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Customer First…Now, A FaceBook Friend and More!

How many times have we met people and then become Facebook friends? Lots!!

But once in awhile you meet someone you connect with because you share so many of the same passions!

Julie June Stewart wandered into our shop almost a year ago to the date…in August 2014.

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She found this gorgeous purple hat…said she wanted to wear it to the races. She’s crazy about horse racing!! Me too!! And I’m very fond of  hats also! I’ve tucked my Kentucky Derby hat in a closet, ready for the day I finally get on a plane for Churchill Downs.

 

We hit it off right away. As she wandered around the store we visited about our love for antiques, horses, hats, animals, and writing.  She’s an accomplished writer. One of her latest articles features animals on the backside (of the track) who live with the horses. Her delightful essays always include adorable photos.

Last year, after she returned home, we became FaceBook friends, and we’ve stayed connected.

When Julie messaged me she was in town and wanted to come by our shop, I was overjoyed! She’s an Airspace Program Manager for Disasters and has been extremely busy with all our fires here in Northern California. I knew her time was limited, but feel privileged she took an hour or so to visit…and shop with us!

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I’ll miss her, but know we’ll stay in touch via FaceBook…and of course, I’ll be able to read all her wonderful columns! Thanks Julie for stopping by!

 

You can follow Julie June Stewart on Twitter and read her essays in America’s Best Racing.

What Happens at Nammer’s House Doesn’t Stay at Nammer’s…It Gets Shared on Blogs & Facebook….

This is what happens when grandparents babysit right before the holidays!

An unsuspecting daughter and son-in-law dropped off their eight month old son so Grandpa and Nammer could watch him.

The old couple conspired to have a little fun….they stripped the little guy down to his diapers, drew circles on his tummy while he rolled and giggled. Added a little red circle on his nose. (All  with washable markers) Found a black top hat, retrieved a red scarf, grabbed the camera and had their own photo shoot…

And then…Nammer shared the pictures on this blog and on Facebook…

May your Christmas be merry and bright and may you be blessed….

Nammer

Are You a Tech-Savvy Grandparent? Not…

 

<Hi nammer this is Mitch>

 

Be still my beating heart!

 

I read the message twice. Oh my goodness, my nine year old grandson just texted me from his mom’s phone. (That phrase “texted me” still “sounds” funny when I say it out loud. I’ll get used to it I’m sure!)

 

I touched letters on my phone trying to compose a readable answer. My fingers refused to cooperate. Why was I hurrying, making mistakes, backspace, backspace,….what should I say?

 

I’ve had unsuccessful, well, more like embarrassing, forays into the “texting” world in the past. One day a young employee of mine was late. I admonished him for not letting me know he wasn’t going to be on time. Sorrowful big brown eyes looked up at me, and he said, “But I did. I texted you.” Oh geez.

 

“Honey, I don’t text! You’re gonna have to call me.” I hated to admit I wasn’t savvy. I didn’t understand the latest technology. Now he knew….the truth….I didn’t even know how to retrieve a text from my phone, let alone send one.

 

Since then, I’ve learned a little and practiced a bit.

 

One, lingering, nagging problem begging for a solution, though, is, how do I remember to keep my phone with me every moment of the day? That silly phone seems quite content to stay buried in the deep dark recesses of my purse where it never makes a peep.

 

And then, when I do think to retrieve it and set it out on the counter, I find myself walking by it several times a day, glancing sideways…checking it….just in case I have a text. BTW (that’s text message code for “by the way”….in case you didn’t know), I learned the “walk by and glance” trick observing expert texters! You can learn a lot by watching people. Of course, some of what you see, you wouldn’t want to imitate.

 

Anyway…..

 

Now, once out in the open, the problem becomes, remembering to find the thing before I leave the house on an errand. My poor phone is like a neglected lover, habitually ignored!

 

I text back…….

<Hi Mitch. How are you? Did you have

basketball practice tonight.>

 

<Yes I had practice>

I’ve read articles warning grandparents if “you want to stay in touch with grandchildren these days, you have to become tech-literate: texting, ichatting, and of course, you must have a Facebook page.” Email is passé.

 

I assumed the article referred to junior high grandchildren, not fourth graders!

 

<Hi nammer Its hay. I love you>

 

And, certainly not first graders…..my seven year old granddaughter Hayley sent me a message! Oh joyous day! Instantly in touch with my grandchildren….even if it’s just a one-line text…. is pure pleasure, especially when we live three hours apart.

 

<Hi Hay. Grandpa and I love you too. What

did you do today>

 

Impressed with my recent texting conversations, I underestimated the shock, the fear that gripped my heart, when my mind wandered off into the land of “curiosity,” and I anticipated the next wave of technology.

 

Oh no, could I possibly successfully negotiate more than Skype, iChat, FaceTime, texting, Facebook, Twitter….is tele-transport on the horizon? Help…who’s gonna help me?

Are your parents or grandparents technologically challenged? How have you been able to help them?

 

I like these websites offering assistance:

 

http://www.teachparentstech.org/

 

(I sent myself a few of these helpful videos…. It’s really a clever format, I just wish they had a “large print” edition..LOL)

 

http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/textmessageabbreviations.asp

 

(Very helpful in translating text messages)

 

http://www.aarp.org/technology/social-media/

 

(This site has a section devoted to technology!)

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