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Hail the Snail #3

15 Feb

February 1st: Thanks to Pablo, February started with a letter from Rose, a postcard from Wonderland, and two batches of Little Cards.

February 2nd: The first thing I received via Manolo this month? A letter from Kayla.

February 3rd: Waiting for Logan when we got home from Monster Jam was a postcard from his Papa Halvorson and a belated birthday card from a pair of great-grandparents.

February 5th: One mailbox had a letter from Sarah while the other had one from Kriston, a potential new pen pal.

February 7th: A box of odds and ends from his Papa Halvorson arrived for the Loganator.

February 8th: Another belated birthday card also arrived for Logan. I, on the other hand, got a letter from Jody.

February 10th: I didn’t receive any letters, but I got my very first order via Legging Army. This worked out quite well because I finished the book Queen of Babble. 😀

February 12th: Papa Halvorson sent a second box our way, though this one was for me and it contained this wonderful unbirthday present:

February 14th: This mail call started with a couple batches of Little Cards, and now it’s ending with the last batch per the Legendary theme. I’ll post about the set soon!

For now, though, I’ll tell you that besides a rough morning, the boys and I had a pretty good Valentine’s Day. Logan brought home quite the adorable haul from his class party while Gabe enabled yours truly to get the stamps I wanted– they were tucked into this cute little mailbox he found, hehe:

As for the actual mailboxes, they’ve been treating us pretty well this month, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of February has in store for us.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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A Post About Postcards

5 Feb

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and rather than being given candy or a stuffed animal, I told Gabe I want postage stamps. Specifically a roll of postcard ones and a bunch of the global kind, too. The former will go towards the upcoming March of Postcards, while the latter will be more useful when I rejoin Postcrossing. Allow me to elaborate on these postcard-friendly endeavors of mine…

The March of Postcards

The name was all me, but my friend Othella was responsible for the initial concept. Around this time in 2014, The Thellie Kitty recruited me to send her a postcard every day that March and get just as many from her (Exhibits A and B). We marched together again the following year, but since then I’ve been flying solo sending daily postcards, and plan to do so again this year… just not with one pen pal in particular. Wink, wink; nudge nudge.

Well, before I can really talk about this March, I should tell you about last November. Instead of blogging every day per NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), I sent daily postcards to 5 of my pen pals, alternating which one of them I sent a postcard to each day. Ultimately they each received 6 postcards. This is what I’d like to do each March now, and even if you’re not my pen pal, you’re welcome to be a part of it.

Yes, I’m willing to send YOU postcards (if you want ’em, of course) and I expect nothing in return from you once you give me your address. Email me at sincerelykate @hotmail.com with it &/or any questions you might have! But please do so by the 15th.

Postcrossing

I am no stranger to Postcrossing, but in case you are, it’s a site that enables you to send and receive postcards from all over the world. Basically you’re given a member’s address and a registration number along with some ideas of what that member would like to receive. Including the registration number, you send them a postcard you think they’ll enjoy. Using the number they’ll register it once they receive it, which then puts your address next on deck to receive a postcard from someone else. Lather, rinse, repeat.

When I was a member before, I received over 250 postcards meaning I sent just as many. This time around, I don’t plan to be nearly as active because international postage adds up something fierce! I just would like to make a dent in the large stash of blank postcards I have, and get some Kate-friendly ones in the process. Russia, for example, is home to so much cool Wonderland stuff, hehe.

If you have been following my blog for a while now, you know that I’ve been slowly but surely trying to downsize my postcard stash, and I think these upcoming endeavors of mine will only help the cause. I also think it will be nice to get more use out of my P.O. box in the process since my incoming postcards via Postcrossing will be sent there. More posts about postcards will undoubtedly happen down the road, and I’m looking forward to the journey.

Until next time!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail #2

1 Feb

January 18th: Although it’s not necessarily happy mail, it’s worth mentioning that I got the stuff to renew my ID.

January 19th: Sarah sent me a letter while my nephew Jack sent me and the boys a thank you note (with some help from his mom).

January 20th: And thanks to Jack and his parents, Logan received his first birthday card this year. Also in the mail? These amazing leggings Justine surprised me with:

January 22nd: The Loganator received even more birthday mail, I got a letter from Jody, and–not to be left out–Gabe got a couple magazines despite never subscribing to either.

January 23rd: I’m pleased to report that Logan’s birthday was a happy one, and that I got happy mail from Krista, Kristy, and Sarah.

January 26th: Last week ended with a stamp order in one mailbox and a batch of Little Cards in the other.

January 29th: I received a letter from Jody and two postcards from Wonderland, and thanks to Sarah, Logan received his new DreamTent– he totally approves!

And I, of course, approve of everything I/we have gotten, haha. Thanks to everyone who sends us happy mail every time you send it, and to you for reading this now 🙂

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: January Edition

31 Jan

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?

Some months will have more highlights than others, but this, unfortunately, is not one of those months. Between the resolutions I made and then getting sick, I didn’t make much let alone leave much. My game plan for February is to modify one of my resolutions, so instead of writing every day I have the house to myself, I have “Writing Wednesdays.” With less obligations during my free-time, it should– *knock on wood* –give me more opportunities to get my crafty on.

But we’ll talk about February on 2-28! Here are the few highlights since 12-27:

1. I left 7 of the Change Cards I made back in December.

2. Using a handful of the Christmas cards we received, I repurposed them into these Change Cards I’ll be able to leave come this December,

3. I also made some Wonderland-friendly ATCs after making backgrounds with my Spirograph, and I have been putting my dreamcatcher stamp to use, too.

I told you there were only a few! Oh! But if I wouldn’t have liked how my Pandora’s Box cards turned out via the Legendary theme per Little Cards, I would have written “Better an ‘oops’ than a ‘what if?'” on ’em and used them for ATC the Change instead, haha.

Well, whether I make a lot or a little in February, I’m looking forward to seeing what the next month has in store. And if you’re a pen pal of mine, you’ll be able to look forward to seeing ATCs tucked in with my letters like Valentines. Cheers!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Dear January

20 Jan

It’s a “Birthday Month Smorgasbord!”

Though this month has had quite a few things I would change (like Logan’s recent eye junk), compared to how the boys and I rang in 2017? I think so far the new year has been a happy one for us! Before the Loganator came along, January was just a cold-ass month we had to get through, but this month has become something the boys and I look forward to. I mean, we celebrated Logan’s 5th birthday at Disney World! This time around the three of us have plans to go to Monster Jam in a couple of weeks, and our wannabe monster truck driver could not be more psyched!

Originally Gabe and I were hoping that by Logan’s birthday we’d have the basement all set to be his new playroom, but it turns out we were a bit too optimistic. Maybe by Logan’s half birthday in July? 😛 At least with some help from some family members, Gabe got the drywall up and the mudding process underway. Though it was no mild heart attack like what he experienced on NYE last year, Gabe had some dental issues come up over the past few weeks and taking care of that became the top priority.

My maternal grandparents, unfortunately, have also had some health issues as of late. Their business is not mine to share, but I will tell you that my grandma is now getting the care that’s best for her, and my grandpa is working towards gaining his strength back. As much of a relief it is to have these updates, I wouldn’t wish either of their experiences on anyone, and hate that they had to go through them. My mother deserves many a kudos for going through this ordeal with them no matter how physically and emotionally straining it became.

But back to happier topics! In addition to already reading the first three Captain Underpants books with the Loganator this year, I have read the first two books in A.G. Howard’s Splintered series. Howard has created such a twisted version of Wonderland as well as a worthy suitor for each side of Alyssa, and I’m in a cocoon I don’t want to find my way out of once the books come to an end. As for shows, I’m anxiously anticipating the return of Jane the Virgin in about a week, and am grateful This is Us and How to Get Away With Murder are already back to help tide me over, hehe. Other shows I’m watching this month include the sophomore season of American Crime Story and competition shows like Ink Master, Top Chef, and Hell’s Kitchen. I promise I sound like more of a couch potato than I really am.

For the record, things are going pretty well with my resolutions. Sure, there are things I mentioned before that I haven’t gotten around to for one reason or another, but a year is a marathon not a sprint, right? Anyway, I not only have been reading every day I have the house to myself for a few hours, but have been writing some fiction of my own on those days, too. For the most part I have been using prompts from the book Write the Story to familiarize myself with my characters a bit and have as source material should I need it. The very first short story I wrote, for example, may very well wind up being reworked into the second chapter of my book so I hardly feel like I’ve been doing this in vain. Thankfully!

While we’re on the subject of writing/hobbies, I want you to know I won’t be talking about my incoming mail nor the ATCs I affectionately call Little Cards and Change Cards in this “Dear…” series. Those things are already prominently featured on Sincerely Kate so I want to focus on other aspects of my life when I talk as if we have met up for coffee. Thanks, by the way, for indulging me! Please let me know what you thought of this post, and I’ll touch base with you again– same time, same place– in February!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards: December

17 Jan

As soon as I have all of the Little Cards per January’s Legendary theme, I have a slightly different way I’m planning to blog about the ATCs I receive on this adventure. The cards from the Clothing/Accessories theme from last month, though, are still from last year so I’m not changing things up like they’ve gone out of style quite yet, haha.

Vikki recently suggested that we should do this fashion-friendly swap, by the way, and in December we were 2 of the 5 people who participated in it. These were the 5 ATCs I personally acquired:

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My contribution, for the record, is the one that says “Get your merry on,” and Vikki’s is the purple one on the top left! In hindsight my ugly sweater might have been too odd of an idea compared to some of the others, but overall the cards are all fun in their own ways– I still can’t believe Heleen knit teeny tiny sweaters!

I’d just like to take a moment, by the way, to thank the members who have been as reliable as a favorite sweater over the past couple years. I thought my recent post drummed up some new interest, but it wound up being as frustrating for me as it was fleeting for them. Their loss, right?

I, for one, love all of the Little Cards I have received on this adventure, and I know the ones to come this year will be loved a lot, too.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail #1

15 Jan

I have been doing these “Hail the Snail” posts for about 4 years now, and mail calls in general a bit longer yet. That said, this is hardly the first post of its kind, but from now on the New Year means the count starts over. Welcome to the second “Hail the Snail #1” post– it won’t be the last 😉

January 2nd: 2018 started with happy mail from both of my mailboxes. Pablo (my P.O. box) had a batch of Little Cards, while Manolo (our regular mailbox) had letters from Jody, Krista, and Sarah, as well as this amazing edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland thanks to my mom.

January 4th: Although it was my unbirthday, the contents of the Amazon package that arrived won’t officially be mine until March 1st is a bit closer.

January 8th: More unbirthday presents arrived thanks to Sarah.

January 9th: I got a letter from Kayla, though the contents in the envelope from my dad could be considered unbirthday presents, too.

January 10th: When it comes to Manolo love, Kristy was nice enough to send me cookies to have with Justine’s letter. As for Pablo, I was gifted with the last batch of Little Cards per December’s theme.

January 11th: The little letter streak continued with one from Sarah.

January 12th: And then it ended with one from Jody.

Whether I received a bunch of happy mail at once like on the 2nd, or it was spread out over a few days like last week, I’m ecstatic that 2018 has started off on such a high note as far as my incoming mail is concerned! Logan’s birthday is about a week away, so I’m sure between the two of us the high will continue as we move into the second half of January.

I hope the first half has treated you well, by the way, and that 2018 gives you many a reason to be ecstatic, too.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~