Thursday, September 20, 2018

sept 29 2018

WHAT IS WITH THE MONKEY FIST BIT?????  MEGANS SISTER DECIDED A BIG  ONE WOULD HOLD TEH  TABLE NUMBERS FOR HER WEDDING SO I MADE 10 BIG ONES....   AND JANNA ( YOU KNOW... THE ONE WHO BRINGS US LEFT OVER CONFERENCE FOOD FROM HER WORK PLACE...  AND WHO'S MOTHER PULLS WEEDS FROM OUR GARDENS)  SHE WANTS 100  OF TEH 1" ONES  FOR FAvors at her wedding...  well i haD 79 IN PREP FOR DOG FEST----- LAST NIGH'S INSOMNIA CREATED.......8 MORE--- SO I AM WELL ON THE WAY TO 100-- THEY TAke between 5 and 10 min to make-- how did i learn??? goldie.... i dunno--  I JUST TRIED---  I DON'T THINK THERE IS A SCHOOL FOR MONKEY FIST MAKING  ---  except my father  had some expression i can not remember aBOUT MAKING SOMETHING OF VALUE FROM   MATERIALS THAT WERE RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE...- HE WAS INVOLVED WITH INVENTING THINGS THAT INVOLVED LARGE CHUNCKS OF  STEEL.  HIS ADVICE WAS TO GET INTO SOMETHING LIIKKE FLY SWATTERS  WITH LOWER  FRIEGHT COSTS...
ONE NEVER KNOWS WHEN SOME ODD BIT OF "INCIDENTAL INTELLIGENCE"  CAN HAVE MONUMENTAL RESULTS-- LIKE TEH  SPLICING OF ROPE IN SOMEONE'S BARN WAS SO IMPRESSIVE THAT THE OWNER WROTE  A BIG CHECK WHICH GOT SDP GOING...
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 I GOT THIS FROM LAURA....
Hi Carlene,
I meant to email you a little bit ago but about a week or two ago I was in art class (required by the school) and there were AWLS in the middle of the table and I knew exactly what it was, what it was used for and how to use it. We ended up using them later on in class. No one had ever heard of them and all I could think of was you. The teacher was impressed that I knew what it was never mind how to use it. I really do miss the farm, all the people and of course the dogs you are all family. I have been very busy with studying, I have to keep up a certain GPA for nursing which is stressful at times but I will be able to do it. I am enjoying school, it has been a pretty good experience so far. I hope all is well at the farm and hope I can visit soon!
Love,
Laura

I EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM ALL THE KIDS INVOLVED HERE....  EXCELLENT GRADES AND  CREATIVE THINKING --- ALONG WITH  KEEN OBSERVATION, HARD WORK AND STAMINA....
ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS IN RUNNING SDP OR FARMING IN GENERAL IS BEING OBSERVANT--- AND DEPTH OF THOUGHT...  LIKE IF YOU FIND A BOLT LYING  IN THE DRIVEWAY- CERTAINLY A VALUABLE THING TO PICK UP -- BUT MORE IMPORTANT  WHAT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS ABOUT TO FALL APART FOR LACK OF THAT BOLT??
   IS THAT PUDDLE IN THE DRIVEWAY JUST AIRCONDITIONING  CONDENSATION --- OR IS IT  OIL.... OR WORSE  AIRCONDITIONING FLUID (poisonous) 
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 i love th picture of mo in harness in the tug of war wih the   16 kids it is on janine's facebook    -- janine not really paying attention ot mo-- and her co-hort standing in front with a bucket of grain... it is one of those things i would not do with a horse....-- chances are a mule would be more sensible ..  a biiiiiiig difference is a frightened horse will panic and run-- a  frightened donkey  will stand still and try and figure out what to do next...  this is alot easier to deal with...  mo takes after her donkey parent... and pulled very nicely 3 times.... the 4th she decided to back carefully.. and uncontrollably..  scattering the kids...  well done... 
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MY FIRE DEPT GOT "BOSTON CREME PIE  YESTERDAY ( THE 19TH)  WE WERE UP TO 42 STATES... I HOPE WE ARE ALL STILL THERE...  i did get a few reports of fire depart ment  cakes...
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11:00 telephone interview with ?paying it forwarte grant???
and sometime this aftternoon( because  california time...)an explore.org practice 1 hour discussion

both of which have me tech challanged-- i have no problems  talking for an hour.... as we all know.... it is getting hooked up on teh computer/phone/ whatever that scares me.

 another goal today  if judy is here maybe...
take 2 pups to a nursing home  in the red carriage for a photo op...
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and so it goes....

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

sept 19 2018

IT'S   THE 19th----  TAKE THOSE CAKES TO THE FIREDEPT DAY

WE HAVE 
ACQUIRED ANOTHER AIRLINE TRAINED PERSON  WOOWOWOWOOWOOOOOOOO---  
 airline personell are wonderful---- they can put up with incredible confusion cheerfully- and keep driving toward teh   goal--- be that -- getting all these people out of this waiting room--- or getting them back on teh ground- well hydrated and  out of this bus.
we have a bunch of nurses too...   thier speciality is to return everrything to it's assigned place- refill empty things and try not to let anyone  get worse  on theri watch...
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mara  renamed our sunshime patroll  "the road show"   which seems more in line...  bentley and sizzle are getting good at this... wander in to a senior hang out,  and quietly approach each person in order  then lie down and sleep while we show that 30 minute video.. tehn if teh frying pan appears, get up and wait for thier name to be called to go get the treat out of the fry  pan.  it does work well... AND EVERYONE THINKS THEY ARE SOOOOO WELL TRAINED-- SURE   THE CLINK OF A COOKIE WILL TRAIN MOST ANY DANE TO GO EAT IT.
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that fry pan came out of my donkey driving days- when we were santa's reindeer-- those were teh wild daYS OF  huge SANTA'S SMELLING LIKE ANNESETTE AND CAPABLE OF ONLY SMILING A HO HO HO -IN MONSTEROUS CROWDS.... - my lead team  was 30-40 feet in front of me, and my sidewalkers had to keep kids from getting pushed by the crowd  under teh carriage, while some SOB handed out candy canes----  
donkeys and horses are addicted to pepermint---- NOW YOU TAKE SOME 5 YEAR OLD KID WITH SLOBBER AND CANDY CANE PEPERMINT ALL OVER THIER TINY FINGERS, YOU HAVE  A DISASTER IN THE MAKING... SO I TRIED DESPARATELY TO CONVINCE THE DONKS THAT PEPERMINT ONLY CAME IN FRYING PANS AND NEVER OFF LITTLE HANDS...  IT WORKED FOR ?10 YEARS OF MOB SCENES????
SO NOW... I TRY THE SAME THING ABOUT CARROTS-- ONLY FEED TEH DONKEYS OUT OF FRY PANS... NOT TO NECESSARILY PROTECT YOUR HANDS- BUT TO TEACH THE DONKS TO EXPECT TREAQTS ONLY OUT OF PANS--  THE ADDED COMPLICATION IS  NEVER   NEVER   NEVER FEED MY DONKEYS A CARROT BY LETTING THEM BITE IT OFF...  ADD THAT CONCEPT TO THE TINY HANDS-- SOMETIMES CARROT SIZE FINGERS.

FORTUNATELY ALL THE RESCUED DONKEYS HAVE ]NOT BEEN FED TREATS EVER ANYWAY- SO TO HAVE THEM  LEARN TO EXPECT A PAN - IS A WONDERFUL THING..  
THAT IS WHY I CAN GET VERY UPSET AT THE VISITOR WHO SAYS "OH I KNOW HOW TO FEED A HORSE A CARROT-- ON A FLAT HAND"   AND I GET VERY AGITATED-- GO BERSERK MIGHT  BE MORE  ACCURATE.....  I DON'T WANT MY DONKEYS EATING OFF ANY SHAPE HAND-- WHILE THIS VISITOR TRYS TO EXPLAIN TO ME HOW TO FEED A HORSE A CARROT.. I FINALLY SAY ... JUST DON'T FEED  THEM.. AND THEY GO AWAY  VERY CONFUSED AND THINK I AM NUTS.. 

scooter karen carries her own pan...
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TODAY SCHIDULE

10:00  dd  (DOWN DRIVEWAY) FOR SENIOR PLACE IN GEORETOWN- ( CLOSE)
12:30  CALENDAR WIND UP AT FISH RESTAURANT WITH KITTY/ANNE
 3:30   NAP
 5:00   MAIL CALL

WITH LUCK ( AND KITTY'S HELP) WE WILL GET THAT CALENDAR READY FOR DOGFEST...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SEPT 18 2018
400  MORE  DONKEY FEEDBAGS ARE DONE--( IN CHINA- READY TO MAIL)  SO WE WILL HAVE ENOUGH FOR DOGFEST--HEIGHT OF STUPIDITY, I FORGOT TO TAKE THEM TO JANINE'S DONKEY DERBY...  THEY ARE TERRIFFIC GENERIC CARRY ALLS-- MOST LAPTOPS PLUS WATER BOTTLES CELL  PHONES  EYEGLASSES AND  BATTERY CHARGERS FIT BEAUTIFULLY... THE STRAP IS LONG ENOUGH SO YOU CAN SWING THE BAG TO YOUR BACK  AS A SEMI BACK PACK...THEY CURE MANY AIRPORT PROBLEMS FOR .BOTH MEN AND WOMEN
 SO THEY WILL BE GREAT  AND UNUSUAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS-- PLUS WE CAN REALLY USE ONE ON THE NEW  SKINNEY DONKEY AS IT'S ORIGIONAL PURPOSE AS A FEED BAG...- 
I NEED TO WRITE UP  THIER DESCRIPTION.... LIKE... THEY ARE MADE OF PORUS MATERIAL IN CASE ONE GETS LEFT ON AN ANIMAL THAT GOES TO TAKE A DRINK... SO THEY DON'T DROWN.
THEY HAVE THE CUTE DONKEY LOGO I USED FOR ANIMAL EPISODES FOR YEARS STITCHED ON THEM.
 WE WENT THRU THE FIRST 500 PRETTY WELL'--- HARDY AND HANDY 

I USE MY FEEDBAG  TO CARRY MY TOYS-- LIKE TEH LASER MEASURING DEVICE WHICN IS ONE OF MY L;ATEST CDHALLANGES--  IT MEASURES FROM THE BACK OF IT TO WHEREVER YOU SHOOT THE LASER BEAM WITH GREAT ACCURACY   A TENTH OF AN INCH..( APPARENTLY)-- I AM JUST LEARNING ABOUT IT... BECAUSE TRUE TO MODERN TECH... SOME DAMN FOOL ENGINEER  DECIDED IT SHOUDL BE ABLE TO MEASURE THE HEIGHT OF SOMETHING LIKE A BUILDING FROM 30 FEET AWAY --AND TEH SQUARE FOOT OF THE BUILDING IN CASE YOU NEED TO BUY PAINT-- OR SOMETHING...  
THE EFFICIENCY OF THE ITEM IS INVERSLY PROPORTIONAL TO THE NUMBER OF PROGRAMS IT IS ABLE TO DO.
98% OF TEH TIME I BET ITS' USE IS  A STRAIGHT LINE A TO B..  WHICH MEANS 2% OF THE TIME WHEN MY HAD/EYE CORDINATION IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE I GET THE SQUARE FOOTAGE OF THE BUILDING NESXT DOOR... IN CENTIMETERS TO MAKE IT WORSE.
I HAVE LONG OBJECTED TO  TEH I/O BUT HAVE GOT ALMOST USED TO IT... THIS ONE HAS A BUTTON  DIST  FOR ON AND A BUTTON    C/OFF    FOR OFF  ---TEH DIST BUTTON HAS TO BE HELD FOR 2 SECONDS TO TURN ON AND THE C/OFF MUST BE HELD FOR 4 TO TURN IT OFF.. OTHERWISE YOU END UP IN SOME OTHER VERY NICE BUT UNWANTED PROGRAM.

MY COMPUTER IS JUST LIKE THAT-- I CAN GOOGLE "MASS GOV LAWS"  AND HAVE IT LIST 47 PRODUCTS FOR SALE ON AMAZON . I LONG FOR THE DAYS WHEN MY COMPUTER WAS IN BLACK AND WHITE AND I COULD ASK IT TO DO ONLY WHAT I NEEDED..... MINUS TEH ADVERTISING.
WE CAN NOT ESCAPE THE ADVERTISING WORLD--(- EXCEPT ON EXPLORE CAMERAS )
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LONG AGO--- WHEN I WORKED FOR THE WANT ADVERTISER- WE GOT INTO A SITUATION WHERE TEH WA WANTED TO RUN SOME BILLBOARDS-- AND I FOUND OUT  THEY ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY BECASUSE OF LADY BIRD JOHNSON???   WHO SUGGESTED NO NEW ONES BE ERECTED--- MAKING THE OLD ONES VERY EXPENSIVE TO RENT--THAT  ENCOURAGED RENTING OUT THE SIDES OF TRACTOR TRAILERS ---- A FEW INVENTIVE SOULS HAD TRAILERS WHICH WER PORTABLE BILLBORADS----THEN PEOPLE GOT INVENTIVE  BY ELECTRONICALLY FLIPPING THE ADS. TEHY COULD GET 4 TIMES THE RENT-  ALL THE WAY TO THIS COMPUTER WHERE ALL I HAVE TO DO IS TURN IT ON--- AND  IT HAS DECIDED INEED TO BUY  FLOOD INSURANCE.... JUST BECAUSE  LAST WEEK I TYPED IN "BLOOD TYPES"  WITH A TYPO-- SO NOW  I GET ADVERTISEMENTS ABOUT  FLOODS--- AND I LIVE ON A HILL..
 WITH MY TYPING....  IT IS FRIGHTENING. 
WE ARE WORKING TOWARD HAVING THE SHOPPING CART DECIDE  YOU SHOULD BUY ANCHOVY PASTE. 
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NICE PICTURE OF ERICA AND ASHER IN NEW YORK-- WITH A GUY BEHIND HER ALSO TAKING HER PICTURE WITH ASHER...

THAT FEELING WHEN YOU THINK YOU'RE A TOURIST IN #NYC, BUT ACTUALLY, YOU'RE THE TOURIST ATTRACTION.  #PAPARAZZI #READYORNOT #SERVICEDOG#MAYBEHESAUNICORN

ANOTHER FUN VISIT TO OUR FAVORITE DESTINATION THESE DAYS - MORE COMING WHEN I CAN GET OUT FROM UNDER MY WORK I NEED TO CATCH UP ON! 

Monday, September 17, 2018

SEPT 17 2018
 LATE START-- EXCUSES  EXCUSES EXCUSES---   i hadda cuppa  THAt wierd tea  that looks like marmalade  at 2am... and slept til 5-- that is an fyi----  honey citron& ginger   made by balance grow--- i thought i was buying mRMAlade - turns out  2 of our voluntee4rsw who had traveled to korea said it iw what they drink to keep away the colds/flu-- so i started drinking it instead of smeariong it on english muffins  AND I DON'T THINK I HAD ANY FLU OF SIGNIFICANECE

THE REST OF THAT STORY IS    IT WAS $6 AT COSTCO ---I BOUGHT A CASE  WHEN I FOUND IT WAS$22 ON AMAZON.
IT IS WIERD STUFF... BUT RECOMMENDED
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THIS PAYING IT FORWARD.... GOTTA LOVE IT... WE HELPED SHAWNNA TO BE ABLE TO WALK.. SO SHE WALKED A 5K EVENT AND MANAGED TO GET $2600  WORTH OF SOPNSERS TO DONATE TO SDP... 



September 16, 2018
Well today was the day when Kringle and I walked our 5K on the new hip for the Service Dog Project.  It was a beautiful day to walk.  We have far exceeded my expectations with two Facebook accounts and checks that were sent to me.  Are you ready for it: 2675 DOLLARS!!!!!!!!  THANK YOU.  Kringle and I are so touched by everyone that helped us today.  My son volunteered for the event and my husband walked with me.  Brad even got a medal.  SDP changes lives by giving people back independence thru mobility.  Kringle has been a blessing to me so thank you so much for your kindness.  It was a great way to start a Sunday morning.
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THIS NEXT THING TO CUT AND PASTE--- WORKS FOR ME ON CHROME BUT NOT SAFARI--- WHATEVER... IT IS A DEMO OF WHY DANES ARE TERRIFFIC SERVICE DOGS...  THEY WAQTCH THEIR OWNERS  AND WILL TRY ANYTHING...

 FUNNIEST THING I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10215557719888515&id=1605468361

