Spring things

Meteorologists, the weather folks, work under the assumption that spring begins March 1st. Mother Nature doesn’t always get the memo.

. . . …Snow in Tahoe … S. Lake Tahoe, Sonja Willitts’ place, 3/3/18, 3 feet in 3 days.

This Sunday morning {11 March}, on the Naneum Fan, the blue sky, morning sun, and little birds at the Sunflower seeds are companions as I work to get Nancy’s prose into WordPress.

Sunday, Mar 4

Late yesterday afternoon, we published the blog about 4:40 p.m. I was so tired, I lay me down for a 20-minute power nap, with an alarm set for 45 min, but I slept through it and John’s trip to feed the horses. I think I slept for over an hour. Guess I really needed the rest.

I have been working on finishing the music sheets (PDFs) to send to the group but am only part way through now, and found a missing one I have to contact my cohort with the software for Finale SongWriter 2012 music on her computer to get her to send me her copy tomorrow morning, I hope, of the .mus file created. We normally share those so we can share and she can edit the music score. [update: She had one of the two I requested, but only the PDF document for the other (Whistling Gypsy Rover) so I’ll just go with the PDF from last year and worry later about finding the SongWriter version apparently in my old system (for 2010) on the old Toshiba laptop. I thought I moved over all the old ones to the new Dell computer.] We have to print from the SongWriter or create a PDF from there to share with the group so they can print on their own computer all the songs for the next month (or two).

I sent all the PDFs to the group, the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, and most of them can print the additions, to add to last year’s play list for March & April.

Even with my nap yesterday late afternoon, I slept in this morning. John has been out to take care of the animals and I have fed two of the outside cats.

I continue working on Elaine Harvey’s Ph.D. letter of recommendation to UI, but I’m still a long way to go before I can submit it. [update, 3/10, finished the last draft and sent electronically to be there Monday a.m. for the Admissions Office to add to her file].

Monday, Mar 5

I worked on getting the master setup to print back to back six songs for 3 add-on pages to audience copies. Need to make a new cover for the audience copies and then find them and get John’s help taking out two staples from each copy. I will then have to remove the ending pages that are being replaced, and the cover, which also needs replaced.

We left for town at 12:30 to get our toenails trimmed at 1:15 p.m. It’s normally covered by Medicare every 3 months, but we will likely have to pay for this first one, because we haven’t reached our deductible yet this year.

We went by Super 1 for Pate’ cat canned food. It was an awesome price at 44¢/can. Normally 47¢ at Costco, but only with 4 flavor choices in a box of 32. This sale included ‘bits’ as well, but the only place in town selling them the cheapest is at Pet$ense for 49¢. Our 4 cats go through a can per day. They have hard kibbles 24/7 in a feeding house.

We went by Safeway for stuff – getting Powerade Zero at a great price 79¢/32 oz when buying 5. Why they do stuff like this is beyond comprehension. Along that line of thought: I collected my refund for a pricing mistake last week. A sale (~1/3 off) of Pillsbury brownie mix did not make it into their register. The receipt never shows the cost, but rather someplace on the tape there will be an amount subtracted. I’m usually home for an hour before I figure out what they have done. Crazy! So, I got my refunds, and I received an extra $1 for my time & trouble.

Tuesday, Mar 6

John stayed home from wine grape vine pruning to hold Myst for David to trim her feet at 10:00 a.m.

I left for a haircut around our rural block to Celia’s at 12:00. I was very ready for the cut.

Then back to get John and drive to Yakima for my 2014 Subaru maintenance and 30,000-mile work over appointment at 2:15. We got there in good time and checked in. I had taken my laptop because we were expecting a long wait. They did not disappoint us… taking 2 hrs, 20 min. 30,000 is one of Subaru’s mileage points (also 60K & 90K) where they do numerous things not part of the standard oil/lube package. Our dealer’s charge seems to be less than many other large city areas, from what John has seen on the web. Anyway, this is a good income stream for the dealer, and it seems to keep our cars running as they should.

Modern cars are complicated machines with many moving parts.
See this article for an example: Lineartronic Continuously Variable TransmissionThis is a “steel” belt that moves, and acts like the “chain” on a bicycle. It needs to work perfectly. If it fails, it is like sudden cardiac death for your car. Okay, the belt can be replaced and the damage repaired more easily than your heart.

Back to my communication issues at the Subaru service window: I started with giving them my cell phone, and asking them to notify Greg, the service manager to check out my Bluetooth set up because it has been experiencing alternately unintelligible messages to others when I call from my car, using the Bluetooth connections. I have started parking and turning off the car and dialing on my cell phone without going through the Bluetooth. That makes it a pain for not being able to call hands free from the car when I’m on my way home, and only have to push HOME on the screen. Because the problem is intermittent, I don’t think they were able to do anything about it, but I have tested it once on my way home and it worked all right. I will continue the testing next week, when my trips to town resume.

While there, we went to Costco, and filled my tank, only needing 5.5 gals, but the price is right at $2.69/gal. and the lowest in Ellensburg is $2.87/gal. Then inside for a few stops.

We got our cash refund, from using our Visa card on the premium membership, where we get 2% rewards for all purchases from Costco, 4% on gasoline there, and 1% on all other purchases anywhere. We receive a nice total with every February statement. This year’s (for last) was $286.35. Costco is a membership place, so this isn’t quite the good deal that it seems, with the membership rate being over $100. Their pharmacy prices in some cases are significantly less (more than ½ the price of any pharmacy in Ellensburg).

Checked on my Good RX coupons (for what they have in my file) for prescriptions. They only had Atorvastatin, and I forgot to ask if they had my refill instructions in on anything else. I’ll have to call on that.

I went by the optical dept. to have an adjustment of my sunglasses. Seemed crooked, and they also fixed a place of the metal frame exposed that would cut my finger when removing my glasses. All fixed now.

We detoured through EBRG on the way home, for the principal reason of going by 14th St. & Water to pick up two boxes of baby clothes and toys, which are going later this week to Idaho with a friend of a friend to receive in Moscow, ID. Because we had to pass by Super 1 Grocery, we stopped in to see and buy some of the sale priced cat food.

Wow – I got my add-ons for the audience copies (three back to back pages to add to the end and one list at the beginning, and now need to get John’s assistance un-stapling, so he can re-staple the rearranged 24 copies.
Saves me a trip and money to Xerox. Costs us our time and some paper & ink. John had to replace my Magenta this morning.

I put Jennifer Webber’s phone in my cell phone. She lives on Fox Rd, across the county road from friends, the Orcutts. It’s 11.1 miles from us via Rader, Fairview, Brick Mill, Venture, Lyons, to Fox Rd. She is donating a Raggedy Ann and a Raggedy Andy doll for the packages going to Moscow, Idaho. Destination: Laura (Applegate) and Robert Heinse for their newborn twins! Here are the recipients: Laura Applegate Heinse with Reija and Otto, born 2-15-18.

Laura was a CWU student, lived, and worked in EBRG. We’ve kept in touch since she moved to Idaho, and got a job in the Palouse Conservation District office.

Wednesday, Mar 7

I did not have to call Jennifer to pick up the rag dolls. She will put them out at her gate by the road and I will pick up there this morning. I set up the meeting with Stephen (friend of Laura, whose wife is about to have their first baby) tonight to pass over the boxes and the dolls. I glanced at the stuff (clothes & toys) – the mothers will have to sort it all out.

Wash dishes. I started running the add-ons for the audience copies and ran out of black ink. I will wait for John to get home to change and not risk screwing up the only replacement cartridge we have left. Note: time to order inks.These two dolls were given to me north of Kittitas, WA to send to the twins. An interesting side note. These dolls are washable in a (preferred front loading) washing machine!

Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair and has a triangle nose. Johnny Gruelle received US Patent D47789 for his Raggedy Ann doll on September 7, 1915. The character was created in 1915 as a doll and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book, Raggedy Ann Stories.

Washed dishes, and put Stephen’s phone into mine. Now I need to charge my phone and get a snack.

John replaced my black ink cartridge in the printer and I finished assembling all the audience copies. So, he was ready a little after 4:00 to staple them all together; two staples in the upper left corner. Now I’m set to go.

Thankfully, I was well enough to attend Nick’s geology talk tonight. We arrived before the doors were to open at 6:30, and got a front row seat, just 2 away from the center of the room.Burlingame Canyon – 40 Floods; right pic by Bruce Bjornstad

Tonight’s presentation was titled: “Dating the Ice Age Floods”

(1) Nick’s Introduction via Chalk Boards of the topic for the evening
Introduction via Chalk Boards

(2) Nick Zentner 3-7-18 VISUALS, “Dating the Ice Age Floods”
Introduction via Visuals

Recall, the video version will be replaced by a later triumvirate videoing team capture and editing into a professional recording of the evening, which will be uploaded to YouTube, for all 4 nights of this year’s Hal Holmes Downtown Lecture series. When they are completed, I’ll include the links in this blog.

Once done, I turned on my phone and caught the message from Stephen that he made it town and was several blocks and around the corner from where I was. So, we went and met him parked in front of the Courthouse, and transferred the baby goods and toys to his car.

We got home late, but John had already fed the animals and we had eaten chicken sandwiches while waiting for Nick to begin.

Thursday, Mar 8

John took off for his pruning activities this morning. It is snowing and changed to rain for my day out. They had okay pruning weather over at the big bend of the Columbia River.

I fixed breakfast and fed the cats. I still was working on finishing the music copies to put in my own book and one to give to two of the players. It got done in time and I loaded everything in the car to take off early for my blood draw before going to the Meadows Place.

We had a good turn-out at the Meadows of players and audience. This was our first time for some of this music, and for some of the players, a very first time for all of it.

Haley was there in her Leprechaun outfit and danced hard to Irish Washerwoman, delighting all the residents. Friday, Mar 9

Wind blowing severely started in the early morning, reaching 38 mph gusts. Sun is shining and John has fed and left for White Heron. I’m staying put today, missing my SAIL exercise class. One more rest day, and I’ll resume those activities Monday.

I have my agenda cut out. I must finish the letter of recommendation for my former student to enter a Ph.D. program. I have other projects that must be completed that have been ignored while I was sick.

I received the results of my lab draw yesterday (INR=1.8) and have to increase my dosage of Coumadin tonight to raise the low reading. I also will have wine with dinner to raise it. It will be checked again next Thursday by blood draw.

Through the kitchen window John saw the Merriam turkeys in the front yard. I grabbed my camera and went for pictures (first at the window). They kept coming. It was amazing. I think we ended up with 17 or 18. And a couple of videos, you see below this collage of images.

Merriam Turkeys Coming – Mar 9, 2018

Merriam Turkeys Going – Mar 9, 2018

Saturday, Mar 10

We both slept in until about 7:30.

Early this morning my friend Maude Buszek (‘Nancy J’, friend since the 6th grade) sent via Facebook this picture of an albino doe she took this morning on a walk in Michigan. An albino doe, photographed by my long-time friend, Maude Buszek, Michigan. About an hour north of Detroit.

Sadly, I’m missing the wedding in Vancouver, WA of Rebekah LaBar and Vincent Lo. I’ll have to be there in spirit. Check down in this blog later today to 1:00 p.m.

Only people with Facebook can follow this video of Pan Handler Rag practice for March 17th in Nampa, ID with Bobbie Pearce (piano), her daughter Katrina Nicolayeff (left-handed fiddler) and others.

Facebook Entry ONLY

But check this link BELOW out: (if you don’t have Facebook access)

Panhandle Rag by Bobbie Pearce (piano), daughter Katrina Nicolayeff (left-handed fiddler), and others, in practice for Mar 17th Junior Jammers’ performance.

Panhandle Rag by my former teacher & daughter

The link they posted on Facebook (FB) is not reachable by many of our friends (including John) without a FB account, so I played it in my lap and videoed from my computer laptop. It is not as good on sound, but you get the idea. I gave you the Facebook link in case you want to experience it on FB, and there you can set the sound to be on when it starts. You’ll see on my capture, I have a few seconds without, until I could reach for the mouse and turn the sound on. I don’t know why it reset to mute, after I viewed it once.

I found this other version or Panhandler Rag by fiddler Dave Reiner and Andy Reiner backing him on an Octave Mandolin. I have never known of an octave mandolin. This was filmed at Mark O’Connor Camp.

Pan Handler Rag by the Reiners – Mark O’Connor’s Camp
Before I leave this subject, check out this link, for the history of Mark O’Connor’s Fiddling Camp:

Story of the Formation of Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp

I sent off my draft LOR to Elaine Harvey, and she has okayed it, so I will now find the link and upload the document digitally to the Admissions Office at the University of Idaho.

John fixed us brunch today, and is out working again while the sun shines. We had (baked) eggs with ham, mushrooms, and cheese, half each of a navel orange, and a piece of toasted Hazelnut with sesame seeds bread.

1:00 p.m., now the bewitching hour has arrived, and I’m sad to be missing an international wedding I planned to attend today in Vancouver, WA to participate in the ceremony to join Rebekah LaBar and Vincent Lo, in from Sydney, Australia for the week. My pneumonia got in the way and I had to cancel my trip. I have been enjoying a wonderful photographic lead in to the day all week. It continued this morning and I await the wedding photos.

Here are a couple of engagement pictures in Vancouver, WA at Orchards Community Park, taken by Clarissa Noel, Photographer, earlier in the week.I’m going to take a break and submit on line digitally, my Letter of Recommendation so that is off of my list of to-dos. I’m tired of the stress. I’m the only one who can do this.
~~ IT IS DONE ~~ acknowledgment copied and sent to Elaine.

Now – for last minute photos of the wedding. Thanks to Caitlin for publishing these tonight after the festivities. We will see the professional ones later on, on the photographer’s website.During the wedding, Robin, John, Caitlin, Rebekah, Vincent; right, after, coming in to the reception (Vincent, Rebekah, with Mom, Robin)

Sunday, Mar 11

Publishing this midday, after enjoying the rest of yesterday’s omelet with trimmings.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Getting better slowly

Nancy’s introduction to this week’s blog (written Mar 3, a.m.). I’m sorry, but while I have good information included herein about recovering from my bout with pneumonia, I do not have the energy to make this report more than a skeleton. You’ll have to enjoy John’s column creation this week, please. I will fill in a few spots through the week, to get this draft to him for publishing, with apologies I do not feel up to tackling the report. Actually, while putting it together, I found an addition to end with, while he was out feeding, watering the horses, and picking up branches blown down in our recent high winds.

Sunday, Feb 25

For the rattling, chattering, wheezing noises to cease when I breathed, I needed help. No one knew anything I could easily do. This morning, I developed a new treatment that seems to help me release mucus from my nose and from lower down. Here’s my description.

Make a cup of hot liquid pretty hot. Hold my nose over the steaming cup and breathe through my nose (mouth closed) and inhale and blow out into the cup, to release the heat. Keep doing that until it cools, taking a drink when it is no longer too hot to imbibe. Cough and blow nose. Mucus will be released into a piece of toilet paper (or Kleenex), but I have only been using TP, folded over. Continue until heat is gone and reheat well, after adding more water. Cough more as possible. Do the breathing over the hot liquid to moisten the nostrils. Blow nose. Cough, when possible; continue trying. Something will come out. I did this for probably 20 minutes. I continued and have gotten a lot expelled.
After more minutes, I coughed again and was able to get more up; repeated blowing nose.

I continued through the week, doing it, especially when congested.
(I should have done this at 2:40 a.m. this morning, when I awoke all congested, but I just went with coughing then and released enough to be able to get back to sleep.

