Nature and community

Monday, Dec 7

Slept in until 7:30 a.m. after going to bed at 10:00 last night.
Need to get the photos thank you sent to people who gave me permission to use their photo in our weekly blog. That’s done.
Cut John’s hair. Took 35 mins, with set up /cleanup taking more. Our freezing fog is getting worse outside, so happy we do not have to be on the road with ½ mile visibility and treacherous roads.

Get in touch with Cle Elum Clinic to let them know about leaving a pkg. for a family in Ellensburg with the for us to pick up when we go for our Medicare Medical Wellness test this Thurs afternoon Nov 10 – go through Stephanie Walker (office manager there (via email to save the cost of a long distance call). We have no cell phone reception in our house; only our landline.

A little bit of dishwasher unloaded, and none yet reloaded.
Need to finish putting in my night pills for the week.
Supper: Sliced Beef roast, mashed potatoes and gravy with onions, a sliced half of a red apple, fried cauliflower, and diced beets. PowerAde.
The total number of robocaller connections for Dec 7=3.

Tuesday, Dec 8

Get up early to take pill, and drink ½ hr. later, drink coffee and milkshake. We need to be at our first two stops before noon.
Set up my external back-up for its noon backup. It completed the backup while we were gone.

This is our day for important errands, and we had many; review here. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ First, was to Take the F-350 Ford to Seth Motors’ to be worked on at 11:00 a.m., to have its battery tender evaluated and the manual emergency brake ∞∫∞ John wants to take our insulated shopping bag by Winegar’s for quarts of their Ice Cream we like. We did, but he sat in the car while I went inside for it. ∞∫∞ Bi-Mart to check numbers ∞∫∞ No luck. ∞∫∞ Picked up 2 boxes (empty) from where we often drop things off. ∞∫∞ We stopped at Super 1 Grocery store for John to buy only a few things needed for supper, but he got carried away and bought lots more. The temp while spending time in town was 28° – so said the car.

Mid-afternoon snack: John had piece of peach pie and some small candy bars; I had 2 Reese’s peanut butter cups. Girl cats in new room had beef.
Late afternoon check in call from Gerald; he’s fine. Today his daughter took him to the skin specialist (dermatologist) to burn off spots on his back from walking in the sun without a shirt. They topped the Manastash Ridge and left the sunshine and clear blue skies.

Put all the dirty dishes in and ran them before supper.
Supper: John’s planning Beef Stroganoff, with peach pie and ice cream for dessert.
Started raining last night after supper, and sometime overnight switched to a little snow.
The total number of robocaller connections: Dec 8=3.

Wednesday, Dec 9

Up late to start the day. John’s now taken care of cat cleanup feeding, and visiting in the new room, and fed the horses. I’ve been catching up on emails, and Facebook activity. Finally, at 11:11 we left for town, stopped off to pick up a donation of Christmas Cards from my rural neighbor for me to deliver while I’m in town to a person who cannot drive. Then I took John to Seth Motors to pick up the pick up, and run more errands before he came home. Main thing were bags of pine pellets to use in the cats’ litter box. Clay sticks to their feet and ends on the floor. Also, John thinks the wood does a better job of handling the urine.

Supper: John had leftovers from last night; I had a special salad later, after my shower, and a serving of blueberry cheesecake ice cream.
The total number of robocaller connections for Dec 9=3.

Thursday, Dec 10
Mt. Rainier Sunrise from Puyallup by Cheryl Keisel White

I found research papers after looking up Siletzia on duck-duck-go. I loaded those up to a new Dropbox and made a link to send to study group for Friday’s Nick Zentner’s afternoon lecture.
Printed my medications to put it in my paperwork for my annual physical exam. –
Ate a piece of fruitcake and fixed a salad for my lunch to eat before the Game Play began. I need to play my Zoom Game Day at the AAC with 5 others; it is Yahtzee. I enjoy that game.

Get dressed to leave for Cle Elum at 1:00 p.m.
9:33 a.m. call from Gerald; foggy over there, otherwise all is well in Thorp, WA.
John’s outside at 10:00 at 21 deg. We got his meds in a bag to carry. We’re driving up leaving at 1:40; didn’t get home until 6:04 p.m. With the first doctor we had there, we were seen together. Since then there seems to be something new to the routine each visit. It seems way long, but the blood draws got done up there, saving a visit to the EBRG facility.
The total number of robocaller connections for Dec 10=1.

Friday, Dec 11

We had had a scattering of snow overnight. Overcast and cool today. Snow is sticking on the higher slopes north of us, above 4,000 feet. Over the next week we are expected to get just a little bit more. High temperatures are still expected above freezing.

We both slept in late, but I’m tired from a restless night with interruptions. I don’t have time to consider a nap until later, but maybe should because contractor Walter is due at our house at 6:00 p.m. tonight to discuss projects yet to be completed, so we are all on the same page. I’m falling asleep now. Maybe I should rush a short nap currently, before the lecture starts.

While I’m involved in managing the Nick Zentner lecture live comments, John leaves at 11:15 for town for the Community food distribution (plus local Cattleman’s beef). They are promising a variety of things – much from the big conglomerate, Conagra Brands. The local paper says beef, fresh fruits, vegetables, other perishables, and canned and packaged things. John arrived at 11:45 near staging by the Armory Bldg on 7thAvenue, near the north entrance to the Fairgrounds. They offered a lot more than they announced in the city Daily Record newspaper invitation. There is a 3-pound Beef roast, two bags of apples, one Pink Lady and one of Fuji apples; a small bag of baking potatoes; cans of pinto beans, two packages each of dried beans and dried fruit & nuts; a small carton of small curd cottage cheese; a large container of yogurt & a gallon of milk. There is a bag of yellow onions, and a bag of small oranges. There are “tater tots’ and flat potatoes of the same sort. Most of this stuff was in dreaded plastic bags, but there was one sealed cardboard box. We’ll dump about 2/3 of this stuff with the usual family next week, but she doesn’t want onions (and we have plenty). The gallon of milk needs a home too.

I began collecting comments at noon (with my computer), and ate my own lunch. I needed to set up the WordPress format to put the various descriptors in to fill it at the end of the lecture in the afternoon. This was supposedly all ready to go but somehow my document totally lost the links I submitted. I did not realize it Sunday night when processing the final copy that it was missing until after it was published at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, and it was too late to fix it then.

I’m setting it up now at 9:30 am. Monday, Dec 14, 2020, as I previously.

#100 – Exotic Y: Siletzia

I e-mailed Carl Hurlburt’s research papers on Yellowstone Hot spot information to the study group along with some other links from him that are pertinent for Sunday’s last lecture by Nick.

Late afternoon photo at 4:22 p.m. taken from a drive around town by photographer, Lori Waters, and displayed on the Facebook page, Kittitas County Visual Delights.

I finished loading and running our dishwasher so we had clean dishes, bowls, and utensils for us and the animals.
The total number of robocaller connections for Dec 11=1.

Saturday, Dec 12

Had to be early morning to still have ice on the needles around this colorful Ponderosa pine cone:Christopher Cyrus Peterson took this early morning and published it on the Kittitas County Visual Delights site.

Not sure why my Friday nights are always becoming restless nights, that screw up my ability to get to sleep and make it imperative I always set up all the proper parts of my recording devices for my ICD measurements every time I’m out of bed and back in again. Guess I’ll also have to insert an afternoon nap into today’s schedule.

This morning was a mess and unfortunate situation with Woody in the new room.
John didn’t see Walter coming down the driveway and he got to the front porch window and knocked. John jumped up and went outside the front door and not back through the house, and so he’d not replaced to block to keep Woody from coming into the walk-in pantry/utility room. After he returned inside, he came in and we heard her meowing it the washroom, behind the gate, which she jumped over, and ran down the hallway hot on the tail of a cat she likes, Czar. I ran and closed the outside window on the doggy door so she couldn’t escape outside. I first found her in the back guest bedroom. After an hours relaxation time, we searched for her. John found her in the middle bedroom under the far corner of the bed. He had gotten a probing stick and flashlight. I stationed to watch where she went, and had blocked off some rooms of the parts of the house farther away from the kitchen access to the now opened gate.
Unfortunately, she came into the den, an okay thing, but ran over to the kitchen and not out through the washroom, and instead got up on a kitchen cabinet behind some dirty dishes. She stalled there and had to be encouraged off. She next ran under my recliner and then under the woodstove! He pulled the fencing from the stove and closed another spot in the den, and then he managed to get her out from under the stove, back through the washroom, and into the pantry. We got that door shut. Next, the swinging door to the new room – their room – could be propped open (Sue being still there) and with more encouragement she headed “home.” She hid in the back of her house bed (box), so we left her out there for quite a while. Finally, she came out and seems to have no hard feelings about her failed attempt to escape.

Walter is expected to come and work near the entrance in the morning, so John went out after lunch and took down the wire fencing he had used to capture her last week.
I have to get the dishwasher loaded and run before John wants to cook tonight’s supper. I completed that about 4:00 p.m.

We have to clean near the patio door in the den so the workers can come in and rebuild the edging and the frame around the wall. WE need a before photo. Will need to move the buffet out probably on the right hand side and a small wooden table that holds my ICD (Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator) recorder (via a landline connnector–cell phones do now work with the unit, and it is read at 2:00 a.m., daily. Boxes, and other containers and other things piled on the floor under the table need to be moved out. I hope not my electric recliner. Now we’ve postponed that from Monday morning.

I wonder if I should send the late research papers that came in yesterday for Sunday morning lecture. I forgot this morning with all that happened. I decided to send them.
Brunch: John fixed bacon, eggs, fried Tater tots with purple onions he grew, and I had leftover instant coffee and PowerAde.

Supper: John started making Salmon Croquettes by a recipe I did not remember from my childhood. They had them at their family dinners too, but we have never had it since being together as a couple. He failed. It was strange. We had it with steamed rice and served with a bowl of canned peaches and lo-fat cottage cheese, small curd sort. That made the “quiche” more palatable. I don’t care to eat any of the leftovers. It started as canned Pink Salmon and ended more as a baked something, like quiche – no patties.

The total number of robocaller connections for Dec 12=0.

Sunday, Dec 13

I got up at 7:35, enjoyed a hot cup of coffee to warm up, plus a chocolate Ensure with French vanilla yogurt. Then on to readying my software and computer to collect information. I was ready to support and watch Nick Zentner’s 9:00 a.m. (this morning started at 8:40) for thank-yous.
Nick’s lecture at 9:00 a.m. (part two) ~ 10:00 when the first quit working. This still had the most viewers (ever I think), which were 1082 worldwide.
I began collecting comments at noon (with my computer), and ate my own lunch. I needed to set up the WordPress format to put the various descriptors in to fill it at the end of the lecture in the afternoon. This was supposedly all ready to go but somehow my document totally lost the links I submitted. I did not realize it Sunday night when processing the final copy that it was missing until after it was published at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, and it was too late to fix it then.

#101 – Exotic Z: Putting It All Together!

#101 part 2 – Exotic Z: Putting It All Together!

Supper: Small pieces of chicken breast meat, fried, with crusty onion rings, large potato patties (nice & brown), almost like potato pancakes, & strawberries with cottage cheese in a little bowl. For dessert we’ll have Dutch Apple Pie.

The total number of robocaller connections for Dec 13=0.

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

Not so Nasty News December 11th

Item #1: What’s up?

I don’t remember the first time I saw the above “click-here” thing but last week I noticed the “macy..” image and the word “Walmart” name did not match. This week there has been a change to match names. Interesting, but not as fundamental as the fact that Ellensburg does not have a Walmart. There is one about 50 road miles south, and another just 25 miles as the crow flies, but 70 miles by road.
Neither of these stores is closing. Another mystery.
Thus, it can’t happen, and I don’t need to know about something that is not happening.

Item #2: Was this Humpty?

If you search for images of Humpty Dumpty you will find many modern colorful illustrations of an egg-like character sitting on a wall. They mostly do NOT show a shattered egg-corpse at the base of the wall. Not appropriate for children’s books, I suppose.
The nursery rhyme goes like this . . .
Search as you want, there is no mention of an egg.
In fact, the rhyme was around in published form for about 50 years before a notion of an egg character was written into it by Lewis Carroll in “Through the Looking-Glass.”

Here is a link showing a black and white illustration and part of the Alice text. classic illustration

Back to meaning; see this:
A cannon. Really?

And here is the “Looking Glass” text with Alice and Humpty:
via Lewis Carroll

Item #3: Is your sink clogged?

Item #4: Closed

Washington’s governor, among others, insists on closing things down until January 4th. The governor’s restrictions affect all social gatherings, bars, restaurants, retail, gyms and religious services. They went into effect on Nov. 16.
Distancing and masking are everywhere, and meanwhile it is claimed that positive cases and hospital use continues to go up. I don’t have a graphic for our state, but here is California:
Other places report similar results.
Makes me wonder if masks work, why don’t masks work.
In other news:
Prohibition-era 21 Club in New York City to close after 90 years.
Some think that 1/3 of restaurants will be closing.
A locally eatery has posted the governor’s phone number on its outside sign where normally they put the daily special.

Item #5: Interesting times!
Most are familiar with the translation of the Chinese curse:
After one of the most controversial elections in American history, it seems we will have a new administration in just over a month.
The United Kingdom seems ready to walk away from the European Union. Known as Brixit.
Multiple millions of folks will soon be poked in the arm with never before types of vaccines. An interesting experiment.
Meteorologists claim a La Niña event is about to bring strange weather over the next few months.
Further, a spectacular sky event is about to unfold: the Great Conjunction of 2020. Jupiter & Saturn will soon appear close together in the sky; closest since the Middle Ages.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of December 13–14. The good news is that because the moon won’t be visible on the 14th, that means that even fainter meteors will be visible from dark skies.

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

Washington Mountains & Life’s Cleanup

Monday, Nov 30

I slept in until 8:30 a.m. It’s snowing but changing to rain and John went out to feed horses before the rain starts. I spent a fair amount of time doing beginning of the month maintenance on my computer accounts, and a lot more time soaking and cleaning dishes to put in the dishwasher.

The sun came out, snow & rain stopped, and John went out to work until coming in for a late brunch, but we didn’t finish until almost 2:00 p.m.
I sent my thank-you email messages for photos posted in our last week’s blog.

Whoopee! Dishwasher loaded and started at 3:06 p.m.

Supper: Steak stir-fry with carrots and onions and a sliced half yellow apple. PowerAde, hot peach pie with ice cream for dessert.

Lots of work on planning for tomorrow using the web, and on working on email from a number of friends about a number of different topics.
The total number of robocaller connections: Nov 30=1.

Nice way to end November, with a photograph of Mt. Rainier by a daughter of Lee Kiesel; a friend from Briarwood Commons. Some days “the Mountain is out”; some days it’s not. This view is what Cheryl Kiesel White sees from her Puyallup location. An amazing view of ‘The Mountain’. Puyallup {pew-AL-up} is 30 miles south of Seattle.

Tuesday, Dec 1

Get up early to take pill, and wait ½ hr. later, drink coffee milkshake. We need to be at our first two stops before noon.
Set up my external back-up for its noon backup. It completed the backup while we were gone.

This is our day for important errands, and we had many; review here. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ Our first stop was to drop off several boxes of groceries to a family at their house, who cannot drive because of being seeing impaired. ∞∫∞ Then on 2nd Avenue close to our next stop. ∞∫∞ Safeway, for a Just4U special, 89 ₵ head, Iceberg lettuce. ∞∫∞ then on down to the AAC to hand in and pick up materials for Thursday’s Game Day via Zoom, and deliver something else there too from last week’s game day.

Mid-afternoon snack: John had piece of peach pie and some small candy bars; I had 2 Reese’s peanut butter cups. Girl cats in new room had a bite of beef – very old 6 oz. from the freezer and now cooked for them.
Afternoon check in call from Gerald; he’s fine.

Supper: Leftover sirloin beef stir-fry with carrots & onions, yellow apples; John had a sausage patty.

Need to send links to study group, after capturing them in a Dropbox. I had severe trouble with Edge and Opera browsers on my computer, finally had to restart completely.

The total number of robocaller connections: Dec 1=3.

Wednesday, Dec 2

We are expecting the pick up of the trash bin today. Time: 7 am to 3 pm. Quite a wide window of time. John was out to open the gate at 6:45, but now it’s 9:00 and he needs to go through freezers for frozen food trash for the landfill.

I was up a couple times during the night with the dog, so I slept in this morning till 9:00 a.m.!
This morning I’ve enjoyed my coffee and milkshake (chocolate Ensure with strawberry yogurt), and gone out briefly to visit the cats in the new room.

John saved all frozen food we’d had in our freezers until this morning to load into the dumpster. It’s 11:00, and I must take my Acetaminophen. John got up in the dumpster and stomped on re-positioned boxes that cannot be showing out of the top rim of the dumpster. A cover has to go on.

Now John’s out trying to get a picture of the loaded dumpster. This was a comedy of errors. First, he went out with his own camera, climbed atop the old Chevy PU truck to get a better view from above, went to take the photo, and realized his camera battery was dead. He came in to get mine, I told him which buttons to push, and set it up for him to look through the viewfinder because he detests looking at the screen, with reflections. He went back out, climbed up again, and got a couple of photographs.
Photographs on top are the setup, when John realized he had to come get my camera. The bottom is the filled 30 cubic yard dumpster.

Truck came about 1:30. The driver was pleased, loaded quickly and was off to the transfer station. Trash is weighed, and compacted in EBRG, then off to a landfill in East Wenatchee.

Gerald reporting in fine today, before 11:00. All’s well, just chilly for exercising outside, so he’ll walk around inside his house.

John brought a scratching log to the kitties. They weren’t impressed. Next, maybe is a carper covered post. Such are sold, but to cats use them? They are expensive. I plan to ask on the free-giving site for one from someone who may no longer need theirs. I’ve gotten so many great things free recently from those sites for moving the cats into the new room of our our house.

Brunch: John came in and fixed ham, scrambled eggs with cheese, and hash browns for our midday vittles. We gave a treat of white tuna (canned wild albacore) to the cats.

Our electrician, Todd, came by at 3:10 and worked 20 mins. and fixed our problem. The electrical power on the water heater in the horse’s water trough was not working. Two days ago it had over an inch of ice. He fixed it by replacing the old outlet with a new one. I’m supposed to look up ground fault interrupt (GFI); needed where water might be near.

I was very tired this afternoon, so I took an afternoon nap for well over an hour! Much needed.
Then, I worked on “duckduckgo” search tonight looking for research papers for Friday’s lecture on exotic terranes and the Baja/BC connection. Nick announced the topic for Friday’s lecture was going to be Plutons. So, I have gone back to finding additional research papers to share.

Supper: John fixed steamed rice, gravy with onions, fried ham slice cut-up, a serving of BBQ baked beans, and sliced apple. We each had a piece of heated peach pie with vanilla ice cream. Sun setting on Mt. Stuart from Manastash Ridge Summit, 45 miles away. [at 4:10 p.m., photographed by Andrew Caveness]

John went to bed early. to leave early in his Ford Truck for White Heron to deliver a pickup load of horse manure to be used in the Mariposa Vineyard.
I unloaded the dishwasher

Thursday, Dec 3

Mail isn’t being delivered until after dark. So, John retrieved the mail and my mail order meds, and opened the gate. Delivery was at 5:35 p.m.!
Early a.m. call from Gerald; cold over there, otherwise all is well.
John took care of the cats and horses.

He left (10:20) for White Heron with a full truck load of manure, his camera, and lunch. The very top of the vineyard was dug out for sand many years ago. When re-contoured, the replacement sand had very little organic matter. Most parts had about 100 years to grow a cover, and start a soil. The bottom image shows the location, with the Columbia River 600 feet lower. This is water impounded behind the Wanapum Dam, 25 miles away. Top are Cameron & John; bottom the excellent Tennessee Walking horse manure for the Mariposa Vineyard. The view overlooks the Middle Columbia Valley as it turns at West Bar and flows directly south. Top-dressing of organic matter isn’t the optimum solution, but it does help – seen by inspecting adjacent rows of treated versus untreated. This is the 3rd load; and we have more.

I’ve been working on study group Dropbox entries all morning, need to finish that. That allows me to create a set of research papers at a link to allow viewers to download directly onto their C drive, the PDFs, rather than sending individual ones through email that are 4 & 5 or more Mb large.
Attend Zoom Game day at noon. Get my prompts ready. It was a game called, Catchphrase. It was a fun game to play; I’m sure we will play it again before 2020 is over. Next week, we’re playing Yahtzee, another favorite.
Having my morning milkshake of chocolate Ensure with vanilla yogurt with game play and probably cup of coffee to warm up.

For lunch I had one of my famous salads, made with Iceberg lettuce, (only lettuce I’m allowed on Coumadin, smoked turkey cubes, pistachios, Cheez-its for croutons, and threw in some grape-size tomatoes that were awful. I took it out and visited with the cats in the new room, Sue and Woody (mother/daughter).

Supper: beef & onions, baked beans BBQ, steamed rice and gravy. Dessert: piece of fruitcake, Nick’s symbol or icon of exotic terranes.

Finished emailing all the research papers to new members of study group for Zentnerds. Only 3 more lectures to go after tomorrow at 2:00.

Need to call Panasonic support. My blocked call storage space has been filled. I think it allows 250 numbers. I hope I can delete the earliest ones in the system.
The total number of robocaller connections for Dec 3=2.
I loaded the dishwasher, but no time to run it until tomorrow morning. Taking my Acetaminophen and going to bed.

Friday, Nov Dec 4

I slept in until almost 8:00 a.m.; John was late getting up, after me! He says he’ll get up when Mr. Sun does.
I started trying to start the dishwasher, and it is not working to hold the soap in the dish when closed. It was raising my blood pressure so I made a cup of coffee and opened my computer. When John checked it, he found the same thing, so just closed and started it anyway. The dishes were fine when put in the washer and the hot water and soap in the bin will still produce clean dishes.

Our dog had us letting her out every two hours.
John is busy every morning cleaning the litter box and feeding, watering, and giving the girls some loving attention.

Coffee for me with chocolate Ensure milkshake with peach yogurt and I am enjoying it, while frustratingly filling in my Medical records for next week’s Medicare Wellness Exam.
I need to process my medical records from the portal at the hospital, in anticipation for next week’s visit for our annual physical and the background paperwork they need. Why they cannot access it from their portal is beyond me, but if I have to, and cannot locate something, I must call Medical Records at the hospital during weekday work hours. What do people without access to computers do? That was a PITA. Took me 17 mins to find out there are problems with their system. Wrong dates entered in the Medical Record, some procedures not entered at all. I was given a national support number to call, and they told me there was a 25 min. wait. I hung up. I called my pharmacy and got info on when we had our Shingles immunizations. I called radiology at the hospital; and found the CORRECT dates this year which were not entered in the system for my Bone Density test or mammogram. This is the portal for the same hospital for where they were performed. I knew it was this year, during COVID times. Those are now corrected on my form, but have not been corrected in the Portal records. How useless if they are updated incorrectly even within the same hospital where the test or surgery was performed.

Later, I’ll be getting ready for Nick Zentner’s Friday afternoon lecture at 2:00 p.m., when I start gathering pre-show comments at 1:00 p.m., actually, my computer is grabbing them now.
In between we have to have our lunch. I had a salad for my lunch, starting before 1:00 p.m.
Call from Gerald about 11:20; all’s well there.

We had some technical problems with YouTube today, and lost the first 18 mins of the start, so Nick had to restart a new livestream. The final outcome, made Take 2 require additional time (2 hrs 13 mins)

Nick Z, Take 2: #98 – Exotic W: Plutons

I worked on the blog.

Supper: Beef sirloin tip steak with onions, onion rings and apple slices. No dessert. I had fruitcake this afternoon for a snack.
The total number of robocaller connections for Dec 4=1.

Saturday, Dec 5

I had another restless night with many interruptions from animals and from my own inability to get to sleep. Maybe I’ll have to take an afternoon nap. I did nap for 45 mins quite late afternoon.

John took care of the cats in the new room, cleaned their litter box, and checked news via the computer there. Then he went out for the papers and the mail and to feed horses. I stayed behind working on cleaning up dirty dishes and loading the very full dishwasher. John’s out working for a couple hours in 26° temperatures; cool but nice, he says.

Late afternoon, I finally sent a note to the study group for Nick Zentner’s lecture tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. It has the link to the YouTube location and suggestions for a background study guide to previous research papers, and I remembered to add Nick’s recent audio Podcasts on Exotic Terranes.

John worked outside in the cold this morning and gathered the last of the needed rocks to fill the drip line trench at the edge of the carport. He raked leaves and pine needles and carried them to the garden. Then added a cart load of excellent TennesseeWalking horse manure. Actually, he has added 3 or 4 carts of each (leaves, needles, manure) this week, and may till it if the surface doesn’t freeze. Coming Wednesday looks promising.

In cleaning out the freezer on Wednesday morning he found an old 4+ pound roast. He put that in the oven about Noon.
Then we had a midday meal of bacon, eggs, canned peaches in a little bowl, and toast of English muffin bread.

Supper: Oven roasted Sliced Beef Roast, Steamed rice with onion gravy, and a bowl of canned pears.
The total number of robocaller connections for Dec 5=2.

Sunday, Dec 6

Up all night off and on unable to sleep, and being awakened by our dog to go out; why can’t she go out the doggie door she has used for over 13 yrs? {John: she is finding the ramps more difficult than when she was 4.} I am going to need an afternoon nap, but first have to finish the blog.

I got up at 7:35 to fix my software and computer to collect information. Enjoyed a hot cup of coffee to warm up, to start my computer set up to load the needed software so it was ready to support and watch Nick Zentner’s 9:00 a.m. (this morning started at 8:42).
Nick’s lecture at 9:00 a.m. went long at 2 hr. 22 mins.

#99 – Exotic Y: Baja-BC

John came in from outside yard work, and fixed us a brunch: each an egg over easy, bacon for me sausage patty for him, piece of toast, bowl of canned peaches, & home fries. I had a small PowerAde drink.

I need to put all my medications for a week in a carrier for dispensing daily.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News December 4th

From Peggy’s driveway, in NE Ohio.

Item #1: Stuff

I have a clock like the one shown, but all-in-all this man has had more stuff.

Homeless man’s home stuff

Item #2: How to use a frozen turkey

You, too, can get creative in putting a frozen turkey to good use.
Demetrius Truss, of Milwaukee, found his car’s left rear wheel gone and the wheel hub propped on a frozen turkey. Either the thief developed a conscience – – – or – – – used whatever he had at his disposal.

Story and video here.

The accompanying cartoon has the oven temperature of 350 F. degrees. That seemed a bit hot to me, so I searched it up on the internet. I’m guessing Mother didn’t use 350.
ButterBall® and other sites suggest 325°. Okay, but I like roasting in a “slow” oven – meaning about 225° to 250°.
Here is one explanation,

although I would make some changes because I never have “sprigs” of spices. And “Kosher Salt” is still Salt as this site explains;

. . . so our cabinets only have one type of Salt – plain – and that’s what I use.

Item #3: Great idea

If our house could be seen from Naneum Road, I would do this. The first person to think of this should get a large money award.
I found this with the contributor claiming “Clark Griswold approves.” I had no idea what that meant, so off to find out.
But I think I might have to watch a movie or two to learn. Clark Griswold is the main character in a series of silly vacation movies; the third is titled National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I know no more.
As a teen I did help set up a tree this tall. A couple of us did a few things with the sons of a local judge. Some common interests but they went to a different school. One December the Judge wanted a large tree for the house. It was a large house (stone exterior) with an open interior of about 2 ½ stories. So we found a tree of the size desired, cut, and carted it off to the house. Getting it through the door was a bit of a problem, but the damage to the woodwork was minimal, and it was a fine addition to the living room.
You can see this house by searching on Google Earth using this: “Stone House Road, Clarion, PA”
. . . that lands you half way along the short road, so move to the left where there is an intersection with Greenville Pike/Avenue. Spot the brownish roof in the corner. There have been a few changes over 60 years for the property and the immediate area.

Item #4: “Do as I say.”
The speaker emphasized residents ‘need to stay home.’
Why is this news? Because . . .

In early November, as health officials warned of an impending COVID-19 spike, Austin Mayor Steve Adler hosted an outdoor wedding and reception with 20 guests for his daughter at a trendy hotel near downtown.
The next morning, Mr Mayor and seven other wedding attendees boarded a private jet bound for Cabo San Lucas, where they vacationed for a week at a family timeshare. There, in Mexico, he recorded his message.

Not as I do.

Many such stories of those some call “limousine liberals.”

Item #5: The best?
Nancy will appreciate this photo.
Children are placing pennies in front of the passenger train Nancy Hanks prior to its last trip between Savannah and Atlanta, April 30/May 1, 1971. The Nancy Hanks

As the Sun went behind the Cascade Mountains this afternoon I came inside, grabbed a snack, and wondered what to use as Item #5.
I switched on SiriusXM and a country song, being sung by David Allan Coe, titled ” You never even called me by my name” came on. When the song appeared to be ending, Coe spoke (as a song part, it is called recitation):

Well, a friend of mine named Steve Goodman wrote that song
And he told me it was the perfect country & western song
I wrote him back a letter and I told him it was not the perfect country and western song
Because he hadn’t said anything at all about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin’ drunk
Well he sat down and wrote another verse to the song and he sent it to me
And after reading it I realized that my friend had written the perfect country & western song
And I felt obliged to include it on this album
The last verse goes like this here:

[Verse 4]
Well, I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison
And I went to pick her up in the rain
But before I could get to the station in my pickup truck
She got run over by a damned old train
_ _ _ _
The song seems to be about a spat between a man and a woman,
but it is meant to reflect on Coe’s troubled relationship with the music industry.
Steve Goodman is the person that wrote and performed the train song “The City of New Orleans,” about the dying railroads and his own life, dying from leukemia. Steve Goodman.

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

Skyscapes, trains, and thanksgiving

Monday, Nov 23

I slept in until 8:00 a.m. Had a changed appointment call from Cardiopulmonary at KVH moving me from Wednesday to Friday, at 9:30 a.m.
Thanks Lise McGowan for sharing your photo. Much is going on there.

Paul Liebenberg, a viewer of Nick Zentner’s Live from Home series, sent this a reply to my public comment on the Sunday morning lecture (yesterday’s replay), asking for a link to the video.
Below is the link to the 7-minute video from the North Cascades National Park mentioned last week about the archaeological record of the use of Chert (flint stone) by Native Americans there in the hills of the North Cascades:

Hozomeen: A story about Chert, identity, and landscape

I wrote to Marlys about her mom’s birthday card and leaving it at KVH with Jill or Yvette to pick up. Need to call Jill and check if I can do that. I never heard back, so I didn’t ask Jill.
I sent my thank-you email messages for photos posted in our last week’s blog.

Tuesday, Nov 24

Get up early to take pill, and drink ½ hour later, drink coffee milkshake, drink water to get some hydrated with liquids in my system to make blood draw go easier. I needed to be at the lab before 9:30 a.m.

Set up my external drive for its noon backup. It completed the backup while we were in town.

We had to deal with serious fog today and that slowed down the driving time quite a bit. I was thrilled this was not a day I had to travel to Yakima for a test at the Heart Center. I-82, our major Interstate connecting Ellensburg, with Yakima was closed both directions for 26 miles coming into the Kittitas Valley. Fog was seriously affecting visibility. Closed from 10:50 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. I wish I had captured a view from the camera on Manastash Ridge.

We left at 9:00 a.m. to get to blood draw before 10:00 to make the centrifuge timing before pickup. Kim does the centrifuging now at 10:00 cause the pickup can be between 10 and 11. I remembered to request Cle Elum Family Clinic to send more orders, because the lab had to use the one for Jan 2021 to draw it, but did it anyway, realizing the immediate need.

This is our day for important errands. Reviewing those here. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ Started with going for my blood draw a week later for the same standing order (INR). Last week’s reading was quite high (4.0); with no explanation of the reason. I had not had alcohol or an antibiotic nor changed my diet in any way from normal. Today’s was back in the proper range, (2.1). ∞∫∞ Next stop Bi-Mart Pharmacy, where I picked up my prescription of Amiodarone and bought more packs of Fisherman Friends cough drops. John walked up to get the sheet of numbers, but we did not win anything. ∞∫∞ From there I drove to the first exit for Ellensburg on I-90, coming from the west. There’s a large truck plaza with the best prices in Ellensburg, PILOT Flying J on Dolarway, at $2.399/gallon. We get 4% off our Costco CitiBank VISA card and it’s paid to us in the beginning of the new year in February. Sometimes we earn hundreds of $. With COVID however, this year will be a lot lower, because I’m not running forth and back to EBRG, and John has not been going on WTA Trail Maintenance trips, although WTA did carry on with masks and distancing. Our last stop before home was to drop off 3 boxes of groceries to a woman who cannot drive because of being seeing impaired.

Today’s photographs bring back memories of trains:Both photos by EvieMae Schuetz, south of EBRG not far from the Yakima River. The top is a current train; the bottom is an old depot on lower Canyon Road, before one reaches Thrall; unseen from the road.

This brought back old memories about trains from my life. I was not yet 2 years old when Franklin Delano Roosevelt died 4-12-45 in Warm Springs, GA at The Little White House.
When the funeral train came north on the Southern Railway lines near our house, my parents took me down the hill to watch the train come across the trestle bridge over the road we lived on. I still recall seeing the train rolling by, with one car draped in a US Flag, where the casket and honor guard were.

Mid-afternoon snack: I had a Nanaimo Bar; John had a piece of chocolate frosted golden yellow layered cake.
Supper: more of our white salmon (cats surely like it–well 3 of the 4; the girls in the new room, Sue & Woody, and Czar male inside/outside doggie door in main house; but Rascal does not like fish. Strange. With the salmon, John and I had breaded cauliflower fried with fried onion rings. For his dessert, John had a Nanaimo Bar. I didn’t have anything.
John went to bed early. I’m going to try to stay up another hour. I’m tired from getting up very early to leave this morning, and not taking an afternoon nap.

Wednesday, Nov 25

Up at 8:00 a.m. but with problems on the Internet.
I’ve been on the phone with CWU help desk, and checking on numerous other start up activities for a day. Everything is taking too much time.

We were up a couple times during the night with the dog. She is old and sleeps soundly, a sometimes weeps a pool of pee. Between the two of us, if we remember, we get her out about every 3 hours during her naps.

This morning I’ve enjoyed my coffee and milkshake (Chocolate Ensure with Vanilla yogurt), and gone out and visited with the cats in the new room. I need to unload the dishwasher and probably should wash clothes.

John’s out in 38° weather (but it is nice and sunny today), working on getting more garbage into the big green dumpster, and moving rocks around. He was up near the gate working on ideas for putting in a wooden sign to identify our place as Rock’n Ponderosa. I know he still needs to bury leftover food.

I need to check the A-head on yesterday’s WSJ and check my subscription with them. It is supposed to be reduced by my association with CWU, and the price I’m paying monthly doesn’t reflect it is. Talked to them, and cannot change either. Price has gone up to $12.99/month for educational usage, ($156/yr.), which is fine because the regular yearly cost is $600! We truly enjoy access to the articles in the print and the digital formats.

Lunch: John’s having cheese bits-filled sausage links with eggs and potatoes. I’m going to have the rest of my soup from yesterday, maybe or just wait and have an afternoon snack with turkey dinner coming for supper. And have the soup tomorrow for TG Day lunch.

Going to town – I’ll be there close to 3:00 p.m. for Community Thanksgiving Dinner for take-out turkey+ dinner, we’ll have on thanksgiving eve. This weekend is always meaningful for me to give thanks for my life being saved after the reaction to Heparin (blood thinner used in operations and in cleaning IV tubes) in an otherwise successful surgery to remove a blood clot in my heart from a heart attack the day after 2009 thanksgiving. I received a hit {Really, it is called Heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).} from the blood thinner used in the surgery, and the next evening all my systems shut down, putting me on life-support for 8 days. Luckily, I stayed in ICU until the end of December of 2009 and they performed a risky open heart surgery to replace my Mitral valve and give me a 2-way bypass. I have plenty to be thankful for still being alive.

Left-flyer inviting people to Thanksgiving Dinner served take-out this year. Right: servers putting parts of the meal into containers: including turkey slices, dressing, mashed potatoes all 3 with gravy; corn, roll & butter; cranberry sauce; and a pumpkin pie piece. Delivery to cars by volunteers.

Gerald reporting in fine today, late afternoon. All’s well.
Late afternoon snack, a Nanaimo Bar and piece of pumpkin pie.
Supper: John had a rolls toasted into 4 pieces, with turkey, mashed potatoes, buttered corn, cut up a yellow apple and halved with me. Also, he had a piece of layered yellow cake frosted with all sorts of chocolate and twirls. Nancy had turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes all covered with gravy, a little bit of buttered corn.

Our only special Thanksgiving treat this week was a baked Cosmic Crisp apple, with Cinnamon crisp topping. Cosmic Crisp apple description:
This new apple on the market results from 20 years of research by the Washington State University tree of fruit breeding program. The apple is a cross between an Enterprise and a Honeycrisp.
Large, round, crisp and super juicy, these apples have a rich red that almost sparkles with starburst-like lenticels—which is where the name “Cosmic” comes from. The natural balance of acid and sugar in Cosmic Crisp® apples give them an unmatched sweetness, making them perfect for snacking, baking, and entertaining.

I worked on ‘duckduckgo dot com’ search tonight looking for research papers for Friday’s lecture on Nanaimo and Mélange Belts. Also requested help from a few folks and had a wonderful response from the Geologist Jerome at Vancouver Island University. He’s a huge contributor and supporter of our study group.
The total number of robocaller connections: Nov 25=1.

Thursday, Nov 26 Happy Thanksgiving!
Lovely sunrises: top by Keith Kleinfelder from south of town, and bottom from east of town, farther north, by Sid Peterson.

Slept in till 8:30 a.m., up a couple times during night with animal demands. Had my morning milkshake of chocolate Ensure with vanilla yogurt.
Coffee and starting to send papers for tomorrow’s lecture. Sent all the papers and images I needed to send for tomorrow’s lecture. Took me 3 sends to get all the materials to study group.

For brunch we had a pecan pancake with maple syrup, strawberries and cream atop, and bacon. I had coffee.
John spent most of his afternoon tossing boxes of trash from the hay barn into the landfill dumpster. He’s got more to do during the daylight, tomorrow. He was concerned about the large size of the dumpster, but says that’s no longer a concern. He knows he can fill it.

We had a bunch of Happy Thanksgiving wishes from friends in the states. We did them all on email, no telephoning.

Always a funny memory of Turkeys at Thanksgiving to share on this day. If you are old enough you will remember this TV Show. We viewed this original showing in 1978 while living in Troy, ID, and teaching at the University of Idaho, in Moscow, ID.

WKRP Turkey Drop

Telephone call from sister Peggy in Ohio, to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving. We had a nice visit for 25 minutes. I’m sure she was worn out. She’d had a couple hour phone call, plus another long one with someone else today.

Supper: Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, and gravy; the rest of baked Cosmic Crisp apple. For dessert, we had a Nanaimo Bar (our last in the package).

Sunset on Thanksgiving with thanks for his striking photography talent, Christopher Cyrus Peterson

I went for a late shower to be ready to leave for my PFT test tomorrow morning to get to the hospital at 9:15 a.m. I’m going to wear my N-95 mask to protect me. They are the chosen best MASK to protect against COVID-19 virus, so I will wear that mask from now on in grocery stores and in hospitals. And in other close proximity to many people places. I’ll use my cloth masks for the fewer folks I’m around. I suppose I’ll try to clean a few more dishes to load in the dishwasher before going to bed. Now I can’t. Rascal just got in my lap. He’ll stay here until I take my Acetaminophen and go to bed, so I can awake at 8:00 a.m. to get ready to leave.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 26=1.

Friday, Nov 27

1:00 a.m. early awake from dog wanting out. I went back to bed and John put her out at 3:00 a.m. I slept until 5:00 and awoke at the right time to take my Acetaminophen (every 6 hrs.).

John is busy every morning checking internet news, and cleaning the litter box and feeding, watering, and giving the girls some loving attention. They are both warming up to us (and will finally come to him), from across the room, when he calls them with special treat food. For a while, Sue would only come to me, but now they both will. Woody is still a bit tentative. It’s only been in the last couple of months that Woody would even let us touch her, (while she was eating). She was the longest coming around to be “domesticated.”

Appointment at Cardiopulmonary for PFT test for me at 9:30 a.m. Check in a few minutes before. I left at 8:45 a.m.
Checked in early with Yvette with my N-95 mask on, but couldn’t breathe so I went to the restroom and exchanged it for a cloth mask. Went back to get my paperwork to the front desk, and on down to Cardiopulmonary. Jim Allen, the head technician was the only one there, so he took me right in at 9:15 a.m. I was out in the car ready to come home at 10:03. I brought my report results with me, and it was shipped off to my cardiologist and to my PCP. I have written an email to my cardiologist’s nurse with my comments. I await hearing from him.

Now am getting ready for Nick Zentner’s Friday afternoon lecture at 2:00 p.m. I start gathering pre-show comments at 1:00 p.m., actually, my computer is grabbing them now.

John’s in the sun and chilly temps (39.7°) throwing more garbage into the dumpster. He usually only works at a single task for 1.5/2.0 hours. Changing tasks involves different muscle groups, or in different ways. He claims this to be a good strategy for old folks.

Call from Gerald about 11:20; all’s well there.
Fixed my chocolate Ensure milkshake with vanilla yogurt and I am enjoying it.

Nick began ~ 1:45 for 2:00 p.m. with his 2 hr. 7 min. lecture:

#96 – Exotic U: Nanaimo & Mélange Belts

I worked some on the blog.
I had a late afternoon snack (never really had lunch) of ripple potato chips and salsa, have been cleaning up dirty dishes in the kitchen, and packing them into the dishwasher. John’s napping. We got up really early and I had an interrupted night’s sleep, no afternoon nap, so I may really go to bed early tonight.

I tried to take my blood pressure and the batteries were dead. I finally found the AAA ones in a different part of the house from where the others batteries are stored (in the new utility room on shelves). There are a couple (flashlight and the AAAs in the living room on a shelf. Guess we need to combine them with those in the utility room. Those batteries are packaged too securely, in a tight wrapper that takes a knife to separate. I got it done without bothering John, while he napped. He just awoke at 6:12 p.m.

Saturday, Nov 28

What a difference a day makes.On the left (Saturday) there are high bright clouds over western WA and Oregon. On the right (Sunday) the clouds are gone but low grayish fog fills the Puget Sound, the Willamette Valley {Portland area and south}, and our own area of central WA.

I was up a couple times in the night to take care of cats and a dog. Last time was 4:00 a.m. and it took my 5:00 meds and went back to bed. Slept in until 8:45 a.m.

John took care of the cats in the new room, cleaned their litter box, and eventually went out for the papers and the mail and to feed horses. I stayed behind working on cleaning up dirty dishes and loading the very full dishwasher. Got it started at 10:00 a.m. while John’s out working for a couple hours in 48° temperatures, sunny, and windy, giving it a chilling factor.

Once on my computer this morning, I cleaned up the various things on our joint account and my personal email account. They’re always loaded overnight with unwanted mail. Have not looked at Facebook yet, because it is a huge time user I don’t have time for. If you want me to see something on Facebook, you’ll have to “tag” me so I am notified differently without being on board FB.

Oh, at 10:00 a.m., I finally sent a note to the study group for Nick Zentner’s lecture tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. It has the link to the YouTube location and suggestions for a background study guide to previous research papers, or roadside geology books. I should have added Nick’s recent audio Podcasts and forgot.

I fixed a chocolate Ensure milkshake for me with vanilla yogurt, to have before my hot soup for lunch.
At 11:15, I sent my note to the study group with suggestions about tomorrow morning’s background prep materials for lecture. I put all my medications for a week in a carrier for dispensing daily.

Before I had my own supper, I took a couple of tablespoons of drained tuna on a plate and broken up for the female cats on the new room. They scoffed it down.

Supper: I had a tuna melt (grilled cheese & tuna sandwich) fixed by John, with strawberry lemonade PowerAde. John had Panko breaded shrimp, baked and French fries, with cranberry sauce.

The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 28 = 1. It was from an Out of Area “number”, which was not displayed so I could not check on the type of scammer it was but they were alerting me to a security breach of an unspecified account to tell me if I pressed 1. I did not answer. Without a # I cannot block a future call.

Sunday, Nov 29

I was up at 7:25 to fix a hot cup of coffee to warm up and also to tide me over, a milkshake or chocolate Ensure with French vanilla yogurt. John reported that the cats made it through the night all right in their new bedroom and bathroom facilities. He’s going to give them a little treat of tuna fish this morning.

Nick’s lecture at 9:00 a.m. went long at 2 hr. 8 mins.
I started collecting pre-show comments about 7:40 a.m. but people are late coming on board this morning.
Temperature here is 30.9°. I’m sure Nick will be broadcasting from his porch this morning.

#97 – Exotic V: Restore the Fruitcake

John went back outside to work without brunch, I’m here too, inside the house working on the blog draft and on creating emails to 4 new study group additions. That got put off until after the blog is done.

I got myself an afternoon snack, first Ripple potato chips with salsa, followed by two Resee’s peanut butter cups.

John was out moving horse manure into the pickup, rocks into the under drip-line ditch, and more trash into the landfill dumpster. Now only have enough room for frozen food trash from the last 6 months to be added when we know the pick-up day. The horse manure is destined for the vineyard over at White Heron; some to our garden.

Supper: Bowl of Progresso wild rice and chicken soup, with chicken breast meat added. Another bowl of our leftover Acorn squash cooked with cut–up baked apple; the remaining half of the Cosmic Crisp.

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

Not so Nasty News Nov, 28th

Item #1: Sorry!

A day late.
I was listening to a radio program.
Nancy has had SiriusXM in the Forester for several years. Mostly useless now, because all her trips to music things and the senior center have vanished.
Recently, she talked to the company service and learned how to connect to the music in-house on our computers. That’s how I was listening.
One of the best song writers of the last 50 years is
Kristoffer Kristofferson, and I was listening to a set of his songs – mostly being sung by others – hosted by Willie Nelson. When being sung by Kris, the words are clear, but some of the others are not so. Thus, I was getting the lyrics on screen to read along while listening to other singers, such as Bob Dylan, Roger Miller, Willie, and a dozen others.
I forgot I was supposed to post something.

Item #2: A little owl

Owl gets a free, but unwanted, ride to the Big Apple. Could have beeb crushed. See – –Saw-whet owl

Left – the live tree;
Middle: preparing;
Right: all tied up
While at the University of Idaho our offices were in a 4 story building, an old converted dormitory. Stairs to the upper floors had windows at each landing (turn). Outside they had planted Arborvitae, likely when the building was new. Having grown for years, these crowded the buildings and the windows.
One time a Saw-whet owl took a perch close to the trunk of one of the trees, just outside the window. On the Cornell Lab site . . . Third photo – Adult . . . the image is much like the view we had.

The name: Read about that under the heading “Branding the bird” at this site: la chouette

Item #3: Enough already!

This baking craze has gone too far.
If Panic2020 has you in the kitchen and wondering what to do next –
step away.
Go outside and dig a hole or whatever.

Item #4: Coffee?

I’ve seen several of these slogans about booze holding 2020 together.
This person seems to be drinking a cup of coffee.
I assume the idea didn’t work for her.

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

Kittitas Valley Activities

Monday, Nov 16
This is a day late, because I missed seeing it yesterday! Lovely photo by Lise McGowan of the NE-facing hills south of EBRG.

My normal up at 4:00 a.m. for Woody (not raining) for morning vittles, let out Czar, and then back to bed, when it started raining, and rained much of the day.
Slept in long till after 9:00 a.m. because of lateness getting out the blog. We’ve been hearing the rain all night and morning, and continued with only the necessary outside chores John does in the morning, attention to computer emails, and I am still drying the clothes I washed last night. John fixed toast and went to visit Sue-cat, now housed inside. His computer and radio are also out in the new room.

We sneaked in a lunch and I unloaded the rest of the dishwasher John began on yesterday. I now need to soak the next batch of dirty dishes & utensils.
About 1:30 p.m., a sad news phone call from longtime friends that their dad had died this past week. We tried to call his wife at home, but we got a voicemail message. So, we left our landline# with condolences. She returned call, but John was outside with contractors, so the two of us talked. He was very ill, but this still was sudden.

John was with the workers hanging a gutter on the edge of the roof, and when it is not raining they’ll come back to add caulking.
I’m spending time planning stops for tomorrow on our day to run errands in town. I sent my thank-you email messages for photos posted in our last week’s blog.This animal hide was designed for the Rodeo Hall of Fame by Pennie Hammer. It paid tribute to Ida Nason (image just left of center on lower edge) and the Yakama Nation. I know Pennie from our days playing music on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Briarwood Commons Retirement Village. She is quite the artist and a great singer as well.
She posted this on Facebook today to call people’s attention to the Daily Record article on the family in Saturday’s paper (you’ve already seen it in our last week’s blog).

Supper: leftover Spaghetti with meat sauce, red seedless grapes, and ripple chips with salsa.

Tuesday, Nov 17

Then up, took pill @ 8:40, no food or drink until ½ hr. later. Charge FitBit. Think about restarting maybe clean up some off the extra stuff on the download file. Set up backup external drive for noon backup and started the computer’s day. Going to get a cup of coffee and a chocolate Ensure with strawberry yogurt.
Set up my external back-up for its noon backup. Need to get dressed to leave.

This is our day for important errands. Reviewing those here. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ Started with several boxes of donated groceries for a family. ∞∫∞ On to AAC to pick up my pieces for Game Day for Clue. ∞∫∞ From there I drove to the pickup window at the Super 1 Pharmacy for my Amoxicillin refill for Wednesday’s teeth cleaning. ∞∫∞ Next stop Bi-Mart our last day to buy Meow Mix cat food at the “raincheck” price of $8.99 and to get some boxes of Fisherman’s Friends (they only had 2). ∞∫∞ Penultimate stop behind high school to pick up a gifted large soft pillow I hope I can use on my recliner. ∞∫∞ Last stop at Amy/Haley’s house to deliver a favorite treat to the little one of the house, some little packets of raisins.

Brandee Coates, is the Care and Service Coordinator at Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital. I called and talked to Jill at the front entrance desk at the hospital and told her about calling the usual number I call (local) to my doctor’s office in Cle Elum, being disconnected. She checked into it, and found it was because they changed telephone system providers, and anything going to Cle Elum had to use the exchange 674- That’s long distance for us, and the hospital had no right (in my opinion) to allow that to happen. We have no cell reception at our home, only the landline, and it is not right that we must pay to dial a long distance call. (Our minute charge is exorbitant for long distance minutes.) We prefer to use our cell phone, but without reception we cannot. I was on the phone for another 13 minutes with Brandee explaining our problem, and she was going to look into it and get back to me. She has used the same number to contact people in Cle Elum as well, and was unaware of the stoppage of the number. I have not yet heard back from her, so will talk with her tomorrow.
My INR report did not make it in, in time to be analyzed and so it will appear on the portal tomorrow, I expect.

Mid-afternoon snack, a piece of fruitcake each of us.

Supper: Chicken added to Progresso Wild rice and chicken soup, served with cornbread by John, buttered and with syrup.

Wednesday, Nov 18

Our dog wanted out at 3:00 am. so I got up to let her (even though she could go on her own out the doggie door). Woody, had come in to the front porch feeding station wanting an early breakfast. So I took her some and let Czar out with her for company. Czar will go around outside and come in the doggie door. I went back to bed.

Slept until almost 9:00 a.m. and had a call from Coumadin clinic that my INR=4 yesterday (and that is way high for unknown reasons). I have not changed anything in my diet. I have to take Amoxicillin today at noon to prepare for a dental teeth cleaning appointment at 1:00 p.m. Amoxicillin raises my INR so this is a problem. So does alcohol, but I haven’t had any.
Lunch: bacon and eggs between 11:30 and noon and then at noon, I took my pre-med, Amoxicillin.

I left at 12:30 for Sullivan Dental, with Tracy doing the work. Asked if Tiffany (med-tech) had her baby and found out she had a little girl a month ago. They live 2 miles up Naneum from us.
Back from the Dentist and from Bi-Mart on the way home. John has installed a gate and fencing covering the entrance to the portico. When Woody-cat next shows up we can close the gate and open the house door. She will have to move to the new room, to be with her mama, Sue.

Our Friday 13th luck has continued to this week. Today, our new wall heater in the converted room stopped heating abruptly. Our electrician is out of town, but will be back to fix it Friday morning at 9:00 p.m. {Getting Woody inside won’t happen until after Todd has come and gone.} Yes, we checked all the breaker switches to no avail. I called and left a voicemail on his cell phone. John has set up two small space heaters in the room, so there is not a problem keeping the room warm (about 65°). He’s okay with that temperature for the short times he’s using the computer.
Just finally finished loading the dishwasher completely full and running at 5:30 p.m. ****Gerald reporting in fine today from Thorp. All’s well.

Late afternoon snack- Ensure chocolate shake with strawberry yogurt.
Supper: Fried chicken pieces, breast meat; scalloped potatoes from a box, with added purple onions; red seedless grapes. Tonight I took old barn cat Sue, a fairly large plate of leftovers of chicken breast meat fried that we had tonight and she ate every single piece.

The total number of robocaller connections: Nov 18=1. Many of the earlier calls must have been related to the election.

Thursday, Nov 19

2:00 a.m. Woody arrived for an even earlier breakfast; dog awoke me first wanting out. I went back to bed. Slept until 8:30 a.m.
Realized I had left my cell phone overnight in my car. I didn’t realize that very cold temperatures would completely run down the battery. It was turned off when left.Chiwaukum Schist photo by study grouper Lindsay Malone

Her comments about this photo: Chiwaukum Schist – metallic silver on Nick’s map. The Chiwaukum Schist is metamorphic rock that began ~120 MA in the Pacific Ocean as deep ocean sediments consisting of mud and sands. The muds and sands became an accretionary wedge, the first of three metamophisms that lead to “hints of schist development.” The metamorphic events include: M1 = 130-110 MA; M2 = 95-90 MA; M3 91-86 MA – andolucites, biotites and garnets (Baker 2020). And here, I just think it’s sparkly rock that I could look at it all day… except when I’m running out of daylight and need to make camp on flatter, warmer, softer ground!

Hot coffee and chocolate Ensure shake with peach yogurt to have at NOON, during GAME DAY at the AAC with Katelyn our leader, via Zoom. I didn’t win but I was at a disadvantage because two people were having to share the clues given and so they had more clues to the info to pinpont the room in the house, the murderer person, and the weapon used to pick from than I did with only one of me. If we do this again, I’m going to suggest I get to see the answers to all 3 players and not just me. It’s rather hard to pay this game without being there in person, unlike Bingo, Yahtzee, and others.

Friday, Nov 20

My friend Evie from Kittitas, WA was out on an early morning walk. I’ve heard of frost on the pumpkin, but never this:Top line: two of several photos by EvieMae Schuetz–Bottom line: my enlarged zoomed in parts of frost crystals on them.

2:00 a.m. early awake from dog wanting out. Of all things, Woody was on the front porch wanting attention and food. Temp was 26°. I went back to bed, and slept until 6:30 a.m., missing my 5:00 a.m. med, so took it and went back to sleep until 8:00.

Our electrician is due at 9:00 a.m. to fix our wall heater in the new room. We’ll have to coordinate the cat holding. That’s taken care of but we still have to coordinate the timing of his arrival, finally at 10:20, and he fixed it fast. Don’t know why it happens but he has seen it in the past with other units. He took the front cover off, turned off the unit, and flipped the fan with his fingers. Then he turned the temperature dial, and it came on. Not sure why this happened. Nothing we did. He claimed it was his electric personality.

This upset Sue, however, to be enclosed in a dog crate while this went on. She’s recovering by hiding in the corner. I’ll go out and commiserate with her in a bit and see if we can get her back in the mode to be inside that room. We’ll wait until she calms down before putting her daughter Woody in there too.
While moving stuff around, John found a set of Defiant 4 keys. We finally figured out they are the door keys to the new room. Now to find a good storage place for them.

Fixed my chocolate Ensure milkshake with strawberry yogurt, and am enjoying it. John is going to work outside for an hour.
Nick began ~ 1:45 for 2:00 p.m. with his 2 hr.4 min lecture:

#94 Exotic Q:Swakane Gneiss & Chelan Migmatite

Don’t know if I will have a candy bar during Nick’s lecture; I had one after because I’m too occupied capturing comments and watching the lecture to do anything else.

From the yard, John came to the front of the house and found Woody on the feeding station. He closed the gate even though it needed a latch. He held it and called me. With encouragement from the two of us, and only one small detour, Woody went inside. She has been living in the old motor home for several years, so a similar environment shouldn’t be too upsetting. She did complain the first few hours.

Sunset taken 4:30 p.m. by Mike McCloskey from NW Ellensburg

Supper: Cornbread made with creamed corn by John, onion rings, chicken, homemade applesauce, French fries.
At 11:00 tonight, take one large and one small acetaminophen because of timing. The 5:00 p.m. take is put off 1.5 hrs.

Saturday, Nov 21

Stayed resting, but not asleep until 8:30. Unfortunately, slept past my 5:00 time for taking Acetaminophen, so took it at 6:50. Was up with the dog at 2:00 a.m.

John has taken care of the cats in the new room, their litter box changed, and went outside to move rocks into a drainage ditch. I fixed an Ensure milkshake for me with strawberry yogurt, to have with a morning hot cup of coffee.

At 10:30, I sent a new scientific paper to the study group, which was sent to me by Jerome from BC, along with a drop-box link he’d previously sent and I had distributed. They all are good background materials for the topic tomorrow morning.

I loaded a bunch of dirty dishes to soak in the sink. John came in earlier than I expected to fix brunch.
Brunch: Bacon, one egg over, with a piece of buttered cornbread halved heated & with syrup, and coffee for me. John’s was slightly different.

Loaded the dishwasher full and ran late afternoon, will be putting in all my medications for a week in a carrier for dispensing daily.

Supper: Chicken stir fry, cornbread, frozen (almost thawed) peaches.

Sunday, Nov 22

I was up at 7:40 to fix a hot cup of coffee to warm up and also to tide me over, a milkshake or chocolate Ensure with French vanilla yogurt.

John reported that the cats made it through the night all right in their new home. Litter box being used as intended, but they tend not to sleep in the “boxes” John made for beds. He’s happy he didn’t spend $25 for “self-heating” fluffy ones. It may be they like the stone tile, rather than the cloth bedding in the boxes. Who knows?

Nick’s lecture at 9:00 a.m. went long at 1hr 56 mins.
I started collecting pre-show comments about 8:00 a.m. but the Internet was not allowing me entrance. John was having trouble with internet connections too. He logged off and I still had a very sketchy connection, buffering and not accepting my copy/paste requests to my document. We do not know the problem at all. Maybe solar activity! So, my capture is incomplete, but it got better for most of the lecture, so I continued.

We had about 850 worldwide viewers for most of the time. We were shown a great video of the Indian Culture exposed in the Archaeological record of the use of Chert rock (flint stone) in the hills of the North Cascades for making sharp projectile points. I currently do not have a link to that video, of which we viewed 5 minutes (in the video below). You can watch below and if I can get the link, I’ll put it in next week’s blog.

Meanwhile, this afternoon, one of our group found a marvelous story of the North Cascades National Park geology. See that link below Nick’s lecture. This is informative to the general public, but chocked full of geological terminology and photos in the field, with maps. It’s worth a look-see.

First is Nick’s Lecture this morning:

#95 – Exotic T: Hozomeen & Methow

Here is the North Cascades National Park Geology Mapping story: This is the only way to visit the park now, because you’ll see below in John’s Friday’s Not So Nasty News Column the North Cascades Highway is closed for this year because of avalanche danger. Check this out. It’s a well done presentation:

Mapping the North Cascades: An NPS Story Map

Check in from Gerald about 20 mins after the lecture ended. All’s well with him.
Brunch: I had bacon and cornbread, PowerAde and hot coffee; John orange juice, sausage, and cornbread.

John’s been outside on cleanup and other projects – switching projects is less strain on muscle groups. I have been working on the blog creation in house. John just came in before 4:00 p.m. and is having a late afternoon snack.

Rascal cat had just jumped in my lap, so I’ll have to move him. He’ll not be happy. I gave him a little more time there.
I just finished my snack, so I can go back to finalizing my blog draft to pass along to John. My snack was ripple potato chips with salsa.

Since yesterday, I have been in touch with Geography teachers from the region about keeping Geography in the curriculum at Shoreline Community College. The school administration wants to eliminate them. Meanwhile, many of us who are members of the Association of Washington Geographers, have been talking. One of the interesting maps was displayed that Brett Lucas constructed about COVID-19 Cases for 6 days in November in the USA by county. This depiction shows the change in cases/ 100,000 people. I thought I would share it here.

John says: Cases are misleading for three reasons: The nation has ramped-up from about 200,000 tests daily to 1,700,000 now. So, more testing shows more cases. Second, by design the test is very sensitive so there are many false positives, maybe 1% to 4%. At that 1% level, there are 17,000 false positives every day. Third, most people testing positive (‘cases’) have no or minor symptoms.
Still it is an interesting map.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News November 20th

Item #1: Snow

News from Washington: Closed for the winter.
The WA DOT page for this route is Route 20. North Cascades Highway. There is current information, and a little history.

The map to the right doesn’t show the build-up of snow in the avalanche chutes where the highway crosses that bright pink area in northern Washington. A mid-November closure is typical for this reason.
It’s rumored (OK, projected) that our area will be a bit colder and snowier than normal. This is because the Pacific Ocean along the Equator, west of South American, has been cooling.
La Niña is looming.
We’ll see.

Item #2: Coffee Art
This appeared labeled as a cat setting off a nuclear explosion. I guess paying $5 for a cup of coffee is worth the price if it gives one the opportunity to photograph it and find a place on the web to post it.
My thought turned toward “animal familiars”
[link here: Familiar ], so I saw something else in the central swirl. I saw a person-like thing with scrawny shoulders, a long narrow neck, facing left with a big head of hair.
Also, the “cat” could be an Owl.

Item #3: Up your game

Or provide your favorite game player with a Christmas surprise.
Moose poo dice
These have a nice texture, density, aroma, firmness, and visual appeal.

Item #4: Odd things

We’ve been driving Subarus for some years now, so when this photo appeared the thought occurred that is was from the famous Australian Outback.There is a Subaru Outback pulling an Outback in front of an Outback, in the Outback.
Nancy uses a Forester and I use the small blue Crosstrek. Neither have been used much this year because she has not been doing music things, and I haven’t been doing trail work. I likely won’t be doing trails next year; maybe a few. Seems the elder care and rehab facilities will need to be re-built before the community groups are invited back. Just a guess.
What do you drive, and where?

Item #5: Buy me a pie
This story is from the Ravenna area just northeast of the University of Washington.

Click on the right side for more info. Looks like the pie shown here might cost $75.
This link should work: Feedfeed

If you are interested in food and cooking, ‘Feedfeed’ might be a site you want to explore.
I’m not interested in $75 pies.

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

A big flag and more

Monday, Nov 9

I was so tired from late night activity on the blog creation, that I slept in until 9:00 a.m. today. Guess I needed the rest.
Did start my morning with a hot cup of coffee, followed by a milkshake of chocolate Ensure with strawberry yogurt.

Sent thank-you email messages for photos posted in our last week’s blog.

John’s been packing boxes old magazines and newspaper to dispatch from our den, and also loading up things to go to the Pantry tonight for donation.

I have to figure out our stops for errands in town tomorrow and then I can tackle the other chores. Even unloading the dishwasher is included, unless I can talk John into that.
John was working outside feeding horses, opening the gate, getting the paper, and the temperature at 11:45 a.m. at the airport south of us went up from freezing to 33°. In our front yard it is warmer at 36.2°. We are higher in elevation at 2240’ than the airport at 1481’.

I spent ~25 minutes visiting by phone with my friend since birth from Atlanta, GA, to wish her a Happy Birthday, and catch up on her life. I’m 2 months older than she and our mothers were both RNs working private duty in the same local hospital, Emory University Hospital, where I was born. It was also the location of my first quarter of college study in 1961 (for chemistry, math, and French).

Lunch: I warmed my leftover chicken soup with cooked chicken breast pieces generously added.
No robocallers thus far today! Maybe John was right about political calls! I didn’t believe that would be the case.
We will hope for no snow and go tonight to the Kittitas Pantry with our donation of MILK BONE large dog biscuits Annie has stopped eating. Probably ¾ of the box was usable for them to put in Ziploc bags to distribute to animal owners. While there, we picked up groceries (a few for us, but mostly for the seeing impaired woman and her 4 yr. old daughter (also with same condition).Carey Lake, Irene Rinehart Riverside Park, ~4 pm by Craig Maloney

Supper: Chicken stir fry with onions, mashed potatoes with turkey & pork gravy, half a yellow apple and a few slices of a Bartlett pear. Dessert: a piece of pumpkin swirl cheesecake. John had a piece of chocolate with cranberries cheesecake.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 9=zero.

Tuesday, Nov 10

Up at 4:00 to go to the back bathroom, turned up the heat, looked for the outside cats, none, put out Czar, and went back to bed. It was snowing hard when I awoke, so I went back to sleep again. Great contrast, Lori Waters took in Ellensburg at 7:01 a.m. and 7:52. We missed the 7:01 a.m. time and awoke to the snow that only lasted a while. At 7:00, we would probably only have seen the very top of the sky because of the blocked sunrise view at our place.

Then up, took pill @ 8:33, no food or drink until ½ hr. later. Set up backup external drive for noon backup and started the computer’s day. Going to get a cup of coffee and a chocolate Ensure with peach yogurt.

Spent 31 mins on the phone with SiriusXM figuring how to listen to our subscription in the house (computer) and not in the Forester because all the music gigs are cancelled.

This is our day for important errands. Reviewing those here. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ First stop Bi-Mart our last day to buy Meow Mix cat food at the $8.99 price at Bi-Mart. They were out of stock, so I asked the store manager, Jeremy, whom I met last week, to please give me a raincheck. He did, and we have a month to pick them up (at $3 off normal price). ∞∫∞ From there I took John to Super 1 for Rolling Rock beer on sale through Nov. Best price in town. While there, he bought a bunch more products we can use. ∞∫∞ From there over to a family with a box of groceries to deliver to their house. ∞∫∞ On to our last stop off Wilson Creek to leave a donation of the second box of 4 place settings of flowered dishes to Naomi’s Hope, for distribution with the box from last week (matching dishes) for a family needing more than 4 place settings of china.

Home from errands, we’re both eating an afternoon snack of 2 kinds of cheesecake – one chocolate and one pumpkin swirl in white for me, and for John, he’s adding a small piece of one with cranberries, that my medications won’t allow. Not good for Thanksgiving dinners with cranberry sauce I so much like. This year, the community thanksgiving dinner is being served “to go.” Somehow, that doesn’t seem right either.

Currently working on updating the WA Old Time Fiddlers Association membership online. Things keep changing. Nothing is happening in the organization until Fall 2021.
Hot buttered popcorn treat at 5:30 p.m.

Supper: chicken stir fry with onions, mashed potatoes with gravy, yellow apple.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 10=1.

Wednesday, Nov 11 Veterans’ Day

Called Gloria Swanson and made the connection after some interesting manipulation. Managed to find the owner’s cell phone number of Malibu Senior Living (also owns Belair), and got the husband (whom I had once met, Ron and his wife Kim), when Evelyn Heflen and I went to their Belair House to play music while Gloria’s husband Paul was living there. They fed us a nice meal after we played. He gave me the direct landline into the home, and told me Angel would answer. I know Angel from when she worked at the Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab Center–Kittitas Valley in Ellensburg. So I had a nice birthday visit with Gloria and I sang Happy Birthday surprising her, and then we had a nice 8-minute conversation of memories before she was served lunch. Now all I have to hope for is that my birthday card for her is returned and I’ll be able to forward it to the correct address to be delivered.

A couple of weeks ago I got lots of kid’s things by asking on the EBRG free sites. Two packages with different items included went to the birthday party. This is the day to transfer the rest to Mike and Sarah, so at 10 a.m. we met Mike, and now all is in the Sandmans’ garage – stuff for the girls for future usage and gifts.

8:00 a.m., 23° degrees out front. Up to 32° on our porch at 9:35. By 3:00 p.m., it’s up to 43°.A nighttime photo in Thorp by EvieMae Schuetz

11:00 on 11-11-20 Veterans’ Day:
Our friend, Dee Eberhart, WWII veteran was one of the featured speakers at the celebration in Thorp:Largest flag in Washington State is flying there.
Story below:
Folks raise huge flag on Veterans Day

Lunch: John’s having bacon, eggs, and toast; I’m skipping and having my milkshake of chocolate Ensure with strawberry yogurt.
Afternoon snack some fruitcake.

Outside cat Sue is looking old and her hair has gotten tangled (lumpy), so not having good insulting character. This evening we put things together and brought her in the house, fixed her a litter box, and a bed, and sat with her warming her up to the new environment. Hopefully, she’ll be okay with that for the winter.

It’s now 25°F and headed down. We have the temperature set at 68° in the new room. Her daughter, Woody, remains outside but goes to the old motor coach from where she watches the activities. When the weather gets a bit more nasty she needs to make the transition. John now wants to wait until a repair gets done on the roof, and strangers are not around.

Supper: pizza (4 meat Red Baron, with added onions, diced tomatoes, cheese).
Did a lot of tax receipt filing this afternoon, and some searching for research papers on the lectures for this weekend from Nick. Sunday is on Skagit Gneiss & Napeequa Schist.
Bunch more robocallers today. Have to take the next out of area one and block it as it comes in, as they are no longer listing the phone number. Still fewer than earlier in the month.
The total number of robocaller connections: Nov 11=7.

Thursday, Nov 12

4:30 a.m. Woody arrived for breakfast; Sue made it through the night in her new digs, sleeping in her box with the red blanket.

Lots happening today: 11:00 a.m. or sooner as usual, Ellensburg Cement Products is sending a delivery.
10:00 a.m. dump truck load (16.33 ton; or 32,660 pounds) oversized washed rock delivered, $285.71. It’s for the front Xerophytic landscaping. It won’t move itself (much) without help. John needs the exercise. Being rounded from river travel, it does tend to move if disturbed. The 16.33 ton load of oversized washed rock; the colors included.

Dump truck unloading oversize washed rock

Need to get out the background readings for tomorrow afternoon lecture. Got them out at 11:38 after forgetting the title I stored the suggested readings under, but I found it, and sent it.
NOON, GAME DAY at the AAC on Zoom. Last this quarter. We had two teams playing Family Feud. I was on the losing team, but we still had a lot of fun. CWU students officiating. We’re hoping they start this up after the new year when classes resume.

12:55 p.m., I called Gerald reporting in fine today. All’s well.
I have been handling scammer calls all day, and continuing to blog robocallers.
4:07 p.m., sent another email to the study group, this time about a member who was honored as a Veteran the day after Veterans Day on the NBC Nightly News Kids Edition Nov. 12, 2020:

Nightly News Kids Edition (Grandpa Ron at 9 mins into video)

Sent another large file (USGS MAP) to the study group members, now close to 150 people.
Success today with Sue the barn cat and outside gal now living fine in our new room. She has a bed with a blanket, water, food bowl, and a litter box she’s using for both needs!! And she visits me when I come in the room. She doesn’t yet come to greet John, but will let him approach and pick her up. She’s accepted the change, and we feel better about her situation. Being a bit advanced in age, we empathize with elderly issues.

Received my Roadside Geology of Idaho today in the mail, used excellent condition, shipped from Indiana. No writing in the book except the previous owners’ names and that they got it at a GSA meeting in Cincinnati. I find that very interesting because that is the city where John and I met in 1965, him coming from PA and me from GA to the graduate program there, and the other ironic thing is that we moved to a job in Idaho in 1974, and learned some of the local geology from the crew in our shared building.

Supper: John had a cheesesteak Philly sandwich (frozen from Costco I don’t like), with fried onion rings, and red seedless grapes, and I had a frozen dinner, Chicken Parmesan with pasta, carrots, and also had the onion rings and grapes. We had no dessert.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 12 = 8.

Friday, Nov 13

Taken at noon, from south of EBRG on Ringer Loop by Kayla Ferguson

I slept in and found it difficult to arise. I was up at 3:30 a.m. again at 6:30 to feed Woody outside the front door, and it was raining. She was wet, but I petted her, and went back to bed. Reason enough to get her moved inside.

Talked with Allen Aronica, about coming down this weekend with son AJ to help John move one of the CWU surplus school desks from the shed into the new room. I’ll have to hold Sue in my lap while it takes place. While here Sunday, they also put the top on the table legs beneath the ceiling fan. The desk is in front of a window so Sue (& Woody) can view outside.

A day later than promised, Waste Management delivered our 30 cubic yard green metal dumpster. We have paid a pre-delivery fee of $500.06. The final bill won’t be known until the dumpster is filled, removed, and weighed at the transfer station. John did find out that he can toss in a Microwave, but tires and things with liquids or gases are not allowed. The delivery made it here before noon, about 11:15, as it was raining. I did take a video of the process, less than 2 minutes.

Setting the green dumpster

Brunch: shared a blueberry/pecan pancake, with orange juice, and I had a cup of hot coffee. John ate out in the new room with Sue. Didn’t get my milkshake until after Nick’s lecture.
Nick is on at 2:00 p.m. with his lecture about Mt. Stuart, just 33 miles NW of us.

#92 Exotic Q: Mt. Stuart + Chiwaukum (Schist)

John got me a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup (a double) to have during Nick’s talk and I enjoyed those with hot coffee.
Finally, had my milkshake of chocolate Ensure with French vanilla yogurt after the lecture was over.
Supper: Spaghetti with meat sauce and red seedless grapes.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 13 = 1.

Saturday, Nov 14

Sue (cat) adjusted nicely to being inside where John (mostly) sees to her needs. We’re sure this winter will be a lot easier on her than being outside in the cold, when she’s getting so much older. We can give her some extras (meat, fish, egg) that are hard to do outside because of the random timing of her visits, and the watchful Magpies and Steller’s Jays.

Lunch midday: Bacon, eggs over easy with cheddar cheese, piece of buttered English Muffin bread loaf, coffee.

John got the morning paper and found an article on the front page of our local newspaper about our neighbor, Allen Aronica. He was meeting with a middle school class and showing bead work, talking about his mom, Ida, answering questions about the lives of the local people.I captured the article from the digital edition to give to the family on a PDF, as I know that today early this morning he was out of town.
He talked about her past, and about a PBS Documentary from a few years ago. You can view that by following this link:

Everything Change

During the next event, I drank a milkshake of chocolate Ensure with peach yogurt, to watch a Zoom presentation at 3:00 p.m. of a pumpkin drop from CWU’s Discovery Building rooftop put on by the Departments of Physics and Geology.
The activity began at ground level with geology students and profs setting off at least 4 trashcano eruptions. Such an event happens when a garbage can that is filled with water, has a bottle containing liquid nitrogen submerged into the water. The liquid nitrogen turns to gas, bursting the bottle, and creating an “eruption”. This simulates a volcano, (hence, trashcano).

Supper: Crockpot Beef Round Steak sliced thin, with tomatoes, onions, and gravy, fried battered cauliflower, red seedless grapes. Dessert: piece of cheesecake.

Loaded the dishwasher full and ran late afternoon, while working on email projects and other chores, such as putting in all my medications for a week in a carrier for dispensing daily.
It snowed early morning and again tonight after dark. Looks like a couple inches collected.
The total number of robocaller connections for Nov 14 = ZERO.

Sunday, Nov 15

Sunday a.m. is Nick’s lecture at 9:00 a.m.

Up at 4:00 a.m. with Woody wanting fed. Back to bed for more rest.
Up to stay at 7:50 a.m. and started at 8:04 collecting pre-show comments.

Having a hot cup of coffee to warm up and also to tide me over, a milkshake chocolate Ensure with French vanilla yogurt. Good thing, because it was a troublesome broadcast with connection issues and lost time. YouTube was having system problems worldwide. Someone thought it might be related to the Masters’ Golf Tournament being broadcast over YouTube.

Started at 9:00 a.m. after a 15-min thank you and greeting session, only to lose the connection completely 20 minutes later, and needed to switch worldwide viewers to a different streaming YouTube event. Finally, we reconnected and then went long, until 11:00 a.m. with ~800 viewers. For Nick the temperature was chilly, sun spotty, but no wind.

Nick’s lecture:

Take 2 of#93 – Exotic R: Skagit Gneiss & Napeequa Schist

Gary Paull’s photo of Banded Skagit Gneiss

After that, a late breakfast: Link sausage, pancake, sliced canned peaches; coffee for me.

Snow and warming allowed John to investigate dripping water out front. Where the roof of the new entry walkway joins the house there has been a previously minor problem. However, today the dripping was emerging from an air hole in the soffit and around a light fixture a foot away. The minor problem was elevated to “serious.”

I e-mailed a photo to our contractor. Walter and his son Jesse came to evaluate the problem with John. Monday might be wet, so John may just tarp the location, and have Jesse come on Tuesday.
While they were here, Allen and AJ arrived down the driveway, to help move the desk into the new room, where it now resides. John intends to put a rug on the desk so Sue can get up to the window to look out on the front yard.

Afternoon snack: a small piece of heated fruitcake & followed with a Reece’s peanut butter cup (RPBC). John will have his own fruitcake serving with the other RPBC. Supper was left over from yesterday.
I will end this week’s blog with an amazing story:

Mt. Rainier hiker rescue

{John says: Mt. Rainier is an amazing place, but tough. I’ve been there when responders were needed. Not for us (Washington Trails Crews). They did thank us for smoothing the trail, though.}

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

NSNN Friday the 13 November

Item #1: paraskevidekatriaphobia

November began with a Sunday. That’s the clue. There is more than I care to know on Wikipedia.
triskaidekaphobia → fear of the number;
paraskevidekatriaphobia → fear of the day

Additional information is found on the “History dot com” site [ Here. ]
New to me {poor education, I guess} is the complimentary notion that the number ’12’ is associated with the concept of completeness.
After looking at numerous web pages regarding historical notions of numbers, it seems that the ancient folks used Jupiter’s approximately 12 (11.86) year orbit of the Sun to construct much mythology and a bit of mathematics.
Babylonian’s Marduk
This seems to have been in existence 1,000 – 2,000 years before the time of Jesus and the Bible, or the Northern European links sometimes cited.

Item #2: Ponds are for skipping rocks

Have you ever skipped rocks on a pond?
Have you ever tried it with a golf ball? Me neither.
Hole in one!

Many have seen this story and watched the video. If you haven’t, give it a look.
Being the week of Veteran’s Day, the golf feat made me think of the “bouncing bombs” of Operation Chastise, an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943. Episode is described here: Dam Busters
Nancy called a couple of “Vets” and thanked them for their service.

Item #3: If dead, are you a passenger?
This is not a nice story, but I do wonder about the word usage.

A car accident included a man thrown from the car. Investigation showed the person was dead hours before the accident. Ohio is a place of many strange happenings. One more.
Ohio 1

Ohio 2

Item #4: Also from Ohio

Two pictures, same tree. A stunning transformation.
From summer 1965 to summer 1967 Nancy and I were at the University of Cincinnati. At that time Cincy was a smallish big town, the center just 2 miles from the University, near which we each lived.
We often went downtown, and many other places, but I don’t remember Fountain Square. It’s a big deal now, apparently.
Still, I saw the statement “The Fountain Square Christmas Tree has been the talk of the town“, and had to follow.
fluffed up and beautified

Item #5: A five $ apple

At least in Washington State, the Cosmic Crisp Apple whose marketing logo is shown, is a big deal.
Well why not? Development began in 1997 at Washington State University with the name WA38.
It is mostly bright red with small “star-like” spots, and someone thought it looked like the night sky.
Thus, use of “cosmic”, but less fathomable the logo is mostly white with red spots – – if that represents the night sky to anyone, they are on a different planet.
We’ll sample one today. Unnamed folks were driving past their neighbor’s orchard {they are all friends} from which they harvested a few. We ended up with one.
They are selling in specialty shops for $4.99 per pound. That seems like $5 to me, but I guess there is a rationale for the lack of a ¢. A large apple can weigh a pound so purchase cautiously and enjoy.

_ * _ * _ * _ * _
Snow falling on Washington’s mountains. Some visible on the hills a few miles north and 2,000 feet above our location on the Fan. The air mass has brought clouds and warmer air than we had last week.

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