Not so nasty news Sept 21

Item #1: Not nearly enough
Fancy Dancers
Fancy” is a competitive powwow dance known for its fast and furious pace.
We pride ourselves on telling the fascinating stories of Canada through coins, . . .” – – so says Alison Crawford, of the Royal Canadian Mint.

What’s not to like? This . . .
The coin has a face value of $30, is a collectors edition, and only 3,500 will be made.
A current population estimate for Canada is 37,028,880.
4% claim an aboriginal identity, or about 1,490,000.

A few of these coins will be put on display in museums. Most will be sold once or twice and join other rare coins in homes of the rich. A very high percentage of Canadians will never see one, and fewer still will ever hold one.
This is wrong. Wrong! Wrong!
Canadians unite. Revolt. Demand.
I hope ‘3,500’ is a typo. 6 zeros, not 2.
35 Million sounds better.

Item #2:What says fall like Pumpkin
Leaves are turning colors, corn is ripe (or past ripe), pumpkins are coloring, and folks are happy to take your money to see the wonders of Autumn.
This link: Pumpkin Patches has some of the better known places in the Puget Sound area. Good photos, too.
This one ( Swan’s Trail ) has a 12 acre (~ 9 football fields) corn maze in the shape of the State. There is a 50-acre pumpkin patch.
These places accept cash and credit cards.
Check such places in your neighborhood. Have fun.

Item #3: A collection of Australian trolleys
After reading this story I searched with the term “shopping carts” and images. Who knew there were so many?
Oh well – the folks from OZ call them trolleys.
Trolleys go to sea
There is a 90 second video of a guy in a white shirt with a blue tie. He stands on a dock and points at the water. Could they not pull a couple of “trolleys” from the water and show them.
How much does one of these cost? Anyway, the good news:
These places make good habitat for creatures.

Item #4: This one is for Peggy
Baker Mayfield Is the Mayor of Cleveland
On Thursday night, Mayfield—the first overall draft pick, a Heisman-winning quarterback out of the University of Oklahoma—hopped off the bench late in the first half of a game in which the Browns trailed 14-0 to the New York Jets.
One half later, the Browns had an inspired 21-17 victory. It is the forlorn franchise’s first win since 1916. I mean 2016. But you know what I mean. It feels like 1916.”

[Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal]
Story here from USA Today

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

Seems like fall

Back to yesterday, 9/9 Starting our trip to the Chef’s Extravaganza for Quincy’s Farmers’ Awareness Day, 2018: (top down) – Start of fire in the median of I-90 on way over, that grew rapidly to a 100-acre fire, closing two lanes of I-90. Arrived at White Heron Cellars and Mariposa vineyard’s tasting room to visit with owner/Vigneron, Cameron Fries, and three of his pruners with family.

First a few seconds video of White Heron’s Collie, Altesse, finding John around the counter and greeting him. She did the same to me when she first saw me outside.

Altesse greets John 9-9-18 in the tasting room, at White Heron Cellars

Later with the pruners in the tasting room, discussing the package of John’s candied Carpathian walnuts he brought to Phyllis Fries. By the time she received it, several had been removed.

White Heron 9-9-18 Weighing Carpathian Walnut Package

Link to beginning photos of White Heron 9/9/18 Event

Monday, Sept 10

Here’s a photo (right) from over Ellensburg from a former student, Casey Stedman, now a pilot. He posted on Facebook, and tagged me! Cool. I had many of the ROTC and Aviation students in my mapping classes, and it’s nice when they keep in touch. He’s now flying for the Air Force, as a Training Officer at the Association of Spaceflight Professionals. He describes himself as a “Military Officer & Aviator-Aspiring Space Explorer.”

I called the Costco pharmacy about my Atorvastatin. Have one refill left and need to pick up after noon, tomorrow, 9/11. We coordinated our trip with a lunch and visit at Costco with Suzy & Bob West.

I worked for hours on the den pick up, cleaning up stacks, boxes, and sorting, to make room for entrance of the new clothes washer. John worked outside making things ready.

For dessert, John fixed our blackberries with ice cream over a ½ pumpkin muffin.

Tuesday, Sept 11

I called the Cle Elum Clinic to check on our annual physical/ wellness visits (a week apart) to see if it was scheduled in November, with our Primary Care Physician (PCP), Dr. Wood, or if the new computer system had lost the date we previously made (as happened to a friend’s). We’re good, and I have now written Tuesday, Nov 20 on our wall schedule**. While on acronyms, I think a different name should be applied to my “regular” doctor, not PCP, which conjures to most people an undesirable wanted substance: a seriously scary drug, Phencyclidine (PCP).

[**We have tried to get an earlier date. We used to go up in early September and get a flu shot. But the regulations require a year and a day – or something. They also messed up and we got pushed into October, now November. So now we go in the winter time – snow, ice, dark – instead of early fall. No respect for old folks.]

Packed stuff for town.
John has been growing Hen & Chicks, and then potting several in 6 inch wide containers. Photo below. He had a dozen of those that had filled out, plus others in still bigger pots. So we dropped them off at the AAC along with 15 pounds of summer yellow squash. Meanwhile a doe keeps jumping the fence and eating tomatoes. She travels with 3 smaller deer and they stick their tiny heads into the fence and reach unripe butternut squash. With temperatures going to the 40s overnight now, it is unlikely we’ll have any more tomatoes. We’ve numerous butternuts – if they ripen. We have numerous yellow squash and again need to pick and give away. Before next growing season a taller fence is needed around the “newer” garden, where he put his raised strawberry boxes. Deer like strawberries too, but those are safe unless leaves grow through the raised bed’s wire cover.Hen and chicks in a 6” pot. We gave a dozen of these and still have many more, some in 12 inch containers with 50 to 80 chicks.

We left for town in the morning with squash for AAC and Hen & Chicks, pears for Amy, to check our Bi-Mart number, and head to Costco, by way of WinCo for a few items, to meet Bob & Suzy at 1:00 for lunch. Prime reason was to pick up my medication, for which I was charged the wrong amount and have to deal with the next time down there.

Speaking of Amy, I want to share photos I downloaded from her today, using the Ailsa Craig onions, we gave her family. She made a super nice stew/soup and put pictures in her Facebook album.Beginning onion-mushrooms; after an hour; with beef broth and several spices added to a crockpot for warming.

After seeing a ton of flags on our trip to Yakima, we recalled what their significance was; the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. We don’t have a vertical pole, so could not have flown it at half mast, as most we viewed were. Still, we missed the opportunity to mark the day.

Finally published last week’s blog tonight at 12:18 a.m. 9/12

Wednesday, Sept 12

I went for a blood draw after going to Food Bank. I did not get my INR report or the CBP lab results back today, but will hear tomorrow.

I carried a sign to the AAC for my SAIL exercise class, put a container of the succulents with a sign on the “take counter” and succeeded in giving away 3 pots. While in town, I picked up Artificial Tears (eye drops) at Bi-Mart. They’d been on order for 3 weeks.

I finally finished processing the Kittitas Audubon Society picnic pictures, and got them sent to members I have emails for. This is the link:

KAS Annual Picnic, 8-16-18
Tomorrow, John goes back to White Heron for bottling (this time Pinot Noir), and had given me the chore of buying some Black Forest Ham slices to share with the potluck lunch for the crew at the end of bottling. I bought the rest of what was left in the counter, already cut into slices thinner than we preferred, but it didn’t bother the wine folks.

After my several hour absence, I returned home to find John had made an incredible amount of progress on moving the broken washer out, unpacking the new, and getting it into the den, where it sits until we clean out the place it needs to be installed (not yet completed). We need to get it installed before next week, to clean all the mud from his Carhartt work pants for his next trip, Sept 23.

Thursday, Sept 13

John left for bottling to be there at 9:00 a.m.

I called in 9 chairs for KV F&F today at the Meadows Place.

Good “shew”! Thanks to Roberta & Tim for bringing us so many of their Gravenstein apples to share.  They are tart and best used in cooking, making applesauce, or apple cider.  They have been around since the 17th Century or earlier.  The name is Danish from Gråsten, meaning “gray stone”, after

Gråsten Palace

Thanks to Roberta Vorhees, Activities Director, for making homemade ice cream to serve us at the end of our playing.

I need to see about reaching Candace Hooper (fiddler) about playing with us at Briarwood Saturday, but need her email. I left messages at both her phones this morning.

Finished dishes.

Got my Lab results from Sonya (Dr. Wood’s nurse): Sodium is low (133), but that is what it was in March, after it had been down to 121 in February, after I drank too much water, which flushed all the sodium from my blood. I guess I’ll continue drinking more PoweradeZero (6% Sodium). We live on a low salt diet. Cody claims this level is just right for me, and that Sonya wasn’t aware of my special issues.

Lacey or Cody will report my INR today, and potassium. Readings: INR=2.4 and K=4.9 – both good within ranges.

Here’s a beautiful new version of a song we often do (and now after a ton of work, Evie has transcribed it to SongWriter 2012 so our group can use it in the future:

Green, Green Grass by Evie & others with harmony

Friday, Sept 14

John left at 6:30 a.m. for Talapus Lake.

Here are some pictures I chose from the day that John took on his phone. If you look below at this week’s column by John, Not So Nasty News, you will see two of the photos at lunch by Talapus Lake, so I will not include those here. I had chosen the same two to share in a collage. Here are others, but I will start with three parts of the fold-out description at the beginning introduction of the day, which John created for the workers. His foldout is still with the crew leader LeeAnne, who has a few more work parties at that site. Then, a few of my choice from the day’s work:The day’s work was removing several very old puncheon** bridges. The stacked planks on the lower right have been taken off a previous damaged bridge. The planks will be removed later, maybe next year. [** piece of broad, heavy, roughly dressed timber with one face finished flat. Not sawn/milled]LeeAnne Blue Hat CL talks with crew; a picturesquely framed view of the scene.

Now, I’m going to go back 10 days to two photos from others that came from the previous week’s Sept 4 trip to Dingford Creek Trail, with Crew Leader LeeAnne.Top shows John and Jay, ACLs, deciding on rock moving project.
Bottom shows the crew exiting back to trail head w/ all tools.

I went back to bed, and slept in for much needed rest.
I’m working today on several projects, trying to clean up the den being foremost. These include: cleaning dishes and counters, cooking sausage, took diuretic, answered emails, sorted bills and checked on-line accounts, killed flies, worked on photos and videos needing processed from Sept 2 and 9 at White Heron. Still need to finish.

The next project has taken days to sort out, to get access for both John and me to see our medical results from lab tests at the local hospital blood draw lab. Medical records are not easily available as they should be. We have to continually fight with transferring records about our health from records in three cities: Ellensburg (hospital lab), Cle Elum (PCP), and Yakima (Cardiologist). There should be a central clearing house everyone can reach. Each hospital has a different portal, and we have one in Ellensburg and two in Yakima we have to use.

I figured out today how to compile a comparison of my lab reports for INR, Potassium to give to the Cardiologist on 9/24, and have been working on it among other tasks starting today (still working the end of this week).

John’s probably going to be home at 4:48. He’s made it to Hungry Junction Road.
We continued with projects.

Saturday, Sept 15

Need to go to the BBQ at Briarwood, starting at 1:00 p.m.
Found out we will have 10 players (doubled over night). Amazing.
Awoke with headache and higher BP than normal, but okay now; maybe from the stress of setting up this event (?) maybe.
At the start of the program, we played Irish Washerwoman and two older lady residents did a modified “clog” dance while Haley did her normal Irish dance steps. Dad Dustin took my camera and aimed it on the action. The musicians, Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends were to the left, under a canopy.

Haley, Connie, Kathy dance to Irish Washerwoman
Turnout included Laina (violin), Matt her hubby (guitar), Neil their cute baby, Gerald (guitar), Dean (Harmonica), Tim (Mandolin), Roberta (guitar), Candace (violin), Nancy (violin), Joanie (violin), and Amy (Flute, Penny Whistle, violin, and washboard).
We play about an hour and then eat. The rain threatened, but it was cool and quiet (non-windy) for a change, with intermittent sun. A number of us stayed and visited, over hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and root beer floats.
I arrived home and found John removing the canopy from the old truck into a new rack. It is backwards from its intended placement because he slid it off one truck onto this one. I’m not clear why he didn’t move it back from the old to the newer. I’ll let him explain. Oh! Remember the old clothes washer? Guess where it is? There is a trip to the transfer station in its future.

Sunday, Sept 16

Supposed to be raining at 5:00 a.m.; not yet. I got up before 8:00 because I couldn’t sleep any longer, thinking about all the stuff needing done. No outside cats yet. One (Rascal) has been in my lap for the duration.

John did outside projects first and then fixed us a great brunch. Surely beats my lunch yesterday. I have mostly been working on the blog, with intermittent dishes involvement and finishing processing and editing the 9/9 photos from White Heron, plus getting my exercise by walking to and from the back bathroom on diuretic day.

John has the new washer into the washroom, and is making the connections. The way it works is very different from the old one that had a central thrashing agitator. We did one small load to check that it worked. It does lots of funny whirs, stops, spins and other stuff. Here is a link: agitator or No agitator?. We are way behind on new technology.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news Sept. 15th

Curmudgeon – – A bad-tempered person, especially an old one.

I’m in a curmudgeon mood this morning.

Searching for “not so nasty news'” this week has been frustrating. I haven’t had much time — I’m sure there is good news to be found. A few things I found were duds. For example, a headline was of a “hungry bear cub roaming a mall” someplace in Canada. That could be good, I thought – ‘cub bear chows down on Tim Horton’s doughnuts’. It turned out to be a 13 second cell phone video of a small bear (actually a black smudge) about a block away on the street, and the first 6 seconds were of the side of a building, the sidewalk and concrete at the person’s feet. The person was trying to get the camera on his/her phone aimed toward the bear, and nearly failed. Watching a red Maple leaf blow across the street would have been more entertaining.

Florence the Hurricane was much in the news. It was good that the winds weakened before coming to land. People still died. But see below.
A funny story was of the weather reporter being shown trying to stand – with great difficulty – in the wind gusts. Meanwhile, two folks casually stroll across behind the reporter. This episode has been everywhere in the news, so is it really news 3 days later?

Okay, so a week ago – I, President Trump and thousands of others, suggested folks along the Atlantic coast get out of the low areas. Flooding was going to be a sure thing. Go. Go now. Vamoose. Get out. And so on.
My own comment was: “By Wednesday night be as far west as Knoxville, and by Thursday night be in Nashville. Enjoy music and related events for a couple of days until the coast is safe.”

Today we get stories from New Bern, NC, such as these two:

Tom Ballance, New Bern resident and business owner, told the Weather Channel that he watched water rise around him while sitting in his home, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“Nobody expected this,” Ballance said. “We were fools.”

And:
Sadie Marie Holt, 67, was among those rescued. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions. Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor’s appointments that were canceled at the last minute.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The community of New Bern is sited at the junction of the Trent and Neuse rivers, two tidal waterways.
Note the term tidal.

Here’s a photo of houses on a cul-de-sac {that’s French for ‘bottom of a bag’} {Americans might say – a dead end street}.Near the center of the dead-end pavement the height above sea level is 3 feet. The houses are a foot higher.

In the same general neighborhood, here is a photo from street level [3 feet]..
The curmudgeon part of me notes these two phrases from the reports:
#1: “Nobody expected this,”
#2: “canceled at the last minute”

The first of these is simply not true. The second is an indication the doctor’s were more interested in the cash flow, than the water flow.

Also, of interest was 67 year old Sadie with a row boat in her yard. Where did that come from? Is she a world class rower? No, she is an ill woman that should have been in Nashville.
Uff da! Yes – they were fools.

Out of curmudgeon mood.

I’ve mentioned before that doing trail work frequently starts on trails noted for the beautiful lakes and mountain scenery a few miles up hill. We do sometimes get about two miles in on a trail. I’ve worked 6 or 8 days on the Talapus Lake Trail. Never reached the lake, until yesterday. Our work was just 300 yards short of the lake and it was only a bit “up” – so we went there for lunch. I took a photo.I clipped off the bottom part because it is fill with strangers in colorful hiking clothes.
Below has more of the lake and 6 of our crew of 18. And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.
John

Nancy and friends are playing music someplace today. I guess she will get the blog ready later. When?

Why the posting is late – again

We are traveling today to:

. . . a 2 p.m. chef extravaganza at White Heron Cellars winery at Trinidad. A guest chef will create dishes from local produce for a buffet and wine tasting.
This is a Sunday event, but part of
Quincy Farmer Consumer Awareness Day,
that is (was) Saturday.**

Nancy plans on taking photos and including the event in the coming blog on Monday or Tuesday. I guess that depends on how much wine I drink.
John

**I’m not sure I believe this:

The Farmer Consumer Awareness Day began in 1981 after a Quincy farmer, Dennis Highashiyama, was listening to the late radioman Paul Harvey who was talking with a female listener. She blamed farmers for the high cost of food and said farmers weren’t needed because people got their food from grocery stores.

Click below to read the not so nasty news from last week.

Not so nasty news

Item #1: the perfect canola crop photograph
What could be nicer than an expanse of pretty yellow flowers?
How about that picture with you standing in the field of bright yellow?
Seems growers are not happy with such actions. You can learn the reasons why here: trespass angers farmers

For a fee, I think I can solve this issue.
Growers, please call or write.

Item #2: Tree detective excited

Date Line Bundaberg
This fine community is about 600 miles north of Sydney, Australia.
A tree went missing – not a dog, or cat, or horse – but a thing with roots in the ground.
Further, this appears to be a fairly large specimen.
It has fruits the size of a large purple plum, and presumably flowers, although photos are not available. I could not even find the size or color of the flowers.
Seems to be a case of hiding in plain sight.
The plan is to have hundreds growing soon.
You can find the story at this LINK.

Item #3: Records are meant to be broken

The records of note are temperature, not phonograph. Moose Jaw was cold in 1896, and it just got colder.
I guess because it was cold, a picture of a Canada Goose signifies that fact.
The headline mentions a “chilly autumn” day. They are using the meteorological notion of autumn and not the one star gazers use.
Moose Jaw is about 640 miles north of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Item #4: unclaimed funds

Thunder Bay is a breeze of a canoe ride (28 miles) from Isle Royale of Lake Superior fame. The place has fewer than 110,000 folks.
It has had 2 canoe clubs, and there’s the problem.
The old club had some money. It disbanded. Like the Phoenix of Greek mythology, a new club rose from the ashes of the old.
The new club could use the money of its predecessor, but so far that isn’t happening. Are you richer than you think?
Apparently there is quite a pile of money being held for someone or some group from this relatively small place. Likely this situation exist across Canada, and the United States.
How much? Who Knows? Maybe you have some waiting for you.

Item #5: Look out !

Asteroid ‘2018 RC’, the size of a 17-story building, will pass between Earth and Moon (sort of) Saturday night.
It will come within 136,000 miles of Earth.
The Virtual Telescope Project will live stream the asteroid’s journey past Earth, beginning 6 p.m. EDT Saturday.
I’ll be sleeping

If it were to come close enough to make a big whooshing sound, I might stay up. It won’t. That’s the good news.
I can wait for the replay.

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

This Week’s Not So Nasty News

Item #1: Prince Edward Island – 15 Piping Plovers are big news
Charadrius melodus – – 2nd part = named for its melodic, plaintive whistle,
1st part = having the same idea as chat or chatter and also charade.

New Piping Plovers

More information from: All about birdsLocally we have Killdeer, a related bird.

Item #2: A dog story
This is a story about dogs, but first what’s a “pulse”?
A legume is a plant, or its fruit or seed. The dried seeds are called pulse. Well-known legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, chickpeas, lentils, lupin bean, mesquite, carob, soybeans, and peanuts.

Such things can be fermented.
Here is the dog story: Beagles prefer fermented pluses in their chow

Item #3: An English Springer Spaniel story

Tia Vargas of Idaho Falls adopted Boomer into her family after rescuing and carrying the lost and injured dog down Table Rock Trail. Tia looks like she might weigh 120 pounds soaking wet. Okay, maybe 150 pounds. Boomer, described as a “pup” weighs 55 pounds.
We don’t know how high they were but there was snow.
We don’t learn how far she carried the mutt, but miles.
We don’t learn how much the vet bill was.
There is a Facebook page.
Story and photos at this link:
Tia, Boomer, Mountain

Item #4: CloudsI was headed home today and 4 miles south of home (we are between the trees and the hills on the right side of the canyon), I stopped to take a photo of these small lens-shaped clouds.
These are not as well formed as many of mountain peaks are. Mount Rainier is famous for them. These over flatter land are still interesting and form as air rises and sinks.
Lenticular Clouds

Item #5: A Birthday story
Nancy’s birth is Saturday, September 1st.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !

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

This Week’s Not So Nasty News

Item #1: Another police – animal rescue story

Not much to say about this.
It ends well.
Women on inflatable rainbow unicorn rescued from Minnesota lake.

The Unicorn needs rescued

Item #2: Bacon education

Seriously

We learned to cook from our mom.
We were expected to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic at school.
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Item #3: A first

I saw one of these crossing the road on Thursday. I was in my car 100 miles from home. They are found locally, but I’ve never seen one.

Item #4: Here he is! Climbing out the tree.

Man meets tree, tree met Hurricane

Trees don’t have a choice. They are where they are. Most would have enough sense to get out of a gale – if they could.
Not so for reporters. Think about that.
His name was James Cook. I’m related to a whole bunch of Cooks.
Hurricane was named Lane. We had a friend named Lane but lost track of her. We have lots of trees.
The tree gets no respect. Neither kind nor name is given.Item #5: stories behind popular pigments
This is just interesting. Well to me.

LINK
When I was teaching, we did a segment on rocks. One type is called Porphyry. A version is quite purple and hard to come by.
Ancients of the eastern Mediterranean made slabs of it and built rooms in which the queen would give birth. (This article mentions another very expensive purple, a dye.)
A male child born in a room built or lined with Porphyry was said “To be born in the purple.” LINK

More about the dye: Tyrian Purple

If you like ancient history, you can find lots to read about where the rock came from, how it was mined and transported, and its importance.

Item #6: Wild strawberries

When I was young, I would stay at my similar aged cousins for a week or so each summer. I remember us picking (very small) wild strawberries on the hill behind the farm house. They were very tasty but in a town not too far away, the grocery sold soda-pop. Holy cow!
We would pick berries, and Uncle Ed would carry them to town and sell them to the grocery. I don’t remember the rest, although I do remember riding to town on bicycles. Perhaps, to buy a soda with some of the money. Or just because.
Anyway, we picked berries, ate some, sold some, and drank pop.
That’s why I liked this story from Prince Edward Island.
a tradition: the strawberry social

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

This week’s Not so nasty news

Item #1: Maybe I read the story wrong

EVERETT, Wash. — An 83-year-old woman survived a fiery crash into a tree in Everett after being pulled from her flaming car by a witness, fire officials said.
If she hadn’t have already crashed, why pull her from her car?
She lived

Interestingly, the link to the web page has the wording correct.

Item #2: Goats on my mind
A goat named Fred

I was hoping Fred would lead the group to our place to clean up the brush. However, being in New Jersey means that didn’t happen. Down the road ½ mile there are goats in a field. I’ll have to investigate.

Item #3: A deer story

The State of Washington has many unfamiliar names, for example Skamokawa, or Washtucna. We’ve gotten used to most of them. To find others is not hard. Consider Punnichy in the south-center of Saskatchewan, that is in the area of Kawacatoose First Nation. The story continues in Salthaven.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police found the place anyhow.

Item #4: New air
Washington had an in-flow of air from off the coast. This pushed much of the smoky air (fires) to the east. Seattle has been smoky but today mostly cleared as did the air up to the crest of the Cascades. Our area (less smoke than Seattle) was partly cleared but is expected to get more smoke from the fires in WA and up in B.C.
The good news is that air quality is better than it was, and beginning early next week temperatures are expected to drop. Air quality will improve on Wednesday.

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

This week’s not so nasty news

Strangness
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Item #1: A cat story

July 8 in Ashland, Ore.,
Why you shouldn’t build your rooms around huge plants and real tree branches . . .

Pussycat takes a nap behind the sofa

. . ., or leave your doors open.
Now, this is the part that makes me go “Hmmmm?”
. . . said she “again connected in a loving gaze and communicated trust through blinking”.

Item #2: Ohio is a strange place
Consider Judge Michael Cicconetti – Painesville, Ohio
You don’t have to consider the judge, but sister Peggy thinks we should. She writes: “He made kids clean crap out of animal pens at the fair because they tipped over a porta-potty among other things. He does all kinds of creative sentencing.

This seems like “nasty news” to me. Anyway, here is a link to a report done a few years ago (several minutes long):
Judge Michael

Item #3: If you have $50. . . would you buy a used violin
Cheap at half the price
A Massachusetts pawn shop took in a violin, and gave the seller $50. Then the police came calling. Turns out the item was stolen and worth about $250,000. A “30 day holding” period did its job, as did the police. Good news.

Item #3: Taylor Swift
This one starts with the death of a police officer and ends with a nice action by the entertainer Taylor Swift.
She donated “a significant number of tickets” to the town for her shows this weekend — there were enough to send “every police officer, firefighter and extended family to the concert, and then some.” The extras were passed on to other nearby police departments.
She can afford it. In recent years she has been in the top earners of the entertainment business, bringing home more each day than many folks make in a lifetime. Whether you listen to her music, or not, respect the ability as both performer and business pro. Not yet 30 years old.
Oh, she was born in my home state of Pennsylvania.

Item #4: Spot the difference
One of these is the official flag of Australia and the other of New Zealand.
NZ’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is on maternity leave.
The temporary replacement, Winston Peters, apparently couldn’t think of anything useful to do, so he is making an issue of flags.
The NZ flag (left) was adopted in 1902, with the OZ flag becoming official in 1954.

Item #5: Winter in Australia

One of the driest winters in the land of OZ has brought bright colors to the harsh landscape.
Needed: a tuber root system that grows deep

This area is about the same distance south of the Equator as Los Angeles is north.
Use this, [ orchids “great southern region” australia ], as a search string with images tab, to see a colorful selection.

Item #6: And finally Both good and bad news about Mars the planet, not the candy.
Folks on Earth will get a “close” look at Mars this weekend. The bad news is the dust that covers that planet.
Every once in awhile (years) something stirs on the Red Planet and dust lifts above its surface. One might read of a raging dust storm or something to suggest a big storm – like Earth’s hurricanes – but that is false. There is a very minor wind across most of the surface.
Regardless, with the dust in the Martian atmosphere, seeing the surface clearly is not possible even though Earth and Mars will be about as close as they ever get.
Thus, good news and bad news. . More here

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

Not So Nasty News: More animals

Item #1: Not a dog story

I found this page and decided to show a link:
The Coalinga Iron Zoo

I cannot recall seeing a painted pump jack. Most of the ones I saw were well away from busy roads, so had one looked like a turtle or a giraffe, who would have noticed?

Item #2: A little deer and a fire
A fire fighter found a tiny deer near the edge of a fire and carried it out.
The print at the bottom of the image says: “West Mims Fire, Georgia” – a fire in the very south of Georgia in spring of 2017.
West Mims

Item #3: Another fire story

I was able to get home yesterday from eastern Washington despite a grass fire along I-90 along my route, and the gas station where I stopped could not process credit cards. Cash was needed. A planned 3.5 hour trip took 4 ¾ hours. Had a low sun nearly blinding me for ½ an hour. I got home just before dark. All is well.

Item #4: Your guess is as good as anyone’s guess.

record gulls

I find it interesting when wild things confound experts.
There is a quote from a notable scientist
“Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts” – Richard Feynman
So this is a story from Australia where gulls have increased in number and why is the question.

Item #5: A memory

Another wild thing story, about Lady Bugs (beetles). There is a connection to Australia with this, too, but only if you are a classic rock & roll fan will it resonate.

Turns out the AC/DC song “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” is wrong.
Ladybirds are not fans

beetles, bugs, birds?

When we were living in Idaho, we went one spring to a place that had snow and dead trees. Sun on the dark wood had warmed things so the trunks and nearby ground were snow free. Lady Bird Beetles were covering the warm spaces. We have 35 mm color slides – somewhere. I cropped a part (~20%) of an image on the web, but it indicates what we saw.The original photo is from the “worth a look” site:
Mostly birds by Tom Lawler

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