We awoke to no snow, but flakes were beginning to fall. Within an hour the quantity changed and we likely have over an inch. We have nothing like will plague the eastern U. S. the rest of this week. John checked road cameras, and there is not currently snow east of us, where he is driving today to go to a lecture at 2:00 p.m. on “Digging Deeper: Ancient Peoples of the Columbia Basin”, by local historian, Mick Qualls, presented at the Quincy Valley Historical Museum in Quincy, WA.
See the photos and info here: Historical Info
John met Tom and Lynne Snyder there, and sat with them in a pew of a Pioneer church, moved to beside the Historical Society’s 1904 Reiman-Simmons House. Both buildings have been restored at considerable expense. Tom is one of the pruners John volunteers with regularly at White Heron Cellars and vineyard. Lynne comes to the Raclette and has done several favors (knitting/repairs) and actually knitted some gaiters for me to wear at the Raclette.

Last evening we published the blog about 6:30 p.m.

I need to make progress on several things today.
Work toward writing a letter of recommendation for a former graduate student (Resource Management program) from the early 2000s. She has decided to go on for her Ph.D. in Natural Resources. I served on her thesis committee and had her in three classes.
Yesterday, I receive all her current and past information. I still have to hear from the school and find out exactly what they want me to cover, but meanwhile, she has sent me all my requests for information about her, that being what classes she took which years, a copy of her transcript, Master’s thesis, letter of intent for program application, and her resume.

I need to contact the music group about their upcoming playing Thursday at the Rehab, in my absence. I have to call in the count for chairs.

Monday, Feb 26

We awoke to 29°F, a bit warmer than yesterday morning, John did morning feedings and left at the normal time.
I have been working on the new playlist compilation to share with the group. They will need to pull 19 songs from last year’s packet and change 5 entries for this year. I will make PDFs to mail of the new additions, some of them brand new to the group.

Tuesday, Feb 27

John, off for pruning.
Snowing this morning.

I am very happy our trip to the doctor in Cle Elum was last week.

Early morning I-90 (5:20 a.m.), near Cle Elum, this happened, and blocked the westbound lanes for much of the day:Glad no one was killed or injured.

I drove in for my blood draw update on the dosage of Coumadin, because of the effect the antibiotic has on it.

Wednesday, Feb 28

John left at 7:40 for WHC after doing the morning feeding.

I stayed home again, and spent the morning on and off the phone, computer, and on Collared Dove control. I’m continuing to fight the phlegm by expelling it.

Bill Howard sent a picture for us and a word doc for me (Earth Science sites). Last week’s send from Michigan came in an unreadable format and I chose not to send it to my list of almost 80 people who appreciate receiving it. I sent a copy to only a couple of regular readers on my list. Bill likes it so much, that he [well versed regarding computers] spent the time to reformat the information, so I could distribute, and I had already notified the team producing it, that the format was incorrect. (Formatting was corrected this week on the new send for 3 March, arriving 3/2.)

I got an email from a gal I recently met at the senior center about her and her husband. They’ve only been here for 3 years, moving from New Richmond, Ohio, not that far from Cincinnati, where John and I met in 1965. I met her through the Line Dancing class, and when I took videos 2 weeks ago of the class, I had collected emails for those there that day.

I worked more on researching information for the letter of recommendation, by going through the information I had for my involvement, starting in 2004.

Got nearly dark at 2:00 and now has started snow flurries.

John left for Nick Zentner’s lecture tonight, “Ghost Volcanoes of the Cascades.” For these few near the N-S center of our State, many are in the mid-20 Million year time frame. Goat Rocks Volcano is gone. Mt. Rainier is still hot and only 500,000 years old.
Goat Rocks is the source area (vents) of the Andesite flow making the columns in the picture below.
Unfortunately, when the flow was named this was not known, and so they named it after a different vent, namely one called the Tieton (pronounced, Thai-a-ton), closer to the river of that name.This photo, near Oak Creek canyon, is part of the evidence of the ghost volcano. They are a specific type of rock, Andesite, that has been traced back to the Goat Rocks. The yellow flowers are Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), something we have here on the Naneum Fan. Our rocks are Basalt from flows DNI [Nick’s phrase is Damn Near Idaho].

While John was gone, I constructed a note of consultation with the nurse of my cardiologist who retired. I have an appointment coming up with the new cardiologist on March 19th.

John got home at 8:42 p.m., not soon enough for Annie. She started whining at 8:00.

I’m going to fix a salad so I can take my antibiotic with food.

Thursday, Mar 1

John left for the Mariposa Vineyard, normal time, after feeding the animals.

I stayed up and finished printing and sorting music by name and copies to take with the 2 books, and audience copies.

I took my next to the last antibiotic tablet, after eating a bowl of bran to be my food required with it. It started raining so I dressed with a rain hat. Got all my stuff to the car in the rain, and it started raining on me harder on the way in to deliver the bag of music to the Rehab, where the group is playing today.

After mission accomplished, I went to Super 1 for the sale on canned Friskies cat food, at a much-lower price of 44¢/can. I bought a lot. It was still raining when I got in there, but stopped for my return, and the sun came out. Crazy weather.

From there to Safeway, for lettuce. Safeway has very “busy” ads, convoluted pricing gimmicks, crowded aisles, and undecipherable register receipts. Still, once in awhile they have a great price on something. And usually on the 2-liter colas they sell using the name Refresh.

My last antibiotic pill is tonight.

Now, I need to finish the PDF docs on the March music to send to the players.

Friday, Mar 2 The recent east coast storm, now heading across the Atlantic Ocean.

We awoke to snow (accumulation about an inch) and John stayed home from pruning. The WA-DOT cameras showed a nasty looking scene where I-90 goes over Ryegrass Summit at 2,550 feet elevation. Much fog, also. A stay-off the roads day. There were accidents on I-82, south of EBRG, but not at Ryegrass.
Our snow pales by comparison with New Jersey’s at Elise’s house.Her car had ~15” and her mailbox w/ garbage can for scale above

John went with me for my errands: to pick up my music bag at the Rehab, for my follow-up blood draw, which took a long time because of a lot of sick people needing phlebotomist help in ER. We left for shopping at Super 1 and Safeway and on home.

Once home, I began working on the playlist to get finalized for next week. It’s a slow, tedious process.

John made an Angel Hair pasta soup, with smoked Chicken/Turkey and vegetables. He cheated by starting with a package mix from Farmhouse Foods, a brand sold at our local BiMart, and on-sale the day the doctor said “Eat soup.” Picture here. Last week he started with their White Cheddar and Shells mix. They are good starters, but need additions to make a meal.

Saturday, Mar 3

Had a good night’s sleep, awaking to a sunny day.
This morning in the valley (just 5 miles south of us), they are experiencing freezing fog, mist, and low visibility (1.25 miles), at the airport. Weird. 29° there and 34° here at 8:30 a.m.
I need to feed the cats. Did, and found a headless mouse had been deposited for us at the front door.
John just finished the morning feeding and got rid of the mouse. Now he’s off to feed the horses. I hoped to have this draft ready for him, when he returned, but found this entry instead on Facebook, so I thought I would end with a positive note about Brittanys.The smart dog with the glasses is owned and trained by Kris and Anthony Thompson, of Seattle. Ranger is now a Versatile Dog (AKC award) with this certificate from the American Brittany Club. CH Timberline’s Lone Ranger NA (Novice Agility). The certificate has me listed as one of the breeders. I was involved only because I co-owned a parent of his (with Teddi Montes Botham) and had to sign the litter papers. I actually met Kris and her husband, Anthony, in Ellensburg a year or so ago, when Karen Douglas Barrows introduced us at a Hunt Test held about 7 miles from our home. I met them and their dogs and joined their Facebook site (where this just appeared).
Hope your week was fine.
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Pneumonia and other interesting things

Sunday, Feb 18

Reflections to last week, late in coming. Both refer to last week’s blog activities, which was already published. First, is from Thursday night; second is from yesterday (Saturday).

(1) This movie below is rather long and not of the best quality videography, but if you are interested in birds and Celtic locations, you will enjoy this. I went with John to the local chapter of our Audubon group for a photo presentation. Last time you heard about their travels it was to the Cornwall coast for a bird-watching hike several years ago. They do a couple weeks at a time.

Jan Demorest & Steve Young ~~ Wales Bird Walk

Jump to Saturday for:

(2) This below was taken by Gene, a friend of Evie, the violinist sitting behind me, as we played Roll on Columbia, Roll on. It was written in 1941 by Woody Guthrie. In the video below, the second song is The Frozen Logger, by James Stevens, 1951. It is a funny song. I have on the red blouse you saw explained in last week’s blog, and my Ellensburg Rodeo hat, because it was the weekend of the Spirit of the West. Go back and check that out last week. Meanwhile, here is the link to the video of the two songs.
2 songs by KFF&F

You can find Woody singing Roll On Columbia here, with lyrics printed below it.

You can find Johnny Cash singing The Frozen Logger, here:

Normally, I’m singing but much less so today, because I knew it would make me start coughing, which I did not wish to do. I started my coughing journey Wednesday night that week.

Monday, Feb 19 Presidents’ Day

Memories of the rollover of the logging truck, several years ago, at the spot where our driveway enters the county road.

We awoke to a cold morning, 24°.

John stayed home today, because grapevine pruning was cancelled with Cameron in Seattle at Pike’s Place Market. Tomorrow they decided not to resume because of the cold weather. Wednesday is a pruning day. On Thursday John cannot go because of a dental appointment.

Last night we published the blog (without the videos we received later this week). I had to upload mine of Thursday overnight for several hours, while I slept, and it took awhile to remember.

Foot doctor and our SAIL exercise class were both canceled today because of the holiday. I needed the time to try to recover and hoped to reach my doctor for some help, but did not succeed. I have felt bad all day, and realize I need to get to bed earlier than last night, and hope I don’t have the same occurrence as the middle of this morning (4:00 a.m.), with my inability to breathe.

Tuesday, Feb 20

This was to be our third class of Line Dancing today, Feb 20.
I don’t feel up to attending.
Instead, John drove me to Cle Elum to get a doctor’s opinion. Diagnosis: Pneumonia

Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium tablets 500mg/125mg prescribed every 12 hrs for 10 days.
This is a combination penicillin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu).

He had me breathe in and out of my mouth and listened. He also had me say 99 every time he moved the stethoscope, and then say the letter E (drawn out). Here’s what I found on line about that interesting technique. “E” to “A” changes in the lungs (egophony). Your doctor may have you say (drawn out) the letter “E” while he listens to your chest.  Pneumonia may cause the “E” to sound like the letter “A” when heard through a stethoscope. He did that examination before I had the X-rays, then said, “You’ve got pneumonia.” To see exactly where and how serious, I then went for x-rays.The pictures showed, on my left side, a flattening of the upper diaphragm. Hope you can see the thin orange line over on the right side of this drawing. Instead of being a nice upward curve, the “goup” was below the lung and that curve was replaced by a flat surface. Thus, we need to kill the itsy bitsy bacteria and get that stuff out of there.

Normal recovery time from pneumonia is one to three weeks, although I should begin to feel better after several days of antibiotics. (I did after 4 days.) He wants me to report back if I’m having any symptoms, and scheduled another X-Ray for a month away.

This is Pneumococcal pneumonia (bacterial, spread easily by coughing). So, I’m contagious and wearing a mask when I go to the doctor or to the hospital for a blood draw. Further, the medication plays with the blood thinner, so that needs checked every few days and the “rat poison” adjusted accordingly.

Wednesday, Feb 21

John left at 7:40 for WHC after doing the morning feeding of the livestock.

I cannot go out with my contagious condition, so I will stay home today and rest, missing music at the food bank and exercise at the senior center.

I had a relatively good night’s sleep, by sitting with my head up in my recliner. I cannot lie down horizontally and still breathe.

Been canceling things this morning, very sad, most especially attending a wedding with the bride being my former student and coming in from Sydney, Australia for their wedding in Vancouver, WA and on from there to Taiwan to celebrate with the groom’s family. John and I were fortunate to have met him 2 years ago at Christmas here in Ellensburg, at her parent’s house.

I had my breakfast and took my 3rd antibiotic pill. I do not feel any better yet on congestion and related symptoms.

John went to a geology lecture on Exotic Terranes by Nick Zentner. It is being videotaped by a team of 3 and they’ll edit it for YouTube. I’m sorry to have missed my favorite teacher at CWU. John said it was well done (as usual).
John says: Open this LINK . . . and note the green along the WA / Idaho border. That is the only original part of North America within Washington State. The image should slowly add parts, then pause with names on the right. Then it should start over. Nick’s presentation only covered a few parts of this complex story.

John came home in time to fix our dinner and I was able to take my antibiotic with something in my stomach about 10:00 p.m. Maybe I won’t have a stomach ache tonight, as last. I’m about ready to call it a night. I need some sleep.

Thursday, Feb 22

I had a bad night.  I was awake for over 2 hrs trying to get to sleep because of the noises (rattling in my throat/wheezing in my breathing). I have had to sleep sitting up, and not lying down, but that wasn’t working last night either.  I slept 2 hours, woke to potty, and then went back and got almost 3 hrs more sleep. Good thing I finally made it to sleep, because I was ready to go to the hospital and ask to be put on a respirator.

John left for town for a dental cleaning and exam at 9:30. Luckily, this visit is covered by our insurance, 100%. He’s going to do some errands for me going by the pharmacy for meds, by the senior center for me, and by Hearthstone to deliver the music for the group and audience.

One of John’s stops was by the senior center to pick up my camera that disappeared 6 months ago. It was my Nikon CoolPix 40mm zoom. A nice man brought it to the AAC because he (or someone ?) noticed photos of events there included ones taken at the senior center. I haven’t found out the details yet on who returned it, or where it was found, except it was in the location of the Mercer Creek Church. Last picture taken on it was 7-15-2017 last year !! Battery was still full. Recently, the closest I have been to that church is behind it, while playing music at the food bank. I have NEVER taken that camera in there, so I don’t have a clue.

This afternoon, I called my doctor and asked about the noises I was hearing when breathing this afternoon and about the problem last night. He had a few suggestions: hot liquids, soup, and saltwater bath for my nose (but it was actually below my throat). And also, he reminded me I wouldn’t likely feel better until 4 days (maybe) into the antibiotic. We’ll see. He’d told me hot steamy showers are good, but I’m in no mood for that.

Last night I was surprised and saddened to see that Bill Waltner died. He was the hospitalist when I was so sick in 2009 and went to the ER here in town.  He was so wonderful to me, ran the right tests, talked to a specialist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, and found out 4 days later I had bacteria in my blood (from a culture he had analyzed).  He gave me his cell phone number and told me to call him anytime. Then he followed me through that year, and the next, and was so happy to see me survive my surgery.  He always spoke to me when he saw me, anywhere in town.  I’m glad I got to thank him before he died.  It didn’t say so in the obituary, but he died of a brain tumor.  John learned that from a woman at the dental office when he was in this morning.  Bill was only 66, the same age I was when he diagnosed what I had.

Friday, Feb 23

For the first night in awhile, I had a fairly decent night’s sleep without a lot of breathing problems, with noise. I must be on the upgrade!

I did decide to take my overnight Oximetry, and the results are:
Oximetry for Feb 22: SpO2 lowest 84, with overall avg., 91.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.6%. Pulse avg. 55.8, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 10 min. The O2 isn’t great but it’s not that bad either, considering. In the doctor’s office Tuesday it was 94%.

John left @ 7:40 for pruning at White Heron.
Cold (13°) before the sun hit near the outside thermometer.
The slope where the vines face south, and the Columbia River. With a sunny sky it warms quickly, and did.
With cereal in my tummy, I took my antibiotic at 9:46 a.m. and will get ready to go for a blood draw and to pick up the music bag. It took longer than I had planned. I had a phone call from Kit Hultquist (John’s brother’s wife in CA) at 10:30, and left right after visiting with her. She sounded as if she was coping well with all their kids and grandkids nearby to keep her busy. I had called on the weekend and left a message that we hoped she was doing all right.

