Sunday, July 31, 2011

Warriors


I received this card of the Rōnin statues at the Sengaku-ji Temple in Japan from group 29 of the US and Around the World Traveling Envelope Round Robin.  There are graves of forty-seven Ronin at the temple, and their story is rather interesting if you want to read it.  Apparently, Universal is making of movie of the story starring Keanu Reeves for release in November, 2012.  At least we'll get to see it before the world ends in December, right?  :) 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

More Art

No cats this time...just a big sculpture that reminds me of a tire with really weird treads on it.


USA US-341067 received 02-13-2009


The sculpture is called Black Sun.  It was created out of granite by Isamu Noguchi, and it stands outside the Seattle Asian Art Museum.  I received this card from Postcrosser bassenav.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Hold Your Horses

Iceland IS-6560 received 04-13-2009

I received this card from Postcrosser koppur in Reykjavík, Iceland.  Unfortunately, somewhere in its travels, it was mangled, as you can see by the big crease down the middle.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pulchritudinous Panoramas

Malaysia - Tropical Beach


Received from Postcrosser dida for group 82 of the Other Continent Round Robin.






Not sure where I got this card.  Oops...more of my bad recordkeeping.  Anyway, this is the Cape Brett Lighthouse.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What is Art?

I'm not a big fan of art museums.  I find them quite boring.  I don't go to them, and consequently, I'm not really up on what is considered art.  So I found this postcard rather interesting.


Finland FI-466612 received 02-13-2009


Ok, so in the upper left, we have what looks like a wood carving.    I would consider that art.  Then there are the two triangular pieces.  They look more like something out of a geometry lesson to me, but I suppose they are some sort of sculptures.  Finally, we come to the three pictures of the cat.  Black cats are ART???  Whoa!  I HAVE a black cat.  I think I've been missing out on making a ton of money on pictures of him.  How much do you think I can get for this? :)



By the way, the postcard is from the Saarijärven Museum in Finland, and Postcrosser Milestiba sent the card to me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fun to Say

There are some words that are just fun to say.  The name of the location in tonight's cards is just one such word. Ashtabula.  Go ahead, say it a few times.  Fun, right?  (Please note, I am very tired right now, so I may be just a bit loopy.)


Ohio - Ashtabula Harbor, Ashtabula


This card shows: "Clockwise, left to right: Loading Coal, Ashtabula River; Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum; The Riverfront Trader (store); Bridge Street Bascule Bridge; Ashtabula Lighthouse".  I'm sure you know that this is Ohio, since the card says so, even though I failed to mention that so far.


Here is another view of that lift bridge shown above.


Ohio - Bascule Lift Bridge, Ashtabula Harbor

Both of these cards arrived in my mailbox thanks to a private swap with Postcrosser snoopy.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Self-Explanatory

Finland FI-439624 received 01-05-2009

From Postcrosser pirkkomarja in Finland.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Anonymous

Sometimes I really wish I had kept better records of my postcard swaps.  Then maybe I would know who sent tonight's cards to me.  Of course, if that person had written his/her Postcrossing name somewhere, I wouldn't have to feel bad about not writing down their name.




This is the fortress in the city of Făgăraș, Romania.  No, I have no idea how to pronounce that.






And this is Peleş Castle near Sinaia, Romania.  


Yeah, that's about all I've got tonight.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Got Milk?

If you go here, you may want some.


USA US-438278 received 07-07-2009


Both Kellogg's and Post Cereals started in Battle Creek, Michigan, although only Kellogg's is still headquartered there.  I remember going through the Kellogg's plant when I was pretty young.  At then end of the tour, we all got free boxes of cereal.  That was my first experience with Froot Loops...normally my mother didn't let me have sugared cereal.  Sadly, tours of the plant are no longer offered, and Cereal City USA, which showed how the cereal was made, closed a few years ago.


I received this card from Postcrosser Sarajay.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Map of the World

This world map looks a bit unusual.  Well, unless you are from Australia, I guess. :)


Australia AU-54474 received 10-13-2009


I'm normally not a big fan of map cards, but I really like this one from Postcrosser Myella.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Almost....

...fell asleep without posting anything again.  Ack.  I was at the museum earlier tonight, helping out with the Members' Open House, and I guess standing around for a few hours wore me out.


Anyway, in honor of today's anniversary of the first moon landing, here is a card of a couple of astronauts.




I received this card from Postcrosser iSteven as part of a lottery for round robin hosts.  The scene is actually entitled 'The Astronauts, 2004. From the Series: Dreams of Flying'.  Cute, right?  Although the one on the left might be in a bit of trouble considering he is just floating in space.  :)


By the way, last night's postcard was from Postcrosser Elefantus from Italy.  He created it using Photoshop.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Elephant in the Room

Apparently some people haven't liked some of my titles recently.  Well you know what?  Tough!  This blog isn't all about clever titles...it's about the postcards.

The Invisible Elephant

Monday, July 18, 2011

No Particular Reason

Nothing exciting going on here tonight, so I really don't have anything to talk about.  I thought I'd just pick a couple of cards that don't have anything to do with anything.



On the right is the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, and on the left is a statue of Grand Duke Gediminas.  Postcrosser Begrana sent this one to me.



This card shows scenes of Šiauliai, Lithuania, and it was sent to me by Postcrosser Tylon.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Water You Know

Water...it's one of those things that you just take for granted until you don't have any.  And right now, I don't.  If I tried to turn on the tap in the sink, absolutely nothing would happen.  "Why?", I hear you ask.  Well, I got home from doing a bit of shopping at about 6:30 this evening, and I found the hydrant in front of my building doing this:



After pondering who to call, and asking some advice on Facebook, I finally decided to call the fire department's non-emergency number, and was told that they would contact Public Works.  Apparently they did, because Public Works showed up and turned off the water, including the water to my building.  I figured that out when I went to wash my hands after changing out the litter in the cats' boxes.  GAH!  Luckily I keep a gallon of tap water in the fridge for the cats (they like cold water), so I used that to wash my hands.  Now my biggest issue is having to use the toilet.  Can't flush.  Eek!  *holdingitholdingitholdingitholding*  

Just after I typed that, I heard a lot of loud sounds coming from outside.  I went to have a look, and found that the workers were throwing stuff in the back of their truck and generally looking like they were cleaning up.  So I decided to see if perchance they had turned the water back on.  And they had!  HOORAY!  Maybe I'll throw a load of laundry in the washer...right after I go flush. :)


I thought this card was perfect for tonight's theme.  I received it from Postcrosser monsieurvalentine as part of group 9 of the Ads Card Round Robin.  I'm not sure exactly what it is an ad for though, because the caption on the back is in Danish.  :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Historic Houses

Virginia - James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg

Caption on back:
"James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
Fredericksburg, Virginia


President James Monroe's long public career began in 1786 in a building near this site. Today this museum houses a large and beautiful collection of the 5th president's personal possessions. The desk, with its secret compartments, on which he signed the Monroe Doctrine, is on display."



Virginia - Ellwood, Orange County


Caption on back:
"ELLWOOD
Located in Orange County Virginia


After Gen. Jackson's amputation, his Chaplain, B. Tucker Lacy, buried the general's arm at his summer home, Ellwood. During the 1864 Wilderness Campaign, Union General G.K. Warren made this 18th century building his headquarters."


There is also a small image of a historical marker on the back that offers additional information on the above-mentioned amputation: 

"JACKSON'S AMPUTATION
Near here stood the hospital tent to which the wounded "Stonewall" Jackson was brought during the Battle of Chancellorsville.  In that tent his left arm was amputated on May 3, 1863.  He died seven days later at Guinea."


I noticed that the one thing that it doesn't mention is that this all took place during the American Civil War, which I knew, but perhaps readers in other countries might not.


I received both of these cards as part of a private swap with Postcrosser Ribit1.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Missed Another One

No, I did NOT go to the midnight showing of Harry Potter last night.  I didn't blog because I was very, very tired and I decided that getting sleep was more important than writing some inane drivel that no one cares about.  Besides, yesterday was Bastille Day, and I had already posted a card from France on Wednesday, so I was covered.  Yesterday wasn't important for any other reason, right? :)

Speaking of Harry Potter, let's travel back in time...about 10 years.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


The kids look like such babies, don't they? :)  Wouldn't it be nice if I had a postcard of the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 for comparison?  Yes, yes it would.  But I don't.   Sorry.  I'd be willing to trade for one though, if anyone has one.  The card above is actually one of 7 different Harry Potter cards that I got at Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which was at the Museum of Science and Industry in 2009, adn all of them are available for trade.  ;)  I don't normally post cards that I've purchased, but I thought it was appropriate in this case.  I do have another card from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that I did actually receive in the mail.  And here it is.




You'll notice that I never actually said it was from the movie. :)  I received this as a swap from Postcrosser suzie in Finland.


Of course, Harry Potter isn't the only movie out this weekend.  Winnie the Pooh is also out.  While it is aimed at young children, I think I will have to see it some time (probably on DVD) because Owl is voiced by my favorite late night talk show host - Craig Ferguson. :)  I don't have a card with Owl or Craig on it, but here is a cute one of Pooh and Piglet.


Canada CA-71795 received 08-25-2009


The surface of this card has a shiny foil quality to it that doesn't show up well when it is scanned.  But trust me, it's nice. :)  Postcrosser ruthnbob from Canada sent it to me as an official Postcrossing card.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Say Cheese!

I grew up in Wisconsin, which is known as America's Dairyland.  They make a LOT of cheese in Wisconsin.  2.6 billion pounds per year, in fact, which is a quarter of the domestic cheese production in the United States.  While you may think that seems a rather odd way to start, I do have a point.  Actually, I have a confession to make.  I'm not a big fan of cheese.  Cheeseburger?  No thanks, I'll just have a hamburger.  Grilled cheese sandwich?  Yuck!  Macaroni and cheese?  Meh.  Yes, I know, I am a disappointment to my home state.  I don't even own one of those foam cheese hats that you see the fans wearing at Green Bay Packers games.  (I do, however, love the Packers).


There is actually one way I really do like cheese.  "What's that?" I hear you say.  On a postcard, of course!  And guess what?  I have one!  It's not from Wisconsin though.  But it is from a country that is known for its cheese...or should I say fromage.


France FR-52317 received 05-18-2009


I have not heard of most of these cheeses . And from the looks of them, I probably wouldn't eat them either.  But I have to say, I love the heart shapes and the cheese that looks like it grew a tree.  I received this card from Postcrosser timouni, who is from France.  The card must have come in an envelope, because there is nothing written on the back.  Printed on the card, however, was a link to a website with more of this type of postcard.  I want them all.  :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Snippets

Very sleepy.  Going to bed early.  See the pretty picture?  It's from smilee_lady1988.  In Switzerland.




Bye!

Monday, July 11, 2011

What a Crock



As you may have guessed from the windmills and the clothing that the children are wearing, this card is from the Netherlands.  More specifically, it is from Delft, which is famous for pottery known as Delftware (wow, that's original).  I received the card from Postcrosser mirsisje, who, not surprisingly, lives in Delft.


And I'd just like to apologize for the title tonight.  I tried to come up with my own pun.  I'm not sure I succeeded.  Do you get it?  Do you?  HUH?  *hanging head in shame*

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Russian to Post

I have nothing really to write about tonight.  But I was trying desperately to think of something, and therefore waited until quite late to start writing.  Hence the title.  I once again had my friend Mark (aka wassa) help me come up with a title because he is the king of puns.  He can come up with some serious groaners.  I did slightly edit his suggestion though, which was "Russian Through My Blog".


Yes, that really is the most exciting thing I have to say today.  On to the postcards, which, not surprisingly, are from Russia.






This card, which I received from Postcrosser acereta for group 106 of the Multiview Round Robin, shows the following site:
1. Varvarka Street
2. The Kremlin
3. View of the Kremlin from the hotel Balchug
4. The Kremlin: Interior of the Palace of Facets
5. The Kremlin: The Iconostas of the Verkho (Upper) Saviour Cathedral




This was an official Postcrossing card from Natalia_Solnce, and it shows:
1. The Kremlin at night
2. Red Square
3. The Iver Chapel at the Resurrection Gates
4. The Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer
5. The Kremlin at Night

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Funny Business

For once, I actually went out on a Saturday night.  Yes, I have a very pathetic life.  Anyway, I went to see @CraigyFerg's stand-up comedy.  For those of you who don't speak Twitter, that would be Craig Ferguson of The Late Late Show on CBS.  Tonight's show was at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN.  You actually have to go through the casino to get to the theater.  And guess who was carded on the way in?  Yup.  I'm 35, for Pete's sake!  I don't see it as a compliment...I find it incredibly annoying.  Just let me go in without bugging me!!

Umm....right...what was I talking about?  Ahh, yes, Craig Ferguson.  So anyway, after getting through security *grumblegrumble*, I made my way to my seat in the theater.  My seat was in the FRONT ROW.  Woo hoo!!  And wouldn't you know it?  I forgot my camera.  GAH!!!  It's just as well though - Craig paces back and forth so quickly that it's difficult to get a picture of him.  The spotlight operator even had trouble keeping up with him...a fact that Craig didn't hesitate to point out to the entire theater.  Using a number of choice expletives, no less. :)  Funny enough, the expletives aren't covered up by various countries' flags and stereotypical phrases at a live show (you'd have to watch The Late Late Show to understand that). 

And if you don't watch The Late Late Show, you may not know that while Craig is an American now, he is originally from Scotland.  You can read all about that, though, in his book "American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot".  I would highly recommend reading it.  (Yes, I'm being serious.)  Anyway, here are a couple of cards from Scotland.



Hmm, I never realized that Glasgow was so purple.




This is a monument to Flora MacDonald on the Isle of Skye.  I'll let you read about her if you'd like, because I'm rather tired at this point, and to me, the article read something like "Blah blah blah blah blah."  


I received both of these cards are part of Group 145 of the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Museum Quality

I'm afraid that watching the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis was the highlight of my day, so I don't have anything else to report.  I did, however, forget to mention that the postcard of the Space Shuttle in my earlier post was from a swap with Postcrosser Shinigami way back in 2007.  That was before I started this blog!  Yeah, so....how about some museums?


California - The Henry E. Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens, San Marino


This is the Henry E. Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.  I received it from Postcrosser swan as part of group 4 of the Museums Around the World Round Robin.  On the left is the Japanese Garden featuring a drum bridge, and on the right is the library building with a statue of Neptune.





As you can see, this is the Oakland Aviation Museum, in Oakland, California.  The card was actually created by the sender, Jassy-50, who is a volunteer at the museum.  It looks like an interesting place to volunteer, and to visit, of course. This kind of makes me want to go to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, MI.  I've never been there, but it's less than 2 hours away, so maybe I will go sometime.

End of an Era

I just watched the final launch of the Space Shuttle, and I have to admit, it brought a tear to my eye.  The Space Shuttle has been the only form of manned space flight here in the US since I was very young, and it was involved in the first big news story that I remember as a child....the Challenger disaster.  It is one of those "I remember where I was when.." moments.  I wish luck to the members of the Atlantis crew, and I hope that they get home safely.   And I look forward to seeing the next phase of space travel, whenever that may come.


Florida - Kennedy Space Center


Please stay tuned for my regularly scheduled blog post this evening.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Note to Self

Kristin - Next time you tell yourself that you are just going to "lie down for half an hour" and then get up to write your blog, remember what happened last night.  Instead of napping for half an hour, you fell asleep with all the lights, the TV and the computer still on, and didn't wake up until 5 AM.  If you keep skipping nights like that, you are never going to get through the 600+ postcards that you still have to post!  Postcards such as these, which came from group 85 of the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin:




The Colosseum, Rome, Italy






The Forum, Rome, Italy






St. Peter's Square, Rome, Italy

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fire in Finland

Admittedly, tonight's card is a little late.  It shows a Midsummer bonfire in Finland, and the Midsummer celebrations take place on the night of the summer solstice.  So I really should have posted this card on June 21. But I received the card from Postcrosser semolina in February (of 2009), so I'm posting the card closer to the date of the summer soltice than I received it.  Does that make sense?  It makes sense to me, but I am tired and am getting over being sick, so I may not be thinking entirely clearly.


Anyway, here is the card.

Finland FI-469328 received 02-09-2009

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

I am feeling somewhat better today.  At the very least, there was a significant decrease in the sneezing and coughing.  But I still didn't feel like going anywhere today, so I stayed home and watched "Top Gear" on BBC America.  All day.  Not very patriotic, I know, but I enjoyed it.  I did switch over to the Boston Pops special on CBS for the sing-a-long, but I didn't watch the whole thing because I was upset that Craig Ferguson wasn't hosting it again this year.

USA US-395005 received 04-27-2009 (Card 2)

Obviously, this is the US Capitol Building, which I thought was an appropriate place to show on Independence Day.  Mostly because I didn't have any more cards of fireworks over US cities, so I had to find something. :)  This and the next card of the Smithsonian (aka America's Attic) were both sent to me by Postcrosser AnnaRun, who generously sent me 3 cards instead of just the one required for an official Postcrossing card.  I've already posted the third card that she sent to me, which showed Civil War scenes in Virginia.

USA US-395005 received 04-27-2009 (Card 1)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sniffle Sniffle

No, I didn't forget about posting last night. I just didn't feel like doing it, mostly because I don't feel well. I have a cold. In the summer. What kind of crap is that? At least I don't have to work tomorrow. If I have to be miserable, I'd rather be able to be at home without feeling guilty about calling in sick.


This is my 250th post, and I had wanted to do something special, but I couldn't really think of anything through my stuffy haze, so I'll save that for some other time.




Unfortunately this card doesn't tell me what these locations are, so all that I can tell you is that these are scenes of Seville, Spain.  I received this card from Terra in Germany as part of a private swap.  


Ok, I'm going to go to bed now. *cough cough*  Right after I take more cough medicine.  

Friday, July 1, 2011

O Canada

It's another one of those nights where I can barely keep my eyes open, but I didn't want to fall asleep without writing anything.  So I'd just like to wish all my Canadian readers a happy Canada Day.  I'd like to, but I don't believe that I have any Canadian readers.  So I'll just wish a happy Canada Day to any Canadians who might accidentally stumble across this blog.


Canada - Aerial view of Toronto


This fantastic aerial view of Toronto was sent to me by Postcrosser sugarbooger (who has beautifully neat printing) as part of group 4 of the 'America to America' Round Robin.  I have actually been to Toronto (or "Trono" as Craig Ferguson claims that they pronouce it), but I never saw it from this angle.


You may or may not know that the title of this post is also the name of the Canadian national anthem.  Out of curiosity, I looked up the lyrics because while I know I've heard them, I haven't .  I find it interesting how very different the official English lyrics are from the translation of the official French lyrics.