This Week’s Not So Nasty News {TW’NSNN}

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

Item #1: Shallotte River Swamp Park

Recent cold was sufficient to freeze the surface of lakes as far south as Charlotte, NC. One of the peculiar characteristics of water is that as the declining temperature nears freezing, the density increases. Thus, ice floats, acts as insulation, and the underlying water does not freeze.
For an air breathing animal this presents a problem, even for one that can stay underwater for an hour.
The alligator’s solution to this issue is to stick its snout out of the water, let the ice accumulate, while almost all of its body is in the water below. If you ever wanted to Grab an alligator by the snout, an ice-over such as this was is the time to do so .

When warmth returns and the ice melts the alligators are back in businees. Let go of that snout.
No one mentions how long this ice thing can go on.

Item #2: Trickle-down economics
Some economists have argued that reducing taxes on businesses and the wealthy in society stimulates business investment in the short term and benefits society and the poor in the long term. Might work.
Here is an example, from the rich music aficionados of Australia. At the “Lost Paradise Festival” 30 miles north of the Sydney Opera House a multi-day event enticed many well-heeled folks to buy new camping gear — tents, coolers, chairs, sleeping bags — for the occasion. After the music was over the revellers left, and left the stuff.

Photo here is captured from the video linked to there. A strong wind was blowing the stuff around. Still, a positive ending, I think.
Item #3: Why does this woman smile?
Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to go to a stadium and watch a football match.


Item #4: Just when you need it the most

The weekend brought 8 inches of snow to Cuyahoga County in northeast Ohio.
My dearest sister lives there.
She has determined that her snow blower works.

Item #5: Hay truck too high

Sarah Hancock was covering the Santos Tour Down Under cycling race when a well stacked hay truck came through the finish line. Oops!
Other than that …
Riders, out in front, were not hurt.
Adelaide makes news

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

This Week’s Not So Nasty News TW’NSNN}

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

Item #1: Cat things …

Buying stuff on the web usually gets you a cardboard box. With a large shed, I just tape these boxes shut and store them. Waste not, want not. However, most folks don’t have that option, so what to do?
To diminish the glut of the things, there is help, namely the cardboard box cat castle. Apparently there is a YouTube bonanza of how-to videos, books, blogs and seminars. The Public Library in Spokane, gets boxes and so holds “Build Your Cat a Castle” events. Get busy.
Chris Poole’s cats, Cole and Marmalade, with their multiroom gingerbread house. Photo: Chris Poole. I think from Tampa. [in the WSJ ]

Item #2: Six inches …

Floridians in Tallahassee saw snow for the first time in 28 years. Resident Laura Donaven was able to build a 6-inch tall snowman.

Item #3: A twit tweets, or something…

I’ve been pumping gas since before I could legally drive. Years ago, we were passing through the Great State of Oregon and needed gasoline. I got out of the car, removed the filler from its holder, and was about to insert the snout into the car. Then an attendant rushed to me and informed me of my criminal ways.
No wonder I think the State is a strange place full of crazy people.
This year, in small population(<40,000) areas, Oregon is allowing "self-serve" pumps. People are going bonkers: "There is a reason we require gas attendants to have a pumping license. Many people don’t have the training to use gas pumping machinery, and it WILL end in many unnecessary deaths from explosions . . .”
I guess that was on Facebook. Is that a tweet, or a twit?

Item #4: It looks nasty, but … . . . . See the dog?

Sea foam forms when storms churn a mixture of seawater, dissolved salts, proteins and algae and any other dissolved organic matter that happens to be in the water.
It is not toxic, but it is dirty, sometimes brownish.
Watch, at this link.
Sea Foam

Item #5: Jokes for those getting old …
My birthday was Thursday, this week. “Old age” jokes are easy to find, so I give you two.

The first one I found funny because a certain male relative wet some flour in the middle of our kitchen floor. It was a long time ago, and I think he was 5.
After a medical exam, the doctor says to Fred “You are in great shape, how do you explain it?”
Fred says, “I don’t drink, or smoke, and the Lord takes care of me.”
Really, what do you mean?
So Fred continued “Among other things, when I get up at night to go to the bathroom, He turns the light on for me.”
The doctor, wondering about the man’s mental state, mentioned this to Fred’s wife.
She said: “Oh! He’s mostly fine, but that does explain who’s been peeing in the fridge.”

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Now, that same male relative has been looking into family ancestry and has complained about poor records and confusing names. There is also this: about a block from our childhood home, there was a cemetery. Neighborhood kids, including me, cut across there frequently. This story fits:
About dusk, a teen takes a path that goes through a cemetery. He hears a repeating sharp noise, and investigates. Slowly approaching the sound, he sees a pale old fellow chiseling on the front of a stone.
The kid says, “I thought some awful thing was going on when I heard you.”
The old fellow said, “Awful is right. The idiots that carved this misspelled by name.”

Item #6: Got ice? …

Hop on a plane heading NE from Boston. Soon you will pass over the Bay of Fundy (place with big tides), a short swath of land, and then the Northumberland Strait. Then you come to Cape Traverse on the SW shore of Prince Edward Island.This is the “land cradled in the waves” {Abegweit} in the language of the native Mi’kmaq.
The storm that we are now weary of hearing about brought waves to Abegweit and the waves brought ice. Some of the ice was little bitty pieces and some was big blocks of ice. It, the ice, piled up on the property of Philip Metcalfe. He took a photo.
Now, what was it that you complained about having to deal with this week?

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

This Week’s Not So Nasty News {TW’NSNN}

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

Item #1: Why not be helpful? …
A cute Christmas Tree, on a thin bridge, 300 yards from the center of Longview, WA.For the squirrels: The ‘World’s Narrowest Bridge’

It is a busy street. With the bridge, they don’t get flattened. That’s good news.

Item #2: Wyoming police are helpful …
Not quite like building a bridge, but still good.Item #3: Can you spell …?
This one happened awhile back, but it is still funny.
In Australia, a TV reporter on a downtown corner was asking questions of passerbys.
He asked a lady, “First and last name, please?”
“Erica O’Donnell,” she replied.
To be sure the station reported her name properly, he next said
“And could you spell – first and last?”
Without missing a beat Erica gave her reply.
F – I – R – S – T, she spelled. Then L – A – S – T.
Not too shabby. In a split second, early in the morning, while on a jog and with a camera pointed in your face – – could you do better?

Item #4: Does snow make you happy?
Puget Sound region (Seattle etc.) has had a “white” Christmas.
The claim is this is only the 3rd White Christmas [1 inch on the ground] in 100 years. (1926, 2008, 2017)
News station KOMO TV posted photos sent in by viewers. Here are 3, with photographer’s name or location:
Sylvia B., Kirkland – – George P., Jr. – – Helena in S. SeattleLeft and right, we have two happy beings. The one in the middle seems unimpressed. What do you think?
I’d mention all the traffic accidents this snowfall caused but that would not fit with the nature of this post. Also, I don’t know.

Item #5: Another snow story
Much has been written about the Erie snow, so I’ll just add a bit.
I was raised just 75 miles south of Erie, PA. There was a little snow there early this week. I found the story Tuesday afternoon when they had just 4 ft. 8 1/2 inches. There is more!
Here’s my story.
When I was in high school, we went from 75 miles south of Erie to near the town center. That was in the A.M.
Mid afternoon we headed back. The City is near the level of Lake Erie, on an old shore. The first mile south includes a 100 ft. increase in elevation. There is a steep little rise south of downtown, and then a continual climb for about 10 miles. From the lake it goes up about 700 feet.
There was no snow in Erie as we left. After the first bench, we encountered snow. About 10 or 12 miles south we had a foot of snow. A few miles on the snow depth was less, but snow was falling, and did so for another 10 miles. Then it tapered off. The last 55 miles was easy.
That was my first encounter with the Lake Erie “snow machine.”

Item#6: Ailsa Craig: Island and Onion
A few times in the past I planted onions. They didn’t do much and seemed not worth the effort. Now I plant them, just to see what happens.
A few years ago I read something about growing onions, namely, that there are short/medium/long –day varieties, and there are bulbing onions. The later are said to ‘bulb’, meaning there is a rapid increase in size and the onion will push soil out of its way.
I found a source for onions and lots of information at a place in Texas called

Dixondale Farms. They are 100 miles southeast of San Antonio.
An informative newsletter is here:
Bulbing, Bolting, splits

Ailsa Craig (aka Kelsae Sweet Giant) seems to be the largest. The tiny island off the coast of Scotland provides the name.The photo is for this year, but Peter Glazebrook (pictured) has grown a larger one. That and other large things

Now, about that symbol I put on the photo — yes, this one #. It is also used as a symbol for ‘number’, as in my Item #n labels. I was thinking of using ‘ lb.’ and, so, I looked it up. It apparently began with the ancient Romans and Latin. See:
libra pondo
There it will tell you ‘libra’ can be shortened as ‘ l b ‘ and then accessorised with a line drawn across the letters to highlght the use of a contraction. Poor penmanship and further abbreviation took over. The Brits have called it a ‘hash’ and it is now known as a hashtag (think Twitter), and has been used because it was put on keyboards and didn’t get much attention.
Thus, it was available.

Item #7: Remember William Shatner?
This should thrill everyone. Bill, or Captain Kirk as I remember him, is 86 years old. That great white and frozen neighbor to the north of the USA has awarded Shatner its 2nd highest honor.
And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.


This Week’s Not So Nasty News
. . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

Item #1: The Christmas Tree
Nestled between the intersections of two local roads in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson, Miss. is a Christmas tree. After growing tired of waiting for repairs to a street, an unknown resident placed the decorative tree inside a small pothole.
The festive holiday decoration had a sign that said: “Merry Christmas Belhaven. From our sinkhole to yours.” The sign was no longer there on Monday afternoon but the tree was lit up like, well a Christmas tree, to help drivers see the road hazard.

Item #2: U. S. Coast Guard duties
A turtle has been rescued after finding itself
tangled in drugs . . . literally.
The sailors found the loggerhead turtle in the Pacific Ocean last month, trapped in the middle of 26 bales of cocaine.
The bales, that contained over 800 kilograms of the drug, were strung together with rope which was tangled up with the turtle’s neck and limbs.

Cut the ropes, please

IMAGE SOURCE: Skyenimals for kids

Colored arrows in blue circles move to other pictures.
At the top, click on ‘BROWSE’ to search for other animals.
They also combine animals, such as a horse+giraffe.
The ‘Home page’ is upper-left as Skyenimals.

Item #3: Proof we don’t get out much
The image of the red faucet floating over a pool appeared on the internet this week. I thought ‘isn’t that clever’.
It seems half the people in the world have seen one of these and a whole bunch of people own one. You can too.

Pictures at this site

One for your yard?
They are even sold via Amazon – – – Who knew?

Item #4: Snow cancels Snow Day
Six Flags Great Adventures in Ocean County, NJ, planned a “Snow Day’ last Saturday. Then it snowed. The park closed instead.
This place is mid-way between NYC and Philly, 120 feet in elevation, and just 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
Developers had to carve out a section of the very northern Pine Barrens.
The upside is that all the riff-raff go there to spend money, and leave the plants and animals alone.

Item #5: A right to be upset
When people build houses and otherwise intrude on wild things, one should not be surprised when some of them get belligerent.This appears to be from a small point of land between Lafayette Bay and Echo Bay, about 16.5 miles southwest of Minneapolis.
Coordinates are: 44.924694, -93.582278
Probably a really neat place before West Point Ave, houses, and boats arrived.

Item #6: Walk the dog, meet technical climbers
Just west of Seattle and Puget Sound is the Kitsap Peninsula(KP). It is almost an island, and would be, were it not for 3,500 yards of rock rubble left by melting glacial ice about 13,000 years ago. On the west side of KP is the Hood Canal, a melt-water discharge passage that carried water north into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. After the continental glaciers melted, Hood Canal became a flooded valley open to Ocean tides. And that’s important.
This past Tuesday, about 4:20 PM the tide was in (or high) at the time a young woman (Leilani) took her Great Pyrenees (Sage) for walk. Sage went down a steep embankment, couldn’t scramble back up, and Leilani went down to rescue her/him.
Had the tide been out, Leilani and Sage could have walked the beach to a spot about 500 yards northeast to an easy slope and up toward home. But Mother Nature, conspiring for the past 15,000 years had not cooperated, required that the lady and her dog needed rescued.
First, the firefighters from Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue arrived and they enlisted the Regional Technical Team to hoist the woman and her dog up the embankment.
Leilani was more cooperative than Sage, but they were eventually reunited at the top of the cliff. I note Sage seems better fed than the Lady.

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

. . . . . . . TW’NSNN

This Week’s Not So Nasty News {TW’NSNN}

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.
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Item #1 Snowboarding 363
The State of Idaho is vaguely familiar to me so when the “dateline” was BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) – – I had to look.

On the bunny hill with Cash

Item 1-a: Also, there is a video of a little girl in a sheep costume (hard to tell) that takes the doll-baby Jesus from its swaddling cloth. She wants to play with it. The little girl playing Mary objects and thus a tussle:
Mary confronts Sheep

Item #2: Sheri is the Elf on the shelf
Follow the flow of water from the Great Lakes and you will find yourself on the St. Lawrence River and then the Gulf of St Lawrence. Laurentius was a Roman dude martyred in the year 258. This is not a good choice for naming a major N.A. river. The native Mohawks called the river Kaniatarowanenneh, meaning “Big Waterway”, so I would sign a petition for a renaming.Well, Sheri Gillam lives in Bonavista, a small place on the Island of Newfoundland, in the middle of the flow of the Kaniatarowanenneh on its way to the North Atlantic Ocean. Three miles east is Elliston, and then the Ocean.
There’s not a lot to do out that way.
Sheri provides a little Christmas cheer.
Link to story and photos

New Flavors – I can’t wait

Big news hit the internet this week: Oreo – the cookie folks – announced a May 2018 introduction of three new flavors:
Cherry Cola – –
with fizzy red & white filling;
Piña Colada – –
is to have pineapple-coconut crème; and
Kettle Corn – –
is to contain corn puff like wonders.

You will have to find the rest of this exciting news yourself.
I got so excited I had to run to the bathroom.

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

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This Week’s Not So Nasty News {TW’NSNN}

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

Item #1: A Drunk at a Cash’s Liquor store

Many years ago, nephew Rod was stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola near the western end of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Thus, this location caught my attention.
The town of Fort Walton Beach is along that stretch and is home to 3 Cash Moore Liquor Stores. Another resident of the Emerald Coast is the Virginia Opossum. Opossums are skilled climbers.
Awesome the Possum got into the rafters of a Cash Liquor store and came down onto a shelf holding bottles of bourbon. Oops!
With a broken bottle on the floor and a thirsty Possum, and nothing better to do – Awesome got snockered. In the morning the police were called to take the tipsy marsupial into custody. She was taken to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, sobered up, and released.

Item #2: Detroit’s Silverdome

This is funny, except to the on-site folks that expected something different. A second day of explosions finally got the Pontiac Silverdome to collapse. Embarrassing, might be the word.

Item #3: The Sense of Smell

Hultquists and Brittanys go back a few years. In about 1959, give or take a year, John’s oldest brother Ken bought a liver&white Britt. Shortly after that, John saw his first “point.” The bird was an American Woodcock (some call it a Timberdoodle). These have a long bill, and are related to the Common Snipe. The eggs are buff-colored and mottled with brown. Very pretty.
But I digress.
Elephants and Silkmoths can detect certain things miles away but neither are useful when it comes time to putting the nose to use for the benefit of humans that are smell challenged.Our doggy friends have an ability to discriminate among smells. At Auburn University there is a Canine Performance Sciences center. (Yes, that’s the place with a football team.)
See: Dogs & Explosives
An Auburn trained dog has followed the path of an individual across the campus a day after the person passed, after thousands of people had crisscrossed the area.
The ability of dogs to discriminate among smells and be trained to alert handlers to some situations (drugs, explosives, people — alive or dead) makes them the go-to-choice when a nose is needed.
Why then does the USA mostly rely on imported dogs for these activities? There are several reasons – and we and our many friends in the Brittany world understand.
Read about this National Security issue here:
America needs more bomb-sniffing dogs

Item #4: Alcohol And Throwing Axes

I have several axes. We used to go to garage/farm sales. Such is the source of my small collection. The shape of the handles and the head vary. The photo below shows double bit axes. Some of these have one bit sharpened and honed as a felling edge and the other was ground to be slightly more blunt for use on knots and other difficult grain. Often called “cruiser” axes, the single tool serves multiple purposes. When designed for throwing, the two edges are similarly shaped, as these appear to be, and the handles will be straight. A reporter named David Hookstead writes – – –
I’m actually kind of an expert on this issue because I know a lot about weapons and I know a lot about beer. Generally speaking, combining the two isn’t exactly a genius idea.

He explains the activity at Axes and Ales

More than you want to know about axes

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

{TW’NSNN} This Week’s Not So Nasty News

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

2nd OF THESE, on first weekend DECEMBER

Item 1: Mountain High
When we moved to our current location (1989) there were times when we could see the top of Mt. Rainier. Those times were when the sky was clear and trees had no leaves. About like this:The trees have grown and we now have to go up the road to see The Mountain. People in the Puget Sound Region get to see The Mountain frequently. Thanksgiving week, 2017, produced a lot of views and a lot of photographs. Here’s one: Within the photo is the credit line:
. . . . . . . Light of the Moon photography by Chuck Hilliard

There are more here Thanksgiving via Mt. Rainier

Item 2: He got away
We met in Cincinnati and spent 2 years visiting places in the southwestern part of Ohio. When Bellefontaine made the news on Monday, I had to check it out.
There was a breakin and the suspect was caught on a security camera as he fled. The description was of a male, brown and white, 4 legs, and 10 points. Sounds like a Odocoileus virginianus, a Whitetail.
Short video

Item 3: Eight weeks and counting
At Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, about 250 miles north of London, 8 week old Charlie Douthwaite suffered from being born with only half of a heart.
This week Charlie go a new heart, and is doing great so far.

Item 4: Who will stop the rain
My birthday is January 4. Ten years ago on this important date, the Sydney Morning Herald reported:
It may be time to stop describing south-eastern Australia as gripped by drought and instead accept the extreme dry as permanent, . . .

Today, in OZ, the news is:
Victoria weather: Flood warnings remain in place in state’s north-east as rainfall eases. Link

This reminds me of these lines:

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.

Dorothea Mackellar

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


This Week’s Not So Nasty News

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

I enjoy science sayings, puns, and jokes, periodically. Looking for something funny this week, I found this photo that made the cut:

In India, a train went 160 km – in the wrong direction.

Near Cheyenne, Wyoming, big-rig trucks were tipped over by high winds.

In Green Bay, the Packers failed to score in a game that lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes. Fans in the Bavarian Bierhaus got free beer for the entire time.

The big issue in the U. S. seems to be whether press secretary Sarah Sanders baked a chocolate pecan pie, or not. I don’t know, but do make one from a recipe hand written by my mother, that looks just like Sarah’s photo. Usually, I eat the chocolate before it gets to the pie.

And this video of Popocatépetl says something about something – just not sure what.

Link, if needed

And, finally, for this week, and my favorite, there is the story from Prince Rupert, B. C., of Hammy the buck, after Rudolf, likely the most famous deer in the world.

Story of Hammy

Morning here on the Naneum Fan is not so nice. A cold mist limits visibility to about 100 yards. One of the outside cats has eaten. Birds are about – looking of Sunflower seeds. I need to put on warm gear and feed them and the horses. After that we’ll have a sausage link and an egg.

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

What happened on

November 19?

We were busy this week and Saturday was a music day for Nancy.
Sunday John will be on a field trip into the wilds of Eastern Washington. The trip leader, Nick Z., calls the area the Ritzville Outback.
Nancy and John have visited this area from the Idaho side and would have named it after Tekoa (Tee-co), a tiny place just inside WA when starting in Idaho. John isn’t expected home until about 6:30 P.M., so Nancy’s weekly blog may get posted late Sunday, or not.
There’s always something going on.

When not employed within a regular time frame things such as weekends and holidays are thought of as “what are we doing” and not as vacations. Nancy plans on going to a community dinner on Wednesday for a full blown turkey extravaganza. John usually doesn’t go, but rain is scheduled for the Naneum Fan – so maybe he will. Nah!

A week later we are supposed to go to a Christmas dinner up at the Grange. What shall we take? Thus, we have been thinking of food the last few days. I (John) starting looking at things on the web, and also I need something to fill in for Nancy’s late weekly report.
I found …

Thanksgiving is coming and most folks will have turkey, ham, or beef roasts. Prior to this date in 1966 all this meat was problematic in Catholic households. The left-over turkey had to be held until Saturday, unless you wanted to go to h… .
Then in 1966, U. S. Roman Catholic bishops said otherwise and we could rejoice and feast on something other than canned salmon and sardines on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Remember the crunchy bones in the canned salmon? Yum.
Thinking of the above, I looked up the history of the “no meat Fridays” and found a site from National Public Radio with an interesting article.

The title is: Lust, Lies And Empire:
The Fishy Tale Behind Eating Fish On Friday

Fish tale

You need not have been raised in a Catholic household to appreciate this.


Veterans Day

John’s filler for this week:

I have a light blue hat, some call it a bucket-hat, others think of it as a fisherman – or a fisherwoman’s hat, such as this:Mine is blue and has an artificial Poppy added to its décor. This is called a Remembrance Poppy. LINK
Local Veterans groups set up in the foyer of our usual grocery store and seek donations and have several items to give away. I usually give $5 and, once the poppy is on the hat, doubles its value. I sometimes have to get a new one, but 2016’s was in excellent shape, so for 2017 I gave another $5. They told me I just saved them 6¢. I like the style of the USA poppies better than the ones the Brits use.
The one on the right is shown in this link:

Why do people wear poppies?

Ours have a tag that labels them “Buddy Poppy” and the phrase
“Wear it proudly.”
That link has the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, a Canadian doctor. Story here.
Both of these links have the poem, but to save you the trouble (still read about Dr. McCrae, and the BBC article):

* * * * * In Flanders Fields * * * * *
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
       That mark our place; and in the sky
       The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.
        We are the dead, short days ago
      We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
       Loved and were loved, and now we lie
             In Flanders fields.
    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
       The torch; be yours to hold it high.
       If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
             In Flanders fields.

Now I will fix breakfast and pester Nancy to get her writing done.

John – on a wet and gray Naneum Fan