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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Feeling Bad and Sad.......


If you haven't visited Elizabeth's blog, Dream Painters, you should. She is an amazing art teacher and so fun to blog with. Well, she had mentioned that she couldn't find liquid watercolors in Queensland, Australia, where she hails from. I offered to send her some and didn't think it would be a big deal......Wrong. The shipping charges from Nebraska (where I hail from) to Australia were going to be close to $400.00 US!!!! So I sadly had to inform Elizabeth that I wouldn't be able to send her the promised watercolors.....Making me feel like a HUGE heel. She had just told the blogosphere what an altruistic person I was and then I had to let her know that I couldn't fulfill my promise. I have learned a huge lesson here. Always do your research first, before promising someone something you may not be able to deliver. Again, Elizabeth, I apologize!

10 comments:

Mr. E said...

I thought you were a big heel before I heard this story.... :) KIDDING! That was an amazingly sweet thought...your heart was totally in the right place!!!!

Elizabeth - Dream Painters said...

Ditto Mr E! Pat, it's a box of watercolors! What was so wonderful was your kindness and thoughtfulness in thinking of it at all :) I remain delighted and warmed to the heart that you offered in the first place!! :) :)

Mrs. C said...

I follow Elizabeth's blog and love hearing from her on my blog! $400.00!!!
Are you freaking kidding me?! My Aunt lived in Alaska for some time with her daughter and when my mother would ship her parcels it was $50.00 and up to ship a small package! I thought that was outrageous :)

Chesterbrook Academy Elementary said...

All I see is a big heart.

Sunnylee Mowery said...

Pat, you are the bomb! You had such bright intentions. Who would have guessed the shipping would be so megapricey? Seems like you should be able to fly there 1st class nd personally deliver the paints to Elizabeth for four hundo! We all love you and your blog so much! No worries, sister friend!

Jen said...

$400!! You might as well just fly yourself to Australia and hand them to her in person. Good grief! But the whole going to Australia doesn't sound that bad. :)

And Pat, please, you are awesome. Seriously.

Phyl said...

A couple of summers ago, my son went to Stellenbosch, South Africa for a 6 week college internship program. After the program was completed, he visited some relatives of my husband whom he (and I) had never met, who live near Johannesburg. They took him on a fabulous safari experience. When he got home, we wanted to send them a gift to thank them, so we purchased a small lovely book of Adirondack photographs by a local photographer, a small jug of locally made maple syrup, and a soft stuffed Adirondack black bear for their young child - all together about $40 of merchandise, and about another $15 or $20 for mailing. They didn't get the gift. It became quite awkward. We checked with postal service and no luck. Months and months later (almost a year, I recall), the package arrived, mangled, on OUR DOORSTEP. It had been to Africa and back, and the syrup had leaked and ruined the book. They never saw the gift. The little bear had been carefully wrapped, and now sits on our 'clock table' in the living room. My son named him Nelson (after Mandella). Who would have thought it would be so difficult to mail a package internationally?

Pat said...

Thanks, Everyone! Idon't feel like such a heel after reading all of your kind comments.

:)Pat

Anonymous said...

Hi, we need to put our heads together to find a way to get the watercolors to this artist! Do you know of a local travel agency? Perhaps someone is traveling to Australia and can get them that far and mail them to her when they arrive. Something to think about! We need to keep her creative spirit alive!:) Cynthia

Angie said...

My brother in law lived in Australis for several years and would crave American cereal, specifically Captain Crunch, Crunch Berries, and that peanut butter version. I spent SO much money mailing him gross cereal.

And, $400? How manly watercolors were you sending?