After a long wait
This sounds like you had been waiting impatiently for either Richard to send it, or for it to arrive in the mail, neither of which I'm sure is your intention. So what did you mean by this?
I received your gift yesterday : a digital voice recorder. When I had finished (with the-omit) my four morning sessions, I was informed that I had a post office notice at the school incoming mail office located on another campus. So I took a school bus in the afternoon and got to the campus office to pick up the notification card. Then I dashed home for my ID card and then to the post office, which is not far from my home. I filled in a form and collected the parcel before they closed. Yes, it was your parcel with the recorder! And it was obvious that the parcel had been cut open for a check at the customs and then (it was-omit) sealed again. I tried the recorder and it works fine/great. Thanks again so much for your gift.
(You might like to add a few more words of appreciation here - he's taken a lot of trouble and some expense, in buying it, and postage!)
Wooo, the weather at your place is so terrible. And on TV it was reported yesterday that in some parts of the Midwest it snowed but that in the eastern states
'states' because you are not referring to the United States, but those states of the union in the east, versus states on the west coast.)
it is extremely hot. I'm afraid this is what global warming brings us. And floods too, it seems, like the one in southern China.
Oh, I nearly forgot to tell you - I noticed that the voice recorder is also a Made-in-China product, as labelled on its back.
See Chinese products,especially petty merchandise, are everywhere, while your hi-tech products are everywhere.
You may be being modest about your country and its products, versus the mighty States...but what you have inadvertently also implied is that the gift he has sent you is a piece of Chinese petty merchandise! The cheapskate (=stingy person/penny-pincher)!!
You may wish to rephrase!