Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Postcrossings Milestone

Good Morning Friends!
I have reached a milestone at Postcrossing.com.
I have now officially sent 101 postcards.
To date, I have received 88 postcards.
I love Postcrossing.
In addition to being a great learning experience, it is also a wonderful human experience.
It is a soul to soul connection that imprints smiles, dreams and well wishes into my heart.
Writing is powerful stuff, even if it is just to say hello.
Here is a Postcrossing I received from Germany.
The sender writes:
Hello JarieLyn, you're interested in historical buildings.
This one is from 1720.
 It was built to store grain for the miners in the Harz Mountains where it is too cold for farming.
Filled in sacks it was then transported up on the backs of donkeys.
These paths are still used by hikers or changed into ordinary roads.
Today the building hosts the municipal administration.
The thing I like about Postcrossing is being able to read a profile and pick out the perfect card for the recipient, just as this person did for me. Had she not written about the building, I never would have known that it was a historical building, especially from the 1720's.
This is a Postcrossing from Japan.
The sender writes:
Dear JarieLyn,
This postcard is from Japan.
I chose it for you because you like a bridge.
The view is like a painting in India ink.
I've been to this place in Kyoto.
A forest of bamboos was beautiful and tofu (soybean curd) dishes were very good.
I'm sure you'll like there very much.
Best wishes.
Another example of someone choosing the perfect card.
This is from a swap partner for fast 10 pc # 3 swap on swap-bot.
This person also read my profile and chose a card she knew I would like.
I love these retro funny cards.
Also, she wrote a great note on the back about TV shows we have in common.
I love connecting with people through letters, postcards, greeting cards, short notes and gifts.
Each one I receive is a treasure and I do my best to send my recipients words they will treasure too.
Leaving my possession:
These are part of the 10 pc swap.
 I forgot to take a picture of the other ones that went out.
These are my latest Postcrossings going out today!
They will be delivered to, Germany, Florida, Latvia, Belarus, Brazil and the Netherlands.
Yesterday, Justin and I went for a drive and ended up in Kelso, CA.
It's an old train depot that was very busy in the 1940's.
Facing east, this road takes us back to Vegas.
Have a fabulous day my friends.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pink and Orange Combo Made My Day!

Good afternoon my peeps!
I've been a bit lazy with the mail  posts but here's some of what's been coming and going.
Today, I received this wonderful pink and orange envelope from Lynn.
The photo doesn't do it justice.
I must say, the contents of the letter made my day.
This is Rachel's letter that never made it to me the first time.
It was returned to sender and she sent it back to me.
(she had already sent a replacement letter, but it's nice to get the original)
I love the envelope she made.
A letter from my husband's aunt. I get so tickled now every time she sends me a letter.
She wrote that she went to an estate sale and bought all kinds of paper for making envelopes, scrapping and for writing letters. It delights me that I inspired someone to write letters and make envelopes.
An official Postcrossing from Germany.
The sender writes:
Hello Jarielyn!
Greetings from Middle-Germany.
I live with my family in a small village near leiptig.
I'm 50 years old.
Our 2 daughters are 24 and 20.
I like reading books and writing letters.
Wish you all the best.
Another official Postcrossing from Germany.
The sender writes:
Hi JarieLyn, the title of this card is "walking Angela Merkel's Camel"....
We finally have springtime here since yesterday-much too late!
Berlin is so much better in summer!
Can't wait to be able being outside after work in all those bars and parks and...
all those other beautiful places all over town that make it so much worth living here.
Have a good time & keep on writing many postcards.
Greetings from Germany.
An official Postcrossing from Greece.
The sender writes:
Hello JarieLyn!
Warm greetings from Athens with a postcard from the Poseidon Temple, Sounio.
I love photography and you can see my artwork at www.antonisgouzountis.com
I wish you all the best.
Best regards
This is from the swap, Adventures of the Traveling Postcard.
It's on it's 4th city.
I have signed it and am ready to send it to the next destination where ever that may be.
This is from my swap partner for Unload Your Stickers Swap.
From Russia, week 4 of themed messages RR on postcrossing.
Official Postcrossing cards going to Taiwan, Germany. Finland, China and New Jersey.
These are going to my partners for the Unwanted Stickers Swap.
And I sent a package to my friend Deyanira and a couple of pieces of mail that I forgot to photograph.
Keep on creating!
See you the next blog post.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

RIP Chrissy Amphlett

I've always loved the music of The Divinyls and I am saddened by the news that lead singer, Chrissy Amphlett has lost her battle with breast cancer.  I'm sharing one of my favorite songs from her band, Pleasure and Pain.

Love School:
Aint Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore:
Here in the USA, the Divinyls are most known for their song, I Touch Myself.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

One In, A Ton Out, and A Proper Name

Hello friends!
It's a sunny day here in Las Vegas, NV.
I just got back from the gym.
Oh, you thought I meant I just got back from working out.
Actually, I haven't been in over a year and I forgot my member number so I obtained my number along with a ten day pass so my endermologist can come with me and get my butt in gear.
She's offered to be my personal trainer for a day.
For Free!
To be honest, I'm a little scared that she's going to over work me and I'll die of a heart attack.
So, if you don't see any posts within ten days, you'll know what happened.
Now, on with the mail.
I only got one Postcrossing today.
From the Netherlands.
The sender writes:
Hello JarieLyn,
I'm liesbeth from Amstelveen Holland.
I like flowers and work in a flower shop.
I like my garden and the little birds in it.
Best wishes,
Picture perfect for today's weather.
I worked hard today on my outgoing mail.
An official Postcrossing on the way to Poland.
A small gift for my beautiful sister.

Tucked inside this envelope is the Adventures of The Traveling Postcard R7 swap.
I also included a few extra items with a French theme for the recipient.
A pen pal letter.
A pen pal letter.
A pen pal letter.
A pen pal letter.
That's The end of Thursday's mail.
On another note, a pen friend asked me how I pronounce my name.
It never occurred to me that many of you probably don't know how to pronounce it.
It's something I have taken for granted and now I'm aware.
First, the spelling is quite different than most with the same name.
My first name is Jarie, pronounced Jerry. ( I was named after my dad)
My middle name is Lyn, pronounced just as it is spelled.
I don't like being called Jerry. It makes me feel too masculine.
So, put the two together and say Jarie Lyn. (Jerry Lynn)
It's a bit more southern sounding which I like because my heart belongs in the south, even though I've never lived there.
How were you pronouncing my name?
I'm curious to know.
I've been called sherry, terry, jerry, and numerous other pronunciations.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

From Russia With Love

Oh my goodness, I've let some time go by in between posts.  I could say that life happened, but then I'd be saying what everyone else says when they start slacking. The truth is that life happens everyday. Whenever I read a blog, go shopping, receive an unexpected invitation, get hit with bad news, or write a blog post, that's my life-happening. It may not be exciting, but it's my life. So really the only thing to say about not blogging is that I got lazy. Pure and simple. Maybe I was being entertained happily by the TV or spending too much time driving around listening to my latest audiobook. It doesn't matter. No excuses. I'm here now, and I'm writing. And now, I'm sharing all the love I have received in my mailbox over the past week or so. It's been good. This is my life happening. Enjoy!

 I'm going to start with a Postcrossing from Russia.
Oops! I think I may have put it in upside down.
The sender writes:
Hello, Bewitched JarieLyn!
I like your smiling eyes!
You're so pretty!
My name is Helga, I'm from Russia.
I adore drawing & singing, I love to cook some yummy dishes, play the piano.
I'm not very [attentive] person, that is why you should now read this card upside down. :)
Sorry! Still I hope you like it. :)
I love to dream, love the night, the magic of the colorful nature.
I also love everything that deals with paranormal things, always did.
The truth is out there you know. :)
I love to go to the summer trade fair to find some wonderful crystals & stones and some Celtic medallions :)
I love cats, there was a time when in my house there were like dozen of various images, calendars and statuettes of these gorgeous creatures.
My classmates (I was 8 or 9 then) thought I worshiped them. :)
That was funny.
I've never liked dogs too much but now I do, :) especially husky, German Shepherd, & American Eskimo Spitz.
Though it is no matter, cause dogs, every single one are amazing with their joy & love.
Have a great day.
Isn't that just the most wonderful note on a postcard that you've ever heard?
Well, it may not be wonderful to you but is sure is to me.
A wonderful letter from Patt.

This is from my swap partner for notecard swap #2.
So many colorful and pretty cards.
A nice letter from Mariska.
A cute ferret from my swap partner for Make a Postcard #1.
I think ferrets are very cute critters.
An old fashioned letter from Rachel who wrote this at a letter writing social with the founders of Letter Writers Alliance.
How cool is that?
A letter from L.R.
A thank you card from Rachel.
What a cute card and matching envelope.
I received a tube package in Saturday's mail.
Inside the tube was this:
And this:
The glass straw is from Limner.
At first I wasn't sure if it was for decoration or for actual use in a drink.
I did not see the note she wrote until just a few minutes ago.
So, I now know that I am to drink my tea with the glass straw.
I'll do my best.
Thank you Limner, that was very sweet of you.
A nice letter form Kari.
I was definitely spoiled this week with great mail.
Here's what went out:
An official Postcrossing traveling to Seaside Park, NJ.
This one made it safely to its destination and I already got a reply which is shown above in Kari's letter.
A Pen pal letter going to Germany.
A letter to Angie.
An official Postcrossing going to the Netherlands.
A pen pal letter just went out this afternoon.
An official Postcrossing going to Germany.
That's it for the mail.
What's going on in your mail world?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Fabulous Face of Mail.

Good morning my friends!
I hope you are doing well.
Yesterday I was restless so I took a drive to Boulder City.
It's not very far but it's a good distance from my side of town.
The change of scenery was refreshing and I was drawn in to my audiobook.
I didn't want to stop the car because I was so engrossed in the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed driving around wasting gas.
Yes, I said it.
I'm not a do-gooder greenie.
My secret's out.
Incoming Mail:

This wonderful creative postcard from Limner at Oh Write Me.

A handmade postcard from a swap on Swap-Bot.
Apparently, all of the embellishments didn't make it through the postal system.
This is from one of my partners for another swap, Quick Notecard Swap #4.
This is from my partner Peggy for the Themed Messages RR on Postcrossing.
Outgoing Mail:
A pen pal letter on a fold-up stationery.
This is going to my swap partner for Notecard swap #2
(there's at least 10 notecards inside + a little something extra)
An official Postcrossing on its way to Colorado, right here in the good old U. S. of A.
That was all the mail for yesterday and it was all good.
Any mail I get is loved by me!