Sunday, April 1, 2012

Stack of Letters

Having a stack of letters to respond to is kind of a comfort to me. On the other hand, having too large of a stack of letters can be overwhelming.  For letter writers, it's helpful to have a system and some balance to their process. Here is some of what I do.

Currently, I use this wooden caddy for letters. I will grab one, two or a handful when I have some letter writing time to dedicate to them.
I'll select the card or stationery from my box of stationery supplies and then I'll select the pen based on the paper that I've chosen.
Next, I'll reread the letter I'm about to respond to so that my memory is refreshed of what is recent in the lives of my letter writing friend. I love the variety and creativity of the missives I receive. Many inspire me to be more creative in what I send out.
Sitting down at my desk (rarely this clean), I will begin my return correspondence. Usually it's quiet, but sometimes I'll have music in the background. Currently I'm listening to I Like You from Minneapolis.
If I'm traveling or going to the local coffee shop to write my letters, then I will use this lovely handmade carry-all for my letter writing supplies.
This was sent to me by my pen pal Cecelia who is talented in design and sewing. Also, she is kind and thoughtful. I love using this and think of her every time I do.
On March 31 I wrote by candlelight since it was 8:30pm and I was honoring Earth Hour by shutting off all lights, computers, electrical appliances, etc. This happens once a year and is pretty amazing when you see all the people involved and the difference that our combined efforts make.
Before sending off my correspondence, I select the appropriate stamp and return address label. Most letter writers I know have a selection of both of these from which to choose. It's half the fun and much of the charm. I will admit that I'm bit of a stamp snob and always prefer to see themed stamps rather than the generic flag ones, or worse yet, the metered postage.
Then it's off to the post office to send my letter on its way!
Who are you writing to today?

2 comments:

Mary Has Sound said...

What a great post! I love your mail divider cubbie. Very cool. I use an accordion folder with several sections, the three main ones being: incoming, responded, and outgoing. It's the only thing that keeps me organized!

Karen Grigsby said...

Your post was awesome! I am always wondering how everyone keeps up with their pen pals. I also got a letter today from a pal explaining her system. Now I have to figure out how I am going to get organized!