I have become a big fan of the Hallmark network movies. In the process, I have discovered a few series that have called my attention. I’m not a fan of series because I tend to forget what day they’re running and I hate missing episodes. Well, in this case, I not only became a fan of the series, I became a part of the fan club.
I’m talking about the Signed, Sealed, Delivered series. I became a fan of the POstables, the main characters of the series: Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe), and Norman Dorman (Geof Gustafson). I wrote about how the series started, check the post here https://fullofcoffee.blog/2020/05/10/lets-talk-hallmark-introduction-to-signed-sealed-delivered-the-postables-team/.
Before I tell you more about the movies, I have to tell you about the fans. When I joined Twitter, I did it to follow all news and posts about Hallmark movies. Well, I started to follow a bunch of fans of Hallmark. I started seeing and following the POstables fans. They are an active group, always writing posts promoting the movies, setting dates to rewatch movies, and praising (rightly so) the great work of the actors and writers. They use a lot of positive thoughts and inspirational quotes.
This group is always interacting and writing to each other. The actors often participate of this interaction! I’ve gotten “lost” a few times in the maze of comments, following a conversation. They set dates to watch the movies, as most of them own the complete collection, alerting everyone of the movie to watch and tweeting along as they do. The Hallmark network knows they are loyal followers, so they have added the series to the Hallmark Movies Now streaming service.
I had the chance to watch one of the movies when it premiered, “The Road Less Traveled”, and I was intrigued. I wanted to know more. I wanted to follow the story. I noticed the hashtag on Twitter and I started reading and following. I found out there were more movies, and there are many, many fans!
As I’ve been following, I’ve seen that these group of fans often travel to meet and get together quite often. A big trip I wished I had gone to was when this group of fans went to Los Angeles, California, to meet Kristin Booth and Crystal Lowe, as they participated in an interview for the show Home and Family TV. Then they went to a private lunch with the actors, and with writer Martha Williamson.
The actors are also on Twitter. They also participate of the tweeting events and respond to fans questions. They know this fan family loves them and loves their work. They work hard for the fans and that’s one thing we all appreciate. That’s part of why this series is so loved.
Well, I finally had the chance to meet a big part of this group. I read that they were planning a trip to Florida. I contacted my good friend Judy (who I only knew from Twitter) to make sure she was coming and where were they meeting. Judy lives in California and is one of the first friends that introduced me to the POstables fan group. I told her “if it’s in Florida, I don’t care how many hours I have to drive, I want to meet you and the group”.
This all happened in October of 2019. I contacted Amanda, who lives in Florida, to make sure of the date and the location. I set up my mind, and planned my trip. I was driving by myself to go meet my friends Judy and Amanda. I really didn’t know who else was coming. It was only a couple of hours away, so I told myself that I was going to be okay. The thing is that in May 2019 I had a panic/anxiety attack while traveling by airplane by myself. So this was quite the challenge for me. But I wanted to do this, go meet these friends. I drove about two hours and a half, after a few stops and not taking the expressway. I made it to the location without incidents.
In my mind, I thought I was coming to meet a few ladies, 4 or 5 maybe. I asked if it was okay to wear my POstables t-shirt, and Judy said it’d be perfect, they’d wear theirs too. The welcome they gave me was fantastic. I cannot express in words how awesome it felt. It was like being with family. That gave me such a warm feeling! Like we’ve known each other for a long time. Like I was reuniting with my aunties, my cousins, and sisters. Fourteen (14) ladies had traveled to Florida, plus three (3) of us were locals, and two little ladies that joined the group.
I’ve never met any of these ladies in person, only on social media. They received me like they’ve known me for the longest time. All of them knew I was coming, all of them wanted to say hello and give me a hug. They had brought gifts to share with me! I felt a little bit overwhelmed, my anxiety wanting to take over. But I managed to control that feeling, and I said hello to all of them, one by one. We were soon chatting like we do online!
My question as I was meeting each one of them? Where are you from? I was curious in knowing where they were coming from. These ladies came to Florida from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, and Virginia.
This was a group of 17 people: Judy, Marybeth, Ramona, Blair, Ann M, Ann P, Amanda, Teresa, Darlene, Paula, Fotoula, Jessica, Jennifer, Rosemary, Connie and me. This group included the elusive “Ducky”, who gave me a warm welcome and a keepsake. I got to meet the “Ducky” lady! I also met Ramona! We also had two cute little girls who joined the group, and they had a lot of fun sharing with us!
Their main question for me? How did I found out about the POstables and the Signed, Sealed, Delivered series. I told them my story. How I had started watching Hallmark Channel, then discovered the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel, and I was able to watch the “Road Less Traveled” movie. And it called my attention. I wanted to know more, see more. I fell in love with Oliver, Shane, Norman and Rita.
I spent half the day with this amazing group of ladies. We went for coffee and treats. We talked, we laughed. I didn’t want the day to end. But I had to go back home. When I drove back, I was not feeling lonely at all. I drove with all of them in my mind and in my heart. This event happened in November, and this is published in May. I still remember it like it was yesterday.
I’m glad I got to meet this group of POstables. I know that I have found a group of people that, like me, enjoy watching a good movie, having a cup of coffee and making each other smile. They are amazing friends and motivators.
This year 2020, plans for trips have been put on hold, due to the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, we are experiencing around the world. I know there might be more trips planned in the future. I cannot wait to meet some more and share another cup of coffee with them. As soon as everything goes back to normal, and we are allowed to travel and gather again, I’m sure there will be plans for this group of friends to go somewhere fun.
I cannot wait to see them in person again. Meanwhile, it’s time to watch a movie, time for me to keep writing, and time for my tacita de cafe. To the POstables! Salud!