A Belated Happy New Year to You!

I’m back in Texas after being in Oklahoma almost two months. Trying to get over some allergy crud. I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things around here. I’m writing a few letters and planning to get more into sewing again soon.  I’m even planning to go to a quilt retreat in April.  I’ve had a birthday.  I think I have a few pictures to share with you, but I haven’t uploaded them yet, so they’ll be added later.  So many plans and so confused as to where to start!  I wonder if that will ever change for me?  Life …. always a fun challenge.

Happy New Year.  More soon….

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Sponge Bob Square Pants Mail!

I just saw this on Facebook and had to share it with you! Unfortunately, I can’t figure out where to get the photo of the Sponge Box Mailbox to show you. Yes, that’s right! There will be thirty Sponge Box Square Pants US mailboxes around the country (as of December 5th), so be on the lookout for one now!  With only thirty going to be painted like Sponge Bob, my guess is they will be in larger cities.

If you click on the link above, you can download free Sponge Bob stationery.  Also, local post offices are supposed to have free Sponge Bob postcards for those who ask for one.  I’m guessing those may also be in larger cities and it’s probably one to a customer.  Still, all in all, quite fun!  The picture of the Sponge Bob mailbox just flat-out tickled me!  I hope I see one some day!

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December First

It’s been eighteen years since my father died. It’s so hard to believe it’s been that long.  This day  is easier for me now, but I will always miss my daddy.  He would have loved being a great-grandfather!  He would have been so proud of the man my son has become!  I could go on and “talk” a lot about him, but I’ve already said the things I’ve thought the most often today.

More soon…..

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Just a Quick little Update

I’ve gone to Oklahoma for an extended visit.  It could be a couple of weeks or a few months.  I just don’t know yet.  So, I’ve deactivated my postcrossing account, for the time being, and will probably not be showing postcards while I’m here.  I hope to have more letter writing posts and posts about what I’m doing, reading and family, but I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to actually write anything.

Take care…more soonish…

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Totally Random postcards

from Carol in Taiwan

from Carol in Taiwan

This first card is another one that I had a problem photographing.  I retook it over and over.  It’s just a bit dark to make it easy, I guess.  I do like the postcard.  It shows the traditional market in Taiwan.  It comes from Carol and she says that you can buy everything here from clothes to food.  Sounds like a Wal-Mart to me, but I think I’d like their market better.

postage stamps from Taiwan

postage stamps from Taiwan

Here are the stamps on the back of the card from Taiwan.  I love the owl and the insect!  Fun, fun, fun.

from Gris in Germany

from Gris in Germany

The next postcard comes from Gris in Germany.  She lives in the state of Germany named Saarland.  She has read books by Diana Gabaldon and Ken Follet.  (They are both favorite authors of mine!)  She has five pen friends that she writes to, one of which lives in the States.  She also loves to garden.  She is married and she and her husband have a dog and many rabbits in the large garden.  Her dog is an “Afghane Windhound”, named Malika.  I’ve never heard of a Windhound.  Possibly it’s a translation mix up and it’s really a Wolfhound?  I liked this fun postcard.  I can imagine myself sitting on a park bench with a lot of friends when I’m older.

from my former co-worker

from my former co-worker

The last postcard for today is another one from my former co-worker.  She said she noticed that I had listed this card as a favorite.  She ordered another one, just for me.  So sweet.  The artwork the postcard is made from is called “Contemplation”.   I love this one!

More soon….

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in no particular order again

from Belarus

from Belarus

This first card is from Maryna in Minsk, Belarus.  It shows the traditional Belarusian folk holidays — one for each season.  Winter is Kaliaday.  Spring is Spring Greeting.  Summer is Kupalle.  Autumn is Dazhynki.  It is a lovely, colorful postcard.

from Anneke

from Anneke

The second card is from Anneke, in Holland.  She is a Psychologist and is studying law.  She’s fairly new to postcrossing.  She is reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  She read it translated to Dutch.  I may try to check this one out too.  Sounds interesting.

from Portugal

from Portugal

The third postcard shows Rio Maior in Portugal.  The card says “Place of the Bica Fountain and Rock Salt in background”.  I can’t make out a fountain or the rock salt, but it looks like a lovely town to me.  The card is from Ana Isabel and she sent the card back in May.  (Ana Isabel, if you happen to see this, please email me.)  She says that she found my blog through a google search.  She wished me a healthy and peaceful life and a wonderful day.  She has her return address, but it’s hard to make out after going through the mail.  I don’t think I ever sent her a reply postcard.  I’d like to do that.

Hotel ad card from Switzerland

Hotel ad card from Switzerland

The last postcard for today is an oversized one from Rozemarijn in Switzerland.  She says she was born in Holland, but has lived in Switzerland for almost a year now.  She loves the mountains, the extreme winters, the sunny summers and everything in between.  She says that this is an ad card, but she liked the photo, so she sent it anyway.  I think it’s lovely too.  A lot of the postcrossing folks say they don’t want ad cards.  I don’t mind them at all.

That’s all for today.  More soon…..

