Sunday, Aug 6
For Aug 5 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.19. Events: 1 H, 3 PP, 16 RERA. Time on 5 hrs 9 min with (max = 9 L/min). I was up to check John’s BP, feed the cats, and big him adieu, & then, I went back to sleep an hour later and rested for 2.5 more hrs.
We left out a photo last night so John fixed it this morning and still headed to Mt. Rainier at 5:25 A.M. With a stop for gas in Naches – 7 minutes – he still made it to the flagpole at 8:05.
This is the standard meeting place for anyone trying to meet anyone else at Sunrise.
Then, mid-afternoon, I updated some errors in spacing I found, and a delivery date for my FitBit is now updated to Aug 9 from Aug 14. What great news! I thought John would be able to wear it this coming weekend to two different WTA work trips in the hills, but he decided he really prefers to wear it on a work day around our property to see how many steps he takes while feeding, watering the plants, flowers, and trees.
He carried his camera, hoping to get closer pix of the suspected igneous intrusive rocks with bright red pieces within the massive material. He has been searching the internet and soliciting views of a couple local rock-guys. No good answers yet. He thinks Mt. Rainier a one very interesting place. It is a “hiking” park; consequently, you only get the postcard views. He says he will document what this means as the season fades and the crew nears the trail’s end – the Lookout tower, with just 1,056 feet to go.
Here is one cool shot of the elevation pressure difference:This shows the difference in pressure on a bag of potato chips probably bagged in Portland, OR and viewed at 7,100′ elevation near Mt. Rainier. John mixes cola (half sugar/half not) into a plastic bottle and that removes most of the fizz. Taking a bottle of carbonated drink to that elevation and then opening it results in a foaming eruption – as a volcano – ha, ha!
I worked on finishing the corrections to the Aug/Sept music & send to Evie for review & then to the F&F group. Finally, I made new PDFs (marked NEW 2017) to send or print for those who need them added this Thursday at Meadows Place.
Lunch: I boiled eggs, fixed tuna fish salad, & 1/2 banana
Afternoon snack: cherries & nuts & 1/2 banana
Supper: beans, ham, tuna fish salad, banana.Photo taken by Nathan M. Bender from the The Steilacoom–Anderson Island ferry terminal, southern Puget Sound, WA. The deep red sun is caused by the haze in the PNW brought to us from the smoke of Canadian wildfires.
My friend Glenn Engels had been trying to capture the deep red sun we’d been viewing from our valley for over a week – the result of nearby and faraway smoke from fires throughout our region, and from the south in WA. I never managed to get a decent shot myself. Today, I received this image of a red sun, from him, seen above. In the photographer’s words, “no Photoshop needed because of the Canadian forest fires.”
Monday, Aug 7
For Aug 6 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.17. Events: 1 H, 20 RERA. Time on 5 hrs 54 min with (max = 11 L/min). Slept in another 1.5 hrs.
Breakfast: 2 eggs & small piece of sausage link, coffee.
Thankfully, my scheduled appointment for weighing in and measurements was postponed. It is a good thing, because our toenail appt. went 45 minutes late, just to be seen. Then I was really pressed for time to bring John home, eat lunch, and turn around and get to SAIL exercise class.
Our appointments were scheduled at 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. at Cascade Foot & Ankle, with Dr. Cardon, to do our toenails. Medicare should cover both ours this month. We owed $8.91 (taking today) on John’s from 3 months ago, because he had not yet reached his deductible.
I also picked up music from Dr. Dave’s house he’d left for me behind their screen door. Once home, I worked more on music-making corrections.
Brunch: tuna fish salad, cherries, banana
Tuesday, Aug 8
For Aug 7 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.00. Events: 3 RERA. Time on 2 hrs 4 min with (max =12 L/min). I awoke at 2:45 a.m., looked at the clock wrong, thought it was 5:45 a.m., disconnected the mask, and went back to sleep.
I received an early morning wildlife cam shot of a cougar in Manastash canyon across the valley from us. It is not far from where we will be attending a dinner, next Monday night, on Cove Road & Manastash Roads.Cougar sighting, Manastash (SW part of our Kittitas Valley). This same cam location reported one a month ago.
