We ended up having such a nice time that we stayed for the whole event. There were nice clouds and a brisk breeze that kept us from suffering, but wasn’t real kind to all the little earrings getting sold. Luckily we had heavy pottery and sturdy soaps near us (our friends Jenecia and Burt were also there…after having TWO trucks break down on them).
I wish I’d been able to buy the planters I saw, simply made out of 2x4s. I did get some delicious Manley Christopher roasted mango habanero sauce, which is now marinating some pork in the slow cooker. And I got a really cute little vase with birds on it that Pamela made.
Mostly, though, I talked to people. I wandered all over the place talking to people! I ended up giving away a lot of membership applications and brochures, plus got three new memberships and additional contributions to help the animals here in Milam County.
People talked a lot about the feral cat problem here, and we let them know we are trying to amass enough funds to start a neuter and release program. We got a lot of interest when we talked about our planned animal-owner education videos we are working on.
Now, don’t let me kid you. I also talked to my friends. It was a great occasion to get a chance to talk to people when you aren’t working on something. And I saw so many people!
By the way, here’s my blog post on the MTOL site about yesterday. You can now sign up to get that blog via email, too!
Wait, did you say educational videos?
I did. It turns out that the MTOL President, Jean, also has a background in adult learning, training, and instructional design. And we’ve had some recent experiences that showed us that there are many people in the area who aren’t trying to be cruel or negligent to animals; they just don’t know any better.
So, we are dragging our skill-sets out and have started outlining a course to let people learn the minimal standards of animal care, and provide ideas for even better care. Our area has a lot of working dogs, and sometimes they aren’t treated very well. Just a few changes might make a huge difference, and they don’t have to be costly.
Our videos, we hope, will help with that. We will keep you updated on how this project goes. Heaven knows, I need another project, right?