I received a parcel today, all the way from the middle of the Pacific. My delighted thanks to Kathy from Work In Progress for the beautiful green yarn and the wonderful book. I feel amazingly spoiled at such contest prizes!
On another note, we also got a Christmas parcel from my step-mom today. She lives on the same island, about 3 hours or so south of us. To put in to perspective the cost of mailing – the parcel from HAWAII cost about $10. It had to go on a plane, across a border and through two mail systems. The parcel from my step-mom, which may or may not have even left the island (I know letters now leave to get sorted and then come back, not sure about parcels) cost almost $17!! We are a small population in a very big geographical space, and higher mailing costs is one of the prices for that. I accept it, but it still astounds me at times!
Thanks again, Kathy!!!