Showing posts from April, 2018

Current Little Pleasures

Watching our favorite movie, Love Actually, with Maya.

Twizzlers Pull 'n' Peel Cherry Candy.

Magnets and Postcards from Maya's trip to DC and NYC.

Legal Pads from Papaya!

Captain Awkward for relationship advice.

Incoming Mail--Claudia in California

Handmade envelope with a letter from Claudia.

Venue Restaurant & Lounge

House salad from Venue Restaurant & Lounge.

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay in Wisconsin

Lovely handmade card with a letter.

Postcards from Maya's Trip--Part 2

What I call "The Sopranos" view of Manhattan.
The Washington Monument in DC.
Lady Liberty in NYC.
Multi-view of NYC.
The White House.

Postcards from Maya's Trip--Part 1

Main building for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
The Statue of Liberty in New York City.  Maya brought home several different postcards of Lady Liberty.
Broadway in NYC.
Lady Liberty again.
National Air and Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute.

Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico

Recent cards with letters from my sister.

Recent Reads

Captivated by Charlotte Stein (2017).  Collection of 14 short stories from one of my favorite romance writers.  As always with Stein, each story provides a very different vignette.  My favorite from this collection is "Married Life," where things are more than refreshed and different when a woman's husband returns from a lengthy business trip.

The Ghosts of K2:  The Epic Saga of the First Ascent by Mick Conefrey (2015).  Besides chronicling the successful first climb of K2 by the Italian team in 1954 and its aftermath, the book also includes detailed accounts of earlier attempts.  Interestingly, Conefrey takes a side in the post-climb controversy between Achille Compagnoni and Walter Bonatti.

Cringeworthy:  A Theory of Awkwardness by Melissa Dahl (2018).  Dahl, editor of New York Magazine's Science of Us site, goes to great lengths to study awkwardness.  Would you read your middle-school diary out loud to strangers?  Laugh-out-loud funny at times, at least for me, some…

BRAVO Cucina Italiana

Maya's Warm Berry Cake from BRAVO Cucina Italiana.

Current Little Pleasures

Bare Minerals Loose Powder Foundation

Browsing houses at

Pastries from Le Quartier

Wallander TV series

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize for DAMN.  [You're still the best rapper ever, Tupac.]

Incoming Mail--Steph in Minnesota

Lovely card and letter.

Outgoing Mail--April 1-15, 2018

Cards and Letters to Sarah in Missouri, Becky in Oregon, Jenn in Texas, Patricia in California, Becky in Oregon, Liz in Iowa, Terri in California, Wanda in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Steph in Minnesota, and Tami in Oregon.

Letters to Kym in Colorado, Barbara in South Carolina, Michele in New Mexico, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Claudia in California, Tracy in Texas, Lee in Scotland, Jenn in Texas, and Wanda in Canada.

Cards to Sue in North Carolina, Amanda in New Mexico, and William in New Mexico.

Postcards to Sawyer in Iowa and Joel in Arizona.

Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico

Recent cards with letters from my sister.

Sweet SJ

SJ and her dad watching the snowstorm.

Incoming Mail--Lee in Scotland

League of Extraordinary Penpals (LEP) envelope with The Iron Throne stamp from Lee.

Bagels & Joe

Avocado Slim Salad from Bagels & Joe.

Recent Viewing

Since we dropped our expensive TV package at the end of January, we rely on Netflix when we want to watch TV shows or movies.  Here are some shows I've enjoyed recently.

Wanted(2016- )  An Australian series with a Thelma & Louisevibe.  After being at the bus stop at the wrong time, Lola and Chelsea find themselves on the run from the law. 

The Killing(2011-2014)  Based on a Danish TV series, the American version is set in Seattle.  Police detectives, mayoral candidates, a local tribe with a casino, construction firms, homeless teens, and more interact in this gripping drama series.  I particularly liked the series ending.

Broadchurch(2013-2017)  First the murder of a young boy, and then a series of rapes, in a fictional small, seaside English community, reverberate throughout the village.  My favorite character is DS Ellie Miller (police).

Eye Candy

This one never gets old.

Incoming Mail--Birthday

Card from Jenn in Texas.
Card from Penny in Canada.
Card from my sister in Iowa.

Incoming Mail--Tami in Oregon

Card and letter.

Incoming Mail--Tracy in Texas

Vintage stamps on a letter.

Incoming Mail--Wanda in Canada

Mary Engelbreit card with a letter.

Carrabba's Italian Grill

Sogno Di Cioccolata, "Chocolate Dream," at Carrabba's on Easter.

Current Little Pleasures

Call on Me by Kim Cesarion

Buxom Big Tease Plumping Mascara

Quiet, relaxing Easter with Herb and Maya

The Killing TV series

Tropical Hibiscus Iced Tea at Scooters

Sweet SJ on Easter

SJ with her parents, my nephew and his girlfriend.
SJ with her grandma/my sister and her great-grandma/my mom.
SJ with her best buddy, Kota.

Incoming Mail--Joel in Arizona

Pretty Easter card.

Outgoing Mail--March 16-31, 2018

Cards and Letters to Lee in Scotland, Amanda in New Mexico, Tracy in Texas, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Liz in Iowa, Wanda in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Bobbie in Texas, Claudia in California, Laura in Iowa, and Norma in Oklahoma.

Letters to Jessica in Pennsylvania, Debbie in Florida, Lisa in Washington, Jean in New Hampshire, Michele in New Mexico, Iris in Oregon, Barbara in South Carolina, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Wanda in Canada, and Laurie in Washington.

Cards to Tami in Oregon, Sue in North Carolina, Wanda in Canada, Becky in Oregon, Shon in Nebraska, and Barbara in South Carolina.

Postcards to Olivia in Northern Ireland, Joel in Arizona, William in New Mexico, Becky in Oregon, Shon in Nebraska, and Sarah in Wisconson.