Golden Anniversary Week

Sunday, July 7

You have heard about this day’s activities in last week’s blog, but when we finally did publish the blog for the first week of July at 11:00 p.m. We were awaiting completion of photos and videos for July 4. Now we can add both of those links, as promised, because permission was granted! Amy with Weston ^^^^^ Brothers – Weston & Owen

Amy’s Face-painting July 4, 2019 in Kittitas, WA

The fellow having his face painted above is the younger brother. Amy (the painter) got my video and pictures to the family, as she knows them, and asked for permission to publish here.
Next is the longest video, below the progress pictures:

Amy Face-painting Ellie (Butterfly Mask)

Monday, July 8

I was up at 4:30 a.m. to feed Woody and put the male cats out—Rascal out the back patio door & Czar out front with Woody. Never saw Sue. I went back to bed and slept in until 8:15 a.m. John was up earlier to check out the details on a camera we are buying to replace my old one that quit after a couple minutes recording Friday.

At 9:00 a.m. he left for Yakima to get the ignition switch on his Crosstrek fixed. I’m staying home today to work on paying bills, processing photos from 7/4 and 7/5, for addition to this week’s blog.

Reached John by phone a couple times when he left. His car is fixed, and he was coming home through Ellensburg to pick up our medications from two different pharmacies and also to get some fried chicken for lunch, picking up Robada apricots from the Selah orchard of Jen, legal assistant at our estate lawyer’s office in EBRG.

I have been trying to pay bills this morning: (one Cascade F&A) I cannot reach until tomorrow; talked to the Yakima Memorial Heart Center about an invoice to John for an Extremity Study back on 4-30-19, just now coming through, with no explanation of why it’s coming from there or for what it involves, except it was for him. My guess is his deductible on Medicare was not yet paid when that was sent, but the woman I spoke with (named Nancy) said it was done incorrectly and so she is “billing it up.” I guess that means rebilling Medicare. NO CLUE, but while she said for me to toss the receipt, I wrote all my notes on it for the next billing statement, in case I need to know what I was told.

Another necessity was to pay a balance on both our mouths’ dental work in May. Total charges for both of us were $1105.40 after insurance payments in June. I had already paid $500 toward the bill. Best not to have dental work done, so brush, clean, fluoride, and stay away from the need to manage cavities.

Continued working on photos from AAC. I also tried on more clothes today for sorting ones to keep, share, or donate tomorrow morning to the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center.

I also sent an updated reminder to the retired geographers about plans for our monthly Emeritus meeting that will celebrate the eldest’s birthday. Mary Ann is bringing a cake and we have a bottle of fizzy fruit drink, Apple/Mango.

Tuesday, July 9

I contacted Cascade Foot and Ankle via the local number which rings through to their Yakima office where the accountant is housed. It was about my recent bill for $9.19 for John. Found out we must pay it next Monday. John’s deductible was not yet paid up. Now it is. I had to call Kaiser Permanente (secondary medical insurance) to verify that was what happened.

I went for my fasting blood draw and for other things in town. I got there a little after 9:00 and went inside for a long wait until my time to check in. Checked in, and went back to the lab, for another long wait. While waiting, I walked down to the Cardio Pulmonary office where I asked some questions about my upcoming PFT test (to learn the details of having my new cardiologist send the required referral).

I asked for the last date I had one done at the end of 2018. It was November. So, when I see Dr. Dave Krueger in October, I can have him send the referral then. I need to call Medical Records to see if they will ship the PFT from 2018 to him now. Today I had the blood draws he requested, to be done 2 weeks after I saw him. I had them send the results to him and also to my PCP. I have to call his nurse for the results I think he said, but I have access to the results on the Portal for our local KVH hospital, and my PCP triage nurse will be sending me the results printed by postal mail. Their printouts are more instructively organized than the ones I have access to.

So, I will just call his nurse, (think her name is Alma) to see if he had any comments that I do something differently. I may ask the nurse I know from my original cardiologist there, because I have her email address, and I know she will find out the email for me of Dr. Krueger’s nurse. Otherwise, it is an expensive landline long distance call.

I went by the Law Office for picking up apricots from the legal assistant, Jen, and while there, she gave me some Van Cherries (from a pollinator tree). John fixed me a cooler to carry.

From there by Exxon for gasoline. It was almost empty, taking 13.8 gallons at $2.97/gal. I thought that was the best price in town, only to drive by a 7-11 on my way home to see it was $2.96 there!! Happens too often. You cannot depend on Gasbuddy.com to have updated information.

I wrote a check for David Hazlett, our farrier, to trim Myst’s feet. He was coming after I had left.

I took out the macaroons to take along to go with the carrot cake being brought tomorrow, and realized too late tonight that I should have cut up some of the large Robada apricots and passed them around the table. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Fixed our birthday card for Dee Eberhart for his 95th tomorrow; I added two photos from the Nov, 2018, Veterans’ Day memorial celebration at the Senior Center, with 4 of their family members pictured.

Wednesday, July 10

Up early to leave at 8:25 a.m. for Hearthstone to set up the table for the meeting. When John and I arrived we had to rearrange the furniture that was set up for Bingo at 1:00 p.m. today. Scheduled to leave about 10:30 a.m., we promised to change our arrangement back to what they wanted. They provided coffee, hot water, and tea. I set up all the place-mats, plates, utensils, cups, and napkins. It was very festive. We had a great turnout: Jo & Ken Hammond, Dee Eberhart and his daughter Katie (from Bend, OR, with hubby Chuck), Mary Ann Macinko, with her homemade carrot cake, Lillian Brooks, Carla Kaatz, John & Nancy Hultquist, Jim & Diane Huckabay, with her Summer Intern Derek Craig (History major) working with the Kittitas County Genealogy Society, on the KCGS’s Obituary Report. Derek is going through old newspapers, gathering info from obituaries and death notices. He’s been through 1911-12, creating a database for putting on their web site, so that people can access such information. The website is https://kcgswa.org

Derek, John, Carla, Lillian, Chuck, Katie, Dee, Ken, Jo, Mary Ann, Jim, and Diane.Chuck, Katie, and Dee Eberhart on his 95th birthday! You can see the Carrot Cake on Chuck’s and Dee’s plate, the remainder of the cake in front of him and the stack of BD cards people brought, on his right.

I took one very short (9 seconds) video of our singing Happy Birthday, because I didn’t hit the start button soon enough. Be sure to read the description with the video – and then click on the link to hear the short Happy Birthday song ending.

This was a birthday party at Hearthstone, where one of our retired members lives, and we meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. This happened to fall on Dee’s birthday, and his daughter Katie and husband Chuck were up from Bend, OR. Mary Ann Macinko made Dee’s favorite cake. Everyone enjoyed it very much. We had a nice visit and heard about Carla Kaatz’s trip to 3 places in 3 different European countries: Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. Mary Ann Macinko mentioned her travels to Italy last year, briefly, and told us about her trip this year to Kodiak, Alaska. We had many other interesting conversations, as well.

Dee Eberhart 7-10-19 Happy Birthday Song – 95 yrs. young

We went to the Emeriti meeting in separate cars because I had to leave to go to the Food Bank Lunch music. We had a large turnout of players and singers and it was cool having one caregiver (Cathy) dancing around singing while pushing two different women who are wheelchair bound. They were smiling and singing along too. The last song we did today was I’ll Fly Away, and one of the wheelchair gals requests that all the time. The whole table where she sits was singing along.

I had too much to do today so did not make my normal salad to take for my lunch. So today, I had spaghetti and meat with a helping of a mixed green salad (complete with Spinach) that I’m supposed to avoid because of its high Vitamin K effect on my blood thinner Coumadin, a bowl of fruit, and piece of peanut chocolate cake, with fruit punch.

Cut John’s hair this afternoon starting after 4:00. It looks pretty good, although he has a slight wing on the left. The haircut needed to be done sooner.

We had leftovers of Meatloaf from John’s homemade supper last night, ½ ear of corn, and a tomato (he bought some today), and we shared 3 apricots. Then for dessert, brownies and ice cream.

Thursday, July 11

Washington Trails will start a summer fund raiser, called Hike-A-Thon (in August). The idea is to support a friend, and for each mile the person hikes, you give money. I checked for Kara Chin’s email with details of her Hike-A-Thon plans. I found it and donated. We think John first met Kara in 2003.
Kara sets up a page using the name Unicorn Banana Slug: Kara’s cute campaign
See Kara and read about her (10th down) here: WTA Staff
[ Search via images for ‘banana slug washington’ to see the variety of this famous critter. It is also a very strange beast and you may, or not, want to follow up on this creature. ]

We had a good bunch at Meadows Place this afternoon for music. Folks playing included: Katie Eberhart (from Bend, OR, accordionist), Nancy, Charlie, Gerald, Marilyn & Maury, Evie, Dean, Amy, Anne, Minerva, Laura (bringing friend Karen for the audience).
We did not have a large audience, but they were coming and going and those who stayed were very grateful. The acoustics in the building and with the wooden floors in the dining room, it carries the sound down the hallways, and residents can hear our music from their rooms.

Needed to work on the new camera to charge its battery. That took a long while. I finally read through the buttons and description and have a pretty good idea of where everything is, but I do not have a complete understanding of the finer points of taking videos and stills. Apparently, I can take one type of video (not the Creative Video type), and as I’m recording the video, I can make still photos. That is really going to be neat for PowerPoint videos, to capture the speaker’s voice as well as taking individual photos on the fly. My first goal this afternoon was to install the lens cover with the prevent-loss strap connected to the camera. Battery has to be charged, also.

When I began disassembling the box of stuff that came today only a half hour before I arrived home about 4:15, I got out the camera, instruction manual, battery, 64 Gig storage card, and looked at the tripod and saw a mini tripod I did not expect to be in the mix. We ordered extra batteries with a charger, which we are scheduled to receive tomorrow in our regular postal mail. Finally, I realized after reading the manual that I could charge it through my external AC plug in electrical outlet or use the end of the adapter’s USB to plug into my laptop computer for charging. That’s a very nice option, and one I may well have had with my old Nikon, but never realized. So my new camera is sitting next to me on a table charging its battery. Once it is charged, and only then, can I experiment with taking photos and videos.

Friday, July 12 Our 50th anniversary!

We went today to a program with lunch at the AAC (Senior Center) for the going away party for our two AmeriCorps representatives for 10 months, and to celebrate our own anniversary, by trying out my new camera. Took photos and one video on the new camera, and will use the rest of the afternoon and evening to figure out how to transfer them to my laptop. It didn’t get figured out until tomorrow afternoon, as we were leaving for dinner at the Cottage Café.Deborah Boudreau, Roxanne Laush, Katrina Douglas

Katrina Thanks AmeriCorps Reps 7-12-2019

Here is the link to the stills from today

We will include in this blog a photo of us on our anniversary day, taken at the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center (our Senior Center), with the first anniversary gift we received from our cousins in PA, Ethel, her daughter Pat, and husband Ken, who were married 7/8/67.

July 12, 2019. Foreground is the gold plated hanging heart, engraved with our names and July 12, 1969 on the back. Dahlias John grew. Background Aloha banner for upcoming Luau event. Thanks to David Douglas for taking this photo of us on our new camera.

Roxanne took the flowers so John has promised Katrina a new batch next week.

We came home to find flowers and two boxes of chocolates at our front door in a paper bag.Left was what we found. Right John opened & photographed. The flowers are Flowering Kalanchoe, Dracaena, and some sort of miniature ivy. Attached to the Flowering Potted Plants was a special card to two lovebirds, with a nice note, signed, Caitlin & Rebekah. We also received some special cards from back in PA and OH, and are grateful for them. I received one on Facebook from a member of our musical group. I did not announce it on FB, but might a few days late. We received a bunch of emails. Thanks to all!

Saturday, July 13

Celebration continued for dinner tonight.John, Nancy, Jack, Sharon at the Cottage Café, Cle Elum, WA

Slept in till 9:00 a.m. and spent the morning trying to figure out getting the images from the new camera to my laptop. I wasted tons of time yesterday trying, and finally found a Panasonic site late last night with access to register my camera and need to fill out the paperwork on the 3-year Warranty request. John helped me get the necessary paperwork for that. I needed the purchase receipt and the bar code/serial number on the box it arrived in. I had to upload images of those last two, along with filling in another bunch of information about the owner, address, email contact, and phone.

We both had a lot of computer correspondence to do before brunch, but then had a nice one of eggs, sausage, orange slices, and toast.

The Carpathian walnut trees got water today from the ditch. John moved it (the water) about every 7-10 minutes. There are 7 trees just east of the house. I worried with getting the photos and video off the camera. We were to leave for Cle Elum for dinner with Sharon and Jack Jenson. Finally, an hour before out-the-door time, I succeeded. While we were gone I left the computer running to send up a huge file (over a gigabyte) to YouTube, for the one video taken Friday. I must learn the best way to lower the megapixels and decrease the size of the videos, or I will never be able to record an hour lecture as I’m used to doing for music or for Geology lectures. I also must find a source in Ellensburg, where I can take my external drive and preferably connect through my laptop to use Fiber Optic cable instead of DSL. DSL is way too slow.

We made it to Cle Elum to the Cottage Café for dinner 20 minutes ahead of our meeting time of 6:00 p.m. and pulled in at the same time as Sharon and Jack. So, we walked in together. We had a nice visit and then ordered. We shared a bottle of Pinot Grigio, a white wine from the Veneto region of NE Italy. Dinner and wine, and a small potted rose bush, were compliments of the Jensens. We assumed this is to be appreciated now, as a house plant, and not likely to be winter hardy.

So, here you will see the meals close-up, and the flowers.Top, Sharon’s salad & wine, John’s Black & Blue**, Middle, Nancy’s chicken mushroom soup, Sharon and Nancy both had Turkey platters, and bottom, Jack had Meatloaf platter.
**Salad with steak, black beans, and blue cheese dressing.

Enough food we brought half home.

Finally, the plant gifts.Tiny, pretty roses and I didn’t get sharp focus. Tripod? (Nancy’s comment: I was reach up over my head and unable to focus or even see the view I was taking from above). I should have put it down on the ground to take the photo. Also, this shot of the pot of flowers from Caitlin and Rebekah was taken by John outside, and doesn’t show the Dracaena and Ivy very well, so look above to the day it arrived.

Sunday, July 14

We both slept in this morning, I relaxed a little longer than John because he beat me to bed last night.
We both started with a morning of correspondence and then he and Annie and the cats went out to walk. He watered onions. Some of the tops are starting to fall, but most are still growing. When 85-90% have fallen it will be harvest time.

We had a nice brunch, our usual, but with some apricots.
Each of us continued on our projects. I’ve interspersed telephone calls and emailing in with the blog creation.

Now John is back out feeding horses, and exercising the dog (& cat, who goes along, and sometimes with two other of the outside cats). He cut some brush along our north fence line.

Now breaking to spend time on the photos from this weekend, because I didn’t have enough time before needing to publish this.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Independence Day Week

Sunday, Jun 30
You already heard about this day’s activities in last week’s blog, but we finally did publish the blog for the last week of June at 11:19 p.m.

Monday, July 1

We left before 9:00 for our first stop with my laptop at the ComputAbility place in Ellensburg. Savannah was going to install the power bar to make the on-off switch work. It worked and she called us at 12:10 to come pick it up. We ate first. I checked it, and it worked perfectly! Thank goodness. Paid my bill in cash (saving 3%, and also got a senior discount of 10%). The total was $75.43. I had already paid last week for the ordered part, ~ $32, so it’s now repaired and I’m very happy.

From there we went in John’s Crosstrek to Les Schwab to have the tires rotated. That took only a few minutes and was free. I grabbed a bag of popcorn in the waiting room, and barely got my laptop running before they called us. Then we left for Super 1, for John to get a head of cauliflower, bacon, and sausage. I sat in the shade and called people to check if they would play at the Senior Center on July 5; count needed for the food preparers.

Also talked with a friend on the road, and she will be calling to estimate her arrival time in Ellensburg. We will meet her in town for supper and a visit. She called sooner than I expected, so we drove to town and met her at 5:00 p.m. Just got home at 7:00. Tired of all the driving to town today (three times)! But it was a worthwhile trip and a great visit.

We have at least two trips to town tomorrow as well. Wishing that gasoline prices were lower.

Tuesday, July 2

We have to be at the eye doctor at 9:15 this morning. I must take my list of medications along with me, because one of the heart medications I take can mess with the surface of the cornea. So far, no problem and I’ve been on it since 2010. We both had good reports with no problems with our eyes and no need for new glasses. We drove two cars so John could drive his Crosstrek to Yakima’s Stewart Subaru to have its 7,000 mile service (cabin air filters were quite dirty) and cost a lot to replace; also had them check out the problem with his telephone not connecting to his Bluetooth, after it has done it successfully for over a year.

John received help with his phone connection which worked there, and then stopped working for a few days, wouldn’t work Friday when he was on the road to WTA trip, but then started working on Sunday, when he was on the same WTA trail. He made a call to home using voice commands, and I am able to call him. Stored numbers in “outgoing calls” appear to have disappeared. Back to the manual.

On my way home I went by the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center (ECCC) with a huge bag of clothing and a box of shoes from another EBRG resident; while there, I traded a shirt from last Saturday’s gifting for one the right size. It was hung on a hanger over an M but was very small needing to be on the small rack. I returned the M sleeveless blouse because it was such a perfect match. I also traded for two pairs of socks for me, because the ones I brought home for John, he did not want. Drove by another house to deliver clothes and picked up some for donation to the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center (ECCC). One more place I picked up 3 bags of clothing, and have gone through one of the 3 to sort out what goes to other friends, to me, or to the ECCC as a donation. Still have two large garbage bags unopened in my car. There is a lot of excess stuff in people’s homes. The ECCC keeps some of it from going, early, to a landfill.

I came home and worked on various computer projects (sending jobs out to the jobs list I manage), and creating an emailing group list to send to folks who attended the End-Of-Year Geography awards ceremony, back on May 21. That’s been way too long in getting to them, and still has not been completed.

