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October 12, 2017
Outgoing Mail from Bayou Quilts

Outgoing Halloween Mail 

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September 2, 2017
Mail and Stuff from Bayou Quilts

Catching up on some snail mail from the end of August.

Annie's lovely envelopes from calendars and children's books always make me smile.

From another Annie (Freezeframe), this wonderful
postcard featuring an old library card!
How many times did I read Little Women when I was a kid?
From Melody in Singapore,
my bookish partner in crime.

I have followed Steve McCurry's blog for several years.
His photographs are always inspiring and topically themed.
Recent themes:  Wanderlust, The Power of Solitude, 
The Art of Conversation, Courage, Friendship, etc.

To conclude August, the theme was The ...

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August 19, 2017
Going Postal from Bayou Quilts

Incoming Mail

I still have some of the above to respond to, 
and I'm working on it.


I made this postcard months ago, 
but recently Erin bought a new car,
and it was time for it to find a home.

I was in a rush to get things in the mail
and forgot to take a pic of the one I sent to Bryce Eleanor.

But at least I remembered to take pics of the postcards
to Mila and Max.  
One more inspired by Jackie Long.
 :) Yep, these are such fun!

Yep, this postcard is over-stamped,
but I ...

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July 15, 2017
July Moments from Bayou Quilts

 Amelia, Chris, and B.E. had already left before I took these pics on July 4. 
We had a nice weekend in the country. 
Mila, Erin, Brandon, Max
Snail Mail: Incoming and Outgoing

My latest record for daily yoga was 22 days consecutively.  Then...of course, I missed a couple of days.  Since I've been walking every day for nearly two weeks, I don't feel as compelled to get my yoga sadhana in EVERY day.   

Erin has been so pleased with her FitBit, which gives both reminders and congratulations for successful achievements.  All of a sudden I wanted ...

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May 24, 2017
The Rain Is Gone...for a couple of days, at least from Bayou Quilts

I'm so behind on mail.  A slew of letters await replies, and I need an entire day of catching up.  I've just gotten started on some replies.   

 A couple of thank you postcards


Max and Mila were here this weekend, and B.E. joined them on Saturday night.  I didn't take a single picture and am kicking myself!  (I just found one of Max's library books and will have to get in the mail today.  Excuse for just finding it?  There are books all over this house--on almost every surface.)

We've been having ...

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February 7, 2017
Books and Snail Mail from Bayou Quilts

I've been reading like an addict--which I suppose I am.  Catching up with reviews on my book blog is more difficult than reading the books themselves.  Below are some of my favorites; already reviewed on Goodreads, but the posts for A Garden Carried in the Pocket are scheduled closer to publication.  

Shallow End and The Weight of Night are police procedurals from two authors I enjoy.  The other two are literary fiction--a coming of age story in Grief Cottage (don't think it is a depressing novel--it isn't) and When the English Fall, a dystopian novel about a ...

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January 7, 2017
Saturday Update from Bayou Quilts

Snail Mail:  I've mailed six letters this week as I try to catch up on neglected correspondence.  Have more to go, but at least a start on responses makes me feel better.

Reading:  I read a lot more than usual in 2016.  Keeping up with reviews over at my book blog has been a challenge.  Not that I review all of the books I read, but I make every effort to review books from publishers so I will keep getting free books!  Most are reviewed over at A Garden Carried in the Pocket, but some of my favorites are ...

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October 30, 2016
Letters to Frankenstein, Day Trip, etc. from Bayou Quilts

I found these letters from kids to Frankenstein on a post on The Letter Writers Alliance blog, then followed the link, but found no information about the how and why these letters were written.  Evidently a school project, but the kids all received letters from Victor Frankenstein, usually explaining that he was Frankenstein's creator and not the monster.

Original Source:  Something Awful has more of the letters


Yesterday was our anniversary, and we took a day trip to Jefferson, TX which was such a pleasure!  Its brick streets and old buildings maintain all the atmosphere of the settlement ...

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October 13, 2016
October Mail Art and Tags from Bayou Quilts

We never have as colorful a fall as parts of the country that get cooler weather, but this year has been a dismal failure.  After all the rain in March, we've had a dry year.  We've had no rain at all so far in October, and I can't remember when the last rain was in September.  The result--now that the leaves are beginning to fall, they are mostly brown and dry.  Disappointing.

Our temperatures are still in the mid to upper 80's, which is better than during the summer, but not exactly the chill we hope ...

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October 3, 2016
More Halloween from Bayou Quilts

Lucy does not appreciate the clutter...

I ordered (and love) this frame from The Button Box Primitives!

Incoming Mail 

 from Connie

 from Hannah

 from Jacque
from Melody
 from Penne


 and the first of the Halloween envelopes 

Now, I have more envelopes to make,
more letters to answer.

It's Fall, y'all!
The days are still warm,
but the mornings and evenings are cool.
Indian Summer. :)

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September 14, 2016
Mid-September Already! from Bayou Quilts

For the last several days, I've been creating new envelopes--some of them are anticipating October and Halloween.    Painting and collage are messy pastimes, and my hands are frequently covered in paint, ink, and glue.  The studio is a disaster, and each time I make an effort to clean and straighten something turns up to distract me (ooh, I found an image, a favorite quote, a tag, what if I cut out this, don't I have ____ SoMeWheRe?).  Still, slowly, but surely, I'm replenishing my supply of envelopes.  

Incoming Mail:

My grands were here when this one arrived ...

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August 29, 2016
Monday, Monday from Bayou Quilts

So...schools in Baton Rouge will not reopen for at least another week.  What to do with all of those children whose parents must either go to work or try to reclaim their homes from flood damage?  I can't imagine what that must be like--summer break is over, there are no camps, and child care must be next to impossible.

Lucky for us, we are able to have Max and Mila for a week!  We met their dad in Natchitoches yesterday to pick them up.  This is going to be a long week for board game losses.  I lost ...

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August 24, 2016
More Mail Art from Bayou Quilts

I love making envelopes almost as much as I love receiving mail.  Since I've never been able to keep a commitment to art journaling, making and decorating envelopes is a wonderful way to experiment with paint and collage.  Most go in the mail box, but when I go to the Post Office, it makes me smile to see my envelopes past around with "Did you make this?"

Still having trouble keeping up with blogging,
 but the envelope below went out to Penne nearly two weeks ago
in response to her letter.


From Connie--
cool hand drawn address label ...

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August 12, 2016
Friday from Bayou Quilts

 Amazing, funny, talented, foolish....what an assortment!

Oh, blessed relief!  We are due some rain and a cool front!  What a timely gift, as children have started back to school and won't be suffering from heat exhaustion on the buses!

I received a review ebook of Kristina Ohlsson's The Chosen in July.  And since I enjoyed it, decided to begin with the first in the series featuring Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht.  Thanks to the library, I was able to pick up Unwanted, Silenced (reviewed on my book blog), and The Disappeared (which I haven't reviewed yet ...

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August 6, 2016
Reading from Bayou Quilts

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood.  A re-telling of Shakespeare's The Tempest, and I loved it!  The link is to my review on my book blog.

The Hogarth Shakespeare Project by Crown Publishing is publishing re-tellings of the bard by famous contemporary authors including Jeannette Winterson, Jo Nesbo, and Gillian Flynn.  I'm eager to read more, but don't think any will top Atwood's Hag-Seed.  

After reading it I kept thinking of one of my favorite poems:

When I Read Shakespeare--

When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder
that such trivial people should muse and thunder
in ...

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August 4, 2016
A Visitor and Some Snail Mail from Bayou Quilts

I have company,
and she makes nests on the floor
to read or play on her ipad.
And drink frozen Gatorade.
 And give Edgar a great deal of attention.
Ever since B.E. was a toddler and Edgar a tiny kitten,
he has always followed her around and been so patient.

Snail Mail

Love the Ingrid Bergman stamp!
from Mrs. Duffy

A new correspondent--Cathy from SC
 the back makes me smile!


The above two letters went out in yesterday's mail.
Two down, but I have quite a few more to answer.

Like this one from Jaque!
I love ...

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