Handmade card from Wanda in Canada. Possibilities are certainly on my mind these days.
Another card and an awesome holographic stamp from Wanda in Canada.
Handmade card from Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.
The Great Lumbering Days, Machias, Maine by Robert E. Goodier card from Les in Maine.
Notepaper, one of the card inserts, from Les in Maine.
Two strong women postcards from Christy in Texas, my Lovely Letters swap partner.
How to Live No. 17: Spaghetti by Paul Spooner card from Becca in Arizona during her trip to Baltimore, Maryland, which included a stop at the American Visionary Art Museum.
"We can only said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." ~~Thornton Wilder
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."
"Do not take anything for granted--not one smile or one person or one rainbow or one breath or one night in your cozy bed."
"In this world of sin and sorrow, there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican."
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
~~William Arthur Ward
"I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me, but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss."
~~Rita Mae …
School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari (2009)--Chapter book. First in a series, and we can hardly wait to read the other books. Maya and I were often in hysterics reading together about four very different twelve-year-olds sent to a bizarre summer "school" to cure them of their life-limiting phobias. Highly recommended.
This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas (2012)--Romance. Another in the current rash of Fifty Shades-type novels, this one just needs some proofing and a little editing to be exceptional. Expect the usual hanging ending because the next book in the series comes in January 2013. Recommended.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (originally 1847)--Romance. You may have read this one for a high school or college class, and I read this again as part of my book club at work. If you like your hero dark and brooding and your heroine smart and unaware of her own worth, give this one another look. Highly recommended.
Maya flying her kite at Grandma's house on Saturday, November 17. Check out those boots from a recent shopping trip with Grandma. Maya's into fashion, but she makes what I consider some bold, interesting choices.
How was your weekend? We had our usual kind of weekend. Brownies meeting, where they completed work on their First Aid badge and practiced for caroling at a nursing home next month, for Maya on Friday night. Besides Maya's time at my mom's house while I went to work for a few hours, we ran errands and ate lunch at Granite City on Saturday. Family day, including lunch out, on Sunday.
The highlight of my weekend? Daryl carrying Carol through a prison hallway littered with walkers on Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead. I may not get the romance I want between those two characters, though I'm still hoping, but no fan of the show can deny that he has special feelings of some sort for her now.
Postcard from Lou in England of Lou La La.
Another postcard from Lou in England of Lou La La. She does a really cool combination of writing a long letter on the backs of postcards plus paper.
Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo postcard from a visit to New Orleans by Dana in North Carolina of Save Snail Mail. This is one of my all-time favorite postcards.
Lovely card and letter from Ellen in The Netherlands.
Cute Home Tweet Home card from Wanda in Canada.
Ending where I began this post--London Olympics card from Lou in England of Lou La La.
Yuma, Arizona, postcard from Becky in Oregon. Look at the gorgeous sunrise (or sunset) in the center photo. Lovely!
Carnival scene postcard from Claudia in California of Moncy3. I actually used the photo from her blog. How can a carnival not brighten your day? Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, from Dana in North Carolina of Save Snail Mail. Certainly looks like a store I want to visit.
The Main Pyramid at Tula, Hidalgo, Mexico, from Elizabeth in Mexico of Letters to Meredith. Since she sent this blank with a letter I have the bonus fun of sending the postcard to Joel in Arizona, who is the only person I know more appreciative of mail than I am.
In part to combat my "blah" feeling, and in part because I was a dud for Halloween (zero cards sent, home sick with the front lights off while Maya and Herb went trick-or-treating), I decided to get moving on my holiday preparations. I just ordered the above photo cards from Shutterfly, where they have 40% off holiday cards and free shipping for orders over $30.
Maya and I had a pretty productive weekend around the house, too, with four big bags of items to donate. She went through her clothes and toys, and I went through my stationery. We still have more to do, but what a great start. This is the first time she went through her room completely on her own, and I'm impressed at how well she did. I only rescued one item from Maya's giveaway pile--the little cap she wore in the hospital. That's one of **my** treasures!
We also had time for fun, including our usual Saturday errands and lunch out, watching Nebraska squeak out a win against Penn State in footba…
Belated Halloween greetings! Maya the witch and Herb spent three hours trick-or-treating last night. I imagine I'm fired from future trick-or-treating sessions since I don't think I've ever taken her around for more than 1 1/2 hours.
My cold is lingering, and I stayed on the couch watching t.v. last night. I didn't even feel energetic enough to read or write letters. I'm beyond ready to be done with being sick! [Insert slight whining sounds here.]
Three weeks until the American Thanksgiving Day. Anyone have fun plans? We expect our usual quiet day at home, my mom included if she doesn't go to visit my sister, possibly with a couple of hours at a movie theater. My favorite holidays are the quiet, relaxing ones.