Beefs & Bouquets, Oct. 20

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bouquets to the lovely staff at Knots Cafe at Longwood Station for great service and never ending smiles. A coffee shop that feels like home. I love their smiley-faced lattes.

A huge bouquet to Valerie at Costco. The company fixing our computer was using tactics we didn’t appreciate, so we called Costco. Valerie took the call and solved the problem.

a bouquet of Gratitude to Sherry who found my Costco card on the road and cared enough to pick it up and phone me. Saved me a lot of hassle and worry.

A huge bouquet to Bastion Trophies for their great service when the Elks Lodge needed extra wine glasses for their 95th anniversary.

A huge rose bouquet to Allison in the Northridge Quality Foods store’s bakery department for doing a beautiful job on my girlfriend’s wedding cake recently. It was a big hit.

A heartfelt bouquet of thanks to the staff at Woodgrove Manor for the kind and caring palliative care of our mother, Rita. You gave her the gentle passing she deserved. Thank you all.

a garden full of roses for Leith at Kelly’s Kitchen Cafe. What a welcome we got from Leith and Elizabeth. Good luck in your new place. Your Newcastle Breakfast is excellent. Can’t wait to try your cheddar and bacon burger again. From your faithful customers, Gln and Jan.

a bouquet to 4S sandwich shop for the lovely fresh food at Departure Bay ferry terminal.

A huge bouquet to Quality Foods staff in general – and one cashier in particular. I had a hypoglycemic episode at the Bowen Road store recently. I haven’t had one in years and at first, I didn’t know what was happening. This cashier – I didn’t get her name – got someone to help me to empty my cart, hurried my groceries through, found me a chair, and let me stay as long as I needed to, checking on me from time to time. It’s typical of the staff at the store.

A Huge Bouquet of Rockin’ Roses to the staff and patons at the Patricia Hotel. Thanks for everything, especially the New Year’s Eve gig. Yours, DOC.

A huge bouquet of sweetpeas to all the great volunteers who turned out to walk for Kidney Patients during our recent Give the Gift of Life walk along the waterfront. It was awesome to see so many walkers, runners, joggers and paddlers out. Please sign your donor cards and close the gap between the 85 per cent of believers and the 18 per cent who actually sign up to become donors.

a big Thank-you to everyone who helped me after a recent fire in the townhouse I was living in – my neighbour Doug for helping to save my life, the firefighters and paramedics, and my parents for taking me in. Thanks also to family and friends for all the support, to the doctors and nurses at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, to my boss and the team at Quiznos and to Acclaims Restoration. Finally a reminder to people to check your smoke alarms.

A better-late-than-never bouquet to everyone who supported the Superette Foods’s Silly Boat team. Also thank you to Carol D. at Canadian Tire and to Cyber City for their generous donations to our raffle.

a happy smile to all my customers who make me so happy. Thanks for recycling all the elastics and bags. Doggie bones and kitty treats to all the pets. From Sandy Brimacombe, the teddy bear cart lady.

a big thank you to Westcoast Solid Wood Furniture. I love my new dining room and bedroom furniture. Friendly staff, Canadian-made furniture with reasonable prices for the quality. Thanks again, you made my decision very easy.

a heartfelt and hopeful bouquet that someone will find my grandmother’s old gold wedding band. I lost it in the Woodgrove area and would appreicate it if the finder could return it to Woodgrove Centre’s customer service.

a huge bouquet to my mother Sheila for all her help in my new house recently.

Huge bouquets of lovely flowers to all the good Samaritans who came to my assistance when I fell on Dickinson Road recently, especially to Don and Dorothy who drove me to a medical clinic for assessment and then took me home. I deeply appreciated all the care I received.

a big bouquet of sweetheart roses to our next door neighbours Sheila and Archie. Thank you for all your help and kindness to us both.

A huge bouquet to Dr. Cobus Smith. I greatly appreciate the patience and determination that you have displayed over the past year. Even though my knee isn’t quite there yet, I know it will be. Your support has lightened what could have been a very depressing situation.

a bouquet for Andrew at Coast Wholesale Appliances. He gave us several options to save money on a replacement microwave and also offered us a floor model at an amazing price. We saved a lot and the experience was pleasant.

A Bouquet of all-beef hotdogs to Save-On-Foods for supporting the Wellington Band concession at the VIEX Pumpkin Festival.

A huge beef to a politician for ignoring the letters and questions of concerned citizens. E-mails pertaining to difficult or controversial issues constantly go unanswered.

A beef. ‘Tis the season. Know how I can tell? It’s October and there are Christmas commercials on TV already. I can understand if they start appearing mid-November, if you really feel you must, but early October is ridiculous.

a beef to a seniors’ facility for the type of food you serve, especially at lunchtime – tasteless and not nutritious. Please take suggestions seriously from your residents when you do surveys and serve what they would like to eat. Don’t be so cheap, they pay enough for room and board.

a kindly beef to cat owners. If you have an outdoor cat, please put on a name tag so we can bring them home.

A BIG FROZEN SNOWBALL to B.C. Ferries for not having working heaters in employee booths. All that money and you cannot provide warmth for your employees? Guess it will be sad when all your frozen employees go home with colds and end up in the hospital with pneumonia.

A beef to B.C. Ferries. One of the new ferries is docked at the Departure Bay ferry terminal, never used except for a few months in the summer and some extra runs during the holiday season. If it is not being used, then why is it lit up like a small city every evening? Even a small child knows to turn off the lights if they are not needed.

A beefy beef to two businesswomen trying to make it in the north end. Stop being so pushy and trying to sell me everything when I walk through your doors.

a dirt-filled beef to my next door neighbour’s cat, who loves to poop in my vegetable garden every spring when I dig it up and then plant it. I’m buying a squirt gun, watch out kitty.