Not so nasty news Nov. 9th

Item #1: Kundabung gets kwalloped
There are 2 short videos at the link below the photo. One with dime-sized hail and the other with somewhat larger hail.
New South Wales

Scale is in metric. Blue lines are an inch apart, 1, 2, 3 inches.
It is early ‘spring’ in New South Wales so some crops were damaged.
Reports of injuries to people and animals are lacking. That’s the not so nasty news.

Item #2: And from nearby, Bungwahl

Whatever happened to peanut butter and bread?
Maybe my sister can help me out here, but I don’t remember raising plants or animals at school. For quite sometime we carried lunch from home. Then (when?) there was a cafeteria in rooms just off the basketball court. I have no idea what was served.
We did have a garden at home – about a mile away. I don’t remember walking home for lunch either. But never mind.
I do wonder if the kids at this school study letters and numbers, history, and so on.
So here is the funny thing: I don’t actually remember learning anything at school until about grade 5/6 (same room together).
I do remember helping in the garden and learning to cook.
Your remembrances may be different.

Item #3: Saskatoon Crime Stoppers

The headline included the words “jingle dresses” and being the non-world traveler, I had not a clue. So, I followed the link.

Robbery solved

A Facebook page was used. Saskatoon’s page, with 26,000 followers, has about 10,000 more followers than the Toronto Crime Stoppers Facebook page. I investigated further and found I can buy the little jingle cones for about $20 Canadian for 100. At the moment that’s about $15 US dollars.

Make your own dress

Jingle jingle This is a Wikipedia article. The origin story is interesting. Involves a sick child.

Item #4: Needed, personal helicopter
My car is blue, so these are not me.
This is the 3rd or 4th time in 2 years that I’ve had delays getting home after being out and about.
In 2017 I went east of Spokane. Just as I got on I-90 to head west, a utility transformer caught fire and high voltage power lines dropped across all lanes of the highway. 1 ½ hour delay.
Earlier this year, very early in the morning I headed to Stephens Pass. Large fires and regional air circulation brought smoke into the mountains. I was on the road with no way of knowing the event I was headed to had been cancelled. 2 hours each way, and a complete waste of time. Consolation prize: I got to see a Mountain Lion cross the road during my return trip.
Awhile ago I again went southeast of Spokane to a trail and while there a grass fire started near I-90 on the Ellensburg side (west) of the Columbia River. For about an hour I got to watch airplanes and helicopters fetch water from the River and head toward the massive smoke plume near Rye Grass Summit. This one took 1.5 hours of extra time getting home.
Regarding the photo above: I was helping to bottle Roussanne at White Heron Cellars. About the time I headed home – normally a 70 minute drive – a guy in a red truck tried to pass traffic. This is an easy maneuver. I’ve done it dozens of times. However, this gent went into the downhill lane and encountered a white Dodge Caravan. Neither of the drivers were injured. {Last year there was an accident on this road but I was able to go around on an orchard access road – before police arrived.}
Thursday, I was just starting up the hill, not even to the 2-lane passing section, when I came to the stopped cars about a mile from the accident site. About an hour later, the 2 wrecked vehicles were brought down the hill. I went on to Quincy – 6 miles – with the road full of vehicles, and side roads too. At Quincy I turned south, so I’ve no idea how far east of Quincy the line of stopped vehicles continued.
Did I mention that at White Heron Cellars, I am a total of 24 miles from home – if I had a helicopter, or one of these *Ultralight_trikes* traveling would be a breeze.

Item #5: Joni Mitchell
Some of you may know of the singer Joni Mitchell, and that her home town was Saskatoon. Okay, me neither. Of great interest is that she is just 2 months older than I am.
She just turned 75, and for this she was given a new name, that being “Kāwāsapizit Wābiski Makawko-ikē” from a childhood friend of the Yellow Quill First Nation.
Birthday girl
You might wonder about the meaning of this, and so, given my great linguistic skills, I will translate. It means “Sparkling White Bear Woman.”
I bring this to your attention because I now am in great anticipatory mode, awaiting January 4th and a new name. I know it could be something like “Stinking brown pile of bear crap”, but I’m hoping for better. Thanks.

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

Not so nasty news Nov. 2nd

Holy Cow!: Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday AM
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Item #1: Horses care, even if you don’t

Three times each year our local paper publishes an agricultural section. The current one wraps-up the growing season, here mostly hay. One came with Monday’s paper. There was only a little damage from rain or smoke, harvest went well, selling price is decent.
We live in exciting times.
It doesn’t take many words to say whether the crop was good, bad, or in between – so 97% of the Cover, all of page 4, 1/3 of page 5, and all of page 6 are pictures of baled hay covered with white/blue tarps. There are no pictures of hay growing, or of the harvest, nor of the trucks carrying hay to the port over in Seattle. Do I ask too much?

Because the paper can’t afford to hire reporters (they recently stopped printing on Fridays), they filch material from other papers in their system. One is about bees. Our paper gets its story from the “they think I should subscribe Seattle Times”.
Instead, go to Item #2

Item #2: Mushrooms & Honeybees A trendy Seattle site for a local story
And, another:
amadou and reishi fungi
The Reishi, commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits. I have no idea about this for people, but as the links show, research is on-going regarding bees.

Item #3: Katharina, don’t go north! She did.

This is about a hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Washington State, October 30th.
I’ve worked on the PCT numerous times in the Washington Section.
In 2005 (+ Or – a year) I spent a week a mile north of the last paved highway. We were there a week. Friday was our last work day. We would leave after breakfast in the morning. We should have gone Friday. By morning our water filter system had frozen solid, and breakfast was cancelled. From Rainy Pass to Canada is 66 miles. We were camped at 5,100 feet. Eight miles from Canada the trail tops out at 7,126 feet.
Advice from US Forest Service folks is that if you are not past Rainy Pass by September 1st you will likely need to be rescued.
When a helicopter crew plucked this woman from the side of a mountain, she was still 40 miles south of Rainy Pass, October 30th.Katharina Groene
No wonder she is smiling.
{Rain has not stopped up there for the past 3 days.}

Item #4: horses of different colors

Or, this post needs a horse story.
We were sent a photo of a baby horse – left photo below – with a red circle over the “white horse” pattern. I took the circle off and tried to find a match via a Google image search. That returned the same red-circle image, from a Spanish Facebook post, saying “Genial!, premio doble“, or something akin to Great! Double prize. And that’s all I know about that.
Meanwhile, I found the image on the right. It is here:
Da Vinci (aka Vinny)
Vinny is a Brit: a May colt at the Fyling Hall riding school, SE of Robin Hood’s Bay, about 200 miles north of London. Looks as though the colts play rough – he’s missing a few patches of hair.

A facebook site for horse folk

Item #5: ICU
Crawley is part of the Perth metro area. A wide shallow section of the Swan River is near, called Perth Water. Adjacent is Kings Park, about 1,000 acres with 2/3 native bushland. Being part of a modern city, there are also tall buildings.
For a bird of prey, what’s not to like? A tall apartment building with views of prime habitat for its source of food is a great substitute for a cliff. A vacant planter on a seldom used balcony is too enticing to pass up.

Story with video

[ Old joke: If Picabo Steet worked in an intensive care unit of a hospital, how would she answer the phone?
Ans: “Picabo – ICU.” ]

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

Not so nasty news Oct 26

Item #1: Apple time – bake time
You should be thinking of baking an Apple Pie. We don’t have any of one of the favorite baking apples – Granny Smith – but your local grocery should have them for about $1.25 / pound.
I’ll let you worry about that, and the recipe. According to legend, a tree grew from the discarded core of a crab apple thrown out of the kitchen window in the farming community of Eastwood, 10 miles or so north of Sydney, Australia.
150th anniversary of the Granny Smith apple

If you are a baker, you will find the next item of interest – and have two things to bake.

Item #2: Will you bake for the holidays?
Across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and south is (1) Woodbury, NJ. Camden (2) is a few miles north, and Haddonfield (3) is east of #2, home of the Campbell Soup Company. Dorcas Bates Reilly is the tie that binds these NJ towns. She was raised in #1, worked in #2, and retired to #3.
Dorcas lived to 92, but sadly died Monday, October 15th.
You can pay tribute to the inventor of green bean casserole with crisp onions on top if you bake one of these wonderful dishes in the next few weeks, as millions of Americans will. Get busy.
Here’s the story
There are variations of the dish, here is one with bacon:
cheesy bacon GBC

The service for Dorcas will be this Saturday so it is likely too late for you to get to Haddonfield – and there’s the good news.

