Saturday, November 18, 2017

nov 18 2017

calendar is done.... and away to the printer  i believe-- whic means we are supposed to be delivered before dec 1st...  linda has ordrs all  orgainzed..
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also... it might be fun for some of you to write a thank you to
 r&w rope----p.o.  box 50420---  new bedford  ma  02745-- they sent me a donation of a  big chunk of orange rope to do the orange monkey fists as a money maker for SDP..-- so notes from all over would be fun....and  nice to send them... it should mean over $100 to sdp.
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i had a few emails  wrt  responsible pet ownership-- and then i had 2 about responsible child production
 when in costco with a  sizzle or bentle,   for every 5 people who say
 " i wish you'd train my dog," i have at lest one who says "i wish you'd train my grandchildren"
 ... i don't see those "child leashes" much anymore-a kid with a strap around thier wrist an da leash to mom.     i used to be horrified to think that the child would grow up and vote.
 the fine line between overactive and just  healthy active got smeared along the way.. when doctors started trying be "the answer"  -- to appease mothers by 
offering a name and chemical solution to a  problem which might be solved by more exercse less  tv ---in my time...( now it's computer time)
please do remember i am an animal person... but i know...  if we wear out the puppies, they will sleep.. if we don't, they will chew on each other's heads... or some other part-  there is an active part of living  for which kids have no feel.. and "we" caused  it..
eliminate teh music program in schools, eiminate the recess program so we can have more hours of scolastic stuff...and pretty soon we cant do the scholastic stuff because kids have not  moved around enough to deal with growing bones and muscles... 

we went to laura's school for a "volunteer for community service" day--- and  all i had to do was sit there and think, if that school had any kind of forced physical activity they would need to have the ambulance on site...  from  guys in flip flop shoes to girls in high heels -- guys with pants sliding down  past their hips  to girls with skirts hardly covering the necessitites of life...
the school  struggles with  individualism of  expression with dress codes-- which is entirely the wrong way to go.... i could fix it  quickly--- instead of letting them out to roam the halls--- give them 30 laps around the gym-- one teacher one magic marker and when they got their "card"   with 30 marks, they could go to lunch.--- if they didn't get the 30, well then ... that  would be thier problem  --no lunch-- and all those flip flops and drooping drawers would be history.-- i see track people out running the streets with no problem so my origional was to say run around  the building outside  but i was  sure  some parent would say  it was too dangerous-- and it might in some cases be... but not these kids who make it into town all by themselves to buy donuts...  there would. be some way around that..   30 minutes of running around outside in the fresh air would straighten out more than thier clothing.
at some point we have to keep our eye on the end goal-- an educated kid--  not just a large  well fed one.----but also a kid who  has found out life is not fair so get over it...no   complaining  about  you getting  only one scoop of ice cream if somebody else got two... 

i remember...... edinburgh---i was a math major- and by american standards, a pretty good one.. then i got to edinburgh where my education was more of a joke .  they get out of high school with our college education--  then they go to"  university"--- i was lost-- big time...- one of the classes i took,... the class was so big i could barely SEE  the professor let alone hear or learn from him.... too bad... my problem... basically my fellow students totally understood topics i could not even pronounce...  another thing.... there was a guy in a wheelchair, and if you came to him somewhere, you just pushed him in whatever direction seemed logical..he was doing fine.
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my methods are the same with dogs in airplanes...a sign " all service animals must pass thru  the scanner alone with all harness removed..."   any trained service dog is supposed to be able to do that-- per that adi public access test... "remove all harness and regain control of the dog in a public setting"
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i am goin g to leave here this morning... for an outing--big excitement---- maybe to costco... so far this week i have wasted  days waiting --
for animal control inspection
2 days-- 3 delivery trucks
 computer to function for calendar reasons
plumbers to call

i want OUT..
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this was wrt animals----
Keep up the excellent work and please send my thanks to the many volunteers and to your great staff, which never fails to amaze.
Sorry this is so long but just wanted you to know how much I agree with all you do.  Keep up the good work.
Love to all,   Stephanie 

Friday, November 17, 2017

nov 17 2017
discombobulated ramble today......what happened??? we have a surplus of people and not enough who can train dogs... i wish i had a nickle for every phone call i get about training dogs in general-- if i then had another nickle for the number of calls i get abotu providing an "emotional support dog"   we would not have to worry about selling chicken bricks....  there is something lacking in the basic understanding of animals-- maybe it comes from 2 parents working to put food on the table--( mind you, food  is one of my personal favorite things)..... but in an effort to  provide animal experience, parents take the least labor intensive way out and buy a hampster  which they keep all alone in  a nice tidy  cage- or a canary-with no regard for the social life of the solitary animal.. and the kid involved learns a feed/water/ detachment to the mind of the beast...  it is that detachment that  ends someone on the phone saying "i bought this puppy, i need to have you train it for me to have as a  companion"   what i want to say is    try taking care of it yourself  and thinking about  some other  living thing will start you on what you need anyway... 
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this could go so many different directions...  from the solitarity confinement of helen keller( movie miracle worker/patty duke)  til she leartned to communicate by figuring ot the one word "water" -- to the the solitary confinement of so many of our  animals--- from hampsters to 1800 pound mo...  i bet  mo spent 15 years of her life eithere  in a 6 x 10' straight stall-- or in harness pulling a plow- her big excitement of the day was to get fed---  she arrived here mad at people-- and kicking...kicking with authority at anyone within reach...then we turned her loose in the yard-- no more kicking, great interest in bud's various projects in the shop-- many people can not get over the personality she has developed... all on her own.. 
 we just let her..
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so many  dogs are micromanaged-- leash laws mean never an chance to run  unless there is a dog park - and someone willing to take them there... how m any dogs i have watched ... on  a  leash.. trying to move thier bowels while being dragged along by someone half awake, totally detached from what is happening....the norm  "buy a cute pup.. get a collar to drag it around... feed it good food til it gets stronger  than you and drags you around- so you give it up as impossible" .     when... in soooo many cases having a well trained dog means mererly to teach the owner how to  graciously cope with another living  thing. it is not micro managing  a mechanical robot...
maybe half of our "program' is allowing the dog to bond with their new partner-- which is why i still question the accepted process of giving a puppy to a puppy raiser, then taking it back at over a year old - usually into a crate in a training facility for months,  --  then giving it to  work for someone-- when it is possible the dog is still looking for it's puppy raiser...
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giving up for the day...
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cp--JENNIFER  HARVEY sent this comment on  farm life...

 Not a lifestyle for those who have to plan everything.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NOV 16 2017
THE CALENDAR  IS GONE TO BED... (OR   PRINT...I THINK....) 
IT STARTS WITH JANUARY.AND WANDA...THE  JACK RUSSEL
"WANDA... COME HERE"
"OHAHUMANHASCALLEDMYNAMEIGETEXCITEDWHENANYONECALLSMYNAMEITISSUCHANICESOUNDTOOTHATMEANSICAN THEN RUNOVERANDJUMPINTHEIRLAPANDWAGMYTAILATTHERESTOFTHEWORLD. "  
"NOW JUST STAND THERE"
"IAMSOHAPPYTOSTANDTHEREBUTICANALSOJUSTSTANDONTHREEFEET" 
"WANDA PUT THAT FOOT DOWN"
"HOWCANIPUTTHATFOOTDOWNWHENIAMSUREISAWACHIPMUNKDARTINTOTHATHOLEANDTHEREISSSOMEONE OVERTHEREI HAVENOTSEEN BEFOREANDMUSTTALKTOANDWHYMUSTIHAVE4FEETONTHEGROUNDWHENICANSTANDVERYNICELYWITH3BUTAS SOONASYOUSAYTHEMAGICWORDOF  "OK  "  IWILLZOOMAROUNDTOTHATNEWPESONANDTHENJUMPINSOMEONESLAPANDRELAX"
"WANDA DON'T TURN AROUND"
"IJUSTHADTOTURNAROUNDANDSEEWHOTHATDOGWASBEHINDMESEEINGASHEIS20TIMESMYSIZEI ANTTOBESUREICANSTIL WHIP HIMOHITISONLYADANEANDIKNOWICANBOSSTHEM.AROUNDDIDYOUWANTMYTAILUPORDOWNICANWAGITSIDEDTOSIDEIAMSOHAPPPYTOBEHERECHECKINGOUTTHESECURITYOFTHEPLACE ANDICANTELLTHATTHENEED FOR MY SERVICESISGREATBECAUSE IAMSURETHEREAREALSOSQUIRRELSAROUNDLETMEATHIM." 
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IT WAS SUCH A RELEIF TO GET TO DECEMBER WITH THE DANES-- GOTTA LOVE 'EM....
"OSCAR .. COME HERE"
"WHY"
"WE NEED TO HAVE YOU JUST SIT THERE"
"OK"
"NOW HOLD STILL WHILE I PUT THIS ON YOU"
"PEOPLE ARE WIERD"
"NOW OSCAR... JUST STAY THERE"
" WHO'S MOVING? " 
"STAY"
"WHEN'S DINNER?"
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AND THEN THE TREMENDOUSLY  TALENTED CALENDAR CREW WHO HAVE A TERRIBLY DEBILITATING  AFFLICTION CALLED  "PERFECTION" 

"NO, IT'S--'FOR'  --, NOT-- 'TO'  "
"THAT WORD DOESN'T   'FEEL'    RIGHT"
TO WILLIAM IN THE MIDDLE OF A VIRTUAL FOREST... "CAN WE GO  LOOK AT ANOTHER TREE?"

BUT BY ALL RUMORS... WE MADE IT LAST NIGHT AMID AOL BEING NEARLY DOWN BECAUSE RIGHT AT OUR 6PM DEADLINE GOOGLE GOT INVOLVED WITH REBOOTING AOL ( APPARENTLY) AND SENDING FILES GOT ... IN A WORD.. LOUSY !
AND-- SO HEL.P ME.... MY CELL PHONE WOULD NOT CALL  ANNE'S PHONE..  . HER PHONE RIGHT NEXT TO HER
WAS NOT RECOGNIZING INCOMMING CALLS ( AND YES SHE/WE... DID CHECK ALL THE BUTTONS)  NOR WOULD IT CALL ME... SO I SAT HERE WITH BUD-- ANNE AT HER HOUSE WAITING FOR ME TO SEND THE LAST PAGE FOR HER TO LOOK OVER -- MY COMPUTER WASN'T SENDING THE FILE....  THE PHONE WOULD NOT WORK.. COMMUNICATION WAS  IMPOSSIBLE--

MAKES ME UNDERSTAND WHY ... IN LONDON WHEN THEY HAVE TO SHIP  EYE CORNEAS BETWEEN HOSPITALS  BEWEEN DONOR AND PATIENT, THEY USE CARRIER PIGEONS... AT LEAST THEY ...DID....I DUNNO NOW..... THERE IS A LESSON THERE.
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THE DEAL ON THE CALENDAR IS ----IF WE GET IT  TO TH E PRINTER BY FRIDAY  WE WILL HAVE IT DELIVERED BY DEC 1ST-- I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THE PRINTER EVEN IS.... LET ALONE THINGS LIKE WILLIAM CHECKING THE COLORS OR WHETHER FEB HAS 28 DAYS...
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WHAT DID I LEARN?----NEXT YEAR---- WE WILL DO IT WITH THE  NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY OF "ONLY THE GODS DO EVERYTHING RIGHT-- ANYTHING WE DO MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE  IMPERFECTION SO AS NOT TO ANGER THE GODS."   
AND 
NEXT YEAR WE WILL HAVE IT DONE BY DOGFEST... ( OCTOBER)
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IT IS TOUGH TO COME UP WITH  CREATIVE IDEAS... THIS IS OUR 5TH YEAR??? AND EACH ONE HAS BEEN  EXCEPTIONAL- ..AS THERE ARE SOOOOO MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED WHEN YOU  FIGURE IN --PEOPLE'S HOUSES --MEGAN'S  STAMINA-- DEVLIN'S DIMINUTIVE SIZE--KITTY'S DETERMINATION- ANNES ENGLISH-FROM FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO SCHOOL PRINCIPALS-- THERE ARE SOOOO MANY WHO HAVE COOPERATED...SOOOO MANY WHO JUST DON'T QUIT....
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SO AT $20 PLUS $5 IF WE HAVE TO MAIL IT IT WILL AGAIN BE A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT - WE SHOULD GET IT FROM TH EPRINTER ON DEC 1st.
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PURINA FOOD--- A HUGE DEAL IN OUR LIVES- BOTH MONETARILY AND JUST BULK........ AND GOLDIE-- OUR GHOST-- WAS RIGHT IN THERE  WORKING HARD...-- 
 THE ORDER ( DONATION) USUALLY COMES   1 PALLET OF WET AND 8 PALLETS  OF DRY ( 1 PUPPY 7 ADULT)-- BECAUSE OF THE PUPS, I ASKED PURINA  IF WE COULD HAVE 2 PUPPY, 6 ADULT PROPLAN-- NO PROBLEM...
THE OTHER DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THIS STORY IS  - WE NEED THE TRACTOR TO UNLOAD TEH  DRY FOOD WIHT THE "FORK LIFTS"  AS IT IS "TAILGATE DELIVERY"  ( THE OTHER  KIND OF DELIVERY WITH THE TAILGATE THAT LOWERS PALLET S TO THE GROUND IS  "LIFTGATE DELIVERY"    AN EXTRA CHARGE AND SHOULD BE SPECIFIED AT PICK UP..)-- THE TRACTOR WIL NOT PICK UP THE WET FOOD PALLET  AS IT WEIGHS  1019 POUNDS....THE TRACTOR JUST BARELY PICKS UP THE DRY FOOD WHICH IS 24 BAGS OF 40# EACH= 960---  SO IT IS CLOSE..... 

FEDEX CALLED TO ASK IF WE WERE READY TO ACCEPT 2 PALLETS-- I ASSUMED....... THEY MUST BE SENDING 2 WET SO WHEN BUD ASKED IF IT WAS A GOOD TIME TO CHANGE THE HYDRALIC OIL.. I SAID YES...SO HE GOT UNDER IT AND UNDID THE 3 PLUGS WHICH HE READ ABOUT IN THE MANUAL ( HE READS DIRECTIONS)
BIG TRUCK #1 ARRIVED-- THE USUALL DRIVER-- BACKED UP TO THE DOOR-- AND PUT TH EONE PALLET ON THE GROUNDAND WHILE MO SUPERVISED, OUR CREW UNLOADED  ONE PALLET AND THEN LEFT--I WAS QUESTIONING THE DRIVER ABOUT THE SECOND PALLET WHEN BIG  TRUCK # 2 ARRIVED

THERE WAS AN AWFUL  --HS-- MOMENT AS I  THOUGHT "HERE 'S 8 PALLETS OF DRY AND WE ARE MINUS TEH TRACTOR"...NOW OUR RECORD FOR DISMANTLING  A PALLET OF DRY IS ONE MINUTE 28 SECONDS... BUT THAT IS ONCE IT IS ON THE GROUND. AND WE NEVER HAD DRY ARRIVE "LIFTGATE" ----- IT WAS A SIGH OF RELIEF-- AND THANKS TO GOLDIE---- TO HAVE TRUCK #2 BE FILLING IN FOR TEH USUAL STRIAGHT TRUCK, AND THIS ONE HAD THE ABILITY TO LOWER THE 2 PALLETS  WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE THE 2 PUPPY PALLETS.
AT WHICH  POINT THE PHONE RANG-- HUGE TRUCK #3 WANTED DELIVERY OF  6 "SKIDS"  ON THURSDAY-- BUD SAID TEH OIL WOULD BE CHANGED BY THEN AND TRACTOR USEABLE... SO I SAID YES... SO HERE I SIT TODAY  -- READY TO DIRECT THE UNLOADING OF 6 PALLETS OF DRY FOOD FROM TEH HEATED COMFORT OF THE TRACTOR CAB...
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ONE DISASTER AT A TIME ID DO-ABLE.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

nov 15 2017
since you probably expect to get  the 2018 calendar before 2019 ----  it will be written off today....any typos, spelling -- holidays ( missing or added) are where they are ---it may be ordered by sending money   here.  even now.....and  we will deal...-- we also already  have a couple  of "tina's angels"   who  have already sent us money for an extra calendar for someone who might have trouble  finding money for one. i think that  was tina's brainstorm- and it is a good one...  now as for postage... we are asking for $5. from everyone  even tho alot of teh postage is $3.. and the extra money will help with the $8 zip codes and teh $22 europe mailings.-- it is jut simpler-- if anyone wants to send us extra money for postage you go right ahead.... don't let me stop you !!  i think last year's postage was just  over $5000 for the +/-1000 we sent-- so the $5 is close enough for government work.
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 i am sure most of you are familiar with my philosophy, "if a hammer won't work, get a bigger hammer...."  well ........  while sitting in the nice warm  bath tub, i tried to hook up  one  of teh hand held shower things... which involved  male ends and female ends- and a lever to swithc from tub to shower.... i  was so sure that  with the right equipment  and funny little chrome pieces, that it wouldnt be difficult to put the puzzle together...... i even knew about "dope"-- that wierd  thin plumber's tape stuff to wrap around the threads to seal better.... i knew considering things like slippery soapy water and things, i was due to have trouble  untwisting the  3/4 inch male to male end already in the female end of the  spout  .( i hope further explinatio of the commonplace  plumbing terminology is not necessary....)  so i had "big red" in the tub with me...   big red is a huge  red handled  slip wrench.. when the  male end of the  faucet argued with  me, i gave it a good one.... with those long handles i was able to get considerable "purchase" on the  thing.... which did not release the 30 years of gruck holding it together... however, it solved the problem itself by splitting the spout in such a way that  now i can sit in the tub and have a vey fine spray of water hit me right in the  face without any extra chorme pieces..  now  the only way to shut it off is to call a plumber -- which i will do just as soon as we have another plumbing problem
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speaking of bathtubs... i remember---  i discovered .....my roomate in edinburgh used to sit in the "wrong" end of the tub....  she declared it was quite correctly... deeper there... just out of curiosity  i never had a chance to take any statisticas on that,,  but is there anyone of our DD readers who sits in the end with the drain???
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water .. and plumbing... i think to wagter any donkeys who might be staying in the back "tanners lodge", we will have to gee some more jerry  containers  -- those rectangular carriers with handle and spout.-- there are many horses- particularly the draft kind, who are given access to water a couple times a day...by letting them out of their stalls  one at a time..to get a drink- then going back when finished-- tehreason i mention it is  with winter -- it is the only time of year when water does not run down hill... the stuff freezes-- even if you drain th ehose, if you get tidy and hang it up, enough drips will get together at the bottom of the loop and form a 1" plug making th ehose totally useless til you drag it into a heated area for 48 hours  til you can blow into it.-- i have a way of dealing with the oses in the barn... but every  year, there are a few who need training about leaving the hose flat on the floor after draining it...
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just to complete this frozen water topic for the day.... when i lived in lynnfield-- and had all those 4h girls, ... for watering the barn....we had a "gate valve" which shut the water off and drained it down 4 feet below ground... ocassionally ther would be a small drip that would freeze the area around the handle necesitating gong to the house  for a cup of warm water to unfreeze that...  the group we had were very bright--- and they did figure out that  instead of going to the house for warm water, there was  enough warm fluid between them to unfreezethe handle much quicker.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

nov 14 2017
i bought this green yellow red  bloodpressure monitor they have on tv...  worth the $39 (plus postage that woulld mail a small elephant)   but it is interesting.. all was green and go  117/75 ... until 2am when i decided to look over some calendar details and it went to red  155/85 --  that calendar is to be wrapped up  tomorrow-- so that we can have it by dec 1st.   i heavily suggest next year the goal is to wrap it up by dogfest.--
 i was in petco yesterday- and thy have a bunch already for sale now..  it is terribly hard to be as creative as william's skill  deserves... this year-- as in the other 5?  everyone will find a couple that will make you chuckle loud and clear.... while being artistic at the same time.

some people are already sending checks for copies..  linda has all that under control-- we need to rethink the postage to europe and canada.. and use some of our "profit per book" to help with postage of $22 per to europe????/  i will look into postages today...  if we can get everyone to pay the most common postage, we should have a few extra $$ -- for instance .. if the most common postage is $4.37  if we ask everyone to pay $5 then we should be able to send the european  $22 and canadian $15  ones for the same $5.  by the numbers it should be fine. any extra money  you send would go in the fun fund and hang  the accounting. 

accounting-- i suppose when you have been in business for 20 yeatrs, things do settle down...  maybe... but t the moment if you get really picky about our accounting you would ask questions like  " how come one year the office expense was $2,000 and the nesxt $12,000"  the simple explination is that in teh 12,000 year, the postage got included in the "office" expense   and the other year it was with..calendar/ads-- i know this bit becaues the health insurance got put in the insurance column 2016   and  ins total was over $36,000 causing me to say to linda "what the heii are we insuring???" -- i am sure if we asked for too much insurance they would happily sell it to us...
any rate-- our accounting excitement is ... maybe overwith--  i no longer am crawling around the floor of my car looking for every reciept for $12.98 just so the  reciepts can match the total. - darn it .. just change the total...    the big picture is perfect  and % wise  $12 will not make a diffeerence over $500,000 .. i will not fear the IRS - they don't want to waste time either.... p.s.  i do keep all the recipets i remember on a "yearly nail"    that keeps them at least in chronological order --   almost....
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we might all need to swing into action   to see if rachel would like any of us to help with bella's 8 week "lay up" .  for me...  maybe helping with her algebra could be a  fun challange......  she could call in any  of her problems  in for a  "lets stump carlene" section of mail call.  the only reason i offer algebra  is she is just starting so i should manage in keeping with her age group.... the problems shouldn't be too hard...  but i'm game...  besides if i can't solve the problem... there are about 1000 people online who will have something to say ... i am sure of that...

TODAY BELLA WAS HAPPY SHE WAS ABLE TO SLEEP IN A BIT! SHE HAD A DOCTOR APPOINTMENT AT 9 SO WAS ABLE TO SLEEP UNTIL 8! AND SHE ACTUALLY DID! SHE JUST HAD HER REGULAR 13 YEAR CHECK UP. I LOVE BELLA’S DOCTOR THOUGH. HE ALWAYS SETS ASIDE AN HOUR FOR HER. SO WE GOT THERE AT 9 HE CAME IN AT 9:15 WE DIDN’T GET IN THE CAR UNTIL 10:30. HER OLD PEDI WE USED TO FEEL SO RUSHED BUT HE TAKES THE TIME TO GO OVER EVERYTHING. HE HAS UPDATES ON ALL HER DOCTOR APPOINTMENT FROM SPECIALISTS AND GOES OVER THEM TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE! SO HE TALKED TO BELLA ABOUT HER SURGERY, ABOUT HER NEW BETA BLOCKER SHE IS ON AND IF SHE HAS ANY QUESTIONS SHE CAN CALL HIM. HE ALSO OFFERED TO WRITE A NOTE FOR SCHOOL SAYING BELLA WILL BE OUT OF SCHOOL FOR UP TO 8 WEEKS SO THAT THEY CAN GET JUMPING ON THE TUTOR. HE THINKS OF EVERYTHING. BELLA HAS DONE GREAT OVER THE LAST YEAR. SHE IS AMAZINGLY STILL SLOWLY GROWING IN HEIGHT AND WEIGHT WHICH IS AMAZING. SHE DID GET THE FLU SHOT WHICH SHE WASN’T HAPPY ABOUT, BUT SHE WAS HAPPY THEY ASKED IF SHE WAS A LEFTIE OR RIGHTY FIRST SO THEY DIDN’T HURT HER WRITING ARM! SHE IS A PRETTY HEALTHY KID DESPITE EVERYTHING. . MY GIRLS KEEP ME BUSY. 
 THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT! MUCH LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE
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i can  hardly wait for bella to see if she can   stump me at mail call....

i'm ready !

Monday, November 13, 2017

nov 13 2017
who missed last night's excitement ??  poppy got her  back foot stuck in the chain link fence between the pregos and  not pregos... it is that light guage chain link, and so bendable that i assumed if they got a foot in, that they could get a foot out...not true if you do a twist in th emeantime.. phone rang- i sent pam then checked teh camera while the phone wrang again ..- said "got it" slammed the phone and ran for the door...  the real hero of the night is tom... who has that shop so clean.... i could find teh bolt cutter and easily snipped the light wwire.  luckily too .. i had noticed a panel of fencing behind the dumpster  --- that we used to use in hotels for these "santa jobs" light weight aluminun pipes- so we used that to barricade the bottom section of that chain link... is yet to be resolved today.. ? plywood up 30"?? in the meantime... i hung the bolt cutter right outside teh stall.. if that had been a horse ..... well b eing bigger and idiotic it would have really kicked til the chain link did bend certainly i never would have sent pam down to deal with a horse with a caught foot..that is a killer situation...ofteh both horse and pperson who tries to deal.
that is one of the biggest reasons we have donkeys and not horses...  very related to my stories of why a horse needs to have blinders on his bridle so he can't see the cart "chasing" him.  donkeys are sensible... as witnessed last night....

i figure the episode was goldie warning me to get ready for  the painted lady's  foaling. it was painfully pointed out to me that i need a huge sweatsuit that i can get into with one pull and fly out the door regardless of what is under teh sweatsuit...  given time... i have a snowsuit but that involves 2 arms 2 legs and a zipper which might be too confusing in a half awake state.
please don't send me 47 of them --- i am gong to order some from duluth as soon as i finish this DD.

i am still getting emails about scott's video--- https://mountainlake.org/vch-turning-a-mess-into-a-message/    polly suggested you all put it on your facebook pages-- sounds like a reasonable idea... he is doing a good job... (so is the dog....)
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he was lucky that he could not tie a proper knot---- and he was also lucky that i was not shocked by the fact he had a warrant out for his arrest.  the reason i was not shocked... was i too have had a warrent to be arrested- a long story about  a leash law violation , cocktail hour and not having a$6.00 for bail.. but what it did do ... is  that record will prohibit me from getting a top secret clearence again.  i hope i don't need it ... as my job was to figure out how to bomb the united states most efficiently... i think what i determined is pretty much "what goes around comes around " and the fall out of a very few bombs will drift all the way round the world.... which should be detrimental to any bombing decision
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somebody from maine is in the guest house with a dog..- the fact that i can't rememer the name of either is parr for the course.
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there exiists - somewhere--- a good video  of mariah opening the kennel doors to let herself out.
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here's a story of 6  in a bed

IT’S BEEN A PRETTY CHILL WEEKEND. OF COURSE EVE AND FINN TURNED HEADS AND EVE HAD A FEW CONVERSATIONS WITH THE OTHER GUESTS ABOUT FINN! ONE COUPLE SAID WE SAW YOU ON TV!!! SINCE EVE HAS BEEN ON LOCAL TV NEWS A COUPLE TIMES AND ONCE BRIEFLY WITH FINN WE HAD TO ASK A COUPLE QUESTIONS AND IT DID TURN OUT TO BE BELLA AND GEORGE THEY SAW SO WE GOT TO EXPLAIN HOW GEORGE IS FINN’S AMAZING OLDER BROTHER! EVE HANDLES THAT WITH LOVELY GRACE FOR A 4TH WHO IS ASKING SANTA TO BE ON TV THIS YEAR!! LOL
YESTERDAY SHE SPENT A GOOD PART OF THE MORNING OUT SIDE WITH FINN GATHERING PINE CONES FOR A THANKSGIVING CRAFT SHE WANTS TO DO. THEN THEY WARMED UP INSIDE AND TOOK AND AFTERNOON NAP TOGETHER SINCE EVE HASN’T BEEN SLEEPING WELL LATELY. EVE SLEPT SO MUCH THAT AFTERNOON AND WE KNEW SHE’D REALLY HAVE TROUBLE GETTING TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT SO HER DADDY INVITED HER TO SLEEP WITH US AND DESPITE HAVING A KING SIZE BED AND EVE BEING TINY THERE JUST ISN’T ENOUGH ROOM FOR 3 PEOPLE 1 GIANT DOG AND 2 SMALL DOGS.!!!! BUT SOMEHOW I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO SEEMED SHORT ON SPACE!!!! LANCE AND FINN SNORED AWAY WHILE I CAREFULLY BALANCED ON THE EDGE OF 12” OF BED SPACE!! I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED TO THE COUCH.
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NOVEMBER12, 2017
KRINGLE AND I ARE MOST THANKFUL TODAY FOR PROGRESS. THE PICTURE DEPICTS US AT A LOVELY MUSICAL PRESENTATION AT A LOCAL COLLEGE. THE STAR OF THE SHOW IS MY GOOD FRIEND'S DAUGHTER, JORDAN, AND LAST YEAR WE ENJOYED HER TALENTS AT THIS SAME THEATER. EXCEPT LAST YEAR INSTEAD OF KRINGLE I HAD A WALKER. THE BUILDING ITSELF IS OLD AND CONSISTS OF MANY STAIRS. LAST YEAR I HAD TO BE ASSISTED TO MY SEAT AND THE WALKER HAD TO BE SECURED ELSEWHERE UNTIL THE END OF THE SHOW. THIS YEAR, DUE TO PROGRESS, KRINGLE AND I SLOWLY WALKED THE STAIRS AS A TEAM AND ENJOYED THE SHOW TOGETHER. IN FACT WE BOTH STOOD AT THE END AND GAVE A STANDING CHEER. THANK YOU, PROGRESS AND NO MORE WALKER! SUPER JOB JORDAN.
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before you ask....
 i do not have a dog in my bed...... i remember being at some convention with thumper  and another person and dog.... staying at some hotel where there were 2 king sized beds-- and figuring  thre was room for both thumper and me in one.... not true... he preferred to sleep diagionally  and snore, and twitch...... i got very little sleep and decided henceforth---  better alone than in poor company. ( an old mother "used to say"  comment) 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

nov 12 2017
we have a few young girls  who are terriffic interns...and they are going back to school- darn-...so along with needing more starters..i heard something on the telle this morning about young girls going for  "interviews"  and meetings  in slightly illogical places so i wanted to put in all our kids heads...  in job hunting or whatever..... if it sounds even slightly "unusual.."  the correc t response..."i will meet you in your hotel room #478 at 8:30.  i am sure i can get my aunt louise  or uncle harry to come with me"   and if the deal falls thru, there was no deal in the first place.  with all that is happening... the concept  "i am special, this is different .... this guy wouldn't...." is a bunch of  the stuff for which we cut up 3 x 6 cardboards to pick up.   one of the huge problems with holywood is that in the orocess of making movies or whatever,,, there is so much travel where an office in a hotel room is actually normal...  so taking some "old bag" with you is a totally legitimate concept.. and the real offers won't mind at all.
..being a farmer at heart,  you allow only your best  to breed....   as for any misbehaving male animal, you just do not use them..very often keeping them in a group with other misbehaving males.. 
from there i could easily go to  the perils of a group of young males....as in fraternities where to belong you must  die trying to prove you are more stupid than the rest of the group. 
----- in a group of puppies convential wisdom says to avoid the pup who is different and does not run to the fence to greet you , but sits in the back and waits for  you to speak to them...we.... megan steve and i... have all  said that  could be the thinker.... the pup to look over and will perhaps be the best of the litter assuming there is no physical reason to hang back....
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animal reactions
there is a pup in audry's litter who had a strange reaction   yesterday when i sadt down with my 3 jars of baby food to spoon feed the group..  he/she  "took off" and ran under the camera table... extremely wierd-- i wish i could tell you which one exactly... but i can't..  i did pick it up ( picking up is something not often allowed) and sat it net to me for an individual spoon feed session  and it did relax and joined the group..  we need to watch for that again and try and figure out why...  maybe i was just not jeri... could be a big reason...
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and then the donkeys... as a group.. they are  alarmed at the blue jackets in a very strange reaction.... steve ( meatctter steve) was the first to notice.. the painted lady jumped and ran off when he came in the stall with his jacket-- he later took it off and she was normal... so tom tried it and got the same reaction..  have we discovered something about the color blue?   
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6:31 am..... we are having our morning howl  even the pups joing bentley - chaos and sizzle...bentley seems to be the one to start it 
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cold draft---- megan says the wind blows down the hill from the partridgeberry place and blows in all those doggie doors... so i bought a bunch of concrete blocks to try and  build a wind breaker at each one... the lesson for the day is those concrete bl0cks come full size or half size-- which is how you get to stagger the seams for stability's sake.. i always thought they had to break them-- not true.. so for those of you about to build a wall of blocks-- get some 1/2's  i did watch the green house being built and saw those used there-- every corner and door needed 1/2's.....  
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 got to fiddle with those today-- like shove a 2 x 4 down th ehole to keep it together ( as we are not gluing them together until we get the design perfected...)
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every sunday  i wish someon e would put mo's harneess on her for practice... so that might happen 
you might see me watching from my "heated golf cart"  aka toyota sequoia .. it is nap type cozy in there ( with a window open)-- or tractor would work too... i love my heat...
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we had lots  and lots of comments about scott's video
you all can take great pride in financing of dash by buying those foolish chicken bricks..... ------many of you saw dash being born and trained...  i think dash was born  nov 2012-- so she must have been the second litter born after the cameras went in.. probably when we were suffering with the portable cameras with no sound... boy have we come a long way... thanks 100% to charlie and explore.org.  i do not have a clue about the exact details... i do remember saying to someone " as long as they don't cost  us anything..."   the other thing i distinctly remember is  the black box that connected teh camera to the internet was a tiny thing with an 18 digit password.... that you had to get by using  one button and holding it til you got to the rignt letter and case counted...it was  maybe my first absolutely definite indication , i could no longer do this stuff all by myself...

By now i know full well how dependent sdp is on all the staff and volunteers as i can  not  get all these dogs even fed every day.. let along kept clean and comfortable......plus we have encouraged  some very competent help-- from the extremes of    linda to bud, megan to tom,  plus all the ... there are over 100.   and someone always manages to get some kind of dinner ready every night-- even if it is by phone & delivery...