Saturday, April 30, 2016

APRIL 30 2016
THIS IS THE WORST KIND OF A SHATTING MONTH... WHEN THE FIRST SUNDAYOF THE MONTH  IS TEH FIRST OF THE MONTH..  IT IS LIKE THE MONTH IS 7 DAYS SHORTER THAT WE ARE USED TO..
WE DID HAVE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE BUY BRICKS YESTERDAY  SO WE ARE ALMOST THERE..MAYBE ON A MONTH LIKE THIS , I SHOULD WARN EVERYONE AND HAVE YOU REALLY WORK ON "ONE MORE VIEWER" ... WHO WOULD HOPEFULLY BUY ONE BRICK !! 

PIXIE AND RUBY WERE SPAYED YESTERDAY.. APPARENTLY WE ARE TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL WITH RUBY-- THE DOCTOR SAID SHE HAD "ALOT OF LITTLE BLEEDERS" SO NOT OT LET HER RUN AROUND TOO SOON...
THESE ARE A LOVELY BUNCH OF PUPPIES !!  MAYBE  A FEW ARE A LITTLE TALLER THAN I HAD PLANNED  ... BUT NOT BAD STILL HEAVY BONED.....  I THINK TONY AND GROMMET ARE SHORTER SO MAYBE WE AN WORK THEM INTO THE LINEUP.

SITTING ON THE FLOOR IN THE VETS OFFICE WHILE THESE PUPS COME OUT OF ANESTHESIA IS INTERESTING..  REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYONE TELLS YOU,  HEAT RISES AND  THE FLOOR IS COLD ! DANVERS ANIMAL HOSPITAL   HAS  A MASSIVE  SUPPLY OF  FLUFFIES AND BED SPREADS BUT EVEN SO..
I KNOW THE USUALL PROCESS IS TO PUT A DOG IN A CAGE AND SO AS THEY AWAKE THEY CAN'T FLAIL AROUND TOO FAR..-- BUT I HAD A PERFECT DOG "BROWNIE" -- WHO TEMP. WENT TO  PENNA WITH A HAPPY TAIL WHICH THEY NEEDED TO CROP. 
HE CAME BACK FROM THAT JAUNT ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED OF THE NOISE A GARBAGE CAN LID WOULD MAKE-- OR ANY METAL NOISE.. I CAN ONLY ASSUME HE WOKE UP IN A "TIN BOX"  AND NEVER UNDERSTOOD...   SO I AM UNWILLING TO TAKE THAT CHANCE AGAIN..  I /MEGAN/GRACE  SIT ONTHE FLOOR AND CATCH THIER HEADS AS THEY GET ALL CONFUSED IN THEIR ½ AWAKE STATE... IF WE DON'T , THEY REALLY BANG THEIR HEADS AROUND ON THE FLOOR ETC...  THEN AS SOON AS THEY CAN STAND  WE GET THEM IN THE CAR AND HOME TO OUR ICU  INTHE TV ROOM.... ONLY ONCE IN 30 YEARS HAVE  I HAD TO RUN BACK FOR  RE STITCHING....
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AT MAILCALL LAST NIGHT  WE GOT  A PACK OF PAPERS I DID NOT UNDERSTAND FROM LUDLOW MA...  AFTER MAIL CALL, I SPENT SOME TIME FIGURING IT OUT.. APPARENTLY THERE IS A   NONPROFITFACTS.COM-- MAYBE YOU ALL KNOW ABOUT IT-- BUT IT WAS NEW TO ME..  IT HAS TEH BASIC INFORMATION OF OUR 990 FORM WHICH IS FILED WITHTHE ATTNY GENERAL OFFICE IN MASS.--- IT IS ALL PUBLIC INFORMATION...  I DID NOT SEE THE QUESTION ABOUT  "DO YOU NOW, OR HAVE YOU EVER RUN A TANNING BOOTH"  WHICH IS ON THE 990.. BUT IT WAS THE SAME KIND OF STUFF.
A LONG LINE OF "NO'S " WHERE OUR BIGGEST EXPENSE IS PAYROLL-- THEY-- AND THE 990   ARE VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT ANY ONE PERSON MAKING MORE THT $100,000 AND OF COURSE WE HAVE NONE.. OUR PAYROLL FOR EVERYONE ON STAFF IS ABOUT $30,000 PER MONTH  THATA IS  6 FULL TIME AND ABOUT 6 PART TIME-- ALONG WITH 80 VOLUNTEERS INCLUDING ME.    IT'S WORKING....
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AGING IS NOT FOR THE MEEK... WE KNOW THAT-- IT IS BAD ENOUGH THAT GEORGE(DVM) IS  SEMI RETIRING - I FOUND OUT YESTERDAY THAT JIL-- THE NIEGHBOR WHO CUTS MY HAIR ( IN THE LIVING ROOM OR T TENT---) IS RETIRING, BUT SHE SAID SHE WOULD STILL CUT MY HAIR.
WE DISCUSSED AT GREAT LEGNTH, HER SCISSORS-- WHICH COST $400  -AND SHE RARELY HAS THEM SHARPENED BECAUSE   THAT "WEARS THEM OUT" - ITIS POSSIBLE TO PRODUCE SCISSORS THAT CUT STUFF-- I KNOW I HAVE SEVERAL  OF  THE ONES THAT CAME OUT OF MY HUSBAND'S MEDICAL PRACTICE  ARE LOVLEY, COST HUNDREDS, AND I NEVER WOULD SPEND THE HUNDREDS THEY COST...  BUT I LIKE HAVING THEM- AND I DO NOT CUT WIRE WITH  THEM...

