Back at the Snail Mail

While I was trying to get things back on track I fell very behind in replying to letter. I did recently get some done and sent out though!

Mailed June 16 2016

I have six (I forgot one for the picture) letters going out. They are going to:

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Hong Kong
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Australia

I still have a few more that I need to finish replying to and still some first letters I need to finish up.

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Looking Back On 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016

It feels like not much had happened in the previous year. I am starting to think that has something to do with being an adult. However, if I look at it in peices more than enough happened to me.

  • I officially ended my relationship (it was over in 2014 though)
  • I entered my career at full force
  • Effie came here to visit me twice! Only friend to do that
  • Left with debt
  • Moved twice
  • Quit smoking
  • Started serious research into adoption 
  • A few new pen pals 

These aren’t resolutions by any means but it puts into perspective what I am looking for in 2016.

  • Cutting my debt by 1/3 at least
  • Effie and Little M moving up here with me
  • Continued research into adoption
  • Bringing my blog follow back up (as well as keeping current with those I follow)
  • Creating and continuing the stability in my life
  • Entering the next step of my career (my own clients and taking on payroll for the office)

It may not seem like a lot but most of it will take discipline. Also with Effie and Little M (she better be ha-ha) moving it is a huge change for everyone. There will be stress and adjustments for both of us but it’s remembering the end goal and staying strong through the rough patch at first.

Hand Crafted Christmas Cards 

  
This year I am crafting my Christmas cards. I don’t have any how-tos  for you (but if you want one on a specific card than let me know).

The card pictured above if for my Mom and Stepdad. Black paper and I used General’s white compressed chalk. This one takes very little time but I quite enjoy the quick sketch look.

  
Another very basic card going out to a friend from school and pen pal for many years JL. I just used some green embroidery thread I had boughten from Dollarama, glued down with crazy glue (I do not recommend this however I don’t have a glue gun) and the star/ trunk were done with Reeves soft pastels.

  
This one is going out to Boo Boo and her husband. The black line work was done in Staedtler calligraphy marker (the narrow end) and I used watercolours to bring it to life. I couldn’t tell you the brand as I just used what was dried in my pots.

  
I can’t tell you who this one is going out to. But it was done in the same way as Boo Boos card.

  

This one here is going out to my Dad. Cut out some tree part from leather looking paper (I think it came from a dollar store about four years ago) and mixed some white glitter in with glossy Modge Podge for the snow effect. Oh and I glued the trees down with Modge Podge as well.

I will have more of these to show off but I didn’t want to throw it all into one post. Especially since I am not done all of them yet. They have been fun and I enjoy the mix between tasteful and funny/crude/cute.

A Little Frustrated

I only managed to get one letter done this morning so I sent four off this afternoon. I need to send the three going over seas by air mail of course (all four ended up going this way). I told them it needed to be airmail then I was told it was going to cost $65.00 CAD each! I told them straight out that was not right. I am sending letters not parcels. Something got crossed with information and all four cost me less than $10.00 CAD. After which I was told that the wax seals I use on my envelopes are not allowed. I have been using wax seals for over a year now and have never heard that from any post mistress or post employee before. They are not stickers but actual seals. They are not about to wreck anything more than some of the stickers or embellishments I have seen on some letters. To say the least I will be checking the government website to find out.

Than I called to book an appointment for both my dogs at the vet (which is an hour a way from me). I get told I cannot book Galaxy in till December. I said fine than Bullet can wait till than to go in for his appointment. I live an hour a way and I tried last year to make sure the dogs would go in on the same day. I was than told that Bullet’s due for his shot at the end of the month. I repeated myself. I then get told that Bullet will have to come in the following year to for his shots again. I said that was fine and said the good byes.

I was very clear last year about my dogs coming in the same time last year. I can let that go because I will make sure it is done this year. The thing is though, Bullet gets his shots every year. He gets his wellness exam and a through look at his teeth and then we shoot him up with everything he needs. Honestly it will be cheaper for me as well. I am doing one trip to take my dogs in, not two. Plus I do not like driving in the winter when I do not have to.

I am ranting and raving. On the bright side one of my friends is coming down tonight. Easter weekend went horrible so here’s to hoping this time goes better. Either way she needed time a way. It would be filled with partying or anything but lots of horror movies are going to be happening.

New Pen Friends (Hopefully)

I went and registered for International Pen Friends about 3 weeks ago now. I had found a few links to the website based in Finland and I decided to give it a go. I was only able to find one review (this may have just been me and not the fact there is not any out there). I got nervous because this is a paid subscription. I took my chances. Well, I am an impatient person to begin with so waiting for an email just made me that much more nervous that I was ripped off.

Yesterday I in fact received my list of new pen friends. I am quite excited. I have 2 out of 15 written up to this moment. I go to the post office tomorrow and I am hoping to get two more letters done tonight. That means I should have five to send (I did not make it to send my other pen friends letter).

So far I have these following (including my current friends)

2 x USA

1 x Hong Kong

2 x Australia

2 x England

1 x Belgium

4 x France

3 x Germany

1 x Italy

1 x Qatar

I would say I got enough of a selection. I was not looking for any where specific anyways. There are also a few males in that list. I have yet to write to any males (besides my cousin when he was incarcerated) so that will be a new experience that I am looking forward to.

I am not about to assume that all 15 are going to right me back but it would be amazing if they all did. I mean the first letter sets the impression but I like to babble so I am not sure how well they will get read. I also believe that my address will be given out to 10 people in the same fashion.

I still am waiting to hear back from my one pen friend though to see how she liked her parcel. I know that it was much larger than anything that had been sent before but I had to make of for months of not writing back.

I need to get back to work so I can get on my way back home. I have chores and letters to do!