Wednesday, August 24, 2016

More Mail Art

I love making envelopes almost as much as I love receiving mail.  Since I've never been able to keep a commitment to art journaling, making and decorating envelopes is a wonderful way to experiment with paint and collage.  Most go in the mail box, but when I go to the Post Office, it makes me smile to see my envelopes past around with "Did you make this?"

Still having trouble keeping up with blogging,
 but the envelope below went out to Penne nearly two weeks ago
in response to her letter.


From Connie--
cool hand drawn address label!

From Limner--
I cracked up when I saw this!
Am definitely going to try sending 
something similar to the grands.
Roll it up and seal it well.  :)


Thank you note to Bryce Eleanor 
for the little decorated cat she brought 
me from her vacation.

To Limner with appreciation for the 
wonderful hand drawn cartoon 
and the beautiful stitched paper!

To Connie--
who added  some surprises,
and book and movie recommendations. :)

I love mysteries and detective fiction
and am in love with these stamps!
they do love creative philately!

 Issued in 2009,
Designed by Keith Robinson

Friday, August 19, 2016

Louisiana Flooding

Our daughter and grandchildren live in Baton Rouge, but they are safe and dry.  Her boyfriend's father and partner, his mother, and his grandparents have all lost their homes to the flooding.  It is unbelievable.  One report said 40,000 homes lost; entire towns drowned.  Homes, vehicles, belongings, jobs--gone.

Now 30 parishes...

Friday, August 12, 2016


 Amazing, funny, talented, foolish....what an assortment!

Oh, blessed relief!  We are due some rain and a cool front!  What a timely gift, as children have started back to school and won't be suffering from heat exhaustion on the buses!

I received a review ebook of Kristina Ohlsson's The Chosen in July.  And since I enjoyed it, decided to begin with the first in the series featuring Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht.  Thanks to the library, I was able to pick up Unwanted, Silenced (reviewed on my book blog), and The Disappeared (which I haven't reviewed yet.  

Ohlsson fits right in with some of my other favorites in the Scandinavian Crimegenre.
Right now, I'm reading The Six:  The Lives of the Mitford Sisters.  My background on the Mitfords was limited:  Nancy as the author of Love in a Cold Climate, Diana as the beauty who married Oswald Mosley, the fascist--that was about the extent of my knowledge.  The sisters are iconic and are frequently alluded to in fiction, and of course, the subject of many nonfiction accounts.  When NetGalley offered the book for review, I decided to learn more about these sisters whose lives are almost stranger than fiction.

 The Six appears to be a reissue in ebook format of Thompson's 2015 book Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

Outgoing Mail

postcard to Suzie

Monday, August 08, 2016

For Love of Postage

I'm having a love affair with stamps and have ordered some new ones from the USPS.  My local post office does not keep a great variety of stamps.  

The USPS issues some wonderful stamps, but I find that certain other countries seem to have as much or more creative fun with postage.   WOPA Stamps have an amazing variety of stamps from countries all over the world.  I get lost looking at them.

The Guernsey Isles have an affaire de cour with stamps.
  Here are a few (a very few)
 of some of their offerings over the last few years.

Maybe you have read  the wonderful
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
If you have not, put it on your TBR list.
 Below is a first day cover for the stamps honoring the novel
 about the occupation of the Guernsey Isles during WWII. 
I love first day covers, and
 I loved this book!
first day cover for the novel

And what about these stamps titled
Stories of the First World War!

Saturday, August 06, 2016


Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood.  A re-telling of Shakespeare's The Tempest, and I loved it!  The link is to my review on my book blog.

The Hogarth Shakespeare Project by Crown Publishing is publishing re-tellings of the bard by famous contemporary authors including Jeannette Winterson, Jo Nesbo, and Gillian Flynn.  I'm eager to read more, but don't think any will top Atwood's Hag-Seed.  

After reading it I kept thinking of one of my favorite poems:

When I Read Shakespeare--

When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder
that such trivial people should muse and thunder
in such lovely language.

Lear, the old buffer, you wonder his daughters
didn't treat him rougher,
the old chough, the old chuffer!

