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the farm, in a nutshell

There is no way to explain the farm, but I think I gave an explanation of it, on this blog.

I have been here for almost a month and have already fallen back into the luxury of the the area. There are so many things that I missed about the Farm when I left, and some things that made me crazy 3 years ago (when I left), that still make me crazy. This is definitely no Utopia, but it is close enough to perfect for me (right now)...and that is all I can ask for in this lifetime.

I took a Staff position as a Kitchen Assistant, which means I help put out 4 meals each day. Breakfast, Lunch, Tea Snack ( a 96 year old tradition!) and Dinner. But, in putting out the meals every day, we staff lead a team of "guests," which is a term referring to our "patients" here at the Farm. The guests suffer from a wide array of mental illness; ranging from schizophrenic disorders to bi-polar disorder or depression, etc.

The purpose of guests coming to the Farm is not only to seek out treatmen…

that's what's making us crazy...

My sister, A1 sent the following article. That in itself made me wonder if she is hinting at something? We have that kind of ambiguous, passive aggressive relationship (sometimes). I guess I should stop licking all my old children's books before I go to bed at night...

"JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Could a vintage, dog-eared copy of "The Cat in the Hat" or "Where the Wild Things Are" be hazardous to your children?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has raised that possibility in urging the nation's libraries to take children's books printed before 1986 off their shelves while the federal agency investigates whether the ink contains unsafe levels of lead.

Few, if any, libraries are complying, and many librarians are ridiculing the recommendation as alarmist. Even the nation's premier medical sleuths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, say any danger from lead in children's books is slight."

For the rest of the article click here.

a poor imitation of catching up

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I am doing exactly what I said I wouldn't do...getting TOO busy to write about the wonderful life I have here in Massachusetts, at home again at the Farm.

This is just a short check in to promise a longer, explanatory blog either tomorrow or Saturday.
Things are great, busy busy and staying that way for a while. Now doing research for places to visit in Rhode Island (Newport). Going to visit my brother A2 next weekend for a day, then he may come back for a day to be spent at the Farm. Would be cool, as he has never been here, and also, I just love to show people the place that I love so much!!
Speaking of A2, wanted to send a huge HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY wish to my niece, Monster Niece G in California. Wish I could be there celebrating with my little monster! I am sending nothing but love and happiness to you, Monster Niece G!! Aunt Monster loves you so much!
And, since I am not leaving my beloved readers with much, let me at least share a beautiful poem that best friend Mummy Dearest sha…

life is beautiful

This is going to be short AGAIN, I swear I will post a long and more explanatory post this weekend when I have time off. In short:
California was RIDICULOUSY SUNNY! And yet I didn't get to enjoy it, as I spent the 5 days instead with a sinus cold due to the dry air and probably the germs I caught on the plane...which made for a crabby monster.Enjoyed time with my brothers family. My niece and nephew were so much fun--Monster niece G (4 years old this month) and Monster nephew N (2 years)--love to run around and get into mischief of all kinds, and love to laugh...too cute. I loved Monster niece G waking me up by standing next to me saying, "wake up, it's time to wake up Tita" ("Tia" is Spanish for aunt, and "Tita" is a more endearing form of that. CUTE!! Also, I love love love my sister-in-law L--she is full of piss and vinegar, which I appreciate!My brother A2 was commised as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. We are very proud of him! Very cool to be at …

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I need to write about the whirlwind that has been life these past couple of week.

Don't have time now. Will write soon.

I made it safely to The Farm.

Details to follow!