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Borrego Springs, CA

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time stood still

Last night after I published my blog post, I put something back into one of the cabinets that is over the windshield.  As I shut the door, there was a loud crash on the dashboard.  For years I’ve had one of those round cheap big clocks stuck to the middle of one of the cabinets with industrial strength Velcro.  Well, it bit the dust last night.  When I got up this morning, both of my cheap Walmart watches had quit working… dead batteries I’m guessing.  Hmm.  Interesting that most of my time keeping devices crapped out within hours of each other.

I left the rig at some time this morning to head to town for my weekly grocery trip with a watch and clock added to the list.  First stop was the Saturday morning farmer’s market to pick up another delicious loaf of bread from the Fargo Breadsmith booth.  There was quite a line this morning, and they were out of my first choice by the time it was my turn, but I got a nice crusty loaf of rustic Italian bread.  Nothing much beats a nice slice of fresh crusty bread slathered in butter in my book.

When I was at the market two weeks ago, I got a nice bouquet of lilacs.  The lilacs are done now, but today a booth was selling peonies.

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Some of you may remember when I had Robyn and Dennis remove the Euro-recliner from my rig in March so I could put these drawers in instead.  Well, it’s the perfect place for a bouquet of flowers on top.  I can also use two of my little treasures.  The white runner on top of the drawers is hand embroidered in a southwest motif.  I picked up that little gem for $2 at a church bazaar in Deming, NM, a couple of years ago.  And the vase is really a jar for holding a celery stalk with water in your fridge.  It has been passed down from my grandmother, but I suppose she kept the celery in the ice box.  Winking smile  Someday I’d like a nice wooden set of drawers there that match my cabinetry.  I love having fresh flowers to smell and admire, and I’m so pleased that I now have a place to display them.

After I finished my chores in Detroit Lakes, I checked the mailbox out at the end of the road on the refuge.  There was a Netflix inside and two packages for me.

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The first package contained the Thunder Shirt that I had ordered for Emma to help her ‘weather’ noisy storms.  She is a real basket case with any thunder, lightening, or hail.  I’ve been very skeptical about this idea, but thought I’d give it a try.  The directions said to practice putting it on before there was any hint of anxiety in her.  It was also suggested to offer her a treat laying on the shirt before putting it on her.  You can see on the left what she thought of the treat idea.  She pushed it onto the ground.  I must say, she was certainly calm while wearing the shirt, and typically tried to avoid looking at me once she saw the camera.  Maybe this wild child should wear this shirt 24/7!  We’ll have to see what happens when the next storm comes along.

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The second package was a surprise gift from my brother Carl and his wife, Denise.  It was a new hat for me.

                                                               BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!

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I noticed a zipper on the top of the hat, and thought perhaps you were supposed to put a bag of ice in it to keep your head cool during the summer heat.  Ha!  Not so!

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Tucked inside is mosquito netting that can be pulled down to protect your face from nasty flying insects!  What a hoot!!  Sun and bug protection all in one neat little package.  I asked fellow volunteer Steve to take these pictures for me, and he about croaked when I pulled the netting out of the top of my head.

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Okay Donna Cave-blogger, eat your heart out!  Let’s see you top this fashion accessory.  Smile with tongue out  Just picture it… this hat, my white socks pulled up having my long pants tucked into them, and steel-toed boots.  I’ll be ready for the fashion runway, and who knows… maybe it will help me sneak up on the birds.  Thanks, Carl and Denise, you made my day!

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                                                                               THE END!!

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

30 comments:

  1. You wear that outfit and you're bound to run into a guy who thinks you are the sexiest female alive! Look out!

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  2. Fashion takes a backseat to bug protection in the northwoods.

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  3. Now youe are all set to rob the local bank!

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  4. You and Emma are quite the runway models today!!! My sisters have been after me to get a Thundershirt for Millie. I've been skeptical, so I'll be eager to hear how Emma does with her's. Millie is not phased at all by thunderstorms, but put her in a moving motorhome or van and she's a nervous wreck (ugh!). Love the bug hat--- bet the NWR Facebook page would love to get you on their cover!!!

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  5. We use the Thundershirt on Scooter all the time with thunderstorms. It doesn't completely take away the anxiety but it really does help. Then last night the neighbors decided to shoot off fireworks until midnight. Scooter could care less about fireworks but Skitz falls apart. So she got to wear the shirt last night and finally calmed down enough to get some sleep. Fireworks are legal where we're at (outside the city limits) 365 days a year 24 hours a day. I'm not impressed. I love that hat. Can you even see through it?

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  6. Hey I want to get one of those......for when we go to Alaska one day. You know the Mosquito is the Alaskan State Bird :)

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  7. Your new mosquito hat may come in very handy. Or if you visit a Muslim country you'll be all set with your face covered. ;)

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  8. I love your mosquito hat. Wish they had those when I was at the Vermont Country Store. I would have snatched it up. I love fresh Flowers inside. Now where can I get some?? Makes me miss my garden.

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  9. I sure could use one of those hats up here in Ontario......

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  10. That hat will come in handy all summer long! I am also interesting how Emma does with the Thundershirt...Chance hates thunder..and firecrackers and tonight the windows are open and people down on the lake are starting to celebrate the 4th early..Chance is hiding in the bathroom:)

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  11. You just raised the fashion bar in RV attire. Way to go.

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  12. Hope that thundershirt works for Emma. I'm eager to find out if it does. I might need to get one for my dog. He is a shaking bundle of nerves when loud noises begin. That hat looks mighty handy - anything to keep the pesky bugs away sounds good to me.

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  13. Let me know how the thundershirt works for Emma. If it works, maybe I should get one for myself!

    Love the new hat...although not the prettiest thing, it sure is functional.

    I love fresh flowers too, but unfortunately, so do the kitties, so they are not practical around here.... In fact they also love fake flowers, so I'm pretty much screwed.

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  14. I hope all those peonies are the good smelling kind...some aren't!!! But what a beautiful flower. They are blooming here as well.

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  15. I have something similar, but with green mosquito netting. I also have a very funny story that goes along with it, and I'm sure you have some in your future, too! I've heard tha tthe thunder jackets work well. I've been fortunate, my pups were never afraid of thunder; they barely pick their heads up with great big boomers.

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  16. I don't think I can compete with that mosquito netting unless I put a pair of men's jockey shorts over my head and put my head through the hole..Hey, I think I just got an idea for a new neck warmer!! I just may have to wear one of Den's flannel shirts with it...Alas, I don't have any steel toed boots, but I DO have some froggy bedroom slippers...Stay tuned!...I'm anxious to see how Emma does in her new outer wear...It sure works for our niece's dog!!

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  17. Its easy to see what Emma thought of her new coat. But I hope it works for her in a storm.

    I love your new hat. What a great idea.

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  18. Oh, you do make me laugh when I read your blog in the mornings!

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  19. Too funny, (besides you in your hilarious hat) Sadie always looks away when I try to get her picture also. What's that about, I guess they're camera-shy?
    Well, I'll better check on my own (homemade) bread that's in the oven right now (such coincidence!). You should try it (I like this one: http://girlsguidetobutter.com/2011/02/no-knead-bread-ii-no-shaping-no-dutch-oven/)it's very easy and soooo good!

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  20. You are really styling with that new hat! What a hoot and a great idea, all rolled into one (pun intended). ;c)

    I guess you found out that time flies... :cD

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  21. Maybe someone is telling you to forget about time:) We bought a thunder jacket for Halley right after we got her from our daughter. We thought it might have helped with her separation anxiety?? She just looked so pathetic in it, we have not used it in a long time.

    I would be careful with that hat after dark, I hear that hoodies can be dangerous.

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  22. A very good way to desensitize a pet to storms is to get a cd of rain storms. Usually a card shop or even sometimes WalMart will have them. Put the cd on and keep turning the volume down until the pet stops reacting to the sound. Play the cd several hours a day for a few days. Then turn it up just until the pet reacts to it. Back it off just a very small amount to where your pet ignores it. Keep this up and eventually you can play it very loud without the pet getting upset. All along this reconditioning period spend some time petting and encouraging your pet when it seems to be reacting to the rain/storm cd.

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  23. My daughter used a thunder shirt for her dog... sure worked for him... hope you have as much success with Emma. Now... about that outfit... are you SURE that's regulation FWS attire?

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  24. HAhaaaaa ... oh, me... I wish I had known you mo better when we met ... I guess I'll google thunder shirt... you buy a shirt that will relax your puppy dog in a thunderstorm? wth

    "ThunderShirt's patented design applies a gentle, constant pressure that has a dramatic calming effect for over 80% of dogs."

    I still don't understand... it massages the animal when... what? well I looked at several google results but none tell me how they work ... do you push a button? does it start massaging at first clap? do you pull a little string? you never answer comments so I guess I'll keep googling...

    I never ... an anxiety t-shirt for a dog ... a cat? hah! wonder if it would work while I trim their freakin nails... well, I need one.. well, now... there's a deal! an anxiety T-shirt for humans? I like it. this is ... had a big ol basset hound mixed dog that was scared to death of storms... would run me or anyone else down trying to get under your lap! he only weighed about 80 pounds.. and two inches off the ground... hilarious!

    an anxiety t-shirt... ha ... love it

    you know cousin 'Itt' I think that's a fine hat. haha Sharon... regulation FWS attire... I do wonder what the wildlife think of us folk.

    I know that when I visited a dolphin rescue place in the Keys a few years back ... the trainer person told me after I asked why they are on their sides watching me ... cause I'm so beautiful? she said... yes.. they get as much enjoyment out of watching us as we do them ... very curious animals. that is soooo cool.

    they had to kick me out of that place. I could live there... had a looong waiting list for volunteers too. rats

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  25. learned something new today. . .surely do hope the shirt works for Emma. . .

    I join you in loving a bouquet of fresh flowers. . .just perks up my spirits. . .beautiful!

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  26. Beautiful peonies. I'm with you on fresh flowers. I have a bunch of astro - um - can't recall how to spell the word and I'm too lazy and tired to look it up.

    Well, now, you are the cat's meow in your new mosquito- and fly-proof hat. (Don't tell Emma I said the word cat!)

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  27. Picked up a different model bug net awhile back that goes over the hat when you need it. This one seems better because it's built into the hat.

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