Partying and Playing

Sunday, Apr 23

For Apr 22 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.26. Events: 2 H, 1 PP, 21 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 38 min with (max = 9 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 89, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 92.5%. Pulse avg. 54.0, low 49.

We slept in an hour longer than usual!

Blog creation published just before 2:00 p.m. Won’t happen this week.

Ended up leaving for town in the truck to pick up broken concrete sidewalk pieces. They were heavy, but thankfully, John had the help of an 18 yr. old strong and agile young man, Trip (he’s John Landon III). They lifted a dozen large and many smaller pieces into the back of the truck, and then it started raining, so they both were soaked. I had on my rain jacket, but quit taking pictures.3 photos: Before in Ellensburg – after in our yard . . .
. . . showing where John unloaded them near the RR ties he plans to use with them to construct a loading dock. This is a project started several years ago when a bulldozer rearranged a bit of the field. Maybe it will get done this summer.

Another collage at the pickup site:John and Trip loading a chunk of sidewalk; middle John talking with Laura and an inside shot from the side canopy door of part of the load. I don’t have a photo of the complete load, until after it was emptied, but I watched a lot of hard work go into the loading. I’m grateful that Trip was there and willing to help John.
We left behind 4 pots of Hens and Chicks for them to plant and I will retrieve the pots when they get them planted. I also found out both the boys are musicians (Violin & Viola), so I will be sharing our KV F&F music with them.

We left and it started hailing on us, as we drove to Anne’s to water her plants and pick up her mail. On home and we had a late supper.

Finished Irish Lullaby that I received from Evie with corrections.

Monday, Apr 24

For Apr 23 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=1.72. Events: 2 CSR, 11 H, 1 PP, 24 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 23 min with (max = 13 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 93.1%. Pulse avg. 52.2, low 47.

John left for White Heron pruning at 7:40 and I sat resting for 1/2 hour. I’d already begun my day early with taking John’s BP. Finally, the new medication is working to lower it. This morning was the lowest I have ever seen for him: 118/70 with pulse 55 – more like my readings (except his pulse is always lower).

These daffodils cheered me and made washing dishes a happy occurrence when I could see these and look over them to watch birds feeding.Daffodils from our yard. John wants some of the pink ones.

John called to ask me to boil some eggs, as yesterday, for a salad: smoked turkey, cheese, Honeycrisp apple, egg, a little relish, with a small amount of mayonnaise.

I spent the day on chores at home. When John got home we ate, and then he went outside.

I’m still following Anne and Glenn Engels trip to Peru. Here’s today’s fix.Peruvian Dancers and Musicians at their evening dinner.

Tuesday, Apr 25

For Apr 24 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.52. Events: 1 CSR, 3 H, 20 RERA. Time on 5 hrs 49 min with (max = 13 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 93.1%. Pulse avg. 51.9, low 50.

I received a haircut today from Celia. I took a Nioxin Conditioner bottle to Celia for her to buy me a replacement on part 2 of the washings. I still have enough of the other parts. I came home and decided on the date of my next haircut. We put it on hers and my calendar. She’s done my hair since 1988, and now continues from her home, as she closed her business a decade ago. She’s only a little over a mile away.

I had my lunch as leftovers from salad yesterday and did dishes. I seldom complain of doing that chore, because John is so great about doing all the cooking, and he helps with the heavy pieces.
After getting home from my haircut, I went through more music preparation. Our exercise class was not held today because they are preparing for tonight’s shindig. It is the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Armory when the paid staff of agencies of various sorts honor their community helpers. Our music group qualifies for recognition from several of the sponsors. John’s trail work does not earn him a spot but now he goes as a spouse.

We had a good time and fun with friends from our group at our table. We had Evie and Peter Schuetz, Gerald Gordon, Tim Henebry and Roberta Clark, John and me at the table, and next door were four of the folks from the AAC (the senior center). We had room at our table for one other, but she had knee pain and couldn’t join us.

This poster, below, presents the theme of the evening. Center pieces were glass jars with an inch of sand in the bottom, shells, and related decorations. It is shown in the left photo under the poster.The invitation.Center photo is my photo. Lise McGowan, Pacifica Senior Living, took the 2 on the left & right edges.
Left is our centerpiece, the meal with BBQ beef brisket sandwich with salad sides of carrot/raisin, Cole slaw, potato salad, and baked beans. This was preceded by a mixed salad. Lemonade, coffee, or water for beverage. On the right is a view of the incredible dessert table offerings. Nancy & John at the Volunteer Appreciation dinner, with the long wall decoration backdrop from the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center.

Another fix from Peru:Amazon Rainforest canopy, water lilies >3′ across, & wild banana.

You can be as smart as a 5th Grader: Giant Water Lilies
Use this [ large lily pads amazon-river thorns ] as an ‘Image’ search phrase. Lots of pictures are posted.

Wednesday, Apr 26

For Apr 25 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=1.40. Events: 1 CSR, 10 H, 21 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 8 min with (max = 15 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 92.5%. Pulse avg. 53.4, low 40.

This was the last day of pruning wine grapevines for John. Next week, when they round up enough people (5 needed), he will go back to help with bottling the Rose’.

I have to go for a blood draw tomorrow, for my standing order, and for 3 tests for my appointment next week with my cardiologist. I called Kim at the Lab to alert her that I would be coming so she could return my 3/4 size violin I loaned her daughter. The lab was busy and no one was answering the phone, so Leah at the front desk offered to personally deliver the message! It is not a far walk for her to do that, but it was very nice. Maybe I can carry some Daffodils to her. I did, on Friday.

Interesting break this morning when I went to the kitchen to fix my toast. I looked out the window and saw a lone Merriam turkey alternately flipping his tail feathers into a fan. I grabbed my camera and went to another window. After a couple of pictures, I realized I needed to video the activity. Here are the amusing results below. Video is rather short because I had to stop and run outside to shoo him away from the truck, although it wasn’t likely to be damaged.Merriam Turkey attacking himself in the shiny bumper of the F350

Tom sees Tom and fight ensues

Very windy day – up to 40mph gusts! Just when I was out gallivanting about town.

Today, was our little mascot Haley’s 4th birthday. I carried a stuffed Dalmatian puppy by for her and met both sets of grandparents. What a nice surprise! Check below for her thank you note.
Gloria and I were on our way home from singing and eating at the Food Bank Soup Kitchen (where a group of us play music for 1/2 hour), and then afterward, she and I go to SAIL exercise.

Thursday, Apr 27

For Apr 26 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=1.49. Events: 1 CSR, 10 H, 10 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 43 min with (max = 15 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 93.0%. Pulse avg. 53.0, low 49.

I went for my blood draw. Whoopee. INR=2.3, Potassium=4.7, and other tests: CMP 1.3 Creatine, Uric Acid 3.9, BNP, 2.66.
I do not have to go back for another month. NICE! The other tests were for my May 5 appointment with my Cardiologist.

We played music at Hearthstone to an appreciative audience. Met Tom there (guy we’ve known since his ex-wife took our Wine class years ago. Now he’s a resident there. I gave out the new song list to a couple of people and encouraged other capable of printing their own to do it to save on my ink and paper cost. I use our supplies to get the master arranged, ready for copying or sending, and then printing for all those without a printer. At least this time, I only have to add 3 songs to the audience copies and make a couple of sets to round out the number of the audience. Each year, five or more disappear – not returned by the audience, but what do they do with them? I gave a printed copy of the new song list for May & June to the two people there who do not have a computer as I had emailed the list to others.

I received a nice thank you note from Haley for her birthday present, the stuffed Dalmatian doggie. Right after she sang the words to Cockles & Mussels today, we all sang Happy Birthday to Haley! Everyone in the audience sang along as well! They love her at all the places we go.Received this today from Haley and mom, Amy. Haley’s drawings have been translated by Amy on the inside of card to the right.

Friday, Apr 28

For Apr 27 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=1.95. Events: 2 CSR, 13H, 17 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 41 min with (max = 16 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 92.4%. Pulse avg. 54.0, low 49.

I received a post from an Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG) member that I thought I would share with our blog readers. John and I consider ourselves life-long geographers, but we still have to deal with new acquaintances asking place name questions. This excerpt below comes from Stephen Cuhna, Professor of Geography at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. I believe it is worth repeating here.
He says:

I faced this question every year during state and national geography bees. It was necessary to reassure parents that their kid’s love for geography would not sidetrack their inevitable march towards medical and law school.

The following passage, from in the NGS Geography Bee Study Guide for grades 4-8.

Knowing where places are located is an important first step to learning geography and enjoying the Bee. However, geography is much more than places on a map. Identifying Brazil, Zaire, Mt. Everest, Stockholm, and the Yangtze River are to geography what the alphabet is to reading. They open the gate for boundless and lifelong learning. Once you learn the places on a map, the real heart of geography is understanding why people settled there, who their neighbors are, how they make a living, why they dress and speak as they do, and what their kids do for fun. Developing this sense of place will raise a flat map to life.

Geographers investigate our global climate, landforms, economies, political systems, human culture, and migration. They are concerned not just where something is located, but why it is there, and how it relates to other things. A good geographer knows how to combine this information from many different sources, and to identify patterns that help us understand our complex world. Geography explains why your grandmother moved to Tucson (warm and dry climate), how oil from Kuwait reaches Italy (by way of the Suez Canal), where the tropical rainforest grows (near Equator), who faces towards Mecca as they pray (Moslems), and which continent is the most populated (Asia). In a nutshell, geography is the “Why of Where” science that blends and enriches history, literature, mathematics, and science.

John picked me Daffodils in two containers. I took them to four different places in town.

My first stop was the old Barge Hall (first building on the CWU campus) to a scholarship (fundraiser) luncheon on the 4th floor. I entered with a bouquet of daffodils and set them up in a glass on the table. We had an awesome “dinner” – for fewer people than the usual dozen, so there were leftovers the cook, Bobbie Broderius shared with some of us, as we were leaving. The main dish was a scrumptious lasagna. I brought home two large servings from which we will get 4 meals. We added frozen broccoli, on the side, and froze as two packages. With it today, we had two salads and warmed buttered, seasoned French bread. For dessert, chocolate and birthday cake ice cream with little crispy cookies.

I went by the hospital with daffodils for the front desk and for the lab, and picked up printed lab records. Got all my lab data since Jan 10 printed on 4 sheets (free). If it is more than 10 pages, one has to pay $10. The significance of Jan 10 is that is the last time I saw my main cardiologist, when he changed me to the new heart medication, Entresto, and I have to monitor my Potassium and my BP. I also have to have a Pro Time test monthly for my Coumadin, so I had my PCP add the potassium to the standing order for my INR. That simplifies things immensely.

From there I was off to SAIL exercise class with Erica leading. I presented a large can (fancy vase) of daffodils to Katrina, telling her John sent them, and told the AmeriCorps gals to take them home over the weekend to enjoy. At the end of class, I had to go to Super 1 pharmacy to pick up Amiodarone. From there on the trip home, I picked up Anne’s mail, delivered to her chair, a package I had been saving of her mail. While there, I checked on the plants that need watered every 4 days.

Ending the day with another photo collage from Peru:Peruvian Wildlife – Water lilies, Macaw, Parrot nibbling Glenn’s ear, Toucan, and Monkey.

Sat, April 29

For Apr 28 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.75. Events: 5 H, 17 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 42 min with (max = 9 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 87, 2 events <88% with overall avg., 92.0%. Pulse avg. 54.0, low 50.

It was chilly last night, and some of the water out front froze on the top. John put young plants inside the pickup canopy with 15 gallons of rain water (as a heat source) and brought in the plum tree cuttings into the house.

Sunny, not windy. John used the time to spray nasty chemicals on nasty weeds, take Annie the Brittany for walks, feed horses, and other do other chores.
I worked on music and dishes and a little on other paperwork all day.

John picked asparagus to go with the BBQ beef ribs he slowly baked most of the day. Asparagus is somewhat high in Vitamin K, to conflict with my Coumadin (lowers it), so I requested some wine with dinner (raises it). It was right on 2.3 on Thursday. I cleaned the dust off two wine glasses and measured what 4 ounces was and poured that for me of Syrah, from White Heron, where John has been pruning. Oh, so tasty. Fruity and very nice. I enjoy the whole dinner. I think we need to do this more often. [Syrah is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world, sometimes called Shiraz. This link gives an interesting report.]

This photo is combined with Saturday’s dinner and Sunday’s lunch.Left, Saturday night’s with Syrah – right, Sunday’s lunch for me – grilled chicken-egg salad, with apples and cheese, blueberry yogurt & Cheez-its.

Sunday, April 30

For Apr 29 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.62. Events: 4 H, 19 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 25 min with (max = 11 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 92.2%. Pulse avg. 52.6, low 49.

I just finished John’s haircut, the temperature is 52, and very windy just had 36 mph gusts the past two hours, on their way to 49 mph, until 7:00 tonight. Highest we saw this afternoon was 46 mph, measured at the airport 5 miles south of us.

I came back to work on the blog, and received a notification that the professional videotaping of the Songs of the Sixties program I mentioned in the blog last week (on April 21) had been posted by the local Educational TV station. Here is the link to over an hour of great music.Songs program

John decided to take time to download the Creators Update version of Windows 10. It was supposed to take 90 minutes to update but did so in about 65, and that was after a 2 hour download – allowed continued use while that happened. I was checking it throughout the hair cutting every 5 minutes to keep his computer from sleeping).

Wind gusts made it to 46 mph at 3:53 today.
As the sun goes behind the Cascades, the wind is dropping with it. Now at sustained 15.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan