After a week of sketching, inking, printing, cutting and pasting, I finished my annual family Christmas card. Whew! After adding up the hours, each card took around thirty minutes to make. It was a bumpy road for this Wild Rider. I’m sure you’ve been there too.
This year, I struggled with every part of the card-making process, including my printer. It didn’t stop there. With three sheets of paper, the thick cards barely fit inside the envelope.
It was Saturday. I figured I had an hour before the mail would be picked up from the main post office at noon. I had to hurry.
Knowing the main post office would be super busy, I stopped a smaller one for stamps. Maybe I would get lucky and could mail them from there. My thick cards required an extra stamp and the mail had already been sent out for the day. Dang.
With only ten minutes to spare, I headed to Longmont.
There was a long line of traffic at the intersection a few blocks from the post office. Instead of waiting for a few lights to change like a normal person, I drove a little bit further and cut through a parking lot to get there from another direction. That’s when I found myself in another traffic jam. An endless train rumbled past. I laughed out loud.
I pulled out of the line of “parked cars” and drove back to my turn off. While driving over the overpass, the train passed by below. Progress. I still had two minutes to spare.
Soon, the post office was in sight, but a humongous US Mail truck blocked traffic. Was it there to pick up the letters? Oh, no! When it finally pulled out of the way, I realized I couldn’t enter the parking lot. It was one-way. I drove around the block and rolled up to the mailbox. Mail pick up was at 4:00! I cracked up laughing.
Remember? I assumed the mail would be picked up at noon. Even though I searched online for a pickup schedule, I couldn’t find one. In the past, post offices closed at noon.
What a crazy end to a crazy project.
Anyway, here’s my 2019 Christmas card….
You can’t tell but the tree is loose from the paper and is only glued on the bottom.
And the innard skinnards….
Christmas WAS right around the corner and now it’s HERE!
No one guessed our family was having a snowball fight, so I picked from my hat.
Jonno and Jo from J Walking! They are housesitting and don’t have a permanent address. They kindly asked me to send their winning card to someone who would appreciate it instead, so I sent one to Attention Homes. It is a shelter for homeless teens. They provide everything needed to obtain a GED while reaching out to relatives to give them a more permanent environment. They recently opened apartments for the kids who graduate. Pretty cool all the way around!
Susan from Marine 2 Mother won one! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send one to you, Susan.
And Darlene from Darlene Foster! That card went all the way to Spain. I hope it arrives before the New Year….
Congratulations to all the winners and a HUGE thank you to all of you who guessed.
I’m always truly worried that no one will participate. I actually ran a survey on Twitter and 25% said they didn’t care if they won a handmade card. *shrugs*
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and Happy Holidays to you and your families. Thanks for making my year a little Wilder!
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