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I’m a life-long Kliban Cat fan, but I don’t remember this one.

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I’m happy this cartoon informed me of eatmousies.com.

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Received from England, Finland, and the United States

Another batch from both Postcrossing & swap-bot:

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Clockwise from the left, the first two cards came to me through a swap-bot “not my country, not yours” postcard trade.  I’m sure you can figure out that theme on your own!  The beautiful mountainside image–a scene from Brazil–comes to me from Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.  If the sender got the card during a vacation in Brazil, she doesn’t mention it or leave that impression.

The sender of the card featuring images of Cyprus, Greece, did visit her “not her country.”  She is from, as she puts it, “Snowy Finland,” and she says she would go spend more time there any time.  In Cyprus, she says, “in addition to swimming and sunbathing we were able to try paragliding, quad biking and go-karting for the first time!”

The Jemima Puddle-Duck card came to me from England, from a woman writing in the guise of her three-year-old daughter.  I let her know that 3 is not too soon for her daughter to be actually involved in her hobby as an early-literacy activity, and the two of them can share the duties and have fun.

I really love the snowman stamp!
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Sent to Canada and the United States

Two more going out in swap-bot trades:

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I don’t remember how the bird postcard came into my possession–perhaps in a swap-bot envelope-full-of-postcards type trade–but now it’s on its way to Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, in a “for the birds”-themed trade.  When I saw that opportunity on swap-bot, I remembered the card, and saw my chance to set it free!  I can’t tell you what kind of birds these are; the text on the back is printed in Chinese.  I wrote my message in English, though.

The other swap-bot trade here today is going to Kansas City, Missouri, and it is a “reuse a postcard” one, in which participants are to slap a new backing on a card we’ve received, & send it on to someone else.  I love these, even though I realize that in the end, it does not actually reduce the number of postcards in the house–though it does feel like it when I am sending it out!  I received this bus card from Hong Kong, and in sending it along the pipeline, I was careful to preserve my very favorite part: that snowman stamp!  Hope it doesn’t confuse the post office.

Received from Belarus & Germany

More hot Postcrossing action:

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The beautiful, juicy orange card came to me from Belarus, from someone who describes herself as a newspaper journalist who usually writes about the cultural life of her region.  She says she really loves her work–which I say is a wonderful thing!

That fishy card comes to me from Germany, from a Postcrosser who tells me she is a granny with two grandchildren.  I had a hard time deciphering most of her writing, but I think she also told me she lives in the mountains with her turtle.  Which could be code.

Stamps, postmarks, & stuff:

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Sent to Canada, Israel, & Netherlands

Another three out, another combo of Postcrossing & swap-bot.

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Working clockwise from the top left:

That beach town is head for Leiderdorp, Netherlands, via Postcrossing. The recipient is a 25-year-old student of linguistics who expressed an interest in all kinds of postcards, including city views, nature, & animals–so I think I covered things pretty well. She also said she adores owls, but I don’t think I have any owls in my postcard stash.

The other two cards are part of a swap-bot trade in which we were supposed to recommend a book we finished reading last month.  I told my two partners about Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi.  I earned my copy of the book as a prize for finishing a local library’s adult summer reading program, and I once I finally read the thing, I really enjoyed it!  It’s about a Hollywood agent who ends up with an interesting client: a race of blob-like space creatures who communicate through odors.  Obviously, they get along really well with dogs!

The pink book cover card goes to Gan, Israel, to a Russian native with, in her words, “very very eclectic taste,” but I really chose this card because it matches the trade’s “book” theme.  Well, she does say she likes pink.

Finally, the cute couple is on its way to Hornell Heights, Ontario, Canada, to a young woman who is currently engaged & planning a Batman-themed wedding.  She also happened to mention that she likes Disney, thus my choice.

Sent to Finland, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, and the U.S.A.

A busy postcard day, with cards flying off for both Postcrossing & swap-bot.

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I made that Oreo postcard from a box of you-know-what; it’s for a swap-bot “create a postcard” trade, & it’s headed for Everett, Washington.  I’m a little concerned.  The person assigned to me as the recipient is very specific that she hates everything I love in life:

“…I’m really not a fan of cutesy, cartooney or animated things…I have very few dislikes…anime/kawaii/sanrio/cartoon themes, stickers…”

Just about everything–okay, absolutely everything–that inspires me to go crazy with a glue stick is cartoony in nature; even when I dress up a simple package, as I normally would have with this Oreo panel, it is with something cutesy & cartoony.  You may have seen my past efforts on this blog:

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So like I was saying, this lady makes me sad.  I picture her in her home crafting studio, with lace, flowers, rusted metal & a soldering iron, picking up my charming Oreo postcard, & rushing to swap-bot to give me a poor rating.  Ohhh, those swap-bot ratings & the terror they bring to peoples’ hearts.  Are you a swap-botter?  Do you know the terror of which I speak?

Onward…

The next two cards, both images of Italy, are for a different swap-bot trade, one called “not my country, not your country.”  The first goes to Redlands, California; the second to Muar, Johor, Malaysia.  Speaking of Italy & Malaysia: some people dream of going & eating pasta in Italy; you know where I want to go & gorge on noodles?  Malaysia. And that’s what I told the recipient of that card.

Not far from Malaysia is Thailand, a country where I was eating noodles just a couple of weeks ago.  I picked up some postcards there, including the Chiang Mai one above that I just sent off to a Postcrossing match in Heinola, Finland.  Her profile mentioned loving travel, so I thought she might enjoy this..

OH, time for another problem case!  Now, I am sure most people on Postcrossing are, like me, delightful people, but every once in a while, you run across someone who seems to care about nothing more than the specific postcards they expect to receive–nay, demand to receive. Take this user in Barcelona, Spainpor favor! Now, knowing that Postcrossing community guidelines state, “You can not make demands for specific postcards,” read this user’s profile:

“The postcards that I want in my collection are from cities (monuments, things that are in your city as beaches, mountains, and things that are in your city).  No old blank postcards in black please. Or anything other than cities.  I do not like other post, I do not post advertising or handmade. “

That’s it.  Postcrossing can be a wonderful way to learn about other people, other places, other cultures–but all I learned about this person was her postcard demands.  I feel like an unappreciated Santa Claus.  I have been assigned such a profile in the past, & it made me feel sad then, too–I even checked whether the site offered reassignments or waivers.  Anyhow, I  sent this user the card with all of the views of California, and I felt sad sending her something so nice.

Finally, back to the delightful people!  One of whom lives in Witten, Germany, and she says she loves books and animals.  That prompted me to dig back into my long-neglected big box-o-book-cover postcards, where I found this cover of The Hundred and One Dalmatians.  I told my fellow Postcrosser a dog story: how I took mine to the beach yesterday.

Sorry I didn’t have much to say today, it was a really uneventful postcard day.  I’d like to hear about your so-called uneventful postcard days & swapping frustrations, too!  Share!

Received from Belgium, France, & Taiwan

Three arrivals through Postcrossing:

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That beautiful, shiny machine comes from Lyon, France, sent by a Postcrosser who grew up in Germany.  She tells me, “since you like all kinds of foods, I thought you might enjoy an espresso after the meal.”  Yes, please!

The fat cat comes from Brussels, Belgium, and the sender tells me it’s by Philippe Geluck, one of her country’s most famous cartoonists.  She ended her nice note with a nice quote: “There is no way to happiness.  Happiness is the way.”

The kite flies in from Hualien, Taiwan, from an anthropology student whose profile reveals an interest in indigenous peoples all over the world, stating that “16 indigenous people have been recognized in Taiwan. ( it will be more and more.)”  I was assuming this meant 16 indigenous groups, but…yeah, I’ll go with that.

Stamps!

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