is everyone doing on this last count down to Spring? You know one way
to know the warm weather is coming is the arrival of the
Kodak Falcons! Same female-Mariah & male-Kaver are back! The webcam
should be going any day now. I've also noticed at some of the buddies
I visit that the tulips are coming up! I for one am really looking foward
to this Spring.
One of the unfortunate things happening
now is the gas prices. I hear they will be going up & up possibly
to 3.00 per gal. sigh. I know I just did a price increase this past fall
& I based the prices on gas being about 1.75 a gal. So what I decided
to do, effective immediately, is charge a gas
surcharge. The way it will work is I will bill you a surcharge based on
a 1-way trip to your house. If I am coming from another house & the
distance is shorter then you will be only billed those miles. Based on
my truck getting 15 miles to the gallon, I will then bill you by the gallons
at whatever price I paid for that tank of gas less 1.75. For example:
if you are 5 miles away & I make 3 trips that is the 15 miles. If
I paid 1.82 then you will be billed 1 gallon of gas @ 7 cents = 7 cents.
So you see-that doesn't amount to a whole lot from you, but on my end
if everyone helps that little bit I can keep my per visit cost the same
thru the summer til we see what happens. I hope you all agree that this
seems like a fair solution, but if you have any questions or concerns
please let me know & I will try to work something else out.
Another problem recently has been many of
you are getting emails you try to send to me returned as "no such
address". After many hours &
phone calls I finally solved the problem! My address has to be in small
letters only! I have fixed the email link on my website (hehe-well, John
did! Thanks John!) but if you have me in your address book then it will
default to that making it reject even if linking from the website. If
you send me an email & it gets returned, or if I am already in your
address book-then correct my address to all small letters & it should
resolve the issue. it should read: firstname.lastname@example.org It appears the only
problems were with people using Outlook or Outlook Express, but with all
this modern technology-who knows when it may happen with the others too!
Now we can get on to the fun stuff! New
buddies to announce! I have a new mid day visit with Rocky,
3 dogs with such different personalties & ideas! They sure keep me
busy in the short time I am there petting, throwing, chasing, etc! Soon
I will be visiting with Sammy & Sasha & I am so looking foward
to it! I don't think I've quite seen a cat who plays like Sammy does!
His favorite toys include a cardboard
tube (from wrapping paper!) & a big furry teddybear that he fetches.
But he also tosses the bear for himself to chase-only not like most cats
who toss it to the side by shaking their heads. Sammy tosses it over his
head backwards by flinging his head straight up! He also loves socks-
only as was presented when I was trying to have somewhat of a "professional"
conversation with Lindsay & Tom, it helps if there are NO feet in
the sock!!!! preferably-NOT mine! At least Sasha will keep me somewhat
sane--I hope! I will be visiting soon with Kee & Woody. Equally
as opposite also, I know I will be using all my techniques trying to keep
them happy too! I had a lot of fun meeting them with Marion
& Bud & I hope I succeed at making them permanent members of our
fluffy family. What a riot I had with Riley,
Dexter is an African Gray Parrot that his mom Patti tells me knows lots
of words. He talks very clearly too. She also showed me how Riley sings-
so Riley & I had our singing time during our visits. When we finished
singing Dexter would say- "Can you hear me now??" hahaha Chima
was too involved with his catnip pillow-chasing it from one end of the
house to the other-growling the whole way! Didn't matter to him that no
one was near!! I finally met Romeo & will be visiting him & Rascal.
Romeo sure lives up to his name & I am looking
foward to some good hugs! Oh- dog lover Penny has been converted! Yes
the cats have taken her over in their sly lovable ways & Oscar has
now joined Fozzy
to outnumber the dog Shaq
by 1 ! hmmmmmmm--wanna take bets on how many more will weasle their way
in? Since Shaq weighs in at 160 it will still take a lot more cats to
overtake the space used! Well-I think hands down cutest little puppy:
I only got to visit with her a couple times but she won my heart. She
truly looks like a stuffed animal you'd see on a store shelf! Tinkerbell
weren't to happy about this fluffy mop running around but I for one am
We lost another of our older family members
with the passing of Sinjin.
Sinjin was a little difficult when we first met but we became fast good
friends & he has left a space in my heart empty. I know Karen &
Ted have breaking hearts after Sinjin was a part of their lives for so
long & he was very special. I never met Ashley but had a nice talk
with Tracey in hopes of meeting, but sadly Ashley passed to Rainbow
Bridge before I had that honor. Tracey actually came recommended to
me by her "sister" Molly!
I think that about catches up for now. I
will be writing again soon since I must get the next issue out before
the big Spring break in April. I already have so many of you scheduled
for visits that week & I'm excited about seeing all of you!
For now then--