Sunday, November 19, 2017

nov19 2017
cake day !!! to the fire departments....

as we get organied to deal with ... hopefully... thousands of orders for calendars, linda and i started "cleaning out" ---"  looking over"  the content of her little corner of the world....
well... the   "give it to linda to deal"    has to stop.. and i am the most guilty...
people-- camera people come up with some fantastic ideas- and products we could "market"  from bumpoer stickers to wrist bands to collars... to my monkey fists ( now isn 4 sizes/colors) ...linda put it very well...   "i feel like i am running a gift store at teh airport" so we made teh executive decision... to put all the extra things on the freebee table with all teh candy  and let volunteers and staff help themselves-- because to have linda deal with a 50 cent item is lovely-- but not worth her time....  my way out of teh small ( cheaper) monkey fist-- is to have any camera person  who wants one send me te self addressed envelope- and i just put one in and trow it in the outgoint mail place-- if i have to find the envelope and address it, the small ones are then $5...  which  as a zipper pull or school bag decoration,  is still an intresting gift.   i should put that reminder on the chicken brick welcome board....
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sizzle--- is becoming a dog... she has been a lemon for a long time as with alot of teenage dogs--- ican rely a bit more now with her... and i must say, she marches around costco with authority ignoring everyone....--- and gets twice the compliments that bentley gets.. with her i can pull the "isn't she beautiful?" and i can say  "oh  do you mean the dog?" gets  a few chuckles sometimes  - and i get to talk with a few people who look like thy might be candidates for vv  ( visit and volunteer-- new terminology ) and hand out  few pokerchips---( on which we are getting low ....MARKKKKKK)
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APPARENTLY MARK, AS  'dartworld'  bought a new machine for 234 million dollars to make pokerchips  IN COLOR i never thought about it... but as people collect those thiings- and he makes them for places like  budweiser and  motorcycles-- ... they are good ones-- and survive many cycles thru the laundry... another  goldie finding....dartworld.com does google....
i have said it before, but dartworld, ( and mark is the guy with the big fancy desk in the corner.... ) has teh most tidy warehouse i have ever seen....  i am not sure why you need to know that .. except mark's mind is teh same one that can locate any individual SDP  picture  in teh 43,000 pictures on his computer... i have seen him do it..... to the rest of us....  me... i find that talent particularly annoying,  how does he do it.???.  ..  apparently donna's husband , when hearing a song, can play it perfectly on the piano... another talent of which i am most jealous. 
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 speaking of goldie... i bought a chair at staples.. in pieces in a box-- i never liked my old one... i get home and find tom's job in the past was putting together chairs for staples....
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i do not know who decided thanksgiving was not the last thursday in november... i bet it was teh black friday group.... all this early  black friday super sales has to  make one stop and think........ and think..... when teh biggest sale- cheapest price is  dec 26th-- so what you should do is celebrate christmas (Xmas, Holidays) on jan 3rd or to buy all 2018's christmas gifts on jan 3,-- unless all your relatives are my age... i didn't say jan 1st   in case you  went to times squaree and had too much to drink on dec 31 
personally times square is the last place i would go on dec 31-- actually it is  not high on my  list  of destinations anywhere in the world...
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one lace i would like to see is teh fedex sorting facility in tennassee

i might be able to use some of their tactics around here...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

nov 18 2017

calendar is done.... and away to the printer  i believe-- whic means we are supposed to be delivered before dec 1st...  linda has ordrs all  orgainzed..
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also... it might be fun for some of you to write a thank you to
 r&w rope----p.o.  box 50420---  new bedford  ma  02745-- they sent me a donation of a  big chunk of orange rope to do the orange monkey fists as a money maker for SDP..-- so notes from all over would be fun....and  nice to send them... it should mean over $100 to sdp.
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i had a few emails  wrt  responsible pet ownership-- and then i had 2 about responsible child production
 when in costco with a  sizzle or bentle,   for every 5 people who say
 " i wish you'd train my dog," i have at lest one who says "i wish you'd train my grandchildren"
 ... i don't see those "child leashes" much anymore-a kid with a strap around thier wrist an da leash to mom.     i used to be horrified to think that the child would grow up and vote.
 the fine line between overactive and just  healthy active got smeared along the way.. when doctors started trying be "the answer"  -- to appease mothers by 
offering a name and chemical solution to a  problem which might be solved by more exercse less  tv ---in my time...( now it's computer time)
please do remember i am an animal person... but i know...  if we wear out the puppies, they will sleep.. if we don't, they will chew on each other's heads... or some other part-  there is an active part of living  for which kids have no feel.. and "we" caused  it..
eliminate teh music program in schools, eiminate the recess program so we can have more hours of scolastic stuff...and pretty soon we cant do the scholastic stuff because kids have not  moved around enough to deal with growing bones and muscles... 

we went to laura's school for a "volunteer for community service" day--- and  all i had to do was sit there and think, if that school had any kind of forced physical activity they would need to have the ambulance on site...  from  guys in flip flop shoes to girls in high heels -- guys with pants sliding down  past their hips  to girls with skirts hardly covering the necessitites of life...
the school  struggles with  individualism of  expression with dress codes-- which is entirely the wrong way to go.... i could fix it  quickly--- instead of letting them out to roam the halls--- give them 30 laps around the gym-- one teacher one magic marker and when they got their "card"   with 30 marks, they could go to lunch.--- if they didn't get the 30, well then ... that  would be thier problem  --no lunch-- and all those flip flops and drooping drawers would be history.-- i see track people out running the streets with no problem so my origional was to say run around  the building outside  but i was  sure  some parent would say  it was too dangerous-- and it might in some cases be... but not these kids who make it into town all by themselves to buy donuts...  there would. be some way around that..   30 minutes of running around outside in the fresh air would straighten out more than thier clothing.
at some point we have to keep our eye on the end goal-- an educated kid--  not just a large  well fed one.----but also a kid who  has found out life is not fair so get over it...no   complaining  about  you getting  only one scoop of ice cream if somebody else got two... 

i remember...... edinburgh---i was a math major- and by american standards, a pretty good one.. then i got to edinburgh where my education was more of a joke .  they get out of high school with our college education--  then they go to"  university"--- i was lost-- big time...- one of the classes i took,... the class was so big i could barely SEE  the professor let alone hear or learn from him.... too bad... my problem... basically my fellow students totally understood topics i could not even pronounce...  another thing.... there was a guy in a wheelchair, and if you came to him somewhere, you just pushed him in whatever direction seemed logical..he was doing fine.
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my methods are the same with dogs in airplanes...a sign " all service animals must pass thru  the scanner alone with all harness removed..."   any trained service dog is supposed to be able to do that-- per that adi public access test... "remove all harness and regain control of the dog in a public setting"
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i am goin g to leave here this morning... for an outing--big excitement---- maybe to costco... so far this week i have wasted  days waiting --
for animal control inspection
2 days-- 3 delivery trucks
 computer to function for calendar reasons
plumbers to call

i want OUT..
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this was wrt animals----
Keep up the excellent work and please send my thanks to the many volunteers and to your great staff, which never fails to amaze.
Sorry this is so long but just wanted you to know how much I agree with all you do.  Keep up the good work.
Love to all,   Stephanie 

Friday, November 17, 2017

nov 17 2017
discombobulated ramble today......what happened??? we have a surplus of people and not enough who can train dogs... i wish i had a nickle for every phone call i get about training dogs in general-- if i then had another nickle for the number of calls i get abotu providing an "emotional support dog"   we would not have to worry about selling chicken bricks....  there is something lacking in the basic understanding of animals-- maybe it comes from 2 parents working to put food on the table--( mind you, food  is one of my personal favorite things)..... but in an effort to  provide animal experience, parents take the least labor intensive way out and buy a hampster  which they keep all alone in  a nice tidy  cage- or a canary-with no regard for the social life of the solitary animal.. and the kid involved learns a feed/water/ detachment to the mind of the beast...  it is that detachment that  ends someone on the phone saying "i bought this puppy, i need to have you train it for me to have as a  companion"   what i want to say is    try taking care of it yourself  and thinking about  some other  living thing will start you on what you need anyway... 
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this could go so many different directions...  from the solitarity confinement of helen keller( movie miracle worker/patty duke)  til she leartned to communicate by figuring ot the one word "water" -- to the the solitary confinement of so many of our  animals--- from hampsters to 1800 pound mo...  i bet  mo spent 15 years of her life eithere  in a 6 x 10' straight stall-- or in harness pulling a plow- her big excitement of the day was to get fed---  she arrived here mad at people-- and kicking...kicking with authority at anyone within reach...then we turned her loose in the yard-- no more kicking, great interest in bud's various projects in the shop-- many people can not get over the personality she has developed... all on her own.. 
 we just let her..
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so many  dogs are micromanaged-- leash laws mean never an chance to run  unless there is a dog park - and someone willing to take them there... how m any dogs i have watched ... on  a  leash.. trying to move thier bowels while being dragged along by someone half awake, totally detached from what is happening....the norm  "buy a cute pup.. get a collar to drag it around... feed it good food til it gets stronger  than you and drags you around- so you give it up as impossible" .     when... in soooo many cases having a well trained dog means mererly to teach the owner how to  graciously cope with another living  thing. it is not micro managing  a mechanical robot...
maybe half of our "program' is allowing the dog to bond with their new partner-- which is why i still question the accepted process of giving a puppy to a puppy raiser, then taking it back at over a year old - usually into a crate in a training facility for months,  --  then giving it to  work for someone-- when it is possible the dog is still looking for it's puppy raiser...
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giving up for the day...
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cp--JENNIFER  HARVEY sent this comment on  farm life...

