Friday, June 18, 2010

Miss Peach's Plate

Hi, I'm Merci. I'm hosting today's post.

Jan worked on an important secret project yesterday so we didn't get to write a post for today. But since she's busy swinging a weed whacker through the yard, we're going to do a quick post.

Many of you know Deb and ML (of the CB). The two are old friends and they love to plot and scheme to surprise others. So we were excited when Deb contacted us about sending one of Jan's collector plates (Jan's Funny Farm Fair) to the lovely Miss Peach's mom Karla.

We responded, No problem. Ha! We should have expected that since we had to send Jan to the post office to mail the plate there would be a problem.

First, after saving cardboard boxes for months just for such an occasion, Jan tried to find a box the original packing would fit in. No luck. She checked online at the USPS website. There didn't seem to be anything the right size. She checked Wal-mart and the dollar stores for a padded envelope. No luck there either.

Finally, she went to the post office carrying a bag with everything she expected to need -- plate, tape, scissors, bubblewrap for extra protection, a paper with Miss Peach's information to address the package..  She checked boxes.  The only box it might fit in was huge and way too expensive to use for a relatively small and lightweight item. She checked envelopes. With the assistance of a very nice clerk, she checked all the packaging set out for customers but none would hold a 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 2" box.  Everything was rectangular.  The plate package was square. Two more female clerks searched behind the counter.  They finally found a very large non-padded envelope in a cupboard. The plate just barely squeezed through the opening  -- without the bubblewrap for extra protection! -- and the extra length  folded over.

We were so relieved to see the plate in one piece on Miss Peach's blog this morning. We were all worried she would have to glue it together when it arrived. 

But the funny part of the story is the envelope.  Jan brought home a couple more envelopes for (hopefully) future plate mailings. A couple of days later we noticed they read "Mili-Pac."  We wondered what a Mili-Pac is so we visited USPS website and did a search.  Evidently, it's short for Military Package and is to be used for APO and FPO mailings only.  Oops. We don't suppose you're at least retired military, Miss Peach?

Miss Peach and mom Karla's post today is Flowers Sent With Love. We Funny Farmers left our scent on the plate so Miss Peach would know we helped mail it. And we notice she checked it out very thoroughly.

Deb and ML, thanks for allowing us to play a small part in one of your acts of kindness.  If any of you know how we might mail/protect future plates without sending them by military mail, please enlighten us.

21 comments:

  1. haha wow, what a story. you sure went to a lot of trouble, but it was worth it, i seen how much Miss Peach loves the plate!

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  2. Thank you Jan for all the trouble! I know that Misses Peach and her Mommy love the plate.

    Love, Deb

    p.s. Funny Farmers, thank you for leaving your scent on the plate. Misses Peach was delighted! MOL

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  3. What a beautiful thing Deb and ML did for Miss Peach's mum. I know Karlawould have loved that beautiful plate. You did well getting it there in one piece.. LOvely story.. HUgs GJ xx

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  4. So glad this story had a happy ending. If finding the right size box wasn't such a hassle, I bet more things would be mailed.

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  5. We loved this story and with persistence the happy ending. We haven't done much mailing because of all the hassles.

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  6. What a lovely gift. They Deb and ML are amazing women. I went throught he smae thing with the wreath, it was too big, too heavy and would have cost $90 to ship so I had to forget about it and take it out of the auction. Glad you were able to find the perfect packaging. Have a great weekend.

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  7. That is the purrfect pretty plate for Karla and Miss Peach. You did good :)

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  8. We haven't got a clue. Mommy always panics when she has to mail something, especially if it is breakable.

    We saw the plate on Mrs Peach's blog and we thinks it looks purrfect in the Cozy Cottage.

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  9. It is a very lovely plate and perfect for Misses Peach!

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  10. That was some funny story, but hey, it is hard to believe that there is a box out there that isn't purrfect...all boxes are wonderful!

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  11. That is a beautiful plate and a funny story about mailing it. We haven't seen Miss Peach's post yet but we can see that plate is perfect for her and her mum.

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  12. Wow!! What a lovely plate!!! And well done Jan for mailing it ok using military envelopes. Oh dear!

    I can't think of a safe way to post plates apart from lots of bubble wrapping!!

    Good luck with this!

    Take care
    x

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  13. We can imagine the scene at the post office...LOL!

    We are very happy the plate got there in one piece.

    Thanks for the funny story!

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  14. Mom thinks there is a strong possibility that Miss Peach's mom is retired military!

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  15. The plate was lovely and it was such a kind thing to do!...Hope you all have a fun, happy weekend together...kisses x3...Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  16. Next time, put the khanines in charge...

    I'm just saying!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: That was furry nice of woo!

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  17. My mom says it is frustrating when you can't find the right box or envelope to send something!
    Glad the place got there in one piece!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  18. Pellie has had problems with box sizes when she was mailing out boxes also. The only difference is She has Sir Knight around to Cut them down and get them to fit better. If Pellie tried to cut it down she'd probly injure her self.
    As Mr Shakespeare said. "Alls well that ends well" and it did look like
    all was well at the cozy cottage.

    Purrs,
    Genghis

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  19. Is Jan outside clubbing gophers with the weed-whacker again? Hope they don't court-martial you for using that military packaging!

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  20. What an adventure for a plate!! :-)

    Slobbers,
    Honey the Great Dane

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  21. Wow...that was some epic story about the trials and tribulations of mailing a gift, that's furr sure!

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