Penpals

Midweek roundup.

My penpals send me adorable squirrel postcards!

 

I ventured out to the thrift store tonight. I found a chicken cup that was made in Japan. Bock bock!

 

I also stopped at the craft store to pick up some supplies tonight. I was also a creeper and took a photo of this gal’s jacket. Awesome stitching! Isn’t it beautiful?!

 

I came home with some Mod Podge. You’ll be seeing more of this stuff from me in the next few days.

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Greetings from Polska!

A letter arrived in the mail today from my penpal, Aga, from Poland.  She wrote a rather long letter and sent along a postcard with a local Cathedral on the front.  She also mailed me a pin and a packet of basil seeds.  She’s going to school to be a horticulturalist.  The seed packet is written in Polish…which I don’t speak.  But I don’t see this as a problem, because I kill all plants we own.  This one wasn’t going to have any luck even if I could read the instructions.  Good luck basil seeds!  I don’t expect you’ll be around very long, but the best of luck to you!  The pin she sent says “Kocham Marcina!”  Which translates to “I love Martin!”  I did a little research to find out what this means.  Check out what I found below the photo!

The pin is actually for St. Martin’s Day.

St. Martin’s Day is celebrated on Nov. 11 throughout Europe. Named after St. Martin, the 4th-century Roman Catholic Bishop of Tours, France, this holiday spread from France to Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe.

It celebrates the end of the growing season and the beginning of harvesting. It also marks the last day to celebrate before the fasting of Advent begins. Children and adults walk down the streets with lanterns and torches, and sing St. Martin songs. The children visit neighborhood houses singing and reciting poems, which earns them sweet treats, not unlike Western Halloween.

Nov. 11 is Independence Day in Poland, but it is also St. Martin’s Day and in Poznań, Poland, the Roman Catholic saint’s name day seems to take precedence.

Every year on Nov. 11, thousands of Poznań residents attend a high Mass in St. Martin’s Church followed by a parade through St. Martin Street led by “St. Martin” sitting astride a white horse. St. Martin rides up to the square in front of Zamek Cultural Centre and is handed the keys to the city by the mayor. Then the celebration begins in earnest.

Inside Zamek, there are exhibitions, concerts and performances, while outside, there’s a street market with knights reenacting medieval jousting tournaments. A splendid fireworks display ends the day.

Pozanians treat themselves to St. Martin’s Croissants – rogale swietomarcinski also known simply as marcinski. These crescent-shaped pastries filled with poppyseeds and almond paste are consumed by the hundreds of thousands.

Legend has it this centuries-old tradition commemorates a Poznan baker’s dream. His nighttime reveries had St. Martin entering the city on a white horse that lost its golden horseshoe. The very next morning, the baker whipped up horseshoe-shaped croissants filled with almonds, white poppyseeds and nuts, and gave them to the poor.  (Click here to read more).

I’m part Polish if you didn’t know, so I love to learn more about Poland from Aga.  I wish I could speak Polish.  Italian is first on my list of languages to learn though.

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Food and bikes!

Tonight I made some angel hair pasta and pasta sauce!

This cute postcard arrived in the mail today from Mari from Finland!

I installed the new thumb shifter and gear cable on my bike tonight. Something is not right with it though. I think I'm going to have to take it to a bike shop so someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong.

I just want to finish the repairs on my bike!!

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Recent additions to my postcard collection.

MIAUUU! Mari from Finland sent this one to me.

George Johnson. Hanged by Mistake.

When I was a kid I was obsessed with the diving horses from the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ.

Asbury Park, NJ. Eric and I used to go fairly often when we lived on the east coast.

Everyone loves fun among the sea oats.

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I kind of had a snow day.

I braved the elements this morning and went to work for a few hours. As soon as I got to work it started to snow again. I printed about 60 shirts and then decided it would be best for me to head home. I didn't really want to spend the day stuck at work.

 

There were only three of us at work for a few hours this morning. We fear no snow!!

 

The roads aren't plowed around here when it snows.

 

Someone was hiding behind the bird feeder today.

 

 

I was happy to watch the snow fall today while drinking tea and reading a book about the FLDS.

 

Here's a fun story for you!! I had a penpal from Russia. This is a postcard she sent to me a few months ago. She's an architect and drawing professor in Russia. This is actually one of her sketches. She had postcards made of the image and sells them in stores near where she lives. I trade postcards via Postcrossing with people all over the world. Today I received a postcard in the mail from another gal in Russia. She sent me this postcard! How fun is that? I was super excited to see that my penpal's postcard is making its way all over the world!

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Hello Monday.

Nothing really happened today except for working a long day and wrapping some Christmas gifts. I did see this at work though. Some teams will print back names of their garments. Apparently we have some Duran Duran fans in Everett!

 

My German penpal, Sandra, sent me a package last week. She included some of her favorite tea. I tried a cup of it tonight and it's fantastic! I can't read the packet, but I think it's black tea with orange. I approve!

 

Cuddling with my two favorite c(K)ats is one of my favorite times of the day!

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A few postcards from friends and friendly folks.

Here are four foods native to Croatia...truffles, pomegranates, olives and asparagus.

 

This one is from Alexis in Nova Scotia!

 

Mari, my penpal from Finland sent this postcard to me.

 

This one came to me all the way from Southern Germany.

 

Florida mushrooms.

 

Mari sent me a Birthday card!

 

My penpal from Russia, Katya, sent me this postcard. She's an architect and this is one of her drawings.

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Awesome Russian postcard!

I traded postcards with a gal from Russia. She sent me this awesome card! The text in Russian at the top of the card says "Seize the day." I sent her some postcard with architectural drawings of the Space Needle. She's an architect and was rather excited to see them as well!

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Well she’s pretty cute!

And she’s my penpal.

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