One day last week I opened my mailbox to find an envelope that had come from Australia. I don't believe I had ever received mail from Australia before. It turned out to be part of the 2018 Winter Swap organized by Tabatha Yeatts. My swap partner is Kat Apel of katswhiskers.
Inside was a packet of materials tied up in a yellow ribbon. The first thing I noticed was the little notes that instructed me to complete the puzzle first.
Text of Kat's cherita:
for the senses
© Kat Apel, all rights reserved, used with permission.
I appreciate that Kat found a photo of a noodle-eating lady, similar to the cover photo at the top of my blog.
[Here's another group of Geisha enjoying their soba noodles that is part of a collection of images posted by Okinawa Soba (Rob):
album of Okinawa Soba (Rob).]
Beside the puzzle, Kat included a mounted and laminated copy of the puzzle poem, and another mounted piece, a colorful photo of birds-- "We stick together 'cause we're birds of a feather." Both pieces will be used as bookmarks in my house, for sure.
Also in my swap packet was a fun cat mask. I decided to model it for you. As you can see, I am lacking in selfie skills! This is the least bad photo of the ones I took!
Thanks again, Kat, for your kindness and your spirit of fun!
On this last Poetry Friday of 2018, Donna is hosting the Round-Up at Mainely Write, but, she's really in Pennsylvania. Happy New Year everyone!
Love your selfie, Diane! Good fun. There were some wonderful pics to choose from in Okinawa Soba (Bob)'s collection. I chose the pic looking straight at the camera, since the poem was written looking right at you. (I should also say, the preening birds are Australian white cockatoos.) Wishing you a Happy New Year. Looking forward to savouring more poetry treasures on your blog in 2019. :)ReplyDelete
Many thanks! I kind of thought they were cockatoos, but I didn't want to misidentify them.Delete
What a fabulous package of personalized goodies from Kat! I think you need to add "chief cherita chef" somewhere in your bio :)ReplyDelete
Kat also referred to me as "the soufflé chef of words"!Delete
Clever Kat turned you into a Cherita Cat with that mask (it's a nice selfie, don't sell yourself short!). Love the noodle puzzle-poem and the adorable birds.ReplyDelete
Ha! You should have seen the rejected ones!Delete
Fun, fun, fun! What a wonderful partner Kat was. Happy new year!ReplyDelete
Indeed! Happy New Year to you, too, Christie!Delete
What a perfectly personal poetry gift for you! I love Kat's cherita and the fun way she chose to present it. I'm sure there is a place for that adorable cat mask in your librarian's life. Happy New Year, Diane!ReplyDelete
My 2 1/2 year-old grandson is going to love the mask, too!Delete
Love the mask selfie, Diane. You did well! And I love that you had to do a puzzle first! My swap was from Australia, too, a lovely surprise. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
I saw your boomerang! So cool!Delete
Best part is the smile in your selfie! What a great way to experience this swap. Yes to birds of a featherReplyDelete
Ah, shucks, thanks, Linda!Delete
How special to get such a fabulous swap package from Australia. Kat surely made a hit with PF poets. Her cherita about your prowess as the cherita chef is wonderful and I love that mask, Diane.ReplyDelete
I'm glad cherita are being discovered all around the world!Delete
feathered words flyReplyDelete
unmask a heart
and unpuzzle the mind
pens draw the earth smaller
poems sprout bridges
cheritas are transplanted.
I could not help myself. It is late and I should be asleep! It's not much, but I just wanted to try a cherita to celebrate this swap. Now to bed! Have a Happy New Year, Diane!
My favorite bit is "chief cherita chef"! Happy new year!ReplyDelete
What fun! You are indeed our "chief cherita chef"!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful post Diane and Glorious gifts–haiku, cherita and photo from Kat! That mask with your smile and eyes peering out is definitely the cats meow! Enjoy all and perhaps you'll wear your new mask to ring in the New Year!ReplyDelete
What a fun gift of photos, cherita, and a cat mask! I love seeing the variety of responses to the winter poem swap.ReplyDelete
Wow -- Kat outdid herself with these custom made goodies. How fun to have a puzzle and a poem made from the works you've shared this year, Diane.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your fun gift! I think your selfie is great--but I don't usually like my own, so I totally get it. I enjoyed your photos, too.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!