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Hail the Snail #15

15 Aug

August 2nd: This mail call will mention several postcards, and the first two were from Krista’s recent trip to New Orleans.

August 3rd: The first letter I received this month (not including the one from Logan’s school) was from Kayla.

August 4th: Each mailbox had another letter for me– Manolo had Ashley’s and Pablo Rose’s.

August 6th: The next letter to arrive was from Jody, and the next postcard was one my dad sent Gabe.

August 7th: Manolo added Sarah’s letter to my reply pile while Pablo hooked me up with a postcard from a postcrosser in Switzerland.

August 9th: Othella hooked me up with the next postcard that arrived.

August 10th: Thanks to his Grandma Kraklow, Logan received the last few “back-to-school” things he needed.

August 11th: This was the postcard my dad sent the Loganator, lol:

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August 13th: Dad sent Logan a little bubble mailer next while I got a letter from Jody and a postcard from Kira.

August 14th: More packages arrived for Logan thanks to his Grandma Kraklow, but these ones are for his freshly cleaned and organized room 😀

It’s been a pretty full month for me and the boys (for reasons I’ll write about in a few days), but somehow I’ve managed to stay on top of all of the incoming mail I just listed. Looking forward to seeing what else the mailboxes have in store for us during the second half of August, and hoping I can continue to respond to everything with little to no delay.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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Card Catalog

5 Aug

Though more than anything this is a pen pal-friendly blog, in addition to posting about happy mail, I have also posted about many an ATC (Artist Trading Card). There have been two kinds of ATCs I have shared the most over the past couple years, and I affectionately call them Little Cards and Change Cards. Little Cards are the ATCs I swap based on monthly themes via a FB group I run; Change Cards are the ones I leave as random acts of kindness on behalf of ATC the Change.

A month ago I wrote about my decision to start posting these ATCs together in lieu of them continuing to have separate entries, and today is the (belated) first installment! Please bear with me as I figure out the best way to format this new series– not only do I have two months worth of catching up to do regarding Change Cards, I only have May’s Little Cards in full.

MAY

Little Cards:

May’s theme was The 60s/70s, and this is what I said about it when I first announced it:

My train of thought for this theme was like this: April showers brings May flowers. Well, we just did Agriculture and we’ve done Spring before, too. Hmm… Oh, I know, the hippie era! Not that you have to do anything with flowers or even with hippies. If there is something from either the 60s and/or 70s that calls to you, by all means use that as your inspiration!

Four of us were called to make ATCs per this theme– those shoes were just a bit on back order 😉


JUNE

Change Cards:

I didn’t make any Change Cards in June, but I did leave the four below as well as another five:

Little Cards:

As I mentioned above, I do not have June’s Little Cards in full as I’m still waiting to receive Vikki’s contribution. What I will tell you, though, is that the theme was “School Spirit” and there were three of us that participated/are participating.


JULY

Change Cards:

I made at least 20 Change Cards last month– a dozen of them were these snail mail-friendly ones:

I left 14 ATCs when I was with my mom on the 11th and 12th, and 9 when I’ve been out and about with the boys, mainly on our vacation up north.

Little Cards:

Like with June, I am one contribution away from being able to share July’s haul because they have yet to arrive from The Netherlands. In the meantime I will tell you that July’s theme was “Under the Sea” and there are six of us participating.


AUGUST

If it wasn’t for our recent vacation to the U.P., this post would have happened on the last Wednesday of July, so this is not the time or place for any August ATCs just yet. Hopefully come August 29th, however, I will have all of the missing Little Cards and maybe all of August’s, too. Just so you know, the current theme is Autumn and there are five of us participating.


If you have any suggestions for the Card Catalog between now and then, don’t hesitate to share them with me. In return, I will be sure to share whatever ATCs August has in store for me between these two endeavors of mine.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail #14

1 Aug

July 16th: I’m pleased to report the last of the Little Cards from May finally arrived.

July 18th: Sarah’s Little Cards (and blank postcards) arrived next along with some happy mail for the Loganator like this SeatPet:

July 19th: Thanks to Manolo I got a letter from Jody.

July 20th: And thanks to Pablo I got a Postcard from Wonderland.

*From the 23rd to 26th our mail was held while we were on vacation. Here, though, are the postcards I found when we went to Tahquamenon Falls and Whitefish Point:

July 26th: Between the two mailboxes I came home to letters from Sarah and Kriston, two postcards via postcrossing, and my latest stamp order.

July 27th: Logan’s latest book per Kids Read Now arrived as well as a Boy’s Life magazine for him.

July 28th: Another two batches of Little Cards came for moi.

July 30th: This week started with a letter from Jody.

July 31st: And this mail call is ending with one more batch of Little Cards– just one more to go until I have all of July’s ATCs!

The second half of July was a pretty good month for mail, and it was just a good time in general. The boys and I enjoyed my dad’s visit, and we had a great vacation up in the UP. We’re looking forward to seeing what all August has up its sleeves for us, and of course I’m looking forward to seeing what Manolo and Pablo will have for me, too!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Postcards from Wonderland #17

31 Jul

Since I didn’t share Change Cards and Little Cards with you this past Wednesday since the boys and I were on vacation, I thought I’d make it up to you today and show off a different kind of card I love– Postcards from Wonderland!

Not only did receiving the following five postcards– all inspired by Alice in Wonderland– make me grin like the Cheshire Cat, so did the fact they arrived in a pattern. 1, 3, and 5 were went to me from Krista per a favor, while 2 and 4 are from postcrossers in Germany and Russia, respectively.

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I once said that “sometimes I think it would be worth joining Postcrossing again just to acquire more postcards from Wonderland.” Though only a couple postcards out of the 30 or so I’ve received since rejoining Postcrossing have been Alice in Wonderland-friendly, I’m glad to have an active account again. Only receiving Alice and company once in a while makes me that much more excited when I get them. And besides, it’s not like the other postcards I’ve received have sucked, lol.

No matter where the next Postcards from Wonderland come from or when they get here, I know I’ll be grinning like a Cheshire Cat again once I get those, too. Thanks for tumbling down these rabbit holes with me!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Dear July

20 Jul

Thank you for joining me as if we were having coffee. My dad has been visiting us this week so what’s another “visit” at the moment? 😉 As always, the boys and I are enjoying our time (and our random adventures) with my dad. Heck, Logan even enjoys getting in and out of his Papa Halvorson’s van since it has a “magical button,” haha. If I had to choose a favorite outing, it would be seeing Lake Huron on a whim after having ice cream in Sebewaing and therefore being pointed in its direction. We still have a few more outings on deck before dad leaves on Monday, like dinner at the aunt-in-laws’ tonight– nom nom.

Though it will be sad to see my dad off next week, the boys and I are actually taking off that day, too. A few months back, Logan told us he wanted to see a real waterfall and Gabe was determined to make that happen this summer. With wheat harvest behind us and our 8th wedding anniversary just 10 days away, what better time for us to go up north and see the Tahquamenon Falls? The next time we meet for coffee, I’m sure I’ll have some fun stories and/or pictures to share.

As you may recall, the last time we met for coffee, my maternal grandmother had just passed. If you have ever lost a loved one, I’m sure you know how bittersweet funerals can be. For example, you can be relieved that they are no longer suffering, but on the other hand, your heart is breaking for those who are left behind. Then in spite of that heartache, you’re happy to see your aunts, uncles, and cousins in the same place at the same time since that’s a rare occasion anymore. Basically the emotions are all a bit of a whirlwind.

The Loganator did not go to the funeral. I used school as a bit of an excuse, but even if he would have been out already he wouldn’t have gone. I knew he would have kept whispering things like “when will this be over?” so we decided we’d do other things with him in his great-grandma’s memory instead. Thing One was going to the Children’s Zoo with Uncle Erik while he was up from Florida. Not only did my grandparents give us the zoo membership we have the past two Christmases, we could visit this brick of theirs there:

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Thing Two was not only in grandma’s honor, but was also to celebrate Logan’s last day of first grade. The boys and I went to Midland where we had lunch at Logan’s Roadhouse, visited my grandpa, and went to Plymouth Park. In addition to Plymouth Park being my favorite part G&G ever took me to, there are personalized fence posts there for their great-grandkids as well as my youngest two cousins. Here’s Logan with his:

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It goes without saying that Logan is so glad to be done with school for a while. Between that day in Midland and my dad’s current visit, Logan’s been to the movies, the beach, the farm to help with wheat harvest, to VBS at his grandparents’ church– I feel like I’m forgetting something, but maybe that’s just his grandparents’ in general, haha. His summers may be shorter, but all the more reason to make each moment count, I guess!

Though I haven’t been as busy as the Loganator, I have been slacking when it comes to reading and transcribing. I did manage to finish reading Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, but my dent in The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz is rather small. Once Logan goes back to school, it will be much easier to get back on track as we’ll have regularly scheduled lives again then. Maybe then Amanda and I can also resume what we’re now calling our Marvel Misadventure, lol. We still haven’t watched anything since Iron Man, unfortunately. By the way, there are a few shows I’ve been watching this summer like Pose and Food Network Star, and though I like both series very much, I’d trade them for my fall line-up, haha.

Well, I think it’s about time to end this “visit” and resume the one with my dad. Until we meet again!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

 

Hail the Snail #13

15 Jul

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

July 4th: Before celebrating America’s birthday with the cuties below, I celebrated finding two postcards in my P.O. box.

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July 5th: I found a postcard in the regular box next thanks to Krista.

July 6th: Pablo had yet another two postcards while Manolo had a letter from Sarah.

July 12th: After almost a week without happy mail, both mailboxes had a letter for me– thanks Kayla and Heng-Yu!

July 13th: Though a box arrived via Manolo, it was for my dad… who will be arriving in the area later today!

July 14th: Not to be left out, the Loganator received a book via Kids Read Now.

I rarely say this, but I actually wouldn’t mind if the second half of July had even fewer letters and postcards. Between my dad visiting this week and us going on vacation the next, I don’t know how much time I will have for happy mail. I will get to everything sooner or later, though, and it won’t be long until I’m sharing those things with you again either! Ciao for now!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

A Blog Post About My Blog Posts

5 Jul

It would be easy to blame my apathy towards blogging last month on my grandmother dying, but the fact of the matter is I was feeling apathetic prior to that happening. When 2018 started, I had a game plan for Sincerely Kate, starting with my mail calls continuing to happen on the 1st and 15th of every month, and my Two Cents series staying on the last Wednesday of each month, too. Next the 5th and 20th of each month became scheduled days as well. The latter has been a play on the “If we were having coffee” posts, while the former was more of a wildcard. Sure, other posts were peppered in occasionally, but these scheduled posts were the staple.

Well, as June 5th got closer and closer, the more at a loss I was regarding what I wanted to post about. The best idea I could come up with was bitching about how some new pen pals weren’t working out, but just because it was my best idea, didn’t actually mean it was a good one. So the fifth came and went with no blog post.

Then the 27th was approaching. I knew I was supposed to post about Change Cards via “Two Cents,” and though I did make/leave a few cards in June, those things alone just didn’t seem worth sharing at the time. I will show you these donut-friendly ATCs I made to leave as RAOK now, though, lol:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I do NOT want this blog to just become a place where there are mail calls twice a month. Prior to June I do think I was on the right track, but now that we’re into the second half of the year, it’s a good time to make a couple more modifications.

The biggest change is going to be that the “Two Cents” series is no more. Rest assured, this doesn’t mean I will no longer share what I do per ATC the Change, but instead I’m going to change how I go about it—still on the last Wednesday of each month. After all, Change Cards are not the only ATCs that ever get featured here on Sincerely Kate; I also share the Little Cards I receive through monthly swaps that I organize. As much as I love sharing what I receive via Little Cards on Big Adventures (LCOBA), when I have gotten those cards has been SO sporadic. As I write this, I’m not only still waiting on ATCs from June, but a batch from May as well.

That all said, between how unpredictable LCOBA can be, and how sometimes my own motivation per ATC the Change can be unpredictable, rather than posting about these two endeavors in different posts, I’ll be merging them into what I’m calling “The Card Catalog.” How will that work? I’m not entirely sure yet, lol. My hope is merely that the merger means the posts will become more worthwhile, and that maybe one side will compensate for the other should its content not be very sufficient at the time.

Well, what about the fifth, Kate? Though I’m posting this very post today, I don’t know whether or not posting on the fifth is something I’m going to continue just yet. It’s certainly something I’d like to do, though. It would be easy to fall back on a series of some sort, but the whole point of posting on the fifth of each month this year was to give me a break from the series and do things more relevant to what’s happening at the time. April, for example, I wrote how I sent a few pen pals a total of 31 postcards throughout all of March.

TL,DR: Moving forward on this blog is basically crossing bridges as I get to them. I don’t know if my idea for The Card Catalog will work, nor if I’ll continue posting on the 5th of each month; these are merely things I’d like to happen and therefore I pray they will. Wish me luck!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~