Showing posts from May, 2017

Incoming Mail--Kerry in Northern Ireland

Postage stamp and sticker on a card and letter.

Incoming Mail--Jenn in Texas

Dale Chihuly postcards.

Pink Crystal Tower--Coral Gables, Florida
Red Reeds--Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Blue Reeds and Marlins--Columbus, Ohio
White Belugas--Phoenix, Arizona

Incoming Mail--Steph in Minnesota

Card and letter from Steph.  The card is by Norma Gomez of Little Honey Bee Studio at

Recent Reads

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (2015).  Maya and I read this YA book, recently released as a movie, together.  We enjoyed the book well enough that I think we'll go to the movie.  Seventeen-year-old Maddy stays inside the house, seeing only her mom and her nurse, to avoid dying from her allergies.  Then Olly moves in next door.  How much would you risk if you fell in love for the first time, even knowing that leaving the house to be with Olly could kill you?

Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner (2017).  Attorney Ella's younger sister, Charlotte, goes missing right after giving Ella the start of a semi-autobiographical novel about a murdered woman seeing three men, leaving three suspects.  A little disappointing that the Big Reveal wasn't much of a big reveal.  Plus, I didn't particularly like either of the sisters, so I didn't feel very vested in the story.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher:  A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summers…

Incoming Mail--Les in Maine


Current Little Pleasures

Lincoln City Libraries Summer Reading Program

Jon Pardi.  Definitely a highlight of attending the Tim McGraw-Faith Hill Soul2Soul concert with Maya, my sister, my niece, my niece's paternal aunt, and my niece's paternal aunt's best friend.  Fun girls' night out!

Strawberry shortcake at Venue Restaurant & Lounge

Three-day weekends.  Always.  Looking forward to one this coming weekend.

Unexpected mail. 

Outgoing Mail--May 1-15, 2017

Cards and letters to Patricia in California, Fish in Taiwan, Michele in New Mexico, and Claudia in California.

Letters to Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Michele in New Mexico, Wanda in Canada, Claudia in California, and Barbara in South Carolina.

Cards to Becky in Oregon and Sue in North Carolina.

Postcards to Iris in Oregon, Jenn in Texas, and Joel in Arizona.

Incoming Mail--Patricia in California


Incoming Mail--Claudia in California


Current Little Pleasures

Slide by Calvin Harris, featuring Frank Ocean and Migos

Iris in bloom

Celery with Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter

Prairie City Chophouse in Nebraska City

Swiffer Dusters

Sweet SJ

SJ with her dad/my nephew.  My mom, who graduated from the University of Iowa in 1956, has a soft spot for all of the other Hawkeye fans in the family--my nephew Andrew, my late brother-in-law Todd, and Maya.  Maybe SJ will be a Hawkeye, too, one day.

Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

Julia Bell card of a c. 1850 appliqué quilt.

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay in Wisconsin

Virginia Dogwood card and letter.

Incoming Mail--April 16-30, 2017

Cards and Letters to Becky in Oregon, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Michele in New Mexico, Joanna in Poland, and Jenn in Texas.

Letters to Kerry in Northern Ireland, Penny in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Barbara in South Carolina, and Steph in Minnesota.

Cards to Shon in Nebraska and Sue in North Carolina.

Postcards to Joel in Arizona, Claudia in California, Liz in Iowa, Kym in Colorado, Steph in Minnesota, Fish in Taiwan, Barbara in South Carolina, Amanda in New Mexico, Becky in Oregon, and Sue in North Carolina.