Postcards From the World: Cool Stamps

Today’s featured Postcrossing postcard is one I received a few days ago from a college student in Hefei, China, about 300 miles west of Shanghai. The picture on the card (right) is cute enough, but what really blows me away is the magnificent stamps, above. The sender tells me the stamps describe “how ancient peopleContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Cool Stamps”

All-Natural Easter Egg Colors To Dye For

Five years ago, I dyed Easter eggs using homemade dyes from onion skins and cabbage. I posted about it on my old (now defunct) blog, including instructions. Easter is only a week away, and I’m thinking of making these eggs again. So I’m reposting that 2016 entry here: I just finished making a batch ofContinue reading “All-Natural Easter Egg Colors To Dye For”

Throwback Thursday: Roller Coaster King

Today’s featured photo is one I took in 2010. This is my son at age 8 with a school assignment he had just completed, a board game he called Roller Coaster King. We just recently came across the old game while we were sorting through a box of his elementary school stuff. He was goingContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Roller Coaster King”

Postcards From the World: Two Old Ladies

Today I want to show off a Postcrossing card I received recently from Terhi, who lives in Lohja, Finland. The card is from artist Inge Löök’s “Merry Aunties” series, often called simply, “Two Old Ladies.” These whimsical cards are wildly popular in Europe, and are especially coveted on Postcrossing. They all show the two charmingContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Two Old Ladies”

Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse

The Girl Scout motto is Be Prepared. I spent the day yesterday doing just that with other members of the adult Girl Scout troop my friend Reba recently started. At yesterday’s event, we were honing some of the important knowledge and skills we’ll need for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. We met at a Girl ScoutContinue reading “Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse”

National Organize Your Home Office Day

It’s National Organize Your Home Office Day! If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I like offbeat holidays, and what’s not to like about a day set aside for organizing your home office? I admit that I will probably not use the afternoon to arrange files in the yet-to-be-sorted file drawer, or toContinue reading “National Organize Your Home Office Day”

Month of Letters 2021

Every February for years, I’ve taken part in the Month of Letters challenge. During the month of February, I’m supposed write and mail one letter or postcard each day. And when I receive mail (not junk mail) I write back to the sender. Mail can go to old friends, family members, my regular pen pals,Continue reading “Month of Letters 2021”

Magic Bullets

I’ve kept a journal for decades. I’m not as diligent about it in recent years, not since I started a blog, but I still find it useful to commit my thoughts, memories, and plans to paper, especially those that don’t need to be shared with the world. My journal has generally been a pretty standardContinue reading “Magic Bullets”