Comment: Ruth, great mountain postcard. Thank you. Your Western Mass. weather has surely been the pits. I have never seen such a cold winter even in all the 65 years I lived there. Your spring is just horrible, although ours in NC hasn't been much better. It finally warmed up. We are used to going to the beach in March. Shirley
Comment: Ruth....too funny your "new to you" recipes!! I always jot down a quick recipe from off line that I want to try but never follow through so KUDOS to you that you made 3 happen all in one week..LOL Keep the adventures in the kitchen going...your new favorite is just an experiment away!!! Thanks for the "FOOD for thought" inspiration...Charlene
Comment: I had the opportunity to see some of Romare Bearden's work in person at the Atlanta High Museum once. Love him! Yes, winter certainly dragged this year! Snow! It's finally in the 70s and 80s now here!
Comment: Love the postcard and your comments on it too Ruth. Thank you very much for making me smile. Can you imagine having to launder that outfit, although I don't think they bothered too much about that in those times!!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelope, and intriguing book pages. It was interesting enough (perhaps because of Hugh Laurie's name), I did look it up on Goodreads. Love your Swap-Bot cards! Great idea.
Comment: What a superb card for the start of this alphabet swap, thank you very much Ruth. I too have seen a Warhol exhibition no wig on display though, ha ha. I do appreciate the nice selection of postage used â˜º
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcards you picked for this round! My fav was the PEI one....such a pretty place that I hope to visit one day :) Did you buy the swap cards you use online by chance because they are very cool?
Comment: Awesome cards you sent to me! The donkey one and the Manchester ones are my fav. And the SwapBot card you used is cool...did you order them special or did you get them online somewhere by chance??
Response: Glad you liked the postcards! I made the swap cards up using a photo of my mailbox, and had them printed at Vistaprint.
Comment: I loved how nice you made your pages look! I am also super excited to look more into this book as it is definitely up my alley. I am thinking about getting it to read! Thank you for swapping, love these ones! :)
Comment: Thank you for the nice poem. I love how you made the envelope! That is so cool. Iâ€™ve never seen that before. And the little swap bot business card is such a cute idea I immediately went to zazzle to order me some.
Comment: Thank you for the unfunny card. At first I didnâ€™t Get it, but after looking at it like 10 times it actually made me giggle. The storage containers hanging each had a special garment in it except for the last one that actually has Richard himself in it! Iâ€™m guessing he is dead.
Comment: Thanks for the great portrait of Einstein. I'd never seen that engraving. Love that you had the Einstein stamp to go with it. Unfortunately the #@*% USPS meanies slashed through the stamps with their vicious black marker. (one of my pet peeves.) Hadn't heard of Driving Mr. Albert, but it sounds like a book right up my alley. Heading right over to my library's website... Thanks.
Comment: What a great find at your dump! I don't think I've ever thought to go to the dump. It is crazy how much text can fit on a postcard. I almost always run out of space before I finish my thought fully.
Comment: Thank you for the unusual card. I like things that are a bit different and make me think about it. I can feel with you after your Thanksgiving dinner. Apple pie warm sounds great to me. Danke!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome reptile postcard! I have to disagree with you on snakes though - mine are adorable. ;D I have lizards, too, leopard geckos specifically. They are also adorable. So yeah, I loved this card. Thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Fra Filippi Lippi -- I remember seeing this painting in person over 10 years ago when my family drove along the coast to Dartmouth for a conference my dad attended for work -- and Jimi Hendrix postage. I would love to revisit D.C. soon! Aww, sometimes rest is what we need :) The past weekend was jam-packed with retrieving my cat (mistakenly turned in! ugh... I was so upset because she already had a collar and chip and was recently spayed), cooking all Saturday morning for a May Crowning celebration (it was worth it in the end ;), teaching Zumba in heels at the party, and hanging out with friends before seeing The 1975 on Sunday evening (also worth it); I am still exhausted! Is the Scrabble Tournament an app/site or something in which you have to enroll beforehand? One of my favorite toys was the travel Scrabble whose tiles clicked in place :) Happy Tuesday!
Comment: Thank you for your card that arrived today, & thanks also for checking my profile. I've been away for the weekend & I visited a natural history museum that had plenty of replica dinosaurs. It was very good, but unfortunately it didn't sell PCs.
Comment: Wow! What a fun bunch of postcards! All are new to me and just fabulous. My absolute favorite is the one picturing the "terrorist" . . . "Have you seen your kitty? He's mine now . . I love him" SO FUNNY! Thank you for choosing so thoughtfully.
Comment: You are right! It is horribly boring! haha
Thanks for the pc! We had nice weather the last two days, but it is in the 60s now and raining, so no book reading outside today! Hope your spring comes soon!
Comment: Ah yes, thanks for the "lovely" postcard--did someone think it was going to be a best seller? Your story was even better--it would put me off pie for a long time.
Comment: Ruth, thank you for this card. The card is lovely and f course matches the poem perfectly. But in the poem (and the poet) you have given me a gift of hours of pleasurable discovery. A precious gift. Thank you.
Comment: Ooh, I LOVE this card! I have always wanted to try "IT" out in nature but I'm afraid of being caught and going to jail, so I have not done it... maybe when I'm 80 years old I will since I won't really give a darn at that point! Thank you for sending this card, it's perfect!
Comment: Thanks for the card from the Louvre. I went there when I was 9 on a trip to Paris while my father was stationed with the Army in Germany, but I really don't remember much. (Wonder why?) Anyway, it did bring back memories of that trip -- and I do remember the Eiffel Tower -- so it was a double pleasure. Happy swapping!
Comment: Hi Ruth! Thanks so much for the lovely Cape Code National Seashore pc! I love the beach but it is a bummer if the water is too cold to get into!! We went to Indiana Dunes last year which is on Lake Michigan - brrr! You are right bring on the hotel pool if all else fails! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks for the great PC - I love this painting. I'm getting stir crazy from the snow, too. I've downloaded Criminal - need to listen to it - but hadn't heard of Futility Closet before. I'll check it out.
Comment: Your postcard has arrived. Great card. You sure you don't want some of my snow? We are up to 4 feet in the last 3 storms. Still not as bad as Boston's 6 feet or Worcester's 7 feet! I am ready for spring.
Response: Me too but it looks like we're headed for the deep freeze. Stay warm and toasty!
Comment: Thank you for the cards. I, too, was shocked to see a MO Conservation mag. as an envie..You did a great job creating!! I guess that your friend told you that it is free from our local center...Hope that you have visited the Ozarks and seen the Conservation Center!!
Comment: Hi Ruth, OMG, I LOVE THIS CARD. I work for the Centers for Disease Control in the STD/HIV Division so I will share this one with everyone. Where did you get it??? It's great and I'm always looking for cards like this. Thanks so much, Jane
Response: That was a Zazzle creation. I believe all those old WPA posters are in the public domain. You can download the images from the Library of Congress site and use them how you will.
Comment: Thank you so very much for the super rad postcard! Always cool to see a familiar name. The town that I live in has a very small airport. There are year round flights to LAX on a 78 seat plane. It is very windy here. I don't think you would like it. Keep up the awesome!
Comment: It is so cool you sent me this card! I sent the same card to someone in a swap a while back. I like to wonder what the people in the painting may be thinking. this lady, is maybe thinking, "I should go somewhere more lively." Have a nice Thanksgiving.
Comment: Thanks for sending my card, and also, thanks for joining my swap! ;-)
Response: Thanks for sending my PC back! Very cool that you've visited the area too. I don't remember anything about the actual eruption, but I do recall being fascinated by a book about it that must have come out pretty soon after the event.
Comment: Thanks for the great card! I liked your haiku, too - and I'm glad you picked "confusion" instead of "annoyance," because I think the postmen enjoy delivering something other than bills all the time. :) Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thanks for the great selection of postcards!! Your use of "zzz" for 'z' made me laugh (I've never been there so I can't say whether or not I agree, but it's a nice card! :>). Love the map cards, the vintage Newport and trolley, the sunflowers, and lots of others that you included -- all of the cards are interesting -- thank you again! :-)
Response: Only later did I realize I had a zebu card! Glad you got some good ones.
Comment: LOVE this recipe postcard in French! Now if I could only remember it from high school, I'd be all setâ€¦LOL! Some of my favorite soups are seafood soupsâ€¦ clam chowder, shrimp, lobster or crab bisqueâ€¦ YUM! Thanks so much for this terrific postcard.
Comment: I really loved the PC. Sorry is one of those words that I constantly struggle with. I will keep this in a prominent spot to remind me. Thank you so very much and so glad to get mail with the Ray stamp!! Send so many of those out! Have fun at the Cape and I am sure you will find some awesome pc's!
Comment: Thanks for the card. I think the woman is either thinking "lucky me" or she's one of those folks who knit loincloths for public statues and she's wondering how much yarn she's going to need.
Comment: I'm sorry that you so strongly disliked one of your reads for the month. I hate it when I read something that I end up not liking, it always makes it hard to move on from that. I do wish I was a poems person, Killer Verse sounds right up my alley! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for this fantastic postcard! Richard Trevithick sounds as if he was a real character-- did you know that one of his inventions was called "The Puffing Devil"? You've definitely inspired me to read more about him. :) Hope to see you in future swaps! xo
Response: His life would make a great movie - he had so many ups/downs, close calls, altercations, and adventures. Richard Trevithick: Giant of Steam by Anthony Burton is a good book about him.
Comment: Where in the world did you get that envelope??? It is so cool, and I've NEVER seen anything like it before. And I got the biggest kick out of your note! Thanks for being honest. You are too funny!
Response: Had an old calendar of sideshow posters that I used to make envelopes out of. Glad you liked it!
Comment: Thank you for your hearts-postcard. In my country Valentine's day is not as big as in the US. My hubby and I don't do Valentine. But February 23, 1979 was the first time that we kissed, and on that day he always surprises me. Sometimes with a self written poem, or a present (book or jewelery), sometimes with music. I am a lucky girl!
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard you made for me. The photo is wonderful and I was surprised that it was taken recently. It has a perfect vintage look. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the story online now that you have piqued my curiosity. It sounds simply gruesome. Thanks for the lovely note. I love the feel of that handmade paper. I also smiled at the Harry Potter stamps and the handmade envelope. A very nice swap!
Response: Thanks for the comment! I got the paper from an Etsy seller. I'd like to try making my own, but don't want to sacrifice a blender.
Comment: it was nice to hear about the other sheffield you know about. it's sad it has gone now and is just a dollar store... it just shows you how the world is "progressing"... :( thank you again. i also really appreciate that you sent me a postcard impressionism theme, i'm pretty sure you must have read my profile about art i love. so, heart for you. cheers!x
Comment: thanks for this fun PC- BTW I do print my own art at Zazzle and you develop your pictures knowing that others can print it out without you receiving credits for it. I don't mind sharing my art...
Comment: Hello Ruth! Not seen this female portrait by Cranach before. Yes, that is a most unusual hat! Reminds me of style of hat found of Star Fleet Ships from "Star Trek the Next Generation" in the lounge - bar deck. Imagine a hat like this one with holographic planets, comets, stars whizzing around on top. Fun! You brightened my day with this PC. Thanks!
Comment: Your skies are gorgeous! The best I could get here lately was a bunch of grey skies - never occurred to me to look in photos I'd taken previously! I also wish I had instagrams capabilities - I think that really enhances photos (and reminds me of the vintage/mid-century photos I love so much!). Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card! Seattle usually only gets snow once or twice a year and it rarely sticks, so I'm jealous looking at all that lovely fresh snow. Hope you're keeping warm in this storm!
Comment: Not boring, merely challenging! Think of it as one of the New Yorker magazine cartoons where the contest is to come up with a caption. Perhaps "In case of a sudden depressurization of the cabin, oxygen masks will deploy from the overhead to muffle your screams."
Comment: Hi Ruth, thanks for The Pipe postcard.. I automatically put it up to my face & took a big sniff... nope, not the same brand my husband used to smoke! But still, it reminds me of him. (smiling)
Comment: What an amazing postcard! I actually had a moment of amazed/ confused/ curious/ breathless wonderment when I pulled it from my postbox this morning. :) Thank you so much for sending it my way.
Comment: Thank you for the interesting card. Too bad that the musuem will be closing. Thank you also for using the Bicentennial era Kansas stamp. I remember our 4th of July parade in 1976. We rode on the float for out daughters 4H troop. So much fun helping make it then winning a prize for our catigory.
Response: Glad the stamp brought back some good memories. I got a bunch of these state flag stamps and have been trying to send them to people who live in those states.
Comment: That's definitely a skunk! ;o) They're actually very docile, and only spray when it's really necessary, as they can only spray 8 times in their life. They like to hibernate under my front porch. Adorable card - thank you so much! :oP
Comment: I love each and every PC you sent! Thanks so much for the extra ones too! You will not believe it, but I just sent the same (rounded corners and everything) church PC out! What are the chances of that?? Where did you find your raven stamp? I love it! Thanks for the other cool stamps too. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: That's funny! The raven stamp was from Michael's, in the dollar bins.
Comment: Hi Ruth!
Thank you for the lovely selection of postcards for this swap. I adore the 2 black and white cards you sent, but my absolute favorite is the sender's choice--"Flight of the Peace Frog." I had never seen it before. It was such a pleasure to open--many thanks!
Comment: Thank you very much for the great PC! I actually tend to enjoy the activities for children, so I think I will love the place. Yes, there are so many great museums in Philly! I used to have a membership at the Art Museum, and I still haven't seen everything there, not to even mention all other cool/ fun/ weird museums in the area!
Comment: St. George, Utah has a dinosaur track site that we enjoyed visiting. My sis and I took a trip and we visited Dinosaur National Monument near Vernal, Utah which is fantastic! A partially excavated hillside is enclosed where there are hundreds of dinosaur bones displayed right in the "wall". In their natural setting. So amazing!!
Response: Very cool! I remember sending away to Vernal for a dinosaur hunting license as a youngster.
Comment: Thanks for BOTH postcards! Great photos! As you guessed, I was a little "creeped out" by the slugs. :-) My son loves them though and he's claimed them for his collection! I just captured a spiderweb photo similar to the one you sent a little more than a week ago! I've already posted them on my blog. If you'd like to check out the post: chandralynn.wordpress.com. Thanks for joining in the fun (and so sorry you had such a weird experience with Zazzle!).
Response: Thanks! Very glad to hear the slugs found a home with your son. I love your blog and just added it to my reader in the snail mail category. It's fun to see what other people are sending and receiving.
Comment: I loved your postcards!! The slugs were awesome (seriously!) as were the captions for them (giggles ensued!) and the spiderweb one was all the more impressive because of the barb wire. Nicely done. :-)
Comment: Thanks for the great pc of the Ghanian barbershop. Love it. Nice artistamp too! My grandfather had a dairy farm in central Mass (Barre). I spent idyllic summers there as a child & built a little summer house there in my 30's. Lost it when he died but have wonderful memories.
Comment: Sweet stamps and chicken stickers on the outside of the envie on this swap. I love the Audubon Bird Seals book. A very nice idea. Thank you so much for sharing with me in this swap. Sunday blessings, ellie :-)
Comment: Awesome ENVELOPE, awesome NOTE (I love your handwriting!), and your pics look like a storybook cemetery! Now I kinda want to visit it and see the headstones that list the cause of death. Thanks so much!
Response: I think that is the first time anyone has ever made a positive comment on my handwriting! Glad you enjoyed it.
Comment: You have solved a mystery for me! Several months ago, I was talking to someone who recommended this book to me, but she couldn't remember the title or author, just what the book was about. She described the cover of the book and I tried to search for it online, but had no luck. From her description, this has to be the book! Thank you for the postcard, and for solving this puzzle for me. :)
Response: I love coincidences like this! Always happy to help solve a mystery.
Comment: I love the Impressionism postcard! I have not read any of the books you mention. I might look into them. They sound interesting! Including the Secret World of Slugs and Snails. That could be a very interesting read.
Comment: What a lovely photo! Reminds me of the early color photos we took in the 1950s and 1960s. I have to admit, this is the first instagram photo I've ever seen (I am so behind the times, but in some ways, I love it that way!). Thanks for sending it and sharing your world!
Comment: DING...DING...DING...DING..DING!!! Oh that's the Weird-o-Meter ;-) Score!! And that's because this guy apparently was a famous Footballer from 1877-1921 and that thing on his head was a helmet! Yikes! ;-) Great card...thanks! ;=)
Response: So that's his story! I never thought to look him up to see what he was all about.
Comment: Thank you for the card! :) Yes, we have 13 weeks old corgi puppy named Dali, and also two cats. I'm more of a cat person and I'm really picky when it comes to dogs, but corgis were still able to melt my heart ;)
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your letter and I hope you were able to get some things off your chest with it! It was an honest introduction and I appreciate getting to know a bit about the real you!! Thank you and happy swapping!
Comment: What a rhinolovely PC -- thanks! I am waiting for the rhinos to be let out again at the zoo -- Wisconsin probably isn't the best place to be a rhino! Glad to know that I won't feel 40 and decrepit all alone :)
Comment: OMG!!!! The Manatee postcard is the cutest!! :3 I wanna hug it even though it's just a postcard. lol Thank you! Orange used to be my favorite color. I like summer too, but I can't stand the heat. Chicken sticker. <3
Thanks again! :)
Comment: Thank you for the interesting picture. :) I am so glad I don't have a barn. My husband would fill it right up. I noticed what looks like a livestock number tag in the middle of all that stuff. You didn't lose a cow did you? LOL
Response: Yeah, barns tend to fill up. Sort of defeats the purpose!
Comment: what fun to receive your swap! loved the air mail postman! where did you ever find him?? and who couldn't use more postage stamps and air mail stickers! great swap!!
Response: Not sure, but I think that stamp came from a mail-order store called Good Impressions in Shirley WV. They had great stamps! I can't find anything online about the so I wonder if they're still in business.
Comment: Great swap and really like what you made... Nice calendars you have the envelopes turned out so nice ! Especially like the big one you mailed the khalo! Did you stamp the mustaches because of that? Love it and thank you
Response: No, that was a coincidence! I got the stamp and the stickers separately and I couldn't wait to use them.
Comment: Thank You so much, you are my first partner in swaps on this site, I so appreciate all the goodies you sent me, especially the magazine, which i will read cover to cover. Thanks again my Massachusetts Buddy
Comment: Hi! Thanks so much for the fun pc! I would love to have some of those to send! LOL! Also thanks for the wonderful list - I have not read any of these books, so will have to give them a try! Hugs, Happy Reading and Swapping! ;)