I SUPPOSE IF YOU  HAVE  A MOTHER  OR GRANDMOTHER----SOMEONE WHO  SEEMS TO HAVE EVERYTHING..A PAIR OF SUPER SCISSORS WOULD BE ONE OF THOSE THINGS MOST PEOPLE WOULD NOT BUY FOR THEMSELVES..

MY ANTIQUE  LEVER ARM PAPER CUTTER IS ONE OF MY MORE PRIZED POSSESSIONS- IT CUTS !! AND IS GIVEN A SPECIAL PLACE UNDER EITHER THERESA'S DESK OR MINE.
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I HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE AND HAVE CHECKED WITH GEORGE....

Thought you might like to see this. This was on the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation facebook page:

Fidelco has been advised by its veterinary community that there is a potentially dangerous, and even lethal, presentation of canine influenza in the central and northern Connecticut region.
At Fidelco, we’re exercising an over-abundance of caution. All off-campus training in the community is temporarily suspended. All puppy classes are canceled this week, too.
We advise all dog owners to keep their dogs at home and in their own yards; limit exposure to other dogs; and avoid all dog parks for the next several days.
Dog owners know their dogs’ normal behaviors. They should watch for any changes that might include:
– Coughing
– Runny nose
– Weepy eye - unusual yellow to green color discharge
– Coughing up blood
– Blood in stool
If you observe any of these, please call your veterinarian immediately.

Dianne Johnson
kokomyk9


BY OUR VERY TRAINING PROCEEDURES WE LIMIT THEIR EXPOSURE TO OTHER DOGS...  BUT IT ONLY TAKES ONE...

Friday, April 29, 2016

APRIL 29 2016


ABOUT THE INFIRMARY.....I MUST ADMIT THIS BUILDING INSPECTOR IS FAR SUPERIOR TO THE LAST-- FOR YOU NEW PEOPLE...... THE LAST BUILDING INSPECTOR---  WHEN I INSISTED ON MY OWN CONTRACTOR TO PUT UP THE WHITE ARENA,---HE STUCK HIS FINGER AT ME AND SAID "YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE, YOU ARE ONLY A WOMAN"  -- THAT IS ONE THING I WILL NOT FORGET...  THERE IS STILL  GREAT DIFFICULTY IN DEALING WITH SMALL TOWN OFFICES... WHEN I ARRIVED TO PICK UP THE BUILDING PERMIT FOR THIS INFIRMARY... I WAS TOLD I COULN'T HAVE IT BECAUSE 3 THINGS WERE MISSING, AND TEH WOMAN WROTE THEM OUT ON A PIECE OF PAPER FOR ME

JEFF MASTERSON HAD TOLD ME ALL  PAPERWORK WAS IN ORDER AND ALL I HAD TO DO WAS PICK IT UP--  SO I STOOD AROUND-- AND TRIED TO CALL HIM.... BEFORE TOO LONG THEY HAD FOUND 2 OF THE 3 THINGS AND  WERE REALLY SAYING  "NOW GO AWAY AND FIND THE LAST YOURSELF..".I DID LEAVE... AND HELD MY THOUGHTS-- WHICH IS UNUSUAL FOR ME...
IT IS AN ARCHETECH'S RENDITION OF THE BUILDING THAT WAS MISSING.. I HAD DONE A GRAP PAPER DESIGN  AND IT WAS NOT APPROVED...SO I HAD TO HIRE AN ARCHETECK TO PUT MY SQUARES ON HIS PAPER..
I WANTED VERY BADLY TO SAY "?WHAT DO Y OU NEED THAT FOR, IT IS  MY BUILDING   AND WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CHANGE OUR MINDS AS WE GO ALONG?"   WHICH IS THE WAY BUILDING ANYTHING USUALLY GOES AROUND HERE..  BUT I KNEW THAT WOULD JUST  HOLD UP THE WHOLE PROCESS..  WHICH IS ALREADY 3 WEEKS BEHIND.

IF I HAD BELIEVED THAT FIRST SECRETARY  WE WOULD BE IN WORSE SHAPE..

