The reason I am ranting about him in particular right now is that during the huge rainstorm vestiges of Hurricane Gustav, he left a package sitting on the back deck, with NO PLASTIC BAG to protect it. I don't use my dining room, which is the access to the deck, and because the room gets heavy direct sunlight I've had the curtains pulled for most of the summer to keep the house cooler. It's a totally separate room from my regular living space. I've been getting a lot of packages lately, so I try to remember to check the back every day just in case of bad weather. I checked the deck the evening before the rain was supposed to come, no packages. I awoke to torrential rain that continued all day long. Because the rain was so heavy, I didn't even consider that packages would be just left sitting out if my car was in the driveway, so I went about my day.
I awoke the next day to beautiful sun and fresh air with no humidity, so of course I opened up the whole house. Imagine my surprise and dismay as I pulled back the curtains on the sliding door to see a nice little puddle in a dip of the deck, with a plain box just sitting in it. WTF?!! He walked AROUND the house in that horrible rain to dump the box that he could have walked 4 steps and rung the bell to hand me! Does he hate me? Is he insane?
The worst part is that the items in the box were not water-proof things that could be saved. Fabric, plastic, things wrapped in plastic, would have been fine. This package was a collection of different dip and sauce mixes in cute paper bags! The water absorbed through the cardboard box, through the shredded paper packing material, through the bags, and into the mixes! What a mess!
Most disappointing was that this package was going to be part of my Bone Marrow Birthday Giveaway. On October 5 I will begin a week of celebrating my 2 years of cancer-free living! I hope that sharing my experience as a recipient of this life saving gift will encourage people to look into registering with the National Marrow Donor Program.
I am planning on 3 large giveaways at the end of the Birthday Week, and have been receiving donations from crafters and vendors throughout blogland. These mixes would have been distributed among the prize collections. Bummer. But there are plenty of other great things that will be in the prize packs! The Longaberger Desk Basket collection has some beautiful hand made cards, magnets, and bookmarks; cool pens, and other office/desk type items, including chocolate, of course!The Snowman Tote Bag set has so many cute winter and Christmas-themed items I just can't stand it! Ornaments, jewelry, cozy footwear, and a fabulous apron are just a few of the items stuffing this bag!
The newest collection I am calling the Happy Homemaker package! This grouping has another gorgeous apron, fancy tea and scone mixes, a hand-made pillowcase, and some vintage hankies. I'm sure there will be a snack in there, too, for when the Homemaker takes a break!The prizes are growing each day as different people contact me asking if they can contribute. Some of these generous folks include Laura at Decor to Adore, Karla & Kerri from The Summer Kitchen Journal, Lisa the Apron Queen from Rick Rack Attack, Twyla & Lindsey, the amazing mother-daughter team from Two Crazy Crafters, Laura at Fifi Flowers Design Decor, Jennifer from Me & My Sister, Mommy Holly, and her mom, Heidi Devlin Home. Take some time to check out their nifty blogs and shops, and I will be getting a picture of all the prizes up soon. If you would like to donate something to the giveaway, please let me know via the comments or email through my profile.