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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,”  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 ~!~

Tricks and Treats

5 Nov

October 26th: Though there were no letters nor postcards, the last week of October started with a stamp order for me and a Halloween trinket for the Loganator from my dad.

October 27th: Logan got more mail from my dad, this time in the form of a postcard. Meanwhile I got letters from Tiffany and Brittney.

October 29th: I now “got postcards” from my dad along with Kayla’s letter and a LEP Traveling Journal.

October 30th: Another letter came, this time from Krista.

October 31st: Apparently I could only get letters from Manolo this week if the sender’s name starts with K. Kristy’s letter came along with yet another thing for Logan from my dad. And Rose’s letter came via Pablo.

November 2nd: Logan woke up with what looked like the beginning stage of pink eye. Coming home to my Halloween Movie ATCs after the doctor’s was a real pick me up!

Not pictured: my Rocky Horror Picture Card

Not pictured: my Rocky Horror Picture Card

November 4th: Halloween may be over, but seeing Kari’s festive letter in my mailbox was still a real treat!

Not a very exciting post about post, I know. Our little ninja decided to go as himself for Halloween, and he’s been home with me since Monday because of an especially cruddy cold. He’s doing better now, but my hobby is still a bit of an afterthought. TTFN!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Creations Unleashed

30 Oct

In addition to loving mail I also love this time of year. I hoped to receive a bunch of Halloween-friendly mail art, as explained here, but wound up only getting two festive envelopes. Regardless, I will share ’em here and have you pick your favorite!

From Erika:


From Sarah:



The winner will be announced on Monday and something will be sent their way shortly after. I’d definitely like to try this sort of thing again, though it will likely wait until I get a P.O. Box so people who aren’t my pen pals can easily participate too. As a potential participant, dear bleader, what theme would you like me to use via contest early 2015?

Some members of The League of Extraordinary Pen Pals recently made me feel they’d like to see more of the squirrels I made for the group back in May, so in the spirit of “Creations Unleashed” let me show you my latest batch of the things!


These five critters have yet to be named or given personalities; all I really know is that I was inspired by Halloween to make a pirate, a zombie, a clown, a witch, and a princess. I hope that once they’re sent out in the wild their journeys will be safe and all their hosts will have fun with them.

And may all of you beautiful creatures have a safe and happy Halloween!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~


My Third Not-so-Mad Tea Party

27 Oct

As explained at my original tea party, these posts are my take on the “if we were having coffee” posts that have been seen around the blogasphere. Thanks for joining me yet again!

My post last Monday was almost called “The Book of Gone Boxtroll Girls,” haha. I have been to the movies three times within the past month, which is more than I’ve been within the past year. If the mash-up title isn’t enough of an indication, Gabe and I saw Gone Girl, The Book of Life, and The Boxtrolls— Logan joined us for that last one. I enjoyed all three movies and have every intention of adding them to our collection one day. Gone Girl was rather loyal to the book which is always a positive, especially considering how much I liked said book. Gabe may only be a quarter Hispanic, but that guy loves all things “day of the dead” and The Book of Life was no exception. The story itself was a bit on the predictable side, but it was so well done I didn’t even mind. I love the colors, the random quotes, and the incorporation of music like a cover of “Creep” by Radiohead. As for The Boxtrolls, the boys and I saw that on a whim in honor of Sweetest Day. It was a cute movie (despite the drag queen 😉 ) and I can see us watching it rather regularly around here as there’s something for everyone.

Speaking of Sweetest Day, I woke up last Saturday not expecting anything, but then Gabe came home from early with flowers and goodies for me and a toy for Logan since he knew he couldn’t leave the little guy out. He totally called it– as Gabe was pulling out a notebook for me Logan said “What you bring me?” It turned out to be a pretty sweet day.


This past Friday was also pretty awesome. My friend Anna and I went to see a live performance of Rocky Horror and we had such a good time. We used props, yelled, and sang along to the songs we’ve been singing along to since we were high school freshmen. The only thing either of us would have changed was Riff Raff– the guy wasn’t a bad actor, but he can’t sing to save his life so it was a good thing he had few singing parts. Should this become an annual event Logan and I would gladly go again.

I have other plans for this Friday as it’s Halloween. My brother Erik and his wife are going to be in Michigan this weekend for our grandparents’ 60th anniversary party, so we made some plans with them during the time they were free. The Children’s Museum is having all sorts of festive stuff going on like a maze game and face painting so we’re going to go there with the Loganator and hopefully be home in time for trick-or-treating.

But that’s not all we’ve done for Halloween! Yesterday Gabe and I took Logan to both the Children’s Zoo and our favorite pumpkin farm. The former had what they call a “Zoo Boo” so kids were encouraged to wear costumes and get candy from several different booths. Logan didn’t care too much about the candy, but he still had fun wandering around and taking a train ride. Same goes for the pumpkin farm. Not long after we came home we carved the pumpkin Logan picked out, but instead of rambling on I’ll just show you some pictures…

The last bit of exciting news I have is that my brother Doug’s getting married! In just a little less than a year he and Jessica will be tying the knot in Florida, with a reception to follow at Disneyworld. So excited, both for them and to go. I am a bit worried that Gabe won’t be able to come since beet season is a horrible time to ask for time off, nor does our bank account want to take the hit, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. In the meantime we have some saving up to do because of course Logan and I want to go to the Magic Kingdom since we’ll literally be in the neighborhood.

Well, thanks for joining me, but I really must be going. Until next time!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Calling All Boils and Ghouls

6 Oct

imageedit_8_9992179866I really love this time of year. Not only are the colors outside gorgeous and the weather favorable, Halloween is such a fun holiday. Going to pumpkin patches? Love it. Watching movies like Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas? Love ’em. Finding morbid yet cute decorations? As you can see, I love that. Finding a way to mix this favorite holiday with my favorite hobby? Yeah, I love that, too. I decided that this month would be the perfect time to try out an idea of mine. I wanted to give my pen pals a theme, so over the month whenever they send me a letter– provided they want to, of course– they could make &/or decorate an envelope built around said theme. I plan to take pictures of any and all mail art I receive, post it here on Sincerely Kate towards the end of the month, and let you all vote for the piece you like the most.

But wait, there’s more! I decided to open this up to ANYONE who has my address already. If you want to design an envelope or even a postcard with a Halloween theme, I want to see it! Please make sure I have your masterpieces before the 30th so I can post the pictures on here so favorites can be chosen. I will announce the winner the following Monday. It doesn’t matter whether you’re very handy with a pair of scissors or can barely draw a straight line, I promise. I, for one, am far from a professional– here are a few envelopes of mine that prove that:

I’d just like to say that I’m sorry not *everyone* can participate, but I’m just not comfortable sharing my address publicly. If you want to make your own festive mail, I suggest doing so and sending it to someone you think could use the treat! I’d be happy to answer any and all questions in the comments below, but the most important thing is to just have fun!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Trick or Treat

30 Oct

Hola Bleaders! I was nominated for not one, but two blogs this month and it’s about time I accepted these treats, even though picking people of my own and whatnot’s a bit of a trick 😛

Award #1


I was nominated for The Most Creative Blogger Award by Container Chronicles (*cough* my mother *cough*) on the 16th and below is what I have to do to accept the award… supposedly 😉

Mom’s Rules: 

1. Post the award on my blog.

2. Write 7 things about me.

3. Nominate 5 bloggers for the award.

7 things about me:

  1. Since tomorrow is Halloween, and this award’s about creativity, this set of questions is going to follow a certain theme 😉
  2. Logan was a cow on his first Halloween and a cowboy (Woody) on his second.
  3. When I asked him what he wanted to be this year, my son said Captain Hook. He’ll get to pillage and plunder in our town as well as the next one over.
  4. I never carved a pumpkin before my first Halloween with Gabe, but now it’s something we do every year.
  5. Our DVD collection includes these 5 Halloween staples: Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeney Todd, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
  6. My mom took advantage of my Halloween knowledge in this music-friendly blog post.
  7. Once upon a Halloween, I sent my pen pals syringe pens, Chinese yo-yos with a candy corn print, and other other odds and ends.

My 5 nominees:

  1. Opi’s Sims
  2. 52 Brand New
  3. She’s a Maineiac
  4. Thoughts Appear
  5. The Surfing Pizza

Award #2

The Best Moment Award

My madre may have nominated me for this one, too. I asked her what she thought my Best Moment was and she said that she appreciated Resolutions Revisited because most people never revisit their resolutions beyond January.

The Rules:

1. Post the award on your blog/ who nominated you

2. State 7 things about yourself

3. Nominate 5 blogs

Seven things about me:

  1. I think this award’s strange; instead of acknowledging a blogger, I think you should acknowledge a specific blog of theirs that was their best moment. And I intend to do that 😉
  2. If I had to pick a couple of my “best moments”, it would probably be 26 Letters  and Logan’s Log.

Nominate 5 blogs/ 7 things cont’d:

  1. I’m nominating Red Pen Mama because I knew as soon as I read “Sex Talk: Why Do Parents Say “Do as I say, Not as I Do (Did)?” that her words weren’t just something I enjoyed reading, they were words I would come back to as my son gets older.
  2. I’m nominating The Happsters because their site is full of positive reinforcement– a favorite post of mine is 10 Happy Things to Add to your Fall Bucket List.
  3. I’m nominating The Waiting because she’s also a mother to a toddler and when she posts things like The Big But they really strike a chord with me.
  4. I’m nominating Leanne Shirtliffe ~Ironic Mom simply because I love the randomness. How To Entertain Your Children by Doing Nothing, for example, is something I can see happening in my home and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it to.
  5. I’m nominating The Monster in Your Closet because I enjoy her writing style as well as her wit. Confidence from blogging embodies both of those things and is relevant to anyone who decides to blog.

Congratulations to all of my nominees! I hope that you all keep blogging and that your Halloween’s a happy one!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

The Write Time

5 Nov

If you’re new to this little blog of mine, welcome! If you’re a regular, first of all thank you and second of all, surprise it’s an entry on the 5th, haha! Originally I wasn’t going to start blogging on the 5th, 15th, and 25th of each month until next year, but the waiting between the 10th, 20th, and 30th was getting very old very fast. In honor of this occasion, here’s a day in the life of this obsessive pen pal and blogger.

Note: There is more to my life than just the following list, but this is what a lot of my days have to offer considering I don’t have my own car nor the money to do much even if I did.

  • Around 5 am when the rest of the house is sleeping: Gabe gets up, gets dressed, and gets going to work.
  • Somewhere between 6:00 and 8:00 am: Logan wakes up so therefore I wake up. I tend to him and the furbabies, and use the facilities, of course.
  • Until 9:30ish: Toy Story (1, 2, &/or 3), lol. Why until 9:30? A) it keeps Logan entertained while I take care of whatever I need to take care of and B) our internet rarely works before then. Most mornings consist of cuddling which I don’t mind at all, but should Logan decide he’d rather play on the floor while Andy’s toys play, I often start writing down ideas for upcoming blogs unless I have unfinished letters I could be adding onto. This blog that you’re reading right now started as early morning scribbles in an old notebook late October.
  • 9:30 am: See if anything happened on Facebook, mainly in Sincerely Kate. If it’s Friday this is when I add a question to The Virtual Slam game.
  • 10:00- 1:oo pm: Watch Netflix, feed the Loganator and put him down for a nap (although sometimes that part gets reversed), and wait for the mail to come.
  • 1:00ish: Let my FB group know if I got any of their letters!
  • 1:00ish- ?: WRITE! In the event I don’t get letters I continue to think about future blogs &/or group ideas, and sometimes I get head starts on letters when I know I’ll be hearing from the recipient(s) soon. If Logan left for his grandparents’ I will work around the house in between paragraphs.
  • Whenever Logan wakes up if he’s still home: If the weather is decent we’ll go play outside until he hints he’s ready to go back in. If the weather isn’t favorable we watch Logan friendly shows like Super Why and Chuck and Friends.
  • Around 5:00 pm: Make something for dinner while keeping my fingers crossed that Gabe gets home soon. The husband has been busy thanks to fall harvest so there are some nights where he doesn’t get home until after we’re in bed- not cool!
  • If it’s a Wednesday or Sunday and about 5:30 pm: It’s time for another round of trivia in my FB group for me and my pen pals!
  • Anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30 pm: Bath time for Mr. Logan! Although I’m not sure if it’s really still a bath if someone stands the entire time…
  • Anywhere between 8:30 and 10:00 pm: Bed time for daddy and Mr. Logan!
  • Once Logan’s asleep: Take whatever letters I have ready to send out to the mailbox, and come back inside to check Facebook one last time before calling it a night myself.

I know, it’s an exciting life I lead… That sentence may have been sarcasm, but I actually wouldn’t want to trade my life for a more exciting one. Everyday Logan grows more and more and his vocabulary grows right along with him. He has recently started hiding things under a blanket and going “WHERE GO?” (Where did it go?) and then lifting the blanket up and going “THERESE!” (There it is!”) and it has yet to get old. If I didn’t have these rather uneventful days I’d miss these moments with my son scattered across them and they’re not something I want to sacrifice.

The more I read a high school friend’s blog about the sunshine that is her daughter, the more I wish I would have been blogging about my son since the beginning. At least I’ve been able to document my life with him through letters, Facebook statuses, and text messages to a few favorites. That said, there’s always the right time to write no matter who you are or what the venue, some of us just enjoy it (or obsess about it) more than others, haha.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

And in case you’d like to read about our Halloween…

  • From 6:30 am- 4:00 pm: For the most part you can reference the above list, but we did Skype with my mom in the morning and I heard from my in-laws as well.
  • 4:00ish: After Logan and I ate an early dinner, I messed around with make up and pinned “gumdrop buttons” onto my brown shirt since I decided (and very last minute) to be a Gingerbread Girl for Halloween- not that anyone noticed, lol.
  • A little after 5:00: Gabe got home from work due to the cold and rainy weather. He grabbed a quick bite and then the boys got ready to go.
  • Around 5:40: We were out the door despite trick-or-treating not starting until 6:00 in Fairgrove. We stopped at the Fire Hall for glow-sticks and then stopped at Gabe’s Aunts’ for some goodies.
  • 6:00ish: We went to the houses we knew since the weather was too craptacular for going door-to-door, plus Logan insisted on us carrying him whenever we were out (hence no one seeing my costume).
  • 6:30 pm: We headed to Akron where Logan’s grandparents’ were expecting him. My mother-in-law joined us for a little more trick-or-treating, then we went back to their house to get warm and munch on Kit Kats. Logan stayed there for the duration of the evening.
  • 7:15 pm: Gabe and I got home. I uploaded pictures (and munched on more Kit Kats) while Gabe started watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Around the time the movie got over: Gabe and I called it a night because we’re awesome like that.

Keep an Eye Out!

20 Oct

How do you know if a zombie has a glass eye? It comes out in conversation.

A handful of my pen pals have now received Halloween goodies from yours truly, and some others may be getting theirs soon. It’s nothing special, but I love Halloween as much as I love sending my pen pals random stuff. I just couldn’t resist ordering the eyeball notepads and matching pens when I saw them in an Oriental Trading catalog. To save postage, as well as add a little incentive, I’ve only been sending the knick knacks to those who have been sending me mail this month, enclosing them along with my responses. (Shout out to Gabe’s aunt for making a post office run for me!)

How many witches does it take to change a light bulb? Depends on what you want them to change it into.

Originally our idea was for Gabe and Logan to be Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker for Halloween- LOVE IT! However, between dad being sure he’ll be working (fall harvest) and son being in love with Woody and the Toy Story movies, we decided to have Logan be Sheriff Woody and save our Star Wars idea for another year. Chances are Logan will want to be Woody more than just the once so it’d definitely be worth it! Just think, Logan will go from being a cow to a cowboy, haha!

The calf on his first Halloween

As for me, I’m not planning on dressing up for trick-or-treating, but I am planning on carving myself a jack-o-lantern. There will be all sorts of pictures from Halloween on my Facebook so be sure to keep an eye out for them!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~