picking raspberries (about 3 pounds). Most went to the freezer. I cannot eat them because the seeds annoy me – sticking in my teeth.

Then he finished picking cherries from branches he sawed out of one of our trees yesterday. I caught them and pulled them out of the way. The second one downed was too heavy for me to lift and carry. He cut down about 4 and then came down and picked from the grounded branches.

I packed up my music and went to play at The Meadows. We had a nice turnout and played beautiful music.

Friday, July 13

John left for again at 6:40 a.m. this morning for Ira Springs Trail. It was warm by noon, but in the shade. He did a lot of brushing work today, and got home at 4:30. His first call was at 4:13 and I had only been home for a few minutes.

I slept in this morning after he left for almost another 2 hrs. I had several chores to do before leaving, and knew I needed to be at the senior center close to 11:00 a.m. I’m the volunteer designated photographer for special events, because the staff is busy setting up and serving food.

Before I left home, I needed to do a few things John would appreciate being done before he arrived home. These included interesting and unrelated things, such as finishing loading the dirty dishes and starting the dishwasher. I also had to frost a large cake he made last night, on our anniversary – a lemon cake filled with blueberries I bought frozen. I used a white frosting.

I also had to respond to a few things on the computer, and to plug in my camera to recharge the battery. I was up first at 5:30 a.m. and took care of that. Then I had to pack Rainier cherries to take along for me and some to share with the people at my table, because I knew I could not eat the mixed green salad. The senior center party was a going away party for Nicole Jones, who has working there as an AmeriCorps member for the past 10 months.

Finally, I made it to my car and drove in. Except for one long rural block (at 35 mph) and one double curve slow down to 30 mph, my trip in is at 50 mph and mostly a gentle down slope drive.

I made it a few minutes later than desired but still managed to get one parking spot away from my desired one, under the trees in shade. Mine was in shade later but not when I pulled in. I needed to be in view from the front door of the center, so I could go to the door at 12:15 to open the hatch-back of my Subaru, to allow a woman to put emptied cattle food and dog food bags in the back of my car. She accomplished that, and closed it.

The first entry is the video introduction Katrina Douglas (Director of the AAC) gave (after a phone rang and messed up the beginning of her presentation). This is most of it, minus 15 seconds:

Nicole Jones’ Going Away Party Celebrating her Last Day

Here are a couple of collages of the day for my memories:Judy admires memory photography book that Jessi Broderious, the other AmeriCorps representative this past year, created for Nicole; a page with two of me with her, and the bottom one on Valentine’s Day, has me between Nicole and Jessi; on the right, two appreciative statements, which were made. Marilyn & Curtis Rost like her Sense of Humor, and I thank her for her Funny Faces (facial expressions) and her Tech Helps (with my camera resetting date and time and teaching me how to make links to high resolution photos to send with one link (via Google Photos), to get the pictures I take at events back to a lot of folks in an easy manner.Ada and Nicole; and Nancy with Nicole fooling around at the end.

I called Nicole over to get in the picture with Ada, who is the mom of one of my students back in the 1990s, Michael Buchanan. The last photo was taken at the end of the day with as many people as we could get to stand in front of the Olympic Gold Sign with Nicole for her memories of today’s party. There were over 50 people there to celebrate and honor her. The other thing I did not record was all the comments (into a portable microphone) telling stories about what we would remember about Nicole’s entry into our lives. Included were some very funny stories, some of which Nicole didn’t even remember but many she did and enjoyed.

Almost everyone had their photo taken with Nicole in the position above, flexing muscles. Many of them were on the camera belonging to the AAC, but I have several on my camera to add to the others I took before our lunch, and during the microphone storytelling time. Those will be published on Facebook (on the Ellensburg Adult Activity page), and also I will send to the emails of the 42 AAC members for which I have addresses.

I continued the afternoon at the center, and then before our SAIL exercise class was to start, I went into the computer room to check a couple of my email accounts, and to send a note on Facebook to the gal who delivered the feed bags. I had tried to call her from the parking lot to tell her which door I parked near, but the number I normally reach her on was answered as if I was a FAX machine, with a high-pitched tone. She figured it out, when I went out before 12:15 and opening the hatch on the back of my car and she put them inside and closed the door.

After SAIL exercise class, I went to Super 1 for Chapstick, smoked turkey breast, and a head of Iceberg lettuce.

I worked a lot tonight on photos from the party today at the senior center.

I’m so far behind. Just sent out 7 jobs to my Google Groups NW Geography Jobs list and still went to bed late.

Saturday, July 15

John’s picking cherries while the temps are lower, but they are rising…up to 74 by 9:00 a.m. It got much hotter as the day progressed. John picked a bunch of Rainier cherries to take to tomorrow’s WTA trail work party with Hannah (crew leader) at Longmire, Mt. Rainier. John will be leaving quite early in the morning, no later than 4:30 a.m.

We are publishing this tonight.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan