NEEDS------1. WE NEED CP'S IN THE CHELMSFORD AREA WHO CAN TAKE CAKES TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT-- WHO CAN DO THAT? AND A COUPLE PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE A BAD THING...JUST TO BE SURE....
2. WE ALSO NEED OVERNIGHT PEOPLE- FOR REGUALR SCHEDULE-- AND A FEW FOR BACK UP EMERGENCY-- LIKE WHEN REGULARS GET THE FLU !! BOTH AS VOLUNTEER AND/OR MINIMUM WAGE.
WAS IT YESTERDAY JANINE ARRIFVED WITH WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE 3 HORSES AND ONE MULE...? IT IS HARD TO KEEP TRACK... IN ADDITION... SHE TOLD ME TEH "HORSES IN TEH BACK BARN GOT PICKED UP..." SO I ASSUMED.... YOU KNOW HAT ASSUMED EXPRESSION.... WELL THERE ARE 2 PONIES STILL RUNNING AROUND BACK TEHRE- PONIES ARE TECHNICALLY HORSES ... AS OPPOSED TO DONKEYS... BUT THERE IS A DISTINCTION BETWEEN HORSES AND PONIES..
ANYTHING LESS THAN 14.2 IS TECHNICALLY A PONY-- SO WHAT IS THIS 14.2 BIT??? EQUINES ARE MEASURED BY "HANDS" WHICH ARE 4 INCHES--- AS OPPOSED TO "FEET" WHICH ARE 12 INCHES.... ONE CAN ONLY WONDER WHY IN THE 1600'S SOMEONE DECIDED TO MEASURE someone's FEET AND HANDS- IT MUST HAVE BEEN AN INTERESTING MEETING. the old variety of "cowponiy" was close to 14.2 hands and wold carry a cowboy and hold back a steer with no trouble. a bulldog type quarter horse- then they began showing them-- and they got taller-- and to some degree , less efficient at cow chasing.-- kind of like great danes, automobiles, and individual fortunes... bigger is not always better.... regardlesws of teh fortune, you still can not deal with more than 2 scoops of ice cream. indiscriminaTE MELTING TAKE S OVER
SO WE STILL HAVE 2 PONY EQUINES... ONE SADDLEBRED EQUINE , AND A PAIR OF DRAFT EQUINES PLUS JOSHUA... THE MULE. TEHY ARE ALL HEALTHY ACCORDING TO BRYAN ( DVM) EXCEPT FOR THE HIND LEGS OF ONE DRAFT- WHO MUST HAVE STOOD IN MUD TOO LONG--- JANINE WASHED THEM ALL OFF UNDER BRYAN'S DIRECTION.. AND THAT ONE IS TO STAY IN THE BACK BARN-- OUT OF TH MOISTURE-- THE REST COULD DO WELL TO GET WASHED OFF BY THE RAIN-- A LITTLE CHLORHEXADINE DILUTED AND DRIBBLED ON THEEIR BACK- THEN LET THE Rain do the rest... is probably better care than they have had before... that bunch will probably be going to janine's- i hae asked her to leave us joshua-- he looks like a nice mule and i want somethign around to put the draft harness on and play with... mo is getting older....and just likes to stand in the sun.... JOSH SEEMS NICE-- IT WILL HAVE TO GET A LOT WARMER BEFORE I TRY AND HARNESS HIM AND TRY AND FIND OUT WHY HE ENDED UP IN THE KILL PEN....
5PM MAIL CALL TONIGHT WILL BE SOMEONE ELSE-- I HAVE TO GO TO A "DINNER " FOR THE VETERAN PROJECT...FREE DINNER AND MAYBE MONEY??? YOU BET I AM THERE... ALONG WITH 2 RECIPS THAT SAID THEY WOULD GO-- AND HALEY TO GET US THEREA DN BACK...
DUMP RUN TODAY.... --- SPRIONG TIME--- TIME TO GET RID OF ALL THE WINTER SOFAS THAT ARE CHEWED BEYOND RECOGNITION... I WOULD BE EMBARASSED TO PUT THEM OUT ON THE STREET-- I CAN JUST HEAR THE NEIGHBORS COMMENTING ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE INDICATED BY THOSE SOFAS AND SOMETIMES A MATRASS OR TWO.... OUR NEW DUMOPING TRAILER IS A WONDERUL THING-- I WILL TAK A YOUNGER OPERSON WITH ME JUST IN CASE IT DOESN'T GO WAY HIGH TO DUMP...
I HAD A GOOD FRIEND AT THE "TRANSFER STATION" ---THE DUMP IS NOW CALLED...-- HE WAS IN CHARGE OF GETTING PEOPLE BACKED IN TO THE DUMP AREA AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE... HE LIKED ME FOR 2 REASONS--- HE SAID I WAS ONE OF TEH FEW WHO COULD BACK A TRAILER.-- AND IF IT DID NOT DUMP, I WOULD GIVE HIM $10 BUCKS TO GET IT TO SLIDE....
FYI... TRAILER BACKING.... 99% IS.... PUT YOUR HAND AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR STEERING WHEEL, AND THAT IS TEH DIRECTION YOUR TRAILER WILL GO AS YOU SLOWLY BACK... KEY WORD SLOW IT WILL JACKNIFE IF YOU LET IT... SO YOU START IT TURNING-- THEN REVEARSWE AND "CHASE IT" PRACTICE IT IN A STRAIGHT LINE JUST TO GT THE FEEL--IT DOES WORK.. And it stops all those people from screaming at you from the sidelines "no--- the other way"-- so many people are terrified of traielr backing-- in 5 min you could get the feel of that "hand at the botoom method."
We had a great weekend and Finn was a perfect boy! We spent the night at a hotel with a small waterpark- he could not understand why Eve kept going away from him but most of the time he was able to keep an eye on her and he was OK with that. Then the next day (yesterday) he accompanied Eve on the catwalk for a fundraiser for paralysis research! They personally raised over $1000! I always worry about him up there because he doesn’t love the loud music and flashing lights but he always so loyally sticks by her side!! ❤️❤️❤️
I hate to even say it - so knock on wood but Eve has been walking so much more again (so knock on wood please) with Finn’s help of course!! So hopefully we stay the course!!
I still just look at him with awww and all he has done for Eve! We are so blessed to have him and are tremendously grateful for everyone at SDP - staff, volunteers, CPs and grant givers!!
eve and finn