Sunday, September 18, 2016

Birthday Mail

I had a birthday recently and was surprised to receive birthday cards as I don't remember telling the senders when that day was. But after years of writing letters and having so many conversations going at once the details of what I've said to whom become blurry. The biggest surprise, however, was a gift that was not intended to be a birthday present.  I had the honor and pleasure to receive a copy of Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink from none other than Mary Potter Kenyon, the book's co-author. As the name implies, it's a book about friendship through letters. Oh what marvelous, unknown wonders the post office has facilitated.

As you can guess, I am very excited to read this book and will tell you all about it when I'm done. I even have a give away planned but in the mean time I'll give you little teasers to whet your appetite. I've not ventured very far into this treasure but I can tell you already this is a book worth reading. 

And to Mary, many thanks. You must have received my letter by now but on the chance that you happened to see this post, I wanted to again say, THANK YOU!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rural Mail

Thanks to Jan for the link about the letter to Iceland. It seems I had seen this one on Twitter a few days ago, probably late at night and it didn't register with me at the time what a great story this is. Take a look at this envelope.

It has no address, not even a name, yet by the map and description this letter was delivered.(You know, Postmaster, she's the lady with three kids, a whole lot of sheep and she works at the market know the one.)  There are benefits to living in rural places or even small towns. This reminds me of a letter my high school friend received once. It seems like a hundred years ago now and our town was half the size it is today. My friend received a letter addressed only with her name and Kingsburg. I don't think it even had a zip code yet the post office knew the name and delivered it to her family's P.O. box. I'm not sure that would happen today but I'd like to think it would. 

You can read the story here

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Letters of Gratitude

It seems that nothing goes without complications. One of my sons is transferring to the UC system and term starts in a mere few days. Just a couple days ago his housing arrangement fell through. I can tell you this caused no shortage of stress and anxiety. After a couple days of not knowing where he was going to live this quarter and unable to find something in the general area of school I turned to The Aunts. Aunts are their own special class of being. They are generally kind and wise and are often made of stalwart stuff. They know the particular situations of every member of the extended family and would know if somebody in the clan had a room available in the vicinity. I inquired with The Aunts and soon had a call. It turns out one of The Aunts lives but fifteen miles from the university and has offered Young Duffy a room free of charge. As you can imagine I was relieved and elated. Not only will he have a roof over his head but he'll be with family.  Wasting no time I pulled out my stationery to pen a couple letters of gratitude. What a good letter day. Few letters are more enjoyable to write than those of thanks. 

To sweeten the moment I used my new ink, KWZ Iron Gall Violet #2 and my stamp order just arrived. I just had to have more Ingrid Bergmans and I ordered a few of the new president as well. 

It feels like a celebration. New ink, new stamps, my son staying with family...yes, I'm celebrating.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Positively Delinquent and Adopt a Soldier

Should you be interested in adopting in adopting a soldier, please visit   You will be assigned a particular soldier who has signed up for mail and may or may not be able to write back.  When I thought of many of our soldiers being my own sons ages and being far from home possibly with no mail at all I knew I had to sign up and start writing.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Good Mail Day & Passing It On

Being out of state translates into being without mail and I had a sense of getting back to normal when I returned to my mail box where happiness awaited me. Not only did I have letters, I had a Christmas in July package. What fun! Thank you, Limner; you will be getting a letter from me soon!

I love the idea of Christmas in July...not that I ever would have thought of it myself, but Limner's just a tad bit more creative than I am. Okay, she's streaks ahead of me in that area.

Look what I got! It's a book of postcards. My next stamp purchase will be postcard stamps. It's too bad the USPS doesn't offer a wider variety of the 34 cent model.

I receive the occasional postcard but I rarely send one out myself. That's going to change now because I have to send out these postcards. I have a feeling I'm going to be using spare mental time thinking up short postcards sized messages to send to people. My aim will be affirming, encouraging messages. I like that goal. It will be like passing Limner's kindness along. What fun!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Road Trip

I've written a few of you with news of my road trip. This travel plan came about after telling a few more of you that I had no summer plans; none whatsoever save for reading a few books. After talking to my aunt a couple weeks ago I made plans for a long overdue trip to to see her. Then last Tuesday I got in the car and headed north. I don't know why I don't get up there more often. It's a ten hour drive and much of it is scenic. (Maybe the 10 hour part has something to do with that.)

The trip was smooth sailing until I crossed the Oregon border. Shortly thereafter I met with a sort of traffic jam.

They were side by side at forty miles per hour for some minutes (I'm sure it wasn't as long as it felt) before the truck on the left finally got around to passing. Really, why do they do these things?

On my last day we had lunch in a little town called Gold Hill at a place called "The Teapot on Wheels." This place is adorable and I have to visit it again. They have a special high tea room where ladies can borrow hats if they did not bring one. 

We decided that on my next visit we would have high tea.

Even the signs are cute.

This is our view from the window. They have events in their back yard. You can see the Rogue River running past.

If you plan on being in Southern Oregon or will even be just passing through, The Teapot on Wheels is just off Interstate 5. You can check out their menu here.

Now to get back to those summer books I had planned!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Handwriting Videos

I came across a couple handwriting videos I'd like to share. The first one was introduced to me by Jan at Of Bibles, Books, and Letters. The calligraphy is by master penman, Connie Chen. This video is mesmerizing and I'm afraid few of us will ever write this beautifully though she makes it look so easy. 

The second video simply shares some thoughts on handwriting, or rather on the decline of cursive. I was recently at an Altar Guild conference of women throughout our diocese and the breakfast conversation turned to education. The women sitting on either side of me had learned shorthand, something that is no longer used. I remarked that they could use it as a code, something like cursive. One of the women then launched into a rant about children (even her own grand kids) no longer knowing how to read cursive.  It seems to be a widespread problem, at least in the U.S. The gentleman in the next video shares my friend's concern.