Monday, August 11, 2014

Postcrossing - It's Fun!

I joined up with "Postcrossing" five months ago, I first heard of it on a Facebook group - have you heard of it?   It's an online postcard exchange - it's all about sending and receiving cards from all over the world.  Postcrossing began in 2005, there are over 489,000 members in 212 different countries.  I used to collect postcards, then I sold them for quite a while on Ebay, so it really appealed to me, in that five month period, I've sent 56 postcards and received 54.  I think it would be the greatest thing for kids to get into - here is the website where you can read all about it

Here's my 54 postcards received..

My first card came from Australia, since then they're come from all corners of the world - Russia, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, China, USA, Finland, Belarus, Portugal, Ukraine, South Africa, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland - it's so fun to get one from a new country. 

And, the stamps are so beautiful..


You can state on your profile which kind of cards that you'd like to receive, here's some of my faves that I've received.

The one challenge involved, in my area, anyway is finding postcards - you just don't see them like you used to.   Canada Post sells them and they're prepaid, which makes for a very nice deal as you can send them anywhere in the world, but the variety is not that great.  It's hard hard to find them, I went to a major tourist attraction in my area and asked for postcards, they had one and it wasn't nice, the response to my question was that no one sends postcards anymore, everything is online.  Apparently not, if there are nearly 500,000 Postcrossers worldwide - just waiting  for a nice postcard in their mailbox!!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Binge Watching on Netflix

We are one of the approximately 5.8 million Canadians that use Netflix - do you use Netflix?  

Who even heard of the term "binge watching" before Netflix came along.  I have to say, we're guilty of it and we're binge watching right now, it's "The Killing, " we started it last Friday night and finished the first season on Tuesday night - it is so addictive and the good news is there's four seasons available.  I recommend this show!!

Before that we watched "Bates Motel" in the same way - in  a mad frenzy!!

And the same thing happened with "Lilyhammer"

When we subscribed to Netflix, our first show was "Orange is the New Black" we were amazed that you could watch a tv show that way - we were frantically watching that one too and then when the second season came out a couple of months ago, we started watching it that very night!!  

I really enjoy "Downton Abbey" and "Call the Midwife" now I enjoy "Mr. Selfridge" just as much- I watched the first season on Netflix, just in time to tune into the second season on tv.

We've also watched every episode of "Suits" on Netflix - that one is just ok for me..

"House of Lies" wasn't too bad...

My husband is watching "House of Cards" - I'm not interested in that one, at all!

We watch the odd movie on there too, but it seems to be mostly about "the series" watching - it hooks us right in.   Are you hooked on any Netflix shows?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My World Through Instagram

I love Instagram!!  I've had my iPhone for about a year and a half, it wasn't too long after I had it that my blogging friend, Holly, introduced me to it - at first I was mostly taking pictures of thrifting finds but now it has progressed for me, trying to get better shots, taking part in Instagram challenges, I always have my phone at the ready, you just never know when a picture opportunity will arise.  We are heading out for vacation next week, I anticipate a lot of picture opportunities, a lot!!!

I thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you this morning..

Flowers make beautiful shots and even wild flowers on the side of the road!

I might have to pull over at any time!

I've been very interested in old signs lately, they're few and far between around here but I'm always on the lookout!  They just don't make them like this any more!

Then, there is always food!!!

There's always something to take a picture of - at home (Pyrex and my kitchen), a store promotion on the sidewalk, M&M containers at Walmart!

This was my first picture I took today - dogwood in the back yard.

My very favourite picture I've taken, so far, has to be this locust on my Gerbera Daisy.  I watched him a long time and took a lot of pictures to get this one!

Join the fun if you haven't - you can follow me on Instagram right here