Monday, April 11, 2016

april 10 2016
  i have been operating under the idea- if you can't help thousands , help one.   all beautiful and lovely... it has now evolved in my head........ if you can't straighten out thousands, straighten out one. ---
 any animal can be forced to misbehave if handled badly.  including me ! i would be happy to tell you all the details except you probably have your  spam filters set to block half the words i would use to describe the  situation... so there !  if the pen is mightier than the sword, i will get out my box of pens, and have at it.
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my biggest excitement of the day  was/ is  --- the chicken table does not have 3" squares ---
 they are ... in fact 4"
doesn't sound  earth shattering does it... except....  way back  2010  when we started this chicken brick deal
 i had a bunch of calculations about number of squares to block off for the number of bricks sold-- back in the days when we sold 142 bricks and drew  erase lines on the "board"--- well then we got big -- 2100 sold now is a sell out on which we  depend-- and somehow i kept going with the old calculations then and found the armstrong flooring with the squares...totally convinced they were 3" squares... i even wrote to armstrong trying to find 3" squares--- they had none-- told me they never did-- so i started off trying to find another company etc...yesterday a new volunteer proudly produced a sample from home depot- technically 4.25 inches which i quickly told her was too big.  she went into the  arena and came back telling me  they were the same size.
i still have trouble  believing it--  fortunately, she too is a math type....

ok theresa.... did we ever have 3" squares?-- didn't we used to write them ourselves?? til we got the flooring??? 
well now we have to redo the design entirely.. she is going to get a 12' x 12' piece of floor for our next shatting.
proving once again-- once an idea is implanted in my head  it is liable to stay there.
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we had 2 delightful bearded men giving out  cookies to pups yesterday-the both of them have been sitting around with not enough  to do for various reasons   - and have luckily found a way to the farm where their beards can be put to use getting pups ready for the real world  which contains  bearded faced men.
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which brings me back to puppy training.... we must now include "muzzle training"  on all our  dogs  just so that if they should ever find themselves in a situation where....  for instance... a veternarian is  in a hurry  and wants  to muzzle them for whatever reason,  if we have trained them to accept it gracefully, then they would not become dangerous flying object, like a drunken 747, terrified, with one dew claw stuck in the muzzle as they try and rip it off.... just as a random example i just happened to dream up....  george would never do that- but some beginners might.
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and the chicken coops-- jeff built the most magnificant  saw horses ever gracing this farm--i am sure if we ever need to  use them to hold up the tractor, they will work fine...  david #1 was here -- and said he would be back on wednesday ( or so) to help out-- he did such a good job on the condo's in the dog dorm... we have a nice big pile of lumber of various sizes and shape  so i took a 4 x 8 sheet  and laid out there i would put 2x4's for the frame'
see---- jeff is of the "measuring" type--- i am  the "nail it together and cut off anything that sticks out."
we need to get this project rolling... i don't know when the chicks might arrive...  but we need some creative housing.. on wheels so we can move around the yard/grass...  on the internet  tractorcoops.com  there are some cute ones...  "eggplants" 
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patrick and gronk are still here - going home tomorrow-- they are doing  great -  gronk had his physical ay danvers animal hospital yesterday without any excitement at all..-- i hope to have them  meet with george sometime before patrick leaves...  george has  a semi work schedule..

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