Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

How to make a note a day


When all this virus stuff started making headlines I talked about using the time to connect with people in ways we haven’t in awhile. I remembered a challenge I once accepted to send a letter a day (or it might have been a letter a week) to someone, and how fun that had been.

And I vowed to do something similar during this crisis.

So I started the end of last week…scrounging through drawers looking for a card…finally finding one and sending it to a friend I haven’t seen in awhile who had surgery recently.

The next day I picked up a couple cards at the grocery store during my toilet paper run, and I’ve mailed those too. But I recognize that not only are buying enough cards to send one a day for the foreseeable future expensive, but I don’t really want to go out and buy anything during this stay at home order we’re living with here in Michigan.

So I took an idea from another friend’s blog, Far Side of Fifty. She makes cards all through the year. I’m sure people love to get them too!

I dug around in my basement bins for my old water color pallet and a pad of paper. I decided I didn’t want to mess around with trying to make a folded card, so I cut the paper into rectangles that will fit inside generic envelopes. Then I looked online to find “easy watercolor pictures’ and saved a bunch that I thought I could do.

And this morning I sat down and made three of them. I’ll write a note on the back, slip each into an envelope and mail them off, day by day.

It was fun to do them, and I hope they’ll be fun to receive. I don’t know how long I can keep this up…but I know I’m set for the next three days!

I hope you have found something fun to do with any spare time you’ve got. I recognize that not everyone has any time to spare during this crazy period. If you have kids at home, or are trying to work full time from home, or are taking care of friends and neighbors on top of your own worries, then you probably don’t have time to make cards and mail letters.

But maybe during an evening or two you can face-time a friend, or give a neighbor a call. I think you’ll be smiling as much as I am when you do.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

41 thoughts on “How to make a note a day

  1. All right! This deserves a Maine “wowsah,” something I don’t give lightly. Those cards are utterly charming, to frame and to keep.


  2. I love your art! It’s smiley and peaceful!


  3. You are so talented, Dawn! I have a thing for chubby little, and the ones you have painted are adorable!


  4. Love the birds and poppies. I wish I have an ounce of your creativity. I always phone people. Not much on sending out mail.


  5. Those are wonderful ……love the idea … I just wish I knew people apart from you to send some too 🙂


  6. I’ve never face-timed but I’m good at sending emails. Your cards are gorgeous and so happy. Cheerful is exactly what we all need right about.


    • I think cheerful is very important right now. I haven’t ever set up a face-time myself, but I’ve been in a couple that my husband did with his relatives. I found them a bit unnerving and awkward. But that might have been the time difference and the language difference too. Or just me.

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  7. Very pretty hand-made cards that show you care. I’m sure the recipients appreciate receiving your cards.


  8. Gosh – these are lovely!


  9. This is a beautiful thought. I love it


  10. You’re talented, those cards are lovely.


  11. Very Sweet. Thanks for the idea.


  12. What a lovely practice. Actual tweeters on paper. Sweet tweets


  13. I LOVE these! They would be much better to receive than a store bought card. Nicely done!


  14. Yeah! Love your birds and flowers! They are perfect! I am trying to send a few out too:)


  15. These are certain day-brighteners, Dawn — both for you and the receivers! How’s the little furry patient? Hope she’s mending well. I imagine you’ll be getting a lot of protests, once she’s up and at ’em again!


    • Little Miss Princess is doing good. We just finished her meds, it’s been a week, today, that she had the teeth out. She seems tired and sleeps a lot, but maybe not more than before, it’s hard to tell. She is excited if I offer to take her for a walk around the yard and was ecstatic when she found herself at her park earlier in the week, so I think she’s fine.

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  16. Excellent idea! Love your art work. Thank you for sharing! ❤️🤗


  17. Gorgeous, Dawn! Both the cards and the sentiment!


  18. I love your cards, Dawn. They are beautiful. I’ve been playing with watercolors lately but I wouldn’t want anyone to see what I came up with — it’s pretty bad. lol!


    • I found out I like doing small pictures…less problem keeping a wet edge. I also am finding out that I like more, not abstract exactly, but loose images. So I went online and just googled “easy watercolor images” and all of these are my takes on those ideas. It’s been so much fun. I ran out of watercolor paper yesterday, ordered some more online. I have acrylic paper, will try it and see if it works. Might have to do acrylic paints too. SCARY! LOL.

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