Cats & Peanuts: In & Out of Oklahoma

I love Kliban Cats.

It all started with my grandma.  She was a Cat Lady, and she introduced me to B. Kliban’s tabbies, and that’s about all it took.  And so, when I saw evidence of Kliban Cat postcards on the Life Flails blog, yes, I suppose I did enthuse to the point of downright silliness.  “Awesome, on top of awesome, times awesome,” is how it came out, in fact.  Am I blushing?

Well, the proprietress must have taken pity upon me, because she offered to send me a card.  And I offered her a card in return, and this is how it all came out in the wash:

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I don’t remember encountering this Kliban image before!

On the card I sent, I wrote some of my long-suppressed Kliban memories.  At some point, I remembered that his Cat book had a drawing lesson, which informed how I drew cats when I was young.   I made an attempt at recreating that…

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Oh, yes: Kliban’s lesson did include whiskers, and the “dots” at their bases.  I abandoned those at some point in the evolution of my own cat drawing.  I attempted to draw the way he demonstrated, but–yeah, I forgot the whiskers.

Beautiful Creatures: Sent to Indonesia & Taiwan

I like this animal batch going out.

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The manatees–the last of the postcards I received from last year’s renewal of my Save the Manatee membership–are off to Bekasi, Indonesia, in a Postcrossing Forum Marine Life & Sea Creatures tag.  I hope I get another set of cards for this year’s renewal!  As I told the card’s recipient, I have never seen a manatee in the wild–only in aquariums.  I also saw the manatee’s Asian cousin, the dugong, during a visit to the Singapore Zoo.

The kitty is going out for another Postcrossing Forum trade, this one called “Taiwan Meets the World,” and it’s on its way to Taichung City, Taiwan.  This user, with whom I have traded before, notes on her profile that she likes cat cards.  See how accommodating I am?

Finally, a regular Postcrossing draw!  I was excited to see Taiwan come up, but deflated when I see the Postcrosser has not written a profile. Well, the wonderful tiger is off to Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, and I hope that receiving a card with a 14-line message (not including formatics like date & greeting), inspires this user to tell her fellow Postcrossers a little that would inspire them as they go about preparing mail for her!

Stamps:

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Popeye & His Feline Friends: Sent to China, Czech Republic, France, & Scotland

I drew the names of four more Postcrossers today:

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Popeye is on his way to say ahoy to a Postcrosser in Glasgow, Scotland.  In his profile, the recipient had a link to his flickr account showing photography he’d turned into postcards, so I thought I would send him one of the cards I’d created from my own shots.

The Morro Bay card goes to a woman in Saint-Nazaire, France who was hoping for cards showing the senders’ cities.  The cards of my city aren’t very well done–and furthermore, I don’t have any right now–so I sent her one of a city I enjoy visiting whenever I can.

The cartoon Sherlock is headed for Guangzhou, China.  The recipient of this one is a high school student who hopes to travel to Germany next year.  She expressed interest in animals & cartoon characters, among many other things.  Hope she likes this.

Lastly, I hope that sleeping duo is not disturbed on the way to Jičín, Czech Republic.  This Postcrosser did have a short list of likes, which included cats.  She didn’t say much of anything else, so I just talked about the weather.  Well, the season, really.  Basically, that fall is here, and I am looking forward to spring.  That’s just the way it is!

The U.S.’s High Five?!?? Sent to Taiwan & the United States

Kitty is hanging out in the recycling.

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Kitty is going to a cat lover in Taichung City, Taiwan, for a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag trade.

The rest of the cards are hewn from cardboard boxes, for a couple of swap-bot trades calling for recycled bits.  Two panels from boxes of chocolate-covered cookies from It’s-It (mmmm): one is on its way to Saint Paul, Minnesota; the other is headed to Livonia, Michigan.  The latter person had the oddest statement in her profile: she said she lives in “the U.S.’s high five.”  Now, what on earth does that mean?  Yes, I Asked Jeeves, and even Google, but there was no help to be found.  I was in a library earlier today, but it had passed my mind until I sat back down here to tell you about it.  Do you have any idea what she was talking about?

The cake pic came from a box of cake flour, and now that card will go to lovely San Diego, California.  I’m a bit cold today in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I’d like to try San Diego on. Just for a while, though–until I am able to move someplace warm.

Lastly, there is the happy little face, formerly a side panel from a box of tissues.  Someone in Belle Mead, New Jersey should be winding up with that.

Now I am looking forward to seeing what cardboard scraps people cut into postcards to send to me!  Do you ever create such postcards?

Sent to Israel and the United States

I bought a small load of Jetoy cards a month or so ago; today, I sent out my first two, as a part of a swap-bot trade.

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I like the hula-hula cat best.

These cards are have a different layout than cards here in the U.S.: the orientation is vertical, with a place for the stamp on the left-hand side.  I’m afraid the post office will have a fit!  I would ignore this design, but for the fact that doing so would result in dark vertical lines through my writing.

This was a “book lovers” trade, in which one option was to list the last five books we read.  Here are mine (not necessarily in order):

1) Agent to the Stars, by John Scalzi

2) Desert Exile, by Yoshiko Uchida

3) Coyote, by Linda Barnes

4) The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang

5) Return to a Sexy Island, by Neil Humphries

Oceanside, California is the destination of the top card, to a swap-botter who says she is a huge reader, and even remembers being a small child reading side-by-side with her mother (each with her own book) on the family couch.

The coconut kitty under the palm is headed for Ramat Gan, Israel, to a trader I have been matched with several times.  Her list of favorite books includes two each by Neil Gaiman and Jane Austen.

I got a little more interesting than usual with the stamps:

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Sent to Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders), Belgium

Here goes my first postcard to Belgium!

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The user mentioned liking cats, so back I went into my big box ‘o’ old book-cover postcards & came up with this. Don’t know how much longer the box can keep on granting wishes…

This mailing (and the one I posted prior to this, a card to Australia) are for a swap-bot trade called “Happy Quote Postcards.”  For both cards, I used a favorite quote of mine, from Groucho Marx:

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” 

As I told my correspondents, I love dogs, books, reading, and Groucho Marx.  If you will look up his quotations, I think you will find a lot to make you laugh.  Try it!  

Do you have any favorite quotations?

Sent to New Taipei City, Taiwan

Another one of my very first batch of Postcrossing cards has been received!  Postcrossing stats tell me this one took 15 days to travel 6,459 miles, reminding me it’s now been just over two weeks since I first Iaunched into this whole “Post-Bot/Swap-Cross” thing!

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Another card from my big box of old book covers. The user actually mentioned she liked “beautiful view cards,” but I had not yet been able to find any scenic cards (as described in my “SENT TO QINGDAO, SHANDONG, CHINA” post). Turns out this was just fine: “I love your postcard. It’s so cute. “

Since I had not yet thought to keep a record of my outgoing cards when I started out, I’m glad the recipient liked this enough to scan & share.

There are still a few of my initial Postcrossing cards apparently making their way across the world, to Israel, Russia, Ukraine…

Sent to Essen, Germany

This is already, in having only been in Postcrossing since last week, my second card to be sent to Germany–so I’m guessing there are a lot of Postcrossers over there.  The user said she likes cats, so…

 

I have a great big box of old book cover images on postcards, so I guess those will be making up a bulk (mail) of my Postcrossing & swapbot correspondence for a while.

I have a great big box of old book cover images on postcards, so I guess those will be making up a bulk (mail) of my Postcrossing & swapbot correspondence for a while.