Sunday, June 11, 2017
Our Bodacious Biscuit Love Weekly Recap For June 5th - June 11th
Last weekend, we witnessed a miracle of sorts. We had a pit fire in the back yard. A few neighbor friends joined us. One of our neighbor friends has been going through a rough time. Her husband has been sick for about a year. His liver and kidneys are failing. He needs a double transplant. He's on the list.
About an hour into our pit fire, our neighbor friend got the phone call. We will never forget that moment. I don't think anyone who witnessed that moment will forget. She was instructed to bring her husband to the hospital ASAP. Lisa and I immediately volunteered to take care of our neighbor friend's Mom.
Our neighbor friend's elderly Mom lives with her and she's the primary caregiver.
A couple of days later, our neighbor friend's husband had the surgery. In the meantime, Lisa and I wanted to do something to help them out. I thought long and hard about what would help them out the most. Our neighbor friend would be spending a lot of time at the hospital located almost an hour away from home. Her Mom needed to eat meals at a certain time. That's when the proverbial light bulb went off.
I would start a Meal Train.
The first thing I did was reach out to our neighbor friend to see if she minded. She replied almost immediately and gave me the green light. I posted about the Meal Train on my personal Facebook wall, why I was started the Meal Train, and listed what we were in need of.
Within 2 hours, we had enough to provide meals for a little over a week for our neighbor friend. Some people volunteered to make a complete meal. Others donated ingredients. A handful gave a monetary donation so we could purchase ingredients. This week, we've been whipping up scrumptious meals, baking, heating up dishes, and keeping the Meal Train going!
We are beyond grateful for everyone who came forth to make the Meal Train possible. We can't thank you enough.
In addition to the Meal Train, we squeezed in a day of baking biscuit love. This time around, Lisa started baking after dinner and I took over and baked through the overnight. It was much easier to do it during the evening and overnight hours because of the Meal Train.
This week, we've also got another item on the bodacious table that we need to make a decision about. Long story short, over the past almost-4-years we have been stiffed on many occasions. What that translates to is people order biscuits or a DIY Dog Mom Project, we make or bake, ship, and...they don't follow through with payment.
The other issue we're having to deal with are those claim they're going to put the check in the mail or the funds in PayPal "today or tomorrow." A week goes by, nothing. I send a private message with a gentle reminder. Another week goes by, still nothing. I send another message. Another week drags on and still...nothing.
You get where I'm going with this?
We're tossing around a couple of solutions. The first is accepting payment through PayPal only. The second is payment has to be received before we ship biscuits or a DIY Dog Mom Project. We haven't decided yet, but I'll definitely keep you posted.
For more on what's been happening this week in our Bodacious Dog Mom Life, here are the columns I published over the past week.
Beep! Beep! Meal Train Coming Through!
Random Rant: We Need The Rain. Stop Complaining.
I Hate Having To Make Changes Because People Can't Follow Through
10 Ways To Help Out A Neighbor Or Friend During Difficult Times
Today, Instead Of Adulting, I Want To Be A Dog...
I Need To Make At Least 4 More DIY Doggy Beds. Soon. Very Soon.
Crock-Pots And Cookies