NaBloPoMo Remix #3

21 Nov

I may not be posting on this blog every day this month, but I have been sending daily postcards via my own little challenge. You can find the first week’s worth here, last week’s here, and this past week’s postcards below!

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The postcard in the bottom left is the last from the Taiwan batch, the bottom right one is the first of 5 featuring animals, and the others are from Hollywood. Why Hollywood? Since I used postcards from my mom’s time in Taiwan, I thought I’d also use some from my dad’s neck of the woods.

Something else I thought I’d do? Tell you that I decided I’m going to send daily postcards like this again next March and November. Why March too? Because over the past couple years, I already did something similar with Othella (and then Sarah) I called The March of Postcards— might as well keep downsizing then; plus it will give other pen pals other chances to participate.

In the meantime, I hope my current participants are enjoying all the miscellaneous postcards they’re getting, and I hope you’ve been enjoying this silly series of mine– one more post to go!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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Thank You Notes ’17

20 Nov

For almost as many years as I have been blogging, I’ve been doing posts I call “Thank You Notes” in honor of Thanksgiving. The point of this annual-ish series is to acknowledge each of my current pen pals, letting them know why I’m thankful for their companionship. Like the very first time I did this, I’m not going to use names or a specific order because the hope is I will have done each person enough justice they’ll know which paragraph is theirs once they find it. So without further ado…

~ Although you’re about to have your own little boy, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you won’t need that “Get Out of Jail Free” card I offered you. Sure, your letters will become even more sporadic than they already were, but I think they’ll be even more worth their wait with us having something so huge in common. You have been such a loyal pen pal over the years, and even if you stop sending seasonal cards, enclosing postcards from Wonderland, or writing in general, I know you will remain a loyal friend.

~ You are also expecting a (newly confirmed!) little boy, however I can’t imagine living in a world where you and I are not pen pals! Since your earliest letters to me you were automatically a favorite since you’d write to me as if we were sitting across from each other at Chipotle, dishin’ over dishes. Now, a plethora of letters later, I still consider you a favorite because we can tell each other anything and vent about anyone, lol. I have no doubt your son will be awesome, and grow to admire you like I certainly have.

~ Despite writing sporadically for several years now, I don’t feel like we know each other any better now than we did a year ago which is a bit of a bummer! Maybe in 2018 we can make a resolution to write more often, especially now that you’ve trimmed down your to-write list so much with some assistance from yours truly. Any maybe I can make a point to enclose more Change Cards since you like ’em both in person and via Instagram. Between all the coffee shops and libraries I see you post pictures of, you definitely have opportunities to leave them places, hehe.

~ Not going to lie, I almost didn’t include you in this since I no longer consider us pen pals really– we’re not even postcard pals in March anymore. Since I can’t seem to remove you from my Facebook group though, here you are! I suppose there’s a part of me that hopes I will still get postcards, if not letters, from you; plus I have a soft spot from when you visited and “extraordinary” things occurred. In the meantime, I hope you like my random postcards via my NaBloPoMo shenanigans.

~ Although all of my pen pals are thoughtful &/or generous, you definitely seem to be on a whole other level. For example, in my FB group if I so much as say “who would be interested…” I know I can count on you to be all in like when you’ve joined both of my ATC-friendly groups or sent Logan his mystery box. And that’s not even the half of it considering all the wonder-ful things you surprised me with like my very first LitCube. Even without the presents though, you make me feel special and like I’m as close a friend to you as people you know in real life. Or maybe it just seems that way since we’re both a couple of kids at heart with the same taste in things like television shows, hehe.

~ In a past Thanksgiving post, I wrote how I loved living vicariously through you while you were living in San Francisco, and even though you have since moved to Kentucky, I still want to live vicrariously through you because you have kittens! Lol! In all seriousness though, I know we don’t write very often, and I even offered you one of those “Get Out of Jail Free” cards before, but you refuse to give up on me and our slow-burn of a correspondence. Knowing that makes me feel just as special as I would if I heard from you monthly, so I mean it when I tell you no rush!

~ To be honest, this paragraph is tricky for me to write since I recently told you I don’t think we’re as close as we used to be, and that I feel like you have put me on the back burner. I know that was never your intention, but it is what it is. So let’s pretend it’s last November, back when you’d bump me to the top of your reply pile on Sundays, and write about how you didn’t want to wait until the following Labor Day weekend to visit me again, making and leaving more of our own kind of random acts of kindness while you were here. I hope we can get back on the same page in the not-so-distant future, because the thought of us not still being pen pals by the time I post “Thank You Notes ’18” is a very depressing one.

~ I bet I could just say “clockwork” and “extra stationery” and you’d know I was talking about you! With a hobby called snail mail, no one every really expects to have a pen pal they can expect weekly letters from, but here we are after a DECADE, still responding to each other multiple times each month! It’s too bad so many of our shared shows are going downhill because being able to talk about them from week to week was something I looked forward to as much as the shows themselves. Thank you for being so much more consistent than the writers I constantly seem to bitch about, lol.

~ Can you believe we’ve been writing each other for a dozen years? Sure, some years were more on the quiet side, but every letter has always been worth its wait and full of fun stories! I have told you on more than one occasion that I love to live vicariously through you, but something else I love? That you never make me feel like my stories from my less exciting day-to-day life aren’t just as worth sharing. You, Lady, are more than just the pen pal I’ve been writing to the longest, but the one I have the largest affinity for.

~ When we first started writing I often wondered about the longevity of our correspondence, assuming we’d eventually taper off. It’s been a couple years now though, and– unless you use your “Get Out of Jail Free” card– we’re still at it, each using a mixture of note cards and lined paper, hehe. For what it’s worth, I hope we’ll keep writing; not only do I love seeing the note cards you’ve acquired, I enjoy hearing about your life and want to hear more about that little girl who has entered it– congratulations again!

~ I said it before, and I’ll say it again: even though we’re friends in real life, it’s so sweet that you send me mail just because you know I love it so much! Like, how many 30-year-olds can expect postcards each time their friend travels for work?! I don’t mind that sometimes you use plain paper or will flat-out type, or that sometimes your letters are short because you want to bang it out. To me, getting anything from you in any way, shape, or form is still very much happy mail.

Phew! It’s hard to believe I used to have even more pen pals than this to acknowledge because these 11 thank you notes alone were quite the undertaking! At least the mail I receive from this lot is usually pretty staggered so there’s rarely more than 5 letters in my reply pile 😛 Anyway! Whether you’re a pen pal of mine or just someone who enjoys reading my blog, I’ve very thankful that you’re here. All the best from my screen to yours, and if you celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Hail the Snail 2.40

15 Nov

November 2nd: Considering I’m sending daily postcards this month, restocking on the postage to do so seemed like a good idea.

November 3rd: It wasn’t the letter I was expecting, but I still got some random odds and ends from Frankfort with Love.

November 4th: So, umm, not only did Pablo have the last batch of October’s Little Cards, he also had several things meant for Manolo like Sarah’s letter. If you need a refresher, Pablo is my P.O. box, and Manolo is our regular mailbox.

November 6th: Getting nothing but catalogs last Monday reminded me of one of my earliest blog entries here, lol.

November 8th: Some of the mail meant for Manolo still seems to be showing up with Pablo, but at least Jody’s letter showed up at all, right?

November 9th: Allison’s letter came! And to our regular mailbox, too!

November 10th: Okay, things still aren’t quite right with the mailboxes because in addition to Pablo having a batch of Little Cards (normal), he had Krista’s letter (not normal).

November 14th: Pablo might have had a couple of our bills yet, but Manolo had Kayla’s letter which is much more important, lol.

Despite how peculiar things have been with my mailboxes, I’m happy for the letters I’ve received all the same. I’m still receiving everything I’m supposed to, so I really can’t complain! Looking forward to seeing what Manolo and Pablo still have in store for me this month, wonky or otherwise, especially now that Christmas presents I ordered should be trickling in, hehe.

Later, gators!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

NaBloPoMo Remix #2

14 Nov

When I posted last Tuesday, I told you that in lieu of posting on Sincerely Kate every day for NaBloPoMo, I’m going to “post” daily postcards instead– this is a pen pal blog above all else, after all! I promised weekly updates so here are the latest 7 postcards I sent:

The first few postcards were a continuation of the random ones I started sending last week. Now I’m in the process of using 5 of the postcards I still had/have from when my mom taught at Ming Chuan University in Taiwan.

Since I told you why I was sending daily postcards last time, this time around I thought I’d share with you an example of what one of my daily messages sounds like:

Dear Ashley,

Man, oh man, am I tired. I’m starting to forget what sleeping through the night/ sleeping in feels like, but Logan’s flu bug can’t last forever, right? When I’m not making sure he has drinks, or trying to make him eat just one frickin’ doughball, I’m still trying to do the things I would have accomplished if he went to school. On Monday, for example, I used some of the Bambi pages from my calendar to make my Woodland Critters cards. And, of course, I’m still rocking this postcard challenge– I hope you get a kick out of this one!

Sincerely, Kate

As a pen pal and even fellow adventurer via Little Cards, I’m sure Ashley will appreciate the postcard and its sentiment. As for someone who might have just stumbled upon Sincerely Kate? I’m sure they now understand why I didn’t think posting here daily would be my forte, haha. Whoever you are, though, thanks for tuning in!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

P.S. Logan is doing much better since I sent that postcard to Ashley last Thursday 🙂

Little Cards: October

10 Nov

It was in October of 2015 that I started the adventure that is Little Cards— a group where monthly themes are announced for willing participants to make ATCs for. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since our first two themes, Orange and Halloween Movies, but the proof is in the 331 ATCs I personally have acquired.

In honor of the 2nd anniversary, I decided to let the members of our Facebook group have a say in what October’s theme should be using the following steps:

  • Step 1: Provide each member with the chance to nominate a theme
  • Step 2: Choose my three favorites from the nominees and create a poll
  • Step 3: Using the poll, let them vote for the ultimate winner

I’d just like to add quick that I’ll be using all of the nominations at some point, so no one participated in this process in vain 🙂

Anyway, it was no surprise when a third of the members, myself included, thought that Ashley’s Tricks &/or Treats theme was a great choice for October. 6 of us then participated in said theme, resulting in these 6 ATCs– the “I got a rock” one was my contribution, hehe:

I’d like to thank Ashley for nominating such a fun theme, and all the members who have made this group what it is over the past two years (especially Jenn, my former cohost). 7 of us are now participating in my Woodland Critters theme. I look forward to sharing that leg of our adventure with you, and the whole next year, too.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

NaBloPoMo Remix

7 Nov

If you read many a blog, you likely know that November is NaBloPoMo– National Blog Posting Month. If you don’t follow many blogs, or just don’t follow trends, what this means is bloggers who are up for the challenge write a blog post every day in November. To be honest, this idea never really appealed to me since sometimes my old posting schedule already felt tedious enough. A daily challenge I can get behind, though? Sending postcards. Especially since this also means downsizing my stash 😛

Before November started I asked my pen pals who wouldn’t be annoyed by getting multiple postcards throughout the month, and five of them said they were game. Now that November is here, I have started sending postcards to them, rotating who I write to each day. These were the seven cards from this past week:

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I chose the Route 66 ones for the first rotation because there’s a song called “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” and I love me some kicks and giggles like this. Next I started using more random postcards I think my participating pen pals will each get a kick out of. I have other postcards on deck for a variety of other reasons, and while I might not blogging daily, I have every intention to post weekly updates.

If you’re participating in NaBloPoMo or something similar, I wish you the best of luck; and to everyone else, I wish you well. Until next time!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.39

1 Nov

October 16th: My last mail call ended with me expecting a letter from Allison and a box from Sarah. The former came today.

October 18th: Sarah’s box took a bit of a scenic route to get here, but it was the next to arrive all the same.

October 19th: I recently finished one set of address labels, and I’m less than 10 labels away from using up another. It’s because of this I got a new set of address labels via vistaprint 😀

October 21st: The stamps I ordered followed next, but they weren’t alone! I also got letters from Ashley and Jody plus a postcard from Wonderland.

October 23rd: As of last Monday I had half of the Little Cards per October’s Tricks &/or Treats theme.

October 28th: And Little Cards were all I received last week– Pablo had two more batches!

October 30th: Logan came home with his first batch of Scholastic books in first grade, and thanks to Jody, Kayla, and Krista, I got a bunch of reading material, too.

October 31st: Logan got everything in the picture below last night(!), while I got a treat in the form of Justine’s letter.

I hope your Halloween was happy one, bleaders, and that your November is full of many things to be thankful for.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~