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

Summer Things

Saturday, June 30

One photo from a maintenance at Snoqualmie Lake Trail. About 6 folks worked on this project, finishing it just in time to leave at 2:30.This trail is built on a logging road from another era. Apparently there was a drainage culvert at this spot. We found a collapsing curve, but never did find how the water was supposed to be getting through. Oh well! A ton of rock now holds the trail in place. For how long is the question.

Sunday, July 1

Blog out at 9:24 p.m. PST – would have been sooner but for a crash of LibreOffice. Not nice.

Monday, July 2

I need to send a lot of information to the music group in preparation for new music this Thursday and for all play dates the rest of July.

I actually washed a load of dishes this morning first thing and helped feed the cats, and I set up our need to go in, here in town, for our eyeglasses fitting tomorrow. John’s is quite in need of redoing his badly scratched lenses from trail work.

Called Consolidated Communications and have been waiting for an agent, forever, to tell them my Discover Card does not expire until July of 2021 and they were wrong in stopping my June 19th auto pay that created so much trauma in my life with the expected disconnection of our land line we have had since 1989.

I thought it was all finally completed and corrected after 2 hours and a lot of frustration, which raised my BP significantly. I spoke with 3 different customer reps at the telephone company, and one at Discover card. I didn’t know until Thursday, that nothing was resolved and my bill was still not paid. The only thing that was accomplished was recreating my auto-pay set up on the same card I have used for years. I was sure they were going to credit my payments due for June and July, but that was not done.

Our farrier was here this morning. John assisted, holding Myst, for her foot trim. Then he came in and fixed a great brunch. I’m continuing working on the music for Thursday.

I lost so much time that I cancelled going to SAIL today (my only reason for going to town), to continue with the most urgent plans for the music group to have before Thursday in time to have their music books in order. Currently, we only agree on the first 13 songs, from playing our patriotic music last week, both Thursday and Friday. I have to create PDF files for the rest of the music and email them for those who can, to print out to bring Thursday.

Tuesday, July 3

I called the grocery and reserved two pies set aside by Penny. She gets there at 5:30 a.m. and I said it would likely be after 11:00 a.m. before we could arrive.

We went to see Jim about our glasses at the Family Eye Clinic, 707 N. Pearl Suite B, where we had to fill out two pages of medical information, for their records, and show our insurance cards. This was an expensive stop: $1,391 for a two pair of glasses. One for John $832 and one for me $559. Mine didn’t have the cost of frames because they used my old ones. Last time we went to Costco – much cheaper, but I was trying to support the local office of a friend. Also, the insurance covers some here ($150), but not at Costco. Still, we think we’ll go back to Costco, considering John’s total 1 year ago at Costco was $219.98. Even adding $150 makes a total cost of $369.98 to us for his. The extra $462.02 is certainly not worth it in our opinion. And, buying them at Costco gives us 2% cash back via our Premium membership. Decision made.

On the way to Super 1 we went to the AAC and picked up a clown suit for a future event there, on Aug 3.
Once to the grocery store, we loaded up on Lemon meringue pies ($4.00 off each), and got a Southern Pecan pie, two smoked turkey breasts, a few Navel oranges, some ground beef, and some ground “homemade” sausage their meat department makes. It’s very good and at a better price that Jimmy Dean or any other.

I stopped by and checked numbers at Bi-Mart, but didn’t win anything. While in the shade in the parking lot, I called Costco Pharmacy to set up my prescription pickup down there for Allopurinol, for next Tuesday. The price is right there!
On home to continue with chores.

Wednesday, July 4 . . . HAPPY 4th of July

John’s watered onions, mowed lawns and weeds in the pasture, and taken the dog and cats for a walk, fed the horses, put up the flag, and cooked lunch.

I have washed a load of dishes, handled computer chores, and sorted music audience copies. Now I have to print out 3 copies of add-ons for the rest of July for #14 to 23, which changed from last year’s play list – to match that of 2016, of which I had 20 audience copies I can use. I have to get John’s help to change the front page and the back page on those 20 copies, by un-stapling, my changing, and his re-stapling.

I’ve been finishing the printouts of music for Charlie & Gerald, Maury & Marilyn, and me (of the last songs for July). Just need to sort, punch 3 holes, and then finish assembling the audience copies.

We had a long night with rifle shots occurring at 7:34 p.m. and fireworks being detonated until midnight during a county-wide ban. We had to turn up the volume on our computer and radio to keep the noise level high enough to block the sounds that were bothering Annie. We watched two anniversary programs of Johnny Carson, for his 11th and 25th and enjoyed them both.

Thurs, July 5

Rehab – today with new July music. Only 8 people showed to play, but we had probably the most involved group we have ever had there. Half or more of the residents were singing, enjoying, and applauding. Honestly, I have never heard but one person in the audience exclaim, “Yee haw,” or make a big deal about our being there, until today. Believe me, three of us have been going there for over 28 years, and this was a first. (NANCY remember to—organize the playlist with the page count on the audience copy for when 2 songs are on one page, example, [5] with “In the Good ole Summer Time” and “Home on the Range”; [7] with “Red River Valley” and “There’s a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere”; and [8] “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You Are My Sunshine.”

Crazy dang day with problems continuing from Consolidated Communications (a phone call saying our balance was due and our phone would be disconnected if we did not pay). I could not reach them because they are in the Central Time Zone and it was too late. Then Office Depot sent an email that a payment on a contract had failed because of the credit card used. That was a yet different credit card from Discover, being an American Express Simply Cash card (I used because it gives a 5% cash back on all Office store purchases). Turns out they used the wrong one. I couldn’t contact anyone until the next morning.

Friday, July 6

John left at 6:45 a.m. and I stayed up to keep the male cats separated, because they were grouching at one another outside the front door. I let Rascal in and fed them both, one inside and one outside (Czar).

I have been trying to reinstate “cookies” on my lost computer so I can access my bank accounts and other web sites. Got that cookie back for at 7:25 a.m. today. It took more time than I would have preferred, including having to have a security code only available by telephoning my land line. This was a problem once when I went to the bank in town and their computer didn’t recognize my username and password, because I was not on my own machine with its cookies. Another business I just reset this week allowed me to receive the security code by email – I wish this bank would allow such an alternative, because it would have been possible when away from my home computer and in person in my bank! There was no one home so no one could give me the 6-digit code to punch in.

Between chores, I washed a load of dishes.

Closed windows around the house at 11:10, when the temps were up outside and it was still 73° in the house

I have some financial things to resolve that started last Friday, and now another two items surfaced yesterday, July 5. Did I say, this is really a PITA?

First, I must straighten out the Discover card mess that almost made us lose our telephone land line when the supposed auto pay was returned as an expired card. IT WAS NOT! and I’m a week into days of trying to correct it. The Discover card never expired and doesn’t until July of 2021. I still don’t know how that happened and apparently neither Consolidated Communications (CC) or Discover card folks did either. I did find out that Discover had approved the June purchase, but CC never put the charge through. CC stands by their old reason that the card was refused because it had expired.

On Tuesday, July 2, I had stayed home trying to sort out the Consolidated Communication’s fiasco. Thought I had, but then found out yesterday (July 5), it was still $174.01 in arrears, and they were going to disconnect.
Finally, this afternoon, I reached them again, and used a different credit card to pay the June / July total to keep the phone connected.

Another new problem occurred yesterday with a payment on an American Express card for a tech support feature at Office Depot of $15.00, but it was not processed either.

I didn’t start this chore until 12:30 p.m., and I need to eat lunch after it’s solved. I know which card it was supposed to be processed on: my own American Express Simply Cash card (ending in 3006). John has one too, but the last 4 digits are different (2016). Neither of those was on this billing and only today did I realize that was billed on 7-4-18 (which makes sense because this is a recurring monthly charge for tech support started 6-4-18.) The charge was made on a card ending in 5200.

My old one was 5200 and it died and was replaced, so I need to inform Office Depot they are using the wrong card. Phew. It’s now 1:22 p.m. on 7-6-18

I got on line and logged in with my username and my password to check the activity on the account.

Before I proceeded, I had to eat something. At 2:10 p.m., I fixed some tuna fish salad for lunch, because I have no sausage to go with my eggs. (Turns out I did have sausage, but it was in the butter dish place in the frig door), unknown until John arrived home. I hard-cooked the eggs so I could cut them up in my salad. I added a half a banana and some Cheez-its and ate.

Finally, I contacted a toll free number and ended up in Michigan with Cynthia who solved the last of my financial problems, when I reached her at tech support at 2:29, after talking to the payment center first, and then finally getting to the correct department, and requesting #3 option, for billing. That person was Cynthia and she was nearing the end of her day. Thankfully, she stayed with me until it was solved.
She was able to enter my correct card and showed me on the system where I could verify it had been changed. Our task was finalized at 2:51 p.m.! so right before her leaving time of 5:00 p.m. (CST).

While hopping around on my office depot account, I realized I had no credit for any rewards. On this phone call to Cynthia, I also resolved this. I will get 5% off from Office Depot and I also now know how to reach my rewards by month. I’m not issued a certificate until I reach $3. I’m under now, so that explains the reason my total cash back was zero.

A/C didn’t come on until 2:14, so cooling at night with open windows worked.

This is a very sad drone view of a recent fire south of us—the Clemen’s Mountain/Conrad Ranches Fire.

Facebook link: Clemen’s Mountain/Conrad Ranches fire

We have had a number of fires nearby this week, closing I-90 between Vantage and Ellensburg, and routing people around through the old Vantage Hwy, which suffered a fire itself a week ago. Then yesterday there was a wildfire near a Bible Camp east of Blewett Pass (20 miles north). Then we had two fires this week in the Yakima Canyon that closed SR 821 from MP 0 to 24. Yet sadly people still shot off fireworks on the 4th, during a county-wide ban in effect.

End of the day. John made it home by 4:30 p.m. and went to feed the horses and to give Annie a run around the pasture, with Czar and Woody joining them for the trip.

I compiled the two collages below after John alerted me to a contest going on to pick the coolest parking garages in the world. One in Seattle is in the set and its location is next to the Smith Tower which many in the Wilkins family hold near and dear to their hearts because my grandfather was a carpenter working on the Smith Tower before it opened. My ties to Seattle go back to him and my mom who was born there in 1914. I always look on the Seattle Skyline for the Smith Tower.And the rest of the story, explaining the name it’s called:Sinking ship – name of the parking garage near Smith Tower

Saturday, July 7

John left for Annette Lake again at 6:45 a.m. this morning. I went back to bed. I was totally exhausted at the end of yesterday, with no nap, and I still had to run something for our bass player to have me send to our music group with plans and an invitation to her 70th BD party.

As you all heard in yesterday’s blog report, I was up from 6:00 a.m. to after midnight, being stressed all day with life (financial) challenges.

Today, I got up at 5:30 a.m., put hard food out for the outside cats, then for the inside/outside one, and lay back down, only to have John’s alarm go off at 5:45 a.m. He left at 6:45 and I stayed in bed. Our electricity bounced off about 8:35 and while I heard it turn off several appliances and John’s computer that beep, I kept sleeping. I didn’t get up until 9:30 a.m. I know I needed the rest. I was slow getting going and haven’t even reset the clocks.

Now the temperature is 76.6° on the front porch and 71° in the interior hallway. We managed to cool it to 70° overnight by opening windows around the house, early in the evening.

I need to fix my brunch and send off the invitation to the 70th birthday party to our music group members. That was a long process. I sent my last email off at noon, and went to the kitchen to prepare my brunch. I was getting too hungry. That also was a long process, which included a longer time for resetting the clock on the oven. It is much more difficult and time-consuming than resetting the microwave’s clock. I started heating my sausage patty, gathering eggs (only from the garage frig), getting my hazelnut bread in the toaster, finding my Rainier cherries to wash, getting my half banana ready, and sorting out the cheddar cheese chunks from leftovers with smoked turkey cubes from last night’s salad. I managed to reset the microwave at 12:15 p.m. and then it took me ½ hour to assemble my creation for brunch, which took me almost 20 minutes to enjoy eating. Here is a photograph of my plate:Nancy’s Brunch. The tongs of the fork point at the piece of smoked turkey captured with the cheese. The apricot jam was made by my neighbor and the strawberry preserves by my friend.

By 1:15 I was ready to get on with finishing the BD invitation to send for Sharon’s 70th party at their home-away ranch in Cle Elum. They are from Seattle. I need to proof it once again, to be sure everything is all right.

I sent it off at 2:28 p.m. today and tried to include this collage with Sharon Jensen in it, gray hair/red dress at the right of all photos below, with her base guitar, but for some unknown reason it would not load. I sent it to her individually. Top 2 photos were during and prior to our playing and bottom photo was setup time when Dean was helping me distribute audience copies to the tables for everyone.

I’m now playing catch up, and then need to tackle the Panasonic phone system for landline. (I never managed that.)

John got back at 4:20 p.m. today.

We have my work cut out. We will be home tomorrow and need to install our phones. The old Panasonic hand carry ones are close to their funeral. I wore 3 down completely on batteries yesterday while trying to contact people around the world to solve my financial problems.

Instead, we spent the day Sunday on other chores needing done (such as John’s overdue haircut).

Sunday, July 8

We started on projects, and John ended up outside watering onions, and other yard chores.

I fixed up two postal delivery mail pieces to go to our mailbox for pickup tomorrow.

Continued with a few things, and then came back to work on the blog draft to give to John later.
He came in and fixed a nice brunch, omelet (tomato, cheese, smoked turkey), cooked a ham slice to eat along with it, and made English Muffin Bread toast.

Then I was free to give John his long awaited haircut we haven’t had time to do. Finally, we completed that about 2:35 Sunday, starting with our old Oster dog clippers, and then switching to our new gift of a Remington clippers with the ability to capture the cut hair to dispose in the compost bag. That process gave John one of the best haircuts I’ve given him in 50 years. Now we will have to keep it cut more often now that I have the hang of the new clippers. They were gifted to me by my friend Gerald Gordon, who plays guitar in our music group. He used them to cut his own hair, but no longer can raise his shoulder up enough to do it himself and has been going to a barber.

John has been going in and out moving hoses, watering trees around the orchard out front, and others in the back yard (plum trees).

Intro to Sonja Willitts, my long-time friend from Moscow, ID when we first met her in 1977, selling her a Brittany from our first breeding in Troy, ID. We have been friends since, and she has continued having Brittanys out of our lines all these years. Just about the time we moved to WA from ID (1989), she moved to NV, where she met Kevin, to live happily ever after. Sonja Willitts, with Kevin Willitts, and her Brittany, Tug (our dog Daisy’s brother) went on this hike yesterday. Her comments on Facebook: “We live 45 minutes’ drive from THIS! Spectacular views, brilliant wild flowers hidden on trails with far flung vistas. Beware! Flower overload!! Our 6-mile hike today from Woods Lake to Winnemucca Lake to Round Top Lake and then back to Woods Lake.” She printed that and attached 24 awesome photos, which I have cropped into 5 collages, for your viewing pleasure, ending with one more to make a photo for every mile of their hike. Brittany Tug and Kevin with Happy Tug on the hikeWinnemucca Lake ^^ Log across WL outlet ^^ Beautiful Stream

The last collages are of many flowers they viewed on their hike: some need identified, as we will attempt, but a couple we are unaware of and several we recognize.Columbine & what’s blue behind, unknown strange one in middle, Penstamen & purple daisy Another purple unknown, Shooting Stars, and yellow unknown

Ending the hiking tour for armchair geographers with this final shot with 2 more unknown flowers. You’ve seen the unknown yellow ones previously, above. Any ideas?

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

with Patriotic Theme

Saturday, June 23

We didn’t have this photo for last week’s blog, when you learned that John went to volunteer trail work at Granite Mountain Trail.
The first part of the trail is in forest and parts are rutted. It is a hikers-only trail, so we can do things that are not allowed on bike and horse trails. One thing is to install steps with “fill”, in the up-trail side.
Rocks or logs can be used for the step. On this small section of trail we needed 4 steps, and two of them would work with logs and two others with heavy flat rocks. If we can’t dig into the sides of the trail, logs won’t work.
Some trees will deteriorate rapidly, say 5 to 7 years. Others will last 25 or 30 years. Near our site was a Yellow Cedar that had been pushed over a few years before to nearly horizontal, but was very straight, with a base diameter of about 10 inches.
We trimmed limbs off part and stripped off the bark. This is easy in spring, almost impossible in fall. Bark allows water and insects to better damage the wood, so we take it off. It smells wonderful, and some say like raw potatoes. Maybe, but to me it smells like fresh Yellow Cedar.
In the photo (near to far), Mike, Mela, and Bill are peeling bark from about 12 feet of tree, for two steps.

A bit more information is found here: About peeling bark from Cedar

From experience, I can tell you that when the task is short, this can be fun. On the afternoon of the 3rd day, it just seems like work. {John}

Sunday, June 24

We were late getting the blog out by associated problems with computer, WordPress, and me. {Nancy}

Monday, June 25
I sent out the call for patriotic music this week on Thurs. & Fri. at an assisted living home and at the pre-July 4th event at the senior center. Planning is very involved for the audiences at both places, and a chair count is needed, plus directions for details.

Last Friday, I drove by Airport Storage during a high windy time to where I dropped off our already read Wall Street Journals for a CWU business student (who works there). A bag with office supplies (that had my sunglasses case in it) fell out of the back door of my car and things, including receipts starting blowing away into the sage and gravel. I picked up the heaviest items (boxes of file folders and hanging folders) and then chased the other store receipts down the block. The shopping bag itself was slammed up against a short bush. The receipts blew about 50’ down to a cross fence and stopped there. I didn’t miss the eyeglass case until I got home and took off my prescription sunglasses. So I called that gal and asked when she went to pick up her papers, to please look in the gravel close to their paper boxes and spot where I parked. She said she would, but she missed seeing it. HAPPILY, it was there today, not too far from where the car was stopped. It’s triangularly shaped and light, and had been rained on and pushed through the sand and gravel getting dirty, but was only 3 feet from the pavement, and easily seen in the gravel because I knew where to look. So I got it, and later cleaned it up to reuse. The lens cloth inside was not hurt and the dirt cleaned right off. I’m happy to have it back, because it is a Costco special carrier that folds up for pockets, which if I had done, I wouldn’t have lost it.

I called Safeway about Coumadin, but they needed a refill update from the doctor, so it is forthcoming.
On my way to SAIL exercise, I finally managed to get to the bank with my PATR checks from the local Co-op that are reported to the Internal Revenue Service and have to be added to the form for 2018. I’m not sure it’s worth the effort for a < $10 savings / year from purchases. With the new tax forms we may not have to do this. Another thing to check on.

Tuesday, June 26
Today I had to get to Dollar Tree between 1:00 – 1:30 and over to AAC to the last meeting of our “Just Dance” class. I was going to the $ store to pick up two helium-filled balloons and a weighted holder to give to our AmeriCorps teacher, Nicole, at the AAC, to thank her for her contributions this year.
A good number of folks showed up for the last class, and I got one of the other volunteer staff members to take our picture with Nicole holding her balloons. She was appreciative. We were appreciative for her 2 months of teaching us a bunch of special dances, in the last program of the year called, “Just Dance.” We had been through many dance teaching programs she assisted with – from Ballroom, Line, and Swing to this finale. Katrina (AAC Director), Jackie, Nancy, Victoria, Nicole, Connie, Bev, and Chuck. The heart shaped balloon says “You’re So Special” and the other one said, “It’s Your Day.”

We reviewed about 8 different dances we’d learned and I danced every dance. I was very tired at the end of the hour.
I went by Bi-Mart to check numbers and buy more Granny Goose potato chips, at a very good sale price ($2.99, for a huge bag).
I called Cle Elum to change my prescription for Coumadin refill to allow 180 pills at one time. I’m on it for life, and the price is cheaper.

Wednesday, June 27

This was a full day, and it’s only going to get worse tomorrow and Friday. Started by finalizing those plans for music for the next 2 days. Our group, I’m organizer for, the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, is performing music (Pre-4th of July with patriotic and USA songs, and also our May/June fare tomorrow at Hearthstone, an assisted living home. Friday (more below) is a presentation over lunch at the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center (AAC), our local senior center.

The first thing of the morning was contacting all the music group for each day, with different instructions, as different people are coming both days with a few overlapping.

Then I made (with John’s help cutting chicken cubes) my salad to take for lunch today at the Food Bank Soup Kitchen. He also helped me carry my load of stuff to the car. I got a parking space near the front door, and even had two fellows offer to carry my instrument and bags. I followed behind with my pillow. Chairs there are shaped strangely, and it helps one’s back to have a pillow for support.

Activity today started with music at the FISH Food Bank, followed by SAIL exercise at the AAC. I was still tired and achy from yesterday’s hour of dancing at the AAC. But, I limped through.

I now need to organize and sort out the music for tomorrow (all the audience copies). Not surprisingly, residents are often having a cup of coffee or possibly finishing a meal late, and our music copies end up with food stains. I took white paper and used Scotch “magic” tape (not easily seen) to tape little pieces of paper over the stains. Using white-out would have taken more time and been expensive. That chore took me over an hour to process ~59 copies. Many were fine, but some had five pages needing cleaned up. Only two pages (seriously wet and crinkled) had to be replaced with a newly printed copy. Sadly, we will use these copies in the presence of coffee and cookies on Thursday, and a full lunch meal on Friday, so before next Thursday, I will have to restore a few more copies on twenty of the full copies (with all the songs for July in them). The majority to be used Friday only have the first 13 songs, so that cleanup can wait.

Thurs, June 28

The first thing to start off my crazy day was a change in the plans for tomorrow by the AAC. Our location within the building has been changed, so all my prior instructions had to be rewritten, and given out today to those who would be playing tomorrow. I got a sheet written, printed, and packed for the trip. Last minute changes are not appreciated to deal with when a dozen people are involved. Hearthstone – today, and I will have John’s help loading all the music stuff inside. His bottling wine trip was canceled – – until next Thursday (?).

John timed the playing for tomorrow, at about 26 minutes. He also helped me give out the first song sheets of only 13 songs, then retrieved them at the end, and replaced with others for May/June playing that we finished with.

While the switch was occurring, Evie moved to the Grand Piano, to accompany the group on a song we have started doing at places with a piano accessible. Of the 5 places we visit monthly, three assisted living homes get to enjoy a jazzy version of “Just a Little Talk with Jesus”. Some day, I need to record that.

After we switched music, we continued and invited Haley (5 yrs old) to join us for two songs that she sings along with us: Hey! Good Lookin’! (sings most of the verses and all the chorus). Ends with T for Texas (singing parts of verses, but entertains us all with her yodeling abilities throughout). Occasionally, mom Amy needs to promise ice cream to get her to stand in front, lower the music stand, so everyone can see her. She’s as fun to watch as to listen to, because of her enthusiasm and expressions. Below are pix of her popsicle reward today, and a glimpse this week at her first red/white/blue outfit she wore. Note the complete dressed-up to the toenails Miss Haley with her reward after she got home. I also had on my flag hat, pants, and jacket, but left my sequined flag vest for tomorrow’s performance.
Before coming home, there were various chores around town.

Friday, June 29

We left at 10:35 a.m. and got there about 11:00, in time to get a parking space in the lot and help with set up, putting out music for the 67 people expected today, minus all the players, who already have our music.

This was an event, ahead of time celebration for the 4th of July, because the AAC doesn’t want to compete with all the other activities the elders have to choose from. Also, the staff is free to do other things too with the center closed for the 4th.

We came straight home because in the rush to leave and take everything, John didn’t pick up his wallet, and he was driving because we were going to fill his gas tank. I had not taken my wallet so I didn’t have my credit cards. So, no gas and no shopping.

However, I was rather worn out, so just came home, worked on processing the video from today, and on the pictures John took, starting with the outdoor grilling of hamburgers and hot dogs, and also people inside, and of our group, Kittitas Valley Fiddlers and Friends performing from about 11:35 for an hour. We played instrumental music while lunch was being served, and did 14 other songs after everyone had been served. The audience had the music lyrics and there was good singing by the attendees. We played patriotic and USA songs. At the end we stood and saluted the flag, and everyone sang (acapella) no instruments – only the lead off 5 notes or so, Evie played, so we were all on the same key.

Here is the video’s location. AAC: 4th July celebration

If you read the description on the video, you can see the best place to start is actually 3 minutes, 13 seconds (3:13) on the tape. Each song sung has the best starting point listed if you want only to watch a few songs (e.g., “Red River Valley” begins at 22:00, “There’s a Star-Spangled Banner Flying Somewhere” begins at 24:50, with “Take me Out to the Ball Game” starting at 29:38, and the ending is the National Anthem, 30:55.

I cropped the best parts of the photos and will send to everyone I have emails for at the Senior Center, to all the musicians, and to the staff. Below is the link to the photos of the day:

Google Photos link to AAC event 6-29-18

Meanwhile, here is Haley in her second patriotic dress of the week that she wore to the AAC event.

Amy & Haley, Haley swirling, Haley & Connie after AAC 4th July Celebration

This afternoon, John picked a gallon Ice Cream bucket full of sweet red cherries to take tomorrow to the crew for after-work treats, with cookies and drinks provided by WTA. He had me clean them and pull out any bad ones (nibbled on by birds), and get rid of the chaff. He picks them nicely with their stems intact so they stay fresh longer. After I had a very large Pyrex circular bowl full, he put them out on paper towels to dry for packing in a bucket, which will be inside a box to which he can add bottles of ice.

Saturday, June 30

John was out of here at 5:40 a.m. for his WTA work trip to Snoqualmie Lake Trail. He first will stop off nearby from the trail where he lost a new garden knife in its sheath from placing it back in his backpack, but apparently missing the entry. It was nowhere to be found in his things in the car. It’s a $36 knife, which helped peel the bark from a downed cedar tree to saw into 6’ sections for use as stairs on the trail renovation (see above for last week’s Granite Mtn. trip). He will have about a 10-minute walk to the spot off the trail, where he had his stuff. Hopefully, no one has found it and taken it. Unfortunately, his trip was unsuccessful. Meanwhile, John found another replacement for less cost. I think I will suggest he put his name inside in case it is lost again and a good soul finds it and returns it (at least to the WTA in Seattle).

I got up long enough to feed 3 cats who were patiently waiting for their morning vittles.

Then I picked up the dry food when they were done because the Magpies come in and eat it, while making incredible noises arguing over it.

Then, I was still very tired so I went back to bed and slept in. I needed it after the past week that wore me out.

Here is a great post by Anthony Watts this morning on Facebook. Facebook is the only link I have to this..

Southern Granny Ain’t Never Missed the Weather Forecast

I got busy working on chores for the blog this morning and it’s finally time to stop for brunch at 12:30 p.m. I didn’t finish until 1:30 because I took out time to make it special and to take photos of the parts I put together. I decided to have eggs (but had to track some down in the outside garage refrigerator, sausage patty, already cooked that I had to warm, make my eggs over easy with grated cheese atop, slice my gifted oatmeal rolls (story below), and toasted two of them, adding strawberry preserves (also gifted). Then I added some of our Rainier cherries (not quite ripe enough yet, but still beautiful and tasty).

Here is the plate: Double Roll slices with strawberry preserves, both made by Roberta Buum, eggs, cut up sausage, and Rainier cherries from our tree.

The “rolls-preserves” story is that last week John picked strawberries, I sorted through and culled bad ones out for us to clean, cut, and sugar for desserts, and took 4+ pounds to Roberta Buum in my SAIL exercise class last week for her to make strawberry “jam” for her family (grandchildren and children) for Christmas presents. She made it over last weekend, and this Monday, brought me a jar of the delicacy along with a Rubbermaid container full of her homemade oatmeal rolls. Today, I put the jar in with the remaining rolls for my photo take. The close-up is one piece of two rolls I sliced, toasted, and covered with preserves for my brunch. Homemade strawberry preserves and oatmeal rolls

I continued working on details about the video I’ve already listed above in Friday’s description. Roberta was also there to enjoy.

Czar (cat) and Annie (dog) kept me entertained. Czar spent most of the day sleeping on the ledge above the cats’ ladder to the hard pellets, which also covers the bowl of their special treat, Friskies Party Mix. The next set of photos is of Czar, with a second set of the two of them, cat and dog, side by side. Czar’s favorite spot on front porch with access to the hard food bowl, right outside the den window, by John’s computer. Different positions and then a querying look bottom right, “Why do you care?”

Later in the afternoon, he was back there, but Annie wanted out. She went out and lay in the gravel past the Mtn. Ash tree to watch the quail. Czar joined her and they both watched:^^^^^^ Companions: Cat, Czar and Brittany, Annie

Still later, I put Annie out front to wait for John’s arrival. In the shade in front of the shed where John parks his car was the 3 yr. old buck, with antlers still in velvet. He often rests in that sheltered spot during late afternoons.

I took these photos from inside the front door. The black stripe is a pole support on our front porch. Right is zoomed in when he turned his head and is not in sharp focus.

John called as he was pulling out of the Truck Stop near Edgewick, on the way home, from his trail work, near North Bend. They started getting rained on at the end of the work day. He got back to dryside Ellensburg for gasoline, and called me, so I could give him the best place to buy. He got his gasoline for $3.23/gal, and went by Grocery Outlet on the way home, buying some huge strawberries for a good price that we can clean and sugar for our freezer. Our garden supply has dwindled to almost nothing. He also bought me a head of Iceberg lettuce, and some other stuff, and he carried away two empty chardonnay type (fat) wine boxes with the insides intact to share with a friend who will use them for storage of wine bottles. Then he came home to feed horses and give Annie her expected run around the pasture with Czar joining them for the journey.

Sunday, July 1

We started with morning computer chores, feeding the cats, and now he’s out for morning walk with Annie, moving hoses, and all the things he has to manage, with the wind still whipping until 10:00 p.m. tonight. High gust today has been 43 mph.

He’s returning for us to clean and cut ½ the strawberries he bought yesterday, and then will fix brunch, and after eating, we’ll do the rest of the strawberries later after John works on editing the blog and transferring it to WordPress and I put the pictures with the text on our shared jump drive.
I have to finish sending the photos taken Friday to a share link on Google Photos to add to this blog and send to the AAC members I have email addresses for, and the staff (for posting on Facebook on the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center’s page).

My next chore is to get the entire July music together to send to the music group for them to be ready for performing the additional songs to the first 13 we did last week, to round it out to 25 songs, last ones are instrumental; we do if there is time.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Summer Begins

Journeys, Presentations, & Exercise

Saturday, Jun 16

Here is a bit of the Dingford Creek Trail work that John assisted on with an explanation by him:John advising a rock moving project.

At this place, the Dingford trail was a foot deep into the forest floor. Water could not get out, so we cut through the edge and began opening a drain. Ten feet from the trail, a large rock {about 400 pounds} blocked the intended path of the flow. Because the rock needed to be moved, and was of a blockish shape with a flat top, we decided to use it as a step in the trail. This took two lifts of about 20 feet each.
These photos don’t show the spot where the drain leaves the trail. That’s behind and to the left of the camera. Photo A (left) has the drain marked by orange dots – on the left. Photo A also shows 8 folks getting ready to lift. John, having explained what & how, stands down-trail from the action.
Poles have been placed through the straps of a fabric carrying-net (“a rock net”). One of the crew tied a strap (see where the red arrow points) across the top of the rock. This strap is also seen in Photo B.
The crew is from the local Google office with coordinator Brittany (lower right corner in A) designated as the “caller.” When everyone is in place she will ask “Is anyone not ready?” With no responses heard, she will say “Lift on 3.” Safety instruction have been previously given – such as “Don’t lift on 2.”
These folks spend their days looking at computer screens. Google encourages volunteer work and there are many opportunities in the Puget Sound region. These folks chose a physically hard one.

Monday, Jun 18

We published the blog at 10:30 p.m. after a lot of effort last night.

I need to send music plans out for the first count for this Thursday at Pacifica and NEXT Friday June 29 at the AAC (Senior Center Patriotic music and USA songs prior to July 4 that we do every year and have for decades).

John had managed yesterday afternoon to put on the tiny spare tire so he could go to town and the tire shop (but likely will get new tires). He combined trips and dropped me off at my SAIL exercise class.
I went in for my class, and he came back almost at the end of class to pick me up. He’d been to Les Schwab first, and he spent a bunch of money (> $ 800) on new tires for his Crosstrek. Old ones have been on for 35,000 miles, and probably were low quality at the start. So happy the new ones will last 70,000 miles. The flat tire had a piece of metal wedged in so badly it would not hold air at all. Picture below.
He had to change to the small ‘temporary’ spare tire to drive 12 miles to town. So very lucky that didn’t happen to him 15 miles at a trail head back in the wilderness. The service tech at the tire shop (Les Schwab) nor John recognized what the piece of metal was from. He drove to near North Bend yesterday and noticed the warning light come on about 4 miles from home.
Here is a photo of the culprit John took for me to show you all. It looks rather like a curved part of an Exacto knife, but I think they are straight bladed. Any ideas where this piece of metal might have originated?
Mysterious tire flattener
After he got the new tires, he went by Washington Tractor and spent more money on his Stihl chainsaw, getting a new filter, a chain, and spark plug. This was after working to help remove a tree at our neighbor’s the day before, needing to sharpen his chain saw, and remembering he had ordered a new air filter about a month ago, assuming the parts department would call him when it arrived.

He came back and retrieved me from SAIL exercise class, and we went together to Super 1 where I started in the pharmacy, picking up two prescriptions for John and one for me.
Coumadin/Warfarin cost me $26.78 For 90#, which is more expensive than at Safeway, but I goofed and didn’t order my refill from the correct place. It’s only $15.58 through GoodRx, and there I don’t even have to go through my insurance co-pay. I have now written all over the bottle so I don’t make that mistake again. Cost me $11.20 more. Too much going on in my life when I realized I had run out.
John mowed a lot of grass tonight and he picked over 2 lbs. of strawberries, which we cleaned and sugared and ate some for dessert.
We were gone from the house over 3 hrs. today.

Tuesday, Jun 19

Only thing on tap is going by Bi-Mart to check numbers (we won nothing but I found out the numbers are ONLY for this store not for the region). I went to dance class at the senior center, with only 2 others and our teacher and danced all the dances. It was a review of several of the many dances we have learned during the past couple of months. We only have one more class, next Tuesday. Then the dance day changes to Board Games (not a lot of exercise except for the mind, I guess). Today, we reviewed the Achy/Breaky Line Dance, the Bunny Hop, the Hokey Pokey, the Macarena, and the Chicken (& Duck) Dance. We got our exercise.

John left about 4:30 for the other side of the valley to volunteer with a couple of friends on clearing noxious weeds from the trails on Manastash Ridge. WTAer Bill Weir came, and about 7 others. They succeeded and found a little critter, which Jack Powell photographed… and posted on Facebook’s communication regarding the Ridge Trails with this quote: “Thanks to the hard working volunteers who help pull Knapweed along the eastern Manastash Ridge Trails this evening. While working up there I saw the first horned toads of the year on the Teachers Trail. Horned toad along Manastash Ridge trail, SW of EBRG.

John didn’t make it home until after 9:00 p.m.
Below, I will give a synopsis of the information I found out on this picture I took today: Ellensburg, WA west side of S. Pine St up from Mt. View Rd

I sent a question out to a few friends I thought might know what this grass plant was, and hit pay dirt. On my way home I had called John and told him I thought it was something that had Tom in the name. One of the names it is known by is Tritoma, but the one most people have heard is – Red Hot Poker, which it truly looks like.
John found the site that Caitlin offered, where this is written: Kniphofia uvaria is commonly known as a Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, or sometimes a Tritoma.
Replies in order received: Thanks, Caitlin LaBar, Terri Towner, Megan Walsh-Ferrier, Suzy West, Bruce Seivertson, and Janis Reimers. If you want more details, I can send them, or you can visit the web.
It can be “invasive” if not handled properly. Interestingly, and ironically, John was across the valley working on trails to remove noxious weeds (mostly Knapweed).

Wednesday, Jun 20

I fixed my salad to take today, with John’s great help of cubing smoked turkey and cutting little pieces of Honeycrisp apple. I added the iceberg lettuce and Blue Cheese dressing, and packed Cheez-its for croutons, plus I took a stainless steel fork so I didn’t have to eat with a flimsy plastic one.

Today, Evelyn is back with music for our Food Bank Soup Kitchen play date. Afterwards I am off for SAIL exercise class.

Once home, I continued on projects relating to my computer and other paper work related to bringing back special software onto this computer. I still need to get my WIFI and Epson printer connected with a new driver. (Later I succeeded with that chore, but Sunday my Epson Scan failed after working for two scans.

Meanwhile, I was quite tired, so I lay down for a short power nap, but at 5:10, phone rang with a telemarketer, and I then settled down. I awoke at 7:20 p.m., and thought it was morning. I was totally confused, but rested.

When I got back to the real world, we ate a late supper.


Up too early, but lay back down for another hour, as did John. Guess we needed the rest.

John fixed us brunch this morning.

Pacifica for music. We have a dozen people expected. Only 11 adults showed, but to finish the dozen was our little 5 yr. old who sings two songs with us – Hey Good Lookin’ and yodels with T for Texas. The audience loves her so much, and she is not bashful at all. She also dances (as you have seen in previous blogs), to Irish Washerwoman.

The next picture was posted on Facebook by her mom, and my comment (on Facebook) is beneath the picture.Haley in front of Jerrol’s with cup of Root Beer Float Ice Cream

My comment later on Facebook when her mom posted the pix:

I stopped by Jerrol’s on my way home – an Ellensburg store (Office supply and books) that was celebrating its 71st birthday today, and giving every person a large scoop of Winegar’s ice cream (another local business connected by a pass-through door). I brought home two containers for us. It was a soft serve. While there I used my $10 coupon for purchase with no strings attached, and bought a box of 100 new file folders, for which I had to pay only 80₵. Not bad. I am gearing up to put all my receipts in order in my filing cabinets. Tomorrow I shall return for a box of hanging folders to separate the months. I still have an anniversary coupon discount on any purchase of 19.47% (the year they started).

Maybe I will designate a filing cabinet to house some of my music for the group that I have to create and carry around every year, including audience copies of the lyrics.

I continue working on file structure for the computer problems. Just moved all my music files for SongWriter 2012 over this morning, but sadly they now all have the same creation date.

We fixed a nice salad for supper and I had enough left over to make mine to take to the AAC tomorrow for the event. They are serving English Muffin pizza with salad, but I cannot usually eat their salads because of all the dark greens. So, I take my own Iceberg lettuce doctored up with Honeycrisp apple and smoked turkey cubes and my favorite dressing.

John picked over 4# strawberries tonight to give to a gal in my SAIL class. She makes strawberry jam for all her grandchildren and families for Christmas. She will share some with us. He picked all and I culled a small bucket of the ones with bad parts. We now have wonderful cut strawberries sugared to have with cereal, meals, and desserts for the next couple of days.

Friday, Jun 22

This morning I finished testing my Epson Scanner. I was too tired last night after spending a bunch of time trying to download the software for the printer drivers, and then installing it. I was hung up on the registration process, until this morning, when I got it registered properly. I knew the print was working last night because I got a Test Print sheet printed. Then, this morning I got the Epson Scan to work, and made the following jpg to show my elation.John has since cleaned the printer heads. The Magenta print was sloppy – better now.

I headed out for the AAC for an event with lunch (where I first took photos and of the 4th of July decorations around the room they had put up yesterday.) I also took pictures of the folks in attendance for the talk today.

This was a presentation over lunch at the AAC (Ellensburg Adult Activity Center), otherwise known as our senior center. This seminar was titled: Health Futures Forum on Wildfires and Air Quality concerns for citizens.Nicole, Kasey, and Darren before the talk

I videotaped the presentation. Here are the videos and details:

Nicole’s Intro to the Day’s Presentation at the AAC

Wildfire and Air Quality Health Information

Presented jointly by Darren Higashiyama, Deputy Sheriff (Operations Commander) in Emergency Management for Kittitas County with Kasey Knutson, Health Promotion Supervisor from Kittitas County Public Health Department. Their topic was Wildfires & Air-Quality Preparedness at today’s Healthy Futures Forum.

Darren is going to share with me the PowerPoint Display, because I didn’t have my tripod and it was pretty dark in the room for my very old video camera.

After the presentation they handed out copies of the three things: a chart of the Air Quality Index shown on the web and in the PowerPoint presentation. The other two I’m not picturing here, but one was a page describing Wildfire Smoke & Your Health and the other was an Emergency Preparedness Guide, a 44-page manual. This is a State publication and gets updates and tweaks each year.
Here is the Google Photo link for today’s pictures of people there for the presentation:
Click on this Link to see all pictures taken today at AAC on Google Photos

I took my own salad and it was a good thing as they had two pieces of pizza, cooked on an English Muffin (Pepperoni/olive or chicken) with a mixed dark green salad. Everyone in the audience ate as I filmed the presentation and I ate afterwards.

I stayed for the SAIL exercise class and we had a good turnout. I requested that Katrina take a photo of the people there for class today. A couple more people arrived after the photo.Elaine, Judy, Teacher-Jessi (AmeriCorps), Ann, Joyce, Shirley, Murl, Sandy, Isabel, Madge, Nancy

After SAIL exercise I gave the bucket of strawberries (from an iced cooler) to Roberta, and then drove by Super 1 Pharmacy to pick up my Vicodin for emergency needs with pain in my severely arthritic shoulder, when I dance for an hour, or play fiddle music for over an hour.

From there I went by Grocery Outlet to get a head of lettuce for our salads (we used ours last night and in my salad I took today)—while there I checked the price of a Key Lime pie, and found a lower price than elsewhere in town, $5.99. That is the best pie to have with strawberries. It’s perfect for Christmas as well, with the red & green color contrast. We freeze our strawberries and have them through the year. Lots of bad ones this year, so fewer to freeze.

After that shopping, I pulled across University Way and went to Jerrol’s for the rest of my shopping needs left over from yesterday. I decided with the decent discount, I could buy a box of 25 regular hanging folders and 2 boxes of 25 legal size hanging folders. My entire order received a $7.98 discount. Nice.

On home by way of a place south of the airport, where we share our Wall Street Journals with a business student. She very much appreciates it, and I subscribe with a great educational discount, that got even better this year. I have used it for teaching for years, and continue by sharing with my colleagues. Much, but not all is the same as on the web.

We had a sausage patty and chili for supper, and now I’m uploading the movies I took today to YouTube. The pictures are on my computer now too, and I need to get them processed and moved to Google photos, so I can share with all the AAC members, and staff, who puts them on the Ellensburg Adult Activity Facebook site.

Saturday, Jun 23

We were up early to feed cats and bless John’s heart, he took time to put a roast into the Crockpot to cook.

John left at 6:30 a.m. for the WTA work party at Granite Peak Trail to get there early because of limited parking.

I was going to sleep in, but only managed an hour because of taking a diuretic early, and because we left the hard food out and the Magpies noisily came in to rob them and woke me.

I did wash a load of several days of dishes, and resume working on computer chores.

Fixed late brunch and enjoyed it a lot. It was heated leftover sausage patty, ham & cheese plus omelet, with piece of toast with Apricot jam made by my neighbor, and a bowl of a banana with our strawberries.

Now for shoes and a walk with the dog. I think I was gone for more than 45 minutes. The wind was blowing and it was cold, but I had on a sweatshirt and walked all the way to the irrigation ditch before I could get a connection to go through to Peggy our sister in Parma, OH. The winds were blowing so the 75° felt colder, making me stand in the sun. We had a nice 32 min. visit. She was as frustrated and tired as I from all the things that have happened to her. Earlier, as we did this week, she had a flat tire and replaced all 4 tires. Today, I got her after she found her kitchen floor covered with water and had just spent too much time and energy, fixing the leak under the counter, and then drying up all the things that got flooded. We compared notes and I thanked her for sharing her woes to me and listening to my complaints of the week. She said a great quote, “Sharing them makes them only half as bad.”

On my way back to the house, I turned around and saw our Rainier Cherry tree, which John had mentioned was getting redder cherries. I decided to take a movie to share with you. The winds have earlier caused many young cherries to fall out of the tree, so we were worried that this year would be much slimmer than last. The buck is getting better antlers this year. A fenced in Syringa.

Cherries in the wind

John called at 3:30 and was 80 minutes away. I set my alarm for 4:45 to let Annie out front. John walked in before I let her out! Guess he made better time than expected.

Still at our place, is an example of a part of the wildlife around:
Introducing Buck, 3 yrs + old, on the Naneum Fan

And more views in the wind close to the road with cottonwoods rustling to the left and pines around, as well as Blue Lupine.

Winds & Syringa (Mock Orange) on the Naneum Fan

Change in location to Magnificent Mt. Rainier:

I just found a most moving experience, which I was able to share with my Facebook friends, but am unable to share with others of you who read our blog but do not have access to Facebook. This is one of the major benefits to my staying on FB.

The Musical Mountaineers at Mt. Rainier
This is part of Anastasia Allison (violinist)’s version of their experience, with her description.

Last week, after a whirlwind trip to California for “The Musical Mountaineers,” we headed to Mt. Rainier with Nikki Frumkin (a mountain artist), and Mitch Pittman (a wilderness videographer).

We wanted to find a sunset, but what we found was something more – we found ourselves in the shadow of Mt. Rainier that night – each of us showing up for a beautiful moment to create something that was so much more than notes or watercolors or film… and as if the mountain could sense the creation that was taking place in her midst, she joined the hymn and painted the sky with her own melon-colored hues.

These moments in life, you can create them. You can take your heart and show it to the world and make the most beautiful things. You can be who you are, and have that be enough. You can change the world with a simple hymn or a swipe of the brush or a beautiful film. You can watch a sunset, with tears streaming down your face, and realize that the whole world is the most beautiful melody that you will ever find.

Videographer: Mitch Pittman (and a quick note: this video was shot ENTIRELY in ONE SHOT, because Mitch is a genius)
Watercolor Artist: Nikki Frumkin
Music: The Musical Mountaineers (Anastasia Allison and Rose Freeman)

I featured a story about these two musicians in this blog awhile back when they gave a concert on the Manastash Ridge (south side of our Kittitas Valley). This above is of Mt. Rainier, and was shot all at one shooting. The videographer is as talented as the musicians and the artist seen in this beautiful rendition.

Sunday, Jun 24

We ate breakfast of leftovers, and John is out to spray while the winds have subsided, but sadly that the temperature is rising.
He sprayed 6 gallons before coming inside. While he was out, I washed a load of clothes, and stacked some dishes for washing later, but I went back to finishing my part of the blog. I’m still working on uploading one last video, and then I’ll be ready for John when he awakes from an afternoon nap. He sprayed another 4 gallons.

When he came back in from the yard, he was holding a large Juice Can full of strawberries we’ll have to clean and sugar for tonight and tomorrow. I will be able to do that while he works on editing the blog and puts it into WordPress.

This video below arrived in email this morning from Nick Zentner along with the dates for the planned field trips starting in the fall, and for his downtown lectures, which will be in a new location this year – the auditorium of the now renovated Morgan Middle School. I’ll have to take a photo for future use of the newly planted trees and bushes around the parking lot at the west entrance to the school. I drove by on Ruby St. last week and wished I had my camera with me. They have done a nice landscaping project and the old building’s face is quite beautiful. It has been covered and out of view the whole time I have been in town, with an annex, which was demolished to concentrate on the main school restoration.

For old times’ sake, here is the building as it originated in 1929 as Ellensburg Junior High. Old building now renovated as Morgan Middle School, EllensburgNick Zentner – Sharing Geology

Here’s an interesting 18-minute visit with Nick Zentner reminiscing about his 30 years of sharing Geology with his students and with the community (around the world).

Nick Zentner – Sharing Geology

This was filmed in Yakima, WA (to our south) as a Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) presentation. You can learn more about the organization from their website:

Considering all, we both had another busy week.

Hope yours was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Lovely images to calm the stormy week

While I was home frustratingly dealing with a dying computer, of unbeknownst reasons, John drove, twice, the 3 hours to Longmire (at Mt. Rainier) for a WTA work party. His activities were much more interesting than mine were this week. I missed a couple of regular activities because of long stints on the phone and trips to Yakima. Photos by the WTA crew were posted and I’ve had John explain some of what was done. He went Friday and Sunday. My tribulations are below. John stepped in and explained this Mt. Rainier part.

June 1 & 3, 2018 on the Wonderland Trail along Paradise River
The WT is 93 miles long and encircles the Mountain. I’ve worked on short sections at various places over several years. This trip is very near the main SW entrance and gets a lot of traffic.Locations: left: Mt. Rainier from the footbridge across the Nisqually River.
Right: Carter Falls on Paradise River from the Wonderland TrailAcross the Nisqually River for the hike in to the work site. Note the crew is not carrying tools. They were cached after Friday’s work, then brought out after Sunday’s trip.
Conveniently, a large Yellow Cedar tree (great resistance to rot) had blown down with its top at the trail’s edge. With a bit of work, it gave needed material to the repair.Splitting Cedar rails for “Check Steps” for placement across the trail. Orange hat in the right photo is Aaron, of the National Park trail crew. Green hat is a WTA volunteer. Left photo – driving steel wedges into the end of the log. In the right photo both are using cant hooks (aka Peavey) (link) to get leverage to break the tree trunk apart.
The biggest single project for the weekend was to repair a seriously eroded 30 ft. section near a large tree.Left photo is an early photo with a test-placement of a step. See photo below for that with John (orange shirt) and a volunteer. Terry looks on. Over many years, the tree roots became uncovered and boots and water cut deep into the soil on the left side. On the right, the finished set of steps (7 total) are placed and filled with small rocks (first) and soil.A project requires planning and coordination. That’s the Blue Hat’s responsibility. In the photo below, our Blue Hat (Hannah) works with Terry (note straight rake handle and level) to determine the placement of the 2nd check-step.
Behind Hannah, a piece is being peeled and shaped to fit the space. Up the trail a reddish-brown mound of dirt is visible. A pit-digger and 4 bucket carriers provide the material from 50 feet off the trail. Another dozen folks are working farther up the trail, unseen. The Blue Hat carries a bag of snack-size candies (think little Snickers Bars) and goes to each group, giving candy, and advice.

The two photos below show a spot at the down-trail end of the “steps” project. As the steps project began to take shape, John jumped into the muddy project.There is a wet area where water seeps up into the trail from the surrounding forest. Years ago a drain was dug across the trail and a slanting log laid across – seen in the foreground, partly covered with muck. That filled in with forest litter, wet soil, and small stones.
The right photo shows Alan, Eric, and John building a stable step across the drain from the log. Unlike the good fortune of have a good tree to get steps from, this area is short of rocks. Bummer. We managed – somewhat like working a very difficult jigsaw puzzle.

Alan is the chief WTA trail guy and mostly operates as a “Blue Hat”, but on this day was operating with Eric and John as a team of equals – sort of.

Monday, June 4 Computer fixin’ day

Okay, back to Nancy’s problems:
Whole day dedicated to Nancy’s laptop Dell.

I drove to Yakima to follow-up on my phone call yesterday with Jared at Office Depot, where he has a 1 Terabyte external disk drive to sell me and also is willing to see if he can find the problem that 3 others have not been able to fix. He was unable to fix it although I think he made more progress than anyone to date, including the tech support at Dell Computers who connected to it and I watched her efforts, but they failed, and the conclusion was I would have to have them RESET my laptop to what it was when I bought it. That means I lose all my software, and have to back up all files on the old one which will be wiped clear with the “reset” after backing up.

We left my laptop at Office Depot and I will pick it up tomorrow afternoon.
After that we filled my car with gasoline at Costco for a decent price, only 6 ₵/gal cheaper than in Ellensburg, but hey, that’s 60₵.

Before leaving Yakima, we decided to check out WinCo Foods, a new grocery store adjacent to Costco in Union Gap. We only saw a few items that were obviously a better deal than what we could get in Ellensburg on sale at Super 1, or at Grocery Outlet. One was an excellent price on All Bran Buds and an okay price on Raisin Bran. While there we picked up something else, but only had $20 worth. We went through the checkout counter, and I saw the credit card machine, but the cashier said they wouldn’t take it, only cash or debit cards. What a surprise! We did have the money, but had we bought $200 of stuff, we would not have had cash. We don’t own a debit card. We believe they need to post a sign at the entrance warning people of the payment required. I also prefer to use my VISA credit card from Costco because we get 1% back in cash rewards for purchases made on it, anywhere, 2% on purchases in Costco, and 4% on gasoline purchased anywhere.
While WinCo has lots of stuff, we are not likely to go there often. Too many intervening opportunities, and the lack of credit card usage.

Tuesday, June 5

Started with our annual trip to the eye doctor. Nancy at 10:00 and John at 10:15, although John ended up finishing first with our beloved Dr. Davis at Valley Vision. We both had good sessions and each one of us got a newly changed refraction test, for new glasses. We can have them covered in part by our insurance. Story why comes later in the week. We thought we were not yet eligible because we are only eligible every 24 months, for $150 toward the costs. Check Friday for the rest of the story.
While WinCo has lots of stuff, we are not likely to go there often. Too many intervening opportunities, and lack of credit cards.

I had to make another trip to Yakima, this time by myself, to pick up my computer and check out my ability to use the computer with the new external disk. I knew I had to be there before my tech support person left for the day (at 4:00 p.m.). Everything took longer than planned on the backup installation, and I barely made it there in time to get it before 4:00. It completed just minutes before my drive down (took an hour).

Wednesday, Jun 6

I fixed my salad to take today, with John’s help of cubing smoked turkey and cutting little pieces of Honeycrisp apple. I added the iceberg lettuce and Blue Cheese dressing, and packed Cheez-its for croutons, plus took a stainless steel fork so I didn’t have to eat with a flimsy plastic one.

Food Bank as usual for music but I carried along all the music for today, because our normal leader was unable to be there. I went ahead of time because also another member who sets up chairs and music stands also was not going to be there. Afterwards I was off for SAIL exercise class.

After that class, I went by to care for the cat and clean up. They are due home mid-day tomorrow.

Once home, I continued on projects relating to my computer.
Expecting a call about 5:30 from the tech at Costco Concierge, whose help I will no longer need. Need to contact Dell for hopefully a refund. The call arrived just after I got home at 3:30, as they are on CST and I was supposed to be called at 5:30 in my time zone!

Thurs, Jun 7

Rehab for music. We had 11 people there and a good time.

I’ve been working on file structure for the computer problems.
Thursday afternoon call from Deepa in India. I asked her to please submit a request for a refund for failing to fix my problem. I no longer need her to reset the system. I don’t know when I will hear back.

Friday, Jun 8

John left about 6:40 a.m. for the WTA work party at Denny Creek. See Item #3 in his “Not so nasty news” – previous blog post.

I’m staying home to give attention to a number of things.

I contacted Craig at school and we have arranged for me to drop off my computer laptop for him to add some software, now that my old one got wiped clean. I also tried reaching the publisher of the Music writing software to no avail. I will search for my serial number on the music and try a telephone call on Monday. I copied it before leaving the computer to be backed up and reset.

I called my secondary insurance, Kaiser Permanente, to see if we both have eyeglasses available. Valley Vision apparently called and were told we both were eligible for our $150 toward a new pair. I didn’t think we’d gone 2 years since using the discount.

I now know why. We are NOT COVERED FOR OUT OF NETWORK PEBB service (and thus, Costco is not an optical approved provider and therefore not included). A person seeking the reimbursement must use an approved provider or a Kaiser Facility (closest one of those is Seattle): only ones in Ellensburg are Valley Vision and Dr. Sarah Storrs’ place: Family Eye Clinic, 707 N. Pearl Suite B, and we are both eligible. She would then be reimbursed by insurance for the $150. I figure her prices are most likely better than Valley Vision’s, and I would like to support her business, because I know her socially from other connections.

I did a load of John’s clothes today and my socks and underwear. I did a load of dishes. I have not hear back about the Dell Computer charge. I worked on computer re-organization.
John called on his way home, and I gave him the place to buy gasoline for his car, which we are taking on a field trip this Sunday.
It started raining tonight. Not good for the farmers with hay down, and there is a lot down and much baled, and still in the field.

Saturday, Jun 9

John fixed us brunch and then went out in cooler weather (hoping that continues through our field trip tomorrow) and returned with a flower bouquet he brought me (made from the last of the Iris):This now graces our kitchen window over the sink.

Now I’m removing a lot of stuff from my Nikon camera to use on the field trip tomorrow. I also need to clean up my movie camera so that I can capture the lectures at the 4 stops on our trip.

A notification came across my screen advertising a free wooden table for giveaway, about 9 mi (~ 15 minutes from us). We decided to drive in and get it, even though we don’t have room for it. It seems to have potential.

Here are some cropped pix of the announcement: It shows some wear, came without chairs, but did come with an insertable piece. John wants to know why those are called a “leaf.”

Once home, while moving files on my computer, I saw a notification go across the screen that my friend in CA had tagged me on a Facebook send – it was of a nest of ugly baby birds. She said the mom had a red-head, but the nest was in the crook of a tree, scented by her Brittany (she found him standing on his hind legs). I don’t know many red-headed (solely) birds except a red-headed woodpecker, but I would imagine they would prefer nesting in the hole of a tree. What do you think? I thought of a red finch and John thought of a redpoll. Baby birds of some species

Sunday, Jun 10

John and I are going to participate in Nick Zentner’s field trip on the Ringold Formation, an interesting geologic layer about 50 miles to our southeast, and near the Hanford Atomic Energy site. It starts in Ellensburg at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. We’ll go in John’s car, following the caravan. We first expected hot weather, but a reprieve may be in store. Surely hope so. Even a little drizzle after 11:00 a.m. could be possible. Suits me. I’m not a hot weather person.
Images below are part of the field trip guide. Report next week.
Above map, by Manastash Mapping, of Ringold Formation field trip 6-10-18. Handouts made possible by Ellensburg Chapter members of the Ice Age Floods Institute. This is from the color handouts of the field trip notes, which are on line (see link below). The Hanford site is across the Columbia River (west). We learned on the field trip, this is created by Google Maps (not Google Earth), and requesting 3D. We have not tried that yet. Has a lot of promise, as can be seen in the handout below. Take a peek at it. You’ll need it to help interpret the videos taken at each stop which will be reviewed in next week’s blog.

The title by Nick Zentner: Ringold Formation – June 2018

Ringold Formation Field Trip – June 10, 2018

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Problematic week,

but with good things too

Monday, May 28 Happy Memorial Day !

I finished the blog last night, because I had link problems after John had hit the hay. He’s the WordPress person in this family. Finally, I got them all fixed and published.

We were up early for John to take the new Flag to the road.

I’ve been working hard trying to complete the videos and a few photos to send to the Geography Department and to the winners of the scholarship awards. Need to finish and go take a photo of the flag flying with the sun behind me.

We learned our co-owned Brittany in California garnered 3 awards for 2017 Dog of the Year awards in the CA Brittany Club. Photo shows her 3 trophies (cheeseboards) and each came with 2 wine glasses with an etched Brittany head.

Jeri is going to send us the Gun Dog of the Year trophy and keep the wine glasses. We have too many wine glasses (by the carton) from our tastings in our summer class for 12 years: Wine: A Geographical Appreciation. We set up 3 glasses for each person during the final tasting, and we purchased all the wines for the event (usually 12 or 13).

Here are the placements

Field Dog – Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ SH – o Jeri K Conklin & Nancy Hultquist.

She (Daisy) & her Mom (Ginny) won 2017 awards:

Gun Dog – Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ SH (Daisy) – o Jeri K Conklin & Nancy Hultquist

This next is Daisy’s mom:
Amateur Handled Field Dog – FC KWK Windswept Guinevere of Camelot SH – o Jeri K Conklin

Senior Hunter – Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ SH – o Jeri K Conklin & Nancy B HultquistWe both went out to see the flag blow in 44 mph gusts. It’s still fluttering. The flag kit came with 3 small screws to attach the pole receptacle to a wall. It needed a much more substantial method. Two by sixes and large lax screws, plus braces, are in place – for now.

Adjusting the Flag Position 5-27-18 (getting ready yesterday for today)
Yesterday’s Flag Adjustment

High Winds on the Naneum Fan

Czar Went to the End of the Driveway with us to see the Flag
Czar is a Companion Cat

Then Czar Rolled in the Gravel
Czar’s Favorite Pastime

Our irrigation ditch is without water & John removed the dam.
Waterless Irrigation Ditch

Dinner was baked chicken, with succotash, and sourdough toast with butter and Parmesan cheese. It was very good.

Tuesday, May 29

This was totally a recuperating day for me. The winds blew hard all day, so John was unable to get any work done in the yard. A piece of tree trunk (dead) came down, and if anything had been under it when it fell, it would have gotten crushed. It is against and over part of our fence. Out of the way, so it can wait to get cleaned up – on a day with no wind.

Here’s what we did today. We went to town to pick up a Stihl brusher for work at our house fire-wising and work on trails (probably in the future in the Spokane area with a WTA crew John knows).
Washington Tractor’s sales rep (Janie) with John. The handle bar attachment is in travel mode, lowered and swiveled down. Note the size of the unit by comparing to the back of the pickup bed. His next chore will be to create a way to carry it on the luggage rack on top of his Crosstrek for the trip to Spokane or elsewhere.
It arrived with a string-trimmer head. We also bought a tri-blade head, shown at right.Once home, here is the end of the unit and the right shows John attaching the handle to a carrying harness.

Next we have a video once home of the demo of using it for weeds.
Goodby weeds!

Wednesday, May 30

Food Bank as usual for music and I carried along my salad for lunch. Afterwards I was off for SAIL exercise class.

I think, once home, I continued on projects relating to my computer.

Thurs, May 31

We have water in the irrigation ditch today. Seems the rocks and logs have found a new home.

This is a BYE day for our KV Fiddlers & Friends music (5th Thursday) – well deserved., so, John and I went to Costco for things for us and others.

We had a great evening at the Ice Age Floods (IAF) local chapter meeting at a presentation on local geology by an excellent speaker, Lydia Staisch from the USGS in Menlo Park, CA.As a guest lecturer for the local chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, we enjoyed Lydia Staisch’s presentation on the Ringold Formation, Sedimentology & Provenance: Implications for the ancestral Columbia & Snake Rivers.
Lydia Staisch, Ringold Formation
Lydia’s Questions & Answers
Nick’s Invitation to the audience for Lydia’s Noon Talk Tomorrow
Invite by Nick Zentner

Friday, Jun 1

John left about 4:40 a.m. for the WTA work party at Mt. Rainier. Likely earlier by ½ hour, but he wasn’t sure. By arriving early he gets to visit with the assistant crew leaders, and leaders for WTA (2 this time), and a National Park trails crew member. Introductions of everyone, and safety talks start at 8:30.

My laptop computer and I left for CWU to meet the systems analyst for help uninstalling the rest of Sophos, which is an antivirus software they wanted to sell me, and they managed to alter my system so I could not complete the uninstall, even though I had administrative capabilities.

This was the beginning of my end-of-week problems that actually began last week when I tried unsuccessfully to uninstall Sophos, the “free” antivirus software. It’s ended costing me dearly. Now I need to add administrative management to get into the user group to get rid of it. Thus far, I have not succeeded. The end of my meeting was to leave without the need being fulfilled of gaining administrative access to my Windows 10 Home addition. I somehow have lost that ability. I will be seeking options tonight. Subsequently, no one has been able to make the change. I will have to resort to a complete reset of my total computer (more to follow here).

From that meeting, I went to the Geology lecture Science II, Rm 206, at Noon, where I took a video of Lydia from an awkward angle in a small room.

Noon Talk on the “Yakima Folds” (these are E-W ridges folded in the area south of Ellensburg):

From Gravity Anomalies to Graded Streams, crustal structure and Quaternary acceleration of deformation rates in central Washington Presented by Lydia Staisch.

Yakima Folds Presentation

Lydia’s Q & A on the Yakima Folds talk

Ending Questions & Answers

I went to SAIL exercise at the senior center. Katrina instructed the class in her usual wonderful manner. She makes exercising fun. Afterwards, I went by a friend’s to check on her cat. She and her son went on a trip (plane) back to the East coast for ~ 10 days. I found a problem with the automatic waterer and made a temporary fix.

I spent more time researching my computer problem and trying to find a solution.

Saturday, Jun 2

I spent a lot of time on phone trying to fix my computer problems. I was on the phone with tech support through Costco where I purchased my computer, fall of 2016.

I went to town with John to get gasoline for his trip tomorrow, by Super 1 for groceries, and by Anne’s to check out the cat situation with the waterer malfunction. Cleaned up the wet papers from the day before, and decided to replace with a conventional bowl of water.

John moved water hoses, filled barrels, watered trees, some flowers, and picked strawberries for me to fix. Then we had them on Key Lime Pie for dessert. Just a few have ripened. Late next week there should be lots of ripe ones.

Updated my meds and called in the one I’m running out of. Monthly ones are a pain. I wish I could get for longer. I need 90 pills for the month. NEED TO CONTACT the Pharmaceutical Company for Entresto about the “break” on co-pay for insurance. Might have just been limited to one year without renewal possibility. I was getting it for $10/month. Now is $40. Buying it through GoodRx – without insurance – is not an option, because we are talking $469 (from the cheapest place, Costco).

The late afternoon and evening I spent on the phone with support in the U. S., and finally with a tech support person in India working for Dell. With just that one person, I spent 2 hrs and a fee (because my year’s warranty was over), but the fee was only going to apply if they could fix it. They could not without resetting the computer to what it was when I bought it. I could not do that before backing up the entire computer’s files and folders.

I decided I needed a new external drive disk to use to back up everything, because of lack of enough space on my current one.
John provided an initial search for one and found one I wanted at Office Depot. Later, I looked to follow through on purchase. I had questions and got into a Chat with an Office Depot staff member at some place away from here, and learned information I needed to make a phone call to the store on Sunday.

Sunday, Jun 3

John left at 5:00 a.m. for Mt. Rainier. (Longmire, via Steven’s Creek Canyon)

I moved the water hoses (am doing every 2.5 – 3 hrs.); one near pine trees and Forsythia bushes, and another on the Carpathian Walnuts.

Outside temperatures decreased over a strong start mid-morning. Now it’s windy and cloudy also. There was some very light rain on the western slopes of the Cascades, but not here.

I worried with computer issues much of the morning, and finally called the Office Depot in Yakima to see if I could come there for buying an external disk drive.
It took me two phone calls, but I finally located the technical support person, Jared, who heard my story, and made an agreement to help me tomorrow at the Yakima store at 10:00 a.m. As he doesn’t have the 2Tb Seagate I wanted, I will buy a Western Digital 1Tb drive from him for a very low price, use my American Express card that gives me another 5% discount, plus he will look at my computer, teach me how to set it up to backup all files and folders on the system. I will not have to pay him to reset my computer, and he knows how. My main concern is the software loaded there. I’m sure that will be gone with the reset, but it will restore my Windows 10 Home to allow me to have administrative privileges.

I am sure I will have problems with some of my added on software, mainly SongWriter 2012. I captured their contact for a future need. They will have to give me permission to reload on the same computer after the fix, and then I have to find where the disk got put. I may be without the use of the software for awhile.

I finally ate a late lunch at almost 2:00 p.m.

The weather is very strange today. It was 50° when John left this morning, by 1:00 p.m. heated up to 81° (at the airport). It was hot when I went to move hoses, but I didn’t look at the temperature till 3:00 here, and it was 70°. The winds started after 2:00 p.m. and have gusted to 46 mph (again, at the airport 5 miles south of us).

I’m waiting patiently to hear from John. He had problems reaching me on Friday coming home from Mt. Rainier, and now at 5:46 p.m., he’s still not been heard from, so I should be getting a call soon that he made it to Yakima. He called a few minutes later. He was coming through the Selah Gap. Now scheduled home in a few minutes, and Annie’s already outside waiting for him in the front yard. She’s been going out with me every few hours to move hoses, but she will be thrilled to see him and get to go for a real walk.

She will likely tell him she’s been ignored all day. He made it just now at 6:30 and I heard her yip in excitement. I noticed he got out of the car and then put on a heavy shirt and knitted cap. I checked the front porch temp and found it at 66° – it’s probably a bit cooler out in the yard and the wind, which is still blowing hard.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

End of School Year

Celebrated Even When Retired

. . . … Other events in our lives …

I’ll start with some follow-up comments for the weekend that started this week. You’ll remember hearing that John went to WTA’s Crew Leader College in North Bend, Sat & Sun. He has described the activities, in last week’s blog, but here are the photos to add to an understanding, and explanation of his new purchase this week (yet to be delivered), but ordered this Thursday, in Ellensburg.Toter (background) with Beth in blue jacket and hat. Brusher in foreground. What we’ve ordered. Middle photo: Blue hat here is Holly demoing drill. Colleagues stand at right angle to worker and help keep a vertical hole. Right: Full view of Stihl FS 240 brusher.Closer view of Toter at work, carrying 3 large posts.
Right side: Beth and John, WTA buddies taken at the Geography Awards Event Tuesday this week. Beth is the granddaughter of one of the donors (Mary Ann) of a scholarship award (Macinko Award in honor of her husband, George) given to a prospective life-long geographer.
I have visited Beth on email, but this was our first meeting in person. She worked with John on a WTA trip a few years ago. Last year she signed on as a Crew Leader. She does 4 and 7 day back-country trips, some very strenuous hiking required, so he hasn’t (and won’t) see her on her outings. He’s wearing his casual blue “bucket” hat and his WTA emblem on an orange shirt and, as an Assistant Crew leader, his WTA hard hat is orange. [Needs to shed a few pounds, doesn’t he?] After CLC he was presented with a new orange hat, so no longer has a faded one from long ago, and it has a nice tightener on the inside straps that his old one lacked.

Monday, May 21

We finished the blog tonight – very late, and I awoke this morning early, with only 6 hrs (if that) of sleep. The 3 outside cats came this morning, so I fed them, and also our inside/outside one wanted fed. I was awake and needed to send pictures to the folks at the AAC for the Friday event, so I put those into a Google Photo shared link and sent. If you are interested in seeing the photos, they are available here: (If you access it and click on a photo, then look above and click on “info” to see what I know about the photograph.)

AAC_Senior Prom Night_May 18, 2018

I was relieved from Jury Duty in July for health reasons.

Sent a check to Scotch Hill Cemetery – John’s relatives are guests there.

I tried catching up on my missed sleep, but didn’t get enough to feel up to going to town for only one stop; I canceled going to SAIL (exercise at AAC) at 1:30.

John made us a great brunch – omelet, sausage, fried potatoes, toast, and orange slices.

Here’s another interesting video on the Kilauea Volcano today, May 21, 2018. You may have to wait awhile until it loads, but eventually start it over again to get the complete running view. They are keeping folks away because of the deadly sulfuric gasses being emitted. We have a VCR with footage of a friends hike to the edge of the volcano rim taken probably 15 or more years ago. It’s rather impressive. On an interesting note, after I retired in 2010, the university removed the VCR units and capabilities from the classroom media presenter devices. That would have seriously affected my use of short clips to enhance my lectures I used in all my classes. They closed the Library’s media center for checking out reel movies and VCR tapes, and did away with them. I am not aware of any mechanical way to transfer information from a VHS tape to a digital copy. I just looked it up and found there is! One can buy a VHS to DVD Video Capture Device unit on Amazon for $35. I don’t have the incentive or need and especially not the time to do that conversion. Apparently, all the camcorder tapes I have of fiddling classes at the WOTFA summer workshops could also be transferred. I’ll have to leave my treasure trove to someone else. Meanwhile, here is the footage I wanted to share of the current eruption of Kilauea:

Fly Over 5-21-18 Kilauea Volcano Summit

Tuesday, May 22

Crazy morning. I awoke sick after a decent night’s sleep. John was due in town about 8:30, but when he went to open the gate, he noticed our irrigation water was down, and it had been slowing down over the past few days. A landowner downstream from us stopped to talk and said the diversion ditch providing our water has filled with rocks again. He will try to address the problem in the next 2 weeks. Last year they had to go through the Fish & Wildlife folks for a permit to clean out the rocks. John finally got back, loaded his car and went an hour late to town.

While there he filled his car with gasoline, went to his appointment, and then made two other stops. I canceled my 2:00 dancing class plans hoping to get to feeling better. We must leave our house in time to be at the Univ. by 4:30 p.m. for the end-of-year party with scholarship awards, in the grass east of the Dean Hall building (shady). We are taking a Crushed Pineapple-filled Lemon Cake, lawn chairs, drinks, and my camera for videotaping the award ceremony.
We are back in the house from setting up & cleaning the lawn chairs to take to the event tonight. I charged my camera battery. I did my part of fixing our lunch salad, after John cut the smoked turkey and apples. I’m feeling better than earlier, but I’m happy I stayed home from the AAC Just Dance class today.

I tried unsuccessfully to uninstall Sophos, a free anti-virus program, but now have to add administrative management to get into the user group to get rid of it. Thus far, I have not succeeded. The idea is that Windows Defender will take over as the anti-virus protector, once I rid my system of the Sophos invader, which I have to take credit for installing. I talked to Craig Scrivner (our computer guru in Geology/Geography, our Systems Administrator) at the party, and was told how I was supposed to do that, but didn’t have my computer along, so when I got home and tried, it did not work. I will have to take my laptop in to campus next week to get him to help me, or reach him in person by phone. I need to go by the Geography Dept anyhow so should be able to combine trips.

We left at 4:00 for Campus. We took lawn chairs and the cake, with a little flag John put on a skewer to identify it. The department also had a two-layer partitioned 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 white cake which most people had, and so we brought about half of our cake back home.Image on the flag of our Pineapple-Lemon Cake

While we’re talking lemons, here is a collage of our favorite 5 yr. old, whose preschool class raised and released butterflies. All you lepidopterists out there will appreciate this.They all hatched for the 3 preschoolers. A windy day and they didn’t want to leave, but liked the lemon sugars, and the rose.

Back to Geography: I took my Nikon camera and videoed all the individual awards for those there and those unable to be there. Ours is below. I’m sending all the rest to the donors, the students awarded scholarships, and to the Geography faculty members. I sent the presentation video of the GIS certificates to Bob Hickey, to send to all those recipients.

Many people joined the party, from babies, to young students, to faculty & staff members from several departments, to older retired members of the department. Mallory & Josh with Baby Daphne <> John, Mary Anne, Lillian, and <> Elaine with part of the crowd behind.

Hultquist Distinguished Service Scholarship Award

Mallory Triplett- Graduate student, Nancy, Caleb Valko, undergraduate

Hultquist Distinguished Service Award – Caleb Valko
Video:Hultquist Award – Caleb Valko

Hultquist Distinguished Service Award – Mallory Triplett
Video:Hultquist Award – Mallory Triplett

May 22, 2018 Awards – Geography Department and Cultural &
Environmental Resource Management (CERM) graduate program

Brooks/Shaw: Caleb Valko

Joseph P. & Gillian A. Stoltman Scholarship:
Isaac Anzlovar and Jamie Liljegren

Macinko: Isaac Anzlovar

Martin Kaatz: Andrew McDonald

Hultquist Distinguished Service Award:
Caleb Valko and Mallory Triplett

Wednesday, May 23

John left before 8:00 a.m. for White Heron Bottling of Rose. He carried along a large chunk of Jarlsberg Cheese for the tasting and sharing afterwards. He brought home 3 bottles of Rose’.

These flowering shrubbery photos go back over 10 days, but they never got put into our blog, and they are worth seeing in full bloom. Purple Lilac foreground, background Crabapple. Right image – Flowering Crabapple, has very small fruit, not a mess. Oregon Grape (yellow, foreground) with Lilac blooming and Carpathian Walnut in progress of leafing. Right: Mountain Ash near our front door

I’m taking care of paying bills, talking to the dentist’s office about my appointment tomorrow for a cleaning, and continuing to send videos from last night’s award ceremony up to You Tube. I must finish fixing my salad to take along and pack my carrier.

I’m going to the Food Bank for music and on from there to SAIL. I was rather sore today playing the fiddle and doing exercise, even with taking it easy both places.

Thurs, May 24

My morning was filled with printing and sorting new music for this afternoon to take to a dozen people, for our practice preview session before the regular program. We have 25 songs in this set. I provide lyrics packets and many in the audience will sing.

John and I made separate trips to town because we couldn’t figure how to combine without keeping him away from home for 5 hours.
He’s doing watering chores (onions this morning), using well water. Garden and flowers are doable. Larger fruit trees may suffer if ditch water isn’t back on in another week.

I drove myself to town because John had to drive the truck to pick up his Honda mower from WA Tractor and pieces of free wood at Wood Products Northwest. Below is an old image. Today they had a pickup load laying there.I went to play music and then went to the dentist, for a 4:00 p.m. appointment for my teeth cleaning.

On one of the free Facebook sites, I spoke for a porcelain doll to give to my friend in Nampa, ID who taught us violin classes for 22 years in Kittitas at the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Summer Workshop (for a week). She has a doll collection and will be in Moses Lake this summer (I went to the workshop there once a couple years ago, but it was too hot for me existing there and being out in the heat on the way in and out, even staying in the a/c comfort of her RV on my friend’s farm. John and I plan to meet Roberta and her daughter for dinner this year, and I can deliver the doll then. It was a gift from a gal on the Facebook site, The Free Box. I asked her to consider me for it yesterday morning, and she delivered it to me at Hearthstone at the beginning of our music. She’s a pretty doll, but not antique. She’s only a few years old. Bobbie Pearce replied to my email, and would love to add her to her collection. While most are antique, she has several newer ones. Top of Porcelain Doll – Bottom – Full Standing View

I made contact via private messaging on Facebook, and now I await her returned response to my email about timing. I included the picture above. Once she knows the schedule, we can figure the time we’ll come pick them up. She and her daughter Katrina (a left-handed grand champion fiddler) will go with us to dinner in Moses Lake.

I started researching Historic Hay Stackers when I saw the following picture taken 20 years ago by Fred Newschwander. It is on Thomas Rd., only 1/2 mile from our house, but longer by road. Fred was our veterinarian shortly after we arrived in town. We knew him also through our membership in the Kittitas Valley Trail Riders club. John was the Club’s Monthly Newsletter Editor (we), for a number of years, printed on our computer and mailed to the membership. Finally, they got a web version going and we later quite riding and going to the meetings.

Fred’s history in the valley is updated here recently at a CWU presentation in May.

Ellensburg Veterinarian Honored at CWU Banquet Left photo by Fred Newschwander ~ 20 years ago. This is what it looked like when we arrived in 1989. Now the wood is more weathered; the right photo was taken 5-27-18 by Nancy Hultquist. The location is south of Thomas Road west of Naneum Road, on the left, before the first curve.

Here is the best video description I can find from the National Park Service in Montana.

Horse-drawn Loose Haying at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Montana (National Historic Site)
Check the video below.

Horse-drawn Loose Haying at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Montana

This equipment uses the Beaverslide Hay Stacker, named from its location in the Big Hole Valley in Beaverhead County, Montana. The lift is done with a series of cables and pulleys, which are powered by horses moving away from the raked load, hoisting it up the slide.Beaverslide Full of Hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beaverslide Stacker Empty

Friday, May 25

John left about 6:40 a.m. for the WTA work party at Gold Creek/
Gold Pond just this side of Snoqualmie Pass. The pond is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible place with an asphalt trail and many interpretative signs. Most of the work was cleaning debris from between bridge decking, brushing, and the repair of one bridge approach. It involved cutting brush and moving rocks and dirt. John was on that project. See the prior blog, Item #3, for a bit more – John’s find!
Once over a decade ago, we walked around the pond with our best man and his wife (who died after 12 years of fighting cancer).

Did I mention I fell while dressing in the small bathroom, when my sock slipped on the bath mat on the linoleum floor, throwing me backwards onto the floor bruising and straining some parts of my body. Reflecting on yesterday, I was telling a person in our music group that I had taken a Percocet (serious pain pill I cannot get any longer), but it helped.  It didn’t really help me through the rest of the afternoon, however.  I had a dentist appointment for teeth cleaning at 4:00 (why I had to break at 3:05 to take my antibiotic during our music that went late past 3:00).  Lying in the dental chair with my sore back (where I hit the wall), and my butt where I hit the floor, and my arms (got a pillow for the right one) and blanket for the left one, was hurtful more than the tartar scraping. I hit the right arm (my bowing arm and the good one) on the counter and toilet on the way down, and on the left one (my arthritic shoulder), I hit the floor on my thumb, which hurt Wed and Thurs holding the violin to play notes.  I guess the right arm was hurting from bowing, because when I drove from Hearthstone to the dentist and then on home, it was actually hurting too much to hold the steering wheel. I’m better today, but certainly looking forward to a 3-day rest period.

Traffic alerts on I-90 started early today at 2:46 p.m. for eastbound from milepost 33 to milepost 106, with heavy traffic volumes, so travelers are experiencing 30 to 45 minutes of added travel time between North Bend and Ellensburg. John hasn’t called yet, but I imagine his trip will be affected. Guess I have time to unload the dishwasher and load the soaked sink full. He left his cell phone in his truck from yesterday’s trip, so he couldn’t call me. I was expecting him at 5:30 and he was right on, even with the slowed traffic. At least it kept moving. Annie was happy to see him.

I worked more on the photo and video projects to share with others from Tuesday, and for use in this week’s blog.

Last night John went to bed ahead of me, because of his needed early arising. I was ready to hit the hay and had an itch on my back. When I reached around I came in contact with a live critter. A young tick had adhered its head into my skin. It was out of my sight, so I just pulled at the thing, got its head and some of my skin, and then had it between my fingers, so I quickly got to the closest toilet and flushed it away. Then I pulled up my night shirt and looked in the mirror. Yep, a blood spot. Then I continued feeling and checking. I don’t know where it came from. I have not been outside walking in the woods, and have no clue how it got to where it was – one of life’s mysteries. Maybe it came in on Annie or John.

Saturday, May 26

Morning started early at 5:00 a.m. when John was getting ready to leave for Dorothy Lake WTA trip (Stevens Pass area). After feeding two outside cats, I went back to bed at 5:35 when John drove away.

Slept in and then started trying to do things on the computer, but now the time has slipped away, except I found a home on Facebook for getting rid of two pairs of jeans we cannot use. I need to finish the photos from the Geography awards party and ship off the videos. I need to work starting the dishwasher, fix brunch, and continue with the blog completion. John got his TW’sNSNN column out last night. My aches are still there, so I am using the long weekend to recuperate, so that I can start anew next Tuesday, having missed a week of exercise at the center because of holiday travels and closures. Our teacher was leaving early Friday for her trip for the weekend, and there was no one certified to teach the class. I once taught it while our then only teacher went to S. America and then to Canada, on another trip, and I would step in and lead the class. I had to stop because only people can teach it who have taken the all-day certification course, and had regular renewals. I didn’t mind helping when needed, but I did not want to be scheduled regularly. The reason it’s required is that their liability insurance would not be valid if I (uncertified) were teaching. Then I would be responsible for all the medical bills if someone fell while taking the class, and got hurt. No thanks.

Our winds continue. High 30s and lo 40s for the past 24+ hrs. Highest today was 47 mph.

I just had a great brunch, making it with leftovers from yesterday. A good serving of John’s enhanced Chicken Fettuccine from Costco, to which he adds veggies (green beans, Lima beans, carrots, celery, and corn), normally mushrooms but not this one, ½ of a tomato, leftover slightly less than a half of a Honeycrisp apple not finished in John’s lunch on the trail yesterday, finishing with cookies from Briarwood. That should give me sustenance to complete the rest of the afternoon. I did replace the outside cat’s water (full of seeds and windblown things), and the dog/cat water inside the house.

Responded to some overdue emails, now to load dishwasher and take pills. Done, and in 54 minutes from 2:03, I will have a dishwasher load of clean dishes.

Now back to the blog and photos from the Tuesday Awards dinner. Temperature is still low and nice today, but the wind is still howling. Up to 47 mph gusts last hour, 46 mph the hour before, and 45 mph the hour before that. It’s been over 40 for most of the day.

John called from Leavenworth at 5:38, and is about 70 minutes away, but then hit 5 red lights and kept talking through his Bluetooth. He said the place is full of tourists.

I found, removed, and flushed down the toilet an engorged tick on Annie’s head. We’ll have to conduct a major search when John gets home. Also, recently when our outside cat went to be neutered, they found an engorged tick on the back of his neck. I suppose of the 4 cats we own, we should check the ones (3) who will let us touch them. Our long-haired Woody still won’t after 6 years. I have just recently begun to be able to pet the orange one, Sue, mamma of Woody. Even if I found one, I doubt she would allow me to grab it and pull it off.

John made it home a little after 6:45 p.m. and now is out in the 47 mph wind with Annie.
John’s WTA trip’s photos arrived Sunday morning from the crew leader, with a nice report thanking all the workers, for their completion of specific tasks.

These collages tell quite a story that is too much to put into words for this blog. John explained each photo in detail to me this morning after they arrived from Nate Schmidt at 8:30 a.m. I hope John can summarize the story in a couple of sentences.
John is pictured with other workers in a WTA trail report by a hiker (Ed Moore) who came through the work site. That photo is below. Note the piece of old tree on the left side.{Photo by Ed Moore, hiker.}
and the link to the Dorothy Trail report is HERE

Below are two collages of the work accomplished to clean up the mess of a large tree that feel across the trail and wreaked havoc with the uphill steps and turnpike. On the left, John (orange) is up-slope talking with hiker Ed Moore. Niki, lower right, is near another log piece. In front of her is a shovel. The old tree broke above the shovel handle and landed in the trail between Niki and John. The right photo shows damage to the steps; also shown in the first photo near John’s feet.

Below, these 2 photos show the reconstruction near the end of the work day. With about an hour left, rocks and dirt that had been collected are being passed to Carol and Jim who are packing the turnpike. Out of sight, more material is being dug or collected.
The log in front of Carol is held in place (rocks were added later) by stakes, split from a slab of old Yellow Cedar (remnant of previous work years ago). John, very right, has moved to cleaning out a drainage at the upper end of the site. Sunday, May 27

Woke to geese making passes over the house while honking. Multiple times. They must have been playing a game. By the time we were up and about, they were gone. Lots of quail calling around too, but they are not loud nor intrusive.

This afternoon John is getting the new flag flying for Memorial Day. The flag came with a pole and holder meant to be held with 4 small screws. HAHA! Our winds would rip that down in an instant. That set-up would only be good indoors, perhaps a class room, gymnasium, or a great big family room. Our winds dropped below 20 mph, so John put the flag up for an hour while we ate supper. It is now in the house. Next week’s blog will have a photo. Anticipation builds.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan


So much happening in our lives – – –
. . . but, that is a good thing! (Morris Uebelacker)

At 6:00 a.m. this morning, John went close to Bumping Lake to work as an Ass’t Crew Leader (ACL), with Lisa Black. He called me from Gleed, WA (west of Yakima), at 4:17 p.m., made good time, and was home by 5:00 p.m. I had worked all day on several projects.

Tomorrow morning, we need to go pick up Czar, the male outside cat, who made it back from his travels this afternoon just before 6:00 p.m.

We finished the blog tonight at 8:55 p.m., so I have to send a few emails, and get to bed earlier for a good night’s sleep.

Monday, May 14

I called Mike this morning at Habitat for Humanity. He had found a special mailbox for my neighbor. All I know is it is huge, square, made of heavy-duty steel, and will make it through the snowplow and the postman who wrenched her current small mailbox door off its hinges. She’s going to get this one put on a stout pole couched in concrete.

We picked up Czar about 9:30. He’s happy to be home.

I sent this note to the Valley Community Cats Facebook page:Meet Czar – our 4th feral to send through the system for spay/neuter. He showed up in the winter, and I notified Nancy at VCC that we’d be needing to borrow a trap. We first thought he was female and started calling him Sally. He would run in the other direction for the first couple months. He would come in and eat but not stay around if we tried to talk to him through the window. Eventually we realized he was a male, so changed his name to Salazar. Now he is simply, Czar. He tamed himself, coming in mornings and evenings for food, and sleeping around the premises. He loves being petted and is a companion cat with the others following John around doing chores. He rolls in the gravel drive, meowing loudly, to be petted. He allows us to pick him up and carry him 50’. He now has taken to spending days on the veranda of the cable table in our front yard, where we also feed the birds above and the quail come in the fence and eat off the ground. The cats (surprisingly) are ignoring the birds. He follows the shade around, and is there to say goodbye when we leave and hello when we return, or come to the ledge by the front door of our house, when he is hungry. We were able to pick him up and place him in a crate loaned to us by VCC. Nancy and Noella accepted him for their recent trip to Lynnwood, with a bunch of other cats in their car. They had him for a few days before their trip, last Sunday, and for overnight until we picked him up in the morning. We and he so much appreciated the care. Now you see his clipped left ear and he got all his shots and a dose of tapeworm medicine. We now have protected the unspayed females in the neighborhood. Please everyone, consider doing likewise. Nancy will come trap cats for you if you cannot. They are providing a wonderful service which we all need to support. Thanks again.

Here are some more photos of his antics:

Czar in shade on veranda of cable table (Sunflower seeds behind); in the sun wanting attention; sprawled on the concrete, yawning.

I went to SAIL (exercise at AAC) at 1:30.

Tuesday, May 15

Busy day, started with our cleaning out my Forester’s back and putting in the exercise thing, a Gazelle, for its trip to The Habitat Store.
Donation of Gazelle (I bought at a yard sale decades ago for $5) – They sell new for > $120.

We originally tried to give it away to a woman via the Free Givers of Kittitas County Facebook site, but she never managed to arrange to pick it up. This donation to Habitat for Humanity was a nice thanks for their finding a special rural mailbox in their incoming pickups for my neighbor. Both of us are pleased, and John is happy to get rid of one more thing out of the shed where he wants to park his car, named Jessica (after the song).

I picked up my meds at Super 1, rest of the Entresto, and a bunch of Metoprolol (considering I have to take 3/day that’s a lot for 3 months, and happily one of the cheapest heart meds I’m on, for $15. The Entresto is the most expensive at $40/month; thank goodness my Kaiser Permanente insurance covers it. I would have to pay cash $463/month at the Costco Pharmacy using GoodRX pricing (their price is better than any other GoodRx store in Ellensburg).

We did 3 dances to start with today, getting the lessons at the beginning, and then dancing for the rest of the hour, with time at the end for review and our choice. We did the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance, and a line dance, Popcorn. Then others for review and by request, including the Macarena.

After the original videoing (see a few below), I danced along with the others. I pushed my pulse up pretty high a couple of times, and my Fit Bit recorded totals of

May 15 2018 11:41 p.m. pulse 68
5,020 steps
2.12 miles
1,781 calories burned
1 stairs
26 min. aerobic exercises
68/250 exercise man

(1) Hokey Pokey 5-15-18 AAC Lesson
Hokey Pokey

(2) Chicken Dance 5-15-18 AAC Lesson
Chicken Dance

(3) Popcorn Dance 5-15-18 AAC Lesson
Popcorn Dance

(4) Popcorn Line Dance with Music
Popcorn Line Dance w/ Achy Breaky Heart

Nicole sent the dances for next week:
– The Bunny Hop line dance
– Mambo No 5 line dance
– Down South Shuffle

I did get a tour of the Habitat for Humanity store, when I donated my old Gazelle, and then climbed two steep flights of stairs to the Maximum Gym to buy my Klaire Probiotic for 2 months. Then off to Bi-Mart to check numbers, and on to the AAC for Just Dance class. Afterwards, on the way home, I stopped off two places at yard sales and then on home to bring in all my acquisitions for the day. A good purchase was 5 pairs of blue jeans for John, some almost new, but the best was a giraffe costume I got for our little mascot for our music group, to give her as a Pre-School graduation gift. Here is the cute photo that resulted on Saturday, after I took it to our music date Saturday afternoon. Wednesday, May 16

Last night I got my salad setup to take to the noon lunch for after our music, but need to add bleu cheese dressing to the lettuce this morning, and add other ingredients, except croutons I’ll take along separately and add once I’m ready to eat.

SAIL will be taught by Evelyn (who is our banjo player at the Food Bank lunch music).

I played music and ate at the Food Bank today, and went on to SAIL exercise, by way of Hospice Friends to pick up some application materials for my friend who had a stroke.

We were invited for a spaghetti dinner to celebrate a birthday at our neighbors.

I’ve been away from home a lot this week and keep falling farther behind in keeping in contact with folks on email, including getting job announcements out on the Google Group jobs list, with almost 800 members now.

Thurs, May 17

I called in our chair count (all dozen) to Pacifica for this afternoon’s music.  

On my way to play music, I stopped by the lab at the hospital for my standing order monthly blood draw. I was happy to get there before my fav phlebotomist left for lunch, and I still had time to stop two other places before music time arrived.

I came home late and missed the phone call with my results but they came through the next morning, and all are fine: INR: 2.2, Potassium: 4.7, with my next month’s date being rechecked is 14 June.

We went to hear Brandon Rossi’s presentation, “Get Ready for Ravens” at the Kittitas Audubon local chapter monthly meeting. There I met up with several friends and met a new one, Arlene, a friend of Joanie who has a common friend, and has her new email address. She’s going to send it to me through my friend, Joanie. I’m happy I went; it was quite interesting, and we have some mutual friends at the US military’s Yakima Training Center, where Rossi works in the Environmental section.

Brandon Rossi – Common Raven Ecology

Common Raven Ecology

Brandon Rossi – Questions & Answers on Raven presentation

Questions & Answers on Raven presentation

Last video finishing up the Q & A for Rossi’s talk

ending Q&A & Comments after Battery died

We brought home a brownie each for dessert and were late getting home at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, May 18 Mt. St Helen’s 38 years later !

Starting off with an awesome memory of the Mt. St Helen’s Eruption, with photos that were kept quiet for 34 years. Here is a link to tell you the story:

Photographic Memories of the Mt. St Helen’s Eruption

Be patient with it, and read throughout. You will not be able to reach one of the videos, but you will see 19 pictures if you stay and go with the flow (no pun intended).

Busy day for me. I got ready to rush in for the first part of Ruth Harrington’s Scholarship lunch (the last one this year), held on the 3rd Friday instead of our normal 4th Friday’s meeting because of the conflict with Memorial Day Weekend. I picked up a piece of butternut squash/onion pastry, 3 pieces of fresh fruit, some salad & colorful cherry tomatoes, to put with my additional stuff I always put in salads. I was due at the Senior Center (AAC) for The Senior Prom for 2018, put on by the CWU Recreation students, starting with a luncheon (Chicken Fettucine with salad and apple pie), followed by dancing and photography, and awards.

They were still serving lunch by the time I got there after Noon, so I got a serving of Fettuccini with a good amount of chicken breast meat, not many noodles, and no broccoli. Elaine (the cook) fixed me up special. I added my salad to my plate and enjoyed being there. My plate with salad I brought; students left, AAC members right and end; then right, showing my bellbottoms, on outfit Katrina (AAC Director) asked me to wear to the Senior Prom, and she took the photograph. She likes that “suit.”

Another collage having fun with Marilyn Monroe & Elvis Presley:Lady in white, Corrine, student helper with Ernestine (I know from other places in town, who had her Prom Night 2018 Prop facing the wrong direction and was saying whoops! Middle photo: Carol in her Elvis T-shirt kisses him; Nancy w/Anne in her Chocolate Kisses T-shirt from the Hershey, PA tour, which is no longer as neat as when John and I took it a 1/3 century ago, and got to walk across metal stairs and walkways right over the vats of chocolate and to be down and see up close the kisses dropping and coming off the conveyor belt.

Here are a couple videos for your enjoyment. Don’t miss the dancing wheelchair gal (her name is Carolyn) and she is in my exercise class at the AAC (Senior Center), but it’s open to non-seniors needing the exercise.

(1) First dance – “YMCA” at the Senior Prom celebration

First dance – “YMCA” at the Senior Prom

(2) “I Did It My Way” Dance 5-18-18 SR Prom AAC

“I Did It My Way” Dance

The King and Queen (by audience vote) are in this video. She’s in a long blue dress (Judith) and her husband (Peter) is dancing with her. I have gotten to know them through dancing classes and they danced their way into our hearts with a very old fashioned dance at the AAC Talent Show a month ago. I videotaped their talent there (she sang as they danced), and she videoed (and sang) with my talent (playing the violin and leading the audience singing “You Are my Sunshine” and “Jambalaya.”)
King Peter & Queen Judith; Joanne; Connie; Joe with Poker Chip award.

Saturday, May 19

John left for WTA’s Crew Leader College at 5:30 a.m. to meet friend, Bill Weir to drive over for this day’s events.

John fed the first batch of cat food, I went back to bed, and slept in.

When I was up, and through the morning, I fed the rest of them again, and set up the attendance for today’s music at Briarwood.

I have been working on transferring videos I took to the web of the activities at the end of this week.

Now time for a late brunch before going to Briarwood where they feed us afterwards.

I showed up for music at Briarwood, and we had 7 people there to play music. One was a family, the mom is our violinist, husband played the guitar, and baby Neil slept on the floor in his carrier until almost the end of our music. Then we were fed an excellent BBQ meat, with salads, and desserts. I was quite filled up, but the ladies provided two plates of dessert to bring home for John.

Sunday, May 20

At 6:00 a.m., John takes off for N. Bend, for the second day of Crew Leader College. There were lots of folks {100 +} involved in a dozen or more learning activities – some very hands-on.
John participated in (a) a short session about Cultural Artifacts led by a King County geo-archaeologist and a Univ. of WA Burke Museum person with about 50 specimens from that collection; (b) practicing with gasoline powered tools [weed and brush cutter, drill, toter**]; and (c) an emergency response session with several parts, including radio communications. The work at Mt. Rainier last summer yielded about a half dozen “incidents” that made it onto the WTA-2017 Summary of Incidents Chart.
{ ** Go back to the previous part of the blog published Friday to see picture of toter. }

After John left, I was up for a tiny while, and went back to bed. I was able to finish dishes that had piled up over a couple days, and go retrieve my camera from my car to transfer the pix from it to my computer.

John called at 4:00 but immediately his battery died before I could find out where he was. He was just onto I-90 east of North Bend, with “Jessica” pointed to home. I assumed he’d be home in 1.5 hours and he was. [Odd thing about this is that the first rule of Emergency Response is to check batteries before heading up the trail!]
Annie was thrilled, because they immediately went for a 20-minute walk.

I’d fed and visited with the cats all day and worked on chores (mostly the blog and things needed for it).

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

animals at home and away

Sunday, John returned to trail work on the Lost River Trail. The crew was Lisa, Rebecca, and John. We introduced Rebecca in the blog for Saturday, May 5th.

Interestingly, they learned Lisa once worked in a bookstore with a hubby named John. Both bookstores, in Idaho, sold the “country living” manuals written by Rebecca’s mom, Carla.

John and Rebecca teamed up on removing big rocks from, and forming a new tread, on the trail.

Here are photos:Photos by Blue hat, Lisa Black

Left photo shows how the trail looked on Sunday Morning. A small rock and a large hidden one are at ‘B’, behind the person’s legs. Rock ‘A’ has two parts. In right photo they become ‘C’ & ‘B’.
In the right picture, Rebecca has uncovered ‘new A’ – a 90% buried rock where we want the trail to go. Blue dots under and to the right show about where this rock rested. Having been there for a thousand years – it was evicted.
A new trail magically appeared – with a little help from Grub Hoe Rebecca, and Shovel John.Compare with left side photo, above.

One of the rocks had a space under it, home to a cute 6 inch long Salamander; Sally. When John moved that rock, Sally Salamander took refuge under Lisa’s boot. We had to find it a new home, and took it off the trail a dozen feet. Still, it wasn’t very happy with us.
We did not get a photo of the salamander, so found something similar on the web.

Raccoon returned tonight, after Czar came for an evening snack. I was sitting at John’s computer reviewing the blog for final submission, heard some noise, of Czar leaving abruptly, and looked right into the eyes of the raccoon coming up the ladder by the window. John went out, shooed him off, and cleaned up the spilled food. Never a dull moment in the rural area with wildlife.

Monday, May 7

We published the blog for last week at 12:05 a.m.

We took the Ford truck to pick up 5 pallets from a gal in Ellensburg, and if there are any flowers left after the storm, we’ll carry her a bouquet (there were, and she was happy). We got there at 1:00 p.m., loaded up, and continued to SAIL exercise, where John sat and read the Wall St. Journals that have accumulated. I drove my car so we could travel (leaving the truck w/ pallets there to pick up on the way home) so we were able to go to Costco, Big Five, and Bi-Mart. I returned shoes to Big Five which were not to my liking, but I was wearing the other pair I like and bought the same day. Costco we got some gasoline for my car and a few things we needed at Costco, but the best part of the trip was meeting our friends, Suzy & Bob West there, and we had a nice visit over cold mocha for Bob, piece of pizza for John, (Nancy took two bites), and John and I shared a Very Berry Sundae (made with Frozen Yogurt). We were very late returning home.

Write a note for Meadows today to get a count for those coming Thursday, knowing we will have a conflict with several of our players who are down in the Yakima River canyon this week at a bluegrass jam session at Big Pines campground. They are likely having a chilly and windy time this week.

On a day without photos, I am going to add some from my longtime friend since 6th grade, Maude Buzcek, whom I grew up with as Nancy J. It’s hard for me to revert, but she is such a wonderful photographer, I will publish her real name so you can someday recognize it hanging on a wall in a public building.

The first photos this week are from her trip to Florida, where she resided for many years. Now she lives in Michigan. Last week you saw and adult Tri-color heron in a drainage ditch. Below are three more of the species.My favorite above is a newborn. Then are 3 babies with mom. A Tri-heron taking off. Photos by Maude Buzcek, included with permission. Please do not share or copy any part or the whole.

Tuesday, May 8

8:00 a.m. I called RCI to confirm a possible Hawaii vacation that “hit” for a resort on Kauai for a friend. Indeed, it had come through, but the dates could not be used by the family. While on, I explained that to the agent, and she said, “Well, there is an availability the week before,” so I put a hold on that, until I could reach the family. They got back to me in time to cinch the week in September. So I’m happy we don’t lose the banked time share, and they are happy they get to use it for 4 people in their family. That makes me very happy too. They are paying all the costs that I have to establish on our end to release the use to them through a Guest Certificate. If any of our friends are planning a trip anywhere in the world, give us as much notice as possible (a year is nice for finding exactly what you want), but our trading power goes out for 2 years from March 2018.

Called and ordered my Entresto.

A few places in WA are having water issues. EBRG too, but less so. There was lots of water over the road and people’s driveways on my trip in today. We are okay. Unusual to see water on the road on Thomas, Alford, Sanders, and at Mercer Creek over B Street, I heard Dollarway had some, and then saw more on University Way and Brooklane Drive on my way home. This is not unusual with snowmelt and especially in the hills (to 5,000 feet) north of our valley, rain on snow events. In years past it has been high enough that I have old photos of John standing on University Way at Chestnut St. with water almost to the top of his high irrigation boots.
Some of the small streams through EBRG have been channeled and even run in tunnels under entire blocks. What could go wrong?

These are a few from today: Mercer Cr. is the culprit here, B St is north of 15th, and the right photo is taken north of Mercer Creek Church.

I was at Nancy Hoffman’s house over the noon hour (her lunch hour) to pick up a crate and paperwork for Czar. I went by Bi-Mart and picked up 4 of the Friskies Party Mix that our cats like so much for treats and by Super One for a couple items.

A little before 2:00 p.m., I went to the Senior Center for our “Just Dance” class led by Nicole, our AmeriCorps staff member.

While there, I took a few videos including Zombie Dance with Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the Korean Dance (Gangnam Style by Psy), and a review of last’s weeks class on the Cupid Shuffle. Only 6 people were present, with an audience of 2, and 5 people participating in the dances I videoed, with Nicole too, as our instructor.

VIDEOS at JUST DANCE – see below mine, for an explanation from the web, mostly on Korean Gangnam Style. I got involved last night reading about Michael Jackson and Thriller and his death in the summer of 2009, and realized why I was not really familiar with it. That summer was the start of my downfall with 9 weeks of IVs daily to get rid of the bacteria in my blood that invaded my heart and ate on my heart valves, causing a major change in my life at the end of 2009.

First, here are the videos I captured in class Tuesday, May 8 with Nicole leading our learning the dance steps.

(1) Lesson Zombie Dance, Nicole AAC, May 8, 2018 in Just Dance Lesson Zombie Dance

(2) Lesson Zombie/Thriller (Starting 2.5 mins)
Lesson Zombie/Thriller (start 2.5 min)

(3) Group with Zombie/Thriller
Group Zombie/Thriller

(4) Korean Dance (Gangnam Style by Psy)
Korean Dance (Gangnam Style by Psy)

(5) Cupid Shuffle – Review Nicole AAC, May 8, 2018 in Just Dance
Review Last Week’s Cupid Shuffle

For more background to Korean Pop Culture and Dance, here are some links for those interested to check out. The introduction to the first dance is long, but interesting and probably worth your time, especially for those of us in the class.

Background: Korean Gangnam Style by Psy
Has the actual pronunciation at the beginning of the video. (sounds like condom, almost )
Gangnam Style on Good Morning America, ABC News 09-12-2012 Korean Dance, Good Morning America, ABC News

This one is totally hilarious: GANGNAM STYLE on Australia’s Got Talent (watch the large lady judge change her demeanor through the video).
Korean Dance, Australia’s Got Talent

On an academic note, you will enjoy this one (at least I did).
2013 Harvard University Korean History Professor & Psy
It’s a very long video, over an hour. Please start watching at 20 minutes to hear Psy’s story. His talk is completely without a script and full of surprises. The funniest is about 10 minutes into his talk about his 2nd day in the U.S., in Boston, not speaking English, but needing help from a pharmacist for his diarrhea.
Harvard Univ. Historical Culture with Psy’s Story Korean Dance Style

Story–article in the Harvard Gazette about his visit:
Harvard Gazette about his visit

And the list goes on, amazingly… in Paris May 11, 2012 near the Eiffel Tower with a large crowd
Korean Dance 2012 Crowd @ Eiffel Tower, Paris

A very interesting interview with Psy by a BBC News reporter (How does an artist follow a world-wide mega-hit? The Korean singer Psy produced and starred in the video Gangnam Style in 2012 and it has now been viewed 2.47 billion times. The BBC’s Steve Evans went to meet him.)
BBC News Interview with Psy

If you want, here is the original Nicole sent me of the Korean video seen around the world and the one on Michael Jackson and Thriller:

Gangnam Style
Original 2012 video Gangnam Style with Psy

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Video

Here are Nicole’s comments about Michael Jackson’s: Thriller was the second one that we spent most of our time on. Thriller is the name of the song by Michael Jackson. The zombie part was because in his video and such there are zombies. It is the iconic part of thriller as during the dance we are the zombies that do the dance with him.

Viewing all these will take up much time, but you may learn a lot you previously did not know. I surely learned a lot about the Korean Dance style. I’ll let someone else follow the Michael Jackson Thriller / Zombie connection.

Wednesday, May 9

Last night I got my salad ready to take to the noon lunch for after our music, but need to add Bleu cheese dressing to the lettuce this morning, and add other ingredients, except croutons I’ll take along separately and add once I’m ready to eat.

SAIL was taught by Evelyn (who is our banjo player at the Food Bank lunch music). Jessi, our AmeriCorps teacher was in a two day workshop for the senior center.

More bird photos from my friend from her trip to Florida. We’ll start with white Egrets:Two of Great White Egret preening; a Snowy Egret; a Cattle Egret carrying a twig for nesting material; young Egrets Sky Gazing. All photos by Maude Buzcek, with permission.

Some babies for follow-up: Baby Egrets and the two right photos are of Wood Storks

Thurs, May 10Kittitas Valley Storm, night before last, Mikka Jameson photo (permission to use). Photographer says, “This was taken from the Currier Creek Development off Old Hwy 10 west of Ellensburg, WA.”

Yesterday evening I started to cut John’s hair because he was looking too much like Einstein. It was LONG overdue. He needed gasoline for his trip tomorrow, so he drove me in, where we parked in the shade, and he carried all my stuff into Meadows where we were playing music. He helped move tables and set up chairs, and went into the side room where he read more in his book on the discovery of the ‘Elements’ of the periodic table and about the odd characters associated with the stories of their research. He greeted and talked to various people he knew (mainly Katie Eberhart, our visiting accordionist from Bend, OR), and also helped with the chair and table reset process.

Then we both left for other chores. The cost of gasoline has risen again. He’d warned me of that, because of the Venezuelan and Mid East turmoil’s political problems raising the price of a barrel of oil.
We just have to pay the price because we need the gas to fuel our activities – he travels 2 days / weekend to the mountains on WTA trail maintenance trips. But, he enjoys the work. I have to run to town on many trips over a week, sometimes all 5 days, and an occasional Saturday.

We didn’t get home until late, and Woody was here. Our feral tom cat Czar didn’t show until 5:10, so we fed him dry and canned food while I stood near him. John brought the crate up to the porch and I opened the door. John took some boxes to the shed and returned when I told him he was done eating. Czar lay down and rolled over on the concrete driveway wanting to be petted. John petted him and then scooped him up and brought him over, putting him in backwards into the crate.

I went on back in to get the paperwork and write a check for the fees while John went back to do one more thing in the garden. We were able to leave right after 5:30. I drove and we called through our Bluetooth to tell them we were on our way. It’s only about 8.5 miles away. We visited and left for home. He is there to wait for a Sunday morning 5:00 a.m. leave to Lynnwood, WA to a Spay-neuter Clinic with 19 other cats going along with Nancy Hoffman and Noella Wyatt for “fixing” and treatments – through their efforts with Kittitas Valley Community Cats, for which they are the leaders. It’s an incredible community service project they manage.

We’ll pick him up early Monday to bring him home – all neutered, clipped ear, and a rabies & FVRCD shost. (There are 5 viral diseases that cats are commonly vaccinated for: herpes (rhinotracheitis) – the ‘R’ in FVRCP; calici – the ‘C’ in FVRCP; panleukopenia (“feline distemper”) – the ‘P’ in FVRCP. I assume the FV at the front is for Feline Vaccine. He’ll also have a tapeworm treatment all at a much reduced price, boarding (no charge) before trip, and the transportation (no charge) over to Lynnwood, WA, but I donated extra for all the help they provided for us.

John had put a casserole in the oven when we originally got home after 4:00 p.m. with chicken breast chunks, asparagus, mushrooms, onions, chicken noodle soup, small pasta shells, topped with grated mozzarella cheese and rolled Cheez-It® crackers.

More animal photos from Maude … how about some red birds ? Roseate Spoonbill landing, two flybys, and one with babies in nest near Rockledge, FL. Photos by Maude Buzcek.

Friday, May 11

John off to WTA at 6:00 a.m. I have had a crazy couple of days and done nothing on weekly chores that need done. I stayed home to recover from lack of sleep, and work on projects needing attention.

Called Mike at Habitat for Humanity, left a message, and he returned my call later. They do have a Wilson, more recent tennis racket for $5 and another for $4. They do not get wooden ones (as mine are) any more. I wonder if those can still be restrung. Need to contact Holly Beard in Kittitas to offer my 60 yr. old tennis rackets. And tell her about the buys at Habitat. She asked for several for her family on the Buy Nothing site, but has not had any offers. I have not yet offered until I check mine out. I know I’m not going to be playing any more tennis in my lifetime.

Today is a Mother’s Day tea, at AAC, but I am not going in, regardless of being the volunteer photographer for events.

I was available with gasoline prices for John to call me from I-90, Exit 34; truck stop and restaurant place just east of North Bend. The price had gone up in Cle Elum, so he came on the extra 30 miles to have that much more gasoline for his weekend trip. He stopped at a place called JRs which was selling considerably less than anyone else in town, at $3.12/gal. He only needed 5 gallons. Today their price went up to $3.20, and they are likely the lowest in town.

His Forest Service Rd trip into and out of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie today was on a new 11 mile road. 15 years ago the trip was over a sorry excuse for a road. Some of the workers shared horror stories of past problems with the road causing $500 repair to one guy’s car.

I changed my password today, finally. Every 6 months it’s required and is a pain to do.

Ate a good lunch – sausage patty, many orange slices, two eggs over easy, and Rosemary olive toast with apricot jam made by my neighbor.

Back to washing dishes, taking meds. Worked a little on the jobslist and had some email waiting.

While waiting for my Earth Science Weekly to arrive from Michigan, and our geographer friend, Mark Francek, I checked email one more time before stepping away from my computer for another chore in the kitchen, and this week’s send had arrived. I opened only one of the offerings and enjoyed it so much, I thought I would share below for your enjoyment too.Polarized Light Microscopy Reveals Hidden Beauty

Call from John at 3:45 – 1-1/2 hours away. John made it home at 5:35 p.m. and it is starting to sprinkle a little with big dark clouds looming.

I’ll end Friday with some alligator photos from Maude Buzcek:Reptilian Tussle _^^^^^_ ^^^^^_ Big Boy (standing is knee high on a person)_^^^^_ Gator in late afternoon, Viera Wetlands. Photos by Maude Buzcek.

Saturday, May 12

Here’s a true heart-warming story from Karen Douglas Barrows, Brittany breeder and friend in Glide, OR via Facebook. Starting with her picture:North Umpqua’s Born To Tri MH (call name, Trina) Photo by Karen Barrows.
Trina was born May 24, 2012. She was one of nine in the litter. Trina was born with a full cleft palate (soft and hard palate). Pups with CP are unable to suck. For the first three days of her life I fed her with an eye dropper. She was losing weight and was down to 4 oz. On the third she went to the vet. He gave us a ferret nipple and told me to take her home and feed her; I am sure he didn’t think she was going to make it. I feed her every 2 hours around the clock and by the third day she learned to swallow as I squeezed the bottle. Team work … I would warm her milk and put her in my shirt when I had to go out somewhere; she had to go everywhere with me. She started gaining weight and was eagerly eating. She spent her time with her mama and littermates. Never a peep out of her — no crying, very content. At 2 weeks she was able to consume enough milk to last for 4 hours at a time. The main concern for a pup with a cleft palate is aspiration pneumonia; well, at a week and a half she aspirated in the middle of the night and refused to eat. So early Saturday morning we headed for the vet. She was put on amoxicillin, responded very well, and started eating again. When she was three weeks old she started eating puppy kibble and was weaned off her milk. She was a nice fat little pup. At 6 weeks she went to OHSU to be evaluated to see if she would be able to have surgery. They said definitely they could fix her mouth. She was whisked away and we were bombarded with things they wanted us to do: one being a feeding tube. They said she needed it to get ready for surgery. As we weren’t sure what was happening, we agreed … even though she was healthy happy and eating well. We took her home and that was the scariest night for us. She developed much mucus and was having trouble breathing. I held her all night making sure she could breath. With the feeding tube in place she could no longer eat kibble as there wasn’t enough room in her throat to swallow the kibble. So we were back on milk. She had to wear doll clothes to keep the tube covered so her littermates didn’t pull it out. Had to change the dressing twice a day. It was a nightmare. She wasn’t doing well with the tube at all. On the 4th of July the stitches came out and her tube came out. (Which ended up being a blessing). On July 5th went to my vet. Said he could put another back in. But after discussing it, we couldn’t come up with any advantages to putting it back in. So we left it out put her back on kibble and she was healthy and happy. When she was 4 months we took her to Medford and she had surgery and they closed her CP. After a few weeks she had 2 places reopen and they had to do another surgery. Which in the end was another blessing. The vet barely split the incision the entire length and brought it back together making a much stronger incision. If you look now at the roof of her mouth, you would never know she had a CP. The time leading up to her surgery she had sticks, grass, rocks, you name it — in her cleft palate. My husband was really worried about her nasal passages and if she would be able to scent birds. The vet said there shouldn’t be a problem. She had to wear a muzzle for 2 months so she wouldn’t chew on bones or hard objects. I had 2 families waiting for her to see if surgery was successful, but when the time came, I could not let her go . So she stayed with us. I told her that she couldn’t be a show champion so she had to prove herself in the field. 
She has kept up her end of the deal . Karen

Here’s her website: North Umpqua Brittanys

Sunday, May 13

At 6:00 a.m., John takes off for Goat Creek, off Hwy 410, almost to Bumping Lake for a WTA trail work party (the last for now, with Lisa Black). She emailed him about bringing his 24” crosscut saw. There is one small log and they would like to not have to carry a longer saw a mile up a steep grade.

John called from outside Yakima at Gleed, at 4:17.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Rocking and rolling with the flow

. . . … Pretty Flowers on the Naneum Fan …

Here are some photos from this past weekend on John’s WTA trip to Boulder Cave and Edgar Rocks.John & Will at Boulder Cave Trail, whole crew at Edgar Rocks, and large rock tipped out of the trail. About 10% was sticking up in the center of the trail, like a little pyramid. Green Hats have it balanced on end, ready to help it off the trail.

Monday, Apr 30

John has been planting bulbs of various types of flowers. Dahlias have yet to appear, and gladioli bulbs are still hiding in the garage. Here are some pictures I took this week.At end of our driveway, the mixed view from Naneum Rd.; orange/yellow tulip; and yellow/orange daffodil.

Closer to the house are other flowers, some tulips, but mostly daffodils, and several flowers not yet in bloom.Unique setting for these daffodils; the ones in the background are seen in the right photo. Main daffodils near house: yellow, white, and white with orange center.

We published the blog for last week at 12:55 a.m., making the deadline before sunrise.

Our farrier came to trim Myst this morning.

I scheduled our annual eye appointments on the same day for June 5, Tuesday morning. This is at a clinic on the west end of EBRG.

I stayed home today from SAIL to work on music.

Our cherry trees are blooming. If not much rain, wind, or freezes – we’ll get cherries this year. The Shiro (yellow, round) plum is blooming with others showing signs.

Tuesday, May 1

I will not go to the 2:00 p.m. “Just dance” class today; too much left to do on music prep.

John has captured a couple of yellow jackets on the inside window where the cat and dog have their door to the outside. Parts are a little warped there and a space allows the insects to get in. Another thing needing to be done. Ate brunch, and

John went to help move a couple of trees that fell at our neighbor’s. He got his chainsaw gear together, but he didn’t have to use that because the water is going beneath the trees. We are in the midst of spring melt and there is too much water. The irrigator (with cattle there) needs to minimize the flow from the diversion on Naneum Creek.

John continued with inside and outside tasks, and I worked mostly on music for 3 players and 19 audience copies. I have to replace 5 new songs at the end of the packet and replace the cover. John was a huge help removing staples tonight, and re-stapling after I made the changes.

Wednesday, Apr 25

Busy day mid-week: I got my salad ready to take to the noon lunch at the Food Bank where we play music. On my way to SAIL, I took Roberta Clark’s music book she left behind at Briarwood, and put it on her front porch.

From SAIL, I picked up my prescription from Super 1. Then on my way home, I picked up two glasses and a glass butter dish (freely given), as well as a double camping chair with a place for drinks on a tray between. We can use it for the upcoming potluck Geography end-of-year awards dinner on the lawn at CWU.We received 2 of the wide mouth matching clear tall glasses and the butter dish; right, the double camping chair. On my way there, I also stopped by another house to pick up some empty plastic flower pots, mostly small.

Thurs, May 3

John left for bottling Amigne at White Heron. He brought home two bottles of that and two of Malbec (the previously bottled variety). Amigne is a very rare grape, most is in the Valais region of Switzerland, and a little is at White Heron.

I’m going to Rehab for music and afterwards by the Food Bank with egg cartons they need for a shipment of a pallet of boxes of flats of eggs (now in their walk-in cooler). Dozen-size egg cartons are preferred, but 18-ones taken as well.

John bought some tomato plants at Bi-Mart today and some yellow crookneck squash.

We had a raccoon figure the way across the structure to get over the fence and come to our front door. It was set up for the 3 outside cats. We’ve had dry food for them under the overhang of the porch. The spot is accessible by a sloping pallet with a ledge. We thought they had been going through a lot recently. So, we will not leave out food after dark. John heard a noise out front, looked out the window tonight, and saw the raccoon. [We’ve seen her/him/it just twice. About 15 years ago we saw a couple of them here, but none until today].

Earlier I had looked out the front door window and thought I saw a strange cat earlier, but it was dark in the yard and I couldn’t really tell. I don’t think it was the raccoon, but I suppose it could have been. We have now brought all the hard food inside. The cats are usually only there during the day, so we will only put it out then, but also pick it up before we leave the house late, not to return until after dark.
On a related note, Sue (orange) has brought dead mice to the front door on a couple of mornings. Perhaps she thinks we are trading with her because we pick them up and carry them away.

Friday, May 4

John stayed home to do yard and garden chores. I went to AAC for the Cinco de Mayo celebration. I was the volunteer designated photographer so I arrived early for a good seat and set out my stuff I had brought along for my lunch (a great chef salad).

At the party, before and after lunch were two opportunities to participate in crepe paper flower making or tossing a ball into cups.Two groups of Crepe Paper Flower Makers before and after lunch.

Flower Making (Beginning)

Demo with Explanation of Crepe Paper Flower Making by Jessi

Jacquie tosses ball one direction and Shirley tosses in the other, with Nicole supervising.

Lunch was an Enchilada casserole with Jell-O on the side. Many activities inside. Outside was a Piñata experience conducted by Nicole with 2 piñatas she hand-crafted STURDILY.

A number of people went out to the parking lot for the “breaking” of the two Piñatas. They were tough enough to give everyone who wanted a chance to make a mighty swing.

First Attempt by Victoria LINK

Joe Gets First Piñata Down

Then Ed passes out the candy from the first, and others keep trying for the second reward.Shirley grabs a few pieces from Ed, and Curtis tries his hand at knocking open the 2nd Piñata.My setup, first hit, and follow through. Very short video below. I handed my camera set already on video to David Douglas and he recorded the first few seconds of mine.

Nancy’s First Try (13 secs) – Penultimate Event!

In between that event and returning for SAIL exercise class, I drove to Kathryn Carlson’s to pick up egg cartons and shopping plastic bags for her donation to the FISH Food Bank.

At the end of SAIL exercise class I asked Jessi to take this photo of me in my shirt from the material my student, Clement Otu-Tei bought for me from his home country, Ghana, Africa and gave to me. He used to call me “mom” so I thought this was appropriate to send as a thank you. My friend Ellen Fischer sewed it into a shirt for me. It is a heavy smooth cotton material.I made a stopover at a large yard sale on Mt. View Rd, where I found an incredible deal on jeans for John. They are brand new still in the package—priced at $59.50, but I paid $2.00 each for two pairs. The find of the century! Back by way of BiMart for Party Mix for all the cats, but I had to get a rain check as they were out. The price was right, but the date of their next shipment is unknown. The sale goes through 5/13, but I’m covered.

Came home after SAIL by way of 3rd avenue and saw another Garage sale sign with directions to Grasslands, an east side subdivision of EBRG. Donations to go to people going to Brazil to build a community center. I got a few free things there, and paid $3.00 for several others. Most of it I’m giving away. One free thing is a clock with a marble base for John, but we will have to hunt for a short 1.5 v battery. We have only longer ones.

We left a little later than we wished for the concert, but it was late starting. Folks started in formed lines, but soon there was just a milling about and the lines dissolved. We visited with friends we knew and with those we didn’t. The room was not full, so getting in early made little difference.

It was an interesting presentation.You can read his story on his website, LINK
He can only use two fingers on his left hand, and the little finger and ring finger curve downward.

Billy McLaughlin’s Unique Guitar Recovery from Dystonia

It was dark when we came back from the music building, and the cats were waiting to be fed again (Woody & Czar). They all ate before we left, but we left out hard food for them. The raccoon returned after we were home, but John chased it off, and it never got to the food.

Saturday, May 5 HAPPY CINCO de MAYO !

John left this morning just before 6:30 a.m. for Naches area, Lost River Trail & Edgar Rocks.

A volunteer, Rebecca Emery, made the startling connection that John had hired her when she was 16 – back in Moscow, Idaho – to work in the bookstore he managed. John knew her mother, Carla, once well known for the Encyclopedia of Country Living. There is an entry for ‘ Carla Emery ‘ on Wikipedia, and the books are still sold.
So, about 33 years later, Rebecca and John got to work (on trail) together for two days.

Today, I worked on a number of projects with deadlines and finished only a few.

We received 4 six-inch white plastic irrigation pipes about 30’ long (quite old, but okay) from our neighbor.

Sunday, May 6

John left just before 6:30 a.m. for the Lost River Trail. He went early to get a head start because Lisa (crew leader) and Rebecca (the only others for the day) hike much faster than he does. It worked well – he got to the tools, got them out of their hiding place, and did about 10 minutes of work before the others arrived.

I arranged to get Czar through the KCFOA (Kittitas County Friends of Animals) to be neutered in Lynnwood. I’m picking up the “crate” and the paperwork from Nancy Hoffman at Tuesday noon. She lives on Strange Rd. We are to take him to the shop behind their house (her husband’s, Paul) accessible from the Vantage Hwy. on Thursday evening. They will keep him until Monday at 5:00 a.m. when they leave for the west side, with several cats to be neutered or spayed.

It started raining this afternoon. Shortly after John started his drive home, rain began on Hwy 410. At Yakima the traffic increased. Things got more sane when he got off I-82, south of EBRG.

The Lost River Trail is noted for ticks. They seem to drop out of the sky. Ones on John’s bright orange shirt were easily spotted and knocked off. I checked when he got home, and found another in his hair.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan