Hail the Snail 2.42

15 Dec

December 1st: This month serendipitously started with three Christmas cards, including this one from my dad:


December 2nd: More cards arrived– little ones, though! One more batch to go until I have all of the Woodland Critters ATCs.

December 4th: Last week began on a high thanks to letters from Allison, Jody, and Krista.

December 5th: The high continued between a postcard for Logan, Christmas cards from Justine, and this Doorknob ornament Ashley sent with her letter(!):


December 6th: Logan got the next package (thanks, dad), and I got a letter tucked inside a Christmas card from Sarah.

December 8th: Even more mail from Krista and Sarah arrived last week, and I also got Rose’s letter via Pablo and Alice in Wonderland leggings via Jen!

December 9th: On the same day Gabe and I bought Christmas presents for our nephew Jack, we received a Christmas card from him and his parents.

December 11th: Another week started on another high! I got a postcard from Krista, the postcards I recently ordered, and a letter from Justine.

December 12th: Two more letters followed thanks to Kayla and Kristy.

December 13th: The last Christmas card of this mail call came from the same person who gave me the awesome Doorknob ornament.

December 14th: The last mail over all? The first batch of Little Cards per December’s theme, as well as letters from Jody, Krista, AND Sarah!

Not only did I get all the fun mail up above (plus that awesome pair of leggings I mentioned), I also now have some peace of mind. Why? Because since the week of Thanksgiving, my mailboxes are no longer “tied” together so all of our regular mail is once again coming to Manolo like it was always supposed to. We still don’t know how that happened in the first place, or why certain things still came here, but now that the tie’s been severed, I’m letting it go. Pretty easy to do with the season of giving upon us 😉 One more mail call to go this year, and I’ll tell you the rest of the mail I’m given in 2017 then!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~


Hail the Snail 2.41

1 Dec

November 15th: The Christmas presents I mentioned ordering at the end of my last mail call? The first of them arrived.

November 17th: And the issue I mentioned regarding our “street” mail turning up in our P.O. box? Yeah, that still happened since Pablo had Justine’s letter.

November 18th: Another order arrived, and thanks to the inclusion of Bridget’s new kicks here, the shipping was free, lol.

November 19th: It’s a good thing I checked the P.O. box again– there were two more letters as well as a postcard from Wonderland in there.

November 21st: Christmas presents arrived for the Loganator (shh!), and some LaPapierre stationery came for me.

November 22nd: It’s worth mentioning that Logan got a Boy’s Life magazine while Gabe got a GQ one 😛

November 24th: Getting a letter from Kristy, even from the wrong mailbox, was a much better deal than anything I could have gotten via Black Friday 😉

November 25th: Not only did Kayla send me a letter, she sent the 5th postcard I needed per yesterday’s Wonderland-friendly post!

November 27th: Joining my little reply pile was a letter from Jody.

November 28th: The reply pile got a reprieve since instead of any letters, we received a present for our nephew.

November 29th: Not only did I acquire some Christmasy stamps at the post office, but a batch of Little Cards, too.

There was quite a bit of mail to be thankful for this month, and –*knocks on wood*– as of this week it all seems to be going where it’s supposed to! My mail carrier, Cindy, didn’t have any concrete answers for me regarding what was going on, but she did find out there was some sort of “tie” to the P.O. box that should be severed now. We’ll find out this month, I guess, and I’ll surely find more happy mail, too.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Postcards from Wonderland #15

30 Nov

It took several months to accumulate the several postcards below, but to me they were worth the wait! Heck, sometimes I think it would be worth joining Postcrossing again just to acquire more postcards from Wonderland, hehe. Thankfully I have people like Kayla and my dad to supply some, and people like Othella and Sarah to fill ’em out in the event they’re empty– these people were responsible for these:






I love how many interpretations of Alice in Wonderland there are, and how well this post proves it. Whether the next trip down the rabbit hole is less varied, or it takes another 8 months, I’m excited for the next five postcards all the same.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: November Edition

29 Nov

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 many 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? Here are the highlights since last month’s post:

1. By Halloween I left all but 1 of my festive Change Cards.

2. One of said cards was left around the McDonald’s Play Place while Logan played, only to be found while we were still there. The mother told her daughters how it was like the Kindness Rocks they found before, and then asked me if I knew about those. I admitted that I’ve painted a few, and that I made that card, too. An even larger conversation and a photo op followed– how amazing is that?


3. Despite such a high, I experienced a lull the beginning of November. Around the middle of the month, though, I made up for lost time and made 24 Change Cards including these six in honor of World Kindness Day:


4. Since restocking a bit I left a dozen more cards, and have been wanting to see if one of my aunts and her friend will order any of the sets I’ve made. What’s a set? For $5, I am offering groups of 9 Change Cards that are ready to be left as Random Acts of Kindness. Please see this post if you’d like more information.

And if you’d like to join our Facebook headquarters, click me! Random FYI, but our group is currently 12 members away from 100 which is a bit of a highlight, too.

Well, the highlights may be few, but they were fun, and I think December should be a fun month for ATC the Change, too. Happiness, after all, doesn’t result from what we get, but what we give, and I want to give out tons of Change Cards 😀 Wish me luck!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

NaBloPoMo Remix #4

28 Nov

National Blog Posting Month– NaBloPoMo for short– is coming to an end, and so it’s time to show you the last of the postcards from my more Kate-friendly take on this daily challenge.

The first four postcards all feature some cute animals because I thought my participating pen pals deserved at least one cute postcard out of the six they’d receive. As for the last five, I wanted to end with Michigan since that’s ultimately where everything came from this month.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t glad the month was almost over. Sending daily postcards might have been an achievable goal, but that’s not to say things weren’t getting a bit stale. When I do this challenge again next year, I think I’ll share 30 random things about me, or answer things from The Book of Questions to make the postcards a bit more fun to fill out. Or maybe I’ll let the participants pick so they’ll be more fun for them to receive.  Either way I have a while to decide, and to figure out how I’ll post about those postcards here 😉 Ideas are appreciated, and so was the view!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

P.S. If you missed the earlier posts this month, here are the links should you want them:

Tied Up With Strings

25 Nov

Though this blog of mine is far from dead, prior to this month it was sort of limping around since going from posting regularly to having a few sporadic features. Sometimes I think about bringing the schedule back, but I don’t want to post something half-assed just because it’s the 25th of a month. Today, however, I do need to address something that has been beginning to weigh heavily on me, especially with Christmas now a month away.

Although I’m forever a sucker for anything Alice in Wonderland, I’m reaching a point in my life where I no longer find much joy in getting packages full of odds and ends, or even little extra things tucked in letters. That’s not to say I haven’t been pleasantly surprised by some gifts, but more than I’d like to admit I feel like the sender’s money was wasted on me. Sure, they might have just seen the item in the clearance section and thought what the hell?, but if it didn’t actually scream “Kate” I’d be more than content just seeing a picture of it. I’m sure someone somewhere thinks I sound ungrateful and wants to comment on how it’s the thought that counts, and honestly I do feel ungrateful. However, that “it’s the thought that counts” door swings both ways. First and foremost, I never EVER want any of my pen pals to think I expect a gift, or feel an obligation to get me something– heck, I’m not even crazy about getting Christmas cards while we’re being honest. What I do want my pen pals to think about is the object in question, asking themselves if they think it’s something I’d actually get use out of, or if I’d see it more as clutter.

Take for example a Harry Potter ornament I recently got from Sarah, never mind the fact that it is too big to actually fit on our tree. I know why Sarah sent it– I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to the Loganator. The thing is though, this is a S.L.O.W. process, so much so Logan and I only make small dents on Mondays and therefore won’t even get to the scene depicted until Christmas is long over. I know I’m sounding like a Scrooge right now, but bear with me. Do I like Harry Potter? Sure, but is it a favorite thing of mine? No. Something I do love? Gnomes, yet a third of our collection is tucked away because we don’t have the space to display them. If it comes down to having a gnome on a shelf or Harry Potter characters, I’m going to be rolling with my gnomie. P.S. This example has a happy ending– Sarah said she was tempted to keep the ornament for herself before so I’ll be sending it back to her.

Again, I feel ungrateful even bringing this up, and I feel like a hypocrite on top of things since I used to send many a knick knack I found in Oriental Trading catalogs. At the heart of these feelings though, I don’t want to be given gifts, I want to be given time. Having pen pals is how I have mainly socialized as an adult, especially since becoming a stay-at-home-mom, so if I’m given the choice between a present, or someone being present in the form of letters, I will choose the latter.

I apologize for this downer of a post. I thought it was important, though, for my pen pals to know where I stand now, and maybe verbalize how others may be feeling about gift-giving becoming too much of an obligation among loved ones. So as we move into the Christmas season, I believe we all should strive to be more mindful of what our friends and family truly want, and give them the presents (or presence!) that matter most.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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!


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 ~!~