Tuesday Night Update, the 19th

Tooth extraction Monday.

We walked in the door at about 7:05.
I went back after the procedure so the assistant, Lacey, could have two heads to explain follow-on care.
[At one point Lacey left the room and I weighed myself on their high quality scale. Winter has been good. I’ll have to stop eating.]

We came back through EBRG to buy yogurt and pick up a case of Ensure Nutrition Drink. I also had a Key Lime pie thawing.
Still, Monday was not a lot of fun for Nancy.
With doctors and nurses advising, Nancy’s blood thinner was tweaked so bleeding would be slowed. Lots of gauze and a few other tricks helped. Pain and related feelings eased some by late Monday.

Tuesday has been much better. She feels well and got some things done.
At home the sun came out and the temp popped to 40°F.
Small birds by the dozen came to the feeder and entertained her. It is now past 9 PM and the temp is down below freezing, on its way to 20. Our weather will remain cold to cool with some snow into March.
The mountains to our west will get a bunch more snow.

We had been scheduled to go to Seattle on Wednesday. Thank the Lord and Pass the Ammunition, that was rescheduled until March 11th.
Wednesday, the I-90 corridor into Seattle, and the city, are going to be a total mess with snow and cold rain. We are happy to miss that.

One manner or another, we will update again on Friday – my Not so nasty news, and then on Sunday.

Stay warm and dry.

Not so nasty news February 15

Nancy’s been very busy with setting up medical appointments, trying to coordinate with CWU regarding passwords and getting revised MS Word and other software reestablished. The last was just fixed at 5 PM today, Friday. I guess we will figure out how to finish last week’s blog, and the one expected out this Sunday. All in due course. John

Item #1: Images

Link to story is here: Cold and dark, until … (Darlene Tanner/Team Tanner Photography) 10 Feb 2019

Lacombe, Alberta, Canada About 100 miles north of Calgary
Light pillars, large beams of light which appear to be reaching up from the Earth, materialize when either natural or artificial light bounces off ice crystals suspended low in the atmosphere.
The ice crystals act like little mirrors.

Item #2: Le Grande River Music

If I knew how to play a piano I’d plan a trip. This is the sort of place I’d visit – if I traveled.
About Chisasibi

Story here: Two pianos coming

Young Cree musicians in Chisasibi
near the east shore of James Bay will be getting two new pianos to play after videos of them practicing sparked a fund raising campaign.
One of the pianos is funded locally, the 2nd one is being donated; to be shipped from the south shore of Montreal. They don’t say whether this is a road shipment or by air. I suppose such things are of interest only to me.

Item #3: Stuck

This story is a few weeks old, and while from the US, I found it on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation network. So it is on ABC, but not the ABC seen as American TV. Maybe those who watch network news have seen it.
Anyway, an adult male Bald Eagle got his tail feathers wet while he and friends were on semi-frozen Suttons Bay, west side of the lower part of Michigan.

An ice beast

A Michigan based group called Wings of Wonder (Link: WofW) arrived to help with the rescue, and later release of the bird.

Item #4: While at the ABC

Each week there are fantastic photos posted from all over Australia. If you go to this link:
OZ Photos

. . . they have 15 there as I write. This set opens with a parrot.
To the right are small images and links to spectacular photos from prior years. The set takes a few seconds to load.
You’ve got nothing better to do, so have a look.
Just above, is a baby Eastern Barred Bandicoot – a small, nocturnal marsupial.

Item #5: Good News & Bad News

So the good news is our esteemed leaders have figured out a way to keep the government open.
The bad news is our esteemed leaders have figured out a way to keep the government open.

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

Shoulder #Two

At this time my computer is balking and I’m only half done with this. If I don’t finish tonight, check back Monday afternoon. Thanks, Nancy

UPDATE #2 — MINOR we are still here –UPDATE TUESDAY PM
John says: Nancy has been busy setting up a tooth extraction and related meds because of the blood thinner.
Also she has been following friends with snow issues, and our local Snoqualmie Pass that got 53 inches, causing lots of problems up there, and stranded hundreds (locals and travelers). I’ve been moving snow and feeding horses, cats, and little birds. We have only a foot of snow and at 3:12 PM Tuesday the temp is 28°F.
All is well.
In spare moments she is still working on the blog.

Sunday, Feb 3

We published the blog just before midnight.

Monday, Feb 4

Today is the date of the death of my father when I was 14 years old and in High School in Atlanta, GA.

Komonews report – View idiots driving cars not cleaned off the windows or lights.

Go here for views of idiots driving

25 miles east of Seattle, Snoqualmie City has 9″ this morning.

From friend Sharon’s home in Seattle:Snow on the Olympics, white caps on the water (Puget Sound), and bad traveling on hilly streets in North Seattle neighborhood.

Snowing hard here – received 6” John measured and it has quit.

This afternoon at 1:30 p.m., I received a call from “Roy” – a female scheduler at UW Medical Center for our consultation with Dr. Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D. in Seattle. We are scheduled at 9:15 a.m., Wednesday, February 20th. Pray for no snow on the pass for our trip over.

Tuesday, Feb 5

John planned not to go pruning at White Heron because of cold temperatures expected to last all week there. This morning the vineyard has 19°. Yesterday, snow canceled the whole pruning team’s visit.
We went for my INR blood draw this afternoon to check if Prednisone had raised it. It was up to 5.0 (very high). My normal value is ~ 2.3.

It was after hours there (after 5:00 p.m.) when I received the reported value from lab analysis, and the orders to load up on foods (high in Vitamin K) to lower it, but I was not told I could go to Ellensburg for an injection of 5mg Vitamin K to counteract it. I’m still disturbed about that omission, when I now know they give them at the Cle Elum clinic. I was told to leave off Coumadin tonight and tomorrow night. I knew too late I couldn’t do it with food alone, and I could have gone to the hospital for an injection of 5mg of Vitamin K. I wish my doctor in Cle Elum had informed me of that possible way, instead of saying do it with food. We haven’t had much of that sort of food in the house for 9 years. Besides, the amount in food is measured in micro-grams, not milli-grams.

I spent a lot of time online creating a list of all foods that lower INR and the amounts to eat for what return. It cannot be done with food alone. Important information about Coumadin (which is Warfarin):
Warfarin is a blood-thinning drug that functions by inhibiting vitamin K–dependent clotting factors.  Vitamin K can decrease the blood-thinning effects of warfarin and will therefore lower the PT or INR value. This may increase the risk of clotting.

The triage nurse told me not to cut myself with a knife, fall and hit my head, or do anything to cause bleeding. I was in danger.

It wasn’t absolutely necessary but Allen Aronica plowed our driveway, in time for us to leave for Ellensburg for a blood draw before 2:30 p.m. Getting it plowed reduces packing and ice.

Starting from back of my parked Subaru; on out 300’ driveway

I have spent a bunch of time over the past several days to correct an error from the WSJ’s mistake at charging a higher price for my subscription. Today, I succeeded in getting through to a person on the second team to make it right (3rd person was a charm today). It is now resolved, and I have a direct line in for the future in case it should happen in a future year. I’m approved to receive the WSJ print and digital forms as a professor for $49/year. That’s hundreds of dollars below the regular rates. My current delivery was cancelled 2/5.

Wednesday, Feb 6

Temperatures various places of interest this morning include 6.7° on our front porch, 4° at 6:53, 6° – at 8:35 – 5 miles south of us at airport, and it is 12° over at White Heron, where pruning happens.

Thinking pill, not injection, I called Super 1 Pharmacy to see if they have a 5mg Vitamin K pill to take on hand if I get a prescription sent to the Pharmacy, for cases when my INR goes sky high (5.0 as on 2/5) from increase caused by the Prednisone I’m still taking for the second week. They do not have a pill 5mg of Vitamin K at Super 1 Pharmacy or at the KVCH Pharmacy or Bi-mart. Reason they don’t carry it is that it is not in demand and an expensive bottle would have to be bought for one pill by a pharmacy.

Leaving off my Coumadin Tues & Wed completely with INR being taken again on Thursday.

Went to KVH Imaging to sign and date form for pick up CD of X-rays in Cle Elum of shoulder to take to Dr. Matsen for consultation. Between 1:00 & 3:00 went to NW Orthopedics office in Ellensburg and picked up CD of 2016 X-rays of shoulder by surgeon Richard Roux. Felicia from their medical records in Yakima brought it up for me today.

Got GoodSense Moisture Tears at Bi-Mart

John got 5 items at Amazon including a wireless mouse for me to replace mine that has a crack in the case from dropping.

We got some fresh Spinach & Collard Greens for a salad, to go with turkey, apple, Jarlberg cheese, Baguette croutons seasoned. Meant to lower my INR for tomorrow’s reading. John had roast pork, beans, tomato, chili.

Temp at bedtime on front porch, 7.7°F. At airport 3°, at 10:53; 6° at 11:53.

Neighbor Louaine wants a sort of cracker we have not had, so she gave us two to try. They are loaded with Sunflower and Flax seeds, We will have to look at WalMart and/or Winco; Costco no longer has them. We liked them but the small seeds get caught in my teeth, so we probably won’t get them for home.

Thursday, Feb 7

Called Hospital Kim & asked time for her lunch and coming in for blood draw. I have to arrive at 12:15 for my blood draw check in at the front desk.
We left for town earlier than usual on Thursday to make it to the Hospital lab for my blood draw to recheck my high INR from Monday. Then from there we went to the Rehab. I sat in the audience and announced the songs to the audience, and sang along. We had a guest accordionist from Bend, OR who plays with us when she is in town visiting her parents. Katie Eberhart is her name. Her dad was at CWU when I arrived in 1988, but I’ve only met her recently. With their ageing parents, the several children come and go so someone is with Dee and Barb.

From there John drove us home and I communicated with my doctor’s office in Cle Elum, about my medications. That’s another sad story. My primary care doctor will not refill the two I have been on since JAN 28. They were slightly removing the pain. Now I have to wait until Monday to hear if he will refill the other pain pill he has been allowing me to take when I needed it. I have been very conservative, and today, he said he would not… just when I need something to tied me over until my 2/20 consultation with the shoulder surgeon in Seattle.

We came home and had to fix an early supper so we could eat and be to CWU by 6:30 to assure a place on the front row for me to videotape the proceedings. The speaker tonight was a geography major and was my student in 1992, John Stimberis.

That’s all for now.

Thanks — Nancy

Not so nasty news February 8

Taken through a multi-layer patio door; with glare.

Item #1: Roadrunner

Elise, a friend in New Jersey, sent a funny thing on Monday that has a connection to the cartoon of the Roadrunner and the Coyote.
Below is the image Elise sent:
You may find this of interest: the Looney Tune’s “ACME” Corp

{I had to skip ads in this next one.}

And here is a 20 minute compilation: Looney Tunes

Item #2: How icy is it?

On Friday morning, freezing rain covered much of Nova Scotia in ice. Watch the video in this link to see how that worked out.
Slip sliding away

Item #3: Houston, I have a problem.
This story is from the Scottish Highlands, near the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis at 4,411 feet. This is a collapsed dome of an ancient volcano, and sculpted by glaciers.
The region is lacking infrastructure such as roads and power lines, but has a natural beauty that attracts many visitors, and a few hardy folks that live off the grid. Therein is the genesis of this tale.
So, there is something called GEOS Response – Home of the IERCC in Houston Texas. Since 2007, this center has been monitoring travel safety, security services, and any other state of the art signals, including ground to satellite.
The Washington Trails teams now carry “Garmin InReach” units (as do many individuals) for when cell phone or Forest Service towers are not within reach (pun alert). Once set-up, an SOS can be sent with the press of a button. If in error, you have (I think) 20 seconds to cancel. Otherwise, things start to happen thousands of miles away, as in the case of this story.

Highland rescue

This story has a link to a community “off-grid”. Scoraig
Lots of photos, taken in Summer time.

Item #4: Snowpocalypse

Do you have enough food in your house such that you could exist for 4 days without going to a grocery store? If you don’t, and you live in the Seattle area – you are too late. This is a link to photos of grocery store shelves after the announcement that a second storm is approaching Puget Sound.
Seattle prepares

Note the photos are mostly about fresh food, or the lack thereof.
Snow is expected to arrive about Noon Friday and total about 4 to 6 inches. Schools are closing early, or not opening. News reports and officials are urging precautions and strategy for coping. All of this is good for places that hardly ever get snow and cold temperature.
Everyone ought to have a 3 day emergency stash for members of the family, however many that is. This includes water for drinking, cooking, also washing and flushing.
See here: Food

Above the word Food , click on Home to see some other things your government thinks you should be aware of. The other link is “Build a Kit/Food Preparedness” and it too is worth a look.

On Sunday, Nancy will include snow photos from South Lake Tahoe.
For us on the Naneum Fan, the forecast claims to expect between 7 to 17 inches. 7 is not a problem. 17 is a bit of a burden.
Northeastern Washington (closer to Spokane) will get less snow, maybe, and strong winds, thus drifting. Think blizzard-like conditions. Single digit cold at least for a week. That won’t be fun.

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

Shoulder One

Sunday, Jan 27

We published the blog at 10:38 p.m. after a series of computer problems.Star-studded sky shine tonight, by Evie Schuetz, taken over their playhouse in Kittitas Sunday night.

Her description is as priceless as her photo:

I thought it was extra special seeing Orion directly over the playhouse, and finding out that my brother Mike had been flying overhead on his way to Spokane around the time this photo was taken. His nickname has always been “The Shining Star,” so it seemed a bit magical.

Monday, Jan 28

My first call this morning was to the orthopedic surgeon, from Yakima, who diagnosed my left shoulder arthritis, in September of 2016. His assistant suggested I go instead to my doctor for an X-ray and a referral to a shoulder surgeon.

I got off the phone and called Patrice at the front desk in Cle Elum, WA. I knew my doctor was in the office today.

She set me up in Cle Elum for a 10:45 appointment with Dr. Norman Wood. John drove my car. We have a 45-minute drive to get there, and have to check in at 10:30 a.m.

Our drive up via I-90 was spectacular with Mt. Stuart (7,416’) reaching up above the nearby peaks of the Stuart Range backed by beautiful dark blue skies. The view cheered me through the pain I was suffering from my “fall.”

We were rushing to make my appointment, and while I had my camera along, we didn’t take time to pull off onto to the road’s shoulder to take a still shot. When I got home I wrote a request for such a photo from that location, and Lise McGowan offered me one. It is exactly the view, with added valley fog, taken last year, that she was happy to give me permission to display in our blog:Thanks, Lise McGowan, my photographer friend, for this lovely landscape view, using your talents of exposure and composure.

My appointment started on time in a part of the building we had not been in. There was a water break in the part where we normally go, and when they started work on that they found asbestos. That section is now encased in a plastic sheet.

The new exam room was nearly twice the size of what we would normally see.

I was weighed in at the least I have been in some time, 144.7#, and was ushered in for my vitals. I reported one change less in my medication list (by my cardiologist; now no Allopurinal required). Then the nurse took my blood pressure (it has been higher than usual). My pulse was up a little too, but temperature was fine. After an explanation of my problem, with my doctor, I was sent to the lab for two X-rays, and blood draw (for my normal monthly INR & K reading). That took a half hour and I returned to the examination room.

In not too long, Dr. Wood returned with the results and his suggestions. I showed him the bruise on my upper left arm. It was diagnosed from the X-ray as a strained or pulled muscle, although he thought he saw a small hairline crack at the ‘head’ of my Humerus bone, which is already a culprit for the severe arthritis I have, with bone-on-bone, bone spurs, and bone cysts. I first thought I might have broken off a bone spur with the impact. We didn’t see the X-ray, which was reviewed by my doctor and his P.A., but I will be able to get it on a CD later to review from medical records at our local hospital. (I picked it up the next day at the hospital in Ellensburg).

We drove back by Super 1 Pharmacy in Ellensburg, and I walked in for my prescriptions. They were amazingly inexpensive; both totaled $3.50. I went inside to get some water to take the first dose of each, right then.

Here is the evaluation of the X-rayed image, [provided with the CD of the image] by the Radiological Technician (Eric J. Lundstrom) at KVH: (1/29/19 10:23 am)

Reason for Exam:
(XR Humerus Min 2 Views Lt) fall

Radiology Report
Comparison: None

FINDINGS: There is no evidence of fracture, subluxation. Glenohumeral osteoarthritis with medial hypertrophic bony change in the humeral head. No radiodense foreign body or erosions. Osteoporosis.

IMPRESSION: No evidence of acute osseous abnormality.

Meanwhile, he wrote a prescription for pain using Prednisone for 6 days (Dose: 3/day for 2 days; 2/day for 2 days; and 1/day for 2 days) and Ultram for pain (an opioid) (Dose: 1-2 every 4 hours; no more than 6/day.

I’m adding two diagrams from the web to show the various parts of my shoulder involved and mentioned by my doctor, by the radiological technician in the radiology report, as well as in the informational links below.His last comment was that he is writing a referral to Dr. Frederick Matsen at University Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Matsen is the head person, but may (or may not) do my surgery. John and I will make that appointment to discuss my situation. Perhaps medical technology has improved the procedure since 2016, when it was recommended (by my then Cardiologist) that I not consider it for the life-threatening possibility of complete sedation with my heart issues. Or, maybe they can provide a superior local to get me through the surgery without endangering my life. My Primary Care Doctor had his own complete shoulder replacement done by this same surgeon in 2017.

Below is an exciting (to me, anyway) biographical description of him. I like it that he is interested in outdoor recreation and music, and in performing less invasive surgery.

Dr. Matsen Biography

Below is a video of ~ 28 minutes
It’s a close-up Look – Not for the faint of heart or someone who doesn’t want to see blood. This is a very informative presentation, so a person knows exactly what will be done during their surgery. It was done a few years ago, so there maybe some changes.

Close-up of an Actual Shoulder Surgery

Dr. Richard Matsen has a blog on line (see link below). It has over 1 million followers!

Dr. Matsen’s Blog

This is a short, one minute, 12 second, statement by Dr. Matsen explaining their team’s different procedures of regular and reverse shoulder replacement. Just a discussion; no diagrams.

Short Arthritic Shoulder Replacement Description

Here’s an informative write-up (discussion with photos) of Shoulder Joint Replacement from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

AAOS- Shoulder Joint Replacement

A one minute, nice video of the procedure, by arthritis health (click on the triangle to the left of the title on the video):

Animation of Shoulder Replacement

I have more than enough reading material to digest before going to our consultation with Dr. Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D.

Tuesday, Jan 29

John left early for pruning at White Heron.

I have now, this morning, restarted uploading this video from Nick on the Rocks, the last of the programs Thursday night 1/24/19, published in last week’s blog. On the original upload, the blue screen of death appeared right at the finish of the couple hour upload, saying my PC had problems and was being restarted. When it returned, I had a message from YouTube that the link was still uploading and I would be able to refresh and continue. That never happened – would not allow it. I was so busy dealing with my shoulder issues yesterday that I never had time to get out and delete the bad file to reload under a different title.

When it is working, I will correctly update the new link in last week’s blog, but meanwhile I had to notify those few folks I’d already sent the bad link to. I have now re-sent the corrected link on the blog, with the revised update, as follows:

New Upload – Great Ripples of the Scablands

I dressed to go to KVH to sign for and pick up (no cost) my shoulder X-rays on a CD that were taken yesterday. Then we went to the AAC center to pick up winter boots left for me there by my friend, Anne, from her time at the community clothing exchange. It is open on Saturday, but we did not want to drive in just for these. Used winter boots given to me.

Also we went for purchases at Bi-Mart and to Super 1 for needed groceries. Lastly, we drove by a friend’s house who was returning my loaned rice bag, because her family bought her one. I was happy to receive it back to be able to be able to alternate heat and iced ones on my shoulder joint. The one heats up in 2 minutes in the microwave but cooling the other takes a lot longer in the freezer.

Wednesday, Jan 30

John left early for pruning at White Heron.

Called Cle Elum regarding values of my INR & K drawn there Monday, 1-28-19, the same time and lab in Cle Elum, when the X-rays were taken.

Page did the draw and filled the blood vials for each, to send to KVH lab for analysis (I doubted it was in time to connect with the courier until Tuesday morning, so I predict it won’t get delivered until Tuesday afternoon, for access, analysis, and the radiological evaluation report not accessible until Wednesday. We had to return to Ellensburg for my two meds, and in hindsight, I should have sped up the process by carrying it by the lab. All the staff knows me well there.

I planned to stay home all day Wednesday, so I was available for the reporting. The nurse only has access to the blood tests results, however, and not to the X-ray evaluation.
Page (the Cle Elum phlebotomist) also put a drop on the pin prick machine and got a reading of 3.2. I’m never comfortable with that method because of the calibration often not agreeing with the blood draw results; however, it was confirmed to be the same.

Then Samantha updated Dr. Wood’s standing order in the system with Diane’s help. I guess it had expired, but now is fixed.

I was hurting worse yesterday, but maybe because I was feeling better this morning I did too many things too soon with the left arm. I drove to town today Tuesday, to see if I could drive. I have not been driving since before the fall/and jamming my shoulder and apparently straining, pulling, or stretching? my shoulder muscles. I have a bruise too, on the top front probably from hitting the metal on the bottom of a flipped-up theater seat, which I must have hit on my way down to the riser where it was connected, and the spot I ended up sitting, facing forward. A young student was next to me and pulled me up by my right arm. John was in front of me, because I was behind him with one camera on the tripod and one hand-held from the seat above on the riser. I could not drive home, so we switched seats for the return trip.

Thursday, Jan 31

Missed knowing about this in time to view early a.m. to the east. Link to story is below:

Moon joins Venus and Jupiter

We had noticed the proximity of two planets over the past few nights.

John went to prune grapes. It was cold.

I called for Lacey, the triage nurse in Cle Elum. Needed to have her consult with my doctor about refilling orders to get me through the weekend to be at Super 1 Pharmacy this afternoon, just the Tramadol and 3 Tablets of 50mg of Prednisone.
John drove to town alone. He will pick up the rest on Monday, late in the day.

I called Dr. Richard Roux’s local number 925-4114 about my request for the 2016 September X-rays to be sent to the shoulder surgeon referral in Seattle. Shelly transferred me to Medical Records in their Yakima office.
Felicia there suggested getting them out for me to carry with me to Dr. Matsen, when I go for my consultation. She will be coming to the Ellensburg office next Wednesday, and I can pick up there between 1:00 and 3:00 at the NW Orthopedics clinic, saving me a trip to Yakima. That made me very happy.

If you are interested in shoulder health updates, let me know. I’ll email them too, if preferred, or if you want off the update list, let me know that too. I won’t be offended.

Friday, Feb 1

Went to Ellensburg for 3 more tablets of Prednisone for Monday’s a.m. dose. Go back in afternoon to receive and pay for the entire purchase, and pick up the remaining 6 tablets.

From there, we went to Fred Meyer for special prices on Red Baron pizza, getting the allowed 5 ($1.99/each), and then 10 bottles of Gatorade for a price of 69₵ each. Places such as this are expecting folks to have smart phones and ‘texting’ so as to encourage “engagement” with them. We do neither except when an ad in the newspaper shows a sale on something we want. Then the clerk has to go through extra steps because we do not have a digital coupon.

On home by 3:00. We had a nice warmed piece of Kirkland fruit cake from the freezer that John had cut up from a December purchase at Costco.

Saturday, Feb 2

Morning fog filling the Kittitas Valley and engulfing Ellensburg.
The photo is from the highway camera near the ridge top, about 2,300 feet.

We live on the far side of the fog. We had minimal fog at our location, so the sun was streaming through. We enjoy our home’s elevation (2,240’) because we frequently get sun when the fog starts a mile or so south of us.

We read the morning paper too late to get into a show at the Planetarium at Science II building at CWU. This article announces it (we are friends with Bruce Palmquist, the columnist from our days in Lind Hall with the Physics and Geology departments). His column is in the Saturday paper. Because of monetary concerns, this year they stopped publishing the Daily Record on Fridays, and combine the two days to come out on Saturday.
In the Thursday part of the above, Bruce mentions the planets shown in the image I’ve included above.

Sunday, Feb 3

There is a 7 lb. rolled pork roast in a slow oven. Dinner and beyond. This one has been in the freezer since an end-of-year gathering of the music group was cancelled in 2017. John figured it was time.

Brunch for me was sausage, eggs, toast, and peaches. John had toast much earlier, so now had just sausage and peaches. Afternoon snack, warmed Fruitcake.
Dinner: Roast pork with mushroom/onion gravy, carrots, tomatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, and slices of a Honeycrisp apple. Now the left-overs have to be cared for.

Our weather is getting colder, such that after Monday we won’t get above freezing for several days. The cold is moving into the Seattle are too, and they may get snow at sea level. Meanwhile, friends down at South Lake Tahoe are goings to get snow 2 or 3 feet deep. Above 7,000 feet in the nearby mountains there may be 8 feet of snow. Yikes!

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

Not so nasty news February 1

Item #1: Extra legs

The comb-crested Jacana

We know this is male because “Once the female lays the eggs she disappears and goes off partying with other males and leaves the male to incubate the eggs.”
That’s not nice.
However, the males seem to be quite smart. Having sensed his chicks were in danger, he tucked them under his wings and carried them around. The chick’s dangling legs are about all one can see of them. At one site, this is described as the male signals to the chicks and the chicks will disappear under his wings. That is, they tuck themselves.
How many chicks do they have at a time? How big can they be and still get under there? Do they push each other around in the process?
So many questions.

Item #2: RIP Ron Joyce

He was 88. The story begins in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia where the French River meets the embayment of the Waugh River flowing into the Bay. Born in 1930, and leaving at age 15, Roy had a long and interesting life. His first food action was in owning a Dairy Queen.
He was the first franchisee of Tim Horton’s coffee shops, and when the baseball player was killed in a car crash, Ron eventually bought out the owners and began an expansion.
The story is here: Canadian above all else
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Item #3: Ice
Note: Sister Peggy lives near Cleveland.
This funny looking map has some things on it you can ignore.
The interesting part is the patch of blue between Erie and Buffalo. I almost missed Cleveland at the lower left.
Over the past few days, with intense cold in the region, that blue patch has been getting smaller. Today, February 1st, that bit of blue disappeared. Lake Erie surface water is more than 90% covered by ice, that’s the red. Likely now that the wind has dropped and changed direction, the roughness of the water has dropped and the broken ice will fill in to total. The wind change was at about 6 PM on Thursday. But temps are rising fast.
The significance of this for Cleveland and Erie is (a) Lake Effect snow will not be happening (until open water comes back), and (b) the water is not there to help moderate the temperature, so no help from that direction. That won’t matter much.
The wind – very little tonight – is more from the south, temperatures are rising, and will be in the low 50s by Monday.
Other places in the mid-West have had much colder temperature than Cleveland, and will have about a 70 degree change – Wednesday night (30th) to Sunday afternoon.

Here on the Naneum Fan, our weather is getting colder. After Monday, we won’t get above freezing for a week.
Seattle may get snow.
South Lake Tahoe may get 3 feet. Friends there.

Item #4: Not so nice

Washington’s Clark County – southwest near Portland OR – is the center of a measles outbreak. As of today, there are 42 confirmed cases and 7 more being investigated. So far it is known that 37 (with 31 under age 10) were not immunized.
Visitors to the area have now carried the disease back to Hawaii.
State law is permissive about vaccinations. Perhaps, that policy is going to change.
A bill was introduced to the WA House

Item #5: incongruity?
I’m not sure I’ve got the correct word, but close enough. Back in March of 2000, a British newspaper had an article with this in it:

However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

Since then there have been several UK winters with severe weather — with snow.
The latest is this week.
Snow to continue

So the question is, when David Viner said “within a few years”, what did he mean? What’s your definition of “a few”?

The video at the link shows a snowy road in Basingstoke. This is a town about 40 miles southwest of London.
Part of the problem is that, in fact, these areas do not get much snow, and do not prepare for it the way, say northern cities in the U. S., would do.

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

Pictures Week

Sunday, Jan 20 Total Lunar Eclipse

John’s working on editing my addition to the blog, after feeding and walking the cats and dog.

Brunch of eggs, sausage, oranges, strawberries, and toast.

I managed to publish the blog at 2:37 p.m. while John napped. He does the majority of tasks required to publish it. He edits my treatise, and then I proof his; he puts that text into WordPress commands, adds the photos, and I proof again, mainly for spacing and checking links.

We experienced an exciting night watching the solar eclipse when the clouds parted. We only had a 15% chance of seeing it, and we saw the whole show. We were on the phone with a friend and her son watching from their house window in Ellensburg. We had to step out on our porch. Other friends lower in the valley were not as fortunate and had a near ground fog.

Here is an awesome photograph by Lise McGowan from her vantage point in Badger Pocket, southeast of us, at an elevation of 1965’. We are at 2240’ on the opposite side of the valley.Permission granted to publish on our blog. More to come below.

Monday, Jan 21 MLK Day

This morning before I was up at sunrise, Lise McGowan, was watching the full moon set in the valley and captured this awesome photograph: (top) with my sunrise on the bottom tier.
Top photo by Lise McGowan; looking west toward Mt. Rainier
bottom by Nancy; looking southeast toward Denver

Staying home today to tend to projects. Filing first. Empty dishwasher. I paid the annual Long Term care insurance bill, Natural History bill with a new provider to save $10/yr.

John made a brunch of omelet (ham, cheese, red & yellow peppers, mushrooms), & home fries, with toast.

I sent out a message about Hearthstone, seeking count for chairs. Checked gas prices. Otherwise, a slow day.

Tuesday, Jan 22

We went by 7-11 to find the gasoline price for $2.57. We got it and saved money (3 ₵/gallon), over buying in Yakima at Costco, very unusual.

From there we went by the Church Community Clothing Bank to trade my size 6 men’s boots for the size I tried on that fit, size 8. They were no longer still there, so I’m hoping another pair will be donated later. I left the smaller ones there. See below, Saturday.

We headed to Yakima for the 6,000 mile service on the Crosstrek.
I went by Bi-Mart to check numbers and get some Tussin DM max. John’s “travel box” has knife and scissors so he got the plastic safety wrap off when we got to the Subaru dealer. I took a dose there. I’m getting better, but still have the lingering cough.

After the non-event car gig, we went to Costco for lunch, and to pick up a 10-pack of blue shop towels for a neighbor, and found Ziploc bags on sale, so got a box each of 2 types.

From the rest area on the hill, I called the lady who had some new underwear to give me. She lives a few miles south of Kittitas on Cleman Rd. She was ready at her front door to hand me the bags, and I met her for the first time and thanked her. There are nine pairs of panties: 4 cotton and 5 nylon ones. They are brand new—never been used I don’t know the rest of the story. We almost bought a house on that road, back in 1989.

Almost home through the snow, approaching our driveway, we saw a Bald Eagle in a tree. The first photo I made was from the car when John backed into the driveway. The snow on his back is obvious. Then we made a circle in a neighbor’s drive and slowly came back. I got a photo from the other direction. The snow was hitting my camera lens, and if we zoom in on the high resolution image, his right eye looks cloudy, or maybe I caught him blinking. We’ll never know.John altered the color on the left, trying to get his head to show against the cloudy sky.

It’s 8:00 and probably has snowed two inches. Hopefully, it won’t keep snowing until tomorrow morning. I have to leave at 10:50 for the Food Bank music.

Wednesday, Jan 23

Another EvieMae photo:North side of Craig’s Hill this morning by Evie Schuetz. This hill is a high point in Ellensburg, remaining from a 10 Million year old riverbed surface. It has interweaving silts, sands, and gravels.

John was up early shoveling and cleaning the snow from things.

Food bank & SAIL were on my agenda today.

We played our music and ate. Then on my way to exercise class, I stopped by a family’s house and picked up a large bag of bubble wrap I will give to a neighbor a few miles south and east of here. Also picked up my prescription at Super 1 and a head of lettuce. Then by the bank to deposit two checks. 25 years ago we were in the bank about twice a week. Now it’s twice a year.

I came home to work on a few projects, and at 5:00 p.m. I was so tired, I lay down for a power nap, and slept an hour.

John fixed leftover meatloaf, potatoes, and carrots, and added butternut squash to the mix for supper.
He went to bed before I did. I am ready to go now.

Charged up my Nikon and Exilim camera batteries for tomorrow.

Thursday, Jan 24

Checked the battery on the voice amplifier; it’s fine. Charlie will use it to lead the singing and call out the names of the songs.
This afternoon is Hearthstone music; 12 people are coming.

Tonight is Nick Zentner’s 3rd Premiere of “Nick on the Rocks”, his ~4/5 minute series describing landscapes of Washington. Our planning (feeding animals and ourselves) for the day had to include getting to CWU before a long line formed.
I stopped by on the way home for an Angus steak from the Palace that we shared for supper. It was the restaurant’s birthday gift to John; having to be claimed before next Thursday.

John just sent this link below to his sister in Ohio and a cousin in PA. This is about the cold approaching Chicago. I wonder how it will be when that air gets to Ohio & PA. Expected in the first week of February.

LINK: Cold coming

He’s been looking at cold temperatures predicted next week, and it will be very low and moving on to the east. We once knew a person with an outhouse for his bathroom in Fergus Falls, MN where it will be -36°F, next week.

Our major event this week is displayed below in full from my old Exilim camera on a tripod we carried to the viewing. The whole proceeding was over an hour. Below are shorter segments for each of the six “programs”, that have me trying to get better views.The entire evening: (pull the start back to the beginning)

Nick Zentner: Season 3, Premiere, Nick on the Rocks

We made it to the SURC to Nick Zentner’s 3rd Premiere, Nick on the Rocks.  I drove my car with my Emeritus Parking sticker, my retirement gift in place of a gold watch, and worth more and much more useful for going on the CWU campus for events. We got to the beginning of the line for the doors to open at 7:00 p.m.

I was planning on videotaping with two cameras, one on a tripod and one handheld.  It was with Nick’s permission and happiness, because he shares my stuff with his mom back in Wisconsin who otherwise would be in the audience. I spoke to him at the start before the proceedings began, and he told me how much his mom appreciated the gift. It also helps Nick and the producers to hear the audience feedback from each program segment.

We had set up the tripod in the back of the room, and I planned to sit on the back row of seats that is up on a riser with my other camera I would handhold to follow Nick around the room to speakers with questions and comments for him to answer as well as to capture each separate program.

I turned on the camera on the tripod at the start, and handheld my other for capturing the comments prior to the lights dimming and the previewing of the PBS TV short pieces, averaging ~5 minutes. My intent was to isolate the Q & A after each segment.

The first part was the longest as it included Linda Schactler’s nice introduction to the PBS series and to Nick. He then introduced the first program and both are on the first segment, which lasted for 12 minutes.

When I stepped back to sit in my chair (in the upstairs theater on the back right row). I missed the step up to my chair and fell on my left arm. I jammed it into my shoulder. The tripod camera kept filming, but thankfully there was no noise and I was not in the view.   My other camera was in my right hand and didn’t get hurt. I kept filming with my right hand only, because my left arm would no longer reach up. That meant I could not drive home, but John took over the duties.

Linda Intro & Nick–Ice Age Mystery of Lake Lewis

Q & A on Lake Lewis

Steamboat Rock & drone, Buddy

Q & A on Steamboat in the Desert

The Goldilocks Miracle of the Palouse

Q & A on Palouse w/ Chris Smart Again

Puget Sound Exotic Terranes

Q & A Exotic Terranes

Ghost Forest – Copalis River

Q & A Ghost Forest

More Q & A on Ghost Forest

Giant Ripples in the Scablands

I seriously doubt any of our blog readers want to get the full story of my LEFT shoulder diagnosis (severe arthritis), but if so here is the link back to September of 2016 when it was documented with photos discussing my situation and X-rays by Dr. Richard Roux with annotated pictures and all his discussion he allowed me to video and transcribe. I know I have a few new readers since this appeared.

“Bone-on-bone” by Orthopedic Surgeon”

I plan to request an appointment for a consultation this Monday, with Dr. Richard Roux, if I can get squeezed into his schedule. I am not better and need to have his opinion. Right now my arm is nearly useless, and painful. Maybe I need to go back to PT with Natalie Joyce for gentle stretching to regain my R-O-M.

Friday, Jan 25

Because of a miss-step last night, I’m staying home today with my injured shoulder. I cannot lift my left arm up to the front, and am unable to drive or do many normal living tasks.

So, today, I have cancelled all away from home activities. I’ll be missing the CWU Scholarship luncheon, the event at the AAC I was supposed to photograph, and was looking forward to joining in on the Wheel of Fortune game. The big wheel was constructed by the local high school shop class into a smaller version.

Here are photographs Roxanne sent me from the event, Wheel of Fortune; Game On! It was always my favorite game show and I wanted so much to be there.Another two of Evie Schuetz’s photos: Evie’s gorgeous colors of the twilight on the Stuart Range from Manastash Hill. It is 50 miles across to the mountains.The view an hour later.

Saturday, Jan 26

John did the morning livestock feeding and I took care of the cats.

I received an early email to come by the clothing center for a replacement pair of winter boots, that would replace the wrong size I returned this week. Luckily, my friend was going in to volunteer time this morning and picked them up for me.
Brunch was a pecan pancake with strawberries, egg, and sausage.

I continued working on video uploads, and other emails.

Gerald Gordon’s birthday today! And he has no email to receive an animated Jacquie Lawson card. So I called and sang,
♫♪♪♫♪♪ Happy Birthday, Gerald! ♪♪♫•**•..

Today’s Lise McGowan photo (Stuart Range behind)This is located on Umptanum Rd. Note there are white wind towers to the left of the barn, on the hillside behind.

For more information, check this link:

Over 100 Barn Quilts in Kittitas County

Lise’s description of her photo: I enjoyed my drive through the backroads of Kittitas Valley. Came across several of the Barn Quilts. The quilt pattern selected to be placed on the barn has a special family story telling of ranching and farming and the women who quilted. Lise presented the above link for her readers.

I knew the couple who started that project in our county. Jacky & Gary Fausett. I knew them through musical connections. Jacky played the Bass Fiddle and Gary a guitar. They honchoed a Bluegrass Jam Sunday afternoons at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange for two years, which I don’t believe I ever missed. John went along too, and we always donated cookies or fruit. The Grange provided the coffee and space. We also know some of the others who helped with the painting and hanging.

Sunday, Jan 27

Today has been a non-event day. John did some reading while I worked on this, and some other computer chores.
We have a piece of fancy carrot cake for desert, when we get this posted.

We are watching (on the computer) the cold air flow from the Arctic region, across Canada, and into the northern tier of States. Where sister Peggy lives, near Cleveland, the Wednesday night low is expected to be -11°F.

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

Silver Frost → melted

Sunday, Jan 13

We are staying home today. Finishing the blog late afternoon and left out writing about yesterday’s dinner, so I’ll tell you now. Last night we had a wonderful Crockpot Pot Roast that John started before 9:00 a.m. and we ate it (oh! So tender) 12 hours later. He put in tomatoes, a small white onion (his) for flavor, and carrots later in the afternoon. We had a broiled piece of sourdough roll with butter and Parmesan cheese and slices of Gravenstein apples we got from Bob & Suzy West in Yakima.

This morning I was doing several morning chores on the computer and found the link (below under the picture) to the quarterly program for the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center (AAC) – our “Senior Center” open to folks over 50, and younger for people in need of exercise, or wheelchair bound. $40 a year is the best deal in the country for such centers, and we have the best! Normally, the paper copy hangs on our refrigerator for reference, but this will be handy for my access on the computer.

Several of our music group made it into the Program for Jan – Apr, 2019. This was from our playing patriotic music at the Veterans’ Day Recognition program.A few members of the Fiddlers & Friends are in the lower photos on the program page.

Click on the link below, and Go to page 6 to reach the AAC program for January through April.

Quarterly Activities & Events-AAC

Monday, Jan 14

This cactus is one of three that Nancy Thompson Small has in Christmas, FL. We were school buddies from long ago. Her father owned the business next door to my home on Piedmont Rd. in Atlanta, GA. The office was Thompson & Street, Contractors, housed in a big old house where we had families living, previously. We enjoyed them. Their front yard became a parking lot, and the house was on an incline above ours. Memories.

I notified our music group about adding “That’s Amore” to the end of our playlist for Jan/Feb, and I sent out the request for a fast return of planned attendance. For once, I have responses before the last minute. Planning for armless chair count is getting more difficult with more players in the group. Some places we are quite limited on space.

I was not feeling well enough this morning to go to the Silver Sneaker’s exercise class, so stayed home and had lunch before we drove to town to the foot doctor. That’s on a 3-month schedule, only on Mondays, because that’s the only day of the week the staff of Cascade Foot & Ankle drives up from Yakima.

Tuesday, Jan 15

We drove to Yakima again this week to have my Subaru serviced for oil & lube, the first activity in a long day.

We left home at 9:15 for Stewart Subaru, and actually got there through the fog and frozen frost (providing pretty road scenes) by a little after 10. They took us in early and it was a good thing, because north of Brickmill Rd on our way in, a special I (for information) light came on the dash display in yellow in my 2014 Forester, saying “Hill Start Assist Light is on.” We were stopping at a stop sign on a flat surface, so had no clue what it was trying to tell us. John was driving my car. We left it running so they could see what the notice said. It turned out to be a “failed brake light switch” that manages several things on an automobile. Luckily, our warranty covered the replacement part, diagnosis, and technical support. Such work can cost over $100. Our oil change, lube, multi-point inspection, and tech services are covered on our contract every 6-7,000 miles. The only added cost we have had to pay is for replacing inside air filters, but none were needed this round.

We went on to Costco for shopping for only a few items, having been there last Tuesday. We had lunch and then came home by way of a stop at the rest stop on Manastash Hill, for a view of the beautiful hoar frost on the vegetation. We prefer calling it silver frost. You’ll see some of my photos and a video below. On the way into the rest area, I took the top photo through John’s window, and the bottom photo once he parked and I walked around for close-ups and also to capture the video below. A couple for memories with this as my favorite; don’t miss clicking on the video next.

Silver Frost – Manastash Hill Rest Area

This overlook provides viewing across Kittitas Valley and the Stuart Mountain range beyond, more than 50 miles. We went down the hill to Ellensburg for 3 stops. The stop with a present for us, was at Bi-Mart to check our membership card number. We didn’t win a big prize, but the last number of our membership is “1” and that gave us a bottle of apple/mango (100% fresh juice) non-alcoholic sparkling beverage for free, normally $2. Interestingly, while looking at the receipt I noticed I had gotten two more pair of socks in a different color from what I previously bought 3 days ago, and was charged full price for them. They were marked down to 50% off, and the sign was still there today, so I grabbed two colors I did not have. I was charged full price for them, and looked back at my old receipt to find the problem. I’ll take both socks (tomorrow) and a pair bought Jan 12 to show them to get my $2.99 refund. I should have been charged $1.50/pair.

It was a tiring day, but I’m finally home and sitting down with heat on my back and resting. I took some more of the cough syrup, Tussin DM Max, and we’ll see if it releases more phlegm. It’s still doing a good job, but I’m ready for it to be over and finished cleaning it out. John’s (sympathetic) cough has returned too, but his is not the same as mine. His is just a minor irritation at the top/back of his mouth cavity (aka, in Latin cavum oris. Who knew?

Now, John’s out to feed the horses, taking all the dog and cats along with him. They keep good track of him but stay away from the horses. He’ll probably go get the mail and paper, if it is there, and close the gate, to barely be back before dark.

Wednesday, Jan 16

I still need to finish the photos & AAC New Years Chinese videos and send to Google photos – needs an early morning send up before I leave at 12:45. It’s supposed to snow here 2 to 4”. We got at least 4”.

Today is music and lunch at the food bank. I arrived early in town to pick up a package of Oxygen Home Unit filters and cannulas donated by a friend in Thorp for a friend’s wife I was going to see today. I got a parking space in front of two of the staff cars, right at the front door. Took all my stuff in, checked in, and then went to retrieve the music stands and the chairs to set up. I had help from one of the staff there, because it was early enough that people weren’t yet checking in for lunch.

We started early so got in 40 minutes of music to an appreciative audience. We had several singers, two guitars, banjo, harmonica, and my fiddle, plus a client with drumsticks on a box. We are quite the group. Then afterwards we had lunch. I always take my own salad, but today, I had a cup of nice washed red grapes and a small piece of carrot cake, along with a cup of fruit punch. I passed on the pasta, bread, dark green salad, and packages of slivered almonds and cranberries. However, I delivered some of our candied Carpathian walnuts to two ladies (one is our banjo player), and the other had brought John a box full of almonds, still in their outer shells. The box was a Priority Mail box 6” on a side. She plans to bring more next Wednesday. John will probably shell them, and make Candied Roasted Almonds. That lady (Karen) was the winner at the AAC Christmas party of my gift for exchange, and you have previously seen her photo with the gift. She often comes to the FISH Food Bank to hear our music and eat lunch with us. She had told me several weeks ago how much she loved the candied walnuts and told Evelyn she wished she had some of hers left to share with her. So John had to make some more. He thinks there are about 3 pounds left from the 2017 crop in the freezer. The 2018 crop are in boxes, still. Shelling and freezing these is on the “to do” list.

He has been able to get outside some, and there is always something to do. He has taken some of the old Cottonwood pieces (fireplace size) up to the county road, piled it along the fence, and put a “Free Firewood” sign on a post. He has done this before – about 4 cart loads totaling about 16 cubic feet. Some local convenience stores sell small packages (<1 cu. ft.) for $5.99. Who buys that, and why is a mystery. Anyway, both times he has done this, the small pile is gone in about 3 days. He's got another batch to take.

Tonight we are alerted to possibly be receiving 2-4” of snow. I have to go play music tomorrow afternoon.

I left the Food Bank and went to the AAC for my SAIL class. I participated, including taking the test which will be retaken later to compare progress, on walking, standing from a sitting chair, doing a number of bicep curls with weights, and then filling in some paperwork, and responding to a survey on activities, and your habits related to balance and about things to prevent falling. We noticed there is a push in the medical community to raise awareness and counsel us old folks, so we don’t hurt ourselves.

From SAIL class, I went to the pharmacy and picked up my Entresto prescription, and turned in a new refill needed next week. Short stop by Bi-Mart to receive my over payment for socks yesterday. I was right; it was their mistake. I gave them two pennies and walked out with my $3.25.

Once home, I called Kittitas County public health for Tim Roth, about bacterial iron in our well. He was not in (sick), but they’re expecting him tomorrow. So, I’ll call in the morning and ask him the question about whether that is something we should worry about for our health. Our drinking water comes through a special filtering system under the sink. The gal that answered (I didn’t get her name), told me about coming by for a kit, to set up the test vial (from our faucet) for a lab in Yakima, and then we take it back to the health department before 11:00 daily for it to be sent by courier to the lab. It has a $25.00 charge. When we get the results, Holly in their office will review and tell us options we have. We know it is in the water system, so that’s not the question. The question is, is it a $6,000 problem – because that is what Culligan wants for an installed solution.

Thursday, Jan 17

We awoke to 4” of snow. John has shoveled pathways and the road should be plowed by the time I leave today for town. Birds in front and back are happily eating. Our wonderful neighbor, Allen, came down and plowed our 300’ driveway. What a gift! He backs in (twice) and drags the snow out. He was off to a neighbor’s place before we got out to thank him, so I did that on the internet. John has cleaned up the few spots the big tractor can’t get to.

Called my friend this morning, the nurse at the Kittitas County Health Department to ask about the bacterial iron in our well water. It is not detrimental to our health, and certainly not worth $6,000 to have Culligan set up a removal system to keep our toilet bowl from marking. John has been reading articles from several States about the problem.

Going in to Pacifica today. I plan to join the group only to play, not talk or sing which might start my coughing. Others in the group will handle the announcing and intros.
We had a large turnout of players: Nancy, Renee, Charlie, Evie, Amy, Kevin, Manord, Marilyn & Maury, Charlotte, Dean, Tim, and Minerva. Our audience was pleased to have us there and made many appreciative comments at the end.

Friday, Jan 18

I made an appointment for John’s Crosstrek 2016 for his regular oil change and lube, with a check over. That will happen next Tuesday. Brunch was a large pancake with blueberries and pecans, topped by strawberries, with sausage on the side.

I stayed home today to work on projects (getting license tabs, and paying bills), setting up Amazon purchase for a friend using our Prime card for free shipping, computer issues and resting to rid myself of this cough. The Tussin DM max still seems to be doing the job of getting the mucus from my lungs. John fed the horses, shoveled some snow off the roof over part of the patio to keep splashing onto the windows from happening.

I finished finally getting 3 videos and all pictures onto the Google Photos site today from the Jan 4th Chinese New Year’s Party. Here is the link.

Chinese New Year’s Party at the AAC, 1/4/19

Renewed Crosstrek license tabs. Emptied dishwasher.

Supper was a stew/soup with beef cooked for over 8 hours, carrots, lentils, onions, veggies, mushrooms, and Italian spices. I had Cheez-its on mine and he had Frito corn scoops on his. For dessert we had a piece of pecan pie.

Saturday, Jan 19

We plan to go to Briarwood, to drop me and all my stuff off, and then John will check out the CWU Surplus Sale and go get some groceries, while I’m playing music with 9 others from our crew. Then he’ll come back for a bowl of ham & bean soup, with salads and sides, cookies, fudge, lemon bars, and German-made Hazelnut Coconut Cream candies from the ladies to thank us for coming to play. I have no pictures of the food spread today, but it was substantial and colorful. We didn’t need any supper, but had to try the pie (see below) baked in the morning.

I have gotten a load of dishes finally started after several sink-fulls of soaking. Now working again on the blog and adding some touches to the music.
I just tried to do something with some music that went awry today, and found a problem with the key on a song we have been doing wrong for 3 weeks. I spent too much time tonight trying to figure it out so now I’m back, leaving it until after I finish my part of the blog.

We have a choice of two desserts tonight, one from yesterday (pecan pie) and a blueberry-apple pie John made this morning. I think we’ll have a sliver of each, and call it a night. And we will freeze the part of today’s left over after two pieces. John’s Blueberry- Apple creation:
Soft apples cut to the size of the blueberries, sugar and cinnamon glaze on top.

On our way to and back from town, and out in front of our neighbor’s house, we saw Bald Eagles in the trees. I did not have a camera along, so I’m ending with a photo collage from a friend south of town, Keith Kleinfelder of photos in his side yard.Photos by Keith Kleinfelder, south off Canyon Road.

Sunday, Jan 20

We awoke to a touch of snow overnight and now it’s coming down again. That’s about all, mostly it is just gray and slightly above freezing. Ground fog is around, but not here at home. We have no place to go today or tomorrow, so that’s a nice reprieve.

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


Today, I’ll start with a photo (the left one, below) sent to me by our bass guitar player, Sharon Jenson, from her husband, Jack — The view is of the Northeast Face of Mount Rainier and the White River Valley from 6,960 feet high Silver Queen Mountain (pictured above) near Crystal Ski Area. Jack likes to ski, and Crystal Mountain is the largest ski resort in the State and accessible from the Seattle area. Seattle is to the right from this line between the mountain tops.Silver Queen is 13.5 miles from the peak of Mount Rainier. A National Park road goes along the left of the river to about as far as it shows, then crosses and splits, going to 2 access points. The green hump in the middle with snow covering the top is called Goat Island Mountain. John has worked on trails within this area, including one coming up from the western base of the Ski Area. It reaches two small lakes, and is called Crystal Lakes Trail.
On the right (above), Rascal Cat is stalking Doug, the Douglas Squirrel having a breakfast of Black Oil Sunflower seeds. Doug is on the board, upper left. The squirrels are cute, small, noisy, and a pain. They store black walnuts in our insulation in the shed, and compete with John for his Carpathian walnuts, which we enjoy so much and don’t wish to share with him. Once they cleaned walnuts under the hood of one of our vehicles.

Monday, Jan 7

Awoke, still coughing. I will go to town today for a few errands, but our Silver Sneakers class doesn’t resume until Jan 14, so I will finish up the photos from the Chinese New Years’ party, put on a flash drive, and take by to the AAC for their records. I did that and captured the ones from their camera too. Found one with John in it that I missed. A bunch went outside to burn the paper on which they had written 2018/2019 notes. This seems to be a 3rd day event for the new year.

I drove by the Flying J to pick up boots and winter shoes Ann Draper gave me. I did need to go out the back patio door just before dark and my slippers have a hole in the bottom, so I used the black shoes. They were perfect, fit perfectly, and supported my foot in the yard and on the gravel. I’m anxious to try on the felt lined winter boots and the other green shoes. I’m sure they will be awesome, but I really don’t want to take all, or if so, I want her to let me know if she ever wants them returned. Upon follow-up contact, she told me to keep them all.
In return I gave her husband a pair of YakTrax I had so he could descend Manastash Trail when he was coming downhill on slippery slopes as a few days prior.

I see the new Dr. Kim, cardiologist, Tuesday. I have been working tonight to organize all my questions. I summarized values from a Basic Metabolic Panel. I don’t have records back to Nov 2017 to compare with the Uric Acid blood test from then. I have been working on medical record history from lab tests back to Mar 2018, at the local hospital KVH.

Tuesday, Jan 8

About an hour before heading out the door for Yakima, we got a call. The Heart Center had a cancellation – could we fill that slot? We said yes, and drove just a bit aggressively, as the roads were in good shape. We were lucky with the lights at 16th Avenue intersections. Got there 2 minutes early, rather than 2 minutes late. I had called to tell them how close we were and that we expected to get there just on time.

It was snowing here, and on the tops of the ridges, but slowed down for a small time, and then started back more. We got to Yakima with 2 inches of snow having fallen, and still snowing; Roads were wet. We made it in time, and while the travel both ways was unpleasant, the doctor’s visit was encouraging. I weighed the least I have weighed in a doctor’s office since June 2017. That was with my clothes on, but without shoes. I’m 5 pounds less than when we were married almost 50 years ago.

Below the photo will show why I am happy my doctors are not in Seattle, but instead in Yakima. Afternoon at the Pass. Often, when trucks skid and “jack-knife” like this one, other vehicles make contact. Then the road closes for a couple of hours while tow trucks clear the highway and police investigate.
This driver got off easy, and was soon on her/his way.
This is why we don’t schedule anything on the west side of the Cascade Crest from November to March.


Wednesday, Jan 9

Mid-week we had fog, snow, and sleet. Some images resulted that are beautiful; here’s my favorite.Photo of Ellensburg CWU campus highlighted by Barge Hall; captured by EvieMae Scheutz from near her Auntie Gaye’s home on Craig’s Hill.

We left for the Old Geographer’s meeting at Hearthstone, this morning. Roads were pretty slick (worse near town because of last night’s sleet there). Just north of the Kittitas Hwy, a car was off the road (at Ferguson) from a failed turn. It was in a deeper ditch than we went in 4 years ago, and therefore at an acute angle. I wasn’t comfortable on the leaning side into the ditch (passenger side). At least the ditch didn’t have slimy water in it as it does this year, and we missed hitting a culvert by only a foot. That story was in a blog long ago, found here:

Click on the link and go to Tuesday to find the details of the ditch plunge.

2015 Ended in the Ditch

Today, we made it safely and so did several others (one walking, Mary Ann). Lillian, Ken, Carla, and Dee with daughter Cory. We call this the Emeritus Meeting, but two of the prior CWU professors have passed through the snowy gates, and we had 3 spouses and a daughter. [John thinks it funny that the term emeritus comes from Latin, and at the time of the Roman Legions, it meant a soldier too old or lame to be useful. In education, it means retired with distinguished service.]

Laurie at Hearthstone provided coffee and hot water for tea or Hot Chocolate. Thanks to Crystal, Activities Director, for setting it up. John and I brought cookies: chocolate chip and macaroons.

I cancelled all the rest of my normal Wednesday activities (going to Food Bank for music and SAIL exercise after), and we came home for me to rest and get well.

I washed some dishes and processed some photos, and have a few more yet to do. Talked to a couple of offices to set up and confirm future appointments. Set up a refill on a prescription for me and discussed halving pills and separating them, and not putting them all back in the same container. I hate that, even though I’m grateful for them to half pills for me that are not scored for easy breaking in half.

Am sending photos up to Google Photos for the White Heron Raclette event to get them all stored at one link for people to see.

I succeeded and you can click on this link:

Photos from Raclette at White Heron, 1-5-19

Thursday, Jan 10

Going in to Meadows Place today, probably just with the music and my camera. I won’t join the group but sit in the front row of the audience so as not to risk talking or singing; either starts me coughing. Others in the group will handle the announcing and song intros. We also may have too many people for the crescent circle.

Below on Friday is the description for this video of today’s music presentation for the folks in the Meadows Place Assisted Living Home. All there were pleased with the program.

It was interesting to have a couple of audience members, the gentleman from his walker, dancing in the rear of the audience.
Click the following link to see them dancing in the first song.

Video here starts near 8 minutes. Pull the button back to the left to start at the beginning.

Fiddlers & Friends at Meadows Place

Friday, Jan 11

I delivered some stuff with John’s help to Kittitas. Both deliveries were appreciated, but the results are found above, constructed by my friend EvieMae Scheutz, who transferred my 25 recordings yesterday into a complete video of our yesterday’s music. I was unable to do my usual “leading” so I carried in the music for 3 players, copies for the audience, and sat in the front row of the audience to take videos of the presentation. Evie manufactured them into one recording of the entire day, capturing the best 54 minutes of music.

I came home to recuperate and work on organization, and John did a few chores outside and inside. The cold and fog is not pleasant, and it is to last all week.

My organizing concentrated on records, and file folder copies of receipts. I made some progress, freeing up space in legal filing cabinets to house my data, and threw away (recycled) some educational materials left over from years of teaching. So much more yet to do. I boxed up some tapes with urban geography information to give to the prof now teaching the course. They have taken out the VCR players in the classrooms, and so I hope if some are usable historically, then they can be converted to DVDs. Projectors for color slides and overhead projectors for transparencies have also disappeared from academia.

Saturday, Jan 12

We got out of here before 9:00 to head to town for several errands. Most importantly, was looking for a pair of bedroom slippers for John and for me because both our soles have holes.

We began at the Methodist Church Community Clothing Store, but they had no slippers. However, I found a pair of men’s boots that fit me, John found an orange work shirt and a scarf, and then for me he found some more colorful (pink with purple) slippers with a higher back kind of like a boot, so when the cold air circulates on the floor in our house they may keep my legs a little warmer.
I have plenty of clothes, so I wasn’t looking at the clothes on the women’s side, but John was checking out things and found a small jacket with gorgeous embroidery on it.
I didn’t try it on, but I got it anyway, knowing I could give it to one of my friends. (Once home, I put it on. It is just a bit small, but I can wear it with a white blouse and not button.) Everything there is free. You are allowed 10 items (only two of the same thing) once a month for the family. We left with 7 items total and happily thanked everyone. I knew one of the volunteers there today, from the FISH food bank. When I walked in, (only my 2nd time there), I did not carry my Photo ID, but she recognized me and there was one other person in the “store” who knew me from playing music at Pacifica. John did have his, and that would have worked or I could have gone back to the car. My first time there was to obtain Christmas tops (you have seen through December blogs) to wear at music events and exercise classes.

This shows the long tops folded over, but such don’t seem helpful.
On to the Goodwill store, to check, but we found nothing that would work. Much of Goodwill is the same packaged products found at regular retail outlets, and at similar prices. Maybe ½ of the stuff is re-purposed donations.

From there we checked out the early morning sale at Super 1. We went primarily for sausage (in rolls). It was claimed to be $3/roll off regular price, but more like $1.25. We eat a lot with brunches. Also Navel oranges were on sale. I hope they are better than the last bunch. We ate one, cooked with one, and threw 2 out.

Last stop was the best, Bi-Mart, where we accidentally on the way out, found men’s slippers in John’s and my size for 50% off. We weren’t even planning to look there for them, but went instead to get stuff for my cough & congestion: Tussin DM and Fisherman’s Friend cough drops. John also buys his disposable razors there. With the 50% mark down I also bought some colorful socks with a loose top. Belts were 20% off and John found one he liked.

We came home to have brunch, using the sausage we just bought.

Now working on projects.

Ending with views in ArizonaThese were taken by Celia Slatta (AKA Missy Piecuch to us as our student a while ago at CWU)

She went with her family (hubby and children) over Christmas break and shared these with me, for us to put in our blog. I saw the sunset and asked for permission to use it. She sent me the other as one of her favorites.

Sunday, Jan 13

We will be posting the blog this afternoon, but not including any other activities of this day.

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

New Year’s Week

Monday, Dec 31

Today, I found that using Costco Pharmacy using Good RX (cash payment), will not be allowed if the medication is covered by a medical plan. If my insurance will cover it, I have to use it. That will not work. It’s better to stay local at Safeway, as long as they will offer the cash price as they have been doing.

I went to the lab at our hospital for all three doctors’ blood draws. Today, our AAC was closed, so I did not go for my 11:00 class, Silver Sneakers. Instead, I went by the food bank for the Senior Nutrition lunch and joined two people there today I know from the senior center. We had a very good pulled pork sandwich and gingerbread. I passed on the salad because of mostly spinach, but did have some cheese & macaroni with little smokies. I gave Mary Ann most of my smokies because I had a lot of the pulled pork.

Checked Goodwill to see if any Christmas tops are on sale. Found a vest and a sweatshirt for $1.49 each. Vest is red and white with snowy trees and snowmen. You’ll see it later on Wednesday.
Went to Rite Aid for the Magnesium BOGO for 3 bottles of Nature’s Bounty 500mg, with 200 tablets. I drove by and picked up boxes from a friend’s house along with a half dozen emptied egg cartons to give to a friend with 5 chickens.

Tuesday, Jan 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The photo below greeted me this morning from my friend Evie, in Kittitas, from her photography composure, combining several firework displays her neighbors sent into the dark sky last night. Fireworks (composite of several exposures), 2019 by EvieMae Scheutz (not at her original resolution).

This morning I slept in longer than recently. True, we were up late with fireworks disturbing our dog. We were done field trialing and hunting when she was a puppy. We failed as puppy parents and she doesn’t like loud sharp noises.

I’m on a hunt for my winter boots. I think they are still in the house somewhere. I really need them before Saturday’s Raclette.

We each did chores around here today. John worked outside on feeding the horses and wildlife (birds, deer, and Douglas squirrel on both sides of the house, and John was out working with firewood. In getting wood to take to the Raclette, he sorted out some of the Cottonwood and carried it up to the county road. There is a sign: “Free fire wood” on a fence post and a passing neighbor will soon carry it away. We don’t need it, and hope someone does. There are about 2 wheel-barrow loads there, and another to go up.

I washed a load of clothes, am ready to wash dishes after I add the dirtied dishes from tonight, and I have started the process of printing an additional page and cover (got those printed). John has to remove staples from last year’s Jan/Feb audience music, and then I must add a last page and exchange for a new front cover list page. Then he will re-staple them for me. Finally, tonight I finished setting up the new music after he removed all the staples. They await his stapling tomorrow morning.

I worked on many other projects today as well, on the computer and with clothing, plus arranging my stops in town for tomorrow, while I’m there for two other events.

I can go to bed as soon as the dishwasher stops. I will cut the power and let it dry with the door partly open. John thinks dishwashers should be designed to stop, open the door six inches, and air dry.

Wednesday, Jan 2

I stopped at Kristen’s off Thomas Rd. to pick up stuff from her porch before 11:00 on my way to play music at the FISH Food Bank. We had quite a crowd of players and large audience too.FISH Food bank-Nancy and Evelyn taken by Kevin

Above has me in my newest winter vest, but it was a bit too small, so I gave it to my friend Sharon in the KV F&F group, whom it will fit better.

Using the GoodRX cash price, I picked up John’s Tamsulosin at Safeway (90 tablets), with two refills left, and I met Evie outside Fred Meyer to transfer my package to her.
Called Rachel at hospital lab. She sent out all the labs to all three doctors… Stone, Wood, and Kim.

Thursday, Jan 3

Culligan service tech came at 9:30 to replace four filters under our sink. The final filter is a reverse osmosis unit, then there is a small tank that stores a couple of gallons of pure water. We use 2 liter soda bottles to have some stored, and smaller bottles to carry as desired.

I compiled all the music for Jan-Feb 2019 for my book and for Charlie’s & Gerald’s book, and put audience copies in my carrier.

I left early to play at Rehab but called the hospital to see about my lab record reports. I had requested copies of my recent 12/31 medical records from Cle Elum this morning, but found they were flooded from a water pipe breakage, and not able to have patients in the building or to have certain staff members working in their offices (e.g., Ed in Medical Records), so I found out he had come down to Ellensburg to put in his work day. I was able to pick up the reports today.

Evaluated my boots picked up on loan from friend in Thorp, Kathie. Started the cleaning process. Mice had used the boots as a hiding place for their stolen dog food pellets. They’re thinsulate-lined, steel toed, and fairly lightweight.

Friday, Jan 4

Scheduled to go to AAC for Chinese New Year at the senior center. It’s the year of the pig. We were served a split-pea soup, more like a stew, with lots of ham, carrots, and potatoes as part of it. I’m sorry I did not take a photo of a bowl of the soup, except I did take a few pix with people eating. Those pictures are not processed yet, and will have to be in a future blog. But here we are.Good report by phone, received from my Wenatchee doctor on thyroid tests I had done 12/31.

I got John more chocolate brownies with frosting and eclairs for his birthday. He is fixing baked chicken, rice with chicken / mushroom /onion gravy, and just cut the next to last of the large Honey Crisp apples. We had sour cream/cheddar potato chips on the side. Pretty tasty.

Afternoon, grabbed boots from neighbor Joanie’s house.

Saturday, Jan 5

John had taken some Salmon from the freezer and baked it this morning. It is wrapped in heavy-duty aluminum foil, and in a metal pan. This will sit next to the fire at the Raclette.
Get ready to leave at 10:15 for White Heron. A couple of days ago John got the wood in the car.

Pictorial and video views with text on our 2019 (for 2018’s pruning efforts) Raclette, put on for the pruners and their family each year. Below are some of this year’s views (mostly different from the past), and links back to previous years for important information about a Raclette and the surrounding geology and viticulture of White Heron, owned by Phyllis and Cameron Fries.

Their winery web page is found here:

White Heron Cellars

For our White Heron histories with lots of explanation through the years, you’re invited to view other years, below.

So here is this year: Most of the photos I will store elsewhere and give the link to attendees (and to you next week).
The sausages go in a cast iron pan. First, cuttings from the vines line the bottom, then about ½ bottle of wine is added. The iron cookware sits on a rock next to the flame and coals. The fire was started about 10:30. Coals, but not the fire, will go under the cheese.
The bottom picture above has deserts and veggies with dip. Pruner Tom makes a birthday cake. It is a carrot cake loaded with walnuts. The veggies came from Margaret and Mark Amara she made a wonderful artichoke dip.


2014 Raclette

2015 Raclette

2016 Raclette

2017 Raclette

And now January 5th, for the 2018 pruning – last spring:

Greeting from their Collie, Altesse to Eric

Only 8 seconds Lynne & John plates: potato & sausage

About the following: you won’t be able to reach it. I still can from my laptop but the video was created here, so it will affect others differently around the world, trying to use the You Tube version, that was blocked by copyright.
The music was playing on a player behind me, Hotel California – Eagles, and YouTube catch music copyrights. It’s rather amazing the technology they must have. And it is only a total of 13 seconds.
Hi Nancy & John Hultquist, Due to a copyright claim, your YouTube video has been blocked. This means that your video can no longer be played on YouTube.
Video title: 13 seconds Cameron serves Lynne 
Copyrighted content: Hotel California -Eagles
Claimed by: WMG
Here was the basic photo. The music was coming from my left.Note the hot coals between the fresh Cottonwood logs.
Cameron is directing (scrapping) melted cheese onto Lynne’s potatoes. They were cooked in the same manner as the sausages.
This next one shows the green cottonwood holders John cut and took over, and this is him being served by 2nd server, Phil.

8 seconds Phil serves John

Here are views of the circle pruners, spouses, and friends.One of the dogs is above, left. Other animals were involved but the chickens kept a greater distance.White Heron’s cat in Linda’s Lap and also later in Nancy’s.

Near the end, we had several flocks of geese fly over; viewed through apricot branches.Canada Geese (difficult to see on viewer)

At 4:00 pm we were the first to leave. It was dark when we got home at 5:15.

Sunday, Jan 6

I have spent most of my time today working on photos and videos from the Raclette yesterday, and need to finish this so I can also work on the photos and videos from the Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday at the AAC.

John’s been doing mostly outside chores in the sunny daylight. Parts of our county are fairly clear. Most of WA, especially the western part is stormy. This morning, over 300,000 were without power from a storm that came in from over the Pacific Ocean. Snowing from Canada to Mexico in the mountains. The same pattern is expected through the week; we will get cooler with snow.

Temps (5 mi south at the airport) went up to our high 42°, at 12:53 p.m. down to 41°, at 1:53 p.m., 41°, and down to 40 at 3:53 p.m. headed to 27° for a low. There was a 40% chance of rain or snow this afternoon and this evening, but we have seen none yet. Snoqualmie Summit is a mess of snow, slush, and ice. Chains are required except on all wheel drive vehicles. The road is still open both ways. Bet that won’t last all night.

John got the Stihl chainsaw started today and cut for 15 minutes out front, went around into the back yard, behind the fence, started again, and came in to tell me what was going on and help me with a satellite image question, and went back out to move and stack the cut pieces. He is working on trunks of Pines left over from the fire-wise work a couple years ago.

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