Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall Colors...

Other...

     So here are some pictures of what my backyard looks like in the fall..





         I got a few great mail days at the end of the week but today I just enjoyed some nice time with my little guys. First we went to church where I served on the worship team with my husband and a few friends. (Favorite song that we sang today  (Great I Am from New Life Worship.. It's high but it is a great song.) We rehearsed at 9:15 and my sons read some books but Timmy ended up coming and singing along during rehearsal. It was a nice moment for me as a mom to listen to my son worshiping with me- especially because he wasn't doing it for attention from anyone. He felt happy that we let him sing along.  After church I got a massage- major luxury for me. It was fantastic! 
     In the afternoon, it was a beautiful, autumn day so I spent some time outside with the family. Timmy and I had a little time swinging on the hammock and looking up at the trees. This year the colors are very pretty. We have a few really yellow trees this year. There is a gorgeous red/orange tree but I can't get a good picture of it. 
     At 6 we had Fall Fun Night at our church. We had 4 outdoor fire pits that we had out in the parking lot. People sat around the fires and talked while eating all the yummy food people brought. We brought a caramel apple pie. There were desserts like pumpkin pie, apple pie, cookies, brownies, fruit cups, trifle (delicious!) and other small pastry-type things. For the other food we had hotdogs that people could roast over the fires, butternut squash, Mediterranean chicken soup, a few types of chili, meatballs and clam chowder. A Korean couple from church also made Korean scallion pancakes, which I really liked too. In addition to the firepits, there was a "leaf ride" (hayride, with a leaf pile in the back instead of hay), face-painting and crafts for the kids. (Nice job Jen if you are reading this) This even is one of my favorite events my church does.I feel very blessed to have such a nice group of friends and family and a wonderful church.
     I will write about mail again soon. I would love to see pictures of your area at this time of year.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Postcard catch-up

Outgoing:

     I have 10 outgoing postcards to present tonight.  I did get a cool piece of mail today- a geocaching trackable. I will write about that another night. Here are my outgoing postcards:

Headed to Russia:
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 I wrote the address for the card pictures above and below in the Cyrillic. Anastasia and Elena- feel free to laugh at my awful writing. 
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      This one was a little odd but the user likes owls. I had 1 card with an owl on it.
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   This is a postcard that has an illustration from "Rumpelstilzchen" (always wondered how to spell that!)

TO TAIWAN:
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     This is of the M/S Mount Washington, shown docking in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

TO THE NETHERLANDS:
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      This card made me laugh because it promises "four-arm construction" that "allows superior freedom of movement" as well as an "extra roomy couple-hood."  Frankly, I think my husband and I would not survive more than 2 minutes in this sweatshirt.

TO GERMANY- (I think I got assigned a ton of new Postcrossers. Cool! I hope you liked the cards)
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 Wolf hybrids
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 Moose that is seen at a bus stop in New Hampshire on most mornings. (Sugar Hill)
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 Aerial view of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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 This is a Processional Cross Icon made in the 19th century by an unknown Ethiopian Artist. It is at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. (I think it's there at least) This fits well with the Handy Manny blanket. :)
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 This is from "The Secret Language of Sleep: A Couple's Guide" This is "The Zipper."  Pros- The upper half of the zipper has a built in feet warmer. Cons- Easy to overheat.

     Okay, enough for tonight. Can't wait to start getting cards again.
Other-
     I think I should reach 1,000 page views this weekend. That just struck me as kind of cool... because I'm apparently a huge nerd.  :) Now if I could only get 1000 letters!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Strep...again

    So, on a negative note- I have strep throat for the second time in a month and a half- which means it either 1) never went away or 2) wasn't strep the first time. Being under the weather, I haven't written much but I hope to get a few letters out this week.

Outgoing:

Soldier mail and mail to Marianne... finally. I have had these ready to go, but I couldn't find my stamps. So, they're on their way now.

Incoming:

     My friend Chrissie totally made my day. I got home from work today and saw this sitting on my dining room table!
  I was super excited to see a package waiting for me because I totally wasn't expecting one!  I had a really bad weekend and then stayed home sick from work yesterday so this was a nice surprise. :) (Check out the little card covering my address. One of Timmy's friends gave it to him as a birthday card :) So cute!)
Stamps: I really like the football (cough cough... soccer) stamp.

When I opened the package there were lots of goodies!
Yeah! She remembered my birthday! (October 13) Although I never expect any of my pals so send me any gifts, I am always happy to accept them :)  Isn't her writing amazingly neat? The envelope on the left was a great letter, the right was a birthday card (Nice beach.. My friend Jan sent me a card that said "This year you have nothing to worry about on your birthday." You open it and it says: "The high priestess only sacrifices much younger women." Nice.)  The gift was a stationary pad. I love stationary of all kinds. Thanks, Chrissie!
     In addition to this, there were also these goodie envelopes, sticker bags and label bags:
     I haven't traded these before. If any of my penpals are reading this, let me know if you want any of these. I will add my stuff and then pass them on. Usually I put them in the next letter I respond to, but if there is somebody who likes to trade certain items, let me know and I will send them. Actually, it would be helpful to know what kinds of things you like- FB, label bags, sticker bags, x-slips, swap sheets, etc...

Other...
    In other news, I survived Timmy's 7th birthday party.  I now know why I chose not to have 14 children.. lol.. and why I didn't have 12 kids in 1 year.   Timmy loved Blue Man Group and was pretty amusing to watch during the show. He had a great day.

     I also heard from my food swap partner. My package will be from The Netherlands (stroopwafels? mmm..). The Postcrosser who is sending it has been through a rough time lately so I hope things get better soon. It will get here eventually.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2nd

Incoming...

     Got a lovely letter today from a new pal from Denmark. She's got an incredible amount of really awesome stationary. In this letter she used some super cute Hello Kitty paper and a Winnie the Pooh envelope. She also sent a postcard of Copenhagen and a picture of her and her son. (Her son seems like he'd be great friends with Timmy.)  Here's the picture, isn't Susanne beautiful?:
The 366 Project:
Sent: 86
Received: 43

Keep those letters coming. Can I get at least 1 each day of October? Off to write a letter to Marianne from the Netherlands. I had intended to write to her a long time ago and then never got to it.. then forgot. My apologies Marianne. I'll post when I mail it. 

WOOHOO for October!

Incoming...

     Finally got some mail! I was very excited to come home to a beautiful pile of mail and notes from great friends!
  Here's what came...

A letter, brochure, postcard and tea from Jodie in Australia. I can't wait to try the tea. I am waiting for the next really chilly afternoon!
An answer to a 20 questions tag in Postcrossing. I tagged this person because I randomly found her on Postcrossing and she lives in the next town over from me. It was pretty amusing.
A Friendship Book and letter from Alenka in Slovenia. I'm so excited she wrote back. She's one of the people who waited forever for me to reply when David was bitten by the rabid skunk.  Cute FB!
Postcard from Akiko in Japan. This postcard is from her hometown of Sendai. I was so concerned for her family during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Penpalling really allows you to experience global events in a completely different way when you have friends who are living in the midst of what's going on. Akiko- still grateful for your friendship and very appreciative that your family was as good as can be expected. I can't wait to hear about your trip!
Lastly, this is a Postcrossing mystery envelope. This is one of the round robins that travel to 8 people and return to the original sender. This sender is from Australia. She sent stamps, a keychain (in the organza bag), a woven Turkish bookmark, a sparkly pen, NYC lip gloss, a koala memo pad, tea, an owl message holder, Australian magnet/pin (Taped together at top) and a postcard.

Outgoing...
   As part of the Mystery Envelope, you take out what you want and replace it with an equal amount of items. I am taking the bookmark and the lipgloss and I'm putting in:
This colored scarf. It has a leaf print.  Here's the stamp but a little closer:
    I also have 3 letters headed out to my soldiers!