Kittitas Valley Activities

Monday, Nov 16
This is a day late, because I missed seeing it yesterday! Lovely photo by Lise McGowan of the NE-facing hills south of EBRG.

My normal up at 4:00 a.m. for Woody (not raining) for morning vittles, let out Czar, and then back to bed, when it started raining, and rained much of the day.
Slept in long till after 9:00 a.m. because of lateness getting out the blog. We’ve been hearing the rain all night and morning, and continued with only the necessary outside chores John does in the morning, attention to computer emails, and I am still drying the clothes I washed last night. John fixed toast and went to visit Sue-cat, now housed inside. His computer and radio are also out in the new room.

We sneaked in a lunch and I unloaded the rest of the dishwasher John began on yesterday. I now need to soak the next batch of dirty dishes & utensils.
About 1:30 p.m., a sad news phone call from longtime friends that their dad had died this past week. We tried to call his wife at home, but we got a voicemail message. So, we left our landline# with condolences. She returned call, but John was outside with contractors, so the two of us talked. He was very ill, but this still was sudden.

John was with the workers hanging a gutter on the edge of the roof, and when it is not raining they’ll come back to add caulking.
I’m spending time planning stops for tomorrow on our day to run errands in town. I sent my thank-you email messages for photos posted in our last week’s blog.This animal hide was designed for the Rodeo Hall of Fame by Pennie Hammer. It paid tribute to Ida Nason (image just left of center on lower edge) and the Yakama Nation. I know Pennie from our days playing music on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Briarwood Commons Retirement Village. She is quite the artist and a great singer as well.
She posted this on Facebook today to call people’s attention to the Daily Record article on the family in Saturday’s paper (you’ve already seen it in our last week’s blog).

Supper: leftover Spaghetti with meat sauce, red seedless grapes, and ripple chips with salsa.

Tuesday, Nov 17

Then up, took pill @ 8:40, no food or drink until ½ hr. later. Charge FitBit. Think about restarting maybe clean up some off the extra stuff on the download file. Set up backup external drive for noon backup and started the computer’s day. Going to get a cup of coffee and a chocolate Ensure with strawberry yogurt.
Set up my external back-up for its noon backup. Need to get dressed to leave.

This is our day for important errands. Reviewing those here. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ Started with several boxes of donated groceries for a family. ∞∫∞ On to AAC to pick up my pieces for Game Day for Clue. ∞∫∞ From there I drove to the pickup window at the Super 1 Pharmacy for my Amoxicillin refill for Wednesday’s teeth cleaning. ∞∫∞ Next stop Bi-Mart our last day to buy Meow Mix cat food at the “raincheck” price of $8.99 and to get some boxes of Fisherman’s Friends (they only had 2). ∞∫∞ Penultimate stop behind high school to pick up a gifted large soft pillow I hope I can use on my recliner. ∞∫∞ Last stop at Amy/Haley’s house to deliver a favorite treat to the little one of the house, some little packets of raisins.

Brandee Coates, is the Care and Service Coordinator at Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital. I called and talked to Jill at the front entrance desk at the hospital and told her about calling the usual number I call (local) to my doctor’s office in Cle Elum, being disconnected. She checked into it, and found it was because they changed telephone system providers, and anything going to Cle Elum had to use the exchange 674- That’s long distance for us, and the hospital had no right (in my opinion) to allow that to happen. We have no cell reception at our home, only the landline, and it is not right that we must pay to dial a long distance call. (Our minute charge is exorbitant for long distance minutes.) We prefer to use our cell phone, but without reception we cannot. I was on the phone for another 13 minutes with Brandee explaining our problem, and she was going to look into it and get back to me. She has used the same number to contact people in Cle Elum as well, and was unaware of the stoppage of the number. I have not yet heard back from her, so will talk with her tomorrow.
My INR report did not make it in, in time to be analyzed and so it will appear on the portal tomorrow, I expect.

Mid-afternoon snack, a piece of fruitcake each of us.

Supper: Chicken added to Progresso Wild rice and chicken soup, served with cornbread by John, buttered and with syrup.

Wednesday, Nov 18

Our dog wanted out at 3:00 am. so I got up to let her (even though she could go on her own out the doggie door). Woody, had come in to the front porch feeding station wanting an early breakfast. So I took her some and let Czar out with her for company. Czar will go around outside and come in the doggie door. I went back to bed.

Slept until almost 9:00 a.m. and had a call from Coumadin clinic that my INR=4 yesterday (and that is way high for unknown reasons). I have not changed anything in my diet. I have to take Amoxicillin today at noon to prepare for a dental teeth cleaning appointment at 1:00 p.m. Amoxicillin raises my INR so this is a problem. So does alcohol, but I haven’t had any.
Lunch: bacon and eggs between 11:30 and noon and then at noon, I took my pre-med, Amoxicillin.

I left at 12:30 for Sullivan Dental, with Tracy doing the work. Asked if Tiffany (med-tech) had her baby and found out she had a little girl a month ago. They live 2 miles up Naneum from us.
Back from the Dentist and from Bi-Mart on the way home. John has installed a gate and fencing covering the entrance to the portico. When Woody-cat next shows up we can close the gate and open the house door. She will have to move to the new room, to be with her mama, Sue.

Our Friday 13th luck has continued to this week. Today, our new wall heater in the converted room stopped heating abruptly. Our electrician is out of town, but will be back to fix it Friday morning at 9:00 p.m. {Getting Woody inside won’t happen until after Todd has come and gone.} Yes, we checked all the breaker switches to no avail. I called and left a voicemail on his cell phone. John has set up two small space heaters in the room, so there is not a problem keeping the room warm (about 65°). He’s okay with that temperature for the short times he’s using the computer.
Just finally finished loading the dishwasher completely full and running at 5:30 p.m. ****Gerald reporting in fine today from Thorp. All’s well.

Late afternoon snack- Ensure chocolate shake with strawberry yogurt.
Supper: Fried chicken pieces, breast meat; scalloped potatoes from a box, with added purple onions; red seedless grapes. Tonight I took old barn cat Sue, a fairly large plate of leftovers of chicken breast meat fried that we had tonight and she ate every single piece.

The total number of robocaller connections: Nov 18=1. Many of the earlier calls must have been related to the election.

Thursday, Nov 19

2:00 a.m. Woody arrived for an even earlier breakfast; dog awoke me first wanting out. I went back to bed. Slept until 8:30 a.m.
Realized I had left my cell phone overnight in my car. I didn’t realize that very cold temperatures would completely run down the battery. It was turned off when left.Chiwaukum Schist photo by study grouper Lindsay Malone

Her comments about this photo: Chiwaukum Schist – metallic silver on Nick’s map. The Chiwaukum Schist is metamorphic rock that began ~120 MA in the Pacific Ocean as deep ocean sediments consisting of mud and sands. The muds and sands became an accretionary wedge, the first of three metamophisms that lead to “hints of schist development.” The metamorphic events include: M1 = 130-110 MA; M2 = 95-90 MA; M3 91-86 MA – andolucites, biotites and garnets (Baker 2020). And here, I just think it’s sparkly rock that I could look at it all day… except when I’m running out of daylight and need to make camp on flatter, warmer, softer ground!

Hot coffee and chocolate Ensure shake with peach yogurt to have at NOON, during GAME DAY at the AAC with Katelyn our leader, via Zoom. I didn’t win but I was at a disadvantage because two people were having to share the clues given and so they had more clues to the info to pinpont the room in the house, the murderer person, and the weapon used to pick from than I did with only one of me. If we do this again, I’m going to suggest I get to see the answers to all 3 players and not just me. It’s rather hard to pay this game without being there in person, unlike Bingo, Yahtzee, and others.

Friday, Nov 20

My friend Evie from Kittitas, WA was out on an early morning walk. I’ve heard of frost on the pumpkin, but never this:Top line: two of several photos by EvieMae Schuetz–Bottom line: my enlarged zoomed in parts of frost crystals on them.

2:00 a.m. early awake from dog wanting out. Of all things, Woody was on the front porch wanting attention and food. Temp was 26°. I went back to bed, and slept until 6:30 a.m., missing my 5:00 a.m. med, so took it and went back to sleep until 8:00.

Our electrician is due at 9:00 a.m. to fix our wall heater in the new room. We’ll have to coordinate the cat holding. That’s taken care of but we still have to coordinate the timing of his arrival, finally at 10:20, and he fixed it fast. Don’t know why it happens but he has seen it in the past with other units. He took the front cover off, turned off the unit, and flipped the fan with his fingers. Then he turned the temperature dial, and it came on. Not sure why this happened. Nothing we did. He claimed it was his electric personality.

This upset Sue, however, to be enclosed in a dog crate while this went on. She’s recovering by hiding in the corner. I’ll go out and commiserate with her in a bit and see if we can get her back in the mode to be inside that room. We’ll wait until she calms down before putting her daughter Woody in there too.
While moving stuff around, John found a set of Defiant 4 keys. We finally figured out they are the door keys to the new room. Now to find a good storage place for them.

Fixed my chocolate Ensure milkshake with strawberry yogurt, and am enjoying it. John is going to work outside for an hour.
Nick began ~ 1:45 for 2:00 p.m. with his 2 hr.4 min lecture:

#94 Exotic Q:Swakane Gneiss & Chelan Migmatite

Don’t know if I will have a candy bar during Nick’s lecture; I had one after because I’m too occupied capturing comments and watching the lecture to do anything else.

From the yard, John came to the front of the house and found Woody on the feeding station. He closed the gate even though it needed a latch. He held it and called me. With encouragement from the two of us, and only one small detour, Woody went inside. She has been living in the old motor home for several years, so a similar environment shouldn’t be too upsetting. She did complain the first few hours.

Sunset taken 4:30 p.m. by Mike McCloskey from NW Ellensburg

Supper: Cornbread made with creamed corn by John, onion rings, chicken, homemade applesauce, French fries.
At 11:00 tonight, take one large and one small acetaminophen because of timing. The 5:00 p.m. take is put off 1.5 hrs.

Saturday, Nov 21

Stayed resting, but not asleep until 8:30. Unfortunately, slept past my 5:00 time for taking Acetaminophen, so took it at 6:50. Was up with the dog at 2:00 a.m.

John has taken care of the cats in the new room, their litter box changed, and went outside to move rocks into a drainage ditch. I fixed an Ensure milkshake for me with strawberry yogurt, to have with a morning hot cup of coffee.

At 10:30, I sent a new scientific paper to the study group, which was sent to me by Jerome from BC, along with a drop-box link he’d previously sent and I had distributed. They all are good background materials for the topic tomorrow morning.

I loaded a bunch of dirty dishes to soak in the sink. John came in earlier than I expected to fix brunch.
Brunch: Bacon, one egg over, with a piece of buttered cornbread halved heated & with syrup, and coffee for me. John’s was slightly different.

Loaded the dishwasher full and ran late afternoon, will be putting in all my medications for a week in a carrier for dispensing daily.

Supper: Chicken stir fry, cornbread, frozen (almost thawed) peaches.

Sunday, Nov 22

I was up at 7:40 to fix a hot cup of coffee to warm up and also to tide me over, a milkshake or chocolate Ensure with French vanilla yogurt.

John reported that the cats made it through the night all right in their new home. Litter box being used as intended, but they tend not to sleep in the “boxes” John made for beds. He’s happy he didn’t spend $25 for “self-heating” fluffy ones. It may be they like the stone tile, rather than the cloth bedding in the boxes. Who knows?

Nick’s lecture at 9:00 a.m. went long at 1hr 56 mins.
I started collecting pre-show comments about 8:00 a.m. but the Internet was not allowing me entrance. John was having trouble with internet connections too. He logged off and I still had a very sketchy connection, buffering and not accepting my copy/paste requests to my document. We do not know the problem at all. Maybe solar activity! So, my capture is incomplete, but it got better for most of the lecture, so I continued.

We had about 850 worldwide viewers for most of the time. We were shown a great video of the Indian Culture exposed in the Archaeological record of the use of Chert rock (flint stone) in the hills of the North Cascades for making sharp projectile points. I currently do not have a link to that video, of which we viewed 5 minutes (in the video below). You can watch below and if I can get the link, I’ll put it in next week’s blog.

Meanwhile, this afternoon, one of our group found a marvelous story of the North Cascades National Park geology. See that link below Nick’s lecture. This is informative to the general public, but chocked full of geological terminology and photos in the field, with maps. It’s worth a look-see.

First is Nick’s Lecture this morning:

#95 – Exotic T: Hozomeen & Methow

Here is the North Cascades National Park Geology Mapping story: This is the only way to visit the park now, because you’ll see below in John’s Friday’s Not So Nasty News Column the North Cascades Highway is closed for this year because of avalanche danger. Check this out. It’s a well done presentation:

Mapping the North Cascades: An NPS Story Map

Check in from Gerald about 20 mins after the lecture ended. All’s well with him.
Brunch: I had bacon and cornbread, PowerAde and hot coffee; John orange juice, sausage, and cornbread.

John’s been outside on cleanup and other projects – switching projects is less strain on muscle groups. I have been working on the blog creation in house. John just came in before 4:00 p.m. and is having a late afternoon snack.

Rascal cat had just jumped in my lap, so I’ll have to move him. He’ll not be happy. I gave him a little more time there.
I just finished my snack, so I can go back to finalizing my blog draft to pass along to John. My snack was ripple potato chips with salsa.

Since yesterday, I have been in touch with Geography teachers from the region about keeping Geography in the curriculum at Shoreline Community College. The school administration wants to eliminate them. Meanwhile, many of us who are members of the Association of Washington Geographers, have been talking. One of the interesting maps was displayed that Brett Lucas constructed about COVID-19 Cases for 6 days in November in the USA by county. This depiction shows the change in cases/ 100,000 people. I thought I would share it here.

John says: Cases are misleading for three reasons: The nation has ramped-up from about 200,000 tests daily to 1,700,000 now. So, more testing shows more cases. Second, by design the test is very sensitive so there are many false positives, maybe 1% to 4%. At that 1% level, there are 17,000 false positives every day. Third, most people testing positive (‘cases’) have no or minor symptoms.
Still it is an interesting map.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News November 20th

Item #1: Snow

News from Washington: Closed for the winter.
The WA DOT page for this route is Route 20. North Cascades Highway. There is current information, and a little history.

The map to the right doesn’t show the build-up of snow in the avalanche chutes where the highway crosses that bright pink area in northern Washington. A mid-November closure is typical for this reason.
It’s rumored (OK, projected) that our area will be a bit colder and snowier than normal. This is because the Pacific Ocean along the Equator, west of South American, has been cooling.
La Niña is looming.
We’ll see.

Item #2: Coffee Art
This appeared labeled as a cat setting off a nuclear explosion. I guess paying $5 for a cup of coffee is worth the price if it gives one the opportunity to photograph it and find a place on the web to post it.
My thought turned toward “animal familiars”
[link here: Familiar ], so I saw something else in the central swirl. I saw a person-like thing with scrawny shoulders, a long narrow neck, facing left with a big head of hair.
Also, the “cat” could be an Owl.

Item #3: Up your game

Or provide your favorite game player with a Christmas surprise.
Moose poo dice
These have a nice texture, density, aroma, firmness, and visual appeal.

Item #4: Odd things

We’ve been driving Subarus for some years now, so when this photo appeared the thought occurred that is was from the famous Australian Outback.There is a Subaru Outback pulling an Outback in front of an Outback, in the Outback.
Nancy uses a Forester and I use the small blue Crosstrek. Neither have been used much this year because she has not been doing music things, and I haven’t been doing trail work. I likely won’t be doing trails next year; maybe a few. Seems the elder care and rehab facilities will need to be re-built before the community groups are invited back. Just a guess.
What do you drive, and where?

Item #5: Buy me a pie
This story is from the Ravenna area just northeast of the University of Washington.

Click on the right side for more info. Looks like the pie shown here might cost $75.
This link should work: Feedfeed

If you are interested in food and cooking, ‘Feedfeed’ might be a site you want to explore.
I’m not interested in $75 pies.

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

A big flag and more

Monday, Nov 9

I was so tired from late night activity on the blog creation, that I slept in until 9:00 a.m. today. Guess I needed the rest.
Did start my morning with a hot cup of coffee, followed by a milkshake of chocolate Ensure with strawberry yogurt.

Sent thank-you email messages for photos posted in our last week’s blog.

John’s been packing boxes old magazines and newspaper to dispatch from our den, and also loading up things to go to the Pantry tonight for donation.

I have to figure out our stops for errands in town tomorrow and then I can tackle the other chores. Even unloading the dishwasher is included, unless I can talk John into that.
John was working outside feeding horses, opening the gate, getting the paper, and the temperature at 11:45 a.m. at the airport south of us went up from freezing to 33°. In our front yard it is warmer at 36.2°. We are higher in elevation at 2240’ than the airport at 1481’.

I spent ~25 minutes visiting by phone with my friend since birth from Atlanta, GA, to wish her a Happy Birthday, and catch up on her life. I’m 2 months older than she and our mothers were both RNs working private duty in the same local hospital, Emory University Hospital, where I was born. It was also the location of my first quarter of college study in 1961 (for chemistry, math, and French).

Lunch: I warmed my leftover chicken soup with cooked chicken breast pieces generously added.
No robocallers thus far today! Maybe John was right about political calls! I didn’t believe that would be the case.
We will hope for no snow and go tonight to the Kittitas Pantry with our donation of MILK BONE large dog biscuits Annie has stopped eating. Probably ¾ of the box was usable for them to put in Ziploc bags to distribute to animal owners. While there, we picked up groceries (a few for us, but mostly for the seeing impaired woman and her 4 yr. old daughter (also with same condition).Carey Lake, Irene Rinehart Riverside Park, ~4 pm by Craig Maloney

Supper: Chicken stir fry with onions, mashed potatoes with turkey & pork gravy, half a yellow apple and a few slices of a Bartlett pear. Dessert: a piece of pumpkin swirl cheesecake. John had a piece of chocolate with cranberries cheesecake.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 9=zero.

Tuesday, Nov 10

Up at 4:00 to go to the back bathroom, turned up the heat, looked for the outside cats, none, put out Czar, and went back to bed. It was snowing hard when I awoke, so I went back to sleep again. Great contrast, Lori Waters took in Ellensburg at 7:01 a.m. and 7:52. We missed the 7:01 a.m. time and awoke to the snow that only lasted a while. At 7:00, we would probably only have seen the very top of the sky because of the blocked sunrise view at our place.

Then up, took pill @ 8:33, no food or drink until ½ hr. later. Set up backup external drive for noon backup and started the computer’s day. Going to get a cup of coffee and a chocolate Ensure with peach yogurt.

Spent 31 mins on the phone with SiriusXM figuring how to listen to our subscription in the house (computer) and not in the Forester because all the music gigs are cancelled.

This is our day for important errands. Reviewing those here. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ First stop Bi-Mart our last day to buy Meow Mix cat food at the $8.99 price at Bi-Mart. They were out of stock, so I asked the store manager, Jeremy, whom I met last week, to please give me a raincheck. He did, and we have a month to pick them up (at $3 off normal price). ∞∫∞ From there I took John to Super 1 for Rolling Rock beer on sale through Nov. Best price in town. While there, he bought a bunch more products we can use. ∞∫∞ From there over to a family with a box of groceries to deliver to their house. ∞∫∞ On to our last stop off Wilson Creek to leave a donation of the second box of 4 place settings of flowered dishes to Naomi’s Hope, for distribution with the box from last week (matching dishes) for a family needing more than 4 place settings of china.

Home from errands, we’re both eating an afternoon snack of 2 kinds of cheesecake – one chocolate and one pumpkin swirl in white for me, and for John, he’s adding a small piece of one with cranberries, that my medications won’t allow. Not good for Thanksgiving dinners with cranberry sauce I so much like. This year, the community thanksgiving dinner is being served “to go.” Somehow, that doesn’t seem right either.

Currently working on updating the WA Old Time Fiddlers Association membership online. Things keep changing. Nothing is happening in the organization until Fall 2021.
Hot buttered popcorn treat at 5:30 p.m.

Supper: chicken stir fry with onions, mashed potatoes with gravy, yellow apple.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 10=1.

Wednesday, Nov 11 Veterans’ Day

Called Gloria Swanson and made the connection after some interesting manipulation. Managed to find the owner’s cell phone number of Malibu Senior Living (also owns Belair), and got the husband (whom I had once met, Ron and his wife Kim), when Evelyn Heflen and I went to their Belair House to play music while Gloria’s husband Paul was living there. They fed us a nice meal after we played. He gave me the direct landline into the home, and told me Angel would answer. I know Angel from when she worked at the Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab Center–Kittitas Valley in Ellensburg. So I had a nice birthday visit with Gloria and I sang Happy Birthday surprising her, and then we had a nice 8-minute conversation of memories before she was served lunch. Now all I have to hope for is that my birthday card for her is returned and I’ll be able to forward it to the correct address to be delivered.

A couple of weeks ago I got lots of kid’s things by asking on the EBRG free sites. Two packages with different items included went to the birthday party. This is the day to transfer the rest to Mike and Sarah, so at 10 a.m. we met Mike, and now all is in the Sandmans’ garage – stuff for the girls for future usage and gifts.

8:00 a.m., 23° degrees out front. Up to 32° on our porch at 9:35. By 3:00 p.m., it’s up to 43°.A nighttime photo in Thorp by EvieMae Schuetz

11:00 on 11-11-20 Veterans’ Day:
Our friend, Dee Eberhart, WWII veteran was one of the featured speakers at the celebration in Thorp:Largest flag in Washington State is flying there.
Story below:
Folks raise huge flag on Veterans Day

Lunch: John’s having bacon, eggs, and toast; I’m skipping and having my milkshake of chocolate Ensure with strawberry yogurt.
Afternoon snack some fruitcake.

Outside cat Sue is looking old and her hair has gotten tangled (lumpy), so not having good insulting character. This evening we put things together and brought her in the house, fixed her a litter box, and a bed, and sat with her warming her up to the new environment. Hopefully, she’ll be okay with that for the winter.

It’s now 25°F and headed down. We have the temperature set at 68° in the new room. Her daughter, Woody, remains outside but goes to the old motor coach from where she watches the activities. When the weather gets a bit more nasty she needs to make the transition. John now wants to wait until a repair gets done on the roof, and strangers are not around.

Supper: pizza (4 meat Red Baron, with added onions, diced tomatoes, cheese).
Did a lot of tax receipt filing this afternoon, and some searching for research papers on the lectures for this weekend from Nick. Sunday is on Skagit Gneiss & Napeequa Schist.
Bunch more robocallers today. Have to take the next out of area one and block it as it comes in, as they are no longer listing the phone number. Still fewer than earlier in the month.
The total number of robocaller connections: Nov 11=7.

Thursday, Nov 12

4:30 a.m. Woody arrived for breakfast; Sue made it through the night in her new digs, sleeping in her box with the red blanket.

Lots happening today: 11:00 a.m. or sooner as usual, Ellensburg Cement Products is sending a delivery.
10:00 a.m. dump truck load (16.33 ton; or 32,660 pounds) oversized washed rock delivered, $285.71. It’s for the front Xerophytic landscaping. It won’t move itself (much) without help. John needs the exercise. Being rounded from river travel, it does tend to move if disturbed. The 16.33 ton load of oversized washed rock; the colors included.

Dump truck unloading oversize washed rock

Need to get out the background readings for tomorrow afternoon lecture. Got them out at 11:38 after forgetting the title I stored the suggested readings under, but I found it, and sent it.
NOON, GAME DAY at the AAC on Zoom. Last this quarter. We had two teams playing Family Feud. I was on the losing team, but we still had a lot of fun. CWU students officiating. We’re hoping they start this up after the new year when classes resume.

12:55 p.m., I called Gerald reporting in fine today. All’s well.
I have been handling scammer calls all day, and continuing to blog robocallers.
4:07 p.m., sent another email to the study group, this time about a member who was honored as a Veteran the day after Veterans Day on the NBC Nightly News Kids Edition Nov. 12, 2020:

Nightly News Kids Edition (Grandpa Ron at 9 mins into video)

Sent another large file (USGS MAP) to the study group members, now close to 150 people.
Success today with Sue the barn cat and outside gal now living fine in our new room. She has a bed with a blanket, water, food bowl, and a litter box she’s using for both needs!! And she visits me when I come in the room. She doesn’t yet come to greet John, but will let him approach and pick her up. She’s accepted the change, and we feel better about her situation. Being a bit advanced in age, we empathize with elderly issues.

Received my Roadside Geology of Idaho today in the mail, used excellent condition, shipped from Indiana. No writing in the book except the previous owners’ names and that they got it at a GSA meeting in Cincinnati. I find that very interesting because that is the city where John and I met in 1965, him coming from PA and me from GA to the graduate program there, and the other ironic thing is that we moved to a job in Idaho in 1974, and learned some of the local geology from the crew in our shared building.

Supper: John had a cheesesteak Philly sandwich (frozen from Costco I don’t like), with fried onion rings, and red seedless grapes, and I had a frozen dinner, Chicken Parmesan with pasta, carrots, and also had the onion rings and grapes. We had no dessert.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 12 = 8.

Friday, Nov 13

Taken at noon, from south of EBRG on Ringer Loop by Kayla Ferguson

I slept in and found it difficult to arise. I was up at 3:30 a.m. again at 6:30 to feed Woody outside the front door, and it was raining. She was wet, but I petted her, and went back to bed. Reason enough to get her moved inside.

Talked with Allen Aronica, about coming down this weekend with son AJ to help John move one of the CWU surplus school desks from the shed into the new room. I’ll have to hold Sue in my lap while it takes place. While here Sunday, they also put the top on the table legs beneath the ceiling fan. The desk is in front of a window so Sue (& Woody) can view outside.

A day later than promised, Waste Management delivered our 30 cubic yard green metal dumpster. We have paid a pre-delivery fee of $500.06. The final bill won’t be known until the dumpster is filled, removed, and weighed at the transfer station. John did find out that he can toss in a Microwave, but tires and things with liquids or gases are not allowed. The delivery made it here before noon, about 11:15, as it was raining. I did take a video of the process, less than 2 minutes.

Setting the green dumpster

Brunch: shared a blueberry/pecan pancake, with orange juice, and I had a cup of hot coffee. John ate out in the new room with Sue. Didn’t get my milkshake until after Nick’s lecture.
Nick is on at 2:00 p.m. with his lecture about Mt. Stuart, just 33 miles NW of us.

#92 Exotic Q: Mt. Stuart + Chiwaukum (Schist)

John got me a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup (a double) to have during Nick’s talk and I enjoyed those with hot coffee.
Finally, had my milkshake of chocolate Ensure with French vanilla yogurt after the lecture was over.
Supper: Spaghetti with meat sauce and red seedless grapes.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 13 = 1.

Saturday, Nov 14

Sue (cat) adjusted nicely to being inside where John (mostly) sees to her needs. We’re sure this winter will be a lot easier on her than being outside in the cold, when she’s getting so much older. We can give her some extras (meat, fish, egg) that are hard to do outside because of the random timing of her visits, and the watchful Magpies and Steller’s Jays.

Lunch midday: Bacon, eggs over easy with cheddar cheese, piece of buttered English Muffin bread loaf, coffee.

John got the morning paper and found an article on the front page of our local newspaper about our neighbor, Allen Aronica. He was meeting with a middle school class and showing bead work, talking about his mom, Ida, answering questions about the lives of the local people.I captured the article from the digital edition to give to the family on a PDF, as I know that today early this morning he was out of town.
He talked about her past, and about a PBS Documentary from a few years ago. You can view that by following this link:

Everything Change

During the next event, I drank a milkshake of chocolate Ensure with peach yogurt, to watch a Zoom presentation at 3:00 p.m. of a pumpkin drop from CWU’s Discovery Building rooftop put on by the Departments of Physics and Geology.
The activity began at ground level with geology students and profs setting off at least 4 trashcano eruptions. Such an event happens when a garbage can that is filled with water, has a bottle containing liquid nitrogen submerged into the water. The liquid nitrogen turns to gas, bursting the bottle, and creating an “eruption”. This simulates a volcano, (hence, trashcano).

Supper: Crockpot Beef Round Steak sliced thin, with tomatoes, onions, and gravy, fried battered cauliflower, red seedless grapes. Dessert: piece of cheesecake.

Loaded the dishwasher full and ran late afternoon, while working on email projects and other chores, such as putting in all my medications for a week in a carrier for dispensing daily.
It snowed early morning and again tonight after dark. Looks like a couple inches collected.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 14 = ZERO.

Sunday, Nov 15

Sunday a.m. is Nick’s lecture at 9:00 a.m.

Up at 4:00 a.m. with Woody wanting fed. Back to bed for more rest.
Up to stay at 7:50 a.m. and started at 8:04 collecting pre-show comments.

Having a hot cup of coffee to warm up and also to tide me over, a milkshake chocolate Ensure with French vanilla yogurt. Good thing, because it was a troublesome broadcast with connection issues and lost time. YouTube was having system problems worldwide. Someone thought it might be related to the Masters’ Golf Tournament being broadcast over YouTube.

Started at 9:00 a.m. after a 15-min thank you and greeting session, only to lose the connection completely 20 minutes later, and needed to switch worldwide viewers to a different streaming YouTube event. Finally, we reconnected and then went long, until 11:00 a.m. with ~800 viewers. For Nick the temperature was chilly, sun spotty, but no wind.

Nick’s lecture:

Take 2 of#93 – Exotic R: Skagit Gneiss & Napeequa Schist

Gary Paull’s photo of Banded Skagit Gneiss

After that, a late breakfast: Link sausage, pancake, sliced canned peaches; coffee for me.

Snow and warming allowed John to investigate dripping water out front. Where the roof of the new entry walkway joins the house there has been a previously minor problem. However, today the dripping was emerging from an air hole in the soffit and around a light fixture a foot away. The minor problem was elevated to “serious.”

I e-mailed a photo to our contractor. Walter and his son Jesse came to evaluate the problem with John. Monday might be wet, so John may just tarp the location, and have Jesse come on Tuesday.
While they were here, Allen and AJ arrived down the driveway, to help move the desk into the new room, where it now resides. John intends to put a rug on the desk so Sue can get up to the window to look out on the front yard.

Afternoon snack: a small piece of heated fruitcake & followed with a Reece’s peanut butter cup (RPBC). John will have his own fruitcake serving with the other RPBC. Supper was left over from yesterday.
I will end this week’s blog with an amazing story:

Mt. Rainier hiker rescue

{John says: Mt. Rainier is an amazing place, but tough. I’ve been there when responders were needed. Not for us (Washington Trails Crews). They did thank us for smoothing the trail, though.}

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

NSNN Friday the 13 November

Item #1: paraskevidekatriaphobia

November began with a Sunday. That’s the clue. There is more than I care to know on Wikipedia.
triskaidekaphobia → fear of the number;
paraskevidekatriaphobia → fear of the day

Additional information is found on the “History dot com” site [ Here. ]
New to me {poor education, I guess} is the complimentary notion that the number ’12’ is associated with the concept of completeness.
After looking at numerous web pages regarding historical notions of numbers, it seems that the ancient folks used Jupiter’s approximately 12 (11.86) year orbit of the Sun to construct much mythology and a bit of mathematics.
Babylonian’s Marduk
This seems to have been in existence 1,000 – 2,000 years before the time of Jesus and the Bible, or the Northern European links sometimes cited.

Item #2: Ponds are for skipping rocks

Have you ever skipped rocks on a pond?
Have you ever tried it with a golf ball? Me neither.
Hole in one!

Many have seen this story and watched the video. If you haven’t, give it a look.
Being the week of Veteran’s Day, the golf feat made me think of the “bouncing bombs” of Operation Chastise, an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943. Episode is described here: Dam Busters
Nancy called a couple of “Vets” and thanked them for their service.

Item #3: If dead, are you a passenger?
This is not a nice story, but I do wonder about the word usage.

A car accident included a man thrown from the car. Investigation showed the person was dead hours before the accident. Ohio is a place of many strange happenings. One more.
Ohio 1

Ohio 2

Item #4: Also from Ohio

Two pictures, same tree. A stunning transformation.
From summer 1965 to summer 1967 Nancy and I were at the University of Cincinnati. At that time Cincy was a smallish big town, the center just 2 miles from the University, near which we each lived.
We often went downtown, and many other places, but I don’t remember Fountain Square. It’s a big deal now, apparently.
Still, I saw the statement “The Fountain Square Christmas Tree has been the talk of the town“, and had to follow.
fluffed up and beautified

Item #5: A five $ apple

At least in Washington State, the Cosmic Crisp Apple whose marketing logo is shown, is a big deal.
Well why not? Development began in 1997 at Washington State University with the name WA38.
It is mostly bright red with small “star-like” spots, and someone thought it looked like the night sky.
Thus, use of “cosmic”, but less fathomable the logo is mostly white with red spots – – if that represents the night sky to anyone, they are on a different planet.
We’ll sample one today. Unnamed folks were driving past their neighbor’s orchard {they are all friends} from which they harvested a few. We ended up with one.
They are selling in specialty shops for $4.99 per pound. That seems like $5 to me, but I guess there is a rationale for the lack of a ¢. A large apple can weigh a pound so purchase cautiously and enjoy.

_ * _ * _ * _ * _
Snow falling on Washington’s mountains. Some visible on the hills a few miles north and 2,000 feet above our location on the Fan. The air mass has brought clouds and warmer air than we had last week.

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

Not so Nasty News Nov 6th

Item #1: Color today
As the sun went low today the Naneum Fan was golden with (mostly) Poplar trees, main image. We imported a few Tamarack (Larch), inset.
They prefer a spot higher, north-facing, and wetter. Nancy used a photo in October of such a place.
This coming Tuesday about mid-day the weather folks think we will get strong gusts. Likely the color will be on the ground by Wednesday morning.

Item #2: A tail tale

This story was much in evidence last Monday. I’ve tracked the location down and have the “Google Earth” view on the right, below. Note the red dot. That’s the location where from the left image was taken.
In a twist of fate, the fortuitously positioned artwork is called “Saved by the Whale’s Tail”. That’s from the link, where more photos and story can be found.
Whale tail meets train

Item #3: Say what?

I would have worded this sign differently.
For example, if it is only one dog why use the plural ‘them’.
I’d say “Clean up after it.”
The rest of the wording can be improved also.
Your job.

Item #4: To poppy or not to poppy

I think this story only involve Canada.
The grocery store named “Whole Foods” (part of Amazon, I think) decided that wearing a Poppy in remembrance of veterans was not to its liking. The Brits and Canadians refer to “remembrance” with the poppy on the left below (generally), that differs from the common form in the USA, shown over a camouflage outfit.
There are 14 Whole Foods stores in Canada. The company reversed this ruling, after a bit of controversy. Link to story
I get a poppy from our local veterans when they show up at the grocery store and raise money. Mine is on a blue “bucket hat”, and I usually wear it enough that the symbol needs replaced once a year.

A famous poem (first lines below)
was written by Canadian John McCrae, in 1915.
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.

Item #5: Slug skills

I’ve been told not to use a photo of slugs, so this is just an image, and you can conjure up a slug image if you like.
It is almost 7 PM on Friday here on the Naneum Fan and the USA still hasn’t figured out who it elected president.
With massive computer skills in this country, the election has been handled with all the skill and intelligence of a slug. Voting is a state responsibility and many of them have failed.
And that seems to be the good news.

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

Not so Nasty News October 30th

Item #1: Rabbits

This from Australia.
Too many

Here is a link for the history buff: beginning in 1859

Apparently rifles are not allowed in AU, so shooting them for food isn’t a solution. Tasty. High quality protein. What’s not to like?

Item #2: Cat, turkey, Flag
Seems there are more cat photos and videos of cats on the web than grains of sand on the World’s beaches.
In this photo a family of 8 or 10 is facing the photographer. Miss Kitty uses the opportunity to have a few bites of turkey (?), I think.
Note, there is an American flag on the left side. This was a family of Asian ancestry.
Do you have Old Glory next to your dining table?

Item #3: Mother would approve

Before there were so many distractions in people’s lives, folks found ways to pass the days of cold and dark, or other induced inactivity, to produce useful things.
Mother crocheted doilies. Use that as a search phrase in images and see the possibilities. They appeared on the arms of the couch, on chairs, and under such things as a vase.
I do not recall a mask. However, just the thing to keep glasses from fogging up. Three cheers.

Item #4: WHAT?

This information appeared in a newspaper when they explicitly promised it would not.
I may have to go into hiding for a year or two.
Perhaps I can sue for millions of dollars.
On the other hand, my aunt that wondered if I was ever going to finish school and get a real job would be satisfied.

Item #5: Things not thought about

Not talking about moving to Florida or about Halloween – –

Ten years ago, when Nancy had a walker for a time, I don’t remember considering the height thereof. First use was a borrowed one. Then we bought, and ordered with large wheels. When no longer needed, we gave that to the group that loaned the first one to us. So, I can’t check if the height was adjustable, or just made for an adult.

Cute kids.

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

Seems a month too early

10 second video of snow

Monday, Oct 19

Slept in until 8:30 a.m. and so did John! I was actually up a little sooner to feed the hungry cats on the front porch, Woody & Sue.
John’s been out working in front yard, and doing morning chores, but came in for lunch, and missed the 43 mph wind gusts! Our home is still being buffeted in the breeze.

We had to tie a plastic bag to the fence at the lavender farm with packing materials to leave with the folks on the corner of Rader & Fairview. Bridge work on Fairview meant a small detour over a bit of gravel road.

I logged into the KVC medical portal for Nancy’s records and succeeded – found my Immunizations record. Yesterday, it wouldn’t give it to me. Maybe restarting my computer helped.
Unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher. For two people, we surely dirty a lot of dishes; I guess we have to count in the 4 cats and 1 dog.

I sent our current blog from 10-18-20 with the specific Blog entrance to folks whose photos I used in last week’s published one.

We had a gift card so went for ice cream: Figured the best price of Winegar’s ice cream: One pays $6.49 for a quart of their ice cream; 8.99 or a half gallon. Two quarts in a half gallon, so 2 * 6.49= $12.98. A ½ gallon is the way to go.

Brunch: We had a small bowl of soup and two kinds of crackers. I had a Chocolate Ensure shake with Peach yogurt, earlier in the morning.

Supper: after going to the SW side of town tonight to the Pilot station to fill John’s Crosstrek for his trip to Quincy tomorrow, getting it for $2.459/gallon, we went to Safeway for the Monday special dark meat fried chicken for $4.99 -4 thighs and 4 drumsticks. We bought two, and then I grabbed a Just 4 U savings of $5 for a grocery bill of over $5. Such a deal. We paid $5.81 for 16 pieces of chicken, which will go into the freezer for later. With our fried chicken we had a half of a cinnamon pear each, and a half of an apple, each. For dessert, we each had a bowl of Winegar’s special flavor: Kookie Kayla-peanut butter ice cream with a sea salt cookie fudge swirl. Very tasty choice.

Tuesday, Oct 20

Slept in until 9:00 couldn’t get my medicine tablet out of the container. Peeler wouldn’t work. Finally, took the pill. Set up my backup drive. It worked but won’t let me disconnect it. I’ll just turn off the machine later and pull the plug. That worked.
I had set up my backup drive, after taking my Alendronate, and finally finished getting ready to leave @ 10:40 for the first stop of all my errands today, alone, because John left this morning at 7:30 a.m. for bottling Malbec at White Heron Cellars, and then they will have lunch afterward. He carried along a plate of thinly sliced sirloin tip roast he cooked until very tender, and then used his new meat slicer to thinly slice it. We have enjoyed the roast sliced across the grain and thin. We should have bought a slicer years ago.

It took me a long time in town to do all my errands and stops, but I succeeded. I will review those briefly below. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ . Porches of people in free giving sites to me to use for birthday gifts for a young child at a weekend party. I visited 3 locations of givers and received some interesting items. ∞∫∞ I left a package of something at another’s front door. ∞∫∞ Then I drove to Jerrol’s, our bookstore in town. A good friend gave us both a significant gift card at the store, and I utilized it to buy “textbooks”, for Nick Zentner’s livestreams from home, twice a week. They are all Roadside Geology books, of different states, and also Canadian provinces. Today’s stash included Oregon, Montana, N. & Central CA, and the other is of Southern British Columbia, Canada.

John called at 2:00 p.m. to say he was on his way home from bottling, and would be home about 3:15 p.m.
I just had to pick up the cat food dish, because two Magpies came in to take their share. I heard their squawking that alerted me to look and saw one sitting across from it on the rock wall.

Now I must get off this computer and load dishes to soak to be put in the dishwasher. They finally were done in time for supper, so we had dishes and utensils to use.

Two phone calls incoming, one a surprise from Ruth Harrington; it’s already the 4th Friday and we are having a Zoom luncheon again from CWU with Ruth and Peggy Eaton. Unfortunately, Friday came around and I had the wrong link so missed joining.

Supper: Fried chicken (dark meat), half each of Cinnamon pear, and yellow apple, fried onion rings. Dessert: Cherry pie with crumbles on top, with peanut butter chocolate cookie ice cream.

Wednesday, Oct 21

Morning started noisily, early, with Jesse and Rubin on the front landing. Annie (dog) wasn’t thrilled, so barked, and barked some more.
The crew had to remove a piece of rock siding, placed too high, and then frame windows with an engineered wood called “smart board.” Next was cutting a piece of stone siding to fit under the window. Noisy! Above the stone the finish is a cement & fiber panel called HardiePlank – using noisy nail guns.

Meanwhile, this morning @ 9:30 a.m., Kelly Hunter and sidekick Ken showed up to rearrange our water pipes and treatment tanks by making changes to the existing setup, which will make it save wall space in the new utility room. After discussing the job, Kelly left. Ken was very thorough and left it in super excellent condition—one fitting has a tiny leak and may need tightening, if it doesn’t soon heal itself.

I need to wash clothes and towels today to get ready for our foot care appointments tomorrow at the AAC. Got the check written and details in an envelope in my carrier.

Supper: Chicken stir-fry by John, rice with spicy gravy from where the chicken was cooked; side of last of yellow summer squash grown by John, cooked with onions he grew, and pieces of red bell pepper, I think that was all. I skipped dessert to take a shower.

Thursday, Oct 22
Counterclockwise sunrise right with Zoe by Lise McGowan, 7am Badger Pocket; 7:15am Hwy 10, by Charles McIntosh; 8:00am No 6 Rd, by Barb Bailey.

Taking off at 9:20 for foot care at the Center (AAC). First stop was at MidState Coop to buy Salt Pellets claiming to help remove iron; how it doesn’t say, so some research is needed regarding water softener things. Then on to the AAC where we checked in with Katrina for our temperature to be taken and to complete the 4 pages of paperwork required (maybe only the first time in). We had not been there for several years, because the Long Term Aging funding had been cut back and they had to eliminate some of the regulars who could afford getting it done elsewhere. Now our foot doctor has not been available since Panic2020 closures. We were allowed into utility rooms at the AAC, but not into the main space.
That took us until about 11:15. We had a couple more places to stop on the way home, but got home in time to for lunch and feeding several of the cats.

Lunch for John was Pizza. For me was a hot Chicken flavored noodle soup, with cooked chicken breast pieces, I added.

Good gracious—robocallers are working overtime to bug me. Today & yesterday, two; tomorrow, one. Two more Saturday.
Call from Jerrol’s today. My next ordered Roadside Geology made it into their store, so we’ll add it to our to do list for this coming Tuesday, when we’re in Ellensburg next week.

35° at 8:00 p.m. on our front porch and 40° at the airport.

Supper: John made spaghetti with ground beef, onions, diced tomatoes and sauce. Cut up a yellow apple to share.
Hopefully will be in bed by 11:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct 23

I slept in this morning to a wake-up call from a Robocaller. It was a rainy and cold morning, freezing again last night.

Today at Noon is a Zoom luncheon for our Ruth Harrington Scholarship luncheon. I planned to attend, but unfortunately, I had the wrong link address and tried but failed to join the group. I reached the leader by email (not by phone because she uses her phone to control the meeting on her smartphone), and I knew she wouldn’t see it until after it ended. It’s now been postponed until January, when we will resume our Zoom meetings on 4th Fridays of each month until May. At least by the 2nd week of December my Nick Zentner videos at 2:00 p.m. will have ceased.

It rained and was cold all day. John did get some mowing done on the north side of the driveway, during the sunny part of the day.

Nick Zentner returns at 2:00 p.m. today, with a very interesting presentation (1 hr. 32 mins). He reported thank yous at the beginning of the time (during the 17 mins. prior to the start of the lecture). Most exciting to me was that a fellow from Switzerland, sent him the dates his grandfather came from Elm, Switzerland to the US, and the docking place across from Ellis Island at a lower port of entry.

‘Nick from Home’ #86 – Exotic K: Wrangellia

Lunch: John had eggs, fried potato, and bacon, and I had a bowl of chicken soup, with cooked chicken breast added.
Supper: Cinnamon pears and spaghetti, meat, onions, and diced tomatoes in the sauce.
Our dessert was appropriate for Nick’s Exotic Terrane lectures, as it is the related food item for the geological feature. He used a German Chocolate Cake for the Columbia River Basalts. We had Taneum Meadows Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream served over a heated piece of Costco Fruitcake, our last piece this year from our freezer. They have the best and least expensive fruitcake in this area.
Too much time spent soaking dishes, so they’ll have to wait until morning to be cleaned.

Saturday, Oct 24

Awoke to a small amount of overnight snow. Fed the outside cats and went back to bed.

About 7:30 a.m. contractor worker came by to pick up bags of concrete-mix stored here for 4 months. John had just moved them to our barn to get them out of the carport area, so had to redirect Willie to the new spot. No advanced warning.

Running the dishwasher 10:00 a.m.; completely full.
Morning call from Gerald; all is well, but staying inside today. Snow over there too.
Called Jerrol’s and ordered the Roadside Geology of Alaska book, the newest one by Cathy Connor, $26. Alaska is full of accreted exotic terranes, and we will be covering it in weeks to come.

Called Fred Meyer pharmacy about ordering Annie’s medication but only–one bottle not two. The refill needed to be renewed by Dr. Fuller, so the Fax was sent. I called Ellensburg Animal Hospital to be sure they received the request. Their website says they’re open Saturdays until noon. NOT SO. I got a recorded message they were closed this weekend and to go to Valley Vet.

Fixed a blueberry Ensure chocolate shake (hate the blueberries, but have said that before).
Brunch: bacon, eggs over easy
Supper: warmed up fried chicken thighs & drumsticks, mashed potatoes, with a mixed pasta sauce and turkey gravy, with half of a cinnamon pear each (thanks again to Louaine). For dessert, John used a bowl of Winegar’s Taneum Meadows Blueberry Cheesecake flavored ice cream – (cheesecake with blueberry swirl) with cashews and hot chocolate fudge sauce atop.

Sunday, Oct 25

Wake up before 8:00. to follow the pre-show comments.
Nick’s 9:00 a.m. lecture, #87 with Karin Sigloch (an exotic terrane researcher person, not a terrane name)—went very long this morning for ~900 viewers worldwide—2 hrs. 5 mins.

‘Nick from Home’ #87 – Exotic L: Karin Sigloch

Nick announced next Friday’s lecture will be back in WA – the San Juan Islands, so we will be back to Marli Miller & Darrel Cowan for their Roadside Geology of Washington book, we often use as a reference.

Having a hot cup of coffee to warm up, and sipping a Wild Cherry yogurt in chocolate Ensure milk shake.
Brunch: I’ll skip because I know there will be lots of food at the party. John had some leftovers from last night’s supper.
I found my pumpkins-in-love sweatshirt with lighted pumpkin necklace too, which I will wear this evening to the birthday party dinner celebrating Natalie’s 3rd year birthday at Sara & Mike Sandman’s.

We went at 4:00pm to the party, and met many people of the family we’ve known since moving to Idaho in 1974. This family was the Oppie family we met through being Brittany breeders, and competing in field trial pointing dog tests and also AKC shows for conformation. We have been close to the family, their kids, grandkids, and now these are their great grandchildren.

We ate first, pizza, fruit, and visited. Stayed for the opening of presents, and then visited longer with the family left at the end. Got home late.

I took many photos of the evening but they’re still on my camera, and I’ll share a few in next week’s blog. We need to get this published so we can leave for the Yakima Heart Center in the morning for a device check for me, followed by a routine meeting with my cardiologist, and then we will make a Costco run.

Need to work on my paperwork to take to the Yakima Heart Center tomorrow. Finish the request for the Yearly handicapped parking sticker (red) for Dr. Krueger to sign for me to take to motor vehicle department. All is now in an envelope with my medication list and appointments.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News October 23rd

A hard frost Wednesday night caused the Carpathian Walnut leaves to fall. On Tuesday I picked the last of the yellow Summer Squash, and brought the onion harvest inside.

Item #1: murmurations

Birds and fish in group flights
There are many videos of Starling murmurations; massive numbers. Not shown here.
This one shows the birds on the ground. Fun to watch also.


Item #2: Choices

Found this and it reminded me of the time we took visitors up to Washington’s false Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. Many things there, most of which no one needs. This is about food.
Stocked shelves in grocery store

Item #3: Driver is in the truck

This comes from the Siberian Times without much explanation.

Polar Bears like garbage

Sad thing here is that the little ones miss out on the “food”.

Item #4: People have way too much time

Item #5: Missed us!

About half of Washington State has snow on the ground. We have had a bit of rain. The snow is moving south and may reach us tonight. In the last two hours the wind direction shifted from out of the North to an East Wind. In the image below, imagine air flowing from the distant hills (top) and coming toward you. That air is encountering the air already here (warmer) and we get rain. The red line is our normal wind direction – off the Pacific Ocean, over the mountains. The moisture falls on the west-facing slopes of the Cascade Mountains.
Tonight the wind is shifting and the blue line shows its direction – east to west, and up the gently sloping approach to the Cascade Crest. The air expands and cools. If it cools enough the water vapor therein will chill. That’s what is happening tonight, and we should get snow sometime during the next few hours. The Weather Service estimates a maximum of 2 inches for us, or some rain.
This will be followed by cold air out of the north again – – and 16°F by Sunday morning. Ouch!
The temperature will rebound Tuesday to 47°, and not go to freezing in the next 7-day forecast period.

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

Not so Nasty News October 16th

I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
{Will Rogers}

Things Get Better With Age: I’m Approaching Excellent {unknown}

Item #1: Animal stories
Upon first seeing this video, I though it was likely staged with a trained bear. I found the following site with some explanation, so with some hesitation I am willing to believe. It is a neat maneuver, in either case.

Highway helper

Similar: There is a story of a small owl riding on the co-pilot’s seat of a water-dropping helicopter:
Helicopter Owl Just a bit of info and a photo. Maybe a Western Screech Owl.

And from San Francisco, this about Maki, an arthritic Lemur: “Police said Friday they arrested a man suspected of stealing a ring-tailed lemur from the San Francisco Zoo, where officials rewarded a 5-year-old boy who helped recapture the endangered primate with a lifetime membership.
My first thought was that Maki already had a lifetime membership at the Zoo. I think I’ve figured it out, though.

Story with photo from CNN: Link, so click here.

Item #2: Just trying to help

In this case the helper was well meaning, but not without fault. I’ve worked on numerous hiking trail bridges. Here’s one: a major project near Liberty Lake at Cedar Grove:

Part One . . . . . Part Two

If you glance at the end of the logs in the photos [see #18 in Part Two, and following] you can see we built a rock filled wire enclosure (gabion) with plates under and steel rods extending up. A large wood beam is on top, with the threaded rods sticking through for washers and nuts. Then, iron (rebar) goes through the logs into the wood beam.
In the photo below there is nothing of that sort. The support logs (stringers) going across the “creek” are small and rest on the ground.
I used quote marks because the creek is dry. Not much imagination is required to envision roiling water pummeling this new bridge.A Maine town is trying to identify the person who built a replacement bridge next to a collapsed one along a hiking trail on a popular 308-acre preserve.

Story here

Although its one-person parks and recreation department routinely receives calls about felled trees or animals along the path, Windham town manager Barry Tibbetts said the broken bridge had not been reported to the town, which maintains the preserve with help from partners.
A related problem is that the town, now knowing of the bridge, has a safety and liability issue, and will be “inspected for functionality.”
My guess is, they will have to bring it to modern trail standards, or take it out. Search-up – hiking trail bridges – for ideas.

Item #3: Weird

On August 4th we went to several places to shop. Later, for a reason I’ve forgotten, I realized a credit card was not where I thought it was. We called the card company and placed a “hold” on the number. I expected the card would show up in the car, or a shirt pocket, or under a book or newspaper. It never did.
Finally, this Monday morning we called the card company again and had that card removed from the system and a new one sent. Cased closed? Not quite.
We got a call in late afternoon from a neighbor that works at Fred Meyer. One of his duties is to handle credit cards found in the store. He recognized the name, and brought the card home. I forgot to ask where the card had been for the previous 10 weeks.
The trip to the store was odd too, and might be related, but how, I don’t know. I could have just dropped the card in the parking lot.
When I started unloading the cart at our car, there was a bag in which there were several items we did not purchase. A helpful “bag person” had drifted by and helped load things at the lane we were in. One of the items was a large bottle of whiskey; easily seen sticking up in the small plastic bag. Definitely not ours.
I carried the bag back to the check-out lane and explained the issue to the young lady there. She said the bag was left off to the side so its owner could visit the loo. The floating “bagger” wasn’t aware of that, so he put it in our cart.
That was weird, but doesn’t really explain the missing credit card. The really weird bit was cancelling the card and the neighbor calling within hours, after a 10 week interval.

Item #4: Smartest person in the room

She seemed to have all the facts, and they wondered if she had notes in front of her.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett holds up her notepad as she speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. {AP photo]
She was asked: “Is there anything on it?”
“The letterhead that says ‘United States Senate’,” she responded.

Item #5: Eat or nail to wall?

Lochel’s Bakery ‘cookie poll’

Surprisingly, to me at least, is that the place is making and selling these things to the exclusion of everything else one expects to find at a bakery. Operating procedure is to make, sell, and close for the day.




Explanation? Maybe if there are none of these, irate political types would throw a shoe through a window. But what if I want a “Bear Claw” pastry or a loaf of bread? Either is more appetizing than a decorated sugar cookie.
Nail the cookies to the side of an old shed, I say.

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

House remodeling project & Skyscapes

Monday, Oct 5

Early morning call from Kelly Hunter; coming at 9:00 a.m., Wed, 21 Oct to reconfigure the water plumbing in utility room. It was jerry-rigged when the new floor was constructed.

Late last night I put out on 3 Free Facebook sites, that I was in search of a Child’s Gate:

This morning, my wishes were fulfilled, when a friend (Eva Frink) in Ellensburg offered us a metal one with a door that opens and swings both directions. Exactly “purrfect” for our needs to keep our cats and dog from entering the new room of the house. It’s between the kitchen door and the washroom, with access to our new livable space room where the old attached 2-car garage was. Now John has moved his computer out there and a radio/CD sound system, among a few other things. We want the access for us to go back and forth, but we want to keep the dog and the cats from going out there.Gate closed vs. Gate opened out—it goes both directions.

John had planned to go to Super 1 for a Deli tray, but ended up buying cheese slices of provolone, some Gallo Salami round slices the size of the top of a can, to accompany the package of crackers he brought home from his tray taken to last week’s Pinot Noir bottling. Tomorrow he leaves at 7:30 a.m. to go to White Heron Cellars, for bottling Arvine wine, with a lunch afterward on the hill above the Mariposa Vineyard. He has come back to meet our contractor Walter, late afternoon.

Supper: John fixed a double pepperoni pizza with added diced tomatoes, and grated cheddar cheese. Dessert: Apple crisp heated and vanilla ice cream.

Nancy spent a lot of time on the web with planning a couple of gigs, and then a bunch of time loading dishes into hot soapy water for putting into the dishwasher for running tomorrow.

Tuesday, Oct 6

John left at 7:30 a.m. for White Heron bottling.
I have to do a bunch of stuff to get ready to go to Ellensburg for things on my to-do list.

It’s Tuesday, so I took my weekly medication tablet on an empty stomach and hooked up the Backup Plus drive for its noon backup protection of all the files on my computer’s hard drive.

I went by Bi-Mart to check the winning numbers, and one with my last number in my membership number being a “1”. It was a set of two soft toothbrushes. We have plenty of them, but I got them anyway. Need to find a home for them?
I went by Super 1 for Reese’s peanut butter cups. Got 37 for 78 cents each (2/pkg), with one pd 98 cents for so next Tuesday when we’re in there for our flu shots, I’ll have to get my 20 cent refund.

Went to my bank & deposited a check written to John H, in our joint checking account.
I walked across the street and climbed the stairs to The Gym for 28 capsules of ABX for November, (will be on antibiotics for my dental teeth cleaning in November, and it’s necessary because antibiotics raises my INR reading). Also bought a bottle of Complete probiotic for October & December – I used my VISA Chase ( card for the medical expense, even though it will not be recognized as a pharmacy for the 2% deduction. I know goes into my medical expenses for taxes.

Went by Safeway to obtain my Just4U coupon, and bought 5, Powerade drinks @ 49₵ each. From there on by Amy’s to leave a jar of Peanut Butter, can of tuna fish, and a bag of individual packets of Doritos flavored chips for Haley’s lunches.

Walter came at 4:30 p.m. to consult about the pouring of the concrete walkway in the morning. Hoping not to waste the delivery (and any extra in the truck), John built a 3.5 x 10 ft. form at the entrance to the shed, and three 2 x 2 ft. non-attached forms.

Supper: Long cooked BBQ Pork chops, with onions, Yukon Gold Potato baked, Red seedless grapes. Dessert: Apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.
I washed a huge load of dishes tonight.

Wednesday, Oct 7

4 people here on porch before 7 taking out an old post and setting a new one. 4X4 out; 6×6 in. A 2nd 6×6 will be centered between that new post and the house wall. Walter and son Jesse set the new post in metal bracket and removed old post; concrete will be poured on the floor up to the concrete step seen in the middle bottom of the left photo.
John worked on a forms in front of tall shed. That’s him in the distance. Ellensburg Cement Products truck arrived at 8:05.
The essential item was the slanting ramp under the tall cover. I was the photographer and videographer for all this work. We didn’t get in the house for lunch until 1:00 p.m.

Below is a video I took from the door of the new room where the attached 2-car garage once was, so you’ll need to click on the link to watch the pouring of the concrete for the last few feet to the front entrance door to our house.

Wheelchair Walkway Front Entry Concrete Pour

John went back outside after lunch and then came in for a nap.
He’s back out working again.
Late phone call at 4:00 from friend in Thorp, Gerald, who got his annual physical completed today; earlier in one day than we will. In December we’ll have to drive two round-trips 30 mi each in the winter weather to our PA-C in Cle Elum for two appointments a week apart. I’m still unhappy about that. A “year & a day” between these visits is required, but scheduling always seems to stretch to a year and a couple of weeks.Above taken this evening at 5:49pm facing west from West Ellensburg Park; by photographer, Jennifer Yenter.

Geology today: I researched this past episode from June, to send to the study group with 3 papers sent by Jerome Lesemann from Nanaimo, BC to have for background reading for Friday’s talk.
This was Nick from Home with Jerome Lesemann as a live chatter on British Columbia Geology.

Episode #56 British Columbia Geology? 6/2/20

Supper: Fajita beef, with frozen colorful bell peppers from a package, added one of John’s purple onions, and cheese-its, bowl of red seedless grapes, Apple crisp and vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Going to bed late after writing the KV F&F and the study group.

Thursday, Oct 8

Peggy Coble photographed this from her deck about 7 a.m. today and published it as a gift from God to share with all.

Walter came over early before 7:00 a.m. to remove the concrete walkway forms and check out the project. All’s well, and he was out of here by 7:30. He and John are pleased with the results. There was just one glitch — cute Woody foot prints. Woody is the lightest and the most inquisitive of all our cats. She’d examined all the walkway from the start to the front door where the cat feeding station has been. The first part of the ramp was in the sun and was dry on the surface by 7 AM. The part nearer the house was shaded and not quite dry as she made an afternoon visit. That’s where her tiny footprints are. We had managed to keep our heavy dog and ourselves off the concrete as it dried. Woody’s tiny feet to remember her & her eating (Longhair Tabby)
{John says: The camera had trouble with focus on the plain gray surface, so I added the lens cover for scale, and the cardboard for color.}

Another Robocaller from Out of Area, came through at 8:30 a.m. I have blocked them.
Morning call 9:30 from Pharmacist Tuesday Bosch that our flu shot serum is in and marked for us. She will be on duty for the next week (except Sunday), so we shall go by for our shots, and are to carry in our Medicare cards (just in case they’re required). We’ll do it on our one day in Ellensburg, next Tuesday.

10:00 call from Gerald morning hello; had his exercise, and tomorrow morning goes to Dermatologist in Yakima with daughter driving.
Another Robocaller at 2:43 blocked from Colville, WA 690.Beautiful evening sky behind Barn right off the exit at Thorp, taken at 6:45 pm tonight, by photographer EvieMae Schuetz

Supper: We had a stew like (tomatoes, beans, 2 kinds of meat, pork & chicken, covering of spaghetti noodles, with fried carrot sticks on the side, and dessert of vanilla ice cream topped with strawberries and hot chocolate fudge sauce.

Friday, Oct 9

Friday, October 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for AAC Game Day of Duo. I canceled doing this to work on the music in parking lot project and to send information to the study group for Nick Zentner’s afternoon lecture at 2:00 p.m. today.

John was out working this morning mostly separating dirt (to garden) from rocks, and graveling his trench of rocks on the drip line of the new walkway. He spent time putting unsorted dirt into the old Chevy pickup truck and moving it to a low spot, and rocks into buckets to fill a loading ramp for accessing the back of a pickup. Should mention the Naneum Fan has lots of rocks.

I had a 2:00 p.m. viewing of a Nick from Home show today that lasted 116 mins. Note, there will be nothing on Exotics next weekend, Friday & Sunday because Nick is visiting his mom and sister in Wisconsin.
Added two people to the study group members Earth Science Weekly distribution list from the account and also put on the Earth Science Weekly mailing list for Zentnerds to receive.

‘Nick from Home’ #84 – Exotic I: Stikinia

Supper: French fried onion rings. Cordon Bleu split, some stew-like soup, and small home-grown cherry tomatoes. For dessert, peach pie with butter pecan ice cream.

Saturday, Oct 10

After a long stay up and not getting to bed last night until after midnight, I slept in this morning till 9:30 a.m.
Phone call from Pat Jenkins he’d be coming by around noon to pick up some more discards of the log milling project. John is separating potential rails; side slabs, if they are stout.

We each had all sorts of projects awaiting our attention.
John’s out working in 56.8° temperature with 38 mph gusts measured 5 miles south of us at the airport. He just came in to say he’d had enough. Says, there is a short story he started thinking about – about wind and dust in an “old west” town {by Dorothy Johnson ?}.

I finally got the email off to study group members for Nick from Home series with the information about background materials (scientific papers) for tomorrow morning’s lecture on the next Exotic Terrane being studied, in British Columbia.

Brunch: Bacon, Oven-heated Cinnabon® type Cinnamon Roll on a new layer of brown sugar with chopped pecans.
Supper: Lasagna, Battered Cod, Crispy Fries.

Sunday, Oct 11

Wow, long morning show– almost 2 hrs with Nick Zentner. I began the morning with a cup of coffee and a chocolate milkshake of Ensure and peach yogurt to tide me through until lunch.

John searched for and found a video I wanted to share with the group about Ida Nason, and we previewed parts of it, but it does not have audio with it as the site we obtained it from implies. I need to check with Allen Aronica to find out if one with sound exists. To make it understandable we need sound, or a transcript of what we’re viewing. The video lasts for 41 minutes, plus buffering. It was taken during or after the burial ceremony a mile north of us at the ranch where Ida Nason died (age 103, 1992).

Clear, cold at 42°, sunny, no rain or wind, for Nick’s 9:00 a.m. program outside.
I started at 8:06 a.m. on line to capture comments on starting with pre-show of the lecture. This is a premiere showing by Nick Zentner in ‘Nick from Home’ fall series on Exotic Terranes.
Today’s lecture was long at 116 mins, with a “field trip to his basement” to hear the history of his grandfather, Nikolaus Zentner coming from Elm, Switzerland to America and Wisconsin to the family farm in Civil War times. The family is searching for details of the trip’s destination point (maybe Ellis Island, or Baltimore) and have been unsuccessful. He was seeking advice from his viewers for help tracing the voyage, and showed us the grandfather’s Steamer Truck brought across the Atlantic Ocean. Now to find out the rest of the story.

‘Nick from Home’ #85 – Exotic J: Alexander

Currently, John is mowing some of the high stuff next to the irrigation ditch. He only worked outside a couple of hours because of intermittent rain.

Need to write a note about the music in the parking lot not being held yesterday (for good reason) strong wind gusts to 38 mph, temp 56°. It would have been difficult to tie down the heated tent in the front parking lot (in the grassy spot near the entrance), and uncomfortable for residents to be outside the building.

I had a phone call from a member of the study group from the Tri-Cities, and he and I talked for 23 mins about a project he has coming to me to forward to our group.

Fixed a late chicken noodle soup lunch for me.
Started raining about 2:00 pm and now darkening from cloud cover. We are near the State’s center; the red dot.Yep, that’s a lot of cloud cover all over our region. Rain at low elevations. Stevens Pass got snow; 4,000 ft. and above.

Supper: Chicken breast stir fry, carrots, and more.

Tonight the newly converted room was getting cold. We turned the small wall-inserted heater on and the ceiling fan also came on at its slowest speed. At the moment both have gone off. Nice.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan