We Begin & End with Fish: Sent to Japan, Netherlands, Taiwan, & the U.S.

It’s a good time to try to think of pleasant things.

I have some catching up to do!  Let’s start with these cool new postcards I bought, two of which have long-since gone out to post pals in Japan & Hawaii.


This mermaid smells like a wet dog.  And fish.

Later, I made envelopes to send more stuff to the same two people.  This one I made from a photocopy of an old comic book cover, & sent off to–can you guess?


Yes, Hawaii!  And here’s the back-side of the envelope.


Inside went some stickers, a note on a postcard, and an old brochure I unearthed.


That piece of advertising has to be 35 years old, at minimum.  When I unearthed it, I had to do some online research to see if the place still exists.  It does!  Here’s the rest of the brochure:



I asked my friend if she’d been there.  She has, to the restaurant–it’s a cheap place to eat!  I’ll have to remember that, the next time I’m in the neighborhood.

Here comes the other envelope I made, this one for my friend in Tokyo:



I enclosed another sheet of those Peanuts stickers, plus a note on this postcard:


Here are more postcards that went out, these for Postcrossing Forum & swap-bot exchanges.  Off they went to Hoofddorp, Netherlands; Goleta, California; Taichung City, Taiwan; and Tsukuba, Japan.


Finally, have a look at the stamps, stickers, and washi tape!  I think it might be time for me to restock my stash of fish stickers!



“My Husband Does Not Like Your Country:” Received from Germany, Russia, Taiwan, & the U.S.

Mail call!  And there were enough interesting lines from my correspondents this time, that I had a hard time deciding what to entitle today’s entry.  You’ll see.  The first two postcards are regular Postcrossing in-comings, and the second two were received via trades on  Postcrossing Forum.


Hey, it’s a recipe card from Khabarovsk, Russia!  The sender tells me:

“Blini is a traditional dish that is cooked on Maslenitsa.  It is a holiday when people see off the winter.” 

Yay, seeing off the winter!  Good riddance, Buster!

And speaking of good riddance, Buster:

The little shore scene came to me from Hamburg, Germany, and here’s what the sender has to say:

“My dream is to travel times America.  My husband does not like the country.  But my daughter and I will eventually make round trip with no husband.  He love the Greek island.  I can not believe that there is such big houses with you, though I have been there.”

I am glad she clarified “round trip;” for a moment I thought she might just stay here, leaving her Mister to his Greek island.

The building surrounded by cyclists came to me from:

“…an 18-year-old girl from Taichung City, Taiwan.  I will become a college student after the summer vacation.  Because I don’t need to join the test in July, I have much time writing postcards now.  It’s my pleasure to join the (Taiwan Meets the World) tag, it’s interesting for me.  I’m a new member of Postcrossing, so I have lots of things to learn.  Happy Postcrossing, hope you have a nice day!”

Lastly, from Seattle, Washington, comes what the sender tells me is a Black Rock Shooter anime card:

“BRS is an anime released on DVD in 2010.  It’s also a game and manga in Japan.  This chick has blazing blue eyes and a cannon that shoots ROCKS!  Take care.”

Stamps, postmarks, & washi tape: I love everything on the card from Taiwan!


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?


My Sweet Gerbils: Received from Austria, China, & Taiwan

Another day, another 3 cards in through Postcrossing


The beautiful dragon comes from the artist herself, in Beijing, China.  She doesn’t talk about art in her profile, but does say that she loves art history, & collecting illustrations.

The sender of the Italian ad card lives near Taichung City, Taiwan.  Now, I’d rather get Taiwanese content from Italy, than Italian content from Taiwan, but I’ll get over it.  The sender is a four-month Postcrossing member who tells me, “hope you can come here (to Taiwan) and eat snacks in night markets.  People here are friendly.  You live in California, a beautiful place.  One day, I will go there and walk along the coastline.”

And speaking of things I can see along the California coastline: sea lions!  I love them so much.  I took a little drive to the coast & heard their siren calls just days ago.  This card comes from Vienna, Austria.  Yes, from landlocked Austria.  The card was printed over in Berlin, Germany though, and I sure do love it.  The sender tells me that she is 65, and that her hobbies are “book reading, cooking, and my sweet gerbils (2)!” 

Stamps & postmarks:

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QUITE the postcard day–take a gander! Received from Taiwan and the United States

What a cool haul this time around!


Take a gander at that gander!  The Gladstone Gander card came to me from San Francisco, California, from a friend who recently took a trip to Italy.  I love my souvenir.

From somewhere near Taichung City, Taiwan, I received that delicious-looking doubled layer roll. The card is the one Postcrossing item in today’s lot, and it traveled 19 days and 6,555 miles to get to me.  Its sender writes, in part:

“I want to try every country’s special food.  So I am wait.  Wait for one day I have enough money to go around the world!  OH!!! HEY! Please promise me you will not eat this postcard!  Just kidding!”

Ending with more edibles, there is the recipe cut from a box of Chex cereal.  This came to me from St. Paul, Minnesota, thanks to one of those swap-bot “chunk o cardboard” trades I love so much.  The sender tells me, “when I make Chex Mix I skip the nuts and pretzels.  I am a Chex separatist.” Looking around my place, I have no Chex.  Do you suppose I could make do with Cheerios, Golden Grahams, and corn flakes?

Stamps!  I vote yes on the flowers, especially the lehua, and a great big huge NO on the clown.