Dear June

20 Jun

If we would have “met for coffee” five days ago, I would have told you that June had been pretty uneventful. Sure, Logan had a field trip to the Detroit Zoo and we went on a couple outings ourselves, but in the grand scheme of things, there wasn’t a whole lot to report.

This past Sunday, though, my maternal grandmother passed away. From when it was decided that they would make her comfortable to when she died, things happened swiftly, but in a lot of ways it did not come as too much of a surprise. My grandma has had more than her share of health problems over the years, and this past year it became evident that she had Alzheimer’s on top of everything else. The silver lining to this situation is that because my mom has coordinated many a funeral, my grandma was able to entrust that with her. That will be happening tomorrow, for the record. If you’re the praying sort, by all means say one for my family. We might have been mentally prepared for this, but that doesn’t make this situation an easy one, and we certainly won’t miss my grandma any less either.

Despite how this past Sunday ended, for the most part Father’s Day was a pretty good day. As per usual, we went to my in-laws’ for a get together, and then the boys spent most of the duration of day connected at the hip. But that’s not the only time they (or we) have spent together! Logan’s gone to work with his dad on several occasions, we went back to the Children’s Zoo, and we went putt putting one Saturday, too. Next Tuesday is Logan’s last day of first grade, so I’m sure more fun outings are around the corner.

Speaking of school, Logan’s definitely ready for summer vacation, but at least they do a good job at keeping the kids engaged. Last week, for example, was Relay Recess so there were spirit days, a picnic– there was even a tank where a lot of the faculty got dunked. Still to come is a water activities day, and there will be a movie and some popcorn on their last day, too.

A movie I recently watched? Iron Man. For a while now I have been wanting to watch all of the Marvel movies in somewhat or a chronological order, and my friend Amanda has been more than happy to indulge me. Originally I was hoping we could get together this week to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, but for obvious reasons I’m going to be in need of a raincheck. Maybe come “Dear July” we will have made a much better dent in Mission Marvel.

In the meantime, TV shows I’ve been watching as of late include Pose, American Woman, and The 100. I’ve read a few books since Dear May, too. When we “last met for coffee,” I wrote that I was reading Alice by Christina Henry, and since then I finished that and its sequel, and then I also read Shout Down the Moon by Lisa Tucker. I am now reading Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin.

I don’t think I have much else to report besides that– like I said, up until recently June had a bit of a “no news is good news” thing going on. While Logan finishes the school year, his dad and I continue to do work in our respective fields. It may not be exciting, but that’s hardly a complaint, you know? For the record, the transcription stuff is still going pretty smoothly for me. It’s hardly a dream job, but I do love being able to help financially a bit.

On that note, I think it’s time to look into a file to transcribe today. Take care, and be sure to tell your loved ones that you love them.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~



Hail the Snail #11

15 Jun

June 2nd: Though Pablo, the P.O. box, had a postcard for me, Manolo had an Amazon order for the boys.

June 4th: The first thing I got from Manolo this month was a letter from Kayla.

June 9th: The second and last thing I got from Manolo last week? A letter from Jody.

June 10th: Pablo had another two postcards for me– one via Postcrossing and one from Heng-Yu, a new potential pen pal.

June 11th: This week started with a letter from Kristy.

June 14th: And this mail call is ending with the latest LaPapierre stationery I ordered:

My apologies for the fuzzy picture.

It feels as if it’s been an especially slow month for snail mail so far, so much so Heng-Yu may not be the only potential new pen pal I try out this summer. Regardless of how many people I hear or don’t hear from, though, I appreciate, as always, the happy mail I do receive because it makes me exactly that– happy.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~




Hail the Snail #10

1 Jun

May 16th: The regular mailbox had a letter from Jody while the P.O. box had all sorts of cards, specifically a batch of Little Cards and two post-cards via postcrossing.

May 20th: Two more postcards via postcrossing came, as well as a letter from Kriston.

May 23rd: Pablo had another batch of Little Cards (but from another theme), and Manolo had a letter from Sarah.

May 26th: Thanks to Krista I received a postcard from Wonderland.

May 29th: Not only did I get something from the Secretary of State I was expecting, but I got Jody’s latest letter, too.

May 30th: I responded to Jody in time to get a letter from Allison.

May 31st: No letters yesterday, but the P.O. box had three more postcards via postcrossing, and the regular one had some freebies from St. Jude’s, in the hopes that I’d donate.

I got more postcards over the past couple weeks than there were days I got mail in this mail call, but I’m happy for all the mail I received all the same. I’m excited to see what will arrive now that it’s June, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the month has in store for us in general.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: May Edition

30 May

The purpose of this Two Cents series is to have a monthly “show and tell” per ATC the Change—a RAOK cause I cofounded. Each edition will feature some of the Change Cards I’ve made, along with other things I’ve done to make the world better one Change Card at a time. Change. Cents. Get it?

I’ll get to the dozen Change Cards I left since the last show and tell momentarily, but first, I’m pleased to report that I made 20 of the things on Memorial Day! Between Gabe working and Logan going to the beach with his grandparents, it was a good opportunity for me to drop everything and craft. These were the first 7 Change Cards I finally got around to making:

Since I just made the above on Monday, I haven’t abandoned any of those with love yet. I did leave 12 older ATCs, though! These were mainly ones I have been holding onto since last summer (for now irrelevant reasons). Four of those 12 Change Cards were left when my mom and I hung out the day after her birthday, like these two at Barnes and Noble:

Though I only “left” 12 ATCs, I also just sent a little over 30 to Sue as she bought up the last of the pre-made sets I had!

For the record, I won’t be making more sets to sell again due to a lack of interest. Now that the stash of Change Cards “on reserve” has been dwindled down, I can feel my motivation to make some more picking up a bit. That said, hopefully in the next edition of this Two Cents series I’ll have more creations to share, along with the highlights regarding the ATCs I share with others.

For now, though, I shall leave you with one last highlight from this past month; it’s not ATC-related, but it does pertain to my kind of kindness. At the restaurant the boys and I went to yesterday, Logan used the quarters I gave him to get a couple bouncy balls. Two of the balls wound up being identical, so he gave one to the little boy who was watching him at the machines ever so intently. The boy was ecstatic, thanking Logan on more than one occasion. It was a nice moment as well as an adorable reminder that a little kindness can go a long way.

If you feel so inclined, leave me a comment regarding the last time you bestowed a random act of kindness upon someone.

Take care and stay lovely!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards: Agriculture

26 May

While Gabe is busy with spring planting-related things this morning, I thought I should (finally) show you the set of Agriculture ATCs I received thanks to the most recently completed swap in my group, Little Cards on Big Adventures.

But before I do that, let me show you what I wrote when I first announced this theme in April:

It’s only a matter of time until the planting season starts for my husband, so lately it’s been a bit of a hot topic around here. That said, I started thinking “agriculture” could be a fun theme to use via LCOBA since there are so many directions you could go like tractors, crops, farm animals, etc. etc..

Six people, myself included, wound up making six farm-friendly ATCs each. Once I received all of the Little Cards, they were made into sets so the participants got one ATC from every person who participated. Without further adieu, this is the set I personally acquired:

I’m personally responsible for the scrapbook paper barn this time around. The next order of business for me is attempting something with a Volkswagen, lol, since the current theme is The 60’s/70’s. There are four of us participating in that, for the record.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing the Agriculture set a quarter as much as Gabe is ready to be done with spring planting right about now 😛

Sincerely, Kate ~!~


Dear May

20 May

Hey! Thank you for indulging me as I write as if we have met for coffee once again. Since the last time I did this, I feel like most of my free time has been pretty split between transcribing files for Rev and reading books for kicks and giggles. I’ll get back to Rev momentarily, but first know that I’ve read the following over the past month before starting Alice by Christina Henry the other day:

  • Bet on My Heart– Sara Shirakawa
  • The Fault in Our Stars– John Green
  • Abby in Wonderland– Sarah Mlynowski
  • Every Day– David Levithan

To be honest, I’m kind of impressed with how much I have managed to read since it feels like Rev keeps me pretty busy. I guess I found a better balance doing this transcription stuff than I was giving myself credit for. Originally I was just picking “decent” files as long as I could make around $30/40 a pop, but now the goal is to make at least $20 a day, choosing interviews only between two people who are both fairly easy to understand. My time feels less wasted and I can usually be done before Logan gets home from school.

Though much of my time has been occupied by the job and my hobbies, May still has had some fun moments for me and the boys, mainly thanks to Gabe’s birthday and Mother’s Day. The first day of festivities (the 6th) included going to the Children’s Zoo in the afternoon and my aunt-in-laws’ in the evening.


The following weekend Gabe and I went to Frankenmuth on Saturday and then to his parents’ (where Logan was) on Sunday to celebrate both occasions there. If you saw my recent mail call, you know what my presents from my boys were.

You know who also recently celebrated Mother’s Day and a birthday? My mother. Logan and I saw her on the 8th when we saw a special feature of The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island, and then yesterday she and I had a mother/daughter day. Our day started with breakfast with Gabe, then once we ditched him we did some shopping, mainly at Target and Barnes & Noble. Going to her house and getting late lunch at Chipotle also occurred that afternoon. If you know me, you know that the latter was like a cherry on top of a sundae of a day, haha.

Other than those outings, it doesn’t feel like I have done a whole lot, but the same can not be said for the boys. Gabe has been pretty busy with Spring planting–weather permitting, and Logan won’t be done with first grade for like another month yet. Since this is the first year of the balanced calendar, the school schedule is about to get a bit wonky to accommodate the days needed yet. Logan has next week off and in June there will be a few weeks where he just goes Monday through Thursdays, though Thursdays are half days. Yeah, wonky. It’s no wonder that the past few Fridays have been Spirit Days to try and keep the kids still engaged. Here are the pictures of Logan and Bridget from those novelty days:

Well, I think that’s everything going on around here. I hope everything going on with you is going well!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail #9

15 May

May 2nd: Like my last mail call, this one is also starting with a letter from Sarah.

May 3rd: Pablo had another letter for me as well as a batch of Little Cards, but Manolo had this set of Boxcar Children books for the Loganator:


Thanks, Mom!

May 5th: Along with my latest stamp order was a postcard from Krista and a letter from Jody.

May 7th: I got another postcard (from Kristy this time), and Gabe got a birthday card from my dad.

May 9th: Another card came for the birthday boy, and then this unbirthday present from my dad came for me:


May 10th: A letter from Sarah arrived, plus an ATC order of sorts from a family friend.

May 11th: Along with a letter from Kayla were two postcards from Wonderland.

May 12th: Joining my little reply pile was a letter from Allison.

May 13th: Though not “happy mail,” it’s worth mentioning that for Mother’s Day the boys gave me The Greatest Showman, a teddy bear, and the things the Loganator made at school.

The boys and I have enjoyed having Mother’s Day and Gabe’s birthday to celebrate this past week, and I think we have all enjoyed whatever happy mail the first half of May has had for us, too. As per usual, I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the month has in store for us as well as the mailboxes.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~