There is a talk on Cougars next Monday night, but we aren’t available to attend. Our friends Joanie & Ken plan to go.
Morning snack: pear slices, coffee
Up to work on dishes (still), talk to Gloria about tomorrow, and get the messages and music (reviewed by Evie) off to the group to print corrections (6 songs), for Thursday’s performance, and sending plans for extra performances next weekend (Aug 19).
Brunch: don’t recall
Going to go to exercise at AAC (2:00), by Bi-Mart to check number.
Afternoon snack: nuts
Supper: BBQ ham slices, mushrooms, onions, squash
Played with opening new FitBit, but have to download setup to see how to recharge it. (www.fitbit.com/setup) and will need to do from the Dell laptop.
Wednesday, Aug 9
For Aug 8 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.13. Events: 1 H, 22 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 35 min with (max 7 L/min.)
Went to sing, eat, and play fiddle, at the Food Bank Soup Kitchen; and then on to SAIL class at the AAC.
Breakfast: half banana, coffee
Lunch: Took ham slices, hard-boiled egg, to add to salad.
Afternoon snack: nuts
Supper: Salmon, ham, mushrooms , beer-battered squash and Walla Walla sweet onions John grew and fixed.
Need to finish assembling printed music for tomorrow and get message out to the group about playing at Meadows tomorrow, plus give the activities director a chair count.
Too dang hot today (104 at the airport 5 miles south of us). It was 103 when I was in town. Not nice. Thank God for a/c.
Unsuccessfully, tried to get FitBit Charge 2 to charge up. Need to call in the morning, if it didn’t work overnight. Going for my weigh-in and measurements tomorrow by 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug 10
For Aug 9 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.00. Events: 1 CSR, 1 PP, 26 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 37 min with (max 8 L/min.)
I spent time with a guy for FitBit customer service helping me make sense from the FitBit app and charging and synching my FitBit tracker with the software application I had already downloaded to my laptop. He was in Sal Salvadore, El Salvador. It worked, eventually.
Brunch: two eggs over easy, ham , piece of toast w/ Marion-berry jam, coffee.
Today was the time for the rescheduled appointment at The Maximus Gym for my 3-week weigh-in, calculation of % body fat, and 9 tape measurements of my body parts (upper arms, chest, waist, hips, and upper legs). I’m not expecting the dramatic weight loss as last time, but do expect I have lost some more inches (at least according to how my clothes fit).
We left for town in John’s car (with me driving) because at the last minute, he couldn’t find his wallet (with his DL in it). We made it up the steep two flights of stairs, carrying along two gifts for my volunteer nutritionist, Audra, who has been advising me and helping motivate me to lose the weight, inches, and to change my eating intake. The neatest gift was John’s (now antique) Compound bow, he bought when we were in Iowa, in the early 70s. He took it on several hunting trips, including one to Colorado with Fred Joyal. Audra’s husband is an avid hunter and he runs a taxidermy business. She’s also an archer. They will hang it on the wall of their home, and have invited us out for a private tour of the taxidermy shop and their house to see both.
The measurement results were only 1 lb lost, the body fat % remained the same, but the total inches lost were 5″. She thinks I might have reached a plateau; I need to send her the content of the meals I’m eating, along with a scan of the measurement results.
Afternoon snack: Cherries and mixed nuts (no peanuts because of their fat), but pistachios, pecans, almonds, & cashews.
Supper: 4 “x 3” piece of baked Quiche John made with ham, mushrooms, cheese, & eggs. Many cherries, with the rest of my mixed nuts. Dessert: a custard cup of cut strawberries.
A huge bunch of people came to play today at the Meadows Place: Maury, Manord, Kevin, Roberta, Tim, Minerva, Evie, Laina, Amy & Haley, Gerald, Dean, Sharon, Nancy, and Anne. We had an appreciative audience that kept getting larger as we played and the sounds made it every corner of the building. Even the staff came up afterwards to tell us how wonderful the music was today.
We took the little blue car John drives (it needs a name) to the grocery for supplies and out for gasoline to fill up for his trip to Mt. Rainier tomorrow.
Friday, Aug 11
For Aug 10 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.18. Events: 1 H, 1 PP, 16 RERA. Time on 5 hrs 29 min with (max 5 L/min).
Survey from Medicare re: CPAP arrived, in my email. I need to fill it out and return. I am planning to record my answers, to have to show a few interested people. The information will be summarized and delivered by a political action group (People for Quality Care), to fight the Congressional Decision to disband Medicare payments to patients to cover their CPAP supplies. (This went into effect the first of this year). I will explain more of the details in the future, once I see the content questions of the survey (being conducted by an Economic Consulting Service). I was asked to participate by Kelly Turner, Executive Director @ the organization (PQC) mentioned above – based on my earlier questions to the advocacy group for healthcare, and I also contacted my district’s congressional representatives. [A case of folks wanting benefits but lower taxes.]
Today, I left a phone message for Joanie and Ken about her FitBit, hoping to drop by today. No one answered when I was in town. They were outside in their pool, without telephone access. They are coming out tomorrow to pick it up, here.
I vacuumed dust from a Go to Jail, Dice Monopoly board game I found behind a door in the back guest bedroom, which is for ages 8 yrs and up, to donate and delivered today on my way home.
Donated to this cause: I need to check one more hall closet for board games. Most I have already given away. If I still have Yahtzee, I will keep it, as I really enjoyed playing it with Tanya Myers and her children when confined to my bed in the Rehab center in 2010. It was the bright spot of my recovery. The game has an interesting history, you can read about on Wikipedia.
John’s orange shirts arrived today via FedEx, just in time, as I had only been home 5 minutes. John opened when he got home late this evening, tried them on, and found they fit perfectly. We both like the bright dark orange color (you’ll see it on him in tomorrow’s blog pix of our trip to a 50th Anniversary party, at friends. It will also be nice to wear as an “orange hat” (Assistant Crew Leader) on WTA volunteer trail work. He will wear it at Mt. Rainier on Sunday. It did not show under the rain-gear!
Our a/c (new thermostat) controller starting clanging loudly, so I turned it off, and left for town (details below).
I left 11:40ish for a Parklane & Regal St. carport, at a corner duplex, to pick up bag-less vacuum (Bissel) on my way to town. I still haven’t had time to tell John about it, or to bring it into the house to try it out. It was freely given, and, if it works, it will replace our need to vacuum with our old vacuum that overheats and quits after 10 minutes of use, and for which we lost our favorite head for the end (with brushes on the end of the suction nozzle).
I was headed to the food bank to eat lunch, make sandwiches, and load stuff into bags for the summer lunch program in the parks, a national program provided locally in Ellensburg and Kittitas by the F.I.S.H. Food Bank. Today, I was responsible for loading the rest of the bag contents, already started before lunch, with fresh pineapple in a cup, apple juice, 2 sandwiches (either two chicken salad, or just one with a peanut butter & jelly one), I added a Twinkie and a Hostess cupcake OR a package of 3 Snow Balls (actually green), and a small bag of Lay’s potato chips. I forgot to count the final number of bags, but it must have been >40, because 2 weeks ago, I helped make 80 sandwiches. I need to count next week.
I ate first, and visited with 4 people (one a long time friend) at lunch. I carried with me a hard-boiled egg, a bunch of cherries (Bing & Rainier), and a banana. I passed on the main course which was two hotdogs with a bun, covered with chili with beans, cheese sauce, garlic bread, and had a little bowl of mixed green salad, but most of it I could not eat. (Wrong dark green lettuce, a few little pieces of tomato I ate and some small pieces of yellow pepper, but no cucumbers for me), and no dessert. I was fine with what I had. It was very hot outside. I walked in from a faraway parking space, dropped off some food donations at the distribution center, and suffered through the temperatures, now to 100°. Nice and cool inside, however. I carried in my cell phone, and the receptionist looked up the Brad & Burke phone number, so I could call and report my A/C problem, and request a technician.
The main controller unit of the heat pump with A/C started clicking loudly, right before I left for town, so I turned it off to Vacation Away mode, and it stopped the noise, so I left. When I returned, I figured I would have to try to restart it. But, it was on, and working just fine, with no noise. The temperature outside was up to 103°. I had re-called the repair place after I was done at the Food Bank with the Lunch Bag loading, but they had no service technicians available; all were out on calls. Darren was out of town at a Rodeo and won’t be back until Monday. He was the tech who installed our new thermostat about a month ago. I called when I got back home to tell them the story, and to cancel the call for a repair person. Maybe it overheated at 11:30 a.m. (shouldn’t have), and maybe when I turned it off for a couple hours, it cooled down. She took down all my message, and will share with him, and he’ll check back on Monday a.m. (he didn’t). I hope it lasts through the weekend (it did). She asked if he’d left an instruction booklet, and I did not know, as I was not here when he fixed it. However, later in the afternoon, I found it. I had never read it, because he demoed all the settings to John on the new equipment.
I did not pick up the WSJ or the mail today, cause I was rushing home to be here for attending to the a/c and to be here for the FedEx delivery of John’s orange shirts.
On my way out of town, I went to the USPS and put the Eclipse book into an envelope to ship off to Dawn and Victor Estrella in Boise, ID. They have been my friends for a long time, ever since Dawn was a student in several of my geography classes. They ended up in San Leandro, CA, and one year when the AAG meetings were in San Francisco, they entertained me at their house high up on a hill, and took me each day on their way to work to a nearby BART station for me to take the train to SF for the day. It was a wonderful experience. She and her hubby moved from CA a few years ago and have been teaching in the Boise school system.
Below is a photo of the book we sent them, with a description from on-line about the book’s content, and also a photo of the new 2017 Eclipse Forever stamp at the USPS.
With the package I sent, I included some stamps. John had found the Eclipse book a day or so before, while cleaning our living room. I mailed it and included a sheet of Eclipse heat sensitive stamps to give to the kids. She teaches astronomy, so she was thrilled to hear about my sending the book. In Boise, they are right in the track for the 2017 total eclipse of the sun. Turns out, I learned late Sunday night, they are not taking the kids on a field trip as I first thought, because school is not in session, there are no funds from such trips anyway, and it is a work day for the teachers at their school. The teachers would have to take a day of vacation leave to go out of town to reach the area north of them with 100% total coverage. Where they are will be “only” 99%, and so she has emailed the parents to bring the kids to the school for an education of the phenomenon.
Our gift arrived Aug 14, 2017 before the eclipse will occur 8/21/17 in Boise, ID and in time for them to study before their experience.Post office description:
On August 21, 2017, tens of millions of people in the United States will have an opportunity to view a total eclipse of the Sun. A total solar eclipse was last seen on the U. S. mainland in 1979, but only in the Northwest. The eclipse this summer will sweep a narrow path across the entire country—the first time this has happened since 1918. The U. S. Postal Service® anticipates this rare event with a stamp celebrating the majesty of solar eclipses.
The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is the first U. S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of one’s touch. Placing a finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon. The image reverts back to the black disc once it cools. The back of the stamp pane shows a map of the eclipse path. You can preserve the integrity of your Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever® stamp pane with our protective sleeve specifically designed for stamp preservation. The stamp uses a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak of a total solar eclipse that was seen over Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006. Mr. Espenak also took the photograph of the full moon that is revealed by pressing upon the stamp image. The reverse side of the stamp pane shows the path across the United States of the forthcoming August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse and gives the times that it will appear in some locations.
The date in this below seems odd to us, but we can’t find another.
John and I were in the Okefenokee Swamp during the Solar eclipse of March 7, 1970, on a field trip from Georgia State University. What an amazing experience !! It was conducted by the biology department, and we were on swamp boats, polling our way through the cypress trees, lily pads, and alligators. All wildlife and lily pads bedded down or closed for the brief few minutes of darkness. I do not have any photographs of that experience, but it is embedded in my memory forever. I would have only had a 35mm slide film Kodak camera at that time.
Below is a collage of the USA track of the event.Here are some details on Wikipedia:
Animated gif of the Solar Eclipse of 1970:
Link for this year’s total eclipse from NASA–for Idaho viewing:
I’m including this information for those who are within the paths, who are blog readers, and who will appreciate this information. We also have friends who plan to go to Bend, OR to view it.
Check out this link,
Story about the book we sent our friends in Boise: (we found this in our collection and I decided to share it with them). J P McEvoy looks at remarkable phenomenon of a solar eclipse through a thrilling narrative that charts the historical, cultural and scientific relevance of solar eclipses through the ages and explores the significance of this rare event.
In the year when Britain will be touched by a solar eclipse for the first time since 1927, J P McEvoy looks at this remarkable phenomenon through a thrilling narrative that charts the historical, cultural and scientific relevance of solar eclipses through the ages and explores the significance of this rare event.
Eclipse shows how the English Astronomer Norman Lockyer named the element Helium from the spectra of the eclipsed Sun, and how in Cambridge Arthur Eddinton predicted the proof of Einstein’s General Relativity from the bending of sunlight during the famous African eclipse of 1919.
Supper: Chicken salad and cherries and more I don’t remember, maybe yellow squash and onions John grew.
Saturday, August 12
For Aug 11 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.00. Events: 8 RERA. Total time on CPAP, 5 hrs 32 min with (max =9 /min).
Visitors from Ellensburg, Joanie & Ken, drove out to pick up her loaned FitBit that I tried to return yesterday. Today, they came before noon with their doggie, Rosie, and brought me a gift of a nice Aria FitBit scale (as an early birthday present), to monitor and add to my data record on the FitBit site to measure various things about my weight change and % body fat calculation. They also brought a vase with water and carried home a beautiful bouquet of flowers (dahlias & gladioli) from John’s garden. She told us people were selling them for $25/bouquet at the Farmer’s Market. We prefer to give them to happy receivers, and enjoy them ourselves. Also, John picked them a box of yellow summer squash, and told them his childhood memories of his mom dressing the big ones as baby-Dolls. For years, the family (ours included), has enjoyed eating “Fried babies.”
We were also invited to a Greek Dinner this coming Tuesday, to Joanie’s and Ken’s with music following, with 2 violins (Joanie and me) and Andrew on keyboard. Perhaps Joanie will play her Sitar. I haven’t ever heard her play that. I’ll have to report next week on the food (Moussaka, etc.). I’m unsure that I can eat all of it, but I’ll enjoy what I can, and perhaps take a few things to eat on the side for me for my medication and dietary restrictions). And, we’ll take some wine. I need to check some of the ingredients, such as eggplant, for Vitamin K content that might conflict with my blood thinner. My rationale is that I can eat high Vitamin K food, and enjoy some wine to counterbalance it.
Brunch: A piece of cheese, ham, mushroom omelet (more like baked Quiche), an apricot, 1/2 piece of English Muffin toast, with a light spread of Marion-berry jam.
Afternoon snack: skipped because we were too busy getting ready to go to a 50th Anniversary party, with music (I was participating in the first part with Dave Lundy singing and playing his guitar, his son Micah on Mandolin, another son Myles on guitar, Barb Riley & I on violin), and then, after dinner, I loaned my violin to a young girl, Isabel Robinson, (Barb Riley’s student), who played a bunch of Scottish tunes with a different group of musicians: Isabel and Barb on violin, Roberta Clark on Drum and Autoharp, and her hubby Tim Henebry on guitar. I took videos of their songs, but they have not been processed yet. I’ll pull out a picture of John and me and the Lundy’s to share.Flowers we took to the couple for their 50th (found out there that Dahlias were used in their wedding!) – Us near the start.
Supper: Many things. I had a piece of smoked prime rib, cantaloupe, big strawberry, red grapes, baked beans, a salad with crushed pineapple, marshmallows in lime Jello, blueberries as big as my thumbnail, smoked salmon, deviled eggs, tri tip, mandarins & cubes of chicken breast meat, whipped mousse chocolate pie, no crust, with cherry coke on ice for my beverage. I didn’t know until afterwards, that John also had BBQ ribs. I knew he had roasted corn-on-cob and roasted chicken.Linda & Dave Lundy and Uma, their granddaughter(1 yr old)
I came home and my systolic BP was very low. I checked again through the evening, and it finally came up to the 80s, but I do not feel bad or dizzy. It got to 100 before I was ready to retire.
