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Hail the Snail #20

5 Dec

Sorry this mail call is a few days late, and that I haven’t posted “Dear November” either. With a new year around the corner, I think Sincerely Kate may need a new plan of attack. For now, though…

November 15th: The last mail call ended with a postcard from Russia, and this one is starting with another.

November 17th: After many –too many– days without Manolo Love, I finally got a letter from Jody.

November 18th: Pablo had another postcard for me, this time from a postcrosser in Germany.

November 19th: I got a letter from my newest pen pal, Amber.

November 23rd: I didn’t just get one postcard from Krista, but four of the things, hehe.

November 25th: Two more postcards were acquired thanks to Pablo.

November 28th: The Christmas gift Gabe ordered for the Loganator arrived today.

November 29th: I heard from Jody yet again.

November 30th: I heard from Kristy next, and Logan got a package from his Papa Halvorson.

December 1st: This month started with a Christmas card (how timely!), two postcards, and the last ever batch of Little Cards.

December 3rd: If getting a letter from Amber along with a Christmas (post)card weren’t cool enough, I/we also got a letter from the school saying Logan is basically one of their Students of the Month, hehe.

December 4th: Last but not least, my order of Christmasy stamps arrived.

Though blogging about happy mail seems to have taken a backseat as of late, I’m excited to get it all the same. When you pen pal, it’s almost like you get presents all year long, hehe. Hope your holidays will be happy ones, by the way!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail #19

15 Nov

November 3rd: Many mail calls have started with a letter from Jody, and this one is no exception.

From here this mail call becomes a bit anticlimactic…

November 4th: Kayla once sent me a letter that we thought got lost so she sent me a new one… Well, the “lost” letter arrived today.

November 5th: Logan got a postcard from his Papa Halvorson.

November 10th: And I got a postcard from a postcrosser in Russia.

With any luck the rest of November will have more happy mail in store for me (and the Loganator!), but I’m thankful for everything we’ve gotten all the same.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail #18

1 Nov

October 15th: My dad sent the Loganator a John Deere encyclopedia of sorts (and the little farmer has been having us read to him about tractors in lieu of reading him bedtime stories ever since, haha).

October 17th: Logan got a postcard next, but it was from his teacher ( ❀ ).

October 18th: Thanks to my mom, I also received books this month. I also got some reading material in the form of a letter from Jody.

October 18th: Pablo hooked me up with the last batch of Little Cards from the Other Worlds theme and the first letter from a new pen pal named Amber.

October 23rd: After a few days without any happy mail, a few postcards from Krista arrived.

October 24th: I got a letter from Sarah as well as her batch of Little Cards per the final theme, Tim Burton movies.

October 26th: Another letter from Jody arrived.

October 27th: Pablo had three postcards via postcrossing waiting for me.

October 28th: I got two more postcards from Krista, a thank you card from the hospital (lol), a letter from Kayla, and my latest stamp order– not a bad way to start the week, eh?

October 31st: October ended with a letter from Heng-Yu in my P.O. box.

I’m pleased to report that though there were a couple days following my surgery (on the 25th) I didn’t do much writing, I have since been staying on top of my reply pile which makes me happy. The surgery, by the way, went well and my recovery has been going pretty well, too– the worst is definitely behind me, thank goodness!

In other news, Logan made out pretty well for Halloween despite not trick-or-treating for very long. Looking forward to seeing how we’ll make out in the happy mail department in November! Cheers.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Dear October

20 Oct

Hello and Happy Sweetest Day! I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to meet with me here as if we are having coffee. Thanks to fall harvest Gabe and I won’t be doing anything all that sweet until tomorrow, but the more the farm does now, the more likely I’ll have my husband back by this time next month, right? I’m still getting some Gabe-fixes in the meantime– just the other day I rode along with him while they harvested soy beans.

Following our time in the field we were off to the school for parent/teacher conferences where we, unsurprisingly, heard that Logan’s teacher has no concerns about his academic performance. Logan, by the way, still says that Ms. Rousseau is the nicest teacher he has ever met, though whenever I ask him what his favorite part about school was his answer is always recess and never about her class, haha.

Oh! Earlier this month Logan had yet another Spirit Week and also went to the Homecoming game with his grandparents. Though I don’t have any pictures from the latter, what I can show you is what Logan and Bridget wore in honor of Viking/ Green and White Day:

Like I told you the last time we “met for coffee,”Β  when the boys aren’t around I have been doing transcription work, reading, and watching some TV. Though the Wizard of Oz novels I’ve been reading this month haven’t lived up to my expectations, most of the shows I’ve been waiting for all summer long have not had me waiting in vain. The shows I’m loving the most right now are Ink Master, Hell’s Kitchen, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, You, and Superstore.

The book You is based off, by the way, is next on my to-read list along with its sequel, Hidden Bodies. My mom just ordered them for me since we figure I’ll be lounging a lot following my cholecystectomy and tubal ligation this Thursday. If you’re the praying sort or will at least sent good vibes my way, I’d appreciate the well wishes. Sure, I’m excited now, but I’m sure as the 25th gets closer, the more nervous I will get.

With any luck, I’ll be better by the 31st since Halloween’s getting pretty close, too! Logan is planning to put his firefighter uniform to use again, both at his class party and via trick-or-treating. I’m not sure if we’ll do anything else in honor of the occasion (for the same reason we’re not really celebrating Sweetest Day today), but either way I think our Halloween will still be a pretty happy one. I’ll fill you in on that as well as my surgery when we meet for coffee next, okay? Okay!

Take care and enjoy the rest of your day!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail #17

15 Oct

October 1st: October started with the first of two letters from Jody.

October 5th: Thanks to Pablo, two more letters arrived along with a batch of Little Cards.

October 6th: Not only did I get a letter from Othella, I got a plush gallbladder to “replace” the one I’m getting removed soon. Meet Celeste!

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October 9th: Last week started with the second letter from Jody.

October 13th: The Loganator received a postcard from his Papa Halvorson.

October 14th: And now thanks to Pablo, two more postcards arrived.

As you can imagine, I’m looking forward to seeing what else the mailboxes will have for me/us as the month progresses (and I’m looking forward to getting that pesky gallbladder out, too πŸ˜‰ ). All the best!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail #16

10 Oct

Before I tell you what the mailboxes have had for me in October on the 15th, I have a bit of catching up to do as I haven’t “hailed the snail” since the middle of August. Without further ado…

August 15th: When Logan came home from his first day of second grade, he found a little box from his Papa Halvorson, the last part of our Target order, and a book via Kids Read Now. I, on the other hand, found a letter and a batch of Little Cards in my P.O. box.

August 18th: When I came home from an overnight trip with my mom, letters from Ashley and Kayla were waiting for me.

August 20th: Joining my reply pile was a letter from Allison.

August 22nd: Sarah sent a little note along with her Autumn batch of Little Cards.

August 23rd: While I got a letter from Jody, Logan got two more books via Kids Read Now and a postcard from my dad.

August 24th: A few more books arrived for the Loganator, this time from my mom.

August 25th: Today was the day I finally got the last of the Little Cards from JUNE.

August 30th: Speaking of finally, thanks to Jody I got my first letter in a week, and I also got something highly anticipated from my dad.

September 6th: Manolo hooked me and Logan up with some happy mail from Sarah, while Pablo hooked me up with four postcards and a batch of Little Cards.

September 9th: Another letter from Jody arrived.

September 10th: Logan got a postcard from his great Aunt Ruth, while, thanks to Ashley, I got an unbirthday card that Alice (not pictured) and the Mad Hatter signed at Disney World!

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September 11th: Much like the last time I saw Pablo, I got a couple postcards and a batch of Little Cards.

September 15th: I got yet another letter from Jody, and Logan got the postcard Ashley sent him from Disney.

September 17th: I also got a Disney postcard from Ashley along with A) a postcard from India and B) the last of the Little Cards per August’s Autumn theme.

September 20th: Kayla’s letter arrived today.

September 21st: Othella’s letter arrived next along with my latest stamp order.

September 23rd: This was my first postcard (and happy mail in general) I received this fall:

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September 25th: Logan got his first postcard of the season thanks to my dad.

September 27th: The month ended with Sarah’s letter for me and a Halloween costume for Bridget.

And that’s all, folks! Tune in on Monday to see what the month of October has started out with.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

The September Slide

18 Sep

I knew I didn’t post for kicks and giggles on the 5th, and then I knew my post on the 15th would be delayed because #lifehappens. What I didn’t realize, however, is that not only did I not post Hail the Snail #17 on Saturday, I never posted Hail the Snail #16 at the beginning of September either. My apologies for letting Sincerely Kate slide so much this month!

I won’t lie, though, it’s probably for the best. Though I wouldn’t say I have been stressing over finding time to write “Dear September” in time to post it this Thursday, it would certainly be one less thing to have to deal with on top of everything else that’s happening right now.

This all said, I’m going to take the rest of September off from blogging, and start fresh on October 1st, catching you up on what’s been going on (and what’s been in the mail, of course) my first few days back. I appreciate your patience!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Card Catalog #2

29 Aug

The Card Catalog is a place here on Sincerely Kate where I take a once-a-month break from talking about pen pal related things and instead talk about another hobby of mine, making and sharing Artist Trading Cards– ATCs for short. If you’ve been following SK for a while, you know that the two breeds I specifically like talking about are Little Cards and Change Cards. To steal what I said last time, “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.”

Speaking of last time, when I talked about these aforementioned kinds of ATCs, I did not have June or July’s Little Cards to share with you yet, so allow me to do so now!

JUNE

What was said about June’s theme, School Spirit, when it was first announced:

In a few weeks, my Little Viking will be all done with the first grade, and he’s hardly the only one either moving on to the next grade, if not graduating. It’s because it’s graduation season that I thought School Spirit would be a fun theme for this month. You could use the mascots from your school, do something with your school colors, etc., etc. It can be grade school or college; we’re not too concerned with those specifics!

Just three of us participated in this theme, and here are the three ATCs I personally acquired from this swap:


JULY

The following theme was Under the Sea, and this is what I had to say about it:

The theme the last couple Julys has been “Summer Blockbusters,” but with a nudge from Allegrae, I decided to borrow from another movie entirely, lol. For the record, if you choose to participate in this theme, you are not obligated to go The Little Mermaid route, but instead can create ATCs featuring whatever you may find under the sea like fish, coral, and even shipwrecks. The world is your oyster πŸ˜‰

Six of us participated in July’s theme, and these six Little Cards joined my collection of ATCs:


AUGUST

I do not have my collection of Little Cards from this month’s Autumn theme yet, but something I can share with you is what I’ve done per ATC the Change this month!

I left a total of 14 ATCs since the last card catalog; over half of them were when Mother Dearest and I last went to Troy, MI. It was because of that trip of ours that I made a baker’s dozen of the things, including these Alice in Wonderland-friendly ATCs left when mom and I went to Mad Hatter Bistro:

Bonus: I had nothing to do with abandoning the ATC on the left someone found and then shared, but it was me who made it, hehe.

I’m not sure how many more Change Cards I’ll make between now and this time next month, but hopefully I’ll have plenty of opportunities to leave plenty more.

Again, if you have any suggestions for the Card Catalog between now and then, don’t hesitate to share them with me since I’m still trying to figure out the best way to combine these two endeavors of mine into one monthly post. Hope you enjoyed this one, by the way!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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 πŸ˜€

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 ~!~

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 πŸ˜‰


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 ~!~