Did Redd Foxx & Maggie Smith Ever Work Together? Sent to China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, & the U.S.

I didn’t MEAN to prepare & send out 7 postcards* in one morning — it just…HAPPENED! I’d done a lot of tagging in the Postcrossing Forums, and many of them came in, in rapid succession, after I’d already decided to write to a couple of postcard pals.


The penguin card, the first I’ve used from a postcard book I bought at the Monterey Bay Aquarium just last week, goes out to a Postcrosser in Hong Kong (one who likes penguins), thanks to a Hong Kong to the World tag.  I wrote to her about my love for the aquarium, and about its brand-new exhibit I was visiting.

That repurposed panel from a box of pani puri goes to Bakersville, North Carolina, thanks to a swap-bot “not a postcard” trade.  Well, it is a postcard now!

Did you know that your dog can ride the Skunk Train–as long as it has a ticket?  That card is on its way to a train lover in Guangzhou, China, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “last movie I’ve seen” trade.  The last movie I’ve seen, by the way, is “The Lady in the Van.”

Okay, next up is Redd Foxx.  I mean, the red fox.  I have a funny little story regarding Redd Foxx, but now’s not the time.  THE POSTCARD.  The postcard is barreling toward a fox-loving Postcrosser in Shanghai, China, in a USA-any country trade.  I’ve seen a fox in a nearby wildlife refuge, but it was a gray fox.  The place does also have red foxes, I told him.  What I did not tell him was that the red ones are not a native species.

The red fox card, and the cat & dog cards that follow, are all from the Animal Box of postcards.  The cat goes out, by request, to a cat lover in Saitama, Japan.  As for the dog, it is heading to my dog-loving postcard pal in Bekasi Utara, Indonesia.

Below is a little peek at the back of all 7 postcards sent: stamps, stamps, and washi tape.


*6 here; number 7 was the Peanuts postcard in the prior post.  Its back is in the image just above, with the Charlie Brown stamp above the Peanuts washi tape.

The Problem with Bisquick, is that it Tastes Like Bisquick: Sent to Netherlands & the United States

Time to mail out the recycling!  Time for my favorite swap-bot trade: the chunk-o-cardboard.


Mix these 3 things together, and you are ready for your job’s annual holiday potluck.

Before I stick any box into the recycling bin these days, I give it a good once-over, scrutinizing its possibilities as a postcard.  To be honest, I was doing a little bit of this long before I’d ever heard of swap-bot or Postcrossing, but now I keep a small stash.  The other difference, of course, is now I mostly send these scraps to people I do not know!

The preserved duck egg packaging went off to Chandler, Arizona.  I recommended this product as something she could add to her congee.  Don’t know if there’s a lot of congee going down in Arizona, but it could only improve things.

Something that I don’t think can really improve things is Bisquick.  That box is on its way to a swapper in Mill Spring, North Carolina, and she can keep it.  I don’t even remember how I ended up with a Bisquick box.  Not that there’s anything wrong with Bisquick.  I mean, there is ONE thing wrong with Bisquick, and that is that every single thing you make with it, ends up tasting like Bisquick!

A similar problem exists with Pillsbury products.

The dog treat box is going to Heerlen, Netherlands.  My note was speeding along so fast, I ran out of space just when I’d shared the saddest bit–about no longer having someone to whom I can feed dog treats.  What a faux pas!  If I had to mention it at all, couldn’t I have led with it?  “Greetings from California!  My dog has left this mortal coil!”  Well, you can’t expect me to always make the right decisions.  I am in mourning.

Oh, hell, there I went again.

Stamps, stamps, & washi tape:


Tea & Chips: Sent to Finland, South Africa, and the United States


The “Greetings from Tea Partyland” postcard went to Raleigh, North Carolina, to the postal art blogger known as Dear Detective!  It’s a thanks for the postcard she sent me, shown here a few days ago.  This card was sent to me in a mailing by the Democratic Governors Association, bearing a pre-written message so I could mail it to a friend and scare them.  I slapped on a new backing so that I could write my own message, and I also glued on that cute, friendly little character from a bag of taro chips.

The next two cards are regular Postcrossing draws.  The birds will be flown (I assume) to Cape Town, South Africa.  The user’s profile photo shows her looking at the camera through a pair of binoculars, and she says birding is one of her new hobbies–so I found the birdiest card I could.

Lastly, that little peek of San Diego is headed for Joensuu, Finland.  Most of the cards marked as favorites in her Postcrossing profile were scenery-type images, and this was the closest I felt I had at the time to what she was looking for (though she does write, “The joy comes when the cards around the world. I’m glad all the cards…”).

Dry Bread & Surprises: Received from Finland, Taiwan, and the United States


First comes a card from Raleigh, North Carolina–hey, it’s from Dear Detective!  I’ve been fascinated by her “100 Days of Stampmaking” project, which features a constant stream of impressive (get it?) works of stamp art.

The wine-n-stuff was sent to me from Hämeenlinna, Finland, from a Postcrosser who tells me she likes cooking, “but don’t have that much time to concentrate it…Buying too much exotic ingredients and have hardly time to prepare them…But the idea is sweet!”

Finally, at the bottom, there is that very ornate, colorful image, sent to me (as part of a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag trade) from Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Since I am unable to type out the characters describing the image, I have scanned the sender’s description:


Stamps! Love that ice cream one.postcard250

Received from Canada and the United States

Three different swap-bot trades:


The dolphin card was sent to me from someone in North Carolina in a “read in March” exchange, and she tells me her best recent read was The Martian by Andy Weir:

“I knew nothing else about the book going into it, other than it’s very popular.  It was so good, I ended up staying up all night listening to it because I couldn’t turn it off.  It was fantastic!”

Makes me want to check it out!

The scene from Finding Nemo was sent from a swapper in Ontario, Canada. It was part of a book lovers’ swap, but I cannot share her list of favorite books with you, as the washi tape affixing it to the postcard tore off the text.  It did spare the message underneath telling me in part that she lives near the Great Lakes, a beautiful area but with long winters–but she loves winter.

Those frogs, with their disgusting habits, made their way to me from someplace in the United States, from a retired nurse!  I see on her profile that her favorite-ever author is Dr. Seuss, but this was a “creatures great and small trade” rather than one focused on reading.  In lieu of a message, she leaves me with this unattributed quote:

“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Sent to the United States

Two going out in a swap-bot “read in March” trade.


I told both recipients about a book I finished in March: Return to a Sexy Island, by Neil Humphreys.  I described that book earlier, in a previous post.

“The Puffin Puzzle Book” card is on its way to Cary, North Carolina.  My big box ‘o children’s book cover postcards, as I call it, is not all that far from used up.  When I started on swap-bot and Postcrossing just 8 months ago, they were all I had!  Don’t believe me?  Just head to the beginning of my blog.  When the cards were still numerous, I was able to find some component of each cover to match most users’ wish lists.  For today, a book cover postcard is a natural choice for a book-themed trade.

The Jetoy kitty on the toilet card is bound for Oregon City, Oregon.  I’m still dealing with the odd vertical orientation of these Jetoy cards, as I described earlier–I told this card’s recipient I hope the post office machine doesn’t cancel her address!

Do you send Jetoy cards, or any other oddly-oriented cards?  Do you go with the flow, as dictated by the card’s printer–or do you somehow force it into standard post office-dictated format?  I’m really considering doing some flipping on future sends, plus a slapping-on of an address overlay to overcome this situation.  When these first 3 cards I’ve sent reach their destinations–IF these first 3 cards I’ve sent reach their destinations–I will breathe a bit easier.

Received from Ukraine & the United States

Another mix of swap-bot & Postcrossing…


The Andy Warhol image came to me from Jacksonville, Florida via swap-bot, in a “read in January” trade.  The sender read a book by Mary E. Pearson called The Kiss of Deception.  As she describes the story:

“17-year-old Princess Lia runs away to escape an arranged marriage to a man she’s never met.  Soon after, 2 young men arrive at the village she’s at–she doesn’t know that one is the prince and one is an assassin sent to kill her. You get all 3 points of view but you don’t find out until the end who is who (I guessed right–YAY!).  I can’t wait until July for the next book in the series.”

The bit of box comes from Cary, North Carolina, in a swap-bot trade of food packaging turned into postcards.  I haven’t eaten any Snackwell’s in about a decade and a half or more (as I recall, it was, uhm, “un-good”), but my enthusiastic correspondent says, “I do enjoy snacking on these cookies.  I love the popcorn as well.  Check them out.”

While we are on the topic of packaged foods I’ve tried that make me cranky, add Campbell’s Soup to the list.  Burf.

You know what is awesome?  That card on the right.  I’m showing the back as well as the front, as that huge layout of colorful stamps turns it into two postcards in one!  The blocks of solid color are privacy panels.  This card came my way from Vinnitsya, Ukraine via Postcrossing, and my only problem with the stamp mural is that it leaves little room for a message!  My fellow Postcrosser shrinks her handwriting up tight, though, and tells me, “my hobbies are reading, cooking, and traveling, especially the mountains.”

Sent to Israel & the United States

Three out today, for a swap-bot “illustrated postcard” trade.


Clockwise from the top left, these cards will go to:

Mooresville, North Carolina

Mooresville is best known as the home of many NASCAR racing teams and drivers, along with an IndyCar team and its drivers, as well as racing technology suppliers, which has earned the city the nickname “Race City USA.” — Wikipedia

Topeka, Kansas

In August 1998, Topeka renamed itself “ToPikachu, Kansas”, in reference to a character from the 1990s video game franchise Pokémon. — Wikipedia

Ramat Gan, Israel

Ramat Gan is a city in the Tel Aviv District of Israel. It is home to one of the world’s major diamond exchanges, many high-tech industries, and Israel’s tallest building, the Moshe Aviv Tower. — Wikipedia

The two top cards feature art by Coplu, based in Canada & Turkey; the art in the bottom card is by Seattle-based Narboo, whose work has been seen here before once or twice.

Received from: Australia & U.S.A.

Four pieces of mail:


From Sydney, Australia comes the postcard of Canberra (the writer visited that city recently).  She’s also visited California several times, & says she enjoys our warm weather.  I love the stamp on her card!


Isn’t it interesting how real Tasmanian Devils look absolutely nothing like Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes? And you should look at a photo of a Roadrunner sometime.

From the United States, all through swap-bot:

Illinois: the penguin up above is the result of a “notecard postcard” trade, in which we were to tear the front off of a notecard, and–you can guess the rest, I hope.  I’ve done a couple of these so far, as you can see if you scroll back through my posts.

North Carolina: for a “recycled postcard” swap, I received the flower vase card with a new backing.  The sender originally received it from the Netherlands through Postcrossing.

I loved that swap, the idea of taking a card I’d received, gluing on a new back, and sending it on to a different user.  Like I said starting out: I collect neither stamps nor postcards; I’m in this for the experience of snail mail itself, and making tiny connections with people from around the world. To take a card I’ve received (one of my less-favorite, of course), and get additional use out of it, & maybe even have it find a home where it is treasured, is so cool, I think!

Tennessee: no card!  Swap-bot isn’t all about postcards, though that is the part in which I am most active.  The bit of letter & bookmarks you see in the photo is from a “easy booklover’s swap,” in which we were to talk about what we were reading & also tuck in a couple of free book marks.

I especially like the bookmark my swap partner procured from a local independent bookseller in Memphis, The Booksellers at Laurelwood.  The back of the bookmark heralds the benefits of buying from independents.  They are in the same general spirit as these I am pasting from indiebound.org:

Why shop Indie?  When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy

Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.
The Environment
Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
The Community
Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

Received from: Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia; New Bern, North Carolina; and Newport Beach, California

3 postcards in the latest batch of mail!  From Australia:


Love it, love it, love it! One of my most-favorite postcards received so far in this whole Postcrossing/swap-bot adventure!

That art reminds me so much of Disney’s The Cold-Blooded Penguin/The Penguin That Hated the Cold!

From North Carolina:


The sender tells me I should visit her city for “great attractions for tourists, great shopping, and even great boat rides.”

From California:


Would I enjoy being here right now? YES.