Thursday, December 15, 2016

A New Slideshow

For everyone who loves slideshows, we have a new one in the blog ... and to hear it you have to click on the speaker that shows under the slideshow (I know, it changes all the time)....
Look to your right and down ... drag your mouse across the picture and the bottom will open up, and to the left side of that space is the speaker.  Enjoy!

The Giving Time of the Year

This is definitely the time of the year most donations are sought and most donations are given. We are in a "feel good" time ... and sad stories touch our hearts.

I spend a lot of time at my computer, because of my Etsy shop.  I always have t.v. on "in the background" but at this time of year I, who LOVE animals, am hit time and time again with very sad and touching commercials asking for donations to the nation's largest "saviors of dogs". These sound bites break my heart, and I've always ignored them as best I could because I knew the administration receive salaries. Little did I know how much! Today I looked up the salaries. It is a LONG list, but let me say just this -- five directors each receive $87,140 per year. That's about a half million dollars.  And THAT is just to the directors. Many , many other volunteers are actually employees.  Our donations pay them.  Their salaries are also listed.

I prefer to know that when I donate, my money is going 100% for the animals. I'm sure I could research and find many animal shelters across the United States run strictly by volunteers, no pay necessary or accepted. In Nebraska, I don't have to look very far and 10% of everything I sell in my shop goes to Hearts United for Animals in Auburn, Nebraska. No animal is EVER "put down" there. The animals live out their lives at HUA, should they not be lucky enough to be adopted.  No animal is ever euthanized.  NO ONE at HUA receives pay. Not one cent. NO one.

When you see commercials on television about dogs, cats, and other animals who need support, find out if their directors are paid. See if their employees are paid. See if they give up on "unadoptable" animals and euthanize them.  THEN go read about Hearts United for Animals .... before you go there grab a cup of coffee or tea or whatever because you will be there for a while :+)  And no I have nothing to do with this organization except my donations.  I was "signed up" to become a volunteer and then a month later was diagnosed with cancer ... and I've been pretty busy for the last two years running to  the doctors.  So I've never met any of these people .... only through emails and in phone conversations.  I'm sure you can also find other completely volunteer organizations such as HUA by googling "pet shelters with 100% volunteer staff and directors".

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

IS EVERYONE READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS?  I ask this as I sit surrounded by mounds of gifts to be wrapped ... AND we haven't put up our Christmas tree (Sandy's and my tree for here in the blog) yet this year and I'm running out of time.  PLUS it's been so long since I wrote in here, I'm going to have to review to see how to put up a picture :+)

As our followers know already, we returned to Etsy, and are so glad we did.  Leaving "home" certainly made us want to go BACK home.

Friend, Linda, had told me we were going shopping this coming Saturday. I said "are you nuts?" and she denied it even though I knew I was right. SHE went with me last Saturday and bought ONE thing,  while I did nearly all of my Christmas shopping. Now she wants ME to got with HER the last Saturday (technically) before Christmas. NO WAY.  I will finish wrapping on Saturday ... and knowing Linda she will wrap all day on Christmas Eve :+)

This was a different year for us, buying for grandkids. Our oldest grandson is in college, on a football scholarship, and not here in our city. SOOOO what does he need, want?  He's either practicing, training, or studying (I hope in the reverse order). I called my daughter, his mom, and she said she, too, was having trouble with buying for him this year. SO we ended up with a plan. We are both buying him lots of gift certificates for food places (and if they happen to be fast food, well the cholesterol and fat will get run out of him during training and practice) and for the "his mind is dead" time, she's buying him some PlayStation certificates.  What more could a college kid want :+)   And his "little" sister will graduate this next Spring and be off to college so things for her room are no longer needed, she's not ready for the fridge for the dorm room or anything like that ... so SHE is getting lots of gift certificates too.  Hubby and I spent the morning driving from one place to another and I THINK we are ready --- what's this "we" thing. HE is ready, I am the one who has all the packages to wrap!!!

I HOPE I'll be able to remember how to put up the tree in here, but if I don't get around to it or go totally blank trying to put it up, just know that you are wished a wonderful holiday season from Ann and Sandy!!!