 Not a lifestyle for those who have to plan everything.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NOV 16 2017
THE CALENDAR  IS GONE TO BED... (OR   PRINT...I THINK....) 
IT STARTS WITH JANUARY.AND WANDA...THE  JACK RUSSEL
"WANDA... COME HERE"
"OHAHUMANHASCALLEDMYNAMEIGETEXCITEDWHENANYONECALLSMYNAMEITISSUCHANICESOUNDTOOTHATMEANSICAN THEN RUNOVERANDJUMPINTHEIRLAPANDWAGMYTAILATTHERESTOFTHEWORLD. "  
"NOW JUST STAND THERE"
"IAMSOHAPPYTOSTANDTHEREBUTICANALSOJUSTSTANDONTHREEFEET" 
"WANDA PUT THAT FOOT DOWN"
"HOWCANIPUTTHATFOOTDOWNWHENIAMSUREISAWACHIPMUNKDARTINTOTHATHOLEANDTHEREISSSOMEONE OVERTHEREI HAVENOTSEEN BEFOREANDMUSTTALKTOANDWHYMUSTIHAVE4FEETONTHEGROUNDWHENICANSTANDVERYNICELYWITH3BUTAS SOONASYOUSAYTHEMAGICWORDOF  "OK  "  IWILLZOOMAROUNDTOTHATNEWPESONANDTHENJUMPINSOMEONESLAPANDRELAX"
"WANDA DON'T TURN AROUND"
"IJUSTHADTOTURNAROUNDANDSEEWHOTHATDOGWASBEHINDMESEEINGASHEIS20TIMESMYSIZEI ANTTOBESUREICANSTIL WHIP HIMOHITISONLYADANEANDIKNOWICANBOSSTHEM.AROUNDDIDYOUWANTMYTAILUPORDOWNICANWAGITSIDEDTOSIDEIAMSOHAPPPYTOBEHERECHECKINGOUTTHESECURITYOFTHEPLACE ANDICANTELLTHATTHENEED FOR MY SERVICESISGREATBECAUSE IAMSURETHEREAREALSOSQUIRRELSAROUNDLETMEATHIM." 
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IT WAS SUCH A RELEIF TO GET TO DECEMBER WITH THE DANES-- GOTTA LOVE 'EM....
"OSCAR .. COME HERE"
"WHY"
"WE NEED TO HAVE YOU JUST SIT THERE"
"OK"
"NOW HOLD STILL WHILE I PUT THIS ON YOU"
"PEOPLE ARE WIERD"
"NOW OSCAR... JUST STAY THERE"
" WHO'S MOVING? " 
"STAY"
"WHEN'S DINNER?"
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AND THEN THE TREMENDOUSLY  TALENTED CALENDAR CREW WHO HAVE A TERRIBLY DEBILITATING  AFFLICTION CALLED  "PERFECTION" 

"NO, IT'S--'FOR'  --, NOT-- 'TO'  "
"THAT WORD DOESN'T   'FEEL'    RIGHT"
TO WILLIAM IN THE MIDDLE OF A VIRTUAL FOREST... "CAN WE GO  LOOK AT ANOTHER TREE?"

BUT BY ALL RUMORS... WE MADE IT LAST NIGHT AMID AOL BEING NEARLY DOWN BECAUSE RIGHT AT OUR 6PM DEADLINE GOOGLE GOT INVOLVED WITH REBOOTING AOL ( APPARENTLY) AND SENDING FILES GOT ... IN A WORD.. LOUSY !
AND-- SO HEL.P ME.... MY CELL PHONE WOULD NOT CALL  ANNE'S PHONE..  . HER PHONE RIGHT NEXT TO HER
WAS NOT RECOGNIZING INCOMMING CALLS ( AND YES SHE/WE... DID CHECK ALL THE BUTTONS)  NOR WOULD IT CALL ME... SO I SAT HERE WITH BUD-- ANNE AT HER HOUSE WAITING FOR ME TO SEND THE LAST PAGE FOR HER TO LOOK OVER -- MY COMPUTER WASN'T SENDING THE FILE....  THE PHONE WOULD NOT WORK.. COMMUNICATION WAS  IMPOSSIBLE--

MAKES ME UNDERSTAND WHY ... IN LONDON WHEN THEY HAVE TO SHIP  EYE CORNEAS BETWEEN HOSPITALS  BEWEEN DONOR AND PATIENT, THEY USE CARRIER PIGEONS... AT LEAST THEY ...DID....I DUNNO NOW..... THERE IS A LESSON THERE.
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THE DEAL ON THE CALENDAR IS ----IF WE GET IT  TO TH E PRINTER BY FRIDAY  WE WILL HAVE IT DELIVERED BY DEC 1ST-- I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THE PRINTER EVEN IS.... LET ALONE THINGS LIKE WILLIAM CHECKING THE COLORS OR WHETHER FEB HAS 28 DAYS...
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WHAT DID I LEARN?----NEXT YEAR---- WE WILL DO IT WITH THE  NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY OF "ONLY THE GODS DO EVERYTHING RIGHT-- ANYTHING WE DO MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE  IMPERFECTION SO AS NOT TO ANGER THE GODS."   
AND 
NEXT YEAR WE WILL HAVE IT DONE BY DOGFEST... ( OCTOBER)
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IT IS TOUGH TO COME UP WITH  CREATIVE IDEAS... THIS IS OUR 5TH YEAR??? AND EACH ONE HAS BEEN  EXCEPTIONAL- ..AS THERE ARE SOOOOO MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED WHEN YOU  FIGURE IN --PEOPLE'S HOUSES --MEGAN'S  STAMINA-- DEVLIN'S DIMINUTIVE SIZE--KITTY'S DETERMINATION- ANNES ENGLISH-FROM FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO SCHOOL PRINCIPALS-- THERE ARE SOOOO MANY WHO HAVE COOPERATED...SOOOO MANY WHO JUST DON'T QUIT....
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SO AT $20 PLUS $5 IF WE HAVE TO MAIL IT IT WILL AGAIN BE A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT - WE SHOULD GET IT FROM TH EPRINTER ON DEC 1st.
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PURINA FOOD--- A HUGE DEAL IN OUR LIVES- BOTH MONETARILY AND JUST BULK........ AND GOLDIE-- OUR GHOST-- WAS RIGHT IN THERE  WORKING HARD...-- 
 THE ORDER ( DONATION) USUALLY COMES   1 PALLET OF WET AND 8 PALLETS  OF DRY ( 1 PUPPY 7 ADULT)-- BECAUSE OF THE PUPS, I ASKED PURINA  IF WE COULD HAVE 2 PUPPY, 6 ADULT PROPLAN-- NO PROBLEM...
THE OTHER DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THIS STORY IS  - WE NEED THE TRACTOR TO UNLOAD TEH  DRY FOOD WIHT THE "FORK LIFTS"  AS IT IS "TAILGATE DELIVERY"  ( THE OTHER  KIND OF DELIVERY WITH THE TAILGATE THAT LOWERS PALLET S TO THE GROUND IS  "LIFTGATE DELIVERY"    AN EXTRA CHARGE AND SHOULD BE SPECIFIED AT PICK UP..)-- THE TRACTOR WIL NOT PICK UP THE WET FOOD PALLET  AS IT WEIGHS  1019 POUNDS....THE TRACTOR JUST BARELY PICKS UP THE DRY FOOD WHICH IS 24 BAGS OF 40# EACH= 960---  SO IT IS CLOSE..... 

FEDEX CALLED TO ASK IF WE WERE READY TO ACCEPT 2 PALLETS-- I ASSUMED....... THEY MUST BE SENDING 2 WET SO WHEN BUD ASKED IF IT WAS A GOOD TIME TO CHANGE THE HYDRALIC OIL.. I SAID YES...SO HE GOT UNDER IT AND UNDID THE 3 PLUGS WHICH HE READ ABOUT IN THE MANUAL ( HE READS DIRECTIONS)
BIG TRUCK #1 ARRIVED-- THE USUALL DRIVER-- BACKED UP TO THE DOOR-- AND PUT TH EONE PALLET ON THE GROUNDAND WHILE MO SUPERVISED, OUR CREW UNLOADED  ONE PALLET AND THEN LEFT--I WAS QUESTIONING THE DRIVER ABOUT THE SECOND PALLET WHEN BIG  TRUCK # 2 ARRIVED

THERE WAS AN AWFUL  --HS-- MOMENT AS I  THOUGHT "HERE 'S 8 PALLETS OF DRY AND WE ARE MINUS TEH TRACTOR"...NOW OUR RECORD FOR DISMANTLING  A PALLET OF DRY IS ONE MINUTE 28 SECONDS... BUT THAT IS ONCE IT IS ON THE GROUND. AND WE NEVER HAD DRY ARRIVE "LIFTGATE" ----- IT WAS A SIGH OF RELIEF-- AND THANKS TO GOLDIE---- TO HAVE TRUCK #2 BE FILLING IN FOR TEH USUAL STRIAGHT TRUCK, AND THIS ONE HAD THE ABILITY TO LOWER THE 2 PALLETS  WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE THE 2 PUPPY PALLETS.
AT WHICH  POINT THE PHONE RANG-- HUGE TRUCK #3 WANTED DELIVERY OF  6 "SKIDS"  ON THURSDAY-- BUD SAID TEH OIL WOULD BE CHANGED BY THEN AND TRACTOR USEABLE... SO I SAID YES... SO HERE I SIT TODAY  -- READY TO DIRECT THE UNLOADING OF 6 PALLETS OF DRY FOOD FROM TEH HEATED COMFORT OF THE TRACTOR CAB...
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ONE DISASTER AT A TIME ID DO-ABLE.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

nov 15 2017
since you probably expect to get  the 2018 calendar before 2019 ----  it will be written off today....any typos, spelling -- holidays ( missing or added) are where they are ---it may be ordered by sending money   here.  even now.....and  we will deal...-- we also already  have a couple  of "tina's angels"   who  have already sent us money for an extra calendar for someone who might have trouble  finding money for one. i think that  was tina's brainstorm- and it is a good one...  now as for postage... we are asking for $5. from everyone  even tho alot of teh postage is $3.. and the extra money will help with the $8 zip codes and teh $22 europe mailings.-- it is jut simpler-- if anyone wants to send us extra money for postage you go right ahead.... don't let me stop you !!  i think last year's postage was just  over $5000 for the +/-1000 we sent-- so the $5 is close enough for government work.
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 i am sure most of you are familiar with my philosophy, "if a hammer won't work, get a bigger hammer...."  well ........  while sitting in the nice warm  bath tub, i tried to hook up  one  of teh hand held shower things... which involved  male ends and female ends- and a lever to swithc from tub to shower.... i  was so sure that  with the right equipment  and funny little chrome pieces, that it wouldnt be difficult to put the puzzle together...... i even knew about "dope"-- that wierd  thin plumber's tape stuff to wrap around the threads to seal better.... i knew considering things like slippery soapy water and things, i was due to have trouble  untwisting the  3/4 inch male to male end already in the female end of the  spout  .( i hope further explinatio of the commonplace  plumbing terminology is not necessary....)  so i had "big red" in the tub with me...   big red is a huge  red handled  slip wrench.. when the  male end of the  faucet argued with  me, i gave it a good one.... with those long handles i was able to get considerable "purchase" on the  thing.... which did not release the 30 years of gruck holding it together... however, it solved the problem itself by splitting the spout in such a way that  now i can sit in the tub and have a vey fine spray of water hit me right in the  face without any extra chorme pieces..  now  the only way to shut it off is to call a plumber -- which i will do just as soon as we have another plumbing problem
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speaking of bathtubs... i remember---  i discovered .....my roomate in edinburgh used to sit in the "wrong" end of the tub....  she declared it was quite correctly... deeper there... just out of curiosity  i never had a chance to take any statisticas on that,,  but is there anyone of our DD readers who sits in the end with the drain???
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water .. and plumbing... i think to wagter any donkeys who might be staying in the back "tanners lodge", we will have to gee some more jerry  containers  -- those rectangular carriers with handle and spout.-- there are many horses- particularly the draft kind, who are given access to water a couple times a day...by letting them out of their stalls  one at a time..to get a drink- then going back when finished-- tehreason i mention it is  with winter -- it is the only time of year when water does not run down hill... the stuff freezes-- even if you drain th ehose, if you get tidy and hang it up, enough drips will get together at the bottom of the loop and form a 1" plug making th ehose totally useless til you drag it into a heated area for 48 hours  til you can blow into it.-- i have a way of dealing with the oses in the barn... but every  year, there are a few who need training about leaving the hose flat on the floor after draining it...
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just to complete this frozen water topic for the day.... when i lived in lynnfield-- and had all those 4h girls, ... for watering the barn....we had a "gate valve" which shut the water off and drained it down 4 feet below ground... ocassionally ther would be a small drip that would freeze the area around the handle necesitating gong to the house  for a cup of warm water to unfreeze that...  the group we had were very bright--- and they did figure out that  instead of going to the house for warm water, there was  enough warm fluid between them to unfreezethe handle much quicker.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

nov 14 2017
i bought this green yellow red  bloodpressure monitor they have on tv...  worth the $39 (plus postage that woulld mail a small elephant)   but it is interesting.. all was green and go  117/75 ... until 2am when i decided to look over some calendar details and it went to red  155/85 --  that calendar is to be wrapped up  tomorrow-- so that we can have it by dec 1st.   i heavily suggest next year the goal is to wrap it up by dogfest.--
 i was in petco yesterday- and thy have a bunch already for sale now..  it is terribly hard to be as creative as william's skill  deserves... this year-- as in the other 5?  everyone will find a couple that will make you chuckle loud and clear.... while being artistic at the same time.

some people are already sending checks for copies..  linda has all that under control-- we need to rethink the postage to europe and canada.. and use some of our "profit per book" to help with postage of $22 per to europe????/  i will look into postages today...  if we can get everyone to pay the most common postage, we should have a few extra $$ -- for instance .. if the most common postage is $4.37  if we ask everyone to pay $5 then we should be able to send the european  $22 and canadian $15  ones for the same $5.  by the numbers it should be fine. any extra money  you send would go in the fun fund and hang  the accounting. 

accounting-- i suppose when you have been in business for 20 yeatrs, things do settle down...  maybe... but t the moment if you get really picky about our accounting you would ask questions like  " how come one year the office expense was $2,000 and the nesxt $12,000"  the simple explination is that in teh 12,000 year, the postage got included in the "office" expense   and the other year it was with..calendar/ads-- i know this bit becaues the health insurance got put in the insurance column 2016   and  ins total was over $36,000 causing me to say to linda "what the heii are we insuring???" -- i am sure if we asked for too much insurance they would happily sell it to us...
any rate-- our accounting excitement is ... maybe overwith--  i no longer am crawling around the floor of my car looking for every reciept for $12.98 just so the  reciepts can match the total. - darn it .. just change the total...    the big picture is perfect  and % wise  $12 will not make a diffeerence over $500,000 .. i will not fear the IRS - they don't want to waste time either.... p.s.  i do keep all the recipets i remember on a "yearly nail"    that keeps them at least in chronological order --   almost....
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we might all need to swing into action   to see if rachel would like any of us to help with bella's 8 week "lay up" .  for me...  maybe helping with her algebra could be a  fun challange......  she could call in any  of her problems  in for a  "lets stump carlene" section of mail call.  the only reason i offer algebra  is she is just starting so i should manage in keeping with her age group.... the problems shouldn't be too hard...  but i'm game...  besides if i can't solve the problem... there are about 1000 people online who will have something to say ... i am sure of that...

TODAY BELLA WAS HAPPY SHE WAS ABLE TO SLEEP IN A BIT! SHE HAD A DOCTOR APPOINTMENT AT 9 SO WAS ABLE TO SLEEP UNTIL 8! AND SHE ACTUALLY DID! SHE JUST HAD HER REGULAR 13 YEAR CHECK UP. I LOVE BELLA’S DOCTOR THOUGH. HE ALWAYS SETS ASIDE AN HOUR FOR HER. SO WE GOT THERE AT 9 HE CAME IN AT 9:15 WE DIDN’T GET IN THE CAR UNTIL 10:30. HER OLD PEDI WE USED TO FEEL SO RUSHED BUT HE TAKES THE TIME TO GO OVER EVERYTHING. HE HAS UPDATES ON ALL HER DOCTOR APPOINTMENT FROM SPECIALISTS AND GOES OVER THEM TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE! SO HE TALKED TO BELLA ABOUT HER SURGERY, ABOUT HER NEW BETA BLOCKER SHE IS ON AND IF SHE HAS ANY QUESTIONS SHE CAN CALL HIM. HE ALSO OFFERED TO WRITE A NOTE FOR SCHOOL SAYING BELLA WILL BE OUT OF SCHOOL FOR UP TO 8 WEEKS SO THAT THEY CAN GET JUMPING ON THE TUTOR. HE THINKS OF EVERYTHING. BELLA HAS DONE GREAT OVER THE LAST YEAR. SHE IS AMAZINGLY STILL SLOWLY GROWING IN HEIGHT AND WEIGHT WHICH IS AMAZING. SHE DID GET THE FLU SHOT WHICH SHE WASN’T HAPPY ABOUT, BUT SHE WAS HAPPY THEY ASKED IF SHE WAS A LEFTIE OR RIGHTY FIRST SO THEY DIDN’T HURT HER WRITING ARM! SHE IS A PRETTY HEALTHY KID DESPITE EVERYTHING. . MY GIRLS KEEP ME BUSY. 
 THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT! MUCH LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE
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i can  hardly wait for bella to see if she can   stump me at mail call....

i'm ready !

Monday, November 13, 2017

nov 13 2017
who missed last night's excitement ??  poppy got her  back foot stuck in the chain link fence between the pregos and  not pregos... it is that light guage chain link, and so bendable that i assumed if they got a foot in, that they could get a foot out...not true if you do a twist in th emeantime.. phone rang- i sent pam then checked teh camera while the phone wrang again ..- said "got it" slammed the phone and ran for the door...  the real hero of the night is tom... who has that shop so clean.... i could find teh bolt cutter and easily snipped the light wwire.  luckily too .. i had noticed a panel of fencing behind the dumpster  --- that we used to use in hotels for these "santa jobs" light weight aluminun pipes- so we used that to barricade the bottom section of that chain link... is yet to be resolved today.. ? plywood up 30"?? in the meantime... i hung the bolt cutter right outside teh stall.. if that had been a horse ..... well b eing bigger and idiotic it would have really kicked til the chain link did bend certainly i never would have sent pam down to deal with a horse with a caught foot..that is a killer situation...ofteh both horse and pperson who tries to deal.
that is one of the biggest reasons we have donkeys and not horses...  very related to my stories of why a horse needs to have blinders on his bridle so he can't see the cart "chasing" him.  donkeys are sensible... as witnessed last night....

i figure the episode was goldie warning me to get ready for  the painted lady's  foaling. it was painfully pointed out to me that i need a huge sweatsuit that i can get into with one pull and fly out the door regardless of what is under teh sweatsuit...  given time... i have a snowsuit but that involves 2 arms 2 legs and a zipper which might be too confusing in a half awake state.
please don't send me 47 of them --- i am gong to order some from duluth as soon as i finish this DD.

i am still getting emails about scott's video--- https://mountainlake.org/vch-turning-a-mess-into-a-message/    polly suggested you all put it on your facebook pages-- sounds like a reasonable idea... he is doing a good job... (so is the dog....)
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he was lucky that he could not tie a proper knot---- and he was also lucky that i was not shocked by the fact he had a warrant out for his arrest.  the reason i was not shocked... was i too have had a warrent to be arrested- a long story about  a leash law violation , cocktail hour and not having a$6.00 for bail.. but what it did do ... is  that record will prohibit me from getting a top secret clearence again.  i hope i don't need it ... as my job was to figure out how to bomb the united states most efficiently... i think what i determined is pretty much "what goes around comes around " and the fall out of a very few bombs will drift all the way round the world.... which should be detrimental to any bombing decision
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somebody from maine is in the guest house with a dog..- the fact that i can't rememer the name of either is parr for the course.
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there exiists - somewhere--- a good video  of mariah opening the kennel doors to let herself out.
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here's a story of 6  in a bed

IT’S BEEN A PRETTY CHILL WEEKEND. OF COURSE EVE AND FINN TURNED HEADS AND EVE HAD A FEW CONVERSATIONS WITH THE OTHER GUESTS ABOUT FINN! ONE COUPLE SAID WE SAW YOU ON TV!!! SINCE EVE HAS BEEN ON LOCAL TV NEWS A COUPLE TIMES AND ONCE BRIEFLY WITH FINN WE HAD TO ASK A COUPLE QUESTIONS AND IT DID TURN OUT TO BE BELLA AND GEORGE THEY SAW SO WE GOT TO EXPLAIN HOW GEORGE IS FINN’S AMAZING OLDER BROTHER! EVE HANDLES THAT WITH LOVELY GRACE FOR A 4TH WHO IS ASKING SANTA TO BE ON TV THIS YEAR!! LOL
YESTERDAY SHE SPENT A GOOD PART OF THE MORNING OUT SIDE WITH FINN GATHERING PINE CONES FOR A THANKSGIVING CRAFT SHE WANTS TO DO. THEN THEY WARMED UP INSIDE AND TOOK AND AFTERNOON NAP TOGETHER SINCE EVE HASN’T BEEN SLEEPING WELL LATELY. EVE SLEPT SO MUCH THAT AFTERNOON AND WE KNEW SHE’D REALLY HAVE TROUBLE GETTING TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT SO HER DADDY INVITED HER TO SLEEP WITH US AND DESPITE HAVING A KING SIZE BED AND EVE BEING TINY THERE JUST ISN’T ENOUGH ROOM FOR 3 PEOPLE 1 GIANT DOG AND 2 SMALL DOGS.!!!! BUT SOMEHOW I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO SEEMED SHORT ON SPACE!!!! LANCE AND FINN SNORED AWAY WHILE I CAREFULLY BALANCED ON THE EDGE OF 12” OF BED SPACE!! I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED TO THE COUCH.
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NOVEMBER12, 2017
KRINGLE AND I ARE MOST THANKFUL TODAY FOR PROGRESS. THE PICTURE DEPICTS US AT A LOVELY MUSICAL PRESENTATION AT A LOCAL COLLEGE. THE STAR OF THE SHOW IS MY GOOD FRIEND'S DAUGHTER, JORDAN, AND LAST YEAR WE ENJOYED HER TALENTS AT THIS SAME THEATER. EXCEPT LAST YEAR INSTEAD OF KRINGLE I HAD A WALKER. THE BUILDING ITSELF IS OLD AND CONSISTS OF MANY STAIRS. LAST YEAR I HAD TO BE ASSISTED TO MY SEAT AND THE WALKER HAD TO BE SECURED ELSEWHERE UNTIL THE END OF THE SHOW. THIS YEAR, DUE TO PROGRESS, KRINGLE AND I SLOWLY WALKED THE STAIRS AS A TEAM AND ENJOYED THE SHOW TOGETHER. IN FACT WE BOTH STOOD AT THE END AND GAVE A STANDING CHEER. THANK YOU, PROGRESS AND NO MORE WALKER! SUPER JOB JORDAN.
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before you ask....
 i do not have a dog in my bed...... i remember being at some convention with thumper  and another person and dog.... staying at some hotel where there were 2 king sized beds-- and figuring  thre was room for both thumper and me in one.... not true... he preferred to sleep diagionally  and snore, and twitch...... i got very little sleep and decided henceforth---  better alone than in poor company. ( an old mother "used to say"  comment) 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

nov 12 2017
we have a few young girls  who are terriffic interns...and they are going back to school- darn-...so along with needing more starters..i heard something on the telle this morning about young girls going for  "interviews"  and meetings  in slightly illogical places so i wanted to put in all our kids heads...  in job hunting or whatever..... if it sounds even slightly "unusual.."  the correc t response..."i will meet you in your hotel room #478 at 8:30.  i am sure i can get my aunt louise  or uncle harry to come with me"   and if the deal falls thru, there was no deal in the first place.  with all that is happening... the concept  "i am special, this is different .... this guy wouldn't...." is a bunch of  the stuff for which we cut up 3 x 6 cardboards to pick up.   one of the huge problems with holywood is that in the orocess of making movies or whatever,,, there is so much travel where an office in a hotel room is actually normal...  so taking some "old bag" with you is a totally legitimate concept.. and the real offers won't mind at all.
..being a farmer at heart,  you allow only your best  to breed....   as for any misbehaving male animal, you just do not use them..very often keeping them in a group with other misbehaving males.. 
from there i could easily go to  the perils of a group of young males....as in fraternities where to belong you must  die trying to prove you are more stupid than the rest of the group. 
----- in a group of puppies convential wisdom says to avoid the pup who is different and does not run to the fence to greet you , but sits in the back and waits for  you to speak to them...we.... megan steve and i... have all  said that  could be the thinker.... the pup to look over and will perhaps be the best of the litter assuming there is no physical reason to hang back....
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animal reactions
there is a pup in audry's litter who had a strange reaction   yesterday when i sadt down with my 3 jars of baby food to spoon feed the group..  he/she  "took off" and ran under the camera table... extremely wierd-- i wish i could tell you which one exactly... but i can't..  i did pick it up ( picking up is something not often allowed) and sat it net to me for an individual spoon feed session  and it did relax and joined the group..  we need to watch for that again and try and figure out why...  maybe i was just not jeri... could be a big reason...
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and then the donkeys... as a group.. they are  alarmed at the blue jackets in a very strange reaction.... steve ( meatctter steve) was the first to notice.. the painted lady jumped and ran off when he came in the stall with his jacket-- he later took it off and she was normal... so tom tried it and got the same reaction..  have we discovered something about the color blue?   
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6:31 am..... we are having our morning howl  even the pups joing bentley - chaos and sizzle...bentley seems to be the one to start it 
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cold draft---- megan says the wind blows down the hill from the partridgeberry place and blows in all those doggie doors... so i bought a bunch of concrete blocks to try and  build a wind breaker at each one... the lesson for the day is those concrete bl0cks come full size or half size-- which is how you get to stagger the seams for stability's sake.. i always thought they had to break them-- not true.. so for those of you about to build a wall of blocks-- get some 1/2's  i did watch the green house being built and saw those used there-- every corner and door needed 1/2's.....  
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 got to fiddle with those today-- like shove a 2 x 4 down th ehole to keep it together ( as we are not gluing them together until we get the design perfected...)
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every sunday  i wish someon e would put mo's harneess on her for practice... so that might happen 
you might see me watching from my "heated golf cart"  aka toyota sequoia .. it is nap type cozy in there ( with a window open)-- or tractor would work too... i love my heat...
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we had lots  and lots of comments about scott's video
you all can take great pride in financing of dash by buying those foolish chicken bricks..... ------many of you saw dash being born and trained...  i think dash was born  nov 2012-- so she must have been the second litter born after the cameras went in.. probably when we were suffering with the portable cameras with no sound... boy have we come a long way... thanks 100% to charlie and explore.org.  i do not have a clue about the exact details... i do remember saying to someone " as long as they don't cost  us anything..."   the other thing i distinctly remember is  the black box that connected teh camera to the internet was a tiny thing with an 18 digit password.... that you had to get by using  one button and holding it til you got to the rignt letter and case counted...it was  maybe my first absolutely definite indication , i could no longer do this stuff all by myself...

By now i know full well how dependent sdp is on all the staff and volunteers as i can  not  get all these dogs even fed every day.. let along kept clean and comfortable......plus we have encouraged  some very competent help-- from the extremes of    linda to bud, megan to tom,  plus all the ... there are over 100.   and someone always manages to get some kind of dinner ready every night-- even if it is by phone & delivery...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

NOV 11 2017
TODAYS DD IS BEST TOLD BY SCOTT IN THIS VIDEO...
BUT BEFORE YOU READ IT..... I HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW.... I MET SCOTT IN THE PERIOD HE DESCRIBES AS  "BEING IN JAIL/ ARRESTED  AND THINGS LIKE THAT"  SO THERE WAS A HUGE CONFLICT WITH "THE NORMAL" PEOPLE/VOLUNTEERS AROUND SDP   

HE COST SDP $99 BECAUSE SEVERAL PEOPLE AROUND HERE KNEW THE WORDS "CORY INVESTIGATION" AND INSISTED I FIND OUT WHAT HE MIGHT BE  GUILTY OF...  THERE WAS NOTHING TO HORRIFY ME... AND THE DOG LIKED HIM...  THE JAIL TYPE PROBLEMS HE WAS HAVING SOUNDED REASONABLE TO  ME...  REMEMBER I HAVE AN OFFICIAL RECORD BECAUSE OF A LEASH LAW VIOLATION.... SO THE PROBLEMS HE WAS HAVING  WERE BASICALLY PAPERWORK TYPE... ON TOP OF THAT... HE LIKED DOGS.. AND MORE IMPORTANT.. DASH LIKED HIM.... SO WHY WAS I TO ARGUE WITH THE  JUSTICE SYSTEM? 

SO I GUESS I CAN  FORGIVE HIM THE $99  AS SWAP FOR THIS VIDEO... IT IS A GOOD ONE,  THIS IS WHERE ALL OF YOUR $10 CHICKEN BRICKS GOES/


DEAR CARLENE,
I AM A SILENT CP WHO FOLLOWS AND SUPPORTS SDP IN MY LITTLE WAY WHEN I CAN.
I WOULD NOT NORMALLY BOTHER YOU WITH YET ANOTHER EMAIL TO READ, BUT THIS STORY REALLY TOUCHED ME LIKE NO OTHER OF THE MANY SUCCESS STORIES OF SDP.
LINK TO STORY:

I JUST WATCHED THE STORY AIRED ABOUT SCOTT AND DASH.  I COULD DO NOTHING BUT SIT IN AWE FOR A LONG WHILE, SAYING WOW OVER AND OVER.
SDP HAS GIVEN A MAN WHO WAS PAST THE BRINK OF DESTRUCTION NOT ONLY A LIFELINE IN DASH, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY A PURPOSE TO LIVE AND "PAY IT FORWARD".
SDP SERVICE DOGS ARE FAR REACHING CREATING SALVATION FOR ALL THEY COME IN CONTACT WITH.  WITH  EVERY PUPPY I WATCH FROM BIRTH, I KNOW THERE WILL BE MULTIPLE LIVES AFFECTED, NOT JUST THE ONE THE PUP CHOOSES.

 YOU DO GREAT WORK!  THANK YOU.

Friday, November 10, 2017

NOV 10 2017
BLESS THE GE CORPORATION..  THEY SENT 15 PEOPLE OUT HERE WITH RAKES AND THE LEAVES ARE NOW IN THE PARKING PIT
IT MAY NOT SOUND LIKE ANY BIG DEAL....  BUT LET US THINK OF ALL THE THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE  BROWN PINE CONES THAT ARE HIDING IN THE LEAVES AND MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT TO LOCATE WITH A POO PICKER BEFORE YOU FIND IT WITH A SNEAKER.-

 THE SNEAKER ISSUE DOES NOT HAPPEN VERY OFTEN AROUND HERE  BUT  THE FALLING LEAVES DO MORE THAN DRIFT BY MY WINDOW.... THEY HIDE THINGS.

I REALLY HAVE BEEN UP SINCE 2AM... SINCE KITTY LEFT ME WITH A LIST OF  TO-DO'S FOR THE CALENDAR.... WE STARTED THIS LAST JAN  SECOND.. WITH ALL GOOD INTENTIONS...HOWEVER.. STRUGGLE AS WE MAY, THE PHOTOS ARE ONCE AGAIN SPECTACULAR-- WITH A COUPLE THAT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY.... I AM TOLD..... PLAN IS.... IF WE GET ALL THE PROOFREADING ETC DONE BY NEXT FRIDAY , WE CAN HAVE 3000 ON DEC FIRST..  IT IS VERY TOUGH... ONE YEAR WE HAD 2 FEB12th's   - ANOTHER YEAR COLUMBUS DAY WANDERED OFF INTO THE NEXT WEEKEND... THIS ALSO MEANS A MASSIVE CELLAR CLEANING PROJECT BEFORE DEC FIRST..... BECAUSE 3000 CALENDARS, I THINK AT 150 PER CARTON ARE A LUMP OF CARTONS BIGGER THAN THE SIZE OF A  VW-- ALSO IT MEANS WE HAVE TO PAY THE PRINTER BEFORE HE UNLOADS THEM...
WHY IS THE CELLAR SO FULL? I HOPED YOU WOULD  ASK...#1 BECAUSE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ELECTRICITY IN TH E BARN #2--STEVE DIDN'T READ HIS EMAIL ONE DAY  AND #3. WHO CAN TURN DOWN THE GIFT OF  A PERFECTLY GOOD WALL OVEN...? 

  IT IS ALL VERYT LOGICAL.....NOT ENOUGH ELECTRICITY HAPPENED WITH THE NEW "GREENHOUSE" IT   MEANT THE ELECTRIC DRYER HAD TO BE CHANGED FOR A GASS ONE IN THE BARN AND THEY WOULD NOT GIVE ME MUCH CREDIT FOR THE DRYER- SO I SAVED IT  TO BE HERE WHEN OUR  OTHER 2 ELECTR  DRYERS BITE THE DUST.---- WITH ALL GOING ON AROUND HERE  WHAT'S AN EXTRA WALL OVEN OR 2-- YES 2... BUD FIXED OUR TOTALLY BROKEN PIZZA OVEN WITH  A $13.00 SWITCH JUST AFTER THE NEW OVEN ARRIVED...-- AND THEN  STEVE... DID NOT READ THE EMAIL THAT SAID  A CAMERA PERSON WAS SENDING US A NEW TOILET- AND HE BOUGHT TH E ETRA NEW ONE HE HAD IN HIS CELLAR -- THEY BOTH ARRIVED THE DAY AFTER SOMEONE PUT IN $39.00 PIECE IN THE ONE ALREADY UPSTAIRS TO STOP THE DRIP.... 
  THOSE ARE ALREADY PACKED IN AROUND THE ANTIQUE  - BEAUTIFU JOG CART JANINE INADVERTANLY BOUGHT AT SOME AUCTION... WHICH WILL BE  WONDERFUL IF POCKETS  IS ANOTHER YEAAR OLD... AND TRAINED TO DRIVE...  IT IS TOO SMALL FOR 1800 POUND MO.

THIS LEAVES US WITH THE 2 TOILETS-- LAST NIGHT AT MAIL CALL, WE DISCUSSED THE PROBLEM  AND I  NEVER SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE A AUTOMATICLY REFRESHING DOG WATER DISH OUT OF A TOILET THERE IN THE YARD..
IF THE DOGS CAN PUSH THE LEVER TO GET TRE\ATS FROM THE  YUPPY PUPPY, THEY CERTAINLY COULD PUSH A LEVER FOR A FRESH DRINK OF WATER...AND YOU AHVE ALL HEARD ME SAY WHAT A SLOBBERY MESS A WATER BUCKET IS IF A DOG TAKES ONE DRINK OUT OF IT... IT IS A SOLUTION...----- I WISH I HAD NEVER SAID THAT

LAST NIGHT AT MAIL CALL WE WERE THRILLED TO GET A VACUUM SEALER... I WAS SO EXCITED,I FORGOT WHO SENT IT... SO A BIG THANK YOU IS DUE TO SOMEONE....
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NO CUT AND PASTES...  JERI IS GETTING ORGANIZED TO LEAVE WITH AUDRY AND A PUP.. STEVE IS DRIVING HERE TOMORROW AND SHE WILL TAKE OVER DRIVING AND LEAVE FOR OHIO IN A FAST TURN AROUND.... SHE IS ONE OF THE VERY FEW WHO COULD BE HERE THAT LONG WITHOUT A PROBLEM... AND HER "CHARGES" WILL BE SHUFFLED INTO THE KITCHEN WHEN THE BLACK LITTER IS SHUFFLED  TO THE  NUTT HOUSE DURING THE DAY.

AND WE ARE SPOTLESSLY CLEAN... NO PUPPY  ODOR AT ALL.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

NOV 9 2017

I THINK... JUST MAYBE... WE HAVE THE 13 PHOTO'S FOR THE CALENDAR...-- WE DO HAVE A MEETING THIS MORNING AT 10  TO HOPEFULLY WIND IT UP..   IT IS... PER USUALL... A THING OF BEAUTY... AND THER E ARE A COUPLE REALLY SPECTACULAR PHOTOS... REMEMBERING  THAT WE HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO MISPLACE HOLIDAYS ETC...  WE WILL  TRY AND GET THE  DETAILS CORRECT THIS TIME....  THE OVERALL WILL BE SPECTACULAR... 
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 ABOUT MONKEY FISTS..  REMEMBER ANYONE BUYING A CHICKEN BRICK IS INVITED TO SEND A PADDED SELF ADDRESSED ENVELOPE AND I WILL SEND ONE OF THE ZIPPER PULLER TYPE MONKEY FISTS---- SOMETIMES 2 ESPECIALLY IF YOU PUT A DOLLAR OR TWO IN THE ENVELOPE FOR THE POSTAGE..  
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I REMEMBER..... WHEN I STARTED MAKING THESE THINGS, I KNEW  THAT HISTORICALLY A STONE WAS USED IN TH EMIDDLE  AS A WEIGHT  SO A SAILOR COULD SWING THAT ROPE BETWEEN SHIPS....-- SINCE I WAS USING STRING, IT HAD TO BE A SMALL STONE...
I JUST HAPPEN TO KNOW OF A VERY STRANGE PLACE  "BENTLEY WARREN  TRUCKING COMPANY"  ABOUT 4 MILES AWAY THAT  CRUSHES ROCKS AND SORTS STONES BY SIZE.I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THIS PLACE-- THEY HAVE IRON TOWERS WHERE THEY DUMP A TRUCK FULL OF  SANDY STUFF, IT GOES UP 30 FEET IN THE AIR AND  THEN STARTS DOWN A CONVEYOR WHICH SHAKES AND GROANS  AS THE SAND DROPS  THRU FIRST.... THEN THE 1/4 INCH PEBBLES, THEN 1/2 INCH.. THEN THE 3/4 INCH , 1"/  AND FINALLY... THE REST. 
IT WAS INTO THIS YARD OF  MONSTER TRUCKS  AND TRAILERS THAT  I WENT WITH MY COFFEE CUP AND ASKED AT THE OFFFICE  IF I COULD HAVE A CUP FULL OF1/2 " PEBBLES (TO MAKE THESE  MONKEY FISTS...  WHICH THEY HAD NEVER HEARD OF)   I AM ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE OVER TH E CB RADIO WENT " LOOK OUT FOR THE LUNATIC WANDERING AROUND LOOKING FOR A COFFEE CUP OF 1/2 INCH PEBBLES..."   ---SO I SAAT MYSELF DOWN IN THE PILE  AND STARTED PAWING THRU THEM.... THEY CERTAINLY LOOKED ROUND-- BUT IN ACTUAL FACT THEY WERE QUITE FLAT ON ONE SIDE - MEANING I COULD NOT USE THEM...   SO I WENT BCK INTO THE OFFICEE AND EXPLAINED TO TH E NICE WOMAN THAT I COULDN'T FIND ANY SUITABLE 1/2 INCH STONES IN THE  16 TONS OF 1/2 INCH STONES IN THAT PILE.

THAT ESTABOISHED MY REPUTATION AT BENTLEY WARREN-- BUT I SAW WHAT THEY HAD THERE.... AS CRAZY ACRES DEVELOPED, I NEEDED  THINGS LIKE SAND...-- SO I WENT BACK TO THE OFFICE AND ASKED HOW ONE BOUGHT  SAND-- AFTER A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT CUPFULLS, I FOUND YOU COULD ASK FOR  A PILE OF SAND BY THE SIZE TRUCK THAT DELIVERED IT... A 10 WHEELER WAS A SMALL PILE WHICH THEY WEIGHED NS SOLD BY WEIGHT.  WITH DELIVERY  OF $30 IT WAS ABOUT $150 FOR A PRETTY GOOD PILE.  LIFE WENT ON  AND I LEARNED ABOUT STONE DUST( WHICH WE NOW HAVE) AT $500 FOR A  MAMMOTH DUMP TRAILER WITH AN AWFUL LOT OF WHEELS.  .MY REPUTATION IMPROVED.... I WAS STILL NOT "A CONTRACTOR" BUT MY CHECKS WERE GOOD.... SO THEY PUT UP WITH ME.  
 THE STONE WALLS HERE WERE ROCKS BY THE TRUCKLOAD.. ETC..
IN THE MEANTIME, I NOTICED A SMALL PILE OF WHAT LOOKED LIKE SCRATCHED UP  PLEXIGLASS  TOSSED ASIDE..TURNS OUT THAT MONSTER LOADER THAT MOVED ALL THESE PEBBLES AND FILLED TRUCKS, HAD A FRONT WINDOW OF LEXAN WHICH NEEDED CHANGING EVERY FEW MONTHS BECAUSE IT GETS SCRATCHED....  LEXAN IS NOT PLEXAGLASS... IT IS FAR BETTER AND MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE--- THESE  SCRATCHED SHEETS THEY WERE THROWING AWAY COST OVER $500 EACH WHEN NEW..
LEXAN IS GOOOOOOD TOUGH  STUFF.  I COULD NEVER AFFORD TO BUY IT  SO  I ASKED BENTLEY WARREN... AND THAT IS WHAT LINES THE DOG KENNEL IN THE ALLEYWAY OF THE BARN..... AND SOME OF THE FEEDERS ETC..... FINA LLY .. WITH THE HELP OF A CP I DID BUY ONE FULL SHEET, UNSCRATCHED AND IT IS THE WINDOW  BETWEEN THE FEEDING ROOM AND  ARENA...  BUT ALL THE REST IS  FROM BENTLEY WARREN.
**SO IF ANY OF YOU KNOW OF A TRUCKING COMPANY WITH  THOSE HUGE FRONT LOADERS,  WATCH FOR THE LEXAN PILE...... YOU WILL LOVE IT.
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THERE IS ONE OTHER BENTEY WARREN STORY...I HAD A RED SUV- AND I WAS LOOKIN FOR FIELD STONES- THE OFFIC PERSON SENT ME  "DOWN  THE DIRT ROAD PAST THE SAND" WAS A PILE---  SO I STARTED DOWN THE ROAD..  THERE WERE TIRE TRACKS   .... ONLY TO HAVE  THE FRONT OF MY CAR GO NOSE DOWN IN A BOGGY HOLE--   I HAD TO CLIMB OUT THE WINDOW QUICKLY-- IT DID NOT KEEP SINKING BUT NO WAY COUOLD I DRIVE IT OUT...SO I WENT BACK FOR HELP-- AND THEY SENT THAT BIG LOADER WITH CHAINS  WHICH LIFTED MY POOR LITTLE SUV OUT-- THUS MY DIZZY REPUTATION WAS MAINTAINED... AND REMAINS TO THIS DAY.---

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NOV 8 2017
we have a school to do this morning about ?community service?  
big excitemen of yesterday was  grinding off mo's back teeth..
turns out  the nerves are way down at the gum level- and she did not seem to mind at ll... she had 2 back teeth which had no opposing lower teeth wso they grew so long that she coudn not chew properly--  the horrid grinding noisn never seeks to bother the horse... but it sure makes me drool...  the grinder -- well designed and new to me... was a 24 inch long diamond plate thing which goes on  an electric drill--( i think he said it cost $2000)  and saves hours of manyal filing..  bryan is good at that stuff....as i was seeing them out the gates i heard someone had offered to pay for his services... but since bryan's land line was out of service, and we only got messages...i didn't find out who  so i can  thank them...  
o i am anxious to feed mo carrot and see how long it takes her to chew correctly...  she has to have been at it for a good 10 years to get her jaws locked like that..
i bet that was why she was in the killers pen.. coldn't put on weight..

lets try now...  i did buy some chopped hay laced with molassas for her to work on  in the past week.. she loves that stff...
bryan admitted she was a nice animal !! 

how many countries are we in????? i onlly had to ask "cloud"  who sent me a perfect list  -- the answer is 34... and  i quickly counted 51 sttes


 which one are we minus??? you figure it out... i have to get the ddogs ready ( empty) to go to school....

running...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NOV 7 2017
i totally forgot for this book i am writing-  there are a bunch of stories during my role as an  "i love lucy"  look alike ---  as  temp receptionist or nurse  for my husband's  medical practice...  someone woudl call in sick, and i would get drafted.---there were many funny stories--as patients were very like the chocolates coming off lucy's conveyor belt.... most  stories old enough now so there are no living patients to hear the details.  there is no way i am going to go to a doctor and complain about the tip of my toe keeping me awake at night  because i know what would be said when i went out the door...long ago.... there were 3 little old ladies which  the office referred to as the "first tuesday" ladies-- they came in the first tuesday of  every month for their B12 shots. he readily admitted he didn't have a clue what, if anything, was wrong with the 3 of them, but he figured a B12 shot wouldn't hurt them ,and they all felt much better after it.  the cost was $4 for 2 of them... the third lady  never got charged for any medical  care because   #1 she was not wealthy, and #2 she brought him a 1 pound can of fantastic  home made baked beans in a chase and sandborn coffee tin every saturday night.
 i think often of those tuesday ladies-- especially when i talk with veterans- and the  vet starts thru  the list of meds they are on.
 one poor vet was on 140 pills a day...  you didn't dare light i cigarette near him...  teh tendancy  to perfection is bizarre... here... have a pill  "A" to stop the misdirected nerve in your toe.... and if it makes you dizzy, then take  pill "B" and come back in a week.. at which time  i can give you a pill "C"   to make you sleep better but don't drink coffee with caffeen-- and come back in 2 weeks...
before very long  yu are asleep in a recliner ,in a nursing home,  you can't remember you had any toes at all,and they won't let you drink coffee with caffeen because it might wake you  up to the fact that the mush they are feeding you has not changed in flavor or consistancy in a month.
lesson? , don't try for the perfect toe at the  expense of the rest of  you.
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the green house---- for you new commers.... we needed a dog house for females in heat or any dog that has something  that  might be contageous..  simple thing--  ask masterson to dig a hole, call teh concrete guy, get someone who does not speak english to   pile up some concrete blocks- jack and the rest of us could put together the wood part and roof...should cost  about $20k for a very nice working dog house.  what happened is another chapter  in this book, but instead of a $10 piece of pvc pipe for a drain in the floor,  we were forced to put in $19,000 worth of iron and copper plumbing to make water run down hill into a dry well... a very long story.... however.... we are not allowed to have any sink... or toilet--- and we don't have either...  what we do have is a fluid processing unit where we can empty the dog's water pails  into the drywell
so we don't end up with an icescating rink in january with all the water thrown out the door.  it is not alot different than  the 4-H horse owners   place to pee... some of you may remember  the day  janine forgot about the cameras ... there were those that were shocked.....
to really  understand the riduculousness of the situation you have only to watch teh  gallons of fluid  that can pour out the rear of mo before you are concerned about  any extra fluid.
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icould excuse myself by saying , "i have fish to fry"--i don't know where that expression came from...  i certainly don't have fish... but we sure have som pork shouldler to process into a few frozen meals--- it is absolutely wonderful... but i am now 6 meals straight on porki shoulder--- my kingdom for some indian food... 
actually judy found an indian restaurant in beverley  - and we are to go there for lunch tomorrow...
i did look it up online and it did say something about  indian food and sports bar..  it is not in the greatest neighbrhood-- i think i will be sure to take my service dog in training....sizzle..
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sizzle's name was invented by richard... a nice man who came here from california -who was both amused and shocked by our "outfit."  he was 4 years older than i--  and finally pssed last month..he said he had pur us in his will... and he did - so we will have $25,000. we must figure out some monument to richard befitting of his  donation.

Monday, November 6, 2017

NOV 6 2017
you know your intellect is misdirected when you don't dream of  future accomplishments but rather of pork shoulder with gravy... talk about fortunate inheritance.... apparently  xxxxx and yyyyy ( between poor hearing and vision i can not tell you what their names are..  i did recognise the new yourk part) they wanted to be involved with animals like the  ones on the explore.or.. so they called someone out there who suggested they contact us...
thank you  explore !!! so we have inherited  2 super volunters.... he is a chef and she is anotehr compulsive worker  like megan and judy--the entire staff was thrilled with his pork shoulder..  so much so that tom asked someone to save a plate of it because he wasn't here sunday. 
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"it is too soon to talk about the shooting" gets more ridiculous  as we go -- because  as  the events get closer and closer together  teh time between events approaches zero - congress just can't find time to address the issue of rapid firing guns..
so i had a few thoughts...instead of insisting on a background check... start with reality.. anyone who wants to buy one of those reppeating rifles is a mental health case by definition. and should go on an FBI  "watch list"  -----  maybe i have been an animal person for too long- but  it seems to me that these rifles are someon's attempt to replace a lack of   "those round things i put in all the monkey fists i make ". ----- at my tender age, i have known and been related to alot of people, and there is a "sub set" them   that have owned guns.--  in that sub set 100% are bona fided  nut cases. -- three of them are women-- one an animal control person who patted her hip threateningly as she explained she could break into anywhere she wanted... another was some kind of federal marshall  who's gun was more important to her  "i carry a gun you know.." much different than any  other official federal marshal i ever knew...  the third is just someone who lets everyone know she has a gun  seemingly to establish her credibility? i dunno... as for  the men who carry guns-- i say are  100% nut cases because the  case which should contains nuts  is empty????
i do suggest...- and my advice to young girls-- is --- with the exception of official police personnel---do not date or consider marrying any guy who finds it necessary to carry a rifle/ gun---because in the long run they will be lacking  a much more interesting part.... and could eventually be very dangerous---either because of violence ,stupidity,  or lack of responsibility as to where he keeps the thing.
high powered men do not need a high powered rifle.  i better quit there.
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back to pregnancy-- that donkey --- i am living moment by moment-- waiting for a phone call about feet stickeing  out of  donkey bum....i can not imagine how she is going to push out the baby elephant she  must have in there....-- i look at her belly and teh space between her hips, and  it makes me worried ---  there are 2 wide parts to a foal... the shoulders and the hips-- generally if teh shoulders get out, th ehips will follow...  but it looks ominius to me...i will ask bryan to have a look at the camera today..  i don't think there is a thing we can do about it.  i have seen all kinds of cases of  pulling  a calf out of a cow .... but the primary goal there is to end up with a cow that gives milk because she just had a calf.. sometimes the calf is the by-product.. and if a male calf  ... of no huge value. 
we will do the best we can....
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audrey's temp is 100.4-- and the  mastitis lump is about  1/2 the size it was...  jeri is going to take a pup home withher... she is not telling anyone which  one it is.
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cam op lee was teh shatupon winner yesterday---  also... we have some new camera watchers... and one tried to find out what all this shatupon  business is all about..  so i went to google shat.. and there are  a few efforts at definition... and there-- way down at the bottom of about 7 others, is our chicken shatting..- maybe pam shojuld work on our web to get the word shat furthere up on the list....
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moving along...  to the pork shoulder....


Sunday, November 5, 2017

NOV 5 2017
that ham was some  kinda gooooddd.--  thank you !! HONEYBAKED HAM DINNER WITH ALL THE FIXINGS   WORKED FOR SUPPER BREAKFAST AND   LUNCH ... AND BREAKFAST...
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SPEAKING OF MEALS..... LAST NGITH'S TV ADS WERE THE WONDERFUL SOMEKINDA   OVEN, --- FULL MEALS IN 13 MINUTES FROM FROZEN... AND AS A SPECIAL BONUS THEY  WILL INCLUDE A CARRYING CASE.   I CAN NOT IMAGINE ANYTHING I WOULD HATE WORSE THAN TO CARRY AROUND AN OVEN WITH ME...-- THEN THE AD GOES ON TO SAY YOU  COULD ROAST A PRIME RIB  AND SAVE $30 THAT IT WOULD COST AT A RESTAURANT FOR EACH OF YOUR FRIENDS...  ...  SO NOW THEY AHVE ME LUGGIN THIS THING TO THE MALL  JUST INN CASE WE FEEL THE NEED TO HAVE A BIG SLICE OF PRIME RIB BETWEEN MACY'S AND WALMART/

SOMEBODY PAID THIS AD AGENCY TO COME UP WITH THIS AD KNOWING  PEOPLE DON'T REALLY LISTEN TO ADS... AND THE THING THEY WILL REMEMBER IS THE JUICY PRIME RIB.   THE RUSSIANS FIGURED THIS OUT MANY YEARS AGO AND HAD A FIELD DAY PLANTING CONCEPTS THAT WE DON'T EVEN REMEMBER GETTING PLANTED...WE ARE SO OVERWHELMED WITH  ADVERTISING THAT  WE LET TEH SEMI NORMAL SOUNDING BUNCH OF CRAPOLA SLIDE INTO OUR SUBCONSCIOUS.. 

 FOR EXAMPLE--- I DO NOT KNOW WHAT POSSESSED ME TO START SINGING A SONG AT DOGFEST WHEN MARK HANDED ME THE MIC-- AT THE START I WASN'T EVEN SURE I KNEW ALL THE WORDS-- BUT I MADE IT TO THE END... IT WAS KIND FUN.. 

NOW IF I STARTED SAYING " SOME OF THE DOG FESTERS  WANT ME TO SING ANOTHER SONG AT DOGFEST NEXT YEAR, I BET IN A MONTH I COULD GET SOME FORMAL REQUEST GOING"   GOTTA BE CAREFUL WHAT  YOU ARE TOLD TO BELIEVE..  BESIDES I REALLY KNOW  ONLY  ABOUT 1/2 OF MOST SONGS-- 
I WOULD DO BETTER TO RECITE "ALBERT AND TEH LION"   PARTS 1 AND 2...

LESSON OF THE DAY... HERE I AM REMEMBERING THAT JUICY PRIME RIB-- AND I FORGET THE NAME OF THE OVEN  I WAS SUPPOSED TO CARRY AROUND.-- THAT IS WHAT FACEBOOK IS ALL ABOUT????
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FYI???  PRIME RIB... MAYBE --- WELLLLL... I KNOW THERE ARE ALOT OF PEOPLE AROUND HERE THAT DON'T REALIZE  
'PRIME "  IS A  USDA GRADE PUT ON THE  BEEF AS IT IS PROCESSED...  PRIME IS  "HEAVILY MARBLED WITH FLAKES OF FAT THAT MELT AND TASTE GOOD AND CHEW EASILY"   COSTCO CARRYS A SMALL CORNER OF PRIME-- IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE.. THE NEXT DOWN IS CHOICE-- WHICH IS VERY GOOD--- THEN SELECT WHICH IS CHEWABLE-- THEN COMMERCIAL, UTILITY,CUTTER AND CANNER... WHICH CAN NOT BE CNEWED BY NORMAL TEETH- AND THE LAST  ARE USUALLY FOR PET FOOD.

I THINK ?? USDA USED TO INSIST THAT THE STAMP OF EACY TYPE BE LEFT ON THE   ROASTS AND STEAKS  - BUT YOU ACN TELL ALOT BY JUST LOOKING AND  COMPARING -- AT COSTCO THEY HAVE SOME PRIME NEXT TO THE CHOICE, AND THE DIFFERENCE IS OBVIOUS... 

IF YOU GO TO A BUTCHER AND ASK WHAT GRADE THE BEEF IS AND THEY SAY "SELECT.".., YOU BETTER SHARPEN YOUR TEETH.
 OR BETTER YET BUY HAMBERGER.... 
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Just wanted to share that Kringle and I completed our first 5K today.  It will be 3 years on November 25th since my ruptured aneurysm so this was a goal for me.  I never dreamed I'd be able to walk one again but I did, thanks to my girl, Kringle!  Sometimes slow and steady does win race!
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I HATE THAT WE'VE BEEN MIA FOR JUST ABOUT THE PAST MONTH, BUT WE'RE STILL PLUGGING AWAY AT THIS LAW SCHOOL THING AND WE'RE DOING WONDERFULLY AS EVER TOGETHER! IT'S AT THE POINT IN THE SEMESTER WHERE WE'VE JUST RECOVERED FROM MIDTERMS BUT WE'RE ALSO STUDYING FOR FINALS. WE HAVE JUST OVER A MONTH LEFT OF THE FALL SEMESTER - ALMOST DONE! POOR ASHER HAS BEEN SO PATIENT WITH ME AS WE SPEND MOST OF OUR WEEKENDS COOPED UP INSIDE WHILE I GET ALL THE READING, CLASSWORK, AND STUDYING DONE FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK. I'VE BEEN MAKING SURE HE STILL GETS PLAY TIME, OF COURSE, BUT I CAN TELL HE'S BORED COME SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
SO TODAY, WE TOOK A DAY OFF FROM HITTING THE BOOKS AND SPENT THE AFTERNOON IN DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE, MY FAVORITE ESCAPE FROM BRISTOL AND SCHOOL WORK! IT'S HARD TO MAKE WEEKEND PLANS WITH FRIENDS BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE WORK TO DO ON OUR OWN SCHEDULES, SO I WAS ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL FOR ASHER'S COMPANY TODAY - IT'S ALWAYS MORE FUN TO NAVIGATE AROUND PROVIDENCE WITH A BUDDY, AND HE'S ALWAYS THE PERFECT GUIDE OVER THE UNEVEN SIDEWALKS AND STAIRS!
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I'M SO AMAZED AT THE TEAM WE'VE BECOME IN ABOUT FOUR MONTHS. I WAS GOING DOWN THE MANY, MANY STAIRS IN THE PARK TODAY TO GET BACK TO THE BUS HUB, THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH I ENJOY WANDERING AROUND BY MYSELF NOW BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO GET AROUND SOMEWHERE OR GETTING WORN OUT ON A LONG WALK WITHOUT THE STAMINA TO KEEP GOING. I THOUGHT I WAS PRETTY INDEPENDENT BEFORE ASHER, BUT NOW I HAVE A BUDDY EVERYWHERE I GO TO KEEP ME COMPANY AND KEEP ME SAFE ON OUR LONG WANDERINGS. I COULDN'T BE MORE THANKFUL FOR MY BEST FRIEND!
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SHE WAS ONCE AGAIN MY SHINNING STAR AFTER WORDS WE GONE TO THE STORE AND I TRIPPED OVER MY OWN TWO FEET. YUP NOTHING NEW. MY SWEET GIRL CAUGHT MY FALL. IF IT WASN'T FOR HER BEING AT MY SIDE AND SO FOCUSED ON HER JOB AT ALL TIMES I WOULD TAKE SOME GOOD WIPE OUTS BUT SHE IS ALWAYS READY AND KNOWS JUST WHAT TO DO. AS I SAY WE ARE ONE! SHE IS MY HERO
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PARTING SHOT??   LAST NIGHT AT MAIL CALL... WE HAD THE ULTIMATE ADVERTISEMENT-- IT WAS ON /IN THE DUCT TAPE THAT SEALED TEH CARDBOARD BOX... WHICH ALSO HAD ADS  ON IT..

Saturday, November 4, 2017

nov 4 2017
i have 2 1/2 minutes to write this DD  as gwen is here  -- from north carolina-- with her car .. and i have to be careful what she fills it up with and removes to the hills of north carolina...  she has  her eye on the antique doctor's  scale behind me-- and a glass punch bowl  that ajay almost had down on the street to give away...  ajay saw the need to basically unload teh cellar-- which  she did.  now -- enter gwen-- who can see what's left to stuff in her car to go south.-- it happens--  old family relics  which i haven't seen in years anyway... so i can fill the place up  with more critical things ... like pee pads and fluffies.
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 the street-- give aways...  i was appaled to see that our 2 huge stacks of pallets have finally gone.... so i replace them with some  fence pannels that even the dump won't take. 
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what started this was .. the most valuable thing gwen has confiscated is my mothers  recipie file... and  teh canning recipies in that file....  i did n't realize at the time   that the relish's were actually our vegatable  which she had canned in the  season of plenty...   corn relish, tomato something  and bread and butter pickles...
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this is hadrdly an  exciting dd--  but i am  distracted...
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audrey's temp   100.2
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woowowoo

Friday, November 3, 2017

nov 3 2017
jackets jackets... it is raining beautiful blue  jackets from disney --- thanks to ingrid...-- for some reason disney ended up with 72 beautiful  expensive winter jackets  in sunny florida....and ingrid-- ever thinking -- thought all the cp's who live in florida and would just love to rush back to snowy new england in feburary  but can't because they don't have the winter clothing-- well that excuse no longer works...  you can come enjoy a good ole n.e. blizzard because we now will have jackets here to keep you warm while you shovel and remind yourself why you moved to florida in th e first place...
 what does 72 jackets look like?   about  2 x 2 x 6 feet or 24 cubic feet of blue jackets..  so today i will start a list of volunteers  who are here
on a very regular basis-  and issue them their own jacket... which should leave plenty  left over to have "around " as jackets  to  work in..  these are not to be  sold or  given away  to anyone except  our workers.....  we certianly can manage that...
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DDDYY   is a  new date format to me... makes lotta sense...  this learning came by way of  the recall of  all kidde fire 
extinguishers betweeen 00212 and 22717-- that's  many --38-- millions of red cylindars-- with their corresponding red and white notices that ADI said i must put over them-- which i did...i argued long and lively  that anyone around here would not think those red cylindars were hair dryers.
 by my executive order  we are to have one at the door to every building-- with the theory that  to keep it next to a possible source of fire was a poor choice..this also gives us a chance to check on the green/red live/dead status-- and even put a date pn some...  this recall....sounds like a goldie reminde----  goldie might be telling us..... time for someone to check the green/red dial at least-- next volunteer in th e door gets that one.
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it is also the same liogic that demands we keep all water buckets next to the door /gate to the kennel so as you come and go you can check to be sure it is fresh--  right now....sitting here... i can tell you one bucket that is not near the door-- and that is walters... i did note that a few days ago.. and dismissed it as something i think megan would be the one to check on fresh water...  .. his configuration is awkward, but we still   could change that with a double ended snap- dog's water dishes get pretty grucky pretty quickly... one quick lap of teh water and the entire dish is slime... i don't know what they have in the irsaliva.. but it changes an entier bucket to slime.
on that same topic......i dog never drinks an entire bucket of water.... therefore by filling it to the top insures wasting at least 1/2 a bucket... a long time ago i suggested we fill those kennel pails only  2/3 full-- it is not just the water, but have you ever timed how long it takes to fill a bucket to the top....?  the extra 20 seconds times 60 dogs 3 times  a day---   there is 1 hour of just standing.?   plus it is heavier . on second though i think the 20 seconds is a bit much --- make it 10 and 1/2 hour. 
all these "drops in a bucket" amt to a $900 a month water bill...
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 the icu house--  we are having 3 nice warm days this week... so it may be teh last chance at getting a coat of paint on that ICU house-  it has 2 coats of primer on it now... white [[[rimer-- and it started to be the "white house----yesterday i decided at 7am to go to the local hardware store and buy some paint for the  final coat.  with difficulty  joyce  donna jeri and anyone else who was here decided to have it be that icey/blue.. if i would just have  them cut" the white with blue...  we would have  "the ice house" - so i went-- the local hardware store is more expensive thatn other places-- but for some reason.....  it was full of contractors who were getting paint for the day's job...-- one guy came in with 6 gallons of very light green that some homeowner did not like --- so ....... we how have a green house.   and - with that .. the name will fit too...

gotta go with goldie... i turned in to that paint store on my  way to home deopt.. i tell you , if you ever get your choice between smart or lucky... take lucky !
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you all know how fond i am of banks...  this sign really made me laugh... and think....

if you have a gun you can rob a bank... if you have a bank you can rob everyone
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and this was fun....


 I HAVE DISCOVERED THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN AND LISTEN TO THEM ON MY GOOGLE THINGY (LIKE ALEXA)... SEARCH THEM AND WATCH THEIR CONCERTS... THEY HAVE GREAT PERSONALITIES AND TALENT !  THEY HAD A CONCERT IN IPSWICH BUT MUST HAVE BEEN IN ENGLAND (?)    CP SEQUIM PAT

Thursday, November 2, 2017

nov 2 2017
now was this a GOLDIE  moment?  why would old friend  dida show up at mail call  for 5 min to tell us about lifeline testing.... i have learned not to question  our "Ghost Of the  Lefthand Drawer" 
Carlene
Your friend was right about Lifeline testing.
It is well worth the 160.00 and hour of time.
I am in Michigan, and they test here also.
I have tested,many times with them and i am lucky to get a good report regarding my arteries.  The only test i flunked was bone density :))  i also recommend them...Thanks---Barbara M

then a couple people backed up her enthusiasm 
so i must look in to that today...
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i am delighted with alexa--- i just sat down and asked for classical  piano music-- and her choice is delightfull soothing ... without my having to argue with itunes and passwords  etc...  eliminates that one source of stress-- i like music... and can't find it on my own...
 i can remember in the  good old days--- before generalized national insanity- lord knows why, but newburgh ny had  not only music programs in the junior and senior high.. choral, band and orchestra-- but every so often a commercial  concert would be held at the highschool --  so i at least learned words like sonatas and symphonys as my mother  would get on some culture kick and insist we (3 girls ) go and sit and listen..  then came  33 1/3 and 45's  which none of this generation has ever heard of...  we were all excited about hi fi--- we worshipped hifi---- and putting in huge speakers the size of aa vw bug  in our sitting rooms  so you could hear perfect hi fi  if you sat in the bottom of  a closet across the room.
as hi fi got better, the junior high band did not have the same appeal and got wiped out  to put the money in the  football program--  then the high school chorus got canned..-- and orchestra-- so within years we  had raised a bunch of kids who were tone deaf and only recognized  noise. -- with only a few hold outs for "country music"-- it was possible to listen to  what they called music and try hopelessly to hum the melody.. as  accent on football  programs replaced music... not only were we missing the melody but we had a bunch of kids who had banged their heads on each other  too many times in hopes of getting a "football" scholarship where  their  actual education  suffers because of all this  continual head banging.
and it all is caused by cutting out the junior high school orchestra.
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of all th people i know, i only know 3 who  are into  respectable music.. geroge myers has a son who can play the piano very well... along with donna's husband-- and peter sheckamn plays the cello in a boston orchestraa.  that leaves an awful lot of people banging on drums... maybe it is my problem that i  find that  to be just noise.
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moving on.....
audrey's temp is 101.9   -- high normal in most books... still on meds... lump still tehe.. not hot.. she is eating peeing and  pooping.
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so far i don't think megan and steve learned anything that would change our training of dogs... the biggest thing  i think was they made contact with the people at the va who now allow some veterans to preapply for service dogs'  insurance coverage..  the va will not pay us for the dogs, but they will take on the expense of veternatry care, and travel of teh veteran to and from here for training...  there was some commmetn about  the training expamples on display --the trainers were   carrying a full load of treats... and teh dogs concentratio was on the treat bag...  i have said before... once you take out the treats with our danes, then that is the only thing in theri heads.. and it becomes  them trying  to teach you to give them treats instead of  learning something to earn treats... it is a very fine line....  
i think... treats are  for when you go back in your kennel..
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a few people were there i have heard of before-- most notably -- the guy who convinced me to try the" all wormer"   from australia, is now the president of ADI... -- and i did hear one woman  has asked if maybe we could give some pups to her program...  we like raising pups- so if she could send us a trainer for a couple days to learn how we handle them, we might do that.... especially if she sends updates for teh CP's
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pixie report
AS I HEADED OUT TRICK-OR-TREATING WITH MY SON LAST NIGHT I WAS FILLED WITH SO MANY WONDERFUL EMOTIONS. I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES OF JOY AND SADNESS. LAST YEAR I MISSED IT AND HAD TO WATCH HIM WALK AWAY WITH HIS FRIENDS AND COULDN'T JOIN IN WITH HIM CAUSE MY WALKING WAS SO BAD. IT STILL HURTS TO KNOW THE THINGS I MISSED OUT ON. THEN I JUST BECAME SO OVERJOYED WITH TEARS OF MY ABILITY TO ENJOY ANOTHER YEAR AND EXPERIENCE MY SONS LAST YEAR DRESSING UP AND HANGING OUT WITH ME ALL BECAUSE OF MY SHINNING PIXIE SHE MADE THIS DAY POSSIBLE FOR ME TO ENJOY IT AND WALK BETTER. I'M SO TRULY BLESSED TO HAVE THE A SECOND CHANCE TO DO ALL THE THINGS I MISSED OUT ON AND I'M FOREVER GRATEFUL. 

MY SWEET PIXIE DIDN'T ONLY CHANGE MY LIFE BUT SHE CHANGED MY CHILDREN'S LIVES GIVING US THE ABILITY TO ENJOY SO MUCH OF THE THINGS WE ENJOY DOING TOGETHER.