Tuesday, April 23, 2019

APRIL 23 2019

why is it directions are soooooo hard to understand...? a foolish question-- i already know teh answer--  engineers with their logic put together a  lovely machine often with a few "but at the same time i could also make it.......xxxxx"   then they give it to the english department-- with their perfect spelling, paragraphing and semi colons-- often translated into french chinese and spanish depending on how you unfold the instruction sheet- then to save -- i am not sure what-- they include the instructions for  model numbers 736G284b  with 736G284a on the same paper-- teh difference is on  model " b" you turn lever 14 left-- and on model " a " you turn it right-  all teh safety instructions  about electrucution and  INJURING  child operators are the same for both. so you get out the manual and it helpfully informs you that the model number is on the back side underneath  a covering which can be easily removed with a star shaped screw driver.
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i have owned a tractor for 100 years-- a big orange thing- turn the key, it starts, moves foraard, baCKWARD, MOVE THE LEVER AND IT PICKS UP ANYTHING HEAVY AND DUMPS IT WHEN TOLD TO DO SO. TRUN THE KEY OFF, DROP THE BUCKET AND YOU ARE DONE.  EASIER THAN ANY SEWING MACHINE I WAS EVER FORCED TO USE....
 THEN I BOUTGHT A SMALLER ORANGE THING-  WHICH WAS CHEAPER, PICKED UP SMALLER THINGS AND CUT TEH GRASS.- BUD DROVE IT .. MARK DROVE IT.. AND I GOT ON IT AND TURNED THE KEY--- IT ROARED INTO LIFE WITH ALL TEH  ENTHUSIASM OF A BRAND NEW BATTERY.  I WIGGELED THE FOOT THING WHICH MADE THE BIG TRACTOR GO FORWARD...AND IT DID-- ABOTU 2 INCHES.  CLUNK-- MUST BE THAT THE BUCKET IS DOWN AND STUCK... MOVE LEVER TO RAISE BUCKET... WIGGLE... CLUNK... NOTHING.
OK,,,, THINK.... ON THE BIG TRACTOR TEHR IS A LEVER AND HOOK  THAT PREVENTS THE BACKHOE FROM DOING UNEXPECTED THINGS LIKE  SWINGING SIDEWAYS  AND WIPING OUT PARKED CARS..  TEH CLUNK SOUNDED LIKE THAT.

THERE WERE 3 LEVERS WITH A CUTE PICTURE OF  A LOCK  OPEN AND  LOCK CLOSED  OK.. I COULD UNDERSTAND THAT..
NOW COMES THE HARD PART..  I KNOW THAT SOME OF THESE TRACTORS BRAG ABOUT HOW EASY IT IS TO PUT THINGS ON THEM AND TAKE THEM OFF... LIKE THE FRONT BUCKET... WHICH WAS THE ONLY THING ON THIS MACHINE AT THE MOMENT.

DID THE "LOCKED"  MEAN THAT THE BUCKET  WAS LOCKED IN PLACE READY TO  USE--- OR ONE OF THOSE "BUT WE CAN" EXTRAS WHERE LOCKED MEANS IT IS LOCKED TO PREVENT THE  UNINTENDED USE.

THE POSITION  OF THOSE LEVERS MEANT IT WOULD TRY  BUT WAS UNABLE TO MOVE- CAUSING ME TO MAKE  RANDOM DECISIONS-  IN MATH THAT WOU LD BE PERMUTATIONS AND COMBINATIONS OF TEH 3 LEVERS
1 AND 3 LOCKED..2 UNLOCKED--- OR 1 UNLOCKED QND 2 AND 3 LOCKED-
I FORGET TEH MATH FORMULA  BUT HTERE IS A BIG NUMBER OF COMBINATIONOF 3 THIGNS  EVEN WHEN ORDER DOES NOT COUNT
 UNLOCKING ALL 3 NEARLY MADE TEH LOADER FALL OFF- NEARLY--- WHICH MEANT IT WAS NOW NOT STRAIGHT -LUCKILY CHIP WAS HERE .....  WE GOT TEH MANUAL OUT-- IT DID NOT HELP  BECUASE IT NEVER DEFINED TEH PIECES THAT IT TALKED ABOUT...  HE STTRUGGELED AND GOT  THE BUCKET STRAIGHT AGAIN.. AND I WIGGLED LEVERS- ALL OF A SUDDEN IT DECIDED TO GO... AND WORKED PERFECTLY..  I STILL HAVE NO CLUE WHY-- SO WE NEED A SIGN ON ALL THOSE LOCK AND UNLOCK LEVERS "DO NOT LEVER"
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MEANWHILE....... THE GRASS GROWETH !!

Monday, April 22, 2019

APRIL 22 2019

BOY DID I GET CHEMICAL LEACHING +  GERMS STORIES--- REAACTING TO YESTERDAY'S DD ABOUT TRYING TO RECLAIM TEH PLAND SOPRINGS BOTTLES..... HOWEVER...ONE FDA REPORT NOTED THE NEGATIVE REUSE OF BOTTLES BASICALLY CAME FROM A STUDENT PAPER ? FROM IOWA? AND THE PAPER NEVER WENT THRU "PEER REVIEW"
THEN WENT ON TO SAY THRE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN THE PLASTIC  WHERE THE Y HAVE FOUND NO LEACHING EVEN IN THE HEAT. THEY SUMMED IT UP WITH.....

The real culprits for the safety of reusing any water bottle are the bacteria and fungi that can grow in damp or partially full bottles once they have been opened. These bacteria generally come from your hands and mouth, or any dirt that comes in contact with the mouth of the bottle.

MY HANGING UPSIDE DOWN WITH AN ELASTIC GETS RID OF THAT   "REAL CULPRIT" ..  ALL THE ARSINIC PROBLEMS ARE FAR WORSE IN BOTTLE WATER IN GENERAL-- THERE ARE FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON BOTTLED THAN COMMERCIAL PUBLIC WATER OUT OF THE FAUCET.


 THOSE SNAPP TOPS OF POLAND SPRINGS ARE VERY GOOD... I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY BETTER EVEN IN THE  MILLION DOLLAR STAINLESS STEEL INDIVIDUAL SIPPERS... WHICH SUFFER THEIR OWN "DAMP" ISSUES UNLESS STERALIZED WITH ENTHUSIASM NIGHTLY.

 THEN------ SINCE I GOT GOING ON "DAMP"-- I ADDRESSED MY AVERSION TO ... THE KITCHEN SPONGE-- AN DSAW SOMEWHERE SOMEONE HAD CUT A BOTTLE IN HALF-- AND BY INVERTING THE TOP IN THE  BOTTOM THEY HAD A  MORE SANITARY SPONGE DRIP EPISODE GOING.
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THAT CAUSED ME TO GO TO EBAY------ IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE TEH GERM LADEN DAMP PROBLEM WITH JUST A LITTLE MORE CLASS THAN A CUT OFF WATER BOTTLE( WHICH WOUDL WORK)-- TURNS OUT THERE ARE ALL SORTS  OF FUN ANTI DRIP STRAINERS FOR BARS TO BATHTUBGS.... I SETTLED ON THE STAINLESS STEEL --DRAIN STRAINERS WHICH WILL FIT IN SEVERAL OF THE VERY NICE COFFEE MUGS WHILE HOLDING A KITCHEN SPONGE IN ONE AND A DIFFERENT 1 FOR THE BOTTLE TOPS . 
SO I BOUGHT 4
I AM READY !!
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I  HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO INCLUDE THE LINK  BIT IN CONSTANT COMMENT MAILINGS--  AND I HAVE 2 THAT ARE NEARLY A MUST-- BOTH OF THEM....
FIRST CAROLYN IS SPEAKING ABOUT HOW CLARK HELPS WITH HER ATAXIA..


Hi Carlene,

I wanted to let you know that I will be speaking on a panel at an FDA meeting about rare diseases on April 29 in Silver Spring, MD.  I will be talking about how having Clark helps manage my FA symptoms.  


