Monday, September 8, 2014

Coskrey Biz Business -- 9/8/14

Websites in the Making

Button on NetworkShrub
Visit the website.
This week saw the completion of the website for a local business, English Garden Florist & Boutique, which is in Brazoria, TX. Check it out and shop this local business for gifts and flowers!

I am consulting with Vic Penuel of Jeter's Old World Antiques & Gifts in Angleton, TX, on the website he is building and posting for free to a closed Facebook group of local antique dealers and vintage resale merchants. Vic's goal is to bring more business into our area south of Houston. The website will feature all local antique and vintage resale merchants in the group. Flyers for the merchants are planned that will feature member merchants, too.

The site should be posted by 9/30/14.  Local merchants of antiques and vintage resale should email Vic and ask to be included in the Facebook group. Those who join after the webpage due date can be added to the website after its launch.

For beach goers, there is plenty to see, do, and buy on your way down Hwy's 6, 288, 35 and neighboring roads south. The website's focus is on Brazoria County, which ends with Surfside, Bryan and Quintana beaches. Let Antiquing be a part of your activity list. Plan to visit the website for information on where to shop or browse and visit.

Sketch of website design for sale at Coskrey Biz
I designed a webpage based on 6-7 images I found in Fotolia and just had to use. So far the design is simply a jpeg layout. I wrote text reflective of someone who upcycles and repurposes vintage and resale items. The original text uses plenty of "magically transforms" and other flowery phrases, but's a rough draft. If interested, let me know. I will develop the template for a website if purchased. For more details, visit Coskrey Biz.

I also managed to get a few pages about teaching with science fiction added to the Valerie Coskrey's Classroom Tools and Ideas website that I am rewriting.

Posting in Blogs 

Have you visited the Discovery Garden pages yet? Sam, my partner in these pages, has started a blog, Friends of the West Columbia Discovery Garden. We invite your participation.

Today in Valerie's Soapbox, I posted a teachable moment essay about reading with young children. Here I described an experience with a first grade girl I tutor as she read No. David! to me.

I wrote another poem that I am debating posting in my blog Valerie's Soapbox. Might do that this week. It is called Homage to Bt-corn. Look for information about it in the next memo.

On 9/1/14 I posted an article about cooking with crock pots in Talking about This and That.

Tutoring Continues

Know anyone near Sweeny, TX, who needs a tutor or homeschool academic coach? Visit Coskrey Biz for information. I still have a couple of open time spans.

That's all for now. 'Til next time. ~Valerie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Coskrey Biz Business -- 8/21/75


 News from the NetworkShrub Members and Me

What a busy time these past few weeks have been.

Mertie's This and That
Mertie and I are busy networking with local antique dealers. Vic Penuel is coordinating the efforts. More on this later.

Meanwhile, Mertie has "new" items in her inventory. Check out the July and August postings I wrote for her blog and use its links to visit her Facebook page. It is like visiting the store--almost.

English Garden
Florist & Boutique

button in the
Links to website.
I have been blogging and developing webpages. Good thing, too, because my tutoring students have all taken summer breaks, although my network of tutor friends is growing.

The creative here is the Button for the English Garden Florist & Boutique in Brazoria, TX. This website should be completed by the middle of next week. It currently has 2 pages of the 4 loaded.

With school starting, my schedule is again undergoing drastic change. I still read a bit, do computer work at night, and manage to keep up with friends sporadically.

Gifts & Gadgets
The Gifts & Gadgets website is up and functioning. Cindy has a new student worker who will be taking over the blog, if she decides to continue it.  My best to her and my thanks for allowing me to assist her in adding to her online presence. I went shopping there last week. She has a new inventory of clothing in fall colors and plenty of scarves by Sarah's Smiles Shop.

Firebush at West Columbia Discovery Garden, TX,8/21/14
Photo ©Sam Stamport

Volunteering with the Discovery Garden

Sam Stamport and I, with the help of City Manager Debra Sutherland, completed the pages on the West Columbia city website for the Discovery Garden. I wrote 2 poems for it, which I put in Valerie's Soapbox, and Sam has now started a blog for the West Columbia Discovery Garden. I volunteered to do an online pamphlet for West Columbia. I will keep you posted.

 Taking care of Business--My own Websites

I am slowly adding pages to my own websites Coskrey Biz and Valerie Coskrey's Classroom Tools and Ideas. The latest set of pages added to VCCTI deal with using science fiction in the classroom.

Speaking of science fiction and the young reader, I have reactivated the RFF Reflections blog.

'Til next time. ~Valerie

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Coskrey Biz Business 6/29/14

Welcome Gifts & Gadgets 

Gifts & Gadgets Gifts & Gadgets has joined the NetworkShrub of Coskrey Biz. The blog is up and looking good.  Look for a minumum of 2 postings each month. The website will be up shortly, as will the button. There is a link to the Gifts & Gadget Facebook page on the blog.

Gifts & Gadgets, owned by Cindy Heard, is located in Sweeny, TX, in the Stewart's Shopping Center. Store hours are 10:00 AM  -- 6:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday. Come and shop or just visit.

Mertie's This and That

Mertie's This and That is running a sale on women's clothing. She has some beautiful dresses in the sales rack. Visit the  Mertie's This and That Facebook page. Don't forget the blog Talking about This and That, with new postings on 1st and 3rd Mondays each month. There is a link to Mertie's website there.

Library Activity

I helped with a science crafts workshop for children at the local library in Sweeny, TX. The children made a half dozen projects each and were joyful for the entire hour. Guess that is a measure of success.

The Discovery Garden

Over a dozen webpages are awaiting approval and adjustment by the IT guys. Soon they should be posted on the West Columbia, TX, website.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Coskrey Biz Business, June4, 2014

School is Out; Tutoring Schedule is Changing

With the end of the school year, the current tutoring schedule is changing. Some students are leaving, some changing hours to be more convenient to summer activities. Anyone wanting a tutor should email me, valerie @coskrey-biz. com, (Close the spaces in the eddress, please.) with a phone number, and I will call you back. Go to the website, Coskrey Biz, for more information about tutoring subjects. 

Discovery/Butterfly Garden
Section of the Discovery/Butterfly Garden in West Columbia, TX

I am helping Sam Stamport with the new garden alongside the walking/bicycling trail in the First Capitol Park in West Columbia, TX. Sam obtained a grant for this pocket butterfly garden from TNMP. The city had the garden planted by Wells Florist Nursery and Landscape Co. Volunteers will help maintain it.

The garden displays drought-resistant, native-coastal-Texas plants with a broad range of blooming times. Teachers and families are encouraged to tour the garden. Information about the garden can be found on the city website at

Coskrey Biz is assisting in developing the web pages and some curricular activities for school and family use.

Volunteers Needed

Upkeep of the garden is an ongoing activity, as is development of curricular activities for schools and families. If you would like to help, contact me (as above, valerie @ coskrey-biz. com)or visit the park website and look for a sign up link.

Coskrey Biz at Mertie's This and That

At Mertie's This and That;
A Beach on the Texas Coast

I am still writing the blog, Talking About This and That and have posted 1st and 3rd Monday entries. Be sure to visit the blog.

New items have been added to the Mertie's This and That resale shop, replacing those that have sold. Currently, there are dresses suitable for mothers of the bride and others who will be attending weddings this summer. There are new nick-knacks and fragrances by Nina's market. Check it out.  Hours and location are listed on the blog.

Other News

I am still updating the website Valerie Coskrey's Classroom Tools and Ideas, a forever-ongoing project.

The word-processing aspect of Coskrey Biz services is picking up with new orders and expressions of customer satisfaction.

That's all the news for now. Hope you enjoy the pleasant June days to come. Although July is sure to be fine, it will be HOT. Thank goodness West Columbia is nearby and has a swimming pool. Also, double thank goodness Quintana Beach in Freeport, TX is close to Sweeny. Love the beach on hot summer days!