Quadruped Quimby


While planting in the yard I noticed a hole,
Remote and camouflaged, near a kobold knoll.
The dirt was pulled out in a small little mound
Deep inside for a quadruped, a home had been found
Never would have noticed this queer tiny friend
But the roses were blooming and I needed to tend
When I peered into the ground two eyes peered back
I feared for my life this tetrapod would attack
I ran for a shovel but only found a rake
To fill the hole in the ground for everyone’s sake
I ran from the shed after a swig from the flagon
I returned to the hole and there stood a small dragon
At first I was scared but then I could see
He was just as frightened, even more so than me
He promised he’d be kind and wouldn’t hurt a soul
If he could just live in that hole down below
With contemplation and thought I finally agreed
In the garden he could stay if on the bugs he would feed
He pledged no flowers but only insects he would dine
Now I only see Quimby when I drink of the wine.


Same Day Delivery – but read the fine print


When Mother’s Day rolls around and you don’t live in the same town, let alone same state that your mother does, what do you do? Usually you send something so Mom gets it on or before the big day so she knows you are thinking about her. Which is exactly what my daughter did. She searched florists in Batesburg by God South Carolina to see who delivered to our area. She found Ava’s Flowers that offered same day delivery satisfaction guaranteed. So she called them up and the first question she asked them was “Do you deliver to Hicksville?” “We sure do,” the woman told her. Even their website indicates deliveries made to all areas of Lexington County.

Avas Flowers makes it easy to send your loved ones a spectacular arrangement for any occasion anywhere in Batesburg, South Carolina.   We are a family owned and operated professional florist offering flower delivery in Batesburg, SC.   When you order flowers for delivery in Batesburg rest assured that your arrangement  will arrive as fresh as possible, carefully packed into a beautiful gift box and looking wonderful.

Avas Flowers is proud to serve all of Lexington County and South Carolina.

Like any excited kid, my daughter waited and waited and waited for a phone call from me crying and jumping with joy, surprised when I received the flowers. They never came. She called and inquired on the delivery and she was informed that the driver was still making deliveries and it could be up to 7PM. Finally at 7:15 she called to inquire again. She was hung up on three times. When she talked to someone they informed her that they could make the delivery Saturday, but she knew we were not going to be home, so she told them that wouldn’t work. They could make the delivery on Sunday but that would cost her extra. Or she could wait and they would deliver them on Monday. Imagine her disappointment. She already had spent almost $100 for the flowers to arrive before Mother’s Day. After the fact would simply not do.

She told them she was disappointed to say the least and wanted to speak to a supervisor. After conversing with the supervisor she was informed that they did not do deliveries on that route anymore and they were very sorry for the miscommunication. Don’t you think that should have been determined when she gave them the address in the very beginning? Oh and then she said she wanted a refund and they informed her that they were sorry but they did not do refunds but they would be happy to give her an additional $25 credit that she could come use in the store. She informed them that was very nice however she lived in Maine and it would be a little far to travel to South Carolina to use a $25 credit.

With that being said, first I believe it’s false advertising when you put on your front page same day delivery, free delivery on certain bouquets, and then don’t deliver.

They will use the old stand-by of the fine print which is pretty clear that they don’t guarantee anything on certain holidays and Mother’s Day is included.

We cannot guarantee delivery on a specific date for busy floral holidays like Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. To ensure the highest likelihood of delivery on one of these busy floral holidays, please place your order at least four days in advance. Orders placed within 4 days of Valentines Day and Mother’s Day DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED DELIVERY DATES. Neither cancellations or refunds will be issued on orders placed during Valentines Day or Mothers Day holidays if the order was placed within 4 days of the holiday and the order was delivered within 4 days after the respective holiday.

Perhaps they should highlight their fine print underneath the SAME DAY DELIVERY and FREE DELIVERY to all of Lexington County advertisement. Call it what you will… I say it’s false advertisement.

Selling Sentiments

Tea Party

You can’t sell sentimental. Think about it. No matter how much something means to you, someone else cannot pay what you think it is worth, and more importantly even if they could, they won’t. Just because something has been in the family for 175 years and it’s been passed down through the generations year after year after year, doesn’t mean crap to the person buying it at the yard sale. If it means so much to you, put it back in safe keeping for another twenty years until you’re ready to let it go. Maybe you’ll die, one of your beneficiaries will inherit it, and will hold onto it for a few years and then go through the same dilemma I’m going through right now.

My good friend who is in the flea market business has been helping me with pricing of items. Lu tells me that people having yard sales hate to see the dealers coming. Why? I ask, but I already know the answer. People are selling sentiments. When a dealer comes to buy something they find as a deal at a yard sale, the chances are they might make a few extra bucks on the item. Why be mad at them? That’s what they are in the business for. To take things you don’t want off your hands. If it means that much to you, don’t sell it.

I’m pondering this over my Shirley Temple doll that I have had since I was ten and more importantly the tea set that my grandmother bought me when I was a baby. Shirley is pretty ragged, one of my dogs chewed her shoes off and ate part of her foot and her curls have seen better days. She might bring ten bucks at a yard sale. Is it worth it?

I’ve been keeping her around all these years thinking I might give her to a granddaughter. It’s not that I don’t think I might have a granddaughter someday. I just think the days of dolls and tea parties have gone by. Let bygones be bygones. Playing dolls and drinking fake tea out of little china cups does not have anything like the virtual internet world has to offer.

Just my pondering of the day. And I’ll probably end up putting them back in storage for another twenty years!