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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 ~!~

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 ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.43

31 Dec

December 15th: It might have just been a postcard, but it came from Kira over in Finland which automatically makes it awesome, hehe.

December 19th: Some Christmas goodies came next– a card from Kristy and presents from Logan’s Uncle Doug and Aunt Jessica!

December 20th: And of course no Christmas is complete until we get something from Figi’s, courtesy of my dad.

December 21st: A few more Christmas cards came (and one of those came with a Chipotle gift card– thanks Erik and Mindy!), and I also received a new series to read. The timing was perfect because I finished Before I Fall that same morning!

December 22nd: In addition to yet another Christmas card was a letter from Jody and a batch of Little Cards per the Clothes/Accessories theme.

December 26th: Logan received a Lego set from his Uncle Erik and Aunt Mindy, while I received two pieces of mail from Krista… though the one with Box Tops was basically for Logan, too 😛

December 27th: Both mailboxes had a Christmas card for me. Manolo’s was from Allison, and Pablo’s was from Charmaine.

December 30th: The last letter I received this year was from Sarah!

And this will be the last blog post of mine this year! Over the past couple months it became apparent to me that though I’m no longer interested in having a strict posting routine, I do need to have some sort of schedule or Sincerely Kate flounders a bit. That said, I have quite a few plans for this blog in 2018! This Hail the Snail series is safe, for the record, though the number accompanying the title will change since the 2.40-whatever has gotten ridiculous, lol. Take care, Bleaders, and I’ll talk to you in the new year!

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 😉 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 😛

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 😉

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 ~!~