Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Catching Up!

The past couple of weeks have been extremely busy.  On top of all the work that I've had here at home, I've been to Illinois to fly out of Chicago (thank you to my sister for the ride to the airport!), flew into Atlanta (thank you to my best friend and her husband for the ride from the airport, etc), and then was picked up by my mom to spend most of a week in North Carolina, so we could pack her up and move her to Indiana, which meant driving back home.  Managed all that in less than a week!  (Georgia Boy survived the week alone with the kids.)  As a result, I wasn't home to receive and register the postcards that arrived last week, and I am just now getting the chance to share them with you.  Boy do I have some catching up to do!

This card arrived last week from Bruna, who is originally from Spain but now lives in Boston.  She reports that she was very excited when the New England Patriots won the Superbowl.

This card, from a Postcrossing member in China.  This is one of Angel Baby's favorite cards so far, and she loves cartoon characters like these.  Unfortunately the message on the back of the card had gotten wet at some point during it's travel, and most of the message had disappeared (our address and the card ID had been printed out and taped on, so it managed to not get ruined).  There are a couple of new stamps on the back that I haven't previously seen, too.

This card came to us from a Postcrossing member in Taiwan, who reports that the capital city (Taipei) was used for the filming of the movie "Lucy".  Another great card with a stamp on the back that I haven't previously seen.

This postcard came from Julie in New York, a Postcrossing member that sent the card through a direct swap.  She says it is currently cold, but a great place to visit.  Our family has driven through New York, but we have never been able to spend even a day there.  We're hoping to eventually visit.

This card is from Alena in Russia.  She says that St Petersburg is one of her favorite places in Russia, and that she loves to watch the ducks while she feeds them from the bridge.  Such a beautiful place to visit!

This postcard is also from Russia.  It came to us from a Postcrossing member named Aida.  Aida reports that she is creative and adventurous, and that she loves to travel.  She hopes to travel to every corner of the planet.

This is one of two postcards I received while I was gone from Marti, a postcrossing member here in Indiana that has sent me several cards over the past few weeks.  After mentioning on a previous card to her about Angel Baby's singing talent and love of music, Marti told me on this card that her husband is a musician, and that they love music.

This is our second card from Marti that arrived while I was gone.  She says she is ready for spring to arrive, and that they've had some pretty days recently.  Spring is starting to make an appearance!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Winter Greetings and More

We received four more postcards yesterday, two with a winter theme.

This first card came from Marti in Indiana. She has sent others previously and we actually received two from her yesterday. Since she realized she had previously sent a basketball themed card after she sent the one below, she decided to also send this cute winter card.

This is the basketball card we received from Marti yesterday. We like and appreciate both cards. Thank you, Marti!

We received this card from Mees in The Netherlands.  Mees is 11 years old and lives in Bunnik, a small town in the Netherlands. What a beautiful winter postcard!

This last postcard came from Adinda in the Netherlands. She shares that this is the entrance to Vondelpark in Amsterdam. The beautiful park will be 150 years old this June.

We are loving all the wonderful postcards we have been receiving through Postcrossing, and we are anxiously awaiting the next arrivals.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Where's Waldo?

Where's Waldo?  Today, I found him in my mailbox as one of three cards we received from Germany.

We received this 'Where's Waldo' postcard from Andre and Kristin in Germany.  While they say that Germany isn't really as flag-loving as other countries, they thought we'd enjoy seeing all the different flags on the card.

This postcard is from Hanne in Germany.  She isn't really a fan of football (or soccer, as we call it here in the United States), but she thought we would enjoy this card since we love sports cards. She was right.

This last postcard is from Sigi in Germany, who reports that this house is in Garmish-Partenkirchen, home to the 1936 Winter Olympics.  The mountain in the back is Kramer.  Paintings on the house in the front are typical of Upper Bavaria.

This are all such wonderful cards!

Weekend cards

We received two new cards over the weekend, one that was sent through the Postcrossing system, the other through a direct swap through Postcrossing.

This first postcard came to us from Sina in Germany.  Sina lives close to the village of Celle, which has about 80,000 residents.  The frame houses in the large picture on the front of the card are part of what makes Celle famous.  It is also famous for the castle (lower right corner) and the hannoveraner horses (above the castle).  This card was made by Sina, who had her cards printed out.

The other card we received was through a direct swap with Lucia, a teacher staying in Cape Verde.  This island of Santo Antao ("Ponta do Sol") is a small fishing town that people from Europe like to visit, which has helped boost the economy of the island, especially for the locals, who allow tourists to sleep in their homes for reasonable prices.

We love both cards and are excited to find out what our next card(s) will be!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Another set of three

Once again, good things come in threes!  They all have something in common, as they all were all sent by Postcrossing members who shared about their pets on their cards.

This card came from Kristel in Belgium.  She is a student nurse with 2 dogs (a pug and a French bulldog).  The card has some great examples of the architecture there.

This next card came to us from Sylvia, who lives in a small village in southern Germany with her husband and their cat.  I think this card is cute, and it was fun to receive something a little different than the usual tourist cards.

This last card came to us from Maria, who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia with her husband and their cat.  The museum on the front is an example of 19th century architecture.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Adam's Lake Pub for Valentine's Dinner

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Georgia Boy took me out last night for an early Valentine's dinner, and we found a new favorite restaurant to go to whenever we have a date night away from the kids. A little more expensive and we didn't think it seemed the family type of restaurant, though we did see a few children there last night and the restaurant does have a family dining section, so we'll have to leave that decision to another visit. We left the house with the intention of going to a different restaurant, found out it was closed (not sure why), and then remembered seeing a sign for the one we ended up going to, but not really sure where it was. We did a search on Georgia Boy's phone to see if we could figure out where it was, and then followed the direction to this fabulous place well hidden from normal traffic.
With the name being Adam's Lake Pub, we weren't sure what to expect other than that it would be open year-round (according to the sign), and the name suggested it wouldn't be as kid friendly (how often do you see kids at a pub?). When we got there, though, we almost wondered if we were under-dressed in our jeans and nice shirts. The steaks we had were perfectly cooked, the fries Georgia Boy had were excellent (he said they didn't need any ketchup because they were incredibly tasty), the salad he had and the baked potato I had were both huge portions, the lobster bisque that I had was to die for (I could go and eat a huge bowl of the bisque and leave happy),  the bread with cinnamon butter was quite tasty, and the service was very friendly, even with the large crowd of people that were also there for an early Valentine. They even gave all the women roses. We didn't have reservations, so the only seats available were right by the bar unless we wanted to wait a while for a table. Not usually our choice seats, but it was actually quite enjoyable. I told Georgia Boy it kind of seemed like Cheers - everyone seemed to know each other. They took us right under their wing and the conversation flowed through the entire meal. It was the first time that we've gone out in a very long time where we splurged and still felt like the meal was more than our money's worth. I can't wait to go back when the weather is warmer so we can eat outside by the lake.
It was such a great night out with my hubby!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Sketch of Kyiv

Today we received this great postcard from Oksana in the Ukraine.  The card is a sketch of the St Volodymyz Monument in Kyiv.  What a great card!