Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tally Ho!



While tidying up my countless mail photos in iPhoto, I couldn't help but wonder how many pieces of mail I've sent since OWM's inception. The idea of a guesstimation total was overwhelming, not counting mail that's been archived, not photographed or stored digitally. So I chose to tally August's mail. The correct count is well over 65. Including the Christmas in July mail campaign isn't fair, so I'll stand up with 65+. 


Five easy pieces went out yesterday, and you could have knocked me over with a piece of lint. My box was empty! Shocked, I forgot to mail a package. Truth is, I didn't want to stand in a line five deep and have to stand behind a woman who reeked of perfume. I forgot about it today. There's tomorrow.


I wonder how many stamps I've used to date. 


I wonder how many stamps I've received? Thanks, Jean! Orange is the perfect color for September. That cancelation wave seems designed to be part of your envelope. The perfect placement.


I've finally forgiven Moleskin for their less than stellar pages. The paper isn't what it used to be; neither is the price--another less-for-more that seems to be the slogan for the times. The paper makes Copic colors look like watercolor now. It's time to replenish my white Gel Pen stock. They're one product that gives a bang for a buck every single time. They last, they don't clog . . . They're affected by humidity but what isn't? 


I don't think nonprofits should have special stamps. And they should pay what we, the people pay. Stamps aren't expensive. Yes, it feels like I'm beating a dead horse again. Perhaps they would spam us less if they paid more. That sure makes me regret contributing to charities--they beg the heck out of you, pass your name along to other beggars, while they could use some of the money I give them, for postage. I'd give more if they did. 


I don't think I'll stop feeling this way about it any time soon.



I might keep a tally of the times I look at a mail photo and wish I'd blown away all signs of eraser dust from my keyboard and desk. Another clever tally would be all about the number of times I use black envelopes. Probably not. You never know though.


Another tally. How many __________ books have I ordered from Amazon, only to be ______ __________ upon examination? Starting September's mail tally would be more productive, don't you think? So, here's my call to attention! Ho-o-o! Tally ho!

tally |ˈtalēnoun (pl. tallies
current score or amount: that takes his tally to 10 goals in 10 games.• record of a score or amount: I kept a running tally of David's debt on a note above my desk.• a particular number taken as a group or unit to facilitate counting.• a mark registering a number or amount.• (also tally stick) historical a piece of wood scored across with notches for the items of an account and then split into halves, each party keeping one.• an account kept on a tally stick.hointerjection1. (used as a call to attract attention, sometimes speciallyused after a word denoting a destination): Westward ho! Land ho! 2. (used as an exclamation of surprise or delight.)
Are you as delighted by your mail tally as I seem to be? Surprised? Keep it up!  Or, tally ho!



13 comments:

  1. I didn't know that nonprofits have special stamps.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I learned about the break the hard way. Once upon a time I was so poor I almost couldn't pay attention. A letter came with an uncanceled stamp and I needed one desperately. I used it. Our mail man brought it from the curb to the door and explained why I couldn't use the stamp. Unlike Scarlett O'Hara, I didn't shake my fist and rail at fate, but I did promise myself I'd never be stamp-poor again. :)

      I wonder why the post office never cancels those stamps. Hmm. Another reason to write a letter to the post office person in the know, huh?

      Thanks!

      Delete
  2. Oh wow what a powerful post I totally agree and oye vey the woman who reeks of perfume . when will people learn that less is more when using scent . And for that fact don't clean your carpets in a restaurant with chemicals ey ? I guess some people are not sensitive to such so they don't think about it really . another Oye Vay . God help me I just want to gobsmack people sometimes you know ? I agree on the stamps too I don't think that non profits should get a special stamp either .Take care and be well dear .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. People do not realize that most perfumes are as dangerous to the public as cigarette smoke. LOL. You and your oy vey!

      Someone dropped the ball by giving businesses and charities breaks o postage. They send more mail than the average consumer. What a waste of revenue.

      Be well.

      Delete
  3. You are so busy! I'm always envious of those who can draw, and your envelopes are always so whimsical and cheerful. There is a letter heading your way--and I love writing Katy, TX on the envelope. A wonderful name for a town!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do my best but am always behind. The more I tidy up the more paper and stuff I find! There are letters from months ago that were missed on mail runs. I send them anyway; there's no sense in wasting words. :)

      You're the medicine people like me need on a regular basis. My loss of hand-arm-eye coordination leaves me with the art of making do. Some days are better than others but something is better than nothing, right? LOL.

      Please don't be envious. You have your own singular talents! I appreciate the things you do that I cannot. I was depressed for too long after I closed the door to my studio. Thanks to pen friends like you, I'm in there a lot more often. :)

      I never looked at Katy that way. Thanks for a new perspective. You might be surprised to learn the meaning behind the name. :)

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. Thank you. I hope she likes it as much as I enjoyed making it.

      Delete
    2. It is even lovelier in hand than it is in the photo.

      Delete
  5. You must have been tired when you posted this. Leave it to a math teacher to say you shorted your total by 10. Get some rest if you're able.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your excuse works just as well as the truth. :) Probably better! LOL. My nose and lips are peeling from all the dripping and wiping and coughing and hacking, and I have the worst case of bed head on record. :) Thanks.

      Delete
    2. my dear I'm so sorry you are ill again I think maybe a sinus infection ? that is what started my ear to clogging up and now not much hearing is going on here either .I'm missing my good hearing LOL . Get well soon and take care .

      Delete
    3. "The wages of sin are sickness and death" is one piece of holy writ that keeps illness swept under the carpet. I tell you, I think I have been one bad sister because I'm getting per diem, back wages and sin overtime lately. :) We're just home from the doctor, a meal out, a trip to two post offices and the pharmacy. Are we sisters in karma? LOL. I do hope you are well on the way to mending. A body can go broke being sick! Let us make a joint pledge to be good ladies from now on. :)

      Delete