Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What’s in a name…

So a million years ago I named my blog scribbles, scratches and scrawls. My blog turned eight last week and I didn’t even notice. And what I also haven’t really noticed was that my blog seems to have ben taken over by postcards…but I’m not going to dwell on that too much…

Today this little package arrived in our mailbox. I knew what was in it…but I was still excited to open it!

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Inside the envelope were two little cellophane packets and it seems I have some kind theme going on…two little girls reading…

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J helped me arrange them so we could see all of them at once…I think I’ve passed my love of postcards on to her…she couldn’t decide which was her favourite…I think she decided on the owl, the giraffe and the mice mailing postcards!

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We’ll see how they stand up through the mail…hopefully they will do well – the card stock is a nice weight so they should be find. I’ve been trying to find a good place to get postcards in Vancouver…non-tourist cards. When I lived in London there were postcards everywhere…you could get them in bookstores, stationery shops, tobacco shops, news agents and of course Paperchase…but the only place I’ve consistently found postcards is at the Postcard Store on Granville Island, but they are so expensive! I do buy cards there sometimes, but not often. These cards are still more expensive than the tourist cards, but they were much less expensive than the Postcard Shop.

Canada Post has kindly raised international postage from $1.85 to $2.50 starting April 1, so I’ve been trying to find inexpensive cards…J and I have amassed quite the collection of prepaid cards (they’re only $1.99, so even at $1.85 they are quite the deal!)

So now, now it’s time to put myself on a postcard diet…

Sunday, February 09, 2014

And then…

Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back in 2006, when my life was a different kind of life than it was now, I started this blog…it’s gone in a few different directions and it’s become a complete postcard blog and there’s been radio silence as well as times when I posted at least once a day…which brings me to today.

The last two years have been a roller coaster ride of emotions, challenges, successes, joys and frustrations for our family. Some of it I’ve shared here and some of it I haven’t. We’ve had some major health battles, we’ve had illness and death in our families, we’ve had stress, lots of stress. And to preserve our sanity and privacy, a lot of that has stayed off the blog. And I don’t regret that. But now, we’re in a place of relative peace and calm. We have adjusted quite well to being a family of four. We have a new place to live. Our health, all four of us, is good. I don’t even think we’ve got any colds right now (and I’ve probably jinxed it now…)

And I miss blogging. I miss writing. I miss this place that was for me. I’ve taken a look at my 101 in 1001, version 2 and I have a few things to post. We’ve got plans to do some fun stuff. I’ve got thoughts buzzing around in my brains…so I’m going to see where this takes me. And if it’s another sputtering start, well, then maybe I’m just supposed to have a postcard blog and that’s it.

If you’re still out there and still blogging, let me know…I feel like the little world that was here just a couple of years ago has moved on…

Happy Family Day tomorrow…we’re doing “fun” family stuff – the grocery store, the pharmacy and the hardware store! I promise I won’t blog about that!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Year of the Horse, Reindeer?, State Hermitage Museum, MoonSelena and a dreaming mouse

Today the mailbox was full…and full of a wide range of postcards plus a bunch of bills…but there were postcards, so it was a good mail day! Mail has been so slow lately…I just looked and it’s been an average of 16 days of travel time for postcards since Christmas…the quickest card arrived in 6 days from New Zealand and the slowest in 66 days from Russia…not sure what’s going on with mail…we sent two parcels, both Air Mail, to Europe. The one to England arrived in less than a week, the one to Germany too an additional 3.5 weeks…and this was AFTER Christmas! And Canada Post wonders why people don’t want to use their services!

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Postcard from the United States, from a friend

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Postcard from Zabava-zab from Belarus – are those reindeer?

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Postcard from Hel from Russia
Description: The Falconet Room with the display of 18th-century French art. My amazing google skillz tell me this room is an exhibit in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. It took some googling…this card also came with a ski stamp for Sochi.

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Postcard from stefaniafox from Ukraine

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Postcard from Juhi from Ukraine

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Seeing double Pinocchios

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Postcard from BruTuCus from the Netherlands.
Description: Creation of Pinocchio. This postcard has two images on it of Geppetto and Pinocchio dancing. You can see the second image faintly…this was a hard card to scan, but it is one of our favourites because it is so cool!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Theatre and El Toro Loco

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Postcard from Nikolay from Ukraine
Description: Theatre of Opera and Ballet – there is no further description, but I used my google skillz and it is apparently one of the best known buildings in Odessa.

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Postcard from appiehak from the Netherlands. It also came with Sinterklaas cookie scented stamps. Scratch and sniff, they smell like cinnamon!

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Boats and a rocking horse

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Postcard from Sinebabe from China

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Postcard from Nille from Latvia

Friday, January 31, 2014

A floating camel and an unhappy gardener

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Postcard from Liam31 from the United Arab Emirates (our first)

We’re not entirely sure how this got here as it seems to have travelled without a stamp.

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This card came from a friend of mine in Germany. She couldn’t send real plants as a housewarming, so she sent us a garden on a card. She says the card asks “Who ripped the gardener’s pants apart?” J found the culprit before I’d even finished reading the question! (maybe she should go on Jeopardy!)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cupcakes and Cathedrals

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Postcard from aya_mi from Japan

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Postcard from KapaStark from Russia
Description: Moscow. The St Basil’s Cathedral
I LOVE this card…it’s stunning. And it came with an Olympic hockey stamp!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My Melody, Where’s Wally and Musicians and Dancers

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Postcard from pancake-syrup from Japan
J was super excited to receive this card – she says that My Melody looks like Hello Kitty.

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Postcard from alicestrange from the United Kingdom
Description: Find Wally (or Waldo if you’re Canadian) as well as four robots, four six-armed aliens and an alien with its arms folded. J loved searching for the list of items and she’s spent quite a bit of time studying all the other things going on in the picture. She really likes the Can You See What I See series of books, so it might be time to see if the library has any Where’s Waldo books for her.

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Postcard from YuShane from China
Description: it really does say Musicians and Dancers! Maybe that’s the name of a series of postcards and not this individual ones???