Thursday, September 21, 2017

How CHEAP are you???

Seriously, who fights over 3%?  Sadly, it seems that many people "in business" attempt to do so.  Perhaps, they've not read PayPal's T.O.S (Terms of Service) or perhaps they just don't care.  Beware of anyone adding on an additional 3% to cover their "PayPal Fee".  It is stated VERY clearly that this is the SELLER's responsibility.

https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/useragreement-full#accepting-payments

Also, NEVER, EVER send anyone money for merchandise using PayPal's Friends & Family.  First, this is another violation of PayPal's Terms of Service. Second, this just like sending cash.  Once that money is gone--it's gone.  The buyer has absolutely NO recourse.  Again, the link ~

https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/useragreement-full#accepting-payments

Paying via Square? Buyer Beware!

This week, I was the unfortunate recipient of some defective wholesale merchandise.  One would think that this would be an easily resolvable matter, especially since it was a business to business transaction.  I followed the normal procedure; which is to request a return label, and then a refund upon the receipt of the product.  In this particular case, the seller wanted me to: 1. Hold the merchandise 2. Let her advertise it with the defect 3. Drop ship it to the new buyer.  This *solution* put me off for a number of reasons primarily being that the seller was refusing to rectify HER mistake, AND secondly because it reeks of being scammed.  I donate anything that is defective, and don’t care to ever being involved in the sale of anything that isn’t first quality.  When I wouldn’t comply with the seller’s request; the conversation quickly deteriorated with her making a number of unpleasant assessments of my character.

I had paid the invoice for my order via Square.  Since this was my first experience with any type of issue; I went to their website, and searched, and searched for some way to dispute the transaction.  I couldn’t find any information either there, or via Google.  It seems that Square offers NO Customer Support.  Interesting?

Since I had used my PayPal Business Mastercard to pay the Square invoice; I called their Customer Service.  I had a short wait and was transferred through to another department where I was advised that my purchase was covered, but I would need to provide documentation, and it could take up to 15 days to resolve this charge back.  Within a short time; I received an email with a number of questions and required documentation.  I am very happy to report that the issue was resolved the same day and I was refunded.


Moral to the Story: Take CARE if paying via Square.  The only recourse that I could find for buyers is a charge back through your bank card.  This can get very complicated and messy depending upon the particular bank’s policy.  I know that I’ll be trying my best to avoid other sellers that use Square.  If I am sent another Square invoice—I’ll be using my PayPal card to pay it.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clothed With Scarlett

Agnes & Dora
Kelly Lynn Smith
Independent Representative
Clothed With Scarlett


LOVE Beautiful Clothes?  Like to Shop Online?  Join us for the Launch of my Online Boutique tomorrow, August 7 at http://clothedwithscarlett.com

Here's a preview of some of the Gorgeous Agnes & Dora Brand Clothes Available to Purchase in my Shop.


Nightingale Wrap Dress


Frill Sleeve Top & Boho Midi


Dolman Tunic & Flounce Skirt


Ruffle Tunic


Swing Tunic
The Swing Tunic has POCKETS and can also be worn as a dress (with/without a skirt extender).


Fisher Dress


Fisher Dress


Dolman Top & Swing Tunic


Dolman Top & Nightingale Dress


Tank & Nightingale Dress


Dolman & Leggings




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Saturday, August 27, 2016

In Publication

For a partial list of some of my photos/articles in Hard Copy Publication, please visit my website at: http://angelsunafghans.com/publication.html Note that it includes many magazines as well as a book. Most of my recent photos in publication are of Kaitlin’s nails as that is our present focus. In addition to these publications, my work has also been featured online by Nails Magazine, The American Kennel Club, Plush Puppy, United Peafowl Association, My Pet Chicken and numerous other online publications and ezines. http://angelsunafghans.com/SocialMedia.html

 Kelly Lynn Smith Angels
Unawares/Angelsun Photos

Friday, July 15, 2016

Analyzing AKC Dog Show Results and Strategy

Thoughts While Being Absent






Winning?


At first glance, any particular win can be made to look impressive.  This is why it is very important to look up the actual results from the show online.   It's also why we put the link with the results along with any win that we post.


The BOB (Best of Breed) by Default Win Brag


 Now, this intially sounds impressive.  However; when the result is looked up--the dog actually went BOB because it was the ONLY dog entered. NOBODY else was there.  Few judges will withhold the ribbon.  In this particular scenario; the dog went Best of Breed by default.

The BOB (Best of Breed) Stuffed Entry Brag


A well known handler with helper minions has stuffed the entry and has ALL of the dogs present.  Somebody from Team "Robbie" is robbing not only BOB but ALL of the wins.  It's not quite as impressive looking at it that way, is it?  Not exactly a fair competition? It rather defeats the concept of sportsmanship. Occasionally, a brave judge will withhold when the same handler has every dog entered. However; this doesn't happen very often ~ or as often as it should.

Congratulations!


It's always interesting to read the comments under the brags on these types of wins on Facebook.  I have to wonder if the people are too ignorant to look up the results?  Are they truly that deluded?  Or if they play the game the exact same way?

Maybe, these are some of the contributing factors as to why entries are down.  Maybe people are tired of wasting their money when the odds are stacked 6-0 in favor of Team Robbie.

Using the Catalog  and Results as a Strategy Tool


Before putting too much stock in that win brag, look up the results if you aren't actually at the show.  See who is listed as "agent" and what wins.  The catalog and results will give you a good snapshot of what happened at that particular show, although observing in person gives the best perspective.  Sometimes, the same "agent" is on the winning dog/s although not listed in the catalog.  This can happen because a competent owner-handler showed up with a quality dog, and someone made the last minute decision to put a pro on their dog.

Another thing to look at is the entire show circuit and the results.  See if the same dogs are entered every day.  When a dog out with a handler team is only entered one day out of a 4 day circuit; it is probably not a very good dog and is *supposed* to win that particular day.  Think that through carefully and make the best strategic move if you are entered.

When Team Robbie has everything entered except for one day at a circuit; you just might have a great chance with that particular judge.  Look at what that judge gives out in terms of wins.  If they put up nice quality dogs; keep their name for future reference.


So, how do I look up Results?


 Probably the easiest way to look up show results is via Google using the dog's registered name, the date and the location.  Results are also available on these websites even though they aren't very user friendly.

http://www.infodog.com/

https://app.raudogshows.com/results/

http://www.onofrio.com/


To verify this result:
http://www.infodog.com/results/results.htm?evno=2014154002&bno=20500&sdt=&edt=

To see complete show record *must be Infodog Member*
http://www.infodog.com/my/dogpage.htm?akc=HP+45303901



Major Alert



Lastly, if Team Robbie never even acknowledges you and one day goes out of their way to be exceptionally nice when there is a major--you know that you've been set up.  You're going to take the fall that day with the third place ribbon in class--even though your dog is sound, moves like the wind, shows like a dream, and has a fantastic win record.  Team Robbie is on every dog in every class that day and wins every class too.  Keep the name of that judge too and put him on your DNS (Do Not Show) list.

Strategy: Next time, be smarter and take appropriate action.

Owner Handling?


Being an Owner Handler is challenging but not impossible.  Watch, Research, Read, and LEARN from your mistakes.  Team Robbie isn't invincible but you'll have your work cut out for you. Remember that you do this because you LOVE the dogs.  They do it because it is their job. They are paid to do it and lose clients if they don't win.

Seeing a truly Owner-Handled dog with a consistent win is impressive.  And by truly--I mean those that are 100% Owner Handled ALL the time--NOT those that are taken to the wins by Team Robbie and then handed back to the owner.



Disclaimer: Any resemblance to actual events is purely coincidental (yet very possibly happened at a dog show in galaxy not so far away).


Angelsun ~ Exclusively Owner Handled





"There are many people, particularly in sports, who think that success and excellence are the same thing. They are NOT the same thing. Excellence is something that is lasting and dependable and largely within a person's control. In contrast, success is perishable and is often outside our control. If you strive for excellence, you will probably be successful eventually. People who put excellence IN the first place have the patience to end up with success. An additional burden for the victim of the success mentality is that he is threatened by the success of others and he resents real excellence. In contrast, the person that is fascinated by quality is excited when he sees it in others."
Joe Paterno


Angelsun ~ Continuing the Tradition of Excellence

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Day 9 at the Flow Hive

Frame #2 (foundationless frame)




Here's how this frame looked on Day 3.



Day 9

This is almost completely filled with comb now!
The bees have been BUSY!!






Sunday, June 19, 2016

Beekeeping ~ Day 3 at the Flow Hive (June 19, 2016)


video

Removing the Shipping Package from the Flow Hive.Rather than shaking the bees, I removed 4 frames and placed the package inside with the opening UP.

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Inspecting inside the Flow Hive.  I should have said "Foundationless Frame" not Frameless Frame.  Frameless Frame just has a bar at the top.  You can hear our peacocks calling in the background.

My iphone ran out of memory while shooting video, so we didn't get to show finding the queen or her laying eggs.  There are photos below though.

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Using the smoker to calm the bees while I remove the shipping package box and check to see if the queen has been released from the queen cage.


Here's the empty queen cage with a worker bee on top.  They've released the queen into the colony.


The queen cage is now empty.  The bees have built a bit of burr comb on the back of it.


With the bee package in place, only 4 frames were in the hive.  Since I removed it today, I placed another 4 frames into the hive for a total of 8.  I used a mix of frames with and without wax foundation.  Shown above is frame #3.  The bees have already built comb onto this frame without foundation.


Frame #2
There's lots of activity going on here.



Another shot of the honeycomb built on Frame #3.
Isn't it gorgeous in the sunlight?


Looking for the queen on frame #1.  We finally spotted her busy at work laying eggs in the cells.  The bees have completed a good bit of work for such a short period of time.  I have a feeder in the hive super but have seen them collecting pollen from the clover and various flowers in our yard.  They've been collecting out front by our koi pond and I'm sure are ranging even further.


Here's the marked queen by the white arrow.  She has a white dot painted on her and came that way from the breeder.  It does make identifying her easier.  Obviously, she is bigger than the other bees but she was moving rapidly over the comb laying eggs.  At times, she was almost covered by worker bees as they complete their various tasks.  It made photographing her rather challenging.

Note the bee larvae there by the red arrow.  

Everything went well today except that the smoker didn't stay lit long enough.  When my daughter Kaitlin bent over to relight it; there was a bee behind her knee and it stung through her jeans.   Lesson learned to next time use the bee brush before bending.  I sent her up to the house to take care of her leg and she applied a dab on Benadryl that I keep in my purse.  There was very little swelling and no stinger to remove.  I'm guessing that the stinger didn't go in completely.

I didn't get stung at all, but of course was fully suited up.  I'm not so impressed with the smoker pellets.  We added newspaper the second time along with the pellet and that seemed to work much better.  There were a LOT of bees on those frames and they were not at all aggressive but interested in doing their tasks.  Some people could learn a lot from bees.  I.E.  When one is busy concentrating on the work at hand; there's no time worry about what others are doing.

The bee feeder was about half way empty, so I'll be refilling that in a few days.  I'll do a quick peek in the brood box but imagine that it will be a couple of weeks before they'll need another box with frames.  Maybe, I'll be surprised?



"The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgment of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea than much fine gold:  sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer." 

 Psalm 19 select





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