4/30/2021: Summer Mode at Roach Crossing (Please read!)
It’s finally here. The time of year I simultaneously love and dread: spring.
The last few years I’ve partially disappeared over the summer. Starting with 2018 I’ve had a lot happen in my life and it’s taken a while to get back to a balanced, productive place. During the summer I’ve been pursuing another passion of mine: native plants. It’s been wonderful to get outside and do work killing lawns, tending to native plant gardens, and installing native plant communities in prepared gardening beds, and the exercise, activity and connections I’ve made have been very restorative for me on a lot of levels.
Just as importantly, through that work I’ve been learning how to ideally manage my time as well as how to communicate with customers and clients better, and I feel this is has been reflected in the way I use this website and interact through messages.
This summer I will be devoting my work time, once again, to the native plant job. This means several things.
- Roach Crossing will be operating on reduced hours. I give top priority to my animal husbandry and will still be setting up and looking for new colonies, but I will be devoting substantially less time to sales and e-mails. I will still be replying, but I won’t be as on top of the inbox as I have been in the last six months.
- Shipping will be on a tight schedule with limited slots available. This will be discussed in sales beforehand.
- The site will receive smaller but more frequent updates. In lieu of maxing out responses I will be working on some intellectual things that have needed to be done, such as creating new species/cultivar pages, the isopod care guide, and the desperately needed update to the cockroach care guide.
While I adore my work at Roach Crossing, there are still some things I need to hone and improve and I feel another season outdoors will greatly help with this. I also have an opportunity to do more native plant work going forward, however Roach Crossing is my passion project and a major driving force in my life and those decisions will be based on how fluidly animal husbandry goes while I’m working both jobs.
Thank you all for understanding, and I look forward to the future with great optimism,