Monday, March 2, 2015

SLEDDING WITH PURINA BAGS- WAS A HUGE SUCCESS YESTERDAY- MARK GOT SOME GREEAT PICTURES, NOW ON SHUTTERFLY..( PHOTOS.. OFF OUR WEB)
AND THERE IS A VIDEO

 IT WAS PRETTY FUNNY-- I HAVE SENT IT TO PURINA-- THE PHOTO CONTAINS DOGS KIDS MEN WOMEN VETERANS AND  PEOPLE WITH HANDICAPS
sledding.JPG( STILL TRYING TO USE PHOTOS....)
AND THOSE BAGS LASTED AND ARE STILL USEABLE.. AS SLEDS...
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MORE IMPORTANT .. ANOTHER SELL OUT OF BRICKS... AND WE DID NOT RIG IT.. REALLY... BUT  THE CLEAR  WINNER WAS SCOOTER KAREN,,  WITH ALSO SMUDGED TINA, ROSE, SHARON AND RIGBY.
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 THEN THERE IS THE ARRIVAL OF SCARLOTT-- TO HER COUCH COMPLETE WITH A 
GONE WITH THE WIND " THROW" RUG...
  BETSY STAYED OVERNIGHT WITH HER TO SETTLE HER-- EVEN GOT SOME SLEEP
BETSY BROUGHT HER BED FROM HOME-- WHICH YOU SEE ON CAMERA... APPARENTLY THE BIGGEST LLBEAN HAS...
LARGE CHANCE IT WILL BE DEMOLISHED IN THE BIRTHING PROICESS...  THAT IS OK.. BETSY SAID IT IS FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
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W//R/T THE SHAT UPON---- THE "ALSO SMUDGED"   WHO GET A CERTIFICATE FOR FRAMING.... BUT NOT THE "WINNING PRIZE"  IT STRIKES ME THAQ THERE ARE SO MANY OF YOU  WHO ARE SUPPORTING MEMBERS THAT WE REALLY SHOULD PROVIDE YOU WITH  "SUPPORTING MEMBERS OF THE SHATUPON SOCIETY".. IT IS TO THAT END THAT I HAVE... HOPEFULLY  PRODUCED A LIST OF DEC JAN AND FEB "SUPPORTERS"   AND TODAY I WILL TRY AND FIGURE OUT HOW / WHEN TO GET THE  CARD CARRYING MEMBERS  ENVELOPES ADDRESSES ETC...

DEBATE -- DO WE GET VOLUNTEERS TO ADDRESS TEHEM-- OR DO WE TRY AND PERSUADE THE PRINTER TO DO LABELS???? I HAVE ORDERED 2 KINDS OF ENVELOPES-- TO TRY THEM AT THE POST OFFICE--  WE HAVE A VOLUNTEER WHO HAS OFFERED TO PAY THE POSTAGE ( ANON) FOR THIS   " MAILING"..
 
THIS IS FOR WHEN WE ALL SIT AROUND ANALYZING  SCARLOTT'S EVERY PHART... IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE SAT AROUND " I THINK I SAW HER TAIL GO UP  .. WAS THAT A CONTRACTION?  ... IS ANYTHING COMING OUT?"  
I HOPE THE  NEWCOMMERS ARE READY FOR ALL THIS..

AND REMEMBER  -- ANY STILLBORNS ARE CAUSED BY MOTHER NATURE, NOT THE FACT THAT WE WERE USING CELL PHONES IN THE ROOM.... WITHOUT WASHING THEM..!!!

I AM GOING TO TRY AND GET TO BELLA'S SCHOOL  TODAY  BY 11:30

OTHER THAN THAT......

Sunday, March 1, 2015

MARCH 1 2015

ANOTHER SELL OUT  SHATUPON  SUNDAY--

WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT -- AND IT MAKES FOR EASIER PLANNING OF PUPPIES..
. LET ME REPHRASE THAT----  IT MAKES FOR POSSIBLE PLANNING OF PUPS

I AM SURE MOST OF YOU HAVE SEEN ONE OF THE MANY NEWS SHOTS OF BELLA AND GEORGE...
IF WE HAD ONLY ONE OF THOSE A YEAR , WOUL D IT NOT BE WORTH THE EFFORT?..
AND WE HAD 20 ISH IN 2014..   WE ARE MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN MANY LIVES, 
AND THERE ARE MANY VOLUNTEERS AROUND HERE WHO ARE PROUD OF THEIR WEIGHT LOSS...  
 UNFORTUNATELY   I AM NOT ONE OF THEM.

