Feet, Flowers, Garden, Trails

Sunday, August 4

After a lot of issues with WordPress, we published the blog at 11:06 p.m. It was “ready to go we expected” by 10:20 p.m., but problems intervened.

Monday, August 5

I’m going to begin this week with a sunny smiling face photo. I took my own today on my trip to the garden as we left out the back patio door, and went by volunteer seeded Sunflowers from the adjacent bird feeder we have stocked all year with Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. We have the same plants around our front yard bird feeder setup.Imagine my surprise, when I saw a post on Facebook from our friend Evie of her trip at morning sunrise to a large field of sunflowers only 7 miles from our house.

She has given me permission to use any of her works of art in our blog, so this will cheer you further. It did me. The top photo show much of the field of sunflowers at the intersection of Brickmill and Lester Rds., only 7 miles SE of us. Photographed by Evie Schuetz.

This morning I got involved making a report of my ER visit to share with my foot doctor. The report has the history, and the X-Ray findings that yesterday finally made it into my KVH portal. They are written beyond my medical comprehension. I need his evaluation of the X-Ray analyst’s findings and impressions. It’s written in language only a medical doctor could completely decipher. He’s spoken with me before about an earlier injury, and regularly sees us every 3 months. I sent it to his private email and called his receptionist to let him know it was there. I have not heard back from him, sadly, so I shared with a couple of nurses and another medical doctor friend. My interpretation of the report was that I had fractured one of the bones, yet was discharged from ER, with the “conclusion” that it was likely not fractured.

No biggie really, because there is nothing that can be done, except wait for time to heal and to get the fluid from the bruises out of my system. Having patience, staying off my feet, and resting are the hardest parts of the healing process – which I already realized would be longer in my case because of my being on a blood thinner.

For example, this was the hard-to-decipher information:

Notes: (XR Foot Comp Min 3 Views Rt) Reason for Exam: pain and swelling REPORT EXAM: XR Foot Comp Min 3 Views Rt, 8/2/2019 11:16 AM

History: Pain and swelling with prior injury 2 weeks ago.
Technique: Frontal, lateral and oblique
Comparison: none

Findings: Small area of focal subcortical demineralization anteromedially of the first metatarsal head. There is question of a cortical disruption. No dislocation is identified. There is mild osteopenic bone density with second-fifth digit hammertoe deformities. Joint spaces reveal mild narrowing and periarticular eburnation changes at the first metatarsophalangeal joint. Also degenerative change of the metatarsal head sesamoid bones. Mild hallux valgus changes present. Mild degenerative changes of the IP joints. Accumulation. Soft tissues are normal.

IMPRESSION: Question cortical fracture anterolateral (probably a miss-type); should be as above, anteromedially) of the first metatarsal head with bone reabsorption/healing change.
***** Final *****
Signed (Electronic Signature): Andersen, C. Zeno MD 08/02/19 11:38 a Technologist: WT

John invited me to visit his “newer” garden with our new camera to see the start of the onion harvest. On our way, we went out the back patio door and around by the Japanese plum tree, plus others, he planted for me. I walked (as gingerly as possible) to the garden for photos of flowers, veggies, fruits, onions, and filming the onion harvest. John will follow this with photos of his storage of his onions in the barn to dry, and plans to give me a link to Dixondale Farms where they originated, explaining the needed drying process.

Before the harvesting, here is a fast glance at the walk. Photo is of Damson Plums of Central and Eastern Europe. There is much fruit but it is small and flesh and seed cling tightly. Maybe that is why it seems to be mostly used for Slivovitz, Plum Brandy. The kernels are ground up along with the flesh. This one is from Serbia. We can do jelly a lot easier and just buy a bottle of the brandy.
Damson Purple plum views; we also have yellow ones (Shiro), especially for me. They are still hard.

Variegated (& not so) Dahlias, keeping with the purple theme.John displays the variegated one; Rt. View from a different angle.

Czar supervises – cherry tomatoes are in the mix as well

Finally, the onions story.Onions and Strawberries – Sour and Sweet –

The strawberries are missing in this garden, but doing all right in the other which has a better fence. The deer got into this one and ate most of the strawberries, including the leaves. So sad, after all John’s effort in building the beds. I’m not sure what his plans are, but he has given up on these. {Plants will be moved to a better place until I get a real fence built.}

Now for the videos of the onion harvest beginning, for white first, and then “purple” reds.

Harvesting Walla Walla Sweet Onions, 8-5-19

Harvesting Redwing Onions, 8-5-19

John’s out digging again; photos on Saturday.

I have to continue loading dishes, but most importantly put my meds in the container for the week, so I have something to take after I eat. We’re having leftovers (cold meat) from Saturday’s birthday party for friend Joy.

He returned and we had cold chicken, a tiny bit of smoked brisket, pistachios, and tomatoes.

I called the city’s executive assistant about the time expectations and procedure for the 7:00 meeting tonight. I must attend the City Commissioner’s meeting at City Hall, in order to give my statement of introduction for filling a vacancy on the Ellensburg Adult Activity Senior Advisory Commission. I knew about it because of a friend we have known since coming to town, who had been serving on the commission. She is leaving town for a new residence and vacating an open spot. It’s not a large time commitment, but the purpose is essential to the continued successful operation of our senior center.

The commissioner’s meeting was videotaped, and played back on Ellensburg Community TV, Channel 1. The link below is to the entire session. I’m putting this in primarily to show our local access to events in our town that are available for people to send in action (via a scheduled program for the day’s viewing), which includes current and previous events. It’s a nice opportunity.

Ellensburg Community TV, Channel 1

I got on there later this week, viewed the meeting, and captured the first part on my new camera (as a video). That’s the camera that I need to use Fiber Optic Cable at the University to upload to YouTube, but I wasn’t going to town that day, so used DSL that lengthened my time exceedingly. My 17-min version of the meeting’s start through our interviews is here, with timing of the two applicant’s statements. Each of us spoke ~ 7 minutes and then we were excused from the meeting. Here are the specifics: Start Dean’s at 3:23; end of Dean’s is 9:13 where my name is called and I’m asked to step forward to the podium and microphone.

County Commission’s Meeting, August 5, 2019

After the meeting, we visited the grocery store for some on-sale items and by the Courthouse to deposit our voter ballots** at the collection facility outside. All went well, and we came home and ate a late supper. [**Washington does voting by mail, but deposit boxes are common and saves the State the cost of mail.]

Tuesday, August 6

Called Ellensburg Animal Hospital about Rimadyl access and the cost for 30 tablets of 100 mg chewable tabs. At our last appointment, the vet gave us a bottle with 12 to try with Annie for her pain from arthritis. It appears to work. Their cost is quite high, 30 tablets for $69. I began looking for cheaper alternatives, realizing I needed a prescription to be sent to a pharmacy. I found the best price at Fred Meyer Pharmacy (more details in tomorrow’s report).

I went for my monthly blood draw, and the INR=2.4 (good, same as last month). I filled in other things on the calendar for the next standing order K test (used to be monthly, but has been changed to 4 times/year). While at the hospital, I spoke to the person to request a copy of the X-rays on my foot to be left for me in Imaging. Estimated pickup time was 8/9.

Wednesday, August 7

John left this morning at almost 6:45 a.m. for Snow Lake Trail, WTA Work crew. I stayed up – things to do. My first decision was that I could not participate in the Food Bank lunch music bunch, because my foot was still in too much pain. I must rest it. I contacted 2 people who would be there.

Now at 11:45, Annie has had her pill and settled down. I am sure she was in pain.

Lila at Ellensburg Animal Hospital sent Annie’s prescription for 30 tabs of 100 mg Rimadyl to Fred Meyer Pharmacy. They will let me know the actual price so Pharmacist Chadlyn can check, when they have the script in hand. She thought it would be around $47, from a previous purchase for another client’s dog. This is not sold as a human drug. We’ve been giving just ¼ tablet in morning and evening. For now that seems to work.

She found and will leave instructions for the Pharmacist tomorrow morning to put the order in, as she will not be back until next week. A bottle with 30 chewable tablets of 100mg will cost $26.99 + tax. I believe our tax here is 8.2%, so the cost will be $29.20. Humans are not charged tax on medications, but canines are. She returned my call and I needed to accept ordering 2-month supply because her Fred Meyer distributor has a minimum order she had to reach, and she added as much as she could but couldn’t find $27 more. I told her to go ahead and put in the order for 2 bottles for me.

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RE: local temperature reports

Reading 94.8 at 2:24 home and 99 at KELN

Reading 94.6 at 2:53 home and 101 at KELN

John came by at 3:53, car gave a 92 when it was 98 at KELN

We cleaned and cut mushrooms, and cut an onion to sauté to put in crockpot beef he put on early this morning before he left.

Thursday, August 8

John left at 6:45 a.m. for Snow Lake Trail, WTA Work crew.

I checked the ECTV for an 8:00 a.m. show of Aug 5, 2019 commission meeting but it wasn’t being aired until Aug 11 & 13. However, I fiddled around and figured how to get to the copy and play it off air. Got my camera and tried to see if I could reset the resolution so as not to spend so much bandwidth recording.

I re-recorded the first part of the evening, starting with the lead in Pledge of Allegiance, roll call, agenda amendments, and then continued with the first applicant (alphabetically), Dean Allen for his introductory remarks. We were both vying for only vacant slot on the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center’s Senior Advisory Commission. Then I followed. It was a bit awkward having us only realize as we arrived that evening that we both had applied. Dean Allen and I are friends, and it was not fun to be in competition in public. Obviously, we both followed through, and it was obvious we were friends (we play music together two days/week).

While it downloads from my camera to my computer, so I can transfer to YouTube, I’m continuing with projects. It’s now almost time to fix my salad for lunch, and get ready to leave for music. Got my mic all charged up for today’s announcing at Meadows Place.

I got the call from Fred Meyer Pharmacist (guy) that he would send the order in if I still wanted it, if it took a while. Glad I got the call as I was walking out the door, or we’d been another day away from receiving the medication.

Tonight, John helped me by using his computer to take the 3 images of X-Rays off the CD I picked up this afternoon. His tower has slots; mine has to be done externally and is a lot more hassle.

These are the frontal, lateral, and oblique views taken.

I zoomed into each image individually, but I still am not completely sure what I’m seeing. I need someone to interpret the marks the technologist mentions, and I need to look at the image of the names of the bones in the foot again, while re-reading the report and viewing the X-Rays.

I have since studied it more, while looking at the bone parts and names in the foot, and receiving input from friends. If there are doctors or nurses in our viewing land, and you want to see the individual ones so you can enlarge them, I can email them to you, separately. I personally prefer analyzing the first X-Ray. Just let me know.

Called Janet Fulton-Perkins to sing Happy Birthday. She will call me back later. She’s visiting with her cousin.

Our music at the Meadows Place went fine, and I returned home, after a fairly long visit with a resident I have known for years, about her grandson’s traumatic accident.

John made it home eventually, and we finished off the evening, going to bed a little earlier than usual. My foot was bothering me. I actually left Meadows for the hospital imaging department to pick up my CD of the X-Ray scans and they were there a day before expected. Good, because I did not have to go to EBRG Fri.

Friday, August 9

Last night, going to sleep with the windows all opened trying to cool down the house, we heard all sorts of sounds. The coyotes were howling. Three o’clock brought the sound of 6 shots from our neighbor’s house. At 3:30 a.m. came thunder from the sky and bouncing off the hills.

John left 6:45 a.m. for Snow Lake Trail, WTA Work crew. I intended to do some stuff today, including driving out to check out the Sunflower field at Lester & Brickmill, but my foot is hurting too much. Even with the rest I did this week, I must have not rested it enough and walked on it too much. {John says, WTA friend George is resting his aches by working more at the Volunteer Vacations Logistics shed in North Bend – packing food and gear.} Last night and this morning it has been especially painful. I will do better today taking care of it and staying off as much as possible.

Am uploading the video I took yesterday on my new camera. It’s a much better copy of the Monday County Commissioner’s meeting than I received on my older camera (with less bandwidth to transfer). It will take a couple hours to upload, but no one will need to be on the Internet. I’m on to paperwork sorting and filing and John’s gone to the Cascades. He actually tossed my old hooded rain jacket in the car because they likely will have rain. If there is thunder they will get the work sites safe and leave the work. Normally, the time is 2:30 back to the parking lot, which might be a mile (20 minutes) by now. I’ll call him at 3:30 to reach him through Bluetooth in his car.

I reviewed the pictures sent for 3 different days of WTA work on that trail last week, but the most illustrative one is a before and after of a set of stairs some of the crew built. We shall present that story, with John’s help documenting. In addition, I picked other photos of John’s crew working to have him explain them to me. He has done this in 2 small posts that come before this one. You can go backwards, if you are interested, at the end of this post.

Or, the links are:

Snow Lake Trail – One

#One shows replacement of steps; not what John was doing.

#Two shows an improvement project about a mile up trail.

Snow Lake Trail – Two

I find it fascinating, and I believe you will too. It’s my only way of visiting the work the WTA crews do.

This morning, I changed from having the pressure on my foot’s top from bedroom shoes to two pairs of socks, using John’s hospital socks (given as slippers) with the “tread” on the outside bottom. I can walk flatfooted with no pressure for the few steps in the house I must take today. I’m staying home for a few days to rest it, completely. The walking shoes (leather) are okay for short periods required outside the house, but they hurt too after a while of use.  Any of my trips away to Ellensburg require 2-3 hours, 4 max, and that is too much usage.  

Update on breakfast and pills at 11:00 a.m. – took BP, and Entresto and had my warmed ¼ blueberry/pecan pancake. Gave Annie her ½ pill, and will give another when pain is evident. As necessary, I’ll up the dosage back to what it was – 50mg twice a day, up from 25mg twice, hoping I can get a few more tablets from the vet this coming week when I run out in 5 days, to tide her over until my order is returned to Fred Meyer Pharmacy in 10 days.

Another SSA Scam call 1:15 today: (they left this message)
“Hello, this is Officer Marie Gomez from the Social Security Administration. This is to inform you that your social security number has been suspended due to some reasons. We request you to call us back on 301-264-8279. I repeat it three zero one 264-8279. Thank you, and have a nice day.”

As I wait for the upload to finish, our electricity just blinked off and on at 1:26 p.m. Now the clocks will need reset. Glad my computer was on a battery, but my WiFi and Internet is not retrievable even with a restart of the “modem.” So I didn’t know how long I had to get it going again, without losing everything.

Finally, I contacted Consolidated Communication (CC), Technical Support, in Texas and with a lot of effort I was connected again and did not lose the information I had already uploaded.

After that scare, I called Customer Service to ask if they could connect us to a nearby Fiber Optic cable I thought was down the road. We watched it being buried last year, but it changed directions and turned off Naneum west onto Thomas Road. I have no clue what that cable supports. Consolidated Communication, our provider, claims there is “No fiber optic cable available out here by any provider; only DSL.” Further research needed.

Tonight I decided the idea of two pair of socks was not working as I thought. So, I went back to wearing a newer pair of bedroom shoes, and one pair of socks, but taking the slippers off when sitting.

Saturday, August 10

Primary plans today include three things: make progress on the blog, alternate with organizing and filing receipts where I left off yesterday, and take care of resting and caring for my foot.

We had a brunch consisting of two different assortments of food. Mine was leftover blueberry-pecan pancake, 2 eggs, orange slices, and pressed ham. John’s was toast, 2 eggs, French fries, ham & orange.

John finally left for outside chores. Companion Dog & Cat (Annie and Czar) accompanied him.

On his agenda is rearranging and moving the drying onions and taking photos. Left side: Redwings – Ringmaster.
Others are Walla Walla, Sterling, Red River, and Red Zeppelin. The copper ones are Walla Walla, and they are the shortest keepers.

From his adventure with the onions, he brought back a couple of each kind and then fixed beer-battered French fried Walla Walla onion rings to accompany the fried yellow baby summer squash he also grew, with Fried Chicken from the store. The onions were sweet and quite tasty. Great dinner we didn’t finish until 9:00 p.m. I did have a much-needed hour nap this afternoon.

After my nap I called Gerald in Thorp, and heard he had a big storm with ½ inch hail, much water, and his electricity went off for a bit. His satellite dish filled with hail and he had no TV reception. We had only sprinkles here, but east of us, a funnel cloud came into view in the valley with many captures of it published on the Facebook site: Community Connect Kittitas Valley.

John took the left-most photo of clouds over Thorp (west) from our hay shed; Funnel cloud east of us by two other photographers were published on Facebook. Photos by Patti-Haines-Christmann and Kim Corey-Hendrickson. The first two funnel clouds ones were taken from a place only ~5.5 miles from us to the SE.

Late tonight I had a WSDOT alert that a landslide had occurred in the Yakima Canyon south of Ellensburg, closing Hwy 821 both directions until cleaned up. It was finally opened Sunday morning.

