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Outgoing Mail--July 16-31, 2016

Letters to Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Penny in Canada, Amanda in New Mexico, Ann in Pennsylvania, Barbara in South Carolina, and Michele in New Mexico.

Cards and Letters to Penny in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Barbara in South Carolina.

Cards to Andrew in Iowa and Liz in Iowa.

Postcards to Dmitry in Russia, Dana in North Carolina, Becky in Oregon, Marty in Louisiana, Shirley in Nebraska, Ann in Pennsylvania, Jenn in Texas, Shane in Kansas, Leslie in Maine, Vicki in Nebraska, Barbara in South Carolina, Steph in Minnesota, Kym in Colorado, Terri in California, my mom in Nebraska, Sue in North Carolina, Norma in Oklahoma, Keli in Nebraska, Andrew in Iowa, Garrett in New Mexico, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Joel in Arizona, Shon in Nebraska, Penny in Canada, Wanda in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Laura in Iowa, Heather in Nebraska, and Billy in Wisconsin.


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Current Little Pleasures

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Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?