It’s been over a year!

I didn’t realize that I hadn’t updated my blog in over a year. It was definitely not intentional. Life can get busy sometimes and the mail received is few and far between.  Here is a quick overview of the things that have been going on.

  1. Bought a house with my partner or as we like to say he bought me a house. I have a new address and new mailbox (more on that in the future).
  2. Started a new job a few months ago. It’s the same as what I was doing before except its different. I am only at my desk for a few hours at the most everyday. Which has it’s benefits and downfalls. One benefit is way better health insurance I can actually go to the doctor without worrying about huge medical bills. One downfall being super exhausted when I get home.
  3. Spent sometime in Barcelona. I thought I had written a post about the trip there but I guess I did not. They have some cool stamps that I think I took pictures of.
  4. Stopped being active on Postcrossing and The League of Extraordinary Penpals. Still writing with those I met through those groups though, just not as frequently. It would probably help if I passed along my new address.
  5. General life business.September through January is busy with holidays, vacation time, and birthdays. This coming year will not be much different.
  6. Medical stuff.
  7. Trying to spend less time on the internet in general especially social media.

So I am back to blogging about stuff. Mainly about mail. Things that might change regarding the blog:

  1. Posts with the cool stamps I received on letters and postcards ( I will be starting Postcrossing again soon, so that won’t be a problem.)
  2. Post about the subscription services I use. Right now it is just one, Ipsy, there maybe be more in the future. Not sure if I want to get into product reviews. There are already lots of product review blogs/vlogs etc….
  3. An actual non WordPress related URL. Haven’t decided on one yet.
  4. Different kinds of mail posts besides just pictures of postcards. Like videos or a slideshow (which is just pictures in a different format I guess.)
  5. More outgoing mail posts, these will only appear if I feel I have done a really good job on the envelope or have really cool stamps.

 

What’s in Bethie’s Postbox #35

I had a friend visit Massachusetts for the summer. At first she had a hard time finding postcards to send out from the city she was staying in, but she managed find very unique postcards. I do have a theory that you can get postcards in every city, at least in the US. It’s not the greatest theory. Here is what she found.

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Leominster
Combs were a thing back in the day.
Combs were a thing back in the day.
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This lake does not exist anymore.
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State map. Postcrossers would be all over this one.
Emily Dickinson? Forgot to re-read the back of the postcard to verify who this is.
Emily Dickinson? Forgot to re-read the back of the postcard to verify who this is.
Amherst College, where my friend and her hubby met while they were both attending the school.
Amherst College, where my friend and her hubby met while they were both attending the school.

So I took these pictures using my second light box (first one was destroyed by cats). There is still a lot to learn about using the light box, like making sure you have a pure white background. Considering making a third light box; third time’s the charm and all that. I should probably just buy one.

I leave you with one final picture since it has been so long since I updated the blog.

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lightbox kitty

Reddit Secret Santa Update – I opened a letter!

Several months ago I posted about the Reddit Secret Santa Gift Exchange. You can read about it here.

I finally opened one of the letters. I had a rough day at work and feeling pretty down on myself and the world. I could easily place the blame on someone else but I was a cotton headed ninny muggins which resulted in extra work for people, including myself. I am pretty sure my blood pressure has risen 3-fold this week with some added responsibilities.

I remembered that one of the letters had to do with feeling down. I figured this would be the perfect time to open that letter. After work I ran to the store and got some things for dinner and an after work snack. At home I settled in and opened the letter. The letter was entitled: For when you are feeling lonely or unhappy. Here are the contents of that envelope.

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On the back of this postcard my Secret Santa, Nadia wrote a short note. I didn’t take a picture of the note as I want to keep the words to myself. But basically the message is You are loved.

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Then there were also these pictures! I forgot to count how many there were but there were at least fifteen. The pictures depict friends, family and my fur kids. My Secret Santa apologized for stalking my Flickr account, which I haven’t actually touched in a year. These pictures made me happy, sad, nostalgic. They made me laugh, cringe, smile, regret and get misty eyed. There were pictures of friends whom I have not spoken to in years, there was an ex-boyfriend and friend who passed away too soon. Unfortunately there weren’t too many recent pictures. But! These pictures and the note from my Secret Santa reminded me that I am more than my job. And I am loved and my friends or just a text, phone call or letter away.

What’s in Bethie’s Postbox #34

I’ve cut back a lot on my participation in Postcrossing. Trying to concentrate on sending letters to penpals. Letters to and from penpals are harder to photograph. I know there are a lot of blogs out there that do it but sometimes the outside of an envelope is not as interesting as a postcard. Without further ado….

My first postcard from Turkey!

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The picture is of Izmir’s Harbor which is the third largest port in Turkey.

The stamps are lovely, there is shiny gold on some of the words.

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Jararrium Update #1

One Week After Planting

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Between week one and one month I trimmed some roots because I didn’t like wow they were sticking out of the substrate. I didn’t think this was the best thing to do but since this is an experiment I went for it. The result was some leaves on the Crypt melting (I believe that is the term). I also discovered several snails of various sizes. This is the biggest one. I don’t see him/her too often though. The Red Cherry Shrimp will be added soon. The jar is currently on my desk at work due to cats wanting to eat the plants.

Should Jarrarium be spelled with one “R” or two?

What’s in Bethie’s Postbox #33 – Special Delivery

About a month and a half ago I was randomly going through Reddit i.e. using the Random Subreddit Button and came across r/plantedtank. I was mesmerized by the planted aquariums that Redditors were posting. I clicked on every link in that subreddit that day and learned so many things about having a planted aquarium. Next I learned about r/shrimptank – people keep shrimp instead of fish. Then there was r/bettafish and r/aquariums. This adventure through Reddit re-kindled my interested in aquariums. I had a few aquariums in my teenage years. When I moved to Washington they were given to my neighbor.

Through all the research I did I found out that you could make a low-tech (No CO2) planted aquarium. Even better I found out it was possible to do a low light, low tech planted aquarium. The idea of the jar-rarium was born. I am constantly doing research on this because I want to get everything right i.e. no dying flora and fauna. I also wanted to do this economically, hence the low light, low tech idea. So far a 1 gallon jar has been purchased and some substrate…but I waited a few weeks before purchasing the fauna. Today it arrived in the mail.

Out of the box with a warning!
Out of the box with a warning!
Wrapped in Fiberglass
Wrapped in Fiberglass
more newspaper and a plastic bag
more newspaper and a plastic bag
Fauna
Fauna
Anubias Nana Petite
Anubias Nana Petite
Golden Lloydiella, Gold Creeping Jenny
Golden Lloydiella, Gold Creeping Jenny
Crinum Natans
Crinum Natans
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Cryptocoryne undulata
You need something to help trim and plant your fauna
You need something to help trim and plant your fauna

The plan is to get the plants planted in the jar when I get home. Will update with pictures soonish.

What’s in Bethie’s Postbox #32

I have a giant stack of mail sitting on my desk that I want to add to the blog. This is mail that was received back in 2014. I am a slacker.

However, here is some fun mail I received this week. Two letters from pen pals and some fun postcards. One card from Australia sent by amLeague of Extraordinary Penpals Member and a postcard from Brazil via Postcrossing.com. Both are two things you should sign up for if you want fun mail.

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Such great stamps from the UK!

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Letters do not need to be fancy. It’s the content that counts.

KATIELETTER