Today’s high temp at the airport was 91. This evening at the party, it cooled down considerably and we got a nice breeze. it went from the 80s to the 70s by the time we left a few hours later.
The winds began at the party while we were there, and continued through the night, so much so, a 44 mph gust awakened all 3 of us (John, me, and the dog), in the wee hours of the morning.
Sunday, August 13
For Aug 12 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.19. Events: 1 H, 9 RERA. Time on 5 hrs 15 min with (max = 5 L/min).
John left at 5:30 a.m. for Mt. Rainier. I was sound asleep, when he checked out and said goodbye. I did get up and feed two cats out front (in the rain-sprinkle), so I fed them under the shelter of our front door entrance. I was dead tired, needing to get more sleep, but I tossed and turned until 7:15, and finally got to sleep for 2 hrs. I definitely needed it.
I had coffee, fed Rascal (cat) in the house, picked up cat food from the front porch, where Woody & Sue had eaten most of it at 5:36 a.m. I need to check the A/C and get on with many chores needing completed before John returns late evening. Then we have to finish this blog (he was too tired, and I continued working on it, because I was not done with my part). He put out an interesting place holder last night.
Only John will appreciate the following statement. I managed to add a bowl of dry food under the slanted wooden extra-braced pallet to a completely used up source for the 3 outside feral cats, on our front porch, in front of the front door. Normally, that’s one of John’s chores, because his reach is better than mine.
Finally, at 1:30, I took some pills, and am now eating brunch: Chicken salad, cherries, & banana. The winds started blowing hard again this morning, just before noon, and have been in the 30 mph range, with gusts at 33 mph. Before the day was over, they reached several hours in the 30s, and on to a high of 40 mph. The good thing is the rain last night and winds have moved the haze and smoke from our valley that has plagued us for two weeks. We now have our usual 10-mile visibility from the airport 5 miles south of us.
Wow, I just looked through yesterday’s mail and realized the reality of what John’s been telling me for some time. Our house and property will be paid off (our mortgage loan) in February, 2018, and we will only owe insurance and taxes. What an incredible thought! We will have to keep a separate savings account to pay for the taxes and insurance at the times needed.
I received this on Facebook private messaging today, from a long time university friend (in Human Resources), who helped John through the final paperwork in 2009-10, when I was so ill.
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but our son Jason is running for US Congress as a moderate democrat in the 8th district, which includes E-burg. Steve and I will be in E-burg for a kickoff event on 8/22 from 5:30 – 7:00 at 420 N Pearl. It would mean a lot to us if you could make it. Please RSVP to Chad@JasonRittereiser.com
You can read about his Jason’s campaign at www.JasonRittereiser.com
I’m going to share with him my report on the survey mentioned above regarding medical care costs for patients.
I just walked down the hall, looked out the front door window and saw our year-old twin fawns, (Dawn & Buck) waiting at the front gate for a handout. I went inside grabbed a half a loaf of one bread, and a small package of another. I gave them a little of each in bite size. They were quite happy to come right up to the fence where I threw it over the gate and into the shade of our big shed. John normally feeds them on the side of the house under the tamaracks, but they always come to the front gate to announce their arrival.
John called about 6:00 p.m. from I-82, only about 14 miles from Ellensburg. It took another 1/2 hour before he got home. Annie was ready for him. She went with him on a walk to feed the horses.
He had a cold & wet morning on the trail today. As they started walking into the area, they quickly walked into the clouds, and saw little sun much of the morning, having to work in a cloud – not quite drizzle. The sun came out later. His work group dug a ledge on the side of the trail and built a rock wall. John said one of the rocks they moved must have weighed 400 lbs. What do you think?Mike’s arms (bright green) and John’s orange hat but the rest of them have disappeared. Well, there is an extra arm in the center – that’s John’s. Drew’s got a new vest, for 25+ days of WTA work.
My BP was down to 95 at 10:05 p.m.
John fixed supper and went to bed early.
Supper: Cooked beef, tomatoes, & onions, with gravy, from a Crockpot slow cooker yesterday. He fried more caramelized onions to go with fried yellow babies. That was a nice meal.
Stats: 1,067 steps, .45 mi FitBit, 11:56 pm. (resets at midnight).
Hope your week was fine.
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan