Friday, February 27, 2009

Snow more, please!

I noticed that the last 3 posts had postcards with winter scenes. I hope you don't mind one more. It's about this time of the year that I get pretty darn sick of snow. It wouldn't be so bad if the snow would just cooperate - it should only fall in the middle of the night so that I don't have to worry about driving in it! Is that too much to ask? :D I just looked at the weather forecast, and there is a 30% chance of snow overnight, and again on Sunday. I suppose I can handle that. But after this weekend, NO MORE! It will be March and I absolutely forbid it to snow any more. Of course, the snow doesn't usually listen, because we have had snow in April and even May. But I am crossing my fingers that we get no more until December.
I promise you that the cards below will be the last winter scenes you will get out of me for a while. Of course, if you live in a place that doesn't get snow, you might like seeing them. I, however, would not argue if Spring arrived tomorrow. :)
My first selection today is from NYBound2007, who lives in Rome, New York.

USA US-172851 received 04-14-2008


Next is the castle of Turku, from Undantag in Finland.




A square postcard of the Suomenlinna Fortress in Finland, from PauliinaH. This was the 150th official postcard I received through Postcrossing.
Finland FI-375917 received 10-03-2008

Nori in Japan sent this "peaceful view with snow".





I received this card in an envelope with 11 other postcards - it was part of the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin. If you don't know what that means, I'll tell you. I sent an envelope of 12 postcards to the first person in a list of 4 people. Each person took 3 of my cards and replaced them with 3 from their country, so in the end, I got 12 different cards back. Cool, huh? This is the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. What a gorgeous building!




When I posted this last postcard on Postcrossing, it got a number of comments and it was favorited several times. I have a feeling the same thing will happen on Flickr because it is just so darn cute. It was sent by Amthezia in the Netherlands.
Netherlands NL-137928 received 02-17-2009
That's all, folks!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Amazing Race 14 - Episode 2

Ok, so I am not actually watching The Amazing Race tonight. I am watching something else on TV tonight, so I will watch TAR online tomorrow. ;) But I did look ahead at the list of countries that the race will be visiting. I had been hesitant to do that, but I decided I needed to plan ahead. I changed the title of my previous entry from Country 1 to Episode 1. The reason I did that is because in tonight's episode, the race is actually going to 2 countries, and in the future, the racers will be in the same country for several episodes in a row. The good news is that I actually have postcards from all the countries that the race is visiting. Yay! :D So, on with the cards. The Bavaria region of Germany is first place that the racers are going tonight. Hey, someplace I have actually been! I visited Germany in the summer of 1997 with the Hartland Area Community Band (from Hartland, Wisconsin.) My favorite places to visit were the castles, because we don't have many castles here in the USA. This card of a number of Bavarian castles came from Amanda from Seattle.
Germany - Castles of Bavaria
My absolute favorite castle in Germany is Neuschwanstein Castle. I wanted to move in! It is a big place - I probably wouldn't have been noticed, right? I received this winter scene of Neuschwanstein as part of a trade with Postcrossing member Terra.
I was very pleased to see that I have also visited the second location that The Amazing Race goes to tonight (on the same trip in 1997). Salzburg, Austria is just over the border from Bavaria, and was my favorite city on the entire trip. I would love to go back there again and take the Sound of Music tour. :D This is a postcard that I purchased during my visit. I think that street is absolutely gorgeous with all those wrought iron signs (or whatever they are made of).
This card was also included in the trade from Terra. Dorfganstein is in the state of Salzburg, and is a big ski area (way to state the obvious, right?)
Austria - Dorfgastein
This concludes The Amazing Race travels for this evening. As for that other show that I am watching tonight, I'm sure you have probably guessed that is the Academy Awards. Unfortunately, I do not have any postcards of the nominated films tonight, but I do have one card that shows a nominated actor, the late Heath Ledger. This was one of 4 movie cards that gizmah sent to me.
Portugal PT-52593 (Card #2)
At this point, I do not yet know if Heath Ledger won an Oscar. I hear he deserves it, but I have not seen The Dark Knight. I know, I know, but I really don't like Batman.
Ok, I am done now. Sorry for boring you with a longer post than I have been writing recently. :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Amazing Race 14 - Episode 1

I love The Amazing Race, and I was very happy that season 14 premiered on CBS tonight. I had an idea while watching it. I get postcards from many countries, so I thought it would be fun to blog a postcard from the country that the teams visit each week. If I don't have a postcard from the country that they go to (most of the countries in Africa and South America, for example), I'll settle for an interesting card from the same continent. :) Please note that there will be NO spoilers as to who came in first and who was eliminated, so if you haven't watched the episode yet, don't worry - mum's the word. Mum. Mum. Mum. (Know the movie? :D) The racers' first stop was *drumroll please* Switzerland. I actually have a postcard from Switzerland. I received this card as part of the Landscape Round Robin. When you see the card (or if you have already looked at it), you will probably find it funny that it came from a woman who goes by the screen name never_summer. I can see why she chose that name. :) That is a HEAP of snow! I gripe about the amount of snow we have gotten around here this winter, but that is just insane. I also find it amusing that the caption on the back of the card translates to "The Magic of Winter" or "The Charm of Winter", depending on which translation website I used. To me, it would be neither magical or charming if I had to live through it every winter!
Switzerland - The Magic of Winter
The previews for next week's episode mentioned the country they are headed to next. I guarantee to you I have more than a few cards from that country. ;)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day is a day for people to be with someone they love. For those of us who are single, it is just another day. Ho hum. We are constantly innudated with reminders that other people have found love. Every store has Valentine cards, gifts and candy. Many commercials on televison and the radio are for Valentine's gifts, and quite of few of them are seriously stupid. I heard a commercial on the radio earlier where a man was saying he could get everything for his wife's perfect Valentine's Day at Dominick's. Dominick's is a grocery store chain in the Chicago area. Some ad writer actually thinks that a grocery store is a good place to shop for Valentine's Day gifts? REALLY??? *shaking head* I just saw the Miller Lite commercial where the guy brings a 6 pack of beer to his girlfriend for Valentine's Day. Ok, so there are probably a few women who would like that, but I think most would probably just smack the guy on the back of the head. ;) But don't feel too bad for me - being alone isn't all bad (and I did receive a Valentine from my mommy). I don't have anyone changing the channel on me when I am watching a show. Food that I am looking forward to eating doesn't disappear out of my refrigerator. I can take up the entire bed if I want to (or at least the part that isn't occupied by my two feline friends). I never have to worry about the bathroom being in use if I have to go. And if I put something down, it will be in that same spot when I need it again (unless the aforementioned felines decide it is a toy). I know you are probably expecting a postcard that relates to what I have been talking about. Well.....you're in luck. I received this movie postcard from frigorific in Singapore as part of the Movie and Television Round Robin, which I started in order to get more movie and TV postcards. :) I have actually never heard of the movie, which you can see came out last year on Valentine's Day. Have any of you seen it?
Feast of Love
I am also including a bonus postcard today. I won't tell you who it is from. I will tell you that the only reason this person sent it to me is to see if I would put it in my blog. He actually told me that! What a jerk, huh? I was considering not posting it just to be spiteful, but I wanted everyone to know what a horrible person he is. ;D Here is the card:
Atlas Quest
P.S. Thanks, Ryan!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Your lesson for today

William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States, was born February 9, 1773. He served the shortest term of any president, just 32 days. His inauguration day, March 4, 1841, was cold and wet, and his inauguration address was the longest in history (A long-winded politician? Wow!). He didn't wear a coat or hat during the two hour speech, and then he rode in a parade through the streets of Washington, DC. He became ill with a cold, which then developed into pneumonia and pleuresy. On April 4, 1841, he became the first president to die in office.

So what is the lesson here, children? Like your mother probably told you: wear a coat when it is cold outside! ;) Here endeth the lesson.

What's that, you say? I didn't show you a postcard? Oh, alright then, if you insist. This card kinda goes along with the previous part of the post. It came from Miki370 and it shows the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. She took the picture herself. :)

USA US-244577 received 09-13-2008 PS Yes, I carved the stamp of President Harrison. :D

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Totally Random

I was trying to find a postcard that related to something going on in my life, but there is absolutely nothing going on in my life, so that didn't really work. Then I thought I could find one connected to something that happened on this date in history. Alas, I could not find one. So, I just decided to pick a random card. I like castles a lot, so here is a castle. I received this card from gwhero in the Netherlands. It shows the 14th century castle in the city of Helmond. (I tried posting a larger image, but the right side of it got cut off.) Netherlands NL-64945 received 01-12-2008 That's all, folks.

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Better Fit

As you can probably see, I have updated my blog page. The pink Blogger template I was using was nice, but it wasn't really me. I have nothing against pink. In fact, I do wear pink at least once a week. But it just didn't seem very geeky to me. And since everyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE geek, and that I love Star Trek, I thought a change was in order. So here it is. :) If it is too hard to read, please let me know. I found out today that I know how to change the template's code without messing it up. I tweaked the background picture, the column widths and a few other things. I was quite proud of myself. Despite being a major geek, I know next to nothing about writing any type of computer code. :D I just wish I could figure out how to make the pictures more opaque. In honor of the changes, I thought this was an appropriate postcard. I received it from tecu in Finland. The card has a stamp on the back (rubber stamp, not postage stamp) of a restaurant called Zetor. As tecu says, the menu is crazy: http://www.ravintolazetor.fi/sapuskat_en.html
Finland FI-351952 received 08-29-2008
P.S. Happy birthday, Dad! (Not that he reads my blog, but whatever). :)