Saturday, February 4, 2023

Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn…

 Winter ice storms can be beautiful, but not for driving in, 

Spring is perfect for hitting the trails, enjoying nature regeneration, hopefully without spring bugs, 

Summer heat is amazing for swimming and sun-bathing, avoiding heat-stroke, 

And Autumn trees produce colors u wouldn’t guess nature could achieve, preparing for any future ice-storms. 

I braved the ice to get to my customers, who were smarter than me and closed up early in preparation for that nastily beautiful ice storm  :-/ 



        





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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Whew, Life Can be Rough…


 Heartfelt Congratulations to those of us who’ve made it this far! 




 




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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Saturday’s Child (Monday’s Child poem) 2023

   Monday's child is fair of face,

Tuesday's child is full of grace.


Wednesday's child is full of woe,


Thursday's child has far to go. 


Friday's child is loving and giving,


Saturday's child works hard for a living.


And the child born on the Sabbath day


Is bonny and blithe, good and brave.  


 

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

Happy MLK Day!


  Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.


 It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. 


Born in 1929, King's actual birthday is January 15 (which in 1929 fell on a Tuesday). 


The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. 


The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. 


         

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Here’s to 2023!

 

I lost a location the other day. Been there since 2019. 

They said there were too many kids, but kids just happen to be the bread & butter of the route! Of course that’s fine. 

Whenever machines are smudged, peeled, little tiny fingerprints everywhere, I know that machine does well, and that one did. It wasn’t a top-earner by any means, but it did fine and was easy to work with. 

That’s not the bad news, tho. 

And although it’s not bad news, it’s definitely difficult because now I gotta go find replacements, not my fortΓ©. 

I don’t make any profits on this route. It’s self-sustaining and rewarding only because it’s the very least I can do for the critters which is virtually nothing, but without it, it would be less than nothing. 

Locations sometimes worry that their site isn’t making enuf money for the machines, if the machine is still there, it’s making quarters, all it needs. It’ll never be able to make bank, but it’s enuf. 

Profits, if any, go to either HSUS, Best Friends, and/or others. 

I’m not allowed to say I work on behalf of HSUS, Humane Society United States, that would require thousands of $$$ and paperwork that I wouldn’t understand. No, I’m a Proud Supporter of HSUS, that’s my appropriate designation. I don’t always agree with their politics so I steer clear of that and try to stay focused on humane efforts and basics, such as keeping pets warm during cold snaps and hydrated during heat. 

Every machine and honor box has a sticker that states it is a supporter of HSUS and will have a sticker with the URL of this weblog for more information and contact info.  

    To 2023..! 



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Saturday, December 31, 2022

Have a Safe 2023 🍾

 Keep Uber, Lyft, RideShare companies, and Best Friends busy..! 

Celebrate thoroughly, tip generously (and helpful drivers, too!), Uber everywhere, and party πŸŽ‰ hardy! 

Happy New Year! 


Sunday, December 25, 2022

Saturday, December 17, 2022

If only they could talk…

 I never found out where our neighborhood cats went when it iced over a few harsh winters ago. 

They didn’t wait at the doors, they didn’t show up at dinner-times, where did they go? 

I never got to find out, maybe someone else’s homes, we just saw them the rest of the year and they were always fine. When the house sold, only 1 cat barely made it over to Barn Cats, and as usual, no one could coax the other strays into the open. I’m sure they’re fine, I hope so! 

I worry for cats, but not as much as other critters because most other critters, such as dogs, can’t hide nor hibernate quite as well as their feline friends, they can’t find food, actually catch squirrels 🐿 who are themselves hibernating, and most dog breeds just aren’t loners. 

Cesar Milan; ‘One of the things I remind people of constantly when they are trying to connect with their dogs is this: Honor instinct. It really should be a simple concept. If you want your dog to behave the way you want them to, then you have to honor their instincts to get that behavior.

The trouble is, people are not instinctual. They’re intellectual and emotional. But if you try to communicate with your dog through intellect and emotion, only one thing is going to happen. Your dog is not going to understand what you want, so is going to do what he or she feels necessary in order to take control of the situation.’ 


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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Please feel free to communicate

 To my beautiful customers, 

I’m available for u 24/7, don’t be shy! Please feel free to communicate any time. 

Only 1 customer, (I admit a favorite) spoke up ever so briefly that they would like new candy, this was awesome to even hear from them! I got on it right away, hoping specific vendors were still available. Ordering, shipping, prepping, not to mention giving that location extra time and thought on their, and their customers’, potential preferences puts me to work! 

Giving a preferred customer preferred attention for them and their potentially preferred customers :-) is no easy task! Well, it’s not really that difficult when u enjoy your work πŸ™‚ 

At any rate, to all my customers, please feel free to communicate thoughts, ideas, suggestions, gripes, feedback, whatever u like! 

If I don’t hear from u, I assume you’re happy as is!  

Only 1 time did the customer complain and that was because the new gumballs were ‘melting’. 

There was nothing I could do about that except wait because it turned out the mega gumballs were melting  after tasting them because they had just come from the manufacturer, not even stopping to sign in thru a vendor, and the gumballs were so fresh, they were practically melting in the customers hands, much less holding a bubble. Best ‘complaint’ I ever had..! 

I replaced that canister with one that had time to set, and was just fine. 

That said, many customers prefer soft gum, others prefer hard centers that last longer. The shelf-life for quality gumballs is amazing, so if I don’t hear from u, I can’t know who prefers what, please email, call, text, any form of communication u prefer is fine..!

   

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