Paul’s Fountain Pen Journal – Issue 1.3 (Paul Erano)

By on 8-28-2015

Back on July 9th I introduced ‘Paul’s Fountain Pen Journal (Paul Erano) here on AnchoredScraps.com!  For a few weeks now I’ve been enjoying carrying around the latest issue:  Volume 1 Issue 3 which had arrived in the mail and it is fantastic! Issue 1.3 (Summer 2015) Attribution: Issue 1.3 (Summer 2015) Cover of The Fountain Pen Journal (Paul Erano). This is the link to the FountainPenJournal. I love looking through all of the quarter-page ads...

Ode to vintage label maker

By on 8-27-2015

Today’s blog post is short and sweet with an ode to the vintage label maker! Did you ever have the opportunity to get lost in the process of using up all of the tape roll ?  And make labels for everything!  I recall using a Label Maker Gun that would produce embossed plastic labels. My current DYMO label maker is a far cry from what I used as a kid – and I think the...

“Do It Anyway” (Mother Teresa poem & stamp)

By on 8-26-2015

About two months ago this poem by Mother Teresa was shared with me and so I have been waiting for her birthday to post it – which is today – she would have been 105 years old. This poem speaks for itself and I am glad to have had it referred to me, Thank you Ellen, one of My Three Muses!   Mother Teresa:  “Do It Anyway” Poem “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them...

Mailbox Art

By on 8-25-2015

Have you recently taken a good look at the different mailboxes out there?  They can take on their own art form.  Over the course of this Summer I’ve been receiving photos from friends of mail boxes while on their vacations – which got me exploring just what is out there with Mailbox Art. There is a book from October 1996 entitled “Mailbox U.S.A.: Stories of Mailbox Owners and Makers : A Celebration of Mailbox Art...

Back to School (& Lunch Box Letters)

By on 8-24-2015

Welcome to Monday on AnchoredScraps.com.  This morning included the sounds of the school bus pulling up to load the neighbors children signaling “Back to School” after a summer hiatus.   There were the sounds of the school bus slowing down and halting, the pause, and then hearing the bus pull away from its stop across the street from me.  I know that the start date varies among different locations so in your specific town school may not be...

Remembering Lerner & Loewe

By on 8-23-2015

It is a delight to find the 1999 U.S. Stamp of Lerner & Loewe – they are the team whose work included Brigadoon, Gigi, My Fair Lady, and Camelot.    It is one of six stamps from the U.S. Stamps Commemorative issue – American Music Series – Broadway Songwriters set. If you ever find yourself with some time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and want to enjoy some music while putting around it is fun to bring...

My first JetPens order (my ship has come in!)

By on 8-22-2015

Happy Saturday!  My first order from JetPens.com arrived yesterday in the mail and what a treat! Are you already familiar with the site?  They describe themselves as “JetPens.com is the source of sought-after writing instruments from Japan and all around the world.” I had signed up for the JetPens product notification for some items and was delighted when I received a email from them letting me know it was in stock and so had placed my order. ...

Plan B (Backup planning)

By on 8-21-2015

Back on May 30 I blogged about “Dad’s typewriter” and that I had found a place to have it get a ‘spa’ treatment/tune-up.  Today I’m here to share with you how important it is to have a Plan B – Backup Plan and to recognize at times when it is time to use it.  My focus today is on plan of action Backup Plans and not harddrive backups (although that is a planned future blog post topic here!)...

Three times the stamp fun!

By on 8-20-2015

Today has seen a lot of fun things with the stamp world:  1) the new U.S. stamps for the remainder of 2015 and 2016 were revealed – including Charlie Brown Christmas stamps, 2) there were two Forever stamps unveiled, and 3) all of this was done at the American Philatelic Society (APS) StampShow in Grand Rapids, Michigan which began today. List of upcoming new U.S. Stamps announced There is a great article today on  Linn’s Stamp News – “Upcoming U.S. stamps for...

Evoluent Ergonomic Mouse & (counting the blog post days)

By on 8-19-2015

Today’s blog post makes 175 days in a row of blogging daily since launching on February 26, 2015! Back on July 8, in my blog post Dominoes & Desks (Awaiting my new desk) I wrote about having ordered my desk and the pending arrival of my new mouse.   http://evoluent.com/products/vm4sw/ Today I wanted to share with you about my Evoluent ergonomic mouse.     While I had hoped today to have the unveiling of my new desk...

Seein’ Stars Stamps (‘Cinderella’ stamps)

By on 8-18-2015

Today we are looking at Seein’ Stars stamps from the 1930’s.  I first came across them on May 27 when looking for stamps of classic movie stars.  It turns out in checking with my stamp club friend with the Wilmington Philatelic Society they are what are called by stamp collectors as “Cinderellas” or sometimes just labels. With today’s post I realize it is just scratching the surface but I wanted to go ahead and introduce us to the topic.   My stamp club friend emailed...

Adding to our toolkit (ActiveWords)

By on 8-17-2015

You may or may not already be using the term “Adding to my toolkit” in your daily/weekly routine – but toolkit it is for looking at software to benefit us with productivity improvements.  By investing a little time up front we save a LOT of time later down the road.   Are you already using ActiveWords ?  It can come in handy with your email (for starters!) One of the books I am reading right now...

Dog days of summer

By on 8-16-2015

Today we have a returning guest, our family dog Cuddy, it is his sixth visit to blog here (a monthly tradition here at AnchoredScraps.com). Happy Sunday on this third of five Sunday’s in August 2015!  When I came up with the title for today’s blog post it had been on one of those very hot summer days; however today it is unexpectedly wonderful! Regardless – I did not want a good blog post title...

“Over the Rainbow”

By on 8-15-2015

If I were to start listing this cast of characters you would immediately know what it belongs to: The Great and Powerful Oz, Dorothy Gale , Toto, Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, Good Witch of the South (Glinda), and Wicked Witch of the West (not to be confused with the Wicked Witch of the East who met her demise when Dorothy Gale’s house landed on her, and we then see her ruby...

From a different angle

By on 8-14-2015

There is a 32 cent stamp depicting the moment the news of Japan’s surrender hits the U.S. – most people recognize the image of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on VJ Day, August 14, 1945.  What was surprising to me when I began looking for a image of it to share that is in the public domain I found that there were actually TWO different photos that had both captured that famous embrace which Life magazine had...

The plot thickens (Elvis stamps sold early)

By on 8-13-2015

The email in my inbox this morning was so compelling that I changed what was planned for today’s blog post to share this timely Linn’s Stamp News story about the early sale of the Elvis stamp, especially given yesterday’s blog post was all about the new Elvis stamp that was revealed. Special thank you to my stamp club friend with the Wilmington Philatelic Society who sent me the email sharing with me the link to the news story...

All shook up (new Elvis stamp revealed today)

By on 8-12-2015

Today (if you haven’t already seen or heard) the new Elvis Forever® stamp was revealed at Graceland.   Today’s blog post includes the almost 40 minute long Livestream video of the USPS Elvis Stamp Dedication Ceremony August 12, 2015.  And we are looking at the associated stamp products being made available for sale with this commemorative stamp. Attribution: Image (upper left) US Postal Service Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever® stamp 2015.  The stamp dedication was held today on August 12, 2015.  ...

Remembering our pets knows no season (hanky alert)

By on 8-11-2015

Up front let me share today is a rare “hanky alert” kind of post.  So please know that going in and plan to take a few minutes to pause before reading.   This very special poem about Christmas Eve at the Rainbow Bridge is something I remembered to include a print out of it today when writing a condolence card to a friend whose family has lost their beloved cat of many years. It is posted on the American...

Celebrating Smithsonian Institution (1846)

By on 8-10-2015

When you do your Estate planning and update your Will do you envision the legacy you plan to leave behind?  Today we are celebrating the result of one person’s estate planning which made possible the Smithsonian Institution being established in 1846. And I want to Thank my stamp club friend with the Wilmington Philatelic Society in locating these three U.S. stamps today of the Smithsonian (On Twitter @Smithsonian).      Attribution: Image (upper left) shown is “The Smithsonian centenary stamp was denominated at three cents,...

Pinpointing our (letter-writing) goals

By on 8-09-2015

If we pause and look at our calendar for August it is already one-quarter over – tomorrow makes 21 more days in the month!  This is a pivotal month with “Back-to-school” – it is quickly approaching.   How are you doing with your letter writing goals (and I know for a few of you personally – you may be saying “what letter writing goals”?).  Today’s blog post is short and sweet – Your letters do make a difference! Given...

Saturday morning cartoons (Snuffles, Muttley)

By on 8-08-2015

Happy Saturday! Do you remember Saturday morning cartoons as a kid?  Today we are looking at two classic dog cartoon characters – we are looking at Snuffles, and Muttley.   Snuffles One of my fondest cartoon characters I recall was Snuffles – Hanna-Barbera produced the animated television The Quick Draw McGraw Show beginning in 1959.  This from Wikipedia: “Snuffles is a bloodhound used by Quick Draw to ferret out bad guys in the old West, but needed to be bribed with...

Scan Mailboxes (& wrapping up our Theme this week)

By on 8-07-2015

Today with it being Friday, we are concluding this week’s theme of looking at mail service options with one final mail service.  We are looking at Scan Mailboxes out of Austin, Texas. Scan Mailboxes Scan Mailboxes launched on April 2, 2014, and serves customers globally (On Twitter @scanmailboxes).   Their web site with list of services they offer looks impressive.  On their blog it includes photo from their June 10 Ribbon cutting with the Austin Chamber of Commerce.   In April 2015 Scan Mailboxes...

MyRVmail (and RVRoadTrip)

By on 8-06-2015

Today on AnchoredScraps.com we continue the theme of looking at mail services for getting your mail when you are away.   The MyRVmail.com site and a blog by a RV couple who share why they went with MyRVmail.com are covered in today’s blog post. The Adventures of Jerry and Cynthia –  RVRoadTrip There is an excellent blog post entitled “GETTING YOUR MAIL WHILE LIVING IN AN RV” on “The Adventures of Jerry and Cynthia – Full-Time RVing on a...

“Traveling Mailbox” (& song “Travelin’ Man”)

By on 8-05-2015

Today we are continuing our theme this week on AnchoredScraps.com in looking at options of what to do with your mail when you are on the road – the “Traveling Mailbox” service offers options for your mail physically and digitally.  And I could not resist checking out Ricky Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man” song from 1961.  Attribution: All images shown today of TravelingMailbox.com are shown with permission. Upper left image: logo; middle image: Home page; lower left image: Live Chat; and...

New stamp honors the United States Coast Guard

By on 8-04-2015

Today, August 4, 2015 has been the First Day of Issue for the U.S. Coast Guard Forever® stamp, First-Class Mail one-ounce. There is also some trivia in today’s blog post about the stamp. From the U.S. Postal Service site: (On Twitter @USPS) “This stamp honors the United States Coast Guard for its role in protecting the security of the nation and advancing its vital maritime interests.  In an oil painting on masonite, renowned aviation artist William S. Phillips...

On the road again (& our letters)

By on 8-03-2015

This week on AnchoredScraps.com we are looking at options to still receive our mail when we are going to be away from “home” for an extended amount of time.  But first: “On the road again Just can’t wait to get on the road again The life I love is making music with my friends And I can’t wait to get on the road again…” from “On The Road Again” Lyrics & Music by Willie Nelson (On...

Taking a break (from the planning)

By on 8-02-2015

Recently someone I know just returned from a several month long sabbatical and they were refreshed and relaxed!  While most of us with our schedules do not have that luxury we can look at taking a day long break from the planning and demands on our daily lives.  With today being Sunday, I wanted to suggest that if not today – then sometime this month to consider taking a day where we are able to take a break. ...

Bee-cause it is August!

By on 8-01-2015

Welcome to August at AnchoredScraps.com!  Today is a bit whimsy and short in text given it is a delightful Summer day and like you am enjoying today being the first of FIVE Saturday’s in this 31-day month! This quote seems perfect: “When Summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the...

Christmas in July (Santa Paws)

By on 7-31-2015

With today being the last day of July, it is last call for “Christmas in July” themed blog posts, here at AnchoredScraps.com – and with that we have a returning guest today, this is his fifth visit to blog here, our family dog Cuddy. Dear Santa Paws (& AnchoredScraps.com blog reader), Thank you for joining me today as we look around ‘one more time’ for advance Christmas planning.   Today I am writing to share with you my...

Thank you!

By on 7-30-2015

It is always a joy to receive a hand written/hand printed Thank You note!   How about you?   While we can email, or text or even phone someone – the Thank You note can be re-read and remembered.   They can be Thank You notes, letters, birthday cards, invitations, and/or announcements – the list goes on —  I enjoy tucking them into my Anchored Scraps Correspondence Hat Box for sentimental safekeeping. One of the classes I still refer...