Now is the time for planting cucumber seeds and melon seeds but we have been so busy with orders and customers that we have not had the chance to plant much.
This morning, I woke up at 2:30am and was not feeling well. Planting cucumber seeds or anything else was definitely not on my mind. My stomach was churning and then I threw up a lot. Once the joy of vomiting was over, I fell asleep on the couch in the living room and I did not wake up until 7:40am when Matthew came into our home with groceries that David asked him to pick up. I was surprised to feel fine. I got up, got dressed and started preparing the house for the carpet cleaners that David had called for today.
Of course, it was raining so I had to get the dogs to go out in it. Then it stopped and we never got anymore rain and no hail for the whole day. We did have a lot of wind, overcast skies, and humidity. It got up to 90°, which is ridiculous in March.
David told me that three people had already called in sick by 7am. Later one of them, a temporary worker, came in and worked. Then at 4, he was in his car with the front car window covered. This was going on every day. He was supposed to work until 6pm to make up for time lost this morning. David sent one of the guys to check on him. He was in the car, with his nose bleeding and drug paraphernalia on the car seat. This is something we have been saying for weeks, that something is not right with him. He has not acted normal. So David called the temporary agency and let them know that he is not to come back.
At 9:15am, I went to the store and started working. Shay and Linda were pulling orders and closing them. I fed the fish, got the cash in the cash register, and started answering emails and adding products to our website, David's Garden Seeds®.
We had five customers throughout the day. One bought seven dozen eggs from me so I was pretty pleased. Then the carpet cleaner bought a dozen eggs. A guy came in asking for beer. I told him we sell garden seeds, not beer. He said he wanted beer. I said we don't have any. He said he wanted beer....do you see a pattern? Another man in the store asked him if he wanted water. He said no, I want beer. I told him to go to Devine. He said okay and left. It was very strange.
David had a team out in the orchard, planting seeds today. He stayed with them for a long time, making sure they were planting seeds right. They were not planting cucumber seeds today.
So the carpet cleaner, who is no longer a carpet cleaner, got here around 11:30am and cleaned the carpet in most of the house. It cost me $475. They used to clean our business in San Antonio but they have now changed their business name to Complete Flood Restoration.
I found a lovely bluebonnet growing in my rose garden this afternoon. I could not believe it.
Once the store was closed, we were putting some of the things at the house back where they belong but the carpet and den furniture are still all wet. So a lot of stuff will stay where it is. No TV in the den tonight as I had the furniture cleaned. It looks good but is very wet.
Then I went out to take care of the animals and collect eggs. When I went in the rabbit coop, one of the newer babies was in the drinking water. Then she hopped out and her sister hopped in.
They were the cutest things, playing and having fun.
I was so busy all day long that I never got to write this page until 9pm. Tomorrow is David's birthday. We are giving him a surprise potluck for lunch since we can no longer go to Salt Grass and close down for four hours at a time. Too many people would be upset that they drove all this way for nothing. It takes an hour to get there, an hour to get back, and about two hours to eat the meal and have cake.
David wants a new puppy for his birthday. He still misses the stray dog left at our farm last summer, Molly. He really loved that dog and she died just before Christmas of heart disease. I guess that is why the owners dropped her off, because she was so sick.
When planting cucumber seeds, you should make a mound and then plant several seeds around the circle, on top of the mound. Cucumber plants are vines and they spread out a lot. They take up a lot of room. David doesn't like it when I plant cucumbers, melons, and watermelons because the vines take up so much room.
This morning, I woke up on the couch to the smell of coffee. Sometime in the night, my nose clogged and I left bed for the couch. I think I slept well. I got up and fed all of the animals and then had a cup of coffee with an egg taco. It was pretty good. I got the house straightened up the rest of the way from the carpet cleaning that was done yesterday. The carpet and den furniture are finally dry.
Two people called in sick so we are short handed.
Today there is a crew out in the back forty actually planting cucumber seeds in the wind. I managed to get a few photos of the seeds. Some are blue because they are treated with some disease resistance powder. Not all cucumbers are treated.
The crew gave David a delicious potluck lunch for his birthday, complete with a chocolate cake. Inside there was strawberry filling. It was a wonderful meal and then back to work. Shortly thereafter, David and I left to go into town.
You may remember, if you have been reading for very long, that back in December the stray that showed up here died of heart disease when she was only two years old. David loved Molly. She worshiped him. So David was totally heartbroken. Weeks ago, I told David to get a new puppy for his birthday. We have three other dogs but they are getting older. We still love them but they can't do what a younger dog can do. So David got excited and got all of the information.
So we went over to the Atascosa County Animal Rescue place and there were tons of dogs and puppies there. It was so sad. David looked at all of them and he finally decided on a week old female collie/shepherd mix. She is a beautiful black and white puppy. She was in a kennel with her sister, an all black puppy. He happily got her and we drove off to Walmart to buy some Puppy Chow. One of us said we should have gotten the other one, too. So we went back and got the sister. We came home with the two cutest puppies who will be wonderful dogs because of their breeds. We have owned collies and shepherds before. Those two have so much energy.
Tonight, when I was outside with the puppies, I had to turn the heater on in my greenhouse so the plants would not die as it was to get down to 42°.
Good morning. The puppies did a few accidents in the night which is to be expected. Plus I got up at 2:30am and I went to the fridge for a piece of cheese. I was hungry. I forgot about the puppies who were in the den. The way the house is, you can see the refrigerator from the den and as soon as the light in the fridge came on, they started howling. Then they had to go out and a mess had to be cleaned up. Fun times. I should have grabbed something from the pantry in the dark. LOL!
This morning, we had three people call in sick.
I met the pest control guy at the store this morning at 8:45am so he could check the store out for any varmints. None were found. Just to make sure, he will do regular monthly maintenance here. I then filled up the pond because it was getting low again.
The planting of cucumber seeds did not happen today because David, Matt, Jay, Rock, and I left the premises for an important meeting in San Antonio. I think we got back somewhere close to 2pm. Then I took the puppies out in the backyard, trying to teach them about going potty but they don't pay much attention with all of the other dogs around.
There have not been too many customers today. The sky is overcast and it is windy. However, it is 72° at 4:20pm so a lot of folks should want to garden. Alexa says it will get down to 38° tonight so I guess I will have to turn the heater on in the greenhouse again.
Today was a very busy day. Linda was off and Shay did good but her hip is still bothering her. David got in some yummy pecan treats with our own label on them. He got 20 different items including butter pecan coffee. I spent most of the day adding these to our website and getting them ready to hang up. I finally got everything hung up and just before we closed, a customer came in and bought the first two fudges with our name on them. That was exciting! Then I closed down about five minutes early because we have a meeting to get to.
We told Jay, one of our managers/HR rep about this Mexican restaurant meeting two weeks ago and told him to go. He loves Mexican food and meeting people. He told us today he is not going. He is going to spend time with his father, planting asparagus crowns. Honestly, it was a work function that he knew about two weeks ago and he should have been there but his loss.
This evening, we went to the Atascosa Small Business meeting and this time they met at a newly renovated Mexican restaurant which we had a hard time finding. We got there late but they still had not started the meeting. We ordered food plus we had chips and salsa and nachos compliments of the restaurant, El Rancho. (The FB page link no longer works as of 9/4/22.) I had the flauta plate and it was good. We won a Texas keyholder to hang up on the wall from a woodworking business. I did not get the name.
While we were there, someone sent me an Instagram photo showing some man I do not know with a sign saying he is David's Garden but that it is our company. I told her it is not our company. I looked it up on the internet and it turns out this guy sells honey and salsas in Georgia with a font that looks like ours. We are David's Garden Seeds® and we are trademarked.
We had some puppy time when we got home but I was exhausted. I fell asleep on the couch while watching our newest series which is from 1966, Mission Impossible.
Good morning! It is 40° and chilly. I have to complete the sponsorship paperwork and write a check so we can sponsor the strawberry run in Poteet coming up soon. The lady in charge is supposed to come by and pick it up today. It will be good to have our name on local t-shirts. I emailed her our logo for the t-shirts.
A co-worker of mine from my last regular job is supposed to bring her family out to the farm today. Also, some friends from Leakey will be coming by. David has to take Ethel, Sue Ellen, and Pamela to the vet at 11am. I will hold down the fort.
Okay, so Diana, my former co-worker showed up with two grown daughters and four adorable grandchildren. I gave them a tour and as we went into the store, there was Ruth Anne, my friend from Leakey with three of her friends. A few minutes later, Mr. and Mrs. Leal, former Poteet mayor and his wife who is in charge of the Strawberry run showed up. Add a few more customers in the mix and our store was packed full. After they all left, it happened all over again several more times. I am sure this was the busiest Friday we have ever had.
It was about 4pm when it hit me. It was 90° outside and my greenhouse was sealed tight with the heater blasting. I went running over there, opened the door, turned on the fans, turned off the heater and watered everything profusely. I think I lost some things. I have too much going on with no break.
I was exhausted by the end of the day! My feet were killing me. Then I had to give medication to the two puppies for worms and to Ethel for her kidney.
After that, I sorted and started laundry. There are mountains of it. I ate some frozen Chinese food which was pretty good and fell asleep on the couch watching Mission Impossible. I was not planting cucumber seeds for sure. And I should have been. I get so little time to do anything.
Good Saturday morning. It is 54° at 9am and it is going to be a beautiful day. That means we will be swamped at the Farm Store. We have farm fresh eggs so be sure and stop by. We open at 10am. First come, first served!
This morning, our Production manager, Jay, and our Fulfillment manager, Caleb, came to help us with planting cucumber seeds and other seeds. Nacho and a helper are also out there planting cucumber seeds and whatever else David wants to plant.
We asked some of the others who were ill at the beginning of the week and missed two to three days of work to come help us but they said no. So we had to cover their positions so they could stay home. Now planting cucumber seeds and everything else is behind because we had to use the outdoor workers to do indoor work. This is our busiest time of year and if everyone would show up, we would be good to go. So when you don't show up for three days, you should at least come in on a Saturday and get caught up. So the folks who said no will be at the top of the lay off list if business slows down. David and I work seven days a week, way more than eight hours a day. We expect at least 40 hours from our team members.
Well, Shay, Matt, Jay, and Caleb are all here to help David and me today so that is wonderful. There are times on Saturdays when it is just the two of us and we cannot fill orders, restock the store, wait on customers, help them with choosing seeds, take them on tours, plus do all of the things that David has to do on the computer by ourselves. There is so much to do now that we have so many visitors. We love having the visitors but we need our team members to step up and be part of the team on Saturdays, too! We will treat them to lunch from Farm to Familia today.
Matt is off giving a tour now. Shay is pulling mail orders. David is doing CEO things and Caleb and Jay are planting. Matt fixed some animal waterers and soon he will be getting in the pond to pull out some algae. It is certainly warm enough for it.
I am in the store helping customers and just being awesome as I always am, LOL!
This week was supposed to be about planting cucumber seeds but it was an action packed week filled with quite a few team members getting ill with a stomach bug, a firing due to illegal drugs in the parking lot, David's birthday, some brand new puppies, constructing more raised beds, and a small amount of planting cucumber seeds and other seeds.
Here is an article on planting cucumber seeds that will help you if you have never done it before.
Shay has pulled a lot of orders and I have checked them all. We gave a ton of tours and a lot of trips out to the greenhouse to see the seedlings. I sold quite a few plants and eggs. We sold a lot of snacks and drinks including our own brand of pecan treats. It has been a wonderful day of sales. We close the store in just a few minutes and there are about ten people in the store right now...
Another couple came in with three minutes to spare. We are suddenly the best place around. It is a good feeling.
So the last customer left at 4:26pm and today was our biggest customer day and our biggest sales day in the farm store. All glory goes to our Heavenly Father. He has been so good to us.
I came back to the house, fed the puppies and gave Ethel her medication and food. Then I fed Lucy and Annabelle and went out to take care of the outside animals and get eggs. Nacho and his team, including Matt today, are still out there in the back planting cucumber seeds.
Nacho and his guys left after 8pm, in the middle of the Svengoolie movie. Our ad showed twice during Svengoolie.
Good Sunday morning. I went out and fed all of the animals. I noticed the adult male bunny had no water in his dish. The hose is not attached to the dish. So I found an empty gallon jug and filled it. I poured it in the bunny's dish. He lapped it up like there was no tomorrow. The poor thing was so thirsty. I told David. He said he saw someone coming out of the rabbit cage on Friday who should not have been in there at all. He will take care of it. I won't say on here what I think.
It is time to get ready for church. I fed, medicated, and watered all of the indoor animals. The puppies are so cute but so difficult to work with. They want to eat everyone's food. The cat is still afraid of them and hisses and hides out. They have so much energy. I just completed my Chewy order to include puppy food. The Puppy Chow is out so I could not order that. I guess there was a run on puppies this week.
We did some shopping and then got a phone call from our neighbor asking if we have a jet black bulldog because he is out running around the neighborhood. At the time, we were driving home from Walmart. Our dogs were locked up in the house. We got home and they were safe. We don't have any bulldogs.
Now I have laundry going and David is playing with the puppies. He has jury duty tomorrow for the first time out here in Atascosa County.
David tells me I am a little too involved in the business so I guess I will be cutting back some. I could use a day or two off once in a while.
The weather got up to 90° today and the fans in my greenhouse did not automatically come on. In fact, they never have. I let David know. Whoever set up the fans did not put them on any kind of timer. If I don't manually turn them on and open the door, there is no ventilation.
I just locked everything up as the sun was going down and the green beans out in the raised beds by the business are already coming up. I ate a very juicy and flavorful tomato that was grown in the main greenhouse.
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