I Am Finding This Difficult: China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom

I’m finding I just can’t keep up on this blog. The point of it has been to keep up with postcards going in & out, and recalling a little bit of the ephemeral nature for posterior posterity.


The scanning, & editing, then going back & matching everything back up–it’s a deep research project, with none of the intellectual or professional benefits. I am losing a whole lot of time I could be reading, for one thing.

I suppose I could put each card up on a blog draft as I go, but that even eats into the bits of time I steal to prepare a postcard to send. Something needs to give.

With that downer of a start, let’s dive into the joy: the cards I WAS able to assemble for a blog post today. I have added fewer details than usual–in the interest of saving time.

San Francisco went to Lubeck, Germany.

postcard a California San Francisco

The bridge went to Saitama, Japan.

postcard a California San Francisco GG Bridge

Elephant & Piggie went to Yonago, Tottori, Japan. This was part of a “sticker” tag, in which we were to cover the back sides of the cards in stickers. Since I take pride in putting messages on my cards, I squeezed one in, while still being very pleased with my sticker game. I guess it was silly of me to say I was let down when I received a card in this tag that was all stickers, no message.

postcard toon Eric Carle Museum Elephant and Piggie we are on a postcard

My sticker game is strong, so sayeth me:


Krtek went to a Krtek lover… somewhere. He gave a link to all of his already-collected cards of The Mole, and I was surprised to see he apparently didn’t already have this one, which is from a pretty widely-distributed set of toon cards. How about you– have you received any cards from the set?

Postcard toon Krtek

This otter goes to Isojoki, Finland

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I just bought a box of these “Women in Science” postcards. I went looking for the images online, so I would not have to scan them all. The postcard of paleontologist Mary Anning isn’t QUITE like this one from the original book…but it’s close enough. The card is going out to Rhede, Germany, in a regular Postcrossing draw.

Postcards a Women in Science Mary Anning

I don’t know where this Playboy cover came from, and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to get rid of it–but then I drew the address of the Postcrosser in Chelyabinsk, Russia, who requested cards featuring alcohol or pinups. HELP IS ON THE WAY, SIR!


Double-Snoopy time. One to Oita, Japanpostcard toon Peanuts Snoopy hockey

…and the other to Bangkok, Thailand. Wish I could travel with both cards!

postcard toon Peanuts Snoopy

A Postcrosser in Novosibirsk, Russia, actually requested this gray pomegranate. Another card I didn’t think I’d ever get rid of!


The Matisse image, “A Glimpse of Notre Dame in the Late Afternoon,” goes to an art lover in Zhaoqing, Guangdong, China.

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Flounder is off for Foshan, also in Guangdong, China.

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The Cow Jumped Over the Moon is off in a Postcard United draw! They notified me that I had been gone from the site so long, they were about to switch me to “inactive.” Can’t have that! This card will go to a recipient in Edinburgh, U.K.

Time for more stamps, stickers, & washi tape!

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5 thoughts on “I Am Finding This Difficult: China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom

  1. I would absolutely go crazy if I blogged about every postcard I receive. I’d have to blog twice a day. Maybe, you can just blog about the postcards/mail pieces that are particularly meaningful or special. I keep a file of “will blog about” (eventually) mail and file or display the rest. To save “scanning” time–get one of those scanner apps for your phone. They’re much quicker and with the right lighting do a great job. It cuts the time significantly. Just some suggestions. Blogging shouldn’t be stressful.

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    1. Thanks for your words of advice! I have indeed been considering just logging my favorites of the incoming cards–the “keepers.” Originally, I’d wanted to log all incomings, so I can reuse/recycle the cardsI didn’t love, while still keeping a record, but… yes, that’s a good place to start. Thank you!

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  2. I love seeing and reading stories behind all the wonderful cards you’ve sent and received.
    The variety of stamps and stickers used to decorate your card (and not forgetting to squeeze in messages ) amazes me!
    I sometimes wish one of your cards landed in my mailbox. Haha!
    But the endless cards one receive at the end of the day vs the limited time we all only have, there is no best of both worlds!
    Patiently waiting for your next post 🙂 Best wishes!

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  3. I always enjoy seeing the comings and goings of your mailbox! I can only imagine how time consuming it must be to blog about every piece of mail you receive, but for what it’s worth, I enjoy your blog posts very much! I enjoy seeing the photos, but I also (equally) enjoy reading what you have to say about each piece of mail!

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