Tuesday, January 22, 2019


I sent out envelopes 942 to 946 for the January PTEX a day before our first major snow (4 inches).

I decided to post them now, a few days after another major storm (6 inches).

Monday, January 21, 2019

Exchange envelope to Chuck

An envelope sent to Chuck for last year's PTEX June exchange. This is a made from a flier about a Mickalene Thomas exhibit. She is an accomplished artist, and one of her many talents is collage. (Link to her website if you're interested).

 Sorry about the weird scanner-added line.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

V is for Vatican City

Last year I was at the Vatican and sent a few postcards from there. I was highly amused by the instructions on how to send a postcard.

There are actually multiple offices. One inside the museum, and two in St Peters Square. One in the square is in a mobile trailer.

A few minutes after leaving the square I stopped and bought a postcard for a friend and the shop also sold stamps. Even though I was now back in Italy, I was given a Vatican City stamp, and I asked if it needed to go in a Vatican post box. The seller said no, just post it anywhere. I decided to walk back to St Peters Square rather than risk Italian post, because when Eva was there her postcards took a month to arrive at their destinations.

This stamp celebrates the 15th General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. It is a lovely colorful stamp.

The Vatican mail box outside the other post office in the square.

For more V-themed postage, head over to Sunday Stamps.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Hester's dragons

Hester sent a green dragon in November...

...and an orange one in January, with extra dragon stamps on the side.

Great to see these guys in the mailbox - thanks!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

What is going on with the mail?

Hot on the heels of yesterday's blog post, these two envelopes, postmarked on Dec 28 and Dec 31, arrived on Jan 13! That is around 4 to 5 times as long as first class mail is supposed to take.

A nice collaged envelope from Carolyn in the PTEX December exchange. I like how the red from the poinsettia stamp is continued in the address and added pieces.

And a handmade envelope from Hester, with one of the Birds in Winter stamps that compliments the colors of the envelope. The bird is a  black-capped chickadee - although with the postmark he is more of a black-bodied chickadee. I was surprised to see this postmark (recycled from last year, I think) as the only one I've seen this festive season is the happy holidays slogan that you can see on Carolyn's envelope.

Hopefully a more normal postal service will resume soon. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Christmas snowflake

Just to confirm (if you hadn't figured it out on your own) that the postal systems of many countries were slow during the 2018 festive season, this Christmas art from Kat finally showed up a month and a day after it was sent from Greece.

Although it did arrive with perfect timing for the snowstorm we had over the weekend.