The outgoing mail was a combination of what was written on Sunday, and what written today. Today was a day for long letters.
Only one letter incoming, from Karen, who just moved to Calgary. Now Karen's pen is very light and I struggle to read her letters, and as she just moved, I needed her return address from the envelope, but the end of the address (which turned out to be "SW") had been stamped over by the post office. So I did a Google search and--what fun!--I found a real estate video of the guy who was trying to sell their house. So I got to see it before they moved in.
I also created a spreadsheet today to track when letters arrive and addresses of writers. I know that many are going to drop off because we don't click and this is a good way to track that...and discard the drop offs after a few months.
I found out I have heard from 36 people since I started the project. My best writer has sent 8 letters. Second are two women who have each written 4 times, then 3 who have written 3 times (not all of these wrote their first letter at the same time, of course). Thirteen have only written once and I guess after receiving my reply aren't interested in continuing the correspondence, but who knows--maybe I will hear again from them some day. I'm happy to get a letter a month from someone. Not happy...thrilled!
I also found a letter buried under the junk on my desk which I haven't answered in over a month...I will be answering that letter tonight! (Maybe that happened to some of my letters that have not been answered.)
I had to leave early today, so I only got one compassion letter written.
This is to Emmanuella, my sponsored child in Ghana, and I included a book about butterflies.
Lots of fun stuff in the afternoon.
Other than a Compassion brochure telling me about Ghana (which I very much appreciated), these were all postcards, 3 from PostCrossing (Russia, Florida and a home made card), 2 from a Swap-Bot, and one from the IOUMA.
Three outgoing today. A penpal letter, a thank you letter, and the weekly letter to Soldier Amanda.
Good incoming mail. Finally heard from our Japanese daughter that she, her friend and family are OK after the earthquake. There were 2 penpal letters, an envelope of great postcards from Speck, and a card from Brasil for the IOUMA.
But even better were two letters from two of my Compassion kids, Fred in the Philipppines and the first letter from Emmanuella, in Ghana.
Outgoing, there was a penpal letter and 3 soldier letters (to misc. soldiers who needed a boost). Also, a postcard about how I'm spending my summer vacation (at the butterfly exhibit in Santa Barbara).
I used some Washi decorative tape to decorate one of the soldier letters. This is a new item for me and I'm getting the hang of how to be creative.
In the mailbox was a letter from a pen pal, a SendSomething postcard, a Postcrossing card, and an art card from a guy in Brasil who is a member of IOUMA.
Lastly, there was this great book from The Pen Thief, which I won in a give-away contest.
The nice thing about going away for a long weekend, is when you get back you get a stack of mail!
There were 4 post-crossing cards, 4 Swap-Bot dog postcards, and 2 SendSomething postcards
There were also 2 Swap-Bot letters and a letter from Anjali--the first she has actually written herself, which was very nice!
I also sent out a bunch of stuff, 5 dog cards for the Swap-Bot exchange, a letter to Amanda, one to a pen pal, and a letter to Denny's about the waitress we had last night (who deserved a commendation)
This was the first day I have written nothing and received nothing because we had our mail held while we were away for the weekend and got home too late to pick it up. Should be a lot (I hope) when we go to the post office tomorrow!
One is for post-crossing, and the other is kind of a goodbye card to a woman I've been sponsoring through Women for Women Int'l. She will graduate from the program next month and I loved this animated postcard which showed a caterpillar turning into a butterfly (technically, probably a moth, but it was the thought which counts!)...if you look closely, you can see the figure of the caterpillar underneath the moth's wings.
This was kind of a long pen pal letter and I thought it was going to be the only one I would write today.
But then I had time to write a quick letter to my Compassion child, Fred, to send him this little pad of mini dollars to show him what American money looks like. Notice also the alphabet tape on both the pen pal letter and Fred's letter, something I found at the dollar store.
More fun incoming. A letter from a 16 year old, Kate, from Michigan. She and her sister are starting the "365 Project," hoping to get 365 letters over the next year and to hear about all the states in the union. (If you're interested in helping them, you can check out their web page here.
I also had a Postcrossing card, a Send Something card, and another letter from Michelle in South Carolina, complete with a couple of lovely postcards.
It's Sunday, so nothing goes out, but I wrote these...
I had found some great cat yoga postcards and sent them out mostly to SendSomething cat lovers. The two letters were both to soldiers, one to Amanda (the one with the cool "courage" sticker I found at Michael's) and one to a misc. soldier who is lonely and asked for mail.
This is this week's letters to the two Amandas, and a Swap-Bot exchange for Monsters postcard exchange (Hey--monsters can be cute, right?)
It was a thrill to get the afternoon mail, which included a second letter from Esther, this one with the photos attached. There was also a postcrossing postcard, a letter from a friend in Japan, reporting that nobody in her family had been affected by the earthquake or tsunami (though they are still concerned about the nuclear reactor). There was also a pen pal letter from the Netherlands, and a Mail Artist letter from Brasil, though the writing is so tiny and so light that I can barely read it.