For probably the 3rd time in recorded history, I am caught up on my letter writing. Whoa. Did you feel that? The earth shifted. My adorable letter holder Herbie the Hedgehod stands empty and I assume exhuberant that he is for once not bending under the weight of paper and whitty banter.
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It is that time of the year again. Time to participate in LetterMo! Or in another words, a Month of Letters. I am a sucker for anything with badges and rewards and pretty stickers from the internet. And of course, mail.
The Challenge: mail something each day the post runs. A postcard, a birthday card, reply to a letter, etc. This isn’t about getting things, it is about reaching out. So, that is 24 items. Totally, do-able, right? You know you know someone who would love a surprise in their mailbox. And if you need some suggestions, find a penpal, or hey – I like mail.
I have always wondered if those ads on the milk carton worked to help find people…and apparently it does! No sooner had I posted a virtual missing persons post, Henrietta returned home!
She was lucky enough to spend the holidays with one of my great friends and her adorable progeny. I hear rumors that she hung out near the Christmas tree, took a trip to kiddo gymnastics class, and helped to celebrate a 5 year old’s birthday. What a lucky bird!
The estimated distance traveled so far is: 22,169 miles
Where do you think she will go next?
The holiday season is insane for me and it’s really hard to grab a spare second to do anything aside from have product ready and man by brick & mortar shopfront. But this morning I allowed myself to work on some of the mail that has been piling up the last few weeks and it was such a fabulous break! I’m ready to head back to the grind.
I even got Henrietta ready to head out into the world again with a few screws to make sure she doesn’t become an amputee.
There’s just something about a pile of mail that makes me smile!
Henrietta has finally returned to Alaska from NY and a few places in between. This was her craziest journey yet, heading to the small town of Springville NY only to be forwarded to Angola via a very weird system. Apparently she had to head out of NY to be forwarded back it to the correct address. We’ve asked what fun sites she saw, but again, the bird isn’t talking.
She went to visit my friend Bethanie and her super awesome Bicon Frise, Seftali. She oversaw the unpacking of a new apartment and took her job as Top Bird very seriously.
We heard Henrietta and Seftali became quick friends.
And just for giggles, Henrietta visited the meat department (just to see if she had gained any weight snacking on all those, well, snacks, as she travels). Because why not?
Where do you think Henrietta will turn up next?
Approximate miles flown thus far: 15,991
This was my second month doing the foodie penpal swap. Jessica in Minnesota and I were paired and it was an interesting few weeks of flying packages. I sent along a fun bunch of weird and funky (yet super tasty) odds and ends from our local Asian market. I love this place. I may not know what all the packages are saying, but I interpret them to mean “delicious” and they often are. This appeals to my cheap sensibilities (as many of the packets run .80 – .90 cents each), as well as my adventurous wanna-be foodie side, and you get a lot for your $15 buck.
In return, I received a pound of Minnesota cultivated, cracked, wild rice! It also came with a recipe for wild rice soup. It looks nice and rich calling for among other things, 1 stick of butter, 1/2 cup of flour and 1 cup half and half. I haven’t had a chance to give it a whirl yet, but should you want to have at it first let me know and I’ll send the complete recipe along (makes approximately 6 cups). You can also grab your own bags of Gourmet House Minnesota Cultivated Cracked Wild Rice on Amazon: 4 16 oz bags for only $18. What a deal (or 6 for $22)!
I am unsure of whether I will sign up for the swap again this coming month or perhaps instead treat myself to lots of little bags of goodies from the market….I suppose time will tell!
Henrietta had such a good time in the Arizona desert that she extended her stay to take in the rays and enjoy my friend Minerva’s company (and her awesome dog Bailey who likes to dress up like a lobster). She even hitched a ride back in a box full of goodies instead of flying on her own. But since I got awesome presents (yay!) I’ll forgive her laziness. So now that she is so well rested, she is on her way out the door again to fly another mission. Where do you think she will go?
Distance flown so far: 11,920 miles