My Quarters for a Map Card! Sent to England, Germany, Japan, Macau, Scotland, Switzerland, Taiwan, & the U.S.

A dozen outgoing cards to share this time, and lots of variety.  Make sure to check out all of the stamps, stamps, stickers, washi tape, & weather doodles at the end!

But before we end, we begin.  And we begin with some food recently detailed in another post.  This portion went out to Alamo, Texas, in a swap-bot trade of ad/food postcards.


California’s Grapevine–a very yawny route–went to Macau, in a Postcard United draw.  I don’t remember sending to or receiving from Macau before, but that’s all changed now.  A day after I drew this user’s name, I RECEIVED a postcard from her!  This is not the 1st time that this has happened to me on Postcard United.  Do you use the site, and has this happened to you?

The California state map with the gigantic surfer went to Schiffdorf, Germany in a Postcrossing trade in which we were to send the person we tagged a card from among those they had marked as favorites.  This was my very last state map postcard!  It’s a crying shame, because for some reason, a whole lot of postcarders seem to love & collect map cards.  I even took a day trip to touristy Monterey, California, last week, in part to restock on California map cards.  I popped into SO many stores selling cards–one of them had a huge wall of cards–and I encountered ZERO map cards.  I’ll be taking an overnight trip up the coast this weekend, & see what I find.

Next set of 3!  The “Keep Surfing, Dummies” shark swam off to Lynnfield, Massachusetts, in a Postcrossing Forum trade where partners choose the card they would like from those in an album the previous tagger has posted.  Scroll down & I’m sure you’ll be able to identify the card’s backside, seriously themed with oceany stamps, stickers, washi tape–and even a lurking shark!


The very bored-looking reader went to Glasgow, Scotland in another favorites tag.  This Postcrosser’s profile mustn’t have given me too much to work with, because I behaved like a scoundrel & wrote about the weather.  To be fair, California weather has been extraordinary lately: 101, a major state highway, was completely closed down in southern San Jose due to flooding.  Heck, animals at the city’s zoo had to be moved.

Peanuts!  That’s off to Dongshan County, Yilan, Taiwan in another Postcrossing Forum trade.  That one was all about cards going to & from that country, so I’m happy to say another Taiwanese Postcrosser will soon be sending me a card.

Next set of 3, and aren’t those otters beautiful?  Every once in a while–and a couple of times recently–a wild otter will hop up to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s great tide pool exhibit, give birth, and hang out for a day or two before hauling back out with her new pup.  This card, and several other otter cards purchased at the aquarium, ended up being the only postcards I purchased during my day trip I mentioned earlier in the post.  This card went to my post pal in Hawaii!


Kitty in pearls went to Tokyo, Japan in yet another Postcrossing Forum tag.  Yes, I love those trades.  You should check them out, if you never have.

Another beautiful kitty, the tiger, went to Poughkeepsie, New York, for a swap-bot trade of “beachy” postcards.

The last trio of postcards here go out in a pair of Disney-related swap-bot trades.

Beauty & the Beast are on their way to to a trader in Metairie, Lousiana, who might have the most beefed-up swap-bot profile (or any profile, for that matter) that I have ever seen.  Music, books, movies, TV, plus her Hogwarts house AND plenty of writing prompts for would-be correspondents–these are just for starters!  I enjoyed her list of dislikes, perhaps most of all this section:

“misspelling (stationery includes envelopes; stationary means affixed 🙂 and poor grammar (should have; a lot; lack of commas in direct address; don’t even get me started on it’s and its or they’re, there, and their :(“


Rapunzel’s prison should end up in Sion, Valais, Switzerland; and Snow White & friends went to Brighton, Sussex, England.

Okay, time to look at all of those backsides!  If you look closely, you will see a few changes in weather in the time I was preparing these cards.


Okay, here comes the back of that shark card I shared…



Oh, it was really windy when I prepared the Disney cards.  I created a new weather doodle!  Also, a few days before writing these cards, I had been to San Jose’s Japantown, where I bought a sheet of silly sushi stickers, which I used on all 3 of these cards.


DONE!  What do you think?  What are your favorite cards/stickers/whatever this time around?  And how much do you want to bet I will never see another California map card out in the wild again?



A FIRST! Sent to England, India, & Russia

Kicking off 2016 with 3 postcards on the go:


The historic view of Los Angeles goes to a self-professed “history geek” in  Edinburgh, Scotland.

The interesting beach scene is going to Oktyabrya, Russia, to someone who was hoping for cards depicting beautiful places & beach views.

Those first two were regular Postcrossing draws; the third–the big Peanuts card–goes out via Postcrossing Forum.  It’s headed for Bangalore, India, in a “USA-Asia” trade.  I’m jealous of this Postcrosser; when I wrote this card this morning, it was 37 degrees Fahrenheit outside.  Meanwhile, her city should reach around 84 today!  I would like to spend my California winters someplace where it is 84 degrees.

I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to send a card to India.  In my time on Postcrossing, I have only ever received two cards from that country, and this is the first that I have sent!  I hope there are many more to come, in both directions.

A look at the stamps, stamps, & washi tape:


E R N I E ! ! –and some other stuff: Received from Germany, Scotland, and the United States

Ernie in my mailbox!  Love seeing any of my Sesame Street friends popping by.

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E R N I E ! ! !

In this case, I should say Sesamstrasse, as the card came to me from a Postcrosser in Würzburg, Germany.

The “Aloha Hawaii” card came from a swap-bot member in Burdett, New York, who says she has a cousin living in Hawaii, but that cousin is moving back to his home state of Ohio.  Oh, excuse me, I glanced at the message again: Oklahoma. My brain was so clouded feeling the loss of having to leave Hawaii…

The section of what I think is a beer box came from Palm Coast, Florida, part of the swap-bot “chunk-o-cardboard” trade I seem to enjoy so much.

That huuuuge card is from a Postcrosser in Galloway, Scotland. The image depicts the “Gateshead Angel of the North,” which the sender tells me is “a large sculpture over the border in the North East of England.  I visited it recently and was very impressed.”

Stamps, a sticker, & stuff:

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Sent to: Japan, Lithuania, Slovenia & U.S.A.

Two of my Postcrossing cards have reached their destinations:

The card I sent to Scotland reached its destination after traveling 6 days and 4,936 miles.

My Germany-bound card landed after 6 days and 5,709 miles

So now, I get to mail out two more cards! Going out to Tokyo, Japan & Vilnius, Lithuania:

postcard020 MORRO BAY

Let’s make that another two rounds of “The Usual!”

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In swap-bot news, the latest trade is for aerial views of a city or town.  Going out to far-away Kamnik, Slovenia & nearby Daly City, California, it’s one copy each of this card:


I love that this town has no-chain-nothin’, not even a Starbucks. I also love that modern conveniences are just a 5-minute drive away!

Sent to: Netherlands & Scotland

A pair of Postcrossing cards going out–and that always means international!

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Mijdrecht, Netherlands: The main street is the area around the Dorpstraat, where most shops and the cityhouse are located. There is a police office, a fire department, 6 supermarkets, sport facilities, and a coffee shop. Though, there is no police or doctor in the weekends.   — Wikipedia

The Postcrossing user in Mijdrecht has a long list of likes in her profile, including children’s book illustrations & Asian themes.  This selection from my big box o’ old book cover postcards seems to fit the bill on both counts:


I looked this up, thinking it might be a folktale, but no. Miss Godden wrote a book about Japanese dolls called “Happiness and Miss Flower,” and this is a sequel to that book.

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Wick, Scotland: In 2006 the BBC reported that the Guinness Book of Records had confirmed the world’s shortest street, Ebenezer Place, measuring 2.06 meters (6.76 feet), and containing just one door, was located in Wick. It had not previously qualified for the record because it did not have a full postal address.  — Wikipedia

Sad to say, as much as I’ve expanded my supply of postcards to send, I was not able to make a match with my Scottish target’s taste (which include cacti & frogs), so I sent her my default:

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The usual.

Received from: Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, and… Tennessee, U.S.A.!

From Canada:


For a swap-bot “art-phabet” challenge. As my correspondent tells me, J is for “Jezus.”

Interesting stamp on that one…


There must be some story…

From Berlin, Germany:


Annually in Berlin, the sender tells me, there is a food & agricultural festival–and this card was procured there.

The stamp:


From Netherlands:


The person who sent this also tucked in a photo she took:


–because I’m a toy photographer, too!

Cool stamp, too. I am assuming this is NOT Tom Brokaw:


From New Zealand:


My correspondent tells me that this postcard comes from Scotland, where she has a cousin who sends her postcard calendars every year. Cool, huh? You can see the perforation at the top, where the card has been removed from the calendar.

–and its stamp:


The stamp, though, is not Scottish. The New Zealand postal authorities would certainly have none of that.

A card from Russia:


I like water. Do you like water? I like water.

I love these stamps, probably more than any others I’ve seen during this Postcrossing/swap-bot adventure.  Of course, the fact that I favor them so much probably has to do with the fact that my memory is so horrible…


So cool. I think perhaps its the entire combination I love, more than any one specific stamp here.

And finally, Tennessee: