Pink ceiling

. . . and other pretty things

Monday, May 25

Up early and back to bed. Still tired.
Walter came after 7:00 a.m. and painted the ceiling with a textured paint (in the remodeled room), to be followed by John choosing a color to paint – intended to complement and contrast with the floor tiles. John and Walter looked at the samples at Knudson Lumber & supplies store. John says the indoor lighting fooled him some. He wanted pale lavender or violet, less pink.

Textured ceiling & painted shots:
Top photo shows the textured ceiling, the bucket and can of paint that looks rather pink, and then once applied is more lavender (maybe). The bottom photo (left) shows panels leaning against the wall. Ceiling electrical openings are there – without the actual LED part. On the right is a panel with adhesive (on the wall too). Small nails hold the panel up while the glue sets.

I’ve been working on suggested background materials to send to the study group for Nick’s Livestreaming Geology lecture tomorrow on Ice Cores. Finally, finished it late after 5:00 p.m.
Set up getting Susan Leiberman the detailed notes for Karl’s Steamboat Rock field trip (and Northrup Canyon) for her planned hike. She’s driving down from Gifford, WA on the Columbia River.

Tuesday, May 26

Morning to take my special pill on an empty stomach and not allowed to eat until ½ hour afterwards. No morning coffee even. Really a PITA.

John left early to meet Walter at Knudson’s at 8:30 a.m. to pick out a special color paint for the textured ceiling in the newly remodeled room. Will be interesting what John chooses: I thought he said he chose light purple, but in the daylight he says it looks more like a light pink. You’ve seen the results above on Monday. When all wall panels are up and the floor is down we are sure the result will be spectacular.

Last night my phone in my back bathroom (one of 5 Panasonics we have in our house started talking that it had no battery. It has 2 rechargeable batteries – AAA. We expect either this phone needs replaced or the rechargeable batteries have died completely and need replaced. Either way, it doesn’t work, so I’m carrying another phone with me to the bathroom, when I leave the den.

Called Bi-Mart asking questions about rechargeable AAA batteries. Our Panasonic one in handheld phone cannot be recharged, on the phone mount or with a unit. Does that mean the battery needs replaced? Wrong question. Turns out 3 of our sockets were not working at all. I finally figured out my cell phone was not able to recharged in a socket in a different bathroom. We threw all the breaker switches that had lights or plugs noted, and couldn’t get power. This took a couple of days to realize the entire story. Follow it below on Thursday.
I have been sorting tax receipts for 2019 and 2020. And still have a lot to go. I washed a load of dishes, and need to put them in the cupboards.

Found a card to send to Peter Schuetz for his graduation from Kittitas High School. Because COVID-19 cancelled all graduation activities sadly, the graduates are going to stand 6’ apart in the driveway of the school, hold a basket, and people will be able to drive by and throw cards in a bucket.

Our contractor’s wife, Lynn, came along this afternoon to paint primer on the textured ceiling. Walter had to drive to near Bremerton (3 hr. trip) to have his painful back worked on.

Tonight is a talk on Ice Cores by Nick and he had a special guest, join him, Susan Kaspari, an expert on Ice Cores, and his colleague in Geology at CWU.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #51 – 5-26-20 Ice Cores starts 15 minutes in

We had a supper after the show – shrimp, fish, some leftover fried breaded cauliflower. No dessert.
I sent out a note to 5 new Zentnerds who joined our study group tonight.

Wednesday, May 20

Sent the PDF for suggested background materials for Frenchman Coulee (virtual field trip) with Nick on site and a good cell tower nearby.

Now trying to make progress on taxes and cleanup. Need to put all my medications for the week in container. Need to order something via Amazon for my severe dry eye problem. GenTeal Gel for Severe dry eyes may have returned. It was discontinued by Alcon, but I’m 99% sure I found it. Delivery is tomorrow and very much needed. It did come USPS delivery, and it is perfect.

John moved my car from its normal parking shed so he had a protected place to cache the package of wood paneling. It’s been in our hay barn for several years, and needed to be closer. My car was moved to the place where our new carport will be located.

Talked to Todd the electrician about our non-working sockets. He’ll stop by in the morning. Got his number from Walter (it’s long distance, but stored in our landline phone as Electric Todd).Climbing area, The Feathers, at Frenchman Coulee, about 45 minutes from Ellensburg.

Tonight was a virtual field trip with Nick there. You may enjoy watching parts of the trip in the link below.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #52 – 5-27-20 Frenchman Coulee (Virtual Field Trip)

Thursday, May 28

Here’s the rest of the faulty phone and socket story. We were up early, for Todd the electrician. The outlets that did not work are on the same line as a couple of outside outlets. Therefore there is a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) for this inside/outside line. Who knew?
Well Todd did, and John knew the fix, but Nancy went with Todd to see what this meant. To fix the GFI outlets trip the red button that has TEST (in white). The paper label just has ‘GFI’ and does not indicate in-house outlets. So although the lights worked, the outlets below them did not. Now all do: 3 sockets inside the house (bathrooms), back bedroom, and two outside the house. They are now working, so our phones are not faulty. They are again working with their rechargeable batteries. I can charge my cell phone again in John’s bathroom and run my hair dryer in my bathroom.

Got the suggested Saddle Mountain background materials mailed about 10:00 a.m.

Walter arrived this morning, and his wife Lynn will be back later. He is adhering our paneling to the walls of the new room.

I dealt with a phone call this morning from one of the 4 pharmacies I frequent about my Atorvastatin. I’ll pick it up next Tuesday when we are in town. I buy it cheaper through GoodRx, and the cost is better to by an 80mg pill and halve it to get the dosage of 40mg I need every day.

I had to have a nutrition drink early to tide me over. Then for a late brunch, I had a Top Ramen soup without adding chicken breast meat as I usually do.

Now, however after a visit from a Labor & Industries inspector from Yakima, this morning, I have to search my pictures for all electrical wiring photos to email him. This should have been done back at the time the wiring was done and not after the fact when the walls and ceiling are covering it, and the circuit breaker box is no longer exposed with wires coming to it.

It’s taken me over an hour, but I have found a few stills and two excellent videos to share with the inspector, via email. I’m currently uploading the videos (one much longer than the other) to YouTube to be able to send a link to a 449 Mb file of information. (see below)

Todd our Electrician Explaining Wiring, Part I (5 mins)

Todd our Electrician Explaining Wiring, Part II (shorter)

Thank goodness I have been documenting the remodeling job, or they may have had to cut into the wall boards to show the work had been done to code. Within a half hour of sending my email to the Inspector, he got back to me to thank me, and said that was sufficient information he needed to approve the permit. Phew. [John learned the inspector was a Brittany person. The family got a puppy when he was 2 and it died when he was 18. 16 years for a Brittany! Anyway, he and John had a nice chat.]
I documented some more of the paneling work today, some of which you have seen above.

Tonight’s livestreaming lecture by Nick:
‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #53 – 5-28-20 – Saddle Mountains starts 4:30 minutes in

Before hitting the hay, I searched for connections on the Internet to information about our talk Saturday morning on George Otis Smith, a geologist from early in the past century. Ending tonight with beautiful sunset photo by photographer, Krissy Yarnell. She posted this on a Facebook site I’m involved with, called Kittitas County Visual Delights. South of us on Naneum Rd, 7 miles.

Friday, May 29

I was wiped out and slept in way too long still not ready for the day. I doctored my severe dry eye syndrome (right eye the worst) with newly arrived medication.

Started with compiling the suggested background materials to send to the 65+ members of our Nick Zentner study group, adding a link sent by one of the group last night.
Then worry about the other stuff. Load dishes.

Lunch was blueberry/pecan pancakes, peaches & banana, and crisp bacon.

One of the saddest emails I have had to construct occurred today to notify our music group, the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, about the deaths of two former long-term members of our group. We lost Dr. Dave Perkins (Double Bass player) and Jeanne Gordon (previously accordion player since the 1950s, and then the tambourine), after she could no longer hold the weight of the accordion. Janet lost David in April this year, and Gerald lost Jeanne yesterday.
Dave is suspected to have had walking pneumonia, and went downhill very fast, while only a few days before continuing to help carry residents their meals and needs. Janet received a call to come be with him. She was able to stay with him, and share their memories.
Gerald saw Jeanne in the morning, visited with her, and went home. He received a call that she was not doing well and the family should all come to the Rehab, but she passed before they got there.

Worked some looking for links to put on the suggested George Otis Smith background to send tomorrow.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday). So in the time slot at 6:00 p.m. PST, we’re going to enjoy music virtually, with our study group member, Kathy from Australia.

Kathy Williams-DeVries from Brisbane, Australia: Baroque Music

Supper was salmon, fried breaded cauliflower, and cake w/ strawberries & ice cream for dessert.

Saturday, May 30

On for capturing comments and conversation around the world at 8:00 a.m.
‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #54 – George Otis Smith

Wow… good we had no backyard Nick tonight, as it would have been during a storm.Here’s a better summary of the weather for the Pacific Northwest Region with great videos and maps, of our stormy weather today. We were missed by the lightening and thunder, but got rain and wind. Rain stopped, but not the wind.
Cliff Mass is an Atmospheric Scientist at UW), in his mid-60s. Here is the link – well worth following:
The Main Act is About to Begin, But Lack of Radar Coverage is a Problem

Sunday, May 31

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #55 – 5-31-20 Pacific Northwest Tectonics starts 8:00 minutes in

John left at 8:50 for White Heron. Yesterday he loaded a heavy dirt mover and a less heavy snow plow (attachments to a backhoe/front-end loader) we own, but don’t use. The local John Deere center just tuned it for us, and we are loaning it to Cameron for the vineyard. Our soil is mostly compacted rocks while the vineyard is almost all sand. The Ice Age Floods deposited the sand. John cannot go tomorrow because he must be here for Allen Aronica to come down and dig 4 holes for the walkway posts. Sonotubes will be used (more later). Allen has a digging machine (more next week).
John returned at 12:40 and then we had chicken/veggie soup for lunch. He found a chore out of the wind for some afternoon work.

Among other things, I have almost completed the writing of the blog for this week. Interrupted by supper.

Supper was a bowl of chili and an ear of sweet corn.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News May 29th

Goes with Item #2.

Item #1: What’s that?

In the driveway gravel I noticed something strange. It looked like a large squashed insect. Left image, below.The right side image provides an explanation. I’ve got two White Spruce by the driveway. [Picea gauca] They produce lots of cones but I seldom see the new growth. I’ve trimmed the lower limbs up to about 10 feet, so far. New cones are 25 feet up. These are hardy trees native to Canada and Alaska. I have to provide water, and they grow well.
Our winds off the Cascades beats things up, including trees. Last week we had gusts of over 50 miles per hour. A few of the new cones came loose and then got flattened in the driveway. The purple color seems to be common for the new cones of trees. They are very exposed to intense sunlight, so maybe the pigment (anthocyanin) helps them – and many other plants, also.

Also, of interest this week:The male pollen bearing flowers of the Lodgepole pine are golden in the morning sun. The frost in early May killed the first growth of the Carpathian walnuts – black on the right side image. During the 3 weeks since then there is new growth, almost translucent and very pretty.

Item #2: The hygiene hypothesis

Regarding immunity to things:
As this site ( Link) explains, some disagree with the name of this because it is not about an adult’s personal hygiene.
This is a topic being discussed during Panic2020;
. . . and I just like the photo.

The more geeky might need something else to worry about – try this site:
The year 2038 problem, or Y2038.
If you are old (>35?) enough, you might remember the Y2000 computer issue. Link here: Y2K.
I’ll pass on worrying about Y2038.

Item #3: Friday – hott!
About 9 AM on the left, 6 PM on the right. We are near the center, a few miles west (left) of the blue line.

The day was clear sky and intense sun. Here at home we almost reached 90°F., at mid-afternoon. South of us 100 miles, the airport at Pasco did get to 95. About 4 o’clock the high sky started to get a few clouds and in the last 2 hours the temp has dropped 5 degrees. Air is moving in from the Pacific Ocean with lots of moisture – and stormy weather is expected from Midnight until Sunday Noon. Thunder!
Sunday high temp is expected to be 25° lower than today.
We’ll see.

Item #4: Puzzled?

Do the puzzle without reading all the clues.
I saw this along side a photo of Joe Biden writing in a folder of some sort. That is unfair insofar as most politicians are clueless.
{If you are a politician – that’s a joke.}

Item #5: The air is full of

White fluff from Black Cottonwood trees [black or western cottonwood (P. trichocarpa)]. From the house, going out the driveway, the area is devoid of these trees. About 2/3 of the way to Naneum Road the grass along the sides catches the blowing fluff and holds it. Like a winter snow.

What good are they?
The trees are used much by birds and other animals. The tuft of cottony hairs aid in seed dispersal, and are from female trees only. I should cut those down, but neighbors have them also.

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

Wonders of Nature & Remodeling

Monday, May 18 day in 1980 of Mount St. Helens Eruption

Tonight, I watched the programs mentioned yesterday in last week’s blog, so will not repeat them here. If you are interested, scroll down to May 17, below for the links. They are in replay mode now, but well worth watching if you missed seeing them.

Early morning visit from our remodeling contractor, Walter, about our flood plain development permit we received last night at 9:50 from the county. He will take care of the necessary footwork with officials. We do have the signed paperwork to proceed.

My next try is to enter a song sung by Patrick (age 6) that his mom was taught in elementary school. She was only 5 when it erupted, but remembers singing it every May during elementary school. She taught it to him, and he sang it for us, with the sign off, I love you! in the same tone as Professor Nick signs off all his geology livestreams. This song is appropriate for the 40th anniversary of Mount St. Helens eruption today. All the listeners to Nick Zentner’s Livestreams have gotten use to appreciating and looking forward to Patrick’s excellent questions about the topic of the lecture.

You will have to click on the link below, and it will likely download to your computer an mp4 file, which you may have to “Open File”.

Patrick’s Mount St. Helens song

Need to send a message to the Zentnerds with the Slow Earthquake suggested readings & videos for tomorrow night.
John visited Washington Tractor today to deliver paperwork to Matt, the technician, and stopped by Safeway for our lunch today and for the freezer. He bought two bags of Monday specially priced fried chicken (thighs and legs).

Here are some photos of the new tile flooring (still boxed up) for the new room.You can see this if you go into the EBRG Umpqua Bank and look at their floor tiles.

Let’s take you along on our trip around the property to enjoy flowers, wild and planted.

First set:
Cold-desert Phlox, Pink Phlox (best guess), or similar;
Lupine, white;
Bitterbrush (yellow blossoms) (often called Antelope bitterbrush)Arrowleaf Balsamroot and insect on flower on our way to the old red barn.

Top: a photo of a Siberian Pea Shrub, of which we have several adjacent to our old barn. Getting close-ups of the Orange-belted bumblebees [Bombus ternarius] was an impossible task with them flitting around a lot and the wind blowing. The noise was amazing, but I could not capture it on my camera (in the video below). Still I encourage you to turn up the sound and see if you can hear them.

Bees Humming in Siberian Pea Shrub
John has watched them with no wind and claims they are fun to see. They get loaded with pollen and nectar and will tumble over backward, right themselves, and head to another blossom. They don’t seem to mind being watched. The plants, however, have tiny thorns and do mind if you reach in. Not recommended.

Ended with a walk to John’s tulip garden (inside a chain-link fence to protect from resident deer). Those on the left (cream and pink) are the last to bloom, about a week after the purple ones – the penultimate bloomers.This bridge goes across an irrigation ditch (gravity flow) that allows us to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. Pasture too, if John gets energetic, from the ditch.

The Livestreaming lectures this week by Nick Zentner, came off successfully as planned:

Tuesday, May 19

Up early for Walter arriving with drywall filling the back of his truck. He got it in just before rain.

I was up early to take my special weekly pill on an empty stomach, and then eat a meal 30 minutes after swallowing. John helped me fix my breakfast — scrambled eggs with cheese, also peeled me an orange, and cut two small slices of the round loaf of sourdough break I could toast. I also fixed my coffee, which I normally have first thing when I awake. But, taking the pill on an empty stomach, doesn’t allow any coffee, tea, or milk, but requires 6-8oz clear water. I had all that with Apricot preserves on my toast, for my breakfast. Didn’t need much at all for lunch. I’m used to having only a brunch.

John Ebenal sent this on Facebook taken of a well-camouflaged butterfly in the Reecer Creek hills a few miles west of us. Desert Marble butterfly blends in well, photo by John Ebenal

There is much on Caitlin LaBar’s site about these: Desert Marbles! – 2016 and the wildflowers that were blooming.

I’ve spent time editing a session from Sunday a.m. to send to the group watching the Nick from Home lecture tonight. It’s comments I collect from the pre-show live chat, an hour before the actual lecture starts, because those comments never are seen until he starts his camera about 12 minutes before the start. I like to let him know what was said prior because often people log on and address something to him, which he won’t otherwise see.

Alternately, I’ve unloaded the dishwasher, planned to soak and reload it, take photos of the construction in progress. Now the rain stopped, and the sun is shining. John’s outside again working on various yard projects. I’m multitasking and staying home.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #46 – 5-19-20 Slow Earthquakes starts 11 minutes in

We had a late supper after the show – mostly leftovers. Fried chicken, watermelon salad, orange slices, Rose of Syrah wine, and a fudge hot chocolate sundae with sauce over strawberries onto Neapolitan ice cream.

Wednesday, May 20

Sent the PDF for suggested readings to Zentnerds.
Wind gusting to 55 mph
‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #47 – 5-20-20 Lahars in Washington starts 6:30 minutes in

Thursday, May 21

Didn’t get the suggested readings out until 10:30 a.m. for tonight.
I had a nutrition drink to tide me over.
I videotaped John and 2 workers (Willie & Tristan) loading the refrigerator on the back of the old Chev ’80 pickup, to carry around back to the patio, until it can be loaded into the newly remodeled room.From front yard porch to backyard patio

The videos of the loading procedure out front and the unloading out back are below.

1-From front porch to ’80 Chev truck

2-Moving fridge to back patio

3-Unloading fridge to back patio

Tonight’s livestreaming lecture by Nick:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #48 – 5-21-20 – Tieton Andesite starts 0:00 for the second time; 1st one bombed & he restarted

Friday, May 22

I sent out Hot Spot Volcanism suggested background material to prepare for tomorrow morning’s Nick from Home lecture.
I need to finish editing the comments from the Slow Earthquake lecture to get to Nick and others, because for some unknown reason, the live chat comments were not available on replay. They were there during the presentation.

I try to capture the pre-show comments and the first part of the after it starts ones, but unfortunately that day, I did not get them all. They come in fast and furiously. On a replay, one can pause to read, so not being there caused problems for Nick to review afterwards.

Brunch: John had leftover Lasagna (it was too spicy for me last night), and I had a grilled cheese and ham sandwich.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday). So in the time slot at 6:00 p.m. PST, we’re going to enjoy music virtually, with our study group member, Kathy from Australia.

Kathy Williams-DeVries from Brisbane, Australia, introduces us to her Recorders & music

Supper was chicken patties, shrimp, fried onion rings, and ice cream.

Saturday, May 23

On for capturing comments and conversation around the world at 8:00 a.m.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #49 – 5-23-20 Hot Spot Volcanism starts 4:20 minutes in

Supper: Spaghetti, corn on the cob, & ice cream

Sunday, May 17

Started late on pre-show viewing comments

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #50 – 5-24-20 Bing Crosby Geology starts 3:00 minutes in

Bing was from Spokane and crossed the State on his way to Hollywood (1925) and fame. Al Rinker (piano) was his companion. Washington did not have good cross-State roads because of the State’s complex geology, rivers, and mountains.

Brunch: Bratwurst and scrambled eggs mixed with cheese, with two pieces of English Muffin toasting bread covered with Apricot preserves, small bowl of peaches, with beverage, orange juice mixed with orange PowerAde.

The contractor and his wife showed up mid-afternoon. He wants to apply textured paint on the ceiling. It is old sheet rock and he thinks it needs a primer. They did the 500+ square feet in about 2 hours.

Supper: Banana and grilled cheese & ham sandwich. John added an ear of corn and salted roasted almonds.
Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News May 22nd

Item #1: Did you know?

Not every quote you read on the internet attributed to me is true.” Confucius

Did you know not to place a lot of faith in the tallies of cases and deaths reported during Panic2020?
In Washington State “health officials have identified 3,000 deaths dating back to Jan. 1 that involved symptoms like pneumonia or acute respiratory syndrome, which are commonly associated with COVID-19, said Katie Hutchinson, health statistics manager.”
Katie H. added “They’ve also identified about 100 deaths that are not linked to a positive case, but “we can’t rule them in or out,” Hutchinson said. About five cases involved COVID-positive people whose deaths involved gunshot wounds**, she said.”

[**my bold]

It’s going to be extremely hard to figure out if any of these [3,000] were COVID-related …” Hutchinson said.

No kidding.

Item #2: Rhinaria*

(*naked and often moist skin on the nose-tip of mammals such as deer, horses, and dogs) Two links about this issue:
More technically difficult
Easier for average brains = me
Put your hand on a dog’s belly and it will feel warm. Touch the nose and it will feel cool and moist. [Asleep, the dogs nose will warm, then cool again after it has been awake about 10-15 minutes.]
A dog can sense a warm object from 5 feet away. Say you have a 4 inch object (mouse ?) with body temperature and an exact replica at room temperature. The dog can tell there is a warm object nearby. You, Good Golly Miss Molly*, will have to touch them to tell the difference.
Ain’t that neat?

*Richard Wayne Penniman, known as Little Richard died – May 9, 2020.

Item #3: Holy Hail!
On Thursday there was a 45 minute hail fall in Belfair, WA. Right, I’d no idea where Belfair is either, but it is just 115 miles west of us.The hail was pea size, and if the photo is a good indication there was not much damage. It has been reported that the young folks thought it was neat, and tried to sled. A report on how that worked would be interesting. I’ll guess not too well.

Item #4: Graphs redux

Back on May 8th I posted an item about “peak graphs.”

This week, out of Nancy’s Great Peach State, there is this news item about a now missing graph:
Upon first glance, the bars, which were color-coded to represent each county, show a steady downward slope. But local GPB News radio reporter Stephen Fowler pointed out a “couple big things wrong/not readable” on the graph, including that the dates on the X-axis were not listed in chronological order and the counties weren’t displayed in the same position each day.”
Surprise! They took the graph down.
The image of the peach is from the site of a writer from Savannah. Kenda Williams
The site appears to have started in 2009 and the peach one is from July 2011 – – near the last of her posts. A local EBRG restaurant uses the old fruit crates as decoration. You and see all sorts using an ‘images’ search and a string of words, such as “vintage fruit boxes peaches apples”. Added because we need a few bright spots in our cool and windy week.

Item #5: Mysteries

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

A busy & exciting week

Monday, May 11

John weeded the last-blooming tulips, watered plum trees, mowed rapidly growing grass, and took down a bit of fence.

I soaked and cleaned a bunch of dishes and silverware for the dishwasher and ran it. Now will let it sit to warm the water in the hot water tank, and then will wash some dark clothes. We are not yet ready to run any white stuff through.

Currently, working on the blog that wasn’t published Sunday night.
Pat Jenkins is helping with various excavation projects, but this one was fascinating to me. Movie of the removal of a Tamarack stump.

Tamarack Stump Removal (2 minutes)

Walter & Lynn arrived with tile flooring all the way from Italy. His truck sagged from the weight. He handed boxes (26 pounds, 6 tiles) to John who handed to Lynn inside the house.

John and I took a walk to look at flowers and a few other things. I need the exercise.

The Livestreaming lectures this week by Nick Zentner, came off successfully as planned: Tuesday, May 12

Our lilacs are just starting to blossom, but these are farther down valley from us. We are about 1,000 feet higher. Lilacs photographed by Lise McGowan

I plan to change the way I’ve been adding Nick’s livestreaming into the blog – Instead, I’ll send all my suggested readings only to the Zentnerd’s study group. I’ll continue to post his livestream, and occasionally will add some interesting content photos of his lecture. If anyone is watching the geology livestreaming and wants the suggested background materials, write me a note and I’ll share with you.

However, I want to add a link to highlights created by Kathy Williams-DeVries, in Brisbane, Australia. This link is to Episodes 31-40, showing the gifts being sent to Nick. He has been reticent but very appreciative. Some folks are locked in more so than others and so the geology and stories provide new and unique viewing.

Nick from Home Highlights Episodes 31-40

I consumed my morning Alendronate, and 30 minutes later, I enjoyed eating my breakfast: Fried eggs, sausage links, and English Muffin toasting bread with Apricot preserves, made by my neighbor Ken.

I realized I was out of pills for this morning and for the rest of the week, so starting loading the containers. Found I was within a week of running out of Amiodarone (for Atrial Fibrillation). I called in the refill request, and Doug said they could have it this morning, because they were not very busy. John had already left for town, so I called him and asked him to detour to the pharmacy. He was going to Super 1 anyway.

John left for town a little after 9:00 a.m. and did many errands. He checked our numbers at Bi-Mart, and our last digit won us a nice Lindt Dark Chocolate candy bar. While there, he also picked up two Faucet Areators and TP. While in town, he bought 3 types of sliced meat (salami, peppered beef, ham) to take with Aged smoked cheese to add to the lunch after bottling at White Heron on Thursday this week.

I received my Yellow Church Café $25 gift card, and now they have ceased playing the COVID BINGO. Not as many people were participating as expected. They’re changing to a ZOOM meeting with your favorite pet. I won’t get involved with that.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #41 – 5-12-20 Minerals starts 7:43 minutes in

Wednesday, May 13

Starting this day off with a scary shot, taken by my neighbor ½ mile down Naneum from us. Cougar (Mt. Lion) photo taken by Joanie Lee

We know we have them in the riparian land along our property, and our neighbor has seen them in our lower pasture. We have noticed a decrease in coyotes, probably because of the cougars. Thankfully, all our cats showed up for breakfast today. I had been worried about Sue because we’d not seen her in 2 days; unusual, but not unprecedented. But, she has been back around now.

I slept in this morning after another late night.

Sent off the suggested readings to the study group for tonight’s lecture on Igneous Rocks.

We started receiving 2 issues of Discover Magazine and it took me several phone calls to finally get it reported and corrected.

John’s been working where the concrete and humped soil was removed. He is moving rocks, soil, and gravel. This last was taken off the driveway (where there was a hump), and piled separately.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #42 – 5-13-20 Igneous Rocks starts 4:50 minutes in

Thursday, May 14

John tried to leave too early for White Heron. His mind apparently was on his working for WTA and needing to be up at Snoqualmie Pass by 8:00 a.m.

About 9:30, Pat’s son brought him so he could drive his backhoe/loader home. John wanted just a bit more of a trench, and that only took a few minutes.

I made contact with Washington Tractor Service for John, and got Jeff, the service manager’s cell phone to call him when John gets home, so he can talk with the technician, Matt. There are issues with fixing the hydraulic lines and he needs the manual which is over at the White Heron Cellars. John was there today, but did not realize in time he should have brought it back with him. Too bad they did not return our call last week, so he’d have known. However, it had a nice ending. We decided to drive over for it on Saturday, and were invited by Phyllis and Cameron to have lunch with them on Saturday. We had a wonderful 3 hr. visit, starting at noon. Story below.

I emailed the Grand Coulee Cartoon Maps from Carl to the study group (for the years 1937 & 1940).
Soaked some dishes, and finally, got them washed. I had a nutrition drink and a bowl of soup? Put up my popcorn for use later tonight.

I hand wrote a letter to FISH to take tomorrow to Kittitas that they will use to acquire future funding. They asked all volunteers at the food bank to tell about what the experience meant to them. Currently, we cannot do it, with the COVID-19 shutdown, but as you probably have heard, I with about 8 others play and sing music every Wednesday during Noon lunches. I play my fiddle and sing. We are missing that interaction with the clients.

Here’s our last livestreaming geology lecture until the weekend.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #43 – 5-14-20 – Sedimentary & Metamorphic Rocks starts 3:40 minutes in

Notice at 6:40, the wine used in Kathy Williams-DeVries gift of two wine glasses with engraved, “Nick from Home”, sent by Kathy from a place in the U.S., but she is from Brisbane, Australia. So as to see the engraving better, Nick put in some of our donated wine from White Heron Cellars. What a double treat!

Friday, May 15

I sent out Milanovitch cycles (info about the cause of Ice Ages) suggested background reading today for tomorrow morning’s lecture.

We fixed a brunch of pancake with fresh strawberries and maple syrup, bacon, and fresh orange slices the color of pink grapefruit!

Called Pat Jenkins about bill for his to-date landscaping and excavation service. We put the check in the mail Saturday morning. I got on line to my bank, and transferred funds to the account for which I have checks.

Below is a very picturesque view of the rural ditches I see so often driving back and forth to town. Wild Teasel in Kittitas Valley by Amanda Ross

She took this looking SW at the corner of Bowers Rd and Bowers business loop on the NW side of Ellensburg. Another name for the plant is Fuller’s teasel (Dipsacus Strivus). The spiny dry fruiting heads have been used since Roman times to raise the nap of woolen fabric in a process known as fulling.

While speaking of wool sweaters, let me thank Lynne Snyder for knitting and repairing holes in a wool sweater John wears at Christmas. We have had it a long time, and it had problems. Last time we visited at the Raclette for the pruners at White Heron’s Mariposa vineyard, I gave it to her, and requested her expert repair work. Luckily, they were mostly in the black part of the sweater. She returned it via her hubby Tom, when he came to help with the bottling. John brought it home to me to put in our Christmas sweater drawer. I used to wear this, but the 2X size swallows me now, so that’s why John wears it.
No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday).

Saturday, May 16

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #44 – 5-16-20 Milankovitch Cycles starts 4:20 minutes in

Go to White Heron for noon lunch visit and pick up the instruction reference manual for the backhoe.

Prior to lunch I took photos of a few of the plants. Some of the cacti were blooming. Our lunch with Phyllis & Cameron Fries in their Mariposa Vineyard at White Heron Cellars includes a great overlooking of the Columbia River. Woody Guthrie wrote a song (1941), “Roll on, Columbia, Roll on.”

We carried along some meat to add to the watermelon, pine nuts, and Feta cheese salad Phyllis made, and they had four different chocolate candies for dessert. We enjoyed eating and visiting with them and their wine: Roussanne & Amigne, both white Swiss grapes. John’s last Not So Nasty News shows the Amigne with messed up labels.

Sunday, May 17

This morning started early with my monitoring Nick’s waiting crowd (which built to 1,060 people over the hour). It might have been more. It’s tough to watch all the information and concentrate on what Nick’s saying, while also trying to read the live comments. At the end of the lecture, is a walking field trip to see layers of volcanic ash within the hillside of loess in Ellensburg, on Craig’s Hill.

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #45 – 5-17-20 Mt St Helens 40th Anniversary starts 6:10 minutes in

Here is important information to follow listening to the Nick lecture above. You’ll be prepared to watch an excellent virtual event on the real 40th anniversary date, tomorrow. Details follow.

Seismologists are Hosting a Virtual Event-40th Anniv Mt St Helens Eruption, May 18, 1980, this Monday at 6:30-8:00 p.m. You may wish to be involved on Nick’s day off, and you will have his excellent and unique background information from his Nick from Home talk this morning. If you did not listen above, go back and watch it now, before Monday evening. It will give you an amazing historical lead-in I guarantee you will not receive from anyone on the panel of experts.

I received a tip from a friend that a special program was being aired about the explosion of our nearby volcano just 40 years ago.

Mount St. Helens 40th The Virtual Event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 18, on the PNSN’s YouTube channel — exactly 40 years after the blast. The group will stream prerecorded talks from four speakers and then host live questions on the PNSN network’s Facebook Page. The Moderator and Director of the PNSN, Harold Tobin, a Univ. of Wash. professor of Earth and space sciences, will select audience questions.
Virtual Event
Facebook Page (for Q&A)
If you are interested, subscribe, and set the reminder on the link for Monday night’s presentation:

Mine looks like this.When I grabbed this above, there were already 5 waiting.

Finally, the last:
Harold Tobin (Moderator) and Director of PNSN

Brunch: Pecan pancake with fresh strawberries and Maple Syrup, scrambled eggs mixed with cheese, and a piece of ham.

Supper: Meatloaf & rice, with meat sauce, watermelon salad (w/ pine nuts & Feta cheese)-leftover soup bowl of salad sent home with us by Phyllis when we left yesterday. We had their Rose’ of Syrah to accompany our meal.

We had a small amount of rain over night, and a few sprinkles during the day that interrupted John’s outside jobs. We heard some thunder but not close. The rest of the week looks to repeat this cool and moist weather.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News May 15th

Item #1: Choices

There was a tank of wine ready for bottling at White Heron. The grape is “Amigne” – rare even in Switzerland, its country of origin. The wine is pale yellow.
Cameron decide to enlist the pruning crew rather than the bottling gang. So 3 that might normally come didn’t. One that usually doesn’t help bottle did. The 5 pruners worked together earlier, for weeks. None of us interact much with a general population. The wine outlet at Pike’s Place in Seattle is closed so Cameron is not out in that strange and busy environment. Work flow is better with two more, but we managed.
Cameron is not usually “on the line”, but floats about taking care of issues, such as adding corks to the overhead bin or making sure the filter is doing its job. He is also in charge of the music.
The little machine that puts the labels on decided to be temperamental.On this bottle, on the right side, there is overlap of the White Heron wing-art. On the left side, the information label is on top of the artistic label.
We produced two of these before the error was detected. We shut things down until Cameron could fix the problem.
I chose to take these 2 bottles as part of my compensation. I like the idea of having a unique bottle, and usually save them to take to a dinner at someone’s home. All the bottles – or almost all – have a black cap of heat-shrink material. I also like that idea and look.
For another of the crew, we pull bottles that have neither labels or the cap. He likes to write the vintage year and name on the cork. Others prefer the proper presentation – a well dressed bottle.
If you had a choice, what would you choose?

Item #2: “Staying Alive” parody

I’m tired of Panic2020, but this YouTube video is well done.

“Stayin’ Inside”

About the original: “Stayin’ Alive” is a song written and performed by the Bee Gees from the Saturday Night Fever motion picture soundtrack. The song was released on 13 December 1977. [Wiki]

Item #3: Choose to stay inside

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

A Rainbow Week

Monday, May 4

Beginning this week with a unique rainbow photographed by Evie Schuetz in our agricultural Kittitas Valley:Wheel line creating a rainbow by EvieMae Schuetz

I’ve got a to-do this morning with a bank transfer for our house remodeling project. At 8:55 a.m., I sent Brandy at our bank, an email requesting a “Certified Check” (virtual) be issued and to arrange for transferring funds from our account to our contractor’s account at the same bank. The stone-tile floor in our new room is patterned after that in the bank.

I plan to start my new medication tomorrow morning, it’s being recommended by my PCP because of the results of the bone density scan I had last week the same day as my mammogram imagery. The mammogram results were fine; no cancer. The bone density has me one-point score away from Osteoporosis, with Osteopenia. I need to begin the medication to prevent bone fracture which can occur with osteoporosis only by walking (a weight bearing situation). The medication is Alendronate. I only take it once a week on an empty stomach, so first thing before having any liquid at all. I must stand to take it and I cannot lie down afterwards, but I must eat something 30 minutes after taking the tablet.

I called Gerald and found out some good news. They are allowing family of the Rehab (nursing home) residents to enter the building to visit. They only allow 2 folks in at a time. Temperature is taken, masks required (and given if they don’t have one), and one person only is allowed in the room. Gerald went this morning with Gene (their son) to see his wife, Jeanne. What a fantastic decision for the families. Poor Gerald has been going bonkers, although they were allowing him to call in and talk to Jeanne over the phone. She always recognized his voice and the caregiver would tell him she was smiling. One day, she even said a few words.

This week’s COVID Bingo card had a special request in the Free Space in the middle: to make up your own random Act (of kindness) & Share it with us. Mine was allowed, so I could X it in, and submit my entry as a .jpg. I completed my Bingo across horizontally through the “Free choice space” for emailing before 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

I need to walk up the driveway for exercise when Lynn and Walter leave. They have been putting in the floor insulation and he also helped again with the water softener and filters.

I have talked with Culligan folks about changing to the VISA card. Done at 2:55 p.m. and will be deducted tomorrow.

I created a beginning Word Document to collect information for Nick’s groupies (study group) about buying tee shirts to bounce off Kathy—the designer and group member from Brisbane, Australia. I included images of the T-shirts she sent me. This effort lasted over a couple of days and she put all the visuals of the shirts, the sizing chart instructions, and the monetary Australian dollars to USD in the last 3 pages of a 4-pg PDF that I created to mail to the group. The first page was my introduction to Kathy and the shirts and the process for ordering from Kathy.

The Livestreaming lectures this week by Nick Zentner, came off successfully as planned:

Tuesday, May 5

My next rainbow picture is from a friend in Cle Elum who lives on Lookout Mountain overlooking the Teanaway Valley. This is a beautiful double rainbow, which presents some knowledge about optics of which I was totally unaware.Double rainbow by Katie Kallio

She explains: In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colors reversed, with red on the inner side of the arc. This is caused by the light being reflected twice on the inside of the droplet before leaving it.

Nick was brought a fancy cake, and a young admirer Patrick could not come to EBRG for a bite. Nick and I made a plan. Checked with the Post Office about details. I went by Kittitas, WA Post Office with a piece of Carrot Cake that had been frozen in a plastic container. Patrick received it Thursday and sent a thank you note with pictures of the reception at the mailbox and his eating cake later in the house. I was most impressed by this 6-year old classmate’s description of the geological meaning of the use of the carrot cake by Nick as a prop to explain part of his lecture.
Patrick’s words were: The white frosting layers are layers of ash and the brown stuff are slackwater sediment layers in Ice Age Lake deposits. Nick’s photo of Touchet Beds, with cake, & layers of Carrot Cake

The cake weighed 15 pounds and was brought from the Tri-Cities by the owners (Joanna & Neal) of two restaurants there in Kennewick, WA and Richland, WA, named Foodies Brick & Mortar. Joanna and Neal have been viewers of the Livestreaming YouTube Geology videos with Nick from Home since Mar. 17, this year.

While in town, I got John’s colas for the month at Fred Meyer with 10% off Senior Discount, and bought a bunch of special sale priced of our favorites, Reece’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups at 67₵ each.
Took a $400 check by Umpqua Bank’s night deposit in the parking lot, to save driving through the backed-up drive through window.
I went for my INR blood draw and was out in 12 minutes (much better than last month).
Went by Safeway for my refund from John’s shopping trip for 79₵ drinks they charged him 99₵ for. The 80₵ return had 2 old quarters in it.

Drove by Nick’s home with Greg’s honey jar gift, and Nick came out to his mudroom, where I was going to put it, and we had a nice conversation. It was a gift from a member of the audience, Greg from Ten Mile, TN. He and his dad raise bees. Gift for Nick and one for me. Nick tasted the honey on his finger for his toast at the end of his lecture and thanked Greg for the gift.

I submitted my BINGO COVID 3 solution via email to Jodi, the City Recreation & Parks person.

Took my medications list by Super 1 Pharmacy for the Pharmacist Leslie to check for contraindications with my meds of the new pill my doctor ordered for Osteoporosis.

Came home and toured the developing remodeled room. The floor is all in, one door, and another on the way. I have been photographing the process inside and outside as best I can. I’ll occasionally share a few things of interest.

Nick’s evening lecture:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #36 – 5-5-20 Glacial Lake Missoula starts 4:40 minutes in

Wednesday, May 6

Here’s some reading relating to our last lecture I just found this morning,

Nat’l Park Service: Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail Long-range Interpretive Plan (June 2016)

Dating of late Pleistocene megafloods (multiple floods from drainage of glacial Lake Missoula)

Here’s background viewing for tonight’s lecture Ice Age Erratics.
NOTE: almost at the end of the lecture about 9 minutes, an ad interrupts the flow. Stick with it until you can Skip Ad, and you’ll see the rest.

Vantage Erratics – Roadside Geology, Feb 8, 2012 (10 minutes)

Definitely, check this out from 20 minutes into the visuals:

Wenatchee Ice Age Floods Oct 2, 2013

Also, check out this website of appropriate information:

Glacial erratic boulders of the Puget Sound region

I made this wind report from information on the NOAA Pendleton site and sent to Nick, wind for planning the location of his lecture tonight. I thought it would be too windy for his backyard and perhaps his porch inside the house would be better.Next are some things developing around the outside of our house during the remodeling project mostly affecting the front of our house where the attached 2-car garage is being re-purposed as a livable room (including a utility room for the water treatment instruments, a refrigerator freezer, and a chest freezer.

Just beyond our front door is a Mountain Ash tree. They have clusters of white blossoms and the fruit is bright orange. That hangs on the tree during winter, and after freeze and thaw in spring, birds will eat them. The deer love them. We have others nearby and this one is in the way.

Below is a video of John cutting down the tree. The stump will be pulled later by backhoe guy Pat Jenkins.

John Sawing Down Mt Ash Tree Front Yard
{On John’s computer the focus is fuzzy until 25 seconds. – on Nancy’s it’s perfect throughout}

Nick’s lecture tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #37 – 5-6-20 Ice Age Erratics start 4:30 minutes in

Thursday, May 7

Created the Tee Shirt Order form, okayed with Kathy Down Under, and sent to Kathy! Now once approved, I’ll put it all into a PDF to send to the study group for ordering from Kathy in Brisbane, Australia.

I sent the background materials for Columbia River Gorge lecture to all members of the study group.

Received the good news that I won another gift card from playing COVID Bingo 3, this week. I chose to receive the $25 to use at the Yellow Church Café. Last time we ate there was with our Australian friends, visiting us after spending time with their family and grandchildren.

More suggested readings for different lectures this week.

Erratic Boulders – Rafted in Icebergs by the Ice Age Floods 2-min Geology, Jun 4, 2013

and, check out the erratics atop Steamboat rock in the Grand Coulee:

Steamboat in the Desert | Nick on the Rocks • Feb 25, 2019

One more left over from our Missoula Floods lecture:
Giant Ripples in the Scablands | Nick on the Rocks • Feb 25, 2019

Suggestion background for Columbia River Gorge lecture tonight:
Columbia River Gorge Apr 5, 2015

Next is in the Columbia River Gorge, and was a downtown lecture John and I attended; I videotaped Nick from the front row and put in our weekly blog. By looking at the end of the green boards lecture, you’ll see some awesome visuals of the Bonneville Landslide into the Columbia River (including actual footage 100 years ago of building the Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia River) – watching the visuals below is a must do!!

Bridge of the Gods Landslide Apr 4, 2018 (start at 30 mins)

Nick from his porch because of the painters covering his lecturing black board space with ladders, while painting his house until the last minute before livestreaming time beginning at 12 minutes to 6:00. Please start below at 6:33 mins to be able to enjoy the thank you thanks for gifts that arrived in the mail today.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #38 – 5-7-20 Columbia River Gorge starts 6:33 minutes in

We finally received our replacement VISA card today canceled 4-25-20. It was sent regular mail on 4-30-20.

Friday, May 8

Called Cle Elum clinic about Alendronate and aspirin & too much Calcium, and also about my INR from Tuesday (Lacey). Check the portal KVH found INR=2.4. After 1:30 p.m. I talked to Lacey about both items and I need to mark my calendar 4 weeks out for June 2. Also she was going to consult with my PCP (Chelsea) to tell her my concerns about aspirin and calcium supplements along with the Alendronate (because of my pharmacist’s findings on possible contraindications with the tablets).

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

Here is the background reading for tomorrow’s lecture on Mima Mounds.

This morning I checked the pronunciation of Mima (but it was for names and not specifically for the Mima Mounds). Mima was heard as “ME”ma. I sent the link to Nick and then a couple hours later, I read the Wikipedia article on Mima Mounds, which I shall start with below, and the pronunciation is different with the phonetic given as “MY”ma. The phonetics suggest Mima, with the lowercase letter, I, being pronounced as is in tide. I think I’ll go with that as the better choice, and believe me I have heard it both ways over the years.
As Nick has said, there are many theories but no one really knows the real story of the origin. However, many to choose from below.

Wikipedia: Mima Mounds

My second choice is the Washington Trails Association Hiking site, because WTA is near and dear to our family. John volunteers as an Assistant Crew Leader, working on maintenance of WA trails. Right now they are closed off many of the lands, but I just noted that Seattle Parks have opened their lands, and also this Mima Mound Preserve in WA was also opened May 5 to public use (with social distancing).

Mima Mounds, Hike Info (south of Olympia)

Atlas Obscura – Mima Mounds

This is nice article appearing in the Seattle Times on the MMs:

Mima Mounds: Mystery hides in vast prairie

Great Pyramids of the Gophers: Mima Mound Mystery Solved (2013)

Another “Science” Dec 2013 about computer modeling claim that gophers are the solution

Finally, the following January 2020 article summarizes all the research on the origins as being unexplained by science:

The Mima Mounds in Washington Are a Phenomenon Unexplained by Science

Supper: Meatloaf, pears, French fries, and more.

Hoping to go to bed earlier than usual to be up to watch the early morning geology lecture on Mima Mounds.

Saturday, May 9

This morning from Nick’s backyard: START 5-9-20 at 10:40 to catch a story before the lecture starts officially.

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #39 – 5-9-20 Mima Mounds starts 10:40 minutes in

I got on again early for the “waiting group” to catch the conversation, because I do not believe that part makes it to the Live Chat that starts the show when Nick arrives.
I checked and nothing appears until Nick checks in.

After our morning Livestreaming Geology with Nick was successfully done, John drove to town to get grain for our 4 horses, and he is stopping by the Bi-Mart store to check for filters for our faucets. With all the remodeling we’ve disturbed our water tank storing well water, which is full of oxidation from the well, and all the water in the house is coming out orange/red. We have cleaned filters and John changed more this morning, to get the water clearer before we wash dishes or certainly white clothes. We are running out of both. He also bought 5 yellow straight neck squash plants and 5 different tomato plants.

I plan to send out a few thoughts on suggestions for background reading for tomorrow’s lecture on West Coast Tsunami possibilities. Here they are with help from a couple members of Zentnerd study group email bunch.

Seattle Tsunami background viewing:

There is a lot of viewing time with these, but if you spend your time on the first 4 you’ll be well set for Nick’s lecture.

Personally, I think everyone should watch this video, now to precede the following ones:

Pacific Northwest Earthquakes—3 Types • Jul 19, 2015 (8 mins)

Note the next one below is the New Yorker article which drew a lot of attention to this Tsunami issue:

The New Yorker article: The Really Big One – An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when – by Kathryn Schulz-July 13, 2015

Best of the bunch is by our leader, Nick Zentner! responding to The New Yorker article: (however, it’s hard to see the small screen in some shots, so combining closed captioning might help and turn up the volume because the CC doesn’t translate all his words correctly, but you can hear what he’s saying.

Nick Zentner- Earthquakes: Will Everything West of I-5 Really Be Toast? • Dec 7, 2015 (48 mins)

Followed by another LethaLeeFox pointed me to (and the above was found by Kathy Williams-DeVries. Thanks for the help today.

Tsunami in our future (May 1, 2013) go to 43:28 min in because the green board part of the lecture is not visually well seen

DON’T MISS this Playlist of animations (as we saw a couple of in the cozy fort during Nick’s lecture this morning) – which was created by Theresa Swan, from Mt. Vernon, WA, mother of Patrick, age 6, one of our favorite classmates. Patrick asks the best questions of the whole bunch of us during the Q&A at the end of each lecture:

Tsunami Simulations created by the WA Geological Survey (no sound on most)

The rest I found:

Another very important one narrated by Professor Nick:

The Cascadia Subduction Zone—What can the landscape tell us? • Jan 25, 2020 (2:40 minutes)

and, our friend, Goldfinger (great video):

Toast, tsunamis and the really big one | Chris Goldfinger | TEDxMtHood • Jul 5, 2016 (14 mins)

TV KGW News talking on What you need to know about the Cascadia Subduction Zone | Earthquake Ready or Not • Oct 10, 2019 (1:45 minutes)

Simulations show tsunami threat in Washington State • 8-16-19 (2 minutes)

Tsunami wave simulation for Bellingham, WA • 8-26-19 (2 minutes, no sound)

What can GPS tell us about future earthquakes in Cascadia? (UNAVCO collaboration) • May 8, 2013 (4 mins)

Finally, an interesting presentation of Earthquakes in PNW:

Earthquakes of Cascadia: 1979 – 2019 • Sep 3, 2019 (3 mins)

The last one is just being added now after the lecture. It’s a downloadable PDF brochure from the WA Geological Survey, with good descriptive information on the definition, causes, and responses and precautions needing to be taken, such as evacuation planning:

Tsunami Hazards in Washington State

Finally finished doing the first load of dishes. Very time-consuming project to get all the buildup of oxidation from the red water off to put in the dishwasher, and the filter will likely need to be changed again soon. The water is still red. Even coming from the hot water tank. I still have a kitchen of dirty dishes to do another load when this is through. It takes 58 minutes to go through its wash cycle and we do not put it through the dry, but turn over the cups and let it air dry. At least two more loads to process from over a week ago.

Now Rascal cat is in my lap, so I will set up birthday’s for tomorrow, and I’ll send a Mother’s day card to a few moms I know.

Supper: Meat loaf, pear slices, French fries, cheddar cheese on Broccoli & Cauliflower (sadly because of the Coumadin I’m taking, I cannot have my favorite broccoli). All with a nice Rose’ of Syrah.

Sunday, May 10 Happy Mother’s Day

The photo of us below appeared on a Happy Mother’s Day wish from Sara Brazeau Lorig, to me, on Facebook – with the message: It wouldn’t be a proper Mother’s Day without a shout out to my two phenomenal “Adopted Moms.” I am so fortunate to have had these brilliant and strong teachers in my life just when I needed them most. Their support and advice has played a pivotal role in who I am today. I am so fortunate to have met them and am in grateful awe of the effortless love that they share with me, all of their lucky students, their families, and their many friends. I love you, Nancy B. Hultquist and Betsi Kurzawski! This was one photo she posted and I’m putting it here, because John was also her teacher for Physical Geography at CWU. I don’t remember the year taken, but it was taken at White Heron Cellars winery west of Quincy. This Thursday, John is taking a break in the morning from assisting contractors here and will go over there to help 5 others on bottling wine – a white Swiss grape named Amigne.

Our morning lecture began an hour earlier than the actual startup time, with a bunch of us visiting on line from all over the world in the waiting mode to have Nick arrive and start. It was an exciting topic on problem tsunamis hitting our west coast and affecting people in coastal areas. Viewers from Japan, Alaska where Tsunamis have occurred in our lifetime were watching this morning.

During the morning “waiting session” I began having serious problems with my mouse for navigating the screen on my computer. I also had an enlarged full screen image, which did not allow me to read the Live Chat comments by viewers (to the right of the lecture). Finally, I figured out that problem into the program, but my mouse continued messing up throughout the evening trying to create the final draft of this blog. Finally, John put out the delayed notice, and it won’t be published until Monday night (because from early all day to 5:00, John has to work with two different contractors on our home remodeling project). John is my manager for editing my comments and entering them into the WordPress jargon to create this.

Okay, back to the lecture this morning.
A neighbor of Nick’s rode by on her bike, and she researches this topic of past tsunami deposits of sand in tidal flats. She is a professor of Geology at CWU as well, and has past, present, and future students she is advising on their research for graduate theses. Nick invited her to share her knowledge with us during the livestreaming lecture. She fielded questions from the audience and taught us a lot. We all are grateful for her time spent with us. Her name is Bre MacInnes. You can find her information on line by searching on CWU Geology Faculty.

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #40 – 5-10-20 Seattle Tsunami ? starts 2:30 minutes in

Here is one of the ones Nick showed this morning in the Cozy Fort.

I wasn’t thinking and should have put that in the suggested reading. I need to ask Nick if there isn’t an outtake somewhere of some of the crew pulling him out of sinking in the mud. I don’t think I dreamed seeing that in my past.
Ghost Forests | Nick on the Rocks • Feb 25, 2019 (5 min)

We called our cousin Ethel (102 yrs young) in PA to wish her a happy Mother’s Day and had a nice long conversation. Found out her father was born 2 years before mine in May of 1895! My dad was born August 3, 1897, and died when I was 14. My mom was born August 27, 1914, and died in 1981 when I was 38.

Supper: Our asparagus from the garden, cauliflower, fish, chicken, fries, and wine.

This weekly blog is not going to be published tonight as usual because John must go to bed. He will be on & off busy helping with the remodeling project. One is working on the inside of the house and the other is working with a construction & roadbuilding backhoe/front-end loader, moving dirt and rocks (we’re on an alluvial fan) / digging holes for posts / pulling out tree stumps / breaking up concrete and hauling off, to create drainage downslope away from the house roof. The house was built in 1981 by a shoddy contractor. We have been correcting things since moving in, in 1989.

Coming out Monday night at 11:15 p.m.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Mother’s Day Delay

We expect Nancy’s words of wisdom will get edited and posted sometime Monday evening — Pacific Time.
Workers will be arriving early here on the Fan, and I have to have the gate open at 7 A.M.
Sweet dreams.

Not so Nasty News May 8

Item #1: Getting behind

I’ve been busy directing traffic and giving advice to professionals. {smiley face} I used the image of a backhoe because our cattle raising neighbor (4 miles) showed up this week to begin his part of completing my vision of the new approach to our front door.
The construction crew worked hard until Thursday noon, then paused, (moving to another project) and the electrician started. Monday – back to the building activities. Then more inside sheet rock, insulation, painting, and a tile floor. Not real soon.
Siding is yet to come, but some preparation has been done. I’ve removed the ‘battens’ or ‘bats’– the thin strips in the photo. [The origin of the word seems to be from ship-talk – comes from the noun batten, which denotes, among other things, an iron bar used to secure the covering of a hatchway on a ship.
I’m doing the regular chores, mowing some grass, spaying week killer, and in spare moments watching the delicate wild flowers emerge.

Item #2: New flower

Image here is from the web. These are a bit more colorful than I saw today – and didn’t have a camera with me, only a dog and a cat for a morning stroll.
The scientific name is Phacelia linearis (Pursh) Holz. . I haven’t found a local name, but flower guide books call it Threadleaf phacelia.
Also, our White Lupine is blooming. It is earlier than the blue type. When trying to find out about it, I see it is cultivated in the Mediterranean region and the seeds have “uses” – need to look into that.

Item #3: Got connections?

Us? Not often.
It seems impossible to initiate a cell phone connection from home. We can, however, start down near EBRG and talk through the car’s system and stay connected into our driveway. We’ve driven 2.5 miles farther north (end of the road) and continued a conversation. Technology is a wondrous thing. Makes us wonder, anyway.

Press the “SOS” button and things happen.Near the small town of Jamieson, Australia, last Sunday, police were notified around mid-afternoon of an “SOS” signal coming from their area. A visitor to the area activated an emergency beacon – which was satellite connected to GEOS Alliance, an emergency response organization headquartered outside of Houston, Texas. The distress signal was then bounced to authorities in Canberra – Australia’s capital city – who beamed the message to Victorian Police.

Could happen to anyone: Five camels, a dog, and a man

When you press the SOS button

Item #4: Peaked yet?

This item is related to Panic 2020. I am sorely tired of the misleading, incomplete, and wrong news reports being tossed at us.
And not a moment too soon.

Item #5: It cost how much?

And it was worth about one sixth of that.
Nancy use a $25 coupon she won via a promotion in EBRG to help local restaurants. She got something that resembled a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, two taco like things, and a large amount of fries. These last were okay. We cut the sandwich in half. It was not quite okay. I took a bite of the taco like thing. My scientific self thought a sample of 1 just would not do. I took a second bite. Then I threw the rest in the garbage. The dog Annie might have eaten it and not thrown it up, but why take the chance.
We have some Safeway made chocolate cookies and I have ice cream in the freezer. We’ll warm a couple of cookies in the microwave oven and top with Neapolitan ice cream and a few Cashews. Here’s to that!

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

All, or mostly, about Nick

Monday, Apr 27

My part in the house remodeling project is to handle paying the contractor. Found out how to do that electronically. We are converting our attached 2-car garage into another room of our home. First, it must be repaired and brought up to code. It’s ceiling is falling, having been nailed with small nails meant to hold cedar shakes down, not meant to hold heavy dry-wall up. Screws are the appropriate fastener. The walls, attic, and floor need to be insulated. Electrical outlets, lighting, and ceiling fan will be added. One window needs removed as it only views an adjacent shed put in 8 years after the house was built, by another owner (not us). We moved in, in 1989. I am in charge of moving things we no longer need out of our home, and into the free giver community in our region (various free sites on Facebook) to be redistributed to folks in need. I like to do this when possible.

So, with respect to $, I called Brandy at our bank and arranged to transfer funds to the contractor. His bank account is there as well, so she could arrange a transfer directly to his business account from our checking account.

I also found the owner of the home with the unique tree (a willow) pictured in our previous blog last week (go look if you missed it, and tell me what animal figures you see in the branches). DO THAT BEFORE you read the description below the photo. I got his name from our contractor (who’s his neighbor). I found their phone number and requested an email address to send the family the photo. We had a nice conversation about the tree. It has been in a “dead” condition for a couple of years, but is still standing for people to admire and photograph.

Meals today: Lunch: Roast beef, beans, carrots.
Supper: Meatloaf and scalloped potatoes.

The Livestreaming lectures this week by Nick Zentner, came off successfully as planned:Let me use this location to print corrections from links related to Nick Zentner’s information that wouldn’t work last week. First, are links related to Lydia Staisch on the Ringold Formation research with Zircons.
The two of our weekly blogs over 2 yrs (2018 & 2019) to connections to Lydia Staisch & Nick Zentner:

See both people below in these weeks on the dates suggested.

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

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

Tuesday, Apr 28

I saved myself a trip to town today by calling a friend, Connie, and she checked my numbers at Bi-Mart. We won nothing.

I was scheduled to participate in a 10:30 Zoom presentation with members of the AAC (our local Senior Center), which is closed. I participated. It was a meet your friends for a coffee break.

Palouse Falls

I sent my background viewing suggestions to the group for tonight’s lecture on the Palouse Hills.

Palouse Falls and Dry Falls, 6-12-13 

Goldilocks Miracle of the Palouse|Nick on the Rocks, 2-25-19

Palouse Falls & the Palouse River Canyon, 2-min Geology, 6-4-13

Before starting tonight, let me switch you back to Nick’s #23 on April 16, where you need to add this to your background viewing for the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestream on the Yakima River Canyon. This is a 2-Minute Geology video with Nick singing, strumming, and educating viewers about geology.

Entrenched Meanders, Yakima River (near Ellensburg, WA)

And, Nick’s evening lecture:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #31 – 4-28-20 Palouse Hills starts 13 minutes in

Wednesday, Apr 29

Sent to the study group for Nick from Home lecture, this for background viewing tonight on Ice Age Lakes.

First—just this morning I found a new video for me and I imagine for most of you, but you may want to put this on your bucket list, after you have followed the ones below on Ice Age Lakes. I have not viewed this video past the first 19 minutes, but I’m hooked. (NOTE: I viewed some of the public comments below it, and was thrilled to see several names of people I have met on the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestreaming). I knew he had a following and now I’m convinced after attending all the Nick from Home presentations since 3/17/20 how worldwide it is.

Nick Zentner in 2015: Speaking to an audience of Pacific Northwest agriculturalists in the 3 Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA attending the PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Conference.

Ice Age Geology: A Common Thread for Pacific Northwest Agriculture – Jun 12, 2015 (57 minutes)

Ice Age Floods, Lake Missoula, Bonneville Flood and the Columbia River Basalts – Dec 8, 2014 (16 minutes)

Glacial Lake Missoula-Jun 14, 2015 (19 minutes)

Ice Age Mystery of Lake Lewis | Nick on the Rocks – Feb 25, 2019 (4 minutes)

Lake Chelan — Battle of the Ice Sheets | Nick on the Rocks – Dec 28, 2017 (4 minutes)

Lake Chelan Geology – Feb 19, 2017 (67 minutes)

Ice Age Lakes between Seattle and the Cascade Range May 11, 2015 (18 minutes)

Checked into this Zoom class, but did not stay very long because of too much noise (air compressor and nail gun) from the garage and many other things on my agenda.

Topic: Get Moving Exercise Class
Time: Apr 29, 2020 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Worked on sending past stuff to the new Zentnerds in the group.

Last week I listed two of the videos a watcher from Brisbane, Australia has created of Highlights of Nick Zentners’ livestreams in 10 episode segments. This week she made her third, and developed a playlist to which you can subscribe.
Here’s the link to the playlist:

Kathy Williams-DeVries, Nick Zentner’s Episode Highlights Playlist

Nick’s lecture tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #32 – 4-29-20 Ice Age Lakes starts 12:50 minutes in

Thursday, Apr 30

I participated this morning in a Zoom presentation from the Ellensburg Senior Center. We visited 3 neighborhood libraries. Katrina Douglas lead the tour (during cold winds) on her bike.

Topic: Virtual Walk: Little Free Libraries – Part 1
Time: Apr 30, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

I managed to add the newbies to the list from yesterday, so my address list was ready to use. Finally, after several interruptions this morning. I sent out the background viewing suggestions for tonight’s geology lecture on Ice Age Waterfalls. I was rather pleased with what I found and provided, especially when Nick ended up showing 3 of them in the cozy fort.

Background viewing suggestions for tonight’s lecture: Ice Age Waterfalls:

Dry Falls – Roadside Geology August 29, 2012 (14 minutes)

Palouse Falls and Dry Falls June 12, 2013 (44 minutes)

Palouse Falls & the Palouse River Canyon – Ice Age Floods Features-2 min Geology Jun 4, 2013 (5 minutes)

Making our Dry Falls animation Dec 31, 2019 (4 minutes)

Ending with this after numerous mentions of his books:
Link to Central Rocks for Bruce Bjornstad interview on Nick’s site
and go to Central Rocks link below and play Bruce Bjornstad’s
interview (28 minutes).
Once you follow this link, you’ll need to go to Bruce Bjornstad

Nick from his porch because of our strong winds again today:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #33 – 4-30-20 Ice Age Waterfalls starts 12 minutes in

Supper: succotash, baked potato, baked chicken

Friday, May 1

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

Here is the background reading for tomorrows lecture on Ice Age Climate.
Attempting to find this information on Ice Age Climate (Nick’s topic this morning) started Thursday night and continued into Friday, but was a very difficult chore. Here are my results:

For Saturday background on Nick’s Ice Age Climate:
Kathy Williams-DeVries, a friend in Australia reminded me of one of Nick’s Podcasts of the topic that I completely missed,

#8 Ice Age Climate!!

For the counterview to global warming & climate change, check out wattsupwiththat dot com, and note the following link where Nick has been featured there:

Nick Zentner recognized on a major climate discussion site

Climate Change-Past and Future –The Ice Ages

Evidence of Global Warming & The End of the Last Ice Age

2-13-20, There Is No Impending ‘Mini Ice Age’ by NASA Global Climate Change

Global Cooling: Are You Ready for the Real Climate Change?

Pleistocene History of Earth’s Climate

Paleoclimatology: the Oxygen Balance

Supper: Baked ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, cubed cooked apples in cinnamon/brown sugar.

Going to bed to be up early to watch the early morning geology lecture on Ice Age Climate.

Saturday, May 2

Ready for Nick’s livestreaming by 8:00 a.m. People get earlier each week, and we have our own conversation before most of the people check in.

Nick’s morning presentation:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #34 – 5-2-20 Ice Age Climate starts early with Nick’s thankyous at 3 minutes in

We were thanked first and then others. You may wish to start watching at 3:00 minutes in.
First is ours: 3 bottles of White Heron Wine-White, Red, & Rose’.Nick holding the wine and talking about us & him. Better to view in the video (above).

2nd gift, a beautiful water color painting from Jonathan in Portland, of Nick’s opening scene at Dry Falls for all his PBS shows, Nick on the Rocks.Other gifts not pictured, so best to watch the couple minutes at the beginning of the video.

But here is a description of one gift, all the way from Germany.
It came in the mail with rock samples from Germany (Bavaria) near Austria, from Thomas a geology teacher there in high school and the university. Now Nick is going to share specimens from here with Thomas.

After our morning Livestreaming Geology with Nick was successfully done, John and I spent an interesting day with the contractor, moving our water treatment stuff out of the way for the raised floor in our new room. We were without running water from after lunch until 5:30 and dealing with rain and moving a Refrigerator freezer to the front porch, John building a ramp for us to exit the porch, and I was trying to work inside with a ton of noise.

Supper: Biscuits with ham gravy and mashed potatoes

Sunday, May 3

I called my first geography professor in Atlanta, GA, to wish him a Happy Birthday, for yesterday. His name is Sandy Bederman, and had a nice visit with him and his wife, Jolayne. They were instrumental in my life starting in 1962, and influencing my choice to continue in graduate school.

Nick’s morning lecture is #35 – Volcanoes & Climate.

Here was the background information for this morning’s lecture I sent out yesterday afternoon.
I don’t really have much in the way of background material to suggest, so will pick a couple ones I found today, more related to past lectures (for the volcano part) where Plate Tectonics play a big part.

Introduction to Plate Tectonics

And this morning from Nick’s backyard:

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #35 – 5-3-20 Volcanoes & Climate starts 13:08 minutes in

Very interesting presentation.

Supper: Fried chicken, fish, and cheesy cauliflower, and a small piece of corn on its cob.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan