Comment: Hey there Neal ! What a great surprise, to find your PC swap in my mailbox! Always happy to see a swap from you. Which are far & few between. Thanks so much for the Boston, Mass. PC and your awesome answers to School subjects you liked. Like you, I also enjoyed Math, all of it. I had as well been in Wood shop and loved it! I was also in Metal shop and loved that too! Yo mentioned being in an Art club & liked it. That was never my thing. In High school, I had joined an Outdoor club. I loved that and we got to go on a lot of Nature walks & loved every minute of it. Other than that, as like you, I hated school as well & with a Passion couldn't wait to graduate & get the flock out of there! That was the Happiest day of my life! And, Like you, I was bullied nearly all my life in school. I was bullied just for having the last name ( maiden name ) Brown. I was called Brown cow and a retard. I wasn't fat & I'm still not fat and I was one of the smartest kids in school, with nearly all A's. Only subject I didn't get an A in was Art class ( as didn't like it ) and I always got a B+ in it. Still passing though. Anyway, Enough on this subject. Which I could go on & on about, lol ! Take good of yourself & family and have a wonderful day.
Comment: Hi Neal it’s nice to connect with you again. Love the chunk o cardboard of the iron horses. It could be a postcard. Good luck with your move. I see the postmark is from NH. I was thinking NH would be a nice retire state!
Comment: Thank you for the interesting multi-view postcard. My sister lives in Canada but her husband doesn't want to move back to the U.S. You listed some of the same countries I want to visit as well.
Comment: Hi Neal! I had a Brownie camera when I was young, too! Remember the flash bulbs? They were super hot after you used the flash. Funny how they came, too... kind of like a small Hersheys candy bar 🍫.
You had a much more advanced "real camera". I have a point and shoot that was given to me, I keep it in my car so I can get those Roseated Spoonbills or gators, or whatever we come across. But, like you, the phone is almost always close by, so it gets used the most. I bet you have taken some delightful pics of your grandchildren 🏃♀️🏊♀️🤸♀️ . They truly are hard to slow down enough to take a good pic. Good thing you have that point and shoot!! As always, fabulous to swap with you. Have a wonderful week. 😃
Comment: Thank you for all of the F words (you know what I mean lol) and prompts. I did not know that there was such a thing as a state insect... geez maybe ours is the gnat... I hate those things that fly around your face and pelt you and follow you when you go for walks. Really sucks the fun out of the power walk. Thanks again great card... Di... 7/23
Comment: Hi, Neal! Best wishes with your upcoming move - Cape Cod sounds like it will be a wonderful place to live! So far the northern most point that I've visited in New England are a few spots in Rhode Island. Growing up in New Jersey, our families' vacation spot was Ocean City, so I developed a love of the ocean early in life. Funny that you have family in Cave Creek. That is where my family lives as well, and the reason why I moved out here from the east coast! See you around the swap-o-sphere. :) <3 Jules
Comment: I loooved reading your detailed answers, thank you very much! :) I'm very sad to read you have remaining symptomps from Covid :( I hope once they will totally disappear, of course it that is possible. And the story about the dog of your neighbour is so cute!
Comment: Thanks for sending! Yes, I've often wondered if maybe Wikipedia just offers the least read articles in that "random article" link to give them some exposure! At any rate, at least we are learning something new!
Comment: Yes, that is interesting! I grew up in Baker City in Eastern Oregon which was very close to the old Sumpter Valley Railroad. Early railroad history has always been interesting to me. Thank you for sending---I'm sorry I took so long to rate you!
Comment: I’m afraid I’ve been super busy the last several weeks, and have not had time to pay proper attention to your list - so, here’s your rating! I will pop back in, change/update this text, and give you some feedback in the next little while!
Comment: Thank you so much for the cool summer PC with some great advice on it. The pier shown in the PC looks a lot like Pleasure Pier in Galveston, only, ours has an amusement park with a Ferris wheel at the end just past the restaurants. Our big restaurant on there is Bubba Gump's. Have a wonderful day!
Comment: Thank you so much for the PC of the Bush's summer home and really cool list of names! Itb seems like Maine is a lot like Texas. You have to wonder how they come up with some of the things they name little towns. LOL! Have a wonderful day!
Comment: Beautiful card!! My family has had a cottage a block up from Goose Rocks Beach (behind The Tides Inn) since 1947! My great grandfather built the lovely house and it's been in our family ever since!! Thanks for the great facts about Maine and the pretty Nubble Light PC!
Comment: Hello Neal. I love to read message that take up the entire writing space on the PC. The words mean more to me than the PC itself. I also loved the image on the postcard. All the best to you today and aways. Vita Lynné
Comment: I love watching birds too!! I think ALL the animals that come through my backyard distract me. I sit at a window as well so it's fun to watch the wildlife happening out there. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you get to see some rare birds this season :)
Comment: I love the variety of stamps on your ATC.
I also love the note you sent me because it's on Lisa Frank stationary. Lisa Frank holds fond memories for me from my childhood. I remember having a Lisa Frank backpack and pencils and erasers and notebooks in first, second and third grade. This was all before I was home schooled and had brain surgery.
Comment: Thank you! :) I have never been on the Cog Railway but it is on my list of things to do. I don't get up to that part of NH often and there is so to do in the mountains! It's the curse of living too close "I can go any time I want to" lol
Comment: Hey there! What a wonderful little story to read. Thank you so much for sharing. I am ready to get back on the dating "horse" so to speak and it's so very uplifting to know that there are men in the world that have a heart of gold. Fingers crossed you all get to move soon!!!
Comment: Thanks for the interesting card. I hope it is warming up there. Your ID was hard to see . The postmark covered your username, and other postal marks on the bottom of the card interferes with your signature. Be safe and well.
Comment: Thank you! I go to Quincy Market often :) Even though I live 45 miles or so from Boston, and the closest big city is Worcester, I have a horrible time finding postcards for anywhere other than Boston lol. There is one gift shop in Marlboro (about 10 miles away) that sells some central MA cards...I went there recently to stock up and they were running so low. I've only ever been able to find Worcester cards once or twice at random local shops and I have never found them again lol
Comment: Oh, my! That's a long drive. It's 27 hours for us, and that is a long three days. If you've got the time, it might be fun to stretch it out and enjoy it. If you're under time pressure - yikes! Thanks for the Chunk. I enjoyed the fab 60s hair and mustaches! The hair doesn't seem quite BIG enough to have slipped into the 70s, but I could be wrong! :)
Comment: Hi Neal!!
safely received your card today, thank you for the extra one! i will safely pass your pc over on the next round:)
it is surprisingly warm here in Wales, we are expecting a red warning storm here soon with 100mph winds !
Comment: There have definitely been some weird winters during my adult life. When I was a kid we could always dig forts out of the mountains of snow at the end of our suburban driveways. Now, you get a winter where you can't even snowshoe. I hope that you get a good dump soon!
Comment: What a wonderful postcard! Not only the picture, but also what you wrote. I, too, have two telescopes in the house, but mainly use my binoculars. They are so much faster and easier to grab. I was drawn to read your profile afterwards - what an interesting person you are! If I get out to Maine again, I would hope to be able to meet. Your collections sound fascinating and I would love to see them as my husband and I too collect currency from various places, though we do not do the research you do. Have a wonderful day. I hope we get a chance to swap again soon. Sandy
Comment: Thank you so much for the great Bicycle cards! Hoping to get a full frankendeck made of just Bicycle one day. I'm glad you were able to see some of your family for the holidays! Hope you all are having a good 2022! ^_^
Comment: Hi Neal! I learned (or possibly re-learned from childhood, not sure!)...how to play rummy. I really like it, but prefer more than 2 people when playing. I think of Scrabble as a board game, and play often with my mum. I haven't played shoots and Ladders forever, but I do have it. Along with The Muppet Game and The Inventors 🙂
Thanks for sharing the games!
Comment: Just got your postcard today, Neal, which is why I'm just now rating it. Seems the mail was a bit slow during December. Happy New Year! (P.S. Loved the PC you sent of Queen Elizabeth and her husband. Thank you!
Comment: Very neat cards, thank you! I miss being able to hike through woods, we have to drive 3 hours to get to any semblance of woods. Enjoy being so close to your granddaughter! My parents still live across the country from my kiddos and I wish they were closer.
Comment: Thank you, great playing cards. Enjoyed your note. I watched my M-I-L and learned home made Greek food. She always used twice as much olive oil as was needed, ha ha ha. I love(d) her so very much. She reminded me of my Granny. I grew up poor in Texas, one of my Aunt's is Mexican immigrant. We stood in line to eat her tortilla's. . .my Mom cooked Tex-Mex food. I didn't know other foods until I moved to Oregon, ha ha ha I wish you love and health in 2022
Comment: Neal I laughed so hard at this PC. I don't know if it was meant to be funny but it definitely made my day!! I want some answers for these questions as well. These are great questions!! Also - why is the mail from Maine so frigging slow!?!? hahahaha It's always worth the wait. Happy holidays buddy!
Comment: I am giving my boyfriend a telescope for Christmas so I am looking forward to seeing the wonders of the nighttime sky too! I also think it will be a fun way to spend time together! Thanks for sharing and be well!
Comment: Thanks so much! Flat mail gets here faster if mailed directly to Germany, while packages get here faster through the APO. I am still waiting for about 10 flat swaps from September. They usually come in bundles all at once!
Comment: Great answers! I said Jurassic Park too! Totally forgot about Roger Rabbit, that was one of my favorite movies growing up. I'm sure it still holds up today because visually it was so ahead of its time. I've never really seen Star Wars but I've seen a lot of videos on Reddit about the effects were made and how advanced it all was. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the great cards and your note. I also grew up in the 50's and early 60's. We were around radio and TV stations all that time, and got to actually meet some of the country artists of that time. I am going to my first concert since 2019 on Dec 10. I am taking my daughter to Kansas City to see the group Home Free.
Comment: I just loved your letter, Neal! I believe this is my second letter I ever got from you and I will never cringe reading them! Take good care of you and I'll love to have you as a partner again! 🤗
Comment: Thank you for the Yasso card. My favorites of these are Sea salt caramel, mint chip, and the chocolate coated ones I found at Walmart. My daughter has a friend whose 3 daughters she treats like family as she has know them since they were born. My Daughter always had kids around that called her Mama T and the ones that knew me called me Grandma.
Comment: Lovely Oldsmobile card--thanks for sending it my way. As to your response--couldn't agree more! I hate having clutter but it's sometimes inevitable because I'll forget where I put it if I try being sly and tucking it somewhere "organized," haha!
Comment: I agree that it doesnt matter if I know the words to music or not, I still enjoy. I have some Native American music that I can sing every word to but I do not know the translation. I still enjoy. Thanks for the great swap.
Comment: Wow! Let's start with the handcrafted envelope. I love it. Then, a full page letter (both sides). I'm still smiling. Loved the authentic vintage postcards. The trivia re Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play, "The Mousetrap" was quite surprising. I have to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your letter. You have a writing style that makes me feel as though you are speaking directly to me (in a very calming demeanor). I've never heard your voice, but I sense it when reading your words. Thank you so much.
Comment: Thank you for the great playing cards! Both new to me. My collection is in two 3-ring binders (2 inches each binder). It is amazing just how many different decks of cards there are - and more being designed and coming out each month. I hope you are able to find people interested in boardgames. We are also searching for fun people to play boardgames (some friends get way too serious and competitive). Thank you for the nice note. Take care!
Comment: hi neal - i loved reading about what u collect. i think its so interesting to hear about what people like to collect. thats so cool about the banknotes! thanks for the cards i love them. the new hampshire one is especially super neat. take care and good luck with ur frankendeck! i hope u get all the cards that u love !!! <3
Comment: Thank you, Neal! Great cards and both new to my collection. It astounds me just how many different deck themes there are out there!
yep the USPS lose stuff left and right. last year they lost a WWII Stretcher --- I mean wow. how the heck..... *sigh* sad really! I'm so sorry they lost your bicycle!! that is incredibly maddening! I Do hope you were reimbursed....
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome letter! I enjoyed reading about all your concert experiences and we share the same interests in music! I've also had the opportunity to see alot of those bands in concert as well and they make for great memories! I enjoyed the pictures as well!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter!I enjoyed reading about your birds!! I have an owl in the neighborhood who serenades me when I get up before work! I am so glad you have gotten to see your grandkids!ANd so much closer! yea! Thanks for the uplifting letter again!
Comment: I love that you're answer matched your postcard!! Mos Eisley sounds like an exciting place to visit with tons of interesting shenanigans!! 😂 I don't know that I would want to live there, but it's only because I'm not scrappy enough. I picked the beach life myself. 😁 Thanks for the card!!
Comment: Thanks for the chicken and waffles. This is by far one of my favorite meals ever. I love it. Esp when the chicken is fried just right and the waffles are buttermilk. I love chicken McGriddles too. Yum. Thanks for the share
Comment: Thank you so much for the Sorcerer Mickey note pages and WDW postcard. Perfect timing since they just celebrated their 50th anniversary! I hope you can make out to CA sometime soon! Take care!
Comment: I loved your playlist a lot!! I am muchh younger than you but I love talking heads and pink floyd too. I cant help singing along to build me up buttercup too :) I have always loved older music, its so weird to think that for you these are songs you grew up with!
Comment: Oh my gosh, Neal! First of all I love the cards, and really loved your letter (I literally laughed out loud at the jokes). When I opened up the paper about Ethiopian currency, though, and saw the birr note... I am so touched by your thoughtfulness! My daughter is really excited to add it (along with the fact sheet) to her scrapbook, and she and I both thank you. Your kindness is much appreciated!
Comment: Thank you so much for the sheet music, and I'm so excited to try out the practice pieces! I might play them before I turn them into crafts :) Thank you also for the bonus lighthouse. What a gorgeous postcard. Hope you have a great weekend!
Comment: Hey Neal! It's been awhile! I love that lighthouse scene. I am putting this in the "special" pile for watercolor inspiration in the future. Also - cracked up at Quidditch on TV. See you in the mailbox!
Comment: Thank you for the cards. I don't have either& they will bea nice addition to my Franken deck. I really enjoyed your note. I grew up in the 50"s and danced to all those songs. But I love the music from the 20s thru the 40s And wow all the birds you can see. Yesterday we has several Cardinals and some Blue Jays visit our feeders.. Thanks for sharing. Have A Wonderful day .bearnbabs
Comment: Thanks. I enjoyed The Boxcar Children when I was a girl. I hope you continue to improve. I recently lost a friend to Covid; she waited too long to start her vaccination. Then She waited too long before going to the hospital. So sad.
Comment: Oh, hi again! I watched a couple of episodes of the Mandalorian when it first came out (hell, I may have actually finished the first season? It was so long ago) but I don't remember who Cara is. From your description it sounds like she'd definitely be the one to call. And thanks for sharing a memory of your Edaville trip!
Comment: I always appreciate getting cards from you--unlike many you always provide long and meaningful answers! And thanks for sending me a shark card, also! Your traditions are great and it's hilarious that it took your daughter three years to notice a fake tree. My mom's family is Mexican so for the holidays that meant a lot of pozole (soup) and biscochos (cookies)--do the restaurants around you serve that around Christmas? Here's to many more beautiful traditions with our loved ones!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful New England Autumn postcard and your nice message. I noticed as we were out and about yesterday, that some of the trees are starting to change color. It gives a little brightness as our sunny summer days to disappear and the cloudy, rainy fall and winters to arrive. I hope you are well!
Comment: Thank-you so much for the lovely postcards! I especially love the Alice in Wonderland ones! They will be going up on my wall for inspiration. I feel like we have had each-other as partners a few times now, I hope you are well! Thank-you again!
Comment: Sounds like and eventful September! Sorry to hear about the lung therapy; that doesn't sound like something anyone wants to be doing. Hope you get well soon! Thanks for the postcard! I'll have to keep an eye out for the brew here. There is a place in town that might just carry it. Otherwise I'll have to wait until my next east coast visit.
Comment: Thank you for the Jokers and the extra cards. I LOVED your letter-- I'm trying to watch all the studio ghibli movies, or at least the top 10. I have a tracker in my bullet journal. Hope you are doing well!
Comment: Thank you for the great elephants picture and your note. I have all 6 books of the Hitchhikers Guide, 5 in one and the 6th one separate. My daughter and oldest grandson both loved those stories.
Comment: I was so thrilled when I got this post card as I discovered Hundertwasser when traveling in Japan of all places and really love his work. It was really interesting to learn about his background as an architect. Thank you for the great description on the pc. Sorry for the delay! I thought I had rated this one.
Comment: Thank you for the amazing photos, I really enjoyed seeing how your August went! I love the fridge door artwork - we too have the same for my 7-year old! I'm with you - go the whole hog and have a whole wall for it! We have a 'washing line' along our landing too, where we peg up work and certificates! Thank you so much for sharing :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! I always enjoy your letters. I still want to visit Maine. Maybe someday. Thanks for asking about my husband. We are waiting to hear if his covid test is negative now but he's still having some issues with the lungs and the pneumonia. Have a wonderful day!
Comment: Your fridge art gallery is precious - the kids are talented! And adorable. I looked up the bird on my Seek app, and it says it's a Red-shouldered Hawk. He looks a bit like one I spotted here too. I love seeing them on our walks. Thanks for sharing these photos - I love seeing them!
Comment: I just received your swap for this today. Thank you very very much, for the sets of wonderful postcards with extras! I esp. love the flower ones! So pretty! Thank you too, for your so nice note! So, You had visited here in Canton, PA. as a youngster?! How neat is that! Yeah, The railroading is no longer here and hasn't been here , if I remember correctly since early 1970's. I recall them tearing down railroad bridge. Nothing at all remains of the railroad. Not even the tracks. But like you, I love trains! My great grandpa got me into it. As he had worked in the Round house. He was 17 in 1917 when he started and retired in 1973. He worked for Lehigh Valley railroad then. I had so much fun riding the trains, when they weren't in use! He always shared amazing stories with me too, of when he was younger, how things were back then. I loved it and I wish he could have written a book about it. Anyway, Again thank you for what you sent.
Comment: Thanks for the Macchu Picchu found image postcard.:) I've travelled virtually to Macchu Picchu 😜 - Google Streetview and YouTube. I hope you get a chance to go someday. I have a friend who went and loved the adventure. Thanks for hosting another Found Image swap!
Comment: Thanks for the chunk! I'm a two cup of coffee drinker too. It's what helps me keep up with my kids!! I'm glad you are getting to enjoy your grand daughter. Kids are hard, but it does go by so fast!! I hope you are well!! Thanks again!
Comment: Neal, always love your found images! I have never been to Machu Picchu either... also on my bucket list. I do have an 89 yr old friend that has been... he recounted the trip wonderfully! I've never done a train trip through Canada, either... I've heard it's beautiful. Did you think so? Thank you for the wonderful ATC 😃 hope we swap again soon 🙂
Comment: Thank you for the great pc. I have a friend that has Covid on and off for over a year now. She’s going thru congestive heart failure now and trying to get her body back in her control. I pray you can get past it sooner rather than later!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I think that what matters is that Birthday Girl aka Maureen enjoyed the trip. My first trip with my parents was when I was 4. I don't remember it, but I do remember it was fun.
Comment: The heart is for your entertaining answers. I expected short sentence responses, but you threw so many interesting details in that I genuinely enjoyed reading them. I bet you’d make an excellent author.
Comment: I love wheresgeorge! Last month or so I got a $5.00! That was exciting. I am always on the lookout for George dollars :) I went on the other websites you mentioned. It's great that you volunteer for those organizations. Thanks so much for sharing!
Comment: I wish all the best in 2021 summer and reset your body as it was pre-covid. I think many people do not realize how it could be ''no the best'' if you got covid... I hope things will be all good in the next weeks. happy summer
Comment: Received your beautiful PC today for the Nubble lighthouse. I love it shows part of the ocean! Thank you for it and your movie prompt answer. All the movies you wrote down, I have seen nearly all of. Esp. Bridge to Terabithia, The Lovely Bones ( I own), Lost Girls, When Marnie was there, The Fault is in our stars, Armageddon ( I own ), My sister's keeper, Up ( I own ), and Soul Surfer. All so Good! Awesome choices Neal!
Comment: Well, That's a first, me getting you for both swaps, this one & the prompt one! But pretty neat though! Anyway, I received your PC's today and thank you for the J for Jarkarta and your J answers. Love me some fresh Juice( orange) ! I have always done everything from scratch, Like the orange juice, the Lemonade etc. Not to mention bake goods & food. I'm not a boxed food lover at all. Anyhow, You did great, coming up with so different J answers! Oh, esp. for the festival food Jalapeno's ! I love those, yum! Have a wonderful day Neal!
Comment: Hello Neal! Thank you for sharing about your summer, it seems like you are able to relax and have some time for yourself while you recover, which is always nice! I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you get well soon! Take care :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I know how tough it is, my husband and 7 year old (at the time) got Covid in the beginning of the lockdown here in California. I hope those post-covid symptoms fade quickly.
Comment: What a wonderful trip to Disney World...and such great memories for you all of seeing your granddaughter's reaction to everything. The Mickey Mouse cake is super cute. Your granddaughters looks so happy in all the photos.
Did you record her sharing what she still remembers? I wish I did that of my daughters when we went on trips when they were that age. I think it would be fun for them to have watched a video later in life of their reactions to what they saw.
Her answer and reaction to the security guard at the airport was priceless. Thanks for including that!
Comment: Thank you som much for the fantastic card! You should give this series a try... but I get that there is just too much good entertainment out there. It took me years to finally watch Stranger Things. ;-) Take care!
Comment: Thank you for the Information PC, Neal. I understand totally about the inclement weather!⚡️💨. All of your answers are so creative and impressive. (I spend lots of time on this swap series and appreciate when others do too!)
Comment: That is such a cute story, thanks for sharing 🥰 I'm happy for you and Maureen that this was the last vacation before that crazy pandemic. It was only a few weeks before my son was born and he has never lived a day without a pandemic until now. 🤷🏻♀️ So I am trying to imagine what his first 'real' holiday trip might be and your story gave me hope of that to happen sometime in the future. So thank you 🤗
Comment: THANK you for the wonderful letter. You have beautiful handwriting. Interestingly enough, The Dark Tower/series is on my TBR list. I love how the first and last line are the same. It shows what an incredible writer Stephen King is. Covid is crazy, I had no idea it can mess with reading. Thank you for the wonderful letter.
Comment: Anything from you is always extra special. Love the Portland pc! I love your answer! I didn't even think of OUAT!! I adore that series, watched it twice.. once as it was running, and again last year during the pandemic. And I found OUATIW a few months ago ( I love Disney Channel)...It was very well done. But I didn't want it to end! Always enjoy the Alice books.
(I used The Newhart Show... ended with a scene from the Bob Newhart Show..very clever).
Thanks for such a great swap!
Comment: Hi there Neal and thanks so much for the Maine PC ( lovely scenery) and telling me about your dream in a field & a girl with baby. Very interesting read! I too wish I knew what dreams represent. As I have the same dream over & over since I was 10 years old.
Comment: Runaway tires - now THAT is definitely scary. I hope all was okay with that boat! And oh noes - when the kiddos lose their favorite stuffy or toy it's an emergency haha :P Otherwise, it sounds like it was a fun and eventful weekend with the grandkiddos! ^^
Comment: Neal, thank you so much for this beautiful ATC you sent me! I love the Halloweeny feel of it! It is truly such a wonderful photo that you took, I am so glad that you shared it with me. I am astounded by how many movies you have, I am trying to build up my own personal collection! I also have always wanted to try snowshoeing, it sounds like such a wonderful winter activity! I hope that you are able to do more of it this coming winter! Thank you so much again, I am truly so grateful and appreciative!!
Comment: Very nice photos, and so many! Yahoo won’t let me send that many. You remind me of me - I too hate the heat. At least you’re farther north where’s its not blazing hot 8 months of the year.
Thanks for hosting this swap, Neal!!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATC and card, Neal! I'm always stoked to hear about your Wizard of Oz movie collection, I'm quite envious! I don't have many movies, but I have multiple copies of Return to Oz and the MGM Oz, and I have a boxed set of an anime series of Oz).
Have a wonderful day!
Beautiful pictures!! I have never seen lilies that color purple. I'm envious of you living at Cape Cod. I got to visit my boyfriend's parents who lived on Nantucket. I really love the ocean. What gorgeous lavender at the Cape Cod lavender farm. I really like the rosehips too. Thank you for sharing.
Comment: Rcvd both partners swaps today. Yay!!! My 📫 was 😀 i love a 😃 day!!! Thank you neal! Ps go gurts are great of u put them in the freezer for a frozen yogurt treat or you leave them frozen when u pack kids lunches and they are thawed out by lunch and they keep the rest of the food cold. Also hope you get my cardboard soon too. Looking forward to your rating promptly. Happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you for your answers. My grandpa and I had train sets - we had a whole set up in the basement. We used to have so much fun! I even had a conductor hat that he gave me when I was 6. I still have it. :-)
Response: Happy that you still have that precious memento .
Comment: Thank you for your email! I absolutely love Hithickers guide to the galaxy - as a radio play. I've listened to it multiple times in Finnish and it's absolutely the best for anxiety.
I hope you get fully well soon!
Response: I haven't listened to the radio plays. I tried reading some but didn't enjoy it. I have loved literally eery other thing he ever wrote.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful lighthouse PC! I would love to see all those lighthouses that you have seen. We were trying to see one in Hawaii but we were having a hard time finding it. So we asked someone, and that person said, "Oh, you see that mountain. Just hike to the top and there's a trail down to it. About a mile." W-E-L-L maybe tomorrow. As B.J.Thomas sang "Tomorrow Never Comes" LOL! Have a wonderful day!
Response: We have found many that are best and easiest seen from a boat.
Comment: The heart is for making me laugh with the tomato on front.:) I am hoping that my Hawaii trip will happen as I transferred my payment for Alaska to it. You could drive to WA and Or...may take you a hard week. But that's not fun way to go. Maybe next year, we can travel without fear of getting sick.
Comment: Loved the booklines and the letter! All of my kids and hubby have read "The Ultimate Hitchhickers Guide to the Galaxy" series. They loved it. I still have yet to read it. Was there a movie made from it? Yes, I have not caught covid yet. Right now I'm not in good health, so the doctor says no for me to get the vaccine. My Aunt & Uncle in their 80s got both vaccines. No reactions. A few days later they were exposed to covid from a neighbor, and both got very sick. THey are still sick. My Aunt and my cousin are still suffering with "covid asthma". Their doctor says it isn't asthma, but regardless, they have a difficult time breathing. Poor them! Thank you again! I hope you're feeling back to normal soon!
Response: Sorry to hear your Aunt and Uncle are having such a rough time. Both my wife and a friend got it after their first shot but both were mild cases.
There is a movie of the first book but it is horrible. At the least, read the book before you watch it.
Comment: I love waffles. And am totally jelly y’all have fresh maple syrup. We buy fresh syrup from the store. We lived in upstate New York when I was younger and we would get it often. My dad freezes it down here and we get it. I love it. Thank you for the awesome vintage card
Comment: Thanks for the card, Neal! SoCal just had its first major heatwave of the summer— it hit 104 degrees this past week and a nearby park had a bush fire. Hopefully it’s cooler for you next month.
Comment: Dear Neal, thank you for the wonderful note you included. I loved the news about being able to finally see your granddaughter. I'm so happy for you! I also loved the cards, super cool. Big smile, Aurora
Comment: Hello again, I feel like we have ended up being partners for a few swaps now haha. Thank-you for the lovely postcard, & that is so exciting to hear about the foxes! So adorable! Hope you are well, all the best!
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard, and I'm glad we have similar musical tastes :D in my city there are two beautiful churches, interesting to visit but there is no possibility to listen to the choir :(
Comment: Hi Neal! Yep, we love when summer comes but we also complain about the heat! LOL! It is great for the hubby's garden and your flowers, so... Good with the bad! I am sorry to hear you had COVID and are still recovering - it is so strange how it has effected different people - some like the flu and others long term. I am hopeful with having the vaccine that I will not get it, but as they said, hopefully you will not die if you do get it now - well thanks, at least there is hope! Thanks for the share! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: I think the Apollo13 chunk of one of my favorite of all time!! That's a great card and movie!! I hope your flowers are holding steady and that you've spotted some hummingbirds! We raised butterflies this year from caterpillars and that was so fun. I hope it helps other's gardens. Best wishes!!
Comment: I'm not sure why you are cutting back on coffee, but I love both sarcasm and coffee!! I'm fact that sounds like a wonderful combo. I think we would get along great!! I hope you are feeling better and back to hiking this Spring. Slow and steady!! Thanks for the chunk!! Thin mints go almost as well with coffee as sarcasm. 😁😉
Comment: Hi Neal- Thanks for the booklines. I have actually read Hitchhiker's Guide but it was a long long time ago- I think I was in early High School?? Did you ever watch the BBC series of it ? I remember watching it when I was younger as well and I really loved it. Thanks for the PC...I have travelled around New England a bit- It's my favourite area of the states that I have been to so far.... take care :-)
Comment: Thank you...beautiful picture..unfortunately the front has some smears or tears on the front but I can still tell it was a beautiful scene. Fun to hear about your little Fox family, that has to be fun. We live on a farm so have lots of critters around and love the wildlife too. Never have had a fox den around though, that has to be fun
Comment: Hi Neal, I think it’s awesome you have a wonderful history with TUHGTTG! It’s on my TBR, so hopefully I can bump it up the list after reading your letter about it.
I’m very sorry to hear Covid hit your household. I’m glad you’re on the mend and I hope you get to do all the things you love again. Take it easy and just take it one day at a time. Best of luck!
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter! I’m sorry to hear that you and your wife got sick but I’m glad you’re getting better and getting to see your daughter and granddaughter. I have no children of my own but I miss my nieces and nephews. The hummingbirds sound awesome I would love to see them! Take care of yourself love to your family!
Comment: Thank you so much for the "spring" notecard, I loved reading all about your spring doings. We dont have bears so much as we do copperheads and deer running across our maib dark road home from jobs. I've hit 3, my husband 2. I need to put front bars on my truck! I too am readying my garden. Lowes has some plants I got on sale. ANd it was 90 degrees here in GA today! ugh, we hardly have a springtime here down south! Happy Swapping!!
Comment: Hi Neal. Every day I seem to be more obsessed with playing cards. I've always loved playing cards and collected whole decks for awhile. Anyway, Neal, I really like the Harley Davidson and Coke cards! Thanks, too for the Joker! Your note was so kind and it is a pleasure getting to know you and your family. Best regards, Alma
Comment: Thank you so much for the ST. Luke PC and your list. I go through stages. There are several TV shows I enjoy right now but I go through periods where I'm not interested in any of it. Have a wonderful day!
Comment: Thank you for the great loon postcard. A duck laid eggs in our backyard and the other day there were 13 baby ducklings in our pool. So cute. Thank you for all of the "L" Scatts.
Response: I used to keep ducks. A couple times they escaped from the pen and my neighbor called me to let me know they were in his pool. I found that interesting because the pond was closer than the pool.
Comment: Received your Q postcard today and thank you very much for the lighthouse and for your great list for the Q answers! Hey, I choose Quinn also for pet name. I love that name and wanted to name one of my sons that. Only wanted it Quintin. But dear hubby wouldn't agree to it. Anyway, I liked all of your answers.
Comment: Brilliant cards thank you so much, I am loving them as additions to my deck. The circuit diagram is really cool. Thank you for your letter, fascinating to hear of snow, when it is so humid and steamy here, it has not dropped below 24C overnight! Enjoy your family, and thanks again.😃🌻
Comment: Neal, I want to say I really enjoyed reading your note, jokes and quote....all of it was so good! Thanks for sharing with me. It's spring here now and we have had a beautiful Easter weekend so far. Thank you for the swap!
Comment: Thank you the cards to add to my collection. Thank you for the info on Miss Pat's Playroom. I watched it in the early 60's in Northern California but I've never heard of anyone actually watching it and I so loved it as a little girl.
Comment: Thank you for the post card! I would love to visit Chicago sometime. Sounds like you’d be a good person to talk with about the best places to visit. Hopefully we will be able to travel soon! Best Wishes for you and your family!
Comment: Hello Neal, I received your great Halloween postcard today:-) Thank you so much:-) I was an Au Pair in Illinois about 20 years ago, and Halloween wasn't known in Germany back then (it is now, and children go begging for sweets also - even in the small village where I live). So my very first Halloween in the year 2000 was very special to me. Thank you so much for bringing back memories:-)
Oh, and I totally envy you for the hummingbirds;-) I'd really love to see some in wildlife some day:-)
Comment: True: statement: You never got a chance to get your private pilot's license.. Yes?
Response: Actually, when I blacked out and my plane hit a concrete barrier, my chest smashed into the yoke and my heart stopped. Fortunately, there were people right there who knew CPR and the ambulance and hospital were both very close.
Comment: Thank you so much for the resend. I didn't reach out because I figured the original would eventually show up! I got a PC from New York last month that had been sent in December...so things trickle in sometimes. haha I really loved reading your answers. I feel like I learn something about you when I get cards from you. It's awesome.
Comment: I am starting my first garden! My husband can't work it so I am going to try it. The rows are in (yea, tractor) and 2 tomato plants are in. I can't do much at any one time. Tomorrow I want to get my seeds planted.
Comment: What a cool piece of information! I had no idea that a furnace still stands to this day. It is exactly like what I've seen in the empire games that I've played. I learned something new today, thanks!
Comment: Always a pleasure to correspond with another gentleman swapper! Thanks for the message, I too am subject to checking (and rechecking, and rechecking) the doors are locked at night. I also tend to "chirp my car alarm" to make sure it's locked. Best, Rick
Comment: This was a really interesting topic. I didn't realize there was a different between a credit card and a charge card. I've read and own that book by Edward Bellamy---he describes several interesting things that ended up coming to pass. In high school, I worked at a small town grocery store (c.1995) and used a charge-plate for the locals. My husband and I currently have three credit cards that can be used anywhere and three store credit cards so we fit the statistic you found! Thanks for the fun info!
Comment: Thanks for your answers - it is so interesting to learn how others answer the same questions. Fun fact - you mentioned the movie When Marnie Was There - my brother-in-law wrote the English adaptation/script for it! He is an animation writer/director and loved the project :) We loved the movie too!
Response: That's cool. Thank him for me. I use anime to learn a little Japanese and I appreciate it when the English language track is close to the original Japanese in meaning and it is not overly Americanized. I have seen many where the difference between the two makes me wonder if they are telling the same story.
Comment: Well, This PC of yours sure has been around the block or 2. I just got it today and see you sent it Feb. 2nd. Anyway, You are right, the PC of this man with pineapple over his one eye is very ugly. Apparently, Someone else didn't like it either. Because someone put an X in black marker over the whole PC. Pretty rude, I think.
Response: Really? It wasn't like that when I mailed it. I find myself wondering more and more why the USPS does some of the things they do... and where all that missing mail goes. There must be a really big pile somewhere.
Comment: Your letter arrived safe and sound - and pretty fast too! Good luck with the sunflowers. Last year we had some grow out of a planter that we used to feed squirrels. Guess the squirrels didn't get all the seeds.
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard and the fun wordsearch. Now that I've read your profile, I am not surprised that you used the flower theme! I loved reading your profile, by the way. I've often fantasized about living in southern Maine, ever since my son and I went there on a vacation years ago. Be well and enjoy the garden.
Comment: Thank you so much for such a cool postcard!! Where did you come across a piece of cardboard like this? It made my day when it came in the mail! Thank you!! Hope you enjoyed the snow - I'll try to send some more your way as I'm quite sick of it by now. 😋
Comment: Thank you for the playing cards and nice note. The temps here are finally above freezing but it has melted the snow. It was nice to have something other than dead grass / mud on the ground. I hope it is warmer up there now. Take care.
Comment: Thank you for the really interesting playing cards. I Love them. I too, am not trying to build a deck. It's nostalgia for me. When I was a kid, (in the stone age) we collected playing cards to trade. We bought packets of them at the 5 and dime (that's not dollars) and most were ordinary, but some were really nice. Any way, a blast from the past. Hope you feel normal soon. Just got my second shot last week. Happy feet!
Comment: Oh my gosh, You sent me a Bee Gees PC! I love them so much! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read any of what you wrote for songs. Because one of the post offices stamped all over the whole card. I've been getting quite a few PC's like lately from others. Why do they feel they need to do that. It's so wrong & so rude! Please know that, you don't have to resend. It isn't your fault. I will definitely be keeping this Bee Gees PC however! Thank you again!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap, I took my time and read the letter, thank you so much for sharing your wisdom ( and experiences) love the quotes and of course the jokes, happy swapping, happy life, happy everything, best regards, Patty.
Comment: Thanks! I havent bought a book in forever, I'm at my library once a week minimally, getting all those to be reads in! But we used to have a free book place-it was always fun to find wishlist books, like a treasure hunt, but it has been closed
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I really like the picture of the beautiful duck with its baby. I enjoyed reading your list of your 10 favorite things. Maybe your say be full of all the things that make you happy.
Comment: I love it! I hadn't thought of using old record albums , but that's a great idea. Spring in the desert is my favorite time of year, and it looks like this could be a good one. We're already ahead on rain, so if that keeps up, it'll be spectacular! Come out sometime!
Comment: Aloha Neal. Mahalo for sharing stories of your youth. Your Gram sounds like she was an amazing woman! And I share my disdain for the smell of tripe - one of the not pleasant smells of my youth as well. Take care and stay safe and healthy. Happy Swapping 💌
Comment: Hi Neal, I hope you get the snow you need to replenish the drought. We also need more snow, but I really dislike dealing with it. We aren't in a drought situation here though, at least not yet.
Thanks for the great cards and I hope you are safe and well. I have been here in Minnesota, despite being an essential worker, in the food business as a delivery driver for a food chain delivering sandwiches to people who order from our sandwich shop. Have a magnificent day and happy swapping....
Comment: Thank you so much for your note, I really enjoyed reading about things going on in your life and family. We have actually had quite a bit of snow this year, probably more than the past 2 years combined. Guess all the snow is staying south of you this year!
Comment: I rode on one of those tourist steam trains once, called the "1880 Train", and it was cool but only went about 30 miles an hour, so not super exciting. I don't know if they went faster in real life in 1880 though. Still would be much better than stage coach.
Response: It probably didn't go much faster. 30 mph was really moving over 100 years ago. People probably would have been scared to death to go faster.
Comment: I love the Maine lighthouse postcards!!! The multi/view is beautiful! Thank you so much!! Enjoyed reading your note (the best part of any swap). I agree 💯% with your review of the situation. - Hugging trees is most cool!! - We’ve had a total 5” of snow this winter. Bah.
Comment: Thank you for the suggestions Neal! My son is a huge Stephen King reader. I think I will try reading one of his. My mom said he was the most brilliant writer she ever read next to Tolstoy lol. That short story sounds interesting as well since I like medical conditions and diseases. Thank you again!
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. :) Stew is a basic meal, but I find it interesting to see how people prepare things differently. I always seem to learn something new! :) and I don't think I've ever actually seen a recipe for turtle soup! I've heard of it, never eaten it, but this will be my first recipe for it! Thanks so much for sharing. :)
Comment: Neal! So glad to see your name on the envie today! Ha! Love the plot from 1997 on the envelope! Guessing you made the envelope? You must have a stash of electrical plots! -Yes! Happy New Year! I appreciated Karen Horney's opposition to Freud's theories on women :) and envy... Thanks for the PC! This story is off to a tragic start -yikes! I hope to see where it goes after it moves on!
Comment: Thank you for the cards, they are definitely new to my collection. Cool pattern on the envelope :) I really appreciate the post cards as well! I agree, it is crazy addressing with just the name and city...and 1 cent postage?!! We are doing worse than when we started with the pandemic as well. Parts of our county are in the orange zone, but most are cautious and we can only hope for a better 2021. I hope you and your family are well!
