Well, I am really glad yesterday is behind me. It wasn’t that it was a terrible day or anything, but it just seemed like there were too many errands and getting everything coordinated and done was a challenge.
I waited around here until about 11:30 for the pick up of my two kids’ packages from Purolator. I am very fortunate that they offer pick up service at no additional cost. I actually couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it. But they do and all I need to do is set up everything online and they magically appear at my door. I even print out all the documents and shipping labels needed for things and then I can track the packages from the moment they pick them up and scan them. (Did I ever say that I love technology?)
Coming from a big city like Chicago, I was more used to driving through traffic and waiting in line at the post office or at the UPS store. Fortunately back then I didn’t have many larger boxes to ship, but I still had work orders that had to go out regularly. I usually sent them through the post office and when business was good, I remember standing in lines of ten or fifteen people at the post office on a daily basis.
Living here in the country things are quite different. I don’t think ten or fifteen people would even fit in the lobby of my local post office and there is seldom more than one or two other people there at a time. It is a whole different world.
After the larger packages were picked up, I was out to door to do some other errands. I hit the gym and then had to go to a couple of stores and the bank and then the post office. I felt bad walking in with a box of assorted packages and envelopes because most of them had to go to the United States, which meant extra paperwork. In thinking about it, i figured out that there was no good time to do this without disrupting things. I had all the ‘like’ items together and tried to work as quickly as possible to fill out the short custom forms for the small packets. The clerk was very patient though and besides the initial “wow” she said when I walked in, didn’t seem annoyed by things at all.
A couple of people came in while we were doing things, and fortunately they only needed stamps so it was OK to allow them to cut in and get their business done. It made me feel better about it anyway. After about fifteen minutes or so, we were done with everything and all was on its way. Now only time will tell as to who will get things before the holiday. We shall see. . .
That was a great burden off of me. I was quite anxious the past few days as I watched the clock tick down. I always tell myself that I won’t fret about things like that but I can’t deny being tense the past few days despite it. I get my moments of panic when it seems like I am spinning my wheels in the mud and like I am late with everything. But walking out of the post office, knowing that most everything is on its way alleviated a lot of the anxiety that was building. It was a small victory.
Today I am heading to Digby to meet with the group of girls that I used to go and paint with. It has been almost three years since I have seen some of them and I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone. Unfortunately, our painting group kind of fell apart, as life just got in the way for many in our group. The last time I attempted to go was the day when my car slid into the ditch, and after the six weeks or so it took for them to fix it, followed by the summer when we never met anyway, it just seemed with me living where I do now, it wasn’t practical for me to continue going. Most of the others fell off too, and it is rare we all get together anymore.
Lunch today should be wonderful and I am going to thoroughly enjoy it. I then have some other appointments, including meeting up with another good friend in the afternoon that will make the day full.
I like this part of the holidays. Although it is busy, it is a good excuse to reconnect with friends and get together. In all the busyness, sometimes the best thing for us is to take some time out and just have fun.
I hope today finds you all getting caught up with your holiday preparations too. Part of what makes the holidays fun and special is the anticipation and getting ready for what is to come. We have to remember to take the time to enjoy those days and remind ourselves to appreciate them. And spending that time catching up with friends is a great start!
Have a wonderful day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"