That pretty much sums it up for the last few months in Ellensburg. It’s breaking now. The smoke has cleared and the heat is gone. It got down to 37 the other morning.
Field trips in geology are coming up with a trip through Moses Coulee Sunday. The threshing bee was held last weekend. A fun event with displays of old farm equipment, a great breakfast and demonstrations. A filed sawmill, a wheat thresher and a grinder for corn meal. Very cool stuff.
It was held on the grounds of the Anderson Hay Company here in town. Previously, it had been held at The Olmstead Place State Park. One of the early homesteads in the valley. Last year though, the bureaucrats in Olympia decided to change the deal where the exhibitors would now be charged a premium to set up their displays.
Well done! A park that gets a few hundred visitors per year kicks out an event that brings thousands to it. Yeah, that works.
Aside from a touch of arson on my garage the town remains quiet. The election is not the heated affair TV would lead us to expect.
Hiking remains good now that the smoke has left. Umtaneum Canyon is still pleasant and, during the week, quiet. My last visit last week saw more mule deer than people. I’m experimenting with my new, to me, camera, given to me Tom, aka Wilbur. It’s a gem.
My old friend, Mike, retired in Denver. He’s dropped several pounds and 30 points on his blood pressure. He’s had a bad year losing two family members. I remain, to my doctors’ disgust, revoltingly healthy. I think it bothered her that my cholesterol is better than hers.
The house next door is still on the market. It’s in great condition and the scummy renters have been evicted from the back house. This years volunteer tobacco crop has not been as good as last years. I’ve harvested the leaves I could, now, it’s left to go to seed. I’ll be doing more with it next year. I also have a nice crop of millet. More volunteers from the bird seed.
Pipe tobacco and bird seed are not going to be cash crops by any stretch but it does amuse me. The birds are still swarming. I’ve seen several flocks of geese heading south already. It appears teh ospry have also departed. The nests are now empty.
Soon it’ll be time for baking and porridge. Fall starts Saturday and winter won’t be far behind.