Monday, July 23, 2018

july 23 2018
most spectacular event... mo... yesterday - i could swear donkeys and mules have a sense of humor- which would be a sign of higher intelligence-- i had a problem with her knocking me over a while ago-- so to keep her concentrating on whatever business at hand, i chose to carry and use  carrots in one hand and teh whiffle bat in the other.-- she understands both...  and there  is not a mean hair in her-- but there sure is  a tendancy to ignore the size difference between us...

we were scheduled to harness her at 10-- well 10 carzy acres tiem was 10:30 mainly because teh door from the "barn/kennel area to the arena was only 28.5 inches- and i know her mo's rib cage touches both sides of the door to her stall... and that is 30" -- she could squeeze her ribs thru, but if she caught a hip bone  on the door, she would pull down the entire side of the barn-- so it was decided she should go around teh  10 kennels and into the arena side door,.  because that secodn gate by puppy hill has not been opened in a while , we dicided she would fit thru the  chain link gate if she put her head down... it measured 31 inches... 

that was the point at which i realized if i tried to maneuver her onto the concrete walk and  thru that gate, she would be  walking aLL OVER ME... and if i the cp's tried she would  not get near it.-- so we waited for janine.  it was lovely to watch--   mo  avoided the concrete walk and approached the gate at a right angle...  clearly saying  "i can't step up 6 inches" -- janine just as clearly said "oh come on now-- i know  you are a professional-- just side step up on that and lets get on with it."  and mo did exactly that... like a ballet dancer... 

let me be clear... a well trained draft horse has a valuable education about  tehir size in relation to stuff tied to the rear of them--  if theri traces hit thier hind  ankles  the y are trained to stop and wait for someone to tell them what to do.  and if you yell whoa-- they stop and stand---- no fidigeting like a "normal" horse woudl do.... they just stand there.. i once handled the lead team of the walt disney hitch-- you coudl yell  whoa... then go have coffee and they would still be standing shock still 20 minutes later when you came back.  those were horses... mo is a mule... she knows all that-- except she also knows a bunch of clowns she can take advantage of... when she sees them.

around here her modus-operandi  is "lets see what i can get away with," - she lowered her head thru that gate.. no problem-- and got into the arena--
i had planed to have herr eat carrots while we  harnessed her- knowing that would make her stand still.

 janine decided "once you start feeding her , her mind will be only on  food  so lets just make her behave from the start..."  does that sound like what i say about training dogs??????    

janine set her up with a whoa  and started draping the harness over appropriate parts of mo.. mo noted teh cdocnfusion- and took a step[ forward-- just one... and waited while jody janine fiddled with buckles etc.. so she took  another step... just a little one to be sure they were not paying attention... she started for another step  at which point janine noticed and  made her turn around  where i was sitting...handed me the rope with a loud " knock it off...  whoa"-- so mo stood. 

once dressed mo was "ok, i am on it"  and showed she knew more thatn they did aobut stepping carefully around stuff in the arena-- with  janine  on the reins....jody, eileen and  susie hanging onto the rope behind to  show mo  what was going to be the job at the party friday night  where we hope to have a tug of war between a bunch of people and mo-  where i fully expect mo to walk off "like she is going to church"  dragging  the people behind her.  should be an interesting demonstration.... hopefully.

now--- i got back to my computer to find a  CP  was appalled that i shoudl ask mo to wear a harness and work for maybe 10 minutes.. -- plus teh work will not be anything like pulling a plow- which i am sure she did for many years....  personally, i think she enjoys doing something beside  wandering around the pasture-- she often stands at the fence looking for some amusement...
 i think i can relate to that-- at 80,  and retired, if someone offered  to pay me to wear a giant hot dog suit, i would  think it was a great idea.

i don't know where some people get the idea that work is bad..  it can be darn annoying at times, but no work is awful.


Sunday, July 22, 2018

JULY 22 2018
10:00am  i said we were going to harness mo...  and we really should...  how we will do this in the pouring rain , i am not sure...  probably in the arena to be on camera..   
fyi...I WOULD  LIKE TO  tell you about the haRNESS...   BUT I DON'T HAVE  A CLUE AS TO THE NAME OF EACH PIECE... I DO KNOW THAT  ALL THESE STRAPS ARE NOT FOR DECORATION. AND EACH HAS A PURPOSE..   IT SHOULD BE INTERESTING FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE ONLY ADMIRED TEH BUDWEISER HITCH FROM AFAR...- FOR THOSE OF YO WHO MAY BE EXPERTS IN DRAFT HORSES,. YOU MAY REALIZE WHY I AM AN EXPERT IN DONKEYS, NOT HORSES....-
FIRST PROBLEM IS GOING TO BE TO GET HTE HARNESS INTO THE ARENA IN ANY CONTROLLEDX FASHION... THE WHOLE THING PROBABLY WEIGHS 120 POUNDS       I HAD PLANNED GTO HAVE MO STANDING NEXT TO THE HARNESS RACK, AND JUST SHIFT IT OVER... IT IS NO PROBLEM FOR HER TO CARRY IT AROUND... HOWEVER IT WILL BE A CHANLLANGE FOR JODY,SUSIE AND EILEEN  AND A FEW OTHERS TO MOVE IT TO THE ARENA-

IT IS BASICALLY IN 3 PIECES... TEH BRIDLE--TEH COLLAR,--- THEN  HAMES SADDDLE AND BREECHING ARE ALL STRAPPED TOGETHER- AND CAN BE CARRIED VERY NICELY ON AN EXPERIENCED FARMERS SHOULDER... I CAN SEE JODY EILEEN AND SUSIE  TAKEING THE PLACE OF ONE FARMER--ALL STRAPPED TOGETHER....  WE WILL TRY....
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IN MY PAST I HAVE PURCHASED MANY NICE HALTERS-- SOME FOR MO-SIZE-- BUT THEY HAVE GONE AWAY... LIKE PENS IN A DOCTORS OFFICE.  GONE.  SO WE WILL HAVE TO "SUGGEST" TO MO THAT SHE STAND STILL WHILE WE HARNEESS HER...  THIS WILL INVOLVE CARROTS/ GRAIN AND THAT ALPHA HAY PELLET  STUFF.. PROBABLY OUT OF WHAT I CALL HER BUFFETT CART...
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WE NEED TO DO THIS IN PREP FOR JANINE'S "PARTY" FRIDAY NIGHT 5:30 - 7 ISH -- I WOULD LIKE TO GET  1800 POUNDS OF PEOPLE DOING A TUG OF WAR WITH   1800  POUNDS OF MO WHICH SHOLD BE FINE...  BUT LAST TIME WE TRIED IT , WE STARTLED MO... SHE DID NOT EXPECT TO BE PULLING ANYTHNG AGAIN  AND NEEDS TO  HAVE IT EXPALINED TO HER  THAT THESE TEMPORARUY JOBS ARE PART OF RETIREMENT.
I AM SURE SHE KNOWS MORE ABOUT PULLING  THAN WE EVER COULD... SHE DID NOT GET THOSE SCARS ON HER SHOULDERS GRAZING IN A PASTURE.
HOWEVER ---- MO  KNOWS-- OR HAS FIGURED OUT  -- SOME OF THE THINGS WE DO NOT KNOW AND COULD  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR  INEXPERIENCE..  I HOPE TO BUY HER OFF WITH CARROTS.
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FITTING MO THRU THE "PEOPEL SIZE DOORS"  TO THE ARENA COULD BE A FUN JOB IN ITSELF....  IF SHE DOES NOT FIT WE WILL HAVE TO GO ROUND TO THE BIG SIDE DOOR...
THAT IS IT FOR COMING EVENTS....
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OUR SAT NIGHT MAIL CALL "ON LOCATION" (LAST NIGHT IN THE RAISED TRACTOR BUCKET)SEEMS LIKE GOOD FUN AND IS WELL ENJOYED BY ALL... WE CERTAINLY HAD A GOOD TIME....  I MAY ASK IF  EXPLORE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW  WE COULD HAVE  A PORTABLE CAMERA WITH SOUND.... IT WOULD GIVE US MANY MORE POSSIBILITIES- OTHERWISE WE MAY HAVE TO GO TO THE WHITE BOARD...  WE LIVED WITH THAT FOR YEARS--- 
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 I DON'T KNOW IF ANY ONE HAS  NOTICED BUT  PAULA IS MAKING PROGRESS---  AND MAYHEN DOES GET TEH BASKET UNDER  THE RIGHT CONDITIONS... "COMMUNICATION HAS STARTED???"  THAT IS THE LEARNING TO LEARN PART... 
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YESTERDAY SENDING THE WRONG EMAIL HAD TO DO WITH MY LACK OF ABILITY TO USE THE MOUSE  AS INTENE=DED--- IT CLICKS AND UNCLICKS  PRETTY MUCH AS IT WANTS TO.  HENCE SENDING OUR THE WRONG EMAIL FIRST.... SORRY... THAT PROBLEM IS SOMETIMES NOT DUPLICATED IN THE  DD OFF TEH WEB PAGE BY CLICKING ON EHT COFFEE...
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Hi Carlene,
i went to my doctor today.  She said she has never seen me doing so well and happy.  I truly believe this is because of Washer. I can't thank you enough.

see you next week

Laurie & Washer Gordon

Saturday, July 21, 2018

july 21 2018
how can i describe the problems  with which i have to deal?--perfect example this morning...while opening teh front door, i  finally discovered why i have not had much success in  producing right angles in the stuff i have built around here... 

opening and shutting the front door has always been a 2 step process-- for maybe a year.. maybe 2.....   in the next house i build, i will put in 48 inch doors.  from sofas to refrigerators to pizza boxes... or many bags of groceries  have been a problem...  from the  long bench prohibiting one  from opening it  fully   to the  4 danes rushing to greet everyone -- to teh table with teh time clock, that particular passing has been difficult.   teh process of going thru  the door is about all i can deal with- as my mind is elsewhere-- analyzing why the opening of a door  is such a challange was never high on my list--

behind any door there is a small space which is not wasted around  here-- tall thin thngs live there-- umbrellas.. walking sticks, canes ( many), plus i found today that my  lost  "T" square, placed sideways resided there. i have been looking for that for a long time.-- it may not be necessary in construction, but it helps.-- i mean if you nail up a board and keep it level with a short piece of siphon hose, then drop a string with a weight on the bottom , you will have pretty close to a right angle,  a piece of paper  is good for small right angles-- and laying out buildings ( like teh g tent-) teh 3 4 5  triangle and  equal diagionals will be close enough for govt' work...
 and kids can't see why they need to study geometry--  that is because they don't know about things like hammers and nails anymore.. just poking  finger s at keyboards...
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 that is another problem - i have either a defective index finger or mouse ---a simple click on the little box has become difficult this morning...
now that i have solved one of the open door problem... maybe  indsex finger is next.  i know i have a  new mouse around this hice somewhere/
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steve  and tanner will apparently be around  today on their way to oregon for baseball camp... apparently tanner has developed a talent  for throwing a baseball with accuracy- namely from home base to second base... like thru a car tire at second base....??? really...??.   in the case of future earnings... this equates baseball camp to a harvard education... being a mike rowe type-- i think teh investment  in baseballs and tires would make more sense... we do wish him well... hopefully when he comes back we will be able to make  sure he can  wear the usual size baseball  cap as  he did when he left.
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an old friend from teh medical world is coming with grand kids this morning... he is indian-- and introduced me to great indian food... 
 for lack of anything better, i will try and take him to "MY  indian restaurant"   the "itallian, indian gas station"   near here..  could be fun and  amusing...  nice guy runs the place....
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paula  and penny's sister  pixie has arrived in miami-- looks identical to  our PP's 
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apparently eve may be headed for life as a TV star
OK NOW FOR THE VERY GOOD AND FUN NEWS! WE RECEIVED AN EMAIL TODAY REQUESTING THAT EVE SEND IN ANOTHER AUDITION TAPE OF THE NEXT 2 SCENES!!!!!!! 
SHE IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR A PART IN A NEW NETFLIX SHOW CALLED RAISING DION. (GOOGLE IT TO SEE THE TRAILER) SHE WOULD BE THE MAIN CHARACTER’S BEST FRIEND WHO APPEARS IN EVERY EPISODE!!!
SO SHE IS STILL AMONG OTHERS BEING CONSIDERED BUT HOW FUN! THANKS! JERI RAY

ALSO WE GOT TO MEET WITH FORMER CAMERA OP AND CP KATHY CALLAHAN AND HER HUBBY FOR DINNER. WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND FINN ALSO GOT A YUMMY GOURMET DOGGIE TREAT!

Friday, July 20, 2018

JULY 20 2018
erica ... asher  haley...amy ands seagram "did new york--- AND WROTI IT UP. thank heavens---because  i have  a cpoupl;e big problems to deal with

 like  ups...
when loading teh dog food the person on the fork lifr rammed teh lifters thru teh bottom layer of wet food "cans"  and the driver told me they handle too much freight and we shold  expect dammage...  whoa....... ( we lost only 5 cases in teh final count)

like  senior/nursing homwes-- whech judy andn mora are arraingeing... we went to revere yesterday and as i sat in a wheelchair , just for somewhere to sit,....NEXT TO A 101 YEAR OLD WOMAN.... the pt guy came in aNd patted me in the head thinking i was one of teh residents... WHOA !!!!  

WE HAVE A DANVERS ONE TO DO TODAY.... 
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 SO HERE AGAIN IS AMY--- ERICA --- HALEY---
LAST FRIDAY, ASHER AND I GOT TO TAG ALONG WITH HALEY, WHOM MANY OF YOU KNOW FROM AROUND SERVICE DOG PROJECT, AND THE THREE OF US HEADED TO THE BIG APPLE! AS FAR AS I KNOW, THIS WAS ASHER’S FIRST TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY, AND I WAS INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT HE’D THINK OF IT. I’VE BEEN THERE AT LEAST A FEW TIMES, BUT THIS TIME I WOULD GET TO SEE MY FIRST BROADWAY SHOW!
NOW, NOT BEING FAMILIAR WITH THE BIG CITY, WE WERE THRILLED TO MEET UP WITH THE BEST GUIDE WE COULD ASK FOR: SDP SERVICE DOG (AND ASHER’S SISTER) SEAGRAM SEVEN! I THINK I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THAT WE ALL—TWO-LEGGED AND FOUR-LEGGED—HAD SUCH A FUN TIME TOGETHER; IT’S ALWAYS WONDERFUL TO MEET OTHER WORKING TEAMS FROM SDP, AND I KNOW ASHER AND SEAGRAM LOVED THEIR TIME PLAYING TOGETHER IN CENTRAL PARK! WHEN I BROUGHT ASHER HOME A YEAR AGO, I GAINED SO MUCH MORE THAT JUST HIM; I’VE SO ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR BIG SDP FAMILY THIS YEAR, AND ASHER LOVED GETTING TO RECONNECT WITH BOTH SEAGRAM AND HALEY!
ASHER IS ALWAYS UP FOR ANYTHING, BUT I WAS PARTICULARLY PROUD OF HIM OVER THIS TRIP. WE DON’T SPEND MUCH TIME IN BIG CITIES (BECAUSE I’M NOT REALLY COUNTING DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE AFTER SPENDING TIME IN BOSTON AND NYC THIS MONTH ), BUT NO ONE WOULD KNOW THAT BY LOOKING AT HIM. NOTHING FAZED HIM, AS USUAL. I GREW UP IN THE SUBURBS, AND SINCE MOVING TO NEW ENGLAND, I’VE REALLY ENJOYED SPENDING TIME IN DOWNTOWN AREAS. EVEN THOUGH I DON’T HAVE THE BEST STAMINA, THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THE CONSTANT HUSTLE AND BUSTLE AND CITY NOISE THAT I LOVE. AND WITH MY CULINARY BACKGROUND, I CAN APPRECIATE THE FOOD SCENE WITHIN NEW YORK CITY IN A WAY THAT MANY OTHERS JUST CAN’T. ADD IN MY LOVE FOR ALL THINGS BROADWAY, AND THERE’S PROBABLY NO BETTER PLACE FOR ME! BUT I HAD STUCK TO ADMIRING NYC FROM AFAR IN THE PAST—EVEN WHEN I WOULD GO FOR A DAY TRIP IN COLLEGE, IT WAS TOO OVERWHELMING TO NAVIGATE. I CAN REMEMBER GETTING BACK TO CAMPUS LATE ONE NIGHT AND COULD BARELY MAKE IT BACK TO MY DORM, MY BODY WAS JUST SCREAMING WITH ALL THE WALKING WE HAD DONE THAT DAY AND EVERY MUSCLE WAS ALMOST TOO SORE TO MOVE. STAYING OUT OF THE WAY OF SO MANY PEOPLE WAS A CHALLENGE, AND I’D ALWAYS RETURN DISCOURAGED. I WANTED TO LIKE IT, IT WAS JUST TOO BIG. WHEN GOING TO BROOKLYN LAST YEAR TO TOUR A LAW SCHOOL JUST PRIOR TO BEING PAIRED, I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THERE WAS ANY WAY FOR ME TO LIVE AND NAVIGATE SAFELY IN THE CITY SO I LOOKED FOR A BETTER FIT.
THIS TRIP, THOUGH, WAS SO DIFFERENT. I OFTEN SAY THAT ASHER LIKES TO EXPLORE AS MUCH AS I DO—I KNOW THAT DOGS ARE CREATURES OF HABIT AND ARE HAPPIEST IN A ROUTINE, BUT I TRULY THINK ASHER GETS BORED IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY TRAVELS SOMETIMES. AS WE STROLLED AROUND MANHATTAN WITH SEAGRAM AND HER HANDLER, ASHER MOVED AT A GOOD FORWARD CLIP, NOT USUALLY HIS SPEED OF CHOICE, AND HELD HIS TAIL UP HAPPILY WHILE HE TOOK IN OUR SURROUNDINGS, ALL THE WHILE KEEPING HIS FOCUS ON ME. HE MADE THE LONG WALKS ENJOYABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND I FELT SO MUCH MORE CONFIDENT IN SUCH A BIG PLACE WITH ASHER BESIDE ME. WE EXPLORED SOME BEAUTIFUL AREAS WITHIN CENTRAL PARK, ENJOYED PERUSING SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL EXHIBITS IN THE METMUSEUM AND I THINK HE ENJOYED A GOOD NAP WHILE WE ALL SAW CHICAGO THE MUSICAL ON BROADWAY. WITH ASHER, I CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK AND DO IT ALL AGAIN! WE MAY BE IN TINY RHODE ISLAND FOR NOW, BUT WHO KNOWS—MAYBE ONE DAY WE MIGHT FIND OURSELVES RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THAT CRAZINESS IN A BIG CITY. I KNOW I COULD DO IT WITH HIS HELP!
IT’S FUNNY, THERE ARE LOGISTICS WITH A DANE IN NYC THAT I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT, AND EVEN MORE TO THINK ABOUT WITH TWO OF THEM! ASHER AND SEAGRAM DID SEEM TO REMEMBER EACH OTHER FROM GROWING UP ON THE FARM; NO FORMAL INTRODUCTION WAS EVER NECESSARY AND THEY CERTAINLY DIDN’T MIND BEING IN SUCH CLOSE QUARTERS AT TIMES. TWO DANES IN A TAXI? WE MADE IT WORK! SAME WITH UNDER A TABLE IN A CRAMPED RESTAURANT, AND WAITING IN A CROWDED AREA FOR A TABLE BEFORE WE ENJOYED HUGE ICE CREAM SUNDAES AT SERENDIPITY 3. BUT ASHER GREATLY APPRECIATED SEAGRAM’S INSTRUCTION ON PROPER BATHROOM ETIQUETTE IN MANHATTAN WHERE THERE’S NO GRASS TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE FOR A QUICK POTTY BREAK: JUST SQUAT RIGHT DOWN ON ANY ACCEPTABLE PLOT OF CONCRETE AND GO! THIS WAS A TOTAL SHOCK TO ASHER, WHO LOOKED AT ME LIKE I WAS CRAZY WHEN I TOLD HIM TO GO POTTY RIGHT ON THE SIDEWALK (WE DON’T HAVE MUCH OF A YARD WHERE WE LIVE, BUT WE AT LEAST HAVE A FEW GOOD FEET OF GRASS). BUT WITH LOTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND BEGGING FROM ME, HE FOLLOWED SEAGRAM’S LEAD AND BY MORNING, HE WAS POOPING OUT THERE LIKE ANY OTHER NYC RESIDENT PUP (AND THAT, I LEARNED, IS WHY HUMANS PROMPTLY REMOVE THEIR SHOES ONCE THEY GET INSIDE THEIR HOMES IN THE CITY!).
ASHER AND I ARE SO THANKFUL TO SEAGRAM AND HER HANDLER FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US AND SHOWING US AROUND—ASHER HAD SO MUCH FUN CATCHING UP WITH HIS SISTER AND I SURE LOVED WATCHING THEM! WE PACKED SO MUCH INTO THE COUPLE OF DAYS WE HAD THERE, AND IT WAS DEFINITELY A MEMORABLE WEEKEND. I QUITE LITERALLY COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT ASHER, AND I LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN BEING ABLE TO SHARE SUCH FUN EXPERIENCES WITH MY BEST FRIEND!
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NOW BACK TO UPS FREIGHT  FORMS

Thursday, July 19, 2018

july 19 2018
cakes to fire department day !!

the arrival of the police yesterday was butt driven... i think....  this phone specially built for .. shall we say... the elderly... did not take into consideration the elderly's butt... and somehow in my back pocket  teh #5 got pushed... hence teh police at teh doorl,  i drove him around on teh colf cart just to be sure nothing was amisss....
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also ...it being jeri and steve#4's aniversery, i bought 10 different kinds of icecream so we had an icecreamfest in teh  t tent.-  i started a ?pint? and left my mname on the top--
 also in the freezer is a box of lactade pills for the lactose  intollerant... which as far as i can see , is nearly everybody around here....
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also someone is arriviong at the ariport as i type... so  thankfully there are copy and paste things to put in here today 
  

WELL WHAT A CRAZY PAST FEW DAYS WE HAVE HAD! WITH SO MUCH GOING ON HEALTH WISE I HAVEN'T HAD ANY TIME TO JUST TAKE A BREAK FROM THE "HOSPITAL LIFE" BUT ON SATURDAY AFTER A HECTIC WEEK IN THE HOSPITAL WE GOT ON A PLANE TO NORTH CAROLINA!
ELVIS ACTED LIKE A COMPLETE PRO IN THE AIRPORT AND ON THE PLANE! HE REMAINED FOCUSED THROUGH EVERYTHING INCLUDING WHEN WE WERE ASKED TO GO BACK AND FORTH THROUGH SECURITY MULTIPLE TIMES  JETBLUE LOOKED AFTER US VERY WELL, GIVING US PLENTY OF SPACE AND WERE VERY ACCOMMODATING! ELVIS LOVED LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DESPITE GETTING VERY HOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLIGHT HE REMAINED AS COOL AS COULD BE! IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME BEING ABLE TO WALK THROUGH THE AIRPORT INSTEAD OF BEING IN A WHEELCHAIR!
WHEN WE ARRIVED IN NORTH CAROLINA, ELVIS FINALLY MET MY DAD AND SISTERS! THEY INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM AND WE WENT OUT ON A COUPLE SHOPPING TRIPS FOLLOWED BY LUNCH AT THE COUNTRY CLUB AND FINALLY UP TO THE DRIVING RANGE TO PLAY SOME GOLF! ELVIS AND I LAYED ON THE GRASS WATCHING EVERYONE PLAY AND JUST RELAXED. MY MUM ARRIVED MONDAY AND FINALLY THE FAMILY WAS COMPLETE! WE AREN'T ABLE TO GET TOGETHER MUCH AS WE ALL LIVE IN SEPERATE STATES/COUNTRIES SO THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME ANY OF THEM MET ELVIS! WE SPENT A LOVELY RELAXING TIME WITH FAMILY INCLUDING AN ADVENTURE TO BUY AN OVEN AS WE HAD MANAGED TO BREAK OUR LAST ONE (ELVIS WAS NOT AMUSED BY THIS TRIP AND FOUND IT RATHER BORING )
THEN TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER MY CHILDHOOD BEST FRIEND DROVE ALL THE WAY FROM VIRGINIA TO COME VISIT! IT WAS A LOVELY TIME WITH ALEX AND NATALIE, GOING OUT TO DINNER WITH MY FAMILY, GETTING OUR FAVORITE ITALIAN ICE AND A NICE BREAKFAST ADVENTURE! I HONESTLY COULDN'T THINK OF ANY OTHER TWO PEOPLE TO DRIVE DOWN AND MAKE AN ALREADY LOVELY WEEK EVEN BETTER ❤️ I SMILED AND LAUGHED THE MOST I HAD IN THE PAST WEEK! ELVIS LOVES BOTH ALEX AND NATALIE AND CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM AGAIN! IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT SAYING GOODBYE TO THEM BUT WE ARE ALREADY PLANNING OUR NEXT ADVENTURE 
THE REST OF THE WEEK WAS SPENT RELAXING WITH FAMILY AND THIS AFTERNOON WE ARE HEADING BACK TO BOSTON. ELVIS HAS LOVED NORTH CAROLINA AND ALL THE FRIENDS HE HAS MADE HERE AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T FEEL READY TO TRAVEL BACK BUT WE KNOW WE HAVE IMPORTANT APPOINTMENTS BACK AT THE HOSPITAL!
ELVIS HAS LOOKED AFTER ME EVERY SECOND OF THIS TRIP ALLOWING ME TO DO THINGS I WAS NOT ABLE TO DO LAST TIME I WAS HERE AND IN THE TIMES I STRUGGLED OR MY HEALTH STARTED GETTING THE BEST OF ME HE PICKED ME RIGHT BACK UP! HE IS THE ONLY REASON I WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT DOWN TO NC FOR THIS SHORT GAP IN BETWEEN HOSPITAL DAYS TO SPEND TIME WITH MY FAMILY AGAIN!
ELVIS IS MY HERO ❤️
TOMORROW IT WILL BE BACK TO THE HOSPITAL AND FIGHTING TO KEEP ME LIVING THE BEST QUALITY OF LIFE POSSIBLE! THANKFULLY I HAVE ELVIS BY MY SIDE TO MAKE SURE THIS HAPPENS  WE HAVE A FEW EXCITING ADVENTURES PLANNED BEFORE SURGERY SO WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED!
LOVE FIONA AND ELVIS
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Appts this afternoon for X-rays and Dexa scans! Dexa scans measure Eve’s bone density. We will discuss the results tomorrow. But this evening we had a fun meet and greet with Some CPs and fans! I think we all enjoyed it but maybe Finn the most of all since he got so many extra scratches!! Finn has claimed the pullout couch for his own personal bed in our room! 
Thank you Jennifer, Joan and Kathy Caywood for today’s visit!!
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and from ila...    maybe our #1 cake taker....
AJay, I am still in the hospital,  it is going on four weeks. The virus is over, but I am dealing with what the virus has done to my body. It did a lot of damage to my heart, my lungs and kidneys. My cardiologist has exhausted all treatment he told me he threw the book at me and everything else he could try, He never gave up,  kept trying to make it function properly and they called in a kidney specialist and damage has been done and he too  exhausted all  he could do and more, therefore I am going on dialysis.
I have had excellent care with with top notch specialist.
I have outstanding insurance coverage, so there is no problem getting the care I need and the best.
My started my dialysis this week and when they see it is possible to leave, II will then go to a rehab center before I go home.
My intentions were to get home to give you a report and of course to Carlene  and CP's.  This has been a very difficult time and very difficult decision I've had to make. My family has been with me all the way and I could not have made it through it without them. 
I would appreciate if you would 
pass this on to Carlene and to the CP's. You have my permission to do so.

Love you and thanks for your concern for care.


Ila

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

july 18 2018
TIGHT BLUEJEANS---  WHO KNEW THE VALUE?   I BET YOU ALL KNOW THE NORMAL AS AN AUTOMATIC ALARM SYSTEM - " THESE JEANS ARE GETTING TIGHT- AND  THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO VOTE, NOT SHRINK" 
WELL HERE ARE 2 OTHERS-- THE FIRST  ONE OF MY MORE DUBIOUS BRILLIANT CONCEPTS...   WHICH NEEDS PASSING AROUND....  I THINK IT WAS WATCHING HUNTER( AGED MAYBE 11  ISH??)  STRUGGLE WITH HIS WALKER-- IT WAS A VERY NICE WALKER.. HE LIFTED  IT .SWUNG/ OR ROLLED IT FORWARD, RE-ADJUSTED HIS CENTER OF GRAVITY AND SWUNGD ONE LEG, THEN THE OTHER FORWARD... AND WAS BACK TO  LIFTING AND SWINGING...   AN ALTERNATE SOLUTION WAS ARMS...  PEOPLE'S ARMS--  HELD AT THE ELBOW BUT  EAQCH HAS A VERY FANCY HINGE ABOUT 12 INCHES ABOVE THE HOLDING POINT.  THIS HINGE ALLOWS TEH PART ABOVE TEH ELBOW TO SWING  3 WAYS  FORWARD , BACK., AND  OUT ( NOT IN BECAUSE TEH VERTICAL PERSON'E BODY IS IN THE WAY) - HOWEVER THERE IS ONE PERFECTLY STABLE HOLDING POINT THAT REQUIRES NO PLANNING AHEAD OR FANCY HARDWARE...  THE BACK POCKET OF  SOMEONE'S  BLUE JEANS IS A PERFECT WALKING DEVICE.

 THERE IS A DEFINITE UP DOWN-- IN OUT--  BACK AND FORTH STABILITY TO THAT POCKET WHICH NO CANE OR WALKER HAS.-  THERE ARE SOOOOO MANY ADVANTAGES... IF YOU GO TO A REATAURANT-- OR MOVIE--  YOU DON'T HAVE TO PARK THAT WALKING DEVICE  AGAINST SOME WALL... IT IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE IN ALL SOCIAL SITUATIONS, AND HAS EH ADDED ADVANTAGE OF  EITHER  PINCHING OR WALLET LIFTING DEPENDING ON  THE ORIEBNTATION OF THE  POCKET HOLDER.  IT'S SPEED IS TOTALLY ADJUSTABLE WITHOUT MUCH TRAINING....  THE ONLY THING ABOUT  HAVING A DANE IS    THE POCKET DEVICE IS NOT AS INDEPENDENT  A LIFESTYLE AS HAVING A DOG...

THE SECOND BONUS TO TIGHT JEANS... TOOK ME A WHILE.... PREVIOUS AILMENTS LEFT ME WITH A FEW MUSCLES THAT DON'T BEHAVE AS THEY SHOULD...THEY COMPLAIN ABOUT WORKING TOO HARD... AND CARRYING A FEW ESXTRA POUNDS DOESN'T HELP...  HOWEVER AS TEH POUNDS INCREASED TO NECESSITATE LARGER BLUE JEANS-- OR  FINALLY NURSE  SCRUBBS... I NOTICED  THOSE FEW  BACK MUSCLES WENT ON STRIKE ENTIRELY WHEN IN SCRUBBS.-- HOWEVER ON DAYS WHEN MY SCRUBBS WERE IN TEH WASH- AND I HAD TO WEAR THOSE VERY TIGHT BLUE JEANS, THEY PROVIDED SOME LOW BACK SUPPORT.   IT IS MINIMAL BUT......I WENT BACK TO BLUE JEANS...---  NOW  ATT EH END OF THE DAY.. WHEN I TAKE OFF THE JEANS I AM REALLY LIMITED AS TO THE NUMBER OF STEPS BEFORE I HAVE TO  HANG ONTO -- OR SIT ON SOMETHING.

I REMEMBER...MY MOTHER--- BORN IN 1904-    perfect posture...AS PHYSICALLY ACTIVE AS  MOST HER AGE... WALKED 3 MILES BEFORE BREAKFAST - SHE GOT HERSELF STRApped into  those lace up corsets every day-   and aside from a 10 minute nap, was on her feet doing things like cooking/ presearving foods etc... at night when she took off that corset,  she took a shower and went  straight to bed.   i never heard any connection between those corsets and the lack of back muscles/  there were no "personal trainers"  or rehab personell back then....

a use it or lose it  connection    --- which is why now-a- days rehab people try so hard to get poeple  of all ages back on their feet walking


so back to the tight bluejeans... - i have a choice.... as i have lost a very few pounds, i have a choice of buy smaller jeans , or eat more icecream.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

JULY 17 2018
apparently----- teh equine rescue network -- ( daughter janine)  is having a bbb --beer burgers and burros...--
here july 27-- i think basically donkey people, but you can never be too sure...5:30 to 7:30  she is taking donations of $20 for tickets..  from whence cometh our donkeys and mo..

we are trying to get it thru mo's head that if she stays on the grass, she can stay out... but if she wanders, she has to go back in the pasture.-- i think she has the rules... problem is she also knows when you r back is turned..
so the training gqme is to put her in behind teh 18 inch "fence"  and as she grazes  throw  pieces of carrots in her vicinity..  and if she gets near the barrier bang the whiffle bat on the ground and yell at her.- there is a whole science to herding-- which in her case is "if i can see them in my right eye, is there an escape route  in the path out of my left eye"  -- that is probably called heading them off...  mostly for her it is at a walk... but a very steady one --  she also does teh calculation of ..." is the fun of listening to them run and yell worth a swat  with that whiffle bat?
i very nicely headed her into the barn in the alleyway where i had a frying pan of feed for her... which she ate.... and tried to shooo  her into her stall... she saw that gate across teh door and flipped it with her nose- the only thing holding it shut was a monkey fist on a short rope- which usually works... however..... off she troted and i had to get laura to lead her back and actually put her in the stall.

not to be out done.... i am going to HANG A bucket high - let her see me put grain in it-- shut the baRN DOOR...  AND SHOOOOO HER INTO THE STALL THAT WAY...  ONCE SHE GETS TEH CONCEPT OF GRAIN IN THAT BUCKET- I THINK SHE MIGHT BE MORE REASONABLE...
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NOW POCKETS- AS A YOUNGSTER... FOR SOME REASON-- DOES NOT SEE TEH CARROTS UNLESS THEY ACTUALLY BOUNCE OFF HER NOSE.- I WONDER ABOUT HER EYESIGHT- SENSE OF SMELL?    ( WHO SMELLS CARROTS???  MO  DOES..) 
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ALSO WE WILL NO LONGER CUT THE GRASS IN THAT SPACE ON A REGULAR BASIS... LETS GO FOR 6" GRASS TO EAT.  HORSES AND MO- SEEM TO BITE OFF TEH GRASS AT ABOTU AN INCH LONG..   I AM TOLD SHEEP BITE IT RIGHT DOWN TO THE ROOTS. 
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STEVE #4 AND TANNER SPENT THE MORNING CUTTING TREAD  INTO THE SOLID TIRES OF TEH FORK LIFT WITH A SMALL BUZZZZ SAW...  TEH TIRES WERE ABOSOLUTELY SMOOTH-- WHICH IS APPARENTLY HOW WAREHOWSE TIRES ARE
WELL OURS NOW HAVE DEEP GROVES IN THEM.
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PAM HAS PUT  TEH 3 VIDEOS ON OUR WEB   THE 30 SECOND ONE... THE 3 MINUTE ONE AND TEH 30 MINUTE ONE...   MIND YOU  I CAN ONLY GT 2 OF TEH 3 TOPLAY-- WHICH COULD BE MY COMPUTER,.

I AM TRYING TO GET THE COMP-UTER DR TO COME BY AGAIN...---  YESTERDAY I SAT LOOKING AT TEH SCREEN  NOT TOUCHING A THING.... AND THE ENTIRE SPAM FOLDER GOT WIPED OUT... SO WHY IS THAT A PROBLEM??   BECAUSE NEARLY 1/2 MY EMAILS LAND THERE ANYWAY...
I GET SOOO FRUSTRATED--- I CONSTANTLY CALL SOMEONE TP MY DESK TO VERIFY THAT  MY COMPUTER ISDOING  UNUSUAL THINGS...  TO PROVE TO MYSELF THAT I AM NOT ENTIRELY NUTS....
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BETTER LEAVE THAT ONE ALONE...