The Best Gifts
This is what I should have been sending this Christmas.
This is where my energy should have gone. But I made things complicated.
Post Christmas Mailing
Christmas is over, but today I headed back to the post office. It was quiet on Sunday and I used the self-serve machine. I paid $9.98 to mail a package to my dad. The gift to Dad was nicely wrapped and shipped by Amazon. But in my rush to order, I sent it to my house by accident. Oops.
This photo is from my first of 5 post office trips, this season. I hope in my rush, I addressed all those Christmas cards correctly.
"Slow down, Beth." (I can hear my mom)
I'm not the cause of all mail mistakes.
But, I'm trying to be patient. 6,000 postal workers were infected last week and online shopping is up about 40 percent. There have been weather delays. I'm so frustrated, though.
All my shopping has been online. I tried to shop early so I could receive purchases, inspect and wrap before mailing. Nice idea, but I made some bad shopping choices.
I didn't know these cute little lamps were coming all the way from China. 2 battered boxes in an envelope. Instructions in Chinese. I gave up fighting this one and sent the lamps as bonus gifts to the kids.
I sent boxes of wrapped gifts to everyone this year. I also ordered some gifts straight from Amazon. I've totally boggled my mind, trying to follow tracking! Way too complicated.
It wasn't until I mentioned something about the crazy Chinese lamp to my daughter, that I realized she and her husband never received our box of wrapped gifts. Waaa! I want my kids to have their goodies!
On December 6, I told my dad to keep an eye on his mail. I was sending him an early gift. Something to read during the holidays, while on quarantine lockdown. It never arrived.
On Christmas Eve I sent a whining email to the online book business. I thought I'd been burned once again.
The business owner wrote back a long note that made me stop and think.
Well, I felt a little guilty and wrote back.
"...I do apologize for not taking the time to think about what your world is like. I have been burned by a number of online businesses, since before covid, So I was a little afraid... After I sent my reply to you, I looked on your ratings and I saw right away that you have baby pleased customers. I should have done that earlier, then I would have just relaxed and known it was slow mail... can only imagine how busy... dealing with stressed and impatient customers... hope things change in our world soon... I hope you can finally rest! Stay well!"
Quick Reply on Christmas
So enough of all this. Done shopping. Done complaining. Done worrying...even over the packages still floating around!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!