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August 17, 2004

While Mommy is Away, Her Donkeys Will Play

And believe me, mine are no exception!

While I've been busy working on programming the soon-to-be-available listing placement part of the LongearsMall.com website, my donkeys have been working extra hard to come up with some fantastic ways to entertain themselves.

They took a good look around their pasture, and got a bright idea!

"How about we help Mommy trim the weeds along the other side of the fence. That sounds like fun, and I'm sure she'd appreciate the help!"

So after giving it some thought they decided that the easiest way to get to those weeds was to put their heads way up high on top of their 5-foot high no-climb fence, then push down on the fence. With a little patience they would soon be able to reach the weeds.

That plan worked very well! Everyday they'd find a new section of fence that looked like it needed "weed trimming".

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But unfortunately all good things must someday come to an end, and "Mommy" wasn't too happy with the abuse her fence was taking in the process. So I put the donkeys in a smaller pen with corral panels all the way around, until I could decide what to do. That put a stop to the weed trimming and fence bending!

But with that source of entertainment gone, my donkeys had to go back to the drawing board and find something new.

"Hmmm... What can we find to do in our new pen? Ah! The barn and fence posts could use a little remodeling and creative design work! I'm sure Mommy wouldn't mind us making it look a little better."

So they started making a few little changes here and there. First the gatepost needed a few curves to add an exquisite molded look. Then something had to be done with the plain old rafters and beam under the patio roof. After quite a bit of thought and hard work they came up with a good plan that pleased them well.

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Unfortunately I didn't share their remodeling enthusiasm either. You'll notice I finally tied a barrel to the inside of the gate post so that they wouldn't chew all the way through the bottom of it! Needless to say, I'm going to have to do some repair work soon. And my fence and barn looked so nice until about a month ago!

I'm looking for ways to direct their skill and intelligence in a more constructive activity. One of my neighbors wanted me to graze my donkeys in his field for a while, so I've temporarily succeeded in distracting them from other plans by putting three of the five donkeys in his field.


Do you have any great ideas on how I can sidetrack my donkeys from their "pasture beautification" plans? I'd love to hear your suggestions and experiences! Just add a comment at the bottom of this article with your suggestions.

Have a great day!

Kristie Jorgensen

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at 08:30 PM | Comments (2)

August 15, 2004

Missing Menu?

Are you having trouble not being able to see the navigational menu for LongearsMall.com at the top of our web pages?

You should see a menu like this at the top of almost every page.


It is a JavaScript-based menu that expands out as you mouse over it. When you move your mouse pointer over Stores and Classifieds that submenu drops down and you can then click on Classifieds. Just about every LongearsMall.com page has it built into the top of the page.

If the menu bar is missing from your browser's display, JavaScript support can be enabled as follows:

For Internet Explorer

1. At the top of your browser's menu click on "Tools". The bottom choice on the "Tools" drop-down menu should be "Internet Options". Click on that.

2. On the "Internet Options" window you will see a "Security" tab. Click on it.

3. Near the bottom you will see a "Custom" button. Click on it.

4. You will see the following window display. Scripting must be enabled for the LongearsMall.com JavaScript menu to display.


After making sure that scripting is enabled click "OK", then "Yes" when asked "Are you sure you want to change security settings for this zone?"

5. Click "OK" to close your "Internet Options" window, and return to your browser window.

6. Close and re-open your browser. Try accessing http://www.longearsmall.com. The menus should now display.

For Netscape

1. At the top of your browser's menu click on "Edit". The bottom choice on the "Edit" drop-down menu should be "Preferences". Click on that.

2. On the "Preferences" window you will see an "Advanced" category on the left side. Click on the arrow beside "Advanced", and you will see a list of options display below "Advanced". Click on the one called "Scripts & Plugins".

3. You will see the following window display. The "Enable JavaScript for Navigator" box must be checked for the LongearsMall.com JavaScript menu to display.


4. After making sure that the "Enable JavaScript for Navigator" box on the right side is checked, click "OK" to close your "Preferences" window, and return to your browser window.

5. Close and re-open your browser. Try accessing http://www.longearsmall.com. The menus should now display.

If you are using WebTV, you will also have trouble seeing the menus at the top of the LongearsMall.com pages.

Today I added a new navigational panel in the footer of the pages. It looks like this.


With this new footer panel, you can still navigate around LongearsMall.com even if you are using WebTV or your web browser settings have the JavaScript menu disabled.

I really appreciate all the feedback and suggestions I have been getting about the Longears Mall! If you think of something that you would like to see added to the LongearsMall.com website or find something on our site that you think we should consider changing, please email us at orders@longearsmall.com and share your ideas with us!

Kristie Jorgensen

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at 09:53 PM | Comments (0)

August 09, 2004

Welcome, Guest Contributors!

You may have noticed we added a new Guest Contributor column to our News and Articles section.

One thing I really enjoy about the "longears" community is their willingness to share tips, tricks and useful ideas. So with that in mind, I decided to create a new News and Articles column - a place for you, our guest contributors, to publish your "longears" articles.

Lisa Fergason of Equines By Design is the first writer to send us an article for our Guest Contributor column. Lisa has been involved in raising and training many mules over the years. She has also shown mules to World and National Champion titles in a variety of riding disciplines. In her first article, she shares many excellent tips on how to breed for that "perfect mule". Thank you Lisa for your great article!

If any of the rest of you have written a good "longears" article that you would like to share, just email it to us at orders@longearsmall.com, along with a few photos to post with the article. We'd love to add more guest articles to this new column!

Now, for another photo from Bishop Mule Days. This is “WC He’s a Playboy” owned and ridden by Amy McLean of Sowhatchett Mule Farm.


For those of you who are members of the American Mule Association, and get their “Mules” newsletter, you’ll have to read the fascinating article about “WC He’s a Playboy” in the July 2004 issue!

Have a great day!
Kristie Jorgensen

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at 08:22 PM | Comments (0)

August 02, 2004

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

I'm sure that many of you have heard of this famous Broderbund game.

Like Carmen Sandiego, you probably wonder where I have been the last few days. After turning out an update to this column every day for most of July the pace has suddenly dropped off.

Well, I have good news. I haven't gone into hiding. Over the past week I have been busy customizing portions of the Longears Mall to bring you more functionality. That takes quite a bit of computer programming.

You may remember from my July 2 article that I selected a really nice classifieds software package as the basis for maintaining Longears Mall listings. As typically is true in the computer field, practically no software does 100% of what a purchaser wants out-of-the-box. It usually requires some custom programming.

At present we have 722 store listings and 228 classified listings. As you can see, by adding support for stores and their listings we have taken the classifieds software way beyond what the vendor originally designed the software to do. Stores add a richness that classified listings alone just don't provide. Besides it's fun to just browse, isn't it.

There is still more to be done. Over the next two weeks most of my focus will be on completing some of those parts. During that time I will be updating this column every few days.

KristieJorgensen.jpgI would like to take a moment to thank each of you for the many emails of encouragement and support that you have sent to orders@longearsmall.com They inspire me to help make LongearsMall.com what it is.

Have a great day!

Kristie Jorgensen

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at 07:47 AM | Comments (0)