carolreader(or Carol) is a member in United States of America . She has been a member for over 11 years (4,300 days).
I spend a lot of time Postcrossing, for several reasons. First, I have always loved to get mail! I eagerly wait for the postman to arrive each day – the mailbox is often full of surprises! Secondly, I love to send cards even more than I do receiving them. I look at the recipient’s profile and try to pick the right card – sometimes it’s tough! Third, I really enjoy the great people I’ve met, both through official exchanges, and on the Forum. I’ve been Postcrossing for eleven years, and I still really enjoy asking for a new address and reading a new profile.
My life has changed a great deal in the past year and a half. I retired from my job of 33 years, and I became a widow. As I reinvent my life, Postcrossing is like an old friend. I am now 67 years old, and find it more than a little hard to believe. Fitness has always been very important to me, but it does get harder after 60! In the past, I used to be a marathon runner, but haven’t been able to run one since 2011. Over the past 20 years, I've run hundreds of races. Now I run only a little bit, but have taken up hiking almost every day. I also weight train and do yoga. Gotta keep going!
Postcards? I used to say, “Send something that you yourself would enjoy receiving”. I still think that’s good advice, though sometimes I wonder… But I’m sure you’d like more direction than that. I always do. I hate to list a lot of preferences, because someone could send me something that I never would have imagined I’d like.
So, it you want to know what I like, look at my favorites. I’ve received a lot of tourist cards, so they are not always my favorites. I love fantasy and science fiction; animals; modern art; strange, bizarre, and unusual cards. But I will treasure whatever you want to send!
I am collecting "Greetings from" cards by PostalLove. So far I have Albania, Aland Islands, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, USA, Moscow, Black Hole, Mordor, Earth and Krtecek (!). I would be thrilled if you are able to send me one I don’t have. (Thanks in advance.)
Other notes / thoughts
1) Please put the date on your card. Thanks.
2) Please, please don't think you have to look through my received cards to avoid duplicates - I don't care! Send what you want to send, and don't waste your valuable time. The back of the card is more important than the front.
3) The cards in my favorites are ones I have not received.
4) Please don't put the card ID on the bottom of your postcard; the US post office will cover it up with a bar code that often makes it impossible to read. Thanks!