Monday, January 30, 2012

My many faces

This is my "Ummm, I think I'll write a blog post - I wonder what I'll write about." look. This is also my "Why is my arm bleeding?" look.

 This is my "Whatever I write, you WILL like it." look.

This is one of the many outfits that I did not put on when I got up this morning.

If I were to blog in Japanese, this is what I'd look like.

I've always been short-waisted. 

Tsar Nicholas wanted to marry me, but had to settle for Alexandra because I was busy writing my blog. You can tell that Alexandra wasn't too happy about the whole thing.

I have to go find a face to put on now.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January mailbox fun

Have you ever seen such a grin as this? I don't think I'd want one of my cats looking at me that way.

I love this card from Belarus! The caption, translated, says "No matter that they seem quite old to some - There is no hurdle that they cannot overcome!". I'm guessing they just had a big cat grin at them and they're running away.

This is a handmade card from Germany. The bear (Leo) accompanied the photographer when she visited Central Park in New York. It's always more fun to have a friend along when you travel.

A Jip & Janneke card from The Netherlands. I don't know what the cow's name is.

Finnish artist Reijo Kela's "The Silent People". If you have a very large back yard and lots of time on your hands, you could always fill it with scarecrows.

During this cold and rainy Oregon January, a map of the Caribbean looks very inviting. I wouldn't mind an island in the sun right about now.

 Or, I could just go skiing.

The papier-mache owls bid you good evening, whoooooever you are.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

A most handsome cat

My name is Dirk and I live in Germany. Aren't I handsome?

Dental hygiene is very important, even for chipmunks. Be sure to put a container of floss next to your critter feeder.

Here is a vintage ad for the French drink "Banania", which is made of cocoa, banana flour, cereals, honey, and sugar. This product was first produced in 1912.  I don't know of anything comparable here in the States. Sounds kinda tasty.

Any golfers out there? If you play this course in Japan, beware of the VERY large water hazard.

I like this 1934 oil painting by Malvin Gray Johnson. It's called "Brothers".
I received this "Cathedral of Christ the Saviour" card from Moscow. Churches can be so beautiful. 


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Setting out from Rabbitville

Don't you just love this old illustration? It's from a 1935 children's book called "What They Say in Rabbitville", by Ruth Mary Hallock (1876-1945). I think Rabbitville is a great place for us to start our adventures this year.

As always, you can bring along any strange friends you may have.

Here are a few cards I have recently received.

This is an ad for a Finnish production of Stephen Sondheim's musical play "A Little Night Music".

A very cold Russian bird

From 1930, a Japanese blue and white vase showing a grape tree and a squirrel.

Although the correct name of these Malaysian ferries is "Penang-Butterworth Ferries", to me they will always be the Peanut Butter Ferries.

I will leave you today with an interesting mandala image from India.