Friday, 25 May 2018

A Postcard A Day - Friday 25 May 2018 - Friday Smiles:habas, geraniums, cherry blossom and vintage chocolate

Hello lovely people,
It's Friday again and I have had a very full week, getting ready for our holiday. Yes, I'm still smiling. It has been busy but I don't get flustered easily. I just keep on going until it is all done, and try to be sensible about it and make lists so i don't forget and I try to work ahead so I don't have to do everything at the last minute. (I hate that).

We had a little house-warming do on Sunday. Most people brought a dish of something. I didn't remember to take pictures until most of it had gone. One person brought a whole crate of fava beans (habas in Spanish). When they are fresh from the field, you can eat them raw. That is what people do: with a glass of wine and some slices of jamon (Serano ham) and a piece of freshly baked bread. Mmmm, I couldn't thing of anything better on a sunny spring day!
Of course we didn't eat the whole crate. What was left you can see here. I just peeled them and later today I will cook them and we will eat them today with (again) ham or bacon bits and diced red pepper to give it a bit of colour.
So that is one of my smiles (amongst many).

Below you see one of the the geraniums that I bought recently. Its companion is doing fine but this one sort of half died. It has picked up a bit, but still half of the plant is completely gone.
Its companion is looking fine and has many buds. It is supposed to be a plant that repells mosquitos. I hope it does its job.

The reason for my smiles today is the fact that it is now flowering! Beauty!

Lets not forget my postcards this week. Again, I received many. This is one of them. It was sent to me from Japan and it depicts a scene from the film Titanic. I have seen the film but I don't understand why people go so wild about it. It was OK, but I wouldn't want to see it again. Some scenes were so long drawn that I wished the cinema had a fast-forward button! It doesn't help that I don't particularly like Leonardo di Caprio. I find him a creep (sorry girls).
This was the stamp. Cherry blossoms. Much nicer than Di Caprio's moosh.
This is my favorite card. Not just because it is about chocolate! I just like the whole vintage thing. It's beautiful. It was sent to me by Penny who lives with her family in Virginia (USA). They moved there 5 years ago from S.Korea. She recently retired from the military and has taken up the hobby of Postcrossing so that she could travel the world through postcards in stead of in real life.

The stamps are beautiful. The one on the right is from a series about painter Andrew Wyeth. I have a couple of stamps in that series. They are stunning.

That was it from me this week. Next week I will be writing from the Netherlands (God willing). I will have to do it from my iPad, which is going to be interesting to say the least....

For Friday smiles I always link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time and with Virginia at Rocking Your World Friday. So I'm going to do that now, but not before I share some funnies I found on the internet. (Two cat funnies and two dog funnies)

Have a fab weekend and a good week ahead.

Keep smiling!


  1. I got a kick out of your funnies. ANd I didn't know geraniums kept the mosquitoes away. Maybe that's why there are no bus on my deck because I have geraniums there. :) What holiday are you celebrating? Whatever it is, I hope you have fun. Hugs-Erika

  2. Hi Lisca, the funnies brought a smile to me, too. I've never seen such a delicate geranium flower. I hope the other one can contribute to grow. Those fresh fava beans look so good. We eat "fool", Egyptian style cooked, dried faces beans, quite often. I've also used the fresh fava beans in Persian rice. I hope you have a lovely holiday. Pat

  3. I’m sorry I’m so late in calling by but my day has been a really busy one with many customers and lots of sewing but thankfully I’ve got it all done now so can enjoy the weekend.
    Love your funnies as always. Hope you travel safely and have lots to smile about.

  4. Wonderful post! The beans looks so yummy and I'm loving your pretty geraniums too 😁. The Art Deco chocolate postcard is amazing and I smiled as I read through your cat and dog funnies 😉. Thanks for the smiles and wishing you a wonderful weekend! J 😊

  5. Ah the postcards are lovely - I refused to watch Titanic my Mum raved on about it too much so I can appreciate the postcard not really ticking all the right boxes for you.

    the house warming sounds fab and what a brill gift from your friend, I bet the table looked lovely!

    Love the funnies, I hope you have a grand weekend and week ahead.


  6. Lovely post today, Lisca. I loved the chocolate postcard, but never saw Titanic. Those beans look good enough to eat, too.

    I'm really laughing at the dog funny about the mud. Reminds me of the time I went spelunking with a couple of male friends. The first was quite tall and was leading the way. He would tell us what to expect and once said "the water is up to my ankles." I replied once I got there, "The water is up to my hips!"

    So glad you will be traveling, and I can understand how it might be hard to link your posts. If you need me to link you to T, please let me know. BTW, may I please add your blog to my left sidebar? I will only do it if you allow me.

    Hope you have a great Friday and weekend, too.

  7. Contrary animals, both cats and dogs, but they can always make us smile.
    Your geranium may have been attacked by the geranium moth. It can help to put a couple of garlic cloves on the soil under the leaves. On the other hand, it could be too much water that have caused mildew and stem rot. I hope it recovers for you.
    I didn't expect to like the habas raw but I did. I am not too keen on them cooked unless they have a good white sauce on them.
    Have a lovely time in the Netherlands, and come back refreshed. Kate x

  8. Your blog has been added. Now, as soon as you post, I will know and will visit. If you need me to link you, just let me know in your post and it will be done.