A day late and a buck short… well, yes and no. A day late for the blog, most certainly, but better late than never - a dollar short, without a doubt, but who isn’t these days?
The idiom itself means that someone is too late in saying or doing something for their actions to make a difference at that point, but I’m thinking I haven’t reached it just yet!
A week ago today, StacheCache and I sat at home, cozy on our living room couch, having the most laidback “board meeting” a company has ever seen. It’s 2am, we are barely awake and the CacheHounds are nestled around us… I may or may not have been wearing pants.
We decided that the upcoming week (October 9th to October 15th) would be a “SassCache Week”, a week where I am the primary contributor to our social media involvement rather than him as, thus far in our growth, StacheCache has undoubtedly been the backbone of our identity when it comes to anything online.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the old school half of this relationship, quite the opposite of StacheCache’s modern way of doing things. He understands and utilizes technology wherever and whenever possible whereas I much prefer pen and paper, a handwritten agenda and everything in hard copy.
Regardless of my reservations, I agreed to being more involved this week than I have been in those previous... I wasn’t even semi successful.
Despite Monday being a national holiday for us, I started the week off strong and managed to accomplish a lot that day.
Our family of Keepers set out in the afternoon on an adventure to find a newly placed local cache; it was a multi-cache and as we don’t have many of those in our area, we were all particularly excited to check it out. Since watching Geocaching Vlogger’s monthly challenge video, SauceCache has been on edge waiting for his oppourtunity to show off his “cache pants dance” and he was certain that this would be his time to shine. We parked as close as possible to stage one and as we exited the CacheCarivan, Flutterby melted my heart by insisting she take along her Mickey Mouse plastic play phone so that she could use her geocaching app and GPS (just like Daddy and Mama do with their phones) to help find what we were looking for. As we approached our first waypoint, the phones let out their signature ping, letting us know we were close. We reminded Flutterby that it was time to tuck her “phone” away and use her geo-senses to find the clue; StacheCache was the first to spot it and together we guided the little ones until Flutterby made the discovery. From there, we set off towards stage two and despite a total combined search of 55 minutes in light rain, we replaced the contents of the first clue and left the cache site empty handed. We were all deeply disappointed by leaving the area with a DNF on our record, but we aren’t giving up just yet; we will be back to tackle the challenge another day!
I managed to sneak in a quick Thanksgiving supper before heading off to work for the evening and from there I started to put in some much needed time working on our Pinterest account. Pinterest is one of the more neglected areas of our brand and I am entirely to blame for that; it’s one of the few areas online that I know more about than StacheCache and therefore it is dependent on me to bring it up to speed. I’ve been a little slow in my attempts. That night, I also wrote a Thanksgiving related post on our Facebook page talking about some of the things that geocaching has made me thankful for and before the night was through, I even found a bit of time to update our emailing system by adding folders and sorting through our inbox, directing things where they needed to go.
All in all, Monday was a success, but alas, it would come to be that Monday was my only success.
Tuesday was World Mental Health day and I made it a priority to put up a Facebook post about the subject.
Wednesday I reminded everyone to check out my first blog entry before the second one, this one, was released.
Thursday through Sunday I brought nothing to the table.
This week, my social media game was not strong. This week, I was weak
I should let it be known that in addition to trying to get our business up, running and successful, I work 3 nights a week while StacheCache and I try to balance time with our growing family alongside our daily lives and chaotic schedules.
We are consistently trying to better ourselves as individuals, as parents and as partners.
StacheCache is in a physiotherapy program twice a week while I utilize that time to nurture my mental health through visits with my mental health counselor or tend to my physical self through swimming, we also take turns attending a cooking class once a month to sharpen our skills in the kitchen.
We raise two little cachers and we both volunteer at their schools whenever the oppourtunity becomes available. Flutterby attends preschool for only 2 hours a day, four days a week, so we also have her in a one day per month program that promotes early childhood learning skills. We have a third little cacher on the way as well and so we take classes one morning a week that provides us with insight on how to survive the first year with our sanity intact, this is my first biological child and I already feel that whatever sanity I did have is slipping through my fingers. The two of us are also enrolled in two different parenting classes, one takes place one afternoon per week and the other occurs one night per week; both classes educate parents in how to provide their children with a loving and supportive upbringing through positive practice so that we don’t all end up with a bunch of little hellions running around. Additionally, we attend seminars once a month, each of which features a different speaker for various topics related to childhood development or parental lifestyles.
Combine all those events with business meetings, the occasional business course, standard doctor/dental/eye exams, prenatal doctors appointments, birthdays, holidays and general family visiting (as the majority of StacheCache’s relatives live in the same area as us) and it leaves us with very little downtime.
Did I mention I’ve had a light flu this last week that worsened over the weekend?
StacheCache once again found himself picking up my slack over the week and ensured that we didn’t let our social media pages fall too far behind. He is more helpful than I ever give him credit for.
Come back next week to discover if our balance has been maintained or if our lives have become unstable!
Often told to be mindful of her mouth-words, SassCache is always equipped to offer a comeback!
They say that if it weren’t for the last minute, some of us would never get anything done… I’m finding this to be all too true. It has taken me over two weeks to create my first attempt at a “weekly” blog post and needless to say, I am not off to a good start.
Have you ever thought about turning your passions into your priorities? So have we! For KeepersOfTheCacheFlo, it was time to stop thinking about it and time to start doing something about it; we are now well into the process of trying!
StacheCache and I spent the majority of September’s last week planning, organizing and preparing our life to embark on the journey of creating the one we’ve always hoped for and as a result, there have been some major changes in the KeepersOfTheCacheFlo household.
Perhaps I’m getting too far ahead of myself, I’m going to back things up a bit…
On June 28th, 2016, I was invited by some friends to try my hand at geocaching, an activity that I had never done before; it was love at first find! Three days later, StacheCache joined me and we started on an adventure that would take us to places we never could have predicted at that time; the following day, KeepersOfTheCacheFlo was born. Originating with only an Instagram account and eventually spreading across numerous forms of social media, KeepersOfTheCacheFlo became more than just a username, it became our brand - it became our lifestyle.
Flash forward to today and you’ll find a family that has grown so much in such a short period of time. Over the last year, KeepersOfTheCacheFlo has become synonymous with CacheFloKeepers (a username that had few enough characters that it could be used across all of our social media accounts) and what started off as a geocaching account for one became a couple’s account within days and carried on to become a family account to include all of our little Keepers.
So who exactly are the KeepersOfTheCacheFlo?
As of today, we are made up of the following Keepers:
StacheCache – Dad (28 years old)
“Wear your boots!”
SassCache – Mom (26 years old) and accompanied by TheCacheBump until February 2018
“Geocaching got me pregnant!”
SauceCache – Son (4 years old)
“We always do it!”
Flutterby – Daughter (3 years old)
CacheHounds – Fur Babies (both 7 years old)
“ … ”
Chickadee_J – (9 years old)
*unavailable for comment*
Mockingbird – (8 years old)
*unavailable for comment*
So what exactly are the KeepersOfTheCacheFlo all about?
First and foremost, we are about the bonding experience - we are about finding or creating as many oppourtunities as possible to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with our family.
Secondly, we are about the environment – in addition to being avid recyclers, we have often been spotted walking the roads near our home along with the fields behind it while carrying bags and buckets and collecting garbage to ensure that it was properly disposed of. We naturally fell into being firm believers of the Cache In Trash Out (CITO) policy.
Thirdly, we are about cache maintenance - we take pride in every cache we have fixed or replaced as it has increased each of those caches chances of remaining in the game, allowing it to continue being enjoyed by the geocaching community.
Among it’s many other benefits, geocaching has increased our awareness of our surroundings as well as improved our cognitive abilities – we are strong advocates for the sport and we encourage everyone we meet to try it at least once in hopes that it might enrich their lives as much as it has with ours.
Through our various social networks, we:
share our geocaching experiences
learn and share about the experiences of others
gain and share geocaching knowledge
connect with other geocachers and assist in connecting them to others
Last but not least, we have recently decided to become about the numerous services that we will now have to offer - we will be here to help new participants enter the game, we will be here to create a more convenient way for Albertans to stock up on their geocaching supplies and we will be here to provide options for those who no longer wish to continue participating in the wonderful world of geocaching.
So, what was I saying about the major changes in the KeepersOfTheCacheFlo home?
Due to medical reasons, StacheCache recently had to take a step back from the career he had been a part of for passed 9 years.
After much consideration and deliberation as well as many late night conversations of weighing pros versus cons and risks versus rewards, StacheCache and I have decided to try turning KeepersOfTheCacheFlo into more than just a family identity, but a household name as well.
What does that mean exactly?
It means that we've decided to turn our spare time activity into our full time business!
Through KeepersOfTheCacheFlo, we now provide services for:
geocaching maintenance and inspection
recovery and replacement
homemade/custom ready to hide containers (with or without swag)
naming of caches, trackables and travelbugs
With the creation of AlbertaCacheFloShop, we will soon be selling:
maintenance refill kits
official ready to hide containers
... and hopefully much more!
Tune in next week to find out whether we've progressed in our venture or gotten lost in it!
Often told to be mindful of her mouth-words, SassCache is always equipped to offer a comeback!
The team that makes up the Keepers is an inspired young couple looking to grow their brand with their family. Check Here for More about us!