She Collects Sugar Packets: Received from Czech Republic, Germany, South Africa, & the U.S.

Robots! I chose this card from a Postcrossing Forum offer tag, and it was sent to me from Germany, where the sender tells me the card reminds her of the movie “Wall-E.”

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More machines, also from Germany, but this time via a swap-bot “chunk of cardboard” trade. The sender tells me the card is “made from the cover of a government’s brochure about work.”

The beautiful views come to me from the Czech Republic via a Postcrossing tag of national parks. The sender tells me:

Here at the border with Poland, there is our oldest national park Krkonoše (giant mountains). They raised already in Palezoic so they are much older than the other high European mountains (Alps and Carpathians). The slopes are no more very steep and on the tops, there is a central plateau with peat moss lakes. The countryside remind of the north of Scandinavian and sometimes is called as an island of tundra in the middle of Europe. The highest peak is Sněžka  (snowy mountain) 1,602 m. At the same time, it’s the place with biggest altitude of whole country.

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That reflective scene came to me through regular Postcrossing, from  Gelenau, Erzgebirge, Germany, and the sender tells me:

Gelenau is 7km with one of the longest villages in Germany. An Alpine Coasterbahn, wild reserve, heated outdoor swimming pool and many sports clubs are in the village.

More rusk from Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa. I remember the first time I got a recycled bit of rusk box from this user in a swap-bot “upcycled cardboard swap, I had to look up what rusk is. Now that I kind of know, I kind of wonder WHY it is!

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The sand dollar card is another one I received via swap-bot, this one from Florida in a “mishap” trade, in which we were to send cards that had somehow become messed up.  There was a bit of a coffee stain on the back of the card, but I think the most messed-up thing is actually that bit of fiction printed on the front.

Last postcard, this one from Russia via Postcard United. The sender writes:

In my childhood I used to collect Kinder toys (my favorite were series with lions and moles). Now I have a daughter, but when I bought her Kinder toys she was not interested at all. So we stopped it. =(

When I went to register the postcard, I leaned one more thing about this sender: she collects sugar packets! Very interesting. I wonder if she empties them, how she displays them…  Once upon a time I had a roommate who spent way too much time at Taco Bell.  The extra sauce packets they toss through the drive-through window ended up in a fishbowl–a great big fishbowl. They were used for at least one craft project before finally being sensibly tossed.

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Stamp time! I love these cuddly little creatures, and the flower next to them.

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Amazing Eats, and Also Some Pancakes: Received from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, & Ukraine

We have another themed post, as I catch up with the mountain of previously-undocumented postcards I’ve received recently and not-so recently. Most came to me via Postcrossing Forum trades, unless otherwise noted. Check out these amazing foods!

First up: Khanom khrok. YUM. These delicious little coconut custard cakes can be had, cheaply, throughout Bangkok at breakfast time. And late-night snack time. And all in-between. Try them with green onion, and without… it’s all good.

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The card actually came to me from Ukraine, where the sender writes about different types of food:

Baking is my big passion.  I like to spend my free time with doing some cakes, pies, buns, or anything else! I love American recipes! I especially adore brownies, chocolate chip cookies, different cupcakes, and others. I’ve never seen the ocean, it’s my big dream! I hope one day I can take a long walk through the California beach!

This lovely, thick, messy coffee, with a little dan tat peeking in from the side, came to me from Malaysia via Postcard United. The card’s caption labels this as Ipoh White Coffee, and the sender writes:

It has been a while since I sat for a thick sludgy cup o f coffee. They often make it too sweet for me but what the heck, you can indulge once in a while, right? I like my coffee black and it pairs well with banana or sweet potato fritters. Egg tarts are okay too, but I prefer cheese tarts. Yummy!!

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Time for some dim sum! Har gau & siu mai. The first of these came to me from Hong Kong, where the sender tells me that he also loves to eat Singaporean food: “I once flew there for a day trip just to eat!” Love it.

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The siu mai also came to me from HK, and the sender tells me:

This card is about Hong Kong dim sum.  It was pork sui mai here. Some Chinese restaurant may include shrimp or abalone! But I like shrimp much. If you visit Hong Kong please go Chinese restaurant. You will discover some delicious cuisine.

Where I live, in Silicon Valley, there is a wonderful large immigrant population, with a lot of foods that are delicious (and otherwise) and authentic (and otherwise). I really enjoy vegetarian foods, and this week, when I was at a to-go dim sum place in the city of Sunnyvale, I noticed they had a new offering: vegetarian siu mai. I ordered it:

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Okay, it turns out the dish was ill-conceived. The sticky rice filling was actually quite loose, meaning the dumplings could not even begin to hold themselves together as they were eaten. I’ll have to try creating my own version.

Still more tasty foods: on the left, from Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia, is a “chicken chop.”

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The card on the right is from China, and the sender tells me about the food–after she tells me about the last movie she’s seen (that was, after all, the thread in which she’d tagged me):

“The Conjuring” is the last movie I’ve seen. It’s a horror movie, and the director is James Wan. Do you know that director? I like his another classical, bloody movie–“Saw” very much! This postcard shows “Braised Pork with Vermicelli,” which is a popular Chinese dish from Liaoling Province. I hope you like it!

Last postcard, another from Hong Kong: pancakes. I think the leaf is beautiful.

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Time for the stamps, which bring us more food. Malaysian stamps are always so great, with beautiful foods, flowers, & animals. Do you have any favorite dishes, or stamps, this time around?

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Hong Kong stamps are great, too! This Kitchenware Street stamp makes me want to seek out the real place. Also, lots of beautiful natural settings.

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Oh, and I love those puffy little animal stamps.  Also, the super panda below.

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Marine Life Edition, with Weather Reporting: Received from China & the U.S.

Time for another small batch posting, to get my backlog of postcards up here. This time we have a theme, and one of my very favorite themes: ocean animals!

I love all of these colorful fish. It came via a Postcrossing Forum tag (as did all of the cards in this post), from China.

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The sender writes, in part:

I don’t like too hot weather. If it’s hot, I don’t want to go out. >_<

Contrast that with the next card, the wonderful seal (also from China), where the sender tells me:

Today is a little cold in my city. I don’t love winter day. But I love polar animals!

I fall with that second correspondent.

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There’s the only way I like to see orcas (and dolphins)–in their natural element! The card represents San Juan Island, Washington, but the sender is in Florida. She also has a weather report:

Best wishes from rainy & dreary Florida!

Time for a look at stamps & stuff.  I like the super panda drawing, and the sticker of the little old couple watching it fly!

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Small Batch: Sent to China & Japan

In trying to get back up & running here, I realize that I shouldn’t be considered about going through the effort of omnibus postings (although I am so backed up, some of those may well happen).  I’m going smaller & easier here, with just the two postcards I wrote out today. Both will go out in Postcrossing Forum tags.

The “Mud Pies and Jelly Beans” exhibition at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, is pretty awesome, I think. It’s designed to look like a retro kitchen, and in addition to original food-related Peanuts strips, it displays character related lunch boxes (of which I had one) and food items (of which I ate a few). There was also a recipe card for chocolate chip cookies you could take with you!

**Instant update: In preparing the link to the museum, I discovered that the ongoing wildfires in the Sonoma County area have caused the museum to close indefinitely in order to clean the air & protect the collection. The status, as I write this on October 27, 2017, is that the museum is closed until further notice. I had already known that the fire claimed the home of Jean Schulz, the widow of Charles, and also so many of the couple’s treasures.**

The card goes out to a Snoopy lover in Nakatsu, Japan.

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A Postcrosser in Nanjing, China, had this Jetoy cat card in her favorites, so I am sending it her way.  I always enjoy seeing that I have a card that appears in someone’s collection of favorites.

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Let’s end, as usual, with stamps, stickers, & washi tape.  Do you have any favorites here? I always enjoy the shell stamps. I wish the Peanuts stamps were still available. At some point, I’m actually going to run out–but not today.

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Toon Relief: Received from Finland & Japan

Since I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, I thought I would start with a small, manageable junk, a mere three cards.  The theme this time is “great toon cards,” my very favorite of this trio being that wonderful card of Donald Duck & his nephews. That really brought a smile to my face, directly from my mail slot!

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All 3 of the cards this time came to me via Postcrossing Forum tags, and the Donald one is from Finland, thanks to an “offer” tag. That means I chose the card the sender would shoot my way–although I do not recall that.  I participate in offer tags, but… the cards always end up being a surprise.  The sender writes:

“Donald Duck is called Aku Ankka in Finland. There’s also a Disney magazine under his name, and it comes out every Wednesday.”

WOW–a weekly Donald magazine? I notice, when Disney comics are being published here in the U.S. (monthly when they are in print), that the most beautifully-drawn stories seem to be reprints from Finland & Italy. How amazing that there is such demand over there.

Speaking of things that seem to have greater demand outside of their country of origin, here come the Peanuts cards! Sally also came to me from Finland, and the sender wrote:

“Sally (Salli in Finnish) is asking if you would like to go out and have some lunch/dinner with her. She’s also saying that you can have the side of her toast which has more peanut butter on. How sweet! We don’t eat much peanut butter here in Finland.”

Finally, from Japan, come more of the Peanuts gang. The sender notes she wanted to send me a card a special Snoopy stamp & postmark. I’ll end with ALL the the stamps, stickers, & washi tape, and you’ll see the stamp & postmark on this last card are indeed special!

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Hello Again: Sent to Belarus, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, & Malaysia

Hello there, it’s been a while! I am so behind in posting here.  I’ve still been posting–that is, mailing & receiving mail–but other things have been getting in my way of keeping track of it all: more work, more tired, trying to fit in more time for reading & other important things.  I’ve got a fistful of mail ready to go out, so let’s look at it before I send it off!

These all come from Postcrossing Forum trades, most from the offers threads, where a user gets to choose which postcard they will receive from a sender. I love looking through those, and discovering I have a card another user would love to receive.  Let’s start with Lucy here, because there is a story.  Not much of a story, but it’s as dramatic as things got this time around, so let’s go with it.

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I got tagged by a possible recipient in Germany, who wanted me to send the card blank in an envelope, because he wanted it for a friend. This is exactly not why I joined Postcrossing. Postcards are meant to be written on, stamped, and dropped directly into the mail box. This fella knew that, because it’s now part of my Postcrossing Forum signature.  Eventually, he settled on the idea that I could mail it directly to his friend–which is what I did (with a note that started off by saying so-and-so thought he would like this card).  Off it goes to Berlin, Germany.

Let’s go on to more Peanuts, and also more Germany: Snoopy here was requested by a Postcrosser in Köln (AKA Cologne), Germany.

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More toons, this time going to Selangor, Malaysia, to someone who likes children’s book illustrations.

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Do you know Elephant & Piggie? They are by the wonderful Mo Willems, who also wrote Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. If you’ve not exposed yourself to his work, you are missing out.

Someone in Minsk, Belarus, wanted this windmill postcard from my offer album, so that is exactly what she shall get.

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The “North Central Coast Wineries” map card was requested by someone in Yotsukaido, Japan. I told her I go to Monterey a lot, but I wasn’t at all aware of the wineries in the area before buying this postcard (at a gas station way down in San Luis Obispo County).

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I took a nice little trip to Trinidad–CALIFORNIA–a few months ago.  This card was requested by a Postcrosser in Hefei, Anhui, China.

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The last card goes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a “last movie I’ve seen” tag. I never saw “Maudie,” though I did see the preview.  The last movie I’ve seen is Victoria and Abdul, starring Judi Dench.

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Stamps, stickers, washi tape: see anything you like?

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Peanuts-Gram! Received from Japan

Wow, take a look at this full envelope I received from a Postcrosser in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan! She tagged me in a forum “favourites” tag for that fish card, but then stuffed that envelope with Snoopy Museum goodness!


She knew (from a card I’d sent her) that I love Pig-Pen, so she included him near the return address, and then she drew a picture of the Pig-Pen soap she’d seen at the Snoopy Museum. By the way, I recently visited the less-flashy Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California.  They currently have a tiny Pig-Pen exhibition.  No soap in the gift shop–but there are wee bottles of hand sanitizer!



Look at the Lucy & Schroeder comic strip below.  My favorite versions of the characters!



This #1 sheet below was printed with a green background.  Don’t know why it scanned white… maybe I should take my scanner off “professional” setting.