Not so Nasty News June 14th

Item #1: Image

Knowing nothing about “Instagram”, when the headline popped up about Perth’s Crawley Edge Boatshed and it is the same color as my Crosstrek, I decided to have a look.
Thanks to its popularity on Instagram, the shed has become a major tourist attraction, a traffic hazard issue, and a significant cost to the state of Western Australia. It is spending thousands of dollars to install a public toilet nearby to accommodate the many tourists who flock here for social media photos.
In US dollars a potty nearby will cost $278,000 to construct and another $38/day for servicing.

All you need to know

Well, there is this, in the 1830s, Henry Sutherland named the area Crawley Park in honour of his mother, whose maiden name was Maria Crawley, and the bay became known as Crawley Bay. That name has changed several times but the little blue boat shed has kept its name.
Matilda Bay

#2: Ash trays?
I noticed a story (link below) that makes me wonder about ashtrays in cars. A driver pointed to a “cup holder” in his car (Where years ago an ash tray might have been?) and told the Officer “I didn’t want my car to burn.”
This was in Canada. The officer warned the man not to “smoke in your car”, also slapping him with a $575 ticket, around $432 USD.

I checked and found that one can buy ash trays for cars that fit into a cup holder and light up. The one shown in the photo is just $12.88 and: It’s a really cute and sweet gift for you and your friends who smoke and drive car.
Who knew? Almost makes me want to have one.

Item #3: P-plater
Another speeding ticket, $1,036 AU. I think.
I had to look this up. P-plate: plastic square sticker consisting of a large red letter P on a white background, placed on a vehicle to indicate that the driver only has a provisional driver’s license.

P-plater going 201kph

His speed was just under 125 mph.
The location is north of Adelaide, South Australia.
The car, a Holden Commodore, is a General Motors vehicle, sold and built in OZ since 1978. Since 2017 it is imported from Germany.

Item #4: Something to think about

What do you want to be buried with?

Related, but from another link:
A woman told her pastor: “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand. My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming…like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!”

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come.”

Item #5: She didn’t take this with her

Survival Food

Early today there was a web-blog exchange about a 4-day electrical power outage in Dallas TX.. That’s a bit long for some things to last in a cooler. Folks had to toss food that didn’t last. Thus, when this headline came up, I had to look.

Saskatoon senior amassed $20K in doomsday prep food before her death

Her stash included eggs, rice, beans, lentil burgers, pasta, cheesy broccoli, strawberries, vanilla pudding — all in vacuum-sealed bags in boxes and plastic pails. Some packages have hundreds of servings.
Iris Sparrow died two days shy of her 80th birthday. RIP

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

She’s working on it

At the bottom of this page, it says this entry is posted as Humor.
She has promised “later” tonight, or in the morning.
Some of her writings were before the computer “blinked” and so it is indeed like finding the way out of a maze.
The need is to get last week’s stuff in order, and to get the new week’s stuff (and images) composed.
Yesterday, the wrist-band blood pressure device quit. She needs one to know how much of one medicine to take.
BiMart has a great return policy, but the place is 20 minutes away. And dealing with the return makes the in-store time double, compared to just walking in and buying a new one.
They had a winter boot clearance sale. That improved the experience for me.

The weather folks had been predicting a series of snowfalls. We did get 3″ today and may get some more, but serious snow and wind seem to be coming in south of us and wrapping to the northeast. Suits us.
Our local weather station at the airport is still reading 15 to 20 degrees high. See my previous ‘Not So Nasty News’ post. At the bottom, click on previous.
Neighbor Allen went by with his tractor, on the way to clear snow from a space for a cattleman friend, and on the way back cleaned our drive. If it snows again tonight we won’t have so much to drive over tomorrow. Nancy needs to get to the Lab at the hospital for a drawing of blood; an INR check.
It is now 7:55 — so I’ll guess not much else happens tonight.

Near Cleveland, where Peggy lives, they are expecting 60 mph winds during the night. Highest so far is 53.

Okay. Stay warm and dry.


Not so nasty news Nov 23rd

Item #1: Cats

Comic by Georgia Dunn — Breaking Cat NewsHave you ever offerd a cat “space” goo?
We’ve not been big fans, but the medical folks, in the past, suggested Cranberries and blood thiners interact.
The Cranberry folks beg to differ. HERE
That is from a few years ago. So, if you like space goo, and you are taking Coumadin, ask trusted medical pros about it.
If you do not like cranberry products, it saves you the trouble. And that’s the good news.

However, never allow animals (dogs, esp) to have sugarless chewing gum or anything else made with Xylitol. If you suspect a dog has eaten such, get to your veterinarian, pronto.

Item #2: Also cats
Some signs that you might have cat DNA.

Item #3: Another cat

You need to know about Brexit.
Item #4: For you ‘cats’ that wonder about government efficiencyOnly a couple more inches and water will run in.

Item #5: Life is good
By now you know about ‘killer’ Romaine. It is hard to say how salad lovers are taking this. For the rest of us there is chocolate, wine, Scotch, cake, and pie.Well, Thanksgiving is over but there are lots of leftovers, and more holidays.

Before signing off:
Washington is getting snow in the mountains. Not good for cross-state travel – I-90 is closed because of accidents. Chinook Pass is closed until spring. Stevens Summit has snow, and travel restrictions.
Irrigators are watching with glee.

Also, no one was seriously injured when a bus (1 of 6) carrying Washington’s Husky Marching Band went off the road – about an hour east of Ellensburg, on the way to Pullman. Still, the band did not get to play at the big football game – The Apple Cup.

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


There is to be a day or so delay in getting things posted this week.
Likely we will get the blog out mid-Monday, Pacific Time.

As you can see from the photo, Nancy and a few of her friends were partying!


This Week’s Not So Nasty News

Item #1: New phones

Nancy and I just ordered new phones, the Motorola MOTO E4 Plus, with an Android 7.1 operating system. They arrived via mail on Thursday but we both have been busy. We hope to get them ready for use on Saturday.

This brings us into the very early 21st century. We hope they will be able to connect to a network from here on the Naneum Fan – unlike the ones we now have.
Our car guy says they will work in Nancy’s 2014 Forester. This phone is said to have a very good camera for its price.
The base price is $125, +$10.00 tax, and we also ordered hard glass fronts and a wrap-around case. Add another $13. So almost $150 each.
Nancy’s wrap-around cover is black. Mine is red – so I can better keep track of it.

Item #2: Lemonade stands

Seems as though there is a lemonade story every week.
This one is from Ballston Spa, New York, named after Rev. Eliphalet Ball, a Congregationalist clergyman. But that’s not all. The village lies on the border of two towns and is partly in the Town of Ballston and partly in the Town of Milton.
The village was famous for its spring used for healing in sanatoriums. The water contains salt and other minerals. Now the town is home to the Saratoga County Fair – just ended. This year’s admission fee was $12, 2 bucks more than our County’s fair that starts in September.
A bit of digression there, but I learned something.**

So back to lemonade:
Brendan Mulvaney, was selling lemonade
. . . when riot police from the NY Health Department showed up.
Okay, no police, just a woman in a T-shirt.

Deep in this story is this:”The youngster was charging 75 cents a cup for pre-mixed lemonade, while fresh-squeezed at the fair was going for about $7.

Personally, I would have shut the fair down for price gouging and allowed young Brendan to enlarge his business.

~~~~ About electric railroads~ ~ ~ ~
**story as text – Kaydeross Railroad

story as visuals

Item #3: CPR rescue – not about me

Crew leaders for Washington Trails have to have a first aid class. It is not really enough for what we do and where we go, so many folks get more training: a Wilderness First Aid (2 day) class, or a Wilderness First Responder course, 9 days. In the simple Red Cross first aid class we do learn to call 911, how to do CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Thus this story caught my attention.
This is about Chris Parsons, a street performer – clown type – who was in Saskatoon to have a good time. The big street party is called Fringe Festival.
That story is here: CPR

Twas news to me that “Fringe Festivals” exist at all. But then we are not much into such things.
Some information here: Fringe

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

A late Mother’s Day note

Better late than not at all.
Today involved a trip to town and took 3 times longer than anticipated.

We’ll use this as a notice that Monday morning we will get Nancy’s weekly stuff out.



Happy 4th of July

We’ll work on Nancy’s writing effort on Monday. Meanwhile, consider:

Representatives of thirteen colonies participated in a Convention from May 25 to September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth colony to ratify the document completed in Philly, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U. S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789.

It might seem that March 4, 1789 should be considered the “birthday” of the United States of America. Other choices are possible.

There is, of course, the Declaration Independence. The first public reading of this document was on July 8, 1776. However, the official date of adoption of the Declaration is given as July 4.

The USA celebrates its birthday on July 4, representing a birth about 13 years before its existence. Hope that clears things up for you.

Go Figure! Regardless of all this: Happy 4th of July

Here is the flag.

Nothing ever happens

Well, of course, stuff happens.
That is why we cannot get a grip and post a report by Saturday or even Sunday.

Looking for Monday Noon posting and that is Left Coast Time.

Now, time for pie & ice cream. Then sleep.

Sweet dreams.


Down at the grocery store there is a machine with a chair. You can sit in the chair and there is an apparatus to check your blood pressure. If the machine senses your blood pressure is too high, it won’t let go. You are stuck there until a medical team shows up to evaluate you. The EMTs were on an accident call and we were stuck there all of yesterday.
That’s why we are late getting a regular events of the week report prepared.
Bad joke, huh?
John is thinking we will post late Sunday evening. Yikes!

John will be gone from 7 AM to 5 PM on Sunday and by then Nancy will have gotten all the parts together. She has taken and posted a short video today based on the events that led to this photo:

This image is taken from Nancy’s video.
She was standing near the front door and the fence is 20 feet away.

Cream or Ice Cream?

We are working on the week’s report but it is now 9 PM here on the left coast and we are not done – and there are still a couple of pounds of Strawberries to work on. So the blog will appear on Sunday.

The title comes from the fact that the favorite snack at the tennis doings at the All England Club (Wimbledon) is fresh Strawberries with cream. Interestingly, this year has produced a bumper crop of berries – so many that they confidently wait until the day of use and begin picking at 5 AM and they have developed good estimates of how many they need.
We are looking for the serving size and cost. Not yet found.
Like England, the Naneum Fan is having a great Strawberry season. I (John) picked about 6 pounds of Strawberries this afternoon and Nancy fixed 2 pound-packets of the nicest ones for neighbors. Neither neighbor has responded to Nancy’s call, so we may have to eat them all. Meaning, also, we will have to clean, slice, and freeze them. More to be harvested tomorrow.
Those less than perfect berries are yet to be done – soon now. They will be served with ice cream. There is one of life’s little mysteries – tennis royalty likes cream, we like ice cream. How has that come about?