Photos from Rita

I received another letter from my pen pal in the Netherlands, Rita! In my last letter to her, I sent a few photos of me, my husband, and Carley the pug. She appreciated the photos and sent a few of her own with her letter!

The photos shows Rita and her boyfriend, a sunset view from their rental home, and the rental home itself. The stationery she used was also festive! I loved the rental home! It’s so colorful! My house is just a boring gray color.

We both expressed how neat it is to be able to see who we are writing with. Although the mystery of pen-friendship is nice, it’s also neat to be able to visualize who you are writing with.

She wrote about her successful job interview she recently had. I am so happy she got her job at the day care center! She also told me about her mom’s birthday and how they want to see a musical as well as went shopping.

She talked a little about the World Cup. The Netherlands is kicking butt and USA is not. When I wrote her back, I said that maybe by some miracle our countries would play each other, but that is doubtful.

She finished her letter expressing her hopes to pass her driver’s test. I asked her when folks get their licenses over there because here it’s 16. It seems that one must be 19 years old to drive if I am understanding correctly. I’ll find out for sure when Rita writes me back though! She must have just waited a little longer to get her license. I have friends who did the same here, but I got mine right away!

Looking forward to more letters with Rita!

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I Love Dogs!

I enjoy animal postcards, as I have stated in my Postcrossing profile. So it’s a treat when I get postcards that do have animals on them. I have collected a few postcards with dogs and I would like to share them with you!

First is this lovely one from Magdalene in Poland.

I received this postcard from a Tag on Postcrossing. It was “I Spy” and I said that I spy a dog. So I guess I really was asking for this one! Magdalene mentioned in her message that her favorite animal is the bunny. They are cute, too!

The next doggie postcard is from Marjorie in France.

I have a pug, so I love the smooshy faced dogs and this Frenchie is adorable! Plus I love the irony that the French bulldog postcard came from France! Marjorie said she picked this postcard because she thought it looked like mine. I had a photo of Carley in my profile picture. Here’s a photo of Carley so you can be the judge:

Next up is this cutie on a postcard from Vera in the Netherlands.

What a cute little puppy!!! I probably would never own a dog like this, but I can’t deny the utter adorableness of it!

And the final dog postcard that I’ve received so far is my favorite so far (for obvious reasons!). It was a special request from Beckie in the UK.

IT’S A PUG! I adore pugs after we rescued our own pug a few years back. The smooshy face combined with the slouchy hat is to die for! And our dog Carley sits like this all the time! Ah, I melted when I got this even though I requested it and I melt every time I see it!


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From Kevin in China

I recently received a postcard from Kevin in China. I don’t really like the postcard itself as much as others I have received, but it’s the accompanying message that made me want to write about this particular card.

The back of the postcard says that this is the Old House and Trees in the evening glow of winter in Baitasi, Xicheng District. But Kevin wrote,

Hi, this is greeting from Beijing. We’ve got very bad air quality here. It is really hard to see a blue sky. Hope that it could be solved soon.

This tugged at my heart. How much we take for granted! I never even think twice when I walk outside and take a deep breath of fresh air while looking at a beautiful sky. But in Beijing, there is so much pollution, that a blue sky would be a treat. Well, Kevin, I also hope that blue skies and fresh air come your way very soon!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

To Matthias in Germany

Matthias didn’t really have a preference as to what postcard he wanted to receive. He was open to anything from nature and famous landmarks to erotica and religious content. I had a very open field to make my choice! In the end I chose a postcard showing a wonderful land effigy in Ohio.

Serpent Mound is located in Adams County, Ohio. The back of this postcard reads, “Administered by the OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY; Considered the finest effigy mound in North America and the largest in the world. Research suggests that it was built by the prehistoric Fort Ancient Indians around 1000 A.D.” According to the Huffington Post, Serpent Mound is the most spiritual place in Ohio.


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

From Yvonne in Germany

My gosh, I am such a Whovian! While Ten is my favorite Doctor, I was really happy to receive this postcard of Eleven and Amy!

I have seen the Postcards from Time and Space for sale, but this was the first time I had received one myself. Yvonne wrote that she liked Doctor Who, but she really loved Star Trek. I’m not a Star Trek fan, but I can appreciate the genre!


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To Zoya in Russia

I recently sent off this neat postcard to Zoya in Russia. She said she liked black and white photos of people as well as weird people, so I thought this might be a fun combination of the two thoughts!

The back of the postcard reads, “Arabian Acrobats on Roof of Hammerstein’s Victoria New York City, 1901-1902.” It’s one of the postcards we got from Pomegranate. I really like the Pomegranate postcards! We bought a random bundle of 100 when they were having a sale and we really love them. There’s art, photographs, cartoons, drawings, and more unique cards. Sometimes they are the perfect postcard for someone!

UPDATE [July 11, 2014]: Zoya has received this postcard and had this to say, “Thanks a lot for amazing postcard and beautiful stamps!!!” I’m glad she liked it after all!


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From Rachel in Taiwan

I got this card from a Tag on Postcrossing. It came from Taiwan and was sent to me because I had added it to my favorites on my profile. To be honest, I had forgotten it was in my favorites, but as soon as I looked at this postcard, I remembered why!

It is beautiful! Rachel wrote on the back, “It shows a lovely harbour township which is very close to my home.” It must be showing a festival or similar because there are a lot of people and fireworks going off in the background. It looks like a really neat time! Thanks Rachel!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.