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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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.42

15 Dec

December 1st: This month serendipitously started with three Christmas cards, including this one from my dad:

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December 2nd: More cards arrived– little ones, though! One more batch to go until I have all of the Woodland Critters ATCs.

December 4th: Last week began on a high thanks to letters from Allison, Jody, and Krista.

December 5th: The high continued between a postcard for Logan, Christmas cards from Justine, and this Doorknob ornament Ashley sent with her letter(!):

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December 6th: Logan got the next package (thanks, dad), and I got a letter tucked inside a Christmas card from Sarah.

December 8th: Even more mail from Krista and Sarah arrived last week, and I also got Rose’s letter via Pablo and Alice in Wonderland leggings via Jen!

December 9th: On the same day Gabe and I bought Christmas presents for our nephew Jack, we received a Christmas card from him and his parents.

December 11th: Another week started on another high! I got a postcard from Krista, the postcards I recently ordered, and a letter from Justine.

December 12th: Two more letters followed thanks to Kayla and Kristy.

December 13th: The last Christmas card of this mail call came from the same person who gave me the awesome Doorknob ornament.

December 14th: The last mail over all? The first batch of Little Cards per December’s theme, as well as letters from Jody, Krista, AND Sarah!

Not only did I get all the fun mail up above (plus that awesome pair of leggings I mentioned), I also now have some peace of mind. Why? Because since the week of Thanksgiving, my mailboxes are no longer “tied” together so all of our regular mail is once again coming to Manolo like it was always supposed to. We still don’t know how that happened in the first place, or why certain things still came here, but now that the tie’s been severed, I’m letting it go. Pretty easy to do with the season of giving upon us ๐Ÿ˜‰ One more mail call to go this year, and I’ll tell you the rest of the mail I’m given in 2017 then!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.41

1 Dec

November 15th: The Christmas presents I mentioned ordering at the end of my last mail call? The first of them arrived.

November 17th: And the issue I mentioned regarding our “street” mail turning up in our P.O. box? Yeah, that still happened since Pablo had Justine’s letter.

November 18th: Another order arrived, and thanks to the inclusion of Bridget’s new kicks here, the shipping was free, lol.

November 19th: It’s a good thing I checked the P.O. box again– there were two more letters as well as a postcard from Wonderland in there.

November 21st: Christmas presents arrived for the Loganator (shh!), and some LaPapierre stationery came for me.

November 22nd: It’s worth mentioning that Logan got a Boy’s Life magazine while Gabe got a GQ one ๐Ÿ˜›

November 24th: Getting a letter from Kristy, even from the wrong mailbox, was a much better deal than anything I could have gotten via Black Friday ๐Ÿ˜‰

November 25th: Not only did Kayla send me a letter, she sent the 5th postcard I needed per yesterday’s Wonderland-friendly post!

November 27th: Joining my little reply pile was a letter from Jody.

November 28th: The reply pile got a reprieve since instead of any letters, we received a present for our nephew.

November 29th: Not only did I acquire some Christmasy stamps at the post office, but a batch of Little Cards, too.

There was quite a bit of mail to be thankful for this month, and –*knocks on wood*– as of this week it all seems to be going where it’s supposed to! My mail carrier, Cindy, didn’t have any concrete answers for me regarding what was going on, but she did find out there was some sort of “tie” to the P.O. box that should be severed now. We’ll find out this month, I guess, and I’ll surely find more happy mail, too.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Tied Up With Strings

25 Nov

Though this blog of mine is far from dead, prior to this month it was sort of limping around since going from posting regularly to having a few sporadic features. Sometimes I think about bringing the schedule back, but I don’t want to post something half-assed just because it’s the 25th of a month. Today, however, I do need to address something that has been beginning to weigh heavily on me, especially with Christmas now a month away.

Although I’m forever a sucker for anything Alice in Wonderland, I’m reaching a point in my life where I no longer find much joy in getting packages full of odds and ends, or even little extra things tucked in letters. That’s not to say I haven’t been pleasantly surprised by some gifts, but more than I’d like to admit I feel like the sender’s money was wasted on me. Sure, they might have just seen the item in the clearance section and thought what the hell?, but if it didn’t actually scream “Kate” I’d be more than content just seeing a picture of it. I’m sure someone somewhere thinks I sound ungrateful and wants to comment on how it’s the thought that counts, and honestly I do feel ungrateful. However, that “it’s the thought that counts” door swings both ways. First and foremost, I never EVER want any of my pen pals to think I expect a gift, or feel an obligation to get me something– heck, I’m not even crazy about getting Christmas cards while we’re being honest. What I do want my pen pals to think about is the object in question, asking themselves if they think it’s something I’d actually get use out of, or if I’d see it more as clutter.

Take for example a Harry Potter ornament I recently got from Sarah, never mind the fact that it is too big to actually fit on our tree. I know why Sarah sent it– I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to the Loganator. The thing is though, this is a S.L.O.W. process, so much so Logan and I only make small dents on Mondays and therefore won’t even get to the scene depicted until Christmas is long over. I know I’m sounding like a Scrooge right now, but bear with me. Do I like Harry Potter? Sure, but is it a favorite thing of mine? No. Something I do love? Gnomes, yet a third of our collection is tucked away because we don’t have the space to display them. If it comes down to having a gnome on a shelf or Harry Potter characters, I’m going to be rolling with my gnomie. P.S. This example has a happy ending– Sarah said she was tempted to keep the ornament for herself before so I’ll be sending it back to her.

Again, I feel ungrateful even bringing this up, and I feel like a hypocrite on top of things since I used to send many a knick knack I found in Oriental Trading catalogs. At the heart of these feelings though, I don’t want to be given gifts, I want to be given time. Having pen pals is how I have mainly socialized as an adult, especially since becoming a stay-at-home-mom, so if I’m given the choice between a present, or someone being present in the form of letters, I will choose the latter.

I apologize for this downer of a post. I thought it was important, though, for my pen pals to know where I stand now, and maybe verbalize how others may be feeling about gift-giving becoming too much of an obligation among loved ones. So as we move into the Christmas season, I believe we all should strive to be more mindful of what our friends and family truly want, and give them the presents (or presence!) that matter most.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Thank You Notes ’17

20 Nov

For almost as many years as I have been blogging, I’ve been doing posts I call “Thank You Notes” in honor of Thanksgiving. The point of this annual-ish series is to acknowledge each of my current pen pals, letting them know why I’m thankful for their companionship. Like the very first time I did this, I’m not going to use names or a specific order because the hope is I will have done each person enough justice they’ll know which paragraph is theirs once they find it. So without further ado…

~ Although you’re about to have your own little boy, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you won’t need that “Get Out of Jail Free” card I offered you. Sure, your letters will become even more sporadic than they already were, but I think they’ll be even more worth their wait with us having something so huge in common. You have been such a loyal pen pal over the years, and even if you stop sending seasonal cards, enclosing postcards from Wonderland, or writing in general, I know you will remain a loyal friend.

~ You are also expecting a (newly confirmed!) little boy, however I can’t imagine living in a world where you and I are not pen pals! Since your earliest letters to me you were automatically a favorite since you’d write to me as if we were sitting across from each other at Chipotle, dishin’ over dishes. Now, a plethora of letters later, I still consider you a favorite because we can tell each other anything and vent about anyone, lol. I have no doubt your son will be awesome, and grow to admire you like I certainly have.

~ Despite writing sporadically for several years now, I don’t feel like we know each other any better now than we did a year ago which is a bit of a bummer! Maybe in 2018 we can make a resolution to write more often, especially now that you’ve trimmed down your to-write list so much with some assistance from yours truly. Any maybe I can make a point to enclose more Change Cards since you like ’em both in person and via Instagram. Between all the coffee shops and libraries I see you post pictures of, you definitely have opportunities to leave them places, hehe.

~ Not going to lie, I almost didn’t include you in this since I no longer consider us pen pals really– we’re not even postcard pals in March anymore. Since I can’t seem to remove you from my Facebook group though, here you are! I suppose there’s a part of me that hopes I will still get postcards, if not letters, from you; plus I have a soft spot from when you visited and “extraordinary” things occurred. In the meantime, I hope you like my random postcards via my NaBloPoMo shenanigans.

~ Although all of my pen pals are thoughtful &/or generous, you definitely seem to be on a whole other level. For example, in my FB group if I so much as say “who would be interested…” I know I can count on you to be all in like when you’ve joined both of my ATC-friendly groups or sent Logan his mystery box. And that’s not even the half of it considering all the wonder-ful things you surprised me with like my very first LitCube. Even without the presents though, you make me feel special and like I’m as close a friend to you as people you know in real life. Or maybe it just seems that way since we’re both a couple of kids at heart with the same taste in things like television shows, hehe.

~ In a past Thanksgiving post, I wrote how I loved living vicariously through you while you were living in San Francisco, and even though you have since moved to Kentucky, I still want to live vicrariously through you because you have kittens! Lol! In all seriousness though, I know we don’t write very often, and I even offered you one of those “Get Out of Jail Free” cards before, but you refuse to give up on me and our slow-burn of a correspondence. Knowing that makes me feel just as special as I would if I heard from you monthly, so I mean it when I tell you no rush!

~ To be honest, this paragraph is tricky for me to write since I recently told you I don’t think we’re as close as we used to be, and that I feel like you have put me on the back burner. I know that was never your intention, but it is what it is. So let’s pretend it’s last November, back when you’d bump me to the top of your reply pile on Sundays, and write about how you didn’t want to wait until the following Labor Day weekend to visit me again, making and leaving more of our own kind of random acts of kindness while you were here. I hope we can get back on the same page in the not-so-distant future, because the thought of us not still being pen pals by the time I post “Thank You Notes ’18” is a very depressing one.

~ I bet I could just say “clockwork” and “extra stationery” and you’d know I was talking about you! With a hobby called snail mail, no one every really expects to have a pen pal they can expect weekly letters from, but here we are after a DECADE, still responding to each other multiple times each month! It’s too bad so many of our shared shows are going downhill because being able to talk about them from week to week was something I looked forward to as much as the shows themselves. Thank you for being so much more consistent than the writers I constantly seem to bitch about, lol.

~ Can you believe we’ve been writing each other for a dozen years? Sure, some years were more on the quiet side, but every letter has always been worth its wait and full of fun stories! I have told you on more than one occasion that I love to live vicariously through you, but something else I love? That you never make me feel like my stories from my less exciting day-to-day life aren’t just as worth sharing. You, Lady, are more than just the pen pal I’ve been writing to the longest, but the one I have the largest affinity for.

~ When we first started writing I often wondered about the longevity of our correspondence, assuming we’d eventually taper off. It’s been a couple years now though, and– unless you use your “Get Out of Jail Free” card– we’re still at it, each using a mixture of note cards and lined paper, hehe. For what it’s worth, I hope we’ll keep writing; not only do I love seeing the note cards you’ve acquired, I enjoy hearing about your life and want to hear more about that little girl who has entered it– congratulations again!

~ I said it before, and I’ll say it again: even though we’re friends in real life, it’s so sweet that you send me mail just because you know I love it so much! Like, how many 30-year-olds can expect postcards each time their friend travels for work?! I don’t mind that sometimes you use plain paper or will flat-out type, or that sometimes your letters are short because you want to bang it out. To me, getting anything from you in any way, shape, or form is still very much happy mail.

Phew! It’s hard to believe I used to have even more pen pals than this to acknowledge because these 11 thank you notes alone were quite the undertaking! At least the mail I receive from this lot is usually pretty staggered so there’s rarely more than 5 letters in my reply pile ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway! Whether you’re a pen pal of mine or just someone who enjoys reading my blog, I’ve very thankful that you’re here. All the best from my screen to yours, and if you celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Hail the Snail 2.35

1 Sep

August 15th: No happy mail to speak of just yet, but a very happy boy started first grade. Check out how much he grew since his first day of kindergarten!

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August 16th: You want to know what the mail call portion of this post is starting out with? UNDERWEAR, that’s what!

August 17th: This Michigan girl received a couple MI postcards from another one, haha.

August 18th: Another postcard came today, this time from Kira.

August 19th: From somewhere over the rainbow came the Wizard of Oz set of Little Cards ๐Ÿ˜‰

August 21st: I received a handful of letters last week, and the first one was from Jody.

August 22nd: Manolo had a letter from Ashley next, while Pablo had one from Charmaine.

August 24th: Joining my little reply pile was a letter from Kayla.

August 26th: The last letter from last week was from Sarah, and like the Saturday before, I got some Little Cards, too!

August 30th: This week’s first letters were from Jody and Krista, and the first postcard was from the latter as well.

August 31st: As for the first package, that was from Sarah and it included everything in this picture minus the socks and floor, haha:

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With the Loganator back in school, it was great to have so much happy mail to keep me, well, happy. I’ve been slowly implementing a new routine, but it’s nice to break up the monotony with something more fun. Sort of like how this uneventfulย small town of mine has their annual Bean Festival going on this weekend, haha. I hope you all enjoy your Labor Day weekend, and that September is an awesome month for you… and my mailbox ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sincerely, Kate ~!~