Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Just a quick share of the most recent postcard I got, this time from O’Neal!

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I just love the view of it and how wonderfully colorful it is!

According the Wikipedia, Horsehoe Bend (which I kept typing down as “Horseshoe Band” because my brain is all music, haha) is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located in Arizona, USA.
It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from US Route 89, but an access road also reaches the geological structure, as it is part of a state park. Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above.
The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.

Thank you, Wikipedia, you make me smarter. :)

And thank you, O’Neal, for this wonderful postcard. It’s greatly appreciated!

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New Orleans, USA

A wonderful surprise found its way to my mailbox last week!

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I wasn’t really familiar with the whole concept of Mardi Gras, aside from what I saw/heard on TV and in movies/series, so I did some researching. Internet is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three King’s Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana, the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls (some of them masquerade balls). CLICK HERE if you want to read more about the New Orleans Mardi Gras from Wikipedia!

O’Neal also mentioned that there are some celebrations held in St Louis (Missiouri) as well, which was news to me as I thought it only happened in New Orleans. I’m always happy to learn something new! :)


 

Also, I thought I’d share a happy moment, which is basically when you hear the song you’ve been madly in love with for the past 10 years – being performed live, like right there in front of you! I swear there is nothing better in life than the feeling during those few minutes! The whole gig was great, but oh, that song! Pure love! <3

New Orleans, USA

As my time off from work is coming to its end, I figured I should probably at least try to do something productive. At least something more productive than crocheting a donut, which was – honestly – the peak of my last weekend. Okay, not the peak, but it was a pretty cool thing to finish. :D

Anyway, today I’m sharing the two lovely postcards from the kind O’Neal, who sent them my way while in New Orleans. I have read about New Orleans online and saw tons of photos from New Orleans on some travel blogs that I follow, but these were actually the first two postcards I’ve gotten from New Orleans – ever! So happy! :)

Okay, so the first postcard is this:
crkvaI wasn’t a 100% sure what it shows, but after a little bit of research I can say it’s the Jackson Square, a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. In 2012 the American Planning Association designated Jackson Square as one of America’s Great Public Spaces. For more information, CLICK HERE! Awesome sunset (or maybe sunrise?) picture, btw. :)

The second postcard is this:
coffeeA lovely cup of coffee and beignets. Wasn’t quite sure what those were (click here!), except that they were OBVIOUSLY something I’d eat right away, so I went on and googled how to make one. I think I’ll stick to my leftover brownies from last night as they seem much, much easier to bake, but these beignets look like a tasty treat for sure!

Thank you, O’Neal, for beautiful postcards! I appreciate them a lot! :)

Atlanta & Memphis, USA

Once again, these postcards were not scanned, but photographed instead – sorry for them being blurry. My printer/scanner keeps fighting my laptop & refuses to work properly. Please cope with the blurriness for a little bit longer! :)

Anyway, today I’m sharing two lovely postcards sent by O’Neal. Lovely postcards, both of them!
First is from Atlanta, Georgia. More info on the city – HERE.  And now, please look at the view. I’m not a glitter-fan in any normal situation, but doesn’t the glittery sky just fit the image here??? I kind of love it!

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The second one is from Memphis, Tennessee. The postcard caption says “Azalea time”, and after a little snooping around on the internet, I think azaleas grow throughout the city & look pretty fabulous when in bloom. :)

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Also, look at the wonderful stamps! I love all the stamps O’Neal uses on his postcards. I only wish Croatia had so many to choose from!

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And now if you’ll excuse me, I have: a) a letter to write, b) a beanie to crochet and c) sleep to sleep. :D

Keep calm & appreciate the little things in life.

It’s been an interesting week & there are several interesting postcards to share! If I were only more active on Postcrossing, good mail days would probably come more often than they do now, haha! #sigh

First thing I’d like to share is this awesome “Keep calm and send a postcard” postcard from the USA, sent by Shannon (who has a cool Postcrossing username: happy_face! I just had to share this one, I like “happy”-anything things.)
IMAG5481I absolutely adore this postcard! Not too long ago, I added “Keep calm” postcards to my wishlist on Postcrossing, in hope someone might have some extra and would want to share them with me, and this is actually the first one of those that was sent my way. And it’s an awesome one!!! ::happy happy::

The second thing I wanted to share is not really a postcard, but it was sent to me through the official Postcrossing & I quite like it, so I’m not being picky about it. Two photographs were sent my way by Sylvia & Batiste, packed in a cute coffee themed handmade envelope. I’m sharing both photographs here, one is showing the lavender field (typical for the particular region of France where Slyvia & Batiste come from, if I understood it correctly), and the other is a vintage black and white beach themed photo. As a photography geek myself, I can appreciate both! :)
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I have a few more postcards to share, but I gotta run now & do real-life things. So, I’ll post something new soon! :)

A little bit from everywhere.

First of all, I don’t know if any of you Postcrossers are (were) using Google Picassa for storing your scanned postcards. Did I just not notice it before or did they make some sort of changes up there? I’ve noticed I can mainly access my photos through Google Drive, which I don’t really mind that much. But what’s up with the albums and “collections” and adding new photos and… well, basically everything else? It doesn’t allow me to view my albums as they were before – now it just shows photos uploaded by month. It doesn’t allow me to upload new photos what so ever – it just lets me shuffle existing pictures from one “album” to another. And it annoys me so much! It’s a fair chance that I just didn’t figure it out, but it really bugs me, especially since I’ve been using it to store my available postcards & I could easily get them from the albums and share them if I needed to do so. Where do you store your postcard scans? Is there any better option than Google Drive? Tnx in advance.

On a brighter topic, here are three awesome postcards I got in the last two weeks….

First, a wonderful “Hello from Buffalo” from O’Neal! I love this type of postcards and I’m not exactly sure why, but every time I see one of these – I can’t help but think of old movies & TV series. #facepalm Anyway, wonderful postcard. I love it! Thank you, O’Neal!

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The second postcard I want to share came from my pal Anu and it’s showing a beautiful “view along Loch Tummel at dusk to Schiehallion (3550 ft) and the mountains of Glencoe in the far distance.” I love the view & the sunset shades of the sky. <3

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Last, but certainly not least – this wonderful Greetings from… postcard that came through Postcrossing from sweet Beata. I quite like these Greetings from… postcards but I’m not a crazy collector or anything like that, so this is the first of those I’ve ever gotten. AND I LOVE IT!!! I think I might actually turn into a crazy collector, haha! :) The whole idea is just a great one – you have a nice picture in the background & all sorts of interesting facts about the country. I quite like it! Sadly, as far as I know, they can only be ordered through the Postallove.com website & I’m not much of a “I’ll-order-it-just-so-I-can-say-I-have-it” kind of person. I’d much rather wait until someone sends me one so it’s nicely written and – more enjoyable. :)

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And now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s Saturday and I’m off to finish some things that I didn’t have a chance to do during the week. Such as finish crocheting a beanie. And sleep. And enjoy some music. And enjoy some music while sleeping. :)
(I’ve been addicted to THIS song for a while now. You’d think I will get tired of it by now, but nope!

Florida, USA

This is a long overdue post about a whole bunch of postcards my pal Janelle sent me from her journey through the USA & Canada. I’m going to make two separate posts, to be honest, with postcards from Florida in one & postcards from Canada in another… mainly because I’m slightly OCD and it’s easier for me to keep track this way. ::insert smiley face::
So here they are, her Florida postcards! <3

First one is a lovely Florida map card. I’m not a real map card collector like a lot of people I stumbled upon through Postcrossing are, but I do love to see a nice map card! And this one is lovely!

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The second card is showing Miami Beach, “looking north along Collilns Avenue towards the Fontainebleau Hotel.”  I love how blue the sea looks & the idea of living in such a sunny, warm environment is rather appealing. And so close to the beach, wow! I’m not sure about the hurricanes, though. ;)

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Last one is a postcard of Orlando – such a beautiful postcard!

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Wonderful postcards! <3 Thank you, Janelle!