AND THEN THERE WAS THE IPSWICH POLICE STATION...  IN THIS AREA POLICE STATIONS ARE SET UP TO ACCEPT MEDICINES/DRUGS/ AND SYRINGES--SEVERAL TOWNS I KNOW HAVE A MAILBOX ARRAINGEMENT - WE HAD 4 GALLONS OF SYRINGES TO GET RID OF- AND I WENT IN.. NO ONE AT THE COUNTER - BUT IN THE BACK WAS AN OFFICER- WHO TOLD ME TO DEPOSIT TH E SYRINGES IN TH E LITTLE HOLE - I SAID I HAD A QUANTITY-- SO HE TOLD ME TO PUT IN SOME AND COME BACK AND DO THE REST LATER.  I DECIDED TO TAKE TH TOP OFF THE SCRAP BASKET THING... AND MY HANDS JUST WOULDN'T-- SO I ASKED FOR HELP-- AND HE SAID  " NO " .

IN ONE DAY I HAD 2 PEOPLE WHO'S PAY DEPENDS ON MY TAXES.... AND THEY WERE LESS THAN HELPFUL
IT IS A GOOD THING I DON'T GO THERE OFTEN..
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AND I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE HAVING SMALL TOWN OFFICES TROUBLE... JANINE DUG A POST  HOLE  192 FEET FROM THE RIVER- AND HER NEIGHBORS  REPORTED HER-- THERE IS A 200 FOOT MARGIN ALONG THE RIVER WHERE YOU MUST NOT EVEN DISTURB THE SOIL... SO THEY SAW IT NECESSARY TO REPORT HER TO THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
NOW SHE HAS A FINE.. BECAUSE EVEN TO REPLACE THE DIRT IN THE HOLE, SHE HAS "DISTURBED THE SOIL WITHIN 200 FEET OF THE RIVER" .

HANDS UP FOR WHOEVER WANTS TO BUY A HOUSE IN THAT TOWN????(BOXFORD, MA)  

 I  IMAGINE   100% RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES WOULD BE EVEN WORSE..WHY DO PEOPLE  FIND IT NECESSARY TO  PROVE THEY  CAN HAVE CONTROL OVER ANOTHER PERSON??   I SEE IT ALL THE TIMES WITH THE DOGS... AND THEIR DOMINANCE ..--- WITH THE DOGS, IN TH E WILD, ONLY THE 2 DOMINANT IN THE PACK ARE ALLOWED TO BREED.  HOW DO I APPLY THAT TO  NEIGHBORS.
 I CANNOT SEE WHAT LOGIC WOULD APPLY TO THE OLDER COUPLE WHO APPARENTLY CAN SEE THE  DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 192 AND 200 FEET FROM 500 FEET AWAY.  --- OR MY NEIGHBORS WHO DO NOT WANT ME TO USE MY DRIVEWAY.
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CAMERA MARK DOES EXCEEDINGLY WELL TO SUCCESSFULLY  LIVE IN TH E IPSWICH COUNTRY CLUB-- THEY HAD AN EMERGENCY MEETING  TO DISCUSS THE FACT THAT SOMEONE HAD PAINTED THIER MAILBOX IN AN UNAPPROVED COLOR.. JUST THINK ME WITH MY PURPLE PAINT TRYING TO LIVE THERE...
BEFORE WE BOUGHT THIS LAND WE LOOKED AT A NICE OLDER FARM IN BOXFORD- AND WERE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING IT UNTIL I FOUND IT WAS INTHE HISTORIC DISTRICT AND  I WOULD NEED TO GET PERMISSION TO DO ANYTHING LIKE HANGING  A SHUTTER ..AND ALL PAINTING  HAD TO BE APPROVED. 
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THIS IS A TERRIBLY SHORT MONTH  WHERE SHATTING SUNDAY COMES ON THE FIRST OF THE MONTH-- SO IT WILL BE A STRUGGLE TO GET IT SOLD OUT.... I APPRECIATE EVERYONE TRYING...
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FROM MELISSA-- ROGUE IS A BALANCE/SOUND ALERT SERVICE DOG.
hi. just a quick update check in.. rogue is doing wonderful and never disappointing. she loves to follow me every where I go.  i dont have very interesting stories right now. with 4 kids we have been hanging out at home and going for walks and playing in the yard. rogue is alway well behaved every where.. she has matured and not so responsive to other service dogs we encounter but she does not like other dogs or strangers near me or the kids.. she adores the kids! 

Rogue really loves to work and is always ready to do what is asked. She is better about alerting me to sounds and she follows me around everywhere outside. She is very smart and thinks! She also continues to be very insisting to lick my feet where I have nerve pain from neuropathy and cyst.  She will push my feet if I have socks on. She seems to know when they really bother me. She keeps a close eye on me and when I need any support for balance she is right there. I will try hiking again this summer and rogue will be right by my side. She really is my best friend and the kids adore her! She still focuses when we are all out even if my kids touch her but if a stranger tries she will move away. People are so clueless and I still have the occasional ignorant person who insist on trying to pet behind my back but rogue let's me know they are there. 

Sorry we have not visited during the winter. It was difficult with 3 running busy kids and a baby. My 3 yr old is in the tantrum stage and just makes it hard to do things without john to help with the 3 yr old. We will try to come one Sunday soon since the weather is better. Rogue would love to visit! She has a vet appt for her annual physical and needs a few shots soon. So far she eats and poops perfectly and no vomiting. Seems very healthy and a strong stomach! She is very good! Thank you again for the privilege of having another service dog. ANNIE I knew her so well and I knew what she liked or what she was scared of and what she was trying to tell me. ROGUE isn't as scared of as many things. BUT I am still learning and she communicates great! 

♡ Melissa D. ♡

Thursday, April 28, 2016

APRIL 28 2016
EXCITEMENT OF THE DAY/  THE POO REPORT.... WRINKLE HAS A PROBLEM--  ACTUALLY 4 TIMES  OVERNIGHT-- LAST NIGHT AT  TRAINER TALK-- SHE KEPT COMING UP TO MEGAN AND I-- A LITTLE STRANGELY-- AND WE  TOTALLY MISREAD HER ACTION --SHE WANTED TO GO OUT... AND WE IGNORED HER---  SHAME ON  US !!... WELL SHE CONTINUED OVERNIGHT WITH THE SAME PROBLEM AND  TODAY SHE IS ON THE MEDICATION CHART..PANCAKE POOS !!!
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THERE ARE SOOOOO MANY CHARTS.... BUT I GUESS WE NEED THEM-MEGAN PRODUCED A PROGRESSION FOR THE INTERNS...  THEY START HERE IN THE HOUSE WITH A FEW EXERCISES-- EACH INTERN HAS 3 PUPS. FIRST THING IS LOOSE LEASH WALKING...  TO GET THEM IN THE HOUSE TO BEGIN WITH...

YOU LET THE LEASH DROOP SLIGHTLY AND IF THE PUP GOES AHEAD AND TIGHTENS IT YOU GIVE A LITTLE JERK AND IMMEDIATELY RELEASE.-- AFTER A COUPLE OF THOSE THE PUP WILL  FIGURE OUT THAT GOING FORWARD TOO FAST WILL CAUSE THE  ROPE AROUND HIS NECK TO JERK-- SO THEY LEARN...WALK NEXT TO YOU WITH LOOSE LEASH..
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 THEN A FEW SIMPLE THINGS LIKE "RECALL IN THE KITCHEN"  AND OF COURSE  THE YUPPY PUPPY.. JUST TO KEEP IT FUN..-- THESE WILL BE ON CAMERA-- AND THE INTERNS WILL HAVE TO RECORD THE PROGRESS-- OR LACK THEREOF....- SO IT SHOULD BE INTERESTING TO WATCH..
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MY INSOMNIA STUDY OF THE NIGHT----  ALL THERE IS TO WATCH IS TEH RUN OF FACES ON TV.....  ----SOME PEOPLE'S FACES ARE ACCUSTOMED TO SMILING- AND WHEN THEY ARE RELAXED THEY STILL MAINTAIN THE  SLIGHT SMILE--  THERE ARE OTHERS WHO RELAXED FACIALS LOOK LIKE THEY JUST SMELLED SOME BASKETBALL PLAYERS SOX.  SMILING SEEMS TO BE AN UN NATURAL STATE..-- ALMOST A SNARL---- INTERESTING 
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FROM TINA  RE DOGFEST....

CURRENTLY 34 SIGNED UP... 
I'M COLLECTING T-SHIRT SIZES, ETC AS USUAL
SINCE SHE IS COLLECTING SIZES ETC... SHE DOESN'T KNOW IT YET  , BUT I JUST VOTED HER IN CHARGE OF PICKING THE COLOR--- AND DESIGN--- THO THE BOARD HAS TO APPROVE THE LOGO/DESIGN..  SHE CAN COLLECT AND SORT THEM...
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AND THEN THE WILDFLOWER AND BEES-  WHY DID I NOT THINK WE WOULD HAVE OUR OWN CP EXPERT IN WILDFLOWERS AND BEES??? MARGE !!
WITH ALL THESE LABELS AFTER HER NAME....
Forest Landscape Architect
Forest Accessibility Coordinator
Forest NICE Database Coordinator
Forest NRRS POC
Forest Service
Mark Twain National Forest

Here is a very good article you can share. Home Depot labels their plants treated with neonics, but I’m sure there are other stores that don’t. You should always ASK and also buy from small-town local nurseries who carry native plants if possible.


Neonicotinoid pesticides were first registered for use in the mid-1990s. Since then, these chemi- cals have become widely adopted for use on farm crops, ornamental landscape plants, and trees. Neonicotinoids are systemic chemicals; they are absorbed by the plant and are transferred through the vascular system, making the plant itself toxic to insects.
The impact of this class of insecticides on pol- linating insects such as honey bees and native bees is a cause for concern .

SO THERE !!  PAY ATTENTION...

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY SUSPICIOUS OF THESE LOVELY BIG ESTATES WITH NOT A DANDELION IN SIGHT...  THEY ARE EITHER LOADED WITH CHEMICALS OF THEY MAKE WINE IN THE CELLAR.

AND HOW WE ALL GET TRAINED BY THE CHEM COMPANIES TO THINK THE LITTLE YELLOW FLOWERS ARE BAD...SO WE GO OUT OF OUT WAY TO PLANT VERY SIMILAR ONES RIGHT NEXT TO THE  ONES WE ARE TOLD TO KILL OFF...

THE RUN OFF !!!  IF I CAN NOT PASTURE AN ANIMAL WITHIN 100 FEET OF WETLANDS, WHY CAN PEOPLE BUY AND SPREAD CHEMICALS WHICH RUN OFF STRAIGHT INTO THE  WETLANDS?????
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WHICH MAKES ME REMEMBER  MY FATHER AND HIS QUART BELL JAR OF SOME CHEMICAL GIVEN TO HIM BY A FARMER... IF HE SHOOK IT OVER HIS CORN  ROWS  IN THE GARDEN, NOTHING BUT CORN WOULD GROW....
SO WHY ARE WE NOT SPRAYING THAT ALL OVER THE POPPY CROP IN AFGHANASTAN-- IT WOULD RUIN THE DRUG BUSINESS AND THEY COULD HAVE PLENT  TO EAT??

I DUNNO

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

april 27 2016
at least watching  how newscasters tip their heads gives me something interesting to think about during the news.  there are a few notable ones that keep thier heads straight..

we need a mason-- as in concrete blocks type mason...  i know in the past 2 weeks there  were 2 people who mentioned masons to me... i think one was GE????  can anyone help find one to work on this  'infirmary"? i talked to masterson and he said the plans were ok  with the town--- we need that building up  now... actually    yesterday.....
i don't think the neighbors get to comment on the building-- they are still mad about the driveway...--- i still wave as i go by.. and neither one waves back.
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 camera person "fugen"  has arrived from calif? she is a bundle of energy that works very hard..... i now have to get her trained to read the sign over my desk  "if i do not make eye contact, do not disturb".  you will see her on camera i am sure...
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laura's school today..with steve and some pups...
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other things on camera  are two dogs in our  recovery mode--- we turn the sunroom into an intnsive care unit for dogs our of surgery who have to be walked by hand for a few days... apparently we have 2 more surg cases b

i am also in need of pequiliar photos of service dogs-- i am supposed to write a weekly blog for explore-- it is supposed to be 2-3 paragraphs.... entertaining.. educational and have a eye catching photo... i have done about 35 so far ( since their generous donation to our SDP)
i am running out of ideas/and photos to inspire me. they have all sorts of normal photo's on their blog... and wanted some "different " ones from us...i have used several calendar shots..
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no succes with walter and noel-- here we go again... they managed a tie on day 9 and 11  but now he is very excited about the project, but  he is all action has a faulty delivery system-- which noel finds very tiring ... in the past this has caused us to panic and  bring in one of his sons-- grommet who has done a fine job   ( grommet x gussie and  grommet x opal)-----  i think-- as of last night  megan and i decided to  not bring in grommet and lets see what happens--  if the "little swimmers" last  the usual 48 hours-- she should be "covered" 
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wildflowers---several people have suggested we plant wildflowers--  to help the bee population...and that is a great idea-- if anyone wants to send us one package of something interesting  by all means do that---  read the label and be sure they are not poisonous --- we are spreading topsoil  this week, and have a few places,,,,- i can only  get a generic bunch at the coop- but if you have something with one colorful  

we struggle to keep  the purple loostrife(?sp) out of here... it takes over and kills off all the rest of the wildflowers,  i remember .... my mother struggled to keep anyone from importing it .. back in 1945?-- and i see now why-- there are fields of nothing else...
i don't know if that is the reason bees are in trouble.... maybe they don't like purple loostrife.
 you do realize without bees to polinate we would have  very little to eat..... it would take an awful lot of drones to do 1/100000th of what the bees do.

wildflowers is the least i can do....

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

APRIL 26 2016
i get a report daily from  the chicken brick activity-- and  even at 78 --- i am recognizing so many new in addition to the regular names...  i wish i could send an email to each of you--  but thankfully there are too many !!  how is that  for a strange statement.?
 i really appreciate all the cp's  who help  the new commers to find their way to the chicken bricks- it is our lifeblood-and we have bitten off a huge chunk with 31  to be spayed and neutered while  in training..
 selling those bricks gives us the courage to put walter in with noel for pups 63 days from now... out best scheme is to  breed a female while another is giving birth--  that would be pups every 2 months which is easier to deal with than 31 at once.. noel usually has 3 or 4 pups... a small litter---having said that , she will now have 13.
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details of dogfest are flooding the airwaves...-- many suggestions-- some workable-- some too much a challange...  one interesting one... is for us to provide a couple fry pans so  people could fry  really farm fresh eggs on an open fire for breakfast that could be done-- we have 2 "fire pits"  -first ones here could pull  their eggs out of the coop...-- we have coffee  dry cereal and probably bannanas-- object being for people to come here for breakfast and get to doing chores.....object also being that people do not have to spend any money other than to get here.( and the room charge at the hotel.) 
tina has offered to help with some of the details  of dog fest---   she is very good at knowing people and who arrives when /where and is rooming with whom kind of thing.-- she can work closely with lindak here in the office.  there are several people coming early and /or staying after the weekend..  which is fine...  property rules apply-- up-- dressed -- and outside at 7am and not too much standing still..  there is always something....  this is not a spa--but all cp's are welcome to come work.  ( isn't that nice of me?)  i remember... way back when i first got going.. a very nice woman appeared at the front door with a mop asking if she could mop the floor..... of course... that is one of those questions with only one answer---( like the logic of --do you tell the truth?)
i have suggested people do not need a car....seeing as at teh moment we have 4 cars reg to sdp... somehow we can manage..
then there is a unfit for mailcall story telling suggestion..  there are a few...
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IN AN EFFORT TO SHARE THE CROWD AND LET PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN WHAT IS GOING ON....
we have started shannon and donna giving a queston /answer session before they leave.. so at 2:45 you  should see on of them on camera...shannon is going to try for mon wed fri... and donna tues thurs-- like mailcall-- type your questions and she will have the mic on..... and hopefully remember to turn it off at 3:00
SHANNON SAID SHE WOULD GIVE BARN MANAGER QUESTION ---- DONNA  RUNS THE HOUSE AND UPPER KENNELS   NO GRACE---  SHE HAS TOO MUCH TO DO...
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HERE IS TH ETV SHOW FROM JAPAN.... AND A TRANSLATION OF IT...  THANKS TO A CP...
Title: Bella and George
Translated from a story on Japanese T.V. program
The story is about a girl named Bella who cannot walk
independently because of an illness.

In Boston, Mass., we visited a lady whose name is Carlene White.  She is raising a therapy dog.  She explains that therapy training starts three days after a dog is born.   In America, she raises Great Danes to be therapy dogs. However, in Japan they train Golden Retrievers. The reason is that in Japan, people are smaller in size.   Great Danes are large, approx. 80 centimeters high. Many American’s are tall and big.   They usually need a larger dog for assistance in standing up or walking.  This story is about a therapy dog who helps supports a girl in America. 

This dogs name is George.  He is 2 ½ years old.  Bella is an 11year old girl.  Bella is challenged by an illness.  Bella used to be very active.  Then when she turned 9 years old, her health started to change and the doctors told Bella’s mom that she has stopped growing.  The doctors diagnosed Bella and said she has Morukio “Shokogun” illness (?).  Her kidneys did not function properly and could not filter the good and bad bacteria.    This illness caused all the joints to stop growing and she became unstable and weak. She could not play with other kids.  Her body could not move smoothly.  When Bella turned 6 years old, she became so unsteady that the doctors suggested Bella be confined to a wheel chair.  She continued to endure surgeries on her neck, leg, and other parts of her body.  She did not want to go out, because she could not play with her friends.  However, she continued to do her treatments.  She was able to do many things, but still could not walk.  One day, she saw a handicapped person with a therapy dog.  She found a women who trained therapy dogs. It was there that she met George the dog.  After she met George, she started to get a more positive attitude and believed she could someday walk again. 

At first, it was difficult to walk with George.  She started to walk with a crutch on the right hand side and on her left she held onto the dog.  Also, going up to the steps, she would hold the railing with one hand and on the other side held onto George.  After practicing with George, she was able to walk up the stairs with George without the crutch.  She started to go to school.  George stays with her throughout the day and she is able to play with her friends.  She now smiles all the time.  She can go any
place with George.  One day, Bella started to walk a few steps in the house without George’s assistance.  They sleep together in the same bed.  Both George and Bella are happy to sleep together.


Then a miracle happened!  She started walking in the snow by herself! Her dog  George just watched her. When Bella’s mom tried to get the dog to help, George pushed her mother away, as if to say, “Let Bella do it on her own”.  Also the dog tries to protect Bella.  George not only supports her, he also is a good partner and playmate.  Bella says “ this dog is my best friend”.  She has been with George for 2 ½ years.  He has also supported her spiritually.  He has made her more joyful.

Monday, April 25, 2016

april 25 2016
i forget who asked about the dreaming in color- but last night yes-- color... i was trying to  take a nap under some bleachers and the blanket was tartan red/green.

construction worries today--- we still have some brush to clear somehow-  and we need flat-- big machine type flat.... so we can get some seed tossed... i am determined to  keep cars from the  area by the flag.

 we took down the tipi and stored the poles in the g tent-- that  g- tent has turned  into a temp lumber yard---
i have written to  the tipi.com  which sold me that  tipi ( and one other in the past)  that cover did not last anywhere near what they said... it began to self distruct very early and was fragile when we took it down and threw it in th e dumpster.  i am hoping they will offer to give me a new one....-- i would  like to have it  set up by the pond-- where i had my origional one...( i hate to admiit it, but i hid an electrical outlet there just in case we needed a bit of modern living in the tipi) . we did have the temp up to 66 degrees one january in frigid weather.

we have a whole bunch of new people-- both at stews ,  applying, volunteering, the chicken bricks ( thank heavens) and more people are reading the daily doggie than ever before.-- i am counting on the old timer cp's to keep the new people going straight...  if anyone has any serious questions... please email me directly .... i check that many times a day... especially thoe ones that have DOG  as the subject...i can notice those as i whip thru getting rid of the ads for belly fat and job offers.
in yesterday's emails i was appalled to have one person appologizing for buying only one brick which was "not up to cp's standaards"
who decided what a cp standard was.....?????-----that is as ridicullous as asking me to spell everything correctly.  you support as you can and just keep passing the word around and get freinds to dollar up-- those count up nicely too...  we are managing -- as we are about to do 2 more spay neuters today...  we need to do more than that or they will be 5
years old before we get to them...
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my use of caps is not screaming,  between failing eyesight and a faulty little finger on my left hand,,,, i often hit the caps lock---
both up and down......i can make the small letters readable by increasing the size also...  it took ??3 years to figure that out???*
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technology---- often at night i wish i could spend the time tryijg to figure out my cell phone, but i live in fear  of picking it up and having it decide to call someone who needs their sleep at 2am.
it is bad enough that  it has total control of  the music  in my car withut being told... i am getting tired of tom leher music--- which is very enjoyable... but how many times can i enjoy " doin' the vatican rag" or  "world war 3 being over in  an hour and a half."
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two people asked who was dealing with dogfest details....  that would be lindak here at this office on days(  tu th sat sun) when theresa is not here.--- lindakwiatk@gmail.com,--there is a hotel set up, shuttle arrainged and weekend of food. all organized-- if you will just contact her.   and for those who can not come  get those spirit sticks in the mail and we will have the usual spirit stick parade...  if you haev any suggestiions about  dogfest let us know...  you should not need to rent a car.....basically the plan is to  have the farm just plain open to all cp's to hang out and enjoy the craziness of crazy acres..  hopefully we wil have puppies by then.  and... you can pick poo !!!!
walter is working on  that now--- they should be about 8 weeks old... perfect to enjoy 

 let us pray..... he has managed 14 and 19 minutes  so far... stay tuned..

Sunday, April 24, 2016

APRIL 24 2016

WILD NIGHTMARES---- ABOUT SOME LITTLE KID WITH VERY LONG HAIR THROWING A PILL ( CAPSULE) AT ME WHICH BROKE INTO TWO PIECES - RED AND WHITE-( DREAMING IN COLOR THIS TIME) AND BEING FRUSTRATED TRYING TO CALL 911 AND KEPT GETTING 991( MY PHONE IS NOT MY FAVORITE) WHICH SENT OUT SECURITY GUARDS WHO ONLY NOTIFY OF A PROBLEM... (? THE GEICO COMMERCIAL?) AND THE KID TRIED TO ESCAPE IN A TAN JEEP WHILE I TRIED TO GET THE LICENSE PLATE ( WHICH WAS YELLOW AND BLUE(?NEW YORK?)AS IT WEENT UP A DUSTY STEEP HIL ( ?THE NEW PARKING  LOT?)
MY HOW ONE'S MIND GETS MUDDLED...
I AM TOLD  VERY FEW DREAM IN COLOR... BUT THAT PILL WAS RED !
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THAT DUSTY HILL HAS TO BE THE NEW PARKING LOT-- WHICH CONCERNS ME AS I WENT TO BED......   IF THE SECOND DRIVEWYA IS HOW WE ACCESS THE NEW PARKING LOT, HOW DO I GET EVERYONE TRAINED/NOTIFIED OF THE CHANGE... IF I EVEN THINK OF A SIGN THE NEIGHBORS WILL  NOT LIKE THAT...-- WE CAN START WITH ALL THE VOLUNTEERS-- BUT THINKING  TO DOGFEST.... ANOTHER OPTION IS TO MAKE A DECENT RAMP DOWN OFF THE #37 DRIVE  WHICH PEOPLE ( WITHOUT 4WD)  COULD NOT EASILY  COME BACK OUT OF, AND HAVE THEM GO OUT THE NEW DRIVE...
THAT WOULD  INVOLVE GETTING SOME DIRT...NICE CLEAN DIRT IS EXPENSIVE  - AND I REALLY DON'T WANT TO DIG A HOLE HERE... BUT WE COULD---     THEN COVER THE WHOLE THING WITH THE COMPOST PILE, PLANT GRASS AND PRAY THAT BY DOGFEST  (SEPT)  WE HAVE GREEN.
RIGHT NOW WE HAVE RAW EARTH.....
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ALL OF THIS MEANS WE SHOULD GIVE STALL MUCKING LESSONS-- BECAUSE THE NEW COMPOST PILE DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH MANURE-- TOO MANY SHAVINGS TO ROT REALLY WELL.   

THAT IS THE KIND OF COMPLEXITY THAT IS NORMAL AROUND CRAZY ACRES-- LIKE PUTTING IN THE CAMERAS MEANT MORE LALLY COLUMNS IN THE CELLAR.
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CHORE OF TEH DAY--- TO TRY AND PULL UP A MESS OF VINES WITH THE BACK HOE-- BY HAND IT WOULD BE PAINFUL... 
AND TEHN SIT AROUND AND TALK TO STEWERS AND APPLICANTS... WE HAE A FEW COMING TODAY...

I GET  THE APPLICANTS TO TRY THE WALKING WITH THE HAND IN SOMEONE'S BACK POCKET-- AND  IT IS FUN TO WATCH THEM BE SHOCKED TO SEE HOW EASIEER ...AND BETTER.... IT IS...
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Hi Carlene, 

We wanted to let you know that things for Hunter & Wendy's trip to Washington DC are coming along. Flights are booked, a direct flight from Boston to DC. 
We have decided to extend our trip a couple days, and would love to meet up with any CPs who are interested. Not sure how to plan it, but we figured you could get the word out and things would work out. 
Hunter & Wendy are returning to school on Monday, and are trying 3 half days to start. They have been at school this week of vacation practicing the stairs (we know you love to see them do that!) and just getting around to see how Hunter holds up. His gait is slowly getting better, but he gets tired quickly. He is walking differently than before, but Wendy is just happy to have him walking with her and it doesn't bother her. It's only been about 12 weeks since his surgery, and he's ahead of schedule. He will have the wheelchair there if he needs it and they do well with Wendy helping pull the chair.

We are sending a quick clip of Team Hunter and Wendy going upstairs (remember only 12 weeks postop)...the going downstairs is still a little scary as always, but they do it. This video has been on Facebook and getting lots of views. The story of Hunter and Wendy in PeoplePets did well too and we were bummed they didn't mention SDP, but when we shared it, we were sure to mention you guys. We are hoping it will get SDP more supporters.

We will be in touch!
Kelly (Hunter & Wendy's mom)
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DO WE HAVE SOME CP'S THAT MIGHT THIK THIS WAS A FUN PROJECT..???  IT IS VERY REAL AND NEEDS A DEDICATED EFFORT TO FIT IN THEIR SCHEDULE
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Hi Carlene,

Yesterday John and Jess visited a local 1st grade class where John talked about service dogs and Jess, showed some brief video of he and Jess, and answered lots of questions. Jess, who is still timid at the adult day care where John volunteers twice a week, was totally relaxed in this atmosphere. Seems she is more comfortable around children. She was a very good example of a well behaved service dog.

There were lots of good questions from the kids:
How come her tail is down? My dog does that when he does something wrong.
If she saw someone else fall down in the mall, would she go over and help them?
Does she get to play with other service dogs?
And lots more.......

We had handouts for each of the kids that talks a little about service dogs, and had info on SDP including both websites. We encouraged the teacher and kids to follow along on line with Crazy Acres in the classroom and at home.

A fun time was had by all.
John has two more visits to other classes scheduled in the next 4 weeks.
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HI CARLENE,

SORRY WE DIDN'T GET TO SAY GOODBYE YESTERDAY, BUT WE KNOW HOW BUSY YOU WERE WITH THE GE VOLUNTEERS.

WE JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT OUR STAY WAS PLEASURABLE, INFORMATIVE AND A LOT OF HARD WORK WAS ACHIEVED BY ALL.  WE WERE AMAZED AT HOW MUCH WORK THE GE PEOPLE ACCOMPLISHED IN ONE DAY.  YOUR VOLUNTEERS ARE WORKAHOLICS AND YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD TO HAVE THEM ALL.  

I WAS VERY HAPPY THAT I WAS ABLE TO COOK WITH CAMERA MARK FOR ALL THE GE VOLUNTEERS.  IT WAS FUN AND REWARDING AT THE SAME TIME.

I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE KUDOS TO YOU, YOUR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.  WE FELT VERY WELCOME. I LIKED THE IDEA THAT I WAS NOT JUDGED ON  HOW I WALKED OR THAT I WAS HAVING A BAD HAIR DAY.

I AM GLAD THAT YOU ENJOYED THE PIEROGIS AS MUCH AS YOU DID.  I WILL MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO SEND MORE.

AGAIN, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT SDP FOR YOUR KIND HOSPITALITY AND ALSO FOR MAKING US FEEL WELCOME AND ALSO TO THE EXCEPTION THAT YOU MADE FOR US.  I NOW HAVE 2 DOGS SNORING ON THE SOFA.  

LOVE, BETTY, IVY AND DREW 
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ANOTHER 19 MINUTE TIE ---WALTER/NOEL