i started this to help a few people, and play with my dogs in a tax deductable fashion.
it has gone way out of that frame... mind you ... i love what has developed-- a bizzare group which is producing good dogs in a clubhouse atmosphere ---with food !!
sometimes the place is a madhouse-- but look back over the past year and think what we have accomplished.. most of the time it is fun- there have been many really good laughs....- other times we just need to grin and bear it.
i was warned by the ADI person who did our accreditation( shelia obrien who started neads in west boylston mass)
she said i could choose to stay the same size-- supporting it on a sparse budget-- or we could grow- and the money would come... lots of it. i opted to grow... and money is more plentiful .
what she did not tell me was that the money comes at a price- time-- when was the last time i had the time to play/ train with my dogs? i now have 2 nearly wild frecklebutts reminding me.
there are so many intricate dealings that i end up spending nearly all my waking hours on a computer which i am forced to try and figure out.. and i am very frustrated.
perfect example ---
i am trying to get the balance sheet together so i can do the 990... and i needed to subtract expenses from earnings -- a simple 10 -4=6 kind of thing.. this machine does not accept a minus sign.. theresa found that she put in a formula of positions and it worked... S23-R17=P47 which is painful even with 2 numbers-- with a column of 20 it is impossible. i struggled with that concept for hours trying to get the numbers in the correct place on our existing bal sheet from the old computer. hours into it.. a bolt of lightning-- i tried putting the negatives in (parenthesis) ..bingo... this caused the computer to put in a minus sign which worked.
computers in general-- and this mac specifically - have so many quirks like that making it tremendously powerful at some point-- but the question remains ... What is wrong with letting the operator put in their own minus sign. ? i wish the genius who designed these things would remember the simple folk like me who were going to need it to do simple things... and then branch out from there.....they have branches on invisible trees ..
i have computer things i must get done.... but by the time i get done what i must do-- i am exhausted and the day is shot- making me irritable more often than acceptable . i have a red light but i don't even know where the switch is in all these wires.
i hope to organize volunteers to be puppy/house/phone volunteers so i can get out...maria was/is working on that ......
now to see if there is any left over chinese food for breakfast...
i did get the new chicken board up at 2am and there are already some bricks covered !!