Not so Nasty News May 1st

Item #1: Prohibition

Roughly 100 years ago officials banned alcohol. Presently they have banned everything else while claiming alcohol sales are an essential business. Panic 2020. Confusing.

Washington State was one of the 33 states that had adopted Prohibition laws before the 18th Amendment was ratified in 1919.
WA history and prohibition
On November 3, 1914, after prodigious Anti-Saloon League lobbying efforts statewide, Washington voters approved Initiative Measure Number Three, prohibiting the manufacture and sale (although not the consumption) of liquor statewide.
The “not consumption” clause allowed the manufacture of limited beer and wine at home.

it actually stimulated a demand for wine grapes. Grapes were shipped (mostly from California) with small blocks of yeast, printed with what I will call reverse instructions – how not to make wine.
Don’t do this.

After dissolving the brick (yeast) in a gallon of water, do not place the liquid in a jug away in the cupboard for twenty days, because then it would turn into wine.

Item #2: Can you see me now?

Item #3: Bad and Good
A man no longer has his job. Bad news for him.
He no longer has his job with a Wales health board. Good news for them.

In this news article there is no explanation why Philip Burns (aka the Marbella Man) had the job nor why he was paid so much. It makes me wonder who else has such jobs, and how I can get one. At one of the links it says: It described the sum as “market rate for this level of expertise”.


The 9 month contract (US dollars, $460,000) allows him to work from Spain. Meanwhile local nurses were told to expect a pay cut to save £25,000 a month.

Item #4: Get the snow out

State Route 20 is the northernmost route across the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington and is commonly referred to as the North Cascades Highway. The mountains up that way get a lot of snow. Getting rid of it takes much time and work – with big equipment, and artillery.
Clearing work has stated at Early Winters Campground on the east side, and near Diablo on the west side. The DOT expects the two crews to meet after 6 weeks of work.

9 min. video w/drone

Note a top layer has to be taken off before the rotary snow blower and be used. At about 6 minutes the crew is shown using artillery to get the snow to move. They have made a deep cut in the snow to hold and stop the snow upslope from the road surface.

Item #5: Car problems

Neighbor Kenny called to ask for a “jump start” of his truck. I was just finishing watering baby onions, so I went over in the ancient Chevy truck.
Two weeks ago I drove 20 miles and back to buy cheap gas. I had to hold the seat belt over me – it won’t latch – and had to hold the door in against the frame, ’cause that latch was stuck in a closed position.

I did say it was ancient, and those are just 2 of the issues.
While we were getting his truck started, brother Ron showed up. When leaving, I mentioned the stuck door latch to Ron. He had me pull the handle from inside while he pushed on the metal. Voilà, it worked.
I think voilà is French for “holy crap.”
So Kenny was off to the battery dealer and I was headed home. With a working door.

May May be a better month than April.

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

Almost over April

Monday, Apr 20

Beginning with a sunset from April 18, 2020, I missed seeing until today:Across the Tacoma Narrows from his home on Tacoma’s “West Slope” area by JW Harrington.
JW is a geographer we’ve known for a long time, and he is a painter as well. All his friends are expecting a rendition of this in a future painting (he’s an artist too).

We left before noon today to drive to town to pick up lunch at Burger King, find a shade tree, and eat. That was not a good idea. We got there in plenty of time but everyone is having to go through the take out window, and we were 9th in line. We had called in by phone to have them throw the Crispy Chicken in the fryer. It was to be ready at 12:20. That time came around and we still had two cars in front of us. We waiting much longer to be served. Once done, we ate. I was driving, so I only ate ½ my crispy chicken sandwich, and a few fries, and John finished his Whopper as I drove to McCullough Rd to our contractor’s new house.

John took some photos of the rock siding we will be getting on our house, and he also checked out the HardiePlank fiber-cement siding, which had been written as metal on the bid, but we want the composite for better fire resistance. I videotaped our long conversation about details on the 4 pages of the contract. That took well over an hour.

John and I saw this tree on a neighbor’s property from our contractor’s home on McCullough Road. It is quite aways off and his image (a bit blurred) was only a token. It was useful in calling Evie’s attention to it, as capturing a neat photograph.Creatively artistic tree (taken in the rain) by Evie Schuetz.

She published it Tuesday on Facebook and tagged me, but I didn’t see it until late. I showed to John, whose first comment was he was so happy she found it and took a nice photo before it started to fall. When we first saw it, John saw dinosaurs, and I saw giraffes and then I saw the dinosaur. Interesting how people interpret images differently. Neither of us can see a crab in there that some others see (including Evie), but now that she explained it to me, I realize John and I never watched SpongeBob SquarePants to learn of The Krusty Krab and the Krabby Patty. I need to drive by the home on McCullough Rd, figure out who owns the house and the tree, to get their email to show them the picture. It is a unique photograph. Nature is artistic. Evie took this on 4/22/20.

Finally, we left and drove back across town to get to a road off the Old Thorp Highway. I needed to pick up a freely given pair of Sketchers shoes (found via The Free Box site). I was on there recently to list something I was giving away, and saw the announcement.

Called Gerald on our way to Thorp. It was just 3:04 when I called. He was outside, on his lawnmower and visiting in the shade of his garage with his kids. We joined the party. Our original intent was to pick up a bread making machine he no longer wanted and was giving us. We need to go buy some new yeast and dry milk, and when we get it working, we’ll provide some bread for Gerald. Yeast has followed toilet paper into the netherworld (guess everyone is making bread during this Panic 2020)—see John’s story below in his Friday column, “Not So Nasty News.”

On my way home, John filled my tank at the Thorp Shree’s Station, for $1.39/gallon. Ours cost $1.49/gal because we prefer to buy gasoline with our VISA CITI bank card from Costco, from which we get 4% back. The “discount” actually is summed and returned to us as a check redeemable at the store, as cash. So until we can get there and claim our cash, COSTCO gets the interest earned. The Panic 2020 isn’t helping. We’ve had such a check for a month.

Tuesday, Apr 21

Good Background viewing for tonight’s lecture on Plates Colliding:

Nick narrates animation (on IRIS), Cascadia Subduction Zone—What can the landscape tell us? Jan 25, 2020

Supercontinents and the Pacific Northwest, Apr 11, 2019

John and I were there ten years ago, for this lecture:

Slow Earthquakes at Downtown at Raw Space, 10-27-2010

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~ from his porch because of high winds all day. The high gust was 46 mph.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #26 – 4-21-20 Plates Colliding starts 13:43 minutes in

Wednesday, Apr 22

This was our day of rain.

Katrina did two livestreaming SAIL exercise classes from her home this morning at 9:00 a.m., and Friday Noon. The pink dress was Wednesday and the others were Friday. Bottom she is having a live chat with all the people who are participating. Both were fun days. We had a pretty good turnout both days.

I worked on submitting my COVID Bingo-1 card to submit tonight by 7:00 p.m. to Parks & Recreation. I had to finish before then because I would be watching Nick’s Livestreaming. I’ll show the card tomorrow and tell you the story that went with it.

Morning receipt from Kathy Williams-Devries in Brisbane, Australia, of a new Video she made of Nick Zentner’s first 10 livestreams. These are hilarious. She has followed with a second version of the next 10 that I will list below:

‘Nick from Home’ Highlights episodes 1-10 by Kathy Williams-Devries

‘Nick from Home’ Highlights episodes 11-20 by Kathy Williams-Devries

Below is an image introducing the topic for tonight, The Straight Creek Fault (named Fraser Fault in Canada).View the geologic fault right down the middle of the image.

Background on tonight’s lecture: Straight Creek Fault

I could not locate any viewable lectures and just glanced at a couple of reports by the DNR and USGS, and some stuff on the Fraser Fault (the fault continues into Canada) and the Kula & Farallon plates.

Tonight’s lecture from inside his house, the porch (’cause of rain):

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #27 – 4-22-20 Straight Creek Fault starts 13:05 minutes in

Thursday, Apr 23

Is it really Bingo if no one can hear you yell BINGO!This is the current panic 2020 solution to people who cannot go to work or to community activities. I mentioned it yesterday. I joined the Bingo Party over the week and managed to get a bingo on the V vertical line on the card. I submitted my proof to the Ellensburg City Parks & Recreation office and I received a phone call that I was one of the winners (luck of the draw).

I had the choice of 3 restaurants in town for a $25 gift card. We chose The Red Pickle. It will be mailed to us, and we’ll go by for a take out.

I called my bank about transferring money between accounts online, and figured out the best way to get a certified check sent to our contractor without going into the bank. Good thing they know us both and we have accounts at the same bank. Made it a lot easier and saved money and a trip to town.

A tree fell over the power lines on Thomas Road, near our neighbor’s driveway. The crew for the Utility had to come cut the power off to deal with it. We were not affected until the main line was shut off, but those closer were without power for about 4 hours. Our power went out at 11:20 and came back at 11:52. I left soon to go to Imaging at the hospital for a 12:45 check in for Bone Density and Mammogram tests. I didn’t get back home until 3:00 p.m.

We had phone calls, e-mailing, printing, signing, and scanning associated with cashing out two small insurance policies for John with Northwestern Mutual Life. One was started in 1966 while he was at the University of Cincinnati. His original intent was to take his parents off the hook if he went to his great reward while a poor student. His parents are long gone to their great reward, and I don’t need the cash either, so it is on the way to our bank account, except for some to the IRS.

Thursday night expect Nick Z from home porch probably because of weather.
Background viewing for tonight’s lecture on Hells Canyon:

Hells Canyon and the Ringold Formation- April 24, 2019

Nick from his backyard:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #28 – 4-23-20 Hells Canyon starts 11:53 minutes in

Link problems below; John can’t get these next 2, I can. Bummer.
We are searching for reasons why.

The two of our weekly blogs over 2 yrs (2018 & 2019) to connections to Lydia Staisch & Nick Zentner:
See both people below in these weeks on the dates suggested.

Look for Nick & Lydia in several places Wednesday, April 24

Look for Lydia Staisch on Thursday, May 31 & Fri. June 1

Friday, Apr 24

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday).

Busy all day on projects.
Supper: Leftover cooked canned pork, tomatoes and more made into sauce on spaghetti noodles, with canned pears.

Going to bed to be up early to watch the early morning geology lecture on Geologic time (originally thought it was on Relative Age Dating).

Saturday, Apr 25

Ready for Nick’s livestreaming by 8:15 a.m.

Here is some background you can get to on the web,
For Nick’s Podcast #1 Geologic Time

#1 Geologic Time

For Nick’s Podcast #2 Relative Age Dating

#2 Relative Age Dating

Next is the livestream, ‘Nick from home’:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #29 – 4-25-20 Geologic Time starts 13:40 minutes in

These images will partially cover the weekend geology lectures:

John went off to town for shopping at 3 stores. A bad thing happened at the first one. He lost his Costco VISA credit card. No clue what happened to it. Paid for stuff, left the store, went to another, and didn’t have it to pay there, so he used another card, and went back to the first store hoping it had been turned in. No such luck. So, he called me and for over a half hour I called and finally got it canceled. They supposedly will have a replacement card delivered before we will be going to Costco.
Brunch: we had blueberry/pecan pancake, bacon, and orange slices.

To cheer you up today, check out this creative dressing and photography by my friend Evie Schuetz (also a violinist in our music group), she created with her ingenuity and photography of our downtown-homed Ellensburg Bull (you’ve heard about before in our blog). This brings it up-to-date.Ellensburg, WA Bull ready with coronavirus protection and hoarding his TP, photographed by Evie Schuetz.

I continued working on all my projects, and John continued on his out in the yard. He alternates among several activities so he doesn’t overdue one set of muscles and later get cramps.
He continued disassembling the rest of the rotted out wooden patio put in front of our house when built in 1981. He mutters a lot about the dumb things the builders did.

Here’s a short clip of near the end of the process today:

John disassembling a very old wooden deck

Sunday, Apr 26

Nick’s morning lecture is on Absolute Age Dating.

There is a follow-up Podcast for today. I recommend going there and to the two preceding it (for Saturday morning’s broadcast, if you missed listening yesterday to the podcasts).
Here is the third Zentner Podcast for background to today’s lecture (by the same name):

#3 Absolute Age Dating

And this morning from Nick’s backyard:

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #30 – 4-26-20 Absolute Age Dating

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

NSNN: Some Panic 2020 and more

Item #1: Fail On the right side, note AUG 2014 and below that “use within 4 months”
With all the Panic 2020 stuff going on, many folks have taken up bread making. All the talk of such led one of Nancy’s music group to offer her a bread making machine. I had quit making bread because when she started playing music at the local Food Bank an organizer there starting giving her bread.
So the current issue is seen in the photos above. My yeast had been in the refrigerator, but not frozen. Would that have helped?
Anyway, a test showed no response from the little critters. We were told stores are out of yeast. But, we’ll have a look. There is a report that during a recent 4 weeks – compared to the same period in 2019 – yeast sales have quadrupled. 410% as of April 11th, according to Nielsen.
In return for the machine, we are committed to providing the giver a couple loafs of bread. His will have holes in the bottom. I think I’ll do some for us by removing the prepared dough and using a standard pan in a regular oven.
The bread machines also use dried milk. Got none.

Item #2: Success

Smoke coming from a house. A 911 call. A child still in the house.
Police – in – out – where?
Fire fighters with a hose line, with medics following.
Where: a closed toy trunk at the end of a bed.
A little girl. Safe. Not harmed.

So my questions: Why in the trunk? Maybe with a favorite toy?
And how did one of the responders think to look in the trunk?

This activity was in Monroe, WA, about 25 miles NE of Seattle. Unfortunately, we don’t learn the rest of the story.
Link – we don’t learn much

Item #3: Where are they

On the left: Left-Coast beach – – – On the right: Right-Coast beachThis Panic 2020 thing is so confusing.

Item #4: Cleaned

Until now, Newmarket, 60 miles northeast of London, has been famous for being the birthplace and global center of thoroughbred horse racing. Also well known are the Newmarket Sausages – Musk’s, Powters, and Eric Tennant Butchers. The main difference between the three recipes is that Musk’s uses bread as a filler while Powters and Tennants both use rusk. Newmarket now has a new claim to fame.

A well-meaning employee took the opportunity to give a locked-down library a thorough cleaning. Then she re-shelved all of its books – in order by their height. Newmarket Library, Suffolk

But back to “rusk.” It is a hard, dry biscuit. The closest thing in the USA to rusk, is melba toast.

Item #5: Handshakes are out

Virtual hugs have replaced hand shakes. Here’s yours. (~)
Some folks are more fancy.
Image at right found on web. No credit given. Sorry.

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

A mixed week, and finally spring

Monday, Apr 13

Beginning with a beautiful photo of Mt. Stuart, from Easter Sunday afternoon on the road to the Party Barn in Thorp, WA.

Evie Schuetz’s Photo from Thorp, WA of Mt. Stuart, which was transported here from Mexico on moving tectonic plates. (no joke). Don’t believe me – check out the link below. Baja to BC.

In answer to my question, Evie said: It was shot with my telephoto lens at 448mm. I tried using 600mm first, but then all you could see was mountain and no foreground. I liked it with the cows best. I took the photo at 2:49pm yesterday (on our way back from Cle Elum).
I agree. The composure is enhanced by the cows in the valley foreground.

The origin of Mt. Stuart in Mexico is explained here by my friend, Nick Zentner. Check this story Baja to BC:

Mt. Stuart – From Mexico? | Nick on the Rocks_1-19-17 (5 min)

More recently, this year, Nick from Home’ Livestream #10 Baja BC Exotic Terranes-3-29-20 (>1 hr)

Monday we met with an electrician and our contractor at our place. Electrical work will fit in after new walls and window, and ceiling are fixed. He had good ideas to improve the room.

Today, I put a check in the mail to The Swauk-Teanaway Grange for scholarship donation, and suggest others do the same; the Grange is another “business” suffering from loss of income by this coronavirus stay-home order. [John calls it Panic 2020.] One of their incomes from rentals (mostly for spring & summer weddings) will not be available. The normal awards ceremony and dinner had to be canceled this year. So, donations received at the dinner will not happen this year, to fund the scholarships as usual.

Tuesday, Apr 14

We went by the Landons to pick up the wine rack for Cameron and baking potatoes. Have a 2:00 appointment at Umpqua bank with a notary. Picked up feed for horses, and Annie’s meds at Fred Meyer pharmacy. John went in to check Bi-Mart numbers, and we called Peggy and talked all the way home, even including a drive-by McCullough Road to see the siding (with stone facing) on the house belonging to our contractor.
When our Great Leader Jay says it is okay to work, a crew will remodel and convert our attached 2-car garage to livable space. Outside, the front “L” will get blue metal siding (3 ½ feet top) and stone on the bottom. We’ll have blue, rather than gray, but the image (right) – from the web – is the concept. [There is no time yet decided on ending the lock-down.]

I just found this and figured I’d include it for all those following Nick’s lectures, during which he mentions former or current faculty members in Central Washington University’s Geological Sciences department. Many of these names will be familiar.

CWU Geology Through the Years presented May 20, 2016 by Nick Zentner

Background on tonight’s lecture, Seattle’s Geology:

Geology of Seattle and the Puget Sound Mar 2, 2015, part of I-90 Rocks Videos with Tom Foster

Seattle Fault | Nick on the Rocks Dec 28, 2017

Ice Age Lakes between Seattle and the Cascade Range (with nice subtitles), May 11, 2015, part of I-90 Rocks Videos with Tom Foster

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #21 – 4-14-20 Seattle Geology starts 11:00 minutes in

Nice sunset with Mt. Rainier photo by Kim Sowers Goudge

Wednesday, Apr 15

John met for an hour with 2 fellows from Washington Tractor to take our Tractor with front end loader, to town for getting operable again and adding a roll bar so we can loan it to our friend Cameron Fries. The vineyard is on sand but parts quite steep. The Naneum Alluvial Fan is basalt cobbles in place for millions of years. The small tractor, bought with good intentions a few years ago just won’t handle the compacted material of the fan.The motor started but had a few issues – malfunctioning joy-stick to move the front loader, and a couple of hose leaks. We have been told this tractor is “like a John Deere” so maybe they can make it work and add a roll bar.

Haircut with Celia today at 1:00 p.m. and also took historic car articles from the WSJ to husband Bobby. I drove into a storm: but we were fortunate it rained hard while we were in her home cutting my hair. By the time I left it stopped. No storm at home, just a mile away.Storm a coming. Photo by Amanda Ross, permission granted. Note bird hunting, right side.

John was home with the old pickup truck when he saw the cloud and decided to come into the house and get the truck back under cover. As mentioned above, that wasn’t needed.

Background on tonight’s lecture:

Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Range, May 26, 2015 in I-90 Rocks videos with Tom Foster

Roadside Geology Thorp Moraine Feb 22, 2013

Tonight’s lecture from his backyard ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #22 – 4-15-20 Snoqualmie Pass starts 13:30 minutes in

Ending tonight with a great article in the Seattle Times that came out today about Nick Zentner’s Livestreaming. Check here:

CWU professor teaches a global audience during pandemic

Thursday, Apr 16

Late to bed last night, slept in this morning, till 8:00 a.m.
Just the usual at home stuff today. John fixed popcorn for my video watching.

Thursday night Nick Z from home. Background viewing for tonight’s lecture (chronologically):

Roadside Geology – Yakima River Canyon-Feb 22, 2013

Yakima River Canyon Geology, 9-30-13-Nick’s Downtown Lecture
Nick Zentner- Geology of the Yakima River Canyon-Jul 6, 2016 at Biological Sciences Seminar COTS, CWU

Yakima River Canyon | Nick on the Rocks-Jan 19, 2017

Nick from his backyard ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #23 – 4-16-20 Yakima River Canyon Geology starts 13:15 minutes in

Friday, Apr 17

We sent the county our request for a flood plain development (sic) permit. They are not open so we had to mail it.
The “sic” means we are not in a floodplain, even though the FEMA map shows we are. The county can’t overrule. If there is a loan involved, then flood insurance is (thousands) required.

Getting the packet together took much longer than ever expected, and then John had to travel to the post office in Ellensburg to send it, combining with two grocery store stops.
His Not So Nasty News on Friday has the trip to the Post Office story – find the picture of the 20¢ George Washington stamp.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday).

Contractor Walter called to come go over the bid with us. Wife Lynn came along and we visited.

Late supper: Salad for me, spaghetti sandwich for John with wine, White Heron’s Trinidad Red. It is a blend from the lowest vines where the soil, when wet, is a red (auburn) color.

Going to bed to be up early to watch the early morning geology lecture on Columnar Basalts in Central WA.

Saturday, Apr 18

Starting today with a visit to the past and current spring.Lf-Fireplace cover Santa by John w/Grid Method Art; Rt-Variegated tulips

We have had Daffodils, mostly yellow, but the tulips have been in a pause mode for weeks. This week the earliest variety put on a spring show. Others still have no blooms.

Back in the blog for April 2 I featured a Tiger head painted by a young woman from Kittitas, WA, Franka, using the method. Follow the link on that date above to see the tiger, after you scroll down the page to the date.

This morning at 9:00 a.m. is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on Columnar Basalt. I get on line just after 8:00 a.m. to visit with some of my fellow students from around the world.

Background viewing for this morning’s lecture.
Starting with my favorite:

Geology Video Blooper – Columnar Basalt-Nov 5, 2014

Flood Basalts of the Pacific Northwest_1-25-2017—move to the visuals at 52:45 to view Elephant Mountain flow at 54:54 of the columnar basalts

Columns of Basalt Lava | Nick on the Rocks_12-28-2017

Below is Nick’s livestreaming of Saturday’s morning lecture:

I was on the page early and reminded our group today via live chat that the Ultra-Light Pilot is Tom Taggert (not Tom Foster), a question asked last week. Tom Foster was a photographer and the author of the web site Sadly, Tom recently died (3-4-20) at a young age (60); see this report, from the IAFI (Ice Age Floods Institute):

RIP Tom Foster, Remarkable-IAF-Chronicler

Then this morning’s lecture is here, and we really got into it going until 10:30 a.m.!! Longest ever. All the students around the world stayed with him the whole time, and I think even surprised Nick.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #24 – 4-18-20 Columnar Basalt starts 14 minutes in

John fixed us a breakfast of Blueberry/pecan pancake, with maple syrup, bacon, & navel orange slices.

He’s gone back outside to move dirt and rocks, among other things. He just moved the old Chevy pickup truck into the front yard and is using a crowbar to rip slats of wood from the deck (already rotting) put there about 40 years ago. It’s been a problem for years, but soon will be history. Ignore the pallet on the right.

I’m tackling in house chores, responding to emails, and working on my part of the blog. Must get off here soon and file more receipts that keep piling up. While adding other chores that can run on their own (clothes washer, dishwasher).

Sunday, Apr 19

Nick’s morning lecture is on Plate Tectonics.
This one was difficult to find previous lectures on by Nick. He’s spoken about some of the issues previously, but many of those will be more appropriate for this coming Tuesday’s lectures on Mountains (with the lecture titled, Plates Colliding).
I cannot find any background info for this morning’s presentation except two audio podcasts by Nick (which are amazingly well done without visuals). I have chosen #13 & #14.

I’ll start with a world map of the plate boundaries.Washington State is impacted by the North American Plate running over the small Juan de Fuca Plate which is subducting below – center, near the top.

Here is the first audio Podcast:

#13 Plate Tectonics

and the second:

#14 Plate Boundaries

And this morning from Nick’s backyard ~

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #20 – 4-19-20 Plate Tectonics starts 13:00 minutes in

The next video is a real surprise, found from arriving early to our chat session for this morning’s lecture by Nick on Plate Tectonics from one of the regular “student” viewers, Kathy Williams-Devries from Brisbane in the Australian State of Queensland.

Washington Geology Rocks

Brunch we both participated in making: eggs, bacon, toast, & orange slices.

This afternoon I worked on a bunch of in-house chores, but one of them was writing up an interesting story for our agricultural valley that began yesterday when a person from Kittitas, WA found a piece of something that she didn’t know what was. She photographed it and put the question on Facebook. I know her, so I followed the question with a comment. And, I sent an email with her picture to a friend. His answer came back this morning. I had not told him what I told the group were my thoughts. So I’ll start with that. I said maybe it might be related to an old piece of agricultural equipment. If it was used with an old loose hay stacker, the Bull family has a nice one down off the Kittitas Hwy, just on the right before Bull Rd. You could stop there, show it to them, and ask. I took a photo recently and they allowed me to drive into their pasture to get a closer view (my photo is below).
Interestingly, the email answer from my friend, Kenneth Hammond, suggested: It looks to me like the protective tip and end of one tine for a ‘buckrake’ that was attached to a frame used to pick up loose hay. There were many side by side tines, each about 30 to 36 inches long. I believe the first ones were pulled by horses but the ones I saw (some 80 years ago) were on the front of a tractor. The driver slid it under and picked up hay ‘shocks’ and, once loaded, went to the hay stack or barn to place the hay on ‘slings’ that were lifted up with a horse powered cable and trolley setup. My first paid job at $.50 for a 10-hour day was to drive a horse pulling up hay into a barn. I was 9 years old, stayed at that job for 12 days and was paid with 6 silver dollars.
I mentioned that information from Ken to the gal and put my own photo of explanation below. Two other comments after me I didn’t see till this afternoon were from Paul Boguslawski (It is a point off an old hay sweep stacker. I’ve seen many of them – before baling hay was the norm) and Lonny White, (It used to be about 8 ft long had about 10 of them connected to a metal frame. Was used to stack loose hay in a barn).
So, I attached my photo, zoomed in on possible tips, included her pix bottom right and suggested she had found a broken tip from one of the tines.When discussing this with John this morning, he found an interesting link on the history:

Historical Implement Loose Hay Stacker Horses Only Tractors Used Later

This suggests the implement used to pick up the hay from the field – hay sweep or buck rake – had such things. Perhaps “stackers” had similar iron points. Maybe I can check with the Bull family again. Maybe they have a “hay sweep” too.

Supper tonight: Salad for me; John’s having chili.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News April 17th

Item #1: Got spuds!

Tuesday we were given a bunch of baking potatoes. Nancy suggested 4; we got a dozen.
Friends know the owner of a “Panic 2020” closed restaurant.
Food meant for paying customers is being given away.
While potatoes can last a long time, they don’t last forever.
So we will have a baked potato for supper.

Item #2: You decide.

Is this a nasty story or a not nasty one? 12 feet.

Item #3: Vitamin D

The 2020 Panic has folks talking about Vitamin D. To be healthy folks need a certain amount. Many folks are usually deficient. Such include those of us in cooler places that stay covered up, those with light colored skin that burn, rather than tan, and people with dark colored skin.
Being out in the sun is the easy way to have Vit.D

In reading about this, I discovered the Fitzpatrick scale.Nancy is NOT supposed to get in the Sun, and is taking 5,000 units per day. 800 is recommended. We don’t recall being told why she is taking so much.
On the other hand, I can’t recall ever discussing this issue with a medical type. A multivitamin pill we have has 400 units, ½ the recommended dose.
This issue is important enough, I suppose, that all of us ought to be better informed and taking a supplement. Over the past 10 days I have been taking out of a bottle with 2,000 units, so now have 2,400 per day.
Having learned about the Fitzpatrick scale, I met my quota of learning one new thing every day. Tomorrow awaits.

Item #4: Bacon

Bacon has some Vitamin D, but is better regarded for its B vitamins. It smells good and is good for you.
We are short of donuts, however. That won’t change breakfast plans.

Item #5: Odd things

Which of these is considered acceptable during Panic 2020?

People that bought and filled in a 2020 planner wasted their money.

Have you gone to a bank teller with a mask on and asked for money?

Quarantine has shown you don’t need fun to have alcohol.

Urban pigeons are depressed. There is no one around to crap on.

Quarantine coffee is just like normal coffee but has rum & cola in the cup, and no coffee.

Relaxation during quarantine: with tweezers, from a large strawberry, remove the seeds and count them.

Ending on a high

I needed to mail a large envelope with 8 sheets of paper inside. At the Post Office the clerk weighed the thing and declared it needed $1.20, and I had numerous stamps.
I put 5 20s on it, and dropped it in the outside box. I started home and called Nancy to report the completed errand.
“Five 20s is only a dollar”, she said.
Back at the Post Office a different clerk said “No problem. I’ll meet you at the outside box.”
And she did. And I said “Bless you.”
Homeward bound.

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

Moons & Happy Easter!

Monday, Apr 6

I called the dentist office (they are not operating except for emergencies) and requested 2019 Out of pocket costs be sent via email to me. John has been out for morning livestock feeding chores and work on the fence & road near the garden. For a late breakfast we had a fat pancake, thawed peaches to top it, and we had some maple syrup too; sausage links on the side.

I found the magazine agent for Natural History and my confirmation of our paid subscription they are not acknowledging. It was a royal PITA and I never got through to a person. Kept being offering a Medic Alert bracelet and other special deals. I hung up 3 times and gave up. Will have to figure it out if we do not receive a magazine after the current send would have expired, April 2020. I have a new number to call from the last issue just delivered: 1-800-234-5252 (it’s in Harlan, IA). Ph 1:06 -1:19. Changed our email address from “nancyh at Ellensburg dot com” to our correct joint one. That one they had hasn’t worked at all since 2017. Also she checked, and our account is paid through April of 2021. So I guess I’m happy to have stayed waiting on line for 10 minutes before getting to an agent. I hate these follow-ups. We probably will not renew next year as the content of their magazine has deteriorated.

John came back in and is resting through all this conversation above. Now it is quiet finally, and maybe he can truly rest.
I reached the Valley Vision folks who are closed for business, but staff members are taking days answering phones. I left a message for Christy who will be in Thursday. She can mail me what I need – the out of pocket costs not covered by insurance, for our eyes, for the tax year 2019.

Walked up the drive to take some photos and to see John’s current project with rocks and all four horses came over for a pet. It was cool. My camera was not focusing well (or so I thought), and I only took a couple photos, but enjoyed my trip out very much. I want to have John show me another time how Jazz will bow. That I’ll get on video to show you all.John with Jazz, with Breeze watching me. Right: John and Myst’s backends. Jazz & Cheyenne leading away, Breeze far right.

Supper was spaghetti and pecan pie for dessert.

Tuesday, Apr 7

Full moon & message photo by Lise McGowan

We were up early today. Go first to Super 1 before 9:00 for senior shopping. John did the shopping, and I sat outside on a bench. They have taken away all the chairs near the front of the store, and closed the deli dining room.

Then I went to have my blood draw, but John stayed in the car. They are sending all the hospital lab folks to the place I was going, so I had to wait through 3 others. From there to Bi-Mart to have John check numbers, and he only bought 2 things. On to pick up a package from a gal visually impaired who cannot drive, to deliver to a mutual friend. From there we called our sister Peggy and had a nice long catch-up phone call all the way home and into the parking spot.
Today’s morning blood draw was analyzed and reported by phone. Both potassium (K=5) and INR (2.9) –are good results, and I don’t have to return for a month.

Still working on getting rid of a 32 year old Time Share. Called Pend Oreille Shores today, processed paperwork request with John’s help, and emailed today at 1:45 p.m.

John fixed us a pancake with blueberries and pecans and cooked bacon from a package he bought this morning.

Coming from the agricultural valley where we are situated are two nice photos today from Evie Schuetz:Today’s pix by Evie Schuetz: Top, Setting Full Moon & Mt. Rainier behind Sioux Grain Bins; Bottom: Field Gated Pipe Irrigation. Parallel to the pipe is an old (1950s era?) concrete lined ditch.
Then along came plastic. There is a site with lots of old photos of the lining process – but we had to click on each photo to see them.
Link: Last century irrigation canals

REPEATING this again, in case you missed it in past weeks:
In order to receive the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestreaming Geology lectures, follow this link:
Way to Receive Livestreaming Geology Lectures from Nick Zentner
You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.
You’ll have access to previous lectures and to the live one when it is scheduled (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays).

Background on tonight’s lecture:

Lake Chelan — Battle of the Ice Sheets | Nick on the Rocks, Dec 28, 2017

Ice Age Lakes between Seattle and the Cascade Range (with nice subtitles), May 11, 2015

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #16 – Lake Chelan starts 12:44 minutes in

Tonight’s supper was a hamburger, curly fries, and pears. Pecan pie for dessert.

Wednesday, Apr 8

A trio of full moon shots by Evie Schuetz; the-moon moves fast. The one on the top is likely the most detailed of all she has taken.

I started this morning early with a hacked Facebook account. What a PITA! It’s now cleared up after over an hour of trying –thanks to a FB friend (from Australia) who reported it early, because of her time zone, and it’s now fixed.

Got a phone call from Pend Oreille Shores that our paperwork for transferring the deed is underway and we’ll be receiving the paperwork this week to be notarized and returned. We now have to make an appointment to get in our Umpqua Bank, but not a problem. At least they are open for appointments. It would be cumbersome to do a notarization through a drive-thru window. If that is legal – don’t know.

Made an appointment for Tuesday, 4/14/20 at Umpqua for notary usage at 2:00. They’re doing by appointment only and only two customers are allowed inside the lobby. Doing it on the hour, from 9:00 to 4:00 (close at 5:00). We received the first appointment that had been scheduled for that day.

John came in for pizza (from the freezer and I’m going to make hot chicken soup). Now without the wind blowing, for a change, John’s heading out to spray Glyphosate on weeds.

I’m back to do a few emails, and then I’ll be off working on filing tax receipts that haven’t been touched for a couple of days. Oh, I also have to put some checks in the mail for things that cannot be paid by credit card.

Background on tonight’s geology lecture by Nick Zentner:
This one is pretty incredible, even though in draft, preparing for the real thing on stage, 53 minutes long:

Nick Zentner, 11-13-19. “Draft” – Who was J Harlen Bretz?

In the future (this fall 2020), we will have the real full downtown lecture he was practicing for last year. It was canceled this April 2020 because of the coronavirus.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #17 – J Harlen Bretz starts 12:54 minutes in

Two more “pink” moon photos by friends:Top: In Cle Elum by Sharon Jenson. Bottom from the EBRG Water tower on Craig’s Hill by the combined effort of Johnny Larson (dad) while son Trip provides his high shoulders to get the elevation. Thanks for your efforts.

Thursday, Apr 9

John was up earlier than I and has fed the horses.
I finally got up and cleaned the kitchen.

Meeting with neighbor and “builder” Walter Davenport this morning at 10:00 here. Recent neighbor, actually. Lynn wanted a single story house so they are now as far south of town as they once were as our around-the-corner neighbors.
Had to restart my Chrome and all the things I open in a morning. That takes a while.

First thing I saw was a wonderful full moon shot by my friend Evie Schuetz. This is so impressive. Check it out, and also see her delightful comment below about her trip to view it:An orange moon for the “pink” full moon 4/8/20 in Kittitas Valley by Evie Schuetz. Her explanation follows:

I got a phone call from my cousin last night. He told me the moon looked even better than it had the night before, and that I needed to check it out with my camera. So even though I was ‘in for the night’, dressed in my enormous gray Comfy, I grabbed my gear and went looking for the moon. If you’ve seen The Comfy on Shark Tank or in your local Fred Meyer, you know how ridiculous I felt. No time to change, though–with celestial bodies, time is of the essence. I kept walking and walking, praying my neighbors weren’t watching the world from their porches like the husband and I had been all evening.
As I reached the edge of town, I started to wonder if my sweet little cousin, Danny, had been clowning me. There was no moon in sight. I have faith in him, though, so I continued out into the blackness of the countryside.
After I had reminded myself for the third time that fear of the dark is irrational and statistically my odds of being hit by a brodozer were much higher, I saw it. The barbed wired prison fence in my cover photo had been blocking the most gorgeous orange moon I may have ever seen. I’m so glad I left the cave for this one! Thanks, Dan.

We ate our brunch and John went back out to separate rocks & dirt in the garden. He’s going later to town with our old farm truck to fill it with gasoline. He ended up going to Thorp and to it for $1.49/gal. The lowest price (non-cash) is $2.17 in EBRG. It’s crazy.

I just got off the phone with my pharmacy ordering Annie (our Brittany) her canine Ibuprofen for pain. We’ll pick up her refill next Tuesday when we are in town. Interestingly, I asked the pharmacist if the same comment applied to dogs that taking Ibuprofen would enhance the coronavirus if exposed. She said that whole theory has since been debunked. It was wrong for people. Also, there have been no indications that animals can spread it or contract it from humans. Yet, apparently a Tiger in the Bronx zoo got it from his keeper.

Sent to my Facebook Friends:
4/9/20 Interesting information about fake news that taking Ibuprofen will enhance the severity of coronavirus if you are infected. NOT true! That news has been debunked (according to my pharmacist). I was asking before buying a canine version (Truprofen) for our Brittany.

Photo from the web is of a liver/white Brittany pup being hugged.
Amazing the responses I’m receiving from my above post on FB.

Another interesting finding from the pharmacy is they are sending prescriptions to your home, no charge for shipping, via 2-day delivery via FedEx. One pays for the medication over the phone by credit card.

Background viewing for tonight’s geology lecture:

Intro to Coulees in Nick’s 2-Minute Geology series (subtitles)

Dry Falls | Nick on the Rocks 5-26-17

Helicopter Flight: Nick Over the Rocks, Part 3, 9-25-19 w/Nick & Pilot, Maria Langer views around of Moses Coulee

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #18 – Grand Coulee starts 13:24 minutes in

Friday, Apr 10

John and I both were up earlier than usual for me, and later for John. I stayed in working on cleaning up a dirty kitchen. Mid-afternoon, the washer is taking care of things. John went out to feed the horses, and stayed out working on a sequence project – dig here, move part to there, another part elsewhere, preparing for a load of driveway gravel.

We put in a call to the County’s Water Resource Office to answer her questions about our plans for fixing water-splash damage and converting the attached 2-car garage to livable house space. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has produced a ridiculous map of floodplains in the State. Among other problems the “map” shows much of our house and building in the “100 year floodplain.” The “map” is generated without regard to elevations and water volume, but one cannot disregard the map without a consultation and paying a $500 indulgence. Still, it has been about 7 million years since the house location has had water running across it. [John’s estimate.]

We went to town to get groceries and returned to have lunch. Local telephone towers are south of us, so we get great connections once we’ve traveled about 4 miles. Talked to friends in Eureka, CA on the way home.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday). I’m looking at some things on the web to prepare for Nick’s 9:00 am. Saturday presentation.

Supper: John fixed chicken breast stir fry and peaches. I took some of the stir fry to neighbor Kenny.

Saturday, Apr 11

This morning at 9:00 a.m. is a video lecture from Nick Zentner via Facebook site ‘Learning Geology’. The topic is titled Washington is Disneyland for Geologists. This is a worldwide site I have been subscribed to since hearing about it from Nick. New time to keep people from around the world from having to arise in the middle of their night to watch, and earlier than last week, hoping the streaming load is better and people are sleeping in late.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #19 –via Facebook Learning Geology site, 4-11-20 WA Disneyland for Geologists starts 7:37 minutes in

No good background for this morning’s lecture, yet; it will come this fall, we hope, with a downtown lecture that will be recorded.

Sunday, Apr 12 Happy Easter

Nick Zentner’s morning lecture on Easter Sunday had a visiting bunny rabbit that delivered a plastic egg with a piece of chocolate candy.

Background to this morning’s lecture:

I suggest you go to the visuals, at 29:04 to see the beginning of the visuals at 29:40, a good follow-up of today’s blackboard delivery in Nick from Home #20 (below)

Supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest -4-17-2019

Almost one year later, is this morning’s livestream, 4-12-20:

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #20 – Supervolcanoes starts 13:24 minutes in

Needed to put in all my meds for today and the rest of the week, because I did not do it last night when I should have.

Easter sunset over the Stuarts by Mandy Weed, with permission

Supper tonight: chili & cornbread;

sharing some with Kenny S.
whose brother Ron sent this cute image:
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Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News April 10

Item #1: Crowding

Part of the region around the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay; the official name until 1995) is a densely populated 50 acres called Dharavi. Population is estimated at 650,000.That is 13,000 per acre.

There are 43,560 sq. ft. per acre.
Not taking 2 and 3 story buildings into account, each person can have 3.35 square feet of space.
We claim 20 acres here on the Naneum Fan.
260,000 people. We are 2. Above: Me and a few of my new friends.

Regarding the current panic (with photos): Bad news from Dharavi

Item #2: Gasoline

There is good news and bad news.
I bought gasoline on Thursday at an I-90 exit 9 miles west of Ellensburg. I paid $1.50 per gallon. At the nearer Ellensburg exit, my usual fill-up place, they wanted $2.00. I drove the 1980 Chevy pickup that has multiple problems, and 2 twenty gallon tanks. I added 31 gallons for a savings of $15.50 for the extra (2×9) 18 miles. The old truck was thrilled to be out on the road – first time in about a year, and first time both tanks have been full in several years.
The bad news: all the reasons the price of gasoline has dropped far and fast. And again on Friday.

Item #3: Oops!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times.

Don’t let your dog drive.

Item #4: And the correct answer is:

Each person is 4.24 feet from two others, and 6 feet from a third person.
And what’s with the ‘u’ ?

It is still a good catch, even if I did over analyze.

Item #5: Got SPAM?

Hormel Foods made their first batch of Spam in 1937. With folks clearing grocery shelves and hoarding, the Company announced it will be making a 2nd batch later this week.

Item #6: Lt Rain CLR

The local weather station at the EBRG airport is 5 miles southwest of us. At about 3 o’clock this morning (Friday) the report was of light rain and clear sky. This has continued all day into the evening as I type. At any single hour and for the 6-hour summary the record shows only a “T”, for trace. During this time sustained winds have been 21 to 29 mph, and gusts up to 39.
During all this time we have had no mist or trace of whatever the automatic sensor at the airport is recording.

Our first flowers bloomed this week – Daffodils. One place claims these flowers symbolize friendship. So be it.

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

Nature provides interesting things

Monday, Mar 30 Above taken by Lise McGowan about 8:00 a.m. published with the following message: This morning looking out over our valley reminds me “as we weather this storm there’s a rainbow no matter how faint!” We will get through this!! Praying for our community and our country!!!

John left for White Heron before 8:00 a.m., and I went back to sleep to be awakened 20 minutes later by the noise of HAIL hitting the metal roof outside, our morning hail storm on the Naneum Fan. I called John and surprised him with my news.
I intended to go to the bathroom and go back to sleep, but instead I grabbed my camera and took a bunch of pictures of the hail piled up, followed by a quieter change to snow, and then to rain. Now it has stopped and we have blue skies, but it’s windy.

He intended to call me when he reached the winery. It’s now about time. He called and made it there at 8:57 a.m. with sunshine, so will be pruning today. They had a nice day without wind. We had a lot of wind all day, but the sun finally came out. Below are my complete hail pictures from the Naneum Fan.Top: Backyard hailstones (not snow); center: front yard; bottom hail falling out front and as seen from inside bedroom window.

Now we have another shot of the rainbow (to join that viewed above from our valley), but this from the other side of the ridge, same day, which Cameron Fries took from his Mariposa Vineyard, west of Quincy, WA, looking to what they call the Colockum Ridge.Photo on this day from Mariposa Vineyard, White Heron Cellars (Winery) toward Colockum Ridge by Cameron Fries, Vigneron.

This is the location where John has been traveling to prune wine grapevines with five guys on the pruning crew.

I had intended to sleep in after being up late last night completing the blog. Now I’m up and might consider an afternoon power nap. I took a small one late afternoon, and was awakened by a friend without a computer wondering if his bank (U.S. Bank) ATM machine was open. I don’t use them or have the same bank, but I got online and found out his bank is not open except for the drive-thru window and it operates from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our bank is open on the inside as well, but limiting customers to 3 at a time. It is open 9 to 5:00. So, we are in better shape for going in tomorrow for our need for a Notary to notarize our signatures on two Deed forms. That will happen whenever we get there. They have 5 notaries, so it’s not a problem with always having someone able to help us (and freely).

I believe I will pause now at 10:20 a.m. and work an hour off my computer filing a previous year’s tax receipts. That got messed up with a 21-minute call to Kaiser Permanente to obtain receipts for medications sent by them in the past. I started finding receipts and realized I did not have the year’s total from the KP Mail order pharmacy as I do from our other pharmacies used. Reminds me I need to request from a couple more. I will be in Safeway tomorrow to pick up a medication, and will ask then for last year’s. I have to sign a form with my information and also for John’s to get the print out for 2019.

Continuing with the filing later, I realized I also need to call my dentist for our out of pocket costs (not covered by insurance) spent there last year. I wish this was an automatic process initialized on their end, but instead, I have to remember to request it every year.

Now I have to contact Costco Pharmacy for 2019. I did, and they are sending by email and also by USPS mail as is KP. (for me, with John’s yet to come).

We were busy today; Nancy in the house and John in the yard after returning from White Heron. He planted onion starts (not as many as yesterday). Yesterday’s totaled 90!

REPEATING this again, in case you missed it the past 2 weeks:
In order to receive the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestreaming Geology lectures, follow this link:

Way to Receive Livestreaming Geology Lectures from Nick Zentner

You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.
You’ll have access to previous lectures and to the live one when it is scheduled (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays).

Now to let Czar in, and file again, after finishing my drink. Will have beef stew for lunch when John’s home.

Tuesday, Mar 31

Called the Pilot Station to hear $2.10. John can get it for $1.99 in Quincy. He plans to on his way back from pruning, and will meet me in Ellensburg.

Called Karen Conley at Stoneridge and ask her about credit card payment on our larger fee for transferring deeds, payable to Stoneridge Resort– it says money order, credit card information or cashier’s check. I prefer the Credit Card, because we will get a 1% rewards cash return on our VISA card at CITI Bank. I will send a check for $30.00 to the Bonner County Recorder with my notarized deeds and information on credit card (I hope) to the resort. They are now closed down as a non-essential business. That’s not good news. We have some space-banked units we are going to lose if not used before May 31, 2020. Hard to use when the Governor has closed down our businesses, now until May 4th. Better than plans by the Prime Minister in Australia, who says the AU lock-down may last for 6 months! And a friend there, who works in the airline industry has been laid off.

John called as he was leaving the vineyard a little after noon, and I left about 12:15 to drive to my first place in town to pick up a package of 3 clay pots. I didn’t realize the size was for seed starters only 3″ high, so I really don’t need them, but I have a friend who will be able to put them to use with her young daughter for planting spices.

I called John as I was leaving there, but he was driving through basalt cliffs on the hill from the Columbia River up to Ryegrass Summit and he had a broken-up connection. So I called him back a few minutes later from the Safeway parking lot.

He was making good time and would likely be at the bank by 1:30. Unfortunately, I had scheduled a meeting for 1:30 across the street from the bank, when I thought he wouldn’t be there until closer to 2:00 p.m.

So I had gone to the Pharmacy at Safeway needing to pick up my prescription and I also needed to fill in request forms for the pharmacist on duty, for information on both our expenditures in 2019 for medical prescriptions totaled for the year to have for itemizing deductions for our tax form.

The person I was meeting across the street from the bank is Audra. From her I purchase my probiotic, which she sells from her business, The Maximus Gym. That is a business not considered essential and had to close. So she was coming in to get the capsules from her upstairs business.

I went back across the street (about being blown away) ~1:40 and met John at Umpqua Bank for notarization of deeds. We went inside and were the only customers in the bank. They took care of us, and now we have our notarized papers to put in the mail, but the place they are going to is now closed down. So who knows when it will be taken care of. Oh, well there was a 30-day limit on returning the papers, and we’ll make that deadline, whether they are there or not.

John left the bank and went to Bi-Mart to check our numbers and was able to buy me 3 packages of Fisherman’s Friends.

I left and went for two other planned stops: Fred Meyer for my PoweradeZero on sale for 59 cents each, if purchased in multiples of 8. I also stopped by a friend’s house to leave an empty egg carton and to pick up an empty chicken feed bag she was giving me. She was there in her yard with her 3 dogs and chickens, all working in the wind. Her business is another one considered non-essential that the governor has closed. Downtown, she owns and manages all sorts of party rentals and supplies:

Central Party & Costume

We hadn’t visited in a long while, so we enjoyed our meeting.

I finally got home and was hungry. John carried in all the groceries I had bought and then left to go plant more onion starts, because starting tomorrow, the pruning crew is going to try working from 9:00 a.m. to noon, break for lunch, and continue for another 3 hours. That will save on gasoline costs for the 4 pruners, and speed up the pruning completion. They started today, but John couldn’t participate until tomorrow because of our appointment at the bank.

Here’s the background for tonight’s livestream from Nick’s side yard. It’s a little tougher because he has not given a downtown lecture I can find on The Olympic Peninsula. However, he has done a 25-minute Podcast which is radio style, no video images.

If you want to hear his conversation, try going here.
Keep this because you’ll need it again for tomorrow’s lecture.

The Nick Zentner Geology Podcast

You need to look down the list for this:Click on “Play Now” and you will start the podcast audio about 5 seconds in. It goes for 25 minutes.

For one more background reference, you can go to something I put in our weekly blog back on Nov 29, 2018. I’ve retrieved it for use here. This was a lecture by Bob Carson from Whitman College, on Exploring the Olympic Peninsula, which was given in our local chapter of the Ice Age Floods (IAF) Institute meeting. I’m the only one videotaping those. If you are not already on my distribution list for those and want to be, please send me an email request to our joint account, from where I distribute the IAF lectures and field trip videos. I hope we will be able to resume those in the future when panic has faded.

Nick Zentner introduces the IAF Speaker, Bob Carson

Bob Carson: Half a Century of Exploring the Olympic Peninsula

Bob Carson Fields Questions

Nick Zentner’s talk tonight.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #11 – The Olympic Peninsula starts 11 minutes in

Chicken, cooked cauliflower & cheese, wine, and strawberry lemonade, with fruitcake and Neapolitan ice cream for dessert.

John went to bed at 10:15 but I stayed up another hour to take care of a few conversations with people I had ignored while getting ready for and watching the livestreaming Geology lecture. I also needed to update this blog about the details of that presentation. I was too busy to work on tax filing paperwork today, after spending a couple hours on it yesterday. Maybe I’ll make more time for it tomorrow.

Wednesday, Apr 1

Another image by Lise McGowan, this of her favorite barn
With her description being appropriate to our troubled times: “One of my favorite barns in Kittitas County that reminds us to pray “God Bless America” especially during these trying times our country’s experiencing! Please stay home and stay safe!!

I started this morning quite early at 4:00 a.m. with cat’s needs, and while up, I took my first 2 Acetaminophen of the day and went back to bed. Up again at 6:00 with morning animal needs, and back to bed. John arose at 6:30 to start his long day. He has to feed the horses and get ready to leave at 7:40 for the Mariposa Vineyard.

Called Kaiser Permanente (medical insurance provider) and lost a bunch more time requesting tax information. Today, I will be receiving an encrypted email from them with our medications history 2019 and need to access individually probably. I have registered an account for John.

I slept in until 9:15 a.m. and then started with dishes—emptying rest of clean ones, and starting to sort the dirty ones to soak. Took my pills, and left to finish my refilled coffee cup.

Rascal cat just arrived at 10:50 a.m. from the back guest bedroom’s Jade Plant Box Bed where he has been napping since early morning. He’s now in my lap with my laptop; he’s done that since he was little. The other one was out for a while and is back on his blanket in the den sleeping. Rascal ate and went out the back door at 11:05. The weather outside is cloudy. Temperature on front porch is 44.2° and at the airport 5 miles down valley, it’s 44°. Usually the difference is more pronounced as cold air drainage.

Just returned from the kitchen, having loaded the dishwasher, but not yet started it yet at 12:13, expecting a call from John about when to expect him home late afternoon. I need to think about getting myself something for brunch too. My computer has been beeping at me, the entire time I was in the kitchen, so am back to see what news has come in.
Sun has arrived and the temperatures here and at the airport are up to 47°. My mail has delivered the encrypted information awaited and I have all my data ready to log on and retrieve it, from Kaiser Permanente. This HIPAA stuff is a pain when trying to get your own medical records.

1:00 p.m. – just started graupeling (soft hail or snow pellets) here on the Naneum Fan. Wow. Wonder what’s happening over at the vineyard.

I’m having an appetizer for lunch, of my protein drink. Considering having a Top Ramen Chicken soup follow-up to warm up. With the graupel still falling, our temperature decreased on the front porch to 45.1°. Airport decreased in the last hour from 47° to 41°! Interesting way to great April, after March went out as a lion. It’s almost an hour since it started, and is still falling.
This is not an April Fool’s Joke.

Here is proof bounced up on the rug in front of our front porch and front door.This is my coolest photo of today’s graupel. It was bouncing up 6 inches, to the porch, and onto a gray rug lying in front of our front door. The dog and cats come in there regularly so it is full of animal hair dander, mostly dog (white) from Annie the Brittany. This is a combo with the larger view and a subset from the upper left corner (farthest from where it bounced in).

John just called at 1:10, the end of their lunch and they are ready to resume pruning for 3 hours. They can see the cloud sitting over the ridge in our direction! So now they know our graupel is still falling.

Our graupel fell until 2:15 p.m. and the temperature dropped to 37.2°. Temperature at 3:25 p.m. is back in the 40s on our front porch, and I just finished my late lunch of Chicken Soup. At the airport reported at 1:53 it claimed a previous temperature was 49°, but a few minutes later, reported 41° at 2:04; finally, the 2:53 reported 41°, and at 3:53, it was up to 43°. John got home about 5:15 p.m. After lunch, the pruning crew were in sunshine. Started pruning in very cold temperatures over there this morning.

So, I shall continue with stuff here, and when John arrives home about 5:30 p.m., I will already be set up and waiting to catch the beginning of Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~ 5:48 p.m. Hope the weather in Ellensburg allows him to be outside in his yard tonight. (It did, and the sun even came out near the end of his lecture.)

You can also get to Nick’s Podcast (audio only) lecture on the Cascade Volcanoes (see above). Here’s a former lecture 3 years ago on Ancient Cascade Volcanoes by Nick on the KCTS9 channel “Nick on the Rocks.” it’s only 5 minutes long.

Ancient Cascades Volcanoes-12-28-17

Tonight is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on the topic, The Cascades Volcanoes.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #12 – Cascade Volcanoes, starts 10 minutes in

Thursday, Apr 2

John left at 7:40 a.m. for a full day of pruning wine grapevines in the Mariposa Vineyard at White Heron. They have switched yesterday to pruning from 9:00 to noon, breaking for an hour’s lunch with wine, and resuming until 4:00 p.m. They can finish today – maybe. That puts him home about 5:20, just in time for me to be starting setup to watch Nick Zentner’s Livestreaming YouTube presentation.

Just started snowing here at 11:15 a.m. (not heavily) and did not last long. I thought it was clouding over. The sun had been brightly shining in the window at 7:10 this morning. Oh, update, the sun has been shining now since noon and the sky is blue.

Next arrival from Evie of daughter Franka’s colored pencil artwork (pictured side by side with original):And, here is Franka’s description of the grid method art process she used, with the times taken to create her drawing.
“She said it took thirty minutes to create the grid. Five hours to complete the drawing. The size of the grid was 3 blocks by 4 blocks. Each block is 3 inches by 3 inches. So 12 x 9 is the size of the finished piece. She didn’t take any photos of the process. She did it during the night when the rest of the family were all asleep. And on the right above is the reference photo she used.”

I looked up Grid Method Art, and found a good description: The grid method involves drawing a grid over your reference photo, and then drawing a grid of equal ratio on your work surface (paper, canvas, wood panel). Then you draw the image on your canvas, focusing on one square at a time, until the entire image has been transferred.
But here is a nice explanation you may enjoy following:

The Grid Method (in Art is Fun)

Good timing on John’s call after they had lunch, 1:07 p.m. I was in the kitchen fixing my soup. They have decided to go long today and hopefully finish the pruning so they do not have to go tomorrow. John called and was home by 4:10 with 3 cases of wine: Red, White, and Rose’. Being done is a good thing, as it will lower our gasoline costs. One pruner drives in from Soap Lake, one from Moses Lake, and one from Quincy. John’s about 60 miles away, or 1 hr, 20 minutes.

Here’s the crew on the last day:Erik Nelsen, Tom Snyder, John Hultquist, Mark Amara

Here’s the photographer, Vigneron, and Vintner, Cameron Fries’ comment on the above placed on his Facebook site (White Heron Cellars): “Last day of pruning with my intrepid crew. Notice the social distancing enforcer. We don’t mess around out here – you invade somebody’s space it’ll be the last thing you do. Each row is 2 meters apart. On a more serious note, we’re done pruning and ready for spring, always a great feeling. Cheers!

Now switching to Nick Zentner’s Livestreaming Geology lectures, with tonight’s on Ghost Volcanoes (his coined term for volcanoes no longer “live” but which have left behind remnants of their past eruptive nature).

Background to this lecture below: Then check Nick’s past lecture, two years ago, at the Hal Holmes Center in Ellensburg, WA.

Ghost Volcanoes in the Cascades 2-28-2018

Nick tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #13 – Ghost Volcanoes starts @ 10 mins in

Friday, Apr 4

I was very tired and slept in, after being up with the cats and dog at 5:00 a.m. John was up early and fed the horses.

I worked on filing tax receipts most of the day.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (with Monday).

Saturday, Apr 4

This morning at 10:00 a.m. is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on the topic, Great Earthquakes. New time to keep people from around the world from having to arise in the middle of their night to watch.

Here’s the background for this morning’s lecture:

Great Earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest, Feb 10, 2016

4-4-20 ‘Nick from Home’: #14 – Great Earthquakes, starts 14 minutes in

John’s been alternating between garden leveling and fencing, and taking stuff from the house to the hay shed. Also, horses, wild birds, and cats need fed, and Annie now wants John to be with her or she won’t go far nor get much exercise. Showing her age.

I have been washing dishes, and filing tax receipts, plus contacting people on line. This morning John located a huge book (Coffee table one, ~4#). I apparently brought it back from a conference after 2000. That’s the date of publication. It’s on the Klamath Basin Balancing Water: Restoring the Klamath Basin Hardcover – April 2000 by authors: Tupper Ansel Blake, Madeleine Graham Blake, and William Kittredge. I just had a message from a former Geology major master’s student from our time in Idaho, on whose thesis I served as a committee member, that she had continued her research, after leaving Idaho, in the Klamath Basin. I was getting information from her to share with Nick Zentner, as this is the location in Oregon, in which Crater Lake exists. It covers the region all the way to the California border. We will give the book to Nick, as she doesn’t need it, and mailing it across the country is pricey.

Before I could go to bed, I had to put in all my medications for the week, to take my night pills and capsules.

Sunday, Apr 5

I was up at 5:00 with the cats and dog, took my 2 morning pills, and went back to bed.

This link: landslide will take you to the Wikipedia page regarding the topic of Nick’s presentation today. If one searches for Bridge of the Gods, the main site is about a steel truss cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon.

This morning at 10:00 a.m. is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on the topic, Bridge of the Gods. By starting at the new time, Nick hopes to help keep people from around the world from having to arise in the middle of their night to watch. I think it helped because today, we had 600 people watching, but we also had some technical difficulties (maybe with WiFi), which left many of the people buffering around the world and not hearing or seeing the lecture. Once Nick realized what was happening, he moved inside his house and went for another 34 minutes. So, the replays are two below.

Here’s my suggested BACKGROUND for this morning’s lecture:

Bridge of the Gods Landslide – Mar 14, 2018

Dec 28, 2017 Bridge of the Gods Landslide | Nick on the Rocks
And, here’s this morning’s lecture (in two parts):

4-5-20 ‘Nick from Home’: #15-A – Bridge of the Gods, starts 11 minutes in

4-5-20 ‘Nick from Home’: #15-B – Bridge of the Gods, starts right away

I am going to end this week with a Geology Rock Hammer Blooper by none other than Nick Zentner on Columnar Basalt.

Geology Rock Hammer Blooper

Supper tonight is spaghetti, with White Heron’s Arvine (white) wine. Thanks, John.

We are expecting a cool and dry week. Other places are having nasty weather.

Hope your week was fine.
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News April 3rd

Item #1: Are you baking bread?

The Wall Street Journal had an article about folks, being closed in, making bread. The subtitle include the word “failing.”
The photo here involved a bread making machine and flour 3 years past it best by date.
I had not looked for flour or yeast, nor have I made any bread, nor have I been locked down. See item #2.
The interesting quote in the WSJ article is: “It’s a weird phenomenon,” he said. “I thought, ‘why is everyone making bread? I don’t know, but I’m going to do it too.’
Thus, along with toilet paper, store shelves have been freed of their load of flour and yeast.
I assume people have had less trouble with their toilet paper use than their flour and yeast skills.
Learned the phrase “peak provisioning madness” (PPM) from this article.

Item #2: The good & the bad

The good news is that our vine pruning ended on Thursday. The bad news is that our vine pruning ended on Thursday.
The weather has been weird – and that is the only thing normal about it. Cold temperature and lack of sun kept the vines from starting to leaf-out. That’s good because the new growth is quite delicate and will break at the slightest touch. I worked while wearing several layers and a wool cap. We finished in a section underlain with basalt rock. Post holes there are not, and thus no posts, and no wires. The vines are “head pruned.” White Heron’s vines are much younger than those in the photo. Those are at least 35 years old, in South Africa.

I’ve mention last week that pruning vines is considered an “essential” occupation. Thus, with the finish on Thursday, I am no longer essential. Maybe I’ll bake bread.

Item #3: Items from lock-down
It has been noted that liquor stores are open because booze is “essential”. Schools are closed because they are not essential. I think I’ve gotten that right!
Home schooling results seem to vary considerably. That’s not surprising.
There is this interesting question though. If your kids are mixing cocktails for you – does that count as chemistry class?

Item #4: Two of my favorites.

Item #5: Mathematical modeling

Various groups and individuals have been using “models” to predict the peak of the virus panic. Numbers have been all over, up, down, and sideways. It is hard to keep track. I don’t think they know what they are doing. And the data is, to this point, useless.
I have used a very complicated model to predict when we will run out of toilet paper. With exact starting data, meticulous record keeping, and a simple 2 parameter model, I predict the date will be May 2nd at Noon plus or minus 3 hours.

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

A week at home

Monday, March 23

Starting this week with a photo by Evie Schuetz of her daughter, Franka, who turns 14 this coming Wednesday, 2/25. Franka was featured with a neat cartoon in last week’s blog with an owl hoarding toilet paper.Franka on a rock along the John Wayne Trail, in a dress made by her mom, Evie, who photographed her.

John left this morning for wine grapevine pruning at White Heron’s Mariposa Vineyard. I slept in, after being up to the wee hours of this morning.

I put away things from the dryer, and added more from yesterday, plus started a new load of clothes. Also started soaking dishes to put in the dishwasher. Washed & dried another load of clothes today.

John called at 12:25. leaving vineyard, heading to Pilot Station for gas and will call from there. I had a nutrition drink to tide me over, but will have chicken soup with added breast meat when he gets home to have his leftover meatloaf.

I am working on an Affidavit for Immigration Status for a friend. Never have I done one of these before. (It got completed and submitted.)

Tuesday, Mar 24

Call Bi-Mart and see if they are open today. They are open!! So John can drive by. Finished immigration status affidavit for Allie –signed, created PDF and sent to her.

Spent a ton of time with RCI today and learned lots. Also used one of our space-banked units in Hawaii for Dawn Dukelow (former student) who is going to Hawaii for her honeymoon, after they are married September 12, 2020 in Tacoma, WA..

Check to see if the Gothard Sisters are still out there. YES!
They are still there if you missed it from the previous blog.

The Gothard Sisters: Free Concert Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

And, here is Nick Zentner’s lecture tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #6 – Flood Basalts

Wednesday, Mar 25

John drove to White Heron, and found snow at Renslow Bridge and at Ryegrass Hill, and on all the hills to the north. It is now snowing here. He called me on his way down the hill to the turnoff to the vineyard, and I had just waked up because of badly interrupted sleep last night.

A phone call came in from Lewis Armstrong at 8:56 a.m. here, and I was in the kitchen fixing my first cup of coffee. We talked for a while and then I tried to access my computer to look for something he sent me (a PowerPoint) about his daughter. I found I have no connection to the outside world. It’s like the Internet is totally down and unavailable. I went to the back of my house and called Cameron Fries at White Heron with the pruners where John is, but only got his voice mail. So, I left a message to call me back on my landline and what was happening here with no Internet connection on either mine or John’s computer.
I rebooted my modem but that did not help. I tested my WiFi with sending a print out to the printer and that worked.

Called consolidated communications about a bill that increased to $89.74 from last month, $90.74 Turns out our Internet price and also our landline charge both have gone up, so our entire bill since Feb went up ~$5.

Called Gloria and checked in on how she is. Be sure she knows we are not coming probably for two months. She and Shirli her younger sister were both there.

Guess I will work off line and file receipts today. I may be able to call about some more billing questions. Top photo by Maryann Donohoe Hawks, looking west from Vantage highway; lower photos our front and backyards

Snowing again, hard, at 1:00 p.m. here on the Naneum Fan. Now graupeling here (as soft hail).

Next story is about my past (in the last century).Lewis Armstrong is a friend now retired living in Fayetteville, GA. We have been in touch and he’d like me to share his Amazon books with my friends. Here’s his bio. He’s the author of these books. He and I were together in the class (top photo), along with Miriam Hill, at the University of Texas for an NSF-funded geography computer seminar in ’98. I’m 2nd back on left. Bottom left pix is at my request for his tie (of the San Andreas Fault)—especially relevant now with Nick Zentner’s livestreaming Geology lectures; along with Lewis’ books on Amazon.
Lewis retired from the Army in ’93 and then retired as a university librarian in ’03. He participates in storytelling, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He builds PowerPoints for patriotic programs such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans Day.

Nick Zentner’s talk tonight.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #7 – Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Thursday, Mar 26

Late to bed last night, up to see John off to the Mariposa vineyard for pruning, and back to bed to sleep in late to make it through my day. Yesterday was a packed day with a lot of frustrations and realization of how much we depend on communication via the Internet. Still have not heard what took ours away for several hours. I finally heard (not the cause), but all of Consolidated Communication Internet users throughout the whole state, were without Internet access for 3 hours.

Wrote Cheryl Bach we got some empty feed bags from her trailer & thanks. Now they are destined for a 2nd life holding garbage. Called about toenails to find our appointment has been cancelled, so we’ll soak our own feet and do our own.

Called Consolidated Communications and found out about the raise in cost for phone and for Internet started in February. Also, to get a higher upload speed, (we are at 1 and 4 on download), it would be a one-time fee of $100 (almost) to go to 4 ? upload and 50 download. I will not do that.

In order to receive the Livestreaming Geology lectures, follow this link:
Way to Receive Livestreaming Geology Lectures from Nick Zentner You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.
You’ll have access to previous lectures and to the live one when it is scheduled (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays. These continue indefinitely, and are programmed with topics through April 5.

Tonight’s Nick’s Lecture:

3-26-20 Nick Zentner: #8 Liberty Gold, Starts 16 minutes in

Our guest was Gold Miner, Rob Repin. You can follow his own YouTubes, if you google his name.

Friday, Mar 27

Today’s accomplishments: Soaked and loaded dirty dishes. Worked on tax filing previous year.

John called on his way home 12:11 p.m., via the post office in Kittitas (closed for lunch 1-1:30 going to EBRG –Ph on frig 962-4360. He has to have the counter assistant weigh the envelope and tell him the postage to put on. He has stamps with him. This manila envelope has the 7-page document to the county contesting their $500 fee for “development on a floodplain.” Their FEMA supplied floodplain map is bogus and repairing an existing house is not “development.” Enclosing a small alcove/porch and replacing cheap garage doors with a regular stick-built wall, all on the existing foundation, hardly amounts to development. Still this is a government bureaucracy.

In fact it is a “closed” bureaucracy because of the current panic involving a virus. Thus, via the post office and $1.20 postage, the envelope will, we hope, make the 3-block trip to the County Building.

From there he’s going to two grocery stores for getting my PoweradeZero at a good price. Safeway special by 4 for 49₵ each, and Fred Meyer for multiples of 8 get for 59₵ each. One store we frequent has them priced at 1.18 each! Hopefully, they will allow him the 6.99 price on chicken on Just for U. I added the 8 piece to my just 4 u list, so if he gets the right thing, it will swipe correctly. Worked. And he had chicken for lunch and we shared a big crusty breast for supper.

Received by mail today our paperwork to get rid of the Stoneridge RCI Timeshares. This involves paying expenses for 2 years to have them take the “weeks” back. For us, this is considered “real property” in another state (Idaho) and complicates the estate. They provided standard paper work, so at least we did not need a lawyer just to deed the units back to the condominium association. The cost seems high but individuals have almost no hope in self-selling.

We have 30 days to submit these with checks payable to two different units, Stoneridge and the Office holding deeds. We need to take it to our bank for notarizing this week one afternoon, after pruning. I’ll make an appointment.

NO Nick Zentner Livestreaming tonight, not until Saturday (Topics for this weekend are shown below: Saturday, Mar 28

John did all his morning chores with feeding, and then went out to level the garden, where he has removed the fence, and the wooden planter boxes he built several years ago for various crops (strawberries, onions, etc.). He was getting it ready for tilling, and hoping the tiller would start. It started, so I took his picture.This garden spot is in a low spot. Over the years, John has been filling it with horse manure, sand, dirt, wood ships, and other organic material. Our most serious garden problem is deer. A fence needs to be reinstalled – to about 7 feet high and one they can’t crawl under. The horse panels are not high enough, so a top has to be put on.

Been working on various projects, and am finally at 3:30 getting ready to switch to filing tax receipts. I have to be ready at 5:15 to take my acetaminophen and also get ready for Nick’s livestreaming tonight of the lecture on Supercontinents.

Did my meds for the next week and ordered Coumadin 5 mg from Safeway, which they slice in half for me. Charles is doing it today; it will be $11.xx same as last time, and will be ready for pickup 3-31 Tues when I’m coming to town. Also called Kaiser Permanente Mail Order Pharmacy, and ordered 3 months of Spironolactone (cost only $10 for 90 days). It will come in the USPS mail to my mailbox.

We watched the hour long lecture on Supercontinents last year in a downtown lecture. That series has been canceled this year (whole month of April) because of COVID-19.

Here’s the HISTORY for tonight’s livestream from Nick’s side yard.

Good idea to look online (Google this): “Christopher Scotese (changing continents)” for some of the videos put out there by Christopher regarding the changing “supercontinents” of the past.
Then check Nick’s past lecture, just last year.

Supercontinents and the Pacific Northwest, 4-11-2019

The following was tonight’s lecture:

3-28-20 Nick from Home: #9 – Supercontinents, starts 10 mins in

We went to bed a little earlier tonight.

Sunday, Mar 29

We planned to cut John’s hair this morning while it is still cold outside, and I’m all prepared to do it. The time in between cuts was too long and the clippers heat up, so we stop, and John reads while they cool. Two weeks (?) next time!

John’s gone out and fed the horses, and the cats inside and outside are all fed.

Will finish blog text, after talking with sister Peggy in OH. John drove my car around the rural block to be sure it is still running after not being away from the house for over a week. That trip was to the dentist.

John’s haircut (finally) he was really looking like Einstein or Bernie Sanders. Nope, I did not take a before and after picture. Good thing I do cut his, because the barbers and hair salon businesses are all closed.

Times of the haircutting this morning: 9:33 – 9:52 wait for clippers to cool and Nancy to rest; 10:03 finished 10:33–all nicely trimmed. We’re going to do this again, 2 weeks out on Easter Sunday to see if it doesn’t go faster without all the matted hair in the back of his head. I just looked at the back of his hair above his neck and think it is a little fuller than needed, but considering the utensils are all put away and the chair is back in its place, I’ll wait 2 weeks for another haircut that won’t take an hour. Normally, I can do it in less than half that time. Two weeks might decrease the cutting time more!

John planted onion starts in the in-progress newly fenced garden.

Here’s the HISTORY for tonight’s Nick Zentner’s presentation:

Exotic Terranes of the Pacific Northwest-Feb 21, 2018

And, here’s tonight’s lecture.

3-29-20 Nick from Home #10 – Baja BC Exotic Terranes, starts 12 mins in

I’m planning to send an email to a bunch of friends about using a timeshare from our space-banked bunch before May 31, 2020 start date. If you can book one for that time, we will help you and we won’t lose all the $ we have invested in it over the past two years to keep it available. It does not have a high trading power (only 15) which will work for many in the conterminous U.S., but not for Hawaii. You maybe don’t want to try a foreign country, but a week’s worth any place in the world will cost you $400 for the week away, regardless of the size of the unit (studio to 2-bedroom, with capacity 6)
If you do not get an email from me and you are interested, please notify me by phone with your email address and phone number. Thanks.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan