I have a collection of manual typewriters and use them to write letters, and more recently to tap out birthday greetings. This is my fifth or sixth, and most complex.
To begin, I drew the letter lightly in pencil, then used just the lower case "x" key, and the lever that controls the black and red options for the ribbon. When it was finished, I erased the pencil marking.
It looks a bit like cross stitch don't you think?
The cards are always mailed—it seems to make them more special—because getting mail feels good . . . especially on your birthday!
What about you, do you collect anything, or make and mail cards? Share your story by posting a comment. We'd love to hear from you.
Waiting for spring . . .
If cabin fever is setting in despite the fact that you've played all the board games you can stand, watched an Oscar-nominated-movie marathon, baked your favorite cookies, and simmered a stockpot of stew, it's time for a new approach:
Use the time you're stuck inside to:
- start something,
- finish something, or
- revisit a stalled project
Grab a piece of paper and map out your new project. What will it take to get started? Do you need to gather supplies, buy new tools, enroll in a class, or talk to an expert? Make a list, an outline, or draw a diagram. It's the first step in getting your project off the ground.
Wrap up some loose ends. Finish what's nearly done, but isn't. Clean, organize, and inventory your gear, tools, and supplies so you'll be ready to jump right in when it's time to start something new.
Revisit a Stalled Project
If you put aside a project because you were stuck, lost your inspiration, or became overwhelmed with other things in your life, take another look. You may be surprised by new ideas and solutions that percolate when you get back to it.