Friday, September 19, 2008

Mr. Postman

As I've written many times before, I pretty much am at home all the time. So, WHY does the mail man (Yes, it is a man!) leave my packages at the back door? He doesn't ring the front bell and give me the package the way the fill-in guy does on the other 2 days a week. My car is in the driveway. I've talked to him about the fact that I am always home. UPS, FedEx, and DHL all seem to understand. What is UP with this one guy? I understand that he thinks leaving something out front it might get stolen, but this has been a specific request, as well as common sense.
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.

12 comments:

Justine said...

Geez girl, that is totally unacceptable. Why don't you call your local post office and speak to someone about it? Looks like your giveaway is going to be a smashing success!

Justine :o )

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Does your guy work for my post office too? Mine leaves me little pink notes to tell me that the package is at the annex. I have to take a bus and walk all the way around our huge post office to the back where the annex is. I called them and told them, "No more!" Leave it at my apartment or at the store downstairs. He finally got the message. Idiots! Sorry, didn't mean to vent.

I think your birthday giveaway is going to be spectacular! So many beautiful things were donated. You are the "queen" of blogland, and a heck of a blogger too. Love coming here. xxoo

French said...

What's up with that? Tell that post man to get it right! I have one that won't deliver my mail unless my daughter's car is at least 12 feet away from the mail box??? GOd forbid she would have to stretch her hand out an extra inch! Make a complaint that's ridiculous!~~~Almost 2 years that's amazing~~and oh you looked pretty snazzy over at the RMS red carpet soiree!! French;)

Ronda's Rants said...

Hey, I would be glad to donate a Thanksgiving Coffee Basket ( I love that company) just let me know by post or email! I would love to contribute! :)

Mia said...

::hugs for you girl:: Found your blog via Carolyn. Bookmarking it now :)

Charli and me said...

How wonderful and what a blessing to be able to say that your cancer free for two years. How odd that your postman goes around to your back door. I would ask him why he does this and insist that he never do it again.

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

Elizabeth!
I got your amazing package and WOW! Love the earrings, embellishments, Twizzlers (2nd fave candy!), bookmark, tags (yes I will put those to use!), and can't wait to read the books! I am taking them with me to Jamaica! Thank you thank you thank you!

Beth Ann said...

LOL...I don't think Ive heard you say a bad word yet! (giggle)
I would have been VERY upset too! I have even resorted to taking photos of said ruined packages and take them to the post office. Our guy SHOVES them into our tiny box. Our tiny box has a lip in the front, so the box is actually bigger from the back side, where postman can open it up from. However, by the time we try to yank the piece out of there-it is all shredded up!
I hear ya sister!

Joanne Kennedy said...

I would call the post office and demand to talk to his supervisor. That is sad that he does that and just distroyed your package.

I also would be sure to catch him next time he came and ask him what he was thinking.

Good luck. Hope things get turned around for you.

Congrats on the 2 year cancer free! That is wonderful!

Hugs,
Joanne

Patty said...

I think you should make a Mr. Postman voodoo doll and stick pins in it every day.

Gombojav Tribe said...

Yikes! What a pain! I would call and complain for sure!

Daja, visiting from BPOTW!

BPOTW said...

Wow, this guy's either dense or just lazy. Wait, he can't be lazy because it'd be so much easier to drop the box and ring your doorbell.

I'd definitely call the local post office and let them know you've communicated your wishes to him. Can he at least knock on the back door when he drops them off.

Wait, I just have a problem with people going in my backyard. What if there were a dog back there? What if I decided to sunbathe nude? I really don't want Mr. Postman walking in on that because he doesn't want to leave the package in the front! Now I'm ranting...I must cool down.

Congrats on being cancer free too!