Comment: Thank you for the train postcard. My girls had a toy gremlin when they were young, probably about the age of your daughter at the time. My memory of trains is sitting on our front porch as a kid, counting the train cars that went by. In Montana the trains could have over a 100 cars so they would travel very slowly. It would take us awhile to count to the caboose. I think my mom gave us the task just to get us out of the house. :)
Comment: It's a coincidence, but I'm reading a Stephen King novel that is set in Maine and that has a character called Maureen.(The Institute) But the name could be from the Dutch translation, not sure. I hope your knees will get better fast and that you and your family will stay safe from Covid. It was an enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing.
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful cards you picked out! I love each and everyone of them. I also am a "kid at heart"! :D I also love the cute little Pikachu card! It just made my entire day! I also play Pokemon GO on my phone as well! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family at the cabins you rented! There was a huge blizzard where I live on Christmas Eve! I hope you stayed warm!! Have a wonderful new year, and thank you SO much again!!
Comment: Fantastic postcard. Best of luck to your wife, I have managed to avoid covid so far, but several of my coworkers have had it. So I don't know if I'm lucky or more careful....I hope I didn't just jinx myself
Comment: Thank you for the great playing cards and fun mini-envelope. We also got snow that is currently sticking around which is very unusual for this time of year. Snow-shoeing sounds like fun and I hope to try it some day. Thanks for the nice note and for hosting this swap. Take care and stay safe!
Comment: Hello, Thank you for writing 3 haiku.
You were the host when I first joined swap-bot. And as for haiku, I understand Japanese haiku, but I can't say anything about English haiku. So it will automatically add 5 and a heart. but I feel Thank you for your love for your grandchildren and for being safe in the pandemic now. I am okay. take care and stay safe.-Mina :)
Comment: Neal! thank you for the cards and wonderful note. I am really enjoying them too. mostly because it is an easy way for me to send and receive mail. I get stressed if its too hard haha. I watched the whole Star Wars over the summer! and mandalorian. We watching 1-3 4-6 7-9 in that order. haha I really had fun.
Comment: Thank you! I enjoyed reading your card, you put that extra effort in that made me smile. I agree this year has been challenging, happy to hear how safe you are being. Soon things will start to turn around 🥰
Comment: Wow, i hadn't heard of Ms. Sendlerowa and that was so fascinating. I've watched lots of documentaries like about the kindertransport and the children that resettled elsewhere. Very cool card, thank you! :):):)
Comment: What a great set of words you chose!! I did not know any of them (is that bad? LOL) and a couple of them are mouthfuls! Until I get the hang of saying them (much less use them in a sentence!), I'll have them ready to use for Scrabble! LOL Thank you so much! Love the saturn pc too!!
Comment: Hi Neal. Thank you for the notecard and nice letter sharing your Christmas memories. Your memory of the service station is a good one. I hope that it works out that you can be together for Christmas. The cabins sound like a wonderful solution. We will probably do the deliver dinner and gifts to our daughters and their families, then do a zoom while we open gifts. I'm ready to get back to our 'normal' but we'll make do the best we can. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you! What an interesting tale of Rosa Parks. It's scary how much we are manipulated by people, organizations, etc. trying to paint a more effective picture than what the truth actually is.
Comment: Received your PC and will get it sent out in the next round. Great tip on removing stamps. Will have to give it a try. I will have to look into The Adept, it sounds like a good read. Thank you for the extra frog postcard.
Comment: Neal, the world needs more people in this world like you. Your letter truly touched me and I am so happy that you were assigned to me. Thank you so much for the motivation on ATCs. I really have no excuses now (and thank you for that). If it’s okay, I’d love to send you a postcard sometime. Enjoy the retired life, you’ve earned it!
Comment: Hi Neal! Thanks for the great chunk o cardboard! How neat that you have box of album covers. I think we have some from my husbands Grandma in the garage. Nothing amazing music wise but some interesting covers. This has given me an idea for a new life for them :)
Comment: Thanks for the very cool Chunk O Cardboard postcard! I love the Moody Blues, and the story of how this card came to be (via your mom's special stuff left for you) was heart warming. I feel honored to have a piece of it. Thanks again, and stay well in these odd times ♥
Comment: Thanks for the note along with the Stamp Card. I really enjoy learning about everyone I swap with. I think it's cool that your son in law has a Wizard tattoo. I have a few tattoos but none Alice related, yet. Take care, Aurora
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome box art chunk! I didn’t play much Diablo growing up but I’m quite familiar with the franchise nowadays. I totally agree about the heat, it’s not my favorite either, but year-round hiking is definitely worth it!
Comment: Great PC! This was a tough one! Thanks for your lists! I miss baseball too. Since you're a Red Sox fan, I must share that Curt Schilling was one of my students when I taught high school I always liked him, but his head was elsewhere. He was in my creative writing class, and when he got to the majors, I told him I wanted to read his memoir and that he'd better be keeping a journal. He was never good at that part, though, and I'm still waiting! I got to see him pitch the 4th game of the World Series here back in 2002. That was amazing!
Comment: I love these cards especially the dragon and the weird faces one(what deck is it?!)
Also, thanks for the star trek stamp.
My gateway was definitely TNG but the only ones I haven't seen is Enterprise onward
Response: That is from the Masquerade deck, Mardi Gras edition, by the US Playing Card Co.
Comment: What a wonderful surprise!! The cards are super neat and the Minnie note card set made me smile. Thank you!! 😊👍🏻
Oh ps sorry for the delay in rating as I have been working like crazy and have little time for the fun things.
Comment: Thanks for the card--some good Halloween movies there. Tomorrow there is a live stream reading of Rocky Horror Picture Show with Tim Curry as a fundraiser for Wisconsin Dems. They also did princess Bride (almost the entire cast) and Happy Days (4 of the original cast).
Comment: Thanks Neal! It was cool to read about the conversation you'd have with Andi Gutierrez. I bet Andi would be an amazing person to talk to about Star Wars! That car on the postcard is cool too! I read that it was in James Bond and Scarface.
Comment: Thank you for sharing some interesting facts about yourself! I, too, used to be politically active but fell back for the same reasons you listed. It's a shame how negative it all is now. I'm also for longer, cold winters!
Comment: thanks for the iris chunk o' cardboard - irises are one of my favorite flowers! I think it's neat that you have a box of cardboard chunks that your mother saved, and I feel honored that you shared one with me.
Comment: I remember listening to the Carpenters. :) easy listening.I enjoyed working with Girl Scouts but stopped when it wasn't fun anymore. Enjoy that young granddaughter...all before you know it, they are teenagers like mine.
Comment: I love the postcard you sent, thank you! I am epically failing at watching the StarWars movies in order. I still have never seen the 3 pre-quels. I really want to and I just got Disney + so hopefully soon!
Comment: Your Personality Test letter was VERY well-written and enjoyable. It was fun to learn more about the "INPF-T Mediator" personality type and hear what you thought of the test itself. Thank you very much!
Comment: Neal! thank you so much for the cards. This colorful art one is so pretty! I hope I get to see more of Germany too. Covid is really putting a damper on all the fun travel. I'm excited for fall. I know the colors are going to be so beautiful. It should be for you, too in Maine. Very jealous hehe.
Response: Colours were nice but not as good as "normal" and the trees dropped their leaves quickly. I think the drought stressed the trees.
Comment: Thank you for your comment, unfortunately we're experiencing a second wave of confirmed cases and having local lockdowns placed upon us everyday, the place I live in is at high risk as the two neighbouring villages and towns have high confirmed cases.
Its so upsetting when you stick to the rules but then because of some other people being selfish everyone else has to suffer. Stay safe
Comment: I loved all your answers! And your comment about your first cellphone reminded me of my story .. my mom bought me a TracFone so that when we went shopping on Black Friday, we could communicate between different stores or departments. Thanks for bringing back that memory!
Comment: First off, LOVE the frog rainforest cafe p/c. You think you are low on p/c's but I have only 1 shoebox that is not even filled, lol. Wish I had your abundance! Secondly, I am with you on your thoughts of how the Feds are doing things. I am not one to loudly express myself so when I read your opinions and thoughts, I must say, I stand with you firmly. Lets just hope things go better in the future. Im glad to hear your wife is back at her job. Hubby works for the FAA and were told 10 ft for a few months now. Sad how the rest of the "nation" isnt informed. I hope your wife stays safe and you can once again enjoy your grandkids, hugs.
Comment: Thank you for the fun "chunk!" I love doing this swap :) Yes, the tropical storm last month dumped a fair amount of rain here but it was the wind that really did us in. I was without power for a week! Stay safe and be well!
Comment: thanks so much for the little postcard filled to the max with interesting facts & personal notes from your one-syllable state! it definitely is advantageous for us retired folk to be *stuck* at home to some extent these days ... great you are keeping in touch & staying safe!
Comment: Neal, you and your son-in-law did an awesome job on your deck ... man, I'd love to have something like that to sit out on (especially with the rockers - yep, their my favorite, well - next to a porch swing anyways! 😂)
I especially loved the view in the 3rd pic down that you shared as I can see more of a view that y'all see from your deck as you're sitting there. It's lovely!
Thanks so much for hosting this swap - it is one of my most favorite swaps I've done since being on Swap-bot (honestly, it is!) It's so fun to see everyone's outside spots and was a great idea. 😀
Comment: I absolutely love the Nancy Drew postcard, thank you so much!! And a vintage image at that! :)
I don't have an issue with my knees so much but I do seem to be prone to ankle twisting lol!
Stay safe and be well!
Comment: I am right there with you as far as all my vacation plans being cancelled! I love summer in New England and everything I look forward to has been a no-go. It's hard just trying to maintain a positive attitude but hopefully better days are ahead for everyone! Stay safe and be well.
Comment: Thank you for sending the unfinished story. What you’ve added is great and I can’t wait to write my five sentences. The envelope and note were very interesting too, I also love it when it becomes a winter wonderland outside. The way snow shimmers is so beautiful. Please continue staying safe!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers. Seems like we have some in common and we seem to think the same about some topics. Glad to get to know you a bit more through this swap. Thanks once again. Have a nice day :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the PC of Bush's summer home! I always wanted to make one of the fancy doll houses but that's a past dream and I've moved on. I bet this one will be beautiful when you're done. Have a wonderful day and stay safe!
Comment: Thanks for the cool card and telling me about the Clone Wars show! I know absolutely nothing about it, but was totally transfixed by your explanation. Need to add this to my binge list. THANKS! :):):)
Comment: Her nest at home at bedtime is a fun idea! Her name is good. I was hoping her books would all be bird themed. Her dialog with daughter didn't work for me--I'd have loved to see the kid talk the mother into letting her take part and see how they work it out. The business explanation didn't really tell a story -- I wanted interaction.
Response: Thanks for your comments. I tried something new and, in retrospect, it didn't work out nearly as well as I had hoped. I should have spent less time trying to fix it and just written something else.
Comment: Hi Neal, thanks so much for the moose PC, and especially for telling me the extra facts. I laughed when I read about stepping behind a tree until they lose interest, haha! Take care & keep cool ;)
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! The chipmunks have indeed been insane! I did befriend one that seemed a little worse for wear, but I have not seen her in a while so I dread the worst. I've been spending a lot of time with my birds. The cardinal couple are my favorite!
Comment: Love it! Your paciing of giving the information and the advancing heart attack and the understanding between mother and daughter -- really good job.
Technically it might not be "flash" fiction, (a bit too long) but, frankly I really don't like the whole flash fiction idea. I like whole stories.
Comment: Your story was so interesting to read. I could picture the scene as I was reading it. Especially interesting was the way you included thedecoding of the strange assembling of words! I wanted to keep reading more! Lol!
Comment: Thanks for sharing. Even though some memories are of grief, it is what shaped us who we are today. I also enjoyed Captain kangeroo and I always wanted the lady on romper room to see me and call out my name, LOL. Howdy Dowdy was on reruns and enjoyed it. Tang was the go to breakfast drink in our house--drinking it I felt like I could be a astronaut. I really enjoyed seeing how you saw things then and even now. Thank you.
Comment: Loved the long note and the impressionist art. I always think a person just has to "get" impressionist art or not. I love to look at it and study it, but I can't do it. I just do one more thing and one more things until it is done, and then it is no longer impressionist.
Comment: Thank you for sharing your June reads with me, Neal! I enjoyed your comments, and have added Duma Key to my "to be read" list. I grew up in Florida, and spent some time living near Longboat Key, where King has a winter home. I currently reside in landlocked Colorado, so it will be enjoyable to read a book he places on the FL coast—home! ;) Take care!
Comment: Wow! You did such a good job on this one, I thought it was an actual PC at first! Looks like a cute place. I've never been to New Hampshire or most of the East Coast. One of these days, when we can travel again, I'd love to drive all the way up to Maine.
Comment: Hi Neal! Love the COC you found... Trees are one of my favorite subjects for photographing! Yes, we are doing well, thanks for asking! Like you up there in Maine, we too are watching the idiots going crazy. Still going out as little as possible, and amazed at how many are NOT wearing a mask or social distancing when we do go out. I had to laugh at the "...She will probably be in high school..." - I feel that way about my son who is in CA!!
Comment: I LOVE the U.S. joker! It's so gorgeous. But then so are the others! Thank you so much. I'm not creating a "franken deck" either - just collecting, preferably jokers. Anytime you'd like to do some reading, let me know!
Comment: Whoaaaa your hobby is amazing! It such a rare hobby I think. Because you’re the first person I know doing this hobby. I kinda shock when I know that one radio can be that expensive...... but I think it’s fun!
Comment: Thanks a lot for the beautiful Mt Washington card, I really like it. How cool that you climbed it, we don't have mountains in the Netherlands but would love to Austria to and walk there in the summer.
Comment: What a great poem! It’s cool that your tried to do a more modern style without rhymes. Art is meant to take us out of comfort zones! The running motif of the different types of playgrounds through the generations was a great way to show time, reflect on change, and emphasize your theme while using dynamic imagery! I really enjoyed reading. Also thank you so much for the recipe postcard! I never thought to make muffins with tofu but I’ll have to try it cuz I love tofu! Happy swapping!
Comment: Thanks for the card. I've been doing jigsaw puzzles of artists paintings lately--me an everyone else in the country. Now working on a Van Gogh. Take my advice, avoid Georges Seurat, unless you have excellet, eyes, time and patience.
Comment: Hi Neal, thanks for the letter, it's more than a solid page. I imagine the Bear can be a problem but I'd love to live in a part of the world where I could see them in the wild. Stay safe in all the chaos in the world. :)
Comment: Thanks! I love album covers. What on earth did you DO to your vinyl that it wasn't even good enough to play? I tended to make a cassette copy of my vinyl and play that instead, I guess (more portable). So maybe that made the difference for me...
Response: I gave the vinyl to someone who molds them into fruit bowls and platters, with the labels still on them. They are fairly popular. People hang them on the wall. I just buy individual digital songs or albums. I haven't had trouble finding any old tune I wanted.
Comment: Neal, Thank you so much for this awesome swap of yours!! My niece is gonna love those stickers, she’s obsessed with those scenery kind of stickers!! Also, loved your precious note. You’re such a kind soul. Thank you!!
Comment: Great assortment! I like all sizes of playing cards because I craft with them instead of wanting to create a deck to play with.
York beach looks like a lovely walking beach...that is my favorite thing to do on a beach also. My favorite for that in my area is Napatree in RI...over a mile of sand.
I visit Cape Cod often and definitely agree about the walking beaches being limited but I make do. Any beach in a storm 😁.
Thanks for everything that you sent including the nice chatty note.
Stay healthy and best wishes,Mar/skinny52
Response: When I go to the Cape, I tend to hike the trails in the many conservation areas. My favorite is the Mashpee River Reservation, from the Rt.28 / Quinaquisset Ave end. In the summer you will see Osprey.
Comment: Thank you for the bookmark and the wonderful letter. I hope you get to visit the PNW soon. It was so nice to hear that you are listening to musica romantica. I also listen to music in french and Portuguese even though I understand very little of it, it's just so nice to listen to it.
Comment: Thank you sooooo much!! I love the PC and I also wrote that Star Wars music was my favorite too. However, mine is Darth Vadar’s March :) Where do you find the wonderful Star Wars Postcards?? I can’t find any!!! Thanks and hugs ~Jean
Comment: Thank you for the awesome eyes ATC! My husband and I have recently been watching The Ozarks, season two. I hope you get to see your grand daughter soon. Happy swapping!
(sorry for the delayed rating). Please see my profile page if you are in need of an explanation.
Comment: Thank you again, Neal, for your thoughtful letter and sharing more about the ice cream business you and your family likes to go to. (Triplet grandkids? Holy moley!) I also wanted to reassure you that it's totally OK you typed up the letter instead of handwriting. The important part is communication going both ways. Anyway, stay healthy and stay safe. =)
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your stories! Also, you write so elegantly. I thought I was reading a bestselling memoir. I appreciate you taking us through your family's adventures with all the pets that have blessed your life.
Comment: Thanks for messaging back and forth with me about the missing postcard! A postcard arrived today! I feel like it's the first one you sent since it arrived so fast after you said you sent it. I looked up Katie Woo books and they look so interesting! My Annabeth is about to turn 2 in a few weeks so I may have to look into these books to add to her future collection!
Comment: Hi again, Neal! I so enjoyed your card and the two poems you wrote. Both had such a mood to them in different ways and yet fit together so beautifully. Nicely done!
Glad to hear you're hanging in there during this never ending pandemic and quarantine time. I don't blame you for being moody when you can't see your grandchildren. That's hard.
All the best to you and keep writing to help express those many moods!
Comment: Hi Neal! Once again 5 + 💜 I do hope we will meeting friends again ... Starting from June the 3rd in EU the bordes will be open again ... I open to not go mad with people who refuse to practice social-distancing. 😷 am also doing movies watching with my husband ... we are watching all the Studio Ghibli films when he is not on duty
Comment: Thanks for the great "chunk"! The hummingbirds in my yard have been busy at the feeder, and I also have a large red honeysuckle vine that they enjoy. They are truly one of nature's most amazing creatures!
Comment: THANK YOU! You always send such thoughtful swaps, Neal. I love everything you chose. The pink and blue floral stationary is so pretty and just my taste. I love the bookmark and note card, the envelope and postcard. Thank you so much
Comment: I like weird or esoteric books myself, but nothing like an electric manual. My fiancé’s grandfather liked that sort of thing and was a telegrapher. Casual Vacanavy has been on my to-read list..
Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers! I enjoyed reading about someone who is crafty in a different way from me. I'm sure you're a better painter than I am. My daughter (10 yo) likes to paint and I buy her as many acrylic sets as I can. She's pretty good, I think, for her age. Creativity and crafts are so important. Thanks again! Happy swapping!
Comment: you're right! nothing is better than grandkids! I thought parenting was so amazing, but it doesn't even touch grandparenting! i'm fortunate that my 4 granddaughters live about 10 minutes from me!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I like your handwriting, it reminds me of my uncle's handwriting. All of my travel plans are cancelled for the year, too. I bet someday when you do your road trip around England you will get used to driving on the left side quicker than you think! Take good care!
Comment: HAHA!! Your answers are the best! I didn't think about black holes.. now that would be one HECK of a way to go!! And I do wonder if Stephen Hawking came back AS a black hole.. now that would be neat!!!
Comment: Thats what it was like where I grew up. If you did something my mum or grandma would know before I even got home.
I think many people don't look out for each other now and its sad. When I grew up I had lots of people I could turn to or who would watch out for me.
Comment: It took a long time but it finally arrived. Thank you for a favourite type of picture on the post card I seem to read a least one Thomas the Tank engine story a day when I have little boys in car at the same time a big layout of track on my floor.
Comment: That's so weird! I got the same question! My answer was a newt! Thanks for the postcard!
Response: Maybe not that weird. I've been back to that site five or six times and the same question is always there to begin with. If I click on "next question" it then comes up with random ones. I wonder how many people used that one.
Comment: Okay, Now I'm ready for a trip to Maine to eat at Fogerty's. I love how they built up and I have to have one of the Pineapple cream pies. We had a gal at Walmart that made them and I asked for the recipe one day. She was offended that I would ask. She is Hawaiian and it's her family's secret. So Fogarty must be part of her family. LOL!
Thank you so much for your letter!
Have a wonderful day and stay safe!
Response: I know of two families who drive over twenty miles to Fogarty's once or twice a month. No one comes regularly from Texas though... that I know of.
Comment: Thanks so much for all the neat stickers, I really love the sea creatures one, it’ll be perfect for my journal on a day we go to the beach this summer… If we can go to the beach this summer.😂 The butterfly stickers were great too, and I really enjoyed your artwork. Hope you’re staying safe and healthy too!
Comment: I've been a fan of Stephen King since 4th grade but yes some of his books are quite long. I love reading but sometimes it takes me a while to get through a book too. Books on tape are great for long drives and I've really been enjoying reading all of Harry Potter aloud with the kiddo. Silly smiles and thoughts on books are just what I needed in my mailbox. Thanks!
Comment: I love what you added to the story.
I love the electrical schematic envelope!
My daughter loves the fox PC!
And my other daughter too the hot air balloon art to pic by her desk!
Thank you for everything 💖
Comment: Neal, This is an amazing poem. I know I have a poem outgoing to you that is not one of my best works but I hope we get paired up again so I can send you better. Thank you for sharing this with me
Response: Thank you. I look forward to seeing yours.
Comment: Thank you so much for the Dr. Suess quotes and reasons why you like them. I especially like the the 'How did it get so late so soon?' With staying at home and being retired I rarely know what day or month it is. Also, thank you for the poem that you wrote at the end. I feel very honored! It was very Dr. Suess like and it's going on my special bulletin board. Thank you also for the Horton Hears a Who bookmark. It will work perfect for books I'm reading to my grandsons. Thank you!
Response: Thanks for your kind words. There are so many great Dr. Seuss quotes. My daughters, and now my granddaughter, love the Dr. Seuss books, as do I. Horton Hears A Who is my favorite.
Comment: Thank you so much for the thoughtful note you included with your poem. I enjoyed the note and poem, probably equally. It's unusual, as I'm sure you know, to get a male swap partner, and getting something form you felt a bit like getting mail from my uncle. :)
The poem was touching. I was impressed by the quality of your work, too. I can be a bit picky when it comes to poetry, and you didn't disappoint.
Thanks again! <3
Comment: Dear Neal... How am I to say this.. I absolutely LOVE long letters! If I could give you a 10, I would've. I enjoyed reading about your granddaughter as well.
Same counts for the short story about alcohol. When I grew up I felt the same. Never liked alcohol even though my dad owns a restaurant and always wanted me to start drinking a couple of beers with him. His favourite drink is single malt whiskey. So I think you two might get along :)! If you do handwritten letters, let me know. I'd love to write to you!
Response: Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately, due to arthritis and recurring tendonitis, my writing letters by hand are behind me. I have to save my hand for postcards and notecards.
Comment: Thanks for the card. I know it's not easy to find postcards or birthdaycards :-) It's a strange world now…Stay safe!!! And hopefully the whole thing will past soon so we can see and hug our family again!
Response: Yes, of all the things I'm not doing and having, its the hugs I miss the most.
Comment: Thank you so much for both images. I probably saw that Chiefs Packers game in 96. I have watched most Chiefs games since 1966. The only ones I missed was when I was working with rotating days off in the 80's and early 90's. I also love the dragon. It will be displayed with some of the oriental dragons we collected.
Comment: Hi Neal! Thank you so much for the lovely letter. I've never gotten a letter so long before and it was so awesome to read about your life and your granddaughter :') Thanks for blessing me with this!
Comment: Neal... as always a pleasure receiving mail from you! Thank you for the ATCs. You will love the Disc World Series... The Colour of Magic had me hooked with (spoilers) walking luggage! I also love how tongue in cheek Terry Pratchett is when he write and all the "footnotes" :-) The Canoe stuck in the water hyacinths... looks like a love place to be stuck :-) However.... As much as I adore lavender.... Do Not want to be there!! lol. Hope the grandkids and neighbor's children are all doing well. ;^) <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Comment: Thank you for your letter. I sat and read it and as I started to cry my dog jumped up onto my lap. I lost my two spaniels last year and reading your letter made me realise just how much I miss them. I gave Rolo an extra special fuss and ear rub :)
Also thank you for the postcard it helped put a smile back on my face
I hope you're okay and staying safe
Comment: Thank you for the magnificent train card! Your trip sounds epic, and I hope you will don't have to put it off too long. That is truly a trip of a lifetime. Short term, I hope you get to visit your granddaughter soon. I hope you are safe and healthy, and staying sane. Take care.
Comment: May the 4th (I mean Force) be with you, my Trandoshian friend! Neago is a pretty cool sounding first name - reminds me of Princess Bride’s Enego Montoya! 😂 “you keeled my farthur, prepare to diee!”
Thank you for playing the SW name game!!🌟🚀
Comment: Neal, I'm overwhelmed by the gorgeous papers you sent me! Thank you so much! Thank you for including the information of where they're from and for including pages from books on France. You really went above and beyond and I really appreciate it, I will have so much fun using these. Thank you for the notecard about things from the year you were born and for including that piece of information about Dartmouth!
Comment: Hi! My first reaction: really?? For ugly PC??? I get a treasure hunt vibe from it, with the boxes (I saw wooden boxes in stead of books:) and the stars and the key. I love the ocre colours. Also like the postage stamps are on the front by accident. So thank you, really, I love it!! Groetjes Barbara
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful letter! We also have many people that refuse to do what is required to control this virus. They don't understand how dangerous they are. Have a great day and stay safe!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. The Alpine Garden looks like a beautiful place. I hope that you get to have a wonderful hike for your birthday, even though its postponed. Stay safe!
Editing to add: Thank you for the postcards, stickers, and stamps you sent for my sister. She got VERY excited to see mail with her name on it and even more excited to see all of the goodies inside. She is picking somethings to send back to you! Thank you for having a kind soul.
Response: You and she are very welcome. I enjoy crafting with my little buddies and like to encourage them and others.
Comment: Hello! The stories have arrived safely. I will be passing them along in the next round. I completely understand your frustration on the rule changes of this chain swap. I was pretty baffled about it myself. But I guess we'll see where this goes from here... Thank you also for the letter you've written for me. It was really nice getting to know more about you and your family. I love how letters can transport us into different places and give us a glimpse of another person's life. For me personally, it makes me appreciate my own life even more. Anyways, I hope all your loved ones are safe. Stay safe and healthy :)
Comment: Wow, they're fantastic benefits. What a great exercise to look at the positive. Do you have a dog that you walk? And just randomly, I really like the name Gordon! I'll probably name my first son that.
Comment: I wish it was the same here. People unfortunately have lost their manners where I live and just assume they're in the right. The rubbish is also bad with gloves that people have worn but then just dropped on the floor.
Hope you're okay during this hard time, stay safe :)
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing! One of my nieces was a big Katie Woo fan and her much older brother couldn't talk about anything but Thomas when he was small.
Have a great day and stay safe!
Comment: Always nice to see you in my mailbox. Lucky about your rose bushes. One of my lilac bushes did not make it this spring, yet winter was very mild. Hopefully, by mid summer, you're whole family can once again, get together for a summer bar be que. Good times.
Comment: Loved your 4-page, One Page letter. You've got a lot of good things going in your life, that's just great to hear. When you visit Yarmouthport you are only 5 or so miles away from where I am in Hyannis. As I'm sure you know, it's been an extremely changeable month weatherwise. But it's really wonderful once the warm weathers finally settles in. And I think no road/street in America is more beautiful the 6A through Yarmouth Port and all along it's distance.
Response: Rt. 6A is certainly a lovely drive. This is about the time I like visiting the most. The weather is getting reasonably nice and the crowds haven't descended yet.
Comment: Thank your for the very detailed card. I'm a bit jealous on the retirement! I have quite a few years before I can be there. We are all well, healthy, & working. I did move some furniture around in our family room-super exciting!!!
Comment: Thanks for the Wrigley Field card, and for mentioning the bear. Lots of animals strolling around with the lessened traffic. I expect the bears to be tailgating outside Lambeau Field.
Comment: Hi Neal thank you for the The Dance Class postcard by Degas . That's the worst isn't it...not being able to hug those grand babies. Happy Spring swapping. The cashier at the post office told me Canada Post is not sending out any more postage stamps ! and you cannot get them online either? She said if they run out they can print off a label...I dont know if I should believe her or not lol It's a crazy time Neal. be safe be loved be healthy
Response: That seems odd. I wonder why. Now people will be hoarding postage stamps.
Comment: When I read "your" letter to me, I got so involved, I felt like you were right here talking to me. Bears..ugh. Thanks for the update to bring the bird feeders inside at night. I will have to remember to do that at my new home in the mountains of PA. Our closing date is April 29th...I am super excited to be as close to mother nature as you are (but maybe jealous since you have the ocean right there too). I will pass along the traveling letter onto round 3. I agree,,,, people need to up front and not tell stories. They always catch up with you anyway (deceitfulness). May you soon find hugging your grand kids soon. Best wishes, stay healthy.
Response: Just make noise when outside at night. I sing. Black bear will usually go away if they know you are there.
Comment: Hi Neal thank you for the Common Loon and chick postcard. Lovely photography. I love the 4 different bird postage stamps you used . Just wonderful. Happy Spring swapping. be safe be loved be healthy
Comment: Hello Neal,
I appreciate your transparency in your letter. I found this swap challenging in a reflective and constructive way. I'm also a sap when watching movies and news. It goes to show that there are many who will love and appreciate your no matter what your flaws are. Lean on that truth, especially, when it comes to your love. ;)
Have a happy Spring ~Buffy
Comment: Neal! Hi! I actually knew the moment I read the part about the casket with the window that you had sent me this dream quite a while back in one of my very first dream card swaps I organized! I still have the card in my collection! I dont mind receiving it again, though, as I was interested to read the extra interpretation and background information you included in this recurrence of the dream that you hadn't discussed as much in the first version. Thank you for your service to humanity as an EMT. My family and I are well so far with all of this covid stuff, I can relate to having a loved one who is high risk. My grandmother has COPD and i used to visit her every every day but now we can only talk on the phone. My 19 month old daughter has a rare syndrome and epilepsy and is medically complex so she is at risk as well so she and I have literally just been locked away for over a month now. Thank you again for sharing, it was nice to hear from you, stay safe :)
Response: Yikes! Sorry for the duplication. I try hard not to do that. I 'lost' a part of my swap log, that first swap was probably there so didn't come up when I searched your user name in it.
Take good are off that young one.
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing with me! I share your concerns about getting out too soon. Like you, I'm also looking forward to seeing my family. I bet the kids have grown 6 inches since we last saw them, well hopefully not Marguerite. She's already taller than the others. Have a great day and continue to stay safe1
Comment: Thanks for the Fenway Park card--I lived in Mass in the 80s but never got to a Red Sox game. I went to a Route 66 fest in Springfield IL about 15 years ago and got to meet Martin Milner, one of the stars. Stay safe!
Response: The "Mother Road" festival? I missed it by a day, several years ago, when my daughter lived in Illinois.
Comment: What a lovely, sweet generous letter. Than you so very much. I was feeling rather blue the day your letter arrive, but after reading it I felt better, calmer and happier. It was a pleasure to meet, if evn only through one page.
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your delightful story with me! I feel for you not being able to see your grandkids. I'm missing mine also. I laughed out loud at the description of your daughter's room. I had a flashback to the time I had a blacklight in my room and every inch of my walls were plastered with either blacklight posters or magazine posters of my teen idol loves, mostly David Cassidy. The magazine posters were not affected by the blacklight except the whites of their eyes which seemed to jump off the wall at you. It's amazing that I didn't give myself nightmares. LOL!
Have a wonderful day!
Response: Oh yes, the blacklight!
When that room is finished, I have another. Our younger daughter only put about half as many tacks in her walls.
Comment: Thank you for the nice selection you sent to me. :-)
Unfortunately, a few people in our small town are not taking social distancing seriously either. On this mornings News, I heard that a man who was in quarantine in a hotel in Perth, repeatedly left the hotel via an emergency door. He's been given 6 months in prison!
Response: I wish they would do more to enforce it here. Take care!
Comment: Thank you for the nicely colored card. I hope the garden gets sprouting soon, the beautiful colors of spring and the hummingbirds arrive soon.
Response: Just when I want them out there all the time, I have to bring the feeders in at night. A bear is roaming the neighborhood again. She bent my feeder pole the other night and broke into a neighbor's hen house. All hens are fine, Just looking for eggs, I guess.
Comment: Hello and Happy Easter! I hope you get to hug your granddaughter soon - I miss hugging everyone (I am a hugger) but fear many people will shy away from them after all of this. Take care and stay strong! <3
Response: I think some degree of social-distancing will become the norm but I hope friends still hug.
Comment: Thank you for the Friendly Notecard! I love hearing about your hummingbirds. I have one that likes to hang out with the chickadees. I've heard him buzzing by my ears when I'm working out in the yard and can see him from my kitchen window. I think he hits up all of the feeders in the neighborhood so stays around. I do wish that he'd find a girlfriend though. :) Thanks again & stay safe!
Response: He probably has one, you just didn't see her. I have had multiple hummingbirds for several years now and only once had an 'unattached' female.
Comment: Thank you for taking the time such a long & nicely descriptive email. It shows how much time you have put into this swap and I really do appreciate this. I enjoyed reading you , take care & I hope everything goes well for you.
Response: I enjoy writing. sometimes to excess. :-)
Comment: Thanks for playing in round 10 of the LQ game! Glad you’re grateful to not be working or exposed to the “ick”! Your grands will (eventually) be able to enjoy many more years of wonderful hugs from you this way!
Comment: Funny story as we were walking to the mailbox today I happened to look down and saw what looked like a postcard. Normally i don’t pick things up off the ground but I recognized the handwriting and then after picking it up realized it was from u. It had gotten wet but it was still legible & I loved reading more about u. Thank u for the beautiful card with an owl on it. Thank you and be safe and hAppy Easter.
Response: Happy you could still read it. One of the pens I like to use, because it allows me to write quite small, would have run into a big black blob.
I think I have another like it. Message me if you would like me to resend.
Comment: I was touched by your response. I miss going to visit my grandmother, but I believe that everything will be fine and very soon we will be able to hug and kiss very strongly those we love. Take care of yourself! Hugs.
Comment: Hi again, Neal! Please tell Charlotte she did a fantastic job with "Horton". Please tell her it will be one of the favorites in my collection as is the one that Hunter did. Is her older sister, the one that needs to have a "sense of order" to her art? I think that Charlotte is quite like that as well. I shall have to remember to try a toothpick.. - genius! Thank you all for the wonderful notes and art! Keep it coming!! :-) <3 <3 <3
Response: Thanks for your nice comments. I'll tell them you liked their work. Yes, her sister, but not older. they are triplets.(Actually, she is older, but only by five minutes)
Comment: Hi Neal! Thank you for the lovely note! I have forgotten how old Hunter and Caroline are.. I apologize. But please convey my awe to Hunter at the wonderful job he has done on the Scribble art ATC. I wish he had been here to do mine :-) My mum and I are also social distancing as well. We won't even go to my neighbor's house, as their car is out of their driveway every day!! We can't get masks here, nor can we get any hand sanitizer, people here are still hoarding. I have regular wipes and bacterial foaming soap. I have heard, if it helps you, that the virus does not like heat. Anything above 78-80 degrees will kill it. Thank you again for a lovely ATC and note :^)
Response: Soap it the big one. I have been washing my hands so much that I am lucky there is skin left.
Getting groceries is the worst. It takes my longer to clean and put things away than it did to shop for them.
Comment: Apologies for the delay on rating Neal! I was social distancing from my P.O. Box :) Thank you for the lovely postcard! I loved your thoughts on Spring, and yes you have to make it to Seattle one of these days... perhaps when things settle down! Have a good one. Micaela
Response: No problem. I don't check postmarks at the best of times.
I very much want to visit Seattle soon but this Covid. thing has us postponing two trips already and I'm not sure how soon we are going to be comfortable traveling by plane.
Comment: What a lucky little girl to have a grandpa who spends so much time reading with her and getting interactive with the stories! Great idea to paint the helmets on! So lovely also to hear about how your grandmother read with you and you are now continuing that with your granddaughter. Thank you for the great email swap! I hope you and your family are doing well and that you all stay healthy!
Comment: Thank you Neal for sharing. I to love being outside at night watching the shy. I look forward to when I can get back outdoors as we are all on lockdown here in CA. I don't have a yard anymore since I live in an apartment now, but I do look forward to placing a few little poppies pots in my window. I use to go for picnics after night hikes. Have a wonderful day. 🌻
Response: I started walking at night many years ago. Exercise, out of summers heat, for myself and the dog. I quickly grew to prefer it, even when being cooler wasn't an issue.
Comment: Thanks for the email!
I loved that you painted the helmets on that’s such a good idea, the books sound great and I’m going to look into them for my niece!
I forgot about Charlottes Web, I might buy a copy for my niece!
Comment: Neal, thank you for the starfruit postcard! It's a very interesting fruit, isn't it? How nice that you have such great memories of your great-great-grandparents and their fruit business! My mom grew raspberries, but just for family (there were seven of us kids), and I remember the care that she took to prune out the oldest canes each year and make sure that the entire patch was neatly kept all summer. Thanks for bringing up some nice memories for me while you were enjoying your nice memories as well! Win-Win situation, right? Thanks so much and stay safe!!
Response: G-G-Gram and Gramp ;iced into their 90's. They passed when I was in my early teens so I do remember them well.
Comment: What a lovely note. Thank you. I have begun puttering about around the yard. So much to do. Then this morning we get snow/rain mix. Ugh! We grow Milkweed also. Last year, I stopped counting when we found 30 Chrysalis! We had the most Monarchs we’ve ever seen.
Response: I haven't tried counting the chrysalis, but we do have a lot of Monarchs when they start 'hatching', if that is the correct word for their coming out.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Like you, I am retired and am staying at home right now except for walks with the dog. My daughter in law is also a nurse in a hospital. Take care. Hope your weather improves soon.
Comment: I really hope we get to cross paths in swaps again. First, we all had that childhood-I was a klepto for no reason (maybe to stick it to my parents-who knows). Second, I know Dolphins are smart-that's why I think they are snobs of the sea.
Response: I suppose it isn't unusual for kids to be rebellious, but I was getting close to evil. I'm glad now that I got squared away then I did.
Comment: Loved the letter! It was really wonderful to hear about snow as in we never get any in the part of Texas I live in. Can remember as a child wishing we would get snow Christmas day but ha we were outside eating out dinner and wearing our shorts... Thank you so much for the little goodies.
Comment: Can’t beleive how quickly this PC made it with all that is going on in our world. I still have lingering postcards I sent at the beginning of the month that haven’t made it to final destination yet. Thanks mrs for the postcard and thank you for the list. One of the things i would like to learn is how to let go of my stuff. We are in process of moving and I have realized I have way too much stuff and I am tired of moving it over and over so I am having to let go. Thanks and stay safe and healthy
Response: Thank You. I haven't gotten any mail particularly late. It does seem the they save it up to deliver on Mondays though, I will get one or two... maybe three pieces all week and than get 10 to 18 on Monday. That has been going on since the past holiday season.
Comment: Thank you for sharing so much about yourself! I am a polytheist convert (grew up in a strict Christian family) and was taught by many people over the course of the last 8 or so years; I'm still learning as I go. I can certainly relate to enjoying writing. I made it my career, after all, haha! Best of luck in writing your "memoirs", and keep being "strange"! :)
Comment: HI Neal! The postcard you sent is very interesting! I really like it! You should have let me know you were here... we could have met up and said hello. I'm glad you had 80* weather while you were here. We did have a few cold days a while back. Glad you and your family enjoyed your trip to Disney! Good timing on your part! ;^) Thanks for the pc and lovely note - love to your family, stay safe and healthy.
Response: Thanks. We did enjoy the trip but the temps were a bit warm for us New Englanders.
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome album cover chunk! I love it. I have always sent out chunks from album covers to others for this swap, but have never gotten one! It was a great surprise and what a great idea. Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thank you for taking the time to email me and send detailed answers to the questions! I hope you and your family stay safe during this virus scare! I have the same feelings you do about organized religion. It's nice to find someone with the same way of thinking. A lot of my family members are very religious.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful crown imperial postcard. I've also told many people that if they give me a plant they're signing its death warrant. So I completely understand. You have done better than me though. I haven't tried outdoor plants or even cacti.