Friday, April 24, 2020

This and That

After weeks of little traffic, things are picking up, which is a little worrisome.  We went to pick up some groceries; it didn't take long before they were brought out and put in the trunk.  I like the convenience of ordering online and picking up what we need, saves time and exposure.  Plenty of fresh vegetables was the big hit.  :)

Perennials are coming back, slowly.  Most of the garden looks pretty bare.  Except for weeds, which I work on a little each day.

Incoming Mail

This beautiful postcard from Patty & Dave


I still have some letters to answer, but I'm catching up.

The Post Office is an essential service.     

And from another source:
"...when the electricity goes out, the cell tower is down or the internet isn’t working (all of which could easily happen during a natural disaster or enemy attack), the Postal Service and its employees are the nation’s vital link, as befits a publicly held resource. One emergency plan not (yet) in use is to have postal workers quickly deliver to each American an antidote like Cipro in the event of a wide-scale biological attack. Who else would be able to do that? As a recent Wired article notes, the plan could quickly and easily be retooled for a pandemic.
The agency plays an essential role in urban and suburban areas, where postal workers are the ones who bring many of those Amazon packages to the front door. And in rural and hard-to-reach areas, postal workers are the only ones who provide regular delivery service because there’s not enough money in it for private courier businesses. Postal delivery is the only way many Americans can get their essential medications or pension checks — and yes, ballots...." Source

Contact your elected representatives, buy some stamps, write some letters, send some postcards.  Write me, I'll write back!  Some places asking for mail for those in hospitals or nursing homes:   

Cheer Cards to Kids in Hospital

Brightview Arlington Senior Living Center

This Massachusetts center for seniors and memory care has 100 residents and would love any kind of card or drawing — "Any kind of message that will brighten their day," said a Brightview representative. Send envelopes to Paula Feldman, Vibrant Living Director, at 1 Symmes Road, Arlington, Massachusetts, 02474.

The Jewish Pavilion of Central Florida

This organization provides community connection to elder care residents of all faiths and religious beliefs. They are seeking Easter, Passover, or general "Thinking of You" cards for their residents as well as any kind of general letter, drawing, or even craft project like blankets or pillows, which they will distribute to their residents in the Central Florida community. Send to The Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 131 Altamonte Springs, Florida, 32714.

Country Meadows Senior Care of Bethlehem

The senior living and retirement community would like letters for their residents, who cannot have visitors at this time. Send to Country Meadows of Bethlehem, Attention: Lynn Somers, 4011 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18020.

Home Again Assisted Living Facility

"Shower our residents with love!" wrote the Home Again Assisted Living Facility on their website. They are asking for cards, drawings, or inspirational sayings for residents and ask letter writers to sign their first names and where they are from "to show how far love can travel." Send cards to Shyla Reigstad: Cards for Residents at one of these addresses: 308 England Street, Cambridge, Wisconsin, 53523; 110 Stuart Street, Columbus, Wisconsin, 53925; or 1120 Connery Cove, Waunakee, Wisconsin, 53597.

Heartis Senior Living (Clear Lake)

The center is looking for "pen pals" for their residents. Send cards and letters to Heartis Clear Lake, 14520 Highway 3, Webster, Texas, 77598.

I'll be sending postcards to some of these when I'm caught up.

Hope you are all doing well and keeping safe!  


  1. Wow-what a great service you have done to provide those addresses. I like the black envelpoes-very striking with your art. Your garden looks so lush and green!

    1. I've been surprised at how many nursing homes and hospitals have requested mail, but when not even loved ones can visit, I guess mail becomes an event. We've had so much rain this spring, but it is still early, and I'm eager for the garden to perk up. :)

  2. It's good to see your garden growing!

    1. The garden is beginning to look alive, but still has a long way to go. I enjoy watching the changes and the seeds coming up--I should have plenty of my favorite cosmos in a month or so. :)

  3. Love your mail art and I know your friends will love it. I owe you a letter! Thank you again for the links of where to send mail. I'm planning to work on some cards this weekend so I can send out!

    1. It feels good to get back to snail mailing after a hiatus. :) Thank goodness for our trusty mail carriers delivering stimulus checks, packages, and personal mail each day!

  4. Jen, your garden must be a paradise to view! Your letters/envelopes are always inspiring. Thanks for addresses of places asking for mail for their lonely residents. My own mother is in a facility so I send mail to her every few days in hopes of breaking up her boring days.

    1. I know your mother must look forward to your letters, Annie! She probably shares them with other residents to brighten their day as well. As much as I love receiving letters, for some one isolated (even without the pandemic problems) it would be a welcome respite from the day-to-day to have a cheerful personal letter arrive!

  5. I'd forgotten about this blog and am glad you mentioned it on your other one. Your garden is beautiful! I'm going to write some letters tomorrow and get them in the mail on Monday. Gotta support the USPS!

    1. Yay for writing letters! I've been setting aside a little time to get caught up on my letter-writing each day. Thanks for visiting, Les!

  6. I like the idea of sending a few cards out to nursing homes. I've thought about how lonely the residents must be. They can't even meet friends in common areas for now and meals are brought to their rooms.
    The little creature on the last one is hilarious. Good job drawing him!

    1. Honestly, I can't imagine how much harder it must be for residents of nursing homes. Isolation at home is hard enough for most people, but confined to a room?

      Hope you and your family are doing well, Mary!


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