sat 4 mar 2017... The Piper at the Gates of Dawn|
My partner and I have adopted Piper the guinea pig!
at the Gates of Dawn"
is my favorite chapter in The Wind in the Willows and
I love the name Piper. I think she is named appropriately:
her webpage at the humane society mentioned that she's talkative,
and loves to sing!
Piper is about 6 months old. Her intake papers make me sad.
This is the paperwork filed out by the previous "caretaker"
who surrendered her to the humane society. They list her
name as Brown.
Sighs, that's not a name. That's not even a description,
since she's yellow and white.
And "How often is your pet handled?" Not Multiple times per day,
and Not Daily... but weekly. Which probably means less.
Sad, because she is very friendly. Definitely not
"shy" or "timid", which is almost a joke.
And her "Problem Behaviors" are "Chewing" and "Escape Artist"...
*giggles* I wonder if they kept her in a cardboard box!!!
(In case you don't know, guinea pigs and all rodents are
SUPPOSED to chew! Their teeth grow continually and they
have to chew hard things like wood to wear them down.
Trimming their teeth is a routine procedure at your veterinary
Here's Piper at home, accessing the escape possibilities. ;)
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:30:48 PDT|
Today's outgoing mail included a postcard protest directed
at the Department of Education.
I'm looking forward to the big postcard protest of the
15th of March...
The Ides Of...
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:04:38 PDT|
sat 25 feb 2017... mail|
I guess I forgot to post anything here, last weekend...
Yeah, that uploading a photo every day is going Great, isn't it??!
So this week, I've been working on the february postcards
for the postcard group I host. I like to send a postcard
to everyone who participates. It was a fun and joyful thing
to do when the group was small. Last year, the monthly
exchanges hit 50 and 60 participants, which was more difficult:
I would spend hours every evening for most of two weeks writing
postcards. I enjoyed it, but it was taking over my life!
This year, the group is up over 70 players every month.
I've simplified my process by typing my message on the
postcards instead of writing. It has helped immensely.
It's not as personal, but I can type a lot more since I
can reduce the font size. And of course, things go much
more quickly now. We are back to having fun and joy again!
Here's a pic of my work space as I'm cutting up the 2nd
half of the postcards...
As I cut out each postcard, I arrange them by country.
I send out International postcards first since it takes
them a bit longer to get to where they're going.
When I cut up the USA postcards, I arrange them
by zip code so I can send to the east coast first,
which is the furthest away. Closest locations --
California, Oregon and Washington state -- are sent
last and only take a day or two of travel time.
Before I printed all the postcards, I did stress a bit
about the wordage I was typing. When I was hand-writing
my postcards, I would practice what I wanted to say
and my words would change as I edited myself. And that
doesn't happen when I'm typing my words. I guess in the
future, I need to actually write my stuff a few times over
before I go to the computer to type it!
It's a big project, and I love it. The people are
wonderful and kind and I always enjoy conversing
with them... both online and in the post!
sun 12 feb 2017... mail|
Haha! So much for taking pics of my mail every day!
(I've not posted anything here for a week.)
Truth be told, I got bored of the pics because I was
only sending one or two postcards every day last week.
And I ran out of time to get creative with the backgrounds.
So, here is what I worked on this weekend, with the
standard boring background... tho I do like the Copic
markers as props! :)
Sending on Monday: 4 letters
One to a friend, one swap-bot notecard
and two swap-bot "Interest Me in a Book" notes
Oh, and I love to use digital paper as belly bands when I
send standard letter-size paper in the US#10 envelope...
You can't see it in the pic, but the brownish dot paper
is very beautiful and is included in this set, made by my
friend Linda at Happy Print Club:
Stationery Printables. And yes, there's tons of free
printables on the Internets... but I prefer to support
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:32:30 PDT|
I cut up a couple world maps to make a bunch of
postcards this past weekend.
They came out amazingly well!
I put 11 of them in the this morning's mail.
Also Sent: 2 welcome postcards
+ 2 letters
= 15 total bits of mail today!
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:26:33 PDT|
Sent: 3 welcome postcards
fri 3 feb 2017... condolences|
Sent: 1 condolence card
sighs. Last year I lost track of how many condolence cards I sent.
And this year is starting out the same.
This is the second sympathy card I've
sent this year, already.
It's a hard thing to do. It's sad and
there is nothing you can say on a
card that will help. But, believe me, it is very
very important that you write and send something!
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:02:55 PDT|
Sent: 1 GR Welcome PC
+ 1 Swap-Bot PC
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:50:25 PDT|
Sent: 1 GR Welcome PC
sun 22 jan 2017... LetterMo Plans|
Yay Mail! and Yay Month of Letters!
Okay, so you know the State of the Blog
is "way behind"... so what is
the State of the Postcards??
Well, there's good. and bad. and normal.
Good: I got a slow start at the beginning of the month because I was
not feeling well... but I am catching up big time and am on track to
have a regular month. During a regular month, I send out
about 130 postcards and notecards! Yay Mail!
Bad: I am very behind on my mail log. What's involved here? I scan
my incoming mail and type it into my mail log and then postcards need to
be registered with certain websites. I'm still dealing with december
mail, here! ack!
And Normal: xmas Thank You notes, not written yet. Probably won't be
sent until March or so! haha! yep. this is normal.
My letter writing work space in Dec when I was writing Amnesty International
protest letters for Write for Rights. I thought the Star Trek stamps were
appropriate! and I'm still decorating my envelopes with my Wide markers.
friday 20 jan 2017... Behind the times, but catching up|
Well. um. Happy New Year!
I have had some creative down time... I never completed the
posts for my daily drawing month in November, I didn't post
again after that, and, most importantly, I did not post my
annual First of January "year in review".
I've been doing a Jan 1st post for about a million years, and
this is the first time I've ever missed it!
I got busy. Then I got busy with the holidays. And then
I got sick with a bad and lingering flu.
I'm feeling better now, so, here's the plan...
I will fill in older posts as I get the time.
I will back date them, but I will post
them here on this page in the order that I type them.
I have deleted the rest of this page in order to encourage my
participation in this plan: it looks kind of empty around
here, doesn't it??! Look! You can see the bottom of the page!
hello, rift?! Type something, rift!!!
for Inauguration Day:
I stand on the side of LOVE.
Looking down at an Egret in the Rain.
I am rift vegan!|
I live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA,
with my Significant Other (SO).
I am vegan for ethical and environmental reasons,
my love for animals and nature is
a very important part of my life.
This blog is occasionally about...
∞ Vegan Life
∞ Handmade Postcards
∞ Books, Reading & eBooks
∞ the Paper Journal
∞ Drawing & Art Projects
∞ Randomness :)