Comment: I want to come to your library! :) Thank you so much for all the library swag. I think I actually gasped in delight when the penguin button slid out of the envelope. The bookmark made me lol ("I do believe in Texans!"). It looks like your summer reading program is going to be awesome.
Comment: I love your colored pencils PC! Such a lovely image, too. This one is a keeper, for sure! I also really enjoy YA books. I find many are written really well and have great characters and stories. I'll put Small Spaces on my list to read! Thanks!
Comment: wow, you made a lot of porgress. :) That's great! :) I've been thinking about reading about Ginsburg, but haven't yet. Maybe I'll look for the one you liked so much! :) I find that I rate books 5 stars rarely now days. Not sure why that is, but my average rating last year was 1.5 stars! That's bad! haha Thanks for sharing your lists. :)
Comment: So very clever of you! The see through half and the little tuck in spot! And what you tucked in was perfect!
So far I've got forsythia popping but not much else yet.
Enjoy and best wishes,Mar/skinny52
Comment: Congrats on your first list. :) Your book stack does look a bit dangerous. Hopefully they won't fall on you as you read. :) I have had that happen to me a few times and it's just not fun. :) There are some really amazing YA books out there right now - I get so jealous of my kiddos for the awesome books they get to choose from. I read them, too, but I am a bit too old. :) Thanks for sharing your list :)
Comment: Hi Heather!
I got your card today. It was postmarked Jan 14th. I hate it when mail takes so long to get to its destination.
Yes, being in a snail mail group is so much fun! I was checking around on the internet for you to see if there is one in Austin. I think there was, but they're not too active. They have them in Fort Worth and Dallas if you're ever in the area. If you ever happen to be in Sacramento, you are absolutely welcome to come to one of our meetups!
It's so nice to hear someone else has a love/ hate relationship with Outlander. I just became very disinterested once they were in America and I find it to just be TOO dramatic. You know? Like it gets old after a while.
As far as book recommendations go, I've been revisiting old favorites and rereading the Anne of Green Gables books. Now that is a story that never gets old. I'm thinking of attempting to read Gone With the Wind in the summer. Haven't decided yet.
Thanks for sending such a thoughtful card, it really made my day. :) <3
Response: That’s wild! What was it even doing for 3 weeks? I’m a glutton for punishment, so getting amped for the new outlander season. Anne of Green Gables is an absolute classic! Although I never read the full series when she was an adult and all. So glad the card finally arrived!
Comment: I absolutely adore your collage card!! My sister is big into botanical conservation, so I find botanical studies a super cool and important field. I’ll be sure too look into more Bradbury, Feather, and Wild. Night Watch is tied for favourite with Small Gods for me, though I am admittedly a sucker for Granny Weatherwax misadventures. May you survive the upcoming heat of a Texan spring! And thank you!!
Response: Thank you! And Granny Waetherwax is my role model!
Comment: How sweet mail, I like this so much, and seeing the donkey in the envelope, it feels so made for me, thank you, so very much!
I love everything, and your long note, with the facts, you have such stylish handwriting, they don't teach that in schools here anymore, I love how it looks.
Response: I have such fun decorating envelopes and am so glad you like it! I worry sometimes that my handwriting might be a bit hard to read--we were only allowed to write in cursive in school, so when I became a teacher I had to re-learn how to print so my students could read my writing, to mixed results. I love how distinctive older handwriting styles are too!
Comment: Thank you for your winter tips! I haven't been great at getting outdoors at all lately. It's mostly been a grey winter so far. Where did you get the bird house stamp? I like it alot!
Response: I was so happy to be able to dig up a bird stamp for you! The birdhouse stamp is a Cinderella, since it's not valid postage, but a novelty item. From the 1930s to about 2000, the National Wildlife Federation produced these art stamps to entice people to donate money, and they came in charity mailers like address stickers do now. I still have a few sets from my childhood in the 90s, and a full sheet of them goes for less than $10 on ebay. You can read more about NWF stamps here (https://blog.nwf.org/2016/08/stamps-of-the-decades/) or learn about Cinderellas in this super cool podcast episode https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/great-bitter-lake-association/
Comment: Thank you for sharing your board with me. There are some really lovely pins. I especially liked the dyed eggs. Some of the craft ideas will be great for getting my children more involved this year.
Comment: Thank you so much for your long email! I recently moved to East Tennessee and loved visiting the Smoky Mountain National Park with my family. I hope that you get a little sunshine to enjoy your garden. 💗
Response: I’m glad you’re enjoying your new home and hope you have a wonderful and restful winter break.