Archive | November, 2017

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:

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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 ~!~

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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?

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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:

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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!

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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 ~!~

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 ~!~