Mail to be Thankful For

25 Nov

November 15th: Thanks to Pablo, I heard from my newest birthday twin, and also got two batches of little cards per my ATC group endeavors.

November 16th: Last week started with letters from the pen pal I’ve been writing to the longest and the LEPeep I’ve been writing the longest.

November 18th: Even more little cards came today– four batches to be exact! I also got “Now That’s What I Call Disney Princess,” bwahaha.

November 19th: Not that I think my oldest brother reads my blog, but what I received is confidential as it’s his Christmas present.

November 20th: Though I didn’t get them in the mail, my aunt-in-law hooked me up with some new address labels, featuring Harper as a puppy, hehe.

November 21st: Jody and Ashley’s letters came via Manolo, and Angie’s via Pablo.

November 23rd: This week started with a letter from Erika.

November 24th: And this post is ending with this picture of the awesome foodie gift my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Randy surprised us with:


Happy Thanksgiving, Bleaders!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~


Thank You Notes: Manolo

20 Nov

The time has come for me to tell my pen pals why I’m so thankful for them. Well, some of them. In this post I will address the pen pals who send letters to my street address, and on the 30th I will tell those who send theirs to my P.O. box. I won’t use names in either post in the hopes, like in years past, I did each person enough justice they know which paragraph applies to them.

~Though I haven’t gotten letters from you in a while, I still think of you often and am delighted when you send me postcards to let me know that you were thinking of me. They are the postcards I gave you to send after all! I think we really need to become postcard pals, and that I need to pay better attention to your blog because I have missed our nerdy exchanges like paleontologists miss dinosaurs.

~I beat myself up that I don’t try to see you more considering how close I live to your university, but I know you’re keeping busy. I do hope that you’ll be able to write me over your holiday break and that you’ll fill me in on the new boy when you do. We may not talk often, but when we do it’s like no time is ever really lost and even in pen palling, that sort of friendship is rare and therefore extremely appreciated.

~It’s funny. The last time I did one of these Thank You Notes post, I said “You truly are a crafty maven and I think we should try more collaborations in the future.” I could not have asked for a better partner when it comes to our little cards. You’re supportive, encouraging, and inspiring, and this endeavor has brought us even closer. I will always enjoy writing to you, but these days I’m grateful to be messaging you so regularly.

~Whenever I write about you I say how if we lived closer, I am positive we would hang out, and now this paragraph is no exception. Your letters are so chatty, and written as if you’re sitting across from me, talking out loud. Even when it feels as if you could fall apart, you keep your sense of humor and a level head, and I am in constant awe of you. I admire your strength and your dedication, and of course I admire your taste in TV shows as it mirrors my own, hehe.

~I’m not going to lie, it definitely feels like we’re fizzling out as pen pals, but I have enjoyed our correspondence, whether it was between you and me, or Leslie and Michael. I may not have excelled as a character pen pal, but it just made me appreciate the craft that much more. Keep writing, even if it’s not to me, and when you have a story to share I’ll be happy to read it.

~It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were living together, but I’m glad that I was able to introduce you to pen palling back then and that you rediscovered it now. I’m also glad you have a little one of your own now as it gives us that much more to talk about. I have always found this hobby incredibly therapeutic and I imagine it does for you what it has for me. I certainly want you to feel like you can talk to me the way you did when we were roommates, whether it’s out loud or like when we passed each other notes.

~My expectations were low when you asked me to be your pen pal after registering my postcard via postcrossing, but you have become an incredibly loyal pen pal. I like that you also enjoy utilizing notecards like me, and how if I even mention a recipe of yours sounding good you’ll enclose the recipe. You strike me as the type of person that would give someone the shirt off your back, and I enjoy exchanging stories with you.

~It makes me smile to know that it was a mutual pen pal who brought us into each other’s life, and now I’ve introduced you to the LEP. It’s as if I’ve paid it forward in a way. Your letters may have had a lot of venting as of late, but I still think you have as warm and bubbly of a personality as ever. I’m truly grateful for the letters, postcards, and greeting cards you’ve sent over the years, and for the ones I know are still to come because that’s the friend you are.

~In last year’s entry I said “You had me at Veronica Mars,” and though that’s true, I can’t believe how far we have come since I read your LEP intro. We bonded then over crafts and Kevin Smith, and now we’re even closer as we’re transitioning to having our babies in school and I’m (occasionally) filling my days with Arrow, mainly because of you. I love that you seem to have your writing mojo back, because the flow between us has been an absolute delight.

~It’s been a while since I’ve heard from you, though with you I never mind because I know that when you do decide to write me you’ll make sure that letter is worth my wait– you always do. I’m looking forward to hearing how you like the new place and how the furbabies have all adjusted. I’m also looking forward to the day when I can tell you about my Disney trip with the boys come January because I know out of all my pen pals, you’d be the one to appreciate the details the most.

~There have been quite a few paragraphs above this one, but the only number I think of when it comes to you is 1 as you are the first of all these people I started writing to. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since we started writing each other, though I’m well aware you have a large roll in me loving this hobby as much as I have during its reign as my favorite. I tell you constantly how I live vicariously through you/ your letters, yet you never make me feel as if I’m any less interesting.

~It makes me happy whenever I see a letter from you in my mailbox, because unlike the majority of my pen pals, you write me because we’re such good friends in real life you want to send me snail mail in addition to our usual exchanges. I’m really excited about seeing you next month and meeting your new boyfriend, and hearing even more about him in the meantime. Hope he’s ready to help you break in some new Monopoly games!

~I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been collecting postcards to use for our next march, and even if you’re not interested in participating I still have every intention to send them to you. I absolutely love writing you, and yearn for another day where we can sit at a table and write together– frozen hot chocolates optional. I hope you’ll find yourself in Michigan again, and that my mailbox finds more postcards (and letters?) from you.

~I said it before and I’ll say it again– I love the fact that you respond to letters as quickly as I do; it’s amazing to have a pen pal I can expect letters from weekly. Even better yet is having several shows in common so we can talk about each of them as each letter arrives. And then of course there is the extra sheet of stationery we’ve been enclosing with our letters for years. You’re a rare find, and I intend to keep you as my pen pal for many more years.

~You were my very first birthday twin, and remain the one I’m closest too. You’re certainly the person who makes sure my Marsh Mailow stamp wasn’t made in vain, hehe. I love that in addition to sharing our birthday, we also have boys around the same age. However, it’s because of all the ways we’re different that I find your letters so fascinating. The Winnie the Pooh quote comes to mind when I think of you… “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” I wish you the best in all your endeavors.

~As you well know by now, it’s because of your last name I was drawn to you, and now I’m jealous of you now that you’re living in Washington. I hope you’re settling in well and finding homes for things like your vast assortment of stationery. Looking forward to seeing the pages you mix and match when you write me next.

~Every time I think I might not here from you again, something miraculously shows up in my mailbox– most recently those Postcards from Wonderland. It might have been a while since we’ve actually written, but I can only imagine how much you’ll have to tell me once you get a chance to write again. In the meantime, I hope life is treating you well and that getting special Christmas stamps isn’t too much of a challenge, hehe.

~You’re currently my Pen Pal of the Month, and like I said in that post, we bonded quickly over things like Once Upon a Time, though now I’m confident that our friendship could survive without our regular reviews. You’re so sweet to not only think of me when you go somewhere, but of Logan, and even when you’re a homebody, you’re participating in things like my random swaps. I’m currently expecting a letter and some ATCs from you, and I absolutely can’t wait.

~I have not looked for another match via The International Geek Girls Pen Pal, and that’s because I don’t think I’d get as lucky with them as I have with you. Sure, we don’t write very often, but your letters make up for lost time and the things you enclose always bring a smile to my face.

Phew! I didn’t realize how many “Manolo Pals” I had these days until I started writing this! If you made it this far, thanks for reading, and if you’re one of said Manolo Pals, thanks for giving me such awesomeness to read and for being awesome in general.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~





Another Little Mail Call

15 Nov

November 5th: I heard from Jody for the first time this month.

November 9th: After several days without any fun mail, I was really excited to get Justine’s letter and Kira’s postcard (from Wonderland!).

November 10th: My aunt-in-law saw Pablo for me and was rewarded with a letter from Jessica.

November 12th: And now I heard from Jody for the second time this month.

November 13th: Kari sent me a postcard from her Florida vacation, and Amazon helped me get started on my Christmas shopping.

November 14th: Even more stamps came for yours truly, and Logan got “The Big Book of Tractors.”

Sorry this post came so late in the day, and that it wasn’t really worth it’s wait. I’ve been sick this past week so the days have kind of gotten away from me. With any luck this coming week will be a better one for me, and be exceptional for you.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Pen Pal of the Month– November

10 Nov

It’s hard not to think of November without thinking of what you’re thankful for. I like to think these monthly posts are proof that I’m thankful for my pen pals 365 days a year, and I find myself especially thankful for Ashley today.

AshleyWho’s Ashley? She is a pen pal I acquired through the League of Extraordinary Pen Pals after quickly bonding over Once Upon a Time and The Wizard of Oz. Since then we discovered we have a whole plethora of shows and whatnot in common, though our friendship now could survive without the reviews we send each other. I’m thankful to have her as my pen pal and as November’s honoree!

SK: How do you feel about being Pen Pal of the Month?

Ashley: Awesome; it’s like getting employee of the month but better and more meaningful.

SK: What has been your favorite thing about pen palling?

Ashley: I’ve been pen paling for almost 2 years now and I love the connections that I’ve made with some great women.

SK: What, if anything, is your least favorite thing about it?

Ashley: My least favorite thing is when I get into a writing slump and fall behind in my responses.

SK: Why do you like writing me?

Ashley: You were one of my first pen pals and I feel we have quite a bit in common and you’re easy to talk to.

SK: And what do you like about November?

Ashley: November brings cooler weather and Hunger Games; this will be my mom and I’s 3rd Thanksgiving going to see a Hunger Games movie.

Okay, so Hunger Games isn’t a movie we have in common, but I still like Ashley and finding letters from her as well as other goodies in my mailbox. May she find herself with many things, besides the bookmark I’m making her, to be thankful for– this month and always!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Tricks and Treats

5 Nov

October 26th: Though there were no letters nor postcards, the last week of October started with a stamp order for me and a Halloween trinket for the Loganator from my dad.

October 27th: Logan got more mail from my dad, this time in the form of a postcard. Meanwhile I got letters from Tiffany and Brittney.

October 29th: I now “got postcards” from my dad along with Kayla’s letter and a LEP Traveling Journal.

October 30th: Another letter came, this time from Krista.

October 31st: Apparently I could only get letters from Manolo this week if the sender’s name starts with K. Kristy’s letter came along with yet another thing for Logan from my dad. And Rose’s letter came via Pablo.

November 2nd: Logan woke up with what looked like the beginning stage of pink eye. Coming home to my Halloween Movie ATCs after the doctor’s was a real pick me up!

Not pictured: my Rocky Horror Picture Card

Not pictured: my Rocky Horror Picture Card

November 4th: Halloween may be over, but seeing Kari’s festive letter in my mailbox was still a real treat!

Not a very exciting post about post, I know. Our little ninja decided to go as himself for Halloween, and he’s been home with me since Monday because of an especially cruddy cold. He’s doing better now, but my hobby is still a bit of an afterthought. TTFN!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards on Big Adventures

30 Oct

When the leader of the LEP was moving to the US from Canada with her wife, she wanted to downsize some stuff she acquired before she did. I gladly volunteered to take any ATCs she was willing to send me, and received a wide variety of Artist Trading Cards soon after.

The morning after, I woke up wanting to find a group where themes were announced, and each person who signed up would make enough ATCs for their fellow recipients, getting just as many in return. So, for example, if 5 people signed up to do some sort of soda swap, they’d make 5 soda-related cards and then get 5 (including one of their own) back. I asked my mom if she knew of such a thing to no avail, and Jenn told me she used to know of a message board but it was no longer active. I then took it upon myself to make my own group– a secret one for now– with Jenn being my sound board every step of the way.

October was just a few days away, so it made sense that my first swap should start on the 1st. And because Jenn was such a huge help to me, she took on the position of cohost, also arranging a swap. As hosts, our participants send their creations to us so I can distribute all the cards from my swap, and Jenn hers. We have come to the decision that her swaps would be pop culture-friendly while mine are up for more of a broad interpretation.

12 people signed up for my Orange swap, and 10 for her Halloween Movie one! The following are miscellaneous pictures from this month’s endeavors.

Several people have started receiving their Orange ATCs, and the Halloween Movie ones should start showing up any day now. I’m so excited that our trial run went so well, and that so many of the members we recruited are as excited as Jenn and I are for November!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Family Fun

25 Oct

Though this post is a mail call, the main things I want to share are regarding my family so you’ll see some pictures in between…

October 15th: I received two batches of ATCs per a new group I’ve started– my next post will be about ’em :-)

October 16th: My dad had shown up in Michigan a few days before, so after Logan and I spent Friday with him, I checked both mailboxes. Jody’s letter was in one and Amanda’s was in the other along with Jenn’s ATCs and a Postcard from Wonderland.

October 17th: As happy as I was to get stickers from Othella, I was happier getting to meet my new nephew, Jack!


My dad and Logan were also very happy to get to meet the little guy…


October 19th: The set of postcards I mentioned last time started my week off, along with letters from Ashley and Charmaine.

October 21st: More ATCs for yours truly.

October 22nd: I was hoping letters would have came in time to take ’em to Florida with me, but I didn’t do any writing to or from, and I certainly didn’t do any while I was there :-P

October 23rd: My trip to Florida is going to make great letter fodder, but for now, it’s a great excuse to share some pictures.

October 24th: I came home to a letter from Jody, and more ATC related goodness. I should probably go and respond to the former ;-)

Sincerely, Kate ~!~


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