All, or mostly, about Nick

Monday, Apr 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Apr 28

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

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

Palouse Falls

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

Palouse Falls and Dry Falls, 6-12-13 

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

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

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

Entrenched Meanders, Yakima River (near Ellensburg, WA)

And, Nick’s evening lecture:

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

Wednesday, Apr 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nick’s lecture tonight:

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

Thursday, Apr 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supper: succotash, baked potato, baked chicken

Friday, May 1

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

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

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

#8 Ice Age Climate!!

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

Nick Zentner recognized on a major climate discussion site

Climate Change-Past and Future –The Ice Ages

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

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

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

Pleistocene History of Earth’s Climate

Paleoclimatology: the Oxygen Balance

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

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

Saturday, May 2

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

Nick’s morning presentation:

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

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

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

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

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

Supper: Biscuits with ham gravy and mashed potatoes

Sunday, May 3

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

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

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

Introduction to Plate Tectonics

And this morning from Nick’s backyard:

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

Very interesting presentation.

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

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Almost over April

Monday, Apr 20

Beginning with a sunset from April 18, 2020, I missed seeing until today:Across the Tacoma Narrows from his home on Tacoma’s “West Slope” area by JW Harrington.
JW is a geographer we’ve known for a long time, and he is a painter as well. All his friends are expecting a rendition of this in a future painting (he’s an artist too).

We left before noon today to drive to town to pick up lunch at Burger King, find a shade tree, and eat. That was not a good idea. We got there in plenty of time but everyone is having to go through the take out window, and we were 9th in line. We had called in by phone to have them throw the Crispy Chicken in the fryer. It was to be ready at 12:20. That time came around and we still had two cars in front of us. We waiting much longer to be served. Once done, we ate. I was driving, so I only ate ½ my crispy chicken sandwich, and a few fries, and John finished his Whopper as I drove to McCullough Rd to our contractor’s new house.

John took some photos of the rock siding we will be getting on our house, and he also checked out the HardiePlank fiber-cement siding, which had been written as metal on the bid, but we want the composite for better fire resistance. I videotaped our long conversation about details on the 4 pages of the contract. That took well over an hour.

John and I saw this tree on a neighbor’s property from our contractor’s home on McCullough Road. It is quite aways off and his image (a bit blurred) was only a token. It was useful in calling Evie’s attention to it, as capturing a neat photograph.Creatively artistic tree (taken in the rain) by Evie Schuetz.

She published it Tuesday on Facebook and tagged me, but I didn’t see it until late. I showed to John, whose first comment was he was so happy she found it and took a nice photo before it started to fall. When we first saw it, John saw dinosaurs, and I saw giraffes and then I saw the dinosaur. Interesting how people interpret images differently. Neither of us can see a crab in there that some others see (including Evie), but now that she explained it to me, I realize John and I never watched SpongeBob SquarePants to learn of The Krusty Krab and the Krabby Patty. I need to drive by the home on McCullough Rd, figure out who owns the house and the tree, to get their email to show them the picture. It is a unique photograph. Nature is artistic. Evie took this on 4/22/20.

Finally, we left and drove back across town to get to a road off the Old Thorp Highway. I needed to pick up a freely given pair of Sketchers shoes (found via The Free Box site). I was on there recently to list something I was giving away, and saw the announcement.

Called Gerald on our way to Thorp. It was just 3:04 when I called. He was outside, on his lawnmower and visiting in the shade of his garage with his kids. We joined the party. Our original intent was to pick up a bread making machine he no longer wanted and was giving us. We need to go buy some new yeast and dry milk, and when we get it working, we’ll provide some bread for Gerald. Yeast has followed toilet paper into the netherworld (guess everyone is making bread during this Panic 2020)—see John’s story below in his Friday column, “Not So Nasty News.”

On my way home, John filled my tank at the Thorp Shree’s Station, for $1.39/gallon. Ours cost $1.49/gal because we prefer to buy gasoline with our VISA CITI bank card from Costco, from which we get 4% back. The “discount” actually is summed and returned to us as a check redeemable at the store, as cash. So until we can get there and claim our cash, COSTCO gets the interest earned. The Panic 2020 isn’t helping. We’ve had such a check for a month.

Tuesday, Apr 21

Good Background viewing for tonight’s lecture on Plates Colliding:

Nick narrates animation (on IRIS), Cascadia Subduction Zone—What can the landscape tell us? Jan 25, 2020

Supercontinents and the Pacific Northwest, Apr 11, 2019

John and I were there ten years ago, for this lecture:

Slow Earthquakes at Downtown at Raw Space, 10-27-2010

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~ from his porch because of high winds all day. The high gust was 46 mph.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #26 – 4-21-20 Plates Colliding starts 13:43 minutes in

Wednesday, Apr 22

This was our day of rain.

Katrina did two livestreaming SAIL exercise classes from her home this morning at 9:00 a.m., and Friday Noon. The pink dress was Wednesday and the others were Friday. Bottom she is having a live chat with all the people who are participating. Both were fun days. We had a pretty good turnout both days.

I worked on submitting my COVID Bingo-1 card to submit tonight by 7:00 p.m. to Parks & Recreation. I had to finish before then because I would be watching Nick’s Livestreaming. I’ll show the card tomorrow and tell you the story that went with it.

Morning receipt from Kathy Williams-Devries in Brisbane, Australia, of a new Video she made of Nick Zentner’s first 10 livestreams. These are hilarious. She has followed with a second version of the next 10 that I will list below:

‘Nick from Home’ Highlights episodes 1-10 by Kathy Williams-Devries

‘Nick from Home’ Highlights episodes 11-20 by Kathy Williams-Devries

Below is an image introducing the topic for tonight, The Straight Creek Fault (named Fraser Fault in Canada).View the geologic fault right down the middle of the image.

Background on tonight’s lecture: Straight Creek Fault

I could not locate any viewable lectures and just glanced at a couple of reports by the DNR and USGS, and some stuff on the Fraser Fault (the fault continues into Canada) and the Kula & Farallon plates.

Tonight’s lecture from inside his house, the porch (’cause of rain):

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #27 – 4-22-20 Straight Creek Fault starts 13:05 minutes in

Thursday, Apr 23

Is it really Bingo if no one can hear you yell BINGO!This is the current panic 2020 solution to people who cannot go to work or to community activities. I mentioned it yesterday. I joined the Bingo Party over the week and managed to get a bingo on the V vertical line on the card. I submitted my proof to the Ellensburg City Parks & Recreation office and I received a phone call that I was one of the winners (luck of the draw).

I had the choice of 3 restaurants in town for a $25 gift card. We chose The Red Pickle. It will be mailed to us, and we’ll go by for a take out.

I called my bank about transferring money between accounts online, and figured out the best way to get a certified check sent to our contractor without going into the bank. Good thing they know us both and we have accounts at the same bank. Made it a lot easier and saved money and a trip to town.

A tree fell over the power lines on Thomas Road, near our neighbor’s driveway. The crew for the Utility had to come cut the power off to deal with it. We were not affected until the main line was shut off, but those closer were without power for about 4 hours. Our power went out at 11:20 and came back at 11:52. I left soon to go to Imaging at the hospital for a 12:45 check in for Bone Density and Mammogram tests. I didn’t get back home until 3:00 p.m.

We had phone calls, e-mailing, printing, signing, and scanning associated with cashing out two small insurance policies for John with Northwestern Mutual Life. One was started in 1966 while he was at the University of Cincinnati. His original intent was to take his parents off the hook if he went to his great reward while a poor student. His parents are long gone to their great reward, and I don’t need the cash either, so it is on the way to our bank account, except for some to the IRS.

Thursday night expect Nick Z from home porch probably because of weather.
Background viewing for tonight’s lecture on Hells Canyon:

Hells Canyon and the Ringold Formation- April 24, 2019

Nick from his backyard:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #28 – 4-23-20 Hells Canyon starts 11:53 minutes in

Link problems below; John can’t get these next 2, I can. Bummer.
We are searching for reasons why.

The two of our weekly blogs over 2 yrs (2018 & 2019) to connections to Lydia Staisch & Nick Zentner:
See both people below in these weeks on the dates suggested.

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

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

Friday, Apr 24

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

Busy all day on projects.
Supper: Leftover cooked canned pork, tomatoes and more made into sauce on spaghetti noodles, with canned pears.

Going to bed to be up early to watch the early morning geology lecture on Geologic time (originally thought it was on Relative Age Dating).

Saturday, Apr 25

Ready for Nick’s livestreaming by 8:15 a.m.

Here is some background you can get to on the web,
For Nick’s Podcast #1 Geologic Time

#1 Geologic Time

For Nick’s Podcast #2 Relative Age Dating

#2 Relative Age Dating

Next is the livestream, ‘Nick from home’:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #29 – 4-25-20 Geologic Time starts 13:40 minutes in

These images will partially cover the weekend geology lectures:

John went off to town for shopping at 3 stores. A bad thing happened at the first one. He lost his Costco VISA credit card. No clue what happened to it. Paid for stuff, left the store, went to another, and didn’t have it to pay there, so he used another card, and went back to the first store hoping it had been turned in. No such luck. So, he called me and for over a half hour I called and finally got it canceled. They supposedly will have a replacement card delivered before we will be going to Costco.
Brunch: we had blueberry/pecan pancake, bacon, and orange slices.

To cheer you up today, check out this creative dressing and photography by my friend Evie Schuetz (also a violinist in our music group), she created with her ingenuity and photography of our downtown-homed Ellensburg Bull (you’ve heard about before in our blog). This brings it up-to-date.Ellensburg, WA Bull ready with coronavirus protection and hoarding his TP, photographed by Evie Schuetz.

I continued working on all my projects, and John continued on his out in the yard. He alternates among several activities so he doesn’t overdue one set of muscles and later get cramps.
He continued disassembling the rest of the rotted out wooden patio put in front of our house when built in 1981. He mutters a lot about the dumb things the builders did.

Here’s a short clip of near the end of the process today:

John disassembling a very old wooden deck

Sunday, Apr 26

Nick’s morning lecture is on Absolute Age Dating.

There is a follow-up Podcast for today. I recommend going there and to the two preceding it (for Saturday morning’s broadcast, if you missed listening yesterday to the podcasts).
Here is the third Zentner Podcast for background to today’s lecture (by the same name):

#3 Absolute Age Dating

And this morning from Nick’s backyard:

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #30 – 4-26-20 Absolute Age Dating

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

A mixed week, and finally spring

Monday, Apr 13

Beginning with a beautiful photo of Mt. Stuart, from Easter Sunday afternoon on the road to the Party Barn in Thorp, WA.

Evie Schuetz’s Photo from Thorp, WA of Mt. Stuart, which was transported here from Mexico on moving tectonic plates. (no joke). Don’t believe me – check out the link below. Baja to BC.

In answer to my question, Evie said: It was shot with my telephoto lens at 448mm. I tried using 600mm first, but then all you could see was mountain and no foreground. I liked it with the cows best. I took the photo at 2:49pm yesterday (on our way back from Cle Elum).
I agree. The composure is enhanced by the cows in the valley foreground.

The origin of Mt. Stuart in Mexico is explained here by my friend, Nick Zentner. Check this story Baja to BC:

Mt. Stuart – From Mexico? | Nick on the Rocks_1-19-17 (5 min)

More recently, this year, Nick from Home’ Livestream #10 Baja BC Exotic Terranes-3-29-20 (>1 hr)

Monday we met with an electrician and our contractor at our place. Electrical work will fit in after new walls and window, and ceiling are fixed. He had good ideas to improve the room.

Today, I put a check in the mail to The Swauk-Teanaway Grange for scholarship donation, and suggest others do the same; the Grange is another “business” suffering from loss of income by this coronavirus stay-home order. [John calls it Panic 2020.] One of their incomes from rentals (mostly for spring & summer weddings) will not be available. The normal awards ceremony and dinner had to be canceled this year. So, donations received at the dinner will not happen this year, to fund the scholarships as usual.

Tuesday, Apr 14

We went by the Landons to pick up the wine rack for Cameron and baking potatoes. Have a 2:00 appointment at Umpqua bank with a notary. Picked up feed for horses, and Annie’s meds at Fred Meyer pharmacy. John went in to check Bi-Mart numbers, and we called Peggy and talked all the way home, even including a drive-by McCullough Road to see the siding (with stone facing) on the house belonging to our contractor.
When our Great Leader Jay says it is okay to work, a crew will remodel and convert our attached 2-car garage to livable space. Outside, the front “L” will get blue metal siding (3 ½ feet top) and stone on the bottom. We’ll have blue, rather than gray, but the image (right) – from the web – is the concept. [There is no time yet decided on ending the lock-down.]

I just found this and figured I’d include it for all those following Nick’s lectures, during which he mentions former or current faculty members in Central Washington University’s Geological Sciences department. Many of these names will be familiar.

CWU Geology Through the Years presented May 20, 2016 by Nick Zentner

Background on tonight’s lecture, Seattle’s Geology:

Geology of Seattle and the Puget Sound Mar 2, 2015, part of I-90 Rocks Videos with Tom Foster

Seattle Fault | Nick on the Rocks Dec 28, 2017

Ice Age Lakes between Seattle and the Cascade Range (with nice subtitles), May 11, 2015, part of I-90 Rocks Videos with Tom Foster

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #21 – 4-14-20 Seattle Geology starts 11:00 minutes in

Nice sunset with Mt. Rainier photo by Kim Sowers Goudge

Wednesday, Apr 15

John met for an hour with 2 fellows from Washington Tractor to take our Tractor with front end loader, to town for getting operable again and adding a roll bar so we can loan it to our friend Cameron Fries. The vineyard is on sand but parts quite steep. The Naneum Alluvial Fan is basalt cobbles in place for millions of years. The small tractor, bought with good intentions a few years ago just won’t handle the compacted material of the fan.The motor started but had a few issues – malfunctioning joy-stick to move the front loader, and a couple of hose leaks. We have been told this tractor is “like a John Deere” so maybe they can make it work and add a roll bar.

