Musings from Raspberry Moon – July 2016 Newsletter

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Fourth of July!I am just heading home today from spending the week with my Mom and Niece in Boston, Mass area famous for its role in the Revolutionary War and our Independence. It has been 20 years or so since I have been in Boston. I absolutely love the old architecture in Boston. The craftsmanship with such intricate and unique features are just not seen in today’s work. We kind of just build boring boxes.

So enjoy your Independence Day! Have Fun, Be Safe, Drink Water, and Wear Sunscreen!


Nicole, and the two punk cats, Embers and Smokey

Update on Embers – Still Missing!

My cat Embers is MissingThank you for everyone who has shared, looked for, texted or called about my cat Embers. I am sad to say that he is still missing. I have had no help from the Police or Animal Control. I have sent a letter to the neighbor that took him and will take her to court over her actions if Emmies is not found.

I just found out this week from the old lady’s brother that he released Emmies at the Mauldin Sports Club and he ran into the woods there. He could be anywhere now.

Although upset by the lack of concern on the old lady’s part, from animal control or from the police (who I know have much more important things to do but I didn’t know who else to call for help), I have been heartened by the generosity, kindness and concern from people I don’t know.

My Emmies is scrappy and a good hunter. I am still a little hopeful he will show up and that he will never want to leave the yard again. Smokey is beside himself trapped inside and missing his buddy. He is managing even if he is a little unhappy. I think he gets I am just trying to keep him safe until we can get moved again, even as he yells at me and bats the vertical blinds trying to annoy me enough to let him out.

Win a Bee Smart Pollinator Kit for Your School – Extended until July 31st!

Bee Smart LogoWe believe in the importance of pollinators so much we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We’re holding a contest for the month of June. Raspberry Moon will purchase a Bee Smart School Garden Kit for the winner’s school for the upcoming school year.

The Bee Smart School Garden Kit Includes:

  • Pre- and post-tests
  • 10 lesson plans with accompanying reproducible worksheets
  • Materials for lesson plan activities
  • Reproducible handouts
  • New bee test tube
  • Access to additional Bee Smart™ School Garden Kit materials on our website.
  • Kit contents are subject to change based on current curriculum and available materials.


Teachers you can enter this contest for your class and kids you can enter the contest for your new classroom for this fall.

Here is how you enter:

  1. Draw me a picture; Take a Photo; Build a Habitat for a Pollinator; or Write a Little Story about a Pollinator – whatever works best for you.
  2. Like Raspberry Moon Facebook and Post your entry on our Facebook event page for the giveaway by July 31st with the hashtags #RaspMoonContest and #PollinatorsRock
  3. Be sure and share the contest with your friends – make it a group effort if you want.
  4. Winner will be chosen on August 5th.

I can’t wait to see how creative the kiddos (and teachers) will be for this!

Teachers or Parents wanting to keep the kids entertained this summer – has all sorts of different things listed.


 Appointments and Online Booking

Did you know that we now have an online booking system? Check it out at (click the Book Your Appointment button on the right). This system enables us to send appointment confirmations, reminders, and allows you to change your appointment.

I do my best to get everyone in at their preferred times. If for any reason you are unable to make your appointment please let me know a minimum of 2 days beforehand. You will receive an email when you book your appointment and should also receive your appointment reminders via email 2 days beforehand.  Please be sure to check your spam folder and add us to your safe list! Remember this is a courtesy reminder, not reading your emails is not a good reason for missing your appointments. If you do not show up for your appointment you will be charged the full service or if cancel with less than 24 hour notice you will be charged a $25 fee. I understand emergencies happen but we all need to respect each other’s time.

Out of the office:

  • July 17-19 and 22 – Mom is visiting so I will be gone these days
  • December 23-26/27 – in PA (yes I know that’s a long way off but it will be here before you know it!)

Sundays I will be working the next few months:

  • July 10
  • August 14
  • Sept 11
  • Oct?
  • Nov?
  • Dec 18



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