Thursday, 28 February 2013

track 015 - in and out

I've had several nights of bad sleep (nightmares and waking up constantly) so my brain feels like pudding at the moment. Therefore I won't even try to write anything interesting... a picture is worth 1000 words, right?

Outgoing (Lettermo 4-7):

A card to Sofie via Sendsomething, in two envelopes - a see-through red one and a smaller one made out of a magazine page.

A reply to Romy in Austria. Nature themed (ish).

To Nicole in U.S.A.

This is actually both in- and outcoming: on the left you can see a card sent to me by Helena in Japan (she was doing Lettermo, too!), and on the right is my reply.

That's that! Has your mailbox been happy lately?

Thursday, 21 February 2013

track 014 - lettermo. first steps.

Like I promised, I started my Lettermo once I returned to Finland. Today is day 3, and since I'm sort of lazy at the moment, I will only show you what I have sent during these 3 days. I had a pile of gorgeous, interesting mail waiting for me here, and I did take lots of pictures, but that'll have to wait until some other day! Today's theme is outgoing.

A reply to Erica, who sent me a letter via sendsomething a while back.

A reply to Jasmine! I got to be a part of her Lettermo, and now she got to be a part of my Lettermo. Perfect!

A reply to Bee! If you've read my earlier posts, you know that her last letter arrived covered in mysterious goo. I wonder if we'll ever find out what happened?

Those of you who started Lettermo in time have a week to go! I wish you're all having a blast!

If you'd like to receive something from me during my Month of Letters, drop me a line ( or just go ahead and send me a letter (the address is on the left side of the blog)! Any letter that I receive in time will most definitely be replied as a part of this project. (:

Thursday, 14 February 2013

track 013 - valentine

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! 

 In Finland, Valentine's day is not actually directed towards couples and lovers, as is the case in many other countries, but the actual name of the holiday is 'ystävänpäivä', or friend's day. The commercial lovey-dovey stuff is making its way over here as well, but I really like the idea of dedicating a day to your friends. This way you don't have to get depressed if you're single on Valentine's Day - just go have a girls' night out or invite a couple of friends over for a movie! Friendship is a beautiful thing, so hold on to your pals. As for myself, I can't say I have many friends. I have people I enjoy spending time with, sure. I have people to go out with, people to gossip with. But I am looking for something more, something I haven't had for years now - real friendship. It's partly what got me pen palling in the first place - someone new to talk to, to hear from, to develop a bond with. I'm happy to say that some of my pen pals have become very important for me. Every now and then I'm afraid I'm too old to make new friends, because it seems that everybody else's important relationships were forged in high school already, but then I think of all the great pen pals I've met during the last couple of years. I trust that real friendship will come when I'm ready for it, with the right person or people. 

 To me, friendship is...
Summer evenings that turn into nights and mornings, people coming and going as they wish, and conversation that flows on and on.

 Letting your hair down, enjoying and doing silly things.

 Impromptu coffee, sharing thoughts and the feeling of refreshment upon parting. 

 What does friendship mean to you? And how did you spend your Valentine's Day?

all images via Pinterest

P.S. Next week I'll be blogging from home again! I can't wait to see all the mail that's waiting for me!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

track 012 - a small update

Hi everyone!

The days in the Netherlands have been filled with seeing people I haven't seen for over a year, cuddling with (often reluctant) cats, good food and gawking at the ridiculously low prices. All the Finns out there, how would a beer crate (24 beers) for 4.99 sound? I feel like a kid in a candy shop here. Bread for a euro a bag! Cheese for two euros! Soda for 0.40! I will most likely return a couple of kilos worth of food on my hips and a few more in my suitcase.

Our neighbours promised to keep track on the mail I receive at home - so far I have gotten a Hello Kitty - envelope and a package that needs to be picked up from the post office. Hopefully they won't send it back until I return...

Now, the radio silence will continue until further notice. Have a cat picture to comfort yourselves with!