I AM MORE OF THE "A SUCCESSFUL DIET IS ONE WHERE YOU DO NOT GAIN WEIGHT"

BCK TO SCARLOTT'S ARRIVAL...
TO THAT END THIS WILL BE FURNATURE MOVING SUNDAY-- 
SMACKS OPF A BUSY DAY.. AND ...

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THO IT AIN'T MUCH, WE DO HAVE ENOUGH SNOW ON THE FORECAST TO MAKE FOR SLIPPERY EVENING TRAVEL..
3 TO 5 INCHES..
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I CAN NOT BELIEVE TH E ROOF HAS NOT SPLIT IN 1/2 ON MANY HOMES AROUND..
. FOR ALL YOU SOUTHERNERS, MOST HOUSES HERE HAVE THE LAST 18 INCHES OF ROOF  A WAD OF ICE 
MAYBE 6-8 INCHES THICK...  WITH VARYING INDIVIDUAL DESIGNS... IN OUR CASE MY AIR CONDITIONER IS TOTALLY INVISABLE FOR THE 
STALAGMITES AND STALAGTITES (  ANOTHER BINARY THING I NEVER WILL KEEP STRAIGHT...

WE DID SEE A 18 INCH "POST" OF ICE FROM GROUND TO  ROOF ON A TOWN BUILDING.. 
YOU FOLK FROM OUT OF NEW ENGLAND JUST DON'T REALIZE.
WHEN IR MELTS----- OH BOYS..NEW MEANING TO "MELTDOWN."..
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BIGGEST EXCITEMENT IS THE DISCOVERY THAT THE SEMI WAXED/PLASTICIZED DOG FOOD BAGS ARE PERFECT SLEDS...
SO I WANT TO COLLECT A BUNCH AND HAVE ANY KIDS HERE THIS AFTERNOON ( WHEN  MARK IS HERE) GO SLIDING
I THINK PURINA WOULD LOVE  THAT SHOT...
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 TEH PAINT FROM HOME DEPOT IS FIRST CLASS PAINT--- APPARENTLYU   ALOT OF OOPS COMES FROM PEOPLE NOT COMING BACK TO PICK IT UP, SO TEH COLORS I HAE SEEN SO FAR ARE VERY RESPECTABLE.... AND IF THOSE 5 GAL BUCKETS OF STAIN ARE DARK BROWN, IT WILL B ONE MORE OFO THOSE  "GOLDIE"  ( GHOST OF TEH LEFT HAND DRAWER) EPISODES...   THE HOUSE NEEDS PAINTING/STAINING  -- AT THE RATE VERY PEQUILIAR THIGS HAPPEN AROUND HERE-- TOSE 15 GALLONS  JUST MIGHT BE WHAT WE NEED... IT IS IN SHRINK WRAP-- PLUS ALOT IS LATEX - NEEDS TO BE KEPT OUT OF "FREEEZING"  SO THE MANAGER OFFERED TO PUT IT UP HIG H WITH A FORK LIFT.. TIL WE ARE READY...  BUT IT IS A PALLET FULL

AS FOR THE GOLDIE EPISODES... FOR THE NEWCOMMERS...   I HAD A DREADFUL STENCH  START VERY ABRUPTLY IN MY DESK DRAWER-- WHICH  IN SPITE OF SCRUBBING WITH EVERYTHING FROM SOAP TO ANNESETTE IT WAS AWFUL-- THEN  ONE DAY.. IT WAS GONE .. NEVER TO REAP[PEAR... YET.
COUPLED WITH THAT IS THE FACT THAT SO MANY TIMES  WHAT WE NEED/WISH FOR JUST APPEARS  TOTALLY OUT OF NO WHERE...SOMEONE COULD KEEP A LIST.
SNEAKERS-- MY SIZE BRAND NEW  IN THE BOX  THE SAME DAY I COULD NO LONGER FIND A RIGHT AND LEFT OF THE SAME DESIGN.. 

 THERE HAE BEEN DOZENS... THE MOST SPECTACULAR  WAS THE DAY I WAS PLANNING FOR A GROUP OF KIDS TO BE HERE AND I ASKED EVERYONE TO FIND MARY'S OLD SMALL FRY PAN THAT WE LET KIDS USE TO FEED THE DONKEYS...  
THEY COULD NOT FIND IT... THEN IN MAIL CALL THAT NIGHT I OPENED A BOX THAT HAD 2 OF THE EXACT FRY PANS.. IN PURPLE !!
THEY HAVE TOI HAVE BEEN MAILED BEFORE I EVEN  KNEW THE KIDS WERE COMING..

I HAVE NEVER HAD ANYONE -- BEFORE OR SINCE-- SEND ME FRY PANS..  IT IS NOT A COMMONE  GIFTED ITEM..--
WHY THAT DAY?

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY...  AND THE PALLET  CONTAINING THOSE 5 GAL PAILS OF STAIN-- COULD BE JUST ONE MORE
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I THOUGHT MAYBE TODAY WE WOULD BE OVER THE HUMP[ OF  AWFUL TEMP....
 BUT NO... GET OUT THE HAIRDRYER AND THAW OUT THE  PIPES TO GET SOME COFFEE..
IT HAS BECOME ROUTINE--
I AM NOT SURE EXACTLY WHERE --
 BUT IF ICE FLOATS ON WATER... WOULD THE ICE BLOCK BE TOWARD THE TOP OIF A VERTICAL  PIPE?

IT TAKES LESS THAN 5 MIN OF HAIR BLOWER TO UNDO IT...

THAT IS WHY THE DOOR UNDER THE SINK IS OPEN....-- YOU CAMERA PEOPLE COULD REMIND OVERNIGHTERS TO LEE\AVE THAT OPEN.

DOESN'T THAT MAKE SENSE.?. A PHONE CALL FROM NORWAY  TELLING PAM TO LEAVE THE SINK DOOR OPEN
BUT IT DOES MAKE SENSE-- THAT IS WHY THIS IS CRAZY ACRES...

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Just wanted to let you know Zena is doing ok. She is restless, and keeps looking for Megan. She ate a big bowl of food, but still hasn't done her business. She keeps going to the front door, and I take her out, but she just looks around. I thought taking her for a walk with Savvy would get her to go, but it didn't. I will try again in about half an hour. She is sticking close to me, In fact, I can't move without tripping on her. She should settle down in a couple of days. Thank you again for such a beautiful dog. Etta

I REPLIED -- GET USED TO TRIPPING.. DANES ARE LIKE THAT...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

feb 28 2015-- really
 bricks sold out ...  big words in our lives...  
thanks to everyone--it make planning new litters so much easier

and we better get on the ticket... 
feb does not have a 29  so tomorrow is a shatting day
 and scarlott really ought  to be moving in.

zena is moving out.... going with megan to florida..  nice dog
 i hope megan gives them the lecture....

 at first.....let them come to you
don't use your muscles to control them
danes are  not trained, they are educated...
 
and if megan comes thru the door to go to the airport  without my daughter  as driver. ... i will be hittin g the send button and will have to drive  her myself..  curlers and  all...

i have heard rumors that "everything is under control...  but there was a party last night at janine's -- for megan's birthday-- and one can never be sure.....
ok.. megan has come and gone  5am  for a 7:30 flight and janine is up drinking coffee-- so i guess they are fine...
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bella's news article went round.. last i heard it was in ohio-- nice article-- now if we could just figure out what george has against staying  in the cafeteria for lunch..... he is doing exactly what peggity did about going into a ladies room--   she bolted out the door several timea a nd quickly lay down ... clearly telling her owner "i'll just wait  out here"  so finally   that is what her owner did...  they came to an agreement.

 george is not disobedient... he is telling us something about the cafteteria bothers him-- could be someone stepped on his tail  too often-- or the roof is about to collapse... he always said it was not his favorite place... but he could put up with it. to hasve bolted twice for the nurse's station and lay down  as if he was waiting for bella to finish... he is saying something.. we may have to  insist.. but at least we should try and figure out his objections...
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the container is landed 
clutter will accumu;ate to fill available space....
i have not seen it yet, but last night during mail call, sheila delivered 25 rugs-- donated by home depot
there is something about  a sample sticker glued to the middle--  that  would never stop us from using them... apparently the stack is about 48" high- covering the back half  of the container..
i am pleased that it is sooooo cold-- because if there are any creepy crawlies, i think they die by freezing-- at least i am told bed bugs do..
home depot also told us they have a pallet of oops  paint-- sheila say it but could not cope last night-- i wll go look today-- she said somethign about  5 gal pails of stain.... well-- this house could use stain... i wonder what color it is.... a purple house woudl  be a bit much, but a nice dark brown....... all the other buildings are latex paint.... and then there is the container itself  which would need oil based... 
and latex can't be frozen-- so i don't know where to keep a pallet of paint  until we can use it..

here we go.. i wonder what fate has planned for the container..  the "steel grey"  has to go..  perfect timing for someone to donate paint... 
mine is not to question why....
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now about the gloves situation  -- i don't think i went into this before..

  i needed gloves for handling wood with splinters-- so i went and bought a pair-- and did wear them- once--
next splintery project .. i needed to wear gloves--couldnt remember having bought the first pair- only that i  needed golves--  so i ordered a package of those leather/canvas working gloves- 12 to a package- and i wore a pair... once...
it was a cold fall-- i needed a pair of gloves-  thought i had some- but  not sure ---couldnt find any-- so i ordered some from farmtek-- couple packages witht he rubber dots for traction... and i wore a pair...
by now you can tell where this is going--  
when this last snow started--- i knew i had golves somewhere- but i had none when i needed to plow..
so i took a pair that were lying on theresas desk-- a blue fluffy pair-- and left them in the tractor behind the seat... so as long as i was driving the tractor, i had gloves... the rest of teh time.. no one had  gloves-- and i kept saying "there should be a box of hats and gloves by the front door so people could grab some..."
finally-- someone said " there is a box by the front door"   ..... outside..
and there was-- a huge box-- ? an easy bushel?? - under a drip and frozen solid-- dozens of hats and gloves totally unuseable in their current condition...
so my  "order".. last summer  about "put theses in a box by the front door" was heeded...  but the true3 message was not conveyed...  this concept is a huge probl;em around here..

we so carefully teach the dogs to "wait"  and "think"  with the can of dog food and the spoon...  how do you do it with people???

so  now we have a soggy mess on the fireplace --drying out--  the fact that they got wet was mary's fault...  she tried to get in the front door one day-- all 750 pounds of her- and in the process. pulled the porch away from  being attached to the  house...  consequently anyting on the front porch got dripped on,  until it was covered with a brown tarp- so we coudld not see what was there... hence the lost gloves...
what did  we learn?  probably nothing.. so we bash on...

Friday, February 27, 2015

FEB 28 2015
thank you all for telling  me jeffco is now crawford-- and thy have thoise file jackets with frosted fronts...--- they are terriffic- and hardy !! when i go speak and carry one  like a mini briefcase, i look so damn efficient it is amazing...

my basic problem in any office is, i design a perfect system, then forget the details-- happens all the time...a lifetime problem-- based on my inability to solve any binary problem-- right ,left  up down  clockwise or colunter clockwase,  gets into  red file green file, PAID , UNPAID  ... SENT , NOT SENT -> ~
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camera shot on puppy hill  got  moved to 1:30--  which fits.  
that makes container shopping this morning, bella's school for lunch- and sitting in my nice warm car watching they shoot a calendar shot of 3 dogs on a toboggan -- on puppy hill at 1:30
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george had a HS( holy shlt) moment in the cafeteria yesterday-- and no one know s why-- i wondered if they were shoveling the roof... something panic'd him in the cafeteria...- and then did a nice interview for the boston tv station...     http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/28214225/girl-with-rare-disease-has-a-four-legged-best-friend-in-her-service-dog
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MUST  DO TODAY-- GET SCARLOTT'S BIRTHIN G ROOM READY-- SHE SHOULD COME HERE SUNDAY-- BETSY WILL SLEEP OVER WITH HER THAT NIGHT-- BUT THERE ARE DETAILS-- LIKE WANDA-- AND CHAOS ETC...  WHO GETS PENNED IN WHERE... AND WHEN??/
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THANK HEAVENS-- SOME CUT AND PASTE  TO BAIL ME OUT...
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Hello Carlene and Megan, 
 Things are going very well with Kiara. It took her a few days to really feel at ease around the house, but her p & v personality is back with a vengeance. She and the other two dogs are getting along well, although when they really get playing, things go much better when they are in pairs, so we do twosies outside for the most part. The stairs were to intimidating on day one, but with the help of a spoon and a can of dog food, she was able to make her way to the top on day two. We still have challenges with loading up in the back of the jeep, and getting her to stay in her bed (and out of mine) for the night. We are going to get a new bed today, in the hopes that she will find it more appealing.
 As I had mentioned earlier, I have to travel to DC next week, so she will be at the farm. She and I will be in for my Saturday morning shift, and then back on Sunday for the volunteer meeting. I'll leave her there Sunday, since my flight is early on Monday. I don't get back until Friday night, so I will just plan to pick her up when I am there Saturday. I do have another business trip in March, the week of the 17th. I'll update you with times when I have it nailed down. 
 Thanks so much for letting us bring her home! The whole family is really enjoying her, although I do get the "Have you totally lost your mind?" look from the other dogs once in awhile. I have been posting a few pictures on Facebook, so that her many fans can keep up with her. I hope that someone is able to post them on Discus for the CPs that don't Facebook. I attached a couple of picts here as well. 
Thanks again, and we'll see you Saturday. 
Joyce 

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Hi Carlene,
I hope you are staying warm by the fireplace this winter.  Bob and I will never forget our Lock down experience with you all... Reflection..
As much snow as you have gotten this year you had ice last year. Our first day out together... Megan comes to the cabin door and said " are you ready its a little icy". "No problem I stated." We go down the steps very carefully then all of the sudden I slip and fall to have Megan standing there clapping saying oh this is good! I looked at her confused she proceeds to say this is why we have Khaki. ( to my self I'm thinking but I don't want him to hurt himself.). I'm trying to get up and Megan starts to slide trying to help me. By this time we are both laughing so hard. Mean while Khaki is standing there looking at us both, I could only imagine what he was thinking. Megan then said this isn't going to work I have an idea. She slides to her van and gathers comforters to throw on the walk way and driveway so we can have some grip. That worked great! (So to answer someones question about the comforters... YES! They can be used for a lot of things.) Sitting here writing this I'm laughing because right when we where getting into the van I see you getting into the golf cart I just happened to be looking at Megan while she saying OOOO NOo..... She yells BE-CAREFUL towards you... its icy! you fire up your golf cart and go behind the back of your house to go down the hill that is not the "steepest." As I looked at Megan I said (not knowing you very well) she does know to pump the brakes right? Megan looks over to me and said what brakes! All of the sudden we hear...Wahoo!  Its you sliding sideways down the driveway with 4 pink curlers on top of your head! The cart comes to a stop and without skipping a beat you said well that was exciting! I need to go check on the barn, we need sand... on my list to do! 
My heart continues to fill with warmth, laughter, and love when I look into the eyes of my greatest supporter for the reflection I see in him is...SDP.

Marsha/Khaki.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

feb 26 2015
i do not know what this computer is doing with thi s email-- spacing is crazy-- sorry

i wish i had bella's mom's email address to suggest bella have a hand towel strapped to george's harness..apparently yesterday in the hospital he had a diarrhea which was no real problem in the hosp[ital but if he did that in school they might pull a fire alarm or something... if she had 
a towel she could cover it up which always helps immensely. gives you a chance to get out the cardboards.

it does not hqappen often, but it does happen. my personal preference is .. in a costco situation is to move my shopping cart over the mess .. and then clean it up. for the newcommers.... megan and i have both found out that if a male is peeing, it does not help to grab the thing-- it just squirts out anyway.. megan's episode of that was costco-- mine was sam's when i was working a dog from an electric scooter-- so it was eye level-- and it seemed a good idea just to grab it and plug it up.. did not work.....
hey-- this is supplsed to be an educational episode.
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shiela has arrived home-- ( thankfully she still referrs to this area as home) after sliding
 arounf north carolina for hours- they made it...
 probably needs some sleep.. but i /we need to get on the container problem.
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 since i heard from purina that they are donating a 2 month supply which will be 7 pallets
 of dry and 1 pallet of canned.- from their emaiol it sounded like next week-- 

7 pallets-- is a whole new ballgame-- they will fit in a 20 foot cantAINEWR but i had considered a 40 foot.
. ti li realized to unload a 40 foor you need 100 foot for the truck to unload-- 
with this snow, we ain't got no 100 feet nohow...in any direction...
 so don't bother offering suggestion s as to where to put it-- the onnly place is next to the ambulance-
-- probably crooked so tehy can get a clearance up the driveway to unload...
 there is a $100 delivery fee-- so my guess .. if we find no toher way, we can get them to come back for $100 
 in the spring and move it...
because this purina project will save us thousands of $$ i think we shojuld go for the best container 
we can afford... that is where sheila comes in... she knows the owner "don"
and because we will have to stack them side by side, we may need one of those pallet slider things...
and the pallet of cans will have to go in the heated barn area for the moment so the cans don't freeze???


luckily the tractor can handle pallets.
and i like the proplan anyway... i used to feed it -- back in the days of animal episodes.. --- i fed so much that i got 5 bose radios from clipping weight circles...
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today -- a meeting about the 2016 calendar.... i remember last year at this time -- thinking we were nuts to start so soon, but we just made it in th elong run... there is alot of details.. and creativity and inspiration does not appear on schedule.. we have some good ideas... someone sent us 4 pages -- some are workable aand we wil talk to william about it... one is comical; " have bentley and walter hold a banner...." and who would mop up all the blood from the fight?? ..to even pull off a photoshop would involve them being closer than practical.. the hatred is great !
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had an email from my daughter who moved to n.c. to get away from the winter weather-- she is 100% snowed in for the second day.... i hope tha tis not another storm moving north to us...
some has melted but you still can not see around corners when driving-- even in a higher than normal truck...
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the only other large news is pam was up alot last night worrying about footsteps crunching in the snow... whatever it is , it left semi large footprints very close to the house..
like our friendly hawk.... who can no lo9nger "shop" foir varmits in the forest , and is living on about one chicken per day--- --our collection of guinnea hens is down to 2..

making me wonder about ordering chickens -- if you are snowed in and have nothing else to do-- try stromberg's chickens-- great catalog -- it is how you order 25 baby chickens which arrive at your post office-- and if anyone want s to do that and give us the adult birds after you go thru the 90 degrees for baby chicks episode.. we will take them.. we are going to need them-- matt... our friendly animal control officer reminded me hawks are federally protected..wonder if i can get a grant to feed them??
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Hi All at SDP,
This is Ruckus!!! My birthday was yesterday & I want to wish my brothers & sisters (Pimentos) Happy Birthday! Also, Happy Birthday Megan!! For our birthday gift I ask (if you can)please buy a Chicken Brick in our names. Thank you! Ok now for an update. Today, I went to school with Mom & played with 3 kindergarten students. Mom introduced me & explained what a service dog does. I was very interested in these little people but I looked around from my down stay position. The students were calm & respectful. Mom was very proud of them for following a couple of rules. Mom said I was Terrific!! Mom & I have a special "thank you" time when we get home. I get treats, lots of praise & love. Friday I will be going to Middle School. Mom seems very excited about that. Attached are some pictures from today's outing & notice a picture of SDP. I'm lovin my new home but miss all my SDP friends. Im learning my Mom's motto "life is good". Love you all Ruckus & Carolyn

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

feb 25 2015
today we must clear out of the house all the opinionated females and get ready for scarlott's arrival ... wanda has got to go somewhere..
we can try kennel 10 with riot... today-- the other option is the back deck-- but htat is not on camera.  maybe a crate in the house  for when scarlott wants to move around....-- otherwise teh tv room is scarlotts and she must feel secure there.  -- and she must have her family come to visit every day as they travel around... stop i n-- quick pat and a cookie... here is a photo ( maybe if it works)   we saved money on the ultrasound.... if she is not pregnant she has a huge problem...- and remember an ultrasound has never been correct for the numbers.. paula can play with our ultrasound ( if george says ok).

so in the main house we will have bailey  and probably ethyl---  then the deck bentley,chaos ( unless earlene can take her) opal( sheila will be around to  entertain her) &mariah---

THIS IS THE LATEST PHOTO THAT BETSY POSTED
SHE'S DEFINITELY BIGGER THAN LATE LAST WEEK!  bulging scarlott  ?i t did n't copy????

  1 Attached Images???????
slow day.. compared to some of the last couple  we could use it.
i keep saying i will clean this place up in the winter..

well it is winter and the mess still accumulates-- the overflow is flowing--
it is the kind of problem where i need a herd of scouts to perform the "carlene cleanout"
where i stand and take stuff item by item and hand it to a kid "here this goes in the shop"
and kid #2" this goes in the guest house"  kid #3 ... this to the ttent"....ad infinitum..
because just sitting here at my desk, there are more fetch and carry problems
 than i could possibloy handle in a week. -  i have tried teh bucket routine-- with those great white buckets
and leave fill them with stuff that has wandered into the house and needs to "go back there"  wherever there is..

i hope everyone is praying for  purina to come thru-- do  not any one contact them--
but it means we must get a container here in prep...  for 2 months of food--

in prep i have you tubed " how do they make theose containers"
  and  there are 2 films on "how to go buy a container"
sheila is enroute to climb around containers in the deep snow along about friday.. last known  location she was sliding around in the carolinas with people who had never drivern on ice..
general consensus is that  spending a few extra bucks makes sense to get a good one..
i have some feel for that becuase it could end up a big rusting hulk that costs $7000 to get rid of.

 the caboose was nearly that... until some guy came along who collected them
and there are not many caboose collectors in the whole usa.
i bet there are not any who collect leaking containers...
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 i will clean house
i will clean house 
i will clean house

and i am told the camera is out-- so you can not watch me
and i am told... by tim.. we have another portable camera s\alreadyt shipped to be ready fot teh birth

i can remkember how nervouse i was about filming the first  whelping.. i
 was so afraid the first pup  would be stillborn--- those things can happen...
 but the entire camera bunch has become educated viewers..
i expect you all to keep newcommers informed...
it is real time
whatever happens -- happens

remember the person who told us we had one stillborn because we were using cell phones in the room.
Tim( explore tech) came back with "that is because you did not wash them first"

so get everyone prepared....
 earlene has washed her birthing sweater...
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Wonderful article involving Renee and Sir Thomas !!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

feb 24 2015
best news of the day?  the water is not frozen-- but i don't think i have ever had such cold water out of the faucets...-- it is more like italian ice... 
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...i have read up on why the hot water freezes first, and did not understand a word.-i feel very sorry for people who have to work 8 hours in this temp for minimum wage-- i would set congress out in it in a heartbeat...- bet they'd raise the minimum wage then.. i have always known i am dependent on the man who collects our trash-- i feel like today i should  run along behind the truck and give him some hot coffee... immagine jumping up on the truck-- holding on with one hand while the truck moves to the next house creating a worse wind chill in the breeze.  awful !!
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and then there is the sidewalk problem-- some kid just got hit trying to get home from school...   there are no sidewalks in alot of places... i heard some mayor say they tried to clear sidewalks of the places where  kids walked home from  school-- apparently they missed one
what is the big hang up about 180 school days anyway..  time to decide a few computer  days would be better...  as a matter of fact... didn't some harvard student prepare an entire curriculum on disks?kindergarden  thru 12th grade..
time to make use of that...
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 i think sheila is driving north  - 5 dogs in her RV- eithre starting or arriving tomorrow.  that is a worry - when a simple flat tire could be life threatening.
 they say it will warm up tomorrow-- to 17 degrees...  whoopie....

and   traci adams is arriving tomorrow night- she will be a great help to  gracie
 who is doing overtime-- big time--  being a nurse , grace sleeps whenever possible for however long-  you learn that when you go to med school- i swear my husband  could sleep leaning against a wall.,  and if he had an early plane to catch he would guarentee to be up at 3am  without an alarm--it took me years to figure out how he did it...he adjusted his waking by the time and amount of water he drank before going to bed... it worked.
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so back to the water topic.... i heard on the news how someone in Britain has discovered the fluoridation of water may help tooth decay but also contributes to obesity..  I KNEW THERE WAS A REASON !!!---- for you  newcommers, i am from newburgh new york which was teh test case for flouride in the water-- i spent my grade school years chewing on wax and spitting in little bottles-- when kingston new york was the control city...i had too much  spitting and not enough spelling --  and now i eat too much... 70 years later they tell me !!  it is not the cereal and whipped cream... it is the flouride in the water...
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yesterday with great effort  anne got my  annenberg year end report cleaned up and we sent it. -----in one paper alone i had spelled bentley 6 different ways...anne fixed that    ---.so it went...3 documents attached to an email...   with hopes...

then  with mark's camera help, she and i sent off a quick email to  the purina person with the photo of wanda and purple balloon with bentley.. let me try and past it here...
best news of the day?  the water is not frozen-- but i don't think i have ever had such cold water out of the faucets...-- it is more like italian ice... 
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...i have read up on why the hot water freezes first, and did not understand a word.-i feel very sorry for people who have to work 8 hours in this temp for minimum wage-- i would set congress out in it in a heartbeat...- bet they'd raise the minimum wage then.. i have always known i am dependent on the man who collects our trash-- i feel like today i should  run along behind the truck and give him some hot coffee... immagine jumping up on the truck-- holding on with one hand while the truck moves to the next house creating a worse wind chill in the breeze.  awful !!
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and then there is the sidewalk problem-- some kid just got hit trying to get home from school...   there are no sidewalks in alot of places... i heard some mayor say they tried to clear sidewalks of the places where  kids walked home from  school-- apparently they missed one
what is the big hang up about 180 school days anyway..  time to decide a few computer  days would be better...  as a matter of fact... didn't some harvard student prepare an entire curriculum on disks?kindergarden  thru 12th grade..
time to make use of that...
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 i think sheila is driving north  - 5 dogs in her RV- eithre starting or arriving tomorrow.  that is a worry - when a simple flat tire could be life threatening.
 they say it will warm up tomorrow-- to 17 degrees...  whoopie....

and   traci adams is arriving tomorrow night- she will be a great help to  gracie
 who is doing overtime-- big time--  being a nurse , grace sleeps whenever possible for however long-  you learn that when you go to med school- i swear my husband  could sleep leaning against a wall.,  and if he had an early plane to catch he would guarentee to be up at 3am  without an alarm--it took me years to figure out how he did it...he adjusted his waking by the time and amount of water he drank before going to bed... it worked.
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so back to the water topic.... i heard on the news how someone in Britain has discovered the fluoridation of water may help tooth decay but also contributes to obesity..  I KNEW THERE WAS A REASON !!!---- for you  newcommers, i am from newburgh new york which was teh test case for flouride in the water-- i spent my grade school years chewing on wax and spitting in little bottles-- when kingston new york was the control city...i had too much  spitting and not enough spelling --  and now i eat too much... 70 years later they tell me !!  it is not the cereal and whipped cream... it is the flouride in the water...
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yesterday with great effort  anne got my  annenberg year end report cleaned up and we sent it. -----in one paper alone i had spelled bentley 6 different ways...anne fixed that    ---.so it went...3 documents attached to an email...   with hopes...

then  with mark's camera help, she and i sent off a quick email to  the purina person with the photo of wanda and purple balloon with bentley.. let me try and past it here...
wanda 6 copy.jpg
 did it work??  are we entering a new phase of my  tech capabilities-- a photo i the daily doggie???

the purple balloon served 2 purposes.. finding her in the deep snow-- and deflecting the hawk-- which has been eating one chicken a day...-- 

my tech capabilities are not of my own making... i got 2  text messages yesterday on my phone-- one from megan- sent yesterday and one from earlene saying she was coming to pick up chaos-- and that was 3 days ago.
and this is the phone i carefully carry with me when plowing so i can call for help if i get stuck????? 
i know it has stopped talking to my car...
megan thinks i should buy another -- simpler one-- maybe with a rotary dial...
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the chickens - by the way-- are starting to lay-- big time-- so spring is here-
it is amazing-- mother nature gets them fired up for spring .. they're layin' eggs now just like they used to-- it has to do with teh legnth of day-- i don't know how that is working when the snow is so high around their coop that they can's see the light of day
but mommy nature wins over jack frost...
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HI CARLENE,
 
BEFORE ARRIVING HOME YESTERDAY WITH CHAOS, WE TOOK HER FOR A 30 MINUTE WALK OUTSIDE OUR LOCAL MALL.  WE WERE STOPPED BY TWO PEOPLE IN CARS; ONE ASKED IF HE COULD TAKE HER PICTURE BECAUSE SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL (OF COURSE, I ALREADY KNEW THAT).  THE OTHER CAR WANTED THEIR 3 YEAR OLD SON SEE A DALMATION UP CLOSE.  WHEN I TOLD HIM SHE WAS A GREAT DANE, HE SAID HE KNEW THAT BUT DIDN'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT HIS SON WHO LOVES DALMATIONS.
 
WE TOOK HER FOR A GOOD 30 MINUTE TROT AROUND THE MALL AGAIN THIS MORNING.  AT THIS TIME, SHE IS VERY CONTENTED SLEEPING ON THE SOFA.
 
EARLENE
 did it work??  are we entering a new phase of my  tech capabilities-- a photo i the daily doggie???

the purple balloon served 2 purposes.. finding her in the deep snow-- and deflecting the hawk-- which has been eating one chicken a day...-- 

my tech capabilities are not of my own making... i got 2  text messages yesterday on my phone-- one from megan- sent yesterday and one from earlene saying she was coming to pick up chaos-- and that was 3 days ago.
and this is the phone i carefully carry with me when plowing so i can call for help if i get stuck????? 
i know it has stopped talking to my car...
megan thinks i should buy another -- simpler one-- maybe with a rotary dial...
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the chickens - by the way-- are starting to lay-- big time-- so spring is here-
it is amazing-- mother nature gets them fired up for spring .. they're layin' eggs now just like they used to-- it has to do with teh legnth of day-- i don't know how that is working when the snow is so high around their coop that they can's see the light of day
but mommy nature wins over jack frost...
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HI CARLENE,
BEFORE ARRIVING HOME YESTERDAY WITH CHAOS, WE TOOK HER FOR A 30 MINUTE WALK OUTSIDE OUR LOCAL MALL.  WE WERE STOPPED BY TWO PEOPLE IN CARS; ONE ASKED IF HE COULD TAKE HER PICTURE BECAUSE SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL (OF COURSE, I ALREADY KNEW THAT).  THE OTHER CAR WANTED THEIR 3 YEAR OLD SON SEE A DALMATION UP CLOSE.  WHEN I TOLD HIM SHE WAS A GREAT DANE, HE SAID HE KNEW THAT BUT DIDN'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT HIS SON WHO LOVES DALMATIONS.
WE TOOK HER FOR A GOOD 30 MINUTE TROT AROUND THE MALL AGAIN THIS MORNING.  AT THIS TIME, SHE IS VERY CONTENTED SLEEPING ON THE SOFA.
EARLENE