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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!


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:


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!



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 ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.19

15 Oct

September 30th: I told you what Manolo had for me in my last mail call, but I saw Pablo later that day and got a letter from Whitney, too.

October 1st: October started with this random pocket letter Sarah made for me:


October 3rd: No letters for me (pocket or otherwise) today, but Logan got his latest Which Way USA magazines.

October 4th: It’s always a pleasure to hear from Justine, and today was no exception.

October 5th: While Pablo had the last of the Firefighter batches per Little Cards, Manolo had even more fun stuff from Sarah including a letter and our story.

October 6th: Both Gabe and Logan got their own “fun stuff” from my dad, and I got Chester back from Sarah!

Celebratory Pizza Party

Celebratory Pizza Party

October 8th: I got letters from Jody and Sarah, plus my latest stamp order.

October 10th: USPS might have been off for Columbus Day, but FedEx was still kicking! The box spring for our new bed was delivered bright and early.

October 11th: FedEx showed up again with the mattress and our latest Amazon order. As for the USPS, they had a Family Fun magazine for me.

October 12th: Manolo had something from my dad for me, and Pablo had a batch of ATCs for my latest theme.

October 13th: I got the story back from Sarah. In a nutshell, it’s about a vampire who thirsts for more than blood, but her potential suitor seemed too good to be true, and it turns out he is. 😛

October 14th: I got something else from my dad– a cookie sheet and 10 of these 10-in-1 pens:


There’s been a lot of fun mail coming in, and I’m excited to see what the rest of this month has in store for me and my mailboxes!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~


How I Spent My Labor Day Weekend

7 Sep

Though Sarah and I have only started writing letters this year, we grew very close very quickly. And as luck would have it, we live somewhat close together, too– just separated by three hours. Labor Day weekend seemed like the perfect time to invite her over. Not only do I mostly get the house to myself every year, we’d have access to a lot of food between all the cooking my aunt-in-law does and the town festival. I couldn’t resist inviting her, and she couldn’t resist my invitation.

Sarah arrived around 6pm on Thursday, and got acquainted with my and Harper until it was time to meet Gabe for dinner. I told her about our sole neighborhood restaurant on several occasions so it was cool to show her that firsthand. Gabe went home after dinner while Sarah and I went to Walmart, stocking up on some junk food and adopting this lil’ guy:

Meet Adonis

Meet Adonis!

When Sarah, Adonis, and I got back to my house, we popped in the first disc of Veronica Mars since I knew she’d like it– I wasn’t wrong 😀

The following day was our designated Frankenmuth day, specifically the River Place in Frankenmuth. We first had crepes before hitting up just about every store. The Enchanted Forest, Funky Skunk, and Your Name Here were probably the biggest hits, and we left a couple ATCs in our path. We also encountered this guy, and decided to adopt him, too:

Meet Theodore!

Meet Theodore!

After our fill of shopping we did two more things at the River Place…

A) We hit up Old Time Photo:


And B) We played at the arcade and won another stuffed friend together:

Meet Chester!

Meet Chester!

The stuffies initials are intentionally A, T, and C, hehe.

It was 3pm when we finally left, and I took Sarah to my favorite Chinese food place for lunch. This was a bit of a mistake since my aunt-in-laws were having all sorts of people over for all sorts of Mexican food, but like the neighborhood place, I told Sarah about the Szechuan House too much not to go. Oh well, the food Marilyn and Jen made was awesome as brunch the next day, and at the “Mexican Lives Matter” party Sarah got to meet Logan as well as a bunch of Gabe’s side of the family, so it all worked out! Upon our return to mi casa, we continued our Veronica Mars-athon.

I assumed that the marathon would continue the next morning, but when I stumbled upon the Harry Potter marathon on TV, that seemed like the thing to watch instead. And that along with making stuff for ATC the Change is exactly what we did until around 5pm when we FINALLY were motivated enough to get dressed. We had dinner at my aunt-in-laws’ again, toured the Bean Festival, attempted to geocache, and went back to Walmart. We didn’t buy any more stuffed animals, but we did get matching pajama bottoms. We changed into them soon after we got back to my house, and then got around to watching Saturday’s dose of Veronica Mars.

Sunday started with the pancake breakfast up at the fire department, and afterwards Logan came home. He showed Sarah many a toy, taught her how to play Pop the Pig, and introduced her to the Paw Patrol, Shimmer and Shine, and the Bubble Guppies. She may have dozed off during the latter, haha. We worked on some of September’s Little Cards together once she was up before, once again, having dinner at Gabe’s aunts.’ From there the boys were going to go monitor the fireworks, so Sarah and I came back here to make a penis cake, watch more Veronica Mars, and each have a ball before working on the Little Cards some more until the boys came back.

We finished watching season one of Veronica Mars the following morning as we feasted on brisket omelets and American fries Gabe’s aunt delivered. Afterwards we were off to the parade to see Logan in one of the firetrucks (among other things). The boys and I spent a bit of the afternoon up at the fairgrounds while Sarah showered and prepared for her trek back home. The four of us hung out a bit more upon our return, only for her to leave soon after.

That was a little less than two days ago and I already miss that girl tons. Three hours away may not be too far, but it’s not close enough either! I’m even more thankful for FB and our letters, because now that I know we get along just as well in person as we do in print, the more I want to talk to her– to “hang out”– in any way I’m able.


Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Out of a Bind

20 Jul

The theme this month has definitely been “Keep Moving Forward.” In addition to moving on from things like former blog series, I decided I no longer need to keep a majority of letters I have received. Sure, there are a handful of letters that will remain in their binders for one reason or another, but for the most part, I’ve realized I’m not going to read the others again so why bother keeping them?

You may be thinking, “Kate! Don’t you still love all your pen pals and the happy mail they’ve sent you?” and the answer is of course! However, a stack of 3 inch binders really piles up, so while I cherish the friendships I have built through the written word, it’s just time to stop building such an extensive collection of letters. I’ve been pen palling for almost 11 years, after all!

Rest assured, though, I haven’t just been trashing these tokens of affection. As I would go through the binders, I’d sort the ones in question into two piles– one to shred, and one to salvage the artwork from for craft purposes. Here are a handful of ATCs I have made since this undertaking:


And I still have many more “SKraps” I can utilize!

As dorky as it sounds, this change has renewed my excitement about getting mail because now I don’t only get a letter to respond to, but the opportunity to make even more ATCs! Kristy’s letter yesterday, for example, led to these five ATCs, using other scraps as well:


I intend to let my pen pals claim some of these creations for themselves, as the cards wouldn’t exist without them. This hobby of ours is all about the give and take, hehe.

Keep moving forward, Bleaders!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

P.S. If you have an idea of text I should add to the ATC with the toast, I’m all ears!