Saturday, April 22, 2017

Back To It

Really, truly, and honestly, I had no intention of being away for nearly a month when I last posted. 

On a personal note, I've returned to my old position at the retirement community. Some of you may remember that I left to care for my father. When my position opened back up I was more than happy to return. It turns out I missed my team and my people. I confess, I really, really like being at home but in being home too much I became lazy--awfully lazy as I keep saying. It's not that I was doing nothing; I filled my time with activity. It's only that I had so little to show for it some days. Some people would call it "piddling." There's an art to piddling you know. Mr. Rick Bragg writes about it here. Piddlers probably live longer. Now I'm free to piddle only half the time. Less than that, really, but I'm much more efficient now in the things that need doing. How else can I work in piddling time?

But on to the topic of letters. The United States Postal Service issues many different stamps as you know and many of them commemorate an event or a person. I find that such stamps lead me to internet searches to find out more of the person or event in question. Reading about Richard Allen I thought, "Well that's interesting," and put a sheet of his stamps in my cart. I also purchased JFK stamps and more Civil War stamps.


It's a pity I have no green sealing wax that's mailable. 


The JFK stamps are very nice looking. I like them almost as much as the Ingrid Bergman stamps. They're huge though. 

Among my all time favorites are the Civil War Stamps. They're just beautiful. Only 1865 is left in stock. When they're gone, they're gone. I'll enjoy them when I can and hope the post office continues to make more things of beauty.


                       

Now, to come back round to the topic of piddling. I have made my own envelope template and have been making more envelopes. Mr. Bragg might argue that as envelopes need making, to make them is not piddling. I assure you that it is piddling. The evidence is in the derived satisfaction. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Revolutionary Vision of Jane Austen

I came across a most interesting essay on the writings of Jane Austen that I believe you Janites out there will appreciate. It is called The Revolutionary Vision of Jane Austen. This year marks the bicentennial of Austen's death and I encourage you to read one of her books in honor of the occasion. 

Those of you who enjoy the screen adaptations of her novels but haven't actually read them can receive this as a challenge. By accepting this challenge you will meet the lady herself. You may find her to be different than expected but you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sweet as Could Be

Did you get Valentine's mail? I did! I failed to send any out though. Valentine's Day went by largely unnoticed by me (thought I did receive a lovely bouquet of flowers and made a nice dinner for Mr. Duffy.) Then when I received Valentine's Day mail I felt a twinge of regret that I did not do likewise for others. 


This vintage looking card is just as sweet as could be. (Why didn't I send out cards??) To make it even sweeter its sender was a pen friend I hadn't heard from in a while. I'm so glad to reconnect!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

That Wonderful Pink Feeling

Every spring that wonderful feeling of pink comes upon me. I can't explain how pink feels but it manifests itself in the felt need to write with pink ink. Perhaps I associate pink with spring. Kingsburg is surrounded by multitudinous orchards, many of which are gloriously clad in pink in the spring. I borrowed this picture from my cousin's Facebook wall. Yes, these are genuine Kingsburg blossoms.


Can you see why I associate spring with pink? This pink feeling drove me to order a bottle of Diamine Pink Glitz. 


Yes, it drove me. I was powerless to not buy the ink. Because the cotton paper I usually use will not show off sheen I ordered some Clairefontaine paper to go with it. While I wait for delivery I will be flushing my wettest pen. 

Wait! I'll need spring sealing wax. But that can wait for another day. It's best to space out the fun and I still have bright green sealing wax from last spring to tide me over for a bit.  Do you have special spring ink or other writing accessories? Spring letters are wonderful!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What a Great Day to Write!

There's just something about today that made writing a letter extra enjoyable. It might be that I received this lovely bouquet.


Or maybe it's that after weeks of blessedly dreary weather the sun is shining, it's warm outside, and that wonderful spring is here feeling is upon me. 

Or it could be that I was using the pretty stationery Kathleen gave me for Christmas.


To add to that, I wrote with Private Reserve Arabian Rose ink. It was PERFECT! That in itself made for a good writing day. 

Or maybe it's just that writing makes me happy. Some things need no justification and writing a letter is one of them. 

So, happy Valentine's Day to you all and happy writing!


Friday, February 3, 2017

The Love Letter

Valentine's day is coming soon. St. Valentine is a third century saint of whom little is known. In the 14th century his feast day, February 14th, became associated with courtly or romantic love. Jean-Honoré Fragonard painted a lovely picture called "The Love Letter" that can inspire us to write tender affection to our dear ones. Who doesn't like words of tenderness from a loved one whether it be a spouse, grandparent, sibling. Even a Thinking of You Note from a fellow parishioner or a neighbor can lift the spirits  and urge us on to do the same for another.

The Love Letter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard 1770

Who can you write to today? There's enough time for your letter or card to reach its destination by valentines day. USPS even has charming heart stamps available for Valentines Day. 


Go write that letter!