Greetings · whatever! · writing

Wednesday, writing whatever…

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I have gotten a few Christmas cards this year but I have decided that this year I am not sending cards. I will email Christmas notes to those folks I have email addresses for and the rest I will send a New Year card.

I admit I like getting the cards but I would be happy with an email. The friends I get cards from live out of state and most I don’t see or hear from year to year. If I didn’t get a card or email I would wonder if they are okay.

Maybe an email doesn’t seem as personal or thoughtful to some folks. I know some don’t like email for anything but they are mostly of the older generation. I am a part of that generation of old people but I like email! I guess I will find out next year if some were offended by season’s greeting via cyber-world.

What do you think about snail mail versus email?

Monday · musings

Monday, musings about mail…

Today is Monday, October 25, 2010


I have tried to simplify my life and to live with a bit more awareness of the  earth.  By that I mean  making my life more simple  will perhaps result in being kind to the earth.  I try to use less paper by using cloth instead of paper where possible; I don’t buy paper towels for instance.  I don’t leave the water running when I brush my teeth and I shower more than take baths.  The bath thing is a bummer–I do love a bubble bath.  I only wash full loads of laundry and full loads in the dishwasher.  Turn lights off in rooms I am not using–big for me because I hate dark rooms.  Recycle where I can.  Anyway, you get the idea.

So, to be mindful of the earth’s resources, I bank on-line and now I am setting up e-bills.  Not only is it good for Mother Earth but for me.  It is so much easier this way.  But there is a down side.–every thing seems to have a down-side.  Doing all this paper saving results in less mail. And like nice hot bubble baths I like my mail.

Now when I go to the mail box with happy thoughts of cards and catalogs and magazines and letters and notes and yes, even bills, there is often just an empty box.  I hate that!

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Of course, I do have e-mail and I shop on-line catalogs.  I even look at on-line magazines.  But it’s just not the same.  I was so excited when last year a friend gave me a real magazine subscription for Christmas.  It’s okay if someone gives you a subscription as a gift–but not to buy one for yourself.

I do get a Netflix movie once a week–I do that because I am too cheap to go to the movies often.  And when I order something  on-line it comes in the mail but the cheap thing comes into play again so the ordering is rare.  I am not really cheap or frugal but learning to take care with my finances–I am a positive, glass half full kind of person, or I would have said lack of finances.

So, to be a good steward of the earth’s bounty I have turned to Cyber mail–but it is not the same as real mail.  It is not as enjoyable  an experience as real mail.  I imagine there will be a day when snail mail is no longer an option and all correspondence will be digital.  How sad–woe is me.