Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SEPT 23  2014
MY PILL BOX TELLS ME IT IS TUESDAY..  
IT BETTER BE BECAUSE IF IT IS THURSDAY AND I AM 2 DAYS BEHIND IN PILLS  IT COULD BE A VERY LIVELY  DAY . 

USUALLY I WAIT TIL I AM DRIVING A 53 FOOT LONG HORSE TRAILER IN THE MIDDLE OF BOSTON TRAFFIC TO TELL SOMEONE IN THE PASSENGER SEAT THAT I AM ON  DILANTIN .FOR SEIZURES  
IT HAS WORKED BEAUTIFULLY FOR 40 YEARS--  THE ONLY TIME I HAD A PROBLEM WAS VERY EARLY IN THE  PROCESS WHEN I FIGURED I DID NOT NEED  THEM..  2 DAYS OF NO PILLS AND I WAS IN BIG TROUBLE...!!     GOD BLESS EDUCATION AND  RESEARCH !!

IT CAUSED ME TO THINK OF ALOT OF THINGS I NEVER HAD TO CONSIDER...
AIRLINE'S FREQUENTLY LOST LUGGAGE-- CAMPING TRIP BY CANOE( WHITE WATER DOWN THE COLORADO RIVER) ... DISTANCE TO NEAREST PHARMACY.... AND OF LATE....  AN INCREDIBLY  MATURE MEMORY..  

I AM NEVER OFFENDED IF SOMEONE ASKS ME IF I HAVE TAKEN MY PILLS TODAY.  WHEN THEY DO , THERE IS A SPLIT SECOND WHERE I  TAKE INVENTORY OF MY THOUGHT PROCESS.  
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OTHER THAN THAT...... ANY OTHER PROBLEMS THAT TODAY BRINGS  WILL NOT BE CAUSED BY THAT.
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TUESDAY-- NO SHEILA---  I DON'T  MEAN TO BE UNKIND... WELL ALMOST.... BUT I DID GRIN A BIT WHEN SOMEONE TOLD ME  IT WAS SUPPOSED TO RAIN FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS IN VERO BEACH-- THUNDERSTORMS-- 

WELL I BET THEY ARE JUST TIDDLEY ONES.. NOT LIIKE THE REAL THUNDER WE HAD AT THE END OF   OVER THE RAINBOW   DURING DOG FEST...
THAT VIDEO IS WORTH SEEING... THE TIMING OF THAT  BOOM COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER.
 BIRDS FLY OVER THE RAINBOW WHY OH WHY CAN'T I?  
BANG !
WHY DID YOU ASK....I WILL TELL YOU  ...BECAUSE I DID NOT SAY YOU COULD.

LEFT ME  FEEING A BIT INFERIOR
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THE  PRESSURE POT WORKED BEAUTIFULLY YESTERDAY-- I DID NOT PRESSURE... BUT USED IT AS A SLOW COOKER  AND LITERALLY FORGOT IT--- DURING MAIL CALL, I TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO HAVE FOR SUPPER  AND SOMEONE REMINDED ME-- THERE IT WAS ALL READY... AND BEING KEPT WARM

PERFECT ! 
 
NOW HERE IS ANOTHER MILLION DOLLAR IDEA JUST WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO DEVELOP.
    COOKING FOR THE MATURE MIND... AND PUT TOGETHER  A BUNCH OF APPLIANCES  THAT ALL SHUT OFF BEFORE YOU BURN TH E HOUSE DOWN..

UP TO NOW I HAVE HAD TO RELY ON THE  FIRE ALARM TO TELL ME WHEN DINNER WAS READY.

DON'T LAUGH--- SOMEONE WILL DO JUST THAT---
I CAN SEE THE RECIPE DIRECTIONS NOW....   

SET ALL THE INGREDIENTS ON THE COUNTER TURN OFF YOUR HEARING AID.... BEFORE TURNING ON THE BURNER.. YOU MUST NOT TURN AROUND FOR ANY REASON..

REMEMBER IT IS CALLED A BURNER FOR A GOOD REASON.
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THERE ARE 2 METHODS OF MATURE  COOKING...

SAS--- STAND AND STIR-   WHERE YO U MUST NOT ANSWER THE PHONE OR THE DOORBELL
OR 
VLS- VERY LOW SETTING- WHERE  YOU WILL REMEMBER IT  ONLY WHEN YOU GET HUNGRY 

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OLD AGE IS NOT FOR THE  MEEK.
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I DROVE AROUND YESTERDAY WITH THE RACK ON THE BACK OF MY CAR--- AND IT DID NOT FALL OFF..  BUD SAID IT WOULD NOT... AND HE WAS RIGHT...

MAYBE I CAN MAKE IT TO SALEM TODAY-- THEY RENT SEGWAY'S THERE..  I WONDER IF ONE WOULD GO ON THT RACK-- IT HAS A RAMP FOR THTAT KIND OF THING
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KATI  WAS OUT YESTERDAY, AND TRACY, SHANNON AND MEGAN SURVIVED VERY NICELY.
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LASTLY  
MY COMPLAINT OF THE DAY
TOOTSIE ROLLS
REMEMBER MY OBSERVATON  ABOUT KITKATS AND HOW IN BRITAIN THEY SAT THEM ON THE WRAPPER CROOKED-  WHICH USED LESS PAPER...THIS SAVING WRAPPING PAPER ETC

WELL THESE TINY TOOTSIE ROLLS ARE WRAPPED WITH MUCH TOO MUCH PAPER- BUT BECAUSE OF THE  DIRECTION , THERE IS NOT QUITE ENOUGH TOEVEN PROPERLY 

 GO ROUND THE TOOTSIE...  .  BUT IF YOU SET THE TOOTSIE CROOKED AND WRAP  THERE IS MUCH TOO MUCH PAPER

BY ACTUAL MEASUREMENT THE WRAPPER IS 3" LONG AND DOES NOT GO AROUND THE TOOTSIE.  PUT IT ON  AT AN ANGLE AND  THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH.. ACTUALLY 3/4 INCH TOO MUCH.

THAT IS 3" = 12/4ths  SO A SAVING OF 3/4ths  IS A SAVING OF 25%

I WONDER WHAT IS   25% OF THEIR COST OF WAXED PAPER? OR MORE IMPORTANT , HOW MANY CHICKEN BRICKS COULD THEY BUY WITH THAT MONEY.

SOMEBODY OUGHT TO CALL THEM AND TELL THEM TO BUY CHICKEN BRICKS WITH THE MONEY THEY SAVE.

Monday, September 22, 2014

sept 22 2014

my world is changing---   monday is no longer earlene  and now tuesday sheila has deserted  the ship   -- and this thursday steve is having a root canal..  i am nearly panicked.....
nearly....  

steve is the only one i know of who managed to fall asleep during a root canal... without drugs !!!

paperwork is in pretty good shape due to linda-- she is goooood. 
she wrote all the letters that had piled up during dogfest.  i signed and stamped them all.... now if megan can get the bag to the post office on some training mission...  
 
bills are all paid ... and prayers are requested for the chicken brick  wall...

statistics??  during the time around dogfest-- when i piled the letters of inquiry-- we had 19 requests
for dogs.. 9 of which the board felt could not be something we could serve- most got referred to another ADI training facility --- and the other 10 got sent the application form  and a suggestion  that they plan to come here on some sunday stew if they can...

i hope opal is pregnant...... and i know everyone is saying  no more than 6  but  we need pups...
we don't get to regulate the process...

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sounds like an odd connection... but bud managed to get the storage rack on the back of my car... because....

i may have to go into Boston to the attny general's office- and there is no way i can stand around and wait for an elevator more than 30 seconds... it is just not possible without hardware... my usual shopping cart support would be fine--  but somehow  think it would be out of place in those office buildings,..  my next resort is an antique worlds fair cane thing which the handle opens into a seat... ---  the next resort is that electric scooter/wheelchair that lives in the t t ent......hence the rack on my car.

the reason for the trip to the attny generals office is .... last time i had any problem with them, they were most helpful ( and loved the dog i had with me... thumper).. i have til nov 15th to solve the audit problem  and so far all the cpa's i have called have given up the non profit audit as too big a pain in the neck...

orca's are out for the morning... these are the most personable pups !!  especially "tiny"
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i had suggested to william huber( calendar photographer) that we do a shot with the 11 crumbs sitting  with me around the fireplace--- and i could have done that...  but he was busy and put it off for a month-- now kitty mentioned it -- and i laughed... now you could not fit all 11 in the living room--all we can do now is the 4 orcas... and we better hurry  they grew 3 pounds last week.... and are into that growth spurt...
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the freezer is freezing....
fyi  apparently restaurant type freezers are required to keep the temp at 10 below Fahrenheit  -- that is the kind of cold where your hand sticks to metal... and heaven forbid... you can not  even chip ice cream...
he also made note that it was possible to have the unit be a refrigerator... there are 2 "zones"   freezing is -10 to -40  and the other 32 to 40 for refrig. 
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HI -

IT'S ALL ON ONE SPREADSHEET.

1ST TAB SHOWS THE NOTES.

2ND AND 3RD TAB IS INFO FROM CPs.

4TH TAB IS INFO FROM STAFF / VOLUNTEERS.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

IT'S REALLY OVER...
    TINA

and i have attached her file.. i  would say it was a huge success---and we have already addressed the major problem... heat... by moving it back another week or two.

people who did not like lobster did not think we should bother... except this is new england... plus the company has said they would send someone to cook the chicken on site next year... ( the  alternate meal---chicken--- was.... just short of pathetic and they refunded the money...)
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BBQ chicken  reminds me......
that huge horse event i worked on for years..  groton house horse event... over at winthrop's.....it does google...

 the woman who donated our freezer also worked on it and one year she was responsible for preboiling 200 chickens for the BBQ person to pour red stuff on and make look lovely-- because ... i can see her to this day coming down the driveway with some of her barn help carrying see thru garbage bags of 200 boiled chickens.
200 boiled chickens without red sauce are   a gray/tan  strange looking... to say the least.
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it was a big deal and still is...-- 3 of us started it as a little event for pony club-- and  4 years  later it was totally out of control with  circus size tents for stabling 500 horses over 2 weekends.
many funny stories... many.. like ann ( winthorp) and i taking an emt course so we did not have to hire emts-- ( eventually we had to  hire 2 ambulances.. it  got so big...)  back then we  put together a stretcher out of a slice off the tent flaps....  

and heat..... it is ( still) last weekend of june first of july...   -- we had some massive cooling off of horses to do...we needed quantites of ice....so i went to  gloucester where i knew the  ships get ice for their fish..... backed in my  - 2 ton pick up and the man asked how much--   i did not have a clue so i said 2 tons. he pulled a lever...
2 tons of ice is enough to bury a 2 ton pick up... which it did... but i slithered out and  10 miles down the highway and got back with enough ice to  deal with  hot horses,  plus soda and wine..... 

many funny stories.. at least funny now...
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

SEPT 21,2014
THIS WILL BE A WIERD DD...  UNLIKE SO MANY OTHERS THAT ARE PERFECTLY NORMAL

SHANON-- AND SEVERAL OTHERS- HAVE TOLD ME THE WONDERS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
SO I BOUGHT 2 BOTTLES--- I TRIED DRINKING A BIT AS SHE TOLD ME TO-- AND I CAN NOT SAY IT WAS EASY TO SWALLOW-- BUT I TRIED-- THE REPORTS OF IT'S WONDERS WERE SPECTACULAR.. BUT  I CAN'T DRINK IT.... MAYBE ON A SALAD... BUT RAW... I CANNOT DO..

THEN SOMEONE SAW MY 2 BOTTLES AND SUGGESTED IT FOR A SPOT ON BAILEY'S FOOT.. BECAUSE THAY HAD TRIED IT ON A HOT SPOT ON THEIR DOG AND IT WAS GONE THE NEXT DAY.
OK....I CAN'T DRINK IT.. BUT MAYBE I CAN SMEAR IT ON--  I HAVE A COUPLE ITCHY SPOTS THAT JUST  LAST FOREVER.... WHY NOT... THE ENTIRE MEDICAL PROFESSION IN MASSACHUSETTS HAS GIVEN UP ON ... THE ITCH... SO WHY NOT WHATEVER CURED HER DOG.... AFTERE ALL IT SAYS NATURAL VINEGAR...( SO I HAVE BEEN COOKING EITH UNNATURAL VINEGAR???) 

AS I WAS SMEARING IT ON, I THOUGHT I AM GOIMG TO SMELL LIKE SALAD ALL DAY.

THAT TRIGGERED  "SALAD DAYS"  A VERY POPULAR BRITISH MUSICAL BACK IN THE 1950'S.
IF YOU GOOGLE IT BE SURE TO INCLUDE THAT IT IS THE SALAD DAYS MUSICAL...
THE SYNOPSIS IS ( CUTTING AND PASTING)
Jane and Timothy Dawes meet in a park, soon after their graduation, to plan their lives. They agree to get married, and do so in secret, but Timothy's parents have urged him to ask his various influential uncles—a Minister, a Foreign Office official, a General, a scientist—to find him suitable employment. He and Jane, however, decide that he must take the first job that he is offered. A passing tramp offers them £7 a week to look after his mobile piano for a month, and, upon accepting, they discover that when the piano plays it gives everyone within earshot an irresistible desire to dance!
After attempts by the Minister of Pleasure and Pastime (Timothy's Ministerial uncle) to ban the disruptive music, the piano vanishes, and Timothy enlists his scientific Uncle Zed to take them in his flying saucer to retrieve it. When it is found, the tramp reappears to tell them that their month is up and the piano must be passed on to another couple. He also reveals that he is a hitherto unknown uncle of Timothy (whose parents had referred to "the one we don't mention"). Timothy and Jane look forward to the future with confidence
THE  BRITISH HAVE A  COMICAL   WAY WITH WORDS WHICH WE HAVE LOST..      "THE ONE WE DON'T MENTION"  SONG IS DELIGHTFUL
 I OFTEN THINK OF THAT SONG  WITH VARIOUS US PRESIDENTS-- THEY SEEM TO ALWAYS HAVE A RELATIVE THEY DON'T WANT  TO MENTION....-- 
AT ANY RATE... THIS IS GOING SOMEWHERE...  JUST WAIT WAIT..

SHEILA LEFT TODAY FOR FLORIDA-- AND WE DID TRIP LIGHTLY OVER MY PLANS FOR A HOUSE....AND I ASKED IF IT ALSO TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION  BRIAN'S CONCERNS--- 

SHE SAID  HIS IDEAL IS A HOUSE THAT  HE CAN LEAVE AND COME BACK AND NOT HAVE TO SHOVEL OUT 2 FEET OF SNOW.--- EVEN THO BOTH OF THEM HAVE JOBS/BUSINESSES  HERE IN DANVERS MASS... THE ONLY HOUSE THEY NOW OWN IS IN FLORIDA...

LIKE THE SALAD DAYS - PLAY--- THEY NEED SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR  LOVELY  "PIANO" 

OK.... SO IT IS A STRETCH.....

WHICH MADE ME THINK OF GRACE LIVING IN AN APT OVER TRACY'S GARAGE.. 
 AND 
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE I KNOW LOOKING FOR SOME OTHER LIVING ACCOMODATION THAN WHAT THEY NOW HAVE... INCLUDING STEVE--- MEAT CUTTING STEVE...

 SO NOW I WILL DESIGN A 3 CAR GARAGE --- WITH APT OVER--- CONNECTED TO THE HOUSE WITH A WALK WAY..  TO TRY AND JAR THEM LOOSE FROM THE SUNNY WEATHER IN FLORIDA..

AROUND HERE - THEY NOW CALL THESE "MOTHER IN LAW APARTMENTS"  AND MOST BUILDING CODES ALLOW IT.

OH....... PROBLEM... MAYBE..... THE ADDRESS OF THOSE 5 ACRES IS IN IPSWICH, BUT THE LAND IS IN BOXFORD-- I WONDER WHICH BUILDING INSPECTOR WOULD BE INVOLVED...

?MY FRIEND THE IPSWICH BUILDING INSPECTOR????   WHO TOLD ME IN THE BUILDING OF TH E   ARENA "YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE-- YOU ARE ONLY A WOMAN>"   BECAUSE I DID NOT CHOOSE HIS CONTRACTOR......

I KEEP REMEMBERING THAT.....
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BUD TRIED TO DISCOURAGE HER ALSO  WHEN   HE SAID FLORIDA DOES NOT HAVE COCKROACHES.. THEY HAVE PALMETO BUGS---

A  ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD STILL HAVE THORNS...
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I SHOULD HAVE GIVEN HER THE TAPES I HAVE OF  "THE HILLS IS LONELY" -- A PRETTY AMUSING BOOK ABOUT AN ENGLISH WOMAN GOING FOR EXTENDED VACATION ON AN ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF SCOTLAND...   FUNNY BOOK...  
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Hi Carlene.
 We had a very good day. Handed out every business card. We had I'm sure way over 100. The stack was at lest 3 inches thick. Many poker chips. ( I have 5 left ) If half the people show up for Sunday stew SDP might have to open the back field for parking. Lots of ??? and Mia was AWESOME. 
Talked about chicken bricks, Explore, and of course you. plus so much more. When we got there the was an empty table where the venders set up so we asked if we could use it. Mia went into her down stay and Steve and I got to work.
 Didn't get much out of the seminars because we we're out talking about SDP most of the day. I'd like to know how many hits SDP and Explore get over the Next couple days. It was a blast. Hope we can do it again.
 Thanks Carlene for decking us out for the day, we looked fabulous. See you all next Sunday.
Steve, Michelle and Mia

Saturday, September 20, 2014

sept 20 2014
 did i put this in a dd already???  explaining the application process....??*******
TIME TO TACKLE THE INQUIRY FILE...  WE GOT A LITTLE BEHIND DURING  THE DOGFEST.  WE HAVE ALOT OF INQUIRY'S TO FIGURE OUT IF we  SHOULD SEND IN A FULL APPLICATION...... OR IF FOR SOME REASON OUR DANES ARE NOT THIER BEST SOLUTION.

SENDING IN AN APLICATION IS NOT A SITUATION WHERE IF YOU ARE #16 ON OUR LIST, YOU GET THE 16TH DOG AVAILABLE...-- NO WAY--- THEN IT BECOMES KEEPING IN MIND WHO HAS APPLIED AND WHAT DOGS WE HAVE AND WAIT FOR A SWIFT BREEZE   TO TELL US WHICH TO M MATCH WITH WHOM.   HEIGHT AND WEIGHT ARE JUST THE BEGINNING... CHILDREN, AND OTHER ANIMALS, OCCUPATION, ABILITIES , GOALS, SENSE OF HUMOR, ( EVEN WITH PTSD) CHEERFUL ATTITUDE-- ALL THESE THINGS GO INTO TRYING TO MAKE A MATCH.  THESE ARE PARTNERS, NOT SLAVES.

AT ANY RATE IT STARTS WITH THE INQUIRY binder--BOOK.... FULL OF SINGLE SHEETS OF PAPER PEOPLE HAVE SENT ( NOT EMAILED- BEACUSE I DO NOT WANT TO DEAL WITH THE &^*(*^*&%^ PRINTER- THEY ARE TO BE SENT SNAIL MAIL.)
i can cope with poking 3 holes in the letters and putting them in a binder
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I TRY AND GO OVER THE BOOK WHEN THERE ARE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS AROUND TO COMMENT  ALSO...

THEN EARLENE WOULD TYPE THE LETTERS... AND NOW WE ARE MINUS HER WHILE SHE BABY SITS HER GREAT GRANDCHILD.... DARN....  
i did the email bit -- after dogfest--- now --- linda... hopefully will type some letters from the notes we made...
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I DO NOT KNOW WHY -- TODAY-- I AM BLESSED WITH A COMPUTER DETEMINED TO SPLIT WORDS IN AN UNCONTROLLED FASHION... BUT SO BE IT.
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shocker of the day... well not really...
these phishers are getting more and more creative at spoofing emails.

here is todays

paypal notice 
Item total: 475.00 
Total: 475.00 USD Note: THIS IS A DEPOSIT INVOICE OF 50% ONLY. 
Door to door ground transport of 1 Great Dane from Boxford, Ma to San Fran, Ca.
Balance of invoice is to be paid no later than 1May10.

then i am to click on something with paypal in the www: bit  
curious that they have  it from boxford mass... 
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boxford is the next town to ipswich  boxford being our  street--  

because of that old new england custom which 150 years ago made sense.... this is the street in ipswich that goes to boxford... consequently... there are 5 boxford roads in this area-- raises heck with the gps things if you are not careful  

it makes perfect sense that boxford rd.. ipswich becomes ipwsich road in boxford and just because there is a very short piece of topsfield the one roade technically... is coming off th e  highway.....topsfield rd,boxford becomes boxford road in topsfield becomes ipswich road in topsfield becomes topsfield rd in ipswich and after that is the atlantic ocean.
it is supposed to make finding your way around easier...

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which brings to mind.... is it penna that labels the exits with the mile markers?i think all highways are labeled with mile markers starting at the southernmost point where it enters the state .. police use that numbering system " car accident at marker 72.6 northbound is only one place.. if we were used to looking for and using them it would make finding exits much easier-- you would know how many miles to your exit... a critical bit of info if you are traveling with small children who have been bitten by the "are we there yet?" bug.

i know my daughter gwen lives at mm 80 on rt 1A-- within 10 miles that rt 1A changes name/town/ and numbering system 4 times.. also... i think they were putting their house on the market - i tried to sell it to sheila -- some parts were great for her... it is a nice house.

when gwen bought it 25 years ago , it had a full greenhouse growing facility in the basement-- apparently that is why it had t be sold quickly-- the DEA   had noticed the activity while flying overhead in a helicopter.
i did not mean to imply shelia might be able to make use of the inside greenhouse-- gwen had to dismantle it in the process of buying the house. but it is a great conversation piece....and gwen had alot of very strange visitors for the first few months they owned the place..
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moving on...
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THE FREEZER IS FUNCTIONAL -- THE "CRANEY GUY" FINISHED THE LAST BIT.... HE TOLD ME THERE IS A HEATER COIL AROUD THE DOOR--- NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT--- IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE FOR THE DOOR TO GET FROZEN SHUT... NOW THERE IS ANOTHER THING FOR ME TO WORRY ABOUT.. THAT LITTEL CLICKER OVER THE DOOR REALLY SHUTS THE DOOR WITH AUTHORITY--- AND IF IT EVER GOT FROZEN YOU WOULD HAVE A REAL PROBLEM..

.SPEAKING OF FROZEN WATER.. I SHOULD PROBABLY NOT MENTION THIS... BUT.... WHEN I HAD ALL THOSE 4H KIDS IN LYNNFIELD.. THEY WERE IN CHARGE OF FEEDING AND WATERING ( EXCEPT SCHOOL MORNINGS)   
WE HAD A "GATE VALVE" THAT SHUT OFF THE WATER DOWN 4' AND IS THE OLD FARMERS SOLUTOIN TO NEW ENGLAND WEATHER.... EXCEPT IN OUR CASE THE LAST 2 INCHES WOULD HAVE ENOUGH LEFT OVER WATER TO FREEZE JUST ENOUGH SO yOU COULD NOT TURN THE HANDLE..... 

 MOST THE OLD NEW ENGLAND FARMERS WERE MEN WHO ALWAYS HAD A SMALL QUANTITY OF WARM WATER IN THEIR BLADDERS--- AND BEING MEN ... IT WAS SIMPLE.
NOT TO BE OUTDONE--- MY 4H GIRLS DID LEARN THAT SOLVING THE PROBLEM THE OLD WAY WAS ALOT EASIER THAN RUNNING ALL TH E WAY BACK TO THE HOUSE FOR A CUP OF WARM WATER...IT JUST TOOK A LITTLE PLANNING AND ALOT OF PRACTICE AIMING.

A DETAIL OF LIFE ON THE FARM I BET YoU CITY FOLK HAD NOT CONSIDERED,...THERE IS ONE MORE SPOT WHERE THAT SOLUTION HAS BEEN USED... BEFORE ELECTIRICTY THERE WAS THE MANUAL PUMP.. WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO AlWAYS HVE A FRESH.SMALL CONTAINER OF WATER NEXT TO IT JUST IN CASE IT LOST IT'S PRIME (THAT CUP OF WATER THAT CAUSES THE FLAP INSIDE TO ACTUALLY DRAW WATER UP) MINUS IT'S PRIME IT IS USELESS-- CAN'T GET THE LIVESTOCK WATERED "IF THE PUP DON'T WORK."..

 SO ONCE AGAIN THESE FARMERS FIGURED OUT WHERE THERE WAS A SMALL QUANTITY OF FLUID TO PRIME THE PUMP.

MOST PEOPLE USING THE EXPRESSION PRIMING THE PUMP, DON'T REALIZE THE ADDITIONAL IMPLICATIONS with the different meaning..

Friday, September 19, 2014

sept 19,2014
 Happy 19th of the month to all birthdays animverseries etc in the  month of september--
there got that done...


next  
question----- about bumper stickers--

 we had thought about it before- and decided no... now linda brought it up again..
my opinion is that they do not allow enough info to make them a good investment.
and if no one can come up with different reasoning, i think that is still my opinion...
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the bricks are selling--- i see many new names-- keep working on the new comers to  buy a brick
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as for the accountant--
turns out many of these cpa's have given up doing the special audit for  nonprofits which is why the are charging $14,000  i will keep trying.. we have til nov 15th.

and this PC form that i need to sign is from the state of mass/attorney general's off ice..

back when------- we first started the chicken bit--- i needed to get a raffle permit because i was still using the word bingo...  the town would not give it to me until i had proven i had been in business for  xxx years.. and they way they determined that was this pc form at the attorney general's office..  i was ?maybe 8 years behind... but they were very helpful-- i could just fill out the form and sign it and pay $15 per year and all would be well..
i had my old stud dog thumper with me-- everyone in the office loved him-- they gave me a room with a table and i started in filling out forms, signing individual checks..
total for the day was i signed my name 147 times in this paperless society..

so if i have to go in there again.... bentley is going with me.  problem is i can not park and walk----now if i had a segway.........

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when i use those scooters in home depot or costco, they move sooooo slowly--- but i wonder if i could rent one  for trial   maybe it would work better..

i bought a rack for the back of my car in prep for carrying some transporting device--- i need to get  a piece cut off it before it fits....
good project for the day
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 along with trying to move the "leaf camera"  
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we had a great dinner last night fooling with the pressure cooker
the reciipie?   the week in review...  i.e.  stuff that was in the fridge
cooked with enough garlic - it was very good.
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someone said there is a segway rental place in salem..
getting transported vertically is al0t more appealing than scooters.
 there are those who are convinced i will break my neck on one.. 
but those people have also not had a ride on one... 

i rode one for an hour in florida and had not one problem..
i have to admit florida is alot flatter than 37 boxford road.

only bad part i can think of is taking a "power nap" on one 
might not be  as easy as the golf cart.
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from lynne

I thought you'd appreciate this example of why Willow earned her middle/last name "Monkey Pants".

First, we had an extremely long day at the Brigham during which she was at her best. I actually even gave her the opportunity to basically lead us back to the parking structure. We're there so often, I noticed she seemed to know where we were going inside so I thought, let's see if she can find our way back. She actually did. Even doing the stairs without commands. As well as stopping at the curbs and waiting for "walk on". While I still had hold of her harness, I gave no directional commands as I normally do (right, left, straight), I just let her lead me. Impressive. 

But, her little Monkey Pants move came at home. Dinner was a bit late. I look over and out of the corner of my eye I see the adorable Miss Willow working open the latch on her food bin. Not the retriever's food bin, only hers and she had just got it open when much to her dismay, I informed her that she was busted. The look on her face was priceless. She looked at the latch and then looked at me as if to say " um, yeah, about that ". All the latches now have Gorilla tape on them until I find Dog proof bins lest the retrievers were watching and get any ideas.

She truly is a clever girl and a little miss monkey pants :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

sept 18 2014
i am struggling with this 990  and the audit required for  2013...
we are caught in the middle--- because we had so much money  in 2013 we are over the limit and need an official audit-- done by a  "disinterested party"-- it can not be someone on our board...  i have listed all the accountant firms in the north shore area--- and are getting estimates--- some of these people have been very nice... but the estimates have been as high as $14,000.  that is  what it cost to train one dog...

the fact remains, we have til nov 15th to  get this audit done---
i think it would be simple  we have only  one checking account- everything goes thru it... and we have the bank statements--  have at it    !!

now the bad part-- every check i write is catagorized --  101 is auto  381 is utilities etc-- and if it was a simple spread sheet it would be simple-- but i used  quicken--- which ,makes "suggestions" that drive me nuts and produce some amazing errors..-- in 2013 it seemed to like the number 285  and would add it to many split transactions, then stuff it somewhere where  you could not find it easily-- which meant any entry of 28.50... 2.85 or 570.00  (twice 285)   855(3 times 285)  which also meant   57.00 and 85.50  or 8.55 was suspect.. 
but i made it thru 2013... i think..

encouraging words from one cpa  "material difference"  indicating they might have a practical nature to the audit  because ---- in my 101 catagory is gas and auto repair...---- now if we get an auditor who wants to identify  every exact  expense and i need to find all th e old invoices....    they would be in the file

 the file... that is where you loose things alphabetically...  and in my case i loose the entire file... theresa tries.... it is not easy

and then there is the american exp  credit card--- it would be possible to go thru all of them and id  the home depot construction charges vs the gas expense... but i just glanced and aproximated  the split...  they were all sdp expenses...  the difference between tires and gas... is of zero interest to financial planning...
but an auditor could get awkward... 

there is a broadway show tune about giving up his #2 pencil and quitting.

i can not quit-- no 990 =  no 501 c 3 =  no charity deduction  =  no money

i am  thrilled,  well i do like suduko puzzles-- this is not much different.
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between the audit and the accreditation committee saying "you have to"

the next ADI email from the convention in denver--- there is some feeling that a person who is adi accredited should not be giving training info without being sure it agrees with the official training proceedures..

well that would be me  writing this daily doggie...
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to change the  numbers tune....

we need to worm the bunch-- and from the ADI conventions i found alot of  programs use
Allwormer-- from australia  and i need ot order more 
 there is a jar of 70 pills for $363 -each pill treats 88 pounds of dog
and 25 pills are $136 for the 88# -- then there is the 40 pills for $63 each pil treating a 22# dog and 100 for $153 -----which is best??
an tehre is no shipping charges for the next 3 days.

who said these kids should not have to take algebra?????
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all that and i forgot to do mail call yesterday..
so i left it  to do with  steve to do tonight...
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the new camera on the v pen is working-- i will try and move it a little today
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HELLO CARLENE,

HOPE ALL IS WELL AT CRAZY ACRES! JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A LYDIA UPDATE. WE/SHE IS DOING SO WELL. HER FEAR OF TRAFFIC IS LESSENING, AS I WALK HER EVERYDAY ALONG OUR MAIN STREET DURING THE BUSY TIME IN THE MORNINGS. BIG TRUCKS AN NOISE ARE THE ISSUE, BUT I JUST KEEP REASSURING HER ALL IS OKAY.

THE SQUIRREL ISSUE IS STILL THERE, BUT WHAT DOG WOULDN'T WANT TO CHASE A SQUIRREL? SHE DOESN'T DRAG ME AWAY TO GO GET IT, SO I CONSIDER THAT A GOOD THING :~) I JUST KEEP SNAPPING AND RELEASING HER CHAIN TELLING HER TO LEAVE IT..OF COURSE THE LITTLE BUGGERS ARE STORING UP FOR THE WINTER SO THEY ARE EVEN ALONG OUR MAIN STREET, LETTING US GET VERY CLOSE BEFORE THEY RUN UP THE TREES.

LAST NIGHT I TOOK HER TO MY SONS OPEN HOUSE AT HIS HIGH SCHOOL. WE HAD TO MEET IN THE AUDITORIUM, SO WE GOT THERE EARLY AND GOT A SEAT IN THE BOTTOM ROW SO SHE COULD LAY DOWN COMFORTABLY..SHE WAS VERY NERVOUS WHEN PEOPLE WERE WALKING IN AS IT APPEARED TO HER THEY WERE WALKING TOWARD HER. SHE SETTLED DOWN AND STOPPED SHAKING ONCE EVERYONE WAS SEATED. ONCE WE LEFT THE AUDITORIUM AND GOT INTO THE HALL WAYS SHE ACTED AS THOUGH SHE WAS ON PARADE, PRANCING AND WAGGING HER TAIL. SHE IS SUCH A FUNNY GIRL!! 
SHE WAS AN ANGEL IN ALL THE CLASSES AND WE HAD RECEIVED MANY, MANY COMPLEMENTS ON HOW WELL BEHAVED SHE WAS, AND OF COURSE MANY "HORSE" COMMENTS, I HAVE JUST LEARNED TO SMILE AT..

I BROUGHT HER BACK TO THE VET FOR HER SECOND LYME VACCINE SO SHE IS SET FOR A YEAR WITH THAT. I MET A LADY IN THERE WHO WAS ASKING MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHERE LYDIA CAME FROM. WHEN I TOLD HER SHE SAID SHE HAD A FRIEND IN IPSWICH THAT WOULD LOVE TO VOLUNTEER FOR SERVICE DOG PROJECT, SO I DID GIVE HER YOUR CARD. :~)  I DID NOT GET THE LADIES NAME, BUT HOPE SHE WILL MAKE A CONNECTION WITH YOU.

SHE IS A PERFECT ANGEL IN MY APARTMENT! SHE DOESN'T MAKE A PEEP...SOME TENANTS DON'T EVEN KNOW SHE IS HERE. I AM AN EARLY RISER AND IN THE MORNINGS WHEN I GO TO TAKE A SHOWER, ONCE SHE HEARS THE SHOWER TURN OFF SHE WILL HEAD BUTT THE DOOR OPEN THEN RUN INTO THE LIVING ROOM AND FLIP HER STUFFED SQUIRREL AROUND A BIT. AS I SAID, A FUNNY GIRL SHE IS..

SHE IS GIVING MY BOYS/YOUNG MEN THE "DANE LOVE LEAN", AND REALLY WAGGING HER TAIL GETTING EXCITED TO SEE THEM WHEN THEY'VE BEEN GONE, WHICH MAKE THE BOYS FEEL GOOD TOO. 

SHE HAS BEEN GOING TO PHYSICAL THERAPY WITH ME TWICE A WEEK AND IS SO FUNNY AS SHE WATCHES MY EVERY MOVE. 
SHE HAS BEEN TO ONE DOCTORS APPT WITH ME AND THE ONLY ISSUE IS, THE ROOMS ARE VERY SMALL. I HAD TO HAVE HER KEEP GETTING UP SO THE NURSE AND DOCTOR COULD COME AND GO. I DID TALK WITH THE OFFICE MANAGER ABOUT IT AS WE ARE FRIENDS. SHE SAID THEY WILL JUST MAKE SURE WHEN EVER I HAVE AN APPT. THEY MAKE IT IN THE PROCEDURE ROOM AS IT IS A LARGE ROOM. SO THAT SOLVED THAT.  
WE WILL BE GOING FOR AN AT DARTMOUTH HICTHCOCK  IN NH. NEXT MONTH, AS WELL AS ANOTHER APPT. LOCALLY WITH A DIFFERENT DOCTOR,  SO SHE IS GETTING AROUND.

ONE ISSUE THAT WE ARE WORKING ON IS SHE HAS AN EXTREME FEAR OF BAGS..LIKE GROCERY BAGS, PLASTIC OR PAPER. I'M NOT SURE WHY, BUT SHE ACTS LIKE SHE MAY HAVE BEEN HIT WITH THEM, OR SHOOED AWAY, OR SOMETHING. BUT A REAL FEAR! SHE ALMOST PULLED ME DOWN THE STAIRS ONE DAY BECAUSE I HAD A BAG IN MY RIGHT HAND AND WAS OPENING THE DOOR AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS WITH THAT SAME HAND, SHE FLEW BACKWARDS DOWN THE STAIRS NEARLY TAKING ME WITH HER..
I ENDED UP HAVING TO SET THE BACK DOWN TO GET THE DOOR OPEN, TO GET US THROUGH THE DOOR INTO THE HALLWAY..BY THE WAY, DOG TREATS WERE WHAT WAS IN THE PAPER BAG.. SHE WAS VERY SCARED, AS THOUGH I WAS GOING TO HIT HER WITH IT. SO IT LEADS ME TO BELIEVE SOMETHING MAY HAVE HAPPENED WITH A BAG, PERHAPS WHILE SHE WAS LOST? WHO KNOWS..
OTHER THAN EXPOSING HER TO BAGS, ANY SUGGESTIONS YOU CAN GIVE ME TO HELP HER TRY AND GET OVER THIS FEAR? 

ONCE I CAN FIRM UP GETTING A RIDE BACK TO CHECK IN WITH YOU ALL I WILL LET YOU KNOW. 

I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR BRINGING ME MY ANGEL..

ANNETTE & LYDIA GRIFFITH
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the bag...it is almost a classic-- i don't know what caused it with her--- i never heard.. but i have seen more than one case where a bag got caught on a back foot-- or someone tied one to their leash  or harness without explaining it... and the dog assumed it was chasing her and went wild.  very similar to what a horse would do... horses never get over it--  that is why horses wear blinders on their bridles when attaqched to a buggy..
 but dogs  can come round.. i would get a collection of bags - plastic and paper-- while you watch tv....and sit on th e floor-- with treats in each one... and with great flair get one goody out of each bag  for a very long time --  let her talk to you about it..eventually rub her all ovfer iwth the bag if you can-- especially her back feet.....see if you can identify the problem------and forever be aware that we don't really know what caused it...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SEPT 17 2014
I DO NOT KNOW WHY.. BUT I HAD TO  READ THIS...


San Diego, Los Angeles Public Schools Receive 18-Ton Armored Vehicle

The San Diego Unified School District received a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) for free last week through Defense Department Program 1033, known as the Excess Property program.SDUSD...


  • SO NOW....I AM WHIPPING THRU THE DD JUST TO SEE HOW THIS WORKS-- I AM OF THE ILK OF TEH THOUSANDS OF  $250 TOILET SEATS THE ARMY HAD STORED IN SOME WAREHOUSE IN PENNA...
  • SEEMS TO ME THERE WAS A SIMILAR STORY WITH  HAMMERS...

SO THE STORY HAS POSSIBLILTIES...

WADDLING ON....

WE DID TAKE OPAL FOR AN ULTRA SOUND YESTERDAY-- IT BEING HER 25TH DAY.... BUT  GEORGE SAID COME BACK IN A WEEK---- WHICH IS ABOUT WHAT I PREDICTED.. A YES WOULD BE A YES... BUT A NO WOULD BE COME BACK IN A WEEK.  SHEILA IS ANXIOUS--- AS ARE WE ALL--- 
I DO HOPE SHE IS PREGNANT---   WITH THE LAST LITTER  OF 4  WE COULD BE SHORT ON PUPS IN 8 MONTHS...

THEY ARE LOVELY , PERSONABLE PUPS....

OTHER THAN THAT EVERYTHING IS RELATIVELY NORMAL

I AM TOLD THE HAY LOFT AKA "GRACE'S LOOKOUT" IS AN ORGANIZED THING OF BEAUTY- APPARENTLY MY ESTIMATE OF 2 CUBIC YARDS OF RIBBONS WAS UNDERESTIMATED... BUT IT IS ALL ORGANIZED... I AM TOLD......

SMALL PROBLEM... MAYBE BUD CAN FIX... TO TURN THE HAY LOFT LIGHT ON , THE SWITCH IS 1/2 WAY DOWN THE DOG ALLEY--- NOT BECAUSE  THE GUY WHO WIRED THE BARN DRANK-- LIKE THE HOUSE GUY--- BUT THE LADDER TO THE HAY LOFT USED TO BE UP THE WALL OPPOSITE KENNEL 3... NOW I HAVE -- THANKS TO MY COLLECTING INSTINCTS A LOVELY IRON LADDER WHICH WAS ONCE THE LADDER TO AN OLD PLAYGROUND SLIDE.
THAT WAS BEFORE PLASTICS WERE INVENTED...

AND I DON'T THINK INSURANCE WAS INVENTED EITHER-- BECAUSE IT MUST HAVE BEEN  A LOVELY BIG -HIGH SLIDE- THAT NOW ADAYS CHILDERN WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENJOY...
AH THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF A METAL SLIDE AND A PIECE OF WAXED PAPER... LIFE WAS COMPLETE.

I REMEMBER...... THE 4H CIRCUS JANINE TALKS ABOUT IN HER BOOK OF DOGS DONKEYS.... I DON'T KNOW IF SHE MENTIONED THE METAL SLIDE I HAD OUT OF THE HAY LOFT... I KNOW  IT TOOK 3 SHEETS OF 4X8  GALVANIZED METAL FOR THE RUN-- ALL OVERLAPPED  SO WE DID NOT SLICE CHILDREN LIKE ONIONS....

WE HAD A PILE OF HAY AT THE BOTTOM AND ONE OF OUR 4H KIDS WAS IN CHARGE OF GETTING PEOPLE ON THEIR FEET AND OUT OF THE WAY OF THE NEXT ONE... IT WAS A FUN SLIDE...

AND ... IN OUR MIDWAY.. WE ALSO HAD A  ROPE LADDER FIXED AT ONE SPOT AT THE TOP AND ONE AT THE BOTTOM-- SO IT WOULD FLIP OVER VERY QUICKLY IF YOU GOT UNBALLANCED.  AGAIN A PILE OF HAY CAUGHT THE UNSUSPECTING..

I REMEMBER TELLING GWEN TO PRACTICE IT SO WHEN THE TOPSFIELD FAIR HAD ONE OF THOSE CLIMB THE LADDER AND RING THE BELL AND WIN A BIG STFFED TOY, SHE COULD DO IT..  WHEN WE TOOK A TRP LOOKING OVER COLLEGES- IN THE PROCESS OF GOING TO KENYON IN OHIO  WE LANDED AT A SMALL COUNTY FAIR WITH ONE OF THOSE LADDERS-- SO SHE DID IT  WITH PRIDE.....

PREPARATION IS A GOOD THING.
PROBLEM IS  YOU ARE NEVER TOO SURE WHAT TO PREPARE FOR.  ( FOR WHAT YOU SHOULD PREPARE--- DARN ENGLISH MAJORS)

BACK TO ACCOUNTING...%^*(^(*)_(*  THIS QUICKEN PROGRAM---  IT HAS TOO MANY OPINIONS OF WHAT I NEED TO HAVE ENTERED..... SO YOU HAVE TO VERIFY EVERY KEY STROKE... AND IT REALLY DOES NOT LIKE THE DECIMAL--- IT HAS ONE OF IT'S OWN 

 SO 19.22 BECOMES 1922.00  BECAUSE IT ALREADY HAS  IT'S OWN .00

I CAN NOT WAIT TO CHANGE TO SOMETHING ELSE AT THE TURN OF THE YEAR... EVEN A PLAIN OLD SPREAD SHEET WOULD BE SIMPLER.

NO CUT AND PASTE.. SORRY..