Monday, Nov 4

I’m beginning our week with a black and white of the photo published in color in last week’s blog, from Montana, and Tony Bynum’s creative photography.I love the detail in this, which better displays the mountain topography’s geology so well, plus highlighting the kayaker very nicely too. It’s a masterpiece.

Tony wrote me: Hi Nancy, that is a photo of Two Medicine lake in Glacier National Park. The lake is just up the road from my house in East Glacier. It was taken in 2016. It’s actually a two-shot panorama stitched together. I ran across the images the other day while I was searching for some other photographs for a client of mine. It is not unusual when I go digging in my archives to find something I shot but never processed or published, and this scene I was just lucky enough to be at the lake when there was a kayaker heading up the lake. [At the resolution we use the kayaker only shows as a small thing on the bright water.]

John and I are going to Cottage Café at noon meet Sharon & Jack for lunch, and to go by our PCP’s office to pick up some paperwork that I need tomorrow. Jack had a birthday the end of October, and I had one the beginning of September, so we get $10 off our meal with a mailed coupon.

I called the Umpqua Bank again about problems using their bill pay system on line, to pay from our checking account without writing a check. This has been a long on-going process, which should have been resolved last week.

We were gone from 11:00 to 4:05 p.m. today and tired of doctors. John went to the dentist early morning to reset the temporary crown, we went to Cle Elum to meet our friends at noon, and then to the doctor’s office after 1:00, back to the eye doctor in Ellensburg at 2:25 p.m., where my severely dry eye problem was diagnosed and treated.

We went on by the Coop for special horse feed for Myst, and then to Super 1 pharmacy for my eye medications ($40 later) and home for John to do chores before dark.
The day on the road meant postponing things at home.
Came home to messages everywhere – on email and phone.

One landline message was that my PFT test had been postponed a week, but unfortunately, that will also have to be rescheduled because it conflicts with our wellness visit to our PCP on Nov 22. It now has been rescheduled for 10:15 a.m. check-in on Nov 19th .

Tuesday, Nov 5

John’s out holding Myst for David to trim her feet, and then we are going to the Food Bank for a Senior Nutrition lunch before our appointment with my cardiologist. Our lunch was great (but we were late making it there, past normal serving time). Lori was kind enough to load our plates and microwave them for us. We had a slice of roasted chicken, with stuffing, and mixed vegetables (green peas, green beans, white pearl onions, peppers, and carrots), and a cookie for dessert. We’d stayed longer than we should having a nice conversation with a friend.

From there we drove directly to my cardiologist’s office, arriving with two minutes to spare.
I had printed my meds list and loaded a manila envelope with other records to show and ask Dr. Krueger about. He met with us for over an hour, and responded to all questions, comments, and reviewed all lab test results (including an echocardiogram) done since we saw him 4 months ago. He dictated his evaluation and discussion with us, in our presence (and accepts corrections) and it will be retyped for a printed version to be sent to my PCP and to me. He also listed 6 issues for me to take away and handle soon.

One was a reduction in a medication I’m taking, Atorvastatin, to only 20 mg. Sadly, I just refilled it recently for 45 tablets. Oh well. The prescription was for 80mg and I was taking ½ a pill, but to half the remaining halves would not be possible because of the shape of the pill, to get ¼ of a pill. So will order a 40 and then cut in half. (Oddly enough the price on the 80 is better than on the 40, and why I was using it). I need to check the 20mg vs. the 40mg. Maybe we won’t have to cut it at all! I think I’m better to quarter the 80 – For $5.10 vs. $9.34 =$4.24. I just worked a long time halving the ½ tablets I had, and with a pill splitter they pulverize into non-appropriate sizes, so I’ll pay the extra. His reasoning for the dosage reduction was actually good, as my cholesterol levels in the cardiologist’s words were “beautiful” – (HDL= 89 & LDL = 41).

I took a copy of the list of vaccines (to update my records), recent blood tests, and medications. I told him about my need for moderate use of opiates for when I am going to be playing music for over an hour, or dancing. I try not to raise my left arm over my shoulder, ever. He told me about a pain clinic in Yakima at the Aspen medical complex on 16th street, to which I could have my PCP make a referral – so I have to remember to do that at our annual physical coming up end of November.

Our farrier is coming to trim Myst’s feet tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. and we are scheduled to go to my cardiologist at 1:10 (but in Ellensburg, not in Yakima, so that’s helpful).

We also need to go by Fred Meyer for John’s colas, and I need to refill my dog’s prescription for Rimadyl there, if it has been delivered. They had to order it.
We bought a lot of Colas for him at a discount (their senior discount works on the first Tuesday of the month at 10%, but only on Kroger products). Although, I have to return to the store with my receipt to get the 10% discount. I should have asked for it at the end of the cashier’s check out. I did not; they require knowledge at the end, not the beginning because they might forget. This time I forgot. I got that knowledge late tonight from a customer service rep named Kira. They will give me the discount, which in this case applied to 2 buys at 1.69 each and 12 at .77 each. (all Kroger brands. That will mean a refund of $1.60).

Wednesday, Nov 6

Today starts with getting ready for going to the Food Bank. I leave about 10:45 to get there to set up chairs and music stands. We start playing as soon as possible after 11:30 a.m. We stop at 12:10 and are eating by 12:15.
We had 10 people today, did patriotic and USA songs, very well received. I had a big plate of spaghetti, cup of fruit, and juice, with a tiny bit of salad (most was dark green I couldn’t eat), and a small roll.

I then stopped off at the AAC to deliver a shirt to a gal for her daughter (a 2X), and then I made my way to my meeting with Glenn at his mom’s house at 1:15 p.m. to pick up some of my stuff that I had loaned to her.

I had filled out paperwork and so I dropped by for a temporary state parking sticker for special occasions on campus, where only handicap spaces are available. I’ll need to use it to get to the IAFI lecture where all 10 spaces near the building in the middle of campus have been changed. The university quit issuing their disabled parking space (campus only) coupon for the mirror. Now one has to get a PCP’s referral to obtain a state permit, even a temporary one.

Fred Meyer Pharmacy did not yet have Annie’s meds, so I got my $1.60 refund from yesterday’s mistake.
John fixed meatloaf, beets, and baked potato tonight.

Thursday, Nov 7

Normal morning, and getting ready to eat brunch and go to play music at the Rehab. We will be going tonight to the Historical Museum for a lecture, and I have my camera and tripod packed to take in ahead of the 6:00 p.m. starting time. We loaded an old metal sign for a machine shop. The sign featured Harley Davidson and had “1 mile from Ellensburg.” The museum director, Sadie, is going to include this in the collection, and try to find out about the business. We’ve had this for 15 years – given to us by a since deceased neighbor.

Tomorrow is our Veterans’ Day playing. I got the audience music ready 43 copies – need to pick up the remainder and my paperwork for the Nov 12 meeting at the AAC Advisory Board at 1:00, on Monday.
We had meatloaf and carrots for supper.

We left after 5:15 p.m. to drive to town for a lecture at the Kittitas County Historical Museum. The Wanapum people live (now) 30 miles to our southeast, near Wanapum Dam, a major structure on the Columbia River. I sat beside the presenter and his wife. Below are the videos I took with permission from Rex and his wife Andrea. During the first one below (Sadie Thayer’s introduction, is a song that Rex wanted to sing. It is part of the Washoni religion and they did not want that recorded because of the special spirituality.

Rex Buck, Jr. Intro to the Washoni Song (not recorded)

Rex Buck, Jr.’s Story of the Wanapum People, KCHM: 11/7/19

Answer to Sun Light Message in Song Lyrics

Now below, I’m adding after the talk by Rex, my finds on the web of Links to history about the Wanapum (River) peoples

Civilian Displacement: Hanford, WA

Wanapum People After Smohalla

Friday, Nov 8

Sunrise: we missed getting a good picture because of trees, buildings, and a hill. The sky was ablaze with reds & oranges.

I looked at my normal photographer friends in the Kittitas Valley, but didn’t find any, so I checked on line and found these from Ferndale, WA, northwest of Bellingham, and close to Canada.Church Rd, Anita Goecke; Unick Rd, Allison Trimble; Lummi Island, Colby Chambers. All are taken 11-8-19, shown in Ferndale News. Mt. Baker is 35 miles east; one of the snowiest places of North America.

Normal morning but heading for an early Veterans’ Day Memorial celebration at the Senior Center.
We arrived before 11:00 to setup things, for our music group, and to find out last minute changes in plans for the day. I brought the audience music to be distributed after we started playing as the dishes were being cleaned from the tables. John took photos. Our group was setup to play on the other side of the pool table, and I’m standing in front probably setting up my music stand. A singer (Lou) is standing behind me and he is one of 3 veterans associated with our group who were honored today. And the two tables with red tablecloths in the back of this picture, behind the tables with white tablecloths were reserved for the musicians and family. You see the red, white, and blue colored tables.

Each Military Branch was brought forward and Karen Eslinger, our accordionist, played the theme songs as they stood as a group. The official program began a little after 11:30 p.m.
It began with a 12 slide PowerPoint Presentation created by one of the AmeriCorps staff, Deborah Boudreau. She did an awesome job on the presentation. David Douglas, in his Army uniform, acted as MC and explained the slides – a timeline of the various services.

Next is a Link to the PowerPoint slide content: (I have no clue why the slides are shuffled in reverse order, with #2 at end)

Thank You For Your Service

When the branches walked forward to be honored, their branch’s history was presented (you’ll see on the slides above, if you weren’t there to hear, and the MC interviewed a couple of them asking the years served, where, what their specialization was, and what memory they took away from the experience. Each veteran was given a postcard for today (left below), and I shall place a photo of our day’s cake dessert beside it.

Here is a link to the photos of the day John took, and we’ll add others that the AAC staff took, when available.

Celebration photos

On the way home we stopped off to show my patriotic garb to some military friends, and Cheryl Winston took this nice photo of me to send to a lady who loves seeing me in the patriotic clothing because of her son’s being in the military.Supper with shrimp, carrots, French fried potatoes, and Honeycrisp apple. Piece of chocolate silk pie with pecans made a nice dessert.

Saturday, Nov 9

Started the morning with sleeping in, and then began with Facebook messages, about morning sunrises. I have two to share for today from our Kittitas Valley.This capture from Lise McGowan, commenting “Game Day Sunrise! Keith (her hubby) could only see Purple and Gold!!! Get your Gumbo on!!! Geaux Tigers!!!”

Another photographer in our midst is Evie Scheutz, who posted her morning pre-sunrise shot of our agricultural valley, for this 11/9 morning, with her comment, “Always a beautiful morning in paradise…” Evie’s photo was taken from Cleman Rd, south of Kittitas, WA

John’s in from chores and fixing brunch. This was diuretic day for me, so I’m traveling up and down the long hallway to the back bathroom of this L-shaped house. At least I get my exercise.
Sent the Nov 9 Earth Science Weekly PDF out, among other emails needing attention, and chores around the house.

John fixed fried smoked turkey to supplement a low calorie Marie Callender Roasted Turkey dinner with gravy, mashed potatoes, & carrots/broccoli.

Sunday, Nov 10

Finally getting started at almost 9:00 a.m. I am not rested yet. John’s been up since 7:00 (not his normal 6:00).
Okay. Time for me to load dishes to soak and finish blog that awaits. Been another busy week, with another coming on, even tomorrow on the holiday we have already celebrated early.
Okay, the first sink-full of dishes is soaking awaiting for me to load into the dishwasher. I’ve set our new timer John got for me to remind me of my next chore. It’s so cool, a metal one with a magnet that attaches to our metal kitchen refrigerator very securely, and has a loud and predictable ring. Our old timer was getting to the end of the timing and quitting before ringing (cause unknown).
The old one (right) was a Taylor (on a stand) for which we never easily had space available in the kitchen. Left one is by Myle, smaller and conveniently out of the way on the fridge door held on by a magnet. John came in and fixed us a late brunch, egg/cheese/mushroom/ham omelet, with toast. Now he’s outside working on a gate project. I will go out and review his work and grab a bag of clothes out of the back of our pickup to take to Yakima tomorrow for donation at the Discovery Shop (American Cancer non-profit for research). All the shoes, clothing, and hangers are either in the Ford truck or in a shed. This stuff needs to go – and make someone happy.

The new gate is a 4 ft. and a 10 ft. combination. These replace a makeshift pole and rope that has been in place for years. In fact, the new panels have been in the hay shed for about 3 years. It was time! New gate opened and closed; see explanation below in video:

John’s New Access Gate to the pasture and sheds
Supper was fried breast of chicken, large cheese biscuit with butter, and some chicken/bean chili.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Travel weather

Tony sent me a photo of Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park. Google Earth will show you the Lake’s location if you search.

Monday, Oct 28

We stayed home today. Nancy, computer chores, calling PCP for missing paperwork with call for Wellness Check and Annual Physical, now called Chronic Conditions Visit.
The Wellness Check is paid for by Medicare and is a useless waste of our time and mileage, to demonstrate we can tell time on a clock with hands. It’s mostly with the physician’s nurse and we might get to speak with our doctor for a few minutes. Labs will be ordered (most likely) to be drawn during the following week. Ours bumps into the day after Thanksgiving, so we have to wait until the first week of December. That upsets me because we keep being pushed farther in the year for our next year’s physical, all because of their mistake in scheduling our appointment when it was supposed to be (blamed on a change in computer medical records software change).

John took me out to view his progress and plans for his loading dock. Hopes it will add value, and it gets rid of lots of rocks from our alluvial fan, concrete sidewalk pieces (scavenged), mangled iron fence posts**, purchased railroad ties, and 10″ iron spikes remaining from a previous fence project. [**remember the load of logs that rolled over our front fence?]

I took a few photos, see this link below and click on each of the 8 photos included to get a tour and small explanation; be sure you have click the Info button (an ‘ I ‘ with a circle around it). It will provide details on the right side of the photo you’re viewing.

John’s Loading Ramp Construction

Came back in and loaded more dishes.
Tonight is showering time because tomorrow morning I have a haircut appointment around the rural block, at 11:30, followed by a trip to town for several reasons, with the last stop, probably being at 2:30 at Bi-Mart to check numbers and to transfer 3 boxes of pine cones to Izzy. She plans to bring some slippers for John that her hubby doesn’t wear. I guess that’s to thank him for all his efforts in getting pine cones to give her for her crafting projects. They fit him, and she brought me a pair of Bearpaw boots with sheep fleece lining and trim that also fit me. Nice.

Tuesday, Oct 29

I had a quite full day, and John was mostly outside, but some inside (cleaning out the refrigerator and old food for one). It was very cold today. I never saw the temp go over 30°. I couldn’t take my shower last night because of the high winds and the threat of losing our electricity again with a tree over the wires, so waited until this morning. All went well and I dressed in many layers but should have worn pants that were not polyester, but a thicker weave. The wind blew right through them. My first stop was my neighbor’s a mile away for my haircut. I needed it. She and her hubby lost chunks of their roof (of their porch, not the house roof) in the high winds last night.

From there I drove to town in time to get a lunch at the Food Bank and visit with two friends, Karen & Don. We had an interesting conversation and a great meal: Sloppy Joes, green beans, Hubbard squash, apple juice, and a piece of cheese cake with a pumpkin swirl.

I was running later than planned, and so went directly to the hospital for my blood draw. I checked in under my cardiologist’s name, and then requested at the lab, that everything be shared with my PCP. That worked well. I trust all the paperwork got to him, but I need to check the portal and print it so I can take it with me Tuesday, Nov 5, just in case.

Now, I went back to Safeway to pick up my Warfarin – 5mg tablets that I expected to be halved, thus 90 from 45. They had not halved them, so I waited for Charles to do the job. He suggested it, and we had talked when I ordered it about putting the instructions on to have it done, but when I asked him to check, he exclaimed that they had not read the instructions and it was not done. So, he did it. He said the other pharmacists would hear about his feelings on it.
Meanwhile, I took my month’s supply happily for $12.44 and left by way of the counter with marked down meat, which John usually checks when he’s in the store. Nothing worth bringing home today, however.

Next stop was Super 1 to pick up a few bulk carrots. I succeeded, and left for Bi-Mart for my meeting with Izzy, for the pine cones and slippers exchange.

Wednesday, Oct 30

Early this morning I found out my PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. with the director, Jim, administering it at Cardiopulmonary Services at our local Kittitas Valley hospital. I have to have that annually because of one of the medications I’m on for my heart (Amiodarone), that potentially can scar the lungs. Happily, I have successfully been on it since 2010, and I want that to continue. It controls atrial fibrillation perfectly for me (NEVER had any since going on it 9 years ago). I don’t like the alternative medication, which requires 3 nights in the hospital to adjust the dosage.

Here’s what to expect for the upcoming PFT (which I have had for 8 previous years):
• Approximately one hour for testing.
• Albuterol, a bronchodilator, is used as part of this treatment to relax muscles in the airways and increase air flow to the lungs.
• The PFT measures how air flow, using a variety of breathing maneuvers.
• All PFTs completed at the hospital are over-read by a board-certified pulmonary physician.

Those expectations above are from their website. I also know that my cardiologist and I can obtain the analysis results on a CD sent after the test, and it comes with a comparison report to the previous year’s. My cardiologist wants to review all the records each year as well, and he has previous years in my file for a comparison. I have them too.

I spent the next part of my morning cleaning up and loading the rest of the dishes and washing them, and dealing with emails afterwards, before leaving the house for my stops in town today.

John left at 9:30 with the larger (Ford 350) truck loaded with stuff for the transfer station (aka, the dump). Then he will get bags of horse feed and Sunflower seeds. Next groceries, looking for sales. The F-350 uses lots of gas, so multi-purpose drive to town is appreciated. I used the Forester, as our timing didn’t let us go in one vehicle.

Photo back in the day by my friend EvieMae Schuetz, who grew up in Ellensburg and went to movies there as a child. She posted this photo from her past, this week on Facebook (You Know You’re from Ellensburg), and she received an incredible number of memories from others with their own memories of the old theater. It made for interesting reading. I’m sorry it was no longer in operation when I arrived in town.

John and I did go to the Roslyn, WA theater. I wonder if it still operates; looked it up, and it does! The general admission is $9 but being over 65 we can get in for $7.00. I also remember their being a drive-in theater in town, but it was no longer operational either. It was leveled eventually and replaced with more modern buildings.

This photo grabbed my attention because now it is where I go every Wednesday to the annex of the Liberty Theater for the Food Bank lunch. It is now the place where the downtown Calvary Baptist Church meets. The annex is their recreation/dining room.
My first stop was there today to set up for music. I took along a protein drink in case there was too much on the buffet I couldn’t eat, but it was fine. We played music for 40 minutes to an appreciative audience. There were a lot of people there today eating, and we had 4 singers and 4 instrumentalists. The building is in the center of town, so is very accessible.

After that, we had our food, once we’d packed up the music stands and chairs. Food today for me was spaghetti, a piece of sausage from a ravioli dish, mixed green salad/ranch dressing, fresh sliced apples and oranges, and a cake I took a bite of and brought the rest home to John. He got home about the same time as I did, helped me unload, and then he had leftover beef stew for his late lunch.

His day was worse than mine. (Item #4 of His Not so Nasty News, just prior comments on this.) He spent 2 hours in the dental chair for two fillings, and paid half of the bill ($500), plus scheduled another appointment for a crown for later in November.

I see the writing on the wall for medical (including dental) expenses for this year’s taxes. Three days later (Saturday) the temporary (plastic) crown came off. He cannot keep temporaries in his mouth for some reason. He’ll have to go in Monday to have another go at it. He is set for the real crown on the 21st!

I also went to Bi-Mart for some Fisherman’s Friends cough drops, Artificial Tears, and dry cat food. I got all but the Artificial Tears (none in stock), and also picked up a large bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide because I used the rest of what we had with doctoring the dog bite I received several weeks ago.

I went to the Senior Center to discuss plans for our Veterans’ Day celebration there on Nov 8. Our music group will be providing the music after lunch, of patriotic songs, and U.S. songs. Some program changes happened from last year we needed to plan for, so I was checking on that. I think we have it figured out now.

Boy is this a lovely colorful painting in the sky for the Halloween Eve’s sunset in the Kittitas Valley.
Halloween Eve Sunset by Lise McGowan, described later by Lise as, God did provide a masterpiece that night.

Thursday, Oct 31

John started the morning before I did and did all the outside chores. I have my work cut out for me, but had to take care of emails I was not expecting.

He’s back in at 11:40 a.m. to take care of brunch, for which I’m most grateful.

Worked on the Genworth Long Term Care Transfer Funds need. I eventually finished it and got into email. They received it but have not responded yet that it is completed. I await.

Called about Umpqua Bank problem. It took more than a day to resolve, and still is not apparently fixed. Calling Monday morning.

Started at 3:15 with Umpqua bank to remove cookies and straighten account problems so I can do a BILL PAY on line. This is really a PITA. I had a 9-minute wait for Tech Support after going through the first person Alysa in Roseburg, OR.
Another agent, named Chase, changed one thing, re-activated it and I’m set to go in 15 minutes from now (it’s 3:44). I talked to his supervisor to thank Chase for his service. However, I waited all weekend and the bill pay I submitted did not go through, so have to wait until Monday morning to call Umpqua to notify them.
What a helluva afternoon.

Received this morning from Cameron Fries (White Heron Cellars & Mariposa Vineyard), this note, “In case you didn’t see it” he sent a link to the Spokane NWS blog “Coldest October”, and he went on to say that this was their latest harvest ever. John will get the scoop on the ripeness, sugar levels, and so on – next time he goes over.
John does check this blog, but they don’t publish regularly, so he had not seen this specific one.

Coldest October in the Inland NW in a long time

We have certainly noticed the cold weather in October, but we also had not seen this blog report.

Day continued to get worse. Fixing the problem with the Umpqua bank online and deleting cookies DID affect more than just my bank transactions. It affected all my Gmail account passwords, and Facebook access, and Jacquie Lawson access, and probably more I haven’t yet found. It’ll be a cold day in hell before I ever do that again. I also have updated my list for John in case I’m not around when he has to access something. He doesn’t use Google Chrome as his browser. I could not switch to Edge because the bank does not support that browser. So, I had no choice. Now that I know the final reason it could not be accessed, I realize I did not have to delete all my cookies. Too late.
I THINK after a lot of wasted time, I have retrieved all my logins.
We still haven’t had supper.

Friday, Nov 1

Normal morning chores for each of us.
Get ready for going to Seattle. John has the directions there and it’s about a 2-hr drive. The event will start at 2:00 at the Mountaineers’ place. He has printed our instructions. We will wear our WTA labeled shirts to be dressed appropriately for the Volunteer Recognition Event. We navigate around the University of Washington, they have a football game with Utah.
Checked Motor Trend; and PayPal deductions we didn’t intend to make on a credit card account.

John dealt with Vanguard and we have spent incredible time on line with these two issues all morning. Vanguard is changing from mutual funds only to a more full service brokerage system. Their term is “transition”, and it just makes work for us.

One is allowed only to dispute CITI BANK VISA charges within 90 days, so read and check everything immediately when a statement arrives, especially on John’s account. But obviously on mine as well.

Motor Trend “on demand digital site” refunded 6 months’ worth of the last year’s incorrect charges ($29.94), because of niceness of an agent. It was part of the free 14-day subscription notice on line, so let’s not do that again for any magazine. Go through College Subscription Services, as we do with all other magazines. It was included in the online thing John did for the paper copy (at a good price, $18 for two years), but we will not renew that in the future. It cost us ~ $45 for this mistake.

Now John is out removing a tree off the fence that fell from Brashler’s property east of us. He mentioned it in his Friday column (‘Strays’, Not So Nasty News, so please refer there, and for other interesting comments, if you haven’t read them.

Saturday, Nov 2

Long day, for which we left later than we should have for Seattle. Most of the distance was in I-90, but it ends south of the City, junctioning with I-5, the Mexico to Canada, west coast major highway. The traffic was awful on I-5. Stop and crawl for miles. We finally made it to the Mountaineers’ place on Sand Point Way.
The Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle is northeast of the City’s center. The peninsula is the location of former Naval Station Puget Sound.

History, here.

Sand Point is the peninsula, Lake Washington to the east, with Pontiac and Wolf bays, north and south, respectively.We wanted to miss the UW area, so stayed on I-5 to about the level of Pontiac Bay. Then we cut across through an interesting old neighborhood using NE 95th Street. A quick search suggests that 95th Street is a boundary between a couple of “known” neighborhoods. Something to look into.John drove I-90 to North Bend, WA and I drove the rest of the way with him navigating. Back the same, and I drove to Issaquah for a Costco gas fill-up, and he drove the rest of the way home. We didn’t make it until 7:30 p.m.

WTA Volunteer Recognition Event, 11-2-2019

Sunday, Nov 3

John reset all the clocks, did morning chores outside, and visited with a neighbor at the road. I worked in the house: taking pictures off from yesterday. Worked on editing them some. Sent emails needing attention.

We fixed brunch and finished it. I cooked us 3 eggs over easy (1 for John), he cooked sausage patties, and fixed our toast, and opened a can of peaches. I had my neighbor’s Apricot homemade preserves on mine. Now alternating between the blog and other chores.

Okay, John just closed his computer and went outside. Now I can do things on line using the Internet and it won’t mess up his searching.

We decided yesterday not to take the Geology Field trip field trip by Nick Zentner to Drumheller Channels. We had gone on a trip over 10 years ago behind closed / locked gates with a summer intern I had there. He took John and me to some sites (say of the start of the irrigation system for the Columbia Basin), which few in the public are privy too. It was an interesting experience.
We do love Nick’s field trips and lectures, but this one was not timed well for us with other activities this weekend and coming week with two doctors, dentist, and events for Veterans’ Day (in advance).

A final photo by Lise McGowen. The little bump on the horizon is Mt. Rainier. Thanks, Lise.Lise’s comment about her photograph: I walked out to our back pasture to capture yet another amazing sunset! Of course, I was surrounded by our beautiful horses! They were very curious as to what all the excitement was about! Lots of nudges, photo bombs, sniffing my camera, etc …and then they went back to grazing! It was fun to hang with them this evening!!! Tonight was an “Evening of Solitude!” Blessings to you all!!

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Feels like . . .

Flash back to Scott Niccolai’s talk in last week’s blog about Stream Restoration. John found this reference accidentally while searching for photos of a helicopter moving logs. Caption: People watch helicopter lift logs to be placed in stream for habitat restoration.
Helicoptering in Logs for the Northwest’s Largest River Restoration

Monday, Oct 21

I’ll start off the week, with more awesome photos from my friend in Michigan of her friends, the Sandhill Cranes. Hope you like these as much as I do.Autumn leaves flight and fluttering of wings Early morning stroll and foraging

John’s out feeding Myst her concentrated food. She is putting on some weight. Our vet, Dr. Dan, stopped by the other evening on his way home (he lives a mile NE of us on Charlton Rd, and took a look at her. She has gained weight, but we’d like another month of good weather. Instead it feels like winter. Report is that winter just hit Boulder, CO. Here is what the NWS thinks the remainder of the week will be like there:If the high of 18°F, on Wednesday, happens it will set several cold records for the date and the season. Holy Cow!

Here on the Naneum Fan, a gal came for the pine cones we put into a 5-gallon bucket for her, and brought me a blouse and a hand-knit scarf she made. I had never seen one like it before. It’s close to an infinity scarf, if you look up images on google. I will likely wear it for the Raclette at White Heron, coming near the new year.

This afternoon, I drove to the Kittitas P.O. and submitted an extension tax form. Best place to go where I was the only one at the counter and handled rapidly. The best 10 mile trip I can make for such needs. The wait at the Ellensburg USPS is often met with a long line out the door, with only two agents (if you’re lucky).

Tuesday, Oct 22

We stayed home today. John’s done his outside chores in high wind gusts, but he was wearing his full coveralls.

I have been working on scheduling, emails, medications, updating my Medic Alert information (on line, changing providers and medications list), helping give Glenn Engels some information about donating food to the FISH food bank. He is starting to empty the house where his mom lived. I never mentioned about our friend, his Mom, Anne Engels. She died a couple of weeks ago at Fire Island, her favorite place on Earth, while vacationing there for September and October. She has made that trip as long as Glenn can remember.

Soon, we will be having brunch: egg, pancake, & peaches.

Working on my addition to Medic Alert meds at the moment. Just updated doctors (only PCP & Cardiologist). And ready to change emergency back up to Geography secretary, and add another friend as 3rd contact. Spent a lot of time updating my medications list, with dosages and frequency.

Called two places to update my vaccination history. Flu shot this year (10/7), and am up-to-date on pneumonia shots. Cle Elum mailed me that record, which didn’t arrive until Saturday.

Changes in schedule this week; add Scholarship luncheon group, this Friday, at the Tower Theatre lobby on campus.

High winds blew all night, and continued early here this morning, but the airport didn’t start registering them until 9:00 a.m.— then hourly, it has reported: Gusts: 32, 41, 45, 49, 44, 47, 47, 39, 38, 30, 31, 29. Gets worse later this week.

Afternoon snack, fruit cake; later, Cheez-its. I worked alternately on the computer, emails, filing, planning music attendance for this week and looking forward to the Veterans’ Day presentation at the Senior Center on Nov. 8.

Sustained wind speed has been consistently in the 30s, & dropped to the 20s at 4:00 p.m.

Supper: Cauliflower, ham with elbow macaroni, and a great apple creation baked by John using Red Delicious apples from high up in a 37-year old tree. [via 1st owners of our house] He cut and sprinkled cinnamon on those, added cashews, and a batter made from pancake mix.

We have been busy getting our voting ballots done tonight. I can put them in the ballot box when I go by the Courthouse to the Food Bank Lunch tomorrow at Liberty Theater annex on 5th. Our ballot has a dozen ‘advisory’ items – we get to express our feelings about these, but the legislators get to ignore them.

Too much time spent on projects; not going to bed until too late.

Wednesday, Oct 23

Get ready for Food Bank lunch and music. Fixed a protein drink just in case the pasta is not okay. I brought it home. Had spaghetti and one piece of chicken from a pesto pasta (but didn’t take any pasta), fruit (including mango, papaya, pineapple, & pear on cottage cheese, and a little of the mixed salad, mostly ate halved cherry tomatoes.

As planned, I went by the ballot box and deposited our ballots. Stopped by Dollar Tree and searched for nylon bags (in with laundry bags) but none were available. Shipment arrived today and needs to be processed. A clerk took my name and phone # and will call me when / if it comes in (they never did). Needed to get John some tooth picks too, but they also did not have the kind I was looking for in the dental section.

I’m dealing with music for future Veterans’ Day celebration at the Senior Center, Nov 8, doing our patriotic and USA songs (13 of them).

Supper: Lasagna, chicken nuggets, and fried shrimp. Dessert: best part was the apple creation from last night, heated, and topped with vanilla ice cream.

Thursday, Oct 24

This morning, after an hour outside, John came in and we set up to give him a much-needed haircut. I managed to do a nice job in just over a half hour. We are both very pleased.

I started the morning by soaking dishes, which need to be loaded into the dishwasher. Called in the count for chairs for music today. I also responded to a horribly constructed telephone evaluation of my yesterday’s quite positive experience dealing with a customer service representative at Genworth Life about our Long Term Care Insurance Policy. The prices keep increasing yearly (as expected). We hope never to need it, but it is important to have. This year’s amount is going up from last year’s by $1,093.97 to a total of $4,740.95. Official notification will not arrive in our mail until Nov.20th, but I received the amount, when inquiring, as I was setting up an automatic electronic funds transfer to go from our checking account directly to the company, without having to write and send a check.

I’m going to Hearthstone today. We had a huge turnout (a baker’s dozen) and a large audience who enjoyed singing along with us.

This evening we are attending a talk at the Kittitas County Historical Museum presented by Harriet Baskas, “Washington on Wheels: Odd and Innovative Transportation Ideas from the Pacific Northwest.”Here’s my discreetly obtained from my lap, video of the lecture, put “unlisted” on YouTube. Please be careful how you distribute this. Just watch it for your own pleasure and education.
Washington on Wheels: PNW Unusual Travel Modes

Friday, Oct 25

John completed his normal early morning outside activities. I worked inside on mine but only made a slight dent.

RSVP’d “no” to David Bederman’s “legacy” lunch/lecture in Atlanta, GA at Emory University. David was the son of Sandy, my main geography professor at Georgia State. David was a specialist in Law of the Sea activities.

I went to the scholarship luncheon meeting on campus. Met our new member, Sarah Feeney and mom Bonnie, (missed meeting her baby). She was sleeping and I forgot to look in the carriage on my way out. I was there early, so I could leave for all my appointments in town.

Today’s offerings were good, especially with a second story view of falling yellow leaves. We had turkey chili with beans, topped with shredded cheddar cheese, Mini-Fritos and a small chunk of cornbread, there was a salad, but I didn’t have any because of the greens included, and a sugar cookie for dessert.

From there I went to Safeway, to get colas for John on a special 4 for 69₵ each (2-liter bottles). Then on to the $ Tree to look for wooden tooth picks for him. Our dental hygienist gave him fancy mint flavored things. Nothing at all was there, so still looking.

Left there for the bank to pick up my 4 copies of duplicates of our checking account checks so I can VOID one, which has all the routing numbers and account number on it to send to Genworth Life Insurance with our request for an Electronic Funds Transfer in 2020. That went smoothly and because I was there on a Friday, that is the bank’s day to put out donut holes next to the coffee pots for people to have. Today, it had more things on the food tray, so I took two large M&M cookies to bring home.

On my way home, I stopped at Bi-Mart and first looked in the dental section, finding no such wooden toothpicks, so I sought regular toothpicks in the grocery section and hit the jackpot. I had the choice of two boxes, only 99₵ each, one with 750 picks in it, and the other with only 250. Checking the difference, I found that the 750 were FLAT and the 250 were ROUND. The flat was definitely what I needed, and I was pleased. We figure the price difference (by type & number), is that there is a lot more wood wasted in the production of the round ones. Interesting. Flat is superior in this case, anyway. There wasn’t more than a dozen of the picks, if that, in the little sample container given to John by the hygienist, so this is a much better solution.

Once home, I was in the kitchen reaching for something in the refrigerator, the electrical power shut down without warning, right before 3:00, at 2:54 p.m.

I called two neighbors to be sure it was not just our isolated problem. Then I called the Kittitas PUD (Public Utility District) at 933-7200, shortly after 3:00 p.m., to report the outage. At that time, I was only the second person calling in, and no details were yet known. The woman I spoke with (Mary-Dawn) was only working until 4:00 in the office, and told me I could call back the same number and press “zero,” for updates. She registered our reported outage, also took my phone number for a call back when power was restored. I told her I would know when it was restored, because the lights would come on, but thanked her and accepted the offer.

Obviously, with no electricity, we had no connection to the Internet. Our landline was working until the battery needed recharged. I actually had other phones I could have used, but didn’t need to. I’ll present a photograph taken from a report on the web on Community Connect Kittitas County Facebook site, I received after the fact from a friend in upper county who had seen it, and saved it. Red oval shows where top of tree snapped off. Below right of that is the remainder of the pole, with the top upright on the yellow road lines. Cross arms are left hanging in the middle of the road, held up by the wires. Pieces of the tree are in the road, in shadow, around the pole. Hard to see – this was a copy from a ‘Facebook’ post by a PUD worker.Tree across the road that sheared the pole (orangeish thing on left) on its way down from the high winds. Spot is at a small bridge.

Obviously, we would have no access to the web or to lights when it gets dark about 5:30 p.m. Phones are working and that’s about it. My laptop is operating on its battery, so I can proceed with a few things, just not email, where I imagine there are several messages waiting for me from my several hours away today, 10:30 to 2:20 p.m. At the time I wrote that, I wasn’t even thinking that my batteries were not being charged without the electricity on. By the time I looked at my computer, it only had 1 hr. + a little left, so I turned it off.

We still have leftover frosted brownies made by Karen Eslinger from last night’s KCHM lecture. I wish I had a way of heating water to make coffee to have with the brownie. Perhaps I’ll just have cold coffee or a PowerAdeZero drink. These sorts of outages are usually fixed in under 4 hours, so we haven’t gone to “survival” mode, yet.

The wind is severely blowing. John checked when I got home and I think he said it was a high of 47. I think it was much higher on my drive home, and now outside everything is being picked up and thrown around. I hope he stays out from under trees with limbs that might fall on him. He is outside working now.

Here are the winds of the day: Don’t miss the 60 mph gust before 4:00 p.m. Broken pole is 3 miles from the airport weather station.

Whoopee! Just off the phone with Laura at the Cle Elum Clinic requesting mailing of a handicapped sticker okay for the state. CWU has eliminated the sticker for on campus only parking which I use about 9 times a year to access the Discovery Building in the middle of campus for IAF & geology science lectures, the first Thursday of each month (except summers). The only access close to the building, now is only handicapped parking, previously, there were 8. They recently switched all 10 parking spaces to only handicapped. I have the CWU Parking permit that is also required with the CWU h/c sticker, but it expires Dec 1, this year, and after that I am only allowed there with a state one, which it has to have a doctor’s approval, before I can get one from the vehicle licensing department. My CWU Emeritus Parking Sticker Permit does not expire until December 31, 2020.

Still no electricity. This is not as serious as people in CA are experiencing, so no complaints here.
We finally got our power back at 5:54 p.m., 3 hours after it went off.

However, friends on Game Farm Road, ¼ mile from the downed telephone pole still do not have power this evening. They must have re-routed ours, but those closest to the break will be the last restored. Many folks in the Kittitas, WA area (some on PSE, another utility district) were also without power. There are similar events, with road closures from dust, over a large area.

Saturday, Oct 26

Home today trying to pick up the pieces from yesterday’s power outage that affected so many people’s lives. I had other needs but those got put on the back burner while the power was off. Maybe it is time to clean up the wood stove, before winter does come.

I need to update my vaccine record at Medic Alert, and this morning’s mail brought my history, but I need to add to it, a flu shot I had Oct 7, 2019. Also, we both had notices for our upcoming wellness and chronic ailment appointments, but I have to call Monday to find out why the supposedly “attached” paperwork to fill out in advance was not included. That happened last year as well, and we had to fill it out in the waiting room (not the best place to do such stuff – having to rely on memory only). Feels like we already saw this movie. [Déjà vu, some would say.]

I had washed a load of dishes this morning, which were meant to be done yesterday afternoon. John has been out taking care of several projects, he is working on alternately. He says he is using different muscle groups so as to not stress any, and getting cramps later. I’m doing the same thing inside the house.

He took time to come in and fix brunch: Sausage patty, with blueberry/pecan pancakes, and bowl of cut canned peaches.

We both worked on afternoon projects, John’s mostly outside, except when a strong wind whipped up, and blew him in the door, because it got dark, and threatening, as if a hurricane was impending. Amazingly, it only sprinkled here, but others in town and in Thorp got a short but heavy rainstorm. After a while, the sun came out, the wind stopped, and John returned outside. Feels like the weather spirits went crazy.

I used the time he was out for the next couple of hours to upload the video I took Thursday evening.

Supper: Fried chicken thighs from the freezer (actually from Safeway’s cheap chicken Monday), with French fries, and beets. Dessert of a brownie and M&M cookies.

John’s in bed, and I’m on my way. Will continue in the morning working on this blog.

Sunday, Oct 27

Home today working on the blog and many other projects. John’s already come in and eaten leftovers for lunch, and I am having a late one.

I finished lunch and was cleaning up preparing to get back on the blog, and to set up washing clothes, when John came in and I asked him to allow time tomorrow to deal with some of the shoes we got a few weeks ago. Instead, he brought a large cardboard box to the front porch. There are 10 boxes of nice shoes and a black lawn-bag filled with casual shoes and belts. I recorded shoes and sizes to share with someone on Tuesday. Now I will just process these and return to it later after the blog is completed. I took the pix from the camera. Hope to complete this shoe and clothing home-finding process real soon now.

Completed the communication between a Thorp friend and a Naneum Fan friend; I was the intermediary.
Managed to start the clothes washer, finally, at 3:20 p.m. Now most is dried, but I need to empty the dryer and put in the socks and panties on a lower heat.

John came in and heated beef stew (from the freezer) for dinner. This was from a couple of months ago, but he hadn’t dated it.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Nature’s landscapes are beautiful

Starting off this week with the Harvest Moon.Harvest Moon over Kittitas Valley by Lise McGowan. (Mt. Rainier)

Monday, Oct 14

Today’s display is another Sandhill Crane photo from my friend, (see last week’s pair fly over):Nice take-off, Sandhill Crane from a lake in a local park in Michigan, captured by Maude Buzcek, my friend since 6th grade.

We are scheduled to be at the foot doctor in Ellensburg at 8:30 a.m. for a scheduled toenail cut. We picked the early time so we wouldn’t have to wait a long while. Hope it’s is worth the effort. It only took 15 minutes, once the doctor arrived, but we were accepted as we walked in, and placed in a very cold room.

Once home I received a call from Yakima Heart Center’s, Medical Assistant, Kim that Dr. Krueger wants labs drawn prior to my Nov. 5 appointment. They’ll be in the mail. All scheduled for 10/29, with my other standing order, so one blood draw will satisfy all.

On the phone with Vanguard getting help on Date acquired, form 1099-B on the Turbotax form. It’s missing on my form. Turns out it was because the dates acquired were split in several places, and impossible to divide. I just used the skip over and accept anyway, without.

I delivered messages about the passing of my friend to the people in the community who were involved with her, after receiving the okay from her son. I called Brad & Burke with my credit card # to pay my invoice for the recent winterizing checkup. The receipt is being mailed to add to my records.

Crazy busy with tax form and getting help from John. He is not good at writing down the volunteer trips, although they go on the hard drive as he schedules them. Log book in the car is another matter. He says, next week he will explain the term “log” as used in this sense.

Tuesday, Oct 15

Here is a beautiful way to start your day, with this autumn leaves photo of a lake in our town. I love the water’s reflection.A winning photo of Carey Lake by my friend, Evie Schuetz.

I’m staying home all day to work on taxes, so I need something beautiful to view.

Got through to Brandy at Umpqua bank and she’s ordered what I need for Mortgage Interest that was not properly sent on a 1098 Form. It should have come by Wednesday, but it didn’t. Maybe Thursday. Still wasn’t back by Friday, but they checked another source in their bank records, and found the information I needed.

Also, I contacted Vanguard, and know how to digitally transfer funds from our checking account to investments portfolio, securely, at no cost. I need to show the procedure to John. We have been too busy to sit down and go through it.

I’m working on taxes, but took a break to follow a noise outside and saw John mowing, or actually going or coming to where he did now. He came in & fixed us a brunch: Ham, eggs, and a blueberry-pecan pancake.

I soaked and loaded dishes. Dishes we dirty and dishes we clean. Continuing process.

Called Gerald Gordon and remembered to wish him a happy 70th anniversary. Quite an accomplishment.

Supper tonight was roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, with corn-on-the-cob.

Wednesday, Oct 16

Speaking of Big Horn Sheep – This will put a smile on your face to see the smile on this face. A beautiful animal “captured” by Tony Bynum

My day started too early, and I never got a nap this afternoon.

Wrote ladies at ECCC about clothing removal & my friend. Haven’t heard back yet. Have contacted another church group, and I hope this may work out.

I fixed a protein drink for lunch and got ready for Food Bank music.

Afterward, I went for my INR at KVH. The INR was 2.4. I shall go for recheck in 2 weeks, when I can combine with the labs for my Nov 5th visit with my Cardiologist.

I was having trouble with my TurboTax Premier software, being unable to get the tax form to insert correctly in the step-by-step procedure. I finally got through to an agent who was very helpful. The first 15 minutes of frustration had to be spent with a robot spelling out our long email account, and be understood. I was speaking clearly and slowly. God, I hate those front end answering machines when the end is a person I could have started with originally.

I’m very tired of tax preparation. I realize now I should be picking a day every month for putting receipts into an Excel spreadsheet so the tallying is easy by keeping every month up-to-date, throughout the year.

Supper was leftover roast beef, potatoes, gravy, and adding asparagus+cheese, and pears.

It’s raining again (and has most of the day).

I worked a lot on mileage for medical and volunteer service tonight. Need to add John’s WTA mileage, and that will push it up higher on our volunteer service donations. Mine is mostly music, occasionally 3 days/week, on the 3rd week of the month.

Thursday, Oct 17

All normal morning inside and outside activities.

I’m going to Pacifica this afternoon for music, and this evening, we’re going to the Kittitas Audubon meeting to hear a talk on Habitat Restoration, by Scott Niccolai. I’ll film it.

I picked up 2 crispy chicken sandwiches from Burger King on the way home for our early supper.

For the KAS Meeting, I took my dues and camera with tripod. We got there early to set up.

The meeting was late starting as the expected talk was preceded by a half-hour club meeting.Scott Niccolai-KAS, 10-17-19, Habitat Restoration

The presentation was Habitat Restoration by Scott Niccolai, who has been a Habitat Biologist with the Yakama Nations for 28 years, spoke about the Kittitas Valley/Yakima River watershed. He has had projects most recently in the Teanaway, the Yakima, and other smaller streams. The emphasis will be on fisheries, but he’ll have lots of other information (and pictures) on birds and wildlife to share as well. After all, we are all interconnected! Scott is a Central Washington University graduate, with a Masters in Environmental Management from Evergreen State.

Scott Niccolai-KAS, 10-17-19, Discussion

Ending this with reminders of our wealth of knowledge acquired this evening:The Swift Story (you’ll have to view the video to learn of), and the connection to our town.
A few riparian restoration issues (left), with Gloria Baldi greeting Kenneth Hammond. Ken was a professor when Scott was in college here.

Friday, Oct 18

We spent the day working on taxes, mostly on mileage for medical-related services and for WTA volunteer activities.

We had a brunch of ham & scrambled eggs with cheese, toast.

John completed his normal outside activities. I worked inside on mine.

Supper was left over (from the freezer) pizza. Dessert will be cookie dough frozen pie, (now thawed).

Saturday, Oct 19

This morning, I’m uploading a video to YouTube from Thursday night. That ruins the web connection for other activities, so John worked outside packing his truck with garbage bags to take to the transfer station (aka the dump). He paid $22 to dispose of 400#. Also went by Knudson’s to buy some concrete blocks for his loading dock he’s building – for uses to be determined. Maybe load the big lawn mower for travel. Otherwise, the volume behind the front will be a depository for busted concrete and some of our over abundance of rocks. As well, he bought more Senior Equine pellets and some crushed corn, Black Oil Sunflower seeds, and a 50# salt block with Selenium {a necessary trace element; toxic in excess}.

I went to Briarwood to play music and we were served a fantastic food fare: Lee made chicken soup with carrots, celery, huge pieces of white chicken, with noodles; salads (fruit salad, orange Jell-O chiffon, and a green pea and ham salad. Jo Ellen gathered the items on the dessert table, contributing several kinds of cookies she made (ginger, peanut butter, sugar, and someone else made chocolate chip, another made little white fancy pinwheel sugar cookies with orange and black sprinkles (for Halloween)—the whole room was decorated for the last day of the month, and Lee added some homemade pumpkin bread and banana bread to the dessert table.

On my way home, I went by Fred Meyer for a special 3-day sale on Red Baron (Supreme) pizza, Jimmy Dean (Regular) sausage rolls, and Progresso Chicken & Wild Rice soup. I bought the limit of 5 each of the pizza and the sausage for $1.99 each, and got the soup for 99₵/can by buying 8 (otherwise, $1.49/can). Our survival pantry is good for a major earthquake or snowstorm. I also bought a gallon of vanilla ice cream because we are almost out. It rained on me coming and going all the way home, where it had not yet rained, but did later!

Been working some on job announcements after ignoring that process need for 2 days.

Sunday, Oct 20

John drove to the Kittitas Highway to load 6 wood pallets, being given away. Not that we need them. Projects?Search images for wood pallet projects and see multi-possibilities.

Returned to fix us a brunch of a blueberry/pecan pancake, peaches, maple syrup, and shaved (thinly sliced) ham, from a rugby ball-shaped mass inside a plastic package. How do they do that?

Now he’s out picking up Annie-poo and cutting back raspberries; and the rain has resumed.

We thought Izzy might be stopping by for the bucket of pine cones today, but that is looking less likely at mid-afternoon.

Supper crafted by John was a chicken & veggie casserole with elbow macaroni, mushroom soup, and French’s-like crispy fried onions. Dessert after the cookie dough pie is eaten, will be a fruitcake from Christmas past John found while cleaning out the chest freezer.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Fall on the Fan

Monday, Oct 7

I was in the house for the most part, but did take a trip up to the end of the driveway, with my camera, to record John’s latest landscaping project to plant a new tulip garden around a pine tree. He will have to encircle with a fence, however, because deer love to eat tulips.

He’s having to dig through bunches of rocks of various sizes because of our location on an alluvial fan. I took photos of the process and will only put a couple here, but will store the whole tour in one link on Google Photos to share with you. John put a photo in last week’s blog to show you the pretty peach color they will be.

Above left to right: Spot at the end of the driveway, tulip bed to be around the middle tree. Rocks are removed and sifted, with dirt retained and added to mixture with sand and manure to use as the soil. The mixture is growing to the left, in the left-most photo. Our truck load of sand is slowly diminishing as projects like this, or the garden, need a gritty addition. As for leaves, pine needles, and horse manure – we have a limitless supply. The rocks go for other projects.

Our feral cats and dog come along as companions. You’ll see their photos in the set below.

I encourage you to take the Google Photos tour of the northeast edge of our property, below. Be sure to have the Info set and look at each photo with the information to the right of the photograph. Click on the link below to be transported to the photos:

Google Photos Tour of Rock’nPonderosa

We went to town and picked up a package from a friend, and then went on to Super 1 pharmacy to our favorite pharmacist for a flu shot for each of us. That went well and while there, we also picked up a prescription for me.

On to the bank to deposit 3 checks. Two were refunds from the doctor because they had billed both of us for work because our deductible was not yet paid. I knew it had been, but they wanted it, so I wrote the check. We were refunded over $50. Crazy! The other was a tax refund check, which paid for my time and effort itemizing all my medical deductions to get more money off than taking the standard deduction allows.

From there to Safeway for another prescription for John (through GoodRx), and to get some Progresso soup on sale at a good price, 99₵/can if we purchased 8. We like one type more than any other, so that’s all we got. Wild rice with chicken & veggies. Then we always add something more to it, such as mushrooms.

Tuesday, Oct 8

I first went to the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center (Senior Center) for a Senior Advisory Commission meeting.

When it was over, I went to the hospital lab for a recheck on my INR for my blood thinner. It was lower than expected so we will be rechecking it again next Tuesday.

Checked our numbers at Bi-Mart and we won nothing. I went by Safeway for my $3.00 refund.

John stayed home to meet a technician from Brad & Burke to winterize our Heat Pump. He opened the unit and found the connection to the power supply with a serious issue. Connections are made using a plastic wire-nut – red, yellow, and orange, in the photo. The photo is from the web. John didn’t think to take a photo.

In this photo, only the red wire-nut is still intact. A connection once covered by the orange nut got hot and burned that connection. That damaged the yellow one, also. Although not this far along, our main power wire was close to burning through its connection to the heat-pump. Off went the circuit breaker; repairs needed but the service tech is not an electrician so for the next 24 hours our house had to be heated in another way. John immediately set up a couple of oil-filled electric heaters of the style shown here. These kept the house warm, not toasty, overnight.

When I got home I set about making contact with our electrician friend Jennifer, but had to call her sister first.

I worked on some surplus clothes. They are in a bag to take to Karen tomorrow for the Cancer Thrift Store.

The leather jacket is in a bag to take to WTA event at 6:00 at Iron Horse Brewery. We have another solution to get the coat back to Seattle’s main WTA office to our friend Kara there.

WTA staff from Seattle decided against coming across the snow-covered pass, and Beth Macinko stepped in, coming down from Leavenworth to lead the proceedings and introduce our two speakers Oct 8, in Ellensburg, WA:

• Michelle Capp, Cle Elum District Ranger for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
• Ethan Lockwood, Public Engagement Coordinator for the
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Michelle Capp with Ethan Lockwood-9 min. of his talk

Below is a link to the still photos taken that evening, by Beth Macinko and me:
Google Photos WTA Meeting, Iron Horse Brewery, 10-8-19

Ethan and Michelle shared their in-depth knowledge of recreation in the Upper Yakima Basin – a region that stretches from the Stuart Range to the North, the Yakama Reservation to the South, the Cascade Crest to the West, and the communities of Yakima and Ellensburg to the East. This landscape corresponds with the eastern portions of Kittitas & Yakima Counties.

We were invited to the meeting at the Iron Horse Brewery & Pub, to eat, raise a glass with friends and chat about the places where we all love to play outside. Our feedback will help shape the future of sustainable recreation in the entire Upper Yakima Basin.
Another two such planning meetings are scheduled for Nov 1 and 2 in Ellensburg and Cle Elum.

Wednesday, Oct 9

We were awakened this morning by 4 raccoons climbing and making noises out front. Oops! We forgot to bring a bowl of cat food in last night. John thinks this was a mama with offspring. We had not seen any since last year.

Good we were awakened, because we had to leave for Hearthstone at 8:20 for a retired geographers meeting. I had to stay in town, and John had to get home before 11:30 to meet Jennifer to have her fix the electrical connection.
We left with utensils, plates, for Jo’s homemade apple cake. I took my violin in out of the cold, to take for music at Food Bank.

John started with feeding pressed pellets, flaked corn, and apples to Myst. She appears to be gaining weight. They are all getting hay.

When I got home, I checked my computer and found this photo posted by my friend since 6th grade, “Nancy J” (Maude Buscek). She changed her name later in life, from Nancy to Maude. I knew her as Nancy Johnson and I was “Nancy B” (Nancy Brannen). We sang around town at events as a pair, using guitars.

Sand hill Cranes in Michigan in a local park, by Maude Buszek

There is a migration south through Washington, centered near Othello, an hour east of us. The 23rd annual festival will be next March, with 35,000 cranes expected. This sunset was tonight in the Kittitas Valley by Lise McGowan.

Thursday, Oct 10

John stayed home hoping to get a couple of projects completed before snow falls. Freezing temperatures have already occurred, but most days have been nice.

Brunch was created by John: a blueberry/pecan pancake, one egg over easy, and thin ham.

I arranged for the chairs for this afternoon’s music at Meadows Place, and was surprised that 4 more people showed up than originally planned. We had enough chairs and space to accommodate them. Had expected 8, and ended up with a dozen. It went well, and the audience was happy to add voices to the music.

Supper was different for each of us. John had pork steak, fries, and peaches, I had a pre-frozen dinner, Roasted Turkey, potatoes, dressing, gravy, green beans & carrots; and peaches.

I spent time on computer projects, and email. We are going to bed early.

Friday, Oct 11

We are staying home today, except for my taking one short trip a little over an hour, to go fill my gas tank. Price of gas is very high now. I drove to Exxon, and found it for $3.15/gal. I also went by the feed store to buy more Senior Equine for Myst. John’s feeding about 10#/day.

Came home and found things to do I wasn’t planning on. Heard about the unexpected death of a friend. Her son doesn’t hear well so we communicate via e-mail. He was a student at CWU, and from that we met her, then living in Montana. She moved here, but was traveling (NYC) when she died. That’s all we know, now.

I added some photos from Tuesday night taken by Beth Macinko to the photos I had put out on Google Photos.

With the power outages in CA, we wondered how friends in Eureka were coping. We spent 48 minutes with Michelle & Bruce Seivertson. They had just one day with no grid power, but had a generator. Mostly we just caught up with visiting.

Saturday, Oct 12

We had our lunch: blueberry pecan pancake (BPP) and peaches for me; BPP and the remainder of the pork steak for John. A couple of years ago one of the grocery stores had a sale on 3 pound bags of frozen blueberries. They should have been used by now, so we are catching up with that.

The event of the day: a 2-year old’s birthday and Family Reunion of folks we have known since 1975. We’re invited. Natalie and her family, Mike, Nora, Natalie, and Sarah
Sarah and Mike Sandman are the parents, living 6 miles from us. Mike’s mother (Christina) thinks we first met her when she was 14.

The party started mid-afternoon with us getting home a little before 8:00 p.m. This was their oldest girl, Natalie’s 2nd birthday party. Younger sister is Eleanor (Nora), 6 months.

The party included supper with several kinds of pizza and salads, dips, chips, and with cake and cherry ice cream for dessert. At the dinner table, with John, Bob & Karen Oppie (great grandparents), Nancy reminiscing about our entry into the family in 1975 through field trials and Brittanys.

Opening gifts Saturday @ party & Sunday AM Natalie with Ponies

Our gift (a set of colorful plastic ponies) for Natalie had 3 bows on it with a nice card with pink on it in a pink envelope. We carried it in a gift bag with a horse on each side, which Natalie noticed as we arrived. All is reminiscent of our meeting the great grandparents of the little girl in 1975 field trialing our Brittanys (with horses). We have been part of the family since then; gone to most of the Oppies’s children’s weddings, and to many family celebration parties near Issaquah and Maple Valley. This was a combined family party with kids and adults, from as far away as Redmond, OR, for two great grandparents.

Myst did not get her extra Senior Equine grain and apples tonight because it was dark when we got home.

I managed to get dental deductions added to a tax form tonight via an Excel spreadsheet.

Sunday, Oct 13

Up early when awakened by the rain at 4:30 a.m., and back to bed.

John, Annie, and Czar have been out to feed Myst, get the mail from yesterday.

John returned Annie & Czar and then finished mowing part of the backyard that is fenced. I stayed in to take care of bill paying, organizing the mail, and other needs with the computer system.

I spent a bunch of time getting our Chase VISA account for Amazon.com fixed to get monthly statements for the medical records needed for taxes. Now tomorrow I have to call the phone number for Chase to see if I can request changing the pharmacy bills to be recognized as medical prescription payments and not as groceries. Reason is because Chase provides a 2% rebate, but only if it says Pharmacy, which my actual receipt does, but that is not reflected on the account.
This month’s statement had $119.06 for three different pharmacies – Kaiser Permanente Mail Order Pharmacy (filed under Health & Wellness (need to check to see if the discount was applied), Super 1 and Safeway (filed under groceries). If all are considered as they should be, this payment would be decreased by $ 2.38.

Well, on Sunday afternoon, I called Customer service and got through to an agent who clarified I was getting the 2% from Kaiser Permanente but only 1% from the Grocery Stores (Safeway and Super 1 Pharmacies) because of the set up the merchants have with Chase. I’ll call both managers of the grocery stores to see if they can separate the Pharmacy from the Grocery store, but my guess is it won’t happen. I’ll continue to use my Amazon.com Prime card to pay for all my medications.
At least I will have them all on the same account listing.

I received photos taken yesterday at the birthday party, and downloaded them to put in the blog above. Thanks to Jeff Sandman (father of Mike) for sending them to me this morning.

I’ve been working on finishing the blog, and organizing other things, loading dishes, and washing them so we have stuff to eat from and with.

I’m also processing the photos I took on Monday of John making a new tulip garden, by moving a lot of rocks from our Naneum Alluvial Fan! You’ve had a chance to see that story through Google Photos above, and if you missed it, go back up for a tour.

Next thing is to put in all my medications for the week – a normal Sunday chore.

We had our brunch and are back at work. John came in and fixed a can of Progresso Soup with chicken wild rice & veggies, adding a bunch of mixed vegetables from a frozen package. In addition, on the side, we had chicken nuggets and French fries. That will tide us over until supper.

Wind gusted to 30 mph today, and with recent freezing, leaves and walnuts are falling. We have two Black Walnuts along the driveway, so John cleans those off before they get smashed under the car tires. This was a low-yield year, so it isn’t going to be a big issue – just a nuisance.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Winter postponed

In last week’s blog, I promised a link to the photos and leftover videos of Allen Aronica’s Fundraiser. I have them below. But first, another interesting statement from Amy Davison, the baker of the Native American Cake I pictured in the blog that drew everyone’s attention at the fundraiser. It was made to include in the dessert auction to help add funds to the fundraiser.

These were our questions: How did she make the “beads” on the cake, how did she produced the feathers of the head piece, and how long did the design creation take. She answered, “I used pastry bags with tiny tips to squeeze out each bead onto the cake. The feathers were a butter cream flavored fondant that I pressed into a mold, chilled, popped out, and then brushed with liquid food color. I baked the cake in the afternoon, but then decorated it in the evening. I would say maybe 5 hours total? Maybe a bit longer as I wasn’t hurrying through and had to mix all the colors.” Folks reading this now will have to look back to last week’s blog, Stories & Photos to see the photos of the cake; near the end of that post.

Go to Sept 29, here:

Stories and photos

Below are two short videos from the dessert auction, not in last week’s report:

Pan of Kahlua Fudge

Surprise Cake $21 Donated for Dessert to Dinner Goers

The next link is to a few photos I took that evening as stills, mostly of the silent auction (selected items), a few of the crowd, and the dinner buffet. The other videos were published in last week’s blog on 9/29 (link above)

This photo is of the buffet line at the Spaghetti Dinner held at the Fundraiser.The next link takes you to still photos taken that evening.

Link to Still Photos at the Allen Aronica Fundraiser

Monday, Sept 30

I started my week, by going to the hospital lab for a blood draw check on my high INR last week. It went from INR=4.4 last Tuesday, after changed dosage, to today, when it was back in a decent range, INR=2.7.

Normally, I’m a little lower. Will check it again next Tuesday, 10/8, before my 1:00 meeting at the AAC.

While in town, we went by the Co-op and bought 2 more bags of Senior Equine for Myst and a large bag of Black Oil Sunflower seeds. On our way to the lab, we stopped at Burger King for the special on crispy chicken sandwiches, cooked fresh. On for the blood draw, and then, we went to the parking lot of Grocery Outlet to try to “pair” John’s new DORO 7050 cell phone with the Bluetooth on his car.

This was a busy Monday and I stayed in the car waiting on the phone connection for over 15 minutes to talk to an agent from Consumer Cellular. John went on in to buy the intended groceries, plus added some more. He got the needed gallon of ice cream and Griddle syrup (aka liquid sugar) for pancakes, plus added a frozen package of lasagna and two nice-looking ears of corn (which turned out to be overly ripened).

He got back just in time to be there for the phone pairing. We had to do it in town while close to a cell tower, because at our house, we do not get reception on our cell phones. It took a long wait and at least 3 times through the process to pair them. I was talking on my cell phone and John and I both were following the instructions with him on his phone and me using the screen on the car. We finally succeeded after the agent went and got a phone just like John’s and followed along with us on his end.

We thought we had it paired, finally, so we headed off for a neighbor’s.
On the way home, we found that we cannot download the phone numbers from the phone, and all calls must be done from the phone itself and not through the screen on the Bluetooth. That’s not a good thing. However, I am able to call and reach John through the Bluetooth when he is driving.
There is a number pad on the car screen on which finger touch will take a number. Then it can be called. Afterward that number appears in contacts. There is no name identifier, but at the moment John has just our home phone there. More to do.

We will likely have to go to our friend at Subaru in Yakima to figure how to make it work as he needs it to, so he can dial through the screen on his dash, just pressing two buttons. Or, the next time we are together in town (this coming Monday), we’ll try again going through Consumer Cellular, now that we have the phone paired. Perhaps they can tell us a different way to update the phone book. It should not be this difficult (especially for a flip phone).

Once home I checked emails and the phone messages.

I sent a planning document to the music group for this Thursday at the Rehab, and most importantly to notify them we will be doing the patriotic music at the senior center for the Nov 8 celebration before Nov 11, Veterans’ Day. We do this every year, and have since the 1990s. We have a number of veterans in our music group; all military branches are recognized each year and asked to come to the front of the room to be introduced, interviewed, and honored.

Need to contact someone about Chris (Dr. Krueger’s nurse). I thought I had his email, but now cannot find it. I need to search through the stuff by my phone (copper wire one needed for the defibrillator monitor) on chair-side table.

Supper: lasagna, tomatoes, fried yellow squash, onions, mushrooms, dessert: chocolate cake with almond buttercream icing.

Tuesday, Oct 1

John went to Bi-Mart to check numbers, and to Fred Meyer for drink needs and get 10% of purchases today, Senior discount, 1st Tuesday of month. (It’s only on Kroger brand – store brands and not on other commercial brands. So John got it on his colas, but not on my PoweradeZero, a Coca-Cola Co. product.)

I worked on taxes and clothes for tomorrow Food bank (cancer clothes donation) and some clothes for others who attend the food bank bunch.

Tomorrow I will give a bag of clothes to a friend to take to American Cancer Society’s Yakima Discovery Shop (Thrift Store). More about that in a future blog.

I’m publishing the following with permission from Allen Aronica.

Ida Nason (Allen Aronica’s mother)Allen Aronica’s mother posted by granddaughter, Sia Aronica.

This video is a story told by Ida Nason, and well worth viewing:

Everything Change: Recollections of Ida Nason, an American Indian Elder

This film was made in 1986, 6 years before she died.

I want to add another video to this story, which is of a special person in my life too, Morris Uebelacker (see below for this connection).

This video I found that Allen published previously through Facebook, so only someone with a Facebook account can view it: (I’m not sure where Morris is speaking or when it occurred, and I telephoned Allen to see if he knew and he did not.)
I contacted Emily Washines on Facebook messenger, and she just returned the answer:
It was this summer 2019 at Hanford Journey, co-sponsored by Yakama Nation & Columbia Riverkeeper. Partial funding via the Dept. of Ecology. Emily was sitting next to Morris in the audience, and someone noted his presence, and they called him up to speak (all impromptu)! Wonderful job storytelling in his inimitable manner of speaking.

Emily Washines filmed this below. What a classic moment!

Morris Uebelacker – Importance of the Columbia River

Morris met with Ida Nason, visiting her many times before her death. She lived to be 103. The funeral was in 1992 at the Naneum home place with burial in the family cemetery, in the traditional way.

My connection to Morris goes to the time after he was hired at CWU in the Geography Department (in 1988) to be a professor. I was hired the same year, and we shared a phone for the first year we were here. We had separate offices, however, in the Old Science building, Lind Hall. We also shared many of the same students.

Wednesday, Oct 2

John started with feeding Myst: feed pellets, flaked corn, and 2 apples. The other 3 are not getting supplements, so while Myst is eating John spread hay around for them. Then Myst gets turned back into the area with the others. There is no grass this time of year, although with the recent rain, a little is showing.

I worked on things to carry with me today, making a protein drink in case nothing was on the buffet I could eat. Had bags to get to the car of clothing for 3 different destinations. Also had a garbage bag of plastic bottles to deliver to a fellow who uses them for art-work organization, and meets me Wednesdays at the Food Bank Soup Kitchen. We also had a nice conversation after the music, while I ate.
I had a small serving of spaghetti today, a little salad, half of the top of a buttered roll, and brought home a minuscule piece of brownie cake for John and me to share tonight.

I did not make my normal salad to take today, because when I opened the bowl, with iceberg lettuce, it was past the edible stage.

Crazy busy morning, after sleeping in. I left at 10:50 a.m. for FISH food bank music at the annex of the Calvary Baptist Church at Liberty (the now gone Liberty Theater – 1938 to Aug. ’09).

Nice visit with 4 people over and after lunch, but came on home.

Need to write a letter to the editor about thumbs up on the change on county rural roads in approach to stop signs. This summer a deep rippled surface about 10’ long with 3 such squares taking up the right lane of traffic before a stop sign. This week county crews were out “softening” them. Squares were spaced about 25’ apart. They were carved out of the existing pavement and severely bounced the car to warn of the stop ahead. There already are signs notifying drivers of a STOP sign. Something much gentler might have been okay. People, including we, have been going into the left lane to avoid the ripple-dips.

Transverse rumble strips

What it encouraged drivers to do, was drive around them in the opposite direction of traffic and risk running into cars coming the other way. John and I have complained (to each other) about this since their installation this summer. The rumble strips are not present at all stop sign approaches in the county, but seem to be limited to the more rural areas, yet not consistently on all of them either. The only three we have had to contend with are on Brickmill Rd as it approaches Fairview Rd., on Naneum approaching Brickmill, and on Wilson Creek Rd., approaching Alford Rd.

This morning, on my trip in, I went from home on Naneum, then Thomas to Wilson Creek, to Alford, but before Alford had to slow to one lane to pass a county road crew rolling down the height of the rumble strips. I almost got out of my car to hug the workers, observing.

Thursday, Oct 3

Off for music at Rehab this afternoon; after which I went by Fred Meyer for PoweradeZero for 58₵ each after just paying 89₵ cents Tuesday. The sale started Wednesday.

After loading up, I called Burger King and asked them to throw in two crispy chicken pieces so they would be freshly cooked when I arrived, (6 minutes after they’re in the grease). Drove on down, paid for them, visited some, with a new cashier trainee, and a long-time cashier there training her, packed up and left for home.

John met me to carry in my violin and I fixed my sandwich. We ate them while they were hot, and then worked on a few things until we left for CWU and the lecture tonight. I took all my cameras to record the proceedings. We got our front row seats, and I put one camera on a tripod and had the others on the counter in front to use.

. . . . .Tonight off to IAF
7:00 pm.  CWU’s Discovery Hall room 103  
Free and open to all.
Revealing the Geology and Natural Hazards of Washington with Lidar

Daniel Coe, Washington Geological SurveyNick and Dan setting up – title slide of his lecture

My videos are below: (be sure to pull the viewer back to the beginning of the video)

Geology & Natural Hazards of WA via Lidar

Daniel Coe: Questions & Answers about Lidar

Friday, Oct 4

We stayed home today.
I unloaded and reloaded a full load of dishes. I uploaded videos from last night, which took a large part of the day. Our DSL bandwidth isn’t great enough for John to get downloads when I am sending the videos to the web. His breaks from outside things are shorter, because he can’t catch up on the news. Sunny days are good, rain-wind-cold, not so good.

Saturday, Oct 5

John took care of outside morning chores, and I joined him to sort out nice pine cones for a person to use to scent for Christmas projects. Fred Meyer has small bags of such for sale, but John did not see a price. When she might come is unknown, but we have a 5-gallon bucket full of Ponderosa cones. Seems this was a very good year for our trees – John has picked up hundreds.

Supper was out of the freezer: two kinds of pasta dishes (Swedish meatballs and noodles in gravy; Chicken Parmigiana with a slice of Havarti melted on top), carrots for me and carrots & broccoli for John, with PoweradeZero for me & cola for John.

Sunday, Oct 6

I put in all my medications for the week, and called in two for refills from Kaiser Permanente Mail Order. Surprised to find them there on a Sunday. Must call in the rest tomorrow after 9:00 a.m. in town.

John, Annie (dog), and Czar (cat) left for morning chores.

I’m working on computer and filing chores, and ready to load some software, once I connect an external CD drive. I just finished my list of things to do in town tomorrow with John.

John fixed us a lunch of a grilled sandwich with Havarti cheese slice and smoked turkey, which we ate with potato chips.

John has been digging dirt and rocks from around a young Pine tree up the drive from the house.

Dirt, sand, and horse doo will fill the area, then recently purchased Tulips will circle the tree. These are “peach” color. The spot is across the drive from a prior planting of fancy Daffodils and Tulips. Anticipate spring.

Last week, when Montana had a big snowfall, we nearly got snow too. This past week has been typically fall. The coming week will be cool to cold for us, but it is unlikely to produce snow here. The mountains of WA, ID, and NE Oregon, however, have snow in the forecast. Stevens Pass, 4,000 feet and 50 miles NW of us, may get 6 inches. Last week’s snow there has melted at pass level.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Stories and photos

I’m beginning this week with a peachy keen photo by my friend, EvieMae Schuetz, her close-up of a delightful ladybug, named Daphne, now residing on her dahlias, checking out peach fuzz on their tree.Meet Daphne inspecting peach in Kittitas, by EvieMae Scheutz

Followed by another few photos from another friend I have known almost since I arrived in Ellensburg at Lind Hall (David Covert)-another extraordinary photographer. He took these pictures of Canada Geese Migration at Carie Lake at Irene Rinehart park in Ellensburg (posted 9/20). I made a collage from parts of the photo at the top over two below to share the whole experience. Canada Geese Migration Stopover Carie Lake by David Covert

Monday, Sept 23

Finally published the blog late tonight at 11:10 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept 24

We were busy this morning continuing to get back on track.
We went to town for my standing order INR blood draw, and things went downhill from there on that score. Reading was way high. Reason unknown.

After that we went to Bi-Mart where John went in to check our numbers and buy a few things, and left me making phone calls, to arrange for medical appointments (I got a date to see my Cardiologist in Ellensburg Nov 5), and found out the location, plus went by the medical complex to find out the suite number and location on the second floor of a building I already know. Their information only was the address (100 Jackson St, and its being on the second floor). I will report back to Deschelle tomorrow (she’s a scheduler in Yakima, as she had no directions or idea at all. My doctor is only scheduled in Ellensburg one day/month (the first Tuesday of the month).

My research revealed this information: the building has just been purchased by the KVH (Kittitas Valley Healthcare), and is named, thusly: Kittitas Valley Healthcare Medical Arts Center. The office is on the 2nd floor (there is an elevator across from the front entrance on the north side of the building), and to the right of the elevator is a bulletin board type menu with all the offices found in the building (currently under reconstruction and renovation). The opposite side upstairs used to be the DSHS office (the WA State Department of Social and Health Services). It has moved completely away to past the China Inn on University Way. Certainly, is no longer close to the downtown of EBRG. Similar location (and Statewide?) in Yakima, so perhaps saving money for taxpayers.

We filled up John’s gas tank on the Crosstrek. Drove by to check out what I thought was the new location of the FISH Food Bank bread room, out by the airport, only to find out they are doing away with that, and keeping all the bread only in the food distribution area. As volunteers for music, etc., we were encouraged to use the bread room for our family’s needs, and I used to share things with others (such as a young woman and her daughter), who is visually impaired and cannot drive. That link died out. Likely those on the “needs” list will now get more than they can consume – it will spoil and get thrown out. {John says he was starting to make bread at home just before the Food Bank started passing off the extra to community members. He will start up again, and not have to inspect for mold.}

I sent a late call for music attendance Thursday, with the Oct/Nov PDFs attached.

Supper tonight was spaghetti (wheat as thin string or twine; click on this link, sapago. The sauce was a concoction (by John) of canned tomatoes, & tomato sauce with two cheeses, ground beef, and various taste enhancers. Fried yellow summer squash accompanied. It was excellent! Missed the red wine, but that last INR reading is unexplained, so did not go there.

Wednesday, Sept 25

I left at 10:45 a.m. for the FISH Food Bank music, which had fewer instruments than last week, but all the singers. Our audience was smaller than last week, but still very much involved with singing and applause, and comments afterwards. I got a kick out of our doing, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Everyone in the place was singing and counting, ONE-TWO-THREE strikes you’re out, …. Even the servers were keeping time to the music and singing along, because everyone had been served by the time we got to that song.

We started early and ended early, by a ½ hour, so I was able to leave soon after playing and packing up the music, chairs, and stands. I had a date at the Yakima Heart Center with Angie for an echocardiogram. Her daughter plays violin so we always chat about that. I ran into construction and a slowed-way-down 3-4 miles of the first section of I-82 by a closed repaving lane, and an extremely narrow lane to pass slowly on the left. The side had very close markers to make you stay in the lane. It was close for me, and I wonder how the big trucks managed. That was a stressful experience and time sink.

I made good time on the rest of the trip, but was surprised to get to the Redmond Bridge down by Selah, and find the left lane of the bridge being repaved in the direction I was headed. We all went on down the hill, and passed two police cars checking speeds. Everyone around me was still in a lower speed mode from slowing down on the bridge. I made it to my cut-off to get over to 16th Avenue for the rest of my trip to Tieton and the Yakima Memorial Hospital complex, near where the Yakima Heart Center and several other medical offices are located. They are now part of Virginia Mason (Seattle based hospital). I was actually heading to the Imaging side of the heart center. But, fortunately, both sides can check you in to either the cardiologists or the imaging technicians. It’s a nice entry set up that proceeds rapidly.

I was there and checked in before my appointment time of 2:00 p.m. after finding a shady spot at the very far end of the parking lot. Shade is difficult to find there, and I had my violin in the back of the car. I wrapped it up in a coat to protect it more, but the shade stayed for the hour+ I was inside the building.

My echocardiogram was the best I have ever had. Angie tried it in more of a sitting position, rather than laying me on my left side (which is my bad shoulder side with no range of motion). We talked throughout the test (it does not bother her at all). All was completed in good order, I redressed, and said my goodbyes.

From there I went by the scheduler with 3 copies of my printed instructions for them to have to tell patients how to find the office in Ellensburg. They were very grateful. They certainly had minimal information until I provided it. I knew it was needed when I had called yesterday from town to ask what building I was scheduled in for my upcoming appointment in Ellensburg (that story is mentioned above), and found out they knew very little.

I need to work on the jobs-list, but mostly on taxes, when I stay home long enough. That did not happen today. I promised John tonight I would cut down on the length of these blogs.

Thursday, Sept 26 From Allen: Morning Sunrise in Naneum bringing a weather change. Heater is kicking on.

Thanks, Allen Aronica, for taking and posting that. We have noticed the same cold and heater needs. Glad to see your perspective on morning sunrises. It’s amazing your view from your ranch, only a mile up the road, which we do not have from our place on the Naneum Fan, because of the hill on Swedberg’s place. The hill ends, but our view from our house in the easterly direction is blocked by trees. Send more sunrises, please, in the future, and tag me on future sunrise sends, via Facebook.

I paid Myst’s bill from the vet for checking her out: $174.48 and they are mailing me the receipt of the VISA payment. Vet Dan (a neighbor) didn’t find anything wrong. John gave her some worm medicine. Dan thinks she may have slowed down on her eating so that the other horses get her share. For the time-being, she is getting supplements while separated from the others.

I called and talked with Kelly at Brad & Burke about winterizing our Heat Pump. We are scheduled for Darren to come out on October 8. We’ve got 3 other things to do that day.

Check this-published Sept 26 afternoon. Allen Aronica sent it to his Facebook account:

Snow Moves into Cascades, as ‘Arctic Express’ arrives in Western Washington

Going to a presentation tonight. Prior to – we picked up several garbage bags full of clothing from a friend to redistribute some if we can, the rest to clothing banks in Ellensburg. She can’t go at the times they receive donations.

We attended the first in the lecture presentation series this year of the Kittitas County Historical Museum. It was by a once TV Weather forecaster for KIRO-5 News, Feliks Banel, entitled, “Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State. It was very interesting. The discussion went back to the mid-1800s; quite fascinating.

After the talk, we went to Safeway to get John’s medications through GoodRX there. Saved over $6 on two meds for him, paying a total of $25.70, without having to apply our insurance co-pay. The niceness of that is that paying with a CHASE Visa credit card we received a 2% cashback reward on our prescription medications. Our normal pharmacy (Super 1) does not provide that payback because the pharmacy receipt says Super 1 Groceries and the Chase bank card only applies the discount to a Pharmacy. Even though the Pharmacy is in the Safeway store, the receipt lists the Pharmacy separately, so the reward applies. I am not sure if that is the same case at the Fred Meyer Pharmacy or not. That remains to be seen. Everything in EBRG is close together, so multiple stops is not an issue.

Below is our presentation at an assisted living facility, earlier this afternoon:

Music at Hearthstone, 6 of Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends

Friday, Sept 27

Morning sunrise in the Kittitas Valley from the other side of the valley, in Badger Pocket, comes this photograph from my newest friend, Vicki Lennox, from Kittitas, WA.From 2015:This day 9/27 in 2015 –“Super Moon”-“Lunar Eclipse”, Kittitas Valley, WA by Lise McGowan

At the time she noted in introducing her photograph, “It was a grand view of the “super Lunar Eclipse” tonight. Watched it with Tanner (her dog) from the back of our barn to stay out of the wind. Scout and Dakota (horses) were curious as to what all the excitement was about. Not that this wasn’t enough to be in awe of…an extra treat was watching a long tail meteor pass by. We were blessed this evening to experience such a rare occasion.”
We are blessed she makes an effort to get out at unusual hours to capture the many skyscapes she photographs and then freely shares with her friends. This is one of the upsides of Facebook communication.

I attended a scholarship luncheon today in Bouillon Hall (where my office was from 1997 to 2008), and drove by Gallery One to pick up Amy Davison to take her, because I have an Emeritus parking permit and it saves me $6 to park on campus, anytime, anywhere! (Better than a gold watch for a retirement gift). I also still have library privileges. Surprisingly, we were first to arrive and had lunch of White Chicken Chili (with a roll, if wanted; I passed on the roll, but took a veggie turkey wrap, and desserts of Apple Crisp and Frosted Pumpkin (I guess) cookies. Amy and I signed up for the 3rd Friday of March 2020 to be the hostesses, (the end of spring break week at CWU), and we requested the large conference room we were in for lunch today. I took my check donation for the year ($60). The program started and still maintained by Ruth Harrington (in its 45th year) crossed the $1 million donation total last year. I have been in this group since 1988, and not missed a year (only a few Fridays when I was unable to attend). The donations go to students who are single parents, for help with their finances.

Today, we learned from Christine Tufts (one of our 4th Friday luncheon members) about her brother, Luke Tufts, a “volunteer” archaeologist at the Burke Museum, who teamed with his friend, Jason Love, working to free the 2,500# T Rex dinosaur skull in Montana. They extracted from the matrix holding it, gently tied it onto a flatbed pickup truck, and brought it to Seattle, WA. It is being reassembled with the rest of the body at the Burke Museum. I think she said it was only the second one found intact. I have yet to listen to all the videos myself. I have watched excerpts and I encourage you to take the time to study them.
If you google “Tufts Love T Rex” you will gain access to several videos. I had not heard of this previously.

When I got home, I finished processing the video of our music from yesterday, and began trying to respond to a volume of emails. It’s been an afternoon chore, never making time to extract the clothing from John’s car and getting it to mine. It will be time-consuming to take the contents of each bag, which are too heavy for me to lift, and separate into smaller garbage bags I can handle. They are full of a lady’s (grandmother) clothing who died and left all her clothing and shoes behind for the family to handle. Now I have it – and tons of my stuff that needs donated. I have had an offer from Sandy Meier to help, and use her house. I’m going to try to find people who can wear things before going the donation route. There is also a big bag of hangers! I’m not free to think about this until November, however. Too much on my agenda. But the Crosstrek is completely full – until Monday. Then what? (moving to my Forester)

Today on Facebook (which I seldom get to for a more than a few items a day), this appeared from my friend (and former student), Tony Bynum in Montana. People are being warned.

Historic Snowstorm: Up to 50” in Montana’s Mountains

Here are a couple of stills I took off the web that appeared with the story above, which will give you a video (and written) report of weather forecasters explaining the problem expected.

Tonight for supper, John fixed chicken thighs, French fried potatoes (baked in the oven), I cut myself a tomato, and we will have a walnut-brownie (he made this afternoon) for dessert.

Saturday, Sept 28

John took care of outside morning chores.
I unloaded and reloaded a full load of dishes.
We had our brunch: eggs, toast, tomatoes, and bacon.
I’ve been handling plans for the month of October for our music group, because we start a new month next Thursday.

Also, I’ve been communicating with a fellow (Jason) from Kittitas,
WA who wants to come take away some already downed cottonwood from our land. Some has been cut into rounds, needing to be split, and others are still logs of fallen (or felled by John) trees.
About 11:00 John watched the blue skies NE turn to storm clouds, and we had a deluge of rainfall. He came in and looked at the radar imagery on line and found a huge storm cell circulating counterclockwise bringing the rain from Quincy (to our NE).
The fellow planned to go to the Taneum Canyon (west of EBRG) to cut and load firewood, but only got ½ cord before rain interrupted, and so he drove home, and planned to come over to our place in the afternoon, when it cleared up.
It did, and we met him at the end of our driveway and showed him stacks of cut cottonwood, a pickup full of pieces John loaded this morning, which he could take away. With the old 4×4 pickup, John pulled several logs over to make accessible for Jason. He has a friend or two and a pickup with a trailer. Today he only had a mini-van. John showed him a couple of other stacks he could take. I walked around with them, and I have a feeling this will be a connection, as a source of wood for his family for a while.

This afternoon we had a snack of brownies.

Tonight we had fried cauliflower with a covering of pancake mix, cheese, and egg, along with homemade beef stew, and chicken nuggets.

We are going to bed early because we cannot stay awake.

Sunday, Sept 29

We need to finish making our Pecan pies to donate to the dessert auction for the fundraiser dinner at the American Legion. The event is being handled by Allen Aronica’s 1966 high school classmates. We’ve know Allen since we moved to the Naneum Fan in 1989. He is the one severely burned in a gasoline flashfire that burned >28% of his body. He spent 20 days in Harborview in the burn trauma center, with several skin grafting surgeries. He is back home on the ranch but has to stay away from people to prevent secondary infections. His wound bandages must be change several times a day and he still has to travel to Seattle for doctors visits. His first time back over was last week, and they were pleased at his progress. A lot of his friends and relatives have been praying for him, and the family feels the power, and thanks everyone for their concern.

The fundraiser is from 3:00 to 6:00 with $10 each for the meal, a dessert (live) auction, and a “silent” auction for donated items. We have to arrive a bit early to deliver the Pecan pies. They’re made using a recipe John’s mom wrote many years ago. It is very much like some others he has found. She (with her kid’s help) had been making such things from memory; as did all her many sisters.

Videos captured by Nancy:
First is a recap on the accident and a health update, which also includes at the end, about 2 minutes of the dessert auction, by Jeff Whitman:

Nephew Arnold Cleveland

Next: One of our music players made a special cake using the image of Allen (above) in Yakama Nation native dress. She delivered it early and went on to a different event.

Here is the auction:

Amy Davison’s Native American Cake

And finally, what will someone give for a pie?

Pecan pie bids

Next week I’ll include a couple of photos from the event.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Fast pace – – cool and wet

Monday, Sept 16

Worked all day playing catch up and finally published the blog late tonight at 10:28 p.m.
John mowed the backyard grass, shooed a deer over the fence that came over to eat raspberry plants. I wish I had gotten a video of her clearing the 6’ fence.

Tuesday, Sept 17

I need to get out a late call for music attendance to the KV Fiddlers & Friends, for organizing our chair counts for this Thursday (Pacifica Senior Living) and Saturday (Briarwood Commons Retirement Apts.), where they feed us afterwards.

John and I are going to Joanie’s and Ken’s for tuna melts a little before noon, to take the English Muffin bread for their creation with Ken’s awesome recipe. This is an annual invite which we very much enjoy. Normally, it falls on my birthday, but they were out camping this year on 9/1. We shared a few of John’s garden veggies with them today. One of the onions previously given them was used in the tuna mixture.

While in town, we checked our Bi-Mart numbers and did not win, but John also was going to look for a rain jacket for his trail work upcoming. His “Frogg Togg” light rain jacket has gotten misplaced (pant’s whereabouts is known) and he’s scheduled for ACL duty on the wet side of the Cascades in the next few weeks, having already experienced one very wet experience last Sunday. He scored on a 25% off clearing sale and got a nice rain jacket for $25. Then he didn’t have to wear it on the trail work day. The rain was not sufficient to require its use as he has a lined jacket that he has sprayed with “Camp Dry–silicone base” spray.

I stayed in the car in the shade and made a few phone calls to members of our music group (long distance had I called from home; better free on cell phone), to help with planning the count to be at the two events this week.

Wednesday, Sept 18

I worked a little on the jobs-list after being off for over a week. Posted 4 jobs this morning, but have more to do. I have some personal work to do with recent additions to our list (telling them about other opportunities according to their academic and personal interests).

I drove myself to town for music at the FISH food bank, where we played for ½ hour, and we had a lot of folks singing and participating. Singers: Robert, Peggy, Reta, Bob, Richard, Dean (Harmonica), Evelyn (Banjo), Richard drums (drum sticks on cardboard box), Nancy (violin), Joanie (violin), and Rob (Guitar). Our audience was the largest in quite a while, and full of people singing, dancing, and applauding us. That’s always rewarding.

Afterward we are fed – the main dishes being donated from the Ellensburg Pasta Company. Today I did not take my own salad, but had a piece of chicken breast with Fettuccini (only a little because I’m not that fond of pasta), a ½ roll buttered, plums, and dessert (apple cake). I gave my dessert away to a friend. I did not have the mixed green salad because it had greens in it I’m not allowed to have, being on the blood thinner Coumadin. (That’s why I usually take my own Iceberg lettuce salad). For a beverage, I had pink lemonade. I was also able to enjoy a good lunch conversation with a friend from CWU, and others in our music group. I also took tops to several people, and am continuing to sort and keep fashionable clothing for Karen Johnson to take to the Cancer Gift Store in Yakima (for people to buy there; to fund Cancer Research).

I stopped at the bread room on the way home and got two loaves of 3-cheese bread, sliced, for me and a long loaf of sour dough bread for John. FISH will be moving from the area behind the Mercer Creek Church to the new Elmview site out at the Airport, north of town. Luckily, the free bus has extended service out there for Ellensburg residents.

The Senior Nutrition lunch program and lunch for non-seniors will continue Monday through Thursday at the Liberty Theater annex (downtown). It’s being provided on a memorandum of understanding with the Calvary Baptist Church, to use the kitchen and dining room for up to 2 years until the kitchen and facilities are constructed out at Elmview. We are all being spoiled on having china plates, stainless steel utensils, to eat from, and plastic glasses for cool drinks, instead of paper plates, cups, and plastic.

I continued my sorting clothes for the LDS swap sale drop off tomorrow afternoon after music at Pacifica. I am accumulating a lot of donations from several people. It is all free, no limit, and no need to donate to receive. I have published the flyer below.

Not sure how many hours I spent sorting but it was quite a few, and the wonderful thing is I now will have the room back in my car that has been taken by garbage bags full of clothing waiting to be sorted (given by several people). Now it will all be gone, after I drop off at the LDS church on Radio Hill (Brick Rd). All will go to people in the community and all leftovers will go to the Church of Christ clothing giveaway and other free distribution clothing centers, such as Apoyo. I have one more stack to check in the back room, and then I will be done. Currently, I have 6 bags for John to load in my car before he leaves for bottling Mariposa Red. The crew has another 500-gallons to process, bottle, and label. They will break at noon for lunch. John’s contributing sliced salami and cherry tomatoes; pretty much the end of our crop this year.

I marked Sept 29 on our calendar for the Fundraiser Dinner at the Legion to help defray some of the medical costs of Allen Aronica (a veteran of the Vietnam war) to help cover his stay for 20 days in Harborview for repairing serious burns from a gasoline flash fire. He is back home at his Naneum Ranch after several sessions of skin grafting, learning physical therapy to prepare for the healing process to work better keeping the new skin stretched, and for the staff to teach his wife Gerri Miller to prepare the wound bandage dressings, which have to be changed a couple times daily. They will need to return for periodic burn recovery checkups at Harborview hospital in Seattle. Today (Monday, 9/23) was the first visit back for a check-up. I know because I went up the road to put plums on the front porch and saw his relatives around back, so I went over, met them (Arnold & Gail), visited a little, and then left. They have been caring for the house and animals while Allen and Gerri are away.

Some of the plums have now fallen and we are expecting strong gusts (Mon. to 22 mph and Tues. to 36).John picked all that were still on the tree, and gathered the rest – sorting out the bad ones. He wants to dry those without apparent damage.

Tonight John fixed a dinner with a seasoned all-day long slowly cooked beef roast, served with deep-fried onion rings in beer batter, prepared in a cast-iron pot, corn-on-the-cob, and a baked potato with cheese and butter.

Thursday, Sept 19

John left for bottling at White Heron Cellars early to be there by 9:00 start and won’t return until late, just before we have to leave for the KAS meeting.
Here are a few photos taken during the bottling process, taken by Audrey, one of the workers.Pike Place Red Wine for Seattle NW Tasting Room; White Heron John, Phil, Erik – Cameron, John, Garrett, Mark, Rory. Photos by Audrey Seaberg, also on the bottling line.

John loaded 6 garbage bags of clothing to my car for me to drop off at a LDS church clothes swap, this weekend. The leftovers will be given to other community free clothing banks at the end. I’m dropping them off today after playing music at Pacifica.I went to Pacifica today and back home, stopping at my neighbor’s Joanie, 4 houses down Naneum to pick up bags from in front of the gate at her house left for me. (Note: this is neighbor Joanie; the other Joanie is a music group member.)

I called the lady planning the Legion fundraiser for Allen Aronica and introduced myself. Her name is Penny. She was in the high school class of ’66 with Allen. They would love to have 2 Pecan pies donated. We can write a check to Allen Aronica directly for our monetary donation. We are marked down (RSVP) for 2 dinner reservations.

Packed another bag to take to LDS church, use the entrance on the other side of the church from the (unrelated) cemetery. They’ll have 20 people to help me unload.

I walked by a hanger on the door to our guest bedroom and knocked everything on the floor; only starting to replace. I should recycle some of those on hangers on the doors around the room. I’ll probably knock off the one entering my bathroom too. All our closet space is taken. Yeah, that’s the next thing to purge.

We attended the Kittitas Audubon Meeting tonight, and I videoed the presentation by two women resource scientists employed by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), at the Wild Horse Wind & Solar facility. Bios below.

Jennifer Diaz & Haley Olson—on right are maintaining bluebird houses.

Our presenters Jennifer Diaz, Senior Wind Resource Advisor (other job title, Environmental & Communications Manager) and Haley Olson, Senior Resource Scientist, shared the stage, discussing, PSE & Avian Conservation—Our Electrical Grid and Birds.  

Video of their presentation:

Click on the link and pull the start backwards to left, from 30 to zero, to the beginning to view a whole hour and 14 minutes with questions & answers inserted in the video.

Wild Horse Wind Facility – Wildlife Conservation

History: PSE initiated its official Avian Protection Program company wide in 2000, in response to collaborative talks with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but had taken avian conservation actions starting as early as 1979 with relocation of osprey nests. Program Biologists strive to reduce the interactions of birds with PSE’s electrical equipment throughout PSE’s service area to improve reliability and protect birds from electrocution and collisions with power lines. This is accomplished through partnerships with State and Federal Wildlife Agencies and Wildlife Rehabilitators, proactive efforts to make PSE’s system avian-safe, best management practices to minimize the effects of construction and vegetation management on nesting birds and habitat, and training throughout the company to educate employees about the importance of protecting avian species. We will learn more about the Avian Protection program, its successes and future challenges, from Haley Olson, the Senior Resource Scientist who is responsible for implementing it.

Jennifer Diaz, Sr. Wind Resource Advisor, is responsible for managing all aspects of the environment and natural resources across 10,000 acres of rangeland and shrub-steppe habitat at the Wild Horse wind farm, and will share details about wildlife conservation there. When constructing the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) voluntarily added a conservation easement to safeguard 7,000 acres of shrub-steppe habitat and in partnership with the Trust for Public Lands and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), PSE also preserved 18,000 acres of undeveloped open space, helping to maintain enough wild lands to support elk, mule deer, bobcats, badgers, hawks, sage-grouse, and now wolves!

Rocky Mountain Elk & Mule Deer

Wolves present on the landscape – Two wolves named, the Naneum Pack, had 2 pups born this year. The far right photo was taken through binoculars.

Top photo…The most number of Avian deaths occur nationwide caused by windows. The visitor center’s windows were causing a problem being on both sides of the building, as the birds thought they could fly through. They treated the windows to keep the birds away, yet people can still see through the window with human eyes. Birds are deferred by what they see.
Bottom is the study of the corridor existing between two leks of Sage Grouse: here (red arrow), and south on the Yakima Training Grounds.

Top photo shows the removal of noxious cheatgrass, completed by PSE, with a before and after example 12 years apart on the same piece of road up to the visitor’s center. Bottom photo shows the cactus rescue project conducted to remove the barrel cactus during the construction of the wind turbines, to a safe growing area, and replanting them after construction was completed. The snake habitat was enhanced around the visitor’s center, as seen on the walkway entrance from the parking lot to the building.

This paragraph is my assessment of the offerings inside the visitor’s center. That building houses a wonderful resource of exhibits, books, and educational projects & displays, completed by local students from Ellensburg, and enhanced by PSE with guidebooks and comfy chairs to sit and read. Beautiful atlases and picture books of shrub steppe vegetation, wildflowers, and birds are shelved for use there. Tours occur twice daily and on special occasions. It’s a tremendous community resource.

Friday, Sept 20

John left for WTA trail work at the Commonwealth Basin PCT at 7:45 a.m. (the Pacific Crest Trail, going north from Snoqualmie Pass; this is called WA – PCT Section J)

I’m staying home today to take care of things, except I will in run the several bags of dried baby, teen, and adult clothes to town to the LDS church donated from Joanie Lee, and another two bags of adult clothes from me. Joanie had cleared them out of her house (because floors were being replaced while she was out of town for a week), and she put in the back of her truck in plastic garbage bags. Unfortunately, we had a rainstorm and all the bags had wet clothing. I told Joanie I would dry them out – and I did.

Saturday, Sept 21

John left at 6:45 a.m. for his WTA work party on the PCT. He got home after 4:30 p.m. but had to stop in Ellensburg for a bag of horse feed for Myst.

On my drive to town, I passed Allen Aronica and Gerri coming back from town. I had read this morning on YOU’RE PROBABLY FROM ELLENSBURG… Facebook site, that he had gone to his first-time-back meeting of the morning coffee klatch since his incident. He was so happy. Here was his morning comment:

It has been a good morning so far. Wound care was a little later because that was because I was visiting with some of the coffee crew I haven’t seen since the accident and neighbors. Always good to see everyone. It’s a Good Day.

I made it to the clothes swap at noon at the LDS church on Radio hill for a walk-around search for a couple of long-sleeved shirts for John (I found several nice ones in new condition), absolutely no clothing for me, and I searched for 3 nice white blouses I knew would fit Amy (that were in one of the 12 bags I had donated). I found them, plus a black one, and carried them by her house before going to fill my car with gasoline, on my way to Briarwood for music.

She will be at Briarwood but cannot make it to the morning swap because of being at Paint Ellensburg with her baked & decorated cake. I will donate another bag to the swap. I’ll see Amy and Haley at our play-date at Briarwood, and the ladies will be feeding us two kinds of soups: Tortellini with cabbage by Lee & Bean soup by Jo Ellen. They also plan to have a dessert table. I’m taking in a large container of red seedless grapes all washed, a package of fruit bars, and a box of Hazelnut individual creamers for their coffee. Bean soup & Tortellini soup with rolls, and a dessert table.

Here is the lemon & lavender cake Amy made for the Gallery One Fundraiser today for a dessert auction. This cake won a $225 bid donation to the Gallery in Paint Ellensburg. Pretty neat and beautiful piece of artwork! And she still managed to come play with us at Briarwood, and bring Haley along, who danced to Irish Washerwoman and sang T for Texas with us at the end, especially leading the group in the yodeling part. I wish I had her on video doing both.

Before dark, John did a few outside things, and I brought in 4 pairs of shoes I was drying in the sun, before they get rained on tomorrow. He’s likely to experience another muddy wet day on the WTA work party as last Sunday.

We had a supper tonight of our tomatoes, bowl of soup with smoked turkey added, and some asparagus John grew – cooked with cheese.

Sunday, Sept 22

John goes out on the trail again today – a storm is moving from south to north across western WA. If it mostly stays there, the crew might luck out and get damp rather than wet. And that is what happened. John only went a total of just over 2 miles. LeeAnne (crew leader) went up higher with sub-crews. She goes up and down keeping an eye on things and passing out treats – like small candies, nuts, and fruit leather. They think she did 7 miles today (John = 2), and yesterday she did 9, John did 3.

From Caitlin LaBar: Success!!! A lovely lady emerged this morning! It is one of the Hemileuca hera (Hera buckmoth) I reared this year, those caterpillars that took forever and resulted in me driving all over the place to get sagebrush. Some populations have a two-year life cycle, overwintering as eggs and pupae, but some will complete the cycle in a year. This late into September I had all but written them off as going to overwinter as pupae, but maybe a few will emerge and the rest will overwinter.

Monday, Sept 23

Still here on the first day of fall, having not yet published our weekly blog. This beautiful photo awaited me today, taken early this morning by my photographer friend in the valley.

Another magnificent picture by Lise McGowan, capturing the lovely landscape view from the Kittitas Valley dominated by Mt. Rainier {about 65 miles}, with enough snow at Paradise for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding.

John started his day picking plums, and I delivered a few pounds up the Naneum Fan to the Allen Aronica household.

I returned home to a great brunch provided by John. All I had to do was crisp the bacon, sit down, and enjoy – a blueberry/pecan pancake topped with peaches, with a side of coffee.

I’ve been responding to emails, and now switched back to finishing my draft of the blog, late going out this week, again.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

People on the go!

Sunday, Sept 8

Leftovers from a week ago at the BBQ at Meadows Place.

Meadows Place 9-8-19 Music & Circus BBQ for Community

Selected—Videos of The Last Rider Out Trio Musicians, Sunday, Sept 8, 2019, at Meadows Place with other activities shown:

The Last Rider Out Trio musicians (intro by Jack Jenson)

Boy Visits with Horse

Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?

Circus Tour—Ending with Heart of my Heart

Darktown Strutters’ Ball—with dancers

Hey! Good Lookin’—with dancers again

Ragtime Cowboy Joe

Monday, Sept 9

John did not go on his planned hike today because of the weather forecast of storms in the hills.

We left about 5:00 p.m. for town to go to The Palace for my birthday dinner that has to be used before the end of the month. Considering I did not get the card until 9/7 and that we have to be in town tonight, this was a good option. We made it to dinner, and met a woman there at the adjacent booth for two, whom we had known in our past through working with the Children of Chernobyl program in the U.S., here in Ellensburg. We shared a conversation with nice memories of the program that has ceased.

We left there to be at Hal Holmes center and set up my video camera on a tripod before the 7:00 p.m. meeting of the Kittitas Field & Stream club. We are not members, but we know the speaker, Jim Huckabay, and wanted to hear his presentation, “African Adventure—IV.” He has traveled there three times, previously. I believe they consider him family. Jim fields questions after his presentation (below); poses with two kinds of African Antelope—a Klipspringer & Reedbuck, and Boomer (his rifle).

Once you click on this next link, pull the start back to zero. It is starting 13 minutes into the show.

African Adventure – IV by Jim Huckabay

Huckabay’s presentation was followed by a thank you from Trip (& Beckett) Landon’s family who received a scholarship from this chapter to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, held at Summit Bechtel Reserve, with over 10,000 acres of space. This year’s attendance was 50,000 scouts from 153 countries. It is held worldwide, but this year was in the U.S., and this was the last year both brothers could attend. If you want to learn more about the location, visit here:

Website Summit Bechtel Reserve in W. Virginia

Immediately below is the link to Trip’s report on their trip this summer.

Trip Landon ~ His & Beckett’s BSA Jamboree from Field & Stream

We know the Landon family, so I contacted Laura, the boys’ mom, about the Boy Scout Jamboree of 2019. The details are that they both (Trip as a leader and Beck as a scout) needed to raise a large sum of money to go on the trip. They approached the Field & Stream club and asked if they would contribute toward supporting their trip. The club donated $1000. A lady on the Board of Field & Stream (F&S), was aware of the associated sustainability tree-house and asked the boys to mention the F&S club on the etching they would hang there; hence the activity pictured on their thank you card. Below are the photos making up their thank you “card,” which Trip presented tonight to the President of the Field & Stream Club:Beckett, Trip, Beck hanging their plaque, pictured on the bottom.Trip Landon presents thank you card to Bill Essman.

Tuesday, Sept 10

This morning I need to review the agenda, the minutes of the last meeting, and the budget pages before attending my 1:00 meeting today in my first official capacity as serving on the Senior Advisory Commission for the City of Ellensburg Adult Activity Center. I had to be there by 12:55 p.m. because their clocks are 2 minutes ahead of the actual time. They have tried to sync their two wall clocks and it won’t work.

I went by the hospital lab for my INR check on last week’s low reading. It was up to 2.1, but still have to have it rechecked in 2 weeks to be sure my dosage is properly adjusted. I checked numbers at Bi-Mart and we did not win anything.

I went by Safeway for my Atorvastatin ($14); lowest price in town via GoodRx (cash transaction, not using insurance), and to Super 1 for a few tablets of Hydrocodone (10mg) for shoulder pain used sparingly and also for a 90-day supply of John’s Levothyroxine 88 mcg. The cost on John’s Levothyroxine was much higher than I expected. I checked with my insurance (Kaiser Permanente) and found they have raised the co-pay charge from $5/month to $20/month. See tomorrow’s comments on that.

Wednesday, Sept 11

We are going to the Food bank for music, and while I play, John will go to Fred Meyer for a super price on his canned soft drinks, getting them for 20₵/ can. He came back to retrieve me, and we left directly from there for Costco for essentials and some things for our neighbor.

In the morning, I began researching the pricing of our medications. Steve (from Customer Service Kaiser Permanente medical insurance) helped me sort out prices of meds and where the best price was. I have that information now stored in a Medical information folder on my computer.

Because of yesterday’s price shock, I checked with GoodRx for their price of Levothyroxine 88mcg tablets for 3 months. I moved our prescription for John’s Levothyroxine from Super 1 to Fred Meyer Pharmacy to be able to take advantage of a decrease in price for 90-day supply by ½, from $40.39 to $20.13. That will save us $80/year on that one medication. Amazing. One really needs to keep up on these things, but it’s a full-time job. We now deal with 4 pharmacies to get the best prices on our meds: Super 1, Safeway (through GoodRx), Kaiser Permanente mail order which gives one month free when the order is for 3 months, and now Fred Meyer Pharmacy (GoodRx). This inconsistency bothers us both and we don’t understand the reason it happens; but we will play the game and figure the least expensive place to buy every 3 months, before refilling.

Thursday, Sept 12

We had a morning visit from Doss Roberts about our neighbor, Allen Aronica currently in Harborview with severe burns, from a gasoline explosion fire. There is a need for a fund raising dinner for Allen and Gerri. Plans for that are, as yet, unknown.

I took a nice shirt to Amy (one of our musicians) that is too big for me. I hope it works for her as I really like it. We were both at Meadows Place today and we had 7 folks (Gerald, me, Dean, Amy, Sharon, Charlotte, and Minerva) present with a nice appreciative audience.

I planned to record our performance but unfortunately I didn’t have a full battery charge and it only recorded a few songs, without the one I most wanted. Oh well, here is a smaller version of our group than usual doing most of the first 6 songs. I’ll try again Thursday this week at Pacifica.

Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends, Meadows, 9-12-19, intro only

Friday, Sept 13

John left at 6:40 a.m. for his WTA work party on the Talapus Lake trail. He says the work is actually on a short connector trail between Olallie Lake and Pratt Lake trails, a bit over 3 miles from the nearest Trailhead that is called Talapus Lake that they will pass at the 2-mile mark.

We had been invited to an early Thanksgiving dinner at friends in Ellensburg, because by then, they will have traveled to their winter home in Quartzite, AZ.

I went early at 4:00 p.m. with my violin to Joanie and Ken’s for English Country Garden and dance music with Joanie (violin) and Andrew (piano). We played until 6:00 p.m. John arrived at 6:00 for dinner after returning from his WTA trip, and feeding the livestock. We are taking two bottles of White Heron wine (Roussanne and a Merlot/Cabernet blend). Our dinner included, roasted turkey with potatoes, dressing, corn, green beans, salad, tomatoes, roll, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and 12 people around the table with interesting conversations all evening.

On John’s trip home, he saw a collared Mountain Goat on a rock cliff along the side of the road, 4 miles east of the multi-million dollar crossover near the I-90 wildlife crossover. The animal may have been on of those removed from Olympia National Park – thus the collar. She/he was about 15 feet up on the cliff, seemingly watching the west-bound flow of autos and trucks.

We have an email request in for info from a CWU friend’s wife who actively is involved in the research associated with those wildlife crossings, but they must be out of town, so more details wait for a future blog, when we find out. I asked Tony Bynum if he had any photos in his collection. He sent me a ton. I picked these below for effect. Mountain goats, Tony Bynum, friend and wildlife photographer

The one in the center is priceless. It has to be a good feeling to click the shutter on that, after making the effort to get into the goat’s rocky environment.

Saturday, Sept 14

John left at 6:45 a.m. for his WTA work party on the Talapus Lake & Olallie Trail. I don’t really have any details to report for this day. John says: Friday and Saturday work accomplished much in a muddy section. Sunday does not look good, weather wise.

Sunday, Sept 15

John left with nice weather here, but where he is headed rain is expected. He had my flip cell phone along, which I had queued to his Bluetooth to allow him access to an emergency phone. His “Smart” phone quit working – saying it has no Sim Card. We have yet to figure that out, without reception at home.

Got my Discover NEW card’s Number written into my Discover Card statement on the Credit Card Info folder in Documents.
Need to change my auto-pay accounts to the new number. Discover Card had to be cancelled and a new one issued. Our electricity with the Public Utility District (PUD), being local, ought to be the easiest. I will call that in Monday morning and Consolidated Communication (our landline & Internet DSL service). That literally took an hour to change, and had to be done on-line on their website, without being able to have an agent take the card change over the phone. That’s a lousy policy they instituted last August a year ago. I already sent an email note to Culligan, and they called this morning and it was fixed in short order over the phone (to Spokane, WA) on their dime.

It started raining earlier here, but now it’s coming down in buckets. Our normal line of 5-gallon buckets on the drip line in front of the garage are not all set up. John’s off on WTA trail maintenance and probably in a worse situation, with mud and flowing water as they try to fix drainage issues.

I am expected at a retirement party this afternoon for Susan Donahoe, from the College of Education at CWU. She is also our neighbor on Naneum. John cannot make it back in time, so I’m going alone, but with my camera to visit and take photos. It’s being held in the Clymer Art Gallery, so I’m going to attend in my Wearable Art top over a yellow silk blouse that Susan brought back to me from her six months away on a sabbatical leave in Japan. I met old friends and new there tonight. I was able to see her daughters and grandchildren who have reached 21 (the twins) and also in height with her daughter, Simone, who is quite tall. I probably haven’t seen the twins in over a decade. You can follow a link with a few photos and see Simone in the photos.

Meanwhile, here is a photo of Susan and me tonight at the gallery, right after I arrived, taken by her grandson, Clayton.Nancy and Susan at the John Clymer Museum & Gallery

Clymer Museum & Gallery, Ellensburg, WA

My Jacket is a Bob Mackie Wearable Art Designer Blazer

I got it freely given from an estate sale of a woman in Ellensburg who died. I received one other fancy flowered white blazer/jacket. The one above in the retirement party photo I specifically wore for the location, an Art Gallery.

Here is the link to all the photos taken on my camera at the retirement party.

Susan Donahoe’s Retirement Party, 9-15-19, at Clymer Museum & Gallery

As expected, John and the entire crew got wet, muddy, and cold today. Miraculously, after a ‘standing lunch’, the rain slowed, then stopped. They did come off the mountain an hour early, had cookies and drinks, visited some, and changed to dry clothes.

Some were changed before John and LeeAnne and a couple of others made it to the parking area.

A tree, about 10 inches through at its base, fell across the trail between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. That was just 20 minutes from the trailhead, so the fresh crew took care of that – hardly slowing them down.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Feels like fall

Monday, Sept 2 Labor Day

Staying home today again, tying up loose ends of many projects.

Tuesday, Sept 3

We need to take me by for a blood draw INR; heard this afternoon’s results were lower than ever (1.4). I finally figured out I had not put the Coumadin in my medicine container for the week, and missed noticing that until today, so we have adjusted my dosage and I will go back next Tuesday for a recheck.

This morning we went to the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center (ECCC) for long-sleeved shirts for John. We found him two white shirts, and ended up finding some other bargains. I got another pair of almost new Brooks Addiction walking shoes that fit. Found a couple of embroidered flower jackets to wear to cheer people at music events. Also, two pair of socks.
From ECCC, I went next door to the Dentist and traded a toothbrush I don’t like (still in the package) for a smaller one I prefer.

We went to Bi-Mart to check numbers but did not win today.
John went to Super 1 for cocktail sauce for him to take with boiled shrimp (for their lunch break at White Heron bottling). While there, he got a lot more stuff, including some strawberry yogurt for me. I stayed in the car and talked on my cell phone to a bunch of folks whom I needed to contact (by long distance). It doesn’t cost to use my cell phone, but from home, the long distance calls are pricey by the minute, and we have no cell phone reception from home.

John also stopped at Grocery Outlet for their best price on a 1.25 gallon container of vanilla ice cream. The store has a stack of empty wine boxes that work nice for short term carrying of frozen things. This time John got one from an Oregon winery. More on that later.

Once home, I completed watching the video of the Open Government Training presented by the Attorney General’s office in Olympia, and I wrote my requested note to Katrina, the AAC Director. Now I have passed all the tests for becoming a Senior Advisory Commission member at the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center. Our first official meeting with me on board is next week.

Wednesday, Sept 4

John left for bottling Roussanne at 7:35 a.m. Didn’t get home until very late, after 6:30 p.m. Long day. He only brought home one bottle of wine, but it was a special one, bottled just for sale at Pike’s Place Market in their NW Tastings room over there on the 5th floor, overlooking the harbor. It should be a winner for tourists to take away as a souvenir. I particularly like the label.
[John says: the label machine did not like the label. For reasons unknown these are a fraction larger than the regular (old) ones. After bottling over 1,200 standard wine bottles (250 gallons), we switched to this Pike Place label and, with great frustration, managed to do 3 cases (36 bottles).
The machine is, in principle, adjustable. More in 2 weeks on this issue.
The wine is a white, Roussanne. For the Market it is called Pike Place White Wine.
That makes things a bit simpler insofar as label regulations are concerned. The Market folks provided the photo; a standard motif. Cameron took a nice photo of vendors and activities inside, but that was turned down.

John took the empty Oregon wine box into the winery. His phone, wallet, and car keys – with only the keys showing – sat on cases of wine. Near the end of lunch one of the vine pruners [Mark & wife Margaret] came to get a case of wine. Cameron – not knowing of the box’s contents – moved the keys and proceeded to put bottles, upside down, in the case. With only moments to spare before this case would have been carried out, John walked in and noticed what was happening. The folks live 45 miles from the winery. No harm, no foul – as some say. Whew!

I slept until 8:45, gave food to cat-Sue and called Cle Elum PCP’s office with message for Lacey, Triage nurse. I did forget to put in my Coumadin last week, starting Thursday or Friday to Monday, so Tuesday night I took 2.5 mg and will take 5 mg tomorrow night and return to 2.5 the rest of the week. I skipped 4 or 5 pills and that would have caused the decrease in INR. I had reviewed every other food or drink option, so I checked the medicine dispenser, and found the problem.

Got a note from WTA about the ‘thank you’ card I received and wrote a note back copying to Kara.
FISH Food Bank music (Evelyn is back). We had a large turnout and a lot of fun. I visited with a gal and her friend I had never met. Turns out he was a new CWU geography major who had just requested being on the Job announcement list serve I manage through Google Groups. Such an amazing coincidence!

Then off to Super 1 to buy more Pepsi Colas at the .25/can price as John got yesterday, only to find out the last day of the sale was yesterday.

Thursday, Sept 5

I went to the Rehab today for music. May have 8 players after all.

John went to Surplus Sale at CWU & bid low on several items. If no one else bids higher and he gets one or more, he’ll need the truck to pick them up. Over the coming weekend he has to find a place to store the wood we brought home a month or more ago. We’ll hear Monday if we “won” any of his bids. These awesome photos are in Yellowstone, taken by Tony Bynum

I’ve known Tony Bynum for a long time, since I met him as a student at CWU in the Geography Land & Studies department for his undergraduate degree and after in our CWU graduate program in Resource Management, where he earned a Master’s Degree, culminating with his thesis defense with adviser, Kenneth Hammond: “Bynum, Anthony (Tony). 1997. Learning from management failures: The Taneum Watershed Restoration Project.” LD5771.321 .B93 1997

A Personal Look at Tony Bynum

To see his professional photography, visit this site: Tony Bynum Photography–Galleries, Conservation Projects, More

Called in my refill of Hydrocodone, 10mg/Acep today. Hope it gets through properly. Will check before leaving the pharmacy, because last time they filled for 5 mg Hydrocodone, not 10 mg.

I just spent a long time in the back computer room, removing a whole filing drawer full of stuff left over from my years of teaching (back to 1999) of tests, some lecture notes and overheads, and other final projects, all graded. We used to have to keep all that stuff in case someone complained about their grade (as definitely happened). My view always was that I graded fairly and they earned the grade they received. It will all go to recycling (i.e., now the dump). Some geography books were in there, which I can take to CWU and put on the “free for the taking” table for people to grab.

John will need to move the stuff I extracted and put in a chair. Boxed, it is too heavy for me. Then I unloaded two plastic boxes that held hanging file folders to house by month of the year, all receipts for a year. Then I can put those years into the newly cleaned out filing cabinet drawer for safe keeping, in case we are ever audited.

Now I can use the cleaned out plastic ones for the current year’s receipts and previous year. I have only two such organizing boxes, but they are quite handy. I found them both at a yard sale for only a couple dollars several years ago. I had never seen them before, and I haven’t since, either. My next step was loading the empty boxes with hanging folders and a file folder for each hanging file. Now I’m set for reorganizing this year and into the future.

Friday, Sept 6

This is a selfie John took on a time-lapse exposure. That is: set the camera on a log, run for 9 seconds, turn around, look composed.

John left at 8:00 a.m. for his hike to Talapus Lake and Olallie Lake and will return about 4:00 p.m. He’ll only be hiking in about 3 miles – apparently an “easy” hike (guess that means not a lot of elevation gain)? Next weekend WTA volunteers will be tackling wet areas on the way to a recently rebuilt log bridge across the outflow from Olallie Lake. They will be making “turnpikes” such as shown in this photo. He should get photos of that bridge on his hike today and he plans to go within view of Olallie Lake, but not to go down to the lake. I’m looking forward to his photographic tour of the trail today.

Google Photos of John’s Hike 9-6-19 to Olallie Lake
Change locations:
Above: Three butterflies and a dragonfly by Elise Schlosser, NJJohn’s butterflies & rabbit brush on Naneum Fan and chicory plant

Also began the day by loading the dishwasher, shoeing Collared Doves away, letting in the house cats, and retrieving the food bowl. The weather outside is overcast and threatening, with possible thunderstorms happening this morning. Then before 1:00 p.m., I reversed and put the cats back out again.

The blocked calls have started today with my first call from Sears. Yesterday, we received 3 phone calls early morning, afternoon, and late evening. They won’t give up, trying to extend the service warranty on our couple year old chest freezer. They won’t back off, so I blocked the number. I still am curious what happens on their end with the call arrives and is blocked.

Been on the phone with Cle Elum nurses off and on all morning, and was unable to get through the phones again until 1:25 p.m.
First was a call from Chelsea’s nurse Amy, with the message Chelsea had approved my Hydrocodone 10 mg, but while she had me, she said we needed to schedule our wellness visits (a week apart) in December. I was surprised because I thought we were already scheduled in November. She said not according to their records. So she was going to transfer me to the front desk to scheduling. She could not get through the phone system, so I started trying, and I couldn’t either. I first pressed 1 for scheduling and received the message, “no one is available at this number to accept your call, please call back later.” So, I dialed again because it usually allows a person to leave a message. Same problem. So then I pressed 8 to talk to an operator. Someone answered and said she would have Laura return my call.

Once I finally had my phone call returned, we were scheduled for our first appointment on Nov. 22 and the next week was not available because of being the day after Thanksgiving, and they’re closed. So it was put off until Tues, Dec 3. Now we are finally scheduled for our wellness visit and our annual physical. It gets later and later every year. Thus, the change of bad weather increases.

Saturday, Sept 7

Get my video camera’s SD card cleaned up and charged batteries in both cameras.
I had a salad for lunch.
Worked on organizing, filing receipts, and paying bills.

Supper was shrimp and Progresso beef pot roast & veggies soup with added veggies from garden and freezer.
Just started raining hard. Hope it is over by mid-day tomorrow or we are in trouble.

Thunder. Need to get to bed, before the electricity goes off. It never did here, but Seattle area had storm issues. The football game was delayed and finished with Washington losing by one point.

Sunday, Sept 8

Today is a BBQ and music by The Last Rider Out Trio (Sharon, Charlotte, and Griff) at Meadows Place. John’s going too and is my chauffeur and supply carrier. My cushioned chair, card table, cooler with our drinks). Left at 12:25 to be there by before 1:00 start to set up under the tree on the hill above where they will be playing (I’ll hopefully be in the shade there). The temperature is only 68 and the wind gusts are 35 mph. When we got there the group was already playing music, and the parking was filling up fast. We parked at the end of the parking lot out front, and stayed until about 2:30.

I took photos and videos but I did not have enough time to process them, so will put all in next week’s blog.

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