And Hamlet, how boring, how boring to live with,
so mean and self-conscious, blowing and snoring
his wonderful speeches, full of other folks' whoring!

And Macbeth and his Lady, who should have been choring,
such suburban ambition, so messily goring
old Duncan with daggers!

How boring, how small Shakespeare's people are!
Yet the language so lovely!  like the dyes from gas-tar.
                                                                    --D.H. Lawrence

Every few years, I return to this poem and feel the smile on my face as I read it.  Such a humorous, yet accurate, approach to characters often enshrined in a kind of literary Taj Mahal. 

Lawrence doesn't include Prospero in his poem, but Margaret Atwood (in modern language) gives you a new look at Prospero, Caliban, and Ariel in modern language as prison inmates undertake a production of Shakespeare's The Tempest.  Delightful!

The Olympics have kicked off in Rio.  I have not paid much attention this year, but there are a few events I enjoy watching.  I'm especially looking forward to watching Simone Biles in the women's gymnastics competition.  

Outgoing Mail

Thursday, August 04, 2016

A Visitor and Some Snail Mail

I have company,
and she makes nests on the floor
to read or play on her ipad.
And drink frozen Gatorade.
 And give Edgar a great deal of attention.
Ever since B.E. was a toddler and Edgar a tiny kitten,
he has always followed her around and been so patient.

Snail Mail

Love the Ingrid Bergman stamp!
from Mrs. Duffy

A new correspondent--Cathy from SC
 the back makes me smile!


The above two letters went out in yesterday's mail.
Two down, but I have quite a few more to answer.

Like this one from Jaque!
I love the envelope and all the stamps. 

from Debra at Artisun
this beautiful card, a vintage tea towel (an exchange),
and 2 used tea bags to play with!

from Anna at Billet Doux--
the monkey stamp hanging from the top
is so unusual for the postage world.
I've seen these stamps on different mail art blogs
and now in person!  :)
designed to cling to the edge of the envelope.

 And Melody has sent me a letter
with a circus themed envelope!
Look at that tiny bunting!
Oh, I see several ideas here to copy use as inspiration!

 Keeping in mind that I have company for a few days,
I still intend to see if I can get at least two more
letters in the mail by Saturday!

Monday, August 01, 2016

Stuff Happens

I really intended to do a better job of keeping up with posting, but once again, I find myself falling behind.  The last couple of weeks have been the kind where "stuff happens."  Neither all bad, nor all good. 

At any rate, I am behind on everything, from  sharing the great mail I've received and in writing and sending out mail.  So...I know I owe some letters, and I will get some in the mail this week.  Promise.

Here is a link to a blog that has some amazing photos and stories:  White Wolf Pack.   The photographs of wolves and other animals are fascinating and the stories relating to indigenous peoples are wonderful.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Worn Out on Monday

Went to B.R. this weekend
with a Lego set for Max's 10th birthday.
 He and Mila and Leo spent a great deal of time with tiny Lego pieces.

Leo the rescue dog
has turned out to be
 a perfect match for them.

These went out last week
 Mila loves Dr. Who!

 Bryce Eleanor has discovered Harry Potter

 I have to keep on the lookout for jokes for Max

Reading:  I read two more of the Owen Archer series by Candace Robb last week.  I love this historical mystery series, the characters, the intriguing plots, and the historical detail.  I've also enjoyed two novels by Kristina Ohlsson in her Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht mystery series, and the first in a new fantasy series by Lauren L. Garcia.

Gardening:  Nope, not really.

It will take me a couple of days to rest up, but I have quite a few new books to keep me busy.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

In the Mail

I caught up on some letter writing.

I printed a pic of one of the Halloween dolls
I made last year on a tea bag.
  but the printer was almost out of ink.

I can't seem to leave them alone!


Still hot and humid.
Heat index for today predicted to be 115 degrees.
Temperature-wise, this isn't the hottest July
we have ever had, 
but because of the humidity, 
the "Real Feel" 
makes this the most miserable summer I can remember.