Sunday, July 12, 2020

Best Friends

Missed a post last week!
Didn't this week.
Added a new organization dear to my heart for monthly donations.
Can see brief info in the the Rescues tab.

It looks like Wildlife Waystation is still accepting donations with costs from closing and moving, etc.
All I know is that all their animals were safely moved to new locations with no euthanasia.
I must say that I always felt a bit insecure about that wonderful rescue only because I couldn't seem to determine what would happen to their animals after Martine was gone way into the future.
The costs mounted, the multiple wildfires didn't help, and the virus would have set their fate for sure.
Injured wildlife rescues are so needed.
May God bless the Caregivers, Staff, Admin, and the wonderful animals, too.

I moved those regular monthly donations over to Best Friends.
This organization has stood the test of time so far.
They are a rescue for injured or abandoned pets.
Their No-Kill motto is; Save Them All, which is quite the task.





Saturday, June 27, 2020

Uh-Oh, lockdown again...

The state is on lockdown again.
Can't service the route?
Fear not, even if the lockdown were to go on for years,
and businesses survive, I'll adapt donations one way or another.


   

Saturday, June 20, 2020

They're Baaack....

Does anyone else notice the crazy drivers? 
Was it always that way, or are folks crazy once let out of lockdowns? 
There are people honking, speeding, flashing lights, swerving, peeling out... 
Have only seen 2 people run red lights, otherwise, fairly sane, just can't figure out what they're thinking when I almost always meet up with them at the next red light, weird... 


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Proverbs 6:6

I chose this business not only because it is a cash business, 
helps the critters, and is easy to manage, but also because it is flexible. 

No thanks to Wuhan virus, looters, or fear itself, the route still runs, and always will. 

I have a new Proverb to share; 

My Ideal; 
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 
Provideth her meat in the summer, 
and gathereth her food in the harvest. 
KJV

My Reality; 

Till Monday when I go back to work :-)


Saturday, June 6, 2020

What's Next..? The Heat..!

It's the hottest 80 degrees I can remember in a long time!
If it's only The Heat that's the next virus, I'm prepared, I hope!



Saturday, May 30, 2020

What's Next?

The pandemic hurt businesses,
Then looters hurt businesses,
What else will be brought up to hurt businesses and why?


Saturday, May 23, 2020

I made $10

I made $10! Sort of...
Since I'd placed the box just before the virus hit, by the time the one auto store re-opened,
the owner had cleaned off all the desks, thrown away all the coffee, even the filters and packs,
and it had included my charity box, gone.
The manager gave me $10 which I thought was decent considering...

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Toys for Tots


I purchased over 500 1" tiny toys that fit into vending machines, should last for awhile. 

 
  Aren't they cute? They have little necklaces inside them.
    I hope everyone is doing well and can get back to work soon.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Shhh, some places opening up...

Not gonna lie, I'll miss the open roads,
Trees in the distance incredibly deep green, skies so bright blue, it hurts the eyes.
Literally, wide open freeway lanes, space, breathing room, gone,
I already won't miss traffic, crazy people, or pollution.

What can ya do, stop populating? Not going to happen.
Do your best and godspeed, so to speak...


Saturday, May 2, 2020

Lockdowns

Since I worry about my locations and how they are doing, I have begun visiting my route, 2 at a time.
One store I opened the door with 2 customers at the counter and about 3 other customers nearby, all who turned to look at me at the same time.
 All were wearing face-masks covering their entire face, a few wore glasses over them, and even tho we were in the midst of a world-wide pandemic, those masks turning to look at me resembled a colorized episode of The Twilight Zone. I asked the desk-clerk if I could come in and she nodded her head since I couldn't hear her thru THOSE CREEPY MASKS..! 
 Another store was closed but had the door propped open while they worked and I was allowed to check on a machine quickly.
 As a side-note, and may I be so bold, but if it's true that the 'bird flu' had come from China, and the 'swine flu' had also come from China, and the current pandemic was originally to be blamed not on an infected bat, but on an injected bat, may I please say, hopefully for the last time;
  STOP BLAMING THE ANIMALS.
     Thanku. 




Sunday, April 26, 2020

Business Plan

I have signed up with a company to help sell enuf books to pay the rent. Lol.
I love books, and I need to pay the rent.
Some way, we are going to splice those 2 things together and make it work.
I have been selling books since November, 2000.

Living in California, I was constantly at book signings.
I would attend popular classes and get the teachers to sign their books, which sold like mad.
This was right at the beginning of the internet, when eBay was just blowing up.

Since I sold the books for the sole purpose of meeting authors and seeing the world,
I actually paid the rent selling VHS tapes.
Around the same time that eBay was starting up, one still had to wait for movies to
come out on VHS tapes, and we had to wait months after it left the theaters.
Once the movies came out on VHS, they were expensive and rare.
After waiting for prices to come down, one had only to grab a few with a small markup.
Still discovering the internet, the VHS movies were gold.

It actually took a few years for VHS tapes to fade into DVDs.
By then, it was obvious where it was going, and VHS nor DVDs paid the rent,
so I gave up on them, but I never ever gave up on books.

I cannot forget finding gems in dusty book stores, 1st editions, misprints,
out-of-print, rare and just plain fun and interesting editions of books.

Owning a Kindle myself, I can see that the fanciest Kindle in the world still hasn't been able to replace books with messy notes, non-electric pages, doodles, pics, and sharing, so here I am with the best memories in the world, places I have travelled, and the world of books continues regardless...





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Sunday, April 12, 2020

A Blessed Easter Sunday

I watched a local church service online, and was lovely.

In the meantime, I received news from HSI, Humane Society International, that China has officially discontinued listing dogs as livestock.

I'm not sure how Humane Society would be able to follow-up on that as I don't know if they have a Humane Society in China, if they are receiving news from overseas by email/phone, or if they speak Mandarin.
Who writes or speaks Mandarin?
Of course, one wants it to be true so very much, and the effort is awesome and commendable, but I emailed that very question, how to prove? and haven't as yet heard back.

Also have a new decision.
I was utilizing Mr. Dave Ramsey's technique of budgeting and saving, and I saved up for a car which I bought in January, and don't have anything to save up for anymore..!



So I have to decide whether to save up for a good luscious spa week (one spa week = 10 days),
or visiting Best Friends to volunteer for one week, walk puppies, visit cats, clean, think, hike, it would be wonderful, much cheaper, and very much more rewarding.
Golden Door was a rejuvenating experience that I wouldn't mind repeating, yet would like to avoid California craziness.

I'm a hermit that has to pay the rent.
My gym is closed, delivery business is booming, but is basically sitting in a car, and I'm getting fat-ter. I need to take care of myself again soon...

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Route on Hold

Many grocery stores open during day,
and smaller restaurants are allowing in a few people at a time,
usually regulars who are considerate and know the place.
Stay safe and healthy

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Ecclesiastes 9:4

'For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion'.
Does that mean ‘a living dog is better than a dead dog’,
or, ‘a living lion is better than a dead lion’..?
What did they have in mind when it was written?
Everything deserves context I suppose.
It was a reading of the day from my calendar.
If it's positive, may it apply to u and yours.
If it's negative, and the Bible can be pretty rough indeed, may it apply appropriately...

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Happy St Patrick's Day this year

Altho the Wuhan virus drove St Patrick's Day out of 2020,
and the St Patrick's Day parade may be cancelled this year,
St Patrick remains in our hearts for next year.


Saint Patrick is the foremost patron saint of Ireland,
but I swear to u that when we visited Ireland, it
wasn't celebrated there like it is here in the U.S.
In Ireland, St Patrick was revered much more seriously
by the Catholic Church for being the first bishop of Ireland.
The populace loved St Patrick for being the one who drove the snakes out of Ireland..!
And indeed, we found nor heard of one snake in Ireland at the time.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Happy Daylight Savings Time Day!

Daylight saving time 2020 in Texas began at 2:00 AM on
Sunday
March 8
and ends at 2:00 AM on
Sunday
November 1
All times are in Central Time.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

I missed an entire week...

I missed an entire week (to blog),
but I added yet even more work/gigs.
Not only that, but I saved just enuf to add to my candy route.
Truth told, I'd rather sell toy capsules, but these Honor Boxes are the best,
and they work best in restaurants.
U know what? I don't know why I can't add toys..!
Why can't I add toy capsules to the Honor Boxes instead of all candy?



I have already tried sugar free gum and candies, but those cost more than they sell,
so it was back to mints and Blo-pops, which is fine, but toys last forever, what can I say?!
Change some signage that these are toys only.
Done deal...

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Happy February Month and Year!

February is a very special month this year.

  • There's Super Bowl Sunday. 
  • It is a Leap Year because February has 29 days this year instead of 28. 
  • Valentine's Day on the 14th. 
February hosts all sorts of holidays amid its duration;
  • The entire month celebrates Black History (U.S. and Canada) 
  • American Heart Month (U.S.)
Not only those, there are the following holidays; 
  • Ice Cream for Breakfast Day - February 1, 2020 (First Saturday in February)
  • National Baked Alaska Day - February 1
  • National Bird-Feeding Month (U.S.) 
And it's a very purple month.
February's flower is the Violet, and the amethyst is the stone.
My favorite part of February are still the Valentine candy hearts




Saturday, January 25, 2020

Taxes bleh...

Taxes=A Study in Patience.
Taxpayers wait for all the W forms to arrive.
Waiting about 1-4 months as they trickle in.
Then we either DIY or Trust others to prepare the paperwork,
and we wait for those forms to be calculated.
While we wait, we budget and prepare to pay our 2 cents.
Meanwhile, and all year long, we pay sales tax, gas tax,
sometimes state tax, property taxes, business tax, payroll tax,
income tax, gains tax, gift tax, this tax, that tax...
Name one thing in life that is free. 


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Happy MLK Day!


I love Federal Holidays!
Celebrate Life because God knows what He's doing

-It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.
 -Lamentations 3:22

   

Saturday, January 4, 2020

When to Take Down Your Christmas Tree Tradition


When to take down your Christmas tree..? 




  


The Traditional Answer

Traditionally, Catholics do not take down their Christmas trees and holiday decorations until January 7, the day after Epiphany. The 12 days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day; the period before that is known as Adventthe time of preparation for Christmas.  
The 12 days of Christmas end on Epiphany, the day that the three wise men came to pay homage to the child Jesus.

Cutting the Christmas Season Short

Some may not keep their Christmas trees and other decorations up until Epiphany if they've forgotten what the "Christmas season" means. For various reasons, including the desire of businesses to encourage Christmas shoppers to buy early and buy often, the separate liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas have run together, essentially replacing Advent (especially in the United States) with an extended "Christmas season." Because of that, the actual Christmas season has been forgotten.
By the time Christmas Day comes, people are ready to pack up the decorations and the tree—which they may have put up as early as Thanksgiving weekend—it's probably past its prime. With needles turning brown and dropping and branches drying out, the tree may be an eyesore at best and a fire hazard at worst. And even though savvy shopping and proper care for a cut tree (or the use of a Live Tree that can be Planted Outside in the Spring) can extend the life of a Christmas tree, let's be honest—after a month or so, the novelty of having a major piece of nature in your living room tends to wear off.