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4/25/2011

SMDC ANNUAL MEETING FEATURES AG DEREK SCHMIDT…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 8:59 am

As you know the Smoky Hill Development Corporation membership appreciation & annual meeting featuring Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is this Friday, April 29th at the Ellsworth Golf Course.  The event will begin at 6:30pm.  If you have not RSVP’d please do so by responding to this email or calling 472.4136.

Thank you and look forward to seeing you there!

Rob

GARLIC CHICKEN STIR FRY…

Filed under: prairie musings, recipes — Peg Britton @ 8:53 am

My friend, Janis Gore of Gone South, posts some very good recipes on her blog from time to time.   Since garlic chicken stir fry loaded with pea pods is one of my favorites, I thought I’d repost it.  She said she got it off All Recipes then she and her husband tweaked it to their tastes.  I’m sure it’s a keeper.

GARLIC CHICKEN STIR FRY

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons peanut oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsps minced fresh ginger
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced cabbage
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 cups sugar snap peas
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Scant tsp white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
5 minced dried Thai chilies
1 carrot thinly sliced
mushrooms to taste
can of bamboo shoots, drained
can of bean sprouts, drained

Directions:

Heat peanut oil in a wok or large skillet. When oil begins to smoke, quickly stir in 2 cloves minced garlic, ginger root, green onions and salt. Stir fry until onion becomes translucent, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and stir until opaque, about 3 minutes. Add remaining 4 cloves minced garlic and stir. Add sweet onions, cabbage, bell pepper, peas and 1/2 cup of the broth/water and cover.

In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup broth/water, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch. Add sauce mixture to wok/skillet and stir until chicken and vegetables are coated with the thickened sauce. Serve immediately, over hot rice if desired.

4/23/2011

THE HAPPY EASTER BUNNY WISHES YOU THE BEST OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON…

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings — Peg Britton @ 3:56 pm
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All I need to know,
I learned from the Easter Bunny!
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There’s no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off of other people’s jelly beans.
Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of your shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
May the joy of the season fill your heart.

The odor of glazed hams baking in ovens across the nation will  soon waft along with the air currents.  What is more traditional than ham for Easter? Oh yes, deviled eggs delivered by the Easter bunny.  We start confusing our children at an early age.

It doesn’t “feel” like spring.  I have three long sleeved shirts on and am freezing.  The furnace has a reason for being so I’m kicking it up out of the  50s, even if I don’t like that idea.  I keep my house in the 60s during the winter as I don’t like a hot house.  In the summer I try to keep it in the 80s as the 100 degree temps wipe me out.  Go figger.

We filled a table at Orozco’s for lunch today, an idea that was shared with others who were also hungry for Mexican food.  I’d walk a mile for Jesse’s refried beans, which are the best ever. The restaurant was filled with ex-pats home for the holidays…Dana Donley and her family, Simon Orozco, his sisters et al.

Drew ran my car through the car wash….the first rinsing off it’s had since Tyler washed and waxed it last summer.

Todd, Karen and Drew invited me to join them for steaks tonight.   I’m very much looking forward to it.  The best part is that they are bringing them here to prepare, along with the rest of the meal.  Food and conversation without having to leave home.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh had agreed to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to leave office within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

I love this film clip.  It’s 104 years old and depicts a trolly ride on a street in San Francisco.  This film was “lost” for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever. It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car. The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there.

Does anyone know of someone who will remove stumps for a reasonable price?  I have about 20 that need removing.  None is very large.  Does anyone work for the price of the rental for the machine and X$ per hour?

Have a wonderful day tomorrow with family and friends.
Thanks for tuning in…

4/22/2011

HAPPY EARTH DAY APRIL 22, 2011…THE WATCHMAN’S RATTLE BY REBECCA COSTA

Filed under: prairie musings, BOOKS — Peg Britton @ 12:06 pm

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“I’ve never heard a sound beating the air,

so fraught with the spirit of trouble and need of assistance,

as the sharp crack of the watchman’s rattle

reverberating in the street at the dead hour of night.”

