Stories and photos

I’m beginning this week with a peachy keen photo by my friend, EvieMae Schuetz, her close-up of a delightful ladybug, named Daphne, now residing on her dahlias, checking out peach fuzz on their tree.Meet Daphne inspecting peach in Kittitas, by EvieMae Scheutz

Followed by another few photos from another friend I have known almost since I arrived in Ellensburg at Lind Hall (David Covert)-another extraordinary photographer. He took these pictures of Canada Geese Migration at Carie Lake at Irene Rinehart park in Ellensburg (posted 9/20). I made a collage from parts of the photo at the top over two below to share the whole experience. Canada Geese Migration Stopover Carie Lake by David Covert

Monday, Sept 23

Finally published the blog late tonight at 11:10 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept 24

We were busy this morning continuing to get back on track.
We went to town for my standing order INR blood draw, and things went downhill from there on that score. Reading was way high. Reason unknown.

After that we went to Bi-Mart where John went in to check our numbers and buy a few things, and left me making phone calls, to arrange for medical appointments (I got a date to see my Cardiologist in Ellensburg Nov 5), and found out the location, plus went by the medical complex to find out the suite number and location on the second floor of a building I already know. Their information only was the address (100 Jackson St, and its being on the second floor). I will report back to Deschelle tomorrow (she’s a scheduler in Yakima, as she had no directions or idea at all. My doctor is only scheduled in Ellensburg one day/month (the first Tuesday of the month).

My research revealed this information: the building has just been purchased by the KVH (Kittitas Valley Healthcare), and is named, thusly: Kittitas Valley Healthcare Medical Arts Center. The office is on the 2nd floor (there is an elevator across from the front entrance on the north side of the building), and to the right of the elevator is a bulletin board type menu with all the offices found in the building (currently under reconstruction and renovation). The opposite side upstairs used to be the DSHS office (the WA State Department of Social and Health Services). It has moved completely away to past the China Inn on University Way. Certainly, is no longer close to the downtown of EBRG. Similar location (and Statewide?) in Yakima, so perhaps saving money for taxpayers.

We filled up John’s gas tank on the Crosstrek. Drove by to check out what I thought was the new location of the FISH Food Bank bread room, out by the airport, only to find out they are doing away with that, and keeping all the bread only in the food distribution area. As volunteers for music, etc., we were encouraged to use the bread room for our family’s needs, and I used to share things with others (such as a young woman and her daughter), who is visually impaired and cannot drive. That link died out. Likely those on the “needs” list will now get more than they can consume – it will spoil and get thrown out. {John says he was starting to make bread at home just before the Food Bank started passing off the extra to community members. He will start up again, and not have to inspect for mold.}

I sent a late call for music attendance Thursday, with the Oct/Nov PDFs attached.

Supper tonight was spaghetti (wheat as thin string or twine; click on this link, sapago. The sauce was a concoction (by John) of canned tomatoes, & tomato sauce with two cheeses, ground beef, and various taste enhancers. Fried yellow summer squash accompanied. It was excellent! Missed the red wine, but that last INR reading is unexplained, so did not go there.

Wednesday, Sept 25

I left at 10:45 a.m. for the FISH Food Bank music, which had fewer instruments than last week, but all the singers. Our audience was smaller than last week, but still very much involved with singing and applause, and comments afterwards. I got a kick out of our doing, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Everyone in the place was singing and counting, ONE-TWO-THREE strikes you’re out, …. Even the servers were keeping time to the music and singing along, because everyone had been served by the time we got to that song.

We started early and ended early, by a ½ hour, so I was able to leave soon after playing and packing up the music, chairs, and stands. I had a date at the Yakima Heart Center with Angie for an echocardiogram. Her daughter plays violin so we always chat about that. I ran into construction and a slowed-way-down 3-4 miles of the first section of I-82 by a closed repaving lane, and an extremely narrow lane to pass slowly on the left. The side had very close markers to make you stay in the lane. It was close for me, and I wonder how the big trucks managed. That was a stressful experience and time sink.

I made good time on the rest of the trip, but was surprised to get to the Redmond Bridge down by Selah, and find the left lane of the bridge being repaved in the direction I was headed. We all went on down the hill, and passed two police cars checking speeds. Everyone around me was still in a lower speed mode from slowing down on the bridge. I made it to my cut-off to get over to 16th Avenue for the rest of my trip to Tieton and the Yakima Memorial Hospital complex, near where the Yakima Heart Center and several other medical offices are located. They are now part of Virginia Mason (Seattle based hospital). I was actually heading to the Imaging side of the heart center. But, fortunately, both sides can check you in to either the cardiologists or the imaging technicians. It’s a nice entry set up that proceeds rapidly.

I was there and checked in before my appointment time of 2:00 p.m. after finding a shady spot at the very far end of the parking lot. Shade is difficult to find there, and I had my violin in the back of the car. I wrapped it up in a coat to protect it more, but the shade stayed for the hour+ I was inside the building.

My echocardiogram was the best I have ever had. Angie tried it in more of a sitting position, rather than laying me on my left side (which is my bad shoulder side with no range of motion). We talked throughout the test (it does not bother her at all). All was completed in good order, I redressed, and said my goodbyes.

From there I went by the scheduler with 3 copies of my printed instructions for them to have to tell patients how to find the office in Ellensburg. They were very grateful. They certainly had minimal information until I provided it. I knew it was needed when I had called yesterday from town to ask what building I was scheduled in for my upcoming appointment in Ellensburg (that story is mentioned above), and found out they knew very little.

I need to work on the jobs-list, but mostly on taxes, when I stay home long enough. That did not happen today. I promised John tonight I would cut down on the length of these blogs.

Thursday, Sept 26 From Allen: Morning Sunrise in Naneum bringing a weather change. Heater is kicking on.

Thanks, Allen Aronica, for taking and posting that. We have noticed the same cold and heater needs. Glad to see your perspective on morning sunrises. It’s amazing your view from your ranch, only a mile up the road, which we do not have from our place on the Naneum Fan, because of the hill on Swedberg’s place. The hill ends, but our view from our house in the easterly direction is blocked by trees. Send more sunrises, please, in the future, and tag me on future sunrise sends, via Facebook.

I paid Myst’s bill from the vet for checking her out: $174.48 and they are mailing me the receipt of the VISA payment. Vet Dan (a neighbor) didn’t find anything wrong. John gave her some worm medicine. Dan thinks she may have slowed down on her eating so that the other horses get her share. For the time-being, she is getting supplements while separated from the others.

I called and talked with Kelly at Brad & Burke about winterizing our Heat Pump. We are scheduled for Darren to come out on October 8. We’ve got 3 other things to do that day.

Check this-published Sept 26 afternoon. Allen Aronica sent it to his Facebook account:

Snow Moves into Cascades, as ‘Arctic Express’ arrives in Western Washington

Going to a presentation tonight. Prior to – we picked up several garbage bags full of clothing from a friend to redistribute some if we can, the rest to clothing banks in Ellensburg. She can’t go at the times they receive donations.

We attended the first in the lecture presentation series this year of the Kittitas County Historical Museum. It was by a once TV Weather forecaster for KIRO-5 News, Feliks Banel, entitled, “Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State. It was very interesting. The discussion went back to the mid-1800s; quite fascinating.

After the talk, we went to Safeway to get John’s medications through GoodRX there. Saved over $6 on two meds for him, paying a total of $25.70, without having to apply our insurance co-pay. The niceness of that is that paying with a CHASE Visa credit card we received a 2% cashback reward on our prescription medications. Our normal pharmacy (Super 1) does not provide that payback because the pharmacy receipt says Super 1 Groceries and the Chase bank card only applies the discount to a Pharmacy. Even though the Pharmacy is in the Safeway store, the receipt lists the Pharmacy separately, so the reward applies. I am not sure if that is the same case at the Fred Meyer Pharmacy or not. That remains to be seen. Everything in EBRG is close together, so multiple stops is not an issue.

Below is our presentation at an assisted living facility, earlier this afternoon:

Music at Hearthstone, 6 of Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends

Friday, Sept 27

Morning sunrise in the Kittitas Valley from the other side of the valley, in Badger Pocket, comes this photograph from my newest friend, Vicki Lennox, from Kittitas, WA.From 2015:This day 9/27 in 2015 –“Super Moon”-“Lunar Eclipse”, Kittitas Valley, WA by Lise McGowan

At the time she noted in introducing her photograph, “It was a grand view of the “super Lunar Eclipse” tonight. Watched it with Tanner (her dog) from the back of our barn to stay out of the wind. Scout and Dakota (horses) were curious as to what all the excitement was about. Not that this wasn’t enough to be in awe of…an extra treat was watching a long tail meteor pass by. We were blessed this evening to experience such a rare occasion.”
We are blessed she makes an effort to get out at unusual hours to capture the many skyscapes she photographs and then freely shares with her friends. This is one of the upsides of Facebook communication.

I attended a scholarship luncheon today in Bouillon Hall (where my office was from 1997 to 2008), and drove by Gallery One to pick up Amy Davison to take her, because I have an Emeritus parking permit and it saves me $6 to park on campus, anytime, anywhere! (Better than a gold watch for a retirement gift). I also still have library privileges. Surprisingly, we were first to arrive and had lunch of White Chicken Chili (with a roll, if wanted; I passed on the roll, but took a veggie turkey wrap, and desserts of Apple Crisp and Frosted Pumpkin (I guess) cookies. Amy and I signed up for the 3rd Friday of March 2020 to be the hostesses, (the end of spring break week at CWU), and we requested the large conference room we were in for lunch today. I took my check donation for the year ($60). The program started and still maintained by Ruth Harrington (in its 45th year) crossed the $1 million donation total last year. I have been in this group since 1988, and not missed a year (only a few Fridays when I was unable to attend). The donations go to students who are single parents, for help with their finances.

Today, we learned from Christine Tufts (one of our 4th Friday luncheon members) about her brother, Luke Tufts, a “volunteer” archaeologist at the Burke Museum, who teamed with his friend, Jason Love, working to free the 2,500# T Rex dinosaur skull in Montana. They extracted from the matrix holding it, gently tied it onto a flatbed pickup truck, and brought it to Seattle, WA. It is being reassembled with the rest of the body at the Burke Museum. I think she said it was only the second one found intact. I have yet to listen to all the videos myself. I have watched excerpts and I encourage you to take the time to study them.
If you google “Tufts Love T Rex” you will gain access to several videos. I had not heard of this previously.

When I got home, I finished processing the video of our music from yesterday, and began trying to respond to a volume of emails. It’s been an afternoon chore, never making time to extract the clothing from John’s car and getting it to mine. It will be time-consuming to take the contents of each bag, which are too heavy for me to lift, and separate into smaller garbage bags I can handle. They are full of a lady’s (grandmother) clothing who died and left all her clothing and shoes behind for the family to handle. Now I have it – and tons of my stuff that needs donated. I have had an offer from Sandy Meier to help, and use her house. I’m going to try to find people who can wear things before going the donation route. There is also a big bag of hangers! I’m not free to think about this until November, however. Too much on my agenda. But the Crosstrek is completely full – until Monday. Then what? (moving to my Forester)

Today on Facebook (which I seldom get to for a more than a few items a day), this appeared from my friend (and former student), Tony Bynum in Montana. People are being warned.

Historic Snowstorm: Up to 50” in Montana’s Mountains

Here are a couple of stills I took off the web that appeared with the story above, which will give you a video (and written) report of weather forecasters explaining the problem expected.

Tonight for supper, John fixed chicken thighs, French fried potatoes (baked in the oven), I cut myself a tomato, and we will have a walnut-brownie (he made this afternoon) for dessert.

Saturday, Sept 28

John took care of outside morning chores.
I unloaded and reloaded a full load of dishes.
We had our brunch: eggs, toast, tomatoes, and bacon.
I’ve been handling plans for the month of October for our music group, because we start a new month next Thursday.

Also, I’ve been communicating with a fellow (Jason) from Kittitas,
WA who wants to come take away some already downed cottonwood from our land. Some has been cut into rounds, needing to be split, and others are still logs of fallen (or felled by John) trees.
About 11:00 John watched the blue skies NE turn to storm clouds, and we had a deluge of rainfall. He came in and looked at the radar imagery on line and found a huge storm cell circulating counterclockwise bringing the rain from Quincy (to our NE).
The fellow planned to go to the Taneum Canyon (west of EBRG) to cut and load firewood, but only got ½ cord before rain interrupted, and so he drove home, and planned to come over to our place in the afternoon, when it cleared up.
It did, and we met him at the end of our driveway and showed him stacks of cut cottonwood, a pickup full of pieces John loaded this morning, which he could take away. With the old 4×4 pickup, John pulled several logs over to make accessible for Jason. He has a friend or two and a pickup with a trailer. Today he only had a mini-van. John showed him a couple of other stacks he could take. I walked around with them, and I have a feeling this will be a connection, as a source of wood for his family for a while.

This afternoon we had a snack of brownies.

Tonight we had fried cauliflower with a covering of pancake mix, cheese, and egg, along with homemade beef stew, and chicken nuggets.

We are going to bed early because we cannot stay awake.

Sunday, Sept 29

We need to finish making our Pecan pies to donate to the dessert auction for the fundraiser dinner at the American Legion. The event is being handled by Allen Aronica’s 1966 high school classmates. We’ve know Allen since we moved to the Naneum Fan in 1989. He is the one severely burned in a gasoline flashfire that burned >28% of his body. He spent 20 days in Harborview in the burn trauma center, with several skin grafting surgeries. He is back home on the ranch but has to stay away from people to prevent secondary infections. His wound bandages must be change several times a day and he still has to travel to Seattle for doctors visits. His first time back over was last week, and they were pleased at his progress. A lot of his friends and relatives have been praying for him, and the family feels the power, and thanks everyone for their concern.

The fundraiser is from 3:00 to 6:00 with $10 each for the meal, a dessert (live) auction, and a “silent” auction for donated items. We have to arrive a bit early to deliver the Pecan pies. They’re made using a recipe John’s mom wrote many years ago. It is very much like some others he has found. She (with her kid’s help) had been making such things from memory; as did all her many sisters.

Videos captured by Nancy:
First is a recap on the accident and a health update, which also includes at the end, about 2 minutes of the dessert auction, by Jeff Whitman:

Nephew Arnold Cleveland

Next: One of our music players made a special cake using the image of Allen (above) in Yakama Nation native dress. She delivered it early and went on to a different event.

Here is the auction:

Amy Davison’s Native American Cake

And finally, what will someone give for a pie?

Pecan pie bids

Next week I’ll include a couple of photos from the event.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan