As the temperatures rise and the snow melts spring fever is hitting all of us. I get up in the morning to 32 degrees and head to work in short sleeves and a light jacket, by the time I leave work it is 50+ and I want to run the air conditioner already. Funny how when I lived in places like Las Vegas 50 degrees was cold, I am running a fan in my office daily now. I know for most of you that doesn’t seem strange but after 17+ years in Alaska I have adapted to the climate. In my front yard we have what we call Lake Davis, we had so much snow this year that we have our own little pond that the area ducks have started swimming in. It will be a disappointment to get up one morning and the pond and the ducks will be gone, but at that point we will start to see green on the trees. We only have about 3 1/2 months of green and warm temperatures then it will be right back to white and cold. I LOVE ALASKA!!

Here at work we are working hard at getting the Training Management System and the Billing up and running. With the TMS we are about 50% of the way there. The next step is to import the current certifications for all our staff. if anyone has any tips on how to make this go smoothly let me know. I have been working feverishly trying to get all the classes and other requirements put into the system, it seems that every time I think I have everything in someone comes up with another 2 or 3 more to add. I’m sure this will be an ongoing issue.

I am working on setting up schedules of training for the staff from all departments, up to this point it has been just the Residential staff using Therap but with the addition of the TMS all staff even if they don’t do direct care will have access. This should improve communications with all departments for all sorts of things: trainings, special events, etc. I am looking forward to that, I think it will create more unity instead of it being each department on it’s own.

I will be leaving in just over a week to go to Gettysburg, PA for a dog show. Included in this trip is a side trip to my parents who are 300 miles away from the show site. We will be near Bradford, PA May 2 – 6, if there are any Therapites out in that area I would love to meet up and maybe have lunch. Then May 6 – 13 I will be at the show in Gettysburg. If there is anyone in the area that would like to see about 500 Bernese Mountain Dogs all in one place let me know, I would love to have visitors at the show site. If you don’t know what a Bernese Mountain dog is come on out and see. You will learn why I am so passionate about my dogs. My life is divided between Therap and my dogs, and of course some sewing/quilting and embroidery thrown in there too.