This week, we will start filling orders for seeds from the farm. I actually filled some on Saturday and mailed them, but not many. David has moved a lot of the seeds out here over the past few days, but certainly no where near all of them. We have over 1,600 seed varieties.
Today, I started working in the store before 8am, filling orders. There were a ton of seed orders to print out from Friday through this morning and it took me until 7pm to complete them. Some I am holding for seeds to come over from our San Antonio location. Filling orders is hard work when you are on your feet for hours trying to find everything. It was an exhausting day! Mondays are always difficult because of all of the weekend orders.
We had several contractors here today to repair the sheet rock from last week's fun electrical adventure and then we discovered that no one brought the paint so our guys have to paint the new sheet rock that was put up when someone remembers to grab the paint that was taken to our shop in San Antonio.
Today, our son, Jeremy (with our two grandchildren) is coming down to do some electrical work for the business and it is raining!
It is so overcast and humid outside. Two of our guys brought more seeds and supplies from San Antonio this morning. David says we should be completely moved out here to the farm by the end of the week. I sure hope so. I am filling orders for seeds from yesterday and early this morning right now. By the time I finished, I had a boxful of orders that got taken to the post office. Out here, we don't have a post office right next to us. We have to drive eight miles to get to one!
We tried to go to IHOP last night in Pleasanton. There were no customers, but there were three workers there. So we opened the door. There were five paying customers ready to come in and eat. A lady in a mask met us at the door and said we could only come in with masks on. I asked her how we were supposed to eat when we were wearing masks. She said we could take the masks off to eat. I thought that was generous. Then I said no thank you and we went down the street to eat.
This morning, Jeremy is doing some electrical work for David so Holley and Max picked tomatoes with Matthew and then they were in the store with me all the rest of the morning. I filled orders and they helped a little. Filling orders is a bit difficult with two grandchildren both wanting to help. Then they read books and drew on white boards. Now they are out with their dad somewhere on the property.
The water company finally put in our business water meter.
Guess what got delivered today! We now have two outhouses, side by side on the property until our permanent building for the bathrooms gets here. It is currently being built and will have a break room and a kitchen in addition to the bathrooms.
After work, David, Jeremy and the kids went in the pool while I made dinner. Then we made cakes in a cup for each person. After that, they went back to the hotel.
Good Thursday morning! Home Depot made another brick delivery this morning while I was filling orders. I believe it is for our fourth building as mentioned below.
The kids played in the store while I tried to work. Jeremy finished up the electricity work sometime after 10am and he and the kids left on their four hour drive to go home. I am currently stocking the store. It is a lot of work. I have not had any help all week long in the store.
Several of our guys have moved out a lot of seeds and furniture. The plan is to start operations from the farm this coming Monday!
Blinds were hung in the two work buildings today. More seeds were brought to the farm. Most importantly, the hats with our logo have arrived! They are on sale now in the store!
One of our employees of more than seven years quit today because he does not want to make the long drive every day. We may lose more. So far, that makes three who have quit this month.
The David's Garden Seeds® trucker caps that I ordered came in today.
They look fabulous and are on sale in our store and on the website! If you want one, here is the link!
This afternoon, I saw some scratches and white paint on the right side of my new truck near the back. Turns out one of our workers decided to side swipe one of our buildings. I tried to get it off but could not. I have no words...
I am filling orders at the store and it is pouring again! There is sandy mud everywhere including in the store because I have had to go back and forth to the other buildings to get seeds.
Amazingly, the trash truck came a little while ago and dumped our dumpster. That is two weeks in a row when it should be done!
Right now, I am on the phone with Electrolux, trying to get one clip for our commercial refrigerator that was not sent with the fridge. Because three shelf clips were sent for one shelf, I cannot put up the final shelf. So far, I have spoken with three people and no one can help me. I am being transferred to the fourth person now. I do not understand this. I pressed the correct numbers for a commercial product during the phone prompts. It seems no one wants to help me at this company.
While I waited, I got to hear all of the Electrolux commercials for their products, none of which we will buy because of the poor customer service as they shuffled me around. One woman said unless we have an account with them, I cannot be helped. We paid over $2,000.00 cash for this refrigerator and it is their mistake.
Well, the fourth person was the charm. Alan was able to help me out. He acted like he was actually concerned and got a clip ordered for the shelf! I think all the rest were working from home and I disturbed them from watching The View or some other TV show. Thank you, Alan in Technical Support for ordering me a clip and shame on the rest of you for not even asking my name or company name. I asked them if they wanted information and they did not. I find that interesting.
Our mailman started picking up our website and Amazon orders. Since we are once again doing Amazon orders, this may not last long as he won't have enough room in his vehicle to take several thousand orders a day. For some reason, Amazon is not checking our seeds in fast enough so we are not able, once again, to sell many seeds on Amazon. We will have to monitor and see how this plays out over the next few weeks.
The paint and most of the scratches are gone off the truck now so I feel a bit better.
This morning, while filling orders from our website, I watched some how to crochet videos. I think I may start crocheting again in the evenings. I have missed it and I found some new things to make that I can sell in the David's Garden Seeds® Farm Store.
It is another overcast day, but there is no rain expected. It is very humid.
The mailman picked up all of the orders that I was able to get out. By the way, it did rain today and it has been raining since Thursday. There is mud everywhere--mud and stickers.
We have not had one customer today. This always intrigues me. When we are closed on Saturdays, all we hear is that we need to be open on Saturdays. Every time we are open on Saturdays, one or two customers a month will come to the store on that day. I need some time off to clean my house and do laundry. I don't even have time to go grocery shopping.
I am working ten hours a day on Monday through Friday and then an extra five valuable Saturday hours with very few to no customers. The store hours have to be rethought. It would not be so bad if I had some help or relief. Right now, as it is, I have to run over to the house to use the facilities and/or grab some food and rush right back to the store.
This afternoon, I need to vacuum as we have extremely painful and large stickers all over the house. Matthew was digging them up and pulling them out be the roots on our property. Earlier this week, one of our outdoor workers told him to stop (in error) and then this worker used a weed whacker on them. After that, people ran through them nonstop with their flip flops and tracked them all over the house instead of leaving their shoes at the door. I have been pricked by so many of them this week, both on the floor and on my couches.
Today we went to church and then on into the office in San Antonio. There are still boxes of seeds that must be packed and brought to the farm so that will get done this week.
I was going through the hoop houses this afternoon and discovered some beautiful, big melons and some new strawberry plants that are producing now. The berries are smaller than the ones we grew in early spring.
This evening, I have printed out the seed orders from
yesterday afternoon and evening and all day today so I can fill them
early in the morning and get them ready for when the mailman comes.
Filling orders will be my main priority tomorrow morning.
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