Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JAN 20 2015
big prayer of the day-----  BELL AND GEORGE GO TO SCHOOL ALONE TODAY---  MEGAN GOT  THEM ALL CHIPPED ( GEORGE NOT BELL) AND CERTIFICATED ( THAT'S A WORD?)  BELLA'S MOM SIGNED THE OWNER'S AGREEMENT SAYING THEY WOULD BEHAVE-- AND AFTER EVERYONE TOLD GEORGE TO BEHAVE AS TEHY WENT OUT THE DOOR, I TOLD BELLA TO BEHAVE TOO.
THEY ARE DOING BETTER THAN I WOULD I AM AFRAID... SOME OF THE ADULT 'S COMMENTS  NEED TO BE SHOVED APPROPRIATELY.. I WROTE  A VERY POLITE INFORMATIVE LETTER TO THE PRINCIPAL AND NEVER HEARD BACK--  WHICH IS OK  UNLESS SHE FIGURES SHE CAN GET RID OF  ALL OF US..... MEGAN SAID THE VICE PRINCIPAL SEEMED ON BOARD....  MEGAN IS DONG A GREAT JOB HANDLING IT... IT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL TO HAVE DONNA BACK ADVISING US .. DONNA SPEAKS  OFFICIAL EDUCATIONAL  LANGUAGE REALLY WELL.  SHE KNOWS THINGS LIKE A  504 PLAN. WHICH IS SOMETHIGN ABOUT WHAT THE SYSTEM IS OBLIGED TO PROVIDE.  WHICH IN BELLA'S CASE IS AN ATTENDENT TO HELP CARRY TRAYS AND MOVE CHAIRS ETC... 
 GRANTED IF I WAS DESIGNING THE SYSTEM I MIGHT  DO IT DIFFERENTLY----  IT MIGHT BE NICE IF THE STUDENTS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR  MOVING FURNATURE   OR HELPING WITH HER LUNCH TRAY..  YOU KNOW   THE HELPFUL TYPE STUFF THEY SHOULD LEARN-- AND SAVE TAX MONEY....I CAN HEAR THE PARENTS "WHY SHOULD MY CHILD CARRY A TRAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE?"  I WOULD TELL THEM "SO THE KID DOESN'T TURN OUT  TO BE AN SOB LIKE YOU"
THIS IS WHY IT IS BETTER FOR  MEGAN TO HANDLE  THE SITUATION.  I GET MAD.... I WAS TOLD  AS A CHILD ONLY DOGS GO MAD ,PEOPLE GET ANGRY.  I HAVE BEEN AROUND DOGS A LONG TIME... I GET MAD.
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AND THEN THERE IS THIS FORMAT OF THEIS EMAIL-- I AM TOLD-- AND HAVE SEEN IT -- WHERE THE SENTANCES CONTINUE STRAIGHT FOR A BLOCK AND A HALF WITHOUT FLIPPING TO ANOTHER LINE..I DON'T  KNOW WHY-- THAT WOUDL BE A GOOD PROJECT FOR THE DAY..
YESTERDAY'S EXCITEMENT WAS A NEIGHBOR'S 9 YEAR OLD KID SHOWED ME HOW TO MAKE MY  PHONE TELL ME THE NUMBER OF THE PERSON I WAS CALLING..  FOR A VERY LONG TIME I HAVE BEEN MISSING THE LAST 4 DIGITS-- MAKING FOR SOME SURP[RIZING CONVERSATIONS.
PLUS I SUFFER FROM THE "LATER" SYNDROME- 
 XXX HAS A NEW NUMBER?  I WILL DELETE THE OLD ONE LATER... CONSEQUENTLY  I HAVE MANY NUMBERS FOR LOTS OF PEOPLE-- INCLUDING MY SISTER
WHY WHEN I CALL TIM TO FIX THE CAMERAS, HE IS LOOKING AT ME THRIU THE PHONE... I DO NOT KNOW.  IT IS LIKE MY PHONE IS A PEEPING TOM---I NEVER KNOW WHEN IT IS BEING A CAMERA TOO. MY PHONE WITH THE ROTARY DIAL WOULD NEVER DO THAT.
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AND THEN THERE IS THE PUPPY HILL CAMERA-- BEEN DOWN -- WE HAVE PUSHED AND PLUGGED TIL TIM DECIDED  HE WAS 99% SURE IT WAS BLACK BOX  #437  AND IS FEDEXING A NEW ONE TO US FOR TIDAY.
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FEDEXING FROM CALIF TO  MASS, THE OVERNIGHT IS 3 HOURS SHORTER THAN A NORMAL 24 HOUR OVERNIGHT-- AMAZING--
****I WILL NOW GO AND PLAY WITH MY MENTAL BLOCKS... 
ENJOY THE KAREN/BECKY CONVERSATION AS KAREN TRIED TO GET AN UPDATE ON BECKY'S DOG STANLEY
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Becky was very hesitant to speak with me since she had not been notified that someone would be calling.  She was very pleasant about it but suggested a group email would be an easy way to communicate such things.  I told her SDP does not have a consolidated email list but that it was a good idea. I told her I would be happy to have someone email or call her to confirm I was who I said I was or she could quiz me about things around the farm.  What color is the barn was her question and both laughing, she let me proceed.
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denim
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but after last night’s wonderful celebration, I feel I need to mention it again.  Because I regularly volunteer at Service Dog Project (SDP) where Denim is from, I was invited to last night’s celebration and met many other people that give so much to this wonderful organization.
In the summer of 1998, I was diagnosed with Ataxia.  Being a progressive condition, it has got more invasive over the years. In June of 2013, our family pet dog of 12 years passed away.  I (along with the rest of the family)was devastated and could not bear to not have a dog around.  I was lost.  Who would be my side when the kids were at school and my husband at work?  Per the suggestion of my husband and the encouragement of my neurologist, I looked into service dogs.  In my search for a mobility dog, all fingers kept pointing to SDP. “But they only deal with Great Danes and I’m only 5’2”!”  Well, in January of 2014, I called Carlene White, the founder of SDP.  She insisted the size was not an issue and had me visit the farm in Ipswich.  Well by April I was home with my Denim by my side.  She is absolutely wonderful and has made such a change in my life.  Up to now, I’ve been able to avoid the wheelchair and hopefully I will be able to continue walking with Denim by my side for several more years. This video shows me learning how to do stairs with her.
https://ataxiama.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/my-life-with-service-dog-project/
Well, after last night’s party, I realized that this whole experience has benefited me even more than I had thought.  Because Denim worked so well for me, I wanted to give back to her too.  So we started visiting the farm on a fairly regular basis so that Denim could run free and be a dog.  Because I visited the farm regularly, I started noticing how it worked and because I wanted to give back to an organization that had given me so much, I started volunteering there.   Another benefit of my Ataxia?
For more information about the organization, check out their website:http://www.servicedogproject.org/ or come visit on a Sunday afternoon for open house.

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