Fall Equinox, came, so

. . . we are now headed for Winter!

Monday, Sept 17

We published the blog from last week, Sunday night at 10:49.

I sent a note about practice session to KV F&F and attached the songs for Oct/Nov 2018, the same as we used for 2017. No changes. Asked players to please look for theirs from last year. Added 2018 to the playlist title with all the songs. We have since cancelled the practice session until more players return to the fold. They are strung all over the western USA! We need them with us for decisions about starts and tempos.

We are taking off for town for my exercise class, and blood draw for John at the hospital, and another couple of stops. We made it home after getting groceries and just in time to receive a call from the triage nurse in Cle Elum with Dr. Wood’s comments about John’s Thyroid test results. The TSH & T4 were fine, and he is to stay on the 88mcg dosage. I requested a 90-tablet refill, and I will pick it up Wednesday or Thursday, when he will run out of pills. While I had them on the phone I requested Amoxicillin for my dental work coming up next week, but Dr. Wood has to approve it. I can get more going through him than through the Dentist, thus saving money. I’ll know before going in Oct 4 for my teeth cleaning. (I have already received it.)

Tuesday, Sept 18

I drove from home a mile to get my haircut at 12:30 and take jeans and jars to Celia. At the last minute, I couldn’t find the jeans so will do that later.

My Forester’s battery died today, on my 4th stop. Could have been worse. I had several places to go and things to do. After my haircut, I returned home to pick up WSJ papers to deliver to a gal near the EBRG airport. Took off for town to check my Bi-Mart number. I actually won the last digit, but so much stuff was happening in between time of seeing that until checking out, that I forgot to get my gift. Next stop, Super 1 pharmacy, to pick up my meds, and I went to the outside window, but 2 cars were in front of me, so I turned the motor off. When the second one was almost finished I turned the key, but it did nothing.
I tried taking it out of park and it would not budge. Turning the key did not start the motor or even making a clicking noise. I got out and walked to the window and told Jennifer what was happening. She gave me my meds and looked up the phone number for Seth Motors. I tried again, and on the second try it clicked a few times, but then did nothing. I called Seth’s and told Chad my problem. He agreed it was probably that the battery had died. I had not yet looked under the hood, but figured I had replaced the battery, and we always use Les Schwab for our tire and battery needs. Chad gave me the phone number for Les Schwab and told me to call him back if I needed help. Meanwhile, two people stopped and offered to help. A gal who works at the hospital, Rachael D., heard me talking and asked if she could give me a jump start. She had the cables and the knowledge of how to jump start. She did the setup, started her engine, and then I tried mine, and it worked. Below is a simple diagram, but here is a cool link: Jumping with wikiHowI thanked her, asked her name, gave her a hug, and headed for the battery place a half-block away. Turned too soon, into the drive way of the local Chevy dealer. Oh well, all the new cars were pretty, but not my type.
So back to the street, 2 left turns, to Les Schwab. I finally found the battery man, and he checked it twice and found it dead. So, we replaced it. I only paid for a 5-year replacement because I intend to trade my car in before that many years have passed. [ I’d like a 2019/20 model, which is totally improved, with many changes, but I want to wait until all the glitches have been discovered on the newer features. ]
That took a longer while than I wished, but it’s done. It actually was a good day to happen because nothing else was scheduled with a time appointment I had to meet, as would be the case any other day of the week.

Wednesday, Sept 19

Leave back door up on the Subaru for feed bag delivery from Krystal and leave a pot of hen and chicks.
I got the phone number for Ruth & Michael Hamilton. I called at 9:00 a.m. and she and Michael are coming to FISH at noon.

I met the folks at the food bank, gave them the insulated lunch carrier, and visited a little. The fellow who it was for, for his lunch box, plays the harmonica, and he will join us next week for our music. He, his wife, and his sister all came and joined the Senior Nutrition program while they were there.

I went to SAIL exercise class at the AAC and came out to find my rear gate still open on my car, and no feed bags inside. She was later coming than I expected, but Katrina took them and put them in a back room, so I will go by and collect them tomorrow.

Thursday, Sept 20

I called in 10 chairs for KV F&F today this week at Pacifica Senior Living Ellensburg (Pacifica). We had a seating problem today, being strung out in a long line, where we could not hear each other. It was disastrous. We have to be in a horseshoe shape, or it does not work. They have moved us from our old placement because with new renovations they have added very heavy granite-topped tables. These cannot be moved. Some change is going to have to be made for us to continue playing there. I’ll have to investigate alternatives.

I went by AAC for my feed bags after music and took a picture of the pots of hen & chicks left at the AAC. Several are up for grabs, but 5 have to be left for Katrina to plant around the building’s gardens.

I took my Entresto to the Super 1 Pharmacy for halving and picked up the paperwork for Flu Shots to fill out in advance for John and me to go by for our shots. We were given a Senior Flu Shot, a higher-strength flu vaccine, made for people age 65 or older, to help provide better protection. We are eligible for an updated Pneumonia protection that takes two shots a year apart: recommendation is that seniors get both the Prevnar 13 and the Pneumovax 23 vaccines. As their names imply, Prevnar 13 protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria, and the Pneumovax 23 protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria. The Prevnar 13 has been ordered for both of us by our pharmacist. With my history, I wonder if I shouldn’t have taken the Pneumovax 23 as my first shot, and followed next year with the Prevnar 13. (Now Monday a.m. and I have talked to the triage nurse who has my records; a decision is being made.) Both of us have had both shots in previous years, so the decision is which to repeat for this year.

We went from there to The Palace (long time downtown eatery) for my birthday dinner, which has to be collected during the month of September. I took a container for my leftover Cobb Salad (I always get). John received the free dinner (Country Fried Steak, with brown gravy, baked potato, with a large helping of cooked carrots). We had a decadent dessert for our appetizer! This was a great part of our meal, and only about half the cost of normal appetizers.

We left to be at Hal Holmes for the Kittitas Audubon Society meeting, got there early, and visited with a couple of others that arrived a few minutes later. The doors weren’t opened until just before the start at 7:00 p.m.

After the preliminary stuff (a dead Great Horned Owl was viewed – it will go to a museum collection on the Wet Side), we had a nice presentation by two people I know from CWU: Holly Pinkart (Biologist) & Bob Hickey (Geologist/Geographer).
Bob in blue – left; Holly in pink – right.
Speakers at table with Audubon members, Gloria & Jeb Baldi

Part One – Chasing Darwin: 10 Days in the Galapagos with a Biologist and a GeologistGalapagos giant tortoise and Vermillion flycatcher
Photo from Geeky Girl Engineer [John just found this site – will investigate later]

Part Two – 8 minutes by Holly Pinkart and Bob Hickey

Part Three – 9 minutes of questions/answers by both

Friday, Sept 21

I went (back)to The Palace for a special birthday party for a gal in a wheelchair in my SAIL exercise class.

I drove to Kittitas to a fence across from elementary school on 6th off Pierce and picked up a bag of goodies for Haley and Amy, freely given from the Buy Nothing Facebook site. On to the neighborhood pantry to donate clothes, but they were closed, so I went to ask for the key to unlock the gate, and the people were not there today. They are not associated with the food side, but a woman inside told me she would take the clothes and turn them in. I mentioned I needed to write a note on the pants to say they were not the size they are marked and she said she would take care of telling the women. She apologized for my driving all the way out there for nothing. I told her it was fine, as I had one other stop and still another to go to Gibson Produce for some fresh tomatoes, corn, and maybe something else. She said, why don’t you come through our food pantry here and take some food. I thanked her and told her I did not qualify. She said, oh no, everyone qualifies, and income has nothing to do with it. We just need your name, the number in your family, and your ID. She said I was welcome to register, and to get some tomatoes and anything else we needed that they had. I went to my car to retrieve DL# and filled out the papers. Then I signed in with the number of people in our house and our ages. John claims he is 37 and holding. I’m happy to say my age, because I still act his.

They ushered me to a backroom with a box already loaded with a few canned goods, and other non-perishable things. I was asked to take out what we would not use. So, I did. Then they offered a bunch of produce. I took the only two tomatoes that were there, a red one and a goldish one, and they put them in a plastic bag in the box. Bad idea, because the next thing put on top was a small bag of apples that smashed the red tomato. The gold one survived, and I may be able to salvage some of the red one that split into two halves. They also gave me a Jicama (with a sweet older Hispanic lady telling me about it and how to eat it). I have never had one before. They threw in a couple of potatoes.

Then they opened a freezer and offered frozen veggies. I got a bag of green beans, and then a woman asked if I would like some frozen fish. She gave me two pieces – it is salmon, quite small. I was offered melons, so I got a Cantaloupe, but not any of the watermelon, or various squash. They did not have any corn-on-the-cob. They also offered me a half dozen eggs, which I took.
They offered some other refrigerated things that I didn’t take, such as yogurt. We can donate some of the things we grow back to the food pantry. Our weather looks good for the next week or so – so we are still expecting to harvest some large Butternut Squash. Photos next week.

If I return with the box, I’m allowed to take a few things from the other shelves (including rice, grains, cereal, bread, and desserts). Today they gave me the large box and I will take it back the next time I go. They are only open on Fridays, and they do not limit the number of times a person comes for their family. I will not go every week unless I have produce to share. I know the FISH food bank in Ellensburg limits their clients to twice a month, but also requires a low family income. The noon meals served M-W-Fs that we play music for on Wednesdays, will feed anyone. One of the things on that side of the room includes desserts. Today, I was asked to take two desserts. I took a small brownie covered with a chocolate chip looking cookie with M&Ms inserted. It was enough for 2 people, but I was told to pick two, so I picked up two packages and thanked them. They also had large double layer cakes. I put the two squares in my box, and one server brought me two more to carry away, so I thanked her, brought them home and froze them. Seems there is not a lack of food in the USA, although access to it may be limited by geography and transportation.

They keep track of their food gifts by weight. I know my box was huge and heavy to start with, and weighed more with food than I wanted to pick up, but they offered to take it to my car, and I ended up with 31 pounds!!

I went on to Gibson’s produce for tomatoes and corn-on-the-cob.
The tomatoes were from Yakima and relatively expensive so I walked around to see what they had at the fruit stand. On the back side was a special bunch of slightly bruised or damaged fruit, in some small way. It was $2.99 for as much as you could stuff into a bag. I filled my bag with a red pepper, several large red Beefsteak tomatoes, 3 large Roma ones, and 4 peaches. I got 6 ears of Yakima yellow corn @ 3/$1.00. The corn was as nice as we have seen.

Saturday, Sept 22

Sunday is a bridge construction work day in eastern WA. John is going to take the Ford truck tomorrow to cart the power brusher home from the Spokane area WTA crew.  It is a very bad idea to carry gasoline & gas powered tools in a regular (closed) vehicle. He came in late for lunch but had moved the old washer (going to the transfer station) out of the back of the truck, to allow the canopy to be moved back on. A friend lives at Newman Lake, 15 miles north of Liberty Lake. Bob has handled to care and feeding of the Stihl brusher over the summer when not being used by the local WTA crew. The bridge project, over 6 days, will see 2 very large trees cut, peeled, and placed on supports. This will replace an older structure that is about ready to fall into the creek. I (John) can ride with Bill Weir one of the days, he will work 4 of the 6 dates. Otherwise, John is planning on just Sun/Tues/Thurs.

We got 3 pounds of blackberries off the bushes today – second time, with more coming. The next batch of berries will be smaller than those already picked.
Our Fall colors above and below.
I rinsed and drained them, and he packaged into two separate bags to freeze. A Carpathian walnut ready to drop. John’s been collecting them.

I washed dishes. We had dinner. Chili, tomatoes, pear, corn-on-the-cob, and skipped dessert.

He went to bed early because of getting up at 3:30 a.m.

Sunday, Sept 23

John was off at 4:00 a.m. Prior to meeting the other WTA volunteers, he wants to cross into Idaho, an extra 5 miles and get gas at 30¢ less per gallon. He expects to need about 17 gallons and then the tank will be full for the return. He was the 3rd of 20 to show at the trailhead – so had lots of time to visit.
I slept in. Morning bran with half a fresh peach & half a banana.

Sunny, windy, & cool today.

I spent a long time working on emails and now off to do the rest of the chores for today. It’s all taking longer than planned. Had a call from Sonja M, neighbor way down the road. I need to send her pictures of the hen & Chicks “bloom” (the dying mother hen).

Taking time out to go open the gate so a woman can drive in to pick up 2 pots of Jade plant starts. It was good exercise for me, and allowed Annie to get in a small run. It was very cold out, and I about froze in the wind without a wool hat, walking up the drive and later visiting with her. She came for the Jade plant starts, but only took two of them and 3 of the other, Hen and Chicks. The right photo shows the two pots she took, and the half pot above, a much larger 12” pot, she also took. She will return my pots after planting. She also wanted to take time to visit with our horses.Jade plants and Hen and Chicks.

John called about 5 to say he was buying a meal at Carl’s Jr’s at Ritzville – 2 ½ hours away. He was a few minutes off, but there was still a bit of light sky when he went to feed the horses. He had set up an arrangement for me to feed if he couldn’t get back in time, and I was ready, but he said on the phone, not to because he would return in time.

It’s now Monday, and we are going to eat and drive to the Yakima Heart Center for a device check for me and a discussion with my cardiologist. Home, and I turn around and head back to town for a dinner party John cannot attend because of chores here and needing to get in bed early to leave in the morning again at 4:00 a.m. for Liberty Lake. Now publishing on the way out the door.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News July 6th

This week’s not so nasty news
This will be short. I did trail work today and will go back Saturday.

Item #1: Did they collect a toll?

The Dog

Dog found safe after running across SR 520 bridge in rush hour
The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, also known as the 520 Bridge and officially the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge.
It is a toll bridge.

Item #2: It was probably tough

The Lobster

Besides, who has a pot big enough?

Item #3: Kaash & Arka

Snow Leopards arrive, need names.

Part 1

Scroll down and click on video.

Part 2

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

Full & Windy

Another full week with windy days

Synopsis, Sunday, June 10, Geology Zentner Field Trip
Rocks and sage in Central Washington, and more . . . Stop 1 Saddle Mtns. North Steep Slope (Left) – Sentinel Gap (Right) where the Columbia River flows

(Click on links below each video’s title)

Video: Stop 1 Nick Zentner’s Ringold Formation Field Trip
Nick says

At #2, Smyrna Bench – Then at #3, hillside walk & invasive pea*

*Swainsonpea peaweed, Sphaerophysa salsula ; introduced here, apparently, from Australia

Video: Stop 2 Smyrna Bench, North-facing slope Saddle Mountain
Nick continues

Video: Stop 2, Seeing fossils from Dave Green’s collection
Fossil introduction at second stop

Video: David Green again at Stop 2
Fossils from long ago when this was like an African plain

Video: Stop 3 Lower Crab Creek Rd, at Scallop, Saddle Mountain
Nick again Bend Columbia R. Bluffs – Columns Ringold Formation Landslide Deposits

Video: Stop 4 White Bluffs Overlook
Nick at the last stop

I have a few others from my other camera to add when I get them processed, Angela Bennett took it down the hill when the battery went out on my one I had been using. For now, I’m stopping with the two on fossils, back at Stop 2. There is more fossil discussion to come later at Stop 4 with David Green, when I process those other videos.

And, as well, a good selection of stills from 3 cameras has to be organized by stop and uploaded. My computer crash has seriously altered the time for completing projects.

Monday, Jun 11

Sent music plans for count and attendance of KV F&F to two events this week. It’s going to be a wild week with summer traveling entering the picture.

I went in for my SAIL exercise class and worked the rest of the day on organization of my “new” computer.

Tuesday, Jun 12

I had my haircut at Celia’s around the long rural block at 12:30 p.m., but dance class was canceled with our teacher on a field trip class to Yellowstone National Park.

John went to town for his own blood draw, to check numbers at Bi-Mart, to Super 1, and to get gasoline in his truck for the weekend WTA trip. Unfortunately, the next day JR’s lowered their price to $3.25/gal. I filled mine up at the lower price.

I worked on transcribing videos and with reorganization on my Dell laptop. I spent a bunch of time tonight making space on this C drive and getting it ready to deliver Friday at 11:00 to Craig via Monica, so he can reinstate some software on my laptop, using my CWU affiliation. Originally, we were set up for tomorrow, but too much is happening on both our calendars.

Wednesday, Jun 13

Emerita meeting at Hearthstone, 9:00 to 10:30. We had a nice meeting with a good turnout, catching up on many stories of interest to everyone. Dee Eberhart (age 94 ?) was delivered by son Urban and picked up by daughter Cory. Both added to our discussions.

John and I drove separate cars. I had to leave for the Food Bank with music from Thursday’s group, because our regular leader was not available. First, however, from there I went by the hospital for a blood draw, for my INR. Then I went to SAIL exercise class, and on home.

Thurs, Jun 14 . . . . . Happy Flag Day !

John left for White Heron to bottle Roussanne, and carried along some of his candied Carpathian walnuts for the visiting afterwards. There is usually a bottle with crinkled label or otherwise something to be tasted.

I downloaded Adobe Acrobat reader software. My next major software replacement lost is the music preparation one I need for our use in providing music around Ellensburg. That is now been started, but it’s yet to be installed. I must have it ready before the month of July, when all our playlist offerings change.

Called in for music at Meadows: 11 people, with 9 chairs needed.

Last night I sent another request to Dell and Deepa in India about eliminating the charge. I had not heard back from the request 6 days ago. She responded today that they are processing my refund. Phew, what a nice relief. $129 loss would have been hard to take for nothing fixed. As it was, I only lost the 2 hours of frustration watching her try to fix the administrative rights on my account. I was no longer able to install and uninstall software, so the machine to be “fixed” had to totally be reset to what it was when new (including backup of all files).

Friday, Jun 15

John left at 5:30 a.m. for the WTA work party, Dorothy Lake (Stevens Pass road).
These images from the WTA trip arrived on Sunday, with John in them, and I’ll let him explain what we are seeing. When built, log steps have a topping (tread) of sandy material mounded so water runs off. A decade later that topping is gone and rocks poke through, and the boxes fill with water when it rains. The drains along the edge begin to fill and sometimes a culvert underneath clogs. These photos show before, during, and after maintenance.

Above right, John and Cornelia take a quick break to smile for the camera.

Above right, shows a cleaned out drain, mostly the work of the Green Hat named Drew, seen in the left photo. There were two other groups of 3 or 4 folks doing other things, but we are not showing those.

I dropped off the laptop with passwords to Craig, via Geography and Monica at 10:35 a.m., and Craig came over to meet me while I was still there. We exchanged comments about what he needed that I had written down and packed with the computer. I also packed my external drive in case he needed it for any reason and my power cord. It had a full battery and it usually lasts for 5-6 hours.

I went to the Adult Activity Center (AAC) for a Fathers’ Day Celebration lunch with antique cars & trucks from the 30s for viewing before and afterwards in the parking lot.

I filmed this after lunch.
Video: A trip around the 1934 REO Victoria Royale 1934. Read the description on the description of the video, which is co-owned by sisters, Victoria Perkis & Sharon Frazzini (wife of John D. Frazzini, who died in 2000). They were well known by members off the Ellensburg community, because of their business, Frazzini’s Pizza across the street from my initial office in Lind Hall on CWU campus.

Your grandfather’s cars- this one of a kind!

If you look at the link above, you will see my sweet memories this showing evoked of my dad’s ’35 Ford I grew up with and drove from 1959 until the 1970s.

Here’s that part of the description:
This was particularly nostalgic to me and in honor of Father’s Day because my father had a ’34 Chevrolet he restored for my grandmother, and he raised me driving a ’35 Ford, showing me all the mechanics of it, teaching me how to drive it, and I was only 14 when he died. It was fixed up for me by my father’s friend, and I drove it from when I was 16 (1959) till the 1970s when we drove it to Idaho. In 1966, John and I drove it from Cincinnati to Toronto, Canada to a Geography conference, and stayed with old friends of my parents. In 1969, we drove it on our honeymoon to Stone Mountain, GA, and we drove it to Iowa. My dad had replaced the original engine with a Mercury, it had a greyhound bus horn, a white-sided continental tire on the tear-dropped rear, with the trunk behind the backseat, which pulled forward. Its battery was under the driver’s side door, and he added turning lights and seat belts so we could drive legally.
I was an only child and we used to travel to south GA to the beach with my mom and to visit my grandmother and relatives in Savannah, GA and the old home place, Guyton, GA. My old car had over 400,000 miles on it. It had mechanical brakes that worked (Dad replaced them with Bender brakes). However, it was a challenge in the Pennsylvania hills, especially the “Emlenton Grade” (16 miles west of Clarion), when I drove it with John to meet his family. It had a heater my dad added and a stick shift on the floor. Sweet memories.

Here’s another short Video of the most unusual car, 1934 REO Victoria Royale with an Interview by Patti, Grandmother of Jessi Broderius (AmeriCorps staff AAC), talking with one of one of the car owners, Victoria Perkis.

Jessi’s grandmother asks about REO Victoria Royale, only 2 made in 1934

Here is a link to all 69 still photos I made at the AAC_Father’s Day Car Show (and lunch) today inside and outside at the senior center in Ellensburg, WA.

Photos of the AAC Father’s Day Car Show with Friday Event

After picking up my computer laptop from school, it is working well again, so that I can use the software to create my part of the blog. The newest version 2016 gave me a steep learning curve from the old 2007 version I previously had for several years.

From there I went back home through Kittitas to visit the Kittitas Neighborhood Pantry to see if they had any jeans I could get (free clothing for the community & food bank) for taking to the work crew tomorrow that John is joining as Assistant Crew Leader. Last week someone showed up in shorts, which is not allowed for safety reasons. He would have been sent home, if there was none available extra in someone’s rig. After explaining the need and use, I received 6 pairs of different sizes for John to take to the crew leader LeeAnne. We learned the next day, that she had to loan out two pair because two people from the group showed up in shorts.

Saturday, Jun 16

John left in our Ford truck at 6:15 for Dingford Creek WTA work party up a poor 8-mile gravel and channeled road to the trail site. He will carpool a couple of people in his high clearance 4WD vehicle. We were scheduled to only have 3 instruments and a voice at Briarwood music today, but my late night plea brought in 4 more to join us. I’m so grateful. We had a great audience and good time. Eight folks played – Gerald, Charlie, Nancy, Dean, Rita, Tim, Roberta, and Evie.

They fed us a nice meal after we played music. We had homemade Swiss meatballs and little link sausages in a BBQ sauce. 3 or 4 different salads, and several desserts, plus orange juice.

I met a fellow there who brought me some Jeans which I tried on, and took 3 pairs, two pants and the other a denim Bermuda shorts item. They belonged to his wife who has heart problems worse than mine – I was supposed to meet her in town at the AAC yesterday, but she was too tired to come.

Sunday, Jun 17

We slept in and then John spent a bunch of time cutting a large Cottonwood tree that fell across our neighbor’s electric fence and allowed cattle to roam. He cut many pieces such that they can be moved out of the way, and the fence put back. The last cut was through the 40 inch trunk about 15 feet from the roots that has tipped out of the ground.

After some downtime, he took a flat tire off the Crosstrek and put on the temporary spare. The flat does have a piece of something metal through the tread, but all the tires (original equipment 35,000 miles ago) are likely to get replaced with something better.

I continued working on processing pictures and videos from the past week.

The June solstice of 2018 will happen on Thursday, June 21, at 3:06:38 a.m. on the Naneum Fan, or 6:07 a.m. ET. In a few weeks our daylight hours will begin to noticeably shorten and the onions, waiting for this trigger, will “bulb.”

In the USA – time to celebrate summer

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Seems we are in EBRG too often

Sunday, Apr 1

We published last week’s blog tonight at 10:31 p.m.
We already covered stuff in the blog about our Easter Sunday.

I heard late about the closure of I-90 Snoqualmie Pass road because of amounts of snowfall dumped in winter storm, closed in both directions all night from Ellensburg to North Bend.
Bad accidents and one fatal.

Monday, Apr 2

We awoke to a snow covered ground day after Easter, but John checked the weather at the vineyard and left for pruning. The wind continues to blow.

I worked on a problem with March/April music, Beautiful Dreamer, and sent it off to members of our music group for Thursday’s playing of the KV F&F at Rehab, needing a count for chairs. I added an announcement about a performance this Saturday in Ellensburg for dancing and music. See the story below on Saturday this week.

Fixed myself a brunch of eggs, ham, toast, zucchini nut bread, and shared leftovers with Annie.

I went to SAIL exercise and at 2:30 by Seth Motors to pick up John from leaving the F-350 for a complicated 60,000 mile fix-up. It is not at that mileage yet, but some vehicles has a tendency to blow spark plugs and cause major damage. Time-wise it was ready for regular service.

Tuesday, Apr 3

John left for pruning at the Mariposa Vineyard, after 7:45.

I called Chad at Seth’s about estimated pick up time of the truck. We hatched a plan.

I had a huge bowl of two bran cereals for breakfast with a lot of peaches. Later I finished with sliced oranges and zucchini-pecan-pineapple bread.

John called and I waited for him to get to a stopping place off the state highway from Quincy to George, so I could give him a phone number at Seth Motors to check on when the truck would be ready for pickup.

I took off for Swing Dancing class at the AAC late but got there in time to sign in and visit with a few folks before the class started.

April 3, ’18 Swing Dancing’s Last Dance

This was the only video of the day. I spent the first part of the class dancing with Evelyn Heflen. We should have demoed our technique in the middle of the circle for the SAIL class the next day, although my muscles were still aching from the workout the day before.

John drove back to Ellensburg, did some other chores in town, before he went to get the truck to drive home. He left his car there so we could get it this afternoon when we drove the truck back to the Washington Tractor dealer to leave our riding lawnmower for maintenance and to pick up our new tiller. John has hauled silt, sand, and horse manure from our place into this older (sunken) garden plot. Then last year we got bags of leaves from a lady, and wood shavings from a stump removal at another place. It needs some high Nitrogen fertilizer and several tillings to make a garden of it. This year will be big Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Butternut Squash. That’s half the space. The rest is in “continuation mode” and all the material is beyond just a shovel and rake. Thus the tiller. See it below.

Here’s John with his Sales Rep, Janie, watching the tiller be loaded into the truck. It had to be tied in place and all we had was an old dog lead. Janie and John

Our trip went well, but we didn’t get home until after 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr 4

John left for pruning.

I called the staff at Cle Elum to complain about my refill requested from my pharmacy and request checking on the one for John’s that was supposed to have been ordered from Super 1 several days ago. Neither for John were in their system. An urgent refill on both is supposedly is on its way. Later, I checked at the doctor’s and it had been sent down. The pharmacy have the medicines on hand. Nice thing is that if the pills are about to run out, and a refill is required, the pharmacy will give you some to tide you over until it is filled. We didn’t have to test that case. When you are 15 miles away, planning ahead is a better idea.

I also learned that my Atorvastatin prescription had been rewritten for 90 tablets and sent in to Costco Pharmacy. Although I told them that it had to be written for 90 tablets, they sent it through as only 30 on 3-23-18, and I didn’t know until we were 50 miles away that all I could get was 30. I lost $6 on that deal, and obviously, I was not happy. NOW, it should be fixed for my next trip down to Union Gap, WA; however, I will check before I pay.

I went to Food Bank music, taking empty containers for food to bring back for my neighbors any leftovers from the excess food there (donated by the Ellensburg Pasta Co). There was enough for 3+ meals sent back with me, and I delivered it on my way home.

From there I went to SAIL exercise class and sadly, met the daughter of a fellow SAIL class member I have known since 2010, with the very sad news that she is nearing death. Several of us had visited her in the Rehab, where she remembered us and was happy to see us, and planning to be back. She had left there yesterday for home and hospice care. Her daughter was bringing a thank you card to the Senior Center class for all our kind thoughts and prayers, recognized me in the parking lot, and gave me the card for delivery. Her mom had stage 4 Cancer and only a short time to live. Mickey passed the next morning.

I sent Lise McGowan the video of Nick from his museum lecture I took, and I called Sadie at the Kittitas County Historical Museum, to see if I can get the one they taped put on a flash drive, or if they will put it on their museum page, which outsiders could get to. The answer is that it was a live broadcast during the talk, seen on Facebook, and they have no way of giving me the original.
I will give you the link below but it has some problems. The advantage is it is stationary and in the middle of the room in front of the screen. I was sitting behind, having to deal with the windows of the building, and the camera in the way. But, my video, while jumpy at times, follows Nick around the room and zoomed in on many of the slides. You already have that link to mine from last week’s blog on Thursday. Personally, I think it is the better video of the evening.

If, however, you wish to view the stationary one, via Facebook, you will need an account. Suggestion is to jump ahead to around the 7:15 p.m. mark because the museum started the video early and cannot edit out that section.

Facebook Link to Nick Zentner’s talk at the KC Historical Museum last week

Thursday, Apr 5

Morning I spent a lot of time on the phone about bills, and some time on music changes to hand out today. John spent a lot of time outside in the mist with Annie, and then came in and fixed a nice brunch (ham, cheese, mushroom omelet; orange slices; and toast).

John did not go pruning, so he was able to come along and help me get to music at the Rehab, for a huge turnout of players and audience. We started playing 15 minutes early and ended a few minutes after 3:00. Long hard day, and I was happy I had taken a pain pill to get me through. John made a trip to Super 1 picking up needed groceries on a special Thursday (mostly produce) sale, and he was able to get his prescriptions I managed to honcho yesterday.

I drove us to campus because my car has the CWU Emeritus Parking permit. We visited a lot with friends and enjoyed the talk very much. We got our normal front row seat so I could videotape the proceedings. There was a planetarium visit afterwards, but we skipped that.

Here is the program we enjoyed very much.

Intro to IAF future events, & tonight’s speaker, Andrew Fountain, Portland State University Geologist, 4-5-18

Andrew Fountain Ice Dam Failure of Glacial Lake Missoula, 4-5-18, IAF

Check out Andrew’s fantastic web site:

Questions & Answers 4-5-18 IAF Mtg CWU

Friday, Apr 6

John stayed home from pruning because Cameron will be in Seattle at Pike St Market working on plumbing in their new shared place with a couple other businesses.

I took my Nikon camera to attend the AAC’s first Friday of the month event, Spring Fling. Menu: Open face turkey sandwiches, gravy, mashed potatoes, gravy, and mixed veggies. I thought of taking a small salad in case the veggies weren’t appropriate for my need not to have stuff high in Vitamin K. I should have taken it and didn’t. The veggies were mostly green peas and broccoli. So I skipped them and gave them to my neighbor. Here is a link to the photos I took and put on Google photos so those without Facebook accounts could access them:

Spring Fling at the AAC

I took my lab orders for Dr. Lisa Stone (Endocrinologist in Wenatchee) and had those drawn between my lunch and SAIL. I found out the hospital is no longer charging for medical record printouts. I wish I had known that before paying $10 last year for some.
I returned to the AAC for SAIL exercise. Then home by way of Grocery Outlet for ice cream.

Saturday, Apr 7

You all have heard our stories about John pruning wine grapevines every spring for many weeks at Mariposa vineyard west of Quincy, WA on a hill overlooking the Columbia River, where the river makes a 90° turn south at West Bar & Crescent Bar.

We have known the owners Cameron & Phyllis Fries since 1998, where they started their winery in George, WA. Before we started taking field trips to the winery and paring it with food in their amphitheater, Cameron came to our classroom to share his information and provided a wine tasting in the classroom in Ellensburg. We were teaching a summer class, “Wine: A Geographical Appreciation,” at Central WA University. Part of our content was the wine production itself, in conjunction with all the cultural, regional, economic, agricultural, biological, regional, and physical geographic factors involved in the process world-wide. We combined lectures, videos, and local field trips to vineyards and wineries in the Columbia and Yakima River valleys. We taught the class for 10 years, until I was sick in 2009, and we had to cancel the Summer ’09 offering of the class. You have heard follow-up stories of our personal visits to events at the winery and of the field trips with two vans of students.

I want to share White Heron Cellar’s story of a “new” tasting room and distribution center in Seattle at Pike’s Place Market. They are located on the 5th floor. The photos below show part of the story, and the space is shared with two others: a meat market from Cle Elum and a chocolate company from Seattle. Two night photos and a sunny day from the 5th floor, Northwest Tastings

Pike’s Place Market Vendor

On this link above, look under Specialty Foods, and then Wine for Northwest Tastings to see other photos of the tasting room, and a description, which I revised to date: “We are a collaboration space between White Heron Cellars, Soulever Chocolates, Glondo’s Sausage Co., and soon local cheese mongers. Offering wines by the glass and bottle, dairy free and vegan truffles, and cured meats.  Glondo’s is now offering charcuterie boards. Stop by and enjoy the warm atmosphere and the great view!

Websites for those there now are:
White Heron Cellars
Glondo’s Sausage Company
Soulever Chocolates

It had rained all night, and much of the morning, but finally the sun came out, and John and Annie got to do some work before the rain started (sprinkling) again. John’s out for one last time, and then we will grab a bite to eat before driving to town for a performance we both want to experience.
Marte (caller) Sono, Vivian, and Jay

It’s an evening at Hal Holmes with Vivian Williams and her band “Not4Sissies” (Vivian, fiddle; Sono Hashisaki, fiddle; Jay Finkelstein, guitar) playing for a contra dance, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Our friend Marte Fallshore is the caller, and her husband, Dale Brubaker, we have known for a long time. Marte is a musician as well (Bass Fiddle) and Dale (Fiddler). We attended from 7:15 to 8:45. John and I visited with friends we knew there, watched the dancing, and listened to the music. With severe arthritis in my left shoulder, there is no way I can do the moves necessary with some of the steps, because I cannot raise my left arm up to my side, or over my shoulder in any direction. I took videos while we were there for your viewing pleasure. Several friends were there dancing, and I have their emails, so I will send them the coverage.

Contra Dance, First Circle Lesson with Additional Steps

2nd lesson with a few additional steps

3rd lesson with a couple more steps

The First Dance with Music

Intro Lesson to Second Dance

The Second Dance with Music

Last Short Lesson with Star & Dosido

The Third Dance with Music

Sunday, Apr 8

Morning start with outside feeding chores (all the cats checked in early for attention and vittles), and they arrived last night when we returned in the dark, from our trip to town. After feeding the horses, John has other required outside projects he has created for himself with his gardening efforts. Annie is his helper, but now back in the house with me, lying at my feet. She gets bored if not out moving around the pasture and yard; as well, it is chilly this morning, cloudy, and is expected to be windy. Rain may happen somewhere in the county, but John hopes not here.

I’m alternating clean-up work and transcribing videos from last night. I have some other chores to tackle today, after finishing the blog draft.

John will be back in for a brunch, late morning. I hope the sun peeks in on the proceedings. My hopes were answered.

We are not scheduled away from home today.
Tried out the tiller – Second Try Tilling Naneum Garden before Stalling

We found we had a stalling problem after a short while tilling.

John thinks he has found the reason.  He was raking the hay where the tiller was parked and found a bolt (new), like others on the tiller. He did not find the nut, but came in to check the user’s manual again. He’s going back to take a photograph. We thought of all sorts of maybes, but we may be on the trail of the cause. John took a picture of the hole that goes through the drive-train. The bolt fell out in the shed, so maybe the nut was never put on. We do not think damage was done, but don’t know. He’s writing a documentary to send to WA Tractor via email, because by the time they arrive tomorrow morning, he will be on his way to pruning vines.
More next week.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

This Week’s Not So Nasty News {TW’NSNN}

. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

Item #1: A Drunk at a Cash’s Liquor store

Many years ago, nephew Rod was stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola near the western end of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Thus, this location caught my attention.
The town of Fort Walton Beach is along that stretch and is home to 3 Cash Moore Liquor Stores. Another resident of the Emerald Coast is the Virginia Opossum. Opossums are skilled climbers.
Awesome the Possum got into the rafters of a Cash Liquor store and came down onto a shelf holding bottles of bourbon. Oops!
With a broken bottle on the floor and a thirsty Possum, and nothing better to do – Awesome got snockered. In the morning the police were called to take the tipsy marsupial into custody. She was taken to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, sobered up, and released.

Item #2: Detroit’s Silverdome

This is funny, except to the on-site folks that expected something different. A second day of explosions finally got the Pontiac Silverdome to collapse. Embarrassing, might be the word.

Item #3: The Sense of Smell

Hultquists and Brittanys go back a few years. In about 1959, give or take a year, John’s oldest brother Ken bought a liver&white Britt. Shortly after that, John saw his first “point.” The bird was an American Woodcock (some call it a Timberdoodle). These have a long bill, and are related to the Common Snipe. The eggs are buff-colored and mottled with brown. Very pretty.
But I digress.
Elephants and Silkmoths can detect certain things miles away but neither are useful when it comes time to putting the nose to use for the benefit of humans that are smell challenged.Our doggy friends have an ability to discriminate among smells. At Auburn University there is a Canine Performance Sciences center. (Yes, that’s the place with a football team.)
See: Dogs & Explosives
An Auburn trained dog has followed the path of an individual across the campus a day after the person passed, after thousands of people had crisscrossed the area.
The ability of dogs to discriminate among smells and be trained to alert handlers to some situations (drugs, explosives, people — alive or dead) makes them the go-to-choice when a nose is needed.
Why then does the USA mostly rely on imported dogs for these activities? There are several reasons – and we and our many friends in the Brittany world understand.
Read about this National Security issue here:
America needs more bomb-sniffing dogs

Item #4: Alcohol And Throwing Axes

I have several axes. We used to go to garage/farm sales. Such is the source of my small collection. The shape of the handles and the head vary. The photo below shows double bit axes. Some of these have one bit sharpened and honed as a felling edge and the other was ground to be slightly more blunt for use on knots and other difficult grain. Often called “cruiser” axes, the single tool serves multiple purposes. When designed for throwing, the two edges are similarly shaped, as these appear to be, and the handles will be straight. A reporter named David Hookstead writes – – –
I’m actually kind of an expert on this issue because I know a lot about weapons and I know a lot about beer. Generally speaking, combining the two isn’t exactly a genius idea.

He explains the activity at Axes and Ales

More than you want to know about axes

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

Update/Monday: Ides of October – Oh Joy

It has been said: No news is good news.
Thus, there is, in fact, nothing new.
With that, I’m about to go to sleep — 10ish.
Saw this today: Be alert. The world needs more lerts.
Leaving the room now.

Nancy appears to be coming out of the diseasedness that has been disturbing her for the past month.Also, this was a marvelous fall day.
What’s not to like.

She is still working on her weekly update. It is 8:39 here on the Naneun Fan.

More on Monday.


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We are late.
Nancy still has a nasty cold (?)

And speaking of cold, The Naneum Fan is expecting its first frost this week. Maybe even by Monday, early.
We’ll get her activities and thoughts out sometime Monday.

fall is here

Nancy picked up a bug (apparently) at one of the recent outings and has felt ill since
Friday. Same with the inside/outside cat. He’s not talking. Nancy coughs when she does.
Maybe we’ll know more on Monday.
Until then, we are carrying on.
Will work on weekly blog in the morning.

Late again

Forest fires are the topic of this story:

Forest fires near us

The Jolly Mountain area is 30 miles to the northwest.
Norse Peak (45 mi.) is the name of the fire about 40 miles west of us.
Some days the wind brings smoke from both our way. Other days from one or the other or neither.
The Jolly Mountain area looks like this:Jolly is left of center.
Note much of the area is covered by bare rock and short grass/forbs. So the acres burned is a notion of some speculation.



Okay, so this is just a photo of a waterfall just east of White Pass. White Pass, a ski area, has a cell tower — one of the few in the local mountains.
The spot is about an hour from the parking area at Sunrise, Mt. Rainier National Park.
I (John) stopped to stretch my legs, call Nancy, and took a picture.
Somewhere, in a box covered with dust, we have a similar photo from the early 1990s — on a colored slide.
That film had to be sent away to get processed and cost who knows what.
Now, take the picture and it can go instantly around the world.
Ain’t technology wonderful?Clear Creak Falls — White Pass, WA

Here is a link to more info and photos: Clear Creek Falls

Nancy’s update will appear on Monday.

Nancy & John
Still on the Naneum Fan