Wednesday, December 22, 2010

hello my old friend


What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.

Anonymouse

what a joy to go to the mailbox and find nestled between the end-of-the year begging letters, credit card applications, sale circulars, and bills, a hand addressed envelope and know that inside is a hello from a friend or family member. I get a bit sad when I read stories about how living in the digital age is killing the tradition of sending holiday cards and letters through the post.

that's not to say there isn't joy in receiving a 'thinking of you' message via email or fb; but you have to admit, it's not the same. there is a unique tactile and visual pleasure being able to hold of a piece of mail. one marketing pundit says compared to the speed of digital greetings, the process of snail mail is an "antiquated waste of time." I say what good is time if it can't be wasted to send a warm hand-clasp across the miles.

having said all this, I have to fess up and mention that our holiday greetings have yet to be mailed. just last week I mentioned that my usual time-space "issues" are particularly acute this year. the folks on our holiday card list, won't be receiving christmas cards this year, but rather new year cards. they probably won't be too surprised, this is certainly not the first year our holiday greetings have been sent after christmas; in fact, new year greetings are probably now our norm.

as of now I await the delivery of both cards and stamps. I would have bought my stamps at the post office, but the other day when I went there to do just that, the pickings were exceedingly disappointing - not only am I a card snob, I guess I'm also a stamp snob. I always prefer to design our card; although I do fall for an image on some pre-made cards and up up picking up a pack or two just in case. what is also normative is my ability to predict how many cards I will send. as regard to the stamps, maybe it's just me, but I think an envelope looks so much nicer with a pretty and/or meaningful stamp on it!

what do you think?


hello my old friend by the electric light orchestra. the tune can be found on afterglow a 1990 boxed set compilation, it was intended to be on their 1983 album secret messages, but it and many other songs were scrapped when the album went from a planned double vinyl LP release to to a single when their record company said that because of the oil crisis a double album was too expensive.



photos: wall art, olympia wa april 2010; squirrel @ casa mouse today

10 comments:

Daisy said...

I love that squirrel! Must confess that I've started sending more "ecards" than paper ones. I do make my own tho.

Merle Sneed said...

We sent out our cards a week ago. by we, I mean Mrs. Sneed sent them.

The last thing I mailed was....I don't recall.

A Happy Holiday to your and yours, my dear Mouse.

Betsy said...

I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas! I'm so glad you are my bloggy friend! Enjoy your family...and all of this snow!

~Betsy
xxoo

Alan Burnett said...

Happy Christmas my friend. Your blog has been a constant delight during 2010 and I look forward to keeping up with your thoughts, images and deeds during 2011.
Alan, Isobel, Alexander (and Amydog)

Fireblossom said...

I am with you in Camp Stampsnob! I think it makes a huge difference in the appearance of an envelope. Nice return address labels do, too. So, for bills and mundane correspondence I buy boring stamps, but I always keep nice ones on hand for personal letters!

The squirrel with the peanut is so cute!

I saw your blog listed on someone's blog list, and I just had to investigate what "Mouse Medicine" might be. ;-)

Angella Lister said...

dear mouse, thinking of you this christmas and sending love to your family. your dad is smiling down on you. peace, love, joy.

maggie's garden said...

Merry merry mouse...your squirrel friend is looking well fed! Thinking of you fondly this holiday season.
I'd also like to take a moment to thank you for your always insightful, and inspirational posts here at Mouse Medicine. Wishing you all the best in 2011.
with love and kind regard
your blogging friend,
karen

Kat Mortensen said...

I did not get a single card into the mail this year, but when we're settled in the house this time next year, I will be so organized and will be keeping on top of it the way I normally do.

I hope you've been having a wonderful Christmas holiday, Kimy.

All the best,

Kat

Kat Mortensen said...

I did not get a single card into the mail this year, but when we're settled in the house this time next year, I will be so organized and will be keeping on top of it the way I normally do.

I hope you've been having a wonderful Christmas holiday, Kimy.

All the best,

Kat

Nan said...

I adore the squirrel! Wonderful, wonderful photo. I haven't sent out my cards yet either. :<)