Monday, Oct 26

John says: “Nancy and Elise introduce autumn colors today. My hometown of Clarion, PA began an Autumn Leaf Festival in 1953; I don’t remember it. Soon after the town and the College combined home-coming week with the Festival. An outbreak of influenza at Clarion College slowed the growth in 1957. In 1962 a young lady from our neighborhood – a year ahead of me in HS – and now in a sorority wanted real “autumn leaves” for their float. Another neighbor, with a Jeep and small trailer, and I visited numerous trees not far from town, and a colorful float was made. Link to History
Autumn Leaf Festival in Clarion, PA postponed this year, by COVID restrictions. Usually held in September.

Autumn colors in New Jersey – Photos by Elise Schlosser

I realize Poison Ivy is not the normal photo pictured in autumn leaves photos, but Elise took it at the same time and I was drawn to it, because of my past history in GA with poison ivy on an adjacent lot to the house where I grew up in Atlanta, GA. I was extremely allergic to it.
I knew to avoid it when in the woods, but I never saw the red-colored leaves of it, probably because we received a lot of rain in Atlanta, GA. I looked that up and found this explanation online: Poison Ivy with red stems and/or red leaf edges are less common, but hardly rare. When poison ivy doesn’t get enough water, the leaves will turn red.

Back to now: I slept in, but I need to go to Yakima Heart Center for two routine visits for a check of my implanted defibrillator and an appointment with my cardiologist. While there, we’ll make a Costco run.
Printed my Immunization record and added to info for Dr. Krueger.

Morning call from Ellensburg Animal Hospital about Annie’s pain medication (TRUPROFEN – chewable tablet 100 mg). We just cancelled it. Long story, but they “by law” cannot refill a prescription from 2019 without another visit. She’s seems to be doing fine without it. She was only taking a ½ tablet a day, first a.m. & p.m., but recently, only ½ a day.

John has been out to feed birds and horses, and confirmed the temperature is freezing.
Need to send the current blog to 3 people whose photographs I used. We’re leaving here about 11:30 for Yakima.
I’m having an Ensure chocolate shake with peach yogurt, and John’s having bacon and fried potato.
Supper: Sandwiches grilled cheese with crumbled sirloin tip roast, cinnamon pears, yellow apples, fried onion rings, and French fries. Dessert: Nanaimo bars with blueberry swirl ice cream.

Tuesday, Oct 27

Slept in until 8:25 and John helped me get my medicine tablet out of the new container. The company changed what was an easy peel back method to a more difficult one in my opinion. Thanks, John. I’ve taken it and have to wait a half hour to eat. So, I set up my backup drive.
Today is our day for several important errands.

I will review those briefly below. We’re using this symbol to indicate stops: ∞∫∞ First stop, to drop off two 35mm slides from long ago of John with his sister and brother at Jade Cove in CA to transfer to a digital image we can share with the family. ∞∫∞ By another friend’s house to leave some things. ∞∫∞ I took the paperwork to the WA Dept. of Licensing, for a handicapped yearly parking sticker, for use on CWU campus, and was surprised it was issued right away. ∞∫∞ Next to Bi-Mart to buy slippers for John, as his fell apart, and to buy some cat food on sale. While there, I bought some OTC ointment for my “dry skin” that Dr. Krueger recommended, Eucerin cream. ∞∫∞ Next, we’d both decided to go to Super 1 Pharmacy for our 2nd Pneumonia shot (supposed to be a good thing if we get COVID virus; makes it a lighter case), but it was to be only for me. (I called ahead and found out) that they were not marked with our names, so they gave away all but one dose. They ordered another for John and he will get it another time, but his name will be put on the serum and he’ll be called. I received mine today. ∞∫∞ Next, I went by Jerrol’s to pick up my Roadside Geology (RG) book that arrived last week. It’s RG of Southern CA.

Set up the stuff for the study group tomorrow to send to newly added members.
We ate dinner late but this sunset was taken by a friend who submits many photos to the Kittitas County Visual Delights Facebook site, and she’s given me permission to include them.
This was taken late in the evening-she called the fading sunset. The bottom two clouds earlier on other photos submitted looked like salmon swimming upstream. Photo by Barb Bailey.

Supper: Stew heated, added fried long sausage split, half yellow apple, half cinnamon pear, Cheez-its; dessert was another of the Nanaimo bars with blueberry swirl ice cream.

Wednesday, Oct 28

Morning sunrise 7:23 a.m. by a friend south of us with a better view than we have.Lovely sunrise at 7:23 a.m. by Sid Peterson

Before 8:00 a.m. robocaller (blocked) so rang only once.
Warmer today, and sunny. John worked a lot outside and I worked inside.

He left with the Ford truck, with canopy, to drive to town for supplies: grain, cat food, returned to Bi-Mart loafers too small, for slippers that fit, and was able to get his 2nd pneumonia shot.
I got off the note to the study group about this, but now am listing some research paper links.
Talked to Summer at Cle Elum Clinic and reported John’s 2nd Pneumonia shot received today, and she updated his immunization record.
3:01 Blocked another robocaller from Colville, WA (690); 3:14 Jeez, another robocaller from Darien, WI.

John called from Bi-Mart and will be here about 3:50 p.m. So I need to get Annie out to great him. She’ll be happy.
Supper: Hamburger with cheese, sliced yellow apple, last of the summer squash fried with onions. John grew the last two. Dessert: shared two small Nanaimo bars with blueberry swirl ice cream.
I did a lot of tax receipt filing before and after supper.

Moon rising photographed by Lise McGowan, in our valley

Thursday, Oct 29

Morning call from Gerald reporting in fine today. John’s now out taking care of the animals morning feeding. Sunny day, still chilly temperatures.

NOON to 1:10 pm: Game day AAC led by the CLC at CWU – Jeopardy. Dress in orange shirt/jacket via ZOOM. Neat; I was on the winning team (we played with volunteers). Our team had 4000 points vs. the other with 1,200.

Had a late lunch of leftover Oriental flavored Ramen pasta soup, with added cooked chicken breast meat and Cheez-its.
Was 66° at airport 2:00 p.m. but due soon for an update.
Outside house was 56.3° and at airport 67° at 3:00 p.m.; our sensor needs relocated – or theirs does.

I need to post for a cat litter box (open, no top). Posted request on Buy Nothing East Ellensburg, Kittitas FB Free site. And on Ellensburg The Free Box. Just got my first offer from the lady who gave us the child’s gate, Eva Frink. We’ll pick it up next week (Tuesday). And, we need to carry her the empty egg cartons.

Supper: Spaghetti sauce with ground beef, mushrooms, onions, diced tomatoes covering spaghetti pasta. Strawberry Lemonade flavored PowerAde for Nancy’s drink. Dessert: Nanaimo bar with blueberry swirl ice cream. End of those.

Friday, Oct 30

We completed our voting ballots this morning, and John drove to the Courthouse to deposit them in the Ballot Box. On from there he went to Kittitas, to deliver a 16# bag of cat food to the Kittitas Pantry, as a donation. They repack it in smaller Ziploc bags for clients.

2 robocallers today; blocked for future calls.
Geology stuff: #88 – Exotic M: San Juan Islands, 2:00 p.m. went very long today, until 3:45 p.m.! Good program.

‘Nick from Home’ #88 – Exotic M: San Juan Islands

Added another study group member today.

The local paper reported on a need: I talked to Peggy Beals via email about donation to the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center to help buy a new more secure drop-off bin for clothes. She gave me the address to mail my check, and we got the check in the mail. Also, mailed another check to pay for our reconfigured plumbing in the new utility room and the well “shocking”. So, that’s behind us.

Lunch: John had bacon and fried potatoes. I had a late lunch, a bowl of chicken soup, with cooked chicken breast added.

Saturday, Oct 31

Woody was ready to eat on the front porch at 5:00 a.m. So I fed her, took my Acetaminophen, and went back to bed.
Set some of our clocks back an hour to daylight saving time tonight. A couple more need doing.
John took mail for pick up to the mailbox.

Early a.m. I had a Chocolate Ensure Shake with Vanilla Bean Yogurt.
Brunch: Bacon with Blueberry Pancake.
John went to feed horses, and I finally finished loading the dishwasher. Phew. Started it at 6:00 p.m.
Two more robocallers blocked today (within a half hour of each other).

Supper: Fish, Sausage, Cheese Biscuits – Dessert: peach pie with sea salt caramel ice cream.Lise McGowan’s Masked Halloween Blue Moon not to happen again on Halloween until 2039. Last time it happened was 1944. The mask is very appropriate for our 2020 pandemic year!

“Blue Moon” is now used when there is a 2nd full moon in a month. Rarely do atmospheric conditions cause a blue colored moon. But it does happen.

Sunday, Nov 1

Moon is setting as the sunrises in Kittitas Valley this morning:Taken early 11-1 by photographer, Tamie Schaut published on Kittitas County Visual Delights site.

Two more robocallers blocked today (within a half hour of each other).
Up before 8:00 a.m. to follow the geology pre-show comments.
Nick’s 9:00 a.m. lecture, went long this morning for ~900 viewers worldwide—1 hrs. 51 mins.

‘Nick from Home’ #89 – Exotic N: Western Cascade Foothills

Having a hot cup of coffee to warm up, and sipping a French vanilla yogurt in chocolate Ensure milkshake.

Brunch: Small (& simple) Philly cheesesteak sandwich (Costco purchase) shared with John, with a cut-up pear.

From last week’s 3 yr. old Birthday Party for Natalie Sandman:

Our entry into the family was in 1974 because of Brittanys and attending all-breed pointing field trials and shows, and our friends, Karen & Bob Oppie, also Brittany breeders. Top left is Karen Oppie, Nancy & John Hultquist, right is Karen’s daughter Chris Sandman, grandma holding Nora (1 yr. old) and Natalie in front opening one of our gifts, sharing with Nora a smaller version of a Unicorn. Bottom photos, Natalie with homemade cake by a family member, Christina Frantz and someone else.

We were treated to much food before dessert: pizza, fruit, and appetizers, hot coffee, or cold drinks.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

October days

Monday, Oct 12

It rained most of the night.
Starting this morning with an October image from the Super 1 grocery store entrance by my friend in Kittitas, WA:
Captured the fall scene on a nice cold morning, from photographer EvieMae Schuetz.

At 9:00 a.m. it’s cold (50°) and breezy (38 mph gusts), but sunny. The horses are way down in the 7-acre-pasture at the south end, standing in the lee of the trees to cut the wind. John drove his pickup with hay down to them to feed there.

Here’s the morning view from the GOES West Satellite:The visible brown area is dry central Washington.
I have several projects to complete and then, I’m switching entirely to filing and organizing tax receipts. Never made it until late night, and now need to change folders. I did the rest of the ordering, but had two things from a different month I have to refile.

Brunch: I had leftover chicken soup and also a milkshake with Chocolate Ensure and blueberry yogurt earlier this morning.

Supper: John fixed a stir-fry of chicken breast meat, with gravy, onions (our own), mashed potatoes, corn, and carrots.

Ending with a photo I just saw today, that was taken Sunday in the hills NE of our home on Colockum Ridge, south of Wenatchee,Photographed by Kevin Dwight (my friend & former student)- Larches (Tamaracks) turning yellow, 4600′ Colockum Ridge, 14 mi. NNE, 10-11-20
That ridge on the south side is NE of our home and would be the way Kevin drove to where he took his photos.

If you like helicopter rides, you may enjoy the following video by Wenatchee woman named Maria, who lives on the north side of the ridge, and who pilots a helicopter we’ve been along on trips with, with her sidekick Nick Zentner describing the geology seen below. This one is a survey of the fire damage from an arsonist set fire that swooped up the canyons of Colockum Ridge in July 2020, and you will see its proximity to her home she’ll point out as well. And, there are more comments below her video. You can stop the video and read about before or after you watch it.

Wildfire Damage, Helicopter Survey (12 mins)

Tuesday, Oct 13

Miles and miles of clouds. Raining again here this morning. Cats never appeared for their Monday a.m. feeding, and now their dinner table is inaccessible until later this afternoon, probably.
Early a.m. arrival of contractors to put the rock face siding on the bottom of the house along the new concrete at the front door.

Our trip to town has been delayed in its intended starting time. No problem, as John cannot work in the rain, anyway. Will give me time to start loading dirty dishes to soak and to unload the dishwasher’s clean load.
I took my weekly medication tablet on an empty stomach and hooked up the Backup Plus drive for its noon backup.

We did not win anything on our Bi-Mart numbers today. John drove and took extra set of his keys for me to go back to the car at different stops, and make phone calls from his car in the parking lot. Stops are separated below by ∞∫∞. He drove me by the Senior Center (AAC) to drop off materials from the game day last week.
∞∫∞ Then, we were off the KVC Medical Arts Building, south of AAC, across from Super 1 Grocery. There I received a blood draw for my INR (monthly) and also my Potassium (quarterly). ∞∫∞ From there we continued to Super 1 Pharmacy for our Flu Shots. The paperwork required was very involved and time-consuming, but we got our shots from our favorite Pharmacist. She’s given us our shots for many years, and I have known her as a fiddle player with our group, earlier until she started working full-time. ∞∫∞. After that, John went shopping for groceries, and I went to customer service with a receipt from last Tuesday, for Reese’s peanut butter cups for which I was overcharged higher than the on-sale price of $.78 for some of them. The cashier was surprised, but agreed, and handed me a $2.20 cash refund. Normally, I check my receipt while still in the store, but I didn’t last week. Then I went back to John’s car to complete some telephone contacts. He bought some boneless sirloin tip roasts at a great price/pound. All he bought were at a sale saving prices. ∞∫∞ From there, John drove us to Midstate Coop and bought a bag of Senior Horse Complete grain and a 40# bag of Black-Oiled Sunflower Seeds for our birds. ∞∫∞ To Safeway, for Just for U bargain coupons that end today, and got some other on sale items. We got 2 dozen large eggs @ 99₵ ea., Bananas for 56₵/#, Red Seedless Grapes for $1.70/#, and PowerAde at 49₵ ea., by buying 5 bottles.

Lunch: Leftover chicken stir fry with onions, gravy, corn, and red seedless grapes.

3:00 p.m. the winds have increased for the past two hours to 40 mph gusts. John is sitting in a chair across the room from me resting, and the winds are hitting our house very noisily. The contractors finished their work and left before they got knocked down putting up our house siding. They accomplished a lot in the time here this morning. Finally, one of our outside cats has made it in for food this afternoon, Woody. Her mom Sue hasn’t shown up yet.

John and I just spent 16 minutes in a frustrating conversation with Citi Bank about our Costco credit card, trying to replace his credit card lost (?) Aug 4, that we’d put a hold on. Now we should get a replacement card in the regular mail in a week or less. After originally telling us that, the card came priority delivery via FedEx in 2 days.

The very same day, later in the afternoon, we got a phone call from our neighbor who works at Fred Meyer that our card had been found Aug 4 at their store. He noticed our name and called us. He doesn’t get them until they’re over a month old. So, we thanked him, and told him to cut it and dispose of it. Interesting.

At 7:15 I took 2 Acetaminophen and have to figure the remainder to take before going to bed of two 2 smaller Mg ones.
Supper: beef stew with biscuits atop, including added chicken meat, carrots, potatoes, with Cheez-its on the side, and red seedless grapes on the plate around the heated stew.

Nice sunset tonight from the west side between storm clouds:Water is Puget Sound; the land in the background is Fox Island. Photo by Pat Jack, long-time friend at CWU, who now lives in a condo, in Tacoma, from where she took this photo.

Wednesday, Oct 14

Morning call 8:20 a.m. from Haley in the Coumadin clinic KVC-Cle Elum, INR=2.1 (monthly), Potassium=4.3 (quarterly). I asked her to update our immunization record on the Hospital’s Medical portal, to record yesterday’s Flu Shots for each of us on 10-13-20; I checked and our last pneumonia shot was 10-22-18 (it’s the first dose, so we only need the 2nd). That’s ordered for us both, and Tuesday (our pharmacist’s name) will give it to us on Oct 27.

Started first thing this morning, loading dirty dishes in dishwasher.
John’s back out working again. Shorter day length and some not so nice weather has cut into his exertions. He’s starting to cut calories to compensate.
Need to send papers from Jerome to the study group.

Brunch: Bacon, blueberry/pecan pancake.

John worked outside on various projects moving lumber – – sorting out a few of the better discards (side planks and others) and piling the rest for a 5-mile distant neighbor. [Fellow that removed the concrete slab with a big backhoe.]

Supper: Long-roasted boneless sirloin tip roast, onions, and baked potatoes, with a bowl of red seedless grapes.

Thursday, Oct 15

After a late night staying up, I slept in until 9:00 a.m. and then have been doing double time ever since with emails and telephone calls.
Started with setting up my computer for the day, receiving a phone call from a friend about her medical emergency of having congestive heart failure and looking for the cell phone # of a mutual friend to give her, writing an email to another neighbor about coming down today to cart home some firewood. We had a morning visit from FedEx to deliver John’s replacement lost credit card, and a phone call to arrange filling a drug prescription to pick up next Tuesday. I did email the study group the 2 scientific papers from Jerome in BC to prepare for Nick’s Oct 23 lecture on Wrangellia Exotic Terrane.
I sent the next email to the Zentnerds study group, both To_& Bcc_ lists, and to other friends interested in Native American Culture, and especially our Native American storyteller and legend spreader, Randy Lewis.

John reads this link daily (wattsupwiththat) and asked me to send this to Randy to see if he was aware of this: about the Ancient North American cultures and/or the history of the domestication of the dog). It’s probably reflected in your native American storytelling of legends.

Shaggy Dog from Watts Up with That

Finally, here is the link you might want to follow to learn more about Randy Lewis, himself. After reading the “biography,” then visit to the right, the link to his video there, and then follow the icon to get to the other YouTube links of videos by Randy.

Overview of the man Randy Lewis

Once there, you’ll see this:

and to the right, you’ll want to click on the icon to the right of his first video’s name header, the 4 lines with right arrow after the words: Randy Lewis Seattle Civil Right… That will access all 9 videos in the playlist for Randy.

Robocaller blocked again from Colville, WA (we receive so many from that exchange that I know the 509-690 prefix by heart; yet, it always comes from a wireless caller. Blocked another from same prefix as this, 29 min later with another Colville number.

John loaded a month’s worth of firewood into the neighbor’s truck. He was cutting with the chainsaw and she showed up early, so she got less than he had intended. He was also cutting a few pieces with knots to take to one of the bottlers for “turning” pieces. He had some Black Walnut, Carpathian Walnut, Mountain Ash, and Poplar.

He is now fixing lunch. He’s having left over onions and sirloin tip meat from last night’s dinner. Later this afternoon, he’ll be getting our new slicer set up, to slice the roast into thin pieces that I can chew. And, he’ll take a plate for the bottling crew’s lunch after bottling Malbec, next Tuesday. That will work nicely, but had he realized he’d be going there he’d have waited to cook the roast. Now he’ll have to freeze it today to use next week. Will have 2 Reese’s Peanut butter cups for my afternoon snack.

John’s back to the wood culling (the milled wood) as some was left 12 feet long. Some odd pieces he cut for firewood, but most of the rest is being carried off by Pat, who said he fired up his wood stove this week. We anticipate below freezing temperatures next week.

Just had a phone call from Katrina about foot care at the Senior Center. She hopes to have us scheduled for Thursday Oct 22 at 10:15 & 11:00. She will let me know by tomorrow. She’ll send the material we need to bring via email. Yes, both happened, and I’m very grateful for the special treatment.

I’m busy with activating John’s new CitiBank (Costco) credit card that came via FedEx today. Unanticipated, so the driver had to hang it on the fence. I’ve first had to update my records on the computer in a folder under Credit Card-Info. It’s now activated. Apparently, the first time you use it, you have to swipe it, and after that it becomes a contactless chip card (touch and go).

Need to work on proofing Janet’s Word document, then, put time in the kitchen on dishes, and have my snack, and get some tax filing done! Guess what did not get done.
I worked and made good progress on unloading the dishwasher and putting up all the silverware and stainless steel flatware. Time to get my snack for the next round. OK, it was a DARK chocolate one instead of the regular. Interesting.

John just returned inside from his latest chain sawing project, but it is completed now before rain and snow gets it wet. Now he will return to landscaping – rocks, dirt, gravel.
We’re about ready for a heated popcorn feast John is fixing. My second snack of the afternoon.
John set up our new meat slicer and is thin slicing the sirloin tip roast from yesterday’s slow-oven roast. We will have some for supper tonight, and then freeze some for later.

Call at 7:30 p.m. from Walter Davenport that he is delivering the rock wall siding that needs to be attached on the porch house front. He’s coming tonight to deliver it, and John will get on his boots to help unload the sheets. Willie and Jesse will first finish a job in Cle Elum, and then come down here.

Supper: Thin-sliced sirloin tip roast, fried onion rings, cinnamon pears (gifted by our neighbor, Louaine).

Imagery below is from a sagebrush/steppe part of the region 25 miles southwest of us.

These two photos were taken by Jessie Walling (my friend and former student) on her trail running journey this evening. Evidence of the wildfire’s destruction is consistent with the fiery sunset colors.
The Evans Canyon Fire started on the afternoon of Aug 31, 2020. Photos from the week are on the web if you search-up images with – – Evans Canyon Fire. And if you look back to our weekly blog during that time you’ll see our views from our valley.

Friday, Oct 16

Dark and dreary here. Beautiful sunrise elsewhere in the valley.

Published in KC Visual Delights. Gayle McIntosh’s photograph from her back porch looking east from Hwy 97; posted by a son. I neither get up early enough nor have the viewpoint from home to take such gorgeous scenes.

I won the Wheel of Fortune Game Day at the Senior Center. 1600 points, next was 950, and lowest was 650. Sad because the lowest started ahead of us all, and then the wheel spun a bankrupt. We all had a good time, regardless. We played it on Zoom.

No Nick lecture today at 2:00 p.m. He’s back in Wisconsin visiting his mom and sister.
Cheryl Paul’s birthday is today; I called her and sang happy birthday to her voicemail.
Call from Susan Donahoe that my voter ballot was not in her mailbox. I’ll wait a few days to see if it shows from farther down the road. Then report it lost. John’s was delivered fine yesterday. Didn’t have to wait long, as it was included in delivery today with no explanation.

Brunch: Bacon, eggs, Cinnamon Pear (shared with John), eggs over easy with cheddar cheese, and I had a slice of English Muffing Toasting Bread, with Apricot Preserves atop, made as gift by my neighbor Ken.

John’s afternoon on yard projects were affected by the high wind gusts:

Supper: Appetizer, cheddar cheese in Fritos Scoops. Progresso soup with beef added for rest of meal.

Saturday, Oct 17

Up and down a lot through the night, so ended up sleeping late.
Cat fight on front porch; unsure who was involved but Rascal was the aggressor. Likely Woody – she dislikes Rascal which is befuddling. Czar was inside sleeping on his blanket.

Morning greetings from Gerald who is doing fine, and had talked with Maury and learned they were fine as well.
From LethaLee sent the link for Nick’s October 23rd Friday afternoon 2:00 lecture, but that channel is not showing up dated links on mine. Checked out later after a restart of my computer, and it is still not listed. However, I can access the URL.

I finished an email to Jana Goodey and sent it, and then work an hour or a few pages on the thing for Janet Lane on COVID-19.

John’s out working for an hour, and will come back in and cook some pork sausage we don’t know where we got. It is one pound in a “not for sale” wrapper from 2017.
Worked on proofreading Janet Lane’s COVID -19 chapter of a book on the use of GIS and sent her what I have as of today, to be sure it was useful and understandable.

John retrieved the afternoon mail and it included a statement from Costco about my enrollment. It was misleading, but I opened it and found a certificate inside I need to take there to cash for only $33, our next time at Costco. It reflects the excess bonus of 2% on purchases through the year only on Costco goods within the store. We get another much larger check in February, for reward paybacks for using the VISI CitiBank card to buy gasoline at a 4% discount, among other perks such as using it at restaurants. We’re on automatic renewal (Dec 1) for the next year’s business card membership. We haven’t been doing much because of Panic2020, so these perks are reduced.

I read through John’s Not So Nasty News this afternoon and found a nice link to the story of the lemur stolen from the San Francisco Zoo. He re-opened his report and it is there now.

I worked on filing some tax receipts and will do more tonight before going to bed.

Brunch: spicy pork sausage patties someone gave us with a Blueberry/pecan pancake topped with cutup nectarines and maple syrup.

Supper: John created from some leftover Chicken Alfredo, our main dish for tonight. He added red & yellow bell peppers, pepperoni, cheddar cheese, cashews, & I’m not sure what else. I washed and destemmed some red seedless grapes. I also had two different kinds of crackers with my supper.

Sunday, Oct 18

Slept in again, but not soundly. Awakened throughout the night with various interruptions including rain at 3:20 a.m., so I am kind of slow starting, on a dreary overcast day.

Restarted my computer this morning hoping it will correct some of the errors I’ve been having accessing data.

John went to feed the birds, and the horses about 9:35 a.m.

10:23 a.m. a call came from Gerald Gordon, my 90-yr old friend in Thorp, and we had a 10 min conversation. Then at 10:36, he called back and said he had a gift for me, and started singing every word of the song, It’s Just a Little Street Where Old Friends Meet, in his beautiful voice he has not at all lost with age. We had been talking about getting together with our group in a jam session and having him play again with us (as our lead singer). I know that will happen and it will be healing music for us all.

Load my gift cards for Jerrol’s bookstore) in my wallet for Tuesday. I suppose, also, I will take the ones for Winegars’ (local ice cream), although the ice cream one will just be in my wallet for when we run out of the 5 quarts we bought last week.

Fixed a protein drink for this morning. It was one of my Strawberry Ensures mixed with strawberry yogurt.

After restarting my computer this morning, I logged into the KVC medical portal for Nancy’s records and succeeded, but I was unable to find my Immunizations record, as I had found John’s yesterday on his account.

Brunch: Spicy sausage, with two eggs over easy covered with melted cheddar cheese crumbles; John had potatoes and onions (his own little white ones, called Sterling, that will store for 8 months), and I had a cup of coffee.

John went up to the irrigation ditch today in 40mph gusts, to fill the dog & cats watering bucket. There is also a similar pail outside. We’ll soon have to switch to the heated bowl. He had on his bucket hat, and the wind blew it off his head into the ditch!

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Rain this week

. . . brought welcomed change

Monday, Sept 21

I began the morning with a Zoom Game Day session of Scattergories. I won today but only 2 played and we had fun.
We made our own scoring cards, place for the Letter, and 10 slots for categories. Then the dice thrower called the letter, and we chose the category we wanted, alternately.This is only one category which the leader put on the screen all possible categories to choose from. This is just one example.

Rest of the day filled with computer work, cleaning dishes, and going shopping to drive John’s car which had not been moved in a while. We donated some onions, summer yellow squash, and about 15# of two kinds of dry cat food to the Kittitas Pantry. Side activities decreased both our work time. Mine needed more than anything is working on back taxes. But all these medical things also need done.

I made my appointment for a lung PFT test in November. Put all my meds in for the week, and arranged for some other stuff with respect to my Yakima Heart Center visit in October.
While on the road tonight we talked with our sister Peggy, and with John driving I could call several friends long distance to touch bases. So I called to wish a happy wedding to a former student and to another former student to check her health which had been getting better finally, after a year of pain and surgeries without much improvement. She’s finally feeling better.

Supper: Chicken pot pie, with macaroni & cheese, and pork pieces added by John, a French Cruller donut, and piece of Lemon Boston Cream pie for dessert. The latter was the best part of all.

Tuesday, Sept 22

Took my weekly medicine of the stand up & empty stomach type. I hooked up the Backup Plus drive for noon backup protection of all the files on my computer’s hard drive.

Made a call to Jeannie at Cardiopulmonary at our local hospital, about to where/whom the PFT results are sent– to attn. of Dr. Krueger, or to Yakima Heart Center only, or to my medical records file, so the Dr. or his nurse can watch for it after Dec 1. My PFT test is not until the day before Thanksgiving, Nov 24. The answer is they go through the same notification with the cardiologist doctor as for all his patients. So, that relieved my concerns.

Disk drive backed up and said so at 1:38 today. Due next Tuesday for another backup.
My lunch today was leftover chicken noodle soup with extra cooked chicken breast added.

Called about Atorvastatin. Kenna, Pharmacy Tech is taking care of it; unfortunately, there were no refills on the Safeway one, and they did not have Bi-Mart Pharmacy one sent on file (I’m sure I had requested that be sent to BM Pharmacy, through my PCP’s nurse).

We first went for our higher dose Flu shots we scheduled a couple of weeks ago. Got to our pharmacy, and they said they were out of serum. I was upset because I had made the appointment and they should have saved 2 for our appointment. We are now on another waiting list.

We took ~20# of John’s home grown onions by to friends Joanie & Ken. Last year they took them to Quartzite, AZ, and they lasted until Christmas.

Took a few things by Amy’s house in town, and added a special present for Haley (now 7 yrs old), and still planning to be a scientist.

Called in my refill prescription today for Alendronate to Kaiser Permanente Mail Order, and it was delivered 2 days later. The place is on the west side of our mountains.

Wednesday, Sept 23

Nancy called the CWU User Desk early morning, to use Quick Assist with Tech to resolve problems of Microsoft Account –most likely a password change, through shared experience setting. Request either Paris, or Casey, or Brian K. to share my screen to help with that primarily, and one other question I have.

At 9:00 a.m., Telena Hunter arrives to set up chlorination of our well water, and there’ll be no running water in our house allowed (except for flushing toilets) for 36 hours (which increased later in the week, details to come). She did not arrive until 9:50 a.m.
She and her assistant, Melissa, got everything completed and will be back tomorrow to flush it out of all the in house faucets and system.

Another Robocaller blocked by the Panasonic answering system on our land line—claimed a source of Longview, WA.
Lunch: I fixed a nutritious drink for me of blueberry yogurt with chocolate Ensure; but, I intend never to buy Chobani yogurt again. The blueberry is particularly awful. John made his lunch entirely from leftovers. Sent an alert for the next two Nick from Home lectures this week, 9/25 and 9/27 to the study group members’ emails.

Late today, I called ComputAbility and talked to Matt the owner about how they handled advising people who wanted to have a specific domain name of their own choosing. Need is to publish a blog on, as we do, with our and host the space to store the whole blog from the start of it (ours started Dec 4, 2009). A report on this and his answer is in tomorrow’s posting.

Supper: Spaghetti with pork added to Arrabbiata sauce, or sugo all’arrabbiata in Italian, is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes, and dried red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. The sauce originates from the Lazio region, around Rome. It’s a little too spicy for my tastes, so what’s left of the jar, John is going to add tomatoes and use ground beef as the meat. We also had a bowl of peaches with dinner, and a cool drink (PowerAde for me). Dessert: Vanilla ice cream on top of heated apple fritter shared and ½ donut.

It’s been raining here much of the afternoon and evening and is going to be rainy all this week. That should clean up all the smoke and suppress fires.

Thursday, Sept 24

I’d received an invoice from our domain provider updating our membership for the next 3 years. It has increased in cost amazingly from what it was 3 years ago in 2017. So I decided I would shop around. That’s why I had called Matt last night, here in town to see what he could offer.

He’s worked with Network solutions since 1994. However, they do not provide the service through their business at ComputAbility here in town. He has to buy his own domain name, for their business’ web site, but he doesn’t require hosting capabilities, yet he understand the concept and the pricing schemes, of such companies.
He uses only, which “sells” domain usage only, does not have hosting which we need. Matt (owner at ComputAbility) says $160 / year is not bad, because we need both hosting and domain name usage. We were unaware of the “blog” stuff when I was ill and our computer guru (at Complete Computer Services) set up a WordPress site for John to use to talk to friends and relatives about me, when he didn’t have time to spend on the phone talking individually with them. The business must have done the hosting locally, in EBRG. When that business closed we transferred (we don’t remember doing this) to a new hosting place. It is their billing renewal we have just received.

John needs to turn on the frost free faucet at 8:00 a.m. today, out by the horse tank. A gallon of chlorine bleach was dumped into the top of the well, and now all that has to come out. We have only a small submerged pump, and not a hefty aquifer, so slow removal is expected. So any animals won’t get into the chlorinated water, the drain hose is emptying into a rocky space.

John and I spent 31 minutes and $160 on the phone today to continue our domain name and hosting for another year. The e-mail indicated a 3 year renewal and the total cost, and what was happening, caught us unaware. Phone consultation finally got us on track.

Sent an alert to study group at 2 PM with a bunch of references from group members to share about geology.
Telena came by, but the chlorination of the well water still needs to continue. It’s going more slowly than planned. She’ll be gone a few hours and back to finish later.

It just started raining again at 4:00 p.m.
Another Robocaller previous blocked just rang once: (Longview, WA). They don’t quit. Glad it didn’t wake me from my nap.
I was tired and lay down for an hour nap.

I fixed a nutritious drink for lunch, peach yogurt with chocolate Ensure. John ate leftover meat loaf for his lunch.
Short phone call from Gerald at 4:30p.m. his grandson took him for a drive today up Taneum Canyon toward where their family hunting cabin. He enjoyed the ride and is feeling just fine. All’s well, so that’s excellent news.
Supper: Vegetable, Chicken soup, dessert, hot peach pie w/ vanilla ice cream atop.

Bad news: After dinner, I reviewed the order confirmation from the payment of the domain & hosting site from IML this morning before noon. I saw one (the one I was expecting) for $160.41, but I received four, totaling a lot more. The lady sent all previous invoices – but none were dated. [We got it straightened out on Friday, and now we’re in for 3 more years].

Friday, Sept 25

Water well “shocking” turned into >12 hours more + some, because of low well pressure, so our bathtub’s faucet ran hot water all night to cleanse the hot water tank (50 gallons) of chlorine. Kelly Hunter came back at 9:20 to finish flushing the chlorinated water from the inside faucets, changed the filter on the water softener; John changed the one on the hot water tank, and said we should give the pump a rest. That is, use minimal water for 3 hours or so.

We decided to call back to IML and pay the $ for 3 years / which would be ~$133/yr. instead of $160.41 we paid. We need hosting plus use of the domain name and protection for what we do.
They do not send receipts of the purchase on my credit card. I have to look for that on my statement from VISA Citi Bank. But it had been put on my card for the $160.41 for the one year. And Sunday’s email arrived with access to my statement through Sept 25th, so I checked and that was posted on there, from Thursday, but we’ll have to wait until the end of October’s statement to see what was charged exactly for the upgrade to 3 yrs., of the domain name, the hosting, the protection and the added tax.

Called PCP’s nurse and left voicemail message request to refill Atorvastatin, 40 mg for 45 tablets (because they will ½ them) for my 20mg dosage once a day for 3 months, and to “email FAX” it to Bi-Mart Pharmacy. The pharmacy has requested a couple of times since Tuesday this week with no response. Finally, LATE afternoon, right before 5:00 p.m., I received a call it was sent!

Peggy Eaton is honchoing the leadership of a scheduled Zoom meeting noon, 9/25, for our Ruth Harrington Scholarship meeting group, held on 4th Fridays, and not able to be held at CWU this year.
I joined the Zoom Meeting – Scholarship Luncheon Meeting—fun meeting with Ruth (who is looking good from her stroke 6 wks. ago, able to walk around the block, allowed to drive her car, and she’s done with her physical therapy sessions), Peggy from campus at the Dean of Students office, Monica from home working there, Christine from facilities Mgt on campus.

I have a 2:00 p.m. viewing of a Nick from Home today.

‘Nick from Home’ #80 – Exotic E: Paleogeography

Much work on different projects.
I spent a little time on Facebook messenger evaluating a LOGO for a Brittany. This person lives back east and has one of our Cedaridge Brittanys in her breeding program. She got her Brittany pup from us in the 1990s. Her name is Michelle Gamblin, and her breeding kennel name is N-Vee Brittanys.She had many responses, and I think #5 (my choice) was winning the battle. {John likes #7.} I haven’t checked to see her final decision. To me this logo shows more of the field and show (Dual) aspect of the Brittany, and is something that will look good on stationery, a business card, or a bumper sticker without using color.

Supper: beef, bean, mixed-cheese (good) grilled sandwich with canned peaches. Dessert, peach pie with vanilla ice cream.

Saturday, Sept 26

Weird wake-up procedure with sounds of everything magnified into a note. Even single bites of dog food being tossed into a pan, by John. Gerald called at 8:45 a.m. and I was having first cup of coffee. Talked to him for 12 mins about him and me. Will start my computer, and do the dishes first thing.
John unloaded most of the dishwasher except for the silverware. I need to wash a load leftover from Wednesday when our well water was chlorinated.

Friend Louaine gave us a dozen small pears from an orchard on the other side of the valley. Thanks, Louaine. They claim to be Cinnamon Pears. Trying to search for such brings numerous recipes using the spice. I found a photo of a dwarf Bosc Pear tree with Cinnamon colored fruit. Interesting, maybe we’ve been given Bosc pears. John will ask a few folks that might know, and report next week.

John made Blackberry cobbler in the slow-cooker (aka crock pot). He mentioned his intent in his Not so Nasty News, but failed to mention he was following a “Blueberry” recipe. {I used a plastic liner in the crock. Best idea since sliced bread. John}
Another Robocaller blocked on our land line. We don’t get cell service out here on the Naneum Fan, so wonder how that problem is on those mobile phones.

Brunch: Bacon, English Muffin Toasting bread, and eggs.
Supper: Bowl of Spaghetti with Ground beef, tomatoes, and sauce. Blackberry cobbler made by John with his homegrown blackberries in a Crockpot recipe!! with Vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Tonight’s night view from Cove Rd (SW of town):Lovely photo by Michelle Schock posted in Kittitas Valley Visual Delights; taken toward Manastash Ridge, about 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 27

Clear, sunny, no rain, and nice for Nick’s 9:00 a.m. program. Went with bicycle ride at the end, to 1 hr. 33 mins.From the GOES west satellite from UW Atmospheric Science

Started at 8:03 a.m. on line with comments on lecture by Nick.
This was a premiere showing this morning by Nick Zentner in ‘Nick from Home’ fall series on Exotic Terranes.

‘Nick from Home’ #81-Exotic F: Strike-Slip Faults

To appreciate what follows you MUST click on the video link and do the following movement to 1:38 (1 hr and 38 minutes to the start of the bicycle ride with the camera going in his Iphone. You’ll see the reason for Nick wishing to do it for his worldwide audience to show our agricultural valley so close to the city limits of Ellensburg. 872 viewers watched the ride from worldwide locations. The ride goes by fields and barns, once out of town.

The lecture went long today with the bicycle ride at the end; Go to 1:38 in the video to make the bicycle trip from Nick’s house on 3rd Ave south a bunch of blocks to Mt View Drive (extension of the Kittitas Hwy), into Rosewood neighborhood complex, where across the fence to the left we could hear the outside rock band in a congregational meeting outside in the sun, for a service at the Ellensburg Foursquare Church, on from there onto Umptanum Rd, and south down Bull Rd, to agricultural farm land there.

This photo two below looks very much like the view we got from the bicycle ride Nick took us on, to the southern part of our valley to see the snow cap on Mt. Stuart, which was not there on Thursday, so it received its snow Thursday night. Winter’s on its way. This first photo shows Mt. Stuart on the left with snow, but was not taken on today’s bike ride. Another photo of the valley near Ellensburg looks more like the close up agricultural land we were riding by. Our view from the bike ride of Mt. Stuart was very small because Nick couldn’t zoom his I-phone in as close as the view above.This photo was actually taken in a different direction from Mt. Stuart, and yesterday by Barb Bailey, on her way back from fighting Seattle traffic, and she was happy to be coming home to her agricultural Kittitas Valley.
This view is very similar to the views we got from the bike ride at the end.
(Check out the video’s ending above). Again, for the bicycle ride, start at 1:38 + a little.

I fixed a nutrition drink for midday, of strawberry Ensure with Chobani strawberry yogurt.
I just finished taking a bunch of time creating a problem notification email to the contractor with a photo John took of a Design Flaw in our construction project. It’s related to the rain we have been having not being directed properly to avoid hitting on the to-be-concrete wheelchair access ramp, so it doesn’t become a sheet of ice in rainy cold weather. Red line (arrow) shows where the rain went. It needs to fall 18″ to the right.The contractor received the description this evening, and knows how he will fix the problem. He’s coming over to consult with John tomorrow afternoon.

I’m currently working on my part of the blog. I need to get it to John, and then unload the dishwasher. One more load and I’ll be caught up.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Cleaner air

Monday, Sept 14

Checked email from RN Chris Aman for Dr. Dave Krueger; we changed the date to Oct. 26 to be able to combine my visit to the Yakima Heart Center for my Device check with Toni to the same day as a visit with my Cardiologist. It’s a 50-mile trip one way for us.

Called Ethel today (our 102 yr. old cousin in PA) at 2:45 & talked 20 minutes. As usual, it was fun and informative visiting with her. She’s quite amazing.

Called the help desk with my questions ask about the Skype for Business which we supposedly shut out completely, and there are other things we may need to get rid of permanently, but I want help not to try anything myself that might screw up my computer. One thing I need help on is the Dell Support updates it keeps asking for.
The “out of memory” issues have not returned after all Brian K’s work and it’s sitting at 78% used right now. This morning Monday, it’s using only 63%!
Call back from BK (Brian K) at CWU 3:24 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. cleaning up system more and needs a RESTART, after saving my Word Docs, and closing other programs before restarting.

5:48 p.m., 21 mins on the landline with friend from childhood, Dot Smith, about things in Decatur, GA. She called with concerns about us and the fires, but called my cell phone, which gets no reception in our house. I only accidentally found her two voicemail messages when charging my cell phone to make ready to go to town tomorrow. When I turned it on to check the charge, it beeped, and I found the first message from Saturday.

I called Jeannie at the Cardiopulmonary (KVC) and found my PFT (stands for Pulmonary Function Test) last year was 11/22/2019. To qualify for medical insurance to pay for the test, this year’s test has to be scheduled a day later, which is a Monday, Nov. 23. I now need to have my cardiologist send a request referral to the department at our local Ellensburg hospital before I can be scheduled for the test. That process is underway.

This morning turned into a week of work piled into one-time slot.
Noon call from water system guru, Kelly Hunter, indicated he was on his way to meet us. Stayed 45 minutes and fixed some stuff and scheduled a future time for coming to install corrections and additions, to our well-water treatment setup. Meanwhile, his wife, a different type water person, will visit to “shock” our system – – meaning bleach poured into the well, a wait period, then flush all clean.

Tuesday, Sept 15

Call from Kelly Hunter. Our cost will be $2,300 to add an iron filtration system to our well water treatment machines. That will happen in several weeks when he has time to add to his schedule and get the equipment ordered and available to install.

We both spent a lot of time with reading and sending a note to Cameron Fries, about things at the winery, White Heron. A bottling session will occur in the future, Oct. 2. I won’t be able to go along as I must attend a meeting at 2:00 p.m. and I wouldn’t be home by then. John has to remember to take some small bottles over to give to Cameron.

Early, turned on heater in bathroom for taking shower.

Took my weekly pill at 8:50 a.m., planned to eat ½ hr. later, but our morning was interrupted and I didn’t actually get to eat until 10:00 a.m., when I had only a nutrition drink and coffee.

We left for town later than planned but got to my monthly INR blood draw before time for my favorite phlebotomist to go to lunch. After that, we ran a bunch more errands. Dropped off Apples to Apples decks of cards at the AAC used in a Zoom game. Went to Fred Meyer shopping for drinks, bread, drinks, red grapes, and then drove to a lady’s house who makes and gives cloth face masks she’s made. We each got 3, and very colorful they are. John needed one because all he’s been using is a paper mask, supposed to be for one-time use only. Today was about its 8th use. He carried one in his pocket for a time. Hay and dirt loved it, and it still worked – he lived. We said our thanks and left. Next stop in town was to The Palace to cash in my September free meal birthday dinner. We got it to go from Molly, our favorite waitress there. On our way home, we put egg cartons near Eva Frink’s front porch.

Supper: We had my Birthday dinner from The Palace. Cobb Salad and John had Chicken Fried Steak. {He says that’s a strange name for a beat up piece of cheap beef.}

Wednesday, Sept 16

Mid-week photo today, all the way from Chile, from a gal we knew when she was a student at CWU a long time ago, Mérida López Nualart. She looks as young as we remember her; no clue how old she is now. She was here as a language student, then returned to teach English to folks in the Chilean Air Force.

I called the dental receptionist and paid my $90.40 bill for John; talked to Edgar. He emailed me the receipt to joint account, and it’s now stored in my tax 2020 file. Also, printed it and filed in the hard copy paperwork filing cabinet.
My day has been filled with working on emails and switching between tax filing, and unloaded dishwasher, and needing to reload dishes and soon.
This morning I had a nutrition drink (Strawberry Ensure with Chobani dark cherry yogurt). Makes a nice “milkshake”.

Washed a new load of dishes tonight to get ready for our well to be filled with a lot of bleach, because no water can be run inside the house for 36 hours and we would not be able to turn on any faucets in the house. We can only flush our toilets.

Supper tonight: John had a steak fry; I had the rest of my birthday dinner Cobb Salad ½ from yesterday evening. I added pieces of our yellow summer squash sliced and raw, some red grapes, and had with a buttered hot roll I brought from The Palace Café.

Thursday, Sept 17

Washed clothes in the morning before Noon expecting our well’s water to be chlorinated or “shocked”. Now the first load is in the clothes dryer at 11:00 a.m. and the second load is my polyester stuff needing dried on a lower heat.

I’m currently finishing the necessary startup of my computer to check emails and then will switch chores to filing back taxes, my most urgent need right now. John’s out front working in the shade (actually the smoke cover is blocking the sun). The temps are below normal now (62°), and the visibility is only 1.5 miles, with the thick haze.

The person to chlorinate our well canceled and rescheduled for 9:00 a.m. next Wednesday. She was in the Teanaway (a long valley to our NW) where there’s no cell reception, and could not get a phone call to tell us until afternoon.

I fixed a nutritious drink for lunch, peach yogurt with chocolate Ensure.
Called Sadie Thayer this afternoon and see if she received my email about donating some stuff to the Kittitas County Historical Museum. She had NOT received it, because someone had hacked their website and she has been unable to access any email. More about this in tomorrow’s report.

You may need to enter the password Patrick917 to open it. Or you might not!
Go here, please to view responses for Patrick’s 7th birthday.

The link is necessary to see all the wishes from worldwide people who have met since St. Patrick’s Day on a Geology site for Nick from Home lectures. Just Sunday morning at 9:00 we had over 1000 viewers.

This link was set up to give viewers a place to record their birthday wish to Patrick on his 7th birthday. Patrick Swan has been the student at the head of the class, asking the best questions of Prof Nick Zentner through now 79 episodes of Nick from Home. I’m not giving this link to view what I said, and in fact, you should skip over mine and follow Greg the train conductor from East Tennessee, and Gerrit who shows his Countryside (The Netherlands), and others who have neat insights to their surroundings. Check out Yelli (from Japan). Frances from Germany. James from Australia, and also Kathy from Australia. Another from Japan is Denise. Spend your time on the others, not on my post, please.

Supper: Orange chicken, leftover lasagna, red grapes, fried slices of yellow summer squash. Ice cream for dessert.

Friday, Sept 18

Today needs to be completely spent on tax preparation, except for these next things at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Wrote an e-mail to Janet Perkins (violinist) about a note in WOTFA News, pg. 8. People we know are dying while this Panic2020 thing drags on. Her husband, Dave, our Double-Bass Fiddle player, did not die from the virus.

Friday Sept 18, was Game Day at 10:00 Heads up I’m only an observer, not playing the head piece & acting out. I did get involved some with providing sounds or words to describe the words for them on their headpiece.

I have a 2:00 p.m. viewing of a Nick from Home today.
‘Nick from Home’ #78 – Exotic C: Craton vs Terranes

I talked to Sadie Thayer at the KC Historical Museum about donation of our treadle Singer Sewing Machine and her not responding to my message about it last week. Their website was hacked and it included involving their email receipts. She had not gotten it. I also paid my dues this year through the website on PayPal, and that was never acknowledged. She will email me Monday to see if I get all the information I was supposed to. Meanwhile, she would like a photo of the sewing machine. They have 3 there, one in storage maybe 2 and one on display, but none of them work. I am sure ours should still be working and we have all the attachments for zippers and buttonhole maker. In talking to John, he says he thinks the drawers are packed separately in a box, and we do not know where the box of drawers is. So, this may be a future give once we find the box.

I spent quite a bit of time this afternoon, working on attaching a new external drive DVD/CD reader on my system, so I could load Turbo Tax software from a CD. Then I spent a bunch more time downloading updates to the software. Once that was done, I started the form filling in all the details for the beginning of the software, which will compare and transfer the information from the previous year’s tax return, so all the columns for deductions or income will be indicated on the form as organized in the past year.

Supper: Fried chicken breast with BBQ sauce, battered cod, John’s homemade applesauce, baked beans, canned peaches. Had Deluxe Caramel Crunch Frozen dessert (looks like ice cream, but we wonder why they call it that).

Saturday, Sept 19

Continue filing 2018 receipts, check on Excel eventually.

Another Robocaller blocked on my Panasonic land line. Did 2 or 3 yesterday.

Brunch: John had leftovers from last night’s supper; I had a bowl of Maruchan Ramen noodle soup with roast chicken flavor, but added a bunch of cooked chicken breast meat and Cheez-its crackers.

Supper: Pork roast oven-baked at 250° all day; bowl of canned pears and red grapes, fried yellow summer squash (John grew); dessert last of the caramel crunch frozen dessert with thawed strawberries on top.

Sunday, Sept 20

Good to go at 8:00 a.m. on the GOES west satellite imagery, sunshine, no smoke coverage, and blue skies in Ellensburg, At the blue star. The Cascades and the Bitterroots in Idaho’s panhandle have clouds.From the GOES west satellite via UW Atmospheric Science

Started at 8:03 a.m. on line with comments on lecture by Nick.

This was a premiere showing this morning by Nick Zentner in ‘Nick from Home’ fall series on Exotic Terranes.
#79 – Exotic D: Passive Margin

Brunch: John had leftovers from the freezer, and I went through this morning with a large glass of protein drink, Chocolate Ensure & Blueberry Yogurt. If I get hungry later (which I doubt), I have leftover lunch chicken soup to heat up.
John’s resting after lunch and planning to go out and work in the shade this afternoon.

Currently, working on the blog.

Supper: Pork, onion rings, fried yellow summer squash, red grapes, mashed potatoes with gravy.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Another wildfire week

Monday, Sept 7

ALERT to study group sent out at 9:30 a.m.

Spent the morning setting up to drain the hot water tank to try to get rid of the muck inside. Brunch: Bacon, blueberry pancake, and fruit cocktail. As it was nearing done, the smoke severity changed and smoke started flowing into through the patio door, where the hose draining the tank was. We had to close the door, and started researching the source of the smoke blocking the visibility to 2.5 miles or less. The temperature lowered with the smoke, from 81 at Noon to 71 at 5:00 p.m. We could not see the hills east of us. Late in the afternoon, the sun was a red disc.John worked some with the landscaping process, digging, sorting, and moving rocks and dirt. The loading ramp is filling with rocks, the garden soil is growing, and the front area is taking shape. All slowly. The smoke is not helpful.
Before the week was over, we had down to ½ mile visibility for several days. A week later, 9-13, it’s only at ¾ mile.

I called two neighbors to see if anyone knew the source of the smoke, and we got online to look for fires to the west of us.
Allen, our friend a mile up Naneum Rd. has relatives in Monse, WA near Brewster, and he knew there was a fire there. We found it on the MODIS Fire Mapping in our Google Earth Pro. I kept a watch on it, until it updated because all we had was the last 24 hours and the last 6 hrs.Less than 2 hrs. later it had increased in coverage. The orange in the bottom image is the red in the top images now, as orange. The top right image shows the measurement of the miles as over 20 miles to the south from the original start of the fire at the northern tip of the pattern.

I received burned photos from the area on 9/12 which are too depressing to publish, but here are a few. Heat was so hot it melted aluminum. The winds were clocked at 83 mph. People stayed behind to water down their house structures, and saved a few, while getting burned themselves.
Monse, WA after fire swept through:Burned trees-ground cover, heat melted aluminum, burned fieldsFORD Bronco & Allen Aronica helping family with cleanup efforts

Smoke coverage was severe by mid-afternoon, seen in this backyard video from our patio (only 19 seconds long). Using straight-line distance, we are 76 miles from Brewster and Monse is 6 miles farther away.

Smoky Atmosphere Ellensburg, WA 9-7-20

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. is the last of the Nick on the Fly (NOTF) series, with a new series beginning this Wednesday night, 9-9.

NOTF #26–North Cascades talk w/Ralph Haugerud

CWU’s Nick Zentner travels to Wenatchee to visit with longtime USGS geologist Ralph Haugerud. 52 mins. Recorded 9-4-20. Topics: North Cascades field mapping, Baja BC pros and cons, & future work in the North Cascades.

See you tonight, and then Wednesday night this week with Nick again with his start of the new Fall episodes of Nick from Home. That day of the week is being changed this coming week to Friday, and the time will be 2:00 p.m. This will mess up a few people from watching the live broadcast and they’ll have to watch the replay.

Supper: Beef Stew with Cheddar Bratwurst, Fried cauliflower, and Cheddar Biscuits, caramel praline crunch/vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Tuesday, Sept 8

I cannot keep up with all that’s happening around this place. Latest is that our water heater, water pump pressure gauge problems continue, and the filters on the water coming from our well are clogging with gunk faster than we wish.

John went to town and I stayed home. He picked up his own meds at Fred Meyer Pharmacy, and my med at Super 1 Pharmacy, buying groceries while there. He went to Mid-State Coop for a O-ring washer for the 10″ Big Blue filter that takes sediment out of our well water. The installed O-ring has stretched and thinned, and leaked with this removal and re-installation.
He went to Bi-Mart for some white petroleum (silicone grease is recommended) to put on the O-ring to secure the seal, and while there picked up a sheet of their membership card winning numbers (we won nothing). I checked other friends’ numbers when he brought it home. Above photo by EvieMae Schuetz. Particles in the smoke filter and scatter sunlight. When the atmosphere is too filled with smoke the sky goes dark.
I tried to take a photo but what we saw would not reproduce on my camera, nor on John’s. I asked Evie if she could get a photo. She said she’d try. The results are fantastic as seen above.
Sun photography is not easy; See here at B & H Photo
Scroll down there and you can see the sort of photo I took.

Supper: Pizza and our cherry tomatoes, with caramel praline crunch / vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Take pills, fluoride teeth, and go to bed.

Wednesday, Sept 9

Today’s local news, the Daily Record, printed the Obituary for Charles Larry Firkins, our friend whom we’ve known since my joining the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends music group.
I captured the digital version of the Obit to email to our music group and to the family.

We had many chores, mostly in the house because of the temperature outside, but about noon, John left for town to buy 4 desks at CWU surplus sale for $2 each and to fill his old 1980 Chev farm truck with gasoline. The price of gas was $2.55 at Pilot, 34₵/gal less than Circle K that’s often the least expensive in town! So, it was worth a little extra drive to the west side of town.

The desks he brought home are shown below. To have room and access to clean them up, he had to remove more junk from our big shed. We are going to get a large 20’ dumpster to empty most of this into to get it off our property, he has moved some of these things many times. Top shows the purple top of the desk barely as John demos the way the desk drawers work. Bottom: with the desks out, junk was moved to the truck and backed into the hay barn. Now he has to unload and stack it. About 8 of the boxes are, in fact, empty. Eventually, I will have my computer set up in the new room, using one of the desks, and the desk top will be enhanced with the lavender (came out pink) painted ceiling.

I stayed home to receive phone calls while he went to town. I contacted several people – searching for a plumber. Luckily, we later made contact on the weekend (Saturday) with plumber, Kelly.

The following video was on at 6:00 p.m. tonight as a premiere:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #76 – Exotic A: Geologic Time

Thursday, Sept 10

This morning at 9:00 a.m. I was on Zoom to play Yahtzee. I won today with 391 points and 3 Yahtzees! (that’s a record for me forever).
Gerald called at 11:20 and I told him about the Obituary. I need to send it to Jarred and to Connie and have them coordinate who will print it for him. I’m guessing Connie would be the best. But I wanted Jarred to see it too, because he once played with the group, and would have known Charlie.

I fixed a nutrition drink.
Brunch (Surf & Turf): Chipped beef, Boiled/Iced shrimp, breaded Cod fish.

I finished contacting four new study group members.
I wrote Sadie Thayer about making a donation of OLD Singer Treadle Sewing machine to the Kittitas County Historical museum. (Over 80 years old) – was my mom’s and what I learned to sew on.

Supper: Corn-on-the-cob, bowl of chili (with Cheez-its), and apple crisp with strawberry ice cream for dessert. The Rascal-Cat doesn’t like the strawberry ice cream. Dog is happy with any flavor ice cream.

Friday, Sept 11

This morning I had a nutrition drink (Strawberry Ensure with Chobani strawberry yogurt). Makes a nice “milkshake”).

Called the CWU Help Desk about out of memory problems on browsers, Edge and Opera. Had changed a month ago from Google Chrome because it was using so much memory space. Was told to change to Firefox, but it gave me severe problems too, so I switched to Opera. Now both it and Edge crash without much on either one, and right in the middle of things. It’s killing my production. I regularly have to RESTART and then rebuild my system to make it operate again. My question to them was, “Can you go through my task manager with me and help me see what I can end task on and maybe which I don’t need in my system at all! What they do is set up a shared screen entry, so I can watch what they’re doing but they have control of my computer.

50 minutes on the phone, reduced the memory usage to 75%, from 88%. I should be good to go!! Need to restart my machine before bed and after logging in, in the morning. Then things will be updated properly. I should have updated my Windows 10 this afternoon. It will take at least 30 minutes, which I didn’t have this afternoon. So, morning will have to work for that. The “rest of the story” is that everything was fine after time passed and I got all the stuff completed. So I have successfully been able to operate both browsers without problems throughout the weekend.

Also, unloaded the dishwasher from yesterday, and reloaded it and ran it this afternoon.
I spent a lot of time transferring videos from my Exilim camera because its memory was filled. I still have 2 years of work to backup, when the battery is recharged. I charged one today, but used it until it lost its charge. Have been recharging the 2nd battery, which will probably be charged in the middle of the night, so I can use it tomorrow. The second battery will need to be charged. Still have some more cleanup with that, but I’m making progress.

Supper: Fried sliced yellow summer squash, beans and pork, garden (to accompany our own summer squash). Dessert was apple crisp with strawberry ice cream.

Saturday, Sept 12

I actually slept in this morning. Lots to do.

We talked to a plumber who will come out to our place next week sometime to check out all that we need done, but he said he could handle it all, Kelly Hunter is his name.

I spent a lot of time finishing a long letter with photos to people we have known in Idaho for 40 years. We had 40 acres of farmland north of Southwick, ID, which we eventually sold them after they rented it for several years. It was to be our retirement home, but instead we left Troy, ID to move to Ellensburg, WA.
We kept our horses there and went riding in the hills while they were renters. They were originally from Iowa, and had a large family (5 kids).
Various snacks through the afternoon for each of us.

Supper: Beverage, orange juice, a cheeseburger with BBQ sauce, our homegrown onions fried, very hot oven baked scalloped potatoes, with strawberry ice cream for dessert. Orange juice.

Played cat rotation all day, and I just captured a mouse (dead) brought in as a gift for her dinner by Sue. Added it to the plastic bag in the freezer. She brought it in after John was already in bed, and wanted to exchange for a late dinner. I obliged her wishes and then went to bed myself.

We’ve run the fan of the air-handler all day and I stayed inside to stay out of the smoke. We have been socked in all day with only a ½ mile visibility with an orange tinge to the air. It may continue for a couple of days.
At 5:00 p.m. today, this was the extent of smoke in the PNW states: Not nice. Still, we are not threatened by fire, so we are lucky.From the GOES west satellite from UW Atmospheric Science

Sunday, Sept 13

Still socked in at 8:00 a.m. on the GOES west satellite imagery.

This will be a premiere video showing this morning by Nick Zentner in ‘Nick from Home’ fall series on Exotic Terranes.

#77 – Exotic B: Basement Glimpses

Brunch: Bacon, eggs scrambled with cheese, fried {from frozen} hash browns, bowl of our own frozen (thawed a little) Bing cherries. We had no cherries at all this year.

We are eating old stuff out of our very old and inefficient chest freezer we bought in Iowa at an auction, and brought here. That makes it well over 50 years old. We are trying to empty it to buy a newer standup freezer that is more efficient and accessible to put in our new utility room. We need to empty this old one and take it to the dump. There are not any freezers available in Ellensburg until late this fall, as they are all back-ordered at every store. People bought them out when Panic2020 arrived.

Since March of 2017 we’ve had a big pan of Costco Chicken Alfredo in a freezer: 3.89 pounds at $3.99 per pound. We cooked it for supper. Some will have to go back in the freezer, ’cause four or five days of leftovers does not make for happy times.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A wildfire week

We are the red dot north of the smoke. A map for Tuesday, below, is a zoomed image.
Mt. Rainier is the white place to the left.

Monday, Aug 31

At 2:30 p.m. today, a fire arsonist is suspected to have set a fire about 25 miles SW of us in the dry grass and trees near Wenas Lake north of Naches, WA. Official name is the Evans Canyon Fire. Many images are now on the web.

I spent a bunch of time talking with friend and former student, Kathryn Buckholz south of the fire on the other side of Cleman Mountain. She is currently in an area with an evacuation notice #2 (get ready to leave home). Spellings in the area are confusing. The fire came up Umtanum Ridge [The Road is spelled with a ‘p’, Umptanum; while most spelling of “tanum” are “taneum”], The first ridge south of EBRB is called Manastash Ridge, then Umtanum, then Cleman.

Kathryn sent a couple of photos of the smoke from her backyard, and Wayne Erickson took one from the north side of the fire:Top two photos from south with Umtanum Ridge in the background, left was 2.5 hrs prior to 2nd, by Kathryn Buckholz. Bottom taken from Cove Rd in the Kittitas Valley, the North view over Manastash Ridge, the next day, by Wayne Erickson. Story continues through the week.

A related new Nick YouTube video is scheduled at 6:00 p.m. tonight,
From WikiPedia: Manastash Ridge is a long anticline mountain ridge located in central Washington state in the United States. Manastash Ridge runs mostly west-to-east in Kittitas and Yakima counties, for approximately 50 miles. The ridge is part of the Yakima Fold Belt of east-tending long ridges formed by the folding of Miocene Columbia River basalt flows.
‘Nick on the Fly’ #20 – Manastash Ridge Field Trip, 8-31-20 (42 mins)

Supper: Pan fried chicken breast pieces with onions and lots of red grapes, strawberry ice cream for dessert.

Tuesday, Sept 1 – – Nancy’s Birthday! – –
A beautiful valley sunrise starts my special day:Sunrise over lovely “quilt-barn”, photo by EvieMae Schuetz

Today was our day to go to Ellensburg for the 10% off Senior Discount the first Tuesday of each month, to check our Bi-Mart numbers, plus pick up a bag for a Game Day this week at the Senior Center. While on the drive in, we saw significant smoke coming from the Evans Canyon Fire. Once home, we immediately added the Modis Satellite Imagery (Active Fire Mapping) to our Google Earth Pro to check out the fire’s hot spot history. An early image is below and the spots are all are bright red, meaning they started within the previous 6 hours.

Also, the fire is still not under control, and people have been evacuated. More than 100 dwellings threatened & high winds continue and fire acreage more than doubled. It has made it to MODIS satellite view. John just snipped this image for me to share, with the study group I was going to be sending a reminder for the video to be presented Wednesday night.I’m showing this here for you to compare in 4 days with what I will post below on 9/4 of the entire footprint of the fire, which has all the values (in the map legend) of the boxes and the colors and the spot in the center of the square, indicating the initial posting of a fire at that location. The dark red is 0-6 hrs since starting.

Supper: For dinner: spaghetti with meat sauce (93% fat free ground beef) we got on sale today, pears, and Rose’ wine. Rather than “birthday” cake, we are having peach pie and ice cream for dessert.

Wednesday, Sept 2

I haven’t figured the best way to thank everyone on so many platforms (Facebook, Email, Postal mail, phone calls) for all the birthday greetings I received. Do not have time to thank individually, with all this fire problem up to 13,000 acres now, major evacuations, extra firefighting crews called in, and high winds continuing. I’m sure this bunch is exhausted from fighting overnight. Not nice.

The Fire continues out of control to 15,000 acres, 0% contained, topped the ridge and now will be advancing down into the Umtanum Canyon which slopes eventually to the Yakima Canyon river road. Also, some rural areas nearby adjacent cities (Naches, Selah) are on immediate evacuation notice.

Right now our valley is not threatened, but the footprint is spreading rapidly. During the day they have airplane assistance and bombers with pink retardant spray. The jet resupplies at Moses Lake as it did when if flew over our house for the Snag Canyon Fire, 2014. Other planes and helicopters are involved.These I snipped from a video taken by a firefighter on the ground.

Unrelated: Not good 18 min waiting to renew our blog’s domain name, and never got my call back. I deleted the charge box and closed it. Will wait for Oct 2 automatic renewal and hope my change in credit card number worked and they renew for $16.99 for 2 years. That up significantly from the charge for two years in 2018, last time we renewed. Jason was supposed to return my call, but he did not.

For Nick fans, a short introduction to a new series started in a week on Sept 9th.
I know you have already been warned about this tonight, but want to add to the story, as you get on to watch:

‘Nick on the Fly’ #21 – Thorp Cliffs Field Trip

CWU’s Nick Zentner leads a virtual GEOL 101 LAB field trip from the Thorp Cliffs in central Washington. 30 minutes.

While you are waiting, watch the 2-min video below at the start, announcing a new series starting in a week on Sept 9th evening.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestreams return Wed, Sept 9th!

CWU’s Nick Zentner launches a new set of livestreams…this time with a theme. ‘Exotic Terranes from A to Z’ begins on September 9 and runs through early December of 2020. Wednesdays at 6:00 pm Pacific and Sundays at 9:00 am Pacific. Join us!

Thursday, Sept 3

Starting with a cute picture of a 16-year old girl in Idaho with her new puppy, a French Brittany. Back in the late 1990s we sold an orange and white Brittany to the family, we’d had for 3 months, and had named Brick. They actually picked him up from us in Ellensburg, but then they moved from WA to the Midwest (Iowa), and we lost track. They were moving back to Idaho, and decided to search for us. Found us still here. When I explained we were no longer breeders, they searched and found this puppy. He and she are so cute. Rebecca with her puppy Brooks, a French Brittany.

This is a video Nick put on for anyone to watch at any time. It was not published as a Premiere version with a livestream chat. He’s checking options to prevent buffering on his Premieres that have been happening.
This is well worth the watch for the two field trip stops 1 and 2, especially now that this lab will be viewed by the first meeting of his Geology 101 freshman class, next Wednesday, the first day of classes this fall quarter as a virtual field trip. Currently, it’s good he was practicing with us and filmed it in advance because now that road is closed and he could not even get there because of the current wildfire. Next is the field trip he was filming for them to take for their first Virtual Field trip of the quarter.

‘Nick on the Fly’ #22 Yakima River Field Trip (32 mins)

CWU’s Nick Zentner leads a virtual Geol 101 LAB field trip from the Yakima River in central Washington.
The Evans Canyon Fire increased to 52,000 acres and evacuation 3 notices (GET OUT NOW) posted to the Yakima Canyon Road. The road is closed at Thrall Rd (entrance to the canyon just south of EBRG), all the way to Selah. So any locals who planned to go to the two Field Trip stops Nick showed us last night, will have access only to the Ringer Loop Stop 1, and NOT to Stop 2, at the debris flows. (as of tomorrow, the fire jumped to Ringer Loop Rd, so Stop 1 is unavailable too).

Be sure to note to have read the Martin K. Kaatz publication before viewing yesterday’s Yakima River field trip. (Thanks again to Jessie Bunker-Maxwell for researching this for the study group).

July 3, 1998 Yakima River Debris Flows – Martin R. Kaatz

Marty was a CWU geographer, and hiking friend of John.
This was presented as a premier, and at a time when all could view it. (6:00 p.m.)

‘Nick on the Fly’ #23 – Snoqualmie Pass (26 mins)

CWU’s Nick Zentner improvises at Snoqualmie Pass in central Washington. The Yakima Valley Glacier and Guye Peak sandstone are discussed. Recorded on August 22, 2020

Friday, Sep 4

John and I had setup our Google Earth Pro with Active Fire Mapping Software to capture MODIS Satellite imagery of the hot spots of the fire, so we could be following its path. This is from 9-4-20 just to show the location of the fire jumping down near the entrance/exit we usually take at Thrall Rd, when returning north on I-82 {aka WA 97}.The fire has crossed the ridges and has come into our valley, and is at Ringer Road.

High winds overnight advanced the footprint of the fire from 2,500 acres to 52,000 acres; eventually growing to 64,000 acres. And changed evacuation orders at 9:00 p.m. last night to #3 (get out immediately), in several areas.

This is 3 miles from the south edge of Ellensburg. Not likely a threat to town because of being surrounded by irrigated agricultural farmland and roads. Everything north of there is on irrigated farmland, and will not be sagebrush and burnable cover (cheat grass) for many miles. Except our property is north of the highest canal, so we are in the semi-desert shrub-steppe.

However, I’ll add some fire photos made today to show the view during the late afternoon today, by EvieMae Schuetz.The hills are a’fire; taken from Alkali Rd (marker in prior map) by EvieMae Shuetz; The smoke picture she took from Clerf Rd east of Kittitas, WA.

This morning at 10:30 a.m. I joined a Zoom session at the Senior Center with 3 others for Game Day this week. I was playing a card game with two decks of special game cards, one Red and one Green. Neither of the players had ever played the game before. It is called Apples to Apples. A staff member was the leader and the judge, keeping the scores and explaining the game. The youngest gal there, was the winner with 16 pts. I had 9 pts. It lasted the full hour plus a few minutes. Next week the same folks will continue a game we played last week, Yahtzee. We all like that game and are happy to repeat it. It’s a short week because they have a Holiday on Labor Day. Our leader will actually be on vacation at the beach all week so the director will likely be our game leader. It will be at an earlier time on Thursday, next week.

Afterwards, we were scheduled to go to town for Flu shots with our pharmacist, but with the severe smoke in the atmosphere, I decided to stay home and inside with the a/c in our house to filter the smoke particulates. We rescheduled for a later date in Sept.

Today, we got 4 scammer calls, with two each coming from the same number, one from Missouri and the other from Issaquah, WA. I blocked them both for the future.

I’m not sure all of the outside chores John accomplished today, and I was worried for his being out in the smoky air. He says it was “not too bad.” We had worse smoke in our valley today than in recent days, because of the wind direction. The Evans Canyon Fire is still raging. The Yakima Canyon Road at Thrall Rd is now closed to any traffic (except evacuees and firefighters, until Tuesday, 9-8.) Firefighters are poised to prevent its crossing the Yakima River and burning upslope to reach Interstate 82.

Tonight at 5:00 I went on line on Facebook: to this site, the inciweb.nwcgov/incident/7132/ link to get the Facebook link to a meeting with the community about the Evans Canyon Fire. It was a bit disappointing and did not provide much information I didn’t already know from local social media. The only new information received was depressing, and that was that 6 structures (homes?) were totally lost in the fire along with several outbuildings. We have yet to hear if any of our friends who were evacuated lost anything.

Clarinet music from Kathy Williams-DeVries in Brisbane, Australia.

Kathy Plays Reger 9-4-20 (80 mins)

Supper: tonight we ate late, but had meatloaf & potatoes, and a piece of Key Lime pie for dessert.

Saturday, Sept 5

This morning at 9:00 a.m. is a premiere YouTube showing.

‘Nick on the Fly’ #24 Seattle Glacial Till, 9-5-20 (37 mins)

CWU’s Nick Zentner visits glacial deposits in Seattle, Washington. Recorded on September 1, 2020.

I was tired from a restless night, so decided to take an afternoon nap. Guess I needed it, as I slept for an hour. Might not have awakened if John hadn’t come in the front door.

Worked on the geology study group necessities planning for the future (the first, tomorrow a.m. at 9:00 a.m) and then adding a new member to the study group. Also, had to load the dishwasher.

Supper: Meatloaf, potatoes, and fried cauliflower; butter pecan crunch ice cream for dessert.

Sunday, Sept 6

‘Nick on the Fly’ #25 – Icicle Creek Exotic Bedrock 9-6-20 (49 mins)

Nick’s explanation of this video when introducing it:
“We started up canyon at the Chiwaukum Schist and viewed that, (coming on down the canyon, we realized that the Mt Stuart Batholith is younger and intruded into the Chiwaukum Schist, and at the same time also intruded up into some of the Ingalls Terrane which was all that Ultramafic Mantle material. This area is a key portion for the Baha-BC discussion and unraveling the exotic terrane history in the northern Cascades.”
It’s our lead into a new Nick from Home livestreaming on Exotic Terranes in WA, accreted on from Mexico when Mt. Stuart was moved from Mexico to British Columbia, but because of offset eastward rotation, Mt. Stuart stayed in WA. Geological history of our region, this theory is now well-followed by the science community. Those lectures officially start this coming Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. and continue for 26 episodes two days/week until December. The 2nd day is Sunday morning, at 9:00 a.m. to pull in the European community.

Brunch today: cheese bratwurst and Protein shake.

At 12:40 we received a disturbing call that there was a fire a mile west of us headed east, so I have been logged onto the police scanner listening. Sandy Meier called to warn us the fire was in our vicinity and 6 fire trucks had gone up Wilson Creek Rd by their house. John got in the car and found a deputy sheriff at the Corner of Naneum and Thomas Roads, who told him the firefighting crews knocked it down, and there was no longer any danger or need to evacuate. The cause was a backhoe hitting an electric utility pole on Frontier Rd, which fell, starting the fire within the Rustic Acres subdivision, in the “rural area” north of Ellensburg, with Wilson Creek Rd on the west, and an east-west road along the south side, Thomas Rd. This development is accessible about a mile west of our home. At the time, of the fire report, the winds were blowing from the west, at 21 mph across dry shrub-steppe vegetation and much cheat grass toward a forest of trees along a creek.

Another warning we had was from our neighbor a mile north on Naneum, who saw the smoke (we had not seen, and can’t because of the trees to the west). Allen and his son drove down to check it out and talked to a sheriff’s deputy at the closed road on the north side to get to Wilson Creek, Rd, closest to the start of the fire on the west side of Thomas Rd. So he had heard the same story as John did on the East side of Thomas.

As they drove up, I received a return call from a friend on Thomas Rd east of the start of the fire. They were receiving a lot of smoke in their location and realized how they might be evacuated, when hearing the fire engines arrive. They were packing their motor-home with all their important papers, to be ready to leave. They were notified by a deputy sheriff very quickly when the fire was contained. The Public Utility District crews are now replacing poles and wires.

At 3:00 p.m. today, temp at airport is 94°; temp on our front porch in the shade is down from 94° earlier to 90.5°.

John is preparing a major chore today for a Monday happening. We will be draining and flushing our water heater to get out the crud in the tank, and the hose has to come out of the back patio door, which is the west side of the house and our hottest outside part of the house. Power to the tank has been shut off and we have continued use of that water. Thus, it is now cooled. Those in the know suggest this flushing be done once a year. Don’t ask. Okay. Never. New tank 15 years ago.

John started his nap at 3:25 waiting for the temp to decrease before going outside, and slept for over an hour.
I need a nap too, but I need to finish this blog as well so we can go to bed earlier tonight. I’m enjoying a cool PoweradeZero drink of Strawberry/Lemonade while working on photo insert creations for the blog.
Today’s activities now include finishing the blog, unloading dishwasher, putting medicines in for the week. Enjoying Labor Day holiday. Ha! Retired. Every day is a holiday.

Supper: Cheezy biscuits and Beef Stew.

Wind is still blowing but John just opened the windows in the house and the temp is down to 79°.

Here’s one last view of the fire extent ending this morning and still okay. The fire is contained with a “footprint” of 75,800 acres. Not everything therein burned. Report by authorities will follow.Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Food and geology

Monday, Aug 24

Called Bi-Mart pharmacy about PreviDent 5000 ppm Booster Plus Prescription strength toothpaste. Spearmint. 3.4 fl oz Rx only.
There I can get 2 containers for $11.75, which is considerably less than $15.00 for one. Turns out the 2 containers are filled by a different pharmaceutical company (Cypress) into two tubes, that seem easier to dispense than from the Colgate one plastic bottle from the dentist, and in the process, I get two more ounces of the gel toothpaste. I only use it at night, when on my way to bed, because I cannot drink anything (even water) until ½ hour after using. So I take my nightly pills before brushing my teeth. I talked to Tiffany at my dentist office, and she’s calling in the prescription for me.

Of all things, at 9:15 a.m. I looked out the back patio door as I sat down with my 2nd coffee refill, and saw movement. It was a hummingbird in front of a red ribbon bow attached to the back glass door to warn birds not to crash into the window reflecting the sky. While watching and wishing I had access to a camera, a second hummingbird flew up seeking nectar neither found. That is not the first time we have seen that behavior, but it is the first time for twin hummers.

I spent a good amount of time cutting John’s hair today, but he looks a lot better.
John fixed a late lunch (a spicy grilled cheese & pepperoni sandwich, ending with a caramel/vanilla ice cream bar.
Now he’s taking a late afternoon nap.

Supper: John had hamburger & onions & Cod fish for meat; I had Fried Chicken Breast. We both had our garden tomatoes, beets, & fried onion rings, dessert: vanilla ice cream covered with hot chocolate fudge sauce.Tonight’s sunset, by Mike McCloskey, taken from J. Ronald Road 6 miles south of us. We’re surrounded by trees for our view west.

Tuesday, Aug 25

John to Dentist, for a filling, and we will be billed. I did not have to pay ½ up front. I went by Hospice Friends for a case of Chocolate Ensure, by the AAC to pick up my card and dice for a Zoom game Thursday of Yahtzee, and to Bi-Mart to pick-up 4 bottles of GoodSense Artificial tears Megan left for me at the front desk. On back to the Pharmacy to grab some Fisherman Friends, and to pick up my Prevident Fluoride toothpaste.

Here’s an interesting broadcast—Nick Zentner being interviewed on another guy’s podcast (audio):

#018 – Nick Zentner: Teaching in Creative Ways

But, tonight is another presentation from on the road from Nick’s field trip to Bellingham, WA.

‘Nick on the Fly’ #16 – Baja BC interview with Darrel Cowan, 8-25-20 (53 mins)

Supper: was more breakfast for me with left over ham & cheese omelet, red grapes, tomatoes, and then ice cream for dessert with hot fudge sauce.

Wednesday, Aug 26

We’ve a friend in Super 1’s pharmacy named Tuesday. I called her about flu shots, ’cause John read they are being distributed. Flu shots are in; she’s going to get hers early too, and will be working 3 days next week: Sept 3, 4, 5 and we are just to stop by.

Wrote check for our farrier David Hazlett, and John is now out waiting for his arrival coming at 11:00 to trim Myst. There was a delay in his arrival because of our living in a rural area. The road was full of cattle being moved from summer feeding grounds on the mountain to the ranch. Had he actually been on time himself, he’d have made it in the driveway before they came by.

At 11:00 a.m. the temperature outside is up to 76° at the airport, and on our front porch it’s 79°.
I’m working on in–house and on-computer chores. Currently, alternating between dishwasher loading and computer needs.

At 4:00 p.m., it’s up to 87° at airport; front porch: 82.4°.
5:00 p.m., 84° at airport; 81.3° on our front porch.Nick with Bijou in his backyard

‘Nick on the Fly’ #17 – A return to ‘Nick from Home’ Livestreams (20 mins)

Supper: Cross rib boneless steak sliced thin fried with onions, corn-on-the-cob, ice cream with chocolate hot sauce for dessert.

I sent an ALERT to our study group tonight in preparation for tomorrow night’s viewing of another field trip led by Nick Zentner.
Tonight, those watching the video from Nick’s backyard, with Bijou his cat buddy, heard he had posted another video for Thursday night’s showing at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Aug 27

More fun time with Yahtzee game this morning. It was held on Zoom at the AAC (Senior Center) at 10:00 a.m. We only had time for one game but enjoyed it. I did not win, but all of us except the winner had decent scores. She won because of getting an extra 100 points from having a two Yahtzees (all 5 dice the same). Pretty unusual, I imagine.
11:00 a.m. temp on front porch, 83.1°.

Another evening field trip from Nick Zentner for our education:

‘Nick on the Fly’ #18 – Quartz Mountain Exotic Bedrock, 8-27-20 (39 mins)

Quartz Mountain is about half-way between Ellensburg and Mt. Rainier. Shortly after we arrived here 31 years ago, we went exploring and visited. Great luck! We hit the peak of wild flowers and the large high meadows held jumbles of blossoms and many bumblebees. They didn’t mind our intrusion – just moved away and let us take photos. [About 6,300 feet; here: 47.073521, -121.078980 ]

Supper: Boiled shrimp, tomatoes, and pears, ice cream and hot fudge sauce for dessert.

Friday, Aug 28

Today, I paid on line, our support classification dues to the Kittitas County Historical Museum. I captured the payment details and filed in a folder in my 2020 Donations.

We sometime get two Scammer calls per day and I usually look up the number and block it for future calls to our landline. Then we know when we get one, because it only rings once and stops.

This is the first time for this (but we have heard of it before because we know the Social Security Administration never reaches anyone by phone, but only by postal mail.

SSA Scammer call at 2:01 p.m. today:John came in because of the heat and for a snack, Reece’s Peanut butter cup, followed later by a half of an ice cream sandwich for each of us. He finished digging onions this morning; now they are drying.

It’s now 84.2° outside at 2:30 p.m. The last reading at the airport was 85° before 2:00 p.m.
At 3:00 p.m. it’s 83.5° on our front porch & 85° at the airport

Our morning delivery load of 15.84 tons of gravel from Ellensburg Cement Products (ECP) was an hour early arriving, instead of the planned time of 11:00 a.m. We’ll be billed on our credit card Monday for $260.57 + 21.63= ~ $282.20.

I had a time conflict with being able to watch tonight’s music, but I’ll list it here for you to choose, if you wish to view and listen.
At 5:00 p.m. PST, Kathy Williams-DeVries presented her music livestream from Brisbane, Australia.

Kathy presents Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicas by Schmelzer 8-28-20

She also sent a “Geology Teaser” with a lot of slides of a tour, with many geologic specimens, in a museum setting and she added a musical background she is playing on a recorder:

Geology Department University of Queensland

About 6 PM tonight, Nick Zentner added a new Nick on the Fly video to his packet announcing it on Instagram (social media). You’ll need to follow his YouTube Channel to see when he plans to show it, so you can set your reminder for the time and date. It is going to cover Rimrock Lake (on White Pass-Hwy 12 west from Naches, WA), to discuss another exotic terrane which is called the Rimrock Inlier and has been studied by Bob Miller and other geologists.

Supper: thinly sliced pork fried with onion, corn-on the cob, red grapes, and crunchy butter pecan ice cream for dessert.
Now taking meds, and going to bed!

Saturday, Aug 29

The tops and roots of some of the onions were dry, so John trimmed those for storage. He’s wetting the landscaping activity to prevent dust, and alternating between onions, rocks, dirt, gravel, and fixing meals. Annie and he go for the papers and mail, and feeding the horses. The resident deer and cats are frequent companions. Woody is a stealthy watcher while Czar is like a familiar. Sue just lies around in the shade watching the activity.

I’ve been torn between computer chores, getting out information to the geology study group in preparation for tomorrow morning’s broadcast at 9:00 a.m. which has a worldwide audience.

The next “Photo” is to show the high wind speed (gusts) we experienced during the time we attended a gathering. At 4:20 this afternoon, we went 2.5 miles north to the end of Naneum Rd to a Celebration of Life party for two people–most recently, Beth Brunson, who died of a brain tumor. Damned cancer! Sad thing was she was only 58 and she had survived for 2.5 years the first time she had it by going through chemo and radiation. She was unwilling to through the treatment again, and made an understandable decision not to redo the ordeal.

The surviving family members put on a very nice BBQ gathering outside and invited many people in the valley. Everyone there visited during 43 mph wind gusts and 70 degree temps. I was dressed for it and still cold. I’m glad we went. Now I need to send a nice sympathy card to the family, via email to the couple’s daughter, even though I wrote in the guest book. Beth’s husband Randy died 3 years ago, also of cancer. Today’s activity was a joint Celebration of Life dedicated to the couple with several tables covered with books, photos, and photos on story posters of them in their younger days, being active in our community with their two children, especially in outdoor activities.

Supper: At the BBQ we had choices of several salads (including potato salad, Caesar salad), hamburger (I had ½), ½ bratwurst (excellent-should have had a whole one), chips, roast beef & turkey sliced meat), two items from a full table of many desserts, cookies, cakes and candies. We had one like a Nanaimo bar and another with Chex cereal, caramel, and chocolate.
Everyone at our table loved it. The photo here, from the web is close, but not quite what it looked like. Once home, we had some butter pecan crunch ice cream for dessert.
Take meds, fluoride teeth, post FitBit stats, and get some sleep!

Sunday, Aug 30

I had hot coffee to warm up this morning after a low outside temperature of 50° at 5:00 a.m.; inside, when the hallway got to 69°, John turned the heater on. Also, I made a strawberry protein shake to tide me through the morning before our brunch.

This was the geology of Washington excursion of the morning:

‘Nick on the Fly’ #19 – Rimrock Lake Exotic Bedrock, 8-30-20 (52 mins)

The YouTube description includes this: CWU’s Nick Zentner visits the Rimrock Lake Inlier in central Washington to continue learning about Mesozoic exotic terrane basement rocks.

This morning’s show added two more people to our study group.

Brunch today: Bacon, an egg, and a blueberry pancake, with coffee.

3:00 p.m. today, temp at airport is 77°; temp on our front porch is 75.6°. John’s napping.

Last week we were concerned about the hurricane threatening our friend Gina in Houston. With her broken leg and all her harbored rescue reptiles, there would be no way for her to evacuate. Happily, Hurricane Laura turned northeastward and did not threaten her. It did quite a job on Louisiana, however.

Supper: Spaghetti with sausage meat sauce.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A week of the color orange

Monday, Aug 17 Ryegrass Hill sunrise by Cindi Crawford Ackerlund
Ryegrass is a rest stop on Interstate 90 with nearby wind power facilities. 10 miles down hill, to the east, is the Columbia River.

I called about Sirius XM and established it for another year of service for $69.68. That’s one of the best prices I’ve had in recent years. Considering we are not traveling in my car that much anymore, it is not necessary. However, we can access through our computer.

Wrote Kara Chin about Hike-A-Thon and renewal WTA. They are having it this year and we will be sponsoring her as usual. I processed her donation and stored in our folders for WTA & donations. Many of the office staff have been working out of their homes during Panic2020. So many activities are affected, and we learn of more daily.

I slept in this morning and it is going to be another hot afternoon, and problematic for the valley. Highest temperature at the airport today was 102°, but on our front porch, it was never higher than 96.9°. However, John needs to move our outside gauge, as it is presently in a hotter spot than it should be. Not as bad as the high temperatures at sensors in Death Valley, which are near a black asphalt parking lot.

We have a smoke-filled valley from 3 nearby fires in our region. Last night was so bad, that after the temps dropped to 77 (from 101), we couldn’t open the windows to cool down the house because the smoke was so severe. (As well, the high pressure didn’t help.) At least the high wind gusts have slowed that would fuel the fire.

John’s still outside working in 81° heat at 10:00 a.m. moving lumber cut in early July.

He vacuumed out the a/c filters on our heat pump this morning. We were using it late last night filtering the smoky air out of the house from leaving the doggie/cat door partially opened.

Now he’s unloading our dishwasher and going to worry about lunch.
Lunch: John made me a grilled cheese sandwich and we shared a banana. He had pork and rice from the freezer; cooked months ago.

I loaded some more soaked dishes in to the dishwasher today, but have been working on lots of different unrelated projects.
Did not have to cut John’s hair, as his dental appointment was postponed until Tuesday next week, and he had stuff he was doing today.
We received a nice package from a Zentner study group member who made cloth masks for John and me and sent them up from San Jose, CA. Thanks for her generosity.

Tuesday, Aug 18
Sunrise at the south rim of the Grand Canyon photographed by MotoJW photography (Jason Wiegand, from Wenatchee, WA) who has given me permission to publish his artistry.

Nice and cool for John’s morning work before it got up to 81°
I slept in until 8:30, after being up at 3:00, 5:00, & 7:00. Guess I needed it.

Hummingbird moth – I was introduced to this (never knew of before) by my friend in New Jersey, Elise Schlosser. I asked my lepidopterist friend, Caitlin LaBar about the moth and she said they are one of many several species of day-flying sphinx moths.Hummingbird moth by Elise in NJ; right pix from web
While searching ‘images’ for the moth, I found a video by Mark Fraser, truly a must watch:
Hummingbird Moth Natures Incredible Mimic! 3-30-14 (7 mins)
His commentary follows:

It doesn’t take long to be amazed by wildlife, in fact all one needs to do is simply to look closely. Many species have evolved to mimic other species as a survival mechanism and in the case of the Hummingbird Moth that is a truly an amazing thought. The wings of the humming bird moth are incredible and they hover just like the hummingbirds that give them their names sake. They are also a great example of why avoiding pesticides is so very important. Insects are the main staple of the food web for so many other species and also are amazing when we admire them with an open heart and open mind.

Today at the Bi-Mart Pharmacy, I bought two packs of GenTeal Severe Dry Eye Gel Tears and picked up John’s medication refill. Also picked up Bingo cards at the AAC so I can play, via ZOOM, on Thursday. I went for my monthly blood draw (INR was 2.7), and will go back, 9/15. Then we went by Joanie’s for my blue pants she added elastic to the waist. I was wearing the purple ones she did for me last week.

A nice sunset photo from a former student in the 1970s (at Idaho), Jerry Johnson (now a senior executive at ESRI), but on summer vacation in Wisconsin. This sunset in Ephraim, WI over Lake Michigan from the peninsula that juts out into the Great Lakes in the NE part of the state.Supper: Chicken stir-fry, with mushrooms, our onions, 3 colors bell peppers. Toasted English Muffin bread slice. Dessert: one last piece of Key Lime pie shared between us with a half a caramel ice cream bar each.

Wednesday, Aug 19

Our workers, Jesse and Willie returned this morning early, while still cool, to work on building the forms for the concrete ramp under the new covered entrance. They just left to go get the company’s 2 dump trucks to pick up a little more than a ton of gravel for the base of the walkway, to prevent its settling and cracking. They left to transfer trucks, and will return to spread the gravel.

At 11:00 a.m. the temperature outside is up to 84° at the airport, and on our front porch it’s 89.2°. John’s out working partially in the shade on some of his landscaping projects.

I’m tackling various in house and on computer chores. Got my “jobs list” site worked up ahead, and need to send a few job notices. Loaded the clothes washer and John helped unload the dishwasher, and then helped with the transfer of wet clothes into the clothes dryer. He can reach farther into the wash tub than I can.

While starting my morning computer I opened Facebook to find that a former colleague at CWU Geography, now in Deland, FL had his house hit by a tree, tornado blowdown, but thankfully, he is fine.

At 1:00 p.m., it’s up to 90° at airport; here on the front porch: 91.6°.

3:30 p.m. just off the phone in an 18-minute nice conversation with our 102 yrs. old cousin in PA, using our speaker phone. What a lovely person. Ethel has no health problems except Macular Degeneration but still lives alone, in the same town with her daughter, Pat. She is amazing. Her mind is sharp and if we want to know anything about family history, she’s still able to provide details. We so much enjoy talking with her. Her biggest problem is not being able to see enough to dial her own phone.

5:00 p.m., 89° at airport; 87.4° on our front porch.

Supper: rest of the chicken stir-fry, with tomatoes from our garden, red grapes, meatloaf & beans with franks, piece of buttered English Muffin Bread loaf toasted.

Thursday, Aug 20

I called this morning about an eye appointment. We are scheduled for Sept 30th, Wednesday, at 9:50 a.m. We must call from the parking lot, wear masks, the technician comes out and checks our temperature, and brings us paperwork to fill out. Chairs will be outside the building. This COVID thing has really altered everyone’s lives and businesses (even medical, dental, and vision are caught in the middle). At least they are finally open for business. Normally, we go in in May, but they were closed completely then.

From my camera, I transferred my videotape of the gravel dump trucks for walkway and other still photos, from yesterday’s work. Then I processed the video to YouTube.
Here is it for your viewing pleasure.

Dusty dumping a load of gravel (1.5 mins)

By 10:00 a.m. I was ready to rest. I sat in my recliner and had some fun & relaxation with the Game Day of Bingo. It was held via Zoom from the Senior Center, officially recognized by the name Ellensburg Adult Activity Center.
Next Thursday, we’ll be playing Yahtzee. That should be a lot of fun. I’ll be going by Tuesday to pick up my cards and dice.

Brunch: Pork CheddarWurst “dog” fried and served with pork & beans, I had a slice of English Muffin Bread toast with butter. John had added ham bites also.

Spent over an hour soaking my feet, cleaning, and cutting my overgrown toenails. Our foot doctor closed at COVID and has not yet caught up, if he is even open yet at all. We’ve not heard. We’ve already done our own twice. Medicare was covering the cost. I wore myself out and should have taken a stronger pain pill for my left shoulder before using it to stabilize the toes to do the trimming.

For a couple of years I’ve been calling Gerald (from the music group) just before a TV program he watches. Now he goes to a son’s house for supper, spending the night, and he now has started calling me earlier — 4:30 today.

I keep working on emails, and then I was so tired I took a 2-hr nap. John had had his earlier in the afternoon.

Supper: Nancy had Chicken Noodle soup, added chicken breast meat, red grapes, Cheez-its, and ice cream for dessert. John had ham & beans, red grapes, and piece of pecan pie.

Friday, Aug 21

John’s morning chores were accomplished in cooler temps. It was warm all night because of clouds, and we even had some rain last night. I heard it on the sky light. Not enough to wet the dry grass. Western WA got more, and also in the mountains.

Afternoon at 5:00 p.m. PST is Kathy Williams-DeVries livestream program of music from Brisbane, Australia. Jonathan Cohler, an international clarinet virtuoso from Boston, MA, will be her guest. She’s known him for 2 decades.

Kathy talks to Jonathan Cohler

Supper: small bowl of crockpot chili, red grapes, our own red cherry tomatoes, fried onion rings, glass for me of PowerAde. John will have pecan pie and ice cream for dessert, and I’ll just have ice cream.

We had another delivery of gravel today; a full load of washed material from the crusher. You can see a still photo of the first unload of about half the dump truck and the associated story, below in John’s Friday column, Not So Nasty News. It’s another interesting column you don’t want to miss.

This video is of the unloading of the second half, closer to the house. Near the end you can see the forms waiting for another big truck to bring the cement. If your eyes are really sharp, the dark line to the right of the wood plank is the run-off from our little bit of rain.

More gravel for projects

Fires are raging in California. I sent this report to our study group which has many members affected, and we have friends and relatives in CA as well we are concerned about. Thoughts and prayers for all those involved and especially the firefighters.This is a still above taken from time-lapse photography of fires started by lightning strikes, viewable in the article as a video. All information provided is instructive with the fires threatening many California cities; Vacaville is seriously engulfed with fire. Many in the state are in danger. Note: You may have to close and accept cookies to view the video part at the beginning.

Western U.S. on Fire from Lightning Barrage

Cliff has another interesting post on Sunday: Fog UFO Spotted in the Strait of Juan De Fuca!

There is a blog archive on the right side.

Saturday, Aug 22

Orange sunrise through the eyes of a spider:This unique view was photographed from a bridge by Evie Schuetz on her early morning walk in Kittitas, WA. The web is empty; a caption might be “Waiting for breakfast.”

I’ve been slowing working on soaking dishes and loading them into the dishwasher. Also putting in time on the blog creation, and on getting information to the group about Nick Zentner’s plans for a ‘Nick on the Fly’ episode in the morning at 9:00 a.m.

John’s been doing various outside chores. Hottest was digging out some more onions and bringing them into the shade of the carport to trim the leaves and the roots off. Early on before the temperatures increased, he was out rearranging the gravel at the base of the to-be concrete walkway entrance to our front door.

This arrived on Facebook today, from that gal mentioned above as a lepidopterist, Caitlin LaBar. Her photograph and comments are below:Noticed this Fork-tailed Bush Katydid as I was getting in my truck this morning. Exciting find, I’ve never seen a big green katydid before! I moved her over to the bushy area so she wouldn’t get squished.
Katydid was on my tire, I thought it was weird that a leaf would have stuck to the side of the tire so I took a closer look.

Supper: Fried Chicken Breast, red grapes, cherry tomatoes, ice cream for me for dessert, and John added pecan.

Sunday, Aug 23

Up at 4:30 a.m. with the cats outside wanting fed. Then slept in until 6:00 when John got up and we decided to sleep another hour. He wanted to get an early start before the heat of the day while it was still cool. I slept in another hour before needing to awake and watch a Nick field excursion.
This morning at 9:00 a.m., we had almost 700 folks around Earth watching an incredibly amazing adventure. It has views, breathtaking hikes, and even his family (son & girlfriend) climbing the rocks. Walked right by a large rattler, who moved out of Nick’s path. You must view this episode, it’s a classic.
‘Nick on the Fly’ #14 – Smith Rock 8-23-20 (31 mins)
CWU’s Nick Zentner travels to central Oregon to visit Smith Rock State Park. 31 minutes. Recorded on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Topics: Crooked River Caldera, Supervolcanoes, rhyolitic welded tuff, Yellowstone Hot Spot, and related things.

Just took me ½ hour to put in all my meds for the week into a container.
Soon, I’ll be fixing me a protein nutrition drink to tide me over until lunch. John’s planning to do some watering and come in to fix a ham omelet. We had a bowl of fruit cocktail and banana to go along with it and a bunch of red grapes. I helped with fixing a bowl of eggs, and washing and de-stemming the grapes. We have an excess of eggs now. I’ll have to make an egg salad. I used to fix a salad to take to a Wednesday Noon music gig: with Iceberg lettuce, smoked turkey or chicken, pistachios, and can add some of our garden tomatoes, and a hard boiled egg. For croutons, I use Cheez-its. That won’t use many eggs, so I’ll have to give some away.

Cooler this morning in Ellensburg, going to 49° before 7:00 a.m.; however, the predicted high today is 85° so it will be warm. At
11:00 it’s 71°, at 3:00 we reached 88°.
John alternated out-and-in; work/rest/drink – trying to not do things in the sun. He’s gone out to move a hose from one to another of our pine trees, and now back in to cook us a ham omelet for brunch. The cats are outside as his companions.

Late afternoon call from a dear friend in Houston, TX.
Two hurricanes are headed toward her.

We talked for ½ hour. She fell and broke her right leg over a month ago, had surgery, and is in a boot now for 3 days but still using a scooter to get around her house. She’s a high school teacher but has to ask for help with getting groceries and going anywhere, because she cannot drive. She also has runs a volunteer reptile rescue operation and needs help caring for all the animals, although she can do some.

Supper: Progresso Soup with added cooked chicken breast. John had breaded cod, fried.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Hot. EBRG 101°F

Monday, Aug 10

We’ve been beginning our recent week’s blogs with photos of sunflowers; today is no exception. First, from the Badger Pocket, SE of us about 20 miles.This lovely farm scene was photographed by Lise McGowan.
Four days later she followed with this lovely photograph:Lovely sunflower field closer up by Lise McGowan, w/ Mt. Rainier.

Here’s another by my friend, Glenn, he took on a bike ride during our haying season in the valley.Hay field fluffed & ready to bale on Thrall Rd, by Glenn Engels

John arose before me and took care of a lot of things early, inside and outside. I slept in until 8:30 having been up until midnight, and 3 times during the night with feline demands. I did not get a restful sleep.
He’s out again until the temperature rises higher; it went much higher than predicted, so he came back in the house. It’s been 90° on the front thermometer or another one recorded 92°.

Called the Ellensburg Animal Hospital several times about my bill for Myst. Their line has been temporarily down, for several hours, so I emailed asking them to call me. Nothing. I called again later and had to leave a message. So, tomorrow, we’ll have to drive by the office to offer our credit card payment.
Finally, at 4:00 p.m. a call from the vet, our bill is paid, and the receipt emailed. They had the wrong email address listed for us.
Called Bi-Mart Pharmacy for my Amiodarone quartered 200 mg at 9:00 a.m. and they will have it for me to pick up tomorrow.

Tuesday, Aug 11

Bad night with sleep interruptions by animals and unknown reasons. I managed to sleep in until 8:15 a.m. and John was outside moving rocks, feeding, watering, and any number of things I don’t know.

Took my weekly medication on an empty stomach, and spent ½ hour in the kitchen with unloading the dishwasher, and reloading with soaked dishes. Continued that through the morning. Had some food and set up my computer for the day.

In setting up, I found some disturbing news about the health of a former professor in in our graduate school days at the University of Iowa. David Reynolds had last told us July 22 this year he was in the hospital with severe breathing problems caused by having pulmonary hypertension.
He posted this statement to his Facebook page two days ago: To all my friends–Today my doctors told me that my medications are not working and that I have only a limited time to live. I will be on palliative care starting tomorrow. It has been my privilege to know each of you. I have had a very good life and I hope all of you do!

We exchanged some personal message via Facebook. He’s David R. Reynolds on Facebook.

Lunch: Our homegrown tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese grilled sandwich.

1:00 p.m. today I watched this video:

‘Nick on the Fly’ #10 – Peoh Point with Jeff Tepper

Afterwards, we drove to town. We started at the Driver’s Licensing building because as John was loading our cooler in the car, he saw the License Tab had expired in May. The State is supposed to send a reminder. We did not receive one. I called and the man in charge said the State had been negligent on getting them out. So I just had to give him my license plate number, and he pulled it up, told me what I owed, and I wrote him a check for $68 (saving a 3% fee add-on for using a credit card) and took it outside, where John adhered the tab.

I picked up our meds and a cloth face mask at BiMart Pharmacy pickup window while John checked for the page of numbers. John says other than being pretty, they seem oddly constructed and non-functionable. Once you touch them the place doesn’t want them back. We do have another. Later John found one in the pocket of his jeans – covered with hay debris and dirt.

I get pro-biotic at a commercial exercise gym. I called the front desk 509-962-6200 at the Gym before going to the lobby. That took much more time than planned, but I left with one bottle that will last for 2 months.

While we were out driving around the temps were in the 70s but the wind speed was 46 mph gusts. Lots of time with errands in town. Also collected some free rewards groceries at Safeway on our last stop.

Supper: stir fry chicken, red, yellow, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, Cheez-its, red grapes.

Wednesday, Aug 12

Slept in until 8:30 a.m.

Get email send to study group and change shoes to walk up to take photo of free chairs at end of driveway giveaway.Still there, may need to have Habitat for Humanity come out and take some of our stuff away (when they get their truck fixed)
On the way out John showed me a table and chairs we have had for many years in the shed where I park my car. He uncovered them and brought them into the yard. These are going to be moved into our new room, under the ceiling fan.The wood on the chairs & table needs some refinishing work, and there is a centerpiece insert for the table. This is all serviceable, but needs cleaned and polished, and just a little stain and paint.

The hills north of us are wearing away, and heading to the Pacific Ocean. Diversions from the streams carry a fine silt. Any place where the water slows there is deposition. To have a place to put in a hose, John has built a small dam. The space needs cleaning a couple of times each season.We know to clean it when Annie gets muck on her legs. She gets in, cools off, drinks, and then carries some of the silt away.

Last night we spent over an hour in high winds unloading “stuff” from the back of the Ford Pick-up looking for an external CD/DVD drive I have had forever. John cleaned boxes from the den and we missed seeing it. I know where it was under a table there in a computer case and all that ended up under the canopy. We looked through every box, computer bag, and container in the truck and did not find it. Tired and frustrated, I finally came in and ordered one on Amazon that will be delivered this Friday. I need it to load the CD with TurboTax software.

Supper: For an appetizer, we had a ½ ear of white corn. Then for the main meal, we had the rest of the chicken stir-fry left over from yesterday, with red grapes, and a piece of Sour Dough Bread loaf toasted and buttered.

Thursday, Aug 13

Our Dahlia (over wintered) and a thistle by Elise Schlosser in NJ.
The caterpillar will become a Monarch & these she took as well.

Up at 4:45 to 5:00 with cats, but back to sleep, still very tired from yesterday’s activities and after midnight computer frustrations. I slept in until almost 8:30 a.m.

Watched #46 Nick Podcast Cle Elum Exotic Terranes and recommended to others to do before tonight’s presentation.

‘Nick on the Fly’ #11 – Mission Ridge with Mike Eddy and Erin Donaghy, 8-13-20 (23 mins)

Brunch: Bacon, English Muffin Toast with Apricot Preserves, bananas and peaches, tomato from our garden.

Supper: Ham, butternut squash and pecans, grapes, cherry tomatoes, with Key Lime pie for dessert.

Friday, Aug 14

Three more website sends from – Carl Hurlburt in Granger, WA

Welcome to Klickitat Canyon, Washington’s newest Conservation Area

Northern China, first supercontinent

Scientists have found what may be the 2 billion-year-old birthmarks of Earth’s first supercontinent, by Huaiyu Yuan, 8-6-2020

I’m ending Carl’s list with the best of all recently sent (I think):

Uncharted Territory: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau

I’m partial because I own this book by Jack Nisbit: Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across North America—bought from him (with a couple others) when he came to be the keynote speakers at a Washington Geographers’ conference held at CWU Geography Department. He’s an excellent speaker.

Description of the book: In this true story of adventure, author Jack Nisbet re-creates the life and times of David Thompson—fur trader, explorer, surveyor, and mapmaker. From 1784 to 1812, Thompson explored western North America, and his field journals provide the earliest written accounts of the natural history and indigenous cultures of the what is now British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Thompson was the first person to chart the entire route of the Columbia river, and his wilderness expeditions have become the stuff of legend. Jack Nisbet tracks the explorer across the content, interweaving his own observations with Thompson’s historical writings. The result is a fascinating story of two men discovering the Northwest territory almost two hundred years apart.

Finally, this afternoon, a number of us joined Kathy Williams-Devries from Brisbane, Australia at 5:30 p.m. PST for music.

What has Kathy been doing in Lockdown?

Kathy’s Lockdown Recordings Playlist

Supper: Bowl of crockpot chili, piece of breaded cod, curly fries, bowl of pears, and Key lime pie for dessert.

Saturday, Aug 15

John out at 7:00 a.m. taking care of things before the temperatures rise, which they did. Supposed to be a very hot today and tomorrow, but thankfully, low humidity.
I have to go to town today for a couple of things. I came home with stuff for me and for Myst, our horse on Senior Equine pellets.

John mentioned some interesting items in his Friday post, below in Not So Nasty News — this worth seeing in Item #4: Wind to see strong winds reversing waterfalls at the beach cliffs in Sydney, Australia.

Supper: Tender ham cooked in with mushrooms in brown (roasted turkey) gravy, with our homegrown purple onion (our own purple onion), served with a side of Steakhouse Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes (with real milk, butter, cracked Pepper, & Sea Salt), we got from the refrigerated cabinet of the meat department (as a free rewards give). Other sides were red grapes, and some of our homegrown tomatoes, medium-size, not cherry).For dessert will be Key Lime pie with strawberries.

Sunday, Aug 16

This morning at 9:00 a.m., Nick had several hundred folks from around Earth watching:

Ghost Volcanoes

CWU’s Nick Zentner and wife Liz hiked (previously recorded, 8-7-20) at Cash Prairie– 40 miles west of Yakima – into the William O. Douglas Wilderness to discuss signs of ancient volcanoes, now gone, and thus “ghosts”. 20 minutes. Topics: Goat Rocks Volcano, Mt Adams, Mt Rainier, Rimrock Inlier, & Burnt Mountain.

I must test my new External CD Drive so I can load my TurboTax software (never got done)

Now we have a 2nd in one day from Nick on the Fly, just announced this afternoon.Myrl Beck, 87 yr old, Geologist, Bellingham, WA

‘Nick on the Fly’ #13 – Bellingham, WA with researcher of Baja-BC, Myrl E. Beck (an Emeritus Prof of Geology at Western Washington University) presented 8-16-20 (43 mins)

CWU’s Nick Zentner travels to Bellingham to visit with pioneering geologist Myrl Beck – the founder of the concept that parts of Washington State were once 2,000 miles south (Baja California). Recorded 8-9-20. Topics: Paleomagnetism, Mount Stuart Batholith, Baja BC evidence, Exotic Terranes, granitic rocks of the west coast, and more.

99° at the airport and 96.9° on our front porch. I knew it would go higher that the predicted high. Humidity is only 11%. Recorded high at the EBRG Airport (KELN) was 101°F.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Changes, Flowers, & Field Trips

Monday, Aug 3

What a difference a week makes!On the patio behind our house, last week’s then single sunflower has added multiple surrounding blooms. But note at the very top the petals have started their demise.

Now, comparing changes within the new room where our attached 2-car garage was previously:Shelving moved from new room through swinging door to the new utility room. I’m standing where the chest freezer will be, and a new Upright Chest Freezer will be placed in the fall where purple bag of dry cat food is above. We’ll have to redo the plumbing connections eventually on the well water treatment.Not to scale, but shows the start of John’s computer desk setup, across the room (behind him) where he’s put up temporarily a Radio/CD player and two speakers. We will be putting the speakers on oak wood two-drawer filing cabinets, and the player in the center on something yet to be determined.

Call from Safeway this morning, to come by Customer Service desk to pick up 2 boxes of Kellogg’s 100% All Bran Buds at $5.99/each. We shall do it tomorrow when in town.
Two more Robocallers blocked today-at least one was political, the day before the election.
I know I worked on things throughout the day, but apparently too busy to make any notes.

Tuesday, Aug 4

Started the morning a little later than usual, but we’d been up till midnight and longer for me last night, trying to complete a document for proofing to send to a fellow Zentnerd in Europe.

This is my morning to have nothing to drink or eat, and to take a weekly pill followed by not lying down for ½ hour and then eating. Today I have to connect my backup external drive for an automatic backup of all new files on my computer at Noon. It can do it without me at home on the computer, but having it in sleep mode.

I loaded and started the dishwasher before we went to town.
We didn’t leave till afternoon, delayed by a visiting neighbor who came down with a gift. It was a salmon he caught where the Okanagan River joins the Columbia River. The Okanagan flows south (Map here) across an open and hot sunny landscape. Its water is warmer than the fish will enter, so they are bunching up in the cooler, larger, river. He took some onions; we had nothing else.

In EBRG, our first stop was to Carl’s Jr for a coupon special of two different sandwiches for each (BOGO—Buy One, Get One free), which we ate on for a couple more meals. From there, on to another place to get some groceries at 10% off, on the first Tues of the month (just on Kroger products—John’s cola drinks). Only bought a few mostly diet on the shelves. While there, we bought some yogurt on sale for the last day at the lower price.
Went by Safeway to the Customer Service desk to pick up 2 boxes of Kellogg’s 100% All Bran Buds. Carmen set this up last week, and checked me out this week.

Drove by Joanie’s taking my old and new neck pillow, an unwanted hot curry package, and some just harvested onions. She has a piece of white fleece she’ll make a pattern for to sew me a cover for my old pillow whose inflatable bellows will only hold one night. Now I have a backup.

We drove by a townhouse on N. Brook Court, to pick up a hairdryer I requested on a free Facebook site. I left a container for her of a few cherry tomatoes.
From Nick’s mudroom I picked up a large envelope with my Craters of the Moon on the Snake River Plain materials. I had loaned him for one of the 75 livestreams.

Wednesday, Aug 5

Midweek of a smoky time in our Kittitas Valley. Regional winds from a fire in northern California – 83,000 acres, called the July Complex – carried smoke into Washington. The fire, red dot, was just south of the OR/CA border. It is close to “contained”, but not fully even on Sunday evening.

The Yellowstone “Hot Spot”
This is a fellow we met and videotaped his lecture in a local Ellensburg IAF Chapter that meets monthly at the CWU Geology building. Those meetings are now canceled for the fall, along with Nick’s downtown lecture series.

Mike Poland: Yellowstone Volcano Observatory Monthly Update: August 1, 2020- (4 mins)

Supper: Sliced roast beef thanks to our new gadget, an electric slicer. So excited about watching him use the slicer, I have forgotten what we ate with it. John put a boneless round roast in the slow-cooker, then put that in the fridge over night. We liked the outcome.

Thursday, Aug 6

About 25 miles north of us:
Tonight at 6:00 p.m. is another ‘Nick on the Fly’ field trip, this to Camas Meadows, presented by his Native guest Randy Lewis. This was a beautiful trip down memory lane with his cultural heritage reflections of living and communicating with nature in the Wenatchee Mountains and meadows.He actually started this presentation in the high hills, rocks, and dirt, above the meadows with some powerful stories.

‘Nick on the Fly’ #9 – Camas Meadows with Randy Lewis

Below is some background information on the meadows with directions to the site, restrictions, and parking notes (one needs a state Discover Pass to enter):
Other interesting facts about the old wildflowers: Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve
WTA Trail Guide– Camas Meadows
and here’s a comment from the locale newspaper in Wenatchee, regarding the place. Camas Meadows, where the checker-mallow is found, is a beautiful sweeping grassland amongst a ponderosa pine forest with a stand of alders in the middle. Camas Creek cuts through the center of the alder stand. It’s unique to have a meadow at about 3,000 feet of elevation (Wenatchee World News).
Supper: Spaghetti and beef round sliced with a bean/tomato chili mixture John made. Side of peaches and banana, and orange juice.

Friday, Aug 7

Up at 4:00 to 5:00 with cats, but back to sleep, still very tired from yesterday’s activities. I slept in until almost 9:00 p.m., but I was up later than desired last night.

John was up and around doing inside and outside chores. The temperatures are lower today, starting out in the 60s, only supposed to go to 70s today. We are staying home.

Called my PCP’s office to leave a message, for call back by Lizzy or Kaylein to transfer prescription from Kaiser Permanente (mail order) to Bi-Mart Pharmacy for John’s Hydrochlorothiazide (needs to be 25 mg tablet cut in half, which makes it the best price (yeah, I’ll play their games), and the pharmacy obliges by halving these for us. His dosage is 12.5 mg. I never received a response (which I had requested). Telephone communication with that office is next to impossible. I should have left a message with a triage nurse who knows me well, to honcho the request.

Our neighbors’ son must have gotten more ammunition as he is out shooting again. It’s right next to our pasture land, but the horses are not bothered by it, because they’re used to it.
Lunch: John fixed a grilled cheese, roast beef, & mushroom sandwich for lunch; it was scrumptious.

John harvested more onions today, and has written it up in his weekly blog column, Not So Nasty News. Check it out (has nice photo descriptors). Also has some nasty news included about Water Hemlock near our irrigation ditch.
John introduced a term I had not previously known of: (the Wisconsinan Glacier): interesting for the geologists reading this blog. We learned it simply as the Wisconsin Glacier. This mention is of an appearance in Ohio.

Check this link:
Wisconsinan Glacier

As well, he harvested some red cherry tomatoes, which we enjoyed with supper tonight.
His column is full of interesting material, go ahead below mine and go through his Not So Nasty News.

Today, I sent this message to the Geology study group, about two upcoming videos.
Next are the next TWO ‘Nick on the Fly’ programs, #10 & #11. Titles only, so please keep an eye on his YouTube channel for the expected time and date, and when I know the URLs, I’ll notify the study group.
Here is what I know about #10: Peoh Point. Nick will be south of Cle Elum, WA with his guest, Geologist, Jeff Tepper, University of Puget Sound.

Here is what I know about #11: Mission RidgeNick will be on Mission Ridge with his guest, Mike Eddy, Geologist & Geochronologist from Purdue University

Cancelled the music from Australia because our leader, Kathy, was not feeling well.
Supper: Beef crockpot chili, red cherry tomatoes, peaches & banana salad.

Next is something that arrived at 6:30 p.m. from Nick via his message on Instagram I just happened to refresh and see 9 mins after he posted, for his field trip series ‘Nick on the Fly’ – Cash Prairie and a hike into the William O Douglas Wilderness Area, near Rimrock Lake, in view of Mt. Rainier, Goats Rocks Wilderness and Mt. Adams. He will hike into Shellrock Peak, and look at deposits from Ghost Volcanoes. Check this out for #12 in the series.Map and Satellite image of area, between Yakima, WA & White Pass, Hwy 12 takes you along the north edge of Rimrock Lake.

Saturday, Aug 8

Started the morning with normal sleeping in for me, and John was up and working in the new room on his computer. Now he’s done his morning feeding chores, and I’ve been up working on my projects. The most interesting is a phone call request which was all though messages only with the nurse of my PCP about a prescription for John being transferred from one pharmacy to another. They received the phone request in the morning and were supposed to call me back in person to discuss the details. I thought I was clear about that, and the details, but I never received any call. This morning, however, I received a call from the pharmacy for pick-up today of the med. I called to check and found it was the right drug, but with the wrong number of months covered. It was filled for one month, not 3 which all of ours normally are. It’s now been corrected, and we will pick it up next Tuesday.

My main chore today is working on the weekly blog, and to load dirty dishes.
Brunch: Bacon, peaches, blueberry pecan pancake with maple syrup.
Nice temperatures for working outside today and tomorrow (in the 70s (currently 64°) with a 32 mph breeze. Tomorrow in the low 80s, Monday higher 80s, Tuesday back to lower 80s highs, Wednesday cools to 70s. At 3:00 p.m., wind gusts went to 38 mph. Next Sunday – 90°, maybe.

We did receive our mail earlier than usual today, and delivery of our newspaper. The front page had an interesting story which relates to several of the videos we have been recently getting from Nick to South Cle Elum Ridge and to Easton’s Cabin Creek. Unfortunately, the article started on the front page of the paper and moved 6 pages back to be completed, giving me a difficult time to get the text into a form that could be read in here, so I did the best I could. There is going to be a survey of county residents, and I know Darcy Batura who is involved in the planning in the upper county, so I wrote her, asking how to be sure to be included in the survey. She said she would keep me in the loop.
I’ll put the two parts below separately so they are readable. The map I put in the header serves the best information about the land use patterns of ownership.Finally, change of subject:
Here’s an important background for those who enjoyed Randy Lewis’ presentation Thursday night this week, to catch his presentation back during the Nick from Home Episode in June (#59), if you missed it then.
The link is way below (at the bottom) and other info you need to watch before the actual presentation of Native American Geology.
Nick will comment a few minutes through the storytelling by Randy Lewis, in a video which was filmed by students and merged later into the final video. The most amazing thing to me is that the students filmed Randy at a separate time from when they filmed Nick, and then, with their teachers help they merged the parts of the story so it looked as if it was give and take and shared throughout the time.

I’m going to start with that, so you are sure to watch that 24-minute Vimeo video (with password protection) before you watch Nick’s video with Randy, which is a field trip to Wenatchee along the Columbia River there, looking down from up on the hill on the way to Saddle Rock. In Ellensburg, we are not far (straight distance, without roads) from there over Colockum Ridge into the Kittitas Valley.

Okay, the password you will need is Spexman Uppercase on the S is required.
The link to the Vimeo, is: just click on this link below, and then type in the Spexman password by hand, unless you can copy/paste it.

The Winter’s Tale; Dragon Spexman; Narrated by Randy Lewis; comments interspersed with geology by Nick Zentner (23 mins)

Please watch this all above, before viewing the video below.
You may have a white bar covering the bottom of the screen that blocks the translation of the Indian language appearing in yellow. Click on the X to remove that obstacle.
Actually, on the bottom far right, click on the insignia with 4 dots, and moving your cursor over it, it says “enter full screen”. You truly want to do that to watch the whole program.
After you watch it, then go here for Nick’s field trip with Randy down from Saddle Rock but above the Columbia River.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #59 – Native American Geology (6-6-20)

At 5:00 p.m. our wind gusts are up to 43 mph
Supper: Shrimp, fried onion rings, bowl of homemade crockpot chili, blueberry pie and frozen strawberry yogurt for dessert.

Sunday, Aug 9

Early morning, there was a 5.1 Earthquake 2.5 miles from Sparta, NC just south of VA and just east of Tenn. First time since 1916.

Sparta, 5.1 Earthquake

John’s worked outside moving rocks, for over an hour and fed the horses. He’s back in the new room now working on his computer and will be returning to the kitchen to fix an omelet.

I’m working on the blog, and other household chores.
John put together a brunch; large so left-overs for Monday. Started with a cheese omelet with 3 colors of bell peppers, tomatoes, & mushrooms, and some of the thin sliced beef. Also, home fries with onion and mushrooms. Orange juice.

I’d started unloading the dishwasher, he did more, but still it needs finished.
I stopped to put in all my meds in the dispenser for the week. Okay, all in and back to the blog. Temperature went up to 81, and John came inside to the cooler house (73 without a/c turned on). The room intended as a “living room” has lots of glass on the west side and it warms up. That’s on the fix and improve list.

I just checked Instagram and found that this afternoon Nick posted another field trip (to Bellingham, WA) to a backyard interview with Myrl E. Beck, Emeritus Prof of Geology at Western Washington University. Add that to our list, as #13 more details to follow as I learn them.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan