Monday, April 23, 2018

april 23 2018
30 DAYS HATH SEPTEMBER, BUTJANUARY 2018  WILL HAVE 111..  YESTERDAY- NEARLY PERFECT SPRING DAY..- INCLUDING ALOT OF SANE AND HAPPY PEOPLE WHO CAME TO ENJOY ( AND WEAR OUT) THE PUPPIES...AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO FINISH TEHE  DAY THAN TO HAVE A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN OVER DONKEY NIPPLES !!
BAby donlkeys may be teh cutest baby--  but watching them try and find a nipple has to be teh most un- nerving experience... after trying the walls, teh water buckets and the door latch,  they finally find mommy-- wrong part/right head position...   RIGHT PART / WRONG HEAD POSITION.... nice try but milk does not come out of that part...- unless there is some extenuatinG circumstance, they do eventuslly figure it out... i hoppe this new baBY HAS IT DOWN PAT-- I QUIT WATCHING ON THE COMPUTER... AND WENT TO BED... IN A NUTSHELL  TEH FIRST BUNCH OF MILK CONTAINS TEH COLOSTRIUM WHICH HAS ANTIBODIES AND TEHY MUST GET SOME EITHER FROM  THERE  OR A SYRINGE FROM A VET ( WHICH IS NEW TO ME BUT BRYAN MENTIONED IT.) I ALWAYS HEARD FIRST 24 HOURS-- JANINE HAS HEARD 4 HOURS... PUTTIN G MORE PRESSURE ON ANY WATCHING PERSON--  IN VERY COLD WEATEHER, I THINK IT ALSO CRITICAL TO GET THE WARM MILK IN THE FOAL;S BELLY TO KEEP THE INNARDS FUNCTIONING WELL-- THAT COULD BE TEH 4 HOURS TIME FRAME... WHO KNOWS.
BOTH MOTHER AND BABY ARE ALIVE THIS MORNING....   IT WAS A CIRCUS LAST NIGHT... OF COURSE... WHEREE WAS TEH GOAT SIZE  NIPPLE BOTTLE KEPT?  I DUNNO-- I DID NOTICE  A BEER BOTTLE WITH NIPPLE LAST TIME- BUT WHO CLEANED UP WHAT AND WHERE IT WENT , I DO NOT KNOW.-- ONLY EMPTY BEER BOTTLES ARE ALLOWED HERE ANYWAY...
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AND TEH PURPLE FORK LIFT ARRIVED AND INSPIRED ALL KINDS OF  MECHANICAL ACTIVITY- INCLUDING KNOCKING OVER A NEIGHBOR'S  SHED... ( ON PURPOSE)-- it was   minus teh roof-  i thought it was  sort of 4 walls and woudl fit int eh dump trailer.. well 1/2 fits... and we will have to go back for another load - if not today. then next tanner day -- we certainly have it flattened... what we did not know was it was full of  "AWAY" stuff-- as in throw it "away"  first thing today-- a dump run.. actually a "transfer statioon"  run
then if steve is still inspired  maybe a manure run and pick up top soil  and gert seed planted before it is to rain on wednesday.. 
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speaking of wednesday... thursday david said he would be here.... david-- as in  these wonderful mitsubisi heaters we now have...
he is going to tasckle the problem of the dogs eating the pipe out of the well-  we do have a well-- lotsa water--- down 500 feet-- tastes like it came out of the bottom of a fish market.  but it is good for watering  the flat field.... and i do like to run it once in a while...  so to turn on the water, you flip a breaker in teh cellar... i usually do that in teh very dry august weather..
water consumpotion here is astronomical--  i have watched people scrubb outdoor runs to perfection-- while groaning about the cost of water bill...---fortunately most of the march mud has dried and fallen off teh golf carts... they were looking sad...
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 our 14,000 donkey tote bags are ready for shipping-- tina in california is our mr moon connection-- she manages that episode-- and tho maybe not 14,000 , even the minimum number we had to aorder is huge....  hopefully janine's donkey group[ will want them too... they will be handy pouches-- maybe replacing the plastic bag ipisode for small items..
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GRUMMAN HAD A VERY BUSY WEEK, WE TRAVELED TO FORT SILL OKLAHOMA TO CELEBRATE OUR SON, BENJAMIN'S ARMY BOOT CAMP GRADUATION. THE TRIP ENTAILED A FLIGHT TO DALLAS FROM DCA (NATIONAL AIRPORT) ON SOUTHWEST (ONCE AGAIN, THEY PROVED WHY THEY ARE THE BEST CHOICE WHEN TRAVELING WITH A SERVICE ANIMAL, PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY ARE SUPERSIZED), WE THEN RENTED A MINIVAN FOR A 3 HOUR TRIP TO LAWTON, OKLAHOMA. 
THE GRADUATION WAS WONDERFUL! THE CEREMONY WAS STEEPED IN TRADITION AND HONOR, WITH A LITTLE HUMOR THROWN IN SO THE MOOD WOULD BE CELEBRATORY AS WELL AS DIGNIFIED. GRUMMAN PAID HIS DUE RESPECT TO OUR NEWEST SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES BY WEARING AN APPROPRIATE OUTFIT TO MATCH THE FESTIVE YET SOLEMN OCCASION! 
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CARLENE, HERE'S A 4 A.M. THOUGHT FOR YOU - POSSIBLE CREATIVE WRITING PROJECT FOR YOUR SUMMER INTERNS.

ASSIGNMENT - WRITE AN ESSAY RELATED TO EXPERIENCE AT SDP.

RULES:
- MUST BE EXACTLY 100 WORDS
- NO WORD MAY BE USED MORE THAN ONCE (INCLUDING 'AND," ,'A,"
 "THE" ETC.)

ANY JUDGMENT IS BASED ON COHERENCE, PLUS A VALID MESSAGE WITHOUT USING STILTED LANGUAGE.

POSSIBLE TOPIC - "MY EXPERIENCE AT SDP- THE UNEXPECTED"

JUST AN IDEA, POSSIBLE FUN, POSSIBLE DELETE! 
 CHEERS, DAVE MOWAT AKA MR.BEARS!-OR 
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 now there is a good one....

Sunday, April 22, 2018

APRIL 22 2018
I ASKED TEH 6  INTERNS TO WRITE A PAPER ON WATER BUCKETS-- ALL SIX DID THAT- AND PER THEIR SCHOOL TRAINING ALL CAREFULLY TYPED. THEY ALL HAD VARIATIONS IF METAL/PLASTIC  BIRD POOP/SOAPY WASH AND REFILL 3/4 -- INTERESTING-- BUT ORDINARY .....
  THE ONLY THING THEY DID NOT WRITE ABOUT WAS  " WE  STARTED LIFE AS A BIG FLAT SHEET OF STAINLESS STEEL-- AND AFTER A TORTUROUS 30 MINUTES WE  BECAME BUCKETS -- WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES - WITH OUR CLEAN SHINEY - NON RUSTING- BOTTOMS... NOT LIKE THOSE  OTHER ONES WHO WERE DESTINED TO BE IN CHEAP MOTELS AS ICE BUCKETS. MY GROUP ENDED UP  IN THE DOG HOUSE... LITERALLY.. TO BE SCRUBBED AND CLEANED DAILY  ETC..." 
BUT IT IS EARLY I THE SUMMER.  I EXPECT MORE CREATIVITY AS THE SUMMER MOVES ON...
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 OUR CREATIVITY WILL BE HELPED BY JERI AND STEVE WHO ARRIVED WITH A LOVLEY FORK LIFT  ALL PAINTED PURPLE WITH PAW PRINTS AND A PURINA LOGO..  A forklift is one thing i have not driven before-- since it is the back wheels that turn, it feels like you are in a car sliding on ice .. one thing it will help with.. our g tent needs to have the turnbuckles tightened...  piece of cake with thaat thing.  i might even get hthe extra CARTONS OF  CALENDAR STUFF OUT OF THE GARAGE????? AND INTO THE ICE HOUSE????..  A PERFECT ADDITION  ALL 8000 POUNDS OF IT...  IT DOES PREFER FLAT HARD SURFACES-  I DON'T THINK IT WOULD SURVIVE 5 SECONDS ON SOFT GRASS.   TODAY WE MAY TRY AND GET IT DOWN THE ALLEYWAY INTO THE ARENA... IT IS ?LP GAs driven. grace will have a field day with the g tent rafters--
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 i am told animale control has contacted megan about barking  so as i sit here starting at 4am..... , i hav on the donkey camera with it's sound--THAT MIC IS VERY SENSATIVE... I CAN OFTEN HEAR MOMMY CHEWING and NOW...  i hear birds chirping  and ocassionally one single dog so far away that it can not be in our barn--   at 5:05  a bunch howl'd for 20 seconds-- then quit- and we are back to the single dog..  out on boxford rd?  - i can equate the volume to the noise of a dripping faucet-- course my hard of hearing might  influence that...  I HAVE SENT MOLLY DOWN WITH A BOX OF COOKIES TO THROW  A  HANDFULL UP INTO THE LOFTS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

****danes are  not prone to   thaT consistaNT \FRUSTRATED BARKING YOU CAN SEE IN ALOT OF KENNELS.. THEY BARK FOR A REASON- HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I STOOD HERE WITH A NEW COMMER AND SAID " THERE ARE 55 DOGS ON THE PROPERTY.. AND PLEASE NOTE.. NOT ONE IS BARKING"   ...  BUT THEY CERTAINLY CAN--
 PROBLEM IS IF ONE PERSON IN THAT DEVELOPEMENT NEXT DOOR STARTS BEING ANNOYED THEY GET WORSE WITH EVERY BARK.  THERE IS A SIGN UP THERE FACING THEIR DEVELOPEMENT "THIS IS A FARM-- WITH SOMETIMES NOISY, SMELLY ANIMALS"   UNFORTUNATELY I CONSIDER   THEM ABOUT THE SAME... ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY BBQ OUTSIDE !!
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NOW WE NEED  TO DO MOUTH INSPECTION???
Dear Carlene, 
Pixie is all good thank goodness. They did a full lab work up along with her platelets. They where even higher then last time. She’s back to normal with her platelets. All her other labs looked good the dr said. They also did a full exam to make sure I didn’t miss anything. 
The spots in her mouth are more then likely from her meds. Not exactly sure the cause. 
She is on her her way home now with me and we sure are going to snuggle tight together. It was a scary moment there. 
The vet was absolutely amazing they rushed her right in. They knew who she was as soon as we got there. The vet in Florida to them all about her and how special she was. They had been speaking with the vet in Florida to make sure all her records where there and to make sure she had the best care possible, which she got so far today. 
She’s going to be a great place very caring and thorough with her exam. They knew everything about her disorder down to the T. 
Stacy and Pixie 

I WISH I KNEW WHAT SPOTS I WAS LOOKING FOR IN THEIR MOUTHS-- SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHIGN WE SHOULD KNOW MORE ABOUT.
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FOUND.....
No railing? No problem!

We spent the afternoon in downtown Providence today - I had an interview for an internship at the state house. I'd been there several times before for various reasons, but this was my first time with Asher. It's a beautiful place, but it's somewhat inaccessible - the stairs are only in the back, but if I want to approach from the direction of the center of downtown without having to walk around the entire perimeter of the property, stairs it is. Last time I was here, I exited and wanted to end up at the mall, and it was then I realized that my best option was to go down the stairs and cross the street, but since there are no hand rails, I couldn't do it. I felt angry and defeated that something as simple as a lack of handrails in one spot could force me to add at least another ten minutes onto my walk since I had to navigate around to a more accessible area. But we don't do that anymore! Stairs - up or down - are no longer an issue. We had quite the trek today to get everywhere we needed to go, probably at least a couple miles, but it didn't seem long at all with my best friend next to me! As we get closer to a year together, I think about all the places we've explored together and how much farther I can go with Asher next to me. I think we both enjoyed our long stroll today, and we're hoping that today's beautiful weather is here to stay!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

APRIL 21 2018
I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO THIS... BUT......CLAUDIA BOHEMICA POSTED NEW PICTURES OF THE LITTER X PUPPIES ON FACEBOOK.  WE HAVE A $500 DEPOSIT ON THE MERLE MALE... STRANGE THAT IT WOULD BE LITTER "X"  BECAUSE TEH FIRST MALE I IMPORTED WAS  "XUBBY"  WHO BECAME "DEAGLE" -- I HOPE THIS ONE IS 1/2 THE DOG DEAGLE WAS....
ACCORDING TO THE "CHART"  MERLE TO BLACK SHOULD GIVE US  50% MERLES, HARLEQUINS AND 50% BLACKS/WHITE--
ABOUT THE SAME AS WATSON/ ( HARL)  TO BLACK--50..50  -- IF I HAVE ANY CORECTION TO THE CHNART, I WOUOLD SAY OVER  350 PUPPIES   TEH RATIO MIGHT BE  56%BLACK AND44% MERLE/HARL-- WE DO SEEM TO GET ALOT OF BLACKS..
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BIG EXCITEMENT YESTERDAY WAS WE DID PHYSICALLY GET THE CHECK  FROM TTOH-- IT GOT MIS DELIVERED TO SOMEONE IN TOPSFIELD AND  TOOK A WHILE TO GET TO US... IT WAS WRITTEN MARCH 22 ..
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WE DID HAVE A VERY INTERESTING REPORT FROM ERICA AND ASHER  ABOUT  A SIMPLE PROBLEM ASHER HAS SOLVED...  THE LACK OF HANDRAILS.. IN GREAT BIG BUILDINGS LIKE STATE HOUSES  - SOMETHIGN THAT DOES NOT OCCUR TO  PEOPLE WITH "NORMAL" FEET...  AT  ANY RATE .. NOW ASHER IS HER PORTABLE HANDRAIL....

I WOULD HAVE CUT AND PASTED IT  EXCEPT MY WONDERFUL COMPUTER ATE IT.
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SOME THINGS WE CAN NOT PRACTICE-- LIKE CADAVER TRAINING?????
Hi Carlene,

Clark and I have had a very busy past few months.  I just submitted an application for a fellowship to fund my dissertation, and Clark was very patient with me as we spent lots of weekend hours at school and coffee shops while I was writing.  As always, he prefers to be out working somewhere, even if he just naps, than staying at home.  

This semester we've also been in an intensive class with the medical students.  The class lasts all morning, and has hands-on lab time, along with usual lectures.  Some of the labs are in the gross anatomy lab - with cadavers.  I was nervous at first about how Clark would react, but he has been perfect every time.  My instructors have been very supportive, and arranged for Clark to have his own mat and blanket set up right by my lab table, so I can use him when I need to get up, but he is at a comfortable distance when we are doing dissections.  I am always looking for new things to do and expose Clark to, and I think this definitely qualifies!  We have gotten many compliments from the professors and students on his behavior in class and I expect nothing less.

This week, we have finally enjoyed a break from class.  We made a trip to Columbus, OH, to see if I qualify for a clinical trial for a drug for FA.  In going through the evaluations, I notice the areas where the disease has progressed.  Still, I think I surprised the doctor with how much and how well I can walk with Clark.  He is truly the best treatment I have received.

We also got to meet up with Paul and Charlotte, who live close by, for a play date for the pups.  It is so great to have another SDP team near us!  Clark and Charlotte had fun in the mud, and Paul and I had a nice time, too!

Here are a few pictures from the past months.


Caroline

Friday, April 20, 2018

april 20 2018
i have some good news and some bad.....
good news-- we took ella to  a  specialist to figure out why she has a heart murmer that goerge had heard... i was very worried because of all the relatives she has that are already out being good service dogs... 
 turns out the cause of the noise is inconsequencial--  for $500...   now how we get  that news out to all the people who had started to worry, i do not know....  i do not do facebook-- so i will count on everyone to pass that around  facebook as quickly as possible... should i do a cardiac ultrasound on every pup???  well...historically george would stop by with each new litter and put a stethoscope on each one--- and usually someone at least listens to their heart when they get their rabies at 12 weeks...       we do not coddle our pups- tehy runn up and down puppy hill- falling down hitting trees... wrestling with each other-- i figure  - that kind of  life  itself is good screening should  uncover any physical problems.. we watch for any  deviation and  usually  donate them to volunteers as happy pets... which often become happy therqapy dogs.
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 the bad news is we did not get the cummings graNT of $100,000   --- we were sooooo sure.... 
we will survive, but  this will mean we will have to redo our  bigger expenses like payroll--  job descriptions and .. we will not hot top  the rest of the driveway...
the good news on big projects is   that wonderful stone dust path  was 99% donation---
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how is news "slanted"  ?  or not equally distributed?????
it is not getting much press that  the captain who was so brilliant in landing that southwest plane with one engine
 was ... female...  now just immagine what would be all over thenews if she had crashed the thing killing eveerybody. 

Tammie Jo Shults, the Southwest captain who safely landed the jetliner, is being hailed as a level-headed hero for her calm in the face of crisis, as evidenced by air-traffic control tapes released Wednesday.

i did listen to her recording as she  got details about  which runway-- and then thanked the ATC for their help ??????
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now this is funny
several days ago, as I left a meeting at a hotel, I desperately gave myself a personal "TSA pat down." I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing.
Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My wife has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition.  
My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them.
Her theory is that the car will be stolen. As I burst through the door, I came to a terrifying conclusion: her theory was right. The parking lot was empty.
I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.
Then I made the most difficult call of all, "Honey," I stammered; I always call her "honey" in times like these. "I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen."  
There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard her voice. "Idiot", she barked, "I dropped you off!"
Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come and get me." 
She retorted, "I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your car."

Yep, it's the golden years.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

APRIL 19 2018
CAKE DAY  -- LETS SEE IF WE CAN GET A CAKE TO SOME FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE 7 STATES WHICH HAVE NOT HAD THE  CAKE OF TEH 19TH... YET..
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I HAVE HAD TO CUT THE GRASS IN MY BED  ROOM -- THE RYE IS UP ABOUT 6" SO WITH SCISSORS I CUT IT TO 3 INCHES.. WONDERING IF TEH "STALKS" WILL GET THICKER..  MEANWHILE THE EXPENSIVE "VELVET GREEN LAWN" STUFF HAS A FEW SPINDLEY SPROUTS ABOUT AN INCH TALL... MY CONCERN WITH GRASS NOT SO MUCH WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE, BUT WILL IT STAY PUT AND  HOW MUCH  EATABLE GRASS WILL IT PRODUCE- AND AT WHAT TIME WILL BITING IT OFRF ( AS IN MO'S CASE)  NOT PULL IT OUT BY THE ROOTS...
MEGAN  ENCOUNTERED TEH FEDEX MAN-- WHO IS A PART TIME LANDSCAPER WHO  ASKED HER "WHAT THE HEII IS CARLENE TRYING TO DO?   IF SHE SPREADS THAT HAY  OVER IT SHE WILL GET  HAY"  WELL IF THE HAY IS GREEN AND DOES NOT GET WASHED AWAY, IT IS A BIG PLUS AROUND HERE... HE SUGGESTED WE USE SALT MARSH HAY---  WHICH I DO KNOW ABOUT... BUT I WILL HAPPILY SETTLE FOR  ANY VEGITATION IN GENERAL...- AT ANY RATE-- Any time the fedex truck arrives, i go running out to try and find the same driver  so maybe he ca n organizin this "planting,."  in the meantime all teh straw from the painted lady's stay in the ice house is now spread in the aREA BY THE PUPPY HILL CAMERA-- SO YOU CAN WATCH GRASS GROW.....  REMEMBER GREEN IS GOOD...   
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STEVE DROVE ME TO  A SENIOR LIVING PLACE IN NEWBURYPORT YESTERDAY--1:00PM -- THERE WAS NO WAY I SHOULD BE  DRIVING ON  THE HIGHWAY ABOUT NAP TIME..... IT WAQS FUN FOR THEM TO HAVE THE DOGS THERE- MAY  SIZZLE AND CHARLIE   - BUT I WONDERED HOW WELL THIS VIDEO WOULD HAVE WORKED IN PLACES WHERE I  HAVE TROUBLE GETTNIG TO...-- IT IS ON  OUR WEB-- RIGHT UNDER  OUR HOME PAGE-- IT STARTS WITH THE PICTURE OF ME DIVING--- WHICH  IS THE ONLY PICTURE OF ME I HAVE EVER LIKED.!!--
NEXT QUESTION -- IS IT POSSIBLE TO PROJECT  IT FROM OUR WEB TO A  WALL/SCREEN?   I KNOW I CAN DO IT WITH THE GIZMO JUDY BOUGHT... MOST OF THESE PLACES HAVE SOME KIND OF PROJECTION  EQUIP[MENT... THEY DID YESTERDAY... I GOT A KICK OUT OF IT...  TO CONNECT TO IT REQUIRED WIRES FROM TEH FLOOR BEHIND THE SPEAKERS PODIUM AND A GUY SITTIN G ON THE FLOOR BEHIMD ME WITH HIS COMPUTER-- GOT US TEH PICTURE, BUT NO SOUND...  THAT MAY MAKE SENSE TO THE TECHNICALLY ASTUTE- BUT THIS WAS IN A  SENIOR HOME... NOT A 12 YEAR OLD ON SITE TO FIX IT.
THERE USED TO BE A COMICAL ROUTINE ABOUT HUGE HI-FI  SPEAKERS WHICH WOLD GIVE  YOU  THE EXACT STEREOHONIC SOUND IF YOU SAT IN THE BOTTOM OF A CLOSET ( DONALD SWANN AND MICHAEL FLANDERS  "AT THE DROP OOF A HAT"  GOOD BRITISH HUMOR...)
WE'RE  TERRIBLY "HOUSE AND GARDEN" 
THE MONEY THAT ONE SPENDS
TO MAKE A PLACE THAT WON'T DISGRACE
OUR HOUSE AND GARDEN FRIENDS.
AND HERE I AM STRUGGLING TO MAKE PLACES LOOK  GREEN INSTEAD OF RAW  BROWN MUD.
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PERFECT POOP AND VOMIT REPORT-- AT LEAST SO FAR....  I DID JUST ORDER A BIG BOTTLE OF FLAGYL
WE GO THR4U ALOT OF THAT -- BLAMING  THE  DOG'S LOOSE STOOL ON TEH CANADIAN GEESE FOULING THE WATERWAYS.. WHEN IN FACT IT MAY BE OUR GUINNEA HENS...  I DID COMMENT ON  THE FAct that  i never see any  "droppings" aROUND TEH YARD FROM TEH  GUINNEAS--- IT IS NOT BECAUSE TEHY DON'T GO...IT IS BECAUSE IT IS  THE EQUIVALANT OF CHOCOLATE TO A PUPPY.--

YOU KNOW HOW MANY INVENTIONS ARE DISCOVERED BY ACCIDENT--- LIKE PENICILLIN..... WELL MAYBE WE DISCOVERED WHAT THEY SHOULD USE TO FLAVOR DOG TREATS....  I WILL LET PURINA KNOW....
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LOTSA CUT AND PASTE....
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THIS IS HOW EVE FELL ASLEEP TONIGHT!
TOMORROW WE GO FOR FOLLOW UP X-RAYS ON THAT BROKEN FEMUR AND BENT ROD. YESTERDAY EVE TRIED TO WALK A LITTLE AND COMPLAINED ONE LEG FEELS SHORTER THAN THE OTHER.... WELL IT LOOKS LIKE IT TOO. NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED WITH BEING NON WEIGHT BEARING THIS WHOLE TIME BUT SOMETHING HAS CERTAINLY CHANGED. IT’S NOT CAUSING HER PAIN BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS NOTICEABLE AND CONCERNING ! SO SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR HER TOMORROW IF YOU WOULD! WE SEE THE PT IN THE MORNING AND ORTHO IN THE AFTERNOON. WE WILL FIND SOMETHING NICE TO DO IN BETWEEN!
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BELLA GEORGE
GEORGE DOESN’T EVEN GO AFTER THE PIECE OF DROPPED POPCORN WHEN HE IS ON DUTY. WHAT A GOOD BOY. BELLA HAS BEEN DOING PRETTY GOOD. SLEEPING MUCH BETTER NOW WITH THE NEW NECK BRACE AND THE EAR INFECTION GONE SO THAT IS A HUGE PLUS FOR EVERYONE! ONLY 2 MORE DAYS OF THE HALO BRACE AND THEN SHE WILL JUST BE IN A NECK BRACE ALL THE TIME WHICH WILL BE MUCH EASIER TO MOVE AROUND IN. SHE IS GETTING STRONGER AND WALKING A LITTLE ON HER OWN. SHE DOES MORE FURNITURE WALKING WHEN HOME INSTEAD OF HER WALKER AND THE LAST 2 TIMES WE WENT OUT SHE DID A SHORT WALK WITH GEORGE AND NO WHEELCHAIR SO WE ARE DEFINITELY GETTING THERE. I WILL BE SO HAPPY WHEN IT IS FINALLY NICE AND SHE WILL BE ABLE TO BE OUTSIDE PLAYING BECAUSE I KNOW SHE WILL START TO GET STRONGER QUICKER. HOPEFULLY IN A MONTH WHEN WE GO BACK SHE WILL GET THE OK TO RIDE HER BIKE. BUT BABY STEPS AND RIGHT NOW SHE IS MAKING SOME GREAT PROGRESS! I AM SO PROUD OF HER! THANK YOU FOR CHECKING IN! LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE 

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NICK AND JOSH
Hey Carlene just giving you an updated on Nicholas and the amazing job he does.

So I learned something last night.
MS + Cold = Bad combination
I lost feeling in my right leg right arm and was having cognitive issues also lost vision. After dinner Nicholas assisted me with getting up and to the bedroom. With me being unable to see and having no feeling in my leg. He did a amazing job escorting me to me bed. He knew where I needed to go. My daughters helped with me laying down. Nicholas came and checked on me several times throughout the night to make sure I was alright. 
No cane, walker, or wheelchair could do the things Nicholas does for me. The bond between me and Nicholas is amazing his willingness to help me when I'm having a bad day. Again that is something you cannot get from a cane, walker, or wheelchair. 

Josh Lyons
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FINN/EVE
SO I GUESS I SHOULD TELL MY STORY FROM SATURDAY.... WE WERE AT THE 4-H BLOOD DRIVE EVENT. WE SHOWED UP AT OUR SCHEDULED TIME BUT ENDED UP WITH ABOUT A 45 MINUTE WAIT. WHILE FINDING A SEAT A WOMAN TAKES NOTICE OF FINN, HE’S KINDA HARD TO MISS YA KNOW AND CHATS WITH EVE ABOUT FINN AND HER OWN GREAT DANE. SHE WAS WITH HER TWIN DAUGHTERS (AROUND 8 Y OLD?) I TELL EVE SHE SHOULD GIVE HER ONE OF THEIR CARDS WHICH TELL A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EVE, FINN, SDP AND A LITTLE SERVICE DOG ETIQUETTE. THE WOMEN READS THE CARD AND STOPS SUDDENLY LOOKS AT ME, THEN EVE, AND BACK TO ME AGAIN. I CLEARLY SEE HER TRYING TO FORMULATE HER WORDS WHEN SHE FINALLY SAYS IS YOUR HUSBAND A FIRE FIGHTER? I SAY YES LANCE IS WHY DO YOU ASK? AT WHICH POINT SHE TELLS ME HER NAME AND THAT SHE WORKS FOR THE SHERIFFS DEPT. IMMEDIATELY I KNEW WHO SHE WAS.... I THINK I HAVE POSTED ABOUT THIS BEFORE BUT YOU SEE WHEN EVE WAS BORN WE DID NOT KNOW SHE HAD FRAGILE BONES. AT 6 WEEKS OLD WE TOOK HER IN FOR HER ARM THAT WAS CAUSING PAIN WHEN WE MOVED IT ABOVE HER HEAD. IT WAS SHOCKINGLY BROKEN NOT ONLY THAT BUT SHE HAD 13 MORE BONES THAT HAD BEEN BROKEN AND WERE IN VARIOUS STAGES OF HEALING. WHEN YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN HOW THAT HAS HAPPENED THEY ACCUSE YOU OF ABUSE! NOT MIND BLOWING I KNOW BUT DEVESTATING NONE THE LESS! THIS WOMAN WAS THE DETECTIVE WHO INVESTIGATED US! 
WHOA! THAT BROUGHT BACK A WHOLE BOAT LOAD OF EMOTIONS I HADN’T THOUGHT ABOUT IN QUITE WHILE. IT WAS PRETTY TRAUMATIC TO OUR FAMILY BUT THIS DETECTIVE AND HER PARTNER BELIEVED US- GOOD -BUT UNFORTUNATELY THEY ONLY GET TO REPORT THE FACTS THEY FIND. CLEARLY THIS MEETING WAS EMOTIONAL FOR HER AS WELL. HER AND HER PARTNER WERE IN THE SENSITIVE CRIMES UNIT SO THEY DEALT WITH MANY ABUSE CASES. YET SHE SAID OURS WAS ONE OF THE FEW THAT SHE STILL THOUGHT ABOUT. SHE NEVER WAS INFORMED OUR CASE WAS CLOSED 6 WEEKS LATER OR IF “BABY EVE” WAS GIVEN A DX. TURNS OUT SHE DRIVES PAST EVE’S GRAND PARENTS HOUSE FREQUENTLY AND SAID FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS EVERY TIME SHE DROVE PAST SHE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED WITH “BABY EVE”. WE BOTH HAD CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ALMOST DIDN’T BRING US THERE AT THAT TIME. SO SEEMS LIKE FATE WE WERE MEANT TO RUN INTO EACH OTHER 10 YEARS LATER. NOT SURE WHAT GOD WAS/IS UP TO WITH THAT MEETING BUT I’M SURE IT IS SOMETHING! WE CHATTED FOR QUITE A WHILE ABOUT FINN, THE CASE AND EVE’S DX. JUST CRAZY- I DON’T HAVE THE WORDS TO TRULY EXPRESS HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS “MEETING”. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE IT HAD/HAS A PURPOSE- MAYBE JUST FOR SOME CLOSURE FOR HER- NOT SO MUCH ME AS SHE DIDN’T REALLY TELL ME ANYTHING I DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW. I KNEW THEY BELIEVED US BEFORE THIS....OK - I’M RAMBLING NOW - BUT ONE MORE THING- EVE WAS ASKING HER SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT BEING A DETECTIVE AND THEN EVE STATED SHE WANTS TO BE A DETECTIVE WHEN SHE GROWS UP. AT WHICH POINT SHE TELLS EVE. “IF YOU BECOME A DETECTIVE I WANT YOU TO CALL ME BECAUSE I WANT TO BE THE ONE TO PIN THAT BADGE ON YOU!!”
THANKS FOR CHECKING IN! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

APR  18 2018
I WISH I KNEW HOW TO INCLUDE PICTURES/JPEGS -- I GET SOME GOOD ONES... 
FIRSTLY- A SENIOR'S VIEW OF FACEBOOK-- ABOUT WALKING DOWN THE STREET TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE COFFEE THEY HAD, OR THAT THEY HAD WATERED THEIR LAWN..  SHOWING PICTURES OF A PLANT IN THEIR WINDOW... ETC.. AND HOW TEHY NOW  HAD 4 NEW FRIENDS FOLLOWING -- FROM THIS ACTIVITY  - 2 POLICEMEN, AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER AND A PSYCHIATRIST.
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SECONDLY.. SIFDE BY SIDE WALL STREET JOURNALS-- SAME DATE.. SAME PICTURE DIFFERENT HEADLINE.. ONE  SLANTED TO TRUMP ONE SLANTED AWAY- TEH ASSUMPTION WAS FOR SALE IN DIFFERENT MARKETS... --- COULD BE TRUE... BUT DON'T I REMEMBER DIFFERENT EDITIONS???  LATE EDITIONS?? THE FACT THAT WE  SUSPECT  MANIPULATION OF MARKETS IS TEH CRIMINAL PART.
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THE PASSING OF BARBARA BUSH...-- MY NIECE-- DEBBIE-- KNEW THE BUSH FAMILY MOSTLY BECAUSE SHE PLAYED TENNIS WITH GEORGE SENIOR... AND SHE DECLARED LONG AGO THAT BARBARA WAS THE  MOST CLASSY PERSON SHE KNEW. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT LEAVES MY SISTER AND I ... HOWEVER....
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SO FAR I HAVE 2 REPORTS ON WATER BUCKETS-- DEVLIN AND LAURA-- INTERESTING... WHEN I GET A FEW MORE WE CAN DISCUSS THEM -- LAURA'S IMMEDIATE REACTION IS WHY?    MY ANSWER.. MENTAL EXERCISE..--  IN SCHOOL TEHY HAVE TO WRITE PAPERS ON  WHO WROTE TEH CONSTITUTION-- A NORMAL SORT OF THING THAT PROVES THEY CAN  LOOK UP FACTS  AND COPY IT --  HAVEING THEM WRITE WHY IT WAS WRITTEN MIGHT BE SLIGHTLY MORE CREATIVE-  BUT  I AM LOOKING FOR TEH  OUT OF THE BOX CREATIVE...
HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE ALL SEEN TEH   --- TED LECTURE-- BY KEN ROBERTSON-- EXTREMEL;Y FUNNY BUT ALSO CRITICAL...
AND AFTER YOU SEE THAT LECTURE  , TRY MIKE ROWE- CASTRATING SHEEP...  THAT'LL JAR YOU.
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SO BACK TO THE INTERRNS---  FIRST LESSON WILL BE  HAY BALE STRING CUTTING...-- HAY STRING HAS PLAYED A LARGE PART IN MY LIFE...  THE STORY STARTS WITH THE PROPER PREPARATION BY CUTTING THE STRING NEXT TO THE KNOT-  IF YOU THEN   MAKE A SIMPLE LOOP IN THE END WITH THE KNOT, SHOVE IT IN YOUR POCKET, I GUARENTEE BEFORE TH EDAYS END YOU WILL HAVE SOLVED SOME PROBLEM OR ANOTHER. YESTERDAY  TOM AND I WENT TO THE COMPOST IN G COMPANY -- AND WITH DIFFICULTY TIED AND UNTIED THE 8 PIECES OF HAY STRING HOLDING TOGETHER TEH TARP--  IT WAS TERRIBLE....I WAS EMBARASSED AS WE ENTERTAINED A BUNCH OF MEN WITH THE   FLAPPING TARP THAT WAS 6 FEET TOO BIG,  HAY STRING WITH KNOTS IN TEH WRONG PLACES----- I COULD HEAR THEM...DO THEY  NOT KNOW HOW TO DO THIS???-- WELL WE KNOW-- WE JUST HAVE NOT GOT ORGANIZED PROPERLY.-- YOU DON'T NEED TO PUT IN  MORE GROMMETS,  YOU COULOD TAKE A SMALL STONE  UNDER THE TARP, NOOSE TEH STRING AROUND IT AND TIE IT DOWN-- AND THEN THERE IS THE  LOOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROPE/STRING   TO ALLOW YOU  TO PULL  THE  THING TIGHT.  I THINK IN BOATING IT IS A ?SPRINGER?--- IF WE ONLY USED THOSE COUPLE THINGS  WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AS ENTERTAINING...
IT WAS ALMOST AS EMBARASSING AS THE DAY I DROVE MY CAR NOSE DOWN  INTO A SINK HOLE AND HAD TO GET THE GUY WITH THE BIGGER THAN HUGE MACHINE TO LIFT ME OUT... AND I HAD TOASK HIM "PLEASE PUT IT  DOWN WITH THE WHEELS ON THE GROUND."   THAT WAS 20 YEArs ago at bentley warren   -- and they still kid me...
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I DON'T KNOW WHY  THOSE THINGS ARE A MAN THING... WITH ALL THE HYDROLICS THEY ARE EASIER TO RUN THAN A SEWING MACHINE....
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here's another  WIERDO----abotu a senior home that has started having a CHICKEN COOP--- 
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  Anyway, here are more chickens for you. I am completely convinced that having contact with animals is directly related to mental and physical well being.


Barb J
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PIXIE UPDATE
SHE DID A GREAT JOB FLYING HOME. WE JUST LANDED IN COLD CT. I THINK PIXIE SAID MOM WHAT WHERE YOU THINKING.
SHE WAS SUCH A SHINING STAR  NOTHING BUT COMPLIMENTS ON HER BEHAVIOR. SHE JUST LAID THERE AND SNOOZED AWAY MOST OF THE FLIGHT. I SAT NEAR 2 SWEET LADIES CAUSE IT WAS A FULL
FLIGHT SO THEY DIDN’T MIND PIXIE HOGGING THE WHOLE FLOOR AND SPRAWL OUT AS IF IT WHERE BED. SHE SURE DID MAKE HERSELF COZY.. WE HAD SOME GOOD LAUGHS IT WAS NICE SITTING NEAR SUCH NICE UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE. 
I EXPLAINED OUR STORY AND ALL ABOUT PIXIE ALONG WITH OUR NEW JOURNEY OF GETTING PIXIE BETTER.
WELL PIXIE IS ALMOST HOME AND I’M ALL SAFE AND SOUND.
THANK YOU ALL FOR THE PRAYERS 

MY MIRACLE GIRL

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

APRIL 17 2018
EVERY TIME I THINK I HAVE HEARD IT ALL..... ?MOIST WATER?  TO TAKE OFF MAKEUP?  -- WHAT AM I MISSING... THERE IS NOT MOIST WATER SOMEWHERE?  THAT WAS NOT A FUNNY NEWS SIDELINE-- IT WAS A TV  AD THAT WAS PAID FOR...  IF IT WAS A SIDELINE IT  WOULD BE AMUSING... LIKE OUR SALE OF PUPPY BREATH--- OR THAT GUY  AROUND HERE WHO WAS SELLING BOTTLES OF SNOW IN  LAST YEAR'S BLIZZARD--  WHAT TERRIFIES ME IS THAT THERE IS A POPULATION  THAT NEVER QUESTIONS MOIST WATER...
I AM NOT  INNOCENT-- I HAD TO GO BUY A POWER TOOTHBRUSH WHERE THE BRISTLES WENT IN CIRCLES INSTEAD OF UP AND DOWN...I  JUST HAD TO DO THAT ONE DAY--I WAS TRAINED...- I WAS FURIOUS WHEN I GOT HOME AND SAW TEH TV AD THAT  TRAINED ME TO DO THAT....- TEH STUDY OF MANIPULATING  THE PUBLIC STARTED LONG AGO "HIDDEN PERSUADERS"  HAS GOT WAY OUT OF HAND.....

I REMEMBER......1940'S  ?  IT WAS NOT TOO HIGH ON TH E LIST OF "HOT TOPICS" AROUND TEH DINNER TABLE, BUT THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT DISCUSSION ABOUT  THE EDITOR-- OF OUR LOCAL NEWBURGH NEWS, TEH HERALD TRIBUNE AND NY TIMES- AT THE TENDER AGE OF MAYBE 8 I ALWAYS  FIGURED EDITORS  WERE SOMEHOW RELATED TO THE POPE- AS BEING  ULTIMATE JUDGES OF THE TRUTH... WHO WOULD NEVER ALLOW FALSEHOODS TO BE IN THEIR  NEWSPAPERS UNLESS PROPERLY LABELED  OP-ED.  MY MOTHER WAS BIG ON  " THE PRINTED WORD" IN MANY PLACES-- SHE  WAS THE TYPE THAT COULD SPELL-- HOW COULD SHE POSSIBLE FORSEE "FACEBOOK"- AND OUR NEWSPAPERS BECOMING  A GLORIFIED FORM OF THE GAME OF "GOSSIP"?-
WHERE IS THE PRESTIGE OF "TEH  EDITOR".. THE JOURNALIST.. THE NEWS ANCHOR  -- THE ONLY PLACE I CAN THINK OF WHERE THEIR IMPORTANCE IS RECOGNIZED AND STILL GIVEN  SOME OF THE PROPER RESPECT... IS IN  T HE VArious  WAR ZONES WHERE THE NEWS PEOPLE ARE  USUALLY ARE NOT SHOT AT. 
A PRESS BADGE GOT YOU INTO PLACES SO YOU COULD  REPORT ON "THE NEWS" ... WHAT HAPPENS  AFTER THAT ---TO THE "NEWS" YOU HAVE RISKED YOUR LIFE TO REPORT-- HAS GONE ASUNDER. 
THE LACK OF A  RELIABLE NEWS SYSTEM  COULD BE TEH ACHILLES HEEL OF ORGANIZED SOCIETY IN GENERAL.. "IT'S IN THE NEWS"  IS  ABOTU THE SAME AS   "IT'S ON  THE INTERNET".   

COUPLE THAT WITH THE  THRILL SEEKING NAY SAYERS WHO JUST CAN NOT WAIT TO PASS ON DEVASTATING INFORMATION WHETHER CORRECT OR INCORRECT- VIA FACEBOOK INTERNET AND  IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE ALMOST ANYON'E LIFE ABSOLUTELY MISERABLE.   L;IKE.... 
HAVE YOU HEARD THAT  TEHY FINALLY PROVED THAT DRINKING COFFEE  WILL CAUSE  AN  INCREASE IN ALZIEMERS WHICH WILL MAKE YOU A BURDEN TO YOUR FAMILY  --- FURTHEREMORE  FUNERALS NOW COST  OVER $8000 .
MEANING THAT ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO ENJOYED-- AND ARE ADDICTED TO THAT MORNING CUPPA ARE STILL GOING TO DRINK IT, BUT  ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO ENJOY IT ---BECAUSE  OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN..
I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT CONCEPT.---
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ANOTEHR BIT OF SHOCKING NEWS AROUND HERE YESTERDAY WAS... WATER WILL RUN DOWNHILL-- TANNER HAD A GREAT PIPE SYSTEM GOING SO PEOPLE SCOOTER KAREN?   COULD GET  TO THE DONKEY FENCE-- AND HE WAS SO PLEASED TO TELL ME  WATER RAN THRU THE PIPE REALLY WELL..-- AND YOU COULD GET TO THE FENCE.... THAT IS UNTIL WE HAD 2 INCHES OF WATER AND THE ENTIRE AREA WAS 4" UNDERWATER.-- WELL... MOST OF TEH TIME IT WILL BE FINE...  BUT 2 INCHES OF WATER OFF THAT ARENA IS GONG TO DO WHATEVER IT WANTS TO DO- SO BETTER MAKE OTHER  PLANS ON A VERY RAINY DAY.
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ERICA ASHER
WE'RE JUST POPPING IN TO SAY THAT WE'RE ALIVE AND WELL, JUST BUSY, AND ONLY A LITTLE EXCITED TODAY THAT WE'RE DONE WITH OUR FINAL BRIEF OF 1L YEAR.  JUST SIX DAYS PLUS FOUR FINAL EXAMS TO GO AND WE'LL BE 2L LAW STUDENTS!!
ASHER HAS BEEN NO MORE THAN A FOOT AWAY FROM ME AT ALL TIMES THESE LAST COUPLE WEEKS AS I'VE BEEN WORKING AWAY ON BRIEFING OR STUDYING FOR OUR FOUR OTHER CLASSES, USUALLY TRYING TO GET COMFY ON THE HARD FLOOR OVER OUR COMFY BED IN THE NEXT ROOM. POOR GUY PROBABLY THINKS I HAVE SEASONAL DEPRESSION - OTHER THAN CLASSES, WE HAVEN'T BEEN GETTING OUT MUCH! BUT ASHER IS, AS ALWAYS, WONDERFUL COMPANY AND THE BEST LOVE BUG WHEN I NEED A SNUGGLE BREAK.
WE HAVE A FUN EVENING PLANNED TOMORROW - WE'RE HEADED TO PROVIDENCE TO LEND A PAW TO THE JWU PLAYERS AT MY ALMA MATER... MORE ON THAT LATER, BUT LET'S HOPE ASHER LIKES THE STAGE!  

WE'LL BE STAYING BURIED IN BOOKS MOST OF THE TIME BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 11TH, BUT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO FIND A FEW FUN THINGS TO SCATTER AMONG THE STUDYING!