Here’s what’s going on . . .
On Friday morning I discovered that our internet wasn’t working. I reported it and was told there was a problem with something on the tower that serves my tiny little geographical area. The really disappointing part was that the employee I was speaking to said she’d been told it would be Sunday afternoon before anyone could get to the problem. WHAT?! Well, ok, so there would be no work that required internet and no emails over the weekend. Not good because some of my kennel boarders communicate with me via email. On Sunday afternoon I started checking. Sunday evening I called the number I’d called on Friday morning. But that number only connected with someone live Monday thru Friday, 8am to 4p. There was a number you could call after hours and I felt like I deserved an answer as to why we still didn’t have internet. Surprisingly enough, the number I dialed connected me with a neighboring town’s police department! REALLY?! I apologized and told the dispatcher WHY I had called that number. She wasn’t ruffled and said she didn’t know of any other number for me to try.
On Monday morning I was SURE I would get to my computer and discover that I had internet. But no. So I waited until 8am and called. I spoke to the same person I had spoken to on Friday. She would check on things and call me back. Mid-morning I heard back from her. It would probably be sometime on Tuesday before the repair would be made.
I’ve mentioned that we live in a rural area in general. And where our home is located is truly remote. There are TWO options for internet. The company I have, and a large national company that costs FOUR TIMES what we pay.
Following Monday’s report that there would be no internet that day, I was no longer experiencing the feeling of disappointment. No, it was definitely frustration now. I had been in contact with a BIG supporter of Winnie’s Wish last week and she was planning on announcing her brand new fundraiser. The plans were made. She would be ready to launch on Tuesday (yesterday). I would be ready that day, too! The plan for Monday on this blog was to share some great news with you, and then Tuesday I would share Andrea’s wonderful fundraiser for Winnie’s Wish. And now it was Monday and no internet. The next day was Andrea’s big day and I could only hope that my internet would be back up and running in time to join in.
I guess by now you’ve certainly figured out that I did NOT have internet yesterday in time to post to my blog. So here I am on Wednesday doing what I really wanted to be doing on Tuesday. Better late than never.
Andrea knows what is required of me (financially) to keep this rescue/shelter/sanctuary going. Ha – she knows because she comes right out and asks! She gets details from me like what a series of three vaccinations costs for kittens, how much litter I use in a month, what is the price for flea prevention for so many cats, etc. etc. etc. You know all of the wonderful things Andrea has done for Winnie’s Wish over the years. She has had many toy FUNdrasiers and she’s been in charge of auctions for Winnie’s Wish. Now she has launched (as of yesterday) a brand new kind of auction. This is actually the brainchild of Andrea. She calls it an Insta-Auction. I am learning about this even now. The way it works is that the auction is ongoing. People can visit it ANY TIME. New items will be added here and there along the way. You never know when there might be something offered that you just can’t live without. The best way for me to describe how it works is to copy & paste from Andrea’s blog:
There is no set end date for the whole auction BUT there will be end dates for individual items.
How do we decide when the end dates are? Well, that's up to YOU!
There is no time on anything until a bid comes in. If you bid on an item on a Wednesday, then that auction will end exactly seven days later, but only for that item. So if another item gets a bid on Saturday, does it end on Wednesday? Nope, it ends on the following Saturday!
Bids will only be taken on items for seven days following the first bid, then highest bidder gets it! Some items may not get an end time for a long time, and that's fine. The idea is to leave the auction open so when you're ready or see something you like, you can bid on your time! (Unless someone else bids on it first, then you have a week!)
I think Andrea is wonderful and amazing and talented and full of fantastic ideas! She is THE fundraiser for Winnie’s Wish and I am grateful every day for her. So of course I have GIGANTIC gratitude for Andrea and this Insta-Auction. But let me not pass up thanking someone else today. Ann of Zoolatry did the graphics for this new kind of auction. She has done graphics for Winnie’s Wish fundraisers before. She, too, is a giving and talented soul.
And with that, let the shopping (and bidding) begin! But there’s no hurry. You can visit this site any time you like . . . you just never know when there will be something offered that you just can’t live without.
Here’s the link – *Andrea’s Insta-Auction for Winnie’s Wish.
The graphic will ride at the top of my sidebar. You can click on that graphic any time and it will take you to the Insta-Auction.
Andrea – THANK YOU.
Now I want to invite you back here tomorrow for some good news that I’ve been trying to tell you about for over a week and a half now. Wait – did I say “good news?” I meant to say BEST!