Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 9 January 2018 - T for Tuesday

Hello folks,
Happy New Year to all!
I'm back! I've been ill since the beginning of December. First a bad cold, then a tummy bug, then a full blown flu. After I recovered from that i felt well enough to travel to Holland to spend the Christmas holidays with my elderly mother. Well I had one good day and the rest of the two weeks I spent in bed. I felt so ill that I paid for a doctor to see me and he diagnosed pneumonia!
Here I am, back in Spain, after a good amount of antibiotics. I feel weak, but a lot better. Hopefully I will shake this bug now for good!

While I was away I received loads of postcards.  I will show you a couple:

 This one comes from Belarus, from a lady called Maria. She writes that the card shows a folk holiday called Kupala Night, celebrating the night of 6/7 July. That is in the Gregorian calendar. For us that would be 24/25 July. The celebration relates to the summer solstice and includes a number of Slavic rituals. Originally pagan fertility rites which were later accepted in the orthodox Christian church. This holiday combines "Ivan" (John the Baptist) and Kupala which is related to a word derived from the Slavic word for bathing. The latter is reinterpreted as John's baptizing people through full immersion in water (therefore his biblical title of the Baptist). However, the tradition of Kupula predates Christianity. Due to the popularity of the pagan celebration, with time it was simply accepted and reestablished as one of the native Christian traditions intertwined with local folklore.[
Tha stamp is magnificent:

The second card is from Japan:

It is a typical New Year's card that Japanese people send to friends and family as well as colleagues.
The stamps are even more beautiful than the Belarus one:
It's a shame I can't read what it says.

Every New Year's eve I make a Russian salad (potato salad). I include pulled beef, potatoes, eggs, onions , mayonnaise and beetroot. With one beetroot I carve the date and the others get incorporated in the salad, colouring it pink.

I had to instruct my hubby this time as I was ill in bed.
I managed to get up just before midnight so I could wish everyone a happy New Year, but I promptly knocked over some glasses! My mum assured me it meant good luck!
Here I am with my mum (93). I felt like death warmed up and went back to bed 5 minutes later.

I am going to join Elisabeth and Bluebeard again for T for Tuesday, and I'd like to wish them and all my blog friends a very happy and healthy 2018.

By the way, our drink is an Italian Prosecco, a dry White wine with some bubbles in it. Very nice.

Blessings to all,


  1. so nice to see you back - and sorry you had such an aweful time with illness! hope you will be back to full health soon ♥.
    your mum seems so be in good condition for her Age, must be a great pleasure for you.
    beautiful Cards and stamps... and wishing you a happy t-day!
    take care!

  2. So sorry to hear you've been under the weather Lisca. You've had about everything and I hope you are fully back up on your feet soon. Hugs-Erika

  3. So sorry to hear you have been feeling bad. I, too, have been ill since Christmas eve, and having great problems to get rid of this bug! But it's good to see you around again. Love the gorgeous cards you got! Hope you will soon be completely recovered! Hugs, Happy T Day, Valerie

  4. I have been thinking of you with no posting for awhile. It is good to see back and now on the mends-pnuemonia is a difficult illness and lands many in the hospital we have to be careful for my husband not to get this.
    I loved the postcards and those beautiful stamps and I enjoyed the history especially for the first one.
    I would have enjoyed your wine I love a dry one. and to answer your comment that is awesome that you made a hexagon quilt! and am so glad you are inspired to make another quilt.
    Happy T Day hugs from the Ozarks

  5. Oh you poor thing-so sorry to hear you have been so ill for such a long time. And that you had to travel yet :( Your postcards are wonderful and I love the stamps! Wishing you well; and a happy T day too!

  6. Get completely well soon dear Lisca!
    The postcards are amazing!
    Happy new year to you and family!
    Your mum looks really good and so young for her age! WONDERFUL to still have a mom isn't it?!

  7. Sorry to read you have been so poorly, I hope you are recovering now you are home.
    Your postcards and the stamps look super.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Yvonne xx

  8. So sorry to hear you've been so unwell, I hope you are much better soon! I was so pleased to see back here in blog-land and your postcards look wonderful 😁. I always enjoy seeing the postage stamps too! Take care and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊

  9. I apologize for taking so long to visit. I’ve had internet woes and just got back online. I am saddened to read you have not been well. I was so sick before Christmas, I canceled all my Christmas plans. Seems this bug has traveled the world, since I think Valerie has what I had/still have.

    I LOVE your postcards, especially the Chinese New Year, since this is the year of the Earth Brown Dog. Very symbolic.

    You DO look sick in that photo, and I am glad that you don't look that bad now. Thanks for sharing your postcards, your New Year's "celebration," and your Prosecco with us for T this Tuesday. Please get better soon.

  10. what lovely postcards and gorgeous stamps... so glad you are feeling better...keep resting to get your strength back! at least you got to see your mother, maybe just like when she took care of you when you were little? she looks great by the way! do take care of yourself! ♥

  11. My goodness Lisca get better real soon!!! Not a great way to bring in the New Year.. Great photo of you and mom even if you do look a little wan.. And what lovely postcards awaited your return!! So nice to get mail isn't it?? Big T day Hugs! deb

  12. Your post cards are so lovely especially the Chinese one!! Sorry to hear that you have pneumonia. Feel better soon!
    Happy Tea Day,

  13. So sorry you’ve been poorly. There is so much of it about. Really hope you keep making a good steady recovery now. Rest lots and listen to your body my friend.
    Big hugs
    Annie x

  14. WOW! You have had a rough go of it. Sending you HEALING THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!!!! It seems that sometimes those nasty bugs just get a hold of our system and won't let go :(
    Some lovely postcards and I so love those stamps too.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog... ginger is not a taste everyone can enjoy. A good winter tea to help with congestion is a Sage/thyme tea. You can use the spice right out of you kitchen spic shelf ...just add a dollop of honey & even lemon if you like. Breathe in the steam before you take a sip ♥
    Happy Belated T Day

  15. Oh my! Hope you are feeling better. Lovely picture of you and your mom even if you weren't feeling your best. Such happy mail. The stamps are so pretty. Happy T Day

  16. I'm sorry to hear you were so sick the whole holiday season. I hope you're taking good care of yourself to recuperate and rebuild your immune system.

    Your info about Kupala Night is fascinating and the postcard is quite special.

    Your salad is awesome and sounds delicious! Even though the sous chef had to help out more than usual;-)

    I can't help but wonder if my Christmas card ever reached you. It hasn't been returned to Mexico, but I guess it could still be on its way. One never knows.

    It's nice to have you back at tea. Take good care of yourself, dear Lisca.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  17. Oh Dear! Sorry you were ill when you went away! I had a similar occurrence a few years ago when we went to spend New Year in Scotland with friends - I was ill the whole time and missed the party all together! Your post cards are fabulous aren't they ?! Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx