On The Lamb

September 21, 2016

I would consider myself

To be a morning person

Although I admit

I need that first cup of coffee

To help bring everything into focus

Last week

I was going thru my morning ritual…

Pour my coffee

Turn on Morning Joe

And slowly bring the day into focus

I was sitting in our den

I glanced out the picture window

All of a sudden I saw something white

Out of the corner of my eye

What is that….

I stood up

Walked over to the window

Is that a goat in our backyard….

The goat walked down thru my backyard

Stopped at the sliding board

Sniffed around

Then moseyed off into the woods

I went upstairs and woke my wife

Janet

There was a goat in our backyard this morning

You’re crazy

This is Haddonfield

You must be seeing thing

I’m telling you I saw a goat in our backyard

George….

We’ve got a cat that hangs around our house

We’ve got geese…deer…raccoons…squirrels…foxes

Almost every animal on the planet

Now you are telling me there is a goat…..

The next day

I get up

Pour a cup of coffee

Turn on Morning Joe

And there it comes…

Walking up my backyard

Right past our house

Where did this goat come from…

I go upstairs to wake up Janet

He’sssssss Backkkkkkk

What’s back

The goat

You’re telling me you saw the goat again this morning

Walked right past our den window

I don’t know how it got here

You’re crazy

There can’t be a goat walking around

I am at work later that morning

And I get an alert on my phone

Lamb is on the lamb in Haddonfield

It wasn’t a goat

But a Lamb

That had been sheared

It apparently had escaped

From the owner’s pen in Cherry Hill

And had been wondering

Thru the woods

For the past couple of days

Look Janet

Here’s an article

About the goat…

I mean….

It’s really a lamb

It was sheared

So I did not know what the heck it was

It even has a picture of it in the paper

The story gets even better…..

Friday morning I receive a call from my son

Who was staying overnight from Union City

Hey Dad…

You’re not growing anything illegal

In our backyard are ya

Grant….

What the heck are you talking about…

I woke up this morning

And there were 3 cops

Walking around our backyard

I go outside

And ask them if I could help them

They are telling me they are looking for a lamb

That was loose in the area

They asked if I had seen it

I said…

This is my parents’ house

I am just here staying overnight

I don’t know anything about a lamb

Dad….

Is there really a lamb

Walking around our neighborhood

It eluded capture for a couple more days

And was finally rounded up last weekend

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Birds Do It

August 29, 2016

This has to be

One of the hottest summers

We have had in a long time

 

Believe me

I love the beach….

 

So I’m not complaining

 

As of this past weekend

We have had…

3 prolonged heat waves

 

I recently saw a posting

 

July….

Was the hottest July

Since they began keeping records

 

I am sure we’ll see

That August

Will also be in the running

 

The heat has been brutal for my garden

 

Only a few cherry tomatoes

No regular tomatoes

And not 1 pepper

 

Normally, I am giving away

Tons of tomatoes and peppers

 

This year….

I can’t even trim a salad

 

For those battling this heat

There is good news

 

The heat will be ending

 

I walked to my kitchen window

At the shore this weekend

 

And….

 

Saw a string of birds

Starting to line up

On the telephone line

Across the street.

 

Each year

This has been a tell-tale sign

That the weather is changing…

 

And fall is on the way.

 

How do they know?

 

Just like clockwork

The temperatures

Will start to cool down.

 

My wife, Janet

Was the first to notice this phenomena…

A couple of years ago

 

Apparently….

 She spends more time

 At the kitchen sink

 Than I do

 

The birds must be in tune

With the weather

 

And they have never

Been wrong

 

It is sad

That summer is coming to an end

 

We find ourselves

Talking about it

Thru out the year

 

And then….

Puff….

 

Another one slides by

 

Hope you enjoyed your summer

 

Happy Labor Day

 

Every Day is a Gift

 

Thank you for your referrals

 

 

We’ll do it again real soon

Paid it Forward

July 28, 2016

When I was younger

Beginning my business career

My Uncle Robert Hutchinson

Who was my father’s godfather…

 

Took a special interest in me

 

Each day he would call….

 

“Here is the word of the day….

Here is the thought of the day….

Write it down”

 

I had a day timer back then….

Each day I would write down

His words of encouragement and inspiration

 

It is touching

That he took time out of his day

To stop and think of me

 

He was a true gentlemen…

My first mentor

 

Uncle Robert loved to draw

Write poetry

Play piano

Belt out a great song

 

I can still picture him

Sitting at the piano…….singing

“You always hurt the one you love…..

The one you shouldn’t hurt at all….”

 

He even took the time

To show me how to play the piano

 

He would stop by

After work each week

 

“Have you been practicing what I showed you….

Here try this….”

 

Always inspiring

He was lifting me up

Nurturing me

Helping me grow

 

Showing me that life is a blessing

 

What makes me think of my Uncle Robert today…..

 

I saw a post this morning

 

Your life is your message to the world.

Make sure it’s inspiring.

 

That just about says it all…..

 

How do we all want to be remembered….

 

Erma Bombeck once said….

 

“When I stand before God at the end of my life,

I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left

And could say,

I used everything you gave me.”

 

Uncle Robert paid it forward

 

Thank you Uncle Robert

 

Every Day is a Gift

 

 

Thank you for your referrals

Lucky Day

July 6, 2016

Have you ever found a 4 leaf clover….

I found one years ago

When I was younger

I had a lawn service as a kid

Cut a lot of grass

Looking for 4 leaf clovers

Became a mini hobby

Over the years

I continued looking to find my…..

2nd 4 leaf clover….

But, to no avail

To pacify me

My wife actually bought me

A framed 4 leaf clover

This kept the spark alive

It sits on my bureau

But I find

I am always looking

About a month ago

I was walking my grandson to school

As we were chatting

I was noticing how green the lawns were

In the neighborhood

With all the rain we had been having

Everyone’s lawn was in full bloom

I also noticed…..

There are a lot of clovers

All over these lawns

My 1st thought…..

There has to be a 4 leaf clover

Somewhere in the mix

After I dropped G5 off at school

I found myself

Stopping to look

At some of the lawns

On my way home

Did you ever find yourself looking for a 4 leaf clover….

There are hundreds of clovers

Growing in bunches

All over a lawn

You are counting the leaves

Of every clover you see

1,2,3

1,2,3

Staring intently

You can actually become dizzy, after awhile

Just waiting for the 4th leaf

To jump out at you

To my dismay

I did not find a 4 leaf clover

That day

As I got back to my house

I just had this hunch….

This was going to be my year

I was going to find my 2nd 4 leaf clover

Fast forward to Sunday

3 days later

We had a bocce game in Clermont, NJ

(I play for the Gunnslingers

The team is made up of all my college housemates)

It was a beautiful day

I am walking to the car at the end of the day

Speaking with one of my teammates

As we parted to walk to our own cars

I stopped to yell something to him

As he was walking away

For some reason

I happened to glance down at me feet

Is that a 4 leaf clover….

1…2…3…4

It looks like a 4 leaf clover

I can’t believe it…..

1…2…3…4 leaves

It was just sitting there waiting for me

It has my name on it

Yo Hutch, Did you say something….

I just found a 4 leaf clover

See you in 2 weeks…

It may not mean much to some people

But at that moment

I felt I had struck gold

Will it bring good luck…

I will not speculate

When I least expected it…

There it was

Right in front of me

It was my Lucky Day

Hey Janet….

I found a 4 leaf clover

While I was leaving bocce

What do I have to do to preserve it….

It’s a keeper

Gas It Up

June 30, 2016

The past 3 months

Natural gas prices have been on the rise

After establishing a new floor

With the Nymex dropping under $2.00 a dekatherm

It started an accent

And is now heading towards $3.00

That would be a 50% increase

What caused this sudden rise….

Some say…..

Supply / Demand

Others say greed

With the market choking on gas

And gas prices being low

They started shutting down wells

That can certainly drive prices up

Now throw the weather into the mix

Did we have a spring…

Maybe we will have a hot summer

The market is in flux

Should the long range forecast see a hot summer

Prices will continue to rise

If cooler temperatures prevail

You will start seeing prices back off

Should that be the case…

We will see a window of opportunity

For gas and electric prices will drop and

Become even more competitive

In the energy business

Timing is everything

We’ll keep you posted

Looks What’s New

June 27, 2016

— Welcome to the NEW —
hutchinsonbusinesssolutions.com
Modern, clean and bright.
The first thing you’ll notice is HBS has adopted a new logo
that represents our three core values

service, reliability and savings.
Hutchinson Business Solutions is very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website with a brand new look. The site’s homepage features a clean design with the emphasis on our services to customers. The new website creates a faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly experience.
In today’s market, the competitive advantage belongs to businesses that find smart solutions to the challenges they face. It’s important for us to make information regarding solutions, service and trends accessible for our current and prospective clients. Our new site features an entire section dedicated to case studies and another on testimonials where you see first hand the difference that can be made in your company. If you’d like to know what Hutchinson Business Solutions can do for you, reach out today.
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The Final Rule

May 18, 2016

In 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to update and modernize the regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative, and professional (“EAP”) employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA” or “Act”). The Department published a notice of proposed rulemaking on July 6, 2015, and received more than 270,000 comments. On May 18, 2016, the Department announced that it will publish a Final Rule to update the regulations.

https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/overtime-factsheet.htm

Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2016

I can remember back on 1970

 

When they first proposed the idea of

 

Earth Day

 

 

Many thought…

 

 

Those damn hippies

 

 

Now they want

 

Their own day of recognition

 

 

Ever wondered how Earth Day started?

 

 

This observance arose from an interest

 

In gathering national support

 

For environmental issues.

 

 

Here it is 2016

 

There are still issues

 

That must be address

 

 

 

 

God blessed us with this gift

 

Called Earth

 

 

He made it our responsibility

 

To care for it

 

To share these fruits with others

 

 

This responsibility

 

Should not be taken lightly

 

 

We are only here for a short time

 

 

Everything we do

 

Should be mindful of this gift

 

 

Handle it with care

 

For it is a….

 

Present

Most people I talk to

 

Admit to budgeting by….

 

 

How much did we spend last year?

 

 

How do you know what you spent last year;

 

Was the correct amount?

 

 

It may be a comfort level amount

 

 

In today’s growing market

 

It is good to look at all your costs…

 

 

Do not take what you paid last year

 

As the cost of doing business.

 

 

 

Just think…

 

The iphone was invented 9 years ago

 

Look how it has revolutionized how we do business

 

 

Businesses were once paying over $1000 a month for T1’s

 

You can now get 10 times the speed for a fraction of the cost

 

 

Cloud technology is transforming business…

 

 

Natural gas prices were once over $10 a dekatherm

 

We now have a new floor and….

 

Companies are saving thousands of $$$

 

In the deregulated gas and electric market

 

 

 

Did you know that NJ and PA have over a 12% error rate

 

In the payment of unemployment claims

 

The state is taking money out of your account

 

Without asking.

 

 

 

When property values went down

 

How come we continued to pay the same property taxes?

 

 

 

Is sales tax really the cost of doing business…

 

What is this real property exemption?

 

 

 

These are questions we all should be asking ourselves…

 

 

These are questions we deal with…

 

Everyday

 

 

 

 

Don’t just settle and accept that

 

What we are currently paying

 

Is the cost of doing business…

 

 

 

At HBS

 

We validate what you are currently paying and

 

Look for opportunities to save you money

 

 

We are experts in providing smart solutions

 

That will grow your bottom line.

Your time is valuable
Each day we all start out with an agenda and then….
The phone rings or…..
Someone walks into your office
Another fire breaks out
You drop everything
All your energy goes into putting out the fire
Sound familiar
It can leave us all frustrated
What is normal
Is this normal
What are my options
HBS we allow you to do what you do best…

 

Run your day to day business
 
Are you getting what you paid for
 
 
 
I have seen many surprised faces in my lifetime
 
 
I was told I was only going to pay…….
 
 
 
Are you getting what you paid for
 
 
Let us review and validate what you are currently paying
HBS looks at every day cost
That most people take for granted
As the cost of doing business
  • Communication – Voice, Data, Hosted, Cloud, Disaster                                         Recovery
  • Utilities – Natural Gas, Electric
  • Business Taxes – Payroll, Sales, Property
  • Business Insurance – Group Health, Package Policies
 
HBS will keep you in the driver seat
We are dedicated to providing opportunities
That will lower your cost…
Increase efficiencies….
Grow your bottom line