Sunday, August 11

Blocked several phone calls I received the past 2 days from Robocallers.
For brunch we had the remaining beef stew/soup. John cut some weeds and cleaned a few other things up, but made an easy day of it. Supper consisted of chicken breast stir-fry with mixed veggies, plums & pears, and now for dessert a chocolate sundae with strawberries.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Old and New stuff

This is a ‘sad’ day, August 1, 2019 as I write this. I brought up my copy of the information meant for this week’s blog, with notes written throughout the week, and it had been replaced (without a backup) by information of only one contact I needed, and it apparently stored it in the wrong place, in place of my blog complete draft and reminders. I have no idea how that happened, and so now I will have very brief entries for the first part of this week. That will make John, my co-editor, happy.

One thing promised from last week, goes back to February, so I will finish that to start off this week. It was the presentation from the Ice Age Floods Institute on February 7, 2019, which happened at a time in my medical life, when I was not up to submitting weekly blogs. Here is the story everyone missed, and I will also send late to my email list for the IAF–Geology Lectures that I have collected there from folks in the audiences at CWU and from the downtown Nick Zentner lectures.

Our speaker for the evening was John Stimberis. He is the Avalanche Forecaster Supervisor, for the WA State Dept. of Transportation, in charge of avalanche projects on Interstate 90 and Chinook Pass. Here he is in the field:His lecture subject title was: Avalanches and the Annual Snowpack in a Maritime Snow Climate.

Karl Lillquist, CWU Geographer, introduced him in the first video. John’s talk, with PowerPoint illustration combined with videos is next. As a surprise, there are separate videos in the field of three different examples of avalanche control, turn up your volume so you can hear his commentary. It is a powerful display you won’t want to miss.
The ending video wrap-up of his talk is his Question and Answer (Q&A) session.

Video links for John Stimberis, Feb 7, 2019, IAF talk

Karl Lillquist Introduces John Stimberis, 2-7-19

John Stimberis, 2-7-19, Avalanche Control – PowerPoint

Before you open the next one, realize you need to click pause (two parallel bars) right away, and first read the description about timing. Until I correct it, it will say start at 17 second at the end of the blue screen. That should be 15 seconds or you’ll miss seeing the firing (in yellow). For the ending, when you get to 1:10 you will see a blue screen. Just stop there and go to the next video.

Bike Tram Release Device for Avalanche Control

The next one you need to do the same way… starting with a pause, turn the volume up on to be sure to hear John’s commentary, and also it you will have to move to 23 seconds to start viewing.

Stimberis-Chinook Pass Avalanche Control

Stimberis-Chinook Pass CA View Different Season

Questions & Answers after John Stimberis’ Presentation, 2-7-19

Sunday, July 28

We published the blog at 10:13 p.m.

Monday, July 29

I stayed home today because I’m still nursing my injured foot from 7/17, when the heavy metal folding chair was accidentally dropped on my right foot right above the toes. I had on fabric shoes and not my usual leather walkers which might have cushioned the impact some. Being on a blood thinner does not help with such hits. It immediately swelled and bruised and will be difficult to walk on for a couple more weeks.

John used the day to drive to Costco for items we needed badly, and I did not feel up to going along. I stayed home to alternately ice it for the swelling, and stay off it as much as possible, while elevating it as well.

Tuesday, July 30

Another day home for me in the morning, but we planned to go early evening for our reduced fare anniversary dinner at The Palace, because it has to used only during the month of July. John drove because driving a car actually aggravates my foot pain. On our way there, John went into Bi-Mart and checked our numbers and we won nothing. From there by the AAC to pick up two feed bags full of more feed bags. A local gal with much livestock recycles them to us for use as garbage bags to load and take to the transfer station (aka, dump). From there, to our dinner.

We had a nice meal. We took the option with our one allowed free entre, not to take the Chicken-fried Angus Steak platter John usually gets. I encouraged him to find something special he wanted to deduct the allowed $10 from.
He chose a special steak: Flat Iron Steak, with baked potato, and steamed vegetables. It’s a piece of very tender shoulder. I had a Santa Fe Salad with Bleu Cheese dressing, made with Iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, corn, avocado, nice slices of green and red bell peppers, marinated chicken breast, and corn tortilla strips. Might have been something else I don’t remember and now I cannot find it listed on their on-line menu anywhere. I had with it a bowl of Taco Soup. The soup came with extra sour cream, more olive pieces than I preferred, so I picked them out and shared some with John. The soup was quite tasty. I brought home ½ of each of my choices, along with a roll. We each had a roll with dinner there. Only drank water.

I made 2 more meals with the left overs, lunch of Taco Soup and supper of the salad with added lettuce, pistachio nuts, smoked turkey cubes, and blue cheese dressing.

Wednesday, July 31

I’ll begin today with a fantastic photograph taken by my star-gazing friend.Evie Schuetz captured this on the Thorp Highway at a friend’s house. The image is a time exposure to get the best rendition of the stars. The foreground illumination of the gazebo is the result of a light painting technique which involves a flashlight and a bit of trial and error. Meanwhile, we viewers get to enjoy a piece of artwork.

Today was another day I stayed home to rest my foot and did not go to the food bank music, or to the SAIL exercise class after. I still await the foot’s healing before I return to exercise.

Thursday, August 1

Well, this morning I started by sleeping in, and then getting up and washing a load of dishes. I intended to pay some bills and put them in the mailbox for pickup, but too much other stuff kept stealing my time. I managed to get all the music ready for playing today. And tried responding to the necessary emails on several accounts, not to mention private messages on Facebook.

One thing I saw early in the morning was a post of a photo taken of a favorite historic building of mine in Ellensburg, the Old Boise Cascade Lumber Company. I have driven by it many times, wishing I had my camera with me at the right time of day. This morning, Ken Lewis took this photo on his early morning walk, and it’s great, so I thought I would share.Old Boise Cascade Lumber Mill in Ellensburg, WA by Ken Lewis.
{Boise Cascade Corporation was formed in 1957 through the merger of Cascade Lumber Company of Yakima, Washington, and Boise Payette Lumber Company of Boise.}

I got dressed and went in earlier than usual, but the time disappeared fast. I had spent a lot of time this morning with ice on my sore foot.
I drove to the shadiest place in the west parking lot I could find, and had a little more of a walk than I wished on my sore foot, and carrying a lot of weight.

We had a good turnout of 9 folks, and played our new set of music very well. Some of it we had not done in a year. I was gone for 4 hours, and when I returned, my foot was very ready for rest and ice. It was pretty hot today; I was happy for the partial shade to park in at Rehab, and a/c for my trip in, around town, and home.

John surprised me and walked in at 4:30 p.m.

We had Cordon Bleu for supper with fries, our own cherry tomatoes (first this year) that John picked when he got home, and peaches from the freezer.

Tonight we’re heading to bed early.

Friday, August 2

The middle of the night was not good for me. Pain in my foot awakened me at 1:00 a.m. after 2+ hours sleep. I tried elevating my feet in a recliner with them on a large foam wedge, but it was stretching my quads too much and not helping. That lasted 1-½ hours before I ditched the wedge and returned to my normal heavy large sofa-type pillow beneath my legs. It does not elevate my feet above my heart, so I will have to use an alternate way my friend told me from a PT friend of hers to massage the leg while raised lying down to move the fluid out of the injured area. I did get back to sleep and get some rest, but it got my attention, so I decided to check on whether it might be a bone fracture on the top of my foot.

WARNING: this next section report on my time in ER is lengthy – Aug 2, 2019, Ellensburg, WA: Kittitas Valley Healthcare facility (Hospital)

I wrote this to share with concerned folks in our music group, but decided to put it in our weekly blog. John started this blog originally on Dec 4, 2009, when I was in ICU and he was juggling home issues and coming twice a day to Yakima Regional Hospital checking with the doctors on my deteriorating condition. He did not have time to talk with friends and relatives about me, so posted it all here on the then daily (not weekly) blog.

Several of you saw the photograph of my foot’s continued bruised and swelled condition in the past couple days. I finally took that photo on Tuesday, 7/30 almost 2 weeks after the original impact on the top of my right foot, by a heavy metal folding chair (date occurred: 7/17). It was totally an accidental drop that I didn’t see coming to be able to jump out of the way. Being on a blood thinner complicates and lengthens the healing time. Normally, our helpers (from the audience) bring the folded chairs from the opposite end of the room, down front where we play, and open them and set them on the rock floor. I then move them into the desired formation for the organization of instrumental players next to singers. That is in an adjacent carpeted area. I go to the opposite end of the room, behind the chairs, to pull down a rolling cart with small folding music stands and my music book.

I will not post the graphic photo here, however. I did share with a few folks, and many of them have been concerned that I had not been more proactive and gone in for an X-Ray. I had talked with my cardiologist’s nurse, this week, when he called about lab results taken 6/9, while my doctor was in the hospital himself with a torn muscle repair job. I also planned to visit my foot doctor this coming Monday, when he would be in Ellensburg from Yakima. He and I had had a conversation about another injury I had involving both feet June 1 (from wearing ill-fitting hiking boots) for two hours. He explained what happened, and because of the circulation in my feet and the connection with my heart issues, it would take longer to heal. Then, I quit going to exercise classes in any format. Those injuries took 5 weeks to heal. I was allowing this right foot more time.

At least one former nurse told me Thursday at Rehab I needed to have the imaging done. I certainly was ready after the overnight problems with the continued pain keeping me from sleeping. So, this morning, I first called my PCP’s nurse, who turned me over to the Triage nurse whom I know better from my many years of Coumadin clinic involvement. I had looked on line and found the location of the upper foot bones and their names, especially over the area the metal hit and from where the pain is still coming. Also, I learned that X-Rays don’t always “reveal” a fracture until a couple weeks into the injury, and for immediate detection a CT Scan is required. So, perhaps this timing was okay. Nurse John in the ER confirmed that is the case, and had just recently happened here when they didn’t see the fracture immediately but it showed up 2 weeks later. (Why they didn’t do a CT for the patient, I don’t know).

I knew my PCP’s office had X-Ray equipment, but not CT scanning. So, as I discussed this with the Triage nurse, and I suggested it would be better for me to visit the ER in EBRG. She agreed. I left this morning for KVH. The doctor in charge was Andrew Peet, a concerned and kind older gentleman, who examined the foot and listened to my story. He called a radiology technician (Wally), who wheeled me down to imaging. He took 3 views of the foot: Frontal, lateral, and oblique checking to be sure they were properly placed and imaged. He submitted them to the radiology analyst, while I was still in the filming room, resting on a “gurney.” It might take ½ hour or more to be reviewed here. After it is reviewed and analyzed within the hospital, it is sent to Yakima for a re-evaluation. I will have both reports returned to me, as well as to my PCP. I forgot to request its being sent to my cardiologist. I’ll do that after I see all the results have been posted on the KVH portal. They are now there 8/4. I’m seriously thinking about sending the description of the analyst with respect to the bones in my foot, to my foot doctor to interpret.

After I was approved for discharge, Dr. Peet came back and talked with me. He said he had reviewed the internal review, saw the X-Rays, and I did not have a fracture. He was comfortable with discharging me. He encouraged me to continue with heat for better healing now that the swelling is down. I thanked him again for his evaluation of my situation. Nurse John took me out (I was walking), and we stopped off at the front desk for my Medical Cards (Medicare and Kaiser Permanente). I had to sign a couple of the normal forms, when any procedure is done (even a blood draw requires signatures any more). The paperwork for medical care seems to be increasing. I guess the purpose is to prevent fraud. I’m very happy I went into ER for the examination.

John called about 3:00 but is in a traffic jam. Now closer home and should be here after getting gasoline at the lowest place in town where I stopped with my car this morning. He didn’t walk in the door until 5:00 p.m. Long day for him.

John started the FORD Pickup when he got home, and drove it up to the house to plug into the tender. The battery needs replacing.

Saturday, August 3

This morning’s Daily Record finally posted John’s Thumbs Down comment:We were headed this afternoon to a surprise 60th birthday party for Joy Rucker, put on by her husband, Manord, at his neighbor’s house on Hidden Valley Road in Cle Elum across Hwy 970 from the Swauk-Teanaway Grange (which is on Ballard Hill to the north). He had it catered by Smokey’s BBQ of S. Cle Elum. They have a restaurant in the Old Milwaukee Road Depot. We have experienced a smoked pig they roasted for a Scholarship Event at the Grange earlier this year. Smokey’s BBQ restaurant, in old Cle Elum Depot

We took chairs in the car, but they expect they will have enough. We can pull right up to the house and they plan to have a canopy for shade. This will be set up next door for an outside BD surprise party. We got there right at 1:00.

The honoree was off in the mountains hiking with her daughter, and they were scheduled back at 1:30 p.m. They did not return until almost 3:00 p.m. All the folks there visited. I met several people I knew from the Grange; others I knew from the Geology lectures in Ellensburg (this party was held in Cle Elum). Relatives were there from Moses Lake, the Tri Cities, and farther. Joy’s mom Babs was there and we visited briefly. I had a nice visit with her husband’s parents. Several of our music group were there. We had access to water and cold drinks, and a fair amount of increasingly available shade. I stayed in the shade the entire time. The meal was catered by Smokey’s BBQ. It was incredible with several courses: appetizers, grilled chicken, potatoes, salads, dips, and sides. The second course was smoked brisket, served with macaroni & cheese, and something else hot. At that point, we only had a small piece of the brisket, and brought home the rest of the piece. Lastly, we had various desserts, including a high-layered strawberry birthday cake. I’m not sure I have ever had such a cake before. We finally left ~ 4:30 pm.

Coming home by the airport at 5:15 p.m., the temperature was 83° directly north and 82° at the corner of Hungry Junction & Look roads, but the airport sensor said 87°. We know the sensors at the airport have been reporting elevated temperatures.

Sunday, August 4

Brunch today of a pancake with pecans, topped by strawberries, and 2 eggs for me.

Finally, we arranged our scheduled to go at 1:30 p.m. to pick up free planks of wood in town. Some of it is cedar, with other stuff thrown in.

I sat in the shade while John loaded the pickup. Here’s a photograph I took once we arrived home. That trip took about 2-½ hours out of our day.At 4:30 p.m., our home outside temperature is 77.2°; at KELN (airport), its sensor registered 92 at 3:53
Checking at 4:56 home it is 77.5 at KELN still 92 at 4:53

John made some soup for supper, and tonight we filled in our ballots for the Aug 6 election box I can deliver tomorrow when in town.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Electrifying Week

About the title: Several ‘electric’ items this week, and lightning caused a few fires.

Google Photo Collections from past dates are now entered on the correct day in the blog, for week names bolded below:

Independence Day Week

Two links from July 5 of the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends playing patriotic music and associated lunch.

From AAC camera 7-5-19 celebration of July 4

AAC July 5, 2019 on Nancy’s camera

Here was our Kittitas Valley Fiddler’s & Friends Thank you note with other photos taken 7/5/19. We had 11 players there.Thank you card beginning, Katrina (AAC Coordinator) with Haley (our 6 yr. old mascot) who sat in the empty front row chair and led the group with Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

I’m working on the addition of 4 videos from February this year about Avalanche Control on John Stimberis’ presentation at the local chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, entitled, “Avalanches and the Seasonal Snowpack in a Maritime Snow Climate.” (February 7, 2019).
Sidetrip: this past winter, one of the explosives used for starting an avalanche did not go BOOM! A crew went and set it off on the day of John’s hike to Snow Lake. Hikers were warned at the trailhead.

I never published them at the time because it came at a bad time in my life with a serious infection of a tooth, which threatened my implanted heart valve until removed, 10 days later. My body reacted wrongly to the oral surgery and pain pills given afterward (? we really do not know the cause of my reaction), but the surgery team did extract the infected tooth and keep me alive, from acquiring endocarditis. I was out of commission and not completing blogs for a long period of time. I never caught up on the February Avalanche lecture, which was presented by one of my former students.

It was only this week that I realized his presentation had never been posted. It may make it into the blog by next week. I found the videos I sent to YouTube back then, with their links, but need to weave them into a small story about that evening so long ago.

Sunday, July 21

Published last week’s blog just after midnight.

Monday, July 22

I was up at 4:30 a.m. to feed Czar and put him out, put out the food for the other cats, take my Acetaminophen, and get more sleep.

John left at 7:30 a.m. for a hike to Snow Lake. I slept in another hour.

Don’t miss this link below this post to see a wonderful reflection of the mountains in Snow Lake which John photographed and published at the top of his Friday weekly column:

Not so Nasty News July 26

Meanwhile, here, I will pick my favorites from his set, taken on his Nikon camera.

My favorites are at the goal of his hike, Snow Lake, as far as he went, about ½-way around the lake to the log bridge over the out-flow.Top is a selfie (camera timer) of John on the log; bottom are the hikers ahead of him – a man and boy going over the log bridge.

I’ll pick a few earlier in his hike. Total distance was 8.6 miles. You’ll have a chance at the end to go to one link for all 35 of his photographs. I’m sorry I cannot videotape his explanation he gives me when he comes home and shows me.Top is part of the trail in through rocks and views of forests and crags, on the way to the lake and some beautiful images. On the way (when you look at the photos below), you will see interesting views along the trail of vegetation, a day-flying moth, wildlife area trail signs, scenic roots, unique trees, and wildflowers.

Here are all of his photos, in one link, below. Be sure to click on the (small i) in a circle to read the info about each photo. Particularly, look at the little black and white moth on a green leaf, and the description at the top of the INFO column about what it is and why he was out and about. Caitlin LaBar, my former student is a renowned Lepidopterist (since a very young age), and she provided the information when we couldn’t find a B&W butterfly to ID.

Link to John’s Snow Lake Trail photos

Tuesday, July 23

We were awakened in the early morning before dawn by thunder and lightning.Left photo was captured by Evie Schuetz on a walk around Kittitas, WA @ 5:49 a.m. at the New Life Assembly Church; right photo, clouds taken @ 5:40 a.m. at the Kittitas Community Church – amazing how fast the sky changes in stormy weather. Permission granted to use Evie’s photographs.

From 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. we had 46 mph gusts, and thunder.
We had an exciting audible evening, but morning and evening episodes were totally out of our view, because of trees and hills.Morning sunrise captures by Evie Schuetz; permission granted.

Late afternoon and evening we had more thunderstorms. Those were captured by Lia Simcox, a professional photographer from Ellensburg. Only this week did I learn of her work from a post on “You’re Probably from Ellensburg”, a Facebook site with extraordinary information about our town.

Lia’s Photography Facebook site is listed under the name: Inside Out Photo Artistry. Check there for her photography description.

She gave me permission to post her photographs below:Sunset before the 7-23-19 Thunderstorm activity, by Lia Simcox.

I’ll use this photograph to describe the clouds. [Mammatus,
meaning “mammary cloud”, is a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud, typically cumulonimbus rainclouds, although they may be attached to other classes of parent clouds. The name mammatus is derived from the Latin mamma (meaning “udder” or “breast”).] Wikipedia, click below.

Wikipedia – Mammatus Cloud Report

Two more of Lia’s strikingly awesome photographs follow. The last is an “epic” photo (in the words of my friend, Evie Schuetz).
Words cannot describe these images. Thanks, Lia for sharing.

We had planned to go to the far end of Badger Pocket to a potluck to meet a friend we knew from the 1990s who moved to Arizona 5 years ago. She was back for a visit. I was not feeling well enough to weather 90° temperatures, and limited shade.

Wednesday, July 24

I decided to spend another day at home, recuperating from not feeling well. I skipped music at the Food Bank Soup Kitchen, first time in many moons and also, I did not participate in the SAIL exercise class at the AAC.

Thursday, July 25

I went to Hearthstone today, with John driving, to let me off at the door. He proceeded on several errands, before coming back to pick me and my stuff up.

We had a nice set of players today at Hearthstone and a large and appreciative audience. Charlotte, Sharon, Manord, Gerald, Dean, Nancy​​, Tim, Minerva, ​Anne​. ​Sandy was in the audience happily singing and helping with the music.

New (to me; thanks to Evie Schuetz’s introduction) is a cool website on Facebook: YOU’RE PROBABLY FROM ELLENSBURG. You’ve heard about that above on Tuesday’s post above.

Friday, July 26

We left about 9:30 a.m. and went through Ellensburg, for gasoline, finding it for $2.959 at Circle K, but when John got out to pump gas, he realized he did not have his wallet (and so therefore not his driver’s license). I had to take the wheel and drive us over. It was his car, and I was planning on resting and relaxing on the way over, but had no option, because we didn’t have time to travel back home to retrieve it. My sore foot got a workout it didn’t deserve. Top is John’s Crosstrek beside their sign, Michael’s On the Lake (nice restaurant on the shore of Moses Lake). Bottom is a view of our table (left of center) beyond a short set of stairs.

We had a reservation for 11:30, and got there a few minutes early. They don’t open until 11:00, so we had the pick of the parking lot. I took a few photos once there. We haven’t been there in a few years, and in the lobby is a unique (unused) wine rack. It’s made of White Onyx – a huge slab. I wonder its origin & cost.Top: Both sides of Onyx wine rack, Michael’s entrance vestibule “waiting room” for seating with cushioned benches. Bottom:
Ann & I both had the walkway view, from different directions, but the same across the lake. Much activity on the walkway – even a covey of quail strutting down tracks; boats and ducks on the lake.

Great lunch and nice visit, catching up after missing last summer.Top: John had the Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad, & displays the cool lemon cozy. It kept the seeds off the food. Center: Ann and Fred both had Soup and Salad with Clam Chowder, and I had a BLT Lettuce wedge with blue crumbles, cherry tomatoes, and bacon. We all had ground pepper on our meals. Bottom: our share desserts. {Who knew? Lemon Wraps }

We shared desserts. John got his own plate with ½ the cheesecake piece and I had the other. Ann shared her Crème Brûlée with Fred.Parting shot: Nancy & John Hultquist, Ann & Fred Joyal (all the way from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in Marquette).

The end of a nice day with friends, for a long time, since we met in graduate school in Iowa so long ago. John and Fred went on hunting trips, built duck boats (aka, pram), and the four of us walked around many places, with our dogs, ours a Brittany and theirs a Black Lab. We have many fun memories, especially memorable was their help moving us from North Liberty, IA to Troy, ID. John and Fred were in the U-Haul truck, pulling a vehicle full of stuff; Ann and I were in a station wagon, pulling another car loaded. Inside our car were two dogs and two cats. That move was in 1974.

Saturday, July 27

We were rather tired from yesterday and the days before—and slept in a little longer than usual, awakened by a cat tussle in our living room.

We arose and I began cleaning up days of dirty dishes. John’s responding to a variety of emails, and I’m doing the same. He’s considering going to Costco today, but I’m not up to the walking on my foot. It’s still aching from yesterday’s usage. I have plenty to do here. My first has been the blog. John’s first has been a discussion with atmospheric folks about the problem with the local airport’s (KELN) elevated temperatures reported. It is an automated system that seems to have a sensor issue.

He’s also researching (with the help of old timers in the region) a photograph and the history of early electric power in the City almost 80 years ago. He’s working on writing it up with location photos included from Google Earth Pro. We’ll wait for another blog to post a shortened explanation in the blog to explain one of the photographs our friend Evie Schuetz took last week, which also will be posted later. The best thing might to be to give it its own web presence for others to enjoy and learn from. Currently, the local Kittitas County Historical Museum director, Sadie Thayer, is searching for some photos of the building when it was operational.

Sunday, July 21

John left at 7:00 a.m. for a hike to Annette Lake. This is a small lake called a tarn (20 acres) in a rocky hollow called a cirque, carved by a glacier. John has worked on the first 2 miles of the trail, but the lake is nearly 4 miles from the trailhead.Two views of Annette Lake, 7-28-19 He took a few dozen photos (the lake is not as impressive as Snow Lake was). I will put them on one link for you to enjoy.

John called me about 2:30 p.m., and just got home about 4:00 p.m. Folks going toward Seattle had to deal with a blocking accident and much traffic. Estimated delay was 2 hours or more.

The WA DOT camera in the area shows traffic at 8:02 pm. Left side is heading west, still 67.4 miles from Seattle. John was at this spot about 3 pm, but heading east.

Here is the link to John’s photos:

Link to John’s Annette Lake Trail photos

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A lot of the usual

Sunday, July 14
Finally, published right after midnight.

Monday, July 15

I was up at 4:30 a.m. to feed Czar and put him out, take my Acetaminophen and crash again for a little while. Not enough sleep still when I got up to get ready to leave.

We went for our early 8:30 a.m. appointment at the foot doctor and they had moved locations closer to the hospital but we had not received the notice. Saw the sign on the door, and went to the correct building (Suite C in the Medical Complex south of the KVH hospital). Once there, we checked in, and paid our $9.19 owed from a previous appointment in April. I made a comment that we should have been forewarned about the move, and they said we were, but the phone call we received hung up before leaving a message. I figured it was just calling to remind me, so I did not call back, but when I answered I answered as, “Hi there – we will be there Monday morning!” But no one was on the other end. Strange mystery we will never know what happened. Now we know the rest of the story. Good we got to the old office early and they had an instructive note on the door.

We did a few more errands in town—by the AAC to deliver a form for Katrina and give her some Dahlias and Raspberries John picked this morning. On to Anne Engels to get some Chocolate Morsel chips from her (via Costco) we needed to make our Crockpot candy. It turned out to be perfect. We made 7 dozen pieces to carry in our cooler. It’s made with almond bark, chocolate chips, baking chocolate bars, and peanuts. About 50 people are expected, so everyone will have at least one piece.

We picked up some drinks for us both from Fred Meyer on sale, and then went by the Law office to pick up a large bucket of apricots from Jen to give to Kenny for making Apricot preserves. I need to keep a few for our enjoyment and then get these to him. Also I need to return some of his canning jars.

Going to bed after 10, before 10:30, and getting up at 5:30 to finish getting dressed and out of the house.
I’m taking my computer, cell phone, charger, and trying to dress in layers.

Tuesday, July 16

WTA Pete Dewell’s Celebration of 2000 + work days

For the location of the celebration (on the other side of Snoqualmie Pass), check this out:

Asahel Curtis Trail

We left home about 6:10 a.m. John driving, and got to trailhead at 7:30 a.m. We met and talked to people. John also took 3 sets of folks to the first part of the trail in view of the foot bridge over the bubbling creek, and we went on the old trail to view close-up from along side, a rock wall which supports the new trail higher on the hill. This was done 5 years ago with many folks over 18 days total. Tons of rock and gravel were moved.

I videotaped the introduction of Pete’s work party in honor of his 2000 + days on the trail for WTA. It includes a unique presentation of the tool safety talk.

July 16, 2019, Intro Pete Dewell’s 2000+ Party

The crew didn’t start the trail work until 9:40 a.m. and were due back by noon to have their picture taken with their hardhats and work clothes on.

Trail Work Crew off to the Work party with Pete Dewell

I planned to stay back at the parking lot with my computer and work on editing photos I’d taken the Friday before and never finished. I was also there to monitor any activity in the parking lot at the trail head. And, I kept the car keys for friends parked next to us whose alarm (honking horn) started on its own, before they left. The only way to stop it was to open the car and put the key in the ignition. Simply pushing the button that usually starts and stops it wasn’t working. So, if it should have happened while they were up on the trail, I couldn’t have done anything but be irritated and not able to concentrate.

Two WTA folks Janée and Zach also stayed back, to set up the canopies and tables, food, coolers for beverages and other, set up the composting, recycling, and garbage containers. They invited me to join them but I had my own set of needs to do at the other end of the parking lot, and I was also sitting at a card table with my computer and camera next to a porta potty with no toilet paper. We always carry a roll or two with us. So as hikers came over when the Forest Service outhouse was in use and wanted to use the porta potty, I could give them a roll of TP to use.

When the crew returned, we first took photographs of all with orange and green hard hats. There were 3 folks that should have had Blue hats but refused. Questions were directed to them, in any case.I then filmed the awards to Pete and thanks at the end.
Pete reached his 1000 days with WTA in 2011 when he was 81. He retired from being a Litigation Attorney for a Law Firm in Everett, WA in 2000.

ZachMcBride has Karen Daubert start Pete Dewell’s Honors

Zach Gives Pete his 2000+ Sticker Award for his WTA Orange Hat

Pete Dewell’s Party Potluck Food Buffet (only 29 secs)

You can see a lot more of the food and people in the Google Photos link (which I won’t have done in time for this to be published), or I may have to put in next week’s edition. I took a lot of photos. I hope I can add the videos to that as well. I suspect I will revise it here as well as post in next week’s blog.

We had a nice potluck lunch, and I photographed as much and many folks enjoying as I could, and still ate a little myself.

I plan to put all the photos and the videos on Google Photos to share with Zach McBride at WTA for them to combine with all other photos taken today. It was a special celebration. I have a few email addresses to send information to, about this blog.

Details of links to my photography. I make YouTubes of the Exilim camera videos (old technology back to 2001), with lower resolution. The slides were taken on our new camera and are larger than necessary.

We enjoyed our time with WTA folks today; good for me to make new friends, and see others I haven’t seen since last November’s WTA Volunteer Recognition dinner in Seattle.

Wednesday, July 17

This morning I finished putting the 43 photos I took on 7-12-19 at the Senior Center at the party saying goodbye to the AmeriCorps gals, and stored on a jump drive to take with me to transfer to their hard drive. I was the only one taking pictures that day. They will filter through and some put on their Facebook page. I still need to send them out to Google Photos to send to the AAC members for which I have email address. I will just send the link to YouTube for the one video I took for them.

I packed two white garbage bags with 2-liter bottles, 32 oz. ones, and two kinds of ice cream containers to give to a fellow I met on Facebook. He came to eat and hear our music, and to visit with us as we ate, and we had a fascinating conversation among 7 of us about geology, rocks, and a number of other topics. After I was done eating and our visiting was over, he and I walked to my car to unload the bags. He had a gift for me – tiny containers of Ellensburg Blues he has found within Section 18 off Reecer Creek Rd, on BLM-owned land. That’s my first to have of the agates found that originated in the Teanaway formation. I have seen the huge one at the Kittitas County Historical Museum that they have in their safe. Only are a few places in our valley where they can be found.Ellensburg Blues Agates from web; with the top middle being a faceted 8.6 ct blue. The bottom pix of a woman’s hand holding a blue, and rings, she brought to Wenatchee to show Nick Zentner when he presented his lecture there.

Below is my favorite lecturer, Nick Zentner’s presentation in 2013, on Ellensburg Blues. This was part of his annual downtown lecture series, that started at Raw Space in 2010, and John and I attended every lecture. Then the venue moved to the Hal Holmes Center (beside the City of Ellensburg Library), and now this year over to Morgan Middle School Performing Arts Theater (always the 4 weeks of April).

When you open this link below, move the button back to the left to start at the beginning.

Ellensburg Blue Agates Lecture by Nick Zentner, CWU Geologist

From there I went to SAIL exercise class at the AAC. First, I had to set up taking my Amoxicillin at 2:00 p.m. so Deborah helped me by setting an alarm on her computer. I participated in SAIL.
Deborah asked me to take the evaluation assessment test for SAIL, but I have missed several weeks of classes with all the stuff affecting my feet after June 1 hiking boots disaster. I went ahead and took it, and I did reasonably well, but wore myself out on the effort and being back in class. My right foot was hurting badly after a heavy metal chair with a large cloth seat, fell on it this morning about 11:30 during setup for lunch music at the FISH Food Bank. This afternoon when I got home I looked at the right foot, right above my toes, and it was badly bruised.

Also had to clean my teeth after lunch and prior to going to the dentist for cleaning by Tracy, the dental hygienist.

Notify Anne about Thursdays; bring Costco stuff to trade for $ to cover it, and to give her a bag of clothes to take to the ECCC.
Then rush home for a haircut a mile from my house, at Celia’s.

Thursday, July 18

Work on the Sirius XM – don’t take the automatic renewal for $232.94.

We had a good bunch at Pacifica this afternoon in the audience and players for music: Gerald, Nancy​​ & Charlie (mics), Dean, Sharon, Charlotte, ​Evie​,​ Manord, ​Minerva, ​Anne​. ​Sandy was in the audience happily singing.

I picked a day for my next haircut as Sept 6 Friday (nothing I need to attend the first Friday at the AAC, just a welcome back).

Today, my email brought an interesting report from the New York Times, which I thought I would share here, about the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Interesting Follow-up Report on the Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral

Friday, July 19

John left for Iron Goat trail head WTA work party at 6:00 a.m.

You need to go to John’s Not So Nasty News (Friday column) below this to get the interesting history of this trail, and that will explain his photo there, and mine here from the set sent from Nate Schmidt, their Blue Hat Crew Leader today.
Iron Goat Trail beside wall of old snow shed – left is in the distance of the right photo.
Gas powered brushers with a steel blade wrought the green chaos on the left. After the noisy beast moved on, others cleaned up. The tri-blade cutter works great on green vegetation.

My morning and afternoon was spent at the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center (our Senior Center). Below are the videos I filmed.

Intro to Katrina’s Surprise 10th anniv & HopeSource Talk

Katrina Kell Douglas Arrives Surprised ! by the Welcoming Crowd

More Accolades of Praise & Thanks to Katrina

Here is the link to the stills from today

Saturday, July 20

We didn’t sleep in very late, and I started with setting up the dishwasher and cleaning up days of dishes to put into it. I won’t get it started until I return this afternoon.

John stayed home to water onions and do all sorts of other chores around the place (and rest), especially while the temperatures are not sky high, as predicted over the next few days.

I had to run extra copies of a song for the audience and players that is not in our current music book for July – “I’ll Fly Away” because we decided to start the program today with a tribute to two residents who passed over the rainbow bridge this week. They were always present and participating (bringing food) to our 3rd Saturday music program each month, at Briarwood.

I was out of here by 12:50 to set up because I wanted to set up a tripod and camera to videotape the program. Sadly, I missed getting in Amy on the far right, but it was as far back in the room as I could get. Kelly, a resident, was kind enough to start and stop the camera recording the video. The video is below.

This may not yet be ready at publishing time because I got this message Sunday afternoon – This is taking longer than expected. Your video has been queued and will be processed as soon as possible. That never came, so I resent it and it went up this evening, in short order.

Briarwood Tribute and Patriotic Music

Here are a few photos taken on my other camera for the day.Joe saluting my Flag vest, and Haley enjoying it.

Top with residents & two of fiddlers plus a few more fiddlers below enjoying the pies and patriotic sugar cookies. One had to leave to see his mother-in-law in the hospital with 3 screws repairing her broken hip, and another couple joined us at this table for more pie.

Thanks to Pennie Hammer for today’s donation of two more books to add music to our repertoire. She has given us much music in the past, including a huge hardback book from Reader’s Digest – Treasury of Best Loved Songs – 114 All-time Family Favorites. Below are those she brought today. Pennie is an artist who participates in the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame project to paint special rodeo art on various items. I have featured her work in our blog before, and you’ll see more this year. She has painted on a drum (skin), a cow hide, lampshade, and this year for the theme Boxes of Fame, hers will be an antique family metal lunch basket. The paintings are auctioned off at a fundraiser for the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Here are two of her past projects, in 2015 and 2017. “It’s an all-rodeo theme and the artists donate their time. This particular fundraiser has been raising $20,000 to $35,000 a year. We’re now part of an alliance with the Western Culture Arts Center and are doing displays in their building throughout the year.”

Sunday, July 21

We slept in until 8:00 or longer in my case. I stayed up later than John, working on photographs. I was up to take care of the cats early.
I began working on transferring images of yesterday’s activities at Briarwood Commons with our Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends.

John went out with the dog. Thinking he might hike to a mountain lake on Monday, he watered some things today. The airport temp went to 90 degrees for a few minutes today, but our front porch barely reached 87° with full sun. For the non-growers – that is excellent weather for most garden crops.
By 5 PM the house was a bit stuffy and 77 to 80 degrees in places. We turned the AC on for about ½ an hour, then shut it down and opened windows as the outside cooled. Monday and Tuesday will be equally hot.

Breakfast, late: We had sausage patties, eggs, peaches, and toast. Now we are inside where it is cool, both working on projects. It’s taking a while to upload the videos and to crop and organize pictures from two different cameras last week, in preparation for this blog.

Costco provided Cordon Bleu for supper. Butternut squash (with pecans, brown sugar, and toasted marshmallow top) from the 2018 garden accompanied.
Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Golden Anniversary Week

Sunday, July 7

You have heard about this day’s activities in last week’s blog, but when we finally did publish the blog for the first week of July at 11:00 p.m. We were awaiting completion of photos and videos for July 4. Now we can add both of those links, as promised, because permission was granted! Amy with Weston ^^^^^ Brothers – Weston & Owen

Amy’s Face-painting July 4, 2019 in Kittitas, WA

The fellow having his face painted above is the younger brother. Amy (the painter) got my video and pictures to the family, as she knows them, and asked for permission to publish here.
Next is the longest video, below the progress pictures:

Amy Face-painting Ellie (Butterfly Mask)

Monday, July 8

I was up at 4:30 a.m. to feed Woody and put the male cats out—Rascal out the back patio door & Czar out front with Woody. Never saw Sue. I went back to bed and slept in until 8:15 a.m. John was up earlier to check out the details on a camera we are buying to replace my old one that quit after a couple minutes recording Friday.

At 9:00 a.m. he left for Yakima to get the ignition switch on his Crosstrek fixed. I’m staying home today to work on paying bills, processing photos from 7/4 and 7/5, for addition to this week’s blog.

Reached John by phone a couple times when he left. His car is fixed, and he was coming home through Ellensburg to pick up our medications from two different pharmacies and also to get some fried chicken for lunch, picking up Robada apricots from the Selah orchard of Jen, legal assistant at our estate lawyer’s office in EBRG.

I have been trying to pay bills this morning: (one Cascade F&A) I cannot reach until tomorrow; talked to the Yakima Memorial Heart Center about an invoice to John for an Extremity Study back on 4-30-19, just now coming through, with no explanation of why it’s coming from there or for what it involves, except it was for him. My guess is his deductible on Medicare was not yet paid when that was sent, but the woman I spoke with (named Nancy) said it was done incorrectly and so she is “billing it up.” I guess that means rebilling Medicare. NO CLUE, but while she said for me to toss the receipt, I wrote all my notes on it for the next billing statement, in case I need to know what I was told.

Another necessity was to pay a balance on both our mouths’ dental work in May. Total charges for both of us were $1105.40 after insurance payments in June. I had already paid $500 toward the bill. Best not to have dental work done, so brush, clean, fluoride, and stay away from the need to manage cavities.

Continued working on photos from AAC. I also tried on more clothes today for sorting ones to keep, share, or donate tomorrow morning to the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center.

I also sent an updated reminder to the retired geographers about plans for our monthly Emeritus meeting that will celebrate the eldest’s birthday. Mary Ann is bringing a cake and we have a bottle of fizzy fruit drink, Apple/Mango.

Tuesday, July 9

I contacted Cascade Foot and Ankle via the local number which rings through to their Yakima office where the accountant is housed. It was about my recent bill for $9.19 for John. Found out we must pay it next Monday. John’s deductible was not yet paid up. Now it is. I had to call Kaiser Permanente (secondary medical insurance) to verify that was what happened.

I went for my fasting blood draw and for other things in town. I got there a little after 9:00 and went inside for a long wait until my time to check in. Checked in, and went back to the lab, for another long wait. While waiting, I walked down to the Cardio Pulmonary office where I asked some questions about my upcoming PFT test (to learn the details of having my new cardiologist send the required referral).

I asked for the last date I had one done at the end of 2018. It was November. So, when I see Dr. Dave Krueger in October, I can have him send the referral then. I need to call Medical Records to see if they will ship the PFT from 2018 to him now. Today I had the blood draws he requested, to be done 2 weeks after I saw him. I had them send the results to him and also to my PCP. I have to call his nurse for the results I think he said, but I have access to the results on the Portal for our local KVH hospital, and my PCP triage nurse will be sending me the results printed by postal mail. Their printouts are more instructively organized than the ones I have access to.

So, I will just call his nurse, (think her name is Alma) to see if he had any comments that I do something differently. I may ask the nurse I know from my original cardiologist there, because I have her email address, and I know she will find out the email for me of Dr. Krueger’s nurse. Otherwise, it is an expensive landline long distance call.

I went by the Law Office for picking up apricots from the legal assistant, Jen, and while there, she gave me some Van Cherries (from a pollinator tree). John fixed me a cooler to carry.

From there by Exxon for gasoline. It was almost empty, taking 13.8 gallons at $2.97/gal. I thought that was the best price in town, only to drive by a 7-11 on my way home to see it was $2.96 there!! Happens too often. You cannot depend on Gasbuddy.com to have updated information.

I wrote a check for David Hazlett, our farrier, to trim Myst’s feet. He was coming after I had left.

I took out the macaroons to take along to go with the carrot cake being brought tomorrow, and realized too late tonight that I should have cut up some of the large Robada apricots and passed them around the table. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Fixed our birthday card for Dee Eberhart for his 95th tomorrow; I added two photos from the Nov, 2018, Veterans’ Day memorial celebration at the Senior Center, with 4 of their family members pictured.

Wednesday, July 10

Up early to leave at 8:25 a.m. for Hearthstone to set up the table for the meeting. When John and I arrived we had to rearrange the furniture that was set up for Bingo at 1:00 p.m. today. Scheduled to leave about 10:30 a.m., we promised to change our arrangement back to what they wanted. They provided coffee, hot water, and tea. I set up all the place-mats, plates, utensils, cups, and napkins. It was very festive. We had a great turnout: Jo & Ken Hammond, Dee Eberhart and his daughter Katie (from Bend, OR, with hubby Chuck), Mary Ann Macinko, with her homemade carrot cake, Lillian Brooks, Carla Kaatz, John & Nancy Hultquist, Jim & Diane Huckabay, with her Summer Intern Derek Craig (History major) working with the Kittitas County Genealogy Society, on the KCGS’s Obituary Report. Derek is going through old newspapers, gathering info from obituaries and death notices. He’s been through 1911-12, creating a database for putting on their web site, so that people can access such information. The website is https://kcgswa.org

Derek, John, Carla, Lillian, Chuck, Katie, Dee, Ken, Jo, Mary Ann, Jim, and Diane.Chuck, Katie, and Dee Eberhart on his 95th birthday! You can see the Carrot Cake on Chuck’s and Dee’s plate, the remainder of the cake in front of him and the stack of BD cards people brought, on his right.

I took one very short (9 seconds) video of our singing Happy Birthday, because I didn’t hit the start button soon enough. Be sure to read the description with the video – and then click on the link to hear the short Happy Birthday song ending.

This was a birthday party at Hearthstone, where one of our retired members lives, and we meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. This happened to fall on Dee’s birthday, and his daughter Katie and husband Chuck were up from Bend, OR. Mary Ann Macinko made Dee’s favorite cake. Everyone enjoyed it very much. We had a nice visit and heard about Carla Kaatz’s trip to 3 places in 3 different European countries: Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. Mary Ann Macinko mentioned her travels to Italy last year, briefly, and told us about her trip this year to Kodiak, Alaska. We had many other interesting conversations, as well.

Dee Eberhart 7-10-19 Happy Birthday Song – 95 yrs. young

We went to the Emeriti meeting in separate cars because I had to leave to go to the Food Bank Lunch music. We had a large turnout of players and singers and it was cool having one caregiver (Cathy) dancing around singing while pushing two different women who are wheelchair bound. They were smiling and singing along too. The last song we did today was I’ll Fly Away, and one of the wheelchair gals requests that all the time. The whole table where she sits was singing along.

I had too much to do today so did not make my normal salad to take for my lunch. So today, I had spaghetti and meat with a helping of a mixed green salad (complete with Spinach) that I’m supposed to avoid because of its high Vitamin K effect on my blood thinner Coumadin, a bowl of fruit, and piece of peanut chocolate cake, with fruit punch.

Cut John’s hair this afternoon starting after 4:00. It looks pretty good, although he has a slight wing on the left. The haircut needed to be done sooner.

We had leftovers of Meatloaf from John’s homemade supper last night, ½ ear of corn, and a tomato (he bought some today), and we shared 3 apricots. Then for dessert, brownies and ice cream.

Thursday, July 11

Washington Trails will start a summer fund raiser, called Hike-A-Thon (in August). The idea is to support a friend, and for each mile the person hikes, you give money. I checked for Kara Chin’s email with details of her Hike-A-Thon plans. I found it and donated. We think John first met Kara in 2003.
Kara sets up a page using the name Unicorn Banana Slug: Kara’s cute campaign
See Kara and read about her (10th down) here: WTA Staff
[ Search via images for ‘banana slug washington’ to see the variety of this famous critter. It is also a very strange beast and you may, or not, want to follow up on this creature. ]

We had a good bunch at Meadows Place this afternoon for music. Folks playing included: Katie Eberhart (from Bend, OR, accordionist), Nancy, Charlie, Gerald, Marilyn & Maury, Evie, Dean, Amy, Anne, Minerva, Laura (bringing friend Karen for the audience).
We did not have a large audience, but they were coming and going and those who stayed were very grateful. The acoustics in the building and with the wooden floors in the dining room, it carries the sound down the hallways, and residents can hear our music from their rooms.

Needed to work on the new camera to charge its battery. That took a long while. I finally read through the buttons and description and have a pretty good idea of where everything is, but I do not have a complete understanding of the finer points of taking videos and stills. Apparently, I can take one type of video (not the Creative Video type), and as I’m recording the video, I can make still photos. That is really going to be neat for PowerPoint videos, to capture the speaker’s voice as well as taking individual photos on the fly. My first goal this afternoon was to install the lens cover with the prevent-loss strap connected to the camera. Battery has to be charged, also.

When I began disassembling the box of stuff that came today only a half hour before I arrived home about 4:15, I got out the camera, instruction manual, battery, 64 Gig storage card, and looked at the tripod and saw a mini tripod I did not expect to be in the mix. We ordered extra batteries with a charger, which we are scheduled to receive tomorrow in our regular postal mail. Finally, I realized after reading the manual that I could charge it through my external AC plug in electrical outlet or use the end of the adapter’s USB to plug into my laptop computer for charging. That’s a very nice option, and one I may well have had with my old Nikon, but never realized. So my new camera is sitting next to me on a table charging its battery. Once it is charged, and only then, can I experiment with taking photos and videos.

Friday, July 12 Our 50th anniversary!

We went today to a program with lunch at the AAC (Senior Center) for the going away party for our two AmeriCorps representatives for 10 months, and to celebrate our own anniversary, by trying out my new camera. Took photos and one video on the new camera, and will use the rest of the afternoon and evening to figure out how to transfer them to my laptop. It didn’t get figured out until tomorrow afternoon, as we were leaving for dinner at the Cottage Café.Deborah Boudreau, Roxanne Laush, Katrina Douglas

Katrina Thanks AmeriCorps Reps 7-12-2019

Here is the link to the stills from today

We will include in this blog a photo of us on our anniversary day, taken at the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center (our Senior Center), with the first anniversary gift we received from our cousins in PA, Ethel, her daughter Pat, and husband Ken, who were married 7/8/67.

July 12, 2019. Foreground is the gold plated hanging heart, engraved with our names and July 12, 1969 on the back. Dahlias John grew. Background Aloha banner for upcoming Luau event. Thanks to David Douglas for taking this photo of us on our new camera.

Roxanne took the flowers so John has promised Katrina a new batch next week.

We came home to find flowers and two boxes of chocolates at our front door in a paper bag.Left was what we found. Right John opened & photographed. The flowers are Flowering Kalanchoe, Dracaena, and some sort of miniature ivy. Attached to the Flowering Potted Plants was a special card to two lovebirds, with a nice note, signed, Caitlin & Rebekah. We also received some special cards from back in PA and OH, and are grateful for them. I received one on Facebook from a member of our musical group. I did not announce it on FB, but might a few days late. We received a bunch of emails. Thanks to all!

Saturday, July 13

Celebration continued for dinner tonight.John, Nancy, Jack, Sharon at the Cottage Café, Cle Elum, WA

Slept in till 9:00 a.m. and spent the morning trying to figure out getting the images from the new camera to my laptop. I wasted tons of time yesterday trying, and finally found a Panasonic site late last night with access to register my camera and need to fill out the paperwork on the 3-year Warranty request. John helped me get the necessary paperwork for that. I needed the purchase receipt and the bar code/serial number on the box it arrived in. I had to upload images of those last two, along with filling in another bunch of information about the owner, address, email contact, and phone.

We both had a lot of computer correspondence to do before brunch, but then had a nice one of eggs, sausage, orange slices, and toast.

The Carpathian walnut trees got water today from the ditch. John moved it (the water) about every 7-10 minutes. There are 7 trees just east of the house. I worried with getting the photos and video off the camera. We were to leave for Cle Elum for dinner with Sharon and Jack Jenson. Finally, an hour before out-the-door time, I succeeded. While we were gone I left the computer running to send up a huge file (over a gigabyte) to YouTube, for the one video taken Friday. I must learn the best way to lower the megapixels and decrease the size of the videos, or I will never be able to record an hour lecture as I’m used to doing for music or for Geology lectures. I also must find a source in Ellensburg, where I can take my external drive and preferably connect through my laptop to use Fiber Optic cable instead of DSL. DSL is way too slow.

We made it to Cle Elum to the Cottage Café for dinner 20 minutes ahead of our meeting time of 6:00 p.m. and pulled in at the same time as Sharon and Jack. So, we walked in together. We had a nice visit and then ordered. We shared a bottle of Pinot Grigio, a white wine from the Veneto region of NE Italy. Dinner and wine, and a small potted rose bush, were compliments of the Jensens. We assumed this is to be appreciated now, as a house plant, and not likely to be winter hardy.

So, here you will see the meals close-up, and the flowers.Top, Sharon’s salad & wine, John’s Black & Blue**, Middle, Nancy’s chicken mushroom soup, Sharon and Nancy both had Turkey platters, and bottom, Jack had Meatloaf platter.
**Salad with steak, black beans, and blue cheese dressing.

Enough food we brought half home.

Finally, the plant gifts.Tiny, pretty roses and I didn’t get sharp focus. Tripod? (Nancy’s comment: I was reach up over my head and unable to focus or even see the view I was taking from above). I should have put it down on the ground to take the photo. Also, this shot of the pot of flowers from Caitlin and Rebekah was taken by John outside, and doesn’t show the Dracaena and Ivy very well, so look above to the day it arrived.

Sunday, July 14

We both slept in this morning, I relaxed a little longer than John because he beat me to bed last night.
We both started with a morning of correspondence and then he and Annie and the cats went out to walk. He watered onions. Some of the tops are starting to fall, but most are still growing. When 85-90% have fallen it will be harvest time.

We had a nice brunch, our usual, but with some apricots.
Each of us continued on our projects. I’ve interspersed telephone calls and emailing in with the blog creation.

Now John is back out feeding horses, and exercising the dog (& cat, who goes along, and sometimes with two other of the outside cats). He cut some brush along our north fence line.

Now breaking to spend time on the photos from this weekend, because I didn’t have enough time before needing to publish this.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Independence Day Week

Sunday, Jun 30
You already heard about this day’s activities in last week’s blog, but we finally did publish the blog for the last week of June at 11:19 p.m.

Monday, July 1

We left before 9:00 for our first stop with my laptop at the ComputAbility place in Ellensburg. Savannah was going to install the power bar to make the on-off switch work. It worked and she called us at 12:10 to come pick it up. We ate first. I checked it, and it worked perfectly! Thank goodness. Paid my bill in cash (saving 3%, and also got a senior discount of 10%). The total was $75.43. I had already paid last week for the ordered part, ~ $32, so it’s now repaired and I’m very happy.

From there we went in John’s Crosstrek to Les Schwab to have the tires rotated. That took only a few minutes and was free. I grabbed a bag of popcorn in the waiting room, and barely got my laptop running before they called us. Then we left for Super 1, for John to get a head of cauliflower, bacon, and sausage. I sat in the shade and called people to check if they would play at the Senior Center on July 5; count needed for the food preparers.

Also talked with a friend on the road, and she will be calling to estimate her arrival time in Ellensburg. We will meet her in town for supper and a visit. She called sooner than I expected, so we drove to town and met her at 5:00 p.m. Just got home at 7:00. Tired of all the driving to town today (three times)! But it was a worthwhile trip and a great visit.

We have at least two trips to town tomorrow as well. Wishing that gasoline prices were lower.

Tuesday, July 2

We have to be at the eye doctor at 9:15 this morning. I must take my list of medications along with me, because one of the heart medications I take can mess with the surface of the cornea. So far, no problem and I’ve been on it since 2010. We both had good reports with no problems with our eyes and no need for new glasses. We drove two cars so John could drive his Crosstrek to Yakima’s Stewart Subaru to have its 7,000 mile service (cabin air filters were quite dirty) and cost a lot to replace; also had them check out the problem with his telephone not connecting to his Bluetooth, after it has done it successfully for over a year.

John received help with his phone connection which worked there, and then stopped working for a few days, wouldn’t work Friday when he was on the road to WTA trip, but then started working on Sunday, when he was on the same WTA trail. He made a call to home using voice commands, and I am able to call him. Stored numbers in “outgoing calls” appear to have disappeared. Back to the manual.

On my way home I went by the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center (ECCC) with a huge bag of clothing and a box of shoes from another EBRG resident; while there, I traded a shirt from last Saturday’s gifting for one the right size. It was hung on a hanger over an M but was very small needing to be on the small rack. I returned the M sleeveless blouse because it was such a perfect match. I also traded for two pairs of socks for me, because the ones I brought home for John, he did not want. Drove by another house to deliver clothes and picked up some for donation to the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center (ECCC). One more place I picked up 3 bags of clothing, and have gone through one of the 3 to sort out what goes to other friends, to me, or to the ECCC as a donation. Still have two large garbage bags unopened in my car. There is a lot of excess stuff in people’s homes. The ECCC keeps some of it from going, early, to a landfill.

I came home and worked on various computer projects (sending jobs out to the jobs list I manage), and creating an emailing group list to send to folks who attended the End-Of-Year Geography awards ceremony, back on May 21. That’s been way too long in getting to them, and still has not been completed.

We are going back to town to The Palace to meet with our friend from Olympia for supper. She and I will both have Cobb Salads (my favorite meal there). I requested Iceberg lettuce for mine), and John will have a Country Fried Angus steak dinner. It came with a generous portion of butternut squash, gravy, baked potato, and hot rolls. The Cobb salad had a large amount of Blue Cheese crumbles, with bacon, avocado, turkey, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, cucumbers I gave to Jen, and we both chose Blue Cheese dressing. I brought almost half home, and put the toppings left into fresh Iceberg lettuce, some new blue cheese dressing, and added cubed smoked turkey and cubes of apples. I had drained out all the liquid left and removed the soggy lettuce. It made a very nice salad start for my lunch at the food bank on Wednesday.Friend Jennifer with Nancy by historic photos; John, Jen, & me near the old gasoline pump in the Palace Café in Ellensburg. Old implements (e.g., logging) and photos provide the visuals of “The Palace.”

Wednesday, July 3

We played our normal “Lunch Bunch” music for the FISH Food Bank, from 11:45 to 12:15, and then we eat so they can start clearing off the tables and washing dishes before 1:00. Most of the crowd is done eating and out by 12:30. I fixed my salad with John’s help to take to the food bank. Took two bags of clothing there for Evelyn and for Joanie to evaluate.

I managed to come home and wash clothes mostly for John. His black Carhartt pants needed cleaned so he could iron on a patch to cover a frayed area – front thigh.

I got out the email announcement for next week’s July 10th meeting of the retired geographers group. News out, and we have a special cake being baked (carrot) by another member of the group (Mary Ann) for our oldest geographer’s 95th birthday that day. Carrot cake is Dee’s favorite cake.

Finished work on music for Thursday and got Katrina’s help with Friday’s – needed 25 copies (I printed and numbered and sent PDFs for her to make copies). What a relief. It took me 2 hours to get that done, and would have been a ton of extra work to run 13 pages back to back, staple, and have for Friday with all the other stuff going on.

Stacy received my requests and nothing changed on needing 7 chairs for Thursday. I also notified folks and we were able to get elderly friends Bernice Orcutt and Arlane Nesmith there in the audience.

John fixed beef stew with meat from our neighbor (in our freezer for probably 5 years). Although old, it was very well wrapped and in good shape. He added all sorts of veggies, and with it, we had the 3 leftover rolls from The Palace last night. I cut them into toast size widths and toasted them in the toaster, & buttered with whipped butter the restaurant sent along.

Thursday, July 4 Happy Independence Day!

John, Czar, and Annie walked to the end of the driveway to hang our flag. Wind is blowing today, so that will be nice. I stayed behind and just finished loading all the dishes I started this morning, cleaning off the counter, and making ready for frying our bacon for brunch.

Our brunch was nice: John made a large pancake with pecans and we had syrup and strawberries on top, I had two eggs, and we both had bacon. John started it in an iron pan, and I crisped it between paper towels in the microwave.

I also tried on my patriotic pants for today and tomorrow with my vest, and they fit just fine. Joanie altered my vest last year to match my smaller size. She originally found the vest in a thrift store and bought it for me quite a few years ago. I wear it for all patriotic music events, including Veterans’ Day at the senior center. Today, I’ll be dressing in my sequined flag vest and garb to play music at the Rehab center where I “rehabbed” in 2010 for 7 weeks.

Today, we had 7 players there to play our July music which is full of patriotic songs.

I stopped by Briarwood to use their restroom, and show off my July 4th outfit to the folks there in the recreation center. Only two were there: Kelly and Connie. We had a nice visit and I read the flyer on their door about the party on Main St. in Kittitas, WA for the 4th celebration, where friend Amy Davison is doing face painting for the day. Normally, she would be playing music with us. Tomorrow, she and Haley will be with us at the AAC (senior center) celebration.

I went in the back way by the Kiva in the park and found a parking space a half block away from the closed part of Main St. I checked in, and was lucky to find the face-painting the second table into the bunch. I took some videos and pictures of her stand and work, and visited with some of the kids and parents I videotaped, to get their email to send them my captures. I was able to talk briefly with Haley and Dustin, and Amy (but she was pretty busy painting without time to visit). Dustin brought some tacos and I know she was happy to see food arriving. I left before she paused from her painting. She probably had to take bites between painting. Wow, she is so talented.

Video and photos:

Permission granted by parents for youngsters posted here.Fire-breathing Dragon (Davonte is recipient) – Amy painter

Click on underlined title below for watching the video:

Fire-Breathing DragonPhotos of Davonte’s appreciation.

Photos only of Deshawne’s Shark on his face below. I knew the woman there with the boys, so I asked permission to publish the video (of Davonte) and the photos for Deshawne. My friend, Jeanie, contacted their mom for permission; it was granted. This is Deshawne with his beginning shark and ending shark.
I am sorry I don’t have a video of his face painting by Amy.

More photos of Kittitas 7/4 celebration:Preplanning Painting-Haley & Dad, Dustin-then at the event

Ending the Kittitas, WA Fourth of July celebration were fireworks in the city park. Where Evie Schuetz took this “windy” funny picture of fireworks.Taken at Palmeiro Park in Kittitas on a very windy night in the valley.

From there I came on home to attend to things to do before tomorrow.

One thing was to get John to meet me at the end of the driveway to take my photo with our flag, with me in my patriotic garb. Flag not still much in the winds. Couldn’t decide my favorite. Left shows the whole flag, but the right’s nice with wraparound.

Reading up for tomorrow at the Senior Center 4th BBQ Day Late Celebration.

Charged batteries in old camera for video, intending to film the whole ½ hour performance. Charged battery and deleted much on the Nikon, for still pictures.

Wrote the group for tomorrow; wrote the Emeriti group, vacuumed the horse purse, hoping for no fireworks close by to upset Annie. We lucked out. John’s in bed to leave early in the morning.

Friday, July 5

John left at 6:40 a.m. for a WTA work party today at the Granite Mountain trail just west of Snoqualmie Pass. ( Link ) He will go back on Sunday. They are cleaning old drainage ditches and digging a few new ones. Rocks and roots that seem to be the worst tripping hazards are removed and the tread resurfaced.

I was concerned that it was going to be hot outside for our playing music at the late BBQ lunch celebrating the 4th, but we did not have it outside. Found out once we arrived, that it was changed. We ended up with 11 players, and went inside the building because it was too hot on the asphalt and in the sun for the audience. The canopy was also small, and I doubt we would all have fit under it. Inside the Adult Activity Center was nicely air-conditioned comfort. They had a grill outside for the hamburgers, and we went inside to put our instruments and music stands up, and then took a seat at the serving tables. Our music group was fed first. A good meal – cheeseburger (grilled by David Douglas), on bun with lettuce, large slice of tomato, condiments, chips, homemade baked beans mixture garbanzo, white, & other w/ham & bacon (made by Katrina Douglas), cut watermelon, and an ice cream sandwich.

We didn’t start the music until 12:15 p.m. and a large audience sang along with 13 songs. The 13th was “Take Me out to the Ball Game” and our little 6 yr. old mascot, Haley, joined the group on the front row to belt out the song, 3 times (once for every strike). The audience and players were delighted with her entry and performance. The last song is always the most moving part of the patriotic celebration – when everyone stands and salutes the flag, while singing the National Anthem—acapella.

From AAC camera 7-5-19 celebration of July 4

AAC July 5, 2019 on Nancy’s camera

I left there for a stop at Briarwood to ask about Betty (who sends home to John cookies she makes for our music at Briarwood on the 3rd Saturday every month). She actually finally got to meet him in person last month. She is in the hospital, but I have to contact a neighbor to find out. The woman in charge couldn’t give out the information, and hadn’t even heard that Betty was in the hospital. There are 4 Bettys living there. I think if she’d give me the last names, I would have been able to identify the right one, when I heard the names. I know one other of the women.
 
I had to put in all my medications for the week. While doing that I realized 3 needed refilled after this week’s container is emptied. Took care of 3 of my prescriptions this evening at Super 1: Spironolactone & Lasix; Safeway: Warfarin (5 mg halved) for 45 (3 month’s supply) and I also ordered from Safeway, John’s Tamsulosin hci 0.4 mg cap. This is the last refill via Dr. Wood, so we need to request a new one from Chelsea Newman.

Leftovers for supper: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, cauliflower with cheese, and pears.

Saturday, July 6

Message from Super 1 our meds are ready for pickup… will get Monday or Tuesday.

I slept in and have been working on a letter of reference to get out today. This for a student that left here many years ago. I literally spent most of the day on it, but it is done and all is well. Now to get to the other deadlines waiting.

John is home today, but leaves tomorrow for more WTA work at Granite Mountain, where he was yesterday. This is a day of rest for both of us, but he’s currently out doing morning chores, including some watering. He mowed the strip between the road and our fence. The grasses are turning brown and dry – now there is a bit of fire resistant “moat” next to the public road.

I tried working on the blog until late, and went to bed very late.

Sunday, July 7

John left ~ 6:35 a.m. for the WTA work crew at Granite Mountain (same as Friday’s trip). I had him try his cell phone to get back to me this morning on his way out of the valley. He actually got it to work in a strange manner through voice commands. I called him back and so we agreed I would call him after 3:30 p.m. to see where he was on the trip home. Now that he’s home, I realize I should have had him try to call me through his normal way of dialing. He leaves tomorrow morning for Yakima to have his ignition switch repaired, so I will remind him to try again without voice recognition but just the normal switch he uses to see my name Nancy-Home or Nancy-Cell.

After our morning conversation, it was still early, so I decided to lie back down and get some more rest after staying up until almost 12:30 a.m. I did, but woke up about 8:30 a.m. with a horrible nightmare, raging headache, including a way too high blood pressure figure. So, I took a heart medication, put a cold compress on my head, drank cool Gatorade, and laid back down to rest and hopefully feel better. I went back to sleep until 10:00 a.m. Thankfully, my headache was gone, and blood pressure down a little (still relatively high), so I slowly began my day. I didn’t feel like eating until almost 1:00 p.m. I got better as the day went on and my BP stabilized.

John’s trip home (I-90 east) was fine, but the folks heading west toward Puget Sound were in a stop-n-go situation, adding more than an hour of travel time. The choke-point begins just east of Cle Elum when the road from Wenatchee joins the interstate.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Medical, and much

Sunday, Jun 23
You already heard about today in last week’s blog, but we did get the blog published at 9:20 p.m.My violin classes started in WA in 1991 in Kittitas, WA for 22 years for the WOTFA (WA Old Time Fiddlers Association) summer workshop held there for a week. It was only 10 miles from our house. Today, I had a facebook message from Bobbie Pearce, my teacher all those years, about her left-handed fiddling daughter from Meridian, ID – Katrina Nicolayeff, who won for the 5th time, the National Grand Champion Fiddler of the WOTFA competition this year. This video is 45 minutes of the top 8 contestants for the final round in Weiser, ID, June 22, 2019. Katrina’s fiddling starts at 5:45 into the video. I’m trying to find out the names of the 3 songs she plays. I cannot decipher from the speaker. Closest I can get is Building on Low Ground, Valen’s (unsure of the spelling) Waltz, and the Clarinet Polka.

Katrina Nicolayeff, 5th time, Nat’l Grand Champion Fiddler

Monday, Jun 24

We left early this morning for our first stop with my laptop at the ComputAbility place in Ellensburg. Savannah there was going to assess the problem with my Dell’s on-off switch and find the part to order. We had to continue on to the Yakima Heart Center for my appointment with my new cardiologist.

Before leaving for Yakima, I mailed out the long-awaited Jack Nisbet lecture. Next thing needing sent is the report on the May 21 awards, to the Geography & CERM recipients, which still is not yet completed because of searching for pictures taken by others to add and for email addresses of the students involved. I already put the videos in for our part on May 21 in our weekly blog.

Before my scheduled cardiologist visit, I went to Toni for a device check on my ICD, which had misfired (reported a higher than normal pulse rate) back in February 2 days, right before my oral dental surgery. It did not trigger the kick of stopping the heart to repace it, but it did notify the professionals, who called me to see if I was okay. It was a couple months later, so I studied my calendar and realized what I thought caused it, and reported back to Dr. Dave Krueger my thoughts, in line with the stress I was going under at the time waiting 10 days to remove the bacteria infected abscessed tooth threatening my heart valves until the tooth could be extracted. You’ve already heard that story. He accepted it and we scheduled the first available appointment to meet him – which was today.FACC = Fellow of the American College of Cardiology

John and I had an excellent medical discussion with my new cardiologist, Dave Krueger, MD, at the Yakima Heart Center. You have heard in a previous blog, that he was on the team when I was so sick awaiting open heart surgery Nov – Dec 2009. He agreed to take me as his patient, and he plans to be on board for another 10 years before retiring. That is great news. He also involves the patient in all the decision making and transcribes the details of the visit, the same as my original cardiologist in 2009 (Dr. Anatole Kim) did. He retired 2 years ago, and his replacement left for another job, earlier this year, leaving me without a cardiologist.
I have not received my transcription yet from him, but below is from notes and my memory of what transpired. First, I was seen by his medical assistant (MA), and she gave me an ECG. He later showed it to us, and remarked on the good signs it demonstrated. She then went through my medications list, took my BP and pulse, and we visited about the doctor. We had a very short wait until he came into the room.

We discussed the medications I’m on, and the necessary things to keep an eye on my progress with them. I’m already aware and doing most of the necessary things. Because of the Amiodarone I’m on for stopping atrial fibrillation, I get a Pulmonary Function Test annually. I do have to get him to request the next one because they shortened the length of time to plan for the next year. I used to do it at the time for the next year, but that’s changed. I’ll check on that tomorrow. I have previously asked for the records to be transferred to the Yakima Heart Center (YHC) for my file, but I will check to see if they are in my file; if not, I’ll copy the ones I have.

I learned from Dr. Krueger that I should be taking all vitamins with food in my stomach. We also discussed other meds, and necessary blood tests to have in the next couple weeks to evaluate several things: my thyroid, liver, kidney, electrolytes, and anemia counts. He ordered those labs and I picked up the paperwork as I was checking out. Labs will require fasting, and include HDL/Lipid Profile, BNP, CBC, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, and TSH. I will also have an Echocardiogram (with Angie) at the YHC in October, at least a week before a scheduled appointment with Dr. Krueger in October or November.

I probably cannot schedule his appointment until August, and it will be on a Tuesday in Ellensburg! One other thing is that I am supposed to let my eye doctor know I take Amiodarone because it can have an effect on the surface of the cornea. I never knew that so because I have an eye appointment coming up this Tuesday, July 2, I called and talked to a medical assistant I know there. She said not to worry; they were aware of that and had several patients on the drug. I was due for a medication update this year (every 2 years), so I will carry that in. But, I have been on it since 2010 and at the same eye doctor. So I’m okay.

We had a nice thorough visit and I went away pleased. Got to visit with my favorite nurse down there since 2009 (Colleen). She’s my liaison for getting messages transferred. Knows both John and me very well.

Tuesday, Jun 25

Checked and paid for tabs on our old Chevy 1980 farm truck and found the correct insurance papers are not in the glove compartment, so I wrote an email to our insurance company in Idaho (for our vehicles), requesting them to send me the one only for the Chevy truck, which only had inside one that expired in March this year. I will pick up the tabs tomorrow, along with getting John’s medications.

I changed my next haircut in July to Friday, 7/19, because we are planning to be at Asahel Curtis Trail head for a special celebration potluck for Pete Dewell’s WTA achievements, working >2000 days volunteering for WTA trails.

John spoke with Pete Saturday this week on the Annette Lake Trail. He sent his regards through John to me, and John told him I would be coming along to his celebration potluck.

Asahel Curtis Trail

I worked on various computer projects (sending jobs out to the jobs list I manage), and creating an emailing group list to send to folks who attended the End-Of-Year Geography awards ceremony, back on May 21. You have already seen that video report in the blog, photographs others took, to my report.

John thawed a pound of older ground beef from the freezer (in very good shape) and fixed homemade spaghetti meat sauce at my request tonight and we had it over rice, because we didn’t have any pasta in the house.

Wednesday, Jun 26

This morning, I called Discover Magazine when I awoke about receiving two issues of same magazine for July/August.

Changed there to expire April 2021 in John’s name, (since 2011). We will still get duplicate copies for this Sept. I called College Subscription Service and see if they can alter it if Discover Mags have not, but they had. Phone # I need (855) – (Ext 212 for Shaku); Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm Central Time. Shaku is only an agent. She was going to check with the publisher, and she called me back later in the week, but said the expiration date was 2020 not 2021. I’ll wait to see what it says on the October label.

I fixed my salad with John’s help cubing smoked turkey and apple and took to the food bank music and lunch afterward. They had 50 pound bags of small onions – last year’s crop – and loaded one in my car. John sorted them, throwing out about 10, and packaged most of the rest in 5-6 pound containers. These will go to friends and neighbors. Before the few we kept are used, our own crop will ripen; but could be used now.

I picked up John’s meds at the Pharmacy and the tabs for his Chevy ‘80 truck from Meridian Theater building office; better to deal with than the county courthouse.

Thursday, Jun 27

We played music today at Hearthstone for the residents with a large group of 12 players, and a good bunch in the audience.
I also delivered onions today; worked on getting clothing collected for a family who lost all in a house fire.

I still need to set up the July music for the music books I’m in charge of and also for the audiences; next week we play both days, July 4 and July 5.

Friday, Jun 28

We went a long time this week, without a Kittitas Valley photograph by our friend Evie Scheutz, so here are two from this morning.6/28/19 Sunrise in the Kittitas Valley by Evie Scheutz

Followed by a characteristic of the global economy of our valley, with the hay industry:Early morning Hay Field by Evie Schuetz

Our valley grows timothy, mixed grass, and alfalfa and bales it into regular bales, picked up using a Harobed and into megabales for shipment overseas. Both sized bales go overseas and to users in the USA.

I have to put in a few images of these megabales, which many folks have never seen. When I have toured the Anderson Hay and Grain facility here in town they call these sized bales by that title, but on the web, they are known only as Large Square Bales (which they really aren’t) – maybe better called Large Rectangular Bales. I like the term, “Megabales.” I drove to Ellensburg directly into a thunderstorm, with street, sidewalk, and parking lot flooding. I went to Super 1 and did not find what John wanted for mixed vegetables, but I got a 2# pkg. of the closest thing to it for 98₵. I found the Navel Oranges all right. I walked out into a the first few raindrops of a heavy rainstorm with lightning and thunder (with no raincoat in my car). I wrapped up the frozen veggies in some clothing in the back of my car to keep it cold. The worst rainfall happened after I was inside the car. I waited about 10 minutes before I even tried driving away.

I drove to the AAC to pick up feed bags left for me early this morning. On the way back, I left a bucket of last years’ onions by Amy’s house. I had to sit there awhile too, until the rain slowed. Then I drove by Dairy Queen to cash in a free coupon for a chocolate dipped 3 oz. cone for my treat of the day after all the excitement. From there I came back by way of Celia’s to drop off a box with the rest of the onions. That finishes them. We will soon have our own coming on.

John is taking a nap and I think I will too. My escapades took a lot longer than I ever expected today with all the thunderstorm activity. I slept for 1.5 hrs. Guess I needed it.

We had a great stir-fry for supper, and we will have a piece of red velvet frosted cake with ice cream for dessert.

I finished the play list and plans for our group to play patriotic music next Friday at the Senior Center (officially known as the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center). They don’t have a program on the 4th, because there is much else going on in the area.

Saturday, Jun 29

John leaves early for a WTA work party on the Annette Lake Trail, on the west side of Snoqualmie Pass. He worked with 2 others on brushing where the trail meanders under a power-line, for 1/10 of a mile. That starts just 3/10ths of a mile from the parking lot. A fellow has bursitis (hips), and did not want to go very far. Some of the others went 2.25 miles up a hard climb. Tomorrow there are 2 rock & tread projects under the power-lines, and then they will work farther up, but still only about ½ mile up.

My day today was fruitful and frustrating. I started by going by a friend’s porch to drop off clothes and pick up more, but she forgot to put them on her porch. Later before I was out of town, she reached me and I did go back by to get them. I was able to take a skirt out of her bag to add to another delivery made today after the next place I went.

The next stop was at the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center (operated by the Methodist Church volunteers) to check out things for us, and also to donate a lot of clothes. I found a few things: a blouse, floppy cloth hat to keep the sun off my neck and face, a couple pairs of socks, and 2 types of underwear that fit. I left a whole lot more than I took.

I went by a friend’s house to drop off a garbage bag full of clothes for a family who lost everything in a house fire. I met her older brother Paul, who has moved in to stay with her so they can look after each other. We had a nice catch-up visit. Carole has recovered from an earlier stoke, with no problems apparent. We had visited by email and phone so I knew she had drastically improved. It was great to see her up and around and so we exchanged a big hug.

From there I went to ComputAbility, open from noon to 4:00 Saturday, because the part was delivered this morning. However, they wouldn’t be able to get it back to me until Monday afternoon. I have to have it over the weekend, so I will just have to take it in on Monday morning, or Tuesday morning. Yes, I was upset, from information I had learned earlier about the expected turnaround.

John tried calling me through his Bluetooth but the phone is not working. He got into the valley and tried turning it on, dialed my number, and it did not come through. We don’t know what is blacking out the screen, and why it is not working.

After getting the mail and taking the dog for a brief walk, he came back in the house and took a short nap. Then he fixed a nice soup for supper and cooked corn-on-the-cob, but neither one of us wanted any after the large bowl of chicken & vegetable & wild rice soup. Later just before John went to bed, we had our dessert.

Now John has been in bed awhile, but just walked out in bare feet to ask me to bring in the cat food because there was a bad skunk smell coming through the bedroom window. I am still in the den and the smell is permeating our entire house. Yes, I brought in the food. Neither inside / outside cat is in the house, so we hope they don’t get sprayed. They came through clean.

Sunday, June 30
This morning before John left, I awoke and had a circulation problem with my feet from socks I wore overnight for the first time that had too tight a clinch on my lower leg. When I took them off, there was a lump above on my leg, so I wrapped up the socks to give away and not bother with cutting the top elastic. I changed to loose fitting socks; it was better within an hour, but I checked it all day. I think I will postpone exercise one more day.

John left ~ 6:35 to WTA today Annette lake again today, earlier than yesterday because of the parking lot at the trail head rapidly filling up. In mid-afternoon, a thunder storm rumbled along the ridge near them. That shortened the work by about 45 minutes. It turned out the storm went a bit east of them, and they only got a little rain.
He arrived home just after 4:00 p.m. unable to call me because his cell phone is not connecting; only a black screen, and cannot turn on to run through his Bluetooth, or to accept phone calls from me. We don’t know how to fix it. I guess we’ll take it to town and see if anyone can help us turn it on. And, I’ll call Consumer Cellular for assistance.

Finished working on blog today, one more thing and I can turn it over to John.

In between, I emptied and filled the dishwasher, ate brunch, listened to a hard rainstorm, moved a chair under cover in the front yard, planned attendance and number of people eating on Friday at the Senior Center celebration for July 4 on the 5th, where our group is providing the patriotic music.

I contacted a person coming to town tomorrow to coordinate our schedules, but have not yet been in touch. It’s in her lap now.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Solstice in Kittitas Valley

Sunday, Jun 16

We’ll start this week, with a special photo taken on Father’s Day by our friend, Evie Schuetz.
Here’s what she said about it on Facebook, when she posted it:

Father’s day gets me to feeling all nostalgic, so I went out to see what my parents were doing upstairs. Same as when they were here on earth, they saw to it that I received more than I had hoped for. Everywhere I turned I saw beautiful things; a gorgeous moon, fiery sunlit clouds, the greenest fields I’ve seen all year, and a magnificent sunset. This particular scene is what captured my interest the most though. Mom used to call these “cotton candy skies.” I know it defies logic, but sometimes it feels like they’re still sharing things with me in companionable silence.

Clouds and Mt. Rainier from the Kittitas Valley by Evie Schuetz

Next was the same day but taken by my other Kittitas Valley photographer friend, Lise McGowan.Nice partially framed moon through the trees, by Lise McGowan

Monday, Jun 17

We published last week’s blog at 10:04 p.m. I’m staying home today to try to get better and make progress on projects with deadlines. Thus far I have been spinning my wheels, but it’s including things on and off the computer, and we stopped to have brunch.

Got the July music out to KV F&F. Need to finish getting out the May 21 report on awards. I also need to get Jack Nisbet’s talk to the AWG meeting sent to folks I know were there or wanted to be. My time is being spent getting the email addresses of members of the Association of Washington Geographers.

I worked on my receipt filing needs and need to make more progress tomorrow when I stay home.

We had a nice supper tonight–baked chicken thighs, stir-fry veggies (snow peas, bell peppers, carrots, water chestnuts), and our neighbor Ken’s potato salad.

Tuesday, Jun 18

My friend Lise McGowan was out scouting for us all. Here’s her photograph and story:Check the description of contents in Lise McGowan’s text below:

So yesterday morning I was up at 3:50 am photographing the setting of the Strawberry full moon! Most of you were still sleeping (even my friends on the east coast) so I thought I would share. It’s setting over the Manastash Ridge furthest south I’ve seen it in a long time! Cell towers are to the far right. Large transport trucks are camped at the rest stop off of I-82 about 1/2 way down. My friend Nancy B. Hultquist shared this website with me and thought it would be great to share with ya’ll, my friends!!! Enjoy!!!  (Nancy here; see below for the link I sent.)

John adds: {Lise mentions the location of the moon. Lunar movements are very complex, and because they affect tides, and are of interest to astrologers, Lunar Cycles (link) have been studied, calculated, and commented on for thousands of years. See here regarding caring for your hair in January. }

Once you open the link below, please refresh or reload, and then check out the top video (time-lapse of the moon) in the story on space.com:

June 2019’s Full Moon on space.com

John drove my Forester down for its recall on the brake switch light, which controls many things besides brake lights. He is doing this for me because I need to stay home and work on my computer and filing so I can turn it over to the computer gurus in town to assess its problems and order me a new part to send for and when back, they can install. I have diagnosed that myself, and so I have not been turning it off so as not having to risk not being able to turn it back on. I have already mentioned that I was having to press the switch as many as 15 times before it would turn on.

He filled my gas tank on his way home (in Ellensburg), because for once, the price/gal was 6₵ less than at Costco in Union Gap. While in town he checked our number at Bi-Mart. No win on a jar of dry roasted peanuts for the last digit in our number.

Once home, the wind was still blowing 40 mph, and he needed to go out and walk the dog and carry some hay to the lower part of the pasture to get the horses out of the wind.

He napped awhile, and then went back to town to fill his car with gasoline for his trip to a WTA work day at Dorothy Lake on the other side of Stevens Pass. He needs to leave here about 5:15 a.m. to miss the start of construction on Blewett Pass, to get on up through Leavenworth to Hwy 2. While in town, he went by Super 1 and found a large package of smoked turkey breasts.

He cut up cubes for me for my salad that I need to take to the Food Bank tomorrow, and also cut cubes of apple. I cleaned up my head of Iceberg lettuce and put it in to crisp overnight.

More work on receipt filing and organization, on computer projects (sending jobs out to the jobs list I manage), and creating an emailing group list to send to folks who attended a presentation at CWU Geography of the spring meeting of the Association of Washington Geographers. I joined in 1988, when I arrived in EBRG. It also includes people who wanted to be there, but were unable. Our speaker was Jack Nisbet, an author and naturalist from Spokane, talking on the cultural, geological, historical, and natural environments of the Columbia Plateau. It was a fascinating presentation, and the finale to a nice conference over two days. You already heard about it in a previous blog during the week it was presented.

I’m working on creation of another email list for receiving our two events on May 21, that I have to get out to folks. Too many activities are stealing my time from completion of both projects.

Wednesday, Jun 19

John is going past Stephens Pass to a WTA work party with Nate (blue hat), 3 ACLs, a total of 8 Green Hat workers at Dorothy Lake.

We received some photos, Saturday, from the crew leader, and John went through them with me to describe the projects and what was going on. I picked three photos with him in it to lead off the discussion. Prying up a fallen log to be sawn; two other projects. Right-most is the view from down-trail of the 2nd project described below.

You will be convinced after hearing/seeing his explanation of the next two photos. He always does his best to tell me about the projects he worked on, or knew what happened. This time we didn’t have all the before and after photos, so he had to draw the explanation on the finished trail shots.

I asked him to do that and it follows below in two photos, with the description of each one. I’m grateful for his efforts in describing what happened, because I’ll never get out to participate in a WTA work crew, and each trip I get his review of all the photos submitted.John’s description of the photo above and below, follows:

The purple line:
On the right, the uphill side, there was slumping of soil and vegetation, with tree roots above and through.
Where the red F is, there was a sharp drop, not quite 90°, but it dropped 20 feet before there was a change. The fern and log (L) were not there. Likewise, for the rocks at R.
All the material under the purple line was dug or cut out and pushed over the hill, at F. An old log (L) was carried to the site and the larger end placed against the tree (T) base. The smaller end was placed, with rocks on top, against the sawed-off end of the ancient log. Adding woodsy soil and the fern (F) finished the down-slope side.
Mineral soil – orange/brown – was cut out of the hillside and used to make the tread.
The WTA volunteer is carrying a Grub-hoe.Another project

The purple line represents a large tree root removed. On this side the level of the tread was 8 inches higher than on the far side, but the root stuck up another 8 inches. Stepping from the far side, over the root and a few inches down to the tread is the sort of thing hikers hate.
While a volunteer cut the root out, John worked on the hillside and the tread. The trail is now a proper width (length of a pick handle), and there is no pointless up and down – sometimes called a PUD.

Here is a link to all the photos from the trip, without explanation:

WTA work trip, June 19, Dorothy Lake, Photos

I went to the FISH Food Bank Lunch for music playing and got food today (spaghetti & meat sauce) to accompany the salad I took. I brought home a container of Greek Yogurt, an apple, and a piece of good looking cake (I’ll share with John tonight). I have been sorting, tossing, and filing all afternoon since arriving home. I skipped exercise because my feet are not yet up to that.

This afternoon I washed a huge load of clothes and I’m still drying them. If we had a clothesline, they would have dried quickly in the breeze today. Wind speeds yesterday and today recorded 5 miles south of us, at the airport. We have continued this entire week with high winds.

John fixed us a pizza for supper and is now sleeping in his chair. He had a very long day. I’m tired and still drying clothes so probably should finish that and we should have a small dessert and retire early.

Thursday, Jun 20

This afternoon, the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends provided music at Pacifica for over an hour. We had 13 there, and an audience exceeding that count, with only 11 copies of music to share with the audience (they keep disappearing throughout the 2 months we use them). A few residents come forward at the end, each time, to tell us how much they appreciate our coming. One woman today wanted me to know that a lady who sat next to her never comes out of her room to any event, but loves coming to hear our music, and was there today just for us. I thanked her for letting me know. We know the names of quite a few of the residents and often their favorite songs as well. Others will come forward and talk to members to tell how they used to play a musical instrument and which one. It’s always a rewarding experience. Music is healing.

