52 Weeks 52 Letters Project — Weeks 10/11

by Katy on March 24, 2011 · 8 comments

Photo courtesy of The Frugal Girl

The weeks have been whizzing by for the 52 Weeks 52 Letters Project, and I’ve written two letters which catches me back up, and seems to be my habit. (No letters one week, but two the next!) But since I am officially up to date, I’m not going to give myself any grief.

The first letter was to Susan, with whom I went to college, although I’ve only really gotten to know her through Facebook and the blog. She had asked for a letter, and I was more than happy to oblige, even though she’s back in her native country of England.

The second letter was to my friend Barbara in Boston. She and I were part of the same social circle in high school, and we spent the next year together in Israel. We had completely lost touch, but found ourselves back in contact through, yes, Facebook. We’ve spoken on the phone since, and hope to figure out a time to see one another in person. But until then, she’ll have to make do with a letter from me.

As a complete aside, I wrote both letters on the darling Goodwill stationery that I pick up a few weeks ago. And let me serve as a cautionary tale when I share that 1974 Hallmark notecards and envelopes are as cute as can be, but possibly lethal when licked. Twice. Seriously, I thought I was going to lose my lunch.

Are you participating in the 52 Weeks 52 Letters Challenge? Don’t worry if you’re late to the game, as the idea is to write a letter a week, whether you join in January or March. I’ve really enjoyed the project so far, and like thinking that the recipients enjoy receiving their actual handwritten mail.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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Kristen@TheFrugalGirl March 25, 2011 at 2:24 am

I wrote one to my grandpa this week! And I included some pictures. 🙂


marnie March 25, 2011 at 3:13 am

just found you through the happiness project – right away I clicked – your quote “use it up ….” has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. And funny enough I just wrote two letters to friends from high school. I love “real mail” . Looking forward to reading your blog and learning more tips for frugal living. I can strech a dollar but probably could do better.


Emily March 25, 2011 at 5:21 am

You have to be careful with those envelopes. You don’t want to end up like George’s fiancée!


Katy March 25, 2011 at 8:12 am

I had the exact same thought!



Jessica March 25, 2011 at 5:43 am

I’m new to your blog so I hadn’t heard of the challenge, but I’m doing something similar as a Christmas present to my grandmother. In December I was trying to find a good present for my grandmom, who doesn’t really need anything and is in that stage where she’s actually trying to give stuff away, and I came across this awesome idea: The gift is one postcard a week for all of 2011. I ordered a set of cheap custom postcards from vistaprint.com with a picture of my husband and me on them, pre-printed with her address and our return address, then sat down and put stamps on all of them, and now every Sunday night I just write her a quick note summarizing our past week and drop it in the mail Monday morning. We rarely talked much before or saw each other more than once a year, and she tells my dad every time she talks to him how much she loves getting a postcard every week! It’s a good option if you don’t think you can commit to writing a letter every week–you could also order them without the pre-printed address and then send one to someone different each week 🙂


Katy March 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

That is just about the best gift I have EVER heard of. It makes me sad that all my grandparents passed away before I even started college. 🙁



Katy March 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

“Kayu?” Umm . . . “Katy!”


Susan March 26, 2011 at 2:26 am

Katy, I have about five scrapbooks of postcards that people have sent me over the years and ones that I collected myself. It was only the other day I realised that I haven’t received a postcard in years! Some postcards have such beautiful work on them…what a shame! Maybe a challenge would be to send a postcard a week to someone for me. That’s a possibility!


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