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CarolM

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Happy Tuesday everyone! All the projects I’m seeing in here has inspired me... I had promised myself that I would have a permanent outdoor enclosure ready for Toretto by spring but I couldn’t make up my mind where it would be or what I would use for fencing, etc.... His growth rate has really pushed me into action (and the sale Lowe’s ran on treated lumber) .. so Yesterday I went and bought supplies. Got a few more things today in between clients.. I didn’t manage much actual work yesterday but unloading that dang trailer was plenty. I also got the poles cut and a whopping 2 holes dug [emoji23]... Anyway... it’s progress. I should end up with around 2500+ square feet. It’s not actually a square area so I don’t know how to get the right measurement.. I’ll post pics when I really get going.
Awesome. I cannot wait to see it. [emoji3]
 

Yvonne G

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I understand that.. I can’t be idle at all! I saw that you are not accepting any more tortoises this year. Have you many left to rehome still? I know that Dudley is “yours”... do you have others that are your pets? Did retiring leave a hole in your schedule? Sorry, I’m so nosy :)
Yes, I did decide to retire. Doing the yard inspections was just getting to be too much for me. And I don't feel right just handing out tortoises without taking a look at where they're going. So, no it doesn't leave a hole in my schedule. It was the inspections that put a crimp in my schedule. I still have a dozen newly hatched desert tortoises to place and about 4 or so from 2 to 1 year of age. Someone is coming today to look at them. I also have a whole lot of box turtles that I could adopt out, but they're no problem at all to care for. They live in a big yard and more or less take care of themselves with just a little food occasionally from me. If you click on the "spoiler my critters" button at the bottom of my posts it will list all the turtles and tortoises in my collection. They're not 'pets' per se, as I treat them all as wild animals, with minimal interaction from me. My enjoyment of them comes from caring for them and their yards, picking up the poop, etc. I have chairs in some of the yards so I can just sit there and watch them.
 

EllieMay

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Yes, I did decide to retire. Doing the yard inspections was just getting to be too much for me. And I don't feel right just handing out tortoises without taking a look at where they're going. So, no it doesn't leave a hole in my schedule. It was the inspections that put a crimp in my schedule. I still have a dozen newly hatched desert tortoises to place and about 4 or so from 2 to 1 year of age. Someone is coming today to look at them. I also have a whole lot of box turtles that I could adopt out, but they're no problem at all to care for. They live in a big yard and more or less take care of themselves with just a little food occasionally from me. If you click on the "spoiler my critters" button at the bottom of my posts it will list all the turtles and tortoises in my collection. They're not 'pets' per se, as I treat them all as wild animals, with minimal interaction from me. My enjoyment of them comes from caring for them and their yards, picking up the poop, etc. I have chairs in some of the yards so I can just sit there and watch them.
I love your answer! It seems like I’m always cleaning up after animals and hubby always asks why I love them so much... I think it’s the care taking and just knowing that they gave such a quality of life... ??? To each their own , right:)
 

Cathie G

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Glad you're on the mend but sorry that the cough is still hanging around - it takes ages to get rid of. Just rest and make sure you don't go out building any snowmen this weekend.
I'm dreading the snow as I have to go to orthopedic clinic on Friday and don't know how I'll get there. I haven't moved to my sisters yet and I'm really nervous about using a zimmer or crutches outdoors - especially if it's icy. I'm fine in the house and managing to get from room to room; it's hard work but I'm getting used to it. My sister also doesn't like to drive on the snow and ice either so I'm hoping I can get an ambulance with a wheelchair. This is an absolute nightmare for me having to rely on other people it's not something I've ever done. Hopefully there won't be a lot of snow and it won't last. I do feel sorry for our friends in the US who are suffering that dreadful freeze - keep safe anyone who's affected!
I'm really happy to hear you are figuring it out at home. My circumstances are probably different then yours in all ways. I won't use 2 crutches. They wind up hurting worse then the injury. That's not even mentioning being so off balance on ice. When I finally decided I could do an office visit to my orthopedic surgeon I went then. (fractured knee cap) He said "where have you been Msss Green?" I said "taking a break." I'm not saying take my advice. I'm saying do what you need to do to get well.
 

Yvonne G

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Well, more babies found new homes today. I adopted out four yearling desert tortoises and two two year olds. Now I just have the dozen new hatchlings. I like to keep them until they're a year old, so I'm not planning on adopting anymore for a year or so. Then a friend came to visit and asked if I had any 'sickies' that she could take home and nurse to health so I gave her a ornate box turtle that I've been treating for an eye infection. Slowly but surely, I'm thinning the turkey herd!
 

Momof4

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Well, more babies found new homes today. I adopted out four yearling desert tortoises and two two year olds. Now I just have the dozen new hatchlings. I like to keep them until they're a year old, so I'm not planning on adopting anymore for a year or so. Then a friend came to visit and asked if I had any 'sickies' that she could take home and nurse to health so I gave her a ornate box turtle that I've been treating for an eye infection. Slowly but surely, I'm thinning the turkey herd!
You have friends??

I didn’t realize you retired Yvonne. I guess I don’t branch out of the CDR like I used too.
I feel so privileged that you gave my family a tour a few years ago.
 

Yvonne G

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You have friends??
I don't, really. This is a gal I used to work with at the phone company. She had some boards left over from a project and remembered that I'm a wood hoarder, so she called to see if I wanted them. I don't have the time or inclination for 'friends.' I don't even see my own daughter any more often than every couple of months. I like it that way.
 

Yvonne G

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Turbo Tax and I completed my tax forms yesterday. I'm good for another year! Being on a fixed income, with never any change in said income, each tax return is the same year to year. I could just Xerox it and send it in. There's never any changes. But it's done and that headache is averted for another year!
 

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