In yesterday's newsletter (that's here) I talked about the train-wreck of delayed packages, bemoaning the fact (complete with graphic illustration) that USPS' tracking is not updating as expected. Shortly afterward, I found out why...
I got word that they've rented warehouse space, brought in more workers, and are sorting packages manually, in facilities withOUT the means to scan and update tracking. So - when we track super late packages that say "pending acceptance" or other discouraging news - those packages are likely still moving, just not getting scanned like we are used to seeing. Obviously this is not the best case scenario, but this news of USPS pivoting and getting things done in an unorthodox way is much more palatable than the idea that all these orders are languishing in trucks piled up at hubs.
My weary postmaster referred to it as a Christmas Miracle (jokingly), but I think it really is a miracle. 2020 has beat us down in so many ways, and the vision of an army of also-weary workers, logging long hours sorting packages manually, while encumbered by mechanisms attempting to keep them safe from a pandemic, feels miraculous to me.
If you still have holiday shopping to do, (even if it's not with HoofPrints) I encourage you to proceed as planned. Small businesses like mine work all year to plan and prepare for the last few weeks of the year, counting on that revenue to keep the lights on the rest of the time. We appreciate each and every order and do our best to make sure it arrives in time.
It almost wasn't: Farriers' Fitting Hot Sauce
2020 is HoofPrints' 2nd season with the hot sauce vendor. I placed my Fall order in plenty of time. But then... it didn't show up. Upon inquiring, I am told that there is an industry-wide shortage of habañero peppers. The perfect (bad) storm of COVID labor difficulties combined with challenging growing conditions in the source state (Louisiana) left a huge question mark as to when, (or if) I'd receive my order at all. <gulp>
Finally, I got the wonderful news that my Farriers' Fitting Hot Sauce was bottled, labeled, boxed and on the way! The shipment now sits safely in the warehouse, ready to ship! <whew!>
MAKES A GREAT GIFT - AND I CAN EVEN CUSTOM LABEL FOR YOU!
This authentic hot sauce is really good. And versatile. Here at the Keesling house, hot sauce is a staple on everything; meat, vegetables, noodles, even eggs. I added hot sauce to this roasted cauliflower recipe and the results were spectacular.
On orders of 10 or more, you can specify a custom message; your hot sauce will come with an extra label sporting your wording and you SAVE $1.00 per bottle!
This gift set includes three flavors; Fitting Hot (Cayenne), Fitting Hotter (Jalapeno) and Fitting Hottest (the Habanero that almost wasn't).
We taste tested these, and while I would call them rather zippy, they are not so very hot that most folks wouldn't enjoy them. Each glass bottle is 5 ounces, comes attractively gift boxed as shown.
About the missing pants...
These fun Horseshoe Lounge Pants are new to HoofPrints this year. This means a few things. I don't have history with the vendor, so don't know for sure how long orders take. And I don't have customer order history - so I don't know if folks are going to actually buy them. Turns out they did buy them. They bought so many that I ran out. About the time I ran out, people started buying them in earnest for Christmas gifts. Yikes!
So - my promotional efforts have sadly been missing these wonderful soft, stretchy pants
I didn't dare promote something I couldn't fill orders for.

Happily, a big shipment arrived last week - so now I can sing their praises.

They were worth the wait. These lounge pants are made of stretchy, silk-like polyester. A HoofPrints exclusive, they're printed all over with a super detailed horseshoe photo pattern.

What a fun and unique gift for the farrier who has everything!

Or the horsewoman who spends a fortune on her horses' shoes!

Machine wash and dry with no special coddling. Available in M, L, XL and 2X. (I am currently out of Smalls - hope to see a shipment of those within the next few days)
There's still time to wrap things up! Check out this deluxe assortment of super high quality gift wrap for horse lovers!
This awesome gift wrap collections was designed by a horse owner, whose career happened to be in packaging design - so all the details are just right!
Includes 8 pieces; everything you need to wrap up a hoard of gifts in horsey style.
Regular price is over $31 - and it's ON SALE for just $21.95
Use code TG19 at checkout and I'll throw in a FREE horsey thermometer (more info about that below)
Get this fun horsey thermometer FREE with your gift wrap purchase
USE CODE TG19 at checkout
Keep track of the temperature inside or out with this horsey thermometer: The Doctor Is In! All I Pay My Psychiatrist is the Cost of Feed and Hay - he'll listen to me any day!

I was excited when I found this spiffy thermometer - with the perfect horse saying! Made of durable tin, it measures a big 17" tall, and is suitable for indoor our outdoor use. The thermometer glass is 6" tall; so the numbers are big enough to read easily.

What a great (and useful) gift idea for a horse-loving friend. And it's inexpensive enough to send just because.

I have dozens of folks I call my friends - that I've met along my horse challenge journey, who I've never met in person. They're part of various internet communities that I frequent, and they've all helped me immensely with their wise words and advice for all manner of equine quandaries. Training, nutrition, tack - you name it - someone in cyberspace has answered my questions about it. In my experience, when used with discernment and further research, this information has proven to be every bit as helpful and valuable as the advice that I have gotten from a myriad of professionals that I have paid along the way. When one of my internet friends goes out of his or her way to help me - I always wish I had something appropriate that I could send as a thank you gift. This is the PERFECT solution. To get one for FREE, order at least one Gift Wrap Assortment and use code TG19 at checkout. (offer expires 12/25/20) Additional thermometers are $19.95 here
SOMETHING ELSE I FORGOT TO TELL YOU ABOUT:
HoofPrints own scented candles for horse and dog lovers!
Formulated exclusively for HoofPrints by local maker Vintage Road Candles, these three candles are a dog and horse lover's delight. Includes Puppy's Breath, Fresh Hay and Leather. Packaged in 8 oz glass mason jars with rustic tin lids. Sold separately, or save almost $15.00 on the set here
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Gina Keesling started HoofPrints in 1986 to provide helpful promotional materials for farrier husband Rob. Along the way she added a fun selection of horse and dog products geared toward women of a certain age. This newsletter is emailed to subscribers a few times a month. Watch for sales, stories and more.
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I have awesome customer service reps available 24/7 to take your order or answer questions at 765-724-7004, or email gina@hoofprints.com