Friday, November 1, 2013

NOV 1, 2013

FOR ME TO BE STANDING IN THE RAIN IN MY JAMMIES AT 1AM- WASHING WATER BUCKETS  WAS PERFECTLY LOGIAL--  THAT IS WHY THERE IS A BOOK A DAY TO BE WRITTEN AROUND HERE..

TO BEGIN AT THE END.... SHELIA, COLLEEN AND THE DONKEY ARRIVED SAFELY- TO FIND ME WASHING BUCKETS  IN THE RAIN ... IN MY PJ'S , JANINE'S HUGE BLACK HORSE EATING OUT OF THE DUMPSTER  AND THE MINI DONKEY NIBBLING ON THE TEEPEE... 

THE REASON........
.  FACT 1....... SOMEBODY ON FACEBOOK SAID THEY WERE85 MILES AWAYAT ABOUT 11PM.
FACT 2.... IN A CELL PHONE CONVERSATION SHELIA SAID THE DONKEY HAD NOT HAD ANYTHING TO DRINK IN SPITE OF A FULL WATERBUCKET..

FACT 3  MANY TIMES WE HAVE HAD TO RUMMAGE AROUND A WOOD PILE TO FIND SOMETHING TO SET THE TRAILER ON WHEN YOU UNHOOK IT...
I KNEW THAY'D BE EXHAUSTED SO I FIGURED I BETTER FIND A STUMP BEFORE THEY GOT HERE.

FACT 4  DONKEYS DO NOT TAKE CHANCES ON THE UNKNOWN... I.E.  A LOVELY BRIGHT SHINEY (FOOD QUALITY) STAINLESS STEEL WATER BUCKET-- SO I WAS GETTING SOME GOOD OLD COSTCO PLASTIC PAILS READY-- MOST ANIMALS ARE USED TO THOSE IN SOME FORM OR OTHER.

AND IT WAS A LOVELY LIGHT MISTY RAIN-- I LIKE THAT....

TO GO BACK TO THE START  WITH AS MANY DETAILS AS I KNOW AT THE MOMENT....

WE HAD THE ADDRESS IF THE PERSON/BARN WHERE SHE HAD LANDED IN QUARFENTINE-
AND NOBODY'S PHONE NUMBER
EXCEPT JANINE KNEW THIS PERSON WATCHED HER FACEBOOK PAGE...  LIKE A PHONE
NOBODY WAS HOME-- SO SHELIA AND COLLEEN WALKED AROUND LOOKING FOR THE DONKEY-- THERE WAS NONOE.

IN THE MEANITME WE CONTACTED THE PERSON WHO SAID "OH SHE IS NOT IN THAT BARN-- BUT ANOTHER ABOUT 20 MILES AWAY"
AND--- GO AHEAD AND TAKE HER BECUSE NO ONE WOULD BE HOME FOR HOURS.

THEY   MOVED TO THE NEXT BARN- FOUND THE DONKEY- AND LEAD HER TO THE TRAILER ONE TIME..
AFTER WHICH THEY COULD  NOT EVEN GET HER CLOSE TO THE TRAILER.

MANY PHONE CALLS  AND 3 HOURS LATER A GROUP OF 6 DONKEY LOADERS WAS ASSEMBLED AND WITH DIFFICULTY THEY MANAGED TO GET HER ON THE TRAILER.

THE FACT THEY WERE MISSING IS THAT A FRIGHTENED DONKEY STANDS STILL-- A FRIGHTENED HORSE PANICS AND RUNS.-- SO ALL THE USUAL HORSE LOADING TECHNIQUES-- BUCKET BANGING-- SWINGING BROOMS ETC-- WERE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE.  WITH A DONKEY, YOU TRY AND REAQSON WITH THEM-- AND WHEN THAT DOESN'T WORK YOU PICK THEM UP AND PUT THEM ON THE TRAILER.-- EVENTUALLY THEY WILL BEHAE PERFECTLY-- WITH IDIOSYNCRISIES-  THIS TENDENCY MAKES THEM MUCH SAFER TO AHNDLE THAN A HORSE-- WORST CSE SCENERIO IS THEY JUST STAND AROUND-- WHERE  HORSE WOULD RUN  INTO STONE WALLS, TRAFFIC OR GLASS DOORS.

 IN MARY'S CASE, SHE WAS ALWASY AFRAID TO GET OFF THE TRAILER BECAUSE SHE SLIPPED ONCE.. 

**** SHE SPENT THE NIGHT IN THE TRAILER WHICH IS BASICALLY  8X13 ROOM  WITH  HAY , GRAIN , ND  WATER..   TODAY WE CAN TRY AND GET HER OFF AND INT O T HE  B ARN.  SHE IS PERFECTLY COMFORTABLE WHERE SHE IS... SO I AM IN NO HURRY.

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OTHER EXCITEMENT OF THE DAY-- PAUL ARRAINGED FOR MB TRACTOR TO BRING DOWN A SMPLE OF  A TRACTOR WE MIGHT NEED.  OUR OLD ONE IS... ANCIENT  BUT HONORABLE- THE NEW ONE... ..?READY???  .... HAS HEAT  IN A CLOSED CAB..   HAVE I FINALLY ARRIVED?????  PAUL- BUD- DAVID AND I ALL DROVE IT ONCE AROUND THE HOUSE.. AND IT WORKS..

ONLY SLIGHTLY BIGGER--  SAME VARIETY OF PEDALS--- SO I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DRIVE IT WITH LITTLE CONFUSION.
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ANNE CAME AND WE FINISHED THE LETTER TO EXPLORE  EXPLAINING WHAT WE HAD DONE WITH THE FIRST GRANT... HOPEFULLY THEY ARE PLEASED... AND WILL GIVE US ANOTHER.
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 YOU WILL ALL NOTICE ON CAMERA THAT WE HAVE EXPANDED THE PLY AREA FOR TH EPUPS TO BE 1/2 THE KITCHEN TOO... 
I THINK THE WHITE PUP SEES WELL..  THE ONLY ODD ACTING PUP IS THE MERLEQUIN  -- WHO IS EXCEPTIONALLY NOISY---   I AM NOT SURE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.. BUT SHE IS ODD.
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GRACE HAS DONE AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB DESIGNING DOLORES'S WARDROBE-- NOW COMPLETE WITH PVC PIPE DOG---
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ELSIE ND HER NEW OWNER GO HOME TODAY-- THEY HAVE DONE FAMOUSLY---

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 SOMEONE IS SLEEPING UPSTAIRS--- E\BESIDES MARIA -- THIS PLACE IS GETTING TO BE A VIRTUAL CLUBHOUSE---   I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT-- I HAVE A ROOM OF MY OWN..
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AND SO IT GOES

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