John’s out retrieving one of our horses from stuffing themselves on grass in our neighbor’s pasture on the south side of ours. He will also have to find the exit route and repair it. The wind is blowing fiercely. We are grateful our neighbor called to alert us. It took John awhile because he had to open the gate between our pastures and the other horses joined the first. Once he got all ours back into our pasture, he could close the gate. She had already corralled her horse. John tried repairing the corner, adding rails, fixing and stretching broken barbed wire, but really is not sure how the horse managed to find his way out. They have remained in our pasture since (until Sunday morning!)

I need to fix myself some brunch so I can leave for music.

I finished the chore of putting all my medications in for the week to the container for daily dispersal.

Once home this afternoon, I spent time registering a marked for tracking $1.00 bill at the Where’s George site: wheresgeorge.comI found it in my own stack of things. Now I will send to our sister in Ohio, and let her put it into circulation, or send on to another friend, after she registers it. We will both be informed of its next destination. Be sure to put the location on your report, if you ever find one in circulation. I think I forgot to put the same type of information in. And I couldn’t see the report below until after I had done my registration. Next time I’ll know better.

This is the report I received on this one. Interesting, it passed through Queen Anne Hill (in Seattle), because that is where my grandmother Wilkins worked as a domestic when she was in Seattle while my grandfather worked as a carpenter on the Smith Tower, before 1914, when my mom was born (their 3rd child). They left for south GA when she was 6 months old. The house is still there in West Seattle, and several family members have visited there and gotten a tour. Pretty cool. John and I actually carried my Granny there after we had reached Idaho and could drive to Seattle to show her.

Here is the following of a tracked dollar bill.I spent more time tonight sorting through paperwork, tossing, and filing.

Friday, Jun 21 Summer Solstice

We spent the day on chores in the yard, house, and computer. Dishes we have to keep up with daily, but clothes are getting more closely needed watched too.

I delivered two white garbage bags full of newspapers (WSJ and local Daily Records) to a gal who needs it for packing to move. On my way home, I stopped at a yard sale and bought two pair of newish black jeans for John: size 36/32. He needs to lose weight and get into them. That’s a good incentive. The price was right, $1.00/pair.

I’m having many problems with trying to organize emails of past events and future events, without enough time to work on them.

We eat well in spite of it, and John fights the wind every day. Plants need water and weeds tended to. We noticed today the Magpies are robbing the cherries and they are not even ripe yet.Sunset in our valley on the Summer Solstice, by Lise McGowan

After 10 days or so, we will start to notice the shorter minutes of daylight. This will trigger the “bulbing” of our onions. onions

Saturday, Jun 22

Frustrating correspondence with the Jacquie Lawson site about errors in greeting card deliveries. Raised my blood pressure, literally.

This came early morning too, and is very interesting. I hope all the lady bugs come in to our cherry trees which last year were covered in such stickiness from aphids. John says our plum trees also suffered aphid infection. He poured an insecticide around the base of the cherries but missed the plums along the back fence.
They are much distressed. Will treat them next spring.Pix by Amy: Chrysalis, Ladybug, Ladybug & eggs on Maple Tree

From Amy Davison:
Haley (daughter, 6 yrs.) pointed out our Maple tree was covered in ladybug eggs this morning. We’ve not seen this before.

We get a sticky misty residue each year from this tree. I thought it was the tree until today. Last year when staying in a campground in Shelley, Idaho, we kept tracking in the stickies stuff into my parents’ RV and cars. It was from aphids hatching. Aphids are a major part of the ladybug diet!

Haley continued her research to their backyard plum tree and found a different part of the ladybug’s cycle of life. Below this photo, I have placed a link to a video, which informed me of much I did not previously know. I expect you will learn from it too. Thanks, Haley and Amy, for the education.Pix by Amy Davison of Ladybug Larva

Life Cycle of a Lady Bug – Instructive Video

Late afternoon we left for Marte Fallshore’s and Dale Brubaker’s home with a dessert (apple & berry strudel, cut into smaller servings) for the potluck and two bottles of White Heron wine. She is roasting a turkey for a supper at 5:00 p.m. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary and her retirement from CWU, where she taught Psychology. While I was there we worked on many university projects and graduate committees. They are a musical family, she plays the double bass and he the fiddle. The music starts at 2:00 p.m., but we are skipping that because of my continued left shoulder problem. Once there we stayed a long time and only got back home about 9:00 p.m. We had a nice visit with friends we never have time to sit down with and truly interact.

I’ve been working trying to finalize the send of videos to an event the first of this month. Maybe I’ll get it out tomorrow, after the blog is completed.

Late tonight, I realized I had not cleaned the strawberries I got Friday, so I did them and John sugared them for me. He beat me to bed. Berries are for Sunday.

Sunday, June 23

I slept in and have been working on this and other things. I must organize my medical records to take for my new cardiologist appointment tomorrow morning in Yakima; that meeting is preceded by a device check (implanted defibrillator). And, on the way, I will leave my computer at a repair facility for an evaluation while we are away for several hours.

This morning we had another glitch present itself with a morning call from our neighbor, Susan, that our horse (Jazz) was again in her high grass pasture. John was able to find where he came through by running him around until he showed him the escape route. Old fence, old wire, gravity. Fixing the corner earlier was wasted effort. He took along his phone and a drink, and managed one call about Noon. He only has one bar on his phone and had trouble getting to me just now. He rarely uses the phone except when in the car and it has a Bluetooth® set-up.

I cannot get through to his phone. Getting my message only, which happens when it’s off or out of reception. It’s now 1:16; I’m beginning to get hungry. I fixed a salad for myself and just finished it. It’s 1:45 and no word from John, so I shall call again. I guess I had better put on walking shoes and go check to see if a tree fell on him in this wind.

I got to the first gate and he was coming through it, so I didn’t have to go far. He had no idea about his phone. It was black and not receiving. We turned it on and checked my phone to him and it went through, so must have turned itself off. He never tried to call me again but sometimes when he turns it on, it is black and he cannot get a call out to me either place, landline or cell. When it works, it is fine, but recently, it’s been not working in his car either. We haven’t a clue. He needs to use it more, and learn. He keeps it charged.

While he was gone, I called the Exxon station because all the information on ‘gasbuddy’ was a long day old. Their price is still $3.05/gal. He plans to take the old ’80 Chevy pickup in to fill both tanks, while the price is down. I just checked another station and found it is $3.03+/gal there (Circle K on Main St.). He went there and filled both tanks with almost 31 gallons of fuel.

The bookstore near the University, Jerrol’s, is celebrating 72 years this week, so is giving away ice cream. He took a cooler and will stop by and bring home 2 cups for us. He also went to the grocery across the street.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Wind Energy

Monday, Jun 10

We managed to publish our last week’s blog just before noon today.
Here is an appropriate introductory photo for our week of news:This scene was captured by Evie Schuetz. She published this early today on Facebook. She saw these up close and heard the whooshing sound they make. They were on Hayward Road (off Hwy 10) and it was her first experience under a wind turbine. This is northwest of EBRG. John and I went east.

Tuesday, Jun 11

Last week I tried to get through to the UW Hospital complex in Seattle to get a consultation report on my shoulder sent to my PCP. I thought it had been requested and sent long ago. We were in Seattle on March 11, but when I saw Chelsea on a recent Friday, she could not find a report.

I now have a quality control person (Demetri) who responded from UW but it is still not resolved. The first call was reassuring, but the second call was non-productive.

We left today for town about 10:40 a.m. First stop Bi-Mart to check numbers, but we did not win anything. Then off to pick up sunflower seeds for the birds—2 bags. From there to pick up a Papa Murphy’s Pizza picked out by Kristin Ashley, who was working at the Wild Horse Wind Farm today leading two public tours (about an hour long). We were going to share and visit over her lunch hour.

The pizza had zucchini, tomato, mushrooms, chicken, onions, red bell peppers, artichoke hearts, spicy herbs & cheese, with a red sauce (not creamy garlic) on a thin crust. When we arrived, Tiffany took the pizza back to the kitchen and preheated the oven. After the morning tour, with Kristin back in the visitor’s center, the pizza went in the oven. Photo of the product.We got there just before noon, and while we waited for Kristin to return from her public tour (described a little more below, including a few items about the facility), John & I toured the visitor center’s displays. We have been there before, but we saw some different displays this trip. They have comfortable chairs around a table next to a book shelf with reference books on birds, flowers, wildlife, and details of the shrub-steppe environment surrounding us on Whiskey Dick Mountain. Behind the building is a stand of solar panels and all around are wind turbines whooshing in the breeze. These I took adjacent to the walkway up from the parking lot to the visitor’s center.The Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center is located 16 miles east of Ellensburg in central Washington.Visitor center, old windmill, and turbine with a public tour (white hard hats) that lasts an hour, and visits the base of a tower.

Often they start with a walk by a large turbine blade to give an idea of the size. It was damaged in transit and was unable to be used on a turbine, so this is a fine educational display.Two on the left are from the PSE website, with a woman standing next to the blade for scale; bottom is the entrance to the base of a turbine, which is part of the tour. Top right, I took of my friend Peggy Coble, with her friend Robert visiting from Kenya. They are both ministers (she in Thorp and he in Kenya, where he and his family run an orphanage). They were there the same day we were, and had been included on the tour Kristin was leading for a group of professionals in the industry, who had never visited a site such as this. They came over from the Seattle area.

At the end of the tour, they were brought back in to view the software displaying a map of all the towers at the facility with data about each tower (how much power it was producing, its maintenance schedule, and a number of working parameters that need watched and monitored). I could not get close enough to video her demonstration, but watched from behind the front row.Pretty blue lupine and wind turbines at Wild Horse Wind Farm – that’s Mt. Rainier in the distance. These photos from the web.

The wind turbines at Wild Horse can generate up to 273 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The solar array, one of the Northwest’s largest, can generate up to 502 kilowatts of electricity. Puget Sound Energy’s Renewable Energy Center offers a first-hand look at how these elements are turned into electricity. The issue with solar results from our high Latitude of 47° N. Summer days are long, but so is winter when the high sun is over southern South America.

The next video is especially exciting for me, because Andrea (Nesbitt) Crawford was my student long ago at CWU, and she began her career journey there as an intern (with me as her academic adviser).

Wild Horse Wind Turbine Tour

Here is some more information and there is lots more on the Internet for PSE (Puget Sound Energy) and also on their Facebook site. Name to search for on Facebook is:
Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center.

Fact sheet about PSE areas in WA

Inside the Visitor’s Center:This is a Greater Sage-Grouse, housed in a glass box. This is the largest grouse in North America, and found only in the Western States. This was gathered on the Yakima Training Center lands in 1980 (just to our south), and is on loan from the WA Department of Fish & Wildlife. My photo (lower left) has a light blue exclamation point over it, which is a reflection from the glass of the opposite view window in the Visitor’s Center; the bottom two windows behind are facing west.
So the tour returned, took off their white hard hats, and toured the computer software and display of the wind farm.Kristin’s discussion with crew after tour and viewing the model & maps of the facility; previously they had all been gathered around the computer display shown on a small display screen behind the fellow.

When Kristin was finished with the tour group, she cooked the pizza, and brought plates, napkins, and utensils to our seats in the visitor’s center. Tiffany (the other guide on duty) joined us, for lunch and visit.

Then we went outside for pictures, having a lot of fun posing as wind turbines.Top photo shows how the wind is blowing (look at my shirt) – and the solar panel array is behind John.
Next are fun photos of our tour guides – Tiffany & Kristin – and then the two of them with John
John and I drove home. We were away for over 4 hours, but it was a great afternoon. Now I’m playing catch-up again (still).

Wednesday, Jun 12

I was expecting a call from UW medicine from Demetri, or someone, but nothing came through. Yesterday, while we were gone I received a call, but there was no message left, just the caller ID from UW. Over a week ago I had requested my PCP receive a copy of the Consultation report about my shoulder which was done March 11.

I went to the FISH Food Bank Lunch for music playing and got a little food today (tiny bit of spaghetti & meat; yogurt with fruit, and frosted brownie by Arlene) to accompany the salad I took. I was able to visit with Peggy Coble and Robert over lunch today, and we reminisced about their Wind Turbine tour yesterday.

I left there to pick up something for a newly befriended neighbor and then went by another friend’s house, after going for my INR blood draw. Once home, I received a call from the triage nurse with my INR results. They were good at 2.2 and I don’t have to return for a month.

I’m tired enough at 9:20 p.m. to go to bed now, and try catching up on my rest. I didn’t make it until later, but earlier than usual.

Thursday, Jun 13

Met Kristina at our place to deliver air mattress and pad (I picked up yesterday for their Father’s Day camping trip, from a friend who works at the Senior Center). She previously had borrowed our ice chest.

I carried clothes for two people to Meadows to share after music.
We had 11 people involved: Sharon, Kevin, Evie, Gerald, Charlie, Nancy, Charlotte, Amy & Haley, Dean, Anne, Minerva, with Sandy in the audience helping them handle their music lyrics packets.
I picked up prescriptions at Super 1, Entresto for me and Tamsulosin for John. John’s was more expensive than mine, and mine is the most expensive I take ($40/mo).

Friday, Jun 14

Lots of wind today, but thankfully the temperatures were lower than yesterday. John worked outside some and I worked inside on many different projects.

Saturday, Jun 15

Today is our day to go to Briarwood for music and early supper. John went along, stayed in the exercise room to read while we played music, and then joined us for food and conversation.

Our group had 9 players/singer there today: Manord, Evie, Gerald, Charlie, Nancy, Dean, Amy, Laura with her 2 little dogs, and Sandy. As usual, they put on a nice spread for us and the residents there. We even had two ladies (Margot & Jackie) dance to an instrumental we played, Peek A Boo Waltz. It was very neat to have them up front with us. The audience loved it.

Yesterday was Flag Day – so decorations are red/white/blue – but we did not know and our flag spent the day inside. We had generously filled chicken salad sandwiches (by Lee) and two of her salads (Pistachio cream) and the best green pea salad I have ever had; not too many peas. A potato salad by Connie, and a fruit salad by another resident, not in photo. The right is the dessert table with Chocolate Chip cookies by Betty, Apples with a great cream cheese, marshmallow crème, powdered sugar dip by Lee, cute patriotic cookies by a resident, ginger cookies, and Oreos. Beverages were raspberry lemonade and water.

Afterwards, we went to get groceries; picking up some things at Fred Meyer (Bush Beans @ 99₵/large can and Super 1 (Fritos original, would have preferred scoops), & Safeway (two 50% off packages of ground beef (80% lean) with card savings and store coupons applied to both packages totaled $22.22 for 6.18 pounds. After the 50% off and some other deduction, they cost us $4.41 and $4.21 (total $8.62 or $1.39/lb.). Always, their pricing and paper receipts are the most complicated of any store. While there, I picked up my prescription for Atorvastatin for 90 days, ½ 80mg pill/day. There I use the Amazon Prime (Visa) card to purchase meds to get 2% off the cost (refunded by the credit card). It adds up and does not required insurance, (which has a higher copay). Their cost is even lower than the GoodRx price. I cannot explain it, but I will take advantage of the opportunity.

Sunday, June 16 * * * Happy Father’s Day * * *

John had contemplated being on a WTA trip at Mt. Rainier, if they had it at a location he felt was worth the driving time. He decided he would not be interested in a 2.5-mile steep trail up and down over a ridge to Kautz Creek and 2.5 miles out at the end of the work.

Our alternative is to go to Swedbergs for lunch after 1 p.m. to see Ken’s son Donny from the Wash. D.C. area (actually VA) who is visiting. Cousins Julie, Jessie, and Robert will also be there. They served pulled pork & chicken by Rick, and potato salad (by Ken). We’re taking a chocolate pudding pie to go with an angel food cake Julie’s making, and Robert made brownies. Slaw, Purple potato salad, Stubbs BBQ sauce, BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, dessert (brownie, Angel Food Cake with fruit & whipped cream).

At 5:15 we got a call, expecting to be setting up a meeting for Monday evening with WTA Blue-Hat LeeAnne. CWU is hosting a 5-day training for Wilderness First Responders, where today she learned she would be dismissed early on Monday. She can go back across the mountains and sleep in her own bed – and not camp. So, we went in to EBRG for a visit and supper with her. A busy day.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Outdoor Activities

Sunday, Jun 2
We’ll start this week, by going back to photos taken May 18, when John participated in two days of WTA Crew Leader College in North Bend, WA.Crew Leader College, Hats on and Hats off, Mount Si
From the North Bend High School

More WTA Information on Mount Si Trail

Still finishing some follow-up reports and videos from last week:
This is a compilation of materials to set the stage for the field trip to the central Columbia River area (just east of us), conducted by Nick Zentner. [John says: In geologic terms this part of Washington is young. The rocks seen on this trip are all under 16 Million years old. By comparison, we were raised in a landscape of over 300 My, with the rocks much older. The mid-Washington landscape has been shaped by the Ice Age Floods, all less than 20,000 years old. The ice sheet stopped about 40 miles north of the sites along this field trip.]

Nancy: I’m adding information at the beginning of this report that will catch people up to speed to have all the graphics, photos, diagrams, and maps that were in the Field Trip Guide for people on the trip.  I never did hear how many people participated, but I think we had ~30 vehicles after we added joiners at the first two stops.
First, is from Nick Zentner’s own website, which is certainly worth a visit, if you have not seen it before.  The base entry point is at www.nickzentner.com 

More about the Wenatchee June 2, 2019 Geology Field Trip, at another place on his site with the detailed notes and images from all his field trips.
Obtain Field Trip Guide for June 2, 2019 Wenatchee Geology

Click on the image of Wenatchee June 2019 (with locations of the 4 stops) to get the complete field trip guide, downloaded as a PDF.
Folks on the trip studied the pages throughout the stops.  It will help to have them handy to view as you watch the videos at all 4 stops. Below is the second page of the booklet, which outlines the itinerary of the day.
We have videos of something at all the 4 stops.
Stop 1: Crescent Bar – Wenatchee Geology 2019

Stop 2: Sunrise Lane – Wenatchee Geology 2019

Stop 3: Colockum Road, Plat Lot 5 – Wenatchee Geology 2019

Stop 4a: Saddle Rock Trailhead – Wenatchee Geology 2019

Stop 4b: Saddle Rock Questions & Answers

Our view walking to the shelter that was uphill on our left.
Drone view of Saddle Rock from Motojw Photography; this site is just 22 miles from home, but takes about 2 hours to reach by car.

Here’s a follow-up comment about Stemilt/Malaga Landslide, which we talked about but never had a good view of, because of the number of people needing a place to park the many vehicles. You may find this of interest:

Another’s Report of the Stemilt/Malaga Landslide

First, we all want to thank Nick Zentner organizing and conducting this field trip.  Thanks to Karl Lillquist for filling in information on landslides and info in several other instances. Thanks as well to all the participants who offered good questions and food for thought. 

I want to thank my newly found friend from this trip, Debbie Doran, from the west side (all the way from Gig Harbor, with her husband, Mike).  They are avid followers of Nick’s lectures, field trips, and other presentations (such as the Premiere Showing of this year’s Nick on the Rocks programs). I met them at Stop 2, after walking in about half way, and deciding I was not able to make it, so I stopped Debbie on my way out, handed her my camera, and she took it with her to film the lecture at Stop 2.

Sorry it’s taken me so long to process all this for people along on the trip.  I hope you have some use for checking back on something you might want to remember.  I also apologize for not being as close up at Stop 3, and I explain in the description what happened.  

From the above, I am able to show John the Field Trip experience which he normally would be participating in, but today was the final day of WTA’s re-route on the Manastash Ridge Trail. {Fall work? Maybe.} My picks from the photos of the trail reroute are below.
Hats off Work Crew June 1st. Youngest worker: front, in blue.
Oldest worker: back, in orange. Beth Macinko (CL), back-left with blue hat.
In crew leader Beth’s words to those on the crew this Sunday, she said:   

“This year, 4 days of WTA work on Manastash Ridge completed the lower Westberg Trail reroute.  You built 200ft of new tread and did the finish work on 600+ feet to open the reroute for use.  This reroute will avoid the steep grade sections on the original trail that are causing erosion and vegetation loss.  Your work makes the trail more sustainable to support generations of future use as well as the health of the ecosystem.  As we saw, many people are already using and enjoying the trail you built.”

Thaddeus, youngest Green Hat, Saw & Throw – carving new trail

6/1-2/19 Photos WTA Manastash Ridge New Trail work

Monday, Jun 3

Last week’s blog wasn’t published until 1:09 a.m. this morning. WordPress issues with a link was the reason. Consequently, I slept in this morning, and have canceled all normal Monday activities to work on getting tasks completed that use my laptop. Its on/off switch is failing, so I have changed the settings this morning after pressing it 15 times to start, to have it never to sleep the screen or the system. That will buy me time to use it before I need to take it in for a diagnosis and arrange for purchasing a new Dell part for my computer, ordering, and installing it. I’m doing it locally with Computability LLC and saving the time and money to send it to Dell Support in Texas. I have spoken with Savannah there and I know the owner Matt. They can handle it, decide if my diagnosis is correct, and fix it. I will still have use of the computer until the part arrives.

I need to request my consultation report from Dr. Matsen be sent over to “Doc” Chelsea Newman; I thought it was requested at the time, but it was not in their records. I started that process, today, and still have no idea if it generated anything. I was never answered by email or phone and I left requests in both places.

Tuesday, Jun 4

We did various chores this morning, and after brunch, I left for a round-trip of a mile to my neighbor, Celia, who has cut my hair since 1988.

I stopped by the USPS for Forever postcards, and bought 10 at $.39 each. Everything has a story. Here’s the Azulillo flower story about a Forever stamp produced for 2017 postcard for the pretty blue Chilean crocus-type flower.The stamp image is a Chilean blue crocus (Tacophilaea cyanocrocus) from pre-existing artwork by illustrator, Dugald Sterner (1936-2011). His penciled calligraphy under the flower indicates one of its common names – Azulillo loosely translated from Spanish means “little blue thing” – with its botanical name above. The letters on the card are nearly impossible to read, so John found information on the web.

The Chilean blue crocus is native to a small, mountainous area around Santiago, Chile. Though it has survived in cultivation as a landscape and greenhouse plant in the U.S. and other countries, it was believed to be extinct in the wild in its native Chile by overgrazing, habitat destruction, and an unsustainable export industry. However, a thriving wild population was discovered near Santiago in 2001.

Despite its name, the Chilean blue crocus is not related to true crocuses from the iris family. It is one of only two species in the genus Tecophilaea. A low-growing plant, its stalk reaches a height between 3-5” with linear leaves. There are a number of varieties of this species, including the flower featured in the stamp art, var. leichtlinii, with its cobalt blue flowers and white centers. The plant is hardy in U.S. zones 7 to 9.
Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamped card.

While on the subject of flowers, here is a tour of our Iris (we got from Celia).These were all in bloom today, but other varieties (yellow and bronze) are yet to bloom in the same area. While we were looking at the nearby Iris, I walked over to our old 1977 Pace Arrow RV, where Czar demonstrated the exit procedure for the outside female cats winter bedroom.
First, these photos will show the entrance, with John for scale.John and Czar with the entrance to 2 outside cats’ winter home with a light and beds – no heat.

Czar demos exit from winter bedroom for outside cats

I mentioned above the problem with the on-off switch on my laptop and about changing the setting. When I go to sleep, I lay it out, and turn the “light” intensity down to zero, but leave it running and plugged in. That way I do not have to use the switch, which I think is worn out and ready to fail. That’s my diagnosis that came from multiple times of the past few weeks, of having to press the button up to 15 times to turn it on. That was making me nervous.

Wednesday, Jun 5

I did go to the FISH Food Bank Lunch for music playing and got food today to accompany the salad I took.

I had called Brad & Burke to pay our AC bill, and now in today’s mail, I received a receipt for payment for the broken part and the upgrade to make our heat pump provide “cool” when needed and heat with compressors, rather than the resistant heaters. That set us back almost $800.

I believe I’m having an issue with the “injury” caused by wearing the ill-fitting boots for 2 hours last Saturday and compressing something in my feet (maybe tendons or muscles).  I should have taken a picture of the impressions left on both feet when I removed the boots.  At least I took my socks off and showed John, so someone else saw it and can verify this.  Unfortunately, I am the one suffering.

Today, I could not wear any of my NORMAL shoes I wear, without severe pain.  The tops of my feet (above my toes on the foot) are swollen.  I have been taking my diuretic and my blood pressure (it’s fine). When I went to town, I wore different shoes, more like loafers without laces tied down or Velcro straps pulled across the top of my foot. That seemed to help, but still left a small “dent” impression on the very top of the foot from the shoe because of the swelling.

Thursday, Jun 6

I called to make an appointment this Monday with Dr. Cardon in Ellensburg for the foot swelling, but his schedule was filled until June 18th, so I made an appointment in Yakima at 10:15 a.m. I figure if it still is bad tomorrow, I will call in for my PCP’s advice. She is in Cle Elum on Fridays and I’m sure would fit me into her schedule.

Washed clothes, especially for John’s dusty trail work things and also a bunch of underwear for us both.

We are on for music at Rehab. We had 11 people show up and about as many in the audience. A good time was had by all. Cool today and very windy. I don’t mind that at all.

I made it by the P.O. to send a form in by certified mail.

​​I got home and tried on a few blouses Joanie gave me. Most were too large, and she is losing weight too, so they are too big for her. A few fit loosely, but had too low necklines, so I’m sharing them with another of our friends, Amy. A couple I’m passing along do fit but the low neckline in the front exposes my defibrillator scar and it is not a pretty picture. Looks like a big dent with a bump from the metal, the size of a pack of cigarettes, and casts a shadow. I don’t mind exposing the top of my open heart surgery scar, but the other turns me off. Amy wears lots of nice necklace jewelry, so the large open neckline will be perfect for her.

I received some photos today from Elise in New Jersey, and I am including my favorite, an amazing photo of Canada Geese swimming with their goslings. I have seen them in fields or on walkways in a park, while they were begging for food. The sunset over the lake is beautiful. Taken in Sussex County, NJ in Kittatinny Valley State Park 

Friday, Jun 7

Just before 7am, John was off to Gold Creek Trail, just this side of Snoqualmie Pass. Except for the 4 days at Manastash, Gold Creek is the closest to home that is regularly visited by WTA volunteers.

I called Dee & Barb about the Emeriti meeting tentatively planned for next Wednesday. I think I will write another note mentioning at least 4 people have conflicts, and we are swamped too, so maybe we should wait until July 10. (Subsequently, we cancelled the meeting this coming week).

Swollen feet likely started from a pair of hiking boots

Here are photos of the culprits:Today, I began pursuing the problem with my feet that began last Saturday night, the night before the Wenatchee Geology Field Trip with Nick Zentner. I decided there would be uneven ground and I needed to wear my hiking boots. I couldn’t find my old tried and true work boots I have worn in the past on all Nick’s field trips, so I resorted to another pair I found in the house (origin unknown).
I honestly don’t know where they came from. They are black and look like my work boots. I figured they had just been moved to the end of the hallway (but they had their shoestrings tied, and I never do that with boots, or pairs of shoes). The make is Harley Davidson. I truly have no idea how they got into our house. I did not buy them at a yard sale or at Big Five or any local store. And, they were not given to me on any of the Free Facebook sites. The size is larger than I would normally wear, Size 11, but they fit okay (so I thought when putting my feet in and lacing them up), but they pressured the back of my calf, and both feet on the top, particularly, and up the leg above my ankle.
I wore them around the house for two hours and decided I didn’t think I should wear them (they are also heavy), which I guess makes sense if you were riding them on a Harley Davidson and took a spill from a motorcycle into gravel or onto pavement. I switched to my old Brooks Addiction Walkers for the trip Sunday.

When I took the boots off, my feet, ankles, and up my leg ~5 inches was compressed and red looking. I called John over to look, so I had another person seeing what had happened. I SHOULD have taken a photo.

The next day (Sunday), I went on the trip, and clocked on my Fit Bit almost 2 miles, but it was done in my walkers. By Monday morning my feet were hurting, on top, and on my ankles around to the back of my sole. The top of my feet (each foot, above the toes) was swollen. I had continued taking my diuretic and I believed the swelling was unrelated to my heart issues and my blood pressure was normal. I skipped my Silver Sneakers class in order to stay home and rest and not walk much.

The next day (Tuesday), I put on my Velcro fastened shoes and wore them to town for stops I needed to make. I stopped by the AAC and told Roxanne (exercise physiology knowledgeable) and she thought (as I) that I might have caused something with the hiking boots). Wednesday, I could not stand the pain from the Velcro fastened shoes or the walkers (with lace up enclosure on top), and I had to wear more loafer-like shoes. That has continued, although I have tried the others on, and the pain is down now that the swelling is down.

I asked a nurse in our music group and she was concerned it was heart related. I never figured that (although I took my blood pressure as normal). I did figure it was related to wearing the boots Saturday night before leaving Sunday. I was some better by Thursday, but still wore the loafer type shoes and by then the swelling had mostly gone down. Friday, it was still somewhat sensitive, but I was able to put all my shoes on without much pain. I continued when out driving and walking to use the loafers. The first time I wore them on Wednesday, the swelling was still enough to show a mark from the top of the shoe across my foot. It didn’t hurt though. At home I always switched to bedroom shoes that do not have hard top support or I sit with only socks on and no shoes. I always sleep with my feet elevated. The top foot swelling was down completely the next day.

Meanwhile, yesterday I called and made an appointment with my foot doctor. I could not get in right away, (not until the 18th), so now next week, as it continues to heal, I will cancel the appointment. If it had not gotten better yesterday, I would have gone to my PCP today.

Meanwhile, I looked up different things on line, including typing in this question: What causes pain and swelling on the top of the foot.

Found this on line—must be what happened to me. “The shoe fits perfectly” with what I experienced.

What causes pain on the top of the foot?

Conditions caused by overuse include: Extensor tendonitis: This is caused by overuse or tight-fitting shoes. The tendons that run along the top of the foot and pull the foot upwards become inflamed and painful. … This condition causes pain in the top of the foot and outside the ankle.

That is an accurate description of what I suffered.

4:00 – 7:00 Lawyer Jeff Winters had a retirement party to provide an opportunity to meet his replacement, Attorney Ann Reidel-Thomas, and her assistant, Jennifer Stewart. We had a good conversation with all three. Jen works only on Mondays & Tuesdays. She lives in Zillah. We had a lot of common interests to share.
We both were happy to meet Ann. She will be great to work with on following up with the work we did previously with Jeff on our estate planning, to make it official. Jeff will be moving to Tampa, FL so I got his personal email address so I can introduce him to my cousin and her husband in Tampa.

Evening sunset was lovely pastels, but I didn’t get out quite soon enough; however, this will give you a clue through the trees. As I was taking it, I was enjoying the sound of the creek rushing in front of me (and on the other side of the hill beneath the ground you see at the center photo). Much rain in the hills has caused higher flows into the valley. Several of the trees pictured are across the stream, one of the many crossing, and forming, our Naneum Fan. Academics call them distributaries.

Alluvial Fan

Late sunset from our patio – getting too dark to see the sky well.

Saturday, Jun 8

John off to WTA and Gold Creek Trail, 6:55 a.m.

Today is CWU’s graduation and I’m no longer walking in my academic regalia, as I did for 20 years here. I also “hooded” graduate students in the Resource Management program. Now the new name for the program is Cultural & Environmental Resource Management, which more properly applies to the material covered in Natural and Cultural resource management, which we have been doing all along.

Late Friday night, I sent a request for personal email addresses to students at their cwu.edu addresses who won awards (scholarships & GIS Certificates) at the 5/21 end-of-year CWU ceremony and food fest provided by the Geography Department and the Cultural & Environmental Resource Management graduate program.
Five of the emails bounced. All but one were caused by spelling errors, but one is left unknown. I found him on Facebook and private messaged him with the problem and asking for the correct CWU account’s spelling of his first and last name and also for his personal email address. I heard from him and now know his first name. He goes by his middle name, so that was confusing my email creation from the list of recipients.

Sunday, June 9

John left by 6:50 a.m. to WTA work at Gold Creek again up the valley. This is to finish the trail tread fix-up. They will have a good bunch of before and after photos of all the work for 3 days this weekend, but we won’t be able to report them until next week’s blog. LeeAnne is the Blue Hat (with camera and candy) leader in this section of WA, and is now in her 5th year with WTA. She loves what she does with WTA, or she would move on, and up the pay scale.

Wow, this is a terrifying date in my past, 6-9-2009, when I was diagnosed with bacteria in my blood that would alter my life and almost take it. Before John went to bed last night, he showed me the way to a Wall Street Journal article he had read and wanted me to read. I put it on my computer, and finally made time to read it midday today.

It’s a powerful reminder of the advances of medical technology. Here’s a link to a story which is much worse than mine, but has similarities, mostly the support of a loving husband who acted as a translator to the medical staff after I emerged from an 8-day episode on life support after all my systems shut down, and was unable to communicate (be totally understood) with anyone but John.

The WSJ journal story follows from a woman in Denmark (it’s an inspirational read):

Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard: Surviving a Coma

The WSJ is a fee site, so unless this is available elsewhere, you will only see the beginning. I have the text in a PDF I can send you if you wish, but you will have to request it.

My mom was in a coma in 1977 for a month after undergoing brain surgery to remove a subdural hematoma. The first words she spoke were to our liver Brittany who flew with me from Idaho to Atlanta. She came out of the comma in a nursing home in Marietta, GA. I took him into the home and they wheeled her into the visiting room. She saw him, smiled, and said, “Choc Baby.” He put his head in her lap to be petted.

John managed to get home at 4:40 p.m. I-90 gets overloaded on Sundays with folks headed back to the Puget Sound area. With him heading east, there are normal 70+ speeds. Westbound the traffic is slow and sometimes stops. Today, about 17 miles west of EBRG, there was an accident on the lanes going west. On his side, drivers slowed as they approached the scene, and both lanes slowed to “stop & go” for about 7 miles. This phenomenon is inexplicable to the average person, but multi-mile long backups created by the “lookie-loos” (technical term?) are common.

He was very tired, napped a little, fixed pizza for supper, and went to bed early.

This will be published Monday morning.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan