Monday, January 16, 2017

NO DD THERE ARE 8 PALLET OF FOOD IN THE DRIVEWAY

NO DD THERE ARE 8 PALLET OF FOOD IN THE DRIVEWAY


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It has now been 2 years since Giddy has been helping me, and she helps BIG time. To the hospital 1x a month for a 3 hr infusion, PT 1x a week (she loves seeing me being put thru the paces--I think she smiles), and too damn many doctor visits! Through all of it, the Giddygirl is patient & loving, walking at my pace, knowing all the correct turns at the hospital, & scaring the bejesus out of folks when the elevator door opens, but then they love her.  
So, again, I will never be able to thank you, all the volunteers, the trainers, all of SDP enough. Giddy has been the greatest gift I have ever received. Thank you with all my heart.  

Shelley LeFevre

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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i expect great things...
good related story
for th enewcommers.... we gave a dog to a kid in nh...did well.. til the boys started grabbing the tail of the dog.. we... 5 of us made an apt to see the principal one morning at 9am...  she came out of her office and waved her hand at us "i don't have time for you " and my blood boiled... so i came home and got on theweb and asked everyone to go buy pink envelopes-- 2 of them-- and here is the address for the superintendent of schools and here is aht address for the principal.  mail them about tuesdy...  and the post office reported thousands of pink envelopes-- and the phone rang--  the principal had found time to talk to us... she said   "i had no idea"-- i really wanted to  give her a pie in the face... why did she have no idea-- and why did it take thousands of pink envelopes  to have her pay attention to bullying..
she does now.
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we had a volunteer here yesterday who bounced in ... with enthusiasm-- she had been very busy working and dealing with a challanged  child- that she came here for a few minutes to herself...... wanting to help---i gave her a long distance job-- and we got into  her workplace and their attitude to charity giving.... i shared with her -- concept of lifesavers for policemen standing on street corners directing tragffic... and she got right on othe concept... -- it really is a very simple way to move one person's day to a happy mode.. and there is no one  who owns a car that can not afford  to keep a few  rolls of lifesavers in their car... police are welll accustomed to people pulling over asking directions- so the 6  seconds it takes to slow up and hand them a roll of lifesavers should  be no big deal..
soooo all of you... get on the program...

if we have 38 states on the cake program.. lets try for 52 with the life savers..  somebody should write to the lifesaver company  and see if we can have a truckload... ( did i really say that??)
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speaking of truckloads... the purina is due here about the 18th-- i did cut down the load last time and we now have a nearly empty shipping continer... 17 bags of puppy, and i had to go buy 10 bags of adult..  boy do we appreciate purina...
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  friday----i asked everyong on staff to carry a yellow card (my favorite the 5 x 7 folded in thirds for the back pocket) and write down what they do all day to see if we can rearrainge some of these jobs.. my job is to sit around and drink coffee-- and  i am good at that..  but i watch---and think...
beecause the  place must still operate on the .. if it needs doing do it... philosophy --- that  lends itself to a randomness that is of  questionable effecienty ---no one is at fault-- except me for not trying to figure out a better way...and the  other is prioritization..--

here's some examples
-- grace as generic "floater"  --- noticed a hole in the fence-- went to the barn for some hay string and fixed it.
if there had been no other solution it would have been the right thing to d o... fence holes are right up there with bleeding breathing... for  pending disasters.. however--  ryan... who is  more teh grounds keeper was back dragging the parking lot from the  tractor's heated cab.-- heck ... i can back drag the parking lot from a cab that is probably more heated than the area by my desk.  ryan should fix the fence.. and grace should do more grace things.... which with her background she is far better at discovering.

i am thinking-- and this is with 2 days cards only....maybe we shoulc consider reviewing the job descritpions which ADI made us provide--- and i did -- kicking and screaming all the way...
so maybe pam-- should  assign volunters  to work with people.. who's job it is to see the completion...

megan should not be  running around laminating certificates -- we know  when the people are coming..   linda is in charge of that  paper stuff...  megan should be playing with the puppies  even for the few minutes it imight take to laminate teh certificates....  most of the time linda is doing things which  she can push a save biutton and go baci to.
or she can mail the new ones.  somehow megan is a dog person...

 grace should definitly put up and design teh decorations----- but taking them down is better done by those less talented... of which we have many.... including me.

classic.... ryan was screwing in a new flap on a door.... and a dog was in the way-- someone suggested getting a peanut butter filled kong to distract.  so he stopped and stoood there....  before the dog got the kong, 5 people were involved...-

then there is the inertia problem... stuff is neatly put on shelvess.. where it stays... a person may be sitting on the floor with the pups, just waiting for them to make a poo.... but th e poo picking devices are across the room neatly stored on the shelf.  WE KNOW IT IS COMING.. KEEP A ROL OF TP WITHIN REACH.. IT WILL SAVE LAUNDRY...
it is kind of like lucille ball in tthe candy factory... more comes faster than you can deal...

 or mommy coMes in and turns circloes looking for a spot to lie down ht is not damp-- she would like a new fluffy-- and we have plenty--  they too are across the room on the shelf- byt the  time someone gets upa  dngets one she is resigned to damp living....  not good.. and it is only organization that is  the problem...

in the nutshell-- do you keep the bandaids in the bathroom , or in the workshop where you get wounded????

we have that problem  big time.  the huge stack of fluffies is clean and ready... on the shelf- in the cellar ---but none within reach of the puppies area .  there is much rethinking that is needed there.
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problem really is... we ain't a small outfit any more...
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Hi Carlene, 

Today Clark and I went to Findlay Market in Cincinnati. This is a big indoor/outdoor public market, with several individual shops and a long hall with local grocers and vendors selling their food. I had actually never been there, despite living in Cincinnati all my life. A couple years ago, we had some friends in town and they went to the market with my mom. I didn't go because I knew it would be crowded and the aisles were pretty tight, so it would be too hard for me. I have always wanted to go, though. So today we decided to try it out. I thought it would still be difficult, but it wasn't at all, thanks to Clark! He was perfectly behaved, even around all the food, and there was actually plenty of room for us to walk up and down the aisles.  