Item #3: Just 3 images
Above two images are from the web. Below is an ad from our regular grocery store. The popcorn price is $8.58 per pound. And just to be totally clear – – all popcorn is gluten-free.
Good Grief.

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

Not so nasty news October 19th

Item #1: Playing with Food

Mother said “Don’t play with your food.”
Apparently this message did not make it north, because the Canadians have a grand time with pumpkins.
This is both an old and a recent story.

In 2013, there was a 1463 pound pumpkin dropped from a 40 foot crane to raise money for the Eganville, Ontario Food Bank and Farmer’s Market.
125 miles north of Lake Ontario

This year, 200+ miles north of Montana, in Saskatoon, gigantic pumpkins were dropped to raise money for the Firefighters Pediatric Fund. Now they have a car involved.
Nice color

Item #2: Science jokes

Item #3: Fast Horses

This was sent to us by a couple of field trial friends. In those old days, we often saw an unaccustomed rider on a poorly trained horse. The outcome was not always pretty or funny.
We all agree: We should have always had a sign like this at the field trials.
Another idea (borrowed from some company’s ad):

We wish for you an exciting time
with memorable experiences, but
a trip to an emergency room
is not one of them.

I’ve used this a few times when we go over the welcome and safety talk on Washington Trails work trips.

Item #4: What took them so long
This is a nice story about the Perth Zoo in Western Australia.

Perth Zoo’s transformation

Nancy is from Atlanta and, after we met, she
took me to the Atlanta Zoo – or Zoo Atlanta, as it is called. The Zoo’s web site has a history the indicates how the place went from “Worst to World Class”: here
I met Willie B.

They have their history in 4 parts:
1889-1950 – The Early Days
1950-1984 – A Zoo Growing Up and the Arrival of Willie B.
1984-1999 – Turnaround: From Worse to World Class
1999-present – Pandas to Present

This is Perth Zoo’s 120 anniversary. It opened in 1898.
Zoo Atlanta was started in its Grant Park in 1889, just 9 years earlier.

Item #5: A place to practice
Finley Ford in Illawarra

About 10 years ago our not-so-close (400 yards) neighbors agreed to become foster parents for a couple or 3 children. One of them began learning to play drums. After the bus dropped him off about 4 PM, the sound of drums filled the air on the Naneum Fan. There are intervening woods, so we can’t see the house, but the trees don’t stop the sound. Oh well, I like drums, see Buddy Rich

Well, that is preface to this story: On the side of the road

Item #6: This lady also plays in remote places
Oceanographer Amy MacFadyen

Amy is the wife of a son of our friends Marilyn and Hal. Marilyn was the nerve center of the Geography Department during much of our time at CWU.

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


The bridge project at Liberty Lake Park – Cedar Grove
To view the first installment, click here: Part One

Photo #13: The Mechanical AdvantageInfo about grip hoists, Link

The creek runs from the top to the lower left in the above photo. The red arrow points to the Gabion on the side identified as “near-side” in previous photos. The handle for the grip hoist is extending from the unit down and off the lower edge of the photo.
A thin green line parallels the wire rope running back across the creek to a log. On the right, the green line points to the wire out the back of the unit. Moving the handle causes internal griping of the wire, and it moves through the unit – towards the camera. Not shown is a strap holding the unit to a large tree.
With a movement of the handle end of about 44 inches (¼ circle) the cable is pulled just a couple of inches through the unit. In this case, a log is on the far end of the wire rope, and the log moves toward the unit. This is not a fast process.

Photo #14: The other end
A Logging Choker is wrapped around a log and under tension it tightens on the tree. The wire rope from the far side is attached to the choker. We are good to go. Start cranking.
Occasionally, the end points have to be relocated to achieve a desired direction.
To lift a log, placing rigging in the air is necessary. An extension ladder is used to place “tree huggers” – tough fabric bands.

Photo #15: Getting Airborne
To lift a log, placing rigging in the air is necessary. An extension ladder is used to place “tree huggers” – tough fabric bands.

Photo #16: Watching and calling
There are grip hoists this side and the other. Watchers are along the length of the intended path. They will call to the hoist operators whether to loosen or tighten the tension. On the far side the operator is up the hillside and cannot see what is happening. The message is passed up by a person on that side.

Photo #17: Moving Forward
On this end, the callers and the operator can see the movement of the tree. The idea here is to keep the log above the sill but giving slack so the operator on the far side can pull the log across the creek.
The site is a popular destination for hikers, being just over 2 miles from the trailhead. It gets sufficient use that vegetation is gone from the flat area.

Photo #18: View from the far side
There has been an operator change. This is a learning experience for about half the crew of volunteers. The experienced show the inexperienced, and then step aside.
Alan (closest ‘Orange Hat’) directs the entire operation.
Actually, there are another 7 or 8 folks doing other things, unrelated to the moving of the log.

Photo #19: Over & Down
Trees grow in the forest and on the hillside where they want, and not always in the location needed. The rigging doesn’t usually bring the log to exactly where it is wanted. Here, a volunteer watches the log come across, then steps into position to nudge it to the desired resting place on the sill.

Photo #20: What else is happening?
While the log moving and placing is underway, other things are happening.
Note the red dots. The existing trail is off the top of the photo, but the new one will have to come down, turn behind a tree, and end at the level of the top of the logs. Large rocks are hunted, collected off the hillside, and stockpiled over there. A retaining wall will be built. New trail will be created leading to the bridge.
On this side the trail has to be built up to meet the top of the logs. The red oval highlights rocks collected to build a retaining edge for the material of the trail-tread that will fill the large volume of empty space.
To protect the crossing from high water it is built about 6 feet above the stream bed. The old one is just 18 inches up. The consequence of this height is the need for strong rock walls and lots of fill.

Photo #21: Rocks and Logs
The rock wall is taking shape. Note the rock carrier (of heavy canvas straps) at the feet of the worker with suspenders. Several of the rocks required 6 folks to carry them as much as 100+ feet along the trail to this spot. A guess is the largest weighed over 300 pounds.
A chainsaw is used to trim on the inside of the logs. As material is removed, the logs can be nudged closer, and the space between gets smaller, and the walking surface safer.

Photo #22: Refueling
Lunch time. I captured most of them. I think 2 (+me) are missing.

Photo #23: Limbs, logs, brush
You will have to go back to the beginning to recognize that a lot of things have been removed. Lots of rocks have been added. The main structural parts of the 2-log bridge are in place. Many more hours will be spent putting up a railing and building approaches.
The volunteer on the right side is holding a Peavey; named after Joseph.
Cant Hook or Peavey?

Photo #24: Can the bridge carry a hiker or two?
Belinda (photographer) Cron took photos on about 6 cameras. The rest of us, all 2,500 pounds, show trust of our work.

Hope I got most of this right. There’s much missing, too.
Thanks all.

Cedar Grove — Part One

The bridge project at Liberty Lake Park – Cedar Grove [ Six days ]

Here is a photo-rich and text-deficient report of a project of Washington Trails Association (with Spokane County Parks support) in far eastern Washington. This site is about 1/3 of a mile from the WA/ID boundary line.
Many of the photos were taken by volunteer Belinda Cron, with some by John Hultquist. Sorry if I miss others, but thanks Belinda.
The project was directed by Alan Carter Mortimer, WTA Seattle. Spokane area crew leaders were Holly Weiler and Jane Baker.

Photo #1: Existing CrossingThe trail comes downhill on the far side – shown by orange dots – and crosses to the near side on a well aged bridge. The orange arrow points to a fallen tree, used as a support. Being late September, after a dry summer, the stream is low – just a few inches deep. Stream bed is just 18 inches below the log.

Photo #2: Concept sketch
The concept is to replace the old bridge (left) with a 2-log flat walking surface, with a handrail on the up-stream side. The new structure will be about 6 feet above the stream bed. The design will accommodate those riding bicycles.

Photo #3: Measure

The supports for the two ends are being located, then digging can begin. There are tree branches and downed material still in the work area.

Photo #4: Platform started, rocks gathered
Looks like lunch time. Note the pile of rocks. Gatherers are taking a break in the background. The four folks in the foreground are well on the way to having the near-side platform dug.

Photo #5: Gabion constructed
Orange dots show the location of the trail. Note the right-most dot is at the place where someone in a blue shirt is hiking.
The center of this image shows a wire basket-like structure filled with rocks. This is a Gabion; LINK.

Photo #6: Near side Gabion
On the near side, the Gabion is ready for filling. Rocks need to be larger than the holes. The edges are held together with a metal spiral, much like that used on some note books.

Photo #7: Sill placement
The gabion is a foundation but not the best thing to connect the logs to. Wood sills do this job. These could have been formed from trees. The County Parks folks chose cut-in-a-mill sills.
Under the rocks a metal bar/plate anchors 2 long steel rods. These are threaded on the top end. Note the orange oval on the right, and the second rod top just to the left of the yellow level.

Photo #8: The logs
Two trees were cut on the slope in the distance. They were brought off the hill and the bark removed. In spring, inner bark (phloem) is soft and wet. This can be peeled easily, but does vary. In fall, the bark holds more tightly and the thick outer material requires more work to get it off. Thick, old, bark from close to the ground is no fun at all.
Bark holds water and becomes a habitat for critters that damage wood. That’s why we take it off. I like to use a sharp axe on the tougher parts. “Draw knives” can be used, but are better on the thinner bark.

Photo #9: One log peeled, another to go.
Over several hours there were crew changes, as we went off to do some other things.

Photo #10: Topping the log
The three green lines indicate cuts across the top of the log. Deciding what the top is, and marking how deep the cuts will be, is time consuming, but not physically demanding.
The red oval shows chunks that have been knocked off the log. There is much of this material. It gets cleaned up and dispersed off in the forest.

Photo #11: After the saw makes parallel cuts
Getting the top off requires work. There are several techniques.
The young lady on top of the log is using an adze (adz) LINK to adze This very ancient tool is in the hands of a soon-to-be highly skilled medical doctor. How cool is that!
We showed her how and she got busy. I used an ax. Two others used 2″ wide chisels and hammers. After a time, it got crowded with safety becoming and issue. I left this task and worked elsewhere.

Photo #12: Laying out equipment
We have just retrieved tools from a cache up the slope. The folks lined up pass a tool down to the next, and the next; a human chain or brigade. Important equipment in the foreground are grip hoists and wire rope (cable).

That’s all for now. We’ve got 2 big logs to move. Later! John

Not so nasty news September 28

Item #1: Autumn Crunchiness

LINK: Breaking Cat News
Autumn is settling in. The walnut trees are completely yellow and still hold many nuts. A strong gust will strip them of both. This is expected Tuesday – gusts may be to 25 miles per hour. From now until then the forecast is for nothing over 13 mph.
Our local paper “adjusted” the comic section last year and added Breaking Cat News. I guess Georgia Dunn’s creation became successful and too pricey for the small publication and it was dropped about 4 months after the EBRG paper started with it.
The paper could drop several of the others that have no redeeming qualities, including being not funny and poor art work.
Instead the paper just stopped printing a Friday edition. Today was electronic only. Which day will get dropped next?
Trees will be allowed to stand, age, and get crunchy all by themselves.

If you listen to the song City of New Orleans by Steve Goodman and think of the slow demise of the passenger trains, there is now a slow demise of many printed publications. Steve Goodman was diagnosed with leukemia in the 1960s and died in 1984.

Item #2: A crowd in a box

A cruise ship, the Norwegian Bliss is about the length of three football fields at 364 yards and is capable of carrying nearly 6,000 people.
See: arriving in Vancouver, BC
Go. Have a good time. Send a postcard.

Item #3: No need to hurry

Another tortoise story of 7 years duration.

The carapace of the radiated tortoise is brilliantly marked with yellow lines radiating from the center of each dark plate of the shell, hence the name.
Wikipedia claims the Radiated tortoise can live 188 years.

Thinking I might find out something more about this story, I found a different one: from Madagascar
9,888 tortoises in your house seems a bit much.

I did find more of the Perth story: Burglary – twice

Item #4: I’ll have all 4

This story started 10 days ago when needles were found in various fruits including apples, bananas, and strawberries. The link below (at the end) has the original story – if you care.
But this happened: Every year sundaes have been made to support the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, with all monies raised going to medical research.
But on this occasion, the funds went to the Queensland Strawberry Association.
14,000 sundaes

Link to original story

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

Not so nasty news Sept 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seems like fall

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

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

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

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

White Heron 9-9-18 Weighing Carpathian Walnut Package

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

Monday, Sept 10

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Sept 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Sept 12

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Sept 13

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

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

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

Gråsten Palace

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

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

Finished dishes.

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

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

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

Green, Green Grass by Evie & others with harmony

Friday, Sept 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Sept 15

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

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

Sunday, Sept 16

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

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

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

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan