This afternoon Ivan and I did our 140 laps around my dining room table again, and the bundles are waiting by the door to be mailed out tomorrow. Danny Kelly printed the beautiful envelopes once again, for which I am so grateful. I am also grateful to Ivan, who endures my loud children, messy house, and scattered conversation. The best thing about being the mailer is getting to spend time with him every month, and getting answers to my letterpress questions, and learning about growing up on a self-sufficient farm.
I'm trying to broaden our stamp choices by figuring out new combinations that add up to what we need. I'm extremely tired of the penguins, (although the new additional ounce design is even worse), growing tired of the butterflies, even. I'm not sure if anyone else cares about the stamps, or if it's just that I see so many at a time, but I'll try to mix it up at the post office tomorrow.
The bundle has a nice look to it this month. These submissions come from all over, in all their different looks and styles, and then get formed into one unit. I have the deepest appreciation for the people who keep writing their stories, memories, poems, and opinions for all of us to read.
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