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Well, it's been a long time since I've written an lots have happened. I did adopt little Malo and she is a little 'tank' of a pup. she is ready to bark at anything and everything. Pet and Malo do not get along that much. they have some knock down drag out fights but they are getting along beter now. It is the xmas holidays and I am the only one in the quad in the village. It is OK because if I had traveled to Texas I don't think I would have been able to leave and come back up. Of well, It is only a little more than 4 1/2 months and I'll be home forever. I fired Beth and hired Portland to feed at the farm. It has been so much less stressful. the election was held and TRUMP won. the next four years will be engaged in working for the defeat of such crazies as trump. I just hope he is restrained by the replublican congress. Ought to be interesting. the farm looks great. l and K are having a 'sleepover' at the farm over New years. Will write more often.
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Well, the farm might be sad when I get home but on May 28th Pete and I get to meet little Malo. she is a chi that looks a lot like Nudles but is fatter and larger. I hope she and Pete get along and if so then I will take her back to the farm to live with us. got through this school year and will come back for one more. I've gotten all my things moved to Rod's house and when i come back in Aug I'll have to move all that stuff to my house and then get organized. I leave Thursday and pam leaves Friday but I've got one day in ANCH and then I get up on Sat morning and fly to seattlr, a two hour layover and then on to Texas. Will spend the night with the girls and go to the farm on Sunday. Hot dog. Twovir and the other animals and will be OK.
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Pollie was attacked by a bigger dog and lost the battle. She is now next to Guiness and Joker at the farm. When I get home little Nudles will join them and some day so will I. So three of my pups have gone this year. I think the farm will be a sad place when I get home.

I will be leaving the village on the 19th of may and will be returning on the 28th of July for the final year. this year has been really good except for the 'weird' principals. Everyone says that people come to Alaska for one of three reasons, missionaries, mercenaries or money. I of course come just for the money. I earn in one year what most people earn in one year in Texas and the position up here is much more to my liking so I'll come back for one more year. I can pay off the barn and tractor and still have money left over to pad my savings.

when I get home the property ought to be cleaned off and grass planted and one new calf (named Sir Loin, because that what he will be in about a year). I think Queso will be having a calf in a few weeks so I can't wait to go home and see them both. Little Rice I don't think will ever breed unless she surprises me. But she is still too cute and I do love having her around. Lizzy will be going to a trainer and then to a new home, so he won't be there when I get home. Just Twovir. When I'm home for good I am going to get a pup that is trainable like a real farm dog.

I have ordered several books about foraging and want to do that. I also want to find out about where I can learn archery. just for the heck of it. I also will walk l lot because up here you are just walking in mud or snow. the temp is up to 60 today but this morning it was 29. Snow is almost gone and the mud is back. Hope the gnats don't show up until I'm gone home.

Leia and Keri finally had their wedding at Big Bend on top of the rim. such terrific friends went with them and the pics were amazing. Can't wait to get home and give them a hug. They even took me along via some 'fans' on a stick that had my face on them. It was hilarious. Hoping to go visit, dixie, David, Warren and Jeff G. got all my appointments made with various docs so that will take time also. Ought to be a FAST summer but it'll be fun.
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We have gotten the clearing done on the farm. And the fence is up and the gate is being built and the inside of the house, the wood parts, have been painted and the tractor is purchased and the hay is bought and . . . . . whew. I'm worn out and all I did was to pay for all this. the girls did the actual arrangement and working. they enjoy working out at the farm. Thanks goodness!!!! Can't wait to get home and walk the place a look at everything. the pics below show the cleared areas. Next year I'll build the barn and pay off the tractor.

Pics below, enjoy
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Well I sent Nudles body off to the crematoria this morning.  A friend is taking her into Anchorage.  Of all the animals I've ever had I think Nudles is the only one I've ever lost my heart too.  she was what I needed when I needed comfort, play, running, planting etc.  She was always right there and fit my mood exactly.  Heavens I'll miss that little girl forever.
The farm is progressing and in March L and K have made arrangements for the cedars to all be cleared from the property.  I may get some bamboo and plant it at the back fence to keep the neighbors from looking at me in case I get a case of the naked walk abouts.  I am going to plant a garden this summer in one bed but then leave the rest.  I just need the exercise and something to do.  I'll do some canning and let it go at that.  I might train Lizzy if she is still there.  I intend to build a little apartment for AJ in the barn.  Just a small one-room but cozy. 
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Well I sent Nudles body off to the crematoria this morning.  A friend is taking her into Anchorage.  Of all the animals I've ever had I think Nudles is the only one I've ever lost my heart too.  she was what I needed when I needed comfort, play, running, planting etc.  She was always right there and fit my mood exactly.  Heavens I'll miss that little girl forever.
The farm is progressing and in March L and K have made arrangements for the cedars to all be cleared from the property.  I may get some bamboo and plant it at the back fence to keep the neighbors from looking at me in case I get a case of the naked walk abouts.  I am going to plant a garden this summer in one bed but then leave the rest.  I just need the exercise and something to do.  I'll do some canning and let it go at that.  I might train Lizzy if she is still there.  I intend to build a little apartment for AJ in the barn.  Just a small one-room but cozy. 
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Just thinking about the farm.  I'm really pleased with all the progree that has gone on this year.  Fence up, clearing, gate up. tractor bought, bills paid.  and I still have 4 months of pay left.  Hot dog.  I did get another contract for next year so after that I can pay my tractor off and perhaps build the barn.  then I can go home and actually retire. NOT.
I really do miss Nudles.  I just cannot seem to transfer all that affection I felt for her.  Pete is cute but . . .
things are in chaos up here.  I have been fighting a test.  but, then again, all Alaska has been fighting this stupid ELL test.  the students cannot log on and stay on to take the 4 tests required by the state.  then ACT is coming up and they've sent 89 emails since Jan 1 and then there is the state test, AMP.  that testwill not be the state test next year so why do we have to do it this year.  tehn the {Praxis.  all of this crap and the alligators are biting at my butt.  all the counselors are SO pissed because most of this is being blamed on us.  Even though it is NOT any of our fault.  then my IL has suggeted that I am not to be trusted to do my job.  Stupid.  Stupid.  Rant is over.  Have a great day.
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Watching 'this plant earh' from the 1950's.  silly little movie but I think it's partly because of the 50's that I get my love of sci-fi.  That and my brother liking it.  He did lots of things that I thought were cool to do.  So I learned to do them too.  The temp is going to be above freezing so the snow will turn to ice very soon.  will melt the layers enought o enable me to walk to school.  L sent me 19 pics of the farm and I really did love seeing what was going on with the clearing of the fenceline and the cedars being burned.  The place looks really good and the soil looks like it could support a native grass planting.  I hope so because it'll be easier to keep the animals if they graze.  Emailed Samantha Kellerman, the goat lady and she wanted to know if sheshould breed the goats so when I came home the would be ready to kid.  I don't know.  I think Ihave enough goats and other animals.  What I really need to do is start rainwater collections.  For each of the paddock houses and for the house itself.  That way I will always have water for the animals.  Supposedly by 2030 we will have a water shortage.  Also, Dripping is building 6000 new homes in the next few years so, the well will maybe go dry one of these days.
I also want to get those other 2 acres but I think I need to sell the back acre first.  We'll see if that is going to be legal.  I have to be home to do all the research that I need to do in order to sell that acre.  In the meantime I also want to build a little apt in the barn for AJ or someone else.  It can have a composting toilet because there is no septic that far from the house.  I think I can do that for a couple thousand .  I hope.  I also need to plan to pay off the tractor and the barn next year.  I got my W-9 for IRS and nee d to find out later whether I'll be able to get money back or get a refund.  Hope a refund will be it. 
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Yep, summer is coming but NOT up here.  I walked to school this morning in 22 degree weather but there was snow on top of the ice and so it was good footing with my yaktrax.  Pleasant walk with Pam.  I have been so busy this week.  I've been entering names ito the computer programs for three different tests that the state wants out kids to take.  This testing crap has to stop.  It is a killer.  Waste of time for me and the teachers and definitely for the kids.  Turned in 5 OCS reports concerning student for threats, sexual assault, breaking and entering etc.  Cops out her are incredibly useless and the troopers are so spread thin that it takes weeks to get around to the village and investgations.  Sigh.  But, it's been busy and that makes me happy because time goes fast.  I also got a video from  Carole and it had several nice video's of me when I was very little.  One was filmed by Daddy in the back yard of 4213 Pickfair street in Houston.  By the fishpond in the back yard with Warren and mom.  No Carole yet.  Mom was so skinny and young and Warren was a real cutie pie.  Another one was me with my yellow piano recital dress that mom had made me.  in the back yard with Grandma Feray.  I have still pics of this event.  I was not only hapy but it struck me that there were two different dogs and one kitten in the pics and I thought that I don't know a single time when we didn't have a dog or cat around,  I think only time not was when I was at college 1st year.  Because after I married Bruce I immediately got a dog.  There were also pics of the two boys, Peter of course being fawned over by Carole and then one of him playing "feetball" and running around  That was always such a funny thing he did.  Then my graduation from MH-B with my BS.  I was just so pleased she had put those on the video  Also there were pics of Warren and Carole and Sandy when they were in colorado skiing (or trying to).  coulsn't tell who was who but it was neat trying to figure out who they were.  Then Carole and I and Peter when we lived in Belton one summer to go to MH-B.  that was when C was supposed to be watching him while I was in class and she slept through him getting out the front door and walking down to the busy highway and sitting in the middle of the four lanes until the cops picked him up in his diapers.  OMG, such memories.  And the pic of three puppies lined up in my arm as I carried then around.  always with those animals.  Beautiful life it is.
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Today is another day off.  I am so tired of being off.  I want school to start.  WOW, I'm really going crazy!!!!  Allison has the cutest baby boy.  I hope she gets to adopt him.  He is really cute.  I m trying to download my pictures to dropbox but I've got to find out how.  It has been so warm that the snow is melting but I look outside now and see the snow coming down .  Called AJ and he seems to be sick.  Talked to Leia and she and K are going to Wendy's house for the new year.  I think they are going to camp in the RV.  Glad it's getting some use. When the new year starts maybe I can get some answers and can start building some fence or barn.  We gotta get on with this stuff.
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