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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 😛 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 ~!~

 

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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 😉

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 uneventful 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 😉

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.30

15 Jun

June 5th: This post is starting not with a bang but a whisper, though I’m grateful for the postcard from Justine all the same.

June 6th: An actual letter came from Justine now, and one from Kristy came, too.

June 7th: After Jody’s letter joined my little reply pile, the Loganator received a rather special piece of paper…

June 8th: I heard from both of my fellow Michiganders today.

June 9th: The Manolo Love streak came to an end, but Pablo had a letter from Charmaine.

June 12th: This week started with something in both boxes– Kayla’s letter was in one and a batch of Little Cards was in the other.

June 13th: Logan got a dose of happy mail thanks to Papa Halvorson.

Then today, June 15th, I got a letter from Jody, while our Build-a-Bear friends got some new clothes.

It’s been a pretty good month for letters, and for books, too! I’ve finished Furiously Happy and The Book Jumper, and am well on my way through Everything, Everything. With any luck the rest of this summer will continue to be full of good things and good times– and not just for me! 😉

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.28

15 May

There’s part of me that’s a bit sad I only have a few days worth of mail to share with you from the first half of this month. The other part, however, is very much relieved I don’t have a mountain of a reply pile to tend to thanks to how busy I/we have been between my dad’s visit, Gabe’s birthday festivities, and several Logan related errands.

I’ll get to said happy mail momentarily, but I’d like to say that our visit with my dad went very well (and that we ate very well, too!), that Gabe’s birthday was a happy one, and that though Logan got a bit sick last week, all of the errands on his behalf went pretty smoothly.

May 4th: When the first few days of May were quiet, it was nice knowing I’d at least get a letter from Jody!

May 5th: Getting happy mail from Sarah has also been nice to expect rather regularly. Her Little Cards and our story came today.

May 6th: As for a letter from Kayla, that was a pleasant surprise.

May 8th: Some more mail– a letter this time– came from Sarah.

May 9th: It may have been Gabe’s birthday, but I was the one that got presents in the mail:

May 13th: Along with another letter from Jody were these other colorful pretties:

And there you have it! With any luck the rest of this month will have more letters (pretty or otherwise). All the best!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.27

30 Apr

I almost forgot to post this post today, but better late than never, right?

April 15th: No mail to start off this mail call, but between seeing a bunch of my mom’s side of the family, and later animals at the Children’s Zoo, I don’t mind at all!

April 17th: Logan got a bunch of books from my mom while I got a Figi’s order from my dad and a couple letters from Sarah, too.

April 18th: Another book came for the Loganator, starring Biscuit! Woof, woof!

April 19th: A batch of Bunny Little Cards were waiting with Pablo for me.

April 20th: After a couple days without letters, I got a couple thanks to Jody and Sarah.

April 21st: While Pablo had another batch of Bunnies, Manolo had my Dr. Seuss set of Little Cards, a letter from Allison, and my latest stamp order, too.

April 26th: After several days without mail, Pablo hooked me up with another two batches of Little Cards, and Manolo hooked me up with another letter from Sarah.

April 27th: Sort of reversing from yesterday, I got one last batch of Bunnies but two letters from Sarah, haha. Oh! And there was also a letter from Jody.

April 28th: One of my Con/Dom gnomes from ages ago made it back home thanks to Othella.

April 29th: Last but not least in the mail this month was a Postcard from Wonderland, also thanks to Othella.

April 30th: The boys and I had quite the special delivery earlier– a visit from my dad! We’ll be seeing more of him over the next week or so, so you can expect some details come my next Hail the Snail post. You also can expect another Little Cards post soon since I have all of April’s now 😀 As always, I appreciate your patience and for reading this little blog of mine about little things that make me happy.

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!

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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 ~!~

 

 

 

Hail the Snail 2.21

17 Nov

Not that anyone besides me probably minds, but this should have been posted on the 15th. I was so under the weather earlier this week that I never made the connection that Tuesday was the date it was, let alone that I was forgetting to post my latest mail call. It wasn’t until I was writing up yesterday’s blog post that I realized I skipped anything– whoops!

October 31st: It was on Halloween that I received the Disney Villains set of Little Cards, and my little ninja got all of this– minus the remote:

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November 3rd: With some help from my mother-in-law, Logan sent me a letter ❤

November 4th: Today’s happy mail was my latest LaPapierre order.

November 5th: It was on Saturday that I got my first “official” letter of the week thanks to the lovely Justine.

November 7th: I got both of the Sarah stories, and the Loganator got a bunch of pictures from his Papa Halvorson.

November 8th: Not only did one of my Amazon orders arrive, so did my first ever LulaRoe one!

#RoeingWithMyGnomies

#RoeingWithMyGnomies

November 9th: Pablo had two ATCs from a private trade for me.

November 10th: More goodies came via Amazon today, along with several goodies from Sarah.

November 12th: There were four more packages today! Logan got two– one from each of my parents, and the other two were addressed to me. One may have had more LulaRoe leggings, haha.

November 14th: One of my best friends from high school sent me a letter; her name is Ashley, but to me she will always be Nichia, and will therefore be called that whenever she’s mentioned in one of these mail calls 😀

And speaking of these mail calls, this one is an overdue wrap!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~