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Factories as Models for Societies

Posted 09-09-2009 at 04:36 AM by LookinForMayberry

Yesterday we walked the Newmar factory tour in Nappanee, IN. I was first touched by the Value plaque in their lobby, where they described the values of their Amish and Mennonite employees -- and how those values have contributed over the decades of the company's successes.

Later, walking through the various buildings, I noted that I really LIKED factories. While I am "prissy" when it comes to order and cleanliness, and noise and commotion are an anathema for me, neither the...
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Bigun the Moth Terror

Posted 09-08-2009 at 05:49 PM by LookinForMayberry

The park we're in is a large meadow between two cornfields. Bigun likes to go out along the tractor trails on the 20' lead, and chase butterflies and moths as we walk along. The butterflies are too fast for him, as they are already airborne, but the moths are in the grass. He's getting quite adept at nosing them out, and caught three before I figured out what he was doing.

Now we're getting in some good practice with that "Leave It," command.
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Bigun, THAT is a Bad Dog.

Posted 09-08-2009 at 04:46 AM by LookinForMayberry

We'd all been outside, sitting under the RV's awning, enjoying the cooler weather. Bigun was on his 20' line, so he had access to the grass in front, and could easily visit each of us, or rest on the stuffed fleece bed.

I noticed he was trying to pull the bed up underneath him, which was nearly impossible given the amount of stuffing in the bed. I got up and got an old terry cloth robe that I've been using to cover his crate when he goes "night-night."

As expected,...
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Oh, he's SO C-u-t-e!

Posted 09-06-2009 at 10:47 AM by LookinForMayberry

We've taken a site in an RV park outside Bremen, IN that must've once been a large farm. Being Labor Day weekend, it's full and there are kids everywhere. Everybody LOVES Bigun, and though he was a little tired and skittish yesterday, today he's ready to PLAY!

There are four young girls in nearby trailers, probably ages 6 to 11 years. The younger ones spotted him first, but it didn't take long for the older sisters to catch the action. He loved the attention. I just smiled as he wiggled...
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Rolling Fields and Beautiful Buildings

Posted 09-06-2009 at 06:09 AM by LookinForMayberry

I'm a native of Michigan, and though I lived for 12 years in AZ, and 18 in WA, I still like the Midwestern states and the people. People are nice everywhere, but there just seems to be a "down home" comfort for me in the Midwest.

Years ago, I tried to convince my DH (from southern CA) that we should relocate to IN. I didn't want to return to MI because of their poor economy, but my research found IN very attractive. He just wasn't going for it. He loves the Rockies, the Western...
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