Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cool Photography Websites

From a story a few weeks ago in the Washington Post, I learned of these different websites, thought you might like to check them out, interesting :)
Looking into the past

Shorpy Historical Photo archive

My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

Awkward Family Photos

Dear Photograph

More Postcards :)

While I have been recovering from my surgery, I have received some more postcards from the Postcrossing website I joined :) 
this one was waiting for me last Sat when I got home from the hospital

this one came later in the week, I Love tulips! this was from Belgium

and this one from lower Saxony in Germany just came yesterday

have  been having so much fun, sending and receiving these!

also, have had a friend in Oregon send me two lovely postcards while I'm recuperating

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Why I love the Internet :)

I'm going to be having some surgery this coming Friday the 16th, and as I emailed people today to start letting them know that I'd probably be incommunicado online for awhile....I was overwhelmed with the responses coming back saying 'we'll be praying for you", "you'll be in our thoughts", "wishing you a speedy recovery"

I know I Shouldn't have been overwhelmed, as some of these people I've 'known' online for 6 years or longer, some I've met in person even :) and I know a great many of them are 'praying' folks, and compassionate and supportive folks.

But I can't tell you how much of a relief it felt, to know that I'll be surrounded by such a 'net' of prayers and good surgery was originally scheduled for the 29th, but because of some problems that arose with me the past few days, it got bumped up to this Friday. still a little startled by that, the doc gives you a surgery date and you plan a lot of things around that I had really wanted to tell the residents on my floor that I'd be going out for a month or more of recovery after my surgery..these are folks that I care for, along with a great team of co-workers, to (I hope) the best of my ability 40 hours or more every week, and I also care About each and every one of them,too, and also care about my coworkers. I know that so many of my residents were like 'we missed you!' when I was gone for a week's vacation on the camping trip in July..
and so I just wanted to extend them that courtesy and reassurance 'hey, I'll be gone for some surgery and recovery,I'll miss you guys, but I'll be back"...

but instead, I ended up leaving work kind of quickly yesterday, and barely had a chance to say anything to Anyone..and then came to the realization today after talking to my doctor again that I wouldn't be able to make it back in to work again before the surgery on Friday.

so, that's that. Life just happens like that sometimes, and your plans get changed suddenly...  I actually think I will feel So much better After this surgery is behind me..... but it lifted my spirits so much, to know that so many caring friends and family will be keeping me in their thoughts and prayers!

Thanks, everyone :) hugs and love and hope to be back soon!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


My longtime online friend Guido  has been using Postcrossing for several months , and recently I was finally inspired to join myself...Postcrossing is "a project that allows anyone to receive real postcards from random places in the world".

I'm excited because the first two of the 5 recent postcards I've sent have been received, which means that my name is now in the line-up for Me to receive some postcards (you have to send to receive, in a nutshell :)

The above pic is from a Fall drive Tony and I took in 2008, and I found a great deal on Vistaprint to get my own postcards printed (I'd used them before for address labels for Soldiers Angels mail) and so the above is my postcard!

A friend of mine was inspired to join Postcrossing even before I did, from a link I posted on Facebook, and she has come up with the wonderful idea of using a website to log pics of both her 'sent' and 'received' postcards, the website is Remembering Letters and Postcards

There is also a Postcrossing Blog 

and this is the First postcard that I sent out

Newest Grandson Logan

I have been remiss in not ever posting a picture of our newest grandson, Logan Ryan, born July 22 to Dustin and Mari.
(I've posted plenty of pics on Facebook, but some of my friends aren't on Facebook, sorry it took me so long to post this here!)

We originally thought we were going to get to meet him in October, but now I'm going to be having some surgery done at the end of September, and my recovery time will use up all my available vacation/ sick time, so don't know When we'll meet him now...I know All grandmothers always say this, lol, but isn't he the most beautiful baby ever??!! (hmm, I recall saying that about first grandson, Aiden,too!)

Being a grandparent rocks !