Sunday, September 16, 2018

SEPT 16 2018
coffee  !! one of the best reasons to get up in the morning..other than that.......
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janine's donkey derby was good fun...  the donkeys-- all pretty wild from the slaughter pens- could not have behaved better-- or i should say more safely.... they all had teh comfortably bewildered attitude-- ther was a prof photographer there... and we will have pictures-- i hope one of the 2 kids one donkey trying to "race"  with  the older daughteer in front and a 5 year old little girl in the rear --- in a tutu-- pushing- and th donk just mincing along...
and then ther was mo-- in full  work harness like she was ready to plow a field, with a 20  foot  thick cotton rope held by "24 young kids-- with janine drivinGe... she walked off  maybe 10 feet   dragging the kids onto the grass --- she did that 3 times as the tug of war group changed-- and did well-- the 4th time she found out that by backing up, the game was over...  mules are clever...  i am not sure we can do that aGAIN WITHOUT SOME PROVISION TO DEAL WITH HER BACKING UP.   THERE IOS A PICTURE ON JANINE'S FACEBOOK PAGE-- NOTE THE PHOTO THAT WANDA IS AT THE END OF THE ROPE TOO.
THE CROWD HAD IT RIGHT-- MANY WOMEN HAD ON LONG DRESSES AND FUNNY  "DERBY HATS"  WHILE OTHER WOMEN HAD BLUE JEANS AND  FUNNY DERBY HATS ALSO...
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FROM JANINE Tug-of-War - Moe against a small herd of children. Moe won effortlessly three times before she decided it was time to let the kids win. On the 4th attempt, she let the KIDS pull her backwards - despite Marianne Speranza-Hartmannencouraging her with a bucket of grain and me shouting for her to go forward, she backed up through the cones to let the kids win. SERIOUSLY! Mules really are amazing.
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These women and all the ERN volunteers were the BEST today. Not often are my expectations exceeded...but so many people worked very hard to make the #DONKEYDERBY successful - with so much going WRONG in the world, it is so inspiring when people come together to help make it RIGHT. Thank you Torie Palm Judy Tighe Joan Baron Flink Peter White David Kaupp @ Scott McLaughlin Scott Ryder Marianne Speranza-Hartmann Carlene White Wendy Willis and everyone else who showed up to help Equine Rescue Networkmake a difference. Rescuing donkeys is HARD but the Donkey Derby today was very fun.
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THE EDUCATIONAL BIT....
WHY IS THAT TOENAIL BLACK?   I LOVE QUESTIONS LIKE THAT.. ONLY BECAUSE I KNOW TEH ANSWER... IT IS ALL THESE "HOW MANY ANGELS ON THE HEAD OF A PIN" TYPE QUESTIONS THAT DRIVE ME BATTY.

TOENAIL IS BLACK BECAUSE THE SKIN/NAILBED IS BLACK... IF IT WAS WHITE THE TOENAIL WOULD BE PINK...
 WHERE DIES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE..?? CUTTING TEH  BLACK TOENAILS CAN B RICKY BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT SEE THE "LIVE  QUICK" PART..

 OTHER THAN THAT-- THIS BIT IS THE SAME WITH HORSES....  THE BUDWEISER HITCH ALL HAVE WHITE LEGS AND PINK HOOVES...       IT IS ALSO A FACT THAT BLACK HOOVES ARE STRONGER... LESS  INCLINED TO BREAK UP-- BUDWEISER HAS A 5 ACRE FIELD OF MUD FOR HORSES TO STAND IN WHEN THERI HOOVES CRACK.
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 other than the explore cameras, we now have several more  that record photo and sound..  we also have  a camera person... who is donating an industrial  sound analyzer-  so we are wired !!- might be interesting if any of you who are up at what is night around here   like 1 to 6am  US eastern time...   finland???  germany???--- australia???  that could keep the computer on and just note any noises--or silence  -- bark or cars or roosters etc -- we have 3 months of daily-- which is  interesting...just send an email .. like this???
Noise report, June 21
1:24 am Start, all quiet.
4:15 - 6:00 am Rooster crowing, intermittent.
4:59 - 5:02 am Play barking inside the barn.
5:46 am One dog, several barks, not camera kennels.
5:52 am One dog, one bark in the distance.
6:00 am End.

there are enough of you so that  even one night   would porobably go together like a puzzle. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

SEPT 15 2018
I REMEMBER......I WAS TEACHING A VETERAN TO WORK WITH HIS NEW DOG-- AND WE DECIDED TO GO GET  A GALLON OF ICE CREAM-- AT THE SUPERMARKET..   WE GOT OUT OF THE CAR-- WALKED ACROSS TEH LOT AND UP THE CURB, WHEN  HE STOPPED AND  BURST INTO TEARS.  HE HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO WALK UP A CURB  SINCE HE GOT BACK FROM "THE WAR" .  A LOUSY 6 INCH CURB..   WE SENT THE GUY TO RUN UP AND DOWN HILLS SHOOTING PEOPLE.. BRING HIM HOME  WITH ONE FOOT MISSING AND SIT HIM IN A WHEELCHAIR AND SAY "HERE'S A PILL, HAVE A NICE NAP".. I AM PRETTY SURE I CAN NOT SOLVE ALL TEH PROBLEMS OF VETERANS, BUT I CAN CERTAINLY HAVE A GO AT THE 6" CURB  WHICH OPENS ALL KINDS OF DOORS--- MAYBE NOT ALL OF THEM... BUT  SOME. --- SO ALL OF YOU  WHO READ THIS, STOP EVERY TIME YOU STEP UP A  6 INCH CURB   AND TRY AND FIGURE OUT IF THERE IS SOME OTHER KIND OF "HANDICAP"  THAT   YOU- WITH YOUR ABILITIES, CAN ADDRESS. ----KEEP IT SIMPLE. 

"NORMAL"  PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA THE IDIOT PROBLEMS WHICH SOME PEOPLE FAce--  simple  things get lost and confused too many details----BREAKING DOWN A COMPLICATED SYSTEM TO IT'S COMPONENT PARTS IS A CONCEPT I AM SURE IS TAUGHT IN THESE EXPENSIVE SCHOOLS WE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR.  SCHOOLS TEACH THE CONCEPT-- IT IS LIFE THAT HAS TO TEACH YOU WHERE TO APPLY IT.

TAKE JUDY- ON HER HANDS AND KNEES UNDER A CHAIR AT THE NURSING HOME TRYING TO CATCH  ONE OF THE CHICKENS WE HAD JUST HAD ON THE SHATTING TABLE.. EVERYTIME SHE REACHED FOR TEH  HEN , IT WOUDL FLAP WINGS AND FLUTTER ABOUT MAKING IT TOUGH TO GRASP. NOW ME--- STANDING BY WHERE AGE HAS GIVEN ME  INFINITE  WISDOM ABOUT HENS,  AND ALSO  REMOVED TEH BENDING  OVER PART... ...I  SAID "GRAB ONE LEG" - SHE DID AND SCOOOPED THE HEN INTOHER ARMS AND PUT HER BACK IN THE BIG CRATE WITH THE  OTHER 2 . 

 I KNEW--- AND THE CHICKEN  KNEW--- HUMANS ARE INCAPABLE OF  DEALING WITH TOO MUCH CONFUSION....
this concept applies not only to politics- but dealing with people with handicaps-- which is really all of us in some manner. IF YOU CAN'T WALK BUT CAN  DRIVE--- THEN VOLUNTEER TO DRIVE FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN 'T  DRIVE BUT CAN WALK...  AND THEY CAN SHOP FOR YOU....  THERE ARE TINY SLICES OF DAILY LIVING WHERE WE CAN DO SOMETHIGN TO MAKE SOMEONE'S ROW EASIER TO HOE. personally, i have chosen to deal with 6"curbs and just trying to deal with those is complicated enough for me.  WHY GETTING VETERANS UP 6" CURBS SHOULD INVOLVE COPYRIGHTED MUSIC... BUT IT DOES. 

THERE IS ALSO AN ELEMENT OF INCLUSION... DEALING WITH ANY HANDICAP IS-- AT BEST-- INCONVENIENT FOR CAREGIVERS (AND  STATE REPS...)  IT WAS AMAZING TO ME TO SIT IN A WHEELCHAIR FOR 24 HOURS ONCE---  NO ONE MEANT TO BE MEAN... BUT  THE PEOPLE TALKED TO EACH OTHER OVER MY HEAD - IT WAS BAD ENOUGH FOR ME-- NOW THINK OF THE KID WE DEALT WITH LONG AGO... SHE HAD AN ATTENDENT  IN SCHOOL TO PUSH HER AROUND....-- WHO  LEFT HER IN THE HALL  WHILE WE ( THE PRINCIPAL AND I) DISCUSSED THE DOG.  AND IF THAT IS NOT BAD ENOUGH, MORE THAN ONCE SHE MISSED LUNCH BECAUSE HER ATTENDENT FORGOT TO TAKE HER.  MISSING LUNCH CERTAINLY WAS NOT HEALTHY, BUT WORSE... SHE WAS MENTALLY SO BEAT, SHE NEVER COMPLAINED.  SHE IS THE ONE WE EVENTUALLY MAILED TEH THOUSANDS OF PINK ENVELOPES TO HER SUPERINTENDENT TO STOP THE BULLYING OF HER.  IT WORKED.
COMPARE THAT TO BELLA AND GEORGE...  THERE AINT NO BODY GONNA FORGET AND LEAVE BELLA ANYWHERE...-- OR EVE AND FINN   EITHER...(WHO I JUST HEARD FINISHED A MODELING JOB...) 
I HAVE TOLD BELLA, I EXPECT HER TO GET GOOD GRADES  AND FIGURE OUT THE CURE FOR CANCER BY THE TIME SHE IS 27.  

HOLLY - A FRIEND OF GWENS WAS HERE FOR A CORPORATE COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY-- HOLLY HAS A BUNCH OF DOGS-- AND A BEAUTIFUL AND EFFICIENT KENNEL-- AFTER WORKING IN OURS  SHE HAD PLEASENT THINGS TO SAY--  SHE IS ALSO A  THINKER ( BIOLOGIST TYPE) - SHE SAID A BIG TIME SAVER FOR HER WAS A CORDLESS BACKPACK INDUSTRIAL  VACUUM CLEANER-- I HAVE WRITTEN  TO HER AND ASKED HER WHAT BRAND SHE MIGHT RECOMMEND..-- THERE SEEM TO BE A GREAT VARIETY.  I AM SURE BEING TEH SCIENTIST SHE IS,  SHE HAS DONE ALOT OF RESEARCH WE CAN MAKE USE OF.  SHE NOTED WE SPEND ALOT OF TIME SWEEPING... 

BRIGHT GAL...  SHE BROKE DOWN ALL OF THE CONFUSION AND COMPLICATION  OF RUNNING CRAZY ACRES- TO A TINY  BIT OF KNOWLEDGE WE MIGHT FIND HELPFUL. 


CASE CLOSED. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

SEPT 14 2018
YES BUT   YES BUT  YES BUT--- I AM SOOOO TIRED-- SOMEONE SAID-- THE MINUTE YOU HEAR "BUT"  YOU CAN JUST DISMISS EVERYTHING THAT WENT BEFORE THAT WORD.  I HAVE HAD MORE YES BUTS LATELY THAN I CAN STAND.

I AM JUST A SILLY OLD LADY-- CRAZY IDEAS... YOU KNOW I WOULD NEVER LET  NATURAL GAS BE PIPED INTO A HOUSE I BUILT OR  LIVED IN.... YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY TIMES PEOPLE HAVE MADE FUN OF THAT.. WELL TELL THAT TO ANDOVER MASS TODAY--  80 HOMES EXPLODED OR ON FIRE-- TOWN EVACUATED-- RED CROSS SET UPS-- IT WAS SOMETHING TO WATCH OVERNIGHT-- AND THE MAP OF THE FIRES WAS WIDE RANGING.... I KNOW EVERY ROAD THEY HAVE BLOCKED-- THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE JUDY AND I WERE YESTERDAY  WITH OUR PORTAble shatting.   THEY SHOWED ONLY MARKERS ON THE MAP- BUT IT EASILY  COULD BE THE RETIREMENT HOME WE WERE IN ON RT 114 IN NORTH ANDOVER...  THEY TALKED ABOUT THE INTERSECTION OF RT 125 AND 114-- JUDY AND I TURNED THAT CORNER AT ABOUT 3PM..... THEY SAID THE FIRST EXPLOSION WAS 4:30---  WHY DO I FEEL DISASTER IS CHASING ME??? 

 I  DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE MAPS OF THIS GAS PROBLEM   WHY 80-- NOT  MORE-- NOT LESS.. WHAT IS THE COMMON DENOMONATOR OF  THOSE 80 THAT BURNED?  SOME REPAIR GUY WHO USED THE WRONG TORQUE ON A WRENCH?-- IF IT WAS A  HUGE PRESSURE PROBLEM I WOULD EXPECT MORE HOMES--
OR MAYBE IT WAS  A COMBINATION OF THAT WRENCH BIT AND EVERY TIME ONE BLEW, THE PRESSURE GOT RESTORED TIL THE NEXT BLEW..  AND NOT ALL TH EHOMES BLEW UP...SOME JUST CAUGHT FIRE....I DUNNO;  I WILL BE INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT THE ANSWER IS.. 
 IN THE MEANTIME---- NOT ONE HOME BLEW THAT DID NOT HAVE GAS PIPED INTO IT

IT IS WITH GREAT HESITATION  THAT I NOW HAVE TANKS OF PROPANE RIGHT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW FOR THE GENERATOR OUT THERE...-- I AM VERY NERVOUS ABOUT THE GAS PIPED INTO THE BARN -- FROM TANKS..  
FIRE IN GENERAL MAKES ME NERVOUS.. SOMEONE LATELY SUGGESTED I PUT IN SPRINKLERS  IN THE BARN IF I WAS SO WORRIED ---I WONDER IF SRINKLERS WORK IN A GAS FIRE--- OR DOES THAT JUST MAKE STEAM VERY QUICKLY ??? 
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GAS..... I REMEMBER... IN LYNNFIELD-- I WAS RIDING A HORSE ALONG CHESTNUT STREET-- THIS PUT MY NOSE ABOUT 8 FEET OFF THE GROUND.  AS I PASSED TEH TELEPHONE POLE JUST NORTH OF THE DRIVEWAY AT #308, I SMELLED THAT FAMILIAR GAS LEAK SMELL-- AND IT CAME OUT OF THE PIPE WHICH PROTECTED THE  WIRES-- THERE ARE OFTEN PIPES ON POLES LIKE THAT...
SO I CALLED THE GAS COMPANY- AND EXPECTED THEM TO COME DIG HOLES AND FIND  THAT LEAK..
I LIVED AT #308 FOR Anothe 6 years or so aND IT WAS NEVER DUG UP - I MADE A POINT OF RE- SNIFFING IT EVERY SO OFTEN-- AND EVEN REPORTED IT OVER AGAIN...  ZERO--- ZIP ---NOTHING.  NEXT TIME I HAVE NOT TOO MUCH TO DO, I SHOUDL GO BACK AND RESNIFF-- I BET IT IS STILL THERE.  I KNOW TEH POLE... 
NOW APPLY THAT TO THE HOMES ON FIRE IN ANDOVER...
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OUR TRIP TO THE RETIREMENT HOME WAS A FANTASTIC SUCCESS FROM THE STANDPOINT OF  THE PORTABLE SHATTING...-- WHEN I SUGGESTED IT TO THE "AUTHORITIES"  AND EXPLAINED HOW-- ETC.. I GOT THE USUAL "YES, BUT... WHAT HAPPENS IF   XXXXX"  FOR SOME REASON THEY LET ME GET AWAY WITH " JUDY AND I WILL FIGURE IT OUT"  LUCKILY they  let us do it in a room-- i suggested that at the last minute as judy was not being successful at getting the 8' long table top in a normal elevator.
john--- bless him--- was not available to be the chicken- but a kindly soul who worked for the home donned the thing and went squawlking down the hall in great fashion-- a small crowd did gaTHER AND MOST SPENT $2--
HIND SIGHT- WE COULDHAVE GIVEN THEM 2 NUMBERS FOR THERI $2  BECAUSE  TEH ONLY PLACE IT MATTERS IS IN THE ODDS THE REST OF THE PEOPLE HAVE ON WINNING.  GIVING SOMEONE 10 FREE TICKETS DOES NOT AFFECT THE EARNINGS...  LUCKILY THE SHAT WAS A NICE TIDY ONE-- AND I-- IN MY JUDGE'S ROBE AND WIG SCOOPED THE NEAT PILE INTO A DIXIE CUP.
I THINK IF WE DID IT AGAIN, WE COULD DOUBLE OUR "TAKE"  WITH SOME PRE SHAT ADVERTISING

THE NORMAL SHAT STARTED SMALL TOO--- I THINK THE FIRST SHATTING BROUGHT IN $120.00.
I DON'T HARDLY WANT TO GET IN ANOTHER BUSINESS... BUT...  ( SEE THERE IS THAT O WORD AGAIN....)
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TTHERE WERE 5 INDIVIDUAL BARKS SO FAR ( 6AM)  OVERNIGHT---  NOW THAT I AM SENSITIZED TO BARKING....I WAS 100% AWAKE TO HEAR THEM... AT 2:10  THERE WAS A CAR DOOR THEN 2 BARKS...  NOTHING UNTIL 5:05 WHEN A DOG BARKED 3 TIMES--- AFTER ALL WAS QUIET.  AND AT 6:00  PAULA-- 3 WOOFS BEHIND ME IN RESPONSE TO BOTH THE NEIGHBORS DOG AND SOME ONE IN THE BARN.  THERe ARE VOICES AND A CAR DOOR AT 5:59  PROBABLY ALL ON TEH CAMERA video if anyone wants to watch it.;

6:11  CONTINUED BARKING OFF AND ON... ALONG WITH NEIGHBORHOOD NOISES.. THE WORLD IS UP AND OUT