The meeting is from 1-5pm, and I am speaking on the first panel.  

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 THE SECOND IS JANINE AND THE DONKEY PROJECT....REALLY A BELLY LAUGH  19 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DONKEYS..

 I DID NOT REALIZE THAT  THE BOSTON MARATHON IS THE OLDEST MARATHON IN EHT  COUNTRY -- THE SECOND OLDEST IS A 15 MILE LEADVILLE COLORADO BURRO RUN--- WHICH TO ME BEATS TEH KENTUCKY DERBY HANDS DOWN-- OR ANY HORSE RACE-- FIRSTLY  NO WHIPS ARE ALLOWED-- PEPPERMINT CANDY IS TH MOTIVATING FORCE-- WHICH DOES NOT SEEM TO BE NEEDED TOO OFTEN-- THE DONKEYS INTHE FILM SEEM TO BE ENJOYING  THE ATTENTION-- IN ALL MY  YEARS, I HVE NEVER SEEN ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE AND ANIMALS HAVING THE FUN THAT THESE FOLK DID. NOR HAVE I SEEN ANY SAFER  AND AMUSING MIXTURE OF  TEH GENERAL PUBLIC AND "COMP[ETING" ANIMALS OF ANY KIND.

JANINE SENT OUT 4 DONKS TO COLORADO FOR SOMEOEN TO "GENTLE" AND GET READY FOR THIS "RACE"-- TO BE JOINED BY ?6 PEOPLE ?  
'TEAM OLIVIA"   FLYING  OUT FROM TEH  BOSTON AREA...
IT IS A GOOD TAKE--  JANINE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT IT ON THE  FLIGHT BACK TO BOSTON-- "MAKE WAY FOR DONKEYS" ( NOT EXPENSIVE ON  AMAZON)  I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP GET OLD OF HORSE RACING AND SUBSTITUTE THIS DONKEY BIT.... IT IS MORE FUN AND TOTALLY HUMANE- THE WHIPS OF HORSE RACING ARE AWFUL-- AND THE BROKEN LEGS OF STRESS ARE EVEN WORSE. THESE DONKEYS WORE A LIGHT  "PACK"  TO SYMBOLLIZE THE PROSPECTORS WHO STARTED THIS..-

OR
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Carlene,

Are there any SDP military greeter dogs near Syracuse?  There is a WWII Veteran Honor Flight on Saturday April 27th where they fly the World War II vets to Washington to see all the memorials.  When they come back to the Syracuse airport there is a celebration honoring the vets along with the news media being there too.  I just thought it would be fun to have a greeter SDP dog if there are any  in the area?


Diane_NY_CP 2012

DONKEYS
OR

CAROLINE AT FDA ATAXIA

Sunday, April 21, 2019

APRIL 21 2019

finally - i figured out how to save the oceans- well at least part of it affected by our sdp operation-- LETS TAKE IT IN STEPS
OBSIRDITY  THE FIRST-
I DRINK BOTTLED WATER AND IPSWICH IS KNOWN FOR IT'S FINE WATER - ----CONCLUSION... I AM BAD....AND ONE OF THE CAUSES OF TEH "PLASTIC" PROBLEM...
OBSIRIDTY THE SECOND
THE COST OF BOTTLED WATER IS RIDICULOUSLY LOW....   not only the money, but  FOR THE DAmage it creates... IF THEY  HAD TO CARRY GALLONS ON THEIR  HEADS FOR MILES, SDP EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS WOULD THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT LEAVING ONE CUP   IN A 2 CUP BOTTLE ON EVERY FENCEPOST AROUND TEH FARM... 
OBSIRIDITY THE THIRD...
I AM TOLD BY REPORTS, THAT BOTTLED WATER  RARELY COMES FROM ANY SPRING- IF YOU READ TEH LABELS YOU WILL SEE  THINGS LIKE  "BOTTELED IN BROOKLYN" WHICH IF TRUE I WOULD SEE A CONSTANT STREAM OF TANKERS ON RT 95 TRUNDLING WATER FROM MAINE TO BROOKLYN...  I HAVE SEEN NONE.

I was persuaded- by advertising-- to think buying 1 cup bottles would aleviate teh problem  of  leaving  water on fence posts...-- so i bought a pallet of 1 cup sized poland springs... (?3000?) and was very smug--- i had made an effort ----until yesterday.... when linda asked me to buy the larger size because "THEY" WERE COMPLAINING About teh one cup size- "  AND I THOUGHT----JUST WHAT IS THE SIZE OF TEH CONTAINER ( STOMACH) THAT IS TO RECIEVE "A DRINK" -- SO I TESTED... -- I CAN SWIG A CUP OF FLUID-- BUT ANY MORE IS A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE- AND THERE IS NO ONE AROUND WHO WILL QUESTION  TEH SIZE OF MY  RECIEVING RECEPTACLE...- SO THAT DEFINES A PROBLEM-- MORE THAN ONE CUP AND IT BECOMES MORE THAN A THIRSTY PROBLEM.
IT BECOMES A LACK OF RESPECT FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO GET THAT  EXTRA FLUID IN  THE HANDS OF A THIRSTY PERSON.  it took a long time (81 years) for me to stop and think... 

    SOLVE TEH PROBLEM -- DON'T JUST FUSS ABOUT IT.
 WELL THAT IS THE LAST BOTTLED WATER  SDP  WILL BUY-- BECAUSE FOR 99 CENTS AND ONE OUNCE OF INGENUITIY  WE JUST WILL NOT NEED IT..
THIS LAST FEW CASES OF POLAND SPRINGS I BOUGHT HAS A DARN GOOD SNAP TOP--  SO I WILL "HARVEST" THOSE BOTTLES--  THEY WILL BE RINSED AND PUT THRU THE DISHWASHER'S (VERY HOT TEMP) THEY WILL THEN BE INVERTED AND SUSPENDED BY ONE ELASTIC BAND WHICH COMES DAILY WITH OUR MAil- from any nearby rack. or nail ....  the tops (-- here comes the expensive part)  you will need a collandar/ strainer to let the tops ventilate and drip if necessary.
in the strainer also will be a bottle of nail polish-- for some creative marking--  if necessary...  but will be recycled  if left on the fence.

now for the "YES BUTTS"-- DON'T I HATE THE  "YES BUTTERS"  !!!
 ****PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO STOP AND FILL TEHM------- FINE ,,,GO THIRSTY
****THEY AREN'T AS HANDY-----NEITHER IS GETTING THEM OFF THE FLOOR OF TEH OVERFLOW ROOM  - 
***GERMS? I BELIEVE IN DISHWASHER TEMPATURES- OTHER THAN THAT---  RE- WASH YOUR OWN

IT IS THE UPSIDE DOWN AIR DRY/ STORAGE THAT MAKES THIS ACCEPTABLE .
AROUND HERE EMPTY BOTTLES LYING ON THEIR SIDE ARE  OFTEN MOUSE CONDOS. AND SEALED / MOIST CONTAINERS JUST SMACK OF TROUBLE.... FROM MY HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY ( AND CPAP ADS) 

PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE CHANGE-- I KNOW THAT--- IT TOOK US YEARS TO THINK WE HAD TO DRINK BOTTLED WATER....  THERE WE HAVE THE    'GET 'EM YOUNG, TRAIN 'EM EARLY" ---- IF BABIES AND AGING  NEED SIPPIE CUPS, IT IS THE  6 TO 80 YEAR OLDS THAT NEED TO BE RETRAINED.
HOW BAD IS IT?  SOMEONE HANDED ME A GLASS OF WATER YESTERDAY AND I SPILLED IT ALL OVER THE FRONT  OF ME-   

 THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YET TO BE TESTED...LIKE THE DISHWASHER-- 
 BUT I AM ON IT.

DOG FEST--- PERFECT FUN GAME--- CARRY A GALLON OF WATER ON YOUR HEAD FROM TEH BARN TO  THE  T-TENT-- I CANNOT THINK OF TEH REWARD I WILL OFFER-- BUT I WILL THINK OF SOMETHING !!!
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Hi Judy and Carlene!  I just want to thank you so much for coming to Rockport to speak to the club yesterday.  Your project is amazing and so important for those with mobility problems.  I'm attaching some photos that one of our members took.  I've had much positive feedback on your presentation and hopefully we've inspired some volunteers/donors to the Service Dog Project. Anne 
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DEAR CARLENE,

JUST A QUICK NOTE...
LAST WEEKEND, WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF GOING TO DINNER WITH TWO CPS (SASSYBELLE & ANITA, WHOSE NAMES YOU MAY RECOGNIZE)...WHAT A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY WHERE 3 COUPLES CAN ENJOY DINNER, AND WE ARE ALL BROUGHT TOGETHER BY OUR LOVE OF DOGS. 

SASSYBELLE WAS EXCITED TO MEET SEAGRAM. SHE HASN'T MADE IT TO CRAZY ACRES TO VOLUNTEER LATELY, SO IT WAS NICE FOR HER TO ENJOY THE COMPANY OF A DANE. AND WE ENJOYED MEETING SASSYBELLE AND SEEING ANITA AGAIN. 

SEAGRAM DIDN'T FALL ASLEEP IMMEDIATELY, AS SHE OFTEN WILL DURING A DINNER OUT. RATHER, SHE WATCHED THE TRAFFIC AT THE FRONT DOOR, SINCE SHE WAS POSITIONED JUST OVER 2 FEET FROM THE ENTRANCE. ANITA WAS ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN HOW SEAGRAM WAS UNAFFECTED BY THE STREAM OF ADULTS AND CHILDREN COMING & GOING, MOST OF WHOM DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE HER BECAUSE SHE WAS SO WELL-BEHAVED (UNLESS THEY HAPPENED TO LOOK DOWN DIRECTLY AT HER). DURING DINNER, WE WATCHED A PERSON OUTSIDE STRUGGLING TO CARRY A RATHER LARGE DOG THAT WAS SQUIRMING SOME (A GOLDENDOODLE?) - WHAT A CONTRAST TO SEAGRAM POLITELY SITUATED ON HER FLUFFY. SHE EVENTUALLY FELL ASLEEP AS THE TRAFFIC QUIETED SOME.

IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A BIG DEAL TO GO OUT TO DINNER, BUT BACK WHEN I WAS USUALLY USING A WALKER, THESE ADVENTURES WERE QUITE CHALLENGING (EVEN IF I COULD SOMETIMES DOWNSIZE TO A CANE). HOW GREAT IT IS TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT MORE EASILY - AND TO MEET SUCH NICE PEOPLE. 

THANK YOU FOR SEAGRAM AND THE WONDERFUL COMMUNITY THAT COMES WITH HER!
AMY

Saturday, April 20, 2019

april 20 2019

USING PICTURES--- ADI HAS ASKED FOR PICTURES---SO I NEED PERMISSION SIGNATURES FROM BELLA'S MOM AND EVE'S MOM PLUS ERICA TO USE SOME OF THE PHOTOS WE HAVE...

A WELL BEHAVED DOG IS CERTAINLY A JOY- NOT ONLY FOR THE OWNER, BUT CAN BE SHARED...ALLOW Me TO TELL YOU ABOUT TEH REGISTRY OF MOTOOR VEHICLES-- A  NEW PLACE-  USUALLY EMPTY-- I HAVE USED IT TO TRAIN DOGS-  NICE PEOPLE AND ALOT OF SEA GULLS-- WELLLLLLLLL-- IT AIN'T EMPTY ON GOOD FRIDAY WHEN THE WORLOD HAS TEH DAY OFF And decides to get thier business at the mvb done-

thinking it would be empty i had  not only bentley  and sizzle-- but chaos decided she needed to come for teh ride.- i went in with bentley and sat  for a bit... so many people came to pat him that i finally took off his vest and collar  so i didn't hae to answer question s about  may i pat him??? it took a while-- and i had 2 more in the car....tehre were 2 teenage boys there for tehire learners permits who loved bentley  so i told tehm  tehy  cou d go get teh other 2- they were thrilled-- so now we were 3 danes, about 40 people waiting-- and 12 officers..

i certainly am aware of  teh fact that not all of teh general public might not think my dogs were as lovely as i did...-- no way did i want to be the littlo old lady letting her pet poodle run all over a restaurant driving everyone nuts...  but these people were calling them around... 

 by now i had quite a crowd enjoying even chaos - and teh manager came over-- i quickly said- "if you have any problem with these dogs, i will  either make them lie down or get the m out of here" -- he said no--- we are  all dog people and the dogs  were a good thing for all these people to enjoy while we sat there for hours.   he watched as i let them wander "off leash" and tehy moved very slowly-- working the crowd- as tehy do  when judy and i go to the  adult day care centers...  i watched pretty carefully for anyone to be afraid- and tehre was no one-  the 3 dogs were just wandering very slowly- and even one woman who said she was usually afraid of dogs was patting sizzle as bentley sat in someone else's lap.  pictures were taken big time and apparelty were all over facebook -  tehn the 3 laid down and fell asleep as people stepped over them--- i kept checking to see if anyone thought i should "collect them " and get them under control . 
i even had to tell bentley to    "step back"  out from between rows-- which he did very carefully-- boy was that impressive !!

i gave out a couple dozen "poker-chip"   business cards...  we may have aquired one nice young man  from swampscott-- ( a strong looking "kid"  good as a volunteer lifter)  i told him to find out who judy was so he could maybe get a ride from swampscott..
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the other thing i learned is one more totally impossibel job-- worse than collecting tolls on a bridge--- and i did not see how it could be "mechanized"   
"  we are now serving P-14  at window number 2"
"  we are now serving C-52  at window number 10"
"  we are now serving R-23  at window number 6"   on about a 2 minute rotation.
since none of teh number or letters seemed to be in any kind of sequence i think it was a live performaqnce... 
it may be dull-- but it is a job- and i can not think of many reasons most anyone could  not do it. 
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 one good thing that came of it.......  i now know teh manager-- and he said whenever i came in to find him and he wold get me thru-- maybe  he was being kind--- maybe he was afraid i would bring all 50 dogs with me.
at any rate -- i can get thru there now.   

Friday, April 19, 2019

april 19 2019

from cp---Just A REMINDER. CAKE DAY    ON FRIDAY 19TH :))   apparently we are all set with getting cakes to chelmsford....   it is really not such a big deal to make someone smile-- and it is such fun.... 
i am back on my lifesavor program... i began to run out-- and my supply was just reinforced  at mail call... yesterday  stop and shop is out on strike with strikers all over the road  and  tehre was a policeman at either end of the group-- i had time to get the roll of life savors ready--  as i gave one to the first guy...  he laughed  and said "i needed that" 
well i am certainly glad- with teh help of teh cp who gave me those... i could deliver !!
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rotaRY CLUB IN ROCKPORT  PROVIDED JUDY AND I WIITH LUNCH-- I THINK........... MY FATHER WAS A ROTARIAN AND AT THAT TIME THERE WERE NO WOMEN-- IT WAS  FOR ONE MAN  OF EACH PROFESSION IN THE TOWN WS INVITED TO JOIN.....-- LUNCH ONCE A WEEK...AN INTERESTING CONCEPT...  I AM NOT TOO SURE WHAt teh deal isn ow-- but we had a good tiem... bentley and sizzle were vry welll behaved-- and  the woman who sat with us is a retired veternarian-- who rides horses in willowdale behind us... i suggested she come visit...
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struggling to make the  ADI paperwork requirements...
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i have heard a rumor that bella ( of bella and george -- abc news fame..) is now home schooled--- i would love teh details if possible-- i know she had trouble getting locked in a broken  school elevator without her attendent -- plus--  the elevator had been inspected and rejected-- and did not even have a way to alert anyone that they were stuck -- she used her phone to call mom-- who called  911   -  and it involved george having to make a 4 foot  jump out - because teh fie department could not get it level on a floor????
so now what is going on???? only if possible for public distribution???????
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i make a habit of reading the inspection certificate of all elevators i now go in...  you are standing there doing nothing-- have at it... there are whistles to be blown...

Thursday, April 18, 2019

april 18 2019

AWWWWW SHUCKS--IT WAS NOT KONE ELEVATOR IN THE CATHEDRAL  FIRE- OUR VERY EFFICIENT RESEARCH TEAM OF CAMERA PEOPLE FOUND  SEVERAL PHOTOS OF TEH ELEVATORS-- WITH THE NAME OF A GERMAN COMPANY ON THEM. -----I WAS ALL SET TO HAVE A FIELD DAY/.
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  THE BOard meeting  last night took a quantum leap into the  real world of  people who  know about the meeting of boards...
seeeee...... the problem has been--  long ago ( 2003 to be exact)   SDP becoming a 501 c 3  charity-- all by myself without a lawyer or official help--- and for that  plus  to get involved with ADI i had to have a "board of directors" - it literally became "find 6 poeple who want to have dinner at the club so we can call it a board meeting"   that worked really well-- ND SEVERAL INTERESTING PEOPLE HAVE  BEEN  "ON TEH BOARD" AND SUPPLIED MANY CREATIVE IDEAS IN TEH PROCESS... BUT THE REAL  FUNCTION  HAD YET TO BE DETERMINED... AND THE MEALS WERE GOOD.... this is how my family got involved in being board members-- tehr was a  gastronomic advantage to being  "on the board" - but now-- times are a changing... and last night was the first time i was there with out the support  of my biological family- and i have to admit... it was a whole new concept.  there was a concentration of "2 years from now we should think about  ...."    instead of a more critical.... " why didn't you "-- 
i was shocked to have one of  the new members ask if i  got monthly reports from barn manager or training manageer-- in fancy words that would be haley and megan... i see them at least twice a day-- but she pointed out the reports should be shared withthe board.. oh great---  i figure i may slowly work that concept into our daily life  so as not to shock anyone. also i am appaRENTLY RESPONSIBEL FOR  NOT ONLY KNOWING,,, BUT BEING ABLE TO SPELL THEIR LAST NAMES.... THANKFULLY THEIR FIRST NAMES HAVE ONLY 5 LETTERS--- 
 STILL..... I AM BETTER WITH 4 LETTER  STUFF..

i was also shocked to have anyone actually read teh by-laws..- there again... back when... in 2003- i needed by-laws-- LU PICARD-- of ADI  said "just copy mine" and gave me hers-- i didn't read tehm- and passed them on to the attorny' GENERAL'S  office and everyone was happy-  for 10 years...  but now--- reading them, writing on them making notes and discussing how to make changes--- is a totally foreign idea to me.  I WAS FASCINATED WATCHING PEGGY  CROSS OFF A WORD AND PUT IN A DIFFERENT ONE ...  MADE ME WONDER WHO GOT PAID WHAT TO KNOTICE TEH WORD SHE  DECIDED WAS BETTER... WHICH I AM SURE IT IS...
 I CAN TELL THIS BOARD IS  GONNA  BE DIFFERENT...

  LIFE CHANGED   WHEN WE GOT TO HAVING A BUDGET OF OVER $500,000  SO RREMAINING A CHARITY DEPENDED ON THINGS LIKE ... HEAVEN FORBID... hiring an  AN ACCOUNTAnt-- an excell spread sheet was no longer  sufficient- altho alot easier to maintain and understand- when i needed  a financial reeport , all i had to do was  bring up sdp bank accounts on the screen and take a SCREEN SHOT  of teh balances-- that was real life--- so now we have an accountant who puts out financial statements whicH  accountants can understand----that don't even resemble my   photo balances----- which are FACT--- but the authorities are happy.
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"THE BOARD" DID GET STUFF  SUGGESTED --- OR DONE--- LAST NIGHT--  A NEW TRAINIGN IDEA WHICH MIGHT WORK AND IS WORTH A TRY-- AND THE NEXT CALENDAR-- I THINK GOT SETTLED ON---  
MY OVERALL IS STILL  WE ARE DOING WONDERFULLY ON SEVERAL FRONTS-- IT IS  FUN TO THINK OF WORDS LIKE---  GOING VIRAL...  WINNING GRANTS AND HITTIN THE MEGABUCKS--  BUT MY INSTINCTS ARE STILL DO THE BEST JOB YOU CAN --  AND IF  YOUR EFFORTS "GO VIRAL"  JUST COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS--- BUT working  TOO HARD ON T EH VIRAl/publicity part might detract from the  actual job to be done....

asking all our cp community to get other people addicted to  watching the cameras is about as far out as i am currenty willing to go.
 doubling our viewership is a perfectly good goal to set.. 

that would take each of you to get one more person addicted
so have at it.-- got to keep the board happy.

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 re yesterday's columbine gun deal-----
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"More significantly, however, Colorado does not currently enforce a waiting period on gun purchasers. Anyone 18 years of age or older can walk into a shop in Colorado right now and walk out with a gun in the same transaction. If there had been a mandatory waiting period allowing for a thorough background check, Pais and the danger she posed might have been substantially lessened." 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

april 17 2019


NOW FOR THE BIG QUESTION...... IF, AS IS NOW A POSSIBILITY,.. THE MIGHTLY PARIS notre dame cathedral 
  fire was started by a short in the elevator--- i now must know... who's elevator was it?  Kone elevator ( which made the one that
 nearly  wiped out both bentely and me)  is a huge elevator company --
 i think i read  it is one of the top three elevator companies  in the world--main office  in finland---  there is a chance........ a 1 in 3 chance..... those are good odds... 
I THINK---- SOMEWHERE I READ---- THAT KONE SELLS a MAINTANIENCE  CONTRACT  WITH THE ELEVATOR.. 
 THIS COULD BE INTERESTING.

goldie being goldie.... who pulls off some amazing co incidences-- wouldn't it be something if that elevator was made by Kone? -- 
i tried to get Kone to replace bentelys stud services and they never even responded.... so my opinion of Kone is not very high.
time wounds all heels  -- maybe goldie is on it.... ! 

can someone  of you who read this thing....... (CP)  figure out how to find out... who made that elevator????
***one of you has to be relATED TO SOMEONE WHO CAN FIND THAT OUT...  SET SOME NEWS COMPQNY ON IT  BECAUSE IT WOULD BE A GOOD  STORY IF THAT WAS TRUE....
I HAVE BEEN TOLD the MAINTANENCE POLICY IS  it is CHEAPER TO PAY OFF CLAIMS THAN TO have  A RESPONSIBLE MAINTAnence program... 
 just maybe not this time..... ..
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i have grass to seed....
and other problems to solve..... like... i was going to write about  guns..... until i thought of elevators... 

how come.........  if the news media can saY THIS WOMAN  IN COLORADO WAS KNOWN FOR  OBTUSE COMMENTS
 ABOUT THE  COLUMBINE SCHOOL SHOOTING, THAT THEY CAN ALSO REPORT SHE GOT OFF THE PLANE AND 
WENT AND BOUGHT A RIFLE AND AMUNITION-- HOW COME THERE WAS NO REFERENCE TO HOW  COMPLETELY they CHECKED  ON HER BACKGROUND..   
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?another whoops??  "it doesn't happen that often" will eventually get you....
-- only one in 4 million rifle buyers  will go bad... so play the odds and don't check???
only one newsman  in 4 million will get carved up and put in a suitcase.... so forget it.
or  maybe in the  case of teh elevator 2 in 4 million....-- well that second one was a doooozey. 
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AND THE BOARD MEETING TONIGHT.
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ann matson ASKED WHAT PUPPY FOOD we feed....---B UT HER EMAIL ADDRESS DIDN'T WORK==

WE FEED PURINA PRO PLAN FOCUS  LARGE BREED PUPPY-  adults  get  purina pro plan savor
wonderful stuff !!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

APRIL 16 2019

TIME TO SEND THE EXTENSION OF INCOME TAX BIT. --- WITH A PAYMENT..  YOU DON'T GET OUT OF PAYING, BUT THE Y H AVE BEEN VERY TOLERANT AS LONG AS  THEY GET THE MONEY AND EVENTUALLY THE PAPERWORK. 
JUST WHEN I WANT TO PLAY WITH GRASS SEED---
THERE EXISTS A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER ON WHICH IS PRINTED "NO JOB IS DONE TIL THE PAPERWORK IS COMPLETED."  YOU ALL PROBABLY KNOW THAT BUT IT PUTS IT IN THE  RIGHT "FRAME"

SPEAKING OF TOILETS AND FRAMES.... I BET YOU ALL DON'T REALIZE TEH LOVELY WOODEN CARVED GREAT DANE PORTRAIT IS ACTUALLY A TOILET SEAT  LID--- HANGING OVER LINDA'S HEAD WHILE SHE WORKS..  I WILL TRY AND REMEMBR TO SHOW THAT AT  5PM MAIL  CALL-- I KNOW LINDA WAS SHOCKED TO REALIZE WHAT IT REALLY WAS.  IT IS REALLY QUITE A NICE THING...
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EVERYBODY IS GOIJNG TO HAVE TO HELP FOR TEH NEXT FEW DAYS WITH THIS GRASS PROJECT...  I CAn get everything set up- and i am a great seed thrower-- at "6 seeds to the inch" as any good farmer will do... but i need some younger legs/ arms to rip  the hay cover-- probably by hand...  
then i worry about the flat field---- i do have one roll of fencing-- we could pound in a few posts and  have a run next to the puppy hill  fencde-- and let teh grass on flat field get a head start...   it  has been known to look sooooo good..
that would give us turn out rioom in the pond, puppy hill, the arena, and that alley for the dogs in teh barn kennels for a couple weeks..- would be nice to get some running around teh pond with the golf carts -- i coud do that ...pushing that pedal woul d not be too exhausting.

problem is getting the seed out and covered in teh next few days. that flaT FIELD IS GONNA TAKE AT LEAST ONE MORE BIIIIGGGG TRUCK LOAD OF LOAM ... -- BACKED IN ACROSS TEH PUPPY HILL AREA AND TH EN DUMPED.   IT WILL GIVE EVERYONE SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT ON CAMERA..  THE LOCATION OF MY SPIKE TOOTH HARROW WILL BE ANOTHER CHALANGE-- AND TEHN UNTWISTING IT... SECOND ONLY TO A RUBIC CUBE..  

WE ARE GETTING 100 BALES OF HAY TODAY--- IT IS BETTER HAY THAN NEEDED TO GROW GRASS UNDER.. BUT IT WILL BE HERE AND IN DON'T HAVE TO GO GET THE OTHER KIND.  GRANTED IT IS FULL OF HAY SEED--- WHICH GROWS GREEEN STUFF TOO.  TIMOTHY HAY IS JUST LONG GRAQSS CURED AND BALED.  IF I HAVE ENOUGH YOUNG HELP I WILL GET THEM TO SWEEP THE HAYLOFT-- THAT IS JUST SEED TOO... ANYTHING GREEEN-- (AND TOUGH)

 EVERYONE IS NOW GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN TO DRIVE  THE SMALLER TRACTOR-- THEN THE BIG ONE. EVERYONG IS SOOOO IMPRESSED TO HAVE TEH 80 YEAR OLD WOMAN DRIVE TEH THING.... BUT IT IS EASIER TO RUN THAN ANY SEWING MACHINE I EVER ENCOUNTERED.  HOW MINDS CAN BE TRAINED TO ACCEOPT AND REJECT CONCEPTS IS ASTOUNDING.

JUST LIKE --- MCDONALDS HAPPY MEALS-- GET EM YOUNG -- TRAIN EM EARLY- AND TEHY WILL EAT BIG MAC'S FOR LIFE--
ALL BE IT A SHORTENED LIFE---WITH  TEH   NUTRITIONAL CONTENTS OF THE MAC.
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I HAVE YET TO DRIVE THE NEW TRACTOR-- BUT BUD MADE IT WORK VERY NICELY..IT HAS NO HEATED/ AC  CAB :( 
TIME TO LOCATE MY WIDE BRIM HAT... WITH THE TAG STILL ON IT.
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WHICH REMINDS ME---   I WAS THROWN OUT OF LYNNFIELD FOR HAVING TOO MUCH FUN- AND CUTTING MY LAWN EVERY AUGUST WHETHER IT NEEDED IT OR NOT... 
AT ANY RATE-- I SOLD TEH PLACE WITHOUT A REALITOR- TO BRUCE-- AS IS WHERE IS  
IT WAS 10+ ACRES-- BARN- CRAZY PLACE- WHEN I LEFT TEH PROPERTY- THE LAST LOAD WAS IN A PICK UP- AND I COULD NOT RESIST-- A CHAIR AT TEH TOP AND I SAT IN IT  WAVING AS WE DROVE AWAY...
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 LYNNFIELD WAS SAID TO HAVE GOOD SCHOOLS-  MY OPINION OF THAT WAS  SCHOOLS WERE TO TEACH MY KIDS TO READ AND WRITE-- THAT FARM/ ANIMAL EPISODES  WOULD TEACH THEM WHAT COUNTS... AND I THINK IT DID...  THEY KNOW THINGS LIKE ---- WHEN YO HAVE A JOB, THE VERY LEAST YOU CAN DO IS BE ON TIME... OR 15 MINUTES EARLY  JUST IN CASE.. SCOOTING  IN THE DOOR-- COFFEE IN ONE HAND- BAGEL IN THE OTHER SO YOU CAN PUNCH IN ONE MINUTE AHEAD OF  TIME- IS NOT THE WAY TO TELLL YOUR BOSS THAT YOU REALLY LIKE TO WORK THERE.-  A MIKE ROWE LESSON IN HOW TO SUCCEED .  COLBY COLLEGE DID TEACH ME THAT  4PM ON A TUESDAY WAS  UNIQUE-- THERE WAS ONLY ONE OF TEHM... AND IF YOU MISSED IT... YOU MISSED IT. 
 THAT IS ABOUT ALL II REMEMBER OF THAT "EDUCATON"
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Monday, April 15, 2019

APRIL 15 2019

THOUGHT STOPPER ON TV - VIDEO OF A SHEPHARD DOG RUNNING ACROSS TEH SCREEN SNATCHINGA PUPPY OUT OF TEH WAY OF A CAR THAT WAS BACKING UP- IF THAT WAS A REAL VIDEO- AND IT SEEMED TO BE... IT REQUIRED SOME PRETTY SOPHISTICATED PLANNING ON THE PART OF THE DOG.
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MARATHON MONDAY " IS A PRETTY BIG DAY IN BOSTON ... HOW BIG YOU MIGHT AASK... SO BIG THAT IT SHOVES BACK THE PAYMENT OF INCOME TAXES,,...  ..-- BOSTON DOES STOP FOR THIS... MAIN ROADS ARE CLOSED...CARBOHYDRATES ARE SERVED TEHE NIGHT BEFORE  TO THE THOUSANDS OF RUNNERS IN TEH BOSTON HOTELS..- THEN THIS MORNING  THEY ARE ALL BUSSED TO HOPKINGTON--ALL 30,000 OF THEM WITH THEIR COLOR CODED START TIME NUMBERS SPACED  THAT WORKS OUT TO BE ABOUT 10,000 EVERY 20 MINUTES- I THINK HOPKINGTON IS BASICALLY CLOSED EXCEPT FOR BUSSES RUNNING BACK AND FORTH  FROM BOSTON  THERE IS A HOW TO PREPARE FOR  GETTING TO THE START -- ADVICE IS TAKE THE BUSSES- REGARDLESS OF HOW AMNY CAN GET ON ONE BUS,  THERE ARE 30,000 RUNNERS TO TRANSPORT THE 26.2 MILES BACK TO THE START... THAT HAS TO BE HUNDREDS OF BUSSES... BIG NUMBERS ARE ALSO TEH PORTAPOTTIES WE SAW LINED UP  ALLOVER EVERYWHERE...  TEHY MUST HAVE SHIPPED THEM IN FROM NEWJERSERY.  AND THEN ---.. ADVICE TO RUNNERS... GO TO GOOD WILL AND GE T SOME WAARM CLOTHING  TO LEAVE AT THE START WHERE THE SCOUTS WILL COLLECT AND RECYCLE IT BACK TO GOOD WILL-- NO PACKAGES ARE ALLOWED ANYWHERE NEAR THE WHOLE ROUTE... -- NO FACE COVERINGS--- PACKAGES OF TEH RUNNERS THAT ARE LEFT IN BOSTON ARE TO BE LEFT IN SEE THRU PLASTIC BAGS- ---- - SECURITY-- POLICE, SHERIF, AND I AM TOLD TEH SECRET SERVICE IS  ALSO ENGAGED. AND STILL WE HOLD OUR BREATH...
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 WHEN WE   LEFT HOPKINGTON EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON - TRAFFIC WAS GETTING JAMMED BETWEEN  TV TRUCKS- AND GOOD OLD JAY WALKERS- TO GET IN OUR CAR, WE WALKED DIAGIONALLY ACROSS THE MAIN INTERSECTION BECAUSE NO ONE WAS GOIN' NO WHERE NO HOW !!  TEH "WE"  WAS NOT ONLY LAURA  AND THE DOGS., ALL THESE POLICE WATCHED AS  A CONTINGENT OF TEH  MAURER FAMILY  DRAGED THE DOG'S BARKER BED , BLANKETS, WATER SUPPLY THRU THE MAIN INTERSECTION....  - AND IT ALL SEEMED VERY NORMAL.    5 CYCLES THRU THE TRAFFIC LIGHT AND WE WERE BACK ON 495 .
THE MAURERS SOLD DOG COOKIES TO BENIFIT SDP--  A LOT OF THEM--- SO MANY THAT CHIP HAD TO RUN HOME AND KEEP GETTING THEM OUT OF THE OVEN ( THEY LIVE A BOLCK OR TWO FROM THE STQRT...  IT WAS FUN AND TEHRE WERE A COUPLE CAMERA PEOPLE THERE WHO  RECOGNIZED BENTLEY AND SIZZLE  AND CAME AND SPOKE WITH US.!!!
 SO MANY THAT I OFFER TO GIVE THEM TEH EXTRA OVEN THAT HAS BEEN SITTING IN OUR GARAGE FOR 2? YEARS
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 EXTRA APPLIANCES??? TEH NEIGHBORS HAVE OFFERED ME/US A FAIRLY NEW STACKABLE WASHER DRYER  IF WE CAN GET IT OUT OF THEIR HOUSE-- ALONG WITH A GOOD LOOKING REFRIG/FREEZER...  IF WE CAN AT LEAST GET THE PIECES ON THE GROUND FLOOR, IT WOULD BE NO PROBLEM OT  GET IT IN OUR TRAILER- ALL THOSE ARE UP FOR GRABS... SDP DOES NOT NEED THEM-- BUT MAYBE SOMEONE DOES....?????
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I DID HAVE ONE FYI TO PASS ALONG...   A FRIEND HAS A DOG IN BAD SHAPE -- PROBABLY  CAUSED BY  HAVING PICKED UP A DISCAREDED PIECE OF "SUGARLESS GUM"-  CAUSING ME TO HAV A CAMPAIGN AGAINST SUGARLESS ANYTHING
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FIONA AND ME

SITTIN' IN A CABIN IN MASSACHUSETTES
THE STORM IS RAGING OUTSIDE MY DOOR
GEE I'M SCARED I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO
I'M GLAD FIONA'S WITH ME

THIS WAS A VERSE THAT I MADE UP WHEN I WENT TO SDP TO BOND WITH FIONA. IT WAS DURING HURRICANE SANDY THAT BATTERED THE EAST COAST. BRANCHES AND TWIGS WERE FALLING ON THE ROOF. I'M GLAD FIONA WAS WITH ME.

THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF A BLESSED TIME OF PARTNERSHIP WITH FIONA.

I HAVE PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND MY BALANCE IS UNPREDICTABLE AND FIONA IS THERE TO HELP ME. I CAN ALWAYS RELY UPON HER.

I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT SOME THINGS THAT CAME AS AN ADDED BLESSING. I HAD TO TAKE A FRIEND TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A PROCEDURE AND FIONA AND I SAT IN THE LOBBY TO WAIT. I AM VERY MUCH AN INTROVERT AND THE LARGE SPACE AND BIG CROUD INTIMIDATED ME.PEOPLE CAME OVER TO TAKE PICTURES OF HER AND TO SIT BY US AND WATCH HER AND TALK TO ME. IT MADE THE TIME MORE TOLERABLE AND COMFORTABLE. I CAN NOW GO TO THE BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL AND DAILY PLACES IN PEACE AND DO MY VOLUNTEER WORK. I CAN NOT TELL YOU THE CONFIDENCE AND SECURITY SHE HAS GIVEN ME.

I HAVE CLINICAL DEPRESSION AND SINCE I HAVE BEEN WITH FIONA THAT HAS DEMINISHED GREATLY AND WITH MY MEDICATION HAS GIVEN ME A WHOLE NEW LIFE TO EXPLORE, TO TAKE ART CLASSES AND VISIT NEW PLACES. I NOW HAVE THE ENERGY TO DO SO MUCH.

I AM SO BLESSED AND THESE ADDED BENEFITS FROM FIONA ARE A GIFT FROM SDP THAT I DID NOT EXPECT. 

MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU EVERY DAY CARLENE, THE TRAINERS, THE VOLUNTEERS, THE POO PICKERS AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HELP KEEP SDP THE SPECIAL PLACE THAT IT IS.

FIONA AND MARY LOU

Sunday, April 14, 2019

APRIL 14 2019


 SHORT DOGGIE...
yesterday  PERFECT-- WE HAE SONE ShOTS OF BENTLEY AND SIZZLE AT TEH STARTING LINE of this "boston  marathon"- BY THEMSELVES STANDITN ON THAT FAmous marker in the road.... police held traffic for the picture then i called  tehm and tehy ran to me.. a good shot.. i hope it got on facebook... tehn i had them stand in line for teh oportapotieS -- anothe photoop..

so we go back today

chip[ and family are a study in  GOOD organizeation-- they haD EVERYTHING WITL ONOLY  A FEW "WHERE'D I PUT???" EPISODES.
 I THINK THEY SOLD $500 OF TEH HOME MADE DOG BISKETS...ALL NEATLY DONE IN  BROWN PAPER BAGS....

I NEED TO GET THE DOGS OFF THE GROUND BETTER-- SO WE WILL TAKE A BAFRKER BED WITH US AND SOME TARP

as we went down 495- abotu 40 jmilesw from home we paassed our new kabota tractor truck going the other way.. it looks great and i have not had time to deal..

 DISTINCTION.....  I DO NOT THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN AS MANY PORTAPOTTIES IN ANY ONE PLACE BEFORE..

SO BACK WE GO.  I HOPE EVERYONE KEEPS THIS PLACE RUNNING AS WELL TODAY..

Saturday, April 13, 2019

april 13 2019

  
IPM WORKDAY AT THE FARM WAS A MUCH HUGGGGGER SUCCESS THAN I ANTICIPATED    --- THANK HEAVENS WE HAD SOOOOO MANY RAKES LEFT OVER FROM LAST YEAR'S  CLEAN--
I HAD PLANNED  TO  GET A LOAD OF TOP SOIL FROM - BRICK ENDS- BUT TOOK THE EASY WAY OUT AND HAD A BIG NORMAL DUMP TRUCK ? 8 YARDS"  DUMPED-- WHICH ALL TEH CAMERA PEOPLE WATCHED BY PUPPY HILL- 
'UP THE DRIVEWAQY CAME A FAMILY TO VOULUNTTER- AND MR... WAS/IS... A LANDSCAP[ER TYPE- AND HAD THAT SPREAD BEFORE TEH 30 PEOPLE FROM  IPM EVEN GOT THERE ( WITH MARK AND OUR TRACTOR WORKING SOOOO WELL. )
I CALLED BRICK ENDS AGAIN AND THEY CAME RIGHTO VER WITH ANOTHER TRUCKFULL JUST AS  TEH IPM PEOPLE WERE ARRIVEING AND TRYING TO PARK AMID A DUMPPING TRUCK  WAY UP IN TEH AIR...- THERE WERE A BUNCH OF TEHM-- 30 MAYBE??? AND CITY  TYPES THAT PITCHED RIGHT IN   SO TEH FLAT FIELD GOT RAKED BY AQBOUT HALF OF THEM...  -- I AM TOLD-.. I WORKED THE TRACOTR DUMPING LOADS AROUND TEH GUEST HOUSWE AREA AND THE SECOND HALF SPREAD THAT --  you can see that dark soil  rom the driveway camera  --SO WE ARE IN TERRRIFFIC SHAPE-  ONE MORE TRUCKFULL FOR TEH FLAT FIELD AND WE JUST MIGHT HAVE GREEEN SOMETHING.-- THIS IS TERRIFFIC "STUFF"  AND  WILL HOPEFULL GROW GREEN STUFF  LIKE GRASS - I EVEN LET A REAL CITY GUY FROM NEW YORK DRIVE TEH TRACTOR BACK TO IT'S RESTING PLACE -- HE WAS THRILLED AND EVERYONE ELSE TOOK PICTURES...
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 MR AND MRS  XXXX   SOMEONE WHOS NAME I FORGOT... AR COMNING TO  PICK YO MOCHA... A REALLY NICE DOG-- EXCEPT HE PACES... - ALOT OF DOGS PACE-  ( i.e. front and back legs on the same side move forward together-- when the "normal  way is for diagional feet to move togetehre.  TRY WALKING THAT WAY YOURSELF.... FEELS WIERD...) some notable paqcing dogs have been  donald--  beautiful haarlequin i  gave away who paced happily for 14 years  and tehn perry cole who's pacing was never AN  issue.. i just don't like to put out a stability service dog who paces...  to me it seems  abnormal- even if they are quite comfortable pacing-- they lookk wierd..   he did not pace as a pup... some cp's haVE SENT ME PICTURES OF HIM AS A PUP USING DIAGIONAL FEET....  HE COUDL HAVE BEEN HURT IN THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE EXISTANCE OF CRAQZY ACRES...  AT ANY RATE HE IS OFF TO BE A THERAPY DOG... PRETTY WELL TRAINED... I WANT TO MAKE SUER WE GET  A FEW MINUTES TRAINING IN MR AND MRS XXXXXX-- THEY WILL GET THE LECTURE-- DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU THEY CAN CURE HIM  WITH SURGERY--  THAT HAS BEEN TRIED WITH  A DISASTEROUS RESULT-- BEDSIDES HE IS VERY HAPPY PACING.... I CNA HEAR IT NOW  " IT IS AN ABNORMALITY  THAT IS PRE ARTHRITIC"  -- DON'T BUY THAT ONE.... LIFE IS PRE ARTHERITIC.-- JUST LIKE EVERY HORSE IS  PRE NAVICULAR - IT IS A FAVORITE EXPRESSION OF  TEH MEDICAL PROFESSION..
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SPEAKING OF  TERRIBLE ASSUMPTIONS--- SOMEONE STARTED A RUMOR THAT WALTER WAS A WOBBLER--- AFTER MEG PUT OUT A VIDEO OF HIM WHEN HE WAS PEEING.... IN FACT  ONE OF THE THINGS HE DOES/DID   HAVE IS A  BAD CASE OF  UTI COMPLETE  WITH  RED piddle - IMMEDIATELY SOMEONE  STARTED TEH WOBBLER BIT WHEN IN FACT EVERY INCH OF THAT DOG WAS XRAYED- PROVING THAT IS ONE THING HE DOES NOT HAVE.. GOTTA LOVE RUMORS-- ESPECIALY WHEN THEY HAVE A NEGATIVE TINGE TO THEM........
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I AM GONG TO THE STaRT OF THE MARAthon today  and may not be back for mail call at 5pm...  all right-- i heard that.." she better astart 2 days ahead of everone else to even get there"  that 26 mile run would take  me more that 2 days !!  - we ave a table -might even make teh news???
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only ann #1 would know this-- so i pass it on....
fyi, Robert's Rules are only one system of parliamentary procedure, and may not be the best for SDP.. Go to Amazon and order "Breaking Rpbert's Rules."     

i should get that....
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MORNING CARLENE, TUMBLER AND I HAD OUR FIRST VISIT AT A NURING HOME TODAY.  TUMBLER DID VERY WELL FOR FIRST VISIT.  SHE WAS BOMBARDED WITH ATTENTION.  WE WALKED THE HALLWAYS WITH ACTIVITY DIRECTOR AND SHE WOULD ASK THE PATIENT IN THE ROOM IF THEY WANTED TO SEE A DOG.  IF SO, WE WOULD GO IN.  YOU COULD SEE IMMEDIATELY HOW SURPRISED THEY WERE TO SEE A 120 POUND BLACK AND WHITE GREAT DANE.  THE EXPRESSION OF HAPPINESS ALL OVER THEIR FACES. THE STAFF AND PATIENTS WERE VERY APPRECIATED.  WE HAVE COMMITTED TO ONCE A WEEK.  NEXT VISIT WE HAVE A LIST OF ROOMS THAT HAVE REQUEST A VISIT.  TUMBLER DEFINITELY BROUGHT SOME SUNSHINE TODAY. AGAIN I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE TUMBLER’S MOM AND ONE PROUD MOM I AM.
KARI AND TENNESSEE TUMBLER
P.S.  SEE YOU ALL MAY 4TH
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 STEVE....OHIO....'S valley industrial trucks PURPLE FORK LIFT IS VERY MUCH OPERATIONAL AFTER A WINTER OF REST !!

Friday, April 12, 2019

april 12 2019

news of teh day----bud has the tractor moving again.....and my pressure cooker is still on teh counter..

i would tell you all the details of why teh tracrtor is now working_-- you are lucky there-- with my short term memory,......  it had to do with having to hot wire a safety switch--these tractors want to be sure you are in the drivers seat before tehy move... so there is one under the seat- having adequate weight to depress that  has never been a problem... obviously... but tehre are other ones having to do with pedals and a lever or two-  apparently teh combination of misinformed switches caUSES A FUSE TO BLOW-- BUD'S HOT WIRE  FIXWD THAT TIL HE CAN GET AQNOTHER SWITCH....--- WHAT HE IS NOT SURE OF IS HOW THESE SWITCHES GET MISINFORMED IN THE FIRST PLACE....- I KNOW FOR YEARS--- THE TRACTOR HAS REFUSED TO START IF MY JACKET EVEN SLIGHTLY MOVES TEH POSITION OF TEH LEVER THAT  CONTROLS TEH PTO.... that tractor puts in  a huge effort around here....and minus it causes huge problems... no way coud we replace thaqt one...but we have a tiring lawn mower also... so i found a smaller kabota that is a lawn mower with a small bucket and aq spreader - for our icy problems- and maybe a DREIVEWAY POTHOLE FIXER---- SO THAT SHOULD ARRIVE  TODAY IT IS ABOUT 1/3 THE COST OF OUR BIGGER KABOTA.

I LOOKED INTO A JOHN DEERE- I WAS FASCINATED BY TEH QUICK CHANGE OF PIECES  --- BUT IT WAS JUST TOO DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH THE DEALER... YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO "BUILD" TEH PIECES YOU NEED and get a quote.... not true....... IN MY CASE SMALL TRACTOR   LOADER, MOWER AND SPREADER- THE WEB COULD NOT GIVE  ME PRICES- I CALLED TEH STORE AND TEH RECEPTIONIST COULD NOT TRANSFER ME TO SALES ( CALLING OUT TOA FELLOW WORKER..."HOW TDO I TRANSFER A CALL?" )- THE SALESMAN SAID "SIR....THAT WEB NEVER WORKS"--- COULD NOT GET PAST HIS "SIR" BIT EVEN THO I KEPT REMINDING HIM I WAS MRS. WHITE" -- HE ASKED IF I WANTED TIRES-- I SAID "YES -BLACK ROUND" AS I WAS GETTING AMUSED BY THIS  PROCESS....THEN HE  SENT ME A QUOTE... MINUS TEH COST OF THE SPREADER- SO I WENT BACK TO THE KABOTA-  AND NOTICED THEY  WERE PAYING ENOUGH ATTENTION TO DETAILS  THAT IT DID NOT MATTER IF I SPELLED kobata kabota kubota WRONG... THEY HAD ALL MIS SPELLINGS COVERED...
MY KIND OF DEALER. 
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AS FORE MY PRESSURE COOKER IT IS ON THE COUNTER IN FULL VIEW OF TEH CAMERAS-- BECAUSE --- IT HAS TO BE THE Nth   POT OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER I HAVE BOUGHT --  THAT ONE IS TO BE TEH HOUSE POT !! i am sure the others have moved to the guest house, training room appartment and  barn -- for all i know...- but that one is to stay  and if it is not there... all you camera people.....let me know.
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a GROUP OF CORPORATE COMMUNITY SERFV ARE DUE HERE TODAY--- AND  II WANT TO GET SOME MORE TOP SOIL BEFORE THEY GET HERE...
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WE HAVE A TABLE AT THE START OF THE BOSTON MARATHON FOR SAT AND SUNDAY - THAt's tomorrow's diversion  

Thursday, April 11, 2019

april 11 2019

WALTER-- IS TEH BIGEST NEWS- from megan...
his fever is down he’s eating small amounts for me and off IV fluids so they let me take him home tonight !!  Tick panel came back negative . Waiting on all the cultures they did that will be a few days
WALTER HAS BEEN VERY SICK WITH  A COMBINATION OF AILMENTS THAT TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE WHEN MEGAN WAS GONE  ON VAcation  FOR A WEEK...   HE IS SO VERY ATTACHED TO MEGAN-- BUT MISSING HER WOULD NOT MAKE HIS TEMP RISE--  SO HE HAS SOME THINGS GOING ON...  AND LANDED AT TEH MASS VET EMERGENCY ON 128  WHERE THEY ARE EQUIPPED TO DO MOST  EVERYTHING... SO AFTER A DAY OF MEGAN FRYING STEAK, ROASTING CHICKEN AND BOILING CHICKEN LIVERS, HE IS EATING  AGAIN... and at home-- i think she is to take him back again today and just has him overnight.
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and then there is the poo picking program-- this started so that people who could not afford to buy chicken bricks coulod stay involved by cutting up their cereal boxes 3" x 6"  so they fit in our back pockets--  that morphed into 4 cardboards  together with a grocery bag as a perfect poo picker packet -- which worked, but was boring... so people began putting funny sayings on some-- which led to decorating them for cheerful poo picking- which lead to haveing soem of these peopel in aqdult day care centers decoraing them for us-- so we have fancy/cheerful poo pickers...

many camera people have sent us crayons, stamps and stickers  which judy  uses to entertain some of these day care centers we go to... and we get surproses.... my favorite is teh   "this is an origional robert alan design"-- you never know.....
judy does not miss a chance to give it the personal touch... and sent this...
Good morning!
This is Judy Connors from SDP. I certainly hope I am getting to the right person. I so enjoy looking at the hard work that you put into decorating the poo pickers. They are artistic and humorous. While visiting adult day care centers and assisted living, I bring some along to share with the residents before we begin our project with them. The pickers they produce have stickers and stamps and they so enjoy it.
Thank you again, they certainly bring a smile to many faces.
Have a great day,
judy
and got back.....
Dear Judy, 

You have just made my day…maybe my week!  Thank you!
I do have fun with the poo pickers and I hoped that someone would get a laugh from them, but I never expected anyone to take the time to contact me (or to ever see an email with “poo pickers” in the subject line 😀). You are so kind! I have lots of cardboard waiting to be cut and decorated so I’ll be sending more soon.  

What you and Carlene are doing with the day care and assisted living is so wonderful! I am amazed by all you do for the community. 

Thank you again, 
Beth (Biobc)
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she made our day too !!!
so see it does go around !!
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re the trailer backing up   iwe got this-- which i had not thought about

from: Jennifer Harvey <jenn.harvey@LIVE.COM>
 the longer the tongue, the more slowly the trailer will turn

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Dear Carlene,
I struggle to put in to words just how much Bumble’s partnership means to me so forgive me if I ramble.

He and I came home on February 13.  I was a bundle of nerves and hoping I would do right by him.  I had no doubt he would be great but knew I needed to work hard to train myself.  That first morning home I picked up bumble’s red vest.  He stepped right in and off we went.  Loading up presented challenges to the point where we even went to car dealerships to see if my car was the issue.  I decided to keep my Outback and persevere.  Finally he decided that loading up through the back passenger door was a breeze so we ran with it.  Now he flawlessly does it no matter how many times a day I ask, which can be a dozen training locations on a day when I’m strong enough.

This boy is miraculous.  That is the best word to discribe what he has done for and means to me.  He and I train about 4 to 5 hours daily.  He walks in step with me and only hesitated if he perceives a threat - like the robot at Stop n Shop, the dreaded Marty.  So we worked and walked on.  It was like shampoo.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  We do that with everything he is scared of until he realizes he’s safe due to repetition and reassurance.  The trust we have in eachother is unbelievable.  He catches and braces me just like the trainers taught him. It still amazes me every time.  

Before Bumble I had become trapped in my bed due to both physical and mental pain.  He has changed me as a person.  No more hiding and wallowing.  We are out and about almost every day.  I know rest days are allowed but he gets noticeably sad if he’s not working.  He has taught me more about myself in 2 months than I had learned in 48 years.  Together we are unstoppable.

Thank you all very much for this incredible partner.  I can honestly say my life is a beautiful thing now.  Two months ago those words never would have come from me.  There’s no looking back now.  Bumble and I will just walk on.

Sincerely,
Scott Clements
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Hello Carlene.

I am so proud of Riz,, I could pop!  We went into DC today to practice riding the Metro.  She handled the cacophony of city sounds like a pro.  We passed jack hammers, honking taxis, flapping banners, hoarders of screaming 8th grade girls on tour, yelling street vendors, and blowing ground vents - she walked on as if this was something she had done everyday....a service dog that is confident in their work has a stride that is truly beautiful to behold and that was Riz today! She also learned to ride  the underground metro and was only a little unsure of herself - by the 4th time she had it. Since she has already been riding the train, she took to the metro right away.  

When you think of the perspective that she was on Crazy Acres just three short weeks ago, it is really unbelievable how she has progressed in her advanced skills!

As always, thank you for taking a chance on us!

Heidi