Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A Comedy of Errors

 I have quickly fallen back to my old ways.  Since the weather closed down the Pumpkin Patch, I knew I would have four hours in the morning to get a quilt mailed off.  Easy peasy, right?  Go to Postal Connection, get a box and mail it.  How hard could that be?

In spite of their sign saying they opened at 8:30, it was 9:30 and they were closed.  Really??  I drove by the Post Office, knowing full well they didn't open until 10:00.  I thought maybe if I sent witchy words through the airwaves, that they would be open by mistake.  No such luck.  I drove home.

Luck did arrive however, in a text message that the Patch would be closed all day.  YAHOO TRIPLE TIMES!!  I actually get an ENTIRE day off.  I can't tell you how excited I was.  All day to just sit around. Well ..... except for the trip I need to make to mail the quilt.

The entire time I spent on the couch, Cooper never left my side.  He was very happy to have Mom home.  Jonathan, showing his appreciation, screamed and talked all day long.  

I decided to wait until 2:00 to hit the Post Office when no one would be there.  I ran inside and grabbed a $15 mail-it box and ran to the truck to pack it to the brim.  Ummmmm wait ... there's no longer sticky on the ends to seal the box?  I definitely remember sticky.  Okay then, I'll just drive home for tape.  

In a moment of brilliance, I decided to run by Postal Connection to see if they were open.  YES!!  The lights are on.  For an outrageous $5, I got a roll of tape.  No matter, I can use it.  I taped up the box and ran back inside to mail it.

Shock and surprised ensued when they told me these boxes now cost $39 to mail.  Are you kidding me??  The last time I used one it was $15.  What the heck?

I drove BACK to the Post Office, only to find the same price.  Postal Connection had offered to mail it by the measurements, saving me $9.00, so of course I drove all the way BACK to mail it for $30.00. What happened to the $15 all-you-can-squeeze-in-it box?  Entirely deflated, I drove home to sit on the couch and contemplate how I'm never using the Post Office again.

That's when I got the email saying my second box of Halloween candy, ordered from Amazon, had been delivered.  I searched and searched to find nothing by the back door as they stated.  I went online to check the tracking information, only to find it had been delivered to Louisville Kentucky.  Are you kidding me?  How could that be when the mailing address is clearly stated as California?  

I spent the next two hours on the internet and phone with Amazon, trying to get my money back from the third party seller.  I thought I was buying it from Amazon.  The nice guy from Asia who spoke very little English, finally sent them an email stating I wanted a refund.  If not received in 48 hours, Amazon will return my money, since there's no way they can ship another box of candy by Halloween.

With head hanging down, I went back to the couch and watched some stupid Christmas movies.  We all know the plots there.  SHE thinks Prince Charming has another girlfriend, but in the end she wins the guy who really is a Prince of Slovakia or something like that.

In desperation, I decided to cook up a pot of butternut squash soup.  It is cooked with squash, apples, carrots, onions and chicken broth with a little curry thrown in.  I added cream when it was done.

It was hearty and delicious, a complete surprise compared to the day's happenings.

I'll be off to the Patch early this morning.  We have schools coming in and will be short the only snack bar worker.  Hopefully I'll get a break for lunch today.  

Miles walked:   less than 2 and not counted today.  


  1. What a fiasco mailing that quilt, I am sure the recipients appreciate all the effort you put into it! We have not watched any Christmas movies yet but we have seen the one you mentioned.

    1. It was all good ... I just wanted to be sure they received it before Christmas!!!

  2. When we renewed our tags for the car and motorhome two weeks ago, we were surprised in that they sent a new plate for the car! Cost $5.50 for Marcia's brother to send that envelope into a P.O. envelope and mail it to California!

    Nice you had a day off...think you will pay for that today cleaning up the mess from the rain.

    1. Unfortunately the Post Office is still needed, but I use them as little as possible!!