Saturday, Feb 24

Had a good night’s sleep. Snowed last night about 2 ½.”

Up to 40° with sunshine, after morning light snow, no new accumulation.

John’s taken care of the animals, and also fixed us a nice brunch. I helped with cooking the sausage links while he was taking care of things outside.

Now the wind is blowing hard and the sun is bright. We’ll publish this soon. John will be amazed I have no photos I took to include.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Life’s Scenes, Brittanys, & Events

Monday, Feb 12

We’ll begin this week with a beautiful photo of our valley, taken by a friend of mine, and submitted to our local Facebook site: Community Connect Kittitas County.

This photograph was awarded the winner by vote! If you visit the site, you will see it as the cover picture. Pretty awesome.by Lise McGowan: Sunflowers and irrigation in Kittitas County.

We awoke to a cold morning, 25°F. at 7:00 a.m.
John stayed home today, because grapevine pruning was cancelled with Cameron still in Seattle at Pike’s Place Market. Tomorrow they will resume.

Last night we published the blog.

The following link is interesting about the uses DNR can make of drones in places or instances of gathering data not easily attainable.
DNR use of Drones

Morning news from Jeri Conklin in California about “our” Brittanys:
After a very long weekend of running dogs, Camelot Brittanys congratulates Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ SH (Daisy) on finishing her SH title;” (Next is Daisy’s mom),” FC KWK Windswept Guinevere of Camelot JH on earning two more SH legs, that last one is always the hardest”; and next is a family member), “Copley’s Warrior Princess of Camelot JH on earning her FIRST SH leg with an amazing run as evidenced by her 10+ score in Retrieving. The gunner missed her Chukar and the second gunner winged it, but it kept flying and she followed it till it crashed, over 300+ yards away! She then brought it to hand, solid as ever! I knew she would bring it back, who knew it was going to be over a distance of 3 football fields plus! Needless to say, she will always have that great story to her name, one I will remember as I handled her through it. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our journey along the way.

I spent a lot of time today looking at alternatives for finding a place to stay to attend a wedding in Vancouver, WA on March 10. I have it set up with friends in Winlock. Now pray for no snow on White Pass on March 9th. All I have to do is stay healthy to make the drive alone. We cannot leave the animals for overnight and 2 days, so John will not be going.

I participated in SAIL today.

John went to town after I got back home. His main reason for going was to pick up a fixed flat tire for his Gorilla Cart used to take hay to the horses. It was a punctured tube, and they did not charge him for fixing it. Our Hawthorne trees around the property have wicked thorns. We don’t actually know what it was that caused it, but John has been slowly getting rid of the ones nearest the buildings where he usually uses the cart. Might be better not to disturb them. Maybe they are angry!

Ham, succotash, cornbread, pears for supper, crafted by John.

Tuesday, Feb 13

After feeding the horses, John left at 7:40 a.m. for WHC.

This was my friend Glenn’s birthday, and his friend took him for a breakfast, at a new restaurant, The Wild Huckleberry Cafe’. He got a short stack (2) pancakes, and then sent me pictures, which astonished me, and I will put a before and after in a collage for you to be amazed too. He said the waitress told him most people cannot complete the meal. I think just one of that size might be too much. I think I’ll pass on going there for breakfast. Before ~ . ~ . ~ ~ . ~ . ~ ~ . ~ . ~ ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ After

My activity of the day started at 2:00 at the Senior Center.

THIS was our second class of Line Dancing today, Feb 13. These videos are for the participants. I have a most of the emails for group members, and will share with them. Those of you reading this who were not in the class, you may just pick a few. Don’t miss (3) & (5).

First – (1) Dancing, Nicole Jones & Katharine Turnage leading;
taken by Elaine Bleggi (I was dancing on the back row).

Link (1)

(2) taken by Elaine Bleggi

Link (2)

I alternated dancing to learn the steps and videotaping the rest of the hour. It was nice to have a break from the exercise and get a record of us. It’s difficult to see the steps through the crowd to watch the instructor. We need to have the steps demoed on the screen before as a lesson, I think. I’m not sure of the best way to do that except in advance of class, or to find it on the web and use that. (Someone will have to spend extra time on that creation and we only have 1 week left after Presidents’ Day.) If I were to take a video as these during the class, focusing on the teacher and lesson at the beginning, it would be too late to show before class, because we are moving to other steps each week, with only a slight review of the previous weeks.

(3) Macarena dance (Elise, in NJ, you were right!!)
This one and those to follow, I videoed.

Link (3)

(4) Katharine Turnage demos the grapevine (35 seconds)

Link (4)

(5) Grapevine with music Elvira (1 minute 16 secs)

Link (5)

(6) 43 seconds trying to follow a guy on the recorder

Link (6)

(7) A minute 27 seconds following a guy on a recorder

Link (7)

(8) Two mins 17 secs with Nicole leading from another recording

Link (8)

(9) Cupid Shuffle, shown by Nicole Jones (only 32 secs after class)

Link (9)

Wednesday, Feb 14 Happy Valentine’s Day

John left at 7:30 a.m. for WHC after doing the morning feeding of the livestock.

Food bank for music and vittles following; on to the Senior Center at 1:30 for a Spirit of the West woman roper visiting the AAC.

I planned to video some of her performance. It was held the same time as our SAIL exercise class, which is cancelled for today.

Once there, I asked her permission and she gave it to me, but did not want me to make them public on You Tube. I told her that I only make “unlisted” ones, which is true, and a person has to be given the link (by me); they are not public or listed by her name.

However, this blog does get picked up on the web, so I will not put any of her links herein. I’ll just indicate what I have, and if any one of our regular readers wants to have me send you the links, I know you have my email address and you can request. I will not list them here, specifically, but just a teaser description for each.

She gave me her email, and I promised her I would send the links to her. She is here for our yearly Ellensburg event, this weekend, Spirit of the West.

Here is what we experienced this afternoon: (It was one fantastic performance; great entertainment). My descriptions of the videos follow:

(1) Who is singing this song? Western quiz to start her routine.
(2) A short introduction by the 2018 Queen of the Spirit of the West.
(3) A clever introduction by Karen to the Cowgirl Show
(4) Rope tricks, comedy, & jumping rope (audience counting)
(5) Watch 15 secs of a Cowgirl Roper Magician
(6) 1 min 22 secs, Displaying One Whipping Good Time
(7) 39 secs Whips Display of Awesome Ambidexterity
(8) A life growth lesson culminating in a paper torch
(9) Ukulele trickster with Ellensburg flavor; watch the Finale!
(10) Bell choir & audience chorus; Name that tune in 4 notes!
(11) Final Five minutes of Fun

Let me know if you want me to email you personally the UNLISTED private links.

As it was Valentine’s Day, I dressed accordingly and requested Katrina to take my photo with the two AmeriCorps staff members who have been so supportive in all activities there this year.Nicole Jones, Nancy, and Jessi Broderius with a Happy Valentine’s Day wish. My hair was rather windblown from the Ellensburg winds today, but I have on my colors, and am wearing a heart-shaped pendant John made at his dad’s when visiting long ago. Dad and brother Dick made things from Agate and other stones, either collected (Dick) or perhaps purchased. The chain was a simple purchase as was the mounting hardware.

This year instead of chocolates or sparkling wine, John brought me a box of huge Honeycrisp Apples and then photographed the box with 9 apples weighing 10 lbs. These he bought from Double Diamond packers in Quincy.

Quincy’s gasoline this week is cheaper than Ellensburg’s by 11¢/gal. That’s a perk considering how much mileage he is putting on going over 4-5 days a week for wine grapevine pruning.

Thursday, Feb 15

John left at 7:45 a.m. for WHC after doing the morning feeding of the livestock including one cat. I took care of the rest.

I managed to sleep some but now all my chest muscles are aching from yesterday’s (particularly the evening) coughing. No other signs so I will go today to play, and continue constant use of Fisherman’s Friend® original strong menthol cough drops. I should buy stock in the company. {John says: Not! It is a private company in Fleetwood, England (north of Liverpool) along the Irish Sea.}

We played at Pacifica today in a constrained space. They are in the midst of a major renovation, and doing it all around the residents. We had a good time and the audience was quite appreciative as usual.

Friday, Feb 16

John left early for pruning at White Heron.
The wind blew terribly here for hours, culminating after he returned, reaching 46 mph gusts at the airport. I am sure they were higher out here.

After coughing all last night and still, I did not go to town today. I have been working on getting better to go tomorrow to play music at Briarwood – they feed us. Currently, I have no signs of a cold and no fever.

Saturday, Feb 17

Started with a lot of snow coming down and now at 9:00 we have ~3” (looks like to me), John has fed two cats, 4 horses, and we are enjoying fruit and bran.

We had a telephone call from a couple in Moses Lake, WA who had a Brittany out of our lines awhile ago; now looking for a pup.

I have to get out in the weather and go to Briarwood for music and food. I have printed some music to take which I got from Katie Eberhart in Bend, OR. She plays as we do, at places around her town with her accordion group. She will join us at Hearthstone next week, while visiting her parents here in the valley. She joined us the last time she was here the end of November.

Nice Facebook message from Jeri Conklin in CA. Ginny, the mother of our Daisy finished her SH title today. Here’s her comment, with picture below:
Pending AKC confirmation, congratulations to FC KWK Windswept Guinevere Of Camelot JH, now Senior Hunter! … Her daughter Daisy earned her senior hunter title last weekend! What a journey with this girl. Now to MH.”  Jeri Conklin with FC KWK Windswept Guinevere Of Camelot JH (Daisy’s mom) pending SH after her name w/ AKC confirmation.

Afternoon music: . . . celebrating with friends, we all had a trip there, experiencing wild weather. Started with snow, then rain, then sun, rain again on leaving, and north & east of town we had a double rainbow twice today in our valley.Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends-Maury, Dobro; Kevin, Banjo; Manord, 12-str Guitar; Gerald, 6-str Guitar; Charlie, 12-str Guitar; Evie, Violin; Nancy, Violin; Dean, Harmonica & singer; Rita, Singer.

We ended the day at Briarwood Commons Apartments, being treated to a wonderful meal after our playing music for an hour. We go there every 3rd Saturday of the month. Next month will be especially fun on St. Patrick’s Day. They always decorate their activity room, and plan the main course as something appropriate for the month (Valentine’s Day), or a holiday. We always look forward to going there because they love us and are so involved with singing along with us, in addition to pot-lucking and fixing a meal. Today’s consisted of vegetable soup, Jell-O fruit salad, spicy breaded wings, and a bunch of desserts: homemade cream cheese pie with cherry pie-filling sauce, brownies, various cookies, and apple/cherry punch, water, or coffee.

This weekend coincided with the Ellensburg’s Spirit of the West, so that’s why I dressed in my western blouse and Ellensburg Rodeo hat. The red blouse has cloth fringe and silver metal pieces on the front that look as if it came from a western saddle. I should have just taken a photo of the shirt, but here is my collage of silver trim and accents for saddles, which it is based on.Sunday, Feb 18

I slept in and John managed the morning feedings of critters.

I have been working on the blog and just completed the weekly chore of sorting a week’s meds into the daily “pill boxes” for morning and night.

The weather outside changed again, and just started snowing lightly. That did not last long. A little sun. Now a cloud. The weather diviners think our temps are about to plummet.
We would just as soon keep the clouds, because the clear skies are going to give us low temperatures tonight, to 15°; even worse tomorrow night, to 11°. Not nice, but better than minus digits in other parts of the country!

John fixed us a brunch (sausage, eggs, fresh orange slices, peaches, and rosemary olive toast). We had a pound of sour cream that was approaching its ‘use-by’ date so he made a mixture of rice, black & green beans, ham, sausage, onions, and mushrooms. Altogether, it came to about 6 pounds. Now in the freezer in 1 pound bags.

The little birds are hungry today. The Quail have been few. Often they come at dusk. Time to carry out more sunflower seeds.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Dancing & music & Wind

. . . …Awards to our Brittany in California …

Sunday, Feb 4

Early morning alarm from cat Rascal, meowing loudly up and down the hallway and into the bedroom that he was trying to tell us something. Same with Brittany Annie’s behavior. They both wanted out to go potty. Normally, they go out the doggie door on their own, but the winds had blown the rug on the ramp up over the two-door access to the doggie “window” door. Annie could probably have pushed through, but the cat couldn’t.

Speaking of winds, they have started again this morning. I hope they don’t blow as long and hard as yesterday.

Late last night we published the blog.

First thing John did this morning was put a large pork roast in the oven, feed the cats, and then out to feed the livestock. I stayed to proof the blog, and found some corrections to make and add.

I finished getting the videos and photos taken Friday at the Heart Attack talk off to the people involved, and this photo I pulled from the Facebook site of the senior center. I should have used it in last week’s blog to go with the information presented. Back middle is Dave Jones (speaker) with Jessi Broderius (AmeriCorps). She’s known Dave for years and set up this presentation. They are horse people.
John and I are in the back right, in front of them.

The next photo happened today in California, in a Brittany Field Trial. That’s our Daisy on point, with Jeri Conklin handling the bird. Daisy had a good run, with finds, and handled them all to perfection, but sadly did not place. Stiff competition.This cheered me up to see on the anniversary of my father’s death, when I was only 14 yrs old. He was my best friend and taught me an incredible amount of things I have used all my life.

Monday, Feb 5

From Feb 4, slept 7 ½ hrs.

A shopping day: We left after feeding the animals and drove both cars to the senior center parking lot, where John left his car. We drove my car, as it only had 100 miles left to go. We did it that way, so we could drive to Costco and come back in time for my exercise class, SAIL, at 1:30, and he could continue home with the “goods.”

We filled up my tank at a good price, $.30/gal less than EBRG’s lowest price. We loaded our cart with all we went for, except one item, which was on order, with nothing on the shelf or in the “back.” I also visited the pharmacy and left my GoodRX coupon for 3 months down the road, when I need to refill my Atorvastatin. The price is the lowest in the EBRG/Yakima area. We also bought a spiral-cut ham for $5.00 off. John will cut off the spirals, repackage and freeze. The remaining third will be baked until tender.
Other stuff was normal stuff we regularly get there. Pate’ cat food is 3¢/can cheaper than any place in our town. We still tallied $242.53 (including tax on the non-human food items). Much of the stuff will last 6 months.

We got back to the senior center with time to spare. I met Krystal Carlson-Tirey in the parking lot at 2:30. She delivered a printer for my neighbor on her way to pick up her daughter at school. She threw in 2 ink cartridges (multi-color) because they don’t fit her new printer. This was a free gift on Buy Nothing East Ellensburg/K/V Facebook site.

Tonight before supper, John fixed us a pan plus 3 custard cups of brownies with our own grown Carpathian walnuts, chopped up. Then after supper, he frosted them with cream cheese frosting. We enjoyed them the rest of this week.
Then we had another wonderful dinner tonight, with the main part being his well-cooked pork roast from the weekend, mushrooms, and onions, with other things, too.

Tomorrow morning he leaves (7:30 a.m.) for his first of the season volunteering wine grapevine pruning at White Heron Cellars, in the Mariposa Vineyard – an hour 20 minute trip one way. This starts in February, for 3 hours, 3-4 days a week for over a month. He absolutely loves it every year. You can look below in his weekly column for a winter picture of the vineyard, overlooking the Columbia River at the old platted town of Trinidad (a never built land scam). Still, Trinidad shows up on Google Earth.

Tuesday, Feb 6

John left at 7:30 a.m. for pruning, after feeding the horses.

I’m going to Bi-Mart and Line Dancing class before he gets back home.Line Dancing class at the senior center, teacher Carol Cummings, white shirt, left of center.

No pictures of the first lesson, learning the grapevine plus some more changing directions steps. Need a video of that.
Intro lesson on hands ^^

Parts of the hand movements, on elbows, and on hips & swivel.

I put a request for an extra wireless router out on 3 free Facebook sites, to help run the printer mentioned above.

I also put a request in search for a pair of size 18 blue (or other colored) jeans. My request was needed because I wore my size 20 ones today go my first Line Dancing class at the senior center and realized they’re bigger than they need to be, except for wearing over other pants for cold weather outside bonfires (as at White Heron the end of December) for a Raclette for the pruners and their families.

We intended to go to bed earlier tonight, but failed.

Wednesday, Feb 7

– from Feb 6, slept 7 ½ hrs.

I participated in FISH food bank soup kitchen music, followed by SAIL class.

Old TV stuff: I haven’t located this at a link that’s not on Facebook, but a few of our readers do have Facebook accounts and will be able to reach this. It’s well worth the time. You’ll probably have tears in your eyes, watching some parts of it (17- year compendium) of:

CLYDESDALE Super bowl ads through the years
Old TV link

I did find this: (about there being none this year):
Fake News?

Apparently, they did appear in a 60-sec shot:
Nevertheless, here it is

Here’s a better presentation on line for 2018
World is spinning out of control

Thursday, Feb 8

One kitty was in for morning vittles just as John was getting ready to leave about 7:30 a.m. He fed that one and headed up the driveway. I fed the others after he departed.

My funny start to the day came in an email addressed to John about an old car I hated for the 2 years I had it. If I drove it for over an hour anywhere, my back hurt severely. Finally, traded it in for my favorite car (since my ’35 Ford), a 2004 Subaru that introduced us to the line of vehicles we have stayed with. Here is the email received:

Dear JOHN,

Based on our records, your 2000 FORD TAURUS is due for its 205,000 mile manufacturer recommended service. I telephoned Chad at Seth’s and he got a laugh out of it as well. I told him I would click on the Remove Vehicle and I did. Then I also wrote a note to Justin Seth, the owner. We started taking our cars there when I first came to town in 1988, and his father Jack ran the business. The business started in 1955 with his grandfather.

Lee Gobroski brought me a wireless router to Meadows before we entered for our music. He delivered at 1:30 on the button, in his Black Crosstrek. I gave it to my neighbor late afternoon when I got home.

We had a huge turnout of audience and players: Tim, Haley, Amy, Sharon, Nancy, Rita (who brought me my blouse with newly fixed button hole that came unraveled), Dean, Charlie, Gerald, Manord, Maury, Minerva, Laura, and Danny (her son), who also joined the group, singing and playing guitar or spoons.

After music at the Meadows, I took blouses I found in my larger stuff for a gal that lives 13 miles west of our house, to pick up a pair of burgundy jeans with a fancy blouse, that she gave me. Now I have jeans that fit for my Line Dancing class this week.

Welcome to the Windy City:
(these data are from the airport, 5 miles south of our house) Friday, Feb 9

– for Feb 8, in bed 8 hrs., but it was an interrupted, restless “sleep.” The wind quit about the time to get up. John did. I slept after he left.

I was quite tired from a busy week so slept in, after seeing John off to White Heron and feeding the cats.
John called late (12:20) from Quincy, to say they stayed over 15 minutes and finished the end of the rows. Still only 3 pruners participating. Week started with just Cameron and John (Tuesday). Now John will stop at the grocery store to pick up a head of lettuce for me, and be home by 1:50 probably.

I fixed my brunch and will work on loading the dishwasher and trying on jeans I picked up yesterday. I did, and after John got home, and took Annie for a spin through the pasture, I drove over to my friends’ to pick up some special shampoo she gets for me a hairdresser’s supply shop in Yakima.

Finished lyrics comparison to the Dubliners – Irish singers, performing The Wild Rover
Wild Wild Wild
. . . to add to our March/April music repertoire.

Saturday, Feb 10

John’s out in the sun putting roofing paper back on the top of the entrance to the doggie/cat door that blew off in the storm last week. Aluminum sheets roofing has to be added and screwed down. He never quite finished the previous installation, and paid the piper this week.

Tonight, actually late afternoon, we are attending the Swauk Teanaway Grange Scholarship Dinner Fundraiser. Last year four Kittitas County high school seniors were honored as recipients (most ever, I believe). The dinner is covered by monies donated by members of the Grange and the community, and all tickets and donations received at the dinner go to the students. This program started in 2004 has given 28 awards, totaling $21,750. On our trip to the Grange in the Teanaway, I missed taking the prettiest first view of Mt. Stuart from Hwy 97. John says, “One has to love wind towers to call the view pretty.”

When we first arrived, John & I looked at the donated raffle ticket items: some scrumptious-looking baked goods and neat crafts.Colorful handiwork, very large baked items, and evening sunset.

Our table-mates we met for the first time are longtime Teanaway residents, Jane and Kris. We spent an enjoyable evening visiting with them. They faced west, and noted the beautiful sunset, so I took my camera and tried to capture it. My collage doesn’t do it justice.

Our amazing culinary dinner experience began with an Italian garden salad, served by the students. We were then treated to a buffet Italian dinner with Normandy Blend veggies, Rotini pasta, Cheese Tortellini & delicious homemade sauce with seared Sweet Italian Sausage, and garlic French bread. Dessert was a cobbler with huckleberries & raspberries, served with ice cream. Scholarship dinner parts: salad, plate, dessert

Pictured above in the middle are my servings (John’s actually was the fullest), but I pictured mine as thanks to Patti G. for the special attention on the veggies picking through to leave off the broccoli putting in carrots, squash, and cauliflower allowed on my low Vitamin K dietary restrictions. They were steamed and very tender. I nibbled a few spinach leaves from the dark green salad greens but still had tomatoes, specially colored carrots and croutons to enjoy. Dessert was uniquely good.

We got home after 5 hours away to a bunch of messages.

My co-owned Brittany in California is a Senior Hunter!
Today at 12:55 p.m., I received a phone call from Jeri Conklin, that our “Daisy” just received her SH title at the end of her registered name, for Senior Hunter. She passed the 4th leg she needed. Jeri said she almost didn’t get the phone call out to me because they were having a severe windstorm, and she would post pictures later when the connection was available.
She asked me to post a Facebook message for her now. So, here it is, with my joyfulness in hearing the great news about our Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ JH SH (Daisy). Now all she needs is to complete her Master Hunter title in the AKC hunting test competition. She’s well broke, so that should follow soon as hunt tests are held in the region, and hopefully receive her FC & AFC in field trials for the front of her name. Thanks, Jeri Conklin, (and Kurt) for all you do for her. Sonja Willitts will be thrilled to hear the news too, of her Kip’s daughter and her Tug’s sister.
I received this photo when we got back from the Grange scholarship dinner.Daisy finished her 4th leg of competition in a Hunt Test in the California desert today, with Jeri Conklin handling. She had good bird work and compliments from the judges. Now she will be (AKC confirmation pending), Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ JH SH
She has her Junior Hunter title, and this will be for Senior Hunter. Now she will be competing for her Master Hunter.
Neat about Jeri’s day in the field, as she also put a 3rd leg of SH on Daisy’s mom, Ginny.

Every day I go in my kitchen and it’s sunny outside (as today), I see a reminder of both dogs. When Jeri came to Ellensburg to pick up Ginny as a puppy (from another breeder, but with our lines), she and Kurt brought us a little solar-run flower, a Daisy! That continues to bounce a reminder of the Conklin family my way.

Sunday, Feb 11

John did morning outside chores, and spent a lot of time in the kitchen on the spiral ham, cutting off the thin slices and freezing in almost 8 oz packages. We should have many brunches and salad additions in our future. He fixed a brunch today with some ham, home fries, eggs, toast, and fruit cocktail.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

No Blood Moon Here

and other events of the week.

Sunday, Jan 28

No CPAP or Oximetry – for Jan 27, slept 8 ½ hrs.

Weather is overcast today, awoke to 38° and by 2:00 was up to 46°. Yesterday began at 35° with several inches of snow, overnight, followed by a chilling wind and rain. Crazy weather.

Today, we worked on the blog and published it. John took care of morning feedings, including our brunch. I spent time on proofing his edit of the blog and again for spacing, after he put it into WordPress. Now he is out with Annie, brushing in the “swamp.”

I spent a bunch of time putting in my medicines for the week, and now need to tackle the photos from Friday, to send to a couple people at the senior center. I just set up this blog start for capturing this week’s activities, and giving me reminders on things I have to do through the week.

Monday, Jan 29 Our sister Peggy’s birthday!

No CPAP or Oximetry – for Jan 28, slept 8 hrs 10 min.

Called Deschelle at YHC and ask about the scheduling issue. I now have an appointment with Dr. Tony Kim, new cardiologist, at YHC, March 19th check in at 1:40 p.m. and lab paperwork will precede the visit, being drawn 3 – 5 days before. The orders are here and attached to the big desktop calendar on the wall in our kitchen. Also, a call later in the week allowed me to double up and have my device check at 1:00 before the cardiologist one. That will save us a trip to Yakima.

Here is the information on my new cardiologist I will meet for the first time in March. Although he looks so young, he is well qualified, and he was recommended by my retiring Dr. Anatole Kim (unrelated).

For a more legible version of the image below, right click on the image and click on “Open image in a new tab” (on your computer). We don’t know how to enlarge it on a Smart phone.Sent email to KV F&F about Rehab count for Thursday.
SAIL at 1:30.
Busy with many emails and other chores at home and away.
Visit to my neighbor’s.

Tuesday, Jan 30

No CPAP or Oximetry – for Jan 29, a restless night, only slept parts of 7 ½ hrs. in bed.

I stayed home today from town. My left shoulder was really bothering me yesterday during SAIL class, and I did not want to try waltzing today in the Ballroom Dancing class. I think next Tuesday’s Line Dancing class will be much easier for me, because my legs operate better than my left shoulder, with its ROM, and severe arthritis issues with bone-on-bone.

This will likely be the day my Bi-Mart number comes up a winner, as you have to be there in person to claim the prize. They do give several nice things, company (stores) wide, but usually a “last digit” only win is about a 78¢ thing.

We had a nice brunch, and I’m tackling chores again. So much to do, and so little time. Wind is blowing fiercely, with blue skies, white friendly clouds, and sunshine.

IMPORTANT piece of US Postal information. I learned of this from a discussion on Facebook of unreceived or expected stolen mail. A person in our county (this was on the Community Connect Kittitas County site), gave this link, noted it was a free service and she used it every day. I checked it and in about 2 days, I began receiving images. See my brief explanation and examples below. I only wish I had had this in place when I never had a package delivered with pillowcases in it from my friend Miriam, in Alabama. Or, other letters mailed and not received because the mailbox door was left open and they blew out. This happened a lot more to my neighbor, Susan, than to us, but we did have some.

{ copy and paste the red link, below }
is the link to sign up for the free service from the USPS. Only one person at the address has to register with an email account, and all mail delivered to that address will be included. During the sign-up procedure, you will be asked specific questions (multiple-choice) which securely identify you from anyone else using the system to check mail coming to your address. I think you will be as amazed as I was at the information in those questions. Be sure going in you recall your last residence’s road name.

You will receive a daily email early in the day, when the mail is scanned for delivery to the postal person bringing it to your mailbox. If you do not receive all your mail, you can report it right on line in the sent email.

This is the report you will receive; I have just included two of the type of images delivered the morning they will be put into your mailbox.Interesting, the last one to John Hillquist (sic), a refund for a doctor’s visit in April, 2017, which I mentioned in a blog early in 2018. I followed up on it, saying we did not owe that balance as we had paid it, and why was it coming through so late? Turns out it was their mistake, in both places, but the bill spelled his name correctly.

This reminds me of posted names on a container on John’s dad’s desk, of a number of misspellings of Hultquist for business correspondence as the purchasing agent of Owens-Illinois Glass in Clarion, PA. It was quite hilarious. I also wonder what happened to that piece of history.

Wednesday, Jan 31

No CPAP or Oximetry – for Jan 30, slept 7 ½ hrs.

Food bank soup kitchen music, and SAIL. I stopped by the Safeway Pharmacy for my Atorvastatin. Cost less there than my normal pharmacy, by half. In 3 months, I’ll check and see what the price is at Costco (and consider transferring to there). Right now the difference isn’t but a buck, but Safeway’s price went up $4.00 in the past 3 months on the GoodRx price. So I need to lock it in now while it is lower. Costco will take it once and put the coupon in my file for the next time I wish to refill it. If it goes down before the next purchase, I can print that coupon and Costco will honor it. A sweet deal. Still, all this medical stuff is a pain.

We do not have the cameras and equipment to make decent pictures of the moon. But today was a special day for people who did not have too many clouds. Here in our valley, we were enveloped in clouds. I always can search the web and find better images than trying to do my own.

Following is not the traditional meaning, but people have started calling the 2nd Full Moon in a month a Blue Moon, as this was. If you could view it, light scattering causes the Moon to look reddish during an eclipse. And the Moon is currently close to Earth, so appears somewhat larger than is frequently the case. I got these from places on the web:Red moon over Los Angeles; Statue of Liberty; unsure of location.

Thursday, Feb 1

No CPAP or Oximetry – for Jan 31, slept > 8 hrs.

I have now been retired 8 years, and I’m still being asked to write letters of recommendation for former students. Another is in the process. John mostly taught first and second year students and never has to do this.

I went to the Rehab alone today, taking along a load of stuff for music and gifts. Tonight was the Ice Age Floods Institute, Ellensburg Chapter night, with a talk on the Paisley Caves in Oregon, at 7:00 p.m., at CWU. It was raining when we drove in, and when we returned, and got closer to home, it was snowing with rain.

I saw and visited with Morris Uebelacker (over from Othello!), Hank Fraser, Don & Sharon Cocheba, Steve Hackenberger, Tom and Joyce Lyon, William Meyer, Jan Demorest & Steve Young, and George & Julie Verheul.

John and I arrived early to get our front row seats for the best video opportunities. Questions and answers are more difficult, but the presentation is easy to do in a relatively stable environment. I stored the YouTubes as “unlisted” so they are not public, and the only way to reach them is to have the link.You really will be surprised by the content below, and the earliest human inhabitants (Native Americans) in this region; 300 miles south of us.

Using DNA, dating by carbon and other methods, the story is still unfolding of a culture called Western Stem. From 6 years ago, here is a LINK

In 2008, scientists from the University of Oregon and the University of Copenhagen found dried feces, from which they extracted human mitochondrial DNA, dated 14,300 years ago.

The link above is from 2012. Each summer, more is learned. We heard the latest. Below is the first image from the presentation.(1) Introductions, Ellensburg Chapter, IAF, 2 -1 -18, CWU


(2) Presentation by Dennis L. Jenkins, Archaeology and Science at the Paisley Caves, Oregon.

Research Story

(3) Dennis Jenkins: Discussion Questions & Answers, 2-1-18 CWU

Digging Deeper

Once home, we finished the casserole from the 2 nights before.

Friday, Feb 2

No CPAP or Oximetry – for Feb 1, slept 8 hrs.

A few morning chores and we took off for the senior center to take photos and videotape a talk on Heart Attacks and what to do if you think one is happening.

We got there about 11:15 and chose a seat I thought would give me a clear view to record his talk, but his method of lecturing was walking around the room. I finally left my seat and lunch and tried to follow him by holding the camera and moving around myself. The setup I originally planned for was stationary on a table.

Dave Jones Heart Attack Talk, AAC 2-2-18

Talk Talk

Defibrillator Procedure

John’s working on his part of the blog, this week’s not so nasty news, and I am way behind.

High winds started tonight and continued through the night.

Saturday, Feb 3

No CPAP or Oximetry – for Feb 2, in bed 8 hrs. but it was a noisy, interrupted, restless “sleep.”

Our sleep was totally disrupted by the high winds and banging noises, gusts buffeting the house, doors and windows, awaking John and me every hour. Much happened throughout the night, but about 5:00 a.m. the small rain-guard structure at the back patio door completely blew over, making a loud crash. The metal roofing had been bouncing all night, with the high northwestern winds.

I took John’s camera in the dark on the patio and took some pix I’ve included below, and then John put on his clothes and secured it to keep it from blowing into the double glass patio doors. It was a structure made of pallets and wood with a metal roof to keep water drained from the house roof, into buckets, so the runoff didn’t splash badly on the patio door. Once dismantled, John put pieces of wood and the heavy pallets on the metal roofing to keep it in place until he can clean it up.

In the daylight I took the photos of the collapsed mess. We were fortunate it did not blow into the patio door. A few other small things around the house (mostly for the animals), were disturbed as well. Above shows the top & windblown separated metal roofing. From inside the house, the left end pallet tilted over. That’s its corner under the roof part.This shows the proximity to our double glass patio door. Still nighttime. Also shows the right side that did not collapse.These are the pieces John moved away from the patio door and weighed down to keep them from blowing into the windows. He did this in the dark, until he could clean up later. Nothing much else came apart, but far from the house a 35 foot dead tree snapped off about 20 feet up and the top speared the ground, then broke again.

Early morning I realized I was out of Amiodarone, and had to make a trip to town. It was filled 1-29 and I never received notice, and forgot about it until I needed to fill my pill box for the week. The pills have to be quartered (which the pharmacy is kind enough to do for me), and it usually takes longer, but I ordered over a week ago, and forgot I would be running out the end of the week. We were both in town yesterday, but as I never had received a reminder call, and forgot, we came home without it.

This morning we managed to get there and also participate in their 12-hr sale, getting good prices on chunks of cheddar cheese for half price, sour cream, ground beef, some PowerAde Zero for me, and best of all a large piece of smoked turkey breast, which John cuts up and freezes as smaller packages we can use for our salads and casseroles. We got some other good deals as well. The sale was mostly for folks that will be snacking while watching the 2018 Super Bowl LII. Not much of interest in most of that.

While there I donated to the Kittitas Valley Friends of Animals (KCFOA). They are the organization who has helped us through neutering and spaying, and getting shots and worming, for 3 feral cats (thus far), and we have another male who has adopted us and we will be taking him in when the weather is better on the pass. No longer do they use the local vet service to do the work, because the cost went too high. The cost to anyone through KCFOA is $10 (or used to be, several years ago). Now the work must be done in Seattle. I know a friend who just had a female cat spayed and the cost was $130. I will add a donation when we take our cat in. We have to carry him to town, to a lady who has a place in her garage to contain, feed and water him, until the trip over to have him neutered and cared for, and then returned to her house, where we pick him up, and we continue taking care of him as an outside only cat.

We just got back from town about 1:00, and because we’d already had brunch, I got back to work on the blog and dishes, while John went outside to take care of chores. The winds kept us awake but the power never went off and, thankfully, no damage to cars, trucks, barns, or house. There is some outside cleaning up to do.

Airport only registered 39 mph gusts early morning, but I’m sure they were above 50 out here. I wish we had an anemometer installed. The house was shaking, rattling, and rolling.

As the final comment, check out the past 17 hours of wind speeds (particularly the gusts) at Bowers Field, the airport 5 miles south of our house. As the wind grew stronger there, it lessened here as the system headed east.Finally, you see the last hour above, the wind gusts ceased. However, from early morning, we had a lot of wind all day long.

Good long conversation with sister Peggy tonight about family history and stories.

If you visit John’s TW’NSNN (This Week’s Not So Nasty News) by reading the post now following this one, you will see a statement about his brother. We have now copied and placed it here:
Further, I wrote last week that my brother had died. Here is a link to his story in the San Jose Mercury News:
My brother Dick

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

One could get cabin fever

. . . but one would need to stay in the cabin

Sunday, Jan 21

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 20: SpO2 low 83, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 90.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 87.2%. Pulse avg. 56.8, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 48 min.

I worked on the blog and dishes. John wasted the day away, as usual (his edit, not mine), after doing the normal chores.Glenn & Nancy
Replay, of a photo I forgot to include for our music time and meal at Briarwood, 1/20/18. Anne Engels is our group’s tambourine & Maraca player (on calypso songs), and this is her son, Glenn, with me after we finished playing & eating. He came by to see us (he lives there in the Apt. complex, called the Briarwood Commons). She had texted him we were there. The residents brought him over to me and I stood up and gave him a hug (always do when I see him). He was my student about 15 years ago, and has been a good friend ever since. We had a special relationship during classes, because he is hearing impaired and needed to have “Type Well” transcribers (which happened during the class lectures).
Somehow the gals managed to listen to what I was lecturing, type it, and Glenn would read it on his computer laptop screen. He had to read and also look up at things on the PowerPoint screen. I learned to watch his eyes so I didn’t point to the PowerPoint display of visuals while he was reading and not seeing it. I also had the transcribers email me the complete transcript, so I could read through it to make any corrections of terminology or phrasing that was misleading or different from what I had said. I would return those notes to them and to him, along with a CD with the PowerPoint of the day for him to have at home to see with the notes. Actually, I gave him the PowerPoint the day of the lecture.
His abilities to understand map reading and map interpretation and two GIS (Geographic Information Systems) courses, which were full of computer cartography and technical terms and knowledge, was phenomenal. He took at least 3 computer cartography courses from me that I remember, and probably other of my geography classes. I know he audited John’s and my ending in-classroom “field trip,” which was an educational wine-tasting. We team-taught that class during summers for 6 weeks, taking field trips to vineyards, wineries, and the wine-making facilities, barrel rooms, and related economic & cultural experiences via videos and slides from around the world. To this final meeting, the “type well” gals came with him, providing him the comments we were giving the class. And, he had a setting so he could also experience the tasting as well. We mostly had them sniff, swirl, view, and taste, but spit out most of the wines into containers. We had a couple of stemmed glasses for each person and we evaluated about 14 wines.
We had crackers, dried sausage, and cheese to go along and water, and one student brought a cake for our anniversary (July 12), as a complete surprise to us. We paid for the wine and supplemental food (not the students or the state). The class was a senior one (Geog 465: Wine, A Geographical Appreciation), which graduate students could also take for credit. The class has not been taught since I retired. Another two of my GIS classes (one at the sophomore level and the other at the graduate level) also have not continued being taught. End of a legacy.

Monday, Jan 22

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 21: SpO2 low 85, 6 events <88% with overall avg., 92.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.5%. Pulse avg. 55.5, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 56 min.

I worked on house chores, music planning, ate, and went to SAIL exercise class and had a good workout, but only 10 minutes of aerobic exercise. Check Wednesday this week. I returned to more computer chores and finished loading the dishwasher. John worked outside some.

Inside, John has had several old phone books and other things under his keyboard and our modem on our counter separating the den and kitchen. He cut a piece of plywood (top of a wood pallet) into an ‘ L-shaped ‘ configuration to replace the mess. Now he as a smooth flat surface (and I a sturdy spot for my coffee cup). It still needs a better top, says John. He used parchment paper as a quick fix, but has material for a better looking and softer surface. Maybe we’ll have a future picture.

Our mail brought more things to be done. John’s Crosstrek’s license tab will expire in Feb.; I’m the one who takes care of those on line. I have to do some paperwork on several other medical issues. Those are continuing.

Tuesday, Jan 23

No Oximetry to report for Jan 22. I have ceased doing it because my SpO2 has been excellent for many months, and yesterday, I received a laser burn on my finger, because I slept so hard all night I never changed it to a different finger as I usually do. One is not supposed to leave it on the same finger for > 2 hrs. Slept 8 hrs.

Snowing big time now after 10. John should have fed the horses earlier when we first got up and he fed the birds and cats.
I’m staying home today to take care of projects that have been ignored for weeks, actually months since July notification of losing the old email address.

This afternoon, I finally cut John’s hair. It took 45 minutes minus a 12-min break to cool the clippers.

On the break, I managed to send out 5 new jobs to the NW Geog. Jobs list I moderate, and I took another break to feed one of the outside cats who didn’t come this morning, and came to the window to meow his wishes. He is the most vocal of all our cats.

Wednesday, Jan 24

Going the FISH Food Bank Soup kitchen for music and on to SAIL at AAC (my FitBit recorded 31 minutes of aerobic exercise!), drove by Carole’s to pick up mics for members of the KV F&F group to attach to instruments, when we are playing outside in the Ellensburg wind (once or twice a year).

On the way to exercise, I stopped at Petsense for some pate canned cat food because we ran out. We were supposed to get it when we last were at Costco, but didn’t. It’s only 47¢/can there, and 49¢ at PS. Getting 24 in a box for $11.76.

Cheryl C. dropped off 4 plastic dinosaurs to me at the AAC for Haley to enjoy playing with and Amy to use in the preschool for a lesson on prehistoric reptiles. I took those by on my way home. They look small and light, but are rather heavy. Also, I drove by Alder St. to drop off a large coffee can to the mom of a gal on the Buy Nothing East Ellensburg/Kittitas site.

I heard tonight my months-ago plea is being fulfilled for a toboggan or sled for John to use to move a bale of hay over snow. With snow over 5 or 6 inches, the wheeled cart works not so well. A lady plans to give us a small plastic toboggan and an old child’s sled. Tomorrow I pick it up in town. The owner lives in Cle Elum, but will bring it down. We haven’t seen the sled, guess it looks like an old Radio-Flyer, or Flexible Flyer, or Yankee Clipper, or whatever. More later. John says, after he sees it, he will investigate. Thinks maybe he and Peggy had such a thing.

Thursday, Jan 25

We had an early morning call from the lady with the plastic toboggan and the sled. We arranged for her to drop them off at Seth Motors (car repair place), where we have done business since I arrived in town in 1988. We weren’t scheduled in town until 1:30 today, so she delivered and we picked it up from Chad after the music at Hearthstone.

When I turned on my computer today, I had a new screen shot, of some awesome mountains in Peru. I never knew of them, so I searched for more information to share with you all. Also known as the Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca translates to “seven-colored mountain” in the local language (Quechua) spoken in the Cusco region of Peru.

The mountains’ colors come from mineral deposits, but they weren’t always easy to see. For years, Vinicunca was hidden under a thick layer of ice.
The first link is a story in Forbes magazine by Elizabeth Johnson, “Why You Should Climb Peru’s Rainbow Mountains Now.” [after clicking on the link below, wait a moment for it to come in]

Peru’s Rainbow Mountain

Next is a YouTube of Rainbow Mountains in Peru, caused by glacial action and the uplift of the Andes. The bedrock is granite and sandstone, and the colors are from minerals deposited in different times of the past, on the sandstone.
The video has a musical background of the long hike or trek in to see them (elevation is over 14,000′). You can hike on foot or use animals provided by tourist guides and local Peruvians. The place is higher than most people can get to and, until recently, required a multi-day hike and camping. Now it is easier, but still short of oxygen. Video

If you’d like to see more EXCELLENT pictures of the local people, sites, and animals along the walk up and what to expect when hiking Rainbow Mountain in Peru, you should visit this: LINK

John and I left a tad before 1:00 and made it to Hearthstone to setup for music, and carry in a couple of items for people there. We had a good turnout of musicians, and a large audience of appreciative residents.

While still in town, we drove by Seth Motors and picked up a plastic sled/toboggan like the blue one, with broken handles (won’t matter loading stuff on to pull over the snow).And in the earlier process, a fellow on another Free Givers site sent me the directions for making a sturdy one from a plastic barrel. I saw one (abandoned) across the road in weeds near a neighbor and asked if she wanted it. It was hers, and she gave it to us. So, if it is too narrow, she has offered she can get more, so we are going to request more. John can always use them to store water prior to a dry ditch in late summer. Tomatoes grow and produce later than, say onions and strawberries.On our way home, we picked up the plastic barrel from our neighbor, Joanie. It is bright blue!

Friday, Jan 26

I started at CWU at noon with a visit to Barge Hall for our Scholarship Luncheon meeting. I visited, ate, and left for the senior center, where I was scheduled to be the volunteer photographer at the event for this 4th Friday of the month.

It was to be an Under the Sea “Shellabration”. Most of the participants had left. I was late arriving at 12:30, but it also ended sooner than most events. I got a run down on the events of the day and a serving of egg salad they saved for me. It was served on croissant rolls (because they look like shells). I did not take a roll.

They had blank name tags for those who wanted to be a Pirate or a Mermaid. Below are the pages, with columns, for the name creations. Pick one from each column, left if you are a pirate type, or from the right form if you are mermaid.My mermaid name was Ianthe Siren of the Pearls. I guess if I used my real given initial for Lee instead of B for Brannen (the middle initial I use now), I would have been Ianthe Speaker for the Pearls.

Then we followed up with pictures of me with two staff members:
Katrina, Nancy, Elaine with props (parrot, lips, crown, beard, goggles). The attendees were able to have their photos taken in front of the wall hanging.

I stayed for our SAIL exercise class and got my workout.

Afterwards, I used the computer room for a few minutes and then drove to Super 1 to meet John, who had returned from taking 400 lbs of trash to the transfer station. The price has gone up this year; the cost was $21.41 [Fee is $103.35 + tax per ton]. That beats the pickup fee at the end of the driveway. A friend just put an extra bag out last week, and was charged an addition $5. Yikes. It must not have fit in the garbage can. Wonder if they’d left the top off, so the machine could pick up the can, if they’d have taken it without the added cost.

I drove John up to CWU campus and parked with my Emeritus parking sticker to save his paying $5 to park. (Parking lots are free after 4:30 p.m., so that works for night meetings only, not for 4:00 afternoon seminars.) I returned him to his truck afterwards, so he could rush home to feed the animals before it was totally dark. He got the mail and paper too.

Here is my documentation of the presentation.

First, is the location of the Cascade Crossroads Documentary presented in the Natural Science Seminar Series at CWU.This image, being used in poster and postcard form to advertise the Cascade Crossroads Documentary film (30 min), was designed by Daniel Cohn. In the real world, the crossing bridge will have high sides so drivers/animals will not see each other. Also, there are East & West lanes using separate tunnels under long bridges on I-90. The film shows those too.

Be sure you pull the start back to the beginning on the YouTube link below:

Traffic and Animals corridors

Also, please view that above before you watch the comments below and they will be more meaningful. The questions and answers and comments are offered by the team who put the funding, research, and construction together. The video shows lots of folks from local, State, and Federal agencies.

The following three videos I captured from the next to the back row above an aisle in front of my seat. My purpose was to give the feedback back to the researchers. I did not see anyone from the University there videotaping, and I did not have a tripod or stand up to videotape the comments. There was a row of people behind me.

I was pleased to see many of my colleagues there and a number of students involved in the research. I was at the original meeting 10 years ago (in that room), that Professor Darda mentions in his introduction. Jason Smith was a Geography grad working then at WSDOT Environmental Management in Union Gap, WA.

(1) Introduction by David Darda, CWU Prof Biology

(2) The film trailer with all involved in the documentary

(3) This video consists of comments and Q&A part of the program and lasts 22 minutes. It was a discussion about the documentary with questions from the audience of all the representatives there who were previously introduced, mentioned in the film, or associated with the project and there in person.

I drove John back to his truck, so he could get home before dark to feed the animals, and I continued on down to Burger King for the special price on two Crispy Chicken sandwiches so he wouldn’t have to cook dinner, and with it we shared the rest of the egg salad from the AAC I bought home in my own container.

We weren’t home until dark, and there was a message waiting from the Yakima Heart Center at 4:40 (late on a Friday), to return a call to the scheduler. I have no clue what is being scheduled. Maybe it is a meeting with the new Cardiologist I’m being assigned to, but I cannot find out until Monday. I want to research the one I’m assigned to before I meet with him or her. I met about 10 of them while in the ICU (Yakima Regional Hospital in 2009; I prefer an MD who knew me then).

Saturday, Jan 27

One of the coolest things that happened in my preparation for attending the Natural Science Seminar, was seeing so many of my former colleagues and students at CWU in the Cascades Crossroads documentary. Then yesterday to be there and see Aja Woodrow in person during and at the end, made it even more special. He and his wife Helen Lau, work for the forest service and were instrumental in the wildlife biology research for the documentary. Aja (pronounced ‘Asia’) and Helen were both students in my Intermediate GIS class, back in the day. I remember the class, the largest enrollment I ever had. So large, we had to have three computer labs scheduled to cover the hands-on learning, in addition to the lecture in a very large lecture room in the computer science building.

This morning I uploaded the videos from yesterday.

I searched for more information on an image in the documentary, of a wolverine climbing a structure. I learned that is a Run-Pole Station, used to capture hair (coat) to determine their DNA. My former student Aja, now a Wildlife Biologist with the Forest Service, and his wife Helen is a Zoologist with the FS in Cle Elum. She is a regular contributor to the jobs list serve I manage. I found these references below, and will stop my research now, so I can complete this week’s blog and get on the things I very much need to do, such as receipt filing and income tax preparation. I need to stay home long enough to carry through on cleaning and organization chores that don’t get done while I’m running all over town to activities.

Here is something else for you to see for background to the wildlife studies happening for the I-90 crossovers and crossunders. Top, Aja walking away from a set run-pole (meat from road-killed animals); bottom a visit from a wolverine is captured on camera. See the article for the reason for the camera picture of the face coloration for identity.

One last informative article before I leave this topic:

Wolverines Recolonizing in the Washington Cascades (presentation by Aja Woodrow, March 2016)


Read the article below for a description of the run-pole setup to gain information about the wolverines in the local region, through an interview with Aja Woodrow.

Research methods

As an ending note, we, as Geographers, choose to include an interesting article on Paris –
It is Flooding, Again & Again, & …

Rain and the Paris Basin

We had sad news this week. Nephew Eric called with information that his Dad, John’s older brother, died. He was 85. More later. Our best to wife Kit, and the entire family.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Time for the January Thaw

If you have never heard of the “January Thaw” you can either look it up on the Internet, or note the forecast high in Pittsburgh, PA for Monday, Jan. 22 is 62°F. It was 31 degrees cooler on Friday – just below freezing.

Monday, Jan 15

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 7: SpO2 low 86, 2 events <88% with overall avg., 93.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.9%. Pulse avg. 53.0, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 6 min.

We uncovered a bunch of magazines with pictures of people (looking for different cultures) for a teacher’s pre-preschool children’s classroom (2-3 yr olds). We’ll drop them off tomorrow when we are in town running errands. {John says, I remember zero from when I was 2, and near zero from 3. I think the big learning experience was how to spit.}

I received an early morning medical message from the Yakima Memorial Physician’s Portal telling me to login for an important message. Figuring it was a response about my change in cardiologists, I tried to gain access. I spent an hour trying to access the system, because I had my username, but not my password.
Once I finally got on, it was unnecessary information about washing hands to keep away flu bug germs, and other obvious things. I requested to be off that part of the portal information, and only to receive notifications for important appointments or decisions.

I received a SCAM call about my computer sending messages, and Microsoft “tech support” would help. I hung up, and looked up the number and found that it was a Fake call – mine came from John Regehr (showed on Caller ID) from number 587-775-0448. I normally do not answer when the caller ID displays a number or name I do not recognize. However, I was awaiting a phone call from the Yakima Memorial Physician’s Portal staff at that time, so I just picked up the phone without looking at the caller ID and answered, “Hello there.” There was a slight delay, robot call, which should have alerted me it was not the Yakima office person I just talked with at Memorial Hospital. First, the caller asked a question which required a YES answer, but I know not to do that, so I said no.

I’m invited to a baby shower this coming Saturday. I received a request on email from the hostess asking me to bring a photo of me as a baby, preferably one under 6 months of age. I have no idea where my baby book is packed away, and is probably in stuff moved back from my mother’s apartment in 1977 to Idaho, some still packed in boxes never opened and stored in our garage here. Most of the furniture made it into this house, but it is too small for all, so some is still out there. It was a moving van full that ended up in our basement in Troy, ID.

However, in 2011, I went to my high school 50th reunion, and remembered that I made a web page of my grade school days to add a photograph one of my high school buddies brought to the reunion, to show those of us she’d known in the Cherub Choir when we were photographed. Our ages were 2.5 – 5. We found five from our high school graduating class, and I identified them, in addition to all the others we knew. Here is the photo. See if you can find me.I was likely 3-4 yrs old in this picture, of the Cherub Choir at First Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA (downtown). Ages were from 2.5 to 5 yrs. Interestingly, all 5 people who were graduated from the same high school (North Fulton High) are in the same row, of the five rows. One of the 5 brought the photo for us to see. When I got home I asked her to scan and send to me, so I could put in the write-up web page I was making on our 50th high school reunion. That’s the last one I will make it to. I have stopped flying.

Many moons ago John bought a large can of peaches, in case the bridge went out, or something. He looked at the label and August of this year was its best-by date. Still he decide to open and start using them. Late this evening, he made a peach cobbler, actually he filled two aluminum pans we get pasta meals in at Costco. Base of the cobbler was a lemon cake, with cinnamon on top. He cut one into pieces and froze them. The other we ate – it was very good.

That afternoon, I went to SAIL exercise class for a good workout.

Tuesday, Jan 16

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 15: SpO2 low 84, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 91.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.4 %. Pulse avg. 55.7, low 51. Slept 8 hrs 3 min.

I talked directly to the County Auditor this morning (I know him), and found that the fee I mentioned last week is not out of line. His office has to charge $73 for the first page and something for each additional page to ‘reconvey’ [we never had it so why the “re”?] the deed into our name from the lien put on by the bank 30 yrs ago. He also told me to contact the Treasurer’s Office the end of February to set up the property tax bill coming to us in April and October. So ends one monthly payment, after 30 years. Another follows.

I spent time on phone with arranging to pay for our long term care policy. However, it is going to work and they are sending me the paperwork to allow them to have it taken out of our checking account, automatically. That will be a lot of time saved on doing it by phone (going through a robot with security questions and non-responsiveness of the system), and will circumvent writing a check and mailing it. This company is losing money on this aspect of insurance, but it is gaining on the issue. Some other companies are out of business. This one is teaming up with a company from China that wants to introduce the business there. Thus there is an infusion of capital that should carry our provider through these tough years.

I had to spend a bunch of time with online banking to re-enable my account. I have been on wait forever. Stayed there, but finally got help and now am back on board. It allowed me to check my bank balance to be sure nothing would bounce of the withdrawals I made on-line today. Somehow my account I have easily checked regularly was disabled by the system from incorrect passwords submitted.

We plan to leave our house about 12:30 to make it to all the stops in town. The first stop was near the airport to leave a package of our already read Wall St. Journals, for the business student. We run this errand about 3 times a month. Repurpose them for her education — what’s not to like. We delivered bread to a visually impaired woman who cannot drive to the Food Bank bread room. She gave me a large flower vase (I donated to the senior center so that we and others can take in flowers and they’ll have receptacles for them), and a blouse with zebra stripes I may wear to a special event there that is wildlife safari-related, or something zoo-like. This week is an event about “under the sea”. The center keeps coming up with interesting topics for events.

We stopped at the bank, but the person I intended to talk with was still busy with another person, so we left and returned. Went by Safeway to get our refund of $ improperly charged for items we bought last week. (I had called it in, and had the ad and receipt.) Their receipts are so confusing, it makes it difficult to check and I wonder how many times no one looks, and they keep the money. This is the 3rd time it has happened to us, on sale items, and on different products. We don’t frequent that store often, mainly for marked down items. We picked up a few things while there, and went by to drop off the magazines with people pictures before returning to the bank about our house mortgage payoff.

Once at the bank, we sat again for a few minutes waiting for the person to finish with another customer. I was approached by a woman who asked if I was Nancy. She is the new manager of this local branch, and had heard my story from her employee with whom I had made our original appointment. She invited us to her desk so that she could take care of the transaction. There is no one there now that worked there when we started. One early clerk has become, 20 years later, our dental hygienist. So Jamie, the manager, is our new contact at our bank.

That was a good experience. She processed the paperwork, and obtained a Certified Check for the ending amount necessary to finalize the mortgage. I signed the papers (one signature was all right). She made copies for us, and I requested an envelope, so I could put it in, and asked that she put in their mail to the Umpqua office in Spokane, where the mortgage stuff resides. She said they did not have a courier service, and it would just go by the U. S. postal service. So, I asked for a stamp to have her put in their outgoing mail tomorrow. She obliged, we said thanks, and left.

Our next trip was by my dental office to pick up the special fluoride treatment toothpaste (prescription required). It’s called Prevident 5000. It cost $15. I asked for a receipt for potential future reimbursement by my medical insurance (Kaiser Permanente), but to have them pay for it, I first have to make an appointment regarding a new prescription, to visit my PCP, and if he finds it medically necessary, he can send the referral for it to Kaiser that will cover it through the dental office in the future. A teeth cleaning in 2009 is what began my experience with endocarditis and a 1st visit with cardiologist Kim, and then on to my heart valve replacement. Therefore, the fewer times I have to go in for dental work, the better are my odds of safety. I believe I can make a good argument for the medical need in my case history. I bought this container, and plan to use it for the next 4 months until my next cleaning, to see if an obvious improvement has occurred. Then I will make my appointment with my PCP for a visit. He is in Cle Elum, so the visit is time-consuming to us and snowfall makes it worse for travel. Perhaps I should get the appointment now for better weather to have the process begun, in April.

We went by Bi-Mart to check our number, but did not win anything. On the way home, we stopped at Knudson’s to spend $11 in coupons, including $6 from my trip to the Ladies Night Out promotion back in December, where I obtained $5 for a gift donation to the Community Christmas Gift program, and a $ for my purchase of nails for John, while I was there. I came out ahead with a nice pink Knudson’s shopping bag. Five $ of the coupon was sent to John for his birthday! We bought an additional $16 worth of common nails in sizes we did not have.

Wednesday, Jan 17

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 16: SpO2 low 86, 1 events <88% with overall avg., 93.0%. Avg. low SpO2, 91.0%. Pulse avg. 53.2, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 14 min.

I got my salad ready to go to town for music at the food bank soup kitchen. While there, I learned of a way to hard-cook eggs, so I have to find our muffin baking pan to give it a try. Folks write “hard boil” but that’s now what you do to them. You bake them until they are hard. Perhaps I should have tried before printing the recipe below, but I’ll try it at the lower temp & minutes with only a couple of eggs.

“Hard boil” eggs easily and the shells come off easier too
(from Peggy Coble and recommended by Kevin)

Preheat oven to 350°.
Put eggs in muffin pan.
In oven for ½ hour.
Remove to ice water.
(I checked on the Pinterest site and they say 325° for 25 min.)

This picture is cool and came over Facebook to my account there. It’s from Audra Levine-Fuller who is my friend and professional nutritionist helper that volunteered for my weight loss (& inches) advice and weigh-ins/measurings. She also gave John the sweatpants he needed a couple years ago for his operation (to have loose fitting clothes, requested by the surgeon). Her dad died and her family inherited Penny. She posted this of them doing cardio together. I thought this was a neat photo I would share. It looks as if her dad is also using a smart phone.

After the Food Bank music and meal, I went to my SAIL exercise class. There I recorded 23 minutes of cardio exercise minutes on my FitBit. For this day, I walked 2.02 miles and burned 1,860 calories.

From there, I rushed home to drop off my violin and drove a mile over to my neighbor for a much needed haircut. I had cancelled the last one the end of December because it conflicted with the only available appointment with the Endocrinologist in Wenatchee.

Thursday, Jan 18

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 17: SpO2 low 84, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 91.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.6%. Pulse avg. 53.2, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 28 min.

I managed to do a load of dishes before leaving for music at Pacifica. The weather was nice, so John stayed home to work outside. We needed all 12 chairs, but they have done away with the Coca-Cola room and put all the stuff in storage with the chairs. They replaced them with very short and extremely uncomfortable metal chairs with no cushioning. I’m going to have to add carrying a pillow in with my violin, music for me and two other players, and for the audience.

Went to Audubon meeting for a talk on Forest Health from a WA Fish & Game forester. Animals are the main concern of this agency, not trees, so it was interesting to hear their “take” on the issues. We have been in some of the areas on horses, and John has hiked some.

I took 2 duck prints (borders suitable for framing) I got from the senior center’s free/discard table and my guess is they were sent to someone that gave a donation to Ducks Unlimited. John thought it might make a nice gift to give to one of the volunteers. So, we gave them to the President. She thought it was a super idea.

We picked up Burger King meals on our way home, and got enough food for two days for the both of us, for the price of one. One was a complete meal that was free, so we just bought two additional sandwiches (different type, crispy chicken) at a half price special.

Friday, Jan 19

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 18: SpO2 low 86, 2 events <88% with overall avg., 92.8%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 55.8, low 51. Slept 7 hrs 55 min.

Awakened at 8:00 a.m. by a phone call from the hospital about a message I left on voice mail during working hours yesterday. I think no one was taught as I, by my mom, not to call anyone before 9:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. I can understand robot calls (which we got earlier this week), but not personal ones. Maybe I’m showing my Southern Upbringing, or my age.

We are scheduled to go at 5:00 to The Palace Café, where they have John’s birthday card notification at the desk front. We met our friends Linda and Bill Weir there, had a leisurely dinner and visit (hadn’t seen them in several months), and then we left for the CWU campus. We made it to CWU by check-in time, met our neighbors (to whom we had printed and previously given free tickets required to get in), and we checked in together (the tickets were all in my name at the desk at the entry).

We were there to attend Nick Zentner’s premiere showing of the Second Series of videos titled, Nick on the Rocks at the Student Union Recreation Center Theater, which has a capacity of 324. They offered free admission, but one had to print out their tickets or reserve them to be picked up that evening. First showing of these is on two local PBS stations but they are not exclusively there.

If you follow this link: Nick Premiere — you’ll see the animation that precedes each video, and the list of the PBS episodes in the “Nick on the Rocks” for Season II, and also the opportunity we had to reserve & print the tickets.
Link below, but first . . .
I got an “unsafe error” once for this, so just shut it down. Yesterday, I was able to access it fine, but I need to shut down my Chrome and restart to see if that will eliminate the problem.
Just beware, that might happen to you. I’m not willing to shut down until I preserve all the stuff I have on my Google Chrome.

Here is a link which will take you to the videos described above:
Nick on KCTS9
John was able to reach it today without any issues.
Regardless, you have all the content for them below in my videography from the evening, in addition to the comments from the audience that night. Nick Zentner (Geological Sciences) introduced the episodes and hosted a dialogue after each with comments and questions from the audience.

If you are on the PBS site, (they are supposedly available on YouTube as well, but I have not checked), go separately to each one. They all have the same intro, but each tells a different story. At the Premiere, a few of them had the intro removed (for time). The order is also different on their site than it was during the CWU Premiere.Photo from the Premiere evening at CWU, Nick Zentner

Videos – below are mine from the Premiere evening in Ellensburg. I tried for the most part to record the Q&A and comments at the end of each episode on each video, along with Nick’s introduction to the next video.

1-Intro to the Evening & PBS: Lake Chelan — Battle of the Ice Sheets (with Chris Mattinson)
Tongues of ice dig trenches

2-The Seattle Fault (with Sandi Doughton)
The Seattle Fault, discovered in the 1990s, runs directly beneath downtown and out to Bainbridge Island.
Look out Seattle

3-Chasing Ancient Rivers (with Steve Reidel)
The Columbia River had many different paths throughout its history, as did other major rivers in the state (particularly, the Yakima and Salmon Rivers).
Really old rivers; older than the hills

4-Ancient Cascade Volcanoes (with Daryl Gusey)
Ancient volcanoes have been identified where Mt. Rainier-like volcanoes once stood, but now are eroded and gone caused by glacial action.
Long gone volcanoes

5-Bridge of the Gods [Bonneville Landslide] (with Jim O’Connor)
When did a mountain in WA state split and slide to Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge? Why, and will it happen again?
Jim O’Connor is a research Geologist with the US Geological Survey based in Portland, with the Geology, Minerals, Energy, & Geophysics Science Center.
Bridge of the Gods landslide

6-Columns of Basalt Lava
Spectacular rock columns are on display throughout the deserts of Eastern Washington. How do these stone pillars form? How old are they?
Basalt columns

Saturday, Jan 20

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 19: SpO2 low 83, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 92.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.3%. Pulse avg. 53.1, low 49. Slept 7 hrs 40 min.

I attended a morning (10:30) baby shower, and it was fun. We started with a counter-top of fruit (grapes, cut oranges), caramel popcorn, poppy seed muffins, the best pear cobbler, and hot beverages. Then we played a game with the photographs people brought of themselves at a much younger age. I picked one in a cute bunny suit, with big eyes. I knew 3 others there, and ironically, the cute pink bunny was my friend Amy. I matched her correctly. The next part was Laina’s unwrapping the gifts. That was a learning experience, because there are so many more baby things on the market than were available when I was babysitting years ago. A friend there with a 4 year old, said many were new to her as well. The picture of me I took to the shower was snipped from the photo above of the Cherub Choir.
So, did you find me in the photo above?

From there I stayed in town, because John wrapped my violin in two coats to slow any temperature change while I went to the party. We weren’t expected to play music at Briarwood until 1:30. I had an hour to kill, so I ran errands, and filled my car with gasoline. Our local price is just under $3. This was the nicest day for the next week, so I’m truly glad I did. I spent a bunch of time in my car reading the manual and trying to reset the clock on my dash. Problem occurred a few days ago, when we came home in the dark, and apparently, I turned on the inside light and did not turn it off. John found the dead battery and recharged before we had to use the car. When the battery dies, all the settings go with it. I still have not figured how to do it.

At Briarwood, we had 10 people show up to provide music, and a full house (audience). They always feed us, and yesterday on the menu was potato soup, hot apple cider, cornbread, oyster crackers, Jell-O with fruit salad, chicken salad sandwiches, which I didn’t have because of the large size of the bun. I made up for it by having one whole piece of dessert and ½ of another. I brought half of the apple cobbler home to John, and a full piece of the other that I had had one of. I don’t know what it is called, but it had a crust, with strawberries, bananas, pineapple, whipped cream, and chocolate sauced dribbled on it. I told John it could be called a Sundae Cake, but it didn’t have any ice cream with it (as in an ice cream sundae). CHANGE THAT THOUGHT… rename the actual name: Banana Split Cake. I found recipes on line and this was the closest pix yet not exactly the same. Rather than pudding, ours had Cool Whip, over the graham cracker crust, and no cherries or nuts on top. It is a no bake cake.The left looks as if it is pudding on the bottom layer, but ours looked more like the one on the right, without the nuts and cherry, but instead, the fresh fruit throughout (+ crushed pineapple).

By the time I got home, I had been away from home for 7 hours, so I was bushed.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Photos, dogs, dancing, history

Sunday, Jan 7

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 7: SpO2 low 83, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 91.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.7%. Pulse avg. 53.8, low 47. Slept 8 hrs 24 min.

This morning, I got the photos to Google to send to the AAC about the event on 1-5-18, Jeopardy & Scrabble games day with lunch. I started working on dishes, and it took me until very late afternoon to be able to start the dishwasher.

I printed 19 copies of a back to back page for the last two songs of our Jan-Feb music to add to the audience copies. Now just need to get John to staple them onto the current booklet. Then I have to arrange the music for my book, and for Charlie & Gerald’s book, and reach Maury by phone to check his music (and the 3 changes from 2017 Jan). Neither Gerald or Maury have a computer or access to email.

We posted the blog at 3:44 p.m.

We celebrated with a piece of chocolate cake, following our lunch (sausage, eggs, peaches, and cheese toast).

Late afternoon, Jeri Conklin on Facebook posted a set of photos of our co-owned Brittany, Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ JH (call name, Daisy). She is only one “leg” away from an AKC Senior Hunter (SH), with SH title to add to her name. The photos were taken during a training session this morning, which included two honors, a stop-to-flush, a point, and a retrieve to hand (pigeon). Jeri was the handler, and hubby Kurt, the photographer.Daisy – all 4 feet off the ground running; & Finn (brace mate) too.Daisy on her 1st honor on the point of her Weimaraner brace mate, and her 2nd honor with Jeri. Jeri’s just kneeling with her hand on her hip, watching. The handler cannot talk to or touch the dog stopped on an honor. Daisy on point brought a comment on Facebook (“very nice photo!”) from David A. Simons, from La Puente, CA, who connects to her through his dog he raised as a teenager, FC Simons Ruff-Shod O’dee. He asked after seeing this photo if he was in her pedigree. Yes, he definitely is (on the sire and dam).

Ruff was born 8-28-74 (which coincides with our move from Iowa to Idaho). He achieved his Derby points in the field with David handling (Derby dog competition goes to 2 years of age). That trial was held at Las Flores Ranch in southern California. David and his son, Jurgen, with Cody, his retriever from the Simons breedings.

Ours and Daisy’s connections to David is via Ruffy (the name we called him). We moved from Iowa to Idaho with 2 cats and a Brittany, Lovely Wistful Lady (Wisty, named for her wistful eyes). That year, we joined the Inland Empire Brittany Club (newly forming regional club with AKC) based in Spokane, WA, 90 miles from Troy, ID, where we lived. Through the IEBC, we met a field trainer, Dan Richmond. On Dan’s string was Ruff. John ran him in Amateur events, and we bred to him starting in the 1980s. When he was 9 yrs old, we bought him from another owner (after David).
I showed him because his conformation was excellent and he should have been a Dual Ch (field and show). I went on the Montana circuit with Carol Pochardt with Ruffy and others of our dogs and managed to get a bunch of reserves (2nd place, no points) because his teeth were quite worn (nothing wrong with the position of his bite). Judges didn’t like it, however. While he had show placements (and points) in his younger days, he never finished the Ch. But, he produced many Duals when bred to our Dual Ch. Sirius Sashay (born in 1978). Their breedings created Brittanys with excellent temperament, conformation, and hunting abilities. One owner of more Duals in that family than any other, is Michele Pelle. She still has semen stored from her DC/AFC MC’s Brett Jared O’dee from Shay & Ruffy. Simons dog is on both sides of Daisy’s pedigree.

Carol Pochardt, mentioned above, lived in Moscow, ID (13 miles from Troy) at the time, and she took Ruffy through Shoot-to-Retrieve trials, for many wins, and he competed in the Western Regionals in Oregon, with a friend from WA who handled GSPs. Ruffy had a nice long life and made it to Ellensburg, WA with us. He lived for 2 more years to almost 17, and was in good health and still hunting (and seeing and hearing), whereas Shay lost her hearing, but not her scenting abilities.

By the way, the Tre’ at the end of Daisy’s name is because she was the third Shay named thusly in our Cedaridge lines. Daisy-Stop to flush before another bird found (from her point above) with a retrieve to hand (pigeon).

Monday, Jan 8

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 7: SpO2 low 83, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 92.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.4%. Pulse avg. 53.5, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 35 min.

I called Larry at Safeway Pharmacy about Stephen’s selling me two bottles of 100 mg Allopurinal, for $26.54 each. I put the one for 90 tablets on the counter, but I had the 180 in my pocketbook from my last purchase there. I just looked it up again, and found for 180, the GoodRX price is $24.30. That was approved by Larry 3 months ago when a clerk did not want to honor the Discount Drug Card. So, theoretically I was affected twice this time, and accepted the extra bottle (I had only ordered ONE), but both were there. I have not opened them, and realize I cannot bring them back. I asked him if I could have difference returned in cash or credited to my credit card. He agreed, and a few days later, I received cash for this calculation: $26.54 – 24. 30 * 2 = $4.24. It pays to stay on top of all medical charges (including doctor visits), and whether the insurance was billed properly.

I went to SAIL today, and did some other things. It was supposed to snow today, but didn’t. I hope it doesn’t decide to, tomorrow.

I contacted Umpqua about ending the mortgage payments in Feb., but got nowhere, except probably it will just happen in February and quit being taken out of our checking account. We’ll later have to arrange with the Assessor’s Office how to pay the taxes, or just get them and pay them when the bill comes. It has been going into escrow and taken care of. End of story happened later with a postal notification from the bank, about the reconveyance fee of $106.61 to reconvey the ownership to our name, when the mortgage is paid. We have 30 days to get a certified check to the Spokane office to finish the procedure.

I checked on line and found this: The reconveyance fees will vary according to the state that you are in, but they are currently in the range of $50 to $65. They do receive upgrades every once in a while, but there is no defined schedule as to when these fees are assessed or changed. Your lender or lawyer may charge a slight premium for the convenience of paying the county registrar on your behalf. You can check with your local municipality to see what the state charges if you think that you are being overcharged by your liaison.

Also, Obtaining a Reconveyance When a Mortgage is Paid Off
In the state of Washington, when you pay off a mortgage, the lender must issue a deed of full reconveyance on the trust deed that secured the mortgage. The reconveyance deed is a recorded document that eliminates the lien that was recorded on the property. After the reconveyance is recorded by the lender, the property does not have any deeds of trust and is considered “free and clear.” The county recorder sends you the reconveyance after it has been recorded. After you pay off a mortgage in the state of Washington, your lender is required to issue a deed of reconveyance within 30 days of receiving the payoff. This shows that your property is free of encumbrances.

I plan to call the Assessor’s office to see what the charge for a reconveyance fee is for our county.

Check all medications to see what Costco will charge for them after finding out we can use the GoodRx price there.

I started tonight with John’s Tamsulin which is ready to run out and found that for the past 3 months we’ve paid $15.20/30 capsules. At Costco, we can get 90 capsules for $20.18. WOW!
His HydrocholoroThiazide 12.5 tab for 90 is actually cheaper at Super 1, so I will just keep a watch on all our meds. My Allopurinol 100 for 180 tabs at Safeway is $24.30 & at Costco $22.81, but at Costco, the added value is we get 2% back on all purchases there!

Here’s a happy note to add to our blog; check out the video below: Dog sledding reminds me of our old dog, Tailwind Talisman (Brittany), carrying a tennis ball up a flight of stairs, dropping it, and retrieving over and over again (in our Troy, Idaho house).

Fun on the snow [~80 seconds ]

Tuesday, Jan 9

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 8: SpO2 low 84, 7 events <88% with overall avg., 90.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.1%. Pulse avg. 54.0, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 23 min.

I dropped by the Historical Museum and paid our membership, and received this quarter’s Newsletter. On it is the list of talks, and we will go to several of them: Nick Zentner (geology), Allen Aronica (native Kittitas Indians), and Kelsey Doncaster (local history). I have put those on the desktop calendar hung on our kitchen wall. Nick’s is first, March 29. Allen lives near us, and plows our drive as needed, and we share things. Kelsey was my student.

Today was the first day of ballroom dancing instruction at the senior center (Ellensburg Adult Activity Center). You can see the rest of the people participating in the videos below, except for me, the videographer. I did practice some of the steps with the teacher (from CWU, Adam Meyers) and with my friend Evelyn (not in the pix above), but in the videos.

Video Jan 9 Ballroom Dancing Part 1

Jan 9 Ballroom Dancing – Fox Trot & Music Part 2

Wednesday, Jan 10

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 9: SpO2 low 85, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 91.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.6%. Pulse avg. 54.6, low 50. Slept 7 hrs 41 min.

Food bank, SAIL, and go by the Gym for Klaire (a probiotic).

I took my Amoxicillin at 2:00 p.m. during the middle of my exercise class in preparation for going at 3:00 for dental cleaning by Tracy. I received a nice report. Now to get insurance to pay for special prescription for fluride added toothpaste.

I paid my dues on line for the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG) retired rate, but it showed me my extra donation I normally make, but did not tally it into my total paid, so I was only charged $15. I guess it’s okay, as I won’t be attending the conference and luncheon I used to attend in past years to honor the women’s recipients of scholarships. Others in the profession still teaching and receiving part of the costs for attending conferences can pick up the slack. This year’s meeting is farther away than I want to drive, in Chico, CA. I did attend a meeting once when it was held in Olympia, WA a couple years ago.

Thursday, Jan 11

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 10: SpO2 low 85, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 93.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.7%. Pulse avg. 52.9, low 47. Slept 7 hrs 45 min.

We awoke to 5” of snow!

I called Cle Elum KVH office to request a refill for John’s Tamsulosin 0.4mg capsule for 90 to go to a different place (Costco Pharmacy in Union Gap). Costco’s price is $6.73/mo.

I completed washing dishes this morning. Weather is nasty. John went along with me to EBRG to help with the set-up and take down of chairs, and music. He reads in an adjacent room, but can still hear our wonderful music.

We had an amazing amount of people there today, 14 (Nancy, Gerald, Charlie, Minerva, Tim & Roberta, Maury, Kevin, Dean, Anne, Manord, Laina, Amy & Haley). We sounded pretty good today and had a very appreciative audience (as usual). Haley (our 4 yr. old mascot) charmed them at the end, with singing, Hey! Good Lookin’.

I got so busy with the snow and John and going to Safeway for some good sale prices that I forgot to go by my dentist’s office to pick up my prescription toothpaste they recommended to me. Now I have to wait until Tuesday after Monday’s MLK day. Oddly, CWU takes Monday as a holiday, and so has activities on Thursday the week before. Many, if not most, of the students here are from Puget Sound area and go home on weekends and, especially, for 3-day weekends.  

We went to Bi-Mart after playing, because John saw in their newspaper flyer they had sunflower seeds for $6.00 off. With all the birds coming in daily and depending on us, we loaded up. I got some gel for my eyes (severe dryness prevention), some Fisherman Friends cough lozenges, plus many wire holders for Christmas ornaments (for a dime). I hope to use them to add extra silver bells to my bell wreath, which we use for keeping time to the music during December. Picture was in previous blog.

I wore my boots with a big flat sole and rubber bottoms, and really needed then in the parking lots where we stopped. I also needed them to get to and from my vehicle, at home, even with all John’s shoveling this morning.

Friday, Jan 12

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 11: SpO2 low 85, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 92.7%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 53.7, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 40 min.

I called Cle Elum to see if the prescription for John made it to Costco. We were going in either case, but yes, it’s there.

We went to Costco to pick up my glasses and get some meds for John, at an incredible savings over Super 1 pharmacy. $15.20 there for 30 days supply and at Costco, where it’s $20.18 for 90 tablets!!! (through a GoodRX coupon). The only place in Ellensburg, honoring that is Safeway, and it is higher priced there.

We’re back from Costco, with good news. I have my new replacement glasses, the right eye still is not corrected to the same strength as the left, but it is a little better than it was. It may well be that that right eye will have to have its film removed with a laser, but thus far, it is not blurring yet, as the left eye did, and had to be lasered Oct 30. So, I will wait, patiently. I was given new eyeglass holders that can be folded up (easy to put in a shirt pocket), and, when one is done using them, one can return the glasses into the protective case. I guess you could call them a collapsible eyeglass case. I’ll have made a collage to show the concept, in case you are a reader who has never experienced such cases for eyeglasses. I had never seen one. Mine are black, but I chose to find some colorful images on the web to use for a demo picture. Also my eyeglass frames are much nicer and daintier than the one pictured. My lenses do not have a frame completely around them but sit on my nose piece with only the top and sides as part of the frame.

John’s year old glasses are covered with fine scratches, so while there, we also checked on the cost of lens only, if John wished to replace his. The Mt. Rainier trail was especially rocky and dusty (workers made more dust) and John was there over a dozen times last summer. The standard “wipe on your shirt tail” procedure is a poor choice in all the grit. Even lenses-only are a little pricey at $160, and the clerk said the company might reject the frame too, and you’d have to buy another. We were hoping they could remove the protective film from the glasses, but apparently that is not an option there. Ten years ago our local provider did this, but we don’t know if the current glasses are made in a different manner. They are from Costco Optical.

Saturday, Jan 13

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 12: SpO2 low 84, 8 events <88% with overall avg., 92.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.6%. Pulse avg. 52.8, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 23 min.

I’m trying to figure how to attend a wedding Mar 10, in Vancouver, WA, that requires at least a one night stay.
We spent an hour before brunch taking all the meat off the rotisserie chicken we brought home yesterday. We packaged up enough chunks of white meat to add to salads for a month or so of Wednesday lunches that I carry to the Food Bank, every Wednesday. The rest we nibbled on while working, and some will go into a pan to cook to remove the fat, use the broth, and have some base for casseroles.

Sunday, Jan 14

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 13: SpO2 low 86, 2 events <88% with overall avg., 92.8%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.1%. Pulse avg. 54.2, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 43 min.

Morning started with dishes cleanup, animal feedings, email review, overnight news and oximetry review and capture, checking weather (we had a bright spot of sun on the hill behind us, but no longer). It’s going to be another dreary overcast drippy roof snow-melting day and week. Some of the ice on the back patio concrete melted a little and John was able to remove. Temperature is 37°, misty, with only 1.5 mile visibility. When we awoke it was 4° in the town where John was born, Brookville, PA, and where his cousin almost 100 yrs and her daughter live (in separate houses).

Phew. After making lunch, John’s been working on outside chores and me inside, plus trying to finish this week’s blog to get out tonight. I just finished loading the dishwasher I had started yesterday.

Finishing up the blog and ready to turn it over to John, for editing and putting onto WordPress, but he is also busy fixing baked chicken thighs for supper.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

First week of the New Year!

Monday, Jan 1 Happy NEW YEAR! & Super Moon Seattle’s view of the super moon with the Smith Tower in the center. That is the > 100 year old building my grandfather, John Benjamin Wilkins worked as a carpenter, lived in West Seattle, and began raising 3 children there. My mom was the youngest born in 1914. Then they returned to GA and raised 5 more children.

No CPAP – Oximetry for Dec 31: SpO2 low 82, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 92.5%. Avg. low SpO2 90.7%. Pulse avg. 57.4, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 18 min.

We spent the day on chores and the blog. Late getting it published, but we did… after 10 o’clock PM.

Tuesday, Jan 2

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 1: SpO2 low 85, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 93.5%. Avg. low SpO2, 90.7%. Pulse avg. 57.4, low 52. Slept 8 hrs 38 min.

My exercise class was cancelled today, so I did not go to town, for pharmacy items. I have much catching up to do on our Jan/Feb music for our Fiddlers & Friends group. I succeeded in finalizing the playlist, but will need only to run 19 copies, back to back of two pages, and attach to the audience copies from last year. Saves a trip to town and just costs a little for printing and only a few pages of paper.

I called Fairpoint customer service and they changed our email address to the new joint one, so we will receive our bill monthly via the G-mail account. It had been going to the old one that has faded into the Aether. While the neighbors were making noise late Dec. 31st, we lost contact with that old friend. So sad.(John says: “Since the heads up way last summer, Nancy has notified hundreds of people and sites to make the change. 3 cheers for her.

I wrote an email to my previous cardiologist’s nurse, Colleen Meyer, about a Cardiologist replacement for me. I await her call or email notification. John says she may be off this week. She’s usually very prompt in communication.

Wednesday, Jan 3

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 2: SpO2 low 85, 2 events <88% with overall avg., 92.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 91.8%. Pulse avg. 56.3, low 51. Slept 8 hrs 53 min.

I worked more on Jan/Feb F&F music. I took out time to make my lunch to take to the food bank, so I wouldn’t have to eat the pasta and dark green salad. It was tuna fish/egg salad & lettuce.

I met Kristin and Casey at the Food Bank. She brought back John’s WTA green hat she’d borrowed last spring, and stayed for our music and lunch. We had a nice visit.

I left and dropped off a loaf of bread to a gal who is visually impaired and doesn’t drive. I need to see if I can find her some white rolls and buns. She is a few blocks west of my trip from the Food Bank to SAIL exercise class.

Went on to SAIL class and we had a full house. My FitBit recorded 25 minutes of vigorous exercise. Good after the layoff for New Years. I picked up groceries and pharmacy items for John at Super 1, for me at Safeway, and took a box, with cut-out handles, for my groceries. A decree by the EBRG city communists council requires stores to charge 5¢ for 1-time use plastic and brown paper bags. Super-1 gives a 5¢ discount to those with their own box or bags, and that also saved the 5¢ tax. That is a dime in my pocket.
We use the paper bags for kitchen waste that composts. So, at Costco we bought 500 for <$8; or 1.6¢ per bag. These actually fit the kitchen space better than the large ones from the grocery store. Three cheers again! An aside, by John: The City of Seattle started a fee of 1.75¢ per ounce on soft-drinks. That's $1.18 on a 2 liter bottle. The item price for house brands is 90¢ to $1.20 before tax. The bean counters of Seattle expect to raise $15,000,000 this year to spend on their trendy projects. The Seattle Costco put a sign up telling members where to go to nearby Costco stores just outside the city limits. No extra fee there. We can see that $15 M not materializing. Link to story

On my way home I traveled the route near the airport and dropped off the WSJs we read and give to a business student, and a block away, I picked up a bunch of coffee cans. A gal was collecting these in her pump house, and her husband runs a business in Ellensburg, near where I travel to and from the Food Bank, so he is the transfer point. He met me to transfer these to boxes in the back of my car. The ice was treacherous in their parking lot on the north side of the building and made me consider carrying along my trax during weather like this. (I did later in the week).
Here is a photo from The Free Box Facebook site that grabbed my attention and I asked John if he wanted them. He has a unique use for them.
{Begin John} The use involves strawberries. In the photo, the two upper berries are called Cabot. The other one, with the top of a Quarter showing, is a different variety — very nice. These are from 2014. Cabot berries, being large and heavy, tend to lay on the ground. This makes for contact with organisms, both fungus and crawly things. I want to experiment with 3 or 4 ways to keep them off the ground, and keep irrigation water off the berries. [Remember giardia? I do.] Among other ideas, I want to cut the end of the cans out, sink them into the soil with extra fill, and have a single-plant raised bed. I’ve ordered new plants for delivery after March 26th. {End John}

Now I’m back to working on music. Worked much of the evening, with a break for a great chicken casserole dinner from John (brown rice, green beans, mushrooms, & with help from a can of chicken soup).

Thursday, Jan 4 Happy Birthday John !!

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 3: SpO2 low 87, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 93.8%. Avg. low SpO2, 91.9%. Pulse avg. 56.4, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 34 min. Wow, yesterday was good, but this is the best ever!

Go to Rehab. John went along to help carry things, and to read his WSJs.
We took cashews by to Louaine.
John made brownies from a box. A cup of chopped cashews made them special. We served some warm with a dollop of ice cream. Happy birthday! (photo snagged from web)

More time with music creation.

Friday, Jan 5

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 4: SpO2 low 84, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 91.9%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 56.8, low 50. Slept 8 hrs 31 min.

I had to put trax on my shoes to walk to John’s car today. Mine had very little gas, and we are driving it to Costco tomorrow to get my new prescription glasses ordered and we’ll buy gas while there at a much lower price.

My sole purpose for going to town was to be the photographer for the AAC event today, Game Day, with a luncheon of Elaine Bleggi’s multiple cheese & macaroni casserole. It is so good.They served it with a wonderful looking spinach salad, but I cannot have spinach because of its vitamin K content & my being on Coumadin, so I took my own Iceberg lettuce/tuna fish/egg/ pistachios/Bleu cheese salad. John told me I should have had a few bites, and upon reflection I agree.

Because of the ice, many people cancelled. They had fixed food for 50, so I brought some home for John, in my container I took in for my salad. He had stayed home to, among other chores, put gravel down on the walkway to our cars, others: re-positioning a solar light, working on a broken fence, and providing water for the horses, feeding deer, cats, and exercising Annie.

Here are more collages of our AAC event. We had two tables and after lunch played Jeopardy that table 2 won, and Scrabble, which table 1 (my table) won. Everyone enjoyed the food and fun, and the temperature had gone above freezing for leaving. Each table started with the same number of letters, and we replaced them as we used them to put on the board. They were face down on a table so one couldn’t see the letter or the points worth. Also, it helps to have Scrabble players at your table to know all the rules for doubling up, and having successful words.
We got clever with our positioning of the letters off the board.

Happiness expressed by the winning team !! (minus one man). Sandra, Curtis, Marilyn, Catherine, Debbie, and Nancy. I do not remember what was so funny at the time, but maybe it was Katrina, balancing on two folding chairs using John’s camera.

The link below will go to all the pictures (some more than once) taken that day on John’s camera. I’m adding this link here, because otherwise people not on Facebook will not be able to see them. The above collages are pretty small, maybe even in this blog.

I have a lot more photos of the event (see above link), but I will send them to the AmeriCorps gals and they will put them on Facebook on the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center’s site. If you are on Facebook, search for it and review the photos and activities there. It’s a wonderful resource for people 55 and older, and in some cases, of need for exercise, people who are younger are allowed to participate in activities for their health. Every first Friday of the month is a lunch with some neat activity. We have people on walkers and in wheelchairs that come to the center. The local HopeSource bus delivers people with their wheelchairs or walkers (free of charge). They will come out as far as needed. A friend of mine rode the bus for 2 years 30 miles from Ellensburg to Cle Elum to visit her husband in an assisted living home there. They pick a person up at their home, and deliver them to doctors, to the grocery store, or other special needs.

I intended to stay for the SAIL exercise, but it would have been over an hour wait, so I ran one other errand in town, and left. I drove back through Kittitas and picked up some wool knitted hats — not that we really need more hats. Still they made a late birthday present. They were free, from the clothing bank and food pantry, there. They’re only open Fridays, at 1:00 for 2 hrs. I walked in and said I wasn’t there for food but just looking for the winter pullover hats for my hubby. The lady in charge said she had a box and would bring them out. (Clothing is in the unheated back of the building and too cold in this weather to allow people to visit). She left the box by the entrance in case others needed one.

I drove by a house off No. 81 Road. We haven’t learned why it is called that. There is also a No. 6 road, but not others. I picked up a
Seattle dressed teddy bear from a Buy Nothing East Ellensburg/ Kittitas Facebook site member, Shannon. I’ll give to Katrina (AAC Director & Seattle Seahawk fan, for their special decorated truck).

I finished the songs (PDFs) for our KV F&F group, and emailed them last night. I worked on them much of the afternoon and evening.

John took the Mac ‘N Cheese I brought home, added more cheese, and pieces of cauliflower to go along with slices of a breast of chicken we bought yesterday, and he fried it with a special sauce with spices. Nice meal to end a busy day.

Saturday, Jan 6

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 5: SpO2 low 85, 4 events <88% with overall avg., 92.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.8%. Pulse avg. 57.8, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 37 min.

Working on pictures from yesterday, the blog, and getting ready to drive to Union Gap, to Costco. The weather is beautiful (cold) but sunny. John has already fed the cats, deer, and now went out to take care of the horses. We’ll have sausage, eggs, toast, and peaches for brunch and leave. Driving my car to fill up with $2.65/gal gasoline. Cheaper by 22¢/gal 50 miles away, and take off 4% of that too as a returned reward by the VISA/Costco card.

More deer (the twins and mom) arrived for treats, and Sue made it in for her morning cat food. The other two outside cats, Woody & Czar ate earlier.

We ran out of sun at the Military exit and I pulled off I-82 to grab my camera for the view of fog in all valleys ahead of us. We ended up driving more slowly through thick fog in several places.
In the photo, under the near fog is Selah, and after the gap is Yakima. The next ridge is 7 miles south of the gap, and we could not see any of it.

We made it to Costco and was it ever crowded! Checkout lines went down the aisles for a long way. Perhaps the first Saturday of a new year and after Christmas is not the best time to go.

I started my trip through Costco at the Optical department and had to wait until five people went ahead of me, but I occupied myself by coordinating people as they arrived, and told them who they would be following. They need a pick a number system for times like today. The two clerks were very appreciative of my efforts. I was appreciative when Daniel got to me (he was my original helper when I got them in November), listened to the story, took my new prescription for my right eye, and the glasses and said they would do it at no cost. I’m still surprised at that service, but pleased to accept it. They will regrind my right lens in my regular glasses and my sunglasses (identical frames). We will return in about a week to pick them up.

John and I went around the store picking up the few things we needed.
Nice they have wide aisles, because of the crowd. We went past a Sears store on the way to Costco. The large lot had, at most, a dozen cars. This may be the last year for Sears and K-Mart (same owner). Say good bye. We made a quick stop at Walmart just before leaving the metro-Yakima area. Walmart is working hard to adjust to the changing retail scene. Very busy, today.

We eventually made it to the medical supplies part of Costco. I asked the pharmacists about my GoodRX coupon to check if they accept them. I was happy to find out they do, if I print it out and bring with me. I am used to doing that already, in Ellensburg. On one recent drug John just refilled for $15.20, we can get it there for $8.73, so I need to transfer several prescriptions there, after I check them out on line, and as John said to me tonight, I need to spread the word. I’ll start here. If you need to know more, just email me. Or, you can go to GoodRX.com and check it out yourself. I learned about it from my cardiologist’s nurse several years ago. It has saved us many dollars. You don’t have to go through your insurance and can use a credit card (such as I have), the VISA/Amazon/Chase Bank, and get an additional 2% discount on medicines. I cannot use that at Super 1 Pharmacy, because their charges report as a grocery store, not a pharmacy.
These medical things are convoluted, complicated, and tiresome.

I left John in the checkout aisle through the medicines and walked down through all the aisles to the farthest one (near the entry, and went back to tell him to come there. I’m sure we saved time but by being so far away from the office, we paid for our TurboTax program, and the “runner” never made it down before we were packed and gone. We got home and realized we didn’t have it. It will be our word only, so I tried to call to report it, because we were charged for it, but it is an empty box they replace after you have paid for it. According to the web presence, the office was supposed to be open until 6:00 tonight, and I called at 4:45. No answer, so I searched for some way of writing customer service an email. I did that, and hope someone responds and believes me. Otherwise, we’re out $54. + tax.

We came home to many chores and finally had our supper. It was a salad, with iceberg lettuce fixed by Nancy with Bleu Cheese dressing and pistachios, with smoked turkey leg chunks, apples, cauliflower, bread croutons on his and Cheezits bits on mine.

We continued working separately on our computers until dessert (a brownie with cashews, and vanilla ice cream). Now it’s bed time.

Sunday, Jan 7

No CPAP – Oximetry for Jan 7: SpO2 low 83, 9 events <88% with overall avg., 91.3%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.7%. Pulse avg. 53.8, low 49. Slept 8 hrs 24 min.

We have been doing chores and now getting ready for brunch, and to finish publishing this tome.

We checked the weather in Ohio and Pennsylvania where John has relatives. The serious cold just ended and the temperature is rising from mid-20s to low 30s. Freezing rain, sleet, and wind are on the way. That is through Wednesday Noon. There is an old joke about people living in such situations:
Q: What’s is the difference between people living in XYZ-town and a U.S. Penitentiary?
A: Folks in the prison know they are being punished.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan