A few months ago my daughter, Angie left the province of Manitoba heading for a warmer climate in British Columbia. She has always complained about Manitoba winters – hating the cold and snow here.
I don’t blame her – I do not enjoy the winters here either – but this is home – so I stay. We do have great summers – but the winters can be brutal.
So, for the first Christmas in many years, I had to pack a parcel to send to her instead of just handing her present to her.
I didn’t have much to send her because what she wanted was money to buy things for her new home. I sent an IKEA gift card to her by purchasing it online and having them send it. I also wanted to send a cheque and needed something to wrap, so I got socks for both Angie and her boyfriend Kori, and Chester had picked out a toy to send to the cats. One more thing I found to send was a 2016 calendar with Winnipeg pictures – so they wouldn’t forget where they came from. 🙂
I put the socks in boxes to wrap them up. Angie’s socks went into a Christmas card box and Kori’s socks went into a cereal box (cut to fit). Then the wrapped boxes of socks were put into a larger box, along with the wrapped cat toy and the calendar. Before closing up the box, I went to look for a Christmas card to put into the box also, but the card box I found had Angie’s socks in them. I quickly realized that I had wrapped the box of Christmas cards instead of the box that had the socks in them. 😀
So – I unwrapped the box of Christmas cards and wrapped the box that had the socks in and put everything back in. I forgot to actually put the Christmas card in the box and didn’t think of that until after it was mailed – so they didn’t get a card this year. Once everything (except the Christmas card) was in the box, I began to close it to get it ready to send. The only problem was that the calendar was about an inch too tall to let the box close.
I folded that end of the box up and over the calendar and then made a soft side for that end of the box by putting layers of packing papers in place of where the cardboard should have been. I was still kind of chuckling while wondering what Angie’s reaction would have been if I had actually mailed her a box of Christmas cards while doing this.
Then I started wondering if the post office would even accept my ‘pieced together box’ for shipment, so I headed over to get it mailed with my fingers crossed.
It turns out I had nothing to worry about as they took the box without complaint and gave me the tracking number to watch it cross the country. I was happy to find out that it was delivered faster than they had even estimated.
Hopefully I will get better with shipping as the years go by.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Here is a picture of the small gathering we had at my brother & his wife’s place this year.
Left to Right, we have me, my niece Kaitlyn, my nephew Riley, my brother Al, Ingrid, my nephew Richard (Riley & Kaitlyn’s Dad) and my Mom Hazel. My sister in law Carol took the picture.
A larger group will be meeting at my Nephew & his wife’s place tonight. Then I will have to stop eating for the next month or so. 😉