The bridge project at Liberty Lake Park – Cedar Grove
To view the first installment, click here: Part One

Photo #13: The Mechanical AdvantageInfo about grip hoists, Link

The creek runs from the top to the lower left in the above photo. The red arrow points to the Gabion on the side identified as “near-side” in previous photos. The handle for the grip hoist is extending from the unit down and off the lower edge of the photo.
A thin green line parallels the wire rope running back across the creek to a log. On the right, the green line points to the wire out the back of the unit. Moving the handle causes internal griping of the wire, and it moves through the unit – towards the camera. Not shown is a strap holding the unit to a large tree.
With a movement of the handle end of about 44 inches (¼ circle) the cable is pulled just a couple of inches through the unit. In this case, a log is on the far end of the wire rope, and the log moves toward the unit. This is not a fast process.

Photo #14: The other end
A Logging Choker is wrapped around a log and under tension it tightens on the tree. The wire rope from the far side is attached to the choker. We are good to go. Start cranking.
Occasionally, the end points have to be relocated to achieve a desired direction.
To lift a log, placing rigging in the air is necessary. An extension ladder is used to place “tree huggers” – tough fabric bands.

Photo #15: Getting Airborne
To lift a log, placing rigging in the air is necessary. An extension ladder is used to place “tree huggers” – tough fabric bands.

Photo #16: Watching and calling
There are grip hoists this side and the other. Watchers are along the length of the intended path. They will call to the hoist operators whether to loosen or tighten the tension. On the far side the operator is up the hillside and cannot see what is happening. The message is passed up by a person on that side.

Photo #17: Moving Forward
On this end, the callers and the operator can see the movement of the tree. The idea here is to keep the log above the sill but giving slack so the operator on the far side can pull the log across the creek.
The site is a popular destination for hikers, being just over 2 miles from the trailhead. It gets sufficient use that vegetation is gone from the flat area.

Photo #18: View from the far side
There has been an operator change. This is a learning experience for about half the crew of volunteers. The experienced show the inexperienced, and then step aside.
Alan (closest ‘Orange Hat’) directs the entire operation.
Actually, there are another 7 or 8 folks doing other things, unrelated to the moving of the log.

Photo #19: Over & Down
Trees grow in the forest and on the hillside where they want, and not always in the location needed. The rigging doesn’t usually bring the log to exactly where it is wanted. Here, a volunteer watches the log come across, then steps into position to nudge it to the desired resting place on the sill.

Photo #20: What else is happening?
While the log moving and placing is underway, other things are happening.
Note the red dots. The existing trail is off the top of the photo, but the new one will have to come down, turn behind a tree, and end at the level of the top of the logs. Large rocks are hunted, collected off the hillside, and stockpiled over there. A retaining wall will be built. New trail will be created leading to the bridge.
On this side the trail has to be built up to meet the top of the logs. The red oval highlights rocks collected to build a retaining edge for the material of the trail-tread that will fill the large volume of empty space.
To protect the crossing from high water it is built about 6 feet above the stream bed. The old one is just 18 inches up. The consequence of this height is the need for strong rock walls and lots of fill.

Photo #21: Rocks and Logs
The rock wall is taking shape. Note the rock carrier (of heavy canvas straps) at the feet of the worker with suspenders. Several of the rocks required 6 folks to carry them as much as 100+ feet along the trail to this spot. A guess is the largest weighed over 300 pounds.
A chainsaw is used to trim on the inside of the logs. As material is removed, the logs can be nudged closer, and the space between gets smaller, and the walking surface safer.

Photo #22: Refueling
Lunch time. I captured most of them. I think 2 (+me) are missing.

Photo #23: Limbs, logs, brush
You will have to go back to the beginning to recognize that a lot of things have been removed. Lots of rocks have been added. The main structural parts of the 2-log bridge are in place. Many more hours will be spent putting up a railing and building approaches.
The volunteer on the right side is holding a Peavey; named after Joseph.
Cant Hook or Peavey?

Photo #24: Can the bridge carry a hiker or two?
Belinda (photographer) Cron took photos on about 6 cameras. The rest of us, all 2,500 pounds, show trust of our work.

Hope I got most of this right. There’s much missing, too.
Thanks all.

Cedar Grove — Part One

The bridge project at Liberty Lake Park – Cedar Grove [ Six days ]

Here is a photo-rich and text-deficient report of a project of Washington Trails Association (with Spokane County Parks support) in far eastern Washington. This site is about 1/3 of a mile from the WA/ID boundary line.
Many of the photos were taken by volunteer Belinda Cron, with some by John Hultquist. Sorry if I miss others, but thanks Belinda.
The project was directed by Alan Carter Mortimer, WTA Seattle. Spokane area crew leaders were Holly Weiler and Jane Baker.

Photo #1: Existing CrossingThe trail comes downhill on the far side – shown by orange dots – and crosses to the near side on a well aged bridge. The orange arrow points to a fallen tree, used as a support. Being late September, after a dry summer, the stream is low – just a few inches deep. Stream bed is just 18 inches below the log.

Photo #2: Concept sketch
The concept is to replace the old bridge (left) with a 2-log flat walking surface, with a handrail on the up-stream side. The new structure will be about 6 feet above the stream bed. The design will accommodate those riding bicycles.

Photo #3: Measure

The supports for the two ends are being located, then digging can begin. There are tree branches and downed material still in the work area.

Photo #4: Platform started, rocks gathered
Looks like lunch time. Note the pile of rocks. Gatherers are taking a break in the background. The four folks in the foreground are well on the way to having the near-side platform dug.

Photo #5: Gabion constructed
Orange dots show the location of the trail. Note the right-most dot is at the place where someone in a blue shirt is hiking.
The center of this image shows a wire basket-like structure filled with rocks. This is a Gabion; LINK.

Photo #6: Near side Gabion
On the near side, the Gabion is ready for filling. Rocks need to be larger than the holes. The edges are held together with a metal spiral, much like that used on some note books.

Photo #7: Sill placement
The gabion is a foundation but not the best thing to connect the logs to. Wood sills do this job. These could have been formed from trees. The County Parks folks chose cut-in-a-mill sills.
Under the rocks a metal bar/plate anchors 2 long steel rods. These are threaded on the top end. Note the orange oval on the right, and the second rod top just to the left of the yellow level.

Photo #8: The logs
Two trees were cut on the slope in the distance. They were brought off the hill and the bark removed. In spring, inner bark (phloem) is soft and wet. This can be peeled easily, but does vary. In fall, the bark holds more tightly and the thick outer material requires more work to get it off. Thick, old, bark from close to the ground is no fun at all.
Bark holds water and becomes a habitat for critters that damage wood. That’s why we take it off. I like to use a sharp axe on the tougher parts. “Draw knives” can be used, but are better on the thinner bark.

Photo #9: One log peeled, another to go.
Over several hours there were crew changes, as we went off to do some other things.

Photo #10: Topping the log
The three green lines indicate cuts across the top of the log. Deciding what the top is, and marking how deep the cuts will be, is time consuming, but not physically demanding.
The red oval shows chunks that have been knocked off the log. There is much of this material. It gets cleaned up and dispersed off in the forest.

Photo #11: After the saw makes parallel cuts
Getting the top off requires work. There are several techniques.
The young lady on top of the log is using an adze (adz) LINK to adze This very ancient tool is in the hands of a soon-to-be highly skilled medical doctor. How cool is that!
We showed her how and she got busy. I used an ax. Two others used 2″ wide chisels and hammers. After a time, it got crowded with safety becoming and issue. I left this task and worked elsewhere.

Photo #12: Laying out equipment
We have just retrieved tools from a cache up the slope. The folks lined up pass a tool down to the next, and the next; a human chain or brigade. Important equipment in the foreground are grip hoists and wire rope (cable).

That’s all for now. We’ve got 2 big logs to move. Later! John

Woods and Gardens

We will start this week, with a photo depicting the end of a week of work by WTA folks. This was a “build a bridge” project. The “Day 6 Crew” on the new, but not completed bridge.
John has agreed to flesh out the project and post on this coming Wednesday. John was there on 4 of the 6 days.

Monday, Oct 1

Crazy day today for 3 hours when we both when to town for supplies (and to put gasoline in his car). We made two stops before he let me off for my exercise class, where I managed to find the gal with the birthday, last Friday, and gave her the belated card and gift.

After class we went to a few other places, first a carport to look at a box of slacks (size 14) that a woman had offered me. I was reticent taking more than two pair to try on, because I don’t even remember being in a size 14. Once I got home and tried a pair on, I was elated. They fit! Both were still brand-new with price tags attached. One is “plum” color and made by Alfred Dunner and the other is a light green, called Sage Heather, by Donnkenny. Tomorrow I shall return and get more of what I left behind today. For the next stop, we had a tough time finding the bus barn at the high school, but finally found it and left an insulated bag to gift to a woman who drives school bus there. She received it later, and wrote me a thank you note that it would work just fine.

On from there to the vet to pick up Annie’s meds left the last trip there a month ago, (they are no longer needed) and to drive from there on the Reecer Creek connection several miles to get a couple of long-sleeved gifted T-shirts from a former Free Box site member who gave me in June 2017 a bunch of weight-loss materials and cook books. I was able to thank her again and tell her I had passed them along to a friend on loan, and I was down 31# since she gave them to me. I was expecting only two shirts, and she gave John 4 (her father had died and no one in their house could wear them).

Came home to a bunch of other demands on my time that I still have not fulfilled.

Tuesday, Oct 2

Made the mistake of getting up with John at 6:30 and not going back to bed. He was off to near Roslyn, WA (30 miles) in the Teanaway Forest, riding with Bill Weir, for a WTA event.
One of WTA’s main supporters is Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), headquartered in Seattle. ( REI on Wikipedia )
The company’s annual leadership meeting was in Suncadia, a nearby resort and housing development. About 50 WTA crew leaders directed the work of nearly 300 VIPs of REI. This was the largest group of “volunteers” ever for WTA (with help from others, though).[Oops! WTA crews are not supposed to do full over-the-head swings of tools such as this one, a Pulaski. However, with knees bent he is not likely to destroy his shin, just the tool. ]

Below are links to newspaper articles in the Yakima Herald and Ellensburg’s Daily Record. The neat thing about this is the mention (and pictured in the Record) of Darcy Batura, who was my student, back in the day, at CWU, in the Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Graduate Program. It was a Masters of Science degree program with professors teaching the classes and monitoring thesis research from several departments on campus, including Anthropology, Geography, Biology, Political Science, and Economics.

Yakima Herald: New Trail System Underway with Massive Volunteer Effort

Daily Record: Volunteers come together to build first trail in Towns to Teanaway project

Wednesday, Oct 3

John set his alarm for 5:30. WTA was starting work at a park SE of Seattle, on land once having underground coal mining. They worked on a trail that went by an air-vent shaft.Photo from the web.

I went to the Soup Kitchen, SAIL, home to print for the guys and me for our music books for Oct/Nov and our practice session tonight at Evie’s in Kittitas, WA (10 miles from my house). We worked on the new music intros, tempo, checks for chords, and other glitches.
I ate some bran flakes with my banana to tide me over until I can get home from the session after dark, for dinner fixed by John.

John harvested all the butternut squash, while I went to play.

Earlier in the day, I was in new clothes that are smaller than any I have been wearing. The two photos below are of me in size 14 slacks and size M blouse. These (and more) were given to me by a woman on one of the three free Facebook sites in our town. The giver was given two boxes of clothes from the estate of a woman who probably could best be described as a “clotheshorse.”

Almost all of the slacks still had the original price tag attached. Or, I guess one could say she was a kleptomaniac. I don’t think that was the case, because she had notes attached with a hat pin and straight pins, with notes such as “needs shortened.” The blouses were clean but did not have attached price tags. Nothing looks worn. Material ranges from rayon to polyester and other stretchy materials. I haven’t even tried all the 14s on yet. I think I have 4-5 more (different colors) to try on. In the box were a number of size 12s and a couple of size 10, and one size 8. I have thus far given the 8 and 10s away, but have to work on giving the 12s. Prices on the slacks run as high as $40.00.

Here are two photos of me in the first two outfits I wore this week. One today and another Friday, both at the Senior Center (AAC). The one on the right I’m not wearing my usual smile, as John was taking the picture with my old camera that he doesn’t like to use. I didn’t know he was taking the picture yet, and the good one was out of battery.Nancy at the AAC 10/3 and 10/5

Thursday, Oct 4

I spent the early morning worrying with last minute copying of music, still need to finish Laura’s, and marked the Intros in the books I control (for me and for Charlie & Gerald). I fixed my breakfast and took my huge dose of Amoxicillin an hour before my teeth cleaning. It is covered by my dental insurance, every 4 months, so that is nice. I got a fairly good report but need to concentrate more on my back upper teeth.

I called in 11 chairs for KV F&F today this week, for these folks who came to play: Laura, Minerva, Sharon, Nancy, Dean, Charlie, Gerald, Evie, Marilyn, Maury, and Manord. We had a good audience turnout with better than usual audience participation.

John drove me back to town to let me off to play music. Jessica’s tire pressure light was on, so he stopped at Les Schwab for free air. He got gasoline, bought 40 lbs. of sunflower seeds, and check out the beef sale at Super 1.

I need to take meds, fluoride my teeth and get to bed.

Friday, Oct 5

John and I took care of morning chores but I forgot one of mine that affected my ability to film and document the event at the AAC (our senior center). I left the charged battery at home.
They made bread sticks and had a special package of chips, called Nut-Thins, made with almonds & rice, mixed with cheddar cheese. These came with a mixed salad based on iceberg lettuce, which I can eat. Hot “homemade” vegetable soup was served last and was appreciated by all. Here is the package described above that everyone was given. The lunch and talk is free with a yearly membership.I took two cameras, to capture the crowd and to videotape the speaker, Brett Bleggi, on Winterizing your Gardens, but I failed in my intentions because I left my battery charging and it was not replaced in one camera, and I did not recharge my other camera enough to take a long video, so we had to just listen and enjoy the program without recording it, completely. I probably have 15 minutes of the presentation captured on video. I took some stills of the audience. I will send a report to members who have shared their email with me. The handouts discussed were from the Kittitas County Extension Office housed on 7th Ave in the old Armory building. Anyone can go by there and pick up helpful gardening literature. The ones he brought to our event included “8 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter” and “20 Things to Include in your Vegetable Garden Journal.”

Our new AmeriCorps staff at AAC for the next 10½ months:
Deborah (Deb) Boudreau
Roxanne Laush
were busy serving us.

John loaded several Butternut squash (~30 lbs.) to take to the Kittitas Food Pantry. We also donated bags of dry beans. And we visited the clothing bank to thank Davelynne for the jeans again (with John present in his WTA logo shirt, for the donation to trail workers who show up with short pants and are not allowed to work in pool-side gear).

From there, we stopped by our neighbors’ house, south of us about 6 miles on Naneum Rd, to drop off a large pot of Hen & Chicks.

I then went to Maury’s house (28 miles) where a bunch had a music Jam for a couple of hours. Maury plays a dobro in our group. Got home after dark. A long day for me.

Saturday, Oct 6

Chores for John were outside with yard projects such as moving squash from cart to covered pickup, gathering Carpathian walnuts (Black ones are mostly hanging in the trees), and other mundane tasks.

I mostly dealt with computer things and house cleaning and organization. Too much time spent fighting with the videos taken at the senior center getting them to You Tube. Also threw in follow-ups on music needs of the group who were at Maury’s Friday night.

Sunday, Oct 7

I checked my car for previously printed Practice copies for Sharon and Kevin. Just one copy of Chinese Breakdown and Dill Pickle Rag, and 2 of the first one with the piano.
I just spent 20 mins. entering all my meds for the week, (except for starting on Wednesday), after picking up the Allopurinal at Costco, this coming Tuesday. Also have to pick up John’s Tamsulosin. He’s on a lot fewer and (by far) less expensive meds. He only takes 4. I quit counting mine.

John is out for chores at 47°F, and at 11:00 a.m. it is up to 50°. Allen is scheduled to come for his Butternut squash when it “warms up”. He usually comes in an open 4-wheeler, and showed up before Noon. He took a big one for the fun of it, and some smaller ones to use for the two of them. John explained how he cuts, fixes, and freezes for later use. Only a turkey roaster would be large enough to cook a half of one of the 17 pound ones.The above photo was from yesterday when John was wiping off, drying and storing the squash in the covered pickup bed.Allen lives a mile north and closer to the hills.

John and Allen were talking about all the cougar activity up north of his place, where they feasted on a herd of 300 deer a few years ago. The one that has been there this year seems to have moved SE and the folks down there were/are not thrilled. Allen saw a 3 or 4 pt. buck on his way down to our place this morning. His cousin Nick (a just south of us neighbor) has seen about 50 turkeys at one time.

John continued working outside until dark. He moved some tree-poles from down past the pasture and found the remains of one of the Merriam Turkeys which a coyote might have killed and taken away. Hope it wasn’t a cougar.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news October 5th

Item #1: Full length run to the end zone

Coupeville is a small community, on an island in Puget Sound. In a straight line it is 40 miles north of Seattle, and 130 miles from us on the Naneum Fan. Of course we could not get there in a straight line. MapQuest suggest a ferry ride to shorten the distance to 157 miles and 3 ½ hours. Round trip fare for 2 and a car is $18.30. Alternatively, we could drive an extra 75 miles and go over Washington’s famous Deception Pass Bridge.
Link: two, two-lane bridges

But never mind all that, we’re not going.
The action in Coupeville is over for the year. The football game was between the local “Wolves” and the “Knights” of Kings High School from down near Seattle (actually, Shoreline). Despite the spectacular run of the Wolves’ Sean Toomey-Stout, shown in the link below, the Knights won 20 to 14.

Link to deer/football story
In case you missed it, it wasn’t Sean that made the full length of the field, and then some.

Item #2:Does your Lady have an M?

In summer of 1974 we moved to Idaho and soon learned of “The White Pine Drive”; now called the White Pine Scenic Loop. There is a slightly more northern section called White Pine Scenic Byway.
As the winter’s snow melted in spring of 1975 off we went.
We were headed to see a 600 year old White Pine [ It died in 1998 ]. See the last photo on that page.

Snow was still on the ground, but stumps of long dead trees were about and the sunlight warmed those and they and the ground nearby were snow free. Covering some of these were thousands of Ladybird Beetles. There are many such photos on the web.
So, this headline caught my attention:
Harlequin ladybirds swarm into homes after hot summer.
This story is from England and about the Asian type of beetle. I then learned that the first established population in the USA was observed in the wild near New Orleans, Louisiana, in about 1988. So not the ones we found in 1975.
The natives we observed are called Hippodamia convergens and Convergent Lady Beetles in local talk. See: Lady Beetle
Compare the drawing on the page to the one at the beginning of this section. The common native Lady Beetle does not have an ‘M’.
It is a good day when I learn something new!

Item #3: Pretty, noisy, & they kill snakes

We need to go aways for this story.
Uluru , a large red sandstone formation (also called Ayers Rock), is sacred to the aboriginal people of central Australia. Saying one came from Uluru sounds odd today. However, many years ago there was unstructured and unmonitored tourism, including motels. This was having detrimental effects on the environment. Non-native activities and folks were moved to a new place, Yulara, about 9 miles to the northwest.Regardless, Uluru is part of this story and it is almost 300 miles from the watering hole of Warburton.
Questions to ask: Where was the man before he was in Uluru?
Where did his passengers come from?
How did he travel (many years ago) across a desert with a pair of Pea Fowl in this vehicle? Not my idea of a good time.
Story here: Peacocks in AU desert

Item #4: end of garden

Local gardens experienced a frost this week that finished the season. We had Butternut squash that had a bit of cold 2 weeks ago but more than half of the leaves were still intact. Tuesday evening/Wed-morning the garden likely got down to 27°F. Our outside temperature reading is from under the front overhang. There it went to 30°F.
I was gone both Tues. & Wed. and only got to the garden late afternoon on Wednesday. Only a couple of the squash showed damage. I brought them all up to the house in a cart. The two largest weighed 17 pounds. Many were in the 5-8 pound range. Nancy’s report from last week had a photo.
My guesstimate is a total of about 200 pounds. We carried 5 (about 30 pounds) to the Kittitas Pantry and they urged us to take some things. Most we refused, but a few things we had not seen before went into a box. Macadamia nut-infused water, called “milkadamia” [say what?] was new, and then we saw (not new) a nice section of a multi-layered chocolate cake. They gave us that too. We had to wait our turn with the regular clients, so I helped carry boxes and bags to a few cars, and open the door for others. All in all, a very interesting experience. Recommended.
Back to the Butternuts – we still need to give away a hundred or so pounds. I baked a 5 pounder tonight – now need to bag and freeze what we did not eat.
I hope we don’t overdose on squash.

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

September, where did you go?

Monday, Sept 24

We did get the blog finished today at 12:40 p.m. and published it, before leaving for the day in Yakima. I drove both ways, returning late (after 5:00 p.m.) to bring John home, change hats – and went down the road again.

A review of my Yakima Heart Center visit: It started at 1:45 with a device check on my ICD, and the good news, everything was fine from 6 months ago, and the nicest news was that I have a battery life left of 12 years. My ICD has not had to use much power to adjust my pulse because it has been working fine on its own. My first one only lasted 5 years, but it was replaced with one of a higher technology.

Then we changed to the waiting room for the cardiologists, instead of imaging, and didn’t wait too much longer until we were called in. I weighed in at the lowest weight I have had there in quite awhile. I was 30 pounds down from my May visit of 2017 (and this was with my clothes on); I did remove my shoes. I was checked in by a technician, and we had to wait about 20 minutes for the doctor to appear. I did not have a preliminary ECG (which my former cardiologist always had done every visit). But he retired, and I guess that is not a priority of his replacement.

I didn’t have more than 20 minutes with my cardiologist.  He was pleased at my condition, and only ordered an echocardiogram (in the next few weeks) to see if my heart has improved (the ejection fraction).  He assumes by the sound of what he can hear that it has, but he also knows all the stuff I’ve been doing, and he acknowledged John’s comments that he sees no symptoms of my having any troubles.

He asked for a follow-up appointment in four months. I guess I would like to have it before the end of the year because my deductible has already been met. We’ll see if my request is approved. First things first. Get my echocardiogram.

I brought John home because he had many things to do, to set up for multiple trips this week (and he was gone Sunday). He is to go T/W/T and Saturday. He will leave at 4 AM, be just inside Idaho at 7 for gas, and to the trailhead by 7:25. Saturday will be closer and of a shorter duration.

So, I turned around and went back to town to dinner alone with two other couples, another fellow I know who is a musician (piano & keyboard), and a fellow who just lost his wife. I knew her better than I knew him, but he was the Director, Financial Services at CWU for many years. Cancer took her away, but they had a nice last 6 months traveling all over the world to places she wanted to visit.  They had even previously spent time in Antarctica and South Africa.  He was also a farmer in the valley in the 70s before going to work at CWU. Neat guy. He was at dinner because of being friends with our friends originally, I think, through Search and Rescue. 

I carried my violin and a bottle of wine. Three people had been playing (Piano, flute, violin) before I got there; I played two songs, and took my violin back to the car and picked up a bag of goodies for Haley and Amy. We had a sort of homemade Shepherd’s Pie (with pastry instead of mashed potatoes on top) for dinner, rhubarb cherry cake heated, ice cream, and wine (I took a bottle of Malbec, and that’s all I drank of the 3 different ones there (all reds).  I left about 7:30 and it’s now 8:25 and I’m going to bed soon.  I am tired.

Tuesday, Sept 25

Up early with John at 3:30 a.m., went back to bed after he left at 4:00 a.m. for another day at Liberty Lake. I slept in until 9:50, realizing I truly needed the rest, and after a few organizational chores, I finally got my first coffee at 10:50.

Jeez, 12:45 p.m. medical update for Tues, 9/25/18 this week. Regarding our history of shots for Prevnar 13 (PPSV-13) and Pneumovax 23 (PPV-23) from the day before, my PCP’s nurse checked and found I had the PPV-23 in 2010 and then in 2015, I had the PCV-13. John had the 23 in 2009 and the 13 in 2015. Current recommendations from my Primary Care Physician (PCP)’s research is for this year 2018, get the PPSV-23 again, but not follow up a year later with the 13 (Reason: we have both had both shots, but the original 23 was not given a year later). Today, I called, talked to our Pharmacist Leslie, who said last week she would order PPSV-13 for both of us, when she gave us our flu shots. I wanted to tell her my doctor’s decision, and request she order instead the PPSV-23 for both of us. She searched her cooler, not finding any, she tried to order the PPSV-23 for us. The system would not allow it. So, she is going to look into it further, and then I will report back to my PCP’s triage nurse, Lacey. As of the end of the week, she had not gotten back to me. She said she was really busy. But, I would like to get the protection ASAP, so I will call the pharmacy again Monday.

Another medical issue for me (right eye laser surgery for future):
This is information provided by my friend (a PA) who just had her surgery yesterday while I was going to my medical appointments. Her name is Roberta Buum, and she is my friend from the SAIL exercise class, the IAF Geology lectures & Field trips, plus a member of the Kittitas Audubon chapter. Here is her information for my future needs, when my right eye starts showing the symptoms of needing lasered to remove the film over my retina that appears after my having intraocular eye replacement surgery in 1997. My left eye was done last year, and the right one will need to be done when the symptoms appear. My last visit this year still did not show it in the Optimap yet, as being within my vision field. Roberta’s surgery was done at Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute in Yakima. I asked her for their complete information, because I wish to continue with my second eye at a different facility. My original surgery was done in 1997 in Yakima, but that doctor has retired. This group comes highly recommended by others. Here are her provided details. Their address is: 3900 Kern Road. It is right off 40th, just past North Star. Ph: 509-966-1356 or 800-888-9902. They basically repeated the exam done by Valley Vision a week before the surgery so you could probably bypass Valley Vision altogether. A Dr. Gibb did the pre-op exam and Dr. Ford did the procedure. (Her report to me this morning, made me request the details, because she had reported in the following statement (we had been discussing this surgery recently in our exercise class). She said, The surgery was a success! The world is a much brighter, clearer place this morning!

I added 5 people to the jobs list. That requires logging off all my Gmail accounts and initializing with the one used to manage my database on Google Groups: . Normally, our joint account has precedence for administrative duties.

Wednesday, Sept 26

I awakened at 3:20, to John’s alarm. I stayed up until he left at 4:00 a.m. and went back to bed, but could not sleep, so I got up for 1 hr+, took 2 Tylenol, and went back to bed until 9:10 !

Fixed my salad for today’s lunch at the Food Bank, and packed a birthday present (green water bottle) for Carolyn but she did not show up for SAIL exercise. So, I’ll take it next Monday.

Here is a blast from the past for a WTA trip to Talapus Lake John made. These are the finished photos (from crew leader, LeeAnne). John will describe them.These were taken on a wet day when I was not there. Note the umbrella over the backpack – upper left, right photo. The 2 pictures are from the same spot but in opposite directions. This is a new section of trail I and others carved out of the forest in a wet section. I helped clean out plants and rocks, leaving a sunken path. Others “rocked in” the sides and filled it. The top is gravel, brought up 1.8 miles in 50 pound sacks by pack animals.
Thursday, Sept 27

I called into Hearthstone for 9 chairs for our music group.
We had a good turnout, players and audience: Tim, Roberta, Amy, Sandy, Nancy, Dean, Gerald, Kevin, Sharon, but we had trouble with our hearing each other and our timing was messed up in a couple of cases. Most of the audience I’m sure didn’t realize it.

We stayed for cake for a celebration of life and had a fire drill rudely interrupt us, so I carried my cake home and shared with John. It was a strange day all around.

In order to cheer myself, I will share some great bird photos from my friend from 6th grade, Nancy Johnson (now Maude Buszek, in Michigan), where all these photos were taken.Great Egrets and adult Sandhill Crane with juvenile meets Egret

Wonderful reflections to soothe the soul:Roseate Spoonbill with Sandhill Crane poses In the middle photo, the bird dropped a leaf and scared himself; right image: preening.

Friday, Sept 28

I went to scholarship luncheon at 204 Bouillon with my $60 Ruth Harrington donation check to the CWU Foundation. We were served Lasagna Crockpot casserole, salad, and apple crisp w/ ice cream. Did not make it out of there in time to go by AAC for tail end of Friday activity event pictures, because a few of us had an interesting discussion in progress.

Went on to Kittitas to deliver clothes and yellow summer squash to the Neighborhood Food Pantry and Clothing bank. On back by an intersection about 3 miles from my home, to leave a box with packing plastics in it for a woman to use for shipping.

I came home to tackle more projects. John was home today and caught up on both in and out chores.

Saturday, Sept 29

John left about 5:15 a.m. for Fish Trap Lake Trail, 30 miles SW of Spokane. It was on a BLM site, for National Public Lands Day (NPLD). This WTA work day had an early start at 8:00 a.m. (usually 8:30), and they ended early because of celebrations with NPLD T-shirts from 2017 and 2018 given out, along with sandwiches, chips, various other snacks, and drinks. John said the new trail construction through the shrub-steppe was relatively easy, but the wind was whipping up the exposed ground, and the working conditions were very dusty. We think they were digging down into the deposits of volcanic ash from Mt. St. Helens’ 1980 eruption. This area received more of the stuff than we did in Troy, ID. They worked through a wooded section and John used a saw (18″ pruning) to clear downed limbs and small trees. He de-limbed a larger tree but left it for a BLM worker with a chainsaw.I took the left-side photo by propping the two shirts on the back of my recliner, not the best picture, but you get the idea. They are nice T-shirts. Right side is from the web.

I slept in after feeding the outside cats. Now busy with chores, and the first is related to gifts from people current & past. I put a request in for John for a long-sleeved T-shirt to wear under a short-sleeved 2018 WTA Logo shirt this coming Tuesday at a special work party event with WTA and REI staffs at Suncadia. An offer came from a woman who in 2017 donated a bunch of Low Calorie Recipe books and weight-loss materials to me when I was trying to lose the weight for my heart’s health. It was nice to touch bases again so I could thank her for her donation, and explain that I had lost the weight needed and passed along (loaned) the books to a friend in need.

John picked ~1.5# blackberries yesterday, and today I will rinse, drain, and pack into a bag for the freezer. Need to do the same with tomatoes and peaches, but clean and cut them first. I also washed dishes, worked on the blog, put off updates on music plans for next week’s KV F&F group, and accomplished a few more things, during cleanup in our den & kitchen.

John stopped at Ritzville for gas and called after getting back on I-90. The call was at 3:22. He may be home by 5:30, but will call again. John did not call when I anticipated, so I called him. He was driving by Kittitas High School, about 10 miles south. He got home at 5:07. He holds his speed to below 75. About 85% of the traffic is going 80 mph.

I managed to put in all my meds for the week, and need to arrange to get some Allopurinal (which is from Costco), so that means a trip down toward the end of the 2nd week. But the price is right, no coupon needed and it costs $16 vs. $24 in Ellensburg for 180 tablets (I take twice daily). We always seem to need a few things from the store, and their gas is the least expensive. We take the car with the greatest need for fuel.

We had a salad for supper. John went to bed early, and I stayed up too late.

Sunday, Sept 30

John will be home today for a change, and he slept in. I couldn’t, after first time up early, and not being able to return to sleep, I just got up and washed a load of dishes, and started on things needing tackled and hopefully finished today. I figured I could take a nap later on.

It’s cold outside (in the 50s) and he came in complaining that winter has arrived. He checked the garden and the Butternut squash, hoping that they will ripen before the frost gets them. We need them to be able to store for future use.. . . . . . . . . . . . .{Shown smaller than actual size.}
The hat is 12 inches, stem to stern. They need to be tan/brown, and they are not. Some smaller ones are tan. There are several this big or larger, and they should have stopped growing sooner. Something to investigate.

I canceled the Emeriti meeting set for Oct 10 because too many of the regulars had conflicts. We’ll try for Nov.

Our new Medicare cards came in yesterday’s mail, and John is making scans of them with our Kaiser Permanente cards, and our WA State driver’s license. The Medicare cards have a new non-SS number. You likely got a new one, or will soon.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news September 28

Item #1: Autumn Crunchiness

LINK: Breaking Cat News
Autumn is settling in. The walnut trees are completely yellow and still hold many nuts. A strong gust will strip them of both. This is expected Tuesday – gusts may be to 25 miles per hour. From now until then the forecast is for nothing over 13 mph.
Our local paper “adjusted” the comic section last year and added Breaking Cat News. I guess Georgia Dunn’s creation became successful and too pricey for the small publication and it was dropped about 4 months after the EBRG paper started with it.
The paper could drop several of the others that have no redeeming qualities, including being not funny and poor art work.
Instead the paper just stopped printing a Friday edition. Today was electronic only. Which day will get dropped next?
Trees will be allowed to stand, age, and get crunchy all by themselves.

If you listen to the song City of New Orleans by Steve Goodman and think of the slow demise of the passenger trains, there is now a slow demise of many printed publications. Steve Goodman was diagnosed with leukemia in the 1960s and died in 1984.

Item #2: A crowd in a box

A cruise ship, the Norwegian Bliss is about the length of three football fields at 364 yards and is capable of carrying nearly 6,000 people.
See: arriving in Vancouver, BC
Go. Have a good time. Send a postcard.

Item #3: No need to hurry

Another tortoise story of 7 years duration.

The carapace of the radiated tortoise is brilliantly marked with yellow lines radiating from the center of each dark plate of the shell, hence the name.
Wikipedia claims the Radiated tortoise can live 188 years.

Thinking I might find out something more about this story, I found a different one: from Madagascar
9,888 tortoises in your house seems a bit much.

I did find more of the Perth story: Burglary – twice

Item #4: I’ll have all 4

This story started 10 days ago when needles were found in various fruits including apples, bananas, and strawberries. The link below (at the end) has the original story – if you care.
But this happened: Every year sundaes have been made to support the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, with all monies raised going to medical research.
But on this occasion, the funds went to the Queensland Strawberry Association.
14,000 sundaes

Link to original story

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

Fall Equinox, came, so

. . . we are now headed for Winter!

Monday, Sept 17

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

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

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

Tuesday, Sept 18

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

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

Wednesday, Sept 19

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

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

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

Thursday, Sept 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part Two – 8 minutes by Holly Pinkart and Bob Hickey

Part Three – 9 minutes of questions/answers by both

Friday, Sept 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, Sept 22

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Sept 23

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

Sunny, windy, & cool today.

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

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

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

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

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news Sept 21

Item #1: Not nearly enough
Fancy Dancers
Fancy” is a competitive powwow dance known for its fast and furious pace.
We pride ourselves on telling the fascinating stories of Canada through coins, . . .” – – so says Alison Crawford, of the Royal Canadian Mint.

What’s not to like? This . . .
The coin has a face value of $30, is a collectors edition, and only 3,500 will be made.
A current population estimate for Canada is 37,028,880.
4% claim an aboriginal identity, or about 1,490,000.

A few of these coins will be put on display in museums. Most will be sold once or twice and join other rare coins in homes of the rich. A very high percentage of Canadians will never see one, and fewer still will ever hold one.
This is wrong. Wrong! Wrong!
Canadians unite. Revolt. Demand.
I hope ‘3,500’ is a typo. 6 zeros, not 2.
35 Million sounds better.

Item #2:What says fall like Pumpkin
Leaves are turning colors, corn is ripe (or past ripe), pumpkins are coloring, and folks are happy to take your money to see the wonders of Autumn.
This link: Pumpkin Patches has some of the better known places in the Puget Sound area. Good photos, too.
This one ( Swan’s Trail ) has a 12 acre (~ 9 football fields) corn maze in the shape of the State. There is a 50-acre pumpkin patch.
These places accept cash and credit cards.
Check such places in your neighborhood. Have fun.

Item #3: A collection of Australian trolleys
After reading this story I searched with the term “shopping carts” and images. Who knew there were so many?
Oh well – the folks from OZ call them trolleys.
Trolleys go to sea
There is a 90 second video of a guy in a white shirt with a blue tie. He stands on a dock and points at the water. Could they not pull a couple of “trolleys” from the water and show them.
How much does one of these cost? Anyway, the good news:
These places make good habitat for creatures.

Item #4: This one is for Peggy
Baker Mayfield Is the Mayor of Cleveland
On Thursday night, Mayfield—the first overall draft pick, a Heisman-winning quarterback out of the University of Oklahoma—hopped off the bench late in the first half of a game in which the Browns trailed 14-0 to the New York Jets.
One half later, the Browns had an inspired 21-17 victory. It is the forlorn franchise’s first win since 1916. I mean 2016. But you know what I mean. It feels like 1916.”

[Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal]
Story here from USA Today

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

Seems like fall

Back to yesterday, 9/9 Starting our trip to the Chef’s Extravaganza for Quincy’s Farmers’ Awareness Day, 2018: (top down) – Start of fire in the median of I-90 on way over, that grew rapidly to a 100-acre fire, closing two lanes of I-90. Arrived at White Heron Cellars and Mariposa vineyard’s tasting room to visit with owner/Vigneron, Cameron Fries, and three of his pruners with family.

First a few seconds video of White Heron’s Collie, Altesse, finding John around the counter and greeting him. She did the same to me when she first saw me outside.

Altesse greets John 9-9-18 in the tasting room, at White Heron Cellars

Later with the pruners in the tasting room, discussing the package of John’s candied Carpathian walnuts he brought to Phyllis Fries. By the time she received it, several had been removed.

White Heron 9-9-18 Weighing Carpathian Walnut Package

Link to beginning photos of White Heron 9/9/18 Event

Monday, Sept 10

Here’s a photo (right) from over Ellensburg from a former student, Casey Stedman, now a pilot. He posted on Facebook, and tagged me! Cool. I had many of the ROTC and Aviation students in my mapping classes, and it’s nice when they keep in touch. He’s now flying for the Air Force, as a Training Officer at the Association of Spaceflight Professionals. He describes himself as a “Military Officer & Aviator-Aspiring Space Explorer.”

I called the Costco pharmacy about my Atorvastatin. Have one refill left and need to pick up after noon, tomorrow, 9/11. We coordinated our trip with a lunch and visit at Costco with Suzy & Bob West.

I worked for hours on the den pick up, cleaning up stacks, boxes, and sorting, to make room for entrance of the new clothes washer. John worked outside making things ready.

For dessert, John fixed our blackberries with ice cream over a ½ pumpkin muffin.

Tuesday, Sept 11

I called the Cle Elum Clinic to check on our annual physical/ wellness visits (a week apart) to see if it was scheduled in November, with our Primary Care Physician (PCP), Dr. Wood, or if the new computer system had lost the date we previously made (as happened to a friend’s). We’re good, and I have now written Tuesday, Nov 20 on our wall schedule**. While on acronyms, I think a different name should be applied to my “regular” doctor, not PCP, which conjures to most people an undesirable wanted substance: a seriously scary drug, Phencyclidine (PCP).

[**We have tried to get an earlier date. We used to go up in early September and get a flu shot. But the regulations require a year and a day – or something. They also messed up and we got pushed into October, now November. So now we go in the winter time – snow, ice, dark – instead of early fall. No respect for old folks.]

Packed stuff for town.
John has been growing Hen & Chicks, and then potting several in 6 inch wide containers. Photo below. He had a dozen of those that had filled out, plus others in still bigger pots. So we dropped them off at the AAC along with 15 pounds of summer yellow squash. Meanwhile a doe keeps jumping the fence and eating tomatoes. She travels with 3 smaller deer and they stick their tiny heads into the fence and reach unripe butternut squash. With temperatures going to the 40s overnight now, it is unlikely we’ll have any more tomatoes. We’ve numerous butternuts – if they ripen. We have numerous yellow squash and again need to pick and give away. Before next growing season a taller fence is needed around the “newer” garden, where he put his raised strawberry boxes. Deer like strawberries too, but those are safe unless leaves grow through the raised bed’s wire cover.Hen and chicks in a 6” pot. We gave a dozen of these and still have many more, some in 12 inch containers with 50 to 80 chicks.

We left for town in the morning with squash for AAC and Hen & Chicks, pears for Amy, to check our Bi-Mart number, and head to Costco, by way of WinCo for a few items, to meet Bob & Suzy at 1:00 for lunch. Prime reason was to pick up my medication, for which I was charged the wrong amount and have to deal with the next time down there.

Speaking of Amy, I want to share photos I downloaded from her today, using the Ailsa Craig onions, we gave her family. She made a super nice stew/soup and put pictures in her Facebook album.Beginning onion-mushrooms; after an hour; with beef broth and several spices added to a crockpot for warming.

After seeing a ton of flags on our trip to Yakima, we recalled what their significance was; the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. We don’t have a vertical pole, so could not have flown it at half mast, as most we viewed were. Still, we missed the opportunity to mark the day.

Finally published last week’s blog tonight at 12:18 a.m. 9/12

Wednesday, Sept 12

I went for a blood draw after going to Food Bank. I did not get my INR report or the CBP lab results back today, but will hear tomorrow.

I carried a sign to the AAC for my SAIL exercise class, put a container of the succulents with a sign on the “take counter” and succeeded in giving away 3 pots. While in town, I picked up Artificial Tears (eye drops) at Bi-Mart. They’d been on order for 3 weeks.

I finally finished processing the Kittitas Audubon Society picnic pictures, and got them sent to members I have emails for. This is the link:

KAS Annual Picnic, 8-16-18
Tomorrow, John goes back to White Heron for bottling (this time Pinot Noir), and had given me the chore of buying some Black Forest Ham slices to share with the potluck lunch for the crew at the end of bottling. I bought the rest of what was left in the counter, already cut into slices thinner than we preferred, but it didn’t bother the wine folks.

After my several hour absence, I returned home to find John had made an incredible amount of progress on moving the broken washer out, unpacking the new, and getting it into the den, where it sits until we clean out the place it needs to be installed (not yet completed). We need to get it installed before next week, to clean all the mud from his Carhartt work pants for his next trip, Sept 23.

Thursday, Sept 13

John left for bottling to be there at 9:00 a.m.

I called in 9 chairs for KV F&F today at the Meadows Place.

Good “shew”! Thanks to Roberta & Tim for bringing us so many of their Gravenstein apples to share.  They are tart and best used in cooking, making applesauce, or apple cider.  They have been around since the 17th Century or earlier.  The name is Danish from Gråsten, meaning “gray stone”, after

Gråsten Palace

Thanks to Roberta Vorhees, Activities Director, for making homemade ice cream to serve us at the end of our playing.

I need to see about reaching Candace Hooper (fiddler) about playing with us at Briarwood Saturday, but need her email. I left messages at both her phones this morning.

Finished dishes.

Got my Lab results from Sonya (Dr. Wood’s nurse): Sodium is low (133), but that is what it was in March, after it had been down to 121 in February, after I drank too much water, which flushed all the sodium from my blood. I guess I’ll continue drinking more PoweradeZero (6% Sodium). We live on a low salt diet. Cody claims this level is just right for me, and that Sonya wasn’t aware of my special issues.

Lacey or Cody will report my INR today, and potassium. Readings: INR=2.4 and K=4.9 – both good within ranges.

Here’s a beautiful new version of a song we often do (and now after a ton of work, Evie has transcribed it to SongWriter 2012 so our group can use it in the future:

Green, Green Grass by Evie & others with harmony

Friday, Sept 14

John left at 6:30 a.m. for Talapus Lake.

Here are some pictures I chose from the day that John took on his phone. If you look below at this week’s column by John, Not So Nasty News, you will see two of the photos at lunch by Talapus Lake, so I will not include those here. I had chosen the same two to share in a collage. Here are others, but I will start with three parts of the fold-out description at the beginning introduction of the day, which John created for the workers. His foldout is still with the crew leader LeeAnne, who has a few more work parties at that site. Then, a few of my choice from the day’s work:The day’s work was removing several very old puncheon** bridges. The stacked planks on the lower right have been taken off a previous damaged bridge. The planks will be removed later, maybe next year. [** piece of broad, heavy, roughly dressed timber with one face finished flat. Not sawn/milled]LeeAnne Blue Hat CL talks with crew; a picturesquely framed view of the scene.

Now, I’m going to go back 10 days to two photos from others that came from the previous week’s Sept 4 trip to Dingford Creek Trail, with Crew Leader LeeAnne.Top shows John and Jay, ACLs, deciding on rock moving project.
Bottom shows the crew exiting back to trail head w/ all tools.

I went back to bed, and slept in for much needed rest.
I’m working today on several projects, trying to clean up the den being foremost. These include: cleaning dishes and counters, cooking sausage, took diuretic, answered emails, sorted bills and checked on-line accounts, killed flies, worked on photos and videos needing processed from Sept 2 and 9 at White Heron. Still need to finish.

The next project has taken days to sort out, to get access for both John and me to see our medical results from lab tests at the local hospital blood draw lab. Medical records are not easily available as they should be. We have to continually fight with transferring records about our health from records in three cities: Ellensburg (hospital lab), Cle Elum (PCP), and Yakima (Cardiologist). There should be a central clearing house everyone can reach. Each hospital has a different portal, and we have one in Ellensburg and two in Yakima we have to use.

I figured out today how to compile a comparison of my lab reports for INR, Potassium to give to the Cardiologist on 9/24, and have been working on it among other tasks starting today (still working the end of this week).

John’s probably going to be home at 4:48. He’s made it to Hungry Junction Road.
We continued with projects.

Saturday, Sept 15

Need to go to the BBQ at Briarwood, starting at 1:00 p.m.
Found out we will have 10 players (doubled over night). Amazing.
Awoke with headache and higher BP than normal, but okay now; maybe from the stress of setting up this event (?) maybe.
At the start of the program, we played Irish Washerwoman and two older lady residents did a modified “clog” dance while Haley did her normal Irish dance steps. Dad Dustin took my camera and aimed it on the action. The musicians, Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends were to the left, under a canopy.

Haley, Connie, Kathy dance to Irish Washerwoman
Turnout included Laina (violin), Matt her hubby (guitar), Neil their cute baby, Gerald (guitar), Dean (Harmonica), Tim (Mandolin), Roberta (guitar), Candace (violin), Nancy (violin), Joanie (violin), and Amy (Flute, Penny Whistle, violin, and washboard).
We play about an hour and then eat. The rain threatened, but it was cool and quiet (non-windy) for a change, with intermittent sun. A number of us stayed and visited, over hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and root beer floats.
I arrived home and found John removing the canopy from the old truck into a new rack. It is backwards from its intended placement because he slid it off one truck onto this one. I’m not clear why he didn’t move it back from the old to the newer. I’ll let him explain. Oh! Remember the old clothes washer? Guess where it is? There is a trip to the transfer station in its future.

Sunday, Sept 16

Supposed to be raining at 5:00 a.m.; not yet. I got up before 8:00 because I couldn’t sleep any longer, thinking about all the stuff needing done. No outside cats yet. One (Rascal) has been in my lap for the duration.

John did outside projects first and then fixed us a great brunch. Surely beats my lunch yesterday. I have mostly been working on the blog, with intermittent dishes involvement and finishing processing and editing the 9/9 photos from White Heron, plus getting my exercise by walking to and from the back bathroom on diuretic day.

John has the new washer into the washroom, and is making the connections. The way it works is very different from the old one that had a central thrashing agitator. We did one small load to check that it worked. It does lots of funny whirs, stops, spins and other stuff. Here is a link: agitator or No agitator?. We are way behind on new technology.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so nasty news Sept. 15th

Curmudgeon – – A bad-tempered person, especially an old one.

I’m in a curmudgeon mood this morning.

Searching for “not so nasty news'” this week has been frustrating. I haven’t had much time — I’m sure there is good news to be found. A few things I found were duds. For example, a headline was of a “hungry bear cub roaming a mall” someplace in Canada. That could be good, I thought – ‘cub bear chows down on Tim Horton’s doughnuts’. It turned out to be a 13 second cell phone video of a small bear (actually a black smudge) about a block away on the street, and the first 6 seconds were of the side of a building, the sidewalk and concrete at the person’s feet. The person was trying to get the camera on his/her phone aimed toward the bear, and nearly failed. Watching a red Maple leaf blow across the street would have been more entertaining.

Florence the Hurricane was much in the news. It was good that the winds weakened before coming to land. People still died. But see below.
A funny story was of the weather reporter being shown trying to stand – with great difficulty – in the wind gusts. Meanwhile, two folks casually stroll across behind the reporter. This episode has been everywhere in the news, so is it really news 3 days later?

Okay, so a week ago – I, President Trump and thousands of others, suggested folks along the Atlantic coast get out of the low areas. Flooding was going to be a sure thing. Go. Go now. Vamoose. Get out. And so on.
My own comment was: “By Wednesday night be as far west as Knoxville, and by Thursday night be in Nashville. Enjoy music and related events for a couple of days until the coast is safe.”

Today we get stories from New Bern, NC, such as these two:

Tom Ballance, New Bern resident and business owner, told the Weather Channel that he watched water rise around him while sitting in his home, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“Nobody expected this,” Ballance said. “We were fools.”

Sadie Marie Holt, 67, was among those rescued. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions. Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor’s appointments that were canceled at the last minute.
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The community of New Bern is sited at the junction of the Trent and Neuse rivers, two tidal waterways.
Note the term tidal.

Here’s a photo of houses on a cul-de-sac {that’s French for ‘bottom of a bag’} {Americans might say – a dead end street}.Near the center of the dead-end pavement the height above sea level is 3 feet. The houses are a foot higher.

In the same general neighborhood, here is a photo from street level [3 feet]..
The curmudgeon part of me notes these two phrases from the reports:
#1: “Nobody expected this,”
#2: “canceled at the last minute”

The first of these is simply not true. The second is an indication the doctor’s were more interested in the cash flow, than the water flow.

Also, of interest was 67 year old Sadie with a row boat in her yard. Where did that come from? Is she a world class rower? No, she is an ill woman that should have been in Nashville.
Uff da! Yes – they were fools.

Out of curmudgeon mood.

I’ve mentioned before that doing trail work frequently starts on trails noted for the beautiful lakes and mountain scenery a few miles up hill. We do sometimes get about two miles in on a trail. I’ve worked 6 or 8 days on the Talapus Lake Trail. Never reached the lake, until yesterday. Our work was just 300 yards short of the lake and it was only a bit “up” – so we went there for lunch. I took a photo.I clipped off the bottom part because it is fill with strangers in colorful hiking clothes.
Below has more of the lake and 6 of our crew of 18. And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Nancy and friends are playing music someplace today. I guess she will get the blog ready later. When?