We are going back to town to The Palace to meet with our friend from Olympia for supper. She and I will both have Cobb Salads (my favorite meal there). I requested Iceberg lettuce for mine), and John will have a Country Fried Angus steak dinner. It came with a generous portion of butternut squash, gravy, baked potato, and hot rolls. The Cobb salad had a large amount of Blue Cheese crumbles, with bacon, avocado, turkey, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, cucumbers I gave to Jen, and we both chose Blue Cheese dressing. I brought almost half home, and put the toppings left into fresh Iceberg lettuce, some new blue cheese dressing, and added cubed smoked turkey and cubes of apples. I had drained out all the liquid left and removed the soggy lettuce. It made a very nice salad start for my lunch at the food bank on Wednesday.Friend Jennifer with Nancy by historic photos; John, Jen, & me near the old gasoline pump in the Palace Café in Ellensburg. Old implements (e.g., logging) and photos provide the visuals of “The Palace.”

Wednesday, July 3

We played our normal “Lunch Bunch” music for the FISH Food Bank, from 11:45 to 12:15, and then we eat so they can start clearing off the tables and washing dishes before 1:00. Most of the crowd is done eating and out by 12:30. I fixed my salad with John’s help to take to the food bank. Took two bags of clothing there for Evelyn and for Joanie to evaluate.

I managed to come home and wash clothes mostly for John. His black Carhartt pants needed cleaned so he could iron on a patch to cover a frayed area – front thigh.

I got out the email announcement for next week’s July 10th meeting of the retired geographers group. News out, and we have a special cake being baked (carrot) by another member of the group (Mary Ann) for our oldest geographer’s 95th birthday that day. Carrot cake is Dee’s favorite cake.

Finished work on music for Thursday and got Katrina’s help with Friday’s – needed 25 copies (I printed and numbered and sent PDFs for her to make copies). What a relief. It took me 2 hours to get that done, and would have been a ton of extra work to run 13 pages back to back, staple, and have for Friday with all the other stuff going on.

Stacy received my requests and nothing changed on needing 7 chairs for Thursday. I also notified folks and we were able to get elderly friends Bernice Orcutt and Arlane Nesmith there in the audience.

John fixed beef stew with meat from our neighbor (in our freezer for probably 5 years). Although old, it was very well wrapped and in good shape. He added all sorts of veggies, and with it, we had the 3 leftover rolls from The Palace last night. I cut them into toast size widths and toasted them in the toaster, & buttered with whipped butter the restaurant sent along.

Thursday, July 4 Happy Independence Day!

John, Czar, and Annie walked to the end of the driveway to hang our flag. Wind is blowing today, so that will be nice. I stayed behind and just finished loading all the dishes I started this morning, cleaning off the counter, and making ready for frying our bacon for brunch.

Our brunch was nice: John made a large pancake with pecans and we had syrup and strawberries on top, I had two eggs, and we both had bacon. John started it in an iron pan, and I crisped it between paper towels in the microwave.

I also tried on my patriotic pants for today and tomorrow with my vest, and they fit just fine. Joanie altered my vest last year to match my smaller size. She originally found the vest in a thrift store and bought it for me quite a few years ago. I wear it for all patriotic music events, including Veterans’ Day at the senior center. Today, I’ll be dressing in my sequined flag vest and garb to play music at the Rehab center where I “rehabbed” in 2010 for 7 weeks.

Today, we had 7 players there to play our July music which is full of patriotic songs.

I stopped by Briarwood to use their restroom, and show off my July 4th outfit to the folks there in the recreation center. Only two were there: Kelly and Connie. We had a nice visit and I read the flyer on their door about the party on Main St. in Kittitas, WA for the 4th celebration, where friend Amy Davison is doing face painting for the day. Normally, she would be playing music with us. Tomorrow, she and Haley will be with us at the AAC (senior center) celebration.

I went in the back way by the Kiva in the park and found a parking space a half block away from the closed part of Main St. I checked in, and was lucky to find the face-painting the second table into the bunch. I took some videos and pictures of her stand and work, and visited with some of the kids and parents I videotaped, to get their email to send them my captures. I was able to talk briefly with Haley and Dustin, and Amy (but she was pretty busy painting without time to visit). Dustin brought some tacos and I know she was happy to see food arriving. I left before she paused from her painting. She probably had to take bites between painting. Wow, she is so talented.

Video and photos:

Permission granted by parents for youngsters posted here.Fire-breathing Dragon (Davonte is recipient) – Amy painter

Click on underlined title below for watching the video:

Fire-Breathing DragonPhotos of Davonte’s appreciation.

Photos only of Deshawne’s Shark on his face below. I knew the woman there with the boys, so I asked permission to publish the video (of Davonte) and the photos for Deshawne. My friend, Jeanie, contacted their mom for permission; it was granted. This is Deshawne with his beginning shark and ending shark.
I am sorry I don’t have a video of his face painting by Amy.

More photos of Kittitas 7/4 celebration:Preplanning Painting-Haley & Dad, Dustin-then at the event

Ending the Kittitas, WA Fourth of July celebration were fireworks in the city park. Where Evie Schuetz took this “windy” funny picture of fireworks.Taken at Palmeiro Park in Kittitas on a very windy night in the valley.

From there I came on home to attend to things to do before tomorrow.

One thing was to get John to meet me at the end of the driveway to take my photo with our flag, with me in my patriotic garb. Flag not still much in the winds. Couldn’t decide my favorite. Left shows the whole flag, but the right’s nice with wraparound.

Reading up for tomorrow at the Senior Center 4th BBQ Day Late Celebration.

Charged batteries in old camera for video, intending to film the whole ½ hour performance. Charged battery and deleted much on the Nikon, for still pictures.

Wrote the group for tomorrow; wrote the Emeriti group, vacuumed the horse purse, hoping for no fireworks close by to upset Annie. We lucked out. John’s in bed to leave early in the morning.

Friday, July 5

John left at 6:40 a.m. for a WTA work party today at the Granite Mountain trail just west of Snoqualmie Pass. ( Link ) He will go back on Sunday. They are cleaning old drainage ditches and digging a few new ones. Rocks and roots that seem to be the worst tripping hazards are removed and the tread resurfaced.

I was concerned that it was going to be hot outside for our playing music at the late BBQ lunch celebrating the 4th, but we did not have it outside. Found out once we arrived, that it was changed. We ended up with 11 players, and went inside the building because it was too hot on the asphalt and in the sun for the audience. The canopy was also small, and I doubt we would all have fit under it. Inside the Adult Activity Center was nicely air-conditioned comfort. They had a grill outside for the hamburgers, and we went inside to put our instruments and music stands up, and then took a seat at the serving tables. Our music group was fed first. A good meal – cheeseburger (grilled by David Douglas), on bun with lettuce, large slice of tomato, condiments, chips, homemade baked beans mixture garbanzo, white, & other w/ham & bacon (made by Katrina Douglas), cut watermelon, and an ice cream sandwich.

We didn’t start the music until 12:15 p.m. and a large audience sang along with 13 songs. The 13th was “Take Me out to the Ball Game” and our little 6 yr. old mascot, Haley, joined the group on the front row to belt out the song, 3 times (once for every strike). The audience and players were delighted with her entry and performance. The last song is always the most moving part of the patriotic celebration – when everyone stands and salutes the flag, while singing the National Anthem—acapella.

From AAC camera 7-5-19 celebration of July 4

AAC July 5, 2019 on Nancy’s camera

I left there for a stop at Briarwood to ask about Betty (who sends home to John cookies she makes for our music at Briarwood on the 3rd Saturday every month). She actually finally got to meet him in person last month. She is in the hospital, but I have to contact a neighbor to find out. The woman in charge couldn’t give out the information, and hadn’t even heard that Betty was in the hospital. There are 4 Bettys living there. I think if she’d give me the last names, I would have been able to identify the right one, when I heard the names. I know one other of the women.
 
I had to put in all my medications for the week. While doing that I realized 3 needed refilled after this week’s container is emptied. Took care of 3 of my prescriptions this evening at Super 1: Spironolactone & Lasix; Safeway: Warfarin (5 mg halved) for 45 (3 month’s supply) and I also ordered from Safeway, John’s Tamsulosin hci 0.4 mg cap. This is the last refill via Dr. Wood, so we need to request a new one from Chelsea Newman.

Leftovers for supper: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, cauliflower with cheese, and pears.

Saturday, July 6

Message from Super 1 our meds are ready for pickup… will get Monday or Tuesday.

I slept in and have been working on a letter of reference to get out today. This for a student that left here many years ago. I literally spent most of the day on it, but it is done and all is well. Now to get to the other deadlines waiting.

John is home today, but leaves tomorrow for more WTA work at Granite Mountain, where he was yesterday. This is a day of rest for both of us, but he’s currently out doing morning chores, including some watering. He mowed the strip between the road and our fence. The grasses are turning brown and dry – now there is a bit of fire resistant “moat” next to the public road.

I tried working on the blog until late, and went to bed very late.

Sunday, July 7

John left ~ 6:35 a.m. for the WTA work crew at Granite Mountain (same as Friday’s trip). I had him try his cell phone to get back to me this morning on his way out of the valley. He actually got it to work in a strange manner through voice commands. I called him back and so we agreed I would call him after 3:30 p.m. to see where he was on the trip home. Now that he’s home, I realize I should have had him try to call me through his normal way of dialing. He leaves tomorrow morning for Yakima to have his ignition switch repaired, so I will remind him to try again without voice recognition but just the normal switch he uses to see my name Nancy-Home or Nancy-Cell.

After our morning conversation, it was still early, so I decided to lie back down and get some more rest after staying up until almost 12:30 a.m. I did, but woke up about 8:30 a.m. with a horrible nightmare, raging headache, including a way too high blood pressure figure. So, I took a heart medication, put a cold compress on my head, drank cool Gatorade, and laid back down to rest and hopefully feel better. I went back to sleep until 10:00 a.m. Thankfully, my headache was gone, and blood pressure down a little (still relatively high), so I slowly began my day. I didn’t feel like eating until almost 1:00 p.m. I got better as the day went on and my BP stabilized.

John’s trip home (I-90 east) was fine, but the folks heading west toward Puget Sound were in a stop-n-go situation, adding more than an hour of travel time. The choke-point begins just east of Cle Elum when the road from Wenatchee joins the interstate.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Medical, and much

Sunday, Jun 23
You already heard about today in last week’s blog, but we did get the blog published at 9:20 p.m.My violin classes started in WA in 1991 in Kittitas, WA for 22 years for the WOTFA (WA Old Time Fiddlers Association) summer workshop held there for a week. It was only 10 miles from our house. Today, I had a facebook message from Bobbie Pearce, my teacher all those years, about her left-handed fiddling daughter from Meridian, ID – Katrina Nicolayeff, who won for the 5th time, the National Grand Champion Fiddler of the WOTFA competition this year. This video is 45 minutes of the top 8 contestants for the final round in Weiser, ID, June 22, 2019. Katrina’s fiddling starts at 5:45 into the video. I’m trying to find out the names of the 3 songs she plays. I cannot decipher from the speaker. Closest I can get is Building on Low Ground, Valen’s (unsure of the spelling) Waltz, and the Clarinet Polka.

Katrina Nicolayeff, 5th time, Nat’l Grand Champion Fiddler

Monday, Jun 24

We left early this morning for our first stop with my laptop at the ComputAbility place in Ellensburg. Savannah there was going to assess the problem with my Dell’s on-off switch and find the part to order. We had to continue on to the Yakima Heart Center for my appointment with my new cardiologist.

Before leaving for Yakima, I mailed out the long-awaited Jack Nisbet lecture. Next thing needing sent is the report on the May 21 awards, to the Geography & CERM recipients, which still is not yet completed because of searching for pictures taken by others to add and for email addresses of the students involved. I already put the videos in for our part on May 21 in our weekly blog.

Before my scheduled cardiologist visit, I went to Toni for a device check on my ICD, which had misfired (reported a higher than normal pulse rate) back in February 2 days, right before my oral dental surgery. It did not trigger the kick of stopping the heart to repace it, but it did notify the professionals, who called me to see if I was okay. It was a couple months later, so I studied my calendar and realized what I thought caused it, and reported back to Dr. Dave Krueger my thoughts, in line with the stress I was going under at the time waiting 10 days to remove the bacteria infected abscessed tooth threatening my heart valves until the tooth could be extracted. You’ve already heard that story. He accepted it and we scheduled the first available appointment to meet him – which was today.FACC = Fellow of the American College of Cardiology

John and I had an excellent medical discussion with my new cardiologist, Dave Krueger, MD, at the Yakima Heart Center. You have heard in a previous blog, that he was on the team when I was so sick awaiting open heart surgery Nov – Dec 2009. He agreed to take me as his patient, and he plans to be on board for another 10 years before retiring. That is great news. He also involves the patient in all the decision making and transcribes the details of the visit, the same as my original cardiologist in 2009 (Dr. Anatole Kim) did. He retired 2 years ago, and his replacement left for another job, earlier this year, leaving me without a cardiologist.
I have not received my transcription yet from him, but below is from notes and my memory of what transpired. First, I was seen by his medical assistant (MA), and she gave me an ECG. He later showed it to us, and remarked on the good signs it demonstrated. She then went through my medications list, took my BP and pulse, and we visited about the doctor. We had a very short wait until he came into the room.

We discussed the medications I’m on, and the necessary things to keep an eye on my progress with them. I’m already aware and doing most of the necessary things. Because of the Amiodarone I’m on for stopping atrial fibrillation, I get a Pulmonary Function Test annually. I do have to get him to request the next one because they shortened the length of time to plan for the next year. I used to do it at the time for the next year, but that’s changed. I’ll check on that tomorrow. I have previously asked for the records to be transferred to the Yakima Heart Center (YHC) for my file, but I will check to see if they are in my file; if not, I’ll copy the ones I have.

I learned from Dr. Krueger that I should be taking all vitamins with food in my stomach. We also discussed other meds, and necessary blood tests to have in the next couple weeks to evaluate several things: my thyroid, liver, kidney, electrolytes, and anemia counts. He ordered those labs and I picked up the paperwork as I was checking out. Labs will require fasting, and include HDL/Lipid Profile, BNP, CBC, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, and TSH. I will also have an Echocardiogram (with Angie) at the YHC in October, at least a week before a scheduled appointment with Dr. Krueger in October or November.

I probably cannot schedule his appointment until August, and it will be on a Tuesday in Ellensburg! One other thing is that I am supposed to let my eye doctor know I take Amiodarone because it can have an effect on the surface of the cornea. I never knew that so because I have an eye appointment coming up this Tuesday, July 2, I called and talked to a medical assistant I know there. She said not to worry; they were aware of that and had several patients on the drug. I was due for a medication update this year (every 2 years), so I will carry that in. But, I have been on it since 2010 and at the same eye doctor. So I’m okay.

We had a nice thorough visit and I went away pleased. Got to visit with my favorite nurse down there since 2009 (Colleen). She’s my liaison for getting messages transferred. Knows both John and me very well.

Tuesday, Jun 25

Checked and paid for tabs on our old Chevy 1980 farm truck and found the correct insurance papers are not in the glove compartment, so I wrote an email to our insurance company in Idaho (for our vehicles), requesting them to send me the one only for the Chevy truck, which only had inside one that expired in March this year. I will pick up the tabs tomorrow, along with getting John’s medications.

I changed my next haircut in July to Friday, 7/19, because we are planning to be at Asahel Curtis Trail head for a special celebration potluck for Pete Dewell’s WTA achievements, working >2000 days volunteering for WTA trails.

John spoke with Pete Saturday this week on the Annette Lake Trail. He sent his regards through John to me, and John told him I would be coming along to his celebration potluck.

Asahel Curtis Trail

I worked on various computer projects (sending jobs out to the jobs list I manage), and creating an emailing group list to send to folks who attended the End-Of-Year Geography awards ceremony, back on May 21. You have already seen that video report in the blog, photographs others took, to my report.

John thawed a pound of older ground beef from the freezer (in very good shape) and fixed homemade spaghetti meat sauce at my request tonight and we had it over rice, because we didn’t have any pasta in the house.

Wednesday, Jun 26

This morning, I called Discover Magazine when I awoke about receiving two issues of same magazine for July/August.

Changed there to expire April 2021 in John’s name, (since 2011). We will still get duplicate copies for this Sept. I called College Subscription Service and see if they can alter it if Discover Mags have not, but they had. Phone # I need (855) – (Ext 212 for Shaku); Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm Central Time. Shaku is only an agent. She was going to check with the publisher, and she called me back later in the week, but said the expiration date was 2020 not 2021. I’ll wait to see what it says on the October label.

I fixed my salad with John’s help cubing smoked turkey and apple and took to the food bank music and lunch afterward. They had 50 pound bags of small onions – last year’s crop – and loaded one in my car. John sorted them, throwing out about 10, and packaged most of the rest in 5-6 pound containers. These will go to friends and neighbors. Before the few we kept are used, our own crop will ripen; but could be used now.

I picked up John’s meds at the Pharmacy and the tabs for his Chevy ‘80 truck from Meridian Theater building office; better to deal with than the county courthouse.

Thursday, Jun 27

We played music today at Hearthstone for the residents with a large group of 12 players, and a good bunch in the audience.
I also delivered onions today; worked on getting clothing collected for a family who lost all in a house fire.

I still need to set up the July music for the music books I’m in charge of and also for the audiences; next week we play both days, July 4 and July 5.

Friday, Jun 28

We went a long time this week, without a Kittitas Valley photograph by our friend Evie Scheutz, so here are two from this morning.6/28/19 Sunrise in the Kittitas Valley by Evie Scheutz

Followed by a characteristic of the global economy of our valley, with the hay industry:Early morning Hay Field by Evie Schuetz

Our valley grows timothy, mixed grass, and alfalfa and bales it into regular bales, picked up using a Harobed and into megabales for shipment overseas. Both sized bales go overseas and to users in the USA.

I have to put in a few images of these megabales, which many folks have never seen. When I have toured the Anderson Hay and Grain facility here in town they call these sized bales by that title, but on the web, they are known only as Large Square Bales (which they really aren’t) – maybe better called Large Rectangular Bales. I like the term, “Megabales.” I drove to Ellensburg directly into a thunderstorm, with street, sidewalk, and parking lot flooding. I went to Super 1 and did not find what John wanted for mixed vegetables, but I got a 2# pkg. of the closest thing to it for 98₵. I found the Navel Oranges all right. I walked out into a the first few raindrops of a heavy rainstorm with lightning and thunder (with no raincoat in my car). I wrapped up the frozen veggies in some clothing in the back of my car to keep it cold. The worst rainfall happened after I was inside the car. I waited about 10 minutes before I even tried driving away.

I drove to the AAC to pick up feed bags left for me early this morning. On the way back, I left a bucket of last years’ onions by Amy’s house. I had to sit there awhile too, until the rain slowed. Then I drove by Dairy Queen to cash in a free coupon for a chocolate dipped 3 oz. cone for my treat of the day after all the excitement. From there I came back by way of Celia’s to drop off a box with the rest of the onions. That finishes them. We will soon have our own coming on.

John is taking a nap and I think I will too. My escapades took a lot longer than I ever expected today with all the thunderstorm activity. I slept for 1.5 hrs. Guess I needed it.

We had a great stir-fry for supper, and we will have a piece of red velvet frosted cake with ice cream for dessert.

I finished the play list and plans for our group to play patriotic music next Friday at the Senior Center (officially known as the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center). They don’t have a program on the 4th, because there is much else going on in the area.

Saturday, Jun 29

John leaves early for a WTA work party on the Annette Lake Trail, on the west side of Snoqualmie Pass. He worked with 2 others on brushing where the trail meanders under a power-line, for 1/10 of a mile. That starts just 3/10ths of a mile from the parking lot. A fellow has bursitis (hips), and did not want to go very far. Some of the others went 2.25 miles up a hard climb. Tomorrow there are 2 rock & tread projects under the power-lines, and then they will work farther up, but still only about ½ mile up.

My day today was fruitful and frustrating. I started by going by a friend’s porch to drop off clothes and pick up more, but she forgot to put them on her porch. Later before I was out of town, she reached me and I did go back by to get them. I was able to take a skirt out of her bag to add to another delivery made today after the next place I went.

The next stop was at the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center (operated by the Methodist Church volunteers) to check out things for us, and also to donate a lot of clothes. I found a few things: a blouse, floppy cloth hat to keep the sun off my neck and face, a couple pairs of socks, and 2 types of underwear that fit. I left a whole lot more than I took.

I went by a friend’s house to drop off a garbage bag full of clothes for a family who lost everything in a house fire. I met her older brother Paul, who has moved in to stay with her so they can look after each other. We had a nice catch-up visit. Carole has recovered from an earlier stoke, with no problems apparent. We had visited by email and phone so I knew she had drastically improved. It was great to see her up and around and so we exchanged a big hug.

From there I went to ComputAbility, open from noon to 4:00 Saturday, because the part was delivered this morning. However, they wouldn’t be able to get it back to me until Monday afternoon. I have to have it over the weekend, so I will just have to take it in on Monday morning, or Tuesday morning. Yes, I was upset, from information I had learned earlier about the expected turnaround.

John tried calling me through his Bluetooth but the phone is not working. He got into the valley and tried turning it on, dialed my number, and it did not come through. We don’t know what is blacking out the screen, and why it is not working.

After getting the mail and taking the dog for a brief walk, he came back in the house and took a short nap. Then he fixed a nice soup for supper and cooked corn-on-the-cob, but neither one of us wanted any after the large bowl of chicken & vegetable & wild rice soup. Later just before John went to bed, we had our dessert.

Now John has been in bed awhile, but just walked out in bare feet to ask me to bring in the cat food because there was a bad skunk smell coming through the bedroom window. I am still in the den and the smell is permeating our entire house. Yes, I brought in the food. Neither inside / outside cat is in the house, so we hope they don’t get sprayed. They came through clean.

Sunday, June 30
This morning before John left, I awoke and had a circulation problem with my feet from socks I wore overnight for the first time that had too tight a clinch on my lower leg. When I took them off, there was a lump above on my leg, so I wrapped up the socks to give away and not bother with cutting the top elastic. I changed to loose fitting socks; it was better within an hour, but I checked it all day. I think I will postpone exercise one more day.

John left ~ 6:35 to WTA today Annette lake again today, earlier than yesterday because of the parking lot at the trail head rapidly filling up. In mid-afternoon, a thunder storm rumbled along the ridge near them. That shortened the work by about 45 minutes. It turned out the storm went a bit east of them, and they only got a little rain.
He arrived home just after 4:00 p.m. unable to call me because his cell phone is not connecting; only a black screen, and cannot turn on to run through his Bluetooth, or to accept phone calls from me. We don’t know how to fix it. I guess we’ll take it to town and see if anyone can help us turn it on. And, I’ll call Consumer Cellular for assistance.

Finished working on blog today, one more thing and I can turn it over to John.

In between, I emptied and filled the dishwasher, ate brunch, listened to a hard rainstorm, moved a chair under cover in the front yard, planned attendance and number of people eating on Friday at the Senior Center celebration for July 4 on the 5th, where our group is providing the patriotic music.

I contacted a person coming to town tomorrow to coordinate our schedules, but have not yet been in touch. It’s in her lap now.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Solstice in Kittitas Valley

Sunday, Jun 16

We’ll start this week, with a special photo taken on Father’s Day by our friend, Evie Schuetz.
Here’s what she said about it on Facebook, when she posted it:

Father’s day gets me to feeling all nostalgic, so I went out to see what my parents were doing upstairs. Same as when they were here on earth, they saw to it that I received more than I had hoped for. Everywhere I turned I saw beautiful things; a gorgeous moon, fiery sunlit clouds, the greenest fields I’ve seen all year, and a magnificent sunset. This particular scene is what captured my interest the most though. Mom used to call these “cotton candy skies.” I know it defies logic, but sometimes it feels like they’re still sharing things with me in companionable silence.

Clouds and Mt. Rainier from the Kittitas Valley by Evie Schuetz

Next was the same day but taken by my other Kittitas Valley photographer friend, Lise McGowan.Nice partially framed moon through the trees, by Lise McGowan

Monday, Jun 17

We published last week’s blog at 10:04 p.m. I’m staying home today to try to get better and make progress on projects with deadlines. Thus far I have been spinning my wheels, but it’s including things on and off the computer, and we stopped to have brunch.

Got the July music out to KV F&F. Need to finish getting out the May 21 report on awards. I also need to get Jack Nisbet’s talk to the AWG meeting sent to folks I know were there or wanted to be. My time is being spent getting the email addresses of members of the Association of Washington Geographers.

I worked on my receipt filing needs and need to make more progress tomorrow when I stay home.

We had a nice supper tonight–baked chicken thighs, stir-fry veggies (snow peas, bell peppers, carrots, water chestnuts), and our neighbor Ken’s potato salad.

Tuesday, Jun 18

My friend Lise McGowan was out scouting for us all. Here’s her photograph and story:Check the description of contents in Lise McGowan’s text below:

So yesterday morning I was up at 3:50 am photographing the setting of the Strawberry full moon! Most of you were still sleeping (even my friends on the east coast) so I thought I would share. It’s setting over the Manastash Ridge furthest south I’ve seen it in a long time! Cell towers are to the far right. Large transport trucks are camped at the rest stop off of I-82 about 1/2 way down. My friend Nancy B. Hultquist shared this website with me and thought it would be great to share with ya’ll, my friends!!! Enjoy!!!  (Nancy here; see below for the link I sent.)

John adds: {Lise mentions the location of the moon. Lunar movements are very complex, and because they affect tides, and are of interest to astrologers, Lunar Cycles (link) have been studied, calculated, and commented on for thousands of years. See here regarding caring for your hair in January. }

Once you open the link below, please refresh or reload, and then check out the top video (time-lapse of the moon) in the story on space.com:

June 2019’s Full Moon on space.com

John drove my Forester down for its recall on the brake switch light, which controls many things besides brake lights. He is doing this for me because I need to stay home and work on my computer and filing so I can turn it over to the computer gurus in town to assess its problems and order me a new part to send for and when back, they can install. I have diagnosed that myself, and so I have not been turning it off so as not having to risk not being able to turn it back on. I have already mentioned that I was having to press the switch as many as 15 times before it would turn on.

He filled my gas tank on his way home (in Ellensburg), because for once, the price/gal was 6₵ less than at Costco in Union Gap. While in town he checked our number at Bi-Mart. No win on a jar of dry roasted peanuts for the last digit in our number.

Once home, the wind was still blowing 40 mph, and he needed to go out and walk the dog and carry some hay to the lower part of the pasture to get the horses out of the wind.

He napped awhile, and then went back to town to fill his car with gasoline for his trip to a WTA work day at Dorothy Lake on the other side of Stevens Pass. He needs to leave here about 5:15 a.m. to miss the start of construction on Blewett Pass, to get on up through Leavenworth to Hwy 2. While in town, he went by Super 1 and found a large package of smoked turkey breasts.

He cut up cubes for me for my salad that I need to take to the Food Bank tomorrow, and also cut cubes of apple. I cleaned up my head of Iceberg lettuce and put it in to crisp overnight.

More work on receipt filing and organization, on computer projects (sending jobs out to the jobs list I manage), and creating an emailing group list to send to folks who attended a presentation at CWU Geography of the spring meeting of the Association of Washington Geographers. I joined in 1988, when I arrived in EBRG. It also includes people who wanted to be there, but were unable. Our speaker was Jack Nisbet, an author and naturalist from Spokane, talking on the cultural, geological, historical, and natural environments of the Columbia Plateau. It was a fascinating presentation, and the finale to a nice conference over two days. You already heard about it in a previous blog during the week it was presented.

I’m working on creation of another email list for receiving our two events on May 21, that I have to get out to folks. Too many activities are stealing my time from completion of both projects.

Wednesday, Jun 19

John is going past Stephens Pass to a WTA work party with Nate (blue hat), 3 ACLs, a total of 8 Green Hat workers at Dorothy Lake.

We received some photos, Saturday, from the crew leader, and John went through them with me to describe the projects and what was going on. I picked three photos with him in it to lead off the discussion. Prying up a fallen log to be sawn; two other projects. Right-most is the view from down-trail of the 2nd project described below.

You will be convinced after hearing/seeing his explanation of the next two photos. He always does his best to tell me about the projects he worked on, or knew what happened. This time we didn’t have all the before and after photos, so he had to draw the explanation on the finished trail shots.

I asked him to do that and it follows below in two photos, with the description of each one. I’m grateful for his efforts in describing what happened, because I’ll never get out to participate in a WTA work crew, and each trip I get his review of all the photos submitted.John’s description of the photo above and below, follows:

The purple line:
On the right, the uphill side, there was slumping of soil and vegetation, with tree roots above and through.
Where the red F is, there was a sharp drop, not quite 90°, but it dropped 20 feet before there was a change. The fern and log (L) were not there. Likewise, for the rocks at R.
All the material under the purple line was dug or cut out and pushed over the hill, at F. An old log (L) was carried to the site and the larger end placed against the tree (T) base. The smaller end was placed, with rocks on top, against the sawed-off end of the ancient log. Adding woodsy soil and the fern (F) finished the down-slope side.
Mineral soil – orange/brown – was cut out of the hillside and used to make the tread.
The WTA volunteer is carrying a Grub-hoe.Another project

The purple line represents a large tree root removed. On this side the level of the tread was 8 inches higher than on the far side, but the root stuck up another 8 inches. Stepping from the far side, over the root and a few inches down to the tread is the sort of thing hikers hate.
While a volunteer cut the root out, John worked on the hillside and the tread. The trail is now a proper width (length of a pick handle), and there is no pointless up and down – sometimes called a PUD.

Here is a link to all the photos from the trip, without explanation:

WTA work trip, June 19, Dorothy Lake, Photos

I went to the FISH Food Bank Lunch for music playing and got food today (spaghetti & meat sauce) to accompany the salad I took. I brought home a container of Greek Yogurt, an apple, and a piece of good looking cake (I’ll share with John tonight). I have been sorting, tossing, and filing all afternoon since arriving home. I skipped exercise because my feet are not yet up to that.

This afternoon I washed a huge load of clothes and I’m still drying them. If we had a clothesline, they would have dried quickly in the breeze today. Wind speeds yesterday and today recorded 5 miles south of us, at the airport. We have continued this entire week with high winds.

John fixed us a pizza for supper and is now sleeping in his chair. He had a very long day. I’m tired and still drying clothes so probably should finish that and we should have a small dessert and retire early.

Thursday, Jun 20

This afternoon, the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends provided music at Pacifica for over an hour. We had 13 there, and an audience exceeding that count, with only 11 copies of music to share with the audience (they keep disappearing throughout the 2 months we use them). A few residents come forward at the end, each time, to tell us how much they appreciate our coming. One woman today wanted me to know that a lady who sat next to her never comes out of her room to any event, but loves coming to hear our music, and was there today just for us. I thanked her for letting me know. We know the names of quite a few of the residents and often their favorite songs as well. Others will come forward and talk to members to tell how they used to play a musical instrument and which one. It’s always a rewarding experience. Music is healing.

John’s out retrieving one of our horses from stuffing themselves on grass in our neighbor’s pasture on the south side of ours. He will also have to find the exit route and repair it. The wind is blowing fiercely. We are grateful our neighbor called to alert us. It took John awhile because he had to open the gate between our pastures and the other horses joined the first. Once he got all ours back into our pasture, he could close the gate. She had already corralled her horse. John tried repairing the corner, adding rails, fixing and stretching broken barbed wire, but really is not sure how the horse managed to find his way out. They have remained in our pasture since (until Sunday morning!)

I need to fix myself some brunch so I can leave for music.

I finished the chore of putting all my medications in for the week to the container for daily dispersal.

Once home this afternoon, I spent time registering a marked for tracking $1.00 bill at the Where’s George site: wheresgeorge.comI found it in my own stack of things. Now I will send to our sister in Ohio, and let her put it into circulation, or send on to another friend, after she registers it. We will both be informed of its next destination. Be sure to put the location on your report, if you ever find one in circulation. I think I forgot to put the same type of information in. And I couldn’t see the report below until after I had done my registration. Next time I’ll know better.

This is the report I received on this one. Interesting, it passed through Queen Anne Hill (in Seattle), because that is where my grandmother Wilkins worked as a domestic when she was in Seattle while my grandfather worked as a carpenter on the Smith Tower, before 1914, when my mom was born (their 3rd child). They left for south GA when she was 6 months old. The house is still there in West Seattle, and several family members have visited there and gotten a tour. Pretty cool. John and I actually carried my Granny there after we had reached Idaho and could drive to Seattle to show her.

Here is the following of a tracked dollar bill.I spent more time tonight sorting through paperwork, tossing, and filing.

Friday, Jun 21 Summer Solstice

We spent the day on chores in the yard, house, and computer. Dishes we have to keep up with daily, but clothes are getting more closely needed watched too.

I delivered two white garbage bags full of newspapers (WSJ and local Daily Records) to a gal who needs it for packing to move. On my way home, I stopped at a yard sale and bought two pair of newish black jeans for John: size 36/32. He needs to lose weight and get into them. That’s a good incentive. The price was right, $1.00/pair.

I’m having many problems with trying to organize emails of past events and future events, without enough time to work on them.

We eat well in spite of it, and John fights the wind every day. Plants need water and weeds tended to. We noticed today the Magpies are robbing the cherries and they are not even ripe yet.Sunset in our valley on the Summer Solstice, by Lise McGowan

After 10 days or so, we will start to notice the shorter minutes of daylight. This will trigger the “bulbing” of our onions. onions

Saturday, Jun 22

Frustrating correspondence with the Jacquie Lawson site about errors in greeting card deliveries. Raised my blood pressure, literally.

This came early morning too, and is very interesting. I hope all the lady bugs come in to our cherry trees which last year were covered in such stickiness from aphids. John says our plum trees also suffered aphid infection. He poured an insecticide around the base of the cherries but missed the plums along the back fence.
They are much distressed. Will treat them next spring.Pix by Amy: Chrysalis, Ladybug, Ladybug & eggs on Maple Tree

From Amy Davison:
Haley (daughter, 6 yrs.) pointed out our Maple tree was covered in ladybug eggs this morning. We’ve not seen this before.

We get a sticky misty residue each year from this tree. I thought it was the tree until today. Last year when staying in a campground in Shelley, Idaho, we kept tracking in the stickies stuff into my parents’ RV and cars. It was from aphids hatching. Aphids are a major part of the ladybug diet!

Haley continued her research to their backyard plum tree and found a different part of the ladybug’s cycle of life. Below this photo, I have placed a link to a video, which informed me of much I did not previously know. I expect you will learn from it too. Thanks, Haley and Amy, for the education.Pix by Amy Davison of Ladybug Larva

Life Cycle of a Lady Bug – Instructive Video

Late afternoon we left for Marte Fallshore’s and Dale Brubaker’s home with a dessert (apple & berry strudel, cut into smaller servings) for the potluck and two bottles of White Heron wine. She is roasting a turkey for a supper at 5:00 p.m. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary and her retirement from CWU, where she taught Psychology. While I was there we worked on many university projects and graduate committees. They are a musical family, she plays the double bass and he the fiddle. The music starts at 2:00 p.m., but we are skipping that because of my continued left shoulder problem. Once there we stayed a long time and only got back home about 9:00 p.m. We had a nice visit with friends we never have time to sit down with and truly interact.

I’ve been working trying to finalize the send of videos to an event the first of this month. Maybe I’ll get it out tomorrow, after the blog is completed.

Late tonight, I realized I had not cleaned the strawberries I got Friday, so I did them and John sugared them for me. He beat me to bed. Berries are for Sunday.

Sunday, June 23

I slept in and have been working on this and other things. I must organize my medical records to take for my new cardiologist appointment tomorrow morning in Yakima; that meeting is preceded by a device check (implanted defibrillator). And, on the way, I will leave my computer at a repair facility for an evaluation while we are away for several hours.

This morning we had another glitch present itself with a morning call from our neighbor, Susan, that our horse (Jazz) was again in her high grass pasture. John was able to find where he came through by running him around until he showed him the escape route. Old fence, old wire, gravity. Fixing the corner earlier was wasted effort. He took along his phone and a drink, and managed one call about Noon. He only has one bar on his phone and had trouble getting to me just now. He rarely uses the phone except when in the car and it has a Bluetooth® set-up.

I cannot get through to his phone. Getting my message only, which happens when it’s off or out of reception. It’s now 1:16; I’m beginning to get hungry. I fixed a salad for myself and just finished it. It’s 1:45 and no word from John, so I shall call again. I guess I had better put on walking shoes and go check to see if a tree fell on him in this wind.

I got to the first gate and he was coming through it, so I didn’t have to go far. He had no idea about his phone. It was black and not receiving. We turned it on and checked my phone to him and it went through, so must have turned itself off. He never tried to call me again but sometimes when he turns it on, it is black and he cannot get a call out to me either place, landline or cell. When it works, it is fine, but recently, it’s been not working in his car either. We haven’t a clue. He needs to use it more, and learn. He keeps it charged.

While he was gone, I called the Exxon station because all the information on ‘gasbuddy’ was a long day old. Their price is still $3.05/gal. He plans to take the old ’80 Chevy pickup in to fill both tanks, while the price is down. I just checked another station and found it is $3.03+/gal there (Circle K on Main St.). He went there and filled both tanks with almost 31 gallons of fuel.

The bookstore near the University, Jerrol’s, is celebrating 72 years this week, so is giving away ice cream. He took a cooler and will stop by and bring home 2 cups for us. He also went to the grocery across the street.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Wind Energy

Monday, Jun 10

We managed to publish our last week’s blog just before noon today.
Here is an appropriate introductory photo for our week of news:This scene was captured by Evie Schuetz. She published this early today on Facebook. She saw these up close and heard the whooshing sound they make. They were on Hayward Road (off Hwy 10) and it was her first experience under a wind turbine. This is northwest of EBRG. John and I went east.

Tuesday, Jun 11

Last week I tried to get through to the UW Hospital complex in Seattle to get a consultation report on my shoulder sent to my PCP. I thought it had been requested and sent long ago. We were in Seattle on March 11, but when I saw Chelsea on a recent Friday, she could not find a report.

I now have a quality control person (Demetri) who responded from UW but it is still not resolved. The first call was reassuring, but the second call was non-productive.

We left today for town about 10:40 a.m. First stop Bi-Mart to check numbers, but we did not win anything. Then off to pick up sunflower seeds for the birds—2 bags. From there to pick up a Papa Murphy’s Pizza picked out by Kristin Ashley, who was working at the Wild Horse Wind Farm today leading two public tours (about an hour long). We were going to share and visit over her lunch hour.

The pizza had zucchini, tomato, mushrooms, chicken, onions, red bell peppers, artichoke hearts, spicy herbs & cheese, with a red sauce (not creamy garlic) on a thin crust. When we arrived, Tiffany took the pizza back to the kitchen and preheated the oven. After the morning tour, with Kristin back in the visitor’s center, the pizza went in the oven. Photo of the product.We got there just before noon, and while we waited for Kristin to return from her public tour (described a little more below, including a few items about the facility), John & I toured the visitor center’s displays. We have been there before, but we saw some different displays this trip. They have comfortable chairs around a table next to a book shelf with reference books on birds, flowers, wildlife, and details of the shrub-steppe environment surrounding us on Whiskey Dick Mountain. Behind the building is a stand of solar panels and all around are wind turbines whooshing in the breeze. These I took adjacent to the walkway up from the parking lot to the visitor’s center.The Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center is located 16 miles east of Ellensburg in central Washington.Visitor center, old windmill, and turbine with a public tour (white hard hats) that lasts an hour, and visits the base of a tower.

Often they start with a walk by a large turbine blade to give an idea of the size. It was damaged in transit and was unable to be used on a turbine, so this is a fine educational display.Two on the left are from the PSE website, with a woman standing next to the blade for scale; bottom is the entrance to the base of a turbine, which is part of the tour. Top right, I took of my friend Peggy Coble, with her friend Robert visiting from Kenya. They are both ministers (she in Thorp and he in Kenya, where he and his family run an orphanage). They were there the same day we were, and had been included on the tour Kristin was leading for a group of professionals in the industry, who had never visited a site such as this. They came over from the Seattle area.

At the end of the tour, they were brought back in to view the software displaying a map of all the towers at the facility with data about each tower (how much power it was producing, its maintenance schedule, and a number of working parameters that need watched and monitored). I could not get close enough to video her demonstration, but watched from behind the front row.Pretty blue lupine and wind turbines at Wild Horse Wind Farm – that’s Mt. Rainier in the distance. These photos from the web.

The wind turbines at Wild Horse can generate up to 273 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The solar array, one of the Northwest’s largest, can generate up to 502 kilowatts of electricity. Puget Sound Energy’s Renewable Energy Center offers a first-hand look at how these elements are turned into electricity. The issue with solar results from our high Latitude of 47° N. Summer days are long, but so is winter when the high sun is over southern South America.

The next video is especially exciting for me, because Andrea (Nesbitt) Crawford was my student long ago at CWU, and she began her career journey there as an intern (with me as her academic adviser).

Wild Horse Wind Turbine Tour

Here is some more information and there is lots more on the Internet for PSE (Puget Sound Energy) and also on their Facebook site. Name to search for on Facebook is:
Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center.

Fact sheet about PSE areas in WA

Inside the Visitor’s Center:This is a Greater Sage-Grouse, housed in a glass box. This is the largest grouse in North America, and found only in the Western States. This was gathered on the Yakima Training Center lands in 1980 (just to our south), and is on loan from the WA Department of Fish & Wildlife. My photo (lower left) has a light blue exclamation point over it, which is a reflection from the glass of the opposite view window in the Visitor’s Center; the bottom two windows behind are facing west.
So the tour returned, took off their white hard hats, and toured the computer software and display of the wind farm.Kristin’s discussion with crew after tour and viewing the model & maps of the facility; previously they had all been gathered around the computer display shown on a small display screen behind the fellow.

When Kristin was finished with the tour group, she cooked the pizza, and brought plates, napkins, and utensils to our seats in the visitor’s center. Tiffany (the other guide on duty) joined us, for lunch and visit.

Then we went outside for pictures, having a lot of fun posing as wind turbines.Top photo shows how the wind is blowing (look at my shirt) – and the solar panel array is behind John.
Next are fun photos of our tour guides – Tiffany & Kristin – and then the two of them with John
John and I drove home. We were away for over 4 hours, but it was a great afternoon. Now I’m playing catch-up again (still).

Wednesday, Jun 12

I was expecting a call from UW medicine from Demetri, or someone, but nothing came through. Yesterday, while we were gone I received a call, but there was no message left, just the caller ID from UW. Over a week ago I had requested my PCP receive a copy of the Consultation report about my shoulder which was done March 11.

I went to the FISH Food Bank Lunch for music playing and got a little food today (tiny bit of spaghetti & meat; yogurt with fruit, and frosted brownie by Arlene) to accompany the salad I took. I was able to visit with Peggy Coble and Robert over lunch today, and we reminisced about their Wind Turbine tour yesterday.

I left there to pick up something for a newly befriended neighbor and then went by another friend’s house, after going for my INR blood draw. Once home, I received a call from the triage nurse with my INR results. They were good at 2.2 and I don’t have to return for a month.

I’m tired enough at 9:20 p.m. to go to bed now, and try catching up on my rest. I didn’t make it until later, but earlier than usual.

Thursday, Jun 13

Met Kristina at our place to deliver air mattress and pad (I picked up yesterday for their Father’s Day camping trip, from a friend who works at the Senior Center). She previously had borrowed our ice chest.

I carried clothes for two people to Meadows to share after music.
We had 11 people involved: Sharon, Kevin, Evie, Gerald, Charlie, Nancy, Charlotte, Amy & Haley, Dean, Anne, Minerva, with Sandy in the audience helping them handle their music lyrics packets.
I picked up prescriptions at Super 1, Entresto for me and Tamsulosin for John. John’s was more expensive than mine, and mine is the most expensive I take ($40/mo).

Friday, Jun 14

Lots of wind today, but thankfully the temperatures were lower than yesterday. John worked outside some and I worked inside on many different projects.

Saturday, Jun 15

Today is our day to go to Briarwood for music and early supper. John went along, stayed in the exercise room to read while we played music, and then joined us for food and conversation.

Our group had 9 players/singer there today: Manord, Evie, Gerald, Charlie, Nancy, Dean, Amy, Laura with her 2 little dogs, and Sandy. As usual, they put on a nice spread for us and the residents there. We even had two ladies (Margot & Jackie) dance to an instrumental we played, Peek A Boo Waltz. It was very neat to have them up front with us. The audience loved it.

Yesterday was Flag Day – so decorations are red/white/blue – but we did not know and our flag spent the day inside. We had generously filled chicken salad sandwiches (by Lee) and two of her salads (Pistachio cream) and the best green pea salad I have ever had; not too many peas. A potato salad by Connie, and a fruit salad by another resident, not in photo. The right is the dessert table with Chocolate Chip cookies by Betty, Apples with a great cream cheese, marshmallow crème, powdered sugar dip by Lee, cute patriotic cookies by a resident, ginger cookies, and Oreos. Beverages were raspberry lemonade and water.

Afterwards, we went to get groceries; picking up some things at Fred Meyer (Bush Beans @ 99₵/large can and Super 1 (Fritos original, would have preferred scoops), & Safeway (two 50% off packages of ground beef (80% lean) with card savings and store coupons applied to both packages totaled $22.22 for 6.18 pounds. After the 50% off and some other deduction, they cost us $4.41 and $4.21 (total $8.62 or $1.39/lb.). Always, their pricing and paper receipts are the most complicated of any store. While there, I picked up my prescription for Atorvastatin for 90 days, ½ 80mg pill/day. There I use the Amazon Prime (Visa) card to purchase meds to get 2% off the cost (refunded by the credit card). It adds up and does not required insurance, (which has a higher copay). Their cost is even lower than the GoodRx price. I cannot explain it, but I will take advantage of the opportunity.

Sunday, June 16 * * * Happy Father’s Day * * *

John had contemplated being on a WTA trip at Mt. Rainier, if they had it at a location he felt was worth the driving time. He decided he would not be interested in a 2.5-mile steep trail up and down over a ridge to Kautz Creek and 2.5 miles out at the end of the work.

Our alternative is to go to Swedbergs for lunch after 1 p.m. to see Ken’s son Donny from the Wash. D.C. area (actually VA) who is visiting. Cousins Julie, Jessie, and Robert will also be there. They served pulled pork & chicken by Rick, and potato salad (by Ken). We’re taking a chocolate pudding pie to go with an angel food cake Julie’s making, and Robert made brownies. Slaw, Purple potato salad, Stubbs BBQ sauce, BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, dessert (brownie, Angel Food Cake with fruit & whipped cream).

At 5:15 we got a call, expecting to be setting up a meeting for Monday evening with WTA Blue-Hat LeeAnne. CWU is hosting a 5-day training for Wilderness First Responders, where today she learned she would be dismissed early on Monday. She can go back across the mountains and sleep in her own bed – and not camp. So, we went in to EBRG for a visit and supper with her. A busy day.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Outdoor Activities

Sunday, Jun 2
We’ll start this week, by going back to photos taken May 18, when John participated in two days of WTA Crew Leader College in North Bend, WA.Crew Leader College, Hats on and Hats off, Mount Si
From the North Bend High School

More WTA Information on Mount Si Trail

Still finishing some follow-up reports and videos from last week:
This is a compilation of materials to set the stage for the field trip to the central Columbia River area (just east of us), conducted by Nick Zentner. [John says: In geologic terms this part of Washington is young. The rocks seen on this trip are all under 16 Million years old. By comparison, we were raised in a landscape of over 300 My, with the rocks much older. The mid-Washington landscape has been shaped by the Ice Age Floods, all less than 20,000 years old. The ice sheet stopped about 40 miles north of the sites along this field trip.]

Nancy: I’m adding information at the beginning of this report that will catch people up to speed to have all the graphics, photos, diagrams, and maps that were in the Field Trip Guide for people on the trip.  I never did hear how many people participated, but I think we had ~30 vehicles after we added joiners at the first two stops.
First, is from Nick Zentner’s own website, which is certainly worth a visit, if you have not seen it before.  The base entry point is at www.nickzentner.com 

More about the Wenatchee June 2, 2019 Geology Field Trip, at another place on his site with the detailed notes and images from all his field trips.
Obtain Field Trip Guide for June 2, 2019 Wenatchee Geology

Click on the image of Wenatchee June 2019 (with locations of the 4 stops) to get the complete field trip guide, downloaded as a PDF.
Folks on the trip studied the pages throughout the stops.  It will help to have them handy to view as you watch the videos at all 4 stops. Below is the second page of the booklet, which outlines the itinerary of the day.
We have videos of something at all the 4 stops.
Stop 1: Crescent Bar – Wenatchee Geology 2019

Stop 2: Sunrise Lane – Wenatchee Geology 2019

Stop 3: Colockum Road, Plat Lot 5 – Wenatchee Geology 2019

Stop 4a: Saddle Rock Trailhead – Wenatchee Geology 2019

Stop 4b: Saddle Rock Questions & Answers

Our view walking to the shelter that was uphill on our left.
Drone view of Saddle Rock from Motojw Photography; this site is just 22 miles from home, but takes about 2 hours to reach by car.

Here’s a follow-up comment about Stemilt/Malaga Landslide, which we talked about but never had a good view of, because of the number of people needing a place to park the many vehicles. You may find this of interest:

Another’s Report of the Stemilt/Malaga Landslide

First, we all want to thank Nick Zentner organizing and conducting this field trip.  Thanks to Karl Lillquist for filling in information on landslides and info in several other instances. Thanks as well to all the participants who offered good questions and food for thought. 

I want to thank my newly found friend from this trip, Debbie Doran, from the west side (all the way from Gig Harbor, with her husband, Mike).  They are avid followers of Nick’s lectures, field trips, and other presentations (such as the Premiere Showing of this year’s Nick on the Rocks programs). I met them at Stop 2, after walking in about half way, and deciding I was not able to make it, so I stopped Debbie on my way out, handed her my camera, and she took it with her to film the lecture at Stop 2.

Sorry it’s taken me so long to process all this for people along on the trip.  I hope you have some use for checking back on something you might want to remember.  I also apologize for not being as close up at Stop 3, and I explain in the description what happened.  

From the above, I am able to show John the Field Trip experience which he normally would be participating in, but today was the final day of WTA’s re-route on the Manastash Ridge Trail. {Fall work? Maybe.} My picks from the photos of the trail reroute are below.
Hats off Work Crew June 1st. Youngest worker: front, in blue.
Oldest worker: back, in orange. Beth Macinko (CL), back-left with blue hat.
In crew leader Beth’s words to those on the crew this Sunday, she said:   

“This year, 4 days of WTA work on Manastash Ridge completed the lower Westberg Trail reroute.  You built 200ft of new tread and did the finish work on 600+ feet to open the reroute for use.  This reroute will avoid the steep grade sections on the original trail that are causing erosion and vegetation loss.  Your work makes the trail more sustainable to support generations of future use as well as the health of the ecosystem.  As we saw, many people are already using and enjoying the trail you built.”

Thaddeus, youngest Green Hat, Saw & Throw – carving new trail

6/1-2/19 Photos WTA Manastash Ridge New Trail work

Monday, Jun 3

Last week’s blog wasn’t published until 1:09 a.m. this morning. WordPress issues with a link was the reason. Consequently, I slept in this morning, and have canceled all normal Monday activities to work on getting tasks completed that use my laptop. Its on/off switch is failing, so I have changed the settings this morning after pressing it 15 times to start, to have it never to sleep the screen or the system. That will buy me time to use it before I need to take it in for a diagnosis and arrange for purchasing a new Dell part for my computer, ordering, and installing it. I’m doing it locally with Computability LLC and saving the time and money to send it to Dell Support in Texas. I have spoken with Savannah there and I know the owner Matt. They can handle it, decide if my diagnosis is correct, and fix it. I will still have use of the computer until the part arrives.

I need to request my consultation report from Dr. Matsen be sent over to “Doc” Chelsea Newman; I thought it was requested at the time, but it was not in their records. I started that process, today, and still have no idea if it generated anything. I was never answered by email or phone and I left requests in both places.

Tuesday, Jun 4

We did various chores this morning, and after brunch, I left for a round-trip of a mile to my neighbor, Celia, who has cut my hair since 1988.

I stopped by the USPS for Forever postcards, and bought 10 at $.39 each. Everything has a story. Here’s the Azulillo flower story about a Forever stamp produced for 2017 postcard for the pretty blue Chilean crocus-type flower.The stamp image is a Chilean blue crocus (Tacophilaea cyanocrocus) from pre-existing artwork by illustrator, Dugald Sterner (1936-2011). His penciled calligraphy under the flower indicates one of its common names – Azulillo loosely translated from Spanish means “little blue thing” – with its botanical name above. The letters on the card are nearly impossible to read, so John found information on the web.

The Chilean blue crocus is native to a small, mountainous area around Santiago, Chile. Though it has survived in cultivation as a landscape and greenhouse plant in the U.S. and other countries, it was believed to be extinct in the wild in its native Chile by overgrazing, habitat destruction, and an unsustainable export industry. However, a thriving wild population was discovered near Santiago in 2001.

Despite its name, the Chilean blue crocus is not related to true crocuses from the iris family. It is one of only two species in the genus Tecophilaea. A low-growing plant, its stalk reaches a height between 3-5” with linear leaves. There are a number of varieties of this species, including the flower featured in the stamp art, var. leichtlinii, with its cobalt blue flowers and white centers. The plant is hardy in U.S. zones 7 to 9.
Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamped card.

While on the subject of flowers, here is a tour of our Iris (we got from Celia).These were all in bloom today, but other varieties (yellow and bronze) are yet to bloom in the same area. While we were looking at the nearby Iris, I walked over to our old 1977 Pace Arrow RV, where Czar demonstrated the exit procedure for the outside female cats winter bedroom.
First, these photos will show the entrance, with John for scale.John and Czar with the entrance to 2 outside cats’ winter home with a light and beds – no heat.

Czar demos exit from winter bedroom for outside cats

I mentioned above the problem with the on-off switch on my laptop and about changing the setting. When I go to sleep, I lay it out, and turn the “light” intensity down to zero, but leave it running and plugged in. That way I do not have to use the switch, which I think is worn out and ready to fail. That’s my diagnosis that came from multiple times of the past few weeks, of having to press the button up to 15 times to turn it on. That was making me nervous.

Wednesday, Jun 5

I did go to the FISH Food Bank Lunch for music playing and got food today to accompany the salad I took.

I had called Brad & Burke to pay our AC bill, and now in today’s mail, I received a receipt for payment for the broken part and the upgrade to make our heat pump provide “cool” when needed and heat with compressors, rather than the resistant heaters. That set us back almost $800.

I believe I’m having an issue with the “injury” caused by wearing the ill-fitting boots for 2 hours last Saturday and compressing something in my feet (maybe tendons or muscles).  I should have taken a picture of the impressions left on both feet when I removed the boots.  At least I took my socks off and showed John, so someone else saw it and can verify this.  Unfortunately, I am the one suffering.

Today, I could not wear any of my NORMAL shoes I wear, without severe pain.  The tops of my feet (above my toes on the foot) are swollen.  I have been taking my diuretic and my blood pressure (it’s fine). When I went to town, I wore different shoes, more like loafers without laces tied down or Velcro straps pulled across the top of my foot. That seemed to help, but still left a small “dent” impression on the very top of the foot from the shoe because of the swelling.

Thursday, Jun 6

I called to make an appointment this Monday with Dr. Cardon in Ellensburg for the foot swelling, but his schedule was filled until June 18th, so I made an appointment in Yakima at 10:15 a.m. I figure if it still is bad tomorrow, I will call in for my PCP’s advice. She is in Cle Elum on Fridays and I’m sure would fit me into her schedule.

Washed clothes, especially for John’s dusty trail work things and also a bunch of underwear for us both.

We are on for music at Rehab. We had 11 people show up and about as many in the audience. A good time was had by all. Cool today and very windy. I don’t mind that at all.

I made it by the P.O. to send a form in by certified mail.

​​I got home and tried on a few blouses Joanie gave me. Most were too large, and she is losing weight too, so they are too big for her. A few fit loosely, but had too low necklines, so I’m sharing them with another of our friends, Amy. A couple I’m passing along do fit but the low neckline in the front exposes my defibrillator scar and it is not a pretty picture. Looks like a big dent with a bump from the metal, the size of a pack of cigarettes, and casts a shadow. I don’t mind exposing the top of my open heart surgery scar, but the other turns me off. Amy wears lots of nice necklace jewelry, so the large open neckline will be perfect for her.

I received some photos today from Elise in New Jersey, and I am including my favorite, an amazing photo of Canada Geese swimming with their goslings. I have seen them in fields or on walkways in a park, while they were begging for food. The sunset over the lake is beautiful. Taken in Sussex County, NJ in Kittatinny Valley State Park 

Friday, Jun 7

Just before 7am, John was off to Gold Creek Trail, just this side of Snoqualmie Pass. Except for the 4 days at Manastash, Gold Creek is the closest to home that is regularly visited by WTA volunteers.

I called Dee & Barb about the Emeriti meeting tentatively planned for next Wednesday. I think I will write another note mentioning at least 4 people have conflicts, and we are swamped too, so maybe we should wait until July 10. (Subsequently, we cancelled the meeting this coming week).

Swollen feet likely started from a pair of hiking boots

Here are photos of the culprits:Today, I began pursuing the problem with my feet that began last Saturday night, the night before the Wenatchee Geology Field Trip with Nick Zentner. I decided there would be uneven ground and I needed to wear my hiking boots. I couldn’t find my old tried and true work boots I have worn in the past on all Nick’s field trips, so I resorted to another pair I found in the house (origin unknown).
I honestly don’t know where they came from. They are black and look like my work boots. I figured they had just been moved to the end of the hallway (but they had their shoestrings tied, and I never do that with boots, or pairs of shoes). The make is Harley Davidson. I truly have no idea how they got into our house. I did not buy them at a yard sale or at Big Five or any local store. And, they were not given to me on any of the Free Facebook sites. The size is larger than I would normally wear, Size 11, but they fit okay (so I thought when putting my feet in and lacing them up), but they pressured the back of my calf, and both feet on the top, particularly, and up the leg above my ankle.
I wore them around the house for two hours and decided I didn’t think I should wear them (they are also heavy), which I guess makes sense if you were riding them on a Harley Davidson and took a spill from a motorcycle into gravel or onto pavement. I switched to my old Brooks Addiction Walkers for the trip Sunday.

When I took the boots off, my feet, ankles, and up my leg ~5 inches was compressed and red looking. I called John over to look, so I had another person seeing what had happened. I SHOULD have taken a photo.

The next day (Sunday), I went on the trip, and clocked on my Fit Bit almost 2 miles, but it was done in my walkers. By Monday morning my feet were hurting, on top, and on my ankles around to the back of my sole. The top of my feet (each foot, above the toes) was swollen. I had continued taking my diuretic and I believed the swelling was unrelated to my heart issues and my blood pressure was normal. I skipped my Silver Sneakers class in order to stay home and rest and not walk much.

The next day (Tuesday), I put on my Velcro fastened shoes and wore them to town for stops I needed to make. I stopped by the AAC and told Roxanne (exercise physiology knowledgeable) and she thought (as I) that I might have caused something with the hiking boots). Wednesday, I could not stand the pain from the Velcro fastened shoes or the walkers (with lace up enclosure on top), and I had to wear more loafer-like shoes. That has continued, although I have tried the others on, and the pain is down now that the swelling is down.

I asked a nurse in our music group and she was concerned it was heart related. I never figured that (although I took my blood pressure as normal). I did figure it was related to wearing the boots Saturday night before leaving Sunday. I was some better by Thursday, but still wore the loafer type shoes and by then the swelling had mostly gone down. Friday, it was still somewhat sensitive, but I was able to put all my shoes on without much pain. I continued when out driving and walking to use the loafers. The first time I wore them on Wednesday, the swelling was still enough to show a mark from the top of the shoe across my foot. It didn’t hurt though. At home I always switched to bedroom shoes that do not have hard top support or I sit with only socks on and no shoes. I always sleep with my feet elevated. The top foot swelling was down completely the next day.

Meanwhile, yesterday I called and made an appointment with my foot doctor. I could not get in right away, (not until the 18th), so now next week, as it continues to heal, I will cancel the appointment. If it had not gotten better yesterday, I would have gone to my PCP today.

Meanwhile, I looked up different things on line, including typing in this question: What causes pain and swelling on the top of the foot.

Found this on line—must be what happened to me. “The shoe fits perfectly” with what I experienced.

What causes pain on the top of the foot?

Conditions caused by overuse include: Extensor tendonitis: This is caused by overuse or tight-fitting shoes. The tendons that run along the top of the foot and pull the foot upwards become inflamed and painful. … This condition causes pain in the top of the foot and outside the ankle.

That is an accurate description of what I suffered.

4:00 – 7:00 Lawyer Jeff Winters had a retirement party to provide an opportunity to meet his replacement, Attorney Ann Reidel-Thomas, and her assistant, Jennifer Stewart. We had a good conversation with all three. Jen works only on Mondays & Tuesdays. She lives in Zillah. We had a lot of common interests to share.
We both were happy to meet Ann. She will be great to work with on following up with the work we did previously with Jeff on our estate planning, to make it official. Jeff will be moving to Tampa, FL so I got his personal email address so I can introduce him to my cousin and her husband in Tampa.

Evening sunset was lovely pastels, but I didn’t get out quite soon enough; however, this will give you a clue through the trees. As I was taking it, I was enjoying the sound of the creek rushing in front of me (and on the other side of the hill beneath the ground you see at the center photo). Much rain in the hills has caused higher flows into the valley. Several of the trees pictured are across the stream, one of the many crossing, and forming, our Naneum Fan. Academics call them distributaries.

Alluvial Fan

Late sunset from our patio – getting too dark to see the sky well.

Saturday, Jun 8

John off to WTA and Gold Creek Trail, 6:55 a.m.

Today is CWU’s graduation and I’m no longer walking in my academic regalia, as I did for 20 years here. I also “hooded” graduate students in the Resource Management program. Now the new name for the program is Cultural & Environmental Resource Management, which more properly applies to the material covered in Natural and Cultural resource management, which we have been doing all along.

Late Friday night, I sent a request for personal email addresses to students at their cwu.edu addresses who won awards (scholarships & GIS Certificates) at the 5/21 end-of-year CWU ceremony and food fest provided by the Geography Department and the Cultural & Environmental Resource Management graduate program.
Five of the emails bounced. All but one were caused by spelling errors, but one is left unknown. I found him on Facebook and private messaged him with the problem and asking for the correct CWU account’s spelling of his first and last name and also for his personal email address. I heard from him and now know his first name. He goes by his middle name, so that was confusing my email creation from the list of recipients.

Sunday, June 9

John left by 6:50 a.m. to WTA work at Gold Creek again up the valley. This is to finish the trail tread fix-up. They will have a good bunch of before and after photos of all the work for 3 days this weekend, but we won’t be able to report them until next week’s blog. LeeAnne is the Blue Hat (with camera and candy) leader in this section of WA, and is now in her 5th year with WTA. She loves what she does with WTA, or she would move on, and up the pay scale.

Wow, this is a terrifying date in my past, 6-9-2009, when I was diagnosed with bacteria in my blood that would alter my life and almost take it. Before John went to bed last night, he showed me the way to a Wall Street Journal article he had read and wanted me to read. I put it on my computer, and finally made time to read it midday today.

It’s a powerful reminder of the advances of medical technology. Here’s a link to a story which is much worse than mine, but has similarities, mostly the support of a loving husband who acted as a translator to the medical staff after I emerged from an 8-day episode on life support after all my systems shut down, and was unable to communicate (be totally understood) with anyone but John.

The WSJ journal story follows from a woman in Denmark (it’s an inspirational read):

Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard: Surviving a Coma

The WSJ is a fee site, so unless this is available elsewhere, you will only see the beginning. I have the text in a PDF I can send you if you wish, but you will have to request it.

My mom was in a coma in 1977 for a month after undergoing brain surgery to remove a subdural hematoma. The first words she spoke were to our liver Brittany who flew with me from Idaho to Atlanta. She came out of the comma in a nursing home in Marietta, GA. I took him into the home and they wheeled her into the visiting room. She saw him, smiled, and said, “Choc Baby.” He put his head in her lap to be petted.

John managed to get home at 4:40 p.m. I-90 gets overloaded on Sundays with folks headed back to the Puget Sound area. With him heading east, there are normal 70+ speeds. Westbound the traffic is slow and sometimes stops. Today, about 17 miles west of EBRG, there was an accident on the lanes going west. On his side, drivers slowed as they approached the scene, and both lanes slowed to “stop & go” for about 7 miles. This phenomenon is inexplicable to the average person, but multi-mile long backups created by the “lookie-loos” (technical term?) are common.

He was very tired, napped a little, fixed pizza for supper, and went to bed early.

This will be published Monday morning.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Music and Nature

Sunday, May 26

John went back out while I was proofing his additions to the blog, to set up hoses from the irrigation ditch up along the driveway. Fruit trees, evergreens, and veggies will all need water this week.
I finished and returned to putting dishes in the dishwasher. Now, I’m back checking on a few more computer chores before I tackle accumulating paperwork.

John’s back and putting the text and pictures into WordPress.
We may get this published a lot earlier this Sunday than in recent months. Just published it at 5:38 p.m., but I need to go back on YouTube and tidy up all the ones I listed this week.

Monday, May 27 Memorial Day

On the Naneum Fan, several of us and neighbors display the Nation’s flag on certain days. Ours is out. On the right is the family cemetery of the Nason Band of the Yakama Nation, on Allen Aronica’s land. Ida Nason was his mother. The burial plots are just 1 mile north of us.

I just took a video from here. Cottonwood trees are background for the flag. We have one taller tree on our property, probably over 100 years old, and during the movie, you will see much cottonwood fluff, swirling in the background. It piles up in places all over the area.

Movie from the end of our driveway:

Memorial Day – Naneum Fan 5-27-19

John and I went for a walk up the driveway and Companion Czar (cat), and Annie (dog) walked along.

I’m back to filing receipts.

Tuesday, May 28

Award for our Brittany (Daisy) and her mom (Ginny) in California

I reached TurboTax and found I need an extra home & business app ($10) to include a 1099-PATR form. I have the Premier edition and I should not have to add that to report income from a Co-op (Midstate), where we buy fence equipment, bird feed, and occasionally salt blocks. So, I changed the way I reported it, using a 1099-DIV. It will be included in my form because it has been reported to the IRS, and we will be covered as reporting the income. Actually the check we received with the report was only $13, and the reported dividend was $40 (70% is deferred; that means – we think – we have an additional $40 worth of stock in the Co-op. We need an explanation of this).

Medical: I changed to a 10:45 a.m. check-in to see Chelsea on Friday. She is our “doctor” of the certified physician’s assistant type.

Today I had my gold tooth crown put on. It took over an hour, but ½ hour was waiting for another patient’s dental work to be completed. My noon appointment didn’t start until 12:35, and Sheryl (receptionist, also a previous dental assistant), removed my temporary cap. John went to Bi-Mart (for weed spray) and Super 1 for oranges and got back about the time I should have been finished. From there we went to the KVH hospital lab for my standing order to have my blood drawn. From there on to one more stop and home.

We had quite a thunderstorm this afternoon in the hills. People in Ellensburg experienced hail. Fortunately, we had none or much of the gardens would have been hurt badly.

I spent the afternoon trying to work out problems I was having with TurboTax.

Late call from my PCP, Chelsea regarding my needing update of a standing order. Potassium will go on quarterly standing order, and not with the INR (monthly). Lacey never called, so I don’t know the potassium reading today. INR was 2.0; I’ll be checked again in 2 weeks to see if the antibiotic affected it, and we changed my dosage a little on Saturdays.

I fixed my iceberg lettuce tonight remove the bad leaves and cut out the center with a plastic knife. Then put it in a bowl that John kindly helped me cover. It will be all ready and crisp in the morning to make my salad to take to the FISH food bank to eat after we provide music.

John always helps me by cubing the smoked turkey, apple, and I might have him cut up some yellow, orange, or red peppers. I add the rest to take with me.

Dinner tonight was a nice large bowl of soup: base was Progresso’s Chicken & vegetables with Wild Rice, and John added more carrots, smoked turkey cubes, and colored bell pepper pieces. I added Cheezits to mine. He had a couple of slices of Rosemary Olive bread toasted and some home fries.

I have continued filing and sorting receipts, and he has napped.
He was quite busy in the yard most of the day, plus late afternoon, he loaded rocks in his backpack and walked up and down our driveway several times, getting ready for his weekend of trail work on the new trail at Manastash Ridge. He plans to add carrying tools in each hand in preparation for the steep climb in on Saturday. They will then work on Sunday and carry out the tools. The predicted temperatures are not promising in the high 80s. Sunday I will be going on a Nick Zentner field trip to Wenatchee, driving myself and my friend Roberta Buum. We will have very hot temperatures too.

Tonight we had a scammer call from someone claiming to be our relative. He started by saying, Hi Grandma, this is your oldest grandson.” I said, you have the wrong number, I don’t have any grandchildren. He said, “Oh, I was just joking, I’m your oldest nephew – and asked how I was doing.” I said I was fine and how was he? He said he was not well, and needed to talk to us about something serious. I asked who it was and then mentioned the name Rod. He said yes, and he asked me to get John on the phone. (I had not said John’s name.) Once John got on, he said we had to promise not to tell anyone – that it was just our secret between us. John got on, and he proceeded with the story, but neither one of it thought it sounded like Rod and his story was quite strange. We started asking him questions, such as where are you calling from? From Seattle was the answer. I said what are you doing there? Our Rod lives back east.) John asked where he flew in from and when?
After realizing that we were not believing him, he hung up. Too bad we didn’t talk long enough to see how much money he was going to ask us to send him. The story was he was with a friend in a car, stopped by a policeman, who gave the driver a ticket for talking on his cell phone, held up to his ear; but then the policeman asked the driver to step out and open the trunk. Found it was full of drugs. All were taken to the police station. The call said Private Caller (no number) on our Caller ID. The only Private Caller calls I have ever had are from my PCP’s office.
I did a search on “private caller scam taxi trunk drugs I’m in police station” and this link was first to come up:
Try this Link

Check that out – it’s very familiar to what we just heard. I’m going to tell my doctor’s office to start talking and leave a message, because if I’m home, I will no longer answer a “Private Caller” call, until I hear it is someone with whom I want to talk.
My dentist office sometimes comes through that way as well. So I have to remember to tell them.

See Saturday below for a Letter to the Editor John wrote to our local paper, the Daily Record.

Wednesday, May 29

I’ll be making some phone calls in the morning before going to set up and play music at the food bank lunch.

Must get all my stuff together better than last week, when I forgot to pack significant stuff. I did, and John helped as usual with cubing parts for me – smoked turkey, cheese, and apples. I added all the rest and packed it along. We played music and checked in for all the things, and I set up the chairs and music stands. Then we ate. I had a little spaghetti & meatballs, a large container of applesauce with pieces of apple in it, and brought home a piece of apple cake. Ate ¾ of my salad, so will have it, adding some pistachios, tonight with supper.

From there I went to the Adult Activity Center for an exercise class (SAIL). While there, I picked up a lemon jelly roll that was being given away. After class, I went to Super 1 for dry cat food, but I had been quoted the wrong price for the 16 lbs. I needed it, so I left there and went to Bi-Mart, where I paid $11.99. The cats all eat it, and it saves us the mess and expense of canned food.

Thursday, May 30

I took care of things in the back of the house. Am loading dishwasher. Finished the music to take today – turned out to have problems, once there and we started to play it. The chorus was missing on The Three Bells, and the Ring of Fire needs to be rewritten. Neither were in our software, where we can add lyrics, notes, and change keys.

Cle Elum music and gas trip: We were scheduled to meet at 1:00 p.m. I checked with Storey’s about cost of gasoline with credit card and how to do it (at the pump). I can use Discover. Yes, it will be 10 cents more, $3.27 (still below anything in Ellensburg by 10 cents). Using my Discover gets me 5% off. 12 gals at $3.27 is $39.24 – 5% ($1.96) = $37.28 / 12 = $3.11/gal. Convincing evidence.

Packed cameras for use tonight at Science Hall geology talk.

Going to a jam session today in Cle Elum. We were inside (good thing). The temperature in Cle Elum was 86. We had 9 folks of our normal Thursday group there, plus a guest, a musician friend of two of our members. What a surprise; it turns out he knew me from our days of field trialing. He had German Shorthair Pointers, not Brittanys as we; he was a judge at many Brittany trials.

I picked up some fast food in Cle Elum on my way home, because we needed to be at the university for a lecture at the local chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute meeting, where I normally film the evening lecture (unfortunately the only one filming). Tonight we will hear about Washington before the Cascade Mountains formed.Jeff Tepper presented, “The Eocene Transformation of Washington Geology:  From the Accretion of the Olympics to the Birth of the Cascades.” Eocene was 56 to 33.9 million years ago. Jeff is a geology prof at Tacoma’s University of Puget Sound.

Sad story with my filming tonight. (1) I lost the first 45 minutes (camera malfunction while recording—leaving a file behind with 0 bytes) ending at 7:45; (2) part is 16 minutes of the rest of the lecture, and then (3) is the Questions & Answers, for 22 minutes.

Next video only of the last part of the hour’s lecture.

(2) Jeff Tepper: The Eocene Transformation of Washington Geology

The next video is of Jeff Tepper, answering questions from the audience.

(3) Jeff Tepper: Q & A 5-30-19 Eocene Transformation of WA Geology

Our late sunset view – – – almost home

I started working on the cameras and was sincerely disappointed in the results and failure to capture the fascinating presentation.

Evening dessert: Vanilla ice cream over pecan pie and lemon jelly roll piece with coconut on top. We were taking care of left-overs.

Late night for Nancy working on images/videos.

Friday, May 31

We made it to our friend Kristin’s house to pick her up to go to Cle Elum for lunch, but first stop was my PCP’s office, to visit Chelsea.

Leave at 9:40 for Kristin. We got there a bit earlier than planned and had plenty of time to be at the Cle Elum Clinic in time for my check in. First, I spoke with the medical assistant, which is common for a visit. I didn’t see the doc until ~ 11:00 and spent ½ hr with her. It was a useful visit. We caught up on some of my medical history not in the records (because of the switch of record provider), and she wanted to know more about my heart issues, as she is having to control the refills for heart related issues. She also asked questions about my shoulder arthritis problem with range of motion.

I need to request my consultation report from Dr. Matsen be sent over to Chelsea Newman; I thought it was requested at the time, but it was not in their records.

From there the three of us went to lunch at the Cottage Cafe. John and Kristin had $10 coupons for their birthdays. We probably spent 1-1/2 hrs in there because so many people (more than we have ever seen) were having lunch. We had a chance to have a nice visit while waiting for our food.

Saturday, Jun 1

At 7:40 a.m., John left for a WTA work party at Manastash Ridge. Today and tomorrow will conclude WTA’s 4 days of work on this reroute of an old trail. I stayed home to work on things getting ready for going tomorrow and this afternoon.

John’s Letter to the Editor in Daily Record was published in today’s weekend edition (You were already introduced to this above in this blog on Tuesday, when the phone call arrived):

Old, well-known scam still being tried
To the Editor:
Early last evening (Tuesday) we answered a phone, and the caller told my wife he was our oldest grandson. Having no children, we don’t have grandsons either. He then said he was just kidding and was a nephew, that he was in trouble because of being in a car, stopped by Seattle Police, that had drugs in the trunk. Oddly, his voice was not the voice of anyone in our family.
We have no relatives in the state of Washington, and none within 1,000 miles, so the next question was where did he fly from to get to Seattle. With that, he hung up. Too bad. We never learned how much money he needed to solve whatever his problem was.
This sort of scam is old and well known. Apparently it works often enough that it continues. We live in rural Kittitas County.
John F. Hultquist, Ellensburg

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This afternoon at 3:00 p.m., I’m going to a lecture, by Jack Nisbet, pictured above (from his website).
The long title of the talk is: “I Can Hardly Sit Down to Write”: Imagining the Geography of the Columbia Plateau.

In the wake of Lewis and Clark’s brief visit to the Columbia River drainage, it took a wide range of approaches to flesh out a portrait of the region’s geography. This slide presentation will focus on how fur agent David Thompson, horticultural collector David Douglas, and prospector John Leiberg tapped into long-held local knowledge to make their own touchstone contributions.

I am taking both cameras and my tripod, in hopes the old camera continues working after the problem it suffered Thursday night this week.

John Bowen comments before introducing our speaker

Jack Nisbet Geography of the Columbia Plateau

Jack Nisbet: Q & A, 6-1-19_Columbia Plateau Geography

Sunday, June 2

John will leave at 7:30 and return about 3:30 from the WTA trail work. I leave an hour later for the field trip about Wenatchee area, Columbia River, and Ice Age Floods – with Nick Zentner.

I stopped by S. Maple for Roberta, my sidekick for the trip, early and it gave us time to use her hose and a large squeegee pad on a pole to wash off an amazing amount of bugs. She also had fluid for the tank of wind shield washer. The yellow blinking warning light the fluid was low would have bothered us the whole trip, 223 miles. That was about 9:35 and we had lots of time to get up to the CWU parking lot.

We were on the road promptly from Hebeler behind the lead van at 10:01. We had people to meet at the first stop who were coming in from other locations.

I only have one video transcribed, but this will have you coming back for the rest next week, I hope. We had 4 stops on an all-day (very hot, temperatures 89°). It was very informative and worth taking.

Crescent Bar – Stop 1

John and others with WTA finished the new section of trail, about 2,000 feet total. On Saturday, Anna Roth (an orange hat, like John) came over from Seattle, both to work and to take photos. There is a “National Trails Day” and WTA will have about 20 crews working. Each crew had a photographer and Anna took bunches of photos. We’ll post a link later. The idea, though, is to have a good photo from each location to be printed in the next WTA Newsletter.
In 2018, the many events across the USA involved almost 4,000 miles of trails.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Time away, less at home

Photo below was posted by WTA on the web, from Crew Leader College last weekend:John is standing up at the end of the group with his orange hat and his plaid blue/white shirt, in a class at “Million $ Viewpoint” where trees need to be trimmed so people can enjoy the view better. I wonder what the speaker was talking about and looking at on the grass.
{John: We are one group of about 20 doing “learning” type things at WTA’s Crew Leader College. Kaci Darsow is looking at notes regarding issues that we as crew leaders might encounter. Things happened in 2018 on trail work events – what to do, what might work best?
The view is from Cougar Mountain, underlain with old coal mine tunnels (now a park), looking north toward Canada and across the eastern Puget Sound Lowland. Lake Sammamish is just down the hill behind the low brush. I’ve written to the land manager and suggested they cut it down.
}

Monday, May 20

Last night, we published the blog at 11:40 p.m. and went to bed.

I notified my Silver Sneakers teacher I would not be able to be in class today because John and I have to both visit a doctor to hear the results of a Vascular Test done two weeks ago. It is a test for checking circulation to a person’s legs, ankle, feet, and toes. Seriously poor circulation can result in amputation. Web entries can be found under Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).
We had a good discussion, and found out we both passed the test, and we will not have to retake it next year.

From there to Super 1, where they kindly gave me the rest of my Entresto prescription that was incorrectly sent by the PCP’s office for a refill. The dosage has not changed since I began taking it. I also called and spoke with the Kaiser Permanente customer service rep about all my meds they cover, and asked about co-pays on each. Except for Entresto, the rest are “One Tier” drugs and the co-pays are all $20 per month, but if you buy 2 months, you will receive a 3-month supply. I shall change the Entresto to come from there, after I am sure Super 1 has another person to buy it. Otherwise, I will get one more month for $40, so as not to leave them with a very expensive drug on their shelf they cannot sell. It is a “Two Tier” drug at twice the cost/month of a “One Tier” drug. However, if you look at the cash only price, you’ll see why: to get 90 pills (for a month), I would have to pay a cash price (no insurance) of $798.73. I just talked with my pharmacist and found I am the only one in town using the drug, and they have a bottle of 30 (left over from the 30 they added for the last prescription refill). So, they will order 60 more, and June 10 I will pick up 90 tablets on my insurance co-pay.

I did check on a recent purchase for my Amiodarone, for 90 pills, from Super 1, and the price was $17.85, actually better than mail order’s $20/mo. So I will check all the others before switching, and I will keep this one at Super 1. However, I do need to leave a message for Lacey about the change to 100 mg and then halving them to get the 50 dosage, twice a day. The quartering of a 200mg was no fun.

I found out that all WA residents on Kaiser Permanente get the 3-month (one free) benefit on all drugs bought through their Renton mail order facility. I’ll just have to watch which ones are a better monetary expenditure and save us money. Thankfully, I’m not on a lot of expensive drugs as many folks I know.

We walked around Super 1 but only bought a few carrots and some lotto tickets (for those that flunked statistics). Oh, Mega Millions, and we have to buy one before this coming Tuesday night! That won’t be hard as I have to be in town at Noon Tuesday to have my new crown installed (set on its base). We came on home via dropping off a piece of clothing for Amy on her front porch.

Tonight’s supper: leftover chicken, butternut casserole, baked beans, panko shrimp, with chocolate tuxedo cake for dessert, under ice cream.

Tuesday, May 21

Took my shower and called the Kaiser Permanente Mail Order Prescription line after receiving a call from nurse regarding PCP Chelsea’s sending in the Entresto prescription for a 3-month supply.

I have been working on arranging an appointment for my PCP May 31 and it has just been made; we arrive at 3:30 check-in for 3:45 that will lengthen the time at KVH. They should have everything on hand and not need me sitting there for 15 minutes. We are combining trips to Cle Elum with a friend, Kristin, to celebrate birthdays at the Cottage Café. Monday I need to call and see if we can push it up earlier on Friday. Then we can get our friend back to town in time to go to a special event at 6:00 p.m.

Scholarship awards at end-of-year Geography party followed by our own CWURA award and banquet:

Presentation of the Geography, and Cultural, Environmental and Resource Management (CERM; graduate degree) awards:
Matt, Nancy, McKenzie before award – Megan Walsh & John Bowen

Monica E-O-Y & Hultquist Distinguished Service Award 2019
Awardees: Matthew Johnston-GEOG; Mackenzie Hughes-CERM

Explanation of the next photos. John and I got to the celebration early because we had to leave shortly after the presentations. Heather found me to introduce herself and put a name with my face, because she had joined the Jobslist I run. I just mailed out an internship possibility in the City of Camas for the summer. She lives in Vancouver, WA (12 miles west) so this was perfect for her. She has applied, and we have our fingers crossed she will get the job. While we were talking she said she was getting a scholarship but wasn’t sure which one. I told her to go ask Megan, because I could introduce her to the donor if they were there. At that point, we had two other women donors, with another coming. I pointed out Lillian Brooks and Carla Kaatz, stopped to talk with someone else, and when I returned to my seat, Heather was visiting with Lillian Brooks.

Nancy & Heather ^. ^. ^. Heather Stewart & Lillian Brooks

Brooks-Shaw Award
Awardees: Meng Yang Chen, Andrew McDonald, Heather Stewart,
Joshua Warwick (absent)

Stoltman Award
Awardees: Jennifer Smith, Demetria Martinez, Amanda Moody

Kaatz Award
Awardee: Ryan Waldbillig (absent)

Macinko Award
Awardee: Andrew (AJ) Fangman

We didn’t stay around for the GIS certificate presentations, because we needed to be at Lombard Hall for the Central Washington University Retirement Association (CWURA) annual meeting, preceded by a banquet, and we needed to be there before 5:30 p.m.

A buffet dinner was served first, consisting of Caesar Salad, baked chicken breast, mashed red potatoes with skins, baked beans, roll. Wine.

After dinner Marilyn Mason (outgoing President) started the program with welcoming remarks, special thanks and appreciation to the CWURA Board of Directors, and election of the officers for 2019-2020.

Next was the presentation of the 2019 awards: the CWURA Graduate Scholarship and CWURA Distinguished Retiree Award.

I took the only video we have of the awards:

Weston Morrow, CWURA Graduate Award & Thanks

Outgoing President Marilyn Mason, Weston Morrow, Nancy with glass plaque for us, Marilyn, and John.

John captured a unique photo of our joint retiree award, which we’ll have to explain below: The engraved glass plaque describes the honor well; the one on the right shows the difficulty of capturing an image because of the mirroring effect the glass presents. That one has the colorful reflection of John in his orange winter cap, holding his camera to make the photograph. Of multiple photos taken, with various problems, clouds in the sky, and himself, I thought this one was so neat I wanted to include it.

The main speaker for the evening was Dennis Francois, Director of Athletics. At CWU since 2013, he has accomplished much. (Link) He was raised in Iowa about the time we were in Iowa City, so John and he talked after his remarks.

I’m sorry no one videotaped our acceptance speeches of thanks. I should have given my camera to someone to film our several minutes of comments relating to things not presented on the full page of the program, but which pointed to our past connections with CWURA members that affected our lives positively.

Below is a full page about us in the 4-page program for the evening, and in addition to the plaque, we were treated to the banquet meal. Many nice congratulatory remarks before the program and afterward made it especially enjoyable for us. Wednesday, May 22

I slept in this morning, but still am tired.

Thanks to John for cutting the smoked turkey, apple, and Jarlsberg cheese cubes for my salad. I used the last of the iceberg lettuce to make a nice salad for lunch. I set up my usual red bag with things in it I needed, but then forgot to take it, so I had no croutons for my salad or pills to take. Luckily, I did pack my salad. They have salad there, but it is full of dark greens I cannot have, while on a blood thinner. Once there Lyndsey checked me in for volunteering music hours and for the Senior Nutrition lunch program, where I had yogurt with multiple fruits, a piece of cake, and apple juice with my salad.

When I arrived, I had to arrange to set up the chairs and move our music stands down to the other end of the building where we play. We had 9 or 10 people there today. I did not go to SAIL today, because I had to come home and get my cameras ready to take to Yakima.

Today John was home when the Brad & Burke heat pump man returned with the circuit board needed to allow us to have A/C. Ours is a Trane, manufactured in March of 2002, and this is the first thing to go wrong. Now, being ready for warm weather, we are running the heater instead.

We left early to be able to fill John’s car with gasoline at Costco (where the price was 20₵/gal cheaper than in Ellensburg.

That put us at the venue for the concert early, so we could visit with people there we knew and get a front row seat. One of my former students, Amy Kurant Matthews is now on the board of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and she was there and came over when she recognized me. What a nice surprise. I think she said she was my student in 1998-2000. She now has two children, the oldest being 16. We still keep in touch on email. We also met the “new” executive director, Celisa Hopkins, of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy. John and I know her predecessor, Betsy Bloomfield, also there this evening, and she was my student at CWU in the graduate program. She and John teamed up on a WTA trail maintenance work party there a few years ago.

Tonight was the Ken Bevis concert at the Seasons Performance Hall, Yakima. POLLINATORS – A HERO’S LIFE {Hear Nature Sing: The Voices of Bees, Bears, & Butterflies}

This was a fundraiser (but with free admission) for the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, with assistance from Yakima Symphony Orchestra members (Denise Dillenbeck, violin; Mika Hood, cello).The photo above shows the stained glass windows on the west and east of the old church now used for the Seasons Performance Hall; the top photo is from the Flight of the Bumblebee and the bottom from the combined group with Ken Bevis.

As an intro to the evening, we heard from our Symphony members, Denise & Mika playing, “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Flight of the Bumblebee

They were followed by the opening singing duo of Sally Rose & Julie Conley with several songs. I was truly impressed with their fantastic harmonies imparted to their music. Videos to follow of their combination with the whole group, but here is a short one just with them, a story about The Mountain – wildlife environment.

Duo Singers with Violinist – The Mountain Song

Ken Bevis’s interpretative program revolved around his personal connections with wildlife in our shrub-steppe environment.

Some of the evening’s entertainment are below. Note, please, all the links given in this document are “unlisted” (not public) on YouTube, so please share the links sparingly with your friends.
I received Ken’s okay to film the evening to put in our weekly blog. These below are about the “talking” animals Ken met on his journey.

The Woodpecker Song and the Bear Song

The Coyote Song

The Raven Song

The Beetle & Hummingbirds songs

The Salmon Song (I made it home)

Field of Flowers Song

We didn’t make it home until after 9:00 p.m. The cats and our dog were very happy to greet us.

While checking emails, late in the week, I thought I’d best open Facebook as I haven’t been on it in the past couple of days, and I found this published on Friday. I have been waiting to see the final product, as I knew she was planning to do a special slideshow. I have decided to put it at the end of the Ken Bevis show Wednesday night, because of the wildlife from Louisiana that’s in it. Don’t miss the first part with the swamp wildlife, and get some other beautiful urban scenery in New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX as well. Flowers and birds are included with reptiles, insects, food, history, scenery, and street life of the culture.
It’s from Evie Schuetz about her trip south, which some of you heard about in last week’s blog. Hers and Pete’s 20th anniversary was last Wednesday. They spent it in New Orleans and Houston. She has combined a few of her favorite photos from the trip, using the software PowerDirector to put it on YouTube.

Evie & Pete Schuetz’s Anniversary Trip Slideshow

Thursday, May 23

Today is the Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends time to play at an assisted-living home, for the enjoyment of residents. I got there early and visited with residents Gloria, Shirli, Clare, Lillian, and Tom at Hearthstone. We had a crowd of players there: Anne, Charlotte, Sharon, Amy, Dean, me, Charlie, Evie, Gerald, Maury, and Marilyn. Then, I went by Fred Meyer afterward and bought some items on a special sale.

I spent lots of time transferring videos from camera to external drive and then to YouTube as “unlisted” (to view, a person must have the link).
Tonight’s sunset was full of pastels surrounded by stormy-looking clouds. This is just part of the view from our patio. Friday, May 24

John left at 7:35 a.m. for White Heron Cellars for a morning bottling effort – Rose’ of Syrah, 2018. It’s one of my favorite wines from White Heron Cellars, after Arvine and Roussanne.

Good they are inside, because the winds here are very high. It did not affect his driving over, but the wine and snacks after had to be inside.
Our gust of 30mph didn’t occur here until he should have been inside the winery. At 9:53 we experienced 35mph. John had no wind on his trip. It all remained in our valley and blew over much; empty garbage cans/lids are always subject to moving.

A little after 8:00 a.m. I had a call from my neighbor Louaine about one of our Tobiano horses that looked distressed in our lower pasture. Her handy man walked to the fence to check on him, as he had seen the horse swaying back and forth a few steps as if he was about to fall over. The horse moved over away from the fence and seemed okay. I called John and when he gets home, he will check on him. All seems to be well now and continued through the weekend. We are appreciative for extra eyes on our animals in the lower pasture out of our immediate view. They particularly hang out down there during windy days.

I have had 3 robocalls this morning, and after nothing was left on the message recorder, I blocked them. Nice feature of our new telephone system.

I’m spending time sending videos to YouTube (unlisted) for this week’s activities.

While I work, I have added putting dirty dishes into the dishwasher, so we have some utensils to use for this weekend. Also, need to make some phone calls about recurring charges needing changed. My day is full. I made the call to Office Depot technical support to cease our $15/month computer contract. It is going to take them until next week to sort out the problem as I’m not listed in the proper place in their system, even though I have an account number and have been paying since June 4, 2018. I finally found a manager named Christian, who will take care of finalizing my request.

Saturday, May 25

We went to the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center (ECCC) – and it was worth the time and effort. We primarily went to donate a large bag of clothes and decided to look around while there. I had no intention of bringing any more clothes home, because I don’t have time or places to hang what I have, and I’m still sorting through older larger clothes to get rid of.

The big find of the day was on the men’s side. There I found a pair of Brooks Addiction Walker shoes (black), which were in new condition. Size 8 (fits me because I wear women’s size 9.5). On the web or in a retail store, these cost $120. Also, saw a pair of size 16 dark purple jeans, and decided to get them because my size 18 lighter purple ones now need a belt to hold them up. These are Jordache and claim to be “super skinny.”
They fit but are so skinny at the ankle that I probably cannot turn them up to make a cuff, and so will get dog/cat hair off the rugs in our house, after dressing and making my way to the car.
I found out another problem when trying to take them off. I will need to have John handy to pull them down from the bottom at my ankle, while I hold my feet up. I’m still happy with my two free finds today at the clothing store. John found cute shoes for a baby, but the helper said ‘No could take’, because we don’t have a baby. I’ll alert someone.
Thrilled with my shoes and skinny jeans.

While in town, we went by Fred Meyer to take advantage of their lowered prices on pies and 2 liter colas. It was a mad house, because they had stacked the lanes with food that was to be put on shelves. We found a 6 ft. stack of ice cream that was going soft. Someone lost focus. I went and told a manager. We found what we needed and came on home. Maybe we should have offered to put it in the freezers for them.

Brunch was good, with eggs, home fries, cantaloupe, and sausage patties. I have been working on the blog and other pesky chores. Stopped to fix eggs.

John is out trying to photograph our CWURA award. It’s a difficult challenge, with the glass mirroring clouds, trees, and sky, and as you saw above, his own image while photographing.

Dinner was good tonight, including Lentil/vegetable soup, meat loaf, yellow & orange bell pepper slices, and one of John’s good “dessert-like” butternut squash with miniature marshmallows on top, roasted. The squash was from our garden. Pecan pie with vanilla ice cream ended our evening.

Sunday, May 26

It’s quite overcast today. Rained a little early on, but never as much as predicted. That seems to be the case across the entire State. 58°F seems to be the high for today. Wednesday we are expecting 20 degrees warmer. Hmmm?

John took the dog and cat out for a walk, and he weeded onions. He came back in and got things together for our brunch .

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Music, photos, WTA

John’s favorite place to work on trails is Mt. Rainier. This photo was taken out of a commercial airplane last week by Evie Schuetz on her trip south. Mt. Rainier by Evie
Taken from the northwest, looking toward Salt Lake City. The small lake (low, center) is named Mowich Lake with the South Mowich River on the right.

Sunday, May 12

We published the blog at 11:27 p.m. and went to bed ASAP.

Monday, May 13

I sent out the KV F&F note about scheduling for this week, for BOTH venues with a link to the blog last week on the wedding of two of our players.

John has to leave 9:50 a.m. for an appointment at Subaru for his Crosstrek at 11:00 and I have to be at the AAC by 10 minutes before 11:00 with the toaster to give to Calli Ristine. We met up just fine. I was there for a Silver Sneakers exercise class, followed by a 20-minute meditation / yoga session by Karen Johnson.

From there I went to the FISH Food bank, where we were fed sliced pork roast, cheesy sliced potatoes, and a nice salad with yellow & red pepper chunks, with a fruit punch, and dessert.

Several stops in town kept me busy. I went by and picked up my repaired button on the silk blouse they dry cleaned and lost the button. I drove by Landons for some bags and caught up visiting about family. Then I went by The Gym and climbed 2 steep flights of stairs to buy a new bottle of Klaire Probiotic. On down Capitol Ave to pick a bag of clothes from Pam, but most of these I will be passing along to others—many are size 8, too small for me. A nice white denim jacket marked L is not large enough to fit me and I will pass it along to a friend to whom I pass all tops I cannot button, and they fit her perfectly. It must have shrunk.
I dropped off one of the bags (a backpack for a toddler) for my 2-year old neighbor, Sophia. I stopped at Safeway for a chicken special, and when I got home, John had a leg of the fried chicken for a late lunch. We had fried chicken, butternut squash casserole, yellow pepper slices, apple slices, and cocktail tomatoes, for supper.

I filed more stuff.
John mowed near the road.
We cleaned 4 pounds of strawberries John bought at Costco from Salinas, CA.

Tuesday, May 14

Nothing special on tap today. Stayed home, skipping checking Bi-Mart today, and hoping I don’t win a big prize. Rained on John as he planted the 3 tomato plants. I’ve been sorting through things needed completed, and one awaits to fill in my medicines for the week, plus reordering those I’m out of. Already did Entresto, and need to finish before calling in Amiodarone I also need. That’s finally done, and took my first pills of the day, plus loaded some dishes in the washer. Now to go back to filing receipts into dated order. Then will need to sort by day within the month. So much of this needed to be done in a timely fashion.

I received an email planning for Friday’s scholarship luncheon and realized two members were not on the email recipient list, so I went to work notifying them and the hostesses about the planned lunch.

John came in and fixed us a pancake, summer sausage, and we had strawberries on top that we fixed last night.

He has settled down for an hour’s nap. I’m continuing to work on going through stacks of things, and just spent 2 hours off the computer sorting and recycling. I’m afraid there’s one more stack to attack before putting them in order by day of the month.

Staying home today was a good choice. I wish I could do that more often. Unfortunately, it’s only going to get worse in the next few weeks, not having the time to use for things that must be done.

I just found some more receipts to add to the correct filing folders, in a storage place for another year. And, some checks found under my stack where my weekly medicine box resides, with some receipts for medications (just in case I don’t take the standard deduction). I have three more hanging folders to go through to be sure all the things in the folder are for the correct year. Yeah – I know, keep up to date, and this year I am filing as they arrive, not just stacking them up on a table or shelf.

John made a nice soup for our dinner with beef, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, green beans, carrots, yellow pepper, and stuff, served with crouton like baguette chips, infused with butter, spices, and toasted. It was quite tasty. I ate a big bowl full, and plan to have a piece of fruitcake for dessert.

Renewed our IAFI membership. That’s the Ice Age Floods Institute; we are members of the local Ellensburg Chapter.

Wednesday, May 15

This morning I called the Yakima office and paid via VISA, a doctor’s bill for $46.63 for John, as his Medicare deductible had not yet been reached. John tells me they are considering increasing co-pays on such, so our costs continue to rise. A receipt is being snail-mailed to us. Seems like email would save money.

Thanks to John for cutting the smoked turkey and apple cubes for my salad today. I am leaving for music at the FISH music bunch, at the Liberty Theater to set up stands, which thankfully we have left there in a back room container.

I will come home afterwards to cut John’s hair – we were supposed to do yesterday. Should have done it during the rain. I managed to cut it in only ½ hour.

Got the attendance finalized for KV F&F tomorrow at Pacifica. We ended up needing 11 arm-less chairs and one with arms.

Thursday, May 16

John goes to the dentist very early, being there at 8:30 a.m. Was done faster than expected, and he’s going by Super 1 Pharmacy to pick up my medications. Today’s music is at Pacifica. We had a dozen players present and a large involved audience. Got my mic battery charged and am taking some clothes to a few folks. I washed a load of dishes.

Need to drop off a package on my way home from music, and we need to eat to be at the KAS meeting tonight at Hal Holmes for a lecture on Birding in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

From The Hooter Newsletter, May 2019

Home to 482 species of birds, not forgetting 68 different bats, 45 snakes, 50 spiders, 30 frogs and toads, 120 Dragonflies, 765 butterflies and close to 3,500 moths—the islands really are an introduction to the natural history of South America. Get a great taste of tropical birding in Trinidad’s high mountain rain forests, sandy beaches with nesting turtles, and mangroves with Scarlet Ibis evening roosts, as well as on Tobago’s seabird nesting islands and huge protected preserves.

The Asa Wright Nature Centre is a jumping off spot for most field trips, itself set in 200 acres of forest and home to more than 170 bird species. Renowned for great access to specialties including Bearded Bellbird, Tufted Coquette and Oilbirds on site, more than 40 species can be observed from the verandah before breakfast! The Centre is a not-for-profit trust, and eco-tourism funds the conservation and education programmes. For nearly 40 years of the Centre’s 50 plus year existence, Caligo Ventures has been the booking agent for North America. Fully committed to the conservation and education mission of the Centre, Caligo is pleased to sponsor Martyn’s visit to celebrate and highlight this bucket-list birding destination.

Our speaker and the front row tonight at the presentation.Locator map of Trinidad & Tobago (TT), in Lesser Antilles Islands

Videos of the evening’s presentation:

Martyn Kenefick, KAS 5-16-19, Birding Trinidad & Tobago

Martyn Kenefick KAS final Q & A

Friday, May 17

John took Annie to the vet at 8:15 am. Dr. Fuller (Mike) did not find anything wrong with Annie, but she has a slight give in her back so he gave us a sample bottle of Rimadyl Chewables to try to see if it helped. She hasn’t yelped since returning from the vet, and I haven’t yet read the instructions or given her one.
Mike came to EBRG about the same time we did, and we likely met about 1990 or ’91.

I called Laura at the Cle Elum Physician’s KVH office, where our PCP is located; and went through the new system phones. Dial 0 and then 8 to get to an operator. To get to the doctor’s nurse is another number. Listen – might be 3. Laura says most people are upset by the new system. I’m okay with it once I know which numbers give me what. Unfortunately, it includes no way to get to a Triage nurse – except through the operator. Most of my communication is from a Triage nurse, with monthly blood draws.

8:20 a.m. Darren arrived for heat pump. He replaced the 20×20 filter I handed him (we must check more often).

He cleaned (blew dust out) of two very dirty small metal filters, which are supposed to be checked monthly. He did not have a pressure hose for cleaning the dishwasher ones, so he hooked a regular hose to the back faucet and cleaned them at my special request. They need to be checked monthly too. I told him about the clicking sound, and he said it might be the defrost control. Then he went out to the heat pump and found the reverse control wasn’t working. That part changes the heat to a/c at the water pump. It is what the warning clicking I was hearing was telling me. Now the power to the heat pump is disabled and we are on Emergency/Auxiliary heat (only) until the part is put in. “Emergency” is misleading. This just means the heat is coming off the hot coil normally only used when the outside temperature gets down about 20°F. This week our lows have been in the mid-40s.
The part has to be ordered from Trane and might be in by Monday. Darren will call us and come back to finish the job so we will have access to a/c, when needed, in a month or 6 weeks.

I called Cle Elum to report the refill Entresto problem. Now need to call Kaiser Permanente. Did, and am out of the 30 pills without paying extra for them. I haven’t asked the cost of only 30 pills using insurance, but the cash price is outlandish, at $500. I was supposed to get 90, but only got 60. Tough; but, it won’t happen again.

An alternative is to switch to Kaiser Permanente, Renton, WA mail order, which I have decided to do. I can request a 3-month supply for the cost for 2 months here. So, $80 vs $120. Weird.

Scholarship luncheon is today at the main CWU services building, Jongeward (door keys and vehicles; for us in our past). I picked up Amy Davison at Gallery One, after her art class ended, and took her to campus where I can park for free; she cannot.

We had a nice Oriental Chicken Salad made by Christine Tufts, served with a Mandarin orange, roll if wanted, an incredibly good Lemon Cheesecake made by Peggy Eaton, and 2 fruit punches.

Here’s the cheesecake (photo by Amy Davison) along with photos of today’s efforts with 7 students, 10-11:00 art class for 3 to 5 yr. olds, at Gallery One, where the students made an egg carton based caterpillar. Class is an hour, drop in, for $5; parents stay.Student Charlotte’s caterpillar, eyes on another, & cheesecake

Saturday, May 18

John left at 5:40 a.m. for Crew Leader College, a WTA education event for the Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders. After a photo of everyone in attendance, John drove another 20 minutes to Cougar Mountain Park, once a source of underground coal and timber for the folks trying to get rich in the young Seattle area.
Tomorrow he will be returning for another session on First Aid, but that will be in North Bend at the Forest Service compound.

I was working with emails this morning, and saw a photo come through at 7:48 from a WTA “leader” I know, Rick Zitzmann. He sent a photo taken last year of John near a huge tree along the trail at the West Fork of the Foss River. Taken in 2018 on West Fork of the Foss River trail by Rick Zitzmann.

Here is a valuable link to information provided by the Washington Trails Association (WTA):
WTA Trip Reports
To see a recent report (5-1-2019) on this trail mentioned above, check below, especially for a photo of the same tree with 3 WTA workers & Crosscut saws standing in front.Three WTA workers – Crosscut saws
John says: About 6 years ago, I spent about an hour cutting Devil’s Club from this favorite stopping point. The photo on the right shows the reason for its name – Oplopanax horridus. The ‘oplo’ part means armored and the ‘pan’ part means all. It is very well armored and hikers (especially small children) can ruin a hike if they happen to touch it. Note the large leaves of this plant in the upper right of the photo with me in front of the tree.
Wikipedia has info and photos of the flowers and bright red fruit:
Devil’s Club

Nancy back: I left for town early and went by the Driver License Tabs place at the Meridian Theater, to update my Car Registration, to remove the Lien by Chase Bank, that had never been done 2 years ago when I paid off the loan. They had not sent me the correct paperwork. Now I have received it. Cost me $31.00; I paid in cash rather than put on a credit card, which would cost me 3% more.
While in the same parking lot, I went to Bi-Mart and bought 6 boxes of Fisherman Friends, because I was down to one. From there, I went with all my stuff to Briarwood.

We started the day by welcoming Evie Schuetz back to the fold. She hasn’t been able to play her violin with us since January, so this was an epic moment. She is a chocoholic, so we welcomed her back with a Chocolate bunny. We were all so very happy to have her return, able to lead us with her violin again. She’s still in pain, but it is going to be better with time.We played until about 3:00 and had desserts: several kinds of cookies and a piece of cheesecake with cherries, homemade by Connie. Betty made her chocolate chip cookies and sent 3 left on the plate home to John. She always does.

Before coming home, I dropped by Windy Chevrolet; 10 minutes there and walked out with $5 gift card to Fred Meyer. I’d received a flyer because they are collecting names for future needs of vehicles. The salesman talking to me was rather impressed we still are using our 1980 Chevrolet pickup truck.

John called from Issaquah and I was not yet home. Then from North Bend. So I reached him nearing the Snoqualmie summit. I tried calling him after 4:00 but only got my message that meant he didn’t have his phone turned on. I tried calling later on my way home, but the reception wouldn’t connect.
He told me to put the chicken breasts (all seasoned) in the oven, and I did. By the time he gets home, we will have the main part of dinner cooked.

We ate after 7:00 after we added cut cocktail tomatoes, John made a butternut squash casserole with mini-marshmallows, and we just finished a great meal. That was my first real solid food of the day (except for the desserts I ate at Briarwood, after music).

Sunday, May 19

John left this morning at 6:00 a.m. to be at Bill Weir’s house by 6:20 to carpool to CLC today using Bill’s truck. John’s involved with a First Aid course that includes CPR & AED (automated external defibrillator).

I’m staying home to work on the blog and on bill paying, and filing. Will likely do some more clean-up chores, as clothes and dish washing and sorting through things, recycling paperwork.

This arrived today in email from a longtime friend through Brittanys, Bob Showalter. The introduction follows here ahead of the link to watch below:

This is from within the TED series of presentations, this is a fabulous work of art concerning Birds, Bees, Bats, and Butterflies!

• Take a look and enjoy Mother Nature at her best!  
• Check out the Monarchs toward the end.
• Be sure to watch this on the largest computer screen you have and have your sound turned on.
• Don’t miss the hummingbird doing rolls chasing a bee
• Check out the baby bat under its mother.
• If you never knew what goes on in the garden when you aren’t paying attention, watch this fine photography.

Birds, Bees, Bats, and Butterflies!

John just arrived from his all day trip to North Bend, WA, and had not taken his cell phone, so he didn’t call me on his way home. He arrived at 5:45 p.m.

It’s now 8:15 p.m. and we still haven’t eaten supper. Just finished at 9:00 p.m.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Wedding in the Canyon

Tulips, between strawberries, onions, and asparagus. You’ve previously seen the purples that bloomed ahead of the shorter ones. Happy they hadn’t been windblown away.

Sunday, May 5

We published the blog at 9:02 p.m. and went to bed at 10:30! You’ve already heard about that day, in our last week’s post, but this one has some photos from John’s WTA trail work here in the valley, shown on Tuesday, when the final report arrived, including photos for the whole past weekend, with additions from workers.

Monday, May 6

I sent out the KV F&F note about scheduling for this week, and tried requesting feedback for the whole month again. Got a few more added.

John worked outside a lot today. Sprayed weeds and watered strawberries, onion, flowers, and trees.

I went to town for a Silver Sneakers exercise class and was extra cautious about taking it easy, after how hurtful I was last week. I opened up the “hatch” back of my car for a gal to leave a bunch of feed bags. She’s done that before, when she is in town and I’m at the AAC. Easy transfer that saves me a long drive to Badger Pocket in the SE part of our valley. They filled the back of my car. We use them for various trash bags to take to the transfer station and once John used to bag noxious weeks to remove from a local trail.

From there I drove to the new location of the FISH Food Bank lunches, now being held at the Liberty Theater in the back room, accessible from Pine St. We were vacated from the back of the Mercer Creek Church facility on 14th and B streets, for our lunches, but the food distribution for community members remains there, until new facilities are built with a kitchen and room for serving. We are not privy to future plans.

The Food Bank Senior Nutrition lunch menu was especially good today. Dan was the cook and it was in the new location I needed to check out for going on Wednesday to volunteer playing music and setup a place to keep our own music stands. Today’s meal was Pulled Pork (nice & tender), served on rice, with Cole slaw, and a bowl of peaches and pears. I didn’t take a dessert. Once home, I finished the Chocolate Chip cookies John brought home from the trail work yesterday.

On the way home, I went by our bank, and deposited 2 checks: another returned one of $127 from a procedure I was charged for after my deductible had been met. I realized that at the time, but didn’t have any choice except to pay it. Luckily, the Yakima Memorial Hospital’s account department is honest and refunded the money. The second check was from the local Co-Op and is part of a reported PATR for income taxes, so I had to deposit the $5.12 for the record to put in my tax file. Then I stopped at Safeway for their Monday Fried Chicken special. In the checkout line I was visiting with a gentleman in front of me in, and when I looked at his face, I realized I recognized him, and asked his name, because I couldn’t remember from where. He told me, and I returned mine, and said I think I know you from the university. He said he is a retired geologist. Of course, I said, well I am a retired geographer, and we shared the same building.
We enjoyed visiting further after realizing our past connection.

John just returned from putting the license tab on my Forester. He realized the paper showed the car still had a lien on it from the original purchase. (It has long since been paid off). I called Chase Bank and found out I had to go by in person, with my registration and social security number to request the lien transfer, and then I will have to go to the Department of Vehicle licensing to have it re-titled. I asked if there was a charge and he didn’t think so. If there is, I will request Chase Bank pay for it. It should not be on my tab, in my opinion.

We are having fried chicken for dinner, with butternut squash casserole by John, and I will finish the rest of the salad I carried along today and didn’t need to eat at the food bank.

Well, I suppose I should tell another bank story; this one is my current bank. February in 2017 we paid off our 30-year mortgage loan on our house. That meant we had to start arranging for our property taxes and insurance. I went to my Umpqua bank and set up a recurring payment for every 6 months for the value of taxes owed. This year, the Kittitas Treasurer’s Office notified me that I could have my taxes automatically paid through my bank at their office. I didn’t realize that the taxes had changed (gone up), nor did I realize the recurring payment did not apply.

After I had deposited my checks and got home, John said, did you have them tell you the balance in the account. I had not requested it, so I got on line and looked at the past month’s figures. There were two withdrawals marked to the Kittitas County Treasurer’s office for similar amounts in the same month. The one for $892.65 had been 4/16/19, but there was another deduction of $913.99 drawn on 4/30/19. A call to the KC Treasurer’s office alerted me to what had happened – the bank was acting as though they still had to pay but took the money from the checking account rather than an escrow account that had vanished. I called my bank, and asked how to alter it. Brandy helped me through the cancellation process, and now all is well. Come October, when the $913.99 is due, I will only pay the difference, $21.34. That was simpler than being refunded the $$ by the county. I have cancelled the reoccurring one for last year’s taxes, and all should be well. I’m glad I reviewed the activity and found the problem.

Started the washer with clothes and my red bag with blue cheese dressing spilled inside it. That was from a leaky container of salad I carried for lunch. It all made it through just fine.

Tuesday, May 7

Had my morning shower, drank a protein drink, so that I had something in my stomach, took my Amoxicillin at 10:00 a.m., and left ~ 10:15 for a stop at the Dry Cleaner. I arrived around a couple of blocks to the dentist before 11:00 and was invited back to start the process. Meant to go by the bank, but forgot, and will save for tomorrow.

My dentist visit went the entire time. I am happy with the results, but have to hope the temporary stays in until I return May 28 for the crown. The crown will be gold, rather than porcelain, because gold is sturdier, and the impression for the new crown it is rather thin from being taken on the old tooth that had worn down significantly. I do not know how long that one has been in my mouth.

I finished too late at the dentist to eat at the Senior Nutrition program, where they were having Chicken with gravy today.

Therefore, I went directly by the Chase bank office in Fred Meyer with my Forester Registration to speak with banker, John. He was off at lunch and when he returned, had 2 people waiting, so the manager listened to my story when I said I wouldn’t wait until 2:15 and he gave me a 1-800 number to call to process the information I needed to remove the lien on my Subaru Forester, that was never returned to us after the loan was paid off 2 years ago (in May). Now the paperwork is in the mail, and when it arrives, I will need to take it and my registration by to the correct office.

While at Fred Meyer’s building, I was next door to Goodwill, where on Tuesdays Seniors get 10% off purchases. I went to the head guy, Jay, and told him the reason I was in search for music stands. An employee standing with him heard our conversation, and she said she would go check in the back. He walked with me to the place any would be on the sales floor. Sure enough, there was a sturdy fold-up metal one, for $4.99, & with my senior discount, it was $4.49. After figuring out how it worked, I bought it, and he pulled out his little notepad and took my name and phone number, saying he would call me when one came in. Nice service. Now I’m busy printing my name to attach to the stand and to the case of another smaller one I have. I’m taking the two of them in a wheeled carrier to collect others from people in the group, so that we can leave them in a backroom standing collected in a corner, and not have to cart them maybe a block from a parking space downtown.

These Nick-Links arrived today from Nick Zentner, the last one of this season is here for the first time; I will put all in here for anyone who might have missed it. The first three have been out for a while.

Nick thanked us all for attending and reminded us the “downtown” series will continue next April at Morgan Performing Arts Center, our new location. Below are the locations and each is followed by a brief description of content.

1-Supercontinents and the Pacific Northwest

Montana’s Belt Series featured.  Tales of supercontinents Rodinia and Columbia.  Glacier National Park.

2-Plant Fossils in the Pacific Northwest

Palm Fossils at Blewett Pass and Petrified Tree Trunks at Vantage featured.  Includes excitement of finding George Beck’s original journals from the 1930s.

3-Supervolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest

Water moved ashfall into a 30 foot deposit (now lifted and exposed) near Mattawa; southeast of us. This is now known to have come from a significant explosion of a volcanic hot-spot. This ash is tied to Bruneau-Jarbidge Caldera in Idaho.  The video includes a visit to Nebraska (ash went that far), and central Oregon.  

This is the latest you have not yet been told about from me (the professional copy) – you have already received my personal front-row videos of Nick in a previous blog.

4-Hells Canyon and the Ringold Formation

Connection between Ringold sediments and Hells Canyon development.  Includes fish fossil work by Jerry Smith. Also, new zircon work by Lydia Staisch.

Change of subject: to WTA trail work in our Kittitas Valley.

Here’s a great report from Beth Macinko on the WTA work on the Manastash Trail that happened this past weekend.

Thank you everyone for coming out to work on Manastash Ridge on Sunday. You built 400 ft of new tread and did the finish work on 200+ more feet for the Westberg Trail reroute – this reroute will avoid the steep grade sections on the original trail that are causing erosion and vegetation loss. Thanks for working hard to move all that dirt from the steeper side slope to make a nice level tread. Your work will make the trail more sustainable to support generations of hikers and the health of the ecosystem. 

Congrats to Jennifer for earning her hard hat today with five work days! Many thanks to Elizabeth for 100 days of trail work with WTA, thanks for bringing your enthusiasm to work parties all over the state! Special thanks to Leighton, Henry, and David for making this your first WTA work party. Thanks to Craig, John S. and Mark for gaining more experience with new tread construction. And thank you to George, Jennifer, Elizabeth, John H., Tim, Jill, and Alan for coming out both days, 1100 feet of trail was built over the weekend, over half of this reroute section.

As Alan mentioned, this work party earned you 8 hours towards a Discover Pass. Volunteering on state lands for 24 hours (3 WTA work parties) earns you a free Discover Pass. Once you have completed 24 hours, you can email volunteer@wta.org, and let them know which work parties you’ve been on. Attached is a link to a shared album with photos from both Saturday and Sunday this week, you can see the trail progress and feel free to add your own photos. Happy trails, Beth

Link to the photos from the weekend:
WTA work May 4 & 5, Manastash Trail, 2019

From that are some favorites, with 3 flower ones below on Saturday’s post.

Here are a few of interest to me from Beth Macinko on May 5th, Sunday.These and one below shows the fantabulous Kittitas Valley from the new trail on Manastash Ridge. Right side, orange hat is Jill – a CWU grad that had friend Ken Hammond as an adviser in 1986, before I arrived. John has orange hat and orange shirt.The photo on the right, taken on the hike IN, carrying all the work tools – by Elizabeth DeVos. Note, John’s orange hat is hooked to his backpack. Two tools are the maximum for carrying and gloves are a must. When actually working, a hard hat is also required, as are boots and long pants. New volunteers get a new green hat on their 5th day; with name or nickname.

I came home to a bunch of deadlines, after running around town doing errands. Went by the dry cleaners, and have my fingers crossed the shirts will be okay for pick-up on Thursday, after I play music at the Meadows Place.

I had to sort out medical bills not covered by Medicare because the deductible (for John) had not been met. I have been in to see doctors enough already this year, that mine is paid up. Also needed a snack after missing lunch. I had not made it out of the dental office in time to go by the Food Bank for a planned meal.

Printed name tags for music stands and for the container to store them at the new location. Thanks to John for his help in adhering them in the right places.

Wednesday, May 8

Got the attendance finalized for KV F&F tomorrow at Meadows. We ended up with 11, with 3 folks making it up from the Yakima Canyon Bluegrass jam.

On my way to the Food Bank (Liberty Theater), I stopped at Umpqua Bank for 3 colorful Frisbees so we could go some not-too-hot day to one of the Disc Golf city parks in town, with another family. It’s supposed to be a lot of fun, but I need to read up on the rules (on line, with demonstration videos). They were given to me by Brandy. John and I both were Frisbee throwers from the beginning of meeting each other, and we also taught our first Brittany, Wisty, to jump up and catch them. She was good at it. We got her in Iowa in 1971. I wish we had had a video camera then to have captured the actions, but all we have now are neat memories.

Food bank music for the first time at the new venue, at the back of the Liberty Theater, in the room managed by the Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Stephen. Monday, I got a tour from a church member, Steve, when I went in to see the set-up and asked about a secure place for us to store music stands so we didn’t have to haul them in every time we play. Many of our members are just singers and didn’t have their own music stand, so several of us (Evelyn, Joanie, and I) combined our extra pair to come up with 6. Our harmonica player brought his own stand, as did our guitarist. It worked just fine. We had 9 players. Everyone there in the audience thought the music sounded better than in the old place. It’s probably because the floors are a nice heavy tile and not carpeted to absorb the sound.

I took my camera today to get a photo of me taken by Joanie in the new dining area (with a full kitchen and industrial dishwasher), wearing a shirt she gave me last week. I received many compliments on it, especially the embroidery on the neckline. The collar on my right is not set right, but you can see the new venue, and in the back of the photo, the kitchen and serving line.Fellow in red hat is Bob, one of our singers; and me, after music.

Today’s menu was macaroni and cheese with chicken that all I talked with said was very good. I had my own salad, so I did not get a plate, but I did take a bowl of fruit (peaches, pears, apricot, pineapple, and a maraschino cherry). Dessert I also took, but brought home to share with John. We haven’t tasted it yet, but it is a yellow lemon looking cake, with white frosting topped with almond slivers. All who had it at my table loved it. It was made by a volunteer who always is there on Wednesdays and makes desserts to share. I took a Ziploc bag to bring home whatever was there today for dessert. After we played, put up all the equipment into the “back” room, there wasn’t much time to eat and still make it to my exercise class on time. It doesn’t help that the AAC clocks are set 5-6 minutes ahead of the actual time.

I went to SAIL. The new daily schedule program was finally available, delivered just today during our class. I brought one home, went through it, and hung it on our fridge. It covers activities, events, and trips for three months offered by the AAC.

On my way home I stopped at Bi-Mart for some Progresso soup on sale, our favorite: Chicken with rice (and a whiff of wild rice), and veggies. It was priced nicely at 3 cans for $5.

Thursday, May 9

Today’s music was at Meadows Place. We had a dozen players present and a large involved audience.

I went by the dry cleaners to pick up my silk shirt and John’s WTA orange shirt. His is a cotton shirt with an iron-on patch from a WTA promotion of 2 years ago. We did not want to put this in our washing machine. He has orange polyester shirts to work in and washing is okay for those.

Also went to Super 1 for some smoked turkey (planning ahead for my salads); then to Joanie’s to return a carry bag and offer some clothes to her in exchange for what she gave me earlier in the week. She invited me to stay for dinner, but I had two other stops before coming home, so I declined.

My first stop was going back to the cleaners to ask about a button missing on the bottom of the silk shirt. They do have a catch thing that will retrieve buttons that come loose during the dry cleaning operation. However, the fellow behind the counter didn’t have access to the drawer and wouldn’t until tomorrow morning. So I left my shirt and said I hoped they could locate the matching white pearl button, but if not, then a white one that would fit the buttonhole would be fine.

Friday, May 10

Awoke to an early morning call from the Dry Cleaner’s. They found a button that would work and have sewed it on my yellow silk shirt. Will pick up Monday.

Hot weather is not far off, so it is time for an inspection and tune-up of our heat pump. Darren, from Brad & Burke, will come on Friday the 17th, at 8:30 a.m. John wants to remember to spray the outside unit for wasps, and make it safe for Darren, who has a reaction, if stung.

John went to meet Ric Gearhart on Clerf Rd to pick up 20 wood pallets. The old Chevy truck doesn’t have a canopy, so he took it. I went along to take some photos and meet the fellow who gave us the pallets and thank him. These were under hay, outside. Now he has a shed.
Ric outside with some; more are in the shed in front of the truck. They are in good shape, and a few have clean fresh wood that can be used for a neat project.
The internet has lots of ideas, like a box.

Once home, I took a photo of the load. They did a nice job of putting them into the pickup bed. I counted roughly ~ 23.Different sizes and shapes makes counting not straightforward.

I’m switching back to a message I received this morning on Facebook, which I accidentally saw. I do not have time to see all things that come across my timeline in one day.

Jennifer Lipton, whom I taught with in Geography at CWU, sent it about an award ceremony for the College of the Sciences. Here’s her comment (about two students I know); others were included I do not know.

Awesome evening at the College of the Sciences award ceremony, with my amazing graduate student in our Cultural and Environmental Resource Management graduate program Beth Macinko and fellow co-Director Pat McCutcheon. Geography student Caleb Valko has decided to go to grad school at UNT for his Masters after I connected him to my fantastic UT Austin Geography friend, Dr. Matt Fry!  Pat, Beth, Jen, Dean Tim Englund ^.^.^. ^.^. ^ Caleb with Jen.

I spent a lot of time this afternoon, going back to my old Toshiba computer I hadn’t used in a while. I needed to find backups of a previous year’s tax data to use with the TurboTax program. My Dell had an incomplete background folder that needed to be on here (the Dell) to give the history needed to move forward to the software. That meant I had to find my external CD/DVD drive I had bought to use with the Dell (because they do not have CD options on new laptops). Then I had to install the software to run the drive on the Dell.

The process took a lot longer than expected, using a lot of C drive space. I’ll have to back up and delete some of the unneeded things. I don’t like the time to take to do this. Thankfully, once installed, it returned some space on the disk.

Got that done. Now am installing Turbo Tax. I finished and got started but have gone as far as I could without looking up some receipts to put new numbers into the template.

Saturday, May 11

A wedding of musical friendsHumor at beginning – collaring and the rings shared during vows
Today I planned to drive into the Yakima Canyon to the 1:00 wedding friends, Maury & Marilyn. I made it there in time to get a seat but stood through the ceremony, videotaping it.

Wedding Ceremony–Marilyn & Maury, Big Pines, 5-11-19

After ceremony, Marilyn’s daughter Tammy sings Love Songs

Maury’s grandson Liam sings, ‘Old Man Look at My Life’

If you’d like to hear the songwriter, Neil Young, sing his song, and tell his story of the origins, check out this link. The entire lyrics are posted with the video. Liam might appreciate this. (I don’t have his email to share, if someone in the family can, please.)

Neil Young – Old Man

After the wedding, I drove to Costco (21 miles, r.t.) for filling my car with gasoline (@3.249/gal). Circle K in EBRG is the lowest at 3.399. So, the price went down in EBRG from yesterday, and I only saved 15₵/gal instead of the expected 20₵. Still worth the trip, as I needed Acetaminophen. And the drive was beautiful today, down and back. I traveled back to the Big Pines Campground and visited with the family & friends. I took my fiddle, but they were on a rest break, in the shade, and had already served their wedding cake. I got there in time to get a piece with frosting, and brought some of the second layer of 3 small pieces back to John without frosting, which had been left on the tray. He likes chocolate cake and I think got some of the raspberry layer on the top. Visited for about an hour and had another photo made on my camera, by Tamara, with the newly married couple and me beside the tree which provided the nice shade which kept us cool for the service. The temperature was 89 in the canyon, but thankfully with a light breeze. Marilyn, Maury (changed from his bib overalls), & Nancy without her John Deere wide-brimmed straw hat for the sun we escaped by this wonderful shade tree. Maury & Marilyn met in the canyon here a year ago at this Bluegrass Jam event and chose this as the site of their wedding. Several years ago, John and I met Maury for the first time here as well, inviting him to join our Kittitas Valley Fiddlers & Friends music group. The rest is history.

On my way to and from Costco, via SR 821, Yakima Canyon Road,I passed and missed some great photoshoots on the river, of boats and fishermen (& fisherwomen), but I did take some photos on my return trip from Costco: From my Economic Geography teaching days, I love hops fields and the stories accompanying growing, harvesting, and transporting them to users, in different forms. These vines are new in the Pomona area on State Hwy 821. Right photo is farther upstream on the Yakima River with a boater. Many fishing. It is a catch and release stream through the Canyon.

The green hills were lovely, but most of the Arrowleaf Balsamroot golden flowers were past their prime. They were perfect our last trip down. Here are flowers reserved from earlier this week.Manastash Ridge Trail flowers by Vikram Bisht (member of the WTA work crew); Maryhill vicinity south of Goldendale: Phlox and Arrowleaf Balsamroot near the Columbia River, by Jack Powell.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot Plant Description

Sunday, May 12 Mother’s Day

John’s out working before the temperature rises too high. Mostly, he was watering plants in the garden, primarily strawberries.

He came in for brunch, and we have finished a nice Mother’s Day meal of eggs, summer sausage (fried slices), peaches, orange slices, and English Muffin bread toasted with apricot preserves.

Temps have risen in the house to 74, front porch 79 in shade, 76 at the airport 5 miles south, with 27mph gusts to cool things some. All our windows are closed, with no a/c turned on.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan