Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Selling off our birds, thanks eBay

I am selling off most of my birds:

I'm cleaning house, and thinking of setting up at Camp trading post to do so. I have six americans hens, 20 brown egg layer pullets, hundreds of pigeons, a small flock of silkys and some cow spotted young mice, as well as two free kittens, and two full grown mini male potbelly pigs, super cheap,any takers? I could set up Thursday if people are willing to come. 870-321-6859 Priced to sell....buy a few buy em all.....



Be Blessed
Shekhinah

Good morning from the mountain and a kimchi recipe and more eBay swill including a mock training list for its phone workers...

Good Morning from the mountain, still no satisfaction from eBay, just a bunch of bunk about them doing things by their policies, I did inform them that I have policies as well.  One of which was not to be harassed and tormented by a customer that G-d could not please.  It becomes harder and harder to continue dealing with eBay and their “policies," which by the way I never did agree too.  I am fascinated with their abused Asia work force that have no other choice than to tell me that their supervisor is just going to tell me the same thing that he was, which is the job of all underlings I believe.  It must be a part of their training. 
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  •         Training day one, tell the customer how glad you are to be helping them, in those exact words.
  • ·         Day two always read from the sacred book of eBay.
  • ·         Day three, distract the customer by telling them in broken English that you understand their worries, in those words.
  • ·         Day four, continue in broken English to tell them you understand, but that they are being unreasonable and not listing to you, when they tell you that what they are saying does not help them.
  • ·         Day five, keep your customer from reaching higher up levels of customer support, be willing to throw yourself under the train to do so…after all this is for eBay.
  • ·         Day six, quote without stutter, even though we at eBay know you will not be able to do this as it is hard to outright lie in another language with inflection.  Reputedly state that there is no supervisor available that they are all on other calls. 
  • ·         Day seven swear before the almighty book of eBay that you will make it money and help no one, promise to tell two differ stories at all times.  The buyer and seller are both right, until bad feedback is left, and then it is not eBay’s fault, but the costumer’s fault, quote seller,  for doing as you informed them. Remember to smile for them, as they can feel your genuine warmth, as you tell them eBay’s policies and lead them to a page where they are found.  Remind them that you are helping them as their business goes down in flames, never waver from the eBay policy which undeniable is unreasonable at best, and unethical at worst.
  • ·         Day 8 In the end thank them, after all this job that pays you nearly $550 American dollars per month or less in some cases, and would not be made possible if some wanker in the US has not gone and outsourced it to you. 

Anyway, I need to go and pickle some carrots and clean my kitchen, then go out in the garden and work.  Almost time to plant the winter crops.  Oh and I promised someone my kimchi recipe so I will include it below.
                              Kimchi

  • You will need two large Napa cabbage
  • 1 and 1/4 cup sea salt or kosher salt
  • tablespoon fish sauce
  • Five chopped scallions
  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic-minced
  • 2 tablespoons of organic white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ground ginger root
  • 5 heaping teaspoons of pepper flakes


Directions


Cut the cabbages in long strips no wider than two inches, works best and trim the ends. 

Rinse and cut into pieces about 2 inch square. 

Place the cabbage into large stainless steel bowl and cover leaves with salt until evenly coated. 

Leave at room temperature for 6 hours.

After six hours or more has passed, rinse the cabbage leaves with lots of cool water and place in clean colander to drain for about an hour.

Next you will need a food grade plastic bucket, I get mine from a local grocery store.  It once held frosting, and now I use it for Kimchi.  It should have a tight fitting lid.  

Take all remaining ingredients and mix them into the cabbage which should now be in the bucket, please wear gloves to do this, this pepper is hot and bad things happen when you do not wear gloves, you will just have to trust me on this.  

Really rub the mix into all the leaves, once you have done this you need to seal the container and walk away from it for at least four days.  After that time, you may open the bucket and place your new Kimchi into glass jars with plastic lids, it should keep for a few months in the fridge.



Be Blessed
Shekhinah

Monday, July 28, 2014

Good evening from the mountain and eBay the wild world of do what I say and be screwed...






A path to no where....


Good evening from the mountain, I got my fair entries in and most of my paperwork done.  For a few short moments, I had forgotten about the pile of dishes in my sink and Ramin noodle dinner.  Then it happened; my eBay stalker returned like something out of B horror movie, sneaking up out of the darkness and, “WAM!” it hit me.  She said I had not shipped her eggs, and it has been two weeks.  There is a good reason I did not ship her eggs, and she knows it.  She has been a crazy stalker who has paid for them, over and over again, and each time I refund her and tell her very nicely I might add that I have no further desire to do business with her. 

She first opened up a case against me many weeks ago, two months after buying my eggs and not hatching them. She told eBay that they were not as described and eBay sided with me, but said I should still try to work things out with her.  So like a fool who refuses to drop the grape to free their hand, I tried how I tried.  Having come to what I believed was a mutual understanding, I offered to gift her six eggs for the cost of shipping, before I had a chance to do anything she had bid and won another auction and wanted these eggs shipped with the free six.  I tried to express that first I could not do that and second, I had no desire to sell to her again.  I use boxes that only allow for one dozen to be shipped in them, so I opened a case to refund her money which started in a game of refunding and her repaying and demanding in no so nice ways that I sell to her.  She threatened me for not allowing her to extort me.  

I had thought we were done with this nightmare that I could return to selling my eggs in peace, but nothing is ever that simple is it?  I looked online a few minutes ago to see she had left bad feedback.  Rolling my eyes, unreal this is from a women who eBay has told to leave me allow and PayPal as well.  So now I sit, I have been on the phone 40 minutes and I am waiting to see if they can remove the feedback, I know what you are thinking, why would they not, well eBay is like a Western Outlaw, they are good only as long as someone else is bad. 

It is sad, and I am so tired of dealing with eBay, I do not see them helping when people order eggs or other items and then not pay.  I spend far too many hours a month on this sort of thing, in the end it makes me want to quit altogether.  I also have another none paying customer, it is ridicules that this continues and eBay bashes me for doing what they told me.
 All I have left is rummy feelings about doing business with eBay at all.  What is wrong with people, I do not know, but I wish I could just move on…Maybe I should just shut the farm down and give up, it not worth this amount of stress and to have eBay tell me that I am doing a great job, pfftttt…as if.

Be Blessed
Shekhinah



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Good evening from the mountain...

Good evening from the mountain, another smoking hot day has past; I canned some jam, and did a few things.  Tomorrow the temp will be lower and I will be in town getting paper work done and entering our entries into the fair.  I have tons of paperwork, makes my head hurt.  I still have to deal with the college as well, plus they told my loan company that I was no longer in school, honestly it is insane.

The puppies are opening their little eyes at day 17 of their lives and are just as cute as can be.  Elijah, the oldest of the boys I still have at home, has chosen one and has been loving it ever since.  He was the first person his puppy Spot saw.  It is so sweet and the pup does seem to love him. To me I just see another animal to feed.  Lol


That giant one on top is Spot, he is twice as big as the others.




Puppy kisses....



The garden is still coming along as you can see from the photos, but the bugs have eaten much of the food, so I have been replanting as quickly as I can.  I hope to get one more run of the green corn and some more pumpkins.  As of late the grasshoppers are making me angry and I feel we will be making tacos out of them if it keeps up.  Yummy tacos!








We had some visitors the other day, and I have put some photos up on here for your viewing pleasure. 

This is ghost, he is one of the boys horses.  Not a guest....

Woody the boys donkey, not a guest, but for sure a pest.

Moo and 9-11...

Ghost the cat, sleeping off nothing...lol

It would be hard to pick out mine from the group, the boys were so happy to spend time together.

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 I do not think I have ever seen my boys so happy, they cooked turkey dogs over the fire, roasted marshmallows, talked about poke'mon, mine-craft, and legos.  They miss him so much all ready.


A tortoise visits us...


Be Blessed Dear ones…


Shekhinah

Friday, July 25, 2014

Good afternoon from the mountain...

Good afternoon from the mountain, I am sorry for not keeping up with the posts, we had some unexpected company.  Not that I am complaining, because I am not.  I was just over whelmed I think, that someone would drive so many miles just to see me and spend time with me, and I truly feel blessed. Plus I met a new friend as well.  For one day, all I had to think of was relaxing with friends, it was a nice feeling.

The garden got a little bit out of hand in two short days, I have huge cucumbers, that will end up in stir fry, not that is a terrible thing, but I needed to make pickles.  It was what it is and I will have more soon.  I planted more corn and beans, and checked the other beans and tomatoes.  We picked some great tomatoes, I only have complaint about the Russian black Krim tomatoes, and they get soft super quick.

Puppies are getting big and I hope to have lovely photos to show you tomorrow…

Canning time

remembrance of the past and looking towards a better tomorrow...Maybe I need more sheep

Poor mama dog, she is so tired, having eight children can really take a tole on you.



I need to get off of here and get some sleep, lots of stuff to do in the morning.
Be Blessed

Shekhinah

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good evening from the mountain and fruit recalls in the USA

Good evening from the mountain, I went to t the college today to fix my schedule and ended up with more classes.  I can hardly believe it more classes.  I have to take College Capstone, a class that requires a workbook that is designed to show what you have learned; I hope they are not expecting much…Lol  Intro to Computer Applications, which forces you to buy a book that has a sample of office 2013, not to thrilled with that, so I will call Microsoft on Thursday and see about a free trial from them directly.  If I can do that, I will save over $70.00.  Algebra I have the software for already, so I am fine there.  The last class Introduction to Sociology requires a $150.00 book; it is questionable about renting the book as you must have something called coursemate.  Not happy about that at all. 


I also bought feed at the feed store; they had wheat, and this made me happy.  I also bought a bag of hydrated lime; low and behold it is the same lime as pickling lime.  I like to make Hominy, which is made from corn and lime or lye, depending on what type you are making.  I figured that if they are selling the Lime for use around animals, the chances of it being less than food grade are very slim, though I will check it before I use it.  A50 lb. bad at the feed store is $9.45; one pound bag at the grocery store is nearly $4.00 makes you wonder why it cost so much. 
Check out hominy and the cool things you can make with it.




Making your own food is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your family.

The puppies are doing great on day 8 of their lives; I will post new photos tomorrow. 




 Our gardens are still coming along, and I hope to get to work on them more on Thursday, tomorrow I must take the children and myself to the eye doctor, it is an hour each way so it will be a long day for me.  It should rain about the time we get back, so no having to water the gardens.  The children plan to see their Grand Parents, maybe we will all do lunch, Chinese or pizza, I am hoping Chinese food.  So that is the greatness of our day.
Be blessed dear ones
Shekhinah

P.S. If you are in the states, please read this:


If you’ve picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe’s or Wal-Mart stores recently, keep reading.

Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Costco, Trader Joe’s, and the Wal-Mart Corp. — which operates Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores, have all posted notices about the fruit recall on their websites. The recall is nationwide, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Internal testing at Wawona revealed the potential Listeria contamination, the FDA says. The facility was shut down and sanitized; subsequent tests have been negative for the food-borne illness.

“We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products,” Wawona President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement. “By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority.”

Trader Joe’s has urged customers not to eat any of these stone fruits — meaning fruits with large pits — and to return them to a nearby store for a full refund.

In addition, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has recalled several of its baked goods that contain fruit from Wawona Packing Co. This includes cakes, pies, tarts and other pastries. For a full list, see FDA.gov.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause Listeriosis. The most common symptoms of Listeriosis are gastrointestinal issues (such as diarrhea), fever and muscle aches. Pregnant women, infants, older adults and people with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk for a more serious infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC estimates about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths are caused by Listeriosis each year in the United States. Overall, outbreaks have been on the decline since 2001, but the largest in U.S. history occurred in 2011. Cantaloupes from a farm in Colorado sickened 147 people and killed nearly three dozen. The farmers responsible recently were sentenced to five years’ probation, including six months of in-home detention.

Jeanne










Monday, July 21, 2014

Good evening from the mountain and a good bug

Good evening from the mountain, oh the plans I had today, many did not become reality.  I was just too tired.  I did get some things done, but nowhere near as much as I wanted too.  Oh well some days are like that.  We did get to spend time with a couple of nice friends under neither the shade trees.  So that was well worth it all.

Today I applied for a writing job, the format was a bit odd, but they pay three cents a word on most articles, some times more.  It would help our family out a lot.  They would want at least 20 articles a week, around 200 words each.  I need to find some way to bring in around $300.00 per week and not have to leave the farm.  I am over selling eggs on eBay, they are driving me mad.


During our farm day, Michael found an assassin bug in our garden today out by the pumpkins; it is a scary out of this world looking creature with a cogwheel like appendage upon its back.  I am not scared of the little fella, but those squash bugs should be.  These assassin bugs have a hearty appetite for squash beetles and those hornworms that love to eat our tomatoes.  I welcome him and his family to our garden and wish them long life and many children.  First one we have found in the ten years that we have lived here, may it not be the last.








Day 7 for the puppies....


Be blessed dear ones
Shekhinah