Edward H. Savage, 1865

In commemoration of  this day, I challenge each of you to read The Watchman’s Rattle by Rebecca D. Costa.

THE WEEKEND APPROACHETH…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Tyler Britton USAF, Afghanistan, Ally Britton, CCATT — Peg Britton @ 9:19 am

An Easter basket arrived today complete with a decorated egg nestled in artificial grass all in a red plastic cup tied with a gold bow.  It’s from my friend Claudia. She also brought a grape tomato seedling to plant by my big rock.  I love harvesting little tomatoes right off the vine to eat on the spot.  She’ll have to tend to it to make sure it grows.

Speaking of Easter baskets, it’s about time to start construction on May baskets.  No need to wait around until the last minute to get those little puppies started.

May basket construction was a big thing when I was young and also with our kids.  It’s now a non-event.  I think it went by the wayside with the advent of knobless door handles and front door screens that ruined all the fun with their push button door handles.

Back in the old times, we’d color designs on construction paper, cut a strip from one edge of the paper to serve as a handle and use flour and water paste to stick it all together.  That paste was exasperating. It was no easy task and activity was much simplified after the advent of the stapler and acquisition of  wall paper samples.   After gathering fresh lilacs, tulips and anything else that might be blooming, we’d fill the baskets with the flowers, greenery and a piece or two of candy.  Delivering them was the most fun of all….ringing doorbells and running away, hiding in wait.

The umpteenth repair man just left after replacing all the parts …the ones that make the thing work…on my new Jenn Air oven. We’ve been at this since before Christmas.  Let’s see.  New oven.  Replaced all the parts on a new oven in a series of trips.  Removed the new oven and brought in another new oven.  Now new parts for the second new oven.  I’ve almost given up on having it right for Karen’s precise cookie-baking processes.   If error messages come up on this oven warning us not to use the oven, well, I may just let it go and burn the place down.  Dern.  I love techie stuff but I must have an element in me that sets them crazy.

Now if I could get my phones repaired.  I’ve been working at this since before Thanksgiving last year!

And, my Dell keyboard.  It worked fine until my computer died and now it won’t work.  I’m using an old one, but I’d rather use the new as it’s a better fit.  I have to call my friends in India again to get it repaired/replaced.  I can hardly wait.  It keeps me in touch with the rest of the world by talking with my friends from afar.  Not.

There is a huge hawk hovering overhead looking for breakfast.  I think, but don’t know for certain, it is a sharp-shinned hawk.  It’s a big buster and a frequent visitor. Any small helpless bird serves as prey as it swoops down upon it.  It must be feeding baby hawks as you can see the trail of groceries it carries in its claws as it heads east.  The buzzards are here making a round of inspections for scrapes the hawk left behind.

Grandson Drew will be arriving late tonight from Boulder where he lives and works.  We’re all excited about that.  He won’t have much time but he’ll be treated like a king while he’s here.  His mother always bakes and accumulates things for him to take home.  And, my guess is he’ll arrive with a trunk load of laundry for her to do.  Moms like that.   Ally has made her famous banana nut bread and cookies with K-State colored M&M’s for him.  He gets hugs and a little gas money from grandma.

Youngest grandson Tyler is still in Afghanistan serving his second tour as a respiratory therapist and transporting severely injured soldiers to Germany as a member of CCATT…Critical Care Air Transport Team.  He’ll be there until late summer and upon his return, he’ll be going to Cincinnati where he’ll be working in the ICU at the Cincinnati University Hospital as a civilian respiratory therapist and teaching in the CCATT program that is headquartered there. He’s reenlisting for another four years as he loves what he does and the opportunities are plentiful. It was a good decision.  I wish he could be home this weekend to join what few of us there are in this family.

Someone from the Executive Office of the President was on my blog for 9 minutes and 23 seconds viewing 8 pages yesterday.  That’s the second time that I am aware of.  I rarely check and when I do, I can only determine the town that presumably the visitor is from.  In this case, however, it clearly states it’s the “Executive Office of the President”.  That makes me smile in wonder.  Actually, I know what they were looking for but I will withhold that information for another post.

Thanks for tuning in…

4/21/2011

DELL COMPUTER SERVICE IS A NIGHTMARE…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 12:36 pm

My Dell Computers have served me well most of the time.  When something happens that requires a Dell technician, my stress levels increase and exasperation sets it.  It shouldn’t be this hard to get someone to come fulfill the terms of my extended warranty aka insurance yet it is.  It hasn’t always been this way.

The first call requesting service has to be made to a number that rings in some foreign country where seldom anyone answers the ring who is proficient in English. If I said, “I’m sorry but I cannot understand you” once, I must have said it a hundred times. My problem, not theirs.

First off, after I gave my name to “April” and said I had a black screen (she asked what color it was) and my computer wouldn’t turn on, she immediately told me I had a software problem and that would cost me $249 plus $20 Kansas Tax.  Only after committing to this would she let me talk to a technician and I wasn’t going to do that knowing I already had FULL coverage.  No matter what I told her about the specific Dell computer I had…XPS and that I had full insurance coverage through July 2013…she just mumbled and we simply couldn’t understand each other.  At least I couldn’t understand her.  Only after saying I absolutely was not going to buy her insurance and that I wanted to speak to her supervisor, did I get transferred to Ren, her supervisor.

Ren was no improvement.  I couldn’t understand him  although he seemed to be understanding me yet not listening.  Their only goal in life was to sell me insurance. He wasn’t going to let me talk to a XPS technician  without first buying $269 worth of software insurance.  He said I had “hardware” insurance, but not “software” insurance and mine was a software problem. I’m not the sharpest tool in the box, but I was aware that there was no way, based on the information he had from me, that he could tell what was wrong with my computer.  He was determined to get money out of me for insurance for surely his children would starve to death if he didn’t. I really don’t think he knew anything at all about computers.  He was a very determined, persistent insurance salesman.

I called Kenz on my cell.  She verified I had the best insurance they offered and it covered everything including “house calls”…on site repairs… and not to bite on their demands.  She also said she suspected, from what I told her, that I had a video card that had shot craps.  As it turned out, she was right. She stayed on the line an hour or more just trying to help me wade through all their red tape.

So, after over two hours of trying to explain to April and Ren about what kind of computer I had and the problem was more than a black screen (the computer was OFF…what color did they expect the screen to be?).   Ren finally admitted he didn’t know anything about XPS computers.  I said I wanted to speak to someone in the U.S. who knew something about an XPS.  He connected me to April, assuming I wouldn’t remember I had just spent an hour arguing with her.  The minute she started talking, I lost it and told her I demanded to speak to someone who spoke English that I could understand…no offense.

She transferred me to Abbey who lived in some other far away land, but her command of English was much better.  She didn’t say a thing about insurance, no mention of it whatsoever,  and that they would mail another computer to Fed Ex and that a technician would pick it up and come to my house and make the necessary repairs until my computer was like new again.  Way toooo simple, I thought.  I asked her where they were sending the new computer and after being gone a long time seeking that information, she returned and said “Texas”.  Whew!

I asked her what would happen then….and she left again.  After returning she said the tech would drive to 1404 N. Douglas and make the necessary repairs.  I asked her if she knew how far it was from “somewhere in Texas”  to 1404 and of course, she had no idea.  When I suggested he might be driving 500 miles or more, she left again for another conference with some higher up.  Finally, finally….after lots of talk about that I was satisfied that a techie might eventually appear at my door.

When we hung up, I checked my watch … three hours on the phone talking to someone half way around the world  while trying to get service from someone located 30 miles to the east.  The techie could have saved them and me all that trouble.

Anthony from Salina arrived the following Wednesday evening, a day late.  When I checked on that Wednesday morning, I was told he came on Tuesday as he was supposed to but I wasn’t home.  I just hate that when they make such egregious statements. Anthony verified that no one came on Tuesday. They just lied about it and I knew it.

So, Anthony took all the components out of my old machine and put them in the new computer.  He did put in new memory and mother board.  It still wouldn’t work, so then I was supposed to  call India, or wherever, again and go through all that again.  Finally, after much pleading he called a supervisor who said they’d send a new hard drive.

A week later Anthony arrived again.  New hard drive…not the problem.  Still no computer.  Finally, he switched the  video card and Voila!  Just as Mackenzie had predicted.  Now, my keyboard doesn’t work so I’ll have to go back to Bangladesh to request it be replaced. Maybe it won’t be so complicated…but I’m not counting on it.

What I derived from this experience is that Dell is hell-bent on selling their computer repair insurance even if you already have it.    I had full coverage which they could see on my order form that was in front of them.  That didn’t matter, they were playing me for a sucker.   They weren’t going to let me explain to a techie the problems I was experiencing with my computer until I gave them a credit card number and bought their insurance. It’s a poor way to conduct business.  Outsourcing is at the top of the list of things that are wrong with the way  U.S. corporations do business.

My computer is working at the moment and that’s a very good thing.  Mackenzie will fine tune it then it will sing all the high notes again. At least I hope that’s the way the story ends.  I do love my computer…most of the time.

Thanks for tuning in…

4/20/2011

DELL COMPUTERS ARE GREAT…GETTING SERVICE ON THEM IS A NIGHTMARE…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 9:54 am

My computer has been out of sorts for two weeks.  At first there were minor complaints then it turned in to the blue screen of death and finally a black screen with no means of even turning on the computer. The story is long and probably worth mentioning, but not today.  When finally I got around to dealing with my mail last night, there were a thousand pieces of junk mail to delete without a keyboard, that also went crazy and wouldn’t work.  After some catch up work and fun with house guests today, I’ll be back.

Thanks for waiting around and tuning in…

4/9/2011

COMPUTER IS DOWN

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 12:33 pm

This is Mackenzie… grandma asked me to post and let you all know that her computer is down for the time being… she went to power it on and got a black screen.  Dell will be coming to work on it so hopefully we’ll have her back soon :)

4/7/2011

NEW EXHIBITS AT THE ELLSWORTH AREA ART GALLERY…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 12:03 pm

There is always something new and exciting going on at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery. Many local volunteers contribute a considerable amount of their time and talent to bring new and exciting displays to you.   The latest displays for your enjoyment are by “Friends of the Lincoln Art Center” directed by Joyce Harlow. These works have been composed by 14 Kansas artists from the Lincoln, Salina and Hays areas.  You are encouraged to visit the gallery and welcome the artists to Ellsworth.

As you enter the gallery, you will see four acrylic paintings with a western theme by Mary Rodgers from Salina.

Bob Crangle, Lincoln, has four oil “Dreamscapes” on display. Hally Crangle’s display consists of four still life photographic images.

Judy Donley, Lincoln,  has four landscape and nature photos.  Barbara Cordin, Overland Park, has four crocheted purses made from fiber on display.

Ann Eitel, longtime Salina  artist, has four watercolors.  One of particular interest is a painting of  Ellsworth’s Drover Building; others are Kansas landscapes.

Joyce Fent, Salina, is showing her wonderful Native American culture inspired mixed media.  You will find this exhibit to be very eye catching and interesting.

Cindy Lloyd of Hays is displaying floral watercolors and a humming bird.

Randy Lohmann is exhibiting three oil landscapes of Lincoln area grass land.

Marion McReynolds, Lincoln, is exhibiting six very interesting limestone relief carvings with native Kansas theme.

Marguerite Miller, Lincoln, has three  traditional oil and watercolor paintings.

Pam Morgan, Lincoln, has photography of “The Wall” and a unique sculptural welding of a bird’s nest.   She also has a Printer’s Drawer, titled “Faith”, made from mixed media.

Mary Ann Stertz, Lincoln, is showing her three pieces of stained glass. Joyce Harlow has two displays.Phil Wilkerson of Lincoln, who hung the entire show, has three “Travel Photography”on display.

The show will close on Thursday, May 5th, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30. The artists will be present so that you can meet them.  The public is welcome.

The Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 4:30.  Ellsworth and area residents are encouraged to stop by the gallery and show their support for the effort put forth by local volunteers.

The “perfect” art gallery visitor will stop by the gallery and leisurely view the exhibits…then return for the reception on May 5th to welcome and visit with the artists.  That would be a nice thing for you to do.

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4/6/2011

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ TO HEAD THE DNC…

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 4:20 pm

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The new Democratic National Committee chair is Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She was chosen by President Barack Obama.

Wasserman Schultz becomes the first female DNC chief in 15 years and the third in history. She is a strong supporter of abortion rights.

In selecting Debbie to lead the Democratic party, President Obama noted her tenacity, her strength, her fighting spirit and her ability to overcome adversity.   She was chosen for her strength as a fundraiser, a television messenger and for her clout in the crucial swing state of Florida, sources said.

I’ve followed her political career since she was first elected to the Florida house at age 26.  She’s now 44 and a perfect choice for the job, in my opinon.  This is only one more step in her flourishing career.

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4/5/2011

IF YOU LIVE IN KANSAS, REMEMBER TO VOTE…AND GET OUT THE VOTE…

Filed under: political musings, Kansas — Peg Britton @ 10:08 am

4/2/2011

BOSS FROM WAYSIDE WAIFS AND ROD…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Kansas — Peg Britton @ 1:09 pm

Grandson Rod and Boss, an English Mastiff.  Rod and Genn volunteer on weekends at Wayside Waifs.  Check their website for adorable, adoptable dogs and handsome volunteers.

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NEWSPAPER HEADLINES…

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 10:32 am

 From Rechelle Unplugged
Here is a list of a few doozies from newspaper headlines that I found just now:
Include Your Children When Baking Cookies
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Say
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Drunks Get Nine Months in Violin Case
Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands
Teacher Strikes Idle Kids
Clinton Wins Budget; More Lies Ahead
Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told
Miners Refuse to Work After Death
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
Stolen Painting Found by Tree
Two Sisters Reunited after 18 Years in Checkout Counter
War Dims Hope for Peace
If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Space
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

KERRY WOODS, METAPROS, KANSASPRAIRIE BLOG, JENN AIR AND ODDS AND ENDS…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, political musings, Ally Britton, Mackenzie — Peg Britton @ 8:39 am

Kerry Woods is zipping around over Ellsworth this morning like a honey bee on a mission for nectar.  I love it when he gets his plane out of the hangar and heads out for some destination or just a spin about town.  It is one very fast plane and when he’s aloft, I hear him “shifting gears”  like in a fancy sport’s car…zrumm, zzrumm, zzzrumm….

I have no idea what kind of plane it is, but it’s the only one of its kind around here and it is a beautiful piece of machinery.  It glistens in the morning sunlight showing off the big wing in the back, with wingtips,  and a smaller wing in the front.  It tends to look as if it were flying backwards like something out of a futuristic airplane magazine.

Kerry is very innovative, I’ve always thought,  and he continues to maintain that reputation with me. Neat guy, that Kerry.

The troglodyes are moving “stuff” back into their house this morning.  Their furniture is stored in containers in the front yard so it isn’t a “fer piece” to haul it inside, but there is a lot to move…again.  They put it in the house earlier this year after they sold their house of many years, then moved it to the containers so Mark Roehrman could remodel the house.  Now it’s going back in for the final time.  They’ll be sore and tired tonight.I guess they really are going to evacuate my basement one of these days.  I’m going to miss them enormously.

Newt Gingrich and The Donald are faking it.  Neither of them is going to run for President of the United States, in my opinion. If they were harboring such intentions and actually filed, they’d have to make an accounting for all their money, and they can’t do that. Gingrich is a notorious scam artist and has swindled money right and left out of people with his “award” system.  What they do instead of filing is to say they are making an “exploratory effort” at the Presidency so they can raise money with out any accounting for it.

Today I have to trouble shoot a problem with my new Jenn Air oven that has a glitch.  They’ve switched mother boards then brought another new oven and the same problem persists. A notice appears on the panel that says, “F1E1 oven Appliance Manager/Wiring Connection.  The product is experiencing a problem and can no longer be used”.  We can’t figure out what is causing it to say that….and the only time is does is when my favorite cookie baker, Karen, tries to bake cookies.  She isn’t the problem as she has an oven just like it and uses both in the same manner. Greg is coming back Monday to replace the wiring, but I don’t see how it can be that or it wouldn’t work at all.  It’s a mystery and a pain in the backside.  I would have been better off to continue using my old oven and let someone else deal with an upgrade.

Ally is making some of her famous lasagna today to share with family and friends tonight.  It’s great lasagna.

Two months from today, on June 2nd, I will have been at this business of blogging for ten years. I should celebrate!  That’s a LONG time to be blogging on almost a daily basis.  My guess is that you won’t find anyone as old or older than I who has been blogging this long.  And, since my life is winding down, it might be a good time to give it up.  But then, what would I do?   I have a lot of information tucked away in here that people still refer to.  With over 300,000 hits a month, the material is valuable to those who are looking for information about some one or some thing.  If I shut down kansasprairie, it will no longer be available to anyone.

There is also a technical issue with it that I don’t have the ability to correct. I’m using a very old version of WordPress and when I recently upgraded to Firefox 4, there were glitches that Mackenzie fixed for me. Some she can’t fix without upgrading WordPress.  She’s very much afraid that if we try to upgrade WordPress, the whole thing will collapse.  When I switched from Graymatter to WordPress, I encountered all kinds of problems and I have not yet corrected all of them.  If you go back in my blog several years, you’ll quickly notice the problems. My blog is just too big to handle anymore and Metapros has been very gracious in putting up with me…I think because I’m old as dirt.  Brad Sewell who owns Metapros has been very kind to me…but I think once I’m out of his system, he’ll be greatly relieved.  Alas…

There are three books I want to read, right now:  Three Cups of Tea, The Club Dumont and The Watchman’s Rattle. Maybe I’ll get them ordered today. Oh…don’t bother with Eat Pray Love.  The book is only so-so, but the movie is not worth the effort.

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4/1/2011

METAPROS TOTAL FOR MARCH … 331,639 HITS TO KANSASPRAIRIE BLOG ….

Filed under: prairie musings, MetaPro totals — Peg Britton @ 8:14 am

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RINGO…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Ringo — Peg Britton @ 8:06 am

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We rescued Ringo from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility six years ago on this day, so we celebrate today as his birthday.  Actually, Todd and Karen bought him for a pricey amount to give to Brit as he was trained to assist the hearing impaired.  We don’t know exactly how old he is or where he came from.  He’s quite a Ringo.

When Todd brought him to our house he made a bee-line to Ally.  They recognized each other…a complete surprise. Ally had previously encountered him at a rescue home for mastiffs in Salina where he was not a good fit.  Ally took him home to Abilene with her as a possible dog for her dad.  She tried to convince Brit what a wonderful dog he was, but Brit’s beloved Jack had just died and he wasn’t up to a new dog.  Ally wanted to keep him but she already had two dogs so she returned him to the mastiff home and we lost track of him.  Somehow Ringo entered the prison’s dog training system in Washington and ended up in Ellsworth.  A year or so later Todd learned of a wonderful Aussie who had come their way and purchased him after he was trained to help the hearing impaired.  A perfect dog for Brit.

Brit and Ringo were constant companions after that.  He rode in the front seat with Brit everywhere he went. After Brit could no longer play golf, he’d take Ringo out to ride in the golf cart with him and watch his golfing buddies play a round.  He followed him everywhere. It took awhile, but Ringo is now adjusted to my routine.  It’s not the same for him, but we get by.

Ringo has his morning routine that I find rather humorous.  His bed is beside mine and he never stirs during the night and only awakens when I take off my C-CAP mask in the morning.  The rush of air out the hose brings him to my side of the bed for his morning hug. Then he makes a mad dash for the front door and eventually arrives at the deck door jumping up and down and begging for his breakfast.  He gulps it down then retreats to his bed by the tower window where he works in a quick nap before settling in to his guard dog duties.

He was one happy guy to see his birthday breakfast …leftovers, but still.  He had fried liver, steamed broccoli, carrots, yellow squash and zucchini….and dry dog food.  Maybe he’ll get a scoop of ice cream for dinner as a special treat.  He’s a very special Ringo.

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