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in no particular order

from Taiwan

from Taiwan

I’m just randomly picking postcards from my stack to share with you today.  The first one shows flags from all around the world.  It’s difficult to read some of the countries names on the postcard in person, so I’m not sure how well this card will show on here.  It comes from Yu-Han in Taiwan.  She says that it’s getting cooler there.  That autumn is better than any other season for reading.  Her favorite book is “Nineteen Minutes“.   She found it shocking and was quite impressed by it.  I have to tell you that I started reading this novel myself.  It’s by Jodi Picoult.  It’s good.

from South Korea

from South Korea

The second postcard shows Thai Food.  I just love this postcard!  It’s so colorful.  The card comes from Hailey in Seoul, South Korea.  She spent two years in Thailand and loved the food there.  She said she has difficulty selecting from a menu in Thailand because the food all looks and tastes great.  When she wrote this card, she said she was living with her parents, but would be headed to Costa Rica the next day.  There would be a stop over in the US on her flight.  I hope she arrived safely and is having a great time exploring her new place.

From Finland

From Finland

The next card is of a Willow Tit, which looks to be very similar to the bird we would call a chickadee here in the States.  The card comes from Kotka, Finland.  I’ve taken a photo of this card at least four times since I got it.  I had a really hard time getting a clear shot of it for some reason.  I love postcards that show the similarities we share with other countries.

from Vika

from Vika

This last postcard for today is a special one.  It is the first card sent by Vika!  She was brand new to postcrossing when she got my address.  She lives in Odessa in the south of the Ukraine.  The card shows the Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.  She says that Odessa has breathtaking views, especially on the Black Sea.  She has traveled to some European countries and would love to visit the States one day.

More soon…

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Thank You!

Today is Veterans Day in the United States.  I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our Veterans and their families for their service.  Freedom is not free.  I know you have all given up a great deal to be able to serve our country.  I want you to know that your service will never be forgotten.  You will always be appreciated.

Even though our active duty military are not technically Veterans yet, I would also like to thank you.  You are currently sacrificing and serving every member of this country.  I know it’s not easy.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.

To the civilians who may be reading this, many of our Veterans need our help.  It’s shameful to think of someone who has served our country and is back home and now hungry and homeless.  We all need to step up and do our share to help them.  I hope that today we will all reflect on that and do whatever is within our power to help them.  I also hope our politicians will eventually grow up and start to work together.  We have too many things that need to be worked on — together — to be playing this continued partisan bull shit with each other.

Just my two cents worth….

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What I’ll be doing today — Sunday

As I told you recently, Sunday is my favorite day of the week.  Today I’ll be writing postcards and letters.  I have several thank you notes I want to write and a letter to answer, plus I can now mail 12 more postcrossing postcards because previous cards sent have arrived and been registered.  Fun, fun, fun!

Right now, my desk/sewing area is covered with stuff I need to find homes for.  So, I write sitting in a recliner.  I lean that puppy back and put a big pillow in my lap.  I put a “Quilter’s Cut ‘n Press” on top of the pillow to give me a firm surface to write on.  I have my pens, white out (for the occasional mistake) and paper sitting to my left.  I’m in front of the TV, but I often mute it so I can concentrate on what I’m writing.

Woo hoo!  My gift from Goulet Pens.

The ink is Noodler’s Dostoyevsky

I’ll be using my new Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen to write my letters!  (I use a Papermate G-Force ball point pen for writing postcards and checks because the ink doesn’t smear and is pretty water proof.)  I placed a small order with the Goulet Pen Company a few days ago for 5 ink samples and a new extra fine nib for my Lamy Safari fountain pen.  They are my go to company for inks and fountain pen knowledge.  Right now, they are having a ThanksGiving give away.  When I got my order yesterday, I had a surprise in the box.  The surprise was the Pilot Metropolitan pen along with a wonderful thank you note!  This company goes above and beyond, in my humble opinion, in customer service and education.  I cannot tell you how much I love them!  I wish they were local, but I’m grateful they are a US company.  I do believe in shopping local whenever possible.

Some things I love about Goulet (in no particular order):

  • I love that I can buy a sample of their bottled inks.  There are usually several inks I’m debating on buying.  It can get expensive to just buy the bottle and hope I like it, but I can try out several samples and then choose one bottle.  Wonderful!  I have not found another company who sells samples of ink.  This alone is enough to keep me coming back, but their customer service and care is the real reason I continue to shop with them.
  • They always write a short message on my invoice and they tell me the ink they are using to do it.
  • I love their informational videos about all things fountain pen related.  If I have a question, I go to their blog to find a video or look at the specific product I’m interested in and there is usually a video at the bottom of the listing answering my questions.
  • If I can’t find a video to answer my question, I know I can email them to get the answer.
  • They carry Noodler’s ink.  Noodler’s is made in the US and I really like that.
  • They keep their prices as low as they can on each product.

By the way, I am not being compensated in any way for this endorsement of the Goulet Pen Company.  I just want to share them with you!

Love them.  Love writing letters and postcards.  Love Sundays!  Are you writing letters today?  More soon….

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Letters in Movies

I’m watching an old John Wayne movie right now. “Red River” shows a hand written (in cursive, of course) letter or journal throughout the scenes.  Young kids won’t be able to enjoy that part of the movie.  Of course that’s assuming there are any “kids” left who would enjoy a John Wayne western about a cattle drive.

Do you know of any movies that show the actors hand writing or that shows letters prominently in the movie?

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