Haircut with Celia today at 1:00 p.m. and also took historic car articles from the WSJ to husband Bobby. I drove into a storm: but we were fortunate it rained hard while we were in her home cutting my hair. By the time I left it stopped. No storm at home, just a mile away.Storm a coming. Photo by Amanda Ross, permission granted. Note bird hunting, right side.

John was home with the old pickup truck when he saw the cloud and decided to come into the house and get the truck back under cover. As mentioned above, that wasn’t needed.

Background on tonight’s lecture:

Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Range, May 26, 2015 in I-90 Rocks videos with Tom Foster

Roadside Geology Thorp Moraine Feb 22, 2013

Tonight’s lecture from his backyard ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #22 – 4-15-20 Snoqualmie Pass starts 13:30 minutes in

Ending tonight with a great article in the Seattle Times that came out today about Nick Zentner’s Livestreaming. Check here:

CWU professor teaches a global audience during pandemic

Thursday, Apr 16

Late to bed last night, slept in this morning, till 8:00 a.m.
Just the usual at home stuff today. John fixed popcorn for my video watching.

Thursday night Nick Z from home. Background viewing for tonight’s lecture (chronologically):

Roadside Geology – Yakima River Canyon-Feb 22, 2013

Yakima River Canyon Geology, 9-30-13-Nick’s Downtown Lecture
Nick Zentner- Geology of the Yakima River Canyon-Jul 6, 2016 at Biological Sciences Seminar COTS, CWU

Yakima River Canyon | Nick on the Rocks-Jan 19, 2017

Nick from his backyard ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #23 – 4-16-20 Yakima River Canyon Geology starts 13:15 minutes in

Friday, Apr 17

We sent the county our request for a flood plain development (sic) permit. They are not open so we had to mail it.
The “sic” means we are not in a floodplain, even though the FEMA map shows we are. The county can’t overrule. If there is a loan involved, then flood insurance is (thousands) required.

Getting the packet together took much longer than ever expected, and then John had to travel to the post office in Ellensburg to send it, combining with two grocery store stops.
His Not So Nasty News on Friday has the trip to the Post Office story – find the picture of the 20¢ George Washington stamp.

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

Contractor Walter called to come go over the bid with us. Wife Lynn came along and we visited.

Late supper: Salad for me, spaghetti sandwich for John with wine, White Heron’s Trinidad Red. It is a blend from the lowest vines where the soil, when wet, is a red (auburn) color.

Going to bed to be up early to watch the early morning geology lecture on Columnar Basalts in Central WA.

Saturday, Apr 18

Starting today with a visit to the past and current spring.Lf-Fireplace cover Santa by John w/Grid Method Art; Rt-Variegated tulips

We have had Daffodils, mostly yellow, but the tulips have been in a pause mode for weeks. This week the earliest variety put on a spring show. Others still have no blooms.

Back in the blog for April 2 I featured a Tiger head painted by a young woman from Kittitas, WA, Franka, using the method. Follow the link on that date above to see the tiger, after you scroll down the page to the date.

This morning at 9:00 a.m. is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on Columnar Basalt. I get on line just after 8:00 a.m. to visit with some of my fellow students from around the world.

Background viewing for this morning’s lecture.
Starting with my favorite:

Geology Video Blooper – Columnar Basalt-Nov 5, 2014

Flood Basalts of the Pacific Northwest_1-25-2017—move to the visuals at 52:45 to view Elephant Mountain flow at 54:54 of the columnar basalts

Columns of Basalt Lava | Nick on the Rocks_12-28-2017

Below is Nick’s livestreaming of Saturday’s morning lecture:

I was on the page early and reminded our group today via live chat that the Ultra-Light Pilot is Tom Taggert (not Tom Foster), a question asked last week. Tom Foster was a photographer and the author of the web site Sadly, Tom recently died (3-4-20) at a young age (60); see this report, from the IAFI (Ice Age Floods Institute):

RIP Tom Foster, Remarkable-IAF-Chronicler

Then this morning’s lecture is here, and we really got into it going until 10:30 a.m.!! Longest ever. All the students around the world stayed with him the whole time, and I think even surprised Nick.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #24 – 4-18-20 Columnar Basalt starts 14 minutes in

John fixed us a breakfast of Blueberry/pecan pancake, with maple syrup, bacon, & navel orange slices.

He’s gone back outside to move dirt and rocks, among other things. He just moved the old Chevy pickup truck into the front yard and is using a crowbar to rip slats of wood from the deck (already rotting) put there about 40 years ago. It’s been a problem for years, but soon will be history. Ignore the pallet on the right.

I’m tackling in house chores, responding to emails, and working on my part of the blog. Must get off here soon and file more receipts that keep piling up. While adding other chores that can run on their own (clothes washer, dishwasher).

Sunday, Apr 19

Nick’s morning lecture is on Plate Tectonics.
This one was difficult to find previous lectures on by Nick. He’s spoken about some of the issues previously, but many of those will be more appropriate for this coming Tuesday’s lectures on Mountains (with the lecture titled, Plates Colliding).
I cannot find any background info for this morning’s presentation except two audio podcasts by Nick (which are amazingly well done without visuals). I have chosen #13 & #14.

I’ll start with a world map of the plate boundaries.Washington State is impacted by the North American Plate running over the small Juan de Fuca Plate which is subducting below – center, near the top.

Here is the first audio Podcast:

#13 Plate Tectonics

and the second:

#14 Plate Boundaries

And this morning from Nick’s backyard ~

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #20 – 4-19-20 Plate Tectonics starts 13:00 minutes in

The next video is a real surprise, found from arriving early to our chat session for this morning’s lecture by Nick on Plate Tectonics from one of the regular “student” viewers, Kathy Williams-Devries from Brisbane in the Australian State of Queensland.

Washington Geology Rocks

Brunch we both participated in making: eggs, bacon, toast, & orange slices.

This afternoon I worked on a bunch of in-house chores, but one of them was writing up an interesting story for our agricultural valley that began yesterday when a person from Kittitas, WA found a piece of something that she didn’t know what was. She photographed it and put the question on Facebook. I know her, so I followed the question with a comment. And, I sent an email with her picture to a friend. His answer came back this morning. I had not told him what I told the group were my thoughts. So I’ll start with that. I said maybe it might be related to an old piece of agricultural equipment. If it was used with an old loose hay stacker, the Bull family has a nice one down off the Kittitas Hwy, just on the right before Bull Rd. You could stop there, show it to them, and ask. I took a photo recently and they allowed me to drive into their pasture to get a closer view (my photo is below).
Interestingly, the email answer from my friend, Kenneth Hammond, suggested: It looks to me like the protective tip and end of one tine for a ‘buckrake’ that was attached to a frame used to pick up loose hay. There were many side by side tines, each about 30 to 36 inches long. I believe the first ones were pulled by horses but the ones I saw (some 80 years ago) were on the front of a tractor. The driver slid it under and picked up hay ‘shocks’ and, once loaded, went to the hay stack or barn to place the hay on ‘slings’ that were lifted up with a horse powered cable and trolley setup. My first paid job at $.50 for a 10-hour day was to drive a horse pulling up hay into a barn. I was 9 years old, stayed at that job for 12 days and was paid with 6 silver dollars.
I mentioned that information from Ken to the gal and put my own photo of explanation below. Two other comments after me I didn’t see till this afternoon were from Paul Boguslawski (It is a point off an old hay sweep stacker. I’ve seen many of them – before baling hay was the norm) and Lonny White, (It used to be about 8 ft long had about 10 of them connected to a metal frame. Was used to stack loose hay in a barn).
So, I attached my photo, zoomed in on possible tips, included her pix bottom right and suggested she had found a broken tip from one of the tines.When discussing this with John this morning, he found an interesting link on the history:

Historical Implement Loose Hay Stacker Horses Only Tractors Used Later

This suggests the implement used to pick up the hay from the field – hay sweep or buck rake – had such things. Perhaps “stackers” had similar iron points. Maybe I can check with the Bull family again. Maybe they have a “hay sweep” too.

Supper tonight: Salad for me; John’s having chili.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Moons & Happy Easter!

Monday, Apr 6

I called the dentist office (they are not operating except for emergencies) and requested 2019 Out of pocket costs be sent via email to me. John has been out for morning livestock feeding chores and work on the fence & road near the garden. For a late breakfast we had a fat pancake, thawed peaches to top it, and we had some maple syrup too; sausage links on the side.

I found the magazine agent for Natural History and my confirmation of our paid subscription they are not acknowledging. It was a royal PITA and I never got through to a person. Kept being offering a Medic Alert bracelet and other special deals. I hung up 3 times and gave up. Will have to figure it out if we do not receive a magazine after the current send would have expired, April 2020. I have a new number to call from the last issue just delivered: 1-800-234-5252 (it’s in Harlan, IA). Ph 1:06 -1:19. Changed our email address from “nancyh at Ellensburg dot com” to our correct joint one. That one they had hasn’t worked at all since 2017. Also she checked, and our account is paid through April of 2021. So I guess I’m happy to have stayed waiting on line for 10 minutes before getting to an agent. I hate these follow-ups. We probably will not renew next year as the content of their magazine has deteriorated.

John came back in and is resting through all this conversation above. Now it is quiet finally, and maybe he can truly rest.
I reached the Valley Vision folks who are closed for business, but staff members are taking days answering phones. I left a message for Christy who will be in Thursday. She can mail me what I need – the out of pocket costs not covered by insurance, for our eyes, for the tax year 2019.

Walked up the drive to take some photos and to see John’s current project with rocks and all four horses came over for a pet. It was cool. My camera was not focusing well (or so I thought), and I only took a couple photos, but enjoyed my trip out very much. I want to have John show me another time how Jazz will bow. That I’ll get on video to show you all.John with Jazz, with Breeze watching me. Right: John and Myst’s backends. Jazz & Cheyenne leading away, Breeze far right.

Supper was spaghetti and pecan pie for dessert.

Tuesday, Apr 7

Full moon & message photo by Lise McGowan

We were up early today. Go first to Super 1 before 9:00 for senior shopping. John did the shopping, and I sat outside on a bench. They have taken away all the chairs near the front of the store, and closed the deli dining room.

Then I went to have my blood draw, but John stayed in the car. They are sending all the hospital lab folks to the place I was going, so I had to wait through 3 others. From there to Bi-Mart to have John check numbers, and he only bought 2 things. On to pick up a package from a gal visually impaired who cannot drive, to deliver to a mutual friend. From there we called our sister Peggy and had a nice long catch-up phone call all the way home and into the parking spot.
Today’s morning blood draw was analyzed and reported by phone. Both potassium (K=5) and INR (2.9) –are good results, and I don’t have to return for a month.

Still working on getting rid of a 32 year old Time Share. Called Pend Oreille Shores today, processed paperwork request with John’s help, and emailed today at 1:45 p.m.

John fixed us a pancake with blueberries and pecans and cooked bacon from a package he bought this morning.

Coming from the agricultural valley where we are situated are two nice photos today from Evie Schuetz:Today’s pix by Evie Schuetz: Top, Setting Full Moon & Mt. Rainier behind Sioux Grain Bins; Bottom: Field Gated Pipe Irrigation. Parallel to the pipe is an old (1950s era?) concrete lined ditch.
Then along came plastic. There is a site with lots of old photos of the lining process – but we had to click on each photo to see them.
Link: Last century irrigation canals

REPEATING this again, in case you missed it in past weeks:
In order to receive the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestreaming Geology lectures, follow this link:
Way to Receive Livestreaming Geology Lectures from Nick Zentner
You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.
You’ll have access to previous lectures and to the live one when it is scheduled (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays).

Background on tonight’s lecture:

Lake Chelan — Battle of the Ice Sheets | Nick on the Rocks, Dec 28, 2017

Ice Age Lakes between Seattle and the Cascade Range (with nice subtitles), May 11, 2015

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #16 – Lake Chelan starts 12:44 minutes in

Tonight’s supper was a hamburger, curly fries, and pears. Pecan pie for dessert.

Wednesday, Apr 8

A trio of full moon shots by Evie Schuetz; the-moon moves fast. The one on the top is likely the most detailed of all she has taken.

I started this morning early with a hacked Facebook account. What a PITA! It’s now cleared up after over an hour of trying –thanks to a FB friend (from Australia) who reported it early, because of her time zone, and it’s now fixed.

Got a phone call from Pend Oreille Shores that our paperwork for transferring the deed is underway and we’ll be receiving the paperwork this week to be notarized and returned. We now have to make an appointment to get in our Umpqua Bank, but not a problem. At least they are open for appointments. It would be cumbersome to do a notarization through a drive-thru window. If that is legal – don’t know.

Made an appointment for Tuesday, 4/14/20 at Umpqua for notary usage at 2:00. They’re doing by appointment only and only two customers are allowed inside the lobby. Doing it on the hour, from 9:00 to 4:00 (close at 5:00). We received the first appointment that had been scheduled for that day.

John came in for pizza (from the freezer and I’m going to make hot chicken soup). Now without the wind blowing, for a change, John’s heading out to spray Glyphosate on weeds.

I’m back to do a few emails, and then I’ll be off working on filing tax receipts that haven’t been touched for a couple of days. Oh, I also have to put some checks in the mail for things that cannot be paid by credit card.

Background on tonight’s geology lecture by Nick Zentner:
This one is pretty incredible, even though in draft, preparing for the real thing on stage, 53 minutes long:

Nick Zentner, 11-13-19. “Draft” – Who was J Harlen Bretz?

In the future (this fall 2020), we will have the real full downtown lecture he was practicing for last year. It was canceled this April 2020 because of the coronavirus.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #17 – J Harlen Bretz starts 12:54 minutes in

Two more “pink” moon photos by friends:Top: In Cle Elum by Sharon Jenson. Bottom from the EBRG Water tower on Craig’s Hill by the combined effort of Johnny Larson (dad) while son Trip provides his high shoulders to get the elevation. Thanks for your efforts.

Thursday, Apr 9

John was up earlier than I and has fed the horses.
I finally got up and cleaned the kitchen.

Meeting with neighbor and “builder” Walter Davenport this morning at 10:00 here. Recent neighbor, actually. Lynn wanted a single story house so they are now as far south of town as they once were as our around-the-corner neighbors.
Had to restart my Chrome and all the things I open in a morning. That takes a while.

First thing I saw was a wonderful full moon shot by my friend Evie Schuetz. This is so impressive. Check it out, and also see her delightful comment below about her trip to view it:An orange moon for the “pink” full moon 4/8/20 in Kittitas Valley by Evie Schuetz. Her explanation follows:

I got a phone call from my cousin last night. He told me the moon looked even better than it had the night before, and that I needed to check it out with my camera. So even though I was ‘in for the night’, dressed in my enormous gray Comfy, I grabbed my gear and went looking for the moon. If you’ve seen The Comfy on Shark Tank or in your local Fred Meyer, you know how ridiculous I felt. No time to change, though–with celestial bodies, time is of the essence. I kept walking and walking, praying my neighbors weren’t watching the world from their porches like the husband and I had been all evening.
As I reached the edge of town, I started to wonder if my sweet little cousin, Danny, had been clowning me. There was no moon in sight. I have faith in him, though, so I continued out into the blackness of the countryside.
After I had reminded myself for the third time that fear of the dark is irrational and statistically my odds of being hit by a brodozer were much higher, I saw it. The barbed wired prison fence in my cover photo had been blocking the most gorgeous orange moon I may have ever seen. I’m so glad I left the cave for this one! Thanks, Dan.

We ate our brunch and John went back out to separate rocks & dirt in the garden. He’s going later to town with our old farm truck to fill it with gasoline. He ended up going to Thorp and to it for $1.49/gal. The lowest price (non-cash) is $2.17 in EBRG. It’s crazy.

I just got off the phone with my pharmacy ordering Annie (our Brittany) her canine Ibuprofen for pain. We’ll pick up her refill next Tuesday when we are in town. Interestingly, I asked the pharmacist if the same comment applied to dogs that taking Ibuprofen would enhance the coronavirus if exposed. She said that whole theory has since been debunked. It was wrong for people. Also, there have been no indications that animals can spread it or contract it from humans. Yet, apparently a Tiger in the Bronx zoo got it from his keeper.

Sent to my Facebook Friends:
4/9/20 Interesting information about fake news that taking Ibuprofen will enhance the severity of coronavirus if you are infected. NOT true! That news has been debunked (according to my pharmacist). I was asking before buying a canine version (Truprofen) for our Brittany.

Photo from the web is of a liver/white Brittany pup being hugged.
Amazing the responses I’m receiving from my above post on FB.

Another interesting finding from the pharmacy is they are sending prescriptions to your home, no charge for shipping, via 2-day delivery via FedEx. One pays for the medication over the phone by credit card.

Background viewing for tonight’s geology lecture:

Intro to Coulees in Nick’s 2-Minute Geology series (subtitles)

Dry Falls | Nick on the Rocks 5-26-17

Helicopter Flight: Nick Over the Rocks, Part 3, 9-25-19 w/Nick & Pilot, Maria Langer views around of Moses Coulee

Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #18 – Grand Coulee starts 13:24 minutes in

Friday, Apr 10

John and I both were up earlier than usual for me, and later for John. I stayed in working on cleaning up a dirty kitchen. Mid-afternoon, the washer is taking care of things. John went out to feed the horses, and stayed out working on a sequence project – dig here, move part to there, another part elsewhere, preparing for a load of driveway gravel.

We put in a call to the County’s Water Resource Office to answer her questions about our plans for fixing water-splash damage and converting the attached 2-car garage to livable house space. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has produced a ridiculous map of floodplains in the State. Among other problems the “map” shows much of our house and building in the “100 year floodplain.” The “map” is generated without regard to elevations and water volume, but one cannot disregard the map without a consultation and paying a $500 indulgence. Still, it has been about 7 million years since the house location has had water running across it. [John’s estimate.]

We went to town to get groceries and returned to have lunch. Local telephone towers are south of us, so we get great connections once we’ve traveled about 4 miles. Talked to friends in Eureka, CA on the way home.

No livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner tonight; his day off (along with Monday). I’m looking at some things on the web to prepare for Nick’s 9:00 am. Saturday presentation.

Supper: John fixed chicken breast stir fry and peaches. I took some of the stir fry to neighbor Kenny.

Saturday, Apr 11

This morning at 9:00 a.m. is a video lecture from Nick Zentner via Facebook site ‘Learning Geology’. The topic is titled Washington is Disneyland for Geologists. This is a worldwide site I have been subscribed to since hearing about it from Nick. New time to keep people from around the world from having to arise in the middle of their night to watch, and earlier than last week, hoping the streaming load is better and people are sleeping in late.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #19 –via Facebook Learning Geology site, 4-11-20 WA Disneyland for Geologists starts 7:37 minutes in

No good background for this morning’s lecture, yet; it will come this fall, we hope, with a downtown lecture that will be recorded.

Sunday, Apr 12 Happy Easter

Nick Zentner’s morning lecture on Easter Sunday had a visiting bunny rabbit that delivered a plastic egg with a piece of chocolate candy.

Background to this morning’s lecture:

I suggest you go to the visuals, at 29:04 to see the beginning of the visuals at 29:40, a good follow-up of today’s blackboard delivery in Nick from Home #20 (below)

Supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest -4-17-2019

Almost one year later, is this morning’s livestream, 4-12-20:

‘Nick From Home’ Livestream #20 – Supervolcanoes starts 13:24 minutes in

Needed to put in all my meds for today and the rest of the week, because I did not do it last night when I should have.

Easter sunset over the Stuarts by Mandy Weed, with permission

Supper tonight: chili & cornbread;

sharing some with Kenny S.
whose brother Ron sent this cute image:
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Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Nature provides interesting things

Monday, Mar 30 Above taken by Lise McGowan about 8:00 a.m. published with the following message: This morning looking out over our valley reminds me “as we weather this storm there’s a rainbow no matter how faint!” We will get through this!! Praying for our community and our country!!!

John left for White Heron before 8:00 a.m., and I went back to sleep to be awakened 20 minutes later by the noise of HAIL hitting the metal roof outside, our morning hail storm on the Naneum Fan. I called John and surprised him with my news.
I intended to go to the bathroom and go back to sleep, but instead I grabbed my camera and took a bunch of pictures of the hail piled up, followed by a quieter change to snow, and then to rain. Now it has stopped and we have blue skies, but it’s windy.

He intended to call me when he reached the winery. It’s now about time. He called and made it there at 8:57 a.m. with sunshine, so will be pruning today. They had a nice day without wind. We had a lot of wind all day, but the sun finally came out. Below are my complete hail pictures from the Naneum Fan.Top: Backyard hailstones (not snow); center: front yard; bottom hail falling out front and as seen from inside bedroom window.

Now we have another shot of the rainbow (to join that viewed above from our valley), but this from the other side of the ridge, same day, which Cameron Fries took from his Mariposa Vineyard, west of Quincy, WA, looking to what they call the Colockum Ridge.Photo on this day from Mariposa Vineyard, White Heron Cellars (Winery) toward Colockum Ridge by Cameron Fries, Vigneron.

This is the location where John has been traveling to prune wine grapevines with five guys on the pruning crew.

I had intended to sleep in after being up late last night completing the blog. Now I’m up and might consider an afternoon power nap. I took a small one late afternoon, and was awakened by a friend without a computer wondering if his bank (U.S. Bank) ATM machine was open. I don’t use them or have the same bank, but I got online and found out his bank is not open except for the drive-thru window and it operates from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our bank is open on the inside as well, but limiting customers to 3 at a time. It is open 9 to 5:00. So, we are in better shape for going in tomorrow for our need for a Notary to notarize our signatures on two Deed forms. That will happen whenever we get there. They have 5 notaries, so it’s not a problem with always having someone able to help us (and freely).

I believe I will pause now at 10:20 a.m. and work an hour off my computer filing a previous year’s tax receipts. That got messed up with a 21-minute call to Kaiser Permanente to obtain receipts for medications sent by them in the past. I started finding receipts and realized I did not have the year’s total from the KP Mail order pharmacy as I do from our other pharmacies used. Reminds me I need to request from a couple more. I will be in Safeway tomorrow to pick up a medication, and will ask then for last year’s. I have to sign a form with my information and also for John’s to get the print out for 2019.

Continuing with the filing later, I realized I also need to call my dentist for our out of pocket costs (not covered by insurance) spent there last year. I wish this was an automatic process initialized on their end, but instead, I have to remember to request it every year.

Now I have to contact Costco Pharmacy for 2019. I did, and they are sending by email and also by USPS mail as is KP. (for me, with John’s yet to come).

We were busy today; Nancy in the house and John in the yard after returning from White Heron. He planted onion starts (not as many as yesterday). Yesterday’s totaled 90!

REPEATING this again, in case you missed it the past 2 weeks:
In order to receive the ‘Nick from Home’ Livestreaming Geology lectures, follow this link:

Way to Receive Livestreaming Geology Lectures from Nick Zentner

You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.
You’ll have access to previous lectures and to the live one when it is scheduled (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays).

Now to let Czar in, and file again, after finishing my drink. Will have beef stew for lunch when John’s home.

Tuesday, Mar 31

Called the Pilot Station to hear $2.10. John can get it for $1.99 in Quincy. He plans to on his way back from pruning, and will meet me in Ellensburg.

Called Karen Conley at Stoneridge and ask her about credit card payment on our larger fee for transferring deeds, payable to Stoneridge Resort– it says money order, credit card information or cashier’s check. I prefer the Credit Card, because we will get a 1% rewards cash return on our VISA card at CITI Bank. I will send a check for $30.00 to the Bonner County Recorder with my notarized deeds and information on credit card (I hope) to the resort. They are now closed down as a non-essential business. That’s not good news. We have some space-banked units we are going to lose if not used before May 31, 2020. Hard to use when the Governor has closed down our businesses, now until May 4th. Better than plans by the Prime Minister in Australia, who says the AU lock-down may last for 6 months! And a friend there, who works in the airline industry has been laid off.

John called as he was leaving the vineyard a little after noon, and I left about 12:15 to drive to my first place in town to pick up a package of 3 clay pots. I didn’t realize the size was for seed starters only 3″ high, so I really don’t need them, but I have a friend who will be able to put them to use with her young daughter for planting spices.

I called John as I was leaving there, but he was driving through basalt cliffs on the hill from the Columbia River up to Ryegrass Summit and he had a broken-up connection. So I called him back a few minutes later from the Safeway parking lot.

He was making good time and would likely be at the bank by 1:30. Unfortunately, I had scheduled a meeting for 1:30 across the street from the bank, when I thought he wouldn’t be there until closer to 2:00 p.m.

So I had gone to the Pharmacy at Safeway needing to pick up my prescription and I also needed to fill in request forms for the pharmacist on duty, for information on both our expenditures in 2019 for medical prescriptions totaled for the year to have for itemizing deductions for our tax form.

The person I was meeting across the street from the bank is Audra. From her I purchase my probiotic, which she sells from her business, The Maximus Gym. That is a business not considered essential and had to close. So she was coming in to get the capsules from her upstairs business.

I went back across the street (about being blown away) ~1:40 and met John at Umpqua Bank for notarization of deeds. We went inside and were the only customers in the bank. They took care of us, and now we have our notarized papers to put in the mail, but the place they are going to is now closed down. So who knows when it will be taken care of. Oh, well there was a 30-day limit on returning the papers, and we’ll make that deadline, whether they are there or not.

John left the bank and went to Bi-Mart to check our numbers and was able to buy me 3 packages of Fisherman’s Friends.

I left and went for two other planned stops: Fred Meyer for my PoweradeZero on sale for 59 cents each, if purchased in multiples of 8. I also stopped by a friend’s house to leave an empty egg carton and to pick up an empty chicken feed bag she was giving me. She was there in her yard with her 3 dogs and chickens, all working in the wind. Her business is another one considered non-essential that the governor has closed. Downtown, she owns and manages all sorts of party rentals and supplies:

Central Party & Costume

We hadn’t visited in a long while, so we enjoyed our meeting.

I finally got home and was hungry. John carried in all the groceries I had bought and then left to go plant more onion starts, because starting tomorrow, the pruning crew is going to try working from 9:00 a.m. to noon, break for lunch, and continue for another 3 hours. That will save on gasoline costs for the 4 pruners, and speed up the pruning completion. They started today, but John couldn’t participate until tomorrow because of our appointment at the bank.

Here’s the background for tonight’s livestream from Nick’s side yard. It’s a little tougher because he has not given a downtown lecture I can find on The Olympic Peninsula. However, he has done a 25-minute Podcast which is radio style, no video images.

If you want to hear his conversation, try going here.
Keep this because you’ll need it again for tomorrow’s lecture.

The Nick Zentner Geology Podcast

You need to look down the list for this:Click on “Play Now” and you will start the podcast audio about 5 seconds in. It goes for 25 minutes.

For one more background reference, you can go to something I put in our weekly blog back on Nov 29, 2018. I’ve retrieved it for use here. This was a lecture by Bob Carson from Whitman College, on Exploring the Olympic Peninsula, which was given in our local chapter of the Ice Age Floods (IAF) Institute meeting. I’m the only one videotaping those. If you are not already on my distribution list for those and want to be, please send me an email request to our joint account, from where I distribute the IAF lectures and field trip videos. I hope we will be able to resume those in the future when panic has faded.

Nick Zentner introduces the IAF Speaker, Bob Carson

Bob Carson: Half a Century of Exploring the Olympic Peninsula

Bob Carson Fields Questions

Nick Zentner’s talk tonight.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #11 – The Olympic Peninsula starts 11 minutes in

Chicken, cooked cauliflower & cheese, wine, and strawberry lemonade, with fruitcake and Neapolitan ice cream for dessert.

John went to bed at 10:15 but I stayed up another hour to take care of a few conversations with people I had ignored while getting ready for and watching the livestreaming Geology lecture. I also needed to update this blog about the details of that presentation. I was too busy to work on tax filing paperwork today, after spending a couple hours on it yesterday. Maybe I’ll make more time for it tomorrow.

Wednesday, Apr 1

Another image by Lise McGowan, this of her favorite barn
With her description being appropriate to our troubled times: “One of my favorite barns in Kittitas County that reminds us to pray “God Bless America” especially during these trying times our country’s experiencing! Please stay home and stay safe!!

I started this morning quite early at 4:00 a.m. with cat’s needs, and while up, I took my first 2 Acetaminophen of the day and went back to bed. Up again at 6:00 with morning animal needs, and back to bed. John arose at 6:30 to start his long day. He has to feed the horses and get ready to leave at 7:40 for the Mariposa Vineyard.

Called Kaiser Permanente (medical insurance provider) and lost a bunch more time requesting tax information. Today, I will be receiving an encrypted email from them with our medications history 2019 and need to access individually probably. I have registered an account for John.

I slept in until 9:15 a.m. and then started with dishes—emptying rest of clean ones, and starting to sort the dirty ones to soak. Took my pills, and left to finish my refilled coffee cup.

Rascal cat just arrived at 10:50 a.m. from the back guest bedroom’s Jade Plant Box Bed where he has been napping since early morning. He’s now in my lap with my laptop; he’s done that since he was little. The other one was out for a while and is back on his blanket in the den sleeping. Rascal ate and went out the back door at 11:05. The weather outside is cloudy. Temperature on front porch is 44.2° and at the airport 5 miles down valley, it’s 44°. Usually the difference is more pronounced as cold air drainage.

Just returned from the kitchen, having loaded the dishwasher, but not yet started it yet at 12:13, expecting a call from John about when to expect him home late afternoon. I need to think about getting myself something for brunch too. My computer has been beeping at me, the entire time I was in the kitchen, so am back to see what news has come in.
Sun has arrived and the temperatures here and at the airport are up to 47°. My mail has delivered the encrypted information awaited and I have all my data ready to log on and retrieve it, from Kaiser Permanente. This HIPAA stuff is a pain when trying to get your own medical records.

1:00 p.m. – just started graupeling (soft hail or snow pellets) here on the Naneum Fan. Wow. Wonder what’s happening over at the vineyard.

I’m having an appetizer for lunch, of my protein drink. Considering having a Top Ramen Chicken soup follow-up to warm up. With the graupel still falling, our temperature decreased on the front porch to 45.1°. Airport decreased in the last hour from 47° to 41°! Interesting way to great April, after March went out as a lion. It’s almost an hour since it started, and is still falling.
This is not an April Fool’s Joke.

Here is proof bounced up on the rug in front of our front porch and front door.This is my coolest photo of today’s graupel. It was bouncing up 6 inches, to the porch, and onto a gray rug lying in front of our front door. The dog and cats come in there regularly so it is full of animal hair dander, mostly dog (white) from Annie the Brittany. This is a combo with the larger view and a subset from the upper left corner (farthest from where it bounced in).

John just called at 1:10, the end of their lunch and they are ready to resume pruning for 3 hours. They can see the cloud sitting over the ridge in our direction! So now they know our graupel is still falling.

Our graupel fell until 2:15 p.m. and the temperature dropped to 37.2°. Temperature at 3:25 p.m. is back in the 40s on our front porch, and I just finished my late lunch of Chicken Soup. At the airport reported at 1:53 it claimed a previous temperature was 49°, but a few minutes later, reported 41° at 2:04; finally, the 2:53 reported 41°, and at 3:53, it was up to 43°. John got home about 5:15 p.m. After lunch, the pruning crew were in sunshine. Started pruning in very cold temperatures over there this morning.

So, I shall continue with stuff here, and when John arrives home about 5:30 p.m., I will already be set up and waiting to catch the beginning of Nick’s livestreaming geology tonight ~ 5:48 p.m. Hope the weather in Ellensburg allows him to be outside in his yard tonight. (It did, and the sun even came out near the end of his lecture.)

You can also get to Nick’s Podcast (audio only) lecture on the Cascade Volcanoes (see above). Here’s a former lecture 3 years ago on Ancient Cascade Volcanoes by Nick on the KCTS9 channel “Nick on the Rocks.” it’s only 5 minutes long.

Ancient Cascades Volcanoes-12-28-17

Tonight is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on the topic, The Cascades Volcanoes.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #12 – Cascade Volcanoes, starts 10 minutes in

Thursday, Apr 2

John left at 7:40 a.m. for a full day of pruning wine grapevines in the Mariposa Vineyard at White Heron. They have switched yesterday to pruning from 9:00 to noon, breaking for an hour’s lunch with wine, and resuming until 4:00 p.m. They can finish today – maybe. That puts him home about 5:20, just in time for me to be starting setup to watch Nick Zentner’s Livestreaming YouTube presentation.

Just started snowing here at 11:15 a.m. (not heavily) and did not last long. I thought it was clouding over. The sun had been brightly shining in the window at 7:10 this morning. Oh, update, the sun has been shining now since noon and the sky is blue.

Next arrival from Evie of daughter Franka’s colored pencil artwork (pictured side by side with original):And, here is Franka’s description of the grid method art process she used, with the times taken to create her drawing.
“She said it took thirty minutes to create the grid. Five hours to complete the drawing. The size of the grid was 3 blocks by 4 blocks. Each block is 3 inches by 3 inches. So 12 x 9 is the size of the finished piece. She didn’t take any photos of the process. She did it during the night when the rest of the family were all asleep. And on the right above is the reference photo she used.”

I looked up Grid Method Art, and found a good description: The grid method involves drawing a grid over your reference photo, and then drawing a grid of equal ratio on your work surface (paper, canvas, wood panel). Then you draw the image on your canvas, focusing on one square at a time, until the entire image has been transferred.
But here is a nice explanation you may enjoy following:

The Grid Method (in Art is Fun)

Good timing on John’s call after they had lunch, 1:07 p.m. I was in the kitchen fixing my soup. They have decided to go long today and hopefully finish the pruning so they do not have to go tomorrow. John called and was home by 4:10 with 3 cases of wine: Red, White, and Rose’. Being done is a good thing, as it will lower our gasoline costs. One pruner drives in from Soap Lake, one from Moses Lake, and one from Quincy. John’s about 60 miles away, or 1 hr, 20 minutes.

Here’s the crew on the last day:Erik Nelsen, Tom Snyder, John Hultquist, Mark Amara

Here’s the photographer, Vigneron, and Vintner, Cameron Fries’ comment on the above placed on his Facebook site (White Heron Cellars): “Last day of pruning with my intrepid crew. Notice the social distancing enforcer. We don’t mess around out here – you invade somebody’s space it’ll be the last thing you do. Each row is 2 meters apart. On a more serious note, we’re done pruning and ready for spring, always a great feeling. Cheers!

Now switching to Nick Zentner’s Livestreaming Geology lectures, with tonight’s on Ghost Volcanoes (his coined term for volcanoes no longer “live” but which have left behind remnants of their past eruptive nature).

Background to this lecture below: Then check Nick’s past lecture, two years ago, at the Hal Holmes Center in Ellensburg, WA.

Ghost Volcanoes in the Cascades 2-28-2018

Nick tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #13 – Ghost Volcanoes starts @ 10 mins in

Friday, Apr 4

I was very tired and slept in, after being up with the cats and dog at 5:00 a.m. John was up early and fed the horses.

I worked on filing tax receipts most of the day.

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

Saturday, Apr 4

This morning at 10:00 a.m. is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on the topic, Great Earthquakes. New time to keep people from around the world from having to arise in the middle of their night to watch.

Here’s the background for this morning’s lecture:

Great Earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest, Feb 10, 2016

4-4-20 ‘Nick from Home’: #14 – Great Earthquakes, starts 14 minutes in

John’s been alternating between garden leveling and fencing, and taking stuff from the house to the hay shed. Also, horses, wild birds, and cats need fed, and Annie now wants John to be with her or she won’t go far nor get much exercise. Showing her age.

I have been washing dishes, and filing tax receipts, plus contacting people on line. This morning John located a huge book (Coffee table one, ~4#). I apparently brought it back from a conference after 2000. That’s the date of publication. It’s on the Klamath Basin Balancing Water: Restoring the Klamath Basin Hardcover – April 2000 by authors: Tupper Ansel Blake, Madeleine Graham Blake, and William Kittredge. I just had a message from a former Geology major master’s student from our time in Idaho, on whose thesis I served as a committee member, that she had continued her research, after leaving Idaho, in the Klamath Basin. I was getting information from her to share with Nick Zentner, as this is the location in Oregon, in which Crater Lake exists. It covers the region all the way to the California border. We will give the book to Nick, as she doesn’t need it, and mailing it across the country is pricey.

Before I could go to bed, I had to put in all my medications for the week, to take my night pills and capsules.

Sunday, Apr 5

I was up at 5:00 with the cats and dog, took my 2 morning pills, and went back to bed.

This link: landslide will take you to the Wikipedia page regarding the topic of Nick’s presentation today. If one searches for Bridge of the Gods, the main site is about a steel truss cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon.

This morning at 10:00 a.m. is a livestreaming video lecture from Nick Zentner on the topic, Bridge of the Gods. By starting at the new time, Nick hopes to help keep people from around the world from having to arise in the middle of their night to watch. I think it helped because today, we had 600 people watching, but we also had some technical difficulties (maybe with WiFi), which left many of the people buffering around the world and not hearing or seeing the lecture. Once Nick realized what was happening, he moved inside his house and went for another 34 minutes. So, the replays are two below.

Here’s my suggested BACKGROUND for this morning’s lecture:

Bridge of the Gods Landslide – Mar 14, 2018

Dec 28, 2017 Bridge of the Gods Landslide | Nick on the Rocks
And, here’s this morning’s lecture (in two parts):

4-5-20 ‘Nick from Home’: #15-A – Bridge of the Gods, starts 11 minutes in

4-5-20 ‘Nick from Home’: #15-B – Bridge of the Gods, starts right away

I am going to end this week with a Geology Rock Hammer Blooper by none other than Nick Zentner on Columnar Basalt.

Geology Rock Hammer Blooper

Supper tonight is spaghetti, with White Heron’s Arvine (white) wine. Thanks, John.

We are expecting a cool and dry week. Other places are having nasty weather.

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

A week at home

Monday, March 23

Starting this week with a photo by Evie Schuetz of her daughter, Franka, who turns 14 this coming Wednesday, 2/25. Franka was featured with a neat cartoon in last week’s blog with an owl hoarding toilet paper.Franka on a rock along the John Wayne Trail, in a dress made by her mom, Evie, who photographed her.

John left this morning for wine grapevine pruning at White Heron’s Mariposa Vineyard. I slept in, after being up to the wee hours of this morning.

I put away things from the dryer, and added more from yesterday, plus started a new load of clothes. Also started soaking dishes to put in the dishwasher. Washed & dried another load of clothes today.

John called at 12:25. leaving vineyard, heading to Pilot Station for gas and will call from there. I had a nutrition drink to tide me over, but will have chicken soup with added breast meat when he gets home to have his leftover meatloaf.

I am working on an Affidavit for Immigration Status for a friend. Never have I done one of these before. (It got completed and submitted.)

Tuesday, Mar 24

Call Bi-Mart and see if they are open today. They are open!! So John can drive by. Finished immigration status affidavit for Allie –signed, created PDF and sent to her.

Spent a ton of time with RCI today and learned lots. Also used one of our space-banked units in Hawaii for Dawn Dukelow (former student) who is going to Hawaii for her honeymoon, after they are married September 12, 2020 in Tacoma, WA..

Check to see if the Gothard Sisters are still out there. YES!
They are still there if you missed it from the previous blog.

The Gothard Sisters: Free Concert Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

And, here is Nick Zentner’s lecture tonight:

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #6 – Flood Basalts

Wednesday, Mar 25

John drove to White Heron, and found snow at Renslow Bridge and at Ryegrass Hill, and on all the hills to the north. It is now snowing here. He called me on his way down the hill to the turnoff to the vineyard, and I had just waked up because of badly interrupted sleep last night.

A phone call came in from Lewis Armstrong at 8:56 a.m. here, and I was in the kitchen fixing my first cup of coffee. We talked for a while and then I tried to access my computer to look for something he sent me (a PowerPoint) about his daughter. I found I have no connection to the outside world. It’s like the Internet is totally down and unavailable. I went to the back of my house and called Cameron Fries at White Heron with the pruners where John is, but only got his voice mail. So, I left a message to call me back on my landline and what was happening here with no Internet connection on either mine or John’s computer.
I rebooted my modem but that did not help. I tested my WiFi with sending a print out to the printer and that worked.

Called consolidated communications about a bill that increased to $89.74 from last month, $90.74 Turns out our Internet price and also our landline charge both have gone up, so our entire bill since Feb went up ~$5.

Called Gloria and checked in on how she is. Be sure she knows we are not coming probably for two months. She and Shirli her younger sister were both there.

Guess I will work off line and file receipts today. I may be able to call about some more billing questions. Top photo by Maryann Donohoe Hawks, looking west from Vantage highway; lower photos our front and backyards

Snowing again, hard, at 1:00 p.m. here on the Naneum Fan. Now graupeling here (as soft hail).

Next story is about my past (in the last century).Lewis Armstrong is a friend now retired living in Fayetteville, GA. We have been in touch and he’d like me to share his Amazon books with my friends. Here’s his bio. He’s the author of these books. He and I were together in the class (top photo), along with Miriam Hill, at the University of Texas for an NSF-funded geography computer seminar in ’98. I’m 2nd back on left. Bottom left pix is at my request for his tie (of the San Andreas Fault)—especially relevant now with Nick Zentner’s livestreaming Geology lectures; along with Lewis’ books on Amazon.
Lewis retired from the Army in ’93 and then retired as a university librarian in ’03. He participates in storytelling, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He builds PowerPoints for patriotic programs such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans Day.

Nick Zentner’s talk tonight.

‘Nick from Home’ Livestream #7 – Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Thursday, Mar 26

Late to bed last night, up to see John off to the Mariposa vineyard for pruning, and back to bed to sleep in late to make it through my day. Yesterday was a packed day with a lot of frustrations and realization of how much we depend on communication via the Internet. Still have not heard what took ours away for several hours. I finally heard (not the cause), but all of Consolidated Communication Internet users throughout the whole state, were without Internet access for 3 hours.

Wrote Cheryl Bach we got some empty feed bags from her trailer & thanks. Now they are destined for a 2nd life holding garbage. Called about toenails to find our appointment has been cancelled, so we’ll soak our own feet and do our own.

Called Consolidated Communications and found out about the raise in cost for phone and for Internet started in February. Also, to get a higher upload speed, (we are at 1 and 4 on download), it would be a one-time fee of $100 (almost) to go to 4 ? upload and 50 download. I will not do that.

In order to receive the Livestreaming Geology lectures, follow this link:
Way to Receive Livestreaming Geology Lectures from Nick Zentner You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.
You’ll have access to previous lectures and to the live one when it is scheduled (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays. These continue indefinitely, and are programmed with topics through April 5.

Tonight’s Nick’s Lecture:

3-26-20 Nick Zentner: #8 Liberty Gold, Starts 16 minutes in

Our guest was Gold Miner, Rob Repin. You can follow his own YouTubes, if you google his name.

Friday, Mar 27

Today’s accomplishments: Soaked and loaded dirty dishes. Worked on tax filing previous year.

John called on his way home 12:11 p.m., via the post office in Kittitas (closed for lunch 1-1:30 going to EBRG –Ph on frig 962-4360. He has to have the counter assistant weigh the envelope and tell him the postage to put on. He has stamps with him. This manila envelope has the 7-page document to the county contesting their $500 fee for “development on a floodplain.” Their FEMA supplied floodplain map is bogus and repairing an existing house is not “development.” Enclosing a small alcove/porch and replacing cheap garage doors with a regular stick-built wall, all on the existing foundation, hardly amounts to development. Still this is a government bureaucracy.

In fact it is a “closed” bureaucracy because of the current panic involving a virus. Thus, via the post office and $1.20 postage, the envelope will, we hope, make the 3-block trip to the County Building.

From there he’s going to two grocery stores for getting my PoweradeZero at a good price. Safeway special by 4 for 49₵ each, and Fred Meyer for multiples of 8 get for 59₵ each. One store we frequent has them priced at 1.18 each! Hopefully, they will allow him the 6.99 price on chicken on Just for U. I added the 8 piece to my just 4 u list, so if he gets the right thing, it will swipe correctly. Worked. And he had chicken for lunch and we shared a big crusty breast for supper.

Received by mail today our paperwork to get rid of the Stoneridge RCI Timeshares. This involves paying expenses for 2 years to have them take the “weeks” back. For us, this is considered “real property” in another state (Idaho) and complicates the estate. They provided standard paper work, so at least we did not need a lawyer just to deed the units back to the condominium association. The cost seems high but individuals have almost no hope in self-selling.

We have 30 days to submit these with checks payable to two different units, Stoneridge and the Office holding deeds. We need to take it to our bank for notarizing this week one afternoon, after pruning. I’ll make an appointment.

NO Nick Zentner Livestreaming tonight, not until Saturday (Topics for this weekend are shown below: Saturday, Mar 28

John did all his morning chores with feeding, and then went out to level the garden, where he has removed the fence, and the wooden planter boxes he built several years ago for various crops (strawberries, onions, etc.). He was getting it ready for tilling, and hoping the tiller would start. It started, so I took his picture.This garden spot is in a low spot. Over the years, John has been filling it with horse manure, sand, dirt, wood ships, and other organic material. Our most serious garden problem is deer. A fence needs to be reinstalled – to about 7 feet high and one they can’t crawl under. The horse panels are not high enough, so a top has to be put on.

Been working on various projects, and am finally at 3:30 getting ready to switch to filing tax receipts. I have to be ready at 5:15 to take my acetaminophen and also get ready for Nick’s livestreaming tonight of the lecture on Supercontinents.

Did my meds for the next week and ordered Coumadin 5 mg from Safeway, which they slice in half for me. Charles is doing it today; it will be $11.xx same as last time, and will be ready for pickup 3-31 Tues when I’m coming to town. Also called Kaiser Permanente Mail Order Pharmacy, and ordered 3 months of Spironolactone (cost only $10 for 90 days). It will come in the USPS mail to my mailbox.

We watched the hour long lecture on Supercontinents last year in a downtown lecture. That series has been canceled this year (whole month of April) because of COVID-19.

Here’s the HISTORY for tonight’s livestream from Nick’s side yard.

Good idea to look online (Google this): “Christopher Scotese (changing continents)” for some of the videos put out there by Christopher regarding the changing “supercontinents” of the past.
Then check Nick’s past lecture, just last year.

Supercontinents and the Pacific Northwest, 4-11-2019

The following was tonight’s lecture:

3-28-20 Nick from Home: #9 – Supercontinents, starts 10 mins in

We went to bed a little earlier tonight.

Sunday, Mar 29

We planned to cut John’s hair this morning while it is still cold outside, and I’m all prepared to do it. The time in between cuts was too long and the clippers heat up, so we stop, and John reads while they cool. Two weeks (?) next time!

John’s gone out and fed the horses, and the cats inside and outside are all fed.

Will finish blog text, after talking with sister Peggy in OH. John drove my car around the rural block to be sure it is still running after not being away from the house for over a week. That trip was to the dentist.

John’s haircut (finally) he was really looking like Einstein or Bernie Sanders. Nope, I did not take a before and after picture. Good thing I do cut his, because the barbers and hair salon businesses are all closed.

Times of the haircutting this morning: 9:33 – 9:52 wait for clippers to cool and Nancy to rest; 10:03 finished 10:33–all nicely trimmed. We’re going to do this again, 2 weeks out on Easter Sunday to see if it doesn’t go faster without all the matted hair in the back of his head. I just looked at the back of his hair above his neck and think it is a little fuller than needed, but considering the utensils are all put away and the chair is back in its place, I’ll wait 2 weeks for another haircut that won’t take an hour. Normally, I can do it in less than half that time. Two weeks might decrease the cutting time more!

John planted onion starts in the in-progress newly fenced garden.

Here’s the HISTORY for tonight’s Nick Zentner’s presentation:

Exotic Terranes of the Pacific Northwest-Feb 21, 2018

And, here’s tonight’s lecture.

3-29-20 Nick from Home #10 – Baja BC Exotic Terranes, starts 12 mins in

I’m planning to send an email to a bunch of friends about using a timeshare from our space-banked bunch before May 31, 2020 start date. If you can book one for that time, we will help you and we won’t lose all the $ we have invested in it over the past two years to keep it available. It does not have a high trading power (only 15) which will work for many in the conterminous U.S., but not for Hawaii. You maybe don’t want to try a foreign country, but a week’s worth any place in the world will cost you $400 for the week away, regardless of the size of the unit (studio to 2-bedroom, with capacity 6)
If you do not get an email from me and you are interested, please notify me by phone with your email address and phone number. Thanks.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Where’s Spring?

Monday, Feb 16

One of my photos to start this week: Mt. Stuart watches over an old homestead on Bender Road, not far from home.There is a story for each of these old places. Unfortunately I haven’t a clue. This one has cattle in the yard and a view of the wind turbines in the distance.

I called my dentist to be sure I could come in on Wednesday for my crown seats. They are still hoping the public health department allows this to include finishing work in progress as they are cancelling all cleanings and fillings, and only can be available for emergency dental work. Keeping my fingers crossed because I need my front teeth back to be able to eat more easily. I’m very tired of soft foods and soups, and not being able to use my front teeth for fear of losing the temporaries. Three weeks of not chewing has been tough.

Two more cancellations of CWU events. One was a lunch this Wednesday at a downtown restaurant, and the other was for the 2020 CWU Foundation donors and scholarship recipients for an evening of appreciation on Thursday, May 7, 2020 which included dinner. We are invited each year because of our donation of two scholarships through Geography and the Cultural & Environmental Resource Management Graduate program, known as The Hultquist Distinguished Service Award.

Access to all Scholarships through CWU Geography

John went to town for two different store purchases plus dealt with fan issues in the heater/cooler of his Crosstrek. On his way in, the heater fan was not working, so when he got to Bi-Mart he turned off his car and restarted it, and it still didn’t work. I gave him the number for Stewart Subaru and he called them. Talked to a technician who said they would have to have him come down to fix it. He has an appointment Thursday at 10:30. While there, he will go to Costco for food. They are out of toilet paper and disinfectants, neither of which we need.

Nick Zentner proposed on line 9:00 a.m.: “Hello from Ellensburg. Thinking seriously about doing a geology livestream from home each day this week at a set time. A live Q & A with a theme each day. Do you have suggestions for time of day and/or subjects to discuss live? I need to learn how to do this – not sure if best to do Facebook Live, or YouTube Live, or? Thanks for your interest.”

He proceeded with it, and now has completed several to date this week: they are excellent and details are explained below on how you can participate, live or after the presentation has occurred, by viewing the stored version.

Nick’s public presentations fell victim to virus concerns.

Related are Evie’s Homeschooling activities.
In “Art Class,” her daughter Franka (13) was tasked with creating an amusing owl animation with a new program on her ipad and then converting it into a gif.
Nancy here – I’ve captured 3 photos from the animated gif to share: (first sent to Australia to cheer up a friend who had to cancel his 4-week trip to the US & Canada, because of the COVID-19 issues). We had planned to meet him in Seattle the end of May. Tuesday, Mar 17 Happy St. Pat’s Day

John left at 7:30 a.m. for the Mariposa Vineyard and wine grapevine pruning. He’s also delivering many wine materials (books, magazines, glasses, and all sorts of related things, such as VHS tapes by Jancis Robinson on the worldwide wine industry. We last taught “wine” in CWU’s 6-week Summer School session of 2008. Nothing from CWU about a 2020 summer session, yet!

We’ve been to a concert by the 3 ladies pictured below. They have gone virtual also.
The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic musical group of three sisters who play contemporary Celtic music. Through 10 years performing, touring and writing music together, the optimistic style of their music and performances continue to resonate with their fans, building a loyal international following.
Music Genres: Americana, Celtic Classical, Celtic, Irish, Irish Folk, Scottish Folk, Folk, Classical, World Fusion
Band Members: Solana Gothard, Willow Gothard, Greta Gothard
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

I hope this stays below for a week to March 24, but go there now to be sure you don’t miss this performance by WA’s own.
(Pull the start button back to the beginning of the video)

The Gothard Sisters: Free Concert Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Just to encourage you, here are the songs performed by The Gothard Sisters:

Flying Sails is by the Gothard Sisters Midnight Sun is by the Gothard Sisters Toss the Feathers / the Blarney Pilgrim is traditional Double Drums is by the Gothard Sisters The Wild Rover / Winds That Shake the Barley are traditional The Bandit is by the Gothard Sisters Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shores is traditional Alaska Set is by the Gothard Sisters — intermission — Hummingbird is by the Gothard Sisters Scarborough Fair is traditional A Capella Dancing is by the Gothard Sisters Mazama Mornings is by the Gothard Sisters (featuring the An Daire Irish Dancers of Wenatchee, WA) Danny Boy is traditional Three Little Birds is by Bob Marley Chasing the Sun is by the Gothard Sisters — encore — Country Roads is by John Denver

After the intermission, don’t miss the second piece of an Acapella (no instrumental music) Dancing [Tap] followed by a great story of the new name for a mandolin, and a visit by a team of 4 Irish Dancers on stage with them doing their Mazama Mornings song.
Meanwhile, I’m coordinating two of my favorites into today’s blog, which I videotaped from my laptop’s screen, while playing.

The Wild Rover – Celtic Folksong

This song (above) is one of our favorites in our March music, which we are not getting to play with the COVID-19 closings. We hope this is not a permanent decision, because the residents love our monthly music sessions.

The next two are the same, with the short version being just the ending.

The Complete Celtic Drumming Song

Short Drumming Song –Just the Ending

I traveled a mile around our rural block to the Winingham’s home where Celia cut my hair (she’s cut it since I arrived in town in 1988), and I took Bobby the article from John he’d found in the WSJ about a man’s Land Rover, as Bobby restores and rebuilds old military jeeps. He has one 1943, they drive in parades, and now is working on a Ford model jeep from the same year (my birth year).

Came home to a 1:51 call from my dentist. I’m having my appointment to set my crowns, but it had to be moved up to 9:00 a.m. (to get everyone in for follow-ups). Going to bed much earlier tonight.

Just receiving an expected cancellation (via postponement to a future date) from Nick Zentner for all upcoming April Downtown Geology Lectures and all the lectures and field trips of the local Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute.

That reminded me of the March 4 death of a serious player in the Ice Age Floods story, Tom Foster, who left Earth at 60 years of age. He was the photographer who published a massive amount of information with photographs on his website,

Discover the Ice Age Floods (website by Tom Foster)

Tom Foster Obituary

2012 photo of Foster, Taggert, & Zentner

Description of above: contains a photo of Tom Foster (photographer), Tom Taggert (pilot of Ultralight Trike), and Nick Zentner (Geologist). Within it is a video which doesn’t come up very fast, so I found a better YouTube link to it. See next:

Moses Coulee and the Ice Age Floods – Part I

Yesterday, John’s trip to Bi-Mart and Super 1 contrast very differently from this afternoon’s trip my friend reported back to me after 5:00 today. She said, “My shopping went pretty good. No toilet paper or paper towels at Bi-Mart or Super 1. No dish soap at Bi-Mart. No bar soap at Bi-Mart, but plenty at Riteaid. Surprising the meat department at Super One was almost empty, with a little bit of pork left. All the pasta was gone, but plenty of canned food. Plenty of milk and cheese, low on eggs. Didn’t go to any other stores, we have everything we need for several weeks.”

I responded online to the 2020 Census form. They claimed it would take 10 minutes, but all must be done at once; if you stop, you have to redo it from the start. So much for that. It took me 43 minutes, but I documented all the pages and answers, for what that’s worth (probably nothing).

Other interesting information about our town and businesses opened with their details:
Chamber of Commerce Business Info for Kittitas County

Everyone’s life style and activities are being affected by this COVID-19 issue, and probably will be for some time.

Wednesday, Mar 18

John left at 7:45 for White Heron. Before he drove away, he came back to make a super suggestion and brought me two Reece’s peanut butter cups to eat before I left for my dental appointment. Great idea!!

I arrived at the dentist at 8:50 a.m. for my new crowns to be seated. Thank goodness it went smoothly and I was out by 9:55 a.m. I am so happy I should be able to chew again.
I left there and made two short stops and came on home to fix me some lunch.

John got home at 2:30 p.m. after going through town for gasoline ($2.559/gal at Pilot – less by a lot than any other station in town). Then, he came back by Grocery Outlet, the store that is frequently out of things. They have an odd business model.

John’s going to be out in the yard working in the garden area. He’s been making the soil ready to plant onion sets which were delivered Monday, a week earlier than wanted. They come from southern Texas and a much warmer climate.

I’ve been dealing with a bunch of different chores all afternoon, and not completing many. I did get a shopping list ready for John to take with him to Costco tomorrow after he gets his fan fixed at the Subaru repair garage. I hope it doesn’t cost us a lot of money. Would be nice if it is covered by the warranty.

We had a few interesting emails today, one from our friends in Australia.

I found out more about the plans at CWU for teaching this spring quarter. I’m glad I’m no longer on the teaching faculty. They decided today to extend spring break to two weeks, so the faculty members could get all their courses put online. They just got through with this week being finals – all online. Not all faculty members are up-to-speed on online class preparation or presentation. Some classes with labs do not lend themselves to online scenarios, or not easily, if at all.

John finally left for bed, and I’m not far behind at 10:20 p.m.
Better than a sunset to end tonight is this celestial creation photographed at 11:30 p.m. in the Yakima River Canyon by EvieMae Schuetz.Open shutter for 117 seconds reveals celestial beauty, by Evie Schuetz. She has a star tracker connected to her camera.

Thursday, Mar 19

I lost a little sleep – cat issues; no fun. Their rhythm sometimes doesn’t match mine.
Horses have been fed and John will be leaving just before 9:30 for Yakima.

I’m sending the following around: for Nick Zentner’s Washington Geology presentations.

Free Livestreaming Geology Lectures by Nick Zentner

You need to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to be involved. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE, also to the right of that, click on the BELL icon and choose ALL for all notifications to Nick’s videos.

Currently, two have happened and one more is tonight, 3-19-20 at 6:00 PST. Follows another two this weekend, 3-21 & 3-22. I’ll put them all here for this week.


3-17-30 Nick Zentner: #1 volcanoes, Starts 15 minutes in

3-18-20 Nick Zentner: #2 Earthquakes, Starts 12 minutes in

3-19-20 Nick Zentner: #3 Ice Age Floods, Starts 12 minutes in

The topic tonight is ICE AGE FLOODS (IAF), which is near and dear to our hearts in Washington State, where our topography was totally influenced and carved into scablands of coulees, by them (the IAF). If you are in Australia, check our time to get it live and/or watch the stored lectures later. I do not know how to write comments or questions from my laptop, and not sure I want to, but just read those that come across. I have not yet been able to watch one LIVE – hopefully tonight, but there are viewers worldwide that I can see on the chat side and am able to read their comments. It’s quite educational and fascinating. Many parents are using these for home-schooling and children are watching, during their time not going to school.

Comments from a question on this #3 lecture last night.

GREAT LAKES? The CAPS are on purpose, so that the lecturer can see the questions better on his laptop screen.

Answer (I looked up afterward) and fed back to Nick.

The Great Lakes volume is 5,439 cubic miles
Glacial Lake Missoula volume is 503.8 cubic miles
The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total area, and second-largest by total volume, slightly less than the volume of Lake Baikal (5,666 Cubic miles)

3-21-20 Nick Zentner: #4 Ancient Rivers, Starts 7 minutes in

3-22-20 Nick Zentner: #5 Ellensburg Blue Agates, Starts 12 minutes in

UPCOMING NEXT WEEK:Here’s an hour lecture Nick did in 2017 you may wish to follow:

Ancient Rivers of the Pacific Northwest

When I first wrote this paragraph, it was before the Thursday lecture (#3-Ice Age Floods), when he announced he would continue for the weekend. I had written: I do not know at this point if Nick will continue past tonight, but it is helping him get ready for teaching his spring quarter courses, online, which they are required to do, instead of meeting on campus. The university has extended spring break to two weeks from one to give more time to the faculty members for course preparation in the new (for most) online format. Of course, that means they have to cancel their trip plans for spring break. Via e-mail, I have talked to some at CWU and some in other states.

My mammogram and bone density tests at the hospital were just cancelled. I was afraid that would happen. Worse than mine is my friend’s cochlear implant which was scheduled soon in Spokane, but has been cancelled. Several friends’ teeth cleanings have been cancelled. Many (all?) meetings are cancelled.

John called from Costco. They are wiping everything down and yes are out of TP (WHY?) and other cleaning things. He had to leave his car for 3 hours of work, and they gave him a loaner to drive, which he’s told you about below in his “Not So Nasty News” Friday column, so I shall omit the details here and send you down to his description. It’s worth a read. He brought home all the supplies he went for (plus a few more).

Friday, March 20

I called Sandy & Jolayne on their anniversary today!! a 17-minute wonderful visit to wish them a happy 60th anniversary. They are fine and in good health, just losing stamina, but aren’t we all!
They are in their upper 80s. Sandy (Sanford H. Bederman was my first geography professor in college in 1962, and responsible for my going to Cincinnati to graduate school, where I met John.
Also, Sandy and Jolayne were the organizers and travel leaders for a Geography of Europe Field Trip for 9 weeks, in the summer of 1965. My last activity at Georgia State. Graduate school in Cincinnati started that fall.

Another load of dishes soaked first in 11:55 a.m. soaking—need to get them into the dishwasher and put another load to soak in the sink.

Played games with the cats – Just got the cats out of the back jade plant room. 11:22, and took my Acetaminophen. Czar out front. Rascal currently in bedroom, but has eaten and drank and the window is open if he has to go out.

Other things accomplished: Loaded my medications for the week. Delivered to my neighbor Louaine the Medjool dates John got for her yesterday and picked up the money she owed me.

“The Medjool tree when loaded with dates” is worth a look. Search that in quotes and use “images” for a look.

For an afternoon snack, a couple of Reece’s peanut butter cups.

Pasta Pizza. In Nick Zentner’s lecture last night, he talked of the theory of a Pasta Pizza. To each her own, John says:Haley excited about her idea and making of a macaroni & cheese pizza.

24-minute call with sister Peggy from Ohio, calling to check on us. She and we are fine and everyone back there as well. She’d talked to Kit, at the AFB in CA, quarantined from The Grand Princess cruise ship.

Saturday, Mar 21

My chore while John was gone was to clean up the kitchen dishes and get them washed from the past couple of days. There was no room in the washer!

John off to town for horse feed; normal place he goes was out of one of the things needed, so he went across the street to Old Mill Country Store and we think got 80# bags or rolled grain for much cheaper; need to check. Both places were busy.

I wrote Nick Zentner and he responded about Thursday night’s livestream lecture.
No music at Briarwood today. Locked out by COVID-19.
3:16 p.m. now, after a 23-minute interesting call to geography instructor Elaine Glenn.

We finally opened a new 5 Terabyte External Drive for me to set up with my computer to back up and free up space on my C drive, which is nearing capacity. We bought it several months ago, but I have been too busy to get the job done. Getting the drive out of the excessive packaging was a knife and scissors chore. I’m not sure I could have ever done it. I found the cover we bought separately from Amazon at the time, and once found, the instructions came in 10 different languages. English worked for me. I now have it setup in the carrier, but still have to install it and back up the stuff on my computer.

Safeway had ground beef on sale, large package only. John made meatloaf for supper, served with mashed potatoes and the hardest canned pears we have ever tried to ingest. Maybe we will use them to cook in a pear cobbler dessert. Eating as a fruit on the side was somewhat like an unripe pear from a tree. We both had to cut the pear halves with a steak knife!

I watched tonight’s livestreaming of the Ancient Rivers lecture.

Sunday, Mar 22

Here are some follow-up videos to the Geology Story.

Nick & Tom Foster 2015 Glacial Lake Missoula Video

Ice Age Floods, Lake Missoula, Bonneville Flood and the Columbia River Basalts

You want to watch this before the Livestream lecture next week by Nick on Liberty Gold.

Liberty Gold and the Yellowstone Hotspot

I’m going to stop this now because you can reach ALL of Nick Zentner’s presentations at his personal website:

All Nick Zentner’s Materials at Your Fingertips

You learned above about the Gothard Sisters gift to their fans; a free concert on the web. I decided to donate ticket fares for two people to them in thanks for providing entertainment safe in our homes for a week after St. Patrick’s Day. The link to their concert is in this blog, and if you missed it, go up to Tuesday, 3/17. You can watch it free for a week, until Tuesday, 3/24, but I think I would be sure to do it by Monday (tomorrow). I have had several notes from people all over the U.S. that they enjoyed it. They heard about it from an email notice I sent.

Crazy afternoon. We had lunch and then called our cousin in PA who will be 102 tomorrow. Think of that. Born at the time of the 1918/19 “Spanish Flu.” Nice conversation. We called her after her afternoon nap, about 4:30 her time. She’d also had a call from Kit Hultquist who is looking forward to being released from the quarantine at the AFB on Tuesday. Ethel had a couple of new-to-us family stories, and we talked for ~27 minutes.

A new (new) story came from Kit, quarantined, and with food delivery. The delivery was supposed to be 2 bags. One was to be hot, burger and fries. One had the tomato and lettuce. The cold stuff was delivered, and the person left. She thought it strange, but ate the lettuce and tomato. Then, the person came back with the other bag. John thinks this is a good metaphor for the whole coronavirus mess.

A heavy load of clothes is washing. It is still running; took over an hour. New washers are strange things. They are slow and make funny noises. Now some of it is drying.

I figured out how to fix my Landline to unblock a previously wrongly blocked phone number I thought was a SCAMMER.. but was a friend.

I have been doing other chores trying to get ready to sit from 5:50 for over an hour watching Nick Zentner’s livestream lecture tonight. I missed the start and need to reload to be able to see that. I watched tonight’s livestreaming of the Ellensburg Blue Agates lecture.

Ending with a night shot by Evie Schuetz:The Milky Way taken over the Badger Pocket School of yester-year, by Evie. This old building was for sale when we came to the Valley. Someone has turned it into a house and home. We passed.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

pandemonium & pandemic

The latest: Washington State has gone completely nuts
OLYMPIA, Wash. — All bars, entertainment and recreational facilities have been ordered by the state to close across Washington and restaurants will be limited to take-out or delivery orders only, . . . Retail outlets will have reduced occupancy. Retail outlets include gas stations, banks, hardware, stores and shopping centers.

Our weekend started with the COVID-19 issues and many announcements of closures locally and State-wide. For the sorts of places where I go, these seem sensible. Generally, though, we’re not sure massive multiple closures are good decisions. An emphasis on the elderly in senior living homes and those with compromised immune systems from medical reasons are the largest “at risk” group. Yet Washington (the State) has closed schools for 6 weeks and universities are going virtual (distance learning). Nevertheless, Central Washington University is having students stay here in the dorms and apartments.

The following link will take you to a week old story about how the Seattle area got to this mess:

Life Care Center of Kirkland, WA –hot bed of COVID-19 cases

Two-thirds of the deaths in the USA are from this part of Washington State.

Monday, Feb 9

I’m starting with two special moon photos, one from today (Monday) with comparison to one from Tuesday by the same photographer, Lise McGowan. I think the juxtaposition and closeness of the moon within a 24-hour period is amazing.Top: Mt. Rainier with Super Moon by Lise McGowan, from our valley. Lower: Same with changed proximity and sun on the mountain.

I stayed home today to deal with a multitude of issues.
I finished my letter about our donation of bikes we discussed and showed photographs of in last Saturday’s blog.

Back to virus issues. Sister-in-Law, Kit, was on the cruise ship Grand Princess, which was infected. We talked to her for 6 minutes until son David called. We got a little visiting in. She had a cloth napkin, but they used cardboard containers to deliver a nice chicken dinner, with mashed potatoes and good oriental salad. They are feeding them well in their rooms on the cruise ship quarantined at sea off the west coast. They have also forgiven their charges at the gift shop, and brought more things in to give to the passengers. She received a $10 necklace tonight. They are all eligible for a free cruise ship trip in the future, but Kit nor any of her family members want any part of that offer. We think a return of their fare in cash would be more appropriate.

I’m ending today, with a striking sunset this evening, taken by my friend, Sharon, from her home in Seattle, looking west at the Olympic Mountains, with the sun setting behind the “Brothers” – the two peaks.

Background from the web (Wikipedia): The Brothers are a pair of prominent peaks in the Olympic Mountains, located in the Pacific Northwest in Washington State on the boundary between the Olympic National Park and The Brothers Wilderness.
The south peak, rising to 6,842 feet, is 192 feet higher than the north peak, and are visible from west Seattle. In 1856, surveyor George Davidson named these mountains in honor of two brothers of Eillinor Fauntleroy, his future wife. He called the southern peak Mount Edward and the northern peak Mount Arthur.
Sharon Jenson took this from her house at just the right moment.

Sharon is the bass guitar player in our Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends group playing in assisted living facilities. She drives all the way over to be with us. This is quite a trek and often a white one in the winter, coming across Snoqualmie Pass through the Cascades. She occasionally takes a snow day off, but her dedication is amazing to us, and we love her presence in our group to keep us on the beat. However, all our admissions to the places are prohibited because of the COVID-19 issues. That may last through April.

Tuesday, Mar 10

More full moon shots early this morning by a different photographer.Worm Moon views from Ryegrass Hill east of Ellensburg, by Cindi Crawford Ackerlund

First thing today was my taking our voting ballots by the courthouse drop box. Washington State is almost a 100% mail or drop-box voting area.

From that stop, I went to a Senior Nutrition lunch for chicken & dumplings with carrots, fruit, and blueberry cheesecake pie, while concentrating on drinking lots of water for my blood draw.
I continued drinking my water through the Senior Advisory Commission meeting at the AAC (our City Senior Center) that began at 1:00 p.m. That meeting had a lot of discussion about precautions throughout the city and county for the COVID-19 issue. They have already started wiping with sanitizers all surfaces in the bathrooms, chairs, counters, etc., after every event (cards, exercise, coffee, computer room, & restrooms).

After that meeting, I went by the new Jackson St. KVH Medical Arts Center, named Kittitas Valley Healthcare after the original Valley Clinic adjacent to the hospital. It’s the one people recommended when I arrived in town in 1988. I called, then, about an appointment, and they wanted me to come in and pay $25 to have my medical records folder started there. I thought that was ridiculous, so I searched and found the Cle Elum Family Clinic (also part of the KVC Hospital) and started with Dr. Paul Schmitt. I remained with him until he retired a couple of years ago. He’d also accepted John as his patient.

My favorite phlebotomist, Kim, from the hospital lab has been transferred to the new KVC Medical Arts Center Lab. She was at lunch from noon to 1:00, so I waited until after my AAC meeting.

Cancellation of activities are increasing in our city and county. Our music group is cancelled from two assisted-living homes this and next week on Thursdays. More community events include: A field trip by the CWU Retirement Association members for a Brewery Tour of the CWU Craft Brewing Research Lab cancelled. The downtown St. Patrick’s Day celebration and a fundraiser for the FISH Food Bank.

I wrote Gloria Baldi asking about how we would be notified if they decided against having the Kittitas Audubon monthly meeting next Thursday night. She got back to me that today they cancelled it. Guess I was experiencing mental telepathy. Later tonight, the email came out to all the members.

Wednesday, Mar 11

Dropped off a winter hat we found in my mom’s stuff in the garage, to Carol for her grandson, as I drove by her house on Wilson Creek Road. I was on my way to play music at the FISH Food Bank Open Table lunch feed, Mon-Fri, at the Liberty Theater Annex. Six people came to entertain the folks today at the lunch, but it is now canceled for the immediate future. I carried along one of my protein drinks, but ended up having spaghetti sauce on noodles, some fruit, and a good dessert of cherry/pear cobbler. It was really quite tasty.

Today, however, we found out, beginning Monday, they will no longer have these lunches for the community, for Senior Nutrition or other community members. That means no music from us either. It’s likely to go to two months, although they will reevaluate in 2 weeks. However, by the end of this week, things have been canceled (all schools) until April 24.

While in town, I picked up 2 medication refills for John at Fred Meyer Pharmacy.
I went to the Pilot Dolorway station to fill up, paying the lowest price in town again (using a credit card, not cash), because we get 4% rebate on gasoline purchased anywhere on that Costco VISA card. Paid $2.659/gal.

It was a sunny day, but extremely cold and very windy (during the 3 hours I was out and about, the average wind speed was 30 mph and the gusts were 44 mph); hard to open doors, not be blown off course walking, and/or buffeted while driving north, with the winds blowing from the west. Our temperatures are going quite low this weekend, into the teens at night.

John’s been after me to show more of my own photos, so I shall add some today. On my way home, I took a few photos of interesting subjects.

This below is the closest to my home on Naneum Road, and this was the first time I have ever seen Bald Eagles sitting on the ground and not in a tree, maybe to get out of the wind. This was the second instance of seeing grounded eagles, driving north today. I stopped to take this photo (from my car). See below.On the left is a Bald Eagle being buffeted by the wind. My title is a Bad Hair Day. The right shows two eagles on the ground with cows and calves in the background. I thought the calving was over, but perhaps, they are still anticipating and looking for food. Views are toward the west.

Earlier, I was on several roads (Bender, Sanders, & Brickmill) getting home and will post some of those photos below.The Old Brick Mill (1879) for which the road is named, where it is.

Continuing with my photographs of barns:Top: Barn on Sanders Rd; Lower: Barn on Brickmill Rd

I left a message about the missing INR data on my records at KVC (taken Tuesday mid-day). No one knows why, but it won’t be posted on the data portal until Thursday morning at 4:57 a.m. (It made it there, finally). Lacey called me about my INR from yesterday. My INR was great (2.9)! I don’t have to go back for a month.

We no longer have to go play music on Thursdays at assisted-living homes. All are canceled (because of COVID-19) for the month of March and that probably will extend through April.

Thursday, Mar 12

About 3:30, we found some “throw-up” with a worm in it, probably a roundworm (because I assumed parasites and that was the closest to the images displayed online)–turns out it was an Earthworm! I had taken a photo, called the vet for an email to attach the photo to them, and we’re waiting for an appointment for Annie, after they showed the photo to the doctor. Dr. Dan called to say what it was. Annie digs for voles and probably that’s how she ingested the earthworm.

She also needs her nails trimmed, so it could have been a multi-purpose trip for John to deliver her. We found out about 4:30, it was not a parasite, so we’ll wait for a nail trimming appointment. (We didn’t, because we awoke to 5” of snow). Her nails have needed to be done for some time, and John has loaded a crate in his car to transport her in. Maybe Monday.

Friday, Mar 13

Five inches of snow meant a lot of time for John brushing paths around the house, to the hay barn, and to the corral to feed the animals.

I’m sending the following via email out to folks I know but posting it here in our blog for further reach to others who read the blog and may know of people’s emails I do not have in my reach.

Mis-information about coronavirus on web exists; be careful when browsing.
ALERT to those with Smart phones allowing download Aps. If you are following the web about information mapped by country of the COVID-19 details of the spread, via confirmed cases, or deaths, do NOT download & install any software to view it (via aps or anything needed to allow your computer to view). No software needs to be down-loaded to see the data!!

The best safe website is John Hopkins University & Medicine–CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH CENTER. Below is a map 3/13/20 that I captured to show the information presented, and you can find this by following the link:

John Hopkins Univ. & Medicine–Coronavirus Research Center

I retrieved this map Friday 13, 2020 but now it’s been changed on the next image by adding a link at the top for FAQ information. That decreases the amount of room to display more countries for comparison. John doesn’t care for this site, but he is a curmudgeon.Above is the newest map (retrieved 3-15-20) no longer shows data across the Atlantic Ocean with the increase in size of circles. You need to zoom in (with the + sign lower right of the map to get details and you’ll see from looking at the Pacific NW, that the data are no longer very readable. For this map above, I zoomed into the United States and part of southern Canada.
I’m sorry I sent out the link on Friday, because it’s now difficult to interpret 2 days later, except to see the confirmed cases are rapidly increasing, which everyone already knows.
The other problem is that the continent outlines don’t show up well on the initial map (until you zoom in to see the Conterminous United States). Note also, these data are changing rapidly, and the accuracy from countries around the world is questionable.

I’m going to leave this map discussion now, by showing one other map published 3-13-20 by the New York Times for the U.S. It is probably closer in accuracy (at least on Friday), to what was known, than the world map.
We’re not leaving our house today.
I managed to renew magazine subscriptions to Smithsonian until 2022, Natural History until 2021, and Discover until 2022 (check on this in a couple weeks), and put all into my magazines records folders. We have cut back on several subscriptions this year.

Regarding “Time Shares” that we once enjoyed: Today, I made contact with Stoneridge Resort in Blanchard, ID and Pend Oreille Shores Resort in Hope, ID, about signing our Deeds of property back to the resort. We no longer use these, and haven’t been able to for many years. We have also been storing unused weeks in a “space-bank” to allow trades and usage by friends. We had been sharing with many folks, but now they have slowed their travels as well. John adds that we will no longer own out-of-state property. Such things complicate estate issues. The financial burden was not overly burdensome, still it will be nice to not have to deal with these. The current ones we have spaced banked have had their maintenance agreements paid, so we will still have access to give some away. If you are reading this and can travel before May 31, 2020 and have a place to go for a week (costs to make the transfer of ownership for the week to you are ~$400 for a condo anyplace in the world!

I’m going to take a break, soak some dishes and eat a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Messages keep coming in. Today all our city activities have been suspended: includes the senior center (Adult Activity Center) and the City of Ellensburg Library. Now all the places I regularly attend are no longer in operation. With my age and health – that’s good. Also sad.

John worked a lot in the living room sorting and cleaning boxes of stuff. I need to go sort through a couple plastic bins of clothes, to separate all my seasonal stuff such as Christmas and Irish for March; none now needed – At least the St. Patrick Day green things. There’s also plenty of stuff in the washroom to clean up and sort out. More boxes to go through throughout the house and then the outbuildings. Receipts to file. The list goes on. I’m slowly getting all the upcoming bills paid, and thankfully most are already on automatic payments each month (medical/dental insurance), or some yearly, such as property taxes, car insurance, and long-term care insurance.

Saturday, Mar 14

No new snow this morning. Sun is shining.

I just started a folder in my Documents, named COVID-19 Keepers, and added a good perspective from an American in Milan, Italy received this morning from a high school friend I’m still in touch with. I spent time on Facebook this morning reading about local reactions, closures of the university, economic impacts on the community, plus mental anguish by lack of social contact, and decided I would not spend time there, and only respond to emails directly to me. I need to spend my time at home more fruitfully and organize, clean, and toss.

I called COSTCO in Union Gap to see if John could cash my rewards coupon in the Wenatchee, WA. YES! But, it is 60 miles out of his way, and there is nothing there we absolutely need, so he will not go. The idea was to go for a day of pruning at Mariposa Vineyard, and to deliver boxes of books, magazines, and other found items regarding wine to Cameron.

Amazon wanted a password – surprise! First guess wrong. Second guess was correct. John bought some collection bags for our Kenmore Vacuum canister, plus replaced a missing nozzle brush. Now the problem is the size & shape of the fine-particle filter. Seems not to be available.

Now we have snow again, big flakes, and John is napping, but we don’t have as much as yesterday when we got 5”.

I managed to wash a load of dishes, and we each had different kinds of soup for lunch, with added chicken breast meat. Mine was Chicken Noodle soup and Johns was a Progresso Lasagna soup.

John awoke from his nap, and put up the leftover soups. Now he’s fixing a piece of pecan pie (in honor of Pi day). I managed to find a special pretty large birthday card to fill out and send in plenty of time to reach our cousin, Ethel, by March 23, in Pennsylvania for her 102nd birthday celebration! It’s a big card with a cute kitten on the front, and plenty of room to write a large 102 on the inside of the card. She has macular degeneration and difficulty seeing well. But, her mind is sharp as a tack! And her health is good. We’d say she has good genes, and daughter and son-in-law to visit her.

This announcement came via email today. I am sharing with you to enjoy, especially because our own Community St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Ellensburg, WA was canceled. Many of us have attended, and several musicians I play with were to be involved this year. Gothard Sisters St. Patrick’s Day Video–FREE on their website

We had a good 12-minute conversation with Kit at Travis AFB. She has 10 more days there. She has a large room like a motel room with TV, microwave, and kitchen, and food is delivered to the door by people in hazmat suits, masks, and gloves. When the “passengers” go out for fresh air (and she can visit friends), they have to wear masks. I did ask if it was a special mask, known as an N95 respirator, and I think she said no, it was just a plain mask. The respirator is thicker than a surgical mask. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) does not recommend the N95 respirator masks for public use, at least not at this point. They need to be reserved for medical workers with COVID-19 patients, as those masks can protect against the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Those were distributed freely in Ellensburg during our wildfires that got so close twice a few years ago.

Sunday, Mar 15

This morning I asked someone in the know if the CWU dorms were being closed, as I hear they are in universities in California. The answer for us here is: “They are keeping the dorms open. I’m guessing they will have protocols for students in the dorms, but we know nothing yet.” I’m happy to hear that, because there are many international students as well as those away from home by a significant distance. Where would they go?

Here is another related story from a person in Oxford, OH at Miami University. I had connections there in the 1960s with my computer mapping projects, via a new professor at Georgia State University who came from there to Atlanta, GA, where I was teaching, 1967-69. Here is the comment regarding COVID-19 closures: “All restaurants and pubs in Oxford and in the State of Ohio ordered by governor to close at 9 tonight. Carry out or delivery only!”

I learned of a new HOAX and Fake news report yesterday, which became rampant 3 days ago, mostly on social media. Saturday, 3/14/20 at 3:00 p.m. we received our first message, with exactly the same wording from a person we’ve known since the 1970s. I searched the web on the first sentence: (“This info is from my friend that works for CDC that passed this along to his family and friends.”)

The following link came up at the top of the list:

Hoax & Fake News: Self-Check for Coronavirus (my words)

We have done our morning chores; the sun is shining, and we have been concentrating on a letter to send to our Professor friend from our days in the 60s at the University of Cincinnati graduate program in Geography, Bruce Ryan. He lives in Australia, and was planning a trip to the United States to attend the college graduation ceremony of his grandson, in early May, and to coordinate visits with other friends and relatives across North America. We are on his list to meet him in Seattle during the time he is there May 21, 22, and 23 to have lunch and a visit with his granddaughter, a student at the University of Washington. With all the COVID-19 restrictions on travel worldwide, it sounds unlikely he will even be allowed to leave Australia. They have just announced a 2-week quarantine for getting back in, so that’s not going to help.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Marching into March

Monday, Mar 2

Let’s start this week by meeting Lawrence through the new lens of Evie Schuetz.Lawrence, the llama, from Fairview Rd in our Kittitas Valley, a close-up by Evie Scheutz through her new lens allowing intimate encounters with animals.

I had to do lots of things around town today. Started at the FISH Food Bank lunch, visiting with folks and enjoying an interesting lunch: Chicken/cheese/carrot/spaghetti casserole (very good), peaches, slaw, juice, and chocolate fudge cookie. From there I went to Safeway for one of my medications, and while there bought us some ground beef on sale for our supper. On down the street to the Ellensburg Library, where I donated a book, Birding in Washington. They gratefully accepted it to add it to their collection. That is the building our Kittitas Audubon Society meetings are held each month, supported by the library. On to the AAC (Senior Center), with more rice (5#) to be used in making Easter bunnies as you saw in last week’s blog. Also, I donated a magazine with a lead story about the Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon, WA, to which the center is taking a busload of members. On the road over (~160 miles) this can be passed around to help pass the time.

I went by the lab at KVH (hospital) for an INR blood draw. It was high 3.2, so I did not take Coumadin tonight nor will I tomorrow, because of Amoxicillin I’m taking tomorrow at 12:30, before my 1:30 p.m. dentist appointment. Antibiotics raise it. I should have eaten more slaw today, which might have lowered it! After the lab work (and picking up a nice small spray bottle the size of a very large pen, to sanitize my hands and door knobs), I went a block down to Briarwood to deliver NIKE padded flip flops to Kris in Bldg 10 (next door to my friend, Pennie). Checked on Pennie’s health while there. We had a nice visit.

Called Deborah tonight about the Harley Davidson boots and will drop them off tomorrow on my way to the dentist for her to try. They worked for her, so that is good.

Tuesday, Mar 3

I have to remember Amoxicillin at 12:30 for dental appointment and also pain pills. They get me into a position that works for them but my neck, back, and left shoulder don’t find it so. Took my shower.

I took a coffee table book about Mexican Gardens, Landscapes & Mexican Soul to donate to our dentist’s office’s waiting room. Here’s an image, prettier than the one below of my two front teeth crown replacements:Front and back covers of the rather large book.

John found we had 3 books from this publisher – artistic photography – and we have no recollection of whence or from where they came.

Now my reason for being there was to prep the crowns on my front two teeth (whiter than the rest) with a chip out of one. These were the teeth injured in a rafting accident when I went through rapids and the head of the raft and the front end reached up and hit me with a metal bar, breaking my teeth. Back then in 1978, I was fitted with two porcelain crowns. It’s quite amazing they lasted so many years.Top with the chip is now replaced with a temporary taken from the way it was before the chip came out. Bottom two are choosing the shade of the replacement on the new crowns to be seated on March 18.

Dental insurance will cover part of the cost of both, but I have paid via credit card, $875, for my new front teeth. And its not even Christmas.

from Wikipedia about the song

Wednesday, Mar 4

Asked for different top on my meds at Super 1. Do not want push down and turn. I want the flip up top or unscrew. (NON CHILD PROOF) form will be in my records next refill to sign. Dawn’s checking on John’s as well.

Went to FISH Food Bank, and we had 7 people there to entertain the lunch crowd with music from 11:30 till 12:10 p.m.

Took some photos on the trip home, and ran into County Property assessor (comes every 6 years) talking with John when I arrived. John was able to ask about building permits on the upcoming planned reconstruction. (I think the fact that we are remodeling an existing structure should not be considered a new “building”, yet we realize a building permit must be secured.) John went in later this week, and it is sadly more involved than that. I cannot begin to explain the stipulations and requirements we are going to have to go through.

I need to get ready for Thursday music at the Rehab tomorrow, where we’ll be starting our first playing of March/April music. Don’t need to charge the battery in the mic for Rita to sing because she cannot come tomorrow.

Look what I found by accident today from a post last year about The Ellensburg Song (2-25-19), a song for our local community:

The Ellensburg Song

Some history on the song, taken from comment on the YouTube published version.

The Ellensburg Song. Written by Rod Goosman, arranged by Don Clausen, Performed by the Fourth Grade All-Stars with soloist Jenise Clausen. Originally recorded in 1987. This illustrated version of the song was created and produced by Home Video Studio-Ellensburg at the request of Mr. Goosman.

Twelve 4th grade students (1987) were the voices in the choir singing The Ellensburg Song — the twelve selected were from the three elementary schools.

Don Clausen says: This was a fun project, funded through a grant. Being a music teacher in the city, I used this as a “teaching moment” at Washington Elementary as an example of “home grown, home written” music, which we’re ALL capable of doing. As this emerged via the grant monies, I used my “tech gear” to sequence the tracks and hired local sensation Garey Williams to lay down the drum. We then rented the hall at Hertz and bussed in all 4th graders to sing the song while Sam Albright from Creative Fire Recording came in and taped it. Finally, through an audition process each music teacher selected 4 “all stars” to meet, rehearse and record the final with Jenise Clausen on lead vocal in the studio. As a reward to all 4th graders, they received a copy of the massed choir version and the final “all star” copy on the reverse. We all were pretty proud, especially Rod Goosman!

Thursday, Mar 5

We played music today at Rehab facility – 10 came: Gerald, Charlie, Evie, Nancy, Sharon, Charlotte, Dean, Marilyn & Maury, Amy.

Afterwards, I drove down to the DOL office and picked up the new auto tab for the Crosstrek. A site that used to be a Drive-in Theater now has a real movie place, and a south side annex for State license things. Easy parking and nice folks inside, plus the money spent there and not at the office at the Courthouse, stays in the county and does not go toward Ferries on the west side.

Friday, Mar 6

This came out today on the Cliff Mass Weather blog about bird migrations and is worth following. Cliff is a University of Washington professor (meteorology) in the Atmospheric Science division.

Weather Radar Shows Spring Bird Migration

Here’s another great shot taken in the Amazon Forest (someone passed to me on Facebook). This is from Our Earth. The Menelaus blue morpho is one of thirty species of butterfly in the subfamily Morphinae. Its wingspan is approximately 12 cm (4.5 inches), and its dorsal forewings and hindwings are a bright, iridescent blue edged with black, while the ventral surfaces are brown.

Not so good news about a member of our family (John’s brother’s wife), who is on The Grand Princess {2,422 guests and 1,111 crew members, with 54 nationalities} quarantined off San Francisco. Here is an early link (much has changed in a few days); now they are planning to relocate the passengers in the U.S. and Canada at Air Force Bases:

Cruise Ship Off Calif. Tested positive for Covid-19

She is fine, but this is not going to be a fun 2 weeks.

I left home for the AAC (our Senior Center) for a lunch event and with it to play a game of Wheel of Fortune. We had a great time.

You’ll have some photos of our “party” in a Google Photos link below, along with another story I put in below here, about a photo I took on my way home.

Lunch and then a game of Wheel of Fortune & pix of Irish Things

AAC Wheel of Fortune Event, 3-6-20

On my way home, I stopped and took a photo I have been meaning to take for a long time:This is an old loose hay stacker from long ago in our Kittitas Valley – Found on the Kittitas Hwy, just up from Bull Road, and on the Bull Family farm.

The first is not a video but a story. I hope you can read it.

Antique Hay Stacker in Iowa story (with Tractor)

Here is a video and there are more on line, if you search.

Video with a newer version stacker & Clydesdale horses

Saturday, Mar 7

This is the first Saturday of the month, and we planned to go by the IOOF cemetery to deliver and talk to them about bicycles (open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). John loaded up our three very old bicycles, but still in good condition, to deliver to the Repair Café at the IOOF cemetery work building.

However, we were wrong – no one was there. I have now checked and it is the second Saturday of the month. Oh, well, we found a maintenance man on the premises, and he had keys to the building and helped us move the bicycles from our truck inside. I will see about notifying the people that are in charge.

Tires are flat and at least 30 years old. Otherwise they are in good shape, never having been left out.

These were taken inside the Repair shop building

While in town we went for gasoline for the lawn implements and chainsaw (non-Ethanol gasoline) available at Midstate Coop. Then we took the truck out to the new Pilot station on Dolorway with another tank for regular unleaded gasoline for the old 1980 Chevy pickup truck that is no longer invited into to town. Filled the Ford pickup while there, for $2.659/gal, significantly less than the price/gal in the city. This place is on the west edge of town at the west interchange of I-90. While there, I carried a pair of flip flops inside to donate to the place. I believe I mentioned last week they provide shower facilities for travelers, and provide soap, shampoo, and towels. I talked to the manager about bringing them by and donating. They were happy to get them. I came home to clean more in our back bedroom, and found another pair, so the next time out for gasoline there, I’ll take them.

After the Pilot station it was almost noon, and I had had no breakfast, so we decided to go by Burger King for our lunch, and call from there. When we tried, we could not reach her. We await a call in the morning by relatives in PA. They might have luck. Not much to do on a quarantined ship except eat, sleep, and use the phone. We left a message and gave her our landline number. I should have just called her when I got home, so she had the number in her phone and could reply.

Today was an all types of weather day with sunshine, snow, rain, and clouds, but not much wind, for a change.
The sun came out again, but John decided to stay in the house sorting and cleaning in the garage and living room (while the light is coming in the west side windows). The garage is chilly.

Sunday, Mar 8

Lise McGowan’s photo with her explanation below:

Super Worm Moon over Kittitas Valley is actually at its fullest mid-day March 9th. Farmer’s Almanac: The most common name for March’s full Moon is the Full Worm Moon. At this time of the year, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting robins and other birds to feed—a true sign of spring. Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber.

There are many alternative names for the March Moon. One such name was the Full Sap Moon, as this is the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow. Other names included the Crow Moon and the Lenten Moon.

When one of our animals wanted out last night, I noted the bright moonlit night, because we had no outside lights.

The last comment above regarding the moon’s relationship to the sap of Sugar Maple trees got my attention from a comment this morning from our sister Peggy back in Ohio who drove from Parma, about 40 miles, to visit a festival in Burton, OH today for maple syrup time. Pancake and sausage breakfasts with pure Ohio maple syrup. They were charging $9.00 a pint for syrup. Trees are tapped with buckets but some had plastic bags. I had not seen that before. Peggy’s comment had me searching for more content about the plastic, and here’s what I found. The first below is only an intro to the places to visit.

Northeast Ohio Tourism with Maple Syrup Industry

Some interesting videos: (again, more on line if you search)

Plastic tubing video 2015 – closer view of tube tapping

5 Tap Beginners Tubing Kit Installation – Roth Sugar Bush – Maple Equipment – Maple Syrup 2016

We had a call from Kit Hultquist from the quarantined cruise ship. I talked for only a minute because I wanted to have John in the house so we could have a 3-way conversation. When he comes in, I’ll call her back and she can reconnect with us. We never got reconnected tonight, sadly.

I just walked to the front of the house because I heard noises I couldn’t explain. It was John loading rocks into the back of the old Chevy truck. A few are specimens from far flung places. Most are rounded basalt, some with significant Lichen growth. He expects to use some of these in the new front landscape.
The sun is shining and the temperature is 50°.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News March 6th


Never heard of Scappose, Oregon? Me neither.
The name “Scappoose” is of Native American origin, and is said to mean “gravelly plain.” This apparently refers to sediments along the edge of the Columbia River about 20 miles north of Portland.
So Scappose made the news because of a traffic accident that was filmed by a “dash-cam” pointing out the back of a pickup truck.
Is this a “dash” camera?
It is safe for viewing, although folks get injured, you won’t see that.

The driver of the pickup saw the errant auto approaching and moved to the side of the road. The head-on crash happens behind him.
The other interesting thing is that if the following auto – the one hit, not the hitee – had stayed in the lane or moved left into the passing lane the impact would have been avoided.

Next, I found the photo above on the Wikipedia site.
The picture has 2 cameras pointing forward with different zoom of the scene. But what is the 3rd thing on the lower left?

Item #2: from Tacoma

An unoccupied storage building and a pickup truck collide. There was no information on the driver or the reason. The truck needed assistance getting out while others were determining how to save the damaged building.

Item #3: Flu mask fashion

Or just stay home. Photo is from 1919 in New South Wales at the time of the “Spanish flu” – although Spain was not the source, many there called it the French Flu. Others say it started in Kansas. The major troop staging and hospital camp in Étaples in France was identified (1999) by British researchers as being at the center of the Spanish flu.

Item #4: Be my guest

A lot of strange things are done in Ohio.

Bride, brother, and brother’s guest. The llama, Shocky, was not allowed inside the venue.

Item #5: Also about guests

Officials are working to bring the guests and crew of the 951-foot Grand Princess to a non-commercial port. Sister-in-law Kit is on that ship and has made contact with sister Peggy in Ohio. We’ll call from the car while in town on Saturday.
Perhaps when Nancy is ready with her weekly summary on Sunday evening we will know a lot more.

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