Thursday, September 23, 2010

Long week...

It's been a very long week and I've been feeling somewhat down too. I want to send more postcards! Sending postcards cheers me up. I've sent six this week and now I have to wait for more cards to get registered so I can send more. I've thought about opening my profile back up for private swaps, but that's really not the same as official cards.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

More for my private collection

Here are some more postcards for my private collection.

I bought this at The High Desert Museum while on vacation.
Commercial District, Silver City Idaho Exhibit.

I got this in a private swap from a wonderful postcrosser. Lots of awesome information on it.
The silent stone walls of Mesa Verde's ancient cliff dwellings tell the story of a civilization struggling to survive in a harsh environment. Once a prosperous and highly advanced Anasazi community, it was mysteriously abandoned sometime during the close of the 13th century. Today the remains of Mesa Verde are the best preserved ancient cliff dwellings in the United States and tell us much about their inhabitants' culture and customs.

Another postcard I picked up while on vacation.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Private collection

When I was on vacation, we went to The High Desert Museum. It was so cool. They had this huge section on the settling of the Old West/Wild West and it was amazing. I am now totally hooked on anything related to the settling of the Wild West. I hope postcrossers that live in the US can help me out if they have postcards relating to that subject. I put a request on my profile and have had some users respond to cards that I have favorited so I'm feeling pretty hopeful. I found some postcards on our adventure the other day. I'll be posting cards like that in here and I need to put them in an online album so everyone can see them.

This lovely postcard was sent to me in a private swap.
Scorched Lightning - This Minneconjoux Sioux was named Scorched Lightning. Note the magnificent string of large bear claws around his neck. The bear was held in reverence among Northern Plains Tribes and admired for its great strength and courage.

I bought this one myself.
The Beaver Family - Sampson, Louise, and Leah Beaver are dressed in a combination of indigenous and European clothing and accessories. They are a family of the Stoney Nation, who live near the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Photo taken in 1907.

Another one I bought myself.
Hanging Meat to Dry - This Crow woman from the Great Plains hangs meat out to dry. Once the meat is dry, it will be mixed with fat and berries to become a dietary staple called pemmican. The meat is stored for use over the winter months. Photo taken in 1905 or 1906.

Postcards and adventures

When I went to buy stamps on Tuesday, there ended up being a huge line at the post office so I decided to order them online instead. I think they'll be here today, but it's not a big deal if they're not.

After that, I went to my favorite drug store on the island. They sell so many wonderful postcards. (I actually went there for something else, but who can resist postcards?) I stocked up on some favorites that I was almost out of and bought some new ones that I couldn't resist because I thought they were either cool, interesting or funny. I can't wait to send them out!

When I got back from my errands, my husband suggested that we go out on an adventure since I start school again next week. We bundled our daughter up and headed out to the Olympic Peninsula. So beautiful. We ended up going out to the Hoh Rain Forest since neither of us had ever been there before. Wow. Amazing. That area is just so awe inspiring. We found this great store called Peak 6. They sell hiking and camping gear as well as souvenirs. I found some awesome Native American postcards for my private collection (I would have bought some to send on postcrossing, but they were 75 cents a piece!) and one that featured the wild cats of Washington so I bought those since I hadn't seen that postcard before. My husband and I ended up with new winter jackets, Native American jewelry and our daughter chose a stuffed husky for herself.

Today, I need to head out to see if I can find a specific postcard that a user wants in a trade. I think I know where I can find it, but we'll see. There are only three stores in could be in and two of them are within minutes of where I live.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Back from vacation!

I was on vacation from September 5th to September 11th. I bought soooooo many postcards while I was down there. I couldn't help myself. There were so many beautiful ones to chose from. I was able to use the Postcrossing website from my phone so I actually sent some users directly from where we were. It made me happy to send postcards while I was on vacation. I have extras to send to other users now too.

Anyway, that's all I have. I'll hopefully have some new postcards to post soon. I need to buy some more USA postcard stamps too. I'll hopefully be able to do that tomorrow.