One of the vendors asked me, "So how many times a day do you get asked if he's a Dalmatian?" And then he pointed behind him to a picture of his Harl. :) We laughed about all the questions and comments these dogs get out in public.

Also, this weekend last year is when I first visited the farm. I never imagined how much life could change in a year, and I am beyond grateful. Clark keeps me moving forward everyday, and we're not stopping!


Caroline

Saturday, January 14, 2017

JAN 14 2017
LAST NIGHT WAS REALLY A BUSY NIGHT- IHAD TO GET SOME  LABELS ON THESE 4 COWS- WHO WERE FULL OF MILK -I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHY IWAS IN SUCH A HURRY IT WAS ON LY A FEW LETTTERS  BUT WE WERE IN ANNS DRIVEWAY AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY ALL 4 EXPLODED AND TH PLACE WAS FLOODED WIITH MILK LEAVING ME TO TRY AN D EXPLAIN WHY I HAD NOT RUSHED BETTER- AND MY ARGUEMENT WAS .. WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE TO STICK ON THE 4TH LETTER...?  IT WAS A VERY STRESSFUL   NIGHT.

HOW THE MIND CAN TWIST FACTS IS AMAZING...  THE LETTERS I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET ON THESE COWS... IF YOU LOOK AT THE CHICKEN BOARD.. YESTERDAY,  I PUT LABELS ON TO EXPLAIN IT IS A SHORT MONTH BECAUSE WE DID THE SHATTING ON THE 8TH....NOT LEAVING ANYTHING LIKE A 30 DAY MONTH...
 SO I PUT ON "PICTURES"  OF  "S"-- "H"-- "O"--"R"-- "T"  ......HOW THAT GOT TO BE COWS AND MILK...  IN MY SLEEP  MUST BE THE 2 NURSING PUPPY MOTHERS WHO  ARE FEEDDING PUPS VERY WELL...
 THAT CHICKEN BOARD IS RARELY OUT OF MY MIND AWAKE OR ASLEEP.

? FOR THE DRIVEWAY??  I HAVE SPENT ALOT OF TIME IN ANN'S DRIVEWAY IN THE PROCESS OF  BEING  INVOLVED WITH THE GROTON HOUSE HORSE TRIALS  AND ALOT OF THAT TIME I WAS CONCERNED  WITH KEEPING THE DRIVEWAY CLEAR OF  OBSTICALS IN CASE ANNS MOTHER ( WHO SHARED THE SAME DRIVEWAY) WANTED TO GET THRU.... 
 ( THAT GROTON HOUSE FARM CAN BE GOOGLED)  - IN THE 30 OR SO YEARS I WAS INVOLVED... IT GREW FROM A CUTE LITTLE PONY CLUB FUNCTION TO ONE OF THE MAJOR EVENTS IN THE HORSE WORLD - THERE AE MANY   MANY  FUNNY STORIES FROM THAT----MOSTLY BECAUSE IT WAS A SEAT OF THE PANTS   OPERTION WITH COUPLE  PEOPLE - TRYING TO RUN A HUGE EVENT- ONE THAT COMES TO MIND WAS THE  SATURDAY NIGHT BBQ WITH A COUPLE HUNDRED PEOPLE  ARRIVING--- PLATES FULL OF CHICKEN AND COLESLAW AND WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY "PLASTICWARE"--  THERE WAS ALWAYS SOMETHING....BUT  WE ALWAYS MUDDLED THRU--
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WHILE WE ARE ON THE TOPIC OF SCREWY MINDS....  I WAS JUST UP FROM A NAP-- AND TRIED TO COUNT THE DAYS FORM THE BIRTH OF TH E PUPS... TO THE 6 WEEK--- 12 WEEK-- 16 WEEK "PUPPY SHOTS"  WE HAVE TO GIVE -- AND WAS ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED I WAS RIGHT HOWEVER I HAD SKIPPED FEBUARAY ENTIRELY--  AN EASY MISTAKE... I DON'T LIKE FEBUARAY ANYWAY.
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HOPE FULLY  THAT IS NOT A PREMINITION OF WANTING TO SKIP FEB- BECAUSE OF THE PREDICTED COLD WEATHER...
I NOT ONLY HATE THE COLD... I FEAR IT... WHICH I AM TOLD IS TRUE WITH ALOT OF   "MY AGE GROUP" 

THAT  TOO HAS IT'S CAUSE..
SO MUCH OF MY FIRST YEARS WERE SPENT WITH A CAR THAT  STOPPED AT RANDOM OR DIDN'T START IN THE FIRST PLACE-- THE ONLY GOOD PART WSAS THAT MOST WERE VW'S WHICH WERE EASY TO PUSH, AND IF YOU  PUT THAT  VW  HEATER TUBE ON THE PLACE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE, YOU HAD HEAT-- UNTIL NEXT SUMMER WHEN YOU TOOK IT OFF.   DON'T LAUGH.... BEING IN THE MAGAZINE DELIVERY BUSINESS, I COULD ONLY TURN THE CAR OFF  IF THE STORE WAS ON  A HILL-- OTHERWISE I HAD TO LEAVE IT RUNNING WHILE I WENT IN THE STORE.  I REMEMBER ONE STORE IN LAWRENCE- MY CAR STALLED AND  IT WAS ON THE FLAT...  FOR ALL MY 4 YEARS OF SPANISH, I COULD NOT REMEMBER THE  WORD FOR "PUSH"-- BUT I FIINALLY GOT THE MESSAGE ACROSS TO A CHEERFUL GROUP OF  ..PROBABLY  "PUSHERS" FOR REAL...

 IF THER E ARE ANY OF YOU NEW DD READERS... WHO HAVE NOT HEARD THE FUN PARTTS OF AMGAZINE DELIVERY, THERE WAS ONE  SMALL NEIGHBORHOOD VARIETY STORE.. IN LOWELL  WHICH WAS FULL OF KIDS BUYING CANDY... AND WHEN I SAID TO THE OWNER "GEE YOU ARE AWFULLY NICE TO THESE KIDS"   HE SAID "WHY SHOULDN'T I BE... MAYBE HALF OF THEM ARE MINE."
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THANKFULLY MOST FORENGNERS I HAVE RUN INTO LATELY SEEM TO KNOW THE WORD  "CASH" -- THE CONCRETE BLOCK LAYERS DID A WONDERFUL JOB--- WHOEVER THEY WERE...
IT IS MY SOLUMN DUTY TO SAVE  CHARITY MONEY WHEREVER I CAN-- 
 there are alot of laws i would like to change... obviously... ONE REALLY MIXED UP ONE IS DISABLED VETS EARINING MONEY--  THE VA SAYS 100% DISABLED AND THEN AWARDS THEM NOT ENOUGH MONEY TO LIVE ON... AND IF THEY GET CAUGHT WORKING, EVEN THAT GETS CUT DOWN...
 APPARENTLY ---

-THERE MUST BE  A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE HIRED BY THE VA  TO KEEP TRACK OF THAT  SPECIFIC THING-  THE EFFECT OF DISBANDING THAT GROUP AND GIVING MORE MONEY TO THE ONES TO DECIDE THE 100% DISABLED THEN LET THE VETS DO WHATEVER THEY CAN .
  IS THERE NOT  SOME LOGIC IN THAT CONCEPT...?????
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IN THE PROCESS OF CHASING  THOSE COWS IN THE MIDDLE OF TH ENIGHT.... I HAD SOME OTHER PROFOUND THOUGHT... MOST OF WHICH I HAVE FORGOTTEN, BUT  IT HAD TO DO WITH THE COST  OF   PROVIDING SECRET SERVICE  FOR EXTRA GOV'T RELATIVES  vs  REPAIRING THE LEVEYS AND BRIDGES..  SEEMS TO ME  A BETTER USE OF TH MONEY WOULD BE THE  LEVEY'S AND BRIDGES WHICH JIMMY CARTER THOUGHT NEEDED REPAIR LONG AGO...  AND THEY'RE WORSE.  WHILE  WE COULD SPARE  TO LOSE A FEW GOV'T RELATIVES  WHICH SEEM TO  BE ABLE TO MULTIPY ON THEIR OWN...

Friday, January 13, 2017

JAN 13 2017
 I THINK I LIKE GETTIN G  A DAILY NEWSPAPER- ACTUALLY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  MOSTLY I READ TEH OPINION TYPE STUFF.. EDITORIALS ETC....I DON'T READ TEH STOCK REPORTS- THO SOME OF THE ARTICLES ABOUT COMPANY DECISIONS ARE INTERESTING.. NOT ONLY IS IT INERESTING REAING, IT IS FIRE STARTER NEWSPRINT DELIVERED DAILY...-- IT IS ALSO THE REASON I HAVE TO GET OUT AND GO TO THE STREET WHERE IT IS THROWN UNDER THE MAILBOX IN A LITTLE PLASTIC BAG.  EARLY MORNINGFRESH AIR....

SOMEWHERE IN MY LIFE I DELIVERED NEWSPAPERS -- THE NEWBURGH NEWS..... WHICH I THREW OFF MY BKIE... BUT FIRST THERE WAS A QUICK WAY OF FOLDING THEM INTO A 6" SQUARE, AND FOLDING OVER  SOMETHING, THAT HELD THEM IN  THAT SQUARE..   SO YOU COULD THOW THEM BETTER....
I JUST TRIED TO REPLICATE IT.... AND  HAVENT'TY GOT IT YET..  I ALSO THINK THE PAPER WAS THINNER ...TO BE RESOLVED LATER WITH SECTIONS..
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LUNCH WITH ANN---THERE IS A VERY GOOD SERVE YOURSELF CASUAL FISH PLACE THAT HAS  JUST PLAN GOOD FOOD...---ANN IS OUR PRIMARY GRANT WRITER/SPELLER...  AND ALL REQUESTS FOR MONEY RELAYY HAVE TO GO THRU HER- BY THE TIME WE REJECTED DESERT, I HAD GOT TO THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL OUR KEY PERSONELL...  WHICH AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE, YOU DO WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE, BUT THERE MYABE SOME WAYS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR ALL , WITH A LITTLE PLANNING...  
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THERE WILL BE A SHOCK TODAY WHEN I GIVE EVERYONE ONE OF MY TRIPPLE FOLDED  5 X 7  CARDS, WITH A PEN AND ASK TEHM TO WRITE DOWN THE  TIME AND MAJOR CHORES....... NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH   BENDING OVER AND PICKING UP THE ODD BIT OF LITTER, BUT IF THEY SPENT ½ HOUR BABYSITTING THE PUPS  WHILE SOMEONE ELSE RAN TO TH TE POST OFFICE... IT NEEDS TO BE DOCUMENTED..

THE BASIC PROBLEM HERE IS ALL SCHEDULES  CAN BE BLOWN AWAY  AS AN UNUSUAL SITUATION ARRISES... 

 THANKS TO PAM, I HAVE THE GENREAL LAYOUT OF  TIME AND PLACE ----- FOR  INSTANCE....  SHANNON IS DOING A GREAT JOB IN THE BARN... IT IS CLEAN, THE DOGS ARE ROTATED OUT TO PLAY ( I THINK TWICE A DAY??) AND TRAINERS APPEAR TO FEED THEM AT THE TABLES SO I CAN SEE WHAT THE LOOK LIKE., 

THE DIVISIONS ARE... THE BARN..----.. THE UPPERS ( HOUSE, DEAGLE, NUTT)--- TRAINING----GROUNDS  KEEPING---OFFICE==== AND WHAT CAN ONLY BE CALLED A FLOATER.... ( USUALLY GRACE.. OR ME IF REQUIRED)

THEN ANN WENT TO MEXICO FOR A COUPLE WEEKS-- AND SOMEHOW EXPECTS US TO BE ALL ORGANIZED WHEN SHE RETURNS....
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THE CONCEPT IS... WE.... THE REGULAR PAID STAFF, MUST BE ABLE TO GET ALL THE  ESSENTIAL..FEED/ CLEAN/EXERCISE CHORES DONE OURSELVES - AND THEN ALL THE VOLUNTEERS ALLOW US ALL THE SUPER SERVICE WE GIVE ALL THESE DOGS.. I SAY WE-- PAID STAFF....I AM NOT OF THAT "WE"  AS I TOO AM A VOLUNTEER.

 THERE ARE 5 REQUIREMENTS --FOR KEEPING THE VOLUNTEERS HAPPY AND WORKING HARD....
1.  WE HAVE A GOAL...   AND WE ACCOMPLISH THAT ....PUTTING OUT WONDERFUL LIFE CHANGING DOGS.
2.  IT IS OCASSIONALLY HARD WORK.. SO IT MUST BE FUN- AND ENTERTAINING... I LEAVE THAT TO THE DOGS AND PUPPIES.
3  VOLUNTEEERS  MUST BE FED--  DONNA IS SUPER AT PROVIDING MEALS AND SNACKS--  WE NEED TO HAVE  AVAILABLE A CONSTANT "KRAFT TABLE" LIKE THEY DO IN MOVIE  JOBS SO PEOPLE SNACK AND GO BACK TO WORK-- AN HOUR LUNCH BREAK IS OUT...DINNER AVAIL FOR ANYONE WHO IS STILL HERE WORKING....
4.. THEY HAVE TO HAVE THE BEST EQUIPMENT WE CAN MANAGE ( LIKE OUR 3 COMMERCIAL WASHER/DRYERS-- TRACTOR-- GOLF CARTS--- STUFF LIKE THAT)
5... AND AFTER ALL THAT WE NEED TO HAVE EMAIL REPORTS FROM RECIPIENTS.  WHICH IS THE PAYCHECK FOR THE VOLUNTEERS...

AS TEH CAMERA PEOPLE (CP's) COME AND GO THRU HERE-- THEY FILL IN AND HELP EVEN WHEN I CAN NOT REMEMBER THEIR NAMES...-- IT IS A WORKING VACATION... APROXIMATELY 7 AM TO 7PM..  IT IS FUN... BUT IT IS NO SPA... AND WHEN THE CHURN PADDLE STICKS, YOU PADDLE HARDER....  IT IS A FARM.
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THIS HUGE TEAM EFFORT DOES WORK...
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PAM SENDS OUT THE CALL FOR EXTRA VOLUNTEER  HELP...
I RAN  TO COSTCO AND GOT $400 WORTH OF FOOD FOR TEH 3 DAYS
I CAN NOT REMEMBER WHO AND WHAT.. BUT WE HAD 14 PEOPLE SLEEPING  ALL OVER THE PLACE DURING THE STORM... 
AND THEY ALL GOT FED.CLEANED AND EXERCISED... AND SO DID THE DOGS...

SO IT WORKS...
AND BUD KEEPS FIXING EVERYTHING...
AND I NEVER MISSED A DIALY DOGGIE  ... DID I???
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PUPS... GROUP 1-- ATHLETES-- I HAVE DECREED THAT THEYARE READY TO EAT OUT OF  INDIVIDYAP DISHES    OFF  INDIVIDUAL TOWELS IN THE KITCHEN-- THAT MEANS WE NEED TO LOCATE THE FLOOR TYPE DISHES  - I KNOW WE HAVE SOME...
THEY ARE THE KIND THAT SLOPE OUTWARD TO THE FLOOR, SO DOGS CAN NOT STEP ON THE RIM AND AHAVE THE FLIP IN THIER FACE..( OR MY SHIN.. AND THEY HURT BIG TIME)
 THOSE "NORMAL " DISHES CAN BE DANGEROUS-- THEY HURT.... WE USE THEM ALL THE TIME BUT ONLY IN HOLDERS OF SOME KND..
NEXT JOB IS TO LOCATE THE 8 PUPPY FEEDERS..  THEY ARE HERE... SOMEWHERE


AND WE NEVER USE THOSE MULTI  FLYING SAUCER PUPPY FEEDERS-- NO PUSHING AND SHOVING IN THIS KENNEL.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

JAN 12 2017

AT MAIL CALL INVARIABLY SOMEONE ASKS WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY.......WELLLLL. AS I SIT WRITING THIS FOOL DAIL Y DOGGIE, THE CONTENTS OF THE DESK CERTAINLY  ARE LIKE A SQUARE ON THE CALENDAR..  IT IS AN ODD COLLECTION.... FROM SQUARES OF  TILE FOR THE FLOOR IN THE BOMB SHELTER--- TO THE BLOW TORCH FOR PREPARING DINNER.
IT IS A SMALL BLOW TORCH--  WITH CORRESPONDING  2 CANS OF EXPLOSIVE STUFF..

130 YEARS AGO I WENT TO A PARTY PUT ON BY THE LOCAL TV STATION IN ONE OF THE HOTELS IN BOSTON.  THERE WERE 2 THINGS I REMEMBER.. FIRSLY   THOSE HUGE SPEAKERS WHICH PUT OUT SOUND THAT YOU DIDN'T REALLY HEAR.. BUT FELT.  IT WAS POSSIBLE TO STAND AROUND AND TLAK, AND HEAR EACH OTHER QUITE WELL WHILE THOS SPEAKERS PUT OUT SOUND THAT YOU FELT.. IT WAS A MOST PEQUILIAR SENSATION......  THEN  THERE WAS A GUY IN A CHEF'S HAT/.COAT... SLICING A BIG LUMP OF MEAT AT EYE LEVEL AS IT SLOWLY ROTATED.. AS HE SLICED THE FRONT, A COUPLE SIGNIFICANT  BLOW TORCH TYPE THINGS SINGED THE BACK OF THE LUMP...I HAD SEEN MANY  RUMP IF BEEF SLICED  BBQ STYLE-- BUT THIS HAD AN ALMOST VIOLENT FLAME BURNING THE BACK SIDE  RIGHT THERE AT THE TABLE. AS IT ROTAT4D...  HE SLICED SLIVERS --- WHICH WERE COOKED --WHILE UNDERNEATH IT SURE LOOKED UNCOOKED TIL IT ROTATED THRU THE FLAME AGAIN...
TURNS OUT IT WAS MY INTRODUCTION TO   WHAT I SINCE LEARNED  HAS ALOT OF NAMES---GYRO-- BEING ONE OF THEM... IT IW WONDERFULLY SEASONED GROUND LAMB SCORCHED  THRU THE FLAME...   SERVED WITH A TOOTHPICK, IT WAS  GOOOOOOD.

SO I BOUGHT A BLOW TORCH--- WHICH I HAVE USED A FEW TIMES TO TRY AND REPLICATE THAT WONDERFUL FLAVOR.  IHAVE NOT YET BEEN SUCCESSFUL-- BUT I TRY. ---THE   BURNED GARLIC DOES NOT TASTE THE SAME.... SO MUCH FOR TH BLOW TORCH..
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ANOTHER  DESK ODDITY IS A SMALL VIAL LABELED "PUPPY BREATH" --- A CRAZY ACRES  FUND RAISER FROM EARLENE DAYS OF SITTTING  WITH THE PUPPIES  PUTTING A CLEAN AND STERALIED VACCINE VIAL INDER THE NOSE OF A SLEEPING PUPPY AND THNE PUTTIN ON HTE RUBBER CAP.-- WE HAD A SIGN THAT SAID  "PUPPY BREATH MANUFACTURING COMPANY"  AND WE SOLD  ALOT OF THEM ONLINE FOR $8 ( WITH A REFIL FOR $5). PUPPY BREATH IS A KNOWN TRANQUILIZER-- ?PROOF?-- CAMERA  MARK SAID HE TOOK ONE AND OPENED IT AT THE THANKSGIVING DINNER- AND NO ONE ARGUED..

THE VIAL ON MY DESK IS TO QUIET MY NERVES WHEN DEALING WITH  THE COMPUTER.. -- MY VIAL HAS IN IT MY ONLY PIECE OF VALUABLE JEWELERY---  A TINY REAL PEARL THE SIZE OF A MUSTARD SEED... WHICH I FOUND IN  MY MOUTH LAST DOG FEST WHILE EATING THE STEAMED CLAMS.

IT JUST OCCURS TO ME -- THAT MAYBE WE SHOULD BE MARKETING THE PUPPY BREATH TRANQUILIZERS  DURING THE NEXT FEW POLITICAL MONTHS...  WE COULD HAVE A 2 FOR 1 SALE...  2 FOR $8  +$2 POSTAGE...  YOU COULD KEEP THEM NEXT TO YOUR REMOTE FOR WHEN CHANGING  THE CHANNELS DOESN'T HELP.
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W/R/T DINNER PREP...-- BY THE TIME I MAKE COFFEE  WITH OPEN FIRE IN MY GHILLIE POT- IT GIVES GREAT PURPOSE TO THE FACT THAT B Y EACH DOOR ON CRAZY ACRES THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A "LIVE" FIRE EXTINGUISHER..  AS YOU WANDER AROUND, IT WOLD BE HELPFUL, IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE A PEN WITH YOU-- TO CHECK AND THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER IS IN THE GREEN ZONE AND ADD THE DATE TO THE CARD HANGING THERE... IT WOULD IMPRESS ANY NOSY BUILDING INSPECTOR.

YOU WILL FIND THE FIRE EXTINGUISNERS UNDER THE BRIGHT RED ARROWS THAT ADI ACCREDITATION INSISTED I PUT OVER EACH BRIGHT RED FIRE EXTINGUISHER JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THOSE CYLINDARS ARE NOT ACTUALLY  MEDICIONAL OXYGEN TANKS. 
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WE ARE ACCREDITED !!    THE REST OF THE STORY ON THOSE RED ARROWS, ---WHEN SHEILA OBRIEN  PASSED US ON OUR FIRST ACCREDITATION IN 2010.. SHE PASSED WITH THE NOTE THAT I STILL HAD TO LABEL ALL THESE RED CYLINDARS WITH A BIG RED ARRROW-- SO I WENT OT AND BOUGHT A BUNCH ( THEY RE NOT 10 CENTS EACH EITHER)-- SO WHEN SHE CAME 5 YEARS LATERR  TO INSPECT US FOR RENEWING OUR ACCREDITATION, WE HAD TO FIND TOHOS ARROWS AND GET THEM UP QUICKLY.

MY KEY IS TO HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER NEXT TO EVERY DOOR... SO AS YOU RUN OUT AWAY FROM THE FIRE, YOU CAN GRAB IT..   
SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE FINDING AN EXIT DOOR,   YOU WILL SEE THEM LOCATEDD UNDERNEATH THE EXIT SIGNS WHICH ARE OVER EVERY HOLE IN THE BUILDING  WHICH WOULD ALLOW YOU TO EXIT...  EVEN THE T- TENT WHICH HAS NO WALLS,--- HAS AN EXIT SIGN OVER THE PERFERRED GAP.  THESE WERE REQUIRED BY ADI ACCREDITATION ALSO... 

ALL THAT BEFORE THEY EVEN LOOKED AT BELLA AND GEORGE.

I BETTER QUIT BEFORE I GET TO THE NUMBER OF TREES THAT HAD TO BE SACRIFICED AN DPROCESSED INTO PAPER SO WE COUDL BE ACCREDITED....

WE DID IT.- ACTUALLY  THERESA  AND JANINE  DID IT.... THEY WERE INSTRAMENTAL--- I WAS KICKING AND FIGHTING ALL THE WAY...
CAN YOU TELL?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

JAN  11 2017
 NOT A VERY INSPIREED DAILY DOGGIE TODAY- IT REALLY STARTED WITH A TUNING FORK....

SUCH CONFUSION OVER MY COMMENTS ON PET HEALTH INSURANCE- COUPLE PEOPLE DIDN'T READ TEH DETAILS AND SENT ME ALL SORTS OF BANKING  INFORMATION.... WHOA THERE !!!  THIS WAS TO PROMOTE A SEPARATE SAVING  ACCOUNT TFOR PET  VETERNARIAN EMERGENCIES...
I HAVE HAD A COUPLE PEOPLE TELL ME THEIR PET  INSURANCE HAS WORKED WELL.
WE HAVE SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE  AN "EMERGENCY" INSURANCE AND PAY FOR TEH REGULAR VISITS THEMSELVES.
ONE RECIPIENT DID SEND ME PROOF OF HER $4000 ACCOUNT JUST FOR HER SERVICE DOG.
IT IS SURGERY THAT  CAN RUN UP... 

THEN THERE IS ONE VETERAN WHO HAS VA COVERAGE FOR HIS SERVICE DOG, AND ... SOMEHOWW...... HE HAD-- IN ONE MONTH--   $22,000 EXPENSE ON  A PERFECTLY HEALTHY DOG-- THEY TESTED  AND XRAY'D THAT DOG FOR EVERYTHING. ALL NORMAL..

 I DON'T MEAN TO PICK ON VETERNARIANS ONLY-- ( REMEMBER MY HUSBAND WAS A PHYSICIAN) - I REMEMBER- LONG AGO...I WAS PUT IN THE HOSPITAL FOR TWO  DAYS- I CAN'T REMEMBER  EXACTLY WHY --- IT WAS BEFORE I WAS ON MEDICARE AND HAD  BLUE CROSS.......... BUT  LYING THERE WITH NOT MUCH TO DO, I BEGAN  TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE THINGS THEY WERE TESTING ME FOR- ONE PHYSICIAN SHOWED UP TO  TEST MY HEARING ( BEFORE I WAS OLD- HEARING WAS NOT EVEN IN QUESTION)  HE WAS  OLD.... HIS TESTING DEVICE WAS SO ANCIENT THAT THE HINGE ON HIS LITTLE  LEATHER CASE WAS LONG GONE AND IT WAS HELD TOGETHER WITH AN ELASTIC... HE MADE NOISES AND I RAISED FINGERS APPROPRIATELY-- AND WAS PRONOUNCED HEARING OK... WHEN I WENT OVER TH BILL TO BX HE HAD BILLED OVER $500 TO PERFORM THE TEST AND  ANOTHER $400 TO "READ" THE RESULTS...
I WAS HORRIFIED AT HOW MUCH THE HOSPITAL HAD MADE BY MY HUSBAND STICKING ME IN THERE TO GET POKED AND PRODDED BY EVERY ASSOCIATE HE HAD IN THE PLACE...

IT IS NOT JUST MEDICAL.....THIS IS TEH KIND OF THING THAT  KEEPS  COSTS  OF EVERYTHING UP IN THIS COUNTRY. IT IS THE  AMERICAN WAY.. HOW TO SCREW THE SYSTEM ANDMAKE MORE PROFIT...

REPLACING CAR TIRES.  IN THE OLD DAYS-- YOU GOT OUT AND TOOK A PENNY AND STUCK IT INTO THE TREAD OF EACH TIRE WHHICH WAS  THE WAY TO JUDGE IF YOU NEEDED NEW TIRES.
NOW YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR CAR TO BE LOOKED AT.. YOU PULL IN THE REPAIR PLACE-- A VERY CLEAN GUY IN A WHITE SHIRT WITH CLIPBOARD COMES AND TAKES YOU R CAR AWAY TELLING YOU TO GO SIT IN THEIR WAITING ROOM WITH 10 OTHERS AND DRINK COFFEE... SHORTLY HE RETURNS AND SAYS THE COMPUTER HAS DECIDED YOUR 2 FRONT TIRES  ARE MARGIONAL--- AND SHOULD BE REPLACED -- BECAUSE ---"YOU CERTAINLY DON'T  WANT TO BE STUCK ON THE HIGHWAY NOW WOULD YOU?"  SO YOU BUY 2 TIRES---  THEY  PROBABLY SELL YOUR ORIGIONAL TWO TO SOMEBODY ON CRAIG'S LIST.
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NOW TO REALLY PROVE HOW BONEHEADED STUPID I AM WILLIN G TO BE... AS IF YOU ALL NEEDED PROOF... I WAS IN THE COMPANY OF 2 OTHER MEDICARE PEOPLE--.. ( OLD PEOPLE)  AND THEY BOTH HAD  HAD A TEST DONE ON THEM, I NEVER HEARD BEFORE . AS PART OF THE ROUTINE PHYSICAL SOME DOCTOR HAD  PINGED A TUNING FORK AND PRESSED IT IN  THE CENTER OF THERI FOREHEAD  AND THEY WERE TO TELL THE EFFECT..  BOTH HAD 2 DIFFERENT RESPONSES- AND BOTH WERE TOLD TO GET AN MRI.
 TO BE SURE THEY HAD NO TUMOR... 

I HAVE BEEN TO ALOT OF DOCTORS IN MY LIFE- AND NOT ONE EVER PRESSED A TUNING FORK TO  THE CENTER OF MY HEAD TO  DETERMINE IF I NEEDED AN MRI..
I SUSPECT THE MRI MANUFACTURERS GAVE THIS TEST A NAME-- AND A DIAGNOSIS CODE  FO R MEDICARE- AND WHO'S TO BE THE WISER...?   "YOU WOULDN'T WANT ME NOT TO ORDER AN MRI AND MISS  ANY TUMOR YOU MIGHT HAVE , NOW WOULD  YOU?"

IF ANY OF YOU CAN TELL ME HOW IGNORANT I AM OVER THIS TUNING FORK DEAL.. I WILL PUBLISH IT TOMORROW... AND I AM WELL AWARE OF THE TUNING FORK ON MY EARBONE FOR HEARING TEST...  THIS WAS CENTER OF FOREHEAD .
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WHO AM I TO TALK??   I JUST ORDERED A REDESIGNED PLANNET DOG HARNESS FROM CHINA--  TO SAY THEY WERE MUCH CHEAPER IGNORES THE FACT THAT I  HAD NO WAY OF LOCATING ANYONE HERE TO  MAKE THEM.. AND MR MOON IS VERY PLEASENT AND CAN ORGANIZE THE ENTIRE PRODUCTION  WITH UTMOST EFFICIENCY .
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 I DID WATCH OBAMA'S SPEACH LAST NIGHT-- I COULD NOT HELP THINKING ... THERE GOES 8 YEARS OF A CLASS ACT---  NO EX- GIRLFRIENDS,-NO SCANDALS, NO PENDING  LEGAL CASES,NO WORRY ABOUT WHAT HE WOULD  LOOK LIKE ABROAD, NO INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS.-- AND SHE PLANTED A VEGETABLE GARDEN WITOUT ARGUING WITH REPORTERS ABOUT  WHICH VEGGGIES TO PLANT..  
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I SOMEHOW THINK THE VEGGIE GARDEN IS A THING OF THE PAST-- WHO WOULD CONTINUE IT? 
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MOVING ON... 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

JAN 10 2017
LOTSA CUT AND PASTE-- AFTER  THE FINN/EVE  REPORT WHY  SHOULD I BOTHER WRITING A DD?????

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Finn's 1st Day of School!!
Both Eve and Finn had a great day!
Despite the distraction of having Finn with her she still got her work plan done! Her teacher thought Eve may even have been more focused than she usually is!!!! She even wrote an amazing poem today which she gave me permission to share. 
Today is PAM day (infusion to make her bones stronger) she is not a fan of PAM day but the IV is in and meds are flowing. So Eve, me & ALL our furry friends are chilling on the couch!

Here’s her poem

I am an inspiration
I wonder of everything
I hear the voice of God
I see in more colors imagined
I want equality
I am a poem

I pretend I have dragons
I feel happiness
I touch the clouds
I worry when I am scared
I cry when I’m sad
I am awesome

I understand God’s word
I say what I think
I dream for emotion
I try to change the world
I hope for peace
I am a poem
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AFTER THAT , I FEEL IT LESS THAN APPROPRIATE TO GET ON WITH BUSINESS- BUT I HAD ONE GEM OF WISDOM I THOUGHT PEOPLE SHOULD CONSIDER...  THERE IS A LONG ATICLE ON PET HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE NY TIMES( IN THE LAST WEEK?)  TEH ARTICLE INCLUDES A QUPTE FROM CONSUMERS REPORTS  ---CONSUMERS REPORT SUGGESTS SELF INSURED PET INSURANCE..
WHEN WE STARTED SDP.... WE INSISTED APPLICANTS /RECIPIENTS START A SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNT  IN CASE OF  MEDICAL EMERGENCY--- AND WE GOT AWAY FROM INSISTING--  BUT YOU KNOW.........SO I WOULD LIKE TO ONCE AGAIN ASK EVERY ONE WITH ONE OF OUR DOGS- TO OPEN A SEPARAATE SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND PUT 20 OR 30 DOLLARS A MONTH IN IT...-  APPARENTLY THE PET INSURANCE THEY QUOTED COST ABOUT $22 A MONTH- BUT THE ARTICLE CONCLUDES THAT CONSIDERING WHAT IS COVERED AND NOT COVERED, OWNERS WOULD BE BETTER TO SELF INSURE WITH A SAVINGS ACCOUNT..  WE DO DONATE THESE DOGS TO RECIIENTS, AND KEEPING TRACK OF WHO ACTUALLY HAD STARTED  SAVINGS ACCOUNT FOR THE DOG GOT TOO CONFUSING FRO  ME TO KEEP TRACK OF.
HOWEVER---- NOW WE ARE BIGGER AND MORE ORGANIZED, I WILL LOOK FOR SOMEONE TO KEEP TRACK OF WHO HAS ACTUALLY SENT US PROOF OF AT LEAST $2000 STASHED AWAY FOR EMERGENCIES VET CARE...   THAT COULD EASILY BE A REQUIREMENT FOR APPLYING FOR A DOG.. AND MAYBE  WE SHOLD MAKE IT SUCH..

WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING A DECISION OF WHO GETS WHAT DOG- AND I SIT HERE WITH A BUNCH OF PAPERS TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT.. IF ONE PERSON HAS SAVED UP AN EMERGENCY FUND-- AND TEH OTHER SAYS   ,"I  JUST DIDN'T GET AROUND TO IT YET"--- GUESS WHAT MY DECISION WILL BE.

BLOAT- THO NOT COMMON- CAN HAPPEN WITHNO WARNING- AND EVERY 24 HOUR VET SERVICE I KNOW OF INSISTS ON  PAYMENT WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE DOOR... AND I NEVER WANT ANY OF OUR DOGS LEFT IN THE WAITING ROOM WHILE SOMEONE TRIES TO GET A BANK CHECK..

YOU THINK I AM KIDDING?????
TRUE STORY....
RECIPIENT "A" ,  A VETERAN,   AND DOG "B"-- SUDDENLY BEFORE DINNER WAS SERVED, "B"  SHOOK HIS HEAD- AND MUST HAVE BROKEN A BLOOD VESSLE IN HIS NOSE SOMEWHERE..  BLOOD SPATTERED ALL OVER... AND IT DID NOT QUIT.. IT TICKLED AS IT DRIPPED... SO "B" SHOOK HIS HEAD MANY TIMES--- "A" REALIZED IT WAS NOT QUITTING AND RAN FOR THE 24 HOUR VET HOSPITAL ( LEAVING HER SON TO COME HOME TO A BLOOD SPATTERED KITCHEN AND CALLING 911... BUT THAT IS A SEPARATE STORY)SHE GOT THERE- WITHOUT  HER WALLET- AND  EVEN THO SHE SAID SHE HAD INSURANCE FROM THE VA, SHE  COULD NOT PROVE IT ( VA OFFICE OPEN 9-4  MON TO FRI) . AND THEY  LEFT HER SITTING INT HE WAITING ROOM WITH DOG'S NOSE STEADILY DRIPPING... SHE WAS PANIC'D THAT WHATEVER BLOOD VESSEL IT WAS WOULD LET GO BIG TIME AND IT WOULD BEGIN TO SPURT..-- HAVING PTSD ANF A FEW OTHER THINGS, SHE GOT NOISY AND THEY THREW HER OUT... WHICH IS WHEN SHE CALLED ME---

I LOCATED GEORGE ( WHO LIVES NEXT TO THE HOSPITAL)AND GOT HIM UP - TOLD "A" TO RUN ... QUIETLY ... FOR DANVERS ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND GEORGE AND I WOULD MEET HER THERE-- AND I WOULD BRING A BLOOD DONOR.. JUST IN CASE... I GRABBED CHAOS ( A BIG HEALTHY DOG-- COULD SPARE A LOSS OF A FEW CALORIES GIVING BLOOD) .  "A" ARRIVED AND WE ALL STOOD AROUND WATCHING THE STEADY DRIP..  I MAY NOT HAVE THIS EXACTLY CORRECT,  BUT GEORGE DECIDED TO GIVE THE DOG SOME ANESTHESIA OF SOME SORT ON THE THEORY THAT  WHILE UNDER GENERALLY THE BLOOD PRESSURE DROPS???  ( HE'S GONNA KILLL  ME IF I HAVE THIS WRONG).. SO WE SAT AROUND FOR A LONG TIME DRINKING COFFEE-  SOLVING THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD---WHILE THE DRIP TURNED TO A TRICKLE AND THEN QUIT. 
"A"  AND "B" CAME TO THE FARM SNAD SLEPT IN A KENNEL TOGETEHRSO SHE COULD KEEPHIM AUIET..

NOW THE PART  THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN... WE WERE LUCKY ----  "A" WAS A VETERAN OF SOME SPECIAL FORCE VARITYE AND WAS VERY CAREFULL TRAINED BY OUR GOVERNMENT TO WEAR A KNIFE IN HER SOCK.. AND .TO   STRIKE AND KILL WHEN NEEDED.
LET ME TELL YOU ,, IF I WAS A RECEPTIONIST I WOULD NOT DREAM OF  UPSETTING A VETERAN  WHO FEARED FOR THE LIFE OF THIER SERVICE DOG.

I EVEN HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS IF ANYONE WANTS TO CUT IN FRONT OF ME IN A SUPERMNARKET LINE- I ALWAYS SAY "GO RIGHT AHEAD..."  
THERE ARE TOO MANY NUTS OUT THERE TO DO OTHERWISE...

 A BANK ACCOUNT THAT COULD BE VERIFIED ONLINE WOULD SOLVE ANY PROBLME OF THAT  KIND...

EXPERIENCE COMES FROM BAD EXPERIENCE...

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From Pixie and Stacy's Journey Together:

Today was not such a fun day and one I think I'll pass on and I'm sure Pixie would agree with me. I had let Pixie out for her morning run we noticed some blood then saw she had cut her nail poor nail good. We brought her to the vet and they had to remove most of her nail😒she did a good break even underneath and all the way up farther then we thought. They had to sedated my poor girl for it. It was a super long day for both Pixie and I as she was in the back and I sat in the waiting room from 12 till I gin sly got her back at 5:30. I even had a hard time leaving her. 

We sat back to trace how this happened we are more then positive that this happened by how she loves to run and jump back onto the deck she must have clipped it just right. We are going to be Pixie proofing our deck and I will be training her to stop her running prior to the deck entrance. I don't ever want to see my sweet girl go through this again. It just broke my heart. We will be taking it easy this week so she can rest and heal. We have one appointment to attend to which is my chemo tomorrow and then back home for a week of rest to follow her doctors orders. Sweet Pixie is home and resting all tucked in and nice and cozy. πŸΎπŸΆ

Pixie has been told she is on break this week to heal though if I anything to do of course she will be w me but I'll use my family more for help so she can heal properly. When I got her back my son Tyler said to me " mom look at her worried about helping you after all she went through and having an injury 

and a cast on" she truly is one amazing dog.
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From Bella's Mom:

Bella woke up pretty sore. Thankfully George was by her side.
 She asked for Motrin again. She hasn't been taking it for a few weeks and now she is back on it. 
I posted pictures of some shirts and hats we have left over from our fundraisers over the years. Send me a message   ergiburton@yahoo.com,   with the size you need and I will give you the PayPal info
. We are hoping to move these and then we will do a big shirt order in March or April I think. 
I believe we are thinking the navy shirts and tanks again.
 So hopefully we will move these and then start the next ordering.

Navy shirt. $15 shipped. Available in limited sizes!
1- youth large
1- youth xl
1- adult 4xl
We also have baseball caps in this design. $15
5 adult 
4 kids.

Short sleeve and long sleeve shirts available in limited sizes. $15 shipped 
Short sleeve:
1- youth small
3- youth large
1- youth xl... See More

Helping hands shirts. $15 shipped. Limited sizes 
1- youth xs
1- youth S
2- adult S
2- adult m
1- adult l
2- adult xl
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Dear SDP family I need to share that we have lost one of our own. Mike Fordice has passed away . The following is a post from his daughter Allison:
This is Alison, Mike's daughter, once again. I'm sorry to have to let everyone know that Dad died on Sunday, January 8, 2017, having never recovered from his most recent heath struggles.Allison has also reached out to the recording team and asked that we share that any donations be made to SDP in lieu of flowers.
HIS NICKNAME WAS MIKE4DICE
HE DID ALOT OF RECORDING OF MAILCALL ECT FOR US

CATHY FEE

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