Yes, we are in the middle of yet another heat wave in South Central Texas, even though today is August 31, 2020. Will it ever end?
Today, the temperature during this heat wave got up to 101° Fahrenheit, but according to The Weather Channel app on my phone, it felt like 106°. How is that even possible? It is very humid here and the sky is hazy so I guess that has something to do with it.
Construction went on in the new building. The sheet rocking is done and most of the electricity is done.
The two neighbor guineas came over early in the morning, sitting on the roof of the chicken coop this time. When Matthew opened the chicken coop door, they swooped down to get inside but Matthew quickly closed the door.
Matthew planted corn and bean seeds out in the back 40 yesterday, all by himself, as the other outdoor folk were all off.
At one point in the afternoon, trucks were parked outside of our property but I do not know what they were doing. Later I found out that they resurfaced the road in front of our business, FM 2504.
The moon shows the haziness that stayed all day long in the air.
Good Tuesday morning! Matthew took our new truck to Home Depot to meet our contractor to pick up supplies for building four.
It is overcast but no rain yet. The temperature is supposed to be 103° at 5pm. Right now, it is 86° but according to The Weather Channel, it feels like 95°. I still do not understand this heat wave.
Phil, our handyman, called from outside to tell me that we have two guineas outside of the coop. Today is his first time at work with our lovely new visitors. I assured him they are daily visitors ever since they discovered we have guineas. They were a little late today and did not get to attack us as we fed the chickens.
The chickens' air conditioner still has not been fixed. But there is a heat wave. Today the chickens turned 18 weeks old! They are getting incredibly big.
Fall planting needs to be finished by the end of this week because it looks like a major cool off for us next week, with temperatures in the 80s for part of next week!
Matthew's truck broke down on the side of the road so it had to be towed to our mechanic. It needs a new timing chain. I think Matthew needs a new vehicle.
Nacho and his crew are here putting down more weed barrier cloth in the back forty. This was supposed to have been done weeks ago by someone who is no longer with us but he had told David it would be fine without it. What? So now we are having to pay more money to a contractor to have it done. Unbelievable.
Apparently, a lot has been going on this week that I did not know about. For instance, in the employee break room, there are some cabinets and a lovely countertop for them to enjoy. David's office is almost complete. The commercial kitchen area has walls and part of the floor is in.
We have had no rain at all this past week. The TV news from San Antonio shows that San Antonio should be getting rain but they have not had any. It will not hit 100° today so that is great. We got a call this morning from North Texas saying it has been raining all night and they wanted to know how much rain we got. Again, we have not gotten any rain at all.
Good Thursday morning! Today, the new building got painted and it is looking so good. We are still waiting on the back ordered sink to come in. The building has a nice set of cabinets and a white with grey countertop and it looks good.
The paint job on the outside doors is awful. Paint is all over the handles and it is just a bad paint job. David is calling the contractor to fix it. The guy who did it did a piss poor job. Usually, Nahass work is quality work. This is not. The doors look like they were painted by a kindergarten class, each kid moving his brush in a different direction.
We had a good cash sale yesterday from a farmer up in the Texas Hill Country. Thank you for coming down and buying your seeds from David's Garden Seeds®! We appreciate your business very much.
Good Friday morning! I went out to feed the chickens and the neighbor guinea hens were out there, trying to get our guineas to come out of the coop. Matthew has been feeding the chickens all week so he thought I would need help in dealing with the "enemy guineas" as he calls them. I started cawing at them, like a crow would, and they would back off. They flew on the roof and came down and waddled all around the coop, trying to get our guineas to come out and play. When I finished feeding the chicks, I went outside and they flew over the fence and started playing on our property by our gate.
I came back to work today and I feel pretty good for the most part.I priced things that were lying on the counter and got them put up where they belong.
Check out my two rants below. Normally, we can get through the week with zero rants and once in a while, one rant. This week, it has to be two rants!
We are closed this weekend so we can rest and have some time off. I am already getting emails and messages from people on social media wanting us to be open. I am sorry but we have to have some rest.
When you own your own successful business, you work a lot more than 8 hours a day. Forty hours a week would be wonderful, but you put in between 60 and 80 hours a week, unless you just want a small amount of income. David and I don't get paid at all sometimes because we have to pay all of our people and pay for our seeds, supplies, and utilities before we get anything. It takes a lot of people to do what we do and we are grateful for our team. But if we don't do anything extra, like work more than 60 hours a week, they get paid and we don't.
Any business owner who tells you they refuse to work more than 40 hours a week, is either lying to you, doesn't have any real business, or doesn't need money. You just can't make a business successful if you don't put a lot of time into it. This is why 80% of all new businesses fail within the first year--laziness and lack of know how.
Rant For The Week: Many of you know that we sell on Amazon and have for eleven years now. There is always something crazy going on with Amazon. This week, we are getting a lot of complaints from Amazon customers. If you look at our Amazon listings, they all start with "David's Garden Seeds" and then the type of vegetable, the variety and the last word is always "seeds". Not fruit, not vegetables, not plants, but seeds. What about that would make you think, unless you just can't read, that you are getting plants or fruits or vegetables when you order from us?
I guess it is really true that a lot of Americans do not know how to read. I learned how to read in school and since every American is taught how to read in school, I can only guess that some don't put the work into learning and just refuse. Then the teachers pass them from grade to grade just to get rid of them. We need a complete rehauling of our education system if grown adults can't read our listings and know that they will get 100 seeds, not plants for $8.96!
Around noon, the heavens opened here and it is pouring! We have not had rain in quite a while and believe me, it is making up for our lack of moisture right now! It is so loud in the store with the metal roof that we cannot hear each other.
The parking lot is a muddy caliche mess. I just had to take two bills over to David's building. I wish we could have put asphalt in the parking lot, but the $20,000.00 they wanted to do the job was over our parking lot budget by a whole lot. The parking lot folk should have given us a lot more gravel and a lot less sandy mix. I have been in caliche parking lots that are a whole lot better than the one we got.
It is now almost 2pm and I hope we do not get any customers this afternoon because of the thick mud in the parking lot.
Matthew has gone into San Antonio to clean out his truck and say goodbye. Since it will cost $4,000.00 to fix it and it is old and a mess, he will just buy a newer vehicle with the $4,000.00. It makes good business sense.
At night, we have been watching the original Twilight Zone. We are now on Season 2, 1961, and last night we watched a freaky show. Before I could get the episode out of my mind, David turned it off for the night. I was a little freaked out getting ready for bed. LOL!
The thunder lit up the Eastern sky last night. It was incredible. The heat wave has tapered off this week, going from 101° Fahrenheit to 81° today, which has been so nice.
It is pouring again here and dark. We are still open but hopefully, no customers will show up due to the messy parking lot.
Fun fact: The heat wave seems to be gone. It is raining and so much cooler. Last night when the clouds were blowing through, the heat wave was gone. I felt cool air instead of a horrible heat wave.
Saturday was a day of resting in the house for the most part. We did not work because we were both feeling under the weather. I did laundry and light housekeeping. In the evening, we watched the Svengoolie movie, The Blob.
Today, the heat wave started rising again but only to a very low 92° today. Hopefully, there will be no more 100° weather this summer, but I think there will be...
Sunday was another slow day. We did not go to church as we both felt under the weather. David ordered a brisket from a caterer and it was delivered to us. We had company at lunchtime for a few hours--he also ordered a brisket so he was coming by to pick it up. The brisket, by the way, was delicious.
I made a really good potato salad to go with the brisket. It was quite yummy!
The heat wave topped off at 92° again today.
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