Winter comes to the high country

… but the Naneum Fan still has Autumn

Sunday, Sept 24

Memories of Sunday’s trip John made to the Fremont Lookout Trail at 7,100′ today.

These photos came through after he returned all taken by Hannah Tennent and “Sam” Ortiz took the one of John and Eric on the trip in. John & Eric arriving at work site with nice view of Mt. Rainier, one of the main reasons he loves to go to work parties there; later John flipping a rock for the rock wall project.Left, the crew in two locations, John is in the one farther up trail; right, the crew minus a few, sitting on the finished wall.

Monday, Sept 25

No CPAP – Oximetry for Sept 24: SpO2 low 86, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 92.1%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.5%. Pulse avg. 56.8, low 53. Slept 8 hrs 57 min.

I stayed home today to recuperate from the bug I got.

No music preparation today. All day spent on blog and pix, and trying to get better.

Tuesday, Sept 26

No CPAP – Oximetry for Sept 25: SpO2 low 86, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 92.2%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.4%. Pulse avg. 56.3, low 53. Slept 9 hrs 25 min.

I’m staying home today to get well. Work on music for F&F for Oct/Nov to send to Evie, for review. Never got to the Dell laptop.

John took Jessica (Subaru Crosstrek) to Yakima to get the oil change, lubrication, and other standard service things done. All prepaid at purchase. Most of the mileage for 2017 is logged but the next service will be at nearly 30,000 miles – one of the major milestones for replacement and preventive maintenance. This will be a several hundred dollar hit in early 2018. Ouch.

We met WTA Alan tonight for dinner, before John and he went to the meeting about the Manastash Trails planning process of WA Fish & Wildlife and Dept. of Natural Resources (land managers). Dropped off the music for Thursday at Hearthstone with Kayvonne.

Wednesday, Sept 27

No CPAP – Oximetry for Sept 26: SpO2 low 85, 3 events <88% with overall avg., 92.0%. Avg. low SpO2, 89.6%. Pulse avg. 54.3, low 50. Slept ~7 hrs 30 min.

I missed music at the Food bank and SAIL, staying home today to recover.

Set up eye surgery for Oct 30 at 10:45 for Nancy to have Laser removal of the film occurring in post-operation Cataract surgery after 20 years. Only a small procedure, done in the office, not in the hospital. John will drive me there and back. I won’t have any pain, no sedation necessary, won’t hurt, and no patch to wear, just eye drops for 4 days. Should be covered 80% by Medicare, and the rest by Kaiser Permanente – they who ingested WA’s Group Health.

Found out my Wall Street Journal is paid ($49.00) through March of 2018. Nice at the educator’s rate. Changed our email address from the old to the new.

John’s been doing outside chores and I’ve been doing inside chores. Fruit and veggie season is 99% done but the Walnuts have started opening and dropping. Walnut husk fly, click is an issue. The larvae are in the husk, causing a mess, and turn it black. The hard shell of the nut gets stained but this does not endanger the nut itself. John’s is trying to get the nuts off the trees before the larvae can drop onto the ground. This reduces the following year’s fly population. Might need to get more aggressive. Chemicals!

I got the mail off to the Fiddlers & Friends group that the music is there for them, and I won’t be. I will collect numbers of people expected and report it to the Activities Director tomorrow morning at Hearthstone.

I spent a ton of time trying to change the email address on my VISA Costco Credit Card account. I think I was finally successful, after trying and failing on line, and then waiting for a person. It is fixed now.

John caught my cold, and is heading to bed early at 8:45 p.m. Poor guy. I did everything to keep from giving him germs, but I guess I failed. Usually colds affect him less than me, and that seems to be the case this time.

Thursday, Sept 28

No CPAP — Oximetry for Sept 27: SpO2 low 85, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 91.6%. Avg. low SpO2, 88.8%. Pulse avg. 53.9, low 50. Slept 9 hrs

John went to town in my car for several stops, to get sunflower seeds, his meds, go by Sears for a correct handle for the lawnmower that broke, and the nicest thing he is doing for me is going by Les Schwab for new tires for my car, which is sorely in need of them. I hope he is able to go by for my black music book at Hearthstone. Have heard from John, but not yet from Kayvonne, so maybe I will just have to pick it up tomorrow. Found out she went home very sick, and did not remember to leave out the music. But the group shared and the audience went without, and it all went well.

I stayed home to treat myself to more recuperation time, but thankfully, we had 9 musicians going to Hearthstone to play today.

Cold Remedies: What Works, What Doesn’t

Expectorants such as Mucinex thin the nasty mucous draining down the back of your throat, which helps you cough it up and out. These products can help, but the best expectorant may be as near as your kitchen sink. “All you need to do is drink more water,” says Dering Anderson. If you find water too bland for your tastes, try lemonade, tea, or even coffee, she says. You can also turn on the hot water in the shower and breathe it in or try a cool-mist humidifier.

Tonight spent a bunch of time on the new laptop working on music, and finished a medley of two new versions (corrected) of old songs, Tiny Bubbles & Pearly Shells.

Friday, Sept 29

No CPAP — Oximetry for Sept 28: SpO2 low 90, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 93.7%. Pulse avg. 55.5, low 52. Slept 7 hrs 30 min. – best ever night off the CPAP.

John went to Snow Lake WTA work at 7:00 a.m. He returned after a misty/sprinkles day of lifting/digging rocks and digging trenches.

I went to the Ruth Harrington Scholarship Luncheon in Bouillon (building I was housed in for my office from 1997 to 2008, by Safeway for my prescription and more Musinex®DM. I also went by Hearthstone to pickup music books and audience copies, which were not properly given to the group yesterday.

The lawn mower handle (see Sears above) has its own story. I picked it up today at “Washington Tractor” – a major central WA company that sells and services big farming equipment, Stihl chainsaws (+), and John Deere garden and lawn machines. Here at home and at Sears, the model number of the lawnmower entered into the Sears on-line data base returns parts for a rear engine riding mower. So, the handle could not be found. Two months ago John tried twice to order a handle via internet and phone. Twice the wrong handle was sent. Entered into the Washington Tractor data base, the correct mower and handle flashed onto the screen in an instant. John paid yesterday, and I brought it home today. One example of why Sears is a struggling retailer, and likely on the road to oblivion.

Today, Jeri Conklin posted a photo of our Daisy dog standing beautifully at the breakaway. She didn’t place today, but check tomorrow for her winning a placement in Open Gun Dog, picture. Cedaridge Kip’s Camelot Shay Tre’ JH

Saturday, Sept 30

No CPAP – Oximetry for Sept 29, SpO2 low 87, 1 event <88% (Avg. Low Sp02% was 87) with overall avg., 94.2%. Pulse avg. 58.7, low 51. Slept 9 hrs 20 min. Another great night.

Going to town for Musinex®DM because I bought the wrong thing yesterday. Amazing find on the way home on the Kittitas Hwy. of tons of music books from the old Dorothy McDonald Music store on 3rd and 5th in Ellensburg a long time ago. She has since died. (I need to look up the history of that store; I’m sure it was not here when I arrived in town.) I tried, but cannot find anything anywhere. I will put my reference librarian friend on it tomorrow and ask at the CWU Music Library as well. I got music books from the 30s -70s, with chords, notes, and lyrics. I’m never going to have to ask Dr. Dave, anyone else, or search on the web, or buy from Musicnotes’ scores again. I can toss a lot of paper music I have from the past I don’t have to transcribe from hand-scribbled copies to make it legible. And, use the space in filing cabinets I have from throwing or giving away all my class materials from over 40 years of teaching !! Nice! I haven’t even counted the number of books in the two boxes. I introduced myself to the person in charge and told her my use for them, to play music and give audiences the lyrics, in assisted living homes. She had said on my way in, that everything was 50% off, but when I went to pay, she said, I told you I’d give you a good deal, so $7.00. I told her I expected to pay a lot more, and would be happy to give her more, but she said, nope, you will make good use of them for a lot of happy people.

I came home to find John mowing with the newly “handled” Craftsman lawnmower. He was under the Carpathian Walnut trees, where he had picked several boxes. He’ll eventually crack, clean them, and finish with roasting.

Good news from Corning, CA tonight, by phone, pictures to come tomorrow. Our Brittany, Daisy, got a 3rd placement in a 25-dog stake, Open Gun Dog, at the Northern California Brittany Club field trial. Jeri Conklin called with the good news.

Sunday, Oct 1

No CPAP – Oximetry for Sept 30: SpO2 low 86, 2 events <88% with overall avg., 91.8%. Pulse avg. 61.4, low 56. Slept 6 hrs 12 min. Up at 4:45, need more sleep

John went to Mt Rainier Sunrise at 5:20 a.m. I stayed up. Fed cats. Tried to assess my condition after a rough night of coughing and difficulty sleeping.

Finished revising my medications list for October, in case I have to go to the doctor for this crud. I think I’m feeling a little better, so may not have to in the morning, but I will not go to SAIL again Monday.
Switching to work on music for Evie’s review.Daisy, with Scott Azevedo, Jeri, and Leo, his friend holding her 3rd Place ribbon. They were at the Northern CA Brittany Club Field trial in Corning, CA. Proud of them all! Photo by Deanna Beals-Azevedo. Leo is their son.

Here was what was put on Facebook with the picture:
“Daisy” placed in the Open Gun Dog, handled and trained by Scott Azevedo of Nelson Kennels, scouted by John Moynier, and owned by Jeri Tory Conklin and Nancy Hultquist, at the Northern California Brittany Club Field Trial — at Clear Creek Sports Club.

John got home early from Mt. Rainier. Winter arrived and they were freezing and it was snowing big time. They quit at 11:15, then ate and visited in the Ranger Station. Working in the snow and wind was doable but the condition of the road out was not known and several folks had 2-wheel drive vehicles. This link has a photo and description. Sunrise Road The photo was taken from the upper most switchback, looking back toward the Mountain (6,130 feet). The Park Service closed the “in” gate mid-morning.

John got home at 2:30, and it is cold and windy here, but sunny, no snow!

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan