Saturday, September 19, 2020

September 19

We will miss this remarkable woman.

First Spider Lily

Mother was born on Sept. 19, 1925 
Jo Eleanor Sledge McDowell
9.19.25 - 12.16.2005
I miss her and rarely does a day go by that I don't think of her.
I wish I'd asked her more questions about when she was young
and even about when my brothers and I were young.

Incoming Mail

from Jacque

                                                                      from Annie (Scribbling Glue)

Outgoing Mail
Scanned this one before I wrote Iliana's name and address.

New addresses for Erin, Mila, and Max

in Centennial, CO

They stopped by Wednesday--on their way to their new home.

I'm excited for them on their new adventure, 

but they are SO far away now.

to Mila 

to Max

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Oct. 1 is World Postcard Day. The link gives examples of ways to celebrate--people to write, lesson plans for teachers, an official postcard you can print, suggestions for libraries and museums.
Incoming Mail

From Iliana
Love the collage and the stamps!

Outgoing Mail

to Hester

After reading that Annie (Freezeframe) is already making Halloween postcards, I realized how lost in time I am.  Days, weeks, months simply move on leaving me surprised that a week has passed, even an entire season passes with little difference and few markers.  This is a symptom of lockdown, I suppose.  Not that I was ever quite in tune with time passing.  

Anyway, I've been reminded--it is time to think about Halloween envelopes and postcards.  Oooh, I can find my Halloween stamps and play with them.  That makes me happy.

Window Swap  -- this is so cool!  

I'm unwillingly being converted to the new blogger platform.  Good bye, Legacy with your ease and efficiency.  Hello, Hard Times Ahead as I learn to navigate this new platform that I've seen so many complaints and confusion about.

Monday, September 07, 2020

Monday, Monday

  We  had some rain last week and the promise of cooler temperatures--yes, 93 degrees is cooler.   I've been reading,  playing upstairs making postcards, and doing a little embroidery while watching New Tricks on Hulu.

I had to get some more lab work done since my thyroid has been up and down since May--high, low, high.  New prescription each month.  While there I decided to go ahead and get my flu shot.  Another thing off the list. 

Months after filling the trunk of my car with things for Goodwill, I finally made that trip!  Now, I can put my groceries in the trunk again.  :)

Erin and the kids are going to be moving to Colorado this month.  Her new job will be with a firm specializing in family law.  I'm so happy for her...and not so happy for me.  That's so much farther away than Baton Rouge.  

Last Week's Outgoing Mail

to Hannah

to Max (Ha!  this one was supposed to go to Mila, but I wasn't paying attention)

to Mila (This is the one that should have gone to Max!)

to B.E. 

Letters from Lockdown  -- these charming illustrated letters are from artists and illustrators.   Just one example:

Now there is a contest for children to send letters about their lockdown experiences.  

Books/Reading--finished Intasar Khanani's The Theft of Sunlight yesterday, and it was as delightful as each and every one of her books have been.  This one is set in the world of Thorn, which is a retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale.  Rae, another one of Khanani's strong female protagonists, has a club foot, but is determined to do her best in her pursuit of whoever is stealing children and selling them into slavery.  Khanani knows how to build a story and how to develop characters who have strength and resiliency.  Rae, despite her handicap, repeatedly places herself in danger to protect Princess Alyrra and to discover how the Snatchers are stealing the children and who is behind the organization.  I have only one complaint--now I must wait for the second book in this duology.  The Theft of Sunlight is a YA book, but it is one of those wonderful examples of an excellent story being enchanting  for any age.  


Monday, August 31, 2020

The Eve of September

It is difficult to believe that the Summer of 2020 is 
edging into the Fall of 2020 and we have been in such a state of
uncertainty since the Spring of 2020.
I can imagine that we will be referring to 2020 in these terms
for years to come.

Time for the morning cup of coffee.

--  Fee brought Belle, his office cat home for a visit during Laura; she is still here because the power is still off at his office.  Bell is a tabby like Edgrr, but her face is sweeter, more feminine, and her fur is soooo soft.  At a distance, you see the similarities, up close the differences are more apparent.  She's a girly girl and Edgrr is macho fella.  

--I'm still celebrating Women's Suffrage.  A  toast to those women who endured all of the terrible opposition and gained the vote for women!   

--I found this amusing:  Lizards will hold anything you give them.  This example suits the desire for coffee or tea first thing in the morning.

Reading:  I went through the first four books in Dana Stabenow's  Kate Shugak series this summer and enjoyed every one of them.  

Mail:  Not much last week, in or out.  

But my new stamps arrived :)

Friday, August 28, 2020

Post Laura

Laura was a monster storm.  Lake Charles and surrounding areas were devastated.  Here in our little northwest corner of the state, we were lucky that Laura veered a little to the east instead of directly over Shreveport/Bossier.  Although Laura weakened before she got up this far, she was still classified as a hurricane and some suffered significant damage.  I don't think we've ever had a hurricane still in force by the time it reached this far inland.  

State wide damage is awful.  The storm was so large it covered the entire state--an even larger storm than Katrina.  Although the storm surge and rain were not as bad as predicted, when you lose your home and employment as so many did, the effects are beyond words.

So thankful that friends and family have all come through this and that evacuations saved so many lives.  Prayers for those who suffered the worst.  Could hardly have been a worse time for such a disaster than in the middle of a pandemic and economic crisis.

Thanks to all who called, texted, commented!  We are just fine and feel very lucky.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2020


 Garden and Bumbling--well, following the bumble bees.

 This one flew before I snapped the pic, but
I like the shadow of the Lantana bloom.

Battening down the hatches in Louisiana and Texas as Laura approaches.  Scary stuff.  

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Cat in the Lap and I Published Before I Planned--Bad Edgrrr!


daylilies blooming again :)

Obedient Plant 
What a misnomer!

Outgoing Mail

to Carla

Incoming Mail

Art Deco/Nouveau postcard from Hester!

Another favorite from Mouses Houses,
Your friendly moleman.
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Monday, August 17, 2020


Incoming Mail

from Bryce Eleanor!



the cool stamps from The Perforated Post Arrived!

 the new faux postage was wrapped in this
and now I want the "Thank You for HealthCare Heroes," too!
my new Cinderella stamps/faux postage

and a couple of freebies, too!

I don't care which party you belong to, the USPS is important to all Americans.  It is not a profit-making organization; it is a public service.  No other company or corporation is forced to set aside money for employees who haven't even been born yet.   

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Featured snippet from the web

In 2006, Congress passed a law to require the USPS to prefund 75 years worth of retiree health benefits in the span of ten years—a cost of approximately $110 billion. Although the money is intended to be set aside for future Post Office retirees, the funds are instead being diverted to help pay down the national debt.Feb 5, 202
 Yes, I think the slow down by Postmaster General De Joyce is an attempt prevent people from voting--especially those of us who are over 60 and everyone who is nervous about standing in line during a pandemic.  But the USPS is responsible for so much more than voting by mail:  medications, tax refunds, business advertisements, packages, military voting, holiday cards, magazines, and (my favorite) personal mail.  The USPS actively recruits veterans and disabled veterans.

100,000 Military members
The United States Postal Service® has a long history of providing career opportunities to veterans, reservists, and their family members. In fact, we currently employ nearly 100,000 Military members and Veterans in our organization.

 The USPS actively recruits veterans and disabled veterans.

Outgoing Mail Today

See the faux postage right in the middle of Annie's letter?
A freebie from The Perforated Post :)

Yesterday, our AC went on the blink.  The heat index for our area was 113 degrees on my app.  Heavens to Betsy, it was hot and humid!  Inside the house, it was miserable.  Someone came out to check and was supposed to be back here at 8:30 AM.  Still not here and it is 1:30 PM.  They had to get a new motor from somewhere.  The high today is only supposed to be 94 and not as humid, but it is 85 in the house, and I am going back out back with the super cooler fan!

They didn't get here until about 4 PM; but things are much better.  Whew!