warmth from a snowy scene

Happy Place, Happy Space

Much excitement when I opened my mailbox earlier this week! We half-heartedly retrieve junk mail and bills so when something else appears, there is squealing!

The occasion for the happy dance is a stunning card from Laurie Graves. Younger Daughter chirped “oooooh, she’s just like your penpal!” I chuckled because I didn’t realise she knew what a penpal was. It threw me back to a gentler, slower time when we wrote on aerograms and sent things by postal service.

Snowy scene of Wintrop, Maine captured by Clif Graves

My Maternal Grandfather had an American penpal from Dayton, Ohio. They corresponded for decades. For reasons unknown, we became recipients of his generosity as we received birthday cards & a US$1 bill for our birthdays for many years. Occasional care packages would also make their way to us: Beano comics and other interesting treats which connected us to a world which existed only in Sesame Street.

We are fortunate that the world remains accessible through our BlogFriends. We virtually visit exotic, new places, revisit old favourites. And on occasion even receive mementos from across the globe.

Excitement. Smiles. Memories. Warm feelings from a Snowy Scene.

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Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.

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This post is my contribution to Natalie the Explorer‘s Weekend Coffee Share.


  1. I agree….I love visiting other virtually. I don’t have wordpress so can’t pingback, but I love visiting everyones posts…I try to actually get to each one to show some love…lol.

    I might have had a penpal when I was younger, I don’t remember. Happy mail is definitely squeal worthy.


    1. I wish they would make BlogSpot & WordPress talk better to each other. I visit other BlogspotFriends and it is still challenging to have conversations!

      Thank you for spending time with our WordPressFriends, Kristin – we appreciate your presence and your conversation!


  2. Ju-Lyn, How wonderful to receive real mail from your blogging friend. We’re pen pals in the 21st century via blogging 🙂 Thank you for the mention in your post and for linking up with #WeekendCoffeeShare.


  3. What fun getting good mail is!! I had penpals back in my day and now I see my blogging friends as penpals 🙂 Thanks for the mention in your post, much appreciated.


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