Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Postcard: Vermont

All postcards this year will be from friends and family that have sent them to me, so sometimes the photos will reflect that, they are smudged with ink from the postal machines or they show definite wear. Sometimes folks will write on the cards, pointing out where they are or personalizing it in some manner. But I hope you enjoy the cards this year and if you sent me a card, it will probably show up!


Monday, January 08, 2018

2018 Postcard: Aloha from Hawaii

This year I am highlighting postcards that my friends and family have sent me for the past couple of years. I get lots of postcards (and everyone knows I love postcards!!) So if you sent me a card, you might see it here on my blog this year!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

2017 Reading List December

                                  Carl Larsson (Swedish)   Portrait of Dora Lamm, c. 1900

Eastern Sun, Winter Moon by Gary Paulsen (library) a Memoir by this children's author about his family time during and just after WWII. Not for children.
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old by Hendrik Groen (library) I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone. It is a diary of a man who is living in an old age home in Amsterdam. My friends who love Amsterdam, please read, my friends who are staring old age in the face, please read, it is an awesome book. 
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell (audiobook) This is what has been playing in my car while I go to and from work all month. It is about an explosion at a dance hall in the 1920's and chronicles all the victims and the aftermath of the event. I really enjoyed it. This author also wrote Winter's Bone. 
Lit Up by David Denby (library) About how current teenagers are not readers and what some teachers are doing about it. How they are inspiring young people to put down their devices and read for pleasure. I really enjoyed it. Total wake up call as to what is happening to this emerging generation. 

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner (library) I really enjoy this author and I am working my way through all her books. This one was about 2 sisters who were separated during the Blitz in London (WWII)
The Midnight Line by Lee Child (library) the latest Jack Reacher novel. He tries to trace the owner of a West Point ring, that he sees in a pawn shop window.
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
Theodore Boone: The Abduction
Theodore Boone: The Accused
Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham (library) Grisham's young adult series of mysteries featuring a young man whose parents are lawyers, he wants to be a lawyer and he basically acts as a kid version of a lawyer for his friends. I have really enjoyed the series.
The Toxic Solution by Dr. Joseph Pizzorno (library) another book about how chemicals and pollutants are making us sick. Sorry guys, but this is a hot topic for me since we had those toxic uniforms at American Airlines. I am continuing to read up on this stuff.
See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt (library) a fictionalized retelling of the Lizzie Borden story. I enjoyed it
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams (library) From driving an ambulance in WWI to dealing with bootleggers in Florida, this book spans a couple of decades and keeps you on your toes. I liked the Florida locale.

To Be Read:

Neptune Noir: The unauthorized investigations into Veronica Mars edited by Rob Thomas
The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark
Shadowland by William Arnold
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower

Monday, January 01, 2018

2018 Postcard: Happy New Year from Hong Kong

Happy New Year and to start the new year off with a bang, I thought I would showcase postcards that have been sent to me over the years from all of you! My friends and family. These Hong Kong postcards remind me of New Year's Fireworks with all their bright lights and colors. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Alpine Children

Merry Christmas!! And here are some postcards from my grandmother Arkebauer that depict some Alpine Children/Dolls in various poses. This is my last post this year from the Box of Postcards that my cousin Holly sent to me. I hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I did!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Space Shuttle

These cards date from 1984 to 1993 during the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center

Thursday, December 14, 2017

2017 Christmas Ornaments

Many many of my ornaments come from my travels and since I don't stop traveling, I always have new ornaments for my Christmas Tree every year!     

From Yosemite, this was actually a keychain. I did not like any of their ornaments for sale in the shops or I thought they were too expensive, so I got this keychain and repurposed it! 

This fish from Portugal was also not a traditional ornament. I think it was meant to be a sachet for your closet or drawers. 

I did a lot of wine tasting in 2016 and this ornament was purchased during one of those trips. 

Now Shenandoah NP had some lovely Christmas Ornaments! It was difficult to chose just one to bring home. 

This little painted snowman is from St. Petersburg, Russia

This metal ornament from Germany unfortunately blends into the tree and does not stand out very much. I have to remember where I placed it, or it might get left on the tree when I put everything away in January. 

I have several of these ornaments now. They come from a gift shop in my neighborhood. They are made from old photographic slides. A piece from a Christmas card is cut to fit where the photo was and they are bedazzled with glitter and a bauble attached. I think they are so clever! 
I have not visited the Almanzo Wilder Homestead (yet), but my friend, Lea did and she gave me this ornament as a memento