Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Christmas card almost fiasco

Some of the cards
So our Lady got it in her head that she was going to make about 80 Christmas cards for the Christmas card exchange. To do this she set up a sweat shop. First she had to bring out the craft supplies and start designing. She got the idea that instead of cards to make card ornaments. She then had to stamp them, cut the paper, tape the wood piece on, punch a hole, cut a ribbon, write the back of the cards, address each card (and she doesn't have stickers or stamps for our new address yet) and seal the envelopes. This took a lot of time and she tried to get us to help. We were not big help. We did things like sit on the paper, knock things off the table, Baggy tired to eat the ribbon and he bit Lady when she tried to take it away. Grammie helped address the envelopes of the last 20 or so because our Lady had this smart idea to mail the USA ones in the USA. (This saved her about 60 cents a card).


A pile of cards
Our Man was kind enough to mail the International and Canadian ones while Lady was away. The 64 with USA addresses got packed in the Lady's suitcase. She didn't have a chance to mail them before her cruise, so those 64 cards have visited Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala! When the Lady got off the cruise ship, she, Grammie and Aunt C had 12 hours to kill, so in their rented car they went on a quest, a quest to find stamps and mail 64 cards.

In Canada you can buy stamps at the Post Office, grocery stores, Hallmark stores, corner stores, lots and lots of place. At all of these places there is always a place to mail the letters. They found the stamps at a CVS pharmacy but there was no place to mail letters there. At the CVS no one could tell her where to mail the letters. This lead to operation, need to find a mailbox.  The Lady made Grammie put the stamps on (she is a slave driver I tell you) and Aunt C had their eyes peeled while Lady drove down the streets of Tampa. Finally Aunt C spotted a box in a neighbourhood. Aunt C shoved the 64 cards in this little box (which wasn't designed to hold that much mail), while people in the neighbourhood stared.
Aunt C mailing the cards

About 2 minutes later when the Lady stopped to ask for directions at the Shell Station, she found a real mailbox, and they had a really good laugh! Perhaps next year she will either 1) not try and be cheap and mail the letters from home 2) make a fancy e-card.

At any rate, we hope that in spite of our card adventures that people get them. If they don't, we are very sorry, we tried really hard!


20 comments:

  1. We got ours and thank you so much and we were touched that you took the trouble to make it yourself. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. Did she get them cards all stamped were she visited, mail travels that much and doesn't get lost here in the US is worth something, Heeheehee.

    Your Pals
    Susie & Bites

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    1. If she was smart she would have had them stamped everywhere! You will just have to trust that they were in her suitcase!

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  3. Wow, your Mom is a geniu'z, making all those cards :) Have a restful Thurzday now xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. Don't tell her that, it will go to her head:)

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  4. What a project, I love your mom with all her creativity!!

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    1. She wishes she had more time to be creative!

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  5. Oh wow. Your mom is ambitious! The cards are very pretty. :)

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    1. She may have set the bar high. All our family reads this so they may be expecting homemade cards (they are going to be sadly disappointed).

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  6. You do have one talented momma
    Benny & Lily

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  7. We got our card/ornament today! What a special gift. Your mom is smart to mail them from the USA to save some money too.

    Millie

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    1. It is one of those stories for sure!

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  9. Wow, you put us to shame. We ask Her to do something like this every year and that's as far as it gets! Maybe next year, hey!?

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    1. Our Lady says she will start them earlier next year:) We don't believe her!

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