Parks For the Nation Within

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74 Responses to “Parks For the Nation Within”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:03 am on March 28th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! We here approve of more parks where we can take our 2 leggers. We need to be sure they get their exercise, heck we’ve all got couch potato, paws down.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:07 am on March 28th, 2015

    P.S., Our dog park is 3 miles from home so we get a RIDE first. The playground has a couple of obstacles, easy peasy! Out side of the playground there is a nifty stream, perfect for splashing and getting muddy or sipping.
    Have a splendiloquent Saturday.

  3. O'Howlers
    9:28 am on March 28th, 2015

    Good morning. We just read last evening’s posts. OMD Rio! That goofy “game” your friend had to go through was outrageous. Since misery loves company, we will be sharing that newswith the ‘rents.
    Here is their story. Mom’s place has a “Vision 2016” which is also called “Vision 2020” and “Vision 2015”, depending on who is talking/writing about it.they have constant “townhalls” and then surveys about those townhalls, where she is asked if she understands, and if she understands more than she understood 6 months ago. NO! She does not understand, because everything is vague vague vague. There are Q&A sessions, where good, pointed questions are asked, and vague non-answers are given. Consequently, productivity has gone down, because all day long, everyone discusses the new rules, and how long they might have their jobs.
    Then, on Wednesday, Pop gets to work to learn that 33 people in his department, including 1 in his little team of 8 were laid off before he even arrived at his office! This was out of nowhere. This hospital is growing/expanding. Several new big buildings heve been built in recent years, including one huge new building currently underway.
    This is the reason they are contemplating another area to move us all to. They are so darn tired of the stress, between long work hours, on call awfulness, and now this job insecurity.
    MPM, be very happy that you are no ,onger in the I/T industry. It is not what it used to be.

  4. O'Howlers
    9:33 am on March 28th, 2015

    Hey! That first dog park on the list is in Lancaster, only about an hour from here! Mom says she wants to check it out.

  5. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:37 am on March 28th, 2015

    None of those parks are anywhere close to us, unfortunately. Interesting article tho.

    Today is our last really cold day and then tomorrow starts a gradual warming trend. 60s by mid week. At least the sun is shinning which makes it a little more bearable.

    Rio’s friend’s day soundly gastly. Barb put in 28 hours last week, and her boss was there for about 3 1/2 hours of that time. It gets a little boring, but there certainly isn’t much stress. She contacts him by phone or email if there is something important. Hope he is able to keep his job for a couple more years. He is 60 and has been with the company over 30 years, so they cut him a little slack.

    Rio, if your friend quits, what will she do next?

  6. O'Howlers
    9:37 am on March 28th, 2015

    Also: Mom and Pop just ordered their garden. Heh! They will be planting a bzillion onions, plus loads of loose leaf lettuce, and 4 tomato plants and 6 sweet pepper plants. That’s it. Sounds easy.

  7. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:48 am on March 28th, 2015

    Howlers, you posted while we were typing. Sounds horrific at your folk’s place too. How many more years do they intend to work full time?

    The gardening is a huge stress reliever. Barb will be playing in hers in a couple of days. We already planted 300 onions, is that more or less than a bzillion? We are doing several different types of lettuce and spinach, plus 3 pepper and 7 tomatoes. We are also planting bush and pole beans. You are right – they require more daily attention to keep them picked, but they are in the Top 3 veggies around here. Also some basil to make pesto, and some dill and cilantro.

    What kinds of tomatoes did you order this year? Gary, our surrogate tomato mom, is currently raising ours in his greenhouse.

  8. Herd of Hounds
    9:51 am on March 28th, 2015

    O’H tell your ‘rents that it is good therapy, digging in the dirt…ever see a neurotic Siberian? Heh, heh, heh. Frost for 1 more night then hopefully nights in the 50’s.

    We get to have a houseguest for a week! Her name is Kiyah. She is a black lab mix. Her peeps are going to Chicago so we get to teach her about the doggie door and digging and the sushi pond and the wading pool. All she has are 3 boys and a creek. We’ll get mom to take her foto to share with y’all when she gets here.

  9. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:03 am on March 28th, 2015

    Barb is shutting down the computer for a bit. Off to do some shopping at Home Goods. Later gators.

  10. O'Howlers
    10:21 am on March 28th, 2015

    Therapy here consists of horse riding, biking, and hiking, hiking, and more hiking. Regarding work, and suggestions/advice Mom has received fom many of you: she has a minimum of 3 years she must work, and is hoping she can do 6 or 7. She is not yet 60. How could she afford to feed us, and the horses, without a job, for heavens sake. The problem is that employers no longer value experience, because experience costs money. They only hire fresh-out-of-college kids, and also offshore firms (“right-sourcing”). Mom does not have any creative talents, so those suggestions are not practical.
    Barb, the 4 tomatoes are brandywine, black krim, mortgage lifter, and Burpee’s supersteak (a hybrid).

  11. B.Stover
    10:23 am on March 28th, 2015

    I like the tennis ball tree.

    Good morning all.

  12. Herd of Hounds
    10:34 am on March 28th, 2015

    Mom is excited. A Yellow Rumped warbler just showed up at our bird feeder. If she’d let us out, we could bring it in for her to take a closer look, just sayin’.

  13. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:43 am on March 28th, 2015

    Barb!…When she quits I think we will come live with you!…snort!

  14. B.Stover
    10:49 am on March 28th, 2015

    Diane: Thank you for the links on Richard III.

    Rio: I hope that your friend can find another job that she likes. I don’t consider that “quitting.”

  15. Tupper's Mama
    11:25 am on March 28th, 2015

    Nope – no dog parks near us either. Guess we will have to make due with the backyard and the local park where the Storyteller used to be a ranger.

    We have one thing to say to those of you in employment limbo. Government jobs. Especially the V A hospital system. Yes, there are problems with upper administration abuses, but the IT departments are good, dependable employments. And regular hours. And holidays off.
    Just sayin’

  16. dawson
    12:03 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Whitefish, Montana, my old stompin’ grounds, has a dog park in the top ten.

    DianeC and BStover: Even though I dropped out of the Richard III course, my interest has been piqued. Thanks for the links.

    HOH: A neurotic Siberian? I refuse to answer as it may incriminate some dogs I love.

    Another beautiful sunny day here. The snow is disappearing rapidly.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    12:31 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Super Bark Parks across the US of A!
    A really Cool One on Lake Washington…although I never had the pleasure…Island Dweller that I am.
    B: We like the Tennis Ball Tree too. Like it? Heck. I love, Love, LOVE it!

  18. O'Howlers
    12:36 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Zeus would not be allowed nowhere near that tennis ball tree. Oh no he would not. Reason? He thinks every tennis ball on earth belongs to him. Heh!
    T&G, Even if anyone were to consider hiring an old person for an I/T job, there are no facilities close to us. And if we move, it would not be with the thought of continuing in the high-stress I/T profession. The ‘rents want out out out.

  19. Masquers
    1:03 pm on March 28th, 2015

    These lay-offs do seem to come abruptly, without any kind of warning.
    At my mom’s last corporate job she come into work one morning to find a fellow employee, who usually worked in the field and from home, in the break-room getting coffee. She asked him what he was doing there and he said he had gotten notice to come in for an unscheduled meeting. Within the hour company bigwigs begin filing into the office. As most everyone looked at them in surprise and begin whispering amongst themselves, she just knew something life changing was in the works. Thus it began…the beginning of the end…of employment as we knew it.
    I might add: 1) she hated the job with a passion. 2) although it was hard to understand at the time, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
    For all of youse in a similar predicament, I make this wish, may your stormy weather be brief and have a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end ^..^

  20. dawson
    1:07 pm on March 28th, 2015

    O’Howlers: Pack up your chickens and move west to Montana! It is closer to Alaska, just sayin’. Ride horses in the back country. Get a job in a National Park. Watch out for bears!

  21. BearSpiritDog
    1:31 pm on March 28th, 2015

    O’Howlers: Always Remember…Youse are the Oley Howlers…Siber, Arabian, and Plunderer Strong!

    Beau, Rio and Friend:
    Stick together
    Stick like glue
    Good times coming
    Just for you!

  22. dawson
    1:33 pm on March 28th, 2015

    One of the top 10 dog parks was named after Beau!

  23. Herd of Hounds
    1:54 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Amazing, all of the connections.

  24. Tupper's Mama
    2:06 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Howlers – tell your mom and dad that in government work, experience is preferable to youth. And it is surprising where many government jobs are located. Not all have to be in big facilities. For example, there are federal park ranger jobs at many historic landmark places. Who knows.
    We just want your folks to be happy and feel secure.

  25. Herd of Hounds
    2:13 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Howlers, y’all are in our pawrayers. The right path will be provided, just (as Chet hates to hear) keep your eyes peeled!

  26. Masquers
    2:14 pm on March 28th, 2015

    One last thought (maybe) on the job front. Our ex-dil is in the IT field and has worked from home for many years. She works as an independent contractor to a large company, keeping in touch via Skype and conference calls. When she moved to Hawaii recently her business went right along with her.

  27. O'Howlers
    2:36 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Thank you everyone for your kind wishes and thoughtful advice. Contracting is particularly hazardous, Masquers. Mom’s company is replacing all of their existing contractors with the contract firm based in India.
    Mom always dreamed of being a park ranger. How does one go about that, and is there an age limit?

  28. dawson
    2:46 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Park Ranger information.
    Gee, I would like to be a Ranger too!

  29. O'Howlers
    3:01 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Dawson! Who are we kidding? This government has cut all funding for national parks. No way there are ranger jobs. Now, if you would like to work for those oil companies who are being sold OUR public lands for the purpose of drilling and fracking, you just may find a job. O.K. Back down off the soapbox.

  30. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:02 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Fracking – couldn’t it, no was, no how. I will keep positive thoughts for all you who are currently having job stress or job insecurities.

    Howlers, on a happier subject, Black Krim was one of our favorite tomatoes last year. I think Staff grows that one too. We are planting a San Marzano, Mortgage Lifter, Black Krim, Paul Robeson, Granny Cantrell, Arkansas Traveler, and a Cherokee Purple.

  31. Masquers
    5:29 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Howlers: Outsourcing to India…of course. Why am I not surprised?

  32. Masquers
    5:34 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Thinking of 2 other Plunderers with work woes…one who has a job she does not care for, and one who does not…ML and Rose.

  33. Basil and Sage
    6:24 pm on March 28th, 2015

    HEY! What about us? No one cares that we suffer in a miserable workplace. That’s all we do – work, work, work. All day, all night. Harassing Corgis, watching birds at the feeders, trying to escape outside, chasing mousies, destroying rogue cardboard boxes, harassing Corgis, wrestling with each other, paw-pawing the quilt, knocking random stuff off tables, harassing Corgis…..
    Yup, it’s a rough life we lead here. And no paid vacation, sick days, holidays or retirement plan to speak of. Plus those dam Corgis keep trying to stuff us in boxes, and ship us to Romania or Venezuela or some-such.
    Someone call the SPCA!

  34. Herd of Hounds
    6:27 pm on March 28th, 2015

    SPCA? Society for Procuring Cats for Alaska?

  35. Herd of Hounds
    6:54 pm on March 28th, 2015

    (whispering) We are after all hounds.

  36. Basil and Sage
    7:09 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Not funny hounds. Not funny at all.

  37. Tupper and Gilly
    7:10 pm on March 28th, 2015

    We thought it was a riot!
    We’ll get the packing tape ready.
    tee hee

  38. Herd of Hounds
    7:29 pm on March 28th, 2015

    And we’ll let the hobbit know.

  39. Thieves!
    7:31 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Uh, we don’t know how to break it to Zeus, but Elim called dibs on all the tennis balls in all the world.

  40. Herd of Hounds
    7:34 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Oh oh, is this the beginning of a dog fight?

  41. Kat
    7:43 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Advice to Elim: Step away from the tennis balls. He means business.

  42. Zeus
    7:45 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Nobody’s allowed near my balls.

    {‘cept Kat}

  43. Herd of Hounds
    7:46 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Dogged admiration of tennis balls?

  44. Masquers
    8:04 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Youse guys are cracking us up!

  45. BearSpiritDog
    8:15 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Earth Hour at 8:30 PM Wherever You Are!
    Lights Out!

  46. O'Howlers
    8:17 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Earth Hour begins at 8:30 pm, wherever you are. We will be turning off all lights for one hour. Bear, tell Nana thanks for reminding us.

  47. O'Howlers
    8:17 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Hah! We took too long to hit Enter!

  48. Herd of Hounds
    8:28 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Thank you BSD for the reminder and for the doggerel you made at 1:30 today. See y’all in about an hour.

  49. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:11 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Almost 8:30 here, time for Earth Hour. Signing off after that. See y’all tomorrow.

  50. Staff
    9:37 pm on March 28th, 2015

    I turned all our lights out except the dining room. Dad requires that light to be on so he can navigate to the bathroom. I hope that counts.

    Night all…

  51. Herd of Hounds
    9:39 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Thank dog for candles so we could read.

  52. LizF
    10:38 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Hey Staff, Masquers, CHobbit and Dawson, your postcard arrived :0] what a great thing to do, thank you. It’s lovely to be included! My stars, it’s beautiful up that way…

  53. Masquers
    10:42 pm on March 28th, 2015

    LizF! How nice to hear from you! How are things down undre in OZ?

  54. Masquers
    10:44 pm on March 28th, 2015

    We miss you on this here blog!

  55. LizF
    10:51 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Hey! I miss you guys too! Things are good here ta, very autumnal and starting to get chilly. It’s nice to read that everyone’s planting spring veggies over there. Hello everyone, forgot to say that before. Has earth hour finished or are you still in the midst?

    Ruby is good – that is to say she’s well – and says hi with maximum lickage. Still naughty.

  56. Tupper and Gilly
    10:58 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Yay Ruby!!! Good doggie!
    Hi Liz – we do miss you, but good to hear all is well.

    Quiet night here. Maybe it’s best to just go to bed.
    G’night, family, near and far.

  57. Masquers
    10:58 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Earth Hour has yet to arrive here on the West Coast. It is only 7:55 PM now. About a half hour more to go.

    Hi, Ruby! Did you see your photo in the Plunderer calendar?

  58. Masquers
    11:05 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Talking about the calendar made me think of she who worked so hard on it.
    Where are you Rose? We miss you too. sniff.

  59. LizF
    11:08 pm on March 28th, 2015

    Oh, thank you for the reminder. Rose told me about the calendar but i was lost in the confusion of last year, so no, we haven’t seen it.

  60. Staff
    12:32 am on March 29th, 2015

    HI Liz,
    It is so wonderful to be on the blog the same time as you. I missed you the last few times. grump.

    I am glad you got the postcard from Alaska. It is even more magnificent in person. And of course we miss you. I was looking up a recipe in Dishlickers just this week and thinking of you.

    Hugs from the US

    And for Rose, one of her god kitties. This is Henry.

  61. O'Howlers
    6:52 am on March 29th, 2015

    Morning! We all fell asleep when all the lights were turned off, and poof! Now it is morning, and there is no need for lights.
    Hi Liz! Sorry we missed you.

  62. Masquers
    9:24 am on March 29th, 2015

    Staff: How do Henry & Keiko like traveling? They seem pretty resilient. Heh. Little zen kitties…going with the flow.
    Howlers, Us too, fell asleep during Earth Hour and now it’s morning.
    And, LizF, Since we didn’t get to say good morning to you before that, we’ll now say goodnight. Sweet dreams Down Under.
    Good morning to the rest of youse as we wait for Chetspeak. ^..^

  63. Herd of Hounds
    9:32 am on March 29th, 2015

    …and wait, and wait, and…

  64. Luna
    9:55 am on March 29th, 2015

    Wose: Mama, here. I got you by the scruff. You are loved. Never forget it.

  65. Tupper's Mama
    10:16 am on March 29th, 2015

    Hmmmm. There is a Chet Speak for Sunday over on Facebook. It was posted 2 hours ago.
    Doesn’t Admin love us anymore?

  66. Herd of Hounds
    10:31 am on March 29th, 2015

    Facebookie? We do not have it…too nosey and impersonal!

  67. O'Howlers
    10:36 am on March 29th, 2015

    Knock Knock. Wake up, Admin.
    Oh well, we had our eggs. The ‘rents had pancakes. Now we are headed outside to play with the horses. Catch youse on the flip side.

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