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Sweet William

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Iowa Photos

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Iowa--5/30-6/5/2016

Highlights of the Iowa trip:

Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor (Le Mars, Iowa).  Hot fudge sundae with coffee ice cream for me, pistachio ice cream for Maya, and huckleberry ice cream for my mom.

Plenty of time for chatting, shopping, and eating out at Iowa's Great Lakes.

Arnolds Park--small, fun amusement park on Lake Okoboji.  Maya, my BIL Todd, niece Amanda, and nephew Garrett rode more than enough rides to justify their wrist bands.

Maya on the jet ski with my nephew, Garrett.

Relaxing on the pontoon boat.

Going to dinner at my nephew and his girlfriend's, Andrew and Paige, place (Milford, Iowa).  Dogs!!!

Playing and flirting with my great-nephew, Sweet William.

Lunch at Hey, Good Cookies (Spirit Lake, Iowa) with just my two sisters.

Rodeo parade in my hometown (Cherokee, Iowa).  Candy, candy--everywhere candy for the kids.

Coffee at the Copper Cup (Cherokee).

Celebrating my brother-in-law's parents' sixtieth wedding anniversary.

Birthday cake for Maya at my sister's…

Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

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The beach!

Incoming Mail--Sue in North Carolina

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Mary Engelbreit card

Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

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Tufted puffin postcard.

Sweet William is One Today!

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Missouri Photos

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Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico

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Molly & Rex Do What You Love and do it Often card and letter.

Branson--5/27-29/2016

Highlights of the quick trip for Herb, Maya, and me.Going somewhere none of us had ever been before.Maya's first time to see Amish buggies on the road. Watching Maya and her dance group perform before a Branson show and at Silver Dollar City.The Duck, former military vehicle that goes on land and water, tour of Branson.  Drove over the damn, plus went to the veterans' memorial at the top of the mountain.  Maya and Herb had turns driving in the lake.Two Sisters Jewelry at Silver Dollar City.Fudge at The Hughes Brothers.  The best maple nut fudge I've ever tasted!Osceola Cheese Factory on the drive home.  Finally, a decent postcard selection.  I couldn't  find many in Branson, surprisingly.Drive-through tour of downtown Kansas City.

Sweet William

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Outgoing Mail--June 1-15, 2016

Letters and cards to Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Jenn in Texas, Tami in Oregon, and Wanda in Canada.Cards to my nephew in Iowa and Sue in North Carolina.Postcards to Claudia in California, Shon in Nebraska, Keli in Nebraska, Jenn in Texas, Joel in Arizona, Becky in Oregon, Ann in Pennsylvania, Kym in Colorado, Sue in North Carolina, Claudia in California, and Shane in Kansas.

Recent Reads

Reader, I Married Him:  Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre edited by Tracy Chevalier (2016).  Short stories by authors like Esther Freud, Tessa Hadley, Joanna Briscoe, and Lionel Shriver.  Not nearly as dazzling as Charlotte Bronte's original Jane Eyre, the stories are still varied in tone and style.

The One by Kiera Cass (2015).  Highly recommended by Maya, who read this book in one afternoon.  Third book in the Selection series.  Love story and fantasy wrapped together with a strong, young heroine named America.

You Already Know:  Twelve Erotic Stories by Charlotte Stein (2016).  Stories previously published in various collections.  My favorite is the first story, though there's likely something for every romance reader in this collection.  Stein remains one of my all-time favorite authors.

The Shining Mountain by Peter Boardman (1979).  Boardman's account of his 1976 climb of India's Changabang with Joe Tasker.  Winner of the 1979 John Llewelyn Rhys Prize.  Particularly bit…

Incoming Mail--Steph in Minnesota

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Jane Austen cards with letters.

Incoming Mail--Leslie in Maine

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Lovely decorated envelope.

Incoming Mail--Jenn in Texas

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Harry Potter postcard.

Family Photos

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Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

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Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay in Wisconsin

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Outgoing Mail--May 16-31, 2016

Cards and letters to my niece in New Mexico, Steph in Minnesota, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, and Barbara in South Carolina.

Letters to Tami in Oregon, Barbara in South Carolina, Ann in Pennsylvania, Sue in North Carolina, Wanda in Canada, and Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

Postcards to Keli in Nebraska and Joel in Arizona.