Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Joy of Snail Mail

I love snail mail, both receiving and sending.

So does Daughter. I see her regularly and we talk many times a week, but she sends nuggets in the mail to me. One of her own postcards, addresses blocked to protect privacy:

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Back

And then 2 days ago, a postcard from a friend, "a woman of affairs, Greta Garbo":


And this is a treasure, received a week ago, a handmade booklet from a writer friend, full of hand-drawn pictures and beautifully scripted writing honouring my late lamented companion dog Ansa. This is called "O My Dogling."


So yesterday, I went to the post office and mailed the following, with joy:

(1)Two handknitted dishcloths +card to the winner of my dishcloth draw, Pauline.
(2)A "Thank You" card to Kathleen, my writer friend for her dogling gift.
(3)A "Thank You" card to the municipal people I worked with who sent me a card containing a $100 credit card and a lovely note.
(4)A "Thank You" card with a payment and a wee bonus to my plumbing/well genius/expert water man/defrosting of pipes expert, Calvin, who disconnected and reconnected water in the ongoing saga of my house, now sold, and who voluntarily dropped around to it every day monitoring the situation in my absence.






19 comments:

  1. It's sold, woo hoo!
    I've made an attempt to get back into sending mail via Canada Post, but it must've been half-hearted because I didn't keep it up, more's the pity.
    -Kate

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    1. I try and keep my hand in, mainly because it gives me such delight. I don't really care if I get stuff back.

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  3. Yay for selling the house! I love snail mail as well and have a small number of pen friends who like my letters just as I enjoy theirs. Should you ever fancy a letter or postcard from these parts, let me know.

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    1. Ditto to you E, love to hear from you and send you a card, even a dishcloth. :)

      Email me your addie wisewebwomanatgmaildotcom

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  4. Fantastic news that your house has sold! And now you are settled into your new home.

    Every holiday (and sometimes just on a whim) my daughter picks out the loveliest card for me, and writes a message from her and my son. I adore them (the cards and my kids). My grandmother and I wrote to each other constantly when I was in college; one of her cards hangs above my desk right now, in fact....Cards and letter-writing are a lost art.

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    1. I think there's a revival Elle, I get many snail mail, yesterday was a lovely card from a long ago work colleague who'd asked me for my addie. So yeah, I sent one back :) Keep it rolling:)

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  5. Yes, there's something very charming and pleasurable about getting an actual letter (or postcard or birthday card) rather than a more prosaic email. I haven't had one for quite a while though!

    Glad to hear you finally sold the house.

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    1. Thank Nick, tho the price was a joke. I have to let it go. And maybe you should start writing, carding friends and see what happens?

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  6. The Indian Post is still quite vibrant though not in the cities. I however get a number of magazines and periodicals delivered to me by the post as the publishers are still in the middle of the last century. There are others who use the couriers which are faster and more efficient. I haven't sent anything by post in a long long time as couriers come home to pick up parcels whereas the Postal department does not. I also use the email, whatsapp and sms mostly to communicate. But nostalgia is still nostalgia.

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    1. I treasure all I receive in the mail from friends and lol admirers and display for a year on this special stand I have. I wasn't writing of magazines/papers for that is mostly on line for me now.
      it is good to reflect on these little nuggets over the years, something missing from digital communications.

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  7. I like mail, too, although I pretty much only receive it on my birthday. The rst of the mail is either catalogs, bills, or ads.

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    1. I refuse ads and other such paper trash in the mailbox and most of my bills are on line now. The lost art of writing is being revived, I actually frame my granddaughter's postcards and cards they are so beautiful. And some from artist friends too.

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  8. I'm very bad at sending mail, consequently I don't receive much. My kids, being boys, are even worse. So glad the house sold, even if not at the price you were hoping for. The cost of stamps these days is one more impediment for someone who isn't good at sending mail.

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    1. Actually Annie stamps are so cheap, think of the journeys the mail travels. I was sending a gift and card to Maine recently and it only cost me $3.29, I was stunned. A total bargain. I buy mine in bulk so I can write on a whim and then, lol, go to the lobby and put it in the neat wooden box. I still can't get used to this. I'm like a child in a candy store. And a doorman who gets the bulky on line grocery shopping for me when I'm out. I so love the mail now.

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      And ps I hope your horrifying house saga is over with soon.

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  9. Great news about the house sale WWW! So pleased for you.
    Oh and that is such a delightful gift - the illustrated memoir of Ansa!

    I enjoy snail mail too, especially at Christmas and birthdays. Topical chit chat with a couple of old friends in the UK is best done by e-mail though, because by the time we received snail mail, the news might be 'cold' - but greetings cards with letter enclosed those are still a must. :)

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    1. Thanks for your good wishes on the house T. I am relieved it's out of my life tho the price was woeful. No cruises for moi.

      Yes, letter enclosed in cards are lovely. And there's something about holding snail mail. Like ebooks, I can't get into them, I'm paper all the way.

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  10. And a delighted Pauline will be posting a snail mail to you as soon as I return from being snowed in at my daughter's. I'm off momentarily to be with my grands for 3 days and tomorrow we're expecting a Nor'Easter. I love the dishcloths, used one this morning and was immediately transformed into my 10-year-old self washing dishes while sisters dried. Thank you for both the cloths and the memory!

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