k2whitehouse, United States of America
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  • Member since Joined 18th Dec., 2012
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  • icon 19th December

About Karen...


I'm 59 and have been married to a really really good guy for 32 years. I have four adult children, two of whom are married to wonderful people, and five very beautiful and talented grandchildren, ages 5, 3, 2, 6 months and one on the way. When my two youngest daughters moved out this year to share an apartment not too far from here, we truly became "empty nesters".

Career-wise, I have been a Naval Officer and Intel Analyst, a teacher of grades pre-K to 12 (I homeschooled all my children) and a costumer for the living history program at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. I would like to get another job once I get my knees replaced but in the meantime I am trying to be a grandmother extraordinaire and working to downsize our life so that we will be ready for my husband's retirement in a few years.

Besides the years I have spent in Maryland during my young life and since my marriage, I have lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iceland and France. I have way too many interests: I love travel, reading, knitting, sewing, origami, studying languages, volksmarching, geocaching, scrapbooking and Postcrossing, among other things.

However, what I love the most is learning about new places. I have a growing list of sites I would love to visit someday thanks to my fellow PostCrossers. But just in case you need some idea of what I like beyond that, here is a list. They are not really in any particular order:

retro travel posters, e. g. Lantern Press, Retro Ranger, Ranger Doug, Anderson Design Group, etc.
maps of any kind
art by famous artists
churches and other places of worship, exterior and interior, esp. Catholic
anything related to classic literature or books for children or adults
black and white
UNESCO and other famous sites
historic photographs
famous people
children and people in native surroundings and costume
fashion and costume
tiny things of all sorts
natural objects such as nuts, fruit, vegetables, flowers, trees and plants
everyday man-made objects
single and multiviews of your area and places you visit
rural or city
ceilings, domes & vaults

publishers and collections I would love to have:

Nouvelle Images
Art Unlimited
Chronicle Books

Boxes of 100 I would love to collect all of:

Flower Fairies by Mary Cicely Barker
The Art of Instruction
Alice in Wonderland
Winnie the Pooh
Beatrix Potter
The Little Prince
Vogue Magazine covers
New Yorker Covers
Any book covers - Puffin, Penguin, Faber

No free or ad cards.

I have really enjoyed trading postcards and enjoy visiting my mail box each day to see what surprises it has in store for me!



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