Letters!

Yesterday was “blah.”  I struggled through the day.  The sun fought bravely for a moment, so I opened my curtains to let the light in fully.  I normally work with only natural light in my office, so I figure having to turn the lights on contributed to my malaise.  The sun’s dominance was short-lived.

My mood suddenly turned bright when I arrived home to find four wonderful pieces of “real” mail waiting for me in the mailbox.  My heart jumped for joy!

First a postcard for “Superhero PC Swap #1” from “namelessgirl” (that’s her actual swap-bot name).

Action Comics No.419, December 1972 | Artists: Neal Adams and Murphy Anderson, DC Comics

Action Comics No. 419 |December 1972| Artists: Neal Adams and Murphy Anderson, DC Comics

She writes that she loves all things superhero and she just finished reading the book Super Gods by Grant Morrison.

My partner’s favorite superhero is Batman, so I sent her two postcards:

Detective Comics No. 587 |June 1988| Artist: Norm Breyfogle, DC Comics

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Detective Comics No. 38 |April 1940| Artists: Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, DC Comics

I also received lists of fairytales, myths, and folklore from Pynart, who hosted the swap “I Still Believe in 398.2,” the Dewey Decimal number for folk literature.  Swappers were supposed to send three lists–cherished fairytales, myths, and folklore.

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I love the “Puss in Boots” envelope.  I’m still working on making my too-long lists manageable, and I plan to include one of the lesser known tales with the letter to my partner. Shhh…don’t tell.

I received not one, but two letters from Artybeth, one of my pen friends and a “Christian Friend” on swap-bot.

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This first one was for a Christian Friends swap, “Spiritual Goals 2015.”  We were to share our spiritual goals in a letter and place an encouraging scripture on the outside of the envelope. As usual, Artybeth enclosed extra goodies–more washi tape samples for me! I really like getting samples with swaps.  I usually  get samples of washi tape that I don’t have–there are so many great ones!  But what I really like is that they’re flat and fit anywhere, so they’re perfect for journaling and letter writing on the go!

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The second one was just because…Well, really, in response to a letter I’d written to her back in November.  Again, she enclosed cute extras.  I’m loving the vintage typewriter and Snoopy happy with a letter; this is probably what I looked like after leaving the mailbox.

Well, I’m off to respond to letters and start my list of individuals to write during “Month of Letters 2015”–a letter, notecard, postcard, happy mail into the world every day.

Wishing you a happy mail day…

Month of Letters 2013: Turtles, Hearts and Postcards

It wasn’t hard to send on days 1 and 2 of the month. I had commitments to fulfill. 🙂 I sent six postcards and one card in an envelope with the back decorated for Valentine’s Day.

I sent postcards and a decorated envelope yesterday, February 1st. The two postcards that follow were sent for the “Send a Smile for 33 Cents” swap. I can rarely squeeze what I have to say onto one postcard, so my lucky partner will receive two. The second postcard was oversized, so this smile costs 78 cents, but the pleasure–for sender and receiver–is priceless!

Turtles basking at City Park in New Orleans (I miss City Park!).  Photo by Me!

Turtles basking at City Park in New Orleans. Photo by Me! Postcard printing by moo.

I love these turtles and I think I saw the same turtles practically every time we visited the park. It is my son’s favorite park, so we visited A LOT before we moved–at least once a week. I miss City Park!

Quilts of Gee's Bend

Quilts of Gee’s Bend

This postcard comes from the Quilts of Gee’s Bend postcard collection referenced in an earlier post, Swapping Faith and Books.

Okay, now, don’t judge me for my crazy and random envelope art. Usually, as I hope you can tell from other posts, my envelope decor is a bit more orderly and “clean.” In this case, I just looked at my V-day stickers and decided to use some of everything–rather randomly. I was in that kind of mood. Ask my son. He’ll let you know that I sang practically everything I said to him the same day I decorated this. I sat down and drew and colored the hearts with him at his desk to encourage him while he was finishing his homework. Not sure those hearts would be there otherwise. On the card enclosed, swappers had to write a Bible verse or quote. I chose 1 John 3:18: Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity). AMP

Random Hearts

Random Hearts

Today, I posted postcards for a “Superhero Postcard Swap” Two partners will receive two postcards each. Once again, I couldn’t fit everything on one card. Here are the cards I sent:

I’m not sure I have a favorite superhero, but if I have to choose, Batman it is! He’s “human” and he relies on skill and intelligence (and a few tools) to defeat his foes. Plus, I enjoy some of the wonderfully weird and whimsical super-villains. These postcards come from The Art of Vintage Comics collection of 100 postcards. Check out Superman’s expression in No. 247. And Batman and Robin losing to “the Bat-woman” (No. 233). Too funny! Catwoman is always awesome. Well, there was that one Catwoman who didn’t quite hit the mark…

Who’s your favorite superhero? Super-villain?

Eclectic Taste

I’ve completed preparing postcards for tomorrow’s outgoing mail. What I like most about Postcrossing is “meeting” people all over the world, reading their profiles and learning about their interests. I love the postcard “hunt”–looking through my collection to see if I have something that the receiver would love. The sampling of the seven outgoing PCs demonstrates that this can be an interesting excursion. Happy viewing!

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  • Alabama Scene, Photo by Kelly Shipp.
  • New Orleans Jazz Festival Poster 1984, 10th in the series by Philip Bascle.  New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, 1984.
  • New Orleans Jazz.  Did You Know?
  • Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii (1838-1917).  Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
  • Paul Cezanne (French, 1839-1906), The Gulf of Marseille Seen from L’Estaque, c. 1876-1979, Oil on canvas.
  • Detective Comics (400th Smash Issue) Cover,”Challenge of the Man-Bat. Artist, Neal Adams, June 1970.  From the Art of DC Comics, DC Comics, 2010.
  • Singing Cat, Illustration by Toni Ungerer (b. Alascae, 1931).  From the book Cats as Cats, Roberts Rineheart, 1997.