I NEVER KNEW ANYONE HAD WRTITTEN DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO TAKE A BATH-- THE REAL BATH-- NOT THE FINANCIAL ONE... SOMEONE SENT ME 12 BAGS OF DEAD SEA SALT-- AND I THANK THEM FOR LOOKING OUT FOR MY HEALTH AND WELL BEING...
SOME OF YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER SHEILA- A SIDEKICK WITH A VERY LIVELY MIND... TOOK ME AROUND TO ALL THE BATHTUB SELLERS SHE KNEW- AND HAD ME GET IN A BUNCH OF TUBS TO SEE "IF THEY FIT"... THERE ARE A FEW PHOTOGTAPHS OF THAT SHOPPING SPREE... A 75 YER OLD COMPLETE WITH RUBBER DUCKY TRYING OUT BATH TUBS... WAS A STORY I AM SURE WENT HOME WITHA FEW SALESMAN.. BUT I BOUGHT A TUB...A LONG ONE... FOR SOAKING ME----
THE ONLY THING I KNEW ABOUT BATHING WAS FROM MY MOTHER WHO SAID YOU STARTED THE WATER TO RUN IN THE TUB - GOT IN-- SAT DOWN... AND WHEN IT WAS DEEP ENOUGH SO YOUR BIG TOE ( NOW BEING VERTICAL) WAS COVERED, YOU SHUT IT OFF. THAT WAS CONSIDERED AN ADEQUATE VOLUME OF WATER WHICH AUTOMATICALLY CALCULATED THE VOLUME OF YOUR SITTER WHICH WAS ALREADY IN HTE TUB.
DERMOTOLOGISTS HAVE SUGGESTED MANY ADDITIVES TO MY BATH OVER THE YEARS-- SALT BEING ONE OF THEM-- AND I HAD TRIED A CUP OF KOSHER TABLE SALT BEFORE... AND THEN I GOT THIS DEAD SEA SALT- I FIGURED TEH DEAD SEA WAS PRETTY CLOSE TO THE KOSHER AREA AND WAS ABOUT TO ADD A CUP--TIL I READ THE DIRECTIONS..
A TUB NEEDED 2.2 POUNDS OF THIS BATH THREAPY STUFF ADDED TO WATER 100 DEGREES-- NO HOTTER.. SOAK FOR 30 MINUTES ( NO LONGER) AND THAT WILL GIVE TEH ESSENTIAL OILS TIME TO DO WHATEVER ESSENTIAL OILS DO TO MAKE ME "GLOW"...
TO BE REPEATED 4 TIMES A WEEK FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF A MONTH THEN TWICE A MONTH AFTER THAT... HOW'S THAT FOR INSURING FUTURE SALES? AT 40 POUNDS OF THE STUFF PER MONTH, I HAVE PICKLED CUCUMBERS WITH LESS SALT THAN THAT...
I MEAN... IT WAS RREALXING TO ALMOST FLOAT IN THAT SALT WATER SMELLING LIGHTLY OF LAVENDAR- BUT THERE ARE MORE INTERESTING WAYS OF GETTING PICKLED... HOWEVER... I WILL TRY -- IF IT WORKS IT SAYS I WILL "GLOW"--
IF I START TO GLOW... MAYBE YOU SHOULD CALL 911 BECAUSE IT WOUOLD BE A WIERD ELECTRIC CURRENT AROUND HERE...
I HAVE DECIDED THE YOUNGER GENERATION - AROUND HERE- NEEDS TO BE CALLED TO TASK ON GUM CHEWING.. SOMEONE CAME WITH A KID WHO NEEDED A SERVICE DOG- AND THE KID COULDN'T TALK FOR THE WAD OF GUM IN HER FACE...
SO OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY- I GAVE HER A PAPER CUP AND SAID "WE DON'T ALLOW GUM CHEWING ON CRAZY ACRES.." DONNA LOOKED AT ME CROSSEYED... WITH "WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?"
I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT CAME FROM... EXCEPT MY LONG DISTANT PAST WHERE ONE OF TH EPOEMS MY MOTH ER MADE US LEARN WAS THE ONE ABOUT THE COW WHICH I FOUND ON GOOGLE.....
AN ODE TO GUM-CHEWING:
A gum-chewing girl
and a cud-chewing cow;
Seem quite alike...
yet different somehow;
The difference is clear...
oh, I see it now;
It's the thoughtful expression
on the face of the cow.
SO ALONG WITH PEPPERMINT CANDIES I AM NOW ON GUM--- WE SHOLD BE ABLE TO LIVE WITOUT IT. NO?? THE PERPEMINT CANDY BAN IS DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT IS AN EXTREMELY DESIREABLE SUBSTANCE FOR HORSES AND DONKEYS...AND ENCOURAGES FINGER BITING-- ESPECIALLY AT CHRISTMAS WHERE THE PEPPERMINT CANDY CANES ARE FINGER SIZE...
Well, it's been a week!! Hard to believe. Ahhh, a wonderful match! Thank-you for making it possible. Wicked's services were no longer required by her previous handler but she still wanted and needed a job! And as for myself, I needed a service dog after having to retire my Denim. Two "broken" souls. There will always be a place in my heart for my sweet Denim but a new spot has now carved itself out for Wicked.
Yes, she has had her nervous quirks which is totally understandable as she hasn't been exposed to any real continuity for some time. I just constantly remind her that she is doing a great job and that I love her. However, when I put that vest on, she immediately snaps into work mode. We have gone grocery shopping, gone to restaurants, walked the mall, walked around the neighborhood, attended a meeting, and attended a huge college track meet at BU. I am once again feeling that freedom of mobility that I had with Denim.
Greetings Linda & Kitty,
Just want to let you & Service Dog Project know just how much we LOVE the calendar!!! You guys do a wonderful job with those and each month is so creative and cute!! My parents are equalling enjoying the one we gave them for Christmas. Not sure if you guys need any ideas for next year’s calendar or if you’ve done something like this in the past but have you ever had danes or a dane run a race track mimicking horses or the KY Derby? Maybe it’s because we are in Kentucky - horse country - but we constantly get horse references with Crimson. :)
Brian and Crimson have had a pretty good year so far! Since Brian isn’t traveling anymore with work we’ve been making more of an effort to get out a night or two after work (i.e. socialization - it can get lonely out on the farm in the winter months). So some of our friends asked if we’d be interested in joining an 8 week bowling ‘fun league’ at a bowling alley/arcade/laser tag/entertainment venue that recently opened. Brian, who had only bowled once before in his life, said “Sure! Why not!” So that’s been a lot fun… took a couple weeks to get used to it but both are enjoying the experience and of course Crimson is a HUGE hit. This Wednesday is our last week but I think we may try it again next winter as well. I’ll forward you guys a couple photos from my phone in a minute. :)
Take care and stay warm!