i am totally ashamed at myself-- for 2 resasons-- firstly.. i forgot to get a cake for one of the local fire departments- secondly- i bought an electric toothbrush.
so today i will get cake for some fire dept ( besides ipswich) and will have to explain why teh cake, and then why it is not on hte 19th.. so they really will thiink i have "bought the farm".
i am sooooo proud of the notes i get from cp's who got their catkes delivered...
so here are some people who did a better job than i did. here's a few/...
Concord, NH - both the Police Dept. and Engine Company #4
So - Saturday, it took me all afternoon to dig out my driveway. By 530, I was SO tired - so pulled the car out so I could scrape the ice off the windows on the passenger side. Drove two doors down the street and pulled into a lot so I could do those two windows. And on the other side of the building was a police cruiser!!
So I scraped the windows, then ran over to him (well, hobbled...) and gave him a roll of LifeSavers. Told him I'd be stopping by the station on Monday and asked if he wanted cake or doughnuts - he chose doughnuts.
I stopped by today with a couple of dozen doughnuts (Dunkins' of course) and had the loveliest conversation with Lt. Casey. He's hanging my card and the SDP info in the squad room - was so excited to hear about all the new puppies.
Back to Dunkins' to buy more and deliver them to Engine #4 of the Fire Department. I barely had time to shake the Captain's hand and hand him the doughnuts when the plectron went off!! And with that, Engine Company #4 left the building!!! Captain gave me a huge wave from the truck as they pulled out the drive. So I was able to hit both the PD and the FD in one day. Happy 19th and Merry Christmas, First Responders!! And please stay safe out there!!!!!
My Appreciation Day with the firemen.
Today was Merry Christmas Day with the firemen of Cottleville, Missouri. It really felt like Christmas with snow on the ground, 5 degrees and lights twinkling along the way.
It is such a joy to visit with these great men. We are always greeted with happy faces and hugs. The pictures tell the story.
We left wishing them a Merry Christmas and we'll see you in 2017.
Ila Steutermann, Charter CP of Missouri
CARRY ON !!!
my second ashaming... i bought a new toothbrush- doesn't sound like much.. however.... i pride myself in not being influnced by the ads with which i am bombarded constantly. i own 2 electric toothbrushesd-- one with waterpulse- one without... both of rectangular design- i don't know why, but i don't like either one and have used the normal hand brushing kind for 2-3 years.. while those 2 electric one sit there,--then last week i wondered if a different kind would be better-- one that goes round- so with difficulty ( and a computer on ebay) i found one that went round-- i worked at finding a circular one--- had to have it....... not expensive-- battery run ( and i have a huge colllection of batteries from the battery mic days) and i have decided i like it--- HANG ON THIS IS GOING SOMEWHERE-
yesterday i was shocked to see a tv add promoting exactly what i got promoted to do..."MUST HAVE THE ROUND EELECTRIC AND YOU WILL BE VERY HAPPY WITH IT" -
IT IS THE PART THAT "YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH IT" IT HAS REALLY FLOORED ME... HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM HAPPY WITH IT OR I AM HAPPY WITH IT BECAUSE SOME CLOWN IN MADISON AVENUE ADVERTIZING WORLD TOLD ME I WAS HAPPY.
I DID NOT THINK I WOULD FALL FOR THAT LINE OF REASONING...-- BUT IT LOOKS LIKE I REALLY DID-- NOW I AM HELPLESS- HOW DO I PROVE I AM HAPPY WITH IT - OR I AM JUST HAPPY BECAUS THE AD SAID I WOULD BE...
now apply all that to the political scene- we have been bombarded with crooked hillary and stupid donald to the point that the whole country absolutely believes one or the other when neither is correct... doesn 't matter- somebody studied OUR ELECTION and figured out how to get people to believe things that are not true- i just hope it is the Principality of Sealand (supposed to be the smallest country) and not some huge country.... --
since i can be trained to go buy a toothbrush of a specific kind- and then be sure i am happy with it - i fear for the entire country- be careful of people telling you ANYTHING. " you know hillary is crooked" and " you know donald is not presidential material"---- i can still hear it.
- we could have "the Mouse that Roared" situation all over again.
now about leash training and maya- her objection to being asked to move..... it was a nasty go round i was stuck with---
THERE CERTAINLY WERE PROBLEMS ---
I DID NOT REALIZE SHE HAD NEVER BEEN ON A LEASH-- BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN IN HT HOUSE , SHE WAS NOT IN HTE NORMAL ROUTINE.. BY THE TIME SHE WAS FLYING BACKWARDS-- I KNEW...
THERE IS A SITUATION WHERE THEY ARE PULLING BACKWARDS AND YOU HAVE HOLD FIRM AND LET THEM BECAUSE IF AT THAT MOMENT THEY GET LOOSE-- OR RELEASED YOU CAN HAVE A LIFETIME PROBLEM.-
and you can not walk toward them because then they are pulling against the collar and you are chasing them so it is all your fault and you will never gEt a collar on them again...( without great effort)
SO WHEN IT LOOKED SO BAD.. SHE WAS DOING IT BY PULLING BACKWARDS.. NOT ME... ALL I COULD DO WAS TO QUIETLY WAIT TIL SHE DROPPED FORWARD AND PRAISE HER QUICKLY AND HOPE SHE REALIZED MOVING FORWARD GOT RID OF THE PROBLEM.
I DID PRACTIE WITH HER YESTERDAY AND WILL DO IT AGAIN TODAY--- SHE IS SMART... SHE SHOULD COME ROUND..
moving on to emails from cp'S
SOMEONE CAME IN TO CHAT TODAY WHO HAS NOTICED SOMETHING ODD ABOUT THE DD WHEN ACCESSED THROUGH THE LINK IN THE GREEN BOX ON THE EXPLORE PAGE. EVERY SINGLE WORD IN THE DD IS UNDERLINED!!! MAYBE LET EXPLORE KNOW?
well as long as it is working i think we can deal with underlining
Pixie says " Happy Monday time to rise and shine and let the week start"! I think she's giving me look like is the weekend over already.
Pixie had a fun filled busy weekend with traditional holiday shopping with my mom her new grandma. My mother was so impressed with how she attends to me through crowds and making sure I'm safe. We had an incident where the elevator door was almost going to shut on me and my sweet girl backed me real fast to keep me safe from the door shutting on me. I still am learning to look up as I walk instead of down. My sweet girl is my second pair of eyes and always making sure I'm safe from harms way❤️😀🐶🐾 I told my mother now be prepared we can not go anywhere without people stopping is and asking and learning about Pixie. I swear her beauty draws the world attention and I don't mind cause I love spreading the word on how the Service Dog Project has forever changed my life and also spread MS awareness out there. We had a girl in one of the store who just wanted to walk with us and learn all about it. Melt my heart! When we were done with our shopping mom had said " you know we could go out in our pajamas and hair a hot mess and nobody would even notice." Nope lol.. People are all about learning about Pixie and how she helps me.
Pixie had gone to another wonderful dinner and again was so well behaved. I had the manager come up to me and compliment on her manners.
It's snowed at home and my girl had lots of fun. She is a snowbird. She had us all laughing as usual. My sweet girl loves to work and loves to play🐶🐾
Stacy & Pixie 🐾🐶