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Deliveries in the Snow
This morning I woke up feeling rather ill, once again. My private PA (would that be PPA?) had earlier told me to drink lots of fluids (not something I'm good at generally), so I decided to brew some tea. Naturally tea requires lemon and honey. I squirted some lemon juice in my cup while waiting for the tea kettle, then looked for honey.

At first I couldn't find any, which was upsetting, but then I saw it on a top shelf. A big jar labeled "Huni 4 Reni" in black marker. I don't know where Tomak got so much honey, but I was pleased and relieved to find it. It was when I couldn't get it open, and found myself near tears with frustration, that I started to question the whole getting-out-of-bed thing I'd decided to do this morning.

Fortunately my day improved from there. I finally pried the jar open, and the tea was very yummy. I had two mugs of it (I also had a glass of water in the afternoon. This is the closest I can get to loading up on fluids). Flu-wise, I still had a slight fever all day, and still had some nasty moments of cramps and ick, but there were definitely fewer of them than yesterday. I'm hoping that means this is on its way out!

There was lots of snow last night, and I had expected that my lunchbreak would involve shoveling. But oddness happened instead.....

I was talking on the phone with my colleague, and received an email from my office that a package had just been delivered to me. "Well that's weird," I said, "I have to go check my door. Wouldn't that be odd if somebody left a package at your door but the only way you knew was by receiving an email?"

I looked at my door, and there was no package. Furthermore, there were no footprints at all in the vast white tundra that was the front of my house. So it couldn't possibly have been delivered. I saw my neighbor outside shoveling his walk, but no sign of a delivery truck.

I returned to my office (in the back of the house) and reported the news. "No package. That's obnoxious, why would they say it's been delivered if it hasn't been?"

"Maybe this is the FedEx guy's way of being lazy, maybe he's having a beer or a nap somewhere."

I checked the tracking information online, and it definitely said delivered. I shrugged, and we went back to work.

Some time later (perhaps an hour?), I visited my bathroom then went to look out the front window. To my surprise, the sidewalk and front walks were shoveled! Plus, there were footprints on the porch!

I opened up the front door and there was my package, tucked inside the front door, just like the website had promised. I swear none of that had been there last time I looked!

I returned to the phone and reported the new development. "The package is here, and somebody -- either a neighbor or the FedEx guy -- shoveled my walk."

"Well maybe that's why it wasn't delivered yet last time you looked," my colleague suggested. "He had just gone off to get a shovel."

So that was the oddity for my day. It was nice that someone shoveled for me. I still have to take care of the driveway at some point. Right now it's well-buried enough that I can't tell where it is anymore. I will have to infer, based on where I last remember seeing it. However I currently have no plans to leave the house tonight, and am still not incredibly healthy, so I may just save it for tomorrow.

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djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: March 5th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm. Tomak honey.

Hmmmmm...

*shakes head and declines further comment*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 5th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know where it came from, other than that he said he had a lot, and I was low on honey, so he made me a jar.

Is there something I should know?
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: March 5th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, he's probably a beekeeper, too, on top of everything else he does.

I just... Heh. I don't know. I find the idea of Tomak providing folks with honey... potential fodder for some kind of short story.

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mogwar From: mogwar Date: March 5th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a similar story today. pstscrpt was sweet and shoveled the sidewalk before he left for work, but he told me that he'd left my car buried in snow because I didn't have anywhere to go and he was running late. I offered to clear it off, but he told me my snow brush was not as good as his, but he was taking his to work, so I should just wait and he take care of it this evening.

An hour or so ago I glanced out my window and noticed that the snow appeared to be melting a little already. In fact, my car was already half cleared of snow! But wait - the neighbor's car was still covered? I was talking aloud to myself about this mystery when kidlet piped up. "Oh, I cleared off your car when I was playing in the snow, Mom!" *blinks* I asked him what he used, and he told me his hands (in gloves, but cloth ones - not waterproof). I told him next time he should ask me for the keys and get out the (inadequate though it may be) snow brush, at least.
joline From: joline Date: March 6th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Something gross is going around. I just kicked a stomach flu, myself.

I don't know about FedEx, but my dad recently learned that UPS tracking numbers and updates (sometimes) don't mean a thing. A package he sent from his store, worth almost $6,000 (!), was stolen en route...and the tracking details showed it safely on its way! When he pinned UPS on it, they admitted that the tracking details sometimes just show a projection... so, maybe the details you were seeing were ahead of your package too.
delosd From: delosd Date: March 6th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I always come in to the house through the garage, and so can go quite a long time without noticing a package if it's small enough to be placed between the screen door and main door. When I've got pending orders from Amazon.com I check the shipping info regularly, to find out whether there's anything in my door!
lala2 From: lala2 Date: March 7th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow...sort of like a random act of kindess....AND a package. I hope it was something good!

mbumby From: mbumby Date: March 10th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm behind... hope you're feeling LOTS better now. Honey I'll often have to soak the jars & lids of (in hot running water) before I can open them, but that usually works.

How ... sweet ... of Tomok!
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