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Hail the Snail 2.26

15 Apr

Although this may be the first time I have “hailed the snail” since January, I assure you what I’ve gotten from Manolo and Pablo over the past couple months has still very much been “happy mail.” Below you’ll find everything I’ve received so far this month.

April 1st: The month started with a letter from my most consistent pen pal, Jody.

April 3rd: And then last week started with a letter from Kari and a random intro letter from someone in Germany. For the record, I only responded to the former since I’m not in the market for new pen pals.

April 4th: Thanks to Jenn, I had all of the Little Cards per my Enchanted theme.

April 5th: Pardon the bra strap, but the “perfect T” was a perfect mystery, hehe. It came in the mail along with a letter from Sarah:

April 6th: Not only did I get letters from Justine and Kayla, I got a “friendly reminder” it’s time to schedule another OB/GYN exam– joy!

April 7th: Joining the little reply pile I had was a letter from Ashley.

April 8th: Thanks to Sarah, the reply pile grew even bigger yet.

April 10th: This week started with another letter from Sarah, and one from Kristy, too.

April 12th: Though the hooks failed to come with it, I got a shoe organizer in the mail so I can store/ display my LulaRoe leggings, hehe.

April 13th: The more I got caught up on letters, the more happy I was to get the one from Jody. Also happy? Logan because he got a couple books in the mail.

April 14th: More books came for the Loganator, and a batch of Little Cards came per my current theme.

Whether there’s any mail today or not, it should be a good day between seeing my mom’s side of the family, and then seeing some animals per the MembersFest at the Children’s Zoo. Plus our plans this weekend don’t end there! I hope your Easter is a happy one!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Highlights from the Hiatus

7 Apr

In another week I’m planning to resume my Hail the Snail posts where I log my incoming mail, but for now I thought I’d log some of my happiest mail from during the hiatus, along with some of my happiest times, too.

February 8th: This was the 3rd day in a row Logan got books from my mom, and I got to listen to him almost read ’em by himself, hehe.

February 12th: For a little Valentine-friendly outing, Gabe and I took Logan pottery painting for the first time. Here he is painting his “calico cat.”

February 21st: Manolo had two packages for me. One had a rather belated letter from Allison, and the other had early birthday presents from Sarah.

February 24th: The weekend before my 30th birthday, my mom and I went to the Troy area for a bit of a pre-party where the main objections were to go to the charming Mad Hatter Bistro, and make a celebratory stuffed animal at Build-a-Bear Workshop. Not only did those endeavors not disappoint, my mom made sure the rest of the weekend was awesome, too. The quilt included in the pictures was just one of many surprises!

March 1st: My first letter as a 30-year-old was from Jody, and my first postcard was from Sarah.

March 3rd: Today was the day I got my new journal from Wonderland 😉

March 6th: Not only did I get some fun birthday presents from Nicole, both the Inchies and Boy Bands sets of Little Cards came from Jenn along with her Hearts batch per my February theme.

March 15th: I should preface this chunk by saying that having to have a tooth pulled was not a happy experience. What made me happy, though, was 1) saying goodbye to a month of agonizing mouth pain and 2) no longer stressing over the procedure and taking valium for the first time. In fact, I quite liked my sole valium experience since it made me feel nothing but content. I feel like it “calmed the waters” more that day than the weeks I tried Prozac and Zoloft years ago. I don’t know; I guess I was just thankful for the temporary peace of mind.

March 16th: Sarah went to Florida for a large chunk of March, and though I got postcards from her while she was gone, I was so excited to get a letter from her upon her return!

March 18th: Though Gabe had presents for me back on March 1st, he knew what I really wanted for my birthday was to see Beauty and the Beast. Though the movie was not without its faults, overall I was so incredibly pleased with it. I’ve been telling my pen pals how I believe the movie was not made for kids, but rather people like us who grew up with the animated classic. I feel as though that is why they stayed so loyal to the original, mainly only fixing what was broken and giving the characters more depth.

March 28th: For reasons irrelevant to this blog, a young lady from Sweden was visiting my mom. And when I say young, I mean she’s a young adult into things like Glee and Disney movies like me. It’s because of this my mom had the brilliant idea for us to go back to Mad Hatter’s– the bistro in Troy we liked, this time for afternoon tea. Though the tea party is not something I’d do again, I am glad for the memories and for the fact I found a tea I actually enjoy (hot cinnamon spice). And icing on the cake? I came home to leggings in the mail, hehe. Here’s a group picture, by the way, though those leggings are a more older pair 😉

March 31st: The last thing I got in the mail last March? This adorable ATC! Fitting, since this is the last ATC I will get via private trades.

More happy mail to be posted about next Saturday, and maybe some more happy times, too. Thanks for reading this if you are, in fact, still reading this, and for tuning in this week at all.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Postcards from Wonderland #14

6 Apr

As promised, here are more Postcards from Wonderland! And like the last three from the last time, these all originally came to me blank, only I’m the one who bought them this time, haha. I sent them to Sarah late February, and they’ve trickled back in since then.

Something else that showed up last month? This awesome journal from Ashley!

I obviously love Alice in Wonderland, and I love all my pen pals for being so wonderful. Here’s to another 60+ Postcards from Wonderland, and maybe another 60+ years of pen palling, too.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards: December through February

5 Apr

Much like with the postcards from yesterday, I have some catching up to do via Little Cards…

December:

North Pole:

Christmas Carols:

January:

Zodiac:

Inchies:

February:

Hearts:

Boy Bands:

With any luck I’ll have Enchanted and Dr. Seuss ATCs from last month to share with you soon, along with the motivation to do so. As for this month, there are 7 of us currently making Bunny ATCs, and 3 of us making Rom-Com ones.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the “ATCs” from the Inchies set above, Jenn wanted to do an Inchies swap where we all made 4 even little-r cards that were 1 inch by 1 inch. I stuck each batch to a regular white card so I A) could keep ’em separated by artist, and B) put ’em in my binder with everything else I’ve acquired from our little group.

I love this little group, by the way; the joy I’ve gotten from these cards in the mail, whether I post them or not, has been nothing but little!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Postcards from Wonderland #13

4 Apr

The following postcards have been on this side of the looking glass for the past two months or so, but if you read yesterday’s blog post, you know I’ve been “down the rabbit hole.” Better late than never!

These first two were sent to me by Kira from Letters, Postcards, and a Cup of Tea:

How cool, by the way, were her additions to the backs?

The rest of these postcards came thanks to Othella. If the style looks familiar, it’s because they were from a set my dad gave me, and I wanted ’em back used.

More Postcards from Wonderland to come this week, so be sure to keep tuning into this mad tea party of mine.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Even Slower than a Snail

3 Apr

It’s a trivial pet peeve, but I have often been annoyed when pan pals will apologize for taking so long to write. Here I am, though, wanting to apologize for not writing here since January. I wish I could say the hiatus has been because I’ve been too busy living life to write about it, but the truth is that I fell into a depression. Like, if you thought this blog suffered, you should have seen my house.

In my last post I said that blogging just hadn’t been a priority, and honestly writing letters and making ATCs weren’t much of ones either. I only made Little Cards per my theme group, and letters were tended to over a week or two rather than a day or two like my pen pals have come to expect. I know no one but me actually minded, but when it comes to depression (with a side of anxiety), you just feel like you’re letting everyone down.

Thankfully over the past week or so, I’ve been feeling like I’m getting my mojo back. I’ve been staying caught up on letters, I’ve been making things for ATC the Change again, and I have more blog posts planned for the duration of the week (mainly Postcards from Wonderland ones 😉 ). A few things have changed to make this change possible. First, I dropped someone I didn’t enjoy corresponding with even before my depression, and second, I disbanded my Postcard Posse since despite starting over after some drama, my heart just wasn’t it. I think with any hobby there just comes a time where you feel like you’re doing it more out of obligation than enjoyment, and in my case, saying goodbye to what felt more like chores has helped reinvigorate me. I still have a ways to go, but I’m glad about how far I’ve come. In the meantime, I appreciate your patience.

Until tomorrow!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.25

30 Jan

Much like my last mail call, this is a bit messed up since I should have posted some of the following on the 15th. Blogging just hasn’t been a priority over the past month or so, but hopefully as the year progresses I can begin to prioritize Sincerely Kate a bit better again. Well, without furter ado…

January 5th: I got a couple ATCs from a trade I made, and Logan got one, too 🙂

January 6th: We got a belated Christmas card from my brother Erik and his wife, an early Valentine-friendly package from Sarah, and some of the birthday presents I ordered for the Loganator.

January 7th: Another package from Sarah came today– meet the Gnomlins!

gnomlins

January 10th: Just stories from Sarah this time, but there were packages from Amazon and LulaRoe. And Pablo had a couple ATCs, too.

January 12th: Jody’s letter accompanied another Amazon box.

January 13th: The last of the birthday presents we ordered for the Loganator arrived along with stickers via Pipsticks, an ATC per a private trade, and a letter from Charmaine.

January 17th: The Loganator got a present from Sarah as well as a birthday card, while I got the set of Christmas Carols Little Cards and the postcards I ordered.

January 18th: Both of the boys received postcards– Gabe’s was from my pen pal, Justine, and Logan’s was from me!

January 19th: Another five birthday cards came for my (now) six-year-old, and a bunch of ATCs came for me.

January 20th: Thanks to Kira I received two Postcards from Wonderland.

January 21st: Sandwiched between birthday festivities for Logan were letters from Jody, Kari, and Kristy.

January 23rd: The birthday boy got some happy mail from Ashley, while I got a letter from Whitney, a Disney Pocket Letter from Jenn, a few ATCs, and more stickers via Pipsticks.

January 24th: Logan and I had even more happy mail between Sarah, Nicole, Krista, and Ashley.

January 26th: I got another turn with the stories Sarah and I have been writing together.

January 28th: A letter from Sarah came today along with the last of the Little Cards per my Zodiac theme and another miscellaneous ATC.

I think that’s everything, though I might have forgotten a birthday card for Logan here and there since I’m not used to tracking his mail. He definitely has appreciated everything he has gotten though, so much so Gabe and I picked out a couple Valentine’s Day cards we’ll be sending him soon, hehe. Thanks to everyone who sent any of us anything– you flop our mops ❤

Sincerely, Kate ~!~