Medical visit and more

Monday, Nov 2

I slept in, but we need to go to Yakima Heart Center for today for two routine visits for me for a device check and an appointment with my cardiologist. While there, we’ll make a Costco run.

I started early with hot coffee and then added a nutritious protein milkshake of chocolate Ensure with peach yogurt.
Printed my immunization record and added info for Dr. Krueger.

Morning call from Ellensburg Animal Hospital about Annie’s medication. We just cancelled it. Long story, but they “by law” cannot refill a prescription from 2019 without another visit. She’s doing fine without it (it was a pain med). She’s not showing signs of needing it any longer.

John has been outside feeding horses, opening the gate, getting the paper. Temperature is freezing.
Need to send the current blog published last night to a few people whose photographs I used. We’re leaving here about 11:30 for Yakima.

John drove us to the Yakima Heart Center for my appointments. The first was for 1:00 p.m., for my ICD device check (good, with 12 yrs. battery life left), and the cardiologist followed at 2:00 p.m. ECG given at the beginning by his technician. That went fine, and I just received a transcription in the mail on 11/7, in time to acknowledge it here. ECG was fine and unchanged from the last time (6-mo interval between appointments). I’ll have a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) in 2 weeks, and those test results plus my blood tests for thyroid & liver will be ordered by my PCP and sent to him yearly. At my spring appointment next year, I will have another pacer check and an echocardiogram the same day in the new location, “Heart Central of WA” on 64th Ave., near Walmart on W. Nob Hill Blvd., west of town. This is a new center being created from about 20% of doctors and staff. It is related to one hospital closing in Yakima and the remaining one consolidating functions unto itself.

From the Yakima Heart Center (next to Memorial Hospital, now owned by VA Mason from Seattle), we drove to Union Gap, WA to the Costco store. Did a lot of shopping for us and our neighbor. We had to load up on paper products (TP, Kleenex, Paper towels), sugar, canola oil, pancake mix, some things we get only there for the better price (dog food, Kirkland brand “almond drink”, bacon, their fantastic “Christmas” Fruit Cake I like so well. There was a good price on 24 containers of Yoplait yogurt (31₵/container). The Hershey Company, responding to the diverse lock-downs around the Nation, have introduced packaging to encourage more consumption at home. There was a package of 30 of 3 different types of Hershey chocolate candy bars @ 50₵ each. We’d been paying 80₵ in EBRG.

Brunch: Bacon, eggs, fresh pears, and I had 2 pieces of English Muffin toasting bread, while John had French fries.

John went out to mow on the other side of the irrigation ditch, near the road.

10 robocallers thus far today from two different numbers in White Swan. Just had the last. Times started a.m. at 9:30.
Go tonight to Kittitas Pantry, a little before 6:00 to get donation receipt for 16# cat food, John delivered last Friday before 1:00 p.m.

Worked on sending requests for background research papers and links to web resources for Friday’s lecture this week. Contacted Chris Mattinson, about Friday topic background materials. Received help from Jerome (Geologist) in BC, at the Vancouver Island University, in Nanaimo. Got one research paper back from Chris. I added his email address to the Bcc: list.

Supper: Sandwiches grilled cheese with crumbled sirloin tip roast, cinnamon pears, yellow apples, fried onion rings, and French fries. Dessert: Nanaimo bars with blueberry swirl ice cream.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 2=13.

Tuesday, Nov 3

Strange wake-up to a fiery a.m. sky at 6:27 a.m. with cats at the front door wanting food.
This captured from Badger Pocket vicinity just before 7:00 a.m.Incredible sunrise photographed by Keith McGowan, published on his wife, Lise McGowan’s Facebook page. Lise provides the majority of their photos posted, but this is a winner in my book!Sunrise capture by Lori Waters from Ellensburg at 6:39 a.m.

I went back to bed and slept in until 8:20 a.m. (through a rude 7:22 a.m. -5107-robocaller from White Swan, WA which is blocked and only rings once. We got 4 calls this morning from different numbers (the 4 digits, following the time): 8:27-5145, 8:49-5108, 9:14-5145, 9:54-5145.

Slept in until 8:15 and John helped me get my medicine tablet out of the new container. Took and set timer for ½ hour, but the timer did not work. Luckily, I was paying attention to the time and set my computer timer to notify me. I had previously plugged in my external backup drive for its weekly backup at noon. Chocolate Ensure shake with peach yogurt.

Today is our day for many important errands. Reviewing those here. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ First stop, by Eva Frink’s porch to drop off a thank-you box of John’s onions, pick up a cat litter box she’s giving us, and leaving her a couple of egg cartons. ∞∫∞ We were able to skip Bi-Mart because Connie B. checked my number and called me before we left to tell me. ∞∫∞ Went by the AAC to pick up my Bingo cards for Game Day with CLC this Thurs. ∞∫∞ On by Amy’s & Haley’s with some things to share. ∞∫∞ Went by Jerrol’s to pick up my Roadside Geology of Alaska book that arrived late in the afternoon when I was in earlier that day expecting to pick it up. Then down to Fred Meyer to get Red Baron pizzas for $2.50 each. ∞∫∞ From there out to Pilot Gas Center to fill John’s rig ($2.399/gal). ∞∫∞ On from there around the round-about to the office of the local gravel and concrete place with his question about landscape rock, and while there, I was able to use their restroom. ∞∫∞ From there back a neat route to Dry Creek Rd right to the location of our next stop to deliver groceries to a family. ∞∫∞ Back by Grocery Outlet for our gallon & 1/4 Ice Cream tub of vanilla, because it was nearing last two stops before home. ∞∫∞ On from there up Water St. to pick up the two 35mm slides we left last week to be transferred into digital images to share with the Hultquist family, and pay our bill, plus hand off 3 onions as a thank you. The trip to Jade Cove probably took place in 1963, in Aug/Sept. Look below in the blog to see the digital images with an explanation. ∞∫∞ On to our last stop off Wilson Creek to leave a donation of a box of 4 place settings of flowered dishes for Naomi’s Hope to give to women who have suffered domestic violence or another crisis in their lives. (See credo below).

Afternoon snack: heated brownie bar with cup of coffee.

Mentioned above was our picking up our two 35mm slides. Peggy Hultquist and brother Richard (30) in 1963 at Jade Cove along the California coast, south of Dick’s location in San Jose. Dick was working as a rocket scientist for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company at Sunnyvale’s Moffett Field.

Peggy (22) and brother John (19), in the photo below.
John went by train, starting in Pennsylvania, then the San Francisco Chief out of Chicago. Later, Peggy flew out and we bummed around some more. There are lots of photos somewhere, and Peggy recently found two slides. An EBRG fellow did the digitizing for us.

Supper: Pizza by John with a little help from Red Baron. Appetizer, cinnamon pears from Louaine. My dessert was strawberry ice cream.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 3=12.

Wednesday, Nov 4

Before 9:00 a.m. our landline had 5 robocallers. This is irritating. First one came at 7:22 a.m.! My mom always told me not to call anyone until after 9:00 a.m. in the morning.

The technicians finally came up from Pendleton, Oregon to fix the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) at the KELN Ellensburg airport. It has not been reporting any figures for the past few days. Such things are often near runways for your flying safety. Watch for one, if you are flying.
Morning milkshake of chocolate Ensure with Vanilla Bean yogurt.12:27 pm, Reecer Creek, Irene Rinehart Riverside Park, from the Middle Bridge, photographed by Glenn Engels.

Warmer today, with no wind. John worked a lot outside and I worked inside.
Lunch: Progresso soup, chicken with wild rice, carrots, diced tomatoes, and Cheez-its.
Late afternoon snack for Nancy: 2 Reece’s peanut butter cups. John had his right after his lunch.
Supper: Pork, rice & onion gravy, with fried breaded cauliflower. Dessert: Brownie bar heated, with strawberry ice cream.

Need to do some tax receipt filing tonight. I never had time today between other projects I was working on included loading the
dishwasher, emailing background scientific papers to the study group members for Nick Zentner’s lecture this Friday where we have a guest lecturer, who is the chair of Geological Sciences Department at CWU—Chris Mattinson.
I have decided, for a time, at the end of each day to report the total number of robocaller connections: Nov 4=14.

Thursday, Nov 5

7:12a.m. robocaller from White Swan, WA. Slept in until 8:15 a.m.
Hot coffee and chocolate Ensure shake with strawberry yogurt.

Washed my hair in the morning to be ready for Celia’s haircut.
Got bottles packed for her with WSJ auto stories for her hubby, Bobby. This is a series of “me and my car” as told to reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Involves the owner, the car, and the history thereof.

Pick a birthday card for Gloria Swanson to get in the mail next week before Nov 11 when there’s no postal mail delivery.

NOON to 1pm: Game day AAC led by the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement (CLCE) at CWU – Bingo via ZOOM. We played several games, and I won a horizontal Bingo, a vertical Bingo, and two of us won a Full Blackout card game. When done in person at the Senior Center, they have actual raffle tickets to give for winning games, and then prizes donated from town businesses are given and people put their raffle tickets into cups, near the prize. A couple years ago I won an Ellensburg Rodeo Baseball cap I like and a gift certificate somewhere from the chamber of commerce.

It rained this morning and may this afternoon too.
My lunch was chicken flavored Ramen pasta soup with added cooked chicken breast meat and Cheez-its.

Get $cash ready.. Pack up bottles for Celia, and newspaper articles for Bobby, and present of stuffed pink pig for Celia. Haircut at 2:30 p.m.

This morning I contacted Ken Hammond’s son (an avid bowler) about bowling trophies, we’d uncovered in our stash. I have more somewhere. Late afternoon, I received a call from David Hammond (no more bowling trophies given out in leagues not in at least 10 years. No trophy place left in town.) Guess I’m stuck with them. Found one that went back to 1959/60 for me in the American Junior Bowling Congress (AJBC). I was 16. I worked across the street from my house in Atlanta, GA, at Broadview Plaza Lanes, started $1.00/hr. and increased to $1.50. I did every imaginable job in the business. Opened and closed sometimes, because I lived so close to the plaza location and had keys.

Supper: French fried onion rings, thinly sliced sirloin tip roast in onion gravy, fried battered cauliflower with cheese, round seasoned baguette toasted crackers. Dessert: Tart cherry pie with Phoebe strawberry ice cream for me; vanilla for John and the cats and dog.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 5 = 14.

Friday, Nov 6

Up with a hungry cat (Sue) outside at 5:00 a.m., 6:00 with the dog. Woody arrived later in the morning. Stayed resting until almost 9:00 a.m., but was interrupted with robobcallers yet none during the 7:00 hour as in the previous two days.

Made two orders this morning first from ECP to be delivered next Thursday AM – a load of landscape small river-rocks (called oversized washed; 1.5 inches up to 5), probably $200+ on credit card. John hopes they will include some colorful flatish rocks. Me too.

Unsure the timing of this from Waste Management, a large metal dumpster 30 cubic yards paid $500.06, in advance and will only be charged the amount of the final pickup and delivery. The receipt is stored in my computer photos for Nov 1st week.

Today, Nick Zentner is joined by Chris Mattinson, as his guest lecturer on his rock research specialty. Chris is the chair of the CWU Geological Sciences Department and also his neighbor.Green rocks photographed by Nick

‘Nick from Home’ #90 – Exotic O: Green Rocks

Lunch: John had dinner leftovers and I had a protein drink of chocolate Ensure with peach yogurt. Was going to have afternoon leftover soup from yesterday, but decided to wait until tomorrow for it.

During the show I had two Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, and a class of Strawberry-Lemonade PowerAde.

Over ½-hour putting my medications into my weekly dispensing tray, with John’s help halving some of them.

Supper: 3 things: side dish of chicken & BBQ sauce & Macaroni & cheese (like a baked chicken pie); chicken stir fry with onions and red peppers, butternut squash baked with pecan halves. Dessert: heated tart cherry pie with vanilla ice cream. Sunset by Tom Harbaugh at 5:00 pm from Brickmill Rd

The total number of robocaller connections for 11/6 =14.

Saturday, Nov 7

Up at 8:00 a.m. to start the cold day, (still below freezing), after being up at 4:00 to feed Woody.
John and I watched about 10 deer walk through our pasture gate and up the driveway. He walked Annie up the drive and get a birthday card into to the mailbox for pickup to my 95-year-old friend, Gloria. Cle Elum is just 30 miles away, but it won’t go there directly. Hoping for a Monday delivery, but John thinks Wednesday. Veteran’s Day is a USPS holiday. She never gets mail on her birthday; maybe it will make it there before. I’m hopeful.

Got all my suggested background reference links emailed to the study group members, with the link to the lecture for tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Sent before 11:00 a.m.

Dialed phone in GA of my first geography teacher to wish his wife, Jolayne, a happy birthday at 1:17 p.m. today, but no answer. Maybe they went out for an early birthday dinner. She and he (Sandy) were our chaperone leaders in 1965 for a Geography Field Trip to Europe for 9 weeks. Tried calling later but no answer, so perhaps they are off visiting their son’s wife.

A little before 5:00 tonight, John popped us some popcorn and buttered it. Nice treat.
Supper: Chicken soup with added chicken from last night’s stir fry and diced tomatoes and all sorts of things. Very tasty and full of surprises. Also had some panko crusted fried shrimp, also good; dessert was warmed tart cherry pie topped with vanilla ice cream.

I’m loading the dishwasher, and working on emails.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 7 = ZERO. Guess the scammers do not work on weekends. What a nice reprise from the past week of too many interruptions. {John wonders if many were election related – now over.} Nancy’s comment. Election day was Nov 3. We got them (a lot) after that day.

Sunday, Nov 8

Up at 6:00 a.m. with Woody and Sue wanting fed. I was late getting out there for them this morning. Back to bed for more rest.
Up 8:00 started 8:18 collecting pre-show comments.
Having a hot cup of coffee to warm up.

Nick’s morning talk lasted for 2 hrs. ~900 viewers worldwide; temperature was 37° in his backyard at the start of the lecture, and up to 40° at the end. Still pretty chilly.Tomyhoi Peak is one mile south of the Canada-US border. {Picture}
Gary Paull’s perspective of the rugged “foothills” in the Eastern Cascades titled lecture this morning. Gary is a photographer extraordinaire, which you will see in the Cozy Fort in today’s last part of the video lecture before Q&A. Check it out. Gary gifted (in a previous show) this image as a framed picture for Nick & Liz’s home wall. There are no annotations on that photograph. This was for help with the lecture today.

‘Nick from Home’ #91 Exotic P-Eastern Cascade Foothills

Didn’t get my milkshake of chocolate Ensure with French vanilla yogurt fixed until the end of Nick’s session. Now enjoying it. John will be coming in around noon to fix breakfast.Our view ability today.

Breakfast: Bacon, blueberry pancake, cinnamon pear, and Bartlett pear shared; coffee for me.

36-minute call talking to our cousin, Ethel Reynolds, 103, in Brookville, PA. She is so wonderfully alert and with the world around her. Caught up on much family stuff, as well as many other topics about our world! She’s amazing. A friend brought her a plate of pork and sauerkraut she grew the cabbage for and made! The woman’s mother was named Ethel, so she always calls our cousin, “Mom.”

Supper: Sauce with meat and spaghetti.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John