Computer issue

Sunday morning 8:37 Pacific Time

Our internet connection quit on Friday evening.
John turned it off and on, off and on, off and on ….
Saturday night he turned it off.
This morning, when he turned it on — it worked.
Why? Maybe overheating? No clue.
If it continues to work we may get a weekly blog posted.
Or not.

Cheers.

Blood Pressure and

other normal activities

Monday, Jan 16

For Jan 15 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI= 2.00. Events: 1 CSR, 11 H, 1 OA, 16 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 0 min with (max = 18 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 93.3%. Pulse avg. 56.7, low 48. Actually a good night; several this week.

Started out with spitting snow, and low temperature, 16 (lower) at the airport, but now the sun is out and the snow stopped.

I worked more on phone number retrieval from my old cell phone, because tomorrow the new SIM card should arrive.

John made Crockpot Chocolate Candy yesterday. I put some together to take to Outpatient Services workers where John was Dec 1, and I had been for many weeks daily for IVs in 2009 and twice in 2010 to kill the bacteria in my blood.

We received a suspected fraud call from AMEX. Someone used John’s Simply Cash card on line, first to check with a $1.00 charge (to Survivor International), followed by a $29.99 purchase from Target. I’m not sure how he was supposed to receive it, perhaps pick up at a store? We had not left home or ordered anything on the card, have never used it at Target, and whatever – somehow the AMEX alert system caught this and, so they did not approve the purchase. We got a call but missed part of the message and called back. We talked some and they voided the card, and are sending John a new card with a different number. Mine was not affected. In fact, we have only 3 automatic pays on that card each month, such as insurance and cell phone, and have not used it for any purchase since last July, and never in Target. Good work on their part –

I’ll end today with a photo from Celia Winingham of a herd of Elk that have frequented her yard and a neighbor saw them across the street from her house. She took this photo looking east from Wilson Creek road, south of Thomas road; just over a mile from us as the Eagle flies. Photo by Celia Winingham

Tuesday, Jan 17

For Jan 16 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI= 1.38. Events: 2 CSR, 1 CA, 1 OB, 2 PP, 8 H, 17 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 15 min with (max = 12 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 68 spurious at start, actual low, 90, on the graphic chart, 0 events <88% with avg., 92.8%. Pulse avg. 55.9, low 50.

We’ll start today with a lovely sunrise taken by our geographer friends, Michelle & Bruce Seivertson from Eureka, CA. This is about 225 miles up the coast from San Jose. The Samoa Peninsula, a sandy place to play, is between the Pacific Ocean and Eureka. Photo by Bruce Seivertson

A morning telephone call from my Jazzercise teacher cancelled our class today because she sprained her ankle Sunday. Just as well I did not have to squeeze that into my otherwise extremely busy day of activities.

I went to the dentist for impressions for crowns to go over my two implants. I took my Amoxicillin at 11:30 just in case there was any chance of gums bleeding (as there was). The dentist had to remove the cover over the abutment with a screwdriver type wrench, put a higher one on that was taller than my teeth so I could not bite down. I imagine they needed to use that to capture the impression for the crown that will fit over the abutment of the implant. See the diagram below the X-ray of my implants today, showing the higher top holder.Left was the first taken but they needed to see the relationship to the adjacent tooth, so they retook the one on the right, and it didn’t matter that the pins are blurred. You can also see in these photos that the size of the screws differ because of the smaller size of my mouth. I’m pleased they emailed the images taken during my appointment.

I should have had all this work done on Monday, because the three people who worked on my mouth today, all have names beginning with the letter, M. Mandy was the first assistant with the first impressions taken. Then Molly entered to take some X-rays and help with the further impressions and manipulations done by my dentist, Margi. Dr. Margi Sullivan did the first removal of the cap over the abutment, and then installed the higher edged ones.

Here are some diagrams from the web to ponder:After insurance pays half, I will owe a total for the two, $1,614. At my next appointment, 2/6, I will pay the remaining 1K. Last year you were exposed to the cost for the two implants – a lot more costly than the crowns. It will be extremely nice not to have to only be able to chew on the right side of my mouth.

Finally, the last collage of photos planning for the color of the enamel on the composite for my crowns.On the right bottom of the left photo, you can see the cover of the abutment on the front implant.

I took candy to a crew in the hospital, walked in the Outpatient Services door to the front desk, and the receptionist said, “It’s Fancy Nancy!” She always called me that because of a book her little girl has. She was thrilled with the package. To be sure they got a piece of candy of thanks for their service, I mentioned as many of the names as I could remember who helped me in the past, and John recently for his surgery. She wrote names on top of the note, which ironically, I had signed with “Fancy” Nancy and John for the thank you.

I went by Super 1 for meds but they weren’t there yet. I was told to come tomorrow. It almost was a problem, as you will see.

On my way home, I stopped at Bi-Mart with my wrist-cuff Smart Heart BP monitor. I had called and asked for a brand other than that so I could buy a different one that got better ratings. As mentioned earlier, mine had been giving inconsistent readings, even after changing the batteries. They had an OMRON, series 3, which we looked up on line and found good reviews for. I carried my couple year old (past the warranty) with me in the box and told the manager it was no longer working and I thought they maybe should not carry that brand. It was on sale now for $19.95. The Omron was $39.99. I had it in my basket, but had not paid for it yet. The manager told me he would refund my money at the sale rate. I told him I did not expect that, but he said he would, and told me he recommended a cuff over a wrist one, and that he also has to take his BP daily. I thanked him and told him I realized they were more accurate, but that Omron cuff has good reviews, and I simply cannot handle the upper-arm cuff more than once or twice a year. We do use one on John and then check the wrist-cuff against that. With my return allowed, my new purchase was just over $21. I have been pleased with Bi-Mart’s return policy. If it is within a year and you keep your receipt you can get a full refund. Costco has a similar refund policy without a deadline. That’s how we got our current cuff, when another we’d had for 5 years stopped inflating. They GAVE us a completely new one.

Wednesday, Jan 18

For Jan 17 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI= 0.15. Events: 1 H, 12 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 44 min with (max = 12 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 86 spurious at restart oximeter found off finger, actual low, 88, on the graphic chart, 0 events <88% with avg., 92.3%. Pulse avg. 59.2, low 51.

The weather turned nasty and shut down the pass for 2 days. There were accidents, trees, rocks, and snow. Ice and snow caused multiple trees to lean or fall. The DOT crews were not up to that so a commercial firm was contracted for the really dangerous stunts.

Snoqualmie Pass Closed:
CONDITIONS:
Compact snow and ice on the roadway. I-90 is closed in both directions. East bound is closed at MP 34, near North Bend, due to falling trees and rocks, between MP 43 and MP 44. West Bound is closed at MP 106, near Ellensburg, MP 84 near Cle Elum and MP 70, near Easton. This is due to numerous snow slides by MP 50. Both directions will remain closed until DOT can assess the situations during daylight hours on Wednesday morning, January 18, 2017

Now back to my meds problem. With the Pass closed, I wrote an email to YHC and called my pharmacy because my meds probably won’t make it to the pharmacy today here, and I will run out after tonight’s pill. I was prepared to drive to Yakima for another sample of a week’s supply as they gave me Jan 10. After a 1.5 hour search by my pharmacy about their courier delivery person, they found it will be at my pharmacy today. I am waiting for a phone call, hoping to here they arrived before leaving for town.

Another pass report: 10:03 a.m. I-90 Snoqualmie Pass remains closed in both directions from mp 34 near North Bend to mp 106 near Ellensburg. Crews have assessed conditions and determined that the pass will not open today or tonight. Conditions are such that it is not safe in some areas for crews to do the work necessary to open the roadway. Crews are continuing to monitor conditions. Alternate routes are US-2 Stevens Pass and US-12 White Pass.

WEATHER:
Snow and freezing rain

We got a phone call from the pharmacy at 1:45 and went to town to pick up my Entresto meds. The courier brought them from Spokane. They would not have made it from Seattle, where they also purchase meds from a distribution warehouse. This was my free month’s supply from the Pharmaceutical company. I still do not know what the cost will be to me. My cardiologist’s nurse had to FAX 17 pages of information to qualify me for the medication reduction in price. I hope that my insurance will cover some of it, because Novartis (manuf.) is only covering $90/month of a several hundred $ monthly cost.

Thursday, Jan 19 National Popcorn Day

For Jan 18 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI= 0.50. Events: 1 CSR, 3 H, 13 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 58 min with (max = 16 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 74 spurious at start, actual low, 87, the only 1 event <88% with avg., 92.0%. Pulse avg. 58.9, low 48.

I called Rite Aid about the “moderate to severe” Gen Teal Gel drops, that Bi-Mart said they were out of stock and unable to get.
The Rite Aid representative checked the numbers and barcode from the box I still had, and found, sadly, they are no longer manufactured. I had John check on Amazon, and we have not been able to locate the item, anywhere. I have called to local pharmacies (still have two to do), and everyone I called is out. Downtown Pharmacy told me they were aware of its no longer being offered and had to find a replacement for their one shopper who used them. I asked her what brand they settled on. It was Refresh, which has been my second choice for awhile. The only thing I do not like is that while it comes with two larger containers (15 ml), also packaged with them are small containers which are difficult to use.
John was able to get my new SIM card loaded in my phone. Now when in town we will check and see if they can activate it. I still think it is the battery, or something wrong with the phone.

In honor of National Popcorn Day, John popped a quart or two. I enjoy popcorn, but not the little shells that get between my teeth. Then, on my last bite I got a piece on the roof of my mouth in the far back of my throat. It was nasty to get rid of.

The pass didn’t open until this afternoon between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A lot of unhappy truck drivers lost money while waiting for the WSDOT to clear the road of snow, trees, and rocks that slid onto the highway in several places. John saw a report on KOMONEWS, about a huge rock falling on Hwy 101 on the west side of our state, and showed me a photo (not very clear) of the rock covering one lane and across the centerline. Fortunately, no one was driving by at the time.

Friday, Jan 20

For Jan 19 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI= 0.64. Events: 5 H, 17 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 46 min with (max = 15 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, 0 events <88% with avg., 92.2%. Pulse avg. 64.1, low 51.

Using a CBS news feed, we watched only the inauguration and The National Anthem on a nice ACER monitor and with good speakers. John had been reading about and listening to songs by Jacky Evanco, from the Pittsburgh area. She is still in high school, and has been singing since she was 8. You can find some videos of her on the web, but here is a link to the Inauguration Day windy and wet one:
Jacky Evanco’s Star-Spangled Banner

I hope this link remains available on line. It was still there Sunday, but you have to watch an ad before it comes up.

John left for taking care of the horses, and I need to clear out the sink for filling buckets of water for him to take to the horse trough. Deer and horses are drinking from it, and the feeder pipe is still frozen. He did get the insulation needed yesterday to put with his heat tape. He has a list of 3 or 4 must-do things before next winter.

I experienced some interesting activity this afternoon with my blood pressure, and even called John in to take my BP with our cuff (I know it is more accurate, supposedly, but it hurts like heck, and I bought a new wrist unit this week to replace an old one that was giving inconsistent readings. The readings (3rd # is pulse) that alerted me were 66/44 72; 92/53 83; 86/51 85; 94/52 84, starting at 2:13 p.m. I took it again at 2:23 and it was 104/43 67. John took mine at 2:28 with the cuff and it was 103/81 71. I took it with the wrist one at 2:34 and it was 111/57 74; at 2:43, 93/51 70.

Because of the potential side effects of the new medication for my heart, I am supposed to take my BP and report if my systolic pressure (the top number of the ratio) goes below 100 (or above 140).

It has gone low at evening measurements, but today it did so in the afternoon. I have a call into the doctor’s nurse at the Yakima Heart Center (she checks with him), but no response yet.

I received the call from my Cardiologist’s nurse at 5:43 p.m.  She listened to and recorded all my BP measurements and figured that Dr. Kim would not make any drastic changes, especially as I was not feeling bad at all during the lowest measurements.  She told me he was “on call” all Saturday, so I could get to him, if needed.  Meanwhile, she called him and read him all the data.  He agreed that nothing should be done at this point, and to keep recording details as I had been.  He was not worried as long as I had no dizziness, shortness of breath, not feeling bad, and to continue, but to report in as I had done if there were other lows that occur.  He looks at overall averages and how the patient feels.  I am to continue doing my activities tomorrow as usual, and not change the dosage of the new drug I have been on now for 8 days.  She called me back at 6:03 with the messages from him.  All is well. We get the impression he really likes the reported results of this combo-med.

Saturday, Jan 21

For Jan 20 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI= 0.53. Events: 1 CSR, 4 H, 15 RERA. Time on 7 hrs 35 min with (max = 19 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 85 spurious at start, actual low, 89, on the graphic chart, 0 events <88% with avg., 92.7%. Pulse avg. 58.3, low 50.

John started early trying to divert water from our yard and overflow from our irrigation ditch which cannot get under the ice dam at the culvert under the neighbor’s driveway. Once out of the ditch, it isn’t where it should be to go under our driveway either.

As long as it doesn’t go under her garage door, all is good. John says he is learning. If we ever build a new place (not likely), there are many dos and many don’ts, such as do not have your driveway slope down to your garage door.

On my way out, I took a photo of the water (see below on the left of the composite), and I added the right on Sunday morning in the snow, which lasted most of the day and accumulated ~3″.Left photo shows the water standing around a fenced garden. I park my Forester farther to the left in a 3-sided shed. The right was taken the next morning to show my tire tracks and the closest black line across the driveway, which is the drain (with running water) that John dug through the snow, toward the downhill pasture that will drain to the low area to the south and back to the creek.

I drove to Briarwood for music today. The roads near us were covered with ice and snow for several miles toward town, then got better. We are 800 feet higher than the part of town I was headed to. We had a good group of players and a large responsive audience. Players included these instruments: a tambourine, banjo, two guitars, two fiddles, harmonica, flute and a singer, plus our audience “choir.” They had copies of the lyrics to 20 songs, and at the beginning, we did a couple of others they knew but were not in the book, before starting at 2:00 p.m. on the booklet. They sang along on You are my Sunshine and on Tennessee Waltz. Then we did a Happy Birthday song for one person, and I introduced the whole music group, for the primary reason of two new members they had not met. Also, a wife of one of the new folks, husband of another, and children of another were in the audience. I introduced them as well. Our little 3.5 yr old mascot Haley was also there with her parents and dancing occasionally.
After the music, they fed us a tasty bowl of chili with all sorts of toppings, 3 different salads (my favorite was a fruit salad with lemon Jello, marshmallows, & pineapple), thickly spread chicken-salad sandwiches in a nice roll, a choice of two desserts, and cookies, plus hot cider. Always available is iced water and coffee. I never have to eat supper afterwards.

I came home needing to put my BPs in a log journal, from the slips of paper sitting around my recliner chair during the last couple of weeks. John’s is neatly recorded in his own logbook, and I have one for me (starting in Jan 2017). I completed mine later this evening.

I stayed inside the warm building after our playing and eating with my cell phone and John’s to talk to our cell provider in Oregon to get my new SIM card activated (which supposedly had been activated Thursday, when we were in town). As it was, they had to verify the last four digits of the second line on the card and removing it and seeing it was troublesome. But I found the “2086” needed. I thought I was set to have a working cell phone again, and called John to tell him I would be leaving for home soon.
Once home, I had the same problem with reception as John has had for over a year with the same make phone. The ENVOY phone gets no reception in our vicinity, whereas my old Motorola did at least at the far end of the house or outside in the yard. It apparently “broke.” So I was correct that a new SIM card would not fix it.

Once home, I spent a very long time with Consumer Cellular complaining about my cell phone and trying for a solution.
The newly simmed phone will not get any reception in our house or in the yard. I called to see if they would replace the phone with one that works. They checked AT&T coverage and claim we are in the area served. They checked for T Mobile and it only serves 4 G phones, this is a 3 G. Finally, they sold me a new phone (no return ones at a lower price were available as we have gotten before to replace John’s lost phones), and it will cost $54.10. I will get it mid next week, and if it has reception here, I’ll keep it; if not, it gets returned to the company. I hate having a cell phone I cannot use at home. I forgot to ask if the new phone is a 3 or 4 G. I went on-line to read reviews of the DORO PhoneEasy 626 and about half of them (of the 20 pages I read) are not good. However, folks with problems do let them know, while those without problems are generally not going to engage.

Sunday, Jan 22

For Jan 21 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI= 0.88. Events: 7 H, 18 RERA. Time on 8 hrs 0 min with (max = 17 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 77 spurious at 6:30 a.m. turn off, actual low, 88, on the graphic chart, 0 events <88% with avg., 92.4%. Pulse avg. 59.8, low 42.

Today we did a few chores – John outside and me inside. I did schedule a haircut for John tomorrow with our neighbor who cuts my hair. My arthritic bone on bone shoulder has been bothering me so much that John made the suggestion and I took him up on his offer. His hair is as long as mine right now. Look above a week to last Sunday to see the herd of elk near her house, that she photographed and gave me permission to use the photo.

John just brought me a bowl of dried peaches and dried pears. I’m eating slices of each together and enjoying them very much. I did not dry any fruit this year because we have frozen bags from previous years. Maybe we will intake the calories over this winter, and be ready to dry more for the freezer come fall.

We just had Nachos for supper. John did a nice job. We only ate half and will have leftovers tomorrow night.

We are not the only ones to have ice from snowmelt runoff. Here is a photo of their vineyard from our friends Barbara and Paul, the winemakers and owners of Paradisos del Sol Winery in Zillah, WA. Photo by Barbara Sherman

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Western Washington Was Washed …

… and muddied by too much rain this week. Mountains got snow high, rain low, and there was much weeping and gnashing, except on the ski slopes. On the dry-side, we got rain.

Sunday, Dec 6

For Dec 5 CPAP. Reported figures. 7 hrs 3 min with AHI=0.85 Events: 6 H, 5 CSR. 20 RERA. No major mask leaks (max=19 L/min); oximeter on an extra 2 hrs. with good activity the whole time, high SpO2 without CPAP on.
Crazy night of nightmares. I explained them to John but I would not venture to share elsewhere or they might commit me. Used my older nasal pillow mask last night. (bottom tube connection).

We got ready and left just at noon for the Grange (good roads; 35 minutes), with our apple squares of cake in our cardboard shallow box, parchment paper lining. Wonderful meal and entertainment afterwards. One of the youngest dancers, Anna, 4 years old, is the daughter of two of my former students.

2015 Grange Community Christmas Dinner

Entertainment by Older Dancers

Entertainment by 5 Middle-sized Dancers

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Helen and Anna before the program, and a cropped one from a video on stage, prior to starting. Check the video below for the dance selection and look for Anna. Her dad was not at the performance, but he was also my student.

Entertainment by 6 Smallest Dancers

Another of Different Older Dancers

I finished the photos of the Christmas Potluck for the Adult Activity Center, and sent 3 emails off tonight ~ 11:30 p.m. They were pleased to have them to sort into the ones they took on their camera.

Monday, Dec 7

For Dec 6 CPAP. I screwed up and did not insert the SD card so the CPAP ran all night, but I have no Reported figures; however, my oximeter was on the whole time of sleep (close to 9 hrs), and I had a well-deserved restful night’s sleep with that oximetry data available.

Open the gate from 9:45 to 1:45 for UPS driver entry. Package arrived an hour later than planned. Fortunately, John has most of the escape routes closed, so the gate at the end of the driveway is not as crucial as before.

We stayed home and worked on projects and watched and listened to the rain. It was constant emptying of buckets (on trees) for John in front and back of the house. No rain gutters – we can get icicles that weigh 50 pounds – something about our location. It happens about once every 10 years so we’ve never done anything about either problem.

Tuesday, Dec 8

For Dec 7 CPAP. Reported figures. 6 hrs 21 min with AHI=1.42 Events: 9 H, 3 CSR, 17 RERA. No major mask leaks (max=17 L/min); oximeter on an extra 2 hrs. with good activity the whole time, high SpO2 without CPAP on.

Today was a full day. Started with us both leaving the house at 8:30 a.m. for Hearthstone and the Emeriti Geographers meeting. We carried along an apple cake for people to have with their coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Today’s guest speaker was Nancy Lillquist, who has been a city council member since 2003. She shared some interesting information about the city. Our mailing address is in Ellensburg, but we live in the county and cannot vote on Ellensburg council, mayor, etc.

John and I went to two stores shopping on the way home, and he fixed us a sandwich, before I turned around and left for town again.

During Jazzercise today at 2:00, I created a report for the leader of the class for our March 3, 2015 session, and for two sessions this December 1 and December 8, while using my oximeter for the 45 minutes. I just finished printing the results and review with images to give her tomorrow when I’m back in for my other exercise (SAIL) class, which is a lot less aerobic.

Back home to do a few things and then in a pouring rain I drove through patchy foggy spots, clear spots, and admired some fantastic rural Christmas lights. I went to play and sing Christmas music at the same place I was this morning. There was a glitch. Our normal 1 hour performance was cut in half by a choir singing barbershop music, starting at 7:00 p.m. We have regularly had the 6:30-7:30 period for over 10 years on the second Tuesday night of the month. Someone screwed up. It angered me to spend more time traveling in bad weather than we performed. Oh, well, several residents were very happy we came and played, even for the shorter time.

I came home to a dinner of butternut squash, fried potatoes, and tender chicken breast. John always cooks enough for the next day but usually makes additions so it doesn’t seem so much like a leftover.

Wednesday, Dec 9

For Dec 8 CPAP. Reported figures. 8 hrs 22 min with AHI=1.08 Events: 8 H, 7 CSR, 17 RERA. No major mask leaks (max=16 L/min); oximeter on an extra 1.5 hrs with AHI=.90 and good activity the whole time, high SpO2 without CPAP on. Finger changes sent the pulse and SpO2 readings lower a couple times.

I thought I might have to lead the music alone today at the Food Bank. My cohort on the banjo had car problems Tuesday afternoon, and was concerned, warning me last night, she might not make it today. She got her car fixed (phew), and will be there after all. Good news in morning email.

I managed to charge up John’s new cell phone and make a call from town. I also took several pictures on it, which I’ll have to remove when I get the cord.

Evelyn (banjo) made it along with Kyle (Ukulele), Bob (Guitar), and 2 singers. We had a good time and everyone appreciated our being there. I picked up some bread for us and some large cornbread muffins for our neighbors.

I didn’t get a great picture of all of us, but thought I would get Evelyn and me in a photo for the season.

Evelyn_and_Nancy

Normally, she has a pair of fingerless blue gloves on too, but this was before we started playing. We’re quite the team. Guess we’re having a Blue Christmas (one of the songs we sing everywhere in December). When I was growing up we had 4 sets of 8 candles that went in each of the front windows of our 5-room house. All the lights were blue, so that brings back nice memories.

I went from there to the Adult Activity Center and wore my oximeter while I did the SAIL exercise class today. My intention is to compare with yesterday’s Jazzercise. I will put both below, for the comparison.
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This is the Jazzercise class from Tuesday, we started slowly about 2:03 and were interrupted at 2:11 by a fellow who took away our instructor for the next 10 minutes. Evelyn and I were the only ones in class so we kept exercising (dancing) for the time our teacher was gone. If you look at the blue line, you’ll see the pulse change when Katrina returned. You can also see that we started getting tired and slowed down a bit and stopped for a water break. Then after 2:22, the pulse rate starts climbing. Pulse is the blue line. The green line is the SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation percentage); the whole reason I bought my oximeter, to check my SpO2 while I sleep. CPAP machines do not record that parameter, and it’s the prime reason I’m on the machine. I don’t have apnea episodes.

SAIL-Dec9-2015AAC-Nancy

This is Wednesday afternoon’s SAIL exercise class, a lot less aerobic than the Jazzercise. It is combined stretching, walking, balance, and strengthening of the upper body, the core, and the lower muscle groups.

Got a few sweet things from the activity center that were made for them/us by a 4H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) group. I bought a couple home to share with John.

John planned to start the wood stove today while I was away to burn off the paint smell. Actually, the weather was so nice and sunny that he did a bunch of outside chores with hay, horses, brush, & trucks. I need to clean up more of the boxes on the floor in front of it too, but I also need to load the dishwasher.

I did come home and take the oximetry data off my unit and produce a comparison to send to the AAC director who leads the Jazzercise and is there for the SAIL classes, although it is usually directed by the two AmeriCorps volunteers.

I finished the comparison of SAIL to Jazzercise late, and sent all the reports to Katrina. I did not include all the data here.

Thursday, Dec 10

For Dec 9 CPAP. Reported figures. 4 hrs 47 min with AHI=1.05 Events: 5 H, 1 CSR, 7 RERA. No major mask leaks (max=13 L/min); oximeter on an extra 4 hrs. with AHI=.58 and good activity the whole time on SpO2 without CPAP on.

We attended Meadows Place, today. We had 8 people providing music and about 12 in the audience. The activities director provided homemade Norwegian Rosettes (deep friend in an iron type holder). Sprinkled with powdered sugar. She gave me 6 to bring home to share with John because I didn’t want to stay to eat there. I was busy trying to leave to deliver some egg cartons and pick up some eggs from a friend. Before I could leave I gave my old friend (roommate when I was 7 weeks in the Rehab in 2010), a ride in her wheelchair to her room. Her name is Mae. Sadly, she no longer can walk on her own, and for other things also needs a lot of help. But 5 years ago she was my inspiration to get back on my feet.

Friday, Dec 11

For Dec 10 CPAP. Reported figures. 6 hrs 53 min with AHI=1.02 Events: 7 H, 0 CSR, 22 RERA. No major mask leaks (max=21 L/min); oximeter on an extra 3 hrs. with AHI=.73 and good activity the whole time, high SpO2 without CPAP on. Used top tube nasal pillow mask.

Not sure where the time went today. Both of us went out to feed the horses, and I took along John’s new phone to check out there, and it worked. Maybe it will work as a better connection when he is in the yard working. The old, missing one, could not get a connection in the house and only about half the time out in the open. Also took a few pictures of the new fencing. {Click and open in a new tab.}

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Three parts to the collage above. Left to right, Breeze behind a pallet wanting an apple. John walking in front of a pallet fence between the pole barn and the old barn, and small panel on the right shows the new driveway with a new gate, and snow on the hills in the distance. A better fence was intended but Giardia intervened. The fencing was necessary to allow the horses access to their heated water trough to the right of the old barn. During the rest of the year they drink from the stream through the center of the pasture. It freezes in winter.

John worked outside most of the day moving 15 bales of hay from the shed into an old horse trailer in another location. He also moved some fire wood rounds (not yet split) into dry locations. That’s catch-up work that did not get done when he was sick. The house is electric, with a heat pump and resistor heating, if needed. We have enough wood ready for an emergency but not enough for use throughout the winter on a daily basis.

I have worked on emails of various sorts, not the least of which is our notice to people about our change of domain, and the new place we will have our web pages – and the link, once the annual greetings for 2015 are published. If you did not receive that email and you are seeing this, please jot me a note with your desired email address for us to use. As soon as I finish this week’s blog, I will send it out.

I have had trouble getting my data off my oximeter into my CPAP coordination of data. Hoping now the third time is a charm. I restarted both programs. Okay, thankfully, it worked.
Saturday, Dec 12

For Dec 11 CPAP. Reported figures. 6 hrs 10min with AHI=2.92 Events: 18 H, 3 CSR, 19 RERA. No major mask leaks (max=21 L/min); oximeter on an extra 2.5 hrs. with AHI=2.10, seemingly ok activity the whole time, high SpO2 without CPAP on. It was a higher reading with the top-connect mask, so I will switch back tonight; not sure the cause, but imagine it is with the compressed air tubing’s positioning. I think I need a connector from above and behind my head, to remove the weight.

John writing: (Nancy is frustratingly on the phone with the cell-phone company) The National Weather Service thought we could get snow this morning – it came about 1:00 P.M. The temperature near the ground is 37° so while the ground is now white it will likely melt. In the higher elevations (3,000 ft. and up) there is serious snow and the temp is at or below freezing. The major passes will get a foot or so by Sunday evening. We were advised about 2 months ago not to expect much precipitation in Nov & Dec but it seems just the opposite. And we’re paying these folks! The Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere above are interacting in complex ways that haven’t yet been understood let alone coded into computers. The models (yes, plural) they run will often disagree and then the human has to guess which of them likely got it right. The big thing now is the so called “super monster” or “Godzilla” El Niño. You can look it up. It is not doing what they think it should or where it should. Anyone can guess and you don’t need a degree in meteorology to do so. Take a guess for your location. I’m going to get this into WordPress and then think about supper. Cheers.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Delayed again!

At 10:15 Sunday morning we have not started on getting the week’s report into WordPress.
We are fixing breakfast.
Thus, will get the blog out about Noon.

Unless:
There is a report on the web that WordPress sent out a fix of some sort and thousands of these things shut down. We’ll see.

John’s computer shut down earlier this week because of an update sent by Microsoft. He had to take it in and have the local gurus fix it. It needed cleaned, and they did that too. More on this in the blog – when it is ready.

John

Good, bad, frustrating, and sad

Saturday night — whoopee, late out with the weekly blog on 1/24/15

Sunday, Jan 25

I did not feel rested from my “sleep” last night. So, I got up at 8:00, and went back to bed until 9:30.

CPAP report. Reported figures. 8 hrs 17 min with AHI = 0.60
5 H events. No major leaks, max was 23 L/min, but the mask was problematic and perhaps causing some of the parameter increases by adjusting it. However, this is still considered “pretty darned good” by the software ‘SleepyHead’. Considering I have so many days with AHI=0.00, that message amuses me.

Weather was strange here today, but according to photos from elsewhere in the valley, it was a gorgeous spring-like day. We had only a short time of blue skies visible and sunshine. Most of the time it was overcast, gray, and threatening. That is unusual weather for us. We usually are above the valley fog/smog.
Lunch today was good and different: mushroom/cheddar cheese grilled cheese sandwich on French bread and sliced large Honeycrisp apple slices, with cashews on the side.
Happiness, however, to report. Johnny is back (acting a little tentative) but apparently okay. Doesn’t seem very hungry and didn’t eat, but went into the “cat house” — so at least he’s protected, has water, a place to lie down, and a little heat. Although it is 44 outside right now, just at dark.
I did manage to get a load of dishes cleaned, and prepare food for the outside (& inside) cats, but my feet are still cold, so I plan to wrap them in a blanket…and continue with computer chores.

I spent a couple more hours today helping a friend with a document she’s writing, and needs another set of eyes to enable condensing to fewer words.
Now I have another draft to try to go through before I hit the hay. But we still have to eat dinner.
Staying home tomorrow to catch up.

Monday, Jan 26

CPAP report. Reported figures. 7 hrs 11 min with AHI = 0.42
No major mask leaks (max=12 L/min)

I had a phone call this morning, that the medical test charge I mentioned in last week’s blog was an error on “someone’s” part. Even more interestingly, it was reported as having been drawn (the fasting blood draw), in the Cle Elum Lab (30 miles away). We always have our lab work here in Ellensburg, at the hospital.
Interesting lunch: tiny chicken tacos with salsa & large Honeycrisp sliced apples. The little tacos (2 bites each) are from a box John bought so he could have something to eat quickly – they go in the microwave. He did add a small bit of tomato and cheddar cheese.

I have been inundated with work since hearing from the “chairman” of the Intuit company that the Turbo Tax software I bought is not the right one. I have used the Deluxe version for many years, but this year they removed several necessary forms we use, without telling anyone. There was a big outcry from consumers after November when released, but I didn’t learn of it until too late. They will give me a $25 refund, but I have to return the Deluxe version I have used for many years and buy the more expensive Premier. They should pay me $100 for having wasted my time.
~ I must complete my 2014 taxes and submit the request for refund no later than April 20 to get it. So, all my efforts in my “spare” time MUST be directed at finishing taxes, and the time-consuming entry of all deductible items into my computer Excel spreadsheet, so I can total and have copies to fill in the places on the forms.
~ First, I had to call Costco to see if they would allow me to trade in what I bought, and still get the coupon $15 off value. They won’t. However, I can return it next week for a refund.
~ Then John found a Forbes article on line about the situation. I read it and followed the link to get a 50% off, if I buy before midnight tonight $45, so I have to close this note and do that.
~ I almost did not open the “chairman’s” email thinking it was an ad for one I already bought last week. Glad John also searched for me, because the letter email did NOT tell me about the offer that expires tonight. Now, I have to get to work. Fast.
John found an old package of Stroganoff (capital S, ’cause it is a family name) mix and without any sour cream in the larder, or any closer than 12 miles away, he managed a very respectable meal.

Tuesday, Jan 27

CPAP report. Reported figures. 9 hrs 20 min with AHI = 0.11
Events, 1 H. No major leaks, max 7 L/min.

I went for a fasting blood draw today and got my hair cut at Celia’s just after lunch, about 1:15.

CashewInBasket

Very sad news about Johnny (Cash-ew) our cat. Photo is from when we captured the cats and after their return from the vets.
He died today at a young age. I hate having to write this, as I’m having a tough time with it, but I’m sure it’s worse for John, whose yard assistant buddy, he was, and he found him in the old barn, screaming and writhing in pain. He walked a step or two and fell sideways. We don’t know what happened, but he wasn’t eating right when he came back 2 nights ago, after missing dinner 2 nights (very unlike him). At evening feedings, he would rub into John’s arm and accept petting, while John put cat food in the dishes, around the Hay Mow, in their “stations,” where he feeds the ferals. None of the other cats have allowed us to touch them. Johnny followed him all over the yard as he did chores, particularly garden ones, talking the entire time. His presence will be missed.

When I returned from getting my haircut, John was still burying Johnny. I told John it must be awful, considering how it was affecting me, with only hearing the story and not haven’t to deal with it. He said, “Yes, it is very tough.” Before he buried him, he checked him all over. Nothing was apparently wrong–not a hair out of place, no wound or infection. So, it must have been something internal. So sad.
His sister, Woody, is already missing him. They were usually a pair. Tonight, Woody was the only one for dinner. Neither of the other two – Sue, the mom, and Lemon, he who appeared — came to the table.

Got all my data tonight for the past two nights into SleepyHead and SpO2 Review. Took my blood pressure morning and evening and need to record on Excel.
Tonight’s paper had John’s Letter to the Editor:
Letter-WTA
John came in to tell me the sunset was beautiful, so I stepped out the back door and took a couple of photos. Here’s our choice {click to enlarge}.
Sunset

Wednesday, Jan 28

CPAP report. Reported figures. 7 hrs 35 min with AHI = 0.00
No major leaks, max 8 L/min.

My day started with sleeping late and then trying to get a lot of email stuff done before leaving for the day. I made it to the Food Bank, and dropped off 6 partial rolls of toilet paper (from buildings; see last week) and a bag of canned goods. While there, I dropped by the bread room and picked up a package of 6 Ciabatta rolls (Italian for slipper; white, big holes, shaped like a slipper) that are sort of flat and square (what’s with this?) and another of whole-wheat hamburger rolls. We had 4 people singing and playing for the crowd today, with much good participation and appreciation. It was fun.

The food served today was not really to my liking, but no complaints for free food in “payment” for our entertaining. Pasta (I’m not a pasta person), vegetable mix to put on top of the pasta, but most of it was collard greens (cannot have with heart meds), some peppers, and a few carrots sliced into circles (colorful ones). I never saw a purple carrot before, and I think that’s what it was; also white (maybe parsnips?), orange, brown, and lavender. I was told by people at my table that carrots came in many colors. So I checked and found these pictures on line.
Carrots
I was happy to be able to visit with our bass fiddle player, her husband, and new baby, Lev, only a month old. Then off for my exercise class at the Senior Center.

I left right at the end and rushed up to CWU to attend Noella Wyatt’s retirement party, after her 37 years of service. I have known her in several capacities since 1988, when I arrived here. Her department (Sociology), where she’s been for awhile as department secretary, had a nice open house from 2:00 to 4:00. It was fun seeing her and having some punch and a small piece of chocolate-layered cake, but it was also cool visiting with many people I hadn’t seen in years, and with others I just saw recently.

While I was gone, John spread straw on dog-paths of our backyard to keep the dogs and him from tracking in so much dirt. Now instead of carrying in dirt they all will come in with straw attached. That’s a little easier to deal with. You can see trimmed raspberries (red) in the photo I took of his work below. Our yellow raspberries are out front.
StrawInBackyard

Thursday, Jan 29

CPAP report. Reported figures. 7 hrs 44 min with AHI = 0.13
1H event, No major leaks, max 6 L/min

We telephoned John’s sister Peggy to wish her a happy birthday. It is cold back east and about Sunday there is supposed to be snow.
After a small sandwich for lunch, we drove off to town for me to play music. I ate the other half when I got back. Cheddar cheese & ham on one of the Ciabatta rolls.

We only had a handful of residents and visitors for our audience. Our honky-tonk piano player was too sick to come join us from his room there. We only had 4 others there, and a few people walked through (visitors) while we were there, one a 99-yr old man, who drove himself there, came to visit one of the ladies in the audience. The facility is down on residents now to only 17. I need to find out their capacity but think it is at least twice that. We had more players than we did audience (at least seated the whole time). Anne-tambourine, Ellen-clarinet, Keith-trumpet, Nancy-fiddle, Evelyn-banjo, Maury, Sandy, Manord, Charlie, & Gerald – all guitars off different sorts.

John went for gasoline ($1.71/gal) and for some shopping. Most interesting was replacing a calculator (just a simple one) for less than $6.00, because the 4 key started not functioning on one we have had since Idaho (with reverse Polish logic). John thinks he will put a big drop of Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) on that key and tap it a few times. He has been getting by the few times that he needed to use it by keying in 3.999999 or calculating it via 5 – 1. Both a pain, but either works. Now, with a new one, he can experiment.
We came home to find a bale of grass hay our broker delivered for John to check with the horses, before we buy many tons of it. John fed it tonight, beside some of our older–so he’ll check in the morning to see if they ate it.
Nice thing about buying hay from him is he delivers it and stacks it directly into our barn. Last time we got just under 20 tons and stacked about 8 high, it filled one side. A “hay elevator” carries it from the back of the truck right to where you want the bale. The photo (web source) below shows the beginning on the ground but we don’t need to do that.
Hay Elevator
Three of the ferals back for dinner tonight: Sue, Woody, and Lemon. Rascal stayed inside. For our own dinner we had cheeseburgers with onions, a fresh orange, and a baked potato turned to fried slices because we forgot to get butter when in town today.

Friday, Jan 30

CPAP report. Reported figures. 6 hrs 5 min with AHI = 0.16
Events, 1H. No major leaks, max 10 L/min

Went to the Sportza Palooza at 11:30-1:15 p.m. and then at 1:30, I had SAIL class (exercise). The party was a light lunch (not real light: buffalo wings, deviled eggs, tuna and chicken casseroles, veggies, chips with a hot spicy cheese dip, potato chips made from sweet potatoes, cream puffs, cupcakes frosted in Seattle colors). This was scheduled before Super Bowl Sunday, and attendees brought comfort food to share (I took zucchini bread made with pineapple). We were encouraged to dress in the colors of our favorite sports team and wear associated regalia. Seahawk colors are navy blue, white, light blue, and bright green. I wore my bright green pants, a shirt with yellow blue and green lines, and a lightweight dark blue, light blue & white sweater. I took my camera along and had a staff member not in the picture take my photo. Oh, and atop my head, I wore my Seahawks baseball hat. It is a much older one than are sold now, so I received many comments. I doubt I paid more than a quarter, if that.
FootballColors
In the photo note the number 12, and it is also on the partially hidden banner in the next photo. Seattle is famous for its loud fans –
aka the 12 man. {click for story}

GoHawks
This was out in the parking lot beside the Seahawks commemorative truck, with us all giving a GO HAWKS cheer.

Chicken and apple crisp veggie for dinner.

Saturday, Jan 31

no CPAP report; went without last night, and will again tonight, to create a comparison for showing my cardiologist, Feb 3.

We stayed home today and worked on inside and outside chores and the day slipped away too fast. Of course, it didn’t help that I slept in later this morning than usual. Our neighbors set off some fireworks. Wonder if they were preparing for the Super Bowl. Can you believe the price of tickets? My friend told me they cost from $8500 – $20,000. His grandson works for the Mariners, so I suppose he has access to the correct information.

Mid-day, we had leftover chicken from last night. I made my piece into chicken salad, with blue cheese dressing in place of the mayonnaise, added some cheddar bites, and a hard-boiled egg with a little relish. I will have enough for my lunch tomorrow. John can have a meatloaf sandwich because for tonight’s dinner, John made meat loaf, and we had the rest of the apple crisp veggies. I had plum preserves on mine both nights, made from plums we gave to friends.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Winter is here – 6 weeks early

Sunday, Nov 9

CPAP report. Reported figures: 6 hrs 2 min with AHI = 1.16.
With event activity including two CSR (Cheyne-Stokes Respiration) events: 1 min 5 sec at 6:33 a.m.& 1 min 27 sec at 6:57; OA (Airway Obstruction), 1 at 3:30 a.m.(first ever); 6 hypopnea events, and 2 vibratory snores. The CSR explanation is in a previous week’s blog.
Rained and winds blew to 40 mph gusts and now sunny and still windy and raining again. John came in to fix some chili for lunch and wants to go back out to take care of some chain-sawing chores but wants it to stop raining first. It never cleared up enough for him, and now it’s getting dark so not worth piling on all the protective gear.
I started taking my blood pressure at the request of my cardiologist (he wants a series for the time preceding my appointment — Friday).

Monday, Nov 10

CPAP report. Reported figures: 7 hrs 31 min with AHI = 1.06.

On my malware Spybot checker this morning. “You know a good horse is expensive; a Trojan horse even more so.” No Internet connection for a couple of hours still this morning. So, will just do other stuff on the computer and around the house. No trips to town today and the weather looks sunny, but cold. John plans on an hour with the chainsaw, some splitting, and loading. Sometime this week he will take a load over to a neighbor on Wilson Ckeek. She is just ¾ mile away but by road it is 2 miles. We have another request for wood from a young couple in Ellensburg who want to heat with wood because they feel the radiant baseboard heaters are unsafe — in their duplex. Yet, if the other residents of the house use it, their electric bill will be the only difference. Fire threat is still with them.
Before we awoke this morning (and while it was raining), there was an Aurora Borealis sighting in Ellensburg. The photo below was sent to me by a retired 3rd grade teacher friend of mine, from Kissimmee, FL with the message, “Did you see this?”

The photo was taken by a professional photographer, Van Adam Davis, and published in the Aurora Borealis Notifications on Facebook. He took this from Ellensburg, WA on 11-10-14 at 3 a.m. with a d3200, Nikkor 28mm, f/2.8, 800iso @8sec. I cannot determine precisely from where this picture was taken, but I see the lights on the wind turbines on the right. There are 2 areas in the Valley (the northwest and the east) with wind towers – this photo is from S or SW of town looking toward the Northeast.
Aurora Borealis _EBRG

John got out for over an hour with the chainsaw, but one of the plastic connectors on his chaps came off. He went back afterwards with a rake, and amazingly found it (it’s black).
plastic strap buckles
This image is from the web, so a little different. The plastic part above the red is permanently attached but on the right side, where the green arrow points, the strap has to slide so the thing can be snugged-up. John wants to sew a button on the end of the strap (9 of them) to prevent it from pulling through. This, or some other easy-fix should be done by the company, and he is going to tell them so. Look out Husqvarna!
In exchange for a couple hours labor, John got some treated fence posts from a neighbor. They will be used next spring to rebuilding a fence east of our house.

I finished dishes but no clothes. Spent a lot of time dealing with music for Christmas. The four I did today I did not have to put in my computer program, to save time, but I had to use a whole bottle of BIC Wite Out to get rid of the problems with previous copies, changing some of the lyrics that were missing, “erasing” chord letters (too small), and graphic fingerings for guitars, to replace with larger more legible letters for the necessary chords. Songs I redid today included: Blue Christmas, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Deck the Halls, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
On the next time in town, when I was going to buy another bottle of white out for my music rewrites, John said he would show me how to do it digitally on our old computer, using Paintshop-Pro. I did for several songs (with his help), and I’m quite grateful for his time in doing the stuff and teaching me how. This happens with music I have not yet put into my software program, and some that was copied from a music book.
Supposedly, the temperatures are headed downward this week. They are way down (to minus 7 where we have friends in Montana, with a HIGH of 8 tomorrow). Another friend near Lolo, MT had 2″ of snow today, and sent a photo of her birdhouse.
SnowInLolo

Other friends in upstate Michigan have closer to two FEET of snow (actually they just wrote they had only 18” in Marquette. West of them there was 3 ½ feet. Would have buried the birdhouse. Here is a nice link to a story about lake effect snow.

Tuesday, Nov 11

CPAP report. Reported figures: 6 hrs 34 min with AHI = 0.00
The high winds were blowing 5-gallon buckets all over the front yard. John had emptied them yesterday of the collected rain. With freezing temperature expected he drained and stored garden hoses and a couple of larger containers for the garden. He cleaned the big water trough for the horses and, when filled, plugged the heater in.

We both went to the Emeritus Geog Faculty morning gab-fest at Copper Kettle with choice of coffee, water, hot chocolate, or tea.
Evening I went back to Hearthstone for The Connections group music. The temps were supposed to go to 12°F. tonight, and it was very cold, but the low was only 21 here. That’s when I can see a positive in dyslexic (12 or 21; no, I am not — just playing with number association).

Wednesday, Nov 12

CPAP report. Reported figures: 7 hrs 23 min with AHI = 0.54.
Sunny and no heavy winds. Started with a small warmed apple fritter and caramel covered donut (shared a little with the oldest Brittanys). John had a 1/2 maple bar and 1/2 of something else I thought when I bought it was a Bear Claw, but he says not. He shared 1/2 with Dan. While on my way to music last night, I stopped and bought a dozen donuts from today’s offerings for $3.00 off the regular price. They mark down the price after 5:30, and we are normally not in town late except once a month.
Went to Food Bank and SAIL, today. Probably the worse lunch we’ve ever had there after entertaining over 1/2 hr to an appreciative crowd. A local restaurant provided the main dish (served in a soup bowl) of BBQ beef–unfortunately with only a small amount of meat that was mostly all fat, with black beans, & corn (that part tasted good and I should have poured it over the pile of plain pasta; squash; a salad with such a strange taste such that people were tossing the whole thing into the compost for a farmer’s pigs; and a dessert full of cranberries that I cannot eat. I went to exercise class and came home to eat leftover tuna fish salad from yesterday’s lunch. Was a pleasant surprise awaiting me at the Senior Ctr .. the picture below, that was taken at the Halloween party last Friday. I was with my friend, Myrna, from our SAIL class, who was dressed as a gypsy. I have a black mask on.
Nancy & Myrna

Thursday, Nov 13

CPAP report. Reported figures: 8 hrs 35 min with AHI = 0.23
John delivered a pick-up load (about a cord) to a neighbor. Then, with the son, he went and brought back another load from a place about 3 miles away. The man there had big pine logs brought from the forest. He had cut, split, stacked, and covered about 3 cords. Here is what a cord looks like, numbers are feet:
firewood

After lunch, I went to town. I first stopped by the Lung Specialist to pick up a borrowed Oximeter for use tonight as I sleep. Tomorrow morning we drive to Yakima, and I will return it to the Yakima Lung Clinic on my way to the Yakima Heart Clinic to see my cardiologist for the results of the recent echocardiogram. From there we will go to Costco for gasoline, lunch, and a few items we need and our neighbors want.
Meanwhile, we had a good turn-out at the Rehab where I spent 7 weeks in physical therapy in 2010 to regain use of all my muscles that had atrophied. It’s sort of nostalgic to go in and see some of the old faces I recognize on their staff, and patients.
Today we had 4 guitars, 1 banjo, 1 fiddle, and 1 clarinet, and one dancer with her walker, from the audience. We had about 3 people singing along on few songs, but we do not give out lyrics to this group. We have one resident (Helen), who cannot keep her feet from moving on several songs, and gets up and sashays around with her walker. She was up at least 6 times yesterday. Our banjo player got up and danced (and played & sang) with her for 2 songs, and then she came back and asked me to dance with her, so I did, while playing my violin and singing. We stopped and sang the chorus of Let me Call you Sweetheart to each other, and the same with Beautiful Brown Eyes. Then after I had 3 dances with her, I sat down, and the banjo player danced two more. It was cool, and the audience was involved and the staff was coming in to watch.
Next week we are at Dry Creek, and this Saturday, we’ll be at Briarwood.
I believe I finished the December Christmas playlist today, for everyone in the normal group, and for our clarinet player in a different key to match with us.

Friday, Nov 14

CPAP report. Reported figures: 8 hrs 2 min with AHI = 0.00.
Wore the Oximeter last night from 11:23 to 7:23.

This morning we did morning chores early so we could leave for medical stops in Yakima, on our way to Costco with an almost empty tank in my car. Before leaving, I analyzed the data on my CPAP machine and printed graphs for last night with the Oximeter in place and compared to a day last week with more events (none last night). I’m anxious to see the results of the Oximetry, and I know I will be wishing to see the results with the same recorder for a night when something happens.
We left at 10:30, without a big breakfast, because we planned to eat a good lunch after my appointment — that we didn’t expect to be too long. WRONG. We dropped off the Oximeter at the Lung & Asthma Center and arrived at the Heart Center prior to my 11:55 appointment. We waited, and I was frustrated because I should have taken my computer so I could at least work on the blog, or access the web. John read every decent magazine in the waiting room. The majority were Sports oriented, but he found a Yakima newspaper and some heart health ones. He was frustrated because he normally takes a Wall Street Journal or a paperback to my appointments. About 12:20, I questioned the only receptionist not off to lunch, asking if she could check to see if my Dr. was behind in his schedule. Last time there, a month ago, he was 45 minutes behind and they notified us to go for lunch first. She checked and found he was running behind 1/2 hr to 45 mins, so we waited. Finally, at 1:05 !! a technician retrieved me for my appointment. After the preliminaries, she told me to get on the table for an EKG (ECG). I questioned it because I just had one a month ago, and I was only coming today for the results from the Echocardiogram done in the meantime (and as it turned out, not evaluated by my doctor until I was there yesterday in the room.) The technicians said the measurement was always done every appt. (I think that’s changed over the past 4 years.) After all that was completed, we waited until 1:20 or so to see the doctor. Then, he spent TWO hours with us, going over all my “numbers.” The results were variable from good increases in some things, lower in others, concerns for medication changes to check out some issues, and some other explanations and interpretations to us both. John and I were getting hungry and concerned about the lateness of the hour, and that we still had to go to Costco and drive home, arriving in the dark, with all the animals left to feed. So, we attempted to rush through Costco. Started by getting over 14 gallons of gasoline at $2.80/gal. In EBRG it is $2.90. We tried making a fast trip through, but that’s tough with all the folks creating traffic jams. By the time we got through and on the road again, it was an hour from when we left the doctor’s office a little over 5 miles from Costco. We skipped eating a late lunch, deciding instead to come home to eat.
I worked some on the blog, and checked my camera to see if there was something to add. I found 2 photos I had taken a few days back. The first is an upside-down Brittany (Annie) on the old loveseat with Rascal the cat. Normally, those two do not share the space. It’s usually Meghan and Rascal. This was very early in the day, Sunday.
dog_cat
Then, Monday evening we saw a lovely sunset from our back patio.
Sunset

Saturday, Nov 15

CPAP report. Reported figures: 8 hrs 5 min with AHI = x.25.
Slept in after stopping the machine, because I still needed it. Temp when I awoke was 15° outside. Now it’s sunny and on its way up. At 28°, John, who’d been working on the blog finale, took the dogs for their morning run and to feed the horses (I checked the report at the airport, but the posting for last hour has not yet occurred. Our outside temp under the porch overhang was 32.5° when John returned.

Okay.. need to get this to John to finish, and I must print music for one of our guitar players who is having a complete knee replacement surgery this Monday. I’ll see him today at Briarwood. I want to give him the December Christmas music so he can practice and enjoy while healing and with hopes he will be able to join us before the month has passed.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Still here

Well, we are still here. And busy. WA is having beautiful fall weather and John is outside as much as possible. Nancy’s playing the fiddle and otherwise accomplishing some needed sorting of stuff in old academic boxes.

John took this picture along the Green River on Friday afternoon about 17 miles east of Tacoma.  Click on it for the large version.

Dozens of dead and migrating Salmon in shallow water along the edge of the Green River, WA.
Green River Salmon

Further: Have a look at this.

We’ll post late tonight. Have a nice day.

An odd assortment of things

Skip to Sunday if you don’t want to read about the trails.

Saturday, Sept 14
Last week’s blog had a small description (and photo) of John and 3 others in their 20th anniversary tee shirts for Washington Trails Association at the Cascades Beckler Peak Trail. The Anniversary is for the “trail work” mission of WTA and there were multiple celebratory groups working all over the State during the weekend. WTA started in 1966.
Link to WTA history.
Another (special) group exists (Volunteers for Outdoor Washington – VOW) that initiated the historic Iron Goat Trail and continues with that development.
Link to VOW site.
[Note the link to ‘history’ at the left side in the light-blue rectangle.]
On the main page linked to (not the history page), note near the bottom mention of the “Horseshoe Tunnel Extension”, a 3 mile trail going from the Martin Creek trailhead to the Kelley Creek Trail. The phrase “horseshoe tunnel” refers to the old railroad tunnel in the shape of a twisted horseshoe (one end higher than the other with 2 crossings of Martin Creek. This was part of the scheme for getting trains up (or down) the western side of the Cascade Mountains near Stevens Pass. The trains now go through a tunnel that (on the west end) is located here:
47.715282, -121.145384
The old railroad grade (see history link mentioned) is now the Iron Goat Trail on the slopes to the left (west) of this tunnel and is the thinner of the 2 white lines seen as you slowly zoom out. About 3 miles farther west at
47.729479, -121.206978
is the Martin Creek Trail Head. The Martin Creek Trail is not shown on Google Earth because it is still under construction – about half of it is still only little colored streamers tied to trees going along the west slope of Martin Creek. A person working 5 hours can carve out about 10 feet of trail or a bit more and then on another day finish the tread (walking surface). Sometimes small bridges or rock cribs have to be built for the trail. Each of these may take 4 to 6 people a day or more of work. On Beckler Peak trail Kevin and John made tread on about 30 feet of sloping material left by the mechanical earth mover (a large backhoe?) and then at the top of the grade dug a trench and placed rocks to be covered completely with tread (mineral soil).

Rocks fill a trench across a trail to make a "rock bar" to aid in trail stability and drainage.
Rocks in the trail

A drain ditch is dug upslope from where the ‘hump’ is to be so water goes off the trail and doesn’t go down the slope and scour out the new tread. In the photo the drain is going off trail at the left side under the shovel handle and where Orange Hat John’s right foot is. The “rock bar” and drain are suggested because of the topography of the trail and the high precipitation (See ‘Orographic” cartoon below.). Run-off on these Pacific Ocean facing slopes is sometimes violent and otherwise just high and relentless. Actually, Seattle is fairly dry being in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains but just east of the lowland it is a different – wet – story. August and September are mostly dry but this year we have already had some interesting storms.

An oragraphic precipitation diagram using the Cascade mountains and eastward flowing winds from the Pacific Ocean.
How the mountains influence precipitation

We are just north of EBRG in the yellow area (dry or rain shadow) at 2,240 feet elevation.

Sunday, Sept 15
What a day. We worked much of the morning on the blog, and John finally got it posted right before we left for the Bluegrass Jam session at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange. Only a few folks made it there today, our first meeting since May. We had 4 guitars, a harmonica player, 2 fiddles, and a bass fiddle. It was actually nice having such a small circle so we could hear the words people were singing. In the audience we had two couples, 4 spouses, and a single guy. A storm was brewing we saw on our way home, and then it hit as John was moving 5 gallon buckets and a couple of barrels under the roof line. There was one close-by lightning and a huge thunder clap. We and the dogs dived under the bed! Okay, just two of the dogs. A couple more as it passed over. Then 45 minutes of calm, only to get a second wave. We didn’t finally get around to eating until 8:30. Some point in there the Internet access was lost. Our electricity turned off and on rapidly, and shut John’s computer down. Mine works with a back-up battery, so I lost nothing but the Internet. It’s now after 10 and no connection, so we both decided we would hit the hay.

Monday, Sept 16
Morning — still no Internet at 7:30 a.m. I called the “technical control center” after 8:00 a.m. and got the national place in NC or ME after a LONG wait, only to find out indeed the internet in our area was not available and they were working on it. It is not every customer, but we are one affected. So, be patient and wait. We waited for 18 hours from the original loss, and I was not very patient.

While off the Internet today I was cleaning up my computer files and preparing to send things to people I needed to, I found a photo I took 5 days ago and forgot to put in last week’s blog. We have been including pictures of the little Pacific Tree Frog that hangs around our “front porch” area. Now isn’t this the cutest smiling amphibian you’ve ever seen?

a small frog having a smile (?) on its face.
A penny for your thoughts.

John transferred 40 bales of hay from trailer to barn today and we picked a lot of tomatoes, squash (he picked all the squash and most of the red tomatoes), and went back for more to the other original garden and brought back the last of the strawberries for me to fix for dessert. I picked most of the little sun gold cherry tomatoes. Boy, they all are yummy.

Tuesday, Sept 17

I slept in and was awakened by a helicopter doing curly cues above our Naneum Fan … John was running the dogs because his Internet went down again so he saw more of this than I did from the back window. Could have just been flight training or they might have been looking for plots of flowering Cannabis plants. No later reports of such so this will remain one of life’s little mysteries. Anyway, the Internet was back on when I got the machine purring.
We both had a lot of work to do, and then John fixed an awesome brunch — cheese omelet, bacon, fried potatoes and onions (we grew), and a pluot.
This afternoon we went to town for my two needs in radiology at the local hospital: a mammogram and lung X-ray (routine yearly) because of the Amiodarone (antiarrhythmic agent) I’m taking. I’ve now been taking ‘Ami’ for 3 years with no nasty side effects and it is doing its job nicely. Anyhow, that’s the reason for the special lung exam – just monitoring things.
While in EBRG we delivered tomatoes, squash, and corn to two people. While I was in the hospital, John took off with recyclable glass and plastic for free disposal at the transfer station. Then he went by Goodwill and found a soft plastic pad rolled up and his first thought was using it for cutting insoles for his shoes and boots. That thought led him to look at the boot rack and “lo” there was a nearly new pair of nice insulated work boots. Just $8. No brand. Soles are heavy Vibram and there is a little attached label on the side indicating the waterproof/breathable fabric inside is expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) — also known as Gore-Tex. So why doesn’t such a pair of boots have a company or brand name showing? Inquiring minds want to know. And he went on up town to the dollar store and bought a pair of metal tongs. They were actually the same as we had, but we both thought they were smaller — yet we still wish we could find our aluminum smaller ones. I wish he would find his missing cell phone. He came to pick me up at the hospital, and I was already sitting out front and walked out to the parking spot he chose. From there we went to the St. Vincent’s store (right by the grocery), to check out work boots there. They didn’t have anything in his size but as we walked back through the store through the “women’s” shoes, he spotted a pair of black shoes that looked just like mine. Wow — thanks for his eagle eyes. They are exactly my size and in new condition. Someone must have died and the kids just took all the stuff to St. Vincent’s. I paid $4.99 for them. If I went to a store or on line, they would cost me $120. No joke. These are Brooks Addiction, and I have worn that brand for 20 years.
It’s the only shoe that works for my feet, and gives me the support I need. Those shoes are actually prescribed by an orthopedic doctor here in town for fasciitis. I never lucked out and got them covered by medical insurance, but since starting to wear them, I have had no episodes of plantar fasciitis. When I started wearing them, I felt guilty paying $79.00 for a pair of shoes. Over the years it has increased significantly. I wear them for everything — regular daily use, and dress up. I have both black and white ones. You can see why I was so thrilled to find today what looks like a new pair.
I forgot to tell the problem of the evening. We were fixing a late dinner, BLTs, and realized the dishwasher bottom was FULL of water. John came back to the kitchen in sock feet, and got wet. We looked down and the water was coming out of the front of the washer. I turned on the garbage disposal to be sure water was not backing up, but it must have already. We unloaded the dishes, and cleaned up the floor, and decided to wait till morning to try to fix it.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (John’s brother, Richard’s birthday)
Normal stuff for a Wednesday–slept in a little later than usual and turned on my computer to start by reading morning emails. NO INTERNET, again. Back on the phone to see what’s up. I managed to get a local gal we know (with the wonderful name of Choral) from the past to ask in person. Turns out they had tried to reload something to correct the problem from 2 days ago, and in the process set a bunch of numbers out of commission again.

By the time I got to her it was late morning. She said she could reset it for me, and she did, with me waiting on the line to verify I could connect again. Phew. Meanwhile, John was trying to find a tiny socket wrench to remove the filter in the bottom of the dishwasher. After the hunt and the removal there didn’t seem to be an problem with the filters – but the washer seems to be okay – for now!
I was running late to be leaving for town at 11:20. I got out and into town in time to play music. Today they fed us a tough beef and onion dish, a chicken pasta, a green mixed salad, and a bread pudding (mostly apples) with ice cream for dessert. I ate the chicken out of the pasta, the salad, and pulled out the craisins in the pudding (I’m not allowed cranberries on one of my meds.) From there over to SAIL exercise class and a real workout with a different instructor. Grabbed two pieces of chocolate cake with little choc chip miniatures and two small pieces of an apple fritter there to bring for our dessert. I wasn’t home very long when we turned around and went back to town to the university to attend a free BBQ with free wine and beer. It was outside and began with a chilly wind but that quit and we got additional shirt/sweaters from the car so all was well. We sat at a table with some CWU VIP ‘cool’ folks, and so, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The wine was from Bonair – one of our favorite places and the folks there a great help with our now-extinct wine class. They had 3 of their wines: Riesling, Chardonnay, and Merlot.

Thursday, Sept 19
I was tired from a late night, and slept in, but John was up early and out with the dogs for exercise. It was cool this morning and cold last night down to 38 at the airport 5 miles south of us. Our thermometer about the same time only said 46. John picked some tomatoes for some friends, and a few for us — so we can have BLTs tonight with an added piece of Havarti cheese, and some Bartlett pears on the side. He went to town with me for my music at Dry Creek, dropped me off, and ran some errands, the most of which needed was gasoline for his car that claimed it was only willing to go 70 more miles. Before dusk, I delivered tomatoes to the neighbor who gave us pears and a handful of Italian plums in return, and now John is feeding the horses, so I have to go get some canned cat food ready for him to take the ferals. I give him ones for them with fish in it, because Rascal doesn’t like Whitefish or Salmon, unless the Salmon is home cooked.

Friday, Sept 20
Left for White Heron about 10:15, and got there in time to visit in the vineyard and John helped harvest a few small bins of Syrah grapes with Cameron, while I took photos. John had carried buckets of sand home from the spring pruning time and used the sand in his Onion growing endeavors. We took some of each variety to Cameron along with a couple of potatoes and one of the orange winter Squash. From there to the Bluegrass Festival at George to enjoy some music. Had lots of fun and much time taken, along with photos. We got home after 5:00. Didn’t accomplish much of necessity today but made a little vacation out of the day. So, below is the photo evidence of our little vacation:

Picker holds a cluster of Syrah (dark blue) wine grapes -- just picked. A so called "open" cluster; not packed tightly with berries.
A fine wine before its time.
A "tight" bunch of Pinot Noir grapes. Dark wine grapes very closely packed in a cluster.
A “tight” bunch of Pinot Noir grapes.

John (top) is showing me a just picked cluster of Syrah grapes. The cluster is “open” meaning not all spaces are filled that could be occupied by individual berries. The next photo is of Pinot Noir and the berries press against one another. Some of the difference is characteristic of the variety and part can be weather related during flowering. If there is wet and windy weather pollentation can be spotty. The tight clusters of Pinot Noir can cause problems if there is rain just prior to harvest because the water can encourage mold. The individual Syrah berries have a slightly oval shape rather than spherical but that is hard to see in my photo.
I also took a short (21 seconds) of the picking. John is under the vines on the right.

7 folks with instruments perform bluegrass music on the stage at George, WA under a white and blue domed cover.
George throws a party.

The BlueGrass Festival at George is a multi-day event but during our short time there we listened to the organizers from the local region including, our favorite, Gracie the fiddle player from Moses Lake – 30 miles to the east.

Saturday, Sept 21
We woke to find a dozen wild Merriam turkeys out beyond the fence in the back. They have been roosting in a big Ponderosa Pine just across our north property line in the neighbor’s never-visited back corner. We have heard them many times – thought they might have been a few of the farther-away neighbor’s Peafowl – but those are usually very vocally noisy. These were more discrete, so we should have known better. More video; watch for Tom to go by at 14 seconds – note the ‘beard’ – a bundle of long feathers on his chest.

There is nothing much on the schedule today except John intends to pick up some rocks and spray some recently sprouted weeds brought on by our recent rains.

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

April ends, May begins

Saturday, Apr 27 Left off this blog last week on my way to volunteer at our Grange fundraiser, at the Fairgrounds, held in conjunction with the Barn Quilts of the county (and a national organization as well), and two buildings full of quilts of all varieties.
John and I made a nice chocolate cake the night before, and frosted (choc), adding our homegrown roasted walnuts to the top. The only problem is it was a little thin on one long edge (15″), because our replacement stove needs leveled, but I just put more frosting on that side, so it didn’t look too bad. The middle had thicker cake pieces. We donated it for the dessert table and the workers cut it up and put on little plates with a price tag. The cakes were all different prices. Ours was priced at $1.50/piece and they were about 3.5″ x 3″ for 15 pieces. Nice looking and that was pure profit for the fundraiser. All pies were $2.50/large-slice. For my own lunch, I took a tuna fish sandwich cut in 1/2 but didn’t have time to eat until almost 3:00 p.m. because of all our business, so I only ate 1/2. I bought a cup of roasted garlic tomato soup to have with it, although I am not a garlic lover it was a nice addition. We took in over $700. I was primarily a cashier, along with taking orders, but did get up to help a woman who was very unstable on her feet and shaking a lot. She had a walker but I helped her get her change into her purse, and walked with her to a table, helping her into her chair from the walker. Then I got her coffee, went back for her food, and delivered it.
Two of us worked at the “ordering table,” with one delivering the orders over to the kitchen. When we were swamped, someone from the kitchen came out to pick up the orders, so we both could continue setting up orders and making change. We also sold Grange cookbooks, picturesque note cards, and homemade cookie packets, besides taking money and orders for beverages, soups (choice of Chicken & Rice, and Tomato–cup or bowl), salads (green mixed with 3 dressing choices, Caesar, and Grilled Chicken Caesar–small or large. Desserts were various cakes and pies. I ended up working from 11:45 to 5:00. The food stopped being served at 4:00, but desserts and beverages still were available. And, the last hour, I helped mark and stack trays filled with little plates with pieces of cake for the evening sales (Barn Dance), and next day’s lunch. That was good because I was able to bring our large “old” cookie sheet type pan home. We realize it is larger than such sold today. The sales out of it brought $22.50.
Poor John was working in the wind all afternoon. I drove in it but while I was inside the building, the gusts were the highest (4 straight hours of 44 mph). The hours either side of it were in the high 30s. He was primarily working today on planting his new strawberries, and managed to plant 40 plants.
Having fed and exercised all the animals, he just presented me with a large plastic plate of Honeycrisp apples and low-salt potato chips for the first course of dinner. Nice combination. We were scheduled to have a bowl of leftover chili for dinner, but I didn’t have any because I was still full from lunch. The chili was a great deal I received free on Friday. I went to a scholarship luncheon, but the Adult Activity Center had a free chili meal with a movie (free for members). There was some chili leftover, so they kindly packaged in square plastic containers for people to take home. At least 5 people in our class got some, and perhaps more that I didn’t see who took it earlier. It was a good amount, we have had 2 meals off it, and I think John might have had a bowl for his lunch today.
Also, I received comments today from my co-author on shortening the text for my talk next Saturday. He reworked one of the slides for the PowerPoint into a more professional rendition than the one I made to illustrate the article on Virtual Water Export from the U.S., which just was published in April, in a professional geography journal. We needed to include it in our summary statements because it relates well to our research on hay export.
Sunday, Apr 28 I was very tired from yesterday’s activities and did not have a good full night’s sleep. The winds have been high today, but less than yesterday, and John has managed to plant 40 more strawberry plants and set hoses all around the orchard using gravity flow from the irrigation ditch. He sends along the following photos. Click each for the large version.

View from front door to NE, driveway on right, Cherry trees, others, windy.
Bloom time on the Naneum Fan

 

Cherry blossoms on a limb in April 2013, elevation is 2,240 feet.
Cherry blossoms
Bright yellow blossoms of Oregon Grape with shiny green leaves; sharp points and Holly-like look.
Oregon Grape

 

Yellow blossoms on slender limbs of Golden Currant -- often uses other shrubs or trees for support.
Golden Currant Blossoms

I was all happy about loading a counter-full of dishes into the washer, and washing them. Once it was through the cycle to the dry, I turned it off to turn over the cups and anything with accumulated water pockets, to drain. I was almost done with the top shelf when it collapsed and dropped all the dishes and the front part of the drawer forward to the door below. It was a mess and noisy. At least no china or glasses were broken this time, as last, just one soup bowl chipped. John picked it all out for me, and set them out to dry, but I still had to individually dry things later.
Monday, Apr 29 I didn’t write anything down for this date, so wonder how to reconstruct it. Oh, I remember why; I had to spend time on the phone setting up heart-related appointments. First is tomorrow with the woman to perform a device check on my defibrillator (occurs every 3 months). We decided to clean off the counter between the kitchen and den, and all the stacks of boxes and materials (many in large 9 x 13″ envelopes), all covered with dust. John could only do so much when I had to step in to manage sorting my old teaching materials. Most can be recycled, but have to be vacuumed (our house is dusty with 4 dogs and John tracking in mud and dirt). For several hours (literally), I worked through the stacks to see what goes where. A few things I can pass on to colleagues, and some are historical, so I will first show the Emeriti Geography professors at our monthly meeting, and then possibly store in the archive library at CWU. One thing I found was from an older friend (geographer) back east of two newsletters he found in his office while moving. They were published from our CWU Geography Department in the 1950s (even with some color on maps on the covers). I remember the colored masters for red and green and blue run on a ditto machine (mostly with purple-colored typed text) that we used in graduate school in the sixties. This was first run through a black mimeo and color added to the base map of WA. One was a silk screen process.
Tuesday, Apr 30 Up early to drive to Yakima for my device check; then to Big 5 Sports for some work boots for me. We took a short drive through the older residential areas near Nob Hill, to admire all the colorful trees and blooming ones, such as pink and white dogwood. Also, we saw many lovely hydrangeas, red maple trees, other bushes and trees we couldn’t identify from the street distance. Their situation is quite different (1,000 ft. lower, & warmer) from ours. The amount they are ahead of us is amazing. Went on to Costco, where we got gasoline for 40¢ less per gallon than in EBRG. That’s also amazing to us. There’s even a 20¢ difference in our town a mile (or less) between stations. Back to our town for Black Oil Sunflower seeds for our birds, which is a little cheaper here than there and we can buy 50 lb., rather than 40 lb. bags. On to Pizza Hut to collect a special on a large with any toppings pizza for $10. We made dinner and lunch out of it. For dinner, John added mushrooms we bought today at Costco, and chicken from what he cooked last night, adding some cheese – more nutritious this way. On back by our normal grocery store for another couple of sale items that expired today. Might as well take advantage of significant 50% savings (both on meat).

While there he had to get ice cream.

A yellow smiley face appears after ice cream.

Wednesday, May 1  Another busy one, but we both went to town.  John dropped me off at the Food Bank, and went to see the new computer and talk with them.  He delivered our old (1981) computer monitor, an old printer, and an IBM keyboard.  The shop recycles metals (with a guy who drives by from Seattle to pick them up from their backroom).  While there John took his speakers to see if they would connect to the new system.  (A-OK).  Meanwhile, my banjo friend and I entertained and were going through the line for our food, when John arrived.  He signed in, and they were happy to serve him a meal.  Only 25 people attended today, down from normal.  The meal was pasta as usual (always donated on Wednesdays by Ellensburg Pasta Co.).  It was a really good spicy chicken/cheese and little snail-shaped button-like pasta, thankfully for me, not green (made with spinach I can’t have).  I looked on the web and found the name and image. -Insalatonde is the closest thing, although there are several shapes.  They made a salad with green beans, chick peas, red beans, green olives, and some other stuff in a sort of vinegar like sauce.  I didn’t expect I would like it, but it was palatable and tasty.  For dessert was a special cake thrown together from flour, Jiffy muffin mix, something else, and cherry pie filling.  They covered with chocolate sauce and then ice cream on top.  Different, rather interesting, but filling.  John and I left there to drop off some magazines (from our cleaning up job) at the Activity Center and tell them I was too busy to come to class, but I said hello to all, and set the music up to play.  While there, I picked up two pieces of a Bundt blueberry cake for eating tonight with our ice cream.  From there to CWU to deliver books and VCR tapes to 3 colleagues.  On home, where I continue working on shortening my paper for Saturday.  We got a call that the computer is ready to be picked up, so that means cleaning more of the counter tonight and tomorrow morning, before John drops me off at Royal Vista for music, and goes on to the computer place to get his new toy.  Guess we are going to have a grilled roast beef and cheese sandwich for supper.
Thursday, May 2  Oh my goodness, I never wrote anything down from today.  What a day.  Mainly we worked on projects (mine on the paper, and got it done and printed off for Saturday’s presentation), then John unloaded all the boxes and stuff from the newest truck (’89 ) into the older one (’80), and drove me to town for music.  While I was there, he drove to the CWU surplus sale loading 10 pallets (50¢ each) & six 5-gallon buckets (50¢ each).  John came back and picked me up, and we went back to load in the truck the packed up computer system, except for one monitor, which I carefully carried on a pillow in the front seat, going home.  John spent the rest of the night (until too late), setting up the system.  Then he set up the newly provided modem from our DSL/phone company.  The old computer has a wired link to the modem but my laptop and the new one are to be of the wireless type – that is, we will have a “Home Group” network.  We had not set up anything like this before and things did not go well.
Friday, May 3  Morning began with over an hour on the phone with the DSL provider and the computer shop.  The Fairpoint tech guy got two-thirds of the problem solved, but something was wrong and he suggested talking to the computer shop. The symptom was a weak signal as shown by the “bars” at the bottom corner of the screen.  John’s initial thought was that we jarred loose the wireless card or something, but as it did show up, that didn’t make good sense.  In talking to the tech at the computer place the conversation was moving to “put the tower back in the box and bring it in” – when John remembered on pick-up day someone at the shop saying – prior to John heading to lunch at the food Bank – “The 2 wireless antennae need to be unscrewed before the tower and be re-boxed.”   Oops! Found the antennae!  Screwed them in. Uff da. Glitch solved. We now have wireless connection to the Internet with all 3 computers, and a Home Group sharing documents and pictures. When we get a new printer/scanner (the current all-in-one has a dead scanner) it will be “wireless” and now that we know to screw on an antenna or two, we will have entered the 21st Century (computer-wise).

This evening is Robert Michael Pyle’s talk on Butterflies and we will take our boxes of books to donate to the AWG at the registration table tomorrow. I have to be there before 8:00 a.m. to be at the table during the AWG business meeting, and then our session starts at 9:00 a.m. My paper starts at 10:05. After that, I’m free of any duties, except probably attending to the book table again. John has meat loaf in the oven. Don’t know if we will get some before leaving or not. Turns out we will wait till we get home. Might be a late dinner but we are used to that. Turns out it was MUCH later – talks about Butterflies go every which-a-way just like the flight pattern of the animals on a windy day.
Saturday, May 4 We had the Association of WA Geographers meeting this weekend here in EBRG, and I started participating quite early, leaving the house at 7:30 a.m. I helped with set up and put out all our books for donations to the Student Awards for the organization on a table adjacent to the registration table. I gave my paper in the morning session. I did fine and received many compliments, especially from my co-author, who presented our similar research paper at Olympia, WA for a different geography conference last October. We have added to it and changed a few things since then. He told me later that today was the Kentucky Derby, and we should have mentioned that (because the export hay trade in our valley began in 1971 with 200 tons delivered to Japan, after they learned our valley’s hay was being shipped to feed racehorses in Kentucky!). The day and presentation was neat because a lot of my students from the past and friends (colleagues) from around WA in community colleges (& universities) were there. I also got to meet a bunch of the students currently in the programs who I had met through my jobs list but never in person. One gal giving a poster is the daughter of one of my former students for whom I was an adviser on her internship at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland, associated with some of the Hanford waste studies and the leaking tanks of radioactive materials into the Columbia River. I didn’t stay for the afternoon paper session but left after the group returned from lunch. I stayed and took care of the tables, and viewed the last of the poster presentations. From there I went on to our favorite grocery store because a special Saturday-only sale was occurring, on many things we needed and use. My cart was totally full, contents including: packages of paper towels, ice cream, diced tomatoes, cans of fruit, canned cat food, and I think that was about it, except for a couple other items, marked down as well.
Once home, I finally collapsed and took an hour’s nap. Unfortunately, we stayed up later than I should have working on the computer, this blog, and things that have been ignored all week.

Finally, it is now Sunday morning, and we were getting ready to have John post this blog, but the WordPress he uses is from his old computer. It lost its connection to the new modem. He has spent the past two hours moving back and forth between the back of the house and the den, trying to coordinate and figure all the passwords, workgroup issues, and allow our computer to speak to one another. FINALLY, we THINK we’re up to be able to have him post the blog from his new computer. However, he will have to transfer the picture file information from the old computer, so he can add the pictures for today’s issue.

He got that done, but then we have had to spend lots of time figuring how for him to retrieve my Word document, with his LibreOffice Writer, an open-source free word-processing software on his new machine. Now that we are home grouped I can revise his files on my computer, store on mine, and he can come back to my computer files on the Home Group for me. I think we’re nearing posting time Sunday afternoon, but wow, we have accomplished a lot today.
Hope your week was great.
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan