My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #550: Please, Mr. Postman

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-12-2011 02:16 PM 1643 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 549: A Thoughtful Moment Part 550 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 551: Catching Up »

After the momentary calm of Saturday evening, yesterday I was back to the reality of the season. There is so much that I need to accomplish and I had a good but busy day.

I spent pretty much of the day wrapping things and writing cards. Even though I am a big fan of Ecards, I still enjoy sending ‘real’ cards that you can hold in your hand and touch. I was never big on cards, and went through only a few spurts of keeping up and sending them out on time. It always somewhat annoyed me to hear from others how all their shopping/decorating/cards were done by the first week of December. Didn’t those people have anything else to do???

But somehow this year I got caught up in the season and decided I was going to get some cards out. I would worry that I am becoming one of ‘them’ but since it is the 12th already, chances are that many of the cards I am sending won’t get there on time anyway. I have come to accept this realization, but being stubborn, forged ahead in hopes that the magical beavers at Canada Post would be in high gear for the holidays and get everything there quickly. (Fat chance! They are in reality probably sipping egg nog in some back room of the post office, watching the piles of letters and cards grow and feeling quite as if they have the upper hand in the matter.)

I had to chuckle at something my partner Kieth said the other day. While I was addressing a box that I needed to ship, I muttered something to myself that it would never arrive on time because it needed to go to the States and had the additional obstacle of getting through customs. Keith said to me “Well – with all the extra holiday packages, it will probably get through faster because they won’t check things as carefully.”

Was he kidding?!

I just stared at him and blinked, as I was at a loss for words. Was he that delusional to think that they actually took into account the holidays and prepared for them? I think not.

Last week when I was in the post office, I noticed these little half-sheet cards on the counter that were free for the taking. On them, was printed a schedule of ‘Suggested dates to mail cards and packages to arrive before Christmas. In reading the list while I was waiting, I noticed that most of the dates, no matter which destination, were in November. I was already doomed.

It is one thing to take almost a month to deliver a letter. But it is another thing to post the lackluster schedule and wear it like a badge. And right next to that stack of papers, was the rate increase schedule which is going to take effect shortly. Hummmmm. . . .

I should have admitted my defeat right then and there, I am a stubborn girl. I am kind of thinking that if I get everything out today, there is still two weeks and a good chance that most of them will arrive on time. (Now who is the delusional one? I am really riding that pink cloud today, aren’t I?)

Truth be told, I got some very nice cards (again) and I really wanted to send them. It seems that over the past couple of years I have began to have quite a collection of unused Christmas cards building up. I like to think of it as my ‘box of good intentions’ because I really do intend to send them and never get around to it. They get packed away with all the other remaining Christmas wrap and stored, and by the time I bring the box out the following year, I had already forgotten about them and purchased more cards.

Sometimes I like the older ones better and think I should just bring the new ones back, but then there is the dilemma of not remember who actually did get a card the previous year (as I do usually manage to get a few out!) and I don’t want to risk sending the same card two years in a row. As a result, the pile keeps growing exponentially and every year I have more and more cards to choose from and confuse me. It’s quite a pickle.

But this year, I found some really cool cards when I went with Keith and his mom a couple of weeks ago. As usual, last week when I retrieved my box of wrap and stuff there were several choices of cards from previous years to choose from in my arsenal so after the new ones ran out (I actually used all of them – which I am very proud!) I went with the box that had 22 of the 24 cards left, playing the odds that the two people who received those cards last year must have been on the top of the list and I would have already given them one of the new cards. (You can see that I have this all thought out very well!)

Bottom line is that they are done and I am done with writing them and I hope they get there before the year is over. If not, I suppose I will be early for next year. At least people will know that I am thinking about them (eventually!) Last year the cards that I did send in the middle of December, didn’t arrive until the second week in January. I am not very optimistic as to them getting there any time soon. In any case, I have no danger of becoming one of ‘those’ who time things perfectly so that the cards arrive precisely as people are putting up their Christmas trees. I’ll never be that good (nor do I aspire to!) and hope if I ever get into that ‘annoying’ group, someone close to me will slap me in the head and bring me back to my senses.

Ah! The joys of the holidays! :)

Today I will be running around a bit. I have to carefully orchestrate my outside errands to coincide with the pick up of the packages that are heading out for my children. Those are going by courier and there is a good chance that they will make it on time. I am sure it will shock my children to the core.

I will feel much better after I get through this day. After everything is on its way, it will only be a matter of getting stuff ready for people that I will see personally. I can handle that somewhat better it seems and feel a bit more in control of that situation.

After all, it is only the 12th.

Have a wonderful day!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 02:43 PM

I’m still at the “side by side” slams—a month’s mailing time + cost increase… sigh.

I recently ordered something from the States (and it arrived within a week) but sadly something was wrong with it and I called the customer service. The young lady on the phone was confused because according to their records the item hadn’t been shipped yet! Ha—their service is faster than their employees :) When we were done our conversation on the phone I wanted to say, “Just a moment, there is a knock on the door” and pretend that the item had arrived already. The service is so fast.
.. the replacement item was on my doorstep in 2 (or maybe it was 3) days! From the States. And they had to print it first.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 03:12 PM

Wow, Debbie! You are certainly “the exception”, although I sent a project to my editor last Monday and it got there by Friday (via Purolator courier, not Canada Post) I wish I had the money to send everything by Purolator, but alas, it isn’t practical – especially for cards and such.

I find too that stuff always seems to get here faster then get “there”. I am really not trying to bash Canada Post (too much!) because I do like the people that work in our town there. It is just frustrating and I have had so many orders lost and have had to reprint them and resend them and the US side blames Canada Post and Canada Post blames the US and they both blame customs. I am so HAPPY that most customers choose PDF files that I can email to them. That way “The Buck Stops Here!”

Thanks for your good story! I like hearing good things and happy endings! :D Have a great day!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 01:45 AM

don´t forget the small parcel Silke got from you, that arived pretty fast I think was it 8 -10 days or less
can´t realy remember now so back on the pink cloud and don´t start to worry before after eastern …. :-)

but its not just over there the mail is slow ….. last time I ordred something from Germany …
and it was just across the border (nearly) it took over three weeks to get here :-(

but usualy letters are way faster than parcels to arive so we cross our fingers for you Sheila

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 12:59 PM

Thanks, Dennis: I do try to get stuff mailed early. There was a point at the end of November when I was going to get everything ready to send things out, but I didn’t want them to come too early! (How’s there for delusional thinking?) Some placed had Christmas stuff out in October here and it annoyed me so I didn’t push it. Maybe by next year I will have my timing down a little bit better. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 07:18 PM

Nice package in mailbox!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 12-14-2011 01:33 PM

You never know what surprises the postman will bring, Joe!!! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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