Monday, September 29, 2014

Mail Monday & Memories


Not only did I finish my postcard challenge, I managed to add two more homemade postcards. And, I remembered to wrap a promised package. I was so proud of myself. I'd finally finished a challenge after failing the 365 mail art, the a-drawing-a-day, and I seem to have conveniently forgotten the others. Following through gives one a warm sense of accomplishment, don't you think?


I managed to commit Erin's new post office box address to memory without a hitch. So why can't I remember her new home address? She got the new home first. I believe everything happens for a reason, so finding this little tidbit when I thumbed through a two year old address book (searching for that address!) that I currently use . . . Well, it was meant to be. Not that I recall why I saved it. Or do I? I might have jotted the facts after finding another note meant to remind me to ask a pen friend about her grandmother, who used to be a postmaster. Backtracking is a wonderful thing. It can be fun too. It can even be a little disconcerting if I happen to recall the real reason after I post this. But no matter . . . The fact that the first postmaster, Irving A. Polk was established in 1903. Named after his daughter, it is the only city in the US with the name. Oh! Wait. I think I'd Googled Ft. Polk after a conversation with my mother about the time we lived in Louisiana. *sigh* All mail trivia is fair game, even if I don't remember the why behind it all.

". . . appy project is from the journal entry about my alphabet postcard project. *grin* I was feeling so good about it I simply had to write it all down.


"You've got mail!" I always think that when I've got mail. It's a good feeling, isn't it? I knew immediately who the magazine was from. Dodson, D. is the one person I know who's ever given me a subscription. Thanks, Derrick. Home subscriptions are always damaged or creased down the middle, destroying the joy from the outside in. So I buy 99 percent of the magazines that I read from B&N.

Shucks! I forgot to take a photo of my home mailbox--the cluster curse. The entire mess cants toward the curb because the sidewalk slopes, making the lock mechanism clamp down. The little key is held hostage for way too long, until I pay ransom in the form of   jiggles, wiggles, and muttered threats. Finding mail at the end of the struggle today made my heart overflow. I'm talking good mail. The pob mail was frosting on my good mail day. It was so good in fact that I forgot to mail the 30 pieces of out-going mail. I did not forget to get the new stamps though!


Yes! I got the Celebrity Chefs stamps!!! Did you? I've practically held my breath since the e-mail announcing their arrival landed in my mailbox. I have Edna Lewis recipes, a Joyce Chen cleaver and bamboo steamer! I watched Julia Child on PBS; man could she handle a chicken! I didn't always understand half of what she said, but watching her cook was fun. I have thank-you notes to write to the wonderful chefs at Ani and Sepia, in Chicago. The challenge will be deciding who gets which chefs stamp. 


Dining at Ani was the equivalent of eating pretty. Dish after dish after dish. And the sake? Oh, the sake!


At Sepia's we dined on beauty. Every bite was beautiful. The champagne was the stars-on-top!


I'm ashamed to confess this, but . . . Well, I declined to order dessert. Then I saw Erin's. I don't recall how it tasted, but it felt beautiful on my tongue.


Giddy from the bubbly, compliments of the chef, I think I had some of JC's birthday cake and ice cream. Now I know! I've decided which thank-yous gets the first stamp, and one is reserved for Erin. She created desserts for Ani, and they were joyous! Is a good thing I bought forty stamps!

Oh, by the way, I forgot to mail all those postcards and letters. So I drove miles and miles to another post office. It's that darn brain fog's fault. 


I'm giving it credit for this as well. How did I write my address on Erin's mail? And to give the post office credit, they tried to help. They though it was just the zip that was wrong. I wrote the contents on September 7. I mailed them September 10. The return label is dated September 18. Who tried? The post office tried! I'll get another go tomorrow. All's well that ends as mail. And I've had a marvelous Monday mail day, with vacation memories on top.

I wish you good mail!


11 comments:

  1. I'm glad your vacation was wonderful. I have a letter going out to you tomorrow. It's a long one, you've been duly warned. I'm happy to see you blogging again, too. I've added a small post about my recent vacation on my blog, if you get the time.

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    1. Thank you. It's the best one ever. It changed me on a primal level. Not much beats having everything done for you when you wanted or needed it. "Don't worry, be happy" was like a directive from the universe. I got to see my daughter in her new world/life/home. I will never worry about her again.

      Blogging and loving it again comes from this new lease on life. Thank you again for being happy for my happiness. That means a lot. And, yes! I will enjoy your vacation post. You've been missed.

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  2. oh those chef stamps are so delish !!! Okay I did try LOL ...sorry it was a poor excuse for a joke but anyways love that you had a great mail day . You take care and be good and stay safe and things will always brighten before they get dark or some such nonsense as that ...LOL . take care

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    1. See? Did I miss another joke??? Am watching The Black List, so forgive me if I did.

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  3. Also, I did not get the Celebrity Chefs stamps, but I really want the Batman stamps!

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    1. Batman stamps? I'm out of the loop again. :)

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    2. Your Batman birthday decorations are the envy of every child who likes the caped crusader. Include adults and the Comic Con people. How you managed to make 21 invites is a testament to a nana's love. Jackie, you often make me want at least one grand! Despite my resolve. :) Behave!

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  4. Ordered the batman stamps last night as well as the Chef stamps.. looking forward to both. You are welcome for the Outdoor Photog mag.. Hope you are enjoying it.

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    1. How did I miss the alert? Okay, you and Jackie are in the loop, but did you watch Gotham last night? Huh? Well, I did. (chest puffing out)

      Thanks again for the Magazine.I appreciate your generosity. I haven't bought Outdoor Photography in almost a year. It was last night's pre-bedtime read and several pages are already dog-eared.

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  5. Everything looks wonderful -- especially that meal! I'll have a glass of champagne with you! I loved the Chef Stamps -- and Edna Lewis looks the best by far, in my opinion....

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    1. Thank you! We had breakfast and brunch at Beatrix's twice. Their sponge cupcakes with chocolate icing are so yummy! I bought a round for our party of four, that included Shin, my "adopted" son, the chef at Ani. I want to make some for JC since they are not very sweet.

      I like Edna's stamp also but James Beard's is beautiful as well. Julia's is a bit dark. It's funny how I always think of bread loaves when I think of James Beard